THE REAL BEDFORD FALLS: Country Living features Seneca Falls in story this month

Fans of It’s a Wonderful Life know that the film takes place in a fictional town named Bedford Falls located somewhere in upstate New York—the region is identifiable thanks to various references to neighboring communities like Buffalo and Elmira throughout the movie—but what they may not know is that one town in particular bears an uncanny resemblance to Bedford Falls.... more

Scrooge spreads Christmas cheer on final day of Dickens’ festival in Skaneateles

Ebenezer Scrooge had a skip in his step Saturday as he wished people a Merry Christmas in the village of Skaneateles. On Christmas Eve, dozens of families joined a cast of more than 50 “Christmas Carol” characters on Genesee Street to celebrate the final day of Dickens’ Christmas in the village and the healing of Scrooge’s heart. Read more from... more

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ interview filmed in Seneca Falls airs on Today Show Monday morning

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” It’s one of the most-iconic lines from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which is a hallmark of the festival and 5K that takes place every year in Seneca Falls. This year, for the 70th anniversary, Al Roker, of the Today Show visited Seneca Falls to interview the three living... more

VIDEO: It’s A Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls!

Over 4,000 runners and thousands more holiday revelers congregated in Seneca Falls, NY on Saturday for the It’s A Wonderful Life Weekend and the 8th Annual It’s A Wonderful Run 5K. Seneca Falls is believed to be the town that inspired Bedford Falls in the Frank Capra holiday classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the... more

PHOTOS: It’s a ‘Wonderful’ weekend in Seneca Falls (full-coverage)

It’s a Wonderful Life weekend is officially underway here in Seneca Falls and FingerLakes1.com has complete coverage from the weekend’s events. Exclusive photos from around Seneca Falls, a look at the events, and even some conversations with the people who made this weekend possible. Photos from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ weekend: Trotting through Seneca Falls. #ItsAWonderfulLife pic.twitter.com/GiDVMLb3CK — Josh Durso... more

Bedford Falls, 1947-Seneca Falls, 2016: One was ‘wonderful,’ the other is yet to be determined

This piece originally appeared in the Finger Lakes Times and is authored by Annette Lutz, outgoing Seneca Falls Town Board member. Seneca Falls is host to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” celebration this weekend. Our streets will be transformed into Bedford Falls, the fictitious town that the film of the same name was based on. For years, the debate has... more

Kenny: It’s A Wonderful Weekend in Seneca Falls

This week Kenny Haas gets excited for the upcoming It’s A Wonderful Life Weekend in Seneca Falls where thousands are expected to descend on this historic town and rants on the Syracuse Orange basketball team after their stunning loss to UConn in Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Audio Only Version: more

2016 Watkins Glen Village Christmas winners

The Village Christmas Committee announced winners of the Visions of  Christmas Past parade held during the festival on December 2, 2016 in downtown Watkins Glen. Winners of the Visions of A White Christmas parade sponsored by the Visions Federal Credit Union were: “Most Christmas Spirit – Visions Federal Credit Union “Best Decorated” – Elmira Savings Bank “Most Decorated Fire Truck”... more

Seneca Falls marks ‘Wonderful’ 70 years

Still not sure Seneca Falls was used by director Frank Capra as the model for Bedford Falls in the classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” movie? To help make up your mind, the Wonderful Life Committee is inviting people, skeptics and believers alike, to Seneca Falls for the 70th anniversary celebration of the 1946 movie. Three of the child actors who... more

Charles Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles celebrates 23rd year

The 23rd annual Charles Dickens Christmas jump-started the Christmas season Friday with the World’s Smallest Parade, consisting of a couple police cars, a firetruck, a horse-drawn carriage and Victorian-era revelers on foot Friday in downtown Skaneateles. The Finger Lakes holiday favorite runs Saturday and Sunday from now until Dec. 18 noon-4pm and a finale on Christmas Eve. Read more from NYUp.com more

NBC’s Today Show coming to Seneca Falls in December for the “It’s A Wonderful Life” anniversary

A major announcement was made this morning by Seneca County Tourism Marketing Director Rick Newman who says that the Today Show is coming to Seneca Falls next month. It will be a taped segment, which will be aired later in the month of December, according to Newman, who said that this was a huge opportunity for the Town. As the... more

Health Department forces changes to Ma Bailey’s Hot & Hearty soup & chili cook-off at IAWL Fest

For many years merchants have participated in the IAWL Festival by offering a Ma Bailey’s Hot & Hearty soup or chili to our visitors on Saturday during the festival. This enormously popular event which runs from 11am to when the soup runs out has been a lovely addition to bringing and keeping visitors in your business. To make this event... more

Apple Harvest Festival returns to Ithaca

Slight midday sprinkles did not hold back the crowds Friday at the Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca. The Commons filled quickly as the three-day festival began at noon, though the 100 block of West State Street, with rides and amusements, was quieter. The crowd on the Commons included large numbers of college students. Ithaca Journal – News: Read More more

Winners, bakers, tasters: Naples Grape Pie contest

Crowds gathered Saturday at the Naples Grape Festival pie tent for the annual contest that determines who made the World’s Greatest Grape Pie. Twenty-three pies competed for the top pick. First place went to Meghanne Ash Freivald of Canadice. Taking second place was Tiffany Turan of Penn Yan. Third place went to Inez Bradley of Naples. Rounding out fourth and... more

27th annual Hunt Country Harvest Festival is this weekend

The Hunt Family will be hosting their 27th annual Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards on Saturday, October 1 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday, October 2 (11:00 am to 5:00 pm). There will be wine, food trucks, live music, workshops with the Hunt Country winemaking team, grape stomping, hay wagon rides, pumpkin painting, craftspeople and artists. Admission is... more

Ithaca gears up for 34th annual Apple Festival

Ithaca’s premiere autumn event is only a couple of weeks away. The 34th Annual Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival presented by Tompkins Trust Company will take place Friday, Sept 30, noon to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. This much-anticipated community celebration, featuring fresh local food, handmade crafts, games,... more

Finger Lakes Brewfest returns Saturday in Geneva

The Geneva YMCA is hosting their third annual Finger Lakes Brewfest at the Geneva Events Center on Saturday from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Billed,“It’s good for what ales you”, Finger Lakes Brewfest features tastings from some of the best small breweries in the area, local food specialties, and musical entertainment, all along the shores of Seneca Lake. Geneva YMCA Program... more

Chicken barbecue, car show supports Weedsport snowmobile club

Fifteen years after the events of 9/11, Daniel McCoy said he did not want to spend much time mulling over the past. He and his wife, Susan, took some solace Sunday in a community chicken barbecue hosted by the Weedsport Winter Wanderers snowmobile club. The benefit doubled as a quality car showcase at Owen Orchards in Sennett, where the McCoys... more
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