Long Lake, Raquette Lake score fantastic fourth | News, Sports, Jobs
On Sunday, July 4, the Town of Long Lake celebrated the return to normal with a series of traditional activities that began at 10 a.m. at the Long Lake Ball Court. With the nod from Erica Mahoney, Hamilton County Public Health Director, activities began with a large crowd of friends and families gathering, hugging and kissing as the masks were withdrawn and hugs were back in fashion.
The games included a scavenger hunt and matching game for ages 5 and under followed by games for all ages. Games include 3-legged races, sack races, crab walk and wheelbarrow walk, followed by egg throwing. Winners in each category receive tickets to visit the Long Lake Prize Booth and all raffle participants receive a free ice cream cone from The Park or Custard’s Last Stand.
The Egg Toss saw over 240 participants compete against each other. The winners were Preston and Matt Wittmeyer, winner for the fourth time.
At 6:30 p.m., friends and family gathered at the beach in Long Lake Town to enjoy a concert by Grit N Grace, a country, pop and rock band from Syracuse, with Jackie Pop on vocals, Dave Brown on guitar. and on vocals, Bob Lett on bass vocals and vocals, and Lincoln Tubbs on drums.
Municipal Supervisor Clay Arsenault opened the event by welcoming everyone to the town beach after a very difficult year and reflecting on the meaning of July 4th and celebrating our freedom and independence. Parks and Recreation Director Alexandra Roalsvig welcomed the group and thanked her team, staff and commercial sponsors for their support of the event. The Long Lake Lions Club held a 50/50 raffle with winner Kristen and Christian Sorge taking the prize.
Fireworks were set off at Long Lake by Chip Farr and Erik Arsenault and at Raquette Lake by Bill Pohl, Chris Burke and Kurt Murdock. The shows were powerful displays that wowed audiences with unmatched finals from previous years due to generous donations from sponsors. The fireworks featured smiling faces, special multi-layered colorful screens with mortars, and a light show that dazzled and thrilled the crowd for an eye-catching non-stop showcase.
Viewers of Lac Raquette watched from the Village Green, in boats, from the shore, on the docks and from the deck of the WW Durant. The Raquette Lake Fire Department has sold over 200 tickets for a fundraising raffle for its fire department building project. Once the fire department reaches 2,500 tickets sold, a winner will be drawn.
Additional support for the Long Lake fireworks was made possible by a generous contribution from John Hendrickson and Whitney Industries. Additional thanks to the Long Lake Town Board of Directors, George and Shirley Britton, Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter 745, Shortridge Landscaping, George Carruthers, Another Paradise Cove, Deerland Property Services and Stewart’s Shops. Special thanks to Raquette Lake Navigation and Pohl Construction for using their barge to organize the show at Raquette Lake.