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The Weeks Art Gallery at Baltimore Woods Nature Center is pleased to present Natural Selections, an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Bob Ripley. On exhibit from September 5th through October 28th, 2011 in the Weeks Art Gallery, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY, this collection of work in transparent watercolor is open to the public during business hours: Monday through Friday 9am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, September 10, from 2-4pm. The gallery and the reception are open to the public. There is no admission charge, and parking is free.

The natural world informs Ripley’s work as a wildlife artist. Painting in the realist tradition of the masters Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, Ripley’s work demonstrates a level of understanding known only by those in direct contact with the wild ones.

Ripley is an avid outdoorsman and spends many hours fly fishing, canoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing. “Encounters with nature through my numerous outdoor hobbies provide a wide array of creative opportunities,” says Ripley. “Wildlife and natural forms have served as inspiration for my artwork ever since I was a young boy painting watercolors on cardboard shirt boxes. .. A painting’s composition is very important to me, and working in fine detail allows me to get into the animal or fish’s skin, so to speak.” he continues.

Ripley sums up his dual interest in art and nature: “There is a classic, and often spectacular beauty to be found in the natural world. Through my art, I am able to immerse myself in that wild aesthetic.”

Bob Ripley is a native of upstate NY and was born and raised in Elmira. He is a Navy veteran and an honors graduate of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. After a successful career as an art director in advertising, he is now retired and able to fully pursue his passion for wildlife art. He resides in the country near Skaneateles, NY.

Please visit: www.baltimorewoods.org, and www.bobripley.com for more information on this talented, “natural” artist.

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.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.
Visit www.baltimorewoods.org for more information

Posted: Thursday, August 11th, 2011 @ 8:40 am by Curt
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Thursday, August 18 – “Country Music” at Dill’s Run – Dill’s Run Winery, 3862 State Route 90, Union Springs. “Country Music”Thursday evenings from 5 – 8pm. Singing a mix of classic country, romantic duets along with some contemporary country favorites, this musical act is sure to please. Advance tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. Entertainment & party platter included. www.dillsrun.com/vineyard.htm 315-889-5007
Friday, August 19 – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd (off Route 90), King Ferry. Free wine tastings throughout the music. Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Food available for purchase from local vendors. Cost of admission – FREE! www.treleavenwines.com 800-439-5271
Friday, August 19 – Sunday, August 21 – SONGS OF BROADWAY – Cayuga Community College Irene Bisgrove Theater, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Auburn Players Summer Youth Theater presents an evening of Broadway Music. Performances of your favorite Broadway musicals including Rent, Cinderella, Annie, and many more!! Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm. Sun. 2:00pm. Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student, and $7 for kids under 12.
Friday, August 19 – Tuesday, September 6 – Lake Ontario Counties’ Fall Fishing Derby – Lake Ontario, Fair Haven. Adult & youth derby categories include salmon, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow/steelhead and walleye, prizes. www.loc.org 888-733-5246
Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21 – A Taste of Sterling Weekend – Many say that they go to the Festival just for our food and drink. Which is why we choose this final weekend to feature our wide array of delectable delights! Buy a food wheel to sample the many choices of entrees, deserts, and beverages. Eat like a real King with the introduction of the The Royal Feast Plate, at the Rose & Crown Tavern. Eat it all in the time allowed and it’s free! Sat. & Sun. 10am – 7pm. Fee. www.sterlingfestival.com 800-879-4446
Saturday, August 20 – Susan May and the Stars of Tomorrow Visit the 1980’s – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main Street, Route 90, Aurora. Susan May and the Stars of Tomorrow sing and dance the songs from World War II. Remember the great tunes from the early 1940’s? The songs to which you could sing and dance? Songs like: ’Happy Days,’ ’Chattanooga Choo Choo,’ ’White Cliffs of Dover,’ and ’Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.’ Join us for the music that brought us through the war. $5 for all tickets. www.morganoperahouse.org 315-364-5437
Sunday, August 21 – Fly-In/Drive-In breakfast – Whitford Airport, 3043 Ditmar Rd., Weedsport. ggs, pancakes, sausage and doughnuts will be served with coffee, juice and milk. Plenty of aircraft to view. There will be Skydiving going on weather permitting. Contact John Whitford for more info. $6.00 for adults, children under 12 are $3.00, and children under 5 are free. 7:30am till noon. www.whitfordairport.com 315-834-9950
Tuesday, August 23 – Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, East Genesee St., Auburn. Music – Stone Soul Foundation starts at 6:30pm. Movie – Rio starts at 8:30pm. Free. www.ci.auburn.ny.us 315-255-4737

Posted: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm by Curt
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Founder’s Day retools with a Street Fair and Car Show
A decision has been made by Auburn’s Founder’s Day Committee to postpone honoring Harriet Tubman at this year’s event to concentrate on preparing for a celebration of her amazing life’s work during 2013, which is the 100th year since her death.

“We can prepare a truly fitting tribute to Mrs. Tubman with more time to establish a working budget, plan events, and procure speakers and entertainment. It is very important to properly honor Harriet Tubman, who is known throughout the world as an amazing woman for her bravery, persistence, service to her country and to mankind. The last 50 years of her life were spent in Auburn, so we need to honor Mrs. Tubman with the respect befitting her in 2013.” said co-chairs Connie Reilley, Executive Director of Downtown BID and Eileen McHugh, Executive Director of the Cayuga Museum.

Founder’s Day is still taking place Saturday, August 13th with a Street Fair and Car Show hosted by the Finger Lakes Region Antique Car Club, which is in its 41st year. The Car Club has invited other clubs consisting of all manner of collectible cars to participate. There will be ongoing musical entertainment, memorabilia, food and craft vendors and various free family activities. Bring the kids and show them how cars have changed over the years. Judging, with many awards for car owners, cars displayed at historic site locations and park settings make Downtown Auburn the perfect place to celebrate Founder’s Day- “History on Wheels.”

There will not be a parade this year. Founder’s Day will run from 11AM – 5PM Saturday, August 13th. Mark your calendar and join the fun. For more information call Downtown Auburn BID at 315.252-7874.

To learn more click here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Founders-Day-Festival-in-Auburn-NY/389719663728

Posted: Friday, April 1st, 2011 @ 7:38 pm by Curt
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Wednesday, March 23- Sunday, May 1 – Two Hundred Years of Partnership: First Presbyterian Church and the Community – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. The exhibition, features photographs, paintings, documents and mementos from the Church dating back to 1811. The show traces the important people, places and events that defined the institution from when it first opened on North and Fulton streets, to when the steeple came down on the second building in 1973, to its modern facility on South Street. www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum (315) 253-8051

Wednesday, March 23 – Book Author Visit – Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn. Visit by children’s book author and illustrator Debra Frasier from 4:30 to 6pm. Frasier, author of “On the Day You Were Born”, will talk with children and sign books. Free, no registration needed. www.seymourlibrary.org (315) 252-2571

Thursday, March 24 – Simple Solutions: An Introduction to Less Toxic Living – The Center 4 Wellness, 1 Hoffman St., Auburn. Be in charge of your own health! Topics to be covered will be Air, Water, Food, pH balancing, and body systems care. Pre-register by contacting The Center at 315.704.0319 or register online. Instructor: Diane DelPiano, R.N., CNHP, Reiki Master. www.thecenter4wellness.com (315) 704-0319

Thursday, March 24 – Making Movies: A Contemporary Film & Video Series – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Film screening by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, from Rochester, NY. His experimental films & video installations have been screened & exhibited internationally and combine the media of cinema, music, photography, video art, and new media. Film at 7:30PM. Suggested donation $5. www.myartcenter.com (315) 255-1553

Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 25 – When I Come to My Senses, I’m Alive – Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Harlequin Production Spring Show. An experiment allowing the recording and playback of emotions goes awry due to government interference and the awakening of an artificial intelligence within the web. Tickets $1/students, $5/general admission. http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/news_a (315) 255-1743

Friday, March 25 – Music of the Romantic Greats – First Presbyterian Church, 112 South St., Auburn. The Auburn Chamber Orchestra presents Music of the Romantic Greats. Hear the beautiful sound of Symphony in C Minor, In the Steppes of Central Asia, Coriolan Overture, My Home Overture and Adagio for Strings. 7:30pm – free. http://auburnfirst.org/news_events.html (315) 252-3861

Friday, March 25 – Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Dubbed simply one of the finest American bands by the All Music Guide, Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been performing together since the late 90s both nationally and abroad. Known for electrifying live performances, and strong original music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base. Mar. 25th at 8pm. Tickets $20. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669

Friday, March 25 & Sat., March 26 – Film – 127 Hours – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. A triumphant life changing true story, about Aron Ralston, who while hiking through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, falls into a crevasse. Aron’s right hand becomes stuck between a heavy bolder & the side of the cavern. To stay alive and escape he eventually severs his arm. From the Academy Award winning Director of Slumdog Millionaire, it comes off as a dazzling and perpetually surprising film. Mar. 25th 1pm & 8pm. Mar. 26th 8pm. Advance tickets $4, at the door $5. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669

Saturday, March 26 – A Concert by the United States Navy Band – East Middle School, 191 Franklin St., Auburn. The Italian Heritage Society proudly presents its spring gift to the Community – a concert by the United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C. Free admission, ticket required, available at Cayuga Co. Tourism Office or at door. No reserved seats. Ticket holders requested to be seated by 6:45pm.

Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27 – “Say Cheese” – Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Savor the spectacular tastes of artisan cheese & fine wines along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Photo contest – prizes. 10AM – 5PM. Advance tickets $15, designated driver tickets $10, at the door tickets $20. www.cayugawinetrail.com (800) 684-5217
Saturday, March 26 – May 29 – Made in NY – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Annual juried exhibit of NYS artists. Exhibited works typically include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture created within the last three years. Suggested adult admission $3. Members/Children under 12 Free. www.myartcenter.com (315) 255-1553

Sunday, March 27 – Make-Up Demonstration – Aurora Arts & Design Center, 371 Main St., Aurora. Ever wonder how to accent your eyes on stage or highlight your best features during the day? Learn from a pro! In this two hour demonstration, you’ll learn the basics of theatrical makeup the first hour and personal application the second. Ed Easter, a make-up artist for nearly fifteen years, has worked on fashion shows from Toronto to Miami. He has worked with groups such as Aerosmith, Brazilian Girls, Jane’s Addiction, Punjabi Hit Squad and was a key make-up artist for the 40th annual Country Music Awards. Call to register. 2-4pm, $15/person. www.auroraartsanddesign.com (315) 364-5408

Sunday, March 27 – Tie One On! with Kris Minster – Rural Life Museum, Route 34B & Route 90, King Ferry. A program about the history of aprons & hankies. Participants encouraged to bring a favorite item, story or collection to share. Kris Minster (of Sew-Surprised) will also have her wares available for purchase. 2-4PM. www.genoahistorical.org (315) 364-8202

Sunday, March 27 – Family Hour – The Absolute Dance Company – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Join Artistic Director Yvonne Hassett and her professional company of dancers for an hour of dance, song and storytelling! Children are encouraged to get up on stage and move along with the performers. It’s an interactive show for the whole family. All ages are welcome where a variety of noise levels will be expected – from Absolute Dance and young audience members alike! Tickets: $5/family( up to 4) at the door. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669

Sunday, March 27 – Mall Crawl: Books Alive at the Fingerlakes Mall – Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn. Every 15 minutes, guest readers will be reading in front of the stores. Children earn one raffle ticket per book they listen to. A mall prize package will be raffled off. 1-3pm. www.fingerlakesmall.com (315) 255-1188
Sunday, March 27 – Artist Reception and Award Presentation – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Opening reception from 3pm – 5pm for the Made in NY 2011 exhibit at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Held at the same time will be an opening reception in the Gallery Julius of the collaborative paintings of Noma and James Bliss. www.myartcenter.org (315) 255-1553

Wednesday, March 30 – Last Wednesday Poetry Read – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Relax in a comfortable atmosphere, share your work with other poetry lovers and enjoy creative discussion and feedback. Wine/beer cash bar for those with proper I.D. $2 suggested donation at the door. 7:30 PM. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669

Thursday, March 31 – Lemberger, Lemberger – Bet The Farm Winery, 381 Main St., Aurora. Wine class – 6:30pm. $15/person. Small bites included. A study in Lemberger, taste a few from around the area & world – maybe a blend or two. Review aroma & introduce the Mouth Feel Wheel. Sure to be fun! www.betthefarmny.com (315) 364-5643

Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2 – Film – Cool It – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. The documentary Cool It presents itself as the ’alternative’ view to Al Gore’s award-winning An Inconvenient Truth on the issue of global warming. Cool It is a must-see for anyone interested in the science, and politics, of global warming. Apr. 1st 1pm & 8pm. Apr. 2nd 8pm. Advance tickets $4, at the door $5. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669
Saturday, April 2 – 2011 Kids Choice Awards – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. wards broadcast and party. Join them for live entertainment and a broadcast of the show! There will be pizza, soda, popcorn and snacks for sale. Dress in whatever makes you feel fabulous and come WALK THE ORANGE CARPET. Doors open at 7pm – awards from 8-9:30pm. Tickets $5. www.auburnpublictheater.org (315) 253-6669

Saturday, April 2 – Speaking for Themselves: Women of Seward House – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn. See the Seward House through the eyes of the Seward women. Using original family correspondence and journals, the tour enables visitors to hear the words and feelings of the nineteenth-century women of the Seward family and reveals the significant contributions they made during their lives. 1pm. Reservations required. Fee. www.sewardhouse.org (315) 252-1283

Saturday, April 2 – Life in a Vernal Pool – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd., Sterling. Join Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a look into the vernal pools of the Sterling Nature Center. Vernal pools are small wetlands that temporarily fill with water providing essential habitat for frogs, salamanders, turtles and even a few snakes!!! We will explore these unique wetlands looking for spotted salamanders, fairy shrimp, tadpoles and other wildlife that utilize them. A short slideshow presentation will be conducted before the hands-on outdoor nature study of the vernal pools. Please dress for the weather and wear boots if you would like to wade into the wetland. Free at 1pm. www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark (315) 947-6143

Sunday, April 3 – The Adams Foundation Piano Series Featuring Ian Hobson – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn. Westminster Presbyterian Church & Saint Mary’s Church present The Adams Foundation Piano Series Season 10 featuring Ian Hobson. Hobson is well-known for his interpretations of Chopin, Schumann and Lizst. Sunday at 3pm. Tickets $20/adults, $10/students. Additional information and ticket order forms are available on the web site above. www.westminsterauburn.org (315) 253-3331

Sunday, April 3 – Drop-In Family Art Making – Line Drawings – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Children and their accompanying adults are invited to drop-in art making experiences. Projects are inspired by basic art principles, materials, or techniques and will encourage participants of all ages to make art collectively. Stop in between 1-5pm to complete a project. $5 per project. www.myartcenter.org (315) 255-1553
Sunday, April 3 – Frozen Ocean Motorcross 2011 Races – Frozen Ocean, 4415 Vanderstous Rd., Auburn. CNYMRA District 3/WNY Racing. AMA Sanctioned Event. Practice 8:30am, racing 10am-dusk. Admission $10 gate fee. www.frozen-ocean.com (315) 784-5466

Posted: Thursday, March 24th, 2011 @ 9:00 am by Curt
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Musical Theater Festival Agreement Moves Forward

More plans are falling into place for the use of a performing arts center project in downtown Auburn. According to an announcement released by Cayuga Community College, the college and organizers of an annual musical theater festival have reached a 25-year agreement to share the 384-seat theater on State Street.

Under the agreement, the school will use the facility from September through the middle of May for acting and technical courses. The building will then become one of the multiple festival venues during the summer.

However, CCC will still have a presence during the festival season, as the festival will offer internships for students in areas like performance, design, lighting, management, marketing and other operations.

“This community partnership will help attract (theater) students through expanded learning and production opportunities, while our entire region becomes a cultural destination for high-quality shows ranging from experimental to classic,” college president Daniel Larson said in a written statement.

Earlier, the Cayuga County Legislature approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the State Street building that formerly housed Kalet’s department store. The property currently belongs to the city of Auburn, and the city plans to demolish the building in the spring before transferring the property to the county. That transfer must take place for the college to build the theater.

Half of the $4.8 million project will be funded by the state, with the remaining funds coming from the festival organizers and investors. The City agreed to pay for the demolition, with local foundations paying back half those costs.

The festival is expected to begin spring 2012, though the theater will not host a festival show until the second season, organizers have said. CCC officials said that construction is expected to take approximately a year once demolition is completed, depending on weather, with a goal of opening the facility for the fall 2012 semester.

The theater is expected to be one of four venues for the festival, which organizers say will offer multiple musical theater productions every year. The other venues include the 500-seat Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park, the 200-seat Auburn Public Theater on Genesee Street and the 115-seat carriage house theater located at the Cayuga Museum.

Staff writer Christopher Caskey, The Citizen

Posted: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 @ 12:08 pm by Curt
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