5 Things Friday – Dec. 7

This weekend, we’ve planned quite the adventure throughout the north country. From a masquerade ball fit for Broadway tonight to a road trip into the Adirondacks on Saturday, only after stocking up on Greek pastries, there’s no shortage of activities to do this weekend. Time to get started.

1.) Phantom of the Opera, kind of. Tonight, beginning at 8 p.m., the Clayton Opera House will be transformed for a black tie Christmas masquerade ball. Benefiting the Clayton Christmas Fund and local food pantries, tickets are $25 and there will be live music, a cash bar, silent auction and passed hors d’oeuvres.  To reserve tickets for this evening, contact the Clayton Opera House box office at 686-2200.

2.) “The Littlest Elf.” If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit with the whole family, visit the Lake Ontario Playhouse in Sackets Harbor to catch a performance of “The Littlest Elf,” which is quickly becoming a Playhouse holiday tradition. At 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday dinner theater will be offered and matinees will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday  and Sunday. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students, members of the military and senior citizens. Children ages 12 and younger are $8. Seating for dinner theater begins at 6:15 p.m. To make reservations, visit www.playhousecomedy.com or call 646-2305.

3.) A sale not to miss. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, run, don’t walk, to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 502 Franklin St., Watertown. Proceed directly to the church basement and start stockpiling Greek pastries and sweet breads. The St. Vasilios congregation prepares all year for this sale and the results are anything but mediocre and unlike anything else in the north country. This is a pastry sale you surely don’t want to skip.

4.) Festivus Face-Off. Pack up the van and head for Lake Placid. A brisk winter weekend in the Adirondacks is just what the doctor ordered for early onset cabin fever. On Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., catch some familiar faces in action at the Olympic Center arena, 2634 Main St. The Clarkson Golden Knights will face-off against the St. Lawrence Saints in a hockey game fit for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is $15; children, senior citizens and students are $10. Enjoy a winter weekend away and support a local team in the process. Tickets are available at 1 (518) 523-1655.

5.) Remington, cookies and cocoa. On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., the Frederic Remington Art Museum will open its doors, free of charge, for a holiday open house. Complete with cookies, hot cocoa, live music from OFA’s Jazz Rock group and the local Sweet Adelines chapter, the open house will feature holiday art and craft activities. Better yet, the museum’s halls will be decked in their holiday finest. For more information contact the museum at 393-2425.