WARRENSBURG - The annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration, embracing traditional values as well as fun activities for all ages, is set for this weekend.
This year's event, set for Sat. and Sun. Dec. 5 and 6, marks its 21st year of celebrating the holidays with such offerings as craft demonstrations and sales, caroling, church bazaars, children's activities, traditional acoustic music, gift shopping, and profound hospitality throughout the community.
Event founder Teresa Whalen said it's been heartwarming to be involved with the event for more than two decades, watching the sparkle in children's eyes and the beaming expressions on adults' faces as they participate in the holiday fun.
"This long-standing tradition brings our community, young and old alike, together during this festive season for spiritual and cultural enrichment," she said. "It's so good to see the joyful spirit of the event passed on, generation to generation."
Friday Dec. 4, Events & Activities
• Concert by Warrensburg Central School Mastersingers, 7 p.m. at the Coffee Room cafe, Lower Main St.
• Holiday Decorating Tips and Refreshments, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Aloha Florist, Main St.
• Christmas-themed readings by authors, 7 p.m. at Willows Bistro, Main St. downtown. David Pitkin, others to read their works.
Saturday Dec. 5, Events & Activities
• The holiday celebrations are held throughout town, but the Warrensburg Town Hall, turned into "Toyland" for Saturday, is a main focus for children's activities.
Here, children will be making gingerbread houses, ornaments and other crafts including wooden toys, and Santa will be visiting with live reindeer, giving rides for children in a cart. There will be bake sales and food concessions. and some holiday-inspired face-painting, as well as holiday postal cancellations. Photos with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m. Carriage Rides with "Teddy" the Miniature Horse are available 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Holiday music will be offered a the town hall by the Warrensburg High School Band at 11 a.m. and by the Warrensburg Elementary Chorus at 2 p.m.
• At most all the churches downtown, there will be bazaars and food sales. This includes the First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, and Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Plus a craft sale is also being held at the Countryside Adult Home, Schroon River Rd.
• Craft demonstrations and sales will also be held, 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 Mowatt (at Riverside) and watercolor painting by Mary Chaffee Frank (at Miller Art ).
• A puppet workshop, with stories and music by Chip Beers, will be held from 10 a.m. - noon at Richards Library.
• Acoustic recorder music from a bygone era will be performed at the Coffee Room cafe on lower Main St. from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring Elaine and Richie Hensler and friends.
• Open Houses at various local businesses including Adirondack Rustic Interiors, Aloha Florist, Miller Art & Frame and Riverside Gallery.
• Children's play table featuring historical landmarks, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Warrensburgh Museum of Local History. Also at the museum, signing of "Around Warrensburg" books by local historian John Hastings. The museum is just north of Potter's Diner on Main St., entrance is in the rear.
• Children's Holiday Shop, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Riverside Gallery, next to the bridge downtown. Children, accompanied by an adult, can shop from selection of affordable gifts. Gallery features Winter Wonderland. Hot chocolate and cookies offered. Bag of goodies granted to each child shopper. Call 623-2026 to RSVP.
• Book Signings & Readings by local authors, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Willows Bistro. 10 a.m.- Jessica Kane of Brant Lake, spoken word from "Straining to Parallel Park in an Open Field." 11 a.m. - Susan Dean, with "Unplugged in the Adirondacks" and "Violet Tapestry" trilogy. 12 p.m. - Carol Gregson , know as the Pottersville Complainer, reading from her book, "Leaky Boots." 1 p.m. - Mary Sanders Shartle with "Three Poets on the Adirondacks." 2 p.m. - Bibi Wein with "The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey." 3 p.m. - Martha Strodel presenting the new "Warren County, Its People and Their History Over Time."
• Holiday Decorating Tips and Refreshments, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Aloha Florist, Main St.
• The annual tree-lighting ceremony at the uptown Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand is at 6 p.m., featuring the arrival of Santa, caroling, music, hot chocolate and cookies. The event features music by the Warrensburg High School Holiday Band.
• In the United Methodist Church Saturday at 7 p.m., the group Hearts in Harmony will perform religious music.
• At St. Cecilia's Catholic Church at 7 p.m., the Christmas Cantata "Mary Danced" by the Adirondack Recorder Band directed by Richie & Elaine Henzler of Courtly Music.
• Christmas Country Karaoke, 7 p.m. at Ashe's Hotel, a favorite local tavern.
• Holiday Dinner specials offered at local restaurants
Sunday Dec. 6 - Events & Activities
• 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.
Christmas in Warrensburgh Founder Teresa Whalen said she was excited about the celebration's 20th anniversary.
"This event is for families and children - a time for our community to get together and share the holiday spirit," she said. "It's been 20 years of music, magic and memories."