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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Festivals fill December Days

  • Next weekend will mark the kick-off of Christmas fare with festivals slated in Bath Dec. 7 and and in Hammondsport Dec. 8. Prattsburgh Winterfest wraps up today.

    But festivals aren’t all that’s in store in the coming weeks for those looking for holiday-style events look ready for family fare and packed with Christmas spirit.

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  • Next weekend will mark the kick-off of Christmas fare with festivals slated in Bath Dec. 7 and and in Hammondsport Dec. 8. Prattsburgh Winterfest wraps up today.
    But festivals aren’t all that’s in store in the coming weeks for those looking for holiday-style events look ready for family fare and packed with Christmas spirit.
    Craft classes and storytelling, song fests and a living Christmas pageant slated throughout the area in the weeks ahead.
    Local charities are hoping the season of giving extends to those less fortunate in our area.
    Catholic Charities Turning Point is launching the 2012 Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. This year has been especially difficult for numerous families in our local community, given the current economy, according to the agency. Their “Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program” offers others the chance to help a family, or donate to the program. For more information contact Tammy VanVleck at 607-776-4575 ext. 214.
    And don’t forget the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive, with bell ringers stationed at Kmart and Tops in Bath.
    Both agencies support local families and local needs. Events in the area slated to begin next week and runs through Dec. 15 are:
    • The Prattsburg Free Library will hold a program, “Make a Wreath” at 7 p.m. Monday at the library for adults only. Pre-registration with a $10 fee for materials is required. Refreshments will be served.
    • The Bath Peace and Justice Group will present its annual holiday Words and Songs for Peace at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54 behind the Simmons-Rockwell dealership). 
    • Adult Craft –Handmade Christmas Cards at the Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.   Fee: $10 per person. Limit of 12 participants. Pre-register by calling the library at 569-2045.
    • Cohocton Public Library is holding a craft day for parents/caregivers and their children from 10 am to 7 pm. Thursday Make a Snowman, Reindeer or Santa Face; Dec. 13-Snowman Soup.
    • Spirit of Christmas is slated for 6-8 p.m. Friday at Pulteney Park and Liberty Street. There will be free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 3-5 p.m. at Chemung Canal Trust Bank and 6-8 p.m. in Pulteney Square. Lighting of the tree is set for 6:15. The event featured food samples, children’s activities, music and live performances.
    • Spirit of Christmas: The Dormann Library will host the Tail Waggin’ Tutors and Llama Llama at Home Necessities during the Spirit of Christmas at 6 p.m. Friday. There will be a craft table and an opportunity to read to these very well trained dogs.
    • The Cohocton Assembly of God will hold a free drive through Living Nativity from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday through Dec.  9 at the church, 31 N. Dansville St. (Route 415,) Cohocton. For more information call 585-384-9113 or 585-384-5952.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Children’s Event?Bad Kitty Christmas from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a holiday craft and Christmas cookies for snack. Pre-register by calling the library at 607-569-2045.
    • The Savona Free Library will be host an American Girl holiday program featuring Josefina from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The program for children in grades 3-6 will include games, crafts and lunch. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information call the library.
    •  Hammondsport’s 36th Annual Christmas In The Park is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8  
    on the Village Square. The event features musical entertainment, hay wagon rides, lighting of the Christmas Tree and Santa and his reindeer.
    • The Savona Free Library will offer a holiday preschool story hour for children ages 3-5 from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. The program will include stories, crafts and snacks. Preregistration is requested by calling the library.
    • Christmas Open House at the Dormann Library will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the library. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and pictures with Santa will be $2. The Haverling Concert Choir under the direction of Neil Bryson will be performing at 6:30 p.m. There will be a visit from the lighted Bath fire truck, crafts for the children. There will be refreshments. The public is welcome at this festive annual event.

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