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<i>Eastern Wind</i> dancers at last year's "Night of Nations" in Plattsburgh.
Eastern Wind dancers at last year's "Night of Nations" in Plattsburgh.

SUNY Plattsburgh celebrates international education, awareness

SUNY Plattsburgh is celebrating International Education Week with a series of workshops, lectures, debates and the "Night of Nations" cultural showcase on Saturday. Todd Moe talks with Student Association president, PJ Shah, an international student from Nepal, about the lure of attending college in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article
Workers put the finishing touches on the exterior of TAUNY's center in Canton.
Workers put the finishing touches on the exterior of TAUNY's center in Canton.

TAUNY's tony new space opens Saturday

This Saturday you're invited back inside Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's newly renovated space on Main Street in Canton. The work trucks and dumpsters are out of the back parking lot and the brown paper is coming off the front windows by Saturday morning. TAUNY showcases the folk culture and living traditions of the North Country. The first phase of renovations includes an elevator, improved lighting and fresh paint. Todd Moe stopped by TAUNY earlier this week for a sneak preview with Executive Director Jill Breit.  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article

Canton shines for Dairy Princess parade

It was a perfect sunny day Saturday, and Canton was out in force for the annual tradition of the Dairy Princess parade. There was dairy royalty, lots of tractors and floats, and plenty to satisfy the sweet tooth. David Sommerstein was there and sent this audio postcard...  Go to full article
TAUNY's Kristen Whittier and Jill Breit with some of the hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell.
TAUNY's Kristen Whittier and Jill Breit with some of the hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell.

Preview: TAUNY at 25 auction

Traditional Arts In Upstate New York is celebrating 25 years of showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of the region. As part of a year long anniversary, TAUNY hosts its "TAUNY at 25" fundraising auction next Thursday in Canton, including a collection of hand-carved birds by the late Hazel Tyrrell of Pierrepont. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY's executive director Jill Breit about the organization's 25 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting customs and traditions of the North Country. Breit says Varick Chittenden was the founder and first director of TAUNY in 1986.  Go to full article
Knights in shining armor are a highlight of this year's parade (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Knights in shining armor are a highlight of this year's parade (Photos: Brian Mann)

Pride, parade, and the pulse of Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival closed yesterday with a cascade of fireworks over the ice palace on the shore of Lake Flower.

While the castle is the centerpiece of the 114 year old carnival, one of the most revered traditions is the annual parade.

It's a showcase of all the energy, joy and creativity that the village has to offer. Brian Mann was on hand for this year's festivities and sent an audio postcard.  Go to full article
Lee Knight in the NCPR studio
Lee Knight in the NCPR studio

Music: Christmas tunes from the Appalachians

Folk balladeer Lee Knight joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning to share
some favorite Christmas music with roots in Appalachia. Knight, who grew up in Saranac Lake, lives in North Carolina and has dedicated his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians. He became familiar with the cultures of both regions in college and learned the stories and music from traditional sources -- the people who had them as part of their community for generations.  Go to full article
Roger Huntley at a family farm auction in Madrid, 2000.
Roger Huntley at a family farm auction in Madrid, 2000.

Meet the Masters: Roger Huntley

Roger Huntley died this week at age 82. He was the sixth generation of his family to work their 300-acre dairy farm in the St. Lawrence County Town of Pierrepont. He was a fixture in his local hamlet of Crary Mills: active in the commmunity center located in the old Grange Hall, and as the proprietor, with his wife, Ann, of the Crary Mills "Mighty Mall."

But over the years and throughout the region he was best known as an auctioneer, a trade he took up in the late 1950s. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York named Roger to its honor roll of North Country Masters in 2000.

We profiled him in May of that year, when he was busy conducting the premier old-time sales of the northern Adirondack foothills and St. Lawrence Valley. Here's that profile, produced by Joel Hurd.  Go to full article

Preview: Remington Arts Festival

NCPR is media sponsor for the 9th annual Remington Arts Festival in downtown Canton. The event begins Friday night and continues throughout Saturday with a focus on Frederic Remington, art, history and culture. It includes an art sale on the village green, 5K run, music, children's games and horse-drawn carriage tours of the village with stops at significant historical landmarks from Remington's life. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY's Carol Pynchon about the event. She helped organize the first Remington Arts Festival.  Go to full article

Amish in New York: among us, but apart

In parts of St. Lawrence County, Amish buggies and horse drawn wagons commonly share the roads with cars and tractor trailers. Failing modern farms have been reclaimed. There are roads that take you back to the 19th century, not just to the next "English" town. The migration to St. Lawrence County, and now parts of Franklin County, began about 35 years ago. Now they are neighbors.

A new book, "New York Amish, Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State," traces the long history of Amish communities in New York, and opens a window on the diversity of the contemporary Amish communities. Martha Foley talks with the author Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at the State University of new York at Potsdam.  Go to full article

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