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Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Returns Nov. 23 Festival a Tradition for Four Generations of a Rochester-Area Family   Brett Norsworthy, of Wolcott, N.Y., had become a real-life Scrooge. “If it hadn’t been for my children, I never would have celebrated the holiday,” he recalls.     Then, in 2000, he, his wife, Fran, and their four daughters and son, Duke, became the Cratchit family in the cast of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.   Life hasn’t been the same since.   “Now, I can’t wait for Christmas each year,” says Norsworthy, who has been playing Barry M. Deep, the local mortician, since his son outgrew the role of Tiny Tim. “It’s not Christmas unless we’re at Dickens.”   In 2006, Norsworthy’s father-in-law, Clarence Emery, of Brockport, and his wife, Wendy, joined the cast, as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig.       And finally, last year, Norsworthy’s 1-year-old granddaughter, Madisyn Emery, became the youngest-ever cast member, playing the last child left at the orphanage before Christmas.   “We have met and worked with so many wonderful and talented people over the years, many of whom have become close friends,” says Norsworthy, who has never missed a rehearsal or a performance. “I can’t imagine Christmas without this festival. This is our Christmas.”   Thousands of people who return year after year share the sentiment.  

Dickens Christmas opens its 19th season Nov. 23 with the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade. Charles Dickens and his entourage will leave at noon from the old firehouse on Fennell Street and proceed east to Jordan and Genesee streets, arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.  

The festival is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs over five weekends this year—from noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.   So, what brings these Victorian-era characters to a Finger Lakes village?   The year is 1842, and Charles Dickens is working on his soon-to-be-written classic “A Christmas Carol.” In need of inspiration, he journeys to Skaneateles accompanied by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. On the village streets, they encounter Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Christmas Present, among other local denizens. Slowly but surely, the story takes shape.   The festival is free and draws more than 20,000 visitors each year.  

Highlights include:   • The Revels Live—Christmas carol sing-along—2 p.m. every day at the Gazebo. Twelve groups form, each representing one of the 12 days of Christmas. The groups vie for attention, and at the end, Queen Victoria awards a silver teasel to the most spirited performer. Winners have been known to wear their coveted silver teasels throughout the season.   • Scenes from “A Christmas Carol,” featuring guests from the audience, performed at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the steps of the Masonic Temple.   • Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, departing from the Sherwood Inn, provided by Route 80 Stables.   • Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts donated by Tops Friendly Markets and Johnny Angel’s and roasted outside Johnny Angel’s, and Byrne Dairy eggnog served by the Girl Scouts.   For children, Mother Goose will read holiday stories at the Skaneateles Library and Father Christmas will hand out treats from the porch of the Masonic Temple.   And for children of all ages, the Wonderful Wizard of the North will perform comedy magic shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at the Skaneateles Library. Various musical groups, including the Victorian Dancers and Singers, will perform on alternate weekends. For a full schedule of events, go to www.skaneateles.com.  

Everyone is invited to borrow period costumes from the Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and join in the merriment.   “Our village becomes a magical place during the holiday season,” says Susan Dove, director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We invite Dickens fans from near and far to step back in time and join us for a slower-paced, more enjoyable atmosphere, where shopping can still be fun.   “We have more than 70 shops and restaurants, sure to please any taste,” she notes. “Why not make a weekend of it, and stay at one of our lovely bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or inns.”   Behind the scenes   Dickens Christmas has a cast of about 65, including young apprentice talent, which is joined by a variety of guest musicians and caroling groups. The show comes together in just six rehearsals. “We pack a lot in and streamline the process of building a character,” says Jim Greene, of Dryden, who is producing director and plays Dickens. “Every actor learns music and uses improvisational techniques to build his character and become part of the ensemble.”   Direction comes from Maria Wechsler, of Marcellus, who is artistic director and plays Queen Victoria; Kristen Baskewicz, of Rochester, who is music director and plays Lady Charlotte Anne, Duchess of Buccleuch; Brian Goldblatt, of Lafayette, who is managing director and plays Jacob Marley; and Tracey Greene, of Dryden, who is costumer.   More than 120 local businesses make Dickens Christmas possible through their sponsorship support. This year’s presenting sponsor is Mirbeau Inn & Spa.   Father Christmas sponsors include CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Hamburgers, The Sherwood Inn, SRC Arena, Summit Auto, Tops Friendly Markets, Verizon Business Services, and The Village Inn and Old Stone Mill.   Charles Dickens sponsors include Arbor House Inn and Suites, Bluewater Grill, Community Bank, Creekside Books & Coffee, Doug’s Fish Fry, Fleur de lis Florist, Group M Communications, Imagine, Joe’s Pasta Garage, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Paris Flea, Pomodoro, Rhubarb, the Skaneateles Library, Skaneateles Town Square, the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center and Wegmans.   The festival is further supported through ticket sales from a Dickens Raffle. First prize is a $1,000 gift certificate from Mirbeau Inn & Spa; second prize is a family membership to the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center; third prize is a $500 gift certificate from Mirbeau; fourth prize is an amethyst necklace from Imagine; fifth prize is two tickets to an SU Men’s Basketball game, courtesy of Galaxy Communications; and sixth prize is two tickets to “The Sound of Christmas,” featuring Elisabeth von Trapp, Dec. 21 at the SRC Arena. Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20, and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and other local merchants.   Additionally, when tickets to “The Sound of Christmas” are purchased through the Skaneateles Chamber (or when purchasers order their tickets online at srcarena.comand type in the promo code DICKENS), $5 from the sale of each ticket will go toward Dickens Christmas and purchasers will get preferred seating.   Looking for still another Dickens-inspired way to celebrate the season? The Sherwood Inn will offer Dickens Christmas Ale, made for it exclusively by Empire Brewing Co. with water from Skaneateles Lake.   For more information on Dickens Christmas, go to www.skaneateles.com, call 315-685-0552, or follow the event on Facebook (Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles) or Twitter (@DickensXmas).  

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THIS WEEKS’ EVENTS

(For more information call (315) 685-0552 or visit

www.skaneateles.com

)

Thru November 13

FUNDRAISER: Flag display at Shotwell & Clift Parks to honor Veterans.

Flags have been purchased in memory or honor of military men & women. This fundraiser for

the SHS Girls Lacrosse team will be on display through the 13

th. A ceremony organized by the

American Legion will be held on November 12 at 11:00 AM.

Wednesday, November 7

TRIVIA: 7:00 PM at Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St.

$1.00 per player. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Wednesday, November 7

MUSIC: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Moro’s Table, 1 E. Genesee St.

Auburn. (315) 282-7772. Confirm entertainment by calling Moro’s Table.

Wednesday, November 7

MUSIC: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Oak & Vine at Springside

Inn

, 6141 West Lake Rd. Serving dinner weekly Mon – Thurs. 4:30 – 9:00 PM; Sat 4:30 PM –

10:00 PM; Also serving, Saturday Brunch 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM; Traditional Springside Sunday

Brunch 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM and Closed Sunday for Dinner Oct – April. (315) 252-7247. Visit

www.oakandvine.com

for weekly entertainment schedule.

Thursday, November 8

OPEN HOUSE: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Skaneateles Town Square, 61

Fennell St., wine, cheese, desserts and 15% off holiday décor and toys! Stop in to see the

wonderful selection of Thanksgiving and Christmas items. (315) 685-5748.

Thursday, November 8

OPEN MIC: 6:30 PM Open Mic Night led by Joanne Perry. Creekside

Books & Coffee

35 Fennell St. (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com Free.

Thursday, November 8

WINE DINNER: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Antinori Wine Dinner at the

Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St. Enjoy a delightful evening featuring Antinori Wines from

Italy’s premier winery. $65.00/person (plus gratuity & tax) Call (315) 685-3405 for reservations.

Thursday, November 8

RIBBON CUTTING: Beginning at 3:30 PM at Isadora, Skaneateles

Chamber welcomes new members. Then we will go to Gallery UTD and Lake House Pub with a

ribbon cutting ceremony at each location. Questions, call Skaneateles Chamber (315) 685-

0552.

Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10

WINE FESTIVAL: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Antinori Wine

Festival at the Village Bottle Shop, 18 W. Genesee St. Free Wine and Italian Appetizer Tastings

during presentations of Antinori Wines from Italy’s premier winery. Call (315) 685-5197 for

more information.

SKANEATELES SKINNY

SKANEATELES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEEKLY UPDATE

November 6, 2012

Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10

MOVIE: Think Like a Man. 11/9 @ 8 PM, 11/10 @ 1 PM

& 8 PM.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St @ Genesee St. (315) 253-6669. Advance

online $5.00/person $6.00 at the door.

www.auburnpublictheater.org

Friday, November 9

MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Mike MacDonald. Creekside Books &

Coffee

, 35 Fennell St. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379. www.creeksidebooks.com

Saturday, November 10

MUSIC: 2:00 PM Duo L’ Adour appearing at the Skaneateles Library.

Martha Grener on Flute and Lacey Lee playing the Harp. Cost: $10.00

Saturday, November 10

MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Edgy Folk. Creekside Books & Coffee,

35 Fennell St. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Saturday, November 10

ART DISPLAY: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Baltimore Woods Artist reception

for the Drawing on Talent show will be held in the

Baltimore Woods Weeks Art Gallery, 4007

Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. The Drawing on Talent show features the display of over 25 local

artists! The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no admission or parking fee.

Saturday, November 10

WINE DINNER: 6:30 PM The Inns of Aurora continues its Epicurean

Series with an Italian Wine Dinner. The dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the

Lakeside Room of the Aurora Inn and includes six paired courses as well as a wine reception.

The cost is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Information on the Epicurean Series can be found at

https://innsofaurora.com/food-wine/epicurean-events/. The Aurora Inn is located at 391 Main

Street, Aurora. Reservations can be made by calling (315) 364-8888.

Saturday November 10 – December 22

HOLIDAY: HABAUSA will be open for the Holidays!

Store Hours: Tues, Wed & Fri. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Thurs. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Sat. 10:00 AM –

2:00 PM. For over 70 years HABA has been inventing high quality toys which reveal a world of

fun and learning! A lot of great gifts for big kids too!!

Sunday, November 11

MUSIC: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saxophonist John Spillett. at the Blue

Water Grill

, 11 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-6600.

Sunday, November 11

AUTHOR EVENT: 3:00 PM Skaneateles native Jeff Mack will be at

Creekside Books & Coffee. Mack is an author and illustrator. He will host a drawing

demonstration, a reading, a brief Q&A session, and book signing. Reservations are now being

taken. Please call (315) 685-0379.

Monday, November 12

VETERAN’S DAY OBSERVED: 11:00 AM A special ceremony honoring

Veteran’s will be held at Shotwell Park. This annual event organized by members of the

American Legion pays tribute to Veterans each Veteran’s Day.

Wednesday, November 14

OPEN HOUSE: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Yankee Clipper Hair Salon &

Barber Shop,

14 Fennell St is celebrating 25 years! In celebration of 25 years, Yankee Clipper

will be hosting an Open House. Light refreshments will be served. There will be gift basket

drawings, demonstrations, and discounts on gift cards and salon products. Susan Randall

Mantella will be offering free consultations for Aesthetic Services. Please stop by to join in the

celebration of 25 years! (315) 685-6769.

Wednesday, November 14

TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Creekside’s Café, 35 Fennell St. (315)

685-0379 or

www.creeksidebooks.com $1.00 admission.

Wednesday, November 14

MUSIC: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Moro’s Table, 1 E. Genesee St.

Auburn. (315) 282-7772. Confirm entertainment by calling Moro’s Table.

Wednesday, November 14

MUSIC: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Oak & Vine at Springside

Inn

, 6141 West Lake Rd. Serving dinner weekly Mon – Thurs. 4:30 – 9:00 PM; Sat 4:30 PM –

10:00 PM; Also serving, Saturday Brunch 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM; Traditional Springside Sunday

Brunch 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM and Closed Sunday for Dinner Oct – April. (315) 252-7247. Visit

www.oakandvine.com

for weekly entertainment schedule.

Thursday, November 15

OPEN MIC: 6:30 PM Open Mic Night led by Joanne Perry.

Creekside’s Café

35 Fennell St. (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com Free.

Thursday, November 15

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Chamber business

after hours at Imagine, 38 E. Genesee St. Don’t forget your business cards to be entered into

our drawing for door prizes. RSVP Skaneateles Chamber (315) 685-0552.

Friday, November 16

MUSIC: 7:30 PM John Cadley & Cathy Wenthen at Creekside’s Books

& Coffee

, 35 Fennell St. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379. www.creeksidebooks.com

Friday, November 16

CHAMBER: 1:00 PM Join fellow Chamber Members & Chamber Staff in

decorating the Gazebo for Christmas! We wrap the poles with lights, garland and attached a

bow. Put up a Christmas tree and wrap it with lights! Everything we need to decorate is

provided, just show up and dress warm.

Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17

MOVIE: Sleepwalk with Me. 11/16 @ 8 PM, 11/17 @ 1

PM & 8 PM.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St @ Genesee St. (315) 253-6669. Advance

online $5.00/person $6.00 at the door.

www.auburnpublictheater.org

Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17

WINE DINNER: Joelle’s French Bistro Beaujolais

Nouveau four course dinner. $55/person plus tax & gratuity. Reservations taken from 5:30 PM –

8:30 PM. (315) 685-3063. Visit

www.joellesfrenchbistro.com for complete menu.

Saturday, November 17

MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Sloppy Joes Creekside Books & Coffee,

35 Fennell St. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Sunday, November 18

MUSIC: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saxophonist John Spillett at the Blue

Water Grill

, 11 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-6600.

Tuesday, November 20

CHAMBER EVENT: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dickens Kick off party at M&T

Bank. The Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s way to say Thank you to all of our Dickens

sponsors.

Wednesday, November 21

TRIVIA: 7:00 PM at Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St.

$1.00 per player. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Wednesday, November 21

MUSIC: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Moro’s Table, 1 E. Genesee St.

Auburn. (315) 282-7772. Confirm entertainment by calling Moro’s Table.

Wednesday, November 21

MUSIC: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM at the Oak & Vine at Springside

Inn

, 6141 West Lake Rd. Serving dinner weekly Mon – Thurs. 4:30 – 9:00 PM; Sat 4:30 PM –

10:00 PM; Also serving, Saturday Brunch 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM; Traditional Springside Sunday

Brunch 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM and Closed Sunday for Dinner Oct – April. (315) 252-7247. Visit

www.oakandvine.com

for weekly entertainment schedule.

Thursday, November 22

THANKSGIVING DAY: Sherwood Inn (315) 685-3405, Mirbeau Inn

(315) 685-5006 will be serving Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Call early for reservations.

Friday, November 23

FESTIVAL: 11:45 Dickens Christmas World’s Smallest Parade. Noon

opening ceremonies on the front porch of the Sherwood House (located next door to the

Sherwood Inn).

Friday, November 23

MUSIC: 7:30 PM at Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St. Open to

the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24

MOVIE: In The Family. 11/23 @ 1 & 8 PM; 11/24 @

8 PM.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St @ Genesee St. (315) 253-6669. Tickets: $5.00

online; $6 at the door.

www.auburnpublictheater.org

Saturday, November 24

MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell

St. Open to the public. (315) 685-0379.

www.creeksidebooks.com

Sunday, November 25

MUSIC: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saxophonist John Spillett will perform at

the

Blue Water Grill, 11 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-6600.

Tuesday, November 27

HISTORY: 7:30 PM The Skaneateles Historical Society November

Program – Kihm Winship will talk about not-so-famous but nevertheless fascinating cottagers

who have graced our lake’s shore, including a Chicago political power who always delivered his

ward, a Confederate private who was captured at Fort Fisher and an officer whose wife carried

messages for Jefferson Davis, an attorney whose daughters were pioneering feminists, a society

woman who was sufficiently down-to-earth to rescue four boys whose boat capsized, a man who

gave away 50 acres on the lake when he couldn’t find a buyer, and a woman who invited guests

to her home but didn’t come downstairs to meet them. He will also talk about a famous cottager

said to live here who actually never did, and reveal the truth about Martin Revson and Dr. Joyce

Brothers. The Museum at The Creamery, 28 Hannum St. www.skaneateleshistoricalsociety.org

(315) 685-1360.

MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Happy 20

th Anniversary Imagine! Congratulations Joe Panzarella, family and staff. Stop in and say

“Happy Anniversary” to the staff and receive a 20% discount on all items through Thanksgiving!

Joelle at

Joelle’s French Bistro will prepare Thanksgiving Dinner for you to take home and enjoy. Place

your order by Monday November 19 by calling (315) 685-3063. Menu items include, Turkey and all the

trimmings, appetizer, soup and dessert. Pre orders will be ready to pick up on Thursday, Nov 22 from

Noon – 3:30 PM. Cost: $30.75/person. (315) 685-3063.

Are you are a small company that would like to celebrate the holidays like Big companies? The

Hilton

Garden Inn Auburn

is providing you with the opportunity! The Hilton Inn, is opening its Vineyard

Ballroom for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet featuring fresh local cuisine, and fun local

entertainment by Los Blancos. Cost: $60.00 per person including taxes and service charge. Contact Sara

Cowhig at (315) 252-5511.

www.auburn.hgi.com

Order your Holiday Wreath –

Fleur-de-lis Florist is taking orders for your Holiday Wreaths. The price will

remain at $39.95 for these street size wreaths despite the rising costs of the product over the last few

years. This years ribbon is gorgeous red velvet with a glitzy green stripe. They will be hung up by Richard

at Fleur-de-lis Florist and you can remove it at your leisure. Please call 685-3484 to place your order. We

will be calling everyone over the next couple of weeks, it would be great to inform your staff as to not to

have to repeat recalling. Thanks, Sandra Schmidt

New Class Offered at the YMCA – American Red Cross Waterfront Life Guarding Course will be held on Nov

9, 10, 11 & Nov 16,17,18 Cost $300 at the

Skaneateles YMCA, 97 State St. The class includes

Waterfront Life Guarding certification, CPR/AED certification, Life Guarding text book, CPR mask. For

additional information on class times; http://auburnymca.org/skaneateles/aquatic-certifications/ Call

today to register for a class: 685-2266

Looking for the perfect hostess gift for your next holiday party or get-together? You will find the perfect

gift at

1st National Gifts, 2 E. Genesee St. Some suggestions of gifts that can be found at 1st National

Gifts are: Chilled wine bags, decorative candles, Beatrice Ball servewear, unique cutting boards, cheese

mice for labeling, flour sack dish cloths & name holders are just a few ideas for you. (315) 685-5454 or

email

info@firstnationalgifts.com online at www.firstnationalgifts.com

SECNY Credit Unions

are running a special promotion “Fifties For Fun!” through December 31, 2012

where anyone who uses one of their branch ATMs could get a surprise $50 bill in their cash. Questions call

any branch or Skaneateles branch at (315) 554-8070.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus

Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed on Sundays.

The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Visit their website for more

information at

www.baltimorewoods.org (315) 673-1350. November programs: 11/10 Simple Soap

Making; 11/12 Nature Adventure Camp; 11/17 Star Party.

SALES:

OFFICE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE:

Two file cabinets, both in good condition. Four drawer lateral file

cabinet. 36” wide by 18” deep by 52-1/2” high $50.00; Two drawer file cabinet 16-1/4” deep by 15” wide

by 28” high $20.00 Call Linda Cline, Halo Branded Solutions. (W) 685-1725, (C) 729-9485 or email

linda.cline@halo.com

$5.00 SUSHI all day every Tuesday at

Blue Water Grill, 11 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-6600.

Taco Tuesday at

The Garage located at 28 Jordan Street. Choice of three different tacos (beef, turkey or

fish). Festive music & decorations in a fun friendly family atmosphere. All meats are local hormone free.

Also serving Margaritas and Mojito! (315) 685-6116. Available for Lunch or Dinner. Dine in or take out

available.

www.joespastagarage.com

$3.00 Burgers all day every Thursday at

Johnny Angels, 22 Jordan St! (315) 685-0100.

COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE FOR LEASE/RENT/SALE:

Outside the Box Business Solutions

announces conference room facility rental now available at their

location at

37 Fennell Street, Skaneateles. Convenient, pleasant facilities for your ¼, ½, or full day

meetings. Email

info@otbbs.net for more information.

Charming historic village building located at

9 E. Genesee St. two floors approx 1850 sf (subdivided)

Prime Main Street location for retail, office and/or restaurant. Finished interior includes kitchenette, two

bathrooms, ample closet & dry basement storage, handicap access to the first floor, original banister,

beautiful southern exposure. Two tenant parking spaces included, & huge municipal lot for patrons located

directly behind the building. Heavy foot & car traffic. Brokers welcome. For more information please call

(802) 825-6112 or email

9e.genesee@gmail.com

Mixed Use (Retail, Office, Residential Condos) property available. Available Sq Ft – Office or Retail Space

#1- 880 Sq Ft $1250.00/month; located

at The Old Stone Mill, 3 Fennell St. This strategically located,

Class A office building in a fundamentally strong office market. Tenants include Morgan Stanley Smith

Barney, Nixon Peabody LLP and The Skaneateles Artisans. For further information on this property please

contact J. Nicholas Slottje at (617) 939-6609.

Professional Office Space available at

Custom Business Services co-op. Excellent opportunity for small

business to get all the benefits that a larger businesses enjoy without all the overhead (Reception area,

upscale conference room, professional presentation/training room, kitchen access, free parking, etc).

Interested persons contact Kim Manrow at (315) 258-8780.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

November 16, come help decorate the gazebo at 1 PM. Many hands make light work!

Dickens – The World’s Smallest Parade is looking for traffic help from 11:40 AM – 12:10 PM. Call Sue at

685-0552 if you can help.

REOCCURING EVENTS:

John D. Barrow Art Gallery

is now open Thursday & Friday 11 AM – 4 PM or by appointment. Private

tours are available by appointment. Call (315) 685-5135. Visit the Gallery online at

www.barrowgallery.org.

Skaneateles Historical Society’s Museum at the Creamery

is open on Fridays 1-4 pm, or by

appointment November 1 – Thanksgiving. During Dickens, the Museum will be open Friday, Saturday &

Sunday from 1-4 PM. Looking for a gift? Visit the Creamery Gift Shop, featuring many historical and

Skaneateles themed items, 28 Hannum St. (315) 685-1360. Online, visit

www.skaneateleshistoricalsociety.org

.

Thru December 21

Beginning November 5, Baltimore Woods Weeks Art Gallery will feature the works of

over 25 local artists. The exhibit includes watercolors by Susi Buschbacher, Judy Hand, Jill Newton, Bob

Ripley and Nancy Scanlon, oil paintings by Barbara Bratt, Karen Burns and Hetty Easter, gouache by Chris

Baker, and pastels by Barbara Delmonico and Ruth Anne Reagan, among many others. The exhibit also

showcases jewelry by Deborah Laun, in addition to photography and sculptures. The majority of the

artwork is for sale, featuring unique gifts just in time for the holidays. Many pieces depict local images and

scenes.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Hours:

Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays. The hiking trails and

parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

First Wednesday of the month

Peregrine Homecare Services holds an Alzheimer’s Support Group on

the 1st Wed. of each month at The Athenaeum, 150 E. Genesee St. from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Caregivers are

welcome to bring their loved one to the Athenaeum for dinner and activity at the same time for a reprieve

during the meeting. (315) 685-5170

Every Wednesday & Thursday

Friends of Hospice Thrift Shop, located in Willard Chapel,17 Nelson

St., room #7. Wednesdays – Open Noon – 4 PM; Thursdays – Open 10 AM – 2 PM. The shop also accepts

donations during these hours. Acceptable donations include: small items of furniture, gently used,

seasonal women’s, men’s and children’s brand name clothing, home décor, antiques and collectibles. For

more information about the Hospice Thrift Shop or any questions about the work of Hospice, please call

the Hospice office at (315) 255-2733.

Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

entertainment at Lake House Pub. (315) 554-9194 or

www.lakehousepub.com

for music schedule. Daily hours Noon – 2 PM.

Every Friday & Saturday

Thomas Barr (acoustic guitar) 9 PM – Midnight at the Blue Water Grill, 11 W.

Genesee St. (315) 685-6600.

Every Saturday

9:00 PM Live entertainment at the Cedar House Bowling Lane bar (315) 685-5117.

Every Sunday

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Live entertainment at the Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St. (315)

685-3405.

Candace Searing

Administrative/Staff Specialist

Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce

csearing@skaneateles.com

http://www.skaneateles.com

(315) 685-0552

P.O. Box 199

22 Jordan Street

Skaneateles, NY 13152

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All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 1 of 8 Courtesy of: Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity 572 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13202 800-234-4797 www.VisitSyracuse.org

On-going Onondaga County Events!

 

So much to do at Beaver Lake Nature Center! Enjoy many fantastic seasonal programs – for details, call 638-2519 or visit www.OnondagaCountyParks.com.

 

Everson Museum of Art is featuring the following exhibit Prophecy – Peter B. Jones running through January 2013. For details call 474-6064 or check the website at www.Everson.org.

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IMAX Theater at the MOST is featuring Polar Express, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows pt 1, Born to be Wild, & Tornado Alley. Check out their latest exhibit Ice Age: Mammoths & More Freezes. For details, call 425-9068 or www.most.org.

 

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CNY Regional Farmers Market is open from 7am to 2pm each Saturday & Sunday (flea market); Market Common shops open daily. Call 422-8647 for information.

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Enjoy animal enrichment activities and demonstrations at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Go to their website (www.RosamondGiffordZoo.org) or call 435-8511 for details.

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Syracuse Crunch Hockey is back with great slammin’ action at the War Memorial at Oncenter! Call 435-2121 or go to their website at www.SyracuseCrunch.com for details.

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The Central Library at the Galleries features wonderful exhibits & other great programs to explore. For more information call 435-1834 or visit the website at www.onlib.org for details.

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Highland Forest County Park offers horseback riding each weekend. Call 289-3775 or www.OnondagaCountyParks.com for details.

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Onondaga Lake Park - Central New York’s premier park conveniently located on Rt. 370 in Liverpool. Enjoy a stroll, a ride on the Tram or visit the Salt Museum (weekends only). Call 453-6712 or go to www.OnondagaCountyParks.com for details.

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Syracuse University’s Shaffer Art Building is featuring a new exhibit Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions Exhibition through October 21st. For details, call 443-4097 or check out their website at www.suart.syr.edu/.

 

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The Onondaga Historical Association Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Transforming Syracuse’s Lakefront: 25th Anniversary of a Bold Vision 1987-2011, Manifest Destiny and the American West and Last House, Sight Unseen: Stereographs from the OHA Collection, 1850 – 1930& Syracuse Cultural Workers 100@30. For details, call 428-1864 or go to www.CNYHistory.org.

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Community Folk Art Center featuring the exhibit TONY: 2012. Call the Community Folk Art Center at 442-2230 or on the website at www.CommunityFolkArtCenter.org.

 

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Continuing thru 11/30/2012

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Exhibit: David Hicock

 

Location: Robert P. Kinchen Central Library, 447 S. Salina St, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-435-1900

Continuing thru 8/1/2013

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Arts Across Campus Exhibit: Whitney Windows Project by Mike Barletta

 

Location: Onondaga Community College, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-498-2622

Continuing thru 11/4/2012

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Exhibit: Moby Dick

 

Location: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-1864 X312

Continuing thru 11/4/2012

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Play: Moby Dick

 

Location: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-443-3275

Continuing thru 11/17/2012

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One Million Bones Workshop

 

Location: Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genesee St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-442-2943

Continuing thru 11/3/2012

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Play: The Musical of Musicals

 

Location: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-546-3224

Continuing thru 11/3/2012

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Play: A Temptest

 

Location: W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-445-4200

Starts: 11/1/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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Camping World NYS RV Fall Savings Event

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-672-5105

 

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Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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A Literary Reading by poet Jules Gibbs

 

Location: YMCA of Downtown Syracuse, 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-474-6851 ext. 328

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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Arts Across Campus Music Convocation: John Musto with the Society for New Music

 

Location: Onondaga Community College, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-498-2622

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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First Friday Artist Event

 

Location: Snake Oil Glassworks, Inc., 4251 Jordan Road, Skaneateles

For More Info: 315-685-5091

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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Hope Creations Arts and Craft Festival

 

Location: Atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-472-7363 x313

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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Once Upon A Time, Harris III, Master Illusionist with special guest Jimmy Needham

 

Location: Inspiration Hall, 709 James Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-214-7333

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/2/2012

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Opening reception for Forms of Function

 

Location: Imagine, 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

For More Info: 315-685-6263

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 11/3/2012

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Low Bridge, Everybody Down!: An Erie Canal Music Celebration

 

Location: Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse

For More Info: 518-346-7008

Starts: 11/2/2012 Ends: 12/24/2012

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Art Mart 2012

 

Location: Atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-243-6359 or 637-6562

 

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Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/3/2012

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12th Annual St. Rose of Lima School Silent Auction

 

Location: St Rose of Lima School, 411 South Main Street, North Syracuse

For More Info: 315-458-6036

Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/3/2012

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Family Concert with Dave Ruch and Rich Bala

 

Location: Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse

For More Info: 518-346-7008

Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/3/2012

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Mission: Wolf

 

Location: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Rd, Baldwinsville

For More Info: 315-638-2519

Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/3/2012

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Story Telling & Ghost Hunt with Stacey Jones

 

Location: Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-475-7980

Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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Great New York State Model Train Fair

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-451-6551

Starts: 11/3/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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Pride of New York Harvest Fest

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-487-7711 ext. 1000

Starts: 11/4/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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“Portrait of Wally” Film Screening and Lecture

 

Location: SUArt Galleries (Shemin Auditorium), Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-443-4097

Starts: 11/4/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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Squishing of the Squash

 

Location: Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-435-8511

 

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Starts: 11/4/2012 Ends: 11/4/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Bloomsburg (Exhibition)

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 11/5/2012 Ends: 11/5/2012

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Cirque Chinois

 

Location: SRC Arena, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-498-2622

Starts: 11/5/2012 Ends: 11/5/2012

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The Three Domains of Science & Religion – Mcdevitt Center Lecture

 

Location: Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-445-6200

Starts: 11/6/2012 Ends: 11/6/2012

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Johnny Cash 80th Birthday Celebration

 

Location: Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-445-4200

Starts: 11/7/2012 Ends: 11/7/2012

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10th Annual Gala and Auction

 

Location: Wellington House, 7262 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville

For More Info: 315-637-9511

Starts: 11/8/2012 Ends: 11/8/2012

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CTK Lecture Series

 

Location: Christ the King Retreat House, 500 Brookford Rd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-446-2680

Starts: 11/8/2012 Ends: 11/8/2012

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Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever

 

Location: Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-435-8000

Starts: 11/8/2012 Ends: 11/8/2012

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Fantazia 360

 

Location: Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-435-8000

 

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Starts: 11/9/2012 Ends: 11/10/2012

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Syracuse Astronomical Society Public Observing Session

 

Location: Darling Hill Observatory, Strong Road, Tully

For More Info: 315-559-4737

Starts: 11/9/2012 Ends: 11/11/2012

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New & Used Ski Sale & Swap

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 585-292-0580

Starts: 11/10/2012 Ends: 11/10/2012

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5th Annual CNY Veterans Parade & Expo

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-9651

Starts: 11/10/2012 Ends: 11/10/2012

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Haunted History Investigation

 

Location: Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-527-2164

Starts: 11/10/2012 Ends: 11/10/2012

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Syracuse University Football vs. Louisville

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 1-888-366-3849

Starts: 11/11/2012 Ends: 11/11/2012

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Fort Drum: The First 100 Years

 

Location: Onondaga Historical Association Museum, 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-1864 x312

Starts: 11/15/2012 Ends: 1/6/2013

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Lights on the Lake

 

Location: Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool

For More Info: 315-453-6712

Starts: 11/16/2012 Ends: 11/16/2012

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Concert: Tragically Hip

 

Location: Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-475-7980

 

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Starts: 11/16/2012 Ends: 11/18/2012

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2012 Junior League Holiday Shoppes

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-423-9773

Starts: 11/17/2012 Ends: 11/17/2012

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Concert: Zac Brown Band

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 11/18/2012 Ends: 11/18/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Wagner

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 11/21/2012 Ends: 11/21/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Princeton

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 11/23/2012 Ends: 12/30/2012

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Syracuse Stage presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

 

Location: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-443-3275

Starts: 11/23/2012 Ends: 1/6/2013

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27th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

 

Location: Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-471-0593 x15

Starts: 11/24/2012 Ends: 12/23/2012

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Annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles!

 

Location: Genesee, Jordan and Fennell Streets, 20 Genesee Street, Skaneateles

For More Info: 315-685-0552

Starts: 11/25/2012 Ends: 11/25/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Colgate

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

 

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Starts: 11/28/2012 Ends: 12/9/2012

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Play: Wicked. The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

 

Location: Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-475-7980

Starts: 11/30/2012 Ends: 12/2/2012

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Syracuse Holiday Crafts Spectacular

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-487-7711

Starts: 11/30/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

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Open Hand Theater & Salt City Productions presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

 

Location: First English Lutheran Church, 501 James St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-476-0466

Starts: 12/3/2012 Ends: 12/3/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Michigan

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/6/2012 Ends: 12/6/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/8/2012 Ends: 12/8/2012

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NYS Indoor Go-Kart Racing Championship

 

Location: Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-676-1061

Starts: 12/8/2012 Ends: 12/8/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Monmouth

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/15/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

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Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Canisus

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

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Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …did you know…

… that in the year 1900, three Syracuse-born brothers, Sam, Lee and Jacob J. Shubert, founded the Shubert Organization that was responsible for the acquisition of thousands of theaters and productions of Broadway shows in New York City.  By 1916, the Shuberts became the nation’s most important and powerful theater owners and managers; by the 1920′s, the Shubert’s owned, managed or booked over 1,000 playhouses across the United States.  This organization currently owns and operates 16 Broadway theaters in New York City as well as others in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC.  They are represented by a star on Syracuse’s Walk of Fame that is located just outside the Landmark Theatre on South Salina Street.  The Shubert brothers are considered to be the founders of Broadway.

For details on any of these events or others in our area,
take a look at our website www.VisitSyracuse.org

Posted: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 @ 1:00 pm by Curt
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Imagine Celebrates 20th Anniversary With a Little Help From Their Friends   Wish them ‘Happy Anniversary’ and save 20 percent through Thanksgiving! Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft shop in Skaneateles, owes its success to the loyalty of its artists, its staff—and, most of all, its customers—says owner Joe Panzarella, as he prepares to celebrate 20 years in business.   The shop, named for the John Lennon song that played at his wedding, opened its doors at 8 E. Genesee St., site of the former Georgia’s Custom Jewelry, on Nov. 13, 1992.   Over the years, Imagine has operated in two locations, represented almost 900 artists, and become a favorite shopping venue for tourists and townspeople alike.  

Birthing a Gallery By the summer of 1992, when the owners of Georgia’s decided to sell their shop, Panzarella had been traveling the country doing craft shows for 23 years. Although he enjoyed the life, he missed the time spent away from his family.     “I wasn’t actively seeking a change, but when the opportunity arose, I jumped at it,” he says.   He took over the lease Sept. 1, operated the shop for three weeks with Georgia’s old inventory, and then closed for renovations to turn it into a craft gallery. When Imagine reopened under its new name Nov. 13, it sold sterling silver jewelry (the only shop in the village to do so, at the time), art glass and woodwork, along with fine jewelry.   In its earliest days, Imagine represented fewer than 50 artists, many of whom Panzarella had known from the craft show circuit. About half of those artists continue to show and sell their work today through Imagine, joining more than 100 other local and national artists.   Panzarella’s two daughters, Sarah—now gallery director—and Carolyn, have worked on and off at the shop since its earliest days.   Another mainstay behind the counter is shop manager Denise Wiedor, a Skaneateles resident who has been with the shop 15 years; her daughter, Alyssa, now works there too.   Imagine has also been a family affair for the Fosters: Julia became the first member of her family to work there, while in high school and college; she was followed by her mother, Lynda, now a full-time employee, and her sister Emma.   “I’ve been gifted in the number of people who have stayed with us,” says Panzarella. “The staff have added tremendously to our success and become part of the Imagine family.   “Many of our customers have been with us from the early days, too,” he says. “People tell us that when they’re in town, this is the first place they visit.”   “We have clientele from as far away as North Carolina and California,” says Sarah Panzarella. “They’re not here as often, but they’re just as loyal as customers living on State Street.”  

Disaster Strikes   On Jan. 17, 2000, pipes burst in the apartment above the shop, causing Imagine to flood.   The jewelry survived, but much of the woodwork froze.   “We had to tear up the inside of the store and the flooring. We were closed for two months,” says Joe. “It was the worst thing that ever happened to me, professionally.”   When the shop reopened, it had a new look, along with a drop ceiling, recessed lights and central air-conditioning.  

Growth and Expansion   In July 2009, after Joe learned that he would have to temporarily relocate as Imagine’s building underwent restoration, Imagine That…  opened at 38 E. Genesee St., headed by Sarah and her husband, Jeremy Randall. The stand-alone gallery allowed for added space to expand the collection, and host monthly exhibitions and First Friday artists’ receptions.   “After 15 years of working for my dad, I was no longer just an employee—Imagine That…  gave me the opportunity to learn the back-room operations, have ownership and execute on my vision,” says Sarah. “At that point, I wasn’t thinking of Imagine as a long-term career. Branching out on my own gave me the leadership skills I needed to see the possibilities.”   Imagine joined forces with Imagine That… in April 2010. The two have been together ever since, selling jewelry, art glass, woodwork, paintings, prints, photography, textiles and ceramics. Their joint vision works well, the Panzarellas say, with Joe doing more of the paperwork and Sarah handling more of the contact with artists.     “Imagine has evolved over the years, and we’re in a much larger space now (1,350 square feet of display space versus 550),” says Sarah. “But there’s also great continuity. It’s nice to have continuing relationships with artists who have been here from the start.”  

 Supporting the Community Joe, who believes it is important to give back to the community that has been so supportive of him, has been involved with the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce since 1993 and never misses an opportunity to support local fund-raisers. Now serving his final year on the Chamber’s board of directors, he also is longtime chair of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee (formerly the Merchants Association) and Dickens Christmas Committee.   “Joe Panzarella and Imagine have been an integral part of the Skaneateles business community since they opened their doors 20 years ago,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Chamber. “Joe almost immediately took part in the Merchants Association and has served on the Chamber board since 2000.   “Sarah also has become involved with the community, and was a major force behind the development of Skaneateles’ First Friday,” she notes. “The Panzarellas’ hard work and dedication to our community are second to none.” With Joe turning 65 earlier this year, he and Sarah are now transitioning roles, so that Sarah becomes the eventual owner, and Joe her assistant.   “Twenty years ago, my father had a wonderful vision, which has proven its longevity,” says Sarah. “I plan to continue that, and to bring in new and exciting work.”  

Anniversary Special To mark its 20th anniversary, Imagine will host a Business After Hours for members of the Skaneateles Chamber Nov. 15.   In addition, the shop will offer a 20 percent discount on all items through Thanksgiving to customers who say, “Happy Anniversary!”   “I would like to thank all our customers, who have supported us and helped us grow,” says Joe. “They’re a part of our extended Imagine family.”  

Posted: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 @ 12:58 pm by Curt
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