Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...Festival of Trees 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
If I were to ask you what symbol comes to mind when you think of Christmas.....I think most of you would answer a Christmas tree.  Some of  you might respond differently....perhaps answering with the obvious and religious response of 'baby Jesus in the manger' or similar thoughts (the true reason for the season), but second to that ....I think most of us quickly envision Christmas trees.  Today John and I discovered for the first time the perfect and most abundant display of Christmas trees at the Festival of Trees in Schenectady, New York.  This marks the 12th annual Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for and partnership between the Schenectady Historical Society and the YWCA of Northeastern NY.  Community organizations sponsor a tree and decorate it based on a chosen theme.  That theme may be elegant or it might be humorous and quirky.  Trees are displayed in both the Historical Society and in the YWCA on Washington Avenue.   According to the brochure (I was too mesmerized to count) there are 39 trees in the Historical Society and 20 in the YWCA.  I can't show you each and every tree but I can give you a glimpse of the beautiful display.

I didn't vote on a favorite tree because they were all so special, but this one (below) was definitely a favorite of mine...the Photogra-tree!  It was adorned with film for garland, old cameras, photos and even an old film reel in place of a star.  So original!

This next tree also caught my attention...Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Sadly saw a familiar face here........

Peck the Halls....Find the chickens!!! 

The Festival of Trees continues through December 16th and is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Admission is $6.00 for adults, children under 12 are free. Make it a point to get to Schenectady to support this worthwhile and wonderful event.  The Schenectady Historical Society is located at 32 Washington Avenue (in the Stockade district) and the YWCA is just down the street at 44 Washington Avenue.  For more information, you can call the Historical Society at 518-374-0263.   


Christmas at the 1802 Mynderse-Frederick House in Guilderland Center

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Have you noticed?  The Christmas Season has begun!  And the season doesn't arrive in tiny increments, day-by-day.....nope, it arrives all at once it seems....even before Thanksgiving.  The stores are buzzing with activity, neighborhoods are ablaze with holiday lights and I'm pretty sure the Thanksgiving leftovers weren't even cold before many of us were already focused on decorating the halls.  There is magic in the air and we witnessed it today at the annual Greens Show at the historical Mynderse-Frederick House in Guilderland Center.

Since 1975, the Guilderland Garden Club has been decorating the beautiful 1802 home of Nicholas Mynderse.  Mynderse, a merchant from Schenectady, built the home and operated a tavern and inn there.  He was elected supervisor for the newly-formed town of Guilderland in 1803.  Mynderse died in 1820 and the home was bought by Michael Frederick.  The house was used as a tavern until 1900 and remained a private residence until 1940.  Each year, the Garden Club decorates the home based on a different theme - this year's theme was Winter Wonderland.  Garden club members work together and separately to create beautiful, fresh handmade wreaths and flower arrangements for the house (and for sale during the Greens Show).  All weekend visitors got to tour the house, enjoy delicious baked goods and listen to a variety of music in a beautiful period setting.  This was our first visit to the show and I hope once you see how lovely it was, you'll make a point to visit next year.  Here's a glimpse of Christmas at the Mynderse-Frederick House.

 Donna Crego modeling a replica of a bridal gown worn by Apolonia Frederick.  

 Music this afternoon provided by Roger Heald on piano.

Even Santa couldn't miss this event!

For more information about the Mynderse Frederick House.....    https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/
For information about the Guilderland Garden Club....

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