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Chan Harris
Chan Harris

Preview: "Greater Tuna" in Westport

The summer season continues this month at the Depot Theatre in Westport with Greater Tuna, the classic comedy about small town life in Texas.

The two-person show stars Chan Harris and Trip Plymale who portray a wide array of eccentric characters from Greater Tuna, Texas. Harris, who is also directing, spoke with Todd Moe about growing up in rural Texas and how the show's timeless characters appeal to audiences around the world.  Go to full article
Broadway veteran Jonathan Hadley will be up north this summer at the Depot Theatre in Westport.  Photo: Depot Theatre
Broadway veteran Jonathan Hadley will be up north this summer at the Depot Theatre in Westport. Photo: Depot Theatre

Broadway star heads north to manage the Depot Theatre this summer

Broadway actor Jonathan Hadley returns to the Depot Theatre in Westport this summer. Hadley takes the reins at the theatre as its Interim Producing Director in a slightly abbreviated summer season.

Todd Moe talks with Hadley, who appeared on stage at the Depot in the 1999 production of "Born Yesterday," about his love of summer theater in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann

Is the Champlain Valley vulnerable to an oil train spill?

Last year's deadly train explosion in Quebec put the potential dangers of so-called "oil trains" in the headlines. Trains now carry 160,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakkan fields in North Dakota every day. Many of them roll through North Country towns on their way to refineries on the East Coast.

Much of the attention so far has focused on the human risk. But on Wednesday, another derailment and explosion in Lynchburg, Virginia, spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the James River, threatening clean water supplies and wildlife.

Green groups called it "a wake up call" to the environmental dangers of shipping crude oil by rail.

One of the rail lines for oil shipments in New York State runs right through the Champlain Valley, in some places just feet from Lake Champlain. About one hundred miles of track cut along the edge of the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein.
Photo: David Sommerstein.

Putting farmers on the map, literally

One more story from last weekend's Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs.

There was a huge tent at the concert showcasing farm-related not-for-profits called the Homegrown Village.

Essex County-based group Adirondack Harvest had a nifty and popular display. You wrote the name of your neighborhood farmer on neon-colored post-it note and stuck it on a big map of the Northeast.

The result was an impressive visual guide to the small farms of the region. Listen to an interview with Adirondack Harvest coordinator Laurie Davis.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre
The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY. Photo: Depot Theatre

How bingo built the Depot Theatre

It was a series of bingo games at a historic train depot that spawned a community theatre and eventually professional theatre in Westport. The Depot Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with two world premiere musicals and opportunities to mingle with world-class theatre professionals. Following the success of the musical romantic comedy "Route 66" earlier this summer, the Depot Theatre opens "Funked-Up Fairytales" on August 9.

Todd Moe spoke with managing director Angel Wuellner, who used to work in theatre in New York City before relocating to the Champlain Valley and the Depot Theater. They talked about how professional theatre in Westport grew from funds raised during community bingo games.  Go to full article
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yfF5zo2V4s">Youtube video</a>
Taylor Haskins playing "No Regrets." Still from Youtube video

Preview: Taylor Haskins in Elizabethtown

An award-winning jazz trumpeter who grew up in rural New Hampshire, then lived for many years in New York City, has returned to rural life right here in the North Country. He's playing two concerts in Elizabethtown this weekend as part of the Piano By Nature series, and Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Depot Theatre
Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "Careless Love" at the Depot Theatre

Careless Love is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY through July 8. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
Silva Mateosian as Jo, Jeremy Michael as Ed.   Photo: Depot Theatre
Silva Mateosian as Jo, Jeremy Michael as Ed. Photo: Depot Theatre

Theatre Review: "Wicked City" at the Depot Theatre in Westport

Wicked City is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport through August 21. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  Go to full article
Sun and cloud created complex textures on Lake Champlain (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Sun and cloud created complex textures on Lake Champlain (Photos: Brian Mann)

Audio Postcard: Thankful for Lake Champlain, a kayak, and a warm day

Thanksgiving day was unseasonably warm across the North Country. Our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann, took advantage of the weather to head out for a kayak trip on Lake Champlain. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The Depot Theatre in Westport NY
The Depot Theatre in Westport NY

Theatre Review: "Almost, Maine" at the Depot Theatre

Almost, Maine is running at the Depot Theatre in Westport through September 20. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review.  Go to full article

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