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November/December 2012

• 17th Annual Festival of Trees • 26th Annual Victorian Streetwalk • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony • Holiday Songbook SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com

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Contents: DECEMBER 2012

Festival of Trees 8 Welcome 10 Festival Committee 12 Schedule of Events 13 Festival Performers 14 Special Thanks 16 Family Day Committee 18 Family Day Sponsors 20 Corporate Sponsors

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Table Top Trees Floor Trees Holiday Decor Donors Steve Sullivan Festival Volunteers Programs & Services Shining Stars

Victorian Streetwalk 38 Information 39 Map 40 Event Schedule

Holiday Articles 42 Questions for Mr. and Mrs. Claus

46 Take the Ho-Hum Out of Your Holiday Decorating

Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony 52 Schedule of Events

Holiday Songs 54 Frosty the Snowman 55 Jingle Bells 56 Here Comes Santa Claus 57 O Come, All Ye Faithful 58 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com

59 O Christmas Tree 60 Up On the Housetop 61 We Wish You A Merry Christmas 62 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Cover photo courtesy of StockStudios A Saratoga Christmas

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he holiday season is becoming quite challenging for individuals and families living in the tri-county region. Many are finding it increasingly difficult to get and keep jobs that pay enough to support their basic needs. They are having trouble feeding their children adequately, locating affordable and stable housing and securing health care for themselves and their families. The parallel challenge for each of us is to respond to the needs of the poor and the suffering among us with compassion and generosity, and to advocate for systemic change that guarantees the basic necessities for all of our neighbors. They are not the “other” but are our neighbors, our friends and even our own family members. In the midst of these trying times, we are acutely aware of our own vulnerability as well as a heightened sensitivity to our deep interconnectedness. It is with a spirit of gratitude for the blessings in our lives that we invite you to enjoy this creative holiday fantasy of delightfully decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. Please stop at our raffle table, shop at the Holiday Store and join us for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday—a fun filled day of children’s activities in Santa’s workshop. Also returning this year, is the exquisite miniature Circus, Carnival and Train built over a 40 year period and exhibited by its owner, Don Erlenbusch. May the many magical moments of this year’s festival fill our spirits with hope and the joy of the season.

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Behind the scenes, scores of dedicated volunteers spent countless hours planning and preparing for this event to be enjoyed by the entire community. For them we are most grateful. Thank you also to the many businesses and corporate sponsors who have generously supported our efforts and to the creative donors of the myriad of items of holiday décor. Our media sponsors, Saratoga Today, Star 101.3 FM and Mannix Marketing, Inc. have been wonderful supporters as well.

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We encourage you to savor this visual feast and to further the mission of Catholic Charities by purchasing the holiday items displayed. We wish you a happy, peace-filled holiday season—one that will rekindle hope and trust in the gift of life and our relationship with one another. The Steering Committee Sister Charla Commins Kate Deloria Earline Johnson Bruce O’Connell     8 A Saratoga Christmas

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Festival Committee Catholic Charities Mission Statement Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, and calls forth and collaborates with women and men of goodwill in fulfillment of its mission.

Committe Principals Theresa Agresta Lynn Allen Josie Ambrosio Sal Ambrosio Gail Anderson Wayne Bemis Mary Bonner Florence Campion Barbara Cassier Sister Charla Commins Anne Comstock Melissa Corrigan Kathleen Cosmus Peter Crowley Margaret D’Andrea Kate Deloria Fran Dingeman Sharon Drosky

Stan Droskey Bob Dudley Mary Dudley Rick Dunn Leona Dupell Margaret Fueston Colleen Guarino Kathy Harkins Kris Hatch Earline Johnson Noreen Jones Angela Laterra Joanne Luciano Pat Mangona Cindy Manz Mary Ellen Maxwell Bernie McCue Pat Meany

Jane Mehan Sally Navarro Bruce O’Connell Marcia Okosky Jeffery Parker Mary Prattico Kathy Price Candyce Robenstein Jackie Saxton Katie Schmidt Nancy Schumacher Pam Stianson Nancy Toole Kelly Mansfield Waechter Wayne Wheeler Mandy Whelan

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Festival Committee Honorary Committee Chair Bishop Howard J. Hubbard

Board of Directors

Honorary Committee Michael & Stacie Arpey Mark E. Baker, Saratoga Springs City Center Diana M. Burke Nancy Burkly Kate Calbone Rebecca Christner & Carter White Vincent W. Colonno Bill Donovan Richard and Anita Dunn Claudette Farchione Jim and Sally Higgins Rev. Dominic Ingemie Kathleen James Earlene & Matt Johnson Jane D. Morrissey John & Rosemary Munter

James & Anne Noonan Bruce & Madge O’Connell Frank & Delores Parillo David & Helen Porter Ann Seton Quinn David & Deborah Quinn Ron & Michelle Riggi Dee Sarno David & Christine Stack Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Trip Shannon Helen Snyder Lew & Pat Titterton Michael & Linda Toohey Drs. Nancy Wade & John Leary Jane A. Wait Kelly Mansfield Waechter

President Bruce O’Connell Vice President Jane Morrissey Treasurer Rebecca Christner Secretary Kelly Waechter Board Members Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia Kristine Hatch Rev. Dominic Ingemie Earline Johnson Trip Shannon Steven Stockdale Michael Toohey, Esq. Nancy Wade, M.D.

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Special Thanks

Our sincerest thanks to Steve Sullivan and Yvonne Sinnamon and the entire staff of the Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows for their continuous generosity to our Preview Reception. Many thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support of the Festival of Trees event. AJ Sign Co. AJ’s Cleaners Allegory Studios; Theresa Agresta and Melissa Corrigan Allerdice Rent-All, Inc. Empire Broadcasting Corporation Mark Baker and the Saratoga Springs City Center Staff Jeff Brisbin Don Erlenbusch Mary Farley and the 4H Club of Saratoga County Joan and Chuck Lighthart Michael Meslar Tom Roohan; Roohan Realty Brenda Vrendenburg

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Beverages: to the 17thDeCrescente Annual Distributing Inc.

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Eddy's Beverage Center Mike's Hard Lemonade Olde Saratoga Brewing Company Regent Spirits & Wine Division Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service Saratoga Spring Water Company

Florists: Black Iris Country Florist Jan's Florist Price Chopper (3035 Rt. 50 Wilton) Price Chopper (Ballston Ave. - Rt. 50) SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com


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FAMILY DAY COMMITTEE Co-Chairpersons Kate Deloria Jane Mehan Breakfast With Santa Margaret D’Andrea Children’s Activities Donor’s D’Andrea’s Pizza Christmas Characters Fran Dingeman Madge O’Connell Cookie Decorating Joan Fitzhenry Cindy Manz

Decorations Colleen Guarino Face Painting Kerri Barber Diane McGarry Nancy Toole Maddie Albrycht Sarah Albrycht Barbara Nieman Letters to Santa Kathleen Cosmus Maureen Lynch Manicures Noreen Jones Mary Bonner Susan Clark

Ornaments Joanne Luciano Santa Photos Anne Comstock Picture Frames Margaret Fueston Mary Angelini Storyteller’s Corner JoAnne McGraw Tickets/Reservations Catholic Charities Office Staff

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Family Day Sponsor:

Healthy Living Market and Café Christmas Characters STAR 101.3 Radio Cookie Decorating BCI Construction Principal Santa’s Workshop River Farm America Foundation Breakfast Sponsors McPadden Builders, LLC The Dennis Family D. A. Collins Stewarts Shops “Sundaes with Santa” Entertainment David Murphy

Face Painting Warren Anesthesiologist Holiday Shoppe Sonny & Julie Bonacio Letters to Santa Anthony & Susan DePaula

Principal Breakfast Sponsor The Whelan Family

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Decorations G. Willikers Larry & Linda Ambrosino

Manicures David Murphy The Appraisal Company Ornaments Orsini Electric Violets/Stellas of Saratoga Photo With Santa Mr. & Mrs. D. Allen Collins Picture Frames Adirondack Sign Perfect Freeman & Shea Co. Inc. Plumbing Santa’s Workshop Dr. James Byrne/Dr. Brian Byrne Orthodontist Sharon Byrne Realty USA

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Boston Market The Bread Basket Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery Barbara Cassier Chianti’s II Comptons Restaurant Country Corner Cafe Courtyard Marriott D’Andrea’s Pizza Denny’s Restaurant Dunkin Donuts Esperanto’s Finish Line Restaurant & Bar

Golden Corral Mark Hogan Log Jam Restaurant Hannaford Food & Drug Superstore Holiday Inn-Saratoga Springs Jeff Many McDonalds Restaurant Exit 15 Mimi & Friends Hair Studio Mexican Connection Post Time Deli Price Chopper Corporate Gift Committee

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Mr & Mrs Claus

2012 Santa’s:

Patrick Agostino, Thomas Cosmus, Stan Drosky, John Hayes, Jack Minehan, Tom Roohan

Mrs. Claus: Joann McGraw

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CORPORATE SPONSORS Acosta Sales Altria Sales and Distribution Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Antonucci’s Arizona Tea Bachman Company Burns Management Bast Hatfield Cabot Campbell Commonwealth Brands, Inc. Crown Imports DA Collins, Kubricky Construction, Pallette Stone Corporation DeCrescente Distributing Company Diageo Diana’s Bakery Don Miguel Florida’s Natural Fortitech Inc. Freihofer / Bimbo Bakeries USA Frito-Lay, Inc.

Frontier Food Brokers Grant Sales & Marketing Great Lakes Heineken USA Inc. Hood Labatt’s USA LBM Sales Leroy Holding Company Liggett Vector Brands Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc. Lomac Associates M & M Foods Sales Maplehurst Maplewood Ice Co., Inc. Mike’s Lemonade MLB Construction Service LLC Molson Miller Coors Nestle Nestle Waters of North America / Poland Springs Northeast Retailer Brands

Old Neighborhood Foods Paul DeLima Pepsi-Cola Company Pepsi-Cola Company - Newburgh Protective Industrial Products RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company Roohan Realty Ryder Transportation Services Santa Fe Tobacco Saratoga Eagle Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co. Schlotterbeck & Foss Company Bunzl USA Stewart’s Shops The Adirondack Trust Company UniFirst Corporation Unilever Ice Cream US Foods W.J. Morris Excavating, Inc. White Wave

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Purchase, Pick-up & Delivery Information

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Pick-up time for small trees, wreaths and centerpieces: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd. The Saratoga Festival of Trees cannot be responsible for displays not picked up at this time.

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2012 Table Top Trees Sponsors and Decorators Festival of Trees tree name S: Sponsor D: Decorator Beginning To Look Like Christmas S: Kathleen and Thomas Cosmus D: Claudette Farchione, Linda Crawford, Theresa Markowicz, Elizabeth Markowicz Joy to the World S: Dr. and Mrs. Hal Card D: Ann Wagner, Catherine MacNeil Buon Natale S: Dr. and Mrs. Roland Phillips D: Jenness Cunningham, Charleen Bivona Every Knee Shall Bend S: Jack Byrne Ford & Mercury D: The Giver of Life Gift Shoppe-Yolanda Paolicelli, Christine Edwards, Jan Nudo Birds of a Feather S: Wesley Community D: Wesley CommunityLorrie Shilling, Pat Rachiele Clara’s Christmas S: Saratoga Smiles D: Saratoga Smiles Splendid Christmas Holiday S: Mrs. Beverly Valentine D: Nancy Salmon Under the Sea S: Dr. William & Robin Byrt D: Elizabeth Todd, Robin Byrt Red and White Christmas S: Steven and Pam Stiansen D: Tom and Irene Burns Victorian Christmas S: Mrs. Jane Wait D: Marcela Tysoe, Madeline Rooney Karner Blue Christmas S: Scott Varley Group D: Impressions of Saratoga ADDITIONAL SPONSORS: S: Citizens Bank SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com

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2012 Floor Trees Sponsors and Decorators Festival of Trees A Delightful Christmas S: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners D:Beth DeMatteo Jesus is the Reason for the Season S: Court McLaughlin #422-Catholic Daughters of America D: Catholic Daughters #422

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The Grinch S: The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau D: Timothy Healy - Posie Peddler Florist Joyful Noise S: Mr. and Mrs. James Grande D: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Alicia Murphy “Adrian” Family Adirondack Tree S: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Toohey D: Mariann Gold, Carol Jo Dufort, Amy Galvin, Elizabeth Dufort, Julie Gold, Erin Dufort, Kristin Catrambone Pine Cones on Parade S: Wm J. Burke & Sons D: Carole Schiraldi, Ronnie Yacur

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Christmas Melodies S: Home of the Good Shepherd D: Home of the Good Shepherd

The Cardinal Rules S: Saratoga Casino and Raceway D: Horticulture and Landscape Program

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• Kathy Denkenberger • Vice President of Operations and Convention Services, Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau

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A Children’s Christmas S: Roohan Realty D: Roohan Realty-Robin Dalton, Tamara Valentine, Darlene Chorman, Palma Pedrick, Sage Cerone

Santa’s On His Way S: Saratoga Care/Saratoga Hospital D:Saratoga Hospital-Floor D1Kathy Crandall ADDITIONAL SPONSORS: S: NY Long Term Care S: Knights of Columbus S: Finch Paper, LLC S: Sutton & Tarantino

Blue Christmas S: Coldwell Banker Prime Properties-Saratoga Office D: Michelle Poccia SEFCU Tree S: SEFCU D: SEFCU

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All Aboard! The Circus is Returning to The Festival!

We’re thrilled to welcome Don Erlenbusch back to the 2012 Festival of Trees! His miniature Circus, Carnival and Train was a huge hit last year with the young and the young-at-heart. The elaborate display includes over 400 pieces collected over 40 years, including colorful trains, circus wagons, people, animals, tents and carnival rides. Come operate the train yourself‌you know you want to!

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Holiday Decor Donors Almost One of a Kind Quilt Shop Vicky Feldman & Barbara Haynes Barbara Baker Susanna Bezold Theresa Bezold Carol Bradley Irene Burns Kaitlyn Cameron Florence Campion Elaine Caruso Roberts Sally Charbonneau Catherine Charbonneau Susan Christopher Church of St. Peter High School Youth Ministry Patricia Poulette Catherine Clarke Kristen Corcoran Crafters Gallery Roger Goldsmith Faith in God Girls, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kayla Dodds Megan Drosky Sharon Drosky & Friends Kathleen & Bob Empie Mary Farrell Joanne Figliomeni Veronica Frazier Sandi Graham Nancy Holsberger Diana Jenner

Diane Johnstone Jim Kehoe, Gift Craft Connie Kirkpatrick Noelle Kolakowski Christine Levy Cosette Lotz Diane Madrigal John Manley Rose Manley Mary’s Haven , Anne Reed, Robin Byrt Pat Meaney Lindsay Miakisz Diana Miller Milton Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Lori Langdon Ann Neville Sheila O’Connell Marcia Okosky Heather O’Leary Nancy O’Leary Orenda Garden Club, Louise Jordan- Jody Froehlich Barbara Parrish Jocelyn Peters Maria Peters Michele Phillips Colleen Potter Megan Potter Prayer Shawl Ministry, St. Peter’s & St. Clement’s Church Candyce Robenstein Alexandra Russell Diane Russell

Sue Rutkowski Nan Salmon Saratoga Note Cards Jerry Bradley Jackie Saxton Lisa Shaul & Friends Skidmore Apartments Stacia Montgomery, Renee Fallon, Joanna Belding, Christina O’Connell St. Clement’s Church Pam Stiansen Stillwater Central School, Key Club, Beth Koury Sweetheart’s Dolls, Carolyn Isenberg The Elves The Littles The Springs, Nicole Blanchette, Aimee Norris Uncommon Threads, Barbara Hefter Kate Van Buren Megan Vaughn Gail Veitch Ralph Vincent Mary Ann Weatherwax Yaddo Garden Association, Kathy DiSanto, Veronica Frazier, Katie Hart, Lyn Madden, Ruth Talmon, Barbara Sutherland, Jane Wait

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Steve Sullivan

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Sully’s team at the Olde Bryan Inn

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for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you have done for me.” —Matthew 25:40

service and a sumptuous spread for attendees. His involvement in the event is only one example of his commitment to the Saratoga community. Sister Charla Commins, Catholic Charities Executive Director, has known him for over thirty years and greatly admires his humble

and quiet benevolence. “He gives back without expectation of personal or professional gain. For Sully, it’s not a choice but an inherent responsibility. He uses his personal and financial resources in collaboration with so many non- profit agencies. He sees it as a shared effort. SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com


He is a true partner.” Sullivan’s personal and professional philosophy can be summed up in one word: stewardship. Affectionately referred to as “Sully” by his employees, friends, and the community, he credits his mentor, Frank Sheehan, with awakening the steward within him back in the 1970s. Sully recalls that for Frank, “it was about making a difference. If you’re going to be in a community, you have to be willing to become part of it. You can’t just sit on the sidelines. You have to be an active participant.” The sentiment resonated strongly with Sully, and he never forgot it. In 1979, happenstance brought him and longtime partner, Dave Powers, together when Sully asked him if some antique decorations outside his would-be restaurant were for sale. Having been in the antique business himself, Sully couldn’t resist an opportunistic moment. Shortly thereafter Sully and Powers joined forces to reopen the historic Olde Bryan Inn in downtown Saratoga Springs in 1981. The pair then opened Longfellow’s in 1996. The ventures were a success and have withstood the test of time and the high demands of their Saratoga clientele. Sully’s measure of performance, however, veers from the traditional formula of profit and popularity. Rather, he defines success as making a difference. The tradition of stewardship began back in 1983, when Olde Bryan Inn chef Bob Fredericks took an interest in a local homeless man and learned that he was able to survive thanks to the efforts of the Presbyterian Church soup kitchen. After he heard about Bob’s experience, Sully and his team immediately sprang to action and began SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com

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donating food from the restaurants to help support the soup kitchen’s growing demand. They quickly expanded their involvement and today provide employee volunteers and hot meals at the soup kitchen twice a month. The same dedicated team has also spearheaded fundraising efforts for the soup kitchen. They created a hugely successful event, Mayday for Hunger, that features silent and live auctions, food, service, and beverages courtesy of Longfellows and the Olde Bryan Inn, and local volunteers and entertainment who help to organize and coordinate the event. The event has raised up to $80,000, and the soup kitchen receives 100% of the proceeds. One of the team’s most important and rewarding contributions to the soup kitchen is the Thanksgiving program that they’ve provided

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The Spirit of christmas since 1983. Every Thanksgiving the Olde Bryan Inn is closed to the public to prepare a feast for those in need. Last year Sully and his employees as well as their families, customers and community volunteers, served 275 individuals at the soup kitchen, another 375 at the Olde Bryan Inn, and delivered additional meals throughout the area. Sully truly believes in the spirit of generosity of the holiday, and reflects that “it’s truly inspiring to know that we’ve made a difference, even if it’s just with a hot meal.” He, perhaps better than anyone, knows that a helping hand and a hot meal go a very long way to provide hope and support to those who need it most. Sully believes that one of the most important roles that he and his team play in the community is acting as a “catalyst” for other charitable projects. He explains that “when you take the time to change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” By showing the community and his staff what an enormous positive impact just a few small efforts can make, Sully encourages others to take an active role in facilitating causes that they believe in. A particularly proud moment came when a dedicated staff member, Robin Kelsey, organized a breast cancer awareness fundraiser in honor of a former employee who passed away from the illness. The whole team at the Olde Bryan Inn enthusiastically became involved and worked together to put on an event that raised over $10,000 for the cause. In addition, Sully and his team donate 15 events each year to local non-profits that make a difference in the well-being of our community through their work with those in

need. They provide space at Longfellows, service, food, and non-alcoholic beverages. The donation of time, food and service play a major role in the percentage of proceeds that are able to go directly back to supporting the cause. This aspect of his stewardship is one of the most rewarding for him, because he is not only contributing himself, but providing other people with the resources they need to benefit the community as well. Seeing the spirit of giving spread is perhaps one of Sully’s greatest achievements, and he is truly proud and grateful to be a part of a community whose charitable efforts make such a big impact. He shares, “Everyone has an opportunity to make a difference. It’s about being aware and taking action.” •

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2012 Festival of Trees Volunteers Nellie Agosta Lynn Allen Vince Arpey Judy Banks Gail Barclay Donna Bates Carol Begley Dottie Bemis Carol Boltzer Eleanor Boyle Carol Bradley Lanyel Brandon Elena Porter Brannstrom Dan Brooks Barbara Britton Don Brooks Ellen Brown Mary Buhr Darlene Burke Diana Burke Merrillyn Capone Joan Carola Barbara Carovano Carol Catone Beth Chabot Pat Chance

Marilynn Civic Florence Champion Becky Christner Susan Christopher Kerry Conley Ann Cooley Jane Costello Barbara Crandall Patricia Cross Doreen DeFelice Kathy DeVivo Cathy DiPaolo Kathy DiSanto Betty Donnelly Pat Dorsey Mary and Bob Dudley Jean Dugan Sally Duval Mary Farrell Ryan Faville Joan Ferris Joanne Figliomeni Denny Finnegan Judy Fitzpatrick Pat Flanagan Carol Frail

Veronica Frazier Judy Froehlich Regina and Jim Gapczynski Martha Garczynski Mary Ann Gibbs Mary Gilhooly Kathy Gorham Ellen Gorman Pat Gould Cathy Hall Susan Hansen Dorothy and Steve Harren Maria Harrison Katie Hart Bridgette Hartman Kathy Hawkins Judy Hefter Emily Hilko Linda and Richard Holmes Bernice Hollowood Linda Hoyt Maureen Humiston Patricia IacoBelli Kathleen James Matt Johnson Deb Jordan

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2012 Festival of Trees Volunteers Kathy Kim Sandy Kirshe Ellen Fontaine Kennedy Annie Krasnicki Sandy Kuhn Dierdre LeLand Carol Leone Sharon MacDougal Trisha McDonald Jackie & George Madarasz Lyn Madden Linda Maitan Quinby Mahoney Jo-Ann Malatesta Mary Mathers Cebe McConkey Marion Minehan Amanda Montello Patrick Moran Jane Morrissey Judy Mullen Rosemary Munter Elaine Murphy Carm Moffett Kate Naughton Jim Noonan

Kathy Nygard Mary Lou Paley Faith Palma Yolanda Paolicelli Barbara Parrish Kristin Parrish Joan Pehl Maria Peters Grace Perilli Lisa and Robert Perilli Kathy & Ron Phelps Cindy Phillips Jamie Pietrosanto Nancy Pompa Betsy and Tom Porter Meagan Potter Marty Precheur Pat Reo Christopher Robenstein Richard Robenstein II Elaine Caruso-Roberts Sylvia Rogers Jane Root Barbara Ruggiero Corinne Scirocco Karen Stethar

Barbara Sutterland Mary Sutton Kathy Sweet Ruth Talmon Tom Tanner Jo Ann Todd Carol Tomlinson Sue Trentecoste Kathy Totten Mary Towers Linda VanAlstyne Kate Van Buren Casey Vaughn Rose Verro Ralph Vincent Ginny Vogel Anne Wagner Jane Wait Kay and Terry Waldren LauraWatters Jeanne Whitney Carter White Nancy Wilder Tracey Wilkes Katherin and Patrick Winderlin

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PROGRAMS

Programs & Services

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren Counties

The Saratoga Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser supporting the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. Engaging the energies of the community, Catholic Charities has become a vital part of life for many individuals and families in the region. During 2011, 8,389 individuals were served by the agency. These services were provided by 61 staff. In addition, 238 volunteers gave 20,280 hours of their time.

Programs and Services offered by Catholic Charities: Counseling – Individual, couple and family counseling and group support. This program provided 5,640 hours of mental health services to 1,798 individuals including 572 children, 1,166 adults and 60 elderly. Domestic Violence Project – Shelter, counseling, advocacy, education, 24-hour hotline services for victims of domestic violence and their children in Warren and Washington counties. In 2011, 729 adults and 277 children came through our programs. A total of 2,268 bednights were provided in the safe shelter. In addition, 2,602 individuals received education and prevention services. Donovan House – Ballston Spa community-based residential group home program for adolescent boys that provided 25 boys a cumulative 2,796 days of care last year. HIV/AIDS Related Services – Counseling and advocacy for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Mary’s Haven – A community home for the dying serving persons with irreversible illness, who are in the last three months of their lives and who no longer can remain safely in their homes. In 2011, we served 21 families and provided 409 bednights to the terminally ill. Mentoring Program – Prevention / diversion program impacting youth’s academic, social, and emotional milieu. 138 youth and 130 of their family members took part in the program last year.

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SHINING STARS

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Platinum sTARS Platinum Sponsors (in memorium) gifts of $100+

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GOLD STARS GOLD Sponsors (in memorium) gifts of $50+

SILVER Sponsors (in memorium) gifts of $25+

Mike & Harrilyn Beehner Jane Costello (Mark F. Costello)

Phyllis & Allan Crocker Flynn Brothers, Inc. Carmen Milligi Marilyn & Bill Schweiker Michael Veitch Kitty A. Macica (William and Annie Jones)

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Nellie S. Agosta (Louis S. Agosta)

Mr. & Mrs. William Armstrong (Ann & Arthur Armstrong)

Mr. & Mrs. William Armstrong (Angelina & John Barella, Sr.) Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Callaghan The Clements Firm Robert & Mary Dudley Tom & Eva Francomano

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Anita Myers (Eunice & Jim Doring)

Anthony & Margaret Mangano Yolanda Paolicelli John & Anne Wagner Lucille and David Mastrianni

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26th Annual Victorian Streetwalk in Downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs, New York Thursday night, November 29, 2012 is the 26th Annual Victorian Streetwalk brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection. CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side, the Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown, bringing carloads of people to and from the Victorian Streetwalk from 4:30 until 10:30 p.m. New this year is Matt Casson who is a winner of the famed John Lennon Songwriting Contest, was a musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has appeared on “The View” and is playing at the Wine Bar. Have a group photo taken at Impressions with A Victorian Print Giveaway. Nacre Dance will be performing “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Moving Bell Choir” three times at the Universal Preservation Hall; Friends of the Military Museum will have the 77th Regimental Balladeers & the Rural Felicity Fyfe & Drum Corps at the Museum and a photo booth will be taking holiday photos at Anastasia’s Photography above Mimosa Gallery at 489 Broadway. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive at the Santa Cottage at 6 p.m. to visit with children in the beautiful, hand made and detailed Santa Cottage that is set up in front of Putnam Market, just across from Caroline Street. Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations are available at the Broadway Post Office from 5 to 9 p.m. Limited edition commemorative posters may be purchased ($5 each). Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the special Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. The Victorian Streetwalk is the Downtown Business Association's way of saying "thank you" to all our customers for supporting our beautiful downtown throughout the year. Everyone is invited to join the fun with caroling and Victorian costumes and enjoy an old fashioned "Christmas as it used to be" street party and celebration of the holiday season. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees at the Victorian Streetwalk are encouraged to look for maps with entertainment locations and times in downtown member businesses. For more information or a map and listing of the entertainment, visit our web site at www.saratogadowntown.com, click on events, then on Victorian Streetwalk. You may call the Downtown Business Association at (518) 587-8635. Contact: Susan L. Farnsworth, Victorian Streetwalk Coordinator, (518) 587-8635     38 A Saratoga Christmas

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Entertainment Venues

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NYS Military Museum

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SS Public Library

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Post Office

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Adirondack Trust Co.

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Spoken Boutique

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G. Willikers

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Fallon Wellness

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Celtic Treasures

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Temple Sinai

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City Hall Steps

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Crafters Gallery

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The Wine Bar

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Lifestyles

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Children’s Museum

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On Caroline Street

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Saratoga Salsa & Spice

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Circus Cafe

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Borders building

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Ben & Jerry's

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Esthetiques

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Candy Company

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Universal Preservation Hall

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The Gap

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Granite Palace/Eddie Bauer

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The Saratoga Arts Center

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History Museum/Canfield Casino

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The Visitor Center

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NBT Bank

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26th Annual Victorian Streetwalk Entertainment Schedule

1. Olde Bryan Inn (123 Maple Ave.) 6:30-8:30 Rich Ortiz

(All performers & times are subject to change. Broadway is closed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

2. City Center (522 B’way) 6-6:30, 7:30-9 Saratoga Abundant Life Church (Weather permitting) 6-10 Catholic Charities Festival of Trees 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 3. In the Street (B’way) 6-10 Ice Sculptures 4. Collamer Parking Lot 6-10 Saratoga Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Frosty the Snowman 6-10 EOC Food Drive 5. Temple Sinai (509 B’way) 6-9 PM Bake Sale, Soup & Bread Sale: outside the Temple (sidewalk). Gift Shop open inside, Cider & Coffee, Tours of Temple (Historic Building) – 6:30pm, 7:15pm and 8:00pm – FREE to the Public 6. Saratoga Arms (497 B’way) 7:30 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:00-8:30 Corinth Chorus 7. Mimosa Gallery (489 Broadway) 7-7:45 Lyl Harper, Reggae Music 7:50-8:15 Bandersnatchers 8:20-9 Lyl Harper, Reggae Music 8. Anastasia Photography (489 Broadway) 6-9 Photo Booth 9. Mountainman Saratoga Outfitters (490 Broadway) 6-10 Cotton Candy (outside) 10. Encounter (482 B’way) 6-9 Myers Dance Studio/Northeast Ballet Co./ Proctor’s Theatre Dancers in the window 11. City Hall Steps (474 B’way) 6:30 Christian Brothers Academy Marching Band 7-9 Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing & Hot Chocolate 12. In the Street (Broadway): • Christian Brothers Academy Marching Band • Candy Company Toy Soldier • National Grid volunteers • Healthy Living volunteers • Maple Avenue Middle School Hay Wagon with choral performers • Tyler and Co. cookie giveaway     40 A Saratoga Christmas

13. Scallions (44 Lake Avenue) 7-9 Matt McCabe 14. NYS Military Museum (61 Lake Avenue) 6-9 Friends of the NYS Military Museum present the 77th Regimental Balladeers & the Rural Felicity Fyfe & Drum Corps 15. Saratoga Springs Public Library (49 Henry Street) 6-9 Gingerbread House Display 16. Post Office (475 B’way) 5-9 Special Postal Cancellations. 5-9 Adirondack Mountain Club 6:30-9:30: Annie & the Hedonists Outside: Saratoga Hot Dog Co. 17. Adirondack Trust Co. (473 B’way) Inside: 6:15-6:35 Racing City Chorus 6:55-7:25 Racing City Chorus 7:45-8:15 Racing City Chorus 8:35-9 Skidmore Dynamics Outside: 7:00 Schwa Cappella Singers 7:30-9:00 Octavo Singers 18. Spoken Boutique (27 Church St) 6:30-8:30 Bill Flanagan, Hammered Dulcimer 19. G. Willikers (461 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Mr. & Mrs. Bill 6:00-9:00 PJ Duel Face Painting 6-10 New Country Toyota “Toys for Tots” Drive 20. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga (472 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Betsy & the ByeGons 21. Celtic Treasures (456 B’way) 6:30-9:30 John Cromie, Lenny Broyles & Tommy Wadsworth, Irish Whistles & Songs 22. Saratoga Marketplace (454 B’way) 6:00-6:25 Waldorf School Chorus 6:30-6:55 Drastic Measures 7-8 River Valley Chorus 8:05 Skidmore Dynamics 23. Paper Dolls (438 B’way) 6-9 Myers Dance Studio/Northeast Ballet Co./ Proctor’s Theatre Dancers in the windows SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com


24. Soave Faire (449 B’way) 7-7:30 Bandersnatchers 8:15-9 Norma Colasessano, Accordian 9:00 Sax-O-Claus 25. Dawgdom (441A B’way) 7-9 Heard 7:45 Sonnetteers (outside) 26. Putnam Market (435 B’way, Outside:) 6-10 Santa Cottage with Santa & Mrs. Claus 27. Crafters Gallery (427 B’way) 5-9 Star 101.3 Live Remote with Twinkle the Bear 6-10 Pigster H. Wigglesworth 6-10 Live Reindeer 28. The Wine Bar (417 B’way) 7-9 Matt Casson 29. Gaffney’s (16 Caroline St) 6-10 Adirondack School selling holiday wreaths 30. Lifestyles (436 B’way) 7-7:45 & 9 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody 31. Children’s Museum (69 Caroline St.) 6:30-6:40, 7:00-7:10, 7:30-7:40 Saratoga City Ballet Nutcracker Characters: 10 Minute performances from Nutcracker 32. Upper Caroline Street 6:15-7 Norma Colasessano, Accordian 33. Saratoga Salsa & Spice (398 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Michelle Lewis 34. Circus Café (392 B’way) 7-10 Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle 35. The MINE (388 B’way) 7-10 Dave Berger Quartet & free finger foods, cocoa & cider 36. Borders Building (395 B’way) Outside: 7-9 River of Hope Fellowship Hot Chocolate 37. Impressions (368 B’way) 6-9 Victorian Photo Booth (Outside) 7:00-7:20, 7:40-8 Skidmore Accents SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com

38. Top of Phila Street 8-8:45 John & Orion Kribs, Doug Moody 39. Ben & Jerry’s (corner Putnam & Phila) 7-9 Dan Garcia & Katie Dwyer 40. Esthetiques (361 B’way) 7-9 Elizabeth Huntly, harp 41. Candy Company (5 Washington St.) 6-10 Old Fashioned Hot Roasted Chestnuts 42. Universal Preservation Hall (25 Washington St.) 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 Nacre Dance, three performances: Waltz of the Flowers & Moving Bell Choir, choreography by Beth Fecteau 43. The Gap (341 B’way) 6:30-8:30 Tequila Mockingbirds 44. Eddie Bauer/Symmetry Gallery (outside) (340 B’way) 6-7 Fabulous Friends with Flying Fingers (Assoc. of the Hearing Impaired) 7-9 Pokingbrook Morris Dancers 8:30 Sonneteers 45. Saratoga Arts Center (320 B’way) 6-10 Annual Members’ Show Art Exhibit 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Ed Stander, glass player 46. Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino (Congress Park) 6-9 Open 47. Visitor Center (Congress & B’way) 6-9 Northland Newfoundland Club (Live Newfoundland dogs) 6-10 Gingerbread House Display 7-9 Sonny & Perley Duo 6-9:30 Healthy Living giving treats 48. NBT Bank(295 B’way) 7:30-8:30 Choir of St. Peter 49. Spring Street/Putnam Street/ Carousel 6-9:30 Free Trolley Rides from Putnam Street to North Broadway & back 7-9 Greenwich Trash Can Drummers A Saratoga Christmas 41


Questions for

Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Story by Arthur Gonick Photos by MarkBolles.com

NORTH POLE—Like a perennial college football power preparing for yet another bowl appearance, Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with their team of elves and reindeer, are gearing up for another round of spreading joy to the little boys and girls who have been good all year. They are scheduled to return to Saratoga Springs for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7 p.m. in front of Putnam Wine at 435 Broadway. In the journalism biz, this is known as a tough “get”, and so Mark and I were pleased to commission the company helicopter on short notice to venture up to Santa’s workshop. Amidst the hammering, banging and scurrying elves, we sat down with Santa Claus during a well-deserved tea and cookie break to learn their thoughts about the upcoming holiday season. Q: You guys are the ultimate power couple. I’m not sure many people know how you met… Santa: Ho Ho Ho! Well, we certainly are very well known, and that comes from the many years of responding to the thoughts and wishes of good boys and girls all over the world. Many do not know the way we met because it was so long ago. But I remember it like it was yesterday.... Clara (Mrs. Claus) was a sweet little energetic elf at the North Pole. She was good at so many things and was always happy. She loved cooking and sewing, and had a special way of making things look pretty. Things like the way she wrapped presents, the clothes she designed and made for the dolls, the clothes she made for the elves, the way she     42 A Saratoga Christmas

decorated her room with pretty curtains—everyone looked forward to the things her imagination thought up and how she could make them real with her fingers. And the cookies! She even made special ones for the reindeer. So I had seen her a lot at the North Pole. But it was during one of the short summers that we have up there that there was magical moment when I really felt a tug on my heart. Everyone at the North Pole was having a picnic on the mountain that towers over the village. And there was Clara playing with the other elves. Even though she had her arm in a sling from a tumble she had taken, she was not letting that stop her from having fun. For some reason, maybe it was a gentle glow that appeared around her; she caught my eye in a way different than she had before. We were having a little fun race down the mountain on some tricycles. I was in front, and all of a sudden I tumbled off my trike and rolled and ended up at Clara’s feet. She looked down and saw that I was laughing and she began to laugh too. That was the start. I spent a few hours laughing and talking and learning about her. The next thing I knew, she was telling me that my Santa suit was nice, but she could make it even better. And she showed me a drawing that she had made about what it could like. She said the fur would keep the cold out, and the thick corduroy would keep out the wind. The bright red color would make it easy to see me as I walked around the North Pole through the blowing snow. To this day every elf has some red color on their clothing—clothing designed by Clara Claus. Well the new suit was a perfect fit, and I realized that SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com


Clara was a perfect fit for me. I fell in love. You could say, “I tumbled for her!” Ho Ho Ho! Q: Once again, you’ve assembled the ultimate ‘dream team’ of reindeer and elves… how’s everyone doing? Santa: My elves are definitely a “dream team!” Ho Ho Ho! Every one is doing fine. It always amazes me how we have so much fun getting ready. Their imagination fuels their energy. The ideas that they come up with, and the way they can make those ideas real with their magical skills, make each Christmas special. You know, the term “dream team” is more accurate than you might realize. They take good little boys and girls dreams—both young and old—and try to make them real. And the reindeer! They are all doing their exercises to make sure that they’re strong enough to pull that sleigh load of presents for that very long trip that they make each year. They are eating ALL of their oats and hay and that special treat—reindeer moss. And Mrs. Claus’s cookies— sweet grains mixed with honey and drizzled with sweet Christmas tree sap. She makes them in the shape of decorated presents to help them get excited and ready to soar through the skies on that special night. Jupe, the elf in charge of taking care of all the reindeer, tells me their coats are all shiny and that Rudolph’s nose is brighter than ever! They all nicker at me whenever I walk by their stalls. It is their way of telling me that they’re excited and can’t wait. Q: What new things do you expect to be asked for from the good little boys and girls? In other words, what are this year’s Cabbage Patch Dolls or Transformers? Santa: In America, more and more electronics are on the wish lists for older boys and girls. These take a lot of time to make, so they will be in short supply at the North Pole. I am pleased to see that there are a number of children asking for books to read. Many want to learn science through video games. The old Furby’s are getting a lot of renewed interest. We still know how to make them, and now they are even better! And Mickey Mouse is back with “Master Moves Mickey”. You know, Cabbage Patch Dolls are also popular requests. Video games, Leapster, and sports gear are on a lot of lists. Lots of kids and their parents want to find ways to use their imagination… so much to do, so little time! But we’ll do our best! *winks* Q: Santa, it’s traditional for families to leave you a snack by the chimney. Any favorite cookies, etc.? Santa: Anything made with love. But oatmeal raisin

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cookies with a hint of sweet Christmas tree sap or honey— like Mrs. Claus makes—are hard to beat! Sugar cookies decorated by children in the kitchen helping their mothers are very special. I also like a nice slice of cheese—but sometimes the mice think it is a Christmas gift left for them and they find it before I do. Ho Ho Ho! And the reindeer love to munch on carrots and mistletoe. They also like the glittery reindeer food children put out for them. Q: What do you enjoy most about visiting Saratoga Springs? Do you get a chance to visit any attractions during your visit? Santa: The people of Saratoga are truly special. I really enjoy meeting them when I arrive at the Annual Tree Lighting and for their traditional Victorian Streetwalk. I love coming into town on the trolley with Mrs. Claus and my elves,

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beautiful turn of the century Victorian architecture of Saratoga’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. People all over the world have heard of this little city. Because the month of December is so busy for me, I don’t have too much time to enjoy the many things Saratoga has to offer. I do see your world famous race course (because that’s where I put my reindeer when I visit) and I do drop in to say hello to boys and girls riding The Polar Express. Sometimes after Christmas, Mrs. Claus and I will be in disguise and visit the Children’s Museum, the Automobile Museum (Santa really likes cars and trucks Ho Ho Ho!) We also sometimes like to sit on the lawn under a pine tree and enjoy an evening at your beautiful Performing Arts Center. Little Bridgett at the Chamber of Commerce always gives us good ideas of things to do. She’s always a big help. Q: Looking around the workshop, you are the major employer here at the North Pole… any major technological innovations that make toy-making easier?

singing Christmas carols and waving to everyone as I arrive and then saying hello and shaking hands with as many as I can as I work my way to my chair in the cottage where I speak to each of them. The people of Saratoga make up one of the most giving communities that I know. It seems like everybody volunteers for something to make life in the town enjoyable. It seems like everybody—big and small—tries to do something to make the town so wonderful. Mrs. Claus particularly enjoys the

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Santa: More children in the world means more wish lists, which mean more gifts need to be made. These need to be wrapped, labeled and sorted. This means we need more elves to keep track of who gets what. And it means that we need to find newer and better ways to do things. We now have many, many, more elves than we did a few hundred years ago to help. I have one elf; his name is Rumple Dumple, who is always finding smart ways to do things. We now have a way to make sure we know how many more of a gift needs to be made, when it is made, who it goes to, and when it is to be put in the sleigh. Rumple Dumple calls it his “sPad”—Santa’s Planning and Distribution tool. We also now have smarter ways to take the hand sketches the Master Design Elves draw, put them into the Toy Computer (which is definitely NOT a toy), and then watch the toy get made. An elf with a BIG magnifying glass then checks it, and if it is OK, it goes on to be painted by other elves and spray machines. We have wrapping paper and labels already to go when each toy arrives at the wrapping shop. (Guess what kind of music plays there!) We get better every year. And we have very few complaints. Sometimes there are mix-ups and Rumple Dumple tries his best to sort it all out. And don’t forget that I now have Santa’s “SPS”—the Sleigh Positioning System! Ho Ho Ho! This helps pick out the best route to travel on Christmas Eve. I can figure the winds, the weather, and how much time I have left in each time zone to deliver the gifts. It cuts down on time consuming routing. SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com


Q: Is it too late for a bad boy or girl to get on the good list before you visit? Santa: Anyone can get on the good list if they try and really mean it when they say they will be good. Santa can tell if they are not being truthful. The first thing is to listen to what they being told to do—at home AND in school! Then they have to really try to do it with all their heart. Santa can tell an honest heart that is trying to be good. I can also tell if someone says that they are trying but don’t mean it. Actions speak louder than words!! Mrs. Claus says, “Remember—it is never too late to be good!” Q: Does Rudolph’s nose really light up? Santa: Rudolph’s nose shines really bright. I guess you could say that it “lights up”, but it’s not like a switch is turned on. Rudolph is special because the more he concentrates going through that fog, it makes his nose shine that much brighter. Try concentrating really hard on something. Can you feel your eyes get tight as you squeeze them? Can you feel your eyebrows begin to make wrinkles in your forehead? Feel the pressure in your nose? That energy of concentration is what happens to Rudolph’s nose. It is bright pink skin to begin with. And because he eats red reindeer moss (it only grows in a special forest at the North Pole) so it gets really red when he concentrates and squeezes.

wonderful and varied the children—big and small—are, and how special their homes are to them. And between the two us we get good ideas for making next year’s gifts. This year we have Slovenia and Croatia on our list of spots to see. Next year it will be someplace else. Sometimes a letter from a child will make us want to visit where they live. Santa, I want to thank you for your time… you know, Mark and I have been very good this year… Santa: Ho Ho Ho! You are very welcome and, well, yes you have! I think Mark might have a good chance to unwrap that Devo DVD he asked for, and as for you, well let’s just say you are a work in progress. Keep it up; and we shall see.

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas everybody!

Q: What are your plans for your post-holiday vacation? Santa: I always spend the days after Christmas reading the Thank You letters from boys and girls who take the time to write. Sadly, in some countries this tradition is fading—children quickly move on and assume I don’t enjoy their little letters—even when their moms and dads write down their words. It is a nice touch of manners that once learned lasts a lifetime and passes on to their children. Last year, I found a few such letters in my little cottage that the people of Saratoga Springs built for our visit. There is a mailbox on the front that children mail their letters to me. (You can see many of them hanging on the walls and ceiling.) Once I have rested reading the letters, everyone at the North Pole plays with the gifts that Mrs. Claus and I gave them. After that, we like to travel at an easy pace to countries all over the world, to remind us of how

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Take the Ho-Hum Out of Your Holiday Decorating Story by Dawn DiLorenzo I love beautiful things, and in case this is the first time you’ve read my article, I will tell you my secret: I’m cheap. I never buy anything unless it’s on sale—and if I have a coupon, even better—and I scour the internet for the best finds in my budget

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to stretch every decorating dollar (or fashion cent, for that matter). Clearance sales make my pulse pound and finding ways to repurpose things I already have for new and different uses completely makes my day. For me, holiday decorating is no different. And with the cost of just about everything rising these days, I’m sure I’m not alone in my quest of how to get “the look for less.” When I open the glossy pages of Elle Décor, House Beautiful and Country Living, I constantly fold pages, highlight website addresses and tear out pages for my “decorating book” (the files I’ve created over the years for my decorating projects like: Kitchen, Master Bath, Living Room and even Gardens). The downside to this is that my taste is too good for my budget, so I am always on the lookout for similar items that I love that are in my budget (and no one will ever know the difference). With my Christmas decorations, I never have the same “look” two years in a row. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not go out and buy new decorations every year. I know people (who I will not name here) that put their decorations in the exact same place, every year, year after year. It never changes and they like it that way. That’s okay for them, but not for me; I am easily bored. Some years, my tree is all gold and red ornaments, some years it’s silver and gold, and others it’s silver with natural elements like pinecones, but always with white lights–I’m a traditional kind of gal. In order to have enough ornaments in my rotation, I purchase my decorations when they go on sale or clearance. And, even when I use them two years in a row, I always move them around so I don’t have to look at the date of a picture to see if it was the same year.

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Last year, I actually broke my rule—don’t be too harsh, it just about killed me—and purchased ornaments and decorations BEFORE Christmas. I didn’t even wait for a sale. I know, you’re disappointed, but in my defense, I decided I wanted to go green and silver as I was decorating my tree. I didn’t have any green ornaments so I had to bite the bullet and forego the after-Christmas clearance sales. I looked at my usual favorites like Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate and Barrel, and truthfully, they did have a gorgeous selection, but considering I was going to decorate a whole tree, I realized quickly that I would go broke if I bought dozens of ornaments before Christmas. Thankfully we have two little gems around here called TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and again thankfully, green was a big color last Christmas. I purchased all of the green ornaments Marshalls had in stock, which was only about 15 or 20. After adding in a couple of cute mercury glass owls, and a mercury glass tree from Pottery Barn, I’d spent my entire budget. With only 20 or so ornaments, it was clear that I didn’t have enough to cover the whole tree, so I improvised. I have tons of red ornaments so I did a red, green and white tree, and let me tell you—it was my favorite tree to date. I’m sure you can just about know that I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but I also know that one of the best secrets

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of good design is being flexible. It’s not always possible to find exactly what you want in your budget (or at all!) so changing the plan to get a look you love can sometimes be a trade-off. And it’s perfectly okay. So now that I’ve given you a few things to think about when it comes to your decorating, here are a few tips for beautiful, budget decorating which will help you have a fresh look every year—no matter which winter holiday you celebrate.

Bring the Outside In 1. Place natural elements like acorns, pinecones and evergreen branches in large bowls or platters and insert candles for a beautiful, unique centerpiece (use glass hurricanes to keep it safe). 2. Spray evergreen branches with silver or gold paint and place along the tree branches as decoration or in vases with berry branches around your home. You can also create your own garlands by attaching

them to the balustrades on your stairs. 3. Bump up the beauty factor of your store-bought garland by weaving evergreen branches (and some that you painted in the idea above) and other pretty, natural elements like berries and pinecones throughout the length. Try inserting stems into the existing twine or wire, or cut a small piece of wire and connect the new piece to the garland. Also add shatter-proof bulbs and decorations to make a truly custom look.

Think Beyond Red and Green 1. Sapphire and silver, magenta and amethyst, and silver/gold and white are great alternative color palettes for Christmas. For Hanukkah, blue and white is the traditional combination but in rooms where less formal traditions are recognized, sprinkling in elements of silver and gold would be perfectly appropriate. 2. Use a theme—think Adirondack simplicity, Victorian extravagance, sleek modern or soft and pretty country. There are lots of great stores to find theme accessories without breaking the bank. Start with basic ornaments from Target—they often have the latest trend in holiday decorating, so be sure to look for their individual and small set collections, and add pieces that lend themselves to your theme. Many of our local boutiques carry holiday items that will help you complete your look. 3. Mix it up—After you’ve had a few years to build up your “back stock” of ornaments, consider changing your palette from year to year to keep your décor fresh and new. And add new elements to your theme each year so you don’t have to look at the date on your photos to recall when it was taken.

Decorate the Everyday 1. Weave glass bead or evergreen garlands in and out of the arms of your chandelier and hang glass balls with silk ribbons at different levels to add interest. You can also add natural elements like pinecones and acorns to create visual tension between the sparkly and the natural. 2. Need some ideas for all of those cards? Instead of hanging them all over the fridge, display them with     48 A Saratoga Christmas

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garlands on entertainment units, coffee tables, and as framed artwork. You can also attach them to large ribbons and hang the ribbons in prominent places in your home like the mantel (if you do not have a real fire) or down the fronts of interior doors. 3. If you have some ornaments that you didn’t use on your tree, fill pretty bowls with them, insert some fresh evergreens and leave in your bathrooms, hallways and other common areas.

Layer It On 1. I cringe when I see a tree with a few sparse decorations and lights wrapped in neat little rows around the outside of a tree. To get a tree that literally shines from the inside out, wrap individual branches with lights from the trunk out to the ends of the tips. 2. To add to the 3-D effect, don’t limit your ornaments to just the end of the branches. Use your larger, heavier ornaments inside the branches (be sure to do a heavy pruning to create space inside the tree) and put smaller ornaments toward the ends. Step back and make sure you’re not putting too many of the same size, color or shape in the same spot. With so many pretty candy cane colors on the market now, you are sure to find some that compliment your theme. Also place some to the inside of the tree as well as the outside of the branches. 3. When creating a mantel display, more really is merrier. Don’t stop at putting out the stocking holders and candles or a few cards. Add garlands, glass hurricanes filled with candles or greenery, and add some ornaments or other sparkly items. Lots of stores now have “mercury” glass decorations that can add a dramatic flair to just about any décor. Wait another week or two and pretty much every store will have out their holiday inventory, if they don’t already.

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If you don’t have time to create the perfect holiday display, don’t worry! With my One Day Makeover, you can have a beautiful winter wonderland without spending a lot of time or money. But with less than two months before Christmas, don’t wait to book your in-home appointment! I can rearrange your space for a party, decorate for that special Christmas morning or create a one-of-a-kind outdoor display. Be sure to find me on Facebook and my website: www.locustgrovedesigns.com.

Happy Holidays! About Locust Grove Designs Dawn DiLorenzo founded Locust Grove Designs in 2011. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and principal at Locust Grove Marketing, a marketing firm specializing in internet marketing. Connect with her on Facebook at “Locust Grove Designs,” visit her website at www.locustgrovedesigns.com or give her a call at (518) 222-9551.

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Saratoga Springs Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, the annual Saratoga Springs Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Broadway in front of Putnam Market (across from Caroline Street) in downtown Saratoga Springs beginning at 6:30 pm., brought to you by the Downtown Business Association.

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The ceremony begins with singing Girl Scout troops. The Honorable Mayor Scott Johnson lights the tree at 7:00 p.m. Jeff Clark, Downtown Business Association President, is the evening’s emcee. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by horse drawn carriage at approximately 7:00 p.m. to ring in the official start of the Holiday Season. Santa and Clara Claus visit with the children and pass out candy canes and Star 101.3 plays music from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the crowds.

th Annual to the 17 Hot chocolate and cookies will be free and served to the crowds at the cottage.

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The hot chocolate and cookies are donated by Gaffney’s, The Hungry Spot and Putnam Market.

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The two decorated trees were planted by Tom Roohan so we can have live Christmas trees for our holiday season each year. For more information, go to our web site at www.saratogadowntown.com, or call the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association at 587-8635. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, co-sponsored by Star 101.3 and Saratoga TODAY.     52 A Saratoga Christmas

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Frosty the Snowman Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose And two eyes made out of coal. Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say, He was made of snow but the children Know how he came to life one day. There must have been some magic in that Old silk hat they found. For when they placed it on his head He began to dance around. O, Frosty the snowman Was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh

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And play just the same as you and me. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew The sun was hot that day, So he said, “Let’s run and We’ll have some fun Now before I melt away.” Down to the village, With a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there all Around the square saying, Catch me if you can. He led them down the streets of town

Right to the traffic cop. And he only paused a moment when He heard him holler “Stop!” For Frosty the snow man Had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye saying, “Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day.” Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow.

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Jingle Bells Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bob tails ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh A day or two ago I thought I’d take a ride And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side The horse was lean and lank

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Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank And then we got upset Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

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Here Comes S anta C laus

Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins. Bells are ringin’, children singin’, All is merry and bright. So hang your stockings and say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight! Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus Lane, He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys For boys and girls again. Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight, So jump in bed, and cover your head, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

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O Come, A ll Y e Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.

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Give to our Father glory in the Highest; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen., But do you recall? The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose, And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names;

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They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight? Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history!

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O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ‘tis cold and drear. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas tree Afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright, There’s only splendor for the sight. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly!

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Up On The Housetop

Up on the housetop, reindeer pause Out jumps good ol’ Santa Claus Down through the chimney with lots of toys All for the little ones, Christmas joys Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick First comes the stocking of little Nell Oh, dear Santa, fill it well Give her a dolly that laughs and cries One that will open and shut her eyes

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick Next comes the stocking of little Will Oh, just see what a glorious fill Here is a hammer and lots of tacks Also a ball and a whip that cracks Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, Ho, Ho! Who wouldn’t go? Up on the housetop, click, click, click Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year. Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding; Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some; We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! O! You better watch out! You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town

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