A North Country Festival of Trees
See the Trees at the Public Viewing. This year, the public “walk through” viewing is between November 27th and Dec 5th.
Although the traditional Festival of Trees events won’t be happening, We will see you at the Gala and Sugar Plum Ball next year!
Please note: face masks, clean hands and social distancing are required at all times during the public viewings.
The event is located at the former Convergys Building. Top of the Square, Watertown. Please see web site for viewing times: www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees
Fresh Air Fitness Hike
Get outside, get healthy! Burn off the Thanksgiving calories by enjoying a self guided hike on our trails at the Minna Anthony Nature Center.
Keep the family togetherness going! All participants will be entered in a prize drawing. Face coverings required.
Program size is limited. Pre-registration required. Please call 315-482-2479 between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday through Sunday to register.
“Deck the Parkway” Christmas Parade
Because of social distancing requirements, Watertown will be holding a drive-thru Christmas Parade.
The parade will be held along Black River Parkway from Coffeen Street to Mill Street. Instead of the parade driving by you, you’ll
be driving by the parade! Those that come out to the “Deck the Parkway are asked to stay in their vehicles and follow all requirements
Whoville in the Harbor
The COVID Grinch won’t be stealing Christmas in upstate New York. This event will be streamlined so there are no indoor activities
except for shops and restaurants. All other activities will be held outdoors. Check out the website for further details.
Gananoque Festival of Lights and Stand Still Santa Claus Parade
The “Stand Still Parade” will take place on King Street. Spectators will be heading east bound on King Street to drive past the parked floats.
A Virtually Celtic Christmas Concert
Deck the halls and grab the Eggnog! Filmed at the National Opera House of Ireland, the festive Holiday concert features the ethereal voice of top tenor Michael Londra, backed by the Irish Concert Orchestra, two nationally acclaimed choirs and top-class guest singers and musicians from the island of Ireland. Tickets are $25 and re valid for 48 hours after the concert date.
Tickets can be purchased at: www.claytonoperahouse.com/
Christmas Parade with Lights
The Annual Christmas in Cape Vincent Celebration will take place. Businesses will be open serving holiday treats and The Christmas Parade with lights will begin at 5:30 pm. Floats will be decorated with holiday lights. After the parade the children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and hot chocolate and donuts will be served. For more information call 315-654-2533.
John D. Huston’s Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
For the past twenty-nine Decembers, veteran solo performer, John D. Huston has packed his trunk, grown his beard and trundled off to towns and cities recreating the tours and performances of Victorian author, Charles Dickens to full houses and standing ovations.
“powerful one-man theatre…in the hands of a master storyteller.” The National Post
Like his 19th century counterpart, Huston performs A Christmas Carol narrating and playing all the characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim using a remarkable range of accents, and body language. Barnstorming across the country, he performs in theatres; historic buildings and private homes. His astonishing tour de force presentation has been acclaimed as “mesmerizing,” “powerful” and “Christmas magic” by reviewers across the country.
You can purchase ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/john-hustons-a-christmas-carol-tickets-129602814507
Feb Fest Kingston
This month celebration of winter happens each year at the beginning of February in Kingston, Ontario. Feb Fest is a bustling time in the historic Limestone City. For action, be sure to check out the outdoor hockey games at Market Square Park or bring your skates and twirl whenever the ice is open.
Kingston’s event venues pull out the red carpet for music and comedy acts by nationally touring headliners. The city’s many museums offer special exhibits and events. Food tours, guided Do-It-Yourself workshops, snowshoe races and so much more all take place at Feb Fest.
Kingston has plenty of hotels and places to stay so there’s plenty of places to stay despite Feb Fest’s popularity. Pick the events you want to do and head to Kingston in February, you’ll want to come back again next year.
The Sylvia Effect
The Sylvia Effect is written and directed by Peter Hinton. Using Sylvia Plath and her poems as inspiration, this play speaks to the emotional confessions of four characters simply named: The Daughter, The Poet, The Mother, and The Son.
“Sylvia Plath became famous, partly because of the manner of her death. But as often the case with artistic success it was also a case of timing. Writing against time. This relationship to time, makes her an ideal subject for the theatre. The challenge for me is to get past the tragic story to whatever core of experience or truth might wait on the other side.
For Plath privacy was something her death made public and something her life denied. Privacy involves time and space rather than any concept of secrecy. I think the facts of artists lives are misused but it can’t be helped. Maybe because we invest what we think of as the best of ourselves in our work – its disconcerting to think that anyone would be more interested in the lives we so often, in one way or another, neglect, in order to get the work done.
The play is intended to be played simply and directly. It is written in 5 scenes with a prologue and epilogue. A terse and precise and quick delivery is best. Pauses and breaks in the text indicates beats, not unlike stanzas in free verse. Italicized lines are quotations, and text culled from the letters, journals and poems of Sylvia Plath. The characters are isolated in a world of darkness and light, a sort of Purgatory/Inferno of a mid-century Divine Comedy.”
– Peter Hinton
You can purchase tickets at: www.kingstongrand.ca/events/tickets/the-sylvia-effect