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Roger Huntley at a family farm auction in Madrid, 2000.
Roger Huntley at a family farm auction in Madrid, 2000.

Meet the Masters: Roger Huntley

Roger Huntley died this week at age 82. He was the sixth generation of his family to work their 300-acre dairy farm in the St. Lawrence County Town of Pierrepont. He was a fixture in his local hamlet of Crary Mills: active in the commmunity center located in the old Grange Hall, and as the proprietor, with his wife, Ann, of the Crary Mills "Mighty Mall."

But over the years and throughout the region he was best known as an auctioneer, a trade he took up in the late 1950s. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York named Roger to its honor roll of North Country Masters in 2000.

We profiled him in May of that year, when he was busy conducting the premier old-time sales of the northern Adirondack foothills and St. Lawrence Valley. Here's that profile, produced by Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Auctioneer Roger Huntley in his museum of North Country rural life near his home outside Crary Mills.
Auctioneer Roger Huntley in his museum of North Country rural life near his home outside Crary Mills.

Remembering Roger Huntley

Well-know auctioneer Roger Huntley died yesterday. He was 82 and had been in failing health. Huntley was the sixth generation of his family to operate their 300-acre dairy farm in the St. Lawrence County Town of Pierrepont. He was a familiar figure in the Crary Mills neighborhood.

Crary Mills is a little four corner settlement now - a hamlet with a church, a cemetery, a grange hall, and the Crary Mills Mighty Mall - an antiques place Roger and his wife Ann opened several years ago.

That's Martha Foley's neighborhood. It's also David Sommerstein's neighborhood. David and his family are close neighbors of the Huntleys. They shared memories...and radio pieces from the NCPR archives.  Go to full article

Preview: Remington Arts Festival

NCPR is media sponsor for the 9th annual Remington Arts Festival in downtown Canton. The event begins Friday night and continues throughout Saturday with a focus on Frederic Remington, art, history and culture. It includes an art sale on the village green, 5K run, music, children's games and horse-drawn carriage tours of the village with stops at significant historical landmarks from Remington's life. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY's Carol Pynchon about the event. She helped organize the first Remington Arts Festival.  Go to full article

How art helps build communities, economies

The Adirondack North Country Association's annual meeting at Great Camp Sagamore Thursday will focus on arts, cultural and historical groups as economic engines in the region. Small business owners, community leaders, and arts and cultural non-profits will share how their work is building communities and local economies. Todd Moe spoke with ANCA executive director Kate Fish and consulting crafts program coordinator Nadia Korths about digging deep into the issue of the arts and economic growth.  Go to full article
Pea and spinach season '09. Photo by Martha Foley
Pea and spinach season '09. Photo by Martha Foley

Calling all growers ? for a project mapping vegetable gardens this coming season

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is partnering with NCPR on a new project, The Garden Plot, to map and document vegetable and fruit gardens, big and small, this growing season.
It's a web-based collaboration with gardeners from across the North Country. We're looking for participants to share photos as the season progresses, as well as information about garden practices, tips, advice, lore, problems and triumphs. (see sign-up link below.)
Martha Foley talked with TAUNY Director Jill Breit.  Go to full article
A 19th century engraving of music and dance at an Adirondack loggers camp. <br />
A 19th century engraving of music and dance at an Adirondack loggers camp.

High praise for TAUNY's music website

TAUNY's music website explores the rich music-making traditions that have evolved over generations in the Adirondack region. It recently won a prestigious Award of Merit from the Upstate History Alliance. Website reviewers applauded the project's "accessibility and quality." Todd Moe talks with musician and historian Dave Ruch, who was project director for the website.  Go to full article

TAUNY looking for top hats

Make a hat - win a prize. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, is sponsoring a handmade hat contest this season. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY Director Jill Breit about some of the guidelines.  Go to full article
Ed Chartrand
Ed Chartrand

A life of "witching water"

The talent for finding water with a forked twig goes back centuries. Despite scientific ridicule, water witches still flourish today. Ed Chartrand, of Harrisville, has helped hundreds of people in the North Country find the best location to dig wells by finding water veins using a freshly cut crotched stick. He's being honored with a North Country Heritage Award from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York this Sunday. Todd Moe has this profile.  Go to full article
The Forrence Family at their apple orchards in Peru (photo: TAUNY)
The Forrence Family at their apple orchards in Peru (photo: TAUNY)

A devotion to apples for generations

The Forrence Family Orchards, in Peru, NY, will be given an award by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, this month. TAUNY will hand out its annual North Country Heritage Awards on Sunday, October 18th, in Canton. The Forrence family can trace its farming roots back to the early 1800s in the Champlain Valley. In the 1940s, the farm switched from producing milk to apples as its main crop. Today, it is owned and run by third and fourth generation Forrences, who use state-of-the-art technology to grow and harvest apples. But they still maintain many of the farm's original 18th century buildings. Todd Moe spoke with Mason Forrence about this year's apple harvest and a lifetime in the orchard.  Go to full article

Preview: a weekend of old-time Adirondack music

NCPR is media sponsor for "An Evening of Old-Time Adirondack Music" this Saturday night at 7 o'clock at the historic Edwards Opera House. It's part of a weekend of events honoring regional music. It also celebrates the launch of a new Traditional Arts in Upstate New York website devoted to music and musicians. Todd Moe talks with musician, historian and folklorist Dave Ruch about the new website and a weekend of music and conversation.  Go to full article

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