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15th annual Durant Days

September 11, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Friday, Aug. 2

Harken back to the days when waterways were the highways and cruisin' was by boat. Pine Knot Tour, the first Great Camp, with luncheon cruise. Reservations Required. Call 315-354-5532. Limited to 56. $59 per person inclusive.

RLN returns $12 of every admission to Camp Pine Knot. Pine Knot is not usually open to the public. This is a special arrangement made available specifically for Durant Days.

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.: Arrive WW Durant dock in the village for water taxi ride over to Pine Knot

8:45 to 9:15 a.m.: Cruise South Bay and arrive Pine Knot dock

9:20 to 10:55 a.m.: Guided tour Pine Knot

11 to 11:40 a.m.: Bob Milne ragtime music piano concert. Bob Milne is considered to be the world's best ragtime-boogie- woogie pianist. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress and was declared a "National Treasure" at the conclusion.

11:40 to noon: Walk through woods from Pine Knot on south shore of Long Point to St. Williams on north shore of Long Point

Noon to 12:20 p.m.: Visit the historic St. Williams on Long Point, built over 100 years ago by Durant and recently refurbished. A boat- access only church dating from 1890 and placed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 2005.

12: 25 p.m.: Board the W.W. Durant docked at St. Williams

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon cruise with historic narration as you cruise by other Great Camps on Raquette Lake, including Gov. Lounsbury's Echo Camp, Collier's Bluff Point and Carnegie's North Point. If you haven't been to Great Camp Sagamore, plan on returning Sunday for the 10 am 1/2 price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt estate

7:30 p.m.: PBS Special Premier, "The Durant Camps," produced by WMHT and Elevation Films. The producer will be present. Where? Sagamore Visitors' Center (barn). Park in tour parking lot. Free will donation at the door. Followed by...

8:30 p.m.: A ragtime boogie-woogie piano concert by Bob Milne (length determined by Bob and the audience). Free


Saturday, Aug. 3

2 to 3 p.m.: Free concert at Raquette Lake School, sponsored by St. Williams on Long Point. Wide Variety,"Jersey's Premiere A Cappella Group," is a group of a cappella singers, seven ne'er do wells who love to entertain. They take the best of R&B, rock and roll and popular standards, add their own blend of vocal harmonies (and slightly dysfunctional personalities), and deliver a truly unique entertainment experience. Sound zany? Come see for yourself! Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Poker Run 3 to 5 p.m.: Registration at tent in village. All participants get free admission on the moonlight cruise.

There will be live music in the village green late afternoon

7 p.m.: Boat parade in the village

9:30 p.m.: Fireworks

10 to 11:30 p.m.: Moonlight cruise with live entertainment


Sunday, Aug. 4

10 a.m.: 1/2 price ($8) guided tour Great Camp Sagamore. Reservations not required.

2 to 2:45 p.m.: Free water taxi service to/from St. Hubert's Isle from the village dock, courtesy Burke's Marina

3 p.m.: Annual ecumenical vespers service at Church of the Good Shepherd, on Raquette Lake All events on St. Hubert's Isle are free and open to the public.



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