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Getting into the holiday spirit

PLATTSBURGH - Let there be light.

The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will host its second annual tree lighting ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5-7 p.m.

The ceremony will include activities for people of all ages, free hot cocoa and cookies, ornament making and Christmas caroling. An ice sculpture will also be featured in front of the cultural center on the front lawn.

"We wanted to share the holiday spirit with the community regardless of faith," said NCCCA executive director Susan Daul. "This is a celebration for everyone to enjoy time together and [to enjoy] our sense of community."

The event is put together by the NCCCA alongside community members. Although the celebrations start at 5 p.m., the lighting of the tree is expected to start at approximately 7 p.m.

The lighting tree ceremony began last year as the NCCCA introduced Christmas-colored ornaments to artists and local businesses. The ornaments were then painted and hung on the tree for the whole community to see and enjoy, explained Daul.

Last year's event saw about 150 people turnout, she added, with those attending enjoying cookie decorating, jewelry making, creating reindeer ornaments and even having an opportunity to meet Santa Claus.

The NCCCA is looking for additional sponsors and decorators for this year's event. Those interested or for more information may call the center, located at 30 Brinkerhoff St., at 563-1604 or e-mail ncccainfo@primelink1.net.

Anayely Garcia is a student intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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