Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Nov. 29, 1994

For the past decade, Orpheus Theatre performances have entertained audiences on the 93-year-old Oneonta Theatre stage.

But not for much longer.

The Chestnut Street theater’s owners have announced plans to sell the property, and Orpheus has until the end of the season to find a new home, Orpheus co-producer Peter Macris said Monday.

Since late September, a committee headed by Dr. John Lusins, vice president of the Orpheus board of directors, has been analyzing costs, visiting possible sites and poring over drawings in search of the best option for the production company’s future.

“We’re doing the groundwork, and we want to be very thorough,” Lusins said.

50 years ago

Nov. 29, 1969

As many as 500 Oneonta and Oneonta area youngsters shared a memorable event Friday morning when they piled aboard a DO Line excursion train for a ride to Mickle Bridge to meet Santa Claus.

Many of the youngsters had never ridden on a train before and some were quite small so a sprinkling of adults went along to watch over the children.

Actual head count, sponsors of the event said, ran “over 400” but, added one, “did you ever try to count a bunch of kids.”

Photographer Stephen Kelly caught some of the fun and excitement on the train and at Mickle Bridge where the youngsters surrounded their favorite saint for the trip back to Oneonta.

On arrival in the city the group was taken by bus to Elm Street where Santa boarded a fire engine for a ride in triumph along Main Street and Chestnut Street to Wall Street where the youngsters were escorted to the Oneonta Theater and the annual two hours of films and cartoons.

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