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CAYUGA COUNTY OFFICE OF TOURISM    131 GENESEE STREET      AUBURN, NY 13021         315-255-1658




The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  July & August – Open on Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

May 19th  – September 2ndProof Positive:  Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  There is a unique relationship between alcoholic beverages and the Finger Lakes. Social, geographical and even political factors have created an environment where wine, beer and spirits have become an important part of our communities, and we have embraced these industries as an important part of life in the Finger Lakes. Proof Positive is a celebration of the history, culture and economics of the wine industry, microbrew movement and distilleries in our region. We welcome you to explore various viewpoints of history, agriculture, politics and economics as you learn more about how wine, beer and spirits have impacted the Finger Lakes Region.Also on exhibit, the Ted Case Research Lab, inventor of sound on film, and Both Sides of the Wall:  Auburn and its Prison.  Open Tues-Sun Noon-5pm.  Suggested donation $3.  www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum  315-253-8051

June 1st – August 19thSummer Exhibitions – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Sponsored by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation. Super Saturated: Pigment & Pattern is an exhibition of 29 works by 10 contemporary artists that use paint, collage, and mixed media to create vibrant works that emphasize color and pattern. Fold & Unfold: The Cloth and Quilts of Elin Noble will include approximately 20 works by Massachusetts-based fiber artist Elin Noble. Author of the book, Dyes and Paints, Noble is known for her quilts that incorporate hand-dyed cloth. Recent work by Skaneateles artist Thérèse Verley Strodel will be on view in Gallery Julius. Strodel creates paintings that emphasize color, pattern, and texture.  Admission: $6, members, 12 & under:  Free.  www.schweinfurthartcenter.org  315-255-1553

June 18th – Sept. 5th – Auburn Doubledays Baseball – Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn.  Class A professional baseball, farm team for Washington Nationals.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and game times.  www.auburndoubledays.com  315-255-2489




July 25th – August 15th – My Fair Lady – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  A musical theatre masterpiece, this sweeping musical adaptation tells the story of an unforgettable cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle, and her transformation from poor flower girl to elegant lady, overseen by the cantankerous Professor Henry Higgins. This score features some of the most beloved songs of all time including, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’, ‘Get Me to the Church on Time’, and ‘I Could Have Danced All Night.’   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897 

Aug. 1st – Aug. 18th – Fingers & Toes – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Tap dancer Dustin “Toes” MacGrath, and pianist Tristan “Fingers” St. Claire have managed to talk a major Broadway producer into coming to see their show in two weeks: a boy meets girl tap dance spectacular on the theme of love. But there’s a problem: first, they haven’t written it yet, secondly they don’t have a girl, and sadly, they have no idea whatsoever about love. As the deadline approaches, everything becomes swept up in a series of dazzling numbers and comical scenes as their theme “Love” begins to derail the show. A deliriously delightful and genuinely funny love-letter to the old-fashioned “let’s put on a show”.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket price and show times.   www.fingerlakesmtf.com       800-457-8897

Aug. 6th – Sept. 2nd  - Civil War Era Exhibit – Frontenac Museum, 178 Cayuga St., Union Springs.  This summer the Frontenac Museum in Union Springs is featuring a special exhibit of Civil War era hospital equipment and circumstances, mounted by Museum Trustee and Civil War re-enactor Linda Zach. This special exhibit will remain available during our normal weekend hours for the rest of the summer. You will be amazed at the information and equipment on display! The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 or by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling 889-7273 or 889-5875. 

Aug. 15th  – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Tom Hourican & Friends & Trio Los Claveles.  Rain location for this performace is the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.   6pm, free.   www.auburndowntown.org/      315-252-7874

Aug. 15th – Lincoln’s Funeral: From Death Springs Life in Cayuga County – Frontenac Historical Society & Museum, 178 Cayuga St., Union Springs.  This program, presented by John Lamphere, professor of Criminal Justice/History will be given as part of our annual dinner and election of officers. What could possibly go wrong when a nation turns out to say farewell to a fallen president? The answers will amaze you! Attendance is open to everyone. The cost is $15 per person with reservations required. Call 889-5165 or 889-7273 by August 7 to reserve your spot.  Free, 6pm.  http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~frontenac/  315-889-7273

Aug. 15th st & Aug. 22nd   - Port Bryon MRC Farmers Market – Schasel Park, Route 31, Port Byron.  Local farmers, chicken BBQ every week! Special childrens events! Featured fruit and veggie nights! Entertainment, antique tractors & vintage cars! Playground and covered pavilion for dining. Every Wednesday, 4-7pm.  www.localharvest.org/pbmrc-farmers-market-M16939                  315-776-9543


Aug. 16th     - Farmers Co-op Market – Municipal Parking Lot, South St. & Lincoln St., Auburn.  Located in the parking lot across from Auburn City hall, on South St. and Lincoln St. We accept SNAP EBT and some of our farmers accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons.  7:30am – 2pm, every Tues., Thurs., & Sat.   www.localharvest.org/farmers-co-op-market-of-cayuga-county-M2760  315-678-1622

Aug. 16th  & 23rd    – Moravia Farmers Market – Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St., Moravia.  A medium sized farmers market with organic and non organic vendors that sell produce, meats, wine and baked goods. Flowers available from the local school kids and lots of fun and community involvement. Always a good place to buy the freshest foods available and visit with old neighbors and meet new ones.  Thursdays, 10-5pm.  www.localharvest.org  315-497-8375

Aug. 17th – 19th – GODSPELL, JR – Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  GODSPELL is one of Broadway’s most enduring shows of all time. Based on the Gospel According to St. Mathew, and featuring a sparkling score by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL, JR. is the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love that has touched theatergoers all over the world.  Boasting a string of well?loved songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique re?ection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.  Tickets $12/general admission, $10/senior/students, $8/children under 12, 8/17 & 8/18 8:00 pm, 8/19, 2:00 pm  www.auburnplayers.net  315-702-7832

Aug. 17th  & 24th   - Farmers Market – Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Route 20, Skaneateles.  Every Friday until October, Farmers Market at Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Rt 20 just west of County Line Rd. every Friday until October! Many local farmers!  Fresh chicken, eggs, black angus, perennials, lavender, honey and much more.  3:30 – 6:00pm  www.strawberryfieldsupick.com  315-751-5657.

August 18th & 25th   - Niles Farmers Market – Niles Town Hall, 5923 New Hope Rd,, Moravia.  Fresh produce & home baked goods. Every Saturday through October.  10am – 3pm.  315-730-6278

Aug. 20th & 27th  – Open Mic Night – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Admission $2, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Aug. 16th – Band: Prison City Rockers – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  Prison City Rockers will play at Market Street Park at 6:30 pm, free.  .  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737





August 16th  – 18th   - “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., AuburnJoni Loves Mitchell – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Logan Medland – Joni is an amateur songwriter with a divine gift, and Mitch is a rock veteran and local legend on the verge of making it big in this fun, sexy, singer/songwriter musical. Creativity and romance intertwine as Joni and Mitch fall in love to a soundtrack of their own songs, until fame comes calling for one of them. Will true love turn out to be more than just a good song? Motherhood Defined – Book and Lyrics by: Stacie Morgain Lewis Music by: Ben Cohn – In this comedic and heartfelt look at motherhood, one woman recounts personal stories through word and song, and examines the role of being a mother from an artist’s perspective.  8/16  7:30pm, 8/17  8pm, 8/18  5 & 8pm, tickets $20.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

August 17th  - Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Join us for FREE live music in the garden with our friends, Joe and Karen Lonsky. Joe and Karen are the founders of “Destination” – a soul/funk/R&B band that has developed a huge following in CNY. Tonight, Joe and Karen perform for you as a duo – different songs, different sound, same great musicianship! Food avaialable onsite by The Wheelhouse Restaurant.   5-7pm, free.   www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

August 17th & 18th – Sterling Renaissance Festival – Highland Fling Weekend  – Sterling Renaissance Festival, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.     The last chance for a whole year to enjoy a repast of many unique and varied Festival foods, gather fine, hand-crafted wares from many skilled Artisans and share a toast of your favorite ale to yet another glorious season at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. The Grande Finale…the one you must not miss!  10am-7pm, visit web site or call for ticket prices.   www.sterlingfestival.com  800-879-4446

Aug. 17th & 18th – Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles” – the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Live Intro and Q&A with Producer/Director Sandra Schulberg follows the evening screenings.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door .  8/17, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 8/18, 8:00 pm.   www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Aug. 18th – Local Author BOOKSIGNING – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Stop in and meet Aaron Paul Lazar, a Finger Lakes author. Get a signed copy of his book, “Essentially Yours,” and learn more about Young Living essential oils with rep. Kim Guzalak.  Free, 1-3pm.  www.downtownbooksandcoffee.com  315-515-3411

Aug. 18th – Aurora Children’s Theater – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St.., Aurora.  Come have “Fun with Vaudeville!”, a performing arts workshop for aspiring artists weekdays August 6 to August 17 from 9-11:30 am for children who have completed 3rd grade and older. Singing, dancing, acting, stage craft, and more will be explored. Directed by Susan May with dance assistance from Kathy Zamniak-Flanigan. Tuition is just $60 per child. The resulting performance on Saturday, August 18, at 7:30 pm will be a collaboration with Susan May and the Stars of Tomorrow.  www.morganoperahouse.org  315-364-7141


Aug. 18th – Chernesky Fest 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  The mission of CherneskyFest is to provide the residents of Auburn with free entertainment while showcasing talent from throughout Central NY.  Though CherneskyFest primarily features musical acts, all types of performers are welcome and often skits and competitions are interspersed. To the right are videos of just a few of the highlights of last year’s CherneskyFest.  Free, noon-10pm.  www.chernesky.org/fest/about.html

August 18th & Sept. 1st     - King Ferry Farmers Market – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Farmstead Cheese, Organic Flour, Organic Vegetables, Plants and Flowers, Fiber Art, Pottery & Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories, Baked Goods & Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Wool and Spinning Demonstrations, Seasonal Apple Cider Pressing, Pizza by the Slice, Hot Coffee, Dinosaur Dry Goods Pop Up Store. This year, the Market will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from June through October, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the King Ferry Winery.  315-364-5100

Aug. 19th – “Essentially Yours” Book Signing – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Stop in and meet Aaron Paul Lazar, a Finger Lakes author. Get a signed copy of his book, “Essentially Yours,” and learn more about Young Living essential oils with rep. Kim Guzalak.  1-3pm, free.  www.downtownbooksandcoffee.com  315-515-3411

Aug. 19th – The Extraordinary Marriage of Elizabeth Cady-Stanton & the Development of Political Reform - Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  This talk offers the first examination of the contributions of Henry B. Stanton to the women’s rights movement generally and to his wife’s work in particular. It also demonstrates the centrality of politics and reform within the couple’s 47-year marriage. Presenter Linda Frank is a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester and Cayuga County Historian.  Free – donations accepted, 1-3pm.

Aug. 19th – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Bob Piorun and the Swing Kats will be jamming out in the White Barn on August 19th. Enjoy fine wine and great music from 2pm till 5pm, free.  http://www.izzoswhitebarnwinery.com/events/  315-283-8095

Aug. 19th – Annual Pig Roast – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  Bring your appetite for our annual summer fundraiser!!!  Noon- 4pm.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark  315-947-6143

August 21st  - Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, E. Genesee St., Auburn Stone Soul Foundation will perform at Hoopes Park at 6:30 p.m. Movie: Dolphin Tale – Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun.  Music 6:30 pm, Movie 8:30 pm   www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

Aug. 22nd – Owl Prowl - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Discover how owls rule the night as we explore owl adaptations, hunting skills, where they roost and how to find them. The program will start with a discussion indoors, followed by a night hike in search of owls.  7pm, free.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark/center/events.html  315-947-6143

Aug. 22nd – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  All concerts held rain or shine in Market Street Park, Downtown Auburn. Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb.  6pm, free.  www.auburndowntown.org/  315-252-7874

Aug. 22nd – Sept. 8th – Cabaret – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Upstate NY’s most popular professional theater performing six large scale musicals each season.  What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Cabaret as it takes you inside the Kit Kat Klub for a romp with beautiful girls, an unforgettable orchestra, and the infamous Sally Bowles as she sings such favorites as “Don’t Tell Mama”, “Mein Herr”, and “Cabaret.” Set against the backdrop of 1930′s Germany, this Kander & Ebb classic will take you into a dark, but exciting world.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897 

Aug. 23rdBand: The Fulton Chain Gang – Casey Park, 150 N. Division St., Auburn.  The Fulton Chain Gang will perform at the Casey Park Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m., free.  www.auburnny.gov/Public_Documents/AuburnNY  315-255-4737

Aug. 23rd – Aurora Arts & Design Center Summer Celebration – Aurora Arts & Design Center, 371 Main St., Aurora.  Fresh Picks for August! Welcome to our third year with a glass of new cheer! Come celebrate the end of the summer season with our artists & friends. Enjoy Pumpkin Hill Vineyards & Bistro’s 3 new table wines & light snacks. Meet & mingle & during eh event receive 10% of entire inventory. (not including existing sale items).   5-7pm,   free.  www.auroraartsanddesigncenter.com/  315-364-5408

Aug. 24th & 25th – “Hunger Games” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  “The first genuine can’t miss film of the year that you’ll want to go back to the theater to see over and over again.” Jeffery Lyles.  Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 8/24, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 8/25, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Aug. 24th – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., Auburn.  Tonight we have very special musical guests – The Bottomfeeders! Their eclectic mix of old-timey, roots, folk, and classic rock will get your feet tapping. Food will be available onsite by The Wheelhouse restaurant. Join us for a relaxing summer evening before the summer runs out!  Free, 5-7pm.  www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

Aug. 25th – Fair Haven Fishing Challenge – Lake Ontario, Fair Haven.  One day tournament weighing the six biggest fish from each team.  Call 315-947-6348 for more information.

Aug. 25th – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, Finger Lakes Region.  Finger Lakes cheesemakers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make sevral artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more.  Visit them to receive farm tours, talk with cheese makers, and taste cheese samples all at no cost.  Bon appetite!  www.flcheesetrail.com

Aug. 25th – Dusty Pas’cal CD Release Concert – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Party down for an evening of food, drink and great music with singer/songwriter Dusty Pas’cal, as he releases his newest CD, Human Heart. Joining Dusty will be Atlantic Records recording artist, Amanda Rogers, Loren Barrigar, Bobby Perry, Kerri Pickard-DePriest, Hobie Abbott, Greg Hoover and special guests. $25/Party & Show, $17/Show.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

6:00pm – Pre-Show Party with Food, Free CD & Cash Bar 7:30pm – Amanda Rogers opening set 8:15pm – Dusty Pas’cal CD Release show

Aug. 26th – Tiffany Sunday Afternoon Concert Series – Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  The Morningstar Flute Ensemble is comprised of founder Charlotte Ellis, Auburn native Sarah Latanyshyn, Georgia Dimaano, Janet Reinholz, Ally Tarwater and Anne Sorrell. The group made a concert tour of Hungary in 2006. Their instrumentation includes the entire flute family, from baby piccolo to the 6-foot tall contrabass flute. They play a variety of music – classical, Celtic, contemporary, including some original compositions and arrangements. Their focus is on beautiful melodies.  Tickets for this concert are $10/person and can be purchased at Willard Memorial Chapel. 2pm.  www.willardchapel.org  315-252-0339

Aug. 28th – Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, E. Genesee St., Auburn.   Jazzitude will perform at Hoopes Park at 6:30 p.m. Movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12 year old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.  Free, Music 6:30 pm, Movie 8:30 pm.  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

Aug. 29th – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  All concerts held rain or shine in Market Street Park, Downtown Auburn. Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Jay D & Rolling South.  6pm, free.  www.auburndowntown.org/  315-252-7874

Aug. 30th – Band: Quick Change – Clifford Field, 81 Mary St., Auburn.  Quick Change will perform at Clifford Field at 6:30 p.m., free.  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

Aug. 31st – Garden Concert Series –  King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., Auburn.  Tonight, we host “Bridgewater” – a folk duo hailing from Scipio Center! They will play from 5 to 7. Food by The Wheelhouse Restaurant.  www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

Sept. 1st – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Rocker Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real perform in our main stage. Opening act by Carl Anderson.  8pm, $25/ticket.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669




















Elderberry Pond Restaurant – lunch & dinner Wed-Sun.

Tom Thumb Restaurant

Reese’s Dairy Bar

Pumpkin Hill Bistro – lunch & dinner – Mon-Sat, closed Sundays

The Cascade Grill on Owasco Lake opening 5/25

Dorie’s, 238 Main St., Aurora – open Wed-Sun 11am-8pm



































Posted: Friday, August 17th, 2012 @ 8:03 am by Curt
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August 1st – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 -  Market Street Park, Market Street, Auburn.  All concerts held rain or shine in Market Street Park, Downtown Auburn. Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Ron Spencer Band. www.auburndowntown.org/      315-252-7874

August 2nd – Band: Shonuff – Market Place Park, Market St., Auburn.  Snonuff will perform at Market Street Park at 6:30 pm.., free.  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

August 2nd – 4th   - “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., AuburnGathering Blue – Book by: Richard Hellesen, adapted from Lois Lowry – Music by: Michael Silversher, Lyrics by: Joy Sikorski   It is the Time after The Ruin–and Kira, a young disabled weaver, is orphaned in a world that sacrifices its old, its weak, and its artists. When a magistrate who recognizes Kira’s skill rescues her, she is tasked with applying her craft to the preservation of the past and to the visualizing of the future.

Gettysburg – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jim & Deborah Schmitt                                                              It’s the spring of 1861 and two soldiers, best of friends, find they no longer serve side by side in the same army, but now command troops on opposing sides of the Civil War. Separated for two years, they are reunited on a battlefield south of the quaint Pennsylvania village of Gettysburg. The residents of Gettysburg never thought the war would reach their doors, and yet they find themselves embroiled in the midst in this epic battle.  8/2  7:30pm, 8/3  8pm, 8/4  5 & 8pm, tickets $20.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

August 3rd – Strawberry Jam-Boree Summer Festival – Strawberry Fields, Route 20, West of County Line Rd., Skaneateles.   Face-painting, alpacas, fun bounce house, fresh fruit and homegrown produce, caricatures drawn, clown, food, demonstrations, live music & more…  3-7pm.  www.strawberryfieldsupick.com/  315-751-5657

August 3rd – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Join us for FREE live music, wine by the glass orbottle, and a wonderful start to your summer weekend. Tonight, music is provided by Greg Meixner and food  is onsite by The Wheelhouse Restaurant.   5-7pm, free.   www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

August 3rd  – First Friday Events:                                                                          SHAKESPEARE AND SEWARD – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.   As part of the First Friday event, the Seward House Museum will host the Ithaca Shakespeare Company and their production of “Taming of the Shrew” on Friday, August 3rd 6:00PM. The performance will take place in the Seward House garden and is free and open to the public.  The Seward House invites the people to bring picnics, snacks, drinks, blankets, and lawn chairs to come and enjoy this special ‘First Friday’ event. The Seward House will provide cookies and punch as well as entertainment for kids and families starting at 5pm before the 6pm performance.  Free.  www.sewardhouse.org  315-252-1283

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Enjoy live music by Tim Herron while viewing the summer exhibitions Super Saturated: Pigment & Pattern, Fold & Unfold: The Cloth and Quilts of Elin Noble, and Illuminations: 2012 by Skaneateles artist Thérèse Verley Strodel. Refreshments will be served. 5-8pm, free.

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2012 @ 9:40 am by Curt
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  Skaneateles First Friday Introduces Victorian Dance Cards   In its continuing celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced Victorian dance cards to its First Friday celebrations, making participants eligible for monthly prize drawings.   The cards, supported by a grant from the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS), will be distributed through December by participating merchants. Dance cards also contain a village map, identifying merchants taking part in that month’s celebration.   To be eligible for prize drawings, people must visit five different locations in one evening and get their cards stamped at each location. After obtaining their final stamp, they can turn the cards in to any participating merchant or to the Skaneateles Chamber, thus becoming eligible for that month’s prize drawing. The prize for August is a gift basket donated by Skaneateles Artisans.   First Friday, launched in 2008, is a community-wide arts celebration that runs 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, May through December. Participating merchants identify themselves by flying First Friday flags outside their establishments.   On Aug. 3, opening receptions will be held at:   • Imagine, 38 E. Genesee St., for “Visions of Skaneateles,” featuring paintings by Lucie Wellner and photographs by James Pelluso.   • Skaneateles Artisans, 3 Fennell St. (under the Old Stone Mill), for “Romancing the Stone,” showcasing new design concepts by faux painter Teresa Vitale and jewelry designer Lisa Twombly.   • Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St., for “Precious Hues,” featuring fiber collage and quilts by Sharon Bottle Souva and sterling silver jewelry by Dana Stenson. In addition, Snake Oil Glassworks, 4251 Jordan Road, will celebrate “Get Lit” night, to mark the lighting of its newly constructed Furnace #3. Paris Flea, 23 Jordan St., will feature new works by Joyce Bond Backus. And at Isadora, 58 E. Genesee St., Kathleen Schneider’s nude pastels will be on display. Also open late will be 1st National Gifts, Creekside Books & Coffee (which will offer musical entertainment), Finger Lakes Photography, Fleur-de-lis Florist, Hobby House Toys, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Rhubarb, Roland’s, The Country Ewe, The Irish Store and the Village Bottle Shop.    For more information on First Friday, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or http://www.facebook.com/SkaneatelesFirstFriday.   


Posted: Saturday, July 21st, 2012 @ 6:42 am by Curt
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Sales, Specials in Store (and on the Sidewalk!) at Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival New Duck Dash raises money for charity   Where else but Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival can you find sidewalk sales, art demos, musical entertainment….and a strolling duck?   The Curbstone Festival returns July 19-21 along Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event, featuring more than 30 merchants, is organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce.   Among the sales and specials sure to delight shoppers:   • Imagine will offer pottery demonstrations at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day, along with 50 percent off a wide array of jewelry, glass, pottery and wood, and many in-store specials.   • The Sherwood Inn will host free tastings of wines from Owera Vineyards from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday.   • Skaneateles Artisans will offer demos from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Linda Bishop will demonstrate freeform weaving Thursday; Teresa Vitale will demonstrate abstract painting techniques Saturday. • Fleur-de-lis Florist will present an inventory clearance, with 75 percent off select ceramic containers, 50 percent off silk flower arrangements, and ribbons galore from 10 cents to $3.   • Rhubarb Kitchen Shop will offer 50 percent off gadgets, acrylic ware and cookware items. • Creekside Books & Coffee will feature clearance items marked down by 50 to 70 percent, drink samples, and a complimentary 16-ounce drink of your choice with $30 book purchase from the café.   Men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, home accessories, pet accessories and stationery goods will also be on sale.   Merchants new to the village that will be participating for the first time are Isadora (58 E. Genesee St.), Lost & Fondue (33 Jordan St.), Endurance Monster (11 Fennell St.) and Hobby House Toys (7 Jordan St.). In addition, HABA USA will sell toys on the M&T Bank lawn.   Also new to this year’s Curbstone Festival is the Duck Dash, a fund-raiser that will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday on Skaneateles Creek, behind the Fennell Street locations of Kinney Drugs and CVS. The carnival-like event will feature food, games, and music by Tumbleweed Jones. Grand prize is $1,000. A Skaneateles YMCA membership will be awarded for the second-place duck; $500 for the third-place duck; Finger Lakes Scuba open water dive instruction and gear for the fourth-place duck; $250 for the fifth- and sixth-place ducks; a Mid-Lakes Navigation dinner cruise for the seventh-place duck; and $100 for the eighth-, ninth-, 10th- and last-place ducks.   Tickets are $5 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, Hairtique, the Skaneateles Historical Society and the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center (or can be bought from the strolling duck). The event is sponsored by the Bryce Family Foundation and Dave Pirro Ford. Proceeds will benefit Laker Limo, the Skaneateles YMCA & Community Center and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.   As in years past, the Jackman Twins will perform magic, juggling and balloon art each day of the festival from noon to 4 p.m.   Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend: Tom Barnes will perform from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday outside the Skaneateles Library; the Skaneateles Community Band, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Gazebo; and the Finger Lakes Wind Quintet, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on the porch of the Masonic Temple.   “The Curbstone Festival is a longstanding tradition in the village and an experience not to be missed,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s so popular that people start asking about the date in January and plan their vacations around it.   “While the sidewalk sales are the draw, the Curbstone Festival is so much more,” she says. “We have something for everyone—visitors can take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, try the village’s fine restaurants, and stay overnight at one of our historic inns or B&Bs.”   Parking is available at metered spots along the street or in the municipal lot (accessed through Genesee or State streets), where two-hour parking is free and all-day parking is $2. Free parking is also available at the old firehouse on Fennell Street and on various side streets.   For more information on the Curbstone Festival and to sign up for sales specials throughout the year, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.

Posted: Saturday, June 30th, 2012 @ 7:49 am by Curt
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Get Out and Garden!

Plant Sale at The Woods Features Native Plants

MARCELLUS, NY: The plant sale at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th, 2012.

Both days feature native plants grown especially for The Woods by Phoenix Flower Farm and Crazy Daisies. A list of the natives available at the sale is posted at baltimorewoods.org and includes ferns, shrubs spring and summer blooming perennials including red and white trilliums. This is an excellent opportunity to incorporate hard to find native plants into your garden design.

Other plants available for purchase include hanging baskets, herbs, and other shrubs and perennials. Everything needed for the garden can be found in the excellent variety and quality of plants offered in this sale by The Woods.


On Friday, May 18th the sale is open to Members of Baltimore Woods Only and is held from 4-7pm. There will be tastings from Lakeland Winery and Empire Brewing. A gift of an American Chestnut seed ready to plant will be given to members. Become a member of The Woods and come to the advance sale be first to select among the plants you are looking for.


On Saturday, May 19th from 9am to 2pm the sale is open to the public. Bring your friends and enjoy your spring planting plans.  Choose your quality plants and receive expert gardening advice. The volunteers who tend our gardens will be on hand to advise you, to discuss topics such as preferred soil types and sun and shade requirements, and to assure your new plants maximum chance for success in your garden. On Saturday there will be raffles and food available.


Visa and Mastercard accepted. There is no admission fee and parking is free. The event takes place rain or shine.


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: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 @ 9:05 am by Curt
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