This Months Feature Story

Skaneateles beckons with its family-friendly attractions

By Linda Lowen

Michael Davis photos

Skaneateles is so picture perfect, visitors stop mid-stride to admire this quaint storefront and that view of the lake.



Join the Syracuse New Times and Family Times for their annual Street Painting Festival on Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.; if it rains, the festival will take place July 31.) It’s on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse. The event is free for spectators. Participants age 17 and younger pay $10 for a block of sidewalk to draw on; $20 for adults. It’s $5 more if you register after July 22. Preregister online at Bring your own chalk for the best selection of colors, though some chalk will be available at the event. Other suggested gear (for participants) includes rags or towels to wipe yourself off with; a foam pad to kneel on; hairspray or another way to make your art more lasting; a hat; and a water bottle. There will be prizes for those whose art is chosen by a panel of judges or the People’s Choice vote winner.

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For other Central New York events taking place in July, visit the calendar!




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