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Proposed Saranac Lake attraction receives EPF funds (Photo:  Adk Carousel website)
Proposed Saranac Lake attraction receives EPF funds (Photo: Adk Carousel website)

Adk green and cultural groups receive environmental money

The Spitzer administration has distributed more than $25 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Fund, to groups and local governments across the state. The big winners in the North Country were two pro-environment groups in Lake George, and a new carousel planned for Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Adirondack history in words and sketches

Writer Marty Podskoch has assembled a new book of stories and illustrations from the Adirondacks. Adirondack Stories--Historical Sketches is a collaboration with illustrator Sam Glanzman, and profiles 150 famous Adirondack guides, writers, hotels, boats, sports and events. Todd Moe spoke with Podskoch about the format that includes text and comic book style images.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco and Derek Muirden (Source: MLPBS)
Arto Monaco and Derek Muirden (Source: MLPBS)

Arto Monaco story airs nationwide on PBS

This Friday and Saturday, Mountain Lake PBS will broadcast their new documentary called "A Castle In Every Heart." It's the story of Arto Monaco, the Adirondack inventor and toymaker who created some of America's earliest theme parks. Monaco's creations in the North Country included the Land of Make Believe in Upper Jay, which he built in his own back yard. Coming up in the second half hour, we'll hear Brian Mann's interview with Arto, recorded just a year before his death in 2002. But first, Brian talks with filmmaker Derek Muirden about his friendship with Arto Monaco and about the new documentary, which will air nationwide starting this year.  Go to full article
Partying in Thomkins Square Park by Nathan Farb (Images courtesy:  N. Farb)
Partying in Thomkins Square Park by Nathan Farb (Images courtesy: N. Farb)

Farb unveils iconic photographs of the Summer of Love

Photographer Nathan Farb is most famous in the Adirondacks for his large-scale wilderness scenes. But as a young man, Farb spent three years documenting life on New York City's Lower East Side. In 1967, when the Summer of Love swept over Tomkins Square Park, Farb captured the revolution on film. There are photographs of New York icons like Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. But there are also powerful, intimate images of everyday people whose lives were being transformed. For the first time, Farb's Summer of Love photographs can be seen in his new exhibition, called "A Photographer's Journal." The show is being mounted at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University. To talk about the project, Nathan Farb met recently with Brian Mann in Tomkins Square Park. Brian sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"
New exhibition in Montreal looks at "the corn people"

Rediscovering the "Corn People" of the St. Lawrence Valley

Five centuries ago, the St. Lawrence valley, from Watertown to Quebec City, was ruled by a culture that modern anthropologists call "the corn people." When the first French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in 1534, he found bustling towns and well-ordered fields. A few decades later, when Samuel de Champlain reached the same area, the corn people were gone. Their villages were empty. Their fields were abandoned. A new exhibition in Montreal explores the mystery of their disappearance. But as Brian Mann reports, some members of the Mohawk community say the scientists and historians have the story wrong.  Go to full article
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks

Celebrating the art of scrapbooks

A new exhibit on scrapbooks opens at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) this weekend. "Memories to Share: A Sample of North Country Scrapbooks" opens Saturday (10am) as part of Canton's "Winterfest" celebration. For many scrapbookers, their albums are a way of preserving a record of family life or special events. The history of scrapbooks goes back centuries. Todd Moe asked Potsdam scrapbooker Marylee Ballou how she learned the art of "heirloom albums".  Go to full article
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.

Soul food for the stomach and spirit

The growth of Fort Drum since the 1980s has had a profound cultural effect on the Watertown area. You can see it in the restaurants scattered outside the base. Thai food, Korean food, dixieland BBQ all serve their constituents. A new restaurant outside Fort Drum serves both African-American soul food and Puerto Rican Hispanic fare. As David Sommerstein reports, its owners also dish up a helping of food for the spirit. Willie Mae's Soul Food and Hispanic restaurant is on 30092 Rt.3 in Black River, near Watertown. Call for hours and more information: (315)286-2146.  Go to full article

TAUNY celebrates 20 years

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
James Cawley as James T. Kirk
James Cawley as James T. Kirk

Star Trek's Bold New Frontier in Port Henry

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

With Pipe and Book Closes in Lake Placid

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

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