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'Tis the season

Most of the entertainers - and elected officials - will be dressed in Victorian garb, giving a feel of Christmases long ago to the day.

The windows of Troy will be dressed up, too, as their owners participate in a window-decorating contest.

If you want to get a jump-start on the stroll, head for the kick-off celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the lobby of the First Niagara Bank better known as the Tory Savings Bank Music Hall at the corner of State and Second Street at 5 p.m.

There and at the stroll itself, you can view the official poster and the Christmas ornament of this year's stroll. JK Bloom Jewelers in Troy designed this year's ornament. There will also be a limited edition postmark cancellation at the kick-off celebration.

For information about activities during the Victorian stroll, visit www.troyvictorianstroll.com or call 274-7020.

If you are looking for something of a quicker tempo than a parade, head for the Capital Region Gazette Holiday Parade, on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in downtown Schenectady. For information, visit www.sayschenectady.org

Play me a tune

If a song on a winter's eve strikes a chord with you, head for one of the many holiday music offerings this winter, the Irish-American Heritage Museum's "Irish Christmas in America," on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Egg.

The Irish-American Heritage Museum is presenting a newer sound this year with "Teada," a string quintet that Irish Music Magazine called "the best newcomer traditional band." Cathie Ryan, best known for her lead role with "Cherish the Ladies," will take the stage with Teada.

Teada's musicians play fiddle, button accordion, flute and whistle, guitar and bouzouki and the traditional skin drum, the bodhran.

Ryan performs solo now, and her voice has been described as "crystalline."

The concert benefits the Irish American Heritage Museum. Tickets are $20, with an early bird cost of $18 by Dec. 1. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. Tickets may be reserved by calling 432-6598.

For information about the museum and the performers, visit http://www.irishamericanheritagemusuem.org; http://www.teada.com; and http://www.cathieryan.com.

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