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Title unknown, ceramic vessel. Artist: Alex Costantino. Pottery and paintings by this artist will be featured at the Artist In Residence Gallery in Enosburg Falls, VT in their monthly reception Sunday, August 3 at 1 pm.
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Spring Haiku Challenge

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Jul 24, 2014 — Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.
Jul 24, 2014 — In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).
Jul 24, 2014 — Why do we call them "French fries" even though they aren't French? When you're done pondering that question, you'll find that all answers in this final round contain nationalities.
Jul 24, 2014 — There's a trivia storm in the forecast: All the answers in this quiz are celebrities and characters whose names are weather-related. Which poet's travels were blocked by ice crystals? Robert Frost!
Jul 24, 2014 — Geography rocks! Jonathan Coulton sings songs by classic rock bands named after cities, states, countries and continents, while rewriting the lyrics to hint at the locations.
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.
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
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 bait and tackle shop on the Cross Island Road for more than 20 years.

But he's also known for his folk art, turning plastic soda bottles into ornamental fish that sway in the breeze around his shop. Todd Moe stopped by Woody's Bait and Tackle for today's Heard Up North.  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
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
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
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

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
Kate Ebbing takes inspiration from the real clouds on a beautiful day in Clayton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Hairdresser in Clayton applies artsy side to patriotism

It's Memorial Day weekend. Villages across the North Country are adding a patriotic flare to their Main Streets.

Just down Riverside Drive from the new hotel in...  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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