Celebration Of It’s a Wonderful Life Festival

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Various Venues in Seneca Falls, NY
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

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Featured Guests - Cast Members, “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu Bailey”)

Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”)

Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”)

Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”)

Donald and Ronald Collins (“Little Pete Bailey”) And George Bailey’s Car

 Other Special Guests Associated with the Film:

Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter; Board of Directors, The Donna Reed Foundation)

Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s granddaughter)

Carol Moss Loop (Virginia Patton’s daughter )

More Special Guests:

Brian Rohan (Actor, Jimmy Stewart/George Bailey)

Joseph Yakovetic (Artist)

Janie McKirgan (President/Executive Director, The Jimmy Stewart Museum)

Miles Ryan Fisher (Editor-in-Chief, Italian America Magazine)

Michael Willian (Author, The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life: A Scene-By-Scene Guide to the Classic Film)

Paul Abate (Artist)

Sal St. George And Darren St. George (St. George Living History Productions)

Harold Buchholz (Executive Producer and Writer, Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Netflix)

The Jason Middaugh Family (Creators - It’s a Wonderful LEGO Life)

Every Day Throughout the Festival:

Autograph Signing by Cast Members from It’s a Wonderful Life. (Autographs free with purchase, Fee for items you bring yourself.)  The Gould Hotel.  To ensure a safe environment for the actors, attendees must show proof of completed vaccination.

Paintings by Paul Abate: “I want to live again! Reflections and lessons from George Bailey.” The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, 23 Cayuga St.

New Exhibit on the career of Jeanine Roose (“Young Violet Bick”). It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

New Exhibit on Virginia Patton (“Ruth Dakin Bailey”). It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

Information on Suicide Prevention. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. 

 “It’s a Wonderful Quilt” - Raffle for the 75th Anniversary Quilt. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

“Just Like in the Film” - Exhibit of items just like those used in It’s a Wonderful Life donated by fans and experts on the film. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

Michael Willian - Book Signing. (Hours to be announced.)

“It’s a Wonderful LEGO Life”: The Campaign to Request LEGO to create an It’s a Wonderful Life LEGO set in commemoration of the 75th anniversary. The Jason Middaugh Family. The Seneca Falls Visitor Center.

12th Annual Bedford Falls Gingerbread House Contest. Vote for your favorite. The Seneca Falls Visitor Center.

The Ultimate “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas Tree (from California). The Shop Around the Corner, 60 Fall Street.

Schedule:

Autograph Signing: 2:00 - 4:30 pm.The Gould Hotel.

(Autographs free with purchase; $30 fee per autograph  for items you bring yourself.)  To ensure a safe environment for the actors, attendees must show proof of completed vaccination.

10:30 am: Welcome Reception and Launch of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of It’s a Wonderful Life with cast members from It’s a Wonderful Life.  Bedford Falls at BonaDent (2495 Bonadent Dr.)  Each year, BonaDent transforms itself into Bedford Falls for the holiday season.  Attendees must show proof of completed vaccination. Registration for this event is closed.

12:30 pm: The Arrival of the Eighth Cast Member - George Bailey’s Car. With the 1919 Dodge Touring Car will be its owners, Keith and Marilyn Smith, who have restored and preserved this important piece of film history.  James Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram (1429 NY-414) - open until 8:00 pm.

2:00 pm: Presentation by Donald and Ronald Collins: “Notes from Little Pete.” Trinity Episcopal Church (27 Fall Street).

2:15pm: 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.

2:30 pm: Michael Willian, Author: “It’s a Wonderful Life Uncovered: Everything You Need to Know and Have Been Missing All These Years.” Trinity Church.

3:30 pm: Michael Willian, Author. “Wonderful Life Scene Sightings: Speed Rounds on Animals, Toys, US Presidents and More Spied in Your Favorite Scenes.” Trinity Church

4:00 pm: A Ringing of Bells - Launch of “The Timeless Message of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ - A Journey Through Seneca Falls.”  Participants will include representatives of the Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition and RiSE (Resilience and Inclusion for Students Everywhere) youth group. Church bells have historically been rung in times of celebration to herald in good news. As Seneca Falls becomes Bedford Falls and begins the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of “The Most Inspiring Film of All Time,” participants are invited to ring the church bell and sign the bell wall. The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, the site where Alice Paul first introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 (23 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls). 

6:00 pm: “There’s a Moon Out Tonight” - Meet and Greet with Cast Members from It’s a Wonderful Life. The National Women’s Hall of Fame. Tickets $50 plus tax. Call 315-568-5838 for tickets. Participants must show proof of completed vaccination.

This event listing provided for the Seneca Falls community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. We want to hear from you if you have an event to share or updates to this event.

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