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Indian Lake planning Country Christmas Tour

Pictured is Mary Vianese, a veteran CCT crafter.

Pictured is Mary Vianese, a veteran CCT crafter.

— The 14th annual Indian Lake Country Christmas Tour (CCT) will bring the holiday spirit to Indian Lake on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.

This year’s theme embraces the location of the event and is called “Made in the Adirondacks.” This theme has attracted more than 80 local and regional artisans and crafters who will showcase their work during the CCT. Sales will take place in the homes of artisans as well as throughout the town, in the school cafeteria, the American Legion and the ski hut.

In addition to shopping, those who attend are invited to see and learn, first-hand, how “Made in the Adirondacks” items are hand crafted. The CCT also offers opportunities Nov. 25 to make hand-crafted treasures by attending hands-on classes and workshops from 10-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion on Route 28.

Workshops will be available for children to create their own holiday gifts and there will be opportunities for photos with Father Christmas. Workshop donations are forwarded to the Hamilton County Community Action Agency Children’s Gift Fund.

A tree lighting ceremony in the town park will also take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

Activities are also planned for the non-shopping crowd, such as a tour of The Hedges and the Prospect Point homes in Blue Mountain Lake from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., both days, and Willemsen’s Model Train Exhibit will be open for viewing on Route 30.

Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “Cinderella: The Enchanted Edition,” will be performed at the Indian Lake Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

For the sixth year in a row, the town has also encouraged businesses and residents to light up the town with a “Let there Be Lights” contest. More than 35 locals have already signed up to be a part of the event, making Indian Lake a festive place to be for residents and visitors alike. Winners of the contest will be announced Friday evening.

All good things must come to an end and the two-day tour will culminate at a closing ceremony and bonfire on Saturday evening.

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