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November 11, 2017 - 2:26pm

Press release:

A Holiday Wreath Sale, sponsored by Grandview Cemetery, is underway and orders are due no later than Friday, Nov. 17.

Wreaths cost $22 each and feature a red bow and accessories. All proceeds go toward cemetery maintenance.

To order, call Joyce at 343-0877 or Anne at 343-0350.

Wreaths can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26th, at cemetery maintenance building. Grandview Cemetery is located at 80 Clinton Street Road in Batavia.

November 28, 2016 - 10:49am
posted by Genesee Chamber... in genesee county, holiday.

It was only a few days ago, the table was filled with turkey and pumpkin pie. All of a sudden – BAM! – it’s the holiday season. The calendar says we are at December’s doorstep, so it’s time to get into the spirit of the season. Here are some holiday events happening this weekend that will certainly put you in a festive mood!

Batavia’s Christmas in the City – Genesee County’s largest holiday celebration takes place on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 5 p.m. in downtown Batavia. The entire downtown area gets in on the action with more than 18 different activities; horse and buggy rides, musical performances, contests, kids' activities, workshops, specials and so much more. The centerpiece of “Christmas in the City” is the festive parade at 7 p.m. that travels from Court Street to Summit Street.

Le Roy Winterfest – On Saturday, Dec. 3rd, the picturesque Village of Le Roy celebrates the season “small-town style” with its annual Winterfest. The daylong event is capped with the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Throughout the day there are fun activities for shoppers, a holiday bazaar, children’s activities at several locations and more. Everyone gets excited for the arrival of Santa at 1 p.m. at the Moose Family Center. (Photo by Howard Owens.)

Village of Bergen Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Join a parade of carolers on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30 p.m. who will walk from Hickory Park to Ward Park, where the tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. The parade is guided by the Bergen Fire Department and Santa & Mrs. Claus. After the tree lighting there will be a musical performance, contests and more.

Shopping with the Spirits at Rolling Hills Asylum – Do a little holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at one of America’s most notoriously haunted locations, Rolling Hills Asylum, 11001 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany. Admission is free to shop for unique gifts, jewelry, mystic pine candles, art works, essential oils, Herkimer diamonds and gemstones, creepy dolls and more. There will also be some mini-tours of Rolling Hills Asylum for a small fee.

15th Annual Wonderland of Trees, Holland Land Office Museum – Tuesdays through Saturdays until Jan. 4. View more than 50 holiday trees decorated by local businesses and organizations throughout the historical Holland Land Office Museum, 131 W. Main St., Batavia. Celebrating its 15th year, Wonderland of Trees is a bonafide Genesee County tradition. All proceeds go to help this wonderful organization.

Create-A-Critter at Genesee County Park & Forest – Make your own “critter” as a holiday gift or to keep as your own. On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. let your imagination run wild and create a critter made out of objects found in the woods. This fun event takes place in the activity room at the Park’s Interpretive Nature Center, 11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany.

Visit www.VisitGeneseeNY.com to learn more...

November 20, 2013 - 12:01pm
posted by Alicia Lurye in crafts, holiday, gifts.
Event Date and Time: 
November 30, 2013 - 9:00am to December 1, 2013 - 4:00pm

 Come finish your shopping list!    Wonderful gift choices from over 35 crafter's and gifter's!  Free door prizes, free entry, free parking!    Gift bags while they last!

  The lobby will have decorated trees donated by local not for profits!  Buy one and help the less fortunate this holiday season!  All proceeds go to the organization that donated the tree.  Free tree delivery if you need it.

  The Location?:  Clarion Hotel & Indoor Water Park 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY.

Saturday November 30th from 9am to 5pm, Sunday December 1st from 10am to 4pm!  

November 6, 2012 - 5:42pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in painting, crafts, Christmas, holiday.
Event Date and Time: 
December 4, 2012 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn a variety of painting techniques to decorate a Santa Greeting Decoration in a class for adults at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia on Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This class is being taught by decorative painter Elaine Becker, and registration is required to attend. $10 is due at the time of registration (in the library) and covers the cost of materials.  If you have these brushes, please bring:  1/2” flat or angle shader, dry or stipple brushes, small flat, small filbert, liners, large (1”) flat.

November 19, 2011 - 9:14pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in jaycees, Oliver's, holiday, Santa, girl scouts.

Today was Santa's annual visit to Oliver's Candies in Batavia. Store Manager Jeremy Liles said that the event is held to kick off the Christmas season every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The line of kids waiting to see Santa stretched across the store to the door.

Some of the kids, happy to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas.

Outside was a petting zoo for the kids.

The Batavia Area Jaycees were on hand with refreshments.

Just in case you weren't prepared for Santa's Christmas visit, the Girl Scouts had plenty of cookies. Just add milk.

October 14, 2011 - 12:09pm
posted by Melissa Haacke in Basom, Oakfield, Alabama, Christmas, holiday, trees, Santa.
Event Date and Time: 
November 27, 2011 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Town of Oakfield

Majestic Lights in the Park

Sunday November 27th at 5:00pm


The Elroy D. Parkins Park (Little League Park)


Majestic Lights in the Parkis a lighted Christmas Tree celebration representing area families, businesses, organizations and/or in the memory of a loved one who is no longer with us.

August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm
Event Date and Time: 
April 13, 2013 - 9:00pm to April 14, 2013 - 8:30pm

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Grades 1-3.

Create a decorative birdhouse. These small wooden birdhouses will look beautiful hanging in a window, garden or patio.

Registration is required and limited to 20 children.

Visit online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org

or call 585-768-8330 to register!

March 27, 2011 - 5:15pm
posted by kacey kiley in arts, Rochester, crafts, shopping, holiday, call for artists, show.
Event Date and Time: 
October 15, 2011 - 10:00am to October 16, 2011 - 5:00pm

July 4, 2010 - 12:14pm
posted by Bea McManis in holiday, celebrate.


Busy weekend for all of us. 

January 18, 2010 - 1:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, YWCA, holiday, Martin Luther King Jr..


Elisa Dipietro, left, and Lynn McKeown prepare a lunch in the YWCA kitchen for a special meal in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. today while Gordo Gonyo works in the background.

November 30, 2009 - 10:00am
posted by Tara Pariso in jaycees, Christmas, holiday, Community Event, Light Judging.
Event Date and Time: 
December 15, 2009 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


December 17, 2008 - 1:01pm
posted by Melissa George in batavia, jaycees, holiday, Winners, Light.


The Batavia Area Jaycees were out driving around on December 16th looking at all the homes that had decorated for the Holiday Season. These awards are ment to be given out as a friendly community project.  If you are offended by winning, please leave the Jaycees a message at 585-343-5775 and we will remove your name/house for future consideration.

Homes were judged on five different categories and the winners are:
Most Traditional – 107 Ross Street – beuatiful garland and ribbon, old time decorations.
Simple & Elegant - 45 Bogue Street – Classic white lights, wreaths and bows.
Most Colorful - 6 Allen Street – You name it, this house had that color.
Most Commercial - 15 Roosevelt Avenue. This house one because of the over 6 different moving white figures.
Overall - 3927 West Main Street – This year the lights were blinking to music when we went.
We did have a runner up for the Most Commercial, the home located at 29 Roosevelt Avenue and two Honorable Mentions – the homes at 3 South Main Street and 21 Union Street.
The Batavia Area Jaycees also thought the home at 8303 Lewiston Road took the phrase “Going Green” to a new meaning!
Take a night to drive around with family looking at all the wonderfully decorated homes for the holiday season. 
On a safety note, the Jaycees noticed many houses didn’t have visible numbers that you can see from the street either on the house or the mailbox. Help protect your family in case of an emergency and put up house numbers! 
December 4, 2008 - 5:41pm
posted by Melissa George in Announcements, jaycees, lights, holiday, contest, judging.


The Batavia Area Jaycees have announced they will be doing home holiday light judging on December 16, 2008 starting at 6:00 pm.

Winners will be bases on six categories:
  • Most Traditional Décor
  • Most Colorful
  • Overall Display
  • Friends of the Lighting Company
  • Most Commercial
  • Simple and Elegant
Judging will take place within the City of Batavia limits, but if you feel there is a house within the town limits that is worth judging, please leave a message at 343-5775 with the address and we will make an effort to judge the house.
The Batavia Area Jaycees is a community service organization for ages 21 to 39. They have been providing local individual development and leadership training since 1943.
For more information, call 343-5775 or visit www.geneseeny.com/bataviajaycees
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