“Last Call”

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Don’t miss out on not being in the new Seneca Falls Business & Services brochure for 2022-23
We are nearing final preparation before sending to the printers, here is you final chance to get your information in this publication.
All information in the brochure is also available on-line (including links to your website) at https://sfba.senecafalls.com/

There is an application form available for download above, just fill it out and return to
P.O Box 204, Seneca Falls
or all forms can be dropped off at the Downtown Deli or for further information you can call

Ann Sandroni p.315.729.8168

Brochure is scheduled to go to the printers June

Antonio Varacalli Day Celebration Announced

SENECA FALLS GOOD CITIZEN NOMINATIONS BEING SOUGHT FOR ANTONIO VARACALLI DAY AWARD

The Seneca Falls community is being asked to nominate a person to receive the Antonio Varacalli Award which will be given to a resident whom is perceived by their friends and neighbors to be a good citizen and hero to the community in which they live.

Antonio Varacalli, who lost his life while rescuing a young woman named Ruth Dunham from the Seneca Falls Barge Canal 105 years ago, is the namesake to the “Antonio Varacalli Day – Celebration of Heroes” event.

Like so many other immigrants, Antonio Varacalli and his father Dominick, emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s intending to find work and save enough money to bring the rest of their family to Seneca Falls, NY. His death certificate stated that he “drowned while attempting to rescue another person.” He was 22 years old.

Individuals are being asked to nominate a person they see as a hero to be awarded the Annual Antonio Varacalli Day Award. “Antonio is an example of how everyday regular people are good citizens by stepping up and selflessly helping others like Antonio did,” said Chris Podzuweit, a member of the It’s A Wonderful Life Committee, sponsor of the Antonio Varacalli Day – Celebration of Heroes event “Each year we ask the community to name a local hero, a good citizen, who in their eyes emulates Antonio Varacalli.”

 

The day’s event will begin on the Bridge St. bridge at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, near the site where Varacalli lost his life. In addition to presentation of the Antonio Varacalli Day Award, the winners of the Antonio Varacalli Day Essay Contest will be recognized. The essay question presented to Elizabeth Cady Stanton students in grades 3, 4 & 5, asked them to write about an immigrant that they know or know of, who has contributed to America and/or their community, and how they might be considered a good citizen.

The Mynderse Chamber Singers under the direction of Anna Luisi-Ellis will perform, the Antonio Varacalli Day Proclamation will be read along with a brief history presentation, and the ringing of “The Bells of Bedford Falls”. A flower ceremony will end the program.

Individuals wishing to nominate a hero can pick up a nomination form at the Seneca Falls Historical Society – 55 Cayuga St., Downtown Deli – 53 Fall Street, WomanMade Products – 91 Fall Street or download a pdf from https://therealbedfordfalls.com/antonio-varacalli-day/ All nominations must be received by Wednesday, April 7, 2022

For more information on the Celebration contact IAWLFestival@outlook.com.

Mums are done

The mums are done, all 21 pots along downtown fall street and the Sackett District have been updated with mums in them. Thank you to Ann and Neil from the Downtown Deli, on behalf of the SF Business Association, this years mums in pots are all done and not only with mums but a variety of scarecrows have been added.  Thank you.

Halloween Walk in the Park

Halloween is just around the corner and once again the Seneca Falls Recreation Center in partnership with the Seneca Fall Business Association is presenting the “Halloween Walk in the Park” event.

Last year was a wonderful success, so please contact the Reacreation Park and come and have a fun afternoon.

Want to be a part of it?????

Volunteers Needed

Volunteering is a fun way to support both Canal Fest and your Community, and it is only because of volunteers like you that Canal Fest continues to be a big success. Thank you in advance for providing the information requested. 

We will use this information to match your skills and interests to the needs of the Festival.

Download the Volunteer Form HERE and either

Drop it off a tthe Downtown Deli

or

Mail to P.O Box 204, Seneca Falls NY 13148

Thank you

Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Becky Bly

Seneca Falls Canal Fest

E-mail: wmp@rochester.rr.com

Phone: 315-568-9364

“CROWD SMART, COMMUNITY STRONG” – SENECA FALLS CANAL FEST IS BACK

SENECA FALLS, NY, June 1, 2021 – The Seneca Falls Business Association (SFBA) announced Tuesday that the 5th Annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest will be held August 20th – 22nd, 2021. The Festival which is held on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls was unable to take place in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’re back, crowd smart and community strong!” said Ann Sandroni the organization’s president and sponsor of the event. The three day celebration takes place along the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor.  As is the past, the festival promises fireworks, rides, vendors, duck race, music and much more.

 

The committee chose to hold the Festival in late August this year rather than early July to allow more time for the CDC and NYS to create and issue  guidelines for outdoor gatherings.  The festival will be held on Friday Aug. 20th 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday, Aug. 21st 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and  Sunday Aug. 22nd 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Featured music for the festival on Friday will be one of the region’s premier show bands, Night Train. The group performs a mix of 60’s, 70’s dance songs for a fabulous party experience. 

Saturday night’s big party band will showcase Mixtape specializing in classic rock dancing tunes you want to sing along to.  Saturday night’s band will be followed by fireworks.

 

Amusement Park rides and a Petting Zoo will once again be part of the festival.  Craft and food booths will be spread out to allow for safe, comfortable shopping and eating. 

 

Sunday’s big event at 3:00 pm will be the 5th Annual

Canal Fest Duck Race, when 2000 rubber duckies are dropped from the Bridge St. bridge and make their way down the canal to the Ovid St. bridge with coaxing from volunteer kayakers. 

“We are still planning and preparing for the Festival and volunteers help to make this type of event a success.” said Sandroni,  “It’s not difficult and you’ll have fun.  Just send us a message through the Contact page of our website.”

 

Non-profit organizations, food booths and Vendors wishing to participate are invited to fill out a Vendor Form also found at https://senecafalls.com/canalfest/

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Parking Request

Due to the current disruptions on Fall Street, the DOT is replacing 3 crosswalk areas, parking on Fall St. is restricted to short term visitor / customer parking only.

All business owners and employees are requested to use off-street parking.

Thank you