Seraph Brass quintet performing Sunday as part of Trinity Concert Series

HALI ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY Mary Elizabeth Bowden, center, and horn player Katy Ambrose, far right, created Seraph in 2014. The quintet has a roster of eight it can choose from.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden, center, and horn player Katy Ambrose, far right, created Seraph in 2014. The quintet has a roster of eight it can choose from.


The celestial sounds of Seraph Brass will fill Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon when the all-female quintet performs as part of its national tour.

Seraph Brass draws from a roster of America’s top female brass players. It was formed in 2014 by trumpet player Mary Elizabeth Bowden and French horn player Katy Ambrose. Sunday’s concert is part of the 2016-17 Trinity Concert Series.

“We had this idea at graduate school at Yale that we wanted to form a female brass ensemble,” said Ms. Bowden. “It’s not something you see very much.”

The quintet’s name refers to an angelic being of the highest order.

Ms. Bowden spoke on the phone last Friday, as the quintet was finishing up its fourth week on tour. She spoke as the group’s van was journeying between shows in North Dakota.

The members find that they are inspiring to young female musicians. Ms. Bowden recalled the previous night’s show in Crosby, N.D.

“There was a handful of really young female brass players,” she said. “They were so happy and excited and that was great to see.”

After the concert, quintet members posed for photos with the students.

“I’m glad we can be an inspiration to the next generation of brass players,” Ms. Bowden said.

Even though there are five in the touring quintet, Seraph Brass draws from a roster of eight musicians.

“We get to know each other well and call ourselves the Seraph family,” Ms. Bowden said. “It creates a little bit of flexibility in our schedules.”

For example, she said Ms. Ambrose is expecting twin boys.

“I don’t think being in a van for five weeks would have worked out,” Ms. Bowden said.

Ms. Bowden is traveling with six trumpets on the tour. Each, she said, has a different “color.”

“Throughout the show, we love talking to the audience about the different trumpets and other instruments,” she said.

For example, Ms. Bowden will perform Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” aria on her rotary valve piccolo trumpet.

A popular set the quintet performs, which they plan to do in Watertown, is one featuring medieval and Renaissance music.

“It deconstructs the brass quintet,” Ms. Bowden said. “It starts with solo tuba, then it adds each instrument, one by one. It’s a really nice way for the audience to hear the different colors of the quintet.”

Also for Sunday’s Watertown concert, there will be selections from “West Side Story” and part of the popular “William Tell Overture.”

“It’ll be a diverse selection of music,” Ms. Bowden said.

The trumpet player performed last season at the Trinity Concert Series as part of The Brass Hoppers. She frequently performs in recital both in solo programs and in a duo with her husband, David Dash, a professional trumpet player with the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic. The couple also make their home in that city.

Ms. Bowden has performed nationally and internationally, including serving as principal trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea. At the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, she held the principal trumpet chair in Pierre Boulez’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which was released on CD in 2011.

Ms. Bowden released her debut album, “Radiance,” last year. All tracks on the album, except for one, were written by living, “innovative” American composers.

“I wanted to showcase the new works being written for trumpet and I wanted to choose works that I found compelling,” she said.

Ms. Bowden, who grew up in a suburb of Chicago, earned her master of music degree in 2006 from the Yale School of Music, New Haven, Conn., where she studied on a full scholarship with trumpeter Allan Dean.

She originally was inspired to pick up the trumpet because of her two older brothers. When it was time for them to join the school band, one picked the trombone and the other brother selected the French horn.

“I heard the sound of the brass in the house with my brothers practicing,” she said. “When it was my turn, I wanted to stay in the brass family. I picked the trumpet.”

Rounding out Seraph on Sunday at its Watertown concert: Katie Miller on trumpet, Alexis Smith on trombone, Rachel Velvikis on French horn and Beth McDonald on tuba.

The details

WHAT: Seraph Brass as part of the 2016-17 Trinity Concert Series.

WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown.

COST: Ticket prices range from $9 to $16, with discounts available for senior citizens and members of the military. The concert is free for students in kindergarten through college.

MORE INFO: On the web at or call the church at 788-6290.

5 Things Friday- October 21

It’s the weekend!

Halloween Events

1. Rocky Horror Picture Show

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
Where: Flashback Lounge, 1309 State St.
What: Come in costume, dancing, audience participation. 21 and over. Movie starts at midnight.
Cost: Free
Info: 775-8378

Saturday / Watertown

2. Haunted House Spooktacular

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Where: Franklin Building, downtown Watertown
What: North Country Arts Council, in partnership with The Tarot Café, Fire Magick, Watertown Little Theatre and special guest performers. View art works as you walk through a haunted Franklin building. Games, refreshments, crafts and more for all ages.
Cost: $7; $5 with canned food donation

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

3. The Haunted Paddock Arcade

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Paddock Arcade
What: A family friendly and spooky haunted house held for two weekends. Children’s and adult costume contest held. Prizes and candy will be provided to all participants.
Cost: Free

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

4. Zonta Witches’ Night Out

When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St.
What: To benefit club scholarships and community projects. Wear your best witch themed costume.
Cost: $12; $10 witch themed costumes
INFO: Kim Snyder, or 276-5966

Saturday / Ogdensburg

5. Hocus Pocus (PG)

When: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St.
What: Watch the movie Hocus Pocus with the whole family.
Cost: Free
INFO: or 785-7705

Saturday / Watertown

Fun Runs & Walks

1. 5K Color Fun Run/Walk

When: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. start Saturday
Where: South Jefferson Central School parking lot, 11060 Route 11
What: Hosted by South Jeff Class of 2018, S.O.S., and LaFargeville Class of 2020. Benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Adams

2. Walk to Stamp Out Starvation

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: First United Methodist Church, 189 Main St.
What: Sponsored by Greater Massena Ministerial Association. 5K and 1.5 mile courses.
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-6900

Sunday / Massena

3. Thousand Islands Zombie Walk

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Recreation Park, 602 South James St.
What: Portions of proceeds to benefit Riverside Preschool. Walk/run to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. Bring canned or nonperishable food item, receive free zombie makeup. Vendors on site.
Cost: Donation

Saturday / Cape Vincent

4. The Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Andrew’s Church Parish Center, 200 E. Main St.
What: Tours leave every 15 minutes. A benefit for the Sackets Harbor School fine and performing arts departments: including the Sentinels Marching Band. Event not suitable for children under the age of 9. Book signing with local author Amy Reade.
Cost: $5

Friday & Saturday / Sackets Harbor

Exploring Fall

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100
What: Hike to search for signs of fall along the trails.
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday /Wellesley Island

The Arts

1. Borderline Crazies performed by See-More Players

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Russell Opera House, 4 Pestle st.
What: It’s an avalanche of laughter with more twists and turns than a giant slalom.
Cost: Free
INFO: 347-2358  

Saturday / Russell

2. Framing the Scene

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lewis County Historical Society, 7552 South State St.
What: Day-long workshop. Held rain or shine. Must have own camera and tripod.
Cost: $50, includes lunch.
INFO: 779-2239

Saturday / Lowville

3. Lyric Encore!

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St.
What: Songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “The Sound of Music,” “Spamalot,” “Oliver!,” “Avenue Q,” “South Pacific,” “Barnum,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Company.” Benefits the theater’s production of “White Christmas.
Cost: $30, includes dinner
INFO: 775-9996

Saturday / Watertown

4. Anne of Green Gables

When: 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Where: Indian River Theatre of Performing Arts, 32925 Route 11
What: Presented by Indian River Drama Club.
Cost: $5
INFO: Elaine Finley, 642-5521 or

Friday, Saturday / Philadelphia

 5. Ann Sweeten

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive
What:  Award-winning, chart-topping concert pianist, composer, producer, poet, actress and singer.
Cost: $20 suggested donation

Saturday / Clayton

Something to Eat

1. Fish Fry

When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: American Legion Post 832, 248 Broadway St.
What: Menu: fried or boiled haddock, clam strips or chicken tenders, with coleslaw, French fries or baby browns, bread and butter. Benefits veterans’ and/or community projects and scholarships.
Cost: $10; seafood platter, $14.
INFO: 654-2101  

Friday / Cape Vincent

2. Roast Pork Dinner

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alexandria Bay United Methodist Church, 2 Rock St.
What: Enjoy a roast pork dinner. Takeout available.
Cost: Free
INFO: 777-6360

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

3. Pancake Breakfast

When: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Sixtown Meetinghouse, 33 E. Church St.
What: Sponsored by South Jefferson Historical Association. Menu: pancakes, waffles, French toast, maple syrup, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fruit and sticky buns.
Cost: $7.50; children 5 to 12, $6.50; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 767-1295

Sunday / Adams

4. Spaghetti Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: AMVETS Club on the Whippleville Road
What: sponsored by AMVETS Post 8 Riders, and FA football team, to benefit the FA football team. Open to the public.
Cost: $9
INFO: 486-8692; 486-4882; 725-3842.  

Sunday / Malone

5. Make a Difference Day Breakfast

When: 8 a.m. to Noon Sunday
Where: Malone Adult Center
What: sponsored by the correctional facilities. Raffles and 50/50
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and children under 5 eat free.

Sunday / Malone

Helping Hands

1. Kayak Raffle Tour

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Westview Lodge, 13499 County Route 123
What: Kayak raffle tour, sponsored by Henderson Harbor Performing Arts Association. Hand-crafted, wooden kayak, valued at $6,000. Live entertainment by area musicians. Proceeds benefit building of HHPAA’s 60-by-30-foot, open-air stage.
Cost: Tickets $10 each.
INFO: 938-5285

Sunday / Henderson Harbor

2. Infant and Kids Klost

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday
Where: Constable United Methodist Church
What: Clothes, diapers, toys, shoes, etc. available for free to Constable residents with young children.
INFO: Kay: 483-3256 or Martha: 483-1936

Friday / Constable

3. Fall Work Bee

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Almanzo Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road
What: List of projects for volunteers, including putting garden to bed, cleaning lilac bed, painting picnic tables and house trim. Lunch provided.
Cost: Free
INFO: or 483-1207

Saturday / Burke

4. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Book sale to benefit Richville Library.
INFO: 287-4378

8Saturday / Richville

5. Online Volunteer Tutor Training at Literacy of Northern NY

When: 7 a.m. Saturday
Where: Macomb Community Wesleyan Church, 12 County Route 7
What: Literacy of NNY always needs volunteer tutors in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. If you have a busy schedule, consider taking the online tutor training. Both BLL (Reading) and ELL (English Language Learner) modules are offered.
Cost: Free
INFO: 782-4270 or visit

Saturday / Watertown-Online


Throw a killer Halloween party that won’t break the bank



The average shopper spent just under $75 on Halloween-related purchases in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation spending survey. But if you use the best savings strategies, you could spend a lot less on Halloween this year — including Halloween parties.

Whether you’re hosting a big blowout for Halloween or planning a smaller gathering for friends, there are plenty of ways to avoid a financial scare this season. Here are some ways you can throw a killer Halloween party for under $50.


Decorations and props are essential for any Halloween celebration, and you’ll find plenty of great deals on Halloween-themed items at stores like Walmart and Target.

But when you only have $50 to spend on the entire event, buying a Spooky Living Tree for $15.88 at Walmart or a Halloween Changing Light String for $27 at Target can easily put you over budget. Fortunately, you can still create the right ambiance by flexing your crafting skills and buying wholesale items.

Sites like and Oriental Trading Company sell a variety of party items for a few dollars each. Pick up items like Glow Spray in a Can for just $4.90 to cover dozens of items in the party room or 20 feet of Fright Tape for $3.90 on Buy party favors and table decorations in bulk starting at $1.99 per dozen from These items can help you decorate larger areas, such as doorways, tables and walls with minimal effort — and a minimal dollar investment.


You don’t have to charge a door cover to pass some party costs on to your guests.

“You could charge a costume entry fee to pool money for the best costume,” said Brent Shelton, online shopping and consumer expert at FatWallet. Charging a $5 fee to enter a costume contest, for example, means you could make $50 when just 20 people enter and split the entry fee 50-50 for the grand prize and to cover party costs.

Refreshments tend to be one of the bigger party expenses. In fact, the average cost of a cocktail party can range from $25 to $230 per person, according to

Shelton suggests that hosts can cut costs by having guests bring food to pass and inviting home brewers to show off their skills in a brewing competition. Depending on how many people you’re inviting, these measures can save you a few hundred dollars on the cost of entertaining.


Give yourself a budget of $20 to $30 to buy goods at the dollar store, and you’ll be able to pick up a variety of Halloween-themed items — and nonholiday items — to take care of your guests. If you’re the crafty type, even better — you’ll find everything from wreaths to paper gift bags ready for painting or decorating.

For example, Dollar Tree’s Halloween Headquarters is stocked with craft supplies, including plastic pumpkins, skulls, decorative candleholders and goblets for just a dollar a piece. You can use these items to put together an eye-catching centerpiece or decorate tables and mantels.

And don’t forget the food aisle. You’ll find everything from cookies and bread to peanut butter, hot chocolate and other staples. Plus, bagged candy and other treats can be great for filling small bowls at the party table. Just make sure to check the expiration dates, and keep an eye out for any bulk buys to save even more on food costs.


If you throw a Halloween party and want to dress up as a character from a movie or TV series, explore the idea of borrowing a costume from friends, family members or neighbors.

You can post a request on your Facebook page or in a local Facebook group to see if there is any interest. Some people might be willing to rent out their costumes in exchange for other products or services, like free meals or anything you might have in your garage that you want to give away.

You can also make use of sites like NeighborGoods, which lets you create and join groups in your neighborhood to share anything from ladders for Halloween decorating to costumes. This can be a great way to save on the cost of a new costume, which can range from tens to hundreds of dollars via


When you need to buy soda, bottled water, chips, salsa and other party favorites in larger quantities, shave off a significant amount of money with “buy one, get one free” deals at your local grocery store. Saving 50 percent on these items makes it that much easier to come in under budget.

Since the deals rotate throughout the week — and will be different at every store — you might need to do some sale sleuthing to find great deals. Plan on hitting the store circuit at least a few weeks in advance, so you can get the best deals on different goods.

And if you don’t feel like making a tour of the town to scoop up deals, consider using apps like Grocery Pal or Flipp, where you can get a preview of store circulars and coupons in a few screen swipes. These apps can also help you organize your shopping list and calculate total savings.


If you’re organizing a larger party and want to keep guests entertained, having live music or a DJ setup at the event will make your party a standout. Ask musician friends or amateur DJs if they want to perform at your Halloween party in exchange for the publicity and a good time.

Additionally, you can post requests on Facebook or even venture over to Craigslist to find someone who wants to play for free. Another option: Check out Meetup groups in your area that perform together, and get in touch with the organizer to see if the group wants to attend.

Just make sure the performers will be bringing their own equipment and that they are prepared to sign liability waivers, so you aren’t left holding the bill if any equipment gets damaged. You could offer free food and drinks in exchange for their efforts, or return the favor by promoting them online.

Wine, food, crafts and more offered this weekend at annual St. Lawrence County chamber show

SUSAN MENDE / JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS Charlene Day, sewing teacher at GOAL studio, Canton, works on a sewing project for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Craft, Food & Wine Show this weekend at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena, Potsdam.

Charlene Day, sewing teacher at GOAL studio, Canton, works on a sewing project for the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Craft, Food & Wine Show this weekend at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena, Potsdam.

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Private gun stores, outfitters, hang on in north country

JASON HUNTER n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES  Rick Jones, owner of North Woods Outfitters at 1890 Morley-Potsdam Road, displays the inventory in his gun shop.

Rick Jones, owner of North Woods Outfitters at 1890 Morley-Potsdam Road, displays the inventory in his gun shop.

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Winners of North Country Writers Contest to read at coffeehouse reception on Oct. 27 as part of festival

A public reception and writers contest reading will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Fireside Commons of the John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15) at Jefferson Community College to recognize the winners of the 2016 North Country Writers Contest.

In August, the JCC English department sought entries for short fiction, essay/nonfiction and poetry.

The 2016 North Country Writers Contest winners :

Short fiction:

Chris L. Brock, Watertown, “The Foreign Element.”


Michael L. Keck, Black River, “Driving Forty.”


Diane V. Rogers, Cape Vincent, “I Am From the North Country”

Mr. Keck received honorable mention for his short fiction entry, “Mary Louise Parker & Snowmen” and poem entry, “If You Understand Anything.”

Amy T. Feiereisel, of Canton, received honorable mention for her essay, “Soaking in a Thunderstorm.”

Winning writers were awarded $100 while those receiving honorable mention were awarded $25. Both winning and honorable mention submissions will be published online in October. All four contestants have been invited to read their winning entry at the writers contest reading and reception.

The reading and reception are part of the week-long Writers Festival at JCC , which is Monday through Friday. The public is invited to participate in the following Writers Festival events:


NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Kick-off at 12:20 p.m. in Fireside Commons, Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15), JCC, 1220 Coffeen St.


Campus “writers read,” featuring faculty Paul Adkins, Joshua Dickinson, Laurie Peterson and C.J. Southworth; 12:30 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center (Building 6).


Poet Kane Smeg, 12:30 p.m. in Sturtz Theater


Author reading, featuring Lena Bertone (flash fiction) and Georgia Popoff (poetry), 12:30 p.m. in Room 6-002, Jules Center (Building 6).

Writers contest coffeehouse reading, 7 p.m., Fireside Commons, Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15).


Brown Bag Poetry, with the them At the Cusp, 12:20 p.m., Room 6-118, Jules Center (Building 6).

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For more information about the writers contest reading and festival events, contact the JCC English department at 786-2328.

The North Country Writers Contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Community College English Department, Faculty Student Association and Social Cultural Committee.

Try pumpkin pancakes to get into the fall spirit

If you’re going to eat pumpkin pancakes, this is your window to do it. Of course, you could eat these flapjacks spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg anytime, but there’s no better time than these few weeks before Halloween when we start to gear up our palates for a whole season of festive eating.

Malika Ameen, whose new book “Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors to Wake Up Your Baking” (Roost Books, $30) was recently released, offers dozens of dishes that will entertain your tongue year-round. Her holiday offerings, like these pancakes, are particularly good.

As always, don’t overmix the pancake batter. Leave those small lumps — they’ll cook out of the pancakes on the hot griddle. Vietnamese cinnamon has a particular warmth that Ameen likes for these pancakes, but any cinnamon will do.

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes pumpkin6

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup whole wheat flour

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground Vietnamese cinnamon

¾ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp. kosher salt

1¼ cups buttermilk, at room temperature, divided

2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

4 Tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup pure canned pumpkin

Heat oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the buttermilk and the eggs, butter and vanilla. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until barely combined.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and the remaining ¼ cup of buttermilk. Gently fold the pumpkin mixture into the batter.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly grease the skillet and cook the pancakes in batches. Spoon about ¼ cup of the batter onto the pan per pancake. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and slightly dry looking and bubbly on the top.

Use a spatula to flip each pancake and cook on the second side until cooked through. Transfer from the skillet to a baking tray, cover with aluminum foil, and keep warm in the oven while you cook more. Serves 4.

5 Things Friday- October 14

It’s the weekend!! 


Harvest Festivals & Fairs

1. Oktoberfest for a Cause

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort
What: Craft beer tastings from New York State Breweries, Bad Husbands Club playing live, partial proceeds to benefit River hospital in support of mammography services.
Cost: $20
Info: 800-955-4511

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

2. Punkin Chunkin

When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Clayton
What: Watch as local teams catapult pumpkins into the St. Lawrence. There’s an adult division & kids division. Lots of activities for the whole family – face painting, craft Show & vendors on the streets & in the Clayton Opera House, & BBQ competition and BBQ meals. 9 a.m. kids catapult; 11 a.m. adults.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

3. Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Near Orvis/Andrews Streets, along Main Street
What: Haunted house, clown, candy land, pumpkin painting, crafts, booths, a haunted walk, live music with Atom Ghost and more!
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-3525

Saturday / Massena

4. Trunk or Treat

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Candlewood Suites, 26513 Herrick Drive, Evans Mills
What: All families invited to participate in a costume contest and parade starting at 1:30 p.m. Promotional prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in 5 different categories. There will be food vendors handing out candy.
Cost: Free
INFO: Nellie Mathous, 629-6990

Sunday / Evans Mills

5. Community Health Fair

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Park
What: Free screenings, education, kids’ activities, DJ, NNY photo booth, insurance information, giveaway’s, free lunch.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000, ext. 2349 or 493-1000, ext. 2316.

Saturday / Carthage


Outdoor Activities

1. ‘Fall’ in Love with Nature!

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Otter Creek Preserve
What: Join TILT staff for a hike in search of vibrant fall foliage on the Otter Creek nature Trail. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.
Cost: Free
INFO: Register in advance, 686-5345; email,

Sunday / Alexandria Bay

2. Trail Tails

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100
What: For younger children, accompanied by adult. Two stories, then group activity themed to match stories.
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday / Wellesley Island

3. Discover An Old Growth Forest Autumn Hike

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center, 1486 Osceola Road,
What: 4-mile hike – off-trail hiking, moderately difficult terrain. Bring brown bag lunch, water. Wear comfortable hiking clothes, boots. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust to provide snacks and extra water.
Cost: Free
INFO: RSVPs encouraged, 779-2239 or

Saturday / West Leyden

4. Fall Leaves Hike

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where:  Baker Woods Preserve, Natural Bridge
What: Indian River Lakes Conservancy member and Baker Woods Preserve steward Matthew Carney. Observe the fall foliage at its peak season.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Natural Bridge

history Hustle 5K

When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Remington Recreation Trail, Partridge Run Golf Cource, 70 Sullivan Drive
What: The St. Lawrence County Historical Association will host the 5k. 8 a.m. registration for, walkers, 8:30 a.m., runners, 9 a.m.
Cost: $22; children 11 and younger, $11.

Saturday / Canton


The Arts

1. Evening of Silent Film

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: United Presbyterian church, 101 S. Broad St.
What: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Pilgrim” and Buster Keaton’s “The Goat”.  All ages welcome, refreshments available.
Cost: $10 suggested donation
INFO: Melodie Long, 646-2077  

Friday / Sackets Harbor

2. Northern Blend’s Annual Chapter Show, Sing Fling

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dulles State Office Building auditorium, 317 Washington St.
What: Featured quartet: LiveWire. Also, chapter quartets For Heaven’s Sake, Lip Service, A# Arrangement, Resonance and Outburst.
Cost: $15, 12 and younger admitted free with adults.
INFO: 681-3242, or

Saturday / Watertown

3. Fall Raku Festival

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John St.
What: Join the Arts Center’s Pottery Studio for an afternoon of hands-on fun. Glaze a handmade piece of pottery and then experience the unique, exciting process of Raku Firing. Bring your friends, drink of choice, and enjoy a live band!
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

4. Squabbles

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday;  2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
What: The Little Theatre of Watertown presents “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp
Cost: $15 general; $12 members/military; $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at Kinney Drugs, Sherwood Florist or cast
INFO: 775-3212

Friday, Saturday / Watertown

 5. Black River Valley Fiddlers concert

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge, 1762, 511 Fulton St.
What:  Black River Valley Fiddlers Concert. Raffles, door prizes with proceeds benefit Deferiet Senior Citizens Club.
Cost: $4

Saturday / Carthage


Fundraising Fun

1. Dance Marathon

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St.
What: To benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center. Opening ceremonies start at Noon; all ages Noon to 8 p.m., those 16 and older, 8 p.m. to midnight. Closing ceremonies held at midnight.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Watertown

2. 17th Annual ‘First Frost’ AIDS Walk/Run

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, 1 thompson Park
What: Participate as an individual or team member and raise funds to help support ACR Health’s Adolescent Prevention Programs and Client Support Services.  Whether you compete in the 5K timed Run, 5K walk, or the virtual walker/runner, your steps are making a statement! 100% of funds raised stay in Northern New York.
Cost: Donation based or 800-475-2430

Sunday / Watertown

3. 2016 March for Babies

When: 10 a.m. Sunday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St.
What: To benefit March of Dimes. Kid Zone will be available.
Cost: Donations

Sunday / Watertown

4. Benefit for Erika Marin

When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lowville American Legion, 5383 Dayan St.
What: Benefit for 6-year-old Erika Marin. Chicken and pork barbecue. Chinese auction, Lottery board, 50/50. Live auction starting at 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 dinners; $6 halves.
INFO: 486-8692; 486-4882; 725-3842.  

Saturday / Lowville

5. Quarter auction fundraiser

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Double Play Community Center, 5439 Shady Ave.
What: Quarter auction fundraiser. 50/50 drawing, refreshments. Proceeds benefit Autism Speaks and American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Cost: $5 donation; includes one paddle and one ticket for door prize. Additional paddles $2, door prize tickets $1 each, 6/$5, 15/$10.

Friday / Lowville

Community Dinner

1. Annual Harvest Dinner

When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Evans Mills United Methodist Church, 8668 Church St.
What: Annual Harvest Dinner to benefit the Ladies Group in world mission.
Cost: $8; Children 5 to 12, $4; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 642-3204  

Friday / Evans Mills

2. Hospice Wing Ding

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Caprara’s Waterside Bar and Grill, 13471 County Route 123, Henderson
What: To benefit Hospice of Jefferson County. Food, live entertainment, raffles, and cash bar available.
Cost: $15
INFO: Penny, 938-5069 or; or Hospice, 788-7323

Saturday / Henderson

3. Covered Dish Dinner

When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134
What: Hosted by the Hammond Fair Association for those who have participated in the fair. Bring a dish to pass and own table service.
Cost: Free
INFO: Joan Hadlock, 324-5517

Friday / Hammond

4. Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brownville United Methodist Church, 333 Brown Blvd.
What: Enjoy homemade chicken and biscuits at the church.  Takeout’s begin at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $9
INFO: 788-9076

Saturday / Brownville

5. Turkey Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Macomb Community Wesleyan Church, 12 County Route 7
What: Takeouts available, silent auction, benefits building fund for church.
Cost: $9; children 6 to 12, $4; children 5 and younger, free.
INFO: 578-2255

Saturday / Gouverneur

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Garrett McCarthy, Henderson Harbor artist

Garrett McCarthy, Henderson Harbor

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Watertown’s co-ed kickball league is not child’s play

JUSTIN SORENSEN / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Jenna Mannikko runs to first after a kick during a city kickball game on Oct. 4 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Jenna Mannikko runs to first after a kick during a city kickball game on Oct. 4 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

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