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There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.
Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.
An exclusive interview with VSM owner Dr. Pietropaoli and COO Lance Wardell
What exactly is the proposed plan for the Victory Sports Medicine 'Victory Campus' off Route 20? VSM owner Dr. Pietropaoli and Chief Operating Officer Lance Wardell agreed to sit down with the Skaneateles Press for what turned into a two-and-a-half-hour interview to discuss the details. The Press also has examined the entire four years of planning board records for the VSM project.
Public opposition grows as plan moves another step closer to fruition
The town planning board last week declared the planned 99-acre sports complex to be built off Route 20 east of the village will have no significant environmental impact to the town, which cleared the way for the project to continue and a public hearing to be held next month. More than 50 local residents attended the meeting — which was not a public hearing — and many were visibly and vocally upset by the planning board’s decisions as they went through the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) checklist.
Second culinary cook-off competition focuses on local foods prepared by local chefs
The second annual “envIRONmental CHEF homegrown” culinary competition has been announced for Sunday, Sept. 16, at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, with last year’s winners taking on new challengers and a new dessert competition added to the event. The competition celebrates the abundance of locally grown and produced foods in Central New York, and pits the area's finest chefs in head-to-head cook-off challenges that are tasted and decided by the audience.
Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” will speak in Auburn in November
Tickets for the much-anticipated November lecture in Auburn by world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin are now on sale and are going fast. Officials at the Seward House Museum in Auburn are urging people interested in attending the event to move quickly before it sells out. Goodwin will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Auburn High School auditorium.
New additions seek to broaden audience appeal
The 33rd year of the Skaneateles Festival started off last week with a fundraiser at a lakeside mansion, an informative collaborative event at the Barrow Art Gallery and the first of five concerts at Brook Farm — and every event was filled with excited attendees.
Money raised will help fund Interactive Lake Model completion for Creamery museum
Doug Clark, founder of Doug’s Fish Fry and long an icon of the village, has donated his 1961 Correct Craft Atom Skier, “The Little Fry,” to the Skaneateles Historical Society for their use as a fundraising tool. The SHS hopes to sell the boat and use the put the entire proceeds towards completion of the Interactive Model of Skaneateles Lake, a project currently under development.
What was expected to be a simple bicycle ride to raise funds to support cancer survivors has received so much Skaneateles community support during the past three months that organizers have decided to make the event an all-day community festival. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the grass field fronting the Skaneateles American Legion Robert J. Hydon Post 239 on Jordan Road, the public is invited to enjoy local food and drinks and live music while also supporting the ride and its participants.
Every Friday morning a group of local people come together in the community room of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles to help themselves, and each other, move … slowly. They are people of all ages and genders, but they typically have one thing in common: a need for physical health maintenance, improvement and recovery. They come together on Fridays to undertake the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.