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Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.
Napolean and the Festival Queen in Cape Vincent.

A Cultural Melange at the French Festival

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
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright<br />Source:  Forest Lawn Cemetery
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright
Source: Forest Lawn Cemetery

In Buffalo, an Artful (and Epxensive) Sort of Death

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

Remembering Irish Sacrifice on the Rideau Canal

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
The Crystal Restaurant, Watertown. Photo by Martha Cooper
The Crystal Restaurant, Watertown. Photo by Martha Cooper

TAUNY Invites Ideas for Registry of Very Special Places

Every community has its own cultural landmarks -- from diners to lone pine trees -- now North Country folklorists want to hear about them. Martha Foley talks with Jill Breit about Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's Registry of Very Special Places.  Go to full article

A Tribute to Folksinger Pete Seeger on His 85th Birthday

Folksinger and activist Pete Seeger is 85 today--a lot of years and a lot of music and dedication to causes near and far. Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren has this tribute.  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the latke batter. Below, latkes on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Martha Foley make them live in the NCPR kitchen.

Potato Latke Recipe:

8 lg. potatoes (Idaho baking potatoes not recommended)
2 eggs
1 lg. onion
2 tsp. salt
2 T flour
pepper to taste
lots of cooking oil

Grate potatoes; mince onion (finely or coarsely, depending on preference). Add egg, salt, pepper, and flour. Drain mixture to remove water. Fry in hot oil until crisp on edges. Drain on paper towels or eat right away!  Go to full article

State to Return Mohawk Wampum Belt

The State Museum in Albany will return a more than 200 year-old wampum belt to the Akwesasne Mohawks. The Board of Regents, which oversees the museum, approved the move yesterday. The artifact may document a founding moment in the history of the Mohawk community that straddles the international border near Massena. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Cultural Exchange: NCPR Hosts Journalist from Kyrgyzstan

It's surprising, sometimes, the people you get to meet. This month, the staff at North Country Public Radio, and lots of others in the region, have gotten acquainted with Nazeera Djakylbekova. And she's gotten to know us a little. Nazeera is from Kyrgyzstan, and she's in the states to learn about how we do radio - public radio.  Go to full article
Cultural Landmark: Clare & Carl's old-style "Michigan" stand, Plattsburgh.
Cultural Landmark: Clare & Carl's old-style "Michigan" stand, Plattsburgh.

Folklorists Gather in Sackets Harbor

Folklorists from across the state will gather in Sackets Harbor for their fall meeting this weekend. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, will host the conference which will focus on cultural landmarking and conservation. Executive Director Varick Chittenden says TAUNY will showcase its Very Special Places project at the gathering.  Go to full article

Hannawa Falls Demolition Derby

Summer in the North Country means field day festivals for virtually every town and hamlet. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. But for the automotive lovers, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another. David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.  Go to full article

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