Skaneateles businesses often find themselves in a lull during the winter months. There's a drop in customers once the Dickens Christmas crowd dissipates and leaves shelves full and cash registers bare.
But come Jan. 30, the streets will be filled with the smiling faces of residents and visitors once again as the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary kicks off its annual Winterfest. After the success of last year's Taste of Skaneateles, Winterfest Coordinator Tom Seeley has been busy lining businesses up to participate again this year from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the village.
As much as Winterfest is a fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary, it's also a big service project that allows members to dig in and give back to the community. In partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Rotary's Winterfest has grown by leaps and bounds into what it is today and continues to grow each year.
"This event would never be what it is without the Chamber," Seeley said. "They really got on board with the taste event."
Overall, the festival is similar to previous years, but the event has been "refocused," Seeley said.
"It's basically very similar in format to last year except we aren't going to have the craft fair," Seeley said. "[We have] refocused around the Taste of Skaneateles and youth activities."
Taste of Skaneateles is expanding to give visitors a true taste of the small village and will be able to try foods and take in local art, like at Skaneateles Artisans, which will host Niles Gourmet for its food portion and also three artist demonstrations for a taste of the arts.
The taste event is meant to bring people full circle -- literally. Those who want to do the full taste will have the chance to begin and end in the same location by following a map of where each station is.