Making headway on Hannum Street

With 77 percent of the money needed to finish the Creamery project collected, the Skaneateles Historical Society is getting geared up for a push for funds.

According to society Treasurer Joan Thomsen, the organization has made it about three-quarters of the way to done with its building and renovation project at the Creamery on Hannum Street, but at 77 percent, members are still trying to snag the last $150,000 or so.

"We are still having construction going on. We haven't depleted our income yet," Thomsen said.

In trying to figure out a way to raise the remaining funds during a tough economic downturn, historical society members plan to put on their dancing shoes and deck gear on June 13 at the Skaneateles Country Club as they present "Sailing Through History," a party which will feature auctions, dinner, drinks and a grand old time.

"It's going to be a dinner and a silent and live auction and live music," society President Karlene Miller said. "It's turning out to be quite a nice affair. Steve White is going to be our auctioneer. We hope that will help us get closer to our final goal."

Sailing will be the theme for the evening because the building adjacent to the Creamery will house a boat museum once the project is done, Thomsen said. There are several boats housed in the large room of the Creamery now, which makes for a tight fit in the current museum.

"We want to emphasize the fact that boating will be highly displayed at the Creamery," Thomsen said.

According to Miller, there will be an addition put on to the south side of the boat museum where the society hopes to house a Lightning along with information about the Skaneateles Short Line railroad. Plans, which have been designed by local commercial design firm Chase Design include a mezzanine so interested visitors can walk above the displays for a better look at what the Creamery has to offer.

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