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Community Christmas Dinner Welcomes All To The Table

ONEONTA TRADITION CONTINUES

Community Christmas Dinner

Welcomes All To Feast Table

Cathy and Glenn Rappleyea, left, serve retiring Methodist District Superintendent Everett Bassett and his wife, Sharon, at the Community Christmas Dinner this afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. “For people like us, we were having a quiet Christmas day and our family wasn’t with us. This gave us a chance to come out and be with the community,” said Sharon.  The couple is retiring at year’s and and plan a getaway to Virginia Beach.  The annual event, which draws as many as 200 diners to eat a Christmas meal together, is put on annually by St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the First United Methodist Church.  The Rappleyeas have volunteered at the event for the last 10 years. “We’re here on earth to help others and that’s my calling,” said Cathy. “This dinner offers friendship and a sense of community and belonging.” (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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