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Locals show their heart in chairs fundraiser

BOLTON - Besides plenty of convivial socializing, several dozen Adirondack Chairs creatively transformed by area artists were the star attraction Aug. 21 at Sweet Pea Farm Perennials & Art Gallery.

More than 120 people attended the annual Chrissy's Chairs Auction, to benefit the Christine Nicole Perry Trust, in which 26 chairs decoratively or fancifully painted were auctioned off to raise funds for High Peaks Hospice.

Sweet Pea Farm's art barn was filled with dozens of silent auction items donated by area businesses for the fundraiser, which lasted for three hours. At 6 p.m. auctioneer Martin Seelye revved up the audience. The live auction featured Seelye, using a generous dose of humor, prodding people into bidding higher. Seelye donated his services for the event.

Two of the decorated chairs were auctioned off as high as $1,300 each - a rocking chair painted by Janine Thomas and another painted by Laura Van Rosk.

Mark Perry, co-founder of the trust memorializing his daughter - and the Sweet Pea Farm - said he was impressed with the artistry.

"The chairs were just phenomenal," he said.

One chair that drew a lot of attention in the auction was an oversized chair painted by Michael and Michelle Huck, bearing an outline of Lake George and a compass carved in the seat back. This chair included brass hardware from a 1905 Fay Bowen boat.

The auction was the second year for this event, which included a lot of food donated by area businesses, and live music by Chip Chevalier of Queensbury on guitar.

Perry said although attendance was down slightly, the party raised $13,000 for High Peaks Hospice, virtually the same as last year.

"Considering we raised as much as we did, obviously the people attending were very generous," he said noting the artists, organizers, and donors of food deserved a lot of credit. "The fact that people donated their time and energy for this charity really speaks well of their generosity and heart."

(Journal Editor Thom Randall contributed to this report)

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