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World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his second Ice Fest event! Festivities kick off in Raquette Lake at Noon on Friday, January 11th. Cozy up for lunch at the Tap Room then make your way over the Raquette Lake Library, 1 Dillon Rd, to witness the first of seven ice sculptures being installed between Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

At 3pm on Friday, Stan will begin his first ice sculpture in Long Lake on behalf of the Long Lake Historical Society. A sculpture of Mitchell Sabattis will be placed in front of the Town Office building along with a call for a Bring/Build Your Own Snowman event. While Stan sculpts we’ll create crowd of snow-people to join Mitchell on the Town Office building front lawn. Bring a snowman or build one here (carrots and “coal” provided!) Parking is available behind the Town Office building, 1130 Deerland Road.

Sculpting ensues Saturday, January 12th at 8am at Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street, in Long Lake. Hoss’s will hold a Taxidermy Attire contest to be judged at 9am. The best pelted outfit wins a $20 gift certificate to Hoss’s Country Corner! Hoss’s will also be offering free coffee all day in celebration of Ice Fest activities in Long Lake!

The next carve site Stan will visit is the Shamrock Motel, 1055 Deerland Rd. Carving is slated to begin at 10am, free coffee and donuts will be offered on site! Stan will be installing a large shamrock sculpture at this Long Lake lodging destination.

A chili tasting event will take place at 12:30pm at The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub, 1161 Main Street, while Stan goes to work on another ice installation in front of this historic business. Bystanders are invited to try various kinds of chili and breads along with hot beverage specials! The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub is also inviting any
community members to bring their own chili to the tasting! Contact Jim or Paula Piraino for more information, 518-624-3941.

At 2:30pm, head to Ali Baba’s Liquor and Wine, 1601 Tupper Road, for an installation of Aladdin’s genie lamp! Ali Baba’s Liquor & Wine will hold a wine tasting for the duration of the sculpting. Enjoy a glass of wine whilst ogling over Stan’s impeccable work.

The final sculpture of the day will be placed at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 12 Pavilion Lane, at 4:30pm. Join us for ice skating and free hot coco to round out this day of ice art! Be there at 5pm donning your tackiest Winter wear for a chance to win a prize! Prizes offered in Tacky Youth and Adult categories.

For more information about this event or any event held in Long Lake or Raquette Lake, contact Danielle at the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department by phone, 518-624-3077 or email


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Frontier Communications: Customers Cut off in Long Lake, NY

October 10, 2012, Long Lake, NY.

Frontier Communications suffered an extended service outage in the Central Adirondacks on Wednesday, October 10th. In Long Lake, NY, long-distance phone, internet and cell phone service was unavailable from 10:30pm Tuesday night until mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Residents woke up on Wednesday unable to connect to the cyber super highway by landline, cell or internet. Local customers couldn’t contact Frontier Communications customer service to report the problem as long-distance was disrupted. Local residents did have local telephone service. Concerns over the availability of 9-1-1 were raised, but no issues or emergencies were reported.

A local county representative was able to reach the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office in Lake Pleasant, NY via radio contact to report the problem early on Wednesday morning. The Sheriff’s department confirmed that Frontier was aware of the problem and that the outage had affected Indian Lake as well.

Businesses relying on credit card communications had to manually process the cards. Other retail operations reported internet orders were not being fulfilled. Local lodging owners were frustrated at the lack of service as they are still taking reservations for the season and felt potential customers would be lost due to the service outage.

Local reports speculated that an earthquake in Montreal, Quebec had damaged the communications for Frontier, but it has not been confirmed at this time.

Long distance and internet was restored at approximately 3pm and cell phone service was restored at 3:30pm.

OctoberPETFest in Long Lake October 6th

LONG LAKE – Join the Town of Long Lake and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Saturday, Oct. 6, for a pet and family friendly event, rain or shine. OktoberPETFest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Long Lake Ball Field.
The annual Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair kicks off at 11 a.m. with American made wares, pottery, gifts, clothing and treats. Magician Bob Shelley will entertain children starting at 11:00 a.m. followed a full day of fun including an inflatable obstacle course, games and crafts for the kids. Food sold by Willie’s BBQ of Indian Lake, NY.

Calling all dogs, cats and trained animals to participate in a Pet Parade and agility course. Best Dressed Pet, Most Friendly Pet, Best Stuffed Pet and Best Looking Pet are some of the categories to be judged at the Pet Parade at 1:30 p.m.

Pet registration is required by 1 p.m., so don’t be late.

Music by The Emeralds of July, hits the stage at 2 p.m.

The Emeralds of July is a five piece pop group from upstate NY, made up of three cousins, all girls, who were born within two weeks of each other in May of ’96. The other two members are a younger sister/cousin on keyboards and the only boy member on lead guitar, also born in the summer of ’96.   The group was formed when the 4 girls began singing together for fun into their dad’s (uncle John’s) PA in the basement. Before long their natural ability and desire to perform shone thru and they began to put those music lessons to good use, figuring out songs and layering harmonies. Emeralds of July hit the stage at 2pm. Don’t miss this up and coming Capital Region band!

The Second Annual Punkin’ Chunkin Competition begins at 3 p.m. Contact Events Coordinator Danielle Gagnier at (518) 624-3077 ext. 13 for rules.
Tickets are required for kids’ activities and the Bounce Obstacle Course, or buy a bracelet for $10 for unlimited access. No admission required for Craft Fair, Magician, Emeralds of July or Punkin’ Chunkin’.

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Begin the Beguine, Film Shoots in Long Lake, NY

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.

The cast features Rory Culkin as Ollie

Robert Sheehan as Nikolai

Mary Beth Peil as the grandma

Elizabeth Pena as the maid

Isabelle McNally as Isadora

Citizen Tait of Long Lake

The artist, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, moved to Long Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks in 1874. Tait, his wife and her half-sister first resided in summer in an elaborate lean-to on South Pond near Long Lake, bathing and dining at Palmer’s House in Deerland. Later Tait purchased 100 acres and built a home on the west shore of Long Lake near the present-day bridge. Two of his sons were born in Long Lake. The Helms and Palmer families were close to the Tait family. Mrs. Helms helped deliver the Tait babies. Tait was considered a member of the Long Lake community and was appointed by the Town Board to serve on a committee to investigate allegations made against the Town Supervisor. Further investigation proved no wrongdoing by the accused and the matter was dropped.

Artist Arthur F. Tait 1877

On Friday evening August 17th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum will give a talk on Tait and his Adirondack paintings many of which were painted in the Long Lake vicinity. Long Lake Historical Society and the Town of Long Lake are sponsors of the annual “Historical Showcase” in the Long Lake Town Hall. After the lecture Mrs. Welsh will sign copies of her book “The Adirondack World of A. F. Tait” with contributions by Laura S. Rice and Katherine W. Baumgartner, and published by The Adirondack Museum. All are welcome to attend the lecture and to enjoy the Historical Society’s exhibit of farm, mining, trapping and carpentry equipment used by early families of Long Lake. Photographs of Long Lakers, both summer and year-rounders, who have served in the military will be on view. Information and photos of a nationally prominent Long Laker serving in the Obama administration will also be displayed.

On Saturday evening, August 18th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., Chris Jennings Blumberg, Long Lake School Board member, will offer a program on the history of the Schools, Teachers and Students of Long Lake. The complete schedule of events follows:

Friday 8/17/12 – Exhibit opens at 6 p.m., Tait lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8/18/12 – Exhibit and Historic Society Annual Meeting open at 1 p.m. and School lecture at 7:30 p.m.

RondeauFest Music Festival in Long Lake NY is Coming!

RondeauFest is a brand new all-day music festival August 18, 2012 starting at noon in Long Lake NY. RondeauFest will be held rain or shine at the Long Lake Ball Field, 1167 Main Street sponsored by The Town of Long Lake. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free.

The name RondeauFest harkens back to the frontier lifestyle emulated by Adirondack hermit, Noah John Rondeau, who lived a self-sustained life in the woods north of Long Lake on and off for over eighteen years. Rondeau would sometimes spend time in and around Long Lake even having his photo taken right near the site of this event. Rondeau’s hermitage was located northeast of Long Lake in wildest country in the Adirondacks along the Cold River. Rondeaufest is a celebration of Rondeau’s self-sustaining frontier spirit.

In addition to seven outstanding bands taking the stage on Saturday look for a variety of vendors and local businesses on site. Robot Zone, sponsored by Clarkson University and North Country Children’s Museum will feature activities for kids with on-site robot demonstrations, Lego robots, remote controllers, and a robot that shoots basketballs. Other guests include: Lifeflight, The Center for Donation and Transplant, North County Kettle Corn, a Salon-quality Feather Hair Extension Artist, Incapacho Artisans, The Adirondack Trading Post, Graham Central Station, and the Long Lake Lions Club.

RondeauFest Bands

All times are tentative and subject to change without notice.

12 pm: Jamie Sutliff, Barry Gregson & Michele Roussel
Jamie and Barry have playing together for over 26 years and plan to wow you with original music and Michele Roussel’s powerhouse vocals. Blues, rock and folk blues and lots of originals. Most of the songs you’ll hear in the set are penned by Sutliff. Look for a great set of covers and originals by this dynamic trio to open up the Fest – slated for noon.

1pm: The Dark Marbles

Deb Stuppiello, Tony Stuppiello, Eric Peter, Yod Crewsy

This power-pop garage rock band has been around since 1987 and just released an 18-song studio recording entitled “Variety Pack. ” “Deep from the inner depths of some beat up garage, the Dark Marbles awake and step out into the moonlight to provide your soul with sounds from a time machine.” The Dark Marbles started recording their just released “Variety Pack” CD in 2000 and finished the project at Robby Takac’s (Bass player for the Goo Goo Dolls) GCR Studio in Buffalo, NY with engineer Justin Rose. The Dark Marbles are set to go at 1pm. Lineup includes Eric Peter on lead guitar, Deb Stuppiello on bass, Tony Stuppiello on drums and Yod Crewsy on vocals and guitar.

2pm: The Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band

Paul Smiths, NY-based Bluegrass band The Blind Owl Band formed in 2011 after meeting at Paul Smith’s College. “Rabble Rousing” is the band’s debut album. It’s 13 tracks of bluegrass and original string music. The band’s influences range from the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Jaco Pastorius and The Whompers.

In 2012 The Blind Owl Band played in Hartford, CT, Kingston, NY, Burlington, VT, Peterborough, NH as well as a variety of venues in the Adirondacks. Look for a foot stomping good time when the Blind Owl Band hits the RondeauFest stage at 2pm.

3pm: The Fat River Kings

Brian Beaudin, Steve Signell, Jason Hall are the Fat River Kings

The Fat River Kings are a genre-hopping American roots band specializing in unique arrangements and tight harmonies. The Fat River Kings take turns singing lead vocals on originals and covers while collectively supplying three-part harmonies on roots songs drawn from musical styles including rock, country, Celtic, bluegrass, reggae and the occasional sea shanty. Brian Beaudin on Bass, Guitar, Pennywhistle, Tuba, Trombone.
Jason Hall, Vocals, Keyboards and Steve Signell Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica.

4pm: Jeff Umbehauer

Jeff’s music style, Americana, has been influenced by Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, The Beatles, Jack Johnson, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald as well as various folk and bluegrass artists. Jeff has four cd’s out as both a solo artist and with his bluegrass band, “Blackjack.” Look for a broad range of tunes and original styles ranging from folk to reggae when Jeff hits the stage at RondeauFest. Jeff is well-known in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey music scene playing festivals and clubs including Camp Jam, Musikfest, Mayfair and many more.

5pm: The Grip Weeds

NY/NJ- based rock band The Grip Weeds will play their debut show in the Adirondack region on Saturday, August 18th, at RondeauFest in Long Lake, NY. The Grip Weeds are favorites of fellow musician and New Jersey native Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen, The Sopranos) and are regularly featured on his Sirius/XM and internationally syndicated radio show The Underground Garage.

The critically-acclaimed quartet consists of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), Kristin Pinell (guitar) and Dave DeSantis (bass)– All four sing, and surrounded by their vintage equipment they’re a blast of perfect radio-friendly guitar-pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties-retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern-rock set.

The band just released their first live album Speed Of Live (Ground Up), described as “non-stop energy– a sweat-soaked high-octane burst of psychedelic power pop”.

6pm: The 4i Band

This five piece band from the Binghamton, NY region plays a wide variety of classic rock, blues, jam-band music, and originals. The 4i Band regularly plays in and around the New York State wine country. The 4i band just played the Cortland Arts and Wine Festival, and has also been spotted at the Black Bear Winery in Chenango Forks, and Owego Strawberry Festival Block Party. They will be playing out the end of RondeauFest with an extended length set ready to sweep the crowd with dancing, raucous fun.

RondeauFest will be on the Long Lake Town Ball Field under a tent. RondeauFest will be located next to Jennings Park Pond and the weather can range from hot and sunny, to cool, breezy and wet. Anything goes. Prepare for all of it. Bring layers, rain gear, acoustic instruments, drums, bug spray, socks, sunscreen, friends, lawn chair and a cooler.

Event guests will be required to wear wristbands to access the event site. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free. All ticket sales are cash, sorry no credit cards. No glass bottles are permitted on site. This event will happen rain or shine.

Carpooling is recommended. There is limited parking in Long Lake. Parking will be available at Long Lake Central School, the Long Lake Town Hall and Mt. Sabattis Parking Lot on Deerland Road. For advance tickets stop in at the Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY or call 518.624.3077 for more information.