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Fall Farm Tour this weekend

After months of planning, the Thurman Fall Farm Tour is to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7. All are welcome to visit Thurman and experience aspects of mountain-town life.

At Wolf Pond Stables, located at 473 Wolf Pond Road, children will have the opportunity to enjoy pony rides and participate in decorating a totem to take home.

Those who visit the Thurman Quilt Show at the Thurman Town Hall can view the craftsmanship of local seamstresses of both today and yesteryear.

Quilting demonstrations of “disappearing” nine-patch blocks and braids — a traditional craft — will be held on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and some items will be for sale.

Adirondack Maple Products is also a favored stop annually on the tour. Located at 151 Charles Olds Road, Toad Hill has been run by the Galusha family for more than 30 years. Toad Hill is the largest maple producer in Warren County, with more than 4,000 taps spread across two sugar bushes.

Also, Whitefields’ Farm stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, featuring pumpkins and winter squash. There will be pumpkin painting for children, too. See the turkeys and chickens, and ask about farm fresh poultry and pork for sale.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Whitefields Farm will present Linda Faillace — author, songwriter, and sustainable farming advocate. Faillace is author of “Mad Sheep — the USDA versus a Family Farm.” She and her husband Larry work as advocates for traditional cheese-making methods using raw milk and they teach the art of cheese making at their farm in Vermont.

Those visiting Thurman during the Fall Farm Tour can ride the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s train with a special pass, catching the 1:31 p.m. train from The Glen Lodge to Thurman Station and back again immediately. Passengers may also use the pass to make their round trip at 11:22 a.m. from Thurman Station to The Glen, but this run involves a layover of two hours. Box lunches will be available at The Glen Lodge for $7. Lodging accommodations may also be made at The Glen Lodge. Call Aimee Azaert at 494-4984.

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