135 years ago, on a majestic lake in the heart of the Adirondacks, a steamboat glided through an August night. In tow were some 75 rowboats and their passengers. An orchestra played. A cannon roared salute. "Jubilee" (Gospel) singers raised their voices. And shining Chinese lanterns — some hanging from the boats, others drifting on the waves — glittered like a thousand water-borne stars.
From the forests and open meadows surrounding the lake people waved and cheered. Bonfires flickered from the mountain slopes, and atop a peninsula high above the water stood a great hotel with hundreds of shining lights — the first in the world lit entirely by electricity. Almost unthinkably, this marvel of human ingenuity stood here, deep in the the Adirondack wilderness — an unparalleled achievement that looked far into the future. The Prospect House had officially opened its doors but a few months earlier and the guests were now celebrating with this festival of lights.
This summer, on August 27, 2017, the Blue Mountain Lake flotilla will sail again. It will mark the first time this event has taken place since the original was held, here on these same waters in August of 1882.
1pm: TICKET SALES begin in downtown Blue Mountain Lake at the ADIRONDACK LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Cash or check only
3 pm: BLESSING OF THE FLEET and short tours of the historic CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
4 pm - 5pm: Historical tour and presentation at THE HEDGES with finger foods and a wine bar. The main lodge at The Hedges is on the National Register of Historic Places.
5:30 pm: An evening full of turn of the century fun and festivities begins at PROSPECT POINT starting with a complete BARBECUE dinner (TICKET MUST BE PRESENTED BEFORE THE MEAL)
Bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the expansive Prospect Point lawn overlooking beautiful Blue Mountain Lake (limited seating will be available)
6:15 pm: Opening ceremonies, distinguished speakers and a history presentation at PROSPECT POINT.
7 pm: (just in time for sunset): The FLOTILLA organized by THE BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE BOAT LIVERY leaves from the beach at PROSPECT POINT (each participant is REQUIRED to wear a flotation device and have with them a light, whistle and knife)
8 pm: CONCERT begins at PROSPECT POINT.
10 pm: The grand finale: FIREWORKS.
Transportation: THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE HEDGES OR PROSPECT POINT. Roadside parking is available in downtown Blue Mountain Lake and free SHUTTLE SERVICE will leave for the church, The Hedges and Prospect Point from the Adirondack Lakes Center of the Arts in the middle of the hamlet.
There will also be limited free boat shuttle service (first come first serve) from the Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery to The Hedges and Prospect Point.
Participants of the Flotilla may start from the town beach at downtown Blue Mountain Lake and leave their non-motorized boats on the beach at Prospect Point before and after the Flotilla.
Registration: $25 per person (includes food and concert). $25 per participating craft (includes food and concert for passengers).
Free admittance to all U.S. veterans with preferred seating in the front row of the concert.
Or suggested donations can be made at the following levels:
Admiral, $100.00 - Includes 2 Free tickets plus reserved seating at festivities
Captain, $50.00 - Includes 1 Free ticket plus reserved seating at festivities
Click here for more details on how to pre-register or donate for the Flotilla. Or stop at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. All funds go to making possible the present Flotilla event, and any extra funds that may come in will be set aside to support next year's 2018 Flotilla.
For more information, call: 518-648-5112.