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Bedford Falls, Christmas Eve, 1946. Photo: still from <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bedford_Falls_on_Christmas_Eve_1946.jpg"><em>It's a Wonderful Life</em></a>," Liberty Films
Bedford Falls, Christmas Eve, 1946. Photo: still from It's a Wonderful Life," Liberty Films

Seneca Falls, NY, claims link to "Wonderful Life"

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Did George Bailey live his wonderful life in upstate New York?

Folks in the quaint town of Seneca Falls think so. Or more precisely, they say Bailey's make-believe hometown of Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life" was heavily inspired by Seneca Falls.

Seneca Falls has a nice broad main street like Bedford Falls', and there's a steel truss bridge. The film also is loaded with references to nearby upstate cities.  Go to full article
Church in the main square at Upper Canada Village. Archive Photo of the Day, 12/20/10: Carol Goldie, Canton NY.
Church in the main square at Upper Canada Village. Archive Photo of the Day, 12/20/10: Carol Goldie, Canton NY.

Upper Canada Village lights up for the holidays

MORRISBURG, Ont. The winter lights festival at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg kicks off tonight and will run through January 4.

Among the attractions are more than 40 heritage buildings, massive trees and a toy train lit with over a million lights.  Go to full article
The finished product. Photo: Sarah Harris
The finished product. Photo: Sarah Harris

Inside school: making gingerbread houses

Canton first graders are having fun before the holidays making gingerbread houses. There's a trick: they use a milk carton for the base and plaster it with graham crackers, frosting, and candy. It's a classic holiday activity.  Go to full article
The poster for Luciano Pradal's memoir, reflecting Ottawa's busy Byward Market. Photo by Martha Foley
The poster for Luciano Pradal's memoir, reflecting Ottawa's busy Byward Market. Photo by Martha Foley

Roasting chestnuts warm the heart and hand

It's bitter cold this morning. And so was Friday a bitter day to be out on the streets of Ottawa.

But tucked in a doorway just next to a popular downtown Italian grocery was a little island of heat: a cheery guy with a big kettle-like grill, roasting chestnuts. After roasting, he packs a soup can-full of chestnuts into a paper bag and tucks them, hot, into your pocket. He's our Heard Up North.  Go to full article
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/6567490483/">Roadsidepictures</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
1949 edition of "The Night Before CHristmas." Photo: . Photo: Roadsidepictures, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY mock trial for "The Night Before Christmas"

TROY, N.Y. (AP) It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?

This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as "The Night Before Christmas" was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthigh/2096717687/">mlhradio</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: mlhradio, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hundreds of adults say they believe in Santa

A quick disclaimer: this story may not be for children. It addresses the existence of a certain man who lives in the North Pole.

The Siena College Research Institute does regular public opinion surveys in a wide range of areas, varying from politics to business to culture. On Wednesday, Siena released the results of a special survey about the holiday season in New York.

One of the survey questions asked adults what they think about Santa Claus, and far more grown-ups than you might think said they believe.  Go to full article
A busload of Singing Santas will deploy to Burlington night spots tonight. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/superk8/6531220831/">superk8nyc</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A busload of Singing Santas will deploy to Burlington night spots tonight. Photo: superk8nyc, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Singing Santas and elves raise money for charities

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) About 45 Santas and elves will be singing carols in Burlington, Vt., bars and restaurants to raise money for local Vermont charities.

The 15th Santa Night takes place Friday.

Volunteers dressed as Santas and elves will travel by bus and visit 10 establishments.  Go to full article
Lorie Gruneisen, Don Gruneisen and Sam Whitesell in the NCPR studio on Friday morning.  Photos: Zach Hirsch
Lorie Gruneisen, Don Gruneisen and Sam Whitesell in the NCPR studio on Friday morning. Photos: Zach Hirsch

Listen: A Potsdam trio live in the studio with holiday music

They performed together for the first time last weekend in Potsdam, and joined us in the studio this morning for a musical holiday audio postcard. Lorie Gruneisen (violin/vocals), Don Gruneisen (drums) and Sam Whitesell (piano) are a new trio in search of a name, and having a lot of fun with favorite winter tunes. They shared arrangements of familiar Christmas music: We Three Kings/Carol of the Bells, I'll Be Home For Christmas (by SLU alum Kim Gannon) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  Go to full article

Watch: 92nd annual Candlelight Service in Canton

St. Lawrence University held its 92nd Annual Candlelight Service in Leithead Fieldhouse on the university's Canton, NY campus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

The service features traditional Christmas carols and special music by the Laurentian Singers, the University Chorus and a Community Children's Chorus. This year's readings focused on the theme of journeying. The service was relocated due to a fire that damaged the chapel on Oct. 6. The chapel remains closed and under repair. Watch the entire service in this NCPR video.  Go to full article
The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012.  Photo: Northern Choral Society
The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012. Photo: Northern Choral Society

Preview: ONNY's "A Holiday Festival" concert series

Holiday favorites and local choirs will be featured in the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual holiday concert this weekend. ONNY will perform its "Holiday Festival" in Potsdam on Friday night, Watertown on Saturday night and at the Massena high school auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Sunday's concert is presented by Massena Music Friends and will feature the high school choir with the Orchestra. Todd Moe spoke with ONNY music director Ken Andrews.  Go to full article

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