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History Behind Rockwell Kent Gallery

(DoNorth/Griffin Kelly) The bronze walls and subdued lighting welcome you to peruse Kent’s collection of landscape paintings. These pieces inform you not only of who the artist Kent was but also of his call for adventure. His paintings take you around the world from the cliffs of Ireland to the mountains of Alaska and from the coast of South America to the rural North Country of New York.  Filled with oil paintings, illustrations, prints, bookplates and ceramics, The Rockwell Kent Gallery of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum offers a way to see the world in a single room. The gallery’s…

Corner-Stone Page Turner

The stale smell of books overwhelms as you walk through the door. Jazz melodies and notes bounce around the room looking for ears to please like oxygen looking for lungs to fill. Aisles of shelves create an opportunity for exploration. Corner-Stone Bookshop is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” bookstore that will leave you in a browser’s paradise for hours and this is the way Nancy Daniho wanted to leave the shop. Since the closing of Borders bookstores nationwide, Corner-Stone Bookshop is the only bookstore left in downtown Plattsburgh. In 2011, Daniho planned to retire after 37 years of owning the…

Films from Around the World Premiere in Plattsburgh

(DoNorth/Seth Thomas) The screen is black for a moment, giving the audience time to breathe. The picture comes up. A man is pressing a gun to his temple, and his eyes are squeezed shut. His struggle becomes clear when it flashes to all the people he’s killed. A clock ticks like a heartbeat, getting louder and louder each second. His finger presses and then . . . the phone rings. He answers it knowing it is time to kill again. The screen fades to black once more. In a matter of minutes a whole story has been told, and the…

NPR Legend Brings One-Man Show to Plattsburgh

This fall, you don’t have to gather around bonfires to hear untold stories. You can do it in the comfort of a theater seat with dramatic lighting shining from the crystal chandelier above. At The Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, Ira Glass will take center-stage to talk about the American tales he’s uncovered. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to create Glass’ multiple award-winning shows, “This American Life,” then don’t miss your chance for an evening with him. In “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass,” organized by North Country Public Radio, Glass gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes…

Battle of Plattsburgh Requires Authentic Clothing

  High-neck dresses with bottoms that sweep the floor ranging in an array of colors and patterns — this is what women wear during Plattsburgh’s historical re-enactments. Re-enactments center around remembering the Battle of Plattsburgh, and participants look to 19th-century fashion for inspiration. If you are thinking of participating in a re-enactment here are a few things to consider: First you have to do some research. It’s important to be time period correct. Know the different rankings in the military and the class system because that is the social indicator. “People didn’t have phones or cars,” says Sue Walters, an…

Jumping to Jams at July Concerts

If you’re like me, you’re ready to shed the seemingly endless winter off and lie back on the plush green grass and relax to the raw delta blue tunes from bands like Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers on the lawn of The Plattsburgh Center for the Arts. The sixth annual Jumpin’ in July musical event starts July 9. Regional and national bands will perform on the lawn of the center every Thursday in July from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside The Strand Theatre. Weather throughout the years has held up…

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Robert Frost’s Local Connection

Robert Frost Way in Peru, New York, is definitely a road less traveled. It is a short, meandering cove gilded by an army of trees that almost erases its entire existence. Its namesake is a reference to the famous poet himself and what he embodied. Frost may have contemplated “nature versus man” in that very spot. Whether you’re waltzing down the tree-covered trail in Peru or getting lost in the works of Frost found around the city of Plattsburgh, the famous poet’s words will encourage people to close their eyes and look within to understand where they are going. The…

Find Shoes for Your Visit North

Editor’s note: Plattsburgh’s Urban Soles is now closed. It closed in June 2014. The other two stores remain open. “Where’d you get those?” is an eternal question for shoe-crazy shoppers. The Adirondack Coast region has answers. Stop in Plattsburgh’s Urban Soles for a small-town feel. For visiting hikers, try Vermont’s Outdoor Gear Exchange. Dancers, float to Montreal’s Pretty Ballerinas for some ethically sourced ballerina shoes. With so many options, you will find the right deal for your heel. Looking for something stylish yet comfortable? Make your first stop Urban Soles, Plattsburgh’s first locally owned and operated shoe store. Located downtown…

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Where The Gibson Brothers Started

A quiet, smiling cashier and a rack of newspapers and magazines greet customers as they enter and set foot on the blue tiles. The brown shirt hanging from the wall states, “People kill. Not guns,” while a guitar-shaped Budweiser sign shines a flash of red light on the milk-laden refrigerator, whose noisy roar pervades the room. This out-of-the-way store full of candy, chips, and Leanin’ Tree greeting cards seems nothing out-of-the-ordinary. But Dick’s Country Store and Goods on U.S. Route 11 in Churubusco, N.Y., is extraordinary. Along the wall displaying handsaws adorned with hand-painted Adirondack Mountain scenes, there’s a door.…

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The Natural Inspirations for Northern Museums

The North Country is full of green fields scattered with landscapes and wildlife. In this mountainous haven, art and culture grow out of its iridescence. The beauty of the Adirondacks, captured by many artists, sits on display throughout the region. Small town galleries tell stories of local and foreign lands through art. Here’s a sampling of the winter visual-arts scene. The Nina Winkel Sculpture Court brings a piece of Germany to the second floor of Plattsburgh State’s Meyers Fine Arts Building. Nina Winkel, a German artist who moved to New York, donated these sculptures 27 years ago. The court’s warmth…

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