Roxbury News: June 18, 2008

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There was an "overwhelming response" locally to the efforts at the United Methodist Church to raise funds for Heifer International, according to Bonnie Grocholl. Bonnie of Roxbury, her daughter Dawn Jones, and Dawn’s daughter Rebecca, and young Brittany Douglas, all of Grand Gorge, presented $1,062 raised locally. This included pledges to 10 walkers in the Walkathon. The presentation took place on Saturday, June 14 at Hofstra University as part of the New York Annual Conference meeting. The four from the Roxbury Church met a bus in Kingston which also carried representatives of other area churches.
Rebecca and Brittany joined some 1,000 children who presented gifts from their own churches. “Noah” in costume told his story surrounded by children in animal costumes. Appropriately an “ark” was on the platform. Each child received a T-shirt of one of the rainbow hues. They formed a rainbow of color for a photograph. Each $500 donation represented an “ark” of animals for the Heifer Project. At last report 14 “arks” had been provided!
After the program, the children enjoyed making crafts, listening to a children’s steel drum band from Brooklyn and playing in an inflatable ark.
A surprise birthday luncheon was given Judy Snyder at Creekside in Grand Gorge on Friday. Those attending were Sue Butler, Helen Davis, Pat Decker, Joyce DeVivo, Shirley Gebhard, Mamie Gockel, Bonnie Grocholl, Diane Nash, Esther Snyder, Elaine Ucci, Marian Van Aken, Susan Wright and grandson Hunter Bouck.
“Railride into Yesteryear” returns to Roxbury on Saturday, June 21 (and also on Saturdays July 5 and August 30). The time travel begins on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad train leaving Arkville at 11 a.m.
At noon, the Roxbury Nine matches bats with the Westfield (Massachusetts) Wheelmen, playing to 1898 customs. Visitors can savor vintage victuals, enjoy horse drawn carriage rides and experience all the agreeable pursuits of 1898.
Lisa Jacobson and Joanna Murphy are the featured artists at the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Group from June 20-July 15. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 21 from 4-6 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday l0 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Phone information is available at 607 326-7908.
Coming soon to a venue near you: a workshop “Rust on Paper” with Gerda van Leeuwen. Sponsored by The Roxbury Arts Group, the workshop will be held at The Hudson Press, 777 Carroll Hinkley Road, Roxbury on Saturdays, June 21 and 28 from noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 for both sessions plus a $10 materials fee. For information and registration, call RAG at 607 326-7908.