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Christmas Project going strong for 40+ years

By Julia Green
A part of the Margaretville holiday tradition for over 40 years, the Community Christmas Project is gearing up for the 2008 holiday season. The Christmas Project, which was founded by a group of women from the Margaretville United Methodist Church, provides food baskets and gifts for approximately 130 needy families in the Margaretville area.


Arkville memorabilia display featured at Middletown hall

What do the Pakatakan Golf Course, the Knights of Pythias and Milton Berle have in common? Arkville!
An exhibit on view at the Middletown Town Hall through the end of December includes photos and memorabilia of Arkville as it used to be, from the golf course that stretched along Route 28, to the Pakatakan Lodge, Knights of Pythias #321 based in Arkville, to the famed entertainer who performed at Todd’s Hall (now Casey Joe’s) at the Crossroads in Arkville in 1936.


Roxbury Brass plays Saturday

Roxbury — All the best in hometown talent will come together on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Roxbury to create a daylong, old-fashioned festival, “Holidays of the Gilded Age.”
From the heartwarming fanfare of the Roxbury Brass and talented voices raised in song, to the beautifully handmade crafts and enchanting aromas of cocoa, oranges and cloves, this holiday celebration trumpets the traditions of pre-shopping mall times.


Middletown seeking gift of history

The holidays are upon us and the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown has compiled a wish list for those willing to contribute the gifts of time and information to help document the town’s heritage.


Ski Plattekill slated to open this Saturday

Roxbury — Despite the many obvious variables facing the ski industry for the upcoming winter season, Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury is looking forward to a banner year. Weather permitting, owners of the area plan to open Dec. 6.
With added snowmaking (currently up to 75 percent), and a new winch cat groomer, skiers and snowboarders will experience vastly improved terrain at Plattekill this season. Several renovations have also been made to the lodge.


Largest first-day crowd in 25 years at Belleayre

Highmount – With over 4,000 skiers and riders enjoying 13 inches of natural powder, Belleayre Mountain opened Friday with the largest opening day crowd in 25 years.
Popular programs including Kidscamp, seasonal workshops and the Nursery, designed to enhance the family experiene at the mountain, require advance reservations that can be made online or by contacting the Belleayre Mountain Sales Department directly at 845 254-5600 ext. 2474.


Bazaar is Saturday at Roxbury Library

Roxbury — The Roxbury Library Association (RLA) will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar at the Roxbury Library on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The RLA’s Annual Holiday Bazaar will offer holiday shoppers the opportunity to purchase delicious bake sale items and quality RLA Thrift Shoppe merchandise, Irma Mae Griffin’s History of the Town of Roxbury, and 2008 Boy-and-Girl Crib Quilt raffle tickets while children visit with Roxbury Rotary-sponsored Santa Claus.


Centerpiece Workshop at RAG Dec. 6

Roxbury — We’re all thinking about how to manage our budgets at the same time we’re thinking about how to lower our carbon footprints. Come to a workshop that will address both these concerns and also provide you with a new skill you can use over and over.
On Saturday Dec. 6, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., The Roxbury Arts Group will offer a workshop in Creating a Holiday Centerpiece by professional floral designer Sheila Beemer.


Celebration and tree raffle planned by HCHS

Delhi — Looking to don that Santa’s cap a little early this year? Christmas can’t come soon enough for you? If you want to catch the Holiday Spirit early, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS) invites you to their annual Holiday for the Heart Celebration and Tree Raffle.
Each year, the animal shelter hosts Holiday for the Heart, a collection of holiday trees which are raffled off at the end of a weeklong display. This year’s fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) on Route 10, Delhi.


Calendar sales to benefit ARCs, Foothills PAC

Oneonta — In August the joint efforts of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Orpheus Theatre and the ARCs of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties resulted in an exuberant and entertaining production of “Circus in the Wind,” a play by Aurand Harris. The performers were all ARC residents, dressed in dazzling costumes that matched the liveliness of the spirits that swirled around the story.


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