Erin Barton joins LL tourism department

LONG LAKE - Erin Barton of Long Lake has been named events coordinator for the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department effective immediately.

Her responsibilities include event planning and implementation in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake. Behind the scenes Barton will facilitate the coordination of the monthly calendar, deliver fresh content to area newspapers and work closely with town organizations to support them where she can.

Barton will assist with grant-writing, publicity and website coordination and improve outreach to youth through Hamilton County Trailblazers.

Barton graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 2005 from St. Lawrence University. She has extensive job experience including her tenure at The Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Redhouse Arts Center and Gore Mountain.

Barton was born and raised in Long Lake and has a unique understanding of what it's like growing up in the community and what the opportunities are. She will take advantage of Long Lake's central Adirondack location and build on the abundant recreational opportunities available.

"We've got paddling, hiking, camping, fishing and so much more. We need to get people outside, on our trails and build fun, diverse events that tie into the geography of our region," she says.

Barton will also build on established events including the summer Antiques Show, the Heart of the Park Craft Fair and Winter Carnival. She looks forward to wrangling the Fourth of July Bed Races and the Wounded Warrior Polar Plunge in December.

Look for new, diverse programming with an emphasis on shoulder season events for the coming year. "Our business community has such a short season, I'm determined to build mainstay events into the fall and spring calendar. We have to keep our residents and visitors excited about Long Lake and Raquette Lake year-round," she says.

Barton looks forward to hearing feedback from community members about how to better serve their needs. "There's nothing more satisfying than giving back to the community you were raised in," she says. "I can't wait to get started."