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Caroga Arts just down the road

A Christmas tree was set up in the bumper car pavilion and hung with lights. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nilsen)

Caroga Arts Collective began their off-season events with a holiday tree lighting just down the road from my house along East Shore Road at Sherman’s Park. As their website indicates carogaarts.org/events/, the event was “free and open to all.” A tree was set up and decorated in the bumper car pavilion with the information booth tree lit as well for additional holiday spirit. Each child also got their own Santa mug and jingle bells to help ring in the holiday season.

The evening included hot beverages, snacks, carol singing, and, of course, tree lighting festivities with a bonfire to keep us warm. All this was at Sherman’s Amusement Park with the itinerary at 4 p.m. starting with hot chocolate, eggnog, and cookies then at 4:30 p.m. carol singing by the bonfire 5 p.m., tree lighting ceremony and 5:15 p.m. Holiday Sing-A-Long with Caroga Lake Music Festival Musicians.

And last Dec. 23, volunteers started clearing the donated property at the former Schine site called MyHill just up the road from the intersection of County Road 112 and Routes 10 and 29a.

That property was donated in 2016 for the CAC’s use and with the court-ordered disposition of Sherman’s Park finalized; it was felt the work could begin to clear the property at MyHill for future residences of musicians. Volunteers seen in the photo include Rick Ruby operating the track-hoe, John DonVito at the controls of the bucket loader and Nick Sherman placing a log in the bucket.

Upcoming events this month will include a night of jazz with Richard & Geoff Saunders at Nick Stoner Inn, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. with General Admission $12 online/$15 at door (cash only). Children 12 and younger are free. There is also a combined dinner and concert experience available for $40 which includes a prime rib dinner that must be reserved online at the above website.

A Christmas tree lights up the information booth at Sherman's Park. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nilsen)

Dec. 18 the Caroga Lake Music Festival musicians will sit in on Wheelerville Union Free School’s 6:30 p.m. concert of holiday music.

Then on Dec. 19 there will be a presentation of holiday classics at the Paul Nigra Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The CLMF musicians will present selections from Handel’s Messiah and Holiday favorites. General admission is $10.

Finally Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and more will be presented by the Caroga Arts Ensemble at The Glove Theatre on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. This presentation is free with donations greatly appreciated.

Here’s hoping you can fit some of these wonderful events in your schedule this month. I know I will.

Richard H. Nilsen is the historian for Town of Caroga, a photographer and author whose books can be found at local book stores, and is listed in the American Directory of Poets and Writers. Contact him at nilsenrichard@gmail.com or through his website at richard-h-nilsen.com

Nick Sherman places a log in the bucket loader operated by John DonVito as Rick Ruby mans the track-hoe in the background at MyHill on Nov. 23. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nilsen)

Each child at the tree lighting got a Santa mug and jingle bells. (Photo courtesy of Richard Nilsen)

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