IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE COMMITTEE

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018

2:00 pm   Pre-Festival Matinee:  It’s a Wonderful Life on the Big Screen with Introduction and Q & A by Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey). Autographed items for sale. The Vine at Del Lago Resort & Casino. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Vine Box Office.

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 – 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 Holiday Postmark.  Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State St.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm                 Donna Reed, Another Mother for Peace and Their 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            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            “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.  

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

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm          It’s A Wonderful Life Characters on Fall Street.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm          $500 Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern.  Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm          Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable.  Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm    9th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Competition can be found at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 am – 8:00 pm          SFBA Festival of Wreaths fund raiser. Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street. 

10:00 am      “Bread, Salt & Wine” Housewarming with actors from the film in association with Habitat for Humanity, 25 Grove Street, Waterloo, NY.

11:00 am     Welcome Reception Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show, featuring Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) and Jimmy Hawkins (long-time cast member of The Donna Reed Show) 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. 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. 

1:00 pm        Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter): 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  

1:00 pm        Remembering Donna Reed.  Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St.           

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

2:00 pm        “The faith of a child – simple” — Presentation by Dr. Jeanine Roose who portrayed “Young Violet Bick” in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Wesleyan Chapel,

Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St.

3:00 pm        “The Difference Between Being a Child Actor and a Child Star.” Jimmy Hawkins, who portrayed “Tommy Bailey” in “It’s a Wonderful Life”  talks about his 75-year career in film and television, including his role as “Tagg Oakley” in the “Annie Oakley” Series.  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 National Historical Park, 136 Fall St.

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 – 6:15 pm        Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life Movie 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! 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 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.     Free screening of “It’s a Wonderful life” will take place at The Delavan Theatre, New York Chiropractic College at 9:00 pm.

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 

9:00 am – 2:00 pm      Bedford Falls Holiday Postmark.  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 is located at Bailey Park Tent on the 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            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 – 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            9th Annual Bedford Gingerbread House Competition will be held at the Seneca Museum/Visitor’s Center at 89 Fall Street.

9:00 am – 9:00 pm    SFBA Festival of Wreaths fund raiser at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

9:00 am – 9:00 pm     $500 Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern. Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 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 National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. and “Every Time a Bell Rings . . .” Bells placed on the 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 Movie at the Academy Square Auditorium located at 12 N. Park Street.  This event is FREE!  Concessions available for purchase.

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. 

9:00 am – 9:00 pm      Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable.  Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm          Author Greg Asimakoupoulos at Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street.

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 – 1:00 pm          Actors from “It’s a Wonderful Life” Sign Autographs. Arc Building, 31 Fall Street. Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself. 

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                    Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter): Remembering Donna Reed on the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show.  Two episodes of The Donna Reed Show will be shown. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP

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

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            Actors from “It’s a Wonderful Life” Sign Autographs.Arc Building, 31 Fall Street. Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself.

2:00 pm         “On the Air with Jimmy Stewart” featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP

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

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 Movie 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             Christmas Card Photo Opportunity with 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 Street. Free admission.

8:00 pm – 11:30 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          United Way Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center at 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 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm            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            “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 am – 6:00 pm          Money Tree raffle to benefit the House of Concern at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street. 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm          SFBA Festival of Wreaths fund raiser at the Seneca Museum/Visitors’ Center at 89 Fall Street. 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm          9th Annual Bedford Gingerbread House Competition will be held at the Seneca Museum/Visitor’s Center at 89 Fall Street. 

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. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Seneca Museum/Visitor Center, 89 Fall Street or by phone at (315) 568-1510.

10:00 am – 12:15 pm     Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life Movie 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     Early Christmas Card Display by County Historian Walt Gable.  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       Remembering Donna Reed and the Influence of The Donna Reed Show.  Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. 

11:00 am – 2:00 pm    Actors from “It’s a Wonderful Life” Sign Autographs. Arc Building, 31 Fall St. Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself. 

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 pm      Wonderful Music Brass Ensemble.  Seneca Museum, 89 Fall Street. 

12:00 noon  “Jimmy Stewart on the Air” featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP.

1:00 pm          Presentation by Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter): Remembering Donna Reed on the 60th Anniversary of The Donna Reed ShowClassic episodes of The Donna Reed Show will be shown. Wesleyan Chapel, Women’s Rights NHP 

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.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm             Actors from “It’s a Wonderful Life sign autographs.” Arc Building, 31 Fall Street. Items for sale include autograph. Fee for items you bring yourself.

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 National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm            It’s A Wonderful Life Closing Party!  Join us for one last 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.” Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 Rte. 89, Seneca Falls. Ticket information: www.wonderfullifemuseum.com