Thurman residents and visitors browse among the many craft and gift items offered at Thurman’s Country Christmas Bazaar, held Nov. 30 in the town hall.
Check out the Wood Theater’s shows!
If you are looking for ways to relax and de-stress this holiday season, the Charles R. Wood Theater has some very entertaining family-oriented productions.
One of these events will be the Adirondack Ballet Theater’s 22nd annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” in three shows — at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15.
The Adirondack Ballet Theater was the first dance company to perform at The Wood Theater, and they are proud to be the venue’s resident dance company.
This year’s performance will celebrate ten years of the two entities working together with the Charles Wood Theater. This acclaimed dance company will present this holiday favorite — typically sold-out — with student dancers ranging in age from 5 to 18, plus guest artists and alumni.
Tickets are on sale Dec. 14 through Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. for $16 at the Wood Theater, 204 Glen St. in Glens Falls.
Fundraiser for cancer research slated
The Queensbury Chapter of Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society, will be holding two events this holiday season, and both occur this weekend.
On Saturday Dec. 14 and Sunday Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. att the Aviation Mall, they will be hosting Wrapping for a Cure. Once you have made your purchases at the mall, drop by their kiosk and have your gifts professionally wrapped. A monetary donation is requested. For details, call 932-5831.
If you are in the market for a holiday wreath, Relay for Life will be holding a sale Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. at Garden Time on Dix Avenue in Queensbury. These fresh holiday wreaths are about 12 inches across, decorated with a holiday bow, pine cones and berries. They cost $25 and proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
LARAC offers unique gifts
If you still have some people on your shopping list that you have yet to find a gift for, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council also known as LARAC, will be hosting a “Last Minute Dash event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 19 at their Holiday Shop. LARAC is located at 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls.
For the “Last Dash” event, the Lapham Gallery will transform into a festive showcase, offering holiday shoppers beautiful, original, and unique gift items.
LARAC members will receive 15 percent off all items; non-members will receive 5 percent off purchases. Lake George Distilling Co. will be giving free samples and selling their products. There will also be live music. For details, call 798-1144.
Baptists plan Christmas services
The Thurman Baptist Church on Valley Road will be holding a children’s Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 during the evening service. They will also be having their Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, of course.
Events & activities in the hills
Santa Claus will be coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thurman Town Hall for the annual Children’s Christmas Party. There will be delicious refreshments and arts and crafts to occupy the little ones while they wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. Area children look forward to this event every year and young and old have wonderful time. Once Santa arrives he visits with the children for a while and thy tell him what they most want to open on Christmas morning.
Every child will receive a gift from Santa at this free event. So dress your little ones in their holiday best and don’t forget your camera!
The county-sponsored senior bus service makes their trip to Glens Falls on the second and fourth Friday of each month and the next trip will be on Dec. 27. This may be the ideal opportunity to grab some after-Christmas deals. The service is for seniors age 60 and over. To schedule pick up, contact Laura by Tuesday Dec. 24 at 623-9281.
The Thurman Quilting Group holds their meetings at the Thurman Town hall every Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. Drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors. For details, call Myra at 623-2633.
The Sugar Loaf Seniors group holds their meetings once a month at the Town Hall on the third Saturdays of the month. There will be no meeting in January. The next meeting will occur in Feb. at the hall at 11:30 a.m. Membership is still only $10 per year. To find out more information call Norma Galusha at 623-9425.
The Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club meets at the club house on Bear Pond Road on the last Friday of the month and this month that falls on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
Over the fence
The Athol Post Office is still running normal business hours and will continue to until sometime after the beginning of the New Year. For further information about their hours continue to look in this column for updates.
The new 2014 John Thurman Historical Society calendars are back from the printer and they make lovely holiday gifts. Simply drop in to the Town Hall and pick one up for $8.
All town offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. These closures include the landfill which is regularly open on Wednesdays.
Applications for Thurman occupancy tax funding for 2014 are due no later than Dec. 20, 2013.
Those who are having difficulties delivering bags of trash to the transfer station should contact Jim Desourdy at 623-4254 and he will take them there for you for $5 per week. If you do not need weekly pick up, Jim will pick up as needed.
Have you filled out your STAR applications? If not, time is of the essence, and the deadline to re-register for the Basic Star exemption is Dec. 31. Simply stop by the hall and see one of the Assessors for help on this, which is likely to save housholds hundreds of dollars.
Would you like to be part of your community? How about becoming a member of the Thurman Planning Board, which was once an active group in Thurman. In past years, this group has been a critical part of keeping Thurman a pleasant and welcoming town. Those interested in joining this group to help make decisions on the town’s future development, are urged to send a letter of interest with name and phone number to Box 29, Athol NY 12810.
Time is running out to reserve your space for the Winter Solstice Shindig at the Adirondack Interpretive Center at 5922 state Rte. 28N. Formerly known as the Visitors Interpretive Center, the AIC offers outstanding learning opportunities right in our own backyard.
Interpretive Center to hold solstice fest
The Adirondack Interpretive Center is holding their Winter Solstice Shindig from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 to observe the beginning of winter — and the folks at the AIC know how to do it in style! There will be a celebration of fresh snow, steaming chili and great music. This is sure to be a fun filled day: starting at 2 p.m. there will be solstice tree-trimming and decorating.
Wear your warm winter boots, as you will be venturing outdoors to select the seasonal Solstice Tree. In the afternoon they welcome you to join them to help create homemade decorations.
Enjoy live music from The AIC’s program manager, Frank, and his bluegrass band, the Morehouse Family Band performing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Then, at 5 p.m. there will be a pot-luck dinner for just $5 — all-you-can-eat chili and corn bread. If you choose to bring a dish to share, dinner is free. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 582-2000. Those planning on bringing a dish call or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
At 6 p.m. there will be a full-moon snowshoe hike. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a guided walk along the trails under the light of the moon.
This is a wonderful way to get to know people from neighboring towns. At 7 p.m. they will be serving hot chocolate.
Thurmanites’ special days
Celebrating anniversaries this week are Joe and Ginny Mosher on Dec. 17.
Celebrating birthdays this week are Freida West on Dec. 15; Amanda Baker, Brian Angell and Tom Polleschi on Dec. 16; Bob Baker, Jr. on Dec. 17; Adorna Wright, Jaunita Cameron and Milton Kennedy on Dec. 18.
Local Christmas Bazaar attracts many
Thurman Country Christmas Bazaar was a great success this year a lot of people came out to support the small town crafters. The annual event raised $167 towards the local Christmas Basket charity in which baskets of holiday food and gifts were assembled and distributed.
More than 150 people attended the bazaar, traveling from as far away as Clifton Park.
Featured handmade goods included stepping stones, Adirondack miniature furnishings, paper-bead jewelry, quilts, mittens, decorated linens, baked goods, maple products, decorative items, wreaths, scarves, blankets, handbags, woven rugs, plus homemade soap and lotions.
Cheryl Kenyon and Charlotte Needham organized this event, which was originally launched by Evie Russell.
One basket of cookie-making items was won by Blanche Hayes of Bolton, and a basket of maple goods was won by Ian Conlon of Wevertown.