Museum visits on rise
The traffic at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History has increased substantially year-to-date, museum Director Steve Parisi has reported.
Attendance for merely the first two months of 2011 has surpassed the total number of visitors at the museum over the first 15 weeks of 2010, Parisi said.
The new special exhibit of the stock car racing at Ashland Park will remain up through May, and the brief movie of the race track in action a half-century ago sparks considerable interest among museum visitors, Parisi said. The movie runs continuously during museum hours.
Parisi expressed appreciation to Frank Bennett, who provided the movie and to Warrensburg High School senior Jesse Schuettinger for converting the movie to a convenient flash drive format.
Schuettinger also converted vintage movies of interviews with Stewart Farrar and a Glens Falls architect about the Emerson Sawmill, which collapsed into the Schroon River in the mid-1980s after an unsuccessful effort by the Warrensburgh Historical Society to convince town leaders to preserve the structure.
These videos will be available for viewing soon, perhaps in time for an upcoming reception and stock-car racers "gab fest" at the museum planned for April 17.
Upcoming at the museum are new exhibits now under development, including the music scene in Warrensburg from 1960 through 1980, and an exhibit on Warrensburgh garages.
Murphy turns 100!
About 100 people who have Irish roots -and those who wish they did - will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Mary McKenna Murphy on St. Patrick's Day.
This celebration on Thursday March 17 is to be held on Cloverleaf Drive.
The crowd expected at the party Includes about 12 visitors from Ireland, Mary's children John Murphy, Thomas Murphy, Katherine Weber, and Rosemary Maher. Mary has 12 grandchildren including Jean Cronin of Warrensburg and 24 great-grand children and one great-great granddaughter. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mary and her clan from all of Warrensburg's residents.
A program on Adirondack Ice and its effects on local culture and history is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the Hague Community Center. The acclaimed program is presented by Caperton Tissot of Saranac Lake, who will be signing copies of her book "Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History."
Laura Rice, curator at the Adirondack Museum, has praised the book.
"Filled with surprises, Adirondack Ice is a fascinating look at the many ways ice touches our lives," Rice said, noting that valued or reviled, ice is an unavoidable fact of life in the Adirondacks.
People who have attended the program have given it rave reviews, according to a representative of the Hague Historical Society, which is sponsoring the event.
Thomas turns 100!
All citizens in the area are welcome to attend a celebration of Mabel Thomas' 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 at the Stony Creek Town Hall. All are urged to attend and share a piece of birthday cake to celebrate her longevity.
The family requests that no gifts be given. Details are available by calling 696-2541 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget the annual Scott Remington & Friends Spinal Cord Benefit set for Saturday March 26 at Jimbo's Club off state Rte. 8 in Brant Lake. Proceeds are to benefit the Christopher Reeves Foundation for spinal cord research.
Tickets, which for $30 include a pasta dinner, are available only in advance by calling Scott Remington at 494-2374. Annually, the tickets sell out quickly.
The event's guest speaker is Reeves Foundation founder Henry Stifel, whose son was paralyzed from a spinal cord injury from a an automobile crash.
Donations for the raffles at the event will be accepted until March 20.
Also, a free concert featuring an acoustic band named The Nellys will be held at 7 p.m. Friday March 18 at the Stony Creek Town Hall. The Nellys are a alt-country band of the Americana roots genre.
Also note there will be a dog sled demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday March 19 at the Stony Creek Town Hall. Both these events are sponsored by the Stony Creek Library.
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