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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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The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.
The Edwards Opera House is on the second floor of the Town Hall. It retains a handpainted Victorian theatre backdrop (below) and original interior woodwork.

Restoring the Past: The Edwards Opera House

Old opera houses are hot in the North Country. Clayton, Heuvelton and now Edwards have rediscovered the elaborate stages of their pasts. The Edwards Arts Council has begun raising money to restore its historic opera hall, on the second floor of the Edwards Town Hall. Built in 1896, after a fire destroyed much of downtown Edwards, the opera house is in surprisingly good shape. There's a bluegrass benefit concert Saturday night at 7pm in the historic opera house. Todd Moe toured it with the Edwards Arts Council's Bridget Clark.  Go to full article
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake
The Bartok cottage sits on a shady slope behind a large house on Riverside Drive in Saranac Lake

Hidden History: A Visit to the Bartok Cabin

Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and his wife, Ditta, spent three summers in the Adirondacks in the mid 1940's. During their visits to Saranac Lake he composed two masterpieces and made friends with many local residents. The summer cottage used by the Bartoks has been restored and is open to the public. Todd Moe took a tour of the humble cabin hidden on a hillside.  Go to full article

Preview: Potsdam Arts Series

There's a new arts series in Potsdam this summer at the gazebo in Ives Park. The series will feature local performers and musicians Thursday evenings at 7, starting tonight. Hillary Oak, with the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, says the series includes music and mirth.  Go to full article
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen
Sarah Cohen, store manager Mike Wilcox, and Linda Cohen

New Book Offers Glimpse Into Old Forge's History

In the late 1890's Moses Cohen arrived in the west central Adirondacks with a peddler's pack, and in 1900 opened a hardware store in Old Forge at the foot of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. It's become a centerpiece in the village and is known as the Adirondacks' Most General Store. Today, Cohen's granddaughters, Linda and Sarah own the store. The Cohen sisters, along with Town of Webb Historian Peg Masters are the authors of a new book that pays tribute to the early pioneers and entrepreneurs of Old Forge. They combined their talents in history, local lore and museum administration, and poured through thousands of historic postcards to put together a pictoral history of the Old Forge lake region. Todd Moe caught up with the Cohens during a visit to Old Forge Hardware for a chat about the store and their new book.  Go to full article
Woodcarver Carl Borst works on his raccoon in the window of Goody Goody's in Saranac Lake
Woodcarver Carl Borst works on his raccoon in the window of Goody Goody's in Saranac Lake

For the Love of Wood: Adirondack Carousel's Creatures Come to Life

Work is underway on a menagerie of wooden figures that will be displayed in the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake. Organizers say the carousel building, still in the planning stages, will incorporate the fun of a traditional merry-go-round with the look of an Adirondack camp. It will include 20 indigenous animals. Carvers from across New York and the country are donating their time and talents to create the carousel animals. But you won't find any horses in this collection, instead there's a beaver, raccoon, eagle, loon, trout and even a blackfly. Todd Moe caught up with one of the carvers, who's working on the raccoon in a toy store window in downtown Saranac Lake this summer.  Go to full article
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)
Clayton Opera House interior (Courtesy of Thousands Islands Museum)

Clayton Opera House Celebrates Centennial

A celebration surrounding the historic Clayton Opera House takes place this weekend. It's the centennial of the Opera House, at one time the largest stage in Jefferson county. Todd Moe spoke with Bill Danforth, Vice President of the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund about this weekend's events and restoration work on the building.  Go to full article

Preview: Ogdensburg's Founders Day

Tall ship tours, re-enactments of historic battles, music and exhibits are part of the 2003 Fort La Presentation Founders Day Weekend in Ogdensburg. Todd Moe talks with Tim Cryderman, one of the coordinators of this weekend's event.  Go to full article

Preview: Downing College Choir in Blue Mountain Lake

The Downing College Chapel Choir of Cambridge University presents a concert tonight at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. This is the choir's third visit to the Adirondacks. The group performed a series of concerts in Manhattan last week, and will visit Vermont later this week. Todd Moe talks with Nicki Bryant, one of the singers in the 23-voice choir.  Go to full article
Carol Gregson, The Pottersville Complainer
Carol Gregson, The Pottersville Complainer

People: The Pottersville Complainer

Todd Moe chats with Carol Gregson, also known as "The Pottersville Complainer". She's collected on CD some of her memoirs of life in the Adirondacks. We'll hear one of her stories and you can decide if the name is justified.  Go to full article
Actor/mime Bill Bowers
Actor/mime Bill Bowers

Theatre: It Goes Without Saying

From a childhood in rural Montana, to Broadway, to training with Marcel Marceau, It Goes Without Saying tells a funny and touching story of the important role that silence plays both on stage and in life. It Goes Without Saying opens tonight at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. Todd Moe talks with actor/mime Bill Bowers about his one-man show, which reveals his "life in tights".  Go to full article

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