Five Things Friday – Nov. 14

Happy Friday! We’ve survived our first snow of the year. November is almost half over (where has the time gone?!). Thanksgiving will be here soon, and Christmas won’t be long after that! As for this weekend though, here are the highlights of what’s going on in the north country…

1) Shop to Share 

This is a night of tastings and crafts: wine, beer and liquor, crafts.  All donated items will be given to local schools and churches as part of Bonnie Castle’s year of “pay it forward.” For more info, call 482-4511 or 800-955-4511.

  • Beat the Black Friday Rush Sale: Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital lobby of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center214 King St., Ogdensburg.

There will be a wide variety of locally made items including fall and Christmas decorations, house hold items, personal items, doll clothes, items for babies and much more. All proceeds benefit the hospital auxiliary. For more info, call 393-1559.

The event features raffles, bake sale, vendors, crafters and photographs. Benefits Ogdensburg Relay for Life. For more info, call Greg Denny at 528-1031.

This event is hosted by North Country Spouses’ Club to benefit NCSC scholarship fund and community outreach grants. For more info, email

  • Your Dream Boutique: Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Church Macsherry Center, 227 Sherman St., Watertown.

Come check out new, unique, designer clothes, shoes and accessories. The bouique benefits Watertown Urban Mission. For more info, call 782-8440.

2) Be Healthy, Be Happy

The Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad is running free blood pressure and blood glucose clinics.

  • View Yoga Classes: Today from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon; tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the View (Arts Center) Old Forge, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Cost: $10 per class; $7, members; $75; $55, members, monthly rate for unlimited classes.

A variety of classes are offered all week at the Arts Center. Preregistration is required. For more info, call 369-6411, ext. 201 or email

  • Community yoga: Tomorrow from 9 to 10 a.m. at Yoga Loft, 30 Court St., Canton. Cost: $5.
This is a basic Hatha Yoga class for all levels of ability; no experience necessary. For more info, email or call 605-8637.
Meet at the trail head and enjoy the great outdoors. For more info, call 705-5022 or email

There will  be music by Adirondack Playboys and refreshments available. For more info, call 629-4931.

3) Appreciate the Arts

  • Artists’ Studio TourTomorrow and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days throughout the north country.
Presented by St. Lawrence County Arts Council, this self-guided tour takes you through artists’ studios in Hammond, Morristown, Ogdensburg, DeKalb Junction, Canton, Norwood, Potsdam, Colton, Parishville. For a list of studios, visit > Calendar > Studio Tour. For more info, call 265-6860 or email
Stop by for the art show and sale, with music by Capo3. For more info, call 348-8119. 

This exhibit contains the best new work by MAA members. It includes several award-winning pieces, and the work used in selecting the “Artist of the Year” for 2014-15. For more info, call 769-9914.

  • Adirondack Detective Series Exhibit: all weekend at Gallery/Quilt room, Old Forge Library, 220 Cosby Blvd., Old Forge.

The works of John Briant, author, are available for sale and on display until Wednesday, Dec. 31. A portion of each sale donated to library. For more info, call 369-6008.

This exhibit runs through Sunday, Dec. 7. It includes “On and Off the Wall” exhibit by Adirondack Regional Textile Group. For more info, call 369-6411, ext. 201.

4) Bend Your Brain

  • “A Window to the Future of Zoos: from Watertown to the World” Presentation: 7 p.m. tonight in the East Hall, room H-116, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Free.

Join Jefferson Community College, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and North Country Animal Health Center for this presentation by Donald E. Moore III, scientist at Smithsonian Institute. A reception will follow the talk. For more info, call Mark Irwin at 786-2342.

Bring your children ages 3 and older for books, storytelling, finger plays, poems, songs. For more info, contact Christine at 714-2510 or

Presented by Birdsfoot Organic Farm and Local Living Venture, this event will be a hands-on morning with Emlyn Crocker. Reservations required. For more info, email or call 347-4223.

Join in as Allison Brant teaches how to make soap using goat milk. Presented by Local Living Venture and Homestead Soap. Reservations required. For more info, email or call 347-4223.

This event is for children ages 6 to 11. Parents must remain. No registration required. For more info, call 785-7709, or email or

5) Think About Theater

  • Annie: The Musical“: Tonight at 7 p.m.; tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Watertown High School, 1335 Washington St., Watertown. Cost: $10; student and senior citizens, $5.

The performance is hosted by Rhonda Foote. Tickets are available at Seaway Plaza and Washington Street Tops Markets. For more info, call 785-3800.

The play is presented by Pendragon Theatre. For more info, call 518-891-1854 or email

Operas featured are “A Letter to East 11th Street,” “In a Mirror Darkly,” and “The Fox and the Pomegranate.” For tickets or more info, call 267-2422.

  • “The Matchmaker”: Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Canton High School, 99 State Street, Canton. Cost: $8; $5, students, seniors, tickets available at the door.

Presented by Canton Thespians.

  • Thunderchild: Tomorrow from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown.

If you miss this performance, the band will also be playing Dec. 13. For more info, call 786-6633.

For an entire list of the weekend’s offerings, visit the Watertown Daily Times events calendar.

Have a great weekend!

Five Things Friday – Nov. 7

5thingsfriday-logoREDHappy Friday! We’ve made it to the end of another week, and what a week it was! The elections are over, and whether you’re celebrating or commiserating this weekend, we’ve got your Five Things Friday list to carry you through the weekend. [Read more...]

Five Things Friday – Oct. 31


Five Things Friday!

Happy Halloween! And, of course, happy Friday. This weekend brings a change of clocks (fall back), perhaps a few flakes of snow and a whole slew of fun happenings around the north country. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out the map!

1) First up this week we have (you guessed it) Halloween events. Today, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can visit the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge, for a Halloween Costume Contest and Party. Prizes will be awarded in both adult and children’s costume categories. There will be photos, refreshments and craft making. For more information, call the library at 369-6008. What’s Halloween without trick or treating? If the weather proves foul, take your little ghosts and fairies to the Mall-O-Ween “All Treats” Event tonight at Salmon Run Mall, 21182 Salmon Run Mall Loop West, Watertown. Mall-wide trick or treating is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; photos by Creative Imaging and activity center by Fidelis Care New York are from 4 to 7 p.m. in the center court. A portion of the photo proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. If you happen to be trick or treating around the St. Lawrence University area tonight, be sure to stop at their Theme Cottages! From 4 to 6 p.m., theme cottage residences identified by bright yellow paper pumpkins hung in front of the houses will welcome community trick-or-treaters. A few of the cottages included are the LIGHThouse, 17 College St., Canton; Habitat for Humanity, 50 Park St., Canton; Black Student Union, 52 Park St., Canton. For a complete list, click here. For more information, contact the SLU Office of Residence Life at 229-5250. After the kids are asleep and the babysitter arrives, head over to the Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay, for the Monster Mash, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be live music, and don’t worry – no costumes required. For more information, call the resort at 482-4511. If you’re a further south and a fan of the costume option, you can attend the 9th Annual Halloween Costume Party at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Club will offer drink specials. There is no cover. The bar opens at 2 p.m., and will close at 2 a.m.; the kitchen will be open until 9 p.m. For more information, call The Paddock Club at 786-6633. Today and tomorrow, Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay, is hosting a Halloween Weekend. Costumes are encouraged. On Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., you can get a psychic reading from Wilson Stevenson. The cost for the reading is $5. The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the winery at 482-9306 or

2) This weekend holds an interesting array of musical events. Tonight at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., the Crane Clarinet Choir is holding their Halloween Concert at 7:30. The choir will perform everything from Romantic classics to rock and roll anthems. The concert is free and open to the public. Can’t make it up there? View it on their website here. For more information, contact Alexandra Jacobs at 267-2718. This evening, you can check out the SoundSandBox at Launders Underground, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, at 8 p.m. The ensemble, directed by David Henderson, will provide live accompaniment to the 1927 silent film “The Cat and the Canary.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the university at 229-5184. Join in a Latin Dance Party tomorrow from 9 p.m. to midnight at Between the Buns Sports Bar, 6 Elm St., Potsdam. Salsa dance lessons will be offered from 9 to 10 p.m., and then the dance party begins. The event will feature the Crane Latin Ensemble. There will be a cash bar and equal exchange chocolate sale. Tickets are $12; $7, students. Tickets are available at Northern Music, 29 Market St., Potsdam, Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St., Canton, and at the door. Proceeds will benefit Little River Community School. For more information, call the school at 379-9474. Next up, we have a great Halloween season tradition: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be showing at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Clayton Opera House,  405 Riverside Drive, Clayton. You’re invited to dress up as your favorite character. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. The event is sponsored by Rainbow International, Music for Mission and Community Broadcasters. For more information, contact the opera house at 686-2200.

3) This weekend brings a couple art events. This Sunday is the last day you can catch the “What Now” exhibit of photographs by Eleanor Sweeney at the Adirondack Artist Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the guild at 518-891-2615. In terms of art creation for the younger generation, you and yours can attend Art with the Animals at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The kids can create an art or craft project inspired by the zoo animals. The cost is $7; members, $5. For information or to register, contact the zoo at 782-6180. Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths,  is hosting an opening reception for “What the Rocks Remember,” paintings by Sandra Hildreth and photographs by Karla Brieant, from 2 to 5 p.m. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call the visitor center at 518-327-6241.

4) What’s a weekend in the north country without a few craft fairs? Tomorrow the Altar Rosary Society of St. Patrick’s Church is holding their Holiday Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus, 138 County Route 50, Brasher Falls, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be available. There is free parking. Admission is $1; students, 50 cents; children 4 and younger, free. The Women’s Organization Craft Fair is also tomorrow. This event is at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; enter through the gym only. The event will benefit scholarship given annually. Admission is $2; $1, with JCC student ID. For more information, contact the college at 786-2200. If you’re in Philadelphia tomorrow, you can stop by the 4th Annual North Country Department Store at Indian River Middle School, off Route 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include local shop owners, service providers, artisans, farmers and producers. There will be drawings for gifts from vendors at the show. For more information, call 786-0284. Last up for craft events is the Potsdam Winter Market, which is tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. For more information, contact Laura Popielski at 716-725-7782 or email

5) The last on the list this week is brain food. Today from 1 to 2 p.m. is a Webinar for National Bioenergy Day, hosted by professor Philip K. Hopke at CAMP Room  175, Clarkson University, Potsdam. The lecture is “Advancing the Use of Wood Pellets as an Important Residential and Commercial Fuel.” For more information on how to view from home, click here. This is the last weekend to browse through Flower Memorial Library‘s Book Sale at 229 Washington St., Watertown. The sale is cash only and the prices are as follows: books, $1; paper backs, 50 cents; children’s books, 25 cents. The sale takes place during library hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A bag sale begins tomorrow. For more information, call the library at 785-7705. During the Women’s Organization Craft Fair tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet children’s book author Richard Mickelson, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Mr. Michelson wrote such book as “The Wizard of OZ, Where Is He Now?,” “Richie and the Baby Girl,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Gets a Puppy,” “Richie’s Glorious Valentine Adventure,” “Richie the Teddy Bear’s Amazing Halloween Adventure,” “Richie and the Baby Boy,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Who Saved Christmas” and “The Frog Who Jumped Over the Moon.” For more information, call 405-458-5642 or email Michelle Whitman at If you’d like to review your own work with fellow writers of all ages and genres, you can attend Cape Vincent Art Council‘s Poets and Writers INK tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St. For more information, call Liz Kelly at 654-2413. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area tomorrow, there’s another book signing happening: Dave Shampine and Daniel T. Boyer will be signing for their book “The Jefferson County Egan Murders, Nightmare on New Year’s Eve 1964,” at the Indian River Middle School, 3 Sand St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clarkson is holding another lecture tomorrow, at 11 a.m., entitled  “Facebook, Twitter, Smart Phone, iPod, TV, Red Bull: Now I’m Ready to Study.” Art Bell, Clarkson University director of Center for Excellence and Learning, will be speaking on the topic as part of the Teaching Effectiveness Conference at St. Lawrence University. For more information, contact Ben Dixon at What’s better than feeding your brain AND keeping that brain locally minded? Tomorrow is the deadline for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce‘s essay contest, “Why Shop Local and Support Local Business.” Submit your 500-word essay sharing insight on importance of shopping local to Sara Carpenter. She can be reached at 788-4400 or Finally, we’ve got a nature activity for you – a sound body is a sound mind, right? Tomorrow, Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena, is hosting a Fall Walk at its Nature Center, from 1 to 3 p.m. This hike is going to be guided by naturalist Tanya Spicer. It’s going to be a chilly weekend, so don’t forget to dress for the weather! To preregister or get more information, contact the Nature Center at 705-5022 or

Those are just a handful of all the fun things going on in the north country this weekend! As always, have a fun and safe time, and send us your events for next weekend!

Five Things Friday – Oct. 24

Welcome to Friday! It officially feels and looks like fall, but that’s ok… Halloween’s in a week! So this weekend we have quite a few Halloween festivities, some fun music events, a surprising amount of outdoor events (we’re Northern New Yorkers – the cold weather doesn’t scare us), craft sales and benefits. So dig in and get involved in the north country this weekend!

1) First up we have Halloween activities. Tonight, the Wead Library, 64 Elm St., Malone, is showing Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” for free at 6 p.m. Bring your own snacks. For more information, call (518) 483-5251. If movies aren’t your thing, there’s also a Pumpkin Party happening in Malone tonight. All are welcome at the First Congregational Church, 2 Clay Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to join in on the food, fun, games and prizes. The event is free for children ages 4 to 12. For more information, call (518) 483-3950. Also tonight, you can go on a Haunted Hayride in Remington Park, Fort Drum, from 6 to 10 p.m. There is a free shuttle to the park by the MaGrath Sports Complex, Bldg. P-10050, Fort DrumThe event invites people to walk through a haunted pavilion, creepy animal exhibit, presented by New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, bonfire and marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, cookies, doughnuts; children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. The event is free. For more information, call 772-8222 or 772-5169. If you’re in the mood for historical fright, head over to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 200 E. Main St., Sackets Harbor, tonight and tomorrow night for a Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor. Guides leave the church every 15 minutes, rain or shine, from 6 to 9 p.m., on a walking tour of Sackets Harbor’s darker past with stories of bloody battles, ghosts, graves and hangings. Please be advised this event is not suitable for children 9 and younger. The cost is$5; students, 10 to 17, $3. The Paddock Arcade is also hosting a haunting tonight and tomorrow. From 6 to 9 p.m. today, asl well as 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, you can stop by the Classic Creepy Creatures Haunted House. The cost is $5. If you’re in Evans Mills and in need of some Halloween haunting, you can stop by the Terror at the Track Spooktacular tonight and tomorrow at Evans Mills Speedway, Route 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event includes haunted hayrides, zombie apocalypse and the aftermath of the nuclear holocaust. The cost is $12. Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Lowville Business Association is sponsoring Halloween Towne. Events throughout the day and throughout the town include parades, games, food, a road race, stories and more. For more information, visit their Facebook page here. If you’re looking for something uniquely kid friendly, bring the little ones to the Boo at the Zoo, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park. Feel free to come in costume. The day will hold games, activities, animals, demonstrations and music. The cost is $2 for a member child; member adult, free; nonmember child, $8; nonmember adult, $9. For more information, call 782-6180. Tomorrow, Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., is holding their Halloween Party from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is inviting children to join in decorating pumpkins, showing off their costumes and collecting candy. For more information, call 393-4325. Lastly, the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena, is hosting a Halloween Woods Walk, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. This is a guided moonlight hike, lasting about 35 minutes. There will be a party by the campfire to follow. Children are welcome to wear costumes, and the first 30 will receive goody bags. The event is free. For more information, call 705-5022 or email

2) This weekend brings many music events. Tonight at Jefferson Community College1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, you can see the Japanese drum ensemble Taikoza take the stage at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the JCC Student Activities Center at 786-2431. If you’d appreciate more of a bar atmosphere, head to the Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St., Watertown, tonight to see The Booty Brothers play. For more information, call 788-0272. Tomorrow, the Bluegrass Jam is happening at Olympic Center, 2624 Main St., Lake Placid, from 12:30 to 11 p.m. The musicians featured are: Sam Bush and The Del McCoury Band, Amy Helm, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Gibson Brothers, Big Leg Emma, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Hot Day at the Zoo, Eastbound Jesus and The 52 Pick-Up.General admission tickets are $55 in advance; $65, at the door. VIP admisssion is $80 in advance; $90, at the door; limited to 300. Call the box office at (518) 523-3330. Tomorrow, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is hosting the Single Reed Summit Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave. Guest artists Otis Murphy and Michael Lowenstern will perform on the saxophone and bass clarinet, respectively, with the Crane Wind Ensemble. The event is free. Finally, on Sunday, SUNY Potsdam is hosting the 9th Annual Festival of Sacred Music and Text at 3 p.m. in the Dunn Theatre, SUNY Potsdam, Pirrepont Avenue. Donations of canned goods are being accepted for Potsdam Thanksgiving Meal. For more information, contact Paula Jensen-Moulton at 386-3570 or

3) Despite the cold weather and impending winter, there are still a bunch of ways to get outside this weekend. Tomorrow, you can get your blood pumping with the Nuts’ Skeleton Skamper 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Dobisky Visitor Center, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the run/walk at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 for ages 13 and older; $10, 12 and younger. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable item for local food pantry. To register, contact Kelly Amo at 713-5163, or Vicki Gould at 713-5284. Tomorrow morning in Watertown, you can be part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The walk begins at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, 970 Coffeen St., at 10 a.m. The event benefits the American Cancer Society. Also tomorrow, you are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Shawna’s Walk for Wishes at Newell Field House, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the walk at noon. Refreshments, entertainment and family activities will follow the event. For more information, call 229-5095 or email If you’re in Cape Vincent on Saturday, beware! The town will be invaded by zombies in the 1000 Islands Zombie Walk. The event starts at noon at Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway Street, and will feature crafters, artists, a farmers market, door prizes, raffles, food and a guest appearance by Frank, Sheri and James, zombies from the movie “Annulment.” The walk begins at 2 p.m. Zombie costumes and make-up are encouraged. Bring canned food donation to trade for free zombie make-up by “Annulment” artists. The cost is $15; military, $10; children 12 and younger, free. For more information, call Stacie Luchini at 761-2379. Tomorrow night at the pavilion in Thompson Park, Watertown, you can help raise money to benefit scholarships for children with the Lucy’s House 1st Annual 5K Glow Run/Walk. The pre-party begins at 5:30 p.m., the race at 6:30 p.m. There will  be an afterglow dance party after the race. DJ from Tunes 92.5 will provide music, and Xtreme Bounce and Slide will provide activities. The fee is $30, individual; $27, group, per person; military, $22, individual; $20 group per person. To register, click here, or here. On Sunday, you can be part of the Village Ecumenical Ministries CROP Hunger Walk at the Church of the Nazarene, 960 State St., Carthage. Check in begins at 1 p.m., the walk at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz Gamble at 408-3317 or

4) Next up, we have a chance for you to get a leg up on your holiday shopping, while keeping it local – craft fairs. Tomorrow, Canton’s First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St., is holding their Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; there will be soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. For more information, call 386-4361. The Fr. Andrew Amyot Parish Center, 3 Morris St., Norfolk, is also holding a Fall Bazaar tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a Church of the Visitation benefit of the Altar Rosary Society. It will include a food sale with cabbage rolls, country store, candy sale, coffee and donuts, hand made crafts, Christmas crafts, attic table, religious articles. Luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tomorrow also holds Laureate Iota of Beta Sigma Phi’s 30th annual craft show, at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is$2; children 12 and younger, free. Refreshments will  be available. Donations will benefit the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County and Beta Sigma Phi Award Fund. For more information, contact Sylvia at 782-6063, 783-7833 or Tomorrow, visit the Craft Fair at the Northpole Fire Department, 22334 Route 11, Watertown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food for food pantry will be taken. The event is free. Lunch will be available. On Sunday, you can visit the Community Vendor’s Expo at Harold W. Townsend Post 1757, 209 Ambrose St., Sackets Harbor, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will offer local vendors, crafters, farms and artisans. There will be food available at a concession stand. For more information, call the American Legion Post 1757 at 646-3530.

5) To finish off the Five Things this week, we’d like to end with benefits. First is the Children’s Miracle Network Bowl-a-Thon, sponsored this year by the Hilton Garden Inn. The event is scheduled for Saturday at  Seaway Lanes, 22116 Route 11, Watertown, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will  be food, games and prizes. For information, call 788-1234. Tomorrow also holds the Brinkerhoff Benefit at Boonville Elks Lodge, 13054 State Route 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be food, music, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more. The cost is$15 per person; $25 per couple; $30 per family. Proceeds will go to help defray Bert Brinkerhoff’s medical expenses; he was involved in an accident in July. Donations are accepted. For more information, contact Karen Balash at 725-1971. Last up is the Cure For Karla Benefit. The event is on Sunday at Applebees Restaurant, 1283 Arsenal St., Watertown, from 8 to 10 a.m. It benefits Karla Benware, 14, who was diagnosed with “ALL” leukemia in January. Proceeds will cover medical expenses. For information, call 783-1749.

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… [Read more...]

Five Things Friday – October 10


Happy Friday!

Welcome to Friday! It’s three weeks until Halloween – time to start thinking about your costume. As for right now though, it’s time to start planning out your weekend. Here’s what’s happening:

1) First up we have some family events. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Wead Library, 64 Elm St., Malone, the library will be showing “Monsters University“! Bring your own little monsters and snacks to this free event. The movie is rated G. If you’re a little farther south and jonesing for a movie tomorrow, you can bring your family to the Community Room at Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown, to see “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” from 2 to 3:15 p.m. The movie is rated PG. For more information, contact Suzanne Renzi-Falge at either 785-7715 or If you want to get outside this weekend, we’ve got the Rock Shanty Haunted trail today and tomorrow from 8 to 10 p.m. each day, at 65 Pinner Road, Harrisville. The event benefits the Harrisville School senior class after-prom lock in. Glow necklaces and refreshment will be available. The cost is $3, ages to 12; $5, 12 and up; $10, family of four; $15, unlimited scream pass. For more information, call Nickie at 543-7012, Heidi at 221-1033, or 816-0208. Tomorrow morning, you and your super family can join in the Super Hero Run, starting at Carthage Park. The event is sponsored by the Carthage YMCA. Dress up like your favorite super hero for this 2.2 mile fun run. You can register today from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., or tomorrow before the race, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Carthage YMCA, 250 State St., Carthage. The race starts at 9 a.m. Super Hero Prizes will be awarded at 10:30 a.m. The cost for members is $10; nonmembers, $13. The event will benefit the Scholarship Program at 4-H Camp Wabasso. For more information, go here.

2) Art‘s up next. This evening from 6 to 9 p.m., you can attend the opening of the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, at Arts on the Square, 52 Public Square, Watertown. The admission price is $3 at the door; $2, advance. The show runs through Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information, call 661-6361. If you’re closer to Old Forge, you can visit the preview reception for the 2014 Quilts Unlimited Exhibit at View (Arts Center) Old Forge, 3273 Route 28. The exhibit runs Saturday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 7, and includes “On and Off the Wall” exhibit by Adirondack Regional Textile Group. The preview reception is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Opening festivities are tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and include a lecture by Adirondack Regional Textile Group. The cost for the lecture and luncheon is $20; for members, $15. Pre-register for the lecture and luncheon by emailing or calling 369-6411, ext. 201. As for music this week, we have two events, both at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown. Tonight, you can catch Travis Rocco, playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tomorrow, Dragon Fly will be playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information on either event, call 786-6633.

3) This weekend also brings a fair number of craft festivals and shows, all happening tomorrow. If you’re in Harrisville, you can stop by the Craft Fair and Flea Market, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Grange Hall, Route 3. The event is sponsored by Adirondack Grange. It will feature a large variety of crafters and vendors. Refreshments and lunch will be available, including homemade soup and chili, pulled pork and other sandwiches, donuts and homemade pies. The Lawrenceville Fire Hall, 1081 County Route 54, will host a craft fair tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will benefit Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary. There will be craft tables, a silent auction and food available. For more information, call 389-4437 or 328-4939. The Louisville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is also hosting their Craft Show tomorrow at Fire Station No. 2 on Route 37, Louisville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1. Lunch will be available for a fee. Lastly, the New Bremen Fire Department is holding their third Annual Craft Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Bremen Fire Hall, 8154 State Route 812.  There is no admission fee. For more information, call 376-2377 or 955-9601.

4) It’s harvest season, and what would harvest season be without harvest festivals? Tomorrow, the Harrisville Free Library, 8209 Main St., is holding their second Annual Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkins will available for carving and painting, local produce will be for sale, and cider and donuts will be available. While the event is free, donations will be taken for a renovation project. For more information, call 543-2577. If you’re closer to Long Lake tomorrow, you can visit the Fall Fire and Harvest Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the town hall and Long Lake Central School, 1204 Main St. There will be a craft fair, kids carnival, Portaits in the Wilderness and live art installation with Matt Burnett. LightExpo with fire breathing, fire eating, fire rings, shows are scheduled for 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tomorrow, you can also attend the Autumn Festival at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, 44927 Cross Island Road, Fineview, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a craft show and sale, music, entertainment, farm animals and food. Admission is$3; $2, military, seniors; children 16 and younger, free with food pantry donation, $1, without donation. All admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, call 482-2479. For one last harvest hurrah, you can head over to the Sackets Harbor Harvest Fest on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sackets Harbor Brewing Company and Sackets Anchor parking lot, West Main Street. There will be food, wine tasting, beverages and local products available from restaurants, shops and vendors. For the little ones, they will have children’s activities, face painting, storytelling, fall fashion show and live music.

5) Last but not least this week are a few things to celebrate reading. Today, you can visit the used book sale at the Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N. State St., until 5 p.m. The sale is to benefit Fund for Hope. Tomorrow, you can go to the Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., for Star Wars Reads Day, at 2 p.m. There will be Star Wars games and activities to promote reading. Lastly, the Hay Memorial Library is hosting a Meet the Author and Harvest Fest Book Fair at Seaway Trail Foundation’s Union Hotel, Ray and West Main Streets, on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Authors David Shampine, Jeannie Brennan, Hope Marston, Katrina Thomas, Holly Gaskin, Marcus Mastin, Val Silver and Paula Youmell are scheduled. A wellness program by Paula Youmell, “Healing Your Body with Whole Foods,” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The event is free. For more information, call 646-2228.

Have a fun and safe weekend! As always, let us know your events for the upcoming weekends!

Five Things Friday – Oct. 3

Happy Friday! Happy October! We’re more than a week into autumn, and it’s really starting to feel like it. The leaves are changing, and starting to fall. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. And people are starting to celebrate the season… [Read more...]

Five Things Friday – Sept. 26

Happy Friday everyone! We’re here with the rundown of what’s going on around the north country this weekend.

1) This week is Banned Books Week. We’re celebrating our right to read everything from the classic “The Great Gatsby” to scandalous “Fifty Shades of Grey” to the zany “Captain Underpants” series (which has topped the American Library Association’s Top Ten Challenged Books List for two years running now!). So the first group of events on our list are meant to exercise your brain. Today, you can visit SUNY Potsdam’s Chemtoberfest from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Barrington Student Union Quad, SUNY Potsdam Campus; Knowles Hall multi-purpose room in case of rain. The fest promises demonstrations, magic shows, interactive activities, petting zoos, entertainment and snacks! The event is free. For more info, contact Proetta at or 267-2275.  There are a few book sales to indulge in this weekend! Today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the Friends of the Library is holding their Fall Book Sale at the Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St. Go and browse through thousands of books, with many new selections available. For more info, call the library at 769-9914. If you’re closer to Carthage, you can check out the Carthage Free Library‘s Book Sale, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 412 Budd St. You’ll be able to find fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s books. The last hour of the sale will be a bag sale, which will continue during normal library hours through Saturday, Oct. 4. The book sale benefits Friends of Carthage Free Library.

2) Next up is holistic health. This weekend, the Watertown Ramada Inn, 6300 Arsenal St., is hosting the Psychic and Holistic Fair, from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be psychics, energy workers, vendors and lectures throughout both days. Admission is $6; $3, JCC students and military with ID. For more information, call Wanda at 686-2640. The proceeds from this event benefit CNY Food Bank for Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. At 11 a.m. on Sunday at Center for Spiritual Awareness, Healthworks Gym, 3848 Route 13, Pulaski, the Center for Spiritual Awareness Church will hold Wellness Connection. For more information, contact Denise D. Knott at 298-3734 or

3) It’s the first week of fall, but we’re holding on to that summer weather as long as we can! So here are some ways to get outside this weekend. Tomorrow you can take part in the North Country 5K Challenge and 3K Fun Run at Camp Oswegatchie, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan. The 5K is a timed obstacle course mud run starting at 10 a.m. The fun run is not timed and begins at 10:15 a.m. Registration for both begins at 9 a.m. The fee for the 5K is $60 per person, $35 for students 17 and younger; un-timed 3K Fun Run, $30. The proceeds will benefit Northern New York Community Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York and New York FFA. If you’re in Watertown tomorrow morning, you can participate in the Second Annual “Step Up For Kids” Run/Walk at 10 a.m., starting from Immaculate Heart Central Intermediate School, 733 S. Massey St. This event benefits the Child Advocacy Program of Northern New York and is sponsored by Tunes 92.5 FM. There will be a raffle, bake sale and Zumba warm-up. The cost is $25; family, $50; children 6 to 12, $12. For more info, visit the New York State Children’s Alliance’s website. Also in Watertown on Saturday is the Out of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention. The walk is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Thompson Park Pavilion, with walk-up registration beginning at 11 a.m. The sponsors are Remembering Ryan, Saving a Life for Thomas, 18 Forever, Team John, Team Joe, Jefferson Community College Student Nurses, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Friends of Guthrie. For more info, contact Victoria Hill at 221-1240 or, or Kathy Sheley at 730-5121 or If you’re not all walked out by Saturday night, we’ve got one more on Sunday! The Northern New York Kidney Walk will take place at the Cerow Recreation Park, 615 East Line Road, Clayton, to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Check in time begins at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. For more info, contact Nanette Carbone at or 476-0311, Lynne Hoover at, or Melissa Balk at

4) If festivals are more your cuppa tea, we’ve got you covered too! Spanning the whole weekend is the Clayton Jazz Festival. Tonight you can catch Fritzel’s New Orleans Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, as well as Late Night Jazz Ensembles at different venues around Clayton. Saturday holds a jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Johnston House Restaurant, 507 Riverside Drive, lunchtime and dinnertime jazz ensembles at various Clayton restaurants, a performance by Jane Monheit at 7:30 p.m. at the Clayton Opera House, and late night jazz ensembles at venues around Clayton. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there is a jazz brunch at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Drive. For more schedule information and ticket prices, visit their website. It’s almost October… ‘Tis the season for Oktoberfest, and you’ve got a couple options! Today at The Hayloft at Moonshine Farm, 6615 Buneo Road, Port Leyden, Oktoberfest begins at 9 a.m. This year the festival will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Lewis County Office for the Aging. There will be music by Fritz’s Polka Band, and lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. The event is sponsored by Lewis County Office for the Aging. For more info, call 376-5313. Tomorrow you can visit the 7th Annual Cape Vincent Oktoberfest at the Village Green, Broadway St., from noon to 5 p.m. The festival will include an autumn farmers and crafters market, beer garden, Enzian Bavarian Band, traditional Bavarian foods, and children’s activities include a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, crafts, face painting and hair braiding. The entry fee is $17, with commemorative sampling stein; entry to grounds without beer garden, $5; children’s area, $3 including snacks, juice boxes; admission with military ID, $5 off. The event is sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce. All weekend, you can visit the 13th Annual Remington Art Festival at the Canton village green. Events throughout the weekend include North Country Children’s Museum with Museum Without Walls, horse-drawn carriage tour, Remington 5k fun run/walk, art show and sale. A schedule can be found here. On Saturday, New York Power Authority will hold their annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Frank S. McCullough Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center, 21 Hawkins Road, Massena. The festival will include live animals, nature displays, arts, crafts, entertainment and two interactive shows from the World of Wildlife and Educational Encounters at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call 764-0226. One last festival to visit on Saturday is the Ogdensburg Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.n. at Camp Laurent, 9943 State Highway 37. Attendees can make a scarecrow or ghost, or go on a mini hay ride. There will also be crafts, games and a raffle. Admission is $5. For more info, contact Janice Bouchard at 713-4898 or

5) What’s a weekend without music, right? Along with the Clayton Jazz Festival mentioned earlier, we have a handful of other musical events. Tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. at Griffiths Arts Center, St. Lawrence University, you can see the SLU Funk Band perform. The event is free. If you’re more of a oldies fan, we have something for you as well! Tonight at the Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay, you can go to the 14th Annual Rock and Roll Oldies Show at 8 p.m. to hear The Lovin’ Spoonful play. Tickets are $30; gold reserved tickets, $50. The show will benefit the 1 World Foundation. For info, call 782-0044 or 800-533-2859. If you’re in Watertown and itching for some live music, you can head to The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. to see Fred and the Eds. Are you a musician looking for something to do this weekend? More specifically, are you a pianist? Tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., you can attend the SUNY Potsdam piano conference at Wakefield Recital Hall, SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music, 44 Pierrepont Ave., offering free workshops for piano teachers. Registration is at 8 a.m., with workshops starting at 8:30 a.m. Randall Faber is the feature teacher and author. For registration, visit this website. For the schedule, click here.

Five Things Friday – September 19

TGIF! Welcome to Five Things Friday, the best way to wrap up your workweek and kick off the weekend. We’ve got your all-inclusive list of what’s going on in the north country this weekend!

1) This weekend, there are tons of ways to get outside and enjoy the somewhat warm weather while we still have it. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Frederic Remington Art Museum is hosting its Color Me Remington 5K Run Walk/Run on the Maple City Trail in Ogdensburg. You can register up to and including the morning of the race for $30; children 6 years old and younger, free. Participants receive a shirt and sunglasses. Wear a white shirt and be prepared to transform into a work of art with color powders! For more info, call the museum at 393-2425. If you’re closer to Lowville, you can take part in the Cheese Chase 5K and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Lewis County Fairgrounds! This run, hosted by the USO Fort Drum, is part of the 10th Annual Cream Cheese Festival. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:40 a.m. the morning of the race. The fee is $20; retired or active military, $15. A third race on Saturday is the ACS River Rompers 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run For The Cure, at Alexandria Central School, 34 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay. This race will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The 1K Fun Run is at 9:30 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk is at 10 a.m. Registration is $25 on race day, or $20 prior to race day. For more info, call 482-9971 or email Also on Saturday, the Parishville Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post 265 is holding their 11th annual five mile walk-a-thon at 9:30 a.m. at 5 Catherine St., Parishville. Register at 9 a.m. for $10. Join in for prizes and snacks after the walk. All proceeds will go to Hospice, Potsdam Animal Shelter and Paws with a Cause. For more info, call Michelle at 212-0469 or Diane at 265-4219. If you’re not all 5K-ed out by Sunday, there’s one more! The Greater Massena Ministerial Association will hold their Stamp Out Starvation (SOS) walk/5K Run at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 189 Main St., Massena. This race will benefit the Salvation Army, Massena Neighborhood Center, St. Vincent De Paul and Massena Meals on Wheels. For more info, contact St. Mary’s Rectory at 764-0239. [Read more...]

Five Things Friday – September 12

1) As summer starts to wind down, it’s good to take advantage of all the local farmers’ markets while we still have them! This weekend offers us many options around the region. Today you can visit the Canton Farmers’ Market in downtown Canton, across from First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 17 Park St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be veggies, local fruits, honey, eggs, meats, baked goods and entertainment. For more information, contact Zoe Baker at 244-8475. Tomorrow you can check out the Lowville Farmers’ Market at the Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There you’ll find homegrown produce and fruits, as well as handmade crafts, baked goods and more. For more information, call 783-8642 or e-mail  Other markets on Saturday are: Cape Vincent Farmers’ Market, sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, starting at 8 a.m. at the Village Green, 654-2418 for more information; Ogdensburg Green Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Library Park, 300 Block Riverside Avenue, 393-3620 for more information. On Sunday, you can head to the Massena Farmers’ Market, at the Triple A Building Supply Parking Lot, 3 Malby Ave., Massena. The Massena market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Shirley Peck at 769-5322 or e-mail For more information about farms in Northern New York, visit GardenShare’s website.

2) After finding all that great local food, it’s time to work it off; and why not work it off for a cause? This weekend, there are a couple ways to stay in shape while raising money and awareness. On Saturday and Sunday, Sackets Harbor is home to the first ever Incredoubleman Triathlon. Offered throughout the weekend are a few options of running, swimming and biking races, and athletes can pick and choose to compete in any combination. Click here to read about how Diane Casselberry is raising awareness for ALS in this event. Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person today or before the events on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, St. Lawrence NYSARC is holding its seventh annual Autism Awareness Walk at 10 a.m. in the Village Park on Main St., Canton. This is a non-competitive walk to spread awareness about Autism and the support services offered by St. Lawrence NYSARC. There is no minimum entry fee for this event. For more details, check out their website, or contact Michelle Quinell-Gayle, Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations, at 315-386-3529 or

3) Next up on the list is art! Venditti Vineyards, 42780 New Connecticut Rd., Theresa, is hosting “Music in the Vineyard” this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring some of your farmers’ market finds and a blanket or some chairs, and enjoy the music and sangria! There is no cover charge. Today at 4 p.m., View Arts Center, 3273 Rt. 28, Old Forge, is hosting an artist talk and reception for Mario Davalos, photographer from the Dominican Republic, and Eileen Feeney Bushnell, printmaker and professor of art at Rochester Institute of Technology. The event is free. Can’t make it out this afternoon? Don’t sweat it; the artists’ works will be on display through January 4. A third art option is “Death of a Salesman,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Arthur Miller play, playing at 7:30 p.m. at Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake. Tickets are $22; senior citizens and students, $20; children 16 and younger, $18. For tickets and more information, call Pendragon Theatre at 1-518-891-1854. 

4) What better way to spend your weekend than by checking out the local festivals? This year marks the Italian-American Civic Association’s 30th annual Bravo Italiano Festival.  The festival, held at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, Watertown, spans the weekend, with events happening each day, including comedy, music, a Miss Italia Pageant, bocce tournament and, of course, food! For a complete schedule and prices, see their 2014 Events Calendar. Also taking place this weekend is the Stone Mills Agricultural Museum‘s 10th annual Harvest Festival and Pork Roast Dinner, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, 30950 Rt. 180. The festival offers scarecrow making, cake walk, vendors, animals, games and more, as well as a dinner at noon for $10. For more information, call 658-2353.

5) A last offering this weekend is rummage sales! The Calvary Assembly of God in Carthage, 10 Martin Street Rd., is holding an indoor rummage sale today and tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. There will be clothing, furniture, decorations, household goods, baby items, homemade food and baked goods. The proceeds go to Mountain Movers Youth Group. For more information, call 767-2874 or 771-8093. If you’re in the Canton area, you can stop by First Presbyterian Church‘s fall rummage sale until 5 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, located at 17 Park St., Canton. You’ll be able to find book-to-school, fall and winter clothes, and on Saturday, there will be a “store” grocery bag sale. For more information, contact Ellen Grayson at 323-5669, Pat Mace at 386-2768 or Jane Fernandes at 322-2441. Lastly, Little Sisters Inn, 35802 State Rt. 3, Herrings, is holding a community garage sale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit Friends of the Library. Come take a look at the offerings of furniture, books and antiques. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 519-1280.

Have a fun-filled weekend!