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Nov. 10, 2005

Enjoy Holiday Traditions in Oswego County

OSWEGO - Oswego County will be bustling with activity this holiday season. Santa will arrive by Coast Guard cutter in Oswego, and by fire engine in West Monroe, as communities celebrate their unique holiday traditions.

Christine Gray, director of the County Department of Promotion and Tourism, said there are many festivities and unique shopping opportunities listed in "Winter in Oswego County Calendar of Events," produced and distributed by the Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism. Following is a sample of events for families to enjoy.

Christmas in the Country will be held Nov. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Village of Hannibal. This community-wide celebration will include the eighth annual craft show, breakfast with Santa, lunch, "how-to" seminars, wine tasting, gift shopping, tree lighting, entertainment, caroling and more. Many of the town's organizations and businesses will be participating. Admission is free. For more information call 564-5479.

Holiday Wreath Sale will be open from Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 25 to Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Monroe Historical Society, 2355 NYS Rte. 49. Hand-decorated evergreen wreaths, 12 inches and larger will be available. Prices begin at $10. Admission is free. Call 676-7414 for more information.

Annual Poinsettia Open House will be held Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses near Fulton. See thousands of blooming poinsettias and a 12-foot high poinsettia tree. Enjoy live holiday music by local recording artist Dan Duggan on his hammered dulcimer. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information call 592-2773.

Annual Parade of Trees Contest in Fulton takes place daily from Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 at the Pratt House Museum in Fulton. Christmas trees are decorated in various themes by local non-profit groups and organizations. Visitors at the museum can vote for their favorite trees weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information call 598-4616.

City of Oswego Children's Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Oswego City Hall Civic Plaza. There will be a live Nativity scene and a musical performance. At 6 p.m. see the lighting of the city tree and menorah. There will be poetry readings by fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Santa will visit the children. Admission is free. For more information call 342-8059.

The Holiday History Shoppe will be open Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 on West First Street, downtown Oswego. Shoppe hours are Thursday and Friday from 3 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The H. Lee White Marine Museum, Safe Haven Museum, Friends of Fort Ontario, Oswego County Historical Society, Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, and the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce have organized the shoppe to provide unique gifts in a historic atmosphere. Admission is free. For more information call 342-0480.

Oswego Christmas Tree Sale will be held from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 at the H. Lee White Marine Museum, West First Street Pier. Buy your tree in the Historic Maritime District and help to preserve local history. Admission is free. Call 342-0480 for more information.

Olde-Fashioned Oswego Christmas will be held Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oswego Community Christian School. Over 50 vendors of antiques, collectibles, and crafts to help you complete your holiday gift list. Admission is $1 or children under 16 years old are free. For more information call 342-9322.

Tree Lighting with Santa takes place Dec. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Monroe Historical Society. Santa will arrive on a West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department fire truck to light the town Christmas tree and visit with the children. Admission is free. For more information call 676-7414.

Ski and Winter Recreation Sale will be held Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandy Creek High School. Used and new equipment will be available in Nordic and alpine skis, snowboards, snowshoes, skates, and snowmobile equipment. You can bring goods to sell. Admission is free. For more information call 298-6993.

Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn: Holiday Show will be held Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Dan Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on hammered dulcimer and flat-picking guitar, and Peggy Lynn is recognized nationwide for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. The show will be at held the Ontario Center for Performing Arts/Oswego Music Hall, 41 Lake S. For more information call 342-1733 or go to www.oswegomusichall.org.

Holiday Greens Sale will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego. Evergreen wreaths and cedar roping will be sold. The Oswego County Historical Society is sponsoring the sale. Admission is free. For more information call 343-1342.

Holiday Open House at the Richardson-Bates House Museum in Oswego will take place Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the beauty of Victorian period rooms decorated for the holidays, live entertainment, and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information call 343-1342.

Christmas Shopping Event at Willow Creek Farm Alpacas on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be an open house for the new farm store, beautiful alpaca gifts available including sweaters, teddy bears, and socks. Refreshments and live festive music will be available. Admission is free. Call 593-8220 for more information.

Open House at the Pratt House Museum in Fulton will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. There will be a Christmas cookie and punch party sponsored by the Friends of History in Fulton. Entertainment will be provided. Tour the museum and vote for your favorite tree in the Parade of Trees contest. Admission is free, donations are accepted. For more information call 598-4616.

Light Up Pulaski will be held Dec. 4 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. throughout the village. Entertainment, food, and festive displays help kick off the holiday season. Admission is free. Call 298-2213 for more information.

Light Up Pulaski Open House will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Look back in time at Christmas in Pulaski at the Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information call 298-5235.

Lights in the Pulaski Public Library will be displayed from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. See the Christmas tree and wreath show. There will be musical entertainment and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information call 298-2717.

Salmon River Fine Arts Center's Opening Reception Winter Art Show will be Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. The art exhibit will be displayed along with live entertainment and refreshments. Admission is free. Call 298-7007 for more information.

Staged Reading: "A Christmas Carol" will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. at Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. Admission is $7 adults and $5 for seniors and children. Call 312-2141 for more information.

Holiday Gala will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Dec 4 at the DA Lodge in Oswego to raise funds for the Oswego County Animal Welfare League. Come and meet pets available for adoption. Throughout the day there will be auctions, raffles, "New to You" sales, and refreshments. Admission is $2 or a large bag of pet food. For more information call 298-2717.

"Christmas at Sea" Open House will be held Dec. 11, 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego. Santa will be "shipped in" by U.S. Coast Guard cutter. Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Rosemary Nesbitt, will tell holiday tales. Admission is free. For more information call 342-0480.

Syracuse Symphony Holiday Pops Concert will take place Dec. 18, from 8-10 p.m. at the Oswego High School. The Syracuse Symphony will be performing classic holiday songs that all ages will enjoy. Admission is $20. Call 349-5500 for more information.

Winter Music Concert will take place on Dec. 21, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hannibal High School Lockwood Auditorium. The Hannibal Senior High Band will perform popular holiday music selections. Donations for the Christmas Bureau will be accepted. Admission is free. For more information call 564-7910.

For a complete calendar of winter events, contact the Department of Promotion and Tourism at 349-8322 or stop by the office at the Oswego County Office Building, third floor, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

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