Fall Farm Tour this weekend
After months of planning, the Thurman Fall Farm Tour is to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7. All are welcome to visit Thurman and experience aspects of mountain-town life.
At Wolf Pond Stables, located at 473 Wolf Pond Road, children will have the opportunity to enjoy pony rides and participate in decorating a totem to take home.
Those who visit the Thurman Quilt Show at the Thurman Town Hall can view the craftsmanship of local seamstresses of both today and yesteryear.
Quilting demonstrations of “disappearing” nine-patch blocks and braids — a traditional craft — will be held on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and some items will be for sale.
Adirondack Maple Products is also a favored stop annually on the tour. Located at 151 Charles Olds Road, Toad Hill has been run by the Galusha family for more than 30 years. Toad Hill is the largest maple producer in Warren County, with more than 4,000 taps spread across two sugar bushes.
Also, Whitefields’ Farm stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, featuring pumpkins and winter squash. There will be pumpkin painting for children, too. See the turkeys and chickens, and ask about farm fresh poultry and pork for sale.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Whitefields Farm will present Linda Faillace — author, songwriter, and sustainable farming advocate. Faillace is author of “Mad Sheep — the USDA versus a Family Farm.” She and her husband Larry work as advocates for traditional cheese-making methods using raw milk and they teach the art of cheese making at their farm in Vermont.
Those visiting Thurman during the Fall Farm Tour can ride the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s train with a special pass, catching the 1:31 p.m. train from The Glen Lodge to Thurman Station and back again immediately. Passengers may also use the pass to make their round trip at 11:22 a.m. from Thurman Station to The Glen, but this run involves a layover of two hours. Box lunches will be available at The Glen Lodge for $7. Lodging accommodations may also be made at The Glen Lodge. Call Aimee Azaert at 494-4984.
The Farm Tour also includes Peru Llama Farm, owned by Irv and Freida West. They invite all individuals and families to visit their llamas, and bring cameras with them to capture a memory. The Wests will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Note that the Wests have available for purchase mild, odorless llama fertilizer that will nourish flowering plants and increase the yield of vegetables.
Another destination on the tour is Adirondack Ambiance Rustic Furniture & Art Gallery, situated in the Griffing family homestead, which dates back to 1804. This venue, which showcases paintings of the Thurman area and rustic frames, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.
ThunderNest Farm, to be open both days, will be selling farm-fresh eggs in a rainbow assortment of colors, produced by a variety of breeds. Visitors can also order some of ThunderNest’s grass-fed Black Angus beef.
At Valley Road Maple Farm, Mike Hill and Ralph Senecal will be hosting a traditional rural breakfast — featuring their own award-winning maple syrup — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Sugarhouse tours will be held both days until 4 p.m. Also featured at the farm will be noted dowser Bruce Irwin, plus Terry Vernum with his antique machinery collection.
Annually a favored stopoff on the tour is Martin's Certified Tree Farm, which includes a mill operation and a display of crafts including Lucyann's Stained Glass Stepping Stones and paper bead earrings.
Then there’s Nettle Meadow Farm, which produces gourmet cheeses served in some of the nation’s finest restaurants. They’ll be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Nettle Meadow will feature wool-spinner Martha Terrell.
On Saturday, visitors attending the Fall Farm Tour can enjoy a chicken barbecue meal cooked up by members of the Thurman firefighters. The barbecue will be held at Toad Hill Maple Farm from 1 to 5 p.m.
Activities & events in the hills
The monthly Thurman Town Board meeting is be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
The county-sponsored bus service to Glens Falls, offered monthly to local citizens on the second and fourth Friday of every month, will next run Friday Oct. 12. To reserve a ride, contact Laura by Wednesday Oct. 10 at 623-9281.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. All are welcome to bring their knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make new friends. Contact Myra at 623-2633.
An artists’ reception is to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Willows Bistro for a show of paintings by Ann Rohe, with rustic frames created by her husband Al.
The next Thurman Cemetery Committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Town Hall. Those who have not already reserved a cemetery plot, now is a good time to do so. For details, call Marc or Cheryl at 623-9718.
The town Youth Commission will be hosting a Fall Harvest Fest from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Thurman Town Hall. Area residents are welcome to dress their children in Halloween costumes and attend the free event to enjoy the games and a costume contest.
Warren County Public Health will be holding a rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14 at the county highway garage at 4055 Main St., Warrensburg.
Pets must be 3 months of age to receive their first immunization, which will provide protection for one year. A booster shot, which extends protection for three years, is required one year after the first shot is administered. Booster shots should be repeated thereafter every three years. Both initial and booster shots will be given at the county’s clinics.
A $10 donation is requested for each pet, but no one is turned away due to financial hardship. Dogs should be brought on leashes, and cats in carriers. Call 761-6580.
Over the fence
Columbus Day will be observed on Oct. 8, recognizing the achievements of Christopher Columbus — an explorer, navigator, and colonizer, born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa in what is today northwestern Italy.
Thurman residents should be aware that tin their time of need, they are welcome to drop in at the food pantry located at the Thurman Town Hall. For details, call 623-9649.
The county Office for the Aging will soon be helping local residents obtain relief from every-increasing heating fuel expenses.
They’ll be assisting citizens with applications for HEAP financial assistance in a session planned for Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Thurman Town Hall.
Those having difficulty getting to the transfer station to deposit household trash are invited to contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take trash there for $5 per week.
Local churches have long history
For centuries, churches in Thurman have exerted a formidable influence over community life.
Since the late 1800s, the Thurman Baptist Church has maintained a strong presence in Thurman. Located at 380 South Johnsburg Road at the north end of town, the church welcomes all to attend Sunday Worship at 11:00 a.m., Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., or Sunday evening services at 6 p.m.. The church also holds prayer meetings on Thursdays at 7 p.m. In addition, the church has a youth group, as well as “Senior Saints” activities for those aged 50 and over, and Young Adults activities for those 18 to 49.
Christ Community Church, located at 383 Athol Road, welcomes those of all faiths. Sunday worship is at 11 a.m. The church also offers Sunday school and has a nursing home ministry.
The Kenyontown United Methodist Church hosts dinners every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. Jeff Grants is the pastor of the church. Sunday school is held at 11 a.m. every Sunday; children of all ages are welcome. To reach Jeff or Terri, call 636-7317.
On a personal note
Celebrating Anniversaries this week are Karen and Jeremy Ward on Oct. 8, and Rod and Mary Kenyon on Oct. 10.
Observing birthdays this week are Nancy Beadnell on Oct.6; Heather Leigh on Oct. 7; Buddy Russell, Kelly Cameron May, Cherie Hill, and Lisa Arnold on Oct. 8; Elizabeth Dimick on Oct. 10; Cy Combs on Oct. 11; and Dick Needham and Craig Baker on Oct. 12.