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It’s A Wonderful Life In The Real Bedford Falls (Photos)


The annual Seneca Falls “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival kicked off Thursday night with a block party celebration for local residents and now the festival is in full swing with crowds gathering for autograph session and many other event this weekend.

Friday began with a news conference at the temporary “It’s a Wonderful Life” museum. Karolyn Grimes, Jimmy Hawkins, and Ron & Don Collins talked about what it was like to work as child actors in the movie.

Next it was over to the Bridge Street Bridge and a remembrance ceremony for former Generations Bank President, Menzo Case.  He died in October.

Menzo Case was a big supporter (and carpenter) for Seneca County’s Habitat for Humanity.  Generations Bank employees and the actors from the movie traveled to Waterloo Friday morning where they welcomed a family of five to their new home.

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Find out more about the “It’s A Wonderful Life Museum”

All Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes Daily News.

Jimmy Hawkins, Karolyn Grimes, Ron and Don Collins in the old Seneca Falls Bank Building and the former National Women’s Hall of Fame to talk about their childhood memories on the set of It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Karolyn Grimes on the Bridge Street Bridge signs a bell in memory of Generations Bank President and CEO Menzo Case.

One of Menzo Case’s four children, Dezarée Kier, speaks at the bridge memorial.

The family of five moved into their new Habitat house on Taylor Ave. in Waterloo.

They lined up for autographs at the Gould Hotel.

Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen.

Mary Bailey, Clarence, and Violet on Fall Street searching for George Bailey.

Mr. Potter asks “Where are you from?” She answers “Syracuse.”   “Sorry” Potter says.  She answers again “Syracuse.” Again he grumbles “I said I’m sorry!”







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