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Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in <em>Jesus My Boy</em>. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario.   Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in Jesus My Boy. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Preview: "Jesus, My Boy"

Joseph, the often forgotten Jewish carpenter who becomes the father of Jesus in the Christmas story, gets his say in the production of Jesus, My Boy.

The one-man show opens tonight at St. Andrew's Church in Prescott, Ontario. Ian Farthing, artistic director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, stars as Joseph.

Farthing told Todd Moe that he first saw the production in London, and calls it the retelling of a familiar story with funny anecdotes and a "healthy dose of irreverance."  Go to full article
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people in the North Country, Jan. 6 is another day of celebration: Epiphany, or "Old Christmas."

Karen Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She's been working with the North County's Amish for years.  Go to full article
Tremblay with 8-year-old Dana Abozmal. Photo: Karen Kelly
Tremblay with 8-year-old Dana Abozmal. Photo: Karen Kelly

Ottawa social worker is also Santa

With the requisite white beard and round belly, Raymond Tremblay looks like Santa Claus, even when he isn't wearing his red suit.

Tremblay is the official Santa for Canada Post, and the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. He's also Santa at his day job at the Shepherds of Good Hope, a homeless shelter in Ottawa.

Tremblay employs the same skills as a social worker as he does in the red velvet suit.  Go to full article
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire. Photo: Todd Moe

A heart as big as Santa's, and a real beard, too

For more than 45 years, an Ogdensburg man has donned his Santa suit and played a Christmas role that has brought much joy to himself and others.

Duane Adams first played Santa when he was a soldier stationed near Saigon during the Vietnam War. Every season since, Adams has visited schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parades dressed as the jolly old elf.

His Santa work begins in November and, like the real deal, he's busiest right before Christmas. He's always the guest of honor at Ogdensburg's annual Santa Claus parade. For Adams, most of the pleasure comes from giving back -- he donates all his Santa earnings to local charities.

Todd Moe paid him a visit during a day off, and found the beard, belly and generosity are all genuine.  Go to full article
NAVE at St. Agnes' Church. Pphoto: John Eldridge
NAVE at St. Agnes' Church. Pphoto: John Eldridge

Choral group explores traditional English Christmas music

A northern Adirondack chamber choral group will perform Festival of Lessons and Carols on Friday night at Notre Dame Church in Malone, St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, or "NAVE", has twenty singers from Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. It's conducted by Andrew Benware. Todd Moe talks with Angela Brown, a co-founder and singer in the group.  Go to full article
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham

New music for the holidays: "All Through the Night"

Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a new CD for the holidays. Todd Moe caught up with the duo for the story behind All through the Night, and Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce

Heard Up North: Family remembers 10 years of gingerbread

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York opens its 10th annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit Saturday in Canton. The Pierce family of Heuvelton will have an entry, just like every other year the contest has been around.

Julie Grant met recently with Carolyn Pierce and a handful of her seven children, who range in age from seven to 20. Reggie, the oldest, is now in college. He was 10 the first year they entered. That year they attempted a gingerbread replica of their church in Heuvelton.

In the years that have followed, they've made the Remington Tavern, the Quiltmaker's gift castle, and their own barn. They've even won the TAUNY contest a few times.

Mother Carolyn Pierce says it was Aunt Eloise, also known as Faye White, who first encouraged them to get into gingerbread making.  Go to full article

Post-holiday plant care tips

Some post-holiday notes from Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy today. From a new Christmas cactus that's dropped its blossoms, or a 12-foot tree that's dropping its needles, Ivy shared tips with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article
The guy re-stocking the cheese was in a very friendly conversation... and I thought, 'Oh, that looks like Cuomo.'

Cuomo back to vacation in Adirondacks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was back in the Tri-Lakes this week, vacationing in Lake Placid with his daughters and his girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee.

Cuomo was seen buying groceries at the Price Chopper supermarket in Lake Placid on Monday and he and Lee were seen shopping in Saranac Lake Tuesday. The family also skied at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center this week, as confirmed by Jon Lundin, spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs the center. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Bruce McCulley, general manager of Whiteface Mountain, monitors the snow guns that he uses to battle the weather (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Bruce McCulley, general manager of Whiteface Mountain, monitors the snow guns that he uses to battle the weather (Photo: Brian Mann)

Another rainy December day, tough news for winter tourism

Temperatures today in much of the North Country are expected to top forty degrees, with a chance of rain in some areas. If you hate shoveling snow or paying a big bill for your heating oil, this winter's mild weather is probably great news.

But for thousands of people who rely on snow for winter tourism, this year's lingering, autumn-like conditions have been painful. From Glens Falls to Malone, ski areas have been forced to delay their openings, or are operating with limited trails. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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