BOLTON LANDING - This summer, the upscale resort community of Bolton will take on an element of public artistry associated with Saratoga Springs.
While Saratoga has for years displayed hand-painted horses outside businesses then auctioned them off for charity, Bolton Will now intrigue visitors this year with a similar attraction - but with traditional Adirondack flair.
A total of 17 Adirondack chairs, hand-painted fancifully by different artists, will be seen about town soon outside Main St. businesses.
The first viewing of the chairs is this weekend, Saturday May 23, at Sweet Pea Farm Perennials & Art Gallery, 121 Federal Hill Rd., Bolton. Many of the artists are scheduled to be on hand to meet the public.
After the Bolton Memorial Day Parade on Monday, the 17 painted Adirondack chairs will be distributed through Bolton Landing for public enjoyment and to garner bids. Maps will be circulated for residents and visitors to locate them. Four of the chairs are sized for children.
After about two months in the public view, they will be auctioned off in a fundraiser and gala from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sweet Pea Farm, event organizer Wauneata Waller said.
The proceeds will go to the Christine Nicole Perry Trust, a foundation run by Christine's parents, Mark and Linda Perry, owners of Sweet Pea Farm. Christine died several years ago at a young age in an out-of state automobile crash, Waller said.
Since then the foundation has awarded money to various community service causes and scholarships at Bolton Central. Proceeds of this auction of "Chrissy's Chairs," will go to High Peaks Hospice.
Sweet Pea Farm can be found by following Horicon Ave. out of Bolton landing, which leads into Federal Hill Rd. Signs should provide sufficient direction, said Waller, a friend of the Perry family.
"Every chair is unique, showcasing each artist's wonderful imagination," she said.
For details, see www.sweetpeafarmperennials.com or call Wauneata Waller at 644.3880.