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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
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce
The Pierce family of Heuvelton, with their replica of the Remington Tavern, in 2011. Photo: Carolyn Pierce

Heard Up North: Family remembers 10 years of gingerbread

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York opens its 10th annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit Saturday in Canton. The Pierce family of Heuvelton will have an entry, just like every other year the contest has been around.

Julie Grant met recently with Carolyn Pierce and a handful of her seven children, who range in age from seven to 20. Reggie, the oldest, is now in college. He was 10 the first year they entered. That year they attempted a gingerbread replica of their church in Heuvelton.

In the years that have followed, they've made the Remington Tavern, the Quiltmaker's gift castle, and their own barn. They've even won the TAUNY contest a few times.

Mother Carolyn Pierce says it was Aunt Eloise, also known as Faye White, who first encouraged them to get into gingerbread making.  Go to full article
Santa in a window display. Some families wrestle with the question of how much to give each holiday season. Photo: Mark Brush
Santa in a window display. Some families wrestle with the question of how much to give each holiday season. Photo: Mark Brush

Debating Holiday Consumerism

A lot of people don't want to get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays. But often family and friends expect to get gifts from loved ones. Julie Grant spent time with one family where gift-giving is a real struggle.  Go to full article
Duane Adams in his favorite holiday attire...
Duane Adams in his favorite holiday attire...

A heart as big as Santa's, and a real beard, too

For more than 45 years, an Ogdensburg man has donned his Santa suit and played a Christmas role that has brought much joy to himself and others. Duane Adams first played Santa when he was a soldier stationed near Saigon during the Vietnam War. Every season since, Adams has visited schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parades dressed as the jolly old elf. His Santa work begins in November and, like the real deal, he's busiest right before Christmas. He's always the guest of honor at Ogdensburg's annual Santa Claus parade. For Adams, most of the pleasure comes from giving back -- he donates all his Santa earnings to local charities.

Todd Moe paid him a visit during a day off, and found the beard, belly and generosity are all genuine.  Go to full article
Sharon Williams wants to see more menorahs around the North Country.
Sharon Williams wants to see more menorahs around the North Country.

Potsdam Synagogue adds menorahs to holiday displays

Like most of America, the North Country is lit up with Christmas decorations at this time of year. While it brings joy to many people, it can make others feel like outsiders. Julie Grant reports about an effort by the synagogue in Potsdam to make the season more inclusive - by adding menorahs to holiday displays.  Go to full article

A season of music and community sing-alongs

This is the season for music. Communities across the North Country are hosting Holiday jams, concerts and caroling this month. In Lake Placid, on Sunday, December 11th, the Community Church will host the annual Tri-Lakes Messiah Community Sing. For many it's a way to kick off the Christmas season with their voices. Todd Moe talks with the conductor, Drew Benware, about this locally produced, musical Holiday experience.  Go to full article
At last year's Potsdam Food Co-op Baking Contest
At last year's Potsdam Food Co-op Baking Contest

Potsdam Food Co-op's sweetest event raises dough

The Potsdam Food Co-op will hold its 14th annual Baking Contest and Silent Auction this Sunday in the Co-op's Carriage House Bakery. You can sample some of the homemade holiday confections and savory treats and then vote on your favorites. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to Potsdam Neighborhood Center. Todd Moe spoke with Lynn Clarke-Stone who's coordinating this season's event.  Go to full article
Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.
Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.

Canton carolers hit the street

With homemade tin lanterns in hand, about two dozen carolers took to the streets of Canton late last week to share their joy of song and the Holidays. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, sponsored the caroling party. Todd Moe tagged along.  Go to full article
Suzanne Langelier-Lebede's cover art for <i>The Reindeer Keeper</i>.
Suzanne Langelier-Lebede's cover art for The Reindeer Keeper.

Books: "The Reindeer Keeper"

Holiday-themed books will begin filling the shelves at local bookstores this month. A North Country children's author is out with her first fiction novel for adults. Todd Moe talks with Ogdensburg author Barbara Briggs Ward. Her new book, The Reindeer Keeper, is a Christmas story based on her childhood in the North Country. Ward is also the author/illustrator of the children's book series featuring Snarly Sally. Illustrated by Suzanne Langelier-Lebede, The Reindeer Keeper, taps back into that feeling of believing in Santa Claus. Ward says her writing career began with a special Christmas gift from her grandfather.  Go to full article

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