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Festival of Trees Tree Lighting Victorian streetwalk First Night Holiday Songbook

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Thanks for a great year! LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11 • Issue 41 • October 20 – October 26, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Restaurant Owner Targets Former Lillian’s Location by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Front view of proposed Cantina restaurant, at 408 Broadway, the former location of Lillian’s Restaurant.

$18,117 Raised

Saratoga Bridges raised $18,000 at this year’s Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. See Great Pumpkin pg. 37

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new eatery, albeit one known to Saratogians for a decade, has targeted the location formerly housing Lillian’s restaurant at 408 Broadway. Plans call for the two-story development of a new Cantina restaurant at the vacant space bordered by The Washington building to the north and Gardner Lane to the south. First floor designs show a kitchen, bar and dining area with a staircase that leads to the

second floor which features a catering kitchen and approximately 2,700 square feet of “open seating,” indicating an event space. Changes include new lighting and signage, windows installed along Gardner Lane alley, and upgrades to the front exterior façade. Lillian’s restaurant closed on Jan. 1, 2016 after more than 40 years on Broadway. Two months later owner Ray Morris sold the building to 408 Broadway Realty LLC for $2.45 million. The buyer, reported the Albany Business Review in 2016, was technology See Lillian’s pg. 12

Longtime Wilton Supervisor Challenge

Featured Stories

Charter Debate See pg. 31

Ballet Season Trimmed

See pg. 30

Inside TODAY Blotter Obituaries

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by Larry Goodwin

Arts and Entertainment 28-31

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part of campaigning,” says Nancy Dwyer, who started a new line on the Nov. 7 election ballot called WILTON — Since the first week Public Servants. A sample ballot of June, a real estate broker and for the Town of Wilton provided former math teacher has knocked by the Saratoga County Board of on hundreds of doors at homes Elections also lists Dwyer on the Democratic in Wilton to “As far as I’m concerned, the line for garner suptown is open and transparent and supervisor. port for her accountable to the residents.” “I love campaign to meeting the unseat longtime Republican Supervisor people of this town and the one thing that stresses me the most is Arthur Johnson. “Knocking on doors ener- the time constraints prohibiting See Wilton pg. 11 gizes me and is my most favorite


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from the editor It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we have everything you need right here in the Saratoga Christmas magazine… From free holiday events at various Saratoga Springs City schools (look right!) to what time Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving (page 34) to the schedule for First Night Saratoga! It’s all right here, in one easy to carry, little magazine that’s packed with information to enjoy the Holidays in Saratoga Springs!

Holiday Events at Local Schools Open to the Public, Free Admission COMPILED BY CARLY BECKWITH

We’ve even included a holiday songbook to carry with you while going caroling in your neighborhood! (One of my favorite traditions that we do each year, while handing out the Christmas treats that my daughter and I (and 20 or so of her closest friends!!) make each year.

December 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Speaking of “caroling in your neighborhood,” we have a whole page of Holiday Traditions, submitted by local moms – and I just loved reading them!! Some we already do – and others I want to add to my list – check it out on page 43 and thank you Alice Corey for suggesting it!

December 6th at 7:30 p.m.

This publication started years ago, as a “program” for the Saratoga Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser held by Catholic Charities, but soon became a part of our yearly line up and we love working with them and putting out this magazine. As you may know… Saratoga TODAY loves being able to help area organizations promote their events! Thank you to all the advertisers that make that possible, and please mention us by name when frequenting their businesses. Our “City in the Country” truly shines this time of year… we hope this magazine helps you plan your holiday outings and create your own traditions. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Cover photo by Alice Corey Photography Meet Baby Mason on page 44!

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Chorus 6 concert at Maple Avenue Middle School Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra & Choraliers concert at Saratoga Springs High School

December 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Chorus 7 & 8 concert at Maple Avenue

December 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Orchestra 7 & 8 concert at Maple Avenue

December 13th

Jazz Band, Symphonic Orchestra & Mixed Chorus concert at SSHS at 7:30 p.m. Holiday Concerts of Grades 4 & 5 Chorus and Chime Choir at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School at 6:00 p.m.

December 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Band 6, Orchestra 6 & Chamber Orchestra concert at Maple Avenue

December 18th at 7:30 p.m.

22nd Annual Catholic Charities' Festival of Trees

Band 7 & 8 concert at Maple Avenue

31st Annual Victorian Streetwalk & Tree Lighting

Grade 4 Concert at Caroline Street Elementary School

The Joy of a Baby's First Christmas First Night Saratoga Holiday Song Book

December 19th

December 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Concert Band, Orchestra, Chorus at SSHS

December 22nd

Holiday Sing-A-Long at Division Street Elementary School Holiday Sing-A-Long at Lake Avenue Elementary School Saratoga Christmas  |  2017  |  7


Welcome to the 22nd Annual

Saratoga Festival of Trees


he holiday season is often challenging for individuals and families living in the tri-county region. Many are finding it difficult to get and keep jobs that pay enough to meet their basic needs. They are having trouble putting nutritious food on their tables, locating affordable and stable housing and securing adequate health care for themselves and their families.

The parallel challenge for each of us is to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable among us with compassion and generosity, and to advocate for systemic change that guarantees the basic necessities for all of our neighbors. In the midst of these trying times, we are aware of our own vulnerability as well as a heightened sensitivity to our deep interconnectedness. It is then with a spirit of increased consciousness of 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. Returning again this year is the exquisite miniature Circus, Carnival and Train exhibit built over a 40-year period and presented by its owner, Don Erlenbusch. May the many magical moments of this year’s festival begin the Christmas season with much joy and anticipation of the many celebrations to come. 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 tree decorators and donors of the myriad of items of holiday décor. Our media sponsors, Saratoga Today, SaratogaMama, Social Radiant and Saratoga. com have been wonderful supports as well. Special thanks to the staff of Allegory Studios for their many years of marketing efforts on our behalf. We encourage you to savor this visual feast and to help 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, kindness, and gratitude for our families, our friends and our communities. The Steering Committee Sister Charla Commins Kate Deloria Sharon and Stan Drosky Earline Johnson Bruce O’Connell

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Our Sincerest Thanks to ...

Steve Sullivan and Yvonne Sinnamon and the entire staff of Olde Bryan Inn and Longfellows for their continuous generosity to our Preview Reception. We’d also like to bestow many thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support of the Festival of Trees event.

Advantage Press: Mark Sutton AJ Sign Co. AJ’s Dry Cleaners Allegory Studios: Theresa Agresta and Julia Ingersoll Bonnie Greco Bill and Joanne Luciano Bernie McCue Colleen Guarino Don Erlenbusch Fine Affairs Jeff Brisbin Joan and Chuck Lighthart

Kathleen Cosmus Ryan McMahon and the Saratoga Springs City Center Staff Mary Bonner Maureen Lynch Party of Three: Vince Arpey, Kelly Hurley, Ron Peacock Rick Marchant SaratogaMama: Colleen Pierre Saratoga Publishing: Chad Beatty, Robin Mitchell & Chris Bushee Social Radiant: Erica Dingeman O'Rourke and team Tom and Margaret Fueston Tim Wechgelaer Tom Roohan and the Roohan Realty staff


Media Sponsors: 2017 Festival of Trees

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Photos by: Scott Bergmann

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Catholic Charities of

Saratoga, Warren and Washington 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 2016, over 5000 individuals were served by the agency. These services were provided by 41 staff. In addition, 295 volunteers gave 27,000 hours of their time.

COUNSELING – Individual, couple and family counseling and group support. This program provided mental health services to 1,401 individuals including 344 children 977 adults and 80 elderly.

MENTORING PROGRAM – Prevention / diversion program impacting youth’s academic, social, and emotional milieu. 97 youth and 88 of their family members took part in the program last year.

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 2016, 544 adults and 67 children were served in its programs. 72 victims and their children were provided safe shelter. In addition, 1,600 individuals received education and prevention services.

Provided outreach and education to low income households in Warren County about the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (SNAP) 150 households were assisted in applying for and receiving SNAP program benefits.

DONOVAN HOUSE – Ballston Spa community-based residential

were provided to 342 senior citizens.

group home program for adolescent boys provided 9 boys a cumulative 1,017 days of care last year.

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 2016, we served 19 families and provided 537 bednights to the terminally ill.



EMERGENCY SERVICES, primarily assistance with concrete basic needs, were provided to 1135 individuals in the tri-county region. Programs and Services are available to anyone in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, always accompanied by information, referral and advocacy as needed. Individuals are never refused services because of their inability to pay.

For a complete list of services offered by each county or for additional information please visit CCRCDA.ORG or call: Administrative Office 142 Regent Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 587-5000

North County Office 35 Broad Street Glens Falls, NY 12801 (518) 793-6212

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Theresa Agresta Teena Behr Wayne Bemis Mary Bonner Kelly Boucher Sherrie Bovee Diana Burke Kaitlyn Cameron Sister Charla Commins Anne Comstock Melissa Corrigan Kathleen Cosmus Patricia Cross Terry Dagle Kate Deloria Fran Dingeman Sharon Drosky Stan Drosky Bob Dudley

Committee Principals Rick Dunn Kathleen Farrell Margaret Fueston Colleen Guarino Kris Hatch Linda Holmes Rick Holmes Earline Johnson Noreen Jones Annie Krasnicki Mareisa Kres Joanne Luciano Julianna Luciano Maureen Lynch Pat Mangona Cindy Manz Julia Marco Mary Ellen Maxwell Bernie McCue

Diane McGarry Jane Mehan Diana Miller Jim Norton Bruce O’Connell Marcia Okosky Palma Pedrick Kathy Price Anne Reed Candace Robenstein Jackie Saxton Nancy Schumacher Pam Stianson Rose Verro Kelly Mansfield Waechter Megan Wegener Wayne Wheeler

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.

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2017 Schedule of Events November 29th – December 3rd Saratoga Springs City Center

Preview Reception Gala November 29, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. $75 tickets; Under 35: $60 | A beloved Saratoga tradition! Kick of the holiday season in style and be one of the first to walk amid hundreds of beautiful and twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items available for viewing and sale. Drinks will be provided. Hor d’oeuvres compliments of Longfellows and The Olde Bryan Inn.

Festival Family Day December 2, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Breakfast with Santa: Seatings at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. Sundaes with Santa: Seating at 12:30 p.m. $8 tickets (all guests) | Join Frosty, Rudolph, and other costumed characters as they dance and celebrate a fun and festive morning. And don’t forget to take your photo with Santa, included with your ticket price! Santa’s Workshop: 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. Free admission, $1 for each craft Make holiday frames, decorate cookies, send letters to Santa, have fun with face painting, and more!

Come see the trees! Join us for a winter wonderland tour Nov. 30th – Dec. 3rd! Tickets available for purchase at the door. $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children over 10 free for children under 10 Nov. 30, 2017 – Victorian Street Walk 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. *Special pricing: $3 visitors, free for children under 10 Dec. 1, 2017 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 2, 2017 Dec. 3, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or find us on Facebook!

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Preview Reception Donors BEVERAGES:

DeCrescente Distributing Inc. Eastside Wine and Spirits Eddy's Beverage Inc. (EBI) Empire North-Regents Spirits & Wine Division Kane's Fine Wine and Spirits Purdy's Discount Wine & Liquor Saratoga Eagle Sales & Service Saratoga Springs Water Company Simplee Wine & Spirits


Balet Flowers & Design Black Iris Florist Briarwood Flower & Gift Shoppe The Country Florist Dehn's Flowers Inc. Frank Gallo & Son Florist Jan's Florist


Cascades Tissue Group – Waterford Plant

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Honorary Committee

Michael W. & Stacey Arpey Agatha R. Benton Diana M. Burke Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany Rev. Thomas H. Chevalier Rebecca Christner & Carter White Linda & Vince Colonno Fran Dingeman Anita & Rick Dunn Claudette M. Farchione Thomas Frost Brien & Cindy Hollowood Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard Mike & Nancy Ingersoll Kathleen James Matt & Earline Johnson Drs. Jack Leary & Nancy Wade Ryan E. McMahon - Saratoga City Center Kate & Mike Naughton

Jim & Anne Noonan Jim & Alison Norton Madge & Bruce O'Connell Anny & Vince O'Neill Keith & Kimberly Pacheco Yolanda Paolicelli Chrissy & Cliff Passen Kathy Phelps Helen Porter Ann Seton Quinn David & Deborah Quinn Tom & Kristie Roohan Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Helen Snyder Dave & Chris Stack Michael & Linda Toohey Kelly Mansfield Waechter Jane A. Wait

Board of

Directors President

Bruce O’Connell

Vice President Nancy Wade, MD


Rebecca Christner


Kelly Waechter

Board Members Fran Dingeman Kristine Hatch

Earline Johnson Jim Norton

Kim Pacheco

Steven Stockdale

As of October 30, 2017

2017 Santas

Jack Minehan Tom Roohan Stephen Towne Rory Whelan Stanley Drosky

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Family Day Committee




Kate Deloria Jane Mehan

Noreen Jones Mary Bonner





DECORATIONS Colleen Guarino


Diane McGarry Megan Wegener

LETTERS TO SANTA Kathleen Cosmus Maureen Lynch


Joanne Luciano Julianna Luciano


Anne Comstock Barbara Cassier


Margaret Fueston Mary Angelini Jane Kromm


Catholic Charities Office Staff

ENTERTAINMENT Music: Tim Wechgelaer


The Circus is Returning to The Festival!

We’re thrilled to welcome Don Erlenbusch back to the 2017 Festival of Trees! His miniature Circus, Carnival and Train were 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 yourself… you know you want to!

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Sponsors & Donors FAMILY DAY SPONSOR

Elizabeth & Emily Whelan


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services


Adirondack Women’s Bar Association Harry & Olga Holowach Stone Bridge Iron and Steel Stewarts Shops “Sundaes with Santa”


Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor



Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company Boghosian Brothers


Fine Affairs: Gerri Ann Eddy & Michael Panza

Michelle Everts, Roohan Realty


Granite & Marble Works

Northeast Appraisals T-Shirt Graphics


Fitzgerald, Morris, Baker & Firth, P.C.



MTG Electric




Dr. James Byrne/ Dr. Brian Byrne Orthodontist Sharon Byrne Howard Hanna

Advantage Press, Inc. Jane Mehan, Roohan Realty


Country House Bed & Breakfast Anderson Firm, PLLC

Breakfast with Santa Donors Boston Market The Bread Basket Brueggers Bagels Chianti's II Circle of Friends Jim Collins – Roohan Realty Comptons Restaurant Country Corner Cafe Courtyard Marriott D’Andrea’s Pizza Denny's Restaurant

Dunkin Donuts Esperanto's Golden Corral Kelley's Deli Marty Hellwig: Transborder Global Freight Systems Log Jam Restaurant Hannaford Food & Drug Superstore Homestead Funding Jeff Many Mexican Connection Price Chopper Corporate Gift Committee Putnam Market Residence Inn by Marriott Roma Importing Co. Sysco Food Services The Brook Tavern The Hungry Spot The Merry Monk The Villa Family Triangle Diner Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagel

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Festival of Trees Corporate Sponsors

The Adirondack Trust Company Altria Group Distribution Company Anheuser Busch Bast Hatfield Boston Beer Bunzl USA Christine & Jim Burns Campbell Soup Company Coca Cola Coldwell Banker/Prime Properties ConAgra Crown Imports D.A. Collins, Pallette Stone Corporation, Kubricky Construction DeCrescente Distributing Company Diageo Diana’s Bakery Fidelis Care Freihofer/Bimbo Bakeries USA Frito-Lay, Inc.

General Mills Grant Sales & Marketing Great Lakes (Feenix Brokerage) Heineken USA, Inc. Hostess ITG Kelloggs Labatt (Genesee/ North American Brewery) LBM Sales LLC & Tootsie Roll Leroy Holding Company Liggett Vector Brands Lil Drug Store Products Maplewood Ice Cream Co., Inc. Mike’s Hard Lemonade MLB Construction Service, LLC Molson (Miller-Coors Brewing) Nestle Waters of North America/Poland Springs Old Neighborhood Foods/Demakes Enterprises North American Breweries Parfetti

Paul DeLima Coffee Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley Pepsi Cola Bottling Company PIP Post Holdings Premier Manufacturing Roohan Realty Ryder Transportation Services Saratoga Eagle SEFCU Simply Orange Juice Stewart’s Shops Sunglasses Unifirst Corporation UTZ Quality Foods, Inc. W.J. Morris Excavating White Wave Yuengling

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Table Top Trees Sponsors and Decorators Home for the Holidays

S: Hal & Ellen Card D: Brookside Nursery - Stacy Simmons, Aissa Terry, Olivia Spain, Elena Costa, Kim Donegan, Sami Holmes, Harper Terry, Jackson Terry, Bryson Costa


S: Jack Byrne Ford Inc. D: Girl Scout Troop 3309 - Emma Eldrid, Sophia Burke

Christmas Music

S: Church of Saint Peter D: Tom & Irene Burns

Disney Around the World


Tree Name

S: Sponsors D: Decorators

Rustic Charm Holiday

S: The Wesley Community D: Alyssa Nealon, Katelynn Donovan, Donna Puckhaber

No Place Like Gnome for the Holidays

S: Impressions of Saratoga D: Marianne Barker & Maddy Zanetti

Happy Volleydays

S: Tom & Kathleen Cosmus D: Lynn Shyptycki, Regina Lofaro, Heather Shyptycki

S: Steven & Pam Stiansen D: Saratoga Slammers

Pretty in Pink

S: Brookfield Renewable D: Christmas Angels

S: The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau D: Mary T. McCue, Stephanie Valentine

Christmas Spirit

2017 Festival pick up and delivery info:


Visitors wishing to purchase a tree, centerpiece, or wreath should lift the tag from the item and take the tag to the sales table.

Pick Up:

Pick up time for small trees, wreaths, and centerpieces is 3:30–4:30 p.m. on Sunday December 3. The Saratoga Festival of Trees cannot be responsible for items not picked up on time.

Tree Delivery:

Large trees will be delivered free of charge within a 10-mile radius of Saratoga Springs beginning Sunday, December 3. Upon purchase, please inform the sales table of the best time for delivery.

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Floor Trees Sponsors and Decorators Christmas at the Lodge

S: Crawford Door & Window Sales D: Barbara Farchione

An Emerald Christmas

S: New York Long Term Care Brokers Advisors Insurance Brokers D: Regina Vanasdale, Linda Crawford, Eileen Farley

Snowman Magic

S: Saratoga Hospital, Floor D1 & Friends D: Kathy Crandall, Linda Schmeelcke, Ruby Delrosario, Louise McAndrew, Sue Rutkowski, Cyndy Tisinger, Trish Delong, Linda Ward, Mary Machalac


S: Precision Concrete Pumping, Inc. D: Claudette Farchione, Rachel Farchione, Theresa Markowicz, Jonathan Markowicz, Elizabeth Carlisle

Polar Bear Ice Party

My Favorite Things

S: Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes of North Broadway D: Christine Klass, Debbie Cartier, Katie Breen

Christmas Sparkle

A Winter Solstice

S: Julie & Company Realty, LLC D: Posie Peddler - Tom Healy

A Mardi Gras Christmas

S: The Mason Family D: Joann Hordern, Christin Mason, Jeffrey Waldron, Gerard Klauser

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Tree

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

S: Michael & Linda Toohey D: Shelters of Saratoga - Cindy Harrington, Melissa McLaughlin

S: Sponsors D: Decorators

S: Three Buckets Wealth Management D: Diana Bradley, Sharon Drosky, Patsy Pemrick, Megan Wegener

Old World Christmas

Jingle Bells

Tree Name

Rustic Glam

S: Smiles for Life D: Employees of Smiles for Life

S: Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners D: Cudney’s - Joyce Ure


S: Walter S. Borisenok Family Foundation D: Anny O’Neill, Penny Berg, Stephanie Siracuse, Cynthia Fiorini

S: Roohan Realty D: Roohan Realty - Darlene Chorman, Jason Thomas, Victoria Cole, Karen Murray S: Home of the Good Shepherd D: Home of the Good Shepherd - Krista Waters, Sandra Redding, Richard Russo, Fran Filkins


A Sweet Christmas

S: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422 D: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court McLaughlin #422

Cooking Up Christmas

S: Knights of Columbus Saratoga Springs Council #246 D: Santa’s Helpers

Daze of Gold

S: Jim & Joanne Grande D: 3 Eleven Home Staging - Andrea Masterson


S: SEFCU D: SEFCU - Cathyren Caggiano & SEFCU staff

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Festival of Trees

Decor Donors

Eleanor Boyle Carol Bradley Irene Burns Jenna Cameron Kaitlyn Cameron Kylie Cameron Florence Campion Susan Christopher Kristen Corcoran Catherine Clarke Holly Croll Mary Curtis Sharon Drosky Joanne Figliomeni Veronica Frazier Camelita Galime Steven Galime Mariann Gold Debbie Grady Michele & Rory Graham Sandi Graham Laurie Groff Dorothy Harran Katie Hart Megan Herman Mary Holmes Linda Hoyt Gloria Jacobsen Dianne Johnstone Connie Kirkpatrick Cosette Lotz Lyn Madden John & Rosie Manley Sally Manz Mary’s Haven Pat Meaney Diana Miller

Ginger Miller Milton Veterinary Hospital Ann Neville Daniel & Gayle Noel Marcia Okosky Sheila O’Connell Heather & Nancy O’Leary Faith S. Palma Yolanda Paolicelli Barbara Parrish Laurie Peek Judi Pelky Patsy Pemrick Maria Peters Anne Reed Candace Robenstein Alexandra Russell Diane Russell Suzzanne Rutkowski Jackie Saxton Skidmore Apartments Management Barbara Sutherland Saranya Thomas Mary Travis Diane Tribley Mandy Tucker Beth VanVolkenberg Joanne Vaughn Megan Vaughn Gail Veitch Ralph Vincent Jane Wait Johanna Wasalinko Shirley Waterfield Megan Wegener Yaddo Garden Association

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Festival of Trees


Raffle Donors

Adirondack Theatre Festival Airway Meadows Ausable Chasm Catholic Charities Board of Directors Children’s Museum of Saratoga Depot Theatre Dorset Theatre Festival Elks Club Women’s Auxiliary Ellen Coyle Home Made Theater The Fun Spot

Glens Falls Country Club Glimmerglass Festival Great Escape Lodge & Water Park The Hyde Collection Lake George Steamboat Company Peggy Keefe Northshire Bookstore Pirates Cove Adventure Golf Rock Hill Bakehouse Saratoga Performing Arts Center Tubby Tubes Co. The Wild Center

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100 Years of Caring Beyond Belief

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany Celebrates its Centennial WRITTEN BY SISTER CHARLA COMMINS

How it All Began

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is celebrating our Centennial this year. Established in 1917 by a Special Act of the NYS Legislature, our work began welcoming orphans and assisting families with adoption. Over the years, services expanded from the initial foundation in the Capital District to services in all 14 counties of the Diocese. Sister Serena, the Pioneer

In 1974, Sister Serena Branson, a Daughter of Charity, became the Executive Director, a position she held until 1990. She was the first woman to lead a Catholic Charities organization in the country. She came to the Diocese after many years of service in New York City where she was instrumental in establishing the first residential treatment center in the U. S., and in Philadelphia, where she started a treatment-oriented facility to house programs for multi-challenged children. When Sister Serena took over the leadership of Catholic Charities, there were five agencies in three counties with an annual budget of $500,000. When she retired 16 years later, there were 28 agencies in all 14 counties of the Diocese with an annual budget of over $30 million. She was renowned for her ability to bring

the poor, diocesan officials, and politicians to the same table to find solutions to the problems inherent in living in poverty. It became a standing joke among those who worked with her that if she went to a community official, she’d always win their hearts, gaining the resources for a project that would help those in need. It was almost impossible to say “no” to this charismatic leader. At the time of her death, then Bishop Howard Hubbard said, “She was a pioneer in child care and a real leader, not just in our Diocese, but nationally. Sister Serena had an incredible sense of vision about how to fulfill the social justice and the social service dimension of the Church’s life, and she made that vision come alive in our Diocese.” Sister Maureen, the Advocate Sister Maureen Joyce, RSM, assumed the position of CEO in 1990 when Sister Serena retired. In her 20 years of leadership, she exemplified the same compassion, vision, and love for the poor that her predecessor modeled. She founded Community Maternity Services, an agency serving pregnant and parenting adolescents and was a pioneer serving those living with HIV/AIDS, particularly the “border babies” infected and languishing in hospitals without parents or homes to care for them. Sister Maureen showed her generosity of spirit to those in need, wherever they were. She led hundreds of Catholic Charities staff and other volunteers from throughout the Diocese to New York City to aid victims of the 9/11 attacks. And, in that same spirit,

responded to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Sister Maureen also played an important role in establishing a public policy education network that addressed political responsibility and advocacy for the poor, a health alliance partnering Catholic Charities with other Diocesan entities, and a senior housing initiative providing a full continuum of care. Working diligently to find solutions for the most vulnerable among us, her untimely death in 2010 was a great loss for her Catholic Charities family and the many she served so well. Vince Colonno, today’s Leader Following Sister Maureen’s death, a team led by Sister Charla Commins, CSJ, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties (CCSWW), assumed leadership until Vincent Colonno was named CEO in 2011. Vince has served as Commissioner of Aging as well as Commissioner of Social Services, both in Albany County. As CEO, Vince is streamlining human and community services across the Catholic Charities system while ever conscious of responding to new and emerging needs. With God’s help and the energies of the communities in which we serve, Catholic Charities will continue to serve those in need, advocate for justice in societal structures and call all people of good will to join in these efforts - for the next hundred years and beyond.

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100 Years of Catholic Charities 1917 – Bishop Thomas Cusack establishes the organization, including Masterson Child Development Center and Albany Catholic Family and Community Services. Work begins with welcoming orphans and assisting families with adoption. 1925 – The growing agency is renamed Catholic Charities 1926 – Catholic Charities becomes a critical avenue

of support for those in our community affected by the difficulties of the Depression and WWII.

1950 – Following WWII, Catholic Charities focuses on family-related programs including foster care, adoption, and family counseling services.

1972 – The mission of Catholic Charities is refined, serving as social justice advocates addressing the causes of poverty and dysfunction in society.

1974 – Sister Serena Branson, the first women in

the U.S. to head a Catholic Charities agency, expands services throughout the Dioceses.

1975 – Saratoga County Agency opens with Michael Nardolillo as Executive Director

1980 – Washington and Warren County Agencies open

1988 – Sister Charla Commins is appointed Executive Director of the Saratoga County agency

1995 – The Saratoga County agency hosts the first annual Saratoga Festival of Trees

1997 – Saratoga, Warren, and Washington agencies merge 2003 – Mary’s Haven opens, a partnership of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties Catholic Charities and Community Hospice 2017 – Catholic Charities celebrates 100 years of Caring Beyond Believe

Medallions of Service

As part of the Centennial celebration, one hundred Centennial Medallions are being awarded to outstanding individuals for exemplifying meritorious service on behalf of the mission of Catholic Charities. Our community’s agency nominated the following persons to receive this honor for their outstanding commitments. Though agencies were limited in our nominations, be assured there are many others, present and past, deserving of this honor.

Robert Flynn

was President of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Warren and Washington Counties in the 1990s when the process to discern merging that agency with the Saratoga County agency began. His leadership skills and wisdom facilitated the Board’s recognition of the need to maximize resources for the benefit of both agencies. His astute articulation of the positive outcomes of merging, while not dismissing the challenges that change brings, reassured the concerns of both Boards. Bob remained on the merged Board for many years and subsequently served on the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees in Albany, lending his fiscal expertise and strong commitment to our mission.

Michael Nardolillo

is legendary in the Catholic Charities network. As the long-time director of Trinity Institute in Albany, he was on the forefront of the South End’s transformation and subsequent displacement of families, with the coming of the South Mall. He was the founding Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Saratoga County in 1975 and his experience and wisdom set the stage for successful growth and credibility for the years to follow. Following the premature and sudden death of his wife, Mike returned to Albany to be nearer to his six children. He then became the Executive Director of the Albany County Catholic Charities agency. Mike’s astute social work and political skills, infused with a faith-filled commitment to mission, were a model to the many he mentored in the Catholic Charities system.

J. Thomas Roohan

has been a long-time supporter of Catholic Charities. He and his mother donated the land to enable the

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agency to build Mary’s Haven, the area’s first Community Home for the dying. Tom single-handedly spearheaded the building of Mary’s Haven by engaging his many friends in the building community to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to design, build, and furnish this beautiful setting to care for the terminally ill in their most fragile stage of life. Mary’s Haven opened in 2003 with no cost to Catholic Charities and $100,000 in the bank and continues to serve the terminally ill and their families. Additionally, large numbers of Tom’s staff at Roohan Realty are very involved with the Festival of Trees, the agency’s largest fundraiser, chairing committees, fundraising, finding sponsors, managing the many events involved, and more. Tom has been generous financially as well as assisting with building issues in our Administrative office building. He is our Saratoga “go to guy” on many levels.

Corporate Sponsors for the Festival of Trees. Stewart’s employees have also generously served Catholic Charities and many other organizations in our community.

Sister Lauren VanDermark, CSJ

was a founding staff member when Catholic Charities came to Saratoga County in 1975. A skilled social worker, she specialized in gerontology and her work with the isolated, frail elderly became legendary. Her easy-going and calm

demeanor engaged others quickly. The most difficult and challenging situations often resulted in favorable solutions for her clients. Her expertise for assisting persons “to age in place” allowed hundreds to live their final years with dignity and grace. Sister Lauren was also a member of the Diocesan Commission on Aging which she chaired for several years. After 25 years with Catholic Charities, she was called to leadership in her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Michael Toohey, ESQ served on the Board of Directors of CCSWW for more than 15 years. His knowledge of the community, coupled with a penchant for critical thinking and a great sense of humor enlivened Board meetings and indirectly mentored newer members. When Mary’s Haven was being developed, he provided pro bono legal expertise in dealing with zoning, planning, and more. Mike and his wife Linda have been extremely generous to the agency, supporting program needs and agency events as well. Mike is often the eloquent voice of the Catholic Charities mission in the many professional and social circles he navigates. His passion and commitment embody the true meaning of giving back to one’s community.

Stewart’s Shops

and related family foundations will donate 7.5 million to local charities in 2017. They also sponsor the well-known Holiday Match Program, where Stewart’s matches all customer donations made in their shops from Thanksgiving through Christmas day. Stewart’s Holiday Match customers have helped the company contribute over 24 million to thousands of organizations since 1986. Many Catholic Charites agencies across the Diocese have benefitted from funding through the Holiday program. Locally, Stewart’s family foundation funding has also benefitted Mary’s Haven and many of the company’s vendors are

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Vince Arpey Judith Banks Donna Bates Carol Begley Alberta Bennett Eleanor Boyle Carol Bradley Diana Bradley Kevin Bradley Nancy Brockley Kathy Brower Anika Buff Cathleen Buff Mary Buhr Darlene Burke Jenna Cameron Cathy Campchero Florence Campion Barbara Candall Joan Carola Carol Catone Beth Chabot Becky Christner Marilynn Civic Ann Cooley Suzanne Cobb Andrew Corona Jane Costello Doug Coulombe Kathy Crandell Linda Crawford Alice D’Agostino Terri Dagle Joanna Dalton Gail Danforth Michele Decker Brianna DiBlasi Julia DiMenna Kathy DiPaola

2017 Festival of Trees Volunteers Betty Donnelly Patricia Dorsey Leona Dupell Christine Edwards Ann Ellis Joanne Figliomeni Bella Fragomeni Francesca Fragomeni Molly Gagne Raoul Gagne Jim Gapcznski Regina Gapcznski Maureen Gemerick Maryanne Gibbs Mary Gilhooly Ellen Gorman Kathy Gorman Pat Gould Mary Goyette Michelle Goyette Colleen Guarino Chip Guyon Jane Guyon Gianna Haley Stella Haley Susan Hansen Kathy Harkins Maria Harrison Bridget Hartman Judy Hefter Jennifer Henreux Wendy Herrold Emily Hilko Bernice Hollowood Carol Howard Maureen Humiston Kathleen James Diana Jenner Mary Kelly

Ellen Fontaine Kennedy Milda Kiaunis Sandy Kirshe Kathy Klim Cathy LaBota David Lauzon Michelle Lauzon Carol Leone Bonnie Louis Debbie Luciano Linda Maitan Megan Mangona Francesca Marrapodi Marion Minehan Carm Moffett Guy Moffett Rosemary Munter Mike Murray Kate Naughton Kim Pacheco Mary Lou Paley Faith S. Palma Yolanda Paolicelli Barbara Parrish Kristin Parrish Palma Pedrick Dan Pemrick Patsy Pemrick Lisa Perilli Robert Perilli Kathy Phelps Cindy Phillips Mark Phillips Jamie Pietrosanto Nancy Pompa Betsy Porter Tom Porter Margaret Prough Debbie Rach

Maddie Rascoe Pat Reed Pat Reo Barbara Rivenburg Elwin Rivenburg Christopher Robenstein Richard E. Robenstein Richard Robenstein II Richard Robenstein III Sylvia Rogers Jane Root Suzzanne Rutkowski Saratoga Catholic Central Students Corinne Scirocco Emma Shea Skylar Shea Cameron Simons Gavin Spratt Robert Spratt Shawn Spratt Ashley Staigar Karen Stetker Robin Stroup Jim Sykes Tom Tanner Nathan Teetz Kathy Totten Mary Towers Anne Wagner Shirley Waterfield Jeff Wegener Carter White Jeanne Whitney Mariann Witkowski Kris Wurl John Zanetti

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Shining Stars Atop The Trees



GOLD SPONSORS Rose & Bill Armstrong.......................................................................................Angelina & John Barella, Sr. Rose & Bill Armstrong...........................................................................................Ann & Arthur Armstrong Dr. Thomas & Mrs. Eva Francomano.......................................................................................Our Parents The Mansfield and Waechter Families....................................................................................Judy Mansfield The Clement’s Family................................................................................................................Robert Newell Carmen Milligi...............................................................................................................................Stacy Milligi Yolanda Paoicelli.................................................................................................................Frank J. Paolicelli Anthony & Margaret A. Mangano

SILVER SPONSORS Stanley & Sharon Drosky.........................................................................................Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Lloyd Rick & Becky Stauffer....................................................................................Carol Battaglia and Billie Lillge Charles and Edith Ward.............................................................................................................James Conroy Hugh & Mary Ann Foley

BRONZE SPONSOR Jane Costello...........................................................................................Mark, Michael & Maureen Costello Allan and Phyllis Crocker.........................................................................................Marra/Crocker Families Anonymous................................................................................................................Mary Fitzgerald Prattico Paul Schumacher Brian Dagle Jeff Cross Bob Spratt Ron Phelps Michael Dormin Kevin Quinn

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31st Annual

Saratoga’s Christmas Tree Lighting

will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 pm, to kick off the Victorian Streetwalk! Carolers will serenade the crowd with Christmas Carols beginning at 5:45pm as the children await…

Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on horse and carriage (provided by Saratoga Horse & Carriage) escorted in by Santa’s elves!

The Honorable Mayor Joanne Yepsen will light the tree at 6:00 p.m., then Santa, Clara, their elves and even Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage located on Broadway at Caroline Street.

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Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga, on 11/30.

While waiting to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus… enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies, donated by the Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney’s. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there until 10:00 p.m. to give everybody time to stop by and visit!

Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations

Stop by the Post Office with your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the specially designed 31st Anniversary Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. The festivities continue until 10:00 p.m. throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. Don’t miss out on the wonderful holiday event for the whole family!

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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. Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Saratoga Springs Fire Department fire truck, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Saratoga City Ballet Dancers, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Skidmore Circus Club, Sax-O-Claus, The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts ballet dancers and Mother Ginger, the Saratoga County 4-H clubs gingerbread house display at various locations, The Ice Man, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special DBA local Coupon Books, face painting, Newfoundland Dog Club, Octavo Singers. The list goes on and on… Photos by Dave Bigler

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Getting There/ Parking:

Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection for the festivities. 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. You can also get the shuttle at the Silver Sponsor, NYRA Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs. The shuttles run from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Most businesses will be open late

and will hold open houses and serve delicious, free refreshments to their guests, friends and customers.


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Entertainment Schedule

1. Olde Bryan Inn 123 Maple Avenue 6-9:00 p.m. Gary Blodgett, soloist 2. City Center 522 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church (2 sets, weather permitting) Catholic Charities Festival of Trees Gingerbread House Display 3. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Gift Shop open inside, free cider. 4. Roohan Realty 519 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Mother Ginger National Museum of Dance School of the Arts

12. Adirondack Trust Co. 473 Broadway INSIDE: 6-6:30 p.m. Skidmore Dynamics 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m. Racing City Chorus DRIVE THRU: 7-7:30p.m. Schwa Cappella Singers 7:35 p.m. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select High School Choir 8:05-8:30 p.m. The Skidmore Treblemakers 8:30-9:00 p.m. The Skidmore Sonneteers STEPS: Salvation Army Band 13. Fallon Wellness Pharmacy 472 Broadway 6:30-8:30 p.m. Betsy & the ByeGons

5. Walton & Broadway 494 Broadway 6-8:30 p.m. Glee-Convery

14. G. Willikers 461 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. PJ Duell Face Painting Mr. Twisty DBA Downtown Coupon Book table

6. Collamer Parking Lot 494 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. The Ice Man -LIVE Ice Sculptures

15. Celtic Treasures 456 Broadway 6:30-9 p.m. Tommy Wadsworth with Drank the Gold

7. Mountainman Outdoor Supply 490 Broadway (outside) 6-10:00 p.m. Cotton Candy

16. Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street 6-10 p.m. Gingerbread House Display

8. City Hall Steps 474 Broadway 6-7:30 p.m. Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Singing & Hot Chocolate 8-10:00 p.m. Saratoga Soundtrack Women's Choir

17. Saratoga Marketplace 454 Broadway 6-6:25 p.m. Waldorf School Chorus 6:30-6:55 p.m. Drastic Measures 7-8:00 p.m. Capitaland Chorus 8-8:30 p.m. Sonneteers

9. Post Office 475 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Special Postal Cancellations 6:30-7, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saratoga High School Fiddle Club 6-10:00 p.m. Adirondack Mountain Club Skidmore Circus Club 10. Mary Martin & Co. 493 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. The Ginley Girls & Spurs 11. Spoken 27 Church Street 7-9:00 p.m. Spa City Duo

18. Soave Faire 449 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Sax-O-Claus (Strolling) 7:30-8:00 p.m. Bandersnatchers 8:30-9:00 p.m. Bandersnatchers 19. Putnam Market 435 Broadway (outside) 5:45-10:00 p.m. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY! 5:30-6 p.m. Saratoga Horse & Carriage Mayor Joanee Yepsen lights the trees, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive with the elves, free hot cocoa & cookies. Children can visit Santa until 9:00 p.m.

**Brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, sponsored by Saratoga TODAY. Cookies & Hot Chocolate donated by Hungry Spot, Putnam Market and Gaffney's.

6:30-9 p.m. Skidmore Brass Quartet

All performers & times are subject to change. Broadway is closed from 5PM to 10PM Please visit for a full schedule.

20. Lifestyles Caroline Street & Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. John & Orion Kribs The Washington Building 21. Northshire Bookstore 424 Broadway, Washington Bldg. 6-8:00 p.m. Mother Goose visit with face painting 6-8:30 p.m. Hammer Dulcimer Music Rise Movement Yoga Studio 22. Outside Washington Bldg. 420-422 Broadway 6:25-6:40 p.m. Flying Fingers 6:50-7:20 p.m. Skidmore's Rejoice! Inspirational Choir 7:30-7:55 p.m. Skidmore Treblemakers 6-10:00 p.m. Nemer CJDR 23. Braeburn Tavern 390 Broadway 7-9:00 p.m. Tim Wechgelaer, Victorian Fiddle 24. Fingerpaint 395 Broadway (outside) 7-9:00 p.m. Er Go Blu (Dan Garcia & Katie Dwyer) 6-10:00 p.m. Saratoga Springs Fire Department with Fire Truck (Division Street & Broadway) 25. Impressions 368 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Johnny Miller LLC Victorian Photo Booth with instant printed photos 7:00-7:40 p.m. Skidmore Accents 26. Candy Company 5 Washington Street 6-10:00 p.m. Old Fashioned, Hot Roasted Chestnuts 27. Adelphi Hotel 365 Broadway 6:30-7:30 p.m. Octavo Singers will perform a unique set of holiday carols. 6-10:00 p.m. Live Jazz Band outise Morrisey's on patio - complimentary hot cider, caramel corn & pastry chef cookies! 28.Pink Paddock 338 Broadway 7-9 p.m. Pokingbrook Morris Dancers 29. Raina's Jewelry Store 6-10:00 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet 30. Arcade Building 6-10:00 p.m. Timeless Duo

31. Salt & Char 353 Broadway 6-6:45 & 7:40-8:40 p.m. Saratoga Soundtrack Women’s Choir 6:30-7:00 p.m. Bandersnatchers 7-7:30 p.m. Shenendehowa Select Middle School Chorus 32. Frivolous 385 Broadway 6-10:00 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet: Tap & Jazz Dancers 33. Saratoga Arts Center 320 Broadway 6-10 p.m. Gingerbread House Display 7-9:00 p.m. Ed Stander, glass player 7:30-8:15 p.m. Saratoga City Ballet w/ selected dances from the Nutcracker. 34.Visitor Center Congress & Broadway 6-8:30 p.m. Northland Newfoundland Club (Live dogs) 7-9:00 p.m. Sonny & Perley Duo 6-10 p.m. Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail (5 wineries selling samples & bottles) 35. In front of Spa Central Catholic School 6:30-8:00 p.m. Live Nativity Scene with live animals, Saratoga Central Catholic Choir Phila Street 36. Harvey's 6-10:00 p.m. Swinging Palms 37. Bailey's 6-10:00 p.m. South Street Saints 38. Ben & Jerry's (Corner of Putnam & Phila) 6:308:30 p.m. Magic Dan, Magician 6-10:00 p.m. Rock & Roll Band: New American Cuisine 39. Hattie's 6-10:00 p.m. Jeff & Becky Walton Hot Buttered Rum Special 40. Caffe Lena 47 Phila Street 7-10 p.m. Will Dailey *ticketed event - purchase through Cafe Lena website 41. Three Vines Bistro 23 Congress Street (plaza) 6-10 p.m. Chris Dollard Strolling on Broadway:

Candy Co. Toy Soldier, Colleen Mahar, Homemade Theatre Cast from A Christmas Carol, Sax-O-Claus, Mrs. Claus, Victorian Characters, Victorian Stilt Walking Juggler & Skidmore Circus Club

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Santa's Hours

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VSW Nov 30th ......6-10p.m. Fri Dec 1st ..............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 2nd .............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 3rd ............1-4p.m. Fri Dec 8th ..............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 9th ..............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 10th ..........1-4p.m. Fri Dec 15th ............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 16th............1-4p.m. Sun Dec 17th...........1-4p.m.

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Wed Dec 20th .........4-7p.m. Thurs Dec 21st .......4-7p.m. Fri Dec 22nd ............4-7p.m. Sat Dec 23rd ...........1-4p.m. Sun Dec 24th ....Back to the North Pole! 40  |  Saratoga Christmas  |  2017

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

Generous support

for the Victorian Streetwalk was received from the Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District and the following sponsors:

Our Gold Sponsor:

Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District

Gold Media Sponsor: Saratoga TODAY

Our Gold Transportation Sponsor: CDTA

Silver Sponsors:

Ayco Company Cudney’s Cleaners Nemer Motor Group Adirondack Trust Company New York Racing Association


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Northshire Bookstore Four Seasons Natural Food Store TheWesley Community Granite & Marble Works Cantina Druthers Brewing Company Special Thanks to Bonacio Construction Company, D.A. Collins, Donnelly Construction, WJ Morris Excavting and our print sponsor: Advantage Press

The 31st 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 from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection.

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Octavo Singers at Victorian Streetwalk


Thirty members of the Octavo Singers will make their annual appearance as part of the Victorian Streetwalk, November 30 on the staircase in the lobby of the newly opened Adelphi Hotel. But instead of doing the usual holiday tunes, music director Curtis Funk did some research and found songs that were Victorian Era favorites.

“These are light, beautiful carols that have beautiful harmonies and are very listenable,” Funk said. “However, these songs are more complex than the usual Christmas carols. These don’t have predictable harmonies, but have more counterpoint or even a Renaissance polyphony, in that the lines of the four-part harmony move in different rhythms or direction.” Among the songs they’ll perform are “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” the “Wassail Song,” and the “Boar’s Head Carol,” which dates from the 1300s when it was traditional at Cambridge University to slaughter a boar and then have a huge feast. Handel’s “Joy to the World” and a few other traditional songs will also be performed. For people who aren’t familiar with the Octavo Singers, they’re the vocal group that sings Handel’s “Messiah” every year at Union College’s Memorial Chapel. This year the group numbers 105 singers and will perform at 7:30 p.m. December 9. Compared to an undertaking as the Handel, Funk said, singing Victorian holiday songs is especially refreshing for his singers. “These are fun - in that the songs take only about a minute and a half to sing vs. singing arias that last fifty minutes - and they’re not in Latin,” he said. “And with only 30 singers, it gives them a chance to break out to blend differently and to hear themselves.” There will be two thirty-five minutes sets: one at 7 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.

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Holiday Traditions ...worth sharing! COMPILED BY ALICE COREY

Our family always starts Christmas with a trip to the Festival of Trees on Black Friday and watching Christmas movies. Since having children, my sisters and I do this together with a sleepover. - Theresa Zarro, Mom of three -Gansevoort Our traditional feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve and opening up gifts from youngest to oldest. - Laurie Abele, Mom of 2 -Wilton I always wrote a note from Santa talking about the kids’ year … the good and the bad. They loved it! - Kirsten Dahlgren Our family sips on hot cocoa Christmas morning while we all open our presents. - Jill Flinton, Mom of 2 -Charlton Our family snuggles up to watch Christmas movies. - Jessica Marsh, Mom of 2 -Saratoga Springs A few years back I added the Christmas pickle...the kids wake up at 4 a.m. to find where it is in the tree for an extra little present. One year we thought we had a burglar because they were knee deep in the tree with a flashlight. - Mary Wilson -Saratoga Springs Our family always watched Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (Jim Henson’s puppet movie) and I can’t wait to share it with my future kiddos! It’s the sweetest story! - Kelsey Latham, Future Mom -Greenfield The Advent Calendar! My mom had made a HUGE one with pockets the size of jean pockets and then numbered 1-24 and every morning there was a treat in the pocket for us! It’s one of my favorite memories to look back on and I can't wait to do it with Riley this year!!! - Kaitlyn Boersema Decorating Christmas cookies as a family. I did it with my family growing up and I do it with my kids. I put all sorts of sprinkles on the dining room table, everyone gets a small bowl of corn syrup, a paint brush, and let the decorating begin! - Liz Oehler, Mom of 4 -Saratoga Springs As kids we got to open our “teaser present” on Christmas Eve after dinner... it was a Christmas gift we got a week before Christmas and we could shake it and rattle it and feel all around it, BUT... we could not open it until after Christmas Eve dinner! - Janie Shattuck Collins

Our girls always get new Christmas pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. It’s one of my favorite things ever. - Alice Corey, Mom of 2 -Ballston Spa

Happy The first weekend in December my extended Holidays family and I meet up and from Saratoga march through the woods in search of the perfect TODAY Christmas tree. We all takes turns sawing it until it falls onto the snow. Our family dog even joins in and helps us tow it through the maze of tress and to our car. - Casey Dolan, Mom of 2 -Schuylerville We love going up to Queensbury for the Twicwood Christmas lights. We sit in the car and listen to the music and lights choreographed to match. - Miranda Farrell -Ballston Spa When our boys were young we always went to my mother and father’s house for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner. We needed a tradition of our own so we started decorating the tree the Friday after Thanksgiving. We wanted to make a special dinner so we decided lobster would be a great treat and not like anything we normally eat on the holidays. We called our new tradition “Lobster and Lights!” - Marybeth Leslie -Ballston Spa Wigilia is our Christmas Eve celebration. We all make pierogis together during the day and prepare all of the food for our Christmas Eve feast. This is a meatless meal and we must have 12 dishes of food. We set the table with an extra place setting in the event there is a person in need of food. Before our meal we read the Christmas passage in the Bible and share oplatek (wafers) and give well wishes to each other. We then eat together. After dinner, we have dessert and open our Christmas presents. At midnight we go to Christmas Mass. This entire tradition is my favorite day of the year!! - Eva Millard, Mom of 1 -Saratoga Springs Reading the story of the first Christmas from the Bible and putting on our own little family Christmas pageant, complete with costumes and a baby doll Jesus, on Christmas Eve. - Challae Brooks -Ballston Spa Letting the kids help cook for our holiday meals. On Christmas Eve we would stay in our jammies all day and have a warm day at home full of cooking, watching movies and making cookies, then at night, we’d go around the neighborhood and play the "mine" game, picking out lights. The person with the most "mines" at the end gets to eat the cookies first! - Kristin Varano -Clifton Park

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he tree trimmed with lights, the smell of vanilla scented cookies wafting from the freshly polished kitchen, stockings hung with care, festive music filling the air and our hearts with love and hope… all of these things signify that the Christmas season has arrived. For one local couple the season is especially filled with JOY this year as they welcomed their first child in March of 2017.

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Which means, this is baby Mason’s FIRST Christmas!


While many Northern folk try to “get through” the colder months, Eddie & Leann Fyvie have always embraced them. After meeting at Gaffney’s in May of 2008 the couple made Lake Placid their “special place” and took frequent trips to the quaint town nestled between high peaks. Famous for being home to the arena that housed the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union, Lake Placid is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. The couple loves the town so much that it became the backdrop for their engagement and Winter Wonderland wedding at the Lake Placid Lodge in 2014 on 12/13/14… How perfect is that?! Waiting for Santa to come down the chimney

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Mason, who was born at Saratoga Hospital weighing 9lbs 4 oz, is a butterball of cuteness. Smiling and adorable he donned his Christmas best for me to take his very first Christmas photos! Needless to say he rocked the entire session! What makes this time of year so special are all of those family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation that bring people together. For me, my favorite memory is going to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with my maternal Grandparents. There was nothing like all the voices in the congregation singing carols while basking in the warm candlelight.

less stressed and to have something to look forward too.” Leann and Eddie never miss a chance to watch “A Christmas Story” on TV. While they’re not planning to make baby Mason don Ralphie’s famed bunny suit from the movie… it will be playing in the background as they complete all their family Christmas firsts this year. Eddie is as smitten with baby Mason as Leann is and you can see it in his smile that he can’t wait to make both Leann and Mason happy this Holiday season.

Leann and her family have celebrated Christmas in Lake Placid for the last several years and they are so excited to share Lake Placid with Mason. “I love being with my family, and Christmas gives us so many reasons to be together” she said. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child brings all the magic and wonder of the season to life. “Kids are so happy and excited this time of year and there is NOTHING more amazing than seeing a happy smiling child.” She cannot wait to watch Mason as they bake the family’s traditional chocolate chip cookies together for the first time. As a child, Leann and her family would pack their car full and head off to church services on Christmas Eve. After, they would meander through town to gaze at all the Christmas lights. “Every year we would get up in the middle of the night and change the clocks ahead, so at 4 AM it would be 7 AM on the clock, that way we could open everything earlier.” Although, something tells me that her Mother knew all along–it still remains one of Leann’s favorite memories. Although they don’t purchase too many gifts, they cannot wait to stay up late wrapping all of Mason’s special presents. Nothing is more fun than putting on the Santa “hat” on Christmas Eve for a parent! This has always been Leann’s favorite time of year. “Everywhere you go people are happy and excited. Every place is lively and beautified with lights, decorations, and trees. It’s so nice to see people

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FIRST NIGHT SARATOGA Light up the Night Sunday, December 31st

5k Race ©Robert Cohen Scott Jameson

Fireworks in Congress Park ©John Seymour Broken Box Mime Troupe


n 2017, First Night Saratoga was voted to be the best annual event in the region! As one of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country, First Night Saratoga truly is the most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting way to spend New Year's Eve in the region. On Sunday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts’ hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Starting with the 5k road race at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

The theme for First Night Saratoga 2018 is Light Up the Night and we have plenty of events lined-up that will let our city shine this New Years’ Eve. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will kick off the evening by working with kids to create time capsules and a lantern to light the night ahead. At the Lake Avenue School, families can enjoy the StarLab Planetarium, feats of bubble ingenuity by Jeff Boyer, the spectacular theater of the award-winning Broken Box Mime Troupe, reptiles, raptors and more! The mainstage at the Saratoga City Center will feature our favorite mind-art acts, including Boston-based Scott Jameson whose juggling and balancing skills are unmatched. Watch as he pulls umbrellas out of thin-air and makes foam balls appear

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the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns from his national tour to perform for his local fans! In addition to the WEXT stage, Saratoga Arts is proud to showcase a number of up and coming artists this year. In the Visitor Center, Brendan Eprile and Ashley Sofia will enthrall the audience with a slice of acoustic funk; in the Adirondack Trust Bank Angelina Valente and Katie Louise will offer up original songs backed by keyboard, and fiddle player Seina Shirakura and singer/songwriter Maddy Hicks will serenade the First Night throngs from the storefront window of Lifestyles of Saratoga. All these young artists have promising careers ahead of them, so make sure to stop by to say you heard them when! Sawyer Fredericks ©Holly Tutor Photography Joshua Lozoff

inside the closed hands of his unsuspecting and amazed helpers. Later in the evening, Jon Stetson, one of the most well-known mentalists in the United States, will read thoughts with unbelievable accuracy and the nationally recognized actor and magician, Joshua Lozoff, will rivet the crowd, in one moment making a drawing come alive just by pointing, in the next, predicting an audience member’s choice even before she knows it herself. If you are in need of some good humor this New Year’s Eve, make sure to check out the Empire State College Rotunda where Comedy Works will present an array of the best regional stand-ups. For a more introspective performance, be sure to visit the Saratoga Storytellers at Empire State College or the Saratoga Film Academy in the Visitors Center. Looking for a more interactive experience? Join Will Shakespeare in Temple Sinai for adventures full of merriment, sword fights, mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, shipwrecks, musical numbers - and being chased by a bear - all in under 40 minutes! Jump on stage as a performer or sit back and enjoy the fun. This New Years’ Eve is time to get moving! At the Military Museum the hottest local swing group, NitroJive, will let you showcase those dips and twirls and the popular country music DJ, Kevin Richards, will host a line-dancing party appropriate for all levels. Come to hear the music, watch the fun, or learn a few moves yourself- no partner necessary! Looking for something less structured? Check out the St. Peter’s Parish Center to move to the funk grooves of Collette & the Mudcats and the reggae of Robanic with the Caribbean Sound. Sydney Worthley

A full range of genres are represented, from country-bluegrass (Three Quarter North, Ramblin’ Jug Stompers) to retro cover-band and tribute artists (Mike Mettalia & the Midnight Shift, Harold Ford) to jazz (Hetko, Seibel & Syracuse, Hot Club of Saratoga, Déjà vu Jazz) to Irish infused groups (Insolent Willies, Hellcat Maggie, Grafton Street Trio). There is something for everyone! Remember, New Year's Eve happens no matter what and so does First Night Saratoga! All our performers will be inside their respective locations and our transportation partner, CDTA, is providing free shuttle and bus trips to all of our venues, as well as service from the Wilton Mall and Skidmore College. Saratoga Arts ensures that kids aged 12 and under will be able to attend all First Night Saratoga events for free with the purchase of one adult button (one child per adult). Buttons are on sale now online and may be purchased as of December 1st at many locations listed on our website including Saratoga Arts, area Price Choppers, Stewarts Shop’s and Adirondack Trust branches.

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Our WEXT stage features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the 518 playlist. At

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town Frosty the Snowman Jingle Bells Away in a Manger Oh Christmas Tree Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer O Come All Ye Faithful Up on the Rooftop We Wish You A Merry Christmas Here Comes Santa Claus

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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 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!

He’s making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice

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 Santa Claus is coming to town

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Frosty the Snowman Frosty the snowman Aas a jolly happy soul With a corncob pipe And a button nose. And two eyes made out of coal

O, Frosty the snowman Was alive as he could be, And the children say he Could laugh and play just The same as you and me

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

Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go Thumpetty thump thump, Thumpety thump thump, Over the hills of snow

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.

Down to the village With a broomstick in his hand, Running here and there, All around the square saying Catch me if you can.

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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, 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

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Away In A Manger Away in a manger No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Lay down His sweet head

I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side ‘Til morning is nigh

The stars in the sky Look down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray

The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to Heaven To live with Thee there

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Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree Of all the trees, most lovely Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Your boughs are green In summer’s glow And do not fade in winter’s snow Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree With faithful leaves unchanging Each year you bring to me delight Gleaming in The Christmas Light Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Of all the trees, most lovely

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Rudolf 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; 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 Come All Ye 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 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.

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Up on the Rooftop 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

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.

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

Good tidings we bring To you and your kin; Good tidings for Christmas And a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry Christmas; We wish you a Merry 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

Merry Christmas &

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Here Comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus Right down Santa Claus Lane

Here comes Santa Claus Here comes Santa Claus Right down Santa Claus Lane

Vixen and Blitzen And all his reindeer Pullin’ on the reins

He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys For boys and girls again.

Bells are ringin’ Children singin’ All is merry and bright So hang your stockings And say your prayers, ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!


Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight So jump in bed And cover your head ‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!



Happy New Year!

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Saratoga Christmas 2017  
Saratoga Christmas 2017  

Saratoga Christmas covers all of the fun stuff going on in town for the holidays... Festival of Trees, Tree Lighting, Victorian Streetwalk,...