Christmas in Warrensburgh' offered festive family fun

During Christmas in Warrensburg weekend, the Museum also hosted an exhibit of toy trains and accessories, in Lionel scale. The display intrigued the crowd, Parisi said.

Outside, children took carriage rides around the town hall in a downsized rig pulled by miniature horses.

Two reindeer - one a mere baby -- were on site in pens, for children's enjoyment and edification - included were educational signs on their pen describing the creatures' habits and habitat.

While the churches around town hosted bazaars and food sales, Riverside Gallery hosted craft demonstrations including rug hooking, spinning, weaving and porcupine quill work.

Saturday night's concert at St. Cecilia Catholic Church,featured advent selections from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras performed on acoustic recorders by the Courtly Music Unlimited group. The presentation was well received by good crowd, Whalen said.

"The concert was spectacular and very well-attended," she said.

The prevailing cold weather didn't keep people away during the day, although the evening tree-lighting might have been a different matter, she said.

A daytime outdoor instruction session on wreath-making with Adirondack native plants, was well attended, she said.

By the fall of darkness however, the crowds dissipated. Gone were the scouts who were scheduled to sing carols at the tree lighting ceremony at the town's historic bandstand.

Santa was scheduled to wait until a crowd formed and then arrive out of the darkness in an aura of magical suspense, Whalen said - then after introductions, carols and pastoral prayers, the ceremonial town tree is lit, according to the event's tradition.

Instead, Santa just plugged in the tree early without the traditional fanfare, and few people were present.

Whalen said she was aghast when she saw the tree suddenly illuminate with no crowd.

"I'm like, what the heck is going on?" she said Monday, recalling she hurried across the street to see what was transpiring and was nearly rammed by a vehicle - which complicated matters.

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