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Skaneateles Winterfest: Making Winter Fun

 

Cold weather never stop Skaneateles from having fun

Cold weather never stops Skaneateles from having fun

My father grew up in Skaneateles during the depression. East Lake Road was a little remote in 1930, but winter meant he could  skate to town to watch the double-feature for 25 cents.

Skanealteles is still warm and welcoming during the winter. Each year (usually the weekend between the playoffs and the Super Bowl) the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary hosts Winterfest. They say “Freezin’ for a Reason,” as proceeds help support the Skaneateles Fire Department, SAVES, and the Skaneateles Education Foundation.

Visit the Creamery to find out about the history of Skaneateles in winter as they share the Story of Ice Cutting on Skaneateles Lake. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday)

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What happens at Winterfest?

Friday night:  Lighting of the Ice Chimney,  at Clift Park

Saturday: – Polar Bear Plunge The annual Skaneateles Polar Bear Plunge visit, www.skanpolarbear.com . The Skaneateles Fire Department cuts a hole through the thick ice and provides a lifesaving crew.

Taste of Skaneateles, restaurants and retail shops will feature tastes. Tickets are available that day  in the Sherwood Inn Lobby or at one of our outside locations.

Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your game sheet from any ticket location or the Sherwood Inn lobby.  Visit local shops to find letters to spell out a phrase then drop it off at a participating store to be entered into a drawing for fantastic prizes.

Sunday, January 25

SKANEATELES YMCA and Community Center host run, swim, skate, and snow shoe!  315-685-2266 or register online at www.auburnymca.org

For further information and details as the date draws near, visit “Skaneateles WinterFest” on Facebook, or contact a Sunrise Rotarian, Candy Searing (685-0552 or csearing@skaneateles.com ) or Tom Seeley (685-3416 or twseeley@gmail.com ).

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January 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

The Hot Flash of Summer Theater in Auburn

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Auburn is a quiet town, but it’s full of delightful surprises. One of them is the Finger Lakes  Musical Theater Festival that runs every summer. It’s a true slice of Broadway in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

We were able to enjoy Menopause the Musical, which follows four women at Bloomingdale’s who meet while shopping for lingerie. It is a 90-minute romp — no pauses and no men — covering 25 classic tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, revised with lyrics to thoroughly cover every phase of “The Change,” — starting with a predictable favorite:

 

“Chain chain Change, Change of life.
For five long years,
I thought I am loosing my mind;
but I found out no….
It’s just a part of the change.
My body tried to warn me,
the signs weren’t too cool;
it treated mean,
it’s treated me cruel.”
The songs cover memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, husbands who don’t understand, and my favorite “Good Vibrations, takes on a whole new meaning, using a clever prop.

The set remains the same throughout with quick changes to represent the lingerie department, the ladies room, a dressing room, etc. The story is represented from the view of four different women:  an Iowa housewife, a lost in the 60’s Hippie, a Power Executive and an aging Soap Star.

Great ending with all the women on stage.

The show is a great night out for the girls. My husband was initially underwhelmed, but even he was smiling and laughing when the femme fatale came into the audience and sang a very provocative number.

There are multiple venues, many choices with quality theater right in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Visit www.FingerLakesMTF.com/ticketsor call 1-800-457-8897 for more information.  2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Schedule   Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, New York. 13021

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)
  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18)

The Box Office is located at MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater 8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 1302

July 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Skimming the Cream of History

This guest post is by Kihm Winship, is an author who lives, walks, writes and works in Skaneateles. His blog “Skaneateles” chronicles the character and characters of this lakeside village. Enjoy!

CreamerySkaneatlelesThe Creamery Museum of the Skaneateles Historical Society is a must-stop for visitors who enjoy learning more about their vacation destination. Located at 28 Hannum St., around the corner from the Sherwood Inn, the Creamery is packed with fascinating artifacts and exhibits that bring the village’s two centuries of history to life.

The museum’s newest wing displays a gallery of beautiful wooden canoes, rowboats and sailboats that were handmade in Skaneateles, including Lightning No. 1 — perhaps the most-famous sailboat built here — on loan from the Mystic Seaport Museum of America and the Sea.

Creamery BigThe new, interactive lake model is one of the museum’s most popular displays; summer visitors can see where they are staying and place themselves in the history that has taken place up and down the 16-mile-long lake.

Of prime importance to many visitors, the Creamery has an extensive collection of research materials available for genealogical and historical studies related to the Skaneateles area. On Friday afternoons, a researcher is available to assist, advise and access one-of-a-kind archival resources.

Creamery LineThe Creamery Museum comes with a history of its own. Opened in 1899, it was a place for local farmers to bring their milk to be processed, and for residents to buy the resulting dairy products. The business closed in 1949, and for many years the building stood vacant, but in 1989 a local businessman it the building to the Village. The Skaneateles Historical Society was then given the opportunity to renovate it as a museum, and in 1992 — thanks to time, talent and funding from the entire community — history had a home.

The Creamery is open on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the year:

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 to Thanksgiving: Fri 1-4

Thanksgiving to Christmas, Fri, Sat, Sun 1-4

Feel free to call ahead – (315) 685-1360 – to be sure the Creamery will be open when you visit. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted, and there’s a terrific giftshop.

February 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Christmas in the Finger Lakes

Christmas in the Finger Lakes has many places and faces. I took a day to explore what each town is doing and celebrate the season. I shopped for gifts, found the perfect Christmas Tree, enjoyed a hot meal and supported local business.

Skaneateles Christmas

Live music, bare knees

Skaneateles is celebrating their traditional Dickens Christmas. Each year from Thanksgiving to the 24th of December the town welcomes Charles Dickens and his cast of characters, to interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants.

Belhurst Castle

Visit Finger Lakes has a great deal for Christmas. Stay two nights at any of the participating hotels during Christmas and you will get a third night free, as long as one of those nights is actually ON Christmas.

CMOG_Ornament Tree

Enjoy free admission, holiday music and shopping at the Corning Museum of Glass. Make  your own glass ornament and see the Giant Glass Ornament Tree.

A trip to Corning is worth the drive because the museum’s permanent collection and a glass blowing demonstration are wonderful any day of the year. While you are in the area, visit the Christmas House in Elmira. They have events every day in November and December.

MacKenzie Childs

If you are looking for ideas on how to decorate your home for the holidays, drive down the eastern side of Cayuga Lake to the little town of Aurora, and visit the MacKenzie Childs Store.

One_Potatoe_Two_Finger_Lakes_2For unusual gifting try visiting some of the great antique stores along Rts 5 & 20.  You can find depression glass, cookie jars, cookie cutters, period clothing and hand-made gifts.

If you get hungry, grab a warm bowl of soup at the American Hotel in Lima. This will be an easy hop after the antique stores. They feature several different homemade soups every day.

I passed by several Christmas Tree Farms on my journey. I love a fresh tree to bring the smell of the season into my home for the holidays.

This holiday doesn’t have to be about malls and crowded parking lots and slush and traffic. It can be filled with great adventures and fond memories. Enjoy!

December 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Downtown Skaneateles Walking Tour

Doug's has the least wait around 3pm.

Doug’s has the least wait around 3pm.

Downtown Skaneateles is charming AND tasty! Making stops at Doug’s Fish Fry, the Skaneateles Bakery,  and the Patisserie would be way too much food for one day, but great if you are here for a week. While you are here, stop in at Rhubarb and Pomodoro to check out the great gifts.

Delicious breakfast or lunch

Skaneateles Bakery — Delicious breakfast or lunch

Best Donuts in town — made fresh while you wait.

Skaneateles Bakery — Best Donuts in town — made fresh while you wait.

Best Granola, beautiful baked goods and cakes

Best Granola, beautiful breads, baked goods and cakes

Wedding cakes in the window of the Patisserie

Wedding cakes in the window of the Patisserie

Great ideas and gifts for the kitchen and garden

Great ideas and gifts for the kitchen and garden

Creative gifts, and the  guys can sit outside on the porch in rocking chairs!

Creative gifts, and the guys can sit outside on the porch in rocking chairs!

Beautiful landmark restoration, landscaping and repurposing into townhomes

Enjoy beautiful landmark homes

September 17, 2013 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

The BEST Vineyard in Skaneateles — Anyela’s

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

The most popular vineyard on Skaneateles Lake

It’s a COLD memorial Day weekend. I’m wearing a down vest and wool mittens. Why would there be a crowd gathered 5 miles south of the town of Skaneateles at 3:30 on such a chilly Saturday afternoon? Because there is live music playing at Anyela’s Vineyard.

Tasting Room

Tasting Room

Anyela’s Vinyard is the best and ONLY vineyard on Skaneateles Lake. Inside, I notice the tasting room, with its high ceiling,  has gorgeous woodwork. At the end of the tasting area, is a large patio/dining area with a view of Lake Skaneateles. The live music has not even started and every table is full, with many crowding around the tasting bars. This is a happenin’ place!

What makes Anyela’s wines unique??

“Unlike other vineyards along neighboring Finger Lakes, we protect our vines from the cold after the fall harvest. One by one, we carefully remove them from the trellises and bury them in the rich earth to insulate the sensitive primary buds, which eventually become the fruit. In spring, we re-trellis the vine for maximum sun exposure. We also control our grape yield to cultivate the ripest, most flavorful fruit.”

Live music on Saturday afternoons

Live music on Saturday afternoons

So what does that mean? Great reds. Remember, it’s Memorial Day weekend and the nights are dipping into the low 40s this year. That short growing season is better for whites (particularly chardonnay and Riesling).  But the reds at Anyela’s make it worth the Saturday afternoon nosh. We enjoyed a 2008 Pinot Noir, as well as a four grape blend called “Sync.”

Colorful, tasteful decor

Colorful, tasteful decor

We were not thrilled by the overpriced cheese plate that we ordered to enjoy our bottle with, nor the inflexible server, but it didn’t stop us from ordering another plate for bottle number two!

When you take a wine tour around Skaneateles Lake, be sure not to miss Anyela’s. It’s the only place you need to stop!

Anyela’s is located 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-3797

May 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Thrifting through the Finger Lakes

Skaneateles has a fabulous treasure hidden under the Masonic Temple

Next-to-new is the new “New.”  The Finger Lakes region has an amazing selection of second-hand shops selling clothing, furniture, records, books and more. When summer hides, as it occasionally does, try visiting a store where stuff is recycled, re-used, vintage, antique, collectible, or just plain cheap.

Below is a list of my favorite places to treasure hunt:

Auburn 

An Eclectic Home

Where: 937 Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; summer hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a dinner break from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Phone: (530) 889-2900.

Auburn Trading Post & Antiques

This 3-story warehouse is visible from Rt 20, as you drive through town. Not to be missed unless you are highly allergic to dust and mildew. I found a huge container of Miracle Grow for $1, classic records, silverware and dishes for my son’s apartment, Nintendo games.

24 McMaster Street, Auburn, NY 13021, 315-252-6320

Ithaca

Check out The Commons for several stores with books, furniture and clothing.

Angry Mom Records

STORE HOURS. Mon-Wed: 12-8:00PM., Thurs-Sat: 12-9:00PM, Sun: 12-6:00PM.
CONTACT. 607.319.4953

Autumn Leaves Books

Funky Junk

Petrune

Classic clothing from every decade. This is not necessarily thrift, but loaded with STYLE.

Open 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm.

Rochester

This is the easiest way to find all the smaller shops in Rochester.

My current favorite is Marianne’s Consignment Shop on South Ave. has many items that still have the store tags on them.  My most recent score: Ann Taylor fall jacket: $10, long black sweater: $3., black evening dress: $19, shoes to match: $10.

Bop Shop Music

Vintage and new music. Fabulous record collection. Located at 1460 Monroe Ave in Brighton, it is open Tuesday – Saturday 11-8, and Sunday, 12-5.

The House of Guitars

A fixture in Rochester on Titus Ave since the dawn of rock and roll, the great great House of Guitars contains an enormous inventory of musical instruments and music. Aerosmith, Ozzie Osborne, Cheap Trick, Metallica and Matthew Sweet are among the major acts that have shopped at the House of Guitars.

Skaneateles

St. James Thrift Store is my favorite store in town, despite my enduring love for the donuts at the Skaneatleles Bakery. Difficult to spot, it’s located downstairs, with the entrance and sign on a side street, off Genesee. This is where you’ll find brand-new baseball cleats for $4.00 and a full military dress uniform for $10. The Thrift Shop is located in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Genesee Street between State and Jordan streets.

 96 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: (315) 685-7600

Hours 10-4, M-S.

Syracuse

The Thrift Shopper is a comprehensive listing of all the great shops in Syracuse

Eco Chic Boutique

EcoChic Boutique combines NEW and CONSIGNED clothing and accessories for the Ecologically conscious and Economically savvy shopper. Located on 4314 East Genesee St in Dewitt.

Monday to Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

The Sound Garden

Great store to browse and kill some time in.  The selection is vast and they always seem to be adding new products across different mediums.  Prices on new and old records/DVDs/games are the best you can find in any brick-and-mortar shop.

Armory Square
310 W Jefferson St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Please share with me your favorite thrift stores are and I’ll add them to this blog.

October 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

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