Programs & Events

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS APPLICABLE TO OUR 2017 THURSDAY EVENINGS ON THE LAKE SERIES
Programs begin at 7 p.m. at St. Williams on Long Point, Raquette Lake.
Due to limited space and the need for boat transportation to St. Williams, reservations are required (call 315-354-4265). The public barge leaves the village dock at 5:50 p.m. returning at 8:30 p.m. In the event of severe weather, programs will be held at the Raquette Lake School on Rt. 28. Plan to come rain or shine! Check program locations below.

Programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.  Free will donations, and audience participation in our Weekly Pie Raffle helps defray costs of hosting the entertainment series!  Thank you for your support!

2017 Season

June 10
9 a.m.-12 Noon
Volunteer work day

Join us as we open St. Williams for the season. A boat will  leave the town dock at 9 a.m. sharp.  There will be a variety of tasks to be completed, no experience necessary to participate.

July 6
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
Cathy McGrath**
Location: St. Williams on Long Point

Cathy presents a program of nineteenth century music in period costume. Her   program is a “ collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved.” Audience participation is encouraged! An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses an 1870’s guitar, limberjacks, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in her historical programs. Cathy says it is Teakettle Music: Home brewed, seeped in tradition, and shared like a cup of tea.

July 13
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
Kambuyu Marimba Ensamble**
Location: Raquette Lake Village Green
Bring your own blanket or chair

Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble of Syracuse has been together since 2004. The roots of our music come from the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Most of the tunes originate in traditional mbira songs and melodies of that region. Seven marimbas of four sizes are usually played in the arrangements for this music: a bass, baritone, two tenors and three sopranos. Traditionally this music is accompanied by gourd rattle percussion (hosho) and sometimes hand drums. The marimbas were built by the group using various tonal woods for the keys. Resonators are fashioned from PVC pipe cut to length, tuned, and sealed. Pieces of cellophane are placed over small holes in the tubes to create a unique voice like buzz. Using similar rhythms and song structure, the group also has composed songs in the traditional style.

The Music is Infectious! Whether listening or dancing this will be a fun time for All!

July 20
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
The Adirondack Harper**
Location: St. Williams on Long Point

Martha, an acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller, adds an unusual twist to her music, as her instrument of choice is the harp. She dispels the stereotypical image that surrounds the harp, playing music that ranges from wailing Blues to Latin grooves, from touches of Celtic to Classical inspirations, and from swingin’ Jazz to richly varied  contemporary Americana/folk/roots.

Dennis, Martha’s husband, plays a 9-string guitar; quite unusual, as most guitars are either 6 or 12 strings. He writes most of the music he plays, but also plays original arrangements of traditional tunes. Using a variety of unique open tunings, his music is both intriguing and accessible to the listener.

July 27
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake
The Hot Flashes**
Location: St. Williams on Long Point
Tickets $10. Advanced sale, seating is limited.


The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group fronted by three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings. The Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive soulful singing has made a name for herself both in North America and overseas, award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of the legendary bluegrass group Traver Hollow.

Peggy was a guest fiddler in Amy’s band Stillwaters for many years and adds sass and grit to the Hot Flash sound with her stellar soprano sax and harmonica playing. Gail and Amy were drawn together through music, their mutual love of horses, and the Western life. All three share a passion for acoustic music, and together they have amassed a wealth of beautifully performed songs drawn from the bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues genres…with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure.

Backed by the solid chops of mandolinist JD Williams, Dobro veteran Roger Williams—both from Gallatin’s band Stillwaters–and bassist John Urbanik, the instrumentation also includes the occasional clawhammer banjo. As a group these six veteran musicians meld their collective experiences, voices and instruments into a unique and rousing musical experience as the three women fuse their distinct voices into one soaring, harmonious musical element.

July 30
12:30-3 p.m.
Annual Chicken BBQ and Silent Auction
Location: St. Williams Church

After a refreshing boat ride, join us for a finger-licking, lip-smacking good meal! For $12 per person you can enjoy BBQ chicken, salads, salt potatoes, beans, drink, and a dessert of your choice! You cannot beat the price, selection or the spectacular setting.

Boats will be running from the town dock beginning at 12:30 p.m. If you have a child age 12 and under please provide your own life jacket for them. No reservations are needed.

Simultaneously a silent auction will be taking place in the church. Be sure to check out all of the great items people have donated. If you have an item to donate, contact Peggy Deyle: padeyle@msn.com

If you are interested in volunteering or donating food items for the BBQ, contact Rhonda Jacobs Pitoniak at rhonda.pitonak@cortland.edu.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call 315-354-4265. See you at the BBQ!

August 3
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake
Susan Trump**
Location: St. Williams on Long Point

For years, Susan Trump has been winning fans with her singing, outstanding instrumental skill on the mountain dulcimer, guitar and banjo. Susan’s magic stems from her ability to link the pastoral, tranquil images of traditional rural America to our contemporary life. Her songs touch the heart, recall the past, and inspire the times ahead. Her sense of humor always adds a fresh touch to her performances.

August 5
2 p.m.
Wide Variety
Location: Raquette Lake School

They’re back! Wide Variety is a group of seven singers who entertain “A cappella” style. They take the best of rock and roll, R&B and popular standards, add their unique blend of vocal harmonies (and slightly dysfunctional personalities) and deliver a truly unique entertainment experience. A cappella entertainment is pure vocals, no instruments. Their concert features timeless music, real characters and great fun, all built around vocal arrangements of a wide range of popular hits. Join us for an entertainment experience that will appeal to music lovers of all ages, and one that you will not forget. Definitely a concert not to be missed!!

Program Sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation & Tourism

August 10
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
Lake Effect Winds**
Location: Raquette Lake School

The Lake Effect Winds is a wind quintet from Central New York that has existed for over twenty years. The quintet enjoys finding and performing unique arrangements and original quintet compositions of both a serious and light-hearted nature for trio, quartet & quintet. Instruments featured are: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon. At Raquette Lake we will be performing music for a fun and relaxing summer evening, including   pieces by Piazzolla, Jacob, Ligeti, Copeland and others.

August 11
5-7 p.m.
Vintage Auction & Cocktail Party
Location: Zillioux’s on Long Point, Raquette Lake

Transportation will be available from the village or drive your own boat and dock at St. Williams and follow the marked trail through the woods.

August 17
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys**
Location: Raquette Lake School
$10 Admission, pay at the door

The RR Boy’s closeness with their listeners is obvious no matter where they preform. They consistently bridge the gap between themselves and their audience, essentially creating one big “down home” family who’ve been brought together by their shared experience trough Jim and The RR Boys songs and musical stories.

The band supports Gaudet’s song writing and arrangements with just the right amount of gusto and drive. The group consists of Jim Gaudet, guitar, singer, songwriter,   Bobby Ristau, upright and backing vocals, Sten Isachsen, mandolin and backing  vocals, and either special guests Sara Milonovich or Tucker Callander, on fiddle and backing vocals.

August 24
7 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
The McCarthy Family**
Location: Raquette Lake School

The McCarthy Family is a singing group that specializes in three-part-vocal harmony renditions of folk favorites from both the United States & Ireland. The trio features American treasures such as Stephen Foster’s, Hard Times; and Henry Clay Work’s, My Grandfather’s Clock; as well as more modern favorites by Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and others. Traditional songs from Deirdre’s native Ireland are also featured. Deirdre has brought the lively, lilting musical culture of her native land to audiences here in America with traditional songs sung in English such as, I’ll Tell Me Ma, She Moved Through the Fair, and Molly Malone, as well as haunting songs sung in the ancient language of her homeland, Irish Gaelic. With their unique blend of Irish and American cultures, it is the McCarthy Family’s wish to give each audience a concert experience that is highly entertaining and richly educational.

October 7
6:30 p.m.
Thursday Evenings on the Lake Series
Falling Waters Trio**
Location: Raquette Lake School

Tom, Hope and Rick are a trio of veteran Ithaca-area musicians who’ve gotten together to form a wonderful and highly eclectic string band. They bring a mixture of fiddle virtuosity, solid rhythm accompaniment, and tight harmonies to vocal and instrumental tunes from the Old Time, New England, Celtic, and Western Swing music traditions. Join us for an evening of an Irresistible Mix of Music!

**This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

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