Bazaar featured local creativity
Nov. 24 was designated national Support Small Business Saturday, and Thurman residents and vendors accomplished this objective in style at the annual Thurman Christmas Bazaar.
There was a troop of Brownie Girl Scouts selling handmade Christmas decorations made from recycled baby food jars, also homemade brownies and cookies — all at reasonable prices.
Wini Martin of Martin’s Lumber had a display of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, made from recycled paper. Wini was also making some of her lovely jewelry on site, giving the youngster and shoppers a lesson in how she makes them, from start to finish.
Mary Kenyon brought along her handmade wares, consisting of pot holders, dish towels, and fleece blankets, all at incredibly reasonable prices.
Donna Wormwood of Adirondack Rustic Miniatures had her collection of handmade doll house furniture, crafted with natural materials. No two pieces are identical, and they show off Wormwood’s remarkable creativity and her appreciation of nature. Some of Donna’s work is a featured in the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.
The Christmas Bazaar also included tables of baked goods, maple products from Adirondack Gold, incredibly cute handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and embroidered pillow cases.
Cheryl Kenyon organized this event and reported that it was a very good year, with nearly 150 shoppers showing up in spurts throughout the day.
A big Thank You goes out to Susan Jennings, Cheryl Kenyon, Jordan Lamphier, Michelle Gillingham, Jamie Ross and her two grandchildren for not only organizing this event, but for their hard work in cleaning up after as well. A sum of $120 was raised for the Christmas Baskets that will be delivered to shut-ins in Thurman.
Over the fence
Christmas Baskets will be assembled Dec. 8 beginning at 9 a.m., and the charity’s organizers still need donations of baked goods or anything that would go with the theme of Christmas. Folks may drop off donations at the Town Hall on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cheryl Kenyon and Paula Hubert are still looking for volunteers to help put these baskets together and to deliver them once completed. To help with this annual tradition, call Cheryl at 623-9718.
The Thurman Town Board set a due date of Dec 7 for Occupancy Tax applications for events to be funded in 2013. The Occupancy Tax Committee is expected to meet later in December to review the applications and make recommendations.
The Town Hall will be closed Dec. 28 and Dec. 31 for floor resurfacing.
Some residents have heard rumors that the Food Pantry at the Town Hall will be closing, and as far as we can determine, there are just new hours of operation: 1 p.m. pto 2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month — which coincides with The Gleaning food distribution, and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays on all other weeks, excluding legal holidays.
The Gleaning food distribution sessions are held the first Monday of every month — and the next such event is Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Be sure to bring your reusable cloth bags or plastic shopping bags to bring your goods home.
The Thurman transfer station has new hours: noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The required trash bags are available at either the town hall or the transfer station.
Those who are having difficulties delivering bags of trash to the transfer station, contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them there for you for $5 per week.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds their meetings at their firehouse on the Friday falling in the first full week of the month at the Fire House. This month, their meeting is to be held on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are encouraged to stop in.
Sign up for Bicentennial fest
Those who would like to part of history-in-the-making are encouraged to join the fun anticipated at the local celebration of Warren County's Bicentennial, next June 14 and 15.
Thurman Town Supervisor Evelyn Wood is now seeking local organizations to participate in the town’s parade scheduled for that weekend. Anyone interested in creating a float or participating in the parade should contact her at 623-9649.
Events & activities in the hills
The Thurman Baptist Church will feature Christian country recording artist Jay Witham at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 16. Witham has pastored churches throughout New England and his gospel ministry has toured the northeast since 1975.
Additionally, the Thurman Baptist Church will be conducting their annual Christmas caroling at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. Afterwards, the group is going to Myrtle Buyce's home for refreshments.
On Dec. 31 at 6 p.m,. Pastor Nathan and Amber Herrmann will be hosting a New Year’s Party at their home.
The Thurman quilting group holds their meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Thurman Town Hall. With the holidays approaching, it’s a good time to take up a new hobby that your whole family could benefit from, So drop in and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with these skilled craftspeople. For details, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors Club’s annual Christmas Party is to be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 9 at George Henry’s in Warrensburg. To attend, contact Norma at 623-9425. Membership in the club is still only $10 per year.
Storybook character at library
Richards Library invites young and old alike to meet Mother Goose on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. as a featured event of Christmas in Warrensburgh. Elsewhere in this issue, see a full list of activities for this treasured local tradition.
Richards Library is located at 38 Elm Street in Warrensburg. The Library is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — with extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday — and closed for an hour daily from 1 to 2 p.m. It is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday.
Area folks are generous
Hats off to Florence LaPoint and her local Operation Santa Claus volunteers who raised $16,013 to benefit needy children in the Warrensburg School District during the holiday season.
Florence has been operating this charity for 27 years, and a special recognition of her hard works bears mentioning. A total of $31,000 was raised for the regional charity, and this means the communities of Thurman and Warrensburg contributed more than half of the money raised for this worthwhile charity.
Book readings, signings set
Willows Bistro will host readings at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 which will be occurring during Christmas in Warrensburgh theme.
On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a series of hour-long book signings featuring these authors — Pat Leonard will be signing copies of her book of poetry, Transfiguration. Thurman’s own Irv West will take over at 11 a.m. with his thought-provoking new work, Breaking the Rules, which details a fresh approach to building on the strength and courage of our struggling youth. At noon, meet David Cedarstrom and Mason Smith, both with new books. Cedarstrom will sign his new mystery, The Lake George Casino Gamble and copies of his first book, 109 Absolutely Essential Rules for Avoiding Trouble. Also at noon, Mason Smith will be featuring his new novel, Far Alaska, as well as his prior work, Towards Polaris.
On a personal note
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Walt and Marilyn Baker on Dec. 1, and Jon and Theresa Moyer on Dec. 6.
Celebrating birthdays this week are: Becky Schuyler on Dec. 1; Jay Siletti on Dec. 2; Brielle MacNamara on Dec. 3; Kelly Schmidt, Bonnie Bills, and Eric Ross on Dec. 4; Phil DeLoria, Brittany Lawrence, Doris Fish and Ed Brown on Dec. 5; Carla Pelekai and Samantha Rogers on Dec. 6; plus Howard Tucker Sr. and Heidi Burch, Dec. 7.