Celebrate the Birth of Adirondack Great Camp Architecture. Tours of Great Camps, dining cruises and community events scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 3rd-5th in Raquette Lake, NY.
Raquette Lake, NY
W.W. Durant crafted a narrative of the Adirondacks that remains relevant to this day. Celebrate the birth of Great Camps Architecture in Raquette Lake to reflect on a day gone by when waterways were the highways.
Durant Days is a celebration of the rich history of architecture and it’s place in the historical landscape of the Adirondacks. Don’t miss out on tours of Camp Pine Knot, and St. Williams Church and Great Camp Sagamore. W. W. Durant had a hand in its development from the start, but especially after 1879, when tourism to the area exploded.
Fans of AMC series, Hell on Wheels, can take their own step back in time to discover the world of W.W. Durant, the son of Thomas “Doc” Durant, (as portrayed by Colm Meaney on AMC’s Hell on Wheels ) W.W. Durant is the architect and visionary who imagined a place where wealthy urbanites could escape the noise, smog and crowding created by the Industrial Age.
All aboard the W.W. Durant, Raquette Lake’s exclusive dining vessel with world-class cuisine and over 20 years of service. With limited luncheon cruise spots available, reservations are requested for this popular Durant Days Friday tour. Guests of the luncheon cruise are invited to stroll through the rooms and grounds of Pine Knot and a visit to St. Williams on Long Point. Call 315-354-5532 for reservations and pricing.
Durant Days Events:
Friday, August 3:
Luncheon Cruise. Water taxi to Pine Knot, St. Williams and lunch aboard the W.W. Durant boat. For reservations call 315-354-5532. Limited seating available.
Saturday, August 4th:
2pm: at Raquette Lake Free Union School. Free concert featuring Wide Variety. “New Jersey’s Premiere A Cappella Group.” Wide Variety is a group of a cappella singers who take the best of R&B, rock and roll and popular standards, add their own blend of vocal harmonies and deliver an entertainment experience.
2pm: Poker Run. Village Green. For family fun and a great way to explore the local area, sign up for the Poker Run from 2-5pm. Collect your card, visit area businesses to get stamped and the winner with the “best hand” takes the purse.
5pm: Adam Reynolds, Acoustic Artist, performs on the Raquette Lake Village Green. Adam has been playing in Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Old Forge, Utica and Syracuse for the last few years. In 2012 he braved the Pittsburgh, PA, American Idol auditions and competed with over 30,000 contestants. Don’t miss Adam’s finale performance in the Adirondacks for Durant Days. Two days after his showcase Adam heads off to Marine Corps boot camp.
7pm: Boat Parade. Raquette Lake Village Dock. Runabouts, pontoons, 2012 features a Patriotic Theme. Register by calling Pat 315-354-4070. Cash Prizes!
Dusk: An incredible fireworks display rounds out Saturday Evening sponsored by The Town of Long Lake.
Sunday, August 5th
10am: Great Camp Sagamore. Half price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings.
2pm: Water Taxi to St. Hubert’s Isle
3pm: Vespers Service St. Huberts. Visit the historic island chapel for the Annual Ecumenical Vespers Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd. The island church was the summer chapel for many families significant in the history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century.