On Saturday, December 8th, the village of Athens will once again be transported back in time to its Victorian roots. Neighbors and friends, and new explorers will mingle in the streets and all over town. You may turn a corner and run into a stilt walker spontaneously leading a caroling group of Victorian garbed revelers. Down the street pet the sweetest baby goats or watch an ice carver wielding a chainsaw magically transform a block of ice into a wintery sculpture.
While there will be roving carolers dressed in Victorian garb, a resplendent Victorian Santa and horse-drawn trolley and hay wagon harkening back to our 19th- century roots, there will also be many contemporary performances scheduled throughout the day at the Athens Cultural Center, The Stewart House, Athens Municipal Building, First Reformed Church and the Rivertown Senior Center. This free event offers fun for the entire family. Throughout the Village there will be live music perfomances, arts and craft vendors, a children’s holiday cottage contest, historic open houses, ice sculpture carving, homemade cookies, wine tasting, food specials at local restaurants, house decorating contest, a caricaturist to capture your inner cartoon, face painting, a chocolate station and much, much more.
The Stewart House will be hosting classical guitarist Ed Wasilewski from 1-5pm while holding a whiskey tasting sponsored by the Hudson Whiskey Co. Test out different whiskeys and bourbons while building the perfect Hot Toddy. As dark approaches, gather just outside the Stewart House doors in the Athens Riverside Park for the official Village tree lighting.
Reserve a room early, as this event is quick to sell out.