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Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles

 

Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles 2012Step 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.

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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/

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  • Christmas carol sing-along, The Revels Live, at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo with the entire Dickens cast. (Bad weather place is the Sherwood House.)
  • Free horse and wagon rides around the Village.  Pick up in front of the Sherwood Inn.  Sponsored by the Old Stone Mill and the Village Inn.
  • Free roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels, donated by  TOPS Market, and roasted by Mid-Lakes Navigation.
  • Mother Goose reads holiday stories to the children at the Skaneateles Library from 12:30 – 4
  • Father Christmas greets the children on the porch of the Masonic Temple (13 E. Genesee St.) each weekend day from noon to 2 p.m, and 3-4 pm. He will have special treats for especially good children.
  • Special shows at the Skaneateles Library at 1 and 3 pm. (except November 26th).  John Henry Anderson, the great magician, will appear on several weekends (dates to be announced) Free, however donations are welcome.
  • Every Saturday, and Sunday during Dickens Christmas – visit the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Winter Wonderland “French Country Christmas Display.”  Enjoy free spiced hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies from noon to 4 pm!  851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
  • Get your picture taken professionally by James Peluso in front of the Currier & Ives cutter sleigh by the Mirbeau Christmas tree ever Saturday during Dickens at Mirbeau Inn & Spa .  Make it your holiday photo.  851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. 315-685-5006 or 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328)
  • The Dickens characters will be acting out scenes from a Christmas Carol on the steps of the Masonic Temple at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30.  These interactive trunk shows are sponsored by the Summit Auto Group.

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!

  • MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS:  Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Galaxy Communications/Sunny 102, Scotsman Media Group, Skaneateles Journal,  Skaneateles Press/Eagle Newspapers, The Post Standard and The Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Revels Live in Skaneateles

Buy Dickens Posters OnlineDancers, 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.

Father Time in SkaneatelesVisit 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.

Posted: Friday, November 8th, 2013 @ 9:13 am by Nakeia Endres
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Friday, August 13 Skaneateles Community Band Lakeside in Clift Park, 7:00 PM.
Bring your own chair or blanket. Rain Place Austin Park Pavilion.
Friday, August 13 MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Barrigar Brothers. Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com
Saturday, August 14 MUSIC: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Wendy Ramsey. Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379 or www.creeksidebooks.com

Posted: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 @ 8:34 pm by Curt
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Saturday, August 21st @ 8pm

PHIL HENRY with percussionist Gary Moon
Opening act: Wendy Ramsay, Joanne Perry & Donna Dennihy

Phil Henry is a singer-songwriter and music educator in West Rutland, Vermont. He sings energetic contemporary folk originals which resemble detailed four-minute short films, with diverse stories and leading characters. His upcoming CD, Robots and Romance, for example, puts the listener insidea bank robbery, a mining disaster, a heart transplant, a hurricane, and the decline of a 50′s drive-in movie theater. Henry’s songs have been honored in many songwriting competitions and showcases, including the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. He took first place inthe songwriter contests at SolarFest in Tinmouth, VT and Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival in Havre-De-Grace, MD.

Gary Moon is a singer-songwriter from Lake George, NY, and is afrequent host of the open mic at Saratoga Springs’ famous listening room Caffe Lena. In addition to his performance schedule and promoting his own new CD Big Sky, Gary has lent vocals and hand percussion to Phil and other folk performers. It is not unusual to see him add Djembe, Cajon, shakers, and foot-operated tambourine,sometimes all within the very same song.

$8 advance/door

Posted: Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 @ 9:16 am by Curt
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Singer Songwriter Phil Henry
with percussionist Gary Moon
Opening act: Wendy Ramsay, Joanne Perry & Donna Dennihy
Saturday, August 21st @ 8:00pm
Phil Henry is a singer-songwriter and music educator in West Rutland, Vermont. He sings energetic contemporary folk originals which resemble detailed four-minute short films, with diverse stories and leading characters. His upcoming CD, Robots and Romance, for example, puts the listener insidea bank robbery, a mining disaster, a heart transplant, a hurricane, and the decline of a 50′s drive-in movie theater. Henry’s songs have been honored in many songwriting competitions and showcases, including the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase. He took first place inthe songwriter contests at SolarFest in Tinmouth, VT and Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival in Havre-De-Grace, MD.
Gary Moon is a singer-songwriter from Lake George, NY, and is afrequent host of the open mic at Saratoga Springs’ famous listening room Caffe Lena. In addition to his performance schedule and promoting his own new CD Big Sky, Gary has lent vocals and hand percussion to Phil and other folk performers. It is not unusual to see him add Djembe, Cajon, shakers, and foot-operated tambourine,sometimes all within the very same song.
$8 advance/door Watch Phil Henry

Posted: Thursday, August 5th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm by Curt
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Music, Moonlight Set Stage for Mid-Lakes Navigation Theme Cruises
Pirates return, too!

As if champagne, a prime rib dinner, and Central New York’s majestic waterways weren’t reason enough to take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, now there are a few more.

Throughout the summer, Mid-Lakes Navigation will offer a variety of special events and theme cruises.

“We’ve been in business many years, and we know that people are looking for different kinds of experiences,” says Sarah Wiles, a co-owner of Mid-Lakes Navigation. “So, to keep things fresh, we’ve added new sightseeing and dinner options.”

Included among them:

DJ Dinosaur Dinner, July 23 and Aug. 6

This three-hour dinner cruise along the Erie Canal, departing at 6 p.m., features entertainment by the Great Music Company and catering by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Tickets are $53 adults, $38 children.

Full Moon Cruise, July 25, Aug. 24 and Sept. 23

This one-hour sightseeing cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 9:30 p.m. in July and August and 8:30 p.m. in September, offers a romantic nightcap aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, with “moon music” in the background. Tickets are $12.

Glen Haven Excursion, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5

This four-hour cruise, departing at 10 a.m. aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, visits the south end of Skaneateles Lake, recounting the Glen Haven Water Cure and other historical attractions. Tickets are $50 adults, $38 children, and include a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Donna Colton Live, Aug. 2

This two-hour cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 7 p.m., features musical entertainment by Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli. Tickets are $30 per person and include one cocktail.

Dixieland Dinner Cruise, Aug. 4

This three-hour dinner cruise, departing at 6 p.m., travels the Erie Canal and features entertainment by Dick Sheridan’s Soda Ash Trio. Tickets are $50 adults, $41 children.

Pirate Day, Aug. 11

All cruises throughout the day, on both Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal, will have a pirate theme. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and drink specials and pirate loot will be offered, along with lots of other surprises.

Reservations are required for most theme cruises, and may be made by calling 315-685-8500.

For more information on Mid-Lakes Navigation cruises—and coupons—go to http://www.midlakesnav.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Posted: Thursday, July 15th, 2010 @ 6:19 pm by Curt
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