WARRENSBURG - Two local towns are celebrating the holidays this weekend in a traditional festive manner, with tree-lighting, caroling, arts and crafts displays, music and shopping at stores holding yule-inspired open houses.
Christmas in Warrensburgh fest, with most events occurring Saturday, has the ambiance of the olden days, with acoustic music, holiday story readings and children's activities. The event is celebrating its 20th year in 2008.
Christmas in Bolton has most activities set for the afternoon of Sun. Dec. 7 afternoon with a tree-lighting, music, hayrides and a visit from Santa. The event includes shopping Saturday in boutiques along a decorated downtown streetscape.
In Warrensburg, the annual tree-lighting ceremony and visit from Santa at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with a wide variety of events beforehand during the day. Several concerts, including events featuring medieval and acoustic instruments, will be offered during the day and evening.
Craft activities, visits with Santa
During the event, the Warrensburg Town Hall is transformed into Toyland, with a variety of craft workshops and wagon-rides for children, photos with Santa and attractions for adults. See the accompanying full schedule for details.
Meanwhile in Bolton, the charming shops along Main Street will be welcoming browsers and offering complimentary refreshments at many of the stores, plus a holiday art show in the Bolton Town Hall. The Bolton weekend is capped off with a hometown holiday celebration Sunday afternoon that is sure to delight folks of all ages.
Bolton's celebration from 2 to 4 p.m.Sunday includes hayrides, refreshments and socializing, plus music with deejay Andy Pratt in Rogers Park. Christmas caroling begins at 3:45 p.m., followed by tree-lighting ceremonies at 4 p.m.
Puppets, stories & music at Richards Library
In Warrensburg, From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, a program at Richards Library will actively involve children in storytelling and music. The program includes children singing short-verse songs, accompanied by animal puppets, stories and music provided by puppet master Chip Beers and his assistant Shayne Pendrick. The theme of the children's workshop will focus on people caring about and understanding others, as well as animals - and the importance of us all living together in harmony with our environment. This free activity is intended for children from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Sat. Dec. 6 events, Christmas in Warrensburg
• Holiday open houses throughout town at various businesses and galleries.
• "Toyland" 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Warrensburg Town Hall -children to create gingerbread houses, ornaments, crafts including wooden toys. Breakfast and lunch offerings; holiday confections.Photos with Santa in his sleigh with live reindeer 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.; face painting, cart rides for children. Bake sales and food concessions. Holiday-inspired face-painting, commemorative postal cancellations; Warrensburg High School band performs at 11 a.m.
• Food sales and bazaars 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at most all the churches downtown and at the Countryside Home.
• Craft demonstrations and sales at Riverside Gallery and Miller Art & Frame, with traditional rug hooking by Joan Mohrmann, spinning and weaving by Serendipity Spinners, porcupine quill work by Thomas - all at Riverside - and watercolor painting by Mary Chaffee Frank, at Miller Art.
• A puppet workshop, with stories and music by Chip Beers, from 10 a.m. to noon at Richards Library. Theme is caring and understanding, environmental awareness; aimed for children of elementary-school age.
• Performance of the Schroon Lake Winds Ensemble, a duo of flutes, noon at Riverside Gallery.
• Acoustic recorder music, traditional and light jazz, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Coffee Room on lower Main St. featuring Elaine and Richie Henzler and Friends.
• The annual tree-lighting ceremony, 6 p.m. at the uptown Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand, featuring the arrival of Santa, caroling, music, hot chocolate and cookies.
• Religious music by Hearts in Harmony, 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church.
• Reading of The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, accompanied by a recorder ensemble - directed by Richie & Elaine Henzler of Courtly Music - playing Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
Sun. Dec. 7 events, Christmas in Warrensburg
• Holiday craft fair at Echo Lake Lodge, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of artisans and crafters demonstrating and displaying their wares.
• Breakfast with Santa, Luck-E Star Cafe, upper Main St., 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.