Many young people were thinking about elves in December 1968. At Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant High School, other young people were thinking about leprechauns. Actors and actresses performed “Finian’s Rainbow” during the holiday month. Terri Singer and William Peake were among the stars of the show. But St. Patrick’s Day was still three months away, and most people were thinking about Christmas and Hanukkah. Evergreens were on sale at the Mont Pleasant branch of the YMCA, and would be decorated in family living rooms. Strings of lights were hung over Crane Street, as merchants hoped to attract Christmas shoppers. Children met Santa Claus.
Terri Singer (as Sharon McLanergan) and William Peake (as Og the Leprechaun) put a little Irish into their acting during “Finian's Rainbow,” presented at Mont Pleasant High School Dec. 5 and 7, 1968.
Terri Singer and William Peake (as Og the Leprechaun) put a little Irish into their acting during “Finian's Rainbow,” presented at Mont Pleasant High School Dec. 5 and 7, 1968.
Santa Claus and his friends from the Schenectady Boys Club raise interest in “camperships” to Camp Lovejoy during the 1968 holiday season. From left, the guys are Chris Fordham, James Patnaude, Bryan Fisher and Dan Smith.
Postal worker Pat West has his arms full of packages ready for delivery during the 1968 holiday season.
Crane Street merchants light up their neighborhood in December 1968. From left are Joan Scorzella of R.J. Fashions, Joseph Sapone of Combo’s Fish Fry, Geraldine Buono of Pat’s Place, Edward Givis of Hurley's Card and Gift Shop, Frank R. Gallo of Gallo Florists and Ronald Piotrowski of the Melrose Tavern.
The Robert Barry family arrived in force at the Mont Pleasant branch of the YMCA to choose an evergreen tree for the 1968 Christmas season. Standing from left, in back row, are Art Zampella, Robert Barry, Mrs. Barry, Barbara Barry, Kathy Barry and Louis Zampella. In the front row, from left, are Chris, Bridget and Paula Barry and John Lock. Lock and Louis Zampella chaired the annual sale.