Diana Whiting

Every time Diana Whiting cuts my hair, I am stopped coming and going by prints of her extraordinary nature photographs, especially this pair of cedar waxwings, who appear to be wiser than I can ever hope to be. The patience, skill and dedication it takes to capture such images is also beyond me, and so I am grateful that Diana brings such images within reach. You can view her dazzling gallery on the Web, and, of course, stop by Headquarters at the east end of Legg Hall on Genesee Street in Skaneateles to see the prints themselves (without the copyright notice, of course) up close. She is a gift to us all.

The Book

The book, Skaneateles: The Character and Characters of a Lakeside Village, is in print, all 500+ pages of it, and available now from Creekside Books & Coffee (35 Fennell Street) and in the Gift Shop at the Creamery Museum of the Skaneateles Historical Society (28 Hannum Street; open Fridays, 1-4 p.m.).

Inside, 100+ stories from our past: wayward husbands, charlatans, Rebel raiders, a lad skating the length of the lake, a Prussian baron, stars of the silent screen at Kreb’s, a world chess champion and a boa constrictor at the Sherwood, a Dickensian cemetery owner moving bodies at night, and many, many more.