Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Troy's Victorian Stroll a lineup of food, fun and frolic

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" ghosts materialize in Troy.
TROY -- The grandaddy of all Victorian events in the Capital Region, the 30th annual Victorian Stroll, will begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday in downtown Troy.

The sprawling undertaking, which will run until 5 p.m., is a cavalcade of instrumental, choral, magic and other performances.

Plenty of children's activities, a strolling Santa Claus or two, performers in Victorian attire, special offers at shops and at such places as The Arts Center of the Capital Region and the Rensselaer County Historical Society's Hart-Cluett House, carriage and trolley rides ... and on and on. The culmination of the day will be the annual lighting of the Troy Soldiers and Sailors Monument in a Christmas-tree shape at 5 p.m. at Monument Square. The Troy High School Concert Choir will perform at that activity.

Since this is a food-and-drink blog, I'll take special note of several such events attached to the Victorian Stroll. Note that there are several pre-Stroll events that are part of the festivities:

  • Troy Treasures Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Illium CafĂ©, Monument Square, followed by a tour of the decorated Hart-Cluett House.
  • Brunch at The Atrium, Third Street and Broadway, 10 a.m.
  • Victorian Worship Service followed by Victorian Tea, First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 Fifth Avenue at Fulton Street, 10 am. to 1 p.m.
  • Punch and cookies at the Troy Public Library open house, 100 Second Street, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Victorian Stroll Brunch by Vanderheyden Hall, Troy Atrium, Frear Building upstairs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Special Stroll-related dishes will be offered at B-rad's Bistro & Catering, 1809 Fifth Avenue; Beirut Restaurant, 184 River Street; The Flying Chicken (for those in Victorian garb), 1032 Fifth Avenue.

You can get a lot more information, including schedules, map, etc. online. You also can see a 28-photo gallery of scenes from past Strolls by going here.

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