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Christmas in Warrensburgh fest celebrates traditional rural values

WARRENSBURG - While some folks are driving to big-box stores and malls this weekend, others are headed for Warrensburg to experience the traditional ambiance and activities of the holiday season.

The annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration, embracing tradition while offering fun activities for all ages, is set for Saturday and Sunday Dec. 4 and 5.

This year's edition of the fest marks its 22nd year of celebrating the holidays with craft demonstrations and sales, caroling, church bazaars, children's activities, traditional acoustic music, gift shopping, and profound hospitality throughout the community.

Event founder Teresa Whalen said Tuesday it's been heartwarming to see more and more people each year discovering the holiday traditions that Christmas in Warrensburg emphasizes.

"Our holiday festival has grown and flourished, and has enjoyed ever-increasing appeal to visitors who come here and stay for a weekend," she said.

This year's theme, "Bountiful Harvest," is more than just a focus on locally produced, handcrafted foods, she said.

Christmas in Warrensburg brings people of all ages together in a festive spirit, and promotes spiritual and cultural enrichment, she said.

"Our theme embraces aspects of small-town life in our community we're thankful for and we're happy to share with others," she said. "It's all about sharing an old-fashioned holiday celebration in the Adirondack Mountains."

Friday Dec. 3, Events & Activities

• Christmas-themed readings by authors, 7 p.m. at Willows Bistro, Main St. downtown. Kathleen O'Day, Pat Leonard, John Gable, and others will be reading their works.

Saturday Dec. 4, Events & Activities

• The holiday celebrations are held throughout town, but the Warrensburg Town Hall, turned into "Toyland" for Saturday, is a main focus for children's activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here, children will be making gingerbread houses, ornaments and other crafts including wooden toys. Also, Santa will be visiting with live reindeer, giving rides for children in a cart. There will be bake sales and food concessions, Christmas-inspired face-painting, as well as holiday postal cancellations. Photos with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and Carriage Rides with "Teddy" the miniature horse will be available 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Create-an-Ornament sessions for children, sponsored as a fundraiser by a local church youth group.

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