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Filicia opens home, raises funds for historical society

Thom Filicia, right, shares memories of his East Lake Road house with previous owner Steve White, left, during the Skaneateles Historical Society fundraiser on Aug. 27.

Thom Filicia, right, shares memories of his East Lake Road house with previous owner Steve White, left, during the Skaneateles Historical Society fundraiser on Aug. 27. Tanner Scarr

— “We’ve kind of doubled the footprint of the whole museum,” said Thomsen.

As for how the summer home became the location for the fundraiser, Event Chairman David Miller said he discussed the idea with Filicia, who is a personal friend, and plans went underway.

Miller said aside from their friendship, the two parties were brought together as architect Bob Eggleston worked on the Creamery design, as well as Filicia’s home.

“Thom has very generously turned the house over, unrestricted. You can go anywhere you want to in that house . . . to benefit the Creamery because he is a fan of the Creamery,” said Miller.

Miller said the historical society also hoped to make some money from the live auction and the many raffle items.

“The money that we earn (from the event) will go to completing the Creamery Expansion Project, which is pretty much done on the outside,” he said. “But we do have a little bit more work to do on the inside.”

Aside from openly touring the property, attendees indulged in food, donated by Wegmans and Doug’s Fish Fry, and wine provided by local Finger Lakes wineries, including Anyela’s from Skaneateles.

A live band entertained onlookers, while many mingled alongside the dock appropriately decorated with lawn furniture.

Attendees also heard brief remarks from local 12-year-old organic farmer J.W. Simmons, founder of Shotwell Brook Farms on Coon Hill Road. Felicia presented him to the gathering to get his name out in the community.

Display stands were set up showing off the many lavish auction items — all donated by local Skaneateles merchants and community members — people could bid on including a three-day stay for two in the Bahamas, and a one-week stay in a Naples, Fla., rental home donated by Bill and Penny Allyn, or turkeys from Simmons’ Shotwell Brook Farms.

Skaneateles Historical Society President Karlene Miller said the response to the event had definitely exceeded her expectations. She said while the group will hold at least another fundraiser to help complete the expansion project, having Filicia open his home to benefit the Creamery contributed in a big way.

“We will need some more (money for the project), but this will definitely help us,” Miller said.

Renee Taylor is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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