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John Houghton, owner of Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours, takes a family on a ride around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.

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A snowshoer jogs through the woods near the end of the Stone Wall 5K snowshoe race.

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Lake Placid equine program helps first responders, veterans, find peace and balance

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W.T. ECKERT / WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Mike Neaton, Snowslip peer certified trainer, works with Charlie in a bending and focus exercise.

By W.T. ECKERT
WECKERT@WDT.NET

When brothers William and Charlie left England for America, they were riddled with stress. They feared being separated, had difficulty being around people and were even afraid to go outside.

Then they met Christian J. Irwin, who became the leader they needed him to be by teaching them how to deal with their stress and become more relaxed.

Mr. Irwin says that is what the two painted horses, like all horses, are looking for.

As an internationally known executive coach, best-selling author and Canadian horse behaviorist, Mr. Irwin has been working with Lake Placid’s Snowslip Farm and its owners, Lesley and John Trevor, for about five years on several programs that help people deal with various forms of stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Last month, he held an interactive demonstration using William and Charlie in his 3-year-old program at Snowslip Farm called Mind Fitness for Law Enforcement, in which horses are used to help law enforcement officers, veterans and first responders focus on being more self-aware and present in the moment.

Mrs. Trevor said the program, which receives funding through Homeward Bound Adirondacks, a local veterans organization, is held in one- to three-day sessions.

“We like to integrate our one-day Mind Fitness Programs into the existing training programs of the organization we are working with,” Mrs. Trevor said.

Because the program offers experiential learning with the horses, it can help organizations demonstrate skills and abstract training concepts, Ms. Trevor said.

Talking to a small group of people invited to the demonstration, Mr. Irwin said the program has several elements to it.

“One element of this is: How is the police officer literally relating to other people who are vulnerable when they are not on the job? How does that stressed-out cop go home to his 6-year-old daughter?” Mr. Irwin said, adding that another goal is helping participants develop greater emotional intelligence through dealing with their own stress.

“When they come in with the horses, the horse immediately triggers this interesting mix of curiosity, respect, fear, compassion, all at the same time.”

As a result, the officers often display a sense of nervousness, due in part to the size of the horse and their own potential vulnerability.

Just walking into the ring with a single horse can be intimidating. Everything that is basic instinct to the human is counterintuitive to the horse. When a person wants to move left, they step left, but, just like when you are working with a wheelbarrow, when you are working with directing a horse, to go left, you have to step right.

desperate for help

Internal affairs Lt. James J. Karam, a 24-year veteran of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, participated in the three-day program in 2014.

Mr. Karam suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after years of administrative and organizational stress on the job. He said that included inmates who killed themselves and assaulted corrections officers and each other, as well as the mismanagement and disorganization of the department.

“I was looking for anything to help to get me out of this routine of always living in the past or worrying way too much about the future and not living in the moment,” Mr. Karam said. “I didn’t know exactly what was going on. I just knew I was sick, I was stressed out, I was on medication and I was desperate for some kind of help to fix the problem that I had.”

Then he came to Snowslip Farm.

He described his connection and experience with the horses as a “reawakening.”

“When I saw how my stress was affecting the horse and that I needed to be in the moment, working with the animal to make him trust me … so to have that trust from something as big and as scary as a horse is pretty powerful,” Mr. Karam said. “It was like my kind of meditation when I was in there with the horses. I needed that. I needed to feel like I was in control again. I needed to feel like I was doing something good for myself.”

Mr. Karam’s “reawakening” with horses is not uncommon, Mr. Irwin said. After all, our ancestors have been with horses for over 6,000 years, Mr. Irwin said.

“We have only had technology for just under 200 years. Nature deficit disorder says the higher the population density and the more technology used, the more mental heath issues we have,” Mr. Irwin said. “Our species has lost all conscious understanding of how to naturally shepherd animals and how to manage animal behavior.

“By the time their first session is done, they realize they’re not learning, they are remembering,” Mr. Irwin said. “It’s encoded in our DNA.

“What we are literally doing here is rewiring the neuroplasticity of the brain,” he said. “It’s not just horse training, it’s the evolution of behavior.”

At the core of that is a person’s body language. Our body language is reflected in the way horses behave and react to us, Mr. Irwin said. They read us, and then they react. Posture can relay messages ranging from affection to aggression just by a subtle shift in weight.

Three self-help clichés come into play during the session: Discover the mindfulness of being in the present; realize that you can’t control what is happening, only how you respond to it; and be the change you want to see — lead by example.

“So this whole process, that the horse started stressed, the cop started stressed, the cop changed first, with the coaching, then the horse changed, then the cop felt good about the change in the horse, then the cop acknowledges, ‘I led the change. I changed, and then I got what I wanted from the horse,’” Mr. Irwin said. “What are the chances that is only happening with a horse? That is such a powerful model. That’s the big take- away.”

threat awareness

Emily W. Cummin, whose family owns Snowslip Farm, has been traveling along the East Coast with Mr. Irwin for about five years and is a certified trainer in the program. Ms. Cummin, 25, said there is a special connection between horses and people in law enforcement as well as veterans and other first responders.

“Horses are a prey animal, cousins to the deer, and as such they are aware of their environment constantly,” Ms. Cummin said. “So they have to be aware of the next threat coming from wherever — and that actually really connects to veterans, first responders and law enforcement, because they are constantly looking at their environment, they have to manage their stress and they have to view everything and pick out what is important and what is not.”

In the past year, Mr. Karam and Michael Neaton, the Employee Assistance Program regional coordinator for the state police, both became law enforcement/peer certified trainers in the program.

Mr. Neaton has also been working with the horses since 2014 and said the program helps officers deal with their “unique stresses.”

“The average cop sees more trauma in a year than the average person does in a lifetime,” he said. “This offers a way to get the mind sound and helps to allow them to think clearly so as they go into work, they have a mindfulness that allows them to be totally in the present when on the job.”

Mr. Karam and Mr. Neaton participate in the program in their free time, they said, because of how much they believe in it and how much it has helped them with their own development, as well as learning how to help others.

Preliminary studies have begun on the program to determine its effectiveness, but Holly A. Traver, an industrial/organizational psychologist and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, said assessing the program is challenging.

It is hard to measure feeling better, she said, so Ms. Traver drew from a class she teaches on positive psychology to measure what aspects of emotional processing, mood and efficacy change after taking Mr. Irwin’s program.

“We have collected some data; it’s preliminary, but it is promising,” Ms. Traver said. “Even with the small data set that we have, there was an increase in positive affectivity after just a few hours working with the horses, there was a decrease in negative affectivity, there was an increase in emotional focus coping — how we feel about our emotions — that increased.”

That’s following a one-day measurement of information, Ms. Traver said. She is now collecting data one month out to see if the effects are lasting. She said that even those with PTSD have had a decrease in symptoms, based on the preliminary findings.

“We’ve got some preliminary data and I hesitate to say what that result is, because I don’t want anyone to take it out of context, because it is so small, but it is promising and we will collect more data and see. It’s a good start.”

Boys and Girls Club of Massena staging North Country Jr. Olympics on Saturday

You don’t have to be in Rio to participate in this year’s Summer Olympics.

The Boys and Girls Club of Massena will be staging its own version Saturday at the Massena High School turf field, complete with track and field events like a 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 100-meter relay, 3,000-meter distance run, javelin throw, discus throw, and a series of other events geared toward younger children. [Read more…]

5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 25

Happy Friday!

Shopping

1. Used book sale

When: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N. State St., Lowville.
What: Includes books, cookbooks, DVDs, VHS, CDs, cassettes.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: 408-2252.

Friday / Lowville

2. Farmers market

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: Includes local produce and fruits, jewelry, hats, scarves and prints, wood crafts, wood furniture, baked goods, leather goods, and more.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Lowville Farmer’s Market; 783-8642.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Fall craft and flea market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Donald Martin Civic Center, Pine Street, Waddington.
What: Hosted by Waddington Fish and Game Club. Antiques, crafts, jewelry, wood art, cloth goods, home decor and more.
Cost: $1 donation; ages 15 and younger, free.
INFO: 388-4251.

Saturday / Waddington

4. 29th annual antique show and sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Madrid-Waddington High School, 2582 state Route 345, Madrid.
What: Lunch slated to be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Cost: $3.

Saturday / Madrid

5. Sampling Syracuse food tours

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Throughout downtown Syracuse.
What: Three-hour walking tour stops at award-winning restaurants in downtown Syracuse.
Cost: $39.
INFO: Sampling Syracuse food tours, (800) 979-3370.

Saturday / Syracuse

Fundraising

1. Bake sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: O.D. Greene Lumber, 10799 U.S. Route 11, Adams.
What: Benefits Rodman Community Church.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Rodman Community Church, 658-4797; O.D. Greene Lumber, 232-4800.

Saturday / Adams

2. North Country Challenge

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Oswegatchie Education Center, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan.
What: Registration slated for 9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. Four mile race and two mile fun run/walk. Benefits Northern New York Community Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York and New York FFA.
Cost: Four-mile, $50; four-mile youth, $25; two-mile, $30.
INFO: Sign up here; North Country Challenge Facebook.

Saturday / Croghan

3. Walk for Suicide Prevention

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Thompson Park, Watertown.
What: Registration slated for 11 a.m.; walk, noon. Benefits critical research and education programs to fight suicide.
INFO: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Vicki Hill, 221-1240 or vic059@hotmail.com.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Alpaca farm open house

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Home Again Farm, 37098 Schell Road, Theresa.
What: To benefit Theresa Food Pantry, Theresa Youth Group and 4-H Program. Hand spinners, demonstrations, alpaca obstacle course, baby alpacas, food stand, music, alpaca yarn and clothing.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Farm, 628-5302.

Saturday & Sunday / Theresa

5. Benefit for Mike Loftus

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Barbecue chicken, pulled pork dinners, 50/50 raffle, children’s section with characters and activities. Live music by Tough Luck, Wagoner’s Agenda, FOGG, Hat Trick. To offset medical expenses following diagnosis of an inoperable malignant tumor that is attached to his spine and into his lungs.
INFO: Click here to donate; Facebook event page.

Sunday / Watertown

Community

1. Local Living Festival

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Corner of Main and Park Streets, Canton.
What: Presented by Local Living Venture. Workshops, demonstrations, exhibitors, children’s activities.
INFO: Click here for more info; 347-4223.

Saturday / Canton

2. Fall Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Camp Laurent, 6993 State Highway 37, Ogdensburg.
What: Includes making a scarecrow or ghost, mini hay ride, crafts, games and more.
Cost: $4; family, $14.
INFO: Camp Laurent, 854-6677; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

3. OkTUPPERfest

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Big Tupper Lake Ski Area, 485 Big Tupper Road, Tupper Lake.
What: Sponsored by Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. Food, live music, adult beverages, free chair lift rides, helicopter rides, children’s activities, craft fair.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, (518) 359-3328.

Saturday / Tupper Lake

4. Eighth annual Cape Vincent Oktoberfest

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway Street, Cape Vincent.
What: Featuring Autumn farmers market, German food, beverages and dancing.
Cost: $20 (must show ID at door); band tent, $5.
INFO: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, 654-2481.

Saturday / Cape Vincent

5. Sixth annual Model Train, Toy and Collectible Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Massena Arena, St. Regis Boulevard, Massena.
What: Operating model train layouts, vendors, clinic on model railroad scenery. Miniature train rides, weather permitting. Concession food stand available.
Cost: $4; ages 9 and younger, free.
INFO: Jim Shaw, 769-2088.

Saturday & Sunday / Massena

Performance

1. Crane Songs: A Bicentennial Celebration of Band Music

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Presented by Crane Wind Ensemble.
Cost: Call for details
INFO: Crane School of Music, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: Festival spread across six continents.
Cost: $15.
INFO: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, (518) 523-2512.

Friday / Lake Placid

3. Cirque de la Symphonie

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crouse Hinds Theater, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
What: With conductor Sean O’Loughlin.
Cost: $36 to $65.
INFO: Symphoria, 299-5598.

Saturday / Syracuse

4. 9 to 5

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Book by Patricia Resnick. Based on 20th Century Fox Picture.
Cost: Fridays and Saturdays, $25; Sunday, $22.
INFOCNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

All weekend / Syracuse

5. 2015 Clayton Jazz Fest

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Throughout Clayton.
What: Friday, Sept. 25: Jazz on the Green, afternoon, 1000 Island Harbor Hotel; and Clayton Night, afternoon, local businesses and restaurants. Saturday, Sept. 26: Jazz on the River, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clayton Pavilion; New Orleans Night, 7:30 p.m., Clayton Opera House. Sunday, Sept. 27: Jazz Brunches, morning, closing party, 3 p.m., 1000 Island Hotel.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Clayton Jazz Festival, (561) 508-5737.

All weekend / Clayton

Learning

1. SLU lecture series: Kenneth Johnson

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Part of St. Lawrence University Lecture Series.
Cost: Free.
INFO: St. Lawrence University, 229-5851.

Friday / Canton

2. Coffee tasting and book signing

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Coffee Fever, 4256 State Highway 3, Star Lake.
What: Gourmet coffee tasting highlighting coffee from St. Lawrence Valley Roasters. Author Matthew Glavin signing copies of his books, “Adirondack Treasure – The Bonaparte Legacy” and “Adirondack Treasure – Isle Royale.”
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Coffee Fever, 848-4166.

Saturday / Star Lake

3. Family Wellness Day

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lockwood Arena, 141 West River St., Ogdensburg.
What: Sponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Free jump ropes, face painting, balloon twisting, healthy snacks, 18-foot slide, bouncie house, balloon bouncer, joust area, obstacle course, sports arena, free health screenings for adults.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-3600.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. Thompson Park Zoo Animal Event

When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St., Sandy Creek.
What: Theme: Nature is Sense-Sational. Meet local animals looking for adoption from the United Friends of Homeless Animals following program.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Zoo, 782-6180.

Saturday / Sandy Creek

5. Seventh annual Sandy Feldstein music business roundtable

When: 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Proscenium Theater, Performing Arts Center, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Scheduled panelists: Robert Breithaupt (Department Chair, Jazz Studies/Music Industry and Director of Percussion, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio), Jack Knight (President, Samson Technologies, Hauppage, NY) and David McAllister (Vice President, Jam Industries Ltd., Montreal, QC).
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Potsdam

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5 Things Friday events calendar – Aug. 28

Happy Friday!

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Performance

1. Film premiere: AKA Alice

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Kallet Theater, 4842 N. Jefferson St., Pulaski.
What: Film premiere of locally produced independent film, featuring several Watertown actors. Film is unrated, but does contain some violence and strong language. Door slated to open at 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m.
Cost: $12.
INFO: SageCatMedia; AKA Alice Facebook; Facebook event page.

Friday / Pulaski

2. The Second City

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: “Fully Loaded” performance by the Chicago comedy group that launched such careers as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell.
Cost: $25; advance, $20.
INFO: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 518-523-2512.

Friday / Lake Placid

3. Avenue Q Adult Comedy

When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, 1291 Faichney Drive, Watertown.
What: Presented by the Watertown Lyric Theater Summer Stock Program. Designed for ages 18 and older; 16 and older with parent.
Cost: $20; students, senior citizens 65 and older and military, $15.
INFO: Lyric Theater; Lyric Theater Facebook.

Friday & Saturday / Watertown

4. Wise Crackers Comedy Special Show

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Sackets Harbor Anchor Bar, 210 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor.
What: With Mike Stankiewicz and Scott Bruce.
Cost: $15.
INFO: Sackets Harbor Anchor Bar, 646-2040.

Saturday / Sackets Harbor

5. Snow Queen

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake.
What: Family show plays tribute to Hans Christian Andersen’s short story that inspired Disney’s Frozen.
Cost: $10; ages 4 and younger, free.
INFO: Pendragon Theatre, 518-891-1854.

Saturday / Saranac Lake

A performance of "Snow Queen" is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendragon Theatre.

A performance of “Snow Queen” is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendragon Theatre.

Outside

1. Summertime Bash and Chicken BBQ

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: AMVETS, 1474 County Highway 25, Malone.
What: Softball tournament, jump house, face painting, Chinese auction, and more. Chicken barbecue slated for 1 p.m.
Cost: Chicken barbecue prices: adults, $9; ages 5 to 12, $4.50; ages 4 and younger, free.
INFO: AMVETS.

Saturday / Malone

2. SpiritFest

When: 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ives Park, Potsdam.
What: Hosting Reiki practitioners, information tables, smudging station, card readers, yoga, live music, gong meditation and closing dedication to Raquette River.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SpiritFest.

Saturday / Potsdam

3. 1812 challenge

When: 7 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Race start: Immaculate Heart Central School, 1316 Ives St., Watertown; race end: 1812 Battlefield State Park, 504 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor.
What: Both half marathon (13.1 mile) and 18.12-mile challenge offered. Registration available on Saturday at the pre-race expo, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1812 Battlefield State Park, 504 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor.
Cost: Half marathon, $80; 1812 challenge, $90.
INFO: 1812 Challenge; 1812 Challenge Facebook.

Sunday / Watertown

4. Railbike Summer 2015

When: Two tours leave 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.
Where: Saranac Lake Union Depot, 19 Depot St., Saranac Lake.
What: Pedal powered trailbike tours of historic railroad between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by adult. Trips lasts approximately two hours.
Cost: Two seats, $50.
INFO: Rail Explorers, (518) 460-1444.

All weekend / Saranac Lake

5. The Great New York State Fair

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.
Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 601 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse.
What: Chevy Court Concerts: Friday: Orleans and Friends with Barrere and Tackett, 2 p.m.; Melissa Etheridge, 8 p.m.; Saturday: Dan and Shay, 2 p.m.; Buckcherry, 8 p.m.; Sunday: The Swon Brothers, 2 p.m.; Nate Ruess, 8 p.m. Grandstand Concerts and Events: Friday: Pride Day/Law Enforcement Day/New American’s Day; Jim Gaffigan, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 or $20; Sunday: Hank Williams Jr., 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 or $20.
Cost: Daily admission, $10.
INFO: The Great New York State Fair, 487-7711.

All weekend / Syracuse

Community

1. 33rd annual River Valley Mennonite School auction

When: Preview, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; auction, 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: River Valley Mennonite School, 5463 Route 410, Castorland.
What: Chicken barbecue slated for 11 a.m. Saturday.
Cost: N/A.
INFO: Neil & Tina Nortz, 346-1902.

Friday & Saturday / Castorland

2. TIPAF Endowment Fundraiser

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton.
What: With Scott Helmer.
Cost: $15 or $25.
INFO: Clayton Opera House, 686-2200.

Friday / Clayton

3. Scottish Fling

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Almanzo Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road, Burke.
What: Bagpipers, dancers, folk music by Roy Hurd, traditional food and games, vendors, demonstrations.
Cost: $8.50; ages 6 to 16, $5; ages 5 and younger, free.
INFO: Almanzo Wilder Homestead, (518) 483-1207; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Burke

4. Antiques in the Park

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Gouverneur Village Park, Main Street, Gouverneur.
What: Hosted by Gouverneur Hospital Auxiliary. Baskets, food, bake sale, entertainment.
Cost: Dependent on items.
INFO: Gouverneur Hospital, 287-1000.

Saturday / Gourverneur

5. Make your own ice cream workshop

When: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St., Sandy Creek.
What: Vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Call Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library, 387-3732, to reserve space.

Saturday / Sandy Creek

Music

1. Dan Vellone and Doug Green

When: 5 to 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: Old Forge Library Gazebo, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge.
What: Performance of local musicians. Bring blanket or folding chair. In event of inclement weather, concert moved into library.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Old Forge Library.

Friday / Old Forge

2. Alex Smith

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Athletic fields, Long Lake.
What: With Don Woodcock. Part of Cycle Adirondacks.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Alex Smith; Cycle Adirondacks, 525-9554.

Friday / Long Lake

3. Lee Terrace

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: The Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse.
What: Syracuse jam band Lee Terrace’s send off show.
Cost: $10.
INFO: The Westcott Theater, 299-8886.

Friday / Syracuse

4. Thirsty Coyotes

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Old Forge lakefront.
What: Part of the Summer Concert Series. Bring chair or blanket. Sponsored by town of Webb.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Old Forge Visitors Information Center, 369-6983.

Sunday / Old Forge

5. Opera and Broadway music

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Opera and Broadway music performed by David Pershall, baritone, and Krysty Swann, mezzo-soprano.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

Sunday / Old Forge

Art

1. Threaded

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Where: Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St, Potsdam.
What: Mixed media by Ola Aldous, DeKalb Junction, scheduled to be on display through Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: St. Lawrence County Arts Council; Facebook event page.

Friday / Potsdam

2. Opening reception: Susurrus

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Arts on the Square, 52 Public Square, Watertown.
What: Featuring drawings, paintings and sculptures by Stephanie Arney scheduled to be displayed through Saturday, Sept. 26.
Cost: $5; members, free.
INFO: Northern New York Arts Council, 661-6361.

Friday / Watertown

3. Monet to Matisse

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee St., Utica.
What: Features more than 60 impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and drawings from the collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tenn. Exhibit slated to run through Sunday, Nov. 29.
Cost: $10; students, $5; children 12 and younger, free.
INFO: Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, 797-0000.

All weekend / Utica

4. Nature Up North photo contest

When: Deadline is Friday, Sept. 18.
Where: Photos must be submitted at www.natureupnorth.org.
What: For photos to be featured in 2016 wall calendar. Photos must be taken in Northern New York.
Cost: N/A.
INFO: Nature Up North.

All weekend / NNY

5. Art sought for exhibit

When: Deadline of Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Where: Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg.
What: For ninth biannual International Juried Art Exhibit, slated to open Saturday, Oct. 3 at the museum. All artists 18 and older within 100-mile radius of Ogdensburg eligible to submit works.
Cost: Up to three digital files will be accepted with a $10 entry fee for museum members, $20 for non-members.
INFO: Frederic Remington Art Museum, 393-2425 or lafo@fredericremington.org.

All weekend / Ogdensburg

Exhibit "Monet to Matisse" is slated for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute.

Exhibit “Monet to Matisse” is slated for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute.

Need more NNY? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the complete list.

Five Things Friday – July 17

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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.
INFO: morleylibassoc@gmail.com.

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 thart@wpbstv.org; 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 haff.foundation@gmail.com.

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 indianriverlakes@gmail.com.

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.