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Fun Syracuse Facts

  • National Geographic’s Green Guide named Syracuse “One of America’s Top 20 Green Cities”
  • American Planning Association named University Hill one of America’s Top Ten Neighborhoods.
  • Business Facilities named the Syracuse and Central Upstate region among its seven best locations across the nation for companies seeking to move or expand in a new location, commenting that “Syracuse also has something that increasingly is a rare and valuable commodity: an abundant supply of fresh, portable water.”
  • The dental chair was invented by Syracuse’s Milton Waldo Hanchett in 1840.
  • The Erie Canal in its century long existence, contributed more to the growth of Syracuse than anything in its history.
  • The country’s first drive-in window installed by our own Merchants Bank in 1941.
  • Literacy Volunteers was founded here in 1962-helping thousands of adults world wide read.
  • At one time there were more than 50 breweries here in the Syracuse area.
  • Syracusan Charles F. Brannock invented the measuring device that tells the shoe salesman, what your size is. Also Nettleton patented the world’s first “Loafer” in 1933.
  • Our State Fair in the longest running State Fair in the country, in fact it started in 1848. Archabald Stadium was the first totally poured concrete stadium in the country.
  • At the turn of the century 90% of the nations garment pressing machines were manufactured right here in Syracuse.
  • Cornelius Tyler Longstreet invented the first standardized clothing in the mid 1880′s.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Upstate Medical Center predecessor Geneva Medical College in 1849.
  • Crouse Hinds manufactured the country’s first traffic light installed in Texas in 1921.
  • Robert E. Dietz can boast ownership of an English patent issued by Queen Victoria in 1873 for a self-setting animal trap better known as a mousetrap.
  • The first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court was a Syracuse University Grad. Belva Lockwood.
  • 27 antennae located on the moon were made in Syracuse by Sims.
  • The 24-second shot clock, used in all NBA games, was invented by Danny Biasone, the late owner of the Syracuse Nationals. Following the 1953-54 season, he invented the clock to try and speed up the game and prevent teams from stalling. Head to Armory Square in downtown Syracuse to watch the clock tick for yourself!

Posted: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 @ 10:59 am by Nakeia Endres
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Heart & Hands Wine Dinner

Join this acclaimed winery for a five paired course dinner.

Date(s): 01/18/2014
Location: Aurora Inn
391 Main St.
Auora, NY 13026
Time: Reception 6:30 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm
Cost: $100/person
Telephone: 315-364-8888
Website: Click here for more info »

Posted: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 @ 10:58 am by Nakeia Endres
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IGNITE the WINTER!

A celebration organized in connection with Auburn’s First Friday happenings, this winter festival will be held both outside on Exchange Street Plaza as well as inside Auburn Public Theater. Features include a comfort food cook-off with chili, soup, and chowder vendors, live bands, horse-drawn wagon rides, beer and Finger Lakes wine sales, and live ice sculpting demonstrations, all in the heart of Downtown Auburn.

Date(s): 03/07/2014
Location: Exchange Street Mall
Downtown
Auburn, NY 13021
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: Free
Telephone: 315-252-7874
Website: Click here for more info »

Posted: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 @ 10:58 am by Nakeia Endres
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Comedian: Jeff Dye

March 8, 2014

Jeff Dye

Saturday, 8pm

As seen on, “Last Comic Standing”

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Posted: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 @ 10:57 am by Nakeia Endres
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The Sterling Renaissance Festival is one of the oldest and most successful producers of professional interactive entertainment in the world. Thrill to the excitement of over 100 stage and street
performers, professional actors, comedians and musicians who whimsically recreate an authentic English Renaissance village for you to experience. Join the merriment at the Pub Sing, Wench Auction and Trial & Dunke. Witness dozens of artisans demonstrating their fine craftsmanship and selling their unique wares. Enjoy digging into our savour delicacies – from steak-on-a-stake, pita pockets, succulent turkey legs, portabella mushroom sandwiches, mile high cakes and more!

Posted: Sunday, January 5th, 2014 @ 10:57 am by Nakeia Endres
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