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CNYWINTER.COM On the cover: Tug Hill Tourathon. Photo by Brad Smith.

3 CALENDAR OF EVENTS...28 3 New Map of Upstate NY...............26-27

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entral New York hockey fans may be missing out on some great games if they haven’t been to the Tennity Ice Pavilion on Syracuse University’s South Campus. Find out why. Page. 49

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Fire & Ice, Ice Bar Returns to 1000 Islands.......5 Hot Winter Spot: Winona Forest...............7 Best Bets for This Winter ...............10 Dog Sledding 101................12 Cross Country Skiing in Upstate..............14 Lake Placid: New York’s Winter Playground...........16 Syracuse Winterfest.......18 Enjoy the Outdoors During the Winter....20 Indoor Water Parks .......22 Family Winter Fun: Playing With Snow............23 Eating Healthy in Winter........................24 Dressy Boots for Winter..............................32 Things to See: SU Women’s Ice Hockey....49 Winter: Love it, Hate it..............................50

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A bar made of ice at Fire & Ice Celebration at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.

Fire & Ice Bar Returns to 1000 Islands By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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f winter has you stressed, you can chill out at the season’s coolest party: the Fire & Ice Celebration at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. The event features a variety of ice sculptures created by a local artisan, ice bars and food tastings from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. More than 2,000 attended last year’s event. Created by Stan Kolonko, owner of The Ice Farm in East Syracuse, the main ice bars are about 10 feet long and weigh about 4,500 pounds each. He also creates smaller bars for the outdoor vendors and ice sculptures and

a vendor logo wall. All told, he brings to the festival about 80 to 120 blocks of ice that each weighs 300 pounds. Kolonko and his two employees work on the displays for about two weeks before the event. None of his sculptures or features are made with molds but are carved instead. The ice luges are a popular feature of the ice bars. On top of the bars, a sculpture with embedded plastic tubing forms the “luges” and allow bartenders to pour vodka through the ice to dispense into patrons glasses. Beverages at the ice bars are served on a “cash bar” 2019 / 2020

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basis. Other sculptures in the past have included life-sized snowmobiles and interactive pieces, like a functional cornhole game. Every night features a DJ to keep the festival lively. Participants can warm up by the outside fire pits or inside the Harbor Hotel’s ballroom, where the samples are offered, along with light hors d’oeuvres provided by the hotel. Fireworks wrap up the festivities. Proceeds from the event are donated to benefit North County Troopers Assisting Troops, a group of troopers working to help disabled veterans.

Is it Really Ice? Questions You May Have About the Ice Bar The Ice Farm is owned and operated by award-winning ice sculptor and New York state native, Stan Kolonko. He said that after events such as the Fire & Ice Celebration end, “Mother Nature” takes care of his ice sculptures. Beyond the question of what happens to his sculptures, he’s also frequently asked: • Is it really ice? (“Yes, it is.”) • Does it melt? (“Yes, because it’s ice.”) • Do you use batteries or put something in it to keep it from melting? (“No. It is only ice.”) • How long will it last? (“I don’t know. It all depends upon whether it’s outside or room temperature. Every factor matters when it’s out. Is it in the sun? Has it warmed up? Is the wind blowing a lot? If it’s below freezing it lasts.”) • Where do you get the ice? (“We make them ourselves on the farm.”) • Why is it so clear? (“We use reverse osmosis to filter the water to make clear ice. You need water in motion to make clear ice. When ice cubes are in your freezer, they have impurities and air in the water. That makes them cloudy and white.”)

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Minimum age: 21 Where: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, 315-686-1100 When: 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6-8 Cost: TBD, includes sampling in the ballroom. Cash bar on the patio. If you can’t make it to Clayton, Harbor Hotel’s “sister properties” offer similar Fire and Ice events featuring sculptures from The Ice Farm at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen (www. watkinsglenharborhotel.com Jan. 30 to Feb. 1) and Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron (www.thechautauquaharborhotel.com Feb. 13-15).


The IditaFAT at Winona Forest is one of the Northeast’s top fat bike races for its length and participation levels. Photo: Brad Smith, courtesy Oswego County Tourism Department.

Winona Forest Tourathon draws Nordic skiers who enjoy lake effect snow augmented by snow machine flakes. Photo: Brad Smith, courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Department.

Hot Winter Spot: Winona Forest From the Tughill Tourathon to snowshoe races to IditaFAT, one of the Northeast’s top fat bike races — Winona Forest has something for everyone who loves winter By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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he Winona Forest Recreation Association in Mannsville plans to once again host a bevy of winter events and activities for snow enthusiasts of all sorts, whether it’s snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, or mushing. The Winona Forest Try-It 12.5K Classical (9 a.m., Jan. 12, www.skireg.com/ winonaforesttryit) has not been offered since 2013. All ages and abilities can join in the family-oriented forest adventure on cross-country skis. Many consider it a warm-up for the Winona Forest Tourathon later in the winter. The Stone Wall 5K Walk/Run and Empire State Snowshoe Championship Race (10 a.m., Jan. 20, www.winonaforest.

com/stone-wall.html) represents one of the largest snowshoe events nationwide. With lots of snow, awards and giveaways, it’s easy to see why. Racers can select from a 5K or a 10K course. Participants can also rent snowshoes if they don’t have them. The terrain includes groomed trail portions, single track packed parts and virgin snow single track. The Winona Forest Tourathon (8 a.m., Feb. 8, www.skireg.com/winona-forest-tourathon). draws Nordic skiers who enjoy lake effect snow augmented by snow machine flakes, both groomed professionally. The courses range from 12.5 to 50K in length, so skiers of varying endurance and ability

can enjoy the Tourathon. Just because winter wanes doesn’t mean Winona’s events wrap up. The IditaFAT (8 a.m., March 7, www.winonaforest.com/iditafat.html) is part of the forest’s Festival of Flakes Weekend. IditaFAT is one of the Northeast’s top fat bike races for its length and participation levels. Capable of managing in snow or mud, fat bikes don’t let weather stop the fun with their 3.7-inch wide or wider tires. Cyclists can choose from 12K, 25K or 50K courses. The Festival of Flakes Weekend includes raffles, door prizes, a free meal, and prizes for the winners. Winona Forest Recreation Association, Inc. groomer barn is at 37 Center Road, Boylston. Contact the association at info@winonaforest.com.

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Lights on the Lake in Liverpool.

Winter’s Best Bets From big shows to community concerts to the 40th anniversary of Lake Placid’s 1980 Winter Games: a bit of everything for everyone By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ith so many fun things to do during the winter, make sure you don’t miss out on these events before the season ends.

Attend a big show

Many famous names in entertainment are coming to the area, regardless of the genre you enjoy. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, for example, will appear in Albany (Dec. 4, https:// ticketmaster.com), Rochester (Dec. 6, www.rbtl.org) and Syracuse (Dec. 15, https://nacentertainment.com/broadway-in-syracuse). There’s also The Coasters, The Drifters, & The Platters in Rochester (Dec. 14, www.rbtl.org) and Syracuse (Dec. 15, https://landmarktheatre.org), plus Dancing With the Stars in Rochester (Jan. 14, www.

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rbtl.org). Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman comes to Syracuse (March 22, www.celticwoman.com) as does Riverdance (March 24, https://nacentertainment.com/broadway-in-syracuse). Check the events calendar in this issue of the Winter Guide for many more.

Hear a community concert

Culture doesn’t have to mean a big-ticket event. The Rochester Philharmonic Holiday Concert at Newark High School (Dec. 6, www.newarkcsd. org) offers an excellent example, with tickets from $5 to $12, as do concerts offered by Auburn Chamber Orchestra (Dec. 8, Feb. 29, www.auburnchamberorchestra.com) for a mere $5 suggested donation.

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Attend a festival

While events such as Syracuse Winterfest attract thousands over the course of several days and offer many things to do, a small town festival run by a civic or religious group provides a more bite-sized experience. If you have small children or mobility issues, it’s much easier to navigate. Plus, you’ll probably see friends there.

See a lights display

Lights on the Lake in Liverpool, which runs through the season (www. lightsonthelake.com) provides two miles of bright lights along Onondaga Lake. In Western New York, Hamburg’s Fairgrounds Festival of Lights (www. the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights) also features a similar event. However, other


communities at least have a tree lighting ceremony and many lit-up homes. Take the family for a walk on a winter’s evening to see the “show” put on by your neighbors.

Visit Lake Placid

This is the 40th anniversary of Lake Placid’s hosting of the 1980 Winter Games. Why not go to Lake Placid during the 2020 Empire State Winter Games (begins Jan. 26, www. empirestatewintergames.com)? You can watch more than 2,100 athletes compete, plus tour the Olympic Sports Complex and see artifacts from both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games.

Go to a maple farm

During New York’s Maple Weekends (March 21, 22, 28,29, www. nysmaple.com), many farms that aren’t normally open to the public open their doors to the public. Show your children how syrup is made, sample maple products and take home a jug and some maple candy. Some farms also offer pancake breakfasts and children’s activities.

RPM Raceway Get out of the house this winter and drive like the wind — just not on the streets

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PM Raceway in locations statewide (https://rpmraceway.com) — including one at Destiny USA — offers driving thrills that aren’t just for the kiddies. Italian style go-karts and a fast track offer a driving experience that’s exciting for those who are only young at heart. Resembling Formula 1 racecars, the electric go-karts can reach speeds of up to 45 mph with quick acceleration after bolting out of the course’s four hairpin turns. Drivers can race against seven or more of their friends during Arrive and Drive. Or you can host a personal event or join one of RPM’s year-round racing leagues. Child drivers must be at least 8 years old and 4 feet tall to race junior

go-karts. For adult karts, they must be at least 4 feet, 10 inches tall. RPM sells snacks and drinks and hosts parties. Billiards and arcade games are also available for non-racers and for between races. RPM’s Upstate New York locations include Destiny USA in Syracuse and The Marketplace Mall in Rochester.

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Dog Sledding 101

Dog sledding demo by Cupcake Mushing, run by Nancy and Ray Stark of Lacona.

Local kennels offer dog sledding to public By Mary Beth Roach

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hen people think of dog sledding, they usually envision a team of dogs pulling a sled across the frozen tundra in Alaska or the northernmost regions of Canada. Or perhaps, there are those who dream of competing in the Iditarod, the 900-plus-mile race held in Alaska in March. However, for those Central New Yorkers who love the cold, the snow and dogs, but can’t get that far north, they can learn about dog sledding firsthand in Oswego County. Two kennels — Adirondack Kennel and Cupcake Mushing, both located in the Tug Hill Region — visit area winter carnivals and festivals, schools and libraries, and other community gatherings, giving demos on some of the basics of dog sledding. Roy Smith runs Adirondack Kennel, while Nancy and Ray Stark operate Cupcake Mushing. Visitors to these demos may be surprised when they see the dogs. They are not the Siberians or Alaskan huskies that you might see in pictures and movies. Many sledders, Nancy Stark said, prefer a longer, leggier dog, like hounds or greyhounds, and their dogs have to have the strength and stamina for long

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runs. “Dog breeders are not breeding for breed, but breeding to do the job. It’s all about performance,” she said.

Adirondack Kennel Smith’s Adirondack Kennel, based in Boylston, will give short rides during these events as well, using a team of six. He has 20 dogs, some of which are semi-retired and only do these short treks. For those small groups wishing longer rides, Smith schedules those at the Winona State Park, Lacona, and he can tailor the ride to fit the needs of those in the group, he said. With nearly 30 years’ experience with sled dogs, Smith first got into the sport as a racer, doing sprint racing — 20- to 30-mile stretches — and will still do races from time to time. He started providing rides and demos nearly 20 years ago. The speed and brute strength of the dogs surprises people. His teams can usually on average of 15 miles per hour. Those interested in learning more

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about Adirondack Kennel, including pricing and the variety of programs it offers, can visit www.adirondackkennel.weebly.com.

Cupcake Mushing The Starks offer demos throughout the area as well, and Nancy refers to their visits as “Dog Sledding 101,” in which guests can help harness the dogs, feed them, learn about the sleds, and view films. However, they do not offer individual dog sled rides. The Starks and their dogs are popular wherever these demonstrations take them. “The dogs steal the show,” Nancy said. But yet, the Starks have a wealth of information on dog sledding to share with their guests, having been involved in the activity since the early 2000s, when they lived in Alaska. The couple had decided to take a break from their careers, purchase a recreational vehicle, and travel the United States. Familiar with Alaska from an earlier visit, the Starks arrived


there in September of 2001 and ended up staying for a few years. It was while there that Nancy first tried skijoring. Wearing a pair of cross-country skis, she was hooked up with a bungee to one dog. She loved it, and eventually she was using three dogs. However, this led to an accident in which she dislocated her shoulder. But she was not deterred. Soon afterward, she tried dog sledding, and said, “That’s it. I want to do this.” And she did. She had the opportunity to meet famed Iditarod racer and trainer Linda Plettner, and Nancy worked with her, likening it to an apprenticeship, for several years. Eventually, the Starks decided to leave Alaska and began looking at places in the lower 48 states to relocate. Since both Ray and Nancy are from New York state, they prefer the colder climate here to places in the South, and they started looking to move back to New York. With a consistent snowfall during the winter in the Tug Hill region, and plenty of acreage, they decided that Lacona would be a good spot to set up shop. It is here that they have set up

Nancy Stark operates a sledding business with her husband Ray in Lacona, Cupcake Mushing. their home, with their 17 dogs, kennels and equipment in a barn that Nancy calls her “she shed,” and space to train and run the dogs. While Nancy works part-time as a clinical social worker, dog sledding is her passion. And it’s a passion that she loves to share. “We’re just a gang of really cool

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Cross Country Skiing in Upstate By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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n general, many places permit cross-country skiing such as public parks; however, Upstate New York features numerous places particularly suited to the activity, both in topography and for the scenery. • Green Lakes State Park (https://parks. ny.gov/parks/172, Fayetteville) isn’t just a beach destination. The park also offers 15 miles of marked cross-country ski trails on the gently rolling hills between the lakes. • Beaver Lake Nature Center (www. onondagacountyparks.com/parks/ beaver-lake-nature-center, Baldwinsville) is a wetland habitat for numerous creatures cross-country skiers can view from its eight miles of groomed trails. All are rated easy but one, the moderate 1.5-mile Three Meadows Trail. Also check out the displays inside the Nature Center. • The 14.3 miles of trails at Bear Swamp State Forest (www.dec.ny.gov/ lands/34420.html, Sempronius, Cayuga County) are multiple use for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Since the park includes a large wetland and creek, snowshoers should see a good variety of birds and other wildlife.

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• At Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center (www.laplandlake.com, Benson) you can enjoy Adirondack views on 38 kilometers of tended trails and 12 nongroomed trails. Most are one-way trails for easy cross-country skiing. Lapland Lake also boasts a gift shop and equipment rental, along with skiing lessons and clinics. • Mt. Van Hoevenberg (www.mtvanhoevenberg.com, Lake Placid) grooms 50 trails through Adirondack forests with views of the High Peaks. Cross-country skiers can rent equipment and take lessons. S’mores and hot chocolate by the fire in Josie’s Cabin are included in the equipment rental package. • Whiteface Club & Resort (whitefaceclubresort.com, Lake Placid) is also in Lake Placid. The Resort provides 18 kilometers of maintained trails, along with the Jackrabbit Trail: 35 miles of backcountry tails from the Adirondack Visitors Center at Paul Smith’s College, through Saranac Lake, Lake Placid to Keene Valley. Equipment rental and lessons are available. • Cascade XC-Ski (www.cascadeski.com, Lake Placid) provides 20 kilometers of

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groomed trails, along with rental equipment, lessons and a full-service lodge, bar and restaurant. Plan a cross-country ski getaway in the middle of New York’s winter playground. • Garnet Hill Outdoor Center (www. garnet-hill.com, North River) provides 55 kilometers of trails that are groomed daily to ensure excellent cross-country skiing. Cross-country purists can’t go wrong. The facility also rents equipment and offers lessons. • Cunningham’s Ski Barn (www.visitlakegeorge.com/recreation/cunninghams-ski-barn), North Creek) provides 25 kilometers of woodland trails for cross-country skiers with views of the Hudson River. Skiers can also take guided tours – perfect for beginners or visitors to the area. • Dewey Mountain Recreation Center (www.deweymountain.com, Saranac Lake) offers a total of 13 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails with a variety of difficulty levels. Equipment rental is available by the full day or half day. • Take in the scenic vistas of Poesten Creek while cross-country skiing at Piner-


idge XC-Ski (https://pineridgexc.com, Poestenkill) with its 33 groomed trails that wind through the forest. The facility also offers equipment sales and rental, lessons and a lodge. • In the Catskills, visit Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center (www.mtntrails.com, Tannersville) In addition to its 35 forest trails, the Center provides a snack bar, warming hut, rentals and lessons. • Near Cortland, Greek Peak (www.greekpeak.net, Virgil), cross-country skiers can get their fill on 20 kilometers of groomed trails. Warming hut, lessons and rental equipment are also available. • Byrncliff Resort (https://byrncliff.com/cross-country-skiing, Varysburg) offers 20 kilometers of groomed trails, including 8 kilometers of lit trails for night skiing. Lessons and equipment rentals are available. The facility also features lodging and dining onsite. Buffalo Spree Magazine voted Byrncliff “Best Cross-Country Skiing 2008” so if you’re in western New York, it’s worth a visit. To see a map of state-owned lands where cross-country skiing and other activities are permitted, visit www.dec. ny.gov/outdoor/82098.html. As with many winter activities, cross-country skiing is weather dependent, so call in advance. Many state parks offer free or low-cost entry. Ski centers charge by the hour or day. Check their websites for pricing and policies.

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Lake Placid: New York’s Winter Playground Village is celebrating 40 years of the Winter Olympics of 1980 By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ost of two Winter Olympics (1932 and 1980), Lake Placid still welcomes athletes to compete in the Empire State Winter Games and is also the training Mecca for top winter sports athletes. But even if you’re more of a weekend warrior, consider visiting Lake Placid for your winter getaway. With fewer than 3,000 residents, Lake Placid feels more like a quaint mountain town. But it offers many opportunities for the ultimate in winter recreation. It’s not just for top-level athletes. The bobsled/luge racetrack is open for the public to experience the thrill of a 50-second ride with a professional driver and brakeman operating the sled. Experience winter biathlon —

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cross-country skiing and rifle shooting — with a program that provides training in both skiing and marksmanship. You can also ski Whiteface Mountain, the slopes that hosted the 1980 downhill competition. But if you’re more of a novice, don’t worry; its 86 trails include ones meant for beginners.

For the active Olympic fan Want to immerse yourself in the Olympics while getting a workout? Try downhill skiing at the site of all the 1980 downhill ski events: Whiteface Mountain. Located nine miles from Lake Placid, the ski center has 86 trails for all abilities and expansive views of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks. Lessons are available for

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kids, teens and adults, seniors, adaptive needs and private. You can also skate on the 1932 Olympic rink and the 400-meter speed skating oval. If cross-country is more your style, Mount Van Hoevenberg, venue of the 1980 cross-country skiing events, beckons with miles of groomed trails among mature pines. Take a break from your winter escapades and stop by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. View artifacts from the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, including uniforms, authentic uniforms and a complete history and video on the Miracle on Ice hockey game in which the US team achieved an unprecedented — and unanticipated — victory of the Russian team. You can also take an elevator to


the top of the 120-meter Olympic ski jump. Since the jump launches skiers as far as 100 yards, guests aren’t allowed to test it out but the view is amazing. Don’t miss the official tour of the Olympic Center. While the tour helps visitors relive the most exciting moments in the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games, it’s also an functioning sports center with scheduled competitive events and training sessions.

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View artifacts from the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Or take a ride on The bobsled/luge racetrack, which is open for the public to experience the thrill of a 50-second ride with a professional driver and brakeman operating the sled.

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Organizers offer more than 150 reasons for people to get out and celebrate winter By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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he 35th annual Syracuse Winterfest (www.syracusewinterfest.com, Feb. 13 to 23), self-billed as “Syracuse’s Coolest Tradition,” helps Central New Yorkers shake off the winter blahs and embrace the cold and have a good time during the 11-day event. Centered in Syracuse, the event offers activities for all ages, vendors, live entertainment and food. Organizers said last year about 100,000 people attended, making it the second-largest event in Central New York. “It creates a venue for events for young and old to get out and enjoy over 150 events,” said Bill Cooper, president of Syracuse Winterfest. He said that the event occurs during winter break so that more children can enjoy the activities with their

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parents. One of the big events is Hammond Jammin’, a free jam session of six to seven groups at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que from noon until 6 p.m., Feb. 23. “A lot of the same people come every year,” said Ann Goehner, secretary-treasurer. “They really look forward to it. As soon as we post it, people are saying they’ve been waiting for the date for it. Some people see some of their friends they don’t see all year long. They can count on seeing people they know who come every year.” Cooper added that some people come from as far away as Virginia, Canada and Pennsylvania to enjoy Syracuse Winterfest. “One woman contacted me around Labor Day to confirm the dates,” Goehner said.

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The food events in downtown Syracuse include chili and chowder cook-offs, Wing Walk, Sandwich Stroll, Culinary Cruise, and sangria, margarita, cosmopolitan, bloody mary and martini mix-offs. Thankfully, they’re on different dates so you can participate in each. To burn off some of those calories, Syracuse Winterfest includes plenty of physical activities, including a dance party to kick off the event. Winter activities abound in CNY during Syracuse Winterfest. If you love ice skating, visit Clinton Square and Sunnycrest Rink in Syracuse. Various areas of recreation offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, including Baltimore Woods in Marcellus; Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville; Highland Forest in Fabius; Onondaga


Lake Park in Liverpool; Sunnycrest Park in Syracuse; Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville; and Four Seasons Ski Center, also in Fayetteville. If sledding and tobogganing is more your style, head to Highland Forest, Fabius; Long Branch Park, Liverpool; Sunnycrest Park, Syracuse; Burnet Park, Syracuse; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia; Town of Van Buren Park, Baldwinsville; or Strawberry Hill, Chittenango. If you want to snowboard, tube sled or alpine ski, head to Four Seasons Ski Center in Fayetteville. Amateur sleuths can test their skills with the 33rd Annual Treasure Hunt. Local media outlets will offer daily clues for finding the medallion, which is hidden somewhere in a public place in Onondaga County. The person who finds the medallion wins a prize of $2,000. If you need a break to warm up, many of Syracuse’s museums and galleries are offering special programs and exhibits during Syracuse Winterfest, including The MOST, Erie Canal Museum, Everson Museum of Art, On-

ondaga Historical Association Research Center and more. Centro donates bus service to help people to get around from event to event.

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Shoveling is part of life in Upstate New York. For one day, ditch your snow blower and plow and try to remove the snow the old-fashioned way. Many feel rejuvenated after doing that. You get fresh air and exercise at the same time.

How to Enjoy the Outdoors During the Winter By Melissa Stefanec

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ttitude can make or break just about anything in life, and the cold winter months are no exception. Sometimes, the snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice, slush and blustery wind make enjoying time outdoors feel impossible. However, fresh air and outdoor activity are just as important in the winter as they are in the summer. Getting outside during the winter can boost one’s mental and physical health. Assuming a healthy attitude about outdoor activities can be just what the doctor (and therapist) or-

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An act as simple as maintaining a birdfeeder can get you outside.

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dered. If you’re looking to get outdoors more this winter, try some of these tips. Your mind, body and soul will thank you. • Shovel the snow — Many people rely on snow blowers and plows to maintain their properties but making yourself shovel can be rejuvenating. If you have the time to shovel, reframe doing so as an opportunity for fresh air and great exercise. • Capitalize on thaws — When the weather warms, take advantage of it. Mother nature doesn’t build all winter days equally. When the temperature rises, take advantage of it. Head outside and play, bike, run or walk. A warm winter day spent outdoors is never wasted. • Look for winter festivals — Lots of organizations host festivals during the winter. Whether it’s 5k runs, bonfires, sleigh rides, chili cook-offs or snow sculpting, there are winter events that rival their summer counterparts for outdoor fun. Read your local mailings or follow local businesses and organiza-


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This year, try getting your grill out in the light of the snow. And start grilling. tions on social media to stay in-the-know. • Use our state and county parks —Our state and county parks offer a range of activities to Central New Yorkers. If you follow your favorite parks on social media or ask for their event calendars, you will be presented with a wealth of winter activities, most of them free of charge. • Look for rentals — Lots of municipalities and not-forprofits offer winter equipment rentals such as skis, snowboards and snowshoes. Rentals are a great way to try out a winter sport without spending a lot of money. Call your local chamber of commerce or follow local venues on social media to find out where you can rent equipment and get in on the fun. • Go for a walk — Plenty of communities maintain sidewalks on their main streets. After the plows have time to do their good work, don’t be afraid to go out for winter walks. Walking in the winter sunshine has a way of raising one’s spirit. • Maintain a bird feeder ­An act as simple as maintaining a birdfeeder can get you outside. When the birds start showing up in their winter plumage, you won’t mind trekking out into the elements to restock their seed. • Winter barbecue — Most of us make our grills spend the winter months in a dark storage. This year, try getting your grill out in the light of the snow. Grilling makes you get outside, but it also has the added benefit of giving you something warm to cozy up to while you brave the elements. • Hiking — Throughout Central New York, plenty of people hit walking trails despite the snow. If it’s more comfortable for you, find trails that are well traveled. Just make sure you wear footwear with solid tread or have ice cleats or crampons. Don’t let the ice stop you from stretching your legs. • Running — Yes, people actually run in the winter. It can be a great way to maintain an exercise routine. If you choose to run during the winter, run during daylight hours, wear bright colors or reflective clothing and be mindful of ice. • Find an outdoor buddy — Almost everything in life is better with a friend. Find someone who will push you to get outdoors in the winter. It’s harder to say no to an obligation with a friend than to talk yourself out something that’s good for you. Now that you have some tips and tricks, don’t be afraid to brave the winter elements and refuel in the fresh air.

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Splash Away Winter Doldrums at NY’s Indoor Water Parks By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ho says that your swimsuit should stay packed away until summer? You can break it out for wet and wild good times without even leaving New York. Check out the state’s selection of indoor water parks. The newest addition to the state’s indoor water parks opened this year, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark (www.thekartrite.com, Monticello). The Kartrite is also the state’s largest indoor water park. Its 11 water attractions include a tranquil lazy river, children’s splash area and twisting, turning slides, all in a balmy 84-degree solarium. Optionally, guests can rent a curtained cabana stocked with snacks and outfitted with seating, TV and a mini fridge. Guests staying at the resort and outside visitors with day passes may use the facility. The resort also offers Chill, its on-site, full-service spa with services for children and adults and a game room, climbing wall, laser tag, and mini bowling alley. At Greek Peak Mountain Resort (https://greekpeak.net, Cortland), mermaids (and mermen) will find plenty of splashing fun among Cascades Indoor Waterpark’s water features, including slides, tube rides, wave pool, hot tub, pool and two children’s play areas; however, landlubbers can also enjoy the getaway with the arcade, Bearfoot Den Activities Center (a craft, movie and game area for children), nine-hole disc golf course, kick sleds, Outdoor Adventure Center’s Aerial Challenge Courses and zip line tours (open through mid-December), skiing and tubing. The resort also offers Waterfalls Spa, which features natural products. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge (www. sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com, Lake George) isn’t just about summer fun, sun and roller coasters. The resort’s indoor waterpark offers multi-level waterslides, lazy river ride, and a raft ride the family can enjoy together.

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The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark in Monticello, the state’s largest indoor water park. It offer a wide variety of options, including a game room, climbing wall, laser tag, and mini bowling alley and more. Learn to surf at the wave pool or splash with the children in the kids’ play area. Rental of a private cabana includes a sitting area, TV, safe, bottled water and mini fridge. For an optional upgrade, cabanas include souvenir towels and meals. The resort also has a sizable arcade room and Tranquility Spa or, for those under age 16, Cupcakes Kids Spa adjacent to Tranquility. Rocking Horse Ranch’s Big Splash Indoor Waterpark (www.rockinghorseranch.com, Highland) is for guests only; however, its 250-foot flume, water challenge course, and children’s play area provide lots of water fun for young families. The facility also offers plenty of other things to do, such as ice skating, snow tubing, horseback riding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, indoor play area, arcade, live shows, staffed daycare (through age 5) and day spa (with additional kids’ treatments available for ages 6-16). Palm Island Water Park (www.palm-

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islandindoorwaterpark.com, Batavia) provides a smaller park for families not yet ready to tackle a huge facility or unsure if their young children will enjoy a water park. Still, the hotel’s two 24-foot slides, waterfalls, pool basketball and jungle-themed children’s play area offer a good deal of fun for the 12-and-younger crowd with a nearby hot tub for Mom and Dad’s relaxation. Water park guests do not have to stay at the hotel and those not getting in the water can obtain a free “dry” pass on certain days. Check the website for any of these parks before heading out. You may find package deals and coupons. Ensure you understand any restrictions, such as children’s size required for rides or a no-outside-food policy. You may need to bring your own towels. Some outdoor activities at these resorts are weather-dependent. Facilities may need to temporarily close their water features for maintenance, so call ahead to make sure they’re open.


the players, who are the geese. All the players must stay in the circle whoever is tagged by the fox then becomes the fox and has to chase the geese. Only one goose can be in a nest at a time.

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Sugar on snow, an old time favorite.

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orecasts are for a long, cold and snowy winter. Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you this winter. Get out there and have some fun with the family. Here are five tips.

1.Sugar on Snow

This is an old-time favorite from the days of the sugar shanty when kids would hang around waiting for a sweet treat. Now you can make it at home. Have a pan of hard packed, clean snow ready. Keep the pan outside to keep cold while you prepare the syrup. Boil 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup (it has to be the real thing) until it reaches 235°F on a candy thermom-

eter (the soft-ball stage). Remove the syrup from the heat and immediate drizzle it over the packed snow. Be careful — the syrup will be very hot. Allow it to cool for a moment, and then enjoy!

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Play Fox and Geese

Another oldie. Gather as many people as you can for this game of tag in the snow. Make paths through the snow in the shape of a wagon wheel. Stamp down a fourfoot circle in the center of the wagon wheel. This is nest — a safe zone for the geese. Choose one person to be the fox. The fox tries to tag the rest of

Ice rink

All you need is a flat, level area on your lawn. When the first snow comes, shovel off an area about 12’ square. Form a rim of snow about one-foot high and one-foot thick around the rink. Pat and stomp the snow until the rim is very firm. When the temperature drops to at least 20º F, adjust the nozzle of a garden hose to a fine, even spray, and sprinkle the entire rink until the water freezes 1/2” deep. This will give the rink a good foundation. If the ground is porous, you can put down a plastic sheet before sprinkling, to prevent seepage. Once the first layer of ice is solid and even take off the nozzle, lay the hose down on the rink, and let the water run until it is 2” to 3” deep. Let it freeze solid. Make a smooth surface by adding another “layer” of water each night for several nights and letting it freeze. Each time you add a layer of water, lightly spray your snow rim, too, to keep it frozen. When your rink is about 8” thick, it’s ready to skate on.

4.Snow creatures

Anyone can build a snowman. Be creative and make a snow creature. For a Loch Ness monster, roll three large snow balls near each other, add snow between them but let the rounded top show. Add a larger snow ball at one end and three small ones at the others. Connect them by packing snow between them nearly to the top of the snow balls. Create a head out of the largest one and a tail out of the three smaller ones. Gather more snow to finish out the creature. You can color it by adding food color to water and spraying it. It will have to be colored often. Or use fabric dyes. Add decorations of your own.

5.Fort walls

Build two fort walls as protection for snow ball fights. Make a choir of snow angels, spray colored halos. String popcorn and cranberry and decorate the trees providing food for the birds.

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Events Calendar The Best of Upstate New York

DECEMBER All Month Albany. 23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. The all-new, drive-through exhibit features more than 125 displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. At the end of the drive, the Washington Park Lake House offers a holiday party with reindeer and friends, crafts, refreshments and, through Dec. 23, a visit with Santa. The Lake House will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1-2, but the drive-through show runs these days. Sundays through Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 10 p.m. $20 per car; $25 for 10 to 18 passenger vehicle; $50

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for vehicles containing 19 to 28 passengers; $100 for school buses; $125 for commercial coaches. All proceeds benefit the youth programming of Albany PAL. Cash only. Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. Drive through a two-mile annual holiday lights display featuring larger-than-life themed areas, and animated displays. While driving through, tune into Sunny 102 to listen to holiday music. Open daily 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays $10 per car; including motorcycles. $20 per car (including motorcycles) Friday through Sunday. Show a Wegmans Shoppers Card on Monday and Tuesday and save $4. $24 per minibus (capacity 17-24); $75 per motor coach (capacity 24+). Only cash accepted at the gate. Onondaga Lake Park. www.lightsonthelake. com. 315-471-9597 or carrie@galaxyevents-

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company.com. Syracuse. 34th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. View more than 30 original creations by amateur and professional bakers throughout the region. Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs, exhibits, research and collections management. Runs daily through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31). Adults $7; seniors $5; children 12 and younger $2; museum members free. Erie Canal Museum, 18 Erie Blvd. East. https:// eriecanalmuseum.org/gingerbread. 315471-0593. vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org. Corning. Glass Holidays at the Corning Museum of Glass. Make-your-own glass items workshops and special displays and events recurring daily. Closed Dec. 24-25


Noon to 4 p.m., plus Dec. 24 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Free admission; charges for some activities, such as wagon and carriage rides. Cash only. Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. www.skaneateles.com/calendar/ annual-events/dickens-christmas. Fabius. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. Twenty-minute horse drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride through the wintery woods at Highland Forest. No reservations needed. First come, first served. All rides will take place weather permitting. Call ahead to check on the schedule and for year-round group and evening party packages, sleigh rides or hayrides. Open weekends through Feb. 23, daily Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Closed Dec. 25. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last ride leaving at 3:30 p.m. General admission $8; 5 and younger $5. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road. www.onondagacountyparks.com/ highland-forest. 315-683-5550.

Various Dates All Month Syracuse. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. A tale as old as time to celebrate the holiday season. Shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending upon date. Confirm show dates and times on website. Show runs through Jan. 5. $30 to $60. Syracuse Stage Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. http://syracusestage.org/ showinfo.php?id=84. 315-443-3275. info@ syracusestage.org.

Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays Dog sledding at Winona Forest, Boylston. Photo taken in 2018 by Brad Smith. Courtesy of Oswego County Promotion and Tourism. See story on page 7. and Jan. 1. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $20; college students, AAA, veterans/active military $17; local residents $10; members and 17 and younger free. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way. www.cmog.org/ event/glass-wonderland. 607-937-5371. doolittlrf@cmog.org.

Saturdays and Sundays Skaneateles. 26th Anniversary Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles. Annual holiday event features horse-drawn carriage rides, interactive street theater with Dickens characters, roasted chestnuts and visits with Scrooge and Father Christmas. Numerous activities planned throughout the month. Visit the website for a complete schedule.

Rochester. City of Rochester Holiday Village Presented by Five Star Bank. Second annual event includes family-friendly activities like Santa’s workshop, free ice skating, breakfast with Santa, Christmas tree lighting, Menorah lighting, food, live music, crafts, shopping and more. Dec. 31 final day. Fridays 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission with charges for some activities. 353 Court St. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. https://rocholidayvillage. com 585-943-0796. JOLLY@rocholidayvillage.com.

Dec. 1 Albany. Great Train Extravaganza. This annual event includes dozens of vendors offering new and used trains for sale, plus parts, clothing, memorabilia, photographs, and accessories. Numerous exhibitors showing off all kinds of pieces of railroad history and artifacts. Several operating model railroads in N, HO and O gauges, LEGO and larger. A Roaming Railroad offers rides around the

Empire State Plaza Concourse. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $7, children under 12 free admission. New York State Convention Center, Empire State Plaza. 518-668-9892. trains@ gtealbany.com. Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. Enjoy a 2-hour, 30-minute round trip train excursion on the North Pole Express Train to Santa’s House. Children receive a wish list, gift from Santa, toy, and “magic” bell. Every family will receive a map of the North Pole activities. Tour the Christmas Tree lighted lane along with the Elf House, Santa’s giant red sleigh for pictures, and visit Santa’s reindeer. Concessions and toys for purchase. Heated restrooms are available. Check website for available seating. Tickets sell out quickly. Departures at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults $30; children (1-12) $28. Arcade & Attica Railroad, 278 Main St. www.aarailroad.com. https://tickets.traintixs.com/events/22776. 585-4923100. Auburn. MasterWorks Chorale Chamber Singers. The Chamber Singers will offer a cappella choral music from the Renaissance through the 20th century including Christmas Carols, accompanied by the music director, Kip Coerper, on the historic Willard Chapel organ. Tickets may be purchased at Willard Chapel Tuesdays through Fridays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10. Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St. www.willard-chapel.org. 315252-0339. Fulton. Poinsettia Open House. View thousands of blooming poinsettias, wreaths and kissing balls. Take holiday photo in front of the 10-foot poinsettia tree. Live holiday music by Dan Duggan. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses, 125 S. Granby Road (off route 48). www. OliverPaineGreenhouses.com. Fulton. Pet Pictures with Santa. Bring your four-legged family members to see Santa and tell him what they’d like for Christmas. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each picture is a $5 donation to the SPCA. Oswego Tractor Supply, 806 W. Broadway. 315-593-2289. Geneva. “The Nutcracker”. Ithaca Ballet presents, a magical tale of a young girl named Clara and her beloved and brave Nutcracker Prince, who battle Queen Mouse and travel to many fanciful lands. 3 p.m. Adults $22; student/senior $17; children 12 and younger $12. Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315-7815483. Oswego. Richardson-Bates Victorian Holiday Open House. Tour the mansion decorated with wreaths, poinsettias and a tree with toys from the Victorian period. Live entertainment, refreshments and fun for all. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Richardson-Bates House Museum, 135 E. Third St.

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Dec. 2 Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. The halls of the Pratt House will be decked with trees decorated by participating schools, nonprofit organizations and local businesses. Vote for your favorite. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; donations gratefully accepted. John Wells Pratt House Museum, 177 S. First St. www.pratthousemuseum. org/2019-parade-of-trees. Oswego. Advanced Electronic Music Recital. Students will perform using advanced techniques for creating DAW-based electronic music. 7:30 p.m. Tyler II, SUNY Oswego. www.oswego.edu/music. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread


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by Chip Davis. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album. 7:30 p.m. $48 to $88. The Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave. https://ticketmaster.com. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Oswego. SUNY Oswego Jazz Ensembles. Oswego State Jazz Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble perform. 7:30 p.m. Waterman Theater, Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www. oswego.edu/music. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. Support your hometown hockey team. 7 p.m. $16 to $20. The OnCenter War Memorial Arena, 800 South State St. www.syracusecrunch.com. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

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Albany. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. A Christmas tradition, Tzchaikovsky’s classic “The Nutcracker” is performed by the Moscow Ballet on their Dove of Peace Tour, traveling to more than 100 cities across North America. 7 p.m. $32 to $82. The Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave. https://ticketmaster.com. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2.

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Oswego. SUNY Oswego Wind Ensemble. SUNY Oswego’s Wind Ensemble performs its Fall semester concert. 7:30 p.m. Waterman Theater, Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www.oswego.edu/music. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. View more than 100 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, and special holiday displays. Holiday music and dance performances will be held in the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court and the Hosmer Auditorium. Free with admission. Members $5; non-members $8. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. www.everson.org. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Verona. Aaron Lewis: “State I’m In” Tour. See Dec. 5. 8 p.m. $55 to $94. Showroom, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-7717711.

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Dec. 6 Ballston Spa. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. Experience the tree lighting, Ballston Spa Holiday Parade, live music, and a visit from Santa Claus. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Milton Avenue to Wiswall Park, Milton Avenue. 518-885-2772. Cape Vincent. Lighting of Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse. Refreshments and entertainment begin at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting at 6 p.m. 33439 county Route 6. 315-654-2481. Carthage. Carthage Holiday Parade. Holiday parade, tree lighting and fireworks. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Carthage. www. carthageny.com. carthagenychamber@ gmail.com. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Fulton. “A Christmas Carol.” Musical based on the Christmas classic by Charles Dickens. Time varies by show date. See website for complete schedule. Adults $15; seniors or students $12. CNY Community Arts Center, 121 Cayuga St. https://cnyartscenter.com. 315-598-2787. cnyartscenters@gmail.com. Geneva. The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show. The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by

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Winter in Oswego Don’t Miss It Music in Oswego Oswego Music Hall kicks off its winter/spring season with Gangstagrass, which presents a combination of bluegrass and hip-hop. 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Visit www.oswegomusichall.org. The National Endowment for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $10.50 to $46.50, plus service fees. The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315-781-5483. Ithaca. Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival. Watch ice carvers from around the nation as they compete for $9,000 in prizes during three rounds of competition. The festival features display sculptures, fire demonstrations, silent disco, Chowder cook-off, and The Ice Bar: an outdoor bar made entirely of ice, serving beer, wine and hot cocoa. The Ithaca Ice Festival ice carving competition is a National Ice Carving Association-sanctioned event. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Ithaca. www.downtownithaca.com/ice-fest. 607-277-8679. info@ downtownithaca.com. Newark. Rochester Philharmonic Holiday Concert. Hosted by the Newark Central School District, in conjunction with the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs holiday music live. 6:30 p.m. Newark High School Jazz Ensemble and Downbeat performs in the gymnasium. 7:30 RPO. Preevent ticket sales at Newark Wegmans and Lyons National Bank Lyons branches. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 students. 625 Peirson Avenue. 315-332-3240 www.newarkcsd. org. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. Presents “Fairytale Courtroom.” This comedy shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch,

are brought to trial. Time TBA. Admission charged. Frances Marion Brown Theater, 20 Barbara Donahue Dr. www.oswegoplayers. org. Oswego. Public Telescope Observation Sessions. Use the 16-inch telescope to view the moon. A lecture at 7 p.m. will start off the session. Please call 315-312-2680 for a weather update after 6 p.m. the day of the session. 7 p.m to midnight Free admission. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Rd. www.oswego.edu/rice-creek. Oswego. Christmas Messiah in Oswego. Symphoria and the Syracuse Pops Chorus present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, including the Hallelujah Chorus. 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 college students with ID; free 18 and younger. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 103 W.7th St. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Rochester. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.50. All patrons must have a ticket. Auditorium Theater at Rochester Broadway Theater League, 885 E. Main St.

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www.rbtl.org. 585-277-3325. info@rbtl.org. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. NYS Indoor Kart Racing Championship. The 100-foot diameter track offers wheel-to-wheel action with 12 karts in six-second laps. Approximately 70 races packed into six hours of non-stop action. 6 p.m. Adults $20; children under 12 $10; children under 5 free admission. Center of Progress, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. www.syracuseindoor.com. 315-676-0227. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Suzie Vinnick. Soloist Suzie Vinnick accompanies herself on guitar. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15. Members $12. May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E Genesee St. www.folkus.org. 315-638-4740. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Verona. Aaron Lewis: “State I’m In” Tour. See Dec. 5. Waterloo. Elton Rohn. Live classic Elton John tribute show. Elton Rohn has headlined more than 250 shows across North America. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. 8 p.m. $10. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 Route 414. www.dellagoresort.com. 315-9461695.

Dec. 7 Alexandria Bay. 15th Annual Holiday Craft Show. Hosted by the Macsherry Library, the show features regional artisans whose work has included turned wooden bowls, ceramics, handmade jewelry, artwork, photographs, herbal wares and local maple products, plus a raffle, refreshments and music. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 12 Walton St. 315-482-2241. Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Auburn. 46th Annual Holiday Craft Fair. More than 170 craftspeople from throughout the Northeast will display and sell handcrafted items. Additionally, Cayuga student groups will provide entertainment, information, and demonstrations throughout the event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 197 Franklin St. vkent@cayuga-cc.edu. www.cayuga-cc. edu/craftfair. 315-294-8524. Auburn. Annual SantaCon Pub Crawl. Dress as Santa for this downtown pub crawl. All participants are encouraged to dress in a Santa-type costume. Drink specials will be available to all participants. Cash only. 3 p.m. sign-in. Starts at 3:30 p.m. $10 donation to benefit Tyburn Academy. A.T. Walley & Co., 119 Genesee St. www.atwalley.com. 315282-7314. Batavia. Christmas In The City & Holiday

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Parade. The Downtown Batavia holiday celebration includes a parade (6 p.m.), children’s activities, pictures with Santa, horse and buggy rides, and specials offered by various shops and restaurants. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission Main St. 585-344-0900. bkemp@ downtownbataviany.com. Canandaigua. Dickens Christmas. Tour Sonnenberg Gardens’ festively decorated mansion. Experience carriage rides and entertainment, including Canandaigua Elementary School Chorus, Seneca Soundwaves Chorus, Harp by Donna, Stringplicity, Midlakes Intermediate School Chorus, LumenEssence, English Country Dancing with the Meryton Assembly Dancers and bells played by Ginny Konz. Horse-drawn carriage ride 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weather permitting. Scavenger hunt. Reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. “Refreshments available for purchase throughout the event. Share the holiday spirit with others by bringing non-perishable items to donate with Gleaner’s Kitchen. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. General admission $8; Younger than 5 free admission. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St. www.sonnenberg.org/event/dickens-christmas/2018-12-02/. 585-394-4922. info@sonnenberg.org. Carthage. Carthage Twin Villages Christmas. Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Carthage. www.carthageny. com. carthagenychamber@gmail.com. Clayton. Clayton Christmas Parade in Lights & Fireworks. Christmas in Clayton activities will be offered all day, including Christmas In Lights Parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks immediately following. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Riverside Drive. tricia@1000islands-clayton.com. Clayton. 25th Annual Juried Craft Show. A part of Clayton’s holiday celebration, the Thousand Island Museum holds a juried craft show and sale the day of Clayton’s Christmas Parade. Two floors of crafters available. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 420 James St. 315-686-5794. sharon@timuseum. org. Fair Haven. other venues. Christmas Around the World. Celebrate the season with festive wine and food pairings from around the world on a self-guided tour. Refreshments and food samples are provided. Reservations for groups of 8 or more are appreciated. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Participating vendors include Casa Larga Vineyards-Italy; JD Wine Cellars-Costa Rica; Young Sommer Winery-Norway; Thorpe Vineyard-Britain (does not accept groups over 10 people); Colloca Estate Winery-Australia; Boom Point Winery-Poland; Rootstock Cider & Spirits-Spain; Embark Craft Ciderworks-Holland; Old Goat Cidery at the Apple Shed-France; Pop’s House of Country Collectibles-Germany. Colloca Estate Winery,

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Dec. 8 Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Auburn. 46th Annual Holiday Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Dec. 7. Auburn. Christmas “Messiah” in Auburn. Symphoria and the Syracuse Pops Chorus present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, including the Hallelujah Chorus. 4 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 college students with ID; free 18 and younger. St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St. 315-299-5598. Auburn. “Christmas Wonder” presented by Auburn Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy holiday music by the orchestra. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Suggested $5 donation appreciated. St. Francis of Assisi Church, 299 Clark St. 315-604-0485 info@auburnchamberorchestra.com. Canandaigua. Dickens Christmas. No carriage ride today. See Dec. 7. Fair Haven. other venues. Christmas Around the World. See Dec. 7. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Fulton. “A Christmas Carol”. See Dec. 6. Fulton. 8th Annual Howliday Fundraiser. Many silent auctions, basket raffles and a bake sale. For a $5 donation, get your picture with Santa. noon Free admission. Fulton Elks Lodge #830, 57 Pierce Dr. www. oswegocountyspca.org. Fulton. Christmas in Palermo. The 5th annual event begins with a Christmas pageant/church service and ends with a live nativity including real animals. The day also includes vendors, crafters, lunch, bands, entertainment, candy shop, kids’ 25-cents Christmas shop, free crafts, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, tree lightings and more. Crafters, vendors and activities all day, including a visit from Santa. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission. Palermo United Methodist Church, 11 County Route 35. Henrietta. Holly Trolley Rides. See Dec. 7. Homer. George Winston. Live performance by George Winston. 8 p.m. $18 to $35. Center for the Arts in Homer, 72 S. Main St. www.


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lighting at 4:15 pm with music and readings. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. South Park and Village of Pulaski. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Utica. The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. See Dec. 7. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

Dec. 9 Cortland. Christmas “Messiah” in Cortland. Symphoria and the Syracuse Pops Chorus present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, including the Hallelujah Chorus. 7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 college students with ID; free 18 and younger. United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St. 315-2995598. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. My Fair Lady. See Dec. 10. The musical includes classic such as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the St Where You Live” to tell the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a proper lady. Directed by Bartlett Sher.7:30 p.m. Admission to be announced. Landmark Theater, 362 S. Salina St. 315-424-8210. https://landmarktheater.org.

Dec. 11 Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. “My Fair Lady.” See Dec. 10. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

Dec. 12 Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Oswego. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).” Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told, plus Christmas traditions from around the

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world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung as a madcap romp through the holiday season. Book by John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald. Directed by Sherri Metz. Barnes Hiscock Mansion, 930 James St. Check website for times and cost. http:// dujourcny.com. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Rochester. Moscow Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. Celebrate the cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. 7 p.m. $32 to $82+ VIP. 885 E. Main St. www. rbtl.org/events/moscow-ballets-nutcracker-2. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Seneca Falls. “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. Hosted in Seneca Falls, the “Real Bedford Falls” that is said to have inspired director Frank Capra’s fictitious town, It’s a Wonderful Life Festival celebrates the film through a variety of activities and events. Meet actors from the film, experience a live radio play based on the film, screening of It’s a Wonderful Life, tree lighting, caroling, raffles, craft activities, It’s a Wonderful 5k Run, holiday concert and more. Visit website for full schedule. Fees for some activities. http:// therealbedfordfalls.com/festival-events. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. The show’s premiere puts a new twist to the classic Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, featuring many Syracuse landmarks and historical figures resurrected on stage. Set in 1999 on Christmas Eve, prominent Syracuse businessman, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by three ghosts, each one a Syracuse legend. With hummable Christmas tunes and a Broadway-style score and recognizable Syracuse icons from the past and the present. Senior, student and veteran pricing is available when you call the Redhouse box office. ASL interpretation available. 7 p.m.; varying times depending upon performance. $35. Redhouse Arts Center, 400 S. Salina St. www.theredhouse.org. 315-362-2785. info@ theredhouse.org. Syracuse. Disney on Ice Presents “Celebrate Memories.” Favorite Disney characters come to life, including Elsa, Moana, the “Toy Story” friends and Disney princesses. 7 p.m.; varying times depending upon performance. $15 to $85. The Oncenter War Memorial Arena, 800 S. State St. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. My Fair Lady. ASL interpretation provided at this performance. See Dec. 10. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

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Dec. 13 Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. rides only this date. See Dec. 1. Cortland. A Buddy Holly Jolly Christmas. Starring Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons, Todd Meredith (from CRT’s Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Buddy!) returns to Cortland with his band for the holidays. Cash bar available. 7:30 p.m. $25. Cortland Repertory Theater, downtown, 24 Port Watson St. www.cortlandrep.org. 800-427-6160. info@ cortlandrep.org. Fulton. Annual Parade of Trees & Open House. See Dec. 2. Fulton. “A Christmas Carol.” See Dec. 6. Glens Falls. Adirondack Ballet Theater Presents “The Nutcracker” Ballet. Adirondack Ballet Theater’s 28th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic. The critically acclaimed dance company will present this typically sold-out holiday favorite with student members ranging form age 4 to 18, guest artists and local actors on stage. 7 p.m. Admission TBA. Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen St. www.woodtheater.org. Old Forge. Snodeo. 43rd Annual Snodeo Weekend in Old Forge. Kick off snowmobile season with this family-oriented event hosted by the Central Adirondack Association. Four manufacturers will have snowmobile models on display. Activities include vintage snowmobile show & swap meet, Kitty-Cat & 120cc races at noon on Saturday and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Hiltebrant Recreation Center Pavilion, 201 N. St. www.adirondack.net/winter/annual-events/snodeo. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. Presents “Fairytale Courtroom.” See Dec. 6. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Round Lake. 19th Annual Santa’s Play Land Open House. Santa will be on site, as well as several other costumed characters. Take a ride on one of the Quick Express tractor drawn trains, or enjoy a horse and wagon ride. Children can also enjoy a selection of kiddie rides. Refreshments of cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate will be served at no charge. For the safety of everyone parking is once again off site. Please follow the signs and shuttle bus service will bring you to the property. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Quick Response Restoration, 2077 Route 9. www.saratoga.com/event/santas-playland-137868. Sackets Harbor. Whooville In the Harbor. Enter the world of Dr. Seuss’ classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at Whooville in the Harbor. West Main St. Time TBA. Free admission. sacketschamber@gmail.com. Sandy Creek. Holiday Cookie Contest.


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Bring in your holiday cookies on Friday for judging on Saturday. Adult and child categories. Please provide an ingredient list. Prizes will be awarded. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Annie P Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St. www.ainsworthmemoriallibrary.org. Seneca Falls. “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. “My Fair Lady”. See Dec. 10. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Holiday Pops. Conductor Sean O’Loughlin, vocalist Lizzie Klemperer and the Syracuse Pops Chorus directed by Lou Lemos perform holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. Adults $43 to $73; younger than 18 free. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-2995598. Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. Features handmade decorative accents and artwork such as handcrafted furniture, framed artwork, lighting, holiday décor, architectural decorative pieces, textiles, candles, signs, metalwork, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden décor, jewelry, adult/ children’s clothing and accessories, gourmet food and more. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission TBA. Horticulture Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. 248-6344151 ext. 626. shows@countryfolkart.com. Syracuse. Disney on Ice Presents “Celebrate Memories.” See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec.

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1. Verona. Lee Brice. 8 p.m. $35 to $89. Event Center, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-7717711. Verona. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party. 8 p.m. $25 to $75. Showroom, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

Dec. 14 Albany. Albany Symphony: The Magic of Christmas. Hear the Albany Symphony and talent from the Capital Region perform favorite Christmas carols, holiday favorites and more. Plus a visit from Santa Claus.3 p.m. $30 to $55. The Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave. https://ticketmaster.com. Alexandria Bay. River Santa Festival. Santa arrives at the village dock at 11 a.m. by boat with USCG Escort. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Village Dock. 315-482-9531. www.visitalexbay.org. Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Brewerton. Colonial Christmas. Colonial dessert table set in 18th century fashion. 13th century St. Nicholas to give out chocolate coins and talk to visitors about his life. Time TBA. $3 donation. Fort Brewerton Historical Society, 9 Route 11. http://fortbrewerton.net. Buffalo. Trans Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), the multi-platinum, critically-ac-

claimed progressive rock group, returns with all-new staging and effects. A portion of the proceeds benefit Kiss Cares Kids Radiothon benefitting the John Oishei Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Western & Central NY Chapter courtesy of TSO. Dates and times subject to change without notice. 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49.50 to $79.50. KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour Knox III Plaza. www.tickets.com. www.trans-siberian.com. 888-223-6000. Cape Vincent. Christmas Parade with Lights. The Annual Christmas in Cape Vincent Celebration includes treats served by local businesses. The Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Floats will be decorated with holiday lights. After the parade, the children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and hot chocolate and doughnuts will be served. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 315-654-2533. Cortland. A Buddy Holly Jolly Christmas. See Dec. 14 Fineview. Holiday Bonanza. Crafts for kids and adults, live music, raffle, light refreshments, local craft and food vendors, Driftwood BBQ and baked goods from the Wellesley Island Fire Department. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park. 315-482-2479. Fulton. Create a Holiday Centerpiece. Use fresh greens and holiday accents to create a holiday centerpiece. 1 p.m. $40. Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses, 125 S. Granby Rd. Fulton. A Christmas Carol. See Dec. 6. Glens Falls. Adirondack Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker Ballet. See Dec. 13.

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Henrietta. Holly Trolley Rides. See Dec. 7. Old Forge. Snodeo. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Dec. 13. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Rochester. The Coasters, The Drifters, & The Platters. Hear three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups on the same stage. The Drifters was the first musical group to sell over two million records and recorded classics such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” The Platters’ hit singles include “Only You” and “The Great Pretender.” The group is one of the top 25 selling artists of all time. Cornell Gunter’s Coasters recorded hits like “Yakety Yak,” “Young Blood” and “Charlie Brown.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $55. 885 East Main St. www. rbtl.org/events/coasters-drifters-platters. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Round Lake. 19th Annual Santa’s Play Land Open House. See Dec. 14. Sackets Harbor. Whooville In the Harbor. See Dec. 13. Sandy Creek. Holiday Cookie Contest. See Dec. 13. Seneca Falls. It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. Holiday Pops. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 14. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Dec. 13. Syracuse. Disney on Ice Presents Celebrate Memories. See Dec. 12. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. Presents Fairytale Courtroom. See Dec. 6. Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Sackets Harbor. Christmas on the Farm at Old McDonald’s Farm. See Dec. 1. Sandy Creek. A Very Grinchy Christmas. Celebrate Christmas with the Grinch. Listen to the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” watch the cartoon, make crafts and eat cookies. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Annie P Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St. www.ainsworthmemoriallibrary.org. Utica. Martin Sexton. American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton performs in a live show. He has headlined venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films. 8 p.m. $17.50 to $35. The Stanley Theater, 261 Genesee St. www.thestanley.org/events/ view/1317/the-nutcracker. 315-724-4000. gzumpano@thestanley.org. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec.

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1. Verona. Pentatonix. 8 p.m. $49 to $99. Event Center, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Watertown. An Evening With Dickens. Hosted by the Jefferson County Historical Society. More details TBA. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Paddock Mansion, 228 Washington St. director@ jeffersoncountyhistory.org.

the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album. 6:30 p.m. $35 to $65. The OnCenter, Mulroy Civic Center Theaters 800 S. State St. https://nacentertainment.com/ broadway-in-syracuse. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

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Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Buffalo. Trans Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories. See Dec. 14. Fulton. Pet Pictures with Santa. See Dec. 1. Fulton. “A Christmas Carol.” See Dec. 6. Glens Falls. Adirondack Ballet Theater Presents The Nutcracker Ballet. See Dec. 13. Henrietta. Holly Trolley Rides. See Dec. 7. Old Forge. Snodeo. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Dec. 13. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. Presents Fairytale Courtroom. See Dec. 6. Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. See Dec. 1. Sackets Harbor. Whooville In the Harbor. See Dec. 13. Seneca Falls. It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Festival of Trees. See Dec. 5. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Dec. 13. Syracuse. Disney on Ice Presents Celebrate Memories. See Dec. 12. Syracuse. The Drifters, The Platters & Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. Hear three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups on the same stage. The Drifters was the first musical group to sell over two million records and recorded classics such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” The Platters’ hit singles include “Only You” and “The Great Pretender.” The group is one of the top 25 selling artists of all time. Cornell Gunter’s Coasters recorded hits like “Yakety Yak,” “Young Blood” and “Charlie Brown.” 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Landmark Theater, 362 S. Salina St. 315-424-8210. https://landmarktheater.org. Syracuse. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s Fresh Aire series which introduced

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Geneva. Keb’ Mo’s Jingle Bell Jamboree. Keb’ Mo’ celebrates his 25th Anniversary year of performing under the moniker with the release of two albums. 8 p.m. $38.50 to $148.50 VIP, (plus service fees). The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315-781-5483.

Dec. 17 Homer. Jim Coon’s Christmas Carol. 7 p.m. Tickets TBD. Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St. Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St. www.center4art.org. Syracuse. An Evening with Chevy Chase. Light up your holidays with screening of National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” followed by Chevy Chase live on stage, sharing stories from his career and the making of his comedy movie, “Christmas Vacation,” along with an audience Q&A time. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $50. Landmark Theater, 362 S. Salina St. 315424-8210. https://landmarktheater.org.

Dec. 18 Homer. Jim Coon’s Christmas Carol. See Dec. 17. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

Dec. 19 Homer. Jim Coon’s Christmas Carol. See Dec. 17. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, “The Lion King” brings together Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor, Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Varying times depending upon date. See website for entire schedule.


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Don’t Miss It Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby Annual ice fishing derby. Fish the waters of Long Lake or Lake Eaton. Live weigh-in at the Long Lake Snack Shack at the Long Lake Town Beach. Cash prizes. $25 fee per person. 7 a.m., Feb. 8. www.longlakefishgame.com. $38 to $150. 885 East Main St. www.rbtl.org/ events/disneys-the-lion-king. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Syracuse. A Syracuse “Christmas Carol”. See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

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Holiday Celebration. Frankie Scinta has been headlining his own show in Las Vegas for more than 18 years, playing many string and percussion instruments, along with drummer and comedian Peter O’Donnell and his ensemble of vocalists. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. 8 p.m. $12 to $55. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 Route 414. www.dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695.

Dec. 20 Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King”. See Dec. 19. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Waterloo. Frankie Scinta: The Showman

Dec. 21 Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Homer. Nutcracker Noir: Have Yourself a Merry Little Murder. It has been many years since Clara visited the Sugar Plum Fairy in the magical realm of the Land of the Sweets. Come see how the sweets have changed in macabre ways since then. In this 18-plus variety show turned murder mystery, audience

members will help solve the crime. 7 p.m. $20. Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St. www.center4art.org. Oswego. Story Hour at Rice Creek. Share tales of nature, animals’ wild ways, and how we relate to our world around us. Targeting early readers, ages 7 to 10 (but not limited to). Bring a child to hear a story, then take a walk on a trail. 11 a.m. Free admission. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Rd. www. oswego.edu/rice-creek. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Verona. Michael Carbonaro. Illusionist and star of The Carbonaro Effect performs live. 8 p.m. $49 to $125. Room & Show Packages starting at $382. Showroom, Turning Stone

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Arcade. North Pole Express Trains. See Dec. 1. Homer. Delaney Brothers Bluegrass Christmas. Timeless classics, old favorites, and holiday songs. 2 p.m. $5 to $12. Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St. www. center4art.org. Rochester. Disney’s The Lion King. See Dec. 19. Syracuse. A Syracuse Christmas Carol. See Dec. 12. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

or older to attend. 8 p.m. Free Admission. The Vine at Del Lago Resort, 1133 Route 414. www.dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1695. Long Lake. Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge. The Town of Long Lake and the Long Lake Fire Department join forces for a fundraiser to benefit St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $25 to participate. Medical checks provided by the Long Lake Rescue Squad. Compete individually or as part of a team. Prizes awarded for Best Team Theme, Best Individual Plunge, Best in Show, Most Funds Raised by a Team and Most Funds Raised by an Individual. Participants must 16 and over to participate. Plungers under 18 must have parental permission. Registration will be at the Adirondack Hotel starting at 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Long Lake Town Beach More. www.mylonglake.com. 518-624-3077.

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Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.

Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Rochester. Kwanzaa Celebration. Each of Kwanzaa’s seven days is dedicated to one principle, named in Swahili. Translated, they are unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; creativity; and faith. These events for all ages feature hands-on art activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. The celebration is in partnership with the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation per group. Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. http:// mag.rochester.edu. 585-276-8900. maginfo@ mag.rochester.edu. Verona. Bret Michaels. Michaels brings his distinct country sound to Upstate New York. 8 p.m. $45 to $99. The Showroom, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www. turningstone.com. 800-771-7711.

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Dec. 26 Rochester. Disney’s The Lion King. See Dec. 19.

Dec. 27 Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. The Great Salt City Blues Concert 3. Twenty-one of Syracuse’s best musicians will honor five legendary Blues performers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35, plus a service fee. Palace Theater, 2384 James St. www.facebook.com/ saltcitybluesconcert. 315-638-4286. gspencer57@verizon.net. Verona. Earth, Wind & Fire. 8 p.m. $45 to $175. Room and show packages starting at $278. Event Center, Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone. com. 800-771-7711.

Dec. 28 Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Waterloo. Ruby Shooz. Performing for more than 20 years, this group of musicians brings back the classic rock from the 50’s, 60’s, and some newer tunes. Must be 21 years of age

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Dec. 30 Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” A unique and joyful holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber. 7:30 p.m. $37 to $67. The OnCenter, Mulroy Civic Center Theaters 800 S. State St. http://hiphopnutcracker.com.

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Dec. 31 Cortland. Cortland Repertory Theater’s 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Dance, “Dancing Thru the Decades” New Year’s Eve Dance. Dance in the New Year at and then have a front row seat to the Downtown Cortland First Light celebration, which includes a countdown ball drop and fireworks. Each brings a new decade of the best dance tunes. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 60s and 70s music; 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. 70s and 80s music; 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. 80s and 90s music; 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. greatest hits of all time. Advanced tickets $10; at the door $15. Cortland Repertory Theater downtown, 24 Port Watson St. www.cortlandrep.org. 800-427-6160. info@cortlandrep.org. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Saranac Lake. First Night. First Night Saranac Lake 2020. See Dec. 31. A family-friendly celebration of the arts welcomes in 2020. First Night Saranac Lake offers a wide variety of entertainment, such as live music, puppet shows, comedy acts, fireworks display and more. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Adults $15 in advance and $20 day of the event; teens $10 (ages 13-18); children 12 and younger free admission. Various locations.

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Sundays, Saturdays Fabius. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. See “December: Saturdays And Sundays” listing.

Jan. 1 Albany. 23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. See “December: All Month” listing. Corning. Glass Wonderland at the Corning Museum of Glass. See “December: All Month” listing. Lake George. Polar Plunge. About 1,000 participants are expected. Registration 10:30 a.m. at Duffy’s Tavern on Amherst St in Lake George Village. Or pre-register from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31st at Duffy’s


Tavern. Funds raised will be donated to the local fire departments involved in securing the event, as well as the Springfield Shriners Hospitals For Children. A long sleeved Polar Plunge shirt will be for sale for $10 each. The first 400 participants will plunge into the icy waters of Lake George starting at 1:15 p.m. The other waves of plungers will follow. After the plunge, party at Duffy’s Tavern featuring live music with the band Dirt Cheap. Pack a towel and water shoes, wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring easy-to-get-into warm clothes for after the Plunge. For your own safety, never dive into the water. Bring a plastic bag for wet clothes and somewhere to store your dry clothes. Bring along a disposable, waterproof camera. $10 to participate. Shepard Park Beach. www.lakegeorge.com/ polar-plunge. 518-668-5323. Oswego. Fort Ontario First Day Hike. A history-themed walking tour of the Fort Ontario National Register District. Dress for very cold weather. 10 a.m. Free admission. Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St. www.fortontario.com. Saranac Lake. First Night. First Night Saranac Lake. See Dec. 31. Syracuse. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” See December “various dates all month” listing. Syracuse. 33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See “December: All Month” listing. Raquette Lake. Mike Norris Fishing Derby. Fish for lake trout, brook trout, perch, and salmon. Registration at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash prizes and plaques for winners. Hot chocolate and snacks provided throughout the day. Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. 6 a.m. Raquette Lake.

Jan. 2 Albany. 23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” See December “various dates all month” listing. Syracuse. 33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. see december “all month” listing.

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f course, you can pop on a hat to keep your ears (and head) warm this winter; however, you have a couple reasons to consider ear muffs and other ear-only headgear. Hats mess up one’s hair. Even men with shaved heads find “fuzz” from knit hats stuck to their stubble. And most longer haircuts? Count on mashed down and flyaway “hat head” for the day. Hats also cause static build-up when removed. The yarn against hair can generate quite a zap. For some people, hats overheat their heads but their ears remain cold without protection. Skip these hassles and opt for cozy earmuffs. Or, if you need your whole head covered, consider adding earmuffs for more protection when you’re outside a long time. Men’s 180S Tec Fleece Ear Warmers (www.llbean.com, $29.95) offers a wrap-around design that goes behind the head. The soft thermal fleece material on the outside is stuffed with PrimaLoft Gold insulation. The design fits closely enough that it you want to wear a hat on top of it if you want. Inside, the adjustable frame ensures a snug fit. The Warmers also fold up to slip in a coat pocket. Turtle Fur Polartec 200 Ear Band (www.rei.com, $19) features two layers of fleece in a headband style ear band with a wide area that totally covers the ears. The rest is narrower so it avoids the problems hats cause. This, too, may be worn with a hat if desired. Don’t forget the children’s earmuffs. Target (www.target.com, $9.95) offers a line of cute styles such as hamburgers, unicorns, cats, and

L.L.Bean Tec Fleece ear warmer. branded characters such as Disney, My Little Pony, LOL Surprise!, and more in the classic top band design. Also at Target ($14.95), the Degrees by 180s Women’s Cable Knit Winter Headband looks stylish and feels like a cozy sweater. The white trimmed with cream style offers relief from all-black outerwear while still coordinating with any outerwear. Lands’ End (www.landsend.com, $19.95) offers Women’s Adjustable Fleece Winter Earmuffs in black or cream-and-black leopard print. In a wrap-around-the-back style, both are made of soft, pill-resistant fleece with an anti-static treatment for further hairdo protection. The print can really liven up a solid coat. As their name denotes, (www. Amazon.com, $15.95) lack a band so your hairdo is safe, though any earrings worn with them should be small. They may also interfere with people wearing glasses and some kinds of hearing aids. But for people with larger, hard-to-fit heads, Sprigs are ideal. The minimalist earmuffs come in sizes small through large to accommodate children through adults in a large variety of prints and colors. The site includes a sizing chart which is vital for proper fit. Earbags come with a small carrying case to keep them together better. Cuddl Duds Ear Muffs (www. jcpenney.com, $28) are made of polyester fleece lined with faux fur for softness and warmth. A mid-weight muff, the narrow band is worn around the back of the head for minimal hairdo impact.

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Listing. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

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Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” See December “Various Dates All Month” Listing. Syracuse. 33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See December “All Month” listing.

Mannsville. 2020 Winona Forest Try-It 12.5K Classical. The race is designed for all ages, abilities and speed levels. Enjoy the forest and explore the trails with family and friends. 9 a.m. $20. Family discount is available on the website. CCC Camp, Winona Forest. www.winonaforest.com.

Jan. 5 Rochester. Disney’s “The Lion King.” See Dec. 19. Syracuse. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” See December “Various Dates All Month” Listing. Syracuse. 33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See December “All Month” listing.

Jan. 6 Syracuse. 33rd Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See December “All Month” listing.

Rochester. “Dancing with the Stars” Live Tour 2020. America’s favorite dance show goes back on tour. The all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” The tour includes Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater. VIP Packages are available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, meet-and-greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities. 8 p.m. $49.50 to $125. 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org/events/dwts. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

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Jan. 11 Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Gangstagrass. Bluegrass and hip-hop may sound like an odd combination, but don’t tell that to Producer Rench, who birthed the fusion in 2006, with Gangstagrass. 7:30 p.m. $17-$20 Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake

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Jan. 19 Syracuse. “Our Favorite Things.” Lawrence Loh, music director of Symphoria, leads this performance of works of Weber, Vaughan Williams, Handel, Rossini, Barber and Beethoven. The performance features soprano Meredith Lustig. 3 p.m. Adults $33 to $43; seniors $38; students with ID $5; younger than 18 free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 220 East Fayette St. http://experiencesymphoria. org. 315-299-5598.

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Jan. 10 Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Champions of Magic. The five world-class illusionists performing have appeared on The CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” NBC’s “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon,” “The Today Show” and “Access Hollywood Live.” Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands around the world. Recommended for ages 5and older. Children under 3 not permitted. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $85. The OnCenter, Mulroy Civic Center Theaters 800 S. State St. https://championsofmagic.co.uk.

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Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

Jan. 18 Oswego. Story Hour at Rice Creek. See Dec. 21. Redfield. Poker Run with Chicken Barbecue and Sled Raffle. Chicken Barbecue from noon until sold out. Polaris sled raffle drawing and door prizes. Poker Run card stamped at sponsors, with poker hands drawn at Cheese Factory and winners announced at 6 pm. noon. Admission TBA. Redfield Snowmobile Association, Inc., 363 Co. Rte. 39. redfieldsnow.snowclubs.com West Monroe. 25th Annual Don Rowe Antique Snowmobile Show. Seven different judging classes. Trophies and places awarded by Square Valley Trail Blazers. Dash plaques given to the first 50 registrants. 8 a.m. $5 persled; $10 for two or more sleds; $10 vendors. Two Guys from Italy Restaurant, NYS Rte. 49, www.squarevalley.net/home.html.

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Jan. 20 Oswego. Mini Golf at Oswego Library. Play a round of golf inside the library. An 18-hole course will challenge young and old alike. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oswego Public Library. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price TBD. Oswego Public Library, 120 E. Second St. www.oswegopubliclibrary.org. Sodus Point. Winter Fest. Family fun day of outdoor ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, sledding or tubing, wagon rides, kid game zone, wine tasting, beer tasting, delicious warm comfort food, and more. Local vendors and crafts for sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Willow Park. www.sodusrotary.org/winter-fest-2020. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 1 p.m. See Dec. 4.

Jan. 21 Rochester. “Anastasia.” Inspired by the beloved films, the new musical “Anastasia” is from the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic “Ragtime.” The title character is a young woman setting out to discover the mystery of her past. The book is by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak. Times vary depending upon dates. See the website for a complete list. $280 to $625. 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org/events/anastasia. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

Jan. 22 Rochester. “Anastasia.” See Jan. 21.

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Buffalo. Disney on Ice Presents “Celebrate Memories.” See Jan. 23. Lake George. Funky Ice Fest. Exploring the new Frozen Forest, complete with critters, howling at the full moon during, the opening weekend. A variety of New York State spirits and wines, specialty brews and food trucks available. Warm up by one of the bonfires or in the Funky Lounge. Funky Ice Fest is family-friendly and fun for all ages with games for the kids who tag along. Well-trained and leashed dogs are allowed on the patio. A DJ is available, so bring your vinyl. Adirondack Pub & Brewery, 33 Canada St. http://www. adkbrewery.com. 518-260-2025. Pulaski. Salmon River Winter Festival. Family fun throughout the village includes an opening reception, snowshoe walk/run, skating, sled dogs, children’s activities, vendors, refreshments and more. In addition to the Wing Walk Sunday and Chili Walk Saturday will be the Mac ‘n Cheese Walk on Friday night. Time TBD. Free admission. Ballots for the Walks $5. Village of Pulaski. www.facebook.com/OswegoCountywintercarnival. Rochester. “Anastasia.” See Jan. 21. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

Matt Nakoa. Matt Nakoa grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, New York and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. 7:30 p.m. $13 to $16. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www. oswegomusichall.org. Pulaski. Salmon River Winter Festival. See Jan. 24. Rochester. “Anastasia.” See Jan. 21. Syracuse. Higdon & Mozart. Lawrence Loh, music director of Symphoria, leads this performance of works of Beethoven, Higdon, Mozart and Delius. The performance features Jillian Honn on the oboe. Music Lawrence Loh presents a pre-concert talk on stage one hour prior to the performance. Free with ticket purchase. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery. St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Long Lake. Winter Birding Weekend. Join Local birding expert and guide Joan Collins from Adirondack Avian Expeditions for a two-days of birding tours and an afternoon presentation. Spot boreal finches, Red Crossbills and Pine Siskins. An optional tour takes place on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with main birding car safari Sunday at 7 a.m. Joan Collins offers a presentation on Saturday, at 4 p.m. at the Long Lake Town Hall followed by reception and a dinner at the Adirondack Hotel. Pre-registration required. 7 a.m. Free, except for dinner. Adirondack Hotel, 1245 Main St, Route 30N. 518-624-3077.

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State and beyond to compete in more than 30 winter sports events. The 2019 Games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions, and the 2020 Games are expected to exceed that number. There is no charge by Empire State Winter Games to watch any sport. Some venues charge an entry fee for the venue: the Olympic Sports Complex for sliding sports (not the cross-country ski center), and the Olympic Jumping Complex. At Whiteface Mountain, in order to view most events visitors need to be on the mountain on skis or snowboard, which will require purchase of a lift ticket. Some of the Winter Bike finish will be visible at the area near the base lodge from the Cloudspin Lounge and outside deck, at no charge. Purchase an ESWG Olympic Sites Passport and enjoy free entry to Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Sports Complex, and the Olympic Jumping Complex, plus additional perks. Events take place in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Malone, and Paul Smiths. www.empirestatewintergames.com. 518-523-2445. info@empirestatewintergames.com. Mannsville. 10th Annual Winona Forest Stonewall 5K Walk/Run and Empire State Snowshoe Championship Race. The 5k citizen’s distance accommodates all ability levels and is family friendly. Choose to race, run, or walk with friends. The 10k course is designed for those with snowshoe running experience and is one you will never forget. Registration TBD. CCC Camp, Winona Forest. www.winonaforest.com. Pulaski. Salmon River Winter Festival. See Jan. 24. Rochester. “Anastasia.” See Jan. 21. Syracuse. Syracuse Man Show and Brew Fest. More than 40 craft brews on hand for sampling and activities like corn hole, billiards, darts, big screen TVs broadcasting all the big games, magicians, video games, manly food and hourly giveaways. Must be age 21 or older. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. $50. F Shed, Syracuse Regional Market. www. syracusemanshow.com 800-753-3978. rob@

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Jan. 31 Lake George. Funky Ice Fest. See Jan. 24. Lake Placid. 2020 Empire State Winter Games. See Jan. 30. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. The event features the Ice Palace, complete with thrones and a “king” and “queen” two local residents honored for their contribution to the community. Numerous activities available, including Ladies’ frying pan toss, ultimate frisbee, parade, races, film screening, curling, skating, skiing, competitions, Arctic golf, scavenger hunt, book sale, and more. For a complete schedule of venues, times and events, visit www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com.

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first responders $4.50; Museum members, EBT cardholders and children 12 and younger free admission. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Highway 12. www.hanfordmills.org. 607-278-5744. bethr@hanfordmills.org. Lake George. Funky Ice Fest. See Jan. 24. Lake Placid. 2020 Empire State Winter Games. See Jan. 30. Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31. Syracuse. Shaken Not Stirred. Sean O’Loughlin conducts music from James Bond movies From Russia with Love, Skyfall, Goldfinger, and Thunderball and more, featuring tenor David Curry. Other notoroius spythemes are featured on this performance, including Mission Impossible and the Pink Panther. 7:30 p.m. $43 to $73. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery. St. http:// experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

Weekends All Month Lake George. Lake George Winter Carnival. Weekends in February are Winter Carnival time in Lake George. Lake George Village offers a month-long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly event. Activities include outhouse races, chili cook-off, parade, S’mores at the Beach, hot chocolate bar, fireworks, youth hockey, keg toss, human foosball, snowman building contest, snow diving and more. Check the website for a complete schedule. www.lakegeorge.com/ winter/carnival. Fabius. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides. See December “Saturdays, Sundays” listing.

East Meredith. Ice Harvest Festival. Enjoy a day of hands-on history and winter fun. Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Hanford Mills Museum celebrates this rural tradition with the Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools and techniques, visitors can cut and maneuver blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. The Ice Harvest Festival also features ice sculpting and ice fishing, a hot soup buffet, horse-drawn sleigh rides, blacksmith demonstrations, bonfires, and exhibits by local farmers and businesses. Proceeds from the soup buffet and cookie sale benefit the Museum’s educational programs. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults and teens $9; senior citizens 65 and older, AAA members and teachers $7; National Trust for Historic Preservation members $7; active duty military, veterans, and 2019 / 2020

Lake Placid. 2020 Empire State Winter Games. See Jan. 30. Pulaski. 6th Annual Selkirk Shores 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk. Enjoy a woodland racecourse with portions of the trail groomed. All ages are welcome. 11 a.m. Fee TBD. Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NY Route 3. 315-298-5737. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31.

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Feb. 4 Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31.

Feb.5 Rochester. “Swan Lake.” Fifty-five dancers of the National Ballet Theater of Odessa, Ukraine presents the classic ballet in four acts with one intermission. Set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on German legend, Swan Lake follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. 7:30 p.m. $38 to $68. 885 East Main St. www.rbtl.org/ events/swan-lake. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.

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org. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31.

Feb. 6 Clayton. 2020 Fire & Ice Weekend. Bundle up and step into the winter wonderland of over 20,000 pounds of ice meticulously carved into ice sculptures, martini luges, and even ice bars. After enjoying the chilling experience on the patio, head inside to warm up with light hors d’oeuvres, chili and chowder. Live music and, to end the evening, a fireworks show. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Drive. www.1000IslandsHarborHotel.com 315-6861100. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31.

Feb.7 Clayton. 2020 Fire & Ice Weekend. See Feb. 6. Oswego. Ke-Nekt’ Series presents Hugo Vera, Tenor. Vocalist Hugo Vera performs live. 5:30 p.m. Sheldon Hall Ballroom, Washington Blvd., SUNY Oswego. www.oswego.edu/artswego/artswego-0. Oswego. Friends of Oswego Public Library Wine and Chocolate Event. Sample wines, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, win prizes, all to benefit the Oswego Public Library. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission TBD. American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St. www.oswegopubliclibrary. org. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31. Syracuse. Syracuse Opera Presents: “Candide.” An adaptation of Voltaire’s satirical novella, “Candide” melds European operetta, musicals, Latin American dance rhythms, and everything in between into its own eclectic style. Young Candide’s tutor believes everything happens for the best. Through war, plague, earthquake, shipwreck, and the Spanish Inquisition, Candide tries to hold onto this optimism. Will he become disillusioned or will he find the best of all possible worlds? 8 p.m. $25 to $135. The OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 800 S. State St. www. syracuseopera.org. Syracuse. Winter Fair. More than 25,000 people attended the Winter Fair in 2019. The event includes vendors, crafters, mini-midway, games, carnival food, ice sculptures and on Friday and Saturday evenings, a fireworks display at 9:30. Entertainment includes cultural dancers from the Six Nations tribes, Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, Irish dancers, a karate demonstration and live


Last year’s Stone Wall 5K Walk/Run and Empire State Snowshoe Championship Race in Winona Forest, one of the largest snowshoe events in the U.S.. This year the event will take place Jan 20. See story on page 7. Photo: Brad Smith, courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Department.

music. Winter Fair 2020 is not affiliated with the Great New York State Fair. Adults $7; teens/pre- teens and seniors $5; children 10 and younger free. 581 State Fair Blvd. http:// www.nyswinterfair.com. (315) 487-7711 ext. 1222. gary.kerr@agriculture.ny.gov.

Feb. 8 Clayton. 2020 Fire & Ice Weekend. See Feb. 6. Fulton. The Great Eastern Whiteout. Vintage and antique snowmobile show and swap meet on Saturday. Vintage ride Sunday at 8 a.m. All proceeds go to local charities and two scholarships. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $10; kids are free. Fulton War Memorial, 609 W. Broadway. www.facebook.com/GreatEasternWhiteout. Mannsville. Winona Forest Tourathon. The 2020 Tourathon attracts Nordic skiers from across the USA and beyond. The lake effect snow machine and professional grooming equipment provides participants great skiing conditions. 8 a.m. CCC Camp, Winona Forest. www.skireg.com/winona-forest-tourathon. Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents The Faux Paws. Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand on guitar, fiddle, feet, vocals and Chris Miller on saxophone, banjo, vocals. Their music is a mix of fiddle tunes, bluegrass, country, explosive jams and harmonies. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Pulaski. Candlelight Snowshoe Walk. Enjoy a self-guided snowshoe walk around a can-

dlelit half-mile groomed trail. Relax by the fire with refreshments, while the kids make crafts in the shelter. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NYS-3. 315-298-5737. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31. Long Lake. Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The Long Lake Fish and Game Club host their annual ice fishing derby. Fish the waters of Long Lake or Lake Eaton. Live weigh-in at the Long Lake Snack Shack at the Long Lake Town Beach. Cash prizes for trout and landlocked salmon on Lake Eaton. Winner of the derby must be present to win. Registration at the Geiger Arena 6 a.m. Tip ups and lines in 7 a.m. $25 fee per person. 7 a.m. www.longlakefishgame.com. Syracuse. Winter Fair. See Feb. 7.

Feb. 9 Syracuse. Syracuse Opera Presents: “Candide.” 2 p.m. See Feb. 7. Saranac Lake. 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival: Myths and Legends. See Jan. 31. Fulton. The Great Eastern Whiteout. See Feb. 8

public $20; SUNY Oswego faculty/staff/alumni $15; students of all ages $5. Waterman Theater, Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www. oswego.edu/artswego/artswego-0.

Feb. 13 Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” Set in Verona where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague have had a long-standing feud, “Romeo & Juliet” is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion of young love. ASL interpretation available. 7 p.m.; varying times depending upon performance. $35. Redhouse Arts Center, 400 S. Salina St. www.theredhouse.org. 315-3622785. info@theredhouse.org. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. The 35th annual Syracuse Winterfest offers activities in and around the City of Syracuse for all ages, vendors, live entertainment and food. Last year, 100,000 attended, making it the second-largest event in Central New York. Some activities are free. View the complete schedule and venues at www.syracusewinterfest.com.

Feb. 14 Feb. 12 Oswego. Cie Hervé KOUBI: “What the Day Owes to the Night.” This company of 13 men from Algeria and Burkina Faso deliver a performance packed with back-flips, head spins and emotional intensity. 7:30 p.m. General

Saratoga Springs. The 2020 Flurry Festival. The Flurry is weekend perfect for dancers and music lovers of all ages, featuring dances, workshops, singing, concerts, jamming performances, family events, storytelling, vendors, and more. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission varies each day. Cash, check, or money

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order only. An ATM is available in the hotel lobby at the Saratoga Hilton. Tickets are sold as Day, Night, All Day, or Full-Festival only; there are no tickets for single dance/workshop events. Full festival admission: Adults $110 at the door or $95 in advance; teens $65 at the door or $50 in advance; children $8 at the door or in advance; student, senior, military or Dance Flurry Organization member $100 at the door or $85 in advance. Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway. https://www.danceflurry.org. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13.

Feb. 15 Oswego. Story Hour at Rice Creek. See Dec. 21. Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Saratoga Springs. The 2020 Flurry Festival. See Feb. 15. Statewide. NYS Free Fishing Weekend. New York State Fishing Licenses are not required to fish this weekend. Syracuse. “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” Presented in partnership with Syracuse Stage, this performance includes works of Stravinksy, Elgar and Boyer, led by Music Director Lawrence Loh and features cellist Julian Schwarz. Loh presents a pre-concert talk on stage one hour prior to this performance. Free with ticket purchase. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Raquette Lake. Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. Events include snowshoe relay, snow dodge ball, tug-o-war, ladies’ frying pan toss, ice golf, magic show, chainsaw competition, and an all-day bonfire. 10 a.m. Free. 518-6243077.

Feb. 16 Saratoga Springs. The 2020 Flurry Festival. See Feb. 15. Statewide. NYS Free Fishing Weekend. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. Activities include sledding and skating races, bonfire skating party, crafts, workshops and

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movie night. www.mylonglake.com. Raquette Lake. Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 15.

Feb. 17 Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

Feb. 18 Long Lake. 19th Annual Winter Carnival. The Ice Farm will be on site producing unique ice carvings all throughout the event at Mt. Sabattis. Events include a snowmobile parade followed by the crowning of the king and queen and a town wide photograph, the infamous cardboard box derby race, snowball golf, and the ladies frying pan toss competition. 2020 Will see the return of the wackiest hat contest parade, and men’s feats of strength. The night rounds out with a firework display. The long lake little bus starts running at noon until last call. All welcome to park and ride free all day long. Cell number is 518-354-3106 to reserve the Long Lake Little Bus. Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. 6 Pavilion Way. https://mylonglake.com/winter-calendar. Rochester. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the show is directed by Timothy Sheader and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie. This production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” draws from events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Times vary by showing. See website for complete listing. 885 E.Main St. www.rbtl.org/events/swanlake. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Syracuse. Broadway in Syracuse Presents “A Bronx Tale.” Three years ago, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri teamed up with Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Tony® Award winner Jerry Zaks and Tony® Award nominee Sergio Trujillo to create this streetwise musical based on Palminteri’s true life story of the Bronx in the 1960s. Includes dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Academy Award® and Tony® Award-winner Alan Menken and Tony Award-nominee Glenn Slater. 7:30 p.m. Admission TBA. The OnCenter, Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 S.State St. https://nacentertainment.com/broadway-in-syracuse. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

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Feb. 19 Rochester. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” See Feb. 18. Syracuse. Broadway in Syracuse Presents “A Bronx Tale.” See Feb. 18. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

Feb. 20 Rochester. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” See Feb. 18. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

Feb. 21 Rochester. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” See Feb. 18. Syracuse. “Prohibition.” Symphoria commemorates the 100th anniversary of prohibition with this performance featuring music from the period in a speak-easy-like atmosphere. Conducted by Lawrence Loh, music director of Symphoria. 7 p.m. Adults $33; seniors $28; students with ID $5; under 18 free. Location to be announced. http:// experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Long Lake. Long Lake Hors D’oeuvres Tour. Each restaurant serves three chef’s choice appetizers and participants vote for the best at each local restaurant. Shuttle available. If you are coming out of town, park and ride from the Long Lake Town Hall. Must reserve in advance. Tickets available at Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road. Price includes appetizers only. Drinks and extras are additional charge. Admission TBD. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. www.mylonglake.com/tour. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

Feb. 22 Buffalo. “Jeff Dunham: Seriously.” For more than 12 years, Jeff Dunham and his irreverent ventriloquist “cohorts,” Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have performed worldwide on tour. The tour includes new cast member, “Larry,” the President’s personal adviser. Dates and times subject to change without notice. 5 p.m. $49.50 to $149.50. KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour Knox III Plaza. www.tickets.com. www.jeffdunham.com. 888-223-6000.


Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman: Grit and sensitivity percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman play across soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms. Saturday Annual meeting 4:30 p.m.; potluck dinner 5:15 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. $14 to $17. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Rochester. “Jesus Christ Superstar.” See Feb. 18. Syracuse. “Romeo & Juliet.” See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13. Mt. Sabattis. Winter Wonderland Week. See Feb. 16.

Feb. 23 Oswego. Focus on Faculty: Todd Graber and Juan LaManna. SUNY Oswego professors Todd Graber, tenor and Juan LaManna, piano, perform together. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sheldon Hall, Washington Blvd., SUNY Oswego. www. oswego.edu/music. Rochester. Jesus Christ Superstar. See Feb. 18. Syracuse. Romeo & Juliet. See Feb. 13. Syracuse. Harlem Globetrotters: Pushing the Limits Tour. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger-than-life entertainers, will bring their all-new show, “Pushing the Limits” to Syracuse. The roster includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, and woman stars TNT Lister, Swish Sutton, and Torch George. Every show features a blend of physical comedy and basketball skills including ball handling, high-flying dunks and a new record-breaking attempt. 3 p.m. $25 to $314. The OnCenter, War Memorial Arena, 800 South State St. www.harlemglobetrotters.com. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest. See Feb. 13.

Feb. 24 Hannibal. Hannibal’s Role in the Civil War. Lowell Newvine, Hannibal historian, will discuss his latest book, which includes the names and service records for men from the Hannibal, NY area. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Hannibal Community Center, 162 Oswego St. 315-564-7396.

Feb. 27 Syracuse. New York Farm Show. Peruse the wares and displays of 400 farm and land

Salmon River Falls in northern Oswego County. February 2008. Courtesy of Oswego County Promotion and Tourism Department. product and service vendors among heating buildings at the Fairgrounds. Numerous workshops and educational opportunities are available for farmers and landowners. Many area places of lodging offer discounts if you mention the “farm show rate” when booking a reservation for during the show. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 at the gate; free in advance. Children under 18 free. New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. www.newyorkfarmshow.com.

Feb. 28 Syracuse. New York Farm Show. See Feb. 27.

Feb. 29 Auburn. Family Concert presented by Auburn Chamber Orchestra. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Suggested $5 donation appreciated. Auburn Alliance Church, 630 N Seward Ave. 315-6040485. info@auburnchamberorchestra.com. Geneva. Symphoria. Hear Beethoven’s “Fidelio Overture; “Mozart’s Sinfonia” Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, featuring Lawrence Loh, conductor; Peter Rovit, violin; and Arvilla Wendland, viola. The Smith will not be selling tickets for this event. Please go to Geneva Concerts website, www.genevaconcerts.org. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35; college students $10; children K-12 and HWS stu-

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dents, free. The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315-781-5483. Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Syracuse. New York Farm Show. See Feb. 27.

MARCH All Month Oswego. Oswego Figure Skating Club Annual Showcase. The annual end-of- theyear show. The club shows off all they have accomplished. From senior skaters to the Snowplow Sams, the club will entertain with group and solo performances. Date and time TBA. Crisafulli Ice Rink, 32 Fort Ontario Rd. www.oswegofsc.org.

Syracuse. Mozart & Beethoven. Violinist Peter Rovit and violist Arvilla Wendland play works of Mozart and Beethoven led by conductor Lawrence Loh. 3 p.m. Adults $33$43; seniors $28-$38; students with ID $5; younger than 18 free. Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathredral, 220 E.Fayette St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598.

March 7 Oswego. Rice Creek Rambles. See Dec. 7. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Jay Unger & Molly Mason. Jay Unger and Molly Mason perform musical numbers and stories. 7:30 p.m. $17 to $20. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org Oswego. Blue Jupiter presents Twisted Broadway. Featuring SUNY Oswego Alumnus Diana Preisler, Blue Jupiter performs a cappella pop and Broadway leads and beat boxing. 7:30 p.m. Adults $20; SUNY Oswego faculty/staff/alumni $15; students of all ages $5. Waterman Theater, Tyler Hall, SUNY. www.oswego.edu/artswego/artswego-0. Parish. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. Wish Dr. Seuss a Happy Birthday. Stories, snacks, games and songs. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Parish Public Library, 3 Church St. www.parishpubliclibrary.org. Rochester. Shen Yun. The 2020 world tour includes a live orchestra for a show that shares 5,000 years of Chinese culture, music and dance. Presented by Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association. Times vary by showing. 7:30 p.m. $83 to $153. 885 East Main St. www.rbtl.org/events/shen-yun. 585-2225000. mail@rbtl.org. 2019 / 2020

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Syracuse. Italian Symphony. Featuring violinist William Hagen and led by Lawrence Loh, Symphoria performs works of Verdi, Paganini, Nazaykinskaya and Mendelssohn. Music Director Lawrence Loh presents a pre-concert talk on stage one hour prior to this performance. Free with ticket purchase. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery St. http:// experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Long Lake. Adult & Child Ice Fishing Derby. Sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club, teams of adults and children under age 15 fish the waters of Long Lake, Lake Eaton or South Pond. Cash prizes for pike, perch, trout. Registration at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena at 8:30 a.m., tip ups and lines in at 9a.m. and weigh-in at 3p.m. at the Geiger Arena. Free. www.longlakefishgame.com.

March 12 Geneva. Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The “bagpipes with attitude” offer up rock with a Scottish accent. (Please note, this is the Chilli Pipers from Scotland, not the Chili Peppers from Los Angeles.) 8 p.m. $28.50 to $38.50, plus service fees. The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315781-5483. Syracuse. “Amadeus.” See March 11.

March 13 Clayton. 2nd Annual Snowmobile Rally. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Dr. 315-686-3771. Syracuse. “Amadeus.” See March 11.

March 14 Clayton. 2nd Annual Snowmobile Rally. See March 14. Oswego. Story Hour at Rice Creek. See Dec. 21. Sandy Creek. LEGO Leprechaun Trap Party. There’s a leprechaun loose in the library. Build a LEGO Leprechaun trap, listen to a story, and enjoy a snack Saturday. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Annie P. Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St. www.ainsworthmemoriallibrary.org. Syracuse. “Amadeus.” See March 11. Syracuse. “Cinderella.” The timeless story of a majestic fairy godmother transforming a plain servant, Cinderella, into a beautiful young lady with a glittering carriage fit for a

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princess that carries her to the royal ball. But as the clock strikes midnight, the magic ends and Cinderella must hurry home. Will the handsome Prince find her again? 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. $20 to $75. OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 932 Spencer St. www.syracusecityballet.com. 315-883-0327. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

March 21-22 & March 28-29 State-wide. Maple Weekends (various venues statewide). Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association invite families and friends into their sugar houses to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Most vendors offer free tastings and samples, demonstrations of maple production, tours of the sugar house and on-site sales of maple syrup, candy, cotton candy, cream, sauces and more. A few prepare and sell pancake breakfasts, too. Check the New York Maple Producers Association website for a list of participating maple producers to find one year you. Check the website of the producer and call the same day to ensure the schedule and activities available. Since temperatures affect the flow of maple sap, the weather may limit the activities available on specific days. www.nysmaple.com. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents RPR. From stirring anthems to whisper-gentle ballads, RPR takes you on a cinematic journey of joy, laughter, tears and reflection with a dynamic tapestry of musical styles. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $19. Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Rochester. “Hello, Dolly!” See March 17. Syracuse. “Amadeus.” See March 11. Syracuse. Movies and the Masters. Hear violinist Lisa Dondlinger with Symphoria under the direction of Sean O’Loughlin perform classics from the movies. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. See Dec. 4.

March 24 Syracuse. “Amadeus.” See March 11. Syracuse. Broadway in Syracuse Presents Riverdance. The Grammy award-winning score and Irish dancers perform live. 7:30 p.m. Tickets to be announced. The OnCenter, Mulroy Civic Center Theaters, 800 South State St. https://nacentertainment.com/ broadway-in-syracuse.


Defending Their Title SU women’s ice hockey team has tough act to follow By Mary Beth Roach

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entral New York hockey fans may be missing out on some great games if they haven’t been to the Tennity Ice Pavilion on Syracuse University’s South Campus. The arena at Skytop is the home ice for the SU women’s hockey team, whose 2018-19 season was the best the team has had since the program started in 2008. At the end of last season, the Orange won their first conference title in the College Hockey America Conference Tournament, going on to its first NCAA tournament berth, where they played against Wisconsin in the opening round. The team got off to a rough start in the 2019-2020 season when the squad faced off against some of the top college teams in the country. However, once the Orange entered conference play, they matched up against opponents they’re more familiar with. A win against Union College in

late October helped to build the players’ confidence as they began the CHA games and their attempt to retain the conference title. Fans cheer on the champions while being treated to fast-moving games, and the relatively small size of the Tennity Pavilion adds to the fans’ experience and is great motivation for the team as well. The size of the pavilion and proximity of the audience to the ice allow fans to better see and appreciate the speed and skills needed to play the game, according to coach Paul Flanagan. “It’s an intimate rink here. Everyone’s pretty close to the ice, so when we have a big crowd, when we’re having a good game, it makes it more exciting. It makes it that much more intense for us,” according to Logan Hicks, a senior and a co-captain of the team. Hicks and the other captains lead a team that is culturally diverse, with

players coming from various parts of the United States; Canadian provinces including Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, and even Sweden. That mix makes it fun for the team members, she added. Hicks is from Arizona. What is a girl from a desert climate like Arizona doing playing hockey in Upstate New York? It seems to be in the blood, a family affair. Her father, Alex, and grandfather, Wayne, had professional hockey careers. The women’s hockey games are free and there are parking lots close to Tennity, with sidewalks leading right up to the front door. There are no stairs to contend with, and there is a ramp to access the stands once inside. Their schedule, rosters and more are available at https://cuse.com/sports/womens-ice-hockey. “Come to a game, see for yourself. It’s such a fast, fun sport to watch. If you come, you’ll love it,” Hicks said.

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Winter:

Love It or Hate It By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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hether you love it or loathe it, winter is big part of life in Central New York. According to U.S. Climate Data, the average high temperature for the months of December through March in Syracuse is 36.5 degrees F. The average low is 21 for the same time period. In Oswego, that dips to 34.75 degrees F for the high and 22.5 for the low. Of course with that cold comes plenty of snow. The website Accuweather.com, which lists the snowiest cities for the winter of 2018-2019, includes three Upstate cities and total snow accumulation: Buffalo had 94.3 inches; Syracuse, 74.9 inches; and Rochester, 63.5. These cities each ranked much higher in snowfall than Nome, Alaska (35.6 inches). Whether you hunker down and endure it or run outside to embrace it, winter is here.

Here’s what a few locals have to say about winter in Upstate New York: “I personally like the seasonal change. It gives opportunity to do a variety of activities not available without the change of season. I like the aesthetics of the change and having the variety of seasons available to us.” Jason Pratt, Oswego “I enjoy the season. I have to admit moving to CNY from Philadelphia since 1989, I’m not a huge fan of all the snow. There are days I wish we had less snow. It interferes with my running and makes it more challenging. I have to run in the daylight as the sides of the roads aren’t always plowed. But winters are good. It looks beautiful. I didn’t even have snow boots when I moved up here.” Carol Sames, Syracuse “I love winter. I can go snowshoeing, skiing and I do occasional winter

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camping. You’ve got to get out in it. That’s what I always tell people when they complain about winter. They need to get out of the house and find something fun to go enjoy.” Jake Mulcahey, Oswego

it so much they should do something about their situation here. I try not to complain about it as it’s inevitable and I made the conscious decision to live in Syracuse.” Neal Purcell, Syracuse

“It’s OK. It can be pretty, but it’s cold.” Cindy Smith, Syracuse

“There are many aspects of winter I love, like fresh fallen snow and crisp, cool air. Certainly as lifelong resident of Central New York, I’ve learned to embrace many aspects of it. I prefer the minor inconvenience of a snowfall than the larger natural disasters that happen many areas of the country.” Amy Lear, Oswego

“I tolerate the cold. I’ve been here all my life. I’m 79 now. I tolerate it — that’s the only way I can put it. I’d still rather live here than other places with their fires and floods. We have a great crew here in the city keeping us cleaned out. I’m looking forward to spring already.” Donna Lupien, Oswego “I deal with it. I find activities to do to make the winter go by. If people hate

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“I can’t stand the cold anymore. I’m getting too old for the cold. When I was a kid, we tobogganed all the time. Now, I wouldn’t mind if we didn’t have snow or cold at all.” Eva Hancock, Jamesville


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