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December 5, 2012

Santa Claus to come to several area towns

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — Christmas is getting a little nearer with the arrival of Santa in several communities this week.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving in Sidney on an old fashioned fire truck as part of Friday’s Jolly Holly Day Parade that starts 6:30 p.m., Chamber President Kerri Green said.

The parade has 22 floats and participants, she said. The grand marshal is Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak, and NBT Bank, this year’s Chamber Business of the Year, will also be honored. The event will start on Main and Division Streets and continue until River Street. After, Santa will return to his headquarters, located at Scoville-Meno at 18 Union Street, where he will be available for free photos with children.

Jolly Holly Day events in Sidney continue through next weekend, when there will be a kids-free shopping day and children’s holiday party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Smart community room at the Sidney Memorial Public Library. Events include the movie “Arthur’s Christmas” and lunch and a craft with Mrs. Claus. People are advised to register their children by calling the chamber office at 561-2642 by Dec. 10. The holiday house decorating contest will run Dec. 14-16.

Saturday will be a busy day in Unadilla, said Chamber of Commerce co-president Brenda Brooks. The organization is sponsoring several events at the Community Center at 246 Main Street. The Festival of Trees will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

That will include crafts for kids, raffle baskets, and a bake sale. Refreshments are available. Santa will be there from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to bring a canned good or $1 to benefit the Unadilla Food Pantry, she said. They can sit on his lap and have a picture taken.

Free goodie bags will be available for the first 100 kids. Maps will be available there or from a Unadilla Rotary member for $5, for the Rotary winter walk, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. More than 15 homes, mostly on Main Street, will be included. Refreshments will be available at some of the locations.

The Unadilla Presbyterian Church at 156 Main Street, will host a Christmas cookie walk and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.

There will be assortment of handmade crafts, candles and gifts (including gifts for a dollar or under) for sale.

A choice assortment of homemade seasonal cookies and Christmas candies will be sold by the pound. There will also be a soup and sandwich luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Events in the village of Franklin on Saturday are being coordinated by the Franklin Improvement Society, with the help of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations, said Improvement Society member Chris Geertgens.

Beginning at 11 am, Grandma’s Pantry at the Methodist Church will feature homemade items for sale as well as soup and sandwiches for lunch. The Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild will display local quilts at the Episcopal Church.

The annual indoor Franklin Holiday Market will be open from noon to 5 p.m. at the Franklin Fire House at the corner of Main and Institute Streets. It will feature local farmers and craftspeople.

Holiday gift items will be for sale, including baked goods; knitted, sewn and felted handicrafts; books and CDs by local authors and performers; holiday wreaths; soaps; candles; chocolates and local cheeses.

Beginning at 11 am, Grandma’s Pantry at the Methodist Church will feature homemade items for sale as well as soup and sandwiches for lunch. The Susquehanna Valley Quilt Guild will display local quilts at the Episcopal Church.

The annual Franklin house tour begins at 1 pm. Maps for this self-guided tour of eight houses will be available at the fire house at 12:45 p.m. The price is $6 per person and $12 for a family of four.

At 4 p.m., the Community Bible Church will have free cocoa, carols and a multimedia show.

Dinner sponsored by the Franklin Central School senior class will be available at the school from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lasagna with all the fixings is $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children. Gift baskets will be auctioned off and DJ Potter and A Company of Three will provide the entertainment.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Franklin Town Park on Main Street at 6 p.m. to light the tree. They will greet the children, and then be available at the fire house for pictures, snacks, and holiday craft activities.

In Oneonta, Main Street Oneonta is sponsoring the Christmas tree lighting ceremony from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, dancers, and refreshments will be available. The winners of the Gingerbread contest will be announced.