What better way to celebrate the first weekend of summer than with five free things going on this weekend? There are few things better than free, so this weekend we have picked five things to do that won’t cost you anything but the gas to get there. Check back every Friday for another 5 Things Friday, with five sights to see, events to attend or local businesses to visit throughout the north country every weekend.
1.) Gone fishing. This Saturday and Sunday, anyone can fish New York State waters with no license required. Visit your favorite fishing spot with the kids or take a friend up on that boating trip he has been promising and hone your fishing skills without worrying about getting a license first. For more information contact the regional DEC Fisheries Office in Cape Vincent at 654-2147.
2.) A best kept secret. Chaumont Barrens Preserve is one of the last examples of alvar grasslands in the world and is one of Northern New York’s best kept secrets. Spend an afternoon walking the trail and see plants, trees, flowers and animals that don’t populate much of the region outside of the grasslands. For directions to the preserve, click here.
3.) Swinging in Sackets. The Sackets Harbor Waterfront Concert Series starts Sunday and runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2. The series is hosted on the lawn of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The kick off concert is the Frank Sacci Orchestra with swing music from World War II.
4.) An evening in the Cape. After finishing up work for the week, head to Cape Vincent tonight for the Breakwater Gallery’s opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 379 Club St. Before you check out the gallery, stop by the cafe at Taste of Design, 288 E. Broadway. This quaint little cafe has some delicious treats and lattes. Those aren’t free, though. The gallery’s opening exhibit is a compilation of works from the Plein Air Painter Thousand Islands Region group. Works in the exhibit were painted earlier this week, capturing the Thousand Islands’ outdoor beauty in early summer. For information about the gallery, visit www.capevincentartscouncil.org.
5.) Fun for kids. The Frederic Remington Art Museum’s Kids Place hosts play days and workshops throughout the summer at the museum’s property at 323 Washington St. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Kids Place will host Buggy Stuff! where kids learn about gardens, bugs and critters and can catch some insects with nets to keep in a bug house the kids decorate themselves. On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting, the museum will bust out the sidewalk chalk and bubbles for kids to play with outdoors and draw their own works of art on the sidewalks. Both sessions are free admission. For more play days and workshops, visit www.fredericremington.org.