5 Things Friday- October 7th

What will your weekend bring?


Arts & Entertainment

1. Kotchegna Dance Company

When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown
What: Music of the Ivory Coast and neighboring African communities, featuring regional dance and drumming traditions
Cost: Free
Info: www.sunyjefferson.edu

Saturday / Watertown

2. Hungry Hearts Tour

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: St. Lawrence University
What: A performance of “Our Town” presented in Holden Hall.
Cost: Free

Saturday, Sunday / Canton

3. Squabbles

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Where: Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center
What: The Little Theatre of Watertown presents “Squabbles” by Marshall Karp
Cost: $15 general; $12 members/military; $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at Kinney Drugs, Sherwood Florist or cast
INFO: 775-3212

Friday, Saturday / Watertown

4. Learning to work with clay

When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Thousand Islands Arts Center
What: Learn how to make boxes out of clay at the Thousand Islands Arts Center.
Cost: $65; members, $58.50
INFO: Registration required, contact 686-4123 

Saturday /Clayton

5. Common Threads

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Seaway Trail Inc., 401 W. Main St.
What: Exhibit by Jeannie Brenna, quilter, author and local historian. Quilt talk with Connie and Jeannie
Cost: Free, donations accepted.
INFO: http://www.ssacketsharborquiltshow.org

Saturday / Sackets Harbor


Festivals & Family Fun

1. Coyote Moon Harvest Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton
What: Live country music, award-winning wine, beer, mulled wine, farmers market, food and children’s activities.
Cost: $3 admission, $2 military

Saturday / Clayton

2. Massena Harvest Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Near Orvis/Andrews St., Massena
What: Haunted house, clown, candy land, pumpkin painting, crafts, booths, haunted walk, live music with Atom Ghost and more!
Cost: Free
INFO: 769-3525

Saturday / Massena

3. Fall Festival at Nature Center

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island
What: A day full of fun for all ages. Craft venders, food, live music, dog mushing demonstrations, numerous live animals, many community organizations, and more!
Cost: Free

Saturday / Wellesley Island

4. Old Fashioned Cider Making

When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where:  Silas Wright House, 3 E. Main St., Canton
What: For children ages 8-12 and caregivers; St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Second Saturday Children’s program. Learn how apple cider is made and use an old fashioned cider press. Apple treats and more available!
Cost: Free
INFO: 386-8133

Saturday / Canton

  5. 7th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sackets Harbor
What: Stretching from Broad St. to Market Square in the village, visitors will be able to enjoy sidewalk sales, children and family activities, farmers market, beer & wine garden, and chicken BBQ.
Cost: Free
INFO: 646-1700

Sunday / Sackets Harbor


Fundraising & Helping Others

1. Car Wash

When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Price Chopper Plaza, near Aubuchon Hardware, 66 High St.
What: Sponsored by Carthage Central High School Music Department in conjunction with Carthage Central Fine Arts Booster Club. Proceeds benefit Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Camerata Singers trip to Hershey Park Music Festival competition in May, 2017.
Cost: Donations welcome

Friday / West Carthage

2. Spaghetti and Meatball Benefit Dinner

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: St. Mary’s Parish Center, 8412 Main St.
What: To benefit Theresa Free Library exterior repairs. Prepared by Indian River Knights of Columbus.
Cost: $7; senior citizens, $6; children 5 to 11, $5; children 4 and younger, free.
INFO: 629-4678

Saturday / Evans Mills

3. Chicken BBQ

When: 10 am until sold out, Sunday
Where: Colosse Cheese Shop lot, corner of Routs. 11 and 13
What: Hosted by Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club. Benefits club’s maintenance of 100 miles of snowmobile trails.

Sunday / Pulaski

 4. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Book sales to benefit the Richville Library
INFO: 287-4378

Saturday / Richville

5. Blood Drive

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: DeKalb Junction Fire Department, 4323 Route 11
What:  Blood Drive for the American Red Cross.
Cost: Free
INFO: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Saturday / DeKalb Junction



1. International Observe the Moon Night

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Perch River Wildlife Management Area, Watertown
What: Learn and observe the moon with the Sci-Tech Museum.
Cost: Free
INFO: 788-2738

Saturday / Watertown

2. History and Genealogy Fair: History of Tomorrow Starts Today

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jefferson County Historical Society, 228 Washington St.
What: Learn the history and genealogy of family history in Jefferson County.
Cost: $5
INFO:  Thomas F. LaClair, event chairman, tomlaclair624@yahoo.com, 285-5032.

Saturday/ Watertown

3. Maple Open House

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ken Zehr’s, Frank Kirch Road
What: Seminar with Arthur Harris of Indiana Vacuum, 10 a.m., followed by RO seminar with Eric Miller of Lapierre Maple. Discounts offered during open house.
Cost: Free
INFO: 771-2368

Saturday / Croghan

 4. Tutoring and Computer Instruction

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hawn Memorial Library, Clayton
What: Learn computer skills and ask questions.
Cost: Free

Saturday / Clayton

5. Computer Basics Class

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Lyme Free Library, Chaumont
What: Learn how to operate a computer and ask questions. Registration required up until day of event.
Cost: $25

Saturday / Chaumont 



1. Rummage & Bake Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Adams United Methodist Church, 36 E. Church St.
What: Furniture, floor lamps, pots and pans, women’s Tour Master golf clubs, Christmas decorations, winter clothing, shoes. Also: homemade mac and cheese and baked goods.
Cost: Free
INFO: 232-4824

Saturday / Adams

2. Fall Garage Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: 5502 Trinity Ave., Lowville
What: Bag sale: $2 on all clothing. Donations accepted. To benefit the Lowville Food Pantry.
Cost: Free
INFO: 376-7431  

Saturday / Lowville

3. Sauce Sale

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Brownville United Methodist Church, 333 Brown Blvd.
What: Hamburger sloppy joe sauce for sale to benefit Brownville United Methodist Church
Cost: $9
INFO: 788-9076

Sunday / Brownville

4. Annual ‘Fall Classic’ Chicken Barbecue

When: Noon Sunday
Where: Depauville Fire Department, 15191 School St.
What: Take-outs only. To benefit the Depauville Fire Department
INFO: 686-3937

Sunday / Depauville

5. Book Sale

When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Richville School Snack Shack and Store, 53 School St.
What: Sale of books will go to benefit the Richville Library.
Cost: $15; faculty, staff and students, $10; senior citizens and children, $8.
INFO: 287-4378

Saturday / Richville


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The Heuvelton Central student body turned out in force to welcome home the Bulldogs returning from Hudson Valley Community College with a second straight New York State Class D girls basketball title. Photo by Dave Shea, Watertown Daily Times.

The Heuvelton Central student body turned out in force to welcome home the Bulldogs returning from Hudson Valley Community College with a second straight New York State Class D girls basketball title. Photo by Dave Shea, Watertown Daily Times.

On Sunday afternoon, at the landmark movie marquee on Main Street in Canton, the Heuvelton Bulldogs received congratulations along with the St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team, which advanced to the ECAC Final Four on Saturday night.

Across the county in Brier Hill, the volunteer fire department’s digital marquee congratulated the two-time New York State Class D champion Bulldogs.

The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg contained some parishioners from the crosstown Notre Dame parish, who shifted from their normal 9:30 a.m. worship schedule so they watch Heuvelton and Panama tip-off at 10 a.m. in the New York State Class D girls basketball title game.

When the returning Bulldogs reached Route 812 after posting a 62-60 win and a second straight state title, they were greeted by an entourage of police and fire department vehicles that provided a deafening horns-a-blaring escort into the village.

“What a community this is. Just amazing, we had a great weekend and another party is just beginning,” said Andy Thornhill, whose daughter, senior Hannah, was part of a reserve corps that was so important from the first practice to the climax of 28-0 season.

This was a season in which head coach Rob Powers repeated that the Bulldogs’ fan support was the equivalent to two extra players on the court.

In their postseason run to a repeat state title that support swelled across the north country.

“Our support was fantastic and as you look around you see people from all over the area,” said Powers, as he stood engulfed by a sea of well-wishers in the circle in front of the school.

The Bulldogs of 2015-16 then went into their gym one last time and cut down one of the nets.

Powers cut the final strand and then handed the net to his only senior starter, guard Nathalie Barr, the ultimate team player.

Barr played such a key role as the Bulldogs persevered their way through first-half foul trouble to two-time NYS Class D MVP Paige McCormick. McCormick went on to score 15 of her game-high 27 points in the third quarter.

People approached with cameras to get a shot of Barr with the net drapped over her shoulders. But true to form, she flashed her all encompassing smile and said, “No it has got to be with my team.”

In a matter of seconds the Bulldogs, all wearing their New York State champion warm-up jackets, swarmed around Barr for a another multi-media moment.

“I think this one is a little better to me because it was my senior year. It was all a matter of getting great leadership and everyone keeping their poise,” said Barr, who capped her basketball career with All-Tournament selection after hitting four 3-point field goals in a 15-point effort.

“It feels so good because everyone worked so hard,” said Madison McCormick, who delivered 18 points and seven assists to cap an outstanding freshman season that was aided by offseason training and AAU play.

Paige McCormick thanked her teammates for supporting her inside and outside the lines when she came out of the game with foul trouble in the second quarter.

“I hated to come out of the game and my teammates were right there. They stepped up, played together and told me to keep my head up. It was just a matter of keeping my poise,” she said.

The Bulldogs kept their poise in the face of a relentless Panama squad culminating with Barr hitting two free throws to give Heuvelton a 62-55 lead with 30 seconds to play.

Relishing a second straight title and celebration Paige McCormick said, “This could never get old. It is awesome.”

Powers compared the teams rather than the championships.

“This was a different team from last year,” he said, looking back on the Final Four where his Bulldogs came from behind in both the semifinals and finals.

“Last year we kind of bowled people over,” Powers added. “This year we had to scramble and work very, very hard all the way.”

But he said the two championship teams were identical in the most important respect calling both “a fantastic group of kids playing in a community, which is a fantastic place to coach.”

By Dave Shea, Watertown Daily Times

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Cashlynn Jaggers, 17, a senior at Massena High School heading to college in the Fall for a degree in Art Education, sits in front of a mural she painted over a six month period in Massena High School band room. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times

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5 Things Friday events calendar – Sept. 25

Happy Friday!


1. Used book sale

When: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N. State St., Lowville.
What: Includes books, cookbooks, DVDs, VHS, CDs, cassettes.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: 408-2252.

Friday / Lowville

2. Farmers market

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lewis County Fairgrounds, 5485 Bostwick St., Lowville.
What: Includes local produce and fruits, jewelry, hats, scarves and prints, wood crafts, wood furniture, baked goods, leather goods, and more.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Lowville Farmer’s Market; 783-8642.

Saturday / Lowville

3. Fall craft and flea market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Donald Martin Civic Center, Pine Street, Waddington.
What: Hosted by Waddington Fish and Game Club. Antiques, crafts, jewelry, wood art, cloth goods, home decor and more.
Cost: $1 donation; ages 15 and younger, free.
INFO: 388-4251.

Saturday / Waddington

4. 29th annual antique show and sale

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday .
Where: Madrid-Waddington High School, 2582 state Route 345, Madrid.
What: Lunch slated to be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Cost: $3.

Saturday / Madrid

5. Sampling Syracuse food tours

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Throughout downtown Syracuse.
What: Three-hour walking tour stops at award-winning restaurants in downtown Syracuse.
Cost: $39.
INFO: Sampling Syracuse food tours, (800) 979-3370.

Saturday / Syracuse


1. Bake sale

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: O.D. Greene Lumber, 10799 U.S. Route 11, Adams.
What: Benefits Rodman Community Church.
Cost: Dependent on item.
INFO: Rodman Community Church, 658-4797; O.D. Greene Lumber, 232-4800.

Saturday / Adams

2. North Country Challenge

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Oswegatchie Education Center, 9340 Long Pond Road, Croghan.
What: Registration slated for 9 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. Four mile race and two mile fun run/walk. Benefits Northern New York Community Foundation, Food Bank of Central New York and New York FFA.
Cost: Four-mile, $50; four-mile youth, $25; two-mile, $30.
INFO: Sign up here; North Country Challenge Facebook.

Saturday / Croghan

3. Walk for Suicide Prevention

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Thompson Park, Watertown.
What: Registration slated for 11 a.m.; walk, noon. Benefits critical research and education programs to fight suicide.
INFO: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Vicki Hill, 221-1240 or vic059@hotmail.com.

Saturday / Watertown

4. Alpaca farm open house

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Home Again Farm, 37098 Schell Road, Theresa.
What: To benefit Theresa Food Pantry, Theresa Youth Group and 4-H Program. Hand spinners, demonstrations, alpaca obstacle course, baby alpacas, food stand, music, alpaca yarn and clothing.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Farm, 628-5302.

Saturday & Sunday / Theresa

5. Benefit for Mike Loftus

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Watertown Elks Lodge, 728 Bradley St., Watertown.
What: Barbecue chicken, pulled pork dinners, 50/50 raffle, children’s section with characters and activities. Live music by Tough Luck, Wagoner’s Agenda, FOGG, Hat Trick. To offset medical expenses following diagnosis of an inoperable malignant tumor that is attached to his spine and into his lungs.
INFO: Click here to donate; Facebook event page.

Sunday / Watertown


1. Local Living Festival

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Corner of Main and Park Streets, Canton.
What: Presented by Local Living Venture. Workshops, demonstrations, exhibitors, children’s activities.
INFO: Click here for more info; 347-4223.

Saturday / Canton

2. Fall Festival

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Camp Laurent, 6993 State Highway 37, Ogdensburg.
What: Includes making a scarecrow or ghost, mini hay ride, crafts, games and more.
Cost: $4; family, $14.
INFO: Camp Laurent, 854-6677; Facebook event page.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

3. OkTUPPERfest

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Big Tupper Lake Ski Area, 485 Big Tupper Road, Tupper Lake.
What: Sponsored by Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. Food, live music, adult beverages, free chair lift rides, helicopter rides, children’s activities, craft fair.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce, (518) 359-3328.

Saturday / Tupper Lake

4. Eighth annual Cape Vincent Oktoberfest

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Cape Vincent Village Green, Broadway Street, Cape Vincent.
What: Featuring Autumn farmers market, German food, beverages and dancing.
Cost: $20 (must show ID at door); band tent, $5.
INFO: Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, 654-2481.

Saturday / Cape Vincent

5. Sixth annual Model Train, Toy and Collectible Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Massena Arena, St. Regis Boulevard, Massena.
What: Operating model train layouts, vendors, clinic on model railroad scenery. Miniature train rides, weather permitting. Concession food stand available.
Cost: $4; ages 9 and younger, free.
INFO: Jim Shaw, 769-2088.

Saturday & Sunday / Massena


1. Crane Songs: A Bicentennial Celebration of Band Music

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Presented by Crane Wind Ensemble.
Cost: Call for details
INFO: Crane School of Music, 267-2000.

Friday / Potsdam

2. 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

When: 8 p.m. Friday.
Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid.
What: Festival spread across six continents.
Cost: $15.
INFO: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, (518) 523-2512.

Friday / Lake Placid

3. Cirque de la Symphonie

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Crouse Hinds Theater, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
What: With conductor Sean O’Loughlin.
Cost: $36 to $65.
INFO: Symphoria, 299-5598.

Saturday / Syracuse

4. 9 to 5

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse.
What: Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Book by Patricia Resnick. Based on 20th Century Fox Picture.
Cost: Fridays and Saturdays, $25; Sunday, $22.
INFOCNY Playhouse, 885-8960.

All weekend / Syracuse

5. 2015 Clayton Jazz Fest

When: Friday through Sunday.
Where: Throughout Clayton.
What: Friday, Sept. 25: Jazz on the Green, afternoon, 1000 Island Harbor Hotel; and Clayton Night, afternoon, local businesses and restaurants. Saturday, Sept. 26: Jazz on the River, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clayton Pavilion; New Orleans Night, 7:30 p.m., Clayton Opera House. Sunday, Sept. 27: Jazz Brunches, morning, closing party, 3 p.m., 1000 Island Hotel.
Cost: Dependent on event.
INFO: Clayton Jazz Festival, (561) 508-5737.

All weekend / Clayton


1. SLU lecture series: Kenneth Johnson

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Where: Bloomer Auditorium, Brown Hall, St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive, Canton.
What: Part of St. Lawrence University Lecture Series.
Cost: Free.
INFO: St. Lawrence University, 229-5851.

Friday / Canton

2. Coffee tasting and book signing

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Coffee Fever, 4256 State Highway 3, Star Lake.
What: Gourmet coffee tasting highlighting coffee from St. Lawrence Valley Roasters. Author Matthew Glavin signing copies of his books, “Adirondack Treasure – The Bonaparte Legacy” and “Adirondack Treasure – Isle Royale.”
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Coffee Fever, 848-4166.

Saturday / Star Lake

3. Family Wellness Day

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Lockwood Arena, 141 West River St., Ogdensburg.
What: Sponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Free jump ropes, face painting, balloon twisting, healthy snacks, 18-foot slide, bouncie house, balloon bouncer, joust area, obstacle course, sports arena, free health screenings for adults.
Cost: Free.
INFO: Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, 393-3600.

Saturday / Ogdensburg

4. Thompson Park Zoo Animal Event

When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St., Sandy Creek.
What: Theme: Nature is Sense-Sational. Meet local animals looking for adoption from the United Friends of Homeless Animals following program.
Cost: Call for details.
INFO: Zoo, 782-6180.

Saturday / Sandy Creek

5. Seventh annual Sandy Feldstein music business roundtable

When: 3 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Proscenium Theater, Performing Arts Center, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam.
What: Scheduled panelists: Robert Breithaupt (Department Chair, Jazz Studies/Music Industry and Director of Percussion, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio), Jack Knight (President, Samson Technologies, Hauppage, NY) and David McAllister (Vice President, Jam Industries Ltd., Montreal, QC).
Cost: Free.
INFO: SUNY Potsdam, 267-2000.

Saturday / Potsdam

Need more NNY? Check out the Watertown Daily Times events calendar for the extensive list.