Navigating The Rumor and Fable of Thousand Islands Dressing

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Stop Thinking Start Doing

Michelle Graham

Are you someone who thinks about making changes in your life?  Wow, the possibility to change is endless.  What is your 2017 plan for a positive, meaningful year? Is your goal to take college classes, learn how to quilt, get healthy or just become a better, more focused, more driven person. Whatever the dream, the goal, the doing, the planning has to start from within. You have heard the quote or a derivative of it “If you can dream it you can become it.”  Well now is your big chance to be and do all that you can be in 2017. No matter the goal big or small what path will you forge to get there?

                I personally like plans!  I like writing them out, I like keeping lists and then crossing things off my list. Anyone who knows me or who has taken our YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program has heard me say 100 or more times “when you have a plan you have everything.” This holds true not just with getting healthy or making improvements in eating, but with many situations or goals in life. Big LOFTY plans are not necessary; it is the little plans, the attention to small details that make the difference.

                Start at the beginning, be specific and describe your goal accordingly.  If you don’t know where you have been, how can you know where you are going? Think about your goal, perhaps document what you like about it and what brought you to this place of change.  Reflection is the key to progress and making your goal an evolving blueprint is the key. Determine what the goal is, define it and then set some short and long-term goals to coincide with the proposed goal. Now what is your plan to achieve that goal?  Are you going to take some chances to get there and will you go out on a limb to really make it happen? Get uncomfortable and begin to push yourself in a way that perhaps takes you out of your comfort level. This is where true inner growth, awareness and innate change can happen.  Be open to the amazing possibilities that can come and most important be open to changing your behavior.

                Not everything always goes according to our master plan. You will need to be patient, be open to a bump in the road. The bump can lead you to places you never imagined.  Learn from the bump and then adapt and adjust the blueprint.  It is these times, these moments, that can really move the needle in the direction we long to go. 

                Most important, adapt and re-evaluate the route chosen. Don’t get stuck, continue to progress forward and stay focused on the prize, the end result.  Keep those goals challenging, specific, positive and flexible. Continue to challenge yourself through this journey of discovery. Try something new; take a class just for the pure sake of learning. Keep your goal short, to the point and specific. This is how you will get to where you are going. Your blueprint needs to be precise and to the point.  Instead of focusing on making a change in 10 different things focus on just one or two items. Next, we spend far too much time putting ourselves down, living in a world of “could haves” and “would haves.”  Instead radiate positivity, spend some time celebrating all the great amazing changes that you have made so far.  Write them all down and then celebrate, I mean really find joy in your progress and the changes that you have made so far. Being positive and kind to your self is vital; you never know how your attitude can impact someone else. Last, be flexible, be open and learn to be free from the things that hold you back from being where you really want to go. 

                The enjoyment isn’t always in the destination; it is most often the journey itself that brings joy and contentment. What will your 2017 journey look like? Will you decide to get out of your comfort level and check off some things on your bucket list? Don’t wait for an opportunity to seize the beautiful, quiet moments and make your mark and leave your stamp today. 

Island Living: Surviving winters away from shore

Nicole Caldwell stands in the middle of Butterfield Lake, Redwood, where she built her home on an island, at rear right.

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Make love a wonderful part of all your holiday traditions


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Sackets Harbor played pivotal roles in fighting War of 1812

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

Apparently, I am not alone in this as I’ve read that the majority of the British populace doesn’t much remember the War of 1812 either. The British history books tend to only mention it briefly, and even then in the context of the Napoleanic Wars instead of a war of its own right.

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Incorporate bright seasonal blooms in holiday decorating


As I move through local l_col_hallett_1116stores, preparing for the holiday season I notice displays of paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs. Growing or “forcing” these bulbs are excellent projects for young gardeners, for holiday hostess gifts, and for adding a natural element to your holiday decorating. Pots of flowering bulbs add a touch of cheerful color to a room and make wonderful eye-catching centerpieces for a holiday table whether you have a rustic or glittering theme.

Paperwhites belong to a group of daffodils that are not hardy for Northern New York gardens. But they grow easily in a pot indoors. Their large clusters of pure white flowers arch above green foliage, and their perfume fills a room with fragrance. Paperwhites require no preparation and are absolutely foolproof.

Plant paperwhite bulbs in the soil close together, but not touching and always plant the bulbs with the tip of the bulb growing toward the sky. The bulbs should be planted just below the surface of the soil to leave as much room as possible for rooting. Keep the pots in indirect light and evenly moist but not soggy. For best results, as the paperwhites set buds, move them to a brighter relatively cool location, as if the bulbs were outside in the spring, as buds develop and bloom. I found that paperwhites tend to get very tall and tip over in their pots. I like to plan and use a support for them. I think three to four birch sticks, red twig dogwood, or a coat hanger wire trimmed and wrapped in raffia or holiday ribbon looks nice.

Once they start to gain some height I tie them in with the raffia or garden twine. If you are not looking for a rustic natural look you can always use decorative or holiday ribbon to keep the leaves and blooms looking tidy. Gardeners often dispose of paperwhite bulbs after they finish blooming. With proper storage and care during the winter, however, your paperwhite bulbs will grow and flower again in two or three years. I keep bulbs wet thru winter and cut off spent blooms. I set my potted paperwhite bulbs outside in a shaded part of garden in the summer. Before the first frost, I cut back the green leaves, bring the bulbs in and store them in my basement and repot them about 6 weeks before Christmas time. Sometimes the bulbs will develop “sister” bulbs that can be carefully broken away and repotted as well.

Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis bulbs are the easiest to bring to bloom. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. The amaryllis (hippeastrum) is a tender bulb that will bloom without special treatment when first purchased. The amaryllis is often thought of as blooming at Christmas, but they can be started at various times to have a continuous display of color. The planting period can range from October to April. The bulb is native to tropical and subtropical regions from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. The larger the bulb the more flowers will be produced and always store un-planted bulbs in a cool place between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you are ready to plant place the base of the amaryllis bulb in lukewarm water for a few hours. The bulb should be potted up in a light, rich soil, a pro-mix in which you might start seeds, in a pot that is only 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter than the bulb. The upper half of the bulb should be exposed above soil and the roots should be down and in the soil. Press the soil around the bulb down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting. Initially, after planting water thoroughly, allow the soil to become quite dry. Water more frequently after the flower stalk appears, but never water when the soil is already damp or this will cause the bulb to rot. Put the plant in a warm, sunny spot until the flower buds show color, and then move it out of direct sunlight. You can place them on a table or other focal point to truly enjoy the show of color.

After blooming, cut off the flower stalk about 2 inches above the bulb to prevent seed formation. At this point, place it in the brightest possible location where it eventually has full sun for at least five hours daily. When the weather warms move it outside and fertilize it weekly with a household plant food as you would your window boxes and hanging baskets to build up the nutrients needed for blooming the following year. Amaryllis should be brought indoors before the first frost of fall. Traditionally, the bulb is then given a resting period by placing it in a dark location, withholding water and allowing the leaves to dry. The bulb may be forced into bloom again after resting eight weeks. If necessary, repot in a slightly larger container. If the pot is large enough, remove the upper 2 inches of soil and top-dress with fresh potting soil. This completes the cycle, which may be repeated annually for many years of lovely blooms.

Throughout the holiday season, pots of flowering potted bulbs add a touch of cheerful color to a room and give the gardener in all of us the satisfaction of a job well done and a little hope and warmth for the holidays.

BRIAN HALLETT is an art teacher at South Jefferson Central School in Adams. His family owns Halletts’ Florist and Greenhouse in Adams, which has been in business for more than three decades.

5 Things Friday- December 2

Holiday Illuminations

1. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Public Square, Downtown Watertown
What: 6:30 p.m. – Musical Performance by General Brown 6th grade Chorus, Directed By Lindsey Davis K-6 Vocal Music Teacher; 6:45 p.m. – Announcement of Downtown Decorating Contest Winners; 6:45 p.m. – Musical Performance by the Northern Blend Chorus, Directed by Mary Ann Wert and Katie Taylor; 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Parade organized by Stanley Zaremba and sponsored by Benefit Services Group; 7:45 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony and Count Down; 7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo in Public Square Park. Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association; 7:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Music and Light Display every 30 minutes featuring thousands of LED lights that are synchronized to a variety of music. Hot chocolate, coffee and mulled cider provided free of charge courtesy of the Downtown Business Association.
Cost: Free

Friday / Watertown

2. 54th Annual Clayton Christmas Parade and Fireworks

When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Clayton
What: Enjoy a “A Patriotic Christmas” themed parade of floats lit with lights. Following the parade, a fireworks display will take place over the St. Lawrence River.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

3. Parish Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Veteran’s Park
What: Tree lighting ceremony and celebration. Crafts, children’s games, stories, Santa and more.
Cost: Free
INFO: Kathy Allardice, 278-6632

Saturday / Parish

4. Light Up Pulaski

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave.
What: Mr. and Mrs. Clause will attend. Music, reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” punch and cookies.
Cost: Free
INFO: 268-4650

Sunday / Pulaski

5. Christmas Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 4:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Whitton Place, 7320 E. Main St.
What: Christmas Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting. Christmas caroling at 4:15 p.m.; High Falls Apartments, 4061 Cherry St., 5 p.m.; caroling under the village Christmas tree, 5:30 p.m.; lighting of the tree, 5:45 p.m.; Santa arrives, 6 p.m. Refreshments, visits with Santa at St. John’s Church, 5838 McAlpine St.
Cost: Free

Sunday / Lyons Falls

Celebrate the Holidays

1. 8th annual Christmas Masquerade Ball

When: 5 p.m. Friday
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St.
What: The community is invited to the festive celebration and fundraiser that features live music by Fred & the Ed’s, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auction items from local businesses. A photo booth will be provided by Bova Photography to capture the evening. Formal wear is required and masquerade masks for $5 are available at the door.
Cost: $40 at door

Fridfay / Alexandria Bay

2. North Country Festival of Trees

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St.
What: Public viewing of decorated Christmas trees, voting and silent auction. Festivalof Trees Holiday Gala Friday at 6 p.m.
Cost: Viewing, free; Gala, $75 each

Friday through Sunday / Watertown

3. 2016 Holiday Reception

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.
What: Christmas music, Victorian decorations, hors de’oeuvres.
Cost: $5
INFO: 782-3491

Friday / Watertown

4. Christmas in Clayton

When: All Day Saturday
Where: Clayton
What: Christmas cookie sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church; Kris Kringle Holiday Market: Thousand Islands Winery; Tiny Tim’s Emporium: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawn Memorial Library; Horse and carriage rides: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawn Memorial Library; St. Lawrence Pottery Holiday Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thousand Islands Museum Juried Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus; Wares and Wears exhibition and marketplace: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thousand Islands Arts Center; Holiday food fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mary’s Church; Chicken barbecue: 2 p.m., O’Brien’s parking lot; Santa Central: 3 to 5 p.m., Clayton Opera House; Snapshots photo booth: 4 p.m., O’Brien’s.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

5. Village-wide caroling

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Starting from Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134.
:  Sing holiday songs throughout the community.
Cost: Free
INFO: Lisa Gallagher, 244-4416, or Rev. Evon, 342-5662

Sunday / Hammond  

Something to Eat

1. Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital, new entrance off Hospital Drive.
What: Hosted by the CAH Auxiliary.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000

Friday / Carthage

2. Sixth Annual Breakfast with Santa

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 County Road 134.
What: Menu: French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, and beverage. Face painting, gift bags, and photos.
Cost: $5
INFO: Lisa Gallagher, 244-4416, or Rev. Evon, 342-5662

Saturday / Hammond

3. Spaghetti dinner

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: First Church of the Nazarene, 960 State St.
What: Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, drinks, dessert. Eat-in or take-out.
Cost: Meals for adults, $10; children’s meals, ages 5-15, $5; children ages 4 and younger eat free. Proceeds benefit Haiti mission trip.
INFO: 778-6707

Saturday / Carthage

4. Chicken barbecue

When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: Copenhagen Fire Department, 9950 Route 12.
What: Eat in or take out. Benefits Cubs Drill Team.
Cost: Dinners, $9.50; senior citizens, $7.50; children 11 years old and younger, $5.50; halves only, $5.
INFO: 688-4103

Sunday / Copenhagen

5. Fish fry

When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: John C. Londraville American Legion Post 832, 248 E. 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: re-order: 654-2101

Friday / Cape Vincent

The Arts

1. Gifts from the Gallery

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square.
What: Hosted by North Country Arts Council. Shopping, hot chocolate entertainment by Gino Cappuccetti.
Cost: Free

Friday / Watertown

2. Build your Own Snowman Clay Class for Kids

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E
What: With artist/instructor Tracey Jean.
Cost:  $10
INFO: 649-5454

Friday / Chaumont

3. Shoulder Season

When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John St.
What: Exhibit of cashmere paisley shawls.
Cost: Free
INFO: 686-4123

Friday through Sunday / Clayton

4. Musical Cinderella

When: 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: South Lewis Middle School
What: South Lewis Middle School musical, “Cinderella.” chicken and biscuit prior to Friday’s performance, cafeteria, 5-7 p.m., sponsored by South Lewis varsity baseball team.
Cost: $6 adults; $5 seniors and students. Discount passes available.
INFO: 348-2500

Friday and Saturday / Turin

5. 6th annual elf workshop

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St.
What: All materials supplied. Families welcome. Children leave with two wrapped gifts. Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit following workshop.
Cost: Free
INFO: 785-7709

Saturday / Watertown

Learning Something New

1. Diabetes education class

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St.
What: Learn about diabetes and how to maintain health.
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000, ext. 3222

Saturday / Carthage

2. Children's Fall Craft Classes

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Gallery Lake Saint Lawrence Arts, 10 Main St.
What: Classes held every other Saturday afternoon. Materials are provided. No reservations required, just bring your kids.
Cost: $5

Saturday / Waddington

3. No Worries

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 1/2 E. Main St.
What: Local Living Venture, tools for reducing stress with Kathy Montan. Dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing, bring drinking water.
Cost: $22; couple/family of two, $40; students, $10.
INFO: or 347-4223

Saturday / Canton

4. Tutoring and computer instruction

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hawn Memorial Library, 220 John St.
What: Have your questions answered and learn new computer techniques.
Cost: Free
Info: N/A

Saturday / Clayton

5. Childbirth education classes

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Area Hospital conference room, 1001 West St.
What: Childbirth education class
Cost: Free
INFO: 493-1000

Saturday / Carthage

Five Things Friday event calendar – September 30

Harvest Events

1. Adirondack Museum FallFest & Fiber Arts Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Adirondack Museum, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake
What: The campus-wide celebration of the season will include activities such as pumpkin painting; fall crafts and multimedia art workshops; and cider pressing and samples with Peru’s Rulfs Ochard. Kids will enjoy an action-packed FallFest Follies Scavenger Hunt, and leisurely hay and pony rides around the campus with Chestertown’s Circle B Ranch. A jump into the museum’s can’t-be-missed gigantic leaf pile will be perfect for Instagram. Demonstrations will include knitting “buff mittens,” the traditional mittens worn by Adirondack loggers, with Jane MackIntosh; quilting with Northern Needles, a sewing group from Long Lake; and wool processing with Serendipity Spinners. Other demos will include woodburning art with Vicki Virgil; Mohawk basket-making with Carrie Hill; and guideboat building with the museum’s boatbuilder-in-residence, Allison Warner.
Cost: Daily admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, $12 for teens 13-17 and students with a valid student ID, $6 for youths 6-12, and free for children five and under, active military personnel and members. All paid admissions are good for a second visit within seven days.
Info: or call 518-352-7311

Saturday / Blue Mountain Lake

2. Lewis County Harvest of the Arts

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maple Ridge Center
What: A celebration of local talent and family fun. 10 new artisans will be displaying their wares this year, live music with Due North, the Childrens Art Barn and lots of good food.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Maple Ridge

3. Oktoberfest at TI Winery

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay
What: Enjoy authentic German cuisine, a farmers’ market, hayrides, German dancers, live music, and back by popular demand, the annual Grape Stompin’ Competition.
Cost: ADVANCE SALE TICKETS: $4 for adults $3 for senior/military/ages 13-20 children 12 & under free; TICKETS AT THE GATE: $5 for adults , $4 for senior / military / ages 13-20 children 12 & under free

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

4. Fall Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, 30950 Route 180, LaFargeville
What: Pork Roast Dinner, Classic Car Cruise In, Music, Cake walk, Scarecrow making, Pumpkin Painting, Gift shop, Family fun and Games. Buildings open for tours. Public is invited to dress as scarecrows.
Cost: Free
INFO: Call the museum at (315) 658-2353 

Saturday / LaFargeville

5. Apple Fest and Craft Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Brookside Senior Living, Lowville
What: Face painting, balloon animals, Fifi D. Clown, candy scramble and crafts. “Friends of God” to entertain 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; “Baileywix” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
INFO: 374-2997

Saturday / Lowville



1. ‘Race for a Cure’

When: Registration 8:30 a.m., Race start 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Alexandria Central School, 34 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay
What: Alexandria Bay’s annual “Race for a Cure!” 5K and 1K fun runs will he held by Alexandria Central School in partnership with River Hospital. River Hospital will be holding its Fall Festival in conjunction with the run. The team is inspired to run by students, friends, and family members who have suffered through cancer. Last year’s run through the village raised around $5,000. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to take part.
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 on race day, with a $5 discount for all military personnel.
INFO: visit  

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

2. Mayor’s Charity Ball

When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday
Where: Woolworth Building, Watertown
What: The Mayor’s Charity Ball 2016 will be hosted by Station WBVS, Inc. Their mission is “To enrich the lives of others affected by adverse conditions.” Their vision is furthering the scope of learning in leadership roles and assisting those adversely affected by current world affairs.
Cost: $65 individual; $120 a pair; $300 reserved table for four; $600 reserved table for eight.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Annual Chicken BBQ

When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: JK’s Tavern, Main Street, Redwood
What: To benefit the Redwood Historical Society and Museum. Food available and music provided by Ray and Patty Drake.
Cost: $9 adults; $5 children
INFO: 482-4600

Saturday / Redwood

 4. Ride for Recovery

When: 10 a.m. registration; ride begins at 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1400, 231 Bellew Ave.
What: Money raised from the Ride for Recovery will be donated to the Mercy Point Church, Watertown, to support the fight against addiction. Money raised will be used to assist area residents with detox, recovery and other services. 3 Stops – Mel’s Place – Sandy Creek; Hillbilly Inn – Copenhagen; Tom & Geri’s – Carthage. ACR Health will be at the ride giving Narcan training & kits (no fee to receive training or the kit). Music, 50/50, chinese auction, silent auction.
Cost: $25 per bike, includes lunch; $25 per vehicle (up to 2 people) includes lunch.

Sunday / Watertown

5. Mary Kay 5K

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Sackets Harbor Gazebo, West Main St.
What:  Walk to benefit effects of cancers and domestic violence.
Cost: Free
INFO: 938-5319

Saturday / Sackets Harbor


Fun & Learning

1. Fungi Roles in the Ecosystem

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Indian Creek Nature Center, Route 68, Rensselear Falls
What: Learn the roles of fungi in the ecosystem with Claire Burkum. Bring hand lens or magnifying glass, notepad and a pencil.
Cost: Free
INFO: 261-1884 or email:  

Saturday / Rennselear Falls

2. Spider's Fishing Program

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m./1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center dock, County Route 100, Fineview
What: Learn basic fishing techniques from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn the basics of fly fishing from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Donations to continue free programming at the Nature Center welcomed.
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday / Fineview

3. Fall Birding at the Nature Center

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: Wilson Hill WMA, at the observation tower on Rte. 131, Massena
What: With Linnea Rowse, Golden Winged Warbler Project Specialist. Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Linnea will bring a spotting scope.
Cost: Free
INFO: (952) 451-0096 or

Sunday / Massena

4. Fall For History

When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Schryer Center, Franklin County House of History, 51 Milwaukee St., Malone
What: Food, activities, learning, raffle and contests.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Malone

  5. Family Farm Day

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jones Family Farm, 3119 Cataract St., Copenhagen
What: Educational displays, hands-on activities, and a scavenger hunt. Event coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County, Lewis County Farm Bureau and Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-5270

Saturday / Copenhagen


Farmers Markets

3. Friday Farmers Market

When: 2:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Jefferson Bulk Cheese Store, 19401 Route 3, Watertown
What: Farmers market including produce and locally crafted wares.
Cost: Free
INFO: 788-1122

Friday / Watertown

 Lewis County Farmers Market

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Forest Park Pavilion, Main Gate, Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville
What: Farmers market including produce and locally produced goods.
Cost: Free
INFO:  Sharon Bosert, 376-7743

Saturday/ Lowville

 3. Saturday Farmers Market

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mayor Joseph Butler Pavilion, JB Wise Place, Watertown
What: Farmers market including produce and locally produced goods.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Watertown

4. Farmers and crafters market

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway St., Cape Vincent
What: Local produce, goods and products available.
Cost: Free
INFO: 654-2481

Saturday / Cape Vincent

5. Black River Farmers Market

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Former Whites Grocery Store, located at 27117 State Route 3, Black River
What: Farmers market including produce and locally produced goods.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Black River



1. River Hospital’s Soldiers Art Therapy Exhibit

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Art on the Square, Watertown
What: Opening reception. View 10th Mountain Division soldiers art works on display.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Saturday

2. Poets & Writers INK

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St.
What: the fine art of writing through original works, literary feedback, writing exercises, guest speakers, book signings, production of anthologies
Cost: Free
INFO: 654-2413

Saturday / Cape Vincent

3. Adult Art Class

When: Noon to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 3:45 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Free Library, 412 Budd St.
What: Ann Marie Alderman will instruct the class.
Cost: Cost depends on class materials needed.
INFO: 493-2620

Saturday / Carthage

4. Warmth, Remembrance, and Art

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, 53 Main St., Canton
What: A folklorist and a historian studied 1,000 North Country quilts, and the result is a big quilt exhibition.

Saturday / Canton

5. The Glass Menagerie

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Pendragon Theatre, Potsdam
What: SUNY Potsdam department of theatre and dance present The Glass Menagerie- a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since.
Cost: $15; faculty, staff and students, $10; senior citizens and children, $8.

Saturday / Potsdam


Drink in a bountiful fall harvest

A rainbow appears above the vineyard at Coyote Moon Winery, Clayton.

A rainbow appears above the vineyard at Coyote Moon Winery, Clayton.

Northern New York wineries share ‘labor of love’ with communities

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Waxing nostalgic for a past we love


Longtime north country residents herald days gone by as region continues to grow.

For many, nostalgia is more than just reminiscing about the past, it’s an emotion or feeling they have when thinking about certain memories — whether it’s a particular place, experience or time.

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