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Early Owego Antique Center ...........................6

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St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce 51

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Best Bets for Winter

With the change of seasons comes a change in activities to enjoy with friends and family. Try these “best bets” for a winter of fun.

View a holiday light show.

Whether it is Liverpool’s Lights on the Lake, Fairgrounds Festival of Lights in Hamburg or a well-lit neighbor rivaling the decorated home of Clark W. Griswold from National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation,” lights make the sea son festive and bright.

Attend a traditional holiday event.

Regardless of what you celebrate, a traditional holiday event feels warm and nostalgic. Most hous es of worship host faith-based celebrations and municipalities — like Skaneateles — host com munitywide events like Dickens Christmas. Check what your local college, theater or other perform ing arts venue has planned. Many museums and historic points of in terest such as the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, Genesee Coun try Village and Museum in Mum ford and George Eastman House in Rochester, host special events and erect holiday displays. Or perhaps you can explore a tradition outside of your own to better appreciate another culture. Check the Winter Guide calendar for events to enjoy.

Try a new winter sport.

In this issue, learn about the Native American game of snow snake and snowkiting, which combines snowboarding with parasailing. Or try another lit tle-known activity, such as curl ing. Trying a new recreational activity can help you shake off winter doldrums and get your blood flowing. Or revisit an ac tivity you enjoyed as a child or teen. Many venues and outfitters rent equipment if you do not want to invest in gear.

Attend a winter festival or expo.

Centering on winter activities, warm foods and community, winter festivals provide a good reason to socialize instead of holing up at home. Syracuse Winterfest, Snodeo in Old Forge, New York Farm Show in Syra cuse, Saranac Lake Winter Car nival, and Winter Fair in Syra cuse are a few examples. The events calendar provides numer ous more.

Take a winter vacation.

New York offers plenty of terrific resorts and lodgings to enjoy the season, whether you want to in dulge in a romantic, pampering getaway, an adventuresome ski trip or anything in between.

Explore maple sugaring.

Did you know New York ranks second in the nation for maple syrup production behind Ver mont? Maple sugaring is a big part of New York’s rural heri tage. Visit sugarhouses to see how farmers make the sticky stuff, sample products and snap up sweet gifts for family and friends—and maybe something special for yourself. Typically, farms host Maple Weekends the last two weekends of March and include attractions such as pan cake breakfasts, children’s ac tivities and educational exhibits and demonstrations. Some sug ar houses offer a gift shop open year-round. Visit https://nys maple.com to find participating sugarhouses.

SHINEMAN PLANETARIUM OFFERS PROGRAMS DURING WINTER MONTHS

Those who are fascinated by the skies won’t want to miss the shows being offered at the Shineman Planetari um, located at the Shineman Cen ter on the SUNY Oswego campus.

Every Friday and Sunday at 6 p.m. (with the exception of Christ mas weekend, Dec. 23-25, and New Year’s weekend, Dec. 30 – Jan. 1), the planetarium staff offers free shows, each one ranging from 45 to 60 minutes with a question-and-an swer session afterward. The Friday shows have a different theme each week, and the subject matter for the Sunday programs changes each month, according to Natalia Le wandowska, planetarium director and assistant professor of physics at SUNY Oswego.

It’s that Q&A session that Le wandowska finds especially enjoy able.

“The community has great ques tions about what’s happening in the

sky,” she said, but sometimes they might be little intimidated to ask. However, she has found that after the shows, that trepidation breaks “After the shows, you see so many smiles,” she said.

While the specific themes for the winter program had not been de veloped by the time of publication, Lewandowska anticipated that the shows will focus on winter skies.

The planetarium programs are very popular, she believes, because they help people understand what’s going on in the universe and answer many questions, including whether there are other life forms out there and how humans evolved on this planet.

“I think a planetarium attracts so many people because it helps them with the power of visualization to understand seemingly complex processes that are happening in space,” she said. Astronomy is actu

ally physics, and physics is “highly stigmatized as being hard to under stand,” she explained further, and a planetarium helps people to better comprehend.

The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Shineman Center and opened with the rest of the facility in 2013. The shows are projected onto its dome, which measures 24 feet in diameter and about 12 feet high. The facility has 39 very comfortable chairs that recline to a certain angle, allowing guests to truly appreciate the full effect of the shows. Additional floor space is available. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and because the programs are popular, guests should plan on getting there a little early.

The Shineman Center is located next to the Marano Campus Center, and parking is available at the C8 lot off of Washington Boulevard.

MAIN: Planet Jupiter (with stripes); its moon Io (the small orb) and another moon, Europa foreground
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RIGHT: Natalia Lewandowska, Shineman Planetarium director and assistant professor of physics at SUNY Oswego, and Scott Roby, former director of the planetarium who recently retired and is still on the faculty part-time.
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SNOWPHILES: LOCALS WHO LOVE THE WHITE STUFF

Instead of dreading and avoiding the snow, these lo cals embrace and enjoy it.

“Snow is great to have around Christmastime to add to the energy and excitement of the holiday spirit,” said Oswego mayor William Barlow, Jr. “Nothing beats driving around looking at decorations, going to tree lighting ceremonies, holiday shop ping, and Christmas eve than a nice, pretty snowfall.”

Beyond the holiday connection, Barlow likes engaging in physical recreation in snow, including snow shoeing on wooded trails throughout Oswego County.

“Here in the City of Oswego, we hold community snowman build ing contests, have great sledding at Fallbrook and the Country Club golf

course, and of course, some of the best snowmobiling opportunities in the country,” Barlow added.

As a kid, he always enjoyed sled ding at Fallbrook Recreation Center.

“Fallbrook has a massive hill where you can really build up some speed and sled quite a ways for coasting to a stop,” he said. “The walk up wasn’t always as fun, though.”

Jim Teske, chief meteorologist at WSYR-TV in East Syracuse, grew up in Central New York.

“I was always fascinated by snow — especially lake effect — more than any other weather phenomena,” he said. “I was just so amazed about how it could be sunny one minute then the next we couldn’t see our neighbors house

across the street because of blinding snow.”

He recalls a snowstorm on De cember 24, in 1978. Instead of the 1 to 3 inches of snow forecast, a foot and a half dumped overnight.

“It was a white Christmas in a big way,” Teske said.

He enjoys the snow by cross-country skiing and snowshoe ing. Since an empty lot backs up to his house, he can go out his back door to do some laps. He also lives near Green Lakes State Park.

“In the heart of winter on a clear, crisp winter day, we love to put on the skis and just glide across the golf course,” Teske said. “It is great exercise and clears the mind and allows you to just slow down.”

Fulton author Jim Farfaglia

Jim Teske, the chief meteorologist at WSYR-TV, grew up in Central New York. “I was always fascinated by snow — espe cially lake effect — more than any other weather phenomena,” he says
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MAIN: Winter photos taken by Jim Teske, chief meteorologist at WSYR-TV Channel 9.
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recently launched his latest book, “Historic Snowstorms of Central New York.” In addition to writing about snow, Farfaglia is a big fan, beginning with the Blizzard of ’66 when he was 10 years old.

“We were snowed in for a week,” he said. “I remember loving it be cause my dad was home from work and we were playing in it. I loved all the things you could do with snow. You can’t do anything with rain.”

An avid outdoorsman, Farfaglia walks year-round, using shoe treads on his footwear to avoid falls during the winter. He also loves getting into the woods during winter for snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.

“There’s always snow forts and snowball fights with my grandkids,” he added.

As for those who do not like snow, he encourages them to try an outdoors hobby such as ice skating to “get out and enjoy it. There are

ways to enjoy it, so find a hobby for it.”

Lindsay Raychel, media and content strategist for Visit Syracuse, worked as a meteorologist and reporter for television stations in Binghamton and Syracuse between 2014 and 2022.

“Growing up, I was always interested in weather,” she said. “It’s something that impacts everyone, every day. I knew whatever career I chose, I wanted to help people; at the time, becoming a broadcast meteorologist seemed like the logical fit for me.”

She thinks that winter can get a bad rap, which has fostered in her a “soft spot” for the maligned season.

“There really is something so special about Central New York in the winter,” she said. “You just might need to look through a different lens to see it.”

Raychel enjoys the sparkle and

the peaceful hush of a snow-covered landscape.

“During the pandemic, one of the safest things to do was to get outside and get some fresh air,” she recalled. “The weather was some thing positive to highlight during a difficult time. Every time it snowed, I got outside — or was put there by my producers — and I found snow piles. I climbed them, jumped in them, and slid down them. I felt like a 10-year-old again. I shared that with people on TV and on social media, to hopefully make them smile or laugh.”

She enjoys skating in down town Syracuse, cross-country skiing at Highland Forest, snowshoeing at Beaver Lake Nature Center and watching hockey at Skaneateles Lake.

“Syracuse and Central New York is exceptional,” Raychel said. “Let’s celebrate and highlight what makes us special.”

Author Jim Farfaglia reads from his recently launched book, “His toric Snowstorms of Central New York.” "I loved all the things you could do with snow. You can’t do anything with rain,” he says.
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Lindsay Raychel, media and content strategist for Visit Syracuse, pauses during one of her winter outings. “There really is something so special about Central New York in the winter,” she says.

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Climbing the High Peaks in Winter

Most people hike the Adirondacks in summer, but going during winter can be fun too

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Above the tree line on Mount Haystack — elevation 4,960 feet — snow swirled around Jon McDonald and his friend and 50 mph winds battered them with each step. They discussed turning back, but decided to press on, trudging the final few tenths of a mile to the summit.

Each year hikers flood the Ad irondacks, eager to enjoy its seem ingly endless trails and mountains. Many set a goal of becoming “46ers” by climbing the 46 High Peaks origi nally thought to have an elevation of at least 4,000 feet. Far fewer become winter 46ers.

Climbing the High Peaks in win

ter can be “an incredibly worthwhile endeavor,” said McDonald, who has worked as an outdoor instructor and hiked the 46ers in summer and win ter. It’s important, however, to have significant hiking experience before attempting them.

“If you’re looking to do that it should not be your first hiking chal lenge,” he said. “You should not be starting with that because it’s such a beast.”

McDonald had plenty of experi ence before he got into winter hik ing. He also made it a point to climb each of the 46ers at least once in warmer weather so he was familiar with the terrain.

Beginners should spend signifi

cant time hiking before attempting winter hiking. Talking with other hikers, researching the trails and joining one of the online forums devoted to Adirondack hiking can give novices a better understanding of what they’re getting into.

Even experienced hikers with no winter experience should start slow with small outings, McDonald said. Something as simple as a long walk on a bad weather day will help you figure out your layering system and get used to being in the cold for extended periods of time.

While it’s easy to imagine winter hiking as little more than teeth-chat tering drudgery, that’s hardly the case.

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Photo courtesy of Jon McDonald

On many days the weather is quite pleasant. And with fewer peo ple on the trails, hikers can feel like they have the forest to themselves, allowing them to soak up the breath taking winter landscapes and bask in the tranquility.

Winter hiking also bestows more practical benefits, said Mary Glynn, an education program manager with the Adirondack Mountain Club, who has hiked the 46ers and is attempt ing to hike the 140-mile North ville-Placid Trail in winter.

“The Adirondacks are known for their bugs and their mud and for the most part the bugs are dead in the winter and the mud is covered in a deep blanket of snow,” she said.

Winter hiking does present ad ditional challenges and significantly lowers your margin for error, Glynn said. For example, in summer a hiker who is unexpectedly outside over night can survive the elements. In a winter setting an unexpected night outside can be far more serious.

“So, if you have an emergency in the backcountry, it’s not going to be your broken leg that kills you,” Glynn said. “It’s going to be the hy pothermia that sets in before rescu ers can arrive.”

That’s why preparedness is key. Hikers should bring plenty of extra clothing and equipment.

Even if she’s doing a less chal lenging day hike, Glynn brings extra

clothing, a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hand warmers and a thermos with a hot drink. Taking that gear can be extremely important if you need to keep yourself warm while waiting for help.

Other equipment is specific to winter hiking. Micro spikes are generally recommended for winter as well as late fall and early spring. That’s because snow and ice can occur at higher elevations even in mild weather.

It’s also important to realize that weather conditions in the mountains can turn on a dime and that hypo thermia can sneak up on someone before they realize anything is wrong.

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Jon McDonald hiking the Adirondack Moun tains' High Peaks. Photo provided

McDonald said he’s been on hikes when it felt pleasant while hik ing, but the cold crept in when his group slowed down and stopped.

“Or you’re so cold so you keep moving and go beyond your energy level and make a mistake because you’re tired,” he said.

Hypothermia can occur in seemingly beautiful, sunny weather. Glynn was hiking on a 50-degree day in October when she encoun tered two hikers. They were wearing cotton, had sweated through their clothes and one had stopped to rest. He was shivering and in the early stages of hypothermia.

Hypothermia is one of the reasons Glynn doesn’t hike alone in winter. It’s much easier to spot the

warning signs in someone else than in yourself. And if someone does get into trouble, there’s a small group on hand to help.

It’s wise to be mindful that the days are shorter in winter and there’s less daylight. Winter hikes tend to take much longer than in summer, Glynn said. Breaking trails takes time and to avoid sweating or getting chilled it’s necessary to stop and add or remove layers of cloth ing.

Glynn recommends starting early, choosing shorter hikes and setting a turnaround time based on your pace. It’s a good idea to discuss it with your group so you can adjust accordingly and reach your destina tion on time.

“It’s easy to just keep climb ing and climbing and then all of a sudden you’re seven miles from the car, the sun is setting and you didn’t think about it,” she said.

While safety should be front of mind, it’s also important to give yourself permission to enjoy winter hiking.

McDonald said the 46ers rep resent a fraction of the hiking trails and mountains available in the Adirondacks and people can become so focused on trying to cross each mountain off their list that they for get to have fun.

“There are so many beautiful hikes that people just completely miss out on if all they’re worried about is hiking the 46,” he said.

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Photo courtesy of Jon McDonald

Winter: It’s Time to Eat Ice Cream

A dish of creamy, delicious ice cream can be comforting and hit the spot, too

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Iscream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream — even during wintertime.

Sure, this is the season when sales of soups, stews, chili and mac and cheese heat up. But a dish of creamy, delicious ice cream can be comforting and hit the spot, too.

There are many reasons to eat ice cream in winter. The line for ser vice at your preferred parlor will be much shorter and your cone or quart to-go won’t melt before you get to

your car. Still not convinced? Oncea-year flavors like Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Pepper mint Candy and Eggnog might lure you out of your cozy seat by the fire. And an embellishment of ice cream makes some seasonal desserts even better: What’s a slab of apple pie, ap ple crisp or bread pudding without a mound of vanilla ice cream melting through it? Have you ever sipped a hot chocolate or espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it? Put

that on your winter to-do list.

Ice cream gets a lot of warm weather love, and it’s sad when our favorite parlors and stands post their final flavors for the season and close for a couple months. They’ll be back in mid-March, when thoughts turn to shamrocks and St. Patrick’s Daythemed flavors (like the soft-serve Irish Mint and hard-pack Bailey’s Chip and Guinness Stout that Gan non’s in Syracuse is known for). In the meantime, put on your parka

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Ice Cream and Cayuga Lake Views

Jeff Kostick, owner of Cayuga Lake Cream ery, on Route 89 in Interlaken (and in downtown Ithaca), takes pride in being open for ice creamcravers in all seasons.

The creamery specializes in small-batch, homemade ice cream in flavors that utilize local ingredients, like raspberries, peaches and other seasonal fruits. The parlor’s best-seller is Seneca Salt Caramel: Caramel ice cream with a caramel swirl and a touch of flake salt harvested from Seneca Lake.

The ice cream for both shops is produced at the creamery on Route 89, as are waffle cones and waffle dishes (plain or dipped in chocolate). Busi ness typically slows starting in November, Kostick says, but at the same time, interest in seasonal fla vors like Spiced Apple, White Russian, and Cinnful (cinnamon) picks up. People who love ice cream still want their fix, but when it’s dark early and temperatures drop, they don’t necessarily want to bundle up and leave the house for it.

“What we find is that we sell more takeout pints and quarts later in the day because people who like their ice cream after dinner will stop on the way home and take it to go,’’ Kostick says. The thing that brings in business during the off-season is sunshine — which can be elusive during winter in Central New York.

“It’s interesting to me that people are much more driven by sun than temperature,’’ Kostick explains. “We could have a 40- or 45-degree day, but if it’s cloudy, no one will show up, or very few people. We could have a 10-degree day and if it’s sunny, many more people show up.’’

IF YOU GO

Cayuga Lake Creamery is at 8421 state Route 89, Interlaken, and 215 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca (in the DeWitt Mall). The Route 89 location is usually open Friday to Sun day during the winter months and other times “by chance.’’ The Ithaca shop is open Wednesday to Sunday. Check the website and social media for details. Information: https://cayugalakecreamery.com

Ice Cream on the Tug Hill Plateau

Boonville, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, is a remote and snowy place. It’s the birthplace of Adirondack Cup Snowmobile Rac ing and calls itself the “Snowmobile Capital of the U.S.’’ Most years, Boonville hosts the Boon ville Snow Festival (canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns and lack of significant snow fall).

Boonville is also the home of Mercer’s Dairy and Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream. The wine-infused ice cream, in flavors like Riesling, Chocolate Cab ernet and Lemon Sparkling, is shipped all over the country, as is Mercer’s regular ice cream.

The dairy produces many traditional ice cream flavors, like Mint Chip, Maple Walnut and Choco late Almond, available by the pint and quart, and makes ice cream for other companies.

You might think there’s no audience for ice cream in the snow belt, but think again. Winter warriors love ice cream, and the shop at Mercer’s is open year-round, serving up scoops, sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream cakes and other treats.

“I’m actually drawing a flamingo on an ice cream cake right now,’’ manager Amanda Phelps said recently. “People have some interesting requests.’’ Favorite seasonal flavors at Mercer’s include Pumpkin, Peppermint Frost, and Apple Crisp.

Phelps says the ice cream shop closes earli er in the off-season (7 p.m.), and around 6 p.m. when the snow really starts to fly. It’s not unusual for kids to stop in for a scoop or a soft-serve cone or dish after school.

IF YOU GO

Mercer’s Ice Cream and Dairy is at 13584 state Route 12, Boonville. Informa tion: www.mercersdairy.com

No Winter Break at Carvel

If you attended any of the food truck round ups and other festivals in Central New York this summer, you might have enjoyed a frozen treat from the Carvel DeWitt trailer. Festival season has come and gone, but you can satisfy your Carvel cravings all winter in DeWitt (and at the Carvel shop in North Syracuse).

Fun fact: All Carvel locations are independent ly owned and operated. The DeWitt shop has been making ice cream for more than 75 years and has the distinction of being the oldest Carvel franchise in the country.

Carvel DeWitt owner Jay Cartini says that 30 or 40 years ago, the season for ice cream was Me morial Day to Labor Day. No longer. There might not be customers three-deep at the counter, but there’s enough demand for soft-serve, hard-pack ice cream, frozen novelties, and ice cream cakes (think the iconic Fudgie the Whale, as well as custom cakes) to extend the season and stay open year-round.

There’s also a sales-driven promotion for every day of the week, including buy one, get one half off Flying Saucers on Tuesdays and buy one, get one free soft-serve sundaes on Wednesdays.

“We are fortunate because of ice cream cakes,’’ Cartini says. “Really, the custom cakes carry us through the winter. You’ve got things like John ny’s birthday or Grandpa’s birthday, and there’s a major holiday every month: Halloween, Thanks giving, Christmas, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day. Around here, the weather starts changing in March and April. We dream of May.’’

In the meantime, Cartini says, there’s pa perwork and payroll to manage, supplies to be ordered and ice cream to be made. All ice cream is made on site, and in addition to classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan and chocolate chip, there are seasonal flavors like hot chocolate and peppermint to work in.

Cartini encourages his staff to be creative and come up with new flavors. “It gives them a vested interest,’’ he says. “They get to say, ‘I made that up.’”

IF YOU GO

Carvel DeWitt is at 4322 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. The shop is open daily (closed on Christmas). Information: www.face book.com/CarvelDeWitt

Carvel North Syracuse is at 3780 Brewerton Road, North Syracuse. The shop is open daily (closed on Christmas). Information: www.facebook.com/north syracusecarvel

Margaret McCormick is a food writer and food blogger in Syracuse. Carvel DeWitt employee Amanda Kneeskern.

Craving for Ice Cream?

Who says ice cream (and frozen yogurt) wear out their welcome when summer’s over? Here are 10 places that cater to ice cream cravings year-round. Note: This list is not intended to be comprehensive. It’s a good idea to check the weath er forecast and confirm business hours before heading out.

• Bailiwick Market and Cafe Café, Elbridge: The café on Route 5 in Elbridge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but save room for Field of Creams ice cream for dessert. Ice cream in a variety of regular and seasonal flavors is made on site. Open daily.

• www.bailiwickmarket.com

• Byrne Dairy and Deli: A few Byrne Dairy stores keep their ice cream windows open in the off season. To be sure, call ahead and ask. Meanwhile, you can always pick up Byrne’s “Mighty Fine’’ ice cream by the pint and half-gallon — as well as Cookiewiches.

• https://byrnedairystores.com

• Charlee’s Ice Cream, Camillus: Charlee’s is an ice cream parlor (with a drive-thru) featuring dozens of flavors of soft-serve and Perry’s hard ice cream, plus related treats. Ice cream drive-thru: What a concept in the winter months. You don’t even have to get out of the car. The shop hosts private parties but is closed for retail during the holi day season. Look for it to reopen in mid-January with limited days and hours. 112 Kasson Road, Camillus.

• https://charleesicecream.com

Try these locations, which are open year-round

• ChuckleBerries, Liverpool: Get exactly as much fro-yo as you want (and fruit, nuts, sprinkles and other toppings) at this weigh-andpay frozen yogurt and ice cream shop. “Great staff, great dessert and a load of toppings,’’ notes one TripAdvisor review. “We have even gone there during a snowstorm.’’ Open daily. 7567 Oswego Road (Route 57), across from Bayberry Plaza.

• www.facebook.com/people/Chuckleberries/100057154762349/

• Cold Stone Creamery, Destiny USA, Syracuse: The chain is known for fresh ice cream made in each store, which can be custom ized as you like. Pick a flavor, add on your favorite ingredients (fruit, nuts, chips, candy, cookies, etc.), and watch it come together on a frozen granite slab. Open daily.

• www.coldstonecreamery.com/index. php

• Cornell Dairy Bar, Itha ca: The Dairy Bar, in Stocking Hall at Cornell University, offers soups, sandwiches, grab-and-go fare and ice cream made on campus – you can even watch it being produced. Hours vary seasonally, especially on weekends and when school isn’t in session.

• https://scl.cornell.edu/cornell-dairy-bar

• FiFi’s Ice Cream and Sweets, Syracuse: This busy shop at the corner of James Street and Midler Avenue in Eastwood serves a long list of Perry’s ice cream flavors and ice cream treats. The shop typi

cally stays open through the holiday season, then takes special orders for pints, quarts, ice cream cakes, pastry cakes and catering.

• www.fifisicecream.com

• Friendly’s, Liverpool: Friendly’s has been serving ice cream since 1935, but there’s just one Friendly’s location left in the Syracuse area. Go for a Retro Royal Banana Split – or something uncom plicated, like a cone or dish of ice cream. Open daily. 3873 Route 31, Liverpool.

• https://locations.friendlysrestaurants. com/ll/US/NY/Liverpool/3873-State-Route31*-Suite-100

• Shtayburne Farm Cream ery, Rock Stream: Homemade ice cream and farm-fresh cheese (15 blends of cheddar and Monterey Jack) is available all winter long at this Finger Lakes dairy destination. Open Monday to Saturday. 2909 Chase Road, Rock Stream.

• https://fingerlakesdairyfarm.com

• Stewart’s Shops: Stewart’s Peanut Butter Pandemonium earned top honors at the World Dairy Expo earlier this year, but if that doesn’t float your boat there are many other flavors to choose from. Enjoy a scoop, shake or sundae on site, or take home a hand-packed or pre packaged pint. Open daily. Multiple locations in Central New York.

• www.stewartsshops.com

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Whether you enjoy cocooning by a fire with a warm bev erage and watching the snow fall from indoors or you want to gear up to engage in thrilling winter sports, New York’s luxury winter resorts have just the locales you need for a decadent getaway. Most are near top ski venues and offer numerous on-site activities as well.

1MohonkMountain House

New Paltz. Tucked in 40,000 acres of forest, this Victorian-styled National His toric Landmark checks all the boxes, with close on-site winter sports, a day spa, fitness and special events. Enjoy skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, snow tubing and special events. Through the month of Decem ber, experience holiday events such as Victorian costumed carolers performing.

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2TheSagamore Resort

Bolton Landing. It is perfect for a family that wants to go out and also enjoys staying in sometimes. Guests can explore its 70 acres of wooded terrain or stay in to enjoy the fitness center and family-friendly rec center, which offers ping pong, table games, video games, wiffle ball, and indoor basketball court and mini-golf course.

The Sagamore includes a mobilityaccessible room with features such as a lowered peephole and grab bars.

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3Whiteface Lodge

Lake Placid. It is conveniently located in a top-shelf ski area but for when staying in sounds better, also includes all the luxury appointments such as three-course dining in its upscale dining room, on-site bowling alley, movie theatre and ice-skating rink and day spa. Conde Nast Traveler ranked the resort’s spa as among its top 100 in the nation.

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4LakePlacid Lodge

Lake Placid. It is where rustic meets luxury with its tasteful lodge aesthetic in the heart of the Adirondacks. Snuggle in a carved wooden bed in front of a stone fireplace or head outdoors for snowshoeing, downhill and crosscountry skiing, skating, and ice fishing. Olympic experiences also await history and adventure buffs. Downtown Lake Placid is also home to a variety of quaint shops and eateries.

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5 The Point

Saranac Lake. It offers numerous winter sports including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, curling, and ice fishing. Guests can wind down in front of a crackling fireplace, play games and take a dip in the indoor pool. The four log buildings offer 11 rooms with lake views and fireplaces. Oriented toward guests 21 and older, The Point offers nu merous complimentary bars. Its variety of fine dining options include an elegant seven-course evening meal with formal attire required.

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Events Calendar 2022-2023

DECEMBER

Auburn.More than 100 decorated trees on display indoors until Dec. 24. Vote for your favorite. Saturdays and S undays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum, 6880 E. Lake Road. http://wardwo haraagriculturalmuseum.org.

Binghamton. Broome County Festival of Lights. In its third year, the Festival of Lights is bigger than ever with more displays and with out-of-the-car experiences. Fireworks on 12/17 and 12/31. On select nights, enjoy food and drinks from vendors and meet San ta, or ride the train around the park. More details on the Facebook page and website. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. $25 per car or $50 season pass. Otsiningo Park, 1 Otsiningo Road. www.bcfestivaloflights.com. https://www. facebook.com/BroomeCountyFestivalofLi ghts. 607-761-2475.

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. A two-mile drive through light show featuring largerthan-life displays celebrating the holidays. Themed sections include the Fantasy Forest, Under the Sea, North Pole Station, The Land of Oz & Emerald City and the Fairytale Magic Grand Finale. Hundreds of icicle laden trees,

Although most events managers have lifted COVID-19 restrictions, it is still advisable to stay aware of public health notices and in general check with a venue’s social media page and website to stay abreast of any changes before making plans.

towering displays, a giant poinsettia arch and animated scenes, all viewed from the warmth of your vehicle, round out the show. Check the website for special nights for ben efiting charities and discount tickets. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 to $75 per vehicle. Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive. https://events. visitsyracuse.com/events/site/lights-on-thelake22769. 315-453-6712. olp@ongov.net.

New York City. Radio City Christmas Spec tacular: Radio City Rockettes. The classic Christmas extravaganza high steps back onto the stage for another year of this un paralleled live show. Check the website for tickets and show times all month long and Jan. 1 and 2. $75 to $225. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas. www. radiocity.com. 800-475-7085.

Syracuse. 37th Annual Gingerbread Gal lery 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. 8 (closed 12/25/22 and 1/1/23). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31). Admission to the Museum, which includes the Gingerbread Gallery, is $10; $7 seniors (65+), $4 children 3-17, and free for children 2 and younger. Museum members receive a family pass good for admission for up to six people. Erie Canal Museum, 18 Erie Blvd. E.

. https://eriecanalmuseum.org/gingerbread. 315-471-0593. vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org.

SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Syracuse. Disney’s "The Little Mermaid." Dive into musical family fun with Ariel, Se bastian, and all the watery gang from this beloved tale. With aerial acrobatics provided by 2 Ring Circus, this production promises enough thrills and delights for landlubbers of all ages. No show on 12/6, 12/25 and 1/3. Times vary. $35. Syracuse Stage Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. www.syracusestage.org. 315-443-3275. info@syracusestag.org.

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Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates or rent for $2. Family skate time re quires an adult with all youth under age 18. Public skate is free for city residents. Ice rink rental is available for private events for $150/ hour. James P. Cullinan Rink is open Sundays 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; Fridays 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public. 281 W.Fifth St. 315-342-8167.

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Evans Mills. Northern Lights. Experience the region’s newest drive-through lights show in its second year. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 28412 Steinhelber Road. http://evansmillsraceway park.com/ 315-658-8019.

Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. Live the magic of the classic Polar Express train ride story with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. This trip is approximately two hours roundtrip. Depart from Utica’s Union Station and travel north while being served hot choco late and cookies. Children and parents are encouraged to come in pajamas. Ask in advance for groups. Those with fewer than four may share a table with other parties. Train will run through Dec. 19. Make res ervations to ensure a seat. 4:30 and 7 p.m. $39 to $47. Children 2 and younger free but must sit in a parent’s lap. Utica Union Station, 321 Main St. www.adirondackrr.com/utica/ polar-express. 800-819-2291.

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Arcade. Santa’s Wonderland Express Train Ride. The Wonderland Express train ride fea tures six runs daily on a heated, vintage train. Enjoy a round-trip train excursion to Curriers Station (the halfway point), aka the North Pole. Children receive a wish list from Santa’s elf to complete during their journey. Upon

arrival at the North Pole, engage in activi ties for the whole family to enjoy, including jumping on the lil’ elf sleigh, taking a family photo in Santa’s sleigh, mailing the wish-list, visiting the Elf House, and more. Visit Santa in his house with virtually no waiting line. Souvenirs and food concessions (cocoa, cookies, chili, and more) are available for purchase at the Elf House and the Pavilion. On the way home, all the children will receive a gift from Santa and the railroad as a thank you for riding the Wonderland Express. This an indoor/outdoor event, so please dress

for the weather. However, there are plenty of places to stay warm at the North Pole including Santa’s House, the Elf House, the Pavilion, and our restrooms.This an indoor/ outdoor event, so dress for the weather. Rides continue through Dec. 18. Limited seating. Reservations encouraged. Purchase all your tickets at once to better ensure your group can sit together. Check website for complete schedule of available rides and to purchase tickets or call to purchase. $34 ages 13-61; $32 ages 2-12, seniors 62+ and military with ID; free for children under age 2. www.aarailroad.com. 585-492-3100. arcadeandatticarr@yahoo.com.

TUESDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS

Rochester. Sweet Creations. This annual display features dozens of cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread cre ations. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to view with museum admission: $20; seniors (65+) $18; students with ID $7; ages 5-17 $7; free for children 4 and younger and museum members. George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue. www. eastman.org. 585-327-4800.

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TUESDAYS

Auburn. Open Mic Night. Watch or perform music, comedy and spoken word art on Stage Right. Full instrument back line avail able. 7:30 p.m. $2. Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. auburnpublictheater.org. 315-253-6669.

FRIDAYS

Oswego. Planetarium show. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. SUNY Oswego, Shineman 223, 7060 State Route 104. (No show 12/23 and 12/30.)

SATURDAYS

Oswego. Planetarium show. 6 p.m. to 7 p. Geneva. Live Music. Hear a variety of popular local acts live. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. White Springs Winery, 4200 Route 14. whitespringswinery. com/events. 315-781-9463. whitespringswin ery@gmail.com.

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Corning. Corning Museum of Glass Open House. Free admission to the museum, craft activities, seasonal fun, and special glassmaking experiences kick off the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special visit to the Museum to greet guests throughout the day. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way. www.home.cmog.org. 607-937-5371.

WEEKENDS

Medina. Polar Express Ride. One hour train ride to the “North Pole” to enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie, along with music from the mov ie, a storybook reading of the Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, a “magic” bell for each

child and visit with Santa. Dress in your paja mas. Museum admission included with train ticket. Order in advance since many trips sell out. Trains board 20 minutes before depar ture. Last run is Dec. 18. Departures occur at various times, so check the website to verify times, availability and to order online. $40 to $55. Medina Railroad Museum, 698 Gwinn St. www.medinarailroadmuseum.org/po lar-express-excursions-2022. 716-948-0505.

Skaneateles. Dickens Christmas in Ska neateles. An annual tradition, the cele bration runs every weekend through Dec. 23, plus Dec. 24. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 costumed characters, in cluding Father Christmas, will interact with residents and visitors. Live music, unique shopping, activities, food, and horse and wagon rides around the village. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24). Free. Downtown Skaneateles. skaneateles.com/ visit/events-a-attractions/dickens-christmas. html. www.facebook.com/DickensChrist masSkaneateles. 315-685-0552.

Syracuse. Crafted Underground Series. Shop an eclectic showcase of local talent in CNY located in the heART of Downtown Syracuse and give all sorts of entrepreneurs an opportunity to grow their brands. The event features a selection of pop-up hand made, homegrown vendors at the McCarthy Mercantile. No multi-level marketing, busi ness-to-business or resale vendors, but only farmers, artists, makers, growers, vintage flea market, and crafters permitted. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 217 S. Salina St. Syracuse. www.mccarthymercantile.com.

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Auburn. Comedy Night at PCB North. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prison City Brewing, 28 State St. 315-604-1277. info@prisoncitybrewing.com.

Saratoga Springs. 2022 Victorian Streetwalk Weekend in Saratoga Springs. Celebrate the 36th Anniversary of the Victorian Street walk with a whole weekend of activities in Saratoga Springs. Check the website for a complete schedule. Tree lighting at 6 p.m.; other events TBA. Free. Downtown Saratoga Springs. www.saratogaspringsdowntown. com/victorianstreetwalk.

Syracuse. CoComelon Live! Join JJ and his family in an interactive live musical adven ture as they embark on a surprise journey in this Broadway style production which includes all the favorite characters and more than 20 songs and original music. Any child who is 1 or older must have a paid ticket. Prices are subject to demand and

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Glens Falls. Adirondack Christ kindlmarkt. Come celebrate the holidays at The Adirondack Christmas Market 2022 shopping among local artisans’ booths in this European-style Christmas festival. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; On Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details TBA. Glens Falls City Park, Maple Street. www.facebook.com/ADKChristkindlmarkt. https://glensfallscollaborative.com/adiron dack-christmas-market.

Mumford. Yuletide Buffet Dinner. Enjoy savory and sweet holiday dishes and plenty of holiday cheer on the festive Genesee Country Village & Museum. Tickets sold sep arately from Yuletide in the Country Tours. 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. $32; $20 youth 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Genesee Country Village &

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Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. Explore the wintry village bedecked in holiday splendor to step into vignettes that illustrate the link between today’s holiday traditions and the cultural customs of the 19th century. Highlights include a look at a Polish Christmas Eve Wigilia dinner, a Hanukkah celebration, and Watch Night festivities as presented by David Shakes and the North Star Players, and even a visit from St. Nick. Various times; check website to verify and buy tickets. $26 members; $30 nonmembers. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Newark. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Concert. Hear the Rochester Philhar monic Orchestra play favorite holiday music. The event is being hosted by the Newark Central School District in conjunction with Wegmans, Lyons National Bank and the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce. 7 p.m. Ticket cost TBA. Newark High School, 625 Peirson Avenue. www.newarkcsd.org. Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s "Nutcracker" by

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Ramonda Huff. The "Nutcracker" will be a full-length theatrical play with excerpts from the ballet performed by classical ballet students from Creation Studio in Oswego. This fresh take on a classic story will bring to life the magic and fantasy of Christmas Eve through the eyes of Clara, whose love for her nutcracker toy brings it to life that evening. 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays. $15; $10 seniors and students. Frances Marion Brown Theatre, E. Fourth St. https://oswegoplayers.org.

Penn Yan. First Friday. Every first Friday of each month, select businesses with red balloons in downtown will stay open late with promotions and unique offerings. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown. Yates County Chamber of Commerce, 2375 Route 14A. 315-536-3111. info@yatesny.com. Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Festival. Family-friendly events including shopping, visits with Santa, free ice skating, tree lighting, Santa’s workshop, hand-crafted goods, pop-up restaurants, igloos, holiday celebrations, live music, private parties, nightlife, and more. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. week days; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.

Saranac Lake. 37th Annual Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair. Find special, handmade gifts by shopping among one-of-a-kind local makers and vendors. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3; free children younger than 12. Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St. www.adirondack.net/holiday/an nual-events/sparkle-village. 518-891-1990. welcome@slareachamber.org.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail. December Deck the Halls. Eighteen Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries will be decorated for the holiday season so come out for a weekend of fun and festivities. Check in at your assigned starting winery, pick up your tickets, wreath, recipe book and wine glass, sample your first food and wine tasting and collect an ornament at each winery visited. For wine tasters, each attendee will receive a food sample paired with a 1-oz. wine tasting, and then three ad ditional .5-oz. tastings. In lieu of the wreath packet, glass and wine, the designated driver ticket holder will instead receive a souvenir travel mug and the food with a non-alcoholic beverage along the way. Ages 21 or older only. Check website for complete details. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $37.80 to $129.60, plus fees. Seneca Lake Wine Trail. http://www. senecalakewine.com. 877-536-2717.

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zon. Enjoy a festive and fun after-hours stroll amid sparkling displays of holiday lights that transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy hot choc olate, s’mores, live performances of holiday music, ice carving, roving entertainers and animals on evening exhibit. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $8 members; $9 nonmembers. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place. www. rosamondgiffordzoo.org. 315-435-8511 x8526.

Syracuse. NYS Indoor Kart Racing Champi onship. View fierce wheel-to-wheel action in 6 second laps on the 100-foot diameter track. With 12 karts on the track, just to watch it is a challenge. The karts pull 1.4 lateral G’s in the corners, and because the track is inside a building, it’s all turns. There are no straights on which the drivers can momentarily relax. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sat urday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $30; free children 5 and younger. New York State Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. www.syracuseindoor.com. 315-6760227. syrindoor@gmail.com.

Syracuse. Syracuse City Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic seasonal story delights children and adults. 6 p.m.; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on 12/3; and 2 p.m. on 12/4. $20 to $75. The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St.

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Alexandria Bay. 18th Annual Kris Kringle Market. Shop among craft vendors, sample wine and find special holiday gift sets, with an emphasis on local artisans and small businesses. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Seaway Ave Ste 1. www.thousandis landswinery.com. 315-482-9306. info@ thousandislandswinery.com.

Auburn. Holiday Craft Fair & Market. Find seasonal décor, Christmas gifts, and holi day cheer with live music, Christmas tree sales, vendors, a visit from the Grinch, and holiday-themed competitions and raffles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on 12/4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fin gerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road. www. fingerlakesmall.com/holiday-craft-fair-mar ket?t=1667332490. 315-255-1188. market ing@fingerlakesmall.com.

Buffalo. The Nutcracker Ballet. Neglia’s Nut cracker production has been recognized for its spectacular production value. “From the opening curtain’s rise to the dancer’s final bows, the much-talked-about production showcased a mix of tradition and wonder that few productions of the ballet achieve” (-The Buffalo News). The Buffalo Philharmon ic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s Christ mas masterpiece. 7 p.m. On Sunday, 1 p.m. $36 to $200. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org/performances.

Clayton. 60th Annual Christmas Parade. Shop, dine and enjoy family activities down town, plus a fireworks show. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown. 315-686-3771. www.1000is lands-clayton.com/christmasparade.

Glens Falls. Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. See Dec. 2.

Lake Ontario Wine Trail. Christmas Around the World 2022. Travel the Lake Ontario Wine Trail on a self-guided tour to sample festive pairings of wine, spirits and ciders with foods from around the world. Each

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Mexico. Oswego County Holiday Farmers’ Market. CCE Oswego will host the event featuring Oswego County-based vendors selling local agriculture-related gifts such as cheeses, honey, maple syrup, milk soaps and lotions, wreaths, boughs, wood-carved items, and more. Free coffee and hot choc olate offered at the event. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Mexico VFW, Scenic Ave. 315-963-7286 ext. 203 or ejk247@cornell.edu.

Mumford. Yuletide Buffet Dinner. See Dec. 2.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Naples. The Pickle Mafia. Ring in the holiday season with a visit from The Pickle Mafia, Rochester’s high energy piano power in strumental trio, as they deck Bristol Valley Theater’s halls with their own take on Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas music and other songs of the season. 7 p.m. $20; $18 seniors; $10 children. Group discounts. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St. https:// bvtnaples.org/the-pickle-mafia. 585-3749032.

Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas. Lightwire has been featured as semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and winners of Tru TV’s Fake Off. The group combines theater and technology to bring stories to life with neon puppet creatures. They perform in complete darkness and are internationally recognized for their signature brand of electroluminescent artistry. Light wire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins. 7 p.m. $36 to $61. Kodak Center, 200 W Ridge Rd. www.kodakcenter.com/events. john@tellemgrodypr.com.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. The Holiday Soul Jam. ARH Music Group, Inc. presents The Holiday Soul Jam hosted by Chubb Rock. The event features Loose Ends, Klymaxx, Lakeside, Cherrelle and Big Bub. 7:30 p.m. $89.50. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Romulus. 2022 Holiday Shopping Spree. Hit

the Cayuga Lake Wine trail to find gifts and treasures for friends and family. Participants receive a souvenir wine glass, a souvenir ornament, wine and food pairings, a digital recipe book, and $5 off a $35 wine purchase at every single winery. Check the website for more details. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $60 single Saturday; $110 couple Saturday; single des ignated driver Saturday $30; single Sunday $50; couple Sunday $90; single designated driver Sunday $25; single full weekend $90; couple full weekend $170; single designated driver full weekend $45. Taxes and service fees are extra, and tickets are only good for the chosen dates. Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, 2770 Ernsberger Road, Suite 200. www. cayugawinetrail.com.

Saranac Lake. 37th Annual Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair. See Dec. 2.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail. December Deck the Halls. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Holiday Nights presented by Amazon. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. North Pole Pajama Parties. Enjoy the hot cocoa bar, activities involving many aspects of the Arctic, and the new National Grid Exploradome for a specially created planetarium program, “Night in the Arctic.” Wearing pajamas is encouraged. The Dec. 17 event will be sensory-friendly. Tickets include museum admission, party, activities and 7:15 planetarium show. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $12; $10 for members. Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St. www.most.org. 315-426-9068. sherbert@ most.org.

Syracuse. NYS Indoor Kart Racing Champi onship. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Messiah. Symphoria performs Handel’s classical Christmas masterpiece, “Messiah,” celebrating the birth of Christ. 8 p.m. $30; senior $25; college student with ID $5; free children 18 and younger. Cathe dral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga St. http://experiencesymphoria. org. 315-299-5598.

Syracuse. Syracuse City Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” See Dec. 2. Verona. Saving Abel. Experience Saving Abel, a Southern rock band with catchy hooks and heavy riffs. Their self-titled debut album charted on Billboard’s Top 50 and became RIAA-certified multi-platinum. 8 p.m. $34 to $60. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 877833-7469.

DEC. 4 Albany. Great Train Extravaganza 2022. Eastern New York’s largest model railroad and toy train hob by show offers dozens of vendors offer new and used trains for sale, plus parts, clothing,

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memorabilia, photographs, and accessories. The event also features numerous exhibi tors showing off all kinds of pieces of rail road history and artifacts, and several op erating model railroads in N, HO, and O gauges, LEGO, and larger. Ride a Roaming Railroad around the Empire State Plaza Concourse. $7 adults; free children 12 and younger with an adult.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New York State Convention Center, Empire State Plaza. 518-668-9892. trains@gtealbany.com.

Auburn. Holiday Craft Fair & Market. See Dec. 3.

Auburn. The Calamari Sisters’ Christmas Carol. See Dec. 1.

Buffalo. The Nutcracker Ballet. See Dec. 3. Fulton. The History of Jazz. Enjoy dinner with the music of Joe Cortini’s Jazz Mafia Trio. 5:30 p.m. cash bar; 6:30 p.m. dinner. $30. Tavern on the Lock, 24 S. First St. friend sofhistoryfulton@gmail.com.

Glens Falls. Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. See Dec. 2.

Glens Falls. LARAC Winter Arts Festival. Formerly Fall Festival, the Winter Arts Festival is hosted by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC). Shop among 40 regional artisans to find unique gifts or something special for yourself. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. The Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge

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Lake Ontario Wine Trail. Christmas Around the World 2022. See Dec. 3.

Mumford. Yuletide Brunch Buffet. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy savory dishes and sweet treats on the festive grounds of the historic Genesee Country Village & Museum. Tickets sold separately from Yuletide in the Country Tours. 11 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. $25; $15 youth 3-12; free children younger than 3. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker. See Dec. 2.

Pulaski. Light Up Pulaski Christmas Parade. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus to celebrate the season with a parade. 10 a.m. Free. Downtown. 315-559-5200. lightuppulaski@ gmail.com.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Romulus. 2022 Holiday Shopping Spree. See Dec. 3.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail. December Deck the Halls. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Collectors Mega Show. Peruse

200+ tables of sports cards, non-sports cards, supplies and other collectible items, models and toys of numerous sorts. Cash admission only. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 p.m.; Free children 10 and younger. New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. cnypromotions.com. 607-753-8580. collectorsfest@cnypromo tions.com.

Syracuse. Syracuse City Ballet Presents Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” See Dec. 2.

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Rochester. Come From Away. A Best Musi cal winner across North America, this New York Times Critics’ Pick takes the audience into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small

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town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. 7:30; On Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $38 to $93. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl. org. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Oakland. 6 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Syracuse. Winter Choral Concert. The Le Moyne College Singers and Chamber Sing ers will perform a variety of choral music. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $15; $10 seniors; $5 students, faculty and staff. Panasci Chapel at Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road. www.lemoyne.edu/Arts. 315-445-4209. mckissj@lemoyne.edu.

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Rochester. Come From Away. See Dec. 6.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Festival. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Across the Pond: Le Moyne College Symphony Orchestra. Journey to England for the night with the Symphony Orchestra for favorites and classics of British origin. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $15; $10 seniors; $5 students, faculty and staff. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College, 200 Springfield Road. www.lemoyne.edu/ Arts. 315-445-4209. mckissj@lemoyne.edu.

Syracuse. ‘Tis The Season With The Beach Boys Featuring The Holiday Vibrations Orchestra. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love, who, along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Scott Tot ten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago continue the legacy of the iconic band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. 7:30 p.m. $83.50 to $394.10 The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. 315-435-8000.

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Rochester. Come From Away. See Dec. 6.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Festival. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. The Temptations and the Four Tops. For more than 40 years, The Temp tations have prospered with an avalanche of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. The Four Tops were among a number of groups who established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the 1960’s. Their first Motown hit,

“Baby I Need Your Loving,” made them stars. 7:30 p.m. $59 to $99. Kodak Center, 200 W Ridge Rd. www.kodakcenter.com/events. john@tellemgrodypr.com.

Syracuse. Mannheim Steamroller Christ mas by Chip Davis. A holiday tradition for more than 35 years, Mannheim Steamroller brings a holiday performance that includes multimedia effects and their distinctive sound and style. 7:30 p.m. $39 to $77. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. https:// landmarktheatre.org. 315-475-7979. info@ landmarktheatre.org.

Waterloo. Nikki Glaser: "One Night with Nikki Glaser." Glaser is one of the funniest female voices in comedy today. For over a decade at clubs across the country, and as the host of three hit podcasts, she has been honing her shockingly honest, no-holdsbarred style of comedy. Her brand-new daily show, THE Nikki Glaser Podcast, launched March 2021 through iHeartMedia and Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network. VIP package includes excellent seat location, meet-and-greet with Glaser after the show, and photo op. Ages 21 and older only. 8 p.m. $35 to $185. Del Lago Resort and Casino, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort. com/entertainment. 315-946-1777.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Coppin State. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

and a Santa firetruck parade. For couples, there will also be dining specials and live entertainment into the late evening hours. Free. 2445 Main St. http://www.holidayvil lagestroll.com.

Mumford. Yuletide Buffet Dinner. See Dec. 2.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Old Forge. Annual Snodeo Weekend in Old Forge. The Annual SNODEO kicks off snowmobile season. All four manufacturers will display the newest snowmobile models.

Family activities all weekend, including raf fles, races for all ages, performance shop modified runs, food, vendors, and swaps. Hiltebrant Recreation Center Pavilion, 201 North St. www.Snodeo.com. 315-369-6983.

Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. Come From Away. See Dec. 6. Rochester. Handel’s "Messiah." Rejoice with Handel’s majestic setting of the great est story ever told, conducted by Laureate Christopher Seaman. 8 p.m. $18 to $115.

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 255 East Ave. https://myrpo.org. 585-454-2100. patronservices@rpo.org.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

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Buffalo. ‘Tis the Season with The Beach Boys featuring The Holi day Vibrations Orchestra. Rock around the Christmas tree with Good Vibrations and holiday cheer. 7:30 p.m. $50 to $203. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org/perfor mances.

Buffalo. The Soulball. Attend a holiday party and enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer, a basket raffle, photo ops, historic stories from the Corridor and holiday cheer. All proceeds will directly support programs that integrate the African American cultural significance and impact into Buffalo’s his tory. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. $100. The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, 263 Michigan Ave. www.michiganstreetbuffalo. org/soulful-christmas.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll. Presented by the Lake Placid Busi ness Association, the event is a family- and couples-friendly weekend full of events, entertainment, parties, dining specials and shopping in the winter wonderland of Lake Placid. The weekend includes many free activities for kids. Santa will be making an appearance in several locations throughout the weekend. Join events like a skating party, ugly sweater party, free movie showing,

Seneca Falls. It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. Celebrate the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Seneca Falls, the town thought to be director Frank Capra’s in spiration for the film’s setting of Bedford Falls. The event includes special guests such as cast members from “It’s a Won derful Life” Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu Bailey”); Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”); Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”); Donald and Ronald Collins (“Young Pete”) and Mary Owen (Donna Reed’s daughter) and Monica Capra Hodges (Frank Capra’s granddaugh ter). Tour the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum and experience presentations on the film and a film screening. See the website for a complete list of events’ times and locations throughout the three-day event. www. wonderfullifemuseum.com/2021-festival.

Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. Find Christmas decorating ideas, seasonal décor and gourmet delights. Find handmade decorative accents and artwork such as handcrafted furniture, framed art work, lighting, architectural decorative piec es, textiles, candles, signs, metalwork, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden décor, jewelry, adult/children’s clothing and accessories, and more. More show informa tion, advance purchase tickets, and $1 cou pon online. Paid admission is good all three days and parking is free. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.

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to 4 p.m. $8; Free children 12 and younger. New York State Fairgrounds Horticulture Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. Facebook. com/countryfolkart. www.countryfolkart. com/cgi-bin/shop/upcoming-shows.html. 248-634-4151. Rhondablakely@gmail.com.

Syracuse. Funny How? Tour with Vic DiBitetto & Eric D’Alessandro. One comes from a large Italian family in Staten Island. The other comes from a large Italian family in Brooklyn, then moved to Staten Island (which is Brooklyn with a cover charge). One is young enough to be the son. One is old enough to be the father. These two “Italian monsters” of comedy join forces on tour together. Age 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; on Saturday 7 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. $32 to $65. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. syracuse.funnybone. com/?t=1667334021.

Syracuse. Holiday Nights presented by Amazon. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Jazz Concert. Join the Le Moyne College Jazz Ensemble and Jazzuits for an evening of jazz standards. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $15; $10 seniors; $5 students, faculty and staff. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College, 200 Springfield Road. www.lemoyne.edu/Arts. 315-4454209. mckissj@lemoyne.edu.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Toronto Marlies Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memo rial, 421 Montgomery St. syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Vermont. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

Waterloo. Grand Funk Railroad. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad is touring in 2022, marking a 53year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on the band’s tours from 1996 to 2021, Grand Funk’s 2022 Tour will continue to reach both new and long-time fans. Ages 21 and older only. 8 p.m. $30 to $75. Del Lago Resort and Casino, 1133 State Route 414.

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Auburn. Bob Piorun & Friends. Bob Piorun and friends will per form live the original blues CD Bob recorded 10 years ago with the talents of Anne Adessa, Jimmy Chambers, Duke Shanahan, Mike Doyle, Ross Moe, Loren Miller, Larry Lehner, Robin Munn, and Sue Alexander. 7 p.m. $15. Auburn Public The ater, 8 Exchange St. https://auburnpublicthe ater.org/events/?t=1667334683. 315-2536669. info@auburnpublictheater.org.

Buffalo. Swan Lake. Swan Lake. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. 7:30 p.m. $44 to $96. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org/performances.

Clayton. A North Country Carol: Simple Gifts. Through music, the 10th Mountain Division Band will represent and champion, to the widest degree, the 10th Mountain Divi sion, Fort Drum, and the U.S. Army through out the North Country and surrounding

regions through music. Reserved seating available through the box office. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. www.claytonoperahouse. com. 315-686-2200. director@claytonoper ahouse.com.

Geneva. "The Polar Express." Enjoy watch ing the classic Christmas film at the historic Smith Opera House. On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. 2 p.m. $10; $5 children 12 and younger; free children sitting in an adult’s lap; family four-pack $25. Smith Center for the Arts, Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith.org. 315-781-5483.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll. See Dec. 9. Marcellus. Caroling in the Woods. Pick up a lantern and song sheet and enjoy singing in nature. Lanterns will be provided or bring your own flashlight. Pre-registration required. No walk-ins accepted. All ages are welcomed to join. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Baltimore

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Mumford. Yuletide Buffet Dinner. See Dec. 2.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Old Forge. Annual Snodeo Weekend in Old Forge. See Dec. 9.

Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. Come From Away. See Dec. 6.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Sackets Harbor. Christmas on the Farm. Old McDonald’s Farm will hold its annual Christ mas on the Farm event with an opportunity to meet Santa, plus Olaf, Elsa and Ana, in the Gathering Barn. Visitors can also view the animals in their winter homes, including the farm’s two reindeer, Sven and Jingle Bells. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $8. 14369 County Route 145. https://oldmcdonaldhasafarm.com. 315-583-5737.

Seneca Falls. "It’s a Wonderful Life" Festival. See Dec. 9.

Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. See Dec. 9.

Syracuse. "Dasher’s Magical Gift." This one-hour, narrated ballet introduces young children to dance, live theater, and classical music through a heart-warming holiday sto ry as Dasher and his friends save Christmas. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10 (additional fees may apply). The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. https://cnyarts.org/pro grams/dashers-magical-gift. 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Holiday Nights presented by Amazon. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Georgetown. 1 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Syracuse. North Pole Pajama Parties. See Dec. 3.

Syracuse. Nutcracker Twist: An Enchanted Journey. Symphoria, The Orchestra of Cen tral New York, presents CirqOvation a new version of Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker" with aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, comedians, and other Cirq performers. Symphoria performs the music for this presentation. 3 p.m. $23 to $77, plus fees. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. https://landmarktheatre.org. 315475-7979. amasters@landmarktheatre.org.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Vermont. 3 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com. Verona. Luminare Christmas. Drawing from his many years as keyboardist for Dennis DeYoung (STYX) and as the lead keyboardist for Mannheim Steamroller, John Blasucci and Luminare have created a new, high-en ergy holiday tradition. 8 p.m. $38 to $72. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 877-833-7469.

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Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. www. championsofmagic.co.uk. 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. See Dec. 9.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Wagner. 2 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Auburn. Loren Barrigar & Irv Lyons Jr. Guitarist Loren Barrigar and singer-songwriter Irv Lyons Jr. joined by LJ Barrigar and Kimberly Rossi play live. 5:30 p.m. $22. Auburn Public The ater, 8 Exchange St. https://auburnpublicthe ater.org. 315-253-6669.

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Glens Falls. LARAC Winter Arts Festival. See Dec. 4.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll. See Dec. 9.

Liverpool. Concert: Honky-Tonk Hindooz. The Honky Tonk Hindooz (Terry Quill, guitar; Theresa Walsh, accordion; Taylor Price, bass) of Auburn play an eclectic mix of psychedelic garage country and weirdo rock-n-roll oldies. Influences and styles can include the sounds of Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Hank Williams, The Kinks, Harry Nilsson, Joe Jackson, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, The Clash, Neil Young, The Who, and Ernest Tubb. 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Free. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tu lip St. https://lpl.libcal.com. 315-457-0310. deanna.mcgregor@lpl.org.

Mumford. Yuletide Brunch Buffet. See Dec. 4.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Old Forge. Annual Snodeo Weekend in Old Forge. See Dec. 9.

Oswego. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. Come From Away. See Dec. 6. Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Sackets Harbor. Christmas on the Farm. See Dec. 10.

Seneca Falls. "It’s a Wonderful Life" Festival. See Dec. 9.

Syracuse. Champions of Magic. Enjoy an evening of live illusions and special effects. Described by the press as ‘The Avengers of magic,’ catch the team of magicians pre senting an original performance, including an escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, prediction tricks, levitation above the stage and a grand finale. 4 p.m. $25 to $65 (addi tional fees may apply). The Oncenter Crouse

Elmira. Click, Clack, Moo! “Cows that Type? Hens on strike! Who ever heard of such a thing!” All day long Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo…” The cows are typing to protest their working conditions— and get the other farm animals to strike along with them. Join the hilariously “mooving” musical about the art of negotiation and compromise, based on the award-win ning book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Age recommendation: Grades Pre-K–3. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. $6. Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway. www. ClemensCenter.org. 607-735-2777.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Monmouth. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. Syracuse. Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet. The acclaimed holiday tradition is live in theaters for the 30th Anniversary tour. Presented with larger-than-life puppets, acrobatics and costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine Ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. 7:30 p.m. $45.15 to $216.60. The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. www.championsofmagic.co.uk. 315-4358000.

DEC. 13 Rome. Tuba Christmas. This event showcases the talents of tuba, euphonium, baritone, and sousaphone players from across the region, who perform timeless Christmas and holiday music. 7 p.m. Free. Capitol Arts Complex, 220 W. Dominick St. www.romecapitol.com. 315337-6277. submit@RomeCapitol.com.

DEC. 14 Geneva. Todd East, Jimmy Rich mond and Mike “Woody” Wood ward. Enjoy a buffet dinner and a show. Pre-sale tickets advised, as space is limited. 5:30 p.m.; show 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 to $40. Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 Rt 96A. https://ventosavineyards.com. 315-4917770.

Mumford. Holiday Afternoon Tea & Village Tour. Enjoy the historic Genesee Country Village—festively appointed for the holidays

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in period decorations—followed by tea in Davis Hall, including traditional cucumber or chicken tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and sweet treats. The afternoon also includes a tea etiquette talk by Lyn Somers and a mini tour of historic Hyde and Hamilton houses. Pre-purchase of tickets is necessary, as seating is limited. Tickets sold separately from Yuletide in the Country Tours. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. $45 non-member; $40 member. Genesee Coun try Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

DEC. 15

Clayton. Aaron Tippin Acoustic Trio. Tippin is a country music singer, songwriter and record producer who gained a recording contract with RCA Nashville in 1990. His debut single “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” is a popular anthem for American Soldiers and helped to establish Tippin as a performer with songs that catered to the American working class. He has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. 7 p.m. $45 to $55. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. www. claytonoperahouse.com. 315-686-2200. director@claytonoperahouse.com.

Mumford. Holiday Afternoon Tea & Village Tour. See Dec. 14.

Rochester. Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero. Experience feats of strength and heart in Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero, a medley of classic and modern tales including Moana, Tangled, and Frozen. Mick ey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for an adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite Disney stories in Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero. The performance brings beloved characters to life through figure-skating, and bright costumes and set designs. Time TBA. $20+. Blue Cross Arena, One War Memorial Square. www.bluecrossarena.com. www. disneyonice.com. 585-454-5335. info@ bluecrossarena.com

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

DEC. 16

Mumford. Yuletide in the Coun try Tours. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. A Very Merry Christ mas with Jim Brickman and Mat & Savanna Shaw. Jim Brickman, the multiple Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation is back with an evening celebrating music, love and family. Joining him this year will be the daddy-daughter duo Mat & Savanna

Shaw performing holiday favorites such as “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Angel Eyes,” and “If You Believe.” 7:30 p.m. $48 to $78. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org. 585222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

Rochester. Disney on Ice Presents Find Your Hero. See Dec. 15.

Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. Celebrate with Jeff Tyzik, conductor of the Roches ter Philharmonic Orchestra, and vocalist Shayna Steele, on stage for this Rochester Holiday tradition with a sing-along. 8 p.m.;

On Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 p.m. $18 to $118. Kodak Hall, 26 Gibbs St. https://myrpo.org. 585-454-2100. patron services@rpo.org.

Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Dave Landau. Working the road nonstop since his 21st birthday, Dave Landau has grown into a true comedic jug gernaut. Finding himself much in demand among audiences and club owners due to his deadpan demeanor and comedic timing, he has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” and was a finalist on season 8 of “Last Comic Standing.” Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; on Saturday, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22 to $37. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funny bone.com/?t=1667334021.

Syracuse. Holiday Nights presented by Amazon. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syra cusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Utica. Live Improve Comedy with Bus Stop Robot. Bus Stop Robot performs a com pletely original, totally improvised comedic stage show based on a single audience sug gestion. Each show is unique. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10. The Uptown Theatre, 2014 Gene see St. www.utcany.org. briana@utcany.org.

DEC. 17

Alexandria Bay. River Santa Festival. Enjoy food and drinks, games, hayrides, face painting, activities, a visit from Santa and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Upper James St. www. facebook.com/1000IslandsRiverSantaFesti val.

Verona. Brass Transit. Chicago tribute band plays some of their biggest hits and favorite holiday songs. 8 p.m. $29 to $56. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www. turningstone.com. 877-833-7469.

Clayton. "It’s a Wonderful Life:" Live from

WVL Radio Theatre. The stage is set. It’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the station afloat. This clever stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. www.claytonoperahouse.com. 315-6862200. director@claytonoperahouse.com.

Mumford. Breakfast with St. Nick. Celebrate the holiday season alongside family and friends with a pancake breakfast in the Mu seum’s holiday-decorated Meeting Center with St. Nick. Tickets sold separately from Yuletide in the Country Tours. 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. $15; $10 youth 3-12; free for children younger than 3. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822.

Mumford. Yuletide in the Country Tours. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. Disney on Ice Presents "Find Your Hero." See Dec. 15.

Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. See Dec. 16. Rochester. Roc Holiday Village Winter Fes tival. See Dec. 2.

Rochester. "Sleeping Beauty." The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine will present the full-length ballet "Sleeping Beauty" in four acts with one intermission. The evil fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora for 100 years of sleep with a single finger prick on her 16th birthday. Doomed by fate, only a sweet kiss from the prince can break the spell and wake up the Sleeping Beauty. 10% ticket discounts for seniors 65+, children 12 and younger, students and groups of 10 or more. 5 p.m. $48 to $78. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org. Rome. "It’s a Wonderful Life." View Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life seen in a re stored 35mm film print from the Library of Congress. The perennial holiday favorite is about a man who has a chance to see what life in his small upstate New York town would have been like if he had never been born. James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore star in the film. 7 p.m. On Sunday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket cost TBA. Capitol Arts Complex, 220 W. Dominick St. www.romecapitol.com. 315-337-6277. submit@RomeCapitol.com.

Syracuse. Bones East Concert. Enjoy a family-friendly holiday concert featuring popular Christmas music including "Jingle Bells," "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and "Silent Night" with soloist Dave De Ginerro. Bones East, a 25- to 30-piece trombone ensemble, was founded by Howard Kelly in the early 1980’s and has performed at col

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leges, universities, churches and community events throughout Central New York. The ensemble includes a range of musicians mostly semi-professionals, retirees, and stu dents who volunteer their time and talent. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. www.everson.org. 315-657-6558. dperry6102020@gmail.com.

Syracuse. Holiday Nights presented by Amazon. See Dec. 2.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Cor nell. 3 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Syracuse. North Pole Pajama Parties. See Dec. 3.

Syracuse. Symphoria Pops II: Holiday Pops. Celebrate the season with holiday music. American Idol finalist and country music star Brooke White and the Syracuse Pops Chorus join Symphoria. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $90 to $20; $5 college student; free 18 and younger. The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Bridgeport Islanders Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Winter Bazaar. This family-friend ly event promotes small businesses. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Aloft Hotel, 310 W Kirkpatrick St. 315-525-4854.

ville Road. www.scholasyracuse. com/?t=1667348766. 315-446-1757. piano em51@yahoo.com.

Mumford. Breakfast with St. Nick. See Dec. 17.

Rochester. Disney on Ice Presents "Find Your Hero." See Dec. 15.

Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. See Dec. 16.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Wake Forest. 12 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

and more. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $30 ad vance; $40 at the door. Palace Theater, 2384 James St. https://bluewaverecords.com/thegreat-salt-city-blues-concert?t=1667349639. 315-638-4286. gspencer57@verizon.net.

DEC. 27 Buffalo. "Elf the Musical." See Dec. 26.

Verona. Tony Orlando: Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Christmas Tree. Tony Orlando sings holiday music live. 8 p.m. $71 to $113. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone. com. 877-833-7469.

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Buffalo. "Elf the Musical." Elf is the humorous tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistak enly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit. Best suited for children aged 8 and older. Chil dren 5 and younger will not be admitted. 7 p.m. On 12/28 and 30, an additional 1 p.m. performance; on 12/31, only a 1 p.m. perfor mance. $40 to $100. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org/perfor mances.

DEC. 28 Buffalo. "Elf the Musical." See Dec. 26.

DEC. 29 Buffalo. Elf the Musical. See Dec. 26.

DEC. 18 Dewitt. Schola Cantorum pres ents: Nowell: English Music For The Season For Voices and Viols. Schola Cantorum’s singers and instrumen talists performs anthems and carols by Byrd, Gibbons and Tompkins and dances by Hol borne. 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. $20; $15 seniors. Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 James

Syracuse. The Great Salt City Blues Concert 6. Each year features a different lineup of the area’s top performers, including Tas Cru, Morris Tarbell, Colin Aberdeen, Ava Andrews, Dave Liddy, Jes Sheldon, Jeff Stockham, Rod Zajak, Ronnie Leigh, Rob Spagnoletti, Jake Capozzolo, Garnet Grimm, Steven T. Winston

Syracuse. Disney On Ice pres ents "Let’s Celebrate." Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for a party featuring 50 unforgettable Disney characters. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, go on an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told, including Frozen, Aladdin, Toy Story, The Lion King, and more. Times vary; check website. $18 to $115 (additional fees may apply). Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. www.disneyonice.com.

Waterloo. Tony Bennett Tribute Show: An Evening with Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. This tribute stars Sharon Owens as Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga and Steve Leeds as Tony Bennett. Sharon is

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DEC. 30 Buffalo. "Elf the Musical." See Dec. 26.

Syracuse. Disney On Ice pres ents "Let’s Celebrate." See Dec. 29.

Syracuse. Jessimae Peluso. Syracuse native Jessimae Peluso has been seen and heard on "The Joe Rogan Experience," Andrew Santino’s "Whiskey Ginger," Doug Ben son’s "Getting Doug with High," MTV’s "Girl Code and Safe", "World’s Funniest Fails," Kevin Hart’s "Laugh Out Loud Network, Comedy Knockout," "The Funny Dance Show," the late great Chelsea Lately, and more. Jessimae has been featured in the Moontower Comedy Festival, New York

Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy; Arts Festival, and Just For Laughs. Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. On 12/31, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25 to $30. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hi awatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funnybone. com/?t=1667334021.

Verona. ZBTB. Zac Brown Tribute Band plays live. 8 p.m. $29 to $48. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turn ingstone.com. 877-833-7469.

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Buffalo. Elf the Musical. See Dec. 26.

Oswego. Men’s Hockey vs. Adrian/Williams. Time TBA. Marano Campus Center Arena, 7060 NY-Rte. 104. https://os wegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20553.

Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate. See Dec. 29.

Syracuse. Jessimae Peluso. See Dec. 30. Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Boston College. Time TBA. The Dome at

Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www. cuse.com.

JANUARY

SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS

Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates or rent for $2. Family skate time requires an adult with all youth under age 18. Public skate is free for city residents. Ice rink rental is available for private events for $150/hour. James P. Cullinan Rink is open Sundays 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; Fridays 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public. 281 W. Fifth St. 315-342-8167.

TUESDAYS

Auburn. Open Mic Night. Watch or per form music, comedy and spoken word art

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on Stage Right. Full instrument back line available. 7:30. $2. Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. https://auburnpublictheater. org. 315-253-6669.

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1Broome County Festival of Lights. In its third year, the Festival of Lights is bigger than ever with more displays and out-of-the-car experiences. On select nights, enjoy food and drinks from vendors and meet Santa, or ride the train around the park. More details on the Facebook page and website. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. $25 per car or $50 season pass. Otsiningo Park, 1 Otsiningo Road. www.bcfestivaloflights.com. 607-761-2475.

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Decem ber Daily.

New York City. Radio City Christmas Spec tacular: Radio City Rockettes. The classic Christmas extravaganza high steps back onto the stage for another year of this un paralleled live show. Check the website for tickets and showtimes. $75 to $225. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Ameri cas. www.radiocity.com. 800-475-7085.

Syracuse. Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Dive into musical family fun with Ariel, Sebastian, and all the watery gang from this beloved tale. With aerial acrobatics provided by 2 Ring Circus, this production promises enough thrills and delights for landlubbers of all ages. No show on 12/6, 12/25 and 1/3. Times vary. $35. Syracuse Stage Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. www.syracusestage. org. 315-443-3275. info@syracusestag.org.

Syracuse. "Disney On Ice" presents Let’s Celebrate. See Dec. 29.

Syracuse. Monday Night Salsa. Learn Latin dance in a group setting. Take an hourlong Latin dance lesson led by experienced instructors. For the next hour, practice your moves and any skills you want to work on. The evening concludes with an hour-long informal Latin dance social. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Epicuse, 330 S. Salina St. www.

epicuse.net. 315-572-6231. RitmoFlow315@ gmail.com.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. North Carolina State. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www. cuse.com.

JAN. 2

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

New York City. Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Radio City Rockettes. See Jan. 1.

Syracuse. Disney’s "The Little Mermaid." See Jan. 1.

Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents "Let’s Celebrate." See Dec. 29.

JAN.

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Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Oswego. Women’s Hockey vs. Amherst. 5 p.m. Marano Campus Center Arena, 7060 NY-Rte. 104. https://oswegolak ers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20553.

JAN. 4

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Disney’s "The Little Mermaid." See Jan. 1.

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Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Disney’s The Little Mermaid. See Jan. 1.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Pittsburgh. 6 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

JAN. 6

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Penn Yan. First Friday. Every first Friday of each month, select businesses with red bal loons in downtown will stay open late with promotions and unique offerings. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown. Yates County Chamber of Commerce, 2375 Route 14A. 315-536-3111. info@yatesny.com.

Oswego. Women’s Basketball vs. Buffalo. 5:30 p.m.; Men’s Basketball vs. Buffalo 7:30 p.m. 7060 NY-Rte. 104. https://oswegolak ers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20553.

Syracuse. Disney’s "The Little Mermaid." See Jan. 1.

Syracuse. Ivan Decker. Originally from Vancouver and now Los Angeles-based, Ivan Decker is a writer, standup comic and actor, known for his sharp, polished, and multi-layered observational comedy. Decker has had numerous television performanc es filmed at the Just for Laughs Montreal festival, the Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy festivals for CBC Television and can be heard across North America on Sirius XM radio. Decker just shot a half hour comedy special for Netflix at the 2018 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Ages 21 and older only. 7:45 p.m. On 1/7 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20 Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. https:// syracuse.funnybone.com/?t=1667334021.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Belleville Senators Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

JAN. 7

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Disney’s "The Little Mermaid." See Jan. 1.

Syracuse. Ivan Decker. See Jan. 6.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr

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JAN. 8

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Disney’s The Little Mermaid. See Jan. 1.

JAN.

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Virginia Tech. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

JAN.

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JAN.

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Colgate. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavil ion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

JAN.

Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See December Daily.

FISU World University Games. Watch the largest winter multisport collegiate athletic event in the world. Collegiate athletes from more than 50 countries will gather in the Adiron dack Mountains at the Olympic Alpine Village to celebrate, compete, and enjoy a one-ofa-kind winter festival experience. The 11-day international festival and competition com bines high-level sport with educational and cultural events, all taking place in Lake Placid and nearby towns. The 31st Winter World University Games will include compe titions in 12 winter sports. Collegiate athletes between the ages of 17 and 25 are eligible to enter, with teams selected by their nation al university sports federations. Events in clude ice hockey, short track speed skating, speed skating, figure skating, ski jumping, snowboarding, freestyle & free ski, curling, Nordic combined, cross-country skiing, bi athlon and alpine skiing. The website lists the complete schedule and ticket prices. Tickets available online. 608 Main St. www. lakeplacid2023.com. www.facebook.com/

material alone, Brian’s non-stop comedy tour continuously fills the numerous venues across North America, visiting close to 100 cities each year. 8 p.m. $50 to $368.15. The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Mont gomery St. 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Steve Byrne. Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innova tive and sought-after performers. Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. On 1/14 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funny bone.com/?t=1667334021. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Laval Rocket

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Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Cornell. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

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Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Rochester. Gershwin, Berlin and Friends. See Jan. 20.

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Buffalo. Buffalo Wine Festival. Choose from two sessions at this premier wine tasting event, which also includes food and product ven dors. Participating wineries include Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm, Four Fights Distilling, Montezuma Winery, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Sprague Vineyards, and Thousand Island Winery. Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, 153 Franklin St. https://buffalowinefestival. com.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Notre Dame. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. Syracuse. Steve Byrne. See Jan. 13.

JAN. 15

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Notre Dame. 2 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

JAN. 16

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

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Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12.

Syracuse. "Anastasia." Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adven ture-filled new musical "Anastasia" is by the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broad way classic Ragtime. Experience the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. The Saturday, Jan. 21 matinee performance will be ASL interpreted. Times and ticket costs TBA. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. https://landmarktheatre.org. 315-4757979. info@landmarktheatre.org.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12.

Oswego. Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Swimming and Diving vs. SUNY Cortland. 4 p.m. 7060 NY-Rte. 104. https:// oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20553. Syracuse. "Anastasia." See Jan. 17.

Verona. "Dancing with the Stars" Live. America’s favorite dance show is back on tour. See the ballroom brought to life in this brand-new production featuring your favorite "Dancing with the Stars" pros, plus special guest stars. 8 p.m. $49 to $169. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 877-833-7469.

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Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12. Syracuse. "Anastasia." See Jan. 17.

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Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. Watch or join hockey games for all ages, ob stacle race, snowshoe race, trail race and a hockey trivia competition. Fireworks shows on two nights. The festival features mechan ical refrigeration for the 220-foot by 110-foot outdoor ice rink to manage warm weather issues. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. $10 suggested parking fee per car. Chenango Valley State Park, 153 State Park Road. http://bingpond fest.com. www.facebook.com/bingpondfest. 607-205-0365. bingpondfest@gmail.com.

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Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12. Rochester. Gershwin, Berlin and Friends. The toe-tapping, finger-snapping program shines the spotlight on the music of great early 20th century composers, including George Gershwin ("Fascinating Rhythm"), Irving Berlin ("Alexander’s Ragtime Band"), and Isham Jones ("It Had To Be You"), that have the timeless melodies and rhythms that continue to lift our spirits today. Bassist and jazz vocalist Nicki Parrott who has garnered over 5 million views on Youtube, joins Byron Stripling to create a musical portrait of how these songs shaped the Great American Songbook. 8 p.m. $18 to $118. Kodak Hall, 26 Gibbs St. https://myrpo.org. 585-454-2100. patronservices@rpo.org. Syracuse. Anastasia. See Jan. 17.

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Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12. Syracuse. Anastasia. See Jan. 17. Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets

Lake Placid. Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games. See Jan. 12. Rochester. Fun Frozen Favorites. Warm up with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with musical highlights from Disney’s "Fro zen" and other frigid favorites. 2 p.m. $20 adults; $10 children. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. https://myrpo.org. 585-454-2100. patronservices@rpo.org.

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Buffalo. Dancing with the Stars Live. 7:30 p.m. $450 to $215. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org/performances.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. North Carolina. 9 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Buffalo. Disney On Ice presents "Into The Magic." Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas, snow covered mountains and the marigold bridge in Disney On Ice presents "Into The Magic." This action-packed perfor mance, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., features Disney’s "Moana," "Frozen," "Coco" and "Beauty and the Beast" with other beloved Disney characters. 7 p.m.; On 1/28, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; on 1/29, 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. $26.95 to $76. KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza. www. keybankcenter.com.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Virginia. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. Watkins Glen. Fire & Ice. More than 20,000 lbs. of ice is meticulously carved into ice sculptures, martini luges, and even bars. After enjoying the chilling experience on the patio, head inside to warm up the live music, light hors d’oeuvres, chili and chowder. The

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evening concludes with fireworks over the harbor. Limited space, so make reservations early. Time and admission TBA. Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 N. Franklin St. www. watkinsglenharborhotel.com/watkins-glenny-ice-bar. www.facebook.com/watkinsglen harborhotel. 607-535-6116.

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Buffalo. Disney On Ice presents "Into The Magic." See Jan. 26.

Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch. com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. RIT. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

Verona. Chris Young. Famous Friends Tour. With a hit-packed set list including “Famous Friends,” “Losing Sleep,” “Sober Saturday Night,” “Think of You” and “I’m Comin’ Over,” Grammy- and ACM-nominated country star, Chris Young, will perform live. VIP packages available. 8 p.m. $49 to $225. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turning stone.com. 877-833-7469.

Watkins Glen. Fire & Ice. See Jan. 26.

JAN. 28 Buffalo. Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic. See Jan. 26.

Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Verona. Satisfaction. The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show performs live, featuring the Stones’ classic songs. 8 p.m. $34 to $56. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 877-833-7469.

Watkins Glen. Fire & Ice. See Jan. 26.

JAN. 29 Buffalo. Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic. See Jan. 26. Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Louisville. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates or rent for $2. Family skate time re quires an adult with all youth under age 18. Public skate is free for city residents. Ice rink rental is available for private events for $150/ hour. James P. Cullinan Rink is open Sundays 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; Fridays 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public. 281 W. Fifth St. 315-342-8167.

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JAN. 30 Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Virginia. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Auburn. Open Mic Night. Watch or per form music, comedy and spoken word art on Stage Right. Full instrument back line available. 7:30. $2. Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. https://auburnpublictheater. org. 315-253-6669.

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3Alexandria Bay. 1000 Islands Pond Hockey Classic 2023. Play or watch 3-on-3 pond hockey with a maximum of four players per team (35+ age divisions have a five-player max). Five co-ed divisions. Play on 100′ x 50′ rinks with 18″ high boards and lights for night games. Location is dependent on ice condi tions/weather and is subject to change at any time. Register your team by January 21st. 9 a.m. $400 entry fee; free to watch. Bonnie Castle Manor, 31 Holland St. www.riverhock eyclassic.com.

Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festi val. See Jan. 20.

Lake Placid. Empire State Winter Games. See Feb. 2.

Penn Yan. First Friday. Every first Friday of each month, select businesses with red balloons in downtown will stay open late with promotions and unique offerings. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown. Yates County Chamber of Commerce, 2375 Route 14A. 315-536-3111. info@yatesny.com.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Syracuse. Josh Blue. See Feb. 3.

Syracuse. Nat King Cole Songbook. Denzal Sinclaire, one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, takes the stage with Symphoria to present the timeless music of Nat King Cole. 7:30 p.m. $43 to $73. Oncenter Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 421 Montgomery St. http:// experiencesymphoria.org.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Charlotte Checkers Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Penn State. 3 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

Verona. Magic Rocks. Illusionist Leon Eti enne rocks venues around the world with his critically acclaimed rock and magic show. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. $34 to $56. Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turning stone.com. 877-833-7469.

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Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Lake Placid. Empire State Win ter Games. See Feb. 2.

ly-friendly celebration includes wintertime favorite food samples, cookoffs, outhouse races, ATV races, Polar Plunge, fireworks, children’s activities, and more. Visit the web site for a complete list of events and times. www.lakegeorgewintercarnival.com. www. facebook.com/Lake-George-Winter-Carni val-113179138694047.

FEB. 2 Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festival. See Jan. 20.

Lake Placid. Empire State Win ter Games. The 2023 Empire State Winter Games is a multi-day sports event. The Games bring together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. 2634 Main St. www.empirestatewintergames.com.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Enjoy fun activities for all ages, including fun run, obstacle course, icicle contest, frying pan toss, downhill ski race, snow rugby and more. See the website for a complete schedule. www.saranaclakewin tercarnival.com.

Syracuse. Josh Blue. Josh Blue has been a fast-rising star since first appearing on Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” before gaining the attention and endearment of the country as a favorite on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. On 2/4 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funny bone.com/?t=1667334021.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Charlotte Checkers Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Penn State. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

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Alexandria Bay. 1000 Islands Pond Hockey Classic 2023. See Feb. 3.

Chenango Forks. Binghamton Pond Festi val. See Jan. 20.

Lake Placid. Empire State Winter Games. See Feb. 2.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Boston. 2 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Saranac Lake . 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

FEB. 8 Saranac Lake . 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

FEB. 9 Rochester. Rooted in Rochester. Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conduc tor, makes a guest appearance in the Philharmonics series to conduct this special concert, a celebration of the rich history of black Rochesterians. Internation ally acclaimed Rochesterians Kearstin Piper Brown and Thomas Warfield join the RPO

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for this program, featuring works with direct ties to Rochester by Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, Duke Ellington, and an RPO Co-comission by James Lee III. A highlight of the night will be William Grant Still’s Af ro-American Symphony, which was pre miered in Rochester by the RPO in 1931. Pre-concert talk will start 1 hour before the show. 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, 8 p.m. $18 to $89. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. https://myrpo.org. 585-454-2100. patronservices@rpo.org.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. North Carolina State. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www. cuse.com.

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Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Mercyhurst. 6 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

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race and age. CCC Camp in Winona Forest, Center Rd. www.winonaforest.com. info@ winonaforest.com.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Mercyhurst. 3 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

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Fulton. The Great Eastern White out: Antique & Vintage Snowmo bile Show/Swap-Meet & Vintage Trail Ride. Vendors available indoors. 8 a.m. Fulton War Memorial, 609 W Broadway. 315592-4892 or 315-652-9603. Jlatino@twcny. rr.com or snomoman@aol.com. Rochester. Rooted in Rochester. See Feb. 9.

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Fulton. The Great Eastern White out: Antique & Vintage Snowmo bile Show/Swap-Meet & Vintage Trail Ride. See Feb. 11.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

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Rochester. Valentine’s Soul Jam. Enjoy an evening featuring live performances from The Whis pers, Heat Wave and Howard Hewett. 8 p.m. $62.50 to $128.50. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl. org. 585-222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

Saranac Lake. 2023 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2. Lacona. Winona Forest Tourathon. Snow-making and professional grooming equipment keeps the terrain pristine for the Tourathon’s Nordic skiers. Post-race festivities include hot soup and hot choco late, top finisher awards and a bonfire. Bib pick-up and sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. $30 to $60 registration, depending upon the

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Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." Based on Tim Burton’s beloved film, this comedic musi cal tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life

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changes when she meets a recently de ceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. 7:30 p.m. each night through Thurs day. On Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket cost TBA. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 E. Main St. www.rbtl.org. 585222-5000. mail@rbtl.org.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. NC State. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse Univer sity, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Syracuse. Pat DaBiere. This high-energy comedian delivers the laughs in rapid-fire succession. He has toured comedy clubs, casinos, theaters, and entertainment resorts since 2012 and has recorded two albums, “Displaced Aggression” (2014) and “What time is that show?” (2018). Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. $20. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hi awatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funnybone. com/?t=1667334021.

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Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." See Feb. 14.

merstein tunes well-known from some of the most outstanding productions ever to hit the stage. 8 p.m. $18 to $107. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. https://myrpo. org. 585-454-2100. patronservices@rpo.org.

Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." See Feb. 14.

Syracuse. Pat McGann. A quickly rising star in the stand-up comedy world, McGann be gan stand up at the age of 31 after realizing he was not very good at selling packaging. He has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Ste phen Colbert, Montreal’s famed Just For Laughs Festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, The Great American Comedy Festival and the Nashville Comedy Fest. Ages 21 and older only. 8 p.m.

On 2/18, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hiawatha Blvd. https://syracuse. funnybone.com/?t=1667334021.

Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

Syracuse. Women’s Basketball. Orange vs. Miami. 1 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse Univer sity, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." See Feb. 14.

Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. From the center of downtown Syr acuse to surrounding areas throughout Onondaga County, the celebration includes children through adults. With more than 100,000 people attending dozens of indoor and outdoor events, parties, cook-offs, various competitions plus an abundance of other activities, Syracuse Winterfest draws the second largest audience in all of Central New York. P.O. Box 578. www.syracusew interfest.com. wacooper@twcny.rr.com. 315-243-2500.

FEB. 17 Oswego. Darrah Carr DanceCeilidh: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance. The Bessie Award-nominated company Darrah Carr Dance brings a new twist to conventional Irish dance to create a high-energy, rhythmi cally based work accessible to a broad audi ence through dance, music, songs and sto rytelling. Tickets available at https://oswego. universitytickets.com. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost TBA. SUNY Oswego, Waterman Theatre,7060 State Route 104.

Rochester. Andreas on Broadway. Director Andreas Delfs leads the Rochester Philhar monic Orchestra down the Great White Way. Enjoy classic and popular Rodgers & Ham

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Fairport. New York State Ice Wine and Culinary Festival. The 14th annual festival showcases wineries from across the state that produce the delicacy called ice wine in the traditional manner. Ice wine and its creator—winter-are at the forefront of all the activities: from tastings and infused cuisine pairing to horsedrawn sleigh rides though the vineyards and tastings. Enjoy s’mores and hot beverage station around the fireplace area. Take home Casa Larga glasses. Casa Largo is within the service areas of Lyft and Uber. Tickets are good for either 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket cost TBA. Casa Larga Vine yards Inc., 2287 Turk Hill Road. www.casal arga.com. www.casalarga.com/events/ ny-ice-wine-culinary-festival. 585-223-4210. info@casalarga.com.

Rochester. Andreas on Broadway. See Feb. 17.

Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." See Feb. 14.

Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Duke. 6 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse Univer sity, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

Syracuse. Pat McGann. See Feb. 17.

Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

Syracuse. Women’s Ice Hockey. Orange vs. Stonehill. 2 p.m. Tennity Ice Pavilion, 511 Skytop Rd. www.cuse.com.

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Rochester. "Beetlejuice: The Musical." See Feb. 14.

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Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Clemson. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

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Syracuse. "Much Ado About Nothing. William Shakespeare’s play about love versus the inter ference of cynicism, short tempers and sly brothers. Presented by The HWS Theatre and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch. 7:30 p.m. On 2/25, additional 2 p.m. performance. Ticket cost TBA. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 233 E. Washing ton St. www.hws.edu/HWSTheatreBoxOffice. 315-781-4581. cwoodworth@hws.edu. Syracuse. Syracuse Winterfest 2023. See Feb. 16.

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Syracuse. Much Ado About Nothing. See Feb. 23.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgom ery St. https://syracusecrunch.com/index. aspx 315-435-8000.

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Inlet. Frozen Fire & Lights. Join in sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross-country skiing all day. Bring your own equipment or rent skates, skis, or snowshoes from Pedals & Petals in downtown Inlet. Watch or join the Outhouse Race and Cardboard Sled Race. Warm up at the bonfire with free hot dogs and watch the fireworks. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fern Park Recreation Area, 11 Loomis Road. http://www.frozenfireand lights.com. 315-357-5501.

Syracuse. PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.”

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The PAW Patrol is yelping for help as they face their greatest challenge yet. It’s up to the pups to save the day. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. On 2/26, 10 a.m. only. $20 to $90. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. https://landmark theatre.org. 315-475-7979.

Syracuse. "Much Ado About Nothing." See Feb. 23.

Syracuse. Syracuse City Ballet Presents Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.” A fairy godmother, a noble prince, hilarious stepsisters, and en chanting fairies: Syracuse City Ballet brings Cinderella back to the Crouse Hinds Theater after 2020’s canceled production. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. On 2/26, 2 p.m. performance only; $20 to $75. The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. 315-435-8000.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Hartford Wolf Pack Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Up state Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syr acusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

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Syracuse. PAW Patrol Live! “Heroes Unite.” See Feb. 25.

Syracuse. Syracuse City Ballet Presents Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.” See. Feb. 25.

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Syracuse. Men’s Basketball. Orange vs. Georgia Tech. 7 p.m. The Dome at Syracuse Univer sity, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

MARCH

SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS

Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates or rent for $2. Family skate time re quires an adult with all youth under age 18. Public skate is free for city residents. Ice rink rental is available for private events for $150/ hour. James P. Cullinan Rink is open Sundays 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; Fridays 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public; Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for families; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the public. 281 W. Fifth St. 315-342-8167.

TUESDAYS

Auburn. Open Mic Night. Watch or per form music, comedy and spoken word art on Stage Right. Full instrument back line available. 7:30. $2. Auburn Pub lic Theater, 8 Exchange St. https://au burnpublictheater.org. 315-253-6669.

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Oswego. Saakumu Dance Troupe. The award-winning Saa kumu Dance Troupe is one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, W. Africa. Created by musician Bernard Woma, the group reper toire includes a range of spiritual, ceremo nial, recreational genres to contemporary African dance forms. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost TBA. Oswego, Waterman Theatre, 7060 State Route 104.

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Syracuse. Anthony Rodia. A first-generation Italian, comedi an Anthony Rodia rose to fame in comedy through his social media plat form’s skits, song parodies, his weekly “Road Rage Wednesday” with character “Uncle Vinny.” Ages 21 and older only. 7:30 p.m. On 3/11, 7 p.m. $37 to $47. Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, Destiny USA, 306 Hi awatha Blvd. https://syracuse.funnybone. com/?t=1667334021.

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Inlet. Let’s Get Crocked. Bring one large pot or Crock Pot full of homemade soup to share and, to benefit the local food pantry, $10. You may also wish to bring bread, crackers, bev erages. Coffee, tea, soda, and table service will be provided. Inlet Town Hall Senior Room, 160 Route 28. http://inletny.com. 315- 357-5501.

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Statewide. Maple Weekend. Visit any of numerous participat ing maple farms across the state for their annual open house. Tour the farm, see educational exhibits, witness tapping and boiling demonstrations, listen to maple producer presentations, shop and sample maple wares. Most farm stores include items such as maple candy, cream, cotton candy, popcorn, and syrup in a variety of function al and decorative containers. Many include other local products for sale. Some farms provide pancake breakfasts for purchase. Wear appropriate clothing, outerwear and footwear for visiting a farm. Many activities are outdoors and on uneven ground and not all facilities are accessible. Call participating farms listed on the New York Maple Produc ers website before visiting to check times, dates, and acceptance of cash or credit card. https://mapleweekend.nysmaple.com.

Syracuse. Syracuse Crunch vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins Hockey. 7 p.m. Tickets vary. Upstate Medical Arena at The Oncenter War Memorial, 421 Montgomery St. https://syracusecrunch.com/index.aspx 315-435-8000.

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SNOW TIME: ‘BRING IT ON’

If it’s winter, it’s time for Carol Yerdon of North Redfield to shine

This is the time of year many Central New Yorkers dream about trading snow and cold for sunshine and sandy beaches.

Carolyn (Carol) Yerdon isn’t one of them.

Yerdon, 59, of North Redfield, is a special education aide for the Sandy Creek Central School District. She’s best known for her role as a Tug Hill weather observer.

In 1994, Yerdon saw a notice in The Syracuse Newspapers seeking weather watchers in Oswego County, which sometimes ranks as one of the snowiest regions in the country. She answered the notice and started

measuring snow and sharing her data with the newspapers. Soon af ter, the local TV stations called, and Yerdon started providing snowfall in formation to WSYR-TV (Channel 9) and WSTM-TV and WTVH-TV (Chan nels 3 and 5). She later completed training and started measuring snow and recording snowfall information for the National Weather Service.

Yerdon isn’t a meteorologist, and like the rest of us, she isn’t sure when the first measurable snowfall or significant “snow event’’ will take place this season. But her attitude is one of “bring it!’’

“NOBODY, and I mean nobody, gets more excited about snow than

weather watcher Carol Yerdon in Redfield [Tug Hill],’’ former WSTM3 chief meteorologist Wayne Mahar noted on Twitter in early November last year. “Here she is breaking out the shovel for their first 1-2 inches of snow of the season.’’

Yerdon grew up in Memphis, a rural hamlet west of Syracuse, where the winters were relatively tame compared to what she has experi enced in Oswego County. She moved to North Redfield in 1993 and quick ly became a fan of the thick blanket of snow that settles over the region and of the winters that can begin as early as October and end as late as May.

Once it starts snowing, she measures snow every 4 to 6 hours following National Weather Service guidelines. Her weather station is an open area of her property, out of the way of drifting snow. Her primary tools are a shovel, yardstick and snow board (a heavy plastic board placed on the ground). She pokes the measuring stick through the snow, until it reaches the snow

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Undated photo showing Carol Yerdon celebrating 200 inches of snow in North Red Creek.

board, and records measurements. The board is cleared of snow be tween measures, which are recorded to the nearest tenth of an inch.

Yerdon sometimes measures snow every hour or two during ma jor snow events so she can give the National Weather Service and the Syracuse TV stations a better idea of the intensity of snowfall. “I really enjoy how they predict the snow and then I feel like I complete them by showing them, ‘you’re right, here it is,’’’ Yerdon says.

“I don’t usually have to get up in middle of night. If we get a signifi cant storm, I might measure at 10 at night and I might get up at 2 in the morning and see if it’s still snowing. I do like to sleep a little bit,’’ Yerdon adds with a laugh. “If it’s a signifi cant per-hour event, where we get 4 to 6 inches an hour, I do measure and report to the National Weather Service by phone. They like to know what’s happening right when it’s happening.’’

In more than 25 years of observ ing and measuring snow, Yerdon has experienced some highs and lows. The most snow she’s measured in a season: 424 inches during the winter of 1996-1997. The least snowfall she’s measured: 150 inches in 20112012. The last “really significant weather event’’ was in December of 2017, when the Tug Hill got 62.2 inches of snow in 48 hours. “That was a big one for us,’’ Yerdon notes. “It was considered a record.’’

Yerdon (@cyerdon) uses Twitter to bring sparsely populated North Redfield and its winters to a wider audience. She has more than 5,000 Twitter followers and uses the platform to amplify the white stuff. “I quickly learned there was a huge interest from truly around the world to see our snow,’’ she says.

The Associated Press and The New York Times have called her for snow reports and updates.

Jim Cantore, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, has broadcast from the roof of Yerdon’s house.

A French film crew visited sev eral years ago to record footage for a documentary called “The Future of Snow’’ (Yerdon would like to see it but hasn’t been able to). Scroll through Yerdon’s Twitter feed and you’ll see her enjoying a mug of coffee or glass of wine in the win

ter wonderland outside her door or standing next to a snowman she made in April.

Significant snows mean snow days, and Yerdon has fond memories of schedule-free time spent at home with her son during his school-age years. With an average of five or six snow days annually, she considers she got more than 60 bonus days with him. “A snow day is whatev er you make it,’’ Yerdon says. “You don’t have any plans. You’re forced to just sit back and stay home. In my case it’s not always staying inside. We’d go outside and play in snow

and shovel and come in and bake cookies. The year he graduated, I realized it was his last snow day forever.’’

Keeping tabs on snowfall (and rain in the off-season) occupies a lot of her time, but Yerdon prioritizes other activities, like getting out with her dog, snowshoeing at the Win ona State Forest Recreation Area, and photographing the region’s snow-covered landscape.

“Measuring is one thing,’’ Yerdon says, “but I really like to be outside. I’ve always been an outdoor person. I find snow exhilarating.’’

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Yerdon leans on a tree in snowy weather in this undated photo.

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT SLEDDING HILL

Zooming down a snow-cov ered hill on a sled can be exhilarating. If you want to be a sledding hero this winter follow these tips to create a firstrate sledding hill.

Think Safety First

Parental supervision is a must, especially for younger children. Stay away from sledding near roads as well as frozen lakes, streams and ponds. If you’re going to be sledding on some big hills and getting some serious speed, it’s worth thinking about wearing a helmet. At the very least you’ll want to make sure your sled is in good working order. Sleds that can be controlled with a steer ing device are a good idea.

Selecting the Hill

Unless you know someone with construction equipment, building your own hill probably isn’t feasible. Look for a hill on your property (or, if you have permission, a neighbor’s) that is open and gently sloping. Too

steep and you’ll lose control, too flat and you aren’t going anywhere. A level area at the bottom is helpful for safely stopping. You may have to cut down a few trees to make room. Be fore it snows check for any holes or obstructions, such as rocks or fence posts, that might be an issue

Snow and Sleds

It’s possible to sled on all kinds of snow, but for best results wait until it snows when it’s warmer out, preferably just below freezing. That tends to produce wetter, heavier snow. This kind of snow is good for sledding because it reduces friction by releasing water when under the pressure of a heavy sled. That helps you speed down the hill. Plus, who wants to go sledding when it’s bitter cold out?

From the classic to the modern, there are sleds of every variety avail able and most of them can provide a good experience under the right conditions. Experiment with sev eral kinds to find one you prefer. If you’re looking for speed (and don’t mind plunking down some cash) you

might try L.L. Bean’s Sonic Snow Tube, which is highly rated. It fea tures a hard-shell bottom that cuts down on drag and performs well on all kinds of snow. It even comes with a tow handle. The downside, other than the price, is that it’s difficult to steer.

Add a Tow Rope

Call it laziness, but it can get tir ing trudging back up a hill after each ride down. Remedy this problem by installing a tow rope. If you’re not mechanically inclined, you’ll need to recruit some help but the basics are fairly straightforward. You need an electric or gas motor at one end of the hill and a return pulley at the other. The system turns a long rope and gives everyone a free ride up the hill. The system needs to be an chored at each end, which is some thing to think about before cutting down trees on your hill. How much rope and exactly what kind of motor you’ll need depends on the individu al circumstances. Given the amount of tinkering involved you’ll want to start well before the snow flies.

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Ron Jardin of Mexico has been building snow sculptures for 30 years. “Now if there’s snow and I feel good I’m out there,” he says.

PASSION FOR SNOW SCULPTURE

Ron Jardin, a retired teacher, has built snow sculptures on his front lawn each winter for 30 years. He shares tips for making a stunning looking snow sculpture.

Each fall when the first snowfall is still months away people begin quiz zing Ron Jardin about his snow sculptures.

“Neighbors and friends to this day ask me ‘What are you going to make?’ but I never tell them,” he said. “It’s always a secret.”

For 30 years now, Jardin has created snow sculptures in his front yard each winter. They’ve become neighborhood attractions, growing

more elaborate over time.

Jardin, 71, taught physical education and coached track and cross-country for more than 40 years, so many former students also drive by his house in the village of Mexico to glimpse his creations.

Crafting snow sculptures is ac tually one of Jardin’s more orthodox hobbies. He joined the rodeo team in college and for several years after becoming a teacher he spent breaks riding broncos with the rodeo. He

and his family were involved in historical reenacting. And he’s con structed several authentic full-size tipis.

An avid outdoorsman, Jardin spends as much time as possible out side during winter, enjoying activi ties such as camping and skiing.

“I love winter,” he said. “There’s no bugs, your food doesn’t spoil and the bears are sleeping.”

He got the idea to build his first snow sculpture when his daughter, Annie, was less than a year old. Un beknownst to his wife, Jardin played hooky from shoveling the driveway and built a snow woman in the yard.

“She thought I was outside en joying my shoveling,” he said.

He gave the snowwoman a car rot nose, drank two bottles of lemon ade to use the caps for eyes and added a scarf. He added a decorative bonnet swiped off a closet door. His plan was to set the baby in a pock et in the snow so it looked like the

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snowwoman was holding her and snap a photo.

He asked his wife if he could take the baby outside. She agreed and bundled her up. Outside Jardin set the camera up and placed his daughter in the pocket in front of the snowwoman.

“And I went to focus and she rolled out,” he said. “And I caught her probably a foot from the ground.”

She was fine, but each time Jardin tried to take her picture she’d roll out again. He eventually managed to snap a few photos. He’s

made at least one snow sculpture each winter since.

His creations have included Abraham Lincoln, Paul Bunyan and Goofy.

He’s constructed a giant choco late bunny for an early Easter, made a replica of Donald Duck and built a man-sized snowman waterskiing. Once he built an entire snow family holding sticks around a campfire with real marshmallows and hotdogs on the sticks. Everything went fine until a neighbor’s dog pilfered one of the hotdogs. Last year his sculptures included Buzz Lightyear from “Toy

Story” and Carl and talking dog Dug from “Up.”

Jardin usually takes a couple days to build his sculptures. Roll ing the snow into giant balls — as someone might to make a snowman — leaves a giant snow boulder too heavy to lift, Jardin said. Instead he shovels snow onto sleds and dumps it into garbage cans. There’s usually enough snow in his front yard, but he sometimes has to borrow snow from neighbors. He packs the snow like he’s building a sand castle. Then he pours in about five gallons of water.

“And you make snow cement,” Jardin said. “It packs just like ce ment.”

If the snow isn’t good packing snow, he adds even more water. He flips the garbage can over and lets the concoction freeze overnight. The result is something not as hard as ice but much denser than what could be achieved by just packing snow.

If the sculpture he’s building needs to be wide at the base, he’ll put garbage cans side-by-side. If it needs to be taller, he’ll stack them. He fuses everything together with a mixture of snow and water. Jardin usually tries to build the sculptures as high as he can.

Using an axe, a saw and a steel shovel, Jardin hacks away snow, roughing out the basic shape. He goes back later and carves the de tails. He paints the sculptures with an acrylic latex spray paint that is easily cleaned up when it deterio rates and comes off in sheets. For areas that need to be white he uses a saw to file down the snow until it’s a crisp white.

For the details he uses a variety of items. The bow tie, glasses and dog’s tongue for “Up” were cut out of colored pieces of foam. The pupils of Carl’s eyes were 3-inch deck screws. For Buzz Lightyear he bent a piece of rebar and painted it silver to create the helmet. His eyes were milk jug caps. The dimple on his chin was made from a piece of card board cut into a spiral. And his laser beam was a surveyor string that ran from his arm and was staked to the ground.

Some sculptures have proven easier to build than others. Once the snow sculpture Jardin was work ing on toppled over and he had to

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start over from scratch. When he made Abraham Lincoln, he had to pound a 12-foot piece of rebar into the ground to keep the tall, narrow sculpture stable.

The sculptures typically only last a few days before they begin to turn to mush. One year late in winter Jardin built a giant chocolate bunny and when the ears began melting he shaped it into a giant Easter egg. A few days later he turned the melting egg into a giant yellow Peep.

For “Up” he clustered four gar bage cans in a giant square and then built upward. When it came time to lift the 40-pound block of snow for the head into place he recruited his wife and daughter. They used a 2x6 like a ramp and walked the block up, being careful not to let it slide off the other side, and secured it in place with snow cement.

Aside from having help stack ing the snow, Jardin mostly prefers to work alone. He enjoys spending long hours outside chipping away at each sculpture. When he’s in the middle of working on a sculpture his wife often brings his dinner out on a paper plate for him. He sits in a folding chair, eats and goes right back to work.

Jardin uses props in his sculp tures to make them appear more lifelike. For his snow family that meant real wood and a red flood light for the campfire, as well as real hotdogs and marshmallows on sticks. For his water-skiing snowman that meant real water skis and a tow rope.

For “Up” Jardin used several dozen real balloons and a piece of garden hose for the string. The balloons and hose were supported

by a camouflaged piece of white PVC pipe.

After years of building snow sculptures and learning from one sculpture to the next the actual construction doesn’t take long and is the fun part, Jardin said. It’s coming up with an idea and planning out the process to build it that takes the most time.

The first year when he built a snowwoman to take a picture with his daughter Jardin didn’t think about making any other snow sculptures that winter. Over time he began making several each winter. He still enjoys building snow sculp tures so much that even after all these years it’s typical for him to construct three or four in a season if the weather cooperates.

“Now if there’s snow and I feel good I’m out there,” he said.

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Snow sculptures built by Ron Jardin, a retired teacher who has built snow sculptures on his front lawn each winter for 30 years.

SCENIC PARKS ABOUND IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Exploring New York’s parks and trails need not be a summer-only pastime. Many of the state’s parks are not only accessible during winter but provide stunning vistas while sparkling with fresh snowfall and glittering waterways.

• Taughannock Falls State Park (Trumansburg) offers gorgeous views of the falls from its overlook, as does Chittenango Falls State Park. Cross-country ski, snowshoe or

winter hike in the park to enjoy the sights.

— https://parks.ny.gov/ parks/62

• Considered the “Grand Can yon of the East,” Letchworth State Park (Castile), offers hiking trails and a 400-foot-deep gorge and three waterfalls up to 600 feet high.

— https://parks.ny.gov/ parks/79/details.aspx

THIS PAGE Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville is open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking on its nine miles of trails.

OPPOSITE PAGE People snowshoeing at the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville.

• Hiking the Catskills Scenic Trail (Roxbury to Bloomville) offers 26 miles of moderately easy hiking, with a gentle grade and a broad trail for cross-country skiing or snow shoeing. The year-round trail was built over an abandoned railway. En joy spectacular views of the Catskills enroute.

— http://catskillscenictrail.org

• Bring along the camera to take snaps at Glimmerglass State

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Park Covered Bridge Trail (Coo perstown). The picturesque Hyde Hall Covered Bridge is thought to be the oldest covered bridge in the nation. The park overlooks Otsego Lake. Hike, snowshoe or cross-coun try ski. Bring along your skates to try out Beaver Pond (weather permit ting).

— https://parks.ny.gov/parks/ glimmerglass/details.aspx

• Hike the Genesee Riverway Trail (Rochester) to enjoy views of a gorge and three waterfalls. The 24-mile trail includes portions going through historic landmarks in Down town Rochester and runs along the Genesee River. As a National Recre ation Trail, the Genesee Riverway Trail connects to the statewide Erie Canal Heritage Trail, and the Gene see Valley Greenway Trail (south to Pennsylvania).

— www.cityofrochester.gov/grt/

• Beaver Lake Nature Center (Baldwinsville) is open for snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking on its nine miles of trails. Equipment rentals are avail able. Observe numerous species of birds and other wildlife in and around the lake. Check the website for children’s programming and oth er special events. Stop at the Beaver Lodge Gift Shop for unique finds and educational toys.

— https://onondagacoun typarks.com/parks/beaver-lake-na ture-center

• Buck Mountain Trail, Lake George Wild Forest (Lake George) is ideal for more experienced winter hikers and snowshoers. The ter rain can be rough, and the trail is three miles each way. Reaching the summit rewards hikers with views of Lake George, Bolton Landing and the Adirondacks.

— www.lakegeorge.com/hiking/ buck-mountain

Before heading out to the parks, check the websites for trail closures, as maintenance and weather issues can affect what is open. Most parks require a modest per-vehicle parking fee. Check the park’s policies before making plans. Always stay on the trails and take back with you every thing you bring.

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THINKING OF GETTING A HOT TUB THIS WINTER? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

One of the most enjoyable ways to beat the cold is soaking in a hot tub.

If you’re looking for tranquility it’s hard to beat watching snowflakes fall while steam rises around you.

“The winter is without question my favorite time to use my hot tub,” said Allen Jerabeck, a pool and spa specialist with Central New Yorkbased Tarson Pools & Spas. “It’s really just magical.”

If you’re considering investing

in a hot tub there are a variety of brands and models on the market with a range of prices and features. It’s smart to find a dealer that has a good reputation and does its own service work.

With Central New York’s frigid winters, however, one of the biggest considerations is choosing a hot tub that’s energy efficient.

Jerabeck said a typical hot tub might cost $30-40 a month to heat in winter. That can easily double

with a poorly insulated model or a cover that doesn’t stay on tight. Remember that hot tub systems are programmed to maintain a set tem perature.

“And it’s going to keep pumping heat into that until it hits that tem perature,” Jerabeck said.

Two of the best ways to keep en ergy consumption low is by choosing a model that’s well insulated inside and that comes with a quality cover.

Premium hot tubs will have a

Hot tubs at home, a great way to have fun the winter. Photo courtesy of Tarson Pools & Spas.
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fully sealed and well insulated cover to keep the heat in. It’s best to avoid vinyl covers because they tend to get brittle in the cold. It’s also wise to replace an existing cover if it has be come old or damaged. High-quality tubs will have a fully sealed plastic base rather than rubber sheeting stapled to the bottom. A sealed base helps keep the elements out and heat in, Jerabeck said.

Another consideration is de ciding where to locate the hot tub. Some people partially enclose them with gazebos or pergolas to help shield them from the elements.

“Those things are great but they aren’t always able to be close to the house,” Jerabeck said.

It’s generally best to place the hot tub so you have the shortest path to and from your house, he said. The biggest deterrent to using a hot tub during winter is the prospect of shoveling a path through the snow. To address that, Jerabeck said his fa vorite spa accessory is heated walk way mats that can melt up to two feet of snow, eliminating the need to clear a path to the hot tub.

Another accessory worth consid ering is a wireless monitoring system available with many hot tub brands. A smart tub can notify you and your dealer if there is a power failure, for example. That can come in handy if you’re traveling out of town and haven’t drained your tub, Jerabeck

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10 MOVIES WORTH WATCHING AGAIN THIS WINTER

Even the biggest outdoor lover can find themselves stuck inside on a cold day and looking for some enter tainment. Here are 10 movies you should watch on a boring winter day. Five are set in wintry loca tions and five will thaw you out with decidedly warmer settings.

“Groundhog Day” (1993)

OK campers rise and shine and don’t forget your booties… you know how it goes. “Groundhog Day” celebrates its 30th anniversary in February and even if you’ve seen this classic Billy Murray comedy a mil lion times, it’s always worth another watch. It’s easy to miss some of its funnier moments in the first few viewings.

“Snow Day” (2000)

While it isn’t exactly great cine ma, “Snow Day” successfully cap tures the excitement we all experi ence when we get a surprise day off from school or work. The movie is set in Syracuse, although it was shot in Wisconsin and Canada. For many Millennials “Snow Day” will serve as a nostalgic flashback to Nickelode on’s days of making fun movies of questionable quality.

“The Bridges of Madison County” (1995)

If the Iowa summer wasn’t hot enough there’s the steamy onscreen romance between Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. She plays a farm wife whose family is on a trip when

Eastwood’s character, a photojour nalist with National Geographic who is photographing historic covered bridges, shows up looking for direc tions. They share a brief but intense love affair while pondering a future together.

“Happy Feet” (2006)

Even if animated children’s movies featuring singing, dancing animals aren’t your thing, it’s hard not to fall for these cute penguins. Every emperor penguin in Antarctica attracts a mate by singing a heart song. If the male penguin’s song matches the female’s, they mate. Enter Mumble, a penguin who is unfortunately a terrible singer and unable to attract a mate. But he can tap dance brilliantly.

“Everest” (2015)

Jon Krakauer wrote about the

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1996 Mount Everest disaster — during which eight climbers died –in his bestseller “Into Thin Air.” The same basic story is told but with a great ensemble cast and hair-raising cinematic scenes that will make it feel like you’re clinging to the side of Everest. Tip: Consider watching with a hot beverage to counteract the scenes where everyone is suffering in the bitter cold.

“Dr. No” (1962)

This is the film that started it all, bringing Ian Fleming’s James Bond to the big screen. A suave Bond is dispatched to sunny, carefree Jamai ca to investigate the disappearance of a British agent and uncovers a plot to disrupt a space launch with a secret weapon. Although filmed on a small budget and with a produc tion value lacking compared to later films, “Dr. No” has gained a reputa tion as one of the best Bond films.

“Miracle” (2004)

Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, the inspiring coach who led the American hockey team to a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid. The Americans won a game in the medal round against the heavily favored profes sional Soviet team, which became known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

“Volcano” (1997)

Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche star as an emergency man agement director and seismologist fighting to stop and divert the lava flow from a volcano that erupts in Los Angeles and wreaks havoc on the city. The big budget movie makes use of CGI, miniatures and a nearly full-scale replica of Wilshire Boulevard to create some incredible lava-filled scenes.

“Three Kings” (1999)

The film features George Cloo ney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze as American soldiers who discover a map at the end of the 1991 Gulf War detailing the location of a fortune in gold bullion that Iraq stole from Kuwait. They set off to steal the gold for themselves. This heist movie is set in the middle of a desert, perfect for wintertime.

“Cast Away” (2000)

Just about everyone has proba bly seen the blockbuster “Cast Away” several times. Tom Hanks plays a FedEx employee whose plane crash es in a storm, stranding him on a small island in the South Pacific. On a cold winter day, however, it is still satisfying to watch as he attempts to survive in and escape from his tropical prison.

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SURPRISING THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY

An ancient tradition, sort of

The modern celebration trac es its origins to the early Christian holiday Candlemas, which commem orates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. On that day – Feb. 2 – it became common to bless and distrib ute candles. Over time celebrators of the holiday adopted the belief that sunny skies meant a stormy, cold second half of winter. Roman legions brought the tradition to Germanic tribes, who expanded on the superstition: if the sun appeared on Feb. 2 a hedgehog would cast a shadow, predicting six more weeks of bad weather. German immigrants brought the folktale to America and replaced the hedgehog with the groundhog.

The weather capital of the world Groundhog Day has become synon ymous with Punxsutawney, Pennsyl vania., but it wasn’t until 1886 that a group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves “The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.” The local newspa per issued a proclamation declaring Punxsutawney Phil to be the only weather prognosticating groundhog. Newspapers around the world began reporting Phil’s annual predictions. Each year on Groundhog Day mem bers of the Inner Circle, who care for Phil, don tuxedos and top hats and trek to Gobbler’s Knob to coax Phil from his stump.

Phil comes to Central New York

Punxsutawney Phil has traveled around the country and even made appearances on national talk shows. But in 1994 Phil actually made the 300-mile trip to Central New York. By a coincidence, three teachers who were either born or raised in Punxsutawney — a town of less than 6,000 — all came to work at the Mexico Middle School in Oswe go County. The teachers had staged Groundhog Day celebrations for years and one of them convinced her cousin, a member of the Inner Circle, to bring Phil for a visit. Hundreds of children got to meet the fury fore caster.

Groundhog Day goes Hollywood

Nothing has done more to raise the holiday’s profile than the 1993 blockbuster “Groundhog Day.” The film stars Billy Murray as mean-hearted weatherman Phil Connors who reluctantly journeys to Punxsutawney to cover Groundhog Day and becomes trapped in a time loop. The film’s immense popularity fueled greater turnout at Gobbler’s Knob. In the past it was typical for a few hundred people to show up. Today as many as 20,000-30,000 people descend on Punxsutawney on Feb. 2. Even the phrase “Groundhog Day” has entered the lexicon as a common way of describing some thing that happens again and again.

“Groundhog Day” wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney

Although set in Punxsutawney, the movie was actually shot in and around Woodstock, Illinois., about 50 miles northwest of Chicago. Director Harold Ramis was from Chicago and enjoyed shooting in Illi nois, but the movie’s producers were also looking for a location that could pass for a quintessential, but non specific, American town. They chose Woodstock after scouting more than 60 places. One advantage to Wood stock was that it had a town square that allowed filmmakers to put the groundhog ceremony at Gobbler’s Knob in the center of town. The real Gobbler’s Knob is a couple miles outside of Punxsutawney.

Expect disappointment if you’re hoping for an early spring

Punxsutawney Phil may be the prognosticator of prognosticators, but his track record of predicting an early spring is enough to give you the winter blues. According to records dating to the 1880s, Phil has seen his shadow (predicting six more weeks of winter) more than 100 times. Phil has reported not seeing his shadow and predicted an early spring just 20 times, most recently in 2020. Of course, Phil isn’t the only weather-forecasting rodent. Sever al other groundhogs make annual predictions, including Staten Island Chuck, who resides at the Staten Island Zoo.

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Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2014, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Photos courtesy of Ken Sturtz.
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