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December 12, 2013

Holiday extravaganza at Strand

Santa Claus, 'The Grinch' among acts appearing at 'Coming Home for the Holidays'

PLATTSBURGH — “Coming Home for the Holidays” restarts a seasonal tradition at the Strand Theatre on Saturday.

The event is a collaboration between the Plattsburgh Renewal Project and the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

“We saw an opportunity to have a community holiday show,” said Chris Rosenquest, a Plattsburgh Renewal Project co-founder.

“We knew that the Strand didn’t have one planned. We went to Leigh (Mundy) at the Strand and asked her what her thoughts were, and she was extremely excited and would love to create a partnership and we went for it.”

Hosted by Mayor-Elect Jim Calnon and Counselor-Elect Joshua Kretser, the show will feature performances by the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, North Country Irish Dance and the Completely Stranded Improv Group.

“We really focused this on fun, family friendly and affordable with local artists, arts groups and performers and a real opportunity to get the community together at the Strand during the holidays,” Rosenquest said.

“The theme was how can we engage the community performers as well as local businesses to help support the show. We went to businesses in the City of Plattsburgh and Town of Plattsburgh. The show is a chance to engage town and city residents and people around the region ... and bring them in the arts district of Plattsburgh.”

Sponsors include Maui North, the Lumber Jills, Oval Development, Steven Bailey Salon, the Ground Round, the North Country Food Co-op and Conroy’s Organics.

“‘Coming Home for the Holidays’ is family-oriented entertainment to get everyone in the spirit for the holidays,” said Kathy Recchia from the arts center.

“There will be a lot of local performers who were invited. The Plattsburgh Renewal Project lined up the entertainment. We were happy to partner with them to put this on.”

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