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Create your own Memories! Long Lake Winter Carnival 2018


It all depends on the weather.  Some years the snow is flying, or frying pans or Christmas trees.  Guests trudge around Mt. Sabattis swinging golf clubs and hitting tennis balls as far as they can go.  Kids of all ages sled on toboggans and race cardboard boxes down Mt Sabattis.  Some years the frying pan goes so far and fast on the icy surface of the parking lot and spectators gasp fearing for the cars in the parking lot below.  One year the throw was so impactful the frying pan broke and organizers scrambled and improvised with a folding chair.

Winter Carnival always happens the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, no matter the weather.  This year its Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake NY.

What to expect for the weather?  Historically the Winter Carnival Conditions have varied from blizzard white outs, to frigid temps or the terrorizing January thaw.

2018 looks to be shaping up for a full-fledged Winter Carnival experience with the arctic cold snap breaking shortly after the Winter Bombastic Event.  Long Lake will be looking for some snow early in the week January 8th and 9th with snow Monday, Tuesday and some ice and snow rounding it up Thursday and the early forecast for Saturday the 13th looks for 20 degrees and morning snow showers.  That’s balmy by Long Lake standards.

Someone once said it’s not cold temperatures, but bad clothes. So layer up! 

One year the Cardboard Sled races were held at minus fifteen degrees. Yes, a minus in front of the 15 and we thought the polar plunge was cold at 8 degrees ABOVE zero.  Our local doctor happened to be on scene to push his son down the hill in a cardboard box and remarked we shouldn’t really be outside because it was too cold, we should at least be wearing gloves!  Funny he said that as we were frantically running brackets for the Cardboard Sled Races and the pen ink was freezing and it was practically impossible to keep up with the teams.  Turned out we had over 40 cardboard sleds participating that year and luckily we didn’t get frostbite as we took turns filling out the paperwork. 

The Geiger Arena has a warming hut. It’s amazing how many people can actually fit in the building to thaw out.  It’s almost like a clown car one person goes in and then another person goes in and then another person and another person, and one wonders, how are all those people fitting in there, with all their bulky jackets and snow pants?  It doesn’t seem possible, but it happens.  Some call it “the magic of Long Lake.”

As Winter Carnival is a community event you can always find members of the Long Lake Fire Department in the kitchen serving up hot food.  There’s hot chocolate and popcorn too.  The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club host the coronation and sponsor some of the games and prizes.  Other businesses and organizations contribute keeping the spirit of the community bright and vibrant.

Lots of people want to know what we have going on for the youngest set.  Our favorites are definitely the Cardboard sled races, skating and sledding all day long. 

If you seek a softer, gentler commitment try your hand at fashion and join in the Wacky Hat Contest.  For gusto and fun give a shot at the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, the Men’s’ Caber Toss, Human Foosball, and Broomball.  Just want to visit and enjoy the great outdoors? Find your spot at the bonfire.  If snowmobiling is your thing, trailer your sled up, make sure you register your snowmobile with the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club (for a break on registration) and hit the trails throughout the day. Mt. Sabattis located right off of the popular Powerline trail known as C7B.  Our Long Lake and Raquette Lake Groomers will be out packing the trails while our Hamilton County Highway Crew and Long Lake Highway crew help flatten out the banks on roadsides for sled traffic.  All local roads in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are official snowmobile trails so use those to connect to C7B, C7, C8, C8B and our shorter interior loops including the Lake Eaton trail are popular too.

The whole day gets underway around “noonish”  We call that “Long Lakey Vacation Winter Time”  The event starts off with a Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Coronation.  A snowmobile parade escorts the King and Queen down the hill with a ceremony anointing our new royalty.  Events continue on with the Wacky Hat Contest, Cardboard Sled Racing, Town Wide Photo, and a multitude of events throughout the day.  Plenty of cash prizes are provided by the Town of Long Lake, The Long Lake Fire Department, The Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Long Lake Real Estate, the Long Lake Diner and more. 

For 2018 the Ice Farm will be on site doing ice carving demonstrations throughout the day and the day concludes with a fireworks display at 6:30pm.  The Long Lake Little Bus (our answer to Uber) is free and available starting at 5pm.  Call 518.323-5001. 

Join us and bring your whole family.  Come for the day or stay for the weekend.  You’ll be glad you did!  Here’s a link to our available lodging in our area.  Pick your spot, rest your head and our town will do the rest! 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. Free ice skating and sledding all day long.  The Long Lake Fire Department will provide hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.

 

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculptures Installation Begins, Registration opens and lunch served

12:15pm Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting

12:30pm Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen

12:45pm Wackiest Hat Competition

1:00pm  Cardboard Sled Races

1:45pm  Town Wide Photo & Kids Events throughout the afteroon

2:00pm  Human Foosball  – 7 people per team

3:00pm  Ladies Frying Pan Toss

3:45pm  Men’s Feats of Strength

4:30pm  Broomball – 5 people per team

6:30pm  Fireworks

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, Geiger Arena is located at 6 Pavilion Way across from the Long Lake Post Office on Deerland Road, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.  This event is free.  Parking available in the lower parking lot, along South Hill Road, Owls Head Lane and at the Post Office after 12pm.  There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6pm until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-323-5001 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 

Accessing the High Peaks from Long Lake Base Camp

By guest Blogger Spencer Morrissey

Owls Head Mountain, Helms’ Aero Service, the Hotel, Hoss’s Country Corner are all things that spark a memory in all of us when we think of Long Lake. But what many don’t realize is that Long Lake makes for a great Basecamp for the High Peaks Region, in fact a portion of the High Peaks Region falls within the town limits. I’m talking about Upper Works and the Tahawus Region. Within a pinch over a half hour you can be at three distinct trailheads that will access you to over a dozen of the 46 High Peaks, not mention many other locations like Duck Hole, Mount Adams, Flowed Lands, Lake Colden, Indian Pass, and Hanging Spear Falls.
Now to break it down a bit for you here are the three locations and the High Peaks you can enjoy from right out Long Lake’s backdoor.

Santanoni and Duck Hole Trailhead: This is located on the left just over 2-miles past the intersection at the Tahawus mine.

Santanoni, Panther, and Couchsachraga can all be climbed from this trailhead and usually as a long day trip. The loop consists of around 14 miles of road walking, trail hiking, and herd path navigation. The views are outstanding and the remoteness of the region is like few others.
Mount Adams and Allen Mountain Trailhead: This is located on the right just over 3-miles past the intersection at the Tahawus mine.

This trailhead is much more popular for Mount Adams that it is for Allen Mountain, but if you want to climb Allen, this is the ONLY trailhead to do so from efficiently. Allen is a very long, nearly 18-mile round trip that will encompass hiking on marked trails, road walking, and navigation of a herd path.
Upper Works Trailhead: This is located at the end of Upper Works Road which is just over 3.5-miles past the intersection at the Tahawus mine.

This trailhead is like a mecca for hikers and during busy weekends will be packed like sardines with cars lined up the road. From here you can access many of the High Peaks and have options for camping as needed for the long hikes.
• Mount Marshall – 14 to 15 mile RT over trails and a distinct herd path
• Algonquin and Iroquois from Lake Colden – 18 to 19 miles RT using trails and a herd path for Iroquois. This is not the most popular route to these peaks but if you want a challenge it will give you that.
• Mount Colden – 15 to 16 mile RT using all marked trail. This will gain you one of the most fantastic High Peaks on the list and this trail is a fun one, steep, but fun.
• Mount Cliff and Redfield – a 16+ mile RT day is what it will take for these two peaks by using marked trails and distinct herd paths to both of these summits. You will be challenged and you will love it. This trailhead is one of the more popular approaches to these two peaks.
• Gray Peak, Mount Skylight, and Mount Marcy – These three peaks while easily accessed from this side will require a 20+ miles RT day, and that’s to get just one. If you so desire all three, a day trip would be one for the record books, but done more often that one might think. Consider one night at Uphill Lean to break up the distance and then come back to Long Lake for some great food and drink to celebrate.
Shorter Hikes from the Tahawus/Upper Works Region are not lacking, so if you have the family or just want to get out for a stroll. Here are a few to consider:
• Mount Adams – 5.2 miles RT over moderate to steep terrain
• Flowed Lands – 9.4 miles RT over moderate terrain
• Summit Rock in Indian Pass – 7.4 miles RT over moderate to steep terrain
• Old MacIntyre Furnace Historical Site – Roadside attraction
• Lake Jimmy – 1-mile RT over easy terrain
• Tahawus Ghost Town – Roadside attraction
• Lake Colden – 11.4 miles RT over moderate terrain

Meeting Slated in Long Lake NY: Microenterprise Grant Funding Available

Essex County in partnership with Hamilton County applied for and was awarded an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grant, creating the Hub Microenterprise Program. The total amount awarded for this program was $100,000.

There will be an Informational meeting on the Microenterprise Grant Program on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1201 Main Street, NYS Route 30. (the Fire House/red brick building at the top of the hill across from Long Lake Central School/Bank/Library).

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The Microenterprise Grant Program (MGP) will be established to provide grants to eligible expanding or start up Microenterprise businesses, located in Essex County, the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson and in Hamilton County, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. As qualified businesses are identified through an application process, the MGP will provide resolution to small businesses lack of access to capital and assist businesses to offer a more relevant mix of wares, goods and services to help improve the viability of the businesses, to become more sustainable and retain and create new jobs.

These communities will be investing in amenities to promote a spectrum of recreational opportunities and the use of the State lands, which will enhance and increase visitations to the communities to enjoy the surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.

The MGP will strengthen the linkages between communities and the surrounding Recreational Hub, attract revenue from recreating visitors, enhance the quality of life for the residents and leverage other private funding sources that will maximize the benefit that communities can realize through increased public use of the former Finch/Nature Conservancy lands.

The MGP will enhance nature access points by businesses that cater directly to the recreational visitor (such as bait shops, back country supply shops and other commercial and guide services), located in the communities center (the areas that are designed to be market driven) of economic activity and tourist accommodations, that offer the potential for walkability and increased commercial activity, providing multiple consolidated visitor service (such as restaurants, lodging, shops, gear and guides). Overall the MPG will significantly improve tourism and recreation related businesses to become sustainable and more economically viable, which will also improve the resident’s quality of life.

A Microenterprise is a business that employs or will employ nine (9) or fewer persons, including the business owner or owners. To be eligible for assistance, an existing microenterprise business must retain and or create jobs. The grant funds from the Microenterprise program can be used to: purchase equipment, furniture & fixtures, inventory and be used for operating expenses, marketing, and working capital and start up costs. All grant applicants must complete Adirondack Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Microenterprise Program, Business Development & Enhancement training Program.
For information, please contact the Essex County IDA at 518-873-9114.

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls for Wild Forest Classification

Map of the Essex Chain featuring some of the roads and driving loops.

The Five Towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification for the newly acquired 69.000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands. The lands are being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, publicly owned lands within the Adirondack Park. Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls on a promise made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the purchase of these lands will increase the economic opportunities of the 5-Towns by promoting unparalleled, all-access, year-round, four-season recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands. The 5-Towns propose motorized use on an already-established extensive network of logging roads including already established motorized, historical entries at Indian Lake and Newcomb. Vast recreational activities should be permitted including, but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling tracked grooming, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, seaplane activity and ATV riding.

In addition to promoting the active use of the lands, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks to preserve and maintain the Outer Gooley Farmhouse, and the Boreas Pond Lodge, which are historical brick and mortar assets available for immediate use and occupancy. These buildings have untapped potential and will afford opportunities including, but not limited to: working space for recreation, training, education, visitor information, outpost for rangers and safety personnel, or as a public facility to stage events or as lodging.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub recognizes land classification must be equal and fair to all citizens. Local entrepreneurial business owners must be afforded an economic benefit and see an increase in visitor traffic in all five-communities. Recreational opportunities must be all-inclusive and diverse to compete on a global stage.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks support from the public, property owners, residents, students and interested citizens of all ages to attend hearings and have their voices heard. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks the newly acquired property to benefit all residents and visitors of New York State and not just an elite few. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub vehemently believes in order to achieve the greatest economic benefit there must be maximum use of those lands, including motorized use to provide easy, up close access to ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and trails by all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped, disabled and physically challenged.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub fervently stands by their position that there is no other suitable classification for these public lands other than Wild Forest.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub invites the public to attend the hearings and support their position.

Following is the full schedule:
June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.
June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.
June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.
July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.

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