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A Christmas first in Cooperstown while celebrating the annual Festival of Trees

By ALLISON NORLIAN

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Friends of Glimmerglass State Park kicked off their fifth annual Festival of Trees celebration, Friday night, along with the Historic Hyde Hall Covered Bridge lighting.

The lighting was the first of its kind for the 188 year old bridge, the first time it had ever been decorated for the holidays. The bridge shone bright as visitors came from around the area to witness the historic moment.

For those who didn't want to be outside in the cold, holiday refreshments were offered in the Lake View Room of Glimmerglass State Park. There was food, drinks, a Christmas tree raffle and even the four hearts quarter performance.

The Festival of Trees celebration will be held all weekend. Every dollar made will go towards programs and educational activities in the park.

Karen Sheckells, Chair for the Friends of Glimmerglass said, "It's important because with ice fishing, children learn all about the lake and habitats for the fish and how to safely fish on the ice. Snow tubing is because it's a fun recreation and it brings tourists to the community."

Friday night was also the kickoff for the creation of the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge Christmas Ornament.

The festivities continue into the weekend.

Festival Hours: Dec. 7th & 8th from 12pm- 6pm.

Saturday, Dec. 7th:
12:30pm-1:30pm and 2:00- 3:00pm: Children's craft & story
2pm- 3pm: Flutists Diane & Becky
4pm- 6pm: Wagon rides to the Covered Bridge and Caroling

Sunday, Dec. 8th-
12pm- 4pm: Children's craft & story
2pm- 3pm: Flutists Diane & Becky
4pm- 6pm: Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus
4pm- 6pm: Wagon rides to the Covered Bridge and Caroling
 

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