The Oneida County History Center in Utica has opened major nutcracker exhibit, through January 21, 2024. The nutcracker display at Tiny’s Grill in Utica had been a holiday tradition for over thirty years.
In 1994, Joanne Gerace, the owner of the restaurant, bought one nutcracker and put him out in the restaurant. She thought he looked kind of lonely and bought another and another and the rest, they say, is history.
When Gerace sold the restaurant this year, the History Center asked her to keep them in mind as a place to display the collection to keep the tradition alive.