5 Things Friday: Nov. 16

With one last weekend of freedom before your in-laws and extended family flood the  house for a feast on Thursday, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and check out some local events the north country has to offer. When you’re looking to sit back and catch a show, a concert or get some holiday shopping out of the way, there’s a little of of something for everyone going on this weekend.


1.) Let’s get fancy. It’s not just holiday season in November and December, it’s gala season, too. Make sure your finest shirts and gowns are dry cleaned, because they’ll be getting good use in the coming weeks. This Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. is the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park’s “Zoo-to-Do Autumn Gala” at the Black River Valley Club, 131 Washington St., Watertown. This black-tie-optional social soiree features food and wine pairings by Boo Wells of the Farm House Kitchen and Coyote Moon Vineyards. Live music will be provided by Benjamin Plante along with live and silent auctions. Tickets are $60 per person and available on the zoo’s website, www.nyszoo.org.


2.) Craft mania. Supporting local artisans and crafters is more important than ever during the Christmas shopping season. So much so, that we dedicated our next issue to it. If you’re looking for something unique, custom-made and not available at the big box retailers, check out the bevy of artisan shows happening this weekend. Go “crafting” with a group of friends and hit as many as possible. For a listing of options, click here. If you’re in Watertown, check out the North Country Crafters show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive. Admission is by donation of a non-perishable food item. Also, be on the lookout for free advanced copies of our Holiday Issue, which officially hits newsstands on Monday.


3.) Go back in time. For 20 years, the Jefferson County Historical Society has been taking visitors back in time to revisit the north country’s past. This weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Paddock mansion, 228 Washington St., the society will host it’s annual “Victorian Faire.” The event features antiques collectors, baked goods, artists, crafters, artisans and a special lunch. A wine and cheese reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, which is included with admission. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children and $4 for members of the society, military and military spouses.


4.) Off Broadway in Sackets. The Lake Ontario Playhouse in Sackets Harbor will host the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. This off Broadway musical comedy uses songs from the 1950s and 1960s to tell the story of a high school musical squad that are called upon to perform at their senior prom as a last minute replacement. This critically acclaimed musical is one not to be missed while it’s in town. Tickets are $20; $18 for senior citizens and students. Dinner theater tickets are also available for $38. Contact the box office at 646-2305 or www.playhousecomedy.com.


5.) Musica Viva at Trinity. The Trinity Concert Series is one of the largest concert programs in the area and continues into May of next year. This weekend, at 7 p.m. Saturday is a choral concert presented by Watertown Musica Viva, directed by Kyle P. Ramey. The concert features American choral favorites including the music of Aaron Copland, Harold Friedell and Jean Berger as well as Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom,” all sung a cappella. Tickets are $16 for preferred seating or $14 general admission with discounts for senior citizens and students. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 227 Sherman St. in Watertown.  For more information, visit www.trinityconcerts.org or call 788-6290 ext. 3.