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This Months Feature Story

In search of an evergreen for the holidays

By Laura Livingston Snyder

Of all the traditions a parent could follow while raising children, getting the annual Christmas tree is probably one of the most memorable.


Lights on the Lake

Lights on the Lake 2017. Photos by Dylan Suttles

Lights on the Lake continues through Jan. 7. Visitors can drive through the illuminated wonderland along Onondaga Lake every evening from 5 to 10 p.m.  The entrance is via Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Admission is $10 per vehicle, Mondays through Thursdays, and $15 per vehicle, Fridays through Sundays. On Mondays and Tuesdays, visitors who show a Wegmans Shoppers Club card can get in for $6 per vehicle. For more information, call (315) 453-6712. And children can enter the Lights on the Lake Coloring Contest by going to this page, printing out the image, and coloring and posting the picture:


For more details on this and other December events, see the Calendar.





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Dreams of Summer

Hundreds of people flocked to Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair at the State Fairgrounds on April 11, drawn by the chance to plan their families’ vacations in one day. And while the weather outside was chilly, inside parents and kids got a chance to fantasize about summer, and the prospect of memorable experiences at farms, theaters, libraries, play spaces, camps and more. Visitors met ducklings from Rohe Farms, goats and other animals from Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo, pit bulls from Cuse Pit Crew, a fairy tale princess, an ostrich-like bird from Open Hand Theater’s stock of giant puppets, and Wyldstyle and Emmet of The Lego Movie. And they left filled with ideas to plan a summer of fun.

Michael Davis photos