Winter Wacky Week Highlights

Winter Wonderland Wacky Week has come to a close. From February 20th to February 25th, 2011 the Town of Long Lake offered a variety of fun family activities to get folks outside into our crisp clear mountain air in the middle of winter.

Sunday was the launch of Winter Shorts! with a Casting Meeting. Director Anton Briones and A small, commitment of five days to work on short, short plays culminating in a Friday night performance sponsored by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the arts. Seven actors gathered at the casting meeting and rehearsed every night at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Monday featured an out of town trip for Long Lakers to the Queensbury Rock Climbing Center. Thank you to Hamilton County Prevention Services for providing transportation. Eleven children from Long Lake had an adventurous day braving rock walls, building their confidence, learning a new skill and having a blast.

Tuesday featured the Winter Olympics. Games included, Skating Races, Curling, Obstacle Course, Sledding Tug-O-War, Sledding Races and more. Over 25 participants made the Long Lake Winter Olympics a success and we look forward to adding more competition next season.

Tuesday evening featured a concert by Chris Shaw at the Long Lake Library. Chris, an Adirondack Folk Singer, Storyteller is a great talent and we look forward to his return visit.

Wednesday was Snow Sculpture Day. Lorraine Esposito, from Raquette Lake and Long Island, brought along her magic shovel and spray food coloring water bottles and a vision to create a giant masterpiece out of the snow. Families came out on the most stunning day of the week to create “Champ” the Lake Monster from Lake Champlain. Champ made his way over to Long Lake to eat up the Orbs left over from the E-Lumination installation from January.

Thursday night saw the Hors D’Oeuvres Throw Down between The Cellar and The Adirondack Hotel. For $10, 46 judges tried 6 dishes offered by the chefs at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub and The Adirondack Hotel. The Cellar walked away with an overall win, “Best Hors D’Oeuvres in Town” while The Adirondack Hotel’s Portabella Wellington wowed the crowd, splitting the vote and letting the Hotel garner “Best in Show”

Friday featured a “Weather Event” A winter storm arrived in the morning dumping between 8” – 10” of snow wreaking havoc on the roads, but that didn’t stop the Parks and Recreation Department from hosting Hip Hop Dance Class with Anton Briones from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts at the Long Lake Town Hall. Participants from Syracuse worked it out and honed their mad dancing skills under Anton’s guidance.

Friday night was the finale for Winter Wacky Wonderland Week featuring Winter Shorts! a 10 minute short-short play festival. The works included “Supreme Beings Create the World” from Parallel Lives by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, “Hold For Three” by Sherry Kramer, “Brights” by David Smillow, “The Philadelphia” by David Ives, “Ferris Wheel” by Mary Miller, and “The League of Semi Superheroes” by Val Smith and Bigelow Dixon.

The cast featured Virginia Jennings, Abbie Verner, Camille Nerney, Jason Hall, Mike Nerney, Annalee Pratt, and Yod Crewsy (aka Paul Roalsvig) Directed by Anton Briones from the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mt. Lake.

The Town of Long Lake would like to thank our partners for helping launch our 2nd Annual Winter Wacky Wonderland Week including: The CV Memorial Long Lake Library, Hamilton County Prevention Services and Joe SanAntonio, Caleb Davis for offering two X-C ski workshops, Annalee Pratt, Cindy Black, Lorraine Esposito, The Adirondack Hotel, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, The Long Lake Highway Department (for moving snow for sculptures and for clean up on the Kickerville Snowmobile Trail), Jackie and John Heron for letting us procure clean snow from the Blarney Stone parking lot, and a special shout out to the Long Lake Town Board and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for sponsoring a fun family week.

Next year look for workshops, more Winter Olympics and more fun activities. It will always be held Presidents Day Week (the winter break for many NYS Public Schools) If you are interested in hosting a workshop, concert or event please contact the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for more information.

Sledding and skating are always free at the Long Lake Geiger Arena. For hours call 518-624-3031 and for more information about our area check us out at or call Long Lake Parks and Recreation at 518-624-3077.

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