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Weekend events keep Skaneateles bustling

— It was a weekend with something for just about everyone in Skaneateles, as not less than five major events occurred in the village and the town July 13 through 15. Traffic was heavy, pedestrians abounded on the sidewalks and sandwich boards advertising all the different sales, shows and festivals covered the corners of Genesee and Jordan streets.

Residents and visitors chose last weekend from attending the Library book sale, the Skaneateles Antique Show, the Lockwood Lavender Festival, the St. James Church Green Fair and the community festival aspect of the Ride for Alive! bicycle ride at the American legion grounds on Jordan Street.

“This is a pretty bubbling place — isn’t it amazing?” said Mayor Marty Hubbard. “There’s clearly a high energy level over here, no question about it.”

Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said it was a “very busy” weekend with customer service calls for his department.

“We deal with this every summer. We’re used to it,” Perkins said. “I’d say were probably one of the busiest villages in Central New York when it comes to visitors.”

The bustling weekend kicked off Thursday, July 12 with the opening night of the Skaneateles Library’s annual book sale. Masses of people lined up along the State Street sidewalk adjacent to the library and around the large tent of books in the library’s back yard, all waiting for the M&T bank to chime 6 p.m. and the sale to officially open.

Sylvia Steen, from Nedrow, arrived at the library at 3:15 p.m. to be the first in line. “I come early every year. I like to look around and check things out over the [restraining] tape when nobody’s here,” she said. “I’m not a book dealer; I’m a book collector. I just love to read.”

Linda Arthur, a member of the Friends of the Library working the event, said, “It’s just nice to see all these people come out who still read — a book not a Kindle.”

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