VFW Veterans' Day dinner a success
The Veterans' Day Dinner sponsored by the Warrensburg VFW Men's Auxiliary was a sellout success, with the men running out of chicken and biscuits only 52 minutes after the people started pouring in the doors.
This turnout of veterans, with people occupying every seat in the VFW hall, caught the Auxiliary by surprise, since the attendance more than doubled from the previous year, according to Men's Auxiliary official Eddie Bates.
"The VFW hall was filled to capacity," Bates said. "Everybody enjoyed socializing."
Warrensburgh Museum of Local History director Steve Parisi noted more than 40 people from the dinner event came upstairs to experience the museum's new Veterans Appreciation Room which includes soldier Joe Aiken's diary depicting the action on the front lines in World War I. Aiken is the grandfather of well-known local residents Jim, Tom and Bill Davis. The attendance was far more than Parisi expected, he said.
Last year, about 35 people attended the Veterans Day dinner, and this year, more than 100 showed up, but only 82 dinners could be served, Bates added.
"Next year, we're going to double up on everything," he said. "We extend sincere congratulations to to all those who made the dinner a success."
News about VFW raffles
The Warrensburg VFW Men's Auxiliary is sponsoring a raffle for a new snowblower as a fundraiser.
Only 200 tickets, at $10 apiece, will be sold for the prize of a 9.5 horsepower two-stage Toro snowblower complete with hand warmers. The raffle drawing is to be held Dec. 18, and tickets are $10 each. For ticket information, call Eddie Bates at 260-1212.
A drawing was held Nov. 11 for the 42-inch high-definition flat-screen LCD television in a raffle sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary as a fundraiser. The lucky winner was Larry Crandall of Warrensburg
Warrensburg Museum news
On the first Thursday of every month, the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Thursday evening Dec. 2, the museum features a preview of the museum's holiday exhibit, "Dressed for the Holidays." The Museum will be open during the Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration Saturday and Sunday Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitors to view the holiday exhibit. There will also be an exhibit on toy trains and accessories, which is expected to continue into January.
Memorabilia is needed from local citizens depicting the stock car racing at Ashland Park. A full-fledged exhibit is due to open in February. Those who have memorabilia for this new exhibit, contact Steve Parisi at 623-2207.
Folks to gather for McDowell's 100th
Ruth McDowell of Chestertown is turning 100 years old this next week, and all are welcome to a celebration observing the milestone.
An informal gathering will occur from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Chestertown Conservation Club.
McDowell was born in a farmhouse in Chester and she pursued a teaching career which included tenure in the Warrensburg schools. After living in Lake Placid and Chestertown, she returned to Chestertown in 1953. McDowell retired in 1973 and began traveling the world with her husband Joseph.
Ruth has suggested those who attend her party refrain from gifts, and keep the testimonials short.
Norma Hastings to be honored in Stony Creek
A retirement reception for Norma Hastings will be held Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stony Creek Library. Refreshments will be served and entertainment is to be provided by the well-known folksinger Peggy Lynn, who has performed for the library on previous occasions. All are invited to come honor Norma for her 34 years of service to the Stony Creek Free library.
Christmas Family Portraits
Folks in the region are welcome to have portraits taken by a Warrensburg photographer, and a portion of the proceeds will go to local charities.
Sittings will be held three weekends only - Nov. 20 and 21, Nov. 27 and 28, and Dec. 4 and 5. The set price for four poses is $49.99. Personally edited photos will be delivered on a CD that will be ready for pick-up within an hour of the sitting. Props and solid backdrops will be available, and portraits will be taken in a professional, quiet setting. Clients are to choose the recipient of 20 percent of their portrait payment - either Operation Santa Claus, North Country Ministry, or Christmas Shoe Box Ministry. Sittings are by appointment only. Call Grace Photography at 623-3012 for details or an appointment.
Christmas in Warrensburgh plans forming
The weekend of Dec. 4 and 5 brings the annual Christmas in Warrensburgh fest under the direction of Teresa Whalen of Warrensburgh Beautification, Inc.
The weekend promises to be as vibrant and filled with family-oriented events as it has in years past, Whalen said. Planned in the townwide celebration are a craft workshops, holiday music presentations, a visit by Santa complete with live reindeer, a craft fair, church bazaars, luncheons, caroling, tree lighting ceremony, and various activities for children. Details and a full schedule will be in next week's issue of the Adirondack Journal.
For events to be officially scheduled and publicized, contact Teresa Whalen as soon as possible at 466-5497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wreaths, ornaments now on sale
Handcrafted evergreen wreaths and the official 2010 Christmas in Warrensburgh ornaments are now on sale.
Wreaths are $12.50 for a 12-inch model and $15 for a 16-inch version. This year's edition of the annual ornament is a heart-shaped basket of birch bark woven with seasonal native plant materials representing this year's theme,"Bountiful Harvest." The ornaments, considered collectors' items, are for sale for $6.50. The ornaments may be purchased at Miller Art & Frame or from Teresa Whalen.
Holiday Craft Fair, bazaars scheduled
The Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair at Echo Lake Lodge Sunday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.
Entrance is free to the craft show, which is to host 25 artisans displaying handmade items. Those who seek vendor space, may contact the Warrensburg Chamber at 623-2161 for information.
Also scheduled during the Christmas in Warrensburgh weekend are various luncheons, bazaars and craft sales sponsored by local churches. Holy Cross Church will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar & Quiche Luncheon Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. in the church hall. Many handcrafted items will be for sale.
Church to host pie sale
The First United Methodist in Warrensburg will host a pie sale Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
These homemade pies, in an array of varieties, are a perfect complement to families' holiday tables, a church representative said.
Christmas Cantata approaching
The "Canticle of Christmas" by Tom Fettke and Camp Kirkland will be presented by an ecumenical choir in an upcoming annual musical performance.
The annual Christmas Cantata presentation will be in Bolton Landing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in St. Sacrement Episcopal Church, and Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Chestertown Methodist Church from 3 to 4 p.m.
The performance is conducted by Lenore Simpson and Robert Flachbarth. The Cantata performance is a joyous way to welcome in the Holiday season, its sponsors said.
Those who have never been to this event owe it to themselves to attend. The talent of this group is amazing.