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FREDONIA – Children will be able to send telegrams to Santa Claus as one of the newest offerings during the annual Miracle on Main Street Dec. 7 in downtown Fredonia.

The telegrams will be sent to the North Pole from the new DFT Telecommunications Museum, newly moved to Victorian home on Temple Street. The museum features hands-on displays showing the advance of telecommunications, from the telegraph to the latest in cellphones. The museum’s grand opening coincides with Miracle on Main Street.

Visitors to the museum will be able to see the “inner workings” of fiber-optic lines, and interactive computer displays are set up at various exhibit stations throughout the museum.

“We think there is something for everyone,” said Dan Siracuse, president of the museum group. He said he hopes parents will become familiar with the museum as their children wait to send off their telegrams.

Displays were moved to the new location throughout the summer, and tours are available. Telegrams will be offered beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Mary Jane Starks, co-chairwoman of the Miracle on Main Street and a member of the Festivals Fredonia Committee, noted the annual holiday festival has added new events each of its past 20 years. The festival brings children and families to Fredonia and its many locally owned businesses.

Activities throughout the village include the arrival of Santa Claus at 11 a.m. at the D.R. Barker Library and stories read by Santa and his helpers throughout the day. Children’s crafts will be available, also throughout the day, at the Fredonia Farmers’ Market in the Masonic Temple Building. Students from Fredonia State College sororities will help children with the craft projects.

Other events include:

• Holiday Craft Show, First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Holiday tree lighting in Barker Common Gazebo at 11:45 a.m., with free refreshments. The gazebo was recently refurbished by Fredonia Rotary Club members, and the new roof and other improvements will be highlighted for the occasion.

• More than 500 Nativity sets are on display in Fredonia Presbyterian Church, where light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit www.festivalsfredonia.com.