'It's a Wonderful Life' Festival 2016

Uncle Billy, played by Craig Simmons, playfully finds some money as Violet, played by Maria Coleman, looks on during the 2016 "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival in Seneca Falls.

The Citizen file

A few new events will join this weekend's "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival in Seneca Falls, which sees the village celebrate its inspirational role in the classic 1946 holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

The three-day festival will feature more than 90 events, and is expected to draw more than 15,000 visitors. Here are five highlights:

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10: "Merry Christmas, George Bailey!" The Seneca Community Players will present their annual live radio play based on the film in the "Bedford Falls Bijou Theater" at 115 Fall St. It features the original Lux Radio Theatre version of the film, including commercials as they were broadcast on March 10, 1947, as well as live sound effects and music. Eric Jansen stars as George Bailey and Carrie Massey as Mary Hatch Bailey, and the director is Seth Kennedy. Tickets are $8 Thursday or Sunday, and $10 Saturday.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8: Mrs. Martini's Pasta Dinner and Movie Trivia. In a news release, festival committee member Robert McDowell said it has been asked to create a trivia event about the movie for years. The event will include 100 questions, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Martini making sure guests enjoy their dinner. The event takes place at the Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. 

• 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8: Cult Classic "It's a Wonderful Life" Participation Movie. Also new at this year's festival will be a "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-style screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," complete with props and the invitation to wear costumes. The festival committee advises that there will be a "splash zone" of the seating area, as well. The event takes place at the Seneca Falls Community Center, and admission is $5.

• 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9: Dance party at Nick's Place. The Pottersville dive bar from the film will be the setting of dance parties that conclude festivities on Friday and Saturday. Available will be beer, wine, hot cider and snacks. A DJ will supply music, and Nick may be seen working behind the bar. Nick's Place is located in the heated tent sponsored by Generations Bank on Fall and Cayuga streets, and admission is $3 (for ages 21 and older only).

• 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10: Karolyn Grimes 15th Anniversary Breakfast. Grimes, who portrayed Zuzu in the film, will mark 15 years of attending the festival with this breakfast at The Gould Hotel, 108 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Tickets are required.

For the rest of the 90-plus events taking place during this weekend's "It's a Wonderful Life" Festival in Seneca Falls, visit therealbedfordfalls.com.

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