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A Feel In the Christmas Air

By James Whitcomb Riley

 

THEY’S a kind o’ feel in the air to me

When the Chris’mas times sets in

That’s about as much of a mystery

As ever I’ve run ag’in.

Fer instunce, now, whiles I gain in weight

GUILDERLAND — All three of the independent businesses at 3905 Carman Road — a deli, a dentist’s office, and a dance studio — plan to rebuild after a rooftop fire on Dec. 20 caused extensive damage.

The Hilltown Community Resource Center has had a surge of demand in its food pantry this year. To sponsor a family for the holidays or to make an appointment to shop in the food pantry, call the resource center at 797-5256.

A family explores the homestead of the Wilder family, preserved for visitors to witness the rural ways of 19th-Century New York. Holiday re-enactments and readings will take place there this December.

 

A Guilderland volunteer scrounges, sews, and collects from generous locals to benefit the Hilltown Community Resource Center.

On Christmas Eve, people from different religions and parts of the world shared a meal of Mexican molé and margaritas in Sub-Saharan Africa.

BERNE — On Dec. 5, Christmas concert-goers here can listen to distinctively American music with African roots — jazz.

This is appropriate since the concert will benefit a native Hilltowner’s mission to help save the tree in Tanzania from which the clarinet comes, and also to teach Tanzanians to play the instrument she loves.

The holiday season is here and so is the music that goes with it.

Parents teach children the songs that they know and love. Popular carols are translated into many different languages. No matter the age, no matter the culture, the tune is familiar, and the message is the same: The holidays are here; it’s time to celebrate.

A nursery-school teacher, a mechanic, a chef, a student, a plumber, a bus driver all set aside their real-life roles to bring Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol to life on stage.

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