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Drew Mangione, director of development for the Watertown Urban Mission, stands in front of a capital campaign sign during the nonprofit's busy holiday season. Photo: Joanna Richards
Drew Mangione, director of development for the Watertown Urban Mission, stands in front of a capital campaign sign during the nonprofit's busy holiday season. Photo: Joanna Richards

Black Friday alternative at Watertown craft sale

On Black Friday, people cram into stores, treating shopping like a full-contact sport. Others are hold off for a calmer experience in front of their computer screens on Cyber Saturday. But some people still want a fun, communal holiday shopping experience - minus the chaos.  Go to full article
Joël Mayotte in the role of donné, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin
JoŽl Mayotte in the role of donnť, or lay brother, in the cookhouse at a recreated Jesuit mission, circa 1640. Photo: Lucy Martin

Three Sisters Soup: Thanksgiving at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and the U.S.

In Canada,Thanksgiving comes in October and is more of a harvest festival, without any stories about pilgrims and Indians sitting down to feast together. Even so, across North America, early European settlers improved their chances of survival by learning about native foods and techniques.

Last month Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario where she visited Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. The historic site re-creates a Jesuit mission established in 1639, as an outpost of New France. She spoke with costumed interpreter JoŽl Mayotte while he served "three sisters" soup to visitors on Canada's Thanksgiving weekend.  Go to full article

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An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people in the North Country, Jan. 6 is another day of celebration: Epiphany, or "Old Christmas."

Karen Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She's been working with the North County's Amish for years.  Go to full article

New Year's Eve with Guy Berard and Radio Bob

Jazz at the Ten Spot host Guy Berard and Radio Bob Sauter take us over the calendrical cliff with five full hours of favorites and requests.  Go to full article
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya). Photo: Nora Flaherty
Abby with Charlene Romano, Mary France and Santa (Paul Bizaya). Photo: Nora Flaherty

Heard Up North: Santa meets dogs and cats in Ogdensburg

Getting your kids' pictures taken with Santa Claus has been a longtime holiday ritual for many. In recent years another group has begun vying for Santa's attention--pets--and a picture of an awkward dog or an annoyed looking cat in Father Christmas' lap has become a fairly common site on the mantle.

In Ogdensburg on the day after Thanksgiving last year, Amvets Auxiliary post 19 invited people to come out to Tractor Supply with their pets to meet Santa. The event was a benefit for St. Jude Children's research hospital. Nora Flaherty's dog gets nervous in crowds, so she stayed home--but Nora did bring her recorder for this Heard Up North:  Go to full article
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham
Barb Heller and Danny Gotham

New music for the holidays: "All Through the Night"

Long time friends and musical collaborators Barb Heller and Danny Gotham have a new CD for the holidays. Todd Moe caught up with the duo for the story behind All through the Night, and Barb and Danny shared some of their favorite holiday music for two guitars.  Go to full article
Director Bruce Hansen conducts the Goldenaires, as Chris Riordan (blue shirt) sits in the front row. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Director Bruce Hansen conducts the Goldenaires, as Chris Riordan (blue shirt) sits in the front row. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Barbershop chorus is longtime Canton tradition

The Canton Goldenaires have been singing four-part harmonies for fifty years now. They're a chorus, not a quartet, but their sound is very much what you'd expect from a barbershop group--although they don't wear the striped blazers and boater hats.

You might think a barbershop group, with its old-timey singing style, would attract a distinctly older demographic. But the Goldenaires' singers range in age from 28 to 78.  Go to full article
Making a wreath from evergreens. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bimp/">Steven Coombs</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Making a wreath from evergreens. Photo: Steven Coombs, CC some rights reserved

Greening the house for the holidays

Firs, pines, cedars and spruces: all choices for the evergreens we bring in our homes during the winter holidays. Cooperative Extension horticulturist AmY Ivy sorts through the details of each with Martha Foley. And there's a warning, too: no gathering greens on private property without permission.  Go to full article

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