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NCPR News Staff: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Correspondent

Andy Flynn is the assistant managing editor for Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise. He has worked in radio and print media for 20 years in the Adirondacks. He produces a series of monthly "Adirondack Attic" radio programs for NCPR, exploring the Adirondack Museum's artifact collections and other museum collections around the Adirondack North Country region to highlight a broad range of New York state history.

Andy is the author The Adirondack Attic book series and Meet the Town community guides and owner/operator of Hungry Bear Publishing. He lives in Saranac Lake."

Stories filed by Andy Flynn

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Historic Aiden Lair.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Historic Aiden Lair. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Aiden Lair

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to air.

Today, Andy talks with at Adirondack Architectural Heritage director Steven Engelhart about an endangered historic property in the Adirondacks -- Aiden Lair. It's located in the town of Minerva, and was one of the way stations Teddy Roosevelt used during his night ride to the presidency in 1901.  Go to full article

New York's Bluegrass Trail, No. 4

The International Bluegrass Music Association celebrated its Awards Night in Raleigh, NC at the end of September. The Gibson Brothers were there, and won several awards.

Who do you thank when you win bluegrass vocal group of the year, song of the year, and songwriter of the year? If you're Eric and Leigh Gibson, you thank your mother.

NY's Bluegrass Trail reporter Andy Flynn was watching the awards online--with Eric and Leigh Gibson's mother and family members.  Go to full article
Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, at the North Creek Depot Museum earlier this month.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, at the North Creek Depot Museum earlier this month. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Teddy Roosevelt returns to North Creek

As part of the Adirondack Attic series, Andy Flynn catches up with Joe Wiegand, the country's premier Teddy Roosevelt reprisor at the North Creek Depot Museum. It was to the station at North Creek that then Vice President Roosevelt rode from Mount Marcy upon learning of the death of William McKinley in 1901.  Go to full article
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.

50 years ago: Moving the village of Tahawus

The last couple of years there's been a lot of debate in the Adirondacks about what happens when communities struggle and shrink. There are already ghost towns across the North Country, once-thriving places that have dwindled away to nothing or been abandoned.

Fifty years ago, the National Lead company decided to move its workforce from the mining village of Tahawus, which sits at the edge of the High Peaks. An entire community vanished almost overnight.

Andy Flynn has been talking with people who remember the loss of their village a half-century ago and he has our story.  Go to full article

New York's Bluegrass Trail, No. 3

Sometimes it only takes one song to get you hooked. After hearing his cousin sing, Phil Randazzo bought his first guitar, learned to play, and eventually put together a band... so he, too, could play the same bluegrass song that cousin Bobby did so many years ago.

Randazzo's love of bluegrass music has blossomed into a yearly festival at the family winery in the Thousand Islands. Andy Flynn takes us there on his latest stop along New York's Bluegrass Trail.  Go to full article
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.  Photo:  Andy Flynn
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Saranac Lake's historic churches

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy profiles some of the historic churches in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

New York's Bluegrass Trail, No. 2

It was classic North meets South with New York's Gibson Brothers and Virginia's James King, They jined forces at this year's Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. But was it coincidence or fate that brought them together? That's a questrion Andy Flynn explores in the newest installment of New York's Bluegrass Trail.  Go to full article
Some of the items on display in the bicentennial exhibit at the Warrensburg Museum of Local History.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Some of the items on display in the bicentennial exhibit at the Warrensburg Museum of Local History. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Warrensburg celebrates its bicentennial

Andy Flynn travels to Warrensburg for the next "Adirondack Attic" segment. The southern Adirondack town is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Andy examines some historic artifacts at the Warrensburg Museum of Local History and has the story behind the spelling of the town's name.  Go to full article
Andy Flynn
Andy Flynn

New feature series: New York's Bluegrass Trail

Adirondack writer Andy Flynn is best known for his Adirondack Attic series on NCPR, but he's also a banjo player and bluegrass fan. He's currently working on a book about The Gibson Brothers Bluegrass Band, who grew up north of the Adirondacks in Ellenburg Depot, NY.

For the debut episode of this new series, Andy recently followed the Gibson Brothers to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY, and returned with renewed interest in his own musical roots.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: dude ranches, rodeos, wranglers

Pick an object, any object, and let's see what stories it can tell. Andy Flynn visits the Painted Pony Rodeo in Lake Luzerne for a look at the history of dude ranches in the southern Adirondacks.

Andy speaks with the Grandma of Painted Pony Pam Morin and local historian Cindy Cameron, specifically about the history day on Sunday, July 28th at the Ranches, Rodeos, and Wranglers weekend.  Go to full article

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