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The following occur every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving through Christmas Noon-4pm PLUS Friday, November 28th

*Noon kick-off of Dickens each day on the porch of the Sherwood House.
*Strolling Dickens characters performing interactive street theatre
*Father Christmas greets the children from noon-2 pm, and 3-4 pm at the Masonic Temple Porch, 13 E. Genesee St.
*Free roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels Restaurant on Jordan Street. (Brought to you by: TOPS Markets,
Johnny Angels & Mid-Lakes Navigation)
*Free horse drawn wagon rides around the village. Pick up in front of Sherwood Inn. Carriage rides available for a
nominal fee.
*Free egg nog served by local Girl Scout Troops every Saturday at 42 E. Genesee St. courtesy of Byrne Dairy
*Caroling at 2 pm at the Gazebo. The Revels Live! (Bad weather location….13 E. Genesee St. Porch)
*Live shows and music at the Skaneateles Library, 1 and 3 pm daily! See calendar below
*Sing Christmas carols with the “Dickens Singers” – listen for them throughout the village
*Mother Goose reads to children at the Skaneateles Library. (Exceptions: November 30 & December 1).
*Live holiday music on the street by the Temperance Band on Saturdays and Bagpiper Jack Heins on Sundays

GET YOUR DICKENS RAFFLE TICKET TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!

Available at Skaneateles Chamber Office,

22 Jordan Street or ask a Dickens character!

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Trunk Show will be acted out with your help:
SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS AT 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30:
On the porch of the Masonic Temple at 13 E. Genesee St.
Sponsored by: The Summit Auto Group

NOVEMBER DICKENS EVENTS:

Every Saturday & Sunday during Dickens Complimentary hot cocoa, cider, and holiday cookies from noon–4 p.m. Mirbeau Inn & Spa,

851 W. Genesee St. www.mirbeau.com
Every Saturday during Dickens – Complimentary photographs taken by a professional photographer, in front of the Mirbeau Christmas
Tree from noon – 4 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328) or www.mirbeau.com

Fri Nov 28—Complimentary hot cocoa, cider, and holiday cookies from noon–4 p.m. Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 W. Genesee St.
www.mirbeau.com

Fri Nov 28— “Worlds Smallest” Christmas Parade! Beginning on Fennell Street, right on Jordan Street and ending at the Sherwood
House, next door to the Sherwood Inn on Genesee St! Starts at NOON. (315) 685-0552 www.skaneateles.com

Fri Nov 28 – Grand entrance of Charles Dickens and his entourage. Meet Queen Victoria, Governor Dewitt Clinton, Father Christmas, and
of course that mean old Scrooge! Grand opening at 12:10 pm on the steps of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn.

Sat Nov 29 Holiday Parade & Family Fun Day in downtown Auburn. Free Family activities start at 3:00 pm.—5:30 pm. These
include horse-drawn carriage rides, ornament-making, Child Photo ID program, and more. Parade begins at 6:00pm

Sat Nov 29—Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm, located on Rt. 20 west of Skaneateles will host an open house from 11 am—
7 pm. The farm store will be open, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, fresh green arrangements, will be for sale.
Free hot chocolate & cookies, Sit by a cozy fire and roasted marshmallows. (315) 751-5657. Open Monday—Saturday 11 am—7 pm until Dec 23.

Sat Nov 29 – The Finger Lakes Wind Quintet will perform at 1 and 2:50 pm at the Skaneateles Library. Includes
audience participation pieces and a sing-a-long! Free, donations appreciated. (315) 685-0552

Sat Nov 29— Lakeside Artistry Holiday Fair 10 am—5 pm —artists and crafters from many genres. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E
Genesee St.

Sat Nov TBA—the Syracuse Alumni Brigadier Brass Band will perform in the Village of Skaneateles between 1 and 3
pm. Just listen for them and you will find them!!

DECEMBER DICKENS EVENTS:

Every Saturday & Sunday during Dickens Complimentary hot cocoa, cider, and holiday cookies from noon–4 p.m. Mirbeau Inn
& Spa, 851 W. Genesee St. www.mirbeau.com
Every Saturday during Dickens – Complimentary photographs taken by James Peluso, in front of the Mirbeau Christmas Tree
from noon – 4 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328) or www.mirbeau.com


TUESDAYS: TEA WITH THE QUEEN – December 2
Gather your friends and enjoy the company of Queen Victoria at High Tea. 11:30 am. Offering $25.00 per person. Space limited
on each date, advance reservations are required. Call Stella Maris Retreat, 130 E. Genesee St. at (315) 685-6836

Fri Dec 5— “Skaneateles Sings” Sponsored by KeyBank Dedication of crèche, caroling and tree lighting. (315)
685-0552. Organized by the Skaneateles Chamber, Skaneateles Girl Scouts and Skaneateles Garden Club. Reception at
Skaneateles United Methodist Church immediately following the tree lighting. Entertainment by The Magic Wizard of
the North, John Henry Anderson.

Fri Dec 5—First Friday in Skaneateles. A Romance with Art. Visit galleries and stores to celebrate the arts.
5-8 pm. www.skaneateles.com

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21— Skaneateles Library Annual Dickens Christmas Holiday Book Sale. 49 E. Genesee Street. Saturday
10 AM—4 PM; Sunday, Noon—4 PM. Books will also be available for sale Mon-Fri during regular Library business hours.
(315) 685-5135. All proceeds benefit the Skaneateles Library Association.

December 6. 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21—Breakfast with Santa at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets are: $10/person for members and $14/person for non-members. Children ages two and under are free. Reserve online at
rosamondgiffordzoo.org/santa or by calling (315) 435-8511 x113

Sat Dec 6—”Handbells, Carroll’s and Cookies”. 2—3 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. No charge and all are welcome!

Sat Dec 6- The magic of the Wizard of the North, John Henry Anderson at 1 and 3 pm at the Skaneateles Library, 49 E Genesee
St. Great Magic Show for the whole family. Free, however donations appreciated. (315) 685-0552.

Holy Trinity Lutheran ChurchSat Dec 6 -Taster’s Choice Soup Lunch at , 37 W. Genesee St. 12 noon until 2 pm. The lunch is free,
but donations are appreciated. Visitors are welcome to tour the historic 100 year old building too. (315) 685-3121

Sat Dec TBA—the Syracuse Alumni Brigadier Brass Band will perform in the Village of Skaneateles between 1 and 3
pm. Just listen for them and you will find them!!

Sat Dec 6— Stenuf Music Studio presents Nutcracker Suite, Hand bell & Singing Classes for children ages 6—14 at the Stenuf
Music Studio located at 27 Fennell St. For reservations please call 554-8114 or 685-8244. The story of the Nutcracker Suite will be
presented with a mini stage with characters and back drops. Students will enjoy learning the sequence of events, music, story of the
Nutcracker Suite. At the end the students will have a performance of Hand bells for their parents.

Sun Dec 7– Open House at the Skaneateles Historical Society’s Museum at the Creamery, 28 Hannum St. from 1-4 pm. Browse the gift shop for unique gifts and learn all about the History of Skaneateles. Refreshments will be served. (315) 685-
1360 The Creamery Museum is open through Christmas on Fri, Sat & Sun 1-4 pm.

Sun Dec 7 – The magic of the Wizard of the North, John Henry Anderson at 1 pm & 3 pm at the Skaneateles
Library, 49 E Genesee St. Great Magic Show for the whole family. Free, however donations appreciated. (315)
685-0552

Sun Dec 7—Dickens’ of A Tea at The Athenaeum of Skaneateles! Join them for an afternoon of entertainment,
refreshments, music and a special appearance by the Dicken’s cast! Donation one canned good item. Perfect for
senior citizens. 2-4 pm. 150 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles Call (315) 685-1400.

Sun Dec 7 Live musical performance at the Gazebo by Jeff Kimpland vocalist, performs holiday classics from
his solo album “A Christmas Prayer” and more! 4 PM.

Tues Dec 9– SHOP SKANEATELES! Shop, Sip and Stroll in the Village of Skaneateles! 10 am—8 pm
Open house with refreshments and free gift wrapping at participating merchants. Free drink ticket with any purchase
will be distributed between 5 & 8 pm. Buy a raffle ticket to win great prizes in our raffle— (315) 685-0552

Thurs Dec 11— “A Dinner with Dickens and Friends” as Charles Dickens and company will perform a live rendition
of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 W Genesee St. This dinner will be for all ages
with music, mirth and surprises all. The festivities start at 6 pm. mirbeau.com

Fri Dec 12—The SCS Madrigal Choir presents the 5th annual Holiday Feast. An evening of Renaissance Style
Dinner & Entertainment. The Lodge at Welch Allyn. For reservations, www.showtix4U.com.

Sat Dec 13— Syracuse Children’s Choir will perform at The Skaneateles Library at 1 pm. (315) 685-0552

Sat Dec 13— Look for our very own Dickens’ newsboys hawking today’s paper, complete with the Dickens insert.
All monies raised from the sale of the Post Standard papers today will go directly to charity…the Salvation Army’s
Christmas Bureau or the United Way.

Sat Dec 13— “Holiday Luncheon, Bake Sale & Quality Crafts Show” at Skaneateles United Methodist Church, 26
Jordan St. 10 am – 4 pm. (315) 685-5963

Sat Dec 13 – Skaneateles Community Band Holiday Concert at St. James Episcopal Church, 96 E. Genesee St.
Skaneateles. 4 pm, free! (315) 685-3866

Sat & Sun Dec 13 & 14—11:00 am -5:00 pm, Holiday Open House at Snake Oil Glassworks, 4247 Jordan Rd.,
Skaneateles. Glassblowing demonstrations, light refreshments and shopping in the gallery. Questions (315) 685-
5091 or www.snakeoilglassworks.com Holiday Hours: Thursday and Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday 10- 5pm and
Sunday 11-4 pm

Sat Dec TBA—Salt City Barbershop Quartet will perform on the streets of Skaneateles between noon and 4 pm.

Sun Dec 14—Concinnity Musical group live performance at the Skaneateles Library at 1 and 3 pm. Concinnity
is an accapella group of women who sing for the love of singing. whatever floats our boat or yours! Questions
315-685-0552.

Sun Dec 14 – Skaneateles High School Holiday Concert in the HS Auditorium., 49 E . Elizabeth St. 2:00 pm.
(315) 685-8361

Sun Dec 14 —Baltimore Woods presents Caroling in the Woods 7-8:30pm. (315) 673-1350. FREE, Please bring
cookies to share.

Sun Dec 14 The Masterworks Chorale Christmas Concert, featuring Bach’s Magnificat with members of Symphoria
& guest soloist Jonathan English. St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, 81 Jordan St. 7:30 PM. $15.00 Adults; $10.00
Students/Seniors; 5 & under free. www.masterworkschorale.org Thurs Dec 18 — Great Lakes Guitar Quartet 7 PM at the Skaneateles Library upstairs in Library Hall. Free and
open to the public. (315) 685-5135

Sat Dec 20 — Concinnity Musical group live performance around the Village of Skaneateles. Concinnity is an
accapella group of women who sing for the love of singing. whatever floats our boat or yours! Questions 315-
685-0552.

Sat, Dec 20– Baltimore Woods features a Solstice Hike 7-8:30pm. It’s the longest night of the year, the forest is
blanketed in silence, and the just-past-full moon sets the snow covered trees aglow. Snowshoes and instruction
provided. $5 for members, $15/family; $8 for nonmembers, $25/family. Call (315) 673-1350 to sign up.

Sat & Sun Dec 20 & 21 – The magic of the Wizard of the North, John Henry Anderson at 1 pm and 3 pm at the
Skaneateles Library, 49 E Genesee St. Great Magic Show for the whole family. Free, however donations appreciated.
(315) 685-0552.

Sun Dec 21—Dickens Christmas Raffle Drawing—2 pm at the Gazebo in Clift Park. Tickets available from
Skaneateles Chamber, Gallery 54, Imagine, Skaneateles YMCA, 1st National Gifts & F. Olivers.

Tues Dec 24 – Mini version of Dickens with a limited cast of characters Noon—3 PM Happy Christmas from all
of us at the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce! (315) 685-0552 or www.skaneateles.com

Sat Dec 27— Live music by Joe Whiting at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Rd. 4-7 pm (315) 685-3797

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Two community events will complement the season-long celebration of Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.


On the evening of Dec. 5, the community will gather for Skaneateles Sings.

The program starts at 6 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library, with Father Christmas and Mother Goose greeting children, reading stories and posing for photos. At 6:30 p.m., local clergy will dedicate the crèche in a candlelit ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by caroling with the Dickens characters and Girl Scouts; lighting of the Christmas tree and remarks by Town Supervisor Mary Sennett at the gazebo; a magic show by John Henry Anderson, Wonderful Wizard of the North, at the United Methodist Church (where the Girl Scouts will serve holiday refreshments); and an open house at village stores.

Skaneateles Sings is sponsored by KeyBank and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Skaneateles Garden Club.

First Friday art openings and exhibitions will also take place that evening throughout the village.

During Shop Skaneateles, Dec. 9, visitors are invited to shop throughout the day and Shop, Sip and Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m.

Many village shops will offer free gift-wrapping and refreshments. In the evening, parking will be free village-wide.

Among the merchants offering specials are:

• Imagine – 15 percent off all purchases, excluding consigned fine artwork

• Rhubarb – savings and specials on Swiss Diamond Cookware, Wusthof Cutlery and Cuisinart, plus sampling of gourmet dips

• Gallery 54 – $5 off any purchase

• Infused! – sampling of specialty products

• cate&sally – free gift wrapping and gift registry

• Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce – 20 percent off everything except gift certificates

For more specials, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.

Dickens Raffle tickets will be available at shops throughout the village, at $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20. Prizes are a $1,000 gift certificate from Mirbeau Inn & Spa, a family membership to the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center, a $500 Skaneateles shopping spree, two sets of SU Men’s Basketball tickets and a gift basket from Infused!.

Anyone making a purchase that evening will have the choice of a free drink from Creekside coffee bar & books, Joelle’s French Bistro, LakeHouse Pub, the Blue Goose or the Sherwood Inn (restrictions apply).

Shop Skaneateles is sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to Strawberry Fields, which donated the Christmas tree for the gazebo, and Jennifer Miller of Shine, who decorated the gazebo,” says executive director Tara Lynn. “We’d also like to thank the village and town for their financial support of the decorations and the Village Electric Department for its help in putting up the decorations, which will be enjoyed by the community all season long.”  

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FRIDAY FACTS

 

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!

 

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The village of Skaneateles is home to Dickens Christmas each Saturday & Sunday thru December. Enjoy shopping, dining, etc. while Charles Dickens’ characters roam the streets & entertain visitors. For details, go to www.Skaneateles.com or call 685-0552.

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Onondaga Lake Park presents its annual holiday light spectacular Lights on the Lake evenings thru January 6, 2013. Call 453-6712 or go to www.LightsOnTheLake.com.

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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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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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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& Toys from the Collection For details, call 428-1864 or go to www.CNYHistory.org.

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Highland Forest County Park offers horseback riding each weekend & a wonderful open house on Saturday, Nov. 17th. Call 289-3775 or www.OnondagaCountyParks.com.

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

 

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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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Onondaga Community College is featuring a new exhibit Arts Across Campus Exhibit: Whitney Windows Project by Mike Barletta& Onondaga Faculty Art Exhibit. For details, call 498-2622 or check out their website at www.sunyocc.edu.

 

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Community Folk Art Center featuring the exhibit TONY: 2012 as well as the One Million Bones Workshop. Call the Community Folk Art Center at 442-2230 or on the website at www.CommunityFolkArtCenter.org.

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

 

FRIDAY FACTS

 

All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 2 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

 

Continuing thru 11/30/2012

Event:

 

“Local Color: and Then Some”, Art Exhibit by David Hicock

 

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

For More Info: 315-435-1900

Continuing thru 12/24/2012

Event:

 

Art Mart 2012

 

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

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

Continuing thru 2/9/2013

Event:

 

Exhibit: Ecoarttech – wilderness 24/7

 

Location: The Warehouse Gallery, 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-443-6410

Continuing thru 1/5/2013

Event:

 

The Art of Ronni-Leigh and Stonehorse Goeman

 

Location: Dalton’s American Decorative Arts, 1931 James Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-463-1568

Continuing thru 12/30/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse Stage presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

 

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

For More Info: 315-443-3275

Continuing thru 1/6/2013

Event:

 

27th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

 

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

For More Info: 315-471-0593 x15

Continuing thru 12/16/2012

Event:

 

Play: Always … Patsy Cline

 

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

For More Info: 315-479-SHOW (7469)

Continuing thru 3/11/2013

Event:

 

Ice Skating in Clinton Square

 

Location: Clinton Square, W. Genesee and S. Clinton Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-423-0129

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 3 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

 

Continuing thru 12/9/2012

Event:

 

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

 

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

For More Info: 315-475-7980

Starts: 11/29/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

Event:

 

Play: Hairspray

 

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

For More Info: 315-425-0405

Starts: 11/30/2012 Ends: 11/30/2012

Event:

 

BREW & VIEW – Blues Brothers and Animal House – 35mm Double Feature

 

Location: Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-436-4723

Starts: 11/30/2012 Ends: 11/30/2012

Event:

 

Friday Night Music Series featuring Donna Colton

 

Location: bc Restaurant in Armory Square, 247 West Fayette Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-701-0636

Starts: 11/30/2012 Ends: 12/1/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse City Ballet presents The Nutcracker

 

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

For More Info: 315-487-4879

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

Event:

 

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: 12/9/2012

Event:

 

Holiday Festival of Trees

 

Location: Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-439-1105

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

Event:

 

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

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 4 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

 

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/1/2012

Event:

 

A Capella Against Hunger

 

Location: Hendricks Chapel – Syracuse University, 215 University Place, Syracuse

For More Info: 518-929-1964

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/1/2012

Event:

 

Chanel Holiday Trunk Show

 

Location: Lashes, Locks & Lips, 136 Walton Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-430-4926

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/1/2012

Event:

 

Children’s Gingerbread House Workshops

 

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

For More Info: 315-471-0593 x10

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/1/2012

Event:

 

Paula Poundstone LIVE

 

Location: Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-463-9240

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/2/2012

Event:

 

Christmas Tree Sale

 

Location: Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 North Main Street, Canastota

For More Info: 315-697-2950

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

Event:

 

Armory Square Horse Drawn Wagon Rides (Saturdays only)

 

Location: Armory Square, 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-9205

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

Event:

 

Holiday Brunch at Empire Brewing Company (Saturdays only)

 

Location: Empire Brewing Company, 120 Walton St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-9205

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/15/2012

Event:

 

Holiday Tea/Entertainment at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel (Saturdays only)

 

Location: Jefferson Clinton Hotel, 416 S. Clinton St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-428-9205

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 5 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

 

Starts: 12/1/2012 Ends: 12/31/2012

Event:

 

Exhibit: Central Library Hosts Works by Lisa Noviasky

 

Location: Robert P. Kinchen Central Library, 447 South Salina Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315.435.1834

Starts: 12/2/2012 Ends: 12/2/2012

Event:

 

25th Annual Teddy Bear Tea

 

Location: Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-439-1105

Starts: 12/2/2012 Ends: 12/2/2012

Event:

 

Live! at Setnor Auditorium

 

Location: Syracuse University, 215 University Place, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-699-5856

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

Event:

 

Holiday Favorites and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols

 

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

For More Info: 315-445-4200

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

Event:

 

Irish Night

 

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

For More Info: 315-446-2680

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

Event:

 

Shaolin Warriors

 

Location: SRC Arena, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-498-2622

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

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Michigan

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/5/2012 Ends: 12/5/2012

Event:

 

Jazz Ensemble and Young Lions of CNY

 

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

For More Info: 315-445-4200

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 6 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

 

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

Event:

 

Evolution and the Problem of Evil – McDevitt Center Lecture at Le Moyne College

 

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

For More Info: 315-445-6200

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

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/7/2012 Ends: 12/7/2012

Event:

 

Vocal Jazz and Broadway Hits

 

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

For More Info: 315-445-4200

Starts: 12/7/2012 Ends: 12/31/2012

Event:

 

Exhibit: Grant Dolge

 

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

For More Info: 315-685-6263

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

Event:

 

From the Earth Arts & Craft Festival

 

Location: Onondaga Nation School, 249 Route 11A, Nedrow

For More Info: 315-469-6991

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

Event:

 

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

Event:

 

Play: The Adventures of Rudolph

 

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

For More Info: 315-435-8000

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

Event:

 

SU Sport Management 8th Annual Charity Sport Auction

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 551-427-4339

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 7 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

 

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

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Monmouth

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

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

Event:

 

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble Christmas Pie Concert & Reception

 

Location: Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St, DeWitt

For More Info: 315-469-3379

Starts: 12/9/2012 Ends: 12/9/2012

Event:

 

Bluegrass Christmas Party with the Diamond Someday Bluegrass Band

 

Location: Marcellus American Legion, 13 E. Main St., Marcellus

For More Info: 315-572-2247

Starts: 12/9/2012 Ends: 12/9/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble Christmas Pie Concert and Reception

 

Location: St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2840 Cold Springs Rd., Baldwinsville

For More Info: 315-469-3379

Starts: 12/14/2012 Ends: 12/14/2012

Event:

 

3rd Annual Arts Across Campus Legends of Jazz Series presents the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Location: Onondaga Community College, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 800-234-4797

Starts: 12/14/2012 Ends: 12/14/2012

Event:

 

Winter Snow Tour featuring Audrey Assad with special guest Erin Gauvin

 

Location: Inspiration Hall, 709 James Street, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-214-7333

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

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Canisus

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

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

Event:

 

The Cake Boss – Buddy Valastro: Homemade for the Holidays Tour

 

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

For More Info: 315-435-8000

 

FRIDAY FACTS All events listed can be found at www.VisitSyracuse.org Page 8 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

 

Starts: 12/17/2012 Ends: 12/17/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Detroit

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/18/2012 Ends: 12/18/2012

Event:

 

Brew & View Series featuring Dracula’s Daughter & The Wolfman

 

Location: Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse

For More Info: 315-463-9240

Starts: 12/22/2012 Ends: 12/22/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Temple

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/23/2012 Ends: 12/23/2012

Event:

 

Empire Brass featuring Elisabeth von Trapp

 

Location: SRC Arena, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

For More Info: 315-498-2622

Starts: 12/29/2012 Ends: 12/29/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs. Alcorn State

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Starts: 12/31/2012 Ends: 12/31/2012

Event:

 

40 BeLOW-OUT: New Year’s Eve Party featuring Joe Driscoll

 

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

For More Info: 315-470-1835

Starts: 12/31/2012 Ends: 12/31/2012

Event:

 

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball vs Central Connecticut

 

Location: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse

For More Info: 888-366-3849

Posted: Saturday, December 1st, 2012 @ 8:19 am by Curt
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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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Posted: Friday, November 9th, 2012 @ 7:23 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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