November 22, 2011
Enjoyed filming with our ADK Journal host, Gary VanRiper, today in Old Forge. Hazy sun and relatively mild for November -just a trace of the recent snow left in the shadows. It was great getting back into the swing of things. The happy emails and posts have been great and so encouraging. It seems people missed the show as much as we did.
November 25, 2011
After dinner with the family, washing dishes, and our annual tradition of watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving together, my boys "escaped" to spend time with their friends who were also back in town for the holiday. My husband and I relaxed in the livingroom while I clicked around the channels for some holiday viewing. I stumbled across Lady Gaga talking about making pizzelle with her grandfather. I thought I would share an old MVL episode with Malio Carderelli's pizzelle recipe.
November 26, 2011
Stroll Down Memory Lane
We enjoyed Clinton's Shoppers Stroll last night as did seemingly thousands of other people! It was hard to remember that it's almost December with the weather being so mild! We stopped in to the Kirkland Art Center's new gift shop on West Park Row showcasing the work of local artists. Vartan Pagosian was there with his beautifully intriguing pottery. I dug up this old interview with him from 2 years ago when he was working with crystalline glazing.
Tuesday, November 14, 2011
ADK Journal Host's Photo Selected for Cover of 2012 ADK Calendar
We were excited to see our ADK Journal host, Gary VanRiper's, beautiful photography gracing the cover of the 2012 Adirondack High Peaks Foundation calendar! Gary captured the changing of the seasons: snow capped Whiteface summit with colorful autumn leaves in the foreground. Check it out here!
Wednesday, November 15, 2011
New Mohawk Valley Living Website Launching Soon!
We hope you will enjoy our new website which officially launches with the premiere of our show on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. We always seem to run out of time to fit everything into a 1/2 hour show so now we'll have the room to include many more stories and adventures here. We'll also feature a regular blog and some links to other area contributers and bloggers. You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too!
November 27, 2011
Autumn (or Spring???) Hike
With temperatures reaching near 60 degrees today, it's a great day to take a hike. It's always interesting to see the topography of the landscape when it's not hidden under all the foliage. Try the Goodsell Swamp Sanctuary located behind Glimmerglass Opera.
or try the 15-minute hike to Fly Pond in Old Forge. Below is the video of our hike in the autumn of 2007. *I always wear my bright red jacket during hunting season.
December 4, 2011
It's Good to Be Back
We thoroughly enjoyed planning and filming this week's show and it somehow feels like we never left. Although, I do say, there seems to be a lot that has changed: new businesses, new artists, galleries, and new events. It's been a little overwhelming and it is sometimes hard to decide in which direction to go. But we are looking forward to many more adventures exploring the Mohawk Valley in the years to come. It's good to be back.
November 28, 2011
1 Potato, 2 Potatoes, 3 Potatoes, More!
My boys went overboard peeling potatoes for Thanksgiving this year and we still had leftover mashed potatoes Sunday night. So I decided to make homemade pierogies for the first time. My boys love pierogies and we have them often enough that my middle son told his social studies teacher that he had Polish ancestors. We don't, but we sure do enjoy their food and traditions. I enjoy learning about the cultures of the people who have settled in the Mohawk Valley. In celebration of the pierogi (and ours turned out pretty good) here's our Road Trip to Polish Heritage from August of 2008.
December 8, 2011
Getting My Goat
Sometimes we have experiences while filming that just cannot be captured on the show. While shooting this week, Richard and I found ourselves in a small barn surrounded by friendly and curious goats while Lance
Goats Gone By
Some of the goat farms we've visited over the years
From July, 2009 Hermit Pond Cashmere Goats
Start at 4:23
From October, 2009 Beekman Goats
Start at 1:50
From March, 2010 Southwind Farms
Start at 7:25
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was filming in the adjoining milking room. I guess we were in the waiting room, or what theater people would call the "green room." I was on the second rung of a hayloft ladder, trying to keep the goats from nibbling on my coat and organizer, looking down at Richard, in an ocean of goats, laughing. Too dark for filming, but a sight to see. Watch this Sunday's show as we tour another local goat farm.
February 5, 2012
Looking forward to our trip to Hartwick next week. It's always exciting visiting a new place; meeting new people, digging up some local history, and experiencing a new landscape.
Speaking of new, check out John Keller's review of some new music releases by local musicians in his regular column, The Music Never Stops at the top right.
December 18, 2011
Episode 320 of MV Living features local Jewish Heritage
While out on our travels we've met quite a few viewers who are Jewish, so, in celebration of Hanukkah that begins this Tuesday, we took a Road Trip to learn about local Jewish heritage.
We also learned that there are a couple of local musicians who are Jewish, including Al Schnier of the band, Moe. He is also part of a new progressive string band called Floodwood. My boys and I enjoyed a concert by the string band at the KAC on Friday night.
Local musicians, Nick Piccininni, Al Schnier and Jason Barady of Floodwood perform at the KAC in Clinton
December 15, 2011
Flashback 20 years
Check out Mark Werchowski, his band Dillinger, and other area musicians from 1991 recording Christmas in the Valley. Love the hair and jeans!
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
Visit the Funtrak Model Train Club at the Oneida County Historical Society
Tues., Dec 27 - Thurs., Dec 29,
10am - 4pm at 1608 Genesee St., Utica
Fountain Elms Victorian Yuletide
Tues., Dec 27 - Sat., Dec 31, 10am-5pm
310 Genesee St., Utica
Become a Junior Ornithologist with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Thurs., Dec. 29, 10am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3pm at the Fort Stanwix National Monument's Willett Center, Rome
December 25, 2011
Some ideas for "experience gifts"
and they're free!
Share the gift of time with someone this week.
January 8, 2012
We could have called this week's show, "Utica's Architectural Marvels." Add a tour of any or all of these brilliant buildings to your list of "places to visit" in 2012.
The Utica Memorial Auditorium was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark for its a unique dual layer cable suspension system.
Grace Church on genesee Street is a Magnificent Gothic Revival and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Utica Public Library is a five story Neoclassical style structure featuring a central pedimented pavilion with Corinthian columns. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
January 15, 2012
Coffee, Tea, and MV!
There's something good brewing in Utica this week.
February 9, 2012
Now for something completely different...
garlic cookies?! Yummhaaahhh!
A pleasant surprise gift from the Palmer's Garlic Farm when we arrived to film in Hartwick this week. Also in our gift basket: pickled garlic, garlic vinegar, and the prettiest garlic braid I've ever seen with dried chilies and straw flowers.
Thank you Jim & Gina.
January 22, 2012
It wasn't the cold or the snow that postponed our shoot this week; it was the wind! We can film when the snow or rain is coming down, but not when it's coming sideways! Our first scheduled shoot was at a livestock farm in Cooperstown, and we quickly realized that it wasn't going to happen. Then we thought of a nearby farm that is indoors, the new aquaponics farm in Sherrill, Aquavita, and they were more than happy to invite us in on a blustery day. Consider escaping the cold and taking a tour, the bright lights and green plants will make you feel like it's spring.
We'll see you in Cooperstown on January 29th.
January 29, 2012
The off season in Cooperstown is the only season for us. This summer getaway for thousands of baseball fans is our winter playground. All the crowds are gone and there's still plenty to see and do. There are many fine restaurants, classes at the Smithy, events at the library and plenty of parking! Lunch or dinner at the new Bocca Osteria is reason enough to visit Cooperstown this week! Buon cibo!
February 19, 2012
We've visited Oneonta a half a dozen times on the show, but we have only hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the history of this city. We will talk with city historian next week to learn more. This week we visited some interesting people and places including the Joseph L. Popp Butterfly Conservatory. If you haven't visited yet -what are you waiting for? A nice day? It doesn't have to be, because it's always warm and tropical inside this hebarium, the largest in New York State.
March 11, 2012
We enjoyed filming in the balmy spring weather this week. It made it nice for visiting some local farms. We especially enjoyed our visit to Full Circle Farm in Holland Patent -one of the neatest farms we've visited. They even had little tail holders to keep the cows' tails clean!
March 4, 2012
Thank you for all of the well wishes for Lance. He's doing better, although hiking up Franklin Mt. this week may have set him back a couple days. The view from the top was worth it though... I think. Be sure to add that location to your autumn 'to do' list!
February 26, 2012
While Lance recovers from hurting his back, we dug into the archives this week to put together some highlights from years gone by.
March 18, 2012
A great weekend to go out and visit some of our local Maple Syrup Producers. We tried something new here at home -Maple Pepper from Shaw's Maple Products in Clinton. It was great on our roasted chicken dinner. -Sharry
March 25, 2012
Enjoyed some delicious garlic cream cheese at Jones Family Farm.
Be forewarned -it's addictive! We also visited Herkimer wine country! Yes, there's a vineyard in the Valley at Domhnall Winery -Sharry
April 1st, 2012
It's been 5 years since the last time our show fell on April 1st and back in 2007, Richard was replaced by a Richard "muppet." This year, local TV Icon, Charlie Celi (The Forever Leather Guy) stepped in. Charlie, Thank you very much!
Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012
Happy Easter! Thanks for making us a part of your Easter morning and what a beautiful morning it is.
January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!
Thank you for all the cards and emails in December. We are happy to be back. We're busy making plans for many new adventures in 2012!
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April 15, 2012
Every time we drive the So. ADK Scenic Byway from Dolgeville to Middleville I am amazed at the views and wonder why we don't travel this route more often. It's fascinating to see the Amish Farms juxtaposed to new skyscraping windmills. Enjoy the views, but be sure to also keep your eyes on the road and watch out for spring babies! We saw calves and lambs spilling out of the fields and onto the highway!
April 19, 2012
Mmmm... fresh cheese curd at Three Village Cheese -Sharry
May 6, 2012
The village of Cherry Valley is a "bowl of cherries" spilling over with things to see and do. It's a beautiful day trip (you'll find more places open on a weekday) Coyote's Cafe, Cherry Branch Gallery, The Tepee and other places are open on Sundays and the beautiful homes and architecture are an attraction every day!
May 20, 2012
What a beautiful weekend to tour the Cherry Valley. Roseboom is bursting with history, in fact, most of the hamlet is a National Historic District. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Antique Powers Days Aug 18 & 19th!
May 27, 2012
Happy Memorial Day. We took our boys to the Iroquois Cultural Festival yesterday at the Fenimore in Cooperstown. What a glorious day by beautiful Otsego Lake! The event continues today if you want to enjoy Native American Crafts, Music and Storytelling.
There are many opportunities to enjoy parades this weekend including a parade in New Hartford starting at the Shopping Center and ending at the New Hartford Firehouse with a Memorial Day service to follow.
June 3, 2012
We learn something new every time we visit Rome. We didn't realize that there were three major canals dug across NY State. The original 4' deep canal was so successful that a larger one was constructed shortly after and then again after it's success. We also can't believe we have never visited the harbor in Rome. We have visited harbors all along the canal, but somehow never Rome's. It's really not to be missed.
June 10, 2012
For a tiny, little hamlet, Deansboro is a wellspring of interesting people and places. Since we last featured Deansboro five years ago, new farms and businesses have cropped up. Fresh meats, vegetables, and cheeses fresh from your neighbors. It's also great to see our old friends at Deansboro Superette and Schwartz's Forge.
June 17, 2012
Thank you to all who emailed and called WKTV about the unexpected pre-emption last week. On the bright side, we were able to go back to Deansboro this week to film the "Grass Whisperer," Troy Bishopp. Our original broadcast did not include his interview as we had run into a thunderstorm when filming the week prior, but his contribution to educating local farmers about rotational grazing should have been a part of our Deansboro episode. Now it is. Thanks again for your overwhelming response to last week's pre-emption.
July 24, 2012
We enjoyed our trip to Yorkville this week and were happy to find some new places since our last visit in 2007. Richard enjoyed trying something new -the wheatgrass juice at Yorkville Organics, and we always enjoy stopping to visit Segean at Karam's Middle East Bakery.
Be sure to check out John Keller's new article (at the top right) about The Songwriter's Circle he hosts at the Tramontane and stop by for the next one July 6th -Sharry
July 1, 2012
Happy 4th of July week. Looks like a gorgeous one in store. Take the chance to walk or hike one of the area's many trails, like the Philip A. Rayhill Memorial Recreational Trail. Be sure to stop by and see John at Tramontane for Songwriter's Circle on July 7th.
July 15, 2012
What a great time we had exploring Litchfield this week. Everyone was so excited to see us and share their beautiful town with us. There is so much more we didn't have time to cover. Be sure to take a drive through the beautiful countryside of Litchfield and see what you can see! -Sharry
July 22, 2012
We thought we'd try something different this week and tour some local public and private gardens. It was hard picking just a few with so many wonderful gardens in our area. Let us know what you think about our garden tour and if you'd like to see more in the future. Hope you were inspired to try something new in your garden. -Sharry
October 7, 2012
What fun we had walking around downtown Genesee Street in Utica. It's amazing all the beautiful architecture we take for granted. When you really take the time to look, you'll be surprised how much there is to see!. -Sharry
Sept 30, 2012
Another exciting week with so much to do. We sometimes wish there were 8 days in the week because it always seems such a rush to get everything that we want crammed into a show! Remember to please help us spread the word that Mohawk Valley Living is on WFXV every week and don't forget our encore show folling at 8am and 11:30pm and thank you. Sharry
Oct 21, 2012
Who doesn't love trivia?! This week we learned about local historical figures, Nat Foster and Hiram Cronk, and also about "Medicine Hat" horses. -Sharry
P.S. Spread the word to any of your friends who sleep in, that MV Living can be seen on Sundays at 11:30am on WUTR!
September 9, 2012
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Remsen Barn Festival on September 22 & 23. Join in the Welsh Hymn Sing -Gymanfa Ganu on Sunday at 2:30 and be sure to visit the new Art Center. Their first concert of the season is this Friday (Sept 14) with Remsen Social Club, Birdseed Bandits, and Cincinnati Creek!
September 2, 2012 HAPPY LABOR DAY!
What a gorgeous weekend to bookend a beautiful summer in the Mohawk Valley. We hope you enjoy the holiday and highlights from shows past.
August 26, 2012
The great weather just never ends! We took our favorite route, Route 20, back to Canajoharie this week. The thruway is more direct, but you can't beat the scenery driving from Route 20 down into the Mohawk Valley to Canajoharie. You can't help but sense the area's deep history, from the original Mohawk people, to the European pioneers, to the freedom seekers looking for refuge and a place to call home. We always enjoy our trips to Canajoharie.
August 19, 2012
So good to be back! The Olympics were exciting, but three weeks is a long time away when there are so many summer Road Trips to take!
It was a great adventure following the Canajoharie Creek this week. What fun taking the most indirect path from Salt Springville to Canajoharie. If we went the quickest route, we would have missed Sprout Brook, Ames, and some beautiful countryside and grand old homes. -Sharry
Be sure to check out John Keller's interview with Randy Case about the musical Case family. (upper right button under articles)
Sept 16, 2012
MV Living moves to Fox33 Sept. 30th!
We often receive phone calls asking when a show will be rebroadcast, now the answer is "Next Week!" You asked for it, so now Mohawk Valley Living will rebroadcast each week's show the following week immediately following the new show every Sunday!
Watch MV Living on Fox33 at 7:30am & 11:00pm
Encore of previous week at 8am &11:30pm!
Sept 23, 2012
Mohawk Valley Living is now on Fox33.
Hope you didn't have too much trouble finding us this morning. We had to move sooner than expected. Please help us spread the word that the show now airs on Fox33. We've got some great shows coming up! Thanks for watching.
May 19, 2013
We're deep into spring with so much to experience: hikes along the Cherry Valley Creek, fishing the West Canada, outdoor (or in greenhouse) dining, baseball games, and nature's wild delicacy: fiddlehead ferns! Savor Spring!
May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's day to all Mohawk Valley Moms!
May 5, 2013
What a gorgeous week for filming. We enjoyed travelling around just as the leaves on the trees, in their brilliant green, are ready to burst open! The perfect week to visit our first ever llama farm and explore the bird life at Rogers Environmental Education Center. -Sharry
April 21, 2013
From Fish in Rome, Art in Oneida, to music in Remsen, we enjoyed the Mohawk Valley à la carte today!
April 7, 2013
Another adventure in Sharon Springs. Rejuvenating! -Sharry
March 31, 2013
Happy Easter. We continue our "search for spring" this week in Sharon Springs. We first visited here back in 2006 and a lot has changes since then! New shops, new artists, new adventures in this once world-famous spa destination.
March 24, 2013
Spring is here? We're visiting area "Springs" in celebration starting with Richfield Springs. Don't miss the pancake breakfast this morning at Ingles' Maple farm. Mmmm spring!
March 17, 201
Happy St. Patrick's Day! What luck -this is the first time, since our show began, that St. Patrick's Day has fallen on a Sunday. We couldn't resist going back through the years to find any "Celtic-themed" segments! -Sharry
March 10, 2013
Hot and Cold. We go from Spring planting and Food Caribe's Caribbean fare to the ice at Utica Curling Club! -Sharry
March 3, 2013
Our first visit to Waterville was way back in 2005, when we first learned about the notorious Loomis Gang and about Waterville's prosperous hops-growing past. We always enjoy our visit to "The Huddle."
February 24, 2013
In search of snow? Head North! Old Forge, known as the "Snowmobile Capital of the East" has had tons of natural snow this year. McCauley Mountain is revelling in it, but even if winter sports aren't your thing, there's plenty of things to do in Old Forge!
February 10, 2013
The business owners in East Utica are not only hard working, they are the most appreciative and generous. It's always a pleasure to visit! -Sharry.
January 27, 2013
Looking to brighten up your January? Head to East Utica! There are dozens upon dozens of shops and restaurants representing cultures from all over the globe! Visit Vashti's Boutique for colorful Bermese clothing, try some authentic Bosnian bread from Kendic's Bakery, or a bright fuchsia-colored dragon fruit at Nguyen Phat! Always an adventure. -Sharry.
January 13, 2013
I can't believe how long it's been since we visited our neighbors to the West. There's always something to see and do in nearby Oneida. -Sharry.
January 6, 2013
Happy New Year! On with the show...
We're back in Little Falls to see what's new! -Sharry
December 30, 2012
We're gearing up for some exciting new episodes in 2013. Thank you all for coming along for the ride! Happy New Year! -Sharry & Lance
December 16, 2012
Following a creek or stream is always an adventure and with satellite maps it's easier than ever to track their course. The Chenango River starts in the Morrisville swamp and travels 90 miles before it joins the Susquehanna. We follow the first 20 miles of this meandering tributary. -Sharry
December 2, 2012
We had Fun with a capital 'F' in Earlville this week, Fleece, Fenimore, Fungi, Farmers, and, of course, Food!
Nov. 25, 2012
We are thankful for our viewers and for our sponsors who support the show. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2012
Visit Clinton today and enjoy some cheese at our new La Petit Fromagerie or dine at the new Cosmo's Cafe. And don't miss the annual tradition, the Holiday Shoppers' Stroll!
November 11, 2012 Veteran's Day
This week we feature the Village of Clinton. We love to feature our own town, but it is always the hardest to do because we have to try to see it objectively. People always seem to take their own community for granted.
Oct 28, 2012
Another week of great finds in Boonville. How wonderful to discover a relatively new business, Central Adirondack Textiles, using materials from Vincent Manufacturing founded in 1892 in Little Falls! These potholders are EXTREME local! :) Sharry
Exploring Local Arts, Culture, & Heritage since 2005.
#391 Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday Workshops at Shawangunk Nature Preserve
Every Saturday there are workshops at the preserve from natural crafts and rustic furniture making to solar panel installation and organic gardining. Visit shawangunknaturepreserve.com
or call (315) 826-7405
Shawangunk Nature Preserve
255 Shawangunk Road
Cold Brook, NY
Rome Fish Hatchery
Open every day 9-3:30
for self-guided tours.
Organized group tours contact: (315)337-1390
8306 Fish Hatchery Road Rome, NY
Cherry Valley Creek Hike
Join Otsego Land Trust naturalist, Joe Homburger, for a Tuesday morning hike along one of the most beautiful stretches of Cherry Valley Creek. Learn how former and present landowners have restored wetlands to the property, promoted agriculture and protected over 2 miles of water frontage along Cherry Valley Creek.
Catch a Free Game
Historic Doubleday Field offers three games per day, 10 AM, 1:30 PM & 5 PM most of the spring and summer season.
22 Main Street
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Dine in a tropical garden and enjoy the fruits of the local harvest at origins Cafe. The Leonard sisters operate it during the summer months and during the winter, they travel the world learning about other cultures and infuse their experiences into their menu.
Open Daily 11-5pm
558 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown, NY
MAWS Farm & Stand
Mike and Wendi moved from Pennsylvania Dutch Country to the Kuyahoora Valley to raise crops and a family. Welcome them to the Mohawk Valley, stop by their farmstand and try their fruit butters.
7342 Main St Newport, NY
The Burt Homestead Farm has been in continuous operation for over 200 years. In 1853, Henry Burt installed a hydraulic ram to pump water to the farm. The ram was the sole source of water for the family and the animals until the late 1950's when Robert had a well dug to supplement the water supply. A ram still pumps water to the farm 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Sweetie Pies Bakery and Cafe
Whenever we're in Poland, we stop in to Sweetie Pies to say, "Hi," to our friend, Krista (and to enjoy some sweets, of course!)
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