Roving Reporter, by Peter Crowley

Rob Frost plays his 11-string guitar at the corner of Broadway and Bloomingdale Avenue in Saranac Lake on Nov. 28.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Hobo wandered in for Hobofest, stays a while

SARANAC LAKE — Rob Frost is his name. They call him “Hobo Rob” at the Rusty Nail’s Tuesday night open mics. He calls himself “Rob the Hobo Rock Star.” In recent months he’s been wandering around town playing an out-of-tune acoustic guitar, wearing colorful outfits that are ...

The Rev. Eric Olsen gives an interview in a room off the choir loft at First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Pastor does double duty for Methodists, Lutherans

SARANAC LAKE — Since the summer, the Rev. Eric Olsen has been pastor for two churches: one Methodist, one Lutheran, both housed in the stately gray stone house of worship on the corner of Church and St. Bernard streets. I thought this was worth an interview, but I didn’t get around to ...

Tom Petty was always there for you

“If you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” — Penny Lane, “Almost Famous” --- Tom Petty felt like everyone’s buddy. That sounds silly, and it’s not literally true since, of course, many people don’t like his music. But more than any other ...

Calli Shelton smiles inside the upper story of the gutted former Dew Drop Inn building last Thursday, Sept. 14.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Dropping in on a riverside renovation

SARANAC LAKE — I was walking back to work from a coffee break last Thursday when Calli Shelton got out of her vehicle in front of me, and in front of the former Dew Drop Inn building she and Randy Coles are renovating downtown, hanging over the Saranac River. She and I started talking ...

From left, Olivia Zeis, Lonnie Ford and Jameson Batt play staff of a Budapest perfume shop in “She Loves Me,” a Community Theatre Players production at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake. 
(Photo provided by Community Theatre Players)

‘She Loves Me’ is witty, fun and well done

From elaborate to simple, those Community Theatre Players folks really know how to put on a good show. I saw the musical comedy “She Loves Me” this weekend, and I highly recommend it. When CTP goes big, it goes really big. Last year at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, it did the ...

Jeff Dora, superintendent of the Saranac Lake Village Department of Public Works, smiles Tuesday morning as DPW workers dig up Elm Street to replace underground pipes. Jon Keith is in the hole, Nick Pelletieri is beside it and Jason Rupp is operating the excavator.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Busy time of year for Saranac Lake DPW

Because I enjoy watching big machines dig holes as much as the next guy, I stopped Tuesday morning to take a few photos of the Saranac Lake Village Department of Public Works replacing pipes under Elm Street. Just at that moment, DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora pulled up, and as we stood and ...

Kathy Recchia and Jordan Hornstein rehearse a flirtatious scene from “The Last Romance,” a play that opens tonight at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake.
(Photo provided by Adirondack Stage Rats)

Stage Rats work the fringes of local theater scene

SARANAC LAKE — After Wednesday’s column about Adirondack Shakespeare Company, today I’m writing about an even newer theater troupe, which opens its second show tonight at BluSeed Studios. As a layman, it had seemed to me that there’s already a lot of community theater around here: ...

Tara Bradway and Patrick Siler act out a romantic scene while giving a synopsis of true love in William Shakespeare’s plays during First Night Saranac Lake on Dec. 31, 2014 at the Saranac Lake Free Library.
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Great plays done right in the Adirondacks

Traveling theater troupes are still alive and well. The Adirondack Shakespeare Company drives the backroads of northern New York to perform in small hamlets such as Upper Jay and North Creek, as well as somewhat larger venues in Saranac Lake and Saratoga Springs. They carry no sets and few ...

Baylee Annis
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Spreading the word

Two hundred and eighty poems, all written by local people, line storefront windows in downtown Saranac Lake. They’re hung at eye level (for adults), spaced out a few feet apart so you pass one after another as you walk by. I can’t help stopping and reading them. They’re full of ...

John “Hawkeye” Hawkinson hosts an “open barn” event to let people see his collection of antique cars in September 2010.
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Hawkeye’s open barn

On a blindingly sunny weekend day in September 2010, I was driving north from Saranac Lake for a reason I can’t remember when I saw classic cars lining the side of state Route 86 near Darwin Brown Road. They were so beautiful I had to pull over. They were in front of a house ...

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3 in the team’s first title since 1908.
(AP photo — David J. Phillip)

Basking again in great baseball

I inherited my love of the Chicago Cubs from my dad, and he from his dad, and he from his. That traces it right back to the team’s earliest days. But I admit I haven’t been a very good fan — not for a while. The Crowleys were an Irish Chicago family, and still are. They’ve ...