farmers-museum-logo.jpgCooperstown Organizations Start a New Holiday Tradition

Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown is pleased to present two Glimmer Globe Theatre performances of Charles Dickens' beloved A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 15. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Excerpts from the show will also be performed the day before at the museum's Candlelight Evening.

"This exciting holiday event will mark the first major collaboration between our museum and Smithy Center for the Arts. We both hope to establish an annual holiday tradition with the show," commented Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing at The Farmers' Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. GGT co-artistic director and play director Danielle Newell has long wished to produce "A Christmas Carol" in Cooperstown. Said Danielle, "I have always believed Cooperstown had a certain Dickensian quality. It's magical at Christmastime.  Growing up, the local community theatre in my hometown mounted the show every December. Everybody loved it and for three years I have wanted to recreate that wonderful tradition here. I can't imagine a more appropriate, beautiful setting than The Farmers' Museum." Newell is also the Executive Director of Smithy Center for the Arts and expressed gratitude to both The Farmers' Museum as well as Matt Sohns and family for their generous support of the project. The production will feature a cast of local talent that includes Gary Koutnik (Scrooge), Michael Henrici, Steve Dillon, Abbey Koutnik, Don Raddatz, Danielle Newell, Susan and Frank Miosek, Andy Puritz, Jake Wansor, Penny Knight, Andrea Wilfeard, Mike Davis, Jonah Groom, Cate Thompson, Montana Murdock, Joey Bertram, and Anna Lambert. "A Christmas Carol" will be presented on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum. For tickets and information, visit SmithyArts.org, call (607) 547-8671, or purchase your tickets in person at The Farmers' Museum Store or Smithy Center for the Arts' Pottery Studio. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 students. The Farmers' Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown, NY.  For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.

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For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

About The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. About the Smithy Center for the Arts Smithy Center for the Arts is a nonprofit multi-arts center in Cooperstown, NY. Glimmer Globe Theatre was founded by Actor's Equity Association member Danielle Newell in winter 2010 and was absorbed as a program of SCA when Newell was instated as Executive Director in spring 2010. Newell now shares the title of co-artistic director with Michael Henrici, a professional actor and current Commissioner of Elections for Otsego County. Henrici is also Technical Director. Local actor Steve Dillon of Townsquare Media is acting General Manager of GGT. For more information about SCA, GGT or any of its members, visit smithyarts.org or email director@smithyarts.org.