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The Times
  • Begin the holidays with Heritage Holidays in the Mohawk Valley

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  • AMSTERDAM — Individuals looking for a unique way to begin their holiday experience are invited to celebrate with Heritage Holidays in the Mohawk Valley.
    The festivities will begin on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with events at Old Fort Johnson and Fort Klock Historic Restoration, continue with events at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, the Fort Plain Museum and the Rice Homestead on Dec. 6, 7 and 8and end at the Walter Elwood Museum on Dec. 14.
    At each site visitors will be able to pick up a Heritage Holidays passport which will be marked at each site they visit. After an individual visits three sites, their name will be entered into a drawing to win a Heritage Holiday Gift basket containing items from all of the participating sites. The drawing for the basket will take place on Dec. 14.
    • Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1: Holiday Open house at Old Fort Johnson, corner of state Routes 5 and 67, Fort Johnson, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The holiday tradition will return to the Old Fort for the first time since Tropical Storm Irene. On Saturday, Bob Cudmore will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk about his new book, “Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley,” and to autograph copies for purchase. The Liaisons Plaisantes will play 18th century period music on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday, Rachelle Cotugno will sing holiday carols in the front parlor. On both days there will be activities in various rooms of the Old Fort for all to enjoy. There will be tea tasting, a tin smithing demonstration, 18th century toys and games to try, a rug hooking demonstration and a “What am I?” table of antique artifacts for individuals to figure out what they were used for.
    • Sunday, Dec. 1: St. Nicholas Day at Fort Klock Historic Restoration, state Route 5, St. Johnsville, noon to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will enjoy warm fires, music, homemade cookies, mulled cider, hot chocolate and holiday memories. A story teller will tell stories of St. Nicholas and the Tryon County Militia will be on hand to make history come alive.
    • Friday, Dec. 6: Holiday open house at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Hall Avenue, Johnstown, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will enjoy period music and holiday shopping.
    • Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8: Mayfield Historical Society Christmas Open House at the Rice Homestead, 325 Riceville Rd., Mayfield, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Rice Homestead will be decorated for the holidays and have entertainment, mulled cider and cookies and homemade pies for sale.
    • Saturday, Dec. 7, Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday Celebration, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include sleigh rides through the village, music and dance performances old fashioned church dinner, tree lighting ceremony and caroling.
    • Saturday, Dec. 7: The Fort Plain Museum’s Christmas at the Fort, 389 Canal St., Fort Plain, 1 to 6 p.m. Visitors will enjoy holiday music, a Christmas shop with artisans and crafters, an authors’ corner with autographed books by local authors and cookies and punch.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Sunday, Dec. 8: The Historic Amsterdam League’s “Christmas with the Sanford’s” at Amsterdam City Hall, 61 Church St., Amsterdam, 2 to 5 p.m. Members of the Sanford family will give tours. Guests may view the Christmas tree and other decorations made by Liberty students. Visitors will enjoy holiday music by the Amsterdam High School Select Chorus, Jeri Lynn and Tom Pikul. Bob Cudmore and Maureen Hand will sign copies of their latest books.
    • Saturday, Dec. 14: Holiday open house at the Walter Elwood Museum, 100 Church St., Amsterdam, 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and each child that attends will receive a candy cane. Holiday craft will be available for children to complete. The ALCO Historic Railroad Society will show the public a sneak peek at their new exhibits and the Amsterdam Chuctanunda Railroad Model Train group will give the public a sneak peak at their historic Amsterdam Model Train exhibit.
    Admission is free however, donations will be accepted at all sites.
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