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Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Middleburgh FD Hosting Breakfast with Santa this Sunday

Written By Cicero on 12/1/14 | 12/1/14

The Middleburgh Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is holding a breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 7th. The event is $5 for adults and $3 for kids from 6-12 and seniors. Kids 5 and under are free. The event will be at the Middleburgh Fire House from 8-11am. See below for more information.

Opinion: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Written By Editor on 12/24/13 | 12/24/13

Editors note: The following editorial, perhaps the most famous ever written, was published by the New York Sun in response to a young girl's inquiry if the legendary Saint Nicholas did truly exist. This instant Christmas classic was penned by Francis Pharcellus Church in 1897.
We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor,
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon
115 W. 95th St.
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except (what) they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Central Bridge Fire Department Hosts Santa at Community Pancake Breakfast

The Central Bridge Fire Department hosted a successful community pancake breakfast Sunday morning that featured a special guest straight from the North Pole, good 'ole Saint Nicholas, who gave his time this busy holiday season to take pictures with local children in a particularly jolly manner right before Christmas.

Chief Johnson (left) and President Hofmann pose with Santa
Members of the department, who serve as the backbone of the small hamlet located between the Towns of Schoharie and Esperance, came out in full force and volunteered to help during every step of the event from pictures with Santa to serving hungry customers who donated what they could to Central Bridge's finest and everything in between.

In addition to good food and friends, hugs were also available
According to post-event estimates, approximately one hundred and twenty-five people attended the pancake breakfast, which raised four to five hundred dollars for the small community fire department and exceeded that of last year's pre-Christmas event. 

Schoharie United Presbyterian Church to host Christmas Eve Services

Written By Editor on 12/22/13 | 12/22/13

The Schoharie United Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening on Christmas Eve. Jay Bramer, Burke Herrick, Sara Cipperly, as well as a select choir, will be singing and sharing special music. Jan Herrick will lead the service. Susan Bramer, Chairman of Music and Worship, wanted to add that everyone should "please plan to join us so that you can participate in the joy!"
Schoharie United Presbyterian is located at 314 Main Street in the Village of Schoharie.
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Middleburgh's Miracle on Main Street a Success

Written By Editor on 12/16/13 | 12/16/13

Bolstered by an influx of new businesses and hundreds of visitors, Middleburgh's Miracle on Main Street was a great success Friday evening as continuous lines of twenty to forty people braved the frigid temperatures and blustery winds to get both face time with Saint Nicholas and carriage rides across the beautifully lit Village of Middleburgh.

From young carolers outside the public library to a live Nativity scene on the lawn of St. Mark's and dozens of businesses lined up and down both sides of Main Street with displays, the atmosphere was abuzz with Christmas cheer and holiday spirit. Commenting on the success of the event, Mayor Matthew Avitabile described the event as "a wonderful show of community spirit," of which he estimated eight hundred people attended, the largest Miracle on Main Street since the event's creation fifteen years ago.

Tracy Boomhower of Four Star Realty serves up reindeer food
to local children, always a hit during Miracle on Main Street
The Middleburgh Renaissance Council, and in particular Sheryl Adams and Patty Beal, worked on planning and developing this year's Miracle for months. And their hard work showed off in both the number of people who attended and the amount of success the event ultimately had.

Chrismastime in Schoharie Next Weekend - December 6th, 7th

Written By Editor on 12/1/13 | 12/1/13

Schoharie is set to kickoff the holiday season with their "Christmastime in Schoharie" two-day event next weekend. Starting on Friday afternoon and lasting into the following evening on Saturday, the event will offer something for everyone from meeting Santa (Friday at 6pm at the county courtyard) to horse and wagon rides and lighting the Fox Creek Park (Saturday at 4pm) for the holidays.
There will also be a Christmas decorating contest, sponsored by the Schoharie Promotional Association, that will award a prize to the best decorated businesses and three additional prizes for decorated homes. The judging will be done on December 18th and you can stop in Magical Printing and Designs to pick up a brochure with all the details.
Early forecasts indicate a 80% chance of either rain or snow to come down on Friday afternoon, with Saturday looking mostly dry with temperatures in the mid-thirties.
Community Pipeline Meeting on Monday December 2, 2013 at 7PM inside of the Radez Elementary School Gym located on 319 Main Street, Richmondville, NY. The latest information on the proposed Constitution Pipeline from threats of eminent domain and legal efforts to landowner resistance and the pipeline company's safety record will be provided to the public. This advertisement is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities and the Stop the Pipeline Schoharie Action Committee

Middleburgh's Miracle on Main Street December 13th, 5:30-8:30 pm

Written By Editor on 11/28/13 | 11/28/13

Middleburgh's annual Miracle on Main Street will be held on Friday, December 13th from 5:30-8:30 in the evening all across the Village of Middleburgh's beautifully lit Main Street. The event is co-sponsored by the Middleburgh Renaissance Council and the Village government.

There will be everything from caroling to pictures with Santa to miniature horses and a live Nativity scene at St. Marks's Church... And that doesn't even include all of the Library's events where there will be dancers, bell ringers, story time and the list goes on.
This one of the must see Christmas time events in the entire county, as the spirited combination of Middleburgh's beautifully lighted Main Street and even greater community minded business owners makes the night one to remember every single year. Now all the event needs is the right amount of snow and the Miracle on Main Street could become a living image of Norman Rockwell's designs of small town America celebrating the holiday's.
Community Pipeline Meeting on Monday December 2, 2013 at 7PM inside of the Radez Elementary School Gym located on 319 Main Street, Richmondville, NY. The latest information on the proposed Constitution Pipeline from threats of eminent domain and legal efforts to landowner resistance and the pipeline company's safety record will be provided to the public. This advertisement is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities and the Stop the Pipeline Schoharie Action Committee

Middleburgh Fire Department to Host "Breakfast with Santa"

Written By Editor on 11/20/13 | 11/20/13

The Middleburgh Fire Department and their Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a breakfast with good 'ole Saint Nicholas on Sunday, December 8th at the fire house from seven until eleven that morning with Santa stopping by from the North Pole around eight for approximately two hours. 
Cost of attendance is $5 per adult, $3 per senior citizen or six to twelve year old, while children under five are admitted at no cost. The breakfast will be served buffet style with the menu featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon with the choice of several beverages ranging from coffee to juice to wash it all down. 

There will also be children's activities, which will be provided by the local Boy and Girl Scout troops.  

Story Time and Presents With Santa on December 14

Written By Editor on 11/17/13 | 11/17/13

Santa Claus is coming to Schoharie County, bearing gifts and story time, albeit a little early. On Saturday, December 14th from 10-11:30 AM good 'ole Kris Kringle will be at the Zion Lutheran Church in Cobleskill to read the Polar Express and deliver a special gift to every child.

Cost of attendance is $10 per child with a maximum of $20 per family, while children under four are free. Please contact Nancy Brumaghim at 368-5378 or at as space is limited in this special event, of which all proceeds will to the AED Project of Schoharie County.

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