Happy Fourth of July

In Long Lake, a full day of festivities are scheduled for July 4 . Celebrate our countrys birthday with style. The schedule is as follows:

-9:30 a.m. Games for all ages begins the 4th of July with races (dashes and relays) and contests (treasure hunt and egg toss) at the Long Lake Ball field.
-5 p.m. Firemen sell Sausage, Pepper & Onion, hot dogs and hamburgers.
-6 p.m. Strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits for sale.
-7 p.m. North Country Preservation Jazz Band until end of the fireworks. Penelope the Clown will entertain at the beach.
-9:30 p.m. Approximately Fireworks

In Minerva, Independence Day comes early as the Town of Minerva celebrates Minerva Day today (Saturday.)

The following schedule has been developed:

-Brunch at Minerva Town Hall: 8 a.m. 11 a.m. Served by the parents of the Minerva Central School Class of 2009. This fine breakfast will get you ready for the busy day to come.
-Ecumenical Service: 8:30 a.m 9 a.m., Minerva Town Hall. Town residents of various faiths will present this community service.
-Town-wide Garage Sales: around 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fine Minerva Day tradition will involve participating residents and businesses throughout the town. Sales locations will be marked on maps that will be available at various locations around town leading up to and on Minerva Day. Excellent shopping!
-Morse Blacksmith Shop Open House: 9 a.m. to ?. Fred Morse again will kindly open up the old blacksmith shop and sawmill in the building next to the old Morse house at 151 Morse Memorial Highway. Demonstrations involving the old blacksmith shop and sawmill will take place during the day.
-Courtney Park Tent Events: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of tables and tents will be set up at the beautiful Courtney Park at the four corners in Olmstedville. Organizations participating include the Minerva Service Organization, Minerva Historical Society, as well as others. Come check out the tents!
-Kids Fishing Derby at Minerva Lake: 10:30 a.m. to noon. To be held at Minerva Lake, at the point of land near the beach concession stand. Join the fun try your luck for fish and top notch prizes. The upper age limit for this event is 16. Bring fishing pole, bait, tackle, and lots of interest!. Last years catches included bass, perch, sunnies, frogs, etc. The fishings always great.
-Softball Game at Brannon Field in Irishtown: 1:30p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come to the beautiful Brannon Field and catch a great annual event on Minerva Day: Team Minerva Rescue Squad team vs. team Johnsburg Rescue Squad. The action will be hot, the weather maybe hotter, so cool off with available frosty beverages while watching a great game. Donations are always welcome and will go to the Minerva Rescue Squad.
-Minerva Historical Society Museum Opening and Minerva Citizen of the Year Presentation: 2 p.m. The theme of this years opening is The 200th Anniversary of the Minerva Baptist Church. As a bonus, the presentation of the Minerva Citizen of the Year will also take place at this event. The museum opening is always an exciting occasion, so please come!
-Open House at the Irishtown School and St. Marys Church: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The historic Irishtown School House and St. Marys Church will be wide open for visitors. These are beautiful buildings, so come and visit.
-Minerva Hometown Parade: 5 to 6 p.m. This terrific and amazing parade is once again being organized by the Minerva PTSO. Parade participants can begin lining up at Sportys Iron Duke Saloon in downtown Minerva at 4 p.m. The parade route will take the floats, vehicles, and marchers from Sportys past the Town Hall, down the Morse Memorial Highway, and then continues on to the Minerva Recreation Area at Donnelly Beach. All entries will be judged and certificates will be awarded to the winners.
-This years parade will be led by the 2007 Minerva Citizen of the Year: David Beale (aka Sporty).
-Community Potluck Supper at Donnelly Beach: Starts at 6 p.m. This potluck extravaganza begins where the parade ends please bring a dish (with plenty on it) to share!! Sit down, relax, and enjoy the potluck, the gem of the Town (Minerva Lake) and the folks around you.
-Celtic Music at the Beach: 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy excellent music while delighting in the great potluck supper.
-Fireworks at the Beach: Around dusk (9:15 p.m). Courtesy of the Town of Minerva, this fireworks display gets bigger and better every year, no question.

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