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The Historical Society’s Creamery Museum is now open on Fridays 1-4 p.m. Gift Shop available. Group tours available by appointment only. Monthly meetings each month, open to the public. (315) 685-1360

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Jan-April, Fri 1-4
May-June, Fri-Sat 1-4
July-Aug, Fri, Sat, Sun 1-4
Sept-Oct, Fri-Sat 1-4
Nov-Thanksgiving, Fri 1-4
Thanksgiving-Christmas, Fri, Sat, Sun 1-4

Contact Information

Phone: 315-685-1360 
Email: skaneateleshistoricalsociety@verizon.net


Skaneateles Historical Society
28 Hannum Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152

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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


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


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.

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!!


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

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)

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

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-

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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glen-haven-water-cure‘Sailing Through History’ Fund-Raiser Sept. 25 Will Benefit Creamery Museum Expansion in SkaneatelesOn display—for the first time ever—will be ‘The Glen Haven Water Cure,’ a historically important 19th-century oil painting


The Event

“Sailing Through History,” a Splashy Event to benefit the Skaneateles Historical Society museum expansion at The Creamery, will take place Sept. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Skaneateles Country Club. The event will feature carving and pasta stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, historical displays, and entertainment by the Barrigar Brothers. Background music will be provided by pianist Harvyn Tarkmeel.Items up for bid in the silent auction will include gift certificates from local restaurants, signed prints, lacrosse and golf lessons, antiques, items from local merchants, architectural consultations, overnight lodging and lake cruises.

A surprise element of the silent auction is “What’s in Your Box,” in which a limited number of $30 chances will be sold for sealed boxes, each  containing hints about its contents and with a value of $30- $50. Once the silent auction ends, those who purchased a chance will select a box, and then all boxes will be opened at the same time.     

The live auction, emceed by Steve White of White & White Antiques, will feature such items as a membership to the Skaneateles Community Center, vacations in Vermont and Arizona, a Sinclair chair, Borrow a Barrow, furniture and a sailboat.

Sponsors of the event are WRVO-FM, Group M Communications, The Lynn Law Firm, Rosalind Schwartz, Joan Thomsen/The Office Associate, Linda Roche Realty, Apple Acres, Beak & Skiff, Bob DeWitt/Lakeview Auto & Marine LLC and Wegman’s.

“To work on the museum expansion and further the display and preservation of historical artifacts and information has been a learning experience that has provided me with a great appreciation for this region,” says Ros Schwartz, chair of the event. “I hope the community-at-large will come to understand the value of this expansion and what it can provide for the future.”

A highlight of the Splashy Event will be the first-ever public viewing of “The Glen Haven Water Cure,” by Luthera Rogers Converse (1820-1902), circa 1850. Descendants of the artist will be in attendance.



The Painting, The Artist, The Cure

The 29-inch by 49-inch oil on canvas depicts the Glen Haven Water Cure, which operated at the south end of Skaneateles Lake for many years. The painting, which once hung in the dining room of the Glen Haven, was rediscovered in 1972 in the attic of a family farmhouse in Grand Rapids, Mich.Water cures were all the rage in the late 19th century, and Converse had visited the Glen Haven Water Cure—a popular resort for health, rest and recreation—to recover from consumption after being told she didn’t have long to live. Along with its storied water treatments—which  included wet linen sheet packs, plunge baths, footbaths and exercise—the Cure required patients to follow a special diet and dress code. All wore moist skullcaps, and women wore bloomers.

In May 1859, a letter by Converse was published in The Letter Box detailing her recovery at the Glen Haven and subsequent good health as she finished building her new home.

“In just a year from the time I left you I pronounced myself cured,” she wrote in an open letter to the doctor who had treated her. “I lived strictly on the Glen Haven plan, and ate no butter, salt or spices, meat or pastry, drank neither tea or coffee.”

She goes on to detail how the regimen enabled her to paint and paper her entire house; do all her housework, including washing and baking; make tapestry carpeting and rag carpeting; and regularly milk eight cows. “I am well,” she wrote. “I can now tire out all the neighboring women at day’s works.”

 “From an early age, Luthera demonstrated both artistic and literary talents,” says her great-great-great niece Deborah Rogers Hamilton. “She appears to be self-taught, though her works display a mastery of color and technique that transcend the caliber of folk art.”

Converse also was a weaver and an accomplished quilter, with one of her quilts slated for auction at Sotheby’s in the 1990s. Another of her quilts earned her a letter of commendation from the Philadelphia World’s Fair in 1876.

Along with several oil paintings and quilts, Converse left behind a hooked rug, drawings, an abbreviated autobiography, trunks of her clothes, a number of letters and journals, and other assorted crafts.

“Her most ambitious painted work was surely ‘The Glen Haven Water Cure,’” says Hamilton. “After its restoration in the early 1970s, the painting hung in our parents’ homes and was often the subject of much discussion: Where was the river or lake in the picture? Why were the figures in the paintings shown with crutches and canes? And why were so many of the women dressed in short dresses and pantaloons? It wasn’t until our family toured upstate New York in 1977 looking for clues that the pieces started to come together.”

Their journey started in Ellisburg, N.H., site of the family cemetery monument that Converse had designed; continued on to Watertown, where they visited an ancestral home; and then on to Skaneateles. “We felt a tremendous thrill standing on the site of the Cure and proceeding further around the lake to take in the vantage point where Luthera must have sat to capture the distinctive hulking mountain behind the Cure, driving past several buildings that were recorded in the painting,” says Hamilton.

In October 2007, after Hamilton and her sister, Melanie Rogers, had inherited the painting, they brought it to West Lake Conservators, which specializes in the preservation of art and artifacts.

“We immediately recognized the subject’s exceedingly rare historic importance,” says Susan Blakney chief conservator at West Lake Conservators. “Our excitement increased as we studied the artist’s amazing attention to details, depicting a forgotten life and times in the 19th century, and specifically the heyday of the water cure movement, emerging women’s rights and the bloomer movement, steam transportation on the lake, and historic architecture.

“I was thrilled to be able to connect the owners of the painting and the Skaneateles Historical Society, to share this treasure with our community and regional historians and arrange its first public viewing as a teaser for the museum fund-raiser,” says Blakney. ”I believe this painting will become nationally known for its artistic and historical importance.”


The Expansion

The expansion of the Skaneateles Historical Society museum, which has been under way since May 2008, incorporates the former boiler plant to create a Boat/Transportation Museum. The fund-raising goal for the project is $700,000. To date, more than $578,000 has been raised in cash and pledges.According to Bent Thomsen, a member of the Museum Expansion Committee who has been working with the construction manager, David Secor of Secor Building Solutions, Savannah, N.Y., the archival addition at the northeast corner of the existing Creamery is complete, with occupancy scheduled for late August.

Restoration of the old boiler plant has been completed on the outside, but lacks most interior work; similarly, the new connecting wing has been completed but lacks such interior work as plumbing, heating and air conditioning. About $50,000 is needed to complete the boiler plant, and about $75,000 is required to complete the connecting wing, says Thomsen, noting that just $30,000 is currently available.

Still to be started are stabilization work on the creek-bank behind the boiler plant, a lean-to south of the boiler plant, a few renovations within The Creamery, and all paving and landscaping work.

“If we had the funds in hand, we would be able to complete all work before the end of 2009,” says Thomsen. “However, since the Skaneateles Historical Society does not want to borrow funds to complete the work, the finish date will depend on the results of all fund-raising efforts under way.”

“’Sailing Through History’ will raise some of the funding to finish this project, which will provide space for important artifacts relating to Skaneateles history,” says Karlene Miller, president of the Skaneateles Historical Society board. “Please plan to join us Sept. 25 for an enjoyable evening to support this worthy cause.”

Tickets are $75 each/$125 for two. Checks should be sent to the Skaneateles Historical Society, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles, NY 13152. For more information, go to http://www.skaneateleshistoricalsociety.org or call 315-685-3394.


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