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Picture this: A charming turn-of-the-last-century Village by the Lake. One of the Finger Lakes in Central New York that is.

Trouble is, how do you pronounce it? It all started before the American Revolution when the local Iroqious Indians labeled our crystal blue waters “Long, Beautiful Lake” which in Indaian parlance was “Skaneateles”.

Walking around the Village you will likely hear Skinny Atlas. Indeed, many local business websites but that in print. We think that’s because five syllables is a lot for any word, especially after a couple of beers. However, if you ask the “Old Timers”,or the Mayor, or anyone at the Historical Society; you will hear Skan-ee-at-e-les.

Still in doubt? This is a link to Merriam Webster On Line dictionary, where they have an audio pronunciation link. Try it out. Then come and enjoy the “StoryBook Village” and say it any way you want. Enjoy!

Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2007 @ 8:45 am by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles


Sterling Renaissance Festival

Sterling Renaissance Festival (Weekends only July – Mid August)
15385 Farden Road
Sterling, NY 13156
Experience an authentic Elizabethan festival in 16th-century Warwick, England. The professional theater company combines with arts and crafts, jousting, games and refreshments in an entertaining atmosphere set in a shady forest. Weekends only July – August.

Posted: Saturday, June 30th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles


New Hope Mills

New Hope Mills Inc.
5983 Glen Haven Rd., off Rt. 41A
Moravia, NY 13118
This water-powered gristmill has been operating since 1823. The mill offers a country store featuring New Hope Mills pancake mixes. Country store open year-round, Monday-Saturday, guided mill tours by appointment. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit New Hope Mills second retail location at 181 York Street in Auburn.

Posted: Saturday, June 30th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles


MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd.

MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd.
3260 Route 90
Aurora, NY 13026
Set on a picturesque farm overlooking Cayuga Lake, visitors can tour the restored Victorian Farmhouse and see the beautiful hand-decorated ceramic tableware and home furnishings produced by MacKenzie-Childs. See a video of the production process at the tourist center, browse through the retail shop and enjoy the country gardens.

Posted: Saturday, June 30th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles


Cayuga County Fair Speedway

Cayuga County Fair Speedway
1 Speedway Drive, Route 31
Weedsport, NY 13166
Headquarters of Dirt Motorsports, Inc. and home of the Hall of Fame and Classic Car Museum. Sunday night is race night, April – September.

Posted: Saturday, June 30th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles