What’s Going On: Founders’ Weekend in O’burg, Colton Country Days continue, Seaway Festival activities
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:23 am


Founders’ Weekend

CANTON: Annual Founders Weekend, hosted by the Fort De La Présentation Association at Van Rensselaer (Lighthouse) Point, State Highway 68 and Commerce Street; celebrates and commemorates Ogdensburg’s French colonial history, and will kick off the larger Seaway Festival held at locations around the city during the following week; admission will be adults $7, military ID $4, youth 6-16 $2, and youth 5 and younger free; youth 16 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult on Sunday; info: 315-393-3620, www.fort1749.org; colonial trades, camp life, drills, demonstrations, exhibits, children’s activities throughout the weekend; scavenger hunt for kids-Stewarts Shops ice cream coupon for all participants; 10 a.m., gates open; 10 a.m., skirmish, fire starting (flint & steel); 10 a.m.-noon, cartridge rolling for the young at heart with George Cherepon, tomahawk throwing (public invited); 10:30 a.m., fencing lecture and demo; 11 a.m., water battle begins; 11:30 a.m., children’s muster; 11:30 a.m., lecture, “The Attack on Fort Bull;” 12 p.m., maypole lecture and dance; 1 p.m., “Synopsis of the French and Indian War” with Jack Frost; 1:30 p.m., land battle begins; 2-3 p.m., children’s activities; 3 p.m., 18th Century dueling lecture followed by mock duel; 3-4 p.m. tomahawk throwing (public invited); 3:30 p.m. ladies tea, bring teacup; 4 p.m. gates close; 7:30 p.m., English country dance at Freight House Restaurant, 20 Market St.; tomahawk throwing is for 12 and older, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Traditional Colton Country Day

COLTON: Colton Country Days July 14-21, events scheduled throughout the week, visit https://bit.ly/2LNnRlX for complete schedule; set up by vendors on Main Street starts at 7 a.m. with take down at 2 p.m., parking for vendors close to Main Street, parking for all others nearby (including Colton-Pierrepont Central School and The Well at Colton Wesleyan Church on State Highway 56 plus Municipal Services Building on Wildwood Road with free transportation to/from Main Street from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. available); Pancake Breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Colton Methodist Church on Church Street); Food Vendors along Main Street (The Well at Colton Wesleyan Church / bake sale and more starts at 8 a.m.; Colt’s Pride Booster Club / hamburgers, hot dogs, and more starts mid-morning); Tours of Zion Episcopal Church (9 a.m. to noon); Crafters & Vendors plus Artwork (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Main Street); Used Book Sale (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Book Nook behind Library along State Highway 56 / Limited parking for customers); Giant Water Slide and Bouncy House (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on green between Town Hall and Library); Games (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tbc); CPCS 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gazebo behind Museum / Welcome all CPCS alumni); Museum Exhibit on “Great South Woods” plus Stone Valley Information Center (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Museum); Frog Jumping Contest (10 a.m. with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of Zion Episcopal Church); Whitewater Release at Stone Valley (10 a.m.-2 p.m. for paddlers & spectators / Trailhead parking & on Riverside Drive); Chicken BBQ (11 a.m. until done in Fire Station on Riverside Drive); Music Performance by The Blue Mystics (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under tent in parking area of Zion Episcopal Church); music on the bridge and in the Pub (starts at 3 p.m.); Ice Cream Social and Fireworks (starts at 7:30 p.m. at Fireman’s Field off Gulf & Hanson Roads).

Ice cream, fireworks

COLTON: Higley Association will hold its’ annual Ice Cream Social and Fireworks display, 7:30 p.m., Fireman’s Field, Gulf and Hanson Roads; music provided until 9 p.m., fireworks begin shortly thereafter; raindate for severe weather only, July 21; free, except for purchase of food/drinks; donations towards the fireworks are accepted at the gate.

Hopkinton Field Day

HOPKINTON: Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department will host the Hopkinton Field Day at 2876 State Highway 11B; admission is free; line-up for the parade starts at 8:30 a.m., with the procession to begin at 10; riders in the poker run will travel with the parade and then head to the trails after; Q Country 102.9 will host a live broadcast from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Garden Tractor Super Pull will start at 11 a.m. and feature numerous pulling classes, including 900 lbs Youth, Modified, and Free for All; Music Mania with Bobbi Hull will take place from 1-4 p.m.; Great Northern Firefighter Combat Challenge featuring a 4-member team relay event will take place from 1-6 p.m.; Fireworks by Majestic will begin at dusk; info: www.facebook.com/hfjfd17

Seaway Festival

OGDENSBURG: 59th annual Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival kicks off Friday, July 19 with a week of amusement rides, live music, food, vendors, games, Founder’s Weekend re-enactments and other events; draws thousands of people to attend from all over the North Country and Canada; Founder’s Day at Fort LaPresentation, celebrates the founding of Ogdensburg in 1749, featuring period encampment with demonstrations, and land and water battles, all day; Green Mountain Amusement Rides, all day; Rip Friot and Remington Canoe Race at the Heuvelton boat launch, 9 a.m.; Kid’s Fishing Derby at the Oswegatchie Dam Area, free, 9:30-11 a.m., 315-393-4629; 3-on-3 basketball at Hosmer’s Marina, 10 a.m.; CAN-AM surf rock jam at Phoenix on the Bay, 3-9 p.m.; Wine, Arts & Crafts at Lockwood Area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Firefighter’s Kids’ Games at Morrisette Park, 1-4 p.m.

Hammond Field Days

HAMMOND: Hammond Fire and Rescue Annual Field Day, starting at 2 p.m.; chicken barbeque and craft fair the fire station at 200 Lake St., Firemen’s Parade follows at 7 p.m. and features area high school bands, civic organizations and local groups; auction, bounce house and kids games will open immediately after the parade and the day concludes with a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Summer Spectacular

MASSENA: Annual ‘Summer Spectacular’ event with free fun for entire family 10 a.m., 4 p.m; ice cream social, bounce houses, craft projects for kids and energy & sustainability exhibits; Hawkins Point Visitors Center, 21 Hawkins Point Rd. sponsored by New York Power Authority.

Kids Day in the Park

NORWOOD: Norwood Kiwanis will host its annual Kids Day in the Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on the Norwood Village Green; children will be able to enjoy free popcorn, games, face painting, inflatables, dunk tank, petting zoo and touch-a-truck; representatives from the Potsdam Humane Society and Norwood Library will also be present; popcorn and all activities are free for the children; Kiwanis concession stand will be open for those who wish to purchase food; 315-244-5806.

Barn Quilt Party

WANAKENA: Barn quilt party, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wanakena Green, hosted by TAUNY; music by Dan Berggren, noon-2 p.m.; barn quilt painting demonstrations and displays, fabric quilt show, info table.

Canton Chautauqua

CANTON: Canton Chautauqua, in honor of the first ‘Chautauqua’ held here on July 17-21, 1919; Canton Island Park, Thursday, July 18 from 5-9 p.m.; Friday, July 19 from noon-9 p.m.; and Saturday, July 20 from noon-9 p.m.; music, nature activities, storytelling, and the Mysterious “Nerd” Tent will be part of the festivities; wine tastings, tai chi, yoga, folk dancing, spoken word, poetry and birdspotting are also planned; Feature Tent hosting regular “How to Start a Band” workshops to get young musicians and roadies on their way to performing live music; concerts by The Waydown Wailers, Odis, Rob Larrabee, Bill Vitek, Maxwell Howard, and members of Uprooted; attendees are advised to bring their own chairs and blankets; glass bottles however will not be permitted; for updates check @CantonChautauqua on Facebook.

Roger Murray jamboree

NORFOLK: Jamboree to raise money for Roger Murray and his family, The Coach Tavern, 3 W. Main St., starting at 2 p.m.; Murray is diagnosed with respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) and is currently on oxygen; music from the bands Mad Hatter, Sudden Impact and Plan B; gifts, raffles, food and other activities; proceeds from the event will help the Murray family with medical expenses.

Class of 79 reunion

POTSDAM: Potsdam Central Class of 1979 is planning to hold its 40th reunion on July 19 and 20; info: [email protected]; mixer is planned for Friday, July 19 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Sergi’s Pizzeria on Market St., complimentary food, raffles, door prizes and a cash bar; official reunion celebration Saturday, July 20 at the Potsdam Elks lodge; cocktails and a cash bar start at 4:30 p.m., buffet dinner will be served at 6, music and dancing is planned from 7-10 p.m.; $65 per person or $100 per couple; payment can be send to Margaret (Bailey) Voigt, 3819 Cauwels Road, Marion 14505 no later than June 28; make checks payable to “PCHS Class of 1979,” or pay by Venmo @margaret-voigt.

Tonka Tough 4 Zander

EDWARDS: Tonka Tough 4 Zander benefit to help the family of two-year-old Zander Lewis with travel and medical expenses for his weekly leukemia treatment in Syracuse; held at Lions Field starting at 1 p.m.; family event with music for the adults to activities for the children; chicken barbecue, raffles, auctions, and t-shirts and hoodies for sale; admission is $5; donate contact Stacia at 315-408-5722, Brittany at 315-528-4267, Corey at 315-323-6734, and Crystal at 315-562-8228.

History walk

HAMMOND: History walking tour, 1 p.m., with historian Donna Demick; short photo slide show of Main Street before fires of 1915 and 1951, and an outside walking tour. Meet at Hammond Historical Museum, 1A Main St. Info: Demick at 315-528-4742, [email protected], or Events at www.hammondmuseum.com.

Health, wellness, cookbook sale

CANTON: Used Health, Wellness, and Cook Book Sale, Nature’s Storehouse, 21 Main St. during business hours, in support of canton Free Library’s wellness programming.

Summer spectacular

MASSENA: Free fun for entire family with crafts, bounce houses and more; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Hawkins Point Visitors Center, 21 Hawkins Point Rd. For more info 315-764-0226 ext. 7166302.

Colton Library book sale

COLTON: Friends of Hepburn Library of Colton book sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in a new location, The Book Nook behind the library on Route 56. Great selection of books at very affordable prices.

Food distribution

MASSENA: Food distribution, 9-10:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul, 128 Main St.; for St. Lawrence County residents only; be prepared to give name, birthdate, age of all household members, address, phone number, school district.