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WADDINGTON: Maplestock music fest, 11:30 a.m., Sweeter Creations Sugar House, 3345 State Highway 345, Waddington; Fully Completely Hip, String Busters, Wells and the Gathering, Out of the Blue, TOMB, Fulton Road Band; beer tent, food, free camping, wine slushies, maple products, free parking and a bonfire; $20 tickets at

Blues rock show

EDWARDS: The Tracer James Trio, 7 p.m., Edwards Opera House, 161 Main St., $10;

Scott Lavine

POTSDAM: Scott Lavine, solo, 6-8 p.m. on the patio, Mama Lucia, Constitution St.

Seaway Band

DEKALB JUNCTION: Music and dancing with Cross Country, 8 p.m.-midnight, Amvets Post 11, 4348 U.S. Highway 11; 315-347-3099.

Scottish Festival acts

HAMMOND: Hammond 2018 Scottish Festival; 10:30 Scottish fables with Liz Scarlett, 11 a.m. Celtic vocal and guitar with Rene Corbin, 11:15 Scottish poetry with Nancy Chase, 11:45 a.m. reading of William Smith diary excerpts with Kylie and Eric Rolon, noon bagpiper Jeff Forsyth; 12:15 p.m. Celtic vocal music with Kylie Stewart Rolon; fiddle, piano and bodran group Nicol Falls at 12:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. Scottish dancers; 2:45 Megan Pierce and Olivia Brown; 3 p.m. HUG the Hammond Ukulele Group, 3:15 Scottish dancers, 3:45 p.m. bagpiper Jeff Forsyth; see below for other events.

‘Twist’ stage play

OGDENSBURG: St. John’s Conservatory Theater (SJCT) presents new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” titled “Twist,” 8 p.m., starring 14-year-old Caroline Silver (Canton) as Olivia and 12-year-old Christopher Rodriguez (Ogdensburg) as the Artful Dodger; runs July 13-22, at the OFA George Hall Auditorium; $11.34 tickets; actors from Ogdensburg, Canton, Waddington, Rensselaer Falls, and Lisbon participating;

Local events 

Block Party

PARISVILLE: Parishville AMVETS Post 265 block party, 4 p.m., live music, food, drink; public is welcome.

Pub Party in Colton

COLTON: Racquette River Pub, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., block party featuring Live music all day with Johnny Ward, Connor Sullivan, Shawn Reed, The Side Piece Blues Band; Fireball Girls, adult tricycle races, yard games, beer garden; bring ID; under 18 must be accompanied/supervised by adult; must be 21 to drink; all pub rules apply, including but not limited to no outside beverages.

Founder’s Weekend

OGDENSBURG: Founder’s Weekend July 21-22, 10 a.m., Fort La Présentation historic site; Colonial trade demonstrations, children’s muster and scavenger hunt, historic talks with Jack Frost, English Country dancing demonstrations, tomahawk throwing, land and water battle reenactments, fire starting demonstration and cartridge rolling; George Bougher presents “History of the 60th Regiment,” 11:30 a.m., Jack Frost will present a “Synopsis of the French and Indian War,” each day at 1 p.m. prior to the start of the land battles;

Seaway Festival

OGDENSBURG: 58th annual Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival, scheduled for July 21 through 29; children’s fishing derby, huge fireworks display, antique and classic car show, carnival rides, great food, live entertainment; called “the biggest family reunion” in St. Lawrence County, the Seaway Festival traditionally draws thousands of attendees at events held throughout the week, including what organizers claim is the biggest parade in the region; celebrations of Ogdensburg’s 150th Birthday planned; full schedule at

Kids Games

OGDENSBURG: Annual Kids Games sponsored by the Ogdensburg Firefighters Association, in conjunction with the Seaway Festival, 1-4 p.m., Greenbelt next to Kids Kingdom; free of charge, includes pizza, subs, drinks, helium balloons, raffle drawing for prizes; ladder truckset up to spray the kids with water if it's a nice day; sprints, one-and-two-person sack races, two-person wheelbarrow races, a water balloon fight, greased pole challenge, ring toss game; top three finishers choose from a prize pool; competitors grouped by age, 2-year-olds to 16-year-olds.

Ice cream, fireworks

COLTON: Higley Association's annual ice cream social and fireworks display, 7:30 p.m., Fireman's Field, Gulf Road; music until 9 p.m., fireworks at dark; Rain date: July 22; free except for any purchase of food, drinks, donations towards the fireworks are accepted at the gate.

Hopkinton Field Day

Hopkinton: Hopkinton Field Day, hosted by Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department, 2876 State Highway 11B, all day; youth activities, bounce house, live music all day, craft fair at 10 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., fire works, tractor pull; Q Country live broadcast 11 a.m.-1 p.m., DJ and Karaoke Talent show 1-4 p.m., Plan-B performs 5-9 p.m., Firefighter Combat Challenge $5 per run; all day, free admission.

Colton Country Day

COLTON: 35th annual Colton Country Days, all day activities; 7:30-10 a.m. pancake breakfast at Colton United Methodist Church, Church Street; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown Colton; crafters, artists, bakers, flea market vendors, frog jumping contest, chicken barbecue, concessions, book sale, music, performances by the Grass River Players, fireworks, Alumni Tent, whitewater release and kayaking, free clothing giveaway, exhibits, Music on the Bridge, golf carts available, fireworks; more events during the week;,

Blum jamboree

POTSDAM: Jamboree to benefit Joshua Blum and family, 2-6 p.m., Potsdam VFW, 95 Market St.; $5 at the door, silent auction, BBQ, cash bar; Blum, a Barstow Motors employee, husband and father, needs surgery for a brain aneurysm; donations accepted; 315-244-7470.

Scottish Festival Day

HaMMOND: Hammond Scottish Festival Day, 10 a.m. opening ceremony; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. early 1800s demonstrations of blacksmithing, creating wool and weaving, quilting, trapping and butter making, Highland game demonstrations by the Tughill Heavies, Scottish recipes, longest beard contest and best costume contest etc. at 2:30 p.m., Scottish clans and tartan advice, 1-3 p.m. postage stamp cancelation, live music all day, 1-4 p.m. photo booth with Scottish costumes and props, childrens activities including Highland gmaes, sporan scavenger hunt, tug-o-war, relay races, making Loch Ness Monster sock puppets, bagpipe demos, vendor sals, food and beverages by Good-By Earl’s Grill from 10-2, chicken barbecue at Hammond Fire Hall; live music all day; annual Hammond Field Day parade, led by Brockville Pipes & Drums at 7 p.m., auction, games, food and band at Hammond Fire Hall at 8 p.m.; part of Hammond 2018 Scottish Festival July 14-22.

Meet the artists

MASSENA: Meet the artists event, 3-5 p.m., St. Lawrence Centre mall; hosted by SLC Arts; exhibit of over 100 juried pieces from Carol Backus, Angela Ballou, Kevin Beary, Eileen Boots, Bryan Bouchey, James Bullard, Anne Burnham, Sharon H.J. Cheng, Steven Cobb, David Crowell, Kasarian Dane, Yvona Fast, Ruth Freeman, Betty Graham, Barre Hall, Mary Harding, Shelley Hazen, Melanie Kimbler, Sally Kirby, Eileen LaBarge, Mary Lacerenza, Patricia Lane, Suzanne Lebeda, Catherine LaPointe Vollmer, Ronald Larsen, Stefanie Latimer, Suzan McDermott, Kathy Montan, Eleanor Morgan, Andrey Oloan, Beverly Patchin, Thomas Robarge Jr., Kristen Rozelle, Eve Stoddard, Raymond Whalen, Robert Wheeler; free; 315-265-6860,

Family Fun Day

POTSDAM: Family Fun Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Potsdam’s Ives Park farmers market, hosted by GardenShare; sack races, radish-toss, mystery market, face-painting, local live music, local food, raffle; www.gardenshare.

Brewfest at the mall

MASSENA: Cheers! Brewfest, St. Lawrence Centre Mall; 315-764-1001,

Food distribution

MASSENA: Food distribution, 9-10:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul, 128 Main St.; for St. Lawrence County residents only.

Car Wash

DEKALB JUNCTION: Canton Youth Advocate Programs, car wash, noon-4 p.m., at Dekalb Junction Fire Station, U.S. Route 11; money raised will be used to fund a youth trip to Ausable Chasm, located in the Adirondacks; $5 donation per vehicle.

Old DeKalb tour

DEKALB Junction: Historic Talk & Walk, led by town historian Bryan Thompson; sponsored by St. Lawrence County Historical Society; walkers meet at 1 p.m. at the Old DeKalb Methodist Church, 3719 County Route 17, and then take a tour of Old DeKalb; approximately an hour and a half long, free and open to the public, no advance registration is required; 315-386-8133, [email protected],

Sports & recreation

Helping Hands golf

POTSDAM: Golf tournament to benefit Helping Hands of Potsdam, Potsdam Town & Country Club. $80 per person for golf, cart, lunch, prizes. Signups, info: Tom Chappell at 268-0633.

Waterfall tour

CLARE: Tour of Tooley Pond Road, 10:30-noon, waterfalls and cascades found along the Grasse River on Tooley Pond Road in Clare; group will meet at the Northwest end of Tooley Pond Road, at the junction with County Route 27 in Degrasse; please be prepared to caravan as the group plans to stop at several falls along the way before turning around at Tooley Pond.;

Classes, programs

Bracelet class

WADDINGTON: New design bracelet workshop, 1-5 p.m., The Gallery, 10 Main St.; materials supplied, no experience needed; $50 (or $55 at the door);, 315-308-4410 to preregister and prepay. 

Edible plants class

RENSSELAER FALLS: “Wild Edible Plants, Plus A Little Medicine,” Indian Creek Nature Center, 8-11 a.m.; with Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, 315-379-9191, ext. 232; historic and current uses of many common wild plants, both native and naturalized; focus is on edible plants, but will touch on herbal medicine as well; come dressed for the weather, and for ticks.

Sales & bazaars

Book sale

MADRID: Friends of the Madrid Library book sale, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., library community room, 11 Church St.; new donations added; hard cover books $1, paperbacks 50 cents, children’s books 25 cents, CD’s $1, bag sale $5; all proceeds benefit library; 315-322-5673.

Madrid Garage Sale

MADRID: Madrid community garage sale day, starts at 9 a.m.; bake sale, hot dogs, drinks also available at the United Church Of Madrid; to have a sale included on the sale map, call Catherine Boula at 315-322-5919 or leave information at the Community Bank in Madrid, listing any items of interest.

On the menu

Chicken barbecue

COLTON: Colton Volunteer Fire Department’s annual chicken barbecue, Colton Station #1, starting at 11 a.m.; benefits the department; held during Colton Days; includes half chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, roll, brownie; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, half chicken $6.

Free church supper

HEUVELTON: Presbyterian Church, free supper, starting at 4:30; donations accepted.