~Upcoming Events ~
Brown Bag Lunch Programs
The Lewis County Historical Society is planning on a monthly series of free “Brown Bag Lunch” programs and are open to the public. They would start at noon and participants would bring their own lunch.
The first program is Wednesday, September 17 at noon at the Lewis County Historical Society Building, 7552 S State St, Lowville, NY. Author Marty Podskoch will do the presentation. His latest book is the Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country. Mr. Podskoch has traveled to all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks gathering stories for all his five books. His talk covers some northern towns in Lewis County.
A presentation on October 15 will be by David Schreiber, author of a book about waterfalls in New York State. He will be speaking about local waterfalls.
Topics for future presentations are still in the planning stage. The Historical Society encourages anyone to submit ideas on speakers or topics they would like to hear about. You are welcome to call the historical society at 376-8957 with any questions.
2015 Black River Concert series line-up!
January 10: Searson, high energy fiddling, amazing vocals, Irish step-dancing.
January 24: Colgate 13, back by popular demand! They brought the house down last winter!
February 7: RPR, former members of Tanglefoot
February 21: Paul Asbell, guitarist who has played with some top blues and rhythm and blues acts
March 7: Double Barrel Blues Band, award winning musicians
March 21, Carolyn Kelly Band, rhythm and blues and a bit of gospel. Sid and I heard this group at Sackets Harbor this summer, and they are superb. What an amazing voice Carolyn has!
April 11, Todd Hobin, another back by popular demand appearance.
Tickets are $20. at the door, $18. in advance, or $45. for families. Better yet, buy season tickets for $110. and receive two free guest passes. Something to definitely look forward to this coming winter!
New Book by Martin Podskoch
The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country by Martin Podskoch will be available at stores in mid-August. The 102 Club is a new idea meant to encourage travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of this unique, vacation destination.
The idea for the 102 Club began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach in the Dec. 11, 2005 issue of American Profile Magazine. Dr. Peach, in a story in Vermont Life magazine, suggested the idea of an informal group, the 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path ‘to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.’ He felt that every part of Vermont had its beauty, history, attractions, traditions, and interesting people.
Podskoch stated in the book’s introduction, “Since 2001, I traveled to all of the 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks gathering stories for my five books on the Adirondack fire towers, the Civilian Conservation Corps camps, and Adirondack lore. In my travels people have taken me in for the night and shared their home, food, and stories. I have met so many wonderful people and seen so many interesting places that I want to share my experience.
“Most people who visit the Adirondacks visit one particular area. For eight years I wondered if I might be able to duplicate for the Adirondacks what Dr. Peach did for Vermont.
“Then, in December 2013 I spoke at an Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) and proposed the idea of starting the 102 Club for the Adirondacks. The AATV liked the idea and encouraged me to contact the supervisors and mayors for their help.
“I asked each town and village for someone to write a short description highlighting the town or village’s location, history and interesting places to visit. By June 2014 108 representatives including, historians, supervisors, assessors, chambers of commerce, and residents replied with descriptions.”
The result is this comprehensive guide to travelers in a quest to visit all 102 towns and villages. Club members also learn about the history and fascinating places in the Adirondacks. By getting their book signed or stamped by a resident or business, they also get to know the friendly locals and be able to ask such questions as where is a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction? In this way they will get to know the real Adirondacks.
There are no rules or requirements to be a member. No documents to turn in. One may keep a journal in addition to this book on the quest. There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience the whole Adirondack region. Adults and children of all ages can be
Civil War Project
The Lewis County Historical Society is embarking on a Civil War project, gathering the data and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis County. The project, which could result in the publication of data and photographs, will be the combination of already established Historical Society records and input from the community.
“We encourage people to bring in their family photos to be scanned or email the images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office manager.To date, the society has gathered approximately 50 images from donations, provided copies or from Internet research. “We will try to put together a biography and war record with each image as a permanent record. If we get enough images there is a possibility of creating a book as a fund raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.
For those uncertain about a relative’s involvement, volunteers at the society can undertake research efforts using the New York State veteran’s database.
Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the service records of known Lewis County Civil War veterans and the location of their burial. Copies of the book are currently being printed and are expected to arrive by the week of the Lewis County Fair. The society anticipates offering the book at their fair booth for $25.
Another valuable research tool on local Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to War,” a collection of newspaper articles compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow, Thea, has given permission to the society to reprint the work. The collection is now available for purchase at the society gift shop for $12.
For more information about the project contact either Jerry Perrin at 376-8957 or email@example.com, or Tom Duflo at 376-3839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincere appreciation to our very generous sponsors of the
2014 Black River Valley Concert Series!
Morgan Lewis Level ($1,000+)
Lowville Farmer's Co-Op
RBC Wealth Management
M.R.Gaebel, Inc. Your Tax and Accounting Professionals
Hammecker Pharmacies, Inc.
Logan's Silo Sales and Service
Flat Rock Windpower, LLC
North Country Estates, Inc.
Community Bank, NA
Double "B" Contracting
Special thanks and appreciation to Ridgeview Motor Lodge for housing our artists, Jeb's for feeding them and Kinney's for their continued supply of bottled water !
Concert series made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts - Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.