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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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October 23, 2013

Wednesday 7:30pm

“Beauty can only be seen by your heart….. Not your eyes.” ~ David Garibaldi

This is a co-production between Auburn Public Theater and Cayuga Community College  

Artists transform an empty canvas into a work of art through their skill, experience, inspiration and senses.  David Garibaldi’s life and transition into a world-renowned performance painter is no different.

The culture and color of graffiti art served as an early inspiration for Garibaldi. Born in Los Angles, he later moved as a youth to South Sacramento. It was here that he learned to enjoy the use of his hands and body through art on “larger and somewhat illegal canvases” by painting graffiti as an angst teen. Graffiti artist and high school dropout, he was living day-by-day. The only constants in his life were music and art.

Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven-art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose.

Visit Garibaldi’s Website

Watch Garibaldi

 

Visit:  www.auburnpublictheater.org for more information

For room accommodations while in the area, call Skaneateles Suites.

Posted: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm by Nakeia Endres
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If you haven’t wandered around the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, you should. And take along a copy of “Routes 5 & 20” , and a Blog they feature “Dashboard Diaries” for an amazing collection of very cool things to see and places to go.

Dashboard Diaries explores what’s cool and quirky along the road between Skaneateles and Batavia, NY.

It’s written by two Central New York natives with an unflagging wanderlust—and a firm belief that some of the most interesting places are right in their own backyards.

From the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce:
Travelers of Routes 5 and 20 have a new resource at their fingertips—a blog called Dashboard Diaries. Drawing from the popular “Best of the Best” pocket map published by the Routes 5 & 20 Committee, Dashboard Diaries takes a fresh look at some of the unique eateries, activities, scenic spots, and shops that stud the highway between Skaneateles and Batavia. The new blog lives online at Routes5and20.com, a site maintained by an alliance of chambers and visitor bureaus along the road.

“What we are doing is highlighting the contemporary value of this historic road,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “There are so many interesting stories and little-known gems all along the route. We want to provide a hub for anyone interested in sharing their impressions; as well as for those seeking insider info and candid reviews.”

And while you are traveling, consider spending the night at Skaneateles Suites Collection of Places to Stay

Posted: Friday, March 26th, 2010 @ 11:04 am by Curt
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Filmore Glen State Park

1686 St. Rte. 38
Moravia, NY 13118
(315) 497-0130

Named for U.S. President Millard Fillmore, Fillmore Glen State Park is located adjacent to Moravia, in Cayuga County. A replica of the log cabin in which President Fillmore was born is located within the park.

Fillmore Glen State Park, an oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long narrow gorge offers spectacular views, unique geological formations, including five waterfalls, and a botanically rich glen.  The park has 70 campsites, a stream-fed swimming pool and fishing in the Owasco Lake inlet.  There are several little shops and eateries nestled throughout the Village of Moravia to enjoy. In the winter, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are permitted on unplowed roads. The gorge trails are closed in winter. Deer hunting is permitted in season.

 

Posted: Monday, August 17th, 2009 @ 6:07 pm by Lynn
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