holiday season

A well-known holiday tradition that began 67 years ago is underway once again. Toys for Tots has followed a simple pattern—toys are donated and then distributed to children in need. Retired Lt. General Peter Osman, the president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, takes us back to how it all began in the years after the war.

A piece of Americana is on display this weekend in the Collar City.

Gramercy Communications says it will display the original newspaper copy of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” at its open house between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the Troy Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 7th.

Gramercy's offices are located at the former home of the Troy Sentinel newspaper, which operated at 225 River Street between 1823 and 1832 and carried the first publication of “Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas” on December 23, 1823.

Happy Food Friday folks! Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, but the holidays are just around the corner. Merriment is all around, and much of it centers around dining, spirits and entertainment. Whether you’re planning a small Christmas dinner with the family or a grand holiday ball with all the trimmings, you’ll want to hear what chef Ric Orlando, sommelier Dan Thomas and distiller Chris Weld have to say.

Seven Days Of Kwanzaa

Dec 24, 2013
Capital Region Kwanzaa Coalition

The holiday was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University.

On Saturday, the Hudson Opera House plays host to the 17th annual Winter Walk, a signature event of the holiday season in the Catskills. It’s a night known for its quirky take on the holidays and for the diversity of entertainment provided.


#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013 – that’s tomorrow!

Karen Bilowith President and CEO of The Community Foundation for the Great Capital Region and Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region join us to tell us more.