Alexandra Roalsvig has been the Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for her native Town of Long Lake since 2009. Prior to returning to Long Lake worked 17 years in production for the CBS daytime serial "As The World Turns". She and her husband Paul are raising their two children in Long Lake.
On Sunday, May 8, the men’s rowing teams from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and Union College in Schenectady, NY will vie for the Great Adirondack Cup at the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street, State Route 30 in Long Lake, NY. This will be the fifth match-up between these two crew teams in Long Lake, having taken off one year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual Great Adirondack Boat Race is tentatively slated to kick off from the Long Lake Town Beach between 9 and 10 a.m., depending on weather conditions. (The race could start earlier if needed due to weather and wind, and the start time of the race is subject to change without notice.)
The area between Helms Aero Service and the Town Beach restrooms will be reserved for parking for team trailers and shells starting on Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, May 8 . The racing event is free and open to the public. Parking for spectators will be available along State Route 30, Main Street (on the Jennings Park Pond side of the road) with additional spectator parking available at the Long Lake Central School.
For more information call the Long Lake Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department at (518) 624-3077 or check out www.mylonglake.com.
Photo at top: A snapshot from a previous Great Adirondack Boat Race in Long Lake, NY. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Roalsvig, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director, Town of Long Lake.
Enjoy a weekend of birding events this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30 in Long Lake. Participants will look for winter irruptive species – Red Crossbills have already irrupted – along with Winter Finches, White-winged Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and American Goldfinches. These species have been found gritting (eating sand and salt off the road to help with seed digestion), and foraging on cones.
Trip Leader and Birding expert, Joan Collins, will lead field trips on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday morning, participants will meet outside the Adirondack Hotel at 1245 Main St., Long Lake at 7 a.m. Located near the bridge over Long Lake on Route 30. Participants must take their own vehicles for this event.
Trip Leader Joan Collins, President of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops, LLC, leads birding trips year-round, is a New York State licensed guide, an Adirondack 46er, and has climbed all the Adirondack fire tower peaks. She is a past President of the New York State Ornithological Association and current Editor of New York Birders. She is a past Board of Directors member of the Audubon Council of New York State, and past President of Northern New York Audubon Society. Joan has published several journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on wildlife and conservation topics in various publications. She authored several warbler species accounts, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Joan is a frequent keynote speaker and teaches classes on ornithology topics.
Registration is required to attend the field trips and the field trips are free. Call the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077 to pre-register. There is a maximum of 25 participants for each field trip.
The Winter Birding Weekend is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. For more info visit mylonglake.com
Long Lake announces the second Winter Wonderland Bingo Challenge highlighting activities and outdoor recreation running until March 20th , the official end of winter. The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at mylonglake.com and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately. It is free to participate.
Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Winter Wonderland Bingo receive a sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
On Saturday, January 15th at noon, the 20th Long Lake Winter Carnival will be held at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center in Long Lake, NY. Events begin with a coronation of the King and Queen of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club followed by a slate of fun family friendly events. The Cardboard Sled Races start at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded for speed and overall award for Best Decoration.
Sleds can be made with cardboard, paint, wax and tape. Racing categories are for individuals and for teams. The ice skating rink and sledding hill will be open throughout the day. Other events throughout the day include a Fashion Competition with prizes for the Best Winter Carnival Outer Gear. Don your best and most creative winter outfits, team themes are encouraged!
Other events include a Town-Wide Photo, Kids Balloon Chase, Goalie’s Day Off, Men’s Feats of Strength, the Ladies Frying Pan Toss, and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. All events are free. The Ice Farm will be carving ice sculptures all day long. There are 11 businesses and organizations who will be featured in the Sabattis Ice Sculpture Garden.
There will also be a sculpture installation at the Long Lake Town Beach and a sculpture installed adjacent to the Raquette Lake Tap Room. New for 2022, there will be 20th Anniversary Winter Carnival T-shirts available for $20 each. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the 2022 Long Lake Healthy Living initiative emphasizing support for our outdoor parks and recreation trails.
On October 1, 2021 The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will officially dedicate and open 2km of newly built Mountain Bike / Shared Use Trails at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area in Long Lake.
The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area is centrally located in the community of Long Lake and is home to an outdoor ice skating rink, tennis and basketball courts, a sledding hill, pavilion, the S80 Powerline Snowmobile Trail, skate board ramps, a spur linkage to the Northville-Placid trail, and an expansive view overlooking the Town of Long Lake.
On Saturday, January 16, the Long Lake 19th Annual Winter Carnival saw major changes to the line-up and was able to host a modified version renamed Winter Carnival “Lite.”
The only coordinated event was the Cardboard Sled Races which were held with Covid-19 protocols in place. All participants and spectators had to register in advance for a maximum of 50 and there was no on-site registration. Everyone wore masks and kept a minimum of six feet between racers and families.
Hamilton County Public Health and Nursing Services, Blue Mountain Center and the Town of Long Lake collaborated to help create information signage to be distributed throughout Hamilton County.
Hamilton County continues to see the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in New York State and the North Country region. The signage collaboration was created as an educational campaign for residents and visitors. Hamilton County communities are committed to the safety of everyone while strategically re-opening local businesses. The signs encourage guests to practice physical distancing and mask wearing to help businesses stay open.
The community of Long Lake recently participated in an effort to spread joy during the New York Stay At Home Orders during the coronavirus mandatory lock-down. Resident and volunteer parents worked with area businesses, Long Lake Central School, and community partners to spearhead the effort to decorate the community with rainbows starting in March
The Facebook group “The 518 Rainbow Hunt” has over 115,000 members throughout the Capital District and beyond reaching into the North Country. The group was founded in March 2020 shortly after the NYS Pause orders took effect. As children had to hunker down at home and start the new and unfamiliar process of homeschooling, parents were seeking a way to find activities to keep their kids busy with something fun and hopeful.
Long Lake artist Matt Burnett returns home for another installation of Portraits in the Wilderness to complement his current exhibit featuring portraits of Long Laker’s, Bob Dechene, Frances Boone Seaman and Matt’s father, Willy Burnett.
The outdoor portraits are currently located on Burns Road Wall on NYS Route 30, Tupper Road. The portraits will be on display through the fall leaf peeping season. » Continue Reading.
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