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NCPR News Staff: Todd Moe

Morning Host and Producer
A native of rural Minnesota, Todd Moe grew up on a farm not far from mythical Lake Wobegon. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; studied Speech/Theatre and Norwegian, and began his radio career as a student announcer at WCAL (2002 marks its 80th anniversary!).

Moe sings in the Potsdam Community Chorus, and hobbies include food, gardening, history and tango! He was a newscaster and reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for eight years. A favorite memory from that job was interviewing Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Moe and his partner, Paul Siskind, moved to the North Country in 1998. Siskind teaches at the Crane School of Music. E-mail

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Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will include a music workshop and concert.

One of the founders of the group, Susan Murphy, says Answer the Muse is an "out of the box" fusion of spiritually inspired alternative rock that includes original music, vocal harmonies, and familiar pop/rock. She spoke with Todd Moe for this preview.  Go to full article
Becky and Jerry Huck at Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Ontario, enjoy a sunny day in the Thousand Islands with dog Max.  In the background is Jerry's Ranger tug boat "Tug R Not".  Photo:  Todd Moe
Becky and Jerry Huck at Ed Huck Marine in Rockport, Ontario, enjoy a sunny day in the Thousand Islands with dog Max. In the background is Jerry's Ranger tug boat "Tug R Not". Photo: Todd Moe

A Thousand Islands marina celebrates 125 years on the St. Lawrence River

One of the oldest marinas in the Thousand Islands celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. And it's still owned by the same family. Todd Moe talks with the third-generation owners of Ed Huck Marine, Jerry and Becky Huck, about their love of life on the river and boating.

Now owned by its fourth and fifth generations, the marina in Rockport, Ontario, began selling and servicing boats on the St. Lawrence River long before historic Boldt Castle and the Thousands Islands International Bridge were built. Over the decades, and generations, the marina has grown from a simple boat shop to a family legacy of boating on the river.  Go to full article
Chan Harris
Chan Harris

Preview: "Greater Tuna" in Westport

The summer season continues this month at the Depot Theatre in Westport with Greater Tuna, the classic comedy about small town life in Texas.

The two-person show stars Chan Harris and Trip Plymale who portray a wide array of eccentric characters from Greater Tuna, Texas. Harris, who is also directing, spoke with Todd Moe about growing up in rural Texas and how the show's timeless characters appeal to audiences around the world.  Go to full article
Photo:  St. Lawrence International Film Festival website
Photo: St. Lawrence International Film Festival website

LA filmmaker plans international film festival for Canton

A filmmaker from Los Angeles, with family ties to the North Country, is launching an international film festival in St. Lawrence County. Adam Paul grew up in Schenectady and his wife was raised in Lisbon. They're planning to move to the North Country in the next few years.

Paul is an actor, director and producer in Hollywood. He recently spoke with Todd Moe about bringing new films and filmmakers to the Canton area, starting in the fall of 2015, and how the festival could boost the local economy. Paul says Canton's proximity to Ottawa, Montreal, Burlington and four colleges makes it ideal to host an international film festival.  Go to full article
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe
Wild Center visitors Manny and Betsy, use watercolors, brushes and sponges to paint trees in the open studio art space at the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Todd Moe

Art in the park: when nature meets art at the Wild Center

Visitors to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this summer are being encouraged to pick up a paintbrush or camera and capture a moment in the natural world. It's part of a multimedia exhibit that includes videos, photographs, original art by renowned watercolorist Allen Blagden and an interactive studio space for creating new art.

Todd Moe visits the new "Moments" exhibit at Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, and talks with curator Caroline Welsh about using art to better understand nature and the environment.  Go to full article
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit.  Photo: Wild Center
Allen Blagden traveled to the Wild Center to paint the resident porcupine Stickley especially for the "Moments" exhibit. Photo: Wild Center

Watercolorist Allen Blagden inspires "Moments" exhibit in Tupper Lake

The art of one of the nation's best watercolorists is on display at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It's part of the inspiration for the "Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art" exhibit. The interactive display, that's part multi-media, part art show, part hands-on art project, encourages visitors to engage with nature through art.  Go to full article
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.
Viva, Viva! "Seascapes Landscapes East to West" at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, through August 29.

Preview: art of Viva Hoffman in Clayton

Actress, writer and artist Viva Hoffman has lived in New York City, Paris, California and along the St. Lawrence River. A new exhibit of her paintings, "Landscapes, Seascapes. East to West," opens at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton on Thursday night. The show includes some of her favorite scenes along the St. Lawrence and wild areas near Palm Springs, California.

Viva Hoffman was one of the superstars in Andy Warhol's art house films of the late 1960s. Today, she lives and paints in California and spoke with Todd Moe about her new exhibit, and a love for what she calls "fields of color" and painting yellow poppies at Point Dume Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

Preview: "Susannah" at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake

The Seagle Music Colony's summer season continues with a production of one of the most performed American operas, Susannah. The show opens in Schroon Lake on Wednesday night. It first premiered in 1955 and the opera's music borrows heavily from Appalachian folk melodies and hymn tunes.

Todd Moe spoke with Seagle Music Colony artistic director Darren Woods, who says even though the opera was written nearly 60 years ago, it's message is still relevant today.  Go to full article
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo:  Todd Moe
Helen Condon's home, the "Grange," on Main Street in Parishville will be open for tours from 2-4pm on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

Parishville celebrates bicentennial this weekend

Food, music, horse drawn wagon rides and historic house tours are all part of Parishville's bicentennial celebration this weekend.

You can tour a replica of the cabin of the first white settler, Luke Brown, on Saturday morning 9-11 am. The 1860s Grange Hall on Parishville's Main Street, owned by artist Helen Condon, will be open for tours on Saturday afternoon 2-4pm.

Todd Moe stopped by Condon's home this week for a visit. Known for her braided wool rugs, the Grange is her home and work studio. It's also just a stone's throw from one of her favorite spots in town, the historic foot bridge across "The Gorge" on the West Branch of the St. Regis River.

Once the location of water-powered mills and factories, it's a popular swimming spot today. Helen Condon told Todd that the Gorge is a "must see" landmark to visit during the bicentennial weekend.  Go to full article
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe
Diane Leifheit sketches Sarah Clarkin at Compass Printing in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

Artist, easel, pastels and lots of faces in Saranac Lake

Adirondack artist Diane Leifheit is spending a lot of time this year getting to know her neighbors in Saranac Lake. She's been drawing their portraits and talking with local folks as part of her "Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake" project.

Diane Leifheit usually likes to be outdoors, "plein air," but these days you'll find her with easel and pastel sticks at Compass Printing on Main Street in Saranac Lake -- her portrait studio for the project. That's where Todd Moe caught up with her as she waited for her next portrait "sitter." Leifheit told Todd that there's nothing as marvelous as the medium of pastel for painting on location.  Go to full article

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