Celebration of It's A Wonderful Life Festival

Friday, Dec 8, 2023 at 10:00am

Various Venues in Seneca Falls

Schedule:

9:00 a.m: Press Conference. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 76 Fall Street

9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m: Bedford Falls Station Postal Cancellation. Seneca Falls Post Office, 38 State Street

10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m: Visit the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum and Expanded Gift Shop; It’s a Wonderful Quilt Raffle. 76 Fall Street and 80 Fall Street

10:15 a.m: "Bread, Salt and Wine" Housewarming event in association with Habitat for Humanity and the actors from "It’s a Wonderful Life." 33 Taylor Ave., Waterloo, NY.

11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m: Autograph signing by Cast Members– Karolyn Grimes ("Zuzu Bailey"), Jimmy Hawkins ("Tommy Bailey") and Donald Collins ("Little Pete Bailey"). Autographs free with purchase; $30 fee for items you bring yourself. The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street

11:00 a.m: "The Real Bedford Falls – It’s a Wonderful Life." Emmy-award winning documentary co-produced and co-directed by Francis DiClemente and Stu Lisson on the history of the connections between Seneca Falls and Bedford Falls. Features actors from "It’s a Wonderful Life," film historians and local residents. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

11:30 a.m: Video tour by Brian Rohan of locations in Los Angeles County where "It’s a Wonderful Life" was filmed including: The Martini House; Stage 14/Culver City Studios; Site of the RKO Ranch; and Beverly Hills High School. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

11:45 pm: "The Shop Around the Corner." Radio play featuring Brian Rohan as Jimmy Stewart. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

12:30 p.m: "Bedford Falls 1919 to 1945: A Closer Look at How the Town Grows Over the Decades." Presentation by author Michael Willian. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

1:30 p.m: Presentation by Mary Owen, Donna Reed’s daughter. "The Geisha Girl" - Groundbreaking episode of The Donna Reed Show featuring Umeki Miyoshi (the first East Asian American woman to receive an Academy Award for acting) will be shown. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m: Autograph signing by Cast Members Karolyn Grimes, Jimmy Hawkins and Donald Collins. (Autographs free with purchase; $30 fee for items you bring yourself). The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall Street

2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m: Presentation by Chloe Rosen, Mrs. New York 2023. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m: Autograph signing by Michael Willian, "The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life. A Scene-by-Scene Guide to the Classic Film." Seneca Falls Heritage and Visitor Center, 89 Fall Street

3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m: The Timeless Message of "It’s a Wonderful Life": Promoting the Value of Each Individual. Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street

3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m: Autograph signing by Pamela McColl, author, "Twas the Night: The Art and History of the Classic Christmas Poem. Seneca Heritage and Tourism Center, 89 Fall Street

4:30 p.m: Registration and Silent Auction start at Del Lago Resort, prior to the Preview Dinner.

5:00 p.m: Shuttles start leaving The Gould Hotel for the Preview Dinner.

6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m: Frank Capra’s Preview Dinner. MC: Monica Capra Hodges. Advance Tickets Required. Del Lago Resort, located off Exit 41, NY State Thruway.

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