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Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett
Christopher Buerkett will sign copies of "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need" at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3-5 pm on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Buerkett

Saranac Lake poet and clock repairer publishes first book

Christopher Buerkett composes poems while focusing on the inner workings of clocks.

Buerkett owns a clock repair shop in Saranac Lake and has just published his first book of poetry: "69 Seconds: Poetry in Time's Need." In the book, his poems are adorned with photos of old timepieces and clock parts. He told Todd Moe that, for him, poetry feels like painting with words.  Go to full article
Kids, kids and more kids packed the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade on Saturday. Photo: Brian Mann
Kids, kids and more kids packed the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade on Saturday. Photo: Brian Mann

Listen: Music from Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival parade

The ten-day-long Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday night with fireworks blasting and flaring above the ice palace.

One of the big events of the carnival is the parade on Saturday.

This year our very own Brian Mann helped emcee the parade along with Andy Flynn from the Lake Placid News.  Go to full article
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)

Chart-topping jazz singer Gregory Porter to perform in Potsdam this week

Since it was released in September 2013, Gregory Porter's Blue Note Records debut, "Liquid Spirit" has been at the top of the jazz charts worldwide. His non-stop travel schedule has a stop in Potsdam on January 23rd. He talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge about his music, new-found fame, and how his art was influenced by growing up the son of a minister.  Go to full article
Charlotte, Vermont artist, teacher and writer Elizabeth VanBuskirk.  Photo: Elizabeth VanBuskirk
Charlotte, Vermont artist, teacher and writer Elizabeth VanBuskirk. Photo: Elizabeth VanBuskirk

Books: "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu"

Over the last 30 years, Vermont weaver, writer and teacher Elizabeth VanBuskirk has traveled to the land of the Incas -- the ancient citadel Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. She and her husband, David, loved the region, its people and culture so much that that they helped found the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

VanBuskirk has collected some of her own favorite stories and Inca folktales in a new book, Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu.  Go to full article
The North Country Department Store returns to Indian River Middle School this year. Photo: Office of Addie Russell
The North Country Department Store returns to Indian River Middle School this year. Photo: Office of Addie Russell

Preview: North Country Dept Store at Indian River Middle School

The Third Annual North Country Department Store will be on Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, at the Indian River Middle School. The event showcases locally made and available products by artisans, farmers and even antiques dealers.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell is organizing the annual department store, which is part of her "Rediscovering Your Backyard" initiative. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse <i>Picasso at the Lapin Agile</i>.  The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players
Members of the Grasse River Players rehearse Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The play opens tonight at the historic Edwards Opera House (7:30pm). Photo: Grasse River Players

Preview: "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" in Edwards

Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar: that's the premise of the Grasse River Players community theater production this weekend.

Todd Moe talks with director Morgan Hastings and cast members Jeff Griegel and Jennifer Freego for a preview of Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the historic Edwards Opera House.  Go to full article
Andrea Hill making a wheel thrown mug in her home studio in Saranac Lake. Photo:  Todd Moe
Andrea Hill making a wheel thrown mug in her home studio in Saranac Lake. Photo: Todd Moe

How do they do that? Creativity up close

NCPR is media sponsor for the 7th annual "Artist at Work" studio tour" this weekend. The three-day event features more than 40 artists who will open their studio doors to the public to see how art is made up close and personal. The annual tour is organized by Saranac Lake ArtWorks. Todd Moe recently visited some of the artist galleries and home studios on the tour.  Go to full article
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project".  Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week.  Photo:  Alan Tuttle
Gouverneur high school students examine 13 old doors in the gymnasium as part of the "Domiciles Project". Similar exhibitions of the repainted doors will be held at the Indian River and Ogdensburg school districts next week. Photo: Alan Tuttle

Using old doors to inspire creativity

Three North Country school districts are collaborating with artist Alan Tuttle this fall on a pilot project that uses old doors to help reinvent creative writing and art. The antique doors were repainted with scenes from life as it might have been lived behind each door. Todd Moe visited Gouverneur Central School to find out how English, art and drama teachers are using Tuttle's Domiciles Project to inspire creativity in people of all ages.  Go to full article
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe
A sign on the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's former gallery and gift shop in downtown Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

SLC Arts Council closes Potsdam gift shop, moves across town

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council closed its downtown Potsdam gallery and gift shop this month. The Arts Council board voted to consolidate the organization in its Snell Hall studios across town. Initial reaction from local artists and the public has been mostly disappointment. But the Arts Council's leadership says the move will allow it to save money and focus on education, artist professional development and community partnerships.

Todd Moe spoke with Executive Director Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton about the Arts Council's relocation to Snell Hall, and with two longtime local artists who sold their work at the storefront gift shop.  Go to full article
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann
Beth Johnson presents a check to State Theater owner Sally Strasser (R). Photo: Brian Mann

Tupper's State Theater gets digital boost

The effort to save North Country cinemas gathered steam this week in Tupper Lake, with the local arts council donating $10,000 to help the State Theater.

It's part of a region-wide effort, called "Go Digital Or Go Dark" that aims to help movie theaters make the transition to expensive new computerized projectors.  Go to full article

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