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20th Edition of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Opens Nov. 29

Charles Dickens Skaneateles Suites

Charles Dickens Skaneateles SuitesS

No, you’re not seeing triple.

When the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade kicks off Nov. 29, opening the 20th anniversary season of Dickens Christmas, it will feature three renditions of Charles Dickens.

Jim Greene, who has played Dickens for more than a decade, will be joined by the production’s first Dickens, Ted Davenport, grand marshal for the parade, and Kim Tenreiro, who will present a one-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” during the show’s final weekend.

The parade starts at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall on Fennell Street, proceeding east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.

Dickens Christmas is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.

“The production wasn’t always the polished version it is today—in the beginning, we really struggled,” recalls Davenport. “That first year, we thought we had an arrangement with an acting group in Syracuse, but no one showed up. So I grabbed some friends, put them in costume, and about 10 of us did the show ourselves.”

The cast now numbers 70, and Dickens Christmas attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year.

In this Finger Lakes village, it is 1842, and Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, “A Christmas Carol.” On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Hon. DeWitt Clinton (retired governor of New York who championed the Erie Canal), President William Henry Harrison, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets.

Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse–drawn carriages. (more…)

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm by Curt
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Charles Dickens Skaneateles Suites

Charles Dickens sleeps at Skaneateles Suites

20 Reasons to Visit Skaneateles for Dickens Christmas
1) Where else can you see the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade?

2) The chance to meet and greet a dead literary icon

3) Hot cider, cocoa and cookies at Mirbeau (and, on Saturdays, family photos taken by a professional photographer in front of Mirbeau’s sleigh)—all for free!

4) Dickens Ale and commemorative glasses at the Sherwood Inn

5) Five golden rings (which can be purchased at Imagine, Skaneateles Jewelry, Grant Jewelers, S. J. Moore Jewelers or Skaneateles Artisans)

6) Warm figgy pudding at Mid-Lakes Navigation

7) Mid-day revels and caroling by the lake

8) Daily scenes from “A Christmas Carol”

9) One-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 21) by Kim Tenreiro, of Canandaigua

10) Period costumes at the Chamber that can be borrowed for free

11) Raffle drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets

12) Free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, sponsored by the Old Stone Mill/Village Inn

13) Comedy magic shows by the Wonderful Wizard of the North

14) Fairy tales, told by Mother Goose

15) Visits with Father Christmas (for children of all ages)

16) Great shopping at dozens of unique boutiques. Free gift-wrapping at some; personalized service at all.

17) Dickens-themed soaps, lotions and lip balms at Lucky Goat Soap—one of several “hidden gems” along Fennell and Jordan streets

18) Book sale at the Skaneateles Library

19) 20th anniversary Dickens Christmas ornament, on sale at the Chamber, the Sherwood Inn gift shop and White Sleigh

20) Treasured family memories to last a lifetime

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 1:58 pm by Curt
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Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …did you know…

Skaneateles Christmas at Skaneateles Suites

Skaneateles Christmas at Skaneateles Suites

…that during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Syracuse’s downtown area was a booming retail hub and the holidays were no exception!  Holiday shoppers would venture downtown to enjoy festive decorations and partake in activities such as riding the monorail in E.W. Edwards’ toy department & visiting with Santa at Dey Brothers Department store.  Besides Edwards & Dey’s, visitors shopped at Three Sisters, McCrory’s, Witherall’s, the Addis Company, Flah & Co.  and so many more!  There was always time to stop for a brownie a la mode in Dey’s basement restaurant – the Erie Room.  The holiday season begins downtown with the opening of the Art Mart, located in the City Hall Commons on E. Washington Street.
Please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts here.
For details on any of these events or others in our area,
take a look at our website www.VisitSyracuse.org.

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 9:24 am by Curt
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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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Forty-Four Local Artists Display Natural Talents at Baltimore Woods

 

MARCELLUS, NY (October 29, 2013)–Baltimore Woods’ fifth annual Member’s Show will showcase works by forty-four local artists from November 4-December 20, 2013. An artist reception for the Drawing on Talent show will be held on Saturday, November 9, from 2-4pm. The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no admission or parking fee.

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The exhibit includes a wide range of artwork, including pastels, watercolors, oil paintings, photography, gouache, pottery, fiber art, sculpture and jewelry. The majority of the artwork is for sale and there is an opportunity to purchase unique gifts for the holidays.

Participating artists are all members of Baltimore Woods Nature Center, which is a member supported organization. “We have a great member turnout this year! We’re lucky to have such a talented, diverse group of artists supporting, and being supported by, Baltimore Woods Nature Center,” says exhibiting artist and member Karen Burns.

Baltimore Woods installs sixart exhibits annually.  Upcoming exhibits in 2014 will feature StaciaLandsberg, Christy Lemp, Chris Murray and the Marcellus Skaneateles Art Guild, among others.

 

Baltimore Woods Fifth Annual Drawing on Talent Exhibitors

Artists:                                                 Town                                     Medium              _

Bill Atkinson                                                      Skaneateles                                       Wood Sculpture

Chris Baker                                                         Weedsport                                         Gouache

Nancy Bales                                                       Skaneateles                                       Jewelry

Maureen Barcza                                               Syracuse                                              Oil

Barbara Bratt                                                     Camillus                                              Oil

Margaret Brown                                               Syracuse                                              Oil

Karen Burns                                                       Syracuse                                              Oil

Susi Buschbacher                                             Syracuse                                              Acrylic

RoniCarvalho                                                     Skaneateles                                       Photography

Barden Conroe                                                 Skaneateles                                       Acrylic & Oil

Barb Crosbie                                                      Skaneateles                                       Pottery

Deborah Dahlin                                                                Liverpool                                             Pastel

Barbara Delmonico                                         Skaneateles                                       Acrylic & Oil

Sally Fellows                                                     Syracuse                                              Fiber Art

Milton Franson                                                 Liverpool                                             Pastel & Oil

Donna Logue Hamblin                                   Marcellus                            Charcoal,Photography

Judith Hand                                                        Syracuse                                              Mixed Media

Rachel Harms                                                    Skaneateles                                       Oil

Carol Hill                                                             Syracuse                                              Acrylic

Peter Huntington                                            Tully                                                      Watercolor

John Kosecki                                                      Syracuse                                              Mixed Media

StaciaLandsberg                                               Skaneateles                                       Photography

Deborah Laun                                                    Syracuse                                              Jewelry

Christy Lemp                                                     Skaneateles                                       Watercolor

Mary K. Mahle                                                   Syracuse                                              Watercolor & Oil

PatMalin                                                              New Hartford                                    Sculpture

Sue March                                                           Marcellus                                            Photography

Virginia Marty                                                   Marcellus                                            Photography

Jill Newton                                                         Skaneateles                                       Watercolor

Candace O’Brien                                              Syracuse                                              Oil

Adriana Meiss                                                   Syracuse                                              Pastel

Elizabeth Patton                                              Elbridge                                               Photography

Ruth Anne Reagan                                          Marcellus                                            Pastel

Kathryn Rehrig                                                  Marcellus                                            Photography

Bob Ripley                                                          Marietta                                              Watercolor

Nancy Scanlon                                                  Marcellus                                            Watercolor

Kathryn Schylinkski                                        Skaneateles                                       Acrylic

Karen Smith                                                       Marcellus                                            Raku

Marybeth Sorber                                             Syracuse                                              Acrylic

Guy Swenson                                                    Marcellus                                            Photography

Jeanne Ulrich                                                    Camillus                                              Textiles

Stephen Verescak                                           Syracuse                                              Photography

Alison Waters                                                   Skaneateles                                       Painting

John Weeks                                                       Marcellus                                            Acrylic

 

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Baltimore Woods Nature Center is a premier educational organization that transforms individuals and communities through place-based education by cultivating an abiding love for the natural world while serving as a model of sensible stewardship.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108. The Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closedSundays.The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

 

Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information.

Posted: Monday, November 4th, 2013 @ 9:32 am by Curt
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