Heritage Showcase this weekend!
Be sure to check out Thurman Station Wilderness Heritage Showcase this weekend, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 on Rte. 418 in Thurman. There is sure to be something for everybody at this premier event.
There will be exhibitors, vendors, musicians, and crafters — all reflecting the culture and traditions of the Adirondacks.
The idea for the Showcase event was born from the desire to bring Thurman to the people, in an attempt to show to not only tourists but area residents what Thurman and surrounding communities have to offer — and once people experience a taste of mountain life, they will want to come back again and again.
Fall Farm Tour not far away
Believe it or not, the Thurman Fall Farm Tour, planned for Oct. 12, is just around the corner.
Last year was the first time I attended the Thurman Fall Farm Tour and I must say that it was a delight. It was a great way to get to socialize with neighbors that I ordinarily wouldn’t have the opportunity to see — as well as get a glimpse of their lives and their livelihoods.
My whole family enjoyed themselves, from my husband who enjoyed listening to and watching demonstrations by Gary Martin of Martin’s Lumber, to my teenagers who liked sampling Nettle Meadow’s various cheeses and side dishes that can be made with their gourmet goat cheeses.
Even though we got some light rain last year, my littlest made the best of the experience by stomping through puddles in his rain boots and imitating the turkeys at Whitefield’s Farm.
We all had such a great time that I brought my mother and stepfather the following day — on Sunday. This year it is a one-day-only event, so make sure to get out on Saturday to see all Thurman has to offer!
We hear that this year there will be a chicken barbecue once again at Toad Hill Maple Farm. The chicken barbecue provided by Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. is from 1 to 5 p.m. and there are a limited number of tickets available.
Paranormal detective work?
Adirondack Spectral Investigations is a local group which investigates strange phenomenon in historic houses and private residences throughout the region.
Founded by Sally Feihel in 2011, she and Cheryl Kenyon have worked together to find out why the afterlife decides sometimes to linger, the two have said.
Feihel and Kenyon were recently interviewed about their work by David Storey of TV8, based in Glens Falls. While they were being interviewed, the duo reported, some strange activity occurred in the studio and all of an initial recorded interview was destroyed due to an apparent equipment malfunction. David told the women that this has never happened before, we hear, and Cheryl said she had seen an orb — which is described as spiritual energy — flash through the studio. Their interview was aired on July 17, one day after the interview. Sally and Cheryl were there to promote their “Historical Haunts of Thurman — Ghost Tour” they will be hosting Aug. 17. There are two tours: the first departs at 10 a.m. and returns for light refreshments at noon, and a second starts at 2 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for a fee of $20. To reserve a ticket, contact Sally at 623-4889.
Events & activities in the hills
The Gleaning food distribution will be held the first Monday of every month and falls on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. this month. Bring reusable cloth bags or platic shopping bags to bring goods home.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds meetings every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the town hall. Bring your knitting, sewing, or quilting projects and make new friends. For more information, contact Myra at 623-2633.
The Thurman Fire Co. holds their meetings on the Friday of the first full week of the month at the Thurman firehouse. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Those interested in becoming a volunteer, stop in and ask how to help.
Thurman Town Board meetings are routinely held on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Independent party petitions for town candidacies need to be filed with Warren County Board of Elections by Aug. 16.
Smokey Greene to appear here
Come on out to Thurman to hear the legendary Smokey Greene in concert July 29 at Veterans’ Memorial Field behind the town hall on July 29. Smokey will play from 7 p.m. 9 p.m.
Smokey Greene has been playing country music for over half a century.
When he was a young teenager, Smokey played at dude ranches, rodeos, honky tonks and kitchen hops after he first learned to play the tenor banjo. By age 16, he added the guitar, mandolin and fiddle to his repertoire. About that time, he teamed up with his mentor, Slim Clark, a yodeler. After nine years in the Air Force he performed on radio, and in clubs, rural town halls and grange halls, according to a biography published on airplaydirect.com.
In 1966 he opened his own club where he booked many of the nation’s top country and bluegrass acts. In the 1970s, he started his own bluegrass festival which had a 16-year run.
This free concert is one of a Monday-night series through the summer, bankrolled through Warren County Occupancy Tax funds, allocated by the Town of Thurman.
Accompanying the concerts are a group of vendors — gardeners and artisans. Set-up time for this market is 6:30 p.m.To reserve an 8’x8’ space, contact the Thurman Town Hall at 623-9649.
The county-sponsored senior bus service to Glens Falls runs two times per month, on the second and fourth Fridays. The next trip will run Friday, Aug. 9 and is free to seniors age 60 and over. Those who wish to go, call Laura by Wednesday Aug. 7 at 623-9281.
The town transfer station is open Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local residents can purchase the required bags for household trash either at the town hall or the transfer station.
Those having a difficult time getting their trash to the transfer station take note: Jim Desourdy will transport thrash there for $5 per week, or as needed. Jim routinely picks up every Saturday starting at 9 a.m. To reach him, call 623-4254.
Volunteers needed for PTSA tasks
The long-awaited Warrensburg Elementary Playground reconstruction project is in its completion stage and the local PTSA members and board are coordinating the effort. The new playground is reportedly state-of-the art and ADA compliant.
The construction is to occur the weekend of Aug. 9 through 11 starting at 8 a.m. and going on until dusk. The PTSA is seeking volunteers who could help with the construction, supplying snacks and water, site cleanup and landscaping. To volunteer your time or to provide refreshments, contact PTSA treasurer Adrienne Bell at 260-6834 as soon as possible.
Get your pet a rabies shot
Warren County Public Health will be holding a rabies clinic Saturday July 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at the firehouse in Brant Lake.
Pets must be three months of age to receive their first immunization, which will afford them protection for one year. The next shot, a booster, will afford protection for three years and is required one year after the first shot was given. From then on every three years a booster should be given to protect pets. Both initial and booster shots will be given at all clinics scheduled by Warren County Public Health.
A $10 donation is requested for each pet. No one is turned away due to financial hardship, however. Bring dogs on leashes and small pets in carriers. Fore details, call Warren County Public Health at 761-6580.
On a personal note
I received a lovely Thank-You message from a reader who was happy to see the informative article in last week’s column on deer ticks, Lyme disease, and the many related diseases – you are most welcome, Beth Callahan and anyone else who found the information useful!
Celebrating a wedding anniversary this week are Jerry and Lanette Baker on July 29.
Celebrating Birthdays this week are Josh Langabeer and Kody Cameron on July 28; Woody Cyr and Destiny Warrington on July 30; Aaron Brown and Jordan Baker on Aug. 1; and Eddie Castro, Helise Hennessey and Barb Farrell on Aug. 2.