Self-taught Gouverneur artist’s painting instruction show goes national

Wilson Bickford prepares to film an episode of his WPBS show ‘Painting with Wilson Bickford.’ In its first two weeks, the show has aired in 23 markets across the country, according to the director of production, Tracy DuFlo. Photo by Stephern Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Wilson Bickford prepares to film an episode of his WPBS show ‘Painting with Wilson Bickford.’ In its first two weeks, the show has aired in 23 markets across the country, according to the director of production, Tracy DuFlo. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

GOUVERNEUR — “Painting with Wilson Bickford,” a show on WPBS-DT where north country native Wilson R. Bickford teaches painting, has gone national. [Read more…]

Potsdam native plans commercial kitchen to teach preparing and preserving local food

POTSDAM — This April, construction will begin on what three food enthusiasts hope will be a gateway to a healthier, more affordable diet for north country residents.

According to information he posted recently on Facebook, Potsdam native Will J. Trithart, now living in Binghamton, was recently approved by the Town Planning Board to create a 300-square-foot commercial kitchen inside a house he and his wife plan to build on an 18-acre parcel adjacent to St. Mary’s Cemetery on Route 56.

Mr. Trithart and his wife, Lourdes Lister, plan to build on land formerly used as pastureland for horses.

In his post, Mr. Trithart, a food entrepreneur and chef, said the kitchen, which will inhabit the first floor of the approximately 1,500-square-foot house, is to be “a space where food can be processed (frozen, canned, dried, cooked, packaged).” It will also host cooking classes he will teach on preparing and preserving local food.

Mr. Trithart’s wife, who will begin her studies toward a Master of Business Administration at Clarkson University this fall, will help with the accounting side of the operation, and to create a business plan.

Mr. Trithart, who operates by the idea that “the more you cook, the healthier you’re going to eat,” said he wants to teach people how to use cooking techniques like sautéing and slow roasting, and help educate them on how to access local food.

He argued that when people cook for themselves, they tend to choose more whole foods, and with a little education on how to access and use locally grown produce, residents can afford to eat healthier, and support area farmers.

“I think that food and how we grow it, and how we consume it, is integral to the health of our community,” he said. “The ways we consume food can either help or hurt us, and lots of people don’t have the means to access good food.”

Mr. Trithart said classes will be driven by demand, and he is open to incorporating dishes from other cultures, as well as ideas from the community, into them.

He said he is also looking into installing a solar array on the property, hoping to make the house and kitchen carbon neutral.

“We’re looking into our options. We haven’t decided on a system yet,” he said.

Mr. Trithart’s mother, Town Councilwoman Rosemaria Rivezzi, said she will partner with her son to create the kitchen, and help finance it.

She said the idea to create the kitchen, and to teach people about using local food, is something she has been mulling for a long time, and was an idea she had hoped to flesh out after retiring from teaching.

She said like her son, she wants to show people how better to prepare what she called “simple good food,” because they may not realize what is possible, not having received that kind of knowledge from family.

“I feel a strong sense of community in this area, and so for me this is a way to develop that even more, in terms of local food issues,” she said. “And I know Will has a passion for that as well.”

In his post, Mr. Trithart said he is looking forward to collaborating with local farmers and people who are passionate about food, and hopes to have the kitchen up and running in early 2017.

By Alan Rizzo, Watertown Daily Times

Five Things Friday event calendar – Feb. 5

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Happy Friday!

Performance

1. Cuse Comedy Showcase

When: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday
Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
What: Featuring Syracuse area radio personality, Gomez Adams
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 885-8960, cnyplayhouse@gmail.com or cnyplayhouse.com/comedy.html

Friday / Syracuse

2. 'The Wizard of Oz'

When: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: General Brown Central School, 17643 Cemetery Road, Dexter
What: Hosted by the school’s Performing Arts Club
Cost: Show, $6; Friday’s dinner option, $5
INFO: 779-2300

Friday & Saturday / Dexter

3. Don't Feed the Actors Valentine's Day Special

When: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
What: Performed by Syracuse’s longest-running improv troupe
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 885-8960, cnyplayhouse@gmail.com or cnyplayhouse.com/improv.html

Saturday / Syracuse

4. MET LIVE: The Pearlfishers

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Roxy Theater, 20 Main St., Potsdam
What: Soprano Diana Damrau stars as a Hindu princess, with Matthew Polenzani & Mariusz Kwiecien as rival pearl divers in this of lust & longing set in the Far East
Cost: Adult, $18; senior, $15; student, $12; youth, $9
INFO: 267-2277 or cpspotsdam.org

Sunday / Potsdam

5. 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive, Watertown
What: A Little Theatre of Watertown production
Cost: $15
INFO: 755-2250

All Weekend / Watertown

Out and About

1. 17th Annual North Country Chili Cook-Off

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown
What: Hosted by Jefferson County American Legion Auxiliary and benefits Volunteer Transportation Center
Cost: Adults, $6; children 12 and younger, $2; family, $15
INFO: Jennifer Cross-Hodge, 788-0422 X 225, jen@volunteertransportation.org or VolunteerTransportation.org

Saturday / Watertown

2. Winterfest

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Park, 2 Park Drive, Carthage
What: Includes a pet coloring contest, raffles, food, face painting, bake sale, scavenger hunt and horse-drawn wagon rides
Cost: Raffle tickets, $1
INFO: 493-3590

Saturday / Carthage

3. Remington Beer, Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Artisans Festival

When: 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg
What: Featuring more than 30 vendors
Cost: $5
INFO: 393-2425, info@fredericremington.org or fredericremington.org

Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. Snow Deer Festival

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Watertown Eagles Club, 19260 Route 11, Watertown
What: Sponsored by New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association and hosted by Black River Valley Fiddlers. Includes dinner and jam session
Cost: $10
INFO: 408-8062

Saturday & Sunday / Watertown

5. Snowtown USA

When: All Weekend
Where: Throughout Watertown
What: Includes opening ceremony with fireworks, Cupid’s Workshop, dog sleds, horse drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, softball tournament and igloo building contest
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: facebook.com/snowtownusa

All Weekend / Watertown

Learning

1. Super Science Saturday

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown
What: Explore math and science with interactive exhibits
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 786-2320 or hroukous@sunyjefferson.edu

Saturday / Watertown

2. Cooking with Winter Vegetables and Fruits

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: American Maple Museum, 9753 Route 812, Croghan
What: Using maple syrup and honey learn to cook with winter vegetables and fruit
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 376-5270, lewis@cornell.edu or ccelewis.org

Saturday / Croghan

3. Cupid's Workshop

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown
What: Create Valentine’s Day gifts. For children 11 years of age and younger
Cost: Free
INFO: 785-7705

Saturday / Watertown

4. Pencil Drawing

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E, Chaumont
What: Pencil drawing for children 11 years of age or younger
Cost: $20
INFO: 649-5454

Saturday / Chaumont

5. Introduction to Ancestry.com

When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown
What: For adults
Cost: Free
INFO: 785-7705

Saturday / Watertown

Art

1. NorthWind Fine Arts presents the work of Merrill Leavitt

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
Where: NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, 11 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake
What: Merrill Leavitt’s metal work features pieces of furniture, sculpture and jewelry
Cost: Free
INFO: (518) 354-1875, northwindfinearts@gmail.com or northwindfineartsgallery.com

Friday / Saranac Lake

2. Opening Reception for Georgeanne Gaffney's 'Avalon'

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Adirondack Artists’ Guild Art Gallery, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake
What: The exhibition runs from February 5 to March 1
Cost: Free
INFO: (518) 891-2615, guild@adirondackartistsguild.com or adirondackartistsguild.com

Friday / Saranac Lake

3. Old Forge First Friday Artwalk

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Old Forge
What: Offers a selection of artists, events, artwork, refreshments, music and hands-on experience
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 369-6346 or 3rivets@frontiernet.net

Friday / Old Forge

4. Joshua Besaw Art Exhibit Opening

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: 30City Downtown Community and Visitors Center, 20 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh
What: Offers an eclectic mix of artwork
Cost: Free
INFO: (518) 564-0064, champlainwinecompany@gmail.com or champlainwinecompany.com

Friday / Plattsburgh

5. Art of Winter

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John St., Clayton
What: Multimedia exhibit including a collection of ceramic work by Serena Buchanan
Cost: Free
INFO: tiartscenter.org

Friday / Clayton

Music

1. Noon in the Chapel Concert

When: 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Friday
Where: Gunnison Memorial Chapel, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton
What: Spirituals sung in the original style and in concert style by Ad Hoc Singers Julia Pomainville and Alexandra Jacobs Wilke
Cost: Free
INFO: 229-5184 or jpomainville@stlawu.edu

Friday / Canton

2. Music in the Vineyard

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Venditti Vineyards, 42780 New Connecticut Road, Theresa
What: Free music with wine, sangria and beer available
Cost: Free
INFO: 287-0500, jminchoff@gmail.com or vendittivineyards.com

Friday / Theresa

3. Music by 'A Fine Line'

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. Canton
What: Featuring Jazz duo Bill Vitek and Dan Gagliardi
Cost: Free
INFO: 386-8104, katrina@theblackbirdcafe.com or theblackbirdcafe.com

Friday / Canton

4. 'JAMY'

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. Canton
What: Acoustic duo playing a variety of folk and pop tunes as well as their own originals
Cost: Free
INFO: 86-8104, katrina@theblackbirdcafe.com or theblackbirdcafe.com

Saturday / Canton

5. Jourdan Irene & David Michael

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay
What: J&D Band playing live at Riverside Sports Bar at Bonnie Castle Resort
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-4511

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

SUNY Potsdam opens first center for applied learning in Crumb Library

SUNY Potsdam senior Cynthia Humphrey, right, talks with Jason Ladouceur, SUNY Potsdam’s director of planned giving at SUNY Potsdam’s new Center for Applied Learning, which opened Wednesday in the school’s Crumb Library. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

SUNY Potsdam senior Cynthia Humphrey, right, talks with Jason Ladouceur, SUNY Potsdam’s director of planned giving at SUNY Potsdam’s new Center for Applied Learning, which opened Wednesday in the school’s Crumb Library. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

POTSDAM — With its new offices now open in Crumb Library, SUNY Potsdam’s new Center for Applied Learning, a first for the state system, is now ready to make experiential education a focus for the college and SUNY. [Read more…]

Meteorologists and groundhog agree: early spring for Watertown

Jordan Hoffman, Watertown, walks his Mother and Grandfather's dogs in Thompson Park. This year, Watertown has had only a third of the snowfall from this time last year. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Jordan Hoffman, Watertown, walks his mother’s and grandfather’s dogs in Thompson Park. This year, Watertown has had only a third of the snowfall from this time last year. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Punxsutawney Phil may be on to something.

When he emerged from Gobbler’s Knob on Tuesday morning and did not see his shadow, an early spring was predicted. Meteorologists seem to agree with Phil; they say one thing is for certain — the north country is not on track to have a winter as brutal as it did last year. [Read more…]

Photos help prove integrity of Potsdam Public Museum’s wall

A shot of the Fall Island retaining wall during a significant spring flood event in 2011. The wall, which is being evaluated by engineers, will likely not have to be replaced partly due to pictures like this one that document the wall’s integrity. Submitted photo.

A shot of the Fall Island retaining wall during a significant spring flood event in 2011. The wall, which is being evaluated by engineers, will likely not have to be replaced partly due to pictures like this one that document the wall’s integrity. Submitted photo.

POTSDAM — Thanks in part to the director of its public museum, the village will likely avoid having to rebuild a retaining wall on Fall Island along the Racquette River, which could have cost “hundreds of thousands,” according to Village Administrator Everett E. Basford. [Read more…]

Five Things Friday event calendar – Jan. 29

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Happy Friday!

Entertainment

1. Snowtown USA Film Festival

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, begins 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown
What: Includes eight local films and Q&A’s with the directors
Cost: $10
INFO: snowtownfilmfestival.com

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

2. 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive, Watertown
What: Little Theatre of Watertown production
Cost: $15
INFO: littletheatrewatertown.com

All Weekend / Watertown

3. Not Too Far From Home

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ramada Inn, 6300 Arsenal St., Watertown
What: Comedy tour and dinner benefits Erick R. James ’99 Scholar Athlete Award
Cost: $40
INFO: 788-0700

Saturday / Watertown

3. 'Stupid F***ing Bird'

When: 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
What: Adapted from Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” the play’s a contemporary remix of the classic play
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 443-3275, Info@SyracuseStage.org or syracusestage.org

Saturday / Syracuse

5. MET: LIVE - Puccini's Turandot

When: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Roxy Theater, 20 Main St., Potsdam
What: Live opera
Cost: Adult, $18; senior, $15; student, $12; youth, $9
INFO: 267-2277 or cpspotsdam.org

Saturday / Potsdam

Out and About

1. Salmon River Winter Festival

When: All Weekend
Where: Throughout the village of Pulaski
What: Includes snowshoe run/walk, skating, sled dogs, children’s activities, and a snowman building contest
Cost: Free
INFO: 532-5919

All Weekend / Pulaski

2. Tug Hill Winter Outing

When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Mad River Club, 941 County Route 15, Lacona
What: Hosted by Black River Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: pany49@yahoo.com or adktravel.org/winterouting.html

Friday & Saturday / Lacona

3. Third Annual Rosier KoC Ice Fishing Derby

When: 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ray’s Pub and Grub, 8353 County Route 9, Clayton
What: Benefits Father Kelley Scholarship
Cost: Walleye and Northern divisions, $10; Perch division (12 and younger), free
INFO: 783-2244

Saturday / Clayton

4. Vintage Snowmobile Show

When: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: James Street, Alexandria Bay
What: Hosted by Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce
Cost: Per sled, $5; two or more, $10
INFO: 482-9531

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

5. Vintage Snowmobile Races

When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Adirondack International Speedway, 8403 Artz Road, New Bremen
What: Up to 21 classes of racing, featuring drag and oval races, vintage snowmobile show and all-day swap meet
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 489-7838 or nnyvsr.com

Saturday / New Bremen

On the Trails

1. Farm Diner & Night Ski

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Cascade Cross Country Ski Center, 4833 Cascade Road, Lake Placid
What: Live music, dinner and skiing
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: (518) 523-9605, xcski@cascadeski.com or cascadeski.com

Friday / Lake Placid

2. Interpretive Snowshoe Walk in Paul Smiths

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths
What: Part of a series of natural and cultural history walks
Cost: $20
INFO: adirondackvic.org/Adirondack-Nature-Walk-Interpretive-Snowshoe-Walks-2016.html

Saturday / Paul Smiths

3. Trail Tales

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100, Fineview
What: For preschool children accompanied by adult
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday / Fineview

4. Guided Winter Weekend Walking Explorations

When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100, Fineview
What: Learn about animal tracks, plant and animal adaptations to winter, and tree identification
Cost: Snowshoe rentals, $3
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday / Fineview

5. Sunday Ski and Music

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths
What: There will be live music at the VIC every Sunday until March 6
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: adirondackvic.org/Music-at-the-Paul-Smiths-VIC-Sunday-Ski-and-Music-2016.html

Sunday / Paul Smiths

Music

1. Singer-Songwriter Showcase

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
What: Singer Songwriters perform original music
Cost: Advanced tickets, $10; at the door, $12
INFO: 783-9206

Friday / Syracuse

2. Music for the Royal Fireworks

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington St., Watertown
What: Performed by the Orchestra of Northern New York
Cost: Tickets, $22; Senior citizens and military, $18; Students ages 6 to 17, $5
INFO: 267-2277 or onny.org

Saturday / Watertown

3. Black River Concert Serie: Gwen Tracy

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County Historical Society Blue Room, 7552 S. State St., Lowville
What: Black River Valley Concert Series
Cost: Advance, $18; at the door, $20; family, $45, season, $110
INFO: 376-8957

Saturday / Lowville

4. Shawn Stoddard Live

When: 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Where: Maggies on the River, 500 Newell St., Watertown
What: With special guest, Brian Smith, on percussion
Cost: Free
INFO: ninadennypr@gmail.com or facebook.com/Shawn.d.stoddard

Saturday / Watertown

5. Black River Valley Fiddlers

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge 1762, 511 Fulton St., Carthage
What: Live music
Cost: $4
INFO: 493-1762

Sunday / Carthage

Learning

1. Internet Safety Class

When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Potsdam Public Library, 2 Park St., Potsdam
What: Learn about hazards of surfing the web and how to avoid malware and viruses. Bring your own laptop or device if possible.
Cost: Free
INFO: 265-7230

Friday / Potsdam

2. 9th Annual Card Making Workshop

When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hammond Free Library, 17 Main St., Hammond
What: Learn iris paper folding and teabag folding
Cost: Free
INFO: 324-5139

Saturday / Hammond

3. North Country Children's Museum's Construction Zone Workshop

When: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Clarkson University Bookstore, 39 Market St., Potsdam
What: For children grades K-5, walk-ins welcome
Cost: $10
INFO: 265-9260 or clarkson@bkstr.com

Saturday / Potsdam

4. Adult Illustration in Old Forge

When: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge
What: Walk-ins welcome
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 369-6008, oldforge@midyork.org or oldforgelibrary.org

Saturday / Old Forge

5. Junior Citizen Scientist Program

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: The Nature Center, Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena
What: Contact Nature Center for details
Cost: Contact for prices
INFO: 705-5022, ncrebirth@yahoo.com or massenanaturecenter.org

Saturday / Massena

Massena Figure Skating Club going ‘Back to Broadway’ for Sunday ice show

MASSENA — Seventeen performances are scheduled for Sunday when the Massena Figure Skating Club stages its annual ice show at the Massena Arena. [Read more…]

Hockey players to hit the ice this weekend to benefit Melissa’s Closet

Framed by two dresses at Melissa’s Closet in the St. Lawrence Centre mall, Kaitlyn N. Spear, Hermon, examines a dress in the mirror during a recent dress distribution. Melissa’s Closet offers free prom dresses to high school students in a five-county area. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Framed by two dresses at Melissa’s Closet in the St. Lawrence Centre mall, Kaitlyn N. Spear, Hermon, examines a dress in the mirror during a recent dress distribution. Melissa’s Closet offers free prom dresses to high school students in a five-county area. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

MASSENA — Eight teams will be hitting the ice at Massena Arena on Friday and Saturday to raise money for a nonprofit organization that distributes free prom dresses to high school girls in a five-county region. [Read more…]

Grassroots effort to aid those with contamination in Orleans

COLLINS LANDING — A grassroots effort aimed at providing bottled water to people with contaminated wells in the town of Orleans is being led by Steven J. Conaway, owner of Thousand Islands Winery. [Read more…]