Holiday Gift & Event Guide

ALTAMONT — Marc Smith grew up in Altamont, in a pillared house that looks like it came from Gone with the Wind. As a kid, he delivered newspapers, riding his bike up and down village streets — “not throwing them, but taking each newspaper to the door,” he says.

Local orchards are revving up for the holidays with special products — from Thanksgiving pies to chipotle and apple marinating sauces — to make shopping, cooking, and feasting fun.

Pie-makers can head to Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland to gather apples for their holiday tables.

In the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, performed by the Classic Theater Guild on Dec. 20, George Bailey's angel, Clarence, saves him from jumping off a bridge by showing him what his town would be like if he hadn’t lived. 

VOORHEESVILLE — The Classic Theater Guild will offer a one-time performance of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Voorheesville Performing Arts Center in December, after a two-week run at Proctors in Schenectady.

The Christmas we know today is rooted in a myriad of different cultures, and features a variety of traditions from throughout history, all blended together to form the modern holiday we celebrate.