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Friday, December 19, 2008

another storm

Another storm. Just what the stores and entertainment venues don't need this last weekend before Christmas. But here it is. As bad as it is for everyone, heavy snow is a terrible problem for entertainment organizations. Shoppers have the rest of the weekend and three days next week to catch up on buying gifts. If theaters, concerts, etc. have to cancel a performance they have only Saturday and Sunday to rescue lost business.

However, if you are inclined to put a little merriment in your life this weekend, there certainly is plenty available to fill the bill. Here's a listing of a few holiday-oriented shows that will offer some fun for every member of the family.

Mountain Snow and Mistletoe is at Troy Saving Bank Music Hall Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. This is a warm, relaxed old-fashioned Christmas show with some story-telling, some pickin' and singin' and a whole lot of love. 273-0038

"Nuncrackers" is in its final weekend at Cohoes Music Hall with performances Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Little Sisters of Hoboken might be very familiar, but they are always a hoot and their version of the "Nutcracker" is guaranteed to make you smile. 237-5858

Over in the Berkshires, "A Christmas Carol" is still playing at the intimate Unicorn Theater of Berkshire Theatre Festival. If ever a show could get you into the Christmas spirit it is this one about Scrooge's visit by the three Spirits of Christmas. 413-298-5576

If you want to share a warm story with your kids "A Little House Christmas" at Home Made Theatre in Saratoga Springs is a good one. Based on the "Little House" series (books and television) this play supports the values of family and sharing. It's fun for youngsters and a good experience for the entire family. 587-4427

If you haven't seen one yet, there is still a real "Nutcracker" ballet available for two shows on Sunday at the Egg in Albany. Sweet dreams and Sugar Plum Fairies are not a bad way to prepare for December 25. 473-1845

And, finally - it may not be holiday oriented, but the Disney on Ice "100 Years of Magic" at the TU Center in Albany through Sunday is one sure way of getting smiles on the faces of kids and adults. 1-800-30-EVENT

It might take some effort to gather the family together this busy weekend - but sharing an entertainment experience has to have more value than just buying one more gift. Give the kids a memory - take them to live entertainment.


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