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What makes a tradition? We may think traditions occur at the same time, in the same way, every year. But actually—as Laura Livingston Snyder writes in her story on tree cutting (page 12)—a tradition changes as the participants do. In my own household, a bad tree—too big, too crooked, too quick to shed needles—inspires good stories. And telling those stories becomes part of the tradition. December celebrations always feature special foods and drinks. But how do we avoid regrets about eating too much and moving too little? Molly Morgan has a slew of good ideas in her column on page 10. Is holiday shopping too stressful? Well, hunting for presents in real stores can be a lot of fun! You can get away from your computer, see and touch potential gifts, and support Central New York businesses. A selection of offerings from a trio of local stores can be found starting on page 18. Also in this issue, Tammy DiDomenico profiles a family who endured the loss of their first baby. Since then Allison and Ian Cornue have had two more daughters and have found ways to honor their first. Their story is on page 6. We hope you find much to inspire you in the pages of the December issue. Happy Holidays!

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Making Room for ‘Rainbow Babies’ A family remembers a loss while moving forward | BY TAMMY DiDOMENICO


llison and Ian Cornue have full lives: Both co-own family businesses, and their Cazenovia home is bustling from the adventures of their little girls—Viola and Arielle—and their affable dog, Wally. As engaged as they are with the day-to-day joys of family life, the memory of their first child—Caeli Rose—is omnipresent. Allison was a finalist in Family Times’ Mommy + Me Cover Contest, a competition for mothers and their babies born in 2017. In her essay for the contest, she wrote: “A ‘rainbow baby’ is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss. … I would like to help other moms know that you are not alone, it’s okay to share your story, and if you believe in the power of a ‘forever love,’ it will always stay with you.” Caeli was diagnosed with a form of skeletal dysplasia in utero. Her condition meant that her bones were brittle and 6

subject to fracture. As she grew, the bones could not accommodate her growing organs. Allison was induced at 24 weeks in September 2014, and Caeli died during delivery.

often, but the Cornues are glad that they have them.

The Cornues initially struggled to balance their need to mourn Caeli with their determination to move forward.

The photos are kept with the other mementos the Cornues have of their firstborn daughter—the little baby clothes that a volunteer made for Caeli. Allison wears the tiny ring Caeli was given in the hospital on a chain, along with a small cross.

“The hardest part was leaving the hospital without her,” Allison recalls. “The nurses (at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, where Caeli was born) made it as easy as possible.” After considering ways to preserve memories of their daughter, the Cornues decided to have some photographs taken. Jennifer Wolsey, a local photographer, runs a nonprofit called Always Love. She offers families who have lost, or will soon lose, their babies the opportunity to keep the precious few moments they have with them. She met the Cornues at Crouse. The photographs are not ones they look at


“I wanted to remember her face,” Allison says. “I wanted to have something to document that she was here.”

Moving on after Caeli’s passing has been a gradual process. During that first year, Allison, 30, and Ian, 35, tried to get back into their routines. Allison admits that it was difficult for her to resume teaching at her Cazenovia studio, Allure Fitness & Dance, which she co-owns with her sister. Even after a two-month break, her young students—used to seeing her baby-bump—were curious. She sought comfort in a support group, which helped.

On the other hand, Ian, who with his father co-owns DR Cornue Woodworks in Cazenovia, dove back into work.

had a lot of anxiety until I got past my 20th week and we had that ultrasound. Everything was great afterward.”

“Everyone deals with grief differently and for me, I needed to get back to my routine,” says Ian. “Of course, I was grieving. But I needed to stay busy.”

Viola Rose was born in the fall of 2015. As the couple held their little girl and looked out the hospital room window, they noticed a double rainbow. The Cornues saw it as a sign that Caeli was with her new sister.


“I’ve learned through this process that (grieving) isn’t black and white,” Allison says. “It’s very gray. I can see how going through a loss like this can drive some couples apart. I was mad at God sometimes, because I’m not perfect. There are still days I miss her. I’ve decided that this is my normal now.” Allison says the couple was buoyed by their faith, and by the support of their families. She also got some advice from another mother who had lost an infant: She said to let your partner grieve in the manner that works for him. As the Cornues each managed their grief differently, their bond as a couple strengthened. And before long, they were expecting another baby. Although Caeli’s condition was genetic, it was not inherited from either of her parents. Still, the early months of the pregnancy were filled with worry. “I was very nervous at first,” Allison recalls. “I

This past March, the family added baby Arielle to the family. Again, they saw a rainbow outside the hospital on the day she was born. Good news continued for the Cornues this summer, when Allison was crowned Mrs. Central New York. She will represent the area in the Mrs. New York State Pageant in Rochester next March. Allison says she started thinking about how she could help support other families of “angel babies” about a year after Caeli died. She realized that people often struggle with how to approach families that have gone through these types of losses. “I wanted to do something to help shift the conversations and interactions,” Allison says. “There are support groups for people who want that. Those are important. But I wanted to offer something that could inspire hope.”

On Sept. 17, of this year—Caeli’s third birthday—Allison started the process. She hosted Caeli’s Corner at her dance studio; it was described as “an event to honor local angel babies and their mommies.” Other businesses donated self-care offerings including chair massages, inspirational items, and a chance for participants to express themselves at a painting station. On Oct. 28, the studio hosted Caeli’s Carnival, an event for families. Donations were collected in support of Always Love. Advocacy for Always Love and spreading awareness of angel-baby families will be the focus of Allison’s term as Mrs. Central New York. And she hopes to continue helping other families find their rainbows, which can be anything life affirming. “I feel for moms who don’t have that connection to something positive,” she says. “It helps to have signs that your (angel babies) are still with you.” When asked how people can best approach someone who has suffered the loss of a newborn or infant, Allison says it’s best to acknowledge the loss, but it can be with a positive comment about how continued on page 8

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continued from page 7 beautiful the baby was. Avoid clichés and pity. “Just a simple comment like that can let that parent know that you care,” she says. “When they want to talk, they will.” Focusing on a positive memory as opposed to the sadness of the tragedy can do wonders for a grieving parent. Allison has her own treasured moments, such as when one of her young dance students asked Allison where her baby was when she returned to work after Caeli’s death.

For the Cornues, healing has come not by moving away from memories of Caeli but by keeping her as part of the story of their family. Allison says it’s an ongoing struggle. “Mother’s Day is still very tough for me,” she adds. “And when people ask me about my family, I say that I have three kids.” When asked if he, as father of three girls, could have foreseen how much his life would change in three years, Ian— preferring the attention of his young


“I told her that she passed away, and, without missing a beat, she said, ‘Oh, so she’s in heaven now.’ She really believed that although I couldn’t see Caeli anymore, I should be happy that she is in heaven. That turned my mindset around.”

Allison plays with Viola, on the left, and Arielle in their Cazenovia home. daughters to answering questions— simply said “no.” But he added, “Life with young daughters is definitely different.” “We’re tired, but they’re amazing,” Allison says, glancing at her husband as he plays with Arielle and Viola. “Life is good. We’re very good.”

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Eat, drink and move healthy over the holidays | BY MOLLY MORGAN


he holiday season is filled with traditions, fun memories, and lots of food and drinks. Then right around the corner is the New Year, along with resolutions, which are often tied to eating healthier and losing weight. The good news is that there is no need to give up all of your holiday favorites. Rather than depriving yourself, use these tips to adjust your menu, stay mindful, and get active throughout the holiday season. Mix it up. If you are planning a holiday gettogether, mix up your menu. Start by ensuring that it includes a variety of foods. Say yes to your favorite holiday splurges, but also incorporate plenty of lighter and healthier items. Go beyond the basic fruit-and-veggie platter, and offer some creative options. Try things like fresh fruit kebabs, colorful layered fruit salads, or sliced apples with caramel dip. And how about a roasted vegetable platter, a leafy green, wreath-shaped Caprese salad, or a tree-shaped vegetable platter with a yogurt-based dip? For appetizers, opt for vegetable-based dips like: black bean and veggie dip, hummus and whole wheat pita, or Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Lighten up a cheese platter with foods that are lighter in calories. Great options include: slices of roasted vegetables (such as roasted red peppers), a variety of olives, fresh sliced vegetables, grapes, berries, or pickled vegetables. Pay attention. Think less about depriving yourself and more about being mindful about your food and beverage selections. Avoid mindless eating at parties by moving away from the food spread and socializing with guests! If you are the hostess, check on the food periodically but otherwise spend your time talking, not eating. Decide in advance how you want to spend your calories. For example, at a party, go light on the snacks and appetizers and save some room for a dessert. If you love savory dips and appetizers, enjoy the appetizers and then skimp on the desserts. Budget your calories the way you would budget your money on a shopping trip.

“Avoid mindless eating at parties by moving away from the food and socializing with guests.”

Include sources of healthier fats like salmon, tuna, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Put out dishes of mixed nuts, pistachios, almonds or cashews. Or try serving an appetizer that centers on salmon or tuna (like the Buffalo Tuna Cakes recipe on page 11). In recipes choose olive or canola oil, and look for infused oils to flavor recipes. Add whole grains to enhance your foods’ nutritional value. Consider substituting whole wheat pastry flour, quinoa, brown rice, whole grain bread crumbs, oats, or whole wheat pasta for more processed flours and grains called for in recipes. Serve dips and spreads with whole grain crackers, multigrain pita chips, or whole wheat pita bread. iSTOCK PHOTOS

A swap that works for quick breads and baked foods is using whole wheat pastry flour. This flour has a smooth texture and light wheat taste, with all the nutritional power of a whole grain flour. To substitute whole wheat pastry flour in a recipe, it is a one-to-one substitution.


Pay special attention to what you are drinking, and focus on limiting the sugary drinks. You can help your guests cut down on sugar intake by serving a variety of naturally flavored seltzer waters, infused waters, or unsweetened teas. Instead of sugary holiday punch, try a fresh fruit and seltzer punch with lime seltzer, slices of limes, and sliced strawberries. Turn this into the base for an adult punch by adding vodka. To help lessen some of the focus on food, at gatherings plan non-food activities for you and your guests: play games, assemble a puzzle, take a walk, have fun outside, build a snowman, or make simple crafts. Get and stay active. Don’t forget to stay active, even during the frenzy of the holidays. You always have options, from swimming at community indoor pools to walking at the mall, exercising at home, or heading to the gym. Of course, bundle up and enjoy outdoor activities as well: shoveling, snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, or cross country skiing. If you are traveling over the holidays, seek out ways to stay active wherever you are going, such as yoga classes, trails, roller skating, ice skating, skiing and more! Plus remember the holiday


to-do list: Shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and baking all burn calories. If you will be going to a party, plan to use these ideas to bring healthier choices with you to the gathering. The day of a party, rather than skipping meals, squeeze in a few extra minutes at the gym, on a walk, or exercising to offset the party food and drinks. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! Molly Morgan is a registered dietitian and author of three books, including, most recently, Drink Your Way to Gut Health. She lives in the Southern Tier area with her two children and husband.Visit her website at

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The Tree in the Forest

In search of an evergreen for the holidays BY LAURA LIVINGSTON SNYDER




f all the traditions a parent could follow while raising children, getting the annual Christmas tree is probably one of the most memorable. No two seasons are ever exactly the same, and the stages the kids go through change significantly from year to year. Over the 20 years my husband, Steve, and I have been parents, we’ve seen it all.

For the first few years it was easier to get a pre-cut tree from a lot. Our girls were too little to appreciate a trip into the woods, and it was too hard to drag a tree while holding a baby. By the time our second child was a toddler, our tradition was born.


We had decided to make a day of it with my mother-in-law and father-in-law and had a lot of fun. Eventually my brother and sister-in-law joined us. Today, our crew is now complete: me, my husband, and our four kids; my parents-in-law; and my brother and sister-in-law, and their two children. We went to a few different tree farms, but in recent years have found ourselves at Granger’s Christmas Tree Farm in Mexico. Granger’s is a family business, and it’s nice being recognized each year with remarks about how fast the kids are growing. Getting a Christmas tree in Central New York is an everchanging event. Back in 2004, we tried to wait out the snowless

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VARIETIES OF TREES Balsam fir The dark green needles are threequarters to 1½ inches long and retain their fragrance throughout the season. One of the best in needle retention.

Blue spruce This tree has stiff, sharp, bright blue needles from three-quarters to 1½ inches on firm branches. This spruce can hold heavy decorations but its needles will drop in a warm room. Spruce trees last only about two weeks, so time your purchase accordingly.

Concolor (or white) fir The concolor fir’s small, narrow needles are a bluish-green, about 1 to 1½ inches long, and it has a citrus scent. These trees have good needle retention.

Douglas fir This tree has one of the best aromas. It has soft, light green needles, 1 to 1½ inches long, which radiate in all directions on the branch. The branches will only support lightweight ornaments.

Frasier fir The strong branches of this tree have good form and needle retention. The branches turn slightly upward, showing off the half- to 1-inch needles, which are a dark green-blue color with a silvery underside.

Scotch pine With sharp, dark green needles and strong branches, this variety of tree keeps its aroma and remains fresh throughout the season. With the best needle retention, Scotch pines hold for four weeks.

White spruce The white spruce’s bluish-green, stiff needles have better retention than a blue spruce; however, of all the trees they are the least fragrant. The half-inch to three-quarter-inch needles have an unpleasant odor when crushed. Spruce trees last only about two weeks. ART BY RACHEL BARRY



weather. The entry in my journal on Dec. 12 complained if we waited any longer it would be Christmas. The day turned out to be rain-free without any lines. Generally, I like to stay at places at least as long as the time it takes to arrive there. So, with about a half-hour to get to Granger’s, I felt we should at least make an effort to walk through the fields. My father-in-law found his tree two rows in and began sawing away. The hubby immediately got excited, but no. I encouraged him to keep searching to get more out of the experience. The tree we found was perfect and full. Each year I name our trees and that one was Majestic. Unfortunately, a 150-pound tree is very difficult to drag without snow to glide on, especially since it hung over the plastic sled. And it felt like a quarter-mile from civilization. It was covered in mud by the time we made it back to the barn to pay. Then, once we were home, we had to prop it up and get out the hose to clean the thing off. Soaking wet, the tree weighed even more and was impossible to shake dry, especially since it had begun to rain. So, the tree froze again while we waited for it to stop dripping.

“The tree we found was perfect and full. Each year I name our trees and that one was Majestic.”

We were also new to estimating size. It may have looked modest while outside among other trees, but once we finally got it indoors we realized either our house was incredibly short, or the tree was impossibly tall. Too late, we discovered Majestic was a nine-foot monster as it left a huge mark across the stucco finish when we pulled it upright on the short end of the cathedral ceiling to the high end.

After it was anchored in, it thawed and relaxed, growing wider and wider. It just barely fit in its designated area near the doorway. That was the season we had problems maneuvering each time we went in and out of the house. A ladder was necessary to add the angel, and the mark on the ceiling was a constant reminder of that Christmas adventure for more than two decades. Then there was the year my husband was on the floor with the baby, Danielle, during tummy time when a huge, black spider awoke in the warm heat of the house and made its way across the floor next to him. Stomach to sprinting in two seconds flat! For the longest time I worked every other weekend, so the month of December was limited for holiday traditions. Mother Nature usually had different ideas for those dates. We’ve been on open wagon rides in minus-10-degree weather, bundled up so only our eyes were exposed, looking a lot like Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, from A Christmas Story. Some years had two feet of fresh snow we thought we’d lose the kids in. (I think winter hats with red flags on top would really sell in those conditions.) A few mild winters have had us out only in thick sweaters, posing for pictures as if we were advertising for L.L. Bean. Trimming the tree has had its challenges along the way. It only takes one time to realize grooming the branches will result in oozing sap where they’ve been cut, so now I only wear old clothes. We also make sure the tree stand is the appropriate size, and bungee cord our tree so it won’t fall. Again. continued on page 16



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continued from page 14 My biggest challenge used to be allowing the kids to decorate the tree, or more accurately, the same branch. This was done until it was weighed down with silver and gold, crying uncle. I’m particular about spacing and, well, children aren’t. To be fair, they are only so tall.


I give a lot of credit to my mother, who appreciates precision, too. I remember when my brother and I were little and would run to her to be given the next bulb or ribbon to be hung. If she “adjusted” them later, I never caught on. Anyway, I’m much better these days, knowing how quickly the years turn toddlers into teens. Everyone can marvel over the fresh pine smell and perfect needles (this includes the cats, who believe tree water is feline Evian), and comment on the homemade ornaments from Years Past that will always adorn our family evergreen. No matter the weather, we’ve strengthened our family as we’ve laughed in the fresh air, searched and found the perfect tree, and made lasting memories.

Be sure to wear boots, gloves and old clothes. Don’t forget the camera! Decide on the best tree for your family. Choose a tree with a straight trunk. Saw off a straight edge, and remove bottom branches with a saw so the tree will fit firmly in the stand. Avoid trimming the sides of the trunk to fit the stand; have the stand fit the trunk. Shake off excess needles and snow before taking indoors. If the tree is pre-cut, use a saw to take off about an inch at the base to remove the seal the sap made over the initial cut. Once in the stand, secure without over tightening. Fill the water well as soon as possible. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter. The tree will drink the most the first few days, so replenish as needed. Keep trees away from heat sources and use low heat-producing lights.

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Tuesday, Nov. 28 Teen Mystery Afternoon. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Young people ages 12-18 can try to figure out why Selena stole a library book and how justice can be served. Central Library, Community Room, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Registration required:

Wednesday, Nov. 29 The Wizard of Oz. 7 p.m. (preview); through

Jan. 7. An acrobatic take on the beloved story includes characters and songs from the Oscar-winning movie. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $20-$58. (315) 443-3275.

Thursday, Nov. 30 DIY Snowman Ornament. 6-7 p.m. Kids ages

8-12 can learn to make a snowman ornament with a light-up nose. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 7 p.m.;

Holiday Storytime and Santa Pictures. 11 a.m. Children can hear holiday stories, sing carols to live music, and get photos taken with Santa. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-aged children, especially, will enjoy tales of animals’ wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world; all ages are welcome. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. (315) 312-6677.

(After the first day, Festival of Trees is open during regular museum hours.) Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/adults; free/child. (315) 474-6064. also Dec. 2. Charles Schulz’s comic comes to life in this musical about an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler, 227 Magnolia St., Syracuse. $3/advance; $5/door. (315) 435-4376.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while the kids share Christmas wishes with the jolly old elf. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Cost includes zoo admission: $18/general; free/age 2 & younger. Reservations required: (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113. Stop Motion Animation. 10 a.m. Kids age 10 and up can learn how movies work and make their own stop-motion animated film. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320. Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s

Theatre presents an interactive, comic version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Aladdin find the magic lamp and win the princess’ heart. Children are invited to dress as their favorite fairy tale character. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 1 & 6 p.m.;

also Dec. 3. Syracuse City Ballet artists and children perform the tale of a young girl who ventures into an enchanted world after saving a dashing prince. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $10-$75 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121.

Yoga Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Participants can take

10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Dec. 3. Dozens of crafters, as well as food and music. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Admission: $2/ adult; free/age 16 & younger or 65 & older. (315) 472-5478.

Friday, Dec. 1

Polar Express Model Train. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Listen to The Polar Express and then set up the American Flyer model train set; for ages 6-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.;

Handbell Ensemble Concert. 2 p.m. Belle Aire plays English handbell music, from Bach to the Beatles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Dec. 9, 16,

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5-6 p.m.; also

part in a yoga storytime, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

also Dec. 15. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $3/ family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843.

Tree Trimming. 3:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12

can sing along with festive music and help decorate the library’s tree. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Festival of Trees First Friday. 5-9 p.m.;

through Dec. 10. See trees, wreaths and special displays. On the First Friday, taste Speach chocolates and listen to holiday music from 45s and LPs. A fundraiser for the Everson Museum of Art.


23 & 30. Kids can read to a friendly dog from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 16. Children ages 5-12 can read to a dog volunteer trained by Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m.; also

Dec. 3, 9, 10 & 30. In this puppet version of the popular television special, the Peanuts gang gets together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Open Hand Theater, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Suite No. 3, DeWitt. $13-$15/ adults; $8-$10/youth; free/under 2. (315) 4760466.

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2 p.m. Pat Doherty teaches a class for newcomers to the ukulele. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Dec. 9, 15 & 16. Children can take part in interactive activities and visit with Santa Claus. Then they can see The Polar Express in the six-story IMAX theater (7 p.m.). Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $5/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and up. (315) 425-9068.

Elf Tree Lighting. 6-8 p.m. An Elf-themed Christmas tree lighting. Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6696 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. Free. (315) 752-3134. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 7 p.m. See Dec. 1 listing.

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Thursday, Dec. 7 Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m. Join fellow teens

to write in any of a variety of genres, receive feedback and get support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Hour of Minecraft Code. 5 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can challenge themselves to a Minecraft-themed hour of code and get a prize. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.


Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Dec. 14 & 21. Children age 5 and up can use their imaginations and discover new crafting techniques. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395. Merry Mischief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the library and lead a sing-along. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484. A Christmas Concert. 6:30 p.m. The Lyncourt Community Band, conducted by Tony DeAngelis, and barbershop chorus Harmony Katz perform holiday music and songs. St. Daniel School gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free. 432-1005.

Lights on the Lake, through Jan. 7

Sunday, Dec. 3 Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Teddy Bear Tea. 1-3 p.m. Children, adults and

teddy bears (or other stuffed animals) can have a fun afternoon, including tea, treats and activities. Admission to Everson Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees included with each Teddy Bear Tea ticket. Grand Ballroom, Marriott Syracuse Downtown (Hotel Syracuse), 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse. $25. Reservations required:

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 2 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 9, 10 & 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 17. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. A Holiday Festival of Carols. 4 p.m. Members of Syracuse Children’s Chorus sing a mix of festive music, including songs about Christmas, Hanukkah and winter, in a celebration of the season. Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts St., Syracuse. $10/adults; $5/ages 5-16; free/under 5. (315) 4780582.

Monday, Dec. 4 Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly

meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend:

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Stories and More. 10 a.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. Children from babies to age 5 years can get a chance to move around, sing, hear stories and more. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 19.

Children ages 3-6 can learn several signs that correspond to the stories that day. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.



Tails to Tell. 3:30 p.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. Children ages 5-12 can read to a dog volunteer trained by Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20.

Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20. Early

readers can practice literacy skills with music, rhymes, movement and stories; for ages from infants through 5 years. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Dec. 13, 20 & 27. Children from birth to age 5 years, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy a fun storytime. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also also Dec. 13 &

20. Babies and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20. Children ages 2-4 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs and make crafts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m.

Homeschoolers ages 5-10 can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math with handson activities and experiments. Parents and siblings are welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Technology Camp. 4:30 p.m.; also Dec. 13, 20

& 27. Young people ages 8-18 can learn a variety of tech skills, from basic robotics to computer coding in sessions with plenty of hands-on activities. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Words and Music Songwriter Woodshed.

6:30-9 p.m. Songwriters of all ages and skill levels can bring work, and get and give constructive suggestions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Friday, Dec. 8 Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon.

Homeschooled students ages 5-12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $8/student. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon. org/montezuma.

Family Dance Party. 2-3 p.m.; also Dec. 15. Active toddlers and preschoolers, and their grownups, can dance to music, using props and playing rhythm instruments. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. Gingerbread Houses. 2:30 p.m. It’s a half-day of school. Kids can make houses out of graham crackers; for ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326. Sensory Friendly Polar Express Party.

5 p.m. This chance for children with sensory processing disorders to experience the museum is also a Polar Express pajama party, with hot chocolate, sensory-friendly activities and a chance to visit with Santa. Doors are left open so visitors who need a break can get away from the stimulation of the exhibits, and during The Polar Express (6 p.m.) the IMAX sound is turned down. MOST (Museum of Science & Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. $5/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and up(315) 425-9068.

Saturday, Dec. 9 Beaver Lake Breakfast with Santa. 9 a.m.noon. Have pancakes, sausage and a drink, and meet Santa. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $4/parking. (315) 638-2519. Read, Make, Play. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 23. Children ages 3-5 can listen to stories, make crafts and play. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797. Dasher’s Magical Gift. 11 a.m. In a narrated ballet for children, performed by students from Dance Centre North, a crisis arises in the days before Christmas when Santa’s fastest reindeer, Dasher, loses his ability to fly. Presented by CNY Arts. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $10-$19. (315) 299-5598.

Gingerbread House Making Class. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; also Dec. 28. Make a structure and take it home. All materials included. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $12. Preregistration and prepayment required: (315) 471-0593, Ext. 10.

Santa Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy the

Festival of Trees, meet Santa, decorate a holiday ornament, and have a drink and cookies. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $12/ adults; $10/children. (315) 474-6064.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 10 & 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing. Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus listen to children tell their Christmas wishes after 30 minutes of merry music. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320. Syracuse Children’s Chorus. 2 p.m. Two

younger choruses perform a selection of choral pieces and holiday favorites. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 4353636.

Art at the Library. 2 p.m. All ages of kids can use children’s literature to inspire them in exploring concepts of art. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395. Hour of Code. 2-4 p.m. Young people ages

8-18 can learn basic computer code, then stay for extra gaming fun. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays.

In upcoming sessions of this weekly interactive series, topics will include: chemistry, candles and

more. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Caroling in the Woods. 7-8:30 p.m. Pick up a song sheet and take part in a Baltimore Woods tradition; bring treats to share with fellow carolers. Lanterns provided. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free. (315) 673-1350. Registration requested:

Drop In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Kids can make fun, seasonal crafts in the Children’s Room with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.


Sunday, Dec. 10 Free Sunday at the Sciencenter. Noon-5 p.m. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits, including Children of Hangzhou. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission on Dec. 10: Free. (607) 272-0600. A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Voices of Faith Choir Concert. 3 p.m. Carols and classical music with the Voices of Faith Choir and guest performers including the John Spillett Duo. A social gathering follows the concert. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 927 Park Ave., Syracuse. Free will offering. (315) 422-2343.

Family Literacy Hour. 6-7 p.m. Families with

children from infants to 5 years old can get into stories, music, rhymes and movement. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Happy Holidays Storytime. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hear stories about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, then make a craft. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Monday, Dec. 11 Christmas Ornaments. 3:30 p.m. Kids ages

5-12 can create ornaments and help decorate the library. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Monday Funday. 5 p.m. Children ages 5-10

can make a craft. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come

and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Star Party. 7-10 p.m. Using a telescope, look for the Geminid meteor shower, and possibly see the area surrounding Orion, and various nebulae and clusters. Dress warmly. (Backup date: Dec. 14.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop

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Thursday, Dec. 14 Smartplay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 6 and

under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The

Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk on the subject of aviation, the physics of flight, and the different routes to becoming a pilot. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be accompanied by an adult. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email:

Meet Santa’s Reindeer. Noon-4 p.m.; also Dec.

Preschool Book Club. 1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-5 can bring a parent or guardian to read a book together and then talk about things happening in the book. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

17. Meet, pet and take photos with Comet and Prancer. Part of Holidays in the City; other events include free holiday trolley at stops downtown (Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 17, noon-4 p.m.); Santa visit at the Galleries of Syracuse (Dec. 17, noon-4 p.m.; advance registration required.). Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free.

Teen Writing and Drawing Group. 3:30-5

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Friday, Dec. 15

Making Your Own Gingerbread House. 2 p.m. Children age 5 (younger if accompanied by an adult) and up can make a mini gingerbread house. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

p.m. Teens can share art or writing, get feedback, and talk about their projects. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Mercy’s Promise: A Christmas Musical.

7 p.m.; also Dec. 16 & 17. In this original musical, the faith of a young man and his family is tested during the time of the Romans. Childcare provided for age 5 and under; refreshments after the show. Crossroads Community Church, 1751 Fyler Road, Chittenango. (315) 687-7625.

Saturday, Dec. 16 Last Chance Trail Run & Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. Go on an 8-mile walk or run and have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Highland Forest Park, County Road 128, Fabius. $10/adults; $5/ages 6-11; $20/family maximum. (315) 683-5550.

Ugly Sweater and Cookie Party.

2 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can decorate sweaters and cookies to try to make them as ridiculous as possible. Materials provided, but participants may bring in decorations if they wish. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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Family Dance. 6:30 p.m. Children and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in fun and simple dances. United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $2/adults; $1/teens & kids.

Mercy’s Promise: A Christmas Musical. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 17. See Dec. 15 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 17 Mercy’s Promise: A Christmas Musical. 10:30 a.m. See Dec. 15 listing.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer. Noon-4 p.m. See Dec. 16 listing.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 2 & 6 p.m. The international touring ballet company returns to Syracuse for its holiday performance. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $28-$132 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121.

Free Holiday Movie. 3-6 p.m. Enjoy games and activities (3-4 p.m.), then see Jim Carrey in The Grinch. Part of Holidays in the City. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free.

Monday, Dec. 18 Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about a different topic each month. This month parents can exchange ideas and bring in curriculum to share. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

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Tuesday, Dec. 19 See Ongoing Events

Wednesday, Dec. 20 A Child’s Christmas in Wales. 7 p.m. See a fully staged performance of the Dylan Thomas work, directed by Gerard Moses. Carols and refreshments after the show. Studio24, 433 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. $10. (315) 289-6613.


Solstice Hike. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about ancient solstice traditions on a lantern-lit hike through the woods; snowshoes provided. For age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register:

Friday, Dec. 22 See Ongoing Events

Saturday, Dec. 23

Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides, Dec. 16-Feb. 25

Creation Station. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Kids age

5-12 can walk in anytime to make cards, wreaths and ornaments. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

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Tuesday, Dec. 26

The Checkers Show. 2-2:45 p.m. Enjoy magic,

Sunday, Dec. 31

Tinkering Time. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 8-12 can test their hands at circuit making with littleBits electronic kits. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Noon Year’s Eve. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ring in the “noon” year with entertainment, games, crafts, and a sparkling-juice toast at noon. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults (ages 19-61); $5/over age 62; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

comedy, stunts and a unique story line. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Family STEAM Night. 6 p.m. Families with

children age 3 and up can explore science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.


Friday, Dec. 29

Winter Break Week Activities. 2-4 p.m., daily; through Dec. 30. Kids ages 5-12 can take part in hands-on activities throughout the week. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Holiday Engineering. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can use craft materials to build and decorate their own gingerbread house to bring home. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Coding and Robotics Workshop. 2-4 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can learn about coding and robotics with two different, hands-on learning kits. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing. The Bubbleman. 2 p.m. Doug Rougeux

demonstrates the science of bubbles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Star Wars STEAM. 2-3 p.m. Build a droid,

make Star Wars snowflakes and more; for age 7 and up. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Winter Bird Feeders. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can make two different types of bird feeders to hang in their yards. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Thursday, Dec. 28 Gingerbread House Making Class. 11 a.m. &

1 p.m. See Dec. 9 listing.

Junk Creatures, the Sequel. 2 p.m. Kids age

5 and up can make beasts from the recycling bin, with accessories from the craft cabinet. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

New Year’s Family Fun. 2:30 p.m. Children

ages 5-12 can share New Year’s resolutions, create calendars, and make party hats and noisemakers to help ring in 2018. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Saturday, Dec. 30 A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing. Noon Year’s Eve Party. Noon. Kids and parents can ring in the New Year with an event that features music, dancing, crafts, snacks, and a countdown at noon. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. Building Fun. 2 p.m. Children can build with the Big Blue Blocks. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Monday, Jan. 1 See Ongoing Events

Tuesday, Jan. 2 First Snow Leopard Day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

See snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, red wolves and other animals for half price through Feb. 28. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission January and February: $4/adults; $2.50/age 62 & up; $2/ ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

ONGOING EVENTS Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 7. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections and a grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $6/car, Mondays & Tuesdays with Wegmans Shoppers Club card. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. (315) 453-6712. Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery.

Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Jan. 7. (Closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Dec. 24 & 31: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See a fantastical village of houses, boats and more, built with gingerbread, candy, crackers and other edible items. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593.

Horsedrawn Sleigh (or Hay) Rides. Satur-

days & Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Dec. 16-Feb. 25. Also Dec. 26-Jan. 1; Jan. 15 & Feb. 19. A 20-minute ride into the woods. Highland Forest Park, County Road 128, Fabius. $6/adults; $3/age 5 & under. (315) 683-5550.

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