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Varied activities at Woods Walk

Martin’s Lumber Woods Walk set for this weekend is to include a wide variety of activities, including demonstrating woods-related skills as well as offering presentations focusing on Native American culture.

The Woods Walk is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday June 1 at Martin’s sawmill, 280 Valley Road in Thurman.

Launched last year as a demonstration of the sawmill and tour of the Martin woodlot, has evolved into far more this year.

Gary and Wini Martin, who run the operation with Wini’s brother Bill Good, will be joined by 12 others — wood workers, naturalists, and artisans.

The lineup includes naturalist Bill LaPrairie, who has knowledge of medicinal plants; Johnsburg’s Pinky O’Dell demonstrating firewood processors he builds; Bruce Updike operating a milling attachment for a chainsaw; John Los demonstrating wood crafting; Bob Brooks with his rustic home accessories; Dan Feldt demonstrating how he creates custom cedar signs; and Andy LeBlanc of Indian Lake, who restores old barns. At the Woods Walk event, LeBlanc will be building a timber-frame garden shed.

Also featured will be Wini Martin demonstrating paper bead-making; Donna Wormwood with her paintings and Adirondack rustic miniatures; Silversmith Ellen Kenney with her handcrafted jewelry; and Sally Feihel and Cheryl Kenyon, sharing native American culture crafts including dream catchers; plus local author Persis Granger signing her books that portray 1890s rural traditions.

Those who want to create their own jewelry on-site will have the opportunity to do so for a modest fee. Also, children will be making origami boxes. A morning workshop is set for 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the afternoon edition is to occur from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Reservations are advised. Call 623-9595 for directions and further details on this free event.

Mathew Brady topic of talk

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, the John Thurman Historical Society is hosting a program on Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady, presented by North River resident Milda Burns. Brady was raised in Johnsburg, before he achieved national fame.

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