Plattsburgh/Saranac H E A T W A V E swoops through Wanakena during the opening festivities of the Clifton-Fine White Out Weekend.

All ages, all welcome!

Click around for some tunes:

"The best and most suitable description is decadent lo-fi: Decadent because keyboardist/vocalist Bruce Wilson's drawl is reminiscent of the dark and brooding men who fronted hedonistic 1980s pop and new-wave acts; and lo-fi because it sounds like the band gathered in a warehouse around a Fisher-Price cassette player and pressed "record." The result is a mysterious, gorgeous exploration of isolation, memory and life in the mountains. The Mountain Carol is a haunting, confounding plunge into the mind of a curious and enigmatic singer-songwriter. Conceptually uncluttered and with a cohesive sonic palette, it's a strong debut. " 
- Jordan Adams, SevenDays 

"The music this trio produces is chill, low-fi — indie with a twinge of ‘80s alt-pop throwback buried beneath the surface. Instead of drawing attention to itself, the music on this new EP has a unique quality — the droning drumbeat and mumbled, wispy vocals lull the listener into a dream-like, introspective state." 
- Elizabeth Izzo, The Sun

Call For Photography


It's that time of the year again! The Wanakena Historical Association wants YOUR photographs of FUN IN WINTER to be included in a the 3rd annual photography exhibition held in conjunction with Clifton-Fine's WHITE OUT WEEKEND. The exhibition will be on view at Otto's Abode February 13 through March 4th. Be sure to stay tuned at the WOW Facebook Page for info and updates on the upcoming winter festivities!

Live Music


Figure From Ground is a collaborative praxis of sound exploration and performance. Practitioners Ramon Vasquez, Michael Hart, Ola Aldous, and Claude Aldous explore various contemporary methods of electro-acoustic sound generation: prepared piano, lamellophone, found objects, contact microphones, electronic treatments, modular synthesizers, keyboard, guitar, human voice, et cetera. Results express ethereal transients, textural percolations, Dadaist swaths, timbral evolution/deconstruction, and improvisatory composition.

$3-10 suggested donation at the door.

Bask in our ambiance...

'round town


“This is a day to start your holiday shopping and to support our local merchants. We rely on them throughout the year, this is our chance to say ‘thank you’.”

Event organized by SOS + PTO (Save Our Schoolhouse and the Clifton-Fine Parent-Teacher Organization).

Thanks to SOS and PTO for organizing this event and inviting Otto’s Abode to participate. Along with activities held at SOS, it promoted a deeper exploration of alternative routes of the day to day and in doing so supports curiosity and adding more stops along the way. Purchases made at Otto’s Abode help us keep the lights on and shining on art exhibitions, live musical performances, gatherings (both spontaneous and organized) and our bottle cap collection. 

And now we’d like to take this opportunity to describe a shopping experience.


Safety first! 

You’re on Hamele Street in Wanakena – now what? Well, if you drove and wish to stick around for a bit you could park across the street from us (we share a building with the post office) or park it in the side lot. Did you bike? Walk, skip, stroll? Snowmobile? Roller blades? Skates? On a field trip? Drove a golf cart? Was this is part of your plan? Time traveler? On lunch break? Are you reading this online or from a printed flyer hanging in the Abode? Maybe you live here... Hello! Welcome!

Depending on the pace and direction of your travel and if you weren’t already doing so and not in a too much a rush (though, there’s lots you could cram in a flash) any direction you head will lead you to something worthy of a poke-around before you engage with Otto’s Abode – or come in first and we could provide some directions. The Wanakena Historical Association has installed a photo-packed and informative walkable tour that will lead you over the bridges and around town. There is also a labyrinth just across the footbridge - left and across the road in the clearing overlooking the old mill pond. Trails and waterways head out of the hamlet stone’s throws away along rivers, up or around hills into the forest and onto the public lands of the State Forest Preserve.

Encased within Otto’s Abode you’ll find flickering among a rotating cast of furniture, art, shop-plants and creatures an evolving selection of consumable and collectable goods like snacks, drinks, necessities, goodies and homemades. Think: snack shack with HOT coffee and tea, chips, pretzels, cookies, candy, groceries and fresh in-season veggies. We carry camping supplies, maps books and gifts. We’ve got everything you’d need for you to mail a treat to a special someone (Mary at the post office will help with the rest). Though we enjoy experimenting with different shop arrangements and event-forms we always preserve easy/direct accessibility to these items for those used to or interested in partaking in a quick grab’n’go shopping experience. Your delight is our delight!

Getting off of the train in Wanakena one hundred and fifteen years ago you’d have been greeted at the doorstep of the Rich and Andrews Company Store where they say you could have gotten just about anything. Today you see the town green where the building once stood. We are located just across the street where different iterations of store have existed since. There is no cell service in Wanakena. We do have wi-fi but we don’t know how to use it. We’ll also note the train no longer runs anywhere near hear. Sometimes the table is next to a power outlet.... sometimes it is not. The table is not for sale.

Live Music A la 'Bode


Punks, poets, freaks and classically trained musicians make psychedelic grunge folk art together.
Years of
struggling with distractions like drugs/alcohol, unrequited love, and overwhelming thoughts of life being so unbelievably complex (how is it even possible that life even happens at all?) there is joy once again while still staying true blue. ADRIAN AARDVARK

Doomfuck is a heavy improv band from Plattsburgh, NY that features a rotating cast of collaborating musicians. Elements of jazz, punk, doom, noise, and more are combined to produce a live show that delivers a new emotional experience each time. Doomfuck presents a sound that is improvised, original, and always fueled by the world around us. - DOOMFUCK

Exhibition Opening


Albert W. Brooks is a long-term resident of Albany, New York, and native of Charleston, South Carolina, who has been practicing the art of photographing jazz musicians in performance for about ten years.  A retired public sector attorney for thirty years, Brooks came to photography late in life as a way to get closer to the music and its creative energy.

“Jazz music, performed at its best, is an improvisatory art form that embodies standards of excellence, virtuosity and beauty. Jazz musicians devote years (indeed lifetimes) to learning, developing and honing their skills as practitioners of this quintessentially American art form.  Though its historical nascence is in fact American, jazz is so well loved and recognized as an international art form that, many of its greatest adherents are musicians from around the world who are drawn to its beauty, creative complexity and limitless improvisational possibilities.”

“With my photography, I try to capture some of the moments of artistic creativity, surprise, interplay, striving, repose, energy and emotion typically expressed in a jazz musical context.”

Brooks is also a student of jazz saxophone and has studied with musicians such as Dan Faulk, Don Byron and Marty Erhlich.

Gateway to Wilderness


In the spring of 2014 the 112 year old Wanakena Footbridge was destroyed by the very river it spans – which frozen, static and silent at one moment, and the next avalanching downriver like a freight train in the form of massive ice shards and picked-up forest debris lending no attention to the historic structure.

Over the next two and a half years Wanakena existed without its beloved icon. Pedestrian foot traffic seeking to cross the Oswegatchie River was limited to the steel deck car bridge just up river from the footbridge’s void. This included hikers navigating the Cranberry Lake 50 – a fifty mile hike circumnavigating Cranberry Lake - which when designed utilized the footbridge as a segment of the journey.

The footbridge has since been rebuilt and new maps printed depict the return of the Cranberry Lake 50 from the detour over the car bridge back to the swinging suspension crossing. 

In collaboration with The Five Ponds Partners - the creators of the CL50 – and the DEC, this ladder-pack was used in aid of relocating the circular blue “50” trail markers which are used to direct hikers along the trail. Photo and video documentation of the task/performance exist.
This project/performance was created in conjunction with the Gateway to Wilderness Project + Residency Program.