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This summer Auburn, NY will be the setting for the first official Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival season and we invite you for a tour of the venues and an overview of the 2012 productions. Please join us to learn about this exciting new event!


  • Date:   Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  • Time:   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Start:   Merry-Go-Round Playhouse,
                 Emerson Park,  Auburn


Meet at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at 9:00 a.m. sharp for an overview of the Festival, tour of the Playhouse and review of MGR’s upcoming season. Car pool to Theater Mack where you will get a glimpse of this exciting new venue and hear details on ‘The Pitch’ an innovative original concept in musical theatre. Next, we will stop in downtown Auburn and see plans for the Schwartz Performing Arts Center and tour Auburn Public Theater, while learning about their upcoming season. The tour will end with a ‘Tools for Tourism’ session and a delicious lunch from Mesagrande Taqueria.


The tour is FREE, but space is limited and reservations are required. Call 315-255-1658 to sign up by May 8, 2012.

Posted: Friday, April 20th, 2012 @ 11:57 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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Mirbeau Inn & Spa hosts
the First Annual New York Wine Festival!

The New York Wine Festival is excited to launch and establish the first wine festival in New York State that not only showcases fine wines from the three main wine growing regions in New York to tempt the wine expert, but also brings interactive workshops, tasting tents, food and live music for the wine curious as well.

The New York Wine Festival was born when a group of the more serious wine makers wanted a festival that focused on all three regions of New York’s wineries rather than segregating them; this would unite them together as New York State Wines. They approached Mirbeau Inn & Spa and asked the property to be the host for the premier year. Having a high interest in fine wine in it’s restaurant, Wine Bar and featured vinotherapy treatments in the spa, Mirbeau readily accepted the invitation and voila! The First Annual Wine Festival had a home.

The festivities begin on Friday, September 24th with a Wine Pairing Dinner and continue through the weekend with events such as winery tours, seminars, tasting & voting, spa treatments, food & tasting tents, and live music until 4pm on Sunday, September 26th.

Please join us in celebrating the uniqueness and pride of New York State Wines!

Posted: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 @ 7:03 pm by Curt
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Starts: 10/13/2010 Ends: 10/17/2010
Event: Syracuse International Film Festival
Location: Palace Theater, 2384 James St., Syracuse
For More Info: 315-443-8826

Posted: Saturday, September 4th, 2010 @ 9:59 am by Curt
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Starts: 10/9/2010 Ends: 10/10/2010
Event: LaFayette Apple Festival
Location: LaFayette Festival Grounds, Route 20 & Tully Farms Road, LaFayette
For More Info: 800-234-4797

Posted: Saturday, September 4th, 2010 @ 9:59 am by Curt
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