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It’s a Wonderful Life Festival lineup announced for 77th anniversary

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The “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival is set to celebrate its 77th anniversary with a stellar lineup of speakers, including original cast members, family of cast and crew, authors, historians, and Mrs. New York 2023.


A press conference will kick off the event on Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Museum’s temporary location at 76 Fall Street, featuring insights from cast members like Karolyn Grimes, Jimmy Hawkins, and Donald and Ronald Collins.

This year’s festival, coordinated by the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, promises to enrich the history and legacy of the iconic film.

The lineup includes Mary Owen, daughter of Donna Reed; Monica Capra Hodges, granddaughter of Frank Capra; actor Brian Rohan; author Michael Willian; historian Sal St. George; and representatives from Seneca County United Way/Suicide Prevention Coalition. These speakers will delve into various aspects of the film and its enduring relevance.

New presenters this year include John Kuri, son of set decorator Emile Kuri; author Pamela McColl, who will draw parallels between the film and the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”; and Chloe Rosen, Mrs. New York 2023, who will share her insights on self-worth and individual value.

The presentations, free to the public, will occur across December 8-10 at Trinity Church, 27 Fall Street, Seneca Falls. For a complete schedule and details, visit the festival’s official website.