BOOK SALE SET
WELLS--The Virginia Hosley Free Library in Wells will hold a huge book and video sale Saturday, Nov. 30, during the tree lighting and craft fair at Wells Community Center on the main street. The event lasts from 12-8 p.m. and features a visit from Santa Claus. Proceeds enable the library to purchase new books.
CHRISTMAS ON MAIN ST.
INLET--Avoid the hassle and the crowds ... shop in Inlet and Old Forge Thanksgiving Weekend and participate in some fun small-town activities.
Adirondack Christmas on Main Street will be Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. Friday's schedule includes an Adirondack Kids Book Signing and a Book Sale (Saturday too). Saturday there will be a Candy Cane Hunt, Children's Holiday Film Festival, Noah's Ark Animal Workshop, Holiday Dog Parade, Inlet's Best Holiday Pie Contest, the Tree Lighting, Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and a Wine and Cheese Tasting.
The fun wraps up Sunday with a Make Your Own Ornaments Workshop and the drawing for the winner of the Holiday Basket; save Inlet receipts dated Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and bring them to Inlet Information Office to get one free raffle ticket for every $10 spent in Inlet. For more call (315) 357-5501 or go to AdkChristmasonMain.com.
FAMILY FRIDAY $5
TUPPER LAKE--The Wild Center at 45 Museum Drive here is bucking the trend and not opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day (or anytime on Thanksgiving), but come the day after, Nov. 29, to Black & White Friday for a family day with an Adirondack artisanal trunk show, live music, animal encounters and $5 admission. The mall alternative.
TAKE A HOLIDAY STROLL
SPECULATOR--The Fifth Annual Holiday Stroll here will be Friday, Nov. 29, with holiday specials and sales at participating businesses, which will stay open late.
Lake Pleasant Museum on Rt. 8 will be open Black Friday from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a sale on all bicentennial items, 2014 calendars and much more. This will be the last opportunity this year to visit the museum.
CRAFT FAIR AND MORE
WELLS--The Town of Wells Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday, Nov. 30 at Wells Community Hall on Main St. The Wells Improvement Group Craft Fair and the Virginia Hosley Free Library Book Sale begin at noon. Once again WIG welcomes donations for Tricky Tray. Contact Maggie Welch, 924-2128, for details.
Vendors will offer an assortment of seasonal and gift-worthy treasures for holiday shoppers. Additionally, library volunteers will sell a variety of books. Enjoy refreshments sold by Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps. WIG's annual membership drive will be ongoing so sign up for a chance to win an autumn-themed basket.
The Community Christmas Tree will be lit at 6 p.m., kicking off the magical season. Then, Santa Claus arrives. Children of all ages will have a chance to tell Santa just how good they've been this year.
PUPPET PEOPLE COMING*
WELL--The Friends of the Virginia Hosley Free Library will sponsor The Puppet People's “A Christmas Carol” Sunday, Dec. 8. The performance begins at 2 p.m. at Wells Community Hall.
The Puppet People is a professional touring company bringing quality entertainment to schools, libraries, festivals, etc. The group uses hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and more. Its rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” promises to delight children of all ages.
There is no charge but goodwill donations are accepted. For more information call 924-2220.
HOLIDAY FAIR SLATED
SPECULATOR--Come to Oak Mountain Ski Center for community cheer at the Holiday Fair Friday, Dec. 13, from 5-8 p.m. Bring wish lists for Santa and see his real reindeer at the base of the mountain, warm up with hot cocoa by a huge bonfire and listen to wintertime stories.
Dance to great live music, indulge in tasty treats and shop local at the craft fair. Bring an item for the food, toy or pet drives. Craft fair space is free; just register by Dec. 6. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.oakmountainski.com.
SOUP AND SANDWICHES
SPECULATOR--It is nearly time for Speculator's Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at The Four Corners in the village. It will be Saturday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. Attend this annual community ceremony and join in the singing of many favorite carols. Then go to nearby Grace United Methodist Church and enjoy the Traditional Soup and Sandwich Buffet.
The members of the Lake Pleasant and Speculator Methodist churches are preparing a wide variety of homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts that will be perfect for a chilly, festive evening. Bring family and friends to this popular event. It is a wonderful, warm, sociable way to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season here.
Admission is by a monetary donation and all donations will be sent to support the community's Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
LADIES LUNCHEON SOIREE
GLOVERSVILLE--Mountain Valley Hospice is gearing up for the holiday event of the season with its annual Ladies Luncheon Soiree Friday, Dec. 6, at 12 p.m. at the St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge on Perry Street in Johnstown. This four-course luncheon, sponsored by Patriot Federal Bank and catered by Union Hall Inn, features raffles of holiday gift baskets, trees, wreaths and breathtaking decorations.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $45 each or a hostess can reserve a table of eight for $315. Anyone who would like an invitation is asked to call 725-4545 or visit MVHcares.org. All proceeds benefit families in need of hospice care.
Mountain Valley Hospice seeks to make hospice care available to all appropriate patients and families in Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga counties.
LADIES' HOLIDAY LUNCH
LONG LAKE--The Long Lake Ladies' Holiday Luncheon will be again sponsored by the Friends of the Long Lake Library and will be held at noon at St. Henry's Parish Center Saturday, Dec. 7. It will be catered by Cyber Creek Café. The menu will feature punch, appetizers and mushroom soup, followed by a buffet featuring Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Picatta, Pesto Penne, roasted vegetables, California salad, fruit salad, rolls and butter. The dessert course will be mango/berry crisp with coffee and tea. The servers will be volunteer men from the community.
Between the first two courses, the entertainment will be excerpts from "Miracle on 34th St." by local residents Virginia Jennings and Jason Hall. For reservations call Jackie Mallery at (518) 624-2056.
CHICKEN & BISCUITS
WELLS--The Wells United Methodist Church is holding a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The menu consists of chicken in gravy on biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, beverage, and homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for ages 6-12, free for those under age 6. Take-outs and gluten-free options are available. The church is located near the center of Wells on Route 30.
A CHRISTMAS CONCERT
OLD FORGE--The Kolb Family Christmas Concert will be coming to Gould Hall at View Saturday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. The group hails from the Mohawk Valley and is highly acclaimed in voice and choir mastery. Several holiday favorites will be performed, and free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
Tickets are available for $12 / $10 members and $5 / students. To purchase tickets online visit www.ViewArts.org. One can also contact View at (315) 369-6411 extension 201, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. View is at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge.
WINTER CONCERT SLATED
SPECULATOR--Speculator's Annual Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Pleasant Central School, 120 Elm Lake Rd., Speculator, featuring Mountain Arts Consortium Choir and A Pretty Good Band presenting a collection of holiday songs including a pop-bottle rendition of "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Free admission. 50/50 raffle. (518) 548-4521 or www.speculatorchamber.com.
HOLIDAY CONCERT SET*
LONG LAKE--Peter Griggs will present a free concert, "An Old English Christmas," at the United Methodist Church here Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.
The internationally known artist will present a program featuring instrumental and vocal arrangements of wassailing songs and folk dances of the British Isles, traditional carols and music by Elizabethan composers such as John Dowland and Anthony Holborne on guitar and laud. He will also discuss some of the folk customs surrounding holiday celebrations in the English-speaking world.
A reception to meet the artist will follow the concert. This concert is part of a series presented by Long Lake Friends of Music. The Town of Long Lake is also partially underwriting this concert. Donations help fund the concert series. For more call (518) 624-2056.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
BLUE MT. LAKE--One of the best Christmas movies of all time will come to life on stage in the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts' holiday musical, "Miracle on 34th Street." Tickets are $20 / $15 members and $5 age 12 and under.
It tells the story of Kris Kringle trying to help those who have lost their faith believe in Santa Claus again. Filled with humor and spectacle, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.
"Miracle" will be performed Nov. 29 and 30 at Indian Lake Theater, Dec. 6 at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, Dec. 7 at Newcomb Central School and Dec. 13 at Long Lake Central School, all starting at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 14 at View in Old Forge starting at 2 p.m.
'NUTCRACKER' IS FREE
OLD FORGE--The Old Forge Ballet Company will present Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" ballet at The Strand Theatre here Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be two performances, a narrated matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m.
Children under age 12 will be admitted free again this year. Pre-event tickets for others are $10. Tickets at the door are $15. Purchase tickets at The Naked Moose, The TOW Bar and Mountain Greenery. Call or email to order by mail before Dec. 1, (315) 369-8721 or 369-6273 or email@example.com.
NORTH CREEK--The Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society's Members Exhibit is on display at Tannery Pond Community Center here through Dec. 26. The exhibit showcases new work by the group. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5-7 p.m. All are invited.
TPCC is at 228 Main St. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call (518) 251-2505 or go to www.tpcca.org.
* This event is possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Regrant Program, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.
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