Renovation work on Congdon Hall in Potsdam to begin this spring

A view of the Congdon Campus School, now known as Congdon Hall, as it looked just after being completed in the early 1930s. Both it and Old Snell Hall have been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Submitted Photo.

A view of the Congdon Campus School, now known as Congdon Hall, as it looked just after being completed in the early 1930s. Both it and Old Snell Hall have been nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Submitted Photo.

POTSDAM — Village officials say early work will begin soon on Congdon Hall, a part of Clarkson University’s historic downtown campus which will be renovated by developers into apartments for students and professionals. [Read more…]

5 Things Friday events calendar – Aug. 28

Happy Friday!

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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.


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.

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


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


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


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
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

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 – June 10

Happy Friday!



1. Potsdam Summer Festival

When: Friday and Saturday.
Where: Market Street block, Potsdam.
What: Live entertainment including New Horizons Band scheduled to play 11 a.m. Saturday at Ives Park Gazebo, crafts, parade. Laser tag slated for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Ives Park.
Cost: Call for more details.
INFO: Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, 274-9000.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

2. Cheddar Cheese Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Throughout village of Adams.
What: Includes contests, wine tasting, artisans, dunking booth, live music, food, photo contest, John W. Cobb 5K Scholarship run and more.
Cost: Call for more details.
INFO: Cheddar Cheese Festival; Facebook page; 232-9979.

Saturday / Adams

3. Eighth annual Lyons Falls Festival

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Riverside Park, 6904 Laura St., Lyons Falls.
What: Children’s parade scheduled for 9:30 a.m.; Lowville Village Band, 10:20 a.m. Includes games, bouncy house, food, and tailgate sale.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: or 348-2521.

Saturday / Lyons Falls

4. 47th annual French Festival

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Throughout Cape Vincent.
What: Includes live music, food, exhibits, children’s activities, community worship, antique and classic car parade and more.
Cost: Call for more details.
INFO: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, 654-2481.

All weekend / Cape Vincent

5. Krebashia Kingdom Medieval Fantasy Faire

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Malone Recreation Park, Duane St., Malone.
What: Horseback jousting, fire spinning and breathing, sword swallowing, belly dancing, traveling minstrels. Theatrical fighting troupe routines, Kiddie Kingdom, horse rides, face painting. Food, archery, drum circle, costume parade and competition.
Cost: $10; senior citizens, $7; children 5 and younger, free; family maximum, $35.
INFO: Facebook page; 518-314-9886.

All weekend / Malone


1. Exhibit closing

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Last day of Denis Defibaugh’s “Afterlives of Natural History.”
Cost: $10; members, $5.
INFO: View Arts, 369-6411.

Friday / Old Forge

2. Art market

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: Ives Park, Potsdam.
What: Meet local artists, view their work, buy directly from the artists.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 265-6860.

Friday / Potsdam

3. Literary landmark dedication

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Almanzo Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road, Burke.
What: Includes children’s art event, author and historian William Anderson to speak, Adirondack folksinger Roy Hurd to perform, food, craft vendors and more.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Homestead, 518-483-1207.

Saturday / Burke

4. Art open house

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Arts Association of Northern New York, 119 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor.
What: Demos and refreshments slated for 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Arts association, 646-3502.

Saturday / Sackets Harbor

5. Workshop: Drawing a Hersey's Kiss

When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Arts Association of Northern New York, 119 W. Main St., Sackets Harbor.
What: Instructor: Sue deLearie Adair. Graphite and colored pencil, beginner to intermediate.
Cost: $50; members, $45.
INFO: Arts association, 646-3502.

Sunday / Sackets Harbor


1. Almanzo Wilder Homestead Cocktail Soiree

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Malone Golf Club, 79 Golf Course Road, Malone.
What: Featuring special guest, writer and historian William Anderson.
Cost: $20.
INFO: Almanzo Wilder Farm, 518-483-1207.

Friday / Malone

2. Garden tour

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Throughout Henderson.
What: Garden tour of nine local gardens sponsored by Garden Club of Henderson. Ice cream social scheduled to follow tours, 3 to 4 p.m. Proceeds support scholarships for Belleville Henderson Central School agriculture students. Rain date, July 12.
Cost: $15.
INFO: 778-2642.

Saturday / Henderson

3. Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Tupper Lake Municipal Park, Route 3, Tupper Lake.
What: Featuring Timberworks Lumberjack Show, chainsaw carving, auctions and All Star Motor Sports car crushing monster trucks and rides.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Woodsmen’s Days, 518-359-9444.

Saturday & Sunday / Tupper Lake

4. A Pirate's Life for Me!

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Rock Island Lighthouse State Park, 42247 Grassy Point Road, Alexandria Bay.
What: Featuring adventure hunt, free pirate hat and treasure map. Staff to assist.
Cost: $3; ages 6 to 12, $2; ages 5 and younger, free.
INFO: Rock Island Lighthouse State Park, 775-6886.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

5. 1000 Islands Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St., Clayton.
What: Theme: “British Royalty,” featuring Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Aston Martin vehicles.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Antique Boat Museum, 686-4104.

Saturday / Clayton

1000 Islands Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Antique Boat Museum.

1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Antique Boat Museum.

Outdoor & health

1. Drumming circle

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Kripalu Yoga Center, 14029 Route 11, Adams Center.
What: Scheduled for the second Friday of each month through September.
Cost: Donations accepted.
INFO: Kripalu Yoga Center, 583-5500.

Friday / Adams Center

2. 24th annual Henderson Harbor triathlon

When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Henderson Harbor boat launch, Route 178, Henderson Harbor.
What: Presented by Children’s Home of Jefferson County and Credo Community Center. Olympic race slated for 8:30 a.m.; sprint, 9 a.m.
Cost: Iron Person, $100; team, $150. Sprint fees: $75 or $125. Must be 12 years or older.
INFO: Kristin Stockwell, 777-9272 or kstockwell@nnychildrenshomecom; Henderson Harbor Triathlon; NNY Children’s Home.

Saturday / Henderson Harbor

3. Barrel horse show

When: 10 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society Museum, 30950 Route 180, LaFargeville.
What: Camping available, all ages of competitors, flea market, Museum gift shop open.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Barrel horse show; Amy Galway, 264-6840.

Sunday / LaFargeville

4. Guided walk: edible forest garden

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Wellesley Island.
What: “Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden.” With Local Living Venture and Cross Island Farms.
Cost: Suggested donation of $17; students, $10.
INFO: Local Living Venture, 347-4223 or; Cross Island Farms.

Sunday / Wellesley Island

5. Canoeing the Raquette River

When: 2 to 4 p.m. daily.
Where: Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake.
What: Geared for novices 5 and older. Children 5 to 15 must have at least one parent/guardian present for every two children.
Cost: $30; members, $25.
INFO: Wild Center, 518-359-7800, ext. 116.

All weekend/ Tupper Lake

Music & performances

1. A Grand Night for Singing

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake.
What: Music of Richard Rodgers and lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II. Presented by Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.
Cost: $25; members, $15; ages 5 and younger, $6.
INFO: Adirondack Arts, 877-752-7715 or

Friday / Tupper Lake

2. Beatles Tribute

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: A collaborative tribute to The Beatles.
Cost: $12.
INFO: CNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

Friday / Syracuse

3. Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton.
What: Presented by The Guthrie Brothers.
Cost: $25 or $30.
INFO: Clayton Opera House, 686-2200.

Saturday / Clayton

4. Into the Woods

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Proscenium Theater, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Presented by Community Performance Series.
Cost: $25 to $50; discounts available for students and senior citizens.
INFO: CPS; box office, 267-2277.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

5. Orchard of Hid & Seek

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: St. John’s Parish House, 500 Caroline St., Ogdensburg.
What: Presented by St. John’s Conservatory Theater.
Cost: $15; in advance, $10.
INFO: Buy online here; St. John’s Conservatory Theater.

All weekend/ Ogdensburg

The Guthrie Brothers present "Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience" 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clayton Opera House.

The Guthrie Brothers present “Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clayton Opera House.

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

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!


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Five Things Friday – March 20

Happy Friday! This weekend is full of ways to enjoy the north country, so get out there and do it.

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Five Things Friday – March 6

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Five Things Friday – Jan. 30

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Five Things Friday – Dec. 5

Happy Friday! Here’s a five by five list highlighting the happenings of the weekend.

All kinds of art

1. Michiko Taylor: Life and Nature” opening, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St., Potsdam. Free and open to the public.

Can’t make it tonight? The art exhibit features still life and landscape paintings on display through Wednesday, Jan. 14. Info: St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 265-6860.

2. Christmas Presence” opening, 5 to 7 p.m. today, Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

Exhibit features ceramic art by Mary Lou Reid, on display through Wednesday, Jan. 7. Items available for sale. Info: guild, 518-891-2615.

3. TAUNY open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, TAUNY Center, 53 Main St., Canton.

April Blanchard, author of “The Woodsman’s Boy,” plans to sign books from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Refreshments will be available. Live music scheduled: Vocal Skies, 10:15 a.m.; Sweet Adelines, 11 a.m.; Goldenaires, 11:45 a.m.; Ray Gardner and Don Woodcock, 1 p.m.; Contra Tune School, 2 p.m.; Camilla Ammirati, 3 p.m. Info: TAUNY center, 386-4289.

4. Poets and writers INK, 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St., Cape Vincent.

Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Arts Council. Info: council, 654-2413.

5. Elf workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Children’s Room, Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown. Free, materials supplied.

Event designed for children ages 11 and younger. Children will leave with two wrapped gifts. Parents must remain. Bring camera for pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Info: library, 785-7705.

Exercise your body and brain

1. St. Lawrence Valley chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting, 3 p.m. today, Human Resources Building, 80 Route 310, Human Services Center, Canton.

Planned speakers are Nicole Kennedy, ACT Team, and Alison Thornhill, supported housing, of United Helpers MOSAIC group. Refreshments available. Info: 287-9780 or 265-8662.

2. Intro to geocaching workshop, noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wachtmeister Field Station, Park Street, County Route 27, Canton.

Bring GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone to participate. Remember to dress for the weather. Children 15 and younger should be accompanied by adult. Organized by Nature Up North.

3. Chemistry magic show, 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Clarkson Science Center, Room 360, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. Cost: one new, unwrapped toy or gift, or monetary donation for the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Event feautres Clarkson University professor, Jim Peploski‘s experiments, “Dr. Jim’s Chemistry Magic Show.” Show targeted to children, but for all ages. Info: Clarkson, 268-6400.

4. Early winter hike/ski/snowshoe, tomorrow, Higley Flow State Park, Colton.

Trail is two miles and easy. Campfire at the Warm Brook lean-to. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be provided. Event is all ages, and dogs on a leash are OK.  Presented by ADK Laurentian Chapter. Info: Blair Madore, 265-0602 or

5. “Let it Snow” 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. Sunday, Old Forge Fire Hall, 116 Fulton St, Old Forge. 

Event to benefit MAC’s Safe Ride and late-night alternative transportation system. Register: click here. Info: MAC’s, 369-8121.

Visit with Santa

1. Breakfast with Santa, 8 to 11 a.m. tomorrow, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 189 Main St., Massena. Cost: $5.

Hosted by Massena Cub Scouts Pack 31.

2. Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thompson Park Zoo, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown. Cost: $15, person; $40, family of four; zoo members, 20 percent off.

Enjoy craft time and a visit with Santa. Space is limited. Tickets, info: zoo, 782-6180,

3. Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Madrid-Waddington Elementary cafeteria, 2582 New York Route 345, Madrid. Cost: $6; children 3 to 10, $4; children 2 and younger, free; pictures with Santa, donation.

Meal offered includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Event sponsored by United Church of Madrid.

4. Eighth annual Philly primary breakfast with Santa and craft fair, 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Philadelphia Primary School, 3 Sand St. Philadelphia.

Planned events include pictures with Santa, holiday activities and craft tables. To benefit Philadelphia Primary PTO.

5. Santa central, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton.

Activities planned include bounce house, letters to Santa, a visit from Santa and crafts. Event to lead into the community holiday parade. Information: opera house, 686-2200; Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.


1. “One Bethlehem Night, a Musical Twist to the Story of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 119 S. Hamilton St., Watertown. Cost: Dessert theatre, $15; dinner theatre, $30.

Sunday’s dinner theatre planned to include 5:30 p.m. bus to Pete’s Trattoria for dinner, return to church for show and dessert. Reservations, tickets, info: church, 782-2650.

2. Fourth annual festival of music, 7 p.m. today, Turin United Methodist Church, 6328 E. Main St., Turin.

Planned musical entertainment provided by Gloria and Hannah Kessler, Chris and Jim Chaufty, Jennifer and Liberty Voght, Romeyn Noftsier, Gabbie Hartley; piano by Leon Austin. Donations to Lewis Coounty Humane Society.

3. Student choreographers’ concert, 7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dance Theater, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam. Free.

Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour before performance. Info: Department of Theatre and Dance, 267-2556.

4. Dance concert, 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Gulick Theater, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.

Tickets available through Gulick box office, 1 to 5 p.m. today. Info: St. Lawrence University, 229-5184.

5. Holiday cabaret, 7 p.m. Sunday, Pendragon Theartre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake. Cost: $10.

Tickets, info: 518-891-1854,

Light up the holiday

1. TIYLO’s sixth annual masquerade ball, 8 p.m. to midnight today, Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive. Cost: $35, presale; $40, at the door.

Formal wear required. Mask sales available at the door. Activities planned include mask face paintings, passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, photo booth and cash bar. Music by Fred & The Eds. Presented by Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization. Info: opera house, 686-2200.

2. Festival of trees and sugarplum ball, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. public viewing, 6 p.m. preview gala today;  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. public viewing, sugarplum ball, 6 p.m. tomorrow; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. public viewing, silent auction ends, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

This year’s theme is “Sights and Sounds of the Season,” featuring over 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances by local schools, dance studios and choral groups. Info: 785-5745.

3. Festival of trees, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Thousand Islands Museum, 312 James St., Clayton. Free.

Event features trees, snowmen, Christmas displays, and baskets of products for raffles. Bring non perishable food item for local food pantry. Information: museum, 686-5794.

4. 52nd annual Christmas parade, 6 p.m. tomorrow, Clayton.

This year’s theme is “a storybook Christmas.” Fireworks planned to follow. Donations to be accepted at Clayton Chamber of Commerce, or Karla’s Christmas Shoppe. Information: or the chamber, 686-3771.

5. Light up Pulaski, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave., Pulaski.

Santa will meet with children in Carriage House. Music on guitar by Bev Rossman, Museum house. Punch and cookies provided. Information: historical society, 298-4650,

Not enough north country for you? Check out the Watertown Daily Times calendar for everything that’s happening in NNY.

Five Things Friday – Nov. 14

Happy Friday! We’ve survived our first snow of the year. November is almost half over (where has the time gone?!). Thanksgiving will be here soon, and Christmas won’t be long after that! As for this weekend though, here are the highlights of what’s going on in the north country…

1) Shop to Share 

This is a night of tastings and crafts: wine, beer and liquor, crafts.  All donated items will be given to local schools and churches as part of Bonnie Castle’s year of “pay it forward.” For more info, call 482-4511 or 800-955-4511.

  • Beat the Black Friday Rush Sale: Today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital lobby of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center214 King St., Ogdensburg.

There will be a wide variety of locally made items including fall and Christmas decorations, house hold items, personal items, doll clothes, items for babies and much more. All proceeds benefit the hospital auxiliary. For more info, call 393-1559.

The event features raffles, bake sale, vendors, crafters and photographs. Benefits Ogdensburg Relay for Life. For more info, call Greg Denny at 528-1031.

This event is hosted by North Country Spouses’ Club to benefit NCSC scholarship fund and community outreach grants. For more info, email

  • Your Dream Boutique: Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity Church Macsherry Center, 227 Sherman St., Watertown.

Come check out new, unique, designer clothes, shoes and accessories. The bouique benefits Watertown Urban Mission. For more info, call 782-8440.

2) Be Healthy, Be Happy

The Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad is running free blood pressure and blood glucose clinics.

  • View Yoga Classes: Today from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon; tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the View (Arts Center) Old Forge, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge. Cost: $10 per class; $7, members; $75; $55, members, monthly rate for unlimited classes.

A variety of classes are offered all week at the Arts Center. Preregistration is required. For more info, call 369-6411, ext. 201 or email

  • Community yoga: Tomorrow from 9 to 10 a.m. at Yoga Loft, 30 Court St., Canton. Cost: $5.
This is a basic Hatha Yoga class for all levels of ability; no experience necessary. For more info, email or call 605-8637.
Meet at the trail head and enjoy the great outdoors. For more info, call 705-5022 or email

There will  be music by Adirondack Playboys and refreshments available. For more info, call 629-4931.

3) Appreciate the Arts

  • Artists’ Studio TourTomorrow and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days throughout the north country.
Presented by St. Lawrence County Arts Council, this self-guided tour takes you through artists’ studios in Hammond, Morristown, Ogdensburg, DeKalb Junction, Canton, Norwood, Potsdam, Colton, Parishville. For a list of studios, visit > Calendar > Studio Tour. For more info, call 265-6860 or email
Stop by for the art show and sale, with music by Capo3. For more info, call 348-8119. 

This exhibit contains the best new work by MAA members. It includes several award-winning pieces, and the work used in selecting the “Artist of the Year” for 2014-15. For more info, call 769-9914.

  • Adirondack Detective Series Exhibit: all weekend at Gallery/Quilt room, Old Forge Library, 220 Cosby Blvd., Old Forge.

The works of John Briant, author, are available for sale and on display until Wednesday, Dec. 31. A portion of each sale donated to library. For more info, call 369-6008.

This exhibit runs through Sunday, Dec. 7. It includes “On and Off the Wall” exhibit by Adirondack Regional Textile Group. For more info, call 369-6411, ext. 201.

4) Bend Your Brain

  • “A Window to the Future of Zoos: from Watertown to the World” Presentation: 7 p.m. tonight in the East Hall, room H-116, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Free.

Join Jefferson Community College, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and North Country Animal Health Center for this presentation by Donald E. Moore III, scientist at Smithsonian Institute. A reception will follow the talk. For more info, call Mark Irwin at 786-2342.

Bring your children ages 3 and older for books, storytelling, finger plays, poems, songs. For more info, contact Christine at 714-2510 or

Presented by Birdsfoot Organic Farm and Local Living Venture, this event will be a hands-on morning with Emlyn Crocker. Reservations required. For more info, email or call 347-4223.

Join in as Allison Brant teaches how to make soap using goat milk. Presented by Local Living Venture and Homestead Soap. Reservations required. For more info, email or call 347-4223.

This event is for children ages 6 to 11. Parents must remain. No registration required. For more info, call 785-7709, or email or

5) Think About Theater

  • Annie: The Musical“: Tonight at 7 p.m.; tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Watertown High School, 1335 Washington St., Watertown. Cost: $10; student and senior citizens, $5.

The performance is hosted by Rhonda Foote. Tickets are available at Seaway Plaza and Washington Street Tops Markets. For more info, call 785-3800.

The play is presented by Pendragon Theatre. For more info, call 518-891-1854 or email

Operas featured are “A Letter to East 11th Street,” “In a Mirror Darkly,” and “The Fox and the Pomegranate.” For tickets or more info, call 267-2422.

  • “The Matchmaker”: Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Canton High School, 99 State Street, Canton. Cost: $8; $5, students, seniors, tickets available at the door.

Presented by Canton Thespians.

  • Thunderchild: Tomorrow from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown.

If you miss this performance, the band will also be playing Dec. 13. For more info, call 786-6633.

For an entire list of the weekend’s offerings, visit the Watertown Daily Times events calendar.

Have a great weekend!