Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, GE Theatre at Proctors; Tickets $30
Schenectady, N.Y. -The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences around the world with charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The Choir-which raises money to combat poverty and hunger in Africa through humanitarian and educational outreach-has deep roots. Almost 30 years ago, Irishman Ray Barnett was on a humanitarian trip to war-torn Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village. During the journey, the child did what he knew how to do best - he sang. That simple song of dignity and hope became the catalyst for a program that has changed the lives of thousands of children and reshaped the future of the African continent. Read more »
Celebrate in the Catskill Mountains with Family-Friendly Events, Festivals & More
Greene County, N.Y. - In the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, the holidays are a time of celebration and good cheer, when families and friends gather to spend a day on the slopes or enjoy one of the region’s many holiday-themed community festivals and events.
Located just two hours north of New York City, the Great Northern Catskills provide a charming winter destination - one where the majestic snow-capped mountains offer fairy tale vistas, and local shops feature an array of unique gifts, artisan ingredients and much more.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in the Catskills and spend a cozy night tucked in at a storybook B&B, go snowboarding with Santa, or watch a special holiday performance to add a little extra magic to any visit. Read more »
Good at 13 Club Venues for 9 Days; New Club Pass Venue Added
Rochester, N.Y. — The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival’s (XRIJF) 13th Edition Club Pass is on sale now at its lowest price of $174 plus service charges, a $20 savings off the regular price, until 12 Midnight December 31, 2013.
The Club Pass is an exceptional value pass, offering a significant savings over individual show tickets ($20, $25) and access to Club shows at 13 venues. Pass prices are the same as last year. The price increases to $194 plus service charge January 1, 2014 until sold out. The service charge per pass for online purchases is $6, $8 if mailed.
The fastest and easiest way to buy a Pass is online at rochesterjazz.com. Customers may also order Passes by phone at 585-454-2060. Read more »
New Yorkers and the Approximately 5 Million Visitors in Town for the Holidays are Encouraged to Take a Trip to Upper Manhattan and Experience One of the City’s Most Lively Destinations
New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced East Harlem, also known as El Barrio, in Upper Manhattan, as the next destination to be featured in Neighborhood x Neighborhood, an initiative designed to increase visitation, support local businesses and encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations across the five boroughs. With upwards of 5 million people expected to visit New York City for the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, East Harlem/El Barrio is the perfect place to explore beyond the City’s classic holiday events. Both New Yorkers and visitors can find hidden treasures, enjoy authentic cuisine and shop for unique gifts in the neighborhood. For more information about what to do and see in East Harlem/El Barrio, visit nycgo.com/neighborhoods. Read more »
A Vegas style holiday romp at Proctors.
Schenectady, N.Y. - Beat the winter blues with the holiday version of The Rat Pack-Live At The Sands, specially created to heat things up for the coolest kind of holiday cheer. This spectacular show celebrates the incredible talent of three of the world’s most famous entertainers, singing some of the finest music ever recorded. Christmas With The Rat Pack-Live At The Sands is at Proctors 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
Drift back to a glamorous era with Frank, Sammy and Dean, a live 12-piece big band and the fabulous Burelli Sisters. Enjoy the songs they made famous, like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “That’s Amore,” along with seasonal favorites like “Merry Little Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Read more »
One-of-a-kind gifts on two consecutive weekends - December 7-8 and 14-15
White Plains, N.Y. - To ring in the holiday season, ArtsWestchester will host its 4th Annual Holiday Boutique this December. Far from ordinary, two things distinguish this boutique from others in the county; in addition to offering one-of-a-kind, hand-made items that can’t be found anywhere else, shopping at the boutique allows visitors to support local artists and crafters who work in Westchester.
Over 25 artists and crafters will offer unique items at every price level including knitwear, hats, jewelry, glass, paintings and photography, in addition to artisanal lotions and soaps. Read more »
Mumford, N.Y - At Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide in the Country, experience how Christmas became a beloved holiday, widely celebrated with church services, Christmas trees, gift-giving and parties.
During Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, the historic village comes to life with townsfolk celebrating the season at mid-century, including the lighting-yes, real lighting-of a candle-decorated tree.
Guided by candle light, visitors are captivated by scenarios based on actual people, events or writings of the 19th century, and each captures the spirit of the era. Read more »