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Natalie Cressman (courtesy nataliecressman.com)
Natalie Cressman (courtesy nataliecressman.com)

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman's first northeast tour to include stops in Burlington and Lake Placid

Still in her early 20s, Natalie Cressman already has an impressive musical resume', including a recent degree from the Manhattan School of Music and five years of touring with former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. She's celebrating the release of her second CD with performances at Nectar's in Burlington and Smoke Signals in Lake Placid this weekend. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Listen: Remembering silent film organist Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker wasn't well known in the North Country. But his music and his work as an instrument restorer brought back to life a part of the region's history.
Barker was a celebrated organ player from Manchester, England who specialized in accompanying silent movies.

For more than a decade, his performances were a big draw at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid. The silent films he accompanied were also a cornerstone of the Lake Placid Film Forum.

In 1998, Barker also led the team that restored the Palace's Robert Morton organ, which was first built in 1926. Brian Mann knew Barker for years, and learned last week that he'd passed away on New Year's Eve. He has this look back at Barker's life and his work in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker.  Photo via Chris Waddell
Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker. Photo via Chris Waddell

Paralympian Chris Waddell brings message of resilience to Lake Placid

The universal experience of challenge and the power of resilience were some of the messages Paralympian Chris Waddell brought to Lake Placid this week. Waddell spoke to students Monday and Tuesday and introduced his documentary, "1 Revolution", last night at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The film documents his almost entirely unassisted paraplegic climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.  Go to full article
Despite flirting with Adolph Hitler, Sonja Henie emerged as America's sweetheart during the build-up to World War II.  She's pictured here on the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.
Despite flirting with Adolph Hitler, Sonja Henie emerged as America's sweetheart during the build-up to World War II. She's pictured here on the cover of Time Magazine in 1939.

Huge Winter Olympics Controversy (in 1936, that is)!

The opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics are this Friday. The build-up to this year's Olympic Games been packed with subplots and controversies - everything from gay rights to terrorism to Russian corruption.

But those political undercurrents are nothing new to the world of winter sport. One of the very first famous Olympians - figure-skater Sonja Henie - was a huge star in the 1930s and '40. She won her second gold medal in Lake Placid in 1932.

But Henie was also a divisive, controversial figure. Her life is being remembered in an expanded exhibit at Lake Placid's Olympic Museum.  Go to full article
Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's Uihlein Forest, in the sugar shack at the maple syrup research station near Lake Placid.   The evaporator is able to process about 25 gallons of syrup an hour.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's Uihlein Forest, in the sugar shack at the maple syrup research station near Lake Placid. The evaporator is able to process about 25 gallons of syrup an hour. Photo: Todd Moe

Why maple syrup matters: from tree to tap to market

With the start of the traditional maple sugaring season just weeks away, Todd Moe talks with Mike Farrell, director of Cornell's maple research field station near Lake Placid.

He's written a new book, The Sugarmaker's Companion, which explores tapping trees for sap, marketing maple syrup and the economics of sugaring.  Go to full article
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background.  China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent
China's Zhongqing Liu defies gravity with the Adirondack Mountains in the background. China dominated the aerial competition in Lake Placid, taking four out of six medals including both golds. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Winter Olympics correspondent

Freestyle aerial jumps graceful, bone-crunching

With the Sochi Winter Olympics now less than three weeks away, it was a huge pre-Olympics weekend in Lake Placid.

Skiers from all over the world gathered for the World Cup freestyle championships, which included mogul competition at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and aerial jumping at the Olympic complex in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Peter Sr., Peter Frenette, and Jennie Frenette at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Photo: Frenette Family
Peter Sr., Peter Frenette, and Jennie Frenette at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Photo: Frenette Family

Olympic history ignites powerhouse Olympic culture

The opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia are less than a month away. In these weeks leading up the Olympic Games we're profiling many of the North Country athletes who will compete this year.

At the 2010 Olympics, skiers and sledders from this region accounted for a significant number of America's total medal count -- including a first-ever gold-medal win in Nordic Combined.

This morning, Brian Mann looks at how the Adirondack North Country has managed to maintain its Olympic edge, decades after the last Winter Games were held in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend.  Admission is a suggested $10 donation.  Photo: NAVE
The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble presents two concerts of a Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid this weekend. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Photo: NAVE

Preview: Festival of Lessons and Carols in Plattsburgh, Lake Placid

The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols -- anthems, carols, hymns and spoken word -- that illuminate the Christmas story this weekend. The performances are Saturday night (7:30) at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh, and Sunday afternoon (4:00) at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. NAVE music director Drew Benware told Todd Moe that the concerts will feature a variety of music for the Christmas season: medieval, traditional English carols, colonial American, African-American spirituals and 20th century music.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29619840@N00/4617845128/">Cheuk-man Kong</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
Photo: Cheuk-man Kong, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

North Country luger makes US Olympic team

One North Country athlete has locked in his place at the Russian Winter Olympics that open in February. Chris Mazdzer, a luge sled racer from Saranac Lake, secured his place on the US team while competing in Winterberg, Germany.  Go to full article
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Remembering composer Bob Washburn and music for the Lake Placid Olympics

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Bob Washburn was a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors teachers and composers.

Washburn, who died last week at 85 in Ogdensburg, received numerous awards, and his music was performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the White House for the President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Washburn was a former Dean and a Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 1980, he was commissioned to write music for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

As a remembrance, we share some of Bob Washburn's memories of being a student at Crane in the 1940s and writing music for the Olympics. He told Todd Moe that Olympics officials decided to tap a team of local composers at SUNY Potsdam to write new music for the games.  Go to full article

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