THURMAN - Beginning in April, flocks of pink plastic flamingos are likely to be seen landing in one yard after another in town if a fundraiser by the Thurman Cemetery Committee takes flight as planned.
This Flamingo invasion is an effort to raise money for the Committee's Gravestone Preservation workshop planned for this summer.
For a small donation Cemetery Committee members will come to a residence to remove the birds, and for a little extra, the person donating can 'flock' anyone else in town.
The Committee will also be offering "Flamingo Flocking Insurance Policies" which protect households from being flocked. For details, contact Evelyn at 623-2505, or Diane at 623-2128. All proceeds are going to the Gravestone Preservation Workshop.
On June 5, the Cemetery Committee has arranged for Jonathan Appell, a professional gravestone conservator and monumental mason to lead a hands-on workshop at the Pendell Cemetery in Thurman. He uses burying grounds to demonstrate and perform treatments for the most common gravestone and monument preservation dilemmas, including cleaning, resetting tilted stones and rejoining fractured tablet stones. Sign in will begin at 8:30, the fee is $30 per person and each person should bring a bagged lunch. The Cemetery Committee will also be videotaping the Workshop and a copy of the video will be available for and additional fee. Workshop size is limited, registration ends and fees are due by May 14, 2010. Call Evelyn at 623-2505 to sign up or for more information.