An annual tradition returns to Skaneateles in the form of the Curbstone Festival, meant to highlight local shops and give families the chance to spend the day together outside.
Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce member Hilary Fenner describes the festival as an outdoor market that allows visitors to be outside while shopping. The Jackman Twins are also on hand to perform magic and make balloon animals for the younger attendees.
“It’s an awesome event. It’s a whole new way to shop,” Fenner said.
There are typically around 30 vendors who set up shop out on the Skaneateles sidewalks. One featured store is The Local Branch, owned by husband and wife Blaine and Mackenzie Vossler.
The Local Branch sells handmade leather goods and printed apparel. At the Curbstone Festival, the Vosslers will be showcasing their leather products as well as offering 10% off at their store.
Just down the road from The Local Branch is Board and Brush who will be offering “make and take” crafts at the festival. Customers can come in, choose one of two patterns to paint on a board and will be able to take it with them once they’re finished; all for $15.
Fenner says many of the Skaneateles shops will be offering discounts at the festival and the restaurants will be open and have will have specials for people to try. The community band is taking the stage Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Curbstone Festival and Sidewalk Sales runs Thursday July 18 through Saturday July 20 beginning at 9 a.m. every day. The event is free to attend and open to everyone, and for more information, you can visit Skaneateles.com.