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About Mary Shelley

My folk art americana art work is entirely carved in white pine and then painted with acrylics. Each piece is a unique original. I am untaught and untrained as a visual artist. I learned a number of useful skills during my work in the trades as a signpainter and carpenter. I was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1950. I have  lived in Ithaca, New York ever since I graduated from Cornell ’72 with a major in creative writing. While at Cornell, I wanted to be a writer. 

Contact me at My Studio…
Mary Michael Shelley
109 Park Place
Ithaca, NY 14850
607 272 5700 phone
607-273-2312 fax

Posted: Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles,Notable Locals


Tom Seeley 

This one we found on Word Press from Tom Seeley at the Law Offices of Milford, Lynch & Shannon

“Welcome to Milford, Lynch & Shannon’s WordPress blog page.  Milford, Lynch & Shannon is Skaneateles’ oldest and most respected law firm.  We have been serving Skaneateles and the surrounding Finger Lakes communities for more than 50 years.  On this site, you will find a complete history of our firm, profiles of our attorneys and posts relating to topics of interest in our Hot Topics section.  If there is anything you would like to see on this site, please feel free to contact us!”

About Tom:


is an Associate with the firm. Mr. Seeley focuses his practice in the area of Real Estate Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Corporate and Business Law and Civil Litigation. (more…)

Posted: Saturday, April 19th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm by Curt
Filed under: Notable Locals



Laure Lillie Photographie
Skaneateles, NY
Phone: 315.729.3581

Of herself, at her web page, Laure says:

“This is not about me. 

It’s about finding the essence of the being.  The intimacy of a glance.  It’s about capturing the beauty of the soul within.  This is my passion, my world.  Take a peek and see.”

We did, and it is worth it.  www.laurelillie.com

Posted: Saturday, March 15th, 2008 @ 12:42 pm by Curt
Filed under: Notable Locals


Donna Cross, local Notable Skaneateles author 

Donna Woolfolk Cross graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 with a B.A. in English.  She moved to London, England, after graduation, and worked as an editorial assistant for a small publishing house on Fleet Street, W.H. Allen and Company.  Upon her return to the United States, Cross worked at Young and Rubicam, a Madison Avenue advertising firm, before going on to graduate school at UCLA where she earned a master’s degree in Literature and Writing in 1972.

In 1973, Cross moved with her husband to upstate New York where she began teaching writing in a college English Department.  Now writing is her fulltime career.

She is the author of two books on language, Word Abuse: How the Words We Use Use Us and Mediaspeak: How Television Makes Up Your Mind. She is the coauthor of Speaking of Words and Daddy’s Little Girl.  The product of seven years of research and writing, Pope Joan is her first novel.  She is now at work on a new novel set in 17th century France.

More Pope Joan here

Posted: Thursday, February 28th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles,Notable Locals


Sean McLeod and New York Institute of Dance and Education 

Mr. McLeod is a consultant, highly respected facilitator, and Keynote speaker dedicated to using his abilities to facilitate the building of bridges between parties in social conflict. To meet this need, Mr. McLeod founded the New York Institute of Dance and Education; Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre (KDT); the New York Dance Festival; the New York Center for Health and Healing; the Fine Arts Dance Association (FADA); the Educational Tour on Self-esteem through Dance; Community of Color World Culture Celebration; Circles-Expanding Horizons Program; and Reaching for Higher Ground Consulting.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 1101
93 North Street
Auburn NY 13021
View a map.
315-252-4822 fax

Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm by Curt
Filed under: Notable Locals