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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

Preview: a tribute to the 20th century in song, dance and art

Songs, poetry and stories that depict pivotal events of the past century are part of An American Journey being presented Saturday night (7:30) in Potsdam. Women's Suffrage, the Great Depression, the civil rights era and the AIDS crisis are included in an evening of musical theater in Clarkson's Snell Auditorium in downtown Potsdam. Admission is free. The show is a nostalgic look at the struggles, tragedies and triumphs in 20th century America. Todd Moe talks with three cast members, Angela Conzone, Sarah Hope and Bernie Mulvaney about their artistic journey through the last century.  Go to full article
A 19th century engraving of music and dance at an Adirondack loggers camp. <br />
A 19th century engraving of music and dance at an Adirondack loggers camp.

High praise for TAUNY's music website

TAUNY's music website explores the rich music-making traditions that have evolved over generations in the Adirondack region. It recently won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Upstate History Alliance. Website reviewers applauded the project's "accessibility and quality." Todd Moe talks with musician and historian Dave Ruch, who was project director for the website.  Go to full article

Groups wants to save John Brown Farm from closing

A group of activists held a small rally at John Browns Farm near Lake Placid yesterday. They urged Governor David Paterson to keep the state park open despite the state's massive budget deficit.

The famous abolitionist was buried on the farm just outside the village after being executed in Virginia for attempting to spark a slave rebellion.

The rally came on the closing day on the 2010 Olympics. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said preserving Brown's final resting place would save an important piece of the town's history. He said it's important to protect not only Lake Placid's Olympic heritage, but it's cultural heritage as well.

State officials want to close nine parks in the North Country as part of an effort aimed to close an $8.2 billion deficit. Brian Mann will have more on this story tomorrow morning during The Eight O'Clock Hour.  Go to full article
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis

John Brown?s farm, Crown Point historic site eyed by state for closure

State officials are considering a plan that could shut down two of the most cherished historic sites in the North Country. John Brown's farm, just outside of Lake Placid, and the Crown Point State Historic Site in the Champlain Valley would stay closed in the spring. According to two reports published yesterday, the move is part of Governor David Paterson's sweeping statewide budget cutting plan. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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