I was excited to read that the Victorian Christmas festival in Sharon Springs had received a “Festie Award” as one of the top five festivals by New York State Festivals website. We attended the festival in its first year and had so much fun.
We were thrilled when asked to participate the following year by taking photos of festival attendees with Saint Nicholas. It was the year Hurricane Irene had devastated so much of our area in Upstate NY (2011), especially in the Middleburgh area, and so we decided to donate the proceeds to Schoharie County Community Action Program for hurricane relief.
Taking photographs of all the festive people in their Victorian garb really started our Christmas season off in the right spirit, and so we were excited to participate in the festival’s third year in 2013. We again donated our proceeds to hurricane relief, this time to help those who were so devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We hope to continue to celebrate this delightful festival and will still donate to some good and charitable cause, but hopefully we will escape any rogue hurricanes next fall.
While Saint Nick was out feeding his reindeer this past year, Tim found some time to wander about the village with his camera. I am sure you will agree that with the light snow covering and the colorful costumes and decorations, the beautiful village of Sharon Springs was well deserving of the first annual “Festie Award” on looks alone!
Even The Beekman Boys had their photo taken with Santa. Because, hey, you never know!
Such a dapper looking pilot!
The town crier was back again this year, ready to make exciting announcements on village and festival events.
This little guy and his family had their photos taken with Santa, but it looks like he remembered one more thing he wanted to ask the jolly old elf.
Everyone likes to chat with Santa.
Our pilot again with his lady friend.
This little lady accepted a candy cane but took one look at Santa and said NOOOO! I am pretty sure Santa left her some wonderful toys under her tree, though, so maybe next year she will at least stand next to him for a photo.
More well-dressed gentlemen outside the Beekman 1802 Mercantile.
What? Is this an imposter? No, he’s a real Santa too, just in a more modern dress.
Of course, one of my favorite parts was seeing all the hats. If you didn’t have a hat, you could purchase one at the bank. They were also going for a good cause: the Schoharie County Food Bank. Thank you to all the generous people who attended – there was definitely some Christmas spirit on display. Tiny Tim would approve!
This is one of the newest businesses to open in Sharon Springs. Stop in to welcome them sometime this year.
Until next year… We hope to see you at the 2013 Victorian Festival Celebration in Sharon Springs, NY.