“Made in the Adirondacks” is the theme for the 15th Annual Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour (CCT), which gives visitors an inside view of the lives and work of many local and regional artisans and crafters.
This townwide holiday activity is designed to promote community pride and holiday spirit. The Country Christmas Tour, a premier annual event in the Central Adirondacks, is a two-day event on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, this year.
This annual event is a self-guided tour to visit artisans and crafters who offer a variety of holiday gift items for sale in their homes and at numerous locations.
The ones who make it happen: Abanakee Studio, Homemade Quilts and Crafts, North Country Crafters, Lorraine Powers, Dolores Weisinger, Indian Lake Garden Club, Indian Lake Methodist Church, Pine’s Country Store, Heidi Plumley, Carol and Dan Feldt, Nancy Harding, Grandma’s Things, Hutch n’Stuff, Robert Foote, Rose Burgess, Janet Johnson, Dan McFadden, Diane and George McCane, The Lake Store, A Portion of Thyself, Mary Vianese, Harry and Louise Sprauer, Kenda Butterfield, Robin Jay, Colleen Mulligan, Adirondack Museum Store, Deb Coller, Brenda Bruso, Betty Liddle, Beth Schidzick, Berneice Cummins, Bonnie Eldridge, Kelly King, Vonnie Liddle, Kelly-Ann Currier.
The Country Christmas Tour family activities
In addition to shopping for great “Made in the Adirondacks” gift items with many artisans, visitors are invited to see, close up, how their gift items are made.
While parents shop for holiday gifts, youngsters can attend the “Gifts to Give” Children’s workshop designed to engage youngsters in hands-on experiences.
A family favorite on the tour is Willemson’s model train exhibit and demonstration which is extensive, exciting and a great experience for youngsters and the young at heart.
Also his daughter will be demonstrating and selling her beautiful jewelry and makes rings for you while you wait.
To get yourself in the mood of Christmas, CCT organized a free display of all kinds of Santa’s and Snowmen, Friday and Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. at the Town Hall on Pelan Road.
The Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts holiday production continues with “Little Women” a family friendly event and a wonderful warm production of the Louisa M. Alcott story featuring many local performers. (7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24: Indian Lake Theater $15/$10 members; *Children 12 and under $5 with parents, under the age of 5 no charge).
“Let There Be Light” Holiday Lighting and Decorating Contest, sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, is a local family favorite and is designed to promote community pride and holiday spirit among Indian Lake residents, businesses and community organizations. A drive around town is a must to view creative lighting and decorative displays. Winners of the Lighting contest will be announced during the Bon Fire at the Closing Ceremonies.
Adirondack ‘Bon Fire’ closing ceremony
The annual Country Christmas Tour Closing Ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Byron Park Pavilion with an Adirondack style “bonfire” and a holiday musical community sing-a-long. During the ceremony, sponsors of the “Let there Be Lights” Holiday Contest will present cash awards to winners. The agenda will also include door prize drawings, courtesy of CCT artisan and crafters. Last but not least, there will be free hot chocolate and cookies and Disc Jockey, Bob Marriott. Call Annelies Taylor at 352-1962 for information.