Posts Taged town-of-long-lake

Things to Do on a Rainy Day

So it does happen, not every day can be 85, sunny, windless and beautiful (even though we do love those days for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding and swimming) So if it rains and you’re feeling a little cooped up, we’ve cooked up some ideas on how to answer the question.. What to do, what to do?

Plenty! Our knowledgeable Town of Long Lake Office Staff volunteered suggestions and here goes some favorites….

Steph Hample is Long Lake’s Events Coordinator and she is always creative, especially since she has two active children who keep her busy in addition to her duties for the Town of Long Lake. What to do with little kids when it is raining? Get puddle hopping. She suggests heading up to the Medical Center Complex/Rescue Squad building and splashing in the puddles. She also says, stop by the LL Transfer Station, pick up cardboard boxes and turn them into cars to watch a movie at your own personal drive-in. 

Cynthia Thompson, Long Lake’s Secretary to the Town Supervisor, recommends touring the iconic local hotspots including the Doughboys Statue, located on the school lawn. It was brought to Long Lake in 1959 by Long Lake American Legion members from the estate of C V Whitney on Long Island, sculpted by his mother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The sculpture is a tribute to those who served in World Wars I,II and the Korean conflict. Fun fact… how is Anderson Cooper related to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and has he ever been to Long Lake? (No idea, but you can ask this when visiting this statue, or try googling!) Cynthia also recommends stopping by the Buttercup which is located behind the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road. This boat has a storied history involving a sinking, Long Lake guides and a recovery and you can read about when you visit.

Abbie Verner is the Long Lake Archivist. She recommends a trip to Raquette Lake and a tour of Great Camp Sagamore coupled with a boat excursion aboard the WW Durant. It may be raining, but there is an indoor dining area and Captain Dean Pohl narrates this tour with historic facts, and local lore. Abbie also recommends the Long Lake Library for local art exhibits, information about the area, computer access and a newly installed mural celebrating Long Lake and painted by six local artists. The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb has an exhibit room off the lobby, staff are always available to ask questions and it’s only fifteen minutes away from Long Lake. If the rain lets up you can even explore the nature trails around the building.

Dixie LeBlanc, Long Lake’s own Town Clerk and former operator of Camp Hilary, agrees with Abbie’s suggestion and suggests stopping by the library, get a couple of books or movies, take ‘em home to entertain the crew of summer visitors or …hide quietly in a comfy chair and read, far away from the chaos at camp.

Colleen King our town bookkeeper, aka the lion tamer, offers fun suggestions for those who are willing to hop in the car for a short excursion north twenty five minutes along route 30. Colleen lives in Tupper Lake full time, and while she and her husband both work in Long Lake and love it, they always remind me that Tupper has great activities too! Not only is it a beautiful drive, she recommends hitting the Adirondack State Theater to catch a movie, shopping for fun items at the Dollar General or Family Dollar, visit either Rite Aid or Kinney’s Drug store, or go bowling at the Lake View Lanes,1939 NY-30, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, (518) 359-2234.

Alex Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Rec & Tourism says head over to Incapahco Art Song Studio and take a class from Louisa Wright. Make jewelry,fairy houses or try your hand at something new, from Collography to Mixed Media art projects. You don’t need any experience and you take a creative project home with you. Another fun thing to do, is to take a scenic drive through town, head all the way down to Kickerville Road, turn around at the former Gatehouse for the Walker Estate and then drive down North Point Road to the bridge at the Raquette Lake Inlet. Take your picture and post on the Long Lake FB page, even in the pouring rain! Or make and take an indoor picnic. Pick up your picnic supplies or sandwiches at one of our selection of eateries and eat inside with the lights off and pretend the electricity is out, it makes for more ambience. And there is always the goto Adirondack activities of visiting the Adirondack Museum, The Adk Lakes Center for the Arts or The Wild Center in Tupper as alternative options.

And then for wild adventure and it won’t matter if you are getting rained on.. try RAFTING! Adirondac Rafting Square Eddy or Adventure Sport Rafting are excellent options and their headquarters are located in Indian Lake, NY only 22 miles down the road (and the scenery getting there is amazing, so take advantage of that great activity!)

Stumped, don’t worry, call our offices at 518-624-3077 or stop by. You can meet all of us and we’ll have more suggestions! Our office is located at 1130 Deerland Road next to Custards Last Stand.

Cardboard Sled Racing Video Highlights 2015

The 14th Annual Long Lake Cardboard Sled Races took place on Saturday, January 17th at Mt. Sabbatis Recreation Area with temperatures hovering around 13 degrees.

The results are in.

Official Moonlighters Winter Carnival Results 2015

King and Queen and Princess, Craig, Amber & Olivia Wamback took over the reign of the festivities.

JLS_0539King-and-Queen-Wamback

12 & Under Cardboard Sled Race – Individual – 1st, Ruby Lewin 2nd Reid Waite 3rd Kaden Kadaronak

12 & Under Team Race – SU Riders, Brendan and Evan Walker, Batman & Robin Garrit Clark, ADK Boat, Hannah, Luke, Kaleb, Makenzie Keller

13-17 Team Race – 1. Winter Cruise Mackenzie, Dylan and Raigan LaPorte, 2 ST 122 with Austin Pierce and Chandler Brown, 3rd, Frozen with Lillian Dechene, Karlee Rockstroh, Harry Katz, Ethan Kohl

18 & Up 1st Sheri Cook Keller, 2nd Team Corn with Catherine Hunt and Jules Pierce, 3rd Snow Splitter with Kodee and Brittany Olbert, Sierra & Dave Olbert

Check out the latest on youtube for the Cardboard Sled Highlight Reel. Hilarious Fun!

Adk Cardboard Racing Circuit Stats
1st Winter Cruise the LaPorte Family
2nd Ruby Lewin

Best in Show
1. Winter Cruise, The LaPorte Family
2. Frozen, Lillian Dechene, Karlee Rockstroh, Harry Katz, Ethan Kohn
3. Long Lake Rescue Boat, Reid Waite & Jimmy Waite

Goalie’s Day Off- Connor Lyons

One-Shot Basketball – Pat Lyons

Men’s Longest Golf Drive
1. Brian Nadeau
2. Kodee Olbert
3. Paul Brown

Wackiest Hat Contest
1. Brian Penrose for his Moose Hat
2. Abbie Roalsvig for her White Polka Dot Hat
3. Sam Keller for Coyote Hat

Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1. Paula O’Brien-Piraino 57.8 feet
2. Hillarie Logan-Dechene 56.5 feet
3. Prudence Dechene 49.1 feet

Broomball Champions

Team GNAR with
Connor Lyons
Patrick Lyons
Ranya Hamdan
Henry Sandiford
Meg Smith

New Snowmobile Trail to Open Soon!

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency are collaborating with local municipalities and snowmobile clubs to build a major new community connector snowmobile trail connecting Raquette Lake and Inlet to the Moose River Plains. The twelve mile trail project is slated to wrap up at the end of December with anticipation to have it open for the 2013 snowmobile season.

This is the first such community connector snowmobile trail to be built as part of a continuing effort to promote snowmobiling in the Adirondacks. Snowmobiling is a vital economic driver for tourism during the slow winter months and delivers a positive economic impact of $245 million annually to the Adirondack region. That’s 28% of the total economic benefit in the entire New York State Snowmobiling economy.

Data collected from NYSSA economic assessment of snowmobiling on the NYS economy. For more information click here: Snowmobiling NYS Blog

With the looming opening of the trail, the possibilities for new trips and loops between Long Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake and Newcomb expand, but it can’t happen unless the twelve miles of new trail is groomed and groomed well. Leaders of the involved municipalities met this week to discuss the options and have made the commitment to make this trail a huge success and they can’t wait for the snow to fly. Local leaders look forward to showcase their ability to maintain and helm a project that is valued by the public and respectful of the environment.

Everyone at the table has a stake in the success of this trail. Bill Farber, Hamilton County Supervisor, has touted the need to make this trail a huge success to benefit all of the involved communities. Both the Town of Long Lake and Inlet acknowledged the need to make outstanding effort at stewardship of the trails to meet the strict criteria of grooming and trail maintenance as set forth by the requirements of the DEC and the APA.

The progress on this trail has been a long road of hard work and collaboration of the DEC, the APA and with the support of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Snowmobile Association and local clubs including the Inlet Barnstormer’s and the Long Lake Moonlighter’s Club. Travelers on the route 28 corridor between Raquette Lake and Inlet have seen DEC vehicles parked along the road all fall as workers tackled an incredibly ambitious project. Entry points for the construction have included both the 7th Lake Boat Launch and the 8th Lake Campground.

Maps are not available yet, and the DEC trail crews will continue to work through the end of December to get the trail open. The trail has the character of a foot path, so some corners will be tight due to geographic impediments, including unmovable boulders, and aging trees. The DEC has made a vigilant assessment of all the engineering specs to make the trail safe and passable, while meeting the strict standards as expected with a trail of this magnitude. This trail will be outside of the permitted system in Old Forge and Inlet, and this trail will NOT require a permit. All riders need to be registered with the NYS department of motor vehicles and we encourage everyone to register their sleds in Hamilton County so we gain the revenue to keep grooming the trails. Click here to join the Moonlighters.

Riders will need to use caution until the trail receives a heavy snow pack.

An announcement about the trail opening will be made soon.

Now all we need is snow.

Long Lake