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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A Day in the Life of an Instructor

ANTHONY MACHIA / NNY LIVING
Blake Dolan, Snow Ridge ski instructor, assists student Mason Lee down the hill.

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Out with the Old, In with The New: Embracing alternative traditions

BY: Sarah Compo
For many, a new year means “out with the old and in with the new.” The same goes for elements of a wedding ceremony or reception. While there are certain trends that will never go away, 2018 brings with it a host of fresh ideas for couples looking to put a new twist on old traditions.  Here is a look at some of the most popular wedding trends for 2018:

A new focus on the after party:

                For most couples, the bulk of wedding planning has traditionally focused on the reception. However, more and more people are investing time—and money—into the “after party.” The after party can be as simple as telling guests to meet at a nearby watering hole—with or without the open tab—or as elaborate as reserving a space at a conveniently located bar or restaurant, with décor, snacks, etc.

Marble and copper-the new “it” décor combo:

                In recent years, sparkles and rose gold have dominated wedding décor. This year, many couples are taking cues from one of the most popular pairings for the home—marble and copper. 

Ditching cake for donuts:

                Couples aren’t quite ready to fully do away with the traditional wedding cake, but many are choosing to have a smaller cake—for picture and cutting purposes—and then serving more unique desserts, like donuts, to guests.

Adding color with candles:

                In recent years, more and more couples have moved away from the traditional white or ivory candles and are opting for colored candles to add a splash of color. Colored candles—think pinks, blues or purples—are an easy, unexpected way to jazz up your décor without breaking the bank.

Doing away with doing it all yourself:

                For couples, one of the biggest stressors is finding loved ones who can take care of the little details and help their day run smoothly. Today, more couples are choosing to hire a “day-of-coordinator” who can help them on the day of with everything from setting up their reception space and running last minute errands to paying vendors and helping clean up.

Picture this-alternatives to the traditional photo booth:

                From unique backdrops to vintage camera booths, there are new and exciting options for those who are looking for something other than the classic wedding photo booth. Look no further than Pinterest for ideas on how you can make your own, or locate a professional who can provide services for you.

 

Artful Living Profile: Duane Smith

DAYTONA NILES / NNY LIVING
Duane Smith grows fig trees in his own backyard, he has been growing them for years and he liked to incorporate them in his art and in his cooking.

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Something Old is Something New: Vintage setups are all the rage at weddings for 2017

Photo by: Jovial Photography

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Connecting With Life Through NNY Rivers

JUSTIN SORENSEN / NNY LIVING
Ginger Anson and Reese Anson, 8, explore an area of the Black River in Glen Park where they’d often picnic, covered in water after rain and melting snow.

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Make love a wonderful part of all your holiday traditions

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Drink in a bountiful fall harvest

A rainbow appears above the vineyard at Coyote Moon Winery, Clayton.

A rainbow appears above the vineyard at Coyote Moon Winery, Clayton.

Northern New York wineries share ‘labor of love’ with communities

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Teacher shortage gives NNY schools grief during hiring season

Northern New York school officials find it difficult to fill teaching positions as the state faces a shortage of students coming out of teacher preparation programs, but they have several different opinions about what is causing the problem. [Read more…]

Patriot Project is marking graves of NNY Revolutionary War soldiers

A local patriot project hopes to ensure that sacrifices made by north country soldiers of the Revolutionary War will be noticed, appreciated and not forgotten. [Read more…]