The Beat http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/ Posts Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:25:20 GMT Dickens Christmas Returns to Skaneateles - Opening Day Is Nov. 28 http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/21/Dickens-Christmas-Returns-to-Skaneateles---Opening-Day-Is-Nov-28/8004/ Skaneateles, N.Y. - In Skaneateles, it's always a Dickens of a Christmas. For each of the last 21 years, Charles Dickens has spent a month in this charming lakeside village, gathering research for his soon-to-be written classic "A Christmas Carol." On village streets, he encounters Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, the Ghost of Jacob Marley, President John Tyler, and a bevy of other characters ranging from finishing school girls to pickpockets. Magic, music and merriment prevail, as the revels play and guests ride by in horse-drawn carriages. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/21/Dickens-Christmas-Returns-to-Skaneateles---Opening-Day-Is-Nov-28/8004/ 2015 Erie Canalway Calendars Available December 1st http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/2015-Erie-Canalway-Calendars-Available-December-1st/8003/ 17,500 Free calendars distributed across upstate NY Waterford, N.Y. - The public is invited to pick up a free 2015 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar starting December 1, 2014 at selected libraries and visitor centers throughout the National Heritage Corridor. Each month features one of twelve winning images from this year's Erie Canalway photo contest. The calendar captures the unique beauty, history, and character of New York's canals and canal communities. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/2015-Erie-Canalway-Calendars-Available-December-1st/8003/ Artisan Fair Nov. 29 at The Wild Center http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Artisan-Fair-Nov-29-at-The-Wild-Center/8002/ Tupper Lake, N.Y. - This year on Saturday, November 29th from 10am until 5pm, admission to The Wild Center is just $5. You get to shop local artisan offerings and get the fun of a full special day at the Center. Plus, you support the Small Business Saturday movement. A Trunk Show of local Adirondack Artisans will fill the Center, showcasing local artists, jewelry makers, knitters, leather goods makers, all natural candles and toiletries and more. Unique items from The Wild Supply Co. will complete your holiday shopping, and there is free gift wrapping. Local musician, Steve Borst, will fill the Center with music throughout the day. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Artisan-Fair-Nov-29-at-The-Wild-Center/8002/ Bristol Mountain Opening Today http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Bristol-Mountain-Opening-Today/8001/ Canandaigua, N.Y. - Mother Nature has made herself known over the past week and Bristol Mountain has taken advantage of the earlier than normal frigid temperatures to get a jump on snowmaking operations. With one of the earliest start dates in their history, Bristol Mountain will kick off their 51st season today, Thursday, November 20th. The earliest opening date on record was November 9, 1991. Last year the season began on November 26th and ran for 134 days. "We couldn't be happier", says spokesperson, Drew Broderick. "Our snowmaking team has been working very since last Friday night when they started up the snowguns. The very low temperatures have been perfect for snowmaking." Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Bristol-Mountain-Opening-Today/8001/ Holiday in the Catskills: Celebrate, Shop & Save in Greene County http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Holiday-in-the-Catskills-Celebrate-Shop-Save-in-Greene-County/8000/ Getaway to the Catskill Mountains This Holiday Season Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills of Greene come alive during the holidays, offering a storybook setting ideal for a weekend ski trip to Hunter or Windham Mountains, and other memorable getaways with friends and family. This holiday season, the Catskills offer an array of themed events to celebrate the season, including: • Tannersville Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Spirits of the Holidays - On November 29, the "Painted Village in the Sky" will host their annual holiday festival and craft fair from 10 am to 4 pm at locations throughout the village. Visit with Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Sparky the Fire Dog, mail a wish list to the North Pole and watch the tree lighting at 5 pm. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Holiday-in-the-Catskills-Celebrate-Shop-Save-in-Greene-County/8000/ A Gilded Age Christmas at Staatsburgh State Historic Site http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/18/A-Gilded-Age-Christmas-at-Staatsburgh-State-Historic-Site/7999/ Staatsburg, N.Y. - The halls are being decked! Staatsburgh State Historic Site is preparing for its festive Gilded Age Christmas, featuring sumptuous decorations throughout the mansion and special children's programs from late November through New Year's Eve. The site opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 28, and offers public hours Thursday through Sunday, from Noon to 4pm (closed Christmas Day) through December 31.  Special evening hours are from 6pm to 8pm on Friday December 12, and additional days for visiting the mansion include Noon to 4pm on Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/18/A-Gilded-Age-Christmas-at-Staatsburgh-State-Historic-Site/7999/ Picturing America at The Hyde Collection http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Picturing-America-at-The-Hyde-Collection/7998/ Glens Falls, N.Y. - Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art will be on view at The Hyde Collection, September 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015. From the 1758 Portrait of John Gardiner by John Singleton Copley to Milton Avery's Arrangement with Plants of 1948, the exhibition presents 57 paintings and sculptures that describe the American experience from the Colonial period to early Modernism. Other renowned artists from the two hundred year span represented in this selection include Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Susan MacDowell Eakins, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, George Inness, Paul Manship, John Singer Sargent and Benjamin West as well as Charles Willson Peale and his children Rembrandt, Rubens and Mary Jane. The rich variety of expressive means represented by the works in the exhibition, including still-life, portraiture, narrative and abstraction, provides a visual embodiment of such national ideals as freedom, diversity and opportunity. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Picturing-America-at-The-Hyde-Collection/7998/ Gear Up for Ski Season in the Great Northern Catskills with Early Ticket Deals & Resort Discounts http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Gear-Up-for-Ski-Season-in-the-Great-Northern-Catskills-with-Early-Ticket-Deals-Resort-Discounts/7997/ Greene County Alpine Ski Resorts Offer Early Bird Steals On Sale Now Greene County, N.Y. - Just two hours north of New York City, Greene County's ski resorts welcome skiers and riders of all abilities for winter adventure that lasts all season long. But now is the time to book your ski getaway with limited time deals. Head to Hunter Mountain, boasting "New York's Largest Snow Tubing Park," or visit Windham Mountain's expansive terrain and enjoy the "Northeast's Premier Alpine Lifestyle." Plan ahead with Greene County's early bird deals to save on lift tickets, frequent skier passes, and ski and stay packages. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Gear-Up-for-Ski-Season-in-the-Great-Northern-Catskills-with-Early-Ticket-Deals-Resort-Discounts/7997/ 2014 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Bubbles, Little Green Army Men, and Rubik‚Äôs Cube http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/7/2014-National-Toy-Hall-of-Fame-Inductees-Announced-Bubbles-Little-Green-Army-Men-and-Rubik-s-Cube/7996/ Rochester, N.Y. -They are relatively inexpensive, easy to come by, and have been delighting young and old alike for generations. Magical, iridescent bubbles; monotone, miniature little green army men; and the colorful, puzzling Rubik's Cube became the latest inductees to The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that also included: American Girl dolls, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy Trucks, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, paper airplanes, pots and pans, Slip‘N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/7/2014-National-Toy-Hall-of-Fame-Inductees-Announced-Bubbles-Little-Green-Army-Men-and-Rubik-s-Cube/7996/ Oswego County Historical Society to Host Lecture on the Great Bear Springs http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Oswego-County-Historical-Society-to-Host-Lecture-on-the-Great-Bear-Springs/7995/ Oswego, N.Y. - The Oswego County Historical Society will host the sixth lecture of the 2014 season on Sunday, November 9th at 1:30 p.m at the Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 East Third Street in Oswego. The event is free and open to the public. Guest lecturer Dick Drosse will present a program entitled "Great Bear Springs - 110 Years of Spring Water." The presentation will focus on the history of the current Great Bear Recreation Area, which is comprised of nearly 500 acres of land on County Route 57 in the town of Volney. It is beautifully situated along the Oswego River. The majority is owned by the city of Fulton, along with the state canal corporation, town of Volney and private owners. There are eight miles of public trails that are maintained by volunteers of the Friends of Great Bear. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Oswego-County-Historical-Society-to-Host-Lecture-on-the-Great-Bear-Springs/7995/