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Chrissy's Chairs' return to Bolton

BOLTON LANDING - Last summer, residents and visitors encountered fancifully painted Adirondack chairs perched near storefronts throughout town.

The chairs were on display prior to being auctioned off in a late-August event.

The chairs piqued interest among folks strolling along sidewalks in town, and provided a festive, folk-art atmosphere - and this year, the decorative chairs are scheduled to return.

The 2009 auction of the chairs, held on behalf of the Christine Nicole Perry Trust at Sweet Pea Farm Perennials & Art Gallery, raised $13,000 was raised for High Peaks Hospice.

The trust is 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.

Since it was launched, the foundation bearing Christine's name has awarded about $30,000 to various community service causes and scholarships at Bolton High School.

Last year's array of Adirondack chairs and the ensuing auction prompted other communities to follow suit.

This year in Bolton, 25 artists will be transforming Adirondack Chairs into pieces of art.

Once again the trust will be donating the proceeds to High Peaks Hospice. This year, the decorated items include a mix of full-sized chairs, child-sized chairs and a few full-sized rocking chairs.

Most of last year's artists are again participating, and they joined by some new talent.

The 2010 roster of artists includes Laura Von Rosk, Vivian Simonson, Michelle Niedermeyer, Joyce Cleveland, JoAnn Kohr Smith, Nancy Crook Rhodes, Kate Van Steenhuyse, Ryan Gates, Lisa Hall, Leslie Heck, Diane Burk, Marianne Ganter, Don Russell, Janine Thomas, Pauline O'Connell, Mary Jean Smith, Tanya Sawn, Ken Wheeler, Jen Montgomery, Jim Denne, Wauneata Waller, and Eric Tobin.

The Perrys and their volunteer help will be hosting a Preview Reception on May 29 at Sweet Pea Farm.

The 2010 auction and barbecue event is scheduled for Aug. 21 at the farm. This year, online bidding will be available for those that can't attend the auction. For details, visit www.chrissysfund.com or call 644-3020.

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