Tree lighting this Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., will host its second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 11.

The family-style celebration will start at 7 p.m. and offer gift-creating activities for kids, hot cocoa, cookie decorating and caroling performed by area school choirs and the Barbershoppers. Other activities will be offered throughout the evening including story telling and songs, ice sculpting, as well as the NCCCA holiday gift shop filled with one-of-a-kind items from local artisans.

After the tree lighting, the NCCCA will host a closing reception for the "North Country Portfolio" exhibit by artist Diane Fine, for which she acted as master printer. The project included four accomplished artists from the region Charles Atwood King, Noreen Sadue, Barbara Ida and Karen Lamite King, and gave them the opportunity to make etchings for the first time. The prints in the portfolio are linked through their botanical theme, an outgrowth of the Artist in the Garden events so generously hosted by the kings over the last decade.

The portfolio includes two etchings from each artist and a title page. A portion of the portfolios will be framed and some will be housed in hand-made drop-spine boxes.

The prints and portfolio will be raffled off to raise money for the not-for-profit arts organization.

For more information and images about this project call 563-1604 or visit www.plattsburgharts.org.

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