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Some of the members of Jack Kelley's Little Big Band.  Photo: Jack Kelley
Some of the members of Jack Kelley's Little Big Band. Photo: Jack Kelley

Big sounds from Jack Kelley's little band

A group of musicians who love swing and big band music gather every week to practice. Todd Moe caught up with Jack Kelley's Little Big Band as they prepped for an evening of music and dancing on Saturday night, to help celebrate the Potsdam CORC Thrift Store's 40th anniversary.

Join Jack Kelley's Little Big Band at the C.O.R.C. Thrift Store's Spring Fling, Saturday at 7:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. An evening of swing dancing to celebrate the store's 40th anniversary. Dance lessons at 7 pm.  Go to full article
The Mayor, local vendors, and other area officials celebrate the grand opening. Photo: Josh Cameron<br />
The Mayor, local vendors, and other area officials celebrate the grand opening. Photo: Josh Cameron

Heard Up North: Another flea market opens in Canton

You may have noticed flea markets, where different vendors can sell all kinds of new and used things under one roof instead of having their own storefront, becoming more and more popular in the North Country.

There are now three flea markets in the Canton and Potsdam area alone. The newest opened yesterday. The village Mayor, Town Supervisor, and vendors were at the grand opening of North Country Neighbors Too.  Go to full article
Part of Market Street reflected in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Shop and Gallery in Potsdam.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Part of Market Street reflected in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council Shop and Gallery in Potsdam. Photo: Todd Moe

Turning downtown into an art gallery

The St. Lawrence Country Arts council kicked off its inaugural community gallery project "Art walk" on Friday night in the villages of Canton and Potsdam. Around 20 local businesses lined their walls and shelves with local art and hosted receptions featuring local artists.

The idea of art in local businesses is nothing new. Other communities in the region have held similar events in recent years. St. Lawrence County art leaders hope to foster a long term relationship between the businesses community and local artists. The council contacted local businesses with the idea that shops would stay open late and display local work. The hope is that having the walk will get people to enter places they may not normally go.  Go to full article
Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario.  Photo: Todd Moe
Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario. Photo: Todd Moe

Crossing borders to create a small-town Orthodoxy

The single most important day in the Orthodox calendar - Easter, or Pascha, is this Sunday. Many Orthodox churches base their holiest days on the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar.

Historically, Orthodox communities in the United States have been defined largely by ethnicity and found mostly in urban areas. But a group of Orthodox Christians in the Canton-Potsdam area has created a mission that brings diverse groups together. They don't have a permanent worship space, sometimes share priests with the Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, and even visit a small monastery in Ontario. Their membership includes students, families and seniors. This Sunday will mark the group's first Easter service, or Great Vespers, and a meal of festive foods.  Go to full article
A sample of Paul Siskind's <i>Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie</I>, a flute concertino, commissioned for the Orchestra of Northern New York's 25th Anniversary Season by Luis Canales.  It gets its World Premiere in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend.  Photo:  Todd Moe
A sample of Paul Siskind's Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie, a flute concertino, commissioned for the Orchestra of Northern New York's 25th Anniversary Season by Luis Canales. It gets its World Premiere in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend. Photo: Todd Moe

Preview: Orchestra of Northern NY's Spring Concert

The Orchestra of Northern New York continues its 25th anniversary season with two concerts this weekend featuring the music of love: Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet, and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

The spring concerts will be presented Saturday night (7:30) in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and Sunday afternoon (3:00) at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. The weekend's performances will also feature the World Premiere of Paul Siskind's Flute Concertino, featuring soloist Jill Rubio.

Todd Moe spoke with ONNY Music Director and Conductor Ken Andrews about the performances, which include the music of two tales of love from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Go to full article
TC Boyle. Photo: Spencer Boyle, via <a href="http://www.tcboyle.com/index.html">TCBoyle.com</a>
TC Boyle. Photo: Spencer Boyle, via TCBoyle.com

TC Boyle: Back in Potsdam again

Writer TC Boyle will be at SUNY Potsdam Thursday evening for a reading as part of Potsdam's Lougheed Festival of the Arts. He'll also be introducing student writers on Friday night.

After growing up in Westchester County, Boyle graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1968.  Go to full article
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm.   Photo:  LAGQ
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm. Photo: LAGQ

Preview: LAGQ in Potsdam

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform music of Japan, Cuba, Spain and Latin America in a concert Saturday night in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. The concert is presented by Community Performance Series. For more than 30 years, the LAGQ have set the standard among guitar ensembles. Todd Moe spoke with founding member William Kanengiser about Saturday night's concert. The quartet, along with a guitar orchestra of 24 guitarists, will perform a Japanese composition by Shingo Fujii, entitled Shikki, written to honor the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago.  Go to full article
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln.  Photo: Todd Moe
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln. Photo: Todd Moe

How a young artist is creating her niche in the art world

Over the next few months, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. It might sound charming - setting your own work hours - but the artisans we've talked to say full-time art is not an easy decision and a lot of hard work. Finding space, commissions, marketing, moral support, and reserving uninterrupted creative time are some of the challenges.

Today, a trip to the Potsdam studio of painter, photographer and ceramicist Sara Lynch. Her paintings are a blend of acrylics and found objects. She's experimenting with turning wasp nests into jewelry. Sara's ceramics are functional sculptures that combine everyday objects -- mugs and bowls -- with her favorite flora and fauna. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Interim presidents appointed at SUNY Potsdam, Canton

The State University of New York colleges in Canton and Potsdam each will have a new interim president starting June 1. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved the appointments Tuesday.  Go to full article
Matt Bullwinkel
Matt Bullwinkel

Creating music his way: Matt Bullwinkel's original, soulful sound

For years, Potsdam musician Matt Bullwinkel played accordion and piano in dance bands around region. Now, he's opened a new chapter in his musical career and is having a lot of fun creating original tunes for piano and voice. Matt joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning during The 8 o'clock Hour to share his latest compositions.  Go to full article

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