Five Things Friday – May 22

Happy Friday, Memorial Day and, for a lot of us, long weekend! Get out there and enjoy the festivities, enjoy the holiday and enjoy the north country!


Music and Art

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Five Things Friday – May 15

Happy Friday! Welcome to the end of the week. Celebrate NNY with events across the north country.


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Five Things Friday – May 8

Happy Friday! There’s plenty going on this weekend, so grab your family and friends and hit the north country.


For sale

1. Relay for Life auction

When: 5 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: Preview, silent auction, refreshments scheduled for 5 p.m.; live auction, 6:15 p.m.
INFORelay for Life of Lewis County Facebook.

Friday / Lowville

2. Annual spring rummage sale

When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St, Potsdam.
What: Bag sale on Saturday; $1 per bag.
INFOChurch, 265-9434.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

3. Book, bake and miscellaneous sale

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Morley Branch Library, 7230 county Route 27, Canton.
What: Book sale scheduled for Friday; bake and miscellaneous sale Saturday.

Friday & Saturday / Canton

4. Rummage sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: New Bremen Fire Department, 8154 State Route 812, Lowville.
What: Bag sale slated for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
INFO: Fire department Facebook.

Friday & Saturday / Lowville

5. Farmers market

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ives Park, Main St., Potsdam.
What: Opening day of the season. Live music planned.
INFO: Potsdam market Facebook.

Saturday / Potsdam

Community events

1. Mother and daughter banquet

When: 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: DePeyster United Methodist Church, 4381 county Route 10, DePeyster.
What: Bring a covered dish to pass.
INFO: Jean Pray, 344-7142.

Friday / DePeyster

2. 52nd annual Jefferson County Dairy Princess coronation

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Cowtail scheduled for 6:30 p.m.; introductions, 7 p.m.; roast beef/ham buffet, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20; children 12 and younger chicken fingers dinner, $10.
INFO: Jefferson County Dairy Festival and Parade Facebook.

Friday / Watertown

3. Carnival

When: All day Friday and Saturday.
Where: St. James Catholic Church, 164 E. Main St., Gouverneur.
What: Includes rides, games and food. Craft fair slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
INFO: Gouverneur Museum, 287-3193.

Friday & Saturday / Gouverneur

4. Community health awareness day

When: 10 a.m. to. 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N. State St., Lowville.
What: Includes vendors, giveaways, free health screenings, activities, games and face painting.
INFO: Hospital, 376-5861 or 376-5001.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Ready, set, fun

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive, Watertown.
What: Sponsored by WPBS-DT. Includes children-friendly activities and book swap.
Cost: Donation of canned good or non-perishable food item.
INFO: Tiffany Hart, 782-2491 or; PBS website.

Saturday / Watertown

Art of all kinds

1. Spring art show opening

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lewis County Historical Museum, 7552 S. State St., Lowville.
What: Arts Community of Lewis County spring art show. Show scheduled to run through Friday, May 22.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Arts Community of Lewis County.

Friday / Lowville

2. Fourth annual evening of music

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Turin United Methodist Church, 6328 E. Main St., Turin.
What: Music by local artists, refreshments to follow.
Cost: Donations accepted for Ronald McDonald house, Syracuse.
INFO: Church, 348-8710.

Friday / Turin

3. Project Trio

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: Chamber musicians.
Cost: In advance, $10;at the door, $15.
INFO: Center for the Arts, 518-523-2512.

Friday / Lake Placid

4. John Mellencamp

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse.
Cost: $38.50 to $115.50.
INFO: Landmark Theatre.

Friday / Syracuse

5. Red Molly

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Edwards Opera House, 161 Main St., Edwards.
What: Americana trio, roots/Americana/bluegrass music.
Cost: $18.
INFO: Edwards Arts Council.

Saturday / Edwards

Project Trio is slated to perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Project Trio is slated to perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Something to eat

1. Cake walk

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Croghan Recreation Park, Convent Street, Croghan.
What: Annual event. Sponsored by Railway Historical Society of NNY.
INFO: Railway Historical Society, 346-6848.

Friday /Croghan

2. PBS kids character breakfast

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Characters include Hooper, Woofster, Cookie Monster, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Cost: $15; children, $10; military discount available with proof of ID.
INFO: PBS; Julie Weston, 782-3142 ext. 216.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Mother's Day breakfast

When: 8 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Canton VFW, 34 Gouverneur St., Canton.
What: Hosted by the men’s auxiliary. Menu: scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, with ham, sausage, toast, coffee and juice.
Cost: Adult, $7; senior, $6; children ages 6 to 12, $5; ages 5 and younger, free. Free carnation for mothers.
INFO: VFW, 386-8953.

Sunday / Canton

4. Mother's Day pancake breakfast

When: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Sixtown House, 33 East Church St., Adams.
What: Sponsored by South Jefferson Historical Association. Menu: pancakes, waffles, french toast, fresh maple syrup, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fruit, homemade sticky buns.
Cost: Adult, $7.50; children 5 to 12, $6.50; children younger than 5, free.
INFO: 767-1295.

Sunday / Adams

5. Mother's Day charity breakfast

When: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Menu: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, English muffins, fruit cocktail, mini Danish, coffee, tea, milk, and orange and cranberry juices.
Cost: Adult, $10; children 9 to 12, $6; children 5 and younger, free.
INFO: Watertown Elks.

Sunday / Watertown

Outdoor events

1. Heather A. Freeman Run to the Sun

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, race start.
Where: Davidson Nissan, 18423 Route 11, Watertown.
What: Registration scheduled for 6:30 to 8:15 a.m.; half marathon start, 8 a.m.; 5K/10K start, 9 a.m.
Cost: 5K and 10K, $25; half marathon, $50.
INFO: Heather A. Freeman Foundation, 778-5482 or

Saturday / Watertown

2. Walk/Run for a Healthier Community

When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County Hospital, 7785 N. State St., Lowville.
What: Held in conjunction with Lewis County General Hospital’s Community Health Awareness Day, co-sponsored by Lewis County Public Health. Healthy snacks, drinks available after race. Door prizes. Costumes optional, prizes awarded for best adult and child costume. Registration scheduled for 8 a.m.; 5k walk/run, 9 a.m.; superhero challenge for children ages 3 to 10, 10 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $25; superhero challenge, $10.
INFO: Lewis County Hospital Foundation, 376-5110.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Bird festival

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Derby Hill Bird Observatory, 36 Grand View Ave., Mexico.
What: Hosted by Onondaga Audubon. Includes bird watching, nature walks, children’s activities. Educational exhibits, wildlife photography, maple products, artwork, for sale. Prize drawing. Chomppers Smokin’ Barbeque.
Cost: Free admission and parking.
INFOOnondaga Audubon; Onondaga Audubon Facebook.

Saturday / Mexico

4. Birds, Blooms and Bugs hike

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Grand Lake Reserve, Burns Road, Redwood.
What: Spring hike, with Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Rain or shine, wear appropriate shoes, meet at Burns Road parking lot.
Cost: Free admission and parking.
INFOConservancy, 482-4757 or

Saturday / Redwood

5. Great Strides Walk

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Ed Dobisky Community Center, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg.
What: Benefits research for Cystic Fibrosis. Three mile walk.
INFOGreat Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

Want more? Check out the Watertown Daily Times calendar for a comprehensive list.

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Divide and conquer with your perennials this spring

Columnist Brian Hallett

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A ‘most American thing’

The original Thousand Island Park Tabernacle Building, ca. 1884.  Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

The original Thousand Island Park Tabernacle Building, ca. 1884. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

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Columnist Katie Stokes

Columnist Katie Stokes

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Five Things Friday – April 17

Happy Friday! Get out and explore all aspects of the north country, from community to outdoor to performance events.


1. Snirt Run

When: Register 6 to 9 p.m. Friday or 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday; run Saturday.
Where: Register Friday at Barnes Corners Sno-Pals groomer barn, Route 177; Timberview Lodge, 5265 Carpenter Road, Turin; or The Edge Motel, 3952 State Route 12, Lyons Falls. Register Saturday at Sno Pals groomer barn, Timberview or Barrows Performance, 4380 Michigan Mills Road, Constableville.
What: Hot dogs, hamburgers, 50/50 raffle at Snow Pals groomer barn. All participants must be back to Sno Pals groomer barn or Timberview by 6 p.m. to draw cards or be disqualified.
Cost: Registration: $15; bring canned good donation for Lewis County Food Pantry.
INFO: Sno-pals Snowmobile Club.

Friday & Saturday / Barnes Corners

2. Spring work day

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Indian Creek Nature Center, Route 68, Canton.
What: Join board members to set the center for the upcoming season. Tools will be supplied, or bring your own.
INFO: Roger Hutchinson, 386-4795.

Saturday / Canton

3. Hot dog social and fundraiser

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Nice N Easy, 25744 State Bicycle Route 11, Evans Mills.
What: Special appearances by Evans Mills ambulance and Calcuim Fire Department, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special characters: The Hulk, Spiderman, Batman. Pictures available for a donation. Three bikes up for raffling, drawing that day. Craft and bake sale.
INFO: Anne Potter, 783-4798.

Saturday / Evans Mills

4. Signs of Spring trek

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Macsherry Trail, Indian Point Road, Hammond.
What: Trek with Peter O’Shea.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Thousand Island Land Trust.

Saturday / Hammond

5. Annual demolition derby

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds, 85 E. Barney St., Gouverneur.
What: Trek with Peter O’Shea.
Cost: Entry fee, $20.
INFO: Gouverneur Fair.

Sunday / Gouverneur


1. Runaway Home

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bella-Brooke Vineyards, 2989 Country Route 6, Hammond.
What: Musical performance by a panoramic-Americana band.
Cost: $5.
INFORunaway Home band website.

Friday / Hammond

2. Orphans in Candyland

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lisbon Central School, 6866 County Route 10, Lisbon.
What: Doors slated to open at 7 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle. Tickets at school office and at the door.
Cost: $8; seniors and students, $5; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: School, 393-4951.

Friday / Lisbon

3. Rick Kimball and Lisa Murphy

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Trinity Community Coffee House, 98 Main St., Camden.
What: Refreshments served.
Cost: Donations taken for performers in lieu of admission.
INFO: Trinity Episcopal Church, 245-1987.

Saturday / Camden

4. University chorus

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Performing “The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards.”
INFO: St. Lawrence University.

Sunday / Canton

5. Barber of Seville

When: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Crouse Hinds Theater at Civic Center, 800 St. State St., Syracuse.
What: Presented by Syracuse Opera.
Cost: Tickets start at $25.
INFO: Opera, 475-5915.

Friday & Sunday / Syracuse

Rick Kimball and Lisa Murphy to play at Trinity Community Coffee House on Saturday.

Rick Kimball and Lisa Murphy to play at Trinity Community Coffee House on Saturday.


1. Flea market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Adams Center Fire Department, 13401 North St., Adams Center.
What: Refreshments to be served.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: 583-5740.

Saturday / Adams Center

2. Book sale

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Henderson Free Library, 8939 State Route 178, Henderson.
What: Books for all ages; vintage books.
INFO: Library, 938-7169.

Saturday / Henderson

3. Spring book and sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: William Dalton Estates, 38 N. Broad St., West Carthage.
What: Knick-knacks, puzzles, homemade candy and baked goods. Benefits William Dalton Estates seniors’ activities and expenses.
INFO: Nancy Hickey, 493-1469.

Friday & Saturday / West Carthage

4. National Library Week book sale

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St., Massena.
What: New members can join Friends group for $5 or $10 for families.
INFO: Library, 769-9914.

Friday & Saturday / Massena

5. Book collection sale

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Collection of the late Gary McGivney.
Cost: Most hardcover books, $3; paperbacks, $1.
INFO: Susan Johnson, 788-8133; library, 785-7705.

All weekend / Watertown


1. Amazing chemistry race

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton.
What: Trivia contest, demonstrations, team competition.

Saturday / Canton

2. Hands-on archaeology presentation

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St., Watertown.
What: With Dr. Laurie Rush, on indigenous peoples of Fort Drum.
INFO: Jefferson County Historical Society, 782-3491.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Living library event

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Canton Free Library, 8 Park St., Canton.
What: Refreshments. Registration appreciated but not required.
INFOLibrary, 386-3712.

Saturday / Canton

4. Herbal approaches to health and wellness classes

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St., Canton.
What: Register at the storehouse or call 386-3740.
Cost: $7.
INFONature’s Storehouse, 386-3740.

Saturday / Canton

5. Geometric bubble exhibit

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Sci-Tech Center, 154 Stone St., Watertown.
What: Exhibit uses bubbles to experiment with minimal surfaces.
INFOSci-Tech Center, 788-1340.

Friday & Saturday / Watertown


1. Stepping Out with the Stars

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Savory Downtown, Best Western Carriage House Inn, 300 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Cocktails scheduled for 6 p.m.; event, 7 p.m. Benefits Lucy’s House.
Cost:  $35; couple, $60; table of eight, $400.
INFO: Facebook page.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Urban Mission Auction

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church gymnasium, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown.
What: Preview slated for 9:30 a.m.; start, 10 a.m.
INFO: Urban Mission, 782-8440.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Bill Ash memorial benefit

When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Moose Lodge 1110, 4 Ames St., Massena.
What: Food, prizes and raffles. Benefits American Heart Association. Dart tournament scheduled for 2 p.m.
INFO: Lodge, 769-5720.

Saturday / Massena

4. Benefit for Dian Roberts

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Adams Country Club, 10700 U.S. Route 11, Adams.
What: Chicken barbecue, raffles, 50/50, bake sale, more. Proceeds to help with medical and travel expenses.
INFO: 335-0154; 243-1737; 767-2212.

Sunday / Adams

5. Annual North Country Home Show

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road, Clayton.
What: 39th annual show.
Cost: $5; military and seniors 65 and older, $4; children 16 and younger, free
INFO: Northern New York Builders, 788-1330.

All weekend / Clayton

Orphans in Candyland to be performed Friday at Lisbon Central School.

Orphans in Candyland to be performed Friday at Lisbon Central School.

Need more north country events? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the extensive list.