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Two community events will complement the season-long celebration of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.


On the evening of Dec. 5, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings.

The program starts at 6 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children, reading stories and posing for photos. At 6:30 p.m., local clergy will dedicate the crèche in a candlelit ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by caroling with the Dickens characters and Girl Scouts; lighting of the Christmas tree and remarks by Town Supervisor Mary Sennett at the gazebo; a magic show by John Henry Anderson, Wonderful Wizard of the North, at the United Methodist Church (where the Girl Scouts will serve holiday refreshments); and an open house at village stores.

Skaneateles Sings is sponsored by KeyBank and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Skaneateles Garden Club.

First Friday art openings and exhibitions will also take place that evening throughout the village.

During Shop Skaneateles, Dec. 9, visitors are invited to shop throughout the day and Shop, Sip and Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m.

Many village shops will offer free gift-wrapping and refreshments. In the evening, parking will be free village-wide.

Among the merchants offering specials are:

• Imagine – 15 percent off all purchases, excluding consigned fine artwork

• Rhubarb – savings and specials on Swiss Diamond Cookware, Wusthof Cutlery and Cuisinart, plus sampling of gourmet dips

• Gallery 54 – $5 off any purchase

• Infused! – sampling of specialty products

• cate&sally – free gift wrapping and gift registry

• Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce – 20 percent off everything except gift certificates

For more specials, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.

Dickens Raffle tickets will be available at shops throughout the village, at $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20. Prizes are a $1,000 gift certificate from Mirbeau Inn & Spa, a family membership to the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center, a $500 Skaneateles shopping spree, two sets of SU Men’s Basketball tickets and a gift basket from Infused!.

Anyone making a purchase that evening will have the choice of a free drink from Creekside coffee bar & books, Joelle’s French Bistro, LakeHouse Pub, the Blue Goose or the Sherwood Inn (restrictions apply).

Shop Skaneateles is sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to Strawberry Fields, which donated the Christmas tree for the gazebo, and Jennifer Miller of Shine, who decorated the gazebo,” says executive director Tara Lynn. “We’d also like to thank the village and town for their financial support of the decorations and the Village Electric Department for its help in putting up the decorations, which will be enjoyed by the community all season long.”  

Posted: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 @ 6:45 pm by Nakeia Endres
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Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at our 21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. You will receive a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and an ornament from each winery. You will also take home a Shopper’s Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines.

Friday 1-5pm, the following wineries are participating:
King Ferry
Long Point
Montezuma
Six Mile Creek

Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm, ALL 17 wineries are participating.

On Saturday, you can start early at 9am at King Ferry and Long Point wineries only.

Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount available per weekend.

Date(s): 12/05/2014, 12/06/2014, 12/07/2014
Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Cayuga Lake Area, NY
Telephone: 800-684-5217
Email: info@cayugawinetrail.com
Website: Click here for more info »

Posted: Sunday, November 16th, 2014 @ 6:25 pm by Nakeia Endres
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St. Mary’s of the Lake, Skaneateles Hallelujah! Members of the community are invited to join the Chorale for a sing-along performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, accompanied by professional chamber orchestra.

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 8:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour
Contact Info:

(315)702-7325

Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 @ 4:56 pm by Nakeia Endres
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Join Regina Lewis-Middleton, local artist and decorator for our Environmental Chef event, for a natural holiday decorating workshop. Enjoy using your own hands to create a door or wall swag out of greens, other natural materials, and ribbon to decorate your home for the holidays. All materials will be supplied. $7 member, $10 nonmembers. Please call (315) 673-1350 to register.

When Mon Dec 1, 2014 7pm – 8pm Eastern Time
Where Baltimore Woods Nature Center Inc., 4007 Bishop Hill Rd, Marcellus, NY, United States (map

Posted: Saturday, November 15th, 2014 @ 4:51 pm by Nakeia Endres
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The museum will be decorated for the holidays. There will be over 40 trees decorated and on display. Community members, community businesses, museum staff and museum board members have decorated trees with many different and unique themes. There will be lit and old fashion trees, real and artificial trees, large trees and small trees, and green trees and colored trees. Do not miss it. Admission and parking is free, donations accepted. Dress warm as the actual museum is not heated. Come and enjoy.

Date(s): 12/01/2014, 12/02/2014, 12/03/2014, 12/04/2014, 12/05/2014, 12/06/2014, 12/07/2014, 12/08/2014, 12/09/2014, 12/10/2014, 12/11/2014, 12/12/2014, 12/13/2014, 12/14/2014, 12/15/2014, 12/16/2014, 12/17/2014, 12/18/2014, 12/19/2014, 12/20/2014, 12/21/2014, 12/22/2014, 12/23/2014
Location: Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Education Center
6880 East Lake Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Time: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm, Sat-Sun, 11am-8pm
Cost: Admission and Parking is Free
Telephone: 315-252-7644
Email: tquill@cayugacounty.us
Website: Click here for more info »

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 @ 5:13 pm by Nakeia Endres
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