Skaneateles Festival returns for 29th season

"It's not what you think," Mark said. "You really get up close and personal. There's a sense of spontaneity and surprises. It's really exciting. It's not like sitting in the 30th row of a symphony. It's a very personal experience and you can't help but be moved by the music."

Skaneateles Festival concerts are held Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 East Genesee Street in downtown Skaneateles. Friday evening post-concert receptions are also held in the church, and are open to all audience members. On Saturdays, concerts are performed at 7:30 p.m. from the porch of Brook Farm, a lakeside estate 2.5 miles south of Skaneateles on West Lake Road (Route 41A). Audiences are welcome to arrive as early as 6 p.m. and bring picnic suppers to enjoy on the lawn overlooking the lake. In the event of inclement weather, Saturday concerts move indoors to Skaneateles High School. Venue changes may be confirmed by calling 685-7418 or visiting www.skanfest.org after 3 p.m. on concert days.

FamilyFest! free family concerts are held Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Open Rehearsals and Student Workshops are also held at the First Presbyterian Church.

Single tickets range from $15 to $30. Children under 13 may attend evening concerts free in "B" seating, though tickets are required for all ages. Discounted season subscriptions and weekly passes are available. FamilyFest! concerts, Student Workshops, and Open Rehearsals are free to audience members. Tickets for the special event "Villas, Vittles and Fiddles" are $60 per person and capacity is limited. For more information and a complete schedule, call 685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org.

The Skaneateles Press will also publish "This Week at the Festival" each week on page 3 and on cnylink.com with information about upcoming shows and artists.

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