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Five Things Friday – August 2

1) Check out a free showing of the animated film “Despicable Me” tonight at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds ball fields starting at about 8:30 p.m. The movie, which is being put on by the Parks and Recreation Department, is part of the city of Watertown’s outdoor movie night summer series. Refreshments will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Also at the fairgrounds this weekend is country singer Randy Travis at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the show, which is presented by Disabled Persons Action Organization, Toyota and Car-Freshner, are $39: call 782-0044 or visit

2) For some historical fun, check out the War of 1812 Bicentennial Weekend starting tonight at 6 p.m. with a presentation by historian Donald E. Graves and running this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sackets Harbor. The weekend will include live re-enactments, artillery and tactical demonstrations, military music, period merchandise and crafts, 19th century children’s games and various guest historical speakers to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Also on Saturday at 1 p.m. a monument to Crown Forces killed during the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor will be dedicated off Ontario Street. The weekend is free. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

3) If you’re interested in browsing some quality arts and crafts, check out the 44th Annual Juried Arts and Craft Fair at the Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society museum grounds (20950 Route 180, Stone Mills), running all weekend. The fair will feature more than 100 different vendors selling pottery, quilts, paintings, jewelry, soaps, leather goods and more. There will also be a variety of food vendors and children’s activities. Admission is just $5 and free for children. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 658-2353 or visit [Read more…]