Recently, Ticonderoga’s residents and visitors enjoyed a wonderful evening as 36 artistically painted ‘Adirondack Chairs” went up for auction to the highest bidder on Aug. 25. Throughout the summer, the chairs were either displayed in storefront windows or on the street, adding lots of color and excitement to Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga’s Historic Downtown District.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP), as the project sponsor, was thrilled with the turnout for its “Street-Art” auction and fundraiser, “Relax in the Adirondacks,” held at the Best Western Inn and Suites. TMSP extends its sincere thanks to all sponsors, artists and the Community at large who turned out for this unique event. The event grossed over $4,800. A special thanks to Rich Timberlake of Timberlakes Photos, Joan Pulling and the Best Western staff for their outstanding contributions.
The fun-filled evening began at 5:30 with the opportunity to preview all the chairs plus enjoy delicious complimentary appetizers, music and song so generously donated by Nelson Shapiro. Nelson is a very popular and talented professional musician who is a longtime music instructor in the Ticonderoga School system. At 7 p.m. a lively auction was conducted by Rick Harker, professional auctioneer and owner of Mountain Time Furniture on Montcalm Street. Rick, his wife Michelle and helper Bill Norton also donated their services for the evening.
According to chairman Bob Dedrick this event was made possible with the help of the many sponsors, artists and local businesses. Sponsors included the Ti Heritage Museum, Deb Malaney, Jay’s Sunoco, Glens Falls National Bank, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Sandie Bolton, Nancy Kelley, Kiwanis Club, Bill Morse and the Ticonderoga High School, Mary Lou Greenough, Community Bank, Rathbun Jewelers, Ti Arts, Pride of Ticonderoga, Jim Major, Indulge at Roxie’s, Mountain Time Furniture, Ti Area Chamber of Commerce, Pat Ida/ C.P.A., Mountain Lake Services, Best Western Inn & Suites, Dorcey Crammond, LRM Inc./Leslie Midgley, Ticonderoga Golf Corporation, Jill Cunningham, Lake Memories and Ann Lauritsen.
The many artists who donated their time and talent to make this event “Relax in the Adirondacks“, so successful were: Joan Pulling, Marci Hall, Allison Major, Roxie and staff, Eve Grant, Lilith Ida and Claire Burns, manager and staff at Mountain Lake Services, Frances Malaney, Mary Lou Greenough, Dawn House, Deb Malaney, April Lynch, Wendy Ross, Annette Dedrick, Barb Cossey, Kerry Fingland and the 5th grade students at the Ti Elementary School, Britney McCarthy and the high school art students, Maria Beuerlein, Alex Joiner, Jen Childress, Vicki Sperry, Megan Cunningham and Jayna Andersen.
All auction proceeds will be used by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership for downtown streetscape improvements. The funds raised last year are currently being used to relight the Liberty Monument and paint the crosswalks. TMSP is a tax deductible, non-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to improvements in Montcalm Street business district.