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Meet the Masters: Norwood Brass Firemen, Community Brass Band

The Volunteer Fire Department Band of Norwood (more familiar to many as the Norwood Brass Firemen) dates back to the late nineteenth century. Varying over the years from eight to twenty four members, they have played at everything from local celebrations to presidential inaugurations and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Bea Reynolds, Grand Champion Cook

Bea Reynolds of Burke has always been well known to her family, church, and community as a special home maker. Helping feed a big family, she learned early from her mother. Bea began in 1985 to enter breads, doughnuts, rolls, cookies, cakes, canned vegetables, fruit, pickles, and pies at the Franklin County Fair in Malone. She came away the Grand Champion Cook.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: The Hollis Family

The Hollis family lives along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Red Mills, New York. Along with a generations-old passion for fishing and hunting, the family is known for their popular handbuilt wooden "Hollis punts" and for superbly carved duck decoys.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Roger Huntley, Farm and Household Auctioneer

Roger Huntley of Crary Mills has been an auctioneer since the late 1950s. The sixth generation of his family to operate their 300-acre dairy farm in the town of Pierrepont, Roger knows country things and country people. He still conducts the premier old-time sales in the northern Adirondack foothills and St. Lawrence Valley.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Alice Clemens, Fiddler & Music Historian, Osceola

Alice Clemens of Osceola started fiddling at the age of seven, learning dance tunes from her uncle, Art Colvin. For most of her life, she has played for parties and country dances near home and has collected hundreds of nearly-forgotten tunes from old-time musicians. Alice co-founded the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, which maintains an extensive archive and sponsors fiddling events each year.  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: Jim Brabant, 1000 Islands Fishing Guide

Jim Brabant of Clayton is a fifth generation river man and a quintessential 1000 Islands fishing guide. In his teenage years he would hang out with the old guides in the same boathouse where he keeps his boat on French Creek Bay today. Hear him talk about stalking the king of St. Lawrence River Muskies.  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 music on within the family, performing as a family band. Old-style Quebecois rugmaking is among the other talents of this Valley Falls family.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Big Moose Community Church Balsam Bee

As long as 100 years ago, balsam pillows were made and marketed in the Adirondacks to tourists who wanted to take an aromatic reminder of their vacation home with them. This Adirondack tradition is still alive in Big Moose Lake. The Big Moose Community Chapel began holding balsam bees in the 1930s.  Go to full article

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