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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! 

Central Adirondacks Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit 2016

The Towns of Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces for the Fourth Annual Great Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Cardboard Sled Races are held in conjunction with multiple winter festivals and carnivals throughout the central Adirondacks during the winter months.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Cardboard Sled racing has grown in popularity in the last several years. The LaPorte Family of Eagle Bay has won the coveted Grand Prize for the last two years in a row, usurping Bob Lewin’s win for Daddy’s Folly in 2013. The LaPorte’s designs included two army trucks and 2015 introduced a classic Red Chevy with a functioning trunk allowing room for a hidden rider. The LaPorte’s have been a tough team to beat and organizers look forward to more competitors this winter.

Teams or Solo Racers may enter and are advised to be prepared for heavy snow, icy tracks and the occasional winter thaw to impact the condition of courses. The race circuit is open to all ages, but there will only be one champion.

Racers must use the same sleds regardless of condition. Racers score points for each race they participate in with points awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for speed and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for design and participation. All ages are welcome, but only one champion or team will win.

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit - the LaPorte's with their Cruiser

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – the LaPorte’s with their Cruiser

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – GENERAL RULES – 2016

In order to compete in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit you must enter, race and obtain points from 3 of the 5 participating races using the same sled in each race. Repairs may be made to your sled in between races, but the sled must not be modified from its original construction.

Please note: Home Rules apply at each individual event. Please check at registration for rules.

If you intend to participate in the circuit, please notify race officials at each race you attend, prior to the start of the race and carry your circuit card with you. Racers receive a circuit score card at registration.

General Rules – Some venues may have more requirements and rules. Racers please check with event organizers. The following information are “general rules” to guide you in the construction of your sled and apply to all locations.

Construction
– Sled will be inspected to confirm it is the same sled as previous races.
– Sled must be free of sharp edges, pointy objects, or any other feature that may be deemed dangerous by the inspectors.
– Only cardboard may be used
– You may not use: corrugated plastics, other corrugated materials, or wood
– Tapes may be used to hold your sled together.
– No screws, fasteners, nails or staples
– If you do not pass inspection, you may not be allowed to participate or may not be allowed on the hill at all.
– To qualify as a finisher, you must be in or on your sled rather than chasing it or being chased by it as you cross the finish line.

Points Per Circuit Race

1st Place Race – 15 points
2nd Place Race – 10 points
3rd Place Race – 5 points

Place for Design/Decoration – Judged with other circuit racers
1st – 15 points
2nd – 10 points
3rd – 5 points

Participation Per Location – receive 10 points per race. Minimum required to quality to win circuit is 30 points or 3 locations.

Participants will receive score card at each first registration location. Participants must carry card with them to all races. It is the racers responsibility to keep the card and have judges update card with points at each race.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Schedule
Saturday, January 16th, 1pm, Long Lake, NY. Mt. Sabattis. Long Lake Winter Carnival. Registration at Noon. Race at 1pm. 518-624-3077 www.mylonglake.com

Sunday, February 7th, 3pm, McCauley Mountain, Old Forge NY, sponsored by the Town of Webb Junior Class.
315-369-3225 www.mccauleyny.com

Sunday, February 14th at 1pm at the Indian Lake Ski Hill, WinterFest.
Redneck Cardboard & Duct Tape Sled Race. 518-648-5828 www.indian-lake.com

Saturday, February 27 Inlet, NY, Frozen Fire and Lights. Race at Fern Park 1pm.
www.inletny.com 1-866-GO INLET (464-6538)

Saturday, March 5th, Speculator NY, Oak Mountain, 141 Novosel Way, Speculator NY Race 1pm
www.oakmountainski.com (518)548-3606

No pre-registration necessary. Racers sign up the day of event. All race time starts are subject to change without notice.

Winner of the circuit will be announced at Oak Mountain on March 5th.

Adirondacks, The Brand

What I find funny.

Is the Adirondacks really a brand? When a salesguy in charge of Tourism Marketing calls me from Michigan and wants Long Lake to advertise in its USA Today National Travel Parks Magazine and I explain the size of my town and the size of my budget he’s still insistent on selling me an ad for my city. So I stop him an say “David, I’m not a city”

Then I break down that I’m in the Adirondacks and he really needs to be focusing on bigger money, and that my teeny budget can only be stretched so far, he interrupts and says : “AdderDax?” “What’s that, how do you spell that?”

Adderdacks?

Umm… So I respond by saying, well The Adirondacks is 6.1 million acres of public and private land in Upstate New York that equals the size of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier,and Great Smoky Mountains combined. Silence on the other end. Pause pause pause, clicking, I think he’s googling. He thinks I’m making it up, I can tell by the sound of his voice. “Bigger than the Grand Canyon?”

“Yes, David”

So I get a little frustrated when I’m in meetings and the conversation leads to “re-branding” the Adirondacks. I have a suggestion, why don’t we actually brand the Adirondacks? Why don’t we actually spend money and educate people that the Adirondacks even exist? Who’s in charge of writing those social studies textbooks in Texas? Anyone have a name?

I lived in Cranford, NJ and Manhattan for over 20 years and let me tell you, most of my neighbors and co-workers had never ever heard of the Adirondacks and it was less than five hours away. “There’s nothing north of Westchester County” “Upstate New York? You mean Buffalo?” “We didn’t even know this place was there, we love Vermont.” “You guys have lakes, rivers and mountains and bears, birds, fish and bobcats and loons and owls?” Ummmm.. yeah and we also have places to sleep including hotels, motels, campgrounds and lean-tos and lots of our access to this great wild land is free.

So I’m amused. I’ll admit it. I’m amused. The governor is shaking trees, scrambling his warriors and his people together to get everyone to find a plan to get tourists to the Adirondacks. Nevermind that he wants all this tourism money to come into the Adirondacks yet the state is cutting funding for our rural schools, so once he gets all these tourists here there won’t be any businesses open because all the young folks working them had to leave so their children could get an education. But I digress…

So I don’t really know who’s in charge of the Adirondacks. Is there one bureau for this? The Adirondack Bureau of Adderdacks Advertising? We have seven regions, let’s see, the coast, the wild, the lakes, the seaway, Tug Hill, Lake George and Lake Placid. Is that everything? How are people supposed to figure out what the heck they want to do?

I know I’ve sat on committees to revitalize, committees to get grant money, committees to talk about committees, and usually when sitting on these committees, they never include the entire area of the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks is sliced, diced and broken up when it comes to money, advertising and funding, but lumped together as one when it’s failing.

I think we’re having an identity crisis… or just a crisis.

So as I steer my salesman to bigger fish, yes if you work in one of those seven regions Dave might be calling you, but he’s doing his own research because I didn’t even know who to tell him to call. While everyone struggles to figure out where to put the most effective ads, how to reach the most people, just remember we do have a lot of people living within a days drive of this magnificent place I’m lucky enough to call home, but there’s plenty of people out there that have never even heard of us.

So let me know when the Adirondacks gets branded. I can’t wait.

The Solitude of Snow

As the logging trucks rumble by, the plows upon plows continue to battle the storm, one takes a moment to appreciate the strangeness of change.  One moment tufts of grass peak up under the frost, the next moment, the  car is stuck in the driveway.

Events for the weekend are all abustle.  Snowball tomorrow night in Tupper Lake, which is great to celebrate the massive snowfall, powder looks amazing.  Community chorus performs in Newcomb at 7:30pm tomorrow and at the Long Lake Town Hall at 8pm on Saturday night. 

If machines and new snowmobile gear tickles your fancy, check out Snodeo, sponsored by the Central Adirondacks Association in Old Forge at the Pavilion.  New models, trail maps, gift bags, kitty cat races, fun for all.  Then hop in the car for some exploration and settle in for the night at one of Long Lake’s fine lodging.  

Enough of the sales pitch.  Keep the commerce going, the mail delivery keeps trucking, UPS continues to drop off pacakages in prep for the holiday season…

But the most imp0rtant thing.. dress up this town, we need the lights on.  Please cheer our little place up, participate in the Holiday decorating contest… judging is 0n Thursday!  If you know someone that perhaps owns a place… nudge them a little, come on, tell them how much it is appreciated. 

    Until we snow again!

Long Lake