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December 26, 2013

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---- — Comedy Gala at Wyndham Andover for New Year’s Eve

Two top New England comics are on the bill for the Tuesday, Dec. 31 “New Year’s Eve Comedy Party” at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover.

Comedian-Pharmacist Artie Januario performs along with New England favorite Bob Seibel at the event, which will ring out 2013 while welcoming 2014.

Artie Januario lives a double life as a pharmacist and one of Boston’s premier comedians. In 2012, he was selected to perform at Denis Leary’s prestigious 18th annual Comics Come Home concert, the longest running comedy benefit show in the United States, which has raised more than $4 million for the Cam Neely Foundation, which aids cancer patients and their families during treatment. He’s traveled the country, performing all over New England as well as in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and is a favorite for fundraisers and corporate events. Among the acts he’s worked with: Dom Irrera, Brian Regan, Jeff Dunham, and Lenny Clarke.

Bob Seibel’s press kit reads “Buffoon,” and that’s an accurate description of the lifetime class clown from the working class city of Lynn. The son of German immigrants, Seibel tried factory work and school teaching before he discovered he could get paid for making people laugh. A quarter-century later, he’s still one of the most requested acts in New England, headlining such top clubs as Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston and Giggles in Saugus. Although he’s a world traveler and licensed pilot, his checkered past remains. When one old friend was asked if he’d like to fly with Seibel, the friend replied, “Fly with you? I wouldn’t get in a simulator with you!”

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event, which includes buffet dinner at 7, show at 8, followed by dessert, DJ dancing and a midnight toast. Tickets are $75, with a limited number of $40 tickets available for show-dancing-etc. only, at www.scampscomedy.com, or (800) 838-3006, ext. 1. For overnight rates and reservations, call (978) 975-3600. ep the kids busy! Old Sturbridge Village historians and educators plan lots of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children busy, happy, and learning during school vacation week. Outdoor fun includes sledding on 1830s-style sleds and horse-drawn sleigh rides (snow permitting). Indoor fun includes hands-on crafts, puppet shows and family-friendly performances throughout the week. Details: 800-733-1830; www.osv.org

Keep the Kids Busy: School Vacation Week at Old Sturbridge Village Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2014

Historians and educators at Old Sturbridge Village are planning lots of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids busy – and happy – during December school vacation week (Dec. 26- Jan. 5). The fun includes both indoor and outdoor activities, including horse-drawn sleigh rides and sledding on 1830s-style sleds (snow permitting), and a variety of family-friendly performances featuring music, magic and puppet shows. School vacation week visitors can meet the OSV oxen, learn to dip candles and make a variety of hands-on crafts. Details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.

In addition, Old Sturbridge is offering “Winter Work and Play,” a two-day Discovery Adventure set for December 26-27 open to children ages 6-17. Children learn first-hand what life was like in the 1830s by dressing in period costume and lending a hand with typical 1830s winter chores. By learning to cook over the hearth with food stored in the root cellar, they will see how families ate before the days of modern grocery stores. Discovery Adventure hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with extended day care available until 5:30 p.m. For details: 508-347-0285 or register online: www.osv.org/discovery.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open year round. During school vacation week the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission: adults $24; seniors $20; children age 3-17 - $8; and children two and under, free. For details on all programs listed: www.osv.org or call 800-733-1830.

Did you know?

Horse-drawn sleigh rides – Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village are often surprised to learn that in early New England, getting about in winter over snow-packed roads was easier and smoother in a sleigh than navigating bumpy roads at other times of the year in a wagon. Also, sleigh bells were for safety, not just decoration. The jingling sound prevented collisions, since sleighs slid so silently over the snow.

Sledding – Sledding, or “coasting” as it was called in the 19th century, is another classic activity that hasn’t lost its charm. Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village use Village-made 1830s-style wooden sleds, and many guests prefer these to modern sleds, saying these old-style sleds go faster!

Dipping candles – Making candles was a messy chore that most farmwives did on one day set aside for the task each winter. Animal fat (tallow) was rendered and melted in a large kettle over hot water. Most candles were made by repeatedly dipping wicks tied to multiple sticks until enough fat was deposited on the wicks to make candles of the desired size. The candles were then laid away safe from mice to cure and further solidify.