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Monday, December 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Photo: The Christmas lights of Fargo Road

post by Howard B. Owens in Christmas, Fargo Road, Jim DiSalvo

Dylan Brew sent in this picture he took of some of the Christmas lights on display at the DiSalvo residence on Fargo Road, Stafford.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

Free concert brings spirit of the holidays to Genesee County

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Christmas, concerts, first presbyterian church

Batavia's First Presbyterian Church will be alive with rousing holiday spirit when "Christmas with Vox, a Festival of Carols" comes around on Friday, Dec. 20.

"Vox Lumine," a professional chorus group made up of 25 members from all over Western and Central New York, is performing for the public free of charge at the church, at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Ann Emmans, minister of music at First Presbyterian, says this is going to be "the church's gift to the community."

"We had ('Vox Lumine') at the church for a concert in May," Emmans said, "and it was delightful.  We thought, 'What would be more wonderful than to have them back for Christmas?' "

Costs are being covered by the church's memorial donation funds from the last few years.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and will probably run about an hour and a half, according to "Vox Lumine" first tenor Mark Ross.

A reception with Christmas cookies and punch will follow in the church's fellowship area.

The performance will feature 17 Christmas songs, including classics such as "Carol of the Bells" and "Joy to the World" and lesser know works, as well as pieces with different ethnic backgrounds (including Polish and Italian).

Emmans stressed that the music is "non-commercial" and has a "sacred character."

"It's more about the joy of the season," she said.

"(The Christmas season) is a time when people appreciate music even more than they normally do," Ross said, "because it's associated with the events of the holiday."

"Vox Lumine" was formed in March 2010 by founder and director Brandon Johnson, D.M.A, director of choral activities at Houghton College.

Ross, of Batavia, said they have done concerts as far east as Ithaca and as far west as Orchard Park.

Because members live in scattered locations (the member living at the farthest distance from Batavia is from Syracuse), Johnson sends the music to each of them individually. They will come together in two rehearsals between now and Dec. 20 to "meld" (in Emmans' words) what they have learned together. So each will quite literally bring his/her own voice to the performance.

A Houghton graduate, a member of First Presbyterian Church for 41 years and currently commissioned lay pastor at Stone Church Presbyterian in Bergen, Ross is very happy to be a part of the upcoming performance. It coincides with his retirement from New York Central Mutual Insurance, where he worked for 27 years as an insurance adjustor.

"It's a wonderful combination," he said with a smile on his face.

For more information, call the church at 343-0505 or e-mail Emmans at [email protected].

Pictured Emmans and Ross at the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary.

Top photo submitted by Mark Ross.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

Children's Gala @ The Wonderland of Trees - Holland Land Office Museum

post by Holland Land Office in children, Christmas, family, history, kids

Event Date and Time

December 14, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Christmas window displays starting to appear downtown

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Christmas, downtown

It's starting to look a bit like Christmas downtown as businesses begin installing their holiday window displays. The Business Improvement District sponsors an annual window display contest.

Yesterday and today, Brandi Bruggman has been painting a "White Christmas" mural at Steve Hawley's insurance office.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:28 pm

An Old-Time Radio Christmas

post by Leslie DeLooze in Christmas, holiday events

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1 East Main St., LeRoy presents "An Old-Time Radio Christmas" on Friday, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm and on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  Step back in time for two funny, heart-warming Christmas radio plays, a brief introduction to the Golden Age of Radio, trivia of the era, and refreshments.  Tickets (pre-sale only) are $5.00 and are available at St. Mark's Church office, The Hobby Horse at 56 Main St., or by calling 585-813-5089.
 

Event Date and Time

December 14, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

An Old-Time Radio Christmas at St. Mark's in Le Roy

post by Leslie DeLooze in Christmas, holiday events

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1 East Main St., LeRoy presents "An Old-Time Radio Christmas" on Friday, December 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm and on Saturday, December 14 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Step back in time for two funny, heart-warming Christmas radio plays, a brief introduction to the Golden Age of Radio, trivia of the era, and refreshments. Tickets (pre-sale only) are $5 and are available at St. Mark's Church office, The Hobby Horse at 56 Main St., LeRoy, or by calling 585-813-5089.
 

Event Date and Time

December 13, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

Batavia Business & Professional Women's Club

post by Diane Burroughs in Christmas, Dinners, Service Clubs, Socials

December Christmas Dinner
Thursday, December 5th Social Hour 5:30 Dinner 6:15
YWCA 301 North St., Batavia
Complete Stuffed Pepper Dinner with dessert $13.
Call Connie Moon at (585)343-4603 to register by Dec. 2
All are welcome, come and join us for a FUN EVENING OUT!

Event Date and Time

December 5, 2013 - 5:30pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Fargo Road Lights

post by Kyle Schwab in Christmas, Christmas lights, Fargo Road, Jim DiSalvo

Jim, Connie, and Annabella DiSalvo in front of their home on Fargo Road.

The DiSalvos have been bringing Christmastime merriment to children and adults alike for three quarters of a score, and counting. The Fargo Road Lights are a staple on the holiday itinerary of many for miles around. Over a mile of underground cabling and hundreds of heavy-duty extension cords come together to power a plethora of recognizable characters from every holiday book and jingle imaginable. Not to mention, a million multicolored lights dot the landscape in every direction.

We are reminded by such communal generosity – that there may be no greater gift to our little ones than all those many moments we can go out and find with them, that instill a snowballing sense of wonder, splendor, and amazement in their eyes with the world around them. There is comfort in the knowledge that kindness can be genuine and compassion abundant. It's not far – in this case, it's down the road, and over the hill.

As always, Jim, Connie, and Annabella encourage you to come and explore. You are more than free to get out of your car and roam around. And this Christmas weekend, maybe – just maybe – we'll even get a bit of snow to go with all those pretty lights.

Top Photo: Jim, Connie, and Annabella DiSalvo in front of their home on Fargo Road.

Visitors are encouraged to get out of their cars and take it all in.

Visitors are warmly encouraged to get out of their cars to really take it all in.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Santa Greeting Hanging Decoration class for adults at Richmond library

post by Leslie DeLooze in Christmas, crafts, holiday, painting

Learn a variety of painting techniques to decorate a Santa Greeting Decoration in a class for adults at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This class is being taught by decorative painter Elaine Becker, and registration is required to attend. $10 is due at the time of registration (in the library) and covers the cost of materials.  If you have these brushes, please bring:  1/2” flat or angle shader, dry or stipple brushes, small flat, small filbert, liners, large (1”) flat. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

December 4, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

Batavia Players close 2011 season with Dickens classic

What the Dickens are the Batavia Players up to now?

According to Patrick Burk, the popular local theater group's president, they "wanted to do a wonderful Christmas gift to the community for the support of our new Harvester 56 Theater" this holiday season.

So they're putting on their own rendition of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol," the story of Ebenezer Scrooge -- a greedy, bitter, lonely old miser whose whole way of looking at the world gets turned upside down by a series of ghostly visitations on Christmas Eve.

Burk described the show as "bright and colorful as well as technically magical."

"It has a classic storyline and has always been one of my favorites," he said. "I could never find where an original version had been done (in Batavia, at least). A couple of contemporary versions with modern day spins were done in the '70s and early '80s."

The Players, on the other hand, will be giving folks pure Dickens, without any modern spin. All costumes and sets are going to be traditional. The music will be "contemporary for the time (the early 1840s, to be precise)," but with a few newer carols, according to Burk.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, in addition to a matinée performance at 2 o'clock on Sunday. All performances will be at the Harvester 56 Theatre, at 56 Harvester Ave. in Batavia.

Sunday's performance will be held for the benefit of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation.

"Many of (the foundation's) members have been very supportive of us," Burk said, "I am so happy to be able to do this for them."

For those who are not familiar with Dickens' story, one of its most well-known and endearing characters is a sick child named Tiny Tim. Burk felt the Napoleone Foundation would be a "good fit" for this story.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. They can be purchased through www.showtix4u.com.

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