St. Hubert’s


Good Shepherd est. 1880

Spring 2006



“…but afar off…came a sound as of one who drives nails into resonant boards. As I live, it turned out to be a new church in the course of erection on an island.”

Canoe trip 8 August 1880. George Washington Sears. “Nessmuk’s Adirondack Letters




“St. Hubert’s jagged front, rude paths and rustic bridge…declare a spot remote…”


“”Like pinions moving, the oars are plied the church to reach”

Rev. E.O. Flagg. “Earlier and Later Poems”






“A small chapel of graceful design stands on this island, and, with its parsonage, forms an interesting feature of the locality.”

“State of New York Annual Report of the Forest Commission”






“The scene of a bright Sunday morning, when the boats gathered from far and near, filled with worshippers in gay apparel, was highly picturesque and gave church-going the novel charm of a devotional outing to a shrine of God-tinged beauty.”

Alfred Donaldson. “A History of the Adirondacks”





Church of the Good Shepherd

St. Hubert’s Isle

HC02 Box 237

Raquette Lake, NY


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Sunday 6 August at 3 pm

On Sunday 6 August at 3 pm Frank Carey of Big Moose will
give a slide show, “The Trip to Blue Mountain Lake and
Raquette Lake,” depicting the various forms of transportation
available in the early 1900s – stagecoach, train, steamer.

FREE transport from the Raquette Lake Village dock beginning
at 2:30 pm. At 3:45 there will be special music TBA. The
vespers service will be followed by refreshments on the
rectory porch.

We hope you’ll be able to come!

Durant Days 2006 – 3 days of events

In Memoriam

1935-McGill-grad-L        Jean Carmichael 1913 – 2006

Thank you, everyone, for the heartfelt messages, cards and phone calls after Jean’s passing. She was lucid until the end, and her heart just stopped as she was sleeping at 1:36 in the morning of 23 March.

John’s former sister-in-law, Mary Ann, visited Mother two days earlier at the nursing home. Mother knew who she was and they were able to have a conversation. Mary Ann’s mother-in-law, Stella, and family friend, Donna, cared for Mother on alternate Sundays while Mother was still at home. Thanks, Mary Ann.

There were 80 at the Memorial Service on 13 May at St. Andrew’s, Albany, followed by a reception in Carmichael Hall.

The graveside service will be on Saturday 8 July at 1:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, 115 St. Andrew’s Road, Scarborough, Ontario. All are welcome. (416) 438-4100


Wonderful 125th Anniversary

140 attended the anniversary celebration of the Church of the Good Shepherd in August 2005. It was the largest crowd in the history of St. Hubert’s!

John brought Jean up for the festivities. She was alert and greeted many friends by name. Visitors were met by Noël who led a tour around the island set up by Megan, beginning at the gazebo where parishioners waited after services.

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Sam Berliner III gave an illustrated talk on the beginnings of the Marion River Carry Railroad, the shortest standard gauge railroad in the world. This was followed by trumpet “Fanfares and Flourishes” performed by Dennis Johnston, professor at the College of St. Rose and Andrew Schwendeman, a student at the Hartt School of Music.

125th Anniversary Photos      More photos      B&W photos

All of this was filmed by John and Mary Fik for their cable documentary, “Above the Blue Line,” broadcast in January. The colors were beautiful, lots of shots of the guideboat and everyone arriving at the dock and wading up onto Flat Rock.


Raquette Lake Photos & Postcards

Our collection of vintage Raquette Lake photos and postcards is growing, and has been reorganized following the landings made by the Raquette Lake Transportation Company steamer that traveled up and down the lake beginning in 1879.  It is a work in progress!

Photos, Postcards and Maps

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In December John’s second daughter, Naomi, was married to Jim in a beautiful ceremony.  Including the bride, all five of John’s children were in the wedding party, as well as three of his five grandchildren.  Dorian brought the youngest two up from Florida for the celebration.

John sang the Ave Maria during the service. And Jim’s mother brought along her female barbershop quartet, “Finishing Touches,” who performed a splendid rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.

Sandy, the bride’s mother, organized the entire event, including a sit-down dinner for 200 and brunch at her home the next day. (Overheard at the reception, “Well, you know with Sandy in charge, everything was going to be perfect!”)

Jean was unable to attend due to the cold weather, but the following day the entire wedding party in all their finery visited her at the nursing home – a wonderful treat.

Naomi & Jim’s Wedding Photos


Megan and Brock were married in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Aunt Sandy’s home on Palm Sunday, in the midst of the annual Easter Egg Hunt with all the grandchildren!

The Rev. Nancy Rosenblum officiated, Megan’s daughter Savanna was the flower girl, the weather cooperated and Andy gave away his eldest of five daughters.

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Lea’s Last Year in China

Andy’s youngest daughter, Lea, spent the past year in Shijiazhuang, China, teaching English to students at the Hui Hua College of Hebei Normal University. She has visited several families in their homes, toured Beijing and Tibet and says her students are the nicest gentlest people she has ever known.

Paul, Andy and Zach visited for 10 days in March; Sandy and her grandson Ryan spent two weeks in Shijiazhuang in April.


Guest Cottage

Andy has taken on the project of renting out the Guest Cottage by the week from June through October.

More rental info here

Carmichael Family Trust, est. 1993

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