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Christmas dinner

Christmas Comes Early At Community Dinner

Christmas Comes Early

At Community Dinner

By the end of the first hour, over 120 people had attended the Community Dinner at Oneonta’s First United Methodist Church this afternoon, with more continuing to come in.  Visitors like Andrew Winters-Bell, left, could enjoy plates of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, sweet potatoes, Chobani yogurt and a wide selection of pies served by Carol Heller, Scott Lewis, Terri Fisher, Ambrose Santiago and other volunteers from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Saturday’s Bread and First UM. The event, usually held on Christmas Day, was early the last couple years so it would not conflict with the church’s Sunday and Christmas services. “Next year, Christmas will be on a Wednesday,” said event coordinator Ann Steen.  “So we are excited that next year it will be back on the usual day.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

After 30 Years, Community Dinner Still Feeds Hundreds

Community Christmas

Dinner Feeds Hundreds

With Regina Haran and Vickie Andritz to her left, Carole Blumenkrantz, Schenevus, serves turkey to guests during the annual Christmas Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – In a tradition that began 30 years ago, The First Methodist Church of Oneonta held its annual Christmas dinner this afternoon.

Organized this year by Ann Steen, the church was filled with those looking for a warm, home cooked meal before Christmas.

“This dinner is for the lonely and the needy,” said Steen. “The meal is completely cost free.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 23

Homemade Christmas Dinner

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CHRISTMAS DINNER – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Enjoy a homemade Christmas dinner. Transportation to the meal and home delivery available. The First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call Ann Steen @ 432-1283.

WASSAILING – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy hot, spiced apple cider. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com/wassailing-weekend-28

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24

Celebrate This Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve

Chanukah begins at sundown.
CHRISTMAS DINNER – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Annual Friends of Christmas dinner. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 6:45 p.m. Includes a Living Nativity scene. Main St. Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. Info, msbchurch.org/ or call 607-432-5712

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 7 p.m. Family Service with Childrens pageant followed by Christmas Tea and Candlelight service at 10. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, firstumc-oneonta.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23

Game Night For Whole Family

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FAMILY GAME NIIGHT – 5-10 p.m. Bring Family and Friends to Board Game Night. Serenity Hobbies, 254 Main St, Oneonta. Info, serenityhobbies.com

CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations of food to the Friends of Christmas Dinner should be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Accepting baked pies, fruit breads, Christmas cookies, fresh fruit, apple and cranberry juice. Volunteers needed as cooks, drivers, servers and cleaning. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

SOUTHSDIE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

ONEONTA SANTA – 4-6 p.m. Muller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta.

MUSIC – 6-9 p.m. Come de-stress with Dan Schilling. Timber Creek Saloon and Restaurant, 2957 ST. HWY. 23, West Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TimberCreekLLC

KARAOKE – 8 p.m. With DJ Donna. Empire House 136 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville. Info, www.facebook.com/theempirehouse

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A Slice Of Holiday Cheer

A Slice Of Holiday Cheer

Christmas dinner with all the fixing's was the order of the day at the Community Christmas Dinner at First United Methodist. Over 100 people came through for helpings of ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy, fruit, cranberry sauce and more. Here, Kim Collins, Oneonta, Followed by Jane Richard, Oneonta, gets some gravy ladled onto her turkey take-out by Susan Edmonds and Lois Sastic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
Christmas dinner with all the fixings was the order of the day at the Community Christmas Dinner at First United Methodist. Over 100 people came through for helpings of ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy, fruit, cranberry sauce and more. Here, Kim Collins, Oneonta, Followed by Jane Richard, Oneonta, gets some gravy ladled onto her turkey take-out by Susan Edmonds and Lois Sastic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
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