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Holiday festival starts today at Lewis County Historical Society

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LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Historical Society over the next couple of weekends is once again opening its doors for the holiday season, starting today.

The 11th annual Home for the Holidays Festival will be held today through Sunday at society headquarters, 7556 S. State St., then again the following weekend, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

“This is a free event open to the public,” society board member Carmen A. Sweet said.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

The event will include a gingerbread house contest — with many of them concocted by culinary students at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield — along with numerous decorations and displays, such as Jim Randall’s Lionel train display. This likely will be the last year Mr. Randall sets up that display, which includes scenes from the Lewis County Fair, Halloween Towne and Christmas.

“It’s the best setup ever,” said Mr. Sweet, who assists with the annual display.

The festival once again will include a silent auction of Christmas trees — expected to total about 15 this year — and wreaths decorated by local businesses, organizations and other friends of the society, along with about 30 raffle items.

New this year, some school classes, businesses and organizations have donated stockings filled with toys and other items — such as coffee products from Cafe Z — that will also be sold by silent auction, Mr. Sweet said.

The gift shop also offers a wide variety of local historical books and items, with all proceeds going to benefit the historical society.

An additional event this year will be a Red Hatters Christmas tea from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. It will include hors d’oeuvres, dessert, punch, coffee and tea at a cost of $10 apiece.

For reservations, call the society at 376-8957.

“We’re opening up to Red Hatters from Lewis County and the surrounding counties,” said Jerry E. Perrin, office manager at the historical society.

Groups from schools and other local organizations are expected to visit during the day today and Friday, Mr. Perrin said.

Santa Claus is scheduled to be at the Historical Society with gifts from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, while the Adirondack Community Chorus will present a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at which a free-will offering will be collected.

Father Christmas also is expected to make appearances at the festival.

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