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Summer 2016: Homes Feature Story

A Wellesley Island Wonder

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

A Wellesley Island home on Stump Road boasts modern amenities and plenty of room to roam on 9.2 acres.

Stump Road home boasts top amenities, acreage for $1.9m

By Karee Magee, NNY Living Premier Properties

Photos by Justin Sorensen, NNY Living Premier Properties

Heading east from the Thousand Islands Country Club along a dead-end stretch of pavement called Stump Road on Wellesley Island, you’ll get a glimpse of a modern-style home partially obscured by the island’s vegetation, hidden away from the outside world.

The home of Carol and David Richardson is a remote oasis from the busy life that takes place on the St. Lawrence River, with the road hidden from view and the stretch of water bordering their property free from the cacophony of the main channel.

When the Richardson’s were looking for a place on the St. Lawrence in the summer of 2000, they were told that they would want a place along that main channel, but after witnessing the busyness of the area, they decided against it.

“It was so noisy that we decided we wanted something quieter,” Mr. Richardson said.

The house at 46150 Stump Road, Wellesley Island sits on an area of the river that only allows traffic at 5 mph, a perfect place to watch the boats go by without the noise, Mrs. Richardson said.

Though construction on this little refuge from the world began in 1997, when the Richardson’s bought the place in 2000, it was still very unfinished, which allowed them the opportunity to add a personality to their home from top to bottom.

Over a total of seven years, the Richardsons created a unique construction that revolved around all-natural materials, solid woods and stones. Although at the time it wasn’t for an environmentalist reason, the Richardson’s said they consider that a happy accident that came about from their desire to use materials that made the house natural, friendly and comfortable.

No room in the house epitomizes naturalness better than the screened-in porch, they’re favorite room, located off the kitchen.

0617_Homes_Homes11 WEBThe porch is made with solid woods including mahogany and cedar, as well as a fir ceiling. The floor is made entirely of local stone, including the flagstone from Hammond and the granite from Alexandria Bay.

Continuity of materials and quality were an important part of the house’s design, Mr. Richardson said. This can be seen walking back through the kitchen and into the dining room where crafted woodwork can be seen, including cabinets and custom-made columns, that was designed by a local craftsman from Cape Vincent.

Leading off from the dining room, the living room opens on an open floor plan, looking directly out on the river from a large glass window. The room was designed with the same idea of friendliness and comfort in mind that generated the use of natural materials. The Richardson’s classify the three-room area as formal, but informal.

The master bedroom is the last room on the ground floor, but it leads into the simply, luxurious master bath, with granite counter from South America, a German limestone floor and walls of cherry wood.

A large steam shower was also installed with a peaked roof to help with Mrs. Richardson’s allergies, but her favorite feature is the small window cut in the wall looking onto the lawn.

JUSTIN SORENSEN n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMESWhile the ground floor, though, is very natural and open, it’s the downstairs that takes the cake. Going down a flight of stairs you’re greeted to a view of the lower level of the outdoors patio through a set of glass doors leading off of the Richardson’s library.

 

Wall-to-wall cherry wood bookshelves are the dominant feature in the room with lower cupboards to store any number of knickknacks and collections, while the focus in the center of the room are two armchairs.

It’s the perfect place to read, Mr. Richardson said, because it’s always cool. It stays between 68 and 70 degrees.

When the Richardson’s originally bought the house the basement was empty. The library was part of a three-year plan that also included a home theater room.

Perfect for a family movie night, the theater room has a drop ceiling, sound-proof wall boards and two rows of Danish furniture, with the second row raised on a movable three-piece platform.

All of the electronics were wired by Mr. Richardson including a Klipsch sound system, a fixed screen and a projector that can be raised up into the ceiling. The rest of the electronic system is located in a cupboard in the back of the room.

Also in the back is the theater room’s bar made of black walnut wood. A wine cellar is located off of the room, which is also convenient for cold storage, Mrs. Richardson said.

0617_Homes_Homes9 WEBWhile the downstairs is very unique, in the middle of summer the dominant feature of the property is property’s land and water access, particularly for the Richardson’s grandchildren.

The stone patio is located on two levels with two doors leading onto it, one from the library and the other from the screened-in patio, and the stonework was done by Rusty Johnson Masonry of Clayton.

Walking down from the screened-in patio, the built-in steps have lights installed for safety in the evening.

On the lower level, there is a slightly raised platform outside of the library made of Brazilian hardwood and designed to resemble a boat. To its side stands a gazebo that houses an outdoor fireplace, which is perfect for the cooler weather of October and November, Mr. Richardson said.

Farther down the lawn, though, is the beautiful sight of the St. Lawrence River and its islands, some of which can be seen from the property, including Nobby Island.

Located on the water is the floating dock, which was built locally to accommodate the Richardson’s various water craft, including a hydro hoist for antique boats that can’t sit in the water for long periods and two lower floaters that make getting into their kayaks simpler and less wet.

Even considering all of the views of the property and the lake, though, the best view of the St. Lawrence River remains in the Sundown Room, a short hallway-like room above the living room that leads to a guest bedroom on one side and to the Richardson’s offices on the other.

0617_Homes_Homes6 WEBThe Sundown Room includes a sectional couch next to a half-circle window looking toward Canada that mirrors the same window above the living room’s large rectangular window, giving the person who sits there a perfect view of the river at sunset and a nice lookout toward the north.

Despite all of the work and love the Richardson’s put into their house on Wellesley Island, they’re selling the property after more than 15 years to make room for a new adventure in their life.

“We bought in Florida two years ago and we’re liking it a lot down there,” Mrs. Richardson said. “We want to downsize a bit. It’s a lifestyle thing.”

The Richardson’s won’t be strangers to the Thousand Islands region, but being gone most of the year in Florida and traveling makes it hard to maintain a house.

“We love this place, but it’s just another new adventure,” Mrs. Richardson said.

Karee Magee is a magazine associate for NNY Magazines. Contact her at 661-2381 or kmagee@wdt.net.

5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 18

Happy Friday!

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For sale

1. Craft sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 214 King St., Ogdensburg.
What: Hosted by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Crafters. Featuring fall and Halloween items. Benefits hospital auxiliary.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-1559.

Friday / Ogdensburg

2. Annual autumn showcase bazaar

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Where: Potsdam United Methodist Church, 26 Main St., Potsdam.
What: Baked potato dinner slated for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Cost: Dinner, $7.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Friday & Saturday / Potsdam

3. Book sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Norwood Village Green, 7 Bernard Ave., Norwood.
What: Sponsored by The Friends of the Norwood Public Library. All purchases go toward library programs and services.
Cost: Select books will be $2/bag; other books priced as marked.
INFO: Church, 265-7474.

Saturday / Norwood

4. Potsdam Food Co-op open house

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery, 24 Elm St., Potsdam.
What: Celebrates co-op’s 4-year anniversary. Featuring food, music, face painting, art stations and more.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Co-op, 265-4630.

Saturday / Potsdam

5. Alexandria Bay wine festival and farmer's market

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Scenic View Park, Sisson St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Hosted by Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Featuring live music.
Cost: Admission for participation in tastings, $10.
INFO: Chamber, 482-9531.

Saturday / Alexandria Bay

Festivals

1. NNY Veterans and Community Day

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Jefferson Community College gym, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Learn about services for veterans, nutrition assistance, healthcare, disability, housing/homeless, education, aging, more. Children’s activities. Free refreshments.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Deb Baxter, 350-1412.

Saturday / Watertown

2. Cream Cheese Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Downtown Lowville.
What: Game Schedule: Painting the Cream Cheese Mural, all day, and Lowville Fire Hall Parking Lot; Feed Bag Shot Put Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Cream Cheese Plinko Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Amazing Pet Contest, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 pm., all at Key Bank Parking Lot.; Children’s events (held on South State Street): Hay Fever Individual, noon to 1 p.m., Milk the Cow Individual, 1 to 2 p.m., Cream Cheese Shoot Out Individual, 2 to 3 p.m., “Lick it Clean” Individual, 3 to 4 p.m., Dress Like a Farmer Individual, 4 to 5 p.m., and The Heaviest Catch (Team of Two), 5 to 6 p.m.; Music Line-up: Lewis County open Mike Night, 11 a.m. to noon, opening ceremony, noon to 12:30 p.m., Panigma Steel Drum Band, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Funky Blu Roots, 2:30 to 4 p.m., and Gray Matter, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Cream Cheese Festival; Roger Abbey, 376-8688; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Syracuse Gun Show

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Expo Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.
What: More than 800 exhibits and displays.
Cost: Admission per day: $6; ages 11 and younger (with parents), free; senior citizens, $5.
INFO: Syracuse Gun Show.

Saturday & Sunday / Syracuse

4. 18th annual vintage and classic street meet

When: Beginning 9:30 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. Sunday.
Where: Mary, Merrick and Graves Streets, and Village Park Circle, Clayton.
What: Includes farmer’s market, crafters, artisans, food vendors. Check online for more details and schedule.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 686-3771.

Saturday & Sunday / Clayton

5. Fall Jamboree

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Ontario Orchards Farm, 7735 state Route 104, Oswego.
What: Includes food, games, corn maze, wagon rides, magic shows, wine tastings, u-pick apples and pumpkins, farm animals and more.
Cost: Free parking and admission.
INFO: Ontario Orchards, 343-6328.

Saturday & Sunday / Sterling

Learning

1. Guest lecture: Female Serial Killers: What We Know

When: 3 p.m. Friday.
Where: Kellas Hall, Room 103, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Sponsored by SUNY Potsdam Department of Psychology. Lecture by Dr. Marissa Harrison, associate professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. War of 1812 Heritage Talks

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Eben Holden Conference Center, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Six speakers.
Cost: $9 general admission includes talks, continental breakfast and boxed lunch.
INFO: Fort La Présentation Association; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Canton

3. Introduction to Facebook

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Aims to teach basics of Facebook.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Library, 785-7705.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Wellesley Island.
What: Host Dani Baker plans to describe the process of planning and planting varieties of edible perennial plants in an accessible arrangement that is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate. RSVP required: LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or 347-4223. Cosponsored by Cross Island Farms and Local Living Venture.
Cost: $17; couple, $30; student, $10.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Wellesley Island

5. Wes Moore talk and book signing

When: 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Cheel Arena, Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
What: Book signing slated for 6 to 6:30 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m. Mr. Moore is an Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Clarkson University, 268-4483.

Sunday / Potsdam

Performance

1. Gary Lewis and The Playboys

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bonnie Castle Resort, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Proceeds benefit 1 World Foundation.
Cost: $30; gold tickets (includes reserved seating and Uncle Sam boat cruise), $50.
INFO: Bonnie Castle Resort, 482-4511.

Friday / Alexandria Bay

2. Big Fish

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Red House Arts Center, 201 S West St., Syracuse.
What: Musical by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Stephen Svoboda.
Cost: $30; members, $25.
INFO: Red House Arts Center, 362-2785.

Friday & Saturday / Syracuse

3. Dance event with NYC choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw

When: Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crane Plaza, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Two performances. Chairs available or bring your own.
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2918.

Saturday / Potsdam

4. Rhythm Riders Band

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6912, 7752 W. State St., Lowville.
What: Food will be available.
Cost: $5.
INFO: VFW Post 6912, 376-2733.

Saturday / Lowville

5. Adirondack Music, Art & Food Festival

When: All weekend.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 state Route 28, Old Forge.
What: Includes food, art and workshops and live music.
Cost: All access pass, $150; check online for individual event ticket prices.
INFO: View Arts Center, 369-6411.

All weekend / Old Forge

Get moving

. 12th Annual Walk-A-Thon

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Amvets Post 265, 5 Catherine St., Parishville.
What: Benefits Hospice of St. Lawrence County and the Potsdam Animal Shelter and Paws with a Cause. Sponsored by The Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. Sign-in slated for 9 a.m.; walk, 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Amvets Post 265, 268-0851.

Saturday / Parishville

. Colton Fun Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Colton Town Hall, 94 Main St., Colton.
What: Registration slated for 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Two-mile walk/run. Free beverages. Block party slated for noon to 7 p.m. at the  Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St., Colton.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Town of Colton.

Saturday / Colton

. The Backpack Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Theresa Primary School, 125 Bridge St., Theresa.
What: 5 and 10K routes to benefit the Backpack Program at Indian River Central School District. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; races, 9 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $20; 10K, $25.
INFO: The Backpack Run; Lia Call at Indian River Middle School, 493-4938 or liacall@ircsd.org.

Saturday / Theresa

. Ninth annual Cheese Chase

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Fores Park Pavilion, Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: 5K run. Registration slated for 7:30 a.m.; run start, 9 a.m. Looped course. Benefits USO Fort Drum.
Cost: $20; miliary, $15.
INFO: Facebook event page.

Saturday / Lowville

. Stan Bach & Martha Strouse Memorial Ride

When:10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: FX Caprara Harley-Davidson, 17890 Goodnough Road, Adams Center.
What: Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Meal included. Ends at O’Brien’s Restaurant, 226 Webb St., Clayton. Proceeds benefit local families battling cancer.
Cost: Driver, $20; rider, $15.
INFO: 686-1110, 778-9477 or 583-6177.

Saturday / Adams Center

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Five Things Friday – June 10

Happy Friday!

 

Festivals

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: anne.huntress@yahoo.com 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

Art

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

Community

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 locallivingventure@gmail.com; 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 info@adirondackarts.org.

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.

River Hospital Foundation 11th Annual Festive Evening – July 2013 at Thousand Islands Club, Wellesley Island

River Hospital Foundation held its 11th Annual Festive Evening on July 28 at the Thousand Islands Club Restaurant. Since 2003, the summer event has raised nearly $1 million.

5 Things Friday: Oct. 5

October seems to bring out the best in the north country. There are equally as many activities going on throughout the October as there are in July. That being great news for weekend warriors who are looking to spend a little more time outside of the house before the dreaded buckets of snow fall from the skies. This weekend is a testament to the notion that there is something to do in Northern New York all year round. Read on for details on one of the best fall festivals we’ve ever attended, haunted hayrides and ghostly fairgrounds, a Broadway-caliber performance right in Watertown and celebrating fall, Appleumpkin style.

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