The village streets were bustling over the Thanksgiving weekend as Dickens opened with a short parade on Black Friday. The cast of characters including Santa Claus paraded down Fennell Street from the old fire house to Jordan, then around the corner to the Sherwood Inn.
It was definitely the biggest opening we ever had, Candy Searing reported from the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce. She credited the parade with creating the additional buzz.
"This was the second year for the world's smallest christmas parade," she said. "and it appears to be intriguing people."
She guessed, "because everybody loves a parade."
Chamber Director Dove agreed that it was their biggest opener and great parade, although she said it didn't rival the truck parade last year that toured through the village of Skaneateles.
When the parade ended at the front of the Sherwood Inn, Charles DIckens, played by Jim Greene of Scarlet Rat Entertainment, addressed the crowd from the steps of the Inn and gave a fitting tribute to the memory of the late Karen Foltz, the former owner of Pomodoro I and II for her contributions in starting the Dickens production in Skaneateles.
Foltz had been the Merchants representative to the chamber at the inception of Dickens, Dove said, who also credited then Chamber President Bill Murphy of Key Bank and chamber member Eloise Luchsinger of the Skaneateles Fur Exchange for giving the go-ahead for the Dickens Festival.