December 3, 2010
Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108
Hours: Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays.
The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information
Holly Knott : Paintings with a Fabric Palette
Contemporary Art Quilts on Exhibit
January 3rd — February 25th, 2011
Marcellus, NY: Contemporary art quilts by artist Holly Knott will be on display at the Weeks Art Gallery, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, from January 3rd through February 25th, 2011. The gallery is open M-F 9am–4pm, and Saturdays 10m–4pm, closed Sundays. There is no charge for parking and admittance. The gallery is open to the public.
Knott’s solo exhibition at Baltimore Woods focuses on themes inspired by the natural world. “I’m inspired by rolling hills of farmland, tree-lined paths, the architecture of old homes from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as cityscapes, and gardens. My artwork creates a tangible trail of my explorations, and I enjoy recording what I see in fabric – a striking sunset, the expression of an inquisitive cow, the colors of autumn leaves against a rich blue sky, an old window with wavy glass and colored shutters, the pattern of the veins on a leaf…” states Knott.
Elaborating on the title of this exhibit, Knott says: “ I consider contemporary art quilting to be a method of “creating paintings with a fabric palette.” The wide variety of “painterly” fabrics available, such as the batiks and hand-dyes, helps provide me with a wonderful palette. You can create layers of color and add sparks of light just as you would in a painting.” Knott adds to this palette with a variety of techniques including applying textile and acrylic paint, hand-dying fabric, using colored threads for stitching, and even by printing her original photographs onto the art pieces.
With the innovative use of material, texture and color, Knott is in the company of quiltmakers who work to expand the definition of quiltmaking from craft to fine art. Her quilts have won numerous awards and appeared in several publications, as well as been exhibited and collected widely. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and lives with her husband and cats on a small farm in Marcellus.
Holly Knott: Sunrise Sunset
Holly Knott: Cold Stark Winter
contemporary art quilts–
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office 315 247-7904 cell
Nature in your hands
“Join in on the Spirit of Holiday Traditions” Auburn: History’s Hometown Free Holiday Celebration December 12, 2010
Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House over 33 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors for free the second Sunday in December for residents to enjoy during the holidays. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other organizations.
Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions’ partners, the City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum and Willard Memorial Chapel.
The Cayuga Museum
203 Genesee Street
Open from Noon to 5PM – come tour the Cayuga Museum beautifully decorated for the holidays. On display will be “Visions Past: Paintings from the Collection of the Cayuga Museum.” The exhibit will include portraits and landscapes by local artists including: Edward Gohl, George Clough, Charles Petersen and Frank Barney. The selected works give insight into the social and physical landscape of Cayuga County during the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit opens November 20th and will be up through December 31st. At 2PM, enjoy a special performance by the Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Choir.
The Harriet Tubman Home
180 South Street
Although only open by appointment this time of year, the Harriet Tubman Home will be open from Noon – 5PM. Please call the Home directly for details on that day’s program.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee Street
Open from Noon – 5PM, come tour the 30th annual juried quilts exhibit Quilts=Art=Quilts, on display through January 9, 2011. The exhibit features 95 quilts by 81 artists from all over the world. This year’s jurors, Jeannee Beck, Elizabeth Busch & Erin Wilson, reviewed 358 entries by 207 artists and selected quilts for their overall visual impact, design and originality.
Enjoy a quilt trunk show by Priscilla Kibee, which starts at 2PM. Priscilla loves to travel shopping for textiles to add to her wearable art collection. She has taught quilting to school children in Nepal, taught Seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey. She’s created garments for five Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teaches classes on embellishment and wearable art.
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Area florists have adopted the Seward House this year to provide an array of holiday decorations. Visitors will be welcomed from Noon – 5PM and admission is free. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
303 Clark Street
The Church will be open from 3 – 5:15PM. The Auburn Chamber Orchestra will perform from 4 – 5:15PM, coffee hour to follow.
17 Clark Street
St. Mary’s will host their open house from 1:30 – 5PM. Enjoy a concert by the Finger Lakes Camerata, singers from CCC, who will perform at 3PM. The gift shop will be open, and refreshments will be served.
Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum
Celebrate the holidays during the 1800s from Noon – 4PM. Tour the museum and take part in trimming the tree. Enjoy horse drawn-wagon rides, Christmas cookie decorating and holiday musical presentations.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
17 William Street
From Noon – 5PM, visitors can view a display of hand-sewn Advent banners that tell the Christmas story in needlework, and tour the historic church. Children’s activities from Noon – 2PM include decorating a Christmas ornament and a Christmas storytelling program at 1PM. The MasterWorks Chorale will perform selections from its holiday concert at 2PM in the sanctuary.
Willard Memorial Chapel
17 Nelson Street
The Chapel will be offering guided tours from Noon – 5PM. Children can read with Santa, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers, at Noon and at 3PM. The Literacy Volunteers will also offer a Holiday Book Sale. Enjoy listening to the Herman Ave. Elementary School Chorus winter Concert – performance at 1:30PM.
For more information about Holiday Traditions, call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at 255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly.
The Best Small Cities to Raise a Family
“Auburn, N.Y., a tiny Finger Lakes, takes the top spot for the Northeast region, and comes in at No. 18 in the nation.”
Big, bustling cities are magnets for adventure-seekers and ambitious young people. But the grit and flashiness that attract singles to New York, Los Angeles and Miami aren’t necessarily what parents look for in a place to settle down. Young people looking to start a family might do well to look past the bright lights of the big city.
Instead, maybe consider a place like Dubuque, Iowa, Manitowoc, Wis., or Marquette, Mich. These places boast solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times and high rates of home ownership–all reasons why they rank as the top three small cities in America to raise a family.
So what is so special about these places? Our top-ranked city, Dubuque, Iowa, is much smaller than a place like New York, with a population of 92,139, but still one of the larger cities on our list (we only ranked cities with a population under 100,000). Dubuque’s size puts it in a kind of sweet spot: large enough to be a center of industry, small enough to not be overcrowded.
An economy that successfully diversified after the collapse of the local manufacturing industry contributes to an unemployment rate that’s nearly half the national average, at 6.5%, and a median household income of $48,779. That means most families have the jobs they need. They also don’t have to spend a lot of time getting there: Only 2.6% of the population spends an hour or more getting to work.
Our top three cities are all in the Midwest, and the region is home to 12 of the top 15 cities. It would seem that mountains, big skies and open plains lend themselves to family life. But while the small towns in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and Illinois dominate the list, there are small cities that shine in every region of the country. The rugged mountain town of Casper, WY, is the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation. The city does particularly well providing residents with affordable housing–families there spend only 17% of their income on housing costs.
Auburn, N.Y., a tiny Finger Lakes town probably best known for its correctional facility, takes the top spot for the Northeast region, and comes in at No. 18 in the nation. Prison jobs boost the local income, which ranks 20th among small cities at $48,991.
The best Southern small city for families? Tiny Frankfort, Ky., with a population of only 69,659. It ranks No. 20 on our nationwide list. Frankfort may be small, but the few families there are well off: The median household income is $50,671.
To pinpoint the best small places to raise a family, we looked at quality-of-life measures that make living easier for families. We started with the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau on all Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas with a population under 100,000. That left us with 126 cities, which we ranked on five measures.
Short commute times improve family life because they give working parents more time at home with their kids, so we scored cities on the percentage of residents that spent an hour or more getting to work in the morning: the lower the better. Since educational outcomes are a key consideration of families looking to relocate, we ranked cities on the percentage of adults aged 25 and older that had at least a high school degree.
We also scored cities on median household income, the rate of home ownership, and housing affordability, for which we used median housing costs as a percentage of income as a proxy. We averaged the rankings across these measures to arrive at final scores. When cities were tied in rank, we used the rate of homeownership to break the tie.
The choice of where to settle down and bring up youngsters is based on a number of complex and personal factors, many of which can’t be measured in a ranked list. But things like affordability, education and jobs are often among them–and these off-the-radar metros have a great deal to offer.
Skaneateles Shops and Shopping
Imagine That… Gallery Presents ‘A Sip’
“A Sip,” a celebration of the drinking vessel featuring works by 18 artists from across the country, opens Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Refreshments—including a sampling of wines from Anyela’s—and musical entertainment will be provided. The event is part of the village’s First Friday art night.
On display in the group exhibition, which runs throughout December, are cups, mugs and glasses, along with teapots, decanters and flasks.
“A Sip” features the work of:
• Art of Fire, a contemporary glass studio in Gaithersburg, Md.
• Cheyenne Rudolph, a potter from Bradenton, Fla.
• Conner Mckissack, a potter from Roswell, Ga.
• David MacDonald, a ceramics artist from Syracuse
• Jason Howard, a glass artist from Skaneateles
• Jen Gandee, a ceramics artist from Fabius
• Jennifer Mecca, a potter from York, S.C.
• Jeremy Randall, a ceramics artist and co-owner of the gallery, from Tully
• Little River Hotglass Studio, of Moscow, Vt.
• Missy McCormick, a ceramics artist from Loveland, Ohio
• Nigel Rudolph, a potter from Florida
• Posey Bacopoulos, a potter from New York
• Sarah Panzarella, a ceramics artist and co-owner of the gallery, from Tully
• Snake Oil Glassworks, of Skaneateles
• Tammy Marinuzzi, a potter from Florida
• Tom Stoenner, a glass artist from Rhinebeck, N.Y.
• Wynne Wilbur, a ceramics artist from Kirksville, Mo.
• Zweifel Art Glass, of Williams, Ore.
Imagine/Imagine That… is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It offers a distinctive collection of fine and handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, pottery and painting, as well as other unique gifts for special occasions.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.com.
On-going Onondaga County Events!
• Onondaga Historical Museum is featuring the exhibit Toys from the 1970′s. For specifics, call 428-1864 or go to www.CNYHistory.org.
• Syracuse Crunch Hockey is back with great slammin’ action at the War Memorial at Oncenter! For specific times & dates, call 435-2121 or on their website at www.SyracuseCrunch.com.
• Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performs at the Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter several times per month. For specifics, call 424-8200 or go to www.SyracuseSymphony.org.
• The Community Folk Art Center will feature the exhibit Dogs in Transition-Pit Bulls and Mill Dogs by Cyrus Mejia through December 11th. For details, call 442-2230.
• Highland Forest County Park is a great place to hike, bike & check out the awesome views of southern Onondaga County! Call 683-5550 or www.OnondagaCountyParks.com. (more…)