Watercolor artist Anne Rohe works on one of her landscape paintings recently. Adirondack Ambiance, the gallery that Anne operates with her husband Al, will be hosting a benefit show Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 to raise funds for a local organization that helps families dealing with mitochondrial disease.
Gallery hosts charity event
Adirondack Ambiance gallery at Thurman Station on Rte. 418 will be hosting an art show Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 to benefit the charity “Mito Hope & Help.” This non-profit organization based in Warrensburg raises funds for families coping with mitochondrial disease, and to disseminate information about the life-threatening condition. The group was founded in by Cathy LaFond-Evans in memory of her daughter Randi, who lost her life to the disease some time ago. To learn more about Mito Hope & Help, contact LaFond-Evans at 623-2634 or by email at email@example.com.
Featured at the show will be paintings by Joe McChesney of Asheville, N.C.
Adirondack Ambiance features original oil and acrylic paintings by Anne Rohe. Her art works are custom framed by Al in rustic themes. Al also crafts a variety of rustic Adirondack furniture, from Adirondack chairs to a wide variety of custom furniture. Nearly all of the wood used in his creations is sustainably harvested right from the property.
Their work is showcased in a historic 1804 Griffing homestead farmhouse.
Special days in God’s country
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Becky Desourdy, Jack Baker, Patti Orluk and Jordan Moyer on Aug. 27; to Warren Leigh, Jim Needham, Brian Rounds, Aiden Moulton, Julie Cook, Nolan Templeton, John Needham and William Chapman all on Aug. 28; to Nicole DeLoria on Aug. 29; to Marty Baker on Sept. 1 and Bill Galusha on Sept. 2.
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Debbie and Red Pitkin, 36 years on Aug. 30; Helen and Craig Baker, 25 years on Aug. 30; and Betty and Frank Gallup, 56 years on Sept. 2.
Skylar Ladson, granddaughter of Irv West on High St., swam beside sharks as she celebrated her 12th birthday on Aug. 9 at a swimming party in a “shark tank” pool in Las Vegas. Many guests attended in celebration of her birthday.
Note that Skylar received a gift of a $50 bill for her birthday, and she turned around and presented it to her mother, who had just been laid off from work, to help pay for household expenses. This girl is one in a million!
On a personal note
Valerie Smarro of Indiana visited Thurman recently for a week’s visit with her mother and other family members, and Bert Wilde, of River Road. She plans on a return visit before the snow flies.
Lori and Gregg Sadow and son Max of Stone Ridge, N.Y. visited Gregg’s aunt, Evie Russell and family on Garnet Lake Rd. recently.
Filomena Riviello of Garnet Lake Road and friend Ron Rosati recently spent a long weekend in Maine and enjoyed the cooler weather that we all had from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14.
Get Well wishes go out to Barb Baker, Joan Murphy, Joe Mosher, Ken Ackley and Jim Gallup.
Russell reunion hosts many
About 25 friends and relatives got together Aug. 13 to enjoy a picnic lunch at Echo Lake in Warrensburg. The weather was a delight after so many days of extremely hot temperatures.
Folks enjoyed catching up on all the family news and the opportunity of getting together. Guests came from the Schenectady and Galway areas, as well as closer points including Bolton, Glens Falls, and Thurman.
The youngest member of the family attending was Isaiah Cuva, 8, son of Jessica Varnum Cuva of Gansevoort, and the eldest were Beatrice (Russell) Bevins, 88, and her husband Guy Bevins, who’s a similar age. The couple is from Glens Falls.
Over the fence
It’s school tax time, but this less-than-cheery news is offset by the fact that schools open soon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Here’s a reminder that the big event in Thurman, the Fiddler’s Jamboree routinely held in September — has been cancelled. Also, plans for a new woodsman’s event were scuttled due to the road repair expenses due to the devastating Memorial Day weekend floods that shifted priorities for public funding.
Voters have an opportunity to save gasoline money while making their lives a little more convenient. Voters can call 761-6459 and ask for an absentee ballot to be sent to them for the November election. This service is for people with physical limitations, the elderly, or those who will be out of the county on Election Day.
Register and prepay for the upcoming Thurman History Tour, set for Sept. 17, which includes a luncheon at town hall.
The meal begins at 11:45 a.m. and the tour starts at 12:45 p.m. The trip is narrated, and includes visits to the Old Stock Farm, the Thomas Gallup farm, the former Orley Needham place and the former Will and Myra Cameron home.
The lunch To reserve tickets, call 623-2692. The lunch is $7 per person and the tour is $13.
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Seniors Club will be taking a trip on Sept. 8 to the Mark Twain home in Hartford, Conn. For details, call 623-9245.
The Extra Helpings food program is open to everyone — there’s no age or income limit. This is a monthly delivery of food items that one can order for less money than in grocery stores.
Extra helpings includes meats, vegetables, and a variety of other foods including dessert items. At least four food packages are offered, ranging in price from $15 to $35. Payment is made at the beginning of each month, and delivery occurs about the third week. For details, call 623-9649.
Gospel singer to perform
The Thurman Baptist Church has scheduled gospel singer Jay Witham at their Sunday evening services at 6 p.m. Aug. 23.
Raised on country music, Witham has sung with Hank Williams Jr., and shared the stage with such greats as Johnny Cash. Jay routinely travels with his wife Linda — they are from Cambridge.
All are invited to the concert and ministry Witham will be presenting. The church is located on South Johnsburg Road. For details, call 623-2226.
Stony Creek band, fireworks
The last outdoor concert of the season presented by the town is bound to be a knockout.
Set for 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 29 in the park behind the Thurman Town Hall in Athol, the concert will be featuring the outstanding Stony Creek Band, which is a group of considerable notoriety.
They play country rock, or as it’s now known, “American roots music.” Whatever you call it, The Stony Creek Band is the real deal, and they’ve been rocking venues in the northeastern U.S. since the late 1970s.
They feature original tunes as well as some covers, and they have quite a following, not only from the lower Adirondacks, but from all over.
Their concert will be topped off with fireworks, and we hear it’s likely to be an impressive aerial display.