Monthly Archives: April 2011

Nettles Soup?

Shown after the program at the meeting on April 4, left to right, club president Barb Traxel, guest speaker Lisa Fazio-Ferguson, and club VP Joan Ferguson.


Our most recent  meeting took place  Monday evening, April 4, at the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.  The program – open to the public – featured practicing herbalist Lisa Fazio-Ferguson, owner/operator of Hawthorne Hill Herbs, an herbal apothecary in Newport, New York  (

Lisa discussed identification and preparation of local wild plants, many of which can be found growing in our own backyards. These plants can be used for medicinal purposes and as nutritious food. Lisa also  handed out lots of information, including a recipe for nettles soup! Calling our attention to the various species in our area and in the Adirondacks on the “at-risk” list, Lisa said many herbs and flowers are becoming scarce due to loss of habitat and acid rain. 

Members also discussed a “welcome home” covered dish dinner for our Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division Adopted Platoon, which will probably be held in May. Our soldiers recently returned safe and sound from Afghanistan.

But backing up  a bit – way back! Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, for several reasons. I went to the December meeting without my camera, and just recently got my hands on the group photo taken that night!

Club member Joyce Charboneau gets some tips from herbalist Lisa Ferguson at the club's most recent meeting.

As usual, the December program was a  delightful Christmas get-together. Club member Linda Marcy invited us to her beautifully decorated home.  Luscious snacks, drinks, and a holiday “sing-along,” accompanied by our own Glenyce Trainor on the keyboard,  put everyone in a festive mood. Twenty members and associate members attended the “musical” meeting, while the snow gently fell outside.

Club members are in a holiday mood during the December meeting.

Because the  club does not meet in January, there’s nothing to report for that month.

Peg Sawyer, center, at the February meeting with new club members, Chris Adsit, left, and Deb Seelman, right.

Yours truly was in Pennsylvania visiting relatives at the time of the February meeting. So, I  can only report second-hand information. The club met at Boonville’s First Presbyterian Church on February 7. Member Laura “Peg” Sawyer presented a program on Architecture of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks in the 1920s and 1930s. She showed photos of some of the great camps, including Sagamore near Raquette Lake. William West Durant, Sagamore’s owner, used natural materials, logs, stone, and twigs for buildings, structures, and furnishings. Laura showed her audience a twig plant stand, a pack basket, an Adirondack chair, and a handmade white-birch container. Club president Barb Traxel welcomed new members Chris Adsit, Deb Seelman, Charlene Ludwikowski, and Diane Kilbourne.

Peg Sawyer talks about Adirondack architecture at the club's February meeting.

The March 7 meeting was scheduled to take place in the Town/Village offices building. The meeting was cancelled, however,  because of the weather! Snow storms in the morning caused school closings, and the policy is, when Adirondack schools are closed, the club does not meet. Often, by the time the club would normally meet, the snow is no longer a problem. But the policy has been in effect for many years! The program was to have been about the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC),  presented by Forest Ranger Robert Coscomb. Perhaps we’ll get to hear him another time.

Mary Yahnke will present a program on “Tourism in the Adirondacks” at the May 2 meeting. It will again take place in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The public is invited to her presentation, which follows the club’s regular business meeting.



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