Skaneateles Residents Tim Green, Julie Abbott Will Emcee Arts Council Gala

Skaneateles Residents Tim Green, Julie Abbott Will Emcee Arts Council Gala

Tim Green, attorney, author, commentator and former NFL football player, and Julie Abbott, former co-host of “Bridge Street” and local news anchor, will emcee the Skaneateles Arts Council’s sixth annual summer gala, “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream,” July 25. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center, features lakeside cocktails; a gourmet, French bistro-style dinner prepared by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of Phoebe’s Restaurant and the Sherwood Inn; and a concert by Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli.

The Emcees…

Tim Green is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 suspense novels and a practicing attorney with Hiscock & Barclay. Called the “Renaissance Man” of sports by both Sports Illustrated and the Los Angeles Times, he was a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons for eight years, following his first-round selection in 1986, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Green, co-valedictorian of his undergraduate class and an honors law school graduate of Syracuse University, has used his education and his athletic experiences to become an increasingly popular television celebrity. After 11 years as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports and National Public Radio, he hosted Fox’s nationally syndicated news magazine, “A Current Affair.” More recently, he hosted the ABC reality show “Find My Family.”

Green’s newest bestseller, “False Convictions,” was released this past February. His other works include “The Dark Side of the Game,” a nonfiction New York Times bestseller featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” and “A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search,” a memoir featured in People magazine and on “Entertainment Tonight” and ABC’s “Primetime.” In addition, he has two series of young reader novels set in the sports of football and baseball, all of which have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children on Skaneateles Lake.

Julie Abbott—reporter, anchor and journalist—was co-host of WSYR NewsChannel 9’s midday show, “Bridge Street With Rick & Julie.” Abbott moved to “Bridge Street” from the anchor position at NewsChannel 9’s “Eleven at 11.” She joined Rick Gary as a guest host on Y94 FM, and frequently filled in with him on NewsChannel 9’s “Daybreak.” Abbott serves on the Arts Council’s advisory board and has appeared in commercials. She lives in Skaneateles, with her husband, Steve, and their four children.

The Artist

John Pizzarelli has established himself as a prime interpreter of the Great American Songbook, drawing from performers such as Nat “King” Cole (his hero), Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and composers such as Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, James Taylor, and Lennon and McCartney. In 2009 he received the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Pizzarelli, who has recorded more than 20 albums since his first release in 1990, started playing the guitar at the age of 6, following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. He often plays with his father and his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, in the John Pizzarelli Trio, a group that has been called “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker.

The Menu

The evening’s menu—ranging from smoked salmon on pumpernickel and beef carpaccio crustini to ratatouille vegetable salad, grilled white and green asparagus platters and chicken paillards—is available at

The Venue

The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center, a ministry sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was originally owned by Frederick Roosevelt. The Sisters of St. Francis purchased the property in 1952, and it was blessed and dedicated as a retreat center by Bishop Walter A. Foery in 1954.

“Stella Maris” is Latin for “Star of the Sea.” The center is committed to the mission of leading all to a deeper knowledge and love of God, and to fostering spiritual growth, renewal and peace.

The Sponsors

CNY Fertility Center/CNY Healing Arts, Robert J. Kiltz, M.D. is the artist sponsor. The Cove sponsors are Auburn Party Rental, Gina Castro, Clear Channel Radio, Cowley Associates and WCNY Connected. Ten Mile Point sponsors are Anyela’s Vineyards, Eagle Newspapers, Group M Communications, Hiscock & Barclay, Darlene Kerr Family, Bob and Sally Neumann, Phoebe’s Restaurant, Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles Journal, Skaneateles Press, Carl Schramm and Ellyn Brown, The Citizen and WSYR 570 Radio. Five Mile Point sponsors are Bill and Donna Davis; Dermody, Burke & Brown CPAs; Mirbeau Inn & Spa; Skaneateles Talk; Carol Watson/Watson Greenhouse; and WRVO-FM. Glen Haven sponsors are Creekside Books & Coffee, Barbara and Jed Delmonico, Dunk & Bright, Bob and Nicolena Errico, Fleur-de-lis Florist, Joelle’s French Bistro, Laura’s List Books for Women, Packwood House, Patience Brewster Inc., Patisserie,, The Jacobs Press, The Peddler Foundation and Paul and Mary Torrisi.

The Council

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.


Tickets are $250 for VIP seating, $125 for regular seating, and may be purchased by sending a check to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, NY 13152. Advance purchase is required for all seating. For more information, go to