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Fun Fact about the Syracuse area …. did you know …..

… that downtown Syracuse continued to grow as the center of the city, which by the pre-World War II days, had a population of more than 210,000 within the city limits. Besides a number of prominent local department stores, the downtown area offered fine entertainment through such theaters as the Bastable, the Wieting Opera House and later the movie palaces such as the Loew’s, Keith’s Paramount, and the Strand. There were great restaurants including the original Schrafft’s, and hotels such as the Empire and the Yates were joined in 1922 by the Hotel Syracuse.

Attached, please find this week’s edition of the Friday Facts. For details on any of these events or others down the road, take a gander at our website at www.VisitSyracuse.org.

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Posted: Friday, November 12th, 2010 @ 3:20 pm by Curt
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Skaneateles Skinny THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Tuesday, October 5 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater (APT),
108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national talent, and
featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the door at.
www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Tuesday, September 28 – October 9 “Ring of Fire” at the Merry-Go-Round
Playhouse Evening & matinee performances For tickets and more information (315)
255-1785 or 1 (800) 457-8897 online at www.merry-go-round.com
Wednesday, October 6 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell
St. FREE.
Wednesday, October 6 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Skaneateles YMCA &
Community Center, 97 State St. 11:00 AM All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor or
business partner. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
Thursday, October 7 Open Mic Night with Joanne Perry: 6:30 – 8:00 PM Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379
Thursday, October 7 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Friday & Saturday, October 8 & 9 FILM: I Am Comic 10/8 at 1:00 PM & 8:00 PM;
10/9 8:00 PM All tickets $4 advance; $5 door Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee
St., Auburn www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce
Weekly Update
“Skaneateles Skinny”
Auction Items at Imagine THAT…. to benefit Craft Emergency Relief Fund now through October 10
Saturday, October 9 Comedian Joe Bolster with Adam Cozens at Auburn Public
Theater, 108 Genesee St., $12/person wine & beer with ID 8:00 PM
www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Saturday, October 9 Skaneateles Farmers Market 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St. (315) 685-1949
Saturday, October 9 Skaneateles Ski Hill 2nd annual Fall Fundraising event 4:00 PM
– 10:00 PM. Singing & dancing to the sounds of four live bands: Dusty Pas’cal, Bone &
Doolittle, Edgy Folk, Sloppy Joes. Bring your own food or purchase it for a nominal fee.
Kids activities at no charge include crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting. Raffles,
Chinese auction & more. $25.00/carload
Saturday, October 9 Gallery 54 features a Meet and Greet with artist Cheri Haring.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5,Sun 12-5. www.gallery54cny.com (315) 685-
5470.
Tuesday, October 12 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater
(APT), 108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national
talent, and featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the
door at. www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Tuesday, October 12 Dickens Auditions, First Presbyterian Church, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 14 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Saturday, October 16 Gazella Performance will be holding an Open House We will
offer 10 am – 1 pm. 11 free 30 minute introductory classes. In addition, Melissa Evans
of Purely Facials will offer free 20 minute facials. For more information (315) 729-8645

Posted: Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 @ 7:59 am by Curt
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Tuesday, September 21 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater
(APT), 108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national
talent, and featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the
door at. www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Wednesday, September 22 – October 9 “Ring of Fire” at the Merry-Go-Round
Playhouse Evening & matinee performances For tickets and more information (315)
255-1785 or 1 (800) 457-8897 online at www.merry-go-round.com
Wednesday, September 22 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell
St. FREE
Wednesday, September 22 Steve Ross, Vice President of Maine Source Food &
Party Warehouse welcomes the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce members to the
Grand opening of there newest store at 3440 W. Genesee St., (across from Fairmont
Fair). (315) 399-4155. Stop by anytime from 9 AM – 9 PM to help them celebrate!
Thursday, September 23 “Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat” 8:00 AM
– 4:30 PM at The Lodge at Welch Allyn. Registration required for more information
visit http://www.womenties.com/retreat/index.cfm
Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce
Weekly Update
“Skaneateles Skinny”
Thursday, September 23 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Thursday, September 23 MUSIC: 7:00 PM Pearson/Constantino Creekside
Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. FREE (315) 685-0379
Saturday & Sunday September 24 & 25 Scream of the Bikini, Live Intro/Q&A with
Writer/Director Kiff Scholls at Auburn Public Theater. Friday’s shows at 1:00 PM &
8:00 PM; Saturday at 8:00 PM (315) 253-6669 www.auburnpublictheater.org
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 24, 25, 26 First annual New York Wine
Festival at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Anyela’s Vineyards, Sherwood Inn and the Village
of Skaneateles! Friday, Wine Pairing dinner at Mirbeau; Saturday, festival 11:00 AM –
6:30 PM; Sunday, 11:30 AM – 4 PM Wine seminars, wine tasting & tours, interactive
workshops, tasting tents and live music. Visit www.nywinefestweekend.com or
www.mirbeau.com for package information. Shuttle service will be available to and from
Anyela’s, Mirbeau & the Village of Skaneateles.
Friday, September 24 Author: 6:00 PM Julie Pech presents a “Chocolate & Wine
Tasting” event based on her book, The Chocolate Therapist. Creekside Books &
Coffee, 35 Fennell Street, Skaneateles FREE. (315) 685-0379
Friday, September 24 MUSIC: 7:30 – 9:30 PM Mark Zane Creekside Coffeehouse,
35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379
Saturday, September 25 Skaneateles Farmers Market 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Saturday, September 25 MUSIC: 7:30 – 9:30 PM Edgy Folk Creekside Coffeehouse,
35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379
Tuesday, September 28 Tuesday Night music sessions at Auburn Public Theater
(APT), 108 Genesee St., Auburn 7:30 PM A weekly evening of regional and national
talent, and featured acts. Door prize, a light snack menu & wine/beer with I.D. $2 at the
door at. www.auburnpublictheater.org or (315) 253-6669
Wednesday, September 29 TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:00 PM Creekside Coffeehouse, 35
Fennell St. FREE.
Thursday, September 30 Skaneateles Farmers Market 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM at the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St.
Thursday, September 30 Open Mic Night: 6:30 – 8:00 PM Creekside Coffeehouse,
35 Fennell St., FREE (315) 685-0379
Thursday, September 30 FREE College Workshop by CAPlus (College Assistance
Plus) 7:00 – 8:00 PM at Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St. LEARN HOW TO:Position a
student to receive the most grants and scholarships, Negotiate with colleges for more aid, Use strategies to lower
costs, Get a Degree, not DEBT AND MORE!! Go to www.collegeassistanceplus.com or call 315.255.6014 for more
information Presented by Charlie and Anne McElroy
Thursday, September 30 & Friday, October 1 AWAKEN..Mind, Body, Spirit Celebration Join
Laura Ponticello, Laura’s List: Books for Women at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 W.
Genesee St., for a Sunset Cocktail Celebration Retreat to include national speakers,
sacred tea ceremonies, gathering circles, universal peace prayer under the stars, art by
intuition, meditation, continental breakfast, and lunch with keynote speaker in a Monet
garden landscape sure to inspire.
Visit www.laurasbooklist.com
First Friday in Skaneateles 6 PM – 9 PM unless otherwise noted October 1
• Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St. presents Ravens’n'Autumn Opening 5 AM – 8 PM
Gallery members will exhibit new pieces with an autumn theme as part of the
Skaneateles Fall Festival through October 31.Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5,
Sun 12-5. www.gallery54cny.com (315) 685-5470
• Imagine/Imagine THAT…, 38 E. Genesee St. will feature the work of Syracuse
Landscape painter Karen Burns. On Saturday 10/2 & Sunday 10/3 they will be
holding a fundraiser. It will be a silent auction of artists work to benefit Craft
Emergency Relief Fund (C.E.R.F.) Bidding begins on Sat at 10 AM and ends Sun at
6 PM. (315) 685-6263
• Skaneateles Artisans, 11 Fennell St. More information in next week’s Skinny
(315) 685-8580 visit www.skaneatelesartisans.com
• Snake Oil Glassworks, 4251 Jordan Rd. (2 miles North of Skaneateles). Glass
Pumpkin Blowing demonstrations. Come in and watch as we blow glass pumpkins
in a variety of colors and sizes. We will also be offering a “pick your own pumpkin”
opportunity to our customers; for a special price you may select the colors and
size of your own custom made pumpkin and then watch it be made for you!
We will have some fall time refreshments and naturally you may browse our store
and see all the other wonderful glass pieces we have available. 4 PM – 7 PM (315)
685-5091
• Entertainment at Creekside Coffeehouse, 35 Fennell St. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
featuring Dave Ball, Free (315) 685-0379
Fall Fest in Skaneateles – October 1, 2 & 3
• See above for Friday October 1st events
• Friday & Saturday Mid-Lakes Navigation will be having its final weekend of
cruises on Skaneateles Lake. Friday & Saturday sightseeing (2 PM); Dinner (5 PM)
Call (315) 685-8500 or visit www.midlakesnav.com
• Saturday Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St. features Meet and Greet the Artist
JoAnne Balfour demonstrates theorem painting on Saturday and Amy Bartell will
demonstrate collage techniques on Sunday . Open 10 AM – 5 PM
www.gallery54cny.com (315) 685-5470
• Saturday & Sunday Look for the yellow mums on display at participating
merchants.
• Saturday & Sunday Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St. will have special
sale merchandise displayed, Pumpkin latte samples, pumpkin painting, Halloween
henna tattoos! (315) 685-0379
• Saturday & Sunday Glass Blowing demonstrations at Snake Oil Glassworks,
4251 Jordan Rd. Sat from 10 AM – 5PM; Sun 11 AM – 4 PM. Come in and watch as
we blow glass pumpkins in a variety of colors and sizes. We will also be offering a
“pick your own pumpkin” opportunity to our customers; for a special price you
may select the colors and size of your own custom made pumpkin and then watch
it be made for you! We will have some fall time refreshments and naturally you
may browse our store and see all the other wonderful glass pieces we have
available. (315) 685-5091
• Sunday Fall Fest at the Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St., featuring Octoberfest
menu, Saranac seasonal brews and other beverages, music by Barrigar Brothers,
Sarah Horner & Greg Carroll, Jeff Connor & Tommy Connors. Noon – 6:00 PM on
the West Lawn. (315) 685-3405 or www.thesherwoodinn.com
Saturday, October 2 Skaneateles Farmers Market 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the
Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center parking lot, 97 State St. (315) 685-1949
Sunday, October 3 Big Trucks 10 AM – 4 PM at Sanders Quarry, Limeledge Rd.,
Marcellus. An interactive fun play day for children. Large piles of sand to play in, big
trucks to climb on, games, food, all in a quarry setting. Kids love it! A benefit for
Skaneateles & Marcellus Nursery schools. (315) 685-8543

Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 @ 12:14 pm by Curt
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YOU KNOW YOU CAN DANCE! Competition and Fundraiser

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street @ Genesee Auburn, NY 13021

WHAT: 2nd annual fundraiser for Auburn Public Theater: YOU KNOW YOU CAN DANCE!

WHEN: Saturday, October16th at 8pm
Doors open at 7pm for cash wine/beer bar (with proper I.D.)

COST: $15 advance/door
Tickets: www.auburnpublictheater.org , (315) 253-6669 Box Office

CONTACT INFORMATION: Angela Daddabbo – Artistic Producing Director 315.253.6669; angela@auburnpublictheater.org

PHOTO & SITE LINKS: APT website
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Join us for our 2nd annual fundraiser for Auburn Public Theater. Come support your local dancers and help sustain our downtown arts center!

First Place Prize: $300

If you are interested in competing, please contact us at (315) 253-6669 or info@auburnpublictheater.org IMMEDIATELY!

Dance party to follow the competition. Wine/beer with proper I.D.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 @ 2:46 pm by Curt
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City Staff and Public Attend Arts Districts Presentation

Imagine if Auburn was a hub for artists and creative professionals, and the city attracted thousands of tourists who spent millions of dollars every year. Some members of the local arts community believe it can happen, and they are pointing to a small city in Kentucky as their evidence.

Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center director Donna Lamb, Mack Studio Displays project manager Hilary Ford and Auburn Public Theater director Angela Daddabbo gave two presentations in August at the APT about how they believe establishing an arts district and encouraging artists to relocate to local residences could improve Auburn’s economy.

Throughout the presentations, which took place during and after the weekly city council meeting, the three speakers examined Paducah, KY, which revamped its downtown business district and neighborhoods through the arts.

The city, which has a similar population as Auburn with 27,000 people, boasts millions of dollars in annual tourism revenue thanks to a number of public and private art initiatives, Ford, Lamb and Daddabbo said. And they believe some of those can be successful here.

Ford, who was raised in Paducah, said the city is very similar to Auburn in a lot of ways. “It’s not any bigger. The demographics aren’t different,” she said during the presentation.

Between 2001 and 2007, the city of Paducah invested about $3 million in projects and initiatives related to the arts and saw almost $40 million spent by organizations, visitors and artists in that same stretch. One random property worth $715,000 in the downtown area in 1987 is now worth $4 million.

A number of factors led to the city’s economic success, the speakers said. Paducah hosts a national quilting festival and is home to a major quilting museum. The city and private businesses invested in numerous public art initiatives and beautification projects, including a series of murals on a wall built in the 1930s to prevent flood damage.

The neighborhoods are tied together by an arts district that boasts multiple galleries and performance venues. And an artist recruitment program offered professional artists an opportunity to own homes in one run-down neighborhood practically free of charge in exchange for the artist’s commitment to invest in and fix up the properties.

“In 10 years, five really, I saw the city completely turn around,” Ford said. All three said this sort of thing can happen in Auburn if the city, local businesses, organizations and the residents themselves can all come together and commit to a similar concept.

An arts district can help tie together Auburn’s many cultural and historic sites that already exist, Lamb said. Private and public initiatives can help spur investments, as can changes to city codes and tax incentives, she said. According to the group, this would improve the city’s quality of life.

Lamb said the city listed similar priorities in the 10-year master plan released last year. And the city council is looking to overhaul some of its codes and zoning policies in the coming years.

“We’ve already done a lot,” Lamb said. “But there’s a lot of potential to move this along even further.”

After the council meeting, Mayor Michael Quill said he was impressed with the presentation and the three speakers’ enthusiasm for improving Auburn through the arts.

Quill said he believes it could be possible with a strong commitment from the city, private sponsors, citizens and arts organizations. Though local initiatives would need to reflect the local community, he said. “I feel something similar is very logical and doable,” Quill said.
—The Citizen

Posted: Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 @ 3:45 pm by Curt
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