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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
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
Martha Cooper photo
Martha Cooper photo

Meet the Masters: Storyteller Catherine Charron

Long before Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg, before videos and TVs, storytelling happened the old fashioned way; one person sat down with another and talked. Catherine Charron grew up near Lake Champlain in a household full of storytellers. Lamar Bliss reports for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York about Charron's family and where Catherine is telling stories now.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Harmonica Man Fred V. Higby

Fred V. Higby plays the harmonica. He figured out how to play when he was 10, played it all over Europe during World War II, and he still plays as often as he has the opportunity. It isn't simply playing the harmonica that he loves, it's performing. It's getting people excited about the music he plays, about making them feel happy. Music will do that. Just ask Fred. Lamar Bliss has this story.  Go to full article
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.

Meet the Masters: The Perkins Family Band

Meet the Perkins Family from Plattsburgh. Lois Perkins is now in her 90s and has passed the love of music and dancing she gained from her father and her husband on to her children and grandchildren. The family band plays the fiddle music Lois loved as a child and lots of bluegrass tunes for festivals and other gatherings. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this musical family.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Fran Betters, Guide and Teacher

If you want to have a successful fly-fishing trip to the Ausable River, you might want to stop in at the Adirondack Sport shop just outside of Wilmington. Francis Betters will be there and he'll know what insects are hatching, and near which rocks the biggest fish are waiting. He's been fishing this river since he was a boy, and he knows each rapid and pool. He's also learned that there's more to fishing than fishing. Lamar Bliss has this Meet the Masters profile.  Go to full article

Third Borderland Fiddling Festival Saturday in Canton

TAUNY's annual Borderland Fiddling Festival takes place tomorrow at St. Lawrence University. This year's event includes workshops, a fiddling contest and a concert with Canadian Grand Champion Fiddler Pierre Schryer.  Go to full article

9th Annual TAUNY Heritage Awards

Four North Country mainstays will be honored next week for the preservation of customs and traditions in the area. Among the recipients of this year's 9th annual Heritage Awards from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is a storyteller of French-American tales and a builder of stone walls from Ogdensburg.  Go to full article

TAUNY Cookbook Wins National Award

The Traditional Arts In Upstate New York's cookbook, Good Food, Served Righthas won first place in the 2000 Tobasco Community Cookbook Competition. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Ray Fadden, Mohawk Elder, Onchiota

In the 1940s, Ray Fadden [Tehanetorens] began to teach young Mohawks about their own culture. With a group of young men from the reservation, he traveled to collect information about Mohawk history and trained them in woodsmanship and other traditional arts. Fadden later founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, where an impressive collection of historical Iroquois artifacts are exhibited.  Go to full article

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