‘Tis the season for red kettles
By Alissa Lubanski
The day after Thanksgiving brings with it the ringing of cash registers and the ringing of something else, too: the Salvation Army bell, the universal summons to charity in the season of glad tidings and good will.
Like postmen, these dedicated ringers stand out in all elements until December 20 collecting donations and spreading good cheer. Money raised accounts for about 40 percent of the Salvation Army’s annual revenue. Some of the bell ringers are paid, but most are volunteers.
Mary Jane Myers of Cobleskill, has been a volunteer bell ringer for 37 years and has no plans on slowing down anytime soon
Last year the ringers in her area collected $28,210 in three locations in Schoharie County: two Price Chopper’s and Wal-mart. That money stretches to help her community and beyond.
Myers, who also volunteers her time to other organizations, became involved through a co-worker while working as a loan assistant at Key Bank. She became the Treasurer for the local Salvation Army unit and encouraged others to also volunteer. Now retired from the bank, she continues to give her time to the cause and last year recruited 256 volunteers.
She is proud that her unit stretches the donations they receive as far as possible in order to help the most people. For example, they buy $1,000 worth of groceries, but only spend around $500-$650 thanks to sales and coupons.
If you’re wondering exactly where the kettle money goes here’s just a sampling:
• Turkeys are provided for those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas
• Prescription medicine
• Fuel costs
• Food pantries
• They provide housing for people who have been displaced by a fire
• They help out with clothing and school supplies
But it doesn’t stop there. They even provide an educational and fun getaway for kids. “We send 14 kids from the county to the Salvation Army camp in Penn Yan,” Myers said. They provide everything a child would need for camp: backpacks, towels, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrush and combs.
This year when you pass by a red kettle, perhaps you will be inclined to give a little bit more. Not only will you feel good, but so will the people who benefit most from the Salvation Army.
To sign up as a volunteer visit www.salvationarmycapitalregion.org or www.redkettles.org or contact Felix Perez at 463.6678 ext. 17 or email email@example.com.
Tips to make your home sparkle for the holidays
Holiday entertaining requires more than artful decorations, tasty hors d'oeuvres and some cheerful libations. Savvy hosts know that great holiday entertaining occurs in a home that sparkles as brightly as the decorations that adorn it.
The holidays can be a time to truly let your hostess skills shine, as family and friends gather to celebrate. From beautifully polished silverware on the table, to a well stocked refrigerator that is fresh and inviting when guests go looking for a soft drink, to a home filled with the aroma of just-baked confections - every detail should convey the holiday theme of bright and shiny.
To ensure you're ready to welcome guests this holiday season, lifestyle expert Jill Cordes offers tips to make your preparations a cinch.
Evergreen trees, the smell of fresh-baked goods and cranberry scented candles - the holidays are filled with wonderful aromas. Don't let smelly leftovers overpower the joyful scents of the season.
• Guests will appreciate a refrigerator that is clean and odor free, and a sink area that doesn't suffer from "stinky disposal syndrome." Place an open box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors and prevent taste transfer between foods. Deodorize the garbage disposal and drains by pouring baking soda down them while running warm tap water.
• Get the smell of fresh garlic from all that holiday cooking off your fingers by rubbing your hands on stainless steel, either a stainless steel spatula or along the edge of your sink. Then wash with regular soap and water. The stainless steel neutralizes the odors.
The star atop your Christmas tree shouldn't be the only thing in your home that shines for the holiday.
• To get your best silverware and jewelry sparkling for holiday get-togethers, make an easy, affordable silver polish with a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water and rub with a cloth. For gleaming crystal, clean with vinegar and lemon juice.
Foods of the season
Meals savored with loved ones are the characteristic "flavor" of the holiday.
• Store heart-warming winter greens like Swiss chard, spinach and kale in an open container in the fridge. Cauliflower should be stored stem side down, whereas broccoli stores best standing upright on the bottom shelf. If you leave them in the plastic bags you bought them in, remember to poke holes in the bag to allow the greens to breathe so they last longer.
• Store fresh tomatoes on your counter with the stem side down to prevent bruising and softening. Never store tomatoes in the refrigerator, where they immediately begin to lose flavor; or in closed containers or sealed plastic, which cause premature ripening.
Holiday home cleaning
From top to bottom, a clean home will tell your guests how much you value their comfort while they visit your home.
• Don't season your fresh holiday ham with chemicals - clean your food prep area by wiping cutting boards, counters and oven tops with food safe, chemical-free cleaners.
• Since spills can happen, have cleaning supplies on hand so that guests don't feel embarrassed or stressed about a stain on your upholstery or carpet. You can also freshen your carpet right before your friends and family arrive. Just sprinkle some baking soda, wait 15 minutes and vacuum. Your guests will be greeted by the scent of the delicious holiday meal cooking in your kitchen and not your smelly carpet.
For more ideas and tips on holiday entertaining from Jill Cordes and Arm & Hammer, the most recognized baking soda brand, visit www.ArmandHammer.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content
3 secrets to a better holiday season for your family
By Randy Cale, PH.D
We often find the holidays both stressful, and at times, unfulfilling. This is particularly upsetting when we see our children dissatisfied with their holiday experiences. Here are three simple ways to have a happier and more easeful holiday season.
1. Set limits on your child’s expectations early on.
Our children are exposed to repeated messages, suggesting more, more, more. If we fail to set limits early on, children begin to imagine gift after gift after gift. If you vaguely suggest that maybes Santa will bring them all the toys on their list (but he doesn’t), this is a set-up for disappointment.
More importantly, if you make it a habit to not set limits in their young minds, you begin to nurture greediness and a desire for more, with little appreciation for what is given.
Some of you see this now, as children open dozens of gifts, often throwing them aside as quickly as they can open them. Within hours, they are asking for more or expressing disappointment over not getting some new ‘gizmo’ that just wasn’t available.
2. Get more by giving more!
Giving doesn’t come naturally for many children, but the benefits of giving are profound and open a powerful emotional path to personal well-being. In fact, research suggests that this is one of the most consistent ways to generate positive self-esteem.
Yet, many times we fail to teach our children to give, limiting their ability to get the “good feelings” that come from the generosity of the heart. Of all the family traditions I have seen over the years, one of my favorites is asking children to select a group of their toys to donate each holiday season. They must be in good shape and equal the number of gifts on their Santa list. This helps you keep down the rising clutter in your home, and helps children to engage in the practice of giving.
Another way of demonstrating the value of giving is by having the family volunteer to serve others during the holidays (or all year round!) at your church, the local soup kitchen or the helping the developmentally disabled. There is nothing more valuable than seeing Mom and Dad give their time. Remember, children learn more from your actions than your words.
3. Start a tradition of sharing your gratitude!
Most of us seek to raise children who are grateful for their gifts, and yet many us of find them to be remarkably ungrateful. This is, in part, a function of the way we live our day-to-day lives at home.
When we walk in the door and complain about traffic, we fail to be grateful about getting home safe to a heated home and healthy children. When we sit at the table and discuss the problems with our economy, we fail to be grateful for the economy that has filled our home with furniture, food and more stuff than we ever use. When we harp on the kids about not picking up their stuff, we have often fail to notice when they did pick up their stuff.
Over and over again, we often teach our children by modeling a lack of gratitude in our own lives, yet we want our children to be more grateful for what they have. It doesn’t work that way.
So why not establish a new tradition? Every night at dinner, make it a rule that no complaints are allowed during dinner. Instead, everyone must mention something that they are grateful for. This sets the tone for dinner and starts everyone off in a healthy direction. It also demonstrates to our children that you can choose what you focus upon and that you choose to focus on gratitude and appreciation.
This shift is not a small one. It will transform their lives over the long haul. A grateful child likely becomes a grateful adult and this leads to more optimism, more happiness and more success in life.
Please consider these three simple ideas; any one of them will help promote values that serve you and your family. I wish you only the best this holiday season.
Dr. Randy Cale, a Clifton Park based parenting expert, author, speaker and licensed psychologist, offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. Dr. Cale’s new website, www.TerrificParenting.com offers valuable free parenting information and an e-mail newsletter.
Enjoy the holidays without losing your healthy habits!
By Judith Torel
Blink your eyes for a second and another year has gone by! Suddenly we are in the middle of the holiday season for another go round of constantly available foods and treats. As we try to accomplish everything else we need to do for the holidays, it is so easy for our exercise habits to go into hibernation.
But, with two “attitude” adjustments, you can get yourself to maintain some assemblance of nutritional health and physical fitness while you enjoy the riches of the holiday season.
Experience, people, food
“I just can’t resist all the huge holiday meals.”
“With all those holiday treats around at work and home, I am constantly snacking.”
“This is the only time of year that I get these foods and I don’t want to miss out!”
Who hasn’t found themselves saying at least one of the above to himself during the holidays? The problem with these thoughts is that the emphasis is on a value system that puts holiday food above everything else that goes with the holiday season.
I promote the use of the following hierarchy of values: experience first, people second, food third. We are on this earth to have experiences. It means that we need to focus on feeling the warmth of a fire in the fireplace when coming inside to a party from the bone chilling cold of the Northeast, and really experiencing the toasty warmth right to our bones.
It means really looking into the eyes and making a connection with the friend you bumped into at a holiday party who you haven’t seen in over a year, and paying full attention to what she is saying without secretly eyeing the buffet table behind her. Or, really playing with your niece and being 100 percent present to her while not just going through the motions to fill time until dinner.
Food is definitely a daily life priority, if for no other reason than without it we would die. It is also one of the pleasures we get to enjoy on a daily basis, but when food takes precedence over experiences in life and connection with people, then it has moved into a position that will be problematic, especially during the holidays when tasty, mouthwatering foods are seemingly everywhere!
So practice the attitude adjustment of: experience first, people second, food third during the holidays and then let it spill over into the New Year as well.
“I already blew it with two of my co-worker’s famous holiday cookies so I may as well keep eating them throughout the rest of the work day.”
“I can’t get in my full workout today and get to the mall after work to pick up the two holiday gifts I have to get, so I may as well just skip the workout altogether.”
“I want to eat as much as I want at the party tonight so I am not going to eat today and I will do an extra long workout before I go.”
All of the thoughts above share a common theme: they illustrate an underlying belief system that sees things in all or nothing/black and white terms. Eat no cookies or eat every last one on the plate. Get in a full workout or don’t do any workout. Create an extreme calorie deficit earlier in the day and then over-consume at the end of the day.
When we operate through ‘all or nothing/black or white thinking’ our quality of life suffers, not to mention our waistline grows bigger. Swinging from one extreme to the other when it comes to eating and workouts is like never feeling grounded and satisfied. You spend the majority of your waking life in a state of deficit or over-abundance to the point of feeling sick. You are either lethargic from under-exercising or exhausted and famished from over-exercising.
We don’t have to be victim to ‘all or nothing’ thinking and the holidays is the perfect time to practice “thinking percentages”. Instead of blowing off a workout because you don’t have time to do your normal routine, then figure out what percentage you can do while still being able to run your errands. Maybe you can fit in 45 percent – it sure is better than zero percent.
You ate two cookies when you were planning to eat none, so you figure you might as well eat more. Ask yourself what percentage of your daily intake you consumed in those two cookies. If you are targeting 1,500 calories per day (weight loss for the average woman/2,000 for the average man) and those two cookies totaled 300 calories, that is 20 percent of your daily intake. Compare that to eating the rest of the plate. Let’s say 10 cookies at 150 calories each totaling 1,500 calories which is 100 percent of a woman’s daily intake. Twenty percent vs. 100 percent illustrates that having something off your plan doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and eat more. There is a definite difference between 300 calories vs.1,500 calories; a definite difference between over-eating 20 percent of your daily calories vs. 100 percent!
By practicing the attitude adjustment of thinking in percentages, you will minimize the degree to which you over-eat and minimize the number of workouts you totally miss this holiday season.
Judy Torel is a USAT coach, personal trainer, nutrition consultant and psychotherapist. She conducts online services through her website www.judytorel.com. Her office is located in Planet Fitness, Loudonville. She is also a competing triathlete who is currently training for Ironman, Florida. She can be reached at 469.0815 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 28 – January 3
12th Annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park – This year’s theme: An Olde-Fashioned Holiday. Sun-Thurs 6pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 6pm-10pm. $15 per car, $25 per limousine or passenger van, and $75 per bus. Proceeds benefit Albany PAL. Washington Park, Albany. For more info: 435.0392.
November 21-December 24
Holiday Hunger Appeal – Benefits the Food Bank. Several businesses and organizations will match collections. 10am-9:30pm. Crossgates Mall, Albany. For more info: 786.3691 x222; www.regionalfoodbank.net.
Cohoes 45th Annual Turkey Trot – Races will begin in front of City Hall. Rain or shine. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantry. First 150 applicants receive a long-sleeve t-shirt. 3.5 mile walk 8am. Kids races 9am. 3.5 mile run 10am. Awards ceremony held at City Hall following race. For more info: 233.2116.
Striking 12 – Based on Hans Christian Anderson´s classic fairy tale The Little Match Girl, a grumpy office worker is dead-set upon spending New Year´s Eve all by himself. Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. For more info: 462.4531, email@example.com.
Nutcrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical – The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. Thurs/Fri/Sat 8pm. Sat/Sun 3pm. Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. For more info: 237.5858, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Madrigals, Coffee, and Desserts – Afternoon coffee and desserts and holiday songs performed by a special Madrigal Singing Ensemble. Stroll through the beautifully decorated rooms and hallways. 4pm-6pm. $20 reservations suggested. Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany. For more info: 436.9826.
SEFCU Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival – Arts and crafts, storytelling, holiday marketplace, visit from Santa, Toys for Tots, holiday music, dramatic fireworks display. 1pm-6pm. Free. Empire State Plaza, Albany. For more info: 877.659.4ESP; www.espirestateplaza.org.
2nd Annual Winter WonderLARK – Kicking off the event will again be the Santa Speedo Sprint, a fundraiser for the Albany Damien Center. Activities scheduled includes a Gingerbread Funshop, Trolley Ride through Washington Park, Santa Claus at the BID office, musicians and performers all day long, a many more surprises throughout the day. 12pm-5pm. Lark Street BID, Albany. For more info: 434.3861, email@example.com.
ARIA Holiday Music Program – Wine & cheese. RSVP, space limited. 7pm. $8. Pruyn House, Newtonville. For more info: 783.1435; www.colonie.org/pruyn.
Children's Holiday Party – Magician, face painting, a visit from Santa, & refreshments. RSVP, space limited. 1pm-3pm. Free. Pruyn House, Newtonville. For more info: 783.1435; www.colonie.org/pruyn.
Opera at Ten Broeck Mansion – Lake George Opera brings a program of favorites to the Mansion. Enjoy refreshments. Stroll through the beautifully decorated house. 2pm-4pm. $25, pre-paid reservations required. Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany. For more info: 436.9826.
Albany Winter Festival 2008 – Free family event includes a myriad of outdoor and indoor activities focusing on a family audience. Fabulous Fireworks will light up the skies! 11:30am-6pm. Downtown Albany. For more info: 434.2032, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Farm to Chef Tour – Tour starts at Chatham Co-Op. Chef Jeff Loshinsky will demonstrate how to roast autumn root vegetables. Carol Hargis of the Chocolate Moose will show how they create their local hand-dipped creations. Go behind the scenes into the kitchen of master baker Madeline Delosh at her new Mado Patisserie in Chatham. $25 for annual membership, includes tour and other Bounty events. 12pm. For more info: 392.0474; www.columbiacountybounty.com.
Sweet & Savory Tasting Event – Sample a selection of artisan breads and cheeses from bakers and creameries in Columbia County and the Hudson Valley. A great way to learn about wine-and-cheese pairings for the holidays. 11am-5pm. Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent. For more info: 392.2598; www.hudson-chathamwinery.com.
November 29, 30
Holiday Gift Basket Weekend – Create personalized gift baskets with our selection of wines, syrups, cheeses, chocolates, preserves, honey, pancake mixes, and other gift items. Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent. For more info: 392-2598; www.hudson-chathamwinery.com.
Holiday Bonfire – Warm up with friends and neighbors with a sunset backdrop. 4pm-5pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. For more info: 828.0135; www.olana.org.
Gallery of Wreaths – Silent auction and craft boutique. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Columbia County Historical Society, Kinderhook Village. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
Holiday Sing – Songs of the season for all those who celebrate has been the traditional feature of this holiday sing. 3:30pm. Austerlitz Historical Society, Austerlitz. For more info: 392.0062; www.oldausterlitz.org.
Tom Hanford’s Christmas in America – Offers an entertaining look for children and families at some of the ways Christmas was observed in the United States of the 1800s. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. For more info: 828.0135; www.olana.org.
Celebrate the holidays with the Columbia County Historical Society – At the Museum, Garden Clubs of Columbia County Gallery of Trees. At the James Vanderpoel House: Annual Gallery of Wreathes with Silent Auction and the Holiday Craft Boutique, open daily. For more info: www.cchsny.org.
Candlelight Night Village of Kinderhook – Celebrate the season with family fun activities. 5pm-8pm. For more info: www.cchsny.org.
November 8 – January 3
Holiday in the Mountains – Annual fine craft exhibition and sale. Artisans fill the gallery with pottery, quilts, toys, clothing, jewelry, ornaments and more. Greene County Council on the Arts Mountaintop Gallery, Windham. For more info: 734.3104; www.greenearts.org.
November 15, 16
Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve – Special content cold season tour with costumed guide. Preparations for winter life on the farm and celebrations of Martinmas, St. Nicholas and St. Lucia days. Dutch and Swedish refreshments. 11am, 1pm & 3pm each day. Bronck Museum, Coxsackie. For more info: 731.6490.
Catskill Mountain Chamber Orchestra Thanksgiving Concert—Robert Manno, Music Director. Program: Ireland, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten. $18. 8pm. Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. For more info: 263.2063; www.catskillmtn.org.
M Gallery Celebrates the Holidays – Holiday Open House with works by Patrick Milbourn and friends, collectable/historical one-of-a-kind, turn-of-the-century pens and inks, and a special collection of vintage Christofle Silver. 6pm-8pm. M Gallery, Catskill. For more info: 943.0380; www.mgallery-online.com.
George Gee’s Jump Jivin’ Wailers Swing Orchestra – This electrifying 10-piece unit, created in 1998, is known around the world. With vocalist/trumpeter Walt Szymanski, fellow featured vocalist John Dokes, and bandleader George Gee. $18. 8pm. Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter. For more info: 263.2063; www.catskillmtn.org.
Open House Harvest Luncheon – Soup, sandwich, dessert, coffee, tea, soda. Bake sale. Proceeds go to the Sir Willam Johnson Seniors. All are welcome. 12pm-3pm. $5 donation. Newly Renovated Village Hall, Ft. Johnson. For more info: 843.3175.
Christmas in November – Holiday Home Tour. Fundraiser will include tours of five beautifully decorated homes, complimentary dessert and coffee and Christmas shopping at the Carondelet Pavilion Auditorium. $15, $20 at door, $8 children under 16. 10am-4pm. Homes in Amsterdam & Hagaman. For more info: 843.5197; 842.3414.
November 29, 30
Holiday Open House – Designed like many 18th &19th century holiday festivals which centered around feasting and visiting good friends and neighbors. Pick up a "Heritage Holiday Passport" and visit three sites to have your name entered into a drawing for a Heritage Holidays Gift Basket. Free (donations accepted). Old Fort Johnson, Fort Johnson. For more info: 843.0300.
December 4 - 23
Light Up the Sky with the Marching Rams – Drive through light show. 6:30pm. $5 per vehicle. Brookside Ave, Amsterdam. For more info: 843.3052.
Elves Night Out – Caroling, shopping, pictures with Santa and more. Canajoharie-Palatine Bridge. For more info: 673.4434.
St. Nicholas Day – Colonial music, storytelling, roaring fires, pine bough decorations, homemade cookies & gingerbread, stollen, hot chocolate, spiced cider, St. Nicholas & homemade wooden ornaments. 12pm-4:30pm. Fort Klock, St Johnsville. For more info: 568.7779.
Visit Santa – Visit Santa, shop for primitive & country gifts and more. 10am-5pm. For more info: 829.7024.
Holiday Market Kickoff – Cooperstown Farmers Market. For more info: 607.547.6195.
Thanksgiving at the Farmers Museum – A festive celebration of the holidays meant just for kids! Make holiday crafts including gingerbread men, holiday ornaments, and stockings. 10am-4pm. Free. Children 5 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are highly recommended. Bump Tavern, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.1481 or 607.547.1450.
Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive – Visit them in Pioneer Park every weekend until Christmas. 5:30pm. Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.9983.
November 28, 29
Christmas Lights Trains – Charlotte Valley Railroad. 6pm. Cooperstown. For more info: 607.432.2429; www.lhrs.com.
Adorn-a-Door Wreath Festival – Cooperstown Art Association. 10am-4:30pm. For more info: 607.547.9777; www.cooperstownart.com.
November 29, 30
Santa Claus Express Trains – Charlotte Valley Railroad. 2pm. For more info: 607.432.2429; www.lrhs.com.
Christmas Lights Train – Charlotte Valley Railroad, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.432.2429; www.lrhs.com.
December 6, 7, 13, 14
Santa Claus Express Trains – Charlotte Valley Railroad, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.432.2429; www.lrhs.com.
Sint Niklaas Visits the Brewery – St. Nik makes his annual visit to the brewery loaded down with stories and treats for the tots. Beer sampling, hot chocolate and cider, Belgian spiced cookies, and sleigh or wagon rides. 11am-5pm. Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown. For more info: 800.544.1809; www.ommegang.com.
Holiday Hoopla for Kids at the Farmers Museum – Spend the afternoon making holiday crafts to take home including gingerbread men, holiday ornaments and stockings. Enjoy holiday music & decorations. Donations benefit a local charity. Children 5 & under must be accompanied by adult. Reservations recommended. 1pm-3pm. Free. Bump Tavern, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.1481.
Candlelight Evening at The Farmers´ Museum –This festive event captures the holiday spirit in a celebration of friendship, family and community, with caroling, sleigh rides, winter games, and wassail. 3pm-7pm. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.1450.
The Living Nativity – Presented by the Community Bible Chapel of Toddsville. 5:30pm-8:30pm. For more info: 607.547.9764.
Holiday Bazaar – There will be a store where children can shop for the family and then wrap up their gifts. Coffee & other beverages available. Raffle for queen-size quilt made by Ida Wager. Church is handicapped accessible. 10am-3pm. Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton. For more info: www.rensco.com.
Turkey Walk – Activities kick off with the 1.5 Mile Turkey Walk at 8am, followed by the 1 Mile Grade School Race at 8:45am. At 9:15am, “Trotter the Turkey” and his friends compete in the 4th Annual Mascot Run. Running of the Open 5K (3.1 miles) with more than 3,000 people expected at 9:30am. Open 10K (6.2 miles) set to start at 10:30am. Troy. For more info: 235.8993.
Troy Elks All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa – Children 4-12 $3 and a free picture with Santa, under 4 free. 8am-12pm. Troy. For more info: 283.1193.
26th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll – Live music, dancing, storytelling, theatre, costumed performers. The stroll ends at 5pm with “A Celebration of Lights” at Monument Square. 11am-5pm. Free. For more info: 274.7020; www.troyvictorianstroll.com.
Visit with Santa – Come visit Santa. Large selection of trees, kissing balls, decorative wreaths, boughs and roping. Free local delivery. Gold Krest Family Farm, Rensselaer. For more info: 365.5969 or 465.0437.
St. Jude the Apostle Christmas Breakfast – Come visit Santa and enjoy our Christmas decorations. Adults $6 adults, 5-12 $3, under 4 free. 8am-11am. Wynantskill. For more info: 423.8518.
December 6, 7, 13, 14
Crafts & Carols at Howe Caverns – Featuring unique crafts produced by local artisans, music by local choral groups, photos with Santa and much more. Overnight packages available. 11am-5pm. Howe Caverns, Howes Cave. For more info: 296.3900; www.howecaverns.com.
Pictures w/ Santa – Free picture with Santa & a gift. New York Power Authority, North Blenheim. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov.
Schenectady Farmers Market – Locally produced soaps, produce, poultry, eggs, baked goods, wine, bedding and vegetable plants. City Hall. 9am-1pm. For more info: 827.6637.
Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum 30th Anniversary – The museum is celebrating its "Pearl Anniversary" with a dinner and silent auction. All proceeds from event will be used to continue museum programming in 12 counties in the Capital Region and surrounding areas. Call for reservations. 6pm. $50. Malozzi's, Rotterdam/Schenectady. For more info: 346.1764; www.travelingmuseum.org.
Styling For Life – 10 stylists, 3 hours, and a hair cutting marathon. Music, refreshments, and a great hair cut. Proceeds benefit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Donation: Men $14, Women $20. 5pm-8pm. The Cutting Edge Family Hair Salon, Schenectady. For more info: 356.5554.
Art Night Schenectady – Shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries will keep their doors open and invite the Capital District in on the 3rd Friday of every month. Free. 5pm-9pm. Downtown Schenectady. For more info: 372.5656; www.artnightschenectady.com.
Gazette Holiday Parade – Live music, fire trucks, dancers and numerous floats. 5pm. State St. and Erie Blvd, Schenectady. For more info: 372.5656.
Home Entertaining and Party Settings – Symposium-style class where you will be encouraged to ask questions, take notes and snap pictures. Sign up early as space is limited. $20. Schenectady. For more info: 374.6885; www.experienceandcreativedesign.com.
December 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14
Twas the Land of the Night Before – A family holiday show. Original play by Steve Suriano and Bill Douglas. Dec 5, 6 ,12,13 7:30pm; Dec 7, 14 2pm. $15 , Seniors, students w/ ID $12. 440 Upstairs Proctors, Schenectady. For more info: 346.6204, www.proctors.org.
Capital Region Improv Jams – Come play along with members of The Mop & Bucket Company, anyone - and that means you - will have the opportunity to perform in our most popular and fun-filled formats. Every 4th Thursday of the month. 8pm. Muddy Cup, Schenectady. For more info: 577.6726; www.mopco.org.
Ladies Noel Night – Chocolates, live music, door prizes, holiday refreshments, and more. 5pm-7pm. Free. The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. For more info: 792.1761; www.thehydecollection.org.
Hometown Thanksgiving Dinner – Community turkey dinner, all the trimmings, desserts, fellowship, entertainment. Transportation & home delivery available. Continuous seating. 11:30am-3pm. Free. Christ Church United Methodist, Glens Falls. For more info: 745.7935.
Lite up the Village – Watch the Village come to life with the lights of the season. Caroling and a visit from Santa. Concert by the Lake George Community Band. Shepard Park & Georgian Resort, Lake George. For more info: www.boltonchamber.org.
Sugar Plum Ball – Young ladies & gentlemen enjoy dancing, refreshments. 7pm-9pm. The Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls. For more info: 798.0170.
Christmas Tea & Bazaar – Celebrate the season. 11am-3pm. North Creek United Methodist Church, North Creek. For more info: 251.3427.
Reindeer Run – 5k race. 8am. Register. Adirondack Community College, Queensbury. For more info: www.adirondackrunners.com.
Christmas Boutique – Displayed in the historic Sherman House, holiday decorations, gift ware, figurines, jewelry, bakery, visit with Santa. 9am-3pm. Free. Glens Falls Senior Center, Glens Falls. For more info: 793.2189.
Operation Santa Claus Charity Ball – Cocktails to dancing, auctions. Music by The Audio Stars. Black tie optional, tables of 10 available. 6pm-midnight. Reservations. The Sagamore, Bolton Landing. For more info: 747.2628.
December 6, 7
A Holiday Weekend in Bolton Landing – Shop, dine & stroll the streets of Bolton Landing during this festive event. Participating restaurants will be offering specials and shops will be serving holiday refreshments. Bolton Landing. For more info: www.lakegeorgechamber.com.
December 6, 7
Community Holiday Celebration – Our Town Theatre Group's annual holiday celebration, refreshments. Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm. Free. Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek. For more info: 810.8722.
Teenagers Only Holiday Dance – For teens 13-19 only. 7pm-10pm. Free. Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek. For more info: 251.2212.
Gingerbread Workshop – Families create your own Gingerbread masterpiece with Valerie Donley. Register. Material fee. 10am & 11:30am. Town of Chester Public Library, Chestertown. For more info: 594.5384.
Moments in Time Ice Show – Figure skating. Celebrate Glens Falls Centennial. Bring canned good/non-perishable food items to be donated to local charity. Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. For more info: 747.6571.
Men’s Holiday Night – Holiday refreshments, entertainment and more. 4pm-8pm. Free. Downtown Glens Falls. For more info: 798.1144 x2.
Children’s Christmas Party – Visit from Santa, gifts, music, refreshments too! 1pm-3pm. Free. Thurman Town Hall, Athol. For more info: 623.2249.
Christmas Lights & Cookie Delights – The lighting of 60 trees, holiday music, Santa and cookies and cocoa. 6pm. Free. Fort Edward Yacht Basin, Fort Edward. For more info: email email@example.com.
Hometown Holiday Festival – Official lighting of the Village Christmas Tree, live Nativity Scene, and a visit from Santa Claus! Carols sung, refreshments provided, a "ring of fire" to keep warm and toast marshmallows, and a gift for every child. 6pm. Rain date December 6. Veteran's Park, Granville. For more info: www.granvillechamber.com.
December 5, 6, 7
Christmas in Cambridge – Friday evening parade, tree lighting at the Village tree in front of the library, reading of T'was the Night Before Christmas, shopping & refreshments. Saturday Christmas Sale at the Cambridge Central School. Downtown Cambridge. For more info: www.cambridgenychamber.com.
Breakfast with Santa – Breakfast & photos with Santa & FFA helpers; projects, crafts, etc. 7:30-11:30am. $5 adults, $4 children. Elks Club, Greenwich. For more info: 692.9446.
Community Caroling in Mowry Park – Gazebo, Mowry Park, Main St., Greenwich 6pm. Free. For more info: 692.7979.
November 29, 30
Heritage Holidays St. John’s Day – This holiday celebration honors one originally celebrated by Sir William Johnson with a series of holiday events in historic sites across the Mohawk Valley. With three site visits stamped in a passport, visitors will experience diverse customs and traditions at multiple sites. $3 donation. 10am. Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Johnstown. For more info: 762.8712.
Reindeer Roundup Festival – Reindeer Roundup Pursuit Race features a 10am start for a 5km classic event immediately followed by a pursuit start 5km freestyle event. Bill Koch Cookie Race (ages 13 & younger) held following the Pursuit Race. Junior facility use fee includes Bill Koch race, awards, full day of skiing, tubing & ice-skating! $10 entry fee includes detailed color course map. $20/$25 registration by 12/17. Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Benson. For more info: 863.4974; 383.8565.
Christmas Day Fun at Lapland Lake – Visit with our reindeer! Ski & snowshoe trails, junior tubing hill & ice-skating open 11am-4:30pm. Ski shop and warming lodge open. Rental and retail shops open but no food service or lessons today. $18 adults; $16 seniors and youth; $8 juniors. 11am. Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Benson. For more info: 863.4974.
All events December 31 – January 1
First Night Saratoga – First Night on New Year's Eve is the most exhilarating night of the season. Be a part of the magic! Alcohol-free celebration of the arts and community. Downtown Saratoga. For more info: 583.9622 x132.
New Year’s Celebration – Includes dinner, open bar, champagne toast, and snacks. Entertainment by DJ Carmine Dio. Discounted room rates for the night. 7pm-1am. $70 per person, or $125 per couple. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Schoharie. For more info: 295.6088.
New Year’s Eve Party – Skiing, tubing specials, food and fun ring in 2009! State Rt. 28, North Creek. For more info: 251.2411.
First Day in Lake George – Celebrate in Lake George, New Year's Day Polar Plunge swim, children's activities, parade, boat cruise & more! Canada Street, Lake George. For more info: 240.0809.
First Night Jiminy Peak – New Year's Eve will feature the annual torchlight parade down the mountain followed by a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the sky and the snow! Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, MA. For more info: 413.738.5500; www.jiminypeak.com.
Champagne Preview Party – A preview of the Ten Broeck Mansion´s gracious rooms and halls beautifully decorated for the holidays by community volunteers. Enjoy a champagne reception, a silent auction, holiday gift shop and a visit from Sinterklaas. 5:30pm-8:30pm. $60 pre-paid reservations required. Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany. For more info: 436.9826.
Holiday Tea at Ten Broeck Mansion – Enjoy a festive Holiday Tea served in the formal dining room. Sit with friends in one of the lovely parlors and then stroll through the beautifully decorated rooms and hallways. Stop in the Gift Shop for early gift shopping and homemade baked goods. 2pm-4pm. $15 pre-paid reservations required. Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany. For more info: 436.9826.
Open House – Stroll through the Mansion. Let the children enjoy holiday crafts and a visit from Sinterklass (until 2pm). 12pm-4pm. $10 family rate, $5 adult, $1 children under 12. Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany. For more info: 436.9826.
Greens Show – Holiday decorations by the Blue Creek Garden Club, theme “Holiday Magic” Free. 10am-4pm. Pruyn House, Newtonville. For more info: 783.1435; ww.colonie.org/pruyn.
Friends of Pruyn House Open House – Music by the Recorders, punch & cookies, decorations. Free. 12:30pm-4:30pm. Pruyn House, Newtonville. For more info: 783.1435; www.colonie.org/pruyn.
Historic Albany Foundation’s 5th Annual Holiday House Tour - Enjoy a self-guided tour of 12 of Albany’s beautiful historic homes, each uniquely decorated for the season.12pm-5pm. Albany. For more info: www.historic-albany.org.
December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
Holiday House Tours – Visit Olana for Christmas with the Churches, a look at how the family spent the Holiday at home. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. 11am-4pm. For more info: 828.0135; www.olana.org.
Lindenwald Winter Celebration – Warm yourself with hot cider while socializing with friends in the winterized tent before going on tours of Lindenwald especially adorned for the season. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook. For more info: 758.9689.
Annual Holiday at Home – Visit private historic homes in the village decorated for the holidays. Reservations required. 5:30pm-8pm. Kinderhook. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
December 13, 14
Christmas at Clermont Open House –.Live music, brilliant holiday decorations, and the warm holiday spirit make this the perfect place to make your own holiday memories.Bring the entire family to take in the historic mansion richly decorated for a French Empire Christmas. Self-guided tours of the museum Visitors will enjoy seeing two floors of the historic mansion house set above the broad views of the Hudson River. Free. 11am-4pm. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. For more info: 537.4240; www.friendsofclermont.org.
Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Candlelight Tours are a special opportunity to see the historic mansion at its best.Free marshmallows will be offered for toasting by the fireside, and singing carols is encouraged.3pm-6pm. $5 adult, $4 senior/student, children 14 & under free. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. For more info: 537.4240; www.friendsofclermont.org.
Christmas Open House at the Roosevelt Sites – Both the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill will be decorated according to Roosevelt family tradition. At the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, an FDR impersonator will be reading excerpts from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. 6pm-9pm. Free. Hyde Park. For more info: 845.229.6214, 845.229.5320; www.nps.gov.
Saratoga/GlensFalls/ North Country
November 28, 29
A Heritage Holiday Celebration – A weekend series of holiday events in historic sites across the Mohawk Valley. With three site visits stamped in a passport, visitors will experience diverse customs and traditions at multiple sites. Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Johnstown. For more info: www.nysparks.state.ny.us.
December 6, 7
North Country Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour – 15 Bed & Breakfast Inns will open their doors during this self-guided tour. Inns on tour range from rustic, secluded log cabin "castles" to Victorian mansions & historic farmhouses. $25; $20 senior/students. Lake George/Adirondack Region. For more info: 668.5755; www.lakegeorgechamber.com/bbtour.
December 6, 7
Christmas in Warrensburg – Celebration featuring Candlelight House Tour, caroling, holiday storytelling, tree lighting ceremony, craft fair & demonstrations, church bazaars, luncheons, concerts. Free. Main Street, downtown Warrensburg. For more info: 466.5497; www.warrensburgchamber.com.
Mohawk & Leatherstocking Region
November 29, 30
2nd Annual Heritage Holidays Open House – Fort Plain Museum, Fort Plains. For more info: 993.2527; www.fortplainmuseum.com.
November 28-30 & weekends in December
20th Annual Victorian Holiday Tours – Seasonal decorations by well-known Hudson Valley and New York City florists, artists and designers. 1pm-4pm. Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck. For more info: 845.876.4818; www.wilderstein.org.
Yuletide High Tea – Celebration with traditional holiday cakes, delicate open-faced tea sandwiches and seasonal music.Mansion tour is included.1pm. Adults $25, children $10. Reservations required. Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck. For more info: 845.876.4818; www.wilderstein.org.
November 18 – December 31
A Gilded Age Christmas – Elaborate turn-of-the-century holiday decorations, flower arrangements, Christmas trees festooned with Edwardian-style ornaments and spectacular dining room decorations based on historic themes. Adults $5, seniors and students $4, under 12 free. Mills Mansion, Staatsburgh Historical Site, Staatsburgh. For more info: 845.889.8851; www.staatsburgh.org.
December 20, 21 & 27, 28
Evening Candlelight Tours at Van Cortlandt Manor – Experience a late 18th-century celebration of “Twelfth Night.” Visit the home of one of the wealthiest families of the post-Revolutionary era. Decorations, live music and desserts. Stroll through the orchard lit by candle-lanterns to the tenant house to meet the Lord of Misrule. Reservations required. Croton-on-Hudson. For more info: 914.631.8200 x618.
Holiday Tours of Boscobel – The House will be decorated with fresh greens, fruits, flowers and festive handmade decorations. Tours offer insight into the holiday traditions and entertaining during the Federal period. Cider and fruitcake will be served at the end of the tour. 10am to 3:15pm. Open everyday except Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Adults $15, seniors $12, children 12 and under $7. Garrison. For more info: 845.265.3638 x115; www.boscobel.org.
Boscobel’s Traditional Candlelight Tours – A cherished annual tradition, witness Boscobel illuminated by hundreds of candles, beautiful natural hand-made decorations, and live classical music. End your tour in front of the fire with a toast from Boscobel’s wassail bowl and a taste of delicious fruitcake. Please dress for the weather as there may be a wait outdoors before being admitted to the house. 5pm-8pm. Adults $17, seniors $14, children 12 and under $9. Garrison. For more info: 845.265.3638 x115; www.boscobel.org.
Homes for the Holiday House Tour – Tour eight lovely area homes all decked out in their holiday finery. $20. 1pm-5pm. Salem. For more info: 854.7053.
Holiday House Tour – Visit some of the area's Historic Homes, B&B's and Inns. This year’s tour features properties within walking distance to downtown Stockbridge.They include the private home of Dan Symecko, Laurel Hill Place, Former Rockwell residence complete with former Rockwell models, Taggart House B&B, The Campbell House and the historic Mission House & Merwin House. $15.11am-4pm. For more info: www.stockbridgechamber.org.
November 29, 30 & December 6, 13, 20
Holiday Tours of Park-McCullough – See "Vermont's Jewel" in its festive holiday garb. November dates 10am-4pm, December dates 12pm-4pm. Park McCullough House, North Bennington. For more info: 802.442.5441; www.parkmuccullough.org.
December 6, 13
Holiday Open House Tour – See the decorations and enjoy the food at Barnstead Inn, Inn at Manchester, Inn at Ormsby Hill, Manchester Highlands Inn, Weathervane Motel and Wilburton Inn. All the proceeds of these tours will benefit the Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Race for the Cure. At each property there will be a breast cancer survivor to help the innkeepers greet and welcome tour goers. 12pm-4pm. $12.50. Dinner/dance on Saturday at Bistro Henry, featuring a sit-down dinner, $75. For more info: 802.362.1163, or 802.362.1793.
December 28, 29
Hildene Holiday Evenings – Self-guided tours through the mansion decorated for the holidays. Cider, carolers and a bonfire on the front lawn. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Adults $15, children $5, members free. Hildene: The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester. For more info: www.hildene.org.
Christmas in the Country by Riverview Entertainment – Enjoy Riverview's famed revue, with wonderful remembrances of Christmas past & present. $36; group rates available. 11:30am. Perthshire Dinner Theatre, Amsterdam. For more info: 883.5123; www.perthshireofperth.com.
School Days – A Christmas Carol – The Nebraska Theatre Caravan returns to Proctors for their annual performance of A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors are brought to life in this rendition of Charles Dickens' timeless tale of redemption and Christmas cheer. Join us for this holiday favorite, as one man discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Adults $11, children $10; Group adult $9, children $8. 10am. Proctor’s Theatre, Schenectady. For more info: www.proctors.org.
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play – 8pm. $10/$12. Colonial Little Theatre, Johnstown. For more info: 347.2372.
Yuletide Gathering – Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre's annual holiday presentation. Charles R Wood Theater, Glens Falls. For more info: 761.0873.
A von Trapp Holiday Concert – Starring Elisabeth von Trapp. Columbia-Greene Community College, Arts Center Theater, Hudson. 7:30pm. 828.4181; www.mycommunitycollege.com.
December 6, 7
Albany Symphony Presents The Magic of Christmas – David Allen Miller has fashioned a warm and entertaining concert with holiday favorites, community music groups and a special visit by a well known couple. Sat. 3pm & 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm. Adults $25-$49; seniors $20-$44; children/students. Palace Theater, Albany. For more info: 465.4755; www.albanysymphony.com.
Mohawk Valley Chorus Christmas Concert – General $11, students & seniors $8, under 12 free. 4pm. St. Mary’s Church, Amsterdam. For more info: 864.5887.
Notes of Good Cheer – Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra with Children's Chorus. 5pm. Glens Falls High School, Glens Falls. For more info: 793.1348.
Adirondack Voices Holiday Concert – 70 member chorus perform holiday music with Lake George Community Band. 7:30pm. Christ Church United Methodist Church, Glens Falls. For more info: 793.2620.
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Holiday Tour – 7pm. The Egg, Albany. For more info: 473.7773, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hollywood Christmas by Laura Roth Entertainment – Experience Perthshire in all its holiday beauty and celebrate the Christmas season with some of the silver screen’s most brilliant stars such as Mae West, Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, & more! $36; group rates available. 11:30am. Perthshire Dinner Theatre, Amsterdam. For more info: 883.5123; www.perthshireofperth.com.
December 13, 14
The Nutcracker – Adirondack Ballet Theater, performed by students ages 7-18. Sat 2:30 & 7pm; Sun 2:30pm. Charles R Wood Theater, Glens Falls. For more info: 798.5058.
A Night Before Christmas with Spyro Gyra – Debuting hits from their upcoming new holiday CD, Spyro Gyra is a marathon runner in the arena of contemporary jazz. 7pm. Adults $32/$29, students $15. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. For more info: 273.0038.
Holiday Concert – Enjoy popular holiday selections, traditional and new from Lake George Community Band conducted by Greg Mason. Free. Aviation Mall, Queensbury. For more info: 744.1015.
La Salle Institute Holiday Concert – 7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. For more info: 273.0038.
Lake George Community Band Holiday Concert – 7:30pm. Charles R Wood Theater, Glens Falls. For more info: 798.9663.
December 19, 20
Old Fashioned Christmas Cabaret – Charles R Wood Theater, Glens Falls. For more info: 798.9663.
Sweet Honey In The Rock ~ A Holiday Show – Sweet Honey makes a joyful noise as they sing songs of the season. This Grammy winning female a cappella group spreads a message of love and peace by interweaving rhythmic stories of their African ancestors with rich and festive choral harmonies. 8pm. Adults $36/$33; students $20. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. For more info: 273.0038, email@example.com.
Mountain Snow & Mistletoe – Chris Shaw & Bridget Ball Shaw perform holiday classics. 8pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. For more info: 273.0038, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices of Cooperstown Messiah Concert – Held at Church Christ. 8pm. $18. For more info: 607.547.9555.
November 1 – December 20
Christmas Craft Fair – Shaker items for the holidays.Shaker Heritage Society, Albany. For more info: 456.7890, email@example.com.
November – December 24
Holiday Showcase – Work by local artisans. Mon.-Sat. 8:30am-5pm. Adirondack Mountain Club, Lake George. For more info: 668.4447; www.adk.org.
November 15 – December 24
LARAC Holiday Showcase – Original art and fine crafts by regional artists. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls. For more info: 798.1144.
November 22, 23
Christmas Holiday Craft Show – 9am-4pm. Sunnycrest Orchards Farm Market, Sharon Springs. For more info: 284.2256; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open House – Over 30 artisans show casing their works, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, glassware, wooden ware. Fri 5pm-8pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Free. Shirt Factory Artists, Glens Falls. For more info: 793.9309.
Country Christmas Bazaar – Hand-crafted items by local artisans, door prizes, luncheon available Sale benefits the Christmas Basket Fund. 9am-3pm. Thurman Town Hall, Athol. For more info: 623.2580 or 623.2909.
Center for the Family Craft Fair – Annual Craft Show to benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family. Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga. For more info: 584.0027.
Third Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Sale – 10am-4pm. Salem. For more info: 854.7135; email email@example.com.
December 6, 7, 13, 14
Crafts & Carols at Howe Caverns – Featuring unique crafts produced by local artisans, music by local choral groups, photos with Santa and much more. Overnight packages available. 11am-5pm. Howe Caverns, Howes Cave. For more info: 296.3900; www.howecaverns.com.
Holiday Northeast Arts & Crafts Show – 9am-3pm. Empire State Plaza, Albany. For more info: 786.1529.
Arkell Museum Holiday Fair – Fine artisan vendors, baked goods, library used book sale, ornament making workshop. 12pm. $2 suggested donation. For more info: 673.2314.
North Country Festival of Trees – Arts & crafts, holiday boutique, Children's activities, decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and more. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge, Queensbury. For more info: www.sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com.
November 29-December 7
Festival of Trees – Christmas trees decorated for viewing. Special events may include: Christmas Ball, Children’s Morning, Ladies’ Luncheon, Wine Tasting, and more! GFWC Century Club, Amsterdam. Call for times, admission fees, and special events: 842.2031.
December 1 – January 4
Festival of Trees – Many trees on display decorated by different schools and agencies. 10am-5pm daily. New York Power Authority, North Blenheim. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov.
December 4 -7
Saratoga Springs Festival of Trees – Decorated trees from 6 foot to 2 foot table top trees, centerpieces with class, wreaths that warm your heart and lots of other holiday goodies! Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga. For more info: www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com.
Ballston Spa Festival of Trees – Businesses, residents and organizations in our community will be donating decorated tabletop trees, garlands, wreaths, candles and holiday items to exhibit and sell. All proceeds go to support community events and village beautification. Free. St. Mary’s School, Ballston Spa. For more info: 885.2772.
A Festival of Trees & Holiday Cocktail Party – Come enjoy a holiday gathering with friends and family while supporting a local gem, The Georgi. Hors d’oeuvres and music. A Silent Auction will feature beautifully decorated Christmas Trees provided by our local businesses. Cash bar available. $30 per person or $50 per couple. 7pm-9:30pm. For more info: 854.3936.
Festival of Trees – Locally designed and decorated Christmas trees. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Oneonta. For more info: 607.432.5531; www.soccerhall.org.
December 6 - 13
Old Stone Fort Festival of Trees – Exhibition of Christmas trees decorated by local artists and community groups. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 12pm-5pm. Old Stone Fort, Schoharie. For more info: 295.7192; www.oldstonefort.org.
Best House Victorian Tea – Featuring an Exhibit of Christmas Trees by Hattie & Christmas Quilts. Donation $5. 1pm-4pm. Middleburgh. For more info: www.middleburghnyvillage.org.