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n AUTO REPAIR Ken’s Body Shop................................34 Vashaw’s Collision Service.................37

Explore Cattaraugus County Tourism................9 Cortland County Visitor’s Center........58 Cultural Council of Cortland County...59 NYS Parks and Recreation.................84 Oswego County Promotion & Tourism...............17

Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber........40 Pulaski Farmer’s Market.....................39 Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce...........................55

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Services & Organizations Berkshire Farm Center for Youth Services...................11 Brookfield Renewable Energy............44 Johnston’s Gas...................................48 n FINANCIAL Canale Insurance & Accounting.........35 Oswego County Federal Credit Union.............................29 n INSURANCE Eastern Shore Associates Insurance...8 Oswego County Mutual Insurance.....83

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Water & Recreation Ontario Orchards..................................3 Electric Contracting Scriba Electric.....................................36 n HOT TUBS Pettis Outdoor Living..........................23 n STORAGE BARNS North Country Storage Barns.............21

Places of Worship Oswego Alliance Church....................36

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n BOATING & MARINAS Burt Goodnough’s Marina East..........44 Camillus Erie Canal Park....................56 Greene Point Marina..........................45 Reiter’s Marina, Inc.............................45 Salmon Country Marina & Campground Inc...................40 Skaneateles Marina............................54 Swan Bay Resort................................63

n FISHING Codfather Fishing Charters................27 Swan Bay Resort................................63

n CRUISES St. Lawrence Cruise Lines..................11

n WATER PARK Water Safari Resort............................61

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n CAMPGROUNDS Bear’s Sleepy Hollow..........................40 Cherry Grove Campground................51 Hejamada Campground.....................55 Junius Ponds Cabins & Campgrounds..........................52 Salmon Country Marina & Campground Inc......................40 Sutter Creek Campground..................51

Press Box...........................................34 R Diner...............................................49 Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In....................33 n WINERIES & BREWERIES Ventosa Vinyards...............................55 Wood Boat Brewery............................62 Yellow Barn Winery............................62

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Where to Shop n ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS Antique World.....................................27 Benny’s Auction Center......................27 L W Emporium Co-op Craft & Antiques......................53 Reakes Country Goods......................58 n CHEESE STORE Colosse Cheese / Ice Cream Shop....39 n FOOD & GROCERY Stewarts Shops....................................4 Sharp’s Bulk Foods ...........................47 Buckingham Markets..........................49 Green Planet Grocery.........................35

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n RESORTS & RETREATS Apple Country Retreat........................56 Camp Arey..........................................53 Geneva on the Lake...........................52 Swan Bay Resort................................63 n RV PARKS Brennan Beach ..................................41 Holiday Harbor RV Park, Campground, Marina ..............51 Ontario Shores RV Park.....................40 Sunset RV Park & Cabins..................34

n HOTELS / MOTELS All Seasons Inn / Beacon Inn.............35 Christy’s Motel....................................61 Evergreen Motel.................................35

Where to Visit n ATTRACTIONS Cattaraugus County Tourism................9 Camillus Erie Canal Park....................56 Cultural Council of Cortland County...59 DiscoverUpstateNY.com......................5 Frightmare Farms.................................5 NYS Canal Cruise................................2 Ol’ Factory Soaps/Lavender Festival....................................54 Oswego County Promotion & Tourism................................17 Rice Creek Field Station.....................34 Sonnenberg Gardens.........................55 n AUTO RACE ESTA 57 RPM: Race Play More..........................4 n CRUISES Mid-Lakes Navigation ........................52

n FARMER’S MARKET Pulaski Farmer’s Market.....................39 n FINE ARTS & CRAFTS Riverside Artisans...............................33 n GOLFING River Golf Adventures........................62 n MUSEUMS CNY Living History Center..................58 Geneva History Museum....................55 H. Lee White Marine Museum & Gift Store...............36 Stickley Museum................................56 Ward O’Hara Museum........................53 n MUSIC NYS Old Tyme Fiddlers Assoc...........11

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n RAILROAD EXPERIENCE Adirondack Scenic Railroad...............60 Arcade & Attica Railroad......................4

n FAIRS & FESTIVALS Fall Jamboree.......................................3 Harborfest...........................................37 Herkimer County Fair.........................27

n WINERIES & BREWERIES Ventosa Vinyards...............................55 Wood Boat Brewery............................62 Yellow Barn Winery............................62

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Top Summer Concerts in Upstate

Yes, despite the coronavirus, several great concerts are scheduled to happen this season By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

While COVID-19 may have canceled a number of concerts planned for this season (Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire, for example), you still have plenty of top concerts to attend, regardless of your preferred genre. The following concerts were confirmed to take place as of early June. Make sure to call or check the website before you head out to attend them.

Jazz

Sept 19-20 — Lake George. Lake George Jazz Weekend hosts numerous contemporary jazz performers. Check the website for the complete schedule for the free festival. Shepard Park, Canada Street. www.lakegeorge. com/annual-events/jazz-festival. 518-668-2616. Oct. 2 — Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival boasts 1,750 top jazz performers among 21 stages throughout the city. The complete schedule is on the website. http://rochesterjazz.com. 585-454-2060. Oct. 7 — Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series hosts Andy Stobie and the Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue and Beach Avenue. www. facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320. Oct. 23 — Buffalo. Art of Jazz. Grammy awardwinning vocalist Catherine Russell performs at 8 p.m. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. https:// kleinhansbuffalo.org. 716-885-5000.

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July 3 — Darien Center. Canadian rockers Nickelback bring their All the Right Reasons Tour to New

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York at Darien Lake. 6:30 p.m. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/ darienlake/special-events/concert. Aug. 21 — Batavia. Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil performs, along with Savage Cabbage and The Time Britt Band. 5:30 p.m. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Aug. 22 — Waterloo. Johnny Rivers. Grammy Award-winning rocker Johnny Rivers has 17 Gold records and more than 30 million records sold performs in concert. 8 p.m. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 state Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. Aug. 29 — Darien Center. Matchbox Twenty 2020 performs with The Wallflowers. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/ darienlake/special-events/concert. Aug. 31 — Canandaigua. Kiss’s End of the Road World Tour: The Final Tour Ever comes to Upstate, performing with David Lee Roth. 7:30 p.m. Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Dr. www.cmacevents.com. 585-3944400.


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Upstate’s Top Ice Cream Stops Region has many one-of-a-kind ice cream places that are worth the visit By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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y the cone or dish, ice cream is a delicious way to cool off. Upstate is home to numerous great ice cream stops. These represent just a kiddie cone-sized sampling:

Syracuse

Gannon’s Ice Cream caters to those bored with typical ice cream. The shop boasts “inventive flavors” and they’re not joking. Sweet Pig (maple flavored ice cream with caramel swirl and bacon bits); Sam’s German Chocolate (chocolate coconut ice cream with a caramel ripple and pecans); Crazy Coffee (coffee-based ice cream with a caramel swirl, Heath bar pieces and chopped almonds), Parent Trap (light peanut butter ice cream with Oreo pieces); Pumpkin Buttercream (pumpkin ice cream with a butter cream frosting swirl, offered seasonally); and dozens more. 1525 Valley Drive and 4800 McDonald Road #6. https://gannonsicecream. com.

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Founded in 1957, Sno Top has become a legend among ice cream shops in Central New York. Sno Top, located at 315 Fayette St., is best known for its Trash Can Sundae that includes a little of everything. Quality is what counts at Sno Top. The shop received the 2014 Ice Cream Award of Excellence from the National Ice Cream Retailers Association. www.sno-top.com.

Rochester

Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream doesn’t make dozens of flavors or boast an immense selection of toppings, but what it does it does well: make small batch, artisan ice cream. Many flavors include the chocolate shop’s own confections and Hedonist supports other local businesses. The shop offers a few flavors that it periodically changes to keep the menu fresh. 674 South Ave. https://hedonistchocolates.com/shop/category/ ice-cream.

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Mr. Coolee’s is a relative newcomer to the ice cream scene, having opened in 2013. The shop is charming, with a ‘50s soda shop vibe that doesn’t try too hard. The décor also includes an indoor fish pond and waterfall — not something you often see at ice cream shops. Mr. Coolee’s boasts a solid menu of ice cream creations and a drive-thru, which eliminates the excuse that you’re too busy for an ice cream run. The drive-thru also has helped the shop remain open through the quarantine. Mr. Coolee’s, 5076 state Route 31 W. www.facebook. com/Mr.Coolees. Erie Shore Landing Ice Cream boasts a solid ice cream menu of flavors. For your furry pal, it offers doggy sundaes. The shop frequently introduces creative sundaes on its Facebook page that combine their freshly-baked brownies and cookies with ice cream, syrup and toppings. Proceeds from Erie Shore’s sales benefit The Arc of Wayne — another great


reason to stop at this shop. Erie Shore Landing Ice Cream, 50 E. Avenue. www.erieshorelanding.org.

Highland

Lakeside Licks Ice Cream and Hole in One Donuts combines ice cream with mini golf and doughnuts. In addition to cones and dishes and ice cream creations, the shop sells ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and hand-packed pints and quarts to go. The well-maintained mini golf course is a great way to make an ice cream run a family outing. Lakeside Licks, Route 299. https:// lakesidelicks.com.

Albany

Kurver Kreme represents one of the Capitol Region’s oldest ice cream places. The menu boasts a wide array of treats, but a couple of unique creations makes this ice cream spot a standout: the Arctic Freeze (“thick shake meets slush,” the menu re a d s ) a n d the Kurver Kow (vanilla ice cream blended with soda). Kurver, which is located at 1349 Central Ave. in Colonie, an Albany suburb, also sells homemade ice cream pie and ice cream cakes to take home. The website lists flavors of the week. www.kurvericecream.com.

Stamford

Mac-A-Doodles operates both an ice cream shop and restaurant. In addition to the usual offerings, Mac-A-Doodles includes several creative ice cream options, like the Mac-A-Tack, which includes four ice cream varieties and four toppings to

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Interlaken

Cayuga Lake Creamery is the place to go for small-batch, homemade style ice cream. The shop makes all the regular treats and ice cream in the expected flavors, along with some lesser-known varieties like rum raisin, lavender, and Seneca Salt Caramel. The shop also packs take-home pints and makes ice cream cakes. 8421 state Route 89. www.cayugalakecreamery.com.

Buffalo

Lake Effect Ice Cream makes its own ice cream. The menu is punctuated w i t h re f e rences like “responsibly sourced” and “local” to reflect the shop’s values. The shop is also very supportive of local businesses in both promotion on social media and in buying items the business needs. Flavors like Couch Potato (vanilla ice cream with swirls of caramel and peanut butter packed with chocolate-covered potato chips) keep the menu interesting. 79 Canal St., Lockport, and 1900 Hertel Ave., Buffalo. www.lakeeffecticecream. com.

Oswego

Bev’s Dairy Treat in Oswego offers not only a good array of frozen treats, but also a great view of Lake Ontario. The shop is cash only. It’s located at 43 county Route 89 next to Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Dining Along the Seaway Trail Eat at the birthplace of the famous Buffalo Wings or enjoy a great fresh fish cooked to order at Rudy’s on the shore of Lake Ontario: Seaway Trail offers memorable places to eat By Sandra Scott

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ne of America’s scenic byways is the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The 518-mile scenic driving route follows the shores of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in New York and includes the Lake Erie shore in Pennsylvania. The trail is dotted with historical sites, recreation areas, plus quaint waterfront towns and villages. Along the way there are great places to eat — eat in or take out and find a place to eat along the water.

Some dining establishments are open all year while others are seasonal. Drive the Seaway Trail and discover a new place to relax, dine and enjoy the view, or check out one of the following places: • The Anchor Bar has several locations in Western New York and elsewhere but stop at the original one at 1047 Main St., in Buffalo. It is the birthplace of the famous Buffalo Wings. One night in 1964, the owner of the Anchor Bar, Dominic Bellissimo, was tending bar when some of his

One lakeside place to eat in Sodus Bay is Skipper’s Landing. Drive up or boat in to enjoy the great food with a great view — year round.

friends arrived. He asked his mother to make something for his friends to eat. She deep fried the chicken wings that were meant to make the soup stock then covered them with her secret sauce. They were an instant hit and have been on the menu ever since, becoming a worldwide favorite. • Sodus Bay is the largest bay on the lake and is called “The Crown Jewel of Lake Ontario.” One lakeside place to eat in Sodus Bay is Skipper’s Landing. Since 1984 the restaurant has been serving its patrons both indoors and on the waterside deck. Drive up or boat in to enjoy the great food with a great view — year round. • The first sign of spring in Oswego County is not seeing the first robin or the St. Patrick’s Day parade but the reopening of Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in which takes place around St. Patrick’s Day. Since 1946 Rudy’s has been “cooking to order” while their

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Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in in Oswego offers fresh fish and a variety of other options, plus great views of Lake Ontario.

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customers can watch. There is limited eat-in space but most customers prefer relaxing at one of the lakeside tables. Kids like to try their hand at skipping stones while others just enjoy the view. Their Rudy’s Homemade Texas Hot Sauce is one of their house specialties. • Rainbow Shores is located on a cliff above the water near Pulaski. It is renowned for its great sunsets. Check out their live music schedule.The location was once a bootlegging camp that became a summer resort. They also have cottages and cabins to rent. • Sackets Harbor is home to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center where visitors can pick up maps, and brochures, and learn more about the Seaway Trail. The Sackets Boathouse Restaurant and Bar has a dining room, and, as its name suggests, started as a boathouse in the 1940s where boats were stored and moored as part of the marina. Since 1985 it has been a favorite place to dine and enjoy the views of the harbor where Lake Ontario and the Black River meet. • Experience the Renaissance of Clayton dining at the 1000 Island Harbor Hotel, one of few AAA four-diamond properties in Upstate New York. It is located directly on the water where diners can eat in or dine alfresco on The riverside patio while watching boats and ships pass by. When ordering a salad make sure to request Thousand Island dressing. One popular oral history story says the dressing was created by a fishing guide’s wife, Sophia LaLonde. One version has one of Thousand Islands’ famous summer residents, George Boldt of Boldt Castle fame and owner of the NYC’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, instructing his hotel’s chef to put it on the menu. Divide the season by picking a different area to explore each week. Central New Yorkers are blessed with a diversity of places to go and dine. The sunsets on Lake Ontario are considered one of the best in the world.


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Best Bets for 2020 By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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t may seem that the COVID-19 has canceled fun this season; however, that’s not true. Though many events have been canceled, we still have plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Here are some examples:

you-pick farms also have a selection of previously picked produce if you’re not capable of picking for yourself. Farms with a market also sell local products like jams, jellies, maple syrup and baked goods. Look for a farm near you at www.pickyourown.org.

your own backyard? Many community concerts are free, but if they’re at a business or include local vendors, support these businesses, which need your patronage now more than ever.

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They represent a terrific way to learn about agriculture, enjoy the sunshine and get some really terrific fruits and vegetables. If you pick it yourself, you can choose the very freshest produce at the peak of its flavor. Most

They are still going strong in some areas. Whether it’s at a local restaurant or at the park, these concerts support local businesses and bolster civic pride. Why travel so far, when homegrown talent is right in

Several fairs have been cancelled in a few counties, but as of press time (June 3), many still plan to carry on with their events and the Great New York State Fair is still happening. In addition to providing an affordable and fun family outing, fairs showcase the best produce, animals and

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artisans of the area. They offer young people an opportunity to showcase their farms’ animals and goods. Local vendors also market their companies at fairs. Supporting fairs with your attendance helps ensure these events continue. For more information, visit https://nysfair.ny.gov and http:// www.nyfairs.org.

to use and can help you find what’s available where. The Empire Pass ($80 for one season, $750 for life) offers unlimited daytime vehicle access to nearly every state park for a year for one price. If you want to try it without risk, see if your local library has an Empire Pass available for patrons to borrow.

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Watching Fireworks

They continue to operate, although they may have a few elements not available this year. After months of winter and several weeks of quarantine, getting into nature is just what you need. Consider trying a new recreational activity this year. Bring along a picnic and make a day of it. The New York State Parks site (https://parks.ny.gov/parks) is easy

This is a quintessential summer pastime. Whether a big-time show or for a hometown carnival, it’s hard to resist oohing and aahing over the flashes of color that dazzle us from the sky. Take time to enjoy a fireworks show this year as a family. Among the fireworks shows this season are Baldwinsville (June 12); Phoenix (June 27); Ticonderoga (July 1); Watertown

(July 2); Clayton and Sodus Point (July 3); Albany, Alexandria Bay, Long Lake, Old Forge, Sackets Harbor, and Schroon Lake, among others (July 4); Saratoga Springs and Wilton (July 11); Lyons (July 16); Ogdensburg and Waterloo (July 17); Syracuse (July 18); Oswego (July 23); Warrensburg (July 24); Clyde (Aug. 14); Old Forge (Sept. 6); and Lake George (Oct. 20).

Yard Sales They aren’t just for bargain hounds. Treasure hunters can enjoy perusing the unexpected finds as well. Maybe you won’t find a Rembrandt, but you may find that gently used set of golf clubs you’ve wanted or a favorite LP album.

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Wegman Good Dog Parl in Liverpool.

Bark at a Park: Top Dog Parks By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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s pack animals, dogs enjoy each other’s company. Most dogs would also enjoy more exercise. At any of the region’s dog parks, they can burn off some energy off-leash and make a few dog friends. Most parks provide a “small dog” side and a “big dog” side for safety. At Wegmans Good Dog Park (2500 Cold Springs Road, Liverpool), pooches explore an acre filled with obstacles and doggy play equipment as they get to know each other. As part of Onondaga Lake Park, the adjoining five miles of lakeside walking paths offers leash-on walking. If your dog is under voice command, consider Jamesville Beach Offleash Dog Park (4110 Westshore Manor Road, Syracuse). Since the park isn’t

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fenced, you should make sure you dog will come when called and isn’t prone to straying. Water-loving dogs can take a swim but since the park doesn’t have any obstacles, bring a ball for fetching to keep your dog occupied. Lakeside Dog Park at Emerson Park (6914 E. Lake Road, Auburn) offers a fenced-in play area for large dogs and another for little dogs covering an acre near Owasco Lake. At the 6-acre Tompkins County Dog Park (805 Taughannock Blvd. / Route 89, Ithaca) is near Allan H. Treman State Marine Park. Dogged walkers can enjoy leashed walks at the latter park after their romp at the dog park. A few area dog parks require annual registration to use. They

For a Great Dog Park Outing n Read over the rules of the dog park before going. n Don’t take a dog that’s younger than 4 months, sick, has any parasites, behind on vaccination, without a lead and collar or harness, aggressive, in heat or unaltered. Any of these circumstances can cause danger to the dog, other dogs or people visiting the park. n Stay in the “small dog” section if yours is a little doggy, and in the “large dog” section if yours is a bigger animal. n Remove your dog if it begins acting aggressive or fearful. n Watch your dog! While it’s fun to chat with other dog people, you must keep your eyes on your dog at all times. n Promptly remove your dog’s waste. Bring along a few plastic bags, as the park may not provide them. n Repair any damage caused by your dog. n Bring along a bowl and water for your dog to offer it a drink outside the park’s fences. Any water, food or treats given inside the fence may cause problems with the other dogs. n Anything you bring into the park, carry out of the park. n In case of a bite, the victim and the owner of the biting dog should stay until the police arrive.

might not be as helpful if you’re just visiting the area, but a worthwhile investment if you live in the area. One registration offers unlimited use of Greece Canal Dog Park (241 Elmgrove Road, Rochester) and Ellison Park (395 Rich’s Dugway, Rochester). Canandaigua Canine Campus (97 Buffalo St.), Henrietta Dog Park (Lookup Park, 3850 E. Henrietta Road) and Geneva Bark Park (666 Exchange Street) also require paid registration.


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any municipalities throughout Upstate New York are home to at least one farm store or farmers markets, where shoppers can find fresh, local produce. Many farm stores include activities and events while featuring their own goods and sometimes goods from local farms. Farmers markets include the goods of multiple farms, allowing shoppers greater variety. Ontario Orchards in Oswego (https://ontarioorchards.com) offers both the expected seasonal produce and also a plethora of CNY-sourced goods. It’s a great place to build a care package for a CNY-er who has moved from the area or to stock up on your own local favorites. Beak & Skiff in Lafayette (https:// beakandskiff.com) offers several points of sale on the campus. There’s the gift shop, 1911 Tasting Room and

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Tavern and the bakery (don’t miss the fresh apple fritters, made only in the fall!). With the children’s activities available and you-pick opportunities, it’s easy to make Beak & Skiff a fullday outing for the family. It’s obvious that the City of Geneva grew up around Red Jacket Orchards (https://redjacketorchards.com), as the farm still maintains orchards across the highway and alongside big box stores. Like an agricultural oasis in a growing city, Red Jacket sells its own cold pressed juice, fresh fruit, and numerous other local products. The Apple Shed in Newark (www. theappleshed.com) is a seasonal farm market open spring through autumn. In addition to the array of gifts, produce and local goods, the farm makes fresh doughnuts and fudge and serves light lunches. The farm has a few fun children’s activities, goats and a few chickens. During the fall, take a

wagon ride though the apple orchard. Macedon’s Long Acre Farms (https://longacrefarms.com) operates a market that covers gifts, food and produce, but the farm’s fall activities each autumn weekend really make this farm market worth a visit. Children up through around age 12 will enjoy hours of play in the Back Forty play area, and visitors of all ages would enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, one of the Northeast’s largest corn mazes. The farm also offers wood -fired pizza and its JD Wine Cellar, adjacent to the farm property. Syracuse Regional Market (www. cnyregionalmarket.com) is open year-round, but it really comes to life during the summer and fall with local produce filling the tables every Thursday and Saturday. The market is large enough to spend most of a day roaming among the vendors and finding all sorts of produce, plants, value-added products and other local goods. City of Rochester Public Market (www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/) is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with more than 300 vendors of all sorts, as one of the region’s largest farmers’ markets. Elmwood Village Farmers Market in Buffalo (www.elmwoodmarket.org) sells only producers’ own goods. Sellers don’t resell others’ goods. That can help shoppers get to know their farmer and how their food is produced. The market is open Saturdays. Oswego, Fulton, Pulaski Oswego County holds three popular farmers’ markets this time the of year. In Pulaski it begins June 19. It runs from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday through the end of August at South Park. In Fulton the market is held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday at the Fulton YMCA, 715 W. Broadway. The Oswego. Oswego Farmers’ Market, which begins July 11, takes place from 3 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at West First Street, between Bridge and Oneida streets. The markets in Fulton and Oswego run through October. For more information, call 315-343-7681. 


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ew York state is evenly divided into thirds: mountains, eroded plateaus and low lands providing a variety of scenery, including many beautiful waterfalls. Falling water provided an inexpensive source of power that helped New York state industrialize and grow. Waterfalls are magical in winter when ice-covered; during the spring the snow runoff creates the best water flow. During the summer some of the waterfalls become not much more than a trickle but summer is a great time for hiking in the areas around the falls. In the fall they are surrounded by colorful foliage. It is believed that the sound of falling water has a calming effect. It can lead to de-stress, secure a sense of balance, relax and recharge. Here are 10 waterfalls to visit in New York. Niagara Falls: The falls, one of the wonders of the world,

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straddle the border between New York state and Canada. The iconic way to view the falls is from the Maid of the Mist. It provides an up-close view of the falls while getting anointed by the spray. Walk along the Cave of the Winds and feel the power of Bridal Veil Falls. The American Falls are part of Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States. Taughannock Falls: Located in the Finger Lakes region on the west side of Cayuga Lake, the 215 foot-Taughannock Falls is the highest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies. There are steps to the bottom of the falls from the viewing area. It is 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls. There is a 20-foot cascade downstream and a 100-foot one upstream with trails connecting the falls. This is one of the places where the water can slow to a trickle during the late summer and early fall.

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milk Falls State Park is an 811-acre state park located south of Ithaca — home to Cornell University. Buttermilk Creek descends more than 500 feet in a series of cascades with a natural pool at the bottom of the falls where, during the summer, swimming is allowed. There are informative signboards and hiking trails along the gorge and rim. Lucifer Falls: The falls, also known as Enfield Falls, is just one of several in Robert H. Treman State Park, located in the Ithaca area. The easiest access is three miles up the winding hill from the main park entrance. The short path to a smaller part of the falls is wheelchair accessible but one of the most interesting features is the 1847 mill at the beginning of the path. It is open to visitors in the summer with exhibits describing the workings of the mill.

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popular state park has two miles of water cascading down 400 feet beneath 200-foot cliffs creating 19 waterfalls along the way. The gorge path passes over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. It is closed during the winter. A rim trail overlooks the gorge. It has made the list of “The Best State Parks in the United States.” Salmon River Falls: The falls is located in the Tug Hill area of Oswego County. Sign boards tell the story of the 110-foot waterfalls. The path to view the falls is wheelchair accessible but there are a few steps down to the flat area above the falls where names dating back as far

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as 1892 are etched into the stones. During the winter, ice climbing on the falls is popular but each climber must register daily — a form is found in the kiosk box. Kaaterskill Falls: Located in the Catskill Mountains, the falls is the highest two-tiered cascading waterfalls in the state and one of the state’s oldest tourist attractions. It was the subject of paintings of Thomas Cole of the Hudson River School of painters. Visitors can get a great view of the area and falls from the new viewing platform. The trail to the bottom can be arduous. High Falls Gorge: Most waterfalls can be visited for free or by paying a small park entrance

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When Delphi Falls was on private land in Madison County it was not open to the public but in August 2018 the land became Delphi Falls County Park and is now open to the public where there are two waterfalls, a house, and a barn. Most unique is the Eternal Flame Falls. It isn’t grand but due to the emission of natural gas there is a flame in a small grotto behind the falls. There are many falls along the Erie Canal route as the land rises 566 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie necessitating 35 locks including Holley Falls, near Rochester; Little Falls in Herkimer County and Medina Falls in Orleans County.


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Zoom Flume Water Park in E. Durham has added Typhoon Twister recently.

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hether you love the stomach-dropping thrill of rollercoasters, rides with more whirling and twirling, or soaking-wet water rides, you can find plenty of excitement at Upstate’s many theme parks. If water rides are your ticket to a good time, go to Old Forge’s Enchanted Forest Water Safari, touted as the state’s largest water park with 31 heated outdoor water rides. In addition, the park has carnival rides like Scrambler, Tilt-OWhirl, sky ride and an arcade. Overnight guests can select from among tent camping sites, RV camping sites, cottages, cabins or hotel guest rooms and suites. The website features discounted packages. • Enchanted Forest Water Safari, 3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 315-369-6145. www.watersafari.com.

While it lacks the huge, scream-inducing rides, Fulton’s Thunder Island Amusement Park still has a lot to offer, such as its 60-foot Ferris wheel, zip line and six water rides. The park also has go-karts, miniature golf and an arcade. Guests may bring in their own food for a picnic and purchase either a blanket pass or pay per attraction. These

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features make Thunder Island a great choice for families on a budget. • Thunder Island Amusement Park, 21 Wilcox Road, Fulton. 315-598-8016. www.thunder-island.com. Sylvan Beach Amusement Park in Sylvan Beach has a retro vibe with an old-time amusement park on the beach with carnival-scale rides, bumper boats, miniature golf, carnival games and a vintage arcade. For children who want to ride all the rides and then ride them all again, the all-day wrist band is the best deal. • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, 112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach. www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.com. Between Buffalo and Rochester, visit Darien Lake Amusement Park for not only its several coasters, but also rides. SkyScreamer is one of its most recent installations, new in 2019. It’s like the classic swing ride, but it soars to 242 feet in the air as it circles. Darien Lake also offers stage shows, an entire water park inside the park, splash pad, lazy river, wave pool, and games. For most shows, guests receive


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Zoom Flume Water Park in E. Durham has added Typhoon Twister, a bowl-style waterslide for one to two riders, as well as a dozen other water rides and features, plus live entertainment. • Zoom Flume Water Park, 20 Shady Glen Road, E. Durham. 518-239-4559. www.zoomflume.com. At Queensbury’s Six Flags Great Escape, the Adirondack Outlaw ride opens for the first time in 2020. The ride flings and flips guests on its pendulum at speeds of up to 50 mph at the highest point of the park. The park has a dozen water rides and features, live entertainment, and special events. Look for lodging and package deals on the park’s website. • Great Escape, 1172 state Route 9, Queensbury. 518792-3500. www.sixflags.com/greatescape.

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H i d d e n Va l l e y A n i m a l Adventure in Varysburg, south of Batavia, offers visitors the chance to feed animals.

For animal lovers, Upstate has plenty of zoos worth a visit. From the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse to the Utica Zoo in Utica and Seneca Park Zoo near Rochester, area has a lot to offer for those who love animals By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ake a safari in Upstate by visiting one (or more) of the region’s zoos. Your children won’t even realize they’re learning as they explore the displays and exhibits. As with other events and attractions, check with the zoo’s social media page and website before heading out, as the pandemic likely has affected normal operating hours. Syracuse Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park (www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org) is still open — even during social distancing — by limiting the number of zoo patrons at a time to prevent big crowds from entering the zoo. Though some of the zoo’s events and programming have been delayed or postponed, there’s still plenty to see.

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For example, you can see how much the zoo’s year-old Amur leopard cubs have grown in the past year.

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Chittenango The Wild Animal Park (www. thewildpark.com) features exotic animal shows daily, including lions, tigers, alligators and cheetahs. The park is home to a good mix of domestic and exotic animals.

Rome Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo (https://fortrickey.com) is more of a mash-up of petting zoo and farm than a traditional zoo. Fort Rickey allows visitors to get up close with a large variety of animals. It’s perfect for hands-on children who learn by doing and for anyone wanting to get an animal cuddling fix. The animals are as common as goats, deer and snakes and as exotic as a wallaby, capybaras, and lemurs.

Utica The Utica Zoo (http://uticazoo. org) offers an opportunity to soak up animal facts, as the zoo boasts an education department fully chartered by the New York State Department of Education. All of the zoo’s programming is designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards and

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Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in the organization’s Saving Animals from TheExtinction Best of programs. The zoo’s conservation efforts include aiding African penguins, Caledonian crested gecko and the Burmese python. Seneca Park is a great choice for anyone interested in conservation efforts.

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Varysburg Hidden Valley Animal Adventure (https://hiddenvalleyadventure.com) offers its drive-through Safari Park as a way for visitors to get personal with animals. With more than 40 species and 300 total animals, there’s plenty to see — and plenty of opportunities of interacting with animals such as camels, zebras, water buffalo and Texas longhorn cattle. Admission includes a cup of feed to attract the friendly animals to the vehicle for a snack. Gloversville Adirondack Animal Land (https://adirondackanimalland.com) features petting zoo encounters with its animals, which includes small and large domestic herbivores and an array of exotic animals — mostly herbivores — like giraffes, emus, zebras and camels. Visitors can take a walking tour, safari tour, and take a mini train ride to the alligator and emu area.

Elephant Batu in the pool at Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Photo courtesy of Sarah Bucksho.

Catskill Bailiwick Animal Park (www.bailiwickranch.com) is home to 40 exhibits of domestic and exotic animals, including rabbits, goats and tigers. Many of the animals are rescues. The zoo also has a petting/feeding area, which makes the zoo much more interactive. Watertown New York State Zoo (www.nyszoo.org) at Thompson Park displays animals indigenous to the area, like the elk, bobcat, eagle, river otter, wolverine and black bear. The Heather A Freeman Butterfly House on the grounds includes 100 butterflies representing 20 species.

Snake petting at Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo in Rome. The place is more of a mash-up of petting zoo and farm than a traditional zoo.

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In addition to zoos, consider visiting a farm animal sanctuary. Most of these operate to give life-long homes to animals, either on their grounds or through facilitating adoptions. Though they operate differently from zoos in many ways, most sanctuaries welcome visitors during certain hours of the day or certain days of the week and welcome volunteers to help out with animal care. A few examples include Purpose Farm in Baldwinsville (www.purposefarm.org) Cracker and Box Palace in Alton (www.crackerboxpalace. org) and Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties (https://casanctuary.org).

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JUNE June 20 Mumford. 1812 Weekend. Museum staff and dozens of re-enactors from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Indiana, and Massachusetts will collaborate to bring the Regency era of American history to life. Re-enactors will model historic fashions, speak to the era’s interesting (and sometimes bizarre) medicinal practices at the museum’s apothecary, and more. Throughout the weekend, enactors depicting the US and British military forces will offer weapons demonstrations, militia marches and a short skirmish in the Village Square. Free admission for dads on Sunday. Times and admission on website. Free for GCV&M members. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822. Waterloo. Trace Adkins. A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has sold 11 million country albums and received Grammy

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nominations. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $25 to $105. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-9461695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com. Waterloo. Open Barn with Flint Creek. The band started in 2004 in the Finger Lakes Region, playing modern country music covers with a rock edge, along with a few classics. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda Cheese and Lake Country food truck. No outside food or beverage allowed on the property. Buses and large groups should call ahead. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96. www.murandacheese.com. 315-2461457. murandacheese@gmail.com.

June 21 Canandaigua. 14th Annual Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Show. Show vehicles of all eras and makes on display. All visitors attending the show that day will be invited to vote for their favorites. “People’s Choice Awards,” plus other prizes and trophies to be announced prior to the close

of the show. Wine tastings inside Sonnenberg’s Finger Lakes Wine Center and food available for purchase. DJ and musical entertainment. Car show admission includes access to the mansion, gardens, and greenhouses. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 to $15. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St. www. sonnenberg.org/event/car-motorcycle-cruise. 585-394-4922. Mumford. 1812 Weekend. See June 20. Waterloo. Open Barn with Hot Dogs & Gin. The band was established in March 2016 and plays a wide range of blues and rock covers by the Eagles, Allman Brothers, Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, America, Rolling Stones, and Guns & Roses around the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes areas. Band members include father and son Doug Hubert (guitar, vocals) and 11-year-old multi-instrumentalist and Broadway tour alum Eamonn Hubert (lead guitar, vocals), Stephen Shimer (percussion), and Gordie Gottlieb (bass). Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda Cheese and a food


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swego County’s biggest city, also named Oswego, is home to both SUNY Oswego and the popular summer celebration Harborfest. The city is divided nearly in half by the Oswego River, a feature that contributed greatly to its growth as a manufacturing and shipping port city. It currently is the largest port settlement directly on the American shore of Lake Ontario. The city is home to museums, an internationally famous speedway, and beautiful waterfront parks.

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Syracuse. Megadeth and Lamb of God. 7 p.m. $25 to $409. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

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Baldwinsville. Umphrey’s McGee. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. $30 to $60. Paper Mill Island Ampitheatre,136 Spensieri Ave. https:// creativeconcerts.com.

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Baldwinsville. Summer Concert Series. Baldwinsville Pep Band will perform. Bring your own seating. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave.

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Alexandria Bay. Big D Orchestra. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531.

Alexandria Bay. 14th annual Thousand Islands River Run motorcycle rally. Live music, bike builders, vendors, loud pipes contest, tattoo contest and more. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Upper James Street. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 315-482-9531 or 315-771-1435.

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Darien Center. Megadeth and Lamb of God. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 6 p.m. $25 to $310. Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags. com/darienlake/special-events/concert. Phoenix. Annual Fireworks Display. Dusk. Free. Henley Park, State Street. www.bridgehousebrats.com. Syracuse. KidzBop Live 2020. 7 p.m. $35 to $55. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

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The Best of Upstate New York Clayton. 1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance. For 2020, Concours will be a non-judged show with a people’s choice award and no registration fees. No boat rides will take place unless permitted by CDC guidelines and ABM policies. Register online. Drive starts at 9 a.m. $12. Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St. www.abm.org/index. php/1000-islands-concours-delegance. Lewiston. Artpark’s Strawberry Moon Festival. Celebrate the indigenous cultures of the area through music, dance, arts & crafts, highlighting and intermingling both modern culture and its ancient roots. “Power of Niagara” performed by

Vernon. Fleetwood Mac Mania: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute. Tickets available online. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. $20. Vernon Downs, 4229 Stuhlman Road. www. vernondowns.com. 877-88-VERNON.

June 27 Alexandria Bay. 14th annual Thousand Islands River Run motorcycle rally. See June 26. Cape Vincent. Cape Street Market. Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the weekly event includes farm produce, craft vendors and flea market items. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 357 E. Broadway St. www.capevincent.org. 315-654-2481. thecape@tds.net.

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta with Jon Lehrer Dance Company. 8 p.m. Free. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Syracuse. Anthony Rodia Live! The Road to Rage Tour. Anthony Rodia brings his relatable comedy routine to Central New York. 8 p.m. $30-$40. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

June 28 Alexandria Bay. 14th annual Thousand Islands River Run motorcycle rally. See June 26. Darien Center. KidzBop Live Nationwide Tour 2020. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 4 p.m. $20 to $55. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/ special-events/concert. Lewiston. Native American Cultural Celebration noon to 4 p.m. Free. Experience diverse and expressive Native American cultures through the arts, food sampling, workshops, music presentations, Smoke Dance competitions and more. Free. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Rochester. Free Movies in the Park. Watch

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Wednesdays Glens Falls. Take a Bite. Family-friendly event running through Aug. 19. Restaurants offer small plates of food priced at $1 to $5 while guests stroll through downtown. Live entertainment and music. 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Glens Falls. Macedon. Wine Wednesdays. Tasting room hours will be extended by half an hour Wednesdays through Aug. 26. Free games of bocce, cornhole, Yahtzee and more. Happy hour specials. 4 to 8 p.m. Long Acre Farms/JD Wine Cellar, 1342 Eddy Rd. https://longacrefarms.com. 315-986-4202. Watertown. Farmers Market. Local farm vendors selling fruit, vegetables, crafts and more set up from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Organized by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 317 Washington St. www. watertownfarmandcraft.com. 315-788-4400.

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Oneida streets. 315-343-7681. Moravia. Moravia Farmers’ Market. Recurring weekly on Thursdays through the end of Oct.. Produce, crafts, baked goods, honey, soap and more. Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St. www. facebook.com/MoraviaFarmersMarket. 315496-2235. Rochester. Party in the Park. 5 p.m. $7 to $49. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 353 Court S. www. rochesterevents.com/party-in-the-park.

Fridays Alexandria Bay. Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and more. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will set up in the parking lot of Kinney Drugs. 21 State Route 12. 315-482-9531. Pulaski. Pulaski Farmer’s Market. Vendors of farm produce and other goods for sale. 4 to 8 p.m. Free. 3 Bridge Street. www.facebook.com/ pulaskifarmersmarket. info@pulaskifarmersmarket.org. Old Forge. Old Forge Farmers Market. 1 to 5 p.m. behind the Old Forge Hardware. 104 Fulton St. Skaneateles. Skaneateles Community Band Concert. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain location: Skaneateles High School Cafeteria (entrance on East Street). 7:30 p.m. Free. Lakeside Park in Clift Park. 7:30 p.m. 315-685-0552.

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Saturdays Cape Vincent. Cape Street Market. Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the weekly event includes farm produce, craft vendors and flea market items. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 357 E. Broadway St. www.capevincent.org. 315-654-2481. thecape@tds.net. Fulton. Fulton Farmers Market. A variety of produce and items for sale, including organic food, baked goods, cheese, arts & crafts, flowers, eggs, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, and maple. The market accepts credit cards, WIC2 Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC2 Cash value vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition

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Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Canalview Park & Shop Parking Lot. Inlet. Live Music in Inlet. Various performers entertain throughout the month. Bring your own seating. Complete schedule listed online. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Arrowhead Park 160 State Route 28. www.inletny.com/event. 315-357-5501.

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Darien Center. Nickelback: All the Right Reasons Tour. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 6:30 p.m. $25 to $636. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/ special-events/concert.

Sodus Point. Sodus Point Fireworks. Fireworks are set off from the Sodus Bay channel pier. 9:30 p.m. Wall of Fire Around the Bay; 10 p.m. fireworks. www.soduspoint.info.

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July 5 Syracuse. The Doobie Brothers. $29.50 to $258. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100. Oswego. Oswego’s Independence Celebration: Annual parade through the city and fireworks over the harbor at night. 1 p.m. Free. www. oswegony.org. Waterloo. Open Barn with The Uptown Groove makes its first appearance at Muranda. The Rochester-based group plays Motown, R&B Soul, Funk, Rock and current Top 40 Pop. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along

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ocated in the heart of scenic Upstate New York, the town of Sandy Creek is rich in history and covers over 200 years. It’s the home of Oswego County Fair and is comprised of two villages, Lacona and Sandy Creek. The earliest settlers came to Sandy Creek and established residence in 1803.

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the farm 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; two “you-pick” lavender bundles; serving of herbal tea; and a lavender ice cream sundae for $25. Lavender Light Supreme ticket includes all the above, plus a lavender sachet, potted lavender plant, handcrafted lavender soap and coupons for future use for $35. Add-on packages include more lavender items. See website for details. Tickets on sale online June 1, subject to New York’s re-opening policies. No pets allowed. 12973 Upton Road. www.olfactorysoaps.com. 315-754-8828. www.olfactorysoaps.com. Syracuse. Tim McGraw: Here on Earth Tour. 7 p.m. $34.50 to $119. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.

sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100. Syracuse. truTV’s Impractical Jokers: The Scoopski Potatoes Tour. All-new material staring The Tenderloins. 7:30 p.m. $64.50-$305. War Memorial Arena, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter. org. 315-435-8000. Watertown. Jefferson County Fair. See July 7.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY Area

art of the Thousand Islands Region of New York, Jefferson County offers attractions and activities for all four seasons. Among the most popular cities are Watertown, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Sackets Harbor and Henderson Harbor.

a lovely muse, Viola. Book by Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall and Marc Norman. 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. 201 S. West St. www.theredhouse. org. 315-362-2785.

Oswego. Kevin Davis Memorial Oswego Pro Am. See July 9 Red Creek. Ol’ Factory Lavender Farm Open House. See July 10.

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Syracuse. “Shakespeare in Love.” 2 p.m. See July 11.

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July 12 Hannibal. 8th Annual 60 for 60 The Mohawk Run. Motorcycle ride supporting the Corporal Kyle Schneider Foundation and Help on the Homefront. Chicken dinner following the ride is included in ticket price. Tickets available at the Hannibal American Legion. Live music from Kickin’ Up Dust. $15 advanced; $20 at the door. American Legion Post #1552, 226 Rochester St.

Waterloo. Open Barn with The Cool Club & The Lipker Sisters. Four veteran musicians, bring jump, jazz, boogie-woogie, rag time and swing together with three younger singers in vocal harmony. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda cheese and a food truck. No outside food or beverage allowed on the property. Buses and large groups should call ahead. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96. www.muran-

Watertown. Jefferson County Fair. See July 7.

Baldwinsville. Summer Concert Series. Custom Taylor Band will perform. Bring your own seating. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave. Lewiston. Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels of Soul 2020. Featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones Gabe Dixon. Performing ballads and rock ‘n’ roll. 5:30 to 10 p.m. $24 to $37. 450 S. 4th St. www. artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See

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July 4. The Village of Sackets Harbor sponsors the annual July 4th fireworks at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, starting at 9:30 p.m. 504 West Main St. 315-646-3634.


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July 15 Alexandria Bay. Double Barrel Blues Band. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Wayne County. Sodus Pro-Am. Fish Wayne County waters for cash and prizes. www.sodusproam.com.

July 16 Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. The 5th event includes street performers. Check the website for the complete schedule. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 11 a.m. Free. Market Street. www.visitalexbay. org. 315-482-9531. Clayton. The 1000 Islands International Charity Poker Run. See July 16. The family-friendly boating event bring people from around the US and Canada to “The Fresh Water Boating Capital of the World.” Food, vendors and silent auction, along with activities on the water and on land. View participating boats and the complete schedule online. The event benefits Make A Wish of Central New York and The River Community Wellness Program for Treatment of Veterans. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina, 301 Webb St. Boat registration for captain and navigator: $750; additional crew member: $175. Free for spectators. www.1000islandsrun.com. 315-686-3771 (Alex Buduson). info@1000islandsrun.com. Clayton. Town Mountain. Honky-tonk band Town Mountain performs live, featuring guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, mandolinist Phil Barker, fiddler Bobby Britt, and Zach Smith on bass. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http:// www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. Mexico. Mexico Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Firemen’s Field Days. Food, games and activities. The field will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 16th, with the parade that night at 7 p.m. Bands Friday and Saturday. All–day ride tickets on Saturday. Mexico Firemen’s Field, 3278 NYS–104, Mexico. www.facebook.com/Mexico-Volunteer-Fire-Department-Inc-412654825449931.

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July 17 Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. See July 16. Baldwinsville. PMI event: Hot Tuna and David Grisman. Ticket information online. 7 to 11 p.m. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave. www.creativeconcerts.com. Batavia. Skid Row. Heavy metal concert. Line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. Rob Bilson, 7 p.m. Justin Williams and Forward Progress, 8:30 p.m. Skid Row. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Clayton. The 1000 Islands International Charity Poker Run. See July 16. Try Some Real Country Goodness

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Lewiston. Saints and Sinners Tour 2020. Concert includes Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist, The Tea Party. 5 to 10 p.m. $45 to $50. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Lyons. Peppermint Days Festival. Home of the former H. G. Hotchkiss international essential oil company, this hometown festival features vendors, food trucks, music, museum tours, kids’ activities, a tractor square dance, a parade, and a fireworks celebration on Saturday night. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Church Street Park. www.facebook.com/LyonsPeppermintDays. 800-527-6510.

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Lyons. Peppermint Days Festival. See July 16. Mexico. Mexico Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Firemen’s Field Days. See July 16. Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. 60th Anniversary of the Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival. Family friendly event featuring races, fishing derby, band contest, nightly concerts in the park, car show, duck race, Ogdensburg’s Got Talent competition, huge fireworks display and parade. Check the website for times of events. www.ogdensburgseawayfestival.org. 315-393-3518. Pultneyville. “Into the Woods.” Directed by Karen Skerrett Smith, Into the Woods weaves together numerous unrelated classic fairy tales

in improbable and comedic ways. The stories are all tied together by an original story involving the baker and his wife, who wish to have a child. They meet Cinderella, Jack, Little Red and the Wolf, Rapunzel and more as they go into the woods. What happens when everyone gets what they wish for? Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Box office remains open until one hour before curtain. Online sales end two hours before the curtain. 7:30 p.m. $14 adults; $12 senior citizens 65 and over; $12 students. The Gatesinger Company, Ltd., 4107 Lake Road. www.gateshall.com. 315-589-3326. gatesinger.company.ltd@gmail.com. Saratoga. 2020 Saratoga Tattoo Expo. Browse

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Waterloo. Fireworks. The Seneca County Agricultural Society offers fireworks with fair food for purchase. 9:30 p.m. Free. 100 Swift Sweet. http://senecacountyfairny.com/index.html. Wayne County. Sodus Pro-Am. See July 15.

July 18 Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. See July 16. Baldwinsville. PMI event: “Almost Queen.” Ticket information online. 7 to 11 p.m. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave. www. creativeconcerts.com. Clayton. 2020 Summer Gathering. Annual community fundraiser for Thousand Islands Land Trust. Food, drinks, live music, and an auction. 6 to 9 p.m. Coyote Moon Vineyards, 17371 County Route 3. https://tilandtrust.org. Clayton. The 1000 Islands International Charity Poker Run. Run date. See July 16. Inlet. Arts in the Park. More than 60 vendors will offer their handmade products in Arrowhead Park. Paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing, candles, and more. Live music in the afternoon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Arrowhead Park, 160 State Route 28. www. inletartsinthepark.com. 315-357-5501. http:// inletartsinthepark.com. Mexico. Mexico Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Firemen’s Field Days. See July 16. Oswego Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial Fundraiser.

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Live music, games, food, soft drinks and more. Cash bar and raffles. Benefits the Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial Foundation. 2 to 8 p.m. $25 child (15 & under); $40 adult by 7/1/2020 at paypal.me/gdmemorialfoundation. Lake Elizabeth, 779 Co. Rte. 53. Phoenix. Flip Flops and Firebirds – Kick-off to Summer. Sand volleyball tournament; corn hole tournament; music; food; and more. 1 to 11 p.m. $5 per player. State St. www.phoenixrising13135.com. Phoenix Annual Blueberry Sale. Fresh blueberries, homemade blueberry baked goods and blueberry gift items. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-order fresh berries July 11–17. Barb Dix, 315-6956641 or bdix9@twcny.rr.com. Schroeppel

Mumford. Civil War Reenactment and Encampment. The Historic Village takes on the guise of a border town battleground. Nearly 1,000 reenactors in authentic Federal and Confederate garb campaign for freedom. Experience artillery demonstrations showcasing the formidable firepower employed on the field and presentations of military troop maneuvers. Inspect both camps to speak with combatants and visit reproduced wartime living conditions. Troops battle through the historic village, commemorating the conflict that claimed more American lives than all other wars combined. Hear stories from the perspectives of African-Americans, Jewish immigrants, refugees, and Canadians who allied with both sides of the conflict. Join us on this important journey through our nation’s history. 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission on website. Free for GCV&M members. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822. Oswego. Paddlefest 2020. H. Lee White Maritime Museum, 1 W. 1st St. Pier. www.hlwmm.org. 315-342-0480. Oswego. C’s Beverage Center $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified. 34th Annual $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified (75), 29th Annual $1,500 to Win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS (35). Event Classes: Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS. No outside food, drinks or coolers

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allowed in the grandstands. Schedule is subject to change. Check website for times and tickets. 300 East Albany St. www.oswegospeedway.com. 315-342-0646.

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trategically located between the city of Oswego and the fishing village of Pulaski, Mexico rose to prominence as an agricultural center. The Derby Hill Bird Observatory, just outside of Mexico, is strategically located along the flight paths of many bird species, making Mexico a mustvisit for birdwatchers.

S. West St. www.theredhouse.org. 315-362-2785. Syracuse. Syracuse Nationals. More than 8,000 cars, celebrity guests, giveaways, more than 400 food, automotive and merchandise vendors and fireworks. The largest car show in the Northeast, Syracuse Nationals is a festival with something for everyone. Live music, food, giveaways, a poker run, pin-striping demonstrations and artwork auction, a huge car corral and swap meet, fireworks, a Women’s World expo, and more. The show features street rods and custom, classic, muscle and antique cars. Discounted advance sale one-day child/adult and adult only weekend passes will be available online through the Nationals website. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. $22 adult

Pultneyville. Into the Woods. See July 17. Saratoga. 2020 Saratoga Tattoo Expo. See July 17. Skaneateles. Annual Curbstone Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See July 16. Syracuse. “Emma: A Pop Musical” by Eric Price. Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she is the perfect matchmaker for her classmates. Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of the same title. 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. 201

one-day ticket; $10 child (6-12) one-day ticket; free 5 and younger. 581 State Fair Boulevard. https://syracusenationals.com. 800-753-3978. Wayne County. Sodus Pro-Am. See July 15.

July 19 Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. See July 16. Clayton. The 1000 Islands International Charity Poker Run. See July 16. Hannibal. Louise Kellogg Concert in the Park. Several bands and a variety of musical styles. Bands TBA. Bring your own seating. Free. 3 to 6 p.m. Hannibal Fireman’s Field, Rochester St., Hannibal. 315-591-3118

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FAIR HAVEN & SODUS BAY Area Inlet. Arts in the Park. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See July 18. Mumford. Civil War Reenactment and Encampment. See July 18. Old Forge. Motorcycle Ride For Kids 2020. Ride travels through scenic countryside, with police escort, to the mountain village of Old Forge for the Celebration of Life, individual and chapter/ club awards presentation and festivities. Event benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. https://team.curethekids.org/event/2020-utica-ride-for-kids/e253178. Oswego. 32nd Annual Harborfest 5K/10K Run. Kids’ fun run at 8 a.m.; 5K and 10K runs at 8:30 a.m. $25 pre-reg.; $30 day of race; kids’ run $10. Oswego YMCA, 265 W. 1st St., Oswego. https:// oswegoymca.org.

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Syracuse. Matchbox Twenty 2020. 7:30 p.m. $36 to $270. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

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Canandaigua. Ontario County Fair. Animal exhibitors, midway rides and games, vendors, educational and community displays, competitions, tractor pull, demolition derby, food, and live entertainment. Check the website for grandstand entertainment schedule and tickets. 12 noon to 10 p.m. $10 parking; $5 single occupancy, motorcycles and walk-ins. 2820 Co Rd 10. http://ontariocountyfair.org. 585-394-4987. ontariocountyfair@gmail.com. Darien Center. The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 7:30 p.m. $29.50 to $142. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/ special-events/concert. Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. See July 17. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

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cultural city attractions and quaint rural villages are set against the backdrop of the rolling hills and glacial lakes that make the Finger Lakes a vacationer’s dream. Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Schuyler and Cayuga counties plus parts of several others make up the Finger Lakes. It covers a substantial part of Central New York. July 24

Syracuse. Syracuse Mets play Charlotte. 12 noon See July 20.

July 22 Alexandria Bay. Country Stompers. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531.

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Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. See July 17. Oswego. Harborfest. The four-day festival typically attracts approximately 75,000 people annually. Live entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors, and fireworks. www.oswegoharborfest.com. Sodus. 12th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival. Performers include The Rebekah Long Band, Mountain Highway, Williamson Branch, Barn Floor Goovers, Remington Ryde, the Kevin Prater Band, Beartracks, Mike & Mary Robinson, Gone Fishin’ and Linabelle. Some concerts free. Camping available. Tickets may be purchased at Northern Wayne Auto Parts, 18 W. Main St., Sodus. Ticket information and schedule online. $60 to $480. 4015 Fish Farm Rd. www.brantlingbluegrass.com.

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Batavia. Jonny Lang. Live concert line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. The Bluesway Band, 7 p.m. Wanted by the FBI and 8:30 p.m. Jonny Lang. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Canandaigua. Ontario County Fair. See July 21. Marion. Pioneer Gas Engine Show. Features antique gas engines, tractors, farm equipment, displays, demonstrations, farm consignment, auction, antique tractor pull nightly, children’s pedal tractor pull, town tractor pull, food and more. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Marion Town Park, 4072 Park Dr. marionpgea@yahoo. com www.facebook.com/pioneergasengine/ posts/2594782820837041. Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. See July 17. Oswego. Harborfest. See July 23.

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Skaneateles. The Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles. Hosted by the Skaneateles Foundation and the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, this event highlights the history of Antique and Classic Boats. Water and land displays, three concerts, a boat parade (3 p.m. Saturday), photoshoot and spectator cruise (10 a.m. Sunday aboard the Judge Ben Wiles), children’s activities, demos, shopping, raffles and more. Awards pre-

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Oct. 29. The second annual event includes specials, tastings, and discounts for anyone dressed as a witch from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a costume contest. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Skaneateles. 315-685-0552.

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July 25 Canandaigua. Ontario County Fair. See July 21. Cape Vincent. Concert on the Green. Community concert with a variety of different guest musicians. View the full schedule online. Bring your own seating. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www. capevincent.org/concerts. Darien Center. Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include

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Oswego. Harborfest. See July 23.

Morrisonville. Clinton County Fair. Animal exhibits, food, carnival rides and games and live entertainment, including Buffalo Barfield “Unherd” of Entertainment, Luau Logan, Michael Blaine, The Marvelous Mutts and Morgan Wallen. See website for complete schedule. $25 to $30. 84 Fair Grounds Rd. www.clintoncountyfair.com.

Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

Skaneateles. The Antique and Classic Boat Show. See July 24.

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Sodus. 12th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival. See July 23.

Alexandria Bay. Sydney Irving & Mike McKay. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531.

Marion. Pioneer Gas Engine Show. See July 24. Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. See July 17.

Ticonderoga. StreetFest 2020. Shopping, sidewalk sales, live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, food, farmer’s market, and an array of kid’s activities. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Montcalm Street. Warrensburg. Smoke Eaters Jamboree. See June 25.

July 26 North Creek. ADK presents: ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour 2020. Choose from a 55-mile loop or a 23-mile loop beginning in North Creek. Hosted by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). Rest stops with snacks, water provided along the route. SAG (support and gear) wagon and mobile mechanical support provided. Rider packet with map provided at registration. Both a 55-mile loop and a 23-mile loop; Registration varies. 55-mile loop begins at 9 a.m. 23-mile “gravel grinder” loop begins at 10 a.m. 9 a.m. North Creek Ski Bowl, 79 Ski Bowl Road. www. adk.org/play/cycling-information/ididaride. Ogdensburg. Seaway Festival. See July 17. Oswego. Harborfest. See July 23. Skaneateles. The Antique and Classic Boat Show. See July 24.

July 28 Baldwinsville. Summer Concert Series. Showtime will perform. Bring your own seating. 6:30

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Lewiston. Bon Iver. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $39.50 to $99.50. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Morrisonville. Clinton County Fair. See July 28. Seneca Falls. Empire Farm Days. Rodman Lott and Son Farms hosts the Northeast’s largest outdoor farm show, covering 300 acres of event grounds with dealers’ newest equipment, information from agricultural organizations and the latest techniques in agriculture. Equipment demonstrations, agricultural seminars, activities for children, food vendors and giveaways. Golf cart rentals available by calling in advance 888913-6747 $65 to $155. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 parking. Free admission. 2973 State Route 414. https://empirefarmdays.leetradeshows.com. 800-836-2888. kmaring@leepub.com.

July 30 Buffalo. NF – The Search Tour. 7:30 p.m. $45 to $50. Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. https:// buffaloriverworks.com. Canandaigua. Tim McGraw: Here on Earth Tour. Performance includes special guests Midland and Ingrid Andress. $5 chair rental to benefit charity or bring your own seating. $20 for access to The Headliner Lounge, an exclusive VIP including access to private restrooms and private bars,

one complimentary glass of wine and complimentary snacks. $30 for premium parking off of Lakeshore Drive. Headliner Lounge access and premium parking not included in ticket price. 7 p.m. $34.50 to $1,005. Constellation Brands– Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. www.cmacevents.com. 585-394-4400. Morrisonville. Clinton County Fair. See July 28. Seneca Falls. Empire Farm Days. See July 29. Syracuse. Daryl Hall & John Oates. 7 p.m. $29.50 to $585. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www. sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

July 31 Binghamton. Spiediefest. Annual event draws more than 100,000 people to watch 50 hot air balloons launch. Live music, vendors, Spiedie Cooking Contest, sand volleyball games and hot air balloon launch. No pets, backpacks, coolers or alcohol allowed. 3 p.m. to dusk. Paid admission. Tickets available online or at the door. $5 to $8 parking. 907 Front St. www.spiediefest. com. 607-765-6604. Darien Center. The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 8 p.m. $29 to $750. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/ special-events/concert. Mexico. PIT CRU NY Investigates Casey’s Cottage. Join PIT CRU NY as they investigate paranormal occurrences at Casey’s Cottage. Bring your own equipment or use PIT CRU’s. Snacks and water provided. 7 p.m. to noon $20 per person. 18 and older. Call 315-378-7994 for reservations. Casey’s Cottage, 120 Mexico Point, Dr. www.mexicopointpark.com. Sterling. Salt City Chill Midsummer Bash at Colloca. Classic rock covers and original music. 7 to 11 p.m. Colloca Estate Winery, 14678 W Bay Rd.


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Tues., Thurs. & Sat. Auburn. Auburn Farmer’s Co-op Market. Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday through Oct. 31. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 96 State St. www.facebook.com/AuburnFarmersCoOpMarketInc. 315-704-8609.

Waterloo. Colin Jost. Head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and co-anchor of SNL’s “Weekend Update.” 8 p.m. $15-$75. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $25 to $105. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort. com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com.

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Phoenix. Music in the Park 2020. An outdoor concert series. Local bands and community organizations selling concessions. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Henley Park, Lock and State St. http:// www.villageofphoenix-ny.gov. 315-695-2801.

Tuesdays and Thursdays Auburn. City Summer Concert Series. A variety of performers will offer concerts each week through August. Family-friendly movies to follow. Bring your own seating. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. regardless of location. Free. Tuesdays will be in Hoopes Park, 100 S. Herman Ave; Thursdays will rotate

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Watertown. Farmers Market. Local farm vendors selling fruit, vegetables, crafts and more set up from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Organized by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 317 Washington St. www. watertownfarmandcraft.com. 315-788-4400.

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Fridays Alexandria Bay. Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and more. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will set up in the parking lot of Kinney Drugs. 21 State Route 12. 315-482-9531. Pulaski. Pulaski Farmers Market. Vendors of farm produce and other goods for sale. 4 to 8 p.m. Free. 3 Bridge Street. www.facebook.com/ pulaskifarmersmarket. info@pulaskifarmersmarket.org. Old Forge. Old Forge Farmers Market. 1 to 5 p.m. behind the Old Forge Hardware. 104 Fulton St.

Skaneateles. Skaneateles Community Band Concert. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain location: Skaneateles High School Cafeteria (entrance on East Street). 7:30 p.m. Free. Lakeside Park in Clift Park. 7:30 p.m. 315-685-0552.

Saturdays Cape Vincent. Concert on the Green. Community concert with a variety of different guest musicians. View the full schedule online. Bring your own seating. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www. capevincent.org/concerts. Cape Vincent. Cape Street Market. Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the weekly event includes farm produce, craft

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vendors and flea market items. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 357 E. Broadway St. www.capevincent.org. 315-654-2481. thecape@tds.net. Fulton. Fulton Farmers Market. A variety of produce and items for sale, including organic food, baked goods, cheese, arts & crafts, flowers, eggs, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, and maple. The market accepts credit cards, WIC2 Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC2 Cash value vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Canalview Park & Shop Parking Lot. Inlet. Live Music in Inlet. Various performers entertain throughout the month. Bring your own

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Aug. 1 Binghamton. Spiediefest. 6 p.m. to dusk. See July 31. Morrisonville. Clinton County Fair. See July 28. Oswego. Best Western PLUS / Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront and A&P Auto 2020 ‘Summer Championship’. Novelis Supermodifieds Summer Championship (60), Pathfinder Bank SBS (35), 350 Supermodifieds (30). Event Classes: Novelis Supermodifieds, 350 Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS. No outside food, drinks or coolers allowed in the grandstands. Schedule is subject to change. Check website for times and tickets. 300 East Albany St. www.oswegospeedway.com. 315-342-0646. Parish. Parish Old Home Day: A country fair feel including demonstrations by local farmers and crafters, community groups and vendors. Musical entertainment and homemade ice cream. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Corner of Main St. and Railroad St. 315-278-6632. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. Costumed impersonators, 1500s activities, food, beverages and entertainment, vendors and music. Special events each weekend throughout the season. Check the website for the complete schedule and to buy tickets. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $15.95 to $199.95. 15385 Farden Road. www.sterlingfestival.com. Stony Creek. Stony Creek Mountain Days. Lumberjack activities and demos, food, vendors and entertainment. More details online. Green Meadows Park, Harrisburg and Lanfear Roads. www.facebook.com/events/968009756904890. Syracuse. Jasper in Deadland. 2 p.m. Book by Hunter Foster and music by Ryan Scott Oliver. Based on the classic tale of Eurydice with a pop rock score. 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. 201 S. West St. www.theredhouse.org. 315-362-2785.

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Binghamton. Spiediefest. 6 p.m. to dusk. See July 31. Morrisonville. Clinton County Fair. See July 28. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 1.

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Stony Creek. Stony Creek Mountain Days. See Aug. 1.

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Syracuse. Jasper in Deadland. 2 p.m. See Aug. 1.

Aug. 4 Baldwinsville. Dark Star Orchestra. 7 p.m. $30 to $60. Paper Mill Island Ampitheatre,136 Spensieri Ave. https://creativeconcerts.com. Lewiston. Brothers Osborne. Blending country and rock, the Brothers Osborne has released

Aug. 6 to Aug. 9 Hosted at venues throughout Cortland, the event welcomes thousands each year for Brockway Truck history, wine, beer and cider tasting, food, truck parade, exhibits, and more. Brockway Truck Preservation Association, 4386 US Route 11. 607-299-4185. www.facebook.com/brockwaytrucks. 2020• Fall Guide — The Best of Upstate• 57


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three Grammy-nominated tracks on its debut album Pawn Shop. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $22 to $57. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

Aug. 5 Alexandria Bay. Norwood Brass Band. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Glens Falls. Take a Bite. Family-friendly. Restaurants offer small plates priced at $1 to $5 while guests stroll through downtown. Live entertainment and music. 5 to 7 p.m. Downtown

he gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes region, Cortland is a small rural county situated between Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton. The City of Cortland, its main urban area, is known as the “Crown City” because of its location on a plain formed by the convergence of seven valleys. Glens Falls.

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Jamestown. 30th Annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The National Comedy Center welcomes more than 50 events and 30 artists performing at dozens of venues across Lucille Ball’s hometown, along with events and activities at the National Comedy Center. Past performers included Jerry Seinfeld, John Mulaney, Jay Leno, Trevor Noah, Brian Regan, Amy Schumer, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd, Paula Poundstone, Nick Offerman, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers, and more. Check the website full schedule and tickets. Various times and admission rates. 203 W 2nd St. www.comedycenter.org. 716-484-2222. tickets@ comedycenter.org.

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Sandy Creek. Oswego County Fair. Oswego County Fairgrounds. Carnival rides and games, live entertainment, fine arts displays, vendors, animal exhibits, and food. 291 Ellisburg St. www.oswegocountyfair.com. 315806-3938.

Aug. 6 Clayton. Stairway to Zeppelin. Jonathan Johnson, lead singer; Paul O’Connor, lead guitars/vocals; Eric Swanson, bass/vocals; and Jeff Seitz, drummer, form this Led Zepplin tribute band. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse. com. 315-686-2200. Cortland. 21st Annual Brockway Truck Show. Hosted at venues throughout the city, the event welcomes thousands each year for Brockway Truck history, wine, beer and cider tasting, food, truck parade, exhibits, and more. Brockway Truck Preservation Association, 4386 US Route 11. 607-299-4185. www.facebook.com/brockwaytrucks. Rochester. Party in the Park. 5 p.m. $7 to $49. Martin Luther King Jr. Park,

he Adirondack region offers much for the vacationer during all seasons. In summer and fall, you can enjoy all kinds of activities, including boating, golf, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, hiking, swimming and mountain biking. In winter, you can enjoy the wide open space for snowmobiling on well-groomed trails in Old Forge, referred to as the “Snowmobile Capital of the East.”

353 Court S. www.rochesterevents.com/party-in-the-par. Sandy Creek. Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 5. Syracuse. Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour. The performance includes special guests Cole Swindell and Hardy. Concert formerly planned for June 11. 7 p.m. $40.50 to $325. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100. Verona. Jordan Davis. Trouble Town Tour with Hailey Whitters. Original date of March 20. 8 p.m. $25-$69. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Aug. 7 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. Family activities, food and entertainment. The Tales from Remikreh will perform sword fighting skirmishes throughout the village and at various Route 12 locations. The event commemorates the exploits of Bill Johnston, a renegade after the Patriot War who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel and hid among the Thousand Islands. He was hunted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. Alexandria Bay. 315-482-9531. Amherst. SWING, SWING, SWING! 7:30 p.m. See July 8. Batavia. The Machine Performs Pink Floyd. Live concert line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. Steelhorse, 7 p.m. Noah’s Reign and 8:30 p.m. The Machine. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www. bataviadownsgaming.com. Cortland. 21st Annual Brockway Truck Show. See Aug. 6. Darien Center. Foreigner: Juke Box Hero Tour 2020. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 7 p.m. $18 to $125.50. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/

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special-events/concert. Oswego. 8th Annual Oswego Dragon Boat Festival. Live music, BBQ, Heroes Challenge Race, food trucks, games and dragon boat races. Pre-register at 315-342-6082 to race. Free admission. Breitbeck Park, 41 Lake St. www. oswegoymca.org. Lewiston. Chicago: Live in Concert. 7:30 to 11 p.m. $30 to $129. 450 South 4th St. www. artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Oswego. U-Pull U-Save and JP Jewelers ‘Family Night’ PLUS Old Timer’s Reunion Novelis Supermodifieds (45), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), Sunoco New York Super Stocks (30). Event Classes: Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, NY Super Stock Series. No outside food, drinks or coolers allowed in the grandstands. Schedule is subject to change. Check website for times and tickets. 300 East Albany St. www.oswegospeedway.com. 315-342-0646. Sandy Creek. Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 5. Waterloo. Grand Funk Railroad: Some Kind of Wonderful Tour 2020. Top-selling rock group of the 1970s. 8 p.m. $20 to $72. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@ dellagoresort.com.

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Clayton. Croce Plays Croce. A.J. Croce plays folk classics by his father, Jim Croce, along with some of this own music and music that influenced them. The show often includes songs such as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues,” “Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)”, “One Less Set of Footsteps,” “Lovers Cross,” and “Box #10.” A virtuoso piano player, Croce has toured with such esteemed artists as Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and B.B. King. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $40. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse. com. 315-686-2200. Cortland. 21st Annual Brockway Truck Show. See Aug. 6. Jamestown. 30th Annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. See Aug. 5. Oswego. 5th Annual Run for Your Health 5K. Fun community event with activities for the whole family, featuring a 5K walk and run, plus a kids’ fun run (ages 4-12). 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $25, after July 11 $30. Kids’ fun run free. Seneca Hill Health Complex, 10 Co. Rte. 45A. www.facebook. com/oswegomakeithappen. Fulton. 8th Annual Charity Ride Benefitting Paws Across Oswego County. Kid-, family- and pet-friendly. Live entertainment and free vendor showcase and food trucks open to sell 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Charity ride registration at 9 a.m. and

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kickstands up at 11 a.m. $15 includes ride and food after. VFW Post 569 Memorial Park, 423 Seward St. www.facebook.com/RidnforthePaws. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7. Sandy Creek. Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 5. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 1. Syracuse. Disturbed – 20 Anniversary Tour. KROCK presents Disturbed: The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour with Staind. 7 p.m. $29.50 to $1,150. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www. sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

Aug. 9 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7. Amherst. SWING, SWING, SWING! 2 p.m. See July 8.

ore than 1,800 islands (1,864 to be exact) give the area this unique name. The region offers great restaurants and a wide variety of entertainment options. It’s famous for its night life and specialty stores, in addition to all little islands all around. Each island has its own individuality with features such as stately granite cliffs, soft sandy bays, tall dark pines and vibrant maple trees — it’s a sightseer’s paradise.

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Sept. 4 to Sept. 7. Alexandria Bay. The fourday music festival features waterfront views, blues music, crafts fair and food. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 6 p.m. Free. Upper James Street in downtown Alexandria Bay. 315-482-9531. Cortland. 21st Annual Brockway Truck Show. See Aug. 6. Lewiston. Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Quartet with Rubén Blades. A flamenco-style band with Latin rhythms. Carlitos Del Puerto on bass, Marcus Gilmore on the drums, and percussionist Luisito Quintero are joined by Grammy-winning vocalist Rubén Blades. 7 to 10 p.m. $24 to $37. 450 South 4th St. www.artpark.net. 716-754-4375.

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Sandy Creek. Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 5. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 1. Waterloo. Open Barn with Joe Whiting Band. Coming from Skaneateles, the Joe Whiting Band plays rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul. Joe Whiting, a Syracuse Music Hall of Fame member, did a three-year world tour with Savoy Brown, toured with Van Halen and received a Grammy nomination. The band includes Terry Quill, Rick Basha, Brian Barrigar and Rich Delfavero. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda cheese and a food truck. No outside food or beverage allowed on the property. Buses and large groups should call ahead. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96. www.murandacheese.com. 315-246-1457. murandacheese@gmail.com.

Aug. 10 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7.

Enjoy high quality full flavored craft brews and brick oven pizza along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands. Located in downtown Clayton next to the Antique Boat Museum.

Darien Center. Disturbed: The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour With Staind & Bad Wolves. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 7 p.m. $29.50 to $1,150. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www. sixflags.com/darienlake/special-events/concert.

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Baldwinsville. Summer Concert Series. Off the Reservation will perform. Bring your own seating. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave.

Syracuse. Jason Aldean. Time and tickets to be announced. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315-435-5100.

Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

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Aug. 12 Alexandria Bay. Midnight Ryders. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7. Glens Falls. Take a Bite. See Aug. 5.

Aug. 13 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7. Clayton. Jeremy Stolle of “Phantom of the Opera.” Jeremy Stolle is a recording artist and concert singer currently in the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Recently, he starred in the brand-new Disney theatricals pre-Broadway production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” directed by Scott Schwartz and written by Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Peter Parnil. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.

Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7.

Visit our website for hours OPEN YEAR ROUND claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. Clyde. Clyde Fire Department. Community Festival & Fireworks. Car show, fireman’s parade on 8/14 at 7 p.m. Carnival, food and fireworks at 9 p.m. on 8/15. Clyde Fireman’s Field, 15 Ford St. www.facebook.com/CLYDEFIRENY. Lake George. Lake George Music Festival. See Aug. 9. Hannibal. Hannibal Firemen’s Field Days. Games, rides, live entertainment, food and family fun. Parade Friday at 7 p.m. Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, 155 Oswego St. hannibalfirecompany.com. Rochester. Party in the Park. 5 p.m. $7 to $49. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 353 Court S. www.

Ballston Spa. 7th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival. Food, live entertainment, shopping, kid’s activities, and balloons. Six bbqchefs, 30 hot air balloons, ready to launch over the Adirondack Mountains and 75 exhibitors of arts, crafts, specialty goods, and more. Full festival schedule online. $8 ages 16-plus; $5 children ages 3-5; free younger than 3. $20 family pass for two adults and two children; $15 adult weekend pass; $7 child weekend pass. Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St. http://balloonandbbq.com. Batavia. Puddle of Mudd. Live concert line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. Missing Star, 7 p.m. Rio Bravo and 8:30 p.m. Puddle of Mudd. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Clyde. Clyde Fire Department. Community Festival & Fireworks. Aug. 13. Cornwallville. Gavinstock Weekend. Onsite Irish festival headlining Devri, Jaimson, Ray

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Coleman, The Canny Brothers, TC McCann Band, Kilashandra, and more. Gavin’s Resort & Country Inn, 118 Golden Hill Rd. http://gavinsinn.com. 518-634-2582. Hannibal. Hannibal Firemen’s Field Days. See Aug. 13. Rochester. Flour City Brewers Fest. Celebrate New York State craft beer with local food, live music, and more. VIP Admission to the Brewers Fest grants access at one hour early at 5 p.m., special VIP glassware, entry to the VIP Tent with exclusive, unique beers, and gourmet snacks from Chef Steve in the VIP tent. Must be 21 or older to attend, even designated drivers. No children or babies admitted. No strollers, pets, or any outside food/beverage. Portable seating encouraged. Bags may be subject to check by security. Valid ID required to prove 21 or older, even for designated drivers. Tickets available online or at the door. VIP tickets tend to sell out quickly. 6 to 9 p.m. $45 to $50. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. www.flourcitybrewersfest.com. Verona. Little River Band. 8 p.m. $35-$99. Room and show packages starting at $224. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www. turningstone.com. https://reallittleriverband. com. 800-771-7711.

Aug. 15 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7. Clyde. Clyde Fire Department Community Festival. See Aug. 13. Cornwallville. Gavinstock Weekend. See Aug. 14. Hannibal. Hannibal Firemen’s Field Days. See Aug. 13. LaFayette. The Decemberists with Fruit Bats. 7 to 10 p.m. $45. Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Rd. (Rt. 80). www.beakandskiff. com. Oswego. Kids’ Pirate Day. Games, vessel tours, a scavenger hunt and treasure are some of the pirating fun kids will enjoy. Designed for ages 2-11 years old. Pirate garb is encouraged. Refreshments available to purchase. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission TBD. H. Lee White Maritime Museum, 1 W. 1st St. Pier. www.hlwmm.org. Mumford. Fiddler’s Fair. More than 100 musicians on five stages for a weekend of non-stop fiddling, from folk to jazz fusion, French-Canadian traditions to Irish, and bluegrass to rock. Rain or shine. Times and admission on website. Free for GCV&M members. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv. org. 585-538-6822. Oswego. Barlow’s Concessions ‘Road to the Championship’ Novelis Supermodifieds (50), Pathfinder Bank SBS (30), 350 Supermodifieds (25). Event Classes: Novelis Supermodifieds, 350 Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS. No outside food, drinks or coolers allowed in the grand-

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The Best of Upstate New York stands. Schedule is subject to change. Check website for times and tickets. 300 East Albany St. www.oswegospeedway.com. 315-342-0646. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 1. Syracuse. John Edward. A medium author and lecturer, John Edward, star of “Syfys Crossing Over” with John Edward, offers a psychic presentation. This performance was originally scheduled for May 30, 2020. Any tickets for the original show will be valid for this new date. Any ticketholders for the original date who are unable to attend should contact the original point of purchase for assistance. 6 p.m. $69-$79 Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

Aug. 16 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 7. Clyde. Clyde Fire Department. Community Festival & Fireworks. Aug. 13. Fulton. 8th Ridin’ for the Paws Annual Charity Benefit. Vendors, food trucks, charity motorcycle/car ride ($15 registration starts at 9 a.m., ride at 11 a.m., followed by complimentary food), live entertainment donated by Wired for Sound. Proceeds from this family- and pet-friendly event to benefit Paws Across Oswego County. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. VFW Post 569, Memorial Park, 423 Seward St. www.facebook. com/events/198785034596273. Mumford. Fiddler’s Fair. See Aug. 15. Oswego. Annual Richardson-Bates House Summer Family Fun Day. Fun period games with prizes, ice cream sundaes, scavenger hunt and museum tours. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Minimal fee for tickets to play games. Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. 3rd St., Oswego. www. rbhousemuseum.org. Sterling. 44th Anniversary Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 1. Syracuse. Goo Goo Dolls – Miracle Pill Summer Tour. 7 p.m. $29.50 to $1,050. St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way. www.sjhamphitheater.com. 315435-5100. Syracuse. “Once.” A musical Irish love story based upon the indie film. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winner of eight, including Best Musical. Runs through Oct. 4/ Call for show dates, times and ticket prices. 820 East Genesee St. www.syracusestage.org. 315-443-3275. info@ syracusestage.org. Waterloo. Open Barn with Zydecorp. Band members include B. Leo, Joe Calabrese, Josh Decker, and Paul Crowley. Accordion-driven dance music

inspired by the amazing past and present South Louisiana Creole Zydeco musicians. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda cheese and a food truck. No outside food or beverage allowed on the property. Buses and large groups should call ahead. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96. www.murandacheese.com. 315-246-1457. murandacheese@gmail.com.

Aug. 18 Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. Arts and crafts, demolition derby horse show, pageants, talent showcase, tractor and truck pulls, vendors, carnival games and rides and animal exhibits. $10 adults (over 12); $3 children (5-12); under 5 (free). 135 Cemetery St. www.herkimercountyfair.org. 315-895-7464. info@herkimercountyfair.org. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7.

Aug. 19 Alexandria Bay. Magical Mystery Tour. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Darien Center. Incubus With 311. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 6:45 p.m. $29.50 to $630. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/special-events/ concert. Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 18. Glens Falls. Take a Bite. See Aug. 5.

Aug. 20 Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 18.

Aug. 21 Batavia. Vince Neil. Front man of Motley Crue performs live. Concert line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. Savage Cabbage, 7 p.m. The Time Britt Band and 8:30 p.m. Vince Neil. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www. bataviadownsgaming.com. Darien Center. Goo Goo Dolls: The Miracle Pill Summer Tour. Rain or shine. Each ticket purchased for a concert at the Amphitheater will include complimentary, same-day admission into Darien Lake Theme Park, when the concert occurs during Theme Park operating schedule, except for complimentary concert tickets. 7 p.m. $ 25 to $800. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road. www.sixflags.com/darienlake/ special-events/concert. Fulton. 10th Annual Hunter Arms Homecoming


Weekend. 10th Annual Hunter Arms Homecoming Weekend. Collectors, shooters, and history buffs gather and share information about LC Smith and Hunter Arms guns and the company that made them famous. JW Pratt House Museum, 177 S. 1st St., Fulton and Pathfinder Fish & Game Club, 116 Crescent Rd. www.facebook. com/pratthousemuseum.

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Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 18. Norwich. Chenango Blues Festival. Live music includes Jimmie Vaughan, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Zac Harmon, Horojo Trio, Chris O’Leary Band, Castro Coleman, Angel Forrest, and more. Check the website for times and a complete list of performers. Gates open at 4 p.m. $30 advanced; $40 at the door; free 17 and younger (must be accompanied by an adult). Parking: freewill donation of shelf-stable goods for a food pantry. Chenango County Fairgrounds, 168 East Main St. www.chenangobluesfest.org. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. More than one million people each year experience this 18-day celebration of agriculture, food, exhibits, entertainment and fun. The New York State Fair’s 173rd edition will showcase thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, midway rides and dozens of bigname entertainers. Many special admission dates are listed at https://nysfair.ny.gov/your-visit/ special. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. $5 at the gate; $3 online; free children 12 and younger and with any ticket from a 2020 concert at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview. $5 parking. 581 State Fair Boulevard. www.nysfair. ny.gov. 315-487-7711. newyorkstatefair@agriculture.ny.gov.

Aug. 22 Buffalo. Buffalo Funk Fest. Annual Tribute Concert to Buffalo’s own Rick James – free and open to the public. P-Funk Connection. 3 to 10 p.m. Free. LaSalle Park, 1 Porter Avenue. www. facebook.com/events/499287037671554. Clayton. Hotel California. A tribute band to The Eagles, Hotel California has toured from ‘80s until today, sharing stages with The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gretchen Wilson, REO Speedwagon and more. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-6862200. Fulton. 10th Annual Hunter Arms Homecoming Weekend. See Aug. 21. Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 18. Norwich. Chenango Blues Festival. See Aug. 21. Oswego. Skip’s Fish Fry/CME Electrical Supply ‘TEAL PALACE’ $5 Track Championship Night. Novelis Supermodified Championship (60), Pathfinder Bank SBS Championship (35), 350 Supermodified Championship (30). Event Classes: Novelis Supermodifieds, 350 Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS No outside food, drinks or coolers allowed in the grandstands. Schedule is

The history of Fort Ontario on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego goes back to 1759. It holds several events during the season.

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ummer and fall are the perfect time to learn about important historic sites around Upstate New York. Many of these include numerous outdoor elements, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy the great weather as they connect with the past. As with other attractions, check the sites’ social media pages before heading out to ensure they’re open. Oswego The history of Fort Ontario (https://historicfortontario.com) goes back to 1759, well before the nation’s founding. The grounds include buildings housing many artifacts and period-furnished rooms depicting officer’s quarters, barracks and storehouse. Check the website for special events. Alexandria Bay In addition to historic Boldt Castle (www.boldtcastle.com), you should also visit the Boldt Yacht House on Wellesley Island, too. In addition to the historic architecture that mimics the style of European

castles, the boat ride and views of St. Lawrence River make Boldt Castle a must-see attraction. Look online for package deals and tour operators that serve the islands. Canandaigua Sonnenberg Garden (www.sonnenberg.org/) is a 50-acre estate that’s now a New York state park. It features formal gardens and artifacts displayed in historic buildings. The peak time to tour Sonnenberg is in mid-June to July, when the roses are in bloom. Stop at the small tea roomstyle café for a light lunch. Wappinger Falls Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park (https://carnwathfarms.webs. com) includes nearly 100 acres of protected parkland, which includes hiking trails with excellent views of the Hudson Valley. While on the grounds, tour the pre-restoration 1850 Italianate-style Carnwath Manor, 1873 French-style Carriage House, Reese Cultural Center, Sports Museum of Dutchess County, and 1927 colonial cottage. Bring along a picnic and use

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the park’s tables for lunch. Hyde Park The Vanderbilt Mansion (www. nps.gov/vama) was modeled on the style of an English country house. Nearby, there’s also The Cottage at Val-Kill, dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt and The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum. Surrounding these sites, enjoy strolling formal gardens and well-kept grounds. Ticonderoga Fort Ticonderoga (www.fortticonderoga.org) offers a glimpse of Revolutionary War life through battle re-enactments, museum displays and tours of historic buildings. The historic gardens, educational programming, activities, period farm and other features make Ticonderoga an ideal summer daytrip. Mumford A walking tour through Genesee Country Village and Museum (www. gcv.org) whisks visitors back to the 1800s as it replicates every aspect of village life in that period: blacksmith, tinsmith, weaver, one-room school, small farm and everyday “citizens” going about their business. Encourage your children to ask questions and check out the displays in each of the replica and authentic building on the grounds. They can also participate in activities such as making a tin ornament. Albany to Buffalo The Erie Canal Corridor’s museums and heritage sites (https://eriecanalway.org/explore/culture-heritage) offer both museums to visit and trails to hike and bike. In addition to the historic sites, explore the port towns dotting the canal. They offer small-town charm with unique shops and family-owned restaurants, architecture from yesteryear and their own museums and historic sites.

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The Best of Upstate New York subject to change. Check website for times and tickets. 300 East Albany St. www.oswegospeedway.com. 315-342-0646. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21. Verona. Rodney Atkins Original date of April 17. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Waterloo. Johnny Rivers. Grammy Award-winning rocker with 17 Gold records and more than 30 million records sold performs in concert. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $15 to $75. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https:// dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com.

Aug. 23 Canandaigua. Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour. Performance includes special guests Cole Swindell and Hardy. $5 chair rental to benefit charity or bring your own seating. $20 for access to The Headliner Lounge, an exclusive VIP including access to private restrooms and private bars, one complimentary glass of wine and complimentary snacks. $30 for premium parking off of Lakeshore Drive. Headliner Lounge access and premium parking not included in ticket price. 7:30 p.m. $46.50 to $331. Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. www. cmacevents.com. 585-394-4400. Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 18. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 24 Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 25 Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 26 Alexandria Bay. Sam & Sissy. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Clayton. Bill Anderson. Known as “Whispering Bill,” Bill Anderson has become a million-selling recording artist many times over. Bill has been voted Songwriter Of The Year six times, Male Vocalist Of The Year, half of the Duet Of

The Year with both Jan Howard and Mary Lou Turner, has hosted and starred in the Country Music Television Series Of The Year, seen his band voted Band Of The Year, and in 1975 was voted membership in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has also received membership in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $50. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse. com. 315-686-2200. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 27 Alexandria Bay. Rockin’ the Bay. Classic rock and classic car weekend features a classic car rally (registration at 9 a.m. on James St), live music (7 to 10 p.m.), and car show (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday). No entry fees. James Street. 315-482-9531. Lewiston. Wilco + Sleater-Kinney with NNAMDÏ. 6 to 10 p.m. $60 to $65. 450 South 4th St. www. artpark.net. 716-754-4375. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 28 Alexandria Bay. Rockin’ the Bay. See Aug. 27. Batavia. Steve Augeri. Former lead vocalist of Journey performs live. Concert line-up includes: 5:30 p.m. Five 14, 7 p.m. Carl Dixon and 8:30 p.m. Steve Augeri. $10 to $50. Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, 8315 Park Road. www.bataviadownsgaming.com. Macedon. Mafia Marriage Murder Mystery Dinner. Long Acre Farms and JD wine Cellars hosts a 1920’s-theme “married to the mob” event. Ticket includes appetizers, buffet dinner, murder mystery show and cash bar. This event will take place in the farm’s Red Party Barn. Guests are encouraged to dress up in the style of the 1920s, such as flapper dresses, feather boas, pinstriped and zoot suits. 18 years-plus only. JD Wine Cellars Case Club Members receive a $5 discount on tickets. Maximum two discounted tickets per membership. Reservations required. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $55 per person or $400 to reserve a full table of 8. 1342 Eddy Rd. https://longacrefarms. com. 315-986-4202. Saratoga Springs. The 22nd Annual Travers Wine & Craft Beer Tasting. Live music, food, fine wines and craft beers, a variety of auction items, chance raffle, wine pull, live auction, and more. Benefits LifePath (formerly Senior Services of Albany). 6 to 10 p.m. Cost varies. The Lodge at Saratoga Casino Hotel, 1 Nelson Avenue. https://lifepathny.com/support-us/fundraisers/ travers-wine-gala. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.


Aug. 29 Alexandria Bay. Rockin’ the Bay. See Aug. 27.

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Buffalo. Chalkfest Buffalo 2020. Event for chalk artists and spectators. The theme is 1980s horror/movies/music. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. https://buffaloriverworks.com. Canandaigua. Steve Martin & Martin Short: The Funniest Show in Town At The Moment. Performance with special guests Paul Shaffer and The Steep Canyon Rangers. $5 chair rental to benefit charity or bring your own seating. $20 for access to The Headliner Lounge, an exclusive VIP including access to private restrooms and private bars, one complimentary glass of wine and complimentary snacks. $30 for premium parking off of Lakeshore Drive. Headliner Lounge access and premium parking not included in ticket price. 8 p.m. $29.50 to $356. Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. www.cmacevents. com. 585-394-4400. Clayton. Orchestra of Northern New York. Highlights include music from Swan Lake, My Fair Lady, Polovtsian Dances, Slavonic Dances, Dances with Wolves and other favorites! The Orchestra will be joined by soloists form the world-renowned Crane School of Music Vocal Artist Facility. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $35. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www. claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. Glens Falls. LARAC Arts Festival. Rescheduled from June 13 to 14. LARAC draws crowds of over 15,000 and features about 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products such as jewelry, home items, food items, fine art, textiles and garden decorations. Includes nonprofit booths, arts demonstrations, children’s activities, food concessions, and live entertainment by local musicians. Rain or Shine. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Downtown Glens Falls City Park. http://www.larac.org. 518-798-1144. Mannsville. 6th Annual Deerfly Trail Race. Join 25K, 10K, and 5K trail races through scenic Winona State Forest. Post-race taco bar for participants and family, special awards for kids 12 and under. 9 a.m. CCC Camp, Co. Rte. 90. http://www.winonaforest.com/deer-fly.html. shaun_griffith@yahoo.com. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 30 Alexandria Bay. Rockin’ the Bay. See Aug. 27. Buffalo. Chalkfest Buffalo 2020. See Aug. 29. Glens Falls. LARAC Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Aug. 29. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Aug. 31 Canandaigua. Kiss: End of the Road World Tour: The Final Tour Ever. Performance with special guest David Lee Roth. $5 chair rental to benefit charity or bring your own seating. $20 for access to The Headliner Lounge, an exclusive VIP including access to private restrooms and private bars, one complimentary glass of wine and complimentary snacks. $30 for premium parking off of Lakeshore Drive. Headliner Lounge access and premium parking not included in ticket price. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $819. Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC, 3355 Marvin Sands Drive. www.cmacevents.com. 585-394-4400. Oswego. 33rd Annual Oswego Health Golf Tournament. Charity event for the Oswego Health Foundation to support local health care. Competitive and non-competitive divisions. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $300. Oswego Country Club, 610 W. 1st St. www.oswegohealth.org/foundation/events/golf-tournament Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

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Auburn. Auburn Farmer’s Co-op Market. Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday through Oct. 31. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 96 State St. www. facebook.com/AuburnFarmersCoOpMarketInc. 315-704-8609.

Wednesdays Watertown. Farmers Market. Local farm vendors selling fruit, vegetables, crafts and more set up from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Organized by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 317 Washington St. www.watertownfarmandcraft. com. 315-788-4400.

Thursdays Moravia. Moravia Farmers Market. Recurring weekly on Thursdays through the end of October. Produce, crafts, baked goods, honey, soap and more. Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St. www.facebook.com/MoraviaFarmersMarket. 315-496-2235. Oswego. Oswego Farmers Market. A variety of vendors and live entertainment. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. West First Street, between Bridge and Oneida streets. 315-343-7681.

Fridays Alexandria Bay. Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and more through Sept. 18. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will set up in the parking lot of Kinney Drugs. 21 state Route 12. 315-482-9531. Pulaski. Pulaski Farmer’s Market. Vendors of farm produce and other goods for sale. 4 to 8 p.m. Free. 3 Bridge Street. www.facebook.com/pulaskifarmersmarket. info@pulaskifarmersmarket.org. Old Forge. Old Forge Farmers Market. 1 to 5 p.m. behind the Old Forge Hardware. 104 Fulton St.

Saturdays Fulton. Fulton Farmers Market. A variety of produce and items for sale, including organic food, baked goods, cheese, arts & crafts, flowers, eggs, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, and maple. The market accepts credit cards, WIC2 Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC2 Cash value vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Canalview Park & Shop Parking Lot.

Weekends Macedon. Long Acre Farms opens for fall activities beginning Sept. 19. The one-price ticket includes unlimited access at Fall Festival Weekends, including the Amazing Maize Maze, Animal Tracks Maze, Back 40 Adventure, unlimited Wagon Rides and Cow Train Rides. Not included in price: gemstone panning, corn cannon. The Back 40 Adventure (opening Labor Day) includes Jumping Pillow, Tire Mountain, Tug of War, Pedal Carts, Mini Alphabet Maze, Giant Slide, Basketball Hoop, Tetherball, Paint with Water, Rock Wall, Sandbox, Swings, Puzzle Games, Rope Spider Web, Pumpkin Jumping Pad, Tunnel Tubes, Rope Ladder/Slide, Cornhole, Board Walkers and Hula Hoops. The farm offers Moonlight Maze tours ($13 to $15), pumpkins for sale, farm market, ice cream shop, wood-fired pizza and gift shop. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adjacent to JD Wine Cellar. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $13 ages 3-plus; $10 grandparents with paying grandchild(ren); free under 3; 1342 Eddy Rd. https://longacrefarms. com. 315-986-4202.

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Sept. 1 Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Sept. 2 Alexandria Bay. Ferguson and Rodgers. Community concert at the Scenic View Park Pavilion. Bring your own seating. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Clayton. Capitol Steps. Although not all the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experiences. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 35 albums, including their latest Mock the Vote. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio special. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $55. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200.

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The Best of Upstate New York competitive eating competitions, amateur cook-offs, pageants and wing-centric events like bobbing for wings.12 to 9 p.m. $5. One James D. Griffin Plaza, 275 Washington St. 716-846-2000. Cape Vincent. Concert on the Green. Community concert with a variety of different guest musicians. View the full schedule online. Bring your own seating. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. http://www. capevincent.org/concerts. Cape Vincent. Cape Street Market. Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the weekly event includes farm produce, craft vendors and flea market items. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 357 E. Broadway St. www.capevincent.org. 315-654-2481. thecape@tds.net. Phoenix. Free adaptive kayak paddling. See July 7. Redfield. Redfield Old Home Days. 6 p.m. parade. 7 to 10 p.m. music by Still Kickin’. 12 noon to 11 p.m. 4879 Co. Rte. 17, Redfield.

Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

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Verona. Gone West. Featuring Colbie Caillat. 8 p.m. $39 to $99. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. www. gonewestmusic.com. 800-771-7711.

Clayton. Capitol Steps. See Sept. 2. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

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Sept. 4

Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 4.

Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. The four-day music festival features waterfront views, blues music, crafts fair (from Sept. 5 to 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and food. Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 6 p.m. Free. Upper James Street in downtown Alexandria Bay. 315482-9531.

Buffalo. National Buffalo Wing Festival. 12 noon to 7 p.m. See Sept. 5.

Clayton. Sawyer Fredricks. Nineteen-year-old folk/blues singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, went on to win season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. His style incorporates elements of blues, roots rock and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200.

Old Forge. Labor Day Weekend Celebration. Music, automobile raffle and fireworks over the Old Forge Pond. 315-369-6983.

Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 4.

Sept. 5 Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 4. Buffalo. National Buffalo Wing Festival. Entering its 18th year, this event in Buffalo is recognized as one of the best festivals in the country. More than 70,000 people from all 50 states and 64 countries attend the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Includes over 100 flavors of wings,

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Old Forge. CAP-PY Duck Derby. Watch as 3,000 rubber ducks sail down the Moose River. Many great prizes from local sponsors. Sponsored by CAP-21. http://cap-21.org/ or www.cap-21.org 315-369-3353.

Redfield. Redfield Old home Days. noon to 11 p.m. See Sept. 5. Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 21.

Sept. 7 Syracuse. The 2020 Great New York State Fair. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. See Aug. 21. Watertown. Farmers Market. Local farm vendors selling fruit, vegetables, crafts and more set up from the Dulles State Office Building Plaza, down Washington Street to the Morgan Stanley Building with an expansion down Sterling Street. Organized by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 317 Washington St. www. watertownfarmandcraft.com. 315-788-4400.

Sept. 9 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Gateswingers. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320.

Sept. 10 Binghamton. Luma. Downtown Binghamton architecture provides a canvas for an art show through video projection, 3-D computer animation, live performers and moving lights. About 30,000 people attend annually. Two features require advanced tickets; other features are free. www.lumafestival.com.

Sept. 11 Binghamton. Luma. See Sept. 10. Geneva. Melissa Etheridge 2020 Tour. 8 p.m. $45 to $175. Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. 315-781-5483. www.thesmith.org.boxoffice@ thesmith.org. Fulton. Trash-2-Treasure Yard Sale. One person’s trash might be someone else’s treasure. Proceeds from the yard sale benefit the museum. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. JW Pratt House Museum, 177 S. 1st St. 315-598-4616. www.facebook.com/ pratthousemuseum. Phoenix. 9/11 Vigil. Ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 tragedy. Please bring your own seating and candles. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Henley Park, 55 State St. BridgehouseBrats.com. Old Forge. Adirondack 90 Miler Canoe Race. A three-day paddling event following the original “highways of the Adirondacks” the inter-connected lakes, rivers ponds and carries from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Preregistration is required. There are solo, tandem, 4-person and Voyageur canoes, solo and tandem kayaks and Adirondack guide boats. There is a 250-boat limit. There are both competitive and “Open Touring” classes. Entry fee: $200 per person for solo boats; $175 per person for tandem boats and C-4 paddlers; $150 per person for Voyageur Canoe paddlers (AWA members get $25 discount). 518-891–2744. adirondack90miler@ gmail.com. Old Forge. Old Forge Ky-Tri. Each event is its own stand-alone event, combined they make up the Old Forge Ky-Tri. Choose kayak, biking or running, two or all three events for a weekend of fitness and fun. The Ky-Tri will be part of the Old Forge Marathon weekend with more than 1,000 athletes from all over the USA. The 3.3-mile kayak event will be held on Friday, Sept. 11 starting at 3 p.m. The kayak event will start/finish at the Old Forge Public Beach located on Lakeview Ave in Old Forge (near the Visitor Center). www. facebook.com/events/1307234472798005.


Old Forge. Old Forge Marathon. The full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K all take place on established bike trails (snowmobile in the winter) that run between the northeast portion of Old Forge, just north of Water Safari, and work their way towards Eagle Bay. The trail course is mostly gravel and dirt roads. For the second year, a 10K race will take place on Friday, the day before the big event. Do the 10K as a solo event or run the 10K on Friday and the half or full marathon on Saturday for the 2-Day Loon Challenge experience and of course earn some extra swag. A portion of the race proceeds will benefit Old Forge HS Key Club and other local area benefactors. www.facebook.com/ events/583218149129490. Oswego. Kids Fall Festival. Kids’ fun day, featuring decorating scarecrows, crafts, snacks, apple-picking, games, face painting and an inflatable slide. Presented by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Curtis Manor, 10 Mark FitzGibbons Dr. https://youthbureau.oswegocounty.com. 315349-3451. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Loren Barringar & Co. Guitar duets along with vocal music. Meet & greet the SAMMY Award winner at 6:30 p.m. Family-friendly. Wheelchair accessible. 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $16 pre-sale/$19 at door; students $10; under 16 half-price; under 5 free. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org.

Sept. 12 Alexandria Bay. Otter Creek 5K Family Fun Run. Thousands Island Land Trust and Hearts For Youth Inc. (HFY) host this family-friendly as fundraiser in support of youth, nature and health of the Thousand Islands Region. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $10 pre-registration; $15 day of event; free kids under 12. Otter Creek Preserve, Route 26. https://tilandtrust.org. Auburn. CNY TomatoFest. Since its inception in 1985, TomatoFest has raised over $300,000 and collected more than 13,000 canned goods to help feed the hungry through donations to participating area food pantries. All food pantries receiving donations from TomatoFest are affiliated with the Central New York Food Bank. Every $1 provides an entire meal. Last year, 873,148 meals were provided in Cayuga County. The 12th annual event includes raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle, craft vendors, local produce and flowers, activities, food and live entertainment. Volunteers will be collecting donations at the entry points on Genesee, State and Exchange streets. Free parking at 1 Lincoln St. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown Auburn. www.cnytomatofest.org. Baldwinsville. PMI event: “Highly Suspect.” Ticket information online. 7 p.m. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Spensieri Ave. www.creativeconcerts.com. Binghamton. Luma. See Sept. 10.

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Buffalo. Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong Tour. Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and The Best of Upstate New York has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for over 50 years. 8 p.m. $38 to $89. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. https://kleinhansbuffalo.org. 716-885-5000.

bike rack. Cash only. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5; MAG members $4; free 10 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. https://mag.rochester.edu.

Cape Vincent. Cape Street Market. Sponsored by the Cape Vincent Chamber of Commerce, the weekly event includes farm produce, craft vendors and flea market items. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 357 E. Broadway St. www.capevincent.org. 315-654-2481. thecape@tds.net.

Alexandria Bay. 7th Annual Rollin’ Street Thunder Hogs and Rods Show. 50s The “people’s choice” classic car and classic bike show includes a ‘50s and ‘60s theme and music. Show set-up starts at 9 a.m. Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration $10. Market St. 315-482-9531 or 315-771-1435.

Fulton. Trash-2-Treasure Yard Sale. See Sept. 11. Fulton. City-Wide Garage Sales. A series of garage sales in neighborhoods throughout the city of Fulton. Contact the mayor’s office for information. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 315-592-7333. Glens Falls. FitFest. Sample fitness classes, interactive demonstrations, fun contests, music, giveaways, samples, children’s activities, and information about organizations and services. FitFest showcases the health, fitness, and wellness organizations in the community. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. Glens Falls City Park, 167 Glen St. Old Forge. Adirondack 90 Miler Canoe Race. See Sept. 11. Old Forge. Old Forge Ky-Tri. See Sept. 11. Old Forge Marathon. See Sept. 11. Old Forge. The Forge 26.2 Gravel Grinder. The race will be a timed event with overall winners. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Race start will be a Trail entrance at Rt 28/Herreshoff Rd. just past the Railroad Bridge. Race will end at the George T. Hiltebrandt Rec Center, 201 North St. www. facebook.com/events/609711599790277. Oswego. Kids Fall Festival. Kids’ fun day, featuring decorating scarecrows, crafts, snacks, apple-picking, games, face painting and an inflatable slide. Presented by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Curtis Manor, 10 Mark FitzGibbons Dr. https://youthbureau.oswegocounty.com. 315349-3451. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Loren Barringar & Co. Guitar duets along with vocal music. Meet & greet the SAMMY Award winner at 6:30 p.m. Family-friendly. Wheelchair accessible. 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $16 pre-sale/$19 at door; students $10; under 16 half-price; under 5 free. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Rochester. M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. Rochester’s largest exhibit of artists and makers showcases the work of 400-plus artists nationwide and regularly attracts 20,000 attendees. Family activities, craft beverages, food, sand mandalas and live entertainment. M&T Bank Clothesline Festival stamp includes museum admission, a $15 value. Pets not permitted. Rain or shine. Free shuttles 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Gleason Works University Lot. Bicyclists should enter at Prince Street where there’s a self-service

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Fulton Lions Club Duck Derby. During this long-standing fundraiser, numbered rubber ducks are sold then dropped into the Oswego River. The first 30 picked out are awarded cash prizes. Live entertainment, face painting, food, and more. 12 to 5 p.m. Canal Park, Fulton. fultonlionsclub.com. Old Forge. Adirondack 90 Miler Canoe Race. See Sept. 11. Oswego. Walking Tour of Oak Hill Historic District. Oswego County Historian Justin White leads a walking tour that will take you to some of the most historic buildings in the Oak Hill district. Meet at the corner of E. 5th and E. Oneida Streets., near Trinity Catholic School. 1:30 p.m. Free. www.rbhousemuseum.org. Rochester. M&T Bank Clothesline Festival. See Sept. 12. Syracuse. Baby Shark Live. Baby Shark and his friend Pinkfong sing and dance to the title song, Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle Boogie, Monkey Banana Dance and more. This performance was originally scheduled for May 28, 2020. Tickets for the original show will be valid for this new date. Ticketholders for the original date who are unable to attend should request refunds at the original point of purchase. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 S. State St. 3 p.m. $27-$47. www.BabySharkLive.com.

Sept. 15 Rochester. Fringe Festival. Since its debut in 2012, the festival has drawn more than a half million visitors from all over the world to over 3,600 diverse performances and events. The 2019 Fringe’s 12 days were packed with more than 650 performances and events–more than 200 of which were entirely free—featuring international, national, and local acts across dozens of disciplines such as music, comedy, theater, dance, film and non-conventional shows that blend genres. Performances vary in time, venue and admission cost. Check the website for a complete schedule. https://rochesterfringe.com.

Sept. 16 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Greece Jazz Band. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Com-

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munity Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320.

Queensbury. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2020. See Sept. 17.

Queensbury. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2020. See Sept. 17.

Indian Lake. The Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. Rustic art, camp furniture, hunting and fishing antiques, boats, taxidermy, antlers, and more at one of the largest antique shows in northern New York. Route 28. www.adirondackexperience.com/indian-lake/adirondack-mountains-antiques-show.

Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Waterloo. Jay Leno. Acclaimed TV late night show host, stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, corporate speaker, Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $25 to $95. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@ dellagoresort.com.

Sterling. Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree. Celebrate the change of seasons with fun for the entire family. Live music and entertainment, food and crafts. U-pick apples and pumpkins. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Ontario Orchards Farm, 15273 Center Rd. www.ontarioorchards.com.

Williamstown. Oswego County Trappers Association 21st Annual Convention and Rendezvous. Vendors, auction, raffles, chicken dinners, demonstrations and free family fun. Trappers training course 8 a.m. Saturday-must register on DEC web site. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp Zerbe, 253 NYS–104. www.facebook.com/OswegoCountyTrappers

Canandaigua. Sandman’s 4th Annual Vintage Car Show. Dozens of chromed and polished show vehicles will be displayed. Show is free with paid regular park admission that is a special half price for this event. Food and drink items available for purchase, wine tastings inside Sonnenberg’s Finger Lakes Wine Center, live music and bounce houses. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St. www.sonnenberg.org. 585-394-4922. info@ sonnenberg.org.

Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Sept. 17 Indian Lake. The Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. See Sept. 16. Queensbury. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2020. Hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky at the 48th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. There will be balloons of all shapes and sizes. Watch from the ground as they take off into the sky or go for a ride. Check the website for the Balloon Festival schedule. All Balloon Festival events are weather permitting and non-smoking. No dogs, drones, or remote-control aircrafts are allowed at any Balloon Festival events. Free. 443 Queensbury Ave. www.adirondackballoonfest. org. 518-222-4593. Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15. Verona. Straight No Chaser. Original date of April 10. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Sept. 18 Buffalo. Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival. Featuring comedians Tommy Davidson, Lavell Crawford, Gary Owen, Mike Epps and Sommore. 8 p.m. $52 to $125. KeyBank Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. www.keybankcenter.com. Clayton. Mayhem Poets. A multi-cultural slam poetry group, Mayhem Poets promotes healthy methods of self-expression through spoken word poetry. The New York Times called Mayhem Poets “an amazing ride.” Mayhem Poets have been featured on The Today Show and Eyewitness News. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse. com. 315-686-2200.

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Sept. 19 Alexandria Bay. Alexandria Bay Wine Festival & Farmer’s Market. The event overlooks St. Lawrence River and Boldt Castle and offers tastings, wine by the glass or wine by the bottle for purchase. Live entertainment. All participants 21plus will be required to pay admission and wear a wristband. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10. Organized by Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. Scenic View Park Pavilion, 8 Fuller St. 315-482-9531. Cape Vincent. Oktoberfest. German music, dancers, food, beer, and wine. Children’s games, and family activities. Beer stein races have cash prizes. $5 to enter. Lederhosen & Dirndl Contest free to enter. Must be 21 and older to drink and present valid ID upon entering. $25, $20 military. Downtown Cape Vincent, New York. www.facebook.com/Cape-Vincent-Oktoberfest-1146947045321986. Cortland. Harvest. Family activities, live music, tastings, Corning Farmers’ Market, and (for a fee) horse and carriage rides. 12 to 6 p.m. Downtown Cortland. www.gafferdistrict.com/ events/harvest-1. Indian Lake. The Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. See Sept. 16.

Indian Lake. The Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. See Sept. 16.

Oneida. Madison County Hops Festival. See Sept. 18.

Oneida. Madison County Hops Festival. Local restaurants pair craft beer with appetizers. Presentations about hops history, hops growing and home brewing and a Hop Heritage Tour. 435 Main St. www.madisoncountyhopfest.org. 315-363-4136.

Oswego County Trappers Association 21st Annual Convention and Rendezvous. See Sept. 18.

Oswego. Oswego Players presents Twilight Bowl. 18. Portrayal of a cross-section of rural America. A relatable group of young women struggle with the pressure to make something of themselves. 7:30 p.m. $15. Frances Marion Brown Theater at the Civic Arts Center, 30 Barbara Donohue Dr. www.oswegoplayers.org.

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Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Twilight Bowl.” See Sept. 18.

Oswego. RCA Reflection Series – Fall Gardening. Rice Creek Associates Reflections are talks about local ecology and environmental issues of interest to the community. Refreshments served. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Rd., Oswego. www.oswego.edu/ rice-creek.

Waterloo. Jay Leno. See Sept. 18.

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Indian Lake. The Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show. See Sept. 16. Oneida. Madison County Hops Festival. See Sept. 18. Oswego. Porch Fest 6. Stroll the neighborhood for live entertainment while viewing historic homes. Free. Franklin Square & Montcalm Park Historic Districts, W. 3rd to W 7th streets between W. Van Buren and W. Bridge streets. 315-529-3926. Oswego. Oswego Players presents Twilight Bowl. See Sept. 18. Queensbury. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2020. See Sept. 17. Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15. Sterling. Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree. See Sept. 19.

Sept. 21 Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Sept. 22 Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Sept. 23 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Johnny Matt. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320. Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.

Sept. 24 Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15.


Waterloo. Colt Ford. “Love Hope Faith” brings a message to his fan base to celebrate what brings everyone together. Head to Centrifico after the show for DJ Stay Gold from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com. Verona. Uncle Kracker. Original date of April 24. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Sept. 25 Mumford. Antique Show and Sale. Browse handpicked antiques and collectibles from 40 dealers from throughout Western New York, including furniture, books, paintings, jewelry, silver, and textiles. The event also offers educational lectures and behind-the-scenes tours. Free parking. Free shuttle between the Banquet Center and Exhibition Hall. Light refreshments and beverages available for purchase. Additional shopping opportunities at Flint Hill Store featuring fudge, pottery, book, jewelry, and more. The event benefits the museum’s educational programs and preservation of its historic collections. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8 13 and older; Free GCV&M members and children 12 and younger. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www. gcv.org. 585-538-6822. Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15. Round Top. Oktoberfest at the Mountain Brauhaus. Authentic German/Austrian food, music by Pech and Schwefel , Schuhplatter dancing by the Mountain Brauhaus Schuhplatter Verein and German beer and wines. Mountain Brauhaus Resort, 430 Winter Clove Rd. http://www.crystalbrook. com/mountain-brauhaus/brauhaus-events. 518622-3751. Troy. St. Basil Greek Festival. For the 26th year, the St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church members prepare for their annual Festival, a celebration of authentic Greek food, music, and dance. A family event for the whole community, Greeks and non-Greeks alike. Rain or shine. Free. 909 River St. (Rt. 4) at 101st St. www.facebook.com/ St.Basil.GreekFest.Troy.NY. Verona. Candlebox. Original date of Friday, May 8. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Sept. 26 Altmar. NYS DEC Salmon Fiver Fish Hatchery Annual Open House: Environmental education programs and displays, hatchery tours, fly-fishing demonstrations, fish petting zoo, fishing instruction and related vendors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 2133 Co. Rte. 22. www.dec.ny.gov/ outdoor/21663.html. Clayton. John Fogerty Tribute Project. A new and improved version of “Willy & The Poor Boys,” a Creedence Clearwater Revival/John Fogerty tribute band was founded by Tony Polimeni in Long

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Island, New York in 2013. The new formation has enabled the band to meticulously recreate The Best of Upstate New York the equipment, instrumentation and musical arrangements. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www. claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. Greenwich. 2020 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival. Learn about the products produced in fiber arts, raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting, dyes, yarns, and items needed to knit, crochet, and weave. Free parking. Check the website for a printable coupon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 adults; free children 13 and younger. Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Schuylerville Road. www.adkwoolandarts.com/schedule. Indian Lake. Great Adirondack Moose Festival. Special events include a Moose Calling Contest, Old-Fashioned Turkey Shoot, and kid-friendly activities such as the Count the Moose Scat Contest. Free. Route 28 Indian Lake. www. facebook.com/Great.Adirondack.Moose.Festival. 518-648-5112. Rochester. Fringe Festival. See Sept. 15. Round Top. Oktoberfest at the Mountain Brauhaus. See Sept. 25. Syracuse. Art on the Porches. Art show and sale. Artists will be showing and selling their work. Music, dancers, indie bands, painters, potters, and food. Parking available at Most Holy Rosary Church parking lot, just a block away from Ruskin Ave. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Ruskin Ave. in the Historic Strathmore Neighborhood. www. artontheporches.org. Ticonderoga. FallFest. The third annual Ticonderoga FallFest offers fall-themed events and activities for all ages, business promotions and specials, and more. 8:30 a.m. Free. Downtown Ticonderoga. Troy. St. Basil Greek Festival. See Sept. 25. Waterloo. Dashboard Confessional: 20 Year Celebration. Dashboard Confessional has Gold and Platinum-certified records, and has sold out Madison Square Garden. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $25 to $90. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort. com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com. Whitehall. 5th Annual Sasquatch Festival and Calling Contest. Food and craft vendors, live entertainment, family activities, presentations and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Skenesborough Park, Skenesborough Drive. 518-499-4435. www. facebook.com/events/318836902330222.

Sept. 27 Glens Falls. 28th Annual Taste of the North Country. Sample a variety of foods from the North Country’s best restaurants. Live entertainment, face painting, bounce house and other activities. Rain or shine. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 adults; Free younger than 12. Glens Falls City Park, 29 Maple St. www.glensfallstaste.com.

Greenwich. 2020 Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Sept. 26. Indian Lake. Great Adirondack Moose Festival. See Sept. 26. Mexico. 6th Annual Handlebars for Hospice. Fundraiser to benefit Friends of Oswego County Hospice. Includes raffles, 50/50 raffles, two-stop motorcycle ride and dinner upon completion of the ride. 9 a.m. $20. Mexico VFW Post 369, 5930 Scenic Ave. www.facebook.com/OswegoCountyComets. Troy. St. Basil Greek Festival. See Sept. 25. Verona. The Killers. 8 p.m. $44.25 to $130.25. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. www.thekillersmusic. com. 800-771-7711. Waterloo. Open Barn with The Uptown Groove. This is a high-energy band from Rochester plays Motown, R&B Soul, Funk, Rock and current Top 40 Pop. Local beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, along with Muranda cheese and a food truck. No outside food or beverage allowed on the property. Buses and large groups should call ahead. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Muranda Cheese Company, 3075 Route 96. www.murandacheese. com. 315-246-1457. murandacheese@gmail. com.

Sept. 30 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Nostalgic Reunion. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320.

OCTOBER Tues., Thurs. & Sat. Auburn. Auburn Farmer’s Co-op Market. Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday through Oct. 31. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 96 State St. www.facebook.com/AuburnFarmersCoOpMarketInc. 315-704-8609.

Thursdays Moravia. Moravia Farmers’ Market. Recurring weekly on Thursdays through the end of October. Produce, crafts, baked goods, honey, soap and more. Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St. www.facebook.com/MoraviaFarmersMarket. 315-496-2235.

Weekends Macedon. Long Acre Farms Fall Activities Open each weekend, plus Columbus Day. The one-price ticket includes unlimited access at Fall Festival Weekends, including the Amazing Maize Maze,

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Animal Tracks Maze, Back 40 Adventure, unlimited Wagon Rides and Cow Train Rides. Not included in price: gemstone panning, corn cannon. The Back 40 Adventure includes Back 40 activities include Jumping Pillow, Tire Mountain, Tug of War, Pedal Carts, Mini Alphabet Maze, Giant Slide, Basketball Hoop, Tetherball, Paint with Water, Rock Wall, Sandbox, Swings, Puzzle Games, Rope Spider Web, Pumpkin Jumping Pad, Tunnel Tubes, Rope Ladder/Slide, Cornhole, Board Walkers and Hula Hoops. The farm offers pumpkins for sale, farm market, ice cream shop, wood-fired pizza and gift shop. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adjacent to JD Wine Cellar. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $13 ages 3-plus; $10 grandparents with paying grandchild(ren); free under 3; 1342 Eddy Rd. https://longacrefarms. com. 315-986-4202. Newark. Wagon Rides at The Apple Shed. In addition, the farm offers a market full of fall goods and gifts, fresh fudge and doughnuts, cider, outdoor activities for children and goats to pet. The Apple Shed, 3391 Maple Ridge Road. www.theappleshed.com.

Oct. 2 Old Forge. Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival. Bike 25 miles of top-grade, machine-built and hand-built trails. The event is for experienced riders, novices, and those curious about the sport. The parking lot at the base of McCauley Mountain Ski Area will serve as the main staging area for all events and activities, as well as the trailhead for exploring the vast network of climbing and flow trails that extend to Maple Ridge above and Old Forge below. Pump Track for kids and adults attached to the event parking lot. Camping available. McCauley Mountain Ski Area, 300 McCauley Road. www.facebook.com/ events/477379633205977. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. Top names in jazz perform at various times and at 21stages at venues throughout Rochester. More than 1,750 musicians are planned for concerts throughout the festival. Some performances are free; others require tickets. Multiple day passes are available and allow ticketholders to see unlimited shows while valid. Full schedule and tickets available online. Tickets are also available by calling or, only during the festival, at the ticket office, open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 100 East Ave http://rochesterjazz.com. 585-454-2060. Warrensburg. The World’s Largest Garage Sale. More than 500 vendors stretching the length of Main Street and throughout many of Warrensburg’s residential neighborhoods, the sale offers old new and old items, antiques, collectibles, toys, and more. Numerous street vendors with items like BBQ ribs, chicken pitas and home baked goods. Cash, comfortable walking shoes and a backpack recommended. Parking is limited

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during the Garage Sale. No Main Street Parking is allowed. Free park and ride lots at Warren The Best of Upstate New York County Fairgrounds and The Warrensburg Jr/ Sr High School. To park at Warren County Fairgrounds, use exit 23 off the Northway; look for signs directing you to location. Free. Various locations in Warrensburg. https://warrensburggaragesale.com.

Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www. turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Waterloo. Hard Promises: Petty Fest VIII. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band brings along guest musicians from Syracuse and Rochester. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $5. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@dellagoresort.com.

Old Forge. Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival. See Oct. 2.

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Mumford. Agricultural Fair. Classic magic show, T. Bohrer’s One-and-Only Punch and Judy Show, vintage agricultural demonstrations, and GCV&M’s own Museum of Oddities inspired by P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York City. As was common at 19th-century fairs, the men’s baseball teams will square off for the Mayor’s Cup Championship trophy. Games will be held in Silver Base Ball Park, the only replica 1800s baseball park in the nation. GCV&M’s ladies’ baseball hosts the final game of the season on the Great Meadow. The 5th Annual Cast Iron Chef Competition will take place Saturday on the Great Meadow at 10 a.m. Three skilled chefs are given an open fire, period-appropriate recipes and heirloom produce from the museum’s gardens with which to prepare historical dishes. At 2 p.m., dishes will be judged. At the museum’s Pioneer Farm, meet the museum’s cattle, sheep and fowl. View a range of bird life in the Waterfowl Tent and Exhibition Barn during the Rochester Poultry Association’s 113th Annual Show. The Genesee Country Dairy Goat Club Show is also the same weekend. Watch professional sheep herding dogs round up the herd. Times and admission on website. Free for GCV&M members. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2.

Old Forge. Adirondack Mountain Bike Festival. See Oct. 2. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2. Syracuse. Spring into Health 2020. Rescheduled from its earlier date, Spring into Health celebrates Natur-Tyme’s 20th anniversary. More than 60 keynote speakers and 120 workshops. Speakers include Rob Kiltz MD; Earl L. Mindell, PhD; Jason Mitchell, ND; and many more. Food and beverage samples and fitness classes to try. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard. natur-tyme.com/0120_healthfair. html. 315-488-6300. Verona. ONE. Original date of May 2. Turning

Warrensburg. The World’s Largest Garage Sale. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 4 Mumford. Agricultural Fair. See Oct. 3.

Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2. Warrensburg. The World’s Largest Garage Sale. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 6 Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 7 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Andy Stobie and the Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 8 Clayton. An Evening with Tom Rush. Accompanied by Matt Nakoa, Tom Rush blends storytelling, ballad styles and blues. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $40. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 9 Cornwallville. Annual Guinness Festival. Features headliners Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, Screaming Orphans, the Canny Brothers, the Kitty Kelly Band, Slainte, Ray Coleman, Brian McArtin, and the Farrell School of Irish Dance. Gavin’s Resort & Country Inn, 118 Golden Hill Rd. http://gavinsinn.com. 518-634-2582. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2.

Oct. 10 Ballston Spa. 11th Annual Saratoga Brewfest. Originally scheduled for May 16, the 11th Annual


Saratoga Brewfest at includes more than 100 craft beers, live entertainment, food and more for one price. Must be age 21 or older with valid ID to attend, even if designated driver. No children allowed. General admission tickets are for 2 to 5 p.m. or VIP tickets for 1 to 5 p.m. Designated driver tickets will be available the day of the event for $10. These will be available whether the event has sold out or not. 1 to 5 p.m. $35 to $440. Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect St. https://americaontap.com/ event/saratoga-brewfest. Cornwallville. Annual Guinness Festival. See Oct. 9. Glens Falls. Wing Fest, Originally scheduled for April 25, this event involves restaurants in Downtown Glens Falls competing for the best wings. Tasting is from noon to 3 p.m. Wing tickets are $1 each, with the number of tickets to taste varying by restaurant. An awards ceremony will follow the tastings at 3:30 p.m. at the City Park bandstand. Live music on two stages, children’s games in the park, and a beer garden courtesy of the Queensbury Hotel. Maple and Glen Streets will be closed for this event. This is a smoke-free event. noon to 3 p.m. Various Locations, Glens Falls. Rochester. Rochester International Jazz Festival. See Oct. 2. Verona. Melissa Etheridge. Original date of April 19. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Waterloo. Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect. The comedic actor starred in “30 Rock” and “What Men Want,” and has performed in standup specials for Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central. Must be 21 or older. 8 p.m. $25 to $75. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. vineboxoffice@ dellagoresort.com.

Oct. 16 Canandaigua. Mansion Mysteries. Come take part in a “whodunit” at Sonnenberg! Guests will have a chance to take part in this live-theater event by uncovering the clues that will solve the mystery and bring the guilty party -or parties- to justice! Light refreshments along with a cash wine bar will be provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Guests are welcome to further participate in the fun, if they so desire, by attending in costume. Prepaid reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. $25 to $30. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street. www.sonnenberg.org. 585-394-4922. info@sonnenberg.org. Clayton. The Trews. Canadian rock band The Trews consists of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek and drummer Gavin Maguire. The band have released several chart-topping and

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award-winning albums. There will be a cash bar on the performance hall floor, but no alcohol The Best of Upstate New York will be allowed in the balcony. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. http://www.claytonoperahouse.com. 15-686-2200. Syracuse. Country Folk Art Fall Craft Show. Farmhouse style home and holiday décor, up cycled goods, handcrafted furniture, rugs, floral designs, repurposed treasures, lighting, framed art, jewelry, apparel, fashion accessories, gourmet foods and more. Paid admission re-admits to all three days. Free parking. Admission discount coupons and more show info at event website. 5 to 9 p.m. $7 adults ($6 with online coupon); free children 12 and younger. New York State Fairgrounds, Horticulture Building. 581 State Fair Boulevard. www.CountryFolkArt.com, Facebook.com/countryfolkart. 248-634-4151. shows@countryfolkart.com.

Oct. 17 Canandaigua. Mansion Mysteries. See Oct. 16. Syracuse. Country Folk Art Fall Craft Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 18 Syracuse. Country Folk Art Fall Craft Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 21 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Nate Rawls. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook.com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320. Mumford. Spooky Guided Tours. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 23 Buffalo. Art of Jazz: Catherine Russell Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell performs as part of the Art of Jazz at the Philharmonic series. 8 p.m. $34; $20 student. Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle. https://kleinhansbuffalo.org. 716-885-5000. Canandaigua. Mansion Mysteries. See Oct. 16. Mumford. Spooky Guided Tours. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 24 Canandaigua. Mansion Mysteries. See Oct 16. Mumford. Spooky Guided Tours. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 25 Mumford. Spooky Guided Tours. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 26 Mumford. Spooky Guided Tours. See Oct. 16.

Oct. 28 Charlotte. Big Band Dance Series Featuring Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Band. Halloween costumes suggested. The Al Bruno Trio plays from 6 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., followed by the featured band from 7:05 to 8:50 p.m. $2. Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue & Beach Avenue. www.facebook. com/21mcparks. 585-865-3320.

Oct. 29 Skaneateles. Skaneateles Witches Walk. The second annual event includes specials, tastings, and discounts for anyone dressed as a witch from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a costume contest. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Skaneateles. 315-685-0552. Syracuse. Sinatra with Matt Dusk. Award-winning, multi-platinum selling vocalist Matt Dusk presents the music of Frank Sinatra with new arrangements by Grammy Award-winning arrangers Pat Williams and Sammy Nestico. This performance was previously scheduled for April 24, 2020. Tickets purchased for the original performance date will apply for this performance. 8 p.m. $47. Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 S. State St. www.mattdusk.com.

Oct. 30 Mumford. Trick or Treating in the Village. Collect treats at historic homes, roast marshmallows, watch a movie and play games. Highlights include Teal Pumpkin Project houses, face painting, and a whole car-free Village for tricks and treats. Online tickets valid for Friday or Saturday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. All children under the age of 1 are free. Any adults that are not with children will be charged $5. Flashlights and candy containers encouraged. 5 to 8 p.m. Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Oct. 31 Alexandria Bay. Halloween Festival. Crafts, hayrides and trick or treating with the local businesses. Costumes encouraged. The main event is hosted at the Organized by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Scenic View Park Pavilion, 8 Fuller St and downtown Alexandria Bay. 315-482-9531. Mumford. Trick or Treating in the Village. 12 to 4 p.m. See Oct. 30. Verona. Maren Morris. RSVP: The Tour. Originally scheduled for June 26. 8 p.m. $39-$250. Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. www.marenmorris.com. 800-771-7711.

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f you’re maintaining a frame pool for your family, try these tips for easier pool care all summer long. • Set it up in the ideal location. Choose a place that’s level. That’s very important to avoid undue wear on one side of the frame. The ground should be free of rocks and other debris. Select an area where the pool will get lots of sun to warm the water. An area near trees will mean much more pool care all summer. Consider the proximity of your garden hose for filling the pool, too. • Check the liner. Even if it’s a new pool, you should examine the liner for leaks before going through all the effort of assembling the frame and filling it. • Lay a tarp on the ground. This will help protect your pool’s vinyl from weeds poking through it. It will also make mowing easier, as the tarp prevents weeds and grass from growing alongside the pool. As you mow near the pool, make sure the grass shoots away from the pool to reduce pool maintenance. • Keep the pool covered when not

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in use. This reduces pool maintenance by keeping debris out, such as leaves and insects. The clear cover allows sunlight in the pool to warm the water and the tiedown cover is better for time periods when you won’t be using the pool for a while, as it’s more secure and it prevents rainwater from affecting the pool’s water. • Skim the pool. In addition to strategic placement and using covers, skimming will remove the debris that will break down and foul the water. • Watch the chemicals. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for treating the pool’s water. You’ll need to keep the right level of chlorine. Automatic dispensers that float in the water may not do the job alone. You’ll also need to use pool shock in the water. Weekly algaecide treatments also help keep the water clean and clear. Use a pool chemical kit to test the water after adding chemicals and each time after it rains. Testing frequently will keep your pool’s water clean. • Use the ladder. Stepping over the side or otherwise climbing into the pool is risky—both for the user and

the structural integrity of the pool. • Get a pool filter and vacuum. These tools will help reduce skimming and chemical use. • Keep cosmetics out. Use only waterproof sunscreen before entering the pool, but allow it to dry first. Remove any makeup before entering the pool. • Keep feet clean. Offer a basin of water near the pool for rinsing off feet before getting in. This reduces the amount of grass and leaves tracked in the pool. • Remove pool toys and the ladder after use. If you leave them in all night, they provide another surface for scum to build up. Drain out the water and allow them to air dry. Removing the toys and ladder also reduce motivation and access for young children. • Put it up for fall and winter. Frame pools can provide hours of cool fun all summer, but if you want yours to last for years—and not just a season or two—you need to store it for winter. Drain the pool, clean the liner and pump equipment and store all the parts out of direct sunlight once they’re dry.


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hile you may not be able to go to as many events and attractions as you might like this season, it’s easy to create fun in your own backyard with lawn games. Challenge your family to these fun games. Go big! “Giant” games, like Giant Connect-4-in-a-Row (www.target. com, $49.99), work just like your table games only bigger and better—and sturdier—for outdoor play. Find Jenga-style balancing blocks at Overstock (www.overstock.com, $80.99) and MegaChess (www.amazon.com, $179). Even though your children may not play board games inside, the novelty of playing them outdoors changes everything. Available at Overstock, cornhole and other beanbag toss games (starting at $43.99) provide an easy game for children of all ages to learn how to play—even toddlers—yet they challenge adults’ skill. Like pitching horseshoes, you can give adults a handicap by increasing their distance from the target. While metal horseshoes are traditional, Overstock’s rubber set ($22.39) is quite a bit safer for children to play if their aim is less than perfect. Ladderball (www.target.com, $49.99) is fun for anyone who can throw a ball. Play on teams, individiually or even improve your skills thowing solo. If you like variety in your lawn games, Target also offers a 4 Game Combo Set ($30), which includes flying discs, a volleyball, catching scoops and a small ball, two badminton racquets, birdies and a net. At Kohl’s, (www.kohls.com), you can select from a few glow-in-thedark or standard lawn darts ($19.99 to $29.99). Younger children may enjoy Giggle N Go’s Flarts set (www.ama-

zon.com, $29.99) of inflatable darts. The set includes a standard dartboard on one side of the target and either a monster or a cute unicorn print on the other. Kohl’s also sells a classic wooden ring toss game ($19.99). Don’t forget other classics like bocce ball (www. overstock.com, $49.49), driveway shuffleboard (www.overstock.com, $53.95), croquet (www.amazon.com, $46.99) and lawn bowling (www. amazon.com, $31). While they may seem old-school to you, if your children have never played these games before, it’s all new and exciting. Change up your play with KnockOff!, a mash-up of flying disc and disc golf (www.amazon.com, $29.99) that challenges players to toss a flying disc at each other’s targets. Or, try the Phlat Ball (www.overstock.com, $26.99), which is a disc that pops open into a ball shape while flying through the air for a quirky game of

flying disc. Spikeball (www.target.com, $59.99) mixes elements of handball with volleyball, as two teams volley a small ball on a trampoline-style net. If you don’t have enough room or people for volleyball, Spikeball fills the bill for two to four players 12 and older. Flying disc courses are like golf for flying disc’s, so bring home the challenge with Innova Disc’s set (www.walmart.com, $29.95). Flickin Chicken (www.barnesandnoble.com, $19.95) is like minature golf, but played with goofy, bouncable rubber chickens. The concept is simple, but the game is challenging.

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Outdoor Family Activities Post-Coronavirus For many of us, being outdoors gives us a sense of safety and happiness that can’t be found indoors By Melissa Stefanec

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he year 2020 finds us in very unusual times. Many of us are second guessing the safety of all of our usual activities. Gatherings that were once a source of kinship and celebration are now a source of anxiety and concern. As we negotiate 2020 on its unique and unwanted terms, one thing is for certain: our society is indulging in outside activities at an unprecedented rate. For many of us, being outdoors gives us a sense of safety and happiness that can’t be found indoors. In the spirit of celebrating all the good things being outdoors offers us, here are some activities families can enjoy outside the confines of their own homes. Many of these activities are for younger children, but people of all ages just might find some joy and

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or difficult course.

Minnow or rock catching

child-like wonder in these activities.

Family obstacle course

If you are looking to do something athletic outside but don’t want to deal with crowded parks, an obstacle course can be a perfect solution. You can use common household and garage items to build family challenges. You can also turn it into a family competition or personal-best competition. If you want an added challenge, see who can build the most creative

If you have young kids, the secret to an afternoon of fun may be as simple as a small net or a bucket. Most children love collecting things. If you have a child who is fascinated by animals, give them a net and challenge them to catch minnows. If your child isn’t into fish, set them free with a bucket to collect “only the best” rocks. At the end of the day, you can write or paint on the larger rocks to commemorate a day of fun.

Star gazing

There is always wonder in the skies. Whether or not you’re familiar with constellations, you and your children can engage with the starry skies. There are plenty of apps, books and instructional cards that can tell


you where and when to look for certain constellations. Kids can keep a running list of which ones they find and use their imaginations to make pictures in the sky.

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Natural collages

Outdoor flower garden

Clear a small patch of land and dedicate it to beauty. Making a small flower garden is a great way to cultivate tranquility in your family’s lives. Before you plant, decide what type of flowers you want. Perennials can provide years of beauty, but annuals are easy to clip and add to vases. Kids love colorful flowers, and having your kids take care of something living and fragile teaches them responsibility.

family compile their creation and get toasting.

tunity. Some insects are harmless; others are not. If you go on a hunt with your kids, you can teach them about which insects they can engage with and which they should steer clear of. It also gives you an opportunity to share how insects help our planet.

Make-your-own s’mores bar

If you are lucky enough to have a fire pit, you know how amazing s’mores are. If your family is tired of the same-old s’more, try a makeyour-own bar. Put out different kinds of candies. Don’t be afraid to think outside the candy bar. Try gummies or fruit slices. Get different kinds of graham crackers or cookies. Let your

Take your family on a hike or send them into the backyard and gather different natural materials. You can gather leaves, flowers, sticks, stones, plant pieces, tree bark or other natural materials. Then take a heavy sheet of paper, such as cardstock or construction paper, and layout a collage. Once you have your picture perfected, use school glue to solidify your creations.

Vegetable garden

Depending on where you live, a garden can mean different things to different people. If you don’t have a lot of land, you can use a patio planter. If you don’t have a patio, you can plant in a simple pot. Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, beans and lettuce all do well in planters or pots. Whether your veggie garden is large or small, there’s something special about growing your own healthy food.

Backyard camping

If you want to go camping, but don’t like the preparation involved, try backyard camping. When you camp in your backyard, you don’t have to worry about finding a grill or a toilet. If you forget the paper towels, you can just run into the house. You get the pleasure of sleeping outside, without the stress of packing.

Bug hunt

Insects are an important part of our ecosystem. When you host a bug hunt, you engage your child’s natural curiosity and have a learning oppor-

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Summer & Fall The Latest The on Safety Best ofSunscreen Upstate New York FDA is currently examining the effects of certain chemicals in sunscreen and considering changing regulations By Melissa Stefanec

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unscreen has been in the news a lot lately. Questions about the safety of some common sunscreen ingredients plastered many headlines last year. The news was the result of two actions by the FDA. In February 2019, the FDA issued a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreens. In May 2019, they released an updated study to support their proposition. This left many consumers wondering if sunscreen was safe. The resounding answer is that sunscreen is an effective way to present your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. However, as with

many topical ointments, some ingredients in sunscreen can be absorbed through your skin and make their way into your body. The FDA is currently examining the effects of those chemicals and considering changing sunscreen regulations. If all of this has you wondering how to enjoy the sun this season, here are some common questions and answers regarding sunscreen. Answers to these questions are sourced from the FDA and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). n Is sunscreen effective and why should I wear it?

Sunscreen is scientifically proven to accomplish two things. First, it decreases your risk of developing skin cancers, such as squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Second, regular sunscreen use can help prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun. It can help you fight wrinkles, sagging and age spots. n What’s the difference between a chemical and mineral sunscreen? Chemical sunscreens are the ones most people are familiar with; think of coconuts and puppies pulling on a toddler’s bathing suit. These sunscreens act like a sponge to absorb the sun’s rays so your skin doesn’t have to. Mineral sunscreens are also known as physical sunscreens. These sunscreens form a physical barrier between you and the sun and block out the ultraviolet light. n  Why are people questioning the safety of sunscreen? The FDA is looking at a number of ingredients commonly used in sunscreens, examining how the body absorbs these ingredients, and determining how that absorption affects individuals. n What ingredients are being investigated by the FDA? The FDA proposed rule, issued in February 2019, is aimed at bringing over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreens up to date with the latest scientific standards. The FDA wants to establish final marketing requirements for sunscreens. As part of this rule, the FDA has asked industry and other interested parties for additional safety data on 12 active sunscreen ingredients currently available in marketed products.

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n What are those 12 ingredients? Ingredients commonly used in sunscreen sold in the United States include: ensulizole, octisalate, homosalate, octocrylene, octinoxate, oxybenzone and avobenzone. n  Ingredients not frequently used in the United States include: Cinoxate, dioxybenzone, meradimate, padimate O and sulisobenzone. n What are other ways to protect myself from the sun? If you aren’t comfortable with repeated sunscreen application, there are other things you can do to protect yourself from the sun. You can avoid the sun when its rays are strongest, typically between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can also wear protective clothing that blocks the sun’s rays. Look for clothing that has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). n Should I use spray, stick or lotion sunscreen? All of these sunscreens are deemed safe by the FDA, assuming you apply them properly. The AAD recommends applying stick sun-

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The Best of Upstate New York screens in four passes and rubbing it in after application. If you want to use a spray sunscreen, you should use the following measures: 1) Hold the nozzle close to your skin and spray generously; 2) rub it into your skin thoroughly; 3) avoid inhaling the spray; 4) avoid using spray sunscreen on windy days; and 5) never apply spray sunscreen near heat or open flame, or while smoking. n I’m very worried about sunscreen safety. What are some safer options? The FDA is proposing that two ingredients be labeled as GRASE — titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients are often used in mineral sunscreens. n What are GRASE ingredients? GRASE in acronym meaning “generally recognized as safe and effective.” In order for the FDA to make a GRASE determination, a drug must satisfy three criteria: 1) the drug must have been subjected to adequate and well-controlled clinical investigations that establish the product as safe and

effective; 2) those investigations must have been published in the scientific literature available to qualified experts; and 3) experts must generally agree, based on those published studies, that the product is safe and effective for its intended uses. n Do any of my sunscreens contain ingredients that aren’t GRASE? If your sunscreen was legally sold in the United States, its ingredients are GRASE. Some sunscreen sold outside of the United States includes PABA and trolamine salicylate, which the FDA doesn’t consider GRASE. n What are the dangers of not wearing sunscreen? If you expose your skin to the sun and don’t wear protective clothing, you are exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. This can greatly increase your risk of deadly cancers. Sunscreen, when used properly, is a great way to protect your skin and your life. Given the recognized benefits of sunscreen use, the FDA, “strongly advises all Americans to continue to use sunscreens in conjunction with other sun protective measures.”

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The Best of Upstate New York

Cashing in On a Warm-weather Bounty By Melissa Stefanec

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ummer and fall offer a bounty of fresh and locally-grown fruits. Here are some fresh and relatively simply recipes to put that bounty to good use.

Greek yogurt pops

Combine two cups of Greek yogurt and one cup of fresh or frozen fruit. Mix in a blender or food processor until smooth. If desired, add one teaspoon vanilla or almond extract. Add three tablespoons honey or agave nectar and mix until just combined. Pour mixture into silicone popsicle molds or small paper cups. If using cups, place popsicle sticks in the middle. Freeze until set and enjoy.

Strawberries and Whipped Mascarpone

Wash, hull and slice one quart of fresh strawberries. Mix with four tablespoons sugar and a dash of salt. Refrigerate for an hour. For the whipped mascarpone, combine 8 ounces of cold mascarpone, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and one cup of chilled whipping cream. Whip with a hand mixer until stiff. Stir in four tablespoons of powdered sugar. Layer strawberries and mascarpone in chilled glasses or chilled mason jars. The whipped mixture will be stabilized and can be stored.

Apple pops

Slice and core four apples, leaving the skin intact. Skewer slices with food-safe sticks (using a firmer apple will make it easier to skewer the fruit). Place fruit in the freezer for 30 minutes. In the microwave, melt 10 to 12 ounces of dark chocolate chips.

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Microwave chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until chips melt and stir easily. Dip the frozen apples in the chocolate and place on wax paper until chocolate hardens. For an added touch, while chocolate is still soft, roll the coated apple slices in toppings such as crushed nuts, crushed candy or sprinkles.

Baked pear or apple boats

Take an apple and hollow it out from the bottom, making sure to remove all remnants of the core. If using a pear, cut it in half lengthwise and remove the core. Leave the skin on the fruit. Place the apple or pear on a wax paper- or foil-lined cookie sheet. In a bowl, mix three tablespoons of oats, one teaspoon of crushed nuts, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Spray fruit lightly with cooking spray. Fill the hollowed fruit with mixture and bake at 350 F. for about 15 minutes, or until apple softens. Serve alone or with whipped cream or ice cream.

Layered Pumpkin Parfaits

Prepare fresh pumpkin puree or use 14 ounces of canned pumpkin. Mix pumpkin with ¼ cup very soft cream cheese. Add two tablespoons of cream and ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Add ½ cup powdered sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until combined. Layer mixture in glasses or glass jars mixture with cool whip. Serve with ginger snaps.

Fruity Salsa

Dice two to three firm stone fruits such as nectarines, plums, or under-ripe peaches. Finely dice one clove of garlic and one half of a small red onion. Wash and spin four sprigs of fresh cilantro and finely dice. Take four medium-sized tomatillos and dice. Dice one orange, red or yellow pepper. Dice one poblano pepper and one jalapeno, removing the seeds if less spice is desired. Combine the fruits and vegetables in a bowl. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar. Serve with chips. Can also be served with chicken or fish.


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10 Forts to Visit in NYS

The Best of Upstate New York

By Sandra Scott

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Fort Wadsworth: This Staten Island fort, one of the oldest military sites in America, was first fortified by the British in 1779. Its location, along with Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, protected the Narrows. Today it is part of the two-state, three-borough Gateway National Recreation Area. When the fort was closed in 1994 it had been the longest active military site in the United States. Visitors can wander through the fort’s underground tunnels and enjoy the great views of the area from the overlook tower. The Coast Guard still uses some of the fort’s buildings.

end of Lake Champlain. The most famous surrender came in the early morning hours of May 10, 1775 when Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys snuck into the enemy fort while the entire garrison was sleeping. The fort’s commander wearing his nightshirt surrendered and the patriots took control of the fort without firing a shot.

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Fort William Henry: A replica of the fort is located at the south end of Lake George. The British built the fort in 1755 to protect the colonies from the French. For more than 70 years they fought for control of the rich lands and fur trade. James Fenimore Cooper tells of the fort’s violent end in the “Last of the Mohicans.” During the summer there are daily guided tours, military demonstrations and battle reenactments. Docents relate the hardships and fears of life in the fort.

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Castle Clinton: The fortification is located in New York’s Battery Park and was constructed to defend New York Harbor from the British. The fort was completed in 1811 but the its 28 cannons were never fired. It has served many purposes over the years. It was an opera house, a theater, and even an aquarium — plus it was America’s first immigrant receiving center that welcoming 8.5 million immigrants until Ellis Island opened in 1892. It opened in 1975 as Clinton National Monument. Today, the site houses the ticket office for the Statue of Liberty.

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Fort Hamilton: L o c a t e d i n Brooklyn, Fort Hamilton is NYC’s only remaining activeduty military post and the fourth oldest installation in the USA. During WWI and WWII it was the last stop for soldiers before being deployed overseas. People wishing to visit should check the Visitor Control Center on Fort Hamilton’s website for the procedure to follow.

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Fort Ticonderoga. This fort has a beautiful setting in the Adirondacks just across the lake from Vermont. Control switched between the French and the British over the years because of its important location at the southern

Old Stone Fort: Located in Schoharie, the fort was built as a Dutch Reform Church in 1772 but was fortified during the American Revolution. It was the site of a battle between hundreds of loyalists and Native Americans attempting to seize this strategic fort situated in what Washington called “The breadbasket of the American Revolution.” The siege in October of 1780 was unsuccessful and the old fort stood. It is now a museum complex with adjacent buildings that include a one-room schoolhouse and an 1830 law office.

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Fort Stanwix: L o c a t e d i n Rome, this star-shaped fort is called “the fort that never Surrendered.” It successfully held off the British in 1777, thwarting the British plan to conquer New York state, a critical component of their major plan to win the revolution. It was during this battle that, according to local legend, the American flag was

first flown in battle. The first stars and stripes were created out of “a soldier’s white shirts, strips of fabric from a woman’s red petticoat and the blue straps from Captain Abraham Swartwout’s cloak.” A new multimillion dollar visitor’s center opened in 2005.

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Fort Ontario: The star-shaped Fort Ontario, known as “The guardian of the northern frontier,” is just one of several fortifications in Oswego and the only one that has survived. Fort Oswego and Fort George did not. There were several versions on the site but the current one dates from the mid 1800s and was upgraded over the years. There are two guardhouses, a powder magazine, storehouse, enlisted men’s barracks, ramparts featuring magnificent views of Lake Ontario and underground stone casements and galleries to tour. During WWII the site was a “safe haven” for 982 European refugees.

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Old Fort Niagara: Over the years the fort, located on the Niagara River in Youngstown, has been controlled by the French, British and Americans. To reflect this, national flags of the three countries are flown daily. There is an informative video plus a variety of demonstrations and tours. One of the most popular tours of the fort takes place in October. The Haunted Fort Tour is not to be missed, especially when the guide takes you up close to the old stone well where a headless soldier is reportedly waiting restlessly to return.

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Fort Brewerton: located at the juncture of Oneida Lake and the Oneida River was an important fortification midway between Fort Stanwix and Oswego during the French and Indian Wars. There were many fortifications built over the years but most were destroyed such as Fort Clinton at West Point that was built to defend New York during the revolution. Today all that remains are some earthworks and stone base structures near West Point’s soccer fields. Carleton Island near Cape Vincent was once a base for British troops.


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