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Song: Helplessly Hoping performed by the Singing Sinners

The women's vocal ensemble Singing Sinners from St. Lawrence University performing Helplessly Hoping. Recorded in the NCPR studio, May 2000.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Bill Smith, Basketmaker & Storyteller, Colton

Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of many traditional arts of the region, including the making of split ash baskets. He also performs and records stories and songs about local life, including his 1994 collection Tales from the Featherbed.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Carl Hathaway, Adirondack Guideboat Builder, Saranac Lake

Carl Hathaway of Saranac Lake is a master builder of Adirondack guideboats, which were originally designed, in Carl's words, as "pickup trucks, working boats." Today they are prized as examples of fine woodwork and are featured in many premium museum collections.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: La Famille Ouimet, French American Traditions

The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Brier Hill Volunteer F.D. Bullhead Feed

The Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department continues one of the region's oldest community suppers--a bullhead feed. Begun in 1937 as a fundraiser, the bullhead feed is a...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Don Woodcock, Champion Fiddler

Don Woodcock, a dairyman from Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion and asked to retire from the competition. He...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Edith Cutting, Folklore Collector, Westport

Edith E. Cutting--teacher, author and folklorist--was born in the Essex County town of Lewis, on a small family farm. Encouraged by her college mentor, she interviewed her...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Ham Ferry, Storyteller, Seveys Corners

Ham Ferry earned the reputation of being an authentic Adirondacker and a consummate storyteller. Ham's Inn, a small bar located at Sevey's Corners near Childwold, was Ferry's...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Clarence "Daddy Dick" Richards, Country Music Pioneer, Lake Luzerne

By the age of twelve, Clarence Richards was playing fiddle for local dances in the Corinth area of Saratoga County and substituting for the caller when necessary. Early in...  Go to full article

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