The City of Plattsburgh, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant are presenting the Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes Traveling Exhibit at City Hall in Plattsburgh, through April 28, 2017. Admission to the exhibit in the second-floor atrium, adjacent to the auditorium, is free Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
The Great Shipwrecks exhibit features shipwrecks spanning more than 200 years across New York State, highlighting details about the historic underwater wrecks and landscapes in Lake Champlain, Lake George, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, and the St. Lawrence River. » Continue Reading.
Despite increasing opportunities in other entertainment media, most of Mary Boylan’s time was spent in New York City’s theater scene, where a rejection of Broadway’s commercialism was attractive to those deeply interested in art for the sake of art itself. Already there was an established Off-Broadway scene, but this was shunned as well. The year 1958 is cited as the birth of Off-Off-Broadway at a place in Greenwich Village known as Caffe Cino, where a plaque today honors the site’s significance. Among the established and most popular regulars there from the start was Mary Boylan, with Al Pacino listed as one of many of the café’s early performers.
True to the Village’s bohemian reputation, the café’s actors received no pay directly. Patrons normally bought a coffee and sandwich, and a basket was passed as compensation for the performers. Caffe Cino’s popularity inspired similar efforts nearby in other café settings, like La Mama, and in churches, bars, and any available spaces, lending to the wild and carefree attitude of the Village. Mary was considered a star performer at both café venues (Cino and La Mama). She looked much older than her actual age, leading to many roles as elderly citizens, but in real life was a smiling, energetic personality with a great sense of humor and a ready laugh. » Continue Reading.
On the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, Greenwich Village has long been home to progressive thinkers and artists of all types, as well as ground zero for several movements. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a mainstay of the nation’s bohemian culture, hosting beatniks, folk music originals, the strong counter-culture movement, and the Beat Generation, with such icons as Maya Angelou, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Rod McKuen.
The coffeehouse scene flourished at that time, when a remarkable alternative to commercial theater was developed: Off-Off-Broadway, where productions ran the gamut from scripted to impromptu, and venues ranged from old warehouses to small cafes. At the heart of this historic movement was a little-known North Country actress and writer who was widely respected in the New York City arts community.
Mary Elizabeth Boylan was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in February 1913. Her father, John, was a mainstay of the community, serving as district deputy of the Knights of Columbus for four years, president of the chamber of commerce for two years, and general manager of the Mountain Home Telephone Company. In 1924, when Mary was 11, the family moved to Rochester, New York, where her dad became president of the Rochester Telephone Company three years later. » Continue Reading.
The Clinton County Historical Association is hosting their Annual Art Show and Book Fair Fundraiser, on Saturday, October 15th. The art show will showcase the work of some of Clinton County’s most recognized artists. Items available for purchase will include paintings, pottery, photographs, stained glass, and acrylics, all of which are original creations by the artist. All of the proceeds from artwork sales will go to the artist.
There will also be hundreds of books for sale, including new and out-of-print publications from the Clinton County Historical Association’s archives. Both events are free and open to the public, and will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center, Community Room, located at 52 U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh. » Continue Reading.
Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance is co-sponsoring a LGBTQ Pride Parade in Plattsburgh, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm.
The event begins in Trinity Park and is free and open to the public. It will include musical performances, a variety of guest speakers, and other entertainment. Event participants will then march from Trinity Park to Plattsburgh State University of New York campus for additional speakers before returning to Trinity Park. » Continue Reading.
On Saturday, August 20th, the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) will be partnering with City of Plattsburgh Historian John Krueger to offer a Walking Tour of the historic Plattsburgh Barracks.
Starting the tour with the 1609 discovery of Lake Champlain, the tour will explore Lake Champlain’s military history that led to the Battle of Plattsburgh, paving the way for what is known today as the Plattsburgh Barracks/Post or, as to most locals, the Old Base.
Once housing the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Plattsburgh Barracks is a monument to the Plattsburgh’s military past. » Continue Reading.
Five years ago Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market co-manager Bonnie Gonyo started the annual Kids Day as a way to introduce the local farmer market to visitors and area residents. The event has grown bigger and better each year, adding activities and giveaways for children of all ages.
“This is our fifth anniversary so we have some special things planned,” says Gonyo. “I start planning this event in February. It takes time because we bring in a variety of organizations from the Girls Scouts to Mountain Lake PBS. This year we have a little 5th anniversary tote bag for the kids. It was illustrated by Speedy Arnold who also plays the guitar and writes his own music. I’m so excited to see those dancing veggies on the tote bag.” » Continue Reading.
Folks in Essex and Franklin Counties, but in Clinton County most of all, are mourning the death last Wednesday of beloved historian, author, and media legend Gordie Little, undoubtedly one of the North Country’s best friends ever. Media legend? How else does one define the impact of 36 years on the radio, followed by nearly two decades of newspaper columns for Plattsburgh’s Press-Republican and recent columns in Denton Publications, while also hosting weekly programs on cable-access television? And through it all, he promoted the entire region at every opportunity.
Gordie wasn’t just on the radio: for thousands every day, he was radio. Shortly after joining WIRY in Plattsburgh back in the early 1960s, he was voted the top DJ among 12 competitors from area stations, earning for him a Golden Mike award. The fans had spoken, and he never looked back, making radio his life. The morning birthday show on WIRY became a regional classic. Many of us heard our birthdays announced back then, and heard Gordie do the same for our own children decades later. Families woke up to his voice daily, learning all the local news as we readied for school or work. (And he was always there, working more than 30 years before throat surgery forced him to take his first sick days.) Listeners will never forget his humorous, self-deprecating catch phrase: “Gordie Little – Who’s He?” » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance (ACCA) again celebrates Museum Days throughout the Adirondack Coast from June 4-5, 2016, inviting visitors and residents to explore the area’s wealth of museums, galleries, and cultural organizations.
For these two days, participating locations will offer free admission, including demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more. As the backdrop for many historical events and happenings, lakeside villages, charming hamlets and the historic city of Plattsburgh, the Adirondack Coast offers visitors the opportunity to relive some of the most pivotal moments in our country’s history. » Continue Reading.
The City of Plattsburgh has been trying out new events every other month as well as growing its ongoing activities, according to City of Plattsburgh Events and Promotional Coordinator Sandra Geddes. Organizing an event around St. Patrick’s Day came naturally, she said.
“We hold an event every other month and we wanted to plan this activity near St Patrick’s Day” says Geddes. “We want people to come, wear lots of green and enjoy all the games, food an music and kids and adults.” » Continue Reading.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh will host local LGBTQ advocate Kelly Metzgar on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 pm.
Metzgar works with transgender leaders across New York State in securing rights and protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Her discussion will center on bullying and harassment of transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay and bisexual students as well as current NYS laws protecting students from this type of behavior. She will also focus on supporting families, students and educators. A discussion will follow. » Continue Reading.
Throughout the Adirondacks and beyond, one holiday tradition that our family and many others look forward to each year is “The Nutcracker” ballet. This family-friendly ballet signals the holiday season with its period costumes, magic and adventure and this year there are several opportunities to see “The Nutcracker” in the Adirondack region.
According to North Country Ballet Ensemble board president Scott Tuller, their production this year features significant scenic and choreographic changes. They will awe patrons, Tuller said, whether they are new to “The Nutcracker” or have seen the ballet before. » Continue Reading.
According to the Lake Champlain International Film Festival’s Artist Director Jason Torrance, the November 13-15 event is even bigger and better than the inaugural year. There are 11 countries being represented: USA, France, Germany, India, Ghana, Serbia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Iran, and Japan providing a mixture of shorts and feature length films. » Continue Reading.
This weekend two of my favorite things are headlining part of the Adirondack Fall Festival tour, wine and cheese. The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail is showcasing local beer, wine, and cider while Adirondack Harvest is once again offering a unique Adirondack cheese tour.
We all know that wine and cheese go together like, well, wine and cheese. I was thinking it’s “mother’s little helper,” but didn’t want to come off like I have a problem with… cheese. » Continue Reading.
In the 1950s northern New Yorkers had war on their minds. Thousands of average citizens put television, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Corvettes aside over concerns about World War III. Fresh on everyone’s minds was World War II, but the U.S. was right back into a mess in 1950 in Korea, where a three-year fight became one of the building blocks of the Cold War. On it’s ground floor were the everyday North Country folks who joined Operation Skywatch. » Continue Reading.
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