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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
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris
Signposts along the way. Photo: Sarah Harris

Defining the Champlain Valley

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. Some are newsy, others are just fun. A taste of summer in this story.

Lake Champlain means different thing to different people. It's a border between Vermont, Quebec, and New York. It's where people go to fish, swim, and boat. People cross it to get to work or see their families. It's even a drinking water supply. Reporter Sarah Harris spent a week driving around the lake and asking people what it means to live in the Champlain Valley. Here's what she learned.  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
Shelburne Museum's new Center for Art and Education opens August 18th.
Shelburne Museum's new Center for Art and Education opens August 18th.

New building will expand Shelburne Museum's cultural reach

The Shelburne Museum opens its new Center for Art and Education this summer, and for the first time in the museum's 66-year history, it will be open year-round. Todd Moe talks with Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg about the new building, which will include galleries, an auditorium and classroom.  Go to full article
Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee.  Photo: Mitch Lee
Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee. Photo: Mitch Lee

National Storytelling Day: "The White Feather" by Mitch Lee

Today is the first day of spring. It's also World Storytelling Day -- a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn in the southern. Everyone has a story to tell, and there are lots of storytellers in our region.

For over 25 years, Mitch Lee has been telling tales about life in the mountains and the big woods. He was born and raised in the west-central Adirondacks. When he isn't busy spinning tales at schools, libraries and community groups, Lee runs the Parks Department in Inlet, NY where he helps promote local tourism. He also writes the weekly column, Growing up Adirondack, for The Weekly Adirondack newspaper. Todd Moe spoke with Mitch Lee about his love of telling tales and asked him to share a favorite local story called, The White Feather.  Go to full article
The Ticonderoga outside the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Ticonderoga outside the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

What happens to an old warship, 200 years later?

The war of 1812 may seem like it happened a long time ago. But in Whitehall, New York, residents have a daily reminder: the Ticonderoga.

For the past 50 years, the battleship has been sitting squarely on the lawn of the Skenesborough Museum. But it's not clear who's responsible for preserving the boat.  Go to full article
<i>Maple tapping in the early spring</i>, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo:  Todd Moe
Maple tapping in the early spring, butternut, Tom Cote. Photo: Todd Moe

Artists who look to the forest for ideas, inspiration

Considered America's oldest working woodlands, the Northern Forest -- stretching from the Tug Hill through the Adirondacks to the coast of Maine -- is also home to a remarkable range of traditional artists. This month, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, opened a new exhibit that features art from among the trees.

TAUNY executive director Jill Breit says the concept behind Artists of the Forest is to showcase how artists are using the resources that are growing around them in the woods. The pieces featured in the show come from northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

A new life for Whallonsburg's old Grange

Next week, a new season of lectures, music and theater begins at the historic grange hall in Whallonsburg, near Essex in the Champlain Valley. The century-old building, once a hub for the local farming community, is seeing a rebirth as one of the area's cultural destinations.

Volunteers have spent years raising money, and sweat equity, to save the structure. The last stages of renovation are underway, and organizers are turning their attention to programming. Mary-Nell Bockman is one of the volunteers bringing the old grange back to life. She's program manager for the site, and told Todd Moe that the next goal is reinventing it as a year-round center of activity for the hamlet of Whallonsburg and the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
The Dalai Lama and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Dalai Lama and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Sarah Harris

Dalai Lama addresses thousands in Middlebury

The Dalai Lama visited Middlebury College in Vermont last Friday and Saturday. Thousands of people descended on the college town to hear his message.  Go to full article
Male traditionalist dancers compete. Photo: David Sommerstein
Male traditionalist dancers compete. Photo: David Sommerstein

Balance of dance and drum at Akwesasne's pow wow

The weekend after Labor Day is a special one on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. People from across the region gather on Cornwall Island for the Akwesasne Pow-Wow, a friendly competition of dancing, drumming, and singing that's at the heart of native culture.  Go to full article

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