Christmas in Warrensburgh' offered festive family fun

WARRENSBURG - A substantial number of children and families participated in this year's Christmas in Warrensburgh event, which offered traditional holiday music, craft-making and activities for children and families reminiscent of a bygone era, event organizer Teresa Whalen said Monday.

And although Santa and his helpers may have bungled a detail or two in the traditional tree-lighting ceremony, it didn't dampen the fun people had, she said.

"There were a lot of families and children attending this year," she added, noting attendance that was perhaps greater than other recent years. "Everyone caught the holiday spirit - not only children, but the young at heart."

Dozens of children enjoyed making gingerbread houses, ornaments and crafts including winter toys at the town hall, converted for a day into "Toyland." Some children focused on fashioning Origami creations, a variety of natural crafts and watercolor paintings - all under the tutelage of North Country artisans.

Skye Gregson, daughter of Barry Gregson of Schroon Lake's Adirondack Rustic Gallery, fashioned wooden toys for children to play with, and her father also attended, mentoring craft sessions. The two reported they used twice as much material as in recent years, which indicated the popularity of the sessions. Barry's mother Carol Gregson, famous as the "Pottersville Complainer," was among those spinning natural fibers in traditional craft demonstrations during the weekend at Riverside Gallery.

At the Warrensburg Museum of History, a stream of visitors browsed among the artifacts and displays, according to Museum Director Steve Parisi.

"We're very happy that we hosted more than 50 people - more than last year," he said.

Parisi added that a lot of people appreciated the Museum's new Veterans Appreciation Room which includes excerpts from Joe Aiken's World War I diary and photos he took while he was serving on the war's front lines as an ambulance driver. Aiken's uniform is included in the collection.

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