Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Easter / Passover. Castle services reminisced.

Pictured above is the Rev. Harvey Jones giving the Sunday Service at Singer Castle (then known as Jorstadt Castle) on Dark Island in what is now called the Breakfast Room. All boaters were welcomed without charge (free-will donations only) and a free tour of the castle always followed. It seems appropriate to release this picture given the Easter/Passover holidays coming up. (You can barely see the top of Patty Mondore's head at the piano. She was the castle's musician for many years.) Be sure to click on the picture above to see it enlarged (photographer: Bob Mondore).

During summer, this large room with huge glass windows (with a view of the river on three sides) often had overflowing crowds. Click here for a more recent picture of the wall above as it now looks. Definitely click here for a spectacular view of this multi-windowed room from the outside.

Friday, March 12, 2010

North Country St. Patrick's Day Special

In keeping with the St. Patrick's Day holiday, here is a video from WPBS-TV featuring these Irish Dancers. The goal of this Northern New York Irish Festival is to raise money to bring children from Ireland to Northern New York for four weeks in the Summer time. See their NNY Irish Festival website for details.

Text describing the above video says it is raw footage of dancers from the Johnston School of Irish Step Dancing who are visiting and performing during the WPBS Spring into March Membership drive being held March 6th through March 14th. The dancers are representing the celebration of the 25th North Country Goes Green Festival being held March 11th through March 14th at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, NY. The school holds classes in Syracuse, Fayetteville, Watertown, and Utica, NY.