Book Signings

We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:

10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble

10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble

10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble

The Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma
b_400_300_16777215_00_images_stories_old_Folklore_ronk1.jpg   Legend:
This is one of the longer standing legends of Long Island. There are variations but the most common storyline involves an Indian princess. There were two tribes across the river from each other and the princess had set up a secret courtship with one of the warriors on the other side. They were to meet in the center of the lake and elope one night. She rowed out that night but no one came to meet her. Heartbroken she left herself adrift and died on the lake. Every year since then she is said to take the life of one boy on the lake.

One woman remembers a slide being built on the lake when she was a young girl. She had climbed up to the top of the slide and when she started getting ready to slide down she felt someone push her hard. She slid all the way down and under water. Being young and an inexperienced swimmer she was struggling. All of a sudden it was like something let her go free and she was able to reach the surface. Upon climbing out she asked the girl who came down the slide after her if she had been the one pushing. The girl said no one had been pushed at all. This woman is under the impression that the lake may have mistaken her for a boy at first but then had realized the error.

We did find one article in Newsday from 2000. It talked about a group of boys who were playing in the lake trying to race each other to a buoy. One of the boys, Onix Ariel Umanzor fell behind and disappeared. He was later found underwater but could not be resuscitated.

There is another article also in Newsday - Sep 25, 1988. p. 03. It mentions that the height of the lake varies but not in any relation to local rainfall levels. This is unusual for a body of water. The lake is not bottomless, as legend would have it. It is actually about 70 feet deep at the deepest section.


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    Mike Lugo from CHS says my gential is HUUUUUUMUNNNNNGES :-*

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