Five Things Friday – June 12

Happy Friday! Here are 25 ways to celebrate life in the north country.


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Five Things Friday – Aug. 9

1) A favorite Watertown event now in its fifth year, don’t miss an evening of delicious food, drink and revelry at Brew at the Zoo on Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. Admission gets you the chance to sample more than 65 different beers from New York state breweries, as well as food from more than a dozen north country restaurants while browsing the zoo at sunset. There will also be live music provided by Benjamin Sacci Plante, Satchmo Pops and Fox Richardson. Pre-sale tickets for individuals (21 plus) is $30; military, $25; group of six, $150. Tickets will also be sold at the event door for $35. Ticket sales go to supporting the zoo’s operations. For tickets and more information, visit or the event’s Facebook page.

2) In Ogdensburg, check out another great opportunity for local food and beverages at the North Country Wine, Beer & Food Festival, running Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Lockwood Arena. For only $5 admission, you can sample wines, craft beers and specialty north country foods. Vendors will sell New York cheese, maple and honey products, specialty olive oils, vinegars, spices, baked goods, freshly roasted coffee, organic vegetables and much more. For more information, contact the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce: 393-3620.

3) Also up north, the hilarious musical Little Shop of Horrors plays Saturday at both 2 and 7:30 p.m at Snell Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Community Performance Series is putting on the production.  Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical about a florist who grows a plant that eats human flesh and blood. Tickets to the afternoon performance are $25/20 for adults; $15/$10 for students and seniors; and $10/$5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets to the evening performance are $30/$25 for adults; $20/$15 for students and seniors; and $15/$10 for children 12 and younger. Call the box office at 267-2277 or visit [Read more…]

A perfect respite for a busy family: Right at home in eclectic mix of cottage, traditional styles

Peggy DeYoung

What is the perfect house for a busy family of four plus two energetic dogs?

This new home was inspired by the Arts-and-Craft style and built in a quiet neighborhood near the St. Lawrence River in Clayton. Nicole and Eric Listemann wanted to design a home that was an eclectic mix of cottage and traditional styles — something beautiful, yet comfortable. Once inside, the spacious great room is the center of the family’s activity.

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One for the snow birds

The Thousand Islands Land Trust is hosting a winter gathering in Naples, Fla., for north country natives who have retreated to the sunny depths of the south from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Hosted by Dick and Carol Munro, the “Wine, Dine and Delight” auction will benefit TILT’s Summer Land Steward funds. Auction items include custom wine tasting with Wendy Matthews, a wine educator and founder of Wine & Vine, a gourmet dinner for eight with Susan and Tim Lauraine of Two Friends on the River and a fishing trip and shore dinner for six people with fishing guide Jeff Garnsey. Cost to attend the event is $75. Reservations may be emailed to or by calling 686-5345 by Friday, Feb. 22.

The auction event is open to the public, no matter if you’re wintering in Florida or looking for an excuse for an early spring break and a trip from Wellesley Island to Naples.