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Preserving The “Atlantic Flyway”

Ian McCallum and chocolate lab Nash call in mallards while laying in a flooded corn field in Cape Vincent during a hunt in 2017. McCallum is an avid hunter and Ducks Unlimited member.

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5 Things Friday- December 9th

A Visit With Santa

1. Breakfast with Santa

When: 8 a.m. Saturday
Where: Antwerp Fire Hall, 2 Van Buren St.
What: Menu: pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, juice and coffee. Children’s activities, basket raffles. Benefits Operation Restore Antwerp, Antwerp Old Home Day and Antwerp Fire Department.
Cost: $6; children 5 and younger, $3. Pictures with Santa, with own camera, free.

Saturday / Antwerp

2. Breakfast with Santa

When: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Basset-Baxter American Legion Post 789, 415 West St.
What: Co-hosted by Church Street Diner. Menu: scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, pancakes, milk, orange juice, apple juice, coffee. Also included: gift from Santa and photo. Limited to first 35 children, 12 years old and younger. Call prior.
Cost: $15 per child 12 and younger; $5 per accompanying adults or children older than 12.
: 519-7459

Saturday / Carthage

3. Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo

When: 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park
What: Enjoy breakfast at the Zoo while visiting with Santa.
Cost: $15; members, $10. Information
INFO: or 782-6180.

Saturday /Watertown

4. Santa’s Coming to Town

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Port Leyden Fire Hall, 3387 Douglas St.
What: For children 10 and younger, sponsored by ladies auxiliary, refreshments served, cookie decorating, Christmas card coloring, crafts.
Cost: Free
INFO: Eva Sessions,

Sunday / Port Leyden

5. A Santa Visit

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Port Leyden Fire Hall, 3387 Douglas St.
What: For children up to 12 years old. Sponsored by the ladies auxiliary. Refreshments. Cookie decorating, Christmas card coloring.
Cost: Free
INFO: Eva Sessions,

Sunday / Port Leyden


Celebrate the Holidays

1. Christmas in Croghan

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Croghan, Depot, 9781 Main St
What: Railway Historical Society of Northern N.Y. Museum open for Christmas in Croghan. Tours of depot, refreshments, gift shop. New drivable train simulator zone. Donations appreciated
Cost: Free
INFO: 346-6848 or

Friday / Croghan

2. Cape Vincent Christmas Parade

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Cape Vincent
What: Holiday Parade. Bring canned good for local food pantry and Salvation Army.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Cape Vincent

3. Children’s Christmas Party

When: 3 to 5  p.m. Sunday
Where: Don Rounds American Legion Post 586, 10 S. Main St.
What: Children’s Christmas party. Canned or box food donations accepted at door to benefit local food pantry. Craft-making, desserts. Special guest: Santa.
Cost: Free
INFO: 232-2715

Sunday / Adams

4. Tree Lighting

When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Henderson Harbor Performing Arts Association field, 12469 County Route 123
What: Winners of Christmas home decoration contest announced following tree lighting. Hayride, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sunday / Henderson

5. 7th Annual Lights on the River

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lisbon Beach and Campground, 9975 Route 37
:  Donations accepted to benefit local food pantries. View holiday lights displays along the river.
Cost: Free
INFO: Bob Santamoor, 250-6141

Saturday through Sunday / Ogdensburg


Holiday Sales

1. Christmas Tree Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: McIntosh home in Pierrepont center, at the Best Western parking lot in Canton.
What: The Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department will be selling 7′ – 8′ Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. Proceeds will benefit the Pierrepont Volunteer Fire Department.
Cost: Cost of tree

Saturday and Sunday / Canton

2. Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 5457 Shady Ave.
What: Cookies and candy available for purchase.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-6662

Saturday /Lowville

3. 2016 Holiday Bazaar

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Macsherry Parish Center, Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St.
What: Assortment of hand-made gifts, white elephant treasures, Christmas decorations, baked goods. Admission: non-perishable food item or cash donation to Watertown Urban Mission.
Cost: Free
INFO: 788-6290

Saturday / Watertown

4. Christmas Craft Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Clayton Fire Department, 855 Graves St.
What: Food, raffles, free admission, Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
INFO: Sherry, 482-3322

Sunday / Clayton

5. Alpaca Holiday Bazaar

When: 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Home Again Alpaca Farm, 37098 Schell Road
What: 10% of sales to benefit Theresa Food Pantry.
Cost: Free

Saturday and Sunday / Theresa

Leisure, Learning and More!

1. 23rd annual Victorian Faire

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.
What: Visit the Historical Society during the holidays. Children’s crafts.
Cost: Free
INFO: Jean 782-0272

Saturday / Watertown

2. Boater Safety Class

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St.
What: Learn how to navigate and operate a boat safely.
Cost:  Free
INFO: 686-4104, ext. 235. Registration:

Saturday / Clayton

3. Holiday Dinner Festival

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge 1762, 511 Fulton St.
What: Cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Dinner choices: apple and cranberry stuffed pork loin with smashed potatoes; roast beef with smashed potatoes; haddock scampi over linguine. Vegetarian option, also. Entertainment by Carthage High School Camerata Singers and Instrumentalists.
Cost: $25
INFO: Tickets must be purchased in advance: Kinney Drugs, 401 State St.; Carthage High School main office, 36500 State Route 26; and from select fine arts students. Sponsored by Carthage Central Fine Arts Booster Club.

Saturday / Carthage

4. Dance to the Nelson Brothers

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St.
What: Dance to the Nelson Brothers Band.
Cost: $5

Saturday / Lowville

5. Meditation Sunday

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square
What: Group meditation.
Cost: $10
INFO: 661-6361

Sunday / Watertown

Creative Activities

1. Holiday Card Making for Kids

When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lyme Free Library, 12165 Route 12E
What: Make your own holiday cards.
Cost: Free
INFO: 649-5454

Friday / Chaumont

2. Ceramics exhibit

When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery, 321 James St.
What: With artist Cathie Ellsworth, native of Watertown, on display through Friday, Dec. 23
Cost: Free

Friday to Sunday / Clayton

3. Holiday concert

When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: United Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Broad St.
What: Featuring Sackets Harbor Community Chorus and Community Chimers
Cost: Free

Sunday / Sackets Harbor

4. Shoulder Season

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

Friday through Sunday / Clayton

5. Lowville Village Band concert

When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: South Lewis Central School, 4624 East Road.
What: Enjoy holiday songs with the Lowville Village Band
Cost: Free

Sunday / Turin

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

5 Things Friday- October 21

It’s the weekend!

Halloween Events

1. Rocky Horror Picture Show

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday
Where: Flashback Lounge, 1309 State St.
What: Come in costume, dancing, audience participation. 21 and over. Movie starts at midnight.
Cost: Free
Info: 775-8378

Saturday / Watertown

2. Haunted House Spooktacular

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Where: Franklin Building, downtown Watertown
What: North Country Arts Council, in partnership with The Tarot Café, Fire Magick, Watertown Little Theatre and special guest performers. View art works as you walk through a haunted Franklin building. Games, refreshments, crafts and more for all ages.
Cost: $7; $5 with canned food donation

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

3. The Haunted Paddock Arcade

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Paddock Arcade
What: A family friendly and spooky haunted house held for two weekends. Children’s and adult costume contest held. Prizes and candy will be provided to all participants.
Cost: Free

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

4. Zonta Witches’ Night Out

When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St.
What: To benefit club scholarships and community projects. Wear your best witch themed costume.
Cost: $12; $10 witch themed costumes
INFO: Kim Snyder, or 276-5966

Saturday / Ogdensburg

5. Hocus Pocus (PG)

When: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St.
What: Watch the movie Hocus Pocus with the whole family.
Cost: Free
INFO: or 785-7705

Saturday / Watertown

Fun Runs & Walks

1. 5K Color Fun Run/Walk

When: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. registration; 9:30 a.m. start Saturday
Where: South Jefferson Central School parking lot, 11060 Route 11
What: Hosted by South Jeff Class of 2018, S.O.S., and LaFargeville Class of 2020. Benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Adams

2. Walk to Stamp Out Starvation

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: First United Methodist Church, 189 Main St.
What: Sponsored by Greater Massena Ministerial Association. 5K and 1.5 mile courses.
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-6900

Sunday / Massena

3. Thousand Islands Zombie Walk

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Recreation Park, 602 South James St.
What: Portions of proceeds to benefit Riverside Preschool. Walk/run to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. Bring canned or nonperishable food item, receive free zombie makeup. Vendors on site.
Cost: Donation

Saturday / Cape Vincent

4. The Haunted Walk of Sackets Harbor

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Andrew’s Church Parish Center, 200 E. Main St.
What: Tours leave every 15 minutes. A benefit for the Sackets Harbor School fine and performing arts departments: including the Sentinels Marching Band. Event not suitable for children under the age of 9. Book signing with local author Amy Reade.
Cost: $5

Friday & Saturday / Sackets Harbor

Exploring Fall

When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100
What: Hike to search for signs of fall along the trails.
Cost: Free
INFO: 482-2479

Saturday /Wellesley Island

The Arts

1. Borderline Crazies performed by See-More Players

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Russell Opera House, 4 Pestle st.
What: It’s an avalanche of laughter with more twists and turns than a giant slalom.
Cost: Free
INFO: 347-2358  

Saturday / Russell

2. Framing the Scene

When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lewis County Historical Society, 7552 South State St.
What: Day-long workshop. Held rain or shine. Must have own camera and tripod.
Cost: $50, includes lunch.
INFO: 779-2239

Saturday / Lowville

3. Lyric Encore!

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St.
What: Songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “The Sound of Music,” “Spamalot,” “Oliver!,” “Avenue Q,” “South Pacific,” “Barnum,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Company.” Benefits the theater’s production of “White Christmas.
Cost: $30, includes dinner
INFO: 775-9996

Saturday / Watertown

4. Anne of Green Gables

When: 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Where: Indian River Theatre of Performing Arts, 32925 Route 11
What: Presented by Indian River Drama Club.
Cost: $5
INFO: Elaine Finley, 642-5521 or

Friday, Saturday / Philadelphia

 5. Ann Sweeten

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive
What:  Award-winning, chart-topping concert pianist, composer, producer, poet, actress and singer.
Cost: $20 suggested donation

Saturday / Clayton

Something to Eat

1. Fish Fry

When: 4 p.m. Friday
Where: American Legion Post 832, 248 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: 654-2101  

Friday / Cape Vincent

2. Roast Pork Dinner

When: 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alexandria Bay United Methodist Church, 2 Rock St.
What: Enjoy a roast pork dinner. Takeout available.
Cost: Free
INFO: 777-6360

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

3. Pancake Breakfast

When: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Sixtown Meetinghouse, 33 E. Church St.
What: Sponsored by South Jefferson Historical Association. Menu: pancakes, waffles, French toast, maple syrup, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fruit and sticky buns.
Cost: $7.50; children 5 to 12, $6.50; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 767-1295

Sunday / Adams

4. Spaghetti Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: AMVETS Club on the Whippleville Road
What: sponsored by AMVETS Post 8 Riders, and FA football team, to benefit the FA football team. Open to the public.
Cost: $9
INFO: 486-8692; 486-4882; 725-3842.  

Sunday / Malone

5. Make a Difference Day Breakfast

When: 8 a.m. to Noon Sunday
Where: Malone Adult Center
What: sponsored by the correctional facilities. Raffles and 50/50
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and children under 5 eat free.

Sunday / Malone

Helping Hands

1. Kayak Raffle Tour

When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Westview Lodge, 13499 County Route 123
What: Kayak raffle tour, sponsored by Henderson Harbor Performing Arts Association. Hand-crafted, wooden kayak, valued at $6,000. Live entertainment by area musicians. Proceeds benefit building of HHPAA’s 60-by-30-foot, open-air stage.
Cost: Tickets $10 each.
INFO: 938-5285

Sunday / Henderson Harbor

2. Infant and Kids Klost

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday
Where: Constable United Methodist Church
What: Clothes, diapers, toys, shoes, etc. available for free to Constable residents with young children.
INFO: Kay: 483-3256 or Martha: 483-1936

Friday / Constable

3. Fall Work Bee

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Almanzo Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road
What: List of projects for volunteers, including putting garden to bed, cleaning lilac bed, painting picnic tables and house trim. Lunch provided.
Cost: Free
INFO: or 483-1207

Saturday / Burke

4. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Book sale to benefit Richville Library.
INFO: 287-4378

8Saturday / Richville

5. Online Volunteer Tutor Training at Literacy of Northern NY

When: 7 a.m. Saturday
Where: Macomb Community Wesleyan Church, 12 County Route 7
What: Literacy of NNY always needs volunteer tutors in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. If you have a busy schedule, consider taking the online tutor training. Both BLL (Reading) and ELL (English Language Learner) modules are offered.
Cost: Free
INFO: 782-4270 or visit

Saturday / Watertown-Online


Autumn 2016: Homes Feature Story

A Cape Vincent Treasure



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United Church of Cape Vincent shows fellowship with barbecue at 49th French Festival

Cape Vincent residents George, left, and Vicki Sperry take advantage of the opportunity to dance during the Mark Mason Band performance at the French Festival on Sunday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Cape Vincent residents George, left, and Vicki Sperry take advantage of the opportunity to dance during the Mark Mason Band performance at the French Festival on Sunday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The United Methodist Church was all set up cooking hot dogs and sausages and peppers at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the last day of the French Festival, in the hopes of raising money and giving to the community. [Read more…]

Summer 2016: Homes Feature Story

A Wellesley Island Wonder

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

Stump Road home boasts top amenities, acreage for $1.9m

By Karee Magee, NNY Living Premier Properties

Photos by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living Premier Properties

Heading east from the Thousand Islands Country Club along a dead-end stretch of pavement called Stump Road on Wellesley Island, you’ll get a glimpse of a modern-style home partially obscured by the island’s vegetation, hidden away from the outside world.

The home of Carol and David Richardson is a remote oasis from the busy life that takes place on the St. Lawrence River, with the road hidden from view and the stretch of water bordering their property free from the cacophony of the main channel.

When the Richardson’s were looking for a place on the St. Lawrence in the summer of 2000, they were told that they would want a place along that main channel, but after witnessing the busyness of the area, they decided against it.

“It was so noisy that we decided we wanted something quieter,” Mr. Richardson said.

The house at 46150 Stump Road, Wellesley Island sits on an area of the river that only allows traffic at 5 mph, a perfect place to watch the boats go by without the noise, Mrs. Richardson said.

Though construction on this little refuge from the world began in 1997, when the Richardson’s bought the place in 2000, it was still very unfinished, which allowed them the opportunity to add a personality to their home from top to bottom.

Over a total of seven years, the Richardsons created a unique construction that revolved around all-natural materials, solid woods and stones. Although at the time it wasn’t for an environmentalist reason, the Richardson’s said they consider that a happy accident that came about from their desire to use materials that made the house natural, friendly and comfortable.

No room in the house epitomizes naturalness better than the screened-in porch, they’re favorite room, located off the kitchen.

0617_Homes_Homes11 WEBThe porch is made with solid woods including mahogany and cedar, as well as a fir ceiling. The floor is made entirely of local stone, including the flagstone from Hammond and the granite from Alexandria Bay.

Continuity of materials and quality were an important part of the house’s design, Mr. Richardson said. This can be seen walking back through the kitchen and into the dining room where crafted woodwork can be seen, including cabinets and custom-made columns, that was designed by a local craftsman from Cape Vincent.

Leading off from the dining room, the living room opens on an open floor plan, looking directly out on the river from a large glass window. The room was designed with the same idea of friendliness and comfort in mind that generated the use of natural materials. The Richardson’s classify the three-room area as formal, but informal.

The master bedroom is the last room on the ground floor, but it leads into the simply, luxurious master bath, with granite counter from South America, a German limestone floor and walls of cherry wood.

A large steam shower was also installed with a peaked roof to help with Mrs. Richardson’s allergies, but her favorite feature is the small window cut in the wall looking onto the lawn.

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESWhile the ground floor, though, is very natural and open, it’s the downstairs that takes the cake. Going down a flight of stairs you’re greeted to a view of the lower level of the outdoors patio through a set of glass doors leading off of the Richardson’s library.


Wall-to-wall cherry wood bookshelves are the dominant feature in the room with lower cupboards to store any number of knickknacks and collections, while the focus in the center of the room are two armchairs.

It’s the perfect place to read, Mr. Richardson said, because it’s always cool. It stays between 68 and 70 degrees.

When the Richardson’s originally bought the house the basement was empty. The library was part of a three-year plan that also included a home theater room.

Perfect for a family movie night, the theater room has a drop ceiling, sound-proof wall boards and two rows of Danish furniture, with the second row raised on a movable three-piece platform.

All of the electronics were wired by Mr. Richardson including a Klipsch sound system, a fixed screen and a projector that can be raised up into the ceiling. The rest of the electronic system is located in a cupboard in the back of the room.

Also in the back is the theater room’s bar made of black walnut wood. A wine cellar is located off of the room, which is also convenient for cold storage, Mrs. Richardson said.

0617_Homes_Homes9 WEBWhile the downstairs is very unique, in the middle of summer the dominant feature of the property is property’s land and water access, particularly for the Richardson’s grandchildren.

The stone patio is located on two levels with two doors leading onto it, one from the library and the other from the screened-in patio, and the stonework was done by Rusty Johnson Masonry of Clayton.

Walking down from the screened-in patio, the built-in steps have lights installed for safety in the evening.

On the lower level, there is a slightly raised platform outside of the library made of Brazilian hardwood and designed to resemble a boat. To its side stands a gazebo that houses an outdoor fireplace, which is perfect for the cooler weather of October and November, Mr. Richardson said.

Farther down the lawn, though, is the beautiful sight of the St. Lawrence River and its islands, some of which can be seen from the property, including Nobby Island.

Located on the water is the floating dock, which was built locally to accommodate the Richardson’s various water craft, including a hydro hoist for antique boats that can’t sit in the water for long periods and two lower floaters that make getting into their kayaks simpler and less wet.

Even considering all of the views of the property and the lake, though, the best view of the St. Lawrence River remains in the Sundown Room, a short hallway-like room above the living room that leads to a guest bedroom on one side and to the Richardson’s offices on the other.

0617_Homes_Homes6 WEBThe Sundown Room includes a sectional couch next to a half-circle window looking toward Canada that mirrors the same window above the living room’s large rectangular window, giving the person who sits there a perfect view of the river at sunset and a nice lookout toward the north.

Despite all of the work and love the Richardson’s put into their house on Wellesley Island, they’re selling the property after more than 15 years to make room for a new adventure in their life.

“We bought in Florida two years ago and we’re liking it a lot down there,” Mrs. Richardson said. “We want to downsize a bit. It’s a lifestyle thing.”

The Richardson’s won’t be strangers to the Thousand Islands region, but being gone most of the year in Florida and traveling makes it hard to maintain a house.

“We love this place, but it’s just another new adventure,” Mrs. Richardson said.

Karee Magee is a magazine associate for NNY Magazines. Contact her at 661-2381 or

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