Director Ari Gold and a small film crew descended on Long Lake, NY, Thursday, August 9th to shoot night scenes for the independent feature “Begin the Beguine.” The film crew set up a makeshift production site along route 30 between Helms Aero Service and the Adirondack Hotel. The first exterior shot, according to film producer Zak Kilberg, was a group of characters streaming out of a bar. One character races away from the group, and hops in a guideboat to go home. The rest of the stragglers climb into a car. Seems simple, but when one is shooting on a busy street in Long Lake in the middle of the summer, patience becomes a top priority.
“We don’t have enough PA’s,” uttered an unfazed staffer as the traffic kept moving through. “Earlier today we had to hold shooting for a seaplane buzzing up above the set, but we’re having a blast. These are problems we like to have”
Traffic slowed down mesmerized by the huge lights set up in the Adirondack Hotel parking lot and the crew huddled together on the sidewalk around a monitor.
Curious onlookers and pedestrians were able to pass right through the set up and see production up close. Several times as the crew was ready to roll, a steady stream of cars continued to move through. Shortly before rolling a party barge attempted to dock, but was waved away.
Shooting is slated to go into the night as they will shoot some interior scenes in the Adirondack Hotel.
Elizabeth Pena as the maid
Isabelle McNally as Isadora
What do you remember about 2011? Well already a day has gone by and I’m sure I missed something. So maybe you got to spend a lot of time in Long Lake this year, or maybe you kept in touch via updates and twitter and your friends and relatives. Maybe you drove down Route 30/28N and decided to spontaneously stay for the night and found a Barber Shop Quartet singing on the beach or Martin Sexton signing autographs. Long Lake is small, but makes the most of the seasons and even though we’re off the beaten path and not right off the railroad tracks or the Northway, we still have our fingers on the pulse (from a quiet distance)
The video is a timeline with both events in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake interspersed with some images of notable news figures of the past year. Trivia is so popular an event, one of the upcoming questions may revolve around some of the images in this piece – so watch carefully.
What did we miss? I know you’ll be sure to tell me.
See you in 2012. Enjoy the show. Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club Winter Carnival is coming up on January 14, 2012.. THINK SNOW!
The Long Lake Lights are an animated display of Christmas lights set to music and can be found at 46 Stone Lane in Long Lake, NY through New Years Eve January 2012. There are over 14,000 LED lights set to 40 minutes of Christmas music designed, implemented and produced by resident Long Laker and electrician Bill Ellick.
Bill started the show in 2008 because as he says “I wasn’t in debt deep enough and there were so many dark houses in Long Lake at the holidays, I felt I could do something to brighten things up.” He wanted to offer the people of the community something fun celebrating the season and he also admits he likes projects “so I started up with this.”
The lights are controlled by channel boxes purchased from Light-O-Rama in Glens Falls, NY. Each card has 16 channels and are managed through a software program to control the lights and music. To save a few dollars Bill purchases kits to build the controllers used for the show. Bill’s show airs on 87.9 on a legal FM transmitter and when the show isn’t running there is over 40 hours of Christmas music playing.
Bill programs the entire production himself and selects the music for the show. The first song he ever programmed is Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Father Christmas” and it still remains one of his favorites. Bill works on each song to follow the music beat by beat. “I have to listen to each song about 400 times.” It takes a minimum of three to six hours to program one minute of music and Bill has 40 minutes of show time. He has also implemented two songs designed by another programmer.
To test the show Bill can control the show remotely through his laptop and wireless router right from his car. As the season progresses he adds new elements having just added candy cane spinners over the weekend. The show is constantly evolving depending on how much time he has and what treasures he unearths in the basement. A bargain hunter, Bill often takes advantage of the end of year Christmas sales to enrich his collection of decorations.
This project is continuous. Next season he hopes to showcase an animated sleigh with reindeer to fly across his house. This year he didn’t put out the choir, or “plastic people” as he calls them. He has plans to create a mountain top with a church, and set the “plastic people” throughout the trees to create a narrative winter scene set to music. At this point he’s looking at an investment of about $8000 for the props so that portion of the project is on standby. He has also considered lighting up trees behind his home to add some more depth to the production.
Bill uses high quality strings of LED lights. There are 120 strings of LED’s illuminating his Christmas tree and each string is about $20 to $25 and “knock on wood, they’ve lasted four years so far.” The electricity bill has been reasonable because the animation of the lights it isn’t drawing as much power as people think. The program and the radio station run off one computer. Everything is timed and all in all, he estimates he uses a total of about five minutes of full power for a 40 minute show.
He doesn’t mind the look of the LED’s either. “LED’s have a deep color, some people don’t care for the pure white of the LED’s and prefer the look of the incandescent glowing yellow colors, but only five percent of my show utilizes incandescent lights.” Bill wishes he had more lights, but he will only use the best quality to avoid the pitfalls of power outages and unpredictable weather. The lights have held their own through torrents of rain, ice and snowstorms.
Bill has been working with electronics all his life and he continues to make this project his focus because at this point “I’ve gotten so carried away and gone overboard with the investment I can’t turn back now.”
At night he keeps the lights off in the front of his house so he can see the cars out front. He gets about 1/2 dozen cars a night, he senses there are more visitors each year.
Bill starts installing the project in October and it runs nightly from 5pm to 10:30pm on weekends and nightly 5-9:30 during the week. Bill will have the show running on New Years Eve and through the first week of January.
Show runs rain, snow or mud!
Tune your FM radio to 87.9 FM to hear the music.
Visitors should not block the main road, keep your radios at a reasonable level, and please turn off your headlights so that everyone can enjoy the show.
Lights are running 6-9:30pm Monday-Friday and 6-10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday nights. Random Lights run from 5pm – 6pm. The lights will be up and running late night on New Years Eve so hop on the LIttle Bus and make a stop at the Long Lake Lights.
For more information about the Long Lake Lights or upcoming events call 518-624-3077.
On October 1st, 2011 fans of As The World Turns stars, Martha Byrne and Ellen Dolan, arrived in Long Lake NY to participate in a unique fan weekend. Soap fans had the chance to act one on one with real life soap opera stars.
The story follows Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) as she returns to her hometown of Long Lake, NY for the reading of her estranged father’s will. She’s reluctantly returned after 20 years. The characters she interacts with are all played by fans participating in the unique weekend.
Charlotte (Ellen Dolan) is upset about Grace Duryea’s return to Long Lake. Charlotte wants to keep the ghosts of the past buried, but now it is nearly impossible.
Please note: All characters are fictional and created for this project. Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is a coincidence.
Special thanks to Ali Baba’s Liquor Store and Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge in Long Lake, NY for providing us with great locations.
It’s just one of many events offered to visitors in Long Lake, NY. More episodes to follow and look for Adirondack Affair in 2012. You can act with the stars!
From Adirondack Almanack, written by Diane Chase with additional contribution from Long Lake Parks and Rec.
This Saturday, October 8, two fall festivals have combined forces for what is shaping up to be a fun family event. The Long Lake Harvest Fest and The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Pet Fest will be held at the ball field in Long Lake from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“We have been working with the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to make this an event for everyone,” says Long Lake Event Coordinator Danielle Gagnier. “It is the third year for the Pet Fest and we wanted to work with our neighbors at The Center to provide an active event for the Columbus weekend.”
According to Gagnier, the Long Lake Oktober Pet Fest will host a variety of unique activities geared toward pet owners. There will be a pet agility course with everything from seesaw to hurdles. Owners can register their pets for a maze and the pet show. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pet Trick, Most Unique Pet, Look Like Your Pet and Best Stuffed Pet.
The stuffed pet can be anything from toy to taxidermy. Don’t worry there is plenty to do in addition to the pet activities. One unusual event will be the “Punkin’ Chunkin’. In years past the Harvest Fest held a pumpkin drop but this year “pumpkins will be flying.”
“We have made the event, in many ways, like a carnival,” says Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Long Lake. “There are various activities that will require a $1 ticket. Other events are free. Activities requiring tickets include Magician, Bob Shelley, T-shirt and pumpkin painting, the bounce house, the Kid Zone, Pet Agility Course, the Pet Maze and the fan favorite, the Pet Competition Show Down. Tickets are available for $1 each, and if too many trips to the bounce house add up, wristbands will be available for the kids for access to the fun and games. Play a game and win a prize too! The Punkin Chunkin is new this year. We are asking that people design their own catapult and we provide the pumpkins. That activity is free and we are hoping to see some real originally being shown while participants see who can launch their pumpkin the farthest.”
There are rules for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Each participant will receive three pumpkins with a misfire being treated as a foul. Each pumpkin will weigh approximately 8-10 lbs. so plan accordingly. No cannons, ignitables or explosives, if that is where your mind is running. Eye protection and hard hat is provided.
Roalsvig is hoping the combined festivals will appeal to visitors and local residents. By keeping the ticket price for various activities at the one-dollar mark, people can pick and choose where to spend their money.
“The Kids’ Zone is going to have Magician Bob Shelley, pumpkin painting, bounce house and T-shirt painting. Each activity will require a ticket but it will be well worth the price,” says Roalsvig.
“The craft fair will be held under the tent and that is free. This year we invited the Long Lake Artisans to be part of the craft fair,” says Roalsvig. “We have wonderful handmade crafts like fishing flies, table runners, Christmas decorations, rustic furniture, fabric arts and a variety of candles. We insist that the products are homemade crafts. Boat builder Bunny Austin just refurbished a guideboat and will have it on display. It has an historic reference so people are encouraged to stop and talk to him about the guideboat and its story.”
Traditional German fare as well as maple cotton candy, Kettle Corn, gourmet desserts and a Saranac Root Beer tasting can be enjoyed while listening to the acoustic music of Adam Reynolds and John Hill.
Parking for the Long Lake Oktober Pet Fest can be found at the Long Lake Central School Parking Lot off Route 30. Call 518-624-3077 for additional information.
Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities Guidebook Series including the recent released Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your Guide to Over 300 Activities for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene, Jay and Wilmington areas (with GPS coordinates), the first book of a four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.
On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 7:30pm the Town of Long Lake will be presenting Babik Jazz Group at the Long Lake Town Hall.
Babik (pronounced Bah-Beek) is a progressive Gypsy Jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. One of those rare musical ensembles that can truly reach across generational and stylistic lines to create a fan base that is as diverse as their musical influences. At their concerts it is not uncommon to see a white-haired 75 year-old grandmother dancing next to a purple-haired 20-something.
Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged. The group’s ability to connect is evident in the way crowds clamber to clap, dance, and cheer along with nearly every performance. Since forming in 2005, Babik has enjoyed both commercial and artistic success.
All four members (Stuart Fuchs-Lead Guitar, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry-Violin, Joshua Assad-Rhythm Guitar, Kevin O’Brien-Upright Bass) are full time professional musicians, and the success of their partnership, both on and off stage, shows in their lighthearted improvisational performances.
Babik stays busy performing over 150 shows a year at concert halls and festivals, in addition to facilitating educational programs & improvisation workshops at high schools and colleges.
In March of 2008, Babik worked with arranger Brent Havens (creator of orchestral programs of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors) to create the first ever orchestral program of the music of Django Reinhardt, which was performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to an audience of thousands. Babik has even performed with the contemporary dance troupe Configuration Dance in a tightly choreographed theatrical show.
Their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. has awarded them “Best Jazz Band” by two different magazines for three years in a row. Their first release, “Pronounced Bah-Beek”, broke Western New York sales records at two area retailers, and the Buffalo News calls Babik “One of the Hottest Bands in Buffalo”—high praise from a town that launched The Goo-Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, and Soulive.
With their latest release, “American Gypsy”, the band showcases ten original compositions and three standards that both honor the roots of Gypsy Jazz while exploring a wide range of styles such as Jazz-fusion, Klezmer, World and Latin Music. The result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that will excite jazz and music lovers alike.
Perhaps Buffalo Spree Magazine best expressed the spirit of the band in a recent feature story: “It’s hard not to fall in love with a band whose every tune seems to state ‘We love life and we want to celebrate it.’”
Tickets will be available at the door. $12.00 for adults and kids under 10 are free.
This concert is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
On September 30th through October 1st, the Town of Long Lake will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Adirondack Affair Weekend. This year opening night features a VIP reception, cocktail party and a cabaret with soap opera actresses Martha Byrne, two time Emmy winner best known as Lily Snyder from As The World Turns and Emmy-nominated Ellen Dolan, best known as Margo Hughes, As the World Turns.
For the second year in a row the actresses have agreed to come up for a weekend in the Heart of the Adirondacks to perform and showcase their acting skills with the beautiful fall foliage as a backdrop.
Friday Night features a VIP reception, one on one interaction with the actresses and a Cabaret Performance. Check out a selection from last year’s cabaret.
Saturday will be rogue video production featuring participants in this unique weekend themed “Shooting on Location.” Scripted material developed specifically for Adirondack Affair will follow the story of the fictional Duryea Family. Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) has returned to the quiet burg of Long Lake after the death of her father. She has arrived for the reading of his will and stands to inherit vast tracts of land, properties and businesses vital to the survival of the local economy. Charlotte, played by Ellen Dolan, will be on alert to the arrival of her Grace Duryea, protecting secrets of the past that could change their lives forever. The two women have never met before, but sparks are sure to fly when Grace arrives at her father’s estate.
The story of Grace and Charlotte will follow our guest actors and Adirondack Affair participants on a journey from learning scripted material, camera blocking, to live video taping. Along the way scenes will be shot in and around Long Lake area businesses to highlight local actors and showcase the beauty of Long Lake. There will be acting parts for clerks, receptionists, waitresses, bartenders, shop clerks, caretakers, loggers, school teachers and hopefully a love interest! All levels of acting are welcome and encouraged to attend this unique once in a lifetime opportunity.
The scenes will be uploaded, with permission, to youtube where they will be immortalized on the internet forever.
Most recently Martha Byrne, co-created and executive produced, Gotham The Series, which was nominated for an Emmy this year. Martha has also appeared on General Hospital and written for the daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful and executive produced a short film, Bye Bye Sally, featuring actress Malin Ackerman.
Ellen Dolan has been very active with the Workshop Theater Company in New York City and is currently starring in the Cape May Stage Production Steel Magnolia’s running through September 10. Ellen Dolan will be playing the role of Truvy, a role played by Dolly Parton in the 1989 film adaptation. In addition to playing Margo Hughes, Ellen Dolan originated the role of Maureen Reardon on Guiding Light and has appeared on Law and Order Special Victims Unit and has recently worked on two films, Southside and Molly’s Girl.
Now is your chance to act one on one with Emmy winning and nominated actresses. Learn the nuts and bolts of straight to tape acting, camera blocking and competing for the “egg.”
Make it a Mother/Daughter weekend you’ll never forget!