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Ann Barber (L) and Wanda Renick (R) share a laugh in this publicity photo from the Grasse River Players 1992 production of "Mornings at Seven" in Canton.  Photo:  Grasse River Players
Ann Barber (L) and Wanda Renick (R) share a laugh in this publicity photo from the Grasse River Players 1992 production of "Mornings at Seven" in Canton. Photo: Grasse River Players

Grasse River Players stages 40 years of community theater, friendships

It started in 1974 with a small group of theatre lovers in Canton wanting to build an outlet for creativity. This weekend, the Grasse River Players celebrates 40 years of producing a wide variety of theater, from radio plays, to musicals to original full length dramas. The community theater group's annual meeting is on Sunday (7 pm) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. Everyone is welcome.

Todd Moe sat down with two charter members of the Grasse River Players -- Wanda Renick and Carole Berard -- for their favorite local theatrical moments, and spoke with GRP board president, Elaine Kuracina, about plans for the future.  Go to full article
Olivia Zeis plays Dorothy in The Community Theatre Players spring production, "The Wizard of Oz", in Saranac Lake.  The show opens on Thursday night in the Harrietstown Town Hall.  Photo:  Community Theatre Players Inc.

Off to see "The Wizard" in Saranac Lake

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the classic American film, "The Wizard of Oz." A large cast and crew from the Saranac Lake area is in the midst of final rehearsals this week for their production. The show, which opens at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Thursday night, is presented by The Community Theatre Players Inc. The performances are part of a worldwide celebration of the 1939 motion picture starring Judy Garland.

Director Matt Sorensen talks with Todd Moe about directing the popular musical during this anniversary year with a cast of more than 40 local performers--and Toto, too!

Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7 pm; Matinees Saturday 11 am and Sunday at 2 pm.
Tickets: General admission $20, seniors/students $15, children 12 and under $10. Tickets available at the door. Cash or check only.  Go to full article
Sculpture of jazzman "Big Joe" Burrell on Church St. in Burlington. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4690249907/">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off Friday

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The city of Burlington will be alive with music as the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off.

The ten-day festival starts Friday and includes music at venues, on Church Street and in clubs and restaurants throughout the city.  Go to full article
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island.  "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe

On Wellesley island, some fish are just for decoration

If you plan to go fishing on the St. Lawrence River this summer, near Wellesley Island, chances are you might buy your tackle from Lloyd Wood, or Woody. He's run a little...  Go to full article
Photo: RPO Marimba Band's Website

Norwood Village Green kicks off tonight with Pop Choral/Stage Band Festivial

Tonight the Norwood Village Green Concert Series kicks off its 41st season. Over the next few weeks we'll be featuring short conversations between Barb Heller and series...  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe

How Wellesley Island artist John Elwood Cook brings an idea to song

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook loves life on the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the...  Go to full article
Volunteers from Clarkson help kids make their lego robots. Photo: Sarah Harris

North Country Children's Museum plans to engage, inspire kids

Yesterday we brought you the story...  Go to full article

Book Review: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan

You don't have to be a westerner to appreciate Edward Curtis's photos from a hundred years ago. His sepia prints show native people on horseback or in dugout canoes. His...  Go to full article
Walter Borden as Hoke & Nicola Lipman as Miss Daisy.  Photo: 1000 Islands Playhouse

Theatre Review: "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

Playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright to win the Triple Crown: an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. "Driving Miss Daisy" won two of the three - the Oscar and the...  Go to full article
Rona Waddington.  Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival chooses new leader

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario has hired a new artistic director. Rona Waddington, who brought "Hamlet" to Prescott last summer, succeeds Ian...  Go to full article

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