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THIS WEEKS’ EVENTS (For more events visit www.skaneateles.com)
Beginning October 28 – November 13 Drop by 1st National Gifts, 2 E. Genesee St. and be
a helpful citizen! Brighton is offering their Jingle Triple Pouch set absolutely free with any single
$100 Brighton purchase ($75 retail value). Limit one per customer, while supplies last. So come
in and do your duty! (315) 685-5454
November 2- December 14 YMCA: Adventures in Art: Ages 7-12 years, Wednesdays 4-
5:30pm. Skaneateles YMCA Taught by a NYS Certified art teacher. This fun filled class is
designed to stimulates the imagination while exploring a variety of media. Self expression and
creativity is encouraged. Materials are included. Y members: $140 General Public: $ 175.00
Wednesday, November 2 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Adults Creekside Books & Coffee, 35
Fennell St. Admission $1.00 per person. (315) 685-0379 www.creeksidebooks.com
Wednesday, November 2 PITCH: Marketing Your Strengths – Custom Business Services,
360 Grant Ave Rd., Auburn will discuss the challenges of always putting your best foot forward.
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm (Networking 5:15pm – 5:30pm, Discussion 5:30pm – 6:45pm) $10 per
person, registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, call
315.258.8780. Please visit www.cbscooperative.com for more information about what PITCH is!
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 3, 4 & 5 SCHOOL PLAY: Skaneateles High
School Drama presents Noises off! A TONY award winning comedy by Michael Frayn11/3 & 11/4
show at 7:30 PM; 11/5 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM Tickets: Adults $10.00 Students & Sr. Citizens $8.00
Reserve your tickets at www.showtix4u.com (Tickets also available at the door for each
performance).
Thursday, November 3 OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night with Joanne Perry. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Thursday, November 3 WINE TASTING: First in a series of wine tasting. 7:00 PM upstairs in
Library Hall, Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St. Featuring Eric Baist, the Regional
Manager of Hope Family wines who will present Liberty School, Candor and Treanna wines.
Space is limited, reservations required. (315) 685-5135 or help@skaneateleslibrary.org Cost: 4
tastings $25; single tasting $8 Next wine tasting Thursday, December 1. 7:00 PM
Friday, November 4 MUSEUM: The Creamery Museum, 28 Hannum St., will be open on
Fridays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM through November 18; Nov 25 – Dec 18 Friday, Saturday and
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 PM; Dec 19-31 Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 PM, or as always, by appointment.
(315) 685-1360. Looking for a Holiday gift, visit the new Gift Shop at the Creamery featuring
many historical and Skaneateles themed gifts. Visit the Creamery during their Holiday Open
House on Sunday, December 4.
Friday, November 4 CHAMBER: Please join us in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to welcome our
new businesses: Fennell Market, 19 Fennell St.(4:15 PM), Elan Interiors, 37 Fennell St.(4:00
PM), Hobby House Toys, 7 Jordan St.(4:30 PM) and The Irish Store, 5 Jordan St. (4:45 PM).
Friday, November 4 FUNDRAISER: Holy Trinity Preschool’s Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction. 4:30
– 7:00 PM. Enjoy all you can eat pasta dinner that includes: Pasta (penne buttered or w/ sauce)
meatballs, sausage, bread, salad & homemade desserts. $6/person; $5/under 12; 2 & under
free. Holy Trinity is located at 37 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-3121
Friday, November 4 MUSIC: 8:00 PM John Lennon Imagined: Beatles & Solo Years. Award
Winning 7-Piece Ensemble Pays compelling Tribute to Music Icon at Auburn Public Theater.
Tickets: $23 (10% discount APT members) (315) 253-6669 www.auburnpublictheater.com
Friday, November 4 While out for First Friday Art Night stop by at Paris Flea, 23 Jordan St for
their re-opening at 4 PM (closed 11/1-3). Get a first look at their decorations, plus learn about
their great tree and holiday decorating service. (315) 685-7228.
Friday, November 4 First Friday Art Night in Skaneateles! Local Art Galleries, Restaurants
and Retail stores extend their hours for the First Friday of each month May – December.
Galleries open 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Featuring artist openings, demonstrations, entertainment &
light refreshments.
• The Skaneateles Artisans Gallery under the Stone, 3 Fennell St. will feature e-
Scapes, landscapes paintings by Evelyn Dankovich. The month long exhibit highlights her
visual exploration of the view beyond the city, which some might consider escapes from
the concrete and steel and neon man-made environment to a place of stillness, light and
natural beauty. A special wine tasting by Elbridge Wine & Spirits will feature NYS wines.
(315) 685-8580.
• Photographs by John Bishop, of Tully, will be featured throughout the month of November
at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St. The exhibition opens
Nov. 4 as part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided,
along with entertainment by the Usual Suspects, an old-time string band. (315) 685-
6263.
• Snake Oil Glassworks, 4251 Jordan Rd. will step away from our usual glassblowing
demonstrations in the studio for November’s First Friday event. This time, it will be our
pleasure to be showing the work of Richard Williams, Illustrator and Painter, and his
painting students, who have been laboring away at their easels in our cold shop since last
July. Please join us in welcoming Barbara Delmonico, Robert Harris, Jurgen Karker,
Christy Lemp, Marilyn Masters, Pam Monaco, Cole Pajak, Carol Stokes-Cawley, and Mary
Torrisi. Stop by anytime from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to see their artwork, ask questions, and
enjoy some light refreshments. Questions (315) 685-5091 and
www.snakeoilglassworks.com
• Gallery 54 presents “Best if Used: Functional Pottery by Jim Burke” opening Friday
November 4 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Gallery 54. Entertainment by Christopher Molloy and
his Electric Blue Harp. Wine tasting by Giancarelli Winery. Meet the artist and enjoy First
Friday in Skaneateles. Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St. specializes in fine art and craft
created by CNY artists. www.gallery54cny.com. Hours: Mon-Thurs. 11-5, Fri 11-6, Sat
10-5, and Sun 11-5. (315) 685-5470
• Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. with Jon Peterson’s Singer Songwriter Night
featuring Loren Barrigar, Jim Van Arsdale, Maureen Hennesey & more local musical
favorites. Creekside Coffeehouse serves an assortment of appetizers, baked goods, coffee
products, refreshments, and wine & beer beverages. 8:00 – 10:00 PM (315) 685- 0379
www.creeksidebooks.com
• Joe’s Pasta Garage will display the work of Gary Sirotiak, Landscape Artist. Stop in the
foyer of 28 Jordan St., 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM to view his work. For more information about
Gary call (315) 685-5315. For Joe’s Pasta Garage (315) 685-6116.
Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5 MOVIE: Young Frankenstein 11/4 @ 1PM & 8 PM; 11/5
at 8 PM t Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St @ Genesee St. (315) 253-6669. Advance
online $5.00/person www.auburnpublictheater.org $6.00 at the door.
Friday, November 4 – November 11 The Skaneateles Girls Lacrosse Team will be
honoring the Veterans again this Veteran’s Day with a flag memorial at Shotwell and Clift Parks.
Flags will be displayed Nov. 4 – 12 with a special ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11:00 AM. To
purchase a flag, contact Mary Gaffney at 685-0229 or Carolyn Tierney at 685-1205. Flags cost
$40.00 each and have a name plate attached.
Saturday, November 5 MUSIC: 7:30 – 9:30 PM Mark D’Alberto. Creekside Coffeehouse, 35
Fennell St. (315) 685- 0379 www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Saturdays November 5- December 17 YMCA: Ballet for Children: Ages 5-8 11:15am-
12:15pm 9yrs and up 12:15pm-1:15pm Skaneateles YMCA, Ginny crimmins will instruct
children in correct ballet technique. A combination of demonstration, explanation and instruction
will introduce students to life with dance. Y Member: $70; General Public: $90
Sunday, November 6 MUSIC: 3:00 – 5:00 PM Jim Johns & Daryl Pug. Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. (315) 685- 0379 www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Wednesday, November 9 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Adults Creekside Books & Coffee, 35
Fennell St. Admission $1.00 per person. (315) 685-0379 www.creeksidebooks.com
Thursday, November 10 CHAMBER: Monthly meeting at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. Panel of
CPA’s will be present beginning at 11:15 to discuss things small businesses should be aware of
for the upcoming tax year and answer questions; lunch at Noon ($20.00/person); After lunch,
Jane Amico, from Centerstate CEO will offer Skaneateles Chamber members a discount to join
their organization and the benefits for our members. RSVP (315) 685-0552.
Thursday, November 10 OPEN MIC: Open Mic w/ Joanne Perry. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Thursday, November 10 WINE DINNER: Antinori Italian Wine Dinner & Festival at the
Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM $75/person (plus gratuity and tax). For
reservations call (315) 685-3405
Friday, November 11 MUSIC: 7:30 – 9:30 PM East of Eden. Creekside Coffeehouse, 35
Fennell St. (315) 685- 0379 www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Friday & Saturday November 11 & 12 Free Wine & Italian appetizer tasting during a
presentation of Antinori wins from Italy’s premier winery. 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Village Bottle
Shop, 18 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-5197
Saturday, October 12 MUSIC: 7:30 – 9:30 PM Sloppy Joes. Creekside Coffeehouse, 35
Fennell St. (315) 685- 0379 www.creeksidebooks.com Free
Saturday, November 12 FUNDRAISER: “Friends of Hospice” Thrift Shop. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM,
Start your holiday shopping! Seasonal decorations; cards; clothing & accessories; small scale
furniture; home décor and artwork; antiques and collectibles. Willard Chapel, Room #7, 17
Nelson St., Auburn. (315) 255-2733
Wednesday, November 16 Women’s Event: WomenTIES Syracuse Mini Holiday showcase &
luncheon. “15 Top Sales Tips”. The featured speakers include: Erika Davis, Owner of Creekside
Books & Coffee; Karie Ballway, Brand Consultant with the Cooley Group; Cammi Clark, Editor-in-
Chief of Today’s CNY Woman magazine; Sue Dove, Executive Director of the Skaneateles
Chamber of Commerce and Tracy Higginbotham, President of Women TIES. 11:15 AM – 2:00 PM
at the Inn Between Restaurant, 2290 State Rt 5. $30/person includes display space, program,
lunch, promotion & networking. Register at http://womenties.com/regform.cfm?EID=188
MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Change in The Creamery Museum, 28 Hannum St. Hours Beginning Friday, November 4 The
Creamery will be open, Friday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM through November 18; Nov 25 – Dec 18
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Dec 19 – 31 Fridays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, or
as always, by appointment. (315) 685-1360. Looking for a Holiday gift, visit the new Gift Shop
at the Creamery featuring many historical and Skaneateles themed gifts. Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 4.
“Let’s Talk Turkey”
The Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a food drive for the Skaneateles
Ecumenical Food Pantry until November 21st. Orange bins have been placed in the chamber,
local banks, credit union, and the village and town offices. Please consider bringing nonperishable
food, cleaning supplies, or giving a monetary donation. For only $15 the food pantry
can purchase a turkey. Please make checks payable to Ecumenical Food Pantry. Please help us
fill the bins this holiday season!
Paris Flea will be closed November 1 – 3 entertaining elves from the North Pole who will be
helping them decorate for Christmas. They will be re-opening at 4:00 PM on Friday, November
4th. Visit Paris Flea and get a first look at their decorations, plus learn about their great tree and
holiday decorating service.
SAVES kicks off its annual fund campaign, “Coming to The Rescue”. SAVES, founded in 1967, is
an independent, nonprofit organization not directly affiliated with the Town or Village of
Skaneateles. SAVES is staffed by over 40 trained professionals and volunteers, 12 Paramedics,
and a dedicated base of volunteer attendants and drivers. Less than 20% of residents actually
contribute to, “Coming to The Rescue.” SAVES is appealing to the entire community to join the
campaign. Visit www.savesambulance.com Please make checks to SAVES and mail to 77 Fennell
St.
Join in on a Pursa Palooza by donating your new & gently used purses & bags (totes & wallets
too!) to benefit Tammy Twitchell Crafts Foundation, Inc. (Tammy Twitchell Crafts provides
assistance to families who are affected by Cystic Fibrosis). Donations will be accepted until Nov
28th. You can drop your bags off locally to Kathy Palmieri, 12 Goodspeed Place. Questions 685-
3917 or krpalmieri@gmail.com
Fennell Market is now open at 19 Fennell St. Hours: Tues – Sat 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (315) 291-
7043. orders@fennellmarket.com Coming soon www.fennellmarket.com
Eagle Newspapers and the Skaneateles Chamber are teaming up for a special shopping day
in Skaneateles on December 8th from 10 AM – 8 PM (this replaces Ladies & Gents Night). As a
merchant or restaurant we are asking you to come up with some sort of special, create a coupon
and advertise it in the 7 community Eagle Newspapers on November 30th. The Chamber will
promote the shopping day so please let us know what you will be doing. Raffle baskets and
drink tickets will be provided. If you would like to donate contact Sue at
sdove@skaneateles.com. If you would like to advertise contact Sharon at the Skaneateles Press
Hobby House Toys is now open at 7 Jordan Street. Stop by and say Hello to owners Sue &
John O’Neil our newest members (315) 291-7012. Hobby House Toys are open regular hours;
Extended hours during the holiday season!
Enjoy great food and your favorite wine. Bring your favorite bottle of wine to the Oak & Vine at
the Springside Inn, 6141 West Lake Rd, Auburn and the Corkage fee will be waived. Mondays
only! (315) 252-8463 or www.oakandvine.com for reservations. Serving: M – F 4:30 – 10 PM;
Sat Noon – 10 PM; Sun. 1 PM – 8 PM.
Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
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. Check the website
for scheduled events throughout the fall www.baltimorewoods.org or call (315) 673-1350
SALES:
Do you need lateral file drawers for storage? The Skaneateles Historical Society has two sets
they no longer need: one set has two sections 42″ long, 30″ high, and 18″ deep; the other has
two sections 37″ long, 39″ high, and 20″ deep. We’d like to get them out of the office within the
next couple of weeks. We’ll accept the best offer! Please call 685-1360 if you’d like further
details or to arrange a time to check them out.
Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd. is now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Day. (315)
252-7247 or www.springsideinn.com
Mixed Use (Retail, Office, Residential Condos) property available. Available Sq Ft – Office or
Retail Space #1- 880 Sq Ft; Rental Rate: $20.50 / Sq Ft per Year NNN 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.
$3.00 Burgers every Thursday at Johnny Angels Heavenly Burgers, 22 Jordan St.
www.johnnyangels.biz (315) 685-0100. Can’t beat the taste….can’t beat the price! Try one
today. Join Johnny Angels on Facebook!
Professional Office Space available at Custom Business Services coop. 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
Literacy Volunteers of Cayuga County is looking for volunteers. Tutor Training workshops will be
held starting October 24, at their offices at the Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn. Tutor
workshops consist of six sessions over a three-week period. Please call (315) 253-5241 for more
information or to register.
REOCCURING EVENTS:
Labor Day – Memorial Day John D. Barrow Art Gallery is open Thursday and Friday 10:00
AM – 3:00 PM. Private tours by appointment (315) 685-5135. Visit the Gallery online at
www.barrowgallery.org.
Thru December The Creamery Museum, 28 Hannum St. Hours Beginning Friday, November 4
The Creamery will be open, Friday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM through November 18; Nov 25 – Dec 18
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Dec 19 – 31 Fridays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, or
as always, by appointment. (315) 685-1360. Looking for a Holiday gift, visit the new Gift Shop
at the Creamery featuring many historical and Skaneateles themed gifts. Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 4. www.skaneateleshistoricalsociety.org
Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – Daily mass at 9:00 AM with Father McGrath at
Stella Maris, 130 E. Genesee St. (315) 685-6836
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 Saturday 9:00 PM Live entertainment at the Cedar House Bowling Lane bar (315) 685-
5117.
Every Sunday 4 – 7 PM Live entertainment at the Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St. (315) 685-
3405
Have a great day!
Candace Searing
Administrative 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

Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 @ 5:51 pm by Curt
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Patchwork Plus Welcomes Quilt Designer Nancy Murty Nov. 19

Patchwork Plus Welcomes Quilt Designer Nancy Murty Nov. 19, 2011

Quilter, author and fabric designer Nancy Murty will sign copies of her book, “Sisterhood—A Quilting Tradition,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Patchwork Plus Quilt and Yarn Shop, 2532 Cherry Valley Turnpike (Rte. 20), Marcellus.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include a trunk show of the 11 quilts in her book, along with other patterns.

“Nancy’s book features traditional pieced quilts that have been given a fresh look for today’s quilters,” says May Arnett of Patchwork Plus. “She will talk about why she chose the patterns she did, and how she gave them an updated look.

“Nancy is extremely creative,” says Arnett. “Her quilt designs reflect her art background and her interest in nature as a subject. She blends elements of traditional pieced quilts with those of creative art quilts.”

Murty, of Farmington, is owner of Bee Creative Studio, which specializes in pictorial appliqué quilt patterns. She opened the studio in 1999, after graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and spending seven years in the advertising industry.

Her quilts have won numerous awards, including the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry at the 2004 International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston.

Since 2004, Murty has been exploring mixed media artwork, using paint and dye on cotton or silk textiles, and then stitching details into the surface to add depth and dimension.

She also designs whimsical fabric collections for Andover Fabrics.

“Sewing has always been a part of my family’s heritage,” she writes. “Over the years, I’ve had the great fortune of meeting many wonderful people through quilting, and many cherished friends have been folded into this sisterhood as well.”

Refreshments will be provided. The program is appropriate for quilt makers of all skill levels.

For more information, call 315-673-2208 or go to http://www.patchworkplus.com.

Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 @ 10:54 am by Curt
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Dickens Christmas Brings Its Magic to Skaneateles

Do you believe in magic?

If not, you may have a hard time explaining the 60+ Victorian-era characters who will soon be roaming the streets of Skaneateles.

Dickens Christmas returns for its 18th year Nov. 25 and runs noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.

And what brings these merry marauders to town? The year is 1842, and Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, “A Christmas Carol.” He and Queen Victoria journey to Skaneateles, where they meet such villagers as Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Fagin, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The free, family-friendly event draws more than 20,000 visitors each year. It is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and sponsored by Mirbeau Inn and Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community.

Highlights include:

• The World’s Smallest Christmas Parade, which kicks off Nov. 25 at noon. The parade—featuring Charles Dickens and his entourage and a handful of floats—begins at the old firehouse on Fennell Street and proceeds east to Jordan and Genesee streets, arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.

• 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.

• Performances by Striking Strings, the Eastman Community Music School Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble, at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Skaneateles Library.

• Horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, departing from the Sherwood Inn.

• Free refreshments, including roasted chestnuts donated by Tops Friendly Markets 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.

Everyone is invited to borrow period costumes from the Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and join in the merriment. New this year will be the identification of “Official Dickens Photo Spots,” which serve as an ideal backdrop for family photos.

“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.”

Looking for still more magic?

Meet John Henry Anderson, Wonderful Wizard of the North.

Anderson (aka Dave Rojahn, of York, Pa.) will perform comedy magic shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26 at the Skaneateles Library; at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the United Methodist Church (as part of Skaneateles Sings); and at 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at the Skaneateles Library.

Anderson was a popular Scottish magician who toured the United States in the 1840s and 1850s and “led a very diverse life,” says Rojahn. “He grew up poor and was orphaned at the age of 10 but was determined to make something of himself. At 17 he started performing magic. His show went on to become world famous, and he performed for Queen Victoria and other crown heads of Europe and the Orient.”

Rojahn says today’s audiences would find Anderson’s tricks dull (“things moved a lot slower back then”), so he’s added a partner to the act—Rocky, the world’s only mind-reading raccoon. “Children and adults alike find him irresistible, with his outrageous antics and amazing feats of mind-reading,” he says.

To ensure that audiences always see something new, Rojahn changes the act from year to year. This year, Rocky will pull water from someone’s head, make cards jump from one person’s pocket to another, and make money appear and disappear.

Rojahn describes the Dickens cast as “absolutely wonderful” and says “everyone comes to have fun.” What does he enjoy most? “Just being in Skaneateles—what better place is there to celebrate the holidays? It’s like being in a storybook.”

Behind the scenes

Magic doesn’t just happen—it’s conjured by the cast and crew and village merchants, with an assist from Mother Nature.

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 the headmistress of the finishing school; Brian Goldblatt, of Lafayette, who is associate director and plays Jacob Marley; Krystal Scott, of Weedsport, who is associate director; and Tracey Greene, of Dryden, who is costumer.

The artwork for this year’s poster was provided by Kathleen Schneider, of Camillus, a co-owner of Gallery 54 whose artwork also formed the basis for this year’s Lavender Festival poster.

More than 120 local businesses make Dickens Christmas possible through their sponsorship support. This year’s presenting sponsor is Mirbeau Inn and Spa. Father Christmas sponsors include Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Hamburgers, KeyBank, The Sherwood Inn, Summit Auto, Tops Friendly Markets and Verizon Business Services. Charles Dickens sponsors include ADworks of Skaneateles, Arbor House Inn and Suites, Bluewater Grill, Community Bank, Creekside Books & Coffee, Doug’s Fish Fry, Group M Communications, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Imagine, Joe’s Pasta Garage, M&T Bank, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Paris Flea, Pomodoro, Rhubarb, the Skaneateles Library, Skaneateles Town Square and Wegmans.

“I’m always excited about the magic we create, and the magic people bring to this show,” says Jim Greene. “You gotta believe….”

For more information on Dickens Christmas, go to http://www.skaneateles.com, call 315-685-0552, or follow the event on Facebook (Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles) or Twitter (@DickensXmas).

Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 @ 10:39 am by Curt
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On-going Onondaga County Events!

 

~  IMAX Movies:   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2, Under the Sea, Mystery of the Great Lakes & T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous are currently showing at the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST). Call 425-9068 or www.most.org for specific times and dates.  Visit their new exhibit New York Remembers & DINOMania!

 

~   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.

 

~  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.

 

~  Community Folk Art Center is featuring their latest exhibit African Diasporan Treasures – 40 Years of Community Folk Art Center continuting through December 10th.  For details, call 442-2230 or visit the website at www.CommunityFolkArtCenter.org.

 

~  Highland Forest County Park is a great place to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage!  For details,  call 683-5550 or go to www.OnondagaCountyParks.com.

 

~  Everson Museum of Art is featuring several exciting exhibits: Pae White: Dying Oak/Elephant and Ballerina (Wild Raspberry Bush),  From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, Art Full Yoga, Margie Hughto: A Fired Landscap3 & Art Gone Wild! Prints and Paintings by Animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.   Call 474-6064 or visit the website at www.Everson.org for details.

 

~  The Erie Canal Museum’s featured exhibit thru October 27 is American Chartres: Buffalo’s Waterfront Elevators, Photographs by Bruce Jackson.  For more information, call 471-0593 or visit the website at www.ErieCanalMuseum.org for details.

 

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

 

~  Onondaga Lake Park  – Central New York’s premier park conveniently located on Rt. 370 in Liverpool.  Call 453-6712 or go to www.OnondagaCountyParks.com for details.

 

~  Spaghetti Warehouse features Acme Mystery Dinner Theater  on Thursday evenings and Magic Circle Children’s Theater on Saturdays about noon.  Call 475-1807 for details.

 

~  The Central Library at the Galleries is featuring the various art exhibits & programs to explore.  For more information call 435-1834 or visit the website at www.onlib.org for details.

 


Continuing thru 12/21/2011

Event:     Wednesday Night Walk Up Radio

Location:  Wise Guys Comedy Club & Bistro, 201 South Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-477-9898

 

Continuing thru 10/29/2011

Event:     Colorfornia: New Forms in West Coast Street Art: Apex, Chor Boogie, and Jet Martinez, Location:  The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-443-6450

 

Continuing thru 10/30/2011

Event:     Fright Night at the Fair

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

For More Info:  315-703-9620

 

Continuing thru 10/29/2011

Event:     Spooky Owl Trail – Haunted Hike

Location:  Rt. 80 Quarry Ridge Stables, 5016 South Onondaga Road, Nedrow

For More Info:  315-492-3404

 

Continuing thru 10/30/2011

Event:     Golubs’ Our Farm Total Farm Experience

Location:  The Golubs, 1590 Peth Road, Cazenovia

For More Info:  315-655-8453

 

Continuing thru 10/29/2011

Event:     Hollow Weekends at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Location:  Sylvan Beach Amusement Park Grounds, 112 Bridge Street, Sylvan Beach

For More Info:  315-947-5782

 

Continuing thru 10/30/2011

Event:     Screamers Hollow at The Sterling Renaissance Festival

Location:  The Sterling Renaissance Festival Grounds, 15385 Farden Road, Sterling

For More Info:  315-947-5782

 

Continuing thru 10/31/2011

Event:     Camp High Esteem’s Creepy Camp presents Autumn Nightmare & INTENSITY Location:  Shoppingtown Mall (near Sear’s), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt

For More Info:  315-655-9735

 

Continuing thru 11/6/2011

Event:     SU @ CU, CU @ SU Exchange Exhibition Part I

Location:  XL Projects, 300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-442-2542

 

Continuing thru 11/6/2011

Event:     Syracuse Stage presents: The Boys Next Door

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

For More Info:  315-443-3275

 

Continuing thru 11/19/2011

Event:     Art Gone Wild

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

For More Info:  315-435-8511

 

Continuing thru 10/28/2011

Event:     Rarely Done Productions presents: The Exonerated

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

For More Info:  315-546-3224

 

Continuing thru 10/29/2011

Event:     The Great Zoo Boo

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

For More Info:  315-435-8511

 

Continuing thru 10/31/2011

Event:     Exhibit: Cardiff Giant Replica on Display

Location:  City Hall Commons Atrium, 233 E Washington St, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-428-1864

 

Continuing thru 10/30/2011

Event:     Enchanted Beaver Lake

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

For More Info:  315-638-2519

 

Continuing thru 10/30/2011

Event:     Jamie Lissow & JL Cauvin Live at Wise Guys

Location:  Wise Guys Comedy Club & Bistro, 201 South Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-477-9898

 

Starts:  10/27/2011       Ends: 11/5/2011

Event:     Play:  The Red House presents “Bat Boy the Musical”

Location:  Red House Arts Center, 201 S. West Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-425-0405

 

Starts:  10/28/2011       Ends: 10/28/2011

Event:     Dukar Empowerment

Location:  CNY Yoga, 2384 James St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-635-2739

 

Starts:  10/28/2011       Ends: 10/28/2011

Event:     Horrors of Comedy Tour

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

For More Info:  315-832-0643

 

Starts:  10/28/2011       Ends: 10/28/2011

Event:     Yoga Trance Dance for Charity with Helena Zera

Location:  O Yoga, 300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-314-7754

 

Starts:  10/28/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     Syracuse Astronomical Society Public Viewing Session

Location:  Darling Hill Observatory, Strong Road, Tully

For More Info:  315-559-4737

 

Starts:  10/28/2011       Ends: 10/30/2011

Event:     Country Folk Art Show

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

For More Info:  315-487-7711

 

Starts:  10/29/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     Chestnut Dance

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

For More Info:  315-471-0593  Ext 15

 

Starts:  10/29/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     Ghost and Goblins Halloween Event!

Location:  Village of Manlius Centre Pond, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius

For More Info:  315-682-7887

 

Starts:  10/29/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     Meet ‘Dan the Snake Man’

Location:  Central Library, 300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-435-1900

 

Starts:  10/29/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     MOST presents: A Hogwarts Halloween

Location:  Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-425-9068 x2132

 

Starts:  10/29/2011       Ends: 10/29/2011

Event:     Quilts4Charity One Day Quilt Show

Location:  Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St, Liverpool

For More Info:  315-457-0310 x 112

 

Starts:  10/30/2011       Ends: 10/30/2011

Event:     Civic Morning Musicals “Live! At The Everson”

Location:  Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-424-3984

 

Starts:  10/30/2011       Ends: 10/30/2011

Event:     Irish Road Bowling

Location:  Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool

For More Info:  383-0733 or 437-2065 x315

 

Starts:  10/30/2011       Ends: 10/30/2011

Event:     Live music by Chris Trapper with Kristen Cifelli

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

For More Info:  315-479-5299

 

Starts:  10/30/2011       Ends: 10/30/2011

Event:     Westcott Halloween Extravaganza

Location:  Westcott Theater & Performing Arts Center, 524 Westcott Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-299-8886

 

Starts:  11/1/2011         Ends: 11/1/2011

Event:     Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series Presents Dennis Lehane

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

For More Info:  315-435-1832

 

Starts:  11/1/2011         Ends: 11/1/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Cal State-LA (exhibition)

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  888-366-3849

 

Starts:  11/2/2011         Ends: 11/2/2011

Event:     Sinnean Vineyards Seminar

Location:  Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles

For More Info:  315-685-1927

 

Starts:  11/2/2011         Ends: 11/2/2011

Event:     Y94FM Glamour Gala presented by Natur-Tyme

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

For More Info:  315-488-6300

 

Starts:  11/2/2011         Ends: 11/6/2011

Event:     Northeast Regional Pre-Owned RV Sale

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

For More Info:  888-803-3193

 

Starts:  11/3/2011         Ends: 11/6/2011

Event:     Kyle Grooms & Larry DeFelice Live at Wise Guys

Location:  Wise Guys Comedy Club & Bistro, 201 South Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-477-9898

 

Starts:  11/4/2011         Ends: 11/4/2011

Event:     Syracuse Silver Knights Home Opener

Location:  War Memorial at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-303-7261

 

Starts:  11/4/2011         Ends: 12/24/2011

Event:     Art Mart 2011

Location:  Atrium at City Hall Commons, 300 West Fayette Street, Syracuse

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

 

Starts:  11/5/2011         Ends: 11/5/2011

Event:     Mission: Wolf

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

For More Info:  315-638-2519

 

Starts:  11/5/2011         Ends: 11/6/2011

Event:     Great New York State Model Train Fair

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

For More Info:  315-488-8208

 

Starts:  11/8/2011         Ends: 11/8/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. College of St. Rose (exhibition)

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  888-366-3849

 

Starts:  11/10/2011       Ends: 11/13/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Alumni Weekend

Location:  Syracuse University, 215 University Place, Syracuse

For More Info:  315-443-1870

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/11/2011

Event:     Furthur: Fall Tour 2011

Location:  War Memorial at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse

For More Info:  315-435-2121

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/11/2011

Event:     Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYs)

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

For More Info:  315-727-5693

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/11/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Football vs. USF

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  1-888-DOMETIX

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/12/2011

Event:     2nd Annual Music Industry Conference (MIC)

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

For More Info:  315-435-8000

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/13/2011

Event:     2011 Junior League Holiday Shoppes

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

For More Info:  315-423-9773

 

Starts:  11/11/2011       Ends: 11/13/2011

Event:     New & Used Ski Sale & Swap

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

For More Info:  585-292-0580

 

Starts:  11/12/2011       Ends: 11/12/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Fordham University

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  888-366-3849

 

Starts:  11/13/2011       Ends: 11/13/2011

Event:     Disney’s Phineas and Ferb LIVE! On Tour

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

For More Info:  315-435-8000

 

Starts:  11/14/2011       Ends: 11/14/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Manhattan

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  888-366-3849

 

Starts:  11/15/2011       Ends: 11/15/2011

Event:     Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Albany/Brown

Location:  Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info:  888-366-3849

 

Starts:  11/18/2011       Ends: 11/20/2011

Event:     Leatherstocking Cluster Fall Dog Shows

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

For More Info:  610-376-1880

 

Starts:  11/18/2011       Ends: 11/20/2011

Event:     National Parts Peddler Auction & Trade Show

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

For More Info:  315-699-7583

 

Starts:  11/19/2011       Ends: 11/19/2011

Event:     Comic Bill Cosby at the Landmark Theater

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

For More Info:  315-475-7980

 

Linda Woodrow

 

Executive Assistant &
Marketing Coordinator

 

Syracuse Convention & Visitors
Bureau

 

CenterState Corporation for
Economic Opportunity

 

572 South Salina St., Syracuse, NY
13202

 

Phone: 315-470-1913 | Fax:
315-471-8545

 

LWoodrow@VisitSyracuse.org

 

www.VisitSyracuse.org

 

 

 

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Twitter:  www.Twitter.com/SyracuseNY

Posted: Saturday, October 29th, 2011 @ 6:47 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles

 
 
 
 

THE CENTER
1 Hoffman St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: 315.704.0319
Fax: 315.704.0160

www.TheCenter4Wellness.com

 

GENTLE YOGA FOR 50’S PLUS LEVEL II at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn) with instructor Georgia Stormes, RYT 500, Thursdays, November 3 – December 8, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Cost: $65.00 for five sessions. Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com or call 315.704.0319.

 

“FIRST FRIDAY” at The Center, 1 Hoffman Street, Auburn. All are welcome to come by between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on November 4 for great specials: 20% off gift shop items (except consignments); 10% off gift certificates and more! Also, all are welcome to participate in the drumming circle with Ron Van Nostrand which begins at 8:00 pm.

 

DRUMMING CIRCLE WITH RON VAN NOSTRAND at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), “First Friday,” November 4, 8:00 – 10:00 pm. Ron leads drumming circles at The Center each month. Please call 315.704.0319 to reserve your place. Suggested donation: $10.

 

REIKI CERTIFICATION LEVEL I at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with Reiki Master Jennifer Adamski. Cost: $125 includes all materials. This class is a combination of lecture, discussion and practice. Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319.

 

GROUP HYPNOSIS FOR WEIGHT LOSS/EXERCISE MOTIVATION at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), Monday, November 14, 6:00 – 7:30 pm with facilitator Connie Heagerty, CHT. Cost: $45. This workshop will include a group weight loss/exercise motivation hypnosis session, lessons on how to use self-hypnosis and a CD for home use.  Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319.

 

CHI YOGA NOSIS at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), Tuesdays, November 15 through December 20, 5:30 – 6:30 pm with instructor Connie Heagerty, CHM. (Combines T’ai Chi, Hatha Yoga and Guided Meditation.)  Cost: $72 (six 1 hour sessions). Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319. Drop-ins are welcome, $15 per class.

 

REIKI CERTIFICATION LEVEL II at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm with Reiki Master Jennifer Adamski. Cost: $125 includes all materials. This class is a combination of lecture, discussion and practice. Completion of Reiki Level I Certification and pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319.

 

STRESS REDUCTION WORKSHOP at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), with facilitator Connie Heagerty, CHT, Saturday, November 19, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.  This workshop will explore various de-stress techniques that can easily be incorporated into your everyday schedule.  Cost: $45. Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319.

 

GROUP HYPNOSIS FOR SMOKING CESSATION at The Center (1 Hoffman St., Auburn), with facilitator Connie Heagerty, CHT, Monday, November 28, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This workshop will explain what hypnosis is, how it works and how you can use it to stop smoking. Cost: $45 includes CD for home use. Pre-registration is required. Online registration available at www.TheCenter4Wellness.com, or call 315.704.0319.

 

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm by Curt
Filed under: Blog Skaneateles