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Chris Fesko educating on Farming

Chris was born and raised on a farm, and is a former teacher with a Master’s degree in Education. Shown here with Koby, an animal star of the On The Farm video series, Chris has a great love for all animals. 
Chris has spoken and presented workshops internationally, and may be available for your upcoming event.

Together with their three children and employees, Chris and Rick operate a 1,200 acre dairy farm. Crops include; corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa, and soy beans. 350 Holstein cows are milked twice daily.
       
The Fesko farm is located 11 miles down the East side of Skaneateles Lake, just South of the Hamlet of Borodino. Nearby, Chris has a Discovery Center, which is an educational facility located in a restored barn.

Open house events are scheduled at the Discovery Center throughout the summer months for individuals to visit. Field trips and group visits may be arranged by appointment. For directions to the Discovery Center, please select this link.

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 Chris Fesko Enterprises
 1181 Woodworth Road
 Skaneateles, NY 13152

Text and photo from: http://www.fesko.com/chris.html

Posted: Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm by Lynn
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Tim’s Pumpkin Patch in Marcellus

For a great fall day experience, head over to Tim’s Pumpkin Patch on Rose Hill Road in Marcellus. They have opened a new Gift Shop and Bakery along with an educational space to their pumpkin patch that has attracted countless local families, tourists and school tours.

Tim’s Pumpkin Patch has a great history behind it. Tim Leubner has been a dairy farmer his whole life. He started his pumpkin business on the side when he was just 15 years old.  He began by growing roughly 200 pumpkins and taking his father’s advice; selling each for only $1.  He was very successful and his business began to grow by word of mouth, making his “on the side” pumpkin business something the community looked forward to each fall.
 
The Leubners were awarded an Agri-Tourism and Education New York State Grant and as a result have been able to open a new building that they are using as a gift shop, bakery and educational space.

Erica Leubner said “The grant paid for about 25 percent of our new building, making it a great spring board for us.”

The Gift Shop and Bakery offers soaps, candles and other gifts, along with homemade cookies, donuts, muffins, pies, brownies, breads, fudge, hot dogs, popcorn, coffee and more, all made fresh daily. The educational space in the new building allows visitors to learn about how pumpkins are grown and all of the work that goes into the pumpkin patch. 
The Leubners pride themselves on making their pumpkin patch family friendly.  At no cost, families can visit the farm animals in the barn, see the new goat walk and chicken space, play in the grain bin, and work their way through the straw maze. Tim’s offers over 73 varieties of pumpkins and winter squash. Visitors can also purchase Indian corn, straw bales, corn stalks and other decorative items.
   
Erica said, “Tim’s has become more of a festival-like atmosphere, especially on the weekends.”
 
On the weekends, visitors can enjoy additional food, such as pumpkin funnel cakes and caramel apple blossoms, and go on horse-drawn wagon rides through the pumpkin patch.
 
“We’ve always fought off the idea of being commercial,” Erica said, “we have no admission charges, no parking fees.  Nothing is staged.  We are a real working farm.  Most people are so far removed from farm life these days.  We want to bring that connection back to the community.”
 
Tim’s Pumpkin Patch opened on Labor Day and will close on Halloween. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located on the web at www.timspumpkinpatch.com.

This article was found at:
http://www.cnylink.com/cnyfeature/article.php?article_id=tL1160545718t452c85b69eb2f

Posted: Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 @ 6:51 pm by Lynn
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Mr. Pudder’s Mini Golf and Ice Cream
687 W. Genesee St (Rt. 20W)
Skaneateles NY

Summer fun for all!

This nostalgic community landmark since 1958 features an 18 hole mini-golf course and full service ice cream shop.  Easy parking, nicely shaded course. Hard ice cream, soft serve, sundaes, shakes, and more. Eat in or take out.  May-Labor Day.   315-685-3593

Posted: Monday, June 30th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm by Lynn
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles,Events in CNY,Kid's Stuff Village

 
 
 
 

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3 East Genesee Street

Skaneateles, NY   13152

Phone:  (315) 685-2721

Online Purchases in conjunction with 1st National Gifts 

Posted: Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 @ 1:19 pm by Curt
Filed under: Kid's Stuff Village,Shopping

 
 
 
 

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On the corner of North Salina Street in Syracuse, New York stands a fanciful red brick building with a big round tower. From its castle in the midst of the culturally diverse and exciting North Side neighborhood, Open Hand Theater’s International Mask and Puppet Museum provides a doorway into a whole world of mask, and puppetry theater, and the borderless world of the human imagination.

The Open Hand Theater, Inc
518 Prospect Avenue,
Syracuse, New York 13208

Tel: 315-476-0466
FAX: 315-472-2578
Email: Info@openhandtheater.org

Posted: Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm by Curt
Filed under: History & Arts,Kid's Stuff Village