December 2016
Soldiers and Sailors Holiday Drawing
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Soldiers & Sailors Auxiliary is having a Holiday Drawing that offers a chance to win five different prizes. Ticket sales are underway, with the drawing slated December 16. 

The drawing includes three gift baskets and two collector dolls. Ticket buyers choose which item(s) they want a chance to win.

n  Basket 1 - 2 bath towels, 1 hand  towel, 2 washcloths, soap dish, scented soap and Moser Roth dark chocolate bar;

n  Basket 2 - wooden candle holder & wreath, wooden holiday plaque, 16 holiday ornaments, $15 gift certificate to Angel’s Restaurant, 1 lottery ticket, Moser Roth dark chocolate bar;

n  Basket 3 - 1 bottle Glenora Raspberry Rose, 1  bottle Glenora Cranberry Chablis in wine holder, 1 painted wine glass holder, 2 blue wine glasses, 2 packages cocktail napkins, 2 coasters, corkscrew, 1 lottery ticket and Moser Roth dark chocolate bar;

n  Doll 1 - “Rapunzel” from the Danbury Mint Story Book Doll Collection;

n  Doll 2 - “Cassandra - The Spirit of Christmas” from the Robin Woods 1991 Christmas Collection.


The dolls and baskets can be viewed in the Peppermint Parlor at the Hospital, 418 North Main Street, Penn Yan. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each; 5 for $3 or 10 for $5. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Peppermint Parlor or, call (315) 531-2053.


The Soldiers & Sailors Auxiliary will use the proceeds from the drawing to support special projects in the Hospital and Homestead.

That Their Lights May Shine
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The holidays are a special time for remembering loved ones, and one of the visible symbols of the true meaning of the season is the “That Their Lights May Shine” project, sponsored by the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

            For a donation of $5.00 or more, individuals may have an ornament placed on the Hospital tree, as a special gift for friends or family, in honor or memory of someone they love or admire, in celebration of a birth or just as a “thinking of you” message. The tree is situated in the lobby by the main entrance of the Hospital, 418 North Main Street, Penn Yan. Each donation represents a gift of loving, sharing and remembering.

The ornament will bear the remembered person’s name and the donor’s name.

The Soldiers & Sailors Auxiliary will use the proceeds from “That Their Lights May Shine” to support special projects in the Hospital and Homestead.

            Donations for project may be sent to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, %Loree MacKerchar, 418 North Main Street, Penn Yan, NY  14527, telephone (315) 531-2053, or pick up a form for the project at the Hospital lobby.

Pinecone Remembrance Tree
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

 All friends of Finger Lakes Health are invited to participate in the Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary’s Pinecone Remembrance Tree.

Those interested have the opportunity to make a donation of $10 for a gold-colored "Remembrance Cone" to be hung on the tree in the main lobby of Geneva General Hospital. A message will be placed on each cone in celebration of a special occasion or person, in honor of a special person, or in memory of a loved one. A commemorative registry album will be on display to acknowledge the special events and people that have been remembered.

To participate, please send $10 per cone to General Hospital Auxiliary, Geneva GeneralHospital, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY14456. If desired, an acknowledgment will be sent. For more information, call (315) 787-4065.

            The Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary supports the Hospital and the LivingCenters in Geneva through donations of time and funds. 

Mobile Meals Volunteers Sought
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Geneva General Hospital is looking for regularly scheduled volunteers for its Mobile Meals program. Volunteers typically choose one day a week to be scheduled.

Deliveries are made in the City and Town of Geneva, Monday through Friday, year round, excluding major holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.)  A Mobile Meals volunteer arrives at the hospital at 10 a.m. and the route takes approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the number of recipients. Drivers provide their own cars and must have a valid NYS driver’s license (mileage is tax deductible.) Servers take the meal to the door.

The Mobile Meals program provides two nutritious meals each delivery day as well as personal contact for people whom otherwise might become isolated in their own homes. For more information about how to become a volunteer, call Christen Smith in the Community Services department at Geneva General Hospital, (315) 787-4065.  

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 On Saturday, December 3rd, at the United Methodist Church, 100 North Main Street, Canandaigua. from 9:00 - 2:00, there will be a variety of hand-crafted jewelry, Christmas decorations, crafts, and knitted items for sale, as well as homemade candy, frozen foods, and cheeses.  Several vendors will be present to sell painted glassware, jewelry, and soaps and lotions.  Lunch will be available from 10:30 -- 1:00 and will include chili, broccoli-cheese soup, pulled pork sandwiches, and chicken salad sanwiches.  Free and open top the public,;handicapped accessible; parking behind building.   

For more information:
Robert Gleason
(585) 394-3537
Phelps American Legion Auxiliary Annual Craft and Bake Sale
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Craft and Bake Sale, Many Local Vendors. Lunch Available

For more information:
Georean Davis
(315) 781-6828
Geneva Rotary Santa Train
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

15th Annual Geneva Rotary Santa Train

Choo, choo!!!  It is that time of year again ... for the Geneva Santa Train Express.

December 3rd, 2016 – $18/per ticket (lapsitters are free!)

Train times: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

(The last train of the day is the PAJAMA train!)

Tickets sell out fast and are available online, at the Smith Center for the Arts box office, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY, or by phone at 315-781-5483.

Geneva Historical Society's Wassail Bowl
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

48th Annual Wassail Bowl Holiday Sale, Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am-2pm, The Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Pl. Geneva.  Presented by The Wassail Bowl Committee of the Geneva Historical Society.  Featuring fresh greens and wreaths, raffle items, handcrafted gift items, attic treasures, homemade baked goods, The Chrismas Shoppe and more.  Wassail, a spiced cider, will be available for tasting.  Free admission.  Proceeds benefit Geneva Historical Society.  For more informations contact the Historical Society at 789-5151

For more information:
Geneva Historical Society
(315) 789-0768
Currier and Ives Festival
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Horse drawn carriage rides will be part of the 2nd Annual Currier & Ives Festival held at the Shops at Traders Village in Romulus on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM! Dale Everts of Hemlock Hidden Hames is providing the carriage rides again this year.

What’s new at the festival this year? The trails on the 20 acre property overlooking Cayuga Lake will be open for residents to walk. Outdoor play activities for the whole family will take place throughout the day. Returning to the festival will be craft vendors, a snack bar, roasted chestnuts, warm apple cider, a holiday parade, Currier & Ives art display, reenactments of Currier & Ives prints, tree lighting, carol singing, and a live Nativity Play. 

Outdoor activities during the winter months can help us tap into additional vitamin D and the exercise is part of good health and well-being. The festival is also a great way to interact with your neighbors and meet new friends. Mary and John are hoping to make this annual event one increases in attendance each year. Hope to see you at the festival!

STEPS is a S2AY Rural Health Network project made possible by a grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. Anyone with questions about the project or how to get involved in community activities should contact the STEPS office: (607)403-0069,

Currier and Ives Festival!
10:00 AM - 4:30 AM

2nd annual Currier and Ives festival is a FREE, family friendly, Christmas festival celebrating Christmas traditions of old. Step back into the 1800s with reenactments of Currier and Ives prints, carolers, sleigh rides, figgy pudding, roasted chestnuts, live music, a christmas tree lighting, equestrian parade and more!! 

For more information:
Mary Joslyn
(315) 310-0536
Wassail Bowl
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Wassail Bowl Committee of the Geneva Historical Society will present the 48th annual Wassail Bowl Sale on Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 2pm at The Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place in Geneva. This is a great opportunity to get fresh wreaths and evergreens for the holiday, including kissing balls, table decorations and tree ornaments. Handcrafted items, baked goods, attic treasures, and gently-used Christmas decorations will also be sold. Wassail, a traditional spiced cider, will be available for tasting at the event.

The Wassail Bowl Committee is also sponsoring a Wassail Bowl raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 12 tickets for $10 and are available at the Historical Society office at 543 South Main Street or at the Wassail Bowl Sale.  Admission to the Wassail Bowl and Sale is free of charge. All proceeds benefit the Geneva Historical Society.

For more information:
Geneva Historical Society
(315) 789-5151
Interactive Tiny House Demonstration
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Every Saturday community members are welcome to visit and participate in the building of a tiny house! Guests learn basic contruction skills and information about sustainable living. Contact us through the website to participate or simply show up to walk through and look at the project. We are located in the warehouse behind the Boarhouse Beergarden and the Shops at Traders Village! 

For more information:
Natalee Carroll
(803) 447-9217
Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Local craft artists and local vendors!

Procedes will go to local families in need!

For more information:
Cynthia Towner
Pet Photos With Santa Paws!
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fetch A Friend Dog Rescue will be hosting Pet Photos With Santa Paws Saturday December 3rh from 11:00-4:00 at the Seneca Falls Tractor Supply. With a $10 donation to FAF, you will receive 2 4x6 photos and an email copy. There will also be holiday dog treats available and kids are welcome. We will also be hosting a dog food and blanket drive to help the rescue dogs stay full and warm this winter. We hope to see you there!

For more information:
Carrie Walters
(728) 004-7900
The Nutcracker
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Rochester City Ballet brings the holiday classic to Canandaigua Academy Dec. 3&4. Our region's professional ballet company features 19 professional dancers and it will perform to taped music. Visit for more information.

For more information:
Nichole Gantshar
(585) 461-5850
3rd Annual Selfless Elf 5k Run/Walk
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and our mascot, Jingles, to run or walk to end hunger!

This event is for everyday runners, serious runners and walkers alike. Selfless Elf is family friendly and we hope it will add to your holiday spirit of giving! 

Wear your favorite festive holiday gear and compete for prizes, including top fundraiser and best dressed. Register as an individual or join a team with your family, coworkers or friends.

All proceeds benefit the Food Bank. Entry fee is $30 per person 5 years and older until 11/18. Registrations after this date will be an additional $10. Registration is limited and closes on November 20th. Register today to make sure you get an event t-shirt and striped elf socks!

Children under 4 are welcome to join at no cost! However, only registered participants will receive an event shirt, striped elf socks, and a timed race result.

For more information:
Michelle Bohart
(607) 796-6061
St. Nick Holiday Social and Auction
6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Fundraiser for Schuyler Hospital Chaplaincy Program, My Place: a Play and Learning Center and Hector Presbyterian Church.  $10.00 pr person includes light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.  7 pm Holiday Auction featuring auctioneer Curtis Connelly. Music by Southwind.  Bring a valued auction donation of your choice (Tax donation forms provided) to be featured in live auction!

For more information:
Lois Carter
(607) 742-0301
Choral concert featuring FLCC College Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Choral concert featuring FLCC College Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., free, (585) 785-1623.

For more information:
Lenore Friend
(585) 785-1623
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

“Turning Up The Heat” is the theme of the Penn Yan Friendship Squares Class/Club Dance on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Penn Yan Grange.   Early Rounds will begin at 7 pm with Square and Round Dancing from 7:30-10 pm.   Dancing will be led by Cuer Eileen Webster and Caller Richard Rosenfield.    All Club Level and Beginning Class members are invited at a cost of $ 5.00 each.

For more information:
(315) 536-7674
A Coney Island Christmas
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join the South Seneca Falcon Players for a fun, family-holiday comedy –

A Coney Island Christmas!

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents' exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school's Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

South Seneca students will present the play A Coney Island Christmas on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th , at the South Seneca Middle-Senior High School Auditorium in Ovid, NY.  Curtain times for Friday and Saturday evenings are 7:30 pm.  Curtain time for the Sunday matinee is 2pm. 

Ticket prices are $5 for general admission and

$4 for students and senior citizens.  

Tickets are available at the door.