Santa offers a little friendly advice about holiday behavior to three children attending the 2011 edition of Christmas in Warrensburgh. Santa is to be back this Saturday Dec. 1 stationed at "Toyland" — the Warrensburg Town Hall — for the 2012 installment of the festival that annually celebrates traditional holiday spirit.
Brimming with holiday spirit from a bygone era, the 24th annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration is to be held the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 with events throughout town.
This long-standing tradition annually brings together people of all ages from local communities as well as afar for spiritual and cultural enrichment, event founder Teresa Whalen said this week.
This old-fashioned holiday celebration annually features crafters, artisans, musicians and vocalist from throughout the Adirondacks in its array of activities.
This year’s theme, “Living off the Land,” celebrates 200 years of cultural heritage in the Warrensburg and Warren County.
Friday, Nov. 30
•“Season’s Readings” with Mason Smith, Penelope Jewell, David Cedarstrom, Nancy Kimball, Pat Leonard, 7-9 p.m. in Willows Bistro, Main St.
•Preview Reception of the new exhibit “Our Toys,” 5-8 p.m., Warrensburgh Museum of Local History,
Saturday, Dec. 1
•Bazaars, crafts, greens, pancake breakfast, luncheons, Friendship Tea, Cookie Walk, holiday desserts, hot foods at various churches through town plus the Countryside Adult Home on Schroon River Road.
•Mini Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Open Houses featuring Adirondack artisans and craft demonstrations at area shops: Adirondack Ambiance, Adirondack Native Plant, Adirondack Rustic Interiors, Blue Heron Designs, Brown’s Tree Farm, J. Gallup Farm, Lazy River Farms, Miller Art & Frame, Nemec’s Sports, Farm & Garden, Rebecca’s Florist, Riverside Gallery, others.
•Book signings by local authors, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willows Bistro, Main St. 10 a.m. - Pat Leonard, 11 a.m. - Irv West, Noon – David Cedarstrom 1 p.m. - Vincent Palazzo, 2 p.m. - Randy Kneer.
•History exhibits, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, including “Our Toys,” “Dressed for the Holidays” and others. Book Signings by Jeremy Davis, 10 a.m.-noon. Refreshments. Open Sunday.
•Presentation: “Living Off the Land — Tales of Native American Survival” by Larry Francis, 1 p.m. in Richards Library.
•Roast Pork Dinner, 4:30 p.m. in First United Methodist Church.
•Toyland, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Warrensburg Town Hall, Main St. Craft projects, holiday postal cancellation, food and bake sales, live reindeer, photos with Santa (10 a.m. - noon + 1 - 3 p.m.), face painting, decorating of gingerbread houses and holiday cookies. Children’s craft workshops, high school band and elementary school chorus performing holiday music.
•Christmas tree lighting ceremony, 6 p.m. at Floyd Bennett Bandstand, uptown. Decorating by local Girl Scouts. Blessing of the Tree, holiday music elementary school band. Community caroling, visit by Santa, hot chocolate & cookies.
•Oak Ridge Men’s Quartet concert, 7 p.m. in Free Methodist Church, 250 River Street,.
Sunday, Dec. 2
•Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. - noon in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church includes crafts and face painting.
•Wagon rides, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., leaving from Warrensburg Senior Center, Main St.
• Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m at The Lodge on Echo Lake. Sponsored by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.
•Warrensburg High School student art exhibit in Willows Bistro, Main St.
For details, contact Teresa Whalen at 466-5497 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.