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Holiday harmonies ring out at Plowshares Craftsfair

Everybody knows you can find unique and unusual handmade gift items at the Plowshares Craftsfair. But that's not all. You can also be royally entertained by dozens of the best musicians and singers in Central New York.

The 40th Annual Plowshares Craftsfair & Peace Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 4, at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., and continues Sunday Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While more than 120 local craftspeople and community organizations hawk their homemade wares, entertainers ranging from the Raging Grannies to Merry Mischief will sing, dance, perform skits and deliver all manner of holiday harmonies.

Music and Mischief

"It's really great entertainment," exclaims Andy Mager from the Syracuse Peace Council, which hosts the long-running crafts show. "And we have food from The Mission and the friendliest crowd in town. This is SPC's largest fundraiser of the year."

Mager's not just whistling Dixie. When he says "great entertainment," he's not kidding.

There's the Syracuse Community Choir led by Karen Mihalyi singing songs of social justice at 1 p.m. Saturday followed at 2 p.m. by One Black Voice vocalizing music from the African-American experience.

Then, at 3 p.m. the lovely and talented Colleen Kattau and Some Guys will perform songs that run the spectrum from feminist folk to Latin American anthems.

Other Plowshares performers will be the roving Ribonsteel Rapper Saturday and Nottingham World Drummers at 4 p.m. On Sunday shoppers will hear Savannah Juvanis, Harmonia, My Fusion Flow, Merry Mischief and Mark Zane.

For festival info and a full entertainment schedule, visit theeaglecny.com

'Winter Solstice Waltz'

Perhaps the Plowshares' most holiday-oriented act will be Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn. The hammered dulcimer husband and guitarist wife will play tunes from their new Christmas disc, "Be The Light." Dan's shimmering dulcimer work instantly conjures images of falling snowflakes and twinkling stars. Peggy's expressive voice adds warmth and emotion to the music.

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