Frank Capra’s 1946 film classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will once again be celebrated next weekend as thousands of movie fans “Come Home to the Real Bedford Falls” – Seneca Falls.
Whether it will be your first visit or you are a frequent visitor to the small town of Seneca Falls, you will quickly see that you are in a magical familiar place. Seneca Falls, NY is a town that, with a bit of imagination will transport you to Bedford Falls, the iconic home town of George and Mary Bailey, a town where Uncle Billy is seen scurrying down the street and Mr. Henry Potter has nothing good to say to anyone. This is where the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival celebrates the connection between this Upstate New York Community, and the fictitious town of Frank Capra’s 1946 classic Film, It’s a Wonderful Life.
With over 100 events being offered for visitors to enjoy during the Festival, one would be hard pressed to not find something to do.
Visit the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum to see photos, displays and artifacts from the movie. Check the schedule to see the many opportunities to meet and learn more about the persons involved with the making of the film.
Everyone’s got to eat, so plan early to attend Mrs. Martini’s Pasta Dinner Friday night or go to the Wonderful Bonfire and Tree Lighting and enjoy Bailey’s Burgers and Hots while listening to your favorite Christmas tunes. Check out the It’s a Wonderful Life Participation Movie and become part of the show! Afterward, stop by Nick’s Place in Pottersville for wine, beer and dancing!
Saturday’s highlights include many opportunities to see and meet the original actors from the movie and the chance to interact with the characters from the movie brought to life on the street. Be sure to get a good spot on Fall Street to watch the Wonderful Parade as it passes by at 1pm. Plan to stay into the evening as just after dark, thousands of runners will be lining up for the big & colorful It’s a Wonderful Run 5K race.
Additional Saturday evening activities include The Taste of Bedford Falls where ticket holders have an opportunity to taste specialties from more than a dozen local restaurants. Go see the live radio show “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” followed by the Dance by the Light of the Moon with the Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra or catch a movie before heading back to Nick’s Place for more music and dancing.
Sunday wake up to your choice of warm hearty community breakfasts and then try your luck at Uncle Billy’s Wonderful Scavenger Hunt. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, listen to holiday musicians and catch a movie.
“All aboard!” The Bedford Falls Express Train is available Sunday with three opportunities to take a 90 minute ride that you won’t forget! Reservations are required, so be sure to get your commemorative ticket in advance!
Before you leave Seneca Falls, be sure to meet the actors, get an autograph and listen as the Bells of Bedford Falls echo across this little town. For more information, tickets, reservations and the full schedule visit www.therealbedfordfalls.com