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., Auburn. Gathering 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.
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.
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.
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
First Friday Returns to Skaneateles….Charles Dickens Does, Too!
First Fridays in Skaneateles return May 4, with art openings, entertainment, expanded hours and specials, and a celebration in honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.
Dickens (aka Jim Greene) will be on hand for the festivities, which run from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout the village. Birthday cake will be served in the alcove of Dr. Rob Kiltz’s property at 42 E. Genesee St. starting at 6:30 p.m.
Participating shops will fly First Friday flags outside their establishments. Maps of participating shops will be available at all venues.
“We invite everyone to join us for this grand kick-off celebration,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “After visiting your favorite shop or gallery, stop by some of the others, where you’ll discover new offerings and see why First Friday truly has become a ‘May to December romance with Skaneateles.’ We’ll have lots of surprises throughout the season, including an ongoing celebration of Dickens’ 200th birthday.”
Art openings May 4 will be held at:
• Imagine, 38 E. Genesee St., which will feature handmade puppets, playful clocks and other crafts for children in the exhibition “For the Child in All of Us.”
• Skaneateles Artisans, 3 Fennell St. (under the Old Stone Mill), which will have an “Arty Party,” featuring a selection of newly handcrafted work.
• Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St., which will feature stained-glass garden art by Liz and Rich Micho and carved stoneware lanterns by Lauren Ritchie in the exhibition “Garden Art in Glass and Clay.”
• Snake Oil Glassworks, 4251 Jordan Road, which will feature acrylic and mixed media paintings, jewelry and textiles by Manlius artist Alison Fisher.
Also open late will be 1st National Gifts, Creekside Books & Coffee, Finger Lakes Photography, Fleur-de-lis Florist, Hobby House Toys, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Paris Flea (which will host artist Joyce Bond Backus), Rhubarb, Roland’s, The Country Ewe, The Irish Store (which will host harpist Lacy Lee) and the Village Bottle Shop (which will host a wine-tasting).
In search of dinner? Check out Joe’s Pasta Garage, Johnny Angel’s, Rosalie’s Cucina or the Sherwood Inn.
Local artists who would like to participate in upcoming First Fridays should contact the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
For more information on First Friday, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or http://www.facebook.com/SkaneatelesFirstFriday.
Contact: Susan Dove
Thursday, April 19, 2012 Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce