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A season of music and community sing-alongs

This is the season for music. Communities across the North Country are hosting Holiday jams, concerts and caroling this month. In Lake Placid, on Sunday, December 11th, the Community Church will host the annual Tri-Lakes Messiah Community Sing. For many it's a way to kick off the Christmas season with their voices. Todd Moe talks with the conductor, Drew Benware, about this locally produced, musical Holiday experience.  Go to full article
Martha Foley's Christmas tree, in bloom. Photo: Everett Smith
Martha Foley's Christmas tree, in bloom. Photo: Everett Smith

Bring on spring with early indoor blossoms

"Forcing" plants and bulbs to bloom is an easy way to bring spring fragrance and color into the house, long before the first spring flowers.

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy reviews how to handle the paper whites, amaryllis and other bulbs commonly given for holiday gifts.

Martha Foley got both for Christmas. She also got a surprise from her Christmas tree, the very top of a tall blown-down balsam tree. It's blooming, too. Among the lights and ornamments are dozens and dozens of spiky green flowers that would have turned into cones this summer.  Go to full article

Whither the Christmas tree?

Some families savor their Christmas tree well into January. Some trees are one their way out the door already. And some trees, still alive in their pots, are going...where? When?
Cornell Cooperative extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares tips and warnings with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Gaylan Parke, left, and dad Adam get ready to deliver an 11-foot tall Balsam to a Brooklyn family. He'll even help set up the tree. Photo by Amy Eddings.
Gaylan Parke, left, and dad Adam get ready to deliver an 11-foot tall Balsam to a Brooklyn family. He'll even help set up the tree. Photo by Amy Eddings.

Christmas tree farmers go to market--in Brooklyn

December is typically a good time for business. And one of the best places to sell things is New York City. That's why every year a number of hardy Northeastern tree farmers make the long trip south and stay for several weeks--to sell Christmas trees.

The urban-rural connection helps keep these farms going. But it has also forged friendships between farmers and city dwellers.

As part of a collaboration of northeast stations, Amy Eddings of WNYC reports
(Northeast environmental reporting is made possible, in part, by a grant from United Technologies.)  Go to full article
Deborah Dunleavy
Deborah Dunleavy

The Crystal: A sweet Christmas story

Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy shares a childhood Christmas story about her grandfather's homemade candy canes.  Go to full article
Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.
Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.

Canton carolers hit the street

With homemade tin lanterns in hand, about two dozen carolers took to the streets of Canton late last week to share their joy of song and the Holidays. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, sponsored the caroling party. Todd Moe tagged along.  Go to full article
Bartender Libby Wheeler knows the secret behind the Crystal's Tom & Jerry.
Bartender Libby Wheeler knows the secret behind the Crystal's Tom & Jerry.

Heard Up North: Holiday cheer in Watertown's Public Square

Across the North Country, towns and villages are decked out in their Christmas best. Historic Public Square in Watertown is adorned with lights that grace a multi-million dollar renovation completed two years ago.

David Sommerstein found the holiday cheer in Public Square for a double dose Heard Up North. First, wet your whistle with Watertown's favorite cocktail--the Tom & Jerry at the Crystal Restaurant--then Walk around to the East end of Public Square and into the Paddock Arcade. Built in 1850, it claims to be the oldest continuously operating covered shopping mall in America.

On Wednesdays, the arcade is lined with crafters selling Christmas gifts. Megan Pistolese employs the power of crystals for her jewelry.  Go to full article
This is real religion. This is connecting with a higher being...and connecting with other people through music.

Hallelujah! A sing-along in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for a Messiah community sing-along in Tupper Lake on Sunday. Handel's holiday choral masterpiece is a Tri-Lakes tradition and is being presented this year by the High Peaks Opera Studio, the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra and the Tupper Lake Arts Council. Todd Moe spoke with Dorit Gaedtke, founder and manager of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, who invites everyone, singers and non-singers, to Holy Name Catholic Church on Sunday (5 pm).  Go to full article
TAUNY hosts a caroling party on Friday starting at 3 pm.
TAUNY hosts a caroling party on Friday starting at 3 pm.

The evolution of Christmas caroling

Songs celebrating midwinter, the solstice and Christmas have been sung for centuries. Caroling, or groups of singers moving from house to house during the Holidays, probably began in England, France and Germany in the 15th century. But what about the various forms it takes in America today? Caroling was popular in the Victorian era. What motivates people to bundle-up and sing outdoors in December today? Todd Moe talks with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York staff folklorist Hannah Harvester about the history and evolution of caroling in the U.S. She'll give a lecture about her master's degree thesis "Why These Songs of Happy Cheer?" at TAUNY in Canton tonight at 7 o'clock.  Go to full article

New music for the season: "Be the Light"

Award-winning musicians Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan will host a Holiday concert on Saturday, December 18th at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. This will mark their tenth annual family Holiday show and will include other local musicians and some surprises. Todd Moe talks with Dan and Peggy about their new cd, Be the Light, which includes original and traditional songs and tunes for the Christmas and winter season.  Go to full article

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