Teresa Farrell 2017-04-05 01:26:33
Indoors or out, there’s plenty to do, see, and experience in St. Lawrence County. In St. Lawrence County summer is a time to explore this sprawling area that stretches from the shores of the St. Lawrence River to the northern edge of the Adirondacks. Fishing is a popular pastime here, which is no surprise given the fact that this county is bordered on the north by the St. Lawrence River and more than 200 other rivers, ponds, lakes and streams that dot and crisscross the county. In the St. Lawrence River bass, Northern pike, and muskies are fishermen favorites. Nearly every variety of freshwater fish that can be found in New York State can be found in St. Lawrence County. There are various waterfalls in St. Lawrence County and many of them can be seen from the road or reached by just a short walk. The arts are alive and well throughout the county. The St. Lawrence County Arts Council, a Potsdam-based organization, offers gallery exhibits, community programming, art classes, and special events throughout the year. This includes the St. Lawrence County Studio Tour, which offers a chance for people to visit with artists and see their studios as well as the wares they create. College galleries at St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam house displays of students’ and professors’ work as well as visiting artists’ creations. The St. Lawrence International Film Festival brings filmmakers from both sides of the border together in an international arts celebration Sept. 1–4. The festival is taking place in Ottawa and Brockville, Ontario and in Canton and Potsdam in New York. St. Lawrence County is also home to many historic sites and events. Founder’s Weekend takes place the third weekend in July on Van Rensselaer Point, also known as Lighthouse Point, in Ogdensburg. A reenactment and colonial trade fair, the event was designed to celebrate and honor the fort’s French roots, commemorating the span of French fort occupation beginning with the fort’s construction in 1749 and ending with the Battle of the Thousand Islands, the last battle of the French and Indian war and the end of French occupancy at the fort, in 1760. The weekend includes a variety of period activities, including a variety of battle reenactments on both land and water as well as examples of nearly every aspect of 18th century life at the fort. Ogdensburg is also home to the Frederick Remington Art Museum, which pays tribute to the famous Western artist who hailed from Northern New York. Much of the famous artist’s work is on display here including paintings, bronzes, and drawings. Further north is the Frank McCullough Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center in Massena. Operated by the New York State Power Authority, the visitor’s center features hands-on exhibits that teach about generating power with panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River, the source of the plant’s power. The visitor’s center offers free movie screenings— popcorn included!—on some Friday afternoons. Also located in Massena is the Wings River House, a vacation home on the shores of the St. Lawrence River that was donated by John and Resa Wing for veterans and their family to use free of charge through the veterans’ charity Operation Grateful Nation. St. Lawrence County Wine Trail features three wineries that produce wines using locally-grown grapes and fruit. Each offers tastings, but hours vary so check their website www.stlawrencewinetrail.com for further information. Indoors or out, there’s plenty to do, see, and experience in St. Lawrence County. For more information, visit www.northcountryguide.com. ST LAWRENCE VALLEY Fort De La Présentation Association A PO Box 1749, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 315-394-1749 www.fort1749.org Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Visitors Center A 21 Hawkins Point Rd. Massena, NY 13662 315-764-0226 www.stl.nypa.gov St. Lawrence County Historical Association A 3 East Main St., Canton, NY 13617 315-386-8133 www.slcha.org Quality Inn of Massena L 10 West Orvis St., Massena, NY 13662 800-654-6212 800-654-6212 www.choicehotels.com Riverbay Adventure Inn L 97 New Road, Chippewa Bay NY 13623 315-759-8174 www.riverbayadventureinn.com The beach at Jacques Cartier State Park. Photo credit: John Rozelle NYSOPRHP.
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