Updated: November 25, 2020 07:32 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 04:49 PM
TROY -- Many businesses prepare for months for the Victorian Stroll. This is certainly not a regular year, and the popular day will become a month.
In Victorian Strolls of years past, some 30,000 people, some in Victorian clothing, enjoyed food, music, and holiday shopping.
This year, because of the health crisis, the stroll has been turned into a month-long celebration.
Businesses will list special offerings on victorianstroll.com.
"And what we'll do is we'll have some pop-up entertainment throughout the time, some piped-in holiday music, perhaps a chance to see Santa," said Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Kate Manley.
There will also be a window-decorating contest. The theme is "merry and bright."
"The whole point really is how can we support local, get people out downtown, explore this beautiful city, and remember that these businesses are what make Troy so amazing," said Manley.
Every year, the annual Greens Show at the Hart Cluett Museum is a draw.
"They decorated the lower level and the first floor and they only decorate in fresh greens and flowers, fresh trees, and it's magical," said Hart Cluett Museum Executive Director Karin Krasevac-Lenz. "There's a theme every year."
Started in 1956, it's said to have inspired the stroll.
Now, for the first time ever, it's canceled.
Instead, there will be one-day outdoor market with food and holiday goods, including special ornaments.
They're hoping the market will have people coming back to visit the museum. They're also hoping it will raise money.
"The funds will help the museum maintain its openess to the public and will help our historian educator to continue to work with schools remotely, so we can try to serve children where they are and they're learning in a difficult situation, so we can enhance that for them," said Krasevac-Lenz.
The outdoor market will take place outside the museum on Second Street in Troy on December 6, the day the Victorian Stroll would have taken place.
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