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Thursdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Outside Around City Hall
Downtown Farmers Market
There will be a few vendors set up through December.

Sundays, 10am-2pm
Inside Proctors
Schenectady Greenmarket
Enjoy this festive marketplace with weekly entertainment and more than 70 regional vendors.

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

Skeleton Keys
December 1, 9pm
December 2, 9pm
December 7, 6pm

Keith Pray Big Band
December 6, 8pm

Steve Cowles
December 2, 8pm
Big Johnson Blues Band
December 3, 9:30pm

December 2, 12-2pm

Tommy Verrigni
December 1, 7-10pm
Kylie Hotaling
December 2, 7-10pm

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The Downtown Dish

This week, we have a recipe for a great sandwich. It is perfect for family dinners, parties, game day, or anytime you're looking for something super easy and incredibly delicious!

Slow Cooker
Hawaiian Chicken

December 1-7, 2 016
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical
December 7-8
Mainstage at Proctors 

The original television classic comes to life!
Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. More...  
Star Quality
December 2-4 & 7-11
Schenectady Civic Players

In his final comedy, Noel Coward takes us behind the scenes of a new West End production. Conjuring up a backstage world of talent and treachery, he creates a gallery of characters, including a temperamental leading lady, a ruthless director, jaded old troupers, and an innocent young playwright. From first rehearsal to opening night, Star Quality becomes increasingly heart-wrenching....and hilarious. More...
Mark Your Calendar for TWO Great Events
Next Weekend!
Saturday, December 10

December 10, 12-4pm
Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for FREE and FUN activities for the entire family. Stop by City Hall and hop on the horse drawn carriage for a ride, then visit with Santa and have a free family picture taken. Many activities, performances, musicians & more.
In conjunction with this event, t he Schenectady County Public Library and the Whitney Book Corner will be holding a Dr. Seuss Holiday Open House  with crafts, refreshments, How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie, and more!

December 10, 3-8pm
Enjoy a late afternoon/early evening in Downtown Schenectady hopping from location to location to sample chili at 11 different restaurants and pubs. Follow the Craft Brew Trail at select locations and enter to win a special prize pack. All tastings are $1 each. Presented by Schenectady  County in partnership with the DSIC and Visit Schenectady.

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage

Northeast Ballet's The Nutcracker - Dec. 3 & 4 
Mainstage - Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite.

Eighth Step: Brother Sun CD Release - Dec. 3, 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - Contemporary folk with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop. Their rich voices blend on a soaring foundation of guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki and piano.

Sweets & Treats with Santa - Dec. 4, 12:30pm
Cookies, cocoa, crafts and the star of the season: Santa! This event sells out quickly, so reserve your seats now.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker - Dec. 6, 7:30pm 
Mainstage - A holiday mash-up for the whole family. Visually exciting and bold, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.
On The Screen

Hamlet - Dec. 1, 3 & 7pm
GE Theatre
- As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.Forced to avenge his father's death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. A  National Theatre Live Encore Series.

Disney's Queen of Katwe - Dec. 2, 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm 
GE Theatre - The colorful, true story of a young girl whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

By Sidney Lumet - December 5, 2:45, 5 & 7:15pm 
GE Theatre -  Via a never-before-seen interview made a few years before his death, director Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and work in this intimate, new American Masters documentary. 

The Open Door Bookstore  
December 3, 1-2:30pm
William Griffith Signing The Battle of Lake George
December 4, 12-1:30pm
Members of The Mavens of Mayhem Signing Recent Books

December 4, 1pm
Paint and Sip: Snowman & snow-woman votive holders, plus candles.  Call (518) 374-6885 to sign-up!

Schenectady Community College
December 8, 11am-3pm
Center City, 433 State Street, 1st floor
Holiday community job fair and open house. Free and open to the public.
Holiday Fun in Downtown Schenectady!

December 2, 6pm
Schenectady County Historical Society
Opening of the Festival of Trees, as the galleries are illuminated with glittering trees and throw open our doors for behind-the-scenes collections tours through our historic house

December 3-18
Schenectady County Historical Society &
YWCA of Northeastern New York
Celebrate the season as the galleries are filled with lighted fir trees! Decorated from classic to kooky Christmas styles, the trees of the SCHS and the YWCA glow with the enchantment of the holiday season.

December 4, 5:30pm
Lawrence the Indian Circle, Front & N. Ferry Streets
Tree lighting with refreshments to follow.

December 15-18
Mainstage at Proctors
The Capital Region's premier holiday extravaganza, featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with special guests Fireworks Ensemble, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando's School of Dance.
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm

Holiday Train Show  - Now Open
The model trains are back at miSci this holiday season! Explore the intricate 19- x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) model trains. Special thanks to Upstate Train Associates.

Living House Exhibit  - Now Open
Go behind the walls of your house with The Living House. Walk through a full-scale model of a home and discover the systems that bring a house to life - from water to electricity. Explore the principles of construction, architecture, and engineering with this hands-on exhibit.
Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Library Expansion
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Library Calendar of Events

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Coffee Table books: Half price in December
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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