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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

Demystifying Modern Art: Why a Painting is Like a Pizza

The Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam kicks off a new lecture series on diverse topics in art tonight at 7 pm. Art historian Dr. Nancy Heller, author of the book, Why a Painting is Like a Pizza--a Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Modern Art, will give a presentation on demystifying modern and contemporary art. Her lecture is free and open to the public, and ideal for those who are often curious yet suspicious art world neophytes venturing into the unknown. Heller told Todd Moe that a painting and a pizza both depend on visual balance for much of their overall appeal.  Go to full article

Preview: The Frederic Remington Arts Festival in Canton

Todd Moe talks with Remington Festival co-chairs Kathy Curro and Carol Pychon about this week's events which celebrate art excellence, past and present, in the North Country.  Go to full article

Celebrating the Past: The Big Moose Lake History Project

For the past 8 years, a group of Big Moose Lake residents, year-round and summer visitors, has been researching and collecting stories about the early years of life on Big Moose. They've put together a book, to be published next spring, titled Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks: The Lake, the Land and People. Todd Moe visited a Big Moose Lake summer camp recently and met with some of the residents working on the book.  Go to full article

Johnsburg Salutes Adirondack Poet & Critic Jeanne Robert Foster

This weekend the Town of Johnsburg, in the south-central Adirondacks, is paying tribute to the life of Adirondack poet and famous literary critic Jeanne Robert Foster. Born in 1879 on Crane Mountain near Johnsburg, her beauty, talent and energy led her to the stage in New York City, and into the literary circles of William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliott and Ezra Pound. Perhaps most importantly, her poetry and stories of mountain life give us a poignant glimpse into the lives of Adirondack residents in the 19th century. Todd Moe talks with some of the organizers of this weekend's tribute to Jeanne Robert Foster in North Creek.  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.