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CONTENTS 3 CALENDAR OF EVENTS...22 3 New Map of Upstate NY...............26-27
How to Snowboard
eople of all ages can learn to snowboard. Numerous snowboarding schools throughout Upstate New York offer instruction to learn the right techniques for minimizing the risk of falls. P. 49
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9 Hot Festivals Designed for the Whole Family........7 ‘My 10 Best Bets for CNY Winter’ ...............10 Don’t Hibernate — Elevate..................................12 ‘My First Winter in Oswego’...............14 Don’t Miss: Holiday Train Rides..........................16 Snow: Love it or Hate It................................18 Telemar: All Downhill From Here.....20 New Ways to Play in the Snow.......45 How Do These CNYers Enjoy Winter?.....................47 Best Places to Ski this Winter.......48 Snowboarding 101...................................49 Great Trails for Snowmobiling..............................50
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HOME & BUILDING Builder’s First Choice................. 39 Burkes Home Center.................. 31 Curtis Landscaping..................... 17 Krell Distributing......................... 17 Lakeshore Hardwoods................ 33 Mabie Brothers............................. 9 Home & Garden White’s Lumber......................... 33
Compass Federal Credit Union.... 9 Oswego County Federal Credit Union............................. 15
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JEWELERS JP Jewelers................................ 27
Vernon Down Casino Hotel.......... 5
FOOD MARKETS Jerry Dell Farm Store................. 19 Mapleview Market....................... 39
FUEL Amerigas.................................... 24 Johnston’s Gas........................... 30
SHOPPING Eastview Mall.............................. 51 TJ-Maxx...................................... 13
SKI CENTER Brantling Ski Center.................... 35 Four Seasons Golf and Ski......... 17 Taberg Tower Tubing.................... 2
WHERE TO EAT Burger King................................. 27 Dailey’s Poor House....................11 EIS House.................................. 39 El Rincon Mexicana.................... 35 Grist Mill Restaurant....................11 Little Sodus Inn........................... 35 Mimi’s Drive-In............................ 30 Oak Hill Bulk Foods...................... 5
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WHERE TO STAY Butternut Cove Cottages............ 17 Christy Motel............................... 37 Parks Alumni House..................... 5 Tailwater Lodge............................ 3
WINERIES Starkey’s Lookout....................... 17 Tug Hill Vineyards......................... 5
Granger Homestead..................... 9 Suggett House Museum............. 17
ORGANIZATION Oswego County Stop DWI.......... 25
PRINTING Oswego Printing......................... 17
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WHERE TO SHOP Eastview Mall.............................. 51 Friendship Thrift Shop................ 33 Lowville Cheese Producers.......... 9 Make Sense Shop...................... 33 The Gingham Patch.................... 17 TJ-Maxx...................................... 13
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RiverHouse Restaurant.............. 33 Sandbar Grill................................11 Tailwater Lodge............................ 3
Fucillo’s Automotive Group.............. 52 Granger Homestead.......................... 9 Grist Mill Restaurant........................ 11 Jerry Dell Farm Store...................... 19 Johnston’s Gas................................ 30 JP Jewelers..................................... 27 Ken’s Body Shop............................. 27 Krell Distributing.............................. 17 Lakeshore Hardwoods..................... 33 Little Sodus Inn................................ 35 Long Lake / Raquette Lake............. 37 Lowville Cheese Producers............... 9 Mabie Brothers.................................. 9 Make Sense Shop........................... 33 Mapleview Market............................ 39 Mimi’s Drive-In................................. 30 Oak Hill Bulk Foods........................... 5 Oswego County Federal Credit Union.15 Oswego County Mutual Insurance . 51 Oswego County Stop DWI............... 25 Oswego County Tourism & Promotion.................... 41 Oswego Health................................ 28
Oswego Printing.............................. 17 Parks Alumni House.......................... 5 Port City Collision............................ 28 RiverHouse Restaurant................... 33 Roger Phelps Used Cars................. 44 RPM Raceway Indoor Karting........... 3 Sandbar Grill.................................... 11 St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce................................... 46 Starkey’s Lookout............................ 17 Suggett House Museum.................. 17 Taberg Tower Tubing......................... 2 Tailwater Lodge................................. 3 The Gingham Patch......................... 17 TJ-Maxx........................................... 13 Town of Inlet.................................... 37 Tug Hill Vineyards.............................. 5 Tully Hill Chemical Dependancy...... 27 Vashaw’s Collision........................... 25 Vernon Down Casino Hotel............... 5 White’s Lumber................................ 33
CNY WINTER GUIDE Published every year by Local News, Inc.
Editor & Publisher: Wagner Dotto Associate Editor: Lou Sorendo Contributing Writers: Deborah Jeanne Sergeant, Melissa Stefanec, Aaron Gifford, Payne Horning, Sandra Scott Calendar of Events Editor: Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Advertising: Peggy Kain, Roxanne Seeber, Ashley Slattery Layout: Dylon Clew-Thomas Cover Design: Jillian Meisenzahl Office Assistant: Kimberley Tyler
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Winter is Festival Time 9 hot winter fun festivals designed for the whole family By Sandra Scott
ccording to Robert Frost, “You can’t get too much winter in winter.” If weather prognosticators are to be believed, this winter may test that axiom. For many, winter means skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or ice skating. But what if those activities aren’t to your liking? Not to worry. There are plenty of winter fun activities designed for the whole family.
Oswego County’s winter festivals cover two weekends and two
cities. Head to Pulaski Jan. 26 through 28 for the Salmon River Winter Festival with snowshoe walk/run, sled dogs, children’s activities, a chili walk on Saturday and a wing walk on Sunday. On the weekend of Feb. 3–4 Warm Up Oswego is the place to be for the Hot 2k Trot Race, snow scavenger hunt, chili cook-off and many other activities.
Syracuse will host its annual WinterFest from Feb. 15 through 25. Thousands attend each year. The events are spread out and there is
something for everyone with both indoor and outdoor events. Enjoy games, music and cook-offs.
Saranac Lake’s Annual Winter Carnival is a must-do — at least once. It is ranked as the “Number Two Winter Festival” by National Geographic Traveler. This year’s winter wonderland is scheduled Feb. 3 through 12. Besides the amazing ice palace, the 10-day festival will feature fireworks, concerts, games and parades.
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Clayton’s Harbor Hotel is known for its Fire & Ice Bar. For one weekend in February the hotel hauls in over 20,000 pounds of ice that are carved into fantastic ice sculptures. This year’s event will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 though 17. Besides the ice sculptures, there will be music, hors d’oeuvres and the best part, part of the proceeds will be donated to the North Country Troopers Assisting Troops.
Saratoga’s Chowderfest scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 is a family friendly event with more than 80 vendors — including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers — who open their doors and serve hot bowls of chowder. The weekend features live music, wine tasting and other fun activities.
Tannersville’s Ice Sculpture Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18, is for those who want to try their hand at ice sculpting. Bring the family, your tools and carve a sculpture or enjoy watching others express their artistic ability. Tannersville is called the Painted Village because the main street is lined with renovated buildings that are cheerfully painted and now house unique stores and restaurants. Tannersville is near Hunter Mountain with a variety of fun in the snow activities.
Lake George’s Winter Carnival has been held every year since 1961 with a variety of activities every weekend in February. Visitors can expect chili, a barbecue and chicken wing cook-off, snowmobile races and the popular outhouse race.
Fairport hosts the New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 24 with wine tasting, wine seminars, vineyard horse-drawn wagon ride, wine infused food, live music and more. Save by pre-purchasing tickets for the event.
Easter is the harbinger of spring. Celebrate the end of winter with a ride on the Adirondack Railroad. The fun starts at the historic Utica Station where there is an Easter egg hunt and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. The event is scheduled for the weekend of April 1.
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Warm-Up Oswego will take place Feb 3-4. The festival brings out neighbors and friends for winter fun.
My 10 Best Bets for CNY Winter By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
hy hibernate until spring? As you embrace the season, take some time for these activities to make your season more fun. Take a sleigh ride. At Highland Park in Fabius (www.onondagacountyparks.com/highland-forest), horse drawn sleigh rides are available all weekend December through February.
See The Nutcracker. Whether in Syracuse (www.syracusecityballet.com), Rochester (www.rbtl.org), Lake Placid (www.lakeplacidarts.org/ performances/nutcracker) or Clinton (www.kacny.org), bring your children — they’ll love the music, story and live action on stage of this ballet about a child and her very special gift — and her very special dream.
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Tour Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Lake Park, lit throughout December and early January. The lights never fail to impress. The show always elicits “ohs and ahs” from youngsters and their parents alike.
Hear a Beatles tribute band. Beatlemania Now in Verona (www.turningstone.com, Dec. 1) or Beatlemania in Waterloo (https://dellagoresort.com, Dec. 13) will bring back memories of the Fab Four’s best tunes.
Experience the Empire State Winter Games (www.empirestatewintergames.com). Running Feb. 1-4, it offers an amazing winter sports venue and as many winter sports to watch as the most zealous enthusiast can handle.
Attend your local winter carnival. Syracuse Winterfest (www.
syracusewinterfest.com, Feb. 15-25) and Warm-Up Oswego (www.facebook. com/wuoswego, Feb 3-4) bring out neighbors and friends for winter fun, but other smaller, community-based festivals such as Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles help you get out and mingle--and start tackling that gift list.
See a comedian. Tim Allen: Stand Up in Rochester (Dec. 2) or, in Syracuse, Gabriel Iglesias Fluffymania World Tour (Dec. 29) are sure to bring on the laughs.
Ride a holiday train. Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica (www. adirondackrr.com), Stony Creek Ranch Resort in Cooperstown (www.sncrr. com/train-to-christmas-town) and Charlotte Valley Railroad in Milford (www.lrhs.com) offer rides all December.
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See Dancing with the Stars Live! at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona (www.turningstone.com, Jan. 19). Whether you have two left feet or could cut a rug with Fred Astaire, this show is sure to entertain.
Visit a sugar shack during a Maple Weekend event March 17 to 18 and March 24 to 25. If you check www.nysmaple.com, you can find a list of maple syrup producers. The whole family can see how maple syrup is made. Sugar houses will demonstrate tapping and boiling. Many host pancake breakfast and other activities, as well as sell maple syrup, candy, condiments and more.
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Cook like it’s summer. Grill some meat on the stovetop. Make potato, macaroni, and pasta salads. Eat like it’s the dog days of summer instead of the dead of winter.
Don’t Hibernate — Elevate When weather takes turn for worse, it’s time to be productive
Work out inside, outside
By Melissa Stefanec
s Upstate New Yorkers are a hardy bunch. We know what we signed up for when we decided to live in this area — bitter cold and substantial snowfall for a good chunk of each year. A lot of us take pride in being able to brave the harsh elements of winter. At
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done. Most of us battle a very real urge to hibernate at some point during the winter. Here are some ideas of things to do instead of going into hibernation mode. Sure, napping and movie watching are nice on certain winter days, but having them become the norm doesn’t do one’s body or mind any favors. A project a weekend — You know that nagging list of stuff you didn’t have time to get to this summer because you were too busy having fun? It’s time to tackle it. Aim for one small project a weekend and make that project happen. Accomplishing things does wonders for motivation, and motivation begets motivation. Remember books? — They are those things with pages. They are great fun. If you have to zone out and hunker down in the cold weather, skip the Netflix binge and find a few great books to immerse yourself in. It beats reading two paragraphs of every article on your social media feeds. Monthly potluck — If you are the sort of person who has trouble finding motivation, make plans you have to keep. Set up a group with a few friends and family members and rotate a potluck dinner at each of your homes. Good conversation and company has a way of taking the edge off minus-degree temperatures. Crafts or adult coloring books — No matter what your gender, there is a craft that has your name all over it. Maybe it’s collaging, paper crafting, candle making, jewelry making, felting, or birdfeeder making. There is also a host of adult coloring books that come in the form of greeting cards, postcards, calendars, and the like. Coloring and crafting are adult forms of playing, and playing is just the thing to chase the winter blues away.
a minimum, we know how to thrive despite them. But, let’s face it — even the most seasoned winter warriors reach a point when the cold and snow are just too much. At some point during the winter, some of us look outside and don’t know where we will find the energy to get anything
Get moving indoors — Maybe winter
sports aren’t your thing. That’s OK. You can be very active in a surprisingly small amount of space. If you search for home workouts online, there are an array of core strengthening, aerobic, toning, and meditation workouts to be found. Identify something you want
to improve on physically, do some research and get yourself in shape for spring. Get moving outside — You know how fresh spring air does wonders for your spirits? Freezing cold air has a very similar effect. Getting fresh air in the winter is rejuvenating. You just have to make sure you have the proper gear. Dress in layers and stay dry and you will be amazed at how a simple walk, round of snow shoveling, a light jog or a nature hike will reshape your mind and body. Organize — Most of us find it hard to find time to organize. So, when winter has you snowed in, tackle one of your long-standing organization projects. Tackle the three months’ worth of papers on the counter. Make the junk drawer the answer to your problems instead of another problem. Go through your closet and get rid of all of the clothes you did not wear this summer. Go through your tote bins. Then, when spring comes, you will not be springcleaning. Cook like it’s summer — In some ways, weather is a frame of mind. One way to beat the winter doldrums is to put your mind in summer mode. Barbecue some food in the snow. Grill some meat on the stovetop. Make potato, macaroni, and pasta salads. Splurge on some berries and angel food cake. Eat like it’s the dog days of summer instead of the dead of winter. Phone a friend — When leaving the house becomes a little more challenging because of frigid temperatures, ice and snow, you can start feeling a little isolated. If the weather is just too awful to leave the house, phone a friend and have a long-distance cup of tea or glass of wine. Laughter is the best medicine for the winter blues. Volunteer — Giving back to the community you live in is a great way to spread cheer. If you don’t want to leave the house and go to events or meetings, contact a charitable organization and see what you can do remotely. Maybe you can assemble items or mailings. Maybe you can do computer work or social networking. This may not get you out of the house physically, but it will get your mind out of the icy world beyond your windows.
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‘My First Winter in Oswego’ A news reporter from Iowa who now lives in Oswego reflects on his first winter in the Port City. ‘There was no shortage of warnings about the snowfall from the people I met here’ By Payne Horning
hen I first announced the news to my family and friends that I was moving to Upstate New York, the first thing they said was congratulations on the new job. The question that always followed was, “Are you aware of the amount of snow they get in that part of the country?” I dismissed those warnings. After all, I was from Iowa. We don’t exactly get passed over when it snows. But I would soon be schooled about just how severe the winters are here. I arrived in Oswego in October 2015. There was no shortage of warnings about the snowfall from the people I met here either. I told them that I had spent every winter of my young life in the Midwest, good training ground for whatever was in store. Amateur hour, they said. I began to fear that I should expect something from the apocalyptic weather movie “The Day After Tomorrow.” Still, like many 20-somethings before me, I was brash and disregarded the advice. That worked — for a while at least. There was no snow on Halloween my first year in Oswego. I was told that was an anomaly. That was my first warning sign of how different it is here. After all, I had only experienced snow on Halloween once in my entire life and it happened while I was at a Halloween wedding in Indiana. It was a Halloween wedding where the bride and groom were dressed as Frankenstein. Nothing was normal that night anyway. No snow arrived in November, despite the fact that it had fallen in Iowa by that time. That frustrated my
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family who called eagerly to see how much I got in comparison. It did arrive in Upstate a few weeks later, but the
WRVO reporter Payne Horning trying his hand a skiing at Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius last year. Photo courtesy of Pam Cantine.
snowfall wasn’t anywhere near as bad as everyone expected. To my family’s chagrin, the Midwest had gotten more
[To survive] Oswego’s winters is to have the right mindset. Until that global warming everyone seems to be talking about changes Upstate’s climate, it seems like the trick is making the most of our situation.” precipitation by the time I returned home for Christmas. Hubris was on full display that holiday. I told you I could handle it! Just wait, they said. They were right. The first lake-effect snowstorm I ever experienced hit me like a ton of bricks. My trusty SUV, which had to be dug out from several feet of snow, was all over the road on my way to work that day. To make matters worse, I had only a topcoat and leather gloves to shield me. What a fool I was, I said over and over as I pushed through a white wall on my way into the building. I had refused to bulk up with any heavier apparel like snow boots, heavy gloves, a hat, scarves and a puffy coat because I didn’t want to look like that kid who couldn’t put his arms down from the movie “A Christmas Story.”
The iceman cometh The heat inside the office that day was such sweet relief. I clambered to my desk and shed off the light winter gear I had. Many of my coworkers came over to my desk, grinning from ear to ear as I stood in disbelief, the snow dripping off me. What did I think of my first lake-effect snowstorm? Well, I’ve finally seen Hell freeze over, I said. Soon after that storm, I stomped into an apparel store and left with a heavy coat, fleece socks and gloves and a pair of thick snow boots.
This is war. The additional layers helped me endure subsequent lake-effect snowstorms, but getting acclimated to the rules took longer. I once left for Utica to do an interview as one of the storms
was blowing in. I can escape just before the worst of it arrives, I thought. The National Weather Service said it was clear beyond Oswego County, after all. But as I was approaching Fulton, I got a call from my news director. She told me to reschedule. “You cannot go in this weather,” she said. I tried to explain that I have had experience driving in blizzard-like conditions before in the Midwest. Right as I was making my case, a car in front of me slid off of the road into a ditch. “Turning around now,” I said. As I approach my third winter in Oswego, I feel better equipped to handle the storms ahead. I have first-hand experience and advice from friends, coworkers and family that I now readily accept. From what I’ve been told, you can never be too prepared for these awful snowstorms, but you never really get used to them either. It seems everyone here, even the lifelong Oswegonians, dread winter. You do what it takes to endure them, and help others along the way. Twice last season I pulled over to the side of the road and insisted that perfect strangers who were walking in horrible lake-effect conditions take a ride. Thankfully, none of them killed me — including my boss when I arrived to work late as a result. But perhaps the most important tip I’ve learned about surviving Oswego’s winters is to have the right mindset. Until that global warming everyone seems to be talking about changes Upstate’s climate, it seems like the trick is making the most of our situation. That’s why I went skiing last year. Scratch that, I attempted to go skiing. Most of my trips down the hill were on my stomach or back. There weren’t enough Icy Hot patches in the Central New York region to soothe the resulting pain. But the experience has not deterred me from wanting to do it again, despite objections from my fiancé. It gives me something to look forward to as the temperature drops. That will have to do until I can become one of those retirement snowbirds — only 50 more winters to go!
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Kids enjoying a ride in the The Polar Express, a two-hour, roundtrip ride reminiscent of the beloved children’s tale.
Don’t Miss: Holiday Train Rides Local rides offer a festive outing for the whole family By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
rom model trains beneath the Christmas tree to the Polar Express, trains represent a nostalgic holiday motif. Local train rides offer a festive outing for the whole family. At the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Utica’s Union Station (www.adirondackrr.com), offers The Polar Express, a two-hour, round-trip ride reminiscent of the beloved children’s tale. It travels north to the Holland Patent Depot, decked out as the North Pole. All guests — children and adults — are encouraged to play along and wear their pajamas, just like in the story! Hot chocolate chefs will serve each
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guest hot chocolate and cookies on the ride while they hear Liam Neeson’s reading of The Polar Express Train Ride, by Chris van Allsburg. At Holland Patent, Santa boards the train to visit each guest and give each child a silver tone bell. Guests in the first class Cocoa Car ride with Mrs. Claus who will serve guests from souvenir mugs at tables. The trip is wheelchair accessible for standard-sized chairs that can fit through 26-inch openings. Restrooms on the train are not accessible, but each station’s restroom is accessible. Departure times are 4:30 p.m. and
7 p.m. Departure Dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17; Thursdays Dec. 7 and 14; and Mon., Dec. 18 and Tues., Dec. 19. Coach seating for adults is $35; for youth 2-12 is $31. First class seating for adults is $55; for youth 2-12 is $48. Children under the age of 2 ride for free and are seated on a parent’s lap. Reserve tickets early to ensure a seat. Saratoga and North Creek Railway in Stony Creek (www.sncrr.com/trainto-christmas-town, 888-797-7245.) bases its holiday ride on the book The Train To Christmas Town. The 70-minune Train To Christmas Town ride recreates the story on board. A cast of characters will entertain the children with the story and music while serving hot cocoa and cookies. During the trip, Santa and his elves join the festivities to greet the children and present each with a gift. Check website for departure times and availability. Advanced tickets recommended. Tickets are $59 to $79 adults; $49 to $69 child 2 to 12; free for child in parent’s lap. Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad in Milford (www.lrhs.com, 607-432-2429) offers the North Pole Express, a two-and-a-half-hour ride from its station at 136 East Main St. in Milford, along the Susquehanna River and back. The train station and train are decorated for Christmas and will offer refreshments en route. The North Pole Express runs on Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16. Departure time is 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Seating for adults is $20 for adults; seniors are $19 and children 3 to 12 are $17. Children younger than 3 are free. The Santa Express Trains, also departing from the Milford station, bring along Santa and elves for the ride brimming with music, refreshments and good cheer. As a special surprise for children, parents may sneak a small gift with their child’s name on to an elf at the Reindeer Shack behind the Depot for Santa to give to their child on the ride. The Santa Express runs Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, departing at 1 p.m. Reservations are required. Seating for adults is $20 for adults; seniors are $19 and children 3 to 12 are $17. Children younger than 3 are free.
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Snow: Love it or Hate It? By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
iving in Upstate New York means snowy winters, from the thrill of winter sports to the dread of seemingly endless shoveling. Wherever they land on the spectrum of loving or hating snow, most people in the area hold an opinion on it. We spoke with a few of them.
“I enjoy the snow. I like ice fishing, hockey and cross country skiing.” Dave Runeare, manager B&T Sports, Fulton “I love the snow. I love downhill skiing. It’s what I live for in the winter. I’ve been doing it since high school, which would make it over a decade. I like to go to Whiteface, N.Y. I started out at Swain and Bristol Mountain. I love Whiteface if you catch the weather right. It’s just really good skiing there.” Keith Miller, head mechanic at Murdock’s Bicycles and Sports, Oswego “I run in the winter every day outside with my exercise machine with hair, Molly. She wants to go out and run, no matter the weather. At first, I didn’t like it, but I adapted to winter running with the right gear, including lighting for safety, good traction running shoes, face mask, gloves and hand warmers. I can’t even get a reflector vest on Molly; she will growl at me. She’s old school. I also ski on weekends with my wife.” Randy Sabourin, team leader at Metro Fitness, Syracuse “Winter is my favorite season. I live on Oneida Lake so I love to ice fish and I’m also an avid snowmobiler and I like downhill skiing. That keeps me pretty busy. I grew up doing these things. I go with my youngest son. We do a lot of these activities together.” Michael Sattler, campus director, Bryant & Stratton College, Syracuse
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Keith Miller, head mechanic at Murdock’s Bicycles and Sports, Oswego, snowboarding in the Tug Hill in February 2017. “I love the snow. I love downhill skiing. It’s what I live for in the winter.” “I spend a lot of time in the winter reading and quilting. Part of the time, I go to Florida on vacation. We own property down toward Florida so I can get away. I’m getting old enough that I don’t enjoy being cold. “I don’t like wearing boots. I used to love to go sledding. I am originally from Buffalo, so it’s the same type of climate with lake effect, just a different lake. “I like looking outside at the snow, as long as I’m just by the woodstove and warm and not out shoveling.” Carol Ferlito, director of Oswego Public Library, Oswego “I bought a house on a corner lot when I moved to Oswego. That’s a lot of shoveling. My feeling on snow is that it’s often heavy. I have to get up a lot earlier in the winter. And you have to stay on top of shoveling. I have two 3 1/2-year-olds, so I’m looking forward to a good season of sledding.” Brett Groves, creative director at Zink Shirts, Oswego
“I love it when it first starts. I think it’s beautiful. I sometimes think our season is a little long. Around March or April is when I’m ready for the season to change. I go sledding with my kids.” Jodi Marvin, owner of Your On Call Assistant in Oswego “It’s beautiful and lovely when it first comes down. As long as I don’t have to shovel it or drive in it, it’s wonderful. I love making snowmen and snow angels, though.” Cindy Swartwood, owner of Sweet Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakery, Fulton “I love winter. We go snowshoeing and we take our dogs out. I love coming home to a fire in the fireplace and the whole cozy scene.” Kimberly Enders, owner of Red Schoolhouse Maple, LLC, Fulton “I like ice skating. Otherwise, I like to be inside looking at the snow. I like it when I don’t have to drive in it. I don’t let much faze me, so I take snow in stride and try to do what I normally
Michael Sattler, campus director, Bryant & Stratton College, Syracuse. “I live on Oneida Lake so I love to ice fish and I’m also an avid snowmobiler and I like downhill skiing.”
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“At this point, I have lived in Oswego County my whole life. I grew up here, went to school here, and I went to Oswego State. I accept it as a way of life, pretty much. Life goes on, business as usual, snow or not. I used to downhill ski, but I haven’t done it in a while. My kids are too little at present, but I hope to get back into it when they get a little older.” Zach Ali Menter, president and CEO of Menter Ambulance in Oswego, Fulton and Central Square “I love it when it snows because I enjoy watching the ponies play in it.” Barbara Bordonaro, owner of River House Farm Obstacle Training in Port Byron
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All Downhill From Here Skiers attracted to telemark, an alternative to downhill, cross-country skiing By Aaron Gifford
hese guys and gals have raised a few eyebrows around the local ski slopes. They can touch a knee to the ground while accelerating downhill. They demonstrate unusual or even unorthodox carving styles as their heels aren’t bound to the skis. They are often seen climbing the backside of a hill instead of using the chair lift. If you ask them why they do things the hard way, expect to hear why: “Gotta earn your turns!” These skiers, known as telemarkers, are greatly outnumbered by traditional alpine skiers and snowboarders, at least locally. But they have enjoyed a cult-like following. In recent years some local colleges have formed
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telemark ski clubs, attracting members who are seeking a new and unique challenge, or those who desire a sport that is more physically demanding. Named after a region in Norway, telemark skiing essentially combines the rigors of cross-country with the thrill of alpine. It’s the way people skied — some for recreation, and others for transportation and survival — before chair lifts existed. It’s a common misnomer that telemark skiing is simply using cross-county equipment to go down a hill. Telemark skis are lighter and more flexible than alpine skis and wider than cross-country skis. The bindings on telemark skis are only attached to the boots, leaving the heel
Telemark skiing essentially combines the rigors of cross-country with the thrill of alpine. One of the appeals of telemarking is the ability to explore ungroomed trails and get away from the crowded slopes.
free to assist with different types of turns and maneuvers. Unlike the bindings with alpine skis, which detach from the boots upon impact as a safety mechanism, telemark bindings remain attached with the boot after a fall or crash. Die-hard telemarkers put fabric over their skis to climb up a hill before skiing down. “You’ve got to earn your turns,” proclaimed Steve Burry of Cazenovia. He once climbed Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York state, before telemarking down the mountain. Jim Stover of Cazenovia was raised as an alpine skier. After sustaining a ligament tear in his knee during a soccer game, Stover got into telemarking as a way to help him rehabilitate and rebuild muscles in his leg. He lived in Vermont at the time and became a member at Mad River Glen, the Mecca of telemarking.
One with mountain “With alpine [skiing] you are slicing and pounding your way down,” he said. “But with telemark, you are more in tune with the mountain and the way you get down it is an interpretation. With the hills we have around here, there’s great potential for telemarking to grow.” Luca Neugebauer, a ski instructor at Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius, said one of the appeals of telemarking is the ability to explore un-groomed trails and get away from the crowded slopes. The other selling point is the variety — there are more than 160 different ways to turn on telemark skis. “People have different ways of learning,” she said, “and this types of skiing give you more opportunities to learn different skills that can be applied to getting down the hill.” Most downhill ski facilities don’t rent telemark equipment, and the gear is getting harder to find at ski shops. There was somewhat of a resurgence in the 1980s, but in recent years telemark skiing has been crowded out by the variations of downhill ski and snowboard activities (trick parks, half pipes), especially among youngsters. Still, telemark has remained popular with veteran alpine skiers who are looking for a new challenge. Kara Burry, Steve Burry’s wife and a teacher in Cazenovia, regularly skied the Rockies in Colorado before moving to Central New York. She was intrigued by Steve’s stylistic approach with telemarking and thought it might be easier to learn on local slopes, which weren’t as high as what she was used to out west. “I was full of myself and thought these mountains would be easy,” Kara Burry said. “Boy, was I wrong.” For her, the only task that was easier with telemark skis was skating to the lift chair. She gradually improved and began to enjoy it more than alpine, mainly because she considered it artistic. She made a brief return to alpine skiing after her telemark boots broke two years ago. After returning to telemark skiing last year, she injured her knee in February. Burry plans to return to the sport after she fully recovers. “I miss the exercise and the grace of it,” she said.
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Winter Guide 2017-2018 DECEMBER ALL MONTH Oswego. Planetarium Show: “The Stars of Winter.” Scott Roby will point out the bright stars and constellations visible in early winter evenings and give a light-hearted version of some of the mythological tales behind the constellations. See Orion and the Gemini Twins. Star maps provided. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 8 p.m. Free, including parking in the Centennial Drive lot (E17) or Washington Boulevard lot. SUNY Oswego, room 223, Shineman Center. email@example.com. 315-312-2790. Rochester. Sweet Creations. View dozens of intricately decorated gingerbread houses and objects. All are available for purchase through a silent auction. Exhibit open during regular museum hours. Proceeds benefit the museum. Free to members; included with museum admission. George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave. www.eastman.org/ event/family-events-holidays/sweet-creations. Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. Drive through a two-mile annual lights display featuring larger-than-life themed areas. While driving through, tune into Sunny 102 to listen to holiday music. Open daily 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday: $10 per car. Show your Wegmans Shoppers Club Card for $4 off on Mondays and Tuesdays. $15 per car (including motorcycles) Friday through Sunday. $24 per minibus (capacity 17-24); $75 per motor coach (capacity 24+). Only cash or checks are accepted at the gate. Onondaga Lake Park. www.lightsonthelake. com. 315-453-6712. firstname.lastname@example.org. New York City. Since 1933, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular features world-renowned tap dancers, flying Santa and the Rockettes and has become one of the city’s most classic Christmas spectacles. Times
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vary. $50 to $225. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. (Avenue of the Americas) between W. 50th and W. 51st streets. www. msg.com/radio-city-music-hall. 866-8580007.
SUNDAYS Baldwinsville. YMCA Acoustic Music Jam. Play or listen to folk, traditional, country, bluegrass, rock and pop music. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration required. Bring musical instruments and music stand. The jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Northwest Family YMCA. 8040 River Road. Renee Storiale, 315-303-5966, ext. 225. Henrietta. Holly Trolley Rides. Take a ride on an authentic vintage trolley car with Santa. In addition to the 30-minute, two-mile ride is admission to the museum, which displays numerous vintage vehicles and model trains. No reservations are required. Trolley rides through Dec. 17. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8 adults; $7 seniors age 65+; $6 age 3-12. New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 E. River Road W. www.nymtmuseum. org. 585-533-1113. email@example.com.
FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Mumford. Yuletide in the Country. Experience what Christmas was like in 1849 via costumed tour guides. Yuletide buffet dinner is also offered in the Banquet Center, catered by Caledonia Village Inn. Seating is every half hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on nights of the Yuletide Tours. Reservation required. Through Dec. 17. $25 per person; $19 museum member. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road. www. gcv.org/calendar/month/2017/12. firstname.lastname@example.org. 585-294-8218. Rochester. The Jersey Tenors. Opera/Rock mash-up that blends iconic opera classics alongside such rock and roll sounds such as Queen, Journey, Elton John, and Billy Joel. Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and
8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. $30 to $33. Location: 3450 Winton Place. 585-325-4370. www.downstairscabaret.com. admin@ downstairscabaret.com.
SUNDAYS & SATURDAYS Skaneateles. Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles. Annual holiday event begins with the “World’s Smallest Parade” at 11:45, followed by the opening on the front porch of the Hannum House. Horse-drawn carriage rides, interactive street theatre roasted chestnuts and visits with Scrooge Father Christmas. noon to 4 p.m. Free. Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Ends Dec. 24 (12 to 2:30 p.m.). Fabius. Horsedrawn Sleighrides. Starting Dec. 16, 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride through the wintery woods at Highland Forest. No reservations needed. First come, first served. All rides will take place weather permitting. The park recommends calling the office ahead of time to check on the schedule. $6; $3 5 and younger. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road. www.onondagacountyparks. com/highland-forest.
MONDAYS Syracuse. Open Mic at The Road. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or come to listen. 6 p.m. sign-up. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. The Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike. Erin Patrick, 315-218-6066.
TUESDAYS Liverpool. Limp Lizard Liverpool Tuesday Evening Open Jam. Bring your own musicians or use the house band. Hosted by Kimberly Rossi of Indigo Productions. Amps, mics and kit provided. Bring your own instruments. Free. 7:30 p.m. 201 First St. 315-679-7387. Rochester. Tuesday Pipes. Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free organ concerts on Christ Church’s Craig-
Events Calendar head-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. 12:05 to 12:35 p.m. Free. Christ Church Rochester, 141 East Ave. www.esm. rochester.edu/organ/events/tuesday-pipes. Rochester. Grove Place Jazz Project. Downstairs Cabaret, in association with Eastman School of Music jazz students, presents a different ensemble, showcasing the talents of Eastman School of Music students and other area jazz artisans. Ongoing, year-long series. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 20 Windsor St. www.downstairscabaret.com. 585-325-4370. admin@downstairscabaret. com.
WEDNESDAYS North Syracuse. Wednesday Evening Acoustic Open Mic at Full Boar. Get a recording of your show if you bring a flash drive. Sign up at 6:30 p.m. Show 7 to 9 p.m. Free. 628 S. Main St. www.fullboarbrew. com. 315-802-4784. Syracuse. Cricket Tell The Weather, an indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music, includes rock, pop, and chamber ensemble elements. 8 p.m. $15. May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St. www.mmuu. org. Steve Pfanenstiel, 315-638-4740. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. A nostalgic musical and love story for the holidays that follows Michael and Agnes through 50 years of marriage. This Tony Award-winning musical includes the classic song “My Cup Runneth Over With Love.” 8 p.m. $32. Red House Arts Center, 201 S. West St. www.theredhouse.org. 315362-2785.
DAILY, EXCEPT MONDAYS Rochester. “A Christmas Carol.” Charles Dickens’ classic tale performed live on stage. Check website for times. Last show Dec. 24. Tickets start at $25. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficeStaff@ gevatheatre.org.
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Drive through a two-mile annual lights display featuring larger-than-life themed areas. Onondaga Lake, Liverpool. December through early January. See calendar of events for more information. Rochester. “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns.” ‘50s and ‘60s tunes enhance this musical tale of the Wonderettes. Dec. 7-24. Check website for times. Starting at $39. 75 Woodbury Blvd. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficeStaff@ gevatheatre.org.
Dec. 1 Oswego. Oswego Music Hall Presents Open Mic Friday: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for three song, 12-minute performance times. Guest hosted by talented CNY performers, popular with all ages and family-friendly. 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. performance. $2. Roy C. McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Verona. Beatlemania Now. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Road. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Alexandria Bay. 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Music, lighting of the community tree and meet and greet with Santa Claus. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Upper James St., Alexandria Bay. 315-482-9531. info@
alexbay.org. Rochester. Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Bill Dobbins, director. 8 to 9 p.m. Free. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. www.esm.rochester.edu. Rochester. Eastman Wind Orchestra/Eastman Wind Ensemble. Mark Davis Scatterday, Eric Laprade and Will Talley, conductors. Husa: “Smetana Fanfare;” David Maslanka: “Traveler;” Michael Daugherty: “Bells for Stokowski;” John Adams: “A Short Ride in a Fast Machine;” David Liptak: “Through the Brightening Air (world premiere);” Donald Grantham: “J’ai été au Bal.” 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. www.esm.rochester.edu. 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 chocolate and cookies, interacting with hot chocolate chefs, and listening to Liam Neeson’s reading of “The Polar Express Train Ride,” by Chris van Allsburg. When you arrive at the “North Pole” (Holland Patent, NY), Santa will board the train, spending time with each and every family during the return trip and giving children the first present of Christmas (a silver bell, just like in the book/movie). Children and parents are encouraged to come in pajamas. Coach: $31 off-peak, $35 peak adult; $27 off-peak, $31 peak youth 2-12. First Class Seating: $55 adult; $48 youth 2-12. Children under the age of 2 ride for free seated on a parent’s lap. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Utica Union Station, 321 Main St. www.adirondackrr.com/adkrr/polar-express-utica. 1-800-819-2291. Lyons. Ohmann Theatre Presents “What Christmas Means to Me,” an interactive Christmas musical, followed by dessert and Disney song singing waiters and an appearance by Santa Clause. 7 p.m. $10 pre-sale; $15 at door. William St. http://ohmanntheatre.com. 585-734-0591. Clifton Springs. Festival of Lights. Clifton
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315-593-3009 Springs’ Victorian-era downtown is decked out in holiday lights and decor. Free horsedrawn wagon rides, live entertainment, shopping and dining specials, tours of the historic Tiffany Chapel, street vendors, ice sculpting, carolers, and visits with Santa. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 2 East Main St. 315-4628200. Clinton. “The Nutcracker.” More than one hundred dancers and volunteers take the stage to present “The Nutcracker.” Tickets available at the Kirkland Art Center, online or at the door. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $12 presale; $8 children 12 and under. At the door $15; $10 for children 12 and under. Clinton Performing Arts Complex, 75 Chenango Avenue. www.kacny.org. 315-853-8871. Buffalo. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with multimedia effects. 8 p.m. $32 to $72. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. www.sheas.org. 716-847-1410.
Oswego. Oswego YMCA’s 28th Annual Reindeer 5k Run/Walk. Kick off the Oswego community holiday season with this non-competitive fun run. Participants are asked to exhibit holiday cheer by dressing festively. 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration $15; day of $20. Oswego YMCA, 265 W. 1st St. www. oswegoymca.org. 315-342-6082. Oswego. ARTSwego presents Oswego Chamber Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1. Waterman Theatre-Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www.oswego.edu. 315-312-2130. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Eric Schwartz: Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, satirist multi-instrumentalist and
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entertainer Eric Schwartz. Local performer John McConnell opens. 7:30 p.m. $14 to $16 adult; $7 to $8 children 12 and younger. McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Oswego. Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. Features the return display of over 40 years of Hallmark train ornaments and all kinds of toy trains. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oswego Railroad Museum, 56 W. 2nd St. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. presents “The Nutcracker.” The telling of the age old holiday favorite. 2 p.m. Admission TBD. Frances Marion Brown Theater, Fort Ontario. 315-343-5138. Clayton. 55th Annual Christmas Parade & Fireworks. The theme to this year’s parade is “A Rock & Roll Christmas”. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and a fireworks display will take place almost immediately following. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Riverside Drive. 315-686-3771. www.facebook.com/claytonchristmasparade, www.1000islands-clayton. com. email@example.com. Newark. Park Presbyterian Church Christmas Ceilidh Band. A group of Celtic musicians perform Christmas songs from the Celtic nations. For all ages. 7 p.m. $5 in advance; $8 at door. 110 Maple Court. 315331-2255. www.parkpresbyterian.org. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. “The Nutcracker.” Classic holiday stage production suitable for the entire family. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. $10 to $75. Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St. www.syracusecityballet.com. 315-487-4879. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. See Dec. 1.
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Mexico. Christmas in Mexico. Presented by the Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, the event includes lighted parade, tree lighting, free trolley service, church bazaars, craft fairs and holiday shopping. heathe@ cre8-studios.com. Marcellus. Seasons of Giving Holiday Decorations Fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Baltimore Woods Camp Scholarship Fund. Members receive 10 percent discount on purchases. Free. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road. www.baltimorewoods.org. 315-673-1350. Rochester. Tim Allen: Stand Up. From the small screen to the big screen to stage, funnyman Tim Allen brings his own style of humor. Due to the R-rated nature/material of the performance, management will enforce an 18 and older age minimum to attend the show. Tickets available through Ticketmaster, at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $46 to $96. Eastman Business Park, 200 West Ridge Road. 1-800-745-3000. firstname.lastname@example.org. Canandaigua. Christmas Gala Ball. The Sonnenberg Christmas Gala will allow guests to take a step back in time to experience the spirit of the elegant parties that were once a mainstay of Sonnenberg’s past and a common sight to the Sonnenberg Mansion. The Gala will feature music, dancing, festive foods, and local wines (available for purchase by the glass). Professional dancers will be putting on a dance performance for guests. Guests will be able to freely tour the Sonnenberg Mansion festooned with holiday decorations. Reservations required.
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Festival brings out neighbors and friends for winter fun. New this year: a heated adult VIP tent (food, drinks & live entertainment). (www. facebook.com/wuoswego, Feb. 3-4. See calendar of events 3 to 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St. www.sonnenberg.com. 585394-4922. email@example.com. Victor. Native American Winter Art and Music Festival. Spend the day enjoying culture, while finding unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Listen to captivating stories and experience Iroquois social dancing, the Native American Arts Market and traditional food. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41. 585924-5848. Lockport. “Tidings of Comfort & Jazz with the Buffalo Jazztet.” Final concert in the group’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Concert Series presented by the Kenan Center in collaboration with The Carriage House Players. The concert will feature popular holiday classics arranged and performed by The Buffalo Jazztet. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 to $20. 433 Locust St. http://kenancenter.org. 716-433-
2617. Cheektowaga. “Steel Magnolias.” The American comedy/drama that explores the amazing bond that a group of women share in a small-town Southern community. Dinner 6 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. $46 to $56. Bobby J’s Italian American Grill, 204 Como Park Blvd. www.mybobbyjs.com. Amherst. Violet. With a score from Tony Award winning composer Jeanine Tesori, Violet received the Drama Critics’ Circle Award as well as the Lucille Lortell Award for Best Musical when it ran off-Broadway in 1997. Making its debut on Broadway in 2014, Violet is the story of a scarred woman who ventures on a cross country journey full of discovery along the way. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $44. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Suite 123. www.musicalfare.com. 716-839-8540.
Dec. 3 Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. See Dec. 2. Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. presents “The Nutcracker.” See Dec. 2. Oswego. Oswego Christmas Expo: Hosted by Oswego Kiwanis and Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Children’s activities, vendors, food and holiday fun. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Oswego YMCA Armory, 265 W. 1st St. 315342-6082. Pulaski. Light Up Pulaski. Santa Claus visits the fire hall; village hayrides; lighting of the Memory Tree at 4:30 p.m. in the South Park. Benefit for local food pantries. Free. noon to
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5 p.m. South Park, Jefferson St. Oswego. Annual Victorian Christmas Open House. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is fully decorated in the 19th century style, with wreaths, garlands and an old-fashioned Christmas tree. Includes live choral performances and refreshments. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. 135 E. Third St. www. rbhousemuseum.org. Pulaski. Salmon River Fine Arts Center Members’ Show. Tughill Players will perform assorted songs, including Christmas carols. 10 a.m. Free. Refreshments will be
served. 4848 N. Jefferson St. www.salmonriverfineartscenter.com 315-298-7007. Oswego. Oswego College-Community Orchestra: 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1. Waterman Theatre-Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www.oswego.edu. 315-312-2130. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m. See Dec. 2. Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University De-
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Marcellus. Seasons of Giving Holiday Decorations Fundraiser. See Dec. 2. Rochester. Faculty Artist Series: David Ying, Cello, Elinor Freer, Piano. Tickets available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, website or over the phone. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. $10; free with UR ID or current series subscription. 433 East Main St. EastmanTheatre.org Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main St. www.esm.rochester.edu. 585-274-3000. Cheektowaga. “Steel Magnolias.” Matinee dinner 1:30 p.m.; show 2:30 p.m. See Dec. 2. Amherst. “Violet.” 2 p.m. See Dec. 2. Rochester. Classical Guitar Night. 7 to 9 p.m. No cover. Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Ave. https://thelittle.org/cafe. 585-2580400. email@example.com.
Dec. 4 Rochester. Ossia New Music. Experience exciting contemporary music as well as brand-new works composed and performed by Eastman students. Free. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. www.esm. rochester.edu.
Dec. 6 Verona. Tony Orlando Christmas. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone. com. 800-771-7711. Oswego. Feast of Carols: Oswego choral groups joined by local guest groups in a concert of holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, 103 W. 7th St. 315-312-2130. Waterloo. California Sun Beach Boys Tribute. Over the past 20 years, California Sun’s performances have taken this Toronto-based band across Canada and the U.S., and has made them one of the most popular tribute bands in North America. 21 and older only. 2 p.m. $15. del Lago Resort
& Casino, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. 7 p.m. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dec. 3. Rochester. Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Neil Varon, Garrett Wellenstein, and Michael Wheatley, conductors. Brianna Robinson, soprano. Weber: Euryanthe Overture; André Previn: Honey and Rue; Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. www.esm.rochester.edu. Rochester. Live from Hochstein - Madrigalia: A Cup of Good Cheer. Annual celebration of the holiday season with the choral chamber ensemble Madrigalia; Cary Ratcliff, artistic director. Hochstein’s free lunchtime “brown bag” Live from Hochstein concert series takes place in Hochstein Performance Hall and is hosted by WXXI Classical 91.5’s Mona Seghatoleslami and broadcast live on WXXI Classical 91.5/ 90.3 FM. 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Free. Hochstein School of Music & Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue. http:// hochstein.org. 585-454-4596. danielle. firstname.lastname@example.org. Rochester. The Rita Collective. The chamber group plays original and world music with a jazz slant. Instrumentation includes bass clarinet, marimba, acoustic bass, and percussion with melodies from the Middle-East or Africa, re-invented jazz tunes from one of the masters like Miles, and re-imagined pop tunes from Rage Against the Machine or the Beatles. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Avenue. www. thelittle.org/cafe. 585-258-0400. music@ thelittle.org.
Dec. 7 Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage. 7 p.m. See Dec. 1.
Oswego. Theatre Du Jour presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).“ 6 p.m. GS Steamer’s, 70 E 1st St. 315-3420000. Oswego. Eastman Trio: Visiting trio from Eastman School of Music. Hosted by Juan La Manna. 7:30 p.m. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1. www.oswego.edu. 315-312-2130. Syracuse. Solstice at the Cathedral. Concert celebrating the Winter Solstice features secular music from Central New York’s performing artists. Collaborations include a mix of pop, jazz, blues, Celtic, and original compositions combined with creative lighting. Features Joe Whiting, Matthew Vacanti, Loren Barrigar, and Bob Halligan, Jr., and more. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Parking $5. 310 Montgomery St. Advance sale tickets available online only at www.solsticeatthecathedral.com. www.facebook.com/SyracuseWinterSolstice. Rochester. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. A performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” for all ages. Nearly 40 Victorian-era costumed performers, including all of the classic tale’s favorite characters. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $31 to $71. Rochester Broadway Theatre League, 885 East Main St. www.rbtl.org. 585-277-3325. sarah@rbtl. org. Webster. Eastman Organ Community Concert. Short organ recitals by Eastman students. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free, donation accepted. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 131 W Main St. www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/ community-concerts.
Dec. 8 Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. presents “The Nutcracker,” the telling of the age old holiday favorite. 3 p.m. Frances Marion Brown Theater, Fort Ontario. 315-343-5138. Verona. Matt Franco. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick 2017 / 2018
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International Tchaikovsky competition winner Andrei Ionita — dubbed “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade.” Hear this 23-year-old cellist makes his North American concert debut Jan. 18 in Rochester. Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Solstice at the Cathedral. Dec. 8. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. Musical evokes the spirit of the World War II era. 8 p.m. $25 to $28. Central New York Playhouse, 3649 Erie Blvd. E. www.cnyplayhouse.com. 315-885-8960. Massena. 3rd Annual Tastes & Talents of the North Country. Homemade gift items from vendors from across New York State and beyond. noon to 8 p.m. $5; free 12 and under. St. Lawrence Centre Mall Arena, 6100 St. Lawrence Centre. www.slcchamber.org. Rochester. Eastman Philharmonia/Eastman-Rochester Chorus. William Weinert and Ben Johns, conductors. Holst: “Jupiter” from “The Planets;” Finzi: “For St. Cecilia;” Vaughan Williams: “Dona nobis pacem.” 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. www.esm. rochester.edu. 315-386-4000. Seneca Falls. “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Celebrate the classic Christmas movie in the town that’s said to be the inspiration for Capra’s fictitious Bedford Falls. Family-oriented activities and events, along with celebrity appearances. Check website for details as they become available. http://therealbedfordfalls.com/events.
Dec. 9 Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. presents “The Nutcracker.” See Dec. 8. Oswego. Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. See Dec. 2. Cape Vincent. Christmas in Cape Vincent Parade. Businesses will be open serving holiday treats and the Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Floats will be decorated with holiday lights. After the parade, the children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and hot chocolate and doughnuts will be served
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at Aubrey’s Inn. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. 315-6542533. Palmyra. Historic Palmyra Homestead Holiday Candlelight House Tour: Tour of historic homes in the village and two museums. Many additional homes added to the tour that date throughout the 1800s. Begin at the William Phelps General Store. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. $25 presale; $30 at the door. 140 Market St. www.historicpalmyrany.com. 315-597-6981. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Massena. 3rd Annual Tastes & Talents of the North Country. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. Solstice at the Cathedral. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. See Dec. 1. Baldwinsville. Breakfast with Santa. Have breakfast at Beaver Lake with a special visitor: Santa. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, and a beverage. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $3 to $5. Beaver Lake Nature Center. 8477 East Mud Lake Road. www.onondagacountyparks.com/beaver-lake-nature-center. 315-638-2519. Rochester. Chamber Music Class Recital. Eastman celebrates the infinite variety of chamber music with faculty and student performances. 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Free. Ciminelli Lounge, Student Living Center, 100 Gibbs St. www.esm.rochester.edu. Seneca Falls. “It’s a Wonderful Life.” See Dec. 8.
Dec. 10 Oswego. Oswego Players, Inc. presents The Nutcracker. See Dec. 8. Oswego. Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. See Dec. 2. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.
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Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. 2 p.m. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. “I Do! I Do!” A Musical About Marriage. 2 p.m. See Dec. 1. Dewitt. Home for the Holidays. The Syracuse Chorale will perform music by Italian, Polish and Irish composers in a holiday concert celebrating Central New York’s immigrant tradition. Repertoire includes “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi (Italian), “Piesni Maryjne” by Henryk Gorecki (Polish), and “An Irish Christmas Blessing” by Keith Getty. The choir performs under the direction of Dr. Peppie Calvar; Denise Ellis is assistant conductor. The concert will feature string players from the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music led by Laura Bossert. A reception and silent auction to benefit Chorale will follow the performance. 3 to 5 p.m. $15; Free 18 and younger. 3600 Erie Blvd E. www.syracusechorale.org. Albany. Holiday Concert. Music Program ensembles (chorale, chamber singers, concert band, jazz ensemble and symphony orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity, Earth Tones, Pitch Please and Golden Chords) for a concert celebrating the season. 3 p.m. $3 to $6. University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave. 518-442-3995. email@example.com. Seneca Falls. “It’s a Wonderful Life.” See
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Dec. 11 Albany. 20 Drummers Drummin’. The University Percussion Ensemble performs. University at Albany 1400 Washington Ave. 7 p.m. $3 to $6. 518-442-3995. Lake Placid. FIL World Cup Luge 2018. The best international competitors in the sport of luge come together in Lake Placid to race on the Olympic luge track. The athletes participating are on the road to PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competition takes place Friday and Saturday after three days of training. Racing begins Friday with singles and doubles races. Saturday races included singles and team sprint competitions. Free admission with Olympic Sites Passport. All day. Price TBA. Olympic Sports Complex, 220 Bobsled Run Lane. www.lakeplacid.com/events/fil-world-cup-luge.
Dec. 12 Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” 7 p.m. See Dec. 3. Potsdam. The Orchestra of Northern New York presents Baroque Brilliance. The Baroque Orchestra of ONNY will present an array of music from the golden age of the Baroque, including composers such as Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. $22 adults; $18 seniors and
military; $5 students 6 to 17 and college students with ID. St. Mary’s Church, 17 Lawrence Ave. www.onny.org. 315-267-3251. Rochester. “A Christmas Story.” Based on the classic 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story,” this stage musical centers on young Ralphie Parker who wants an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. Check website for time and tickets. Auditorium Theatre 885 East Main St. www. rbtl.org/events/a-christmas-story. info@rbtl. org. 585-222-5000. Lake Placid. FIL World Cup Luge 2018. See Dec. 11.
Dec. 13 Waterloo. Beatlemania Experience the Music, Magic and Memories in one performance with the Official Beatlemania Stage Show. Featuring an all-star cast of the nation’s most talented musicians, this production brings all generations together to celebrate the timeless music and magic of The Beatles in period costumes and vintage instruments. 21 and older only. 2 p.m. $15. del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. Syracuse. The Wizard of Oz. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dec. 3. Rochester. A Christmas Story. See Dec. 12.
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Dec. 14 Verona. Jim Brickman. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. “A Christmas Story.” See Dec. 12. Rochester. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Concertmaster Juliana Athayde performs Vivaldi’s sparkling “Four Seasons,” virtuoso vignettes that conjure up the birds of spring, summer storms, an autumn country dance, and winter’s icy chill. Also featured is music from Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto and Handel’s “Messiah.” Program ends with Mozart’s ingenious final symphony. Michael Christie, guest conductor. Juliana Athayde, violin. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. www. rpo.org. 585-454-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake Placid. FIL World Cup Luge 2018. See Dec. 11.
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Dec. 15 Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents Disney Cabaret. 3 to 5 p.m. $12. 11 River Glen Road. www.CNYArtsCenter.com. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. “A Christmas Story.” See Dec. 12. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” Louisa May Alcott’s story of the March girls comes to life on stage with song. 8 p.m. $31.50 to $39.50. Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St. www.blackfriars.org/little-women. 585-454-1260. email@example.com. Albany. Disney On Ice: “Frozen.” See Dec. 14. Lake Placid. FIL World Cup Luge 2018. See Dec. 11.
Dec. 16 Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents Disney Cabaret. 7 p.m. See Dec. 15 Oswego. Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. See Dec. 2. Verona. Benny Mardones. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Alexandria Bay. River Santa Festival. Bring your believers to meet Santa as he arrives by boat to celebrate Christmas on the St. Lawrence River. Activities all day long, including wagon rides. Santa will arrive at noon with gifts for children 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Upper James St. 315-482-9531. firstname.lastname@example.org. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Holidays in the City. Carolers and holiday characters performing at various street corners, live reindeer with Santa’s sleigh, live music, street vendors selling hot soups and roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus skating at the Clinton Square ice rink, Gingerbread House exhibit at the Erie Canal Museum, and events and activities on every floor at the Onondaga County Public Library in the Galleries. West Genesee and South Clinton streets. Free. www.holidaysinsyr.com. Syracuse. Symphoria Pops Series: Holiday Wonder. Sean O’Loughlin, conductor; Julia Goodwin, vocalist; Syracuse Pops Chorus, Lou Lemos, director; Syracuse Children’s Chorus, Marcia DeMartini, director. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $20 to $82. The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St. www.experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598.
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Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents Top Hat Solutions (Improv). Age 17 and older. 10 p.m. $10. CNY Arts Center, 11 River Glen Plaza. 315-598-2787. Rochester. “A Christmas Story.” See Dec. 12. Rochester. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” 8 p.m. See Dec. 14. Rochester. Little Women The Musical. See Dec. 15. Rochester. The Lonely Ones. A folk/Americana band from Rochester plays a variety of songs, from boot-stomping to heartbreaking. No cover. 8 to 10 p.m. Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Avenue. https://thelittle.org/event/ Jun14/lonely-ones. email@example.com. 585258-0400. Albany. Disney On Ice: “Frozen.” 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dec. 14. Buffalo. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghost of Christmas Eve 2017. 8 p.m. $43.50 to $73.50. KeyBank Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. www. trans-siberian.com. 518-487-2000. Lake Placid. FIL World Cup Luge 2018. See Dec. 11.
Byrd (d. 1623). 4 p.m. $20; $15 seniors; $5 college age and free 18 and younger. Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd. www.scholasyracuse.com/concerts. 315-4461757. Skaneateles. MasterWorks Chorale Christmas Concert. Hear the 60-voice MasterWorks Chorale sing arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas music. 4 p.m. $15 adults; $10 seniors; free under 18. First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, 97 E. Genesee St. www.masterworkscny.org. 315-702-7325. Rochester. “A Christmas Story.” See Dec. 12. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” 2 p.m. See Dec. 15. Geneva. Eileen Ivers: A Joyful Christmas. Virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols, and even a jigging Bach in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. 8 p.m. Reserved seating $28.50 to $38.50 (ticket fees apply to all tickets). Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. www. thesmith.org. 315-781-5483. boxoffice@ thesmith.org. Albany. Disney On Ice: “Frozen.” 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. See Dec. 14.
Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.
Oswego. Oswego Railroad Museum presents Toy Trains & Christmas. See Dec. 2. Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents Disney Cabaret. 3 to 5 p.m. See Dec. 15 Wallington. Community Holiday Fireworks. Refreshments at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 6 p.m. Free. Wallington Fire Department, 7863 Old Ridge Road. www.wallingtonfd.com. 315-2709356. Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. Holidays in the City. See Dec. 16. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. 2 p.m. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017 features world class Russian artists, larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, and hand-crafted costumes. The Oncenter Convention Center, 800 South State St www.nutcracker.com. 800-320-1733. Dewitt. Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents: “O!” Christmas. Concert features texts for the season that start with the ecstatic exclamation “O!”, including dazzling cappella choral settings of the “Seven O Antiphons” from a Cypriot manuscript ca. 1390, an O Nata Lux of Thomas Tallis (d. 1585), works of Thomas Stolzer (d. 1526) and Johannes Regis (d. 1496), and O Magnum Mysterium set not by Mr. Lauridsen, but by Mr. William
Dec. 19 Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1.
Dec. 20 Waterloo. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Rock ‘n Roll hits and classic Christmas songs of the 50s and 60s. 21 and older only. 2 p.m. $15. del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dec. 3. Rochester. Little Women The Musical. 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 15.
Dec. 21 Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 15. Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. It’s not the holidays without Jeff Tyzik and the RPO. Beloved carols and joyful melodies celebrate the season, plus crooner Denzal Sinclaire joins the festivities for a new spin on a Rochester tradition, performing holiday classics by vocal legends and more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,
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Dec. 22 Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. Little Women The Musical. 8 p.m. See Dec. 15. Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. 8 p.m. See Dec. 21.
Dec. 23 Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” 8 p.m. See Dec. 15. Rochester. Gala Holiday Pops. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. See Dec. 21.
Dec. 24 Utica. The Polar Express Train Ride. See Dec. 1. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. 2 p.m. See Dec. 8.
Dec. 26 Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” 7 p.m. See Dec. 3.
Dec. 27 Waterloo. Fleetwood Mac Mania. Formerly Fleetwood Mix, Fleetwood Mac Mania is a visual and musical tribute to Fleetwood Mac that has played for audiences of up to 18,000 people with signature Mick Fleetwood style and sound. 21 and older only. 2 p.m. $15. del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 State Route 414. https://dellagoresort.com. Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dec. 3. Albany. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghost of Christmas Eve 2017. $43 to $76. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 51 S Pearl St. www.trans-siberian.com. 518-4872000.
Dec. 28 Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. Little Women The Musical. 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 15. Utica. Buckaroo Bindlestiff’s Wild West Jamboree. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus features frontier skills including fancy lasso tricks,
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Dec. 29 Verona. An Evening with Rusted Root. Call or visit website for time and ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. Gabriel Iglesias Fluffymania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy. The tour will include brand new material and will be presented by Icon Concerts and A Comic Soul. Gabriel Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world, including Madison Square Garden and The Microsoft Theater. 8 p.m. $55 to $90. The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St. www.oncenter.org/event/gabriel-iglesias-fluffymania-world-tour-20-years-comedy. Pennellville. FTMP Events presents: The Veer Union. Shane Archer Reed and The Harbingers, & John Harris Music take the stage along with The Veer Union. 8 p.m. $13 Presale; $17 at the door; $5 surcharge at the door for under 21. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Tickets at www.purplepass.com/TheVeerUnion122917. Monirae’s Casual Dining & Entertainment, 688 County Route 10. www.ftmpevents.com. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” 8 p.m. See Dec. 15.
Dec. 30 Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. See Dec. 8. Rochester. “Little Women The Musical.” 8 p.m. See Dec. 15.
Dec. 31 Verona. Mick Adams and the Stones. Call or visit website for time and ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Syracuse. The 1940s Radio Hour. 2 p.m. See Dec. 8. Syracuse. The Wizard of Oz. See Dec. 3. Syracuse. “Bootleggers Ball & The Roaring 20s” New Year’s Eve Party 2017. The theme pays homage to the hotel’s historic roots and its most recent historic restoration. Live music and entertainment, including the Stan Colella Orchestra, DeSantis Orchestra, Atlas Band and Mere Mortals. Casino gaming
tables, photo booths and carriage rides. Preevent festivities in the lobby from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. include ballroom dancing, social games, best dressed award and live music. The New Year’s Eve package includes the cocktail hour starting at 7:30 p.m., buffet dinner, late night snack and a champagne toast at midnight. The event ends at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. $189. Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga St. www.MarriottSyracuseDowntown.com. Rochester. Little Women The Musical. 7 p.m. See Dec. 15. Albany. New Year’s Eve 2017 at the Hilton Albany. Party hardy at the Hilton Albany’s Totally Awesome 80s’ celebration of a most excellent decade. Live performance by the Refrigerators. Dinner, dancing, four-hour open bar, photo portrait included. Prize awarded for the most rad looking 80s’ couple. Bloody Mary breakfast included with overnight packages. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Jan. 1). $499 per couple room package; $150 single package. Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St.
JANUARY SUNDAYS Oswego. Planetarium Show: “All About Black Holes.” Spooky. Dangerous. Apocalyptic. These are a few words that may come to mind when one thinks about black holes. In this show, host Richard Frieman will explore what black holes are, how they are created, the effect they have on the universe and whether or not they actually deserve their negative connotations. Show also will briefly discuss past and present research on black holes by notable scientists such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 8 p.m. Free, including parking in the Centennial Drive lot (E17) or Washington Boulevard lot. SUNY Oswego, Room 223, Shineman Center. firstname.lastname@example.org. 315-312-2790. Baldwinsville. YMCA Acoustic Music Jam. Play or listen to folk, traditional, country, bluegrass, rock and pop music. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring musical instruments and music stand. The Jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Northwest Family YMCA. 8040 River Rd. Renee Storiale, 315303-5966, ext. 225.
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To top it all off, his apartment is robbed of everything but a single Neil Diamond CD. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. This musical comedy by David Rossmer and Pittsford native Steve Rosen was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Tickets from $25. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard Rochester. www. gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficeStaff@gevatheatre.org.
area jazz artisans. Ongoing, year-long series. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. 20 Windsor St. www.downstairscabaret.com. 585-325-4370. admin@ downstairscabaret.com. Rochester. Tuesday Pipes. Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free organ concerts on Christ Church’s Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. 12:05 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. Free. Christ Church Rochester, 141 E Ave. www.esm.rochester. edu/organ/events/tuesday-pipes.
Fabius. Horsedrawn Sleighrides. Also on Jan. 15, 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride through the wintery woods at Highland Forest. No reservations needed. First come, first served. All rides will take place weather permitting. The park recommends calling the office ahead of time to check on the schedule. $6; $3 5 and younger. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Rd. www.onondagacountyparks.com/highland-forest.
Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. Drive through a two-mile annual lights display featuring larger-than-life themed areas. While driving through, tune into Sunny 102 to listen to holiday music. Open daily 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday: $10 per car. Show your Wegmans Shoppers Club Card for $4 off on Mondays and Tuesdays. $15 per car (including motorcycles) Friday through Sunday. $24 per minibus (capacity 17-24); $75 per motor coach (capacity 24+). Only cash or checks are accepted at the gate. Onondaga Lake Park. www.lightsonthelake.com. 315-453-6712. email@example.com. Lake George. Lake George Polar Plunge. Every year, hundreds gather on the frosty shores of Lake George for a daring New Year’s Day swim, known as the Polar Plunge. About 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the Lake George Polar Plunge. Registration required for participants. Free. Shepard Park Beach, Canada St. www.lakegeorge.com/ business/shepards-park-beach-8741. 518668-5323.
MONDAYS Syracuse. Open Mic at The Road. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or come to listen. 6 p.m. sign-up. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. The ROAD, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike. Erin Patrick, 315-218-6066.
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Jan. 3 Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Central Square. Tree lighting. Santa, tree lighting and community-oriented events and activities. 5 p.m. Free. Goettel Community Park. 315-668-2558. Syracuse. “The Wizard of Oz.” Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Department of Drama and New York’s 2 Ring Circus presents an acrobatic take on “The Wizard of Oz.” The performance includes the familiar songs and all L. Frank Baum’s characters. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20 to $53. 820 East Genesee St. www.syracusestage.org. 315-4433275. Rochester. Classical Guitar Night. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover. Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Avenue. https://thelittle.org/cafe. 585-2580400. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 4 Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Performers include the stories of Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, Anna, Elsa,
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Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Oswego. Feast of Carols. Oswego Choral groups joined by local guest groups in a concert of holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, West 7th Street. 315-312-2130. proffice@ oswego.edu. Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents “Dream Big.” See Jan. 4.
Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Oswego. 2017 Holiday Social. $45, members; $55 non-members. The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St. email@example.com Syracuse. The Wizard of Oz. See Jan. 3. Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. See Jan. 4.
Open Mic Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for three song, 12-minute performance times. Guest hosted by talented CNY performers, popular with all ages and family-friendly. 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. performance. $2. Roy C. McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Lake Placid. IBSF North America’s Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2018. See Jan. 11. Rochester. “E.T The Extra-Terrestrial” in Concert. Filled with magic and imagination, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience their adventure on the big screen, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by the RPO. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. www.rpo.org/p_2263/ E.T_the_Extra-Terrestrial_in_Concert. 585454-2100. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Placid. IBSF North America’s Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2018. Some of the best bobsled and skeleton athletes compete on the world’s toughest track for the IBSF North America’s Cup. Schedule: Jan. 11: 9 a.m. Skeleton men and women; 1:30 p.m. Bobsled 2 man men and women. Jan. 12: 9 a.m. Skeleton - men and women; 1:30 p.m. Bobsled 2 man men and women; Jan. 13: 1:30 p.m. Bobsled 4 man; Jan. 14: 9 a.m. Bobsled 4 man. Free admission with Olympic Sites Passport. Ticket information TBA. Olympic Sports Complex, 220 Bobsled Run Lane. www. lakeplacid.com/events/ibsf-north-americascup-bobsled-and-skeleton.
Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents RPR. The four veteran performers stretch their wings and create a rich and memorable interfusion of music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It’s light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic. 7:30 p.m. $17 to $19 adult; $8.50 to $9.50 children 12 and younger. McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall. org Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents A Night of One Act Plays. See Jan. 12. Verona. Real Diamond. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Lake Placid. IBSF North America’s Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2018. See Jan. 11. Rochester. “E.T The Extra-Terrestrial” in Concert. See Jan. 12. Long Lake. Long Lake Annual Winter Carnival. Stan Kolonko of the Ice Farm will be on
Jan. 6 Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Verona. Vince Neil. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Syracuse. Disney On Ice presents “Dream Big.” 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Jan. 4.
Jan. 12 Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents A Night of One Act Plays. Several one-act plays will be presented. Time/admission TBD. 11 River Glen Road. www.CNYArtsCenter.com. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall Presents
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site producing demonstrations of ice carvings all throughout the event. Activities include a snowmobile parade followed by the crowning of the King and Queen and a Town Wide Photograph; the infamous Cardboard Box Derby Race; Snowball Golf; the Ladies Frying Pan Toss competition and fireworks. 2018 will see the return of the Wackiest Hat Contest Parade, Human Foosball and Men’s Feats of Strength. The Long Lake Little Bus starts running at noon until last call. All welcome to park and ride free all day long. noon to 6:30 p.m. Free. Mt. Sabattis Pavilion, 46 Pavilion Lane.
Jan. 14 Fulton. CNY Arts Center presents A Night of One Act Plays. See Jan. 12. Lake Placid. IBSF North America’s Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2018. See Jan. 11. Syracuse. Symphoria Casual Series: Brahms’ Third. Lawrence Loh, conductor. Program will include works of Biber, Telemann’s Concerto for 2 Violas and Brahms’ Symphony No.3, op.90, F major. This performance features members of Symphoria’s viola section in Telemann’s Double Viola Concerto, and concludes with Brahms’ dynamic and expressive Symphony No. 3. 2:30 p.m. $27 to $35. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St. www.experiencesymphoria. org. 315-299-5598. Rochester. Bach & Brahms. Matthew Kraemer, guest conductor. Handel’s “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon; J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066: Overture; Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11. 2 p.m. $24. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Ave. www.rpo. org/p_2276/Bach_and_Brahms. 585-4542100. email@example.com. Rochester. Eastman Organ Community Concert. Short organ recitals by Eastman students as part of the Eastman School of Music Organ department’s ongoing initiative to bring outstanding organ music to the Rochester community. 3 to 4 p.m. Free admission with a retiring collection benefiting the Eastman Organ Student Travel Fund. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 131 W Main St. www.esm. rochester.edu/organ/community-concerts.
Jan. 16 Utica. Magic Spectacular: The Illusionists Live From Broadway. This act has shattered box office records across the globe with slight of hand tricks suitable for all ages. The New York Times calls it “a high-tech magic extravaganza.” 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Stanley, 259 Genesee St. www.broadwayutica.com. 315-724-7196.
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Jan. 18 Rochester. “Night on Bald Mountain.” International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Andrei Ionita has been dubbed “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade” (The Times). Hear this 23-year-old cellist makes his North American concert debut with an evening of Russian fire and French luster that also feature favorites by Mussorgsky and Debussy. Marcelo Lehninger, guest conductor. Andrei Ionita, cello. Ravel: Mother Goose Suite; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1; Mussorgsky: “Night on Bald Mountain; “Debussy: “Nocturnes.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. www.rpo.org/p_2252/ Night_on_Bald_Mountain. firstname.lastname@example.org. 585-454-2100.
Jan. 19 Verona. Dancing with the Stars Live! 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Wilmington and Lake Placid. FIS 2018 Freestyle World Cup Aerials. World Cup Freestyle returns to Lake Placid January 19-20, 2018. Catch all the high flying action, beginning on Friday at Whiteface* with the moguls competition and concluding Saturday at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid for the Aerials Finals Under the Lights. Discounted tickets available online for Aerials Finals on Saturday. Please note: A lift ticket and the ability to ski intermediate terrain is required to view the moguls competition on Friday
at Whiteface. Whiteface, Gore, Bellearye or Mt Van Hoevenberg Season Pass holders: Free admission to Night Aerials Event. Free. Whiteface Mountain, Route 86, Wilmington; Olympic Jumping Complex, 5487 Cascade Road, Lake Placid. www.lakeplacid.com/ events/fis-2018-freestyle-world-cup-aerials.
Jan. 20 Central Square. 23rd Annual Don Rowe Antique Snowmobile Show. Sponsored by Square Valley Trail Blazers, this is the longest-running antique snowmobile show in NY. Six classes and a youth class for ages 15 and younger. Plaques and trophies awarded. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register snowmobiles for $5. Admission is free. Two Guys from Italy Restaurant, NYS Route 49, Central Square. www.squarevalley.net. 315-668-9945. Wilmington and Lake Placid. FIS 2018 Freestyle World Cup - Aerials. See Jan. 19. Rochester. “Night on Bald Mountain.” 8 p.m. See Jan. 18.
Jan. 21 Syracuse. “Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage.” World premiere of opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage by Persis Parshall Vehar, with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, fully staged with orchestra, Heather Buchman, conductor. Cast includes Danan Tsan, Laura Enslin, Julia Ebner, Jonathan Howell, Steve Stull, Gregory Sheppard. Matilda Joslyn Gage was a visionary of women’s rights and human liberation, who with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony wrote the arguments
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Jan. 24 Syracuse. Next to Normal. At the center of this acclaimed Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical is a family at once familiar and recognizable, but also coping with its own particular dysfunction. Intimately told, “Next to Normal” blends the insight of fine drama with the emotional impact of a moving rock score. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. www. syracusestage.org. 315-443-3275.
Jan. 23 Oswego. ARTSwego presents “Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic.” A visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers, who triumph at the end against all odds. 7:30 p.m. Waterman Theatre-Tyler Hall, SUNY Oswego. www.arts.oswego.edu. 315-312-2141. 2017 / 2018
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Jan. 25 Rochester. Audra McDonald. After playing to a sold-out crowd in 2015, Audra McDonald returns to the RPO for a one-night-only engagement. With a record-breaking six Tony® Awards, two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a long list of other accolades to her name, she is known for her roles on Broadway in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess. 8 p.m. $52. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St www.rpo.org/p_2282/Audra_McDonald 585-454-2100. email@example.com. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. Erma Bombeck,” one of our country’s most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the pits?” Starring “Suburban Outlaw” and columnist Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all—the truth. $35. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficestaff@gevatheatre.org.
Jan. 26 Salmon River Winter Festival. Family activities throughout the village includes an opening reception, snowshoe walk/run, skating, sled dogs, children’s activities, vendors, refreshments and more. Time TBA. Free. Sat. is Masons’ Chili Walk; Sun. is Wing Walk. Downtown Pulaski. 315-532-5919. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Jan. 25.
Jan. 27 Syracuse. Symphoria Masterworks Series: Shifrin Plays Mozart. Lawrence Loh, conductor; David Shifrin, clarinet. Programs includes Hindemith: “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber;” Mozart: Concerto, Clarinet, K.622, A major; and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64, TH29. Music Director Lawrence Loh conducts Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Symphony No. 5. The fifth symphony includes metamorphosis through tragedy, a love song, a waltz, and on to eventual triumph. Award, winning clarinetist David Shifrin performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $82. The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St. www.experiencesymphoria.org. Potsdam. Met Opera Live On Screen at the Roxy. Puccini’s “Tosca.” Presented by
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Athletes from across New York state and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. Lake Placid, Feb. 1 - 4. See calendar for more information. SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater. 12:55 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior; $12 student, $9 youth (18 and under). Contact the box office for group discounts of 10 or more. 20 Main St. http://CPSPotsdam. org. 315-267-2277. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Jan. 25. Salmon River Winter Festival. See Jan. 26. Parish. Square Valley Trail Blazers Groomer Day. SVTB bring their groomers for everyone to see. Meet fellow snowmobilers. Free hot dogs and beverages are provided. Donations are welcome. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy Valley at the Big Tree, Parish. 315-668-9945 www. squarevalley.net Fulton CNY Arts Center Snow Day. Children’s carnival, games, prizes, art projects, food, fun and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission TBA. 11 River Glen Dr. www. CNYArtsCenter.com. Pulaski. Take a Friend Snowmobiling Day. New and past riders can enjoy a fun and safe snowmobile ride. Dress appropriately for outdoors. Groomer rides and demos. Free lunch inside an enclosed, heated pavilion. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club Barn @ 5001 N. Jefferson Street (Rt. 11). www.pulaski-boylstonsnow.com. 315-4301754. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Durham County Poets: A lively and soulful group, who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock, with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in for good measure. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $18 adult; $8 to $9 children 12 and younger. McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St.,. www.oswegomusichall.org
Jan. 28 Syracuse. “Next to Normal.” 2 p.m. and 7
p.m. See Jan. 24. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Jan. 25. Salmon River Winter Festival. See Jan. 26. Rochester. “Peter and the Wolf.” Bring the family to experience the Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with new choreography by the Nazareth College Dance Ensemble. The classic musical tale tells the story of an adventurous boy who stands up to the dreaded Wolf with the help of some animal friends, represented by various instruments of the Orchestra. Nazareth College Dance Ensemble, Heather Roffe, director. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $14 children; $19 adults Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 Plymouth Ave. www. rpo.org/p_2273/Peter_and_the_Wolf 585454-2100 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mannsville. ESSCR; Stone Wall 5K Walk/Run and Empire State Snowshoe Championship Race. Family, friends, fellow outdoor enthusiasts can get out and enjoy winter. Walkers and runners are welcome. Loaner snowshoes are available. 10:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for Stone Wall; $25 for ESSCR. Winona Forest, Rte. 90, CCC Camp, Bargy Road. Mannsville. 315-777-0188. www.winonaforest.com. Pulaski. Take a Friend Snowmobiling Day. See Jan. 27.
Jan. 30 Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Jan. 25.
Jan. 31 Syracuse. “Next to Normal.” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See Jan. 24. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Jan. 25.
FEBRUARY SUNDAYS Oswego. Planetarium show: “Astronomical Subjects in the Works of Dante, Swift, and Verne: Old and New Cosmologies.” Visiting assistant professor John Zielinski of the department of physics will discuss astronomical subjects in Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” and Verne’s “From Earth to the Moon and Around It.” Along the way, explanations of Ptolemy’s geocentric and Copernicus’ heliocentric cosmologies will be given. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 8 p.m. Free, including parking in the Centennial Drive lot (E17) or Washington Boulevard lot. SUNY Oswego, Room 223, Shineman Center. email@example.com. 315-312-2790.
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Baldwinsville. YMCA Acoustic Music Jam. Play or listen to folk, traditional, country, bluegrass, rock and pop music. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring musical instruments and music stand. The Jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Northwest Family YMCA. 8040 River Rd. Renee Storiale, 315303-5966, ext. 225.
SUNDAYS, SATURDAYS Fabius. Horsedrawn Sleighrides. Also on Jan. 15, 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride through the wintery woods at Highland Forest. No reservations needed. First come, first served. All rides will take place weather permitting. The park recommends calling the office ahead of time to check on the schedule. $6; $3 5 and younger. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Rd. www.onondagacountyparks.com/highland-forest.
MONDAYS Syracuse. Open Mic at The Road. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or come to listen. 6 p.m. sign-up. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. The Road, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike. Erin Patrick, 315-218-6066.
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Feb. 1 Lake Placid. 2018 Empire State Winter Games. Athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. The 2017 Games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions. Sport venues are in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Malone, and Paul Smiths. Venues include: Lake Placid Olympic Center Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping and Sliding complexes, Lake Placid Village Municipal Parking Lot, Whiteface Mountain, Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smith’s College VIC, Saranac Lake Civic Center Ice Rink, Dewey Mountain Recreation Area, Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon Center, Titus Mountain, and Mount Pisgah. Free to watch, except where some venues require admission. www.empirestatewintergames.com. info@ empirestatewintergames.com. Rochester. “The Other Josh Cohen.” Josh Cohen just can’t get a break (or a girlfriend). He’s overweight, broke and underemployed. To top it all off, his apartment is robbed of everything but a single Neil Diamond CD. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. This musical comedy by David Rossmer and Pittsford native Steve
Rosen was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Tickets from $25. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard Rochester. www. gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficeStaff@gevatheatre.org. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” Erma Bombeck, one of our country’s most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits?” Starring “Suburban Outlaw” and columnist Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all—the truth. $35. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. BoxOfficestaff@gevatheatre.org.
Feb. 2 Verona. Queensryche. 8 p.m. Call or visit website for ticket prices. The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Rd. www.turningstone.com. 800-771-7711. Alexandria Bay. River Hockey Classic/1000 Islands Pond Hockey Festival. The River Hockey Classic is a two day pond hockey style tournament on the St. Lawrence River.
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New and past riders can enjoy a fun and safe snowmobile ride. Dress appropriately for outdoors. Groomer rides and demos. Free lunch inside an enclosed, heated pavilion. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club Barn. Jan. 27 Three-on-three pond hockey with maximum of 4 players per team. Family friendly. Kids skating/hockey. On-site concessions. Five co-ed divisions with 100’ x 50’ rinks with 18inch- high boards. High-powered light towers for night games. Welcome reception Friday night at Swan Bay Resort. The opening ceremony will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. Swan Bay Resort & Marina, State Route 12. www. riverhockeyclassic.com. riverhockeyclassic@ yahoo.com. Lake Placid. 2018 Empire State Winter Games. See Feb. 1. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. The 2018 celebration will feature an “Adirondack Fiesta” theme. The event includes an Ice Palace, complete with thrones and a temporary king and queen: two local residents, who are honored for their contribution to the community. Celebrations will occur at various locations throughout the town. www.adirondack.net/winter/winter-carnival.cfm. Rochester. “The Other Josh Cohen.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. Broadway’s Ashley Brown. Ashley Brown originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway and starred as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.” Now the singer makes her RPO debut with an evening of show tunes, Disney melodies, and other favorites. Jeff Tyzik, conductor. 8 p.m. $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. www.rpo.org or 585-454-2100.
Feb. 3 Oswego. Warm Up Oswego 2018. Join in or watch the Hot 2K Trop Race, Family Fun Walk & Run, Snow Scavenger Hunt, Build a Snowman, Snow Bowling, Snow Castle Building, Snow Obstacle Course and TaeKwonDo board Break-A-Thon. This year, there will be a brand new heated Adult VIP tent (food, drinks & live entertainment) event on the East Side and heated Family Tent events on the West Side (family fun, kid crafts & food). There will
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also be a Wing Walk and Chili Cook-Off and fireworks. www.facebook.com/wuoswego. WarmUpOswegoFestival@gmail.com. 315532-5056. Syracuse. Chamber Concertos. Spotlighting talented musicians from Central New York, the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music bring two Baroque favorites, a late work by composer and humanist Ernest Bloch, and a witty piano concerto with trumpet “commentary” by Shostakovich. Heather Buchman conducts the string ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $25; $20 senior; free students; $95 7-concert season; $75 seniors 7-concert season. H. W. Smith Elementary School, 1130 Salt Springs Road. www.syrfcm.org. 315-682-7720. Syracuse. Symphoria Kids: “The Melodic Life.” With a “follow that melody” approach, trace the life of Bob, a lighthearted melody from childhood to middle age. Bob experiences many of life’s event’s such as going to school, playing sports, and even getting a job. Symphoria’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10 a.m., prior to all kids’ series performance at 10:30. $10 TO $15. Free under 18. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St. www. experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Alexandria Bay. River Hockey Classic/1000 Islands Pond Hockey Festival. See Feb. 2. Watertown. 19th Annual North Country Chili Cook-Off. Each year the Jefferson County American Legion Auxiliary, with support from the American Legion Family, hosts the North Country Chili Cook-Off to support the Volunteer Transportation Center programs that benefit veterans and their family members who live in Jefferson County. Over 30 teams compete for top bragging rights and cash prizes. Many categories and lots of family fun. Attendees have the chance to vote for their favorite recipe. $6; free 12 & under; $15 family. Discount for military id holders. Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St. www.VolunteerTransportationCenter.org. 315-755-2902. jen@volunteertransportation. org. Lake Placid. 2018 Empire State Winter Games. See Feb. 1.
Rochester. Classical Guitar Night. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover. Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Avenue. https://thelittle.org/cafe. 585-2580400. email@example.com. Rochester. “The Other Josh Cohen.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. Broadway’s Ashley Brown. See Feb. 2. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
Feb. 4 Oswego. Warm Up Oswego 2018. See Feb. 3. Potsdam. Met Opera Live On Screen at the Roxy. Puccini’s Tosca. Presented by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater. 6:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior; $12 student, $9 youth (18 and under). Contact the box office for group discounts of 10 or more. 20 Main St. http://CPSPotsdam. org. 315-267-2277. Lake Placid. 2018 Empire State Winter Games. See Feb. 1. Rochester. “The Other Josh Cohen.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2. Pulaski. Fourth Annual Selkirk Shores 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk. Enjoy a snowshoe walk or run on a wooded trail course. The race begins and ends at enclosed shelter with a warm fire and refreshments provided. 11 a.m. Registration TBA. Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NYS-Route 3. 315-298-5737.
Feb. 9 Oswego. 7th Annual CAC Oswego Wingfest. Includes the CAC Chicken Wing Competition and beer tasting. Help raise money for The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County. 5 to 10 p.m. Admission TBA. Lake Ontario Conference Center, 26 E. 1st St. oswegowingfest.com. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall Presents Open Mic Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for three song, 12-minute performance times. Guest hosted by talented CNY performers, popular with all ages and family-friendly. 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. performance. $2. Roy C. McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org.
Feb. 5 Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
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Feb. 6 Syracuse. “Next to Normal.” At the center of this acclaimed Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical is a family at once familiar and recognizable, but also coping with its own particular dysfunction. Intimately told, “Next to Normal” blends the insight of fine drama with the emotional impact of a moving rock score. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. www. syracusestage.org. 315-443-3275. Rochester. Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. See Feb. 1. Rochester. “On Your Feet!” From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, “On Your Feet!” looks behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St. www.rbtl.org/events/on-your-feet.
585-222-5000. firstname.lastname@example.org. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
Feb. 7 Utica. “Cinderella.”Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.” A contemporary take on the classic tale, this production features an orchestra, on-stage transformations and all the memorable moments: the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and some surprising new twists. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Stanley, 259 Genesee St. www. broadwayutica.com. 315-724-7196. Syracuse. “Next to Normal.” See Feb. 6. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. On Your Feet! See Feb. 6. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
Feb. 8 Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. Check out decorating ideas, purchase seasonal décor, gifts and foods. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check website for $1 coupon. $7 adults for all three days; children Free under 10. Horticulture Building, New York
State Fairgrounds. www.countryfolkart.com. 248.634.4151. Syracuse. Common Ground North American Tour by Above & Beyond, presented by Creative Concerts. Over their four critically acclaimed studio albums, along with their acoustic project, “Above & Beyond” (Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki) have continually been celebrated for placing real musicianship and songwriting at the heart of what they do. This event is 16 and over. 7 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show starts. $35 to $189. NYS Fairgrounds, Science & Industry Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. www. creativeconcerts.com. facebook.com/aboveandbeyond. 315-422-3511. Utica. “Cinderella.” See Feb. 7. Rochester. Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. See Feb. 1. Rochester. “On Your Feet!” See Feb. 6. Rochester. Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen serves as soloist in a suite of beloved selections from “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty.” The evening begins with a special performance from RCB. To round things out, “not your average waltz”: Ravel’s fiery showstopper is a hair-raising whirlwind. Ward Stare, conductor. Rochester City Ballet, David Palmer, artistic director. David Halen, violin. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances (features Rochester City Ballet); Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin
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Suite; Tchaikovsky: violin suite from “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake;” Ravel: “La Valse.“ 7:30. Tickets start at $24. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, 26 Gibbs St. www.rpo. org/p_2253/Tchaikovsky%27s_Swan_Lake. email@example.com. 585-454-2100. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
Feb. 9 Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Dec. 8. Geneva. Philharmonic Orchestra and City Ballet. Ward Stare conducts. The evening begins with a special performance by the Rochester City Ballet dancing to Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46. David Halen, concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, performs a violin suite of favorites from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” ballet suites. The orchestra performs Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite and concludes the concert with Ravel’s “La Valse.” 7:30 p.m. $30 adults; $25 seniors; $10 college student, Free students K-12 (plus service fee). Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. www.thesmith. org. 315-781-5483. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “On Your Feet!” See Feb. 6. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2. Oswego. Annual Port City Invitational. The Oswego Figure Skating Club hosts its annual competition. Crisafulli Rink, 32 Fort Ontario Road. Time/admission TBA. www.oswegofsc. org.
Feb. 10 Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Dec. 8. Potsdam. Met Opera Live On Screen at the Roxy. Donizetti’s “L’Elisir D’Amore.” Presented by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater. 12 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior; $12 student, $9 youth (18 and under). Contact the box office for group discounts of 10 or more. 20 Main St. http://CPSPotsdam. org. 315-267-2277. Oswego. Annual Port City Invitational. See Feb. 9. Sandy Creek. Sandy Creek Fire Dept. Annual Ice Fishing Derby: Prizes and raffles. 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entry fee charged. www. facebook.com/sandycreekfd. Pulaski. Winona Forest Tourathon: 12.5k, 25k, and Walter Chapman 50k Classical cross-country ski races through Winona Forest. Family discounts available. 8 a.m. Register at www.skireg.com. Presented by Winona Forest Recreation Association and
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NYSSRA. www.winonaforest.com. Parish. Square Valley Torchlight Ride. Ride begins at The Grist Mill, 3039 county Route. 26. 5 p.m. www.squarevalley.net. 2/10 Sat. 6-8 pm. Pulaski. Candlelight Snowshoe Walk. The groomed candlelit trail begins and ends at the enclosed shelter, where a warm fire and refreshments are provided. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NYS Route 3. 315-298-5737. Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents TBA: Live entertainment for all ages. 7:30 p.m. Admission charged. McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Fulton. The Great Eastern Whiteout. Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap-meet on Saturday. Vintage trail ride to breakfast and back (approx. 30 miles), followed by a hot dog cookout at the lake at noon. Fulton War Memorial, 609 W. Broadway. 8 a.m. Jim: 315-592-4892, Ken: 315-652-9603 or Tracy: 315-592-4537. Syracuse. Symphoria Pops Series: A Night At The Oscars. Sean O’Loughlin, conductor. Principal Pops Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria in music from edge-of-yourseat thrillers, epic dramas, and Hollywood classics. Don your movie star best and come walk the red carpet with Symphoria’s tribute to the golden man. 7:30 $20 to $82. The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St. www.experiencesympohoria.org. 315-299-5598. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “On Your Feet!” See Feb. 6. Rochester. Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” 8 p.m. See Feb. 8. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2.
Feb. 11 Syracuse. “Next to Normal.” 2 p.m. See Feb. 6. Rochester. “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” See Feb. 1. Rochester. “On Your Feet!” See Feb. 6. Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. See Feb. 2. Fulton. The Great Eastern Whiteout. See Feb. 10. Oswego. Annual Port City Invitational. See Feb. 9.
Feb. 13 Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most important literary works of the 20th century. In this new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges
from history a bright and talented young girl with the aspirations of any teenager. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people in hiding from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic captures the claustrophobic reality of their daily existence. Anne’s story of love, hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit has captivated audiences with its profound message for over 70 years. Tickets from $25. 75 Woodbury Boulevard. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-2324382. BoxOfficestaff@gevatheatre.org.
Feb. 14 Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical; How did a police officer trainee become the legendary rocker of global stardom in the 1970s?” Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical” chronicles his wild ride through several decades that is still his career today. The “Money Man” himself appears in all performances. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $39 to $59. Kodak Center/RAPA, 200 West Ridge Road. www. RAPAtheatre.org. 585-254-0073. raparocs@ gmail.com.
Feb. 15 Syracuse. Winterfest 2018. From the center of downtown Syracuse to surrounding areas throughout Onondaga County, more than 100,000 join in the celebration to enjoy displays, entertainment, games and food. Syracuse Winterfest draws the second largest audience in all of Central New York. Numerous events in numerous venues for 10 days. Most events are free. www.syracusewinterfest.com. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical.” See Feb. 14.
Feb. 16 Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical.” See Feb. 14.
Feb. 17 Pulaski. Annual Tug Hill Challenge. A twoday ISDRA-sanctioned sled dog race. Classes are offered in ski-jor, 8-dog sled, 6-dog sled, 4-dog sled, juniors and limbo/novice. 11 a.m. Cost varies. Winona Forest, NYS Rte. 90. 856809-2469. www.pasleddogclub.com. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15.
Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical.” See Feb. 14.
Feb. 18 Pulaski. Annual Tug Hill Challenge. See Feb. 17. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. Symphoria Casual Series: Water Music. Lawrence Loh, conductor; Jillian Honn, oboe. Beethoven: Symphony No. 1; Mozart: Concerto for Oboe, K. 314 (285d) in C Major; Handel: Selections from Water Music. Principal Oboist Jillian Honn performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. Music of Beethoven and selections from Handel’s stately Water Music complete the program. 2:30 p.m. $27 to $25. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St. http://experiencesymphoria.org. 315-299-5598. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical.” 2 p.m. See Feb. 14.
Feb. 19 Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15.
Feb. 20 Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Lake Placid. US Cup Ski Jumping. Watch as competitors from around the world launch themselves the length of a football field off of Lake Placid’s 90-meter ski jump. All day. Free. Olympic Jumping Complex, 5487 Cascade Rd. www.lakeplacid.com/events/uscup-ski-jumping. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13.
Feb. 21 Oswego. Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series presents New York Polyphony. One of the foremost vocal chamber ensembles active today. 7:30 p.m. $15; $5 students. St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, 103 W. 7th St.. www.arts.oswego.edu. 315-312-2141. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. “A Raisin in the Sun.” Lorraine Hansberry’s masterwork has rightfully earned its place among the great American plays because it speaks anew to each generation. The story of the Younger family—three generations trying to build a better life on Chicago’s South Side—resonates loudly with those pursuing the American dream today. Whose dreams get realized and whose deferred? The power of Hansberry’s writing makes “A Raisin in the Sun” as vital today as in 1959.
Timothy Douglas (Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Lesson Before Dying, Jitney, The Crucible, and Gem of the Ocean) returns to direct this American Theatre classic. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. http://syracusestage.org. 315-443-3275. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13.
Feb. 22 Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. “A Raisin in the Sun”. See Feb. 21. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank”. See Feb. 13.
Feb. 23 Oswego. Oswego Music Hall Presents Open Mic Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for three song, 12-minute performance times. Guest hosted by talented CNY performers, popular with all ages and family-friendly. 6:30 p.m. doors open. 7 p.m. performance. $2. Roy C. McCrobie Bldg., 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. “A Raisin in the Sun.” 8 p.m. See Feb. 21. Syracuse. “The Seagull.” A 1895 play features Medvedenko, who loves Masha who loves Konstantin who loves Nina who loves Trigorin who’s involved with Arkadina. Meanwhile, Paulina is married to Shamreyev, but she pines for Dr. Dorn. What could go wrong? 8 p.m. $18. Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St. http://syracusestage.org/su-drama.php. 315-443-3275. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. Latin Heat with the Mambo Kings. Since their orchestral debut with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic more than 20 years ago, the Mambo Kings have earned a national reputation for their unique blend of Cuban and jazz rhythms. The perennial favorite returns to the RPO for a night guaranteed to be muy caliente, also featuring Latina vocalist Camille Zamora. Jeff Tyzik, conductor. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $24. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St. www. rpo.org/p_2265/Latin_Heat_with_the_Mambo_Kings. 585-454-2100. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 24 Oswego. Oswego Music Hall presents Joe Crookston. Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, and eco-village member. 7:30 p.m. $16 to $18 adults; $8 to $9 children 12 and younger. McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St. www.oswegomusichall.org. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15.
Potsdam. Met Opera Live On Screen at the Roxy. “Puccini’s La Boheme.” Presented by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater. 12:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior; $12 student, $9 youth (18 and under). Contact the box office for group discounts of 10 or more. 20 Main St. http://CPSPotsdam. org. 315-267-2277. Syracuse. “A Raisin in the Sun.” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. See Feb. 21. Syracuse. “The Seagull.” See Feb. 23. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13. Rochester. Latin Heat with the Mambo Kings. See Feb. 24. Inlet. Frozen Fire & Lights/Cardboard Sled Race. Free sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing at Fern Park all day, every day. Bring your own equipment. Skate, ski & snowshoe rentals available downtown at Pedals & Petals. Bonfires, king & queen coronation, cardboard sled race, 120 snowmobile races, rireworks & more.
Feb. 25 Oswego. ARTSwego presents “Focus on Faculty – Timepieces.” Trevor Jorgensen and pianist Robert Auler collaborate on contemporary compositions and masterworks for clarinet and soprano saxophone. 3 p.m. $8 adults; $5 students. Sheldon Hall Ballroom, SUNY Oswego. www.arts.oswego.edu. 315312-2141. Syracuse. Winterfest. See Feb. 15. Syracuse. CNY Jazz Cabaret: Eric Darius & Tracy Hamlin. Black History Month Cabaret with Eric Darius & Tracy Hamlin. As a new venue for the event, the Marriott Downtown Syracuse hosts Eric Darius, the Contemporary Jazz big gun from L.A., and his band, plus Philadelphia’s Tracy Hamlin. Evening dress requested. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $35 advanced ticket; $40 at the door. Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga St. www. cnyjazz.org/cny-jazz-cabaret-series-2. 315479-5299. Syracuse. Many Worlds. Premiere of commissioned work by Kevin Ernste, 2nd performance of 2016 commissioned work by Stephen Ferre, NY Fed. of Music Clubs Israel winner Simon Frisch, & former Israel winner Alex Burtzos (poems by S.U. grad student Jonathan Aprea), performed by the Society All-Stars, conducted by Heather Buchman. This is the 5th program in the Society for New Music’s 46th season of “Global Sound Worlds”. 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $15; $12 seniors/students; $30 family. Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette St. www. societyfornewmusic.org. 315-251-1151. Potsdam. Met Opera Live On Screen at the Roxy. 6:30 p.m. See Feb. 10.
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Feb. 27 North Tonawanda. The McCartney Years. Hailed by the original Beatles promoter as “The Best on the Scene,” The McCartney Years is a period-true, technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 67 Webster St. 716-692-2413.
Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13.
Feb. 28 Syracuse. “A Raisin in the Sun.” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See Feb. 21. Syracuse. “The Seagull.” See Feb. 23. Rochester. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” See Feb. 13.
MARCH SUNDAYS Oswego. Planetarium show: “A Trillion Planets!” Having already discovered over 3,000 exoplanets around other stars, astronomers now believe the stars of the Milky Way galaxy could have about a trillion planets. Host Scott Roby explores other known planetary systems using new 3D models in the planetarium’s updated software. Explorers are on the verge of finding twins of Earth for the first time, Roby notes. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7 to 8
p.m. Free, including parking in the Centennial Drive lot (E17) or Washington Boulevard lot. SUNY Oswego, Room 223, Shineman Center. firstname.lastname@example.org. 315-312-2790. Baldwinsville. YMCA Acoustic Music Jam. Play or listen to folk, traditional, country, bluegrass, rock and pop music. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring musical instruments and music stand. The Jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Northwest Family YMCA. 8040 River Road. Renee Storiale, 315303-5966, ext. 225.
MONDAYS Syracuse. Open Mic at The Road. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or come to listen. 6 p.m. sign-up. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. The ROAD, 4845 West Seneca Turnpike. Erin Patrick, 315-218-6066. vard. www.gevatheatre.org. BoxOfficeStaff@ gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382.
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New Ways to Play in the Snow When life gives you snow, make a game of it By Melissa Stefanec
dults should take a cue from children on a lot of things, and one of those things is playing in the snow. Playing in the snow is a great way to get fresh air and exercise during the winter months. Most of us spend way too much time indoors during the winter, and playing outside can be just the thing to kick the winter blues and give your body some much-needed sunshine and use. There’s a reason kids love the winter — they enjoy it for what it is instead of cursing it for what it isn’t. They know how to have fun in the snow. To help you better enjoy the fluffy white stuff our winters are made of, here are some ideas on new ways to have fun in the snow. Whether or not you have young ones in your life, there are bound to be some ideas on this list that will lift your spirits. Snow photography — Winter is as picturesque as any of the seasons. Whether you are a novice or seasoned photographer, winter is a great time to
get outdoors and take some awesome photographs. Wear some fingerless or tech-finger gloves and capitalize on all the beauty winter has to offer. Snow target practice — If the idea of a traditional snowball fight has you less than enthused, try snowball target practice. Make some targets using different items such as saucer sleds, pieces of cardboard, Hula Hoops or anything that would work as a target. Assign point values to each target and put them at different distances from a line drawn in the snow. Line players up at the line and start throwing. Let the competition begin! Snowball — For this game, all you will need is a pitcher and a hitter. Use a firmly packed snowball instead of a baseball or softball and use your typical bat. Treat your back yard or a park like a winter batting cage. As a bonus, no one has to retrieve the balls. Snow golf — Don’t let your swing deteriorate during the winter months. Use firmly packed snowballs to practice your swing on. Then, when you hit the
greens in the spring, you won’t have to make up for quite so much lost time.
Test your skills Winter disc golf — If the snow isn’t too deep, you can still play disc golf in the winter. There are courses all over Upstate New York, and you can still play them in the winter. Use brightly colored discs that you don’t mind losing. You can also buy light-up discs or lights to attach to your discs to help you find them in the snow. Playground in the snow — Kids love playgrounds, and they don’t stop loving them in the winter. Bundle up your kiddos and take them to their favorite playground. A lot of the toys and structures remain outside during the winter months. They may move a little slower in their bulky winter gear, but kids will still have a great time enjoying one of their favorite pastimes, even if they are doing it in the snow. Snow cookies — If your kids like Play-Doh, chances are they will love
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using all of their favorite implements in the snow. Send the kids outside with cookie cutters and other Play-Doh paraphernalia and let them cut snow cookies, make snow spaghetti or make snow hair. Dog obstacle course — If you have a dog in your life, give it a chance to enjoy something more than a brisk walk or a shove out the backdoor this winter. Shovel or snow blow a maze for your dog. Make jumps and places to stand. Bury treats and toys in certain areas. Challenge the kids to make it fun for your family pet. Watch what they come up with. Snow beach — The same toys that bring so much enjoyment to children at the beach can make for wintertime smiles. Take out your buckets, shovels, sieves, trucks and boats and let your kids play with them in the snow. Have a snow castle contest and watch creativity blossom. Hide and snow seek — Take this childhood pastime and make it into a winter favorite. Kids may move a little slower in the snow, so give them some extra counting time. Kids can play detective and track each other’s footprints in the snow to find each other.
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How Do These Central New Yorkers Enjoy Winter? By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
njoying winter in Upstate New York comes in many forms, from cozy to cutting edge. With so many ways to enjoy the weather, we received a variety of responses as to how these central New Yorkers spend the winter months. “I love cross-country skiing. I live about 10 miles from Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville. They have a 3-mile route. I like to take a break in my workday and workout for an hour, instead of just eating lunch. With exercise, you lose the problems of the day and get re-energized. I love getting out in the sunshine and taking in the fresh air. I take an extended lunch break by skiing and come back so refreshed. The other thing I’m looking forward to this year is courtside seats to the Syracuse University women’s basketball games. I want more people to support women athletes.” Tracy Higginbotham, founder of Women TIES in Syracuse
and that’s pretty much me during the winter. I’m not so much of a winter person.” Laurie Farrell, development manager with March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, NY Division in Syracuse “I liked to cross-country ski in Fair Haven or Battle Island. I haven’t skied for a long time.” Linda Pelton, Upstate Business Professionals, Hannibal “I read a lot. I like to go out for walks. I have a route I walk in good weather down around the lake and on West First Street that takes in the whole city. I like the fresh air. I’ve
worked out at a gym during the winter, but I sleep better after walking outside. They’re a lot better than they used to be about keeping walks clear. If it’s icy, I’ll stay inside.” Barbara Sugar, principal of Trinity Catholic School, Oswego “I like watching basketball and walking my dog, a springer spaniel, around my neighborhood or into Minetto and Oswego because the sidewalks are better. I like to get away sometimes to get out of the snow. We to go Florida or the Caribbean to get a break.” Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director at Oswego County Opportunities, Fulton
“I like to stay in and bake or make a pot of soup. I’m a cook and like to bake bread. But I do love walking my dogs when it’s the first snow, as it’s a beautiful time to be outside. You feel like you’re in a snow globe, but it can’t be too cold or it gets in their pads. I like to sit in front of a nice warm fire, cozy blanket and a good book.” Marci Erlebacher, executive director of JCC Syracuse “I’m an avid snowmobiler and cross country skier and I snowshoe. It gets me out into the woods. I enjoy meeting new people and I do that through these activities.” Grey Rolland, scout executive with the Boy Scouts of America’s Longhouse Council in Syracuse “I like baking and watching movies. I like playing games with the kids
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Best Places to Ski this Winter Forget Vermont or Colorado: Find some of the best spots to ski right here in NYS By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
ou don’t have to go to Colorado or even Vermont to get your alpine skiing fix. Homegrown hills offer plenty of powder for downhill enthusiasts.
Eastern New York The Adirondacks boast numerous
renowned places to ski, including Gore Mountain, with a mix of terrains; West Mountain, which offers moonlight skiing and tubing; Snow Ridge, boasting the heaviest snowfall in the East; Big Tupper and Oak Mountain, providing a family-oriented, affordable ski trip; Whiteface/Olympic Mountain, providing the highest vertical east of the Rockies; Titus Mountain, bringing more to the mountain than just skiing, and Mount Pisgah, with night skiing to lengthen the day’s activity. Visit: http://visitadirondacks.com/ recreation/downhill-skiing
The Catskills’ Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain allow skiers to get on the slopes even if snow’s not in the forecast with 97 to 100 percent snow coverage, thanks to snowmaking equipment. Visit: www.greatnortherncatskills. com/outdoors/downhill-ski-resort Central New York Greek Peak in Cortland offers
skiers 33 trails. As a true ski resort, everything a skier needs is on site, including dining, rentals and lodging.
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But it also offers a spa, fitness center and year-round, indoor water park. Visit: http://greekpeak.net
Toggenburg Mountain in Fabius
provides 22 runs in various levels of difficulty up to single black diamond. Its owners also own Greek Peak, about a half hour’s drive away. The facilities offer package deals, making it easy to stay at Greek Peak and include both facilities on a single ski trip. Visit: www.skitog.com
Labrador Mountain in Truxton and Song Mountain in Tully also provide package deals. Why not do both in one trip? Labrador offers 20 trails (17 lit) and Song Mountain 24. Visit: www.skicny.com Snow Ridge’s 21 trails in Turin aren’t
particularly high in elevation (500 feet) or challenging (only 20 percent are “advanced”) but if you’re looking for a friendly ski venue in Central New York, Snow Ridge delivers. Its Tavern230 (yes, one word)exclusively sells Snow Ridge Winter Lager by Good Shepherds Brewing. Visit: https://snowridge.com
Woods Valley in Westernville also
represents a small but pleasant ski lodge. It offers snowmaking and lit trails, as well as a full menu at the Tap Room 46. Visit: www.woodsvalleyskiarea. com
Western New York Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, about
an hour’s drive from Buffalo, maintains more lifts and more trails — try 58 on for size — than any other in the region. The shopping down Washington Street is also fun after the skis come off. Visit: www.holidayvalley.com
Peek’n Peak Ski Resort in Clymer, about a 90-minute drive from Buffalo, leans more toward difficult trails to challenge hardcore ski buffs with its 26 trails. Visit: www.pknpk.com Finger Lakes Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua
provides 35 slopes and trails on 138 acres. Lighting on nearly all the trails enable night skiing. Snowmakers cover all the terrain to ensure it’s always a great day to go skiing. Visit: www.bristolmountain.com
Brantling in Sodus isn’t a big resort
— it offers just nine slopes — but it’s a family-oriented ski venue that works hard to accommodate skiers of all ages and abilities. Half its runs have snowmaking capability and surface lifts. One has a T-bar and four use handle tows. All are lit for night skiing. Guests may bring their own food or purchase food at the cafe. It may not be maybe a ski mecca, but it’s worth stopping by if you’re in the area. Visit: www.brantling.com
Snowboarding 101 By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
eople of all ages can learn to snowboard. Numerous snowboarding schools throughout Upstate New York offer instruction to learn the right techniques for minimizing the risk of falls and injury and enjoying the sport better.
Private or Group? Private lessons cost around $40 for two hours. Group lessons cost nearly twice as much at most schools, $40 for only an hour. But for beginners with no snowboarding knowledge, it may be more helpful to sign up for private lessons at first. Eventually, the camaraderie and savings of group lessons may make them more attractive.
Unsure? If you’re not sure if your child will be interested in snowboarding, don’t purchase numerous lessons in advance. Ask about a trial lesson or if lessons may be purchased individually. Most snowboarding venues rent equipment. Or, you can purchase used equipment to save some money.
Plan for fun. Dress in layers, starting with a moisture-wicking base such as silk or a performance fabric, but not cotton, which traps perspiration. Add two or three more warm layers such as wool, and top it off with ski pants and a jacket that’s insulated. Wear a hat that covers your ears, and
insulated gloves. Don’t forget sunscreen for any exposed skin, since sunlight reflecting off snow, especially at higher elevation, can damage skin. Wear large, polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes and lip balm to avoid windburn.
Practice makes perfect. Between lessons, practice. Stick around and work on what you’ve learned during that day’s lesson. Come back and snowboard on a trail at the right level for what you’ve learned. By practicing between lessons, you will progress better during lessons.
Where to start. If you’d like to learn, you have a useful resource to find the right school for you: I Ski NY (www.iskiny.com/skideals/learn-ski-snowboard) may help. The site sorts snowboarding schools by region, Adirondacks, Catskills, Central New York, Western New York and Hudson Valley and links to the schools.
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Great Trails for Snowshoeing Enjoying trails in the winter, without blowing your budget By Melissa Stefanec
he railroad bridges above West and Fayette streets in downtown Syracuse may say it best. They are painted to read, “Spring Comes. Summer Waits. Fall Leaves. Winter Longs.” Winters in Upstate New York have a way of going, and going, and going long. With such long winters, finding ways to recreate in the cold is very important for your physical and mental health. As luck would have it, there are many public trails in the area where you can snowshoe, hike or cross-country ski. If you are new to the sport or don’t want to invest a lot of money in gear, some places in the area rent ski and snowshoe equipment at reasonable prices. They also provide information to those who are new to the sport. Here are some places to rent gear and hit the trails.
Highland Forest, Fabius (Onondaga County Parks) Rentals: Skis and snowshoes Equipment: Ski rental packages include skis, boots, and poles. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children and rentals are per day. Snowshoes can be rented for the day at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Trails: Trails are open to all levels of skiers and snowshoers and vary in
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length from 0.5 miles to 8.7 miles. Call the park at 315-683-5550 for more information and local conditions.
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville (Onondaga County Parks) Rentals: Snowshoes Equipment: Snowshoe rentals are $5 per hour. Rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rentals must be returned by 4 p.m. Trails: Beaver Lake Nature Center offers three snowshoe-only trails, varying in length from 0.5 to 2.2 miles. In addition to rentals, clinics are offered for beginner snowshoers. Clinics are held on the weekends, last one hour, and are offered in January and February. Registration is required. For more information, call 315-638-2519. Beaver Lake Nature Center has plenty of cross-country ski trails, but they do not have ski rentals. There are five trails available for skiing. All but one of the trails is rated easy, and the outlier is rated moderate in skill level.
Sullivan Park, Chittenango (Town of Sullivan Parks and Recreation Department) Rentals: Skis and snowshoes Equipment: Skis rentals are free and available on Saturdays and Sundays
from mid-December through March. Registration is only required on the day of use. Rentals are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snowshoes can be rented on select demo days throughout the winter, but pre-registration is required. For more information, call the Town of Sullivan Parks and Recreation Department at 315-687-6471. Trails: Trails are located throughout the park and have a mix of flat land and inclines. There are also multiple sledding hills.
Sunnycrest Park, Syracuse (Syracuse City Parks) Rentals: Skis and snowshoes Equipment: Cross-country ski and snowshoe package rentals are available for $5 for adults and $1 for children aged 12 and under. Rentals are available when the ski lodge is open, which is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special hours are featured during school breaks. Call 315-4732674 for more information. Trails: The park offers 2.5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. There are also trails for snowshoeing. Parking is available at the ski lodge and ice rink. Skiing and snowshoeing are available December through March.
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