A month after the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce announced it had dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration, a group of residents have joined to bring a holiday event to the community. Santa’s arrival is scheduled along with children’s games, refreshments and a holiday movie Saturday, Dec. 10.
Santa will be coming to Schroon Lake after all.
A month after the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce announced it had dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration, a group of residents have joined to bring a holiday event to the community.
Santa’s arrival is scheduled along with children’s games, refreshments and a holiday movie Saturday, Dec. 10.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with children’s face painting and activities at the Strand Theatre on Main Street. Santa will arrive at the theatre at 6 p.m. to meet children. At 8 p.m. the movie “Happy Feet 2” will be screened.
The Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Center will be part of the festivities, serving cookies and hot chocolate 6 to 8 p.m.
“Liz and Larry McNamara, owners of the Strand Theater, have been hosting this event for numerous years in conjunction with the Old Tyme Christmas celebration,” said Patti Mehm, an event organizer. “They wanted the public to know that they will still be hosting Santa’s arrival, helping to usher in the holidays here in Schroon Lake.”
Mehm said activities are still being sought for the event.
“We would like to find some type of child-focused entertainment to be a part of the activities at the senior center. Either a craft, storytelling or a musical performance, would be a great addition to the festivities,” she said.
Interested people can contact Mehm at 791-3578.
That same day, the annual Schroon Lake Community Church and Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Christmas bazaar will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Room of the Schroon Lake Community Church.
The Christmas bazaar will include a luncheon, granny’s attic (new and used items), and food and bake table. New this year will be photos with Santa and a children’s craft table.
The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber to hold First Night Dec. 31.
“We’ve had a lot of requests for a First Night,” said Laura Donaldson, chamber president. “Our entire purpose is to help local businesses and we feel a First Night can be a boost.”
The family-oriented evening will include magic, music, dancing, children’s activities, food, a bonfire and fireworks.
Magician/puppeteer Sylvia Fletcher and the Magic Trunk will perform three 30-minute shows in the Schroon Lake Central School Auditorium. Show times are 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The band Loose Connections will play for a hour sock-hop community dance in the Schroon Lake Central School gym from 5 to 9 p.m.
Also planned are family fun activities 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Schroon Lake Central School. Activities will including face painting, craft stations and food sales.
There will be a bonfire at the Schroon town beach beginning at 8: p.m., followed by fireworks over the lake at 9:15 p.m.
Admission for all the events taking place at the school is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 18 and younger.
More information can be obtained by calling the Schroon Lake Chamber office at 532-7675.
In the past the annual Christmas celebration included the Schroon Lake Central School winter concert, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, a Living Nativity walk down Main Street to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the arrival of Santa at the Strand Theater, a Christmas movie at the Strand, local performers, a community sing-along at the Community Church, refreshments at the Schroon Lake Senior Center, children’s crafts and activities at the Towne Store and horse and carriage rides leaving from the Grand Union parking.
The chamber held two First Night celebrations in the past — New Year’s Eve 2003 and 2004 — to mark the beginning and end of the town of Schroon’s bicentennial celebration.
“Those First Nights were very successful,” said Sharon Piper, co-chair of the First Night committee. “People have asked for another First Night. You could say we’re bringing it back by popular demand.”
Donaldson is confident people will enjoy the First Night celebration.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “I think it’ll be a great addition to the holidays in Schroon Lake.”