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Downtown Gallery to open new exhibit

Part of annual Ticonderoga North Country Christmas

A new exhibit will open at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas. “Adirondack Landscapes”  by the Upper Hudson Valley Water Color Society will be displayed Nov. 30 through Jan. 25.

A new exhibit will open at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas. “Adirondack Landscapes” by the Upper Hudson Valley Water Color Society will be displayed Nov. 30 through Jan. 25.

— A new exhibit will open at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas.

“Adirondack Landscapes” by the Upper Hudson Valley Water Color Society will be displayed Nov. 30 through Jan. 25.

An opening ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery 119 Montcalm St. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

“The Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society, based in Glens Falls, is dedicated to encouraging both emerging and experienced artists working in water media by providing a venue for workshops, networking and fellowship,” said Mariann Rapple, gallery manager.

“The Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society was started in 1989 by a group of artists of the Adirondack Region who participated together in a workshop given by artist John Galucci of Glens Falls,” she said. “The UHVWS is comprised of artists from New York State as well as Vermont, Connecticut and Florida.”

The Downtown Gallery was formed last summer by the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. It has been home to local artists, visiting art exhibits, classes, clothing drives, theater performances, holiday activities and community meetings.

Its is operated by a group of artists and volunteers in space donated by the Reale families. Activities are funded through donations by artists and sales to visitors.

The Downtown Gallery is open pen 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The fourth annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas will be Nov. 28 through Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kicking off the holiday celebration will be the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Thanksgiving day. Events are scheduled every day through Dec. 8, when the holiday celebration concludes with Ti’s annual SantaFest.

SantaFest, a highlight of the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas, will take place 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Community Building. It will feature visits with Santa, photos with the jolly elf, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more. It typically attracts hundreds of children and their families.

The Ticonderoga Community Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, on the Community Building lawn. Santa will attend. There will be live music by Elvis impersonator Jim Cawley and refreshments provided by the Silver Bay YMCA. The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free candy cane and a special gift.

For more information go online at www.ticonderogany.com or call the chamber at 585-6619.

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