Posts Tagged ‘events’

Inlet’s One Square Mile of Hope Lives On

Friday, April 19th, 2013

It’s been over 18 months since Inlet earned the world record (for the second time) for the largest floating raft with 1902 canoes, kayaks, and guide boats held together only by hands. But, thanks to the magnificent photo by Nancie Battaglia, the event is still in the forefront of national periodicals. You will recall that Battaglia’s photo appeared in Sports Illustrated and National Geographic. Recently it reappeared in the March issue of Reader’s Digest and the May/June edition of Sierra Magazine.

Whether due to the photo going viral or just because the Inlet event offered a popular activity for paddlers, challenges to the record are popping up everywhere. So far no one has succeeded in besting the record, but this year there are four attempts, any one of which may find Inlet having to recapture the world record.

On August 17, 2013, a group in Illinois calling themselves Floatzilla ( will have a third go at the record, their first two attempts falling short, but gaining in numbers each time. They form their raft on the Mississippi River as part of a daylong series of water events.

Labor Day weekend will see two record attempts: on Saturday, August 31, a group in Sutton’s Bay ( will try for a second time to make their “Floatilla” on Lake Michigan larger than Inlet’s. Last year they were getting close with their over 1750 boat total. On Sunday, September 1, a new entry in the competition will try to break Inlet’s record. This group is the Vashon Youth and Family Services group ( on Vashon Island in Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.

Another new contender is the New Hampshire Lake Association ( on the other side of the country. They will make their attempt on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 7.

The latter two groups have enlisted the aid of the One Square Mile of Hope Committee by way of conference calls. The Inlet group has generously shared the organizational information and tips they have gained from their two successful record-breaking events.

So far, OSM has not heard of any international attempts to wrest their world record title, but their fame has certainly spread from “sea to shining sea.” For further information about any of the challenges, go to their websites, listed above.

Black Fly Challenge 2013 Official Jerseys – Get yours now!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

2013 Black Fly Challenge jerseys are on sale now!  Order your by April 29, 2013 and it will be there for you pick up on race day.  Any order placed after April 29 will be shipped directly to your home and there is no guarantee that you will receive it prior to race day.

Check out the Black Fly Challenge website

Or order it directly from here: Black Fly Challenge Jersey

“An Evening with the Symphony” – tickets on sale now!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Tickets are now available in the Inlet Information Office and the Town of Webb Visitor Center for “An Evening with the Symphony”.  Join us on Saturday, July 6, 2013 for a night with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Free Children’s Concert under the tent at Arrowhead Park begins at 3:00 pm.
Cocktail Benefit at The Woods Inn begins at 4:00 pm.
Symphony under the tent at Arrowhead Park begins at 7:30 pm.

General Admission Tickets are $25 each until June 1, 2013 at which time the will then go up to $30 each.

Cocktail Tickets, which include preferred seating during the performance, are $110 each.

NY Recreation Web Map has some new features!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

The new version of the web map is now live. You can use it on your tablet device, just tap away! Desktop and laptop users, use your mouse to click on any map icon or trail.  Check it out here!

Watch the appStore and Google Play Store for our new, free Black Fly Challenge app. iPhone version now out, Android version coming later this month.

Get out and enjoy all the region has to offer!

Frozen Fire & Lights 2014 Thank You!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Frozen Fire & Lights Thank You

The Town of Inlet and the Inlet Area Business Association would like to say Thank You to all those who made the 12th Annual Frozen Fire & Lights a great success!

At Fern Park, the sledding hill was a very popular spot, and the ski trails were enjoyed by many, while a nice fire was burning to keep everyone warm.  The Inlet Public Library had some visitors stop in for their book sale.  The Inlet Youth Commission had a very nice turnout for their Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop held at the Inlet Town Hall.  Around 5:30 people started gathering around the huge bonfire at Arrowhead Park, where free hot cider and Zweigle’s hot dogs were served and raffle tickets for an Ellie Sound 120 XE Kayak were sold to benefit the Inlet Historical Society.  This kayak will be raffled off on September 13, 2014.  Promptly at 7:00 PM began the awesome display of fireworks by American Fireworks out of Utica.  As Paul Chambers promised, the show was “bigger, brighter, louder, longer!”  After the fireworks, many wandered over to Matt’s Draft House @ Screamen Eagle for Wine & Chocolate Sampling and then over to The Woods Inn for live entertainment by Double Barrel.

The 4th Annual Cardboard Sled Race was another success!  We had 21 entries and handed out 5 trophies.  Speed was broken down into three categories by age.  In youngest group Addison, Coutney & Natalie Hitchcock of Eagle Bay took home the trophy in their “Olympic Bobsled (Inlet 2014)” with a time of 8.18 seconds.  Fastest in the middle group was the “Mystery Machine” piloted by Hunter, Amanda & John Lincoln of Canandaigua with a time of 5.9 seconds.  Fastest in the oldest group went to Raigan & Mackenzie LaPorte of Eagle Bay in their “Military Jeep” with a time of 6.41 seconds.  Because their jeep was so impressive, they also took home the trophy for “Best in Show”.  And award for Great Spirit (and the most rolls with a smile on her face) went to Charlotte Clark of Inlet in “Pink Bullet”.  Thank you to Dennis Hudson for his master of ceremonies performance and for manning the starting line at the top of the Fern Park sledding hill.  Thank you to the following for their assistance with judging, timing, inspecting, registration and making sure the sleds stayed upright: Adele Burnett, Margie & Bruce O’Hara, Nancy Jennings, Patty Wittmeyer, Jason & Lisa Smith, and John & Andrea Frey.  We are looking forward to next year’s entries!

Thank you to the following for their contributions towards the fireworks: Central Adirondack Association – Adirondack Bank – Adirondack Fairway B&B – Adirondack Reader – Big Moose Yamaha – BJ Queen Enterprises – Tim & Jill Brownsell – Burkhard Evans – Cinnamon Bear B&B – Clark Energy – Clark’s Marina & Snowmobile Rentals – Construction Effects – Brad Damon – Deer Meadows Motel – Drake’s Inn – Eagle Bay Village – Leo Fadel – French Louie ADK Sports – Frisky Otter Tours – Don Gerace – Golden Acres – Hard Times Café – Inlet Barnstormers Snowmobile Club – Inlet Department Store – Inlet Golf Club – Kalil’s Grocery – Levi Lumber – Marina Motel – Eugene Melnyczuk – Mike Marluea Builder – Nelson’s Cottages – The Ole Barn – The Parquet House – Lee Peabody – Pedals & Petals – Quinn’s Cottages – Raquette Lake Supply Co. – Red Dog Tavern – Richard Lutz Building & Mechanical – Rocky Point Properties – Nick Rose – Screamen Eagle Pizza – Jane Slack – Penny Stuart – T’s EZ Mart – Tamarack Café – Ted Payne’s Bus Service – The Wine Shop – The Woods Inn – Zone 3.

Thank you to the following for their time spent setting everything up, attending bonfires and manning hospitality booths: Paul & Reggie Chambers, Aimee VanWie, Dennis & Barb Thibado, Lisa Gambacorta, Mitch Lee, Jay Latterman, Amy Townsend, and the Rochester Post Explorers.

Thank you to the Town of Inlet Highway Department and Parks Department for moving snow, grooming the sledding hill and trails, moving tables, and everything else necessary to ready the parks for this event.

Huge thank you to Mary’s White Pine Bakery for supplying hot dogs & cider, and to the Inlet Youth Commission for providing the grill.  Thank you to the Inlet Emergency Services for being on standby with the ambulance at the sled races and the fireworks.  Thank you to Mary Marleau & Jamie White of the Inlet Youth Commission for hosting the Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop with lots of help from Robin Murdock.  Thank you to American Fireworks for an awesome show!  Thank you to the Town of Inlet and the Inlet area businesses for their support during this event.  And thank you all for your enthusiasm.

And if we have missed anyone, forgive us.  Thanks again for a wonderful weekend.

Inlet Area Business Association

Trail & Winter Report – January 3, 2013

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Snowmobile trails tightened up good last night with the cold weather and were still flat this morning. Groomer will be going out tonight for a trip to Eagle Bay to flatten that out so it can tighten up again overnight. Tomorrow groomers will be out in the Plains and on the local trails all day.

Ski trails at Fern Park (good) and the Inlet Golf Course (excellent) are hard packed and in good condition with 6-8 inched of base and no wet spots.  Groomers will be out tomorrow.

Ice Skating Rink is open and in fair condition.

Sledding Hill has snow and looks great!

Snowshoe Magazine mentions Inlet!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Snowshoe Magazine has listed Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights as one of the Top Adirondack Winter Festivals and Events

Read the full article here: The New Year Brings Winter Events and Family-Friendly Fun in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Christmas on Main Street

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Avoid the hassle and the crowds … shop with us Thanksgiving Weekend and participate in some fun small-town activities!

Download the map & schedule here: Adirondack Christmas on Main Street 2012

The Buskers to perform at Arrowhead Lakefront

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

THE BUSKERS at Arrowhead Park – Saturday, August 4, 2012

   As part of Inlet’s Sunsets by the Lake summer concert series at Arrowhead Park, Dennis & Eileen Michael will present folk/pop/jazz artists THE BUSKERS on Saturday, August 4 from 6-8 pm.  This will be the fourth season THE BUSKERS are in the area and they put on a show you don’t want to miss.  So bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a spectacular sunset with them.  (Rain location Fern Park Pavilion.)

The Buskers are Kathy Sommer on acoustic and electric violins and mandolin,  Craig Jaster on piano, bass, and accordion, Paul Hubert on guitars, and Kyle Tupper on drums, all with three and four part vocal harmonies. Their “roots” repertoire ignores traditional boundaries between jazz, folk, pop and rock and their sound is defined by deep respect for the craft of songwriting and arranging.  In performance, they play a lively fusion of their original acoustic folk/pop, New Orleans-influenced R&B, and jazz, and they always throw fiddle tunes somewhere in the mix.  All members write most of the songs in their repertoire.  A review in Fourth Coast Entertainment magazine describes THE BUSKERS, “Spunky, energetic, fabulously talented…see this band if you get a chance. I’d even call them luminescent. As well as versatile, passionate, and funny.”

The original group formed in 1993 after meeting at an open mic night in Bristol, NH.  Since then they have produced three recordings, gone on to represent New Hampshire at the Eastern States Expo, and perform at historic venues like Canterbury Shaker Village and at town bandstands, music festivals, and opera houses and coffeehouses in the northeast.

For serious BUSKERS fans, more information about this eclectic band and their 2012 schedule can be viewed on their website and blog at

This concert series is brought to you by the Town of Inlet, Eugene Melnyczuk, Dennis & Eileen Michael, Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co.,, the Central Adirondack Association, Overlook at Fifth, The Wine Shop, Red Dog Tavern, Screamen Eagle Pizza, Adirondack Reader, French Louie ADK Sports and Ken & Julie Biehn.

Check this out!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Skiing Magazine lists Black Fly Challenge #1 of “Five Bad-Ass Things to do in June”

Read it here: “Bucket-list worthy events to add to your roster.”

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