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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe, Morning Host and Producer

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Music, Song & Dance from Quebec!

A trio of musicians from Montreal is visiting 13 North Country schools this week. Matapat will also bring its brand of cross-cultural folk music to Creative Spirit Arts Center in Potsdam for a jam session Saturday (4-6pm). Todd Moe talks with Matapat's Gaston Bernard, who grew up in a large family where musical gatherings were commonplace.  Go to full article
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.
5th graders at Canton Middle School are lining up to learn how to knit.

Hooked on Knitting: It's High Touch not High Tech

The art of knitting has been practiced for thousands of years. It's a skill usually handed down from parent to child. Most of us remember the perennial hand-knit holiday sweater or hat. In the last few years knitting has soared in popularity. People of all ages are taking to the ancient craft. There are knitting guilds in coffee shops, living rooms and yarn stores. Fifth graders in Canton gather weekly for a knitting club in the school library. As Todd Moe reports, it's become one of the most popular after school activities for girls and boys.  Go to full article
Cultural Landmark: Clare & Carl's old-style "Michigan" stand, Plattsburgh.
Cultural Landmark: Clare & Carl's old-style "Michigan" stand, Plattsburgh.

Folklorists Gather in Sackets Harbor

Folklorists from across the state will gather in Sackets Harbor for their fall meeting this weekend. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, will host the conference which will focus on cultural landmarking and conservation. Executive Director Varick Chittenden says TAUNY will showcase its Very Special Places project at the gathering.  Go to full article

The Year That Trembled Debuts in Plattsburgh

Vermont independent director Jay Craven's new film, The Year That Trembled, will be shown Saturday night (7 pm) in Plattsburgh. Todd Moe talks with the grassroots filmmaker about his latest project that focuses on war and protest.  Go to full article

History and Lore of Adirondack Fire Towers

Author Marty Podskoch talks with Todd Moe about the history of fire towers and the people who worked on them in his new book that covers the southern districts of the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Shape-Note Singing for the Fun of It

Social Band, a Vermont based shape-note singing ensemble, will perform Saturday night (7 pm) at the Old Meeting House Museum in Dekalb. Todd Moe talks with Social Band director Amity Baker about the group's love of traditional and "art" music. Social Band's performances draw from a wide range of repertoires, including American shape-note, medieval and contemporary music.  Go to full article
St. Olaf Chapel is right across the road from Brynilsen's Viking Village on Fourth Lake.
St. Olaf Chapel is right across the road from Brynilsen's Viking Village on Fourth Lake.

Sacred Space: A Visit to St. Olaf Chapel

Next time you travel along Fourth Lake's South Shore Road between Inlet and Old Forge, keep an eye out for a tiny chapel hidden in the woods, just off the road. Todd Moe stumbled across the little church while tracking another story. For years, Scandinavian-Americans in the region, mostly seasonal residents in the Adirondacks, have flocked to St. Olaf Chapel during summer vacation. No lutefisk or lefse dinners, but this year marks the rustic church's 50th anniversary of Lutheran faith and Nordic fellowship.  Go to full article

The Quartet in the Classroom: Making Classical Music Accessible

The Alexander String Quartet, artists in residence at St. Lawrence University, will give a concert Friday night in Gulick Theatre on campus. They're visiting classes in a variety of departments this week. Todd Moe talks with members of the ASQ about the art of making classical music accessible and relevant to students.  Go to full article

Preview: Chaos Theory Dance

Choreographer Billbob Brown and his dance company, Chaos Theory Dance, will perform at SUNY-Potsdam's College Theatre in Satterlee Hall Saturday night at 8. Chaos Theory Dance is a science and video based dance collective. Brown has been working this week with Potsdam dance students who will premiere a new work Saturday night. Brown told Todd Moe the theme for the dance concert is time, space and memory.  Go to full article
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.

A Grass-Roots Garden Yields Plenty

With a dusting of snow and frost in some parts of the region this week, it's time to say good-bye to bright perennials and favorite herbs. But many North Country gardeners enjoyed an extended growing season again this year thanks to mild temperatures last month. For a group of novice gardeners in Potsdam, this summer was an opportunity to seriously dig into tilling, hoeing, weeding and fence building. And despite a late start and lack of supplies, their volunteer effort paid off recently with a whopping harvest for the needy. Todd Moe reports.  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.