What to do when moving to the Potsdam/Canton Area?
If you’re looking for a new home, waterfront, or commercial investment, I hope you contact us here at LaValley Real Estate. When I have the pleasure of selling to buyers who may be new to this area, I know they’re wondering “What can we do here for fun, food, entertainment, investment”…the list goes on. I’m more than happy to suggest some of the amenities and services that this beautiful part of the country can afford. There are many places to help make life here easier and a beautiful experience. You’ll find the people here very warm, and helpful. There’s fraternal organizations for Moose, and Veterans including the Foreign Legion, VFW, and Amvets.
A stop at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, or Canton Chamber of Commerce is a good beginning. They have pamphlets or booklets that list a lot of what’s available here. The scenery is beautiful year round, and there are many places to see or purchase items from local artisans and furniture makers. From Lake Placid to Massena, Cornwall, and Montreal, there’s always a way to experience the North Country. Pick up some current events in the North Country This Week paper, or northcountrynow.com, or listen in to Tod Moe on NPR in the mornings. The area is full of trails for snow mobiles, hiking, and climbing up mountains in the Adirondack Park. There’s lots of wild life and opportunities for hunting and fishing.
For entertainment the Potsdam area, the Roxy Theater offers recent film releases and also offers HD Opera and such from what’s been playing on Broadway. Scoopuccino’s Bakery & Cafe’ very often feature local talents such as Scott Shippley and the Lemmings, or students from SUNY Potsdam, and Crane School of Music. Often there is an Irish Dance near by that you may join in. Adirondack music can be heard at the Opera House in Russell as they bang out some original tunes on the hammer Dulcimer with great accompaniment. In Norwood there are summer series of concerts in their new entertainment center, or in the park.
Having the Crane School of Music, and SUNY Potsdam here is a real wow factor. They are presently building a new theater arts complex. There are many times that there are free performances put on by the staff and students. Some are seasonal, some are requirements for the students. These include the one time concert by the Potsdam Campus Community Band. This is a band that you may want to join as well. If you are less experienced at playing, there is also a beginner band, and a senior band.
A good place to eat food that sticks to your ribs, and the service is great is Eben’s Hearth on Maple Street. It’s worth a 20 minute trip to the Ol’ Smokehouse in Madrid Springs for great smoked Barbecue at it’s best! Lighter fair can be ordered at Julian’s on Market Street, the Black Bird or Partridge Cafe’ in Canton, and For a somewhat more upscale experience the 1844 House between Canton and Potsdam, and I love the steaks and menu at Maxfield’s on Market Street, who also happens to have a nice Bar.
There is a great place for breakfast any time of day and huge pancakes at the Foxy Roxy’s Diner.
I can’t leave out the New York style pizza places like Little Italy’s and Sergi’s on Market Street. There’s MaMa Lucia’s for oven fired pizza and old world Italian menu, in an old train station. In Colton there’s some real down home cookin’ at the Hideaway Cafe’. For seafood, north of Potsdam is the Lobster House, and food with a Mexican flavor there’s the Cactus Grill and Cantina in Potsdam, the Hotel Grande’ in Norfolk, with some quick service types in Potsdam and Canton as well like the Spicy Iguana and The Hot Tamale. There’s also the A1, and Oriental Buffet restaurants in Canton and Potsdam. This just scrapes the surface of good local food and entertainment, and of course there are some traditional national chain restaurants too.
Don’t forget the Dairy Princess Parade in Canton, the 4th of July fireworks in Norwood and Hannawa Falls. We receive fresh locally grown vegetables from our CSA service once a week from the Corse Family and the Birdsfoot Farms for winter.
The One Stop Service center in Canton on 310 can help with registering your car, boat, and such. There’s a VA center there, Employment center, and some health services too.
You can come into our office at 35 Main Street in Potsdam for a list of bankers, lawyers, and investment firms if you need help in this area. I know that Dottie Parker at North Country Savings in Potsdam, or Gary Throop in Canton are willing to help with home buying or your investment future.
If you like, post your favorite areas for entertainment, investment, food, and sports. I’d like to see what you can add.
Philip D. Collins,
LaValley Real Estate
35 Main Street,
Potsdam NY 13676