Trains! Planes! Boats! and Fast Cars!

Rob Andrews and his son, Dane, both of Canajoharie, are involved in building a paper cable car to slide along a string with the assistance of Ann Thane, a volunteer and former Amsterdam mayor. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Rob Andrews and his son, Dane, both of Canajoharie, are involved in building a paper cable car to slide along a string with the assistance of Ann Thane, a volunteer and former Amsterdam mayor. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

AMSTERDAM — Canajoharie residents Rob Andrews and his son, Dane, 5, fly model airplanes in warmer weather.

But on Saturday afternoon, they attended the planes, trains, boats and fast cars events at the Century Club, 130 Guy Park Ave.

Rob and volunteer Ann Thane, a former Amsterdam mayor, coached Dane in the making of a paper cable car that can slide along a string.

Rob said the program, which served children 3 to 10 years of age, “is good for the kids and gives them something to do on the weekend instead of playing video games.”

“We’re trying to stimulate the children with hands-on activities in the winter months when there’s not a lot to do,” said Karen Brownell, chairman of the event.

Jeremy Purtell floats a sailboat along a channel by blowing through a straw. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Jeremy Purtell floats a sailboat along a channel by blowing through a straw. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

None of the youngsters seemed to lack something to do.

Jackson Rodriguez, 9, and his sister, Skylar, 4, both of Pattersonville, were busy painting small wooden racers for tracks that Katie Hiltz of Rotterdam and Melissa Horton of Amsterdam oversaw as volunteers from Kohl’s.

Kohl’s offers five volunteers and will give $500 to the Century Club, which, in return, will donate it to Community Hospice, according to Brownell.

In racing small peddled vehicles, Ryan Eckert of Hagaman vied with Brady Van Voast of Fort Johnson.

Napolean Read, 7, of Amsterdam and Evan Mutz, 9, of Gloversville were testing how many pennies it would take to sink their aluminum foil boats while Jeremy Purtell, 6, of Amsterdam blew his sailboat along a channel using a straw.

Cookies and popcorn and drinks were available, and two baskets were being raffled.

The fundraising event required an admission fee, which the Century Club uses to aid the community. The club offers a scholarship for a student in the Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth and Fonda-Fultonville school districts. The women’s club is a member of the international General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

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