Topped by a Top Hat


Though I’ll be in Boston this weekend, there are two very important Victorian Holiday Celebrations going on that you should definitely attend if you’re in the upstate NY area. The first is the Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday Celebration started by those industrious Beekman Boys two years ago, taking place on Saturday, December 1, 2012. This looks like it will be a grand event, from the costumes to the food to the Bloody Mary cocktails and several live performances. There is even a special Beekman 1802 Cancellation Stamp being offered at the post office for those who want their Holiday Cards to have a little extra pizzazz (I didn’t dare think to subject the postal workers to my cards – not sure how accustomed they would be to blood on the envelopes…)

The second event is the Troy Victorian Stroll, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. Set to take place on Sunday, December 2, from 11 AM to 5 PM, it will feature musicians, magicians, dancers, refreshments, rides and crafts. This is always a great day judging by the photos of past strolls, and Troy has the historic buildings and architecture to make it even more authentic. Next year I am determined to make it to one of these, as the opportunities to take out my gray top hat seem to be getting fewer and further between. (The folks at Price Chopper will just never get used to it.)

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