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Art tour to include Port Henry

Oct. 5 and 6

Port Henry will be a “village of public art” next weekend. The community will be part of the second annual Adirondack Coast and Boquet Valley Studio Tour Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Port Henry’s art attractions will be the focus of free tours starting at the downtown information booth 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A map and descriptive brochure covering the full range of art will be offered. Included in the tour will be the new Johnny Podres sign.

Port Henry will be a “village of public art” next weekend. The community will be part of the second annual Adirondack Coast and Boquet Valley Studio Tour Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Port Henry’s art attractions will be the focus of free tours starting at the downtown information booth 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A map and descriptive brochure covering the full range of art will be offered. Included in the tour will be the new Johnny Podres sign. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “Visitors can also explore a beautifully-crafted new stone fountain, see a collection of quilts and have lunch at the newly-reopened and historically-restored Foote’s Port Henry Diner—one of the oldest in the country,” he said.

Port Henry’s Iron Center Interpretive Museum, documenting the area’s iron mining history, will be also be open.

“We hope to get people to think of Port Henry as a ‘village of public art’,” Martin said. “There may even be some new projects this fall.”

The tour will include:

— Port Henry’s village park. Near the information booth there is a large mural depicting the Witherbee Sherman Company headquarters that is now the town hall and a new mural lists important dates in Port Henry’s history. The park is hosting “Funky Folk,” a collection of wooden folk dressed to express the eclectic range of personalities to be found in Port Henry.

—The Church Garden Mural, which is located behind the Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church. Painted in the summer of 2012, this mural is a jungle of exotic plants and animals including primeval grasses, a ladybug, and a flamingo.

— The Sherman Free Library, which is home to paintings of Crown Point, prominent citizens, a marble statue of a young girl and a “Birdseye view of Port Henry.”

—The Flower Paintings located in the lobby of the Lee House.

— The Bragg Brothers Vintage Sign, dating back to the 1930s. Port Henry artists recently restored this old “ghost sign” for the Bragg Brothers appliance store.

— Foote’s Port Henry Diner, which is one of the oldest in the country and one of the few with wheels. Local residents recently helped with the historic research into colors and the painting of the exterior.

—The Johnny Podres entry sign, located on the south entry to Port Henry honors Podres, the Most Valuable Player of the 1955 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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