​​Organizations, businesses stage eclipse viewing opportunities and celebrations on April 8

Posted 4/1/24

The Great Northern American Eclipse will take place Monday, April 8 when the earth, the moon and sun turn in orbital synchrony to produce a complete totality for several moments over a narrow swath …

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​​Organizations, businesses stage eclipse viewing opportunities and celebrations on April 8


The Great Northern American Eclipse will take place Monday, April 8 when the earth, the moon and sun turn in orbital synchrony to produce a complete totality for several moments over a narrow swath of St. Lawrence County.

According to estimates, the partial eclipse will begin over the region about 2:11 p.m., the totality begins about 3:23 p.m. and ends 3:26 p.m. The partial eclipse ends about 4:36 p.m. Times vary depending on where the path travels.

Dozens of eclipse viewing events, parties, and celebrations are planned by various organizations and businesses across the region.

White Silo viewing

The White Silo, 5355 Co Rd 27, an event complex located south of the village of Canton, has planned a Total Solar Eclipse Viewing & Celebration to take place between noon and 7 p.m. on April 8.

The event will include music, food, trivia, a customized photo booth, and more. The first 24 adult tickets include a free etched glass keepsake mug.

Cost to attend: $40/adults, kids $15, under 5 free.

Info: https://fb.me/e/1xZZi2fiY .

Eclipse in Garner Park

The North Country Children’s Museum, 10 Raymond St., Potsdam, will host a free, outdoor program from 1-3:30 p.m. in Garner Park near the museum.

Attendees will be given special eclipse-viewing glasses and museum educators will run science activities.

Info: www.northcountrychildrensmuseum.org .

Viewing party in Norwood

An eclipse viewing party for all ages is being held at Norwood Public Library on Monday, April 8, at 3 p.m.

Eclipse glasses will be distributed.

The Friends of Norwood Public Library will provide refreshments.

Register by calling the library at (315) 353-6692.

SUNY Potsdam eclipse celebration

SUNY Potsdam is making final preparations for a celestial celebration, as the campus is in the direct path of the 2024 total solar eclipse. The College will mark this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience with fun free activities for all on Monday, April 8.

In an effort to make this astronomical marvel a shared experience, SUNY Potsdam is organizing special educational activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider community. Classes have been canceled for the day to allow the entire campus community to take part.

Campus events are set to kick off at 2 p.m. on April 8, and will include interactive science activities and lots more to explore.

The eclipse viewing will take place at the Marshall Park Bandshell, with music and live narration beginning around 3 p.m., with an additional designated quiet viewing area in the Academic Quad. Free eclipse viewing glasses and giveaways like custom frisbees and vinyl stickers will be available for all in attendance. There will also be refreshments and more keepsakes available to mark the occasion.

Highlights of the day include space-themed coloring, eclipse music, an eclipse history outdoor exhibit, a time capsule and a large-scale model of the solar system! SUNY Potsdam student clubs and organizations will also get in on the fun, including space Lego building with the Anthropology Club and an eclipse book sale with the History Association.

Science activities/demonstrations are planned in Timmerman Hall.

Eclipse vendor fair

The Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor Farm (ADK Fragrance Farm), a 160-acre farm-to-factory in the Adirondack region of New York state located at 1551 Highway 72, will host the Eclipse vendor fair from April 6-8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., culminating with the total eclipse viewing on April 8.

Attendance at the craft, food & wine vendor fair costs $5 per person. Several other paid events will also be offered at the farm.

Info, tickets: adkfragrancefarm.com/adirondack-eclipse-fragrance-festival.

Viewing at Fort de la Prèsentation

A total solar eclipse viewing event will be held at Fort De La Presentation, 22 Albany Ave., Ogdensburg.

The Fort offers one of the most beautiful vantage points on the mighty St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie Rivers.

Rensselaer Point in Ogdensburg holds long held history and is the very ground where Fort de La Présentation was established when it was claimed as New France. Those attending can enjoy the trail and site as they watch the eclipse.

Totality will begin at 3:23 p.m. for a duration of 2 minutes and 37 seconds over Ogdensburg.

Guided tours running on the hour start at 11 a.m.

Bring your own chairs.

Offsite parking is in close proximity.

Donations for admission will be accepted.

Info: https://fort1749.org/ , Barb O'Keefe, barbokeefe3@gmail.com, 315-323-2593.

Eclipse at the Remington

The Frederic Remington Art Museum, 303 Washington St., will host open galleries and fun activities before, during, and after the total solar eclipse on April 8.

The Remington Museum will be open for extended hours on both Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8.

Activities on April 8, will include eclipse-themed art-making projects for the whole family, hourly tours, sketching in the galleries, a fire pit on the Museum patio, and more.

Info: http://fredericremington.org

Eclipse with Nicandri Nature Center at Barnhart Beach

The Nicandri Nature Center is hosting an eclipse viewing event at Barnhart Beach, 32 Beach Marina Rd., Massena, from noon-5 p.m.

The center parking lot will be open for parking for approximately 250 cars.

Patrons can walk to the Marina area for the best viewing and also to the Nicandri Nature Center’s presentations under the Marina Pavilion.

Porta-johns will be located near the beach tollbooth and the marina pavilion.

Limited staffing on-site to assist with parking. Carry in and carry out. No overnight accommodations.

All traffic in the Park on the 8th will be directed to the designated parking area.

Norwood Legion eclipse festivities

Total eclipse viewing and festivities at the Norwood American Legion, 10 Maple St., from noon-5 p.m.

The legion will host festivities for the solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse glasses will be available.

There also will be pre-eclipse drinks and snacks as well as $2 Blue Moon & Sam Adams.

Madrid Hepburn Library hosting viewing, story time

Book an eclipse viewing and story time at Madrid Hepburn Library, 11 Church St., between 2 and 4 p.m.

Free eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.

Info: http://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org .

Viewing party at Raquette River Pub

The Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St., Colton, will have special opening hours on Monday, April 8 to celebrate the eclipse.

Colton is directly in the path of totality and the pub will host a viewing block party on Colton's Main Street Bridge and the surrounding area between access points of the Stone Valley Hiking Trail.

The bridge will be closed between 2 and 5 p.m. for the public to enjoy an unobstructed view of the eclipse on the river.

The Raquette River Pub will provide free eclipse viewing glasses, and will have event shirts for sale.

Live music will be provided by The Backwater Duo and drink and food specials will be available from 2-5 p.m. at the Pub.