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Portraits in the Wilderness by Matt Burnett Outdoor Art Installation in Long Lake NY

Local Adirondack Artist and Long Lake native Matthew Burnett has installed a series of outdoor paintings entitled Portraits in the Wilderness. “Portraits of the Wilderness” will be a series of outdoor installations composed of 8’x8’ murals mounted in various locations throughout Long Lake. The art showcased will celebrate the landscape of the Adirondack wilderness by connecting the natural world to the sense of place and community we live in.






“Portraits in the Wilderness” is designed to provide easy access to high quality art to residents and visitors of Long Lake. This exhibit will be open and free for all to enjoy, including travelers in and around the region accessing the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway and the Roosevelt-Marcy Scenic Byway along NYS Routes 30 and 28N.

The first three installations will be located at the Shaw Pond rest area on route 28N, the site of the former Blarneystone on Main Street and a location along Deerland Road located on a historic barn currently owned by Fred Fink. Site selection was based on covering multiple locations to maximize visibility and impact.

Three portraits based on iconic historic Long Lake characters will be installed in August at a location to be announced. The project will be up through the end of 2014.

Matt Burnett is a native of the Adirondacks, growing up in what is now the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. Burnett is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Canton, where he teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program. His work has been exhibited in regional and international exhibitions including the Long Lake Winter Outdoor Art Installation in 2011, E-Lumination.

This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. The Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts.


Long Lake Bed Races Through the Years

Enjoy this official highlight video of the Long Lake Bed Races.

Official highlight reel. The Long Lake Bed Races are held on the 4th of July in the heart of the Adirondacks. The race is 2/10th’s of a mile from the iconic town bridge to the Long Lake Town Beach. Great people watching, community fun, beds are decorated and raced down the road.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival Feb 15-16th

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival returns with two days of fun and wacky events for all ages!


The weekend kicks off on Friday, February 14th with a Pasta Dinner hosted by the Raquette Lake Softball Team at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Dinner is served at 5pm until it is sold out, so be sure to get there early to fuel up for the long weekend ahead and support a great group!

The carnival begins Saturday, February 15th at 10am with kids’ activities including a snowshoe contest, tire races, a balloon chase and sledding races. At noon, the ever popular Frying Pan toss will kick off followed by adult golf at approximately 2pm. Both events feature great cash prizes for winning competitors.

Great Camp Sagamore gets in on the action by offering two snowshoe expeditions both Saturday and Sunday at 10am. Check out all the details here. 

Also at 2pm, magician Jim Perry will be delighting children in the Raquette Lake Library. Jim Perry presents a fast paced show where fire, water, and silks vanish, appear and dance in astonishing and impossible illusions. Stop by the Raquette Lake Library to warm up and take part in this interactive show. The Raquette Lake Library will have cookies and hot chocolate throughout Saturday, and are looking for cookie donations to contribute to the delicious selection.


Saturday continues with a town wide tug of war contest and concludes with a bon fire and fireworks at dusk!

On Sunday, February 16th the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary and the Raquette Lake Women’s Softball Team will host a pancake breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall from 10am-noon. The weekend will conclude with the ever popular Crosscut and Chainsaw Contest at noon.

Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival 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

Fall Foliage 2013 Long Lake, NY

Visit Long Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks. Exploring the beauty of the Adirondacks from a home base in Long Lake, NY is the right thing to do. Long Lake is in the center of the Park making all area attractions and scenic visits with in an hours drive of Long Lake. Check out for more Leaf Peeping Suggestions.

90 Miler Long Lake Sept 7, 2013

This is the mobile version of today’s 90 Miler paddling race on Long Lake. It’s small and hard to see, but I guess if you’re on your phone it should work. I’m uploading a larger version right now. I can’t put it on youtube because of the music. 90 Miler Day Two on Long Lake.

Thanks to Adirondack Watershed Alliance for hosting this event now in it’s 31st year. It is so vitally important to showcase our unique water highways to the world. Our business is people, tourism and recreation. This event takes pit crews, cooperation from state agencies and offers an economic boost to the communities around the region. (that’s my soap box)

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Seeks Wild Forest Classifcation


The Five Towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification for the newly acquired 69.000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands. The lands are being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, publicly owned lands within the Adirondack Park. Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls on a promise made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the purchase of these lands will increase the economic opportunities of the 5-Towns by promoting unparalleled, all-access, year-round, four-season recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands. The 5-Towns propose motorized use on an already-established extensive network of logging roads including already established motorized, historical entries at Indian Lake and Newcomb. Vast recreational activities should be permitted including, but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling tracked grooming, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, seaplane activity and ATV riding.

In addition to promoting the active use of the lands, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks to preserve and maintain the Outer Gooley Farmhouse, and the Boreas Pond Lodge, which are historical brick and mortar assets available for immediate use and occupancy. These buildings have untapped potential and will afford opportunities including, but not limited to: working space for recreation, training, education, visitor information, outpost for rangers and safety personnel, or as a public facility to stage events or as lodging.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub recognizes land classification must be equal and fair to all citizens. Local entrepreneurial business owners must be afforded an economic benefit and see an increase in visitor traffic in all five-communities. Recreational opportunities must be all-inclusive and diverse to compete on a global stage.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks support from the public, property owners, residents, students and interested citizens of all ages to attend hearings and have their voices heard. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks the newly acquired property to benefit all residents and visitors of New York State and not just an elite few. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub vehemently believes in order to achieve the greatest economic benefit there must be maximum use of those lands, including motorized use to provide easy, up close access to ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and trails by all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped, disabled and physically challenged.
The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub fervently stands by their position that there is no other suitable classification for these public lands other than Wild Forest.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub invites the public to attend the hearings and support their position.

Following is the full schedule:
June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.
June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.
June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.
July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.