Looking Ahead: Amsterdam Tree Lighting, Small Business Saturday

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With a new week underway, here are five of the events and news our team of reporters are following.

AMSTERDAM TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

Amsterdam will be joyful and bright during the seventh annual tree lighting festival at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge at 4 p.m. Friday. During the festivities, enjoy the carols of the Mohawk Valley Chorus, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride with HBH Clydesdales, savor pastries and hot chocolate from the Marching Rams of Amsterdam, and warm up with Sticker Mule gloves. Santa Claus will stop by to help usher in the season and take pictures with visitors.

—Ashley Onyon

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Small businesses in the Capital Region will open their doors to shoppers on November 26, during what is known as Small Business Saturday, in a bid to entice people to buy local. Many stores will be offering their own deals on products that could make a unique gift this holiday season. There will also be larger events such as the Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs, which will feature various vendors to shop from.

—Shenandoah Briere

SIENA AND UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL HEADING TO FLORIDA

The Siena and Albany men’s basketball teams will both travel to Florida for the Thanksgiving week tournament.

UAlbany will be in action first, playing in the Sunshine Slam in Daytona Beach. The Great Danes will open play in the event Monday at noon against Austin Peay, then face either Bucknell or Presbyterian on Tuesday.

Siena will play three games at the ESPN Events Invitational at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, starting with an 11 a.m. game on Thanksgiving against Florida State. The Saints will play Ole Miss or Stanford on Friday, then finish the game on Sunday against one of four teams in the bottom half of the tournament draw – Oklahoma, Nebraska, Memphis or Seton Hall.

—Adam Shinder

THANKSGIVING DINNER GEOGRAPHY

Cornell Cooperative Extension will teach middle school students in the Schenectady County Glenville Branch about the roots of Thanksgiving dinners. The event will take place on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to students in grades 6-8. Participants will identify common American Thanksgiving foods and their agricultural sources and determine if these foods can be produced locally. Attendees will also learn about the common origins of their Thanksgiving foods.

—Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge

LIT HOLIDAY NIGHTS

The festive season in the Capital Region is about to brighten up a bit with the start of the illuminated holiday nights on Friday. The drive-in light show features nearly two miles of holiday exhibits, hosted by the Washington County Fairgrounds.

This is the second year of the show and it runs on select days until December 30. Tickets are $25 per car. Organizers are also collecting canned goods for Comfort Food Community, a nonprofit organization that operates food pantries and food programs in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties. For more information, visit washingtoncountyfairgrounds.com.

—Indiana Nash

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