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This discussion is not intended as an endorsement of fast food in general or any chain in particular. No, this is about cuisine as culture. As in “you know something is popular when….” Huffington Post Canada is reporting that...
What are the prospects for live orchestras? You know, a full stage of classically-trained musicians, filling stately halls with robust, dynamic music. As more and more symphonic orchestras wobble or die one has to wonder how many will...
The United States is such a big player on the world stage that sometimes other countries are grateful for a space where Americans cannot intrude. This may be especially true on the cultural stage. So it was huge news in the book world when the Man...
I never learned to like coffee, so I can’t weigh in on the java side of this pop-culture question. But I have been very grateful for access to washrooms on long road trips. Or for the use of free wi-fi when away from home. So, I have my own...
I cover the Champlain Valley, so I cross back and forth between Vermont and New York a lot. Sometimes the places blur together and I don’t even notice I’ve crossed the state line. But other times – in the islands, in Port Henry and Whitehall,...
News stories tagged with "culture"
Aug 29, 2006 — Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Todd Moe talks with director Varick Chittenden about 20 years of collecting and preserving North Country culture and art, and how TAUNY got its start. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jul 12, 2006 — This week, an empty Chevy dealership in the Champlain Valley town of Port Henry has come to life again. The dusty building has been transformed by a small group of Star Trek fans into a professional-quality movie studio. Using volunteer labor and some surprising sources of money, the group is creating new Star Trek episodes that harken back to the TV show's glory days in the late 1960s. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Jul 10, 2006 — One of the North Country's cultural landmarks is closing. With Pipe & Book, a popular used bookstore and tobacco shop in Lake Placid, will close its doors after 29 years. The business has also been an important market for books about the Adirondacks. Co-owner Julie Turner spoke with Brian Mann. She's this morning's Heard Up North. Go to full article
May 11, 2006 — The Town of DeKalb 2006 Performance series begins Friday night (7 pm) at the Old Meetinghouse Museum in East DeKalb. The first performance for the season will be traditional music and dance by a group of Mohawk musicians. Sarah Hern, curator at the Ronathanhonni Cultural Center at Akwesasne on Cornwall Island, spoke with Todd Moe about the group's performance. Go to full article
Apr 14, 2006 — A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. We Are From Akwesasne offers a visual, listening and hands-on experience of Akwesasne artistic and cultural heritage. Exhibit curator and Akwsasne Museum program coordinator Sue Ellen Herne told Todd Moe that the principal advisors for creating the new exhibit were youth from Akwesasne. Go to full article
Oct 10, 2005 — As we're told, English is a wonderfully elastic language. It's colorful, inclusive, and in a state of constant change. But some changes are less welcome than others. Commentator Paul Willcott has an issue with the expanding use of a particular bit of profanity. Go to full article
Aug 30, 2005 — Grindstone Island is a place where the past is quite present. Grindstone is just opposite the St. Lawrence River village of Clayton. It's several miles long, one of the largest of the Thousand Islands. There are no official roads. Folks get around in old jalopies or ATVs. Only 11 people live on Grindstone all winter, but when the weather changes, families who've spent generations of summers there return, and a larger community reassembles. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the big dance at Dodge Hall. Usually it's DJs or rock 'n' roll bands who supply the music. But every once in a while, some fiddlers and callers get together for an old-fashioned square dance. David Sommerstein joined in a couple of weekends ago, and sent this audio postcard. Go to full article
Jul 14, 2005 — In the early 1600s, French Jesuit priests paddled hundreds of miles up the St. Lawrence River. They settled on the fertile land by the river's source at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. It's estimated a third of today's population in northern Jefferson County is descended from those French settlers. Last weekend, Cape Vincent held its 37th annual French Festival to celebrate that heritage. North Country Public Radio was also celebrating there. It was the grand opening of our new translator in Cape Vincent, reaching listeners at 93.9 FM. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Nov 24, 2004 — Buffalo is known for its long association with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Several of his buildings are now being restored. The latest of his designs to be newly built is already on display in the city. Its not a house or a museum -- it's a mausoleum. Buffalo's oldest cemetery is using one of Wright's designs as part of a new marketing campaign, designed to attract upscale funerals. Brian Mann visited recently and has our story. Go to full article
Jun 24, 2004 — The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system. Go to full article