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“Sharon Things - Local Happenings for Sharon Springs”

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 12/1/23 | 12/1/23

By Alexis Pencar

Hey Neighbors!

What a wintery change! The first real sticking snow of the year came upon our area this past week, making for a cold hard reminder of the months to come! The snow plow crews were back at it, making for a safe commute home, especially on Tuesday evening. Looks like a warm up into the 40s with a chance of rain throughout this upcoming busy Holiday weekend!

The Holiday Artisan Faire in Sharon Springs is this Saturday 12/2 from 10 - 4 PM! Visit the shops as well as vendors set up inside The American Hotel and 204 Main. There will be a Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt and cookie decorating too. Please visit for more information!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony for Sharon Springs is on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30 PM with the Parade of Lights to follow at 6:00 PM! There are over 20 groups participating! Visit with Santa at the Firehouse afterwards!

Look out for more holiday fun with Cherry Valley hosting their 33rd Annual Cherry Valley Holiday Weekend this December 1-3. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, December 1st at 6 pm. The Happy Hags will be there along with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on a whole weekend of activities and events all around town!

Bison Island Ranch will be open to the public for Ranch Store Hours this weekend on Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Swing by to stock up on bison meat and jerky! Located at 194 Engleville Rd in Sharon Springs, visit for more information.

Sharon Springs Free Library

Sharon Springs kicks off the holiday season this weekend with a host of activities, December 1 – 4. More information is available at One favorite activity is the annual lighting of the tree in front of the school. Be there on Saturday, December 1 at 5:30 pm to see a brand new set of lights come on. See if you can spot the library board members walking in the Parade of Lights that starts as soon as the tree is lit. 

Visit the library to see our brand new holiday tree and to browse a selection of holiday-themed books from recipes to romance that we have on display. We also have a large collection of holiday-themed children’s books on loan from the Mohawk Valley Library System. Story Times on Thursdays at 10:15 am will relate to the holidays all through the month of December.

You may have received one of the library’s annual fundraising letters asking for your support. If you are wondering why we need to ask even though we had a successful tax vote in November, there is a very simple reason. When making up our budget, we always include and count on the funds that are given to us in the annual campaign. Thus, that amount had already been calculated in our budget when we realized we needed additional tax support to break even. As always, we are deeply grateful to our patrons for their generous support. 

The November/December library Board of Trustees meeting will be on Thursday, December 7 at 7 pm at the library. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Mrs. Fralick offers storytime for children on Thursday's at 10:00 am every week and includes a story or two, a craft, and a snack.

The library's regular hours are Monday and Thursday 10 - 6, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 3 - 8 and Saturday 10 - 1. For more Library information please contact (518) 284-3126.

Worship Services

The Sharon Reformed Church (6858 State Route 10, Sharon Springs, NY 13459) offers weekly service at 10:30 am. Contact at (518) 234-2387 for more details.

The Sharon Springs United Methodist Church (511 State Route 20, Sharon Springs, NY, 13459) offers weekly service at 10:30 am. Contact at (518) 284-2200 for more details.

The St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church (24 Maple Avenue, Cherry Valley, NY 13320) offers weekly mass at 10:00 am. Reminder: confession is available 30 minutes before every mass. Contact at (607) 264-3779 for more details.

The Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church Seward (114 Mesick Ave, Cobleskill, NY 12043) offers weekly service on Sundays at 9:00 am. Contact at (518) 234-3222 for more details.

Cornerstone Baptist Church (7274 Route 10, Ames, NY 13317). Sunday Service is at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Contact (518) 673 3405 for more details.

Food Pantry

The Sharon Springs Food Pantry is an excellent local resource for all! They are located in the United Methodist Church on Route 20, across from the school (511 US Route 20, Sharon’s Springs, NY 13459).

They are always accepting donations! If you or someone you know is in need of the Pantry, the hours are Thursday 9:00 am -10:30 am and 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. For more information please contact (518) 284-2687 or follow them on Facebook.

Senior Congregate Meal Site

Local residents are invited to enjoy socialization and a noon-time meal year round (except holidays) at the Schoharie County OFA’s “Spa Ritz” Sr. Congregate Meal Site at the Firehouse at 137 Beechwood Rd. M-W-F. All orders for meals must be called into the OFA office at 518-295-2001 before 2 p.m. for the following day. A suggested donation of $4 is accepted from those 60 years old and older. Under age 60? You’re welcome to participate for a fee of $5.

To share community news, upcoming events, business specials, adjusted hours, birthdays, anniversaries, or even an outstanding resident, please contact me directly at (772) 971-1410 or Have a great week! Thanks!

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