Tree lighting and cookies highlight Dec. 3 activities

Margaretville — Shopmargaretville will host the lighting of the Margaretville Community Holiday Tree on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bridge Street parking lot across from the Freshtown Bear.

In recognition of her tireless and unselfish contributions to the community, Dorothy Maffei, owner, Home Goods of Margaretville, has been selected to perform the lighting ceremony.
Refreshments will be served and there will be caroling and other activities. The organization is reaching out to the entire village and beyond for assistance in beautifying the tree by asking for donations of weather resistant decorations to adorn the tree so that this can truly be a community undertaking. As the tree will be large and full we would like to see ornaments that are no smaller than three inches in diameter.

Decorations appreciated
Handmade decorations would be especially appreciated but all ornaments are considered tree-worthy. To those that are not able to donate an ornament we also need lights for the tree. If you have working holiday lights that you will not be using this season please donate them to your community tree. Please drop off your decorations or lights at the Artisans Guild in the Commons building.

Up next, share in some holiday cheer and have an uncommonly good time at The Common Building Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. Come enter the third Annual Cookie Contest. Bake your favorite cookie for prizes and gift certificates from M Gerard Country Home, Longyear gallery, Home Goods of Margaretville, Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild, Country Weekend and other local merchants.

To enter bring a batch of your favorite holiday treats to the Commons Building, 785 Main Street, Margaretville between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to register your entry on the second floor atrium. Only one entry per participant and no mixed plates of cookies. Winners will be announced during the course of the event, but you don’t have to be present to win.

Also that day, The Open Eye Theater will be presenting a reading from Amie Brockway’s new stage adaptation of the popular classic Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham followed by a “Caroling Sing-A- Long.”

The Longyear Gallery will also be hosting a Christmas Party where all will be invited to partake of all the delectable cookie entries and other refreshments.

Guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift labeled by gender and age to be distributed to children throughout our communities hardest hit by the recent floods.

These events are sponsored in part by Shopmargaretville, a collaborative effort of Margaretville businesses working in association with the MARK Project. Events are free. For info, visit call 586-3443.