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Christmas in Little Falls Celebration, December 13th
The historic city of Little Falls, situated on the banks of the Erie Canal and the Mohawk River, becomes a magical holiday setting decorated with colorful lights and festive ribbons, as the community celebrates the 7th annual Christmas in Little Falls, December 13th, 2014.
Get in the Holiday Spirit with Family Fun and Awesome Shopping!
Celebrate Christmas in Little Falls, Saturday, Dec. 13th, 2014!
Mark your calendar! YOU are invited to come and enjoy a good old-fashioned Christmas street-celebration in the scenic town of Little Falls, New York! The 7th Annual Christmas in Little Falls celebration begins Saturday, December 13th, in downtown Little Falls. With dozens of fun, FREE events in a family-friendly environment, shopping, dining and a spectacular indoor farmers’ market and craft fair, Christmas in Little Falls is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!
Now in its seventh year, Christmas in Little Falls is a fun, family-oriented holiday celebration brought to you by the businesses and not-for-profit agencies serving Little Falls, New York. Our fun and mostly FREE events have drawn hundreds of visitors from throughout the Mohawk Valley to get into the holiday spirit by celebrating in our quaint, scenic town located on the Erie Canal. We invite YOU to join us for a wonderful day of visiting with Santa, listening to great music, horse and carriage rides, holiday movies, Christmas cookie decorating, cultural events, historical tours and exhibits, open houses, story readings, and much, much MORE!
Live Country Music - Chris Taylor, Unplugged
Enjoy the Country & Western music of Chris Taylor, the leader of the premiere top-40 country band in Central New York, here in Little Falls on Saturday, December 13th!
Originally from Owensboro, Kentucky, Chris was born to sing and always dreamed of making his mark on country music. After moving to Evansville, Indiana during his high school years, his family knew that he would someday be a star and supported his aspirations along the way.
Don't miss this special music event at the Piccolo Café, on Saturday, December 13th, from 3pm-5pm. A most delicious special bar menu will be available!
This Christmas in Little Falls Event is co-sponsored by the Christmas in Little Falls Team, the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Think Local Committee of MSF, and the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee.
Celebrate Christmas with a Fresh, Local Tree!
Christmas is just around the corner, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve still got a list a mile long that needs tending to. Finding unique gifts and presents for all the special people in your life this holiday season is just half the challenge. Decorating the home to set the mood for a really special holiday season is the other half of the challenge.
What is Christmas without the PERFECT Christmas tree? If you are looking for a fresh, locally grown Christmas tree this year, be sure to shop locally and visit the Lowry’s at Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm, and the Harters at Elizabeth's Country Garden, both here in Little Falls!
Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm sells fresh, locally-grown Christmas trees, lovely hand-made wreaths with only the finest, fresh materials, and green decor for around the home or office. When you visit, you will also want to stop by the gift shop which features fine art, crafts, ornaments, toys, stocking stuffers, gifts, and much more. Naturewood Knoll Tree Farm is open from 10am to 6pm on Wednesdays through Sundays. The farm is located on 2408 State Route 169, between Kelly Road and West End Road, in Little Falls. Call (315) 823-1133 for more information.
Elizabeth's Country Garden, owned and operated by Elizabeth and Todd Harter, is a seasonal greenhouse business offering a variety of plant material useful to the home gardener. When winter sets in Elizabeth's Country Garden kicks off the holiday season with fragrant Christmas trees, hand-crafted fresh wreaths, poinsettias, and holiday decorations - sporting cheerful red ribbons! The shop is at 463 West Main Street. Call (315) 823-1810 for more information.
Third Thursday, November 20th!
Be sure to come to Little Falls on November 20th for out monthly Third Thursday celebration featuring special cultural and entertainment events, as well as some great deals from participating merchants! Just a few of the really neat things to this month for this Third Thursday include:
- Beaujolais Nouveau at Canal Side Inn! French law requires that the Beaujolais Nouveau can only be released on the third Thursday in November! Be sure to taste the first wine of the new vintage at Canal Side Inn, and enjoy complimentary bar bites, from 5pm-9pm!
- Open Mic Nite! On Third Thursdays the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts turns its gallery into a coffee house! Come on down from 7-9pm and share your musical talents, or just come and listen! Musicians can sign-up in advance or at the door, and each act runs 15 minutes. A sound system and piano are available. This month Little Falls Radio is recording the music (with your permisssion of course!) to be used on a CD to benefit the MVCA. The CD cover art is being designed by our won beloved Oscar Stivala!
- Free Movies! at Valley Cinema, starting at 6pm! Enjoy Big Hero 6 and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
- Story Hour for Grown-Ups! Don't miss this really amazing literary event! This month's theme is gratefulness; Laura Powers will read a piece by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. The fun starts at Gansevoort House Galleries at 5:30pm!
- Local Theater! Enjoy TWO short plays written and directed by Matt Powers. The theme is "New Play November." This wonderful new cultural event is brought to you by the Little Falls Theater Company (LiFT)!
- Wine-tasting! Are you lying awake at night wondering what wine to serve with your turkey dinner this month? Then come to the wine-tasting at Ann Street Liquor from 4-6pm and worry no more!
Sidewalk Art Comes to Little Falls!!
This summer, the children of Little Falls were treated to two instructional classes on creating vivid, 3-D sidewalk chalk art by the nationally renowned graphics artist, Eric Maruscak. The classes took place at the Little Falls Middle School on June 19th, and at Canal Place on July 17th, as part of the Third Thursday events in Little Falls. After the classes, the chidlren, as well as many adults, enjoyed watching Eric create his own special chalk art creations, first of Rocket Racoon and then of Captain America.
Eric is well-known to those who attend the Comic Cons around the nation for his wonderful sidewalk chalk masterpieces of various comic and video game characters! Because he lives in Binghamton, Eric graciously agreed to create some of his work for Little Falls on Third Thursdays this summer.
These events were part of the "Taking it to the Streets for Healthier, Happier Children" initiative, made possible by a generous grant from the Dale Memorial Trust, and sponsored by the Think Local Little Falls Committee, in cooperation with the Little Falls Family YMCA, the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, the City of Little Falls Tourism Committee, the DiamondDawgs, and Van Meter & Van Meter, LLC. This arts program is based on a growing body of scientific research showing that communities that offer arts, entertainment, and recreation are more likely to have healthier children. These studies draw a strong correlation between communities that have made an investment in the happiness of children and communities populated with healthy children. Further, this research suggests that broader participation in art-oriented recreational activities also contributes to the health of children.
For more information on arts activities and art instruction for children and adults, call the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts at 823-0808!
For more information on Eric Maruscak and his studio, Pepper Ink, visit his website!
Here are some photos of the sidewalk art events that happened recently in Little Falls:
Featured Little Falls Business - Always Treasured
After retiring from a 50 year career in the restaurant business, in June 2006 Siegfried Sprenger decided to open an antique store on Main Street in Little Falls. Woodworking was always his lifelong hobby, and his appreciation for quality work and craftsmanship got him interested in antiques and everyday items of the past.
Siegfried grew up in post-WW2 Germany, where any goods were hard to come by, nothing was thrown away, and everything was repaired. It gives him special satisfaction when he can transform a broken, hopeless piece of furniture into a beautiful object of art.
Always Treasured caters to all people, offering everything from inexpensive used furniture and articles to higher-end antiques and collectibles. If you are looking for a certain article, Siegfried will try to find it for you. He has a loyal local following, and out-of-town dealers stop by regularly. Siegfried also does repairs, refinishing and lamp rewiring.
Be sure to check back often, to see our current featured Little Falls business!
Flash Flood Update - Thank You Volunteers!
It has been a little over a week since the flash floods of late June and early July devastated the Mohawk Valley and damaged many of the businesses in Little Falls. Fortunately, all of the businesses in Little Falls are now re-opened and serving the local community. We would like to sincerely thank the many, many volunteers from the area who came out and helped to clean up the mud and debris. It was hot, dirty, smelly work, and we greatly appreciate your selflessness and community spirit! It’s people like you make Little Falls and the Mohawk Valley one of the best places to live in the country!
Here are some more photos of the clean-up provided by Elaine Cobb, who tirelessly helped in the clean-up herself:
Businesses in Little Falls Dig Out after Flash Flooding
As you are aware, flash floods swept throughout the Mohawk Valley on June 28, 2013. Many businesses in Little Falls suffered property damage from the water and mud, and several businesses suffered heavy damage.
We are happy to report that most of the local businesses in Little Falls are back in operation, and ready to serve you. The business community of Little Falls would like to thank the many volunteers in the community who came out on Friday to help us dig out of the muck. We cannot name everyone who helped, in part because there were so many of you and in some cases you did not tell us your names, so let us extend a representative thank you to members of Main Street First, many of whom spent the entire day shoveling mud and cleaning up shelves. The spirit of neighbor helping neighbor that so many people in Little Falls brought to life makes us proud to call ourselves members of this proud community!
A big thanks to Darryl Harrington for providing the photos!