A Festive Weekend

A Festive WeekendA section of the Carriage House with the trees of non-profit organizations set up at the 2018 Christmas in the Village.

By the time Thanksgiving is over many people don’t want to cook another big meal right away. The following day is Friday and it’s Black Friday. For some, it’s a daylong shopping spree, or at least up early and out the door to grab those door busters. 

So, rather than come home and prepare a meal or eat out at a crowded restaurant, come over to Bradley Hall on Friday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. for a Hunter’s / Black Friday Chicken and Biscuits dinner. It’s eat in or take out. The menu includes chicken, gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, beverages and cake for dessert. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Village and Farm Museum.

A Festive Weekend
Dobbins with his sleigh, ready to provide photos at Christmas in the Village.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, it’s a whole different type of shopping day. No door buster’s necessary. Shop local and come to Hometown Christmas in Troy and Canton. There are a lot of opportunities for crafts at the Vets Club and the Sale Barn in Troy, as well as plenty of raffle items. There will be a lot of Christmas festivities, so head down and Christmas shop and support the local businesses. 

As Christmas approaches, people often think of the old fashioned Christmases when they were children, or when they got together with family.

This year, Christmas in the Village at the Heritage Village in Troy will again be offering an event that will bring back some of those Christmas memories.

On Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Heritage Village along Route 14 in Troy will be set up with a Festival of Trees in the Carriage House, a live Nativity, craft and direct sales vendors, non-profit organizations, holiday performers, and a bake sale. There is no admission fee.

This year’s live Nativity has new costumes sewn by volunteers Linda MacAuslan, Hazel Brock, Theresa Romatowski, and Ginger Kostecky.

A Festive Weekend
The Rainbow Riders’ tree at the 2018 Festival of the Trees.

The Festival of Trees will welcome non-profit organizations to set up with their beautifully decorated trees. It will give the community an opportunity to see what those organizations have to offer. Donations will be welcome.

On the front porch of the 1822 Gregory Inn there will be different presentations during the afternoon including Christmas caroling, selections from Christmas Cantatas from the Coryland, Fassett and Gillett Baptist Churches, T’was the Night Before Christmas read by Karen Tworsky, with Pastor Mickey Cavanaugh as emcee.

Around the village grounds there will be a variety of Christmas festivities including light refreshments, a live Nativity, Santa in his sleigh, children’s Christmas crafts in the Print Shop building, WIGGLE Radio doing a live remote, a bake sale, Christmas gift sales, and Dobbins hitched to his sleigh and available for photo-ops where people can create their own holiday photo greeting. Any donations will be gratefully accepted with the proceeds benefitting the Heritage Village and Farm Museum.

Vendors include Greener Pastures, Bonnie Bell, Debbie Calman, Eileen Hicks, Erin Earley, and the Bradford County Heritage Association.

Those groups participating in the Festival of Trees include the Sylvania Lions, the Bradford County Heritage Association, the Troy Heritage Garden Club, the Troy Sale Barn, Happy Tails, Troy Hospital Auxiliary, Delta Kappa Sorority, Troy High School FFA, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. 

There will be a “Find the Pickle in the Tree” contest with the winner to receive a $25 Gift certificate to Shedden’s Wholesale.

According to Barb Barrett, Heritage Village chairperson, the Tradition of the Christmas Pickle has got to be one of the strangest modern Christmas customs in that no one knows for sure why it exists at all. In the 1880’s Woolworth stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany and some were in the shape of various fruit and vegetables. It seems that pickles must have been among the selection. Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was the last ornament hung on the Christmas tree and the first child to find the pickle got an extra present.

The official Christmas Tree lighting will take place at 4 p.m. to conclude a festive day.

Special thanks go to sponsors of this event to include the Gillett Baptist Church, Clair and Helen Mickley, and Shedden’s Wholesale. The Troy High School FFA and eighth grade volunteers will be helping out.

There is still time to sign up to participate and share your unique talents in this great Christmas festival, whether as a non-profit, a vendor, or if you have some musical, narrative or skits for the holiday program. Individuals or groups can contact Barb Barrett at bbarrett362@comcast.net or call (570) 786-9482.

And don’t forget to join in at Bradley Hall on Nov. 29 for chicken and biscuits – Eat in or Take Out!

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