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21st Annual Raquette Lake Durant Days
Durant Days celebrates the birth of Great Camps Architecture. Enjoy a special weekend of events in Raquette Lake. Harken back to the days when waterways were the highways and travel was by boat! And you can't get there by car. Access to Pine Knot, St. Williams, and St. Hubert's is limited, so don't miss out on your exclusive chance to explore them all in one jam-packed weekend! Tours of 2 Great Camps, narrated cruise, music, magic, boat parade and fireworks. Jam-packed indeed!
Friday August 2:
- 8:30-2:00pm time commitment. Guided tours of Camp Pine Knot (Durant's first Great Camp and not usually open to the public) and St. Williams packaged with a narrated luncheon cruise.
Saturday, August 3:
- 2:00-3:00pm Wide variety of a capella in concert. On the Raquette Lake Village Green. This New Jersey a capella group has been performing for years. Their popular set includes renditions of popular favorites from the 40s through the 00s, including music from the Beach Boys, Four Seasons, John Legend, and many more.
- 6pm Boat Parade. Boats all shapes and sizes compete. Runabouts, no-octane, party barges, if it floats, it’s a boat! Decorate boats and compete for prizes for Best Most Creative Boat in each boat class. The more the merrier! Everyone invited to play. On vacation? Be adventurous, rent a boat at Burke’s or Birds Marina’s and show us what you’ve got. Celebrate life on the waterways during the indefatigable Raquette Lake Boat Parade.
- Electric bike test rides and demos on the village green from 3:00pm. Hosted by Jamie Sutliff from Long Lake. "Fun for all ages. Green machine. Enjoy healthy exercise good for the body and mind and Mother Earth. Affordable basic transportation.
- 7:00pm. James Warren, Magician, Live on the Raquette Lake Village Green. Free! From the Magic Castle in Hollywood! With over two decades of amazing people across America with his magic, including 13 years of performances at The Magic Castle. This is the most mind-blowing magic show you’ll ever see. With magic sourced from the written legacy of the great masters of the art, James Warren’s show will have you astounded and amazed.
- 9:30pm Fireworks Extravaganza. **After James Warren show concludes. A special weekend celebration continues with a Fireworks show celebrating all that is Raquette Lake. With so much history and legacy on the shores of Raquette Lake, launching fireworks is the culmination and celebration of the storied legacy of American history launched right from the shores of this small, tight-knit, historic community. Fireworks can be seen by boat from the village.
Sunday, August 4:
- 10:00am and 1:30pm Guided tours of Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt wilderness estate. Half-Price Admission. Built in 1897 this former summer retreat of the Vanderbilt’s is on 1,526 acres of remote wilderness in the Adirondack Park. Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness escape for the Vanderbilt family for half a century. It is now a National Historic Landmark. Reservations not required for the tour.
- 3:00 pm 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. There will be a free water taxi 2pm – 2:45pm to/from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock, courtesy Burke’s Marina and return transportation as well.
- Saint Huberts, designed by Josiah Cleveland Cacy and built by William West Durant in 1880, was the summer chapel for many families significant in the history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century. While St. Williams was built for the blue collar, primarily Irish workers, St. Hubert's claimed as parishioners the likes of Dr. Thomas Durant, Collis P. Huntington of transcontinental railroad fame, William West Durant, John Boyd Thacher (future mayor of Albany), former Connecticut Governor Phineas Lounsbury, Lucy Carnegie, among others.