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Seward House Museum Candlelight Tour

Candlelight Tours on 12/6 & 12/7, 12/13 & 12/14, and 12/20 & 12/21 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm.

Adults: $10, Children 12 and under: $8. Reservations required.

Please call 252-1283 for more information and to make your reservation.

Glimpse a Victorian Christmas through the eyes of the Seward Family as various family members and servants share their holiday memories and traditions.

The home will be fully decorated by local florists inspired by the season and history of the family.

 

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Need accommodations while visiting the Seward House call us at Skaneateles Suites.

Posted: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 @ 10:42 am by Nakeia Endres
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Star Party: Geminid Meteor Shower

Back-up Date: December 14

Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Baltimore Woods Nature Center Phone: 315-673-1350 Email: info@baltimorewoods.org
Back-up date: Dec 14th
One of the year’s finest! Unlike most meteor showers, this one is composed of asteroid debris, not comet debris, and bright meteors can be seen much earlier in the evening. Also, the winter skies will be showing off the brightest stars and nebulae visible to us in the northern hemisphere, including the great Orion nebula. Dress warmly! Please call to register.

$
5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family.

Posted: Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 6:25 pm by Nakeia Endres
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November 27, 2013

Wednesday 7:30pm

It’s our 6th Annual Thanksgiving Show featuring 2 of the most talented musical artists in Central New York!

Dusty Pas’cal is a husband, father to five children, and co-owner of his family’s company, Skaneateles-based D.B. Pascal Chimney and Roofing. He’s considered by many to be one of the top singer/songwriters in the Central New York region.

Dusty said that since he first picked up a guitar at age 13, he’s been a firm believer in the purity of his music. ?”Early on, I was influenced by guys like Kris Kristofferson and Jim Croce, because that’s who my dad listened to,” he said. ?”But actually, I was most influenced by my dad, who’s a songwriter himself.?”

“Lonesome,? is a heartbreaking ballad that includes lyrics written by Dusty’s father. “My dad came to one of my shows, and I could see him just sitting there writing something,” he recalled.  Dusty’s dad was in fact writing a poem about a friend of his who was on death’s doorstep, so Dusty set the poem, without changing a single word, to music.  “I know my dad so well, it just flowed out naturally.”

His three studio albums, Home (2006), More (2008), andHuman Heart (2012) have garnered attention in Central New York and across the nation; several tracks have been featured on local radio stations and internationally on XM Satellite Radio.

Dusty will move you from one end of music’s emotional spectrum to the other – and it will be a ride you’ll want to take again and again.

Visit Dusty’s Website

Loren Barrigar started playing guitar when he was only 4 years old, and by the time he was 6, he played the Chet Atkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother) which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling in Central New York he has been in constant demand as a studio musician and recently produced and played on the #1 rated CD in Syracuse, Dusty Pascal’s “Home” 2007.

His finely-honed songwriting skills have launched his melodies on NBC’s #1 rated show “ER,” “The Young and The Restless,” and on a Christmas CD with BB King and Patti Labelle. He has recently performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Stephen Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines.

In 2010 Loren made a guest appearance at The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society {CAAS} in Nashville with his pickin’ pal from New Zealand Mark Mazengarb. They will be there again in 2011 . For the last few years Loren has been working on fingerstyle guitar. His recently released CD “Dance With Me” is a result of that work, and it received a SAMMY Award for Best Country CD.{2009} He is now touring in support of his 2nd solo CD Chillaxin’. His solo concerts include favorite songs from 7 decades as well as his originals all featuring exciting guitar work and memorable vocal stylings.

Visit Loren’s Website

 Sponsored by:  

New York State Council on the Arts * WRVO * The Citizen

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Posted: Monday, November 25th, 2013 @ 7:55 am by Nakeia Endres
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When photographs meant something: Meet Cayuga

County’s most prominent early photographers

If you go

WHAT: “Faces of Cayuga County”

WHEN: Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; exhibit continues through Dec. 29

WHERE: Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Suggested admission $3

INFO: Call (315) 253-8051 or visit cayugamuseum.org

AUBURN | Kirsten Wise, curator at the Cayuga Museum, said tangible photographs have their advantages, even in our digital age.

Just what those advantages are, she said, can be learned of first-hand at the museum’s latest exhibit: “Faces of Cayuga County,” a display of hundreds of photographs of, or by, county individuals.

The exhibit opened Nov. 1 and will continue through Dec. 31.

Some of these photographed individuals are more well-known, such as Auburn painter George Clough.

Others are currently “unknown,” as per the museum’s descriptions of some of the photographs.

Either way, Wise said the photos give a glimpse into the county’s past from the photo itself, or the photographer behind the lens.

“I think that there’s something that’s really great about having a tangible photograph,” she said. “It feels like actually having a piece of history in its physical form more than its digital copy.”

Four photographers, each of whom were based in Auburn at various points in their lives, were chosen by the museum to be featured in the exhibit: H. Seymour Squyer, Joseph French, William H. Ernsberger and Emil J. Kraemer.

H. Seymour Squyer

Wise said Squyer must have been one of the more popular photographers in the area, due to the number of photographs in the museum’s collection.

She said they have collected hundreds of photographs by Squyer, who was born in Hannibal back in 1848. His ties to Auburn lie with the locale of his photo studio, which he based at 77 Genesee St. in 1870.

Squyer later partnered with another photographer, Fred Wright, and based a studio, for Squyer and Wright, at 130 Genesee St.

“(Partnership) is typical in photography back then,” she said. “For the most part, the core guys that we are featuring worked by themselves for the majority of their careers, but they did work with other people for short periods of time.”

One of the notable figures Squyer photographed in his career was Clough, the Auburn painter well-known for his landscapes and portraits in the 19th century, Wise said.

Squyer also became well-known for using his photography skills in legal disputes, and continued the craft until his death in 1905.

Joseph French

French was an on-again, off-again photographer for about 30 years. When he was not a photographer, the Auburn man was a milliner: a hat manufacturer.

To be a milliner was a complementary trade with photography for sure, Wise said. French also happened to be heavily involved in the community, serving on the state fireman’s committee in 1880 and the Cayuga County board in 1928.

But when he found the time, French took photographs, two of which featured individual shots of children. There are two separate shots presumably, Wise said, from two separate times.

Despite this, the two individual children are posed the same in each for, Wise said, unknown reasons.

French died in 1934, shortly after serving on the Cayuga County board.

William H. Ernsberger

Like Squyer, Ernsberger was also presumably very popular, Wise said, given the number of photographs the museum has from him in its gallery.

The Trumansberg man, born in 1844, moved to Auburn in 1865 and established a prosperous photographic career in Auburn that spanned more than 60 years.

Two of Ernsberger’s photographs actually have roots in the Cayuga Museum’s property. He photographed portraits of two sisters individually — Sarah J. and Anna E. McComb.

The McCombs were mothered by Anna McComb Sr., who, Wise said, lived in the Cayuga Museum as a housekeeper back when it was a house and not a museum. Wise said the property was built in 1836 and used for many years as a home.

Like most of the other photographers, Ernsberger based himself on Genesee Street, operating a studio with his son, Fred, until his death in 1941, according to the museum’s records.

Emil J. Kraemer

Unlike Ernsberg, Kraemer’s career was rather brief in comparison — a little more than 20 years in length.

He’s originally from Dobbs Ferry, and moved to Auburn when he was 9. Kraemer started as a worker for the Auburn Daily Advertiser with photography on the side, but demands for his photographs forced him to quit to focus on camerawork.

Interestingly enough, Wise said, the only photographs of Kraemer’s in the museum’s collection are group shots — such as a shot of railroad workers, or delivery men.

Wise said it’s impossible to identify since the photograph was found in museum collection without notes or paperwork.

“A lot of the other ones that are in the collection are solo shots in a studio setting, but most of the ones we have from him are of groups outside of a studio,” she said.

Kraemer lived and worked on 176 E. Genesee St. until 1925, when he died of a heart attack while driving.

 

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Posted: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 @ 4:16 pm by Nakeia Endres
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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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