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Welcome to Raquette Lake

2012 summer events

May 30, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Raquette Lake boasts two unique attractions of the Adirondacks.

Great Camp Sagamore is the only Adirondack Great Camp open on a daily basis. This camp, built by William West Durant and owned by the Vanderbilts for many years, reflects the opulence of the rich in their home away from home. For the wealthy, a visit to their Adirondack camp did not include being away from the amenities and services of their permanent homes. The W.W. Durant cruise ship on Raquette Lake is a reproduction of the boat by the same name which William West Durant built and ran on Raquette Lake during the heydays of the Gilded Age. A cruise on this boat provides the visitor with a truly unique experience. Whether you take the scenic cruise, a luncheon cruise or the dinner cruise, you will disembark with a true sense of what the very wealthy would have experienced.

The visitor to Long Lake and Raquette Lake may also enjoy the wide variety of events during the entire year. In the summer, there is always something do. Visitors and residents can enjoy the concerts, craft fair, antique shows, art show and a myriad of other events that fill the summer calendar.

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Canoers paddle along Raquette Lake
(Enterprise file photo — Mike Lynch)

The Long Lake-Raquette Lake region is a perfect destination for those who enjoy a more adventurous vacation.

Within the almost 6 million-acre Adirondack Park, which surrounds Long Lake and Raquette Lake, is more than 2 million acres of state forest preserve land protected by the state of New York as "Forever Wild." In the immediate vicinity of the two hamlets are the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area, the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area, the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area, the Blue Mountain Wild Forest and the Bog Stream Wild Forest.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are the gateway to areas that have been described as the jewels of the Adirondacks. These areas provide visitors with a wide variety of activities.

Fact Box

2012 summer events in Raquette Lake

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Saturday, June 30: Strawberry Festival - The Strawberry Festival will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. A portion of the proceeds benefits the fire department. visit www.myraquettelake.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 3: Tie Dye Workshop - There will be a Tie Dye Workshop at 7 p.m. at the Raquette Lake Library for all ages. Shirts cost $5, but those attending are invited to bring any clothing item they wish to tie dye. For more information, call 518-624-3077.

Wednesday, July 4: Fouth of July - Raquette Lake will host its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at dusk as seen from the shoreline of Raquette Lake.

Thursday, July 5: 'Addie and Olin - Unleashed" - "Addie and Olin - Unleashed" will take place at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake. Reservations are necessary due to limited space and need for boat transportation. The public barge leaves the village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Saturday, July 7: Jazz ensemble - "Puttin' on the Ritz," a jazz ensemble, will be held at 6:30 p.m. the Raquette Lake School. This event is free and sponsored by the Raquette Lake Library and the town of Long Lake.

Wednesday, July 11: Workshop - There will be a jewelry making workshop at 7 p.m. at the Raquette Lake Library. This event is free and for people of all ages. For more information, call 518-624-3077.

Thursday, July 12: Barbershop quartet - Legacy, a men's barbershop quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Wlliams on Long Point. Reservations are necessary due to limited space and need for boat transportation. A public barge will leave the village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Wednesday, July 18: Sylvia and the Magic Trunk Show - Sylvia and the Magic Trunk Show will come to the Raquette Lake Library at 7 p.m. Sylvia is a renowned ventriloquist, comedian and singer.

Thursday, July 19: Performance - Annie and the Hedonists will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point. Reservations are necessary due to limited space and need for boat transportation. The public barge leaves the village at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Saturday, July 21: Bass Tournament - The 12 Annual Raquette Lake Bass Tournament will kick off with a 4:45 a.m. breakfast buffet at the fire hall anda 5 a.m. meeting and registration. The weigh-in is open to the public at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $110 per boat. For more information, call 315-354-4581.

Wednesday, July 25: Photography exhibit - Photographer Gerry Lemmo will display "Wonders of the Wetlands" at 7 p.m. at the Raquette Lake Library.

Thursday, July 26: Performance - Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb will perform on guitar at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point. A public barge will leave the village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Sunday, July 29:?Silent auction - St. Williams on Long Point will host its annual fundraising barbecue and silent auction at 1 p.m. in Raquette Lake. A boat will transport diners from St. Williams via the village dock. For more information, call 315-354-4265.

Wednesday, Aug. 1: Zoomobile arrives - The Utica Zoomobile will pull into the Raquette Lake Library at 10 a.m. and at the Mount Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake at noon. There will be educational programs and the chance to pet exotic reptiles and other animals. This event is free. For more information, call 518-624-3077.

Wednesday, Aug. 1: : Performance - Shakespeare in the Park will present "The Tempest" at 2 p.m. at the Raquette Lake Village Green. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 2:?Performance - The Buskers will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake. Reservations are necessary due to lack of space and need for boat transportation. A public barge will leave the village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Friday, Aug. 3 to 5: Durant Days - The annual Raquette Lake Durant Days will be held celebrating the birth of Great Camp architecture with a tribute to William West Durant. There will be paid tours of Great Camps. For more information, call 315-354-5532.

Sunday, Aug. 5: Vespers Service - There will be a Vespers Service at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepard in Raquette Lake. Transportation to the island will be provided for those without boats by Burke's Marina from the Raquette Lake village dock starting at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Aug. 9: Performance - John Cadley and Cathy Wenthen will perform an acoustic duo at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake. A public barge will leave the village dock at 6 p.m. For more information, call 518-354-4265.

Saturday, Aug. 11: Busiest Day - There will be a town wide celebration in Raquette Lake with a craft fair at 10 a.m. at the Raquette Lake Union Free School, a book sale starting at 10 a.m. at the library, a kid's auction at 4 p.m. and the annual fire department and ambulance squad auction at 7 p.m. For more information, call 518-624-3077.

Thursday, Aug. 16: Performance - The Highland Winds, a clarinet quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point. A public barge leaves village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Thursday, Aug. 23: Performance - The Rustic Riders will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point in Raquette Lake. A public barge leaves village dock at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Thursday, Aug. 30: Performance - Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers will perform at 7 p.m. at the Raquette Lake School. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Saturday, Oct. 6:?Performance - Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys will perform at 7 p.m. at the Raquette Lake School. For reservations, call 518-354-4265.

Hiking can be as strenuous as the individual desires. Whether it is climbing Owls Head Mountain, West Mountain, Frederica Mountain, Blue Mountain or Goodnow Mountain or taking a leisurely stroll on relatively flat terrain through tree-lined trails into Sargent Pond, around Lake Eaton or the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center at Newcomb, visitors will share and equally enjoy the wilderness.

Campers also have a choice of facilities. State campgrounds and private campgrounds can easily be accessed by automobile. Those who want to "get away from it all" but still have the security of an organized campground can choose Forked Lake or Tioga Point, which can be accessed only by hiking or boat. If the camper really wants to get away from it all, they may utilize the primitive campsites at Lake Lila and Whitney Wilderness Area. For those who prefer not to have contact with humans during their experience, backpacking on the Northville-Placid Trail will satisfy most backpackers' needs.

Boaters and canoeists will find waterways to satisfy their every desire. Long Lake and Raquette Lake are open to all boats, and Forked Lake and Lake Eaton are open to all boats with size of engine restrictions. Those who want a more quiet and serene excursion with no power boats will find such solitude on Lake Lila, Little Tupper Lake, Brown's Tract Ponds and numerous smaller bodies of water accessible only by packing in a canoe or kayak.

Fishing is as varied in Long Lake and Raquette Lake as are all other activities. Long Lake holds northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout and pan fish. If that isn't what you're favorite target is, you might try the lake trout and landlocked salmon in Lake Eaton or the bass, lake trout and white fish of Raquette Lake.

If you're looking for a really unique experience, the early spring trout fishing in Sargent Ponds and Lake Lila or flying into one of the more remote ponds might work.

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Durant Days, Aug. 3-5

Celebrate the birth of Great Camps Architecture in Raquette Lake. Harken back to the old days when waterways were the highways.

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Steamboat Week, Aug.12-19

Old time steamboats cruise the waters of Raquette Lake all week. Have a steamboat of your own? Bring it to the Lake!

Don't have a steamboat? Relax on the shores and watch the boats float by, or maybe even take a ride!

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To learn more about this truly unique area, contact the Town of Long Lake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, P.O. Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847, (518) 624-3077, or check out either of the two Web sites: www.longlake-ny.com or www.centraladirondacks.com.

 
 

 

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