WARRENSBURG - This year's Christmas in Warrensburgh event not only offered a wide range of traditional activities for children and families, but it was blessed with a little extra magic besides, event organizer Teresa Whalen said as it concluded.
"With a snowfall beginning early Saturday afternoon, it gave the event that traditional holiday ambiance of a White Christmas," she said mentioning the activity at the tree lighting ceremony at Bennett Memorial Bandstand. "Kids were very excited, running around in the snow having fun throwing snowballs while people were singing carols."
Dozens of children enjoyed making gingerbread houses, ornaments and crafts including winter toys at the town hall, converted for a day into "Toyland.". Some children focused on fashioning Origami creations, including wildlife and miniature boats, while others weaved birch bark into fish, or created watercolor paintings or decorated bookmarks - all was under the tutelage of North Country artisans.
Dressed as an elf, Skye Gregson, daughter of Barry Gregson of Schroon Lake's Adirondack Rustic Gallery, fashioned wooden toys for children to play with.
Outside, children took carriage rides around the town hall in a downsized rig pulled by miniature horses.
Several unusual white reindeer were on site in pens, for children's enjoyment and edification - included were educational signs on their pen describing the creatures habits and habitat.
While the churches around town hosted bazaars and food sales, Riverside Gallery and Miller Art & Frame hosted craft demonstrations including rug hooking, spinning, weaving and porcupine quill work.
Saturday night's concert at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, the Adirondack Recorder band performed a lengthy concert, featuring several musicians and vocalists from New York City, and the presentation was well received by a large crowd, Whalen said.
"It was an incredible concert, and it ended with the crowd prompting an encore," she said.
The group played a selection that was representative of the era when Samuel de Champlain discovered Lake Champlain 400 years ago, Whalen said.
At the tree lighting ceremony, Town Councilman John Alexander showed up soon after finishing his routine five-mile walk through town - and snow was adorning his coat.
He greeted the 60 or so people showing up for the ceremony, and talked about how a lot was going on in town and how Warrensburg was fortunate to have a traditional celebration imbued with family values.
Monday, he recalled the varied activities spurring a sense of excitement around the community.
"You could feel the electricity in town," he said. "There was quite a festive atmosphere."