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Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Hardee T Lineham and Alex Poch-Goldin in a scene from "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Preview: "The Ugly One" at the Thousand Islands Playhouse

The summer theater season continues at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario with the dark comedy, "The Ugly One". Todd Moe talks with Ashlie Corcoran, artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario, for a preview of the play. The show, about society's obsession with beauty and image, opened this week and continues into September.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Discussion: oil tanker train traffic through the North Country

Tonight at the Whallonsburg Grange, community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather to talk about oil train traffic and new concerns about public safety.

Moriah town supervisor Tom Scozzafava will be there, along with Rachelle Armstrong, a city councilor from Plattsburgh. And NCPR Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann, who has been covering the oil train controversy, will also take part in the conversation.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/reway2007/1021562555/">reway2007</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: reway2007, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prepping the summer flower garden for more color

There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.

She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the season. Amy shares tips on what to prune and how to encourage new blooms on some of the cooler season flowers.  Go to full article
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will include a music workshop and concert.

One of the founders of the group, Susan Murphy, says Answer the Muse is an "out of the box" fusion of spiritually inspired alternative rock that includes original music, vocal harmonies, and familiar pop/rock. She spoke with Todd Moe for this preview.  Go to full article
Becky and Jerry Huck at Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Ontario, enjoy a sunny day in the Thousand Islands with dog Max.  In the background is Jerry's Ranger tug boat "Tug R Not".  Photo:  Todd Moe
Becky and Jerry Huck at Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Ontario, enjoy a sunny day in the Thousand Islands with dog Max. In the background is Jerry's Ranger tug boat "Tug R Not". Photo: Todd Moe

A Thousand Islands marina celebrates 125 years on the St. Lawrence River

One of the oldest marinas in the Thousand Islands celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. And it's still owned by the same family. Todd Moe talks with the third-generation owners of Ed Huck Marine, Jerry and Becky Huck, about their love of life on the river and boating.

Now owned by its fourth and fifth generations, the marina in Rockport, Ontario, began selling and servicing boats on the St. Lawrence River long before historic Boldt Castle and the Thousands Islands International Bridge were built. Over the decades, and generations, the marina has grown from a simple boat shop to a family legacy of boating on the river.  Go to full article
Chan Harris
Chan Harris

Preview: "Greater Tuna" in Westport

The summer season continues this month at the Depot Theatre in Westport with Greater Tuna, the classic comedy about small town life in Texas.

The two-person show stars Chan Harris and Trip Plymale who portray a wide array of eccentric characters from Greater Tuna, Texas. Harris, who is also directing, spoke with Todd Moe about growing up in rural Texas and how the show's timeless characters appeal to audiences around the world.  Go to full article
Photo:  St. Lawrence International Film Festival website
Photo: St. Lawrence International Film Festival website

LA filmmaker plans international film festival for Canton

A filmmaker from Los Angeles, with family ties to the North Country, is launching an international film festival in St. Lawrence County. Adam Paul grew up in Schenectady and his wife was raised in Lisbon. They're planning to move to the North Country in the next few years.

Paul is an actor, director and producer in Hollywood. He recently spoke with Todd Moe about bringing new films and filmmakers to the Canton area, starting in the fall of 2015, and how the festival could boost the local economy. Paul says Canton's proximity to Ottawa, Montreal, Burlington and four colleges makes it ideal to host an international film festival.  Go to full article
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe

Art in the park: when nature meets art at the Wild Center

Visitors to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this summer are being encouraged to pick up a paintbrush or camera and capture a moment in the natural world. It's part of a multimedia exhibit that includes videos, photographs, original art by renowned watercolorist Allen Blagden and an interactive studio space for creating new art.

Todd Moe visits the new "Moments" exhibit at Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, and talks with curator Caroline Welsh about using art to better understand nature and the environment.  Go to full article
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit.  Photo: Wild Center
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Wild Center

Watercolorist Allen Blagden inspires "Moments" exhibit in Tupper Lake

The art of one of the nation's best watercolorists is on display at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's part of the inspiration for the "Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art" exhibit. The interactive display, that's part multi-media, part art show, part hands-on art project, encourages visitors to engage with nature through art.  Go to full article
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.

Preview: art of Viva Hoffman in Clayton

Actress, writer and artist Viva Hoffman has lived in New York City, Paris, California and along the St. Lawrence River. A new exhibit of her paintings, "Landscapes, Seascapes. East to West," opens at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton on Thursday night. The show includes some of her favorite scenes along the St. Lawrence and wild areas near Palm Springs, California.

Viva Hoffman was one of the superstars in Andy Warhol's art house films of the late 1960s. Today, she lives and paints in California and spoke with Todd Moe about her new exhibit, and a love for what she calls "fields of color" and painting yellow poppies at Point Dume Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

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A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe's hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music.