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2nd Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Fest Opens Thursday

The North Country's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender free film festival opens tomorrow night at St. Lawrence University in Canton. "Out at the Movies" was organized by a consortium of local LGBT groups and friends. The films cover a broad range of issues that include coming out, the lives of LGBT people in the developing world and activism. The festival includes a reception Saturday night in Potsdam and concludes Monday night with a special showing in the Cinema Ten series at the Roxy. Todd Moe talks with Nick Wright, a student at SUNY-Potsdam and one of the organizers of the film festival. NCPR is Media Sponsor for this event.  Go to full article

Theatre Advocates Take Vermont's Dramatic Pulse

In the tradition of Vermont's famous Town Meeting Day, actors, directors, producers and theatre designers will gather March 6th in Burlington to discuss the state of theatre in Vermont. It's part of the 16th annual State Audition and Interview Day. Coordinator Veronica Lopez invites creative brainstorming on strengthening the viability of theatre in Vermont. She spoke with Todd Moe. For more information, call 802-862-2287, or email catalyst@gmavt.net.  Go to full article
Mark Laycock, newly named Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
Mark Laycock, newly named Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta Hires New Conductor

Maestro Mark Laycock was recently named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Laycock, a violist, trained under the Curtis String Quartet, and is a former winner of the Leopold Stokowski conducting competition. He lives in Princeton with his wife, also a violist, and two children. Laycock is currently Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He began conducting high school musicals in St. Louis when he was 16 years old, and made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 21. He told Todd Moe he loves all music, but doesn't listen to relax.  Go to full article
<i>Guardian</i>, Brittany Bush, age 17, Colton-Pierrepont Central School
Guardian, Brittany Bush, age 17, Colton-Pierrepont Central School

Young Artists Star in Remington Show

Nearly three-dozen works of art by students at schools across St. Lawrence County are on display at the Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. It's the 7th annual Middle and High School Art Exhibit, which showcases young artists. Todd Moe took a tour of the exhibit with curator Laura Foster, who says the show is an example of how schools and the Remington are nurturing art appreciation.  Go to full article
<i>Fusia</i>, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward, won the 2003 contest in St. Regis Falls.
Fusia, sculpted by Chris, Mike and Bill Woodward, won the 2003 contest in St. Regis Falls.

Let it Snow: Sculptors Gather in Glens Falls

Snow sculpting teams are showcasing their talents this week by carving 8-ton blocks of snow during a 72-hour sculpt-a-thon in downtown Glens Falls. The 19th Annual New York State Snow Sculpting Contest continues through Saturday. Kent Gregson, of Olmstedville, is one of the artists competing this year.  Go to full article
The interior of the Edwards Opera House, built in 1895.
The interior of the Edwards Opera House, built in 1895.

Saving the Past: The Trend of Historic Restoration

Old opera houses are hot properties in the North Country. Clayton, Edwards and Heuvelton are some of the communities that have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their pasts. And it seems to be a trend across the state. Todd Moe talks with Julian Adams, with the New York State Office of Historic Preservation.  Go to full article

Books: Ice Palace

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 107th anniversary when it returns the week of February 6th. The theme for 2004 is "Carnival Time". Author Deborah Blumenthal has written a children's book that focuses on the seasonal tradition in Saranac Lake. Ice Palace celebrates winter, art and community. It's the story of a giant ice castle created out of the frozen landscape from the point of view of a young girl. A work crew that includes people from the village and men from a nearby prison cuts and transports huge blocks of ice and builds them into the ice palace. Deborah Blumenthal, who grew up in New York City, now lives in Texas. But for years she and her family vacationed in the Adirondacks. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article

Books: A Fountain Filled with Blood

Mystery writer Julia Spencer-Fleming is out with a new novel set in the southern Adirondacks. A Fountain Filled with Blood is the second in her Reverend Clare Ferguson mystery series. Two gay men are brutally attacked, PCB's are discovered in a local playground and there's a brutal murder in rural Millers Kill, New York. It's up to Clare, an Episcopal priest, and the local police chief to investigate the crimes. Spencer-Fleming grew up in the Adirondacks and now lives in Maine. She tells Todd Moe that her latest book unveils a darker side to small town life.  Go to full article
Ruth Besio's cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).
Ruth Besio's cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).

Home Sweet Home: The Art of Gingerbread Houses

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Late last month a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses - from cabins to castles. As Todd Moe reports, these novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  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.