Queen Victoria knew how to make an era!   She was a fashion and cultural icon whose rule of the British empire from 1837 to 1901 influenced art and design for decades.  By the later half of the 19th century, the opulence and prosperity crossed the Atlantic and ushered in the Gilded Age of America–probably the hey day of Sharon Springs as a resort town.

Is there a more fitting time to rekindle the pageantry and romanticism of the era than during the holidays?

Before we all hunker down for the snowy winter season, on December 4, the village of Sharon Spring is hosting one last community gathering—our first annual Victorian Holiday Celebration.

Drag out your corsets, parasols, vests and top hats and join us.

Schedule of Events:

9:00am

Pick up your map at the NBT bank anytime during the day and go on a treasure hunt through all of the local businesses in Sharon Springs.  You never know what you’ll find!    Get your map checked off from each location and then enter the raffle at the end of the day.

10:00am

The hanging of the greens and the decorating of the town Christmas tree in front of the NBT Bank will commence. The tree will be decorated by the school kids of the Sharon Springs Central School

10:30am

Join Douglas Plummer, the proprietor of The American Hotel, on the steps of the hotel for the story of the Sharon Springs Christmas Chicken

Visit the Village Hall Gallery on Main Street for an exhibit of historic photography from Lady Ostapeck

1:00 pm

Victorian Dance Demonstration in the front hall (restaurant area) of the historic Roseboro hotels.  Dance instructor Betty Gavin-Singer will be assisted by volunteer dancers who will encourage onlookers to join in the fun!

2:30 pm

See the East Coast premiere of the Mistletoe Moustache–a Victorian operetta–performed for those on the sidewalk from the second floor balcony of The American Hotel.

2:45 pm

Warm the body and the soul.  Garth Roberts and Austin Jetton will sing and play Christmas carols in the American Hotel lobby. There will be complimentary hot chocolate served and, of course, more serious libations on hand at the bar

4:00 pm

Join us in the heart of the village at the Chalybeate park for the Christmas tree decorating contest, Best Dressed Victorian costume contest and the treasure hunt raffle

5:00pm

The town Christmas tree lighting and caroling will begin at the corner of US 20 and Route 10 with complimentary hot chocolate provided by the Rotary Club

All of the businesses throughout Sharon Springs will be open throughout the day to help get you in the holiday spirit

See you at celebration 2011!

by Josh and Brent

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Bill Ziese

Andre:

This is true if you are celebrating a "religious" holiday. Christmas is more than a "holiday". Christmas is a way of life (although unfortunately temporary), a feeling of joy and giving (and unfortunately – taking). Even non-Christians and Atheists love Christmas, especially the ones who sell products that are bought as Christmas presents. They don't want to hear the word Christmas, but they won't refuse to sell to someone purchasing a Christmas present. You can question the existence of Christ, Muhammad, Yahweh, Buddha, Confucius or even the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but you can't deny the existence of Christmas.

Besides – "Victorian" refers to Queen Victoria. She ruled in England. In England "holiday" refers to a vacation. The phrase Victorian Holiday means Victorian Vacation – where are we going, to the Isle of Wight?

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Andre Jones

Bill, I know how "Christmas" is such a sacred word for the holidays…and it is still widely used everywhere, but we live in such a diverse world it can longer cover everyone. It is arrogant to think that everyone celebrates one idea.

Think of all the Hanukkah celebrators feeling out of place, as they have for years. Holidays are for EVERYONE.

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Sara

Congratulations on the success of all of your new endeavours! Loved Josh's new book! And loved the photos and article in the new Country Living Christmas issue. Looking forward to taking the ride down to Sharon Springs for the weekends festivities! Merry Christmas!

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Bill Ziese

The only holiday widely celebrated at this time of year during Victorian times, especially in England, was Christmas. So why is it still being referred to as A Victorian Holiday. Imagine if Dicken's wrote "A Holiday Carol".

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Tanya

We were so excited to come for the event even before we knew the details. We even told Maria we would participate in the dance demonstration. We are driving up from NJ in the morning and hope to be there early enough. It is going to a great weekend!

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Leigh

You know, I am so grateful to you two and everyone you inspire; from your production staff to the Rotary Club to…Carla from Buffalo!

I "hit" your website every morning to learn something new…something interesting…something delightful, that will start my day off properly. Your passion continues through me as I interact with those around me in the same new,interesting and delightful manner! Cheers!

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Lisa Winter

Wish we could make it back up for the Victorian Christmas, but as luck would have it that is the same day our family gets together to make homemade candy canes. Please-please post some pictures. See you in the spring.

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Ro G.

While you are in the neighborhood of the American Hotel – My Sister's Place Cafe would make a great stop!

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Marianne Poteet

Dear Brent and Josh:

I just saw my first FBB episodes this past Thanksgiving weekend. I had no idea I had been missing so much fun! And then to find out that Josh was just in Oneonta a week ago to sign his book! Drat, hell and damnation! Really looking forward to the Christmas special. P.S. I have fond memories of the goats I grew up with. Sometime, perhaps, there will be an opportunity offered to visit the barn, when it would not be an intrusion on your privacy. I would never, EVER want someone to come to my home or barn uninvited, so will wait for an event that includes that opportunity.

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Jess

Very excited! Grew up 20 minutes from Sharon Springs and it's exciting to see the area flourish again. My parents are huge fans and were at the harvest fest and got me hooked! Looking forward to meeting you boys! 🙂

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sioux

I live in Howes Cave and was just there on Wednesday shopping with my son Ryan from Boston. Brent was decorating the outside of the store and it looks Fabulous!!! Let me know if you need any help with the festivities. Looking forward to the Celebration. See you all there.

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Debra

I am so sad I live in OH, wish I could go this holiday event. What a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. Merry Christmas to all! (There is always next year)

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Wendy Tremblay

Unfortunately we can't make it this year but next year I'd like to mark it ahead on our calendar…what a great way to bring in the holidays and while in the area I can go to my hometown of Delanson and reminisce with some old buddies. Happy Holidays to all of you on your beautiful and fabulous farm.

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Benga

I hope to bring my family to Sharon Springs on the 4th. It sounds wonderful! Have you ever visited the small village of Skaneateles , NY? They have a "Dicken's Christmas" annually. It is held every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It would be worth the drive for you two, I think. Happy Holidays.

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phyllis

Love watching you, the farm is beautiful,Polka Spot is a character.Hope you have a Fabulous Holiday Season. Looking forward to watching your special.

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Meghan

Will there be vendors? Does anyone know a contact person. I tried to get a booth at the Harvest Fest to sell my photographs, but they didnt have room for me. After spending the day there, I realized how perfect that event was for me, and I was so bummed. Either way, I will be there, my daughter thinks it is amazing that someone famous lives so close..it is cute

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Ann Chambers

Oh, how I wish we lived closer and could come to the celebration! We are definitely planning to attend Harvest Festival next year and stay at The American Hotel, if Doug and Garth will have room for us (please, please do). Cannot wait for the Christmas special…will be front and center at the TV!

I am having problems opening e-mails from you. Just thought I would let you know. Anyone else having problems? Don't want to miss anything!

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Andre Jones

This sounds so absolutely Fabulous!

What a great way to usher in the holidays….way better than Black Friday.

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scrappy buttons

Oh,how I wish I could be there…

When I had my copy shop in my small town, we did have caroling and chestnut roasting. I would love to start that up again here..

Best Wishes to all of Sharon Springs

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JoAnne

Brent & Josh: Let me know if I can be of help. After all, I do work at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, home of Fountain Elms – the original Italiante Victorian Proctor family home, where we celebrate Victorian Yuletide each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving. By the way, my services to you guys are free of charge!

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Becca Slinkard

I want so badly to be there. Sounds like a blast from the past of a Fabulous by Gone Era. I am in Tennessee, but you and your Christmas celebration will be on my mind, and I pray for a successful and happy day for you all there in beautiful Sharon Springs (I know it's beautiful, because I was there in October of this year.)

So, from me to the Fabulous Beekman Boys and the whole town of Sharon Springs I send you love, hugs, and a wish of continued good health.

From Blountville, Tennessee,

Becca Slinkard

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Susie

I want to cry…I just read all about the Victorian Christmas and want to be there. I already have commitments to do a Christmas Winterfest here in our neck of the woods.I wish you all the best with your celebration and a warm and Merry Christmas to all!

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Molly Payne-Hardin

We'll be there in spirit (and only a few hours south in Manhattan … visiting a friend or we'd travel up!). Hope you do it next year too and we'll organize our trip around it! Molly in Fla.

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MARILYN ENGLE

WILL DEFINITELY BE THERE IN MY BEST VICTORIAN DRESS..HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING SHARON SPRINGS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND AM SO EXCITED TO SEE IT COME TO LIFE AGAIN! THANKS TO DOUG AND GARTH OF THE AMERICAN HOTEL AND BRENT AND JOSH, THE FABULOUS BEEKMAN BOYS AND ALL OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD A PART IN THIS WONDERFUL AWAKENING OF SHARON SPRINGS. AS HEAD FABULOUS SHARON SPRINGS GROUPIE, WE WILL BE THERE IN ALL OUR GLORY!!

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angel g.

Wow…a Victorian Christmas sounds so beautiful…that would be a nice change from California…I can't wait to see more episodes of the show…My mom and dad just visited the Beekman Mercantile last month and brought me back the December soap (my birthday month)and several other gifts…I love it all…I love the show…Your farm is a dream come true..

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jd roberts

A grand and fabulous gathering joining the many friends of Sharon Springs, and the Beekman Boys.

We of the 'fabulous groupies' of upper central New York, are very proud of what this community has become! This victorian gala will even top the Harvest Event, for sure!!!We're so excited.!!

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Linda

I attended the 2nd annual Harvest Festival in September and it was fabulous, so I hope to attend the Victorian Christmas festivities, weather permitting. Sharon Springs is a great little community and Brent and Josh have breathed new life into it and put it back on the map. The events sound like such fun.

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Kathy Bunting

Will definitly be there with The Fabulous Sharon Springs Groupies! The schedule of events is more than we imagined. It will be a magical day. Can't wait to see everyone.

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David Nicholson

Congratulations on your first Victorian Christmas celibration! We have had the good fortune of having "Dickens on the Strand" in Galveston just 50 miles south of us in Houston for many years. The Strand with it's beautiful iron front buildings making up what was called in Victoran times as "The Wallstreet of the South" makes a perfect setting. My favorite is the Bellchoirs concert. They sound so beautiful in the cool air. You might think of having a bellchoir at Sharon Springs. Have a great Christmas one and all!

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Linda Aragona

Driving up from NJ on Friday night for late dinner and overnight stay at The American Hotel. We didn't want to miss any of the activities on Saturday. Looking forward to meeting "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" and seeing Sharon Springs again (last visit was three years ago). What a great way to kickoff the Christmas holiday!

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Roger

OK, this time I AM jealous! Due to the distance involved I won't be able to attend, but this sounds mighty festive to me and I just WISH I could be there. Of course we have vintage festivals and traditions during the holidays here on the west coast, but with the possible exception of the "Dickens & Company" carolers, I do not recall seeing anything "Victorian" in this area during the recent past.

I will be anxious to see photos posted and perhaps a glimpse of this during the next season of The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Best wishes for a very merry and festive event. I'm really glad to see the village of Sharon Springs take on yet another new tradition.

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Carla

I am so excited! Will be driving from East Aurora, NY (close to Buffalo) so probably won't make it for the 1st few events but I will be there for everything. It's my daughter's first Christmas. What a way to celebrate the season with her!

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teri tighe

Thanks for the information. I won't be down there until about noon so hopefully I won't miss too much.

Can NOT wait to see you guys.

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