Sail into history with Creamery expansion

The Creamery Museum expansion project is coming along at a good clip and while contractors and volunteers alike continue to make the Skaneateles Historical Society's dream a reality, others are planning a big party.

The party, which includes food, beverages, silent and live auctions, will help bring in the remaining funds needed to complete the project.

Though the date of the big event was originally planned for last weekend, June 13, event committee member Ros Schwartz said the date was changed to Sept. 25 because the group wasn't really prepared. The additional time between now and the event will help them tie up loose ends and gather more items for the auctions. The event will still take place at the Skaneateles Country Club on West Lake Street.

"We needed to get out more publicity. We just were not ready," added Joan Thomsen, historical society treasurer and committee member.

With the new date set, the committee can now settle in and plan for "Sailing Into History," the title and theme for the event.

There are currently more than 40 silent auction items ready for bidding and several live auction items that have been donated by community members. Some of the live items include a Sinclair chair previously owned by the late Helen Ionta of Skaneateles, paintings of Skaneateles, the donation of a small painting from the John D. Barrow Art Gallery that will be auctioned off for a two-year period rent-free (the person who has the winning bid would have to return the piece after two years), two Jacuzzi and two suite rooms at Skaneateles Suites courtesy of Toni Feldmann, a three-month membership to the Skaneateles Community center and a hot air balloon ride. Additionally, there will be at least two 2010 vacation packages auctioned off -- one to Vermont and the other to Arizona.

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