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Skaneateles: ‘A Summer Place’

Historic homes and horticulture come together in “A Summer Place” June 25 and 26 in the village of Skaneateles. The event—featuring a house tour and standard flower show—is presented by the Skaneateles Garden Club and the Skaneateles Historical Society.

Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Highlights of the program include judged artistic flower arrangements in six homes, judged horticultural exhibits at St. James Church, and judged educational/special exhibits, a raffle and refreshments at First Presbyterian Church.

Homes to be featured are:

• Thayer House, 77 E. Genesee St.

The Thayer House was the home of two of the most prominent early settlers of Skaneateles—John Legg, a celebrated carriage maker, and his son-in-law, Joel Thayer. In 2006 it was converted into four luxury condominiums and two carriage house units, while preserving the historical aspects of the house’s interior.

• The Boulders, East Genesee Street

This example of Victorian Country architecture in the style of Stanford White was built in 1883 for Joseph C. Willets, a New York City businessman who later became Skaneateles village president. The four-story residence features grand rooms with beautiful lake views, 11 fireplaces, a “sleep walker’s gate” and a spacious boathouse.

• In-town farmhouse, East Genesee Street

This house, designed to accommodate large family gatherings, is on the site of a former barn, with everything the owners need on one level. Virtually every room has a view of the lake. Although it is a newer home, its owners are often told, “It looks like it has always been there.”

• Italianate gothic house, Academy Street

Built in 1871, this house has many of the original details—molding, trim, marble fireplace with mantle, high windows, pine floors, curved staircase and rail, exterior roof brackets and window hardware. It was renovated in the 1970s and expanded in 1998-99.

• Breezy Heights, Academy Street

This house, a dominant Italianate style, exhibits features of both the Federal and Gothic Revival styles. It was built in 1835 and renovated in the 1880s and 1990s. One of its owners was Catherine Thorne Barnes, a charter member of the Skaneateles Historical Society, village historian and wife of George Barnes, founder of Skaneateles Boats, which developed the Lightning Sailboat.

• 2 E. Genesee St.

Before housing 1st National Gifts on the street level and a residence on the floors above, this building served as a bank for 64 years. What in 1928 was called a “thoroughly modern stone structure” of “dignity, stability and some grandeur” has kept all those qualities, becoming an elegant home as well.

The event’s standard flower show follows requirements of the National Garden Clubs and will be judged by a panel of 12 master judges from throughout the region.

Horticulture offerings include herb gardens, circular planters, dish gardens, urns, houseplants and perennials. Special exhibits will be devoted to milfoil, teasels, trees and rain barrels.

Tickets are $25 at the door/$20 advance sale through June 18. Send checks (payable to the Skaneateles Garden Club) to A Summer Place, P.O. Box 96, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152. Tickets may be picked up at St. James Church or purchased there during the show. Proceeds benefit community projects.

For more information, call Ros Schwartz, 315-685-3394.


Posted: Monday, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm by Curt
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2008 Parade of Homes Central New York

Continuing Thru 9/21/2008
Location:  Country Meadow, Town of Clay, Caughdenoy Road, Clay
For More Info:  315-463-6261      Website:  www.hbrcny.com

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2008 @ 3:03 pm by Curt
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Historic Homes Tour 2008 & Art in the Park Saturday October 4th, 2008 from 10AM – 4PM

The homes tour showcases seven homes in the vicinity of Hoopes Park, on East Genesee Street, and Art in the Park includes an art show and sale, plus entertainment, food, and a First Edition book signing by Kevin Rivoli, photographer and author of “In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America.”

In addition, Auburnians and residents from around the Hoopes Park area will be combining their postcards and artifacts to create a display commemorating the beauty of Hoopes Park.

Musical entertainment will be offered all day long, performers include: Jazzitude, featuring Lou Nocilly on saxophone; Warren Robinson on trumpet; Mike Burns on bass and Dave Chitambar on drums will set the pace, with a lively mix of Big Band standards and Latin Bosa Nova. Well known throughout the local music scene, each musician has played at many local venues, the most recent performance at Big Kahuna’s.

Vocalist Mimi McHale and her band, Second Wind, offer smooth jazz, blues, country and Latin rhythms. This close-knit ensemble, consisting of McHale, manager/guitarist Bill Tracy, bassist Dave Arliss, flautist/vocalist Cathy Mullarney and guitarist Bob Felter have been performing in Auburn and the surrounding area for the past six years, since the first cocktail party fundraiser for the Matthew House.

Paul Saltarello playing mandolin and vocals, with a special guest accordionist, rounds out the afternoon with traditional Italian-American music. Paul, who also sings at Rosalie’s Cuchina, in Skaneateles, is a well known and much loved local musician, having entertained local audiences for many years. Adding to his accomplishments, Paul is presently leading an Italian American folklore group in Rochester, and can be heard on the radio every Sunday morning from 9 -11AM on WDWN.

Houses on the tour will include the residences of:

Dr. Michael & Julie Speck’s home, at 109 Herman Ave., is a brick and wood colonial located across the street from the park’s entrance. The home features a large cooking fireplace with a nearby beehive oven, and a well-kept Williamsburg garden.
Dr. Joseph & Shelley Graney’s home on Teller Ave. was formerly owned by Dr. Stapleton, an avid collector of baseball memorabilia. Some of the memorabilia will be displayed in the home. The house has brick exterior and expansive grounds, including the stream that feeds into Hoopes Park.
Eileen Golden’s home at 36 S. Marvine Ave. is a charming residence, built by Auburn High School students. The home includes unusual upstairs windows and a folding garage door.
Eric & Sandy Leader’s colonial home, at 21 S. Marvine Ave. has a newly remodeled kitchen and other interior and exterior changes, including the addition of a large patio and pool area. The residence boarders Hoopes Park on the east side.
Donna Hunt’s home, at 3 S. Marvine Ave., was built in the 1950’s and offers a spectacular view of Hoopes Park. The home includes features that were new and innovative in the 50s.
Rick & Mena Hansinger’s home at 2 S. Marvine Ave is a center stair colonial style with a large exterior addition that includes a large open stairway.
Andy & Sarah Morabito’s home at 226 E. Genesee St. is a Dutch Colonial design, with a remodeled kitchen and renovated grounds and pool area. The home is located on the eastern boarder of Hoopes Park and offers a pleasant view of Hoopes Pond.
The Art in the Park artists include:

Barbara Carris Kahl (Painting: Print & Note Cards), Auburn
Megan Lawson Clark (Hand painted floor cloths, scarves, wall hangings), Auburn
Catherine M. Walter (Mosaic Mirror frames), Auburn
Kristine Minster (Original Fabrication), Scipio Center
Jane Van Scoy (Painting: oil, watercolor, prints and note cards), Auburn
Mary Payne McCarthy (Photography), Auburn
Donna Van Scoy (Photo Art), Auburn
Tina Barry (Stained Glass & Jewelry), Auburn
Tom Hussey (Painting/Drawing inspired by CNY and Atlantic coast), Auburn
Laura Fudge (Painting), Syracuse
Jayne Smigelski (Portraits, Watercolor & Pastel with an animal, nature theme), Solvay
Nick Lyon (Medieval/Renaissance Painting & Metal work), Cortland
Susan L. Silverman (Jewelry), Auburn
Cheri Haring (Pottery), Auburn
Concessions will be offered during the event to benefit the Boy Scouts & Community Preservation Committee. Additional parking is available at the Baptist Church near Herman Avenue Elementary School as well as in the school lot.

Home Tour tickets are $20 in advance available at Willard Memorial Chapel, $25 the day of the event at the Hoopes Park Clubhouse.

For more information call (315) 252-0339, or visit www.willardchapel.org.

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 @ 5:04 pm by Curt
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