Sales, Magic and More at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival
Tents, tents, tents.
Sales, sales, sales.
You’ll find everything from clothing and handbags to books, jewelry and art at Skaneateles’ annual Curbstone Festival, July 15-17.
The festival—featuring more than 30 merchants and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce—runs along Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
From noon to 4 p.m. each day, the Jackman Twins will roam the streets, entertaining children of all ages with balloon art and magic.
And at least one monster will make an appearance: Moishe, from “Where the Wild Things Are,” will take photos with children and pass out coupons for Creekside Books & Coffee.
Susan Dove, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, notes the festival is a longstanding tradition for many families, and is so popular that people start asking about the date in January and then plan their vacations around it.
One person who wouldn’t miss it is Ros Schwartz, who has lived in Skaneateles 42 years and has been there from the start. “The Curbstone Festival is a mosaic of people, places and things, where you search for the perfect bargain,” she says. “I’ve found some great deals on handbags, clothing, bracelets, and items for the house.”
“While the sidewalk sales are the draw, we have something for everyone,” says Dove. “Visitors can take strolls by the lake, enjoy Friday night’s band concert, try the village’s fine restaurants, and stay overnight at one of our historic inns or B&Bs. Also, Mid-Lakes Navigation (http://www.midlakesnav.com) will offer coupons for its sightseeing and dinner cruises throughout the weekend.”
Along with their favorites, Dove invites shoppers to visit merchants that are new to the village and will be participating in the festival for the first time—Gallery 54, Echo Off the Lake, Blue Danube, Once and Again, and Camillus Nail & Spa. The Chamber will also have a tent, on Jordan Street, where it will sell posters and raffle tickets for the Antique and Classic Boat Show and other souvenirs of the village.
“The Curbstone Festival is far more than a sale—it’s an experience not to be missed,” says Dove.
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.