For Dee Seidel, Christmas meant roast wildfowl and pumpkin pie. Denise Fisher and Jennifer Sacarakis looked forward to songs with homemade carolers. George Clark, a retired Rotterdam policeman, was grateful for good friends. They were all part of events in the Capital Region in December 1982, as many looked forward to holiday celebrations.
Rotterdam police officers visited old friend George Clark, 90, at the Glendale Home during the 1982 Christmas season. From left are Deputy Police Chief Paul Mantica, Patrolman Don Knoblauch, Sgt. Tim Bradt and Santa Claus . . . who was also known as Town Justice Edward Longo.
Dee Seidel of Charlton describes foods of the past for Waterford-Halfmoon students Michele Lubin and Andrew Piroli at the Saratoga County Museum at Brookside in Ballston Spa.
Margaret Helms sings a Christmas carol at the Saratoga County Museum at Brookside — and gets a little help from younger carolers. The kids were visiting from Tanglewood Elementary School in South Glens Falls.
Men from Rotterdam Kiwanis pack boxes of food. From left are James Sartoris, Will Brown, Gene Snook, Fran Stone and Mike DiDonato.
Schenectady students check handmade toys built for the Capital District Industrial Arts Association’s annual toy drive in 1982. From left are Tom Patterson, Luigi Petraccione, Kelly Marx, James Patrick, Richie Holton and Ken Briere.
Tony Vellano, left, and members of the Confusion Athletic Club hand out mittens and hats to kids at the Craig Street Boys Club. With Tony, from left, are Dan Dennis, Dave Golden (partially hidden) Bruce Larsen as Santa Claus, Joseph Montone and Tom Isabella.
Emilia DiCarlo, 4, is all smiles as merry visitors cruise through Colonie.
Emilia DiCarlo of Breeman Street in Colonie gets a hug from Santa Claus on a Dec. 19 visit. Santa and his frosty friends stopped by Colonie Village to prep people for the holidays.
Nine-year-olds Jennifer Sacarakis and Denise Fisher sing along with life-size carolers in front of the Fisher residence in Country Knolls South, Clifton Park.
Operation: Christmas was one of the jobs at the Air National Guard’s 109th Tactical Airlift Group. Santa Claus, also known as T/Sgt. Norman Miller, loads his mechanical “sleigh” while getting help from Senior Airman Sandra Cooper.
Santa Claus — T/Sgt. Norman Miller — prepares to board his C-130 transport plane for a toy delivery to the St. Regis Indian Reservation near Massena.
Mike and Matt Mazzone of Starr Avenue make a little time for Santa Claus. Santa was checking his list at Canal Square.