Artful Living: Barn quilt trails bring color to NNY

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All in the Same Boat organizers, from left to right, Rich Rossmassler, Julia Purcell, Elizabeth Price Kellogg and Monica Behan Purcell, pose for a portrait during the movement’s launch event at the Clayton Opera House in Clayton.

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Blending the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Being

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From folk to a cappella, Black River concert series has wide selection of music

WAYNE SIMPSON My Sweet Patootie, from left, Paul Clifford, Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, are scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Black River Valley Concert Series.

My Sweet Patootie, from left, Paul Clifford, Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, are scheduled to perform Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Black River Valley Concert Series.

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Ice bar to return to Clayton



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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


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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