To the Editor:
The annual Thurman Fall Farm Tour is over. Our small town welcomed hundreds of guests from near and far.
According to the hosts of the seven tour sites, guests came with an enthusiasm and curiosity to learn about our Thurman farms through demonstrations, tours and talks, and felt embraced by local hospitality.
They got pointers on how to read a llama’s body language, how maple products and quilts are made, how Windsor chairs are charmed out of lumber and jewelry out of silver.
Some tried unsuccessfully to lift a 450 pound timber by brute strength, then learned that, with a block and tackle, the job was possible. They nailed autographed boards to a new barn; they took hay rides; they painted and catapulted pumpkins, sampled foods and sat down for hearty county meals. They voted for best quilts, scarecrows and most cleverly upcycled “stuff” (with one voter marking his contest ballot for Donald Trump.)
When the day was over, the happy hosts reported that it had been their busiest Fall Farm Tour ever.
We credit this success to the cooperation among the hosts of the sites, each doing his or her own part to create an enticing attraction, some pouring hundreds of dollars into staff and samples, putting the needs of the event ahead of those of the individual.
Volunteers from the Thurman Station Association helped promote the event through press releases, social media, brochure distribution, banner hanging and sign posting. Everyone did what they could to make Oct. 8 a success. And that spirit of cooperation was the best part of the day, and the best part of our small community.
The Thurman Fall Farm Tour was made possible, in part, by Warren County occupancy tax dollars re-granted by the Thurman Station Association, with help from the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, and funding through the NYS Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
Persis (Perky) Granger