The Beat http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/ Category - festivals and events Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:50:53 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/ 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/ Lake Placid Nordic Festival Feb. 27-March 1 http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Lake-Placid-Nordic-Festival-Feb-27-March-1/7994/ 2014-'15 Cross Country Season Passes on Sale Now, Save $20 through Dec. 1 Lake Placid, N.Y. - Lake Placid, N.Y. has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but it also has some of the best Nordic skiing in the United States.  The Lake Placid region has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with its vast array of groomed and set to its backcountry trails.  So whether you're a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be February 27-March 1, 2015 is in Lake Placid for its first-ever Nordic Festival. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/6/Lake-Placid-Nordic-Festival-Feb-27-March-1/7994/ Fresh Cut and Fragrant http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Fresh-Cut-and-Fragrant/7992/ Christmas trees and B&Bs - a great holiday experience in Orange County Orange County, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2014) -  Fields of perfect Christmas trees are waiting to be cut for the holidays in the Hudson Valley's Orange County. Nine tree farms provide a real old-fashioned experience, with thousands of acres of fragrant trees ready to be cut, gift shops filled to the brim with wreaths and decorations, and a cup of hot chocolate or cider to boost holiday spirits! Mon, 03 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Fresh-Cut-and-Fragrant/7992/ Ghoulish Halloween Fun http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/27/Ghoulish-Halloween-Fun/7989/ The Hudson Valley haunts offer spooky entertainment in Orange County, NY   Orange County, N.Y. - Halloween thrill seekers looking for real shock value will find plenty of places to be scared to death in Orange County.  Whether it's "flashlight" corn maze fun at one of the county's local farms, or the shrieking madness of a scare park, Orange County has a wonderful variety of eerie entertainment to make your visit memorable and your nights sleepless. Tens of thousands of people from as far away as Philadelphia, Boston, and Connecticut make the trip annually to be horrified. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/27/Ghoulish-Halloween-Fun/7989/ Adirondacks Gear Up for Winter with New Ski Resort Offerings and Festivities http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Adirondacks-Gear-Up-for-Winter-with-New-Ski-Resort-Offerings-and-Festivities/7987/ From Oak Mountain to the Adirondack Coast - Family-Friendly Winter Fun in the Mountains Adirondack Region, N.Y. - In Northern New York, winter's snowy depths and plunging temperatures mean one thing for the Adirondacks: it's time to play. With snowflakes already falling, ski resorts and communities are gearing up for a winter filled with ski resort updates, world-class sporting events and holiday festivities. Located just four hours north of Manhattan, the Adirondack Region presents its' 2014-15 winter preview: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/20/Adirondacks-Gear-Up-for-Winter-with-New-Ski-Resort-Offerings-and-Festivities/7987/ Ghost Tours Re-Visit Historic Fort Ontario http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Ghost-Tours-Re-Visit-Historic-Fort-Ontario/7986/ Oswego, N.Y. - The Friends of Fort Ontario, Central New York Ghost Hunters, and other ghost-hunting groups return to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego to host Ghost Tours Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18. Guided tours run in 15-minute increments from 7 to 10 p.m. both evenings. Tickets to the annual event are $13 and must be purchased in advance. Evidence gathered in the fort's buildings and underground casemates during the tours will be presented in the rooms or areas where it was obtained. People are also invited to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment to find new data under the guidance of the experts. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Ghost-Tours-Re-Visit-Historic-Fort-Ontario/7986/ Discover Alpacas with National-Level Competitors, Seminars, and Youth Activities http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Discover-Alpacas-with-National-Level-Competitors-Seminars-and-Youth-Activities/7985/ Extravaganza taking place at NYS Fairgrounds Oct. 25-26 Syracuse, N.Y. - Organizers of the 2014 nationally-certified Empire Alpaca Extravaganza are making a concerted effort to attract visitors interested in learning about how raising the finely-fibered animals provides income and lifestyle opportunities. The show, drawing competitors from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on October 25-26, will offer educational seminars, a fashion show, and youth activities. Admission show and parking are free. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/10/Discover-Alpacas-with-National-Level-Competitors-Seminars-and-Youth-Activities/7985/ Gore Mountain's Harvest Fest Returns Oct. 11-12 http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Gore-Mountain-s-Harvest-Fest-Returns-Oct-11-12/7983/ Gore Mountain will feature the largest number of vendors and activites to date! Join the free, family-oriented fun Columbus Day Weekend North Creek, N.Y. - Harvest Fest returns to Gore Mountain Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12. This massive festival is open 10:30am-4:30pm each day and includes live music, kids' activities, vendors, and fall fun for whole family. Admission is completely free! Harvest Fest 2014 will feature the largest array of Adirondack vendors yet, including jewelers, photographers, artists, furniture makers, specialty foods, and much more. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Gore-Mountain-s-Harvest-Fest-Returns-Oct-11-12/7983/ Frightening Tales come of life at Genesee Country Museum http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Frightening-Tales-come-of-life-at-Genesee-Country-Museum/7981/ Oct. 17-18 & 22-25 Mumford, N.Y. - Even with a century and more of exposure to movies, television and other new terrors, the horror tales and frightening characters of 19th-century writings still have a hold on us today. Some of these characters come to life in Genesee Country Village & Museum's Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tour, Oct. 17-18 & 22-25, chilling visitors as they once did in the 19th century. Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT http://www.iloveny.com/thebeat/post/2014/3/Frightening-Tales-come-of-life-at-Genesee-Country-Museum/7981/