It's December, folks, whether you're ready for it or not. And with December comes our big Dutch celebration, the annual Evening With St. Nicolaas, complete this year with a Festival of Trees and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Schuylerville Community Theater, and Story Time with Julie Martin reading “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. The Trees, Entertainment, Story Time and crafts will be located at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall. Children and St. Nicolaas, on his white horse, attended by his Piets, will gather at the corner of Spring St. and Broad, Rts.4 and 29. St. Nicolaas will lead us all on a lantern parade through downtown to light the village tree. There will be carolers, story tellers, food and drink, along with festival revelers. Timetable for the various events follows:
*10AM The Festival of Trees sponsored by the Schuylerville Community Theater. Beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Kissing Balls, Entertainment and Crafts for your shopping pleasure!
*3PM Story Time with Librarian Julie Martin reading, “THE MITTEN” by Jan Brett followed by a craft activity for children.
*4:15PM Children may pick up lanterns to accompany St. Nicolaas in his parade.
*4:45PM St Nicolaas Arrives !! The Parade Begins!
*5:30PM St Nicolaas ceremony and Tree lighting at Schuylerville’s Village Park.
Most businesses will be open for the celebration, displaying their holiday wares and decorations, and many will be offering refreshments. Schuyler Sweets will be selling Chocolate, St Nicolaas Chocolate Letters and serving goodies; Dwell will be open for your holiday shopping, as will Olde Saratoga Bike & Boards. Gallery on the Hudson will be open for gallery viewing and refreshments, as will Riverfront Studios and The Gallery Down Under. The Canal Street Arts Center will be offering finely crafted items in the holiday shop; Old Saratoge Books and Dana Clark Accounting will be open and serving treats. The Canal Crossing Mosaic Workshop and Badger's Cigar Den will be open for visitors, and Second Hand Rose will offer 10% off everything in the shop all day. Turning Point Rotary will provide coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to warm you as you stroll, Eli's will have goodies to go with it, and and if you'd rather drink than eat, Old Saratoga Wine and Spirits will be serving "Gluvein", warm wine punch. Byron's Market will top off the evening with their delicious pea soup.
So put on your warmest woolies and join the fun as we continue our Dutch Christmas tradition. SEE YOU THERE!