Line up for this year’s Lights On parade will be from 11 - 11:30 a.m. the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7 at the North Creek Firehouse / Johnsburg Central School Parking Lot. The parade will begin the route downtown promptly at 11:30 a.m.
The “Lights On” Committee is once again planning for the month long celebration of the upcoming holidays and the winter ski season. Businesses are encouraged to light up their buildings with white lights, natural greenery and red bows to enhance the “lights on” theme.
For the past 24 years this committee, made up of residents and business people from the Johnsburg Community, have worked together to create a community celebration of all things winter. Matt Thomas of Frontier Communications will be hanging the community snowflakes the week before the event so we can “light up the nights.”
• Thursday, Dec. 5, is the date for the Methodist Church Tea and Bazaar. This traditional silver tee and bazaar runs from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., allowing friends and grandmothers to enjoy a traditional silver tea with homemade tea sandwiches and cookies along with a White Elephant Table and craft sale.
• Friday, Dec. 6; enjoy the long running Community Bank Christmas Open House from noon - 3 p.m., appetizers, cookies and punch will be offered to customers
• Friday Night, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. will be the official lighting of the community Christmas tree which was made available by Rob Wing and family of Volt Landscaping. This event takes place in front of the Copperfield Inn at Riverfront Park. Welcome comments from Supervisor Ron Vanslow; a candle light service dedicated to our service people lead by Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker; and caroling lead by Denise and Frank Conti concluded with the playing of taps by the lone bugler are scheduled.
This year, thanks to the participation of the Saratoga-North Creek Railroad the committee is adding another exciting free element to the event. In years past Santa and Mrs. Claus had always been present at the tree lighting. This year, however, children will be part of an elaborate skit. Santa and Mrs. Claus are missing, what could have happened? Elves from SNCRR will run from the train to tell the children that they know what happened to the famous pair. Their sleigh has gone down just outside of town and all the children will need to get on the train to go and “rescue” them. This exciting adventure to “Save Santa” will take children on the Candy Cane Train to rescue the couple and bring them back to the Station where a lively party will await them. This will also be the Holiday Party to the Community from Trimmers Salon. Cookies and punch will be provided by the Depot Museum. Bring a camera to photograph your children talking to this well-known couple. Seating on the Candy Cane Train is limited to 80 seats so call 251-4461 and get your child’s name on the “Save Santa” list. All adults must be accompanied by a child.
• Saturday, Dec. 7, Breakfast with Santa will once again be held at the North Creek Firehouse. All children from the surrounding area are welcome, not limited to residents of Johnsburg. Breakfast runs from 7 to 11 am. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereal, milk, juice and coffee will be served. Adults are $5 and children are $3. Breakfast for children three and under is free, and Santa will be on hand with presents for all the children. The area fire companies participating in the parade invite children to ride on the fire trucks as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Anyone who is a part of a group or organization should start talking about being part of the annual Lights On Christmas Parade. Those with a horse and wagon or a flatbed or trailer willing to carry a group or organization are needed. Start planning a Christmas theme for your float. The parade will be organized by Pat Connor and Theresa Lane and Cindy Lapell. Line up is from 11 - 11:30 a.m. at which time the parade will begin the route downtown promptly at 11:30 a.m.
The route of the parade is from the North Creek Firehouse / Johnsburg Central School Parking Lot to the Tri County Nursing Home. The nursing home is very appreciative that we end the parade at the town highway garage area, allowing their residents the opportunity to enjoy this community event. Santa and Mrs. Clause are delivered to the nursing home along with a number of organizations that carol to the residents and staff at the home.
• Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Copperfield Inn will host the 4th Annual Lights on Fair featuring handcrafted and artisan creations. Guests will be able to get a head start on holiday shopping with unique local handmade gifts. Admission is free and there will be a silent auction. Bring a canned good for the Adirondack Community Outreach Center Food Pantry and receive one free silent auction ticket.
• Saturday, Dec. 7, The Candy Cane Train will be offering Christmas-themed train rides which will leave the Depot at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.. These short rides are $5 each to cover some of the expenses of the fuel; however most of the event is a community donation from the SNCRR team. Tickets go on sale Nov. 15 while supply lasts. Tickets can be purchased at SNCRR North Creek Depot Ticket office (618-3595) Monday through Friday only or at Trimmers Hair Salon (251-0815) 300 Main Street North Creek.
Businesses on Main Street will offer refreshments to all parade participants following the parade. Many events are planned for that weekend and will be announced over the coming months.
• Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-3 p.m., the Hudson River Trading Co. will host holiday book signing featuring the recently published works of Dr. Dan O'Keeffe and Marry Cunningham Moro: “Ride Up- Slide Down; a history of skiing at Gore Mountain,” and Dr. Daniel Way: “Never A Dull Moment A tapestry of Scenes & Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice” and “What’s for Dinner? Delectable meals, easily mastered,” by Kurt Pelton, father of Nate and Becky Pelton of North Creek’s Whitewater Rafting Company.
The Hudson River Trading Company will begin its Christmas Tree and Wreath sale that weekend as well as other holiday sales at the Outlet Store. Join them for hot mulled cider and cookies.
• Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and again Sunday Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center, the North Country Singers and the Holiday Children’s Choir will present “A Holiday Celebration.” Enjoy seasonal music from The JCS Jazz Band, Bernadette Speech and Jeffrey Schanzer, and The Holiday Dancers, all JCS students choreographed by 15-year-old Gillian Hayden. The event is coordinated by Musical Director Denise Conti.
Those interested in being part of the community Christmas parade or those who would like to volunteer on the “Lights On” committee should call one of the committee members: Lisa Thomas at 251-0815 (Trimmers) or Laurie Arnheiter at 251-4461 (Hudson River Trading Co).