Along the Hudson
Thurman Station Wilderness Heritage Corridor Showcase, July 27, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Three Towns, One Goal
Thurman Station – “We struggled to find just the right name for the Showcase,” says Thurman Station Association president Perky Granger. “We wanted it to both describe the event and also pinpoint our location in this corridor so rich in traditions of trains, trade and tourism.” The event (its name often abbreviated as, “Thurman Station Showcase”) will present a cast of approximately 40 folks—mostly from Warrensburg, Stony Creek and Thurman—representing businesses, arts and organizations whose goods and services reflect the heritage of the area and illustrate the rich creativity of the three-town region surrounding the station. Geared for visitors of all ages, some arriving by train and others by car, the Showcase will be held at Thurman Station, 1883 Stony Creek Road, Thurman. Guests will find sales and samples of local foods, such as naturally produced maple goods, meats and nationally-acclaimed cheeses; restaurant and B&B specialties to tempt the palate; and artistic creations—such as paintings, jewelry, rustic wares, garden accessories and hand-spun yarn – to please the eye. Many exhibitors plan demonstrations, some interactive, such as water dowsing , craft projects and Warren County Soil and Water’s model river – complete with flowing water, which shows how rivers evolve and change, especially when man meddles. The Adirondack Museum will exhibit information about the stamps once used to identify owners of logs sent downriver, and will host a stamping activity; Milda Burns of North River will tell of the drives, once supervised by her father. Nancy Kimball, wildlife rehabilitator, will bring birds of prey and tell about their habits and role in the regional wildlife scene. Local history will be represented by Warren County Historical Society, Warrensburgh Museum of Local History and the John Thurman Historical Society – all with publications and photos, including the Warren County Bicentennial traveling exhibits for each of the three towns. Saratoga & North Creek Railway will host a table, as will First Wilderness Heritage Corridor.
While visitors browse the vending areas at the Station and across the road at Adirondack Ambiance, Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman will perform regional folk music (11 – 3), and actor Phil Jessen of Hartford, well-known in our area for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, will present a monologue while reenacting early Thurman resident Stephen Griffing, on whose 1800s farm the Showcase will be held (12:30). Kate Sullivan of Froggy 101.7 will broadcast live from the Showcase from 11 to 1. Raffle tickets will be available for three items: a rustic gift basket stuffed with local products and certificates, valued at over $200; an all-cotton quilt made by Avis Russell; and the post and beam frame for a garden shed, handcrafted by Andy LeBlanc of Barn Works, all to benefit Thurman Station Association. Both Russell and LeBlanc will be plying their craft at the Showcase, and other vendors will have giveaways, samples and special discounts for visitors. See a complete list of participants and activities at www.ThurmanStationShowcase.com
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Thurman Station Association was incorporated in 2001 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and is dedicated to improving the economic climate in the region surrounding Thurman Station. Membership is open to individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sharing this mission. Learn more at www.ThurmanStation.org