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Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles

 

Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles 2012Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, as Skaneateles Area Businesses give a gift to the public for their continued support throughout the year. Plan now and join the Village of Skaneateles, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, this holiday season.

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An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th from noon to 4 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants. Don’t miss lively acts at the Library (and Mother Goose too!), live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and carriage rides around the Village.

SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 12th and December 19th, 2013 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm.  Celebrate the Christmas Season and watch literature brought to life, as Charles Dickens and Company perform a live rendition of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy a traditional English Prime Rib dinner with special child friendly options available for the youngsters. This interactive dinner will be great fun for youngsters and for everyone who is young at heart, music included. $36++ Adults, $18++ Children under 14.  Entertainment provided by Scarlett Rat Entertainment as seen in Skaneateles’ popular Dickens Christmas

“The Festival Fanatics” made a surprise visit to the Dickens Festival in Skaneateles on December 2, 2012  Click on this link to see video of the characters in action, and what they loved about Dickens Christmas! http://newyorkstatefestivals.com/2012/12/02/it-feels-like-london-at-the-dickens-christmas-in-skaneateles-video-photos/

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  • Christmas carol sing-along, The Revels Live, at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo with the entire Dickens cast. (Bad weather place is the Sherwood House.)
  • Free horse and wagon rides around the Village.  Pick up in front of the Sherwood Inn.  Sponsored by the Old Stone Mill and the Village Inn.
  • Free roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels, donated by  TOPS Market, and roasted by Mid-Lakes Navigation.
  • Mother Goose reads holiday stories to the children at the Skaneateles Library from 12:30 – 4
  • Father Christmas greets the children on the porch of the Masonic Temple (13 E. Genesee St.) each weekend day from noon to 2 p.m, and 3-4 pm. He will have special treats for especially good children.
  • Special shows at the Skaneateles Library at 1 and 3 pm. (except November 26th).  John Henry Anderson, the great magician, will appear on several weekends (dates to be announced) Free, however donations are welcome.
  • Every Saturday, and Sunday during Dickens Christmas – visit the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Winter Wonderland “French Country Christmas Display.”  Enjoy free spiced hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies from noon to 4 pm!  851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
  • Get your picture taken professionally by James Peluso in front of the Currier & Ives cutter sleigh by the Mirbeau Christmas tree ever Saturday during Dickens at Mirbeau Inn & Spa .  Make it your holiday photo.  851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
  • The Dickens characters will be acting out scenes from a Christmas Carol on the steps of the Masonic Temple at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30.  These interactive trunk shows are sponsored by the Summit Auto Group.

FOR THE 6th Year YEAR!!!!  Don’t miss the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade Ever on opening day, Friday, November 29th at noon.  Watch for Charles Dickens and his entourage as they meander down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm.  To celebrate our 20th Anniversary the original Charles Dickens of Skaneateles will return as the Grand Marshall of the parade.  Welcome back to DIckens, Ted and Betty Davenport!

  • MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS:  Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Galaxy Communications/Sunny 102, Scotsman Media Group, Skaneateles Journal,  Skaneateles Press/Eagle Newspapers, The Post Standard and The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Revels Live in Skaneateles

Buy Dickens Posters OnlineDancers, carolers, live music and special events flow in and around the weekend celebrations, making for wonderful family memories. A live brass band plays every Saturday on the village streets; a bagpiper or two may be found entertaining on Sundays; and local musical groups share their many talents in that heartwarming Dickens’ spirit.  Beware of mean old Scrooge roaming the streets…..but, he may have a nice surprise for you.

Father Christmas will be glad to listen to all the children to get their wish list for the big day.  Father Christmas will be on the porch of the Masonic Temple from 12:15-2 pm, and 3-4pm each Dickens day.  The Masonic Temple is located at 13 E. Genesee Street.

And don’t forget to visit the unique area shops and restaurants that will be open throughout the Dickens’ events. The shopping district includes Genesee, Jordan and Fennell Streets.  Enjoy a slower paced, more enjoyable atmosphere where shopping can still be fun. Our 70 plus shops and restaurants are the perfect addition to a holiday vacation.

If you want to be a true shopper and don’t want the hustle and bustle of a Dickens weekend be sure to come back to Skaneateles any weekday.  Our shop owners will welcome you with open arms and be able to give you individual attention.  December 10, 2013 we are having a special shopping day in Skaneateles called Shop, Sip and Stroll.  You will find specials and discounts in the stores, special free treats, and get a free drink coupon for one of our area restaurants.

Father Time in SkaneatelesVisit Skaneateles’ winery:  Anyela’s Vineyards.  Be sure to visit them just 4 short miles down West Lake Road on Route 41A!  We also have our own glassworks…Snake Oil Glassworks just 2 short miles north on Jordan Rd. in the hamlet of Mottville.

Make a day or a weekend of it! We have wonderful accommodations ranging from B&B’s, inns, and affordable priced motels. There is plenty to do in the area, and Skaneateles is conveniently located in Central New York on historic Route 20. We are just 25 minutes from Syracuse and an hour-and-a-half from Rochester, and an hour ad 15 minutes from Binghamton.

For additional questions contact the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.

Free horse and wagon rides around the village leaving from the Sherwood Inn.  Stopping atCreekside Books and Coffee on Kelly Street.   Carriage rides are provided by Mountain View Guest Ranch and Stables out of Nedrow, NY.  (315-492-3404)  New this year: Look for a few special places around the Village for “Official Dickens Photo Spots”.  Take pictures and then post your pictures on the Dickens Christmas facebook page.

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 9:13 am by Nakeia Endres
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First Friday Events

Date(s): 11/01/2013
Location: Participating Historical & Cultural Sites & Businesses
Around Downtown
Auburn, NY 13021
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
 

Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Exhibits will be open, refreshments served. Faces of Cayuga County: 1880-1920 opens.
Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP, 101 Genesee St.- Finger Lakes Art Cooperative will celebrate First Friday with accordion music by Louis Nocilly and a book signing of children’s book “The Delighted Ducks of Hoopes Park” by author and illustrator Susan Amiral Waby. Come with your gift list and give the best gifts this holiday season! Meet & greet the artists, enjoy refreshements in our creative community.
Congressman Maffei’s office, 30 Dill St. - Quilts and more featuring the “Scrap Happy Friends” Beth Bowman, Bonnie Crosby, Sue Lund, Pat Messina & Barbara Mulvey.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Visitors can view the exhibit Quilts = Art = Quilts, plus quilting demonstrations, and a Director’s tour with Donna Lamb. Refreshments served.
Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – Reception for local artist Candy Lucas exhibiting her innovative collage & photo montage series, plus live music by Honky Tonk Hindooz. Refreshments & tours.
Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St. – Thanksgiving crafts – Families are invited to do a craft project in the Children’s Room. All library services available until 8PM.

 

More info at http://events.tourcayuga.com

Posted: Saturday, October 26th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm by Nakeia Endres
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For room accommodations while in the area, please call Skaneateles Suites.

Posted: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 @ 4:42 pm by Nakeia Endres
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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.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for upcoming news, please write Chris at:

 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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