the littlest Angel (Matt Eick) with the flight instructor (Terry Kemp). The Littlest Angel will be performed twice this weekend and next at the Pendragon Theatre, which is also auditioning for the play "Almost, Maine."
This is the first in a new weekly series at thevalleynews.org, looking at events and activities coming up over the weekend, from plays and concerts to craft fairs and gatherings.
Friday, Dec. 16
The Horace Nye Home in Elizabethtown will be holding a craft fair/bake sale on Friday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in renting space may contact Lisa Loveday at 873-3575 or by email email@example.com. Cost will be $10 for a 6-foot space.
The Westport Federated Church will present a Traditional Russian Sacred and Folk Music evening with the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. An offering will be received. For more information, contact 962-8293 or visit www.westptchurch.com.
Saturday, Dec. 17
There will be a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Father Mac Hall in Westport from 7 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids, with proceeds benefiting the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.
Saturday morning, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will go to the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex to remove low-hanging branches so that snowshoers and intrepid cross-country skiers don't get bonked on the head as they enjoy this winter's snow. They will work from 8:30 a.m. until about noon so please dress warmly, bring loppers and hand saws. All ages are welcome.
The Keeseville Free Library's 20th Annual Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m., with the arrival of Santa on a KVFD fire truck. Santa will be dancing and singing and entertaining the young. There will be time for letting Santa know what you would like for Christmas. Refreshments will be served.
Santa will be stopping by theLewis Fire House, 18 Fire House, Saturday, Dec. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event is for children age newborn to 10-years-old to receive a gift from Santa.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts invites the public to celebrate the holidays Adirondack style on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.
The 11th annual An Adirondack Christmas concert will feature Dan Duggan, Roy Hurd, Peggy Lynn and Frank Orsini. Tom Hodgson and Henry Jankiewicz return as special guests. These celebrated Adirondack musicians join together to delight audiences of all ages with a special program that has quickly become an Adirondack holiday tradition.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under 12. Call 523-2512 for tickets or www.LakePlacidArts.org for more information.
Each December, the Pendragon Theatre celebrates the theatre community and the sprit of the season through its holiday offering.
Catherine Gray's hour long adaptation of Charles Tazewell's classic children's story, “The Littlest Angel,” is full of songs, humor and heart and has delighted sold-out audiences in theatres across the country.
Performance dates and times for Pendragon’s production of The Littlest Angel are as follows: Dec. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.; and Dec 20 through Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.
It is directed by Kent Streed and features the following ensemble: Jessica Deeb, Scott Eichholz, Matt Eick, Terry Kemp, Peg Orman, David Zwierankan.
Children in the Tri-Lakes area are invited to come be a star on the Pendragon stage this holiday season. The theatre has arranged a special, free craft project for children that attend performances of The Littlest Angel.
Forty-five minutes prior to curtain, children accompanied by an adult, are invited to decorate a star that will then be hung on the set for that performance. After the show, all the stars will have an opportunity to take a picture with the cast on the set they’ve helped decorate. Each child will get to keep their star as thanks for their contribution to the set.
Guardian angels will be on hand to help guide the child and parent through the project. Holiday snacks will be available for purchase from the concession stand. Should time and materials permit, adults are welcome to decorate a star as well.
Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling Pendragon at 891-1854 or sent via e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Louise Dionne will perform a piano concert at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. This recital will feature Christmas favorites including duets with her student-partner, Sarique Moore and feature some works from Louise’s new 2011 CD, “Floating on Lake Champlain.”
There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Debbie Kanze at 891-7117.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Each year Pendragon does a production which is staged at the LPCA during the winter. Auditions for this year’s production will be held at the Pendragon Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 18 at noon.
This year’s production will be “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani and directed by Pendragon Company member Bonnie Brewer. Rehearsals will be almost exclusively in the evenings and on weekends. The performances will all be at LPCA on Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25, and a matinee on Feb. 26. There is a perusal copy of the play available at the Theatre. There are parts available for four to six performers, depending on doubling decisions, men and women 20s to 40s.
Call the theater 891-1854 for other questions or information.
Starring John Christopher George as Scrooge, this production features a cast of community actors and live music that bring the story to life. With narration by Shami McCormick and musical direction by Kenney Green. A holiday event for the whole family. Carols and cookies prior to the performance. Free admission. Bring toiletries and non-perishable food or cash donations to benefit the ACAP Food Shelf.
Sophie Clarke will compete on the season finale of the CBS Television series, “Survivor,” which airs at 8 p.m. on WCAX-TV locally. The show may not start immediately at 8 p.m., due to the potential of the New England Patriots at Denver Broncos to go over its alloted time.