No matter how inundated my email is with apparently fabulous “not to be missed” offers or how jaded I get by mid-October from trying to avoid an early onslaught of holiday music, there is always one event or activity that shifts me from bitter and overworked to a warmer holiday mood.
After a retail juggernaut, it’s time to relax and embrace the arts with a holiday tradition, a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. » Continue Reading.
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” These are the words of H.A. (Henry Allen) Ironside; a Canadian-American Bible teacher, preacher, theologian, pastor, member of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, and one of the most inspired Christian writers of the 20th Century.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is exactly that; a time of giving thanks. But it’s also a time when we commemorate the success of the Pilgrims; the Separatists who came here from England to establish the Plymouth colony. And, next year, Americans will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, and the Pilgrims, to the shores of Massachusetts. » Continue Reading.
Skip the crowds and the Black Friday madness and enjoy Christmas throughout the Central Adirondacks. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making the rounds to see who is going to make the nice list. Local food, fun runs, and crafts are just a few reasons to make Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge a holiday stop.
These events have so many activities to choose from. You get to decide if you want to keep it on the more intimate side or festive enough to ring in the Christmas spirit. » Continue Reading.
The Town of Warrensburg has announced the 31st Annual Christmas in Warrensburgh is set for December 7th and 8th.
Visitors can enjoy Toyland with live reindeer and Santa; church bazaars, breakfasts and luncheons; open houses at local businesses; book signings and wine tastings; holiday and special museum exhibits, children’s craft workshops; decorating gingerbread houses; Adirondack artisan demonstrations; horse drawn carriage and pony rides; a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Craft Fair; theater, concerts and more. Most events are free. » Continue Reading.
The Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) is set to hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th, and Sunday, December 8th, from 10 am to 3 pm each day.
The Open House, a holiday tradition, provides an opportunity to visit the Museum and find unique gifts for family and friends. The first 25 Open House visitors each day will receive free gifts, one per family. » Continue Reading.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is once again offering locally made Adirondack Balsam Wreaths for sale this holiday season.
There is an earlier deadline to order wreaths this year and all orders must be submitted by Friday, November 22nd for a December 7th pick-up date at The TAUNY Center in Canton or to be shipped to family and friends across the country. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is set to welcome local instructor, historian, and artisan Hallie Bond to teach participants how to make balsam wreaths, garland, and pillows on Saturday, November 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. » Continue Reading.
The village of Lake Placid is set to host their 10th Holiday Village Stroll, complete with holiday shopping, family fun, arts and entertainment from Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15, 2019.
The Holiday Village Stroll weekend is packed with activities for kids and families including a skating party, opportunities to visit with Santa, holiday movie screenings at the Palace Theatre, a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday crafts, story time and free sleigh rides around Mirror Lake. » Continue Reading.
Community Christmas trees are an American tradition that bring people together regardless of income, faith, political persuasion, or pretty much anything that divides us. Whether sponsored by a city, town, church, or civic organization, community trees are placed in an outdoor public setting for anyone to enjoy.
It’s a rare treat to share something so nonpartisan: whatever you might personally like about the holidays is what you’ll take away from viewing the tree or sharing in song and merrymaking with fellow citizens. And it’s nice to know that America’s first community Christmas tree, the one that spawned a movement still going strong more than a century later, was an Adirondack balsam. » Continue Reading.
Plenty of laughs are scattered throughout this year’s collection of letters (unedited) to Santa. Check out the first two for an idea of what to expect. Enjoy!
From 1901: Gloversville Daily Leader
Broadalbin. Dear Santa Claus: — I wish you would bring me a hand sleigh so I can ride down hill. We live close by a hill where all the girls and boys ride and it is awful aggravating to see all of them riding down hill when I cant ride. I will be very thankful if you will bring me a sleigh and I won’t ask for anything more play things till next Christmas. Yours With Best Wishes For a Merry Christmass And a Happy New Year, Beulah Fish. » Continue Reading.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited the public to visit the 29th Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 29.
Each year community organizations, businesses, school groups and clubs assist in decorating the Hancock House by providing a decorated tree, centerpiece, gingerbread house or other festive holiday art. This year, nearly 40 trees and displays are in place on three floors of the historic house museum. Many of the trees and displays feature a specific theme or decorative motif. » Continue Reading.
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