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Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion.  The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826.  The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe
Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion. The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826. The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe

The story of an Ogdensburg pioneer and the War of 1812

The City of Ogdensburg remembers its early history this weekend. The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated with re-enactments and special events at locations in Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario. On February 22nd, 1813, British-Canadian forces crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked the U.S. base in Ogdensburg.

In the first of two conversations about the battle, Todd Moe talks with Ed LaVarnway, executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, which is housed in the historic Parish mansion on Washington Street.  Go to full article
<i>Goddess of Earth and Nature</i>, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday.  Photo: Todd Moe
Goddess of Earth and Nature, by Jordan Snyder, 7th grade, is one of the pieces in the annual middle and high school art exhibit at the Remington through Sunday. Photo: Todd Moe

Young artists get creative in Remington exhibit

Artwork from middle and high school students around St. Lawrence County is on display this week at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. The 16th annual middle and high school art exhibit continues through Sunday in the Richard E. Winter Gallery.

Todd Moe stopped by for a tour with curator Laura Foster, who says the annual show allows the museum to showcase the creative process happening in arts programs at local public schools. There's also art on display created by home schooled students who use the Remington for art classes.  Go to full article
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Duane Adams in his favorite Christmas attire. Photo: Todd Moe

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
Laura Foster and Ed Lavarnway along with an original "Bronco Buster" bronze and a computer-assisted copy at the Remington.
Laura Foster and Ed Lavarnway along with an original "Bronco Buster" bronze and a computer-assisted copy at the Remington.

Using high tech to create nearly perfect copies of a Remington icon

Artist Frederic Remington's bronze sculptures of cowboys, native Americans, and cavalry are considered prized collector's items. The Remington Museum in Ogdensburg is using the latest digital technology to reproduce one of Remington's first and most popular sculptures, The Bronco Buster. Original sculptures, cast in multiples, were made and sold during Remington's lifetime. The museum is using an original casting in its collection as a model for a series of 3-D laser-scanned copies.

Todd Moe visited the Remington Museum for a chat with curator Laura Foster and executive director Ed Lavarnway about using computers and high tech cameras to create hyper-accurate reproductions of Remington's art.  Go to full article
Quilters Terry Whittaker and Christina Nicholson - Sisters of Perpetual Needling - in Ogdensburg on Sunday.
Quilters Terry Whittaker and Christina Nicholson - Sisters of Perpetual Needling - in Ogdensburg on Sunday.

Heard Up North: Sisters of Perpetual Needling

Historical re-enactors are serious about battle strategies, muskets and cannons. And for many, it's all about period clothing. Todd Moe toured Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg on Sunday during the Founders' Day event.

The annual commemoration of the French and Indian War featured battle re-enactments on land and water, a bateau race and a colonial trade fair. That's where Todd found two Ontario women hunched over a loom and serious about an 18th century technique known as "whole cloth quilting," where the quilting itself is the decoration. They are today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
The entrance to the Fort de La Presentation site on Lighthouse Point.
The entrance to the Fort de La Presentation site on Lighthouse Point.

Preview: Ogdensburg hosts annual Founders' Day

The City of Ogdensburg remembers its early history this weekend. NCPR is media sponsor for the Fort La Presentation Founder's Day events at Lighthouse Point. Commemorations of the French and Indian War on Saturday and Sunday will feature re-enactments and battles on land and water, a bateau race, and a colonial trade fair.

Todd Moe talks with Michael Whittaker, a history and re-enactment buff, from Bishops Mills, Ontario. He's also Harbor Master this weekend and will be among hundreds of re-enactors in Ogdensburg.  Go to full article
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon.  One of the works in this exhibit.
"All That Jazz" by Georgette Bacon. One of the works in this exhibit.

Remington Museum showcases members' art in juried exhibit

Not surprisingly, many members of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg are also artists themselves. And each year they have an opportunity to have their work displayed in the museum, and judged by one of their peers. Joel Hurd recently talked with museum curator Laura Foster about the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit.  Go to full article
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert.  John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.
The headstock of the guitar Tracy inlayed for the FarmAid 25th Anniversary concert. John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young all played this guitar in the concert.

Guitar maker Tracy Cox embraces traditional techniques to make modern instruments

While reporting on traditional work the last couple of weeks, we learned about a North Country craftsman who builds stringed instruments and applies inlay to them in a way that is the same as it has been done for generations. It wasn't long before Joel Hurd, a guitar enthusiast himself, was on his way to Parishville to meet Tracy Cox.  Go to full article
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.

A cross-border look at the War of 1812

A series of lectures on the War of 1812 will be held in Ogdensburg this weekend. The Fort La Presentation Association's fourth annual War of 1812 Lectures will be held at the Freight House Restaurant on Friday and Saturday. Eight experts from the U.S. and Canada will present the latest research on battles, allies, historic preservation, medical practices, and the work of local museums. It's a chance to share common ideas about different aspects of the war.

Ontario re-enactor Michael Whittaker, one of the organizers, says the event will appeal to students, history buffs and the curious. Todd Moe got his take on this year's War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations and the weekend gathering. Whittaker says the St. Lawrence River was one of the focal points of the war.  Go to full article
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.
Curator Laura Foster in the Remington Museum's vault.

An expert eye for finding fakes

How does a museum determine an original work of art from a fake? At the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, part of curator Laura Foster's job is to make sure Frederic Remington's legacy and reputation are secure.

Laura Foster recently gave Todd Moe a tour of the vault in the lower level of the museum in Ogdensburg--not a stop on the usual guided tours of the Remington. It's where the museum stores original art when not on public display. It's also a place for research, a starting point where art sleuths will find resources for determining if a Remington work is the real deal.  Go to full article

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