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5 Things Friday events calendar – Oct. 2

Happy Friday!

Giving back

1. Sonlight Missions Haiti benefit auction and dinner

When: 5 p.m. Friday.
Where: Miller Spraying, 8624 State Route 26, Lowville.
What: Dinner slated for 5 p.m.; auction, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: List of auction items.
INFO: 486-8801, 286-7408, 921-5011, 771-4749.

Friday / Lowville

2. Race for a cure

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Alexandria Central School, 34 Bolton Ave., Alexandria Bay.
What: Sponsored by Alexandria Central School River Rompers Relay for Life team.  Registration slated for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; fun run, 9:30 a.m.; 5K run/walk, 10 a.m. Proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society.
Cost: $25; military personnel, $20.
INFO: Mary Rose Warneck, 788-0664, roro@gisco.net.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

3. Benefit for Team Morgan Walton

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Clayton Fire Hall, 855 Graves St., Clayton.
What: Registration slated for 9 a.m.; start time, 10 a.m.; dinner, noon; silent auction, raffles, hourly 50/50, face painting, live band, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; chicken or pork barbecue dinner, $10.
INFO: 782-8743.

Saturday / Clayton

4. The Mayor's Charity Ball

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Where: Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, desserts, cocktails, music by Fred and The Eds. Benefits: Resolution Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties (CASA, Youth Court and Mediation), Watertown City School Backpack program and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Camp Wabasso.
Cost: $65; couple, $120.
INFO: Tickets.

Saturday / Watertown

5. Habitat for Humanity Walk-A-Thon

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St., Potsdam.
What: Registration slated for 1:30 p.m.; walk, 2 p.m.
INFO: 244-1335 or raquettevalleyhfh@yahoo.com.

Sunday / Potsdam


1. 35th annual Oktoberfest

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, 215 Johnson Road, Malone.
What: 70 local vendors, food, live music, fireworks. Held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Titus Mountain Ski Patrol and Adirondack for Kids.
Cost: $5; ages 12 and younger, free.
INFO: Titus Mountain, (518) 483-3740; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Malone

2. Applefest and craft fair

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Brookside Senior Living Community, 5701 Brookside Drive, Lowville.
What: Apple delights, music by Nelson Brothers Band from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Friends of God from 1 to 2 p.m. Activities for children: “candy scramble” crafts, face painting, balloon animals, Fifi D. Clown, Two Chicks Farm Alpacas.
Cost: Free; donations accepted.
INFO: Brookside Senior Living Community, 376-4333.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Oktoberfest

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Thousand Islands Winery, 43326 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay.
What: German cuisine, pig roast, farmers market, hay rides, dancing, grape stomp competition.
Cost: $5.
INFO: Thousand Islands Winery, 482-9306.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

4. Eighth annual Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Downtown Main Street, East Orvis Street Park and Veteran’s Park, Massena.
What: Entertainment stage, vendors/crafters, food, haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin painting and kids’ crafts, costume parade, bounce houses, movie in the park and more.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, 769-3525; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Massena

5. Fall Adirondack Get-Away

When: 5 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, 7955 Brantingham Road, Greig.
What: Guided nature hikes, wagon ride, boating, concert by local bluegrass band Cincinnati Creek, entertainment by Adirondack storyteller, Bill Smith, quiet meditation, worship and more.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center; 348-8833.

All weekend / Greig


1. A Time of Change reception

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Where: Arts on the Square, Franklin Building, 52 Public Square, Watertown.
What: Mixed media and acrylics by Kimberly Eiss.
Cost: $5; North Country Arts Council members, free.
INFO: North Country Arts Council, 661-6361; Facebook event page.

Friday / Watertown

2. Boonville Arts Festival

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Village Park and Hulbert House, 106 Main St., Boonville.
What: Includes village-wide garage sale, live entertainment, petting zoo, horse-drawn hay rides, chili cook off, cookie challenge, scarecrow coloring contest and more.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Boonville Chamber of Commerce, 942-5112.

Saturday / Boonville

3. Annual fall craft fair

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Augustinian Academy gym, 317 West St., Carthage.
What: Includes handmade crafts, food and raffles.
Cost: $2; students, $1.
INFO: Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 493-3590.

Saturday / Carthage

4. 15th annual Lewis County Harvest of the Arts

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road, Lowville.
What: Features local artists, crafts, music, food, wagon rides, children’s art barn, student art show and classic car show.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Lowville County Arts; 286-1350.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Remington Arts Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: Throughout Canton.
What: Friday: Victorian home exhibit, noon to 8 p.m., St. Lawrence Historical Association, Silas Wright House; Saturday: Annual art show and sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Village Green; historic horse and carriage rides, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout village; and Sunday: 5k fun run/walk, registration, 8 a.m., walkers, 8:45 a.m., runners, 9 p.m. University Plaza, Route 11.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Remington Arts Festival.

All weekend / Canton


1. TAUNY Jams

When: 7 to 8: 30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, 53 Main St., Canton.
What: Hosted by Gretchen Koehler, fiddler, and Barb Heller, singer/guitarist and host of NCPR’s String Fever.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: TAUNY, 386-4289 or programs@tauny.org.

Friday / Canton

2. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Performance by the 30-year-old ensemble.
Cost: $20 to $50; students, $15.
INFO: Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain; SUNY Potsdam; Community Performance Series, 267-2277.

Friday / Potsdam

3. Dueling Pianos

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St., Carthage.
What: Performance by the Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos Company. Sponsored by Carthage Area Hospital. Mix and mingle slated for 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30.
INFO: Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, 493-0114; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Carthage

4. 13th annual Sing Fling

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Performance by the Northern Blend Chorus.
Cost: $15; students, senior citizens and military, $12; ages 12 and younger, free.
INFO: Northern Blend Chorus.

Saturday / Watertown

5. Love & The Outcome

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Watertown.
What: Performance by husband/wife duo of singer/songwriter Jodi King and bass player/songwriter Chris Rademaker. Presented by CNY Crossroads.
Cost: $15.
INFO: CNY Crossroads, 214-7333; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Syracuse


1. Cuse Comedy Showcase Featuring Paul Landwehr

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Seven local comics compete for a cash prize.
Cost: $12.
INFO: CNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

Friday / Syracuse

2. Terror at the Track

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Evans Mills Speedway, Route 11, Evans Mills.
What: Featuring Evil Villian Tower, Terrifying Clown Circus with Freak Show, Body Barn and Haunted Hillbilly Ride.
Cost: $12; four attractions, $20; children, $5.
INFO: Terror at the Track.

Friday & Saturday / Evans Mills

3. Iva Bittová concert with Antonin Fajt

When: 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.
What: Slovak songs of Bela Bartok, arranged by Vladimír Godár for voice and string quartet.
Cost: $20.
INFO: Pendragon Theatre, (518) 891-1854; Iva Bittova.

Saturday / Saranac Lake

4. Fulton Community Theatre presents Night, Mother

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: CNY Arts Center, Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus, 11 River Glen Plaza, Fulton.
What: A play by Marsha Norman. Directed by William Edward White. Starring Kasey McHale and Beverly Cooney Poznoski.
Cost: $12; seniors and students, $10.
INFO: Fulton Community Theatre, 598-2787.

All weekend / Fulton

5. SU Drama presents Kiss Me, Kate

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.
What: Musical featuring Cole Porter songs and inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Cost: $17 to $19.
INFO: SU Drama.

All weekend / Syracuse

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5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 4

Happy Friday!

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1. Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: With husband and wife stars Korrie and Josh Taylor.
Cost: $12.
INFO: Central New York Playhouse, 885-8960.

Friday / Syracuse

2. Don't Feed The Actors

When: Dinner, 6:30 p.m., show, 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Featuring Syracuse longest-running improv comedy troupe.
Cost: Dinner and show, $25; show only, $12.
INFO: Central New York Playhouse, 885-8960.

Saturday / Syracuse

3. David Kim benefit concert

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Benefits the center’s performing arts department.
Cost: $15; members, $12.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

Sunday / Old Forge

4. The Seagull

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.
What: A new take on Chekhov’s play.
Cost: $30 ; ages 65 and older, $27; students with ID, $20 ; matinee shows, $15.
INFO: Pendragon Theare, (518) 891-1854.

All weekend / Saranac Lake

5. The Scintas

When: 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Featuring one of the most successful acts on the Las Vegas strip.
Cost: $30 to $45; dinner tickets, $47.50.
INFO: Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina, 482-4511 or 800-955-4511; Facebook event page.

All weekend / Alexandria Bay


1. Twentieth annual Antique Car Show

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Amvets Post 262, 5082 County Route 56, Colton.
What: Registration slated for 10 a.m. Several classes available. Prizes, crafts, vendors, food, beverages and games.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Amvets, 262-2507.

Saturday / Colton

2. Busted Grapes Winery grand opening

When: 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Busted Grapes Winery, Corner of State Route 126 and Ball Road., Black River.
What: Six varieties of wine made from New York State grapes available.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Busted Grapes Winery, 519-7574 or bustedgrapes@yahoo.com.

Saturday / Black River

3. Eddy's Caribbean Cuisine celebration

When: Noon  to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Eddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, 126 Franklin St., Watertown.
What: Includes live music.
Cost: Menu samples, $1 each.
INFO: Eddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, 863-7778.[/expand

Saturday / Watertown

4. Chicken barbecue and bake sale When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Walmart, 25737 U.S. Route 11, Evans Mills.
What: Benefits Indian River Pop Warner football.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Facebook event page.

Sunday / Evans Mills

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: Friday: Traditional Six Nations Dancers, 1 p.m.; The Ripcords, 2 p.m.; and Fifth Harmony, 8 p.m.; Saturday: TBA, 2 p.m.; and The Jacksons, 8 p.m.; Sunday: R5, 2 p.m.; and Steve Miller Band, 8 p.m. Grandstand concerts and events: Sunday, Sept. 6:P Demolition Derby, 1 p.m.; Monster Truck Show Party, 6 to 7 p.m.; All Star Monster Truck Show and Freestyle Motocross, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 (includes both shows); party in the pit, $5.
Cost: Daily admission, $10.
INFO: The Great New York State Fair, 487-7711.

All weekend / Syracuse

For a good cause

1. Lowville Food Pantry annual garage sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: 5502 Trinity Ave., Lowville.
What: Benefits food pantry.
INFO: Lowville Food Pantry, 376-7431.

Friday & Saturday / Lowville

2. Watertown blood drive

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Fairgrounds YMCA, 585 Rand Drive, Watertown.
What: Run by the Red Cross.
INFO: Red Cross, 800-RED-CROSS.

Saturday / Watertown

3. Adams blood drive

When: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: American Legion Post 586, 10 S. Main St., Adams.
What: Run by the Red Cross.
INFO: Red Cross, 800-RED-CROSS.

Saturday / Adams

4. Carthage Lions Club can and bottle drive

When: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Where: The Church Street Diner, 107 Church St., Carthage.
What: Sponsored by Carthage Lions Club.
INFO: Carthage Lions Club.

Saturday / Carthage

5. Benefit for Joey Chapman

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Mud Puppy Bait Shop, 6732 Pine Grove Road, Glenfield.
What: Food, 50/50 raffles, silent auction, bake sale. Proceeds to be used for medical and funeral expenses for Joey’s wife, Tina.
INFO: Muddy Puppy Bait Shop, 376-3047.

Saturday / Glenfield


1. Opening reception: Re-imagine

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Adirondack Artists Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.
What: Drawings and mixed media images by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda slated for display through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda; Adirondack Artists Guild, (518) 891-2615.

Friday / Saranac Lake

2. Opening reception: The Other Eye

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: NorthWind Fine Arts, 11 Woodruff St., Saranac Lake.
What: Work of Cat Micheels and Catherine Hartung slated for display through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: NorthWind Fine Arts, (518) 354-1875.

Friday / Saranac Lake

3. Opening reception: 3 Artist Unchained

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd, Old Forge.
What: Featuring work by sculptress Suzanne Mulvihill Firsching, painter Stephen Fletcher and sculptor and painter Albert Casatelli. Exhibit slated to run through Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Old Forge Library, 369-6008.

Friday / Old Forge

4. Ruth Haley Collection of Postcards

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Potsdam Public Museum, 2 Park St., Potsdam.
What: Circa United States, Europe and South America from 1930s to 1970s, slated for exhibit through Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Cost: Suggested $1 donation.
INFO: Potsdam Public Museum, 265-6910.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

5. Plein air paint out and art auction

When: Friday and Saturday.
Where: Paint out throughout Old Forge; Auction slated for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at View Arts Center, 3273 state Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Paint out slated for Thursday through Saturday.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

Friday & Saturday / Old Forge


1. Farm 2 Fork Festival

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Riverside Park, Saranac Lake.
What: Vendors slated to show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; food tasting stations open, 11 a.m.; music, noon; food art judging, 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Tasting ticket, $15, allows “free-range graze” at stations of your choice.
INFO: Farm 2 Fork; (518) 586-1063.

Saturday / Saranac Lake

2. Upstate Comic Con

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Louisville Arena, 44 Arena Drive, Chase Mills.
What: Collectible card game tournaments, panels, special guests, art and cosplay contests, comic book vendors. Benefits Massena Boys and Girls Club.
Cost: $12; VIP, $20.
INFO: Casondra Arquitte, 296-4447; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Chase Mills

3. Blues at the winery

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay.
What: Live bands, wine and beer, wine tastings, tours.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: TI Winery, 482-9306.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

4. Skewed Brew Fest

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Madison Barracks Polo Field, Sackets Harbor.
What: Live music by Annie in the Water and Harrison B.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Skewed Brewing, 788-2337.

Saturday / Sackets Harbor

5. Hobofest

When: Noon Sunday.
Where: Riverside Park, Saranac Lake.
What: Showcase of American roots-style music. Featuring Kaatskillachia and Mike & Ruthy Band.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Hobofest, 523-5842.

Sunday / Saranac Lake

Need more to do? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar.

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 – Oct. 31


Five Things Friday!

Happy Halloween! And, of course, happy Friday. This weekend brings a change of clocks (fall back), perhaps a few flakes of snow and a whole slew of fun happenings around the north country. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out the map!

1) First up this week we have (you guessed it) Halloween events. Today, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., you can visit the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., Old Forge, for a Halloween Costume Contest and Party. Prizes will be awarded in both adult and children’s costume categories. There will be photos, refreshments and craft making. For more information, call the library at 369-6008. What’s Halloween without trick or treating? If the weather proves foul, take your little ghosts and fairies to the Mall-O-Ween “All Treats” Event tonight at Salmon Run Mall, 21182 Salmon Run Mall Loop West, Watertown. Mall-wide trick or treating is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; photos by Creative Imaging and activity center by Fidelis Care New York are from 4 to 7 p.m. in the center court. A portion of the photo proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. If you happen to be trick or treating around the St. Lawrence University area tonight, be sure to stop at their Theme Cottages! From 4 to 6 p.m., theme cottage residences identified by bright yellow paper pumpkins hung in front of the houses will welcome community trick-or-treaters. A few of the cottages included are the LIGHThouse, 17 College St., Canton; Habitat for Humanity, 50 Park St., Canton; Black Student Union, 52 Park St., Canton. For a complete list, click here. For more information, contact the SLU Office of Residence Life at 229-5250. After the kids are asleep and the babysitter arrives, head over to the Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay, for the Monster Mash, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be live music, and don’t worry – no costumes required. For more information, call the resort at 482-4511. If you’re a further south and a fan of the costume option, you can attend the 9th Annual Halloween Costume Party at The Paddock Club, 1 Public Square, Watertown, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Club will offer drink specials. There is no cover. The bar opens at 2 p.m., and will close at 2 a.m.; the kitchen will be open until 9 p.m. For more information, call The Paddock Club at 786-6633. Today and tomorrow, Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Seaway Ave., Alexandria Bay, is hosting a Halloween Weekend. Costumes are encouraged. On Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m., you can get a psychic reading from Wilson Stevenson. The cost for the reading is $5. The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the winery at 482-9306 or info@thousandislandswinery.com.

2) This weekend holds an interesting array of musical events. Tonight at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., the Crane Clarinet Choir is holding their Halloween Concert at 7:30. The choir will perform everything from Romantic classics to rock and roll anthems. The concert is free and open to the public. Can’t make it up there? View it on their website here. For more information, contact Alexandra Jacobs at 267-2718. This evening, you can check out the SoundSandBox at Launders Underground, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, at 8 p.m. The ensemble, directed by David Henderson, will provide live accompaniment to the 1927 silent film “The Cat and the Canary.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the university at 229-5184. Join in a Latin Dance Party tomorrow from 9 p.m. to midnight at Between the Buns Sports Bar, 6 Elm St., Potsdam. Salsa dance lessons will be offered from 9 to 10 p.m., and then the dance party begins. The event will feature the Crane Latin Ensemble. There will be a cash bar and equal exchange chocolate sale. Tickets are $12; $7, students. Tickets are available at Northern Music, 29 Market St., Potsdam, Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St., Canton, and at the door. Proceeds will benefit Little River Community School. For more information, call the school at 379-9474. Next up, we have a great Halloween season tradition: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be showing at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Clayton Opera House,  405 Riverside Drive, Clayton. You’re invited to dress up as your favorite character. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. The event is sponsored by Rainbow International, Music for Mission and Community Broadcasters. For more information, contact the opera house at 686-2200.

3) This weekend brings a couple art events. This Sunday is the last day you can catch the “What Now” exhibit of photographs by Eleanor Sweeney at the Adirondack Artist Guild, 52 Main St., Saranac Lake. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the guild at 518-891-2615. In terms of art creation for the younger generation, you and yours can attend Art with the Animals at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. The kids can create an art or craft project inspired by the zoo animals. The cost is $7; members, $5. For information or to register, contact the zoo at 782-6180. Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths,  is hosting an opening reception for “What the Rocks Remember,” paintings by Sandra Hildreth and photographs by Karla Brieant, from 2 to 5 p.m. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call the visitor center at 518-327-6241.

4) What’s a weekend in the north country without a few craft fairs? Tomorrow the Altar Rosary Society of St. Patrick’s Church is holding their Holiday Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus, 138 County Route 50, Brasher Falls, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be available. There is free parking. Admission is $1; students, 50 cents; children 4 and younger, free. The Women’s Organization Craft Fair is also tomorrow. This event is at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; enter through the gym only. The event will benefit scholarship given annually. Admission is $2; $1, with JCC student ID. For more information, contact the college at 786-2200. If you’re in Philadelphia tomorrow, you can stop by the 4th Annual North Country Department Store at Indian River Middle School, off Route 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include local shop owners, service providers, artisans, farmers and producers. There will be drawings for gifts from vendors at the show. For more information, call 786-0284. Last up for craft events is the Potsdam Winter Market, which is tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. For more information, contact Laura Popielski at 716-725-7782 or email thepotsdamfarmersmaket@gmail.com.

5) The last on the list this week is brain food. Today from 1 to 2 p.m. is a Webinar for National Bioenergy Day, hosted by professor Philip K. Hopke at CAMP Room  175, Clarkson University, Potsdam. The lecture is “Advancing the Use of Wood Pellets as an Important Residential and Commercial Fuel.” For more information on how to view from home, click here. This is the last weekend to browse through Flower Memorial Library‘s Book Sale at 229 Washington St., Watertown. The sale is cash only and the prices are as follows: books, $1; paper backs, 50 cents; children’s books, 25 cents. The sale takes place during library hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A bag sale begins tomorrow. For more information, call the library at 785-7705. During the Women’s Organization Craft Fair tomorrow, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet children’s book author Richard Mickelson, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Mr. Michelson wrote such book as “The Wizard of OZ, Where Is He Now?,” “Richie and the Baby Girl,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Gets a Puppy,” “Richie’s Glorious Valentine Adventure,” “Richie the Teddy Bear’s Amazing Halloween Adventure,” “Richie and the Baby Boy,” “Richie the Teddy Bear Who Saved Christmas” and “The Frog Who Jumped Over the Moon.” For more information, call 405-458-5642 or email Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com. If you’d like to review your own work with fellow writers of all ages and genres, you can attend Cape Vincent Art Council‘s Poets and Writers INK tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cape Vincent Community Library, 157 N. Real St. For more information, call Liz Kelly at 654-2413. If you happen to be in the Philadelphia area tomorrow, there’s another book signing happening: Dave Shampine and Daniel T. Boyer will be signing for their book “The Jefferson County Egan Murders, Nightmare on New Year’s Eve 1964,” at the Indian River Middle School, 3 Sand St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clarkson is holding another lecture tomorrow, at 11 a.m., entitled  “Facebook, Twitter, Smart Phone, iPod, TV, Red Bull: Now I’m Ready to Study.” Art Bell, Clarkson University director of Center for Excellence and Learning, will be speaking on the topic as part of the Teaching Effectiveness Conference at St. Lawrence University. For more information, contact Ben Dixon at bdixon@stlawu.edu. What’s better than feeding your brain AND keeping that brain locally minded? Tomorrow is the deadline for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce‘s essay contest, “Why Shop Local and Support Local Business.” Submit your 500-word essay sharing insight on importance of shopping local to Sara Carpenter. She can be reached at 788-4400 or marketing@watertownny.com. Finally, we’ve got a nature activity for you – a sound body is a sound mind, right? Tomorrow, Robert Moses State Park, 19 Robinson Bay Road, Massena, is hosting a Fall Walk at its Nature Center, from 1 to 3 p.m. This hike is going to be guided by naturalist Tanya Spicer. It’s going to be a chilly weekend, so don’t forget to dress for the weather! To preregister or get more information, contact the Nature Center at 705-5022 or ncrebirth@yahoo.com.

Those are just a handful of all the fun things going on in the north country this weekend! As always, have a fun and safe time, and send us your events for next weekend!

Five Things Friday – Oct. 3

Happy Friday! Happy October! We’re more than a week into autumn, and it’s really starting to feel like it. The leaves are changing, and starting to fall. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. And people are starting to celebrate the season… [Read more…]

Five Things Friday – Oct. 4

5thingsfriday logoGREEN1) Attend a performance by Jen Chapin, a musician, activist and educator, at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton on Saturday, called “Story Songs.” The concert is presented by WPBS of Northern New York and Eastern Ontario and is a benefit for the museum. Ms. Chapin is the daughter of folk-singing legend Harry Chapin. She tells stories that range from the demands of mothering small children to an indictment of militaristic and security-obsessed culture on her latest album, “Reckoning,” which blends elements of folk, rock and jazz. Chris Brown of Wolfe Island, Ontario, will perform the opening act for the show, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Stone Building on the ABM campus. Tickets are $10 at the door, which includes one drink.

2) Several local businesses are putting together a chicken barbecue and car wash benefit for the Watertown Urban Mission from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 120 Breen Ave. A hamburger or hot dog, chips and a soda will be available for $3 and any donation is accepted for the car wash. The event will also include a supply drive of items such as nonperishable food, frozen meats and winter items to help the group organize Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

3) Celebrate fall and the month of October at Thousand Islands Winery’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 43326 Seaway Ave. The event will include live music by Mike Shaw and Erin Monnate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Enzian Bavarian Band and Wagner’s Agenda from 3 to 7 p.m. Wine and beer will be sold by the glass and food includes German cuisine and a pig roast. There will also be a grape stomp competition, hay rides and numerous local vendors. Tickets, sold at the gate, are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military, and free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $4 and $3 respectively. Call the winery at 482-9306 or visit www.thousandislandswinery.com for more information.

4) About 30 craft vendors will sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Augustinian Academy gymnasium, 317 West St. in Carthage on Saturday during the Augustinian Academy Craft Fair. Items for sale will include handmade clothing, photography, maple products, jewelry, pet items, children’s toys and clothes, quilts, candles, accessories and holiday items. Admission is free, but students will sell food as part of a fundraiser for the academy.

5) The Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 3044 Route 13 in Pulaski. The event includes a presentation of museum initiatives at 1 p.m., refreshments, guided tours, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and door prizes. The museum’s collection of artifacts from all over the world that date as far back as the 16th Century was relocated to Pulaski from the Gladding International Fishing Museum in South Otselic, New York in 2003. The museum is open every weekend this month and holds “a night at the museum” from 6 to 8 p.m. on the third Friday of every month. Call the museum at 298-2213 or visit its Facebook page for more information.

Also going on: The Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York is putting on a free astronomy event tonight at 8 p.m. at the Perch River Wildlife Management Area on Vaadi Road. The center’s staff will guide stargazers in finding constellations using telescopes. In the event of overcast weather, the event will be postponed until Saturday and a recording will be placed on the Sci-Tech astronomy-observing phone line at 788-2738.

Five Things Friday – July 12

From perennial favorites like the Jefferson County Fair to the unique French Festival, don’t miss these five great events this weekend!

1) Celebrate agriculture and delicious New York cheddar at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Adams. Opening ceremonies with representatives from Great Lake Cheese, Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, Mayor Patricia Sweetland, Supervisor David Kellogg and Legislator Mike Behling will be held at 10 a.m. at the Village Green. A mac & cheese contest will take place in the gazebo at 12 p.m. There will also be wine tasting of local wines in the pavilion; more than 50 jewelry, pottery, glass, clothing and antique vendors on the Village Green, Main Street, East Church Street and Sixtown; a dunking booth; a farmers market; live music all day; cheese block carving by world-renowned ice carver Jerry Merrill; Ripley House Museum tours; food including chicken barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, fried dough, pulled pork, cheese curd and slushies; and the John W. Cobb 5K Scholarship Run at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.

2) The 196th Jefferson County Fair is running this week through Sunday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. Gate admission is $5 Friday and Saturday, $4 Sunday and free for children five and younger. Admission is free for military with ID on Saturday. Parking on the grounds is $3 and free at JCC. One of this year’s main attractions is Hall’s Bear Mountain Wildlife Show, which runs three times every day of the fair. Rides include the Super Himalaya, Sky Flyer, Wild Claw, a merry-go-round, a ferris wheel and multiple funhouses. Wristbands for rides are $21. The fair also features an array of livestock from the north country and, of course, the best of delicious fair food. [Read more…]