Empire Brewing & Music Festival
Voted one of the greatest brew fests in the northeast, this event features beers from micro-breweries and small brewers alike. Not just your average beer festival – a true connoisseur’s event! Music from various local & national bands.
Must be 21 years of age & older only.
W. Genesee and S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
$35 in advance, $40 at the door (may change)
Sales galore at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival, July 16-18, 2009
What would you like to get a great deal on?
Jewelry? Handbags? Holiday cards? Decorative accessories? Cooking utensils? Men’s and women’s clothing? Krinkles by Patience Brewster?
They’ll all be available, along with much more, at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival, July 16-18. The sidewalk sales along Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets run Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New this year will be stepped-up activity on Fennell Street: Creekside Books & Coffee, Skaneateles Artisans and Skaneateles Town Square will sport tents; Creekside will provide complimentary refreshments from the coffeehouse; and Skaneateles Town Square will host demonstrations and a hot-dog stand.
Additionally, restaurants—including the Bluewater Grill, Johnny Angel’s and Doug’s Fish Fry—will offer food specials, and Anyela’s Vineyards will get into the act (at their winery, on West Lake Road).
The family-friendly event offers entertainment, too. The Jackman Twins will roam the streets each day from noon to 4 p.m., creating balloon hats and animals, juggling, and performing magic tricks. On Friday, the Skaneateles Community Band will play at the Gazebo, starting at 7:30 p.m.
But the main draw, as always, will be the bargains under the big white tents.
For more than 30 years, they have attracted thousands of visitors to the lakeside village.
“We get visitors from all over. Families plan their summer vacations around this event,” says Candace Searing of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Many see it as an opportunity to begin their Christmas shopping early.”
“It’s a big local event, too,” says Karen Foltz, owner of Pomodoro and Pomodoro, Too. “I have regular customers who never miss it.”
Visitors can park at metered spots along the street or in the municipal lot (accessed through Genesee or State streets), where two-hour parking is free and all-day parking is $2. Free parking is available at the old firehouse on Fennell Street and on various side streets.
For more information on the Curbstone Festival or other events taking place in Skaneateles this summer, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.
Creekside to host poetry reading to include three award-winning regional poets on Thursday, June 18th at 7:30 in the coffeehouse.
[Skaneateles, NY] Creekside Books & Coffee, an independent bookstore and coffeehouse in Skaneateles, is honored to be hosting local poets Martin Walls, Karen Swenson and Phil Memmer on Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 7:30 in the coffeehouse. These award winning poets will be reading from recently published books of poetry and will be available to sign their new releases after the reading.
“Our poetry readings in the coffeehouse offer an intimate and relaxed setting to enjoy the amazing work of award winning poets from our area,” says Erika Davis, owner of Creekside Books & Coffee. “And the introduction of Creekside’s new wine and appetizer menu is sure to enhance the experience!”
About the Poets
A native of Brighton, England, Martin Walls is the author of three books of poems, including most recently The Solvay Process (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). A Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow of the Library of Congress, elected to that position by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Walls’ poems have appeared in FIELD, The Nation, Commonweal, The Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Five Points, Stone Canoe, and elsewhere. Other poetry awards include a The Nation/”Discovery” award and a Breadloaf Writers’ Conference scholarship. His collaboration with photographer Philip MacCabe can be viewed online at smallhumandetail.com. Walls is also the communications manager of the Syracuse Center of Excellence (syracusecoe.org).
Karen Swenson’s five books of poems span a period of 35 years. Her first book was published by Doubleday when that sort of thing happened. Her middle books were published by Copper Canyon Press and her most recent by the happily burgeoning new press, Tiger Bark. The last has been published by THE NEW YORKER, SATURDAY REVIEW and most of the notable literary magazines. She has taught all over the country as Poet-in-Residence and most recently at Barnard College in New York.
Philip Memmer is the author of three books of poems, including his newest release, Lucifer, Hagiography, as well as three chapbooks of poetry. His work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Tar River Poetry and Epoch, and in several anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day. He is Associate Editor for Tiger Bark Press, and the founder and director of the Downtown Writer’s Center, the Syracuse affiliate of the YMCA National Writer’s Voice. He lives in the rural village of Deansboro, New York, with his wife and two children.
Creekside Books & Coffee is located at 35 Fennell Street in Skaneateles. The bookstore is the only retail store in the village selling new hardcover and paperback books as well as toys, gifts, greeting cards and other merchandise. The coffeehouse features the freshest roasted coffee in town, a light fare menu and a pleasant atmosphere to relax and enjoy.
Creekside hosts our 1st Annual Children’s Author DaySaturday, May 16 at 1 pm
Creekside Books and Coffee
35 Fennell Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Meet children’s authors from the our region! Each author will present to the children
for 10-15 minutes and will be available to sign books after the presentations.
Authors attending include:
Elizabeth Weinstein, author of Shakespeare with Children
Irene Uttendorfsky, author of A Punkeyville Girl: A Tale of Old Forestport and the Canals
Julie Cummins, author of Women Daredevils
Elizabeth Hurley, author of Digging Spring
Ann Lee Yankel, author of Jake in the Box
Author/Illustrator team, Marsha Hayles and Donna Farrell, Here’s a Cheer for Our Child first DaySaturday.
Skaneateles Chamber, Lions Club Host Charity Golf Tourney and Dinner June 8, 2009
Event Is Another Way Chamber, Lions Club Give Back to Community
Skaneateles’ annual Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner will take place June 8, 2009 at the Skaneateles Country Club. The event, sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Skaneateles Lions Club, will benefit the Skaneateles Lake Milfoil Eradication Project, along with special projects of the Chamber and the Lions Club.
The shotgun start for the tournament is at 12:30 p.m.; registration is $150/person and includes dinner. Cash prizes and a trophy will be awarded to the top men’s, women’s and mixed division teams. Krenzer Marine has donated a 2009 Chaparel motorboat, which will be awarded for a hole in one on Hole #1.
Non-golfers are also invited to take part—tickets for just the dinner are $50/person. The program begins at 5 p.m. and features a wine tasting by Anyela’s Vineyards and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, whacky golf games, a silent auction, and music by pianist Adam Gay, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and after-dinner music by the Mere Mortals.
“The lake is our most important asset, and it is threatened by the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Milfoil Eradication Project, now in its third and final year, has made substantial progress in clearing patches of milfoil from the lake. We’re proud to support this effort, and we hope the entire community will join us.”
Although the Chamber is best known for supporting local business, it sponsors a number of other community service programs as well. Chief among them is the Citizen of the Year Dinner, which is held biannually and recognizes a longtime Skaneateles resident for giving unselfishly of his or her time to better the community. Along with the dinner, the Chamber gives a donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice. This year’s honoree will be announced in July.
The Chamber also sponsors the Community Docks—putting them in each spring (this year’s Dock Day is June 13) and removing them each fall. Throughout July and August, Chamber staff members are available to assist boaters every day from noon to 8 p.m.
In addition, the Chamber helps keep streets in the village clean; answers visitors’ questions; hires students to provide additional services throughout the summer; and donates posters from the Antique and Classic Boat Show to fund-raising auctions for the Skaneateles Historical Society, WCNY, the Rescue Mission, schools and other organizations.
“Giving back to the community is an important component of what we do,” says Dove. “Many of our members embrace this action individually, and we feel it’s important for the Chamber to do so as an organization—helping to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and visit here.”
For more information on the Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner or on Chamber membership, call 685-0552 or visit http://www.skaneateles.com.