Olde England in Greece (yes, but which Greece?)

Co-op’s festival invites shoppers to step into past

Not the mighty one and only authentic Greece, the home of The Acropolis and the Parhtenon, the craddle of Democracy and the birthplace of western civilization, but the other Greece, in Rochester, USA!

Every year for the past 13, the Craft and Antique Co-op has celebrated Christmas with a Victorian flair. Each weekend through the end of December, the spacious co-op will be filled with characters dressed in garb reminiscent of the mid-1800s as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future roam through more than 200 vendor booths stuffed with antiques and collectibles.

Other characters make appearances too, including Father Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. Artist Dianne Dengel, who paints and makes intricate hand-sculpted dolls, refashioned the front entrance of the store into a Dickensian streetscape, with an old English tableau featuring a toy shop, a poulterer and a watchmaker.

The festival helps draw people to the co-op, which sprawls across 55,000 square feet of space at 3200 W. Ridge Road. This is the 15-year-old co-op’s 10th year in Greece. It moved from a previous location in Hilton after a devastating fire.

The festival not only features costumed characters, but also a rotating array of musical guests from local high schools performing traditional Christmas songs and carols.

The Craft and Antique Co-op Dickens Festival.
Where >
 3200 W. Ridge Road, Greece, Rochester, USA.
When > Wednesday through Sunday through December 31. Closed Christmas Day. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission > Free.
For additional details > (585) 368-0670 or www.craftantiqueco-op.com