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[/caption]The Village of Athens will be holding its annual Victorian Stroll today,under the auspices of the Athens Cultural Center. According to the Daily Mail
, he day starts out at E.J. Arthur Elementary School, where kids and families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa, and where the school will hold its annual crafts sale. Then you can head over to the Athens Cultural Center, where children will be able to take free photos with a Victorian Santa throughout the day. Collector Rob Halley will also be on hand with his vast collection of antique Christmas ornaments and the Center will be all dolled up with its holiday tree, put up by the Athens Garden Club. There will also be refreshments, a harp performance and readings by musician Ann Carter, including not-often-heard Christmas carols and Celtic music. Performances will be held at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. At 3:30, teens from the teen acting class will perform several scenes from “Our Town” and “True West." And at the D.R. Evarts Library, kids’ activities will include a performance by “Tales ‘n Tunes” at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while in the afternoon at 2 p.m. the Coxsackie-Athens Community Band will perform at First Reformed Church on Church Street, where cider and donuts will also be served.
In the evening the Cultural Center will host a jazz quintet, including Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson and the new Crossroads Brewery will be open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for tastings of their microbrews. In Hudson, meanwhile, Time and Space Limited
on Columbia Street is hosting a kids event, presenting works by those students who have been participating in TSL actrivities this fall, at the institution's Columbia Street digs from 11 a.m. to noon.
Back across the river in Catskill, Open Studio, at the corner of Main and Thompson, is holding a special open hour from 5 to 7 p.m. an always cheerful event full of art, decorations and a goodly bit of surreal glee, to boot. Finally, out in Harlemville, in the town of Hillsdale, renowned paper-cutter Pamela Dalton will be holding her Annual Open House Sale in her home at 322 County Route 21C, right next to Hawthorne Valley School, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 12, alongside four other artists, “kindred spirits” specializing in early 19th-century American art. Forget the cold and threat of bluster, it's a weekend to get out and about!