Skip Navigation
on:

NCPR is supported by:

News stories tagged with "culture"

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

2nd Sap Run May Salvage Syrup Season

Yesterday's warm temperatures induced a late run of sap in the maple trees of northern New York and Vermont. The second run may save a strange season that maple syrup producers feared was going to be a disaster. But as David Sommerstein reports, tappers further South weren't so lucky.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story.  Go to full article
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to teach and learn about a variety of native issues, from how the Iroquois document history to native burial mounds in Ohio.

The Tree of Peace Society was founded two decades ago by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. Its mission is to recover and pass on Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy. David Sommerstein went to the learning center in Rossie to talk with Chief Swamp.  Go to full article

Sound Portrait: St. Lawrence County Fair

David Sommerstein takes us on an audio tour of the St. Lawrence County fair in Gouverneur. The fair runs through Saturday night.  Go to full article

The Ogdensburg Horseshoe Pits

David Sommerstein takes us on an audio tour of league night at the horseshoe pits on the Ogdenburg waterfront. Players tell us about the "one and a quarter turn shoe", the "floater", and of course, the "ringer".  Go to full article

Preview: Adirondack Music Festival

The Adirondack Music Festival takes place at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center this Sunday, June 9th. The line-up includes performances by Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Chris Shaw. Paul Smiths VIC Spokesman Andy Flynn tells Todd Moe Sunday's event is part of a series on interpreting the Adirondacks through the arts.  Go to full article

Adirondack Curriculum Project

Some North Country teachers are hoping to use the history and culture of the Adirondacks as an educational tool in the classroom. The Adirondack Curriculum Project is hosting its first conference to introduce educators to a program aimed at helping meet the New York State Learning Standards. Jody Tosti has more on the one-day symposium set for this October.  Go to full article

"Hot Pstromi": Hot Klezmer

David Sommerstein talks with Yiddish musician and folklorist Yale Strom about klezmer, the music of central and eastern European Jews. Strom and his band, "Hot Pstromi", perform their klezmer-blues-jazz fusion Thursday at 8pm at St. Lawrence University in Canton.  Go to full article

« first  « previous 10  93-194 of 102