September 23, 2013

Home Briefs: Sept. 23, 2013

Rural Skills and Homesteading Fest set for Saturday

PAUL SMITHS — The 2013 Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.

The daylong event focuses on the growing homesteading movement. More than 800 people came to last year’s event at the VIC. This year, guests will find activities such as the 5K Homesteaders’ Challenge, a relay race that pits participants against each other in different skills, including fire building and chicken herding. The Modern Times Theater group will perform skits related to “the myth of progress.”

Paul Smith’s College faculty, staff and students, as well as representatives of area organizations, will offer a series of lectures and hands-on workshops throughout the day. More than three dozen sessions will be held, including a workshop on using draft horses in the field, butter making, maple production and gardening workshops.

Additionally, the Paul Smith’s College woodsmen’s team will stage an exhibition, and the Adirondack Farmers’ Market will be open. Celia Evans, Kary Johnson and Curt Stager will perform music as well.

The cost is $5 per person or $10 per carload. For a complete schedule and other information on the festival, visit


Kent-Delord House offering ‘Nooksand Crannies Tour’ 

PLATTSBURGH — The Kent-Delord House Museum is hosting a “Nooks and Crannies Tour” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at its 17 Cumberland Ave. location.

Visitors will be able to see the upstairs, attic and basement areas of the Kent-Delord House, which are not seen on a regular tour.

Admission is $5, with preregistration requested by calling 561-1035.


St. Louis urban farming alarms some neighbors

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 10-block stretch of land in north St. Louis is an unusual place for a farm, and not everyone living nearby welcomes the mesh of agriculture with urban life.

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