Exploring Country Stores, Part 2:
Some Favorite Things Gallery
315 Old Corinth Road, Hadley, NY
|The Old Corinth Road
Bridge, commonly referred to as the Hadley Bow Bridge,
was built by The Berlin Iron Bridge Co. in 1885 atop the
foundations of an 1813 bridge. The Bow Bridge is unique
in that it is the only remaining half-deck (roadway
passes halfway between the lower and top chords),
lenticular, wrought-iron, truss bridge of only two or
three ever built. Because of this, it has been listed on
the National Register and recorded by the Historic
American Engineering Record. The bridge fell into
disrepair and was closed to vehicles in 1983. Through
extraordinary efforts, the Hadley Bow Bridge was
repaired and opened to traffic on 8/25/06. The reopening
celebration marked the first time in 23 years that the
two halves of Hadley were again linked by an operational
bridge. (photo and caption courtesy Susan Wilder.)
You’ll find the
small hamlet of Hadley, NY, connected to its larger neighboring
hamlet, Lake Luzerne, by a bridge over the Hudson at tumbling,
churning Rockwell Falls. A stone’s throw away is a new train
station, part of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. Hadley is
perched at the confluence of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers, a
breathtaking site that is spanned by two bridges, one, the
recently-restored historic Bow Bridge, and the other, higher up,
a railroad bridge over which once rumbled passenger and freight
aboard the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, and now still used by
the Saratoga and North Creek trains. This town that is so
steeped in history and natural Adirondack wonders is the perfect
site for Some Favorite Things Gallery, a gift shop in which each
item is as fresh and unique as the wildflowers along a mountain
If you find
your way to Hadley and ask a local for directions to the
gallery, you may get a blank stare. “Gallery? Here?” So just ask
them to point you toward the former Agway feed store, and
they’ll direct you to Old Corinth Road, the road that delivers
you the gallery in just a few yards and then continues over the
historic Bow Bridge. You’ll find a sign outside proudly
attesting to the fact that all items are made locally (read
here, “not in China,”) and up on the porch – formerly the
loading dock – you’ll find an inviting display of wares to
entice you into the shop.
For a bit over a year now, proprietors Sue Wilder and
Roni Shuman have been welcoming visitors into the shop,
excitedly showing them each locally-produced item. The number of
vendors has about tripled since their grand opening during
Hadley’s Maple in April Festival in 2015.
and Sue had a long history of volunteering together on community
projects – the town’s bicentennial, Hadley’s annual Maple in
April Festival, as officers of the Hadley Business Association,
and then a brief stint with a seasonal Christmas shop. After
much discussion and guidance from SCORE volunteers, they took
the plunge and opened Some Favorite Things Gallery. They love
supporting local artisans and knowing they are helping to
sustain the local economy.
An additional high is reached when patrons of the gallery
comment on the quality and originality of the local products.
When this writer visited
Some Favorite Things Gallery recently, Sue gave us a tour.
“Everything we have is unique, one-of-a-kind art from some of
the most talented artists in the North County,” says Sue. She
goes on to enumerate examples. “We have hand-carved bass
wood fish made by Darryl
Bradt of Lake Luzerne Fish
That Don’t Get Away.” Then she showed us
with stained glass inserts of local adventures and nature
created by Sarah Moore. She pointed out benches, pencil holders
and bookends created by Dan Randall of Hadley, all made from
repurposed old covered bridge timbers and beaver gnawed poplar.
The tour continued with a rainbow of colorful woven items,
including placemats, sock rugs and seat cushions, as well as
baby blankets and hand-dyed mohair wraps.
Next came outstanding paintings of Adirondack scenes and
wildflowers painted by local artist Lynn Benevento. The tour
continued with pottery, soaps and soy candles.
Sue and Roni never stop
thinking of new things to do at the shop, and right now are
expanding into a previously unused area of the building, to
accommodate larger handmade items.
In December the shop becomes a Christmas boutique, and in
summer the deck will host “Market Place Thursdays” with fresh
produce and local services, like knife sharpening.
If your Adirondack trail
takes you near Hadley, be sure to stop in at Some Favorite
Things Gallery to see what’s cooking. Check for more on
All photos courtesy Susan Wilder.
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