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Friday, Aug. 15th, 2014

POTSDAM SANDSTONE FESTIVAL 2104
SEPT 18-21

Walking tours of Trinity Church, St. Mary's Church, First Presbyterian Church,Old Main, Historic Downtown Potsdam including the history of the Cox Building - now Maxfield's, the Sewall Raymond building - now Little Italy, Bayside Cemetery and Gatehouse, the Red Sandstone Trail in Hannawa Falls and NEW this year: a boating tour of the old Hannawa Falls Water and Power Company Railroad bed on the Raquette River, tour starts at Ives Park -... MORE

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POTSDAM SANDSTONE FESTIVAL   SEPT 18 -21  2104


ABOVE IMAGE: "OLD MAIN" Clarkson University's first building dedicated as: Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology, 1896 (Photo before recent renovations)

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

 

THUSDAY SEPTEMBER 18

12 NOON - GUIDED TOUR OF ST. MARY'S CHURCH, 17 Lawrence Ave., Potsdam, NY

5PM - GUIDED TOUR OF ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 9 Main St., Colton, NY

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19


11 AM  GUIDED TOUR OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH and TIFFANY WINDOWS with Besty Travis - meet at the church, 8 Maple St., Fall Island, Potsdam, NY

1PM - GUIDED TOUR of the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,corner of Elm St. and Lawrence  Ave.,                 Potsdam,  NY

4 PM - GUIDED TOUR of OLD MAIN, Clarkson University's First Building, See the  recent renovations! Meet at OLD MAIN,  51/53 Main St., Potsdam, NY

5PM - HAPPY HOUR AT MAXFIELD'S RESTAURANT, 50/50 Raffle, Live Music with Alex Vangello, 3-5 Market St., Potsdam, NY

5:30 PM - GUIDED WALKING TOUR of Historic Downtown Potsdam with Potsdam Historian Mimi Van Deusen, meet at Maxfield's Restaurant, 3-5 Market St., Potsdam, NY.

7 PM - LIVE ART AUCTION, PLEINAIR FESTIVAL PAINTINGS, St. Lawrence County Arts Council at Maxfield's

            SATURDAY SEPTEMBER  20

10 AM to 2 PM - COFFEE  and CRUMPETS - sponsored by Emily V. Clarkson Moore, Old Snell Hall Lawn - under the tent, 1 Park St., Across from the Civic Center, Potsdam, NY

10 AM WALKING TOUR OF THE RED SANDSTONE TRAIL, Hannawa Falls, NY, Meet at the trailhead across from the Fire Station on Mill Street, by the bridge. PLEASE - DO NOT BLOCK FIRE STATION! Suggested Donation $5.

10 AM to 4 PM UNDER THE TENT ON SNELL HALL LAWN ACROSS FROM THE CIVIC CENTER, Potsdam, NY

    ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PleinAir (outdoor painting) Festival display     and sale;North     Country Children's Museum; Graymont's Potsdam Quarry and     Concrete will display samples of Potsdam sandstone, Jane Lammer's Red Squirrel     Photography - sandstone cards and art.

10 Am to Noon - GUIDED TOUR of the Parmeter Hale House, 166 CR 59, Potsdam, NY     Located     on the Back Hannawa Rd. near the old quarry site at the end of the Red  Sandstone Trail Tour.

1 and 3 PM - Demonstrations: REPAIRING MORTAR JOINTS IN HISTORIC MASONRY BUILDINGS with Roy Perry, under the tent at Snell Hall Lawn, 1 Park St., Potsdam, NY

4 PM - GUIDED TOUR OF CLARKSON LAND OFFICE (Alchemistress), 17 Maple St., Potsdam, NY

5 PM - PADDLER'S TOUR OF THE HANNAWA FALLS WATER AND POWER COMPANY RAILROAD that crossed Oak Island - Meet at the boat launch in Ives Park, Riverview Dr., Potsdam, NY BYO Boat!

            SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21

2 PM BAYSIDE CEMETERY TALK AND TOUR with John and Susan Omohundro, Art Johnson and Mimi Van Deusen. Meet at the Gatehouse, 730 County Route 59, (Outer Clarkson Ave.)  Potsdam, NY  Suggested Donation $ 5.

NEW EXHIBIT:

CLARKSON THROUGH HISTORIC POSTCARDS

A new exhibit featuring historical postcards of Clarkson College/Clarkson University will open at the Potsdam Public Museum on Saturday, September 6th.  Clarkson was founded as the "Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology” in 1896.  Two months after a highly successful Potsdam businessman, Thomas Streatfeild Clarkson III, was crushed to death while trying to save one of his workers in his sandstone quarry on August 17, 1894, his family began planning a memorial to him: a school.  Choosing as their rationale a phrase which his sisters and nieces felt aptly described their brother — Thomas’ favorite Biblical quotation, “A workman that needeth not to be ashamed” — the family opened the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology in September 1896, in The Main Building (“Old Main”) which they commissioned to be built on Main Street.

This exhibit will be on display for three months and will be followed by one featuring the Potsdam Normal School/SUNY Potsdam, opening in early December, 2014.  Three of the postcards that will be shown in the new exhibit are shown below:



NOTE: "Mouse-over" the postcard image to view details, and click to view a larger frame of the image.