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Chester’s tree lighting fest plus ‘Taste of Tri-Lakes’ event set for Tuesday

Staffers of Green Mansions Golf Club restaurant take a break while serving up samplings of one of their signature dishes during the 2012 edition of Taste of the Tri-Lakes event held in downtown Chestertown.
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Staffers of Green Mansions Golf Club restaurant take a break while serving up samplings of one of their signature dishes during the 2012 edition of Taste of the Tri-Lakes event held in downtown Chestertown. Photo provided

— The residents of Horicon and Chester will be holding a festive holiday kick-off event Tuesday Dec. 3 featuring two major attractions.

The Tri-Lakes Business Alliance’s annual Taste of the Tri-Lakes will be held in conjunction with the Chestertown Rotary’s Memory Tree lighting ceremony downtown on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

At least ten area restaurants will serving samplings of their specialties in tents set up at the intersection of Main St. and Riverside Drive — between Glens Falls National Bank and the Panther Mountain Inn.

The tree lighting is scheduled for around 7 p.m., but the Taste of the Tri-Lakes will extend from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Tickets will be sold for $1 and one or two of them will purchase a sampling of the restaurants’ signature dishes. There will also be a bonfire or two and free s’more making for the children, with ingredients donated by Stone Bridge and Caves — and supervised by local Scout troops.

Restaurants providing food samplings include Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, Hemlock Ledge Restaurant, The Crossroads, O.P. Frederick’s, The Bullhouse, Jimbo’s at the Point, Deer Crossing Restaurant, Green Mansions Golf Club, and Panther Mountain Inn.

Circle B Ranch will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the evening.

The Chestertown Rotary’s Memory Tree has been a remarkable success in past years, with people buying a light to honor those who have had a positive impact on their lives.

Contributions for each name will not only illuminate a light for all to see this Christmas, but will help support local families in need through the food pantry, heating fuel assistance, clothing, and other charitable efforts.

The tree-lighting ceremony has also featured caroling by people of all ages soon after the tree is illuminated.

Business Alliance official Cindy Mead said the joint holiday venture was a festive way to share the holiday spirit.

“This promises to be a great way for the community to get together and bring in the Holiday season,” she said.

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