Local Productions: Documentaries

A Tour of Singer Castle

When the recipe contains a hauntingly beautiful one-hundred-year-old castle, secret passageways, suits of armor, the mighty St. Lawrence River, and tales of the Rich and Famous, you have the ingredients for delectable television.

Completed in 1905, Singer Castle, or "The Towers, " as its owner Frederick Bourne called it, was inspired by the medieval Scottish castles described in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Woodstock." The castle, designed to be the family's hunting lodge, is five stories high and features several secret passageways. Produced by WPBS-DT.

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Antique Boat Museum

This sixty-minute documentary produced by WPBS-DT features a comprehensive look at both antique boats and the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. The prosperity of the late 1800's recognized the expansion of railroad service in the 1000 Islands, bringing city dwellers seeking the serenity and beauty of this pristine environment.

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Boldt Castle, 1000 Islands

These two video tours have only been available as individual tapes in VHS. Now we've taken both of these 30-minute shows and are offering them on one DVD.

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EMPOWER

EMPOWER is a 60-minute documentary produced by WPBS-DT featuring the Independent Living Center of Massena, New York, and its successful welfare-to-work program.

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Fishing Behind The Lines

The first episode is filmed on Oneida Lake near Brewerton, NY. Members of the NYS BASS federation supplied over 40 boats and fishing gear to take nearly 80 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division out for a great April day on the water, plus several boats for the media. In the morning, prizes were handed out to lucky winners before they were matched up with a captain, and cash prizes for the largest fish of several species later in the afternoon.

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Folklore & Frost

Explore the North Country's haunted history with WPBS-DT's "Folklore and Frost" series. "Legends of Early Downtown Watertown" Explore early downtown Watertown and some of its eerie history, brought to life on this half-hour DVD! Historical period approximates early 1800’s - 1930’s. "The Big County & Beyond" discover the mysterious events surrounding the St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties. "Unexplained Occurrences"

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Fort Henry: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

This locally-produced documentary details the story of this important fort in British and Canadian military history. The first part of the documentary covers the history of the fort and the Fort Henry Guard. The second part gives viewers an exciting look at the spectacular evening ceremony called "Silent Thunder: The Marines Meet the Guard."

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Four Seasons of Ottawa

A year-long celebration, Four Seasons of Canada's Capital highlights the holidays, festival, and locations that make Canada's Capital a tapestry of color, climate, and pageantry. No matter what time of year, you'll find something for everyone as we discover the Four Seasons of Canada's Capital.

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Lighthouses of the Seaway Trail

This WPBS-DT local production celebrates the history of a county that is a microcosm of America's own rich story. Follow the adventure through pioneers and visionaries that would shape the land and make it strong. From grand hotels and little trees to Fort Drum and "Funny Cide," it's a tale worth remembering!

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Lumberjack Skypilot

In the days before computers and sophisticated machinery took over the logging industry, men braved hazardous conditions in the northern woods to satisfy America's growing need for lumber.

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The Story of Marietta Holley

Marietta Holley was a Jefferson County writer of the 19th century whose work once shaped the entire women's rights movement in the United States. Hailed as "The female Mark Twain," Marietta Holley wrote in a distinctive colloquial voice that has largely WPBS-DT A Year Of Women - Marietta Holley faded from modern literary use, but is still fresh and strong in her books.

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Park It! Celebrating the Regions Finest

Park It! Celebrating the Regions Finest features parks and recreational destinations on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian Border. The Northern New York region features great State Park destinations such as Whetstone Gulf State Park, with its three-mile-long hike around the gorge located outside of Lowville. Wellesley Island State Park, the largest camping complex in all of the Thousand Islands. The Massena, NY area boasts two local parks, Coles Creek State Park and the Robert Moses State Park. In the Adirondack region, Cranberry Lake features its 50-mile hike, boating and fishing. Eastern Ontario’s destinations include Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, on the Eastern edge of the Canadian Shield, with dormant mines and trails leading to abandoned pioneer homesteads and a sawmill. The Frontenac Provincial Park has an educational visitor centre and features over 160 kilometers of hiking trails. Charleston Lake Provincial Park hosts archeological sites and natural rock formations.

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Retelling The War

WPBS talks with veterans from both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border about their experiences during World War II. Veterans were stationed all over the world, and we hear from those who fought both in the Europe and Japan theaters of war. The results are moving accounts from those on the front lines and behind.

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Winterlude at 25

Come celebrate the anniversary of North America's premiere winter festival! Winterlude at 25 is a look at Ottawa's annual salute to Canada's unique northern climate and culture. Enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the flavors of outdoor winter fun, spread over Canada's Capital Region.

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