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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.

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Posted: Monday, May 24th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm by Curt
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DeeAnn and Robert vonHunke

Skaneateles ARTisans, 11 Fennell St., Skaneateles, NY, will feature in June the work of DeeAnn and Robert vonHunke. Opening reception Friday, June 4, 6-9pm. DeeAnn and Robert vonHunke have been collaborating in the studio for decades, first as potters and more recently in jewelry design. DeeAnn and Robert make annual trips to Arizona and California to acquire rough semi precious stones from around the world, which the artists apply lapidary methods to laboriously make polished gems for DeeAnn’s jewelry designs and creations. DeeAnn combines her hand crafted silver metal clays and bezel mounts to create contemporary wearable art. Robert also works in acrylic painting and digital photography, creating a record of his observations and interpretations of time and place in landscapes and close-ups from Skaneateles to China. With Live music and refreshments. The gallery offers off-street parking and accepts major credit cards.
Contact person:
Teresa Vitale
315-689-5037
email: tvitale1@twcny.rr.com

Posted: Friday, May 21st, 2010 @ 1:59 pm by Curt
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Monday, May 24 – Skaneateles Chamber and Lions Club invite you to
participate in their Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Good Deeds and
Good Times. This year’s event will benefit the eradication of milfoil in
Skaneateles Lake, Chamber Economic Development Programs, and
Lions Club Scholarship Program. There is still time to sign up – teams
or individuals. Silent Auction items needed. Tee Sponsors
appreciated! Check out all the info at www.skaneateles.com.

Posted: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:54 pm by Curt
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Sunday, May 23 – Gentle Yoga Workshop for Shoulders, Neck &
Upper back. Explore the principles of Self-awakening yoga with
Georgia Stormes, RYT 500. Workshop is appropriate & beneficial for all
levels of yoga. Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Spa Mirbeau at 2 PM, 851 W.
Genesee St. $15/person No RSVP required (315) 685-5006
www.mirbeau.com

Posted: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:53 pm by Curt
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Thursday, May 20 MUSIC: 7:00-8:30PM. Open Mic with Joanne
Perry. Creekside Coffeehouse. 35 Fennell St., Skaneateles. Free (315)
685-0379 www.creeksidebooks.com

Posted: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:48 pm by Curt
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