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Winter Blast Weekend Feb 7-8th

Ice Fest. Sculptures installed all over Long Lake Feb 7th & 8th. Join in fun festivities or see them lit up at night. Shamrock Motel, Shear Images, LL Town Offices, Mt. Sabattis, Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake Diner, Adk Trading Post & Ali Baba’s Liquor Store.

Stan Kolonko and the Ice Farm are award-winning Ice Sculptors from Auburn, NY. Stan travels all over the world to compete and do professional installations. He’s created special installs in Ithaca NY and helped stage outdoor area tv weather rooms and even ice bars. This year we’ve challenged Stan with some new creations. Has he ever carved a pair of scissors! Find out this afternoon!

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Click here for the schedule of events.

Ice Fest 2014 Schedule of Events

This is the 2nd year of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton. The LL Fish and Game Club has geared up to add to the long list of winter events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake. Last year saw 15 participants sharing all the loot! So 2014 we anticipate some bigger numbers and we don’t have to contend with a big winter blizzard (ala NEMO) that we dealt with in 2013. So gear up, drag your shacks over and get on the ice!

Lake Eaton Ice Fishing Derby. Registration at the LL Town Hall at 6am or on-going at the Adk Trading Post. $25 a person. Cash Prizes and CLAM Tamarack 5×5 from Gander Mt. Portable unit, valued at $150 as a special door prize! Landlocked Salmon or Lake Trout.

Bring the whole family, bring the grill, bring your fishing license, tip-ups, cameras and make memories.

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Snowmobile Trails are open with fair to marginal conditions. 10 inches of fresh snow has packed town to 2 inches of base and 3 inches of snow cover on most interior trails. Banks have been cut on Forked Lake and North Point Road AND on Sabattis Road. As soon as we know about the tracks we will let you know, but they still need more snow to cover the rails.

Moonlighter’s Poker Run. Pick up a card at the RL Tap Room or Newcomb House either Friday or Saturday. Collect stamps at participating businesses. After party and Dealing starts at 4pm, LL Diner, Saturday, Feb 8th. Live Music with Eric Peter.

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Long Lake Adirondack Ice Fest

The Ice Farm has arrived. At noon on Friday, February 3 Stan Kolonko and his sculpting partner Chris Uyehara installed the Raquette Lake Loon at the Raquette Lake Free Union School after a great lunch at the Raquette Lake Tap Room where they were regaled by local lore and jokes from the crowd.

Stan uses a lift, a handtruck and protects his ice in cardboard sheets. It took an entire week to produce the 18 blocks of ice that will be used in the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Ice Fest Event this weekend.

Stan's cart of tools used for the sculpture

Each block of ice weighs 300 pounds and Stan makes it himself at his farm. He uses a special Clinebell machine to freeze the ice. He has three of these units with two tanks. Each tank holds one block of ice and it takes three days to freeze.

Stan and Chris used three blocks of ice weighing over 300 pounds each for the Raquette Lake Logo. Care was given to the location for the sculpture to avoid a location too close to the road so the salt doesn’t kick up and melt it too quickly.

Lou Burke, Stan Kolonko, Bob Brewster, Claudia Brewster, Erik Arsenault, Danielle Gagnier and Chris Uyehara. Photo by Alexandra Roalsvig

The largest ice sculpture Stan has ever made was 30 feet tall.

This summer he will be showcasing at the Syracuse State Fair with over 500 blocks of ice on display.

Buttercup is being carved this afternoon, February 3rd at the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road.

On Saturday the schedule is

8am The Long Lake Diner – Eat Breakfast!
10am Hoss’s Country Corner – T-Shirt Sale
12:00pm Long Lake Library – Kids Reading Hour
2:00pm The Shamrock Motel and Cottages – Delicious Warm Beverage served
3:30pm Mt. Sabattis – This sculpture will be the largest with five blocks of ice – you don’t want to miss this! Free Hot chocolate & popcorn too!

Come on out and watch world class artisans at work with their chainsaws, grinders, chisels, torches and newspaper.

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