Celebration Of It’s a Wonderful Life Festival

Sunday, Dec 12, 2021 at 8:00 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: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:00 - 2:30 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.

St. George Living History Productions will broadcast via Zoom from the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum throughout the day as part of their Road Trip to the Museum. It’s a Wonderful Life Museum.

8:00 am - 11:30 am: Pancake Breakfast by the United Way. Seneca Falls Community Center. Tickets at the door.

8:00 am - Noon: Visit George Bailey’s Car at James Chrysler, Dodge, Jeem and Ram.

8:30 - 10:30 am: Karolyn Grimes 19th Anniversary Breakfast Celebration. Ballroom, The Gould Hotel.  Sold Out. To ensure a safe environment for the actors, attendees must show proof of completed vaccination.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Women’s Rights National Historical Park: “The Timeless Message of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ - A Journey Through Seneca Falls.” Visit the site where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in 1848.  

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum: “The Timeless Message of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life - A Journey Through Seneca Falls.” 32 Fall St.

10:00 am - 6:00 pm: National Women’s Hall of Fame: “The Timeless Message of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ - A Journey Through Seneca Falls.” Come stand among great women and learn about the Donna Reed Center and Heritage Museum. Discounted admission - $6. Free admission if you come in costume.

11:00 am: Trinity Episcopal Church offers its own take on It’s a Wonderful Life - Listen to what Trinity folks learned from their study of It’s a Wonderful Life during Advent and how that can be applied to any community, maybe even the country. Discussion will be facilitated by the Rev. J. Brad Benson, parish priest. Trinity Church.

11:00 am until gone: Roasted chestnuts by the Knights of Columbus. Free. Corner of State and Fall Streets by The Gould Hotel.

11:30 am: Presentation by Donald and Ronald Collins: “Notes from Little Pete.” Trinity Church.

11:45 am: Presentation by Michael Willian (Author: The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life). “RSVPs for The Bailey Christmas Eve Gathering: Who’s There, Who’s Not and Everyone’s Back Story.” Trinity Church.

Noon - 2:00 pm: “The Timeless Message of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ - A Journey Through Seneca Falls.”  Visit the Church where Alice Paul first introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and ring the church bell. The Church has a long-standing history of signing the bell wall after you have rung the bell - add your name to the giant guest book. First Presbyterian Church.

12:30 pm: “It was a Wonderful Decade.” Presentation by Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”) on his career as a child actor. Trinity Church.

1:30 pm: “The Backstory of Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy and the Other Jimmy.” Presentation by Sal St. George, writer, director, producer, St. George Living History Productions. Trinity Church.

2:30 pm: Videotaped interview with Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”) from the 65th Anniversary Celebration in 2011. Trinity Church.

3:00 pm: “Look Where It’s a Wonderful Life Has Taken Us!” Presentation by Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins. Trinity Church.

4:00 pm: “The Bells of The Real Bedford Falls.” Gather in front of the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum to hear the bells throughout town ring in honor of those who have impacted our lives. To have a bell rung in honor of someone ($20 donation).

6:00 pm: “For Auld Lang Syne - the Final Scene Dinner.” Seneca Falls Country Club. [Sold Out] 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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