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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

How art helps build communities, economies

The Adirondack North Country Association's annual meeting at Great Camp Sagamore Thursday will focus on arts, cultural and historical groups as economic engines in the region. Small business owners, community leaders, and arts and cultural non-profits will share how their work is building communities and local economies. Todd Moe spoke with ANCA executive director Kate Fish and consulting crafts program coordinator Nadia Korths about digging deep into the issue of the arts and economic growth.  Go to full article
Frank and Mason hillips both won first place.
Frank and Mason hillips both won first place.

Heard Up North: Akwesasne smoke dancers

Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered outside the arena on Cornwall Island for the Akwesasne Pow Wow. More than 200 dancers from across the Iroquois territories competed. David Sommerstein spoke with two smoke dancers for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Inside Adirondack Bean-To Coffee.
Inside Adirondack Bean-To Coffee.

Heard Up North: Iced "Dirty Chai" in Saranac Lake

Drew Benmore, a music professor and Malone native who works at Adirondack Bean-To Coffee and spends his summers in Saranac Lake, explains how to make a "dirty chai" iced drink for a hot summer day.  Go to full article
Chowing down.<br />Photo courtesy of Mike Shawl
Chowing down.
Photo courtesy of Mike Shawl

Good Eats at Lake Placid BBQ Festival

Hot and spicy was the order of the day at the Lake Placid 5th annual I Love Barbecue Festival to benefit the Shipman Youth Center. Competitors braved high temperatures for three days as they cooked up some delicious meat. Sarah Harris visited the festival, sampled delectable barbecued chicken and has our story.  Go to full article

State parks out of time as budget delay continues

New York state is closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites because of the budget crisis. State parks officials said on Friday that they will begin locking parking lots and restrooms at 55 properties starting today. The closures come as the state faces a more than $9 billion budget deficit. The budget is now 47 days late. State officials say shutting down dozens of parks and historic sites will save about $12 million dollars. Chris Knight has more on North Country parks.  Go to full article
Pea and spinach season '09. Photo by Martha Foley
Pea and spinach season '09. Photo by Martha Foley

Calling all growers ? for a project mapping vegetable gardens this coming season

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is partnering with NCPR on a new project, The Garden Plot, to map and document vegetable and fruit gardens, big and small, this growing season.
It's a web-based collaboration with gardeners from across the North Country. We're looking for participants to share photos as the season progresses, as well as information about garden practices, tips, advice, lore, problems and triumphs. (see sign-up link below.)
Martha Foley talked with TAUNY Director Jill Breit.  Go to full article

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