Randy Blake, a third-grader at Riverside School, turns on the lights for the Schenectady Stockade’s Christmas tree in December 1967. William BeVier, chairman of the annual tree party, makes sure the holiday power is on.
Boughs of holly seem to be everywhere in the Schenectady area during December. Folks just seem to love the holiday season.
In 1967, members of the Elks and Rotary clubs celebrated the yuletide with noisemakers and evergreens. Young people planned dinner dances; men and women in the Stockade rocked around the Christmas tree.
More of the same took place in 1977. Good deeds crews collected food for needy families. Singers prepared for late December concerts. And young children sipped sodas and gobbled snacks, and waited for their favorite holidays of early winter.