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Peace Paper Project's Hollander beater at the first Panty Pulping workshop in 2012. Photo: Margaret Mahan.
Peace Paper Project's Hollander beater at the first Panty Pulping workshop in 2012. Photo: Margaret Mahan.

Listen: Underwear advocacy

The definition of "artistic expression" is often stretched to include the obscure. But even if we try to think outside the box, rarely do we think of undergarments as a medium.

It is exactly that for Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan of the Peace Paper Project. Last week at St. Lawrence University, the pair held a public workshop which focused on turning underwear into paper. For today's Heard Up North, Zach Hirsch went to find out why.  Go to full article
Emily Holt at work, summer 2011. Looking over her shoulder is the Rev. Thomas Brown of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Mass. She said he had no idea the embroidery would take over two years to complete. Photo courtesy Caroline Larson
Emily Holt at work, summer 2011. Looking over her shoulder is the Rev. Thomas Brown of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Mass. She said he had no idea the embroidery would take over two years to complete. Photo courtesy Caroline Larson

Heard Up North: Emily Holt

In today's Heard Up North, we meet a woman who's one of the last experts in ecclesiastical embroidery in America. Emily Holt has spent 60 years illuminating church altars and vestments with specialized and painstaking hand-work.

Martha Foley visited her summer work space in the Thousand Islands, where she was finishing up her latest project. After two and a half years of work, she hopes to have a reproduction of an altarpiece for her church done for Christmas.  Go to full article
Bob Sauter and Roger Bailey cranking the press. Photo: Bonnie Obremski
Bob Sauter and Roger Bailey cranking the press. Photo: Bonnie Obremski

Many hands help at neighborhood cider pressing

It is absolutely cider season, from big operations to small. Martha Foley and her neighbors usually gather at this time of year for "cider day." The hand-cranked press lives in an old milk house. It's a barrel-shaped contraption, with heavy slatted sides.

Whole apples, mostly wild, are washed, chopped and packed into the press. The cranking starts, squeezing the apples tighter and tighter, and eventually, the cider flows.

The whole process is a team effort, starting outside with a bath for the apples.  Go to full article
Everett Smith at work.
Everett Smith at work.

Heard Up North: splitting wood

There were clear skies, cool temperatures...and a woodpile. A perfect combination for our Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Market goers find inner peace through yoga.
Market goers find inner peace through yoga.

Heard Up North: Yoga in the park

With so much on our minds these days, some people forget to take time and just breathe. To re-teach people how to breathe, stretch and find inner peace, the Yoga Loft's Sarah Scafidi McGuire started Yoga in the Park in the summer of 2007.

She still still runs the free program on the Canton Village Green every Friday at 11 a.m. during the Canton Farmers Market.

Steve Knight borrowed her yoga mat for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
A Girls' Festival Day card
A Girls' Festival Day card

Heard Up North: Girls' Festival Day in Japan

Today is Girls' Festival Day in Japan. It's a day to celebrate the future success and happiness of daughters. Peach blossoms, tri-colored cake and festive sushi are all part of the celebration. Yuka Uno is a Japanese exchange student at St. Lawrence University. She says, traditionally, the day is celebrated with a display of formal dolls on a red-robed stand, crowned by the emperor and empress. Yuka Uno spoke with NCPR's Barb Heller and is today's "Heard Up North".  Go to full article
Kristin Kimball and June on Essex Farms
Kristin Kimball and June on Essex Farms

Heard Up North: divine bovines

The town of Essex, along Lake Champlain, is one of those bucolic spots in the North Country with views of the lake, blue-gray mountains and rolling green pastures. Kristin and Mark Kimball run Essex Farms, a sustainable farm where they do most of the work with teams of draft horses instead of tractors. They run a CSA and raise pasture-fed cows, chickens, pigs, bees and immense fields of veggies. We visit the farm's bovine beauties for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Alan Marriott at the end of a long ride. Photo: Lucy Martin.
Alan Marriott at the end of a long ride. Photo: Lucy Martin.

Heard Up North: a cold, rainy Rideau Cycle Tour

Cold, blustery, and rainy weather kept lots of people indoors yesterday. But not the participants in the Ottawa Bicycle Club's annual season kickoff event. They had done the first leg of their Rideau Lakes Tour, from Ottawa to Kingston on Saturday. And yesterday, they headed back. Lucy Martin caught up with Alan Marriott at the end of a challenging ride home.  Go to full article
Tractors rule the road, temporarily, in East Charlotte.
Tractors rule the road, temporarily, in East Charlotte.

Heard Up North: tractors galore in East Charlotte, VT

October is a peak season for scenic outings and harvest festivals. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was in Vermont earlier this month, enjoying a sunny holiday weekend. She and her husband were touring covered bridges by bike, when they peddled through a small town that was filling up fast. Spectator Samuel Lurie explained they were just in time for something special.  Go to full article
Gertrude Thibeault at her lace-making table.<br />
Gertrude Thibeault at her lace-making table.

Heard Up North: Making lace by hand

There are any number of labor-intensive crafts that have faded away, replaced by time-saving mechanization. Some of the devotees who keep the old techniques alive are eager to share those skills. Lucy Martin recently ran into a working display put on by ladies from the Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers. For today's "Heard Up North", one of the Guild's members took a break from teaching the public to talk about why she likes the hobby.  Go to full article

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