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UpNorth Music: guitarist Neil Fitzgerald

Fingerstyle guitarist Neil Fitzgerald, of Potsdam, has crafted his style around intricate, percussive playing and alternate tunings. Last September, he showed up at his UpNorth Music recording session in Plattsburgh with a couple of beautiful custom-made guitars and demonstrated the sonic possibilities of his instrument. After the session he spoke with Jill Breit.  Go to full article
Gary Moon on stage
Gary Moon on stage

Up North Music: Gary Moon's Lake George

Folk musician Gary Moon sees his hometown Lake George as more of an authentic Adirondack community than a tourist haven. Not afraid to comment on political issues in his songs, Moon hopes he'll play a positive role in protecting what's best about his community. He spoke with Jill Breit after his UpNorth Music recording session in Lake George last October.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Gwen and Jim Tracy

Always interested in being a musician, Jim Tracy has been a member of several bands in and around his hometown of Big Moose. His daughter, Gwen, remembers waking up Saturday mornings to the sound of her father playing guitar, and her mother singing in the house. Gwen is the lead vocalist in Delia, a band that allows her strong blues voice to shine. Gwen and Jim will perform this Sunday evening (5 pm) as part of the Norwood Village Green Concert Series "In the Neighborhood Singer/Songwriter Festival." They spoke with Jill Breit after their UpNorth Music session in Old Forge last June.  Go to full article
The Crystal is a familiar landmark on Watertown's Public Square
The Crystal is a familiar landmark on Watertown's Public Square

Very Special Place: Crystal Restaurant in Watertown

You've got to feel sorry for NCPR's Joel Hurd and TAUNY's Varick Chittenden. Our look at very special places has forced them to sample great diner food from Lloyds of Lowville, sweets from Freeman's Taffy Stand, ice cream from Donnelly's in Lake Clear, Michigans from Clare and Carl's in Plattsburgh, and cider and donuts from the Burrville Cider Mill. Hard work...but they've struggled through it. Well it turns out they've saved the toughest assignment for last. Last year, just before Christmas, they paid a visit to the Crystal Restaurant in Watertown to learn more about this North Country landmark and sample a holiday favorite, a tasty and potent creation called the "Tom and Jerry."  Go to full article
Fall view of the bridge taken by Photo of the Day contributor Patricia Lincourt, Wanakena.
Fall view of the bridge taken by Photo of the Day contributor Patricia Lincourt, Wanakena.

Very Special Place: Wanakena Foot Bridge

The largest suspension footbridge in the United States is located in a tiny Adirondack hamlet with just a half dozen year-round families. Located in southern St. Lawrence County, Wanakena is probably best known as the home of the New York State ranger School. But for many people it just isn't summer until they've walked the 171 feet from one end of the bridge to the other and dipped their toe in the Oswegatchie River. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Varrick Chittenden made several trips to the footbridge this past summer and talked with folks who have a soft spot for the bridge and the town. Varrick and Joel Hurd recently talked about the bridge and its importance, past and present, in the northwestern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Burrville Cider Mill

There are few seasonal flavors that are as strong on the senses as apples and apple cider. For months and months we settle for fruit imported from who-knows-where, until late summer, when local apples are ready for picking and pressing. For many decades, people in Jefferson County have known that the first turning of the leaves means that Burrville Cider Mill is running at full capacity, producing some of the tastiest cider in the region. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. A few weeks ago, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited Burrville to learn more about cider, donuts and why many people think this oldest building in the county is haunted.  Go to full article
1958 Tedd Browne album cover
1958 Tedd Browne album cover

Lost and found songs from Lake George

A re-issue of a record featuring original about the Lake George region is finding a new audience 43 years after it was first released. "Lake George Musical Portrait" by singer and guitarist Tedd Browne includes Tom Goodwin on banjo and Bill Lee, father of filmmaker Spike Lee, on bass. That's pretty much all that's known about the record...where it was recorded, how it was recorded, and why a folk singer originally from Savannah, Georgia decided to visit and write about the region remains unknown. But an ambitious musician from the capital district saw the record as both an important musical document and history lesson that deserved to be heard again. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Above: the restored marquis, below: Reg Clark with the restored Palace organ
Above: the restored marquis, below: Reg Clark with the restored Palace organ

Very Special Place: Palace Theatre

The old main street theatre marquee is a fading sight on the American landscape. Lake Placid not only has a beautifully restored marquee, but the inside of the theatre has been restored with the same care and attention to detail, thanks to its owner of 46 years, Reg Clark. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd talk about the Palace Theatre in Lake Placid and learn more about its history and one-of -a-kind organ.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Clare & Carl's Hot Dog Stand

Many communities define themselves, at least somewhat, by their food traditions. Clinton County is no exception to this with it's take on the classic american chili dog called the Michigan. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at very special places in the North Country. While michigans are easy to find in and around Plattsburgh, many of the original establishments that have served michigans since the 1940s have gone away. But one place, Clare and Carls, is still going strong, selling hundreds of hot dogs a day for the few months it's open each year. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the restaurant to find out why it's so popular.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Lloyd's of Lowville

The classic American diner is such a revered symbol that it's common to see new restaurants designed to look like old diners. But the personal service, fair prices, great desserts and relaxed, friendly atmosphere usually let you know that you're in a diner that's been around a while, and is an important part of the community. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited Lloyd's of Lowville earlier this year to find out why it's such an important part of Lewis County's largest town.  Go to full article

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