It's hard to believe, but tonight will mark 18 years since the annual Light Up the Sky with the Marching Rams holiday display began. It may have started simple, but the event -- that raises money for the Amsterdam High School Marching Band -- has grown to draw visitors from miles away. In fact, in 2010 the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce honored the event's organizers, the Selbert family, with the annual Barbara V. Spraker Tourism Award.
Beginning tonight and running through Dec. 23, the display will light up the sky from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 154 Brookside Ave. Each car load costs $5. There will be a collection for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Catholic Charities' food pantry, as well as an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Unfortunately, but understandably, the Selbert family has decided that this will be their last time hosting the event which has raised more than $250,000 for the Marching Rams. Don't miss out on the opportunity to see the impressive display and thank the Selbert family and their many volunteers for years of hard work.
There's other holiday events that the community should proudly support.
On Friday, an opening ceremony for the Kristy Pollak Memorial Christmas lights display on Lyon Street will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m., highlighted by the arrival of the very busy Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy holiday train rides through the light display, as well as horse and wagon rides. Donations will be accepted in lieu of an admission fee to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York to help fulfill wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. The display will be lit from 5 to 10 p.m. each evening through Jan. 1.
Elves Night Out will be held throughout the village of Canajoharie. The event begins at the Canajoharie Post Office, 50 W. Main St., where kids will submit letters to Santa from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event continues to the Village Green at Wagner Square, the Arkell Museum, St. Johns-St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 143 Church St., and the United Methodist Church, 50 E. Main St.
In Fulton County, Johnstown will be in full Christmas holiday mode beginning with the Colonial Stroll and Holiday Parade along Main Street at 6 p.m. The event will include a living nativity, carolers, a visit by Santa and his elves, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The Johnson Hall Holiday Open House will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic site, 139 Hall Ave, in conjunction with the Colonial Stroll.
On Saturday, the Century Club on Guy Park Avenue will hold a Sneak Peek Party from 7 to 10 p.m. for their annual Festival of Trees. The club has planned a week of holiday-themed events for the 24th season of this popular event. The fundraiser is the Century Club's largest of the year, and all the money raised will go toward the club's operation, community programs, and annual scholarship. If you enjoy holiday decorations, the Festival of Trees is not to be missed.
These are but a few of the many local holiday events -- each of our communities has something going on between now and the end of the year. We strongly suggest you back the efforts of these local fundraisers while getting yourself into the Christmas spirit.