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Dickens' costumes resurrected in Skaneateles

Dickens' costumes combustion creates Christmas kindness

Each year Fred Harris of Harris Cleaners graciously donates his services to clean and store the woolen Dickens' costumes in support of Dickens' Christmas. Fred's company endured a terrible fire this summer, which destroyed his facility in Cazenovia where the costumes were in storage.

The word went out via the local media that the chamber needed help replacing these costumes and in true Central New York fashion volunteers responded.

Skaneateles residents Barb Honcharski, Nina Burnette, Jackie Churchill and Kathleen Hanley said they could tackle the sewing.

Tracy Longway had bags of material to donate. Dickens artistic director, Maria Wechsler a.k.a. Miss Fanny Applebottom, bought the patterns, Joanne Mitchell from Ovid donated material and money, Bob Evans from the Birds Nest Motel made a financial contribution and Bob Krigbaum (a.k.a. Scrooge), Mary Pat Harris of Skaneateles and Phyllis Sprague of Cayuga donated Dickens' ready-made costumes.

The true spirit of Christmas is alive and well, and due to these generous people, those who come to Dickens' this year will have plenty of costumes to choose from.

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