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December 8, 2010

Candlelight Evening set at Farmers' Museum

Candlelight Evening will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown.

During Candlelight Evening, the landscape of the museum is decorated in greenery and illuminated by thousands of candles. Visitors will be able to ride through grounds in wagons pulled by draft horses adorned with full sets of harness bells. Complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over open fires, will be served throughout the afternoon and evening. Caroling is scheduled throughout the event. St. Nicholas will be at the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Members of the Congregation of the Christ Episcopal Church will present "A Living Nativity," with performances at 5, 5:20, 5:40 and 6 p.m. at the Morey Barn. Seating is limited.

An array of seasonal musical programs will take place at the Cornwallville Church, highlighted by the group Glad Tidings, featuring holiday music from centuries ago and some recent favorites. Sandra Peevers, Erik House and Jeane Bennett-O'Dea will entertain with a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, cittern and concertina. Other performers will include the Catskill Chamber Singers, the Catskill Choral Society Girls' Choir and the Northern Comforts Men's Quartet.

Ron Johnson will provide caroling in the More House and The Leatherstocking Brass will entertain at the South End of the Main Barn.

Children can take part in holiday arts and crafts activities at the Filer's Corners Schoolhouse from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and The Empire State Carousel will be open for rides throughout the event.

A pulled-pork dinner, along with a variety of sweets and hot beverages, will be available in the Louis C. Jones Center, inside the Main Barn. Gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the Williams Carriage House next to Bump Tavern.

There will be a book signing featuring Josh Kilmer-Purcell from the TV series "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Louis C. Jones Center, inside the Main Barn.

Kilmer-Purcell is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Bucolic Plague," "I Am Not Myself These Days" and "Candy Everybody Wants."

He is a monthly columnist for OUT magazine and a contributor to NPR. Copies of "The Bucolic Plague," will be on sale during the event. The book signing is not limited to books purchased at the event.

Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots. There will be free shuttle service from The Otesaga Hotel on state Route 80, the Elementary School parking lot, the Red Trolley Lot off state Route 28, the Yellow Trolley Lot on Lake Road, above the Fenimore Art Museum, Doubleday Parking Lot, and a pickup point near the entrance to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, to The Farmers' Museum throughout the evening.

Admission is $12 for adults; $10.50 for seniors; and $6 for children ages 7 to 12. Members and children younger than 6 receive free admission.

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