Mary Ann Lake was a princess during the 1969 Christmas season. Marge Garrow and Cindy Van Hoesen were flowers. John DeCarlo and Kathy Turck played mouse kings. They were all in “The Silver Nutcracker” at Schenectady’s Fulton School on Dec. 17 that year. Every Fulton student had a part in the show. As Christmas 1969 approached, the Octavo Singers and Central Park Junior High School Glee Club also prepared for concerts. The Octavos were singing Handel’s “Messiah” during the height of the Christmas season for the first time. Kids met Santa Claus and teens from Mont Pleasant High School’s Key Club purchased food for needy families.
Aspiring stage players from Schenectady’s Fulton School prepare for their presentation of “The Silver Nutcracker” in December 1969.
The Octavo Singers rehearse Handel’s “Messiah” inside the Union College Memorial Chapel during the 1969 Christmas season.
From left, Dr. Bruce Brunnit, F.D. Shelton and Marty Gilmore make holiday contributions to the Salvation Army. Manning the kettle for the Army is Capt. Laurence Beadle, who commanded Schenectady’s S.A. branch.
Children from the Refreshing Springs Day Care Center meet Santa Claus during an outing at the Schenectady YWCA in December 1969. Pamela Dukes, left, and Charlene Dukes are in the foreground. The rest of the kids, clockwise from center, are Gary Booker, Lisa Smith, Rochelle Booker and Danielle Smith.
Central Park Junior High students Mark Duren, Barbara McKibben, Steve Carnavos and Patty Grant (left to right) practice -- by giant candle "light" -- for their 1969 winter concert.
Teens from the Mont Pleasant High School Key Club carry boxes of food for the needy during the 1969 Christmas season. From left are Larry Turski, Rit Suwinski and Larry Harris.