Winter Guide 2021–2022: Explore Winter in Upstate New York

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• Lights on the Lake • Ice Fishing With the Pros • Nature Walks in the Park • Taking the Polar Plunge • Stargazing on Winter Nights • and more!

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08 DO YOU LIKE 14 WHAT ABOUT CNY WINTERS? WINTER 18 BOREDOM BUSTERS A BETTER SNOWMAN? 20 BUILDING HERE’S HOW TO GET IT RIGHT CURLING, ANYONE? A GROWING 22 AND DEDICATED FOLLOWING WINTER OLYMPIC SPORTS 24 5YOU’RE LIKELY UNFAMILIAR WITH EXTRAVAGANT ROMANTIC 26 WINTER GETAWAYS 15 WAYS TO WEATHER THIS WINTER

Editor & Publisher: Wagner Dotto Calendar Editor: Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Contributing Writers: Kimberly Blaker, Margaret McCormick, Deborah J. Sergeant, Mary Beth Roach, Melissa Stefanec, Ken Sturtz Advertising: Ashley Slattery, Peggy Kain, Richard Annal, Roxanne Seeber • Office Manager: Nancy Nitz Layout & Design: Joey Sweener • Cover Photo: GettyImages

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IN WINTER: 28 BIKING FAT BIKES, ICE BIKES UPSTATE WINTER GUIDE'S 32 CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN THE FINGER 51 WINTERTIME LAKES MIGHT SUPRISE YOU EXPERIENCE WINTER IN 54 ONONDAGA COUNTY PARKS ART OF ENJOYING 56 THE FROZEN WATERFALLS MOUNTAIN COASTERS 58 AND ZIPLINING

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Early Owego Antique Center..........................53 Finger Lakes Garage Door.............................34 Flamingo Bowl..............................................15 Geneva Antiques...........................................47 Geneva On the Lake......................................59 Granger Homestead......................................46 Grist Mill Restaurant.....................................39 Hazlitt...........................................................44 Humana........................................................49 I Ski NY.........................................................15 Johnston’s Gas..............................................37 JP Jewelers....................................................34 Ken’s Body Shop............................................39 Krell Distributing...........................................38 Lakeshore Hardwoods...................................42 Litatro / Rooftop Lounge..................................2 Longley Dodge...............................................35 Mimi’s Diner..................................................19 NECA: Finger Lakes Chapter..........................42 Northside Collision..........................................5 Oak Hill Bulk Foods.......................................47 Oswego County Federal Credit Union.............21 Oswego County Mutual Insurance ................59

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Recognized as the No. 1 holiday tradition in Central New York, Lights on the Lake for the 2021-22 season is bigger than ever, with more than 200 displays.

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SEE A BIG DISPLAY OF LIGHTS.

Whether it’s your neighbor’s Clark W. Griswold-esque extravaganza or a professional show, brighten the dark, short days of winter. Walk a sparkly neighborhood or buy tickets for a show. Lights on the Lake in Liverpool, Fairground Festival of Lights in Buffalo and Capital Holiday Lights in the Park in Albany are a few examples. lightsonthelake.com; the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights; albanycapitalholidaylights.com

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Whiteface mountain peak, viewed from the frozen Paradox Bay in Lake Placid.

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EXPERIENCE THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES.

hile you likely cannot attend them this February in Beijing, you can see what it’s like to zip down a mountain on a luge or peer down the skiing high jump in Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. More info: lakeplacidlegacysites.com

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PARTICIPATE IN COUNTY / STATE PARKS ACTIVITIES.

While COVID-19 is still canceling numerous events, the state’s park system activities are still on this winter. See what parks near you have available to do, such as snowshoeing, hiking, and nature walks. Find out more at parks.ny.gov.

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JOIN A GUIDED TOUR.

hether ice fishing, hunting, snowmobiling or snowshoeing, going with a pro can help you enjoy a new experience more. Search the listings of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association to find a professional guide. More info: nysoga.org


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CATCH A LIVE SHOW.

ttending a performance in person adds a whole different dynamic to the experience. Supporting live theater and music is also important to the survival of performing arts considering pandemic cancellations. Check your area’s events in Winter Guide’s Events Calendar.

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PARTICIPATE IN A POLAR PLUNGE.

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huge fundraiser, Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge events are held in numerous cities around New York. Quirky and cold, polar plunges take no unusual talent. Or join a different fundraiser to help out a worthy cause that warms your heart. specialolympics.org

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EI offers some top tips for camping in the cold. Start winter camping in the backyard so you can always come inside to warm up. If that seems formidable, try “camping” in the garage with the kids. rei.com/learn/expert-advice/winter-camping.html

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LEARN A NEW BAKING OR COOKING SKILL. Whether a dish from a culture that is new to you or a more familiar dish you have never made, whipping up something different in the kitchen is a fun way to spend time in the winter. Try www.allrecipes.com for printable recipes listed with steps, photos and reviews. www.allrecipes.com

HIT THE MALL FOR THE DAY.

njoy that retro '80s vibe that online shopping cannot offer. Malls have improved their offerings to include food choices more interesting than the food court fast food, special events all season and activities like escape rooms. Here’s some of the best malls to hit: www.destinyusa.com; www.shopsalmonrunmall.com; www.eastviewmall.com

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ENJOY A FAMILY SPA DAY.

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veryone deserves a little pampering. After months of limiting touches and contact, handson spa treatments like massage and pedicures feel great. Many spas offer men’s and children’s treatments so slough off some dry skin—and winter doldrums—with a day of relaxation for everyone. spafinder.com

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rder food delivery, gather the snacks and line up a day of movies or binge watch a television series. Streaming services make it easy to find and watch whatever genre you want, from holiday flicks to '90s comedies.

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TOUR YOUR TOWN

Instead of going to far-flung places to explore, live like a tourist in your own town. Peruse the chamber of commerce or tourism website to find out what to do, where to go and what to eat. You may be surprised by gems hidden in your own backyard. The I Love New York site also lists places to go. Consider renting a room at a local hotel with a pool and spa for a “getaway” close to home without the stressors of traveling far. www.iloveny.com

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Peruse your library’s shelves outside of your normal reading to uncover a new author or type of book you have not read before.

Now’s the time to rent the equipment or buy a small package of lessons to try skiing, snowshoeing or skijoring or whatever winter activity you have not attempted yet. You may discover a new favorite activity.

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tate parks occasionally host star gazing events. Or pick a clear night and rural location to look up. Public observatories are also excellent places for stargazing, such as Adirondack Sky Center or Darling Hill Observatory. go.astronomy.com; adirondackskycenter.org; syracuse-astro.org/ about-darling-hill-observatory

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Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and daughter Breena skating in downtown Syracuse.

WEATHERMAN WAYNE MAHAR ‘[LOVE] GOING FOR A WALK ON A CLEAR, CRISP MORNING’ Q: What do you like about Central New York winters? As a meteorologist, it’s the unique phenomenon of bands of lake effect snow; sometimes inches per hour just to our north. Not many in the world get to see, forecast and experience that. As a resident of CNY and winter, it’s those somewhat rare times when the sun comes back out; going for a walk on a clear, crisp morning.

High-Profile Central New Yorkers What they like (and dislike) the most about CNY winters

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hat do some of your local government officials and media personalities like about a Central New York winter? We’ve asked Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh; Christie Casciano, of NewsChannel 9; Ted and Amy, who’ve been greeting morning listeners on 93Q for more than 30 years; and one of the area’s leading meteorologists, Wayne Mahar from CNY Central.

SYRACUSE MAYOR BEN WALSH ‘I LOVE SYRACUSE WINTERS’ Q: What do you like about Central New York winters? I’d have to say the beauty of Central New York winters and the amazing range of outdoor activities. Q: What activities do you enjoy 14

doing during the winter months? My wife, Lindsay, and I love to go ice skating with our daughters, Breena and Gabby. We also love going on winter hikes with our Newfoundland dog, Ollie. Q: What are some of your favorite spots to enjoy a CNY winter? I love sledding in Burnet Park, skating in Clinton Square and helping organize and volunteer at the Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic at Upper Onondaga Park on Hiawatha Lake, which started in 2020 and is coming back in 2022. Q: What do you like least about CNY winters? I love Syracuse winters, but like others in our community, the challenges that come from keeping our city plowed out are my least favorite part. Thank goodness for our Department of Public Works staff, who do a great job for all of us.

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Q: What activities do you enjoy doing during the winter months? I play hockey year-round, not just winter. My wife, Dianne, and I will take walks if not too cold. I will, once in a while, run outside in a snowstorm just for the uniqueness of it. Q: What are some of your favorite spots to enjoy a CNY winter? Walking through the woods, paths in Radisson. Q: Being from Maine, you’re used to winter. But, when was your first CNY winter and what surprised you most about it? It was December 1984 – March 1985, when I first arrived here. I was not really surprised by anything, since I had already been forecasting a few CNY private weather clients through my private weather business. Q: What do you like least about CNY winters? That it lingers into spring. Q: Do you have any insight into what this upcoming winter might be like? Always tough to tell, but my educated guess right now is it starts fairly easy, milder than normal. If that pattern lasts through December and into a part of January, we’ll likely end up with another winter with below normal snowfall.


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TV anchorwoman Christie Casciano and her daughter, Sophia Burns.

“powderful” spots Central New York. Head to Highland Forest for a sleigh ride, cross-country ski at Green Lakes, and the village of Skaneateles is a great place to capture winter’s frosty beauty, resembling a perfect holiday card during the holidays.

Italian proverb: “Those who sing through the summer, must dance in the winter,” or in my family’s case, skate! I’m a figure skater and my he is anchor of NewsChannel kids will only lace up hockey skates, 9’s 4 p.m.; co-anchor with Jeff but we share a love for the ice. We Kulikowsky for the 5, 5:30, 6 skate a lot! During the hockey seaand 11 p.m. newscasts; producer son, my husband, John (Burns), and of the station’s On The Lookout I really enjoyed traveling from rink segments that have resulted in 500 to rink, because we loved watcharrests; and she also provides morn- ing our kids play.
On a sunny, crisp ing news updates for radio station winter weekend day when the ponds Sunny 102. and lakes are frozen, my son, Joey, She said that she loves CNY and daughter, Sophia, will go “pond winters and hockey so much, she’s hopping,” checking out the outdoor even written about it. For the past rinks and frozen ponds. The day 10 years, she’s been a columnist for always ends with fingers and toes USA Hockey Magazine and co-anchilled, quickly cured with a cup of chors a popular podcast called “Our hot chocolate topped with whipped Kids Play Hockey.” She has authored cream. and co-authored several books and Sophia now plays college hockey a new book, When Hockey Stops, is in Vermont, so it’s only natural she’s due to be released in January 2022. taken up snowboarding, too. I used to be in ski club in high school, but Q: What do you like about Central I’m sure I would have hit the slopes New York winters? The sheer beauty! on a snowboard, too, back in the day. Nothing can compare to crunching Being a hockey family, it along a snow-covered trail surround- shouldn’t come as any surprise; ed by a shimmering landscape and our favorite winter getaway is Lake a breathtaking blanket of snow. I Placid. also love the crisp, clean smell of a snowy day. Of course, it also means Q: What are some of your favorite it’s hockey season! spots to enjoy a CNY winter? We love the rinks! Indoor and outdoor, like Q: What activities do you enjoy doing Clinton Square. Crunch games are a during the winter months? There’s an must. There are so many beautiful

TV ANCHOR CHRISTIE CASCIANO ‘WE LOVE THE RINKS!’

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Q: Are you a native to Central New York? Yes, and as busy as my father Joe was managing a supermarket, he always carved out time for our family to embrace the joys of winter. From building a backyard rink with plastic and plywood and filling it with the garden hose, to buying toboggans for the six of us to plow down a hill, to loading up our yellow Ski-Doo on a flatbed trailer to ride on my uncle’s farmland in Pompey. I have many warm memories of our icy adventures. We’ve done the same with our kids, getting them off their devices and bundled up to hike, sled, snowshoe, snowtube, skate or build snow people and forts in the backyard. Q: What do you like least about CNY winters? Shoveling it! And whiteouts.

RADIO DUO TED AND AMY AMY: ‘MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT [CNY] WINTERS ARE TRUTHFULLY BEING ABLE TO SPEND MORE TIME IN FRONT OF OUR FIREPLACE INSIDE’ TED: ‘I DO HATE WINTER DRIVING’

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ed and Amy have been the morning-drive radio personalities on 93Q in Syracuse for 34 years. Responses to our questions are imbued with the sense of humor that has made them fan favorites for years.

Q: What do you like about Central New York winters? Amy: I wish that I could say that because I’m from this area, I am a huge cold weather person. Unfortunately, I am not. I used to love sledding and building forts and playing outside


when I was little. But now, my favorite thing about Central New York winters are truthfully being able to spend more time in front of our fireplace inside. Our cats, Riley [named after BB King], and Kantishna [named after an area in Alaska where we stayed], are also a lot “snugglier” as the weather gets colder. I love how bright and clean it looks after a big snowfall around here, too. But, gone are the days when I couldn’t wait to get my snowsuit on as soon as I got home from school! Ted: I’m kind of with Amy on this one. When I was little, I would be outside sledding, building snow forts, having snowball fights and pretty much not come home until I could no longer feel my face! Now, I like watching it snow from inside the house, with a fire glowing in the fireplace and the dog on my lap! Also, I like that the menu at home goes from light to hearty meals. I’m a big soup and stew kind of guy. Q: What activities do you enjoy doing during the winter months? Amy: My husband, Mark, and I took up snowshoeing years ago to help us get some exercise during the winter months. I love the trails around here and you don’t have to have much balance. Anything on skates or skis (even cross-country) are not a good idea for me! It will also be the 18th year that I hold Amy’s Slumber Party in late February (although last year we just did a virtual one). Sixteen-hundred women over two nights come for an overnight with their friends, sisters, moms and all the women in their life to enjoy a night just for them of pampering, shopping and dancing at a local hotel. That has taken on a life of its own and comes at exactly the right time during the year when we all are getting a little stir crazy being inside so much. Ted: I do enjoy the local restaurants, especially in winter as long as the roads aren’t too bad. And waking up at three in the morning, I’ve become a big fan of naps. Gosh, I sound like I’m 85 years old! Q: What are some of your favorite spots to enjoy a CNY winter? Amy: We go snowshoeing at Oneida Shores. There are trails near Ar-

Ted and Amy have been the morning-drive radio personalities on 93Q in Syracuse for 34 years.

rowhead Lodge, as well as near the beach. We also have some property around our house so it’s very convenient to strap on those snowshoes and burn some calories. Also we love the Finger Lakes area all yearround. It’s so nice to take a drive in the winter as things are a little less crazy there, but the wineries are all still pretty much open and it’s just a different vibe when there is snow on the ground. Ted: You can’t go wrong with a winery in winter time. Do you get the impression that the only time I’m outside is when I’m going to and

from the car? Q: What do you like least about CNY winters? Amy: As I mentioned, I grew up here in CNY so I should be very used to driving in the snow and icy conditions by now. But I hate it. Ted: Again, not that I’m copying Amy, but I do hate winter driving. Although, when I drive into the station, I’m usually the only driver on the road. And shoveling off the deck and making a little wee-wee maze in the backyard for my dog. Time for my nap!

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Fun ways to keep your energy and spirits high when the temperature outside is subzero. by kimberly blaker oes being cooped up through the long winter months have you feeling down and lethargic? Staying physically and mentally active is essential to maintaining your energy and keeping your spirits high. So give the following boredom busters a try. go skating. Ice, inline, or rollerskating is excellent cardiovascular exercise and an effective energy and mood booster. It also improves balance and coordination. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun.

look come summer! aerobics or dance class. Aerobics is an excellent workout that also enhances energy. But if the “E” word scares you, opt for a dance class instead. There are lots of styles to choose from: jazz, modern, hip-hop, ballet, clogging, ballroom, salsa, contra, square dancing, and more.

new hairstyle, color, or highlights is also a great way to lift your spirits. form a weekly or monthly card-play-

friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family to join you in a regular evening of bridge, euchre, poker, or rummy. Ask everyone to bring a snack to share, and take turns with other players hosting the event. ing group. Ask

attend a sporting event. Get tickets to a football, hockey, or basketball go to the theater or a dance perforgame. If watching team sports isn›t mance. Look for performances at your thing, you might enjoy a boxing your nearby big city performing arts or martial arts match or ice skating theaters as well as small venues competition. found in many communities. Comattend a film festival. These are often munity colleges and universities also held during the winter months at try a new sport. Get your game on often have performances open to the independent theaters, museums and with a wide variety of indoor sports. public. on college campuses. If the festival Raquetball, martial arts, tennis, rock has multiple films you›d like to check climbing, swimming, volleyball, have a weekend away. Are you feeling out, it likely offers discounted passes ice hockey, boxing, bowling, and cooped up? Take a long weekend to see multiple or unlimited movies basketball are but a few. Check with away someplace warm, or even just during the event. your local YMCA, recreation centers, a lively city nearby. Look up attracor community parks and recreation tions and entertainment before you join a gym. Get your cardio workout offerings. go to make the most of your weekon treadmills, stationary bicycles, end stint. stair climbers, arc trainers, indoor treat yourself to the spa. Revitalize rowers, and elliptical trainers. Then by scheduling a day at the spa, or go to a concert. Check out large venhit the weight machines every other give yourself a home spa treatment. ues near you. But don›t forget about day to tone and strengthen your Bask in luxury with a facial, manismaller community venues that muscles. Just think how great you’ll cure, pedicure, and hair treatment. A often bring in national and interna-

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you like to read, many libraries offer cozy reading nooks. So it’s an excellent way to get out of the house for a while and still relax. Add to that, libraries offer so much more than books. They house extensive collections of magazines, DVDs, video games, and music CDs as well. visit the library. If

do a jigsaw puzzle. This is the perfect indoor activity for relaxing while exercising your brain. Before you begin, cut a piece of wood or cardboard a little larger than the dimensions of the puzzle. That way, if it takes a while to complete, you can store it out of your way. volunteer for a local charity. Choose your favorite charity and volunteer your time and service. Whether you want to help the elderly, poor, sick, homeless, kids, pets, or the environment, there›s something out there for everyone. Just choose something meaningful to you.

your living room, bedroom, or office a fresh look by rearranging for a cozier feel or for a better view of daylight to help brighten your environment. rearrange your furniture. Give

a bright, cheery paint color to brighten a room. Do you need more energy? Try red on a single wall. Orange increases happiness and social behavior. Yellow is also a good choice because it helps you think better while reducing depression. A word of caution, though. Each of these intense colors can cause irritability if overdone. So paint only a single wall if you’re using a dark shade. If the color is very muted, you might be able to use the color on more than one wall in a room. paint a wall. Choose

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BUILDING A BETTER SNOWMAN?

Here's How to Get it Right By Ken Sturtz

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uilding the perfect snowman starts with having the correct snow. All snow is not created equal and what kind of snow you want depends on the activity, says Jim Steenburgh, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and an expert on snow. Skiers, for example, typically prefer drier snow with a lower density and water content. When building a snowman, drier powdery snow tends not to stick together well. When it’s especially cold there’s less moisture in the snow, so that’s something to avoid. Instead you want a wet snow that has a bit of liquid water in it so it bonds together and packs well. “The best storms for snowmen are storms that are at or maybe just above freezing,” Steenburgh says. Once you know you’ve got good above Aiden and Brandy Toen were one of snow to work with, pick a flat spot the winners of a citywide snowman-building to build on so your snowman doesn’t contest last year in Oswego. roll away during construction. It’s also a good idea to pick a shady spot left Jim Steenburgh, professor of atmospheric so your snowman can have a long sciences at the University of Utah and an life. expert on snow. “The best storms for snowmen When you start rolling the snow, are storms that are at or maybe just above shoot for a ratio of 3-2-1. If the head freezing,” he says. is 1 foot, then the middle should be 20

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2 feet and the base 3 feet. That gives the snowman the right look and prevents it from toppling over. It also helps to pack snow around the base so nothing shifts. Just as important as the right snow and the proper technique is creativity. Rather than going with the standard snowman, consider something unique. That strategy worked for Lisa Fontana’s stepchildren, Aiden and Brandy Toen. They were one of the winners of a citywide snowman-building contest last year in Oswego. The snow was fluffy, not the kind of good packing snow you ideally want, Fontana says. But the kids brainstormed ideas until they landed on a clever one: create a group of snowmen musicians. Fontana says both children are in the band at school and she and her husband play instruments. Once they built a group of standard snowmen and added the arms and faces, the kids gathered up several music stands and instruments. Two snowmen got trumpets, one a set of bells and another a set of bongos. When they finished they added a sign: Lake Effect Snow Band.

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Curling is an Olympic sport and curling clubs and facilities dot the state. The Utica Curling Club represents the largest dedicated curling facility in the Eastern U.S. The facility boasts six sheets of curling ice and operates from October through March.

Curling, Anyone?

Competitive curlers also wear shoes with different soles that permit them to glide or grip on the ice. A bonspiel clear the projected path of the rock is a curling tournament, usually held toward the house; however, they over a weekend. may not hit the rock. Once the rock Participants of varying ages and stops, the other team casts a rock. They can try to reach the house and abilities can participate in curling. The weight of curling rocks varies bump their opponents’ rocks out of By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant from 38 to 44 lbs. the center of the house, which is Curling is an Olympic sport and called the “button.” That is the highcurling clubs and facilities dot the est point scoring area. The concenstate. The Utica Curling Club (www. he modern winter game tric circles around the button score uticacurlingclub.org) represents the of curling is based on lower points for curling teams. largest dedicated curling facility in a 16th century Scottish Keeping your team’s rocks in the Eastern U.S. The facility boasts game. Though ancient in its origin, the button and nudging the oppocurling has been gaining a follow- nents’ rocks out of it is where curling six sheets of curling ice. The club ing among current cold weather becomes strategic—and competitive. operates from October through March with fall league play from enthusiasts who want something a Curlers who throw too hard may bit different to do outside. Melding overshoot the button. But those who October through December and winter leagues starting in January and bits of shuffleboard, bowling and do not throw hard enough will not concluding in March. even the childhood game of mardislodge their opponents’ rocks—or bles, curling requires little equipmay not even reach the house at all. ment and it takes mere minutes to Each team throws eight rocks, meanlearn the basic rules. ing that each player throws two per SELECT NEW YORK CURLING CLUBS Two teams of four players each match. Eight to 10 matches comprise compete in turns on a 150-foot sheet a game. Besides the Utica Curling Club (uticacurlingclub. of ice. They must propel their polCurling facilities may be indoors org), here are other places to go curling: ished “stones” or “rocks” toward the or outdoors. For those trying it out, • Albany Curling Club: albanycurlingclub.com goal (called a “house”). The house is curling rocks could include fro• Finger Lakes Curling Club: fingerlakescurling.org a circular marking under the surface zen jugs of water, thrown with the • Lake Placid Curling Club: lpcurling.org of the ice that looks like an archery handle on top. Household brooms • Rochester Curling Club: rochestercurling.org target. The rocks resemble flattened can serve as sweepers’ brooms on • Schenectady Curling Club: kettlebells and are made of granite. a frozen driveway. People in comschenectadycurlingclub.us As a rock glides along the petitive play use professional grade Also check the national organization for competisurface, teammates use brooms to equipment meant for the sport. tive curling, www.usacurling.org

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5 Winter Olympic Sports YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT FAMILIAR WITH The Beijing Games will take place in February; here are some competitions you're likely to see there. by ken sturtz ost people are familiar with the more popular winter sports, such as figure skating, skiing and ice hockey. Some sports, however, just aren’t as well-known, especially in the U.S. Here are five to keep an eye out for during the Beijing Games, which run from Feb. 4-20.

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ross-country skiing and rifle shooting are combined for this sport, which has its origins in the snowy forests of Scandinavia, where hunters often traveled on skis. It morphed from necessity to competition in the 18th century when Norwegian skiing regiments organized military skiing contests. Although it was introduced at the 1960 Winter Olympics in California, a version of the sport was featured beginning in the 1920s. Athletes ski a trail and stop periodically for rounds of shooting. Depending on the event, missed shots add more time or distance to the athlete’s score. Germany and Norway have dominated biathlon since its introduction.

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lthough less popular than figure and speed skating, short track is action-packed. The track is shorter (111 meters versus 400 for speed skating) and the athletes race against one another instead of a clock. It can appear chaotic with skaters jostling for position and occasionally wiping out on the tight turns. South Korea is a perennial favorite in the sport, but it originated in North America. Skaters competed in speed skating events with mass starts on oval tracks, but due to the lack of 400-meter tracks, many practiced on ice rinks instead. The smaller track changed the dynamics of the sport, which grew in popularity, but was only added to the Olympics in 1992. This year a new event is being added: mixed relay.

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ne of the most unusual sports featured in the Olympics, curling involves teams using brooms and special shoes to slide granite stones across the ice toward a target. Curling traces its origins to 16th cen-


tury Scotland when it was played on frozen ponds and lochs. The 20th century saw the sport move indoors along with the standardization of the stone. Men’s curling was included in the first Winter Olympics in 1924, but then dropped. Beginning in 1932 curling became a demonstration sport. It rejoined the Olympics in 1998. Canada has had the most success.

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link and you might miss them. Athletes zip head-first on a sledge down an icy mile-long track at speeds of more than 80mph. With just two events — men’s singles and women’s singles — only six medals are awarded. Athletes make four runs over two days. The times are added together and the person with the fastest total time wins. Skeleton was present at the Winter Olympics in 1928 and again in 1948, but it fell into obscurity while luge and bobsleigh grew in popularity. It was reintroduced in 2002 at Salt Lake City. Great Britain and the U.S. are favorites.

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EXTRAVAGANT ROMANTIC WINTER GETAWAYS Hint: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! by deborah jeanne sergeant

Geneva on the Lake, depicted in wintertime 2019. Choose between a suite or a studio and enjoy a view of Seneca Lake at this Italian Renaissance winter getaway.

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hether to celebrate Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or your shared love, a romantic winter getaway to any of these lodgings will create sparks.

MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

Built in the style of a Victorian castle, Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz includes wood-burning fireplaces and a spa and wellness center. Conde Nast Traveler rated Mohonk America’s No. 1 Resort Spa. It is the perfect place to unwind together. mohonk.com

THE ROXBURY Fun-loving couples should not miss The Roxbury in Roxbury. It is actually two lodgings (the Stratton or the Roxbury Motel) that steep guests in quirky and whimsical themes of 1960s and '70s culture, among many other styles. Guests can also enjoy the 50-foot waterfall on the property and since it is in the Catskills, skiing 26

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and snowboarding opportunities are not far. heroxburyexperience.com

GENEVA ON THE LAKE The historic grounds of Geneva on the Lake offer a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. The circa 1910 Nester Estate’s style was inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture and offers views of Seneca Lake. Choose from a suite or studio, appointed with handcrafted Stickley furniture, kitchen, wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and cathedral ceilings. Townhouses are also available. Guests enjoy on-site spa services and dining. genevaonthelake.com

THE DUTCHESS INN AND SPA The Dutchess Inn and Spa in Dutchess County offers elegant, tranquil accommodations without going headlong into the overly sweet, flowery décor that so often typifies romantic lodgings. During your stay, visit a few nearby attractions such as the Hudson Beach Glass gallery; The Dia, a contemporary art museum; Brotherhood Winery; Hudson Valley Brewery; Denning’s Point Distillery; and Beacon Tintype, to have an heirloom portrait taken with the love of your life. thedutchessinn.com

THE INN AT LAKE JOSEPH The Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh offers only 17 rooms, plus a few guest cottages to lend the intimate feel and quiet pace of a B&B but with the amenities of much larger lodgings. The suites include whirlpool, fireplaces and in-room couple’s massage—perfect for sharing quiet moments. lakejoseph.com

LAKE PLACID LODGE Cozy cabins beckon from Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid for a getaway in New York’s premier winter playground. The lodge offers feel of a rustic winter camp without sacrificing one bit of luxury and decadence: featherbeds, stone fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and refreshing mountain views. Travel + Leisure ranked it one of the world’s best. lakeplacidlodge.com

THE INN AT COOPERSTOWN With its diminutive size, The Inn at Cooperstown in Cooperstown puts the “inn” in “intimate.” Though it has only 18 guest rooms, the structure was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh who also designed as New York City’s Plaza Hotel and boasts historic Second Empire architecture. Enjoy walking hand in hand to the nearby main street dotted with small shops and family-owned restaurants or take a trolley ride to the Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, or Brewery Ommegang.

Trip Advisor named The Inn as a winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 12 consecutive years. innatcooperstown.com

CHALET WHITEFACE Just the word “chalet” sounds cozy and romantic and Chalet Whiteface lives up to that connotation. With just 10 guest rooms, your stay will be quiet. The chalet is close to numerous mountain attractions, like Whiteface Mountain Olympic Ski Hill, High Falls Gorge, Lake Placid and Ausable Chasm: perfect for couples who enjoy adventures together. But staying cozy to enjoy the view and food from Rudy’s Scar Bar + Grille is also nice. The eatery is a spinoff of Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In in Oswego. rudyschaletwhiteface.com

BELHURST Who wouldn’t swoon at spending a romantic getaway in an 1880s stone castle? In addition to the castle, Belhurst in Geneva offers the Vinifera Inn and White Springs Manor, plus two restaurants, a spa and a winery, hard cidery and craft brewery. Guestrooms boast four-poster beds, stained-glass windows and marble hearth fireplaces. Perched on Seneca Lake, Belhurst offers romantic vistas and is close to downtown. Enjoy an evening out at the Smith Center for the Arts for a live show and explore Geneva’s unique shops and restaurants. belhurst.com

10 FITCH ROMANIC INN As a couple’s only accommodation with only three rooms, 10 Fitch Romantic Inn in Auburn promotes a quiet, sensual experience for couples. Guests can enjoy in-room Swedish massage, soak in the clawfoot tub or whirlpool, share a European rain shower, get cozy by the fireplace and drift off to sleep in a canopied, four-poster bed. Breakfast is delivered right to the suite—perfect for sleeping late. Appointed with antiques and pieces from the nearby MacKenzie-Childs studio, 10 Fitch represents a getaway couples will never forget. Auburn is also home to Willard Memorial Chapel of Tiffany design; the historic William H. Seward House, home of a former governor of New York; and the Harriet Tubman Home. 10fitch.com

MIRBEAU INN AND SPA Escape to a French chateau-style lodging at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles. Curl up together by the fireplace, soak in the tub and enjoy couple’s spa services, all available in the resort Condé Nast Traveler rated as one of the nation’s top 20 small resorts. The nearby village of Skaneateles offers some of the area’s best “shop local” experiences with unique shops and restaurants. skaneateles.mirbeau.com 2021 / 2022 | Explore Winter in Upstate New York

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BIKING IN WINTER: Fat Bikes, Ice Bikes By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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inter is no reason to stop biking. With the right clothing, equipment and accessories, you can pedal until spring. Jeff Murray, mechanic at Murdoch’s Bikes in Oswego, said that studded tires can help you keep biking. “Regular tires won’t perform like ones with studs, just like a car,” he said. “But a fat bike is your best bet.” The wider tires contain more studs and offer more contact with the ground. That means greater stability. He advises checking out the products sold by 45NRTH (https://45nrth.com) for wider, studded tires and spike kits. Very experienced riders may do fine on regular tires. “It is based on skill,” Murray said. “I ride year-round and don’t even go out in the snow with studs.” He encourages winter bicyclists to affix

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lights to their bikes because of the season’s shorter days. Even if only trail riding, lights can help other cyclists see you better. Ice bikes offer another option for recreational winter bike riding. Lisa Florczak of Buffalo initially invented and developed the bikes to help people have something else to do at The Ice at Canalside in Buffalo. She and her husband, Peter, operate Water Bikes of Buffalo (www.waterbikesofbuffalo.com/ice-bikes). “In the spring of 2014, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation asked all the vendors for ideas of things to do on the ice because they were opening a canal side ice rink,” Florczak said. “I wondered why you couldn’t ride a bike on ice.” She worked with Charlie Roberts, a metal fabricator and owner of CJR Machine in Alden, to design and fabricate what became the Ice Bike, which Florczak patented. When the rink opened in 2014, Florczak unveiled the 18 bikes Roberts made for rental at the rink.


Renters pay $12 per 30 minutes and share the ice with skaters. “Pretty much, they were a sensation from day one,” she said. “They’re perennial down there.” She has also sold about 70 Ice Bikes, mostly in the US and Canada, for recreational use only. An Ice Bike costs $2,100. The Ice Bikes are based off a coaster bike that has no hand brakes or gears. The back tire is studded, and the front tire is replaced by a blade to complement the blades on the front of the frame. Most of the bikes Florczak sold have gone to municipalities who operate a rental business at an ice rink. She views them as fun for anyone but also a way to get on the ice for people who do not know how to skate, lack the ability to skate or who must avoid falling for health reasons. “There’s no learning curve,” Florczak said. “If you can pedal and steer, you can ride it. It’s been a great addition for people with some physical limitations.” The bikes are made for children 10 and older. Florczak has not designed smaller-sized bikes for young children as she wants to limit the risk of collisions with skaters. She acknowledged that the ice bike concept is nothing new; however, her design was meant for recreation only and not for transportation like fat bikes. In addition to the Buffalo location, Ice Bikes are available for rent at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester (www.cityofrochester.gov/article. aspx?id=8589935137) for $10 for 45 minutes.

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Tug Hill Challenge sled dog race at Winona State Forest in northern Oswego County in 2018. The event was organized by the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club. It is set to return in 2022, Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. For more information, visit pasleddogclub.com. The Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club was founded in 1971 with the express purpose "to conduct sled dog races, and to promote the safe and humane racing, driving and training of sled dogs." Photo by Brad Smith. Courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Office.

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Upstate Winter Guide

Events Calendar 2021-2022 As with last year’s Winter Guide Events Calendar, events listed are subject to change because of COVID-19. For most events, anticipate buying tickets online, limited ticket sales to reduce crowds, wearing a mask and social distancing while attending and, for some, providing proof of vaccination. Contact the management of each venue before making plans. Stay up-to-date on events through their websites and social media pages.

section arches, Fairytale Magic Grand Finale and animated scenes. Drive through only. Driver must be masked when the window is down and when interacting with the ticket booth staff. Tune to radio station Sunny 102.1 FM for dedicated Lights on the Lake holiday music. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.showclix.com/ event/lightsonthelake. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $6 per car Mondays & Tuesdays; $10 per car Wednesdays & Thursdays; $20 per car, Fridays through Sundays. Show runs through January 14. $24 per minibus and $75 per motorcoach by capacity, regardless of the number of passengers. Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive. www.lightsonthelake. com. 315-471-9597. carrie@galaxyeventscompany.com.

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Albany. 25th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. This year’s drive-through show features more than 125 displays and scenes planned by Albany Police Athletic League. All proceeds benefit the youth programming of Albany PAL. Visit the website for special nights. Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays 5:30 to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Show runs until Jan. 2. $25 per car; $30 for 10 to18 passenger vehicle; $50 for vehicles containing 19 to 28 passengers, $100 for school buses and $125 for commercial coaches. Washington Park. http://albanycapitalholidaylights.com. 518-435-0392. New York City. Radio City Christmas SpecAuburn. Festival of Trees. More than 100 tacular: Radio City Rockettes. The classic decorated trees on display indoors. Vote for Christmas extravaganza high steps back your favorite. Free. Open during museum’s onto the stage for another year of this unoperating hours. Ward W. O’Hara Agricultur- paralleled live show. Check the website for al & Country Living Museum, 6880 East Lake tickets and showtimes all month long and Road. www.wardoharaagriculturalmuseum. Jan. 1 and 2. $97-$1,358. Radio City Music org. Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas. www. Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. Lights on the radiocity.com. 800-475-7085. Lake. Drive through a two-mile long holiday lights show featuring Land of Oz, North Pole Station, Twinkling Fantasy Forest, colorful

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and professional bakers throughout the region. Proceeds support the museum’s educational programs, exhibits, research, and collections management. Runs daily through Jan. 9 (closed 12/25/21 and 1/1/22). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31). Admission is suggested donation of $10. Erie Canal Museum, 18 Erie Blvd. East. https://eriecanalmuseum.org/gingerbread. 315-471-0593. vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org.

SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates. James P. Cullinan Rink is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink is open 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink, 32 Fort Ontario Rd. James P. Cullinan Rink, 281 West Fifth Street. 315-342-8167.

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Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Syracuse. 36th Annual Gingerbread Gal- Display and Silent Auction. Through Jan. 2, lery at the Erie Canal Museum. View more view 45 cleverly designed and decorated ginthan 30 original creations by amateur gerbread houses filling the George Eastman

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Museum. All of the gingerbread creations are available for purchase through an online silent auction. Closed on Mondays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays). Free to members; included with museum admission. $5 adults; $16 seniors 65+; $7 students with ID and youth ages 5-17. Free admission for children 4 and younger and SNAP and EBT cardholders and their families and active-duty military personnel and their families. Advance tickets required for nonmembers via www.eastman.org/tickets. George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue. www.eastman. org/sweet-creations-gingerbread-display. Syracuse. "Matilda the Musical." The Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. There’s also a gloriously vile villain, Miss Trunchbull. Check the website for times. No shows 12/25 or 12/30. Show runs through 1/2. $25 to $60. Syracuse Stage. 820 E. Genesee Street. www.syracusestage.org.

available for purchase at the Elf House and the Pavilion. On the way home, all the children will receive a gift from Santa and the railroad. This an indoor/outdoor event, so dress for the weather. No ride Dec. 3, 24, 25, 26, 31. Limited seating. Reservations encouraged. Check website for complete schedule of available rides and to purchase tickets or call to purchase. $34 ages 13-61; $32 ages 2-12, seniors 62+ and military with ID; free for children under age 2. www.aarailroad. com. 585-492-3100. arcadeandatticarr@ yahoo.com.

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Mumford. Holiday Open House and Breakfast with St. Nick. Stroll the historic village bedecked in its holiday finery amid villagers bustling with preparations and offering greetings to their neighbors and friends. Explore the historic homes warmed by fires and alive with holiday lights, candles, and traditional decorations. Experience traditional music, sample tasty treats, and see SUNDAYS, THURSDAYS, the celebrations of holidays past. Enjoy a FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS pancake breakfast with St. Nick in the muUtica. The Polar Express Train Ride. Live the seum’s holiday-decorated meeting center magic of the classic Polar Express Train Ride at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or noon each day of the story with the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. Holiday Open House. Not open Dec. 26. HolThis trip is approximately 1½ hours round- iday Open House tickets are sold separately trip. Depart from Utica’s Union Station and from Breakfast with St. Nick tickets. Open travel north. Passengers are served hot House tickets can be purchased online or chocolate and cookies while interacting with at the door. Holiday Open House: $12; $9 singing Hot Chocolate Chefs and listening to members; free for children 3 and younger. a reading of "The Polar Express", by Chris van Breakfast with St. Nick tickets must be purAllsburg. “Cocoa class” passengers receive chased in advance. $12 adults; $10 ages 12 a souvenir ceramic mug and are seated and younger; free for children 3 and younger. at a table. Upon arrival at the “North Pole” Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 (Holland Patent, NY), Santa will board the Flint Hill Road. www.gcv.org. 585-538-6822. train, spending time with each family during WEEKENDS the return trip and giving children the first present of Christmas: a silver bell, just like in Medina. Polar Express Ride. One hour train the book and movie. Children (and parents) ride to the “North Pole” to enjoy hot cocoa are encouraged to come in pajamas. Ask in and a cookie, along with music from the movadvance for groups. Those with fewer than ie, a storybook reading of "The Polar Express" 4 may share a table with other parties. Train by Chris Van Allsburg, a “magic” bell for each will run on Monday, Dec. 20. Make reserva- child and visit with Santa. Dress in your pajations to ensure a seat. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. mas. Museum admission included with train $39 to $68. Children 2 and younger free but ticket. Order in advance, since many trips sell sit in a parent’s lap. Utica Union Station, 321 out. Last run is Dec. 19. Departures at 11:20 Main Street. www.adirondackrr.com/utica/ a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., polar-express. 800-819-2291. 6 p.m. Tickets $38 to $54. Medina Railroad

neateles. skaneateles.com/visit/events-a-attractions/dickens-christmas.html. www.facebook.com/DickensChristmasSkaneateles. 315-685-0552.

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Albany. 25th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. This year’s drive-through show features more than 125 displays and scenes planned by Albany Police Athletic League. All proceeds benefit the youth programming of Albany PAL. Visit the website for special nights. Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays 5:30 to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $25 per car; $30 for 10-18 passenger vehicle; $50 for vehicles containing 19-28 passengers, $100 for school buses and $125 for commercial coaches. Washington Park. http://albanycapitalholidaylights.com. 518-435-0392.

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Alexandria Bay. 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Hosted by the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce, the event will include live music, hot cocoa and meeting Santa Claus. 6 p.m. Free. Upper James Street. www.visitalexbay.org. 315-482-9531. Rochester. "A Christmas Carol." Watch a live stage performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic tale of Christmas spirit, hope and redemption. 7 p.m. $18 to $59.25. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. www.gevatheatre.org. 585-232-4382. Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s Orange Basketball vs. Ohio State Buckeyes. 8 p.m. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Rochester. "A Christmas Carol." See Dec. 1.

Syracuse. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour. Multi-platinum Grammy winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith perform live in concert with musical selections spanning their Museum, 698 Gwinn St. www.medinarail- Christmas repertoire. 7:30 p.m. $35.50 to SUNDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS road.com/polar-express-excursions-2019. $100. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www.landmarktheatre.org. 315-475-7979. Arcade. Santa’s Wonderland Express Train 716-948-0505. infor@landmarktheatre.org. Ride. Choose from six runs daily on a heated, Skaneateles. Dickens Christmas in SkaWatertown. Christmas Parade and Tree vintage train. The round-trip train excursion neateles. An annual tradition, the celebrato Curriers Station (the halfway point), also tion runs every weekend through Dec. 23, Lighting. Check the Facebook page for addiknown as the “North Pole.” Children receive a plus Dec. 24. Charles Dickens and his cast tional details. 7 p.m. Free. Public Square. www. wish list from Santa’s elf to complete during of over 50 costumed characters, including facebook.com/events/1287980951646315. their journey. Activities at the North Pole Father Christmas, will interact with residents DEC. Auburn. First Friday. Museums, including jumping on the Lil’ Elf Sleigh, taking and visitors. Live music, unique shopping, galleries, restaurants and shops a family photo in Santa’s sleigh, mailing the activities, food, and horse and wagon rides host open houses with free live wish list, visiting the Elf House, and visiting around the village. noon to 4 p.m. (noon to Santa. Souvenirs and food concessions are 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24). Free. Downtown Ska- music, art exhibits & refreshments. Down-

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Saranac Lake. 36th Annual Sparkle Village Arts & Crafts Fair. The event represents one of the largest handmade craft shows in the North Country, and more than 1,500 people typically attend. Browse among original paintings and photographs by regional artists, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, hats, candles, wreaths, and more. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main Street. Glens Falls. Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. www.adirondack.net/holiday/annual-events/ The Glens Falls Collaborative and the City of sparkle-village. Glens Falls are the new hosts of Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. Celebrate the holiday with Syracuse. Hockey. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Santa Claus. Other attractions include live Penguins at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48music, horse and carriage rides, gift and $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at craft vendors, food and beverages and more. Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter. Glens Falls City Park, Maple Street. www. org. 315-435-8000. Geneva. Eileen Ivers: A Joyful Christmas. Grammy®-Awarded and Emmy-nominated guest soloist with over 50 symphony orchestras, Eileen Ivers pushes the boundaries of violin and fiddling with her exuberant performances. 8 p.m. $22.50/$40.50 Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street. www. thesmith.org. 315-781-5483.

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Geneva. Choir! Choir! Choir! Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in singing event in February 2011. Equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building, audience facebook.com/ADKChristkindlmarkt. Syracuse. NYS Indoor Kart Racing Champimembers receive a lyric sheet at the door, Hannibal. Deck the Halls. 30-foot tree onship. Watch 12 karts race on a 100-foot Adilman teaches the vocal arrangement, and lighting and sing-along, photos with Santa, oval with six-second laps in this AKRA/World a video is recorded. 8 p.m. $15 to $25. Smith concessions stand, and wagon ride through Karting Association-sanctioned event. 6 p.m. Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street. www. the woods with 125,000 Christmas lights. 5 to 9 p.m. $30; Free children 5 and younger. thesmith.org. 315-781-5483. p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 to $15. 341 County Rte. Center of Progress Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard. www. Glens Falls. Adirondack Christkindlmarkt. 11 36. 315-564-8070. syracuseindoor.com. 315-676-0227. syrin- a.m. to 4 p.m. See Dec. 3. Oswego. Oswego Women’s Basketball vs. door@gmail.com. Hannibal. Deck the Halls. See Dec. 3. Buffalo State. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Max Ziel Gymnasium. Mollison Street. https:// Oswego. Oswego Men’s Ice Hockey vs MorDEC. Alexandria Bay. Kris Kringle risville State College. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deboswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20524. Holiday Market. Local craft ven- orah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, Oswego. Oswego Women’s Basketball vs. dors, wine tastings, Thousand Buffalo State. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Max Islands Winery mulled spiced wine, holiday 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers. Ziel Gymnasium. Mollison Street. https:// gift baskets, and a visit with Santa. All day. com/calendar.aspx?id=20610. oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20553. Free. Thousand Islands Winery, 43298 Sea- Rochester. "A Christmas Carol." 2 p.m. and Rochester. "A Christmas Carol." 7:30 p.m. way Ave Ste 1. www.thousandislandswinery. 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 1.

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Syracuse. Christmas Craft & Holiday Market. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Dec. 10. Find decorating ideas, seasonal décor, gourmet foods, handmade decorative accents and artwork. $1 Off admission coupon available on event website. Paid admission re-admits for all three days and parking is free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7; Children free 12 and younger. Horticulture Syracuse. "Waitress." See Dec. 7. Waterloo. "Merry Christmas Darling: Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 Carpenters’ Christmas." Starring Michelle State Fair Boulevard. www.CountryFolkArt. Berting Brett. The Carpenters sold over com Facebook.com/countryfolkart. 248-634a hundred million records in just over a 4151. shows@countryfolkart.com. decade and still hold the record for the Syracuse. Waitress. See Dec. 7. most consecutive top-ten singles. 21+ only Waterloo. Terry Fator. Ventriloquist and imadmitted. $15 to $45. 8 p.m. del Lago Resort pressionist who won "America’s Got Talent," & Casino, 1133 State Route 414. www.dellag- Fator has performed at The Mirage Hotel & oresort.com. 315-946-1777. Casino for 11 years and received numerous

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Seneca Falls. 75th Anniversary Celebration of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Celebrate the “real Bedford Falls” as Seneca Falls is touted as the inspiration for the setting of Frank DiCapra’s 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart. The event includes celebrity meet-andgreet opportunities with film cast members and other special guests, including Karolyn Grimes (“Zuzu Bailey”), Carol Coombs (“Janie Bailey”), Jimmy Hawkins (“Tommy Bailey”), Jeanine Roose (“Young Violet Bick”), Michael Chapin (“Young George’s Friend”) and Donald and Ronald Collins (“Little Pete Bailey”); screening of the film introduced by Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins; 5K run and more. Many events are free. Visit the event’s websites, https://itsawonderfulrun5k.com to register for the Virtual Run and www.wonderfullifemuseum.com, www. wonderfullifemuseum.com/2021-festival and https://therealbedfordfalls.com, for a list of presentations and events.

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THE BEST OF WINTER IN CENTRAL NEW YORK Inlet. 32nd Great American Shootout. Snowmobile races, shop-modified runs, major snowmobile manufacturer displays, food and beverage vendors and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 spectators and trail riders. The Ole Barn Restaurant, 74 Limekiln Lake Rd. https://theolebarninletny.com. http://www. newyorkshootout.com. 315-357-4000. Rochester. "A Christmas Carol." 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 1. Rochester. ROC Holiday Village Winter Festival. See Dec. 3. Sackets Harbor. Whoville in the Harbor. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade, tree lighting, character cutouts, photo opportunities, horse and wagon rides, activities in the stores, themed treats and “Whoo” foods, meet the Whoos on the streets and mail letters to Santa in a special North Pole mailbox. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/whoovilleintheharborny. www.whoovilleintheharbor.com. Old Forge. 45th Annual Snodeo. See Dec. 10. Seneca Falls. 75th Anniversary Celebration of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” See Dec. 8.

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Rochester. Sweet Creations Gingerbread Display and Silent Auction. View 45 cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread houses filling the George Eastman Museum. All of the gingerbread creations are available in an online silent auction. Closed on Mondays. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays). Free to members; included with museum admission. $5 adults; $16 seniors 65+; $7 JAN. Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. students with ID and youth ages 5 to 17; free Drive through a two-mile long children 4 and younger and SNAP and EBT holiday lights show featuring cardholders and their families and active-duLand of Oz, North Pole Station, Twinkling ty military personnel and their families. AdFantasy Forest, colorful section arches, Fairyvance tickets required for nonmembers via tale Magic Grand Finale and animated www.eastman.org/tickets. George Eastman scenes. Drive through only. Driver must be Museum, 900 East Avenue. www.eastman. masked when the window is down and when org/sweet-creations-gingerbread-display. interacting with the ticket booth staff. Tune into radios state Sunny 102.1 FM for dedi- Syracuse. Disney on Ice: Mickey and Friends. cated Lights on the Lake holiday music. 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. See Dec. 30.

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Syracuse. 36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. View more than 30 original creations by amateur and professional bakers throughout the region. Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs, exhibits, research, and collections management. Runs daily through Jan. 9 (closed 12/25/21 and 1/1/22). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31). Admission is suggested donation of $10. Erie Canal Museum, 18 Erie Blvd. East. https://eriecanalmuseum.org/gingerbread. 315-471-0593. vicki@ eriecanalmuseum.org.

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Auburn. First Friday. Museums, galleries, restaurants and shops host open houses with free live music, art exhibits & refreshments. Downtown venues include Octane Social House, Seward House Museum, Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Underground Bottle Shop and more. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Genesee Street. http://www.auburndowntown.org/events. 315-252-7874.

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Liverpool. Lights on the Lake. See Jan. 1. Syracuse. 36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See Jan. 2.

Syracuse. Hockey. Rochester Americans at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48 to $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

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Syracuse. 36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. See Jan. 2. Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s Orange Basketball vs. Duke. 2 p.m. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www. cuse.com.

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Oswego. Oswego Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Plattsburgh. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Deborah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20500. Oswego. Oswego Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Buffalo State. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deborah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20616.

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Syracuse. Jeff Dunham: Seriously!? Record-breaking, global comedy ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his cast of characters to Syracuse: Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut, plus his new puppet URL. 7 p.m. $101 to $219. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

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Oswego. Oswego Women’s Ice Hockey vs. SUNY Cortland. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Deborah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers.com/ calendar.aspx?id=20501.

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Syracuse. Hockey. Utica Comets at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48 to $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000. Syracuse. Syracuse Men’s Orange Basketball vs. Florida State. TBA. $10 to $63. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www. cuse.com. Syracuse. Music of Paul McCartney: A Symphonic Tribute by Tony Kishman. The event will benefit The Project Fibonacci Foundation. 8 p.m. $111 to $174. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

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Syracuse. Hockey. Belleville Senators at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48 to $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-

Syracuse. Symphoria Pops: Home for the Holidays. Enjoy a live performance of seasonal music. 7:30 p.m. $24 to $94. Crouse Hinds Theater at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.

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Oswego. Oswego Women’s Basketball vs SUNY Geneseo. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Max Ziel Gymnasium, Mollison Street. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20562. Syracuse. Symphoria Pops: Home for the Holidays. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 17. Syracuse. Syracuse Men’s Orange Basketball vs. Clemson University Tigers. 9 p.m. $10 to $63. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Syracuse. "Yoga Play." See A CEO in a corporate identity crisis seeks a reclusive yogi to restore her company’s authenticity but encounters unexpected and humorous outcomes. "Yoga Play" is a 90-minute new comedy by Dipika Guha. Check the website for times. $20 to $55. Syracuse Stage. 820 E. Genesee Street. www.syracusestage.org.

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Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s Orange Basketball vs. Georgia Tech. 8 p.m. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Oswego. Oswego Men’s Ice Hockey vs. SUNY Potsdam. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deborah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers.com/ calendar.aspx?id=20617.

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Syracuse. Hockey. Utica Comets at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48 to $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. 315-435-8000. Syracuse. "The Eve of Divas: A Musical Extravaganza." Celebrate local female talent in an event written and hosted by Linda Lowen. The Diva experience includes a cocktail hour, caroling, a threecourse meal and live performances. The event stars Rachel Mulcahy, Smantha Rey, Babs Rubenstein, Cathy Butler, Kathleen Hall, Bianca Hallett, Carleena Manzi, Katie McCombs, Jesse Pardee, Lauren Sageer and Natashia White with guest appearances by Moe Harrington, Kathy Egloff, Leila Quinn, Amanda Vogue, and Madison M. DeVine. 6:30 dinner; 7:30 cocktails; 8:30 show. $75 dinner and show; $35 show only. The Grand Ballroom at Drumlins, 800 Nottingham Road. wwwthanasistheatre.com. Syracuse. "Yoga Play." See Jan. 19.

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Mannsville. 2022 Winona Forest Try-It Classical and Skate Ski Races. Participate or watch a variety of ski races. Registration can be completed online. through the link at. Classical Race 9. a.m. (rolling start); Freestyle/Skate Race12 p.m. (rolling start); day of race bib pick-up 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. $30. CCC Camp, County Road 90. www.winonaforest.com. www.skireg. com/winonaforesttryit.

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Oswego. Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Plattsburgh. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Deborah F. Stanley Arena & Convocation Center, 7060 NY Route 104. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar.aspx?id=20618. Syracuse. "The Eve of Divas: A Musical Extravaganza." See Dec. 21. Syracuse. Trevor Noah. The host of Comedy Central’s satirical news program “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, and political commentator. 7:30 p.m. $94 to $1,064. Upstate Medical University Arena at Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www. oncenter.org. 315-435-8000.


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Mannsville. The Stone Wall Snowshoe Race and Winona Forest Snowshoe Marathon. One of the biggest snowshoe events in the nation, the 10,000 acres of Winona Forest is the perfect venue for this Tug Hill event. Try one of five different snowshoeing courses. Loaner snowshoes available. The Stone Wall features a variety of trail types, from a groomed, packed trail, to single track, hills both steep and gentle. Select from a 5k to a 10k. Registration will be capped at 50 participants for each distance. Bib and beanie pick up will be outdoors. Please stay in your car until just before the race begins. All participants will be required to wear face masks at the start area, and into the racecourse until six feet of participant distancing can be maintained. No post-race activities. Register online; no registration available on-site the day of the event. 5K 9:30 a.m.; 10K 10:30 a.m. $30. CCC Camp, County Route 90. www.winonaforest.com.

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Skaneateles. Winterfest in Skaneateles. Fire Ice Tower, Taste of Skaneateles, Polar Bear Plunge, scavenger hunt, ice sculptures, ice sculpture demo and more. Organized by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club. Check the SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, website and Facebook page for a schedule FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS and further details. Fee for some events. https://skaneateles-sunrise-rotary-club. Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own square.site. 315-685-9511. skates. James P. Cullinan Rink is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Syracuse. Yoga Play. See Jan. 19. Tuesdays; 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Anthony J. JAN. Oswego. Oswego Men’s BasketCrisafulli Rink is open 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ball vs. New Paltz. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink, 32 Max Ziel Gymnasium, Mollison Fort Ontario Rd. James P. Cullinan Rink, 281 Street. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar. West Fifth Street. 315-342-8167. aspx?id=20566.

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Auburn. First Friday. Museums, Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s galleries, restaurants and shops Pulaski. Salmon River Winterfest. Snow Orange Basketball vs. Pittsburgh. Time TBA. host open houses with free live sculptures, music, food challenges and more. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, music, art exhibits & refreshments. DownFree. www.facebook.com/OswegoCounty- 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. town venues include Octane Social House, wintercarnival. Syracuse. Yoga Play. See Jan. 19. Seward House Museum, Shepherd’s Brewing

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Syracuse. Syracuse Men’s Orange Basketball vs. Louisville Cardinals. 2 p.m. $10 to $63. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com. Syracuse. "Yoga Play." See Feb. 1. Waterloo. Andy Grammer: The Art of Joy Tour. Multiplatinum performer Andy Grammer presents pop music live. 21+ only admitted. $20 to $199. 8 p.m. del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 State Route 414. www.dellagoresort.com. 315-946-1777.

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Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s Orange Basketball vs. Louisville Cardinals. 12 p.m. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

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Auburn. Gaelic Storm. The seven-time #1 Billboard World Music Chart-topping band. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm releases Matching Sweaters, a new album mixing traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $36. Auburn Public Theater, Main Stage. 8 Exchange Street. https://auburnpublictheater.org/ events. 315-253-6669. paula@auburnpublictheater.org.

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Fulton. The Great Eastern Whiteout: Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show/Swap-Meet & Vintage Trail Ride. Vendors available indoors. 8 a.m. Fulton War Memorial, 609 W Broadway. 315-592-4892 or 315-652-9603. Jlatino@twcny.rr.com or snomoman@aol.com.

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Clayton. Alan Doyle. Folk rock/ pop artist Alan Doyle performs live. Contact the box office for tickets. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $40. Clayton Opera House, 403 Riverside Drive. www.tickets. claytonoperahouse.com/AlanDoyle2022. 315-686-2200. director@claytonoperahouse. com.

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Syracuse. Blue Man Group. More than 35 million people around the world have experienced Blue Man Group’s signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy. The group features pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments and moments of surprise audience interaction. This performance was rescheduled. Any tickets for the original performance date will be valid for the corresponding rescheduled dates without reprinting tickets. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $65. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www. landmarktheatre.org. 315-475-7979. infor@ landmarktheatre.org.

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Syracuse. Somewhere Over the Border. Inspired by the real-life journey of the author’s mother (Reina Quijada) from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. Syracuse Stage. Check website for times. $20 to $55. 820 E. Genesee Street. www.syracusestage.org.

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FEB. Syracuse. Alton Brown. Live apOswego. Oswego Men’s BasketFEB. pearance by television personalAuburn. Cayuga Lake Rabbit & ball vs. Fredonia. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ity, author and creator and host Cavy Show. Check website for Max Ziel Gymnasium. Mollison information as it becomes availStreet. https://oswegolakers.com/calendar. of Food Network’s Good Eats. (Rescheduled from 10/20/21.) 7:30 p.m. $142. Mulroy able. Finger Lakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. www. aspx?id=20572. Civic Center, Crouse Hinds Theatre at On- fingerlakesmall.com. 315-255-1188. marketOswego. Oswego Women’s Basketball vs. center, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. ing@fingerlakesmall.com. Fredonia. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Max Ziel Gymna315-435-8000. FEB.

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Syracuse. Somewhere Over the Border. See Feb. 23. Syracuse. Syracuse Women’s Orange Basketball vs. Boston College Eagles. 12 p.m. $10 to $20. The Dome at Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave. www.cuse.com.

MARCH SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS Oswego. Public Ice Skating. Bring your own skates. James P. Cullinan Rink is open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink is open 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink, 32 Fort Ontario Rd. James P. Cullinan Rink, 281 West Fifth Street. 315-342-8167.

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Syracuse. "Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester." Hasan Minhaj created and hosted the weekly comedy show on Netflix, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. This event will be a phone-free experience. Use of phones, smart watches and accessories, will not be permitted in the performance space. 7:30 p.m. $55 to $85. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www.landmarktheatre.org. 315-475-7979. infor@ landmarktheatre.org.

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Syracuse. "Somewhere Over the Border." Inspired by the real-life journey of the author’s mother (Reina Quijada) from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. Syracuse Stage. Check website for times. $20 to $55. 820 E. Genesee Street. www.syracusestage.org.

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Syracuse. Somewhere Over the Border. See Mar. 2. Verona. Beth Hart: The Thankful Tour. 8 p.m. $29 to $89. The Showroom, Turning Stone Event Center, 5218 Patrick Rd. www. turningstone.com. 877-833-7469.

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Mannsville. Festival of Flakes Weekend. See March 5. IditaFAT has evolved into one of the Northeast’s premier fat bike races. SnoFatShu snowshoe/fat bike duathlon on Sunday. IditaFAT begins at 8 a.m. CCC Camp, County Road 90. www.winonaforest.com.

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Syracuse. Joe Bonamassa. Two time-Grammy nominee, 24x Billboard chart-topper, Joe Bonamassa performs live in concert. A virtuoso on guitar, the blues/rock star was cited by Guitar World Magazine as “the world’s biggest blues guitarist.” 8 p.m. $69 to $199. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www.landmarktheatre.org. 315-475-7979. infor@landmarktheatre.org. Syracuse. Somewhere Over the Border. See Mar. 2.

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a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. 7:30 p.m. Admission TBA. ASL interpretation available for 3/17 performance. Landmark Syracuse. Greater Syracuse Antiques Expo. Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www.landmarktheExplore for unique finds among 150 exhibi- atre.org. 315-475-7979. infor@landmarkthetors’ antiques, collectibles and vintage items. atre.org. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8; Free children 16 and younger. Horticulture Building, New York MAR. Syracuse. "Hamilton." See March State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Boulevard. 15. www.allmanpromotions.com/salt-citySyracuse. Hockey. Hartford antiques-shows. 315-686-5789. allman@ Wolf Pack at Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. $48 gisco.net. to $89. Upstate Medical University Arena at Syracuse. Somewhere Over the Border. Oncenter, 800 S. State St. www.oncenter.org. See Mar. 2. 315-435-8000.

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educational exhibits, witness tapping and boiling demonstrations, shop and sample maple wares. Most farm stores include items such as maple candy, cream, cotton candy, popcorn, and syrup in a variety of functional and decorative containers. Some include other local products for sale. Some farms provide pancake breakfasts. Wear appropriate clothing, outerwear and footwear for visiting a farm. Call participating farms listed on the New York Maple Producers website before visiting to ensure COVID-19 guidelines, times, dates, and acceptance of cash or credit card. mapleweekend.nysmaple. com.

Syracuse. "Hamilton." See March 15.

Syracuse. "Hamilton." See March 15.

Syracuse. Movies and the Masters. Violinist Lisa Dondlinger joins Symphoria for a unique fusion of classical and movie.7:30 p.m. $43 to $90. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, Oncenter, 421 Montgomery St. www.oncenter. org. 315-435-8000.

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hat is winter like in the Finger Lakes? In a word: Peaceful. Winter in the Finger Lakes means snow-covered, desolate landscapes, quieter-than-usual tasting rooms (you might have the opportunity to chat with a winery owner or winemaker) and, sometimes, off-season discounts on lodging and at restaurants. Winter in the Finger Lakes can mean skiing, snowshoeing or hiking during the day and warming up by the fire (or in a hot tub) at night. Lisa and Patrick Haber, of Syracuse, own a house on the east side of Keuka Lake and celebrate life in the Finger Lakes on an Instagram account (@flxcountry_living). In the last few years, the Habers have noticed more visitors are renting homes on the lake in during winter. So, they have company at their favorite wineries and recreation sites – but not too much of it. “The wineries are definitely less crowded in wintertime,’’ says Lisa Haber. “They’re much more laid back, not loud and crowd-

ed. You get more personal attention.’’ The Habers’ house is about six miles south of the Yates County village of Penn Yan. “It’s so serene and quiet. We hang out on the deck sometimes in winter. It’s amazing how dark the sky is and how many stars you see.’’ Places they like to visit this time of year include Grist Iron Brewing in Hector, on Seneca Lake, which has craft beers, thin-crust pizzas and a cozy fireplace, and The Salon at Forge Cellars, a comfortable lounge space to enjoy wine and casual gourmet fare. Closer to home, Lisa Haber is looking forward to visiting the new tasting room at Weiss Vineyards and old-favorite Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, both near Hammondsport. For more vigorous recreation, Haber recommends the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, a year-round, multi-use trail that runs from Penn Yan to Dresden and features a waterfall, and the Catherine Valley Trail, a year-round trail near Watkins Glen.

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WINE TRAILS The Finger Lakes region is home to more than 100 wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries clustered around three main lakes, Cayuga, Seneca and Keuka. • Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: www. cayugawinetrail.com • Seneca Lake Wine Trail: senecalakewine.com • Keuka Lake Wine Trail: www.keukawinetrail.com

BE SURE TO TRY SOME ICE WINE The cold climate of the Finger Lakes is ideal for producing ice wine, a super-sweet dessert wine made from grapes left to freeze on the vine. The grapes are left until deep in the winter and harvested by hand, so they don’t burst. Grapes commonly used for these wines include Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport (Keuka Lake) is the longest, continuous producer of ice wines in the country. “It’s liquid gold and unlike anything you might have tasted before,’’ says the Hunt Country website. Sip a small glass in front of a roaring fire.

SEASONAL NOTE Most wineries in the Finger Lakes are open year-round, but some operate with reduced hours during the winter, so do some research before you visit. Some wineries require reservations for tastings. Be sure to visit the websites of individual wineries you plan to visit. Due to the threat of COVID-19, most wineries don’t accept groups of more than four or six people.

POSSIBLE ITINERARIES • cayuga lake: The Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls is an elegant small hotel in the center of town. Walk to restaurants, bars and the Women’s Rights National Historic Park. The hotel is a couple miles from the west side of Cayuga Lake. • seneca lake: Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, Seneca Lake’s first winery, has grown to include a 30-room inn and a restaurant, Veraisons, specializing in locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine. From there, you can easily visit Watkins Glen and numerous wineries and breweries. • keuka lake: The village of Penn Yan, at the north end of the lake, has several chain hotels or motels plus charming bed and breakfast inns. Penn Yan puts you in a good position to easily visit wineries on the east and west side of the lake, with a stop in Hammondsport. 52

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BEYOND WINE: • NATIONAL WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME: The Hall, as it’s called, is the nation’s oldest nonprofit organization and museum dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women. The hall and museum are in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of women’s rights in this country. NWHF moved to the newly renovated Seneca Knitting Mill Building in 2020. Visit the website to plan your visit and purchase tickets. • SCIENCENTER, ITHACA: The Sciencenter is a hands-on museum designed to inspire excitement for science for people of all ages through interactive exhibits and engaging programs. Visitors will find exhibits on astronomy, animals, the ocean, weather, sustainability and other topics. Open year-round. Visit the website for information on exhibits and programs. • HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, ITHACA: The Johnson Museum is an art museum in a historic I.M. Pei Building on the main campus of Cornell University. Its collection includes two windows from Buffalo’s Darwin Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There are more than 35,000 other works in the permanent collection. Visit the website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions. • KITCHEN THEATRE, ITHACA: Innovative theater in an intimate space is the hallmark of Kitchen Theatre Company, founded in 1991. Visit the website for details on the 2021-2022 season. • KEUKA LAKE OUTLET TRAIL: The Outlet Trail is a multi-use “rail trail” between Penn Yan on Keuka Lake and Dresden on Seneca Lake. The seven-mile trail is built on the bed of the old Fall Brook Railroad. In winter, the trail is popular for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. A popular destination along


THINGS TO DO • WATERLOO PREMIUM OUTLETS: Get more for less at this retail destination just off the Thruway. Shop brands like Champion, Skechers, Chico’s Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Merrell and dozens of others • CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS: The CMOG bills itself as the world’s largest space dedicated to contemporary art and design in glass. The museum is open year-round and has something for all ages and interests, from exhibits to glass-making demonstrations to make-your-own glass classes. • YATES COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, PENN YAN: The YCHC is one of the oldest community museums of its kind in the state. The main building, the Oliver House Museum, is an Italianate-style house built in 1852 that features six rooms with period furnishings. Guided tours are available. Other rooms feature changing local history exhibits. • OAK HILL BULK FOODS, PENN YAN: Oak Hill is a Mennonite grocery store with a bakery and café. The café offers breakfast items, sandwiches, subs and wraps, soups and salads, coffee and more. The extensive bakery menu offers everything from cookies and cakes to pies and “fry pies,’’ a fried dessert similar to turnovers. • GLENN H. CURTISS MUSEUM, HAMMONDSPORT: This cavernous museum focuses on the life of pioneer aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss, a native of Hammondsport, with plenty of exhibits relating to local and regional history and early aviation history in the area. Great for adults and kids.

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One of the most popular ways to spend a winter day is on a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Highland Forest in Fabius.

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9, and tickets are available online only, like last year. Ticket prices are $6 Monday and Tuesday, $10 Wednesday and Thursday, $20 Friday-Sunday, per vehicle. Different fees apply to mini-buses and motorcoaches. For more information and to order tickets visit Lights on the Lake info at www.lightsonthelake.com Attendance records were also set last winter at both Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville and Highland Forest in Fabius, Kelley said. Beaver Lake offers trails for both cross-country skiers and snowshoers, and is especially popular among snowshoers, Kelley noted. There are three separate trails for


snowshoers, plus a snowshoeing clinic and weekend guided walks. Registration is required for the clinic and the walks, and can be made by calling 315-638-2519. Snowshoes are also available for rent. Cross-country skiers have seven miles of trails to enjoy at Beaver Lake, but there are no ski rentals. For those who simply want to walk through the winter wonderland there, specific trails have been set aside. With about 30 miles of trails for cross-country skiers and another 20 for snowshoers, Highland Forest is another favorite county park for the winter enthusiast. About 20 miles of the ski trails are groomed or trackset, with the remaining 10 for those who prefer to make their own trails or are more familiar with backcountry skiing. The county invites cross-country skiers and snowshoers to try the West Shore Trail, along Onondaga Lake, near the St. Joe’s Amphitheater this season. The site, which is about four miles long, offers beautiful views of the Lake and because it’s flat, an ideal location for beginners, Kelley pointed out. Parking is available at the north entrance of the trail, across from Long Branch Park or on the south end, in a designated portion of the NYS Fair Orange Lot. At Long Branch and Highland

Forest, sledding is available. Guests need to bring their own sleds. Snowboarding is not allowed. One of the most popular ways to spend a winter day is on a horsedrawn sleigh ride at Highland Forest. The rides are available on weekends from Dec. 11 to Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s $8 per person or $5 for ages 5 and younger. Reservations required, and can be made by calling 315-289-3775 or 607-3452152. Kelley also suggests a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, with its approximate 700 animals and more than 215 species. Many of the cold-weather species are quite active during the Central New York winters, like red pandas, snow leopards, Amur tigers, Amur leopards, two-humped camels, gray wolves, red wolves, North American river otters and a new arrival, a lively young Andean bear named Bjorn. The outdoor exhibits feature the Penguin Coast, home to some playful Humboldt penguins and the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve. These magnificent animals can be viewed through windows while indoors but often come out to play in the snow in winter. Included in the indoor exhibits are the Diversity of Birds aviary, a tropical rainforest exhibit with many exotic birds; the Social Animals wing, home to several species of

Among other exhibits, Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park features feature the Penguin Coast, home to some playful Humboldt penguins.

primates as well as Naga the Komodo dragon’s winter quarters; and nocturnal animals such as sloths, fennec foxes, and lesser anteaters called tamanduas. A new attraction at the zoo is the Animal Health Center, expected to be open in December. The 20,000-square foot facility will allow visitors to observe animal health care in action through viewing windows into exam, treatment, surgical and lab rooms. Zoo visitors are welcome to venture in and observe animal health care in action. The zoo will celebrate the holidays with several special events. During the zoo's Holiday Nights, families can stroll through the zoo after-hours on Fridays and Saturdays during December. It will be decorated with sparkling light displays and seasonal treats and pop-up entertainment will be offered. Tickets will be $7 for zoo members and $8 non-members in advance, $8 members and $9 non-members at the door. Info and tickets at rosamondgiffordzoo.org. On Sunday, Dec. 12, it’s Holidays with the Animals, as visitors watch the animals as they enjoy their giftwrapped holiday treats. It’s free with zoo admission; Find the schedule at rosamondgiffordzoo.org And during “Noon Year’s Eve,” families can ring in the new year in a special celebration from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. There will be entertainment, a dance party and a ball drop countdown at noon! Free with zoo admission. The zoo’s Snow Leopard Days will run during January and February, when admission is about half price to encourage winter visitation. For more information and rates, visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org/visit/planyour-visit/hours-and-admission With life being a little chaotic and uncertain during the last few months, Kelley said, “We certainly offer a place that people can come and clear their minds. It’s proven that physical activity is really good for the mind, and the body and the soul.” For more information on county parks, including rates and trail maps, visit www.onondagacountyparks. com and click on your favorite park or activity.

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ENJOYING

FROZEN WATERFALLS

Taughannock Falls, courtesy of John Kucko; Frozen Waterfall in Long Lake by Sandra Shook; Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park, courtesy of John Kucko; Salmon River Falls, courtesy of Oswego County Tourism Office. clockwise from top


‘It’s quiet, beautiful and thought-provoking to look at this grandeur,’ says local photographer. by deborah jeanne sergeant

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he majesty of a waterfall is magnified during winter, when the glint of sunlight sparkles on the frozen water. The fanciful shapes and formations of frozen waterfalls lend an air of natural art to the view. Weather permitting, you can view frozen waterfalls this winter at several spots around Upstate. “I like them in particular because they’re so unusual,” said John Francis McCarthy, owner of Finger Lakes Photography in Skaneateles. “There’s not a lot of people out in the winter. It’s quiet, beautiful and thought-provoking to look at this grandeur.” Taughannock Falls State Park (www.nysparks.com/parks/62/ details.aspx) is one of his favorites. The park boasts a 215-foot waterfall. Hike the Gorge Trail to view the falls up-close or view it from the overlook area to skip the hike. Taughannock is also a favorite of John Kucko, a nature photographer based in Penfield, near Rochester, who often shoots frozen waterfalls. He looks for them in any park where the trails are open. “Frozen waterfalls are my favorite thing to shoot,” he said. It’s an easy one-tenth of a mile walk to view Buttermilk Falls (https://mylonglake.com/what-2do/hiking/buttermilk-falls). You can see it from the top; however, the gorge trail is closed for winter. The world-renowned waterfall at Niagara Falls State Park (www. niagarafallsstatepark.com) does not completely freeze, but the large ice chunk formations at the base of the falls are dramatic. Check the website for Niagara Falls’ fireworks schedule. At 150 feet tall and 175 wide, Ithaca Falls (www.visitithaca.com/attractions/ithaca-falls-fall-creek), may be viewed from the bridge over Lake Street. Further Ithaca-area waterfalls are listed at www.visitithaca.com/ attractions/waterfalls. Although Cohoes Falls View Park (www.ci.cohoes.ny.us/314/

Overlook-Park-Falls-View-Park) is closed from November until May, the 90-foot high, 1,000-wide falls are still visible from North Mohawk Street and from the Overlook Park off School Street. Letchworth State Park (https:// parks.ny.gov/parks/79/details.aspx) has been named as USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best State Park in 2015. It is also one of McCarthy and Kucko’s favorite venues for general photography and frozen waterfall shoots. The park includes three waterfalls: the Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls. Often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” the park’s three waterfalls are fed by the Genesee River and range from 70 to 107 feet in height. Also don’t miss the park’s “ice volcano,” formed by a gravity fountain that in cold weather creates a formation reaching about five stories tall. “It’s massive; I shoot it every year for my Facebook page,” Kucko said. “The fountain, once we have good, solid stretches of cold, ices up. Last year, it began freezing towards the end of December. It thawed, and then it froze again and got up to about 30 to 40 feet.” At Chestnut Ridge Park (www3. erie.gov/parks/chestnut-ridge), look for the Eternal Flame in a grotto on the lower portion of the waterfall. Natural gas feeds this phenomenon, which produces a flame of three to nine feet. Since part of the waterfall screens the flame, the effect is breathtaking. McCarthy likes Watkins Glen State Park (https://parks.ny.gov/ parks/watkinsglen/details.aspx), which boasts 19 waterfalls dotting a two-mile trail. Though winter closes some of the trails, the South Rim and Indian trails remain open to visitors. The trails closest to the waterfalls are closed but McCarthy said they’re visible from the trails that are open. Three and a half miles from Watkins, Hector Falls (www.gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/hector.shtml)

is 165 feet tall and may be viewed from the roadside on Route 414. High Falls Gorge (https://highfallsgorge.com) provides lots of winter beauty in one 30-minute walk. The 22-acre park features formations of ice on its granite cliffs, waterfalls and nature trails. Chittenango Falls (https://parks. ny.gov/parks/130/details.aspx) offers stunning views of a 167-foot waterfall with multiple cascades from either the top or from the base. “They close the walkway down, but you can get a good view at the top,” Kucko said. A winter waterfall to not miss is Kaaterskill Falls (https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/kaaterskill-fallsii-upper-trailhead) with its 260-foot height. Park on Laurel House Road. Take the hike down the yellow trail to the viewing platform for an excellent view of the falls. To view the Salmon River Falls’ (www.dec.ny.gov/lands/63578.html) 110-foot waterfall, you can hike the 600-foot Gorge Trail to the bottom. The Salmon River Falls Unique Area also includes 112 acres of land. “If the conditions are perfect, you can see ice crystals in the air,” Kucko said. “It’s one of my favorite places.” Shequaga Falls, (https://montourfalls.com), also called Montour Falls after the name of its town, plunges an impressive 156 feet. The falls may be viewed at Main and Genesee streets. Look for a small park nearby. “It’s beautiful and you just need to pull over on Genesee St. and it’s 30 steps from the car,” Kucko said. Of course, whether a waterfall freezes this season is weather-dependent. If you plan to hike to see a waterfall, dress for the weather, taking care to keep your extremities warm. Don’t forget non-skid boots or boot spikes. For waterfalls that are part of public parks, visit the park website to ensure the park is still open. Trail conditions may close parts.

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additional dual ziplines open from April through October). Mountain coaster riders must be at least 54” in height and age 7 to ride alone but no more than 350 lbs. To ride with an adult, riders must be at least 3 years old and a minimum of 38” in height. Double rider cars must have a driver of at least 16 years of age. Zipline riders must be aged 7 or older and at least 48” in height and 60 lbs. but no heavier than 270 lbs. greekpeak.net Boundless Adventures in Westchester operates 23 ziplines throughout its six-acre ropes course. The courses are child-friendly for those aged 7 and older, with adult supervision. Teens 14 and older may ride solo. boundlessadventures.net

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kiing and snowboarding are not the only way you can enjoy snowy peaks and mountain vistas this winter, thanks to mountain coasters and ziplining. Here are some ideas: At Holiday Valley Mountain in Ellicottville the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster will zoom all winter (although the zipline will not be open). Oriented close to the ground, the coaster follows the inherent curves, dips and dives of the mountain for a thrilling descent through the snow-covered woods of over 2,940 feet of track. The rider can control the speed of the coaster. Riders must be at least 3 years old and more than 38 inches tall without shoes to ride with an adult, or 8 years old and 54 inches tall to 58

Lake Placid’s Cliffside Mountain Coaster was opened in 2020 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The structure melds the effects of skeleton and bobsled for what has been called the continent’s longest mountain coaster. Riders must be at least 9 years old and 52in. tall. Drivers with a passenger must be 18 or older and passengers must be between 3 and 12 years old and at least 36in. tall. The total weight maximum for the coaster is 300 lbs. per sled. mtvanhoevenberg.com/todo/cliffside-coaster

ride alone. The driver of a two-person car must be at least 16 years old, ——— capable of a few physical actions and be a head taller than the passenger. These adventures are in high holidayvalley.com demand, so count on making reservations well in advance of when you At Hunter Mountain in Hunter want to ride. Some of the venues ofexperience New York Zipline Canopy fer other activities onsite, so review Tours’ five ziplines of more than 4.5 their websites for more things to do miles on one of North America’s lon- at the resorts and in the area. gest, highest, and fastest ziplines. AfTo increase the safety of your ter a chairlift ride to Summit Lodge experience, carefully listen to the (also accessible by an off-road ride,) training and guidelines provided. riders begin their 3,200-foot descent Zipline courses require gloves, so from 600 feet above the valley and either bring your own or purchase reach speeds of up to 50 mph. All them onsite. Riders who are outside riders must be 110 to 260 lbs. and of the height and weight parameters no taller than 6 ft. 5 in. should not ride, as these have been ziplinenewyork.com/adventure/skyestablished for their safety. Some rider-tour articles of clothing and footwear are recommended, and others are proThe Adventure Center in Greek hibited. Carefully review each venPeak Mountain Resort in Cortland ues’ guidelines before making plans features a gravity-fed mountain to ride a mountain coaster or zipline. coaster and two dual ziplines for The safety waivers may be available your wintertime adventure (two online to expedite your check-in.

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