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…

Make Art and Engage with Nature

I am a creative person. I am inspired by the natural world, and most people can be transformed by the simple power of beauty. Photography lets me express that beauty. It lets me express my feelings and tastes. In one form or another, a little piece of myself is always left in the photos I take. I recently visited the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y., to check out The Wild Walk,  a new extension of the Wild Center that opens this Fourth of July. I suggest you all listen to me when I say, GO VISIT. This amazing walk…

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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…