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The Historical Hoarders at the Alice T. Miner Museum

The museum smells of seasoned artifacts. Hundred-year-old heirlooms and porcelain ornately arranged in every crevice of the building. Walking through the foyer, the old walls and wooden floor creak with the settling frost – the welcoming murmurs of the museum’s matron, Alice T. Miner. The size is daunting; it seems impossible that the 19th-century stone building houses 17 rooms. The narrow hallways open to large vaulted ceilings, yet it feels claustrophobic. “[People] are surprised when they first come in – not everything is just old furniture, there’s a lot more,” said Ellen Adams, assistant director of the Alice T. Miner…

The Perfect Escape: Beginners Trail the New Land Trust

When I drove to Saranac to find out what the New Land Trust was all about, I had one of the best car rides of my two years living in the North Country. The scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, nearby farms and dirt roads made it hard to concentrate on the road ahead of me. Once I finally found the dirt and grass patch designated for parking by the sign-in book, I parked my car and eagerly wandered up the trail toward the cabin that signals the starting point for many of the trails. Doug Yu, a board member of…

The Legend of The Plucky Rooster

all American fleet led by Commodore Thomas Macdonough awaited the British army, which outnumbered the Yanks 10 ­to ­1.

All-Year Climbing at the Crux

 The scent of sweaty gym socks hits me, and I scrunch my nose in disgust. Looking around, I see no one else is affected by the smell; instead, they look at peace with smiles on their faces. I quickly feel my face redden and hope no one saw my expression a few seconds ago. It’s only my second time climbing, and I don’t want to offend anyone. Putting a smile on my face, I move closer to one of the Crux staff members and focus on what they are saying. Brian, the director of the Crux, was explaining how young…

Re-enactment Fashion Tips for Men

Plattsburgh’s rich culture around re-enactments makes it the perfect place to explore re-enactment fashion. Events like The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend allow re-enactors to come together to relieve a piece of history, and you can too. Re-enactment fashion is all about research and finding era-correct clothing. We gave tips for women in Issue 5.  Here’s some tips for men: If you are portraying a male civilian, the typical attire is a shirt, knee bridges, socks, a waist coat and a top that was like a tuxedo, short in the front and long in the back. For added detail, men…

Beer, Food and Music: The Monopole’s Got You Covered

After a Thursday night jumping to music at the Strand’s Jumpin’ in July series, you might still be in the mood to dance. Take the party over to the Monopole. It’s not the usual club full of flashing neon lights and the body trembling bass. It’s a bar with good (and cheap) beer, maybe a little pub-grub to munch on and some enjoyable music to jam out to — exactly what I want. The Monopole is one of the few bars in Plattsburgh that regularly features live music. Funky jam bands such as Soul Junction, Tar Iguana and Squid Parade produce a sizable…

Asgaard Farm’s Bouncing Baby Goats

As soon as the golf cart pulled up in front of a grassy fenced-in lot, all I could see was the red shelter, resembling a horse trailer that’s usually hitched to vehicles. When the farmer killed the engine of the cart, tiny baby goats popped their heads out of the windows in the small shelter, curious about the noise. They pranced over the sunshine-splattered weeds and bundled together in a furry mass near the wire fence, eager to be closer to the visitors. They jostled each other in a group of plump bodies, wanting to be the first to the…

Tips for a Hopeful Bass Fisher

Lake Champlain’s bass season opens the second Saturday of June and runs through late fall. The lake is popular for its summer tournaments. The fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, lay dormant underneath the icy crust that covers the lake over the winter season. The key to knowing when bass fishing starts? Blooming flowers and falling leaves. The best time to go fishing? The season’s first week. At least according to Captain Howard Hammond, a local tour guide. After all, the central south region of Lake Champlain is known in the United States as Bass Country. In this wide and…

Check Out Women on Wheels at the Mayor’s Cup

Group biking offers endurance building and working toward a common goal. W.O.W., a new biking program, is ready to fulfill those things. Made by Plattsburgh’s local Maui North, Women on Wheels of the North Country was made to service women to reach their biking goals. Maui North co-owner Kim Manion explained the group is for women with the goal of improving their bike riding ability, expanding connections and competing in Mayor’s Cup 20-, 50- or 70-mile ride. They can be spotted at this year’s Mayor’s Cup Bike Ride July 12 wearing matching jersey shirts with the group’s logo. Participant Teri LeeLaMora, 42, believes that Women…

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…