Meditation: Nurturing the mind, body & soul

Jeri Haldeman teaches a yoga meditation class at Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center in Adams.

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Five Things Friday – Jan. 23

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Five Things Friday – Oct. 18

5thingsfriday-logoYELLOW1) Perhaps the quintessential fall-themed activity this weekend is Clayton’s second annual Punkin Chunkin Festival on Saturday on Riverside Drive. The festival’s main attraction is hurling pumpkins into the St. Lawrence River using model siege engines akin to what was used in the Middle Ages beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be a Kansas City-style barbecue contest for teams of local grillers, with judging at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and serving for the public starting at 11 a.m. Other family-friendly events include horse drawn carriage rides, boat tours, pumpkin sales, pumpkin bowling, children’s pumpkin smashing, a farmers market, pumpkin crafts and carving, a scarecrow contest and more. Admission is free. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

2) Among other great fall-themed activities is a pumpkin painting party at Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Center, 14029 Route 11 in Adams Center, tonight at 6 p.m. under the guidance of artist April Williams. There will be both a “name our scarecrow couple” and “best painted pumpkin” contest. Bring your own pumpkin or gourds and embellishments. Admission is $8. Visit for more information or to make a reservation.

Also in Watertown, the First United Methodist Church, 236 Mullin St., will host a fall festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, featuring crafters, a white elephant sale, a bake sale and refreshments. Contact Dave at 486-82772 for more information.

3) Check out a benefit concert for Watertown musician Ray John who is suffering from stage four renal failure and was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the bladder earlier this month. The benefit will be held on Sunday at 8 p.m. at the North Side Improvement League, 633 Mill St., with a requested donation of $5. Ray John has performed at countless benefit concerts in the north country in his 50-year music career. Entertainment on Sunday will be provided by Fred & the Eds and the Dawg Brothers, and there will also be a live auction, silent auction, raffles and food. Call Juanita Soluri at 767-3934 for more information.

4) Another great musical option is Sing Fling, a concert by Northern Blend Chorus on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. The event will feature a cappella music from classical to contemporary. The Northern Blend Chorus is an all-female group that was established in Watertown in 1985 and is a chapter of the international nonprofit organization Harmony, Inc. Tickets are $12, with a $2 military discount and free for children 12 and younger.

5) On another musical note, the Indian River Drama Club will put on the playTrojan Women,” which was first performed in 415 B.C. and written by Greek playwright Euripides, tonight and Saturday. The play tells the stories of what happens to the women after the Trojan War when their husbands and children are killed and they are sold as slaves. Drama club adviser Kristie Fuller says that the production is tied to modern-day human trafficking. It is the first Greek piece that she’s done in her 16 years in the district. The production will be in black-box style and have a Greek chorus, but be translated into English. The play will be put on at 7 p.m. both tonight and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Indian River Theatre of the Performing Arts, 32925 Route 11, Philadelphia. Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the theater at 642-5521 ext. 19109 or purchased at the door.

Also going on: The Taste of Home Cooking School will come to the Lowville Academy and Central School auditorium tomorrow starting at 11 a.m., with a 2 1/2-hour show starting at 3 p.m. conducted by Chef Eric Villegas. Tickets are $15 and get attendees a gift bag with recipes, magazine subscriptions and coupons valued at more than $60. Call the Mountain View office at 376-2321 to reserve a ticket in advance. Anyone will be permitted to check out the vendors and purchase food during the event, but only ticket holders will be admitted to the afternoon show. There will also be numerous door prizes, including all 10 dishes, from appetizers through desserts, prepared by the chef. Mr. Villegas has opened two restaurants, written two cookbooks and earned two regional Emmy awards for his popular television show, “Fork in the Road with Eric Villegas.” Visit for more information on the program.