Every year we gather on Mohegan Lake Day to recognize all of the many things we appreciate about our lake and community--swimming, boating, games, the arts, and our natural environment.
Some activities have become beloved traditions, like the floating lanterns at dusk. Other activities over the years have included guest speakers, fishing derbies, boat races, traditional dance performances, and games.
The summer of 2020 presented us with a challenge in planning lake day. How do we celebrate the things we like to do together, and yet maintain social distancing to keep everyone safe? The response was a virtual event, conducted over a weekend in July. We asked residents to share pictures and videos, and created a YouTube channel to make them available to the community. We also introduced a scavenger hunt, an activity participants could do on their own or partnered in "quaran-teams," following clues and submitting selfies along the way. Thank you to Laura Kosbar and Stacy Williams-Kerr for crafting this fun activity! We also encouraged residents to decorate their docks and boats, and to form a parade on the water. We were privileged to host State Senator Pete Harckham and Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater as guest judges.
No matter what the future brings, we hope to always find a way to celebrate Mohegan Lake Day.
MLID offered two scavenger hunts for Lake Day: Scavenger Hunt on Land, and Scavenger Hunt on the Water. A set of clues led to common features, animals, and landmarks around the lake; participants had to find each place or item and take a selfie showing the answer to the clue, holding up a letter taken from the words MOHEGAN and LAKE DAY.
Mohegan Lake’s soil has many rocks, which may have been in the way for people who wanted to farm or build on the land. As a consequence, the rocks were often put to good use to build decorative stone walls and entry pillars, as shown in these post cards from the Mohegan Inn (also known as the Mohegan Camp). Can you find one of the stone pillars that still exist near downtown Mohegan Lake? As a hint, the Mohegan Inn was located just off Route 6 (then known as the “Five Mile Turnpike”) east of Lexington Avenue. An entrance to it or possibly the St. Nicholas Hotel may have been near a store that now sells a two-wheeled conveyance that would also have been popular in the early 1900s.
GPS coordinates: 41.319403 N, -73.856234 W
For this clue, take a picture of yourself with the letter E with one of the stone pillars in the background.
Cecilia and Grace Batiste
People came to Mohegan Lake’s resorts in the early 1900s to swim, play tennis, and just relax around the beautiful lake. Some had large wooden swim/boating docks to lounge on such as the dock pictured at the bathing beach for Rock Hill Lodge on the west side of the lake. It also had a beautiful view of Jones Hill across the lake. While the lovely large wooden docks have all disappeared, you can still find the cement foundation where the dock was anchored if you take the trail in Rock Hill Park. And you still get to enjoy the lovely views across the lake...
GPS coordinates: 41.316469 N, -73.850701 W
For this clue, take a picture of yourself with the letter G while standing on the cement foundation with the view across the lake in the background.
You may know that we have an island in our lake, but do you know its name? It was originally called Crown Island, and [a] postcard from 1906 shows it covered with trees. Later a lodge, called Uncas Lodge, was built on the island and it welcomed guests to Mohegan Lake. The island’s current residence bears much of the charm of the original lodge, including a large dock that still connects it to the lake.
GPS coordinates: 41.311429 N, -73.850686 W
For this clue, take a picture of yourself with the letter A with the current dock and house on the island in the background.
Cora and Delancey Bray