DECEMBER 24, 2013
20th Anniversary Of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles
Last day to enjoy the Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles this year!
DECEMBER 24, 2013
Last day to enjoy the Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles this year!
20th Edition of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Opens Nov. 29
No, you’re not seeing triple.
When the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade kicks off Nov. 29, opening the 20th anniversary season of Dickens Christmas, it will feature three renditions of Charles Dickens.
Jim Greene, who has played Dickens for more than a decade, will be joined by the production’s first Dickens, Ted Davenport, grand marshal for the parade, and Kim Tenreiro, who will present a one-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” during the show’s final weekend.
The parade starts at noon at the Skaneateles Village Hall on Fennell Street, proceeding east to Jordan and Genesee streets and arriving at the Sherwood House porch in time for the 12:10 p.m. grand opening.
Dickens Christmas is produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment and presented by Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Skaneateles-area business community. It runs noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22, with a limited show (noon to 3 p.m.) Dec. 24.
“The production wasn’t always the polished version it is today—in the beginning, we really struggled,” recalls Davenport. “That first year, we thought we had an arrangement with an acting group in Syracuse, but no one showed up. So I grabbed some friends, put them in costume, and about 10 of us did the show ourselves.”
The cast now numbers 70, and Dickens Christmas attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year.
In this Finger Lakes village, it is 1842, and Charles Dickens is gathering research for his soon-to-be-written classic, “A Christmas Carol.” On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Hon. DeWitt Clinton (retired governor of New York who championed the Erie Canal), President William Henry Harrison, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets.
Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse–drawn carriages. (more…)
20 Reasons to Visit Skaneateles for Dickens Christmas
2) The chance to meet and greet a dead literary icon
3) Hot cider, cocoa and cookies at Mirbeau (and, on Saturdays, family photos taken by a professional photographer in front of Mirbeau’s sleigh)—all for free!
4) Dickens Ale and commemorative glasses at the Sherwood Inn
5) Five golden rings (which can be purchased at Imagine, Skaneateles Jewelry, Grant Jewelers, S. J. Moore Jewelers or Skaneateles Artisans)
6) Warm figgy pudding at Mid-Lakes Navigation
7) Mid-day revels and caroling by the lake
8) Daily scenes from “A Christmas Carol”
9) One-man dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 21) by Kim Tenreiro, of Canandaigua
10) Period costumes at the Chamber that can be borrowed for free
11) Raffle drawings for gift certificates and gift baskets
12) Free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, sponsored by the Old Stone Mill/Village Inn
13) Comedy magic shows by the Wonderful Wizard of the North
14) Fairy tales, told by Mother Goose
15) Visits with Father Christmas (for children of all ages)
16) Great shopping at dozens of unique boutiques. Free gift-wrapping at some; personalized service at all.
17) Dickens-themed soaps, lotions and lip balms at Lucky Goat Soap—one of several “hidden gems” along Fennell and Jordan streets
18) Book sale at the Skaneateles Library
19) 20th anniversary Dickens Christmas ornament, on sale at the Chamber, the Sherwood Inn gift shop and White Sleigh
20) Treasured family memories to last a lifetime
Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, as Skaneateles Area Businesses give a gift to the public for their continued support throughout the year. Plan now and join the Village of Skaneateles, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, this holiday season.
An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th from noon to 4 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants. Don’t miss lively acts at the Library (and Mother Goose too!), live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and carriage rides around the Village.
SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 12th and December 19th, 2013 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm. Celebrate the Christmas Season and watch literature brought to life, as Charles Dickens and Company perform a live rendition of A Christmas Carol. Enjoy a traditional English Prime Rib dinner with special child friendly options available for the youngsters. This interactive dinner will be great fun for youngsters and for everyone who is young at heart, music included. $36++ Adults, $18++ Children under 14. Entertainment provided by Scarlett Rat Entertainment as seen in Skaneateles’ popular Dickens Christmas
“The Festival Fanatics” made a surprise visit to the Dickens Festival in Skaneateles on December 2, 2012 Click on this link to see video of the characters in action, and what they loved about Dickens Christmas! http://newyorkstatefestivals.com/2012/12/02/it-feels-like-london-at-the-dickens-christmas-in-skaneateles-video-photos/
FOR THE 6th Year YEAR!!!! Don’t miss the World’s Smallest Christmas Parade Ever on opening day, Friday, November 29th at noon. Watch for Charles Dickens and his entourage as they meander down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm. To celebrate our 20th Anniversary the original Charles Dickens of Skaneateles will return as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Welcome back to DIckens, Ted and Betty Davenport!
Dancers, carolers, live music and special events flow in and around the weekend celebrations, making for wonderful family memories. A live brass band plays every Saturday on the village streets; a bagpiper or two may be found entertaining on Sundays; and local musical groups share their many talents in that heartwarming Dickens’ spirit. Beware of mean old Scrooge roaming the streets…..but, he may have a nice surprise for you.
Father Christmas will be glad to listen to all the children to get their wish list for the big day. Father Christmas will be on the porch of the Masonic Temple from 12:15-2 pm, and 3-4pm each Dickens day. The Masonic Temple is located at 13 E. Genesee Street.
And don’t forget to visit the unique area shops and restaurants that will be open throughout the Dickens’ events. The shopping district includes Genesee, Jordan and Fennell Streets. Enjoy a slower paced, more enjoyable atmosphere where shopping can still be fun. Our 70 plus shops and restaurants are the perfect addition to a holiday vacation.
If you want to be a true shopper and don’t want the hustle and bustle of a Dickens weekend be sure to come back to Skaneateles any weekday. Our shop owners will welcome you with open arms and be able to give you individual attention. December 10, 2013 we are having a special shopping day in Skaneateles called Shop, Sip and Stroll. You will find specials and discounts in the stores, special free treats, and get a free drink coupon for one of our area restaurants.
Visit Skaneateles’ winery: Anyela’s Vineyards. Be sure to visit them just 4 short miles down West Lake Road on Route 41A! We also have our own glassworks…Snake Oil Glassworks just 2 short miles north on Jordan Rd. in the hamlet of Mottville.
Make a day or a weekend of it! We have wonderful accommodations ranging from B&B’s, inns, and affordable priced motels. There is plenty to do in the area, and Skaneateles is conveniently located in Central New York on historic Route 20. We are just 25 minutes from Syracuse and an hour-and-a-half from Rochester, and an hour ad 15 minutes from Binghamton.
For additional questions contact the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
Free horse and wagon rides around the village leaving from the Sherwood Inn. Stopping atCreekside Books and Coffee on Kelly Street. Carriage rides are provided by Mountain View Guest Ranch and Stables out of Nedrow, NY. (315-492-3404) New this year: Look for a few special places around the Village for “Official Dickens Photo Spots”. Take pictures and then post your pictures on the Dickens Christmas facebook page.