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Wednesday, July 13 – September 4 – The Cost of Freedom: Cayuga County in the Civil War – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. The Cayuga Museum honors the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with an original exhibit focusing on the experiences of local people during the conflict. The Museum’s own important collection of Civil War artifacts will be enhanced with treasured heirlooms loaned by local families: photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons and much more. A series of public programs all summer will expand the Civil War theme, watch for dates and times. www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum (315) 253-8051

Wednesday July 13 – Sunday, August 21 – New York Prints of Mind Exhibition – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Contemporary Limited Edition Prints. . Curated by Joe Scala, E.D., Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Selections from the Universal Limited Art Editions collection. www.myartcenter.org (315) 255-1553
Wednesday July 13 – Sunday, September 4 – Auburn Doubledays Baseball – Class A professional baseball, farm team for Washington Nationals, New York-Penn League. 7PM start, Sun. 6PM, $. www.auburndoubledays.com (315) 255-2489
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, August 21 – Sterling Renaissance Festival – 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling. Make plans to travel back in time! Weekends only, Elizabethan festival with live theater, music, dancing, hand-crafted wares and games, 10am-7pm $. http://sterlingfestival.com/ (800) 879-4446
Wednesday, July 13 – August 20 – Cooking with the Calamari Sisters – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St.,Auburn. Cooking with the Calamari Sisters takes place on the set of the sister’s fictional cable-access cooking show Mangia Italiano. The zany Calamari sisters take their audiences on a wild and laugh filled romp as they prepare their latest dishes while belting out all of your old favorites from Que Sera Sera to Mambo Italiano. www.merry-go-round.com (800) 457-8897

Wednesday, July 27 – Wednesday, August 17 – 42nd Street – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Rt. 38A, Auburn. The original song and dance fable of the Great White Way will be lively, lavish and spectacular; it has everything you love about a Broadway musical including incredible numbers, “We’re in the Money,”, “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” and “Lullaby of Broadway”. www.merry-go-round.com (800) 457-8897
Wednesday, August 10 – Tiffany Summer Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Noon. Donna Riester – Organ Concert. Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Visit the Friends of Hospice Thrift Shop and the Literacy Volunteers of America sponsored Used Book Sale before or after the concert at Willard Memorial Chapel. www.willardchapel.org 315-252-0339
Wednesday, August 10 – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2011 – Market Street Park, Auburn. The Buddy Barrette Band. Free, starts at 6pm. Enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Bring your family and chairs, rain or shine. www.auburndowntown.org 315-252-7874
Wednesday, August 10 – Brown Bag Lecture – Seward House Musem, 33 South St., Auburn. Bring a lunch and enjoy Lee Coalson speak about historic Auburn postcards. The public is encouraged to bring their own personal Auburn postcards to share. This event is free and open to the public. Noon. www.sewardhouse.org 315-252-1283
Thursday, August 11 – Free Concert – Clifford Park, 81 Mary St., Auburn. Music by the Auburn Civic Band – starts at 6:30pm. Free. www.ci.auburn.ny.us 315-255-4737
Thursday, August 11 – “Country Music” at Dill’s Run – Dill’s Run Winery, 3862 State Route 90, Union Springs. “Country Music” 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 12 – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., 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! 5:00 – 7:00pm. www.treleavenwines.com (800) 439-5271
Saturday, August 13 – GENESEE Light the Night – Market Street Park, Auburn. Sponsored by North American Breweries, witness the lighting of the beloved Genesee Beer sign with LED lights at 9pm. Enjoy the 70s Band Concert playing in the Park. 315-252-7874
Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14 – Renaissance Man Weekend – Sterling Renaissnce Festival, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling. Watch local celebrities compete in the Renaissance Man Challenge for Charity. Prove your worth to the ladies by trying your hand in games of strength and whit. Sat. & Sun. 10am – 7pm. Fee. www.sterlingfestival.com 800-879-4446

Posted: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 @ 10:49 pm by Curt
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Join us August 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM for an exhibition of Central New York artist Barry Darling and an exiting collection of new work. Darling’s recent work involves acrylic color, acrylic medium on canvas and paper, and random use of ink transfers and acrylic pastes.
Darling says of his work:

“Ultimately, I am intrigued by the impact of the image, and secondly by an inferred story or ‘view’ from the contemplative act of manipulating familiar colors and images, and hopefully discovering a little something along the way,” he says. “It’s the small revelation that keeps me involved. There’s an excitement in standing aside and letting things happen.”

In addition to one-man shows locally at the Everson Museum of Art, Eureka Gallery and Le Moyne College’s Wilson Gallery, he has had exhibitions at the Castle Gallery in New Rochelle, Fenton Moore Fine Arts in Buffalo, and Waxlander/Khadoure and Adieb Khadoure Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M.

We hope to see you here to help us enjoy the new work. Refreshments will be served and Entertainment will be provided by the Usual Suspects, a local old time string band. If you have any other questions, please call the gallery at 315-685-6263 or email us at info@imagineskaneateles.com. You can also find us on facebook. Friend us there and keep up to date on new arrivals, new events and new artists.

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011 @ 10:50 pm by Curt
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The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. In July and August, the office will be open from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday as well.
CAYUGA COUNTY EVENT LISTING
Wednesday, July 13 – September 4 – The Cost of Freedom: Cayuga County in the Civil War – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. The Cayuga Museum honors the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with an original exhibit focusing on the experiences of local people during the conflict. The Museum’s own important collection of Civil War artifacts will be enhanced with treasured heirlooms loaned by local families: photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons and much more. A series of public programs all summer will expand the Civil War theme, watch for dates and times. www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum (315) 253-8051
Wednesday July 13 – Sunday, August 21 – New York Prints of Mind Exhibition – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Contemporary Limited Edition Prints. . Curated by Joe Scala, E.D., Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. Selections from the Universal Limited Art Editions collection. www.myartcenter.org (315) 255-1553
Wednesday July 13 – Sunday, September 4 – Auburn Doubledays Baseball – Class A professional baseball, farm team for Washington Nationals, New York-Penn League. 7PM start, Sun. 6PM, $. www.auburndoubledays.com (315) 255-2489
Wednesday, July 13 – July 20 – Hairspray – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Rt. 38A, Auburn. Upstate NY’s most popular professional theater performing six large scale musicals each season. Hairspray takes you to Baltimore in 1962 and tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a girl with big hair, a big heart and a big passion to dance. Great music, great dancing, great story; Hairspray has it all. www.merry-go-round.com (800) 457-8897
Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, August 21 – Sterling Renaissance Festival – 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling. Make plans to travel back in time! Weekends only, Elizabethan festival with live theater, music, dancing, hand-crafted wares and games, 10am-7pm $. http://sterlingfestival.com/ (800) 879-4446
Wednesday, July 13 – August 20 – Cooking with the Calamari Sisters – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St.,Auburn. Cooking with the Calamari Sisters takes place on the set of the sister’s fictional cable-access cooking show Mangia Italiano. The zany Calamari sisters take their audiences on a wild and laugh filled romp as they prepare their latest dishes while belting out all of your old favorites from Que Sera Sera to Mambo Italiano. www.merry-go-round.com (800) 457-8897
Tuesday, July 19 – Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, East Genesee St., Auburn. Joe Whiting Band. Concert starts at 6:30. Movie: How to Train Your Dragon – starts at 8:30pm. – free. http://ci.auburn.ny.us/Public_Documents/AuburnNY_RecCalendar/?FormID=158&Date=20100722&calView=0 315-255-4737
Wednesday, July 20 – Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre presents ALADDIN – Casey Park Elementary School, Pulaski St., Auburn. Join the magic carpet ride through ancient Arabia following the exciting escapades of Aladdin, recreated by a team of professionals bringing arts opportunities to schools for 50+ years. This year-round repertory company tours state wide with curriculum-based theatre performances and a workshop series for youth during the school year and a family oriented performance during the summer, touring parks, churches, playgrounds & recreation centers. www.merry-go-round.com 315-255-1305 ext 26
Wednesday, July 20 – Tiffany Summer Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Noon. Vocal/Musical concert. Festive Music. Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Visit the Friends of Hospice Thrift Shop and the Literacy Volunteers of America sponsored Used Book Sale before or after the concert at Willard Memorial Chapel. www.willardchapel.org 315-252-0339
Wednesday, July 20 – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2011 – Market Street Park, Auburn. Shonuff Funk Rock Trio – 6-7pm. Auburn Civic Band – 7-8pm. Free concert. Enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Bring your family and chairs, rain or shine. www.auburndowntown.org 315-252-7874
Thursday, July 21 – Tours with Artist Jane Dunnewold – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Join artist Jane Dunnewold for a tour of the exhibition, Jane Dunnewold: Sacred Planet. 7:30pm. www.myartcenter.org 315-255-1553
Thursday, July 21 – Free Concert – Market Street Park, Auburn. Prison City Rockers – concert starts at 6:30pm. Sponsored by the City of Auburn Parks & Recreation Dept. – free. www.ci.auburn.ny.us
Thursday, July 21 – Young Living Oils Demostration – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. BONITA SHEAR will lead a hands-on oils workshop at both noon & 6:30pm to introduce and demonstrate the amazing healing properties of Young Living Essential Oils. If you’re brand new to the oils, come listen, ask questions and learn all you can. If you have leagues of experience using the oils, please come, too, and share your vast experience with us! $5 suggested donation. www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669
Thursday, July 21 – 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. Season tickets also available. www.dillsrun.com/vineyard.htm (315) 889-5007
Thursday, July 21 ? Doug’s Fish Fry Day at the Museum – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Road, Rt. 38A, Auburn. Visit the museum & enjoy a fabulous fish fry from Doug’s. Eat on site or take it home. Tour the museum & view the special exhibits. Check out the new exhibit, ’Auburn’s Golden Age of Industry’, which contains memorabilia from past industry giants. Admission & parking free. Donations accepted. Gift shop open. 4PM – 7PM. www.cayuganet.org/agmuseum 315-252-7644
Thursday, July 21 – 16th Annual Taste for Community Action – Auburn Holiday Inn, 75 North St., Auburn. 5 – 7:30PM. The 16th Annual TASTE FOR COMMUNITY ACTION features the area’s best food, finest wine, and most irresistible desserts from over 20 of the Finger Lakes premier restaurants and wineries. Advance sale tickets can be purchased for $30 each at the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency offices, Auburn Discount Liquor, and the Holiday Inn Sales Office or by calling 255-1703 x155. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35. 315-255-1703 x126

Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 @ 6:49 pm by Curt
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You know you’ve been waiting for them: the big white tents that each July turn the streets of downtown Skaneateles into a shopper’s paradise.

They, and the bargains they signify, return July 21-23 for Skaneateles’ annual Curbstone Festival.

The event—featuring more than 30 merchants and organized by the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce—runs 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 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 notes. “We have something for everyone—visitors can stroll by the lake or take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, try the village’s fine restaurants, and stay overnight at one of our historic inns or B&Bs. And this year, we’ve expanded the entertainment.”

Visitors can park 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 available at the old firehouse on Fennell Street and on various side streets.

Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 @ 6:08 pm by Curt
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Cultural Icon, Grammy Nominee Judy Collins Returns to Skaneateles

The pure soprano voice of Judy Collins will echo off the lake once again when she returns to Skaneateles to perform at a concert, sponsored by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, at the lakeside Stella Maris Retreat Center, Saturday, July 30, at 6 p.m.

The seventh annual event, “Summer Cabaret with Judy Collins,” will support the Arts Council’s cultural events and community grants program.

The iconic and beloved singer/songwriter and author will meet the public earlier in the day for a free “Conversations with Judy” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skaneateles Library. Collins will have a book-signing for her book, “Singing Lessons.” Her CD “Paradise” will also be for sale. In the book, Collins reflects on her life and career after her son Clark’s tragic death in 1992, and offers comfort to other survivors of personal tragedies. Collins has taken a lead role in suicide prevention nationally by speaking openly on the topic. During her sold-out 2009 concert in Skaneateles, she shared with the audience how Stella Maris holds a special place in heart because she came to the retreat center seeking spiritual solace after her son’s death.

At her first Skaneateles performance, Collins showed her warmth and wit as she developed a personal rapport with her audience, telling jokes and sharing stories of her life, which resulted in multiple standing ovations. Collins’ classical piano background, which enabled her to perform at age 13 Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” was evident as she gracefully transitioned from the grand piano to the guitar, while singing a varied repertoire.

Known for her eclectic style, Collins combines folk, show tunes, pop and rock ‘n’ roll music. Her love of lyrics was inspired by the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival. Events often drive Collins’ music. Through her poetic lyrics, she helped articulate the feelings of a generation activated by the Vietnam War and the tensions of the Civil Rights Movement. Of her 40 albums released over five decades, Collins has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations, and gold and platinum albums. Among her hauntingly beautiful classic songs are her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” her version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from the musical “A Little Night Music,” “Someday Soon,” “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” “Suzanne,” “My Father,” “In My Life” and her version of “Amazing Grace.”

In the fall of 2008, Collins’ label, Wildflower Records, released “Born to the Breed – A Tribute to Judy Collins, Volume I,” featuring original writing and poetry of Collins recorded by such luminaries as Chrissie Hynde, Joan Baez, Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Shawn Colvin and Leonard Cohen.

Collins, who sings regularly at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, will be giving concerts throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, culminating at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Dec. 23.

The Arts Council’s “Summer Cabaret with Judy Collins” will include lakeside cocktails; dining al fresco by Chris Kuhns, executive chef of the Sherwood Inn and Phoebe’s Restaurant; and an intimate concert on the lawn by Judy Collins from 6 to 10 p.m. The title sponsor is Dr. Robert Kiltz, owner of CNY Healing Arts and CNY Fertility Centers.

Tickets

Ticket prices are $250 for VIP seating and $125 for regular seating. Tickets may be purchased online through PayPal at http://skarts.org/ or by sending a check to the Skaneateles Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 422, Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152. Advance purchase is required for all seating.

Stella Maris Retreat Center

The mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat Center was originally built for Frederick Roosevelt by the famed architectural firm of Stanford White in 1879.

About the Skaneateles Area Arts Council

The mission of the Arts Council is to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The Arts Council presents cultural programming and issues community support grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area. Winners of the 2011 grants are: Auburn Public Theater, Khoros Performing Arts Company for Kids, Joanna Manring’s Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, Skaneateles Historical Society, Skaneateles Figure Skating Club, and Symphony Syracuse, a new organization (created by former SSO musicians) to continue the annual free summer symphony concert in Skaneateles. Since 2006, the Council has issued more than $40,000 in grants and free concerts to the community.

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm by Curt
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