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Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students

Very Special Place: Cooks Corners Schoolhouse

The one-room schoohouse used to be a common sight in the North Country. Before school centralization around 60 years ago, these schoolhouses could be seen every couple of miles, since most students had to walk to school. While many of these buildings are now gone or in disrepair, one schoolhouse in Pierrepont still serves the surrounding community. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the Cooks Corners Schoolhouse on a sunny June day when fourth graders from Colton-Pierrepont Central School were playing roles of students in the late 19th century.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Marilley?s in Croghan

For many years in the small towns of the North Country, the general store was the center of activity. If you were looking for vinegar, horseshoe nails, a yard of gingham cloth of the latest news from around town, the general store was the place to go. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited E.M. Marilley's in Croghan, a place that endured long after the introduction of big box retailers, and claimed to be "dealers in nearly everything."  Go to full article
Camp Dudley waterfront. Photo: Martha Cooper.
Camp Dudley waterfront. Photo: Martha Cooper.

Registry of Very Special Places: Camp Dudley

Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in Northern New York. It's the middle of June and the school year is about to end. And as kids begin to plan their summer activities, many will consider going to camp. The Adirondacks are full of camps for boys and girls that provide hiking, boating, swimming and new friendships that may last a lifetime. The oldest one in the U.S. is on the shores of Lake Champlain. Today, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visit Camp Dudley in Westport.  Go to full article
Pine Grove Community Church, Watson NY. Below: interior
Pine Grove Community Church, Watson NY. Below: interior

Very Special Places: Lewis County

Every community in the North Country has places that local residents think of as landmarks. This morning, North Country Public Radio and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, begin a series of features highlighting very special places in our region. Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd have spent the last few months visiting these places and talking with members of the community who know them well. People have been visiting TAUNY's website to learn more about the project and to share their enthusiasm for a favorite site. Today we head to Lewis County to meet one such person who took us to several of her favorite places.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Queen August

NCPR is in the middle of a year-long recording project called UpNorth Music. The goal is to record as many as 150 music acts from all over the North Country and present them to you on-air and on the website upnorthmusic.org. Today, we'll hear words and music from the band Queen August: four guys born in the 80's whose musical influences are steeped in the progressive rock of the early 70's. They spoke with NCPR's Jill Breit before their recording session on November 8th in Sackets Harbor.  Go to full article

Preview: The Sailor Boy and the Falcon

If you do a google search for the opera, The Sailor Boy and the Falcon, the first site you see is norway.org, which makes sense since the opera is based on a story that takes place mostly in Norway. But it's also a good example of just how much attention this weekend's world premiere of the opera at the Crane School of Music has generated. Joel Hurd has this preview.

Tickets are selling fast. Call 315-267-2CPS for more information.  Go to full article
Pat Johnson live on <i>The Blue Note</i> in 2003
Pat Johnson live on The Blue Note in 2003

Preview: Canadian bluesman Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson is one of eastern Ontario's busiest musicians, and he's marking the release of his second solo CD with a couple of special music events later this week. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

Preview: The Reese Project in Lake Placid

Flute and cello take center stage for a couple of nights of great jazz this weekend in Lake Placid. The Reese Project will be making their way to the North Country for the first time. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

New CD All Around the Mountain

Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi live about 100 miles from each other, so they don't get to play music together as often as they would like. But this weekend they'll be quite busy playing three shows that will highlight songs from their new CD, All Around the Mountain. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Preview: Gospel Music at SLU

When you think about music in the North Country, gospel may not be at the top of your list. But in the last few years some dedicated singers at St. Lawrence University have been trying to put it on the musical map in this region. And next weekend, several prominent gospel musicians will spend a few days in Canton for a workshop and concert at St. Lawrence University. It's a unique opportunity for singers of all skill levels to learn more about the music. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

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