Roxbury plans an old-fashioned holiday celebration

Roxbury — Don’t let this holiday season become a stress magnet for you and your family. On Saturday, Dec. 6, Roxbury’s “Holidays of the Gilded Age” will take you back to a time of simple joys, with crafts, homemade goodies, an old-fashioned parlor social and concert, photos with Santa and caroling in Santa’s horse-drawn carriage as the holiday tree and the entire hamlet lights up for the season.
You’ll be immersed in the holiday spirit with the music, beauty and of course those magical aromas of the season!
The day starts with the best in Catskills fine arts crafts and a specialty foods fair at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Hilt Kelly Hall. Pottery, leather work, handmade clothing and woven items, and specialty foods like jams, syrup, cheeses and fine chocolates supply plenty of wonderful, one-of-a-kind gift ideas that support our most talented local artisans. Kids can get in the act by making their own crafts to give as gifts, and at 1:30 p.m., Sheila Beemer leads a workshop to help participants create their own old-fashioned holiday centerpiece, (contact RAG to register for the workshop at 607 326-7908, cost is $40). The Craft and Foods Fair will run all day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the Roxbury Library starting at 9:30 a.m., kids can sit on Santa’s lap for a photo while Mom and Dad shop at the Annual Holiday Bazaar, with a 1:30 p.m. raffle of a quilt made by the Roxbury Quilters. At both RAG and the library, baked goodies and seasonal treats will be available. 
The festive spirit continues at RAG’s Hilt Kelly Hall at 4 p.m. with a traditional Parlor Social: Victorian-style wizardry and magic with Art Martello and seasonal songs of the period by Patricia Dell and Kent Brown will be followed by some classics and ballads that your great-grandparents would have known, sung by Sharon Cucinotta and Roberta Jackson Feldhusen, with Roy N. Feldhusen on piano. Of course, punch, cider and other seasonal treats will fortify you for the fun finale: a sing-along for everyone.
At 6:30 p.m., it’s time to light the town’s holiday tree with Dickens Carolers. Santa will take you aboard his horse drawn carriage for caroling rides, as the hamlet lights its storefront illuminations and some decorations worthy of Fifth Avenue, but with a traditional hometown feel. Good food and fun continues at several eateries. Fane’s Deli will be open until 8 p.m., and at Public Lounge, the duo of Patricia Dell and Kent Brown will serenade lucky diners once again with sounds of the season.
The Public Lounge will have its own “public” tree for patrons to decorate (anyone who brings in an ornament or other tree decoration will receive a $3 discount, starting Saturday and continuing until the tree is fully festive!)  
You can find out more by visiting or calling 607 326-3722. All events except the centerpiece workshop are free, and all freewill donations will support Roxbury’s Community Christmas Aid Fund, which helps families year-round.