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Made for Royalty | Paying Homage to Nigerian Culture

On command, a model sashays across the floor in a fitted gold mermaid-styled gown. Reflecting light along the way, the satin train smoothly follows her. Gold lace wraps her shoulders. As she gracefully poses, designer Osayame Uzamere makes a video on his cell phone.

Seeking Serenity | Peru’s Roadside R&R

Vines strung tree to tree form an arch at the entrance. A handful of birdhouses and more than 10 wind chimes hang from branches around the garden, setting a peaceful mood. The Serenity Garden’s aim is right in the name: serenity.

Shopping Through the Decades

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) From Raggedy Ann dolls and Little Lulu books, to wooden dressers and vintage coins, the Antique & Variety Mall welcomes anyone who is curious for nostalgia and hungry for a second-hand treasure. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, this 36-year-old antique shop is filled with charm, clutter and hundreds of handcrafted, antique and contemporary items that take visitors on a journey from past to present. Antique & Variety Mall operates as a group shop consisting of 52 vendors who each sell their own items. One-of-a-kind jewelry, vintage clothing, hard-to-find books, vinyl records and antique furniture are just…

Stone Ledge Sculpture Garden

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Along Route 9 just south of Plattsburgh, copper figures glimmer and abstract sculptures stand in an open field providing an unexpected double-take for passersby. The only indication that this space is actually an outdoor art gallery is a wooden frame with flowers and a bike stand. A hand-painted sign reads “Stone Ledge Sculpture Garden.” Perched right below is a stand with a floral-printed sign-in book. More than 80 sculptures fill the field, each made with industrial materials, such as ceramic, wood, mixed media and steel. Behind each metal sculpture lies a story. Garden curator Jackie Sabourin thinks the…

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…

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