The main holiday event in Middleburgh takes place on Main Street Friday night.
The Middleburgh Renaissance Council’s 15th annual “Miracle on Main Street” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Carolers and musicians will be part of the show. So will cookies, horse-drawn wagons and a live nativity scene.
“It’s just an old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” said Sheryl Adams, president of the council. “All the stores have specials, there’s a wine tasting and we’ll have baby lambs, a baby calf. The fire department always comes and has the big truck for the kids to see the Grinch and Sparky the fire dog.”
Middleburgh residents might visit the Capital Region for events such as the Gazette Holiday Parade in Schenectady and the Victorian Stroll in Saratoga Springs. Adams believes people in those cities return the favor for the “Miracle.”
“We get people from all around, and people traveling through always stop,” she said.
The “Miracle” name was not inspired by any holiday-themed movie.
“A group of us were talking about an evening event we wanted to have, just a magic night on Main Street,” said Patty Eddy-Beal, who owns The Conglomerate gift store and helps organize the party. “I guess we just decided that’s what we were going to name it because Christmas is full of miracles.”
She said a “wonderful energy” comes to Middleburgh that night.
“People are just milling around and they’re saying hello and talking to other people,” Eddy-Beal said. “It has that kind of Christmas feel. We do the hot pretzels and hot cocoa is handed out. . . . It’s an old-fashioned Christmas on Main Street.”
Inside activities, too
For people who don’t want to walk the street, performances have been scheduled inside the Middleburgh Library. The Renaissance Council dancers, the Belle Stars, will begin the library program at 5:30 p.m. The Schoharie Bell Choir, Depot Lane Singers, storyteller Jim Spencer and the TLC Country Cloggers also will perform.
Restaurants and stores will stay open late for the “Miracle” proceedings. Brenda Coons, co-manager of the Artisan’s Gallery on Main Street, said the holiday outing means good business for Middleburgh merchants.
“The street is packed with people and so are the stores,” Coons said. “Everybody comes out, everybody shares Christmas spirit. It’s just a nice night.”
Chris Hubbard, who owns Hubie’s Restaurant and Pizzeria with his wife, Jenny, sees more people than he normally would on a Friday.
“It’s a very busy night,” Hubbard said. “It’s kind of a night when people of all ages come out on Main Street and do old-fashioned things like drink mulled cider and eat fresh-popped popcorn, check out the storefront windows and see Santa Claus. It’s just kind of a feel-good night, people celebrating the holiday.”
There’s entertainment on the streets, Hubbard said, and occasionally entertainment inside the small businesses.
“Usually, we get some carolers and musicians that will come in and play a quick set then be on their way to the next place,” Hubbard said.
Sheryl Adams said the “Miracle” night is just an opportunity to gather.
“It’s just a really nice time for everybody to get together; there’s so much for kids to do,” she said. “We do it mainly for the children and families, too.”