By Virginia Siskavich.
Here at the cozy AARCH offices in Keeseville, the season of giving kicked off early. Apparently, we’ve been very good this year, as we’ve already been gifted with a National Trust award, as well as an award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for our work at Camp Santanoni. Thank you, Santa!
But, if you’re still scrambling, looking for that special something for the good boys and girls on your holiday lists, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a sampling of gifts available at the AARCH storefront, sure you to make you a gift-giving award winner!
FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING:
AARCH 25th Anniversary Commemorative Print
Own a piece of AARCH and Adirondack history! Designed and signed by world-renowned artist, illustrator, and AARCH member Steven Kellogg, this 14″ x 11″ full-color print is produced on heavy stock and suitable for framing. A few of the romantic and stunning depictions include the Valcour Island Lighthouse, the McIntyre furnace, and the Hadley Bow Bridge. Only 100 prints were made! $50.00 donation
NEW AT THE AARCH BOOK STORE:
The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country
By Martin Podskoch. This hardcover guide is a great reason to visit all 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks. Separated into counties for easy navigation, each entry includes a brief history of the town or village, and interesting places to visit including historic sites, the best camping and fishing spots, and lodging options. This Spring, AARCH had an 80-year-old grandfather stop by with his copy to have us sign and stamp his Keeseville page! Perfect for the little or the big kids in your family, this book is a fantastic way to explore the well-known and undiscovered gems in the Adirondacks.
Each book is signed by the author and comes with a New York State scenic byways map. $20.00
THE TIMELESS CLASSIC:
Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp
By Robert Engel, Howard Kirschenbaum, and Paul Malo. Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark and regional treasure, is one of the most-loved places in the Adirondacks, with its beautiful wild setting and extraordinary collection of Great Camp buildings. This gift-able treasure is filled with historic photos, maps, and illustrations. The engaging text walks readers through Pruyn family history, Santanoni’s unique design and architecture, life and work there, and the more recent campaign to preserve it. The coffee-table size book is well annotated, with footnotes and an extensive bibliography. $29.95
THE STOCKING STUFFER:
A Visitor’s Guide to Camp Santanoni
By Charlotte K. Barrett. This portable paperback is a terrific short introduction for visitors and armchair travelers alike. It’s well-illustrated in full-color and stuffed full of stories, anecdotes and history. Designed to stir up warm memories if you’ve been there, or as a guide to start planning your trip if you haven’t. $3.95
And remember – just because we’re State- and National-award winners doesn’t mean your order will be filled in some fancy warehouse. Each order is received and processed by little old me and just like always, if you have a question, we’re only a phone call or email away!
Thank you for your support each and every day. We wish you the happiest and warmest of holidays, from our little family to yours!