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Skaneateles Thanksgiving Dinner at Sherwood Inn
Nov 27, 2008   
Join us for our traditonal Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sherwood Inn! Reservations are being taken for noon until 8 PM. Expect all the trimmings along with our roasted turkey and desserts from Patisserie. Trying to work around the football games? Come to the Tavern where it’s first come, first serve all day until 9 PM.
Date:   November 27, 2008
Time:   12:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Website:   http://www.thesherwoodinn.com
Location:   Sherwood Inn
26 W. Genesee Street
Contact:   Rita Trenti
Email:   frontdesk@thesherwoodinn.com
Date/Time Details:   Thursday, November 27, 2008
Noon until 8 PM.
Fees/Admission:   $25 Adults, $14 for Youth (5-12)

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 11:24 am by Curt
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Tea at Grammie’s Pantry
Nov 25, 2008
Menu includes tea or gourmet coffee, fruit compote, scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream, Grammie’s garlic herb feta spread with crackers, tea sandwiches, quich & dessert.

Date: November 25, 2008
Location: Grammie’s Pantry Tea Room and Gift Shop
1126 Woodworth Rd.
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Contact: 315-636-8111
Date/Time Details: November 1 – December 20, 2008
Call ahead for reservations 636-8111
Fees/Admission: $19.95 per person

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 11:17 am by Curt
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Spirit Warrior Workshops

Nov 08 – Jan 10 2008 
Saturday morning workshops integrating therapeutic yoga practices, breath work, journaling, & energy techniques to give you a strong foundation for self-care. Develop the skills and stamina for going deeper and cultivating inner peace. 
Date:   November 8, 2008 – January 10, 2009
Website:   http://www.urbanhealthweb.com
Location:   Audrey Long, DC
32 W. Genesee St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Contact:   Audrey Long, DC 315.877.1377 
Email:   info@urbanhealthweb.com
Date/Time Details:   Saturday mornings
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Fees/Admission:   $240 for a series of 8 workshops

Posted: Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 11:14 am by Curt
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Holiday Shopping Spree

Saturday November 29, 2008

10 AM â 4 PM

Skaneateles First Presbyterian Church

97 East Genesee St (Rte 20) Skaneateles NY 13152

All your favorite âhome partyâ vendors and

Beautiful homemade crafts in one place!

Come in and get all your holiday shopping done!

Raffles will be done twice an hour.

Bring a canned food item for your free raffle ticket!

Crafters, Tastefully Simple, The Pampered Chef, PartyLite, Mary Kay, Silpada Designs, Home & Garden Party, Tupperware, MXI Corp (Xocai healthy dark chocolate), Mia Bella Candles, Two Sisters Gourmet, Bagolitas Handbags, Mindyâs Jewelry Designs, Close to My Heart scrap booking, The Body Shop at Home, And More.

If you have any questions or would like to place an order please contact:

Janeen Long at (315) 673-7020 / 378-8569





Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 5:27 pm by Curt
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Dickens Christmas Celebrates 15th Anniversary

It began as a simple thank-you from village merchants to the Skaneateles community. Now, 15 years later, Dickens Christmas provides cherished holiday memories for thousands of families regionally and nationally.

Dickens Christmas—which opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs noon to 4 p.m. every weekend until Christmas—is improvisational street theater. Costumed Victorian characters wander the village streets, interacting with each other and with the public.

Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, concerts, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments, children’s activities, free costume rentals, locals night—all were there from the start and continue, in expanded form, as attractions today.

Dickens Christmas was the brainchild of Karen Foltz, owner of Pomodoro and Pomodoro Too, who had seen a similar production in Minnesota and—as a board member of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce—was looking for ways to boost business. “A lot of people now bring their family and friends—it’s a highlight of their holidays,” says Foltz, who serves as co-chair of the Dickens Christmas Committee. She notes the program began as “a fun little thing to do.”

Dickens Christmas was launched in 1993 under the direction of two area event planners—Lorraine Smoral and Gloria Romeo.  They were followed by Skaneateles resident Ted Davenport, who was followed by Wrynkle in Time Productions, of Rochester. Since 2001, the program has been produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment, under the direction of Jim Greene (a.k.a. Mr. Dickens), of Dryden, N.Y.

With Scarlett Rat came the premise for the production: In 1842, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria visit Skaneateles. Based on the characters they meet on village streets—Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley—Dickens writes “A Christmas Carol” upon his return to London.

Over the years, the cast has grown from about 30 to 50 (more than half of whom are professional, paid actors), and the level of professionalism has greatly increased, as has the number of musical and theatrical offerings. The number of local residents participating remains an important part of the show.

Greene jokes that, as producer, he hires talented people and takes all the credit. But he says much of the program’s current success is due to the work of artistic director Maria Wechsler, whom he describes as “brilliant,” and musical director Kelly Stallard, who “has a gift for empowering everyone to sing with their own voice.”

Many of the professional actors are affiliated with the Sterling Renaissance Festival, which is where Greene was working in 1999 when he first took part in Dickens Christmas (playing Emerson Wales, the Rat Catcher). About 90 percent of the cast returns each year. “There’s a lot of love there,” says Greene, whose wife and children have all been a part of the production. “It’s a wonderful way to share the holiday season.”

One constant over the years has been Onondaga Hill resident Bob Krigbaum in the role of Scrooge.

“People get a kick out of my asking the shopkeepers for rent,” Krigbaum says. “I have a ball with it. Once I go into a store, it’s like magnetism. I have them laughing out loud.

“To be Scrooge, you have to be mean. It’s tough to be mean,” he says. “You learn to think real quick, to have an answer for whatever comes your way. Sometimes, people’s reactions are different than what you’d expect.”

Even after 15 years, Krigbaum has no difficulty keeping the character fresh. “The people you interact with help you do that,” he says. “Every time I come out here, it’s the first time.”

Krigbaum’s portrayal of Scrooge is drawn from three movies: “A Christmas Carol” (1951), “Scrooge” (1970) and “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992). According to Krigbaum, that makes the character—in turns—serious, funny and musical.

Krigbaum, who is a full-time professional actor with a degree in theater, spends the season playing not only Scrooge, but also Santa Claus (at Burnet Park). A man of many talents, he also is a professional clown, mime, World War II re-enactor and local TV personality.

Both Krigbaum and Greene recall having posed for hundreds of holiday photos. “When people ask to take my picture, I tell them, ‘It will cost you a shady penny,’ and they’ll give me one,” Krigbaum says.

“It’s been a real joy to share this work with my family,” says Greene. “Do I have a favorite moment? No. That’s like asking if I have a favorite child. But there’s been a lot of funny stuff, touching stuff, over the years.”

One of the most emotional moments for him, Greene says, was when he presented a check to the Skaneateles Fire Department in 2001, following 9/11.

As for the funny stuff, Greene says: “My job is to make people laugh all day. I help people create memories with their families. I’m pretty lucky to have this be my work.”

The real Mr. Dickens couldn’t have said it better.


Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 11:49 am by Curt
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