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Experience a Jane Austen Holiday

Sunday, Dec. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 97 E. Genesee St.,Skaneateles NY

Created by: The Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies

More Info: Experience the magic of Christmas music and English country dancing from Jane Austen's time, readings from her novels and letters as well as poetry, letters, Christmas lists, and stories by her family and contemporaries. The Syracuse chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and the Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies partner for the first time to bring you this holiday celebration performed by young ladies and gentlemen from Skaneateles, Marcellus, Tully and Ithaca. Free will donation.

More about the Singing School

The Singing School was created in Fall 2009 by soprano Joanna Manring of Skaneateles as a historical performing experience for young women ages 12 to 18. Manring, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, aims to help young women develop self-esteem by learning healthy vocal technique and musicianship in a supportive environment through the music that Jane Austen and her family loved and sang themselves.

The Young Ladies appearing in the Christmas program will be Ellie Crough (Manlius Pebble Hill), Emily Short (Marcellus), Becca Gould (Tully), Christina Marshall, Phoebe Glowacki, Grace Magee, Julia Hearn and Allison Purdy (all students at Skaneateles Central Schools).

They will be joined by several young gentlemen for the dancing portion of the program: Doran Baltus (Manlius Pebble Hill), Jeffrey Connor (Cornell), Adam Connor (University of Vermont) and Will Tobin (Cornell).

Claire Howard, former manager of the Skaneateles Festival, will be accompanying the Young Ladies on piano and will be joined by Eleanor Wilcox and Kate Klein on flute, Caroline Manring on viola and Emily Dean on cello.

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