It's a guideboat weekend in LL

LONG LAKE - Hallie Bond, former curator of the Adirondack Museum's boat collection, one of the finest in the country, will present a slide show talk on Long Lake guideboat builders Saturday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Long Lake Historical Society will present the program in Long Lake Town Hall.

Guideboats will be on display including a Chase boat, one of the oldest existing guideboats from the 1800s; and a boat supposedly built by Merlin Austin for the Terrell Family, which has been vacationing on Long Lake since the early 1900s.

Gordon Fisher and Bunny Austin will be available Sunday, Aug. 11, to answer any questions on building a guideboat.

Long Lake is noted for its guides and guideboats, which came about after Adirondack Murray's book, "Adventures in The Wilderness," was published in 1869. Tourists flocked to Long Lake, anxious to breathe the mountain air and experience the adventures in the woods described by Murray.

Long Lake farmers became guides, barns became boat shops and houses became small hotels.

Save the date, Aug. 10, and come to the Long Lake Town Hall to enjoy Hallie Bond's informative talk on guideboats, the extraordinary contribution Long Lakers made to the lure of Adirondack rivers and lakes.

Other historical events this coming weekend include a play about the sinking of the steamboat "Buttercup" Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall and a Saturday afternoon panel at 1:30 p.m. of those who worked at and/or visited the Sagamore Hotel, also in Town Hall. Admission to all historical events is free.