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Green signs of the season

Whether you cut your own tree in the back 40, or do some judicious trimming of the shrub in the backyard, holiday greens are on the agenda. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has been making her own wreaths and garlands for years. She shared some tips with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
This year's tree, this morning.
This year's tree, this morning.

A perfect day, and a perfect tree

A bright winter day, and a meadow full of balsam trees. Martha Foley reprises a family outing to find the perfect Christmas tree.
The postcard from a Vermontville clearing first aired in 1994.  Go to full article
Lauren and her potted tree. It will stay outdoors until Christmas Eve, when it will be brought in for 14 hours. Photo: Jennifer Guerra
Lauren and her potted tree. It will stay outdoors until Christmas Eve, when it will be brought in for 14 hours. Photo: Jennifer Guerra

O Christmas tree

It's the holidays... which for some of us means time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and, oh yeah, pick out a Christmas tree. We sent reporter Jennifer Guerra to find out which tree is greener - real or artificial.  Go to full article

Holiday Cooking Call-in

Host Jackie Sauter is joined by cook and food enthusiast Carol Berard to share holiday recipes and tips with callers. The call-in is an annual NCPR holiday feature.  Go to full article

Tips for keeping holiday plants healthy

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about holidays plants -- how to pick the right one and how to keep it long-lasting this holiday season.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winter and Holiday Reading Call-in

This year, we've timed our reading list call-in as a resource for last-minute holiday shoppers. Once again, we'll invite your suggestions for winter reading and gift giving, for book lovers of all ages. The list will be available on our website or, by request, mailed as a hard copy. Co-hosts for this show: Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, Rick Hunter, and John Ernst--plus, of course, our listeners.  Go to full article
Nunavut artist Okpik Pitseolak has been carving stone for nearly 50 years.
Nunavut artist Okpik Pitseolak has been carving stone for nearly 50 years.

Qulliq: lessons from a stone oil lamp

The winter solstice marks a turning point, as the longest night of the year gives way to the return of spring and summer. No matter where people live, when it's frozen and dark outside, critical needs must be met: shelter and sustenance. Warmth and light. The company of others. Way up North, back in igloo times, the solution to most of that was the qulliq, or stone oil lamp. Although the qulliq has fallen out of general use, it's still a revered symbol of cultural ingenuity. Lucy Martin learned more about the care and use of an Inuit stone oil lamp, while thinking about qualities it still illuminates today.  Go to full article
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir

"Fearless" young singers at Crane

Children's choirs have been around for generations, and most adults will tell you their love of music began at a young age. There are a handful of youth choirs in the North Country that help foster early vocal skills, and supplement local school music programs. The Children's Chorus of Crane presents its winter concert at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam tonight at 7:30. It's a choir made up of a diverse group from throughout the North Country. Todd Moe stopped by a recent rehearsal and found a group of youngsters serious about making music together.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: in the kitchen... blintzes!

Holidays may not start in the kitchen but all the good ones end up there, as families and friends come together to celebrate around food. At Potsdam's Beth El Synagogue the public is invited in, too -- just before Chanukah -- for the annual food festival. This year's festival is Sunday, Dec. 14. Before you get in the door you'll smell the latkes or potato pancakes frying in oil, and the matzo ball soup. Another staple of the event is the blintz... Martha Foley has today's Heard Up North. (Thanks to Lamar Bliss for recording and producing this piece.)  Go to full article

Holiday Food and Festivities Call-in

Hosts Martha Foley and Jackie Sauter talk with guests Wally Siebel, Carol Berard, George Arnold and callers about favorite holiday recipes and traditions.  Go to full article

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