The sales are coming! The sales are coming!
Get a great deal at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival
You know you’ve been waiting for them: the big white tents that each July turn the streets of downtown Skaneateles into a shopper’s paradise.
They, and the bargains they signify, return July 21-23 for Skaneateles’ annual Curbstone Festival.
The event—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.
Among the sales and specials sure to delight shoppers:
• Imagine will offer pottery demonstrations at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, along with 50 percent off select pieces of jewelry, glass, pottery and wood.
• Fleur-de-lis Florist will have an inventory clearance sale, featuring 20 to 50 percent off baskets, ceramics, ribbons, silk flower stems, arrangements, wall décor, home accessories, lamps, plant stands, ceramic jardinieres, tables and cabinets.
• Rhubarb Kitchen Shop will offer 50 percent off gadgets, acrylic ware and cookware items.
• Gallery 54 will feature Sales and Seconds.
“The Curbstone Festival is a longstanding tradition in the village and an experience not to be missed,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s so popular that people start asking about the date in January and plan their vacations around it.
“While the sidewalk sales are the draw, the Curbstone Festival is so much more,” she notes. “We have something for everyone—visitors can stroll by the lake or take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, try the village’s fine restaurants, and stay overnight at one of our historic inns or B&Bs. And this year, we’ve expanded the entertainment.”
New this year is live music, with performances by:
• Tom Barnes, noon Thursday outside the Skaneateles Library
• the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Gazebo
• the Finger Lakes Wind Quartet, 1 p.m. Saturday on the porch of the Masonic Temple
As in years past, the Jackman Twins will perform magic, juggling and balloon art each day of the festival from noon to 4 p.m.
And Creekside Books & Coffee will host events featuring:
• Allen Morris aka Ace Abbott, author of “The Rogue Aviator,” Thursday at 7 p.m.
• “A Friend for Einstein,” a children’s birthday party with cupcakes, activity sheets, and a miniature horse from Lilac Lane Farm, Saturday at 1 p.m.
• Kinsley Wood, author of “Beneath the Surface, Beneath the Surface,” a love story set in Skaneateles and Steamboat Springs, Colo., incorporating music, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required for the children’s event; all three events are free.
Along with their favorites, Dove invites shoppers to visit merchants new to the village who will be participating in the festival for the first time—The Irish Store, Thistle Dew Shop and Flora Bella.
“It’s always fun to visit with old and new customers in such a festive atmosphere,” says Joe Panzarella, co-owner of Imagine and chair of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee. “I love seeing longtime customers spot a coveted piece that’s now on sale.”
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 and to sign up for sales specials throughout the year, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.