Wednesday, September 22, 2021

North Country Live returns with focus on art and music

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SARANAC LAKE – North Country Live will explore and celebrate the art and music scenes in our communities with a series of free, online programs set to begin Sept. 23.

Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College and its partners, North Country Live was launched in spring 2020, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide programs that enrich our communities, spark conversation, and foster intellectual exploration. Since then, more than 25 free webinars, presentations and panel discussions have been presented on a wide range of topics including wellness, personal finance, history, and the outdoors.

The upcoming edition of North Country Live, sponsored by the North Country Community College Foundation, will focus on art and music. Each of the following sessions will take place at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All these programs are free and open to the public:

  • Growing the Arts in Your Community, Sept. 23. A conversation about how to use the power of art to engage and revitalize communities in the North Country.
  • Capturing the Adirondacks in Photography, Sept30. Learn tips and techniques from accomplished photographers on how to capture frame-worthy images of Adirondack life and landscapes.
  • Wheeling and Dealing with Clay, Oct7. Hear stories of people who work in clay. Why did they get into it? What do they get out of it? We’ll talk about pottery as art, pottery for profit, and more.
  • Making Money in the Graphic Arts – It is Possible!  Oct. 14. How can you turn your passion for drawing, illustration, graphics and animation into a career. Learn from those who’ve found success.
  • Feel the Beat and Find Your Rhythm! Oct. 21. Join Johnna MacDougall — wellness educator, massage therapist and Soma Beats founder – as she shares the healing and community-building power of African drumming, body percussion and more. Bring a drum, bucket or pot to bang on! All ages welcome.
  • Exploring Traditional Adirondack Music, Oct. 28. Acclaimed songwriters and performers Peggy Lynn and Dan Berggren will explore the roots of Adirondack music, how it has tied people together and influenced the region’s culture.
  • Building Community Through Music, Nov. 4. Learn how towns and villages in the Adirondacks have nurtured a vibrant and successful music scene, and how it has improved their communities.

To register and receive a Zoom invitation for any or all of these programs, visit

Each presentation and panel discussion will include an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the hosts or presenters.

To view an archive of past programs, or for more information on North Country Live, visit

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