Ti Santa Fest

TICONDEROGA Santa-Fest, a community holiday party, has been planned by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, 2-5 p.m. at the Community Building. Santa-Fest follows last years Enter-Train-Ment Spectacular, sponsored by the chamber. That event was held as a prelude to the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Ti. This year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live Christmas show, arrives on Monday, Dec. 3. We couldnt work it out so it would coincide with the train, explained Bonnie White, the chambers administrative assistant, but its basically the same event as the Enter-Train-Ment Spectacular. Santa-Fest will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a community tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, refreshments and activities, such as ornament making, tree decorating, making of holiday cards and balloon art. Last years event drew a large crowd of children and adults to the Community Building. We were thrilled with the turn out, Deb Malaney, chamber executive director, said of the 2006 program. Christmas is for the little ones and we wanted to do something for them. Its turned out wonderful. Malaney credited Bonnie White, Keri Rhebergen, Pam Nolan and Stan Burdick with organizing the event. The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train will again visit Ticonderoga and Port Henry Dec. 3. The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Last year about 1,000 people turned out for the trains arrival in Ticonderoga. This will be the fourth year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. Like last year, Canadian Pacific has announced it will donate $1,000 to the Ticonderoga and Moriah food pantries as part of the stop. People who go to see the train and show are asked to bring canned goods for donation to the local food shelf. Now in its eighth year in North America, Canadian Pacific Railways two lighted Holiday Trains one in the eastern U.S. and Canada and another in the Midwest carrying live musical shows performed from boxcar stages in an effort to end hunger.

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