IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE FESTIVAL 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 5-9, 2018

 EVENT Schedules

     –     Complete Schedule      –     Friday 7th December     –     Saturday 8th December     –     Sunday 9th December     –     

(Select above links to download required daily schedule or the complete Festival program) 

THE BEDFORD FALLS EXPRESS SHUTTLE
will provide transportation between downtown,

the different venues and the Hampton Inn, Quality Inn and Microtel.
Transfer point will be at The Gould Hotel.

Friday, Dec. 7: 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, Dec. 8: 9 am – 11:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 9: 9 am – 9:30 pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018

7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Merry Christmas George Bailey by the Seneca Community Players. You don’t want to miss this live radio play! Come to the Academy Square Auditorium at 12 N. Park Street. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, by phone at 315-568-9364, or at the Festival Information Center, 93 Fall Street.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018

9:00 am – 9:30 am
“Zuzu, My Little Gingersnap” — Presentation by Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey) on the origin and continuing impact of the name “Zuzu.” “Zuzu’s Gingersnaps” will be available for purchase. Bee’s Café, 107 Fall St.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm SHOPPING
Bailey Park Vendor Village is located at Bailey Park Tent on the corner of Fall and Cayuga Streets (near Chemung Canal Bank).

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bedford Falls Station Holiday Postal Cancellation. Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit
“The Creative Genius of Set Director Emil Kuri: From Bedford Falls to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Disneyland.” The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit
“Donna Reed, Another Mother for Peace: Efforts to Create a Department of Peace and a Secretary of Peace.” Sign the petition for a Secretary of Peace and a Department of Peace. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
“It’s a Wonderful Quilt Raffle”. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall Street.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seneca Falls Historical Society will offer Gift Shop and Specialty Wine sales in the lobby of the Gould Hotel.

10:00 – 10:30 am
“Bread, Salt & Wine” Housewarming with Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life in association with Habitat for Humanity, 25 Grove St., Waterloo, NY.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm
$500 Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern, EXHIBIT Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable, 9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Competition, and the SFBA Festival of Wreaths Fund Raiser, Author Michael William with “The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life Film Guidebook ” at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Welcome Reception Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show, featuring Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter), Jimmy Hawkins (long-time cast member of The Donna Reed Show), Tony Owen (Donna Reed’s son) and Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

12:00 noon
“On the Air with Jimmy Stewart” featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart performing excerpts from Jimmy Stewart’s radio interviews. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park (NHP), 136 Fall St.

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life sign autographs.
Arc Building, 31 Fall Street (old library, opposite the It’s a Wonderful Life
Museum). Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself.
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) and Tony Owen (Donna Reed’s son): Remembering Donna Reed on the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show. Classic episodes of The Donna Reed Show will be shown. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Presentation by Jeanine Roose (Young Violet Bick): “The faith of a child – simple.” Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presentation by Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey): “The Difference Between Being a Child Actor and a Child Star.” Jimmy Hawkins talks about his 75-year career in film and television, including his role as “Tagg Oakley” in the “Annie Oakley” Series.

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
House of Concern Chicken Barbecue and Bake Sale at the Presbyterian Church located at 23 Cayuga St. Pre-sale tickets are available at the House of Concern (35 State Stree), the Copy Shop (105 Fall Street) or on-line at www.houseofconcern.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

4:00 pm: The National Women’s Hall of Fame Pays Tribute to Gail Davis – “Annie Oakley” – the first woman to have a lead role in a television western and the first woman to star in her own series. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

4:00 – 6:15 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions
available for purchase.

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Make your reservation for Mrs. Martini’s Pasta Dinner and Movie Trivia. Now located at 55 Fall Street (next to the Downtown Deli). Come join us for a wonderful meal and great ambience! Reservations may be made at the Festival Information Center located at 93 Fall Street or on-line at www.therealbedfordfalls.com.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
It’s a Wonderful Bonfire, Tree Lighting, Caroling and Santa at People’s Park on Water Street. Music by Calvary Chapel Worship Band. Bailey’s Burgers and Hots available throughout.

6:00pm – 9:00 pm
Frank Capra’s Preview Dinner” with Master of Ceremonies Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s Granddaughter) and Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life. Featuring the original 1946 Menu. New York Chiropractic College. 2360 New York Rte. 89, Seneca Falls. Ticket information: www.wonderfullifemuseum.com. Followed by 9:00 pm Free screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at The Delavan Theatre, New York Chiropractic College.

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
You won’t want to miss Nick’s Place! Beer and wine and music and dancing await you! Join us at the Pottersville Tent located at the corner of Fall and Cayuga Streets (near Chemung Canal Bank). Light snacks available. No cover charge.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life Participation Movie is being shown at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. Cost is $5.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival Information Center at 93 Fall Street or on-line at www.therealbedfordfalls.com.

7:30 pm
Holiday Lights Contest Winner announced. People’s Park on Water Street.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 

7:30 am – 11:00 am
It’s A Wonderful Breakfast
Trinity Church, 27 Fall St. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bedford Falls Station Holiday Postal Cancellation. Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free horse-drawn wagon rides.
Corner of Fall and State Streets.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm SHOPPING
Bailey Park Vendor Village
Bailey Park Tent corner of Fall and Cayuga Streets (near Chemung Canal Bank).

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
“It’s a Wonderful Quilt Raffle”.
The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall Street.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm EXHIBIT
“The Creative Genius of Set Director Emil Kuri: From Bedford Falls to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Disneyland.”
The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm EXHIBIT
“Donna Reed, Another Mother for Peace: Efforts to Create a Department of Peace and a Secretary of Peace.”
Sign the petition for a Secretary of Peace and a Department of Peace.
The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seneca Falls Historical Society will offer Gift Shop and Specialty Wine sales in the lobby of the Gould Hotel.

9:00 am – 9:00 pm
$500 Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern, EXHIBIT Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable, 9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Competition, and the SFBA Festival of Wreaths Fund Raiser, Author Michael William with “The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life Film Guidebook ” at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 am – 10:30 am
15th Annual George Bailey Award presented by Karolyn Grimes on behalf of the IDEA Center for the Voices of Humanity. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St. Followed by 10:30 am “Every Time a Bell Rings . . .” Bells will be placed on the Bailey Bridge in honor of George Bailey Award Recipients for the last 15 years.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The 3rd Annual “Fill the Cruiser” Toy Drive is sponsored by the Seneca Falls Police Department. Stop by the corner of Cayuga and Fall Streets and have your picture taken with one of our officers in uniform.

10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Paper Ornament Crafting sponsored by the Seneca Falls Library this three-step craft will feature recycled book paper and ribbons to create a classic looking ornament in under 3 minutes on the 2nd Floor at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall

10:00 – 2:00 pm
Free Roasted Chestnuts by the Knights of Columbus. Corner of Fall and State Streets.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s a Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
American Legion Open House & Craft Fair. History of Veterans. Kirk Casey American Legion, 48 State St.

11:00 am
Presentation by Monica Capra Hodges, Frank Capra’s grand-daughter. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park,136 Fall St

11:00 am
Giant Cinnamon Bun Eating Contest at Café XIX, 20 East Bayard St.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs.
Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself. Arc Building, 31 Fall St. (across from the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum).

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Perry and Caren Cleaveland – Sounds of Christmas at Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Don’t miss the It’s A Wonderful Parade on Fall Street!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) and Tony Owen (Donna Reed’s son). Remembering Donna Reed on the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show. Classic episodes of The Donna Reed Show will be shown. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs.
Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself. Arc Building, 31 Fall St. (across from the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum).

2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

3:00 pm
“On the Air with Jimmy Stewart” featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart performing excerpts from Jimmy Stewart’s radio interviews. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

4:40 pm
The 10th Annual IT’S A WONDERFUL RUN 5K!! This awesome event is a “Winter Run Like No Other”. It begins at the infamous Bailey Bridge, courses through the holiday-decorated neighborhoods of Seneca Falls, and concludes back at the Bridge where it all started! Register on-line at http://itsawonderfulrun5k.com/.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Taste of Bedford Falls at our new location, Serenity Hall at Academy Square (12 N. Park Street). Come sample all the wonderful food that Bedford Falls has to offer! Tickets are available at the Festival Information Center at 93 Fall Street or on-line at www.therealbedfordfalls.com.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
“There’s a Moon Out Tonight” — Meet and Greet with the Stars from It’s a Wonderful Life. The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St. Ticket information: www.wonderfullifemuseum.com

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Merry Christmas George Bailey by the Seneca Community Players. You don’t want to miss this live radio play! Come to the Academy Square Auditorium at 12 N. Park Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, by phone at 315-568-9364 or at the Festival Information Center, 93 Fall Street.

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us at Nick’s Place! Beer and wine and music and dancing await you! Come to the Pottersville Tent located at the corner of Fall and Cayuga Streets (near Chemung Canal Bank). Light snacks available. No cover charge.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Swing Dance Lesson by Groove Juice Swing from Rochester. Mynderse Academy Gym, 105 Troy St.

7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Photo Opportunity with the Four Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life. $20 fee benefits the Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Mynderse Academy Gym, 105 Troy St.

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
“Dance by the Light of the Moon”. Andy Stobie and the Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra (19-piece orchestra). Mynderse Academy Gym, 105 Troy St. FREE admission.

8:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Free Screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. Mynderse Academy Auditorium, 105 Troy St.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2108

7:30 am – 11:30 am
2nd Annual United Way Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center, 35 Water Street.

8:30 am – 10:30 am
Karolyn Grimes’ 16th Anniversary Celebration Breakfast.
The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St. Ticket information: www.wonderfullifemuseum.com.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free horse-drawn wagon rides. Corner of Fall and State Streets.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm SHOPPING
Bailey Park Vendor Village is located at Bailey Park Tent on the corner of Fall and Cayuga Streets (near Chemung Canal Bank).

9:00 am – 5:00 pm EXHIBIT
“The Creative Genius of Set Director Emil Kuri: From Bedford Falls to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Disneyland.” The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm EXHIBIT
“Donna Reed, Another Mother for Peace: Efforts to Create a Department of Peace and a Secretary of Peace.” Sign the petition for a Secretary of Peace and a Department of Peace. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
“It’s a Wonderful Quilt Raffle”. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall Street.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seneca Falls Historical Society will offer Gift Shop and Specialty Wine sales in the lobby of the Gould Hotel.

9:30 am – 11:00 am
All Aboard! Bedford Falls Express Train Leaves Academy Square (12 N. Park Street) promptly at 9:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view! Who knows? Santa may even make an appearance! Reservations required.

10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street. This event is FREE! Concessions available for purchase.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
You’ll want to participate in this year’s Uncle Billy’s Wonderful Scavenger Hunt. Test your observation skills! So much fun!! Come to the Festival Information Center at 93 Fall Street for more information.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
$500 Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern, Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable, 9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Competition, and the SFBA Festival of Wreaths Fund Raiser, Author Michael William with “The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life Film Guidebook ” at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Reading of The Greatest Gift by Seth Kennedy at the Seneca Museum/Visitor Center, 89 Fall Street.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Perspectives on It’s a Wonderful Life” — Presentation by Chris Edwards, Retired NYC Firefighter and 9/11 First Responder. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life Sign Autographs.
Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself. Arc Building, 31 Fall St. (across from the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum).
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tour of Historic Homes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $15-members; $20- non-members. Contact the Seneca Falls Historical Society at 315-568-8412 or sfhs@rochester.rr.com. Tours begin at 55 Cayuga Street.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
All Aboard! Bedford Falls Express Train Leaves Academy Square (12 N. Park Street) promptly at 11:30 am. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view! Who know? Santa may even make an appearance! Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Seneca Museum/Visitor Center, 89 Fall Street or by phone at (315) 568-1510.

12:00 noon
Wonderful Music Brass Ensemble. Seneca Museum, 89 Fall Street.

12:00 noon
“Jimmy Stewart on the Air” featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart performing excerpts from Jimmy Stewart’s radio interviews. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) and Tony Owen (Donna Reed’s son): Remembering Donna Reed on the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show. Classic episodes of The Donna Reed Show will be shown. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Merry Christmas George Bailey by the Seneca Community Players. You don’t want to miss this live radio play! Come to the Academy Square Auditorium at 12 N. Park Street. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, by phone at 315-568-9364, or at the Festival Information Center, 93 Fall Street.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
All Aboard! Bedford Falls Express Train Leaves Academy Square (12 N. Park Street) promptly at 1:30 pm. Take a moment to go back in time. Enjoy this 90-minute train ride while you sip a hot beverage and take in the view! Who know? Santa may even make an appearance! Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Seneca Museum/Visitor Center, 89 Fall Street or by phone at (315) 568-1510.
2:30 pm
Prizes Awarded for Uncle Billy’s Scavenger Hunt at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
“In Every Kid Actor, There’s an Adult.” Presentation by Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey), Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey) and Jeanine Roose (Young Violet Bick). Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP, 136 Fall St.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s A Wonderful Life Party! Join us for a celebration at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street. This event is FREE! There will be live jazz, wine, light refreshments, and money tree and wreath raffle drawings!

3:30 – 4:15 pm
“You Are Now in Bedford Falls” — Photo opportunity with Brian Rohan as George Bailey. The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St.

4:15 pm
Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life gather at the It’s a Wonderful Life
Museum to hear The Bells of the Real Bedford Falls ring in honor of those who have made a difference in our lives.

4:30 pm
Seneca Singers Holiday Concert at the First Presbyterian Church (23 Cayuga Street). Admission is free.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“We’ll Raise a Cup of Kindness . . . For Auld Lang Syne.” Christmas Buffet Dinner with Actors from It’s a Wonderful Life and other Special Guests. Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 Rte. 89, Seneca Falls. Ticket information: www.wonderfullifemuseum.com

Save the Dates for Next Year:
December 13, 14 & 15, 2019