Five Things Friday – Feb. 27

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Winter 2015 The NNY Life

Take a deep breath, it’s just  another north country winter

By Katie Stokes

Columnist, Katie Stokes

Columnist, Katie Stokes

A few weeks ago when the 2015 “Snowmageddon” was barreling toward New York City, I had to do a double take when I saw people were fleeing their burroughs because it was predicted that the city could get up to two feet of snow.

OK, I thought. Do not do this. Do not get all judgmental about the snow. I have managed to avoid smarminess about other regions’ ideas of “cold” and “snowy” for years. I’ve experienced the misery of two weeks without power because of a scrim of ice accumulation in rural Oklahoma. I know we Northern New Yorkers live on a whole different level of winter emergency preparedness, because we have to.

I thought of my young cousin, who lives in Brooklyn, and I thought of the fact that she does not have a garage-warmed vehicle to drive to work, and that she must walk or take public transportation everywhere.

I thought of the homeless population that would be crowding into shelters, of the stories we’d hear on the news — a person who was caught, somehow, in a strange place, like an ATM vestibule, when the power went out, and how that person was stranded for, I don’t know, minutes before someone helped them.

It didn’t work. I was judging and judging and judging.

Winters in the north country don’t just suck sometimes. We actually batten down the hatches because snowstorms on the scale of blizzards hit us. Winters here stink on a whole different kind of scale where the standard definition of blizzard doesn’t even apply. I mean, if we used the term blizzard for every heavy snowfall or sustained wind that carried lake-effect snow, the word just wouldn’t have any meaning anymore.

We could probably get away with coming up with new words to describe our lake-effect blizzards. Eskimos have hundreds of words for snow, why can’t we invent some new ways to express the humdrum horror of living with the results of weather patterns in the Bermuda Triangle of winter?

I guess the reason the “blizzard” hype annoyed me so much this time around is because, with our second humdinger of a winter in two years only half over, I’ve noticed the once-positively woolen fabric of my patience with the lack of family opportunities in this community getting incredibly threadbare. I’ve made so much of my own sunshine that I’ve whittled myself down to a white dwarf.

The way I see it, Northern New York culture is built around its truly inspiring summers, and our capacity to endure some of the worst winters in the world so we can get to enjoy some of the best summers in the world.

But did you ever wonder if those June-through-October months feel like such a euphoric rush only because our way of enduring winter is just too stoic? Winters here are the WORST. This is not hyperbole. WE LAUGH AT PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID OF BLIZZARDS.

The toughness we cultivate by living in such a bleak environment is valuable, certainly. That “can-do” attitude is something that will take each of us quite far in pretty much any aspect of life. In fact, resilience, a parenting buzzword for 2015, by the way, is something everyone in my generation could use more of.

My question is when does “put our heads down and deal” stop being resilience, and start being denial?

There’s nothing we can do about the weather, but there is something we can do about the way we live through it. Consider how blissful life could be if we found a way to make January through May a little less bleak.

There are more restaurants and bars per capita here than in most cities this size, but for the size of our local population, there are far too few places for a family of four to recreate indoors on a frigid or rainy day. I don’t want anymore LOOK HOW AMAZING AND TOUGH WE ARE. I want something to do with my young children when it’s 20 degrees below zero and we literally cannot go outdoors for more than a few minutes. No, really, we’ve tried. Let’s just say I have a superb understanding of what frostbite actually looks like and how difficult it really is to get when you’re paying attention.

I’ve been sometimes patiently waiting for the communities in this region to do something about this for nearly 15 years. But after this second batch of weekly “blizzards,” it’s become more than a little irritating that not only are we stuck inside — we’re stuck inside our house.

If you, like some local leaders I’ve spoken with about this, think there is not a market for a new, clean, well-run indoor recreation business like a trampoline park, a small indoor water park, or a recreational rock-climbing facility, I would like to invite you to go to your local McDonald’s PlayPlace on a cold or rainy day and try to find a spot to eat your McNuggets.

Indoor recreation is a need that is not being seriously addressed. Aside from updating the City of Watertown’s ice arena — bravo Watertown, it’s certainly time —there have been no significant investments in a place for kids and families to MOVE in the winter.

We’ve figured out how to get to work in winter. It’s time to figure out how to get happy in winter.

Katie Stokes is an Oklahoma native who has called Northern New York home for more than a decade. She is a freelance writer and blogger and the mother of two children, Diva and Hunk. She and her husband are raising their children in Hounsfield. Visit her blog at Her column appears in every issue of NNY Living.

Winter 2015 History

An early dairy dynasty

By Lenka Walldroff

The F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century, the factory was the largest of its kind int he country. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

The F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century, the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

F.X. Baumert and Co. introduced Muenster cheese to United States

From the mid-19th century until about 1930, Jefferson County reigned as the “Cheese Capital of the World.” In fact, at the time, more cheese was bought and sold on the Watertown Cheese Exchange than anywhere else in the world. Jefferson County’s cheese notoriety came from humble origins, however, with the first dairy farm opening in Rutland in 1834 with 20 cows. As road conditions were often poor, or roads were non-existent, travel took significantly longer in previous centuries than it does today. In pre-refrigeration times, this proved problematic for farmers trading in perishable goods like milk. [Read more...]

Five Things Friday – Feb. 13

Happy Friday!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic outing for you and your sweetie, an outdoor event for you and your buds or just something fun and different for yourself, the north country has it all.

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Five Things Friday – Feb. 6

Five Things Friday this week features five things to do outside, five things to see, five things to learn, five things to eat and five things to celebrate. Just click the arrows for details on each north country event.

Happy Friday!

To do outside

1. Vintage snowmobile show and races

When: 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Boonville Oneida County Fairgrounds, 222 Schuyler St., Boonville.
What: Snowmobile torch light parade planned for Friday; show and races planned for Saturday.
Cost: Friday’s show, $10; show registration: one sled, $5; two sleds, $10; three or more sleds, $12.
INFO: Ron, 415-5025.

Friday and Saturday / Boonville

2. Snowmobile drag races

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. registration, 8 p.m races, Friday.
Where: Copenhagen Fire Department, 9950 State Route 12, Copenhagen.
What: 600 cc and up. Food to be available.
Cost: $5.
INFO: 783-9206 or 483-5367.

Friday / Copenhagen

3. Guided moonlight snowshoe hike

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, County Route 100, Fineview.
What: Offered on snowshoes, weather permitting. May bring flashlight. Preregistration required.
Cost: Snowshoe rental, $3.
INFO: 482-2479.

Friday and Saturday / Fineview

4. Ice fest

When: 9 a.m. Friday; 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Long Lake.
What: Ice sculptures, live demonstrations, trivia challenges, games, prizes planned.

Friday and Saturday / Long Lake

5. Thompson Park day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Thompson Park, Watertown.
What: Day slated to include dog sled rides, horse drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing led by naturalist from Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, ans skijoring demonstrations.
Cost: Free with canned good donation.

Sunday / Watertown

To see

1. BMC'S Got Talent show

When: 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: Brushton-Moira Central School, 758 Gale Road, Brushton.
What: Teachers and staff plan to put on a talent show. All the ticket money planned to go to BMC’s relay for life team, the Pop Rockin’ Panthers.
Cost: $5.
INFO: school, (518) 529-7342.

Friday / Brushton

2. TAUNY jams

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton.
What: Gretchen Koehler and Barb Heller plan to host. All levels of musicians, singers, step dancers welcome.
Cost: free.
INFO: 386-4289.

Friday / Canton

3. Crane faculty showcase concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Sara M. Snell Music Theater, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
Cost: free.

Friday / Potsdam

4. Italian Bravura!

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown.
What: Orchestra of Northern New York plans to perform music from birthplace of baroque music, Italy.
Cost: $22; senior citizens, $20; students ages 13 to 17, $10; children 12 and younger, free.

Saturday / Watertown

5. Hypnotist show

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Riverview Bar & Restaurant,928 New York 11C, Brasher Falls.
What: All proceeds to benefit the class of 2015 all night party. Featuring Michael Blaine.
Cost: Seats, $15; standing room only tickets, $5 presale, $7 at the door.
INFO: restaurant, 389-4100.

Saturday / Brasher Falls

To learn

1. How to create a winning resume

When: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Second floor computer lab, Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
Cost: Free.
INFO: library, 785-7705.

Friday / Watertown

2. Be your best valentine

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Badenhausen Library, 4 Main Street, Brasher.
What: Class on uses of coconut oil led by Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park. For teens to adults.
INFO: nature center, 705-5022 or 705-5593.

Saturday / Brasher

3. Super science Saturday

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Jules Center, McVean Student Center and Guthrie Science Building, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown
What: Designed for students grades 5 to 8, but all family members welcome.
INFO: JCC, 786-2320.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Youth soap making

When: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Morristown Public Library, 200 Main St., Morristown.
What: Adults must be present with children. Bring plastic sandwich bag to transport soap home. Registration encouraged.
Cost: Free.
INFO: library, 375-8833.

Saturday / Morristown

5. Creating legacy letters

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: 2 Park Place, Canton.
What: Workshop led by Linda Potter, Nautilus Retreats. Limited to 8; call to reserve spot.
Cost: $45.
INFO: Linda Potter, 386-4364 or

Saturday / Canton

To eat

1. Tom n' Jerry's

When: All day Saturday
Where: Crystal Restaurant, 87 Public Square, Watertown.
What: A revival of the favorite holiday north country favorite.
INFO: restaurant, 782-9938.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Annual Bark and Wine auction

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 1290 Arsenal St., Watertown.
What: Hosted by SPCA of Jefferson County. Event plans to include live and silent auctions, and food. Preview scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m.; silent auction, 6 to 8 p.m.; live auction, 8 p.m. Tickets available from shelter, Petco or board members.
Cost: $35 per person, $65, couple.
INFO: Doug, 782-3260.

Saturday / Watertown

3. North country chili cook-off When: 11 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary of Jefferson County and American Legion Family. Doors scheduled to open at 11 a.m.; awards show, 3 p.m. To benefit Volunteer Transportation Center.
Cost: $6; children 12 and younger, $2; family, $16; military discount, $1 off.
INFO: transport center, 788-0422.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Annual pancake breakfast and silent auction

When: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Where: The Best Western, 90 East Main St., Canton.
What: Breakfast planned to include pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Event plans to include 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Proceeds to support Canton Rotary Club.
Cost: $7; children 5 and younger, free.

Sunday / Canton

5. An Italian Affair

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sergi’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria and Banquet Hall, 10 Market St., Potsdam.
What: Event planned to follow “Italian Bravura” concert at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam and to include buffet, cash bar and dinner. Hosted by Orchestra of Northern New York.
Cost: $25; children 12 and younger, $15.
INFO: orchestra, 267-3251.

Sunday / Potsdam

To celebrate

1. Boonville snow festival

When: 8 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Boonville Oneida-County Fairgrounds, 222 Schuyler St., Boonville.
What: Event planned to include fireworks in Erwin Park, snowmobile parade, ice and snow sculptures, festival of lights and more.
Cost: Friday, $10; Saturday, $15; Sunday, $15; three-day weekend pass, $30; Saturday and Sunday pass, $25.

Friday to Sunday / Boonville

2. Lake Ontario wedding show

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lake Ontario Conference Center, 26 East First St., Oswego.
What: Presented by Port City Day Spa and Cre8 Solutions. To benefit Oswego Rotary Club. Includes “win a diamond contest” and runway fashion show at 3 p.m.
Cost: Free.
INFO: 806-0251 or

Saturday / Oswego

3. Mike Currier memorial benefit

When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Moose Lodge 1110, 4 Ames St., Massena.
What: Includes two-person team cricket, food, raffles and prizes. Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
INFO: lodge, 769-5720.

Saturday / Massena

4. Mardi gras gala

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St., Carthage.
What: Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by silent auction and dancing. Menu: choice of prime rib, grilled chicken or broiled fish.
Cost: $35; couple, $60.
INFO: Augustinian Academy, 493-1301.

Saturday / Carthage

5. 80s-themed party

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Norwood American Legion, 10 Maple St., Norwood.
What: Music by Jodi Tosti of DJ Double Dutch Entertainment, free munchies, cash bar, and 80s trivia, costume contests and 50/50 raffle planned.
Cost: Free entry; donation of canned goods appreciated.
INFO: library, 353-6692.

Saturday / Norwood


Five Things Friday – Jan. 30

Happy weekend!


Bring stories to life

1. There is a Season: 6 ten-minute plays, 7 p.m. today; 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, Savory Downtown, Best Western Carriage House Inn, 300 Washington St., Watertown. Cost: $20. Performances include adult themes and language. Plays planned are Bone China by K. Alexa Mavromatis, She’s Fabulous by Jack Neary, Double D by Jim Dalglish, The Same Thing by Lisa Soland, 9 Hours to Fallujah by Craig McNulty and Pillow by Frederick Stroppel. Music of The John Michael Band scheduled to follow performances. Info: Little Theatre of Watertown, 775-3212.

2. Snowtown USA film festival, 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown. Festival plans to include reception tonight; film selections and film-related workshops tomorrow. Info/schedule: 788-4400.

3. Some Other Me,” 8 p.m. today, Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Cost: $12; advance, $10. Info: CNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

4. In The Next Room,” 8 p.m. today and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Archbold Theatre, Syracuse Stage, 820 Genessee St., Syracuse. Opening night performance scheduled for tonight. Special events, discounts available for senior citizens, students and military personnel and veterans. Recommended for mature audiences. Info/tickets: Syracuse Stage, 443-3275.

5. It’s a Jungle Out There skating performance, 1 p.m. Sunday, Massena Arena, 180 Harte Haven Plaza, St. Regis Blvd., Massena. Cost: $5; ages 62 and older, $3; students, $1. Massena’s figure skating club’s annual ice snow.

Get crafty and artsy

1. Craft sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Claxton-Hepburn medical center, 214 King St., Ogdensburg. The CHMC Auxiliary Crafters plan to host the craft sale in the hospital lobby. The theme of this sale is Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. All proceeds to go to the Hospital Auxiliary. Info:  auxiliary, 393-1559 or

2. Iggy Beerbower: “The Road to Green Sands,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, SLC Arts Gallery, Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St, Potsdam. Ink print photographs, displayed St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Info: council, 265-6860.

3.  Museum public hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday, Potsdam Public Museum, 2 Park St., Potsdam. Current exhibition is Portraits of Potsdam People, displays of oil paintings of local citizens. Information: museum, 265-6910.

4. Puppet Theatre, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Clarkson Bookstore, Clarkson University, 39 Market Street, Canton. Cost: $10. Dr. Jay Pecora, from SUNY Potsdam’s theatre department, plans to lead participants in puppet theatre, as part of KidState Theatre. Children will have the chance to create theatre and make hand puppets. Info: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2167.

5. “North of the Blue Line” exhibit, noon to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton. Free. Exhibition includes drawings, prints, paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, videos and multi-media installations by artists from north country colleges and universities. It’s planned to run through Saturday, Feb. 21. Info: gallery, 229-5174.

Move your body

1. Partner yoga, 6 to 7 p.m. today, Yoga Loft, 30 Court St., Canton. Planned to run Fridays through March 27. Info/register: loft,, 605-8637.

2. No Tap Bowling Tournament, 6 p.m. today, Ogdensburg Bowl, 1121 Patterson St., Ogdensburg. Cost: $20 per person. Registration scheduled for 6 p.m.; games for 6:15 p.m. Five person teams. Event to benefit Frederick Remington Art Museum. Info: museum, 393-2425.

3. Beaver Camp ice fishing derby, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville. Cost: $7; ages 17 and younger, $5. Event to include prizes, food and fishing. Info: Beaver Camp, 376-2640.

4. East Coast Snocross, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Snow Ridge Ski Resort, 4173 West Road, Turin. Cost: $15, day; weekend pass, $25; ages 7 and younger, free. Sign up for trail class up to 800 cc. Three 120 cc mini classes. Sled rentals available. Info: ECS, 844-327-7669.

5. Guided snowshoeing trip, 10 a.m. Saturday, Great Lot Sportsman’s Club, 8411 Jackson Hill Road, Boonville. Follow guide or take map and explore on your own. Hot lunch, refreshments planned to follow at clubhouse. Limited snowshoes available. Info: club, 378-7592.

Love your ears

1. Michael Welch and Brown, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. today, Between the Buns Sports Bar, 6 Elm St. Potsdam. Info: bar, 265-8888.

2. Dave Alexander, 8 p.m. today, Bull Tavern, 519 W. Main St., Watertown.

3. Bill Smith and Don Woodcock, 2 p.m. Saturday, TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton. Cost: $10 to $15 donation. Music and storytelling planned. Info: TAUNY, 386-4289.

4. Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Pickens Hall, 83 State St., Heuvelton. Cost: $10. Event sponsored by Heuvelton Historical Association. Info: Pickens General Store, 344-7950 or

5. High Heels and Mind The Gap, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Flashback Lounge, 1309 State St., Watertown. Cost: $6 to $8. Phantom Chemistry to open. Info: lounge, 775-8378.

Get together

1. Anniversary extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Seveys Point, 8954 Route 3, Childwold. Cost of dinner: $10; Wounded Warriors and Fort Drum Recreation Group, free. Event celebrating St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association‘s 40th anniversary to include food, music, free horse drawn sleigh rides, bonfire, booths, giveaways, sled demos and more. Chicken barbecue dinner scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Info: Deb Christy, 386-8525.

2. Remembering Mercy, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, St. Patrick’s Church, 123 S. Massey St., Watertown. Event hosted by Friends of Mercy Hospital to include slide show, remarks by Rev. Leon “Toby” Schilling, Sr. Janet Peters and candlelight walk to Mercy site. Light refreshments at the church planned. Info: church, 782-6086.

3. 2015 Northern New York Maple Expo, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Gouverneur Central School, 133 E. Barney St., Gouverneur. Cost: $16 per person, includes lunch and classes. Held by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Info: Cooperative Extension, 379-9192.

4. Heartbeat Ball, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn, 1290 Arsenal St., Watertown. Cost: $50 per couple; additional person, $15. Event planned to include photos, appetizers, coffee and water and other beverages for purchase. Formal/semi-formal attire required. To benefits Heartbeats for Madden.

5. Snow deer festival, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Watertown Eagles Club, 19260 Route 11, Watertown. Cost: donation of $4. Sponsored by New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association. Event planned to include dances, food, music by Black River Valley Fiddlers, beverages, 5o/50 and raffles. Info: fiddlers’ association, 599-7009.


Not enough for you? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the extensive list.

Five Things Friday – Jan. 23

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Five Things Friday – Jan. 16

Happy Friday! Here’s a weekly list of ways you can get out and beat the winter blues of the north country.


1. SnowtownUSA sculptures, all weekend, Thompson Park and Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, Watertown. Weather permitting, you should be able to check out these creations through Saturday, Feb. 14. Click here to learn about more SnowtownUSA events.

2. Frozen fun parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Main St., Massena. Part of Massena’s Frozen Fun Winter Carnival. Click here for entire schedule.

3. Snowshoeing, 10 a.m. Saturday, Joseph A. Blake Jr. Wildlife Sanctuary, Rutland. Organized by Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Watertown. Remember to bring water, appropriate clothing and snowshoes; limited number of snowshoes to lend. Must RSVP. Info: or 779-2239.

4. Guided winter weekend walk, 1 p.m. Saturday, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, County Route 100, Fineview. Information: 482-2749. Snowshoes available for rent, $3.

5. Guided snowshoeing trip, 10 a.m. Saturday, 8411 Jackson Hill Road, Boonville. Limited number of snowshoes available for rent. Hot lunch and refreshments at clubhouse planned to follow walk. Info: 378-7592.


1. Paddle auction, 6 p.m. today, Croghan Fire Department, 6855 Fire Hall St. Admission: $5. Doors to open at 6 p.m.; auction scheduled for 7 p.m. Cost includes auction paddle, raffle ticket, light snacks.

2. Benefit auction, all weekend, Adirondack Artists Guild52 Main Street, Saranac Lake. Silent auction planned to run though Sunday, Feb. 1 to benefit Saranac Lake Fire Department. Artwork created by members of the guild on display and available for bids. Info: guild, 518-891-2615.

3. Potsdam winter market, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. Info:

4.  Bag sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Wagner’s Whistle Stop Thrift Shop, 11 W. Main St., Norfolk. Cost: $4 per bag. Info: Clare Bresse, 384-4839.

5.  Winter farmers market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Chaumont Volunteer Fire Department, 11385 Route 12E, Chaumont. Market plans to offer produce, baked goods, local wineries, vendors, face painting and entertainment. Info: Heather Jackson, 777-5442 or Holly Rubacha, 783-2838.


1. ‘Paradigm Shift: Visual Reflection‘ exhibit, all weekend, View (Arts Center), 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Exhibit of oil paintings and graphite drawings by Robert Imundo slated to be on display through Sunday, May 24. Info: arts center, 369-6411.

2. ‘Burdette Parks: Eye of the Beholder‘ exhibit, all weekend, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid. Photography exhibit planned to run through Sunday, Jan. 25. Info: center, 518-523-2512.

3.  Alice Valenti: ‘Branches’ exhibit, all weekend, View (Arts Center), 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Show featuring a series of small landscapes slated to run through Sunday, April 5. Opening reception planned for 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 369-6411.

4. ‘Fun with Function’ exhibit, all weekend, View (Arts Center), 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Exhibit showcases new works of animal creations in clay by View’s resident artist Sarah M. Banker. Show planned to run through Sunday, April 5. Opening reception planned for 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 369-6411.

5. ‘Reality Check’ exhibit, all weekend, View (Arts Center), 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Exhibit features 19 artists from throughout United States whose work focuses on mastery of illusion. Show planned to run through Sunday, April 5. Opening reception planned for 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Info: 369-6411.


1. Make a masterpiece workshop, 3 to 5 p.m. today, Kid’s Place, Frederic Remington Art Museum303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg. Cost: $3. Class designed for ages 5 and up. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not necessary. Info: Lauren at the Museum, 393-2425.

2. Focused Asana classes, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Yoga Loft, 30 Court St., Canton. Info: Loft, or 605-8637.

3. Computer help workshop, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., Ogdensburg. Class plans to include tips on Word, eReaders and more. Intended for all ages. Info: library, 393-4325.

4.  Meet the instruments workshop, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge. Free. Class to be conducted by Canal Street Band. Info: View Arts Center, 369-6411, ext. 201;

5. Painting for teens, 2 p.m. Saturday, Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., Ogdensburg. Free. Class intends to teach students ages 12 and older about watercolor painting while making winter scene. Info: library, 393-4325.


1. ‘Bocon!‘ 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts, Indian River High School, 32925 U.S. Route 11, Philadelphia. Cost: $5. Seating is limited. Bilingual, ASL interpreted for deaf and hard of hearing. Reserve tickets/info: Elaine Finley, 642-5521.

2. Stay Tuned, 7 p.m. today, Canton High School, 99 State St., Canton. Cost: $5. Performance by SUNY Potsdam’s a cappella singing group to benefit Canton High School Thespians.

3. Nelson Brothers Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Lewis County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St., Lowville. Cost: $5. Food to be available. Info: 376-2733.

4. ‘Death of a Salesman,’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake. Cost: Saturday, $18, $20 or $22; Sunday, $15. Tickets/info: theatre, 518-891-1854 or

5.  Canal Street String Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, View (Arts Center), 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Cost: $20; members, $15. Info/tickets: View, 369-6411.

Not enough NNY for you? Go to the Watertown Daily Times calendar for the complete list.

Five Things Friday – Jan. 2

Happy Friday! With the first full week of 2015 under your belt, go out and celebrate winter in the north country with these Five Things Friday events.


Be sporty

1. Wounded Warrior tournament, 6:30 to 11 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow; 3:10 to 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Watertown Municipal Ice Arena, 600 William T. Field Drive, Watertown.

Information: Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, 788-4400.

2. Vintage snowmobile show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Tanner Valley Golf Course, 4040 Tanner Road, Syracuse. Cost: $5; two sleds, $10; three or more sleds, $12.

Hosted by Toad Willow Trail Riders Snowmobile Club. Chicken barbecue planned for 11 a.m. Event to include 50/50 raffle and door prize auction. Info: Ron, 415-5025; Tim, 447-2070.

3. Learn to cross-country ski, 10 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena.

Equipment available at no charge to first eight. Preregister/info: park, 705-5022.

4. Snowmobile safety course, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Copley Foundation House, 12030 Route 12E, Chaumont. Free.

Offered by Thousand Islands Snowmobile Club Inc. For ages 10 and older. Limited seating; first come first serve. Reservations/info: Gary, 486-5230.

5. Register for the fourth annual River Hockey Classic, all weekend. Cost: $400 per team, includes minimum three games.

Register by Sunday, Jan. 11. Pond hockey tournament scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 1 at Clayton Marina, 50 State St., Clayton. Six co-ed divisions, three on three format, maximum of four players per team. No goalies, no goalie equipment. . Register/info:

Create art

1. Make your own snow dough, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.

Event part of SnowtownUSA. Class for ages 6 to 11 only. Info: library, 785-7705.

2.  Facebook page snowman photo contest, all weekend, Potsdam.

Held by Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, until Feb. 28. Build snowman, include star in design (to show it was created this season), take photo and post it to chamber’s Facebook page photo contest 2015. Entries can also be emailed to Winner to be announced in March. Information: chamber, 265-5440.

3. Snow sculpture contest, all weekend, Cape Vincent.

Sponsored by Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, through Sunday, March 1, 2015. Cash prize planned. For info and for a picture to be taken: chamber, 654-2481.

4. Bird feeder workshop, 1 p.m. tomorrow, Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, County Route 100, Fineview.Cost: $2 per person.

Program plans to teach how to make suet and other natural bird feeders. For birders of all ages. Preregistration appreciated: nature center, 482-2479.

5. Make a bird feeder, 2 p.m. tomorrow, Ogdensburg Public Library, 312 Washington St., Ogdensburg. Free.

Program plans to teach how to make a bird feeder out of recycled materials. Ages 3 and up. Information: library, 393-4325.

Appreciate music

1. TAUNY jams, 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton.

Event to be hosted by Gretchen Koehler and Barb Heller. All levels of musicians, singers, step dancers welcome. Info: center, 386-4289.

2.  Solar Garlic (Phish Tribute), 8 p.m. today, The Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse. Cost: $10.

Doors to open at 7 p.m. Openers planned: Steep and The New Daze. Info: theater, 299-8886.

 3. Black River concert series featuring Searson, tomorrow, Lewis County Historical Society, 7552 S. State St., Lowville. Cost: $20 at door; in advance, $18; family, $45; season tickets, $110 (includes two free guest passes). Info: historical society, 376-8957.

This event kicks off the Black River concert series. Searson is said to be “high energy fiddling, amazing vocals, Irish step-dancing.”

 4. Jeff Hunt, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, DeKalb Junction United Methodist Church4302 U.S. 11, De Kalb Junction.

International Angel Award-Winning vocalist and songwriter, 3ABN artist and former Heritage Singer to perform. Info:

 5. Under the Streetlamp, 7 p.m. Sunday, Turning Stone Resort and Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona. Cost: $20.

Info: casino, 877-833-7469.

Family fun

1. One Enchanted Evening, 7 p.m. today, Italian American Club, 192 Bellew Ave. South, Watertown. Cost: $10.

Seatings at 7 and 8 p.m. Pasta dinner to benefit Rhonda’s FooteWorks Outreach Company. Entertainment and dancing planned. Info/tickets: 771-8089 5 or

 2. ‘The Maze Runner‘ showing, 7 p.m. today, Chateaugay Town Hall Theater5428 Shady Ave., Lowville. Cost: $3; family, $10.

Movie rated PG-13. Info: 518-497-3126.

3.  Craft and vendor show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

Event planned to help with expenses to send Watertown Airsoft Team to Airsoft DEFCON in Long Island. Face painting, raffles, entertainment, and balloon art planned. Info: Samantha, 529-4893; Deb Catlin, 385-1622.

4.  Winter princess snow gala, 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Adams Fire Hall, 6 N. Main St., Adams. Cost: $65 (one father and one daughter); additional girl, $25; and additional gentleman, $40.

Dinner, dancing and raffles planned. Reservations required. Info: 232-2426.

5.  Turin Ridge Riders trail fund, noon tomorrow, Myers Towpath, 4217 West Road, Turin.

Proceeds to benefit Turin Ridge Riders Trail Fund. Chicken BBQ and 50/50 raffle planned. Info: Towpath Lodge, 348-8122.

Art of all kinds

1. “Michiko Taylor: Life and Nature” exhibit, all weekend, St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 51 Market St., Potsdam.

This is the last weekend to catch this exhibit. Info: council, 265-6860.

 2. “Lend Me A Tenor” performance, 8 p.m. today and tomorrow; 2 p.m. Sunday, Central New York Playhouse, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Cost: $20 today and tomorrow; Sunday, $17.

Show planned to open today, and play through Saturday, Jan. 24. Info: playhouse, 885-8960,

3. “Burdette Parks: Eye of the Beholder” exhibit, all weekend, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.

Photography exhibit planned to run through Sunday, Jan. 25. Info: center, 518-523-2512.

 4. Benefit auction opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

Silent auction to run through Sunday, Feb. 1, and benefit Saranac Lake Fire Department. Artwork created by members of the guild on display and available for bids. Info: guild,518-891-2615.

5. “All aboard: Train Paintings in Pastel” reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Judith Lowenstein Cohen Memorial Wing, Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge.

Meet and talk with artist, Pamela Menotti. Show planned to run through Saturday, March 14. Info: 369-6008.

Looking for more events? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar.