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

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Thompson Park Zoo hopes to reopen fire tower closed since 2011

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park hopes to reopen this fire tower, closed since 2011 due to disrepair. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park hopes to reopen this fire tower, closed since 2011 due to disrepair. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

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Four-years of relief on teacher evaluations after Board of Regents action

A photo illustration of a sample standardized test. Photo by Codi  Gianelli, Watertown Daily Times

A photo illustration of a sample standardized test. Photo by Codi Gianelli, Watertown Daily Times

Teachers will have four years to relax now that the Board of Regents committee approved a four-year moratorium on counting student test scores in teacher evaluations. [Read more…]

5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 4

Happy Friday!

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Performances

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

Community

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

Art

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

Festivals

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

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Five Things Friday – June 26

Happy Friday!

Art exhibits

1. Exhibit opening

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: The Gibson Gallery, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Nearly 100 pieces of artwork by more than 50 local artists who are members of SLC Arts. Exhibit planned to run through July 31.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Gallery, 267-3290; SLC Arts, 265-6860.

Friday / Potsdam

2. Exhibit: Wedding Dresses and Organization Outfits

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave., Pulaski.
What: Showcasing 1870s to 1970s wedding fashions from Pulaski, and local sports and organization uniforms and team photos. Exhibit planned through Monday, Aug. 31.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Historical society, 298-4650 or phspulaski@aol.com.

Saturday / Pulaski

3. Multi-exhibit opening reception

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, Old Forge.
What: For seven new exhibitions: For the Birds; The National Side of Things: the Wildlife Art of David Kiehm; Melissa Groo: Glorious Birds; Heikki Jaason: 606 Birdhouses; Susan Luther Kiesel: Wild Wings; Ed Williams: Wildlife; and Obsessive Construction the Strip Mall Arts of Nate Katz.
Cost: Exhibit admission: $10; members, $5.
INFO: View, 369-6411.

Saturday / Old Forge

4. Exhibit: The St. Lawrence: Our River, Our Islands

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center, 314 John St., Clayton.
What: Sponsored by Thousand Islands Arts Center and Save the River, photography exhibition of works by Chris Murray. Exhibit planned through Sunday, July 5. All photos sold benefit Save The River and the arts center.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: TI Arts Center, 686-4123.

All weekend / Clayton

5. Exhibit: Rising from the Ashes: A Journey to Healing

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all weekend.
Where: Bay House Artisans Gallery, 21 James St., Alexandria Bay.
What: Second annual River Community Wellness Soldier Art Exhibit, planned exhibition through Friday, July 3.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Gallery, 778-5968.

All weekend / Alexandria Bay

See “The St. Lawrence: Our River, Our Islands” at the Thousand Islands Arts center, Clayton, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The photography exhibition of works by Chris Murray is sponsored by Thousand Islands Arts Center and Save the River.

See “The St. Lawrence: Our River, Our Islands” at the Thousand Islands Arts center, Clayton, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The photography exhibition of works by Chris Murray is sponsored by Thousand Islands Arts Center and Save the River.

Community events

1. Sampling Syracuse food tours

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Through downtown Syracuse.
What: Three-hour guided tour includes stops at restaurants such as Pastabilities, Freedom of Espresso, Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant, Gannon’s Isle Ice Cream and more.
Cost: $39.
INFO: Syracuse Food Tours, (800) 979-3370 or (212) 209-3370.

Saturday / Syracuse

2. Home show

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Happy Hollow Campgrounds recreation hall, 4531 state Route 410, Lowville.
What: Home show to feature Pampered Chef, Party Lite and more. Raffle scheduled for 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit kids at the campground.
Cost: Call for details.
INFOHappy Hollow Campground, 376-4345.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Homeowner workshop

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Indian River Lakes Conservancy, Burns Road, Redwood.
What: Sponsored by Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Featuring Candace Balmer, RCAP Solutions, on the importance of effective waste water treatment, and Steve Wilson, The Private Well Class, on how wells work.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Conservancy, 482-4757 or indianriverlakes@gmail.com.

Saturday / Redwood

4. Community vendors expo

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Sackets Harbor American Legion, 209 Ambrose St., Sackets Harbor.
What: Concession stand will be available.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: American Legion, 646-3530.

Sunday / Sackets Harbor

5. Garden tour

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Throughout Lowville.
What: Details, including garden tour stops addresses, found at Lowville Free Library.
Cost: $10.
INFO: Library, 376-2131.

Sunday / Lowville

Music performances

Dwight Yoakam performs 7 p.m. Fridayat Jefferson Community Collegeas part of Car-Freshner/FX Caprara Chrysler 2015 Summer Concert Series.

Dwight Yoakam performs 7 p.m. Fridayat Jefferson Community Collegeas part of Car-Freshner/FX Caprara Chrysler 2015 Summer Concert Series.

1. Dwight Yoakam

When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: McVean Gymnasium, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown.
What: Part of Car-Freshner/FX Caprara Chrysler 2015 Summer Concert Series, presented by Disabled Persons Action Organization and Watertown Savings Bank.
Cost: $49; preferred seating, $59.
INFO: DPAO, 782-0044.

Friday / Watertown

2. Lee Ann Womack

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton.
What: Country music artist to perfom.
Cost: $45 to $55.
INFO: Opera house, 686-2200.

Saturday / Clayton

3. Red Hedgehog Trio

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Saranac United Methodist Church, 8 UMC Road, Saranac.
What: With Boston-based musicians Marina Krickler, horn, Marji Gere, violin, and Dan Sedgwick, piano.
Cost: $15; children 14 and younger, free.
INFO: Church, (518) 891-3473.

Sunday / Saranac

4. Thirsty Coyotes

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Old Forge Lakefront, Old Forge.
What: Part of the Summer Concert Series. Country, rock and blues music. Bring a chair or blanket. Sponsored by Town of Webb.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Town of Webb, 369-6983.

Sunday / Old Forge

5. Madrid Bluegrass River Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Madrid Community Center, Madrid.
What: Featuring live music, workshops, fireworks and more. Camping available.
Cost: Friday, $10; Saturday, $20; Sunday, $10; weekend pass, $35; camping, $8.
INFO: Festival; Tammy Hawkins, 323-5060 or 322-4341.

All weekend / Madrid

 

Country music artist Lee Ann Womack slated to perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clayton Opera House.

Country music artist Lee Ann Womack slated to perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Clayton Opera House.

Outdoor

1. Treads for a Cure Run/Walk

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Adirondack International Speedway, Artz Road, New Bremen.
What: Registration slated for 9;30 a.m.; 5K run/walk, 10 a.m. All proceeds benefit American Cancer Society.
Cost: $25.
INFO: Facebook event page; bbuell@brcsd.org, 286-3903; ecampeau@live.com, 286-9898; paflint@frontier.com, 346-6480.

Saturday / New Bremen

2. Butterflies at the Nature Center

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Indian Creek Nature Center, Rensselear Falls.
What: Discuss butterfly life histories, plants they lay eggs on, where they get nectar from and special adaptations.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Leader Steven Daniel, (585) 732-7095.

Saturday / Rensselear Falls

3. Wounded Warrior Golf tournament

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Emerald Greens Golf Course, 1486 Route 11, Gouverneur.
What: Sponsored by Gouverneur American Legion Post 65. Tee time scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $50, includes cart, fees, hamburger and hot dogs at turn and chicken barbecue following event.
INFO: Golf course, 287-4497, or American Legion, 287-4590.

Saturday / Gouverneur

4. Canoe/Kayak the Marsh

When: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Where: DEC’s middle access road, County Route 14, Rensselaer Falls.
What: Bring own canoe/kayak, life jackets and whistle.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Leader, Tom Vandewater and Mark Lee, 265-2723.

Sunday / Rensselaer Falls

5. Cerroni Memorial 5k run/walk

When: 7 a.m. Sunday.
Where: 101 Public Works Drive, Black River.
What: Hosted by Michael Cerroni Foundation, Inc. Registration slated for 7 a.m.; race start, 9 a.m.; awards ceremony, 10 a.m.
Cost: $30.
INFO: Michael J. Cerroni Memorial Run/Walk.

Sunday / Black River

Community events

1. 50th anniversary and rededication of city hall

When: 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Watertown City Hall, 245 Washington St., Watertown.
What: Refreshments following ceremony.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Jeffrey E. Graham, 785-7720.

Friday / Watertown

2. 41st annual St. James Fair

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Where: St. James Catholic Church, 327 West St., Carthage.
What: Rides, food, entertainment, Reptiles Forever, DJ.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Church, 493-3224.

Friday & Saturday / Carthage

3. Strawberry festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Northern New York Agricultural Historical Society Museum, Stone Mills, 30950 Route 180, LaFargeville.
What: Family activities, camping available, concession stand, museum open.
Cost: Free admission.
INFO: Museum, 658-2353.

Saturday / LaFargeville

4. Family picnic fun day

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Crary Mills Playground, corner of County Route 35 and Post Road, Crary Mills.
What: Hosted by Crary Mills Playground Association.
Cost: Admission and games free, donations accepted.
INFO: Lily, 261-0510, Stephanie, 261-8181, or crarymillsplayground@outlook.com.

Sunday / Crary Mills

5. Mt. Carmel Feast

When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday; 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown.
What: Live entertainment: Friday, Les Gates; Saturday, Nick Mulpagano; and Sunday, Fred and the Eds. Rides, concessions, Sunday night fireworks, Sunday afternoon religious procession.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: St. Anthony’s parish office, 782-1190.

All weekend / Watertown

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