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Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020 Wrap Up

Photo of Royal Couple, Kitsy & Eddie Rockstroh, by James L. Swedberg

With temperatures hovering around a brisk 11 degrees all day long, the Long Lake 18th Annual Winter Carnival saw an expansive turn out with new visitors, second homeowners and local residents flocking to the the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center for the event.  As the day progressed the snow started to fall, adding to the collective outdoor wintry experience for the visitors. The Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department coordinated all the races and activities and hosted the event at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area.
 
Events kicked off with the coronation of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen, Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh from Clifton Park and Long Lake, NY.  Other events played out throughout the day including an ice sculpture park by the Ice Farm out of Auburn, NY installing a variety of pieces including the Long Lake Selfie Board featuring Fur Trappers and a carving of Owls Head Mountain and the iconic Fire Tower.
 
The Long Lake Fire Department served a complimentary lunch throughout the day from inside the Geiger Arena warming hut.
 
The day ended with a bonfire and fireworks, followed up with Live Music at area venues.
 
2020 Long Lake Winter Carnival Winners
 
Moonlighters Snowmobile Club King and Queen
Eddie and Kitsy Rockstroh of Clifton Park and Long Lake, NY
 
Goalie’s Day Off  1st Jeff Ruby
 
Ladies Frying Pan Toss – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Lillian Dechene – 53’ 3”
2nd  Hillarie Logan-Dechene – 53’
3rd  Anna Dechene – 49’
 
Men’s Feats of Strength – Prizes Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Dan Gereau 34’ 3” feet
2nd Matt LaPlant – 31’ 9” feet
3rd Jeff Ruby – 26’ 9” feet
 
Wackiest Hat Contest – Cash Prize Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
1st Maria Clark
2nd Lorrie Gambino
3rd Axel Lewis
 
Cardboard Sled Races – Sponsored by Town of Long Lake
12 & Under
1st Quinn Giordano
2nd Kaleb Keller
3rd Charlotte Harris
 
13-17
1st Sara Kallfelz – Winter Cat
2nd Carissa & Carrera Lance – Ralphies Revenge
3rd Harrison Hall – Jaws
 
Adult
1st Sam Keller
2nd Lillian Dechene, Madi Holmes, Christian Fisher
3rd Kelsie Adams
 
Best in Show – Prizes Sponsored by the Long Lake Fire Department
1st Carissa and Carrera Lance – Ralphie’s Revenge
2nd Harrison Hall  – Jaws
3rd Griffin and Declan Farr – Cool Runnings
 
Best Cardboard Sled Crash – Sponsored by the Long Lake Diner
Team Loonie Bin – Mary Dery, Maddie Dery, Jenny Jurczak, Walter Juzukonis, Donna Umpenour, Scott Umpenour
 
Bonfires Sponsored by Donnelly’s Logging & Donnelly’s Sunset Point
 
Business and Event Sponsors
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake
ADK Trading Post
Another Paradise Cove
Charles Grover Woodworks, Inc.
Chipman Woodworks
Corporate Service Solutions *
Deerland Property Management *
Donnelly’s Sunset Point *
Gillis Real Estate
Hoss’s Country Corner
Howe May We Help You, LLC *
Keller Landscapes
Long Lake Fire Department
Long Lake Diner
Long Lake Foundation*
Long Lake Rentals
Motel Long Lake
Roalsvig Law
Shamrock Motel and Cottages
The Dechene Family
The W!LD Center
The Town of Long Lake
 
*Denotes Platinum Sponsorship
 
Chazen Companies was on site meeting with the public about the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Comprehensive Plan throughout the afternoon. Survey’s were available and people offered their feedback on what they loved about the community and what they’d like the future to look like.
 

Long Lake Winter Carnival 2020

On Saturday, January 18th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY located at 6 Pavilion Way off of Deerland Road, NYS Route 30.  Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, and coronation of the King and Queen.  Free activities are slated throughout the day.  The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.  Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape.  Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day.

 


 
Other events throughout the day include a Wackiest Hat Contest, Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30p.m.. All events are free.
 
The Ice Farm, featuring the talents of award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, will be on site carving ice scupltures all day long. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring an ice carving or race prizes are asked to contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Office at 518-624-3077. Cash prizes provided by the Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club and the Town of Long Lake.
 


In addition to the traditional events slated for the day, The Town of Long Lake will be hosting The Chazen Company at Mt. Sabattis. Chazen is in the process of creating a Comprehensive Plan; a community driven plan to articulate residents’ vision for the future and serve and as the Town’s official policy document. Planners from The Chazen Companies will be in attendance and seeking input at the Long Lake Winter Carnival on January 18th (from noon to 2 PM). They will be taking comments from residents, distributing surveys, and providing information about the planning process. 
 

Schedule of Events – All times subject to change without notice. The Long Lake Fire Department will provide complimentary hot food, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks.  This event happens snow, rain or shine.  All times subject to change without notice.
 
12p.m. Winter Carnival Kick off, Ice Sculpture Installation Begins, Registration opens and free lunch served by the Long Lake Fire Department
12:15p.m. Snowmobile Parade – conditions permitting
12:30p.m. Coronation of Moonlighter’s King and Queen
12:45p.m. Wackiest Hat Competition
1:00p.m.  Cardboard Sled Races
1:45p.m.  Town Wide Photo
2:00p.m. Balloon Chase for Kids 9 and under
2:30p.m. One Shot Hockey aka Goalie’s Day Off
3:00p.m. Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45p.m.  Men Feats of Strength
6:30p.m.  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 12p.m. There will be free shuttle service running starting at 6p.m. until 2am to and from the event location and pickups throughout town.  Call 518-524-3106 for a ride.  Open to the public.   Snowmobiles welcome! 
 
For more information about Long Lake, www.mylonglake.com or call 518-624-3077.   ##

Summer Guy Loves Long Lake in Winter

By Chris Rohner

Seward Mountain Range enveloped in low-lying clouds.  Still fortituous.

I like summer in Long Lake. My family has had a camp there for 100 years. I’ve been here every summer of my life.  I’ve never missed one. I came back from Japan just so I could get to camp before Labor Day weekend. When my first child was born and she was just five weeks old we packed her up in the car with all her stuff and took her to the woods. My family refers to our love of the Adirondacks as having “the fever”. As if it was an illness.

About 10 years ago I started coming up to Long Lake for the Winter Carnival. A few days of local community games, parades and snowmobile races that help keep this little town alive over the cold winter. As a kid I lived in Long Lake year-round for two years – that was enough indoctrination that I fell in love with the snow and ice – skiing, skating and playing in the snow. But until recently I just couldn’t find the time to get back in the winter. 

I guess I’d recommend to anyone who loves Long Lake in July to give it a shot in February. The place is exactly the same except that it’s completely different. If you think you going to find solitude in the Adirondacks in the summer just wait until you spend some time here in the winter. It could be the most peaceful place you’ll ever find. Fewer restaurants and hotels, but enough for you. And you’ll meet a whole new set of folks when you are out and about. 

Skis rented from ADK Trading Post

I rent skis at the ADK Trading Post. I ski on local trails or down the lake. This year I skied down to our summer house and stayed overnight. The house is not made for winter… it was like camping out, so I cranking the little woodstove in the cabin to stay warm. For a summer guy, it was fun to arrive at your house with snow up to your waist. But a little adventure never hurt anyone. And in fact I might suggest that we could all use a little bit more adventure in our lives. My wife and kids thinks I’m a little crazy, but they know how it makes me smile to be in the woods. I find it highly satisfying. It’s kind of like a reset button for the rest of winter before we can all return to the Adirondacks in May to open camp and begin another summer season.

View of Kempshall Mountain

From Chris’s  facebook reporting from Feb 12, 2018

“Took three hours to navigate to destination via skis to the northend. Spotted one large buck, lots of smaller tracks, and deer scratches and nesting spots. About 10 inches of snow on ground and lake, drifts up to 2-3 feet. Temps 32 until midnight, then dropped to 17. Morning nice and frosty, followed sled tracks back up the lake, no need for breaking trail, so fast in about 1hr45min. Great fun, have not spend a winter night down the lake for a very long time! All fun, but the outhouse was chilly!”

Your one stop shopping mall in Long Lake NY located on the Tupper Road.  Open year-round!

A family with a summer place on Long Lake holds a traditional ice harvest in February.  Chris happened to catch and help on his trek to the north end of Long Lake in mid-February.

Vital overnight survival supplies include one can of Genesee Beer, one bottle of milk and a saucepan to melt snow

This outhouse is closed

Got the fire going to thaw out the socks and ward off the chill in the air.

Gabe Farr Competes 2010 Vintage Snowmobile Races

Gabe Farr with Two Racing Sleds

Feb 1, 2018 This post was originally published eight years ago! Hard to believe how fast time flies. Gabe doesn’t race anymore and he has TWO children. Gabe’s insights to the sport and his love of the event still shines through. Look for the next round of Vintage Snowsled Races sponsored by the Long Lake Lions Club on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Registration 8:30am, Hot Laps 10:30am, Racing at 11am. Admission for spectators $10. Kids under 16 are Free!

January 17, 2010 will mark the arrival of the Northern New York Vintage Snosled Races in Long Lake on Jennings Park Pond with races commencing at noon. The pond for your GPS can be entered as 1167 Main Street, Long Lake, NY

Gabe Farr, a native Long Laker, has been racing vintage sleds for over ten years and boasts several trophies and a few seasons back he garnered  title of Driver of the Year.  Gabe is married to his wife Kami and they have one child,  Griffin who Gabe hopes will eventually carry on the family tradition.  When not racing the circuit, Gabe works for the New York State Electric and Gas Company.

Gabe owns four sleds: 1976 440 Liquid Cooled Mercury Sno Twister, 1975 440 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister, 1975 340 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister and a 1975 340 Fan-cooled Mercury Trail Twister.

This year Gabe will travel to the World Championships in Eagle River, Wisconsin on January 6th.  His pit crew includes:  his father Brian Farr, in charge of motor and engine work and Johnny Walker, handler of fuel, antifreeze and suspensions.  He relies on the talents of his Dad and Johnny to pull him through the grueling schedule.  It is clearly a team effort and Gabe attributes his successes to the dedication of the entire group.

Gabe trains on Jennings Park Pond as soon as the ice is thick enough to plow and groom.  He races between eight and twelve times a year mainly on the Northern New York circuit.

Gabe admits his favorite place to sled is on the smaller tracks.  They may not be as fast, but do require more driver skill. The fastest he has ever been clocked was on a flooded track in Booneville at 76 mph, but his sleds are geared for up to 100mph.

Gabe races three of his four sleds in two classes for a total of six races in each competition.  There are three lap heats and five lap finals for each race.  Gabe states his training consists of practicing on the loop on the pond as often as possible which helps build his stamina and hones his skill.  This year Ryan Kitchen will ride one of Gabe’s sleds for his first time in the competitive circuit.

The Long Lake Lions Club works with the NNYVSR to bring the races to town, filling the long missed gap of the 100 Miler a notorious racing event from years past.  The Lions Club offers a variety of food and snacks from the Roach Coach.  Need a break from the cold, come on in, do some shopping and grab a bite at one of our local restaurants.

Gas, food, lodging, friendly folks are the earmark of Long Lake and we make no exception during the Vintage Races.  Please check # or www.vintageicesnowmobileracing.com for more information.

Long Lake Winter Carnival Makes the News Circuit

The Long Lake Winter Carnival starts the season of winter festivals all across the Adirondacks.

The Cardboard Boxes ellicit a lot of interest! Join us with your own 3-D dynamic wonder! Get creative and show us what you’ve got!

New for this year includes the Men Feats of Strength, the return of Co-Ed Three Holf Golf and a Mini-Golf Course.

Mini Golf course made out of snow at the Long Lake NY Winter Carnival

Mini Golf course made out of snow at the Long Lake NY Winter Carnival

Listen to North Country Public Radio on Friday, January 15th during the 8:30am hour to hear more about our Cardboard Sled Races.

Hamilton County Express

Watertown Daily Times

Sun Community News

Here’s the schedule for Winter Carnival.

Schedule of Events, January 16, 2016
12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race & Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
6:30pm – Fireworks

For GPS Enter 1095 Deerland Road for location.

The event is held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center and Skating Rink. We have a sledding hill and free ice skating on our outdoor rink. It is located 6 Pavilion Way, Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 along NYS Route 30. For GPS use 1095 Deerland Road.

Rink Conditions call 518.624.3031.

Prizes Announced and Gearing up for Winter Carnival Weekend in Long Lake

Mother Nature’s Snow Machine jumped into full gear on Monday giving the ground the look of winter we’ve all been waiting for. Our team of Winter Carnival Elves are pulling together events, orange cones, golf pencils, golf clubs, broomballs, cardboard boxes and chili for this weekends Royal Coronation at Mt. Sabbatis.

Events kick off at Noon on Saturday, January 16th with the Snowmobile Parade followed by the coronation and plenty of fun for everyone. Bring a sled, don’t bring a sled.. we have sleds, toboggans, ice skates, helmets. Come and go all day long and don’t forget to stop by the kitchen and visit with the Long Lake Fire Department.

The young set gets a push down Mt. Sabattis at the Long Lake Winter Carnival

The young set gets a push down Mt. Sabattis at the Long Lake Winter Carnival

So with that said, get psyched for Winter Fun by watching this video inspired by what it means to “Feel Long Lakey” It’s winter, “Feelin’ Long Lakey” is whatever you want it to be, but the week before Winter Carnival, it’s excitement, anticipation, invigorating and the idea of pushing yourself to your limits, whether your throwing a Frying Pan or hiking up Mt. Sabattis to play golf with your friends or hitting the rink with hockey sticks or brooms. Most of the stunts seen here were not shot in Long Lake, but some of the trail riding was. This video is themeatic, reflecting fun, whimsical and toughness and to get you psyched get out and enjoy some fun family recreation this weekend.

With Winter Carnival comes great cash prizes, so if you are on the fence about your Cardboard Sled, don’t be! It doesn’t take much to create a sled that zips down the mountain. We will be grooming the hill, packing it down so any fresh snowcover will add the glide we are looking for. Conditions look to be warm and snowy on Saturday, reaching as high as 37, so sledders best be prepared with some tape that glides!

Prizes Awarded

Town of Long Lake Sponsored Events
Cardboard Box Races
12 & Under Solo 1st = $15, 2nd – $10, 3rd – $5
12 & Under Team 1st = $20, 2nd $15, 3rd $10
13-17 Solo 1st = $25, 2nd = $15, 3rd – $10
13-17 Team 1st = $25, 2nd $15, 3rd – $10
Adults 1st – $75, 2nd = $50, 3rd = $25
Best in Show 1st = $75, 2nd = $50, 3rd = 25

Ladies Frying Pan Toss
1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25

Wackiest Hat Contest
1st $30, 2nd $15, 3rd $10

Men Feats of Strength
1st $75, 2nd $50 3rd $25

Goalie’s Day Off – Sponsored by the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub
Co-Ed Golf – Sponsored by Long Lake Real Estate
Broomball Tournament – Sponsored by the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club

Lunch will be served the the Long Lake Fire Department.

Schedule of Events, January 16, 2016
12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race & Adk Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
6:30pm – Fireworks

Little Bus runs 6pm – Last call. Call 518.323.5001 for a ride! This is a free shuttle service for all ages to get to and from Winter Carnival, your lodging, your home to locations in and around town.

The Ice Skating Rink will be open after the fireworks until 10pm.

A short fireworks show completes the days festivities.  It happesn immediately following broom ball at 6:30pm. Join us!

A short fireworks show completes the days festivities. It happesn immediately following broom ball at 6:30pm. Join us!

Winter Carnival Schedule Announced

The Town of Long Lake and Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club will host the annual Winter Carnival Weekend from Friday, January 15th through Saturday, January 16th.

Next weekend weather outlook looks good for winter activities with light snow predicted throughout next week with temps for Saturday, January 16 looking to be about a balmy 27 degrees! So come on out!

Friday Night Concert!

C.C. Vagabonds, a gypsy jazz band, will be performing a concert for the LL Library “Café Livre” series on Friday, January 15th at 7pm. The Vagabonds represent blend Django Reinhardt style with modern takes on classics and jazz standards. The concert is free and will be at the CVW Long Lake Public Library at 1195 Main Street, Long Lake, NY.

We have our own Feelin' Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

We have our own Feelin’ Long Lakey Selfie Board! Instagram #mylonglake

2016 Winter Carnival Long Lake Promo

On Saturday, January 16th at noon, the Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a bonfire, snowmobile parade, coronation of the King and Queen and the first stop on the award-winning Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1pm. Prizes are awarded for speed and for Best In Show Decoration. Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape only. Categories are broken up by age group and teams.

New for 2016 will be the Men’s Strength Challenge to complement the Ladies Frying Pan Toss. The Wackiest Hat competition returns with a parade, voting and winners announced at 2pm. Returning in 2016 is Co-Ed Golf replacing the Men’s Golf Drive.

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.

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

Fireworks delight the crowd in a wondrous display

12pm Winter Carnival Kick off and registration opens.
12:15pm Snowmobile Parade
12:30pm Coronation
12:45pm Wackiest Hat Parade
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Race and Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
1:00pm – 3:00pm – Three Hole Golf, Teams welcome
1:45pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – Awards for Cardboard Sled Racing and Wackiest Hat Announced
2:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off
2:30pm – Kids Events – Miniature Golf, Tug O War, Snow Maze & Ice Cube Spoon Race
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
3:45pm – Men’s Feats of Strength Challenge – New for 2016!
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament – Teams of 5 sign up by 3pm.
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.

After the Winter Carnival check out our local pubs, retail stores and restaurants for a hot toddie, meal and entertainment.

Adirondack Growl and Grub serving deli sandwiches, beer, wine & cider until 10am-7pm. Behind Hoss’s. 518.624.2816
ADK Trading Post. 1601 Tupper Road. Homemade soup, panini’s and gifts. 518.624.2357
Adirondack Hotel serves dinner until 9pm and offers live music with Eric Peter at 9pm. 518.624.4700
Ali Babas Liquors, 1601 Tupper Road. 518.624.2020
Cellar Restaurant and Pub serving dinner from 4:30pm – 8pm. Jukebox and Pool Table 518.624.5539
Hoss’s Country Corner, Gifts, Fishing Gear, Warm Clothing 518.624-2481
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, Pub open. 518.624.3941
Kickerville Station, Groceries, Gear and Deli. 518,624.2178

Lodging
Shamrock Motel & Cottages 518.624.3861
Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700

For more information about Long Lake, www.mylonglake.com or call 518-624-3077.

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

The Royal Family is always crowned at the start of the Carnival

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

Carol and Kay, the reigning Princesses turn over the kingdom!

Long Lake Itinerary for Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

Kids are on Vacation this week! What are you going to do?
Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

From the Desk of the Director. I am writing to you from the secret command center in an unknown location in Long Lake, NY. If you are seeking adventure, activities and all things Adirondack, this is your week to be in Long Lake. This is just a sample itinerary of all great offerings going on all week in our area!

Friday, Feb 14th. – Happy Valentine’s Day! Well the first thing on the list is stop by the fundraiser dinner in Raquette Lake for the Raquette Lake Softball Team at 5pm, Raquette Lake Fire Hall. $10 and byob. Bring your Valentine!

RL-Winter-Carnival

Saturday Feb 15th – Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. It’s true, there are four of us in our family so I’d have to split the family in two! I’d send one half to the Kids Games starting at 10am in Raquette Lake. Kat Forsell is cooking up all sorts of fun games, snowshoe races, tire races, frying pan toss and more!

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Saturday, Feb 15th – Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. The other ½ of the family will be in Long Lake starting at 12noon located at 6 Pavilion Way/Entrance 1100 Deerland Road. We’d hit the LL skating races and snowman building. Always a fun crowd at the Geiger Arena and I’m sure to win bragging rights with my superior skating skills! DJ music with Pat Bedore and Andrew McClelland, hot chocolate and yummy snacks. See Erin and ask her about the Ice Dancing Competition!

MAGIC SHOW! Yes at 2pm Jim Perry, the Magician will be at the Raquette Lake Library. Grab some yummy cookies and enjoy the show. It’s free! I wonder if he can make people disappear? We’ll spend the rest of the day in Raquette Lake playing Golf on the lake. Then there’s the bonfire, and fireworks at dusk and the Winter Boat and the Tap Room. I’m IN! Thanks to Mike, Murray, Kat, Tommy, Wayne, Sue and everyone in Raquette Lake for pulling this event together!

Sunday, Feb 16th
At 10am In Raquette Lake there’s a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall or
10am Great Camp Sagamore Snowshoe trek with Walt Linck and it’s Free. Who’s been to Great Camp Sagamore in the Winter? Not me, but it will be pretty amazing to get this opportunity to enjoy the property in the off-season, just like yesteryear!

Chainsaw

Also on Sunday in Raquette Lake starting at Noon – the Infamous Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. I’ve heard about this, and there are some serious competitors using powerful equipment! I’ll just watch, or maybe someone will invite me to be on his or her team!

SKIING! Hit the slopes at Big Tupper. For $25 a person, the whole family can ski for the cost of one holiday ticket price at any other area mountain. Bargain, Great Mountain and I know those trails like I know my own driveway because I grew up on that mountain and can’t wait to get back! Note to self: Pack a HELMET. I’m old now and it’s been a while! Rentals available! Call 518.359.3730. Be part of something that is re-igniting ski fever in the Heart of the Adk. Be a part of something amazing!

Big-Tupper

Monday, Feb 17th
Wild Center. The kids love an adventure at the Wild Center and it’s Mammal Monday. Join The Wild Center staff as you learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that can still be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join SUNY-ESF Wildlife Technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails with a naturalist at 2:00 pm to discover many small mammal winter homes.

Tuesday, Feb 18th
Frost Fest at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake 10 am – 3pm. Free exhibitions, outdoor fun hands-on fun for family including a winter-themed scavenger hunt and some open exhibits… IN THE WINTER and it’s FREE! What? The museum in Blue Mountain Lake is open in the winter and it’s FREE! WOW. I’m there! What a unique experience!

OR

Weekly Snowshoe Hike
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center – 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY 12852 | AIC Programming
Join us on our snow-covered trails as we explore tracks, trees and everything in between. All ages are welcomed. Snowshoes provided. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. 
Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

Wednesday, Feb 19th
Youth Program Tubing trip to Oak Mountain and its only $5 a person for tubing and TWO slices of pizza. Really? What a DEAL! Call 518.624.3077. Limited seats on the little bus! Sign up asap!

Wednesday Night – 7pm. Trivia at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub. I’m going to take down the Kicking Greys and Flatlanders and that team with the Norwegian guy. But I love TRIVIA! Winning!

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Thursday, Feb 20th
SNOWMOBILING. I can’t believe I haven’t gone sledding yet this week. So today I’m hitting over 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. I’m going to loop from Long Lake, Newcomb Indian Lake to Raquette Lake and then back to Long Lake. I’ll even try the 7th Lake Mountain trail through the Moose River Plains that NYS installed last year. I know it needs more work, but I want to try it before the season ends and I’ll go slow, I PROMISE! How cool is it to connect and loop all the way around?

Friday, Feb 21st
I’m going to eat lunch in Long Lake, I can eat at the Cyber Creek Café, the Long Lake Diner, Adirondack Hotel, the Kickerville Mobil or the Adk Trading Post. So many choices! I can get some take out and bring it with me to the Geiger Arena and spend the day. I love the sledding hill and ice-skating rink because Erik does a great job operating the place and it’s great exercise too! Ice skating conditions 518.624.3031

Friday night – Going to the Indian Lake Theater to check out Forever Snocade starting at 7pm featuring hilarious comic sketches about living in the central Adirondacks and then I’ll stick around to hear the Sons of Octomom play because Eric Peter is a groovtastic local musician and always puts on a great show!

Saturday, Feb 22nd – Free Guided Hiking Trip! Hiking with Spencer Morrissey up Sawyer and Little Sawyer. I’ve got my snowshoes, my crampons, my layers and my lunch and water. I’m in and this just in… it’s FREE. I have to sign up in advance by calling 518.624.3077 so I get a spot on the bus! This trip is free and sponsored by the Town of Long Lake part of the Winter Expedition Series.

Also on Sat. Feb 22nd is a cool Vendor Event happening at the Raquette Lake School! Look for booths for The Pampered Chef, 31, Lia Sophia, Clutter Bug and the WW Durant! 11am – 3pm. Be sure to stop in and check it out. Great entrepreneurial business owners right here in this area!

Sunday, Feb 23rd – Ice Fishing. I pick up my bait, already got my license and I’ve got my tip ups. Supplies and live bait available at stores in Long Lake! Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s.

Long Lake in the Center of It All. Don’t need to stay anywhere else!

For More Information!
Wild Center
Adirondack Museum
Ski Big Tupper
Newcomb Visitors Center
Indian Lake Snocade
Shamrock Motel Long Lake
Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake / Raquette Lake Website

Video Long Lake Winter Carnival. Highlights 2009-2013

Hot off the presses. Check out this highlight video of past winter carnival’s! This should get you ready for today’s festivities. We’ll see you at Mt. Sabattis at noon.

GPS or Garmin – enter 1100 Deerland Road – gets you close enough.

Parking available at bottom of hill, Owls Head Lane, South Hill Road.

Little Bus will be running starting at 4pm until end of festivities. For 2014, a special thank you to the Town of Newcomb for providing us with wheels. For a ride call 518-323-5000

Winter Carnival January 18th

The Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival is on January 18th at Mt. Sabattis.

It kicks off at Noon with a Snowmobile Parade, followed by the coronation of two very special royal guests, bonfire, Cardboard Sled Racing Competition including the first stop on the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit (think NASCAR) In addition to that all ages will enjoy other activities including the Fireman’s Relay on skates, Ballon Chase, Corn Hole, One Shot Basketball, and a highly anticipated Broomball Tournament. Teams of six are welcome to sign up.

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The event rounds out with a Fireworks Display. Usually the fireworks go off around 6:30pm, but all depends on the number of broomball teams.

The Long Lake Little Bus will be rolling from 4pm until Last Call. Phone is 518.323-5000. It will pick up all ages to transport guests to area lodgings, Mt. Sabattis and to any local address within Long Lake.

On Sunday the Long Lake Lions Club will be hosting the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Races starting at Noon on Jennings Park Pond.

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Winter Carnival Schedule: January 18th 2014

All times subject to change without notice.

How to maximize winter fun in Long Lake. Be prepared, dress in layers. Bring sleds, skates, extra clothes and socks if you have little ones.

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:30pm – Bonfire Lighting – Christmas Trees Welcome
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Races –
1:30pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – One Shot Basketball
2:15pm – Balloon Chase
2:30pm – Adult Golf Drive / Skating Fireman’s Relay (all ages)
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off – Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament
6:15PM – FIREWORKS – Time is approximate – Fireworks end the event, after the Broomball Tournament is over.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
There are five Cardboard Sled Races in the Adirondacks. Participants willing to race in all five have a chance to win a really huge trophy and bragging rights for the year. House rules apply at each individual race.

January 18, – Long Lake
Feb 15 – Old Forge
Feb 16 – Indian Lake
Feb 22 – Inlet
March 1 – Oak Mountain Speculator

All dates and times are tentative – please call 518.624.3077 for more information.

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