Five Things Friday – October 17

5thingsfriday-logoREDHappy Friday! With only two weeks left until Halloween, and winter lingering somewhere around the corner, the north country has a few last fair weather hurrahs in store for us this weekend. If you’ve already had enough of the cool weather for the season (it’s OK to admit it – we already miss summer too!), we’ve got a handful of indoor happenings as well! There’s something for everyone this weekend. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and take a look at the map of what’s going on! Check it out…

1) Let’s start off this week’s Five Things Friday with outdoors events. First up is the Titus Mountain Mud and Mucker Challenge, tomorrow at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, 215 Johnson Road, Malone. The Challenge event includes 20 obstacles, three mountains, live music by Strange Brew, a children’s course, mud and – this goes without saying, really – fun. The gates will open at 10 a.m.; the races start at noon. The event benefits the YMCA. For registration and cost information, click here. If you’d rather be colorful than muddy, you can participate in the third annual Running Colors 5K at Old Forge Lakefront. Running Colors is a 3.1 mile fun run and walk focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and then run/walk at 11 a.m. The cost today is $30; day of race, $35; children 9 and younger, free with paying adult. The event will benefit the View (Arts Center) Old Forge. For information or to register, call 369-6411, ext. 201. If you’re in Watertown tomorrow, you and your four-legged furry friends can be part of the Bark For Life at the Rotary Pavilion, Thompson Park from noon to 3 p.m. The event will include a pet look-alike contest, dog demonstrations, long and short walk routes, vendor displays and specials, cancer information and a pet Halloween costume contest. All dogs must be leashed and accompanied by adult. Donations for the American Cancer Society are being accepted: $20, prior to event; $25, on the day. For more information, contact Don at816-7441 or On Sunday, you can walk or run in the Harvest Run 2014 in Adams. The event begins on Main Street; registration is from 7 to 8 a.m., with the races beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $20 for the 5K; 10K, $25; students 18 and younger, $10. Following the event, prizes will awarded and refreshments served. It is sponsored by Shultz Flooring, and hosted by South Jefferson Rescue Squad. After the Harvest Run on Sunday, you can go up to Watertown for the 15th annual First Frost AIDS Walk/Run. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with the 5K race beginning at 1 p.m. at Thompson Park and Zoo. The Walk/Run benefits Teen AIDS Task Force and Emergency-Basic-Human Needs, with 100 percent of the fund-raised dollars staying in Northern New York. Throughout the weekend, you can take part in MooseFest 2014 in Old Forge. The event kicks off tonight with movies, grub and drinks at The Backdoor Bar, 3092 New York 28, and continues with festivities until Sunday afternoon. For schedule and details, click here or call 369-6672.

2) Art of all sorts is up next. Tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m., you can take part in the TAUNY Jam at the TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton. All levels of musicians, singers and step dancers are welcome at this old time fiddle tunes jam. The event will be hosted by Gretchen Koehler, fiddler, and Barb Heller, singer/guitarist and host of NCPR‘s String Fever. Tonight at 7 p.m., you can catch the Indian River Drama Club’s production of “The Sweet Life,” at Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts, 32925 Route 11, Philadelphia. Tickets are $5 at the door. Performances will be American Sign Language interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing community. To reserve tickets or get more information, contact Elaine Finley at 642-5521. You can read more about the play in this Watertown Daily Times article. Earlier this week, two new exhibits opened at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton: “Enso: Zen Circles of Enlightenment” and Le Quoc Viet’s “Secret Mantra.” The Enso displays a collection of enso paintings by Zen masters dating back to 17th century, and Le Quoc Viet’s exhibits is a collection of colorful silk lanterns inspired by Dinh Dynasty pillars and lost Han-Nom cultural traditions. Both exhibits run through Saturday, Dec. 6. The gallery is free and open to the public today and tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Tomorrow night at the Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St., Watertown, you can catch Fred & the Eds play from 8 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call 788-0272. Lastly, on Sunday, Organist Caroline Robinson is playing at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, Crane School of Music, 44 Pierrepont Ave., SUNY Potsdam, as part of the Community Performance Series. The show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; senior/faculty/staff, $6; students, free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 267-2277.

3) Number three this week features local authors and libraries. This afternoon at 2 p.m., the Macsherry Library, 112 Walton St., Alexandria Bay, is featuring their Autumn Authors. This book discussion and signing presents David Shampine and Dan Boyd, “The Jefferson County Egan Murders,” Judy Keeler, “Meandering Around the Islands,” Scott Ouderkirk, “The Wind in the Islands,” and Skip Couch, “The Lost Fleet.” Refreshments will be available.Tonight at Wead Library64 Elm St, Malone, Halloween favorite “Casper” is being shown at 6 p.m. Bring your kids and snacks to this free event. Tomorrow, you can meet Marguerite Mooers, the author of “Take My Hand,” at the Brewer Bookstore, St. Lawrence University, 92 Park St., Canton. The book signing is from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 800-379-5460 for more information. Also tomorrow is the Richville Free Library‘s Book Sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 87 Main St. They will be selling hardcover, paperback, fiction and non-fiction, and some free VHS tapes. For more information, call Lila Youngs at 287-0667.

4) This weekend holds many festivals. This evening brings Carthage’s third annual Fall Festival, from 6 to 9 p.m. at New Covenant Fellowship Church, 22791 West Street Road. The event is free, and will feature free food, free games, a bounce house, candy and prizes, a children’s costume contest and a 40 foot ice cream sundae. Costumes are welcome, but no scary costumes or masks allowed. Tomorrow, Carthage will hold their Fire Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St., from 9 to 10 a.m. tomorrow. The festival offers a guided tour along the path of destruction of the great Carthage Fire of 1884. The event also features food, music, bounce houses, a silent auction, pumpkin themed bake sale, health and Wellness Fair, in addition to a Vendor Fair. Area businesses and churches will have their doors open. The cost is a $10 donation for the first three members in a family, and $5 for each additional family member with same address; cost tour and lunch. A $25 donation receives guided tour, lunch, T-shirt and raffle ticket. All proceeds will benefit the Village Ecumenical Ministries Food Pantry (shampoo drive), Augustinian Academy and 4 Paws for Parker. In Clayton tomorrow, you can stop by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce‘s third annual Punkin Chunkin and Kansas City Style BBQ Contest at Frink Park. Events will take place throughout the day, including children’s games, a free pumpkin giveaway, a farmer’s market, and wood turners. The event raises money for non-profits in the community. Admission is free. Tomorrow in Sackets Harbor, you can attend the Royal Fall Faire at Sackets Harbor Central School, 215 S. Broad St., from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. The event will feature food, drinks, games, vendors, raffles, Garden Club canned food drive, door prizes, a presentation by Better Arts, cake walk, scholastic book fair, bounce house, crafts, pumpkin decorating, traveling zoo and a Tae Kwon Do presentation. Admission is free; donations of canned goods for SHCS backpack program are encouraged. Royal attire is, of course, also encouraged.

5) Last up this week, we have Halloween festivities. This weekend, you can check out the Classic Creepy Creatures Haunted House at the Paddock Arcade, Downtown Watertown, from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and 1 to 4 p.m., and also 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. The event is presented by American Kang Duk Won Karate and the Downtown Business Association. Admission is $5. Tomorrow is Ogdensburg, you can be part of the Witches’ Night Out at Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St., from 7 to 11 p.m. Music for the night is provided by Northern Lights DJ. There will be dancing, a cash bar, a silent auction, contests, a black carpet to pose for pictures, and Tarot card readings. The cost is$12; in costume, $10. The event benefits scholarships and community projects of Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club. For more information, contact Kim Snyder at or 276-5966. If you’re in Watertown tomorrow night, you can head over to The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, for the second annual October Feast, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature bands, a photo booth, tattoo artists and drink specials. For more information, call 786-6633. Last but not least, we have the Sterling Halloweekends on Saturday and Sunday, at the Sterling Renaissance Festival grounds, 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. The Halloweekends offer their visitors three options: spooky-town kids village, 4 to 7 p.m.; village of the damned, 7 to 10 p.m.; and hospital of horror, 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 947-5782.

Have a great weekend!

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