Friday, December 31, 2010

Don't steal my magic beans!

Poppy town puppets right now, clinton plaza store front on main st.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Night!

Don't miss out on all the fun. There are tons of activities planned for First Night, December 31st, 2010 in Oneonta, NY. A majority of the children's activities will happen in the former McLaughlin's storefront in Clinton Plaza, on Main Street. Poppy Town Puppets will perform from 2:30-3:30. Oneonta World of Learning will be there from 3 to 4pm, celebrating the culture of the island nation of Mauritius with a story teller, art projects and games. At about 4 pm, Skip West will perform his locally famous children's songs. The parade will be at 5pm.

Activities are free for children under 12! For more information about everything else that's going on (and the list is extensive), visit!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Weekend events!

Tonight's holiday tree lighting on Mainstreet Oneonta, was even better than ever! The kids were fascinated by the dancers in the display windows and the troupe performing a much shortened version of The Nutcracker for all to watch through the store windows. They were equally fascinated by the gingerbread house displays (one of the themes this year was 'classic toys.') There was wassailing at the history center (which felt like a combination of blues, gospel and holiday music). And of course wagon rides, cookies, cider and hot chocolate. We probably missed something but had to scoot home.

Here are a few of the events going on this weekend:

Sat Dec 4th: Hanford Mills Museum will have a Holiday Open House 1 to 3pm, featuring an exclusive preview of 2011 exhibits and events, complimentary refreshments, hands-on activities for kids, and a sale in the Museum Shop. The shop features Mill-made wood products, books on the region, vintage-style toys, science kits for kids, Yaktrax and more. The event will be held in the Museum Shop and Conference Room, behind the East Meredith Post Office.

Saturdays in December, take your kids on the Santa Express with the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. Santa Claus and his helpers will be onboard. Complimentary Holiday Refreshments will be served. Details: Not sure if you want to go? I've done it two years in a row. Email me and I'll give you a short and sweet review.

Santa will be on Main Street this month, so get your Christmas list ready and visit for details about when and where to meet the big man! Too shy to talk to Santa? No one's too shy to talk to Mrs. Claus, who will be there too. My son asked for a pony, but I've been hinting that Santa can't actually make live pets in his workshop(!).

Looking ahead:

Please stop by and vote for the Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) tree this month during the Foothills Performing Arts Center Festival of Trees. It's the smallest one there but looks great with all the ABC’s, numbers, rulers, and etc. on it, with an OWL tree topper! All proceeds of the votes for this special tree go to OWL. Additionally, there is a VIP event on Wednesday, Dec 15 from 6-9pm in the Foothills' Atrium with Silent and Live Auctions, Musical Entertainment, Catering, and Cocktails, $10 per VIP (and everyone's a VIP). Details:

Orpheus Theatre presents "A Christmas Story" the weekend of Dec 10th - 12th. This holiday classic is sure to please the whole family. Details:

The Nutcracker: Friday Dec 17th, 7pm and Sat Dec 18th at 1pm and 7pm, at the Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, presented by the Decker School of Ballet. Details:

Living window displays

Main st oneonta!

Tonight: Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street!

The annual Oneonta Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is tonight from 5-8pm, on Main Street. The tree lights up at 6 pm. Don't miss the candle light, Gingerbread display, horse drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, music, dancers in display windows, refreshments, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Details: Main Street Oneonta.