Niagara Gazette


November 23, 2013

LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Taking a step back in time at Skaneateles


Niagara Gazette — “With temps and treats that make our faces glow

“You can stop by the doughnut shop if you’ve an urge to nosh

“Marley’s ghost jumps out as all the little kids cry ‘gosh!’

“And not a farthing charged to us for this entire kibosh ...

At Skaneateles Bakery, a conveyor belt of newborn doughnuts recalled Buffalo’s late, lamented, Freddy’s. Having retreated to the 20th century, they were reminded of commitments to the 21st, extracted the car and returned to Polly and Holly’s homey hearth 25 miles to the south.

It was a day to hold in the heart. If you’ve an itch for Dickens the next three or four weekends, scratch it in Skaneateles (, just east of Auburn, which, Scrooge observes, happens to have the lowest non-reservation gasoline prices in the state.

“All ‘Carol’ fans will surely love the show

“They’ve gone about as far as they can go.”

Otherwise, the Vets serve their turkey-sandwich dinner beginning at 4 today, our Electric Light parade steps off about 5:30, and Island Presbyterian invites everyone to a free community dinner on Thanksgiving. Call 773-4849. Come visit our no-humbug zone.

Email Polly and Doug at

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