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A bushel of Central New York memories There’s always plenty to do in Central New York in the fall – with fall Jennifer festivals, pumpkin picking and wineries, cideries and breweries throwing open their doors for tastings, live muMomsense sic and other events. But let’s get down to the meat of the autumn season – apple orchards and the industries surrounding those red globes of goodness. From Cazenovia to Oswego to Lafayette to Central Square with their annual festivals and orchards such as Ontario Orchards and Beak and Skiff with apple ciders, wines and distilled goods, apples seem to reign the region. And so it should be. There’s nothing like biting into the crisp flesh of a McIntosh, or Gala, or Red Delicious (my son and husband’s favorite,) picked straight from the tree on a sunny fall day. Even the car ride is pleasant, as its usually taken through winding roads lined by trees with leaves of gold, crimson and every shade of SU’s athletic teams’ signature color imaginable. The smell and crunch of the leaves beneath your feet, the breeze that shakes the branches overhead and the sound of the chil-

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dren laughing as they run through the rows of trees – all meld together in a kaleidoscope that harks back to a day when I was one of those kids, looking for a ladder, cautiously climbing its rungs in search of that perfect apple that can only be found higher than the average apple picker’s reach. And although my children are now teenagers, seemingly glued to their phones and other technology, for a brief moment they shed that posture of hovering over whatever device and lift their faces to the sky in search of the perfect fruit. Ah, bliss ... for an hour or two, my family is together, just enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company. You can’t put a price tag on that kind of memory, especially as their adulthood, and my empty nest, looms. For whatever the cost is per pound, this particular bushel of Central New York memories is priceless.

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Charles Alsheimer to speak at Sportsmen’s Dinner at Driver’s Village

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harles J. Alsheimer, an awardwinning outdoor writer, nature photographer, lecturer and whitetail consultant from Bath, N.Y., will speak at the Sportsmen’s Dinner held Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Driver’s Village Conference Center. Alsheimer has devoted his life to photographing, writing and lecturing about the wonders of nature. “Central New York has historically been a great place to hunt, because there are great animals, great hunting opportunities and enthusiastic hunters,” Alsheimer said. “The DEC has done a decent job of managing herd and the resources are there. There is a tremendous diversity in the habitat, with many hills, valleys and flatland so the topography varies greatly and lends itself to a healthy deer population with a lot of agricultural land around it. “CNY also has the ability to grow large antler whitetails - that’s a plus,” he said. “Good soils in CNY helps to have a healthy deer population.” His specialty – both as a writer and photographer – is the whitetailed deer. “I was brought up on a farm in Steuben County. My parents were potato farmers and my dad was a deer hunter who introduced it to me at an early age. As you get older you start to wonder how you can make a living doing what you love, so I started taking photographs outdoors of everything from chickadees to grizzlies, but it was the whitetail that I loved. They are incredible athletes and can live in man’s backyard, within 100 yards of people without them knowing it. No other big game animal can do that.” His love of the whitetail deer is certainly not unique. “Six out of 10 wildlife photos published in America are of whitetail deer,” he said. “There are 10 million deer hunters in America, and if you look at an outdoor channel 70 percent of the hunting shows are about whitetail deer. He said hunting for whitetail deer keeps hunting trips local “It’s something every hunter in Central New York can enjoy. You don’t have to go to Alaska to hunt, you can do it right in your backyard.” Alsheimer is contributing editor for Deer and Deer Hunting magazine and contributor to the national television show “Deer & Deer Hunting TV,” which airs on the

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Charles J. Alsheimer is an award-winning outdoor writer, nature photographer, lecturer and whitetail consultant from Bath, N.Y. Pursuit Channel. He is also a contributing editor for Whitetail News. His photography has won numerous state and national contests and his articles and photographs have appeared in nearly every major outdoor publication. In addition, he has written seven popular books on the whitetail and co-authored an eighth. Alsheimer also owns and operates a white-tailed deer research facility and provides consulting services to various segments of the whitetail industry. “I see technology being the driver in the future of hunting. Much of the younger population doesn’t read books – they look at that technology of the cell phone they hold in their hand. Although he said the basics of the actual hunt itself will not change, technology available today aids the hunter in new and different ways. “You can have motion cameras that can do the scouting,” he said. “If you don’t know what to do or have a question about hunting you can ‘Google’ it. If you miss a show on

TV you can go on the computer and watch it later.” He said the technology now at a hunter’s fingertips “will energize them to do it.” “Today’s technology, such as the Internet, can be used as a tool of preparation and a stimulus to want to go there.” Alsheimer lives with his wife on their farm in rural upstate New York. In a national poll conducted in January 2000 by Deer and Deer Hunting, Alsheimer was honored as one of deer hunting’s top five inspirational leaders of the past century. Additional information about Alsheimer and his work can be found at charlesalsheimer.com. Doors to the Sportsmen’s Dinner open at 4 p.m. with a silent auction. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and there will be door prizes, raffles, exhibitors and merchandise for sale. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by going to tgponline.org/events. The event is sponsored by The Gathering Place @NSBC, 420 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Call 315-458-0271 or visit tgponline.org for more information.


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Taste of Fame to feature celebrity chef

Richard Blais Experience, with next-morning brunch, one of three ticket options

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CNY’s third annual Taste of Fame fundraising dinner event will feature Chef Richard Blais. Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard nominated cookbook author, and television personality. The award-winning event takes place at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Oncenter, 800 S. State St. Syracuse. Prior to the dinner, a TV recording event takes place at the WCNY Studios, 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse at 4:15 p.m. The new Richard Blais Experience Ticket features a spectacular three-course “Brunch with Blais” the following morn-

Chef Richard Blais ing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Modern Malt Bakeshop

located at 325 S. Clinton St. in Syracuse. Proceeds from Taste of Fame benefit WCNY’s programs and services. For tickets, visit wcny.org/tasteoffame or call 315-453-2424. “Throughout the evening, attendees will not only savor a wonderful meal created from Richard’s recipes, but enjoy Richard’s stories about his road to success as an entrepreneur and owner of multiple restaurants as well as behind-thescenes tales of what it is really like to be a reality television person!” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY president and CEO. “This year’s event will also feature the debut of WCNY’s Taste of Fame

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Menu

First Course

Tuna Tonnato Toast - Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Grilled Sourdough, Botanicals

Second Course

Choose: Endive Salad, Pears & Hazelnuts, Kale Salad or Duck Egg & Confit

Entree

Choose: Steak & Potatoes with Apple Ketchup; Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash Puree, Brussel Kraut & Fennel Gravy; or Vegetarian Lasagna Raclette & Winter Truffle.

Dessert

Peanut Butter & Jelly - Macadamia Nut Cake, Grape Ice Cream “Rocks”, Vanilla Meringue, Lovage.

Lacrosse weekend to be held at Onondaga Nation, Carrier Dome Thousands of lacrosse fans are expected to make their way to Syracuse Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, for the first international Dehontsigwa’ehs: Creator’s Game Lacrosse Weekend. Before the Greater Syracuse Area was established, the region was known as the birthplace of lacrosse. Next month, it will once again welcome elite teams from around the world to compete and play the Creators Game at the Onondaga Nation Fieldhouse and at SU’s Carrier

Dome. The Onondaga Nation last brought the game of lacrosse home in 2015, by hosting the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Dehontsigwa’ehs “they bump hips” was given to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) by the creator. The event is organizaed through the Indigenous Values Initiative, which will bring together Lacrosse All Stars North American Invitational (LASNAI), Thompson Brothers Lacrosse and the Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival, which is

an educational outreach festival for players and the community at large, with speakers and demonstrations. Topics will include lacrosse, native foods, arts, traditional dance and culture. Free screenings of “The Spirit Game, Pride of a Nation” video will be shown twice daily for the public to learn how the game has impacted the world today. Featured from 9 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 28-30, at the Tsha’ Thoñ’nhes at Onondaga Nation: Soft Fields & Field House will be the Haude-

nosaunee Wooden Stick Festival, LASNAI tournament with 21 teams from six countries and Thompson’s (give back) N7 Camp for Native Kids. Sunday, Oct. 1, culminates with Syracuse University and Coach John Desko hosting the International Field Lacrosse Scrimmages in the Carrier Dome, with scrimmages between SU, The Iroquois Nationals, and Team Israel. For more information visit indigenousvalues.org/lacrosseweekend/.


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Syracuse Opera begins its ‘Doomed Divas’ season Opera fans will find themselves awash in memorable melodies and searing drama as Syracuse Opera presents a trifecta of beloved classics lead by complex heroines. The season begins with the Spanish exoticism of Bizet’s beguiling gypsy “Carmen” on Oct. 20 and 22. Set in Seville, the upright soldier Don Jose finds himself bewitched by the hedonistic gypsy Carmen. “Carmen” will feature stage direction and choreography by Syracuse University Associate Professor of Musical Theater Anthony Salatino. Christian Capocaccia, who led last season’s ‘Rigoletto,’ will conduct. To celebrate the opening of its 43rd season, a special event titled “A Night in Spain” will be held Oct. 5 at the Century Club on James Street. FeaturSyracuse Opera

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Mezzo-soprano Vanessa Cariddi (pictured,) who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004, will play the role of Carmen, with up-and-coming tenor Noah Stewart as Don Jose. CNY natives Gregory Sheppard and Julia Ebner play officer of the guard Zuniga and gypsy smuggler Frasquita, respectively.


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support those who have served Clear Path for Veterans hosts annual motorcycle ride

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oin fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for a scenic ride through parts of Madison and Onondaga counties as part of the fifth annual “Ride for Clear Path” on Sept. 24. More than 400 riders and non-riding participants attended last year’s event, which begins and ends at Clear Path for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Road, Chittenango. The event features a 68-minute ride along a rural trail that will pass through a couple of villages. One highlight for riders and passers-by is the pass through the village of Chittenango. All motorcycle riders should check-in on the day of the event between 10-11 a.m.; kickstands are up at 11:30 a.m. A barbecue lunch provided by Clear Path’s culinary team will be served at 1 p.m. followed by presentations and raffle drawings. Riders, passengers and non-riders are welcome. Registration is $30 and includes coffee and snacks before the ride, the savory barbecue dinner after the ride and music. One highlight of the event will be the drawing of the winner of the Southern Hills Posse’s mini-chopper raffle. The ride will be held rain or shine. All proceeds from the ride benefit Clear Path for Veterans, Upstate New York’s veteran resource center serving as a hub of information, programs and resources. For more information, visit ClearPathForVets.com.

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Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 14-16 16th annual JAZZ N’ CAZ

Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., Cazenovia; cazenovia.edu. Presented by Cazenovia College, on Thursday, the 7:30 p.m. opening party will feature Dave Hanlon’s Funky Jazz Band at the Brae Loch lawn (inside if inclement weather); on Friday at 7:30 p.m. - Soda Ash Six followed by swing tenor saxophonist, Harry Allen

with Nancy Kelly ad her trio, featuring Dino Losito, Neal Miner and Jimmy Johns. On Saturday, 7:30 p.m. concert - pianist and vocalist, Peter Cincotti, followed by Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road featuring Jon-Erik Kellso, Mark Shane, Pat O’Leary and James Chirillo. In addition, at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday there will be a Jazz After Hours at the Lincklaen House following the main stage at the theatre, featuring rhythm section with Tom Witkowski on piano, Joe Arcuri on bass, Jason Jeffers on drums and

all musicians are welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Fall Migration Festival/Chicken BBQ

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota; 315697- 2950. Educational and environmental exhibits, animals, music, local artists, crafts, games and a chicken dinner. Admission $3 adults, $1 kids under 12, $8 maximum for families. Madison County calendar l Page 11


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Wheel Days will roll into fairgrounds Sept. 22-24 Be a wheel watcher or a wheel turner when the 46th annual edition of Wheel Days rolls on to the Madison County Fairgrounds Sept. 22-24. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and the wheels will start spinning at 7 p.m. with the truck pull. Also, at 8 p.m., The Morgan Creek Band will be rocking the stage. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday special displays of antique tractors, gas engines, and the Mid-State Antique Stock Car Club will be featured. At 11 a.m. kids ages 3-9 will have a smashing good time in the Power Wheels Demolition Derby. You won’t want to miss the show that’s always a sell-out at 3 p.m. the King’s Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby and Rollover Contest. Then at 8 p.m. the winner of the

2017 Madison County Fair Battle of the Bands, Nothin’ Town, will be returning to the fairgrounds for an encore performance with a popular mix of country music. The wheel excitement continues Sunday at 9 a.m. with the Tractor Pull. At 10 a.m. the “Just Cruise-In” car show will welcome the polished wheels on all classic, custom, antique and muscle vehicles to the fairgrounds. Enjoy some country music with Matt Chase and the Thunder Canyon Band at 3 p,m, on the stage. Ongoing along with all this wheel excitement will be the opportunity for those who attend to find some treasur-

ers at the flea markets, craft vendors and BCS Senior Auction. Also available will be a chicken barbeque and delicious fair cuisine. The fairgrounds are located at 1968 Fairground Road, Brookfield. For more information call 315-899-5867 or visit madisoncountyfairny.com.


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Inaugural Harvest Chef’s Table kicks off Fall Fest Farm-to-fork dinner to benefit community events, college scholarships The Greater Area Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce (GCACC) recently announced the first annual Harvest Chef ’s Table from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Hosted at The Hampton Inn & Suites in Cazenovia this event will feature live mu-

sic, an art show, a live auction, and entertainment from nationally recognized comedian and Syracuse-native, Moody McCarthy. Guests will be treated to beverages from businesses on the beverage trail along with appetizers featuring the sea-

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Saturday, Sept. 23 Fall Festival

Albany Street, Cazenovia; 315-655-9243. Annual Fall Festival with music, sidewalk sales, vendors, Farmers’ market, bounce houses, crafters and fun for all ages.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Community Day at Rippleton Schoolhouse

1–4 p.m., Lorenzo Rippleton School House, 17 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia; 315-6553200. Friends of Lorenzo will host this annual event. Enjoy live music, wagon rides, 19th century games and more! Free admission.

Celebrate fall at Critz

The Critz Farms Fall Harvest Celebration runs every weekend from mid September until the end of October. Ongoing activities, special events and festival entertainment take place every weekend and appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. Critz Farms is located at 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia. Visit critzfarms.com for more information and see their ad on page 10.

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sonal bounty from local farmers. The main event of the night is the chef ’s table dinner which boasts a seasonallyinspired harvest menu from Lincklaen House Executive Chef, Chance Bear. Attendees will be front row and center to see Bear create each dish in front of their own eyes. From the unique cooking techniques and specialty

ingredients, guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The silent auction will feature items including round trip JetBlue Airways flights, a weekend getaway in Lake Placid and elegant custom furniture from J.D. Hunter Home in Cazenovia. Tickets are available online cazenovia.com for $100 per person.

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Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Cazenovia Art Trail Tour

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cazenovia College Art Gallery, 6 Sullivan St.; art-trail.org. A self-guided tour

of artists’ studios that provides a unique opportunity to drive beautiful back roads and meet Cazenovia’s diverse and talented artists in their working environments at the height of fall color. Beginning in September, a map

of participating artists will be available for download at art-trail. org. Maps will also be available at all artists’ locations, including the Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall at 6 Sullivan St., on the days of the trail. Free.

Hop Fest returns to Madison County The Madison County Hop Fest will be held Sept. 15-17 and celebrates the past, present and prosperous future of the hop industry. On Friday, Sept. 15, there will be a Paired Beer Dinner at the Colgate Inn, Hamilton. On Saturday, Sept. 16, the celebration continues from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main St., Submitted photo Oneida, with guest speakers, vendors, the Taste of Hops from noon to 2 p.m. and a Craft Beer Sampling from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. . Tickets for the Taste of Hops are $30; for the Craft Beer Sampling are $35. It is free to attend presentation and visit with exhibitors. There will be food available all day. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, there will be a Hop Heritage Tour. This behind the scenes tour of hop houses, hop yards, hop related sites and craft breweries features lunch at Empire Farm Brewery. Dot Willsey will guide the tour sharing Madison County’s proud hop heritage during the tour’s journey. For more information visit madisoncountyhopfest.org.


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Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree Sept. 23-24 For every season there’s a reason to visit Ontario Orchards, Route 104, four miles west of Oswego. For summer you’ll find hundreds of flowering shrubs and trees, hundreds of evergreens, hundreds of fruit trees and perennials. They have thousands of vegetable plants and thousands of annuals. This fall Ontario Orchards’ Annual Fall Jamboree is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24 U-pick apples featuring 28 varieties, u-pick pumpkins, wagon rides, entertainment,

children’s games, food, arts and crafts. They ship apples year round and their apple cider is freshly pressed all year. You’ll love their bakery with fresh made pies, muffins, cookies, breads and donuts. U-cut or pre-cut Christmas trees — it’s worth the trip. Did you know they have brewing supplies and juices? Learn more at ontarioorchards.com. Open seven days a week, Ontario Orchards is “a farmer’s farm market.” Call 343-6328 for more information. Kathy at Ontario Orchards.


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‘The Lion King’ hits the landmark Return engagement set to open Oct. 26

Dashaun Young as “Simba” in “The Lion King” North American Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus

Disney’s “The Lion King” will leap onto the Landmark Theatre stage on Thursday, Oct. 26 for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, Nov. 12. “The Lion King” North American tour will unveil a newly-configured production, which will launch in Syracuse. The Syracuse engagement of “The Lion King” is presented by arrangement with Famous Artists and is a subscription offering of the Famous Artists Broadway

Theater Series Broadway in Syracuse. Tickets are available at the Landmark Theatre Box Office and online at BroadwayInSyracuse.com. To charge tickets, call 1-866-870-2717. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling Famous Artists at 315-4248210. Premium Ticket packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Showtimes vary; for more information, visit BroadwayInSyracuse. com.


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annual Leo Rayhill Award, recognizing an individual in our community for his or her outstanding contributions to the art and cultural life of our community. The inaugural recipient is Leo Rayhill, in honor of his incredible work sharing his love of jazz with Central New York on WCNY radio over the past 50 years.” Perhaps most recognizable as a regular judge on Food Network and the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” Blais grew up on Long Island working as a “poissonier” at McDonald’s. It was here where he first dabbled in deconstruction in cuisine, serving filet-o-fish sandwiches sans top bun. Blais went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and train at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse and el Bulli. Blais currently owns and operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operated popular eateries including multiple outposts of Flip Burger Boutique. In San Diego, where he currently resides, Blais is a partner at the popular Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack restaurants, which will be expanding to four locations in the coming months. Blais’ second cookbook, “So Good,” was released May 16, and his new television show, “Man vs Master,” will debut on the FYI Network in the fall. There are three ticket options: Richard Blais Experience Ticket is $400 limited to 20 tickets (4:15 p.m.); Taste of Fame VIP Ticket: $250 (4:15 p.m.); Taste of Fame Dinner Ticket: $150 (starts at 6:15 p.m.) For tickets and details on what each option includes, visit wcny.org/tasteoffame or call 315-453-2424.


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EXPLORE Skaneateles Saturday, Sept. 23

Saturday, Sept. 30

6-11 p.m., Skaneateles Fire House, 77 W. Genesee St.; 315-685-3496, skanvfd.org. With the purchase of your ticket, you and a guest are invited to Casino Night which includes all-you-can-eat picnic dinner. There will be numerous casino games. High Stakes Tickets cost $100.

7-11 p.m., Mandana Barn, 1274 State Route 359, Skaneateles; skanedfoundation. org. The Skaneateles Education Foundation is excited to once again revive the Soda Ash Jazz Band’s fondly remembered summer nights from the 1960s as they welcome back some of their original band members along with more jazz ensembles during a night of hot jazz, cold drinks and good eats – a “swank affair” for guests of all ages. Tickets now on sale.

High Stakes Drawing & Casino Night

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Jazzed for Education

Fridays, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1 First Friday in Skaneateles

5-8 p.m., Skaneateles; 315-685-0552. The Skaneateles Arts Community opens its doors for a meet the artist and gallery open house. Entertainment and light refresh-

ments available at some locations. Free.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Shop, Sip & Stroll

5-8 p.m., village of Skaneateles; skaneateles.com. Shop owners invite you to stroll through their beautiful village and shop at one of their many unique shops, featuring discounts and specials. Receive a drink coupon with your purchase, between 5 and 8 pm, good at one of the participating local restaurants (restrictions apply). Stores open at 10 a.m.

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ickens Christmas in Skaneateles starts Friday, Nov. 24, and runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Dec. 24 in Downtown Skaneateles. For more information and a schedule of events visit skaneateles.com. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, interactive street theatre, roasted chestnuts, visits with Scrooge and Father Christmas and the best dining and shopping in Central New York. Note: Dec. 24 the event time is noon - 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.


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EXPLORE CNY events Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17 Festa Italiana Syracuse

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-7 Sunday; Corner of Montgomery and Washington streets, Dowtown Syracuse; festaitaliana.bizland.com. This festival kicks off the fall and harvest time with pasta, meatballs, greens and all that is Italian and good. There’s a bocce tournament, live music and performances and enough Italian food to satiate the hunger of a town that takes its Italian food very seriously.

Jordan Fall Festival

Fish fry: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., festival open 5-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; villageofjordan.org. Free admission and parking. Featuring arts and crafts, antique cars, barbecue chicken dinner, live entertainment and fall fun. The greased pole climb for both the kids and adults is Sunday.

Saturday, Sept. 16 Shopkins Live!

4 p.m. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse; landmarktheatre. org. Based on America’s No. 1 toy brand, Youtube

sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, the show will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights such as “Jessicake,” “Bubbleisha,” “Peppa-Mint” and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” Ticket prices vary.

Clay Historical Association’s Annual Fall Festival

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Clay Historical Park, 4939 Route 31, Clay. Demonstrations, Civil War Re-enactments, Historic Train Station, Log Cabin, Weller Barn and many displays of historic interest. Childrens’ activities, apple fritters, hot dogs and drinks available. There will also be a wide variety of crafters as well as enjoyable music at the event, held in conjunction with the Immanuel Lutheran Church and its pulled pork dinners and apple pie sale.

Symphoria Pops Series: Music of Journey

7:30 p.m., The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. Re-live the music of one of the greatest anthem bands of all time! Hear iconic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully” and “Any Way You Want It” like you’ve never

heard them before with live orchestra accompaniment. Ticket prices vary.

Free Flea

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Westside Community Chapel, 6198 Airport Road; 315-673-4162. Westside’s inaugural free flea market will feature a wide range of items.! Lots of good stuff.. household, clothing, sports items.

International Red Panda Day

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse. Visit the zoo and celebrate our amazing red pandas while helping support global awareness and conservation of this endangered species! Free with Zoo admission.

Syracuse University football vs Central Michigan Chippewas

Time TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse; cuse. com. Great Syracuse University men’s football. Ticket prices vary.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17 Syracuse Fall Gun Show

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Empire Expo Center-New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse; syracusegunshow.com. Show perfect for all collectors, shooting and hunting enthusiasts. Plenty of free parking. Admission $7; $5 seniors; under 12 free with an adult.

A day at the beach for animal lovers The Canine Carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30,at Jamesville Beach Park. This annual event features hundreds of animals for adoption from dogs and cats to horses, animal demonstrations, horse carriage rides, a blood drive, food, music and the popular sports and kids zone with Central New York sports teams. It will be held rain or shine. Also featuring dog washing and grooming, pet micro-chipping and an emergency triage center on site for your pets. Limited booth space is available for rescues and businesses. All dogs must be on a short leash at all times within the Canine Carnival area. Proceeds will go to the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation. Visit pmawf.org.


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EXPLORE CNY events Sunday, Sept. 17

Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Noon-6:30 p.m., Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse; westcottstreetfair.org. A celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the Westcott neighborhood, through its culture: visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and with activities geared to all ages. The fair features six performing arts stages, including three music, two dance and a kids’ stage. Westcott Street and surrounding streets are lined with booths for over 120 artists, crafters and non-profit organizations. Westcott Street Neighborhood restaurants provide fair goers with a variety of cuisine. The WSCF opens at noon with a parade down Westcott Street and performances begin at 12:30 p.m. Free admission.

Friday, Sept. 22

Symphoria Masterworks Series: From The New World

7:30 p.m., The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. Anne Akiko Meyers performs Mason Bates energetic new

violin concerto, which was commissioned for and premiered by her in 2012. Dvorak’s folk-inspired New World Symphony concludes the program, as well as Symphoria’s summertime celebration of the Erie Canal.

laser big game hunting, crossbow, BB gun, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading. Activities subject to change. Admission: $5 per vehicle.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24 Central Square Apple Festival

5-9 p.m. Friday (rides only), 9a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Brewerton Speedway, Central Square; centralsquareapplefestival.com. Take part in the apple pie eating contest or scarecrow contest and watch as Miss Apple Festival is named. Admission is $5/ carload, and free shuttle trams will be operated by volunteer drivers.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24 Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge; federationofsportsmen. com.Created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day, this annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, axe/ knife throwing, turkey calling, archery, 3-D

Saturday-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Beautiful & Exotic Orchids

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville; onondagacountyparks.com. Members of the CNY Orchid Society present selections from their collections of rare and unusual orchids. Free with center admission.


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EXPLORE CNY events Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 4-8 Super D.I.R.T. Week 2017

Oswego Speedway, 300 East Albany St., Oswego; superdirtweekonline.com. The tradition continues with racing’s hottest party! Super D.I.R.T. week returns to Oswego in 2017. See website for schedule and ticket prices.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast

9 a.m.-noon, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville; onondagacountyparks.com. Enjoy seasonal pumpkin (or regular) pancakes, sausage, and fresh brewed coffee or juice. Depending on your appetite, breakfast will range from $3 to $5. Visitors, including groups, are served and seated on a firstcome, first-serve basis.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8 LaFayette Apple Festival

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 5330 Rowland Road, LaFayette; Apple pancake breakfast starts at 7a.m. both days. You have not had fritters until you’ve had them at the LaFayette Apple Fes-

tival. The event features food, refreshments, a midway with rides and games, competitive runs, craft sales and contests . Free parking and entertainment; $5 admissions (12 and under are free.)

Sunday, Oct. 8

Empire State Marathon

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse; empirestatemarathon.com. The annual Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon will include runners from over 35 states and nine countries. The course continues to feature Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga County, Syracuse, Liverpool and Baldwinsville. Date subject to change.

The Vince O’Neil Wild Mushroom Festival

1–4 p.m., Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville; onondagacountyparks. com. Join members of the Central New York Mycological Society for this afternoon program on wild mushrooms. Come learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms, as well as those that help trees and hurt trees and those that are decomposers. Guided hikes through Beaver Lake’s woodland in

search of various species of mushrooms are scheduled for 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Each walk will be limited to 30 participants.) Tables with identified mushrooms will be on display and experts will be available to identify mushrooms brought in. On-going activities include cooking demonstrations, how to grow your own mushrooms, crafting with mushrooms and spore print demonstrations. Free with Nature Center admission.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Symphoria Masterworks Series: Beethoven Eroica

7:30 p.m., The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse;experiencesymphoria.org. Shocking audiences since its premiere, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3” will jolt you from its opening chords and move you through the energetic and transformative work. Music Director Lawrence Loh conducts this striking work, which is paired with Saint-Saens single movement Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by acclaimed young cellist Julian Schwarz. Ticket prices vary.


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EXPLORE CNY events Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15 Salt City Antique Show 2017

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday , NYS Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building , Syracuse; allmanpromotions. com. Syracuse’s great Fall Antiques Event continued in the tradition and format of Madison-Bouckville Management. Over 225 exhibitors booths featuring fine antiques. Admission is $7.

halloween looms: Here’s some haunted happenings on the screen, stage in CNY

Thursday, Oct. 19 John Dau speaks

7 p.m., SRC Arena, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse; sunyocc.edu. John Dau, former “Lost Boy” and author of “God Grew Tired of Us” will speak at OCC’s Allyn Hall Gym October 19 at 7 p.m. His appearance is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Symphoria Kids: Superheroes!

10:30 a.m., Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. Come in costume for this high flying performance, as Symphoria shows off its super-strength, superspeed and super-sound, while performing epic music of your favorite superhero. Symphoria’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10 a.m., prior to all kids’ series performances. Admission is $10 to $15. Under 18 free.

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 21-22 and 28-29 Zoo Boo

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse; rosamondgiffordzoo.org. The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families to enjoy. The “kooky not spooky” theme provides Halloween fun without the fear! Kids (and parents) costumes are encouraged! Daytime hours means Zoo Boo participants can see the entire zoo and animal collection! Admission: $8 per child, in addition to regular zoo admission.

Tuesday, Oct. 24 Autumn Serenades

7 p.m., Temple Concord, 910 Madison St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. The Regina F. Goldenberg Cultural Series presents Symphoria Wind Ensembles in a concert that will feature serenades, by well-known composers including Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Schubert, among others. Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the musicians follow the program. Admission is $10.

Friday, Oct. 13

“Tales From the Crypt,” “Vietnam War Stories” screenings, director Q&A 6-9 p.m., Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S Franklin St., Syracuse; most.org. Presented by presented by Michael Massurin and After Dark Presents. A question and answer session with American director Jack Sholder will follow the screening. Sholder is best known for his horror film genre work, including: “Alone in the Dark,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” “The Hidden” and “Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies.” Afterwards, the MOST screen the IMAX film, “A Beautiful Planet.” This event is free, and tickets are limited and available online or at the MOST box office.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-28

“The Crucible” Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt; cnyplayhouse. org. The story focuses upon a young

farmer, his wife, and a young servantgirl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted when the farmer finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Freddy Fest : A Nightmare On Elm Street Film Festival Starts at noon, Palace Theatre, 2384 James St.; palaceonjames. com. Lineup includes seven films, all shown on 35mm. Special guests: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Clu Gulager and director Jack Sholder for a special “Freddy’s Revenge” reunion and panel. These and more guests will be available for autographs, photos, etc. Visit the Elm Street Market with local and national vendors selling all sorts of nightmarish products. Must be 18 years of ago or older.


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6–8:30 p.m., Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville; 315-6382519. Enter an Enchanted world where beautifully carved pumpkins light your way along two one-third-mile trails. Advance sale parking tickets for $5, required for entrance to Enchanted Beaver Lake, will go on sale at the Golden Harvest Festival at Beaver Lake on Sept. 9 and 10 for visitors attending the festival. Tickets will be available to purchase at Beaver Lake beginning Sept. 11, while supplies last. Tickets may be purchased over the phone after Sept. 11, while supplies last. Mailing for all phone orders is an additional $1 per order. A limited number of these tickets will be sold, and are annually sold out. Entry to the event is $3 per person (3 and under free) and is paid at the gate.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 27- Nov. 12 Disney’s “The Lion King”

Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse; nacentertainment.com. In its 20th year one of the most popular stage musicals in the world has won six Tony Awards and earned more than 70 major arts awards. Check website for ticket prices and performance times.

Sunday, Oct. 29

Reformation Celebration

2:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. Symphora celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with works from two Lutheran composers, including Bach’s famous “Cantata No. 80 (A Mighty Fortress is our God)” and Mendelssohn’s “Reformation Symphony.” Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Squishing of the Squash

10 a.m.–3 p.m., Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse; rosamondgiffordzoo.org. What happens to the pumpkins when Zoo Boo is over? The squash get squished! Watch as animals throughout the zoo stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of varying sizes! Free with zoo admission.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 4-5

Great New York State Model Train Fair

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse; modeltrainfair.com. One of the Northeast’s premiere model train shows with 270 vendor tables and 30-plus operating layouts. Sponsored by CNY Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. Tickets: $10 adults 16 and up; Free for children 15 and under.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-18 Frost Nixon

Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt; cnyplayhouse.com. British talk-show host David Frost, determined to resurrect his career, risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Richard M. Nixon . The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. Ticket prices and showtimes vary; see website for details.


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Monday, Nov. 13

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nedrow Fire Department, 6505 S. Salina St . Annual Holiday Extravaganza – more than 30 vendors and crafters, raffles an d food available to purchase. Admission is free.

5–9 p.m., Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool; lightsonthelake.com. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special walking preview of Lights on the Lake before it opens to vehicles only. Park at either the Wegmans Landing, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. Dress for the weather; shuttle service is not provided. Holiday characters will be on the trail and refreshments will be available for sale. Admission: $ 2 adult suggested donation to benefit the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

Holiday Extravaganza

The Planets – Symphoria’s Masterworks Series

7:30 p.m., The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org. From the mighty red planet Mars to the cinematic Jupiter, Holst’s The Planets has inspired sci-fi movie music for generations most famously, John Williams, and his “The Imperial March” from “Star Wars.” Versatile pianist, Melissa Marse makes her first appearance with Symphoria to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Ticket prices vary.

Syracuse University football vs. Wake Forest

Time TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse. Ticket prices vary; cuse.com.

Lights on the Lake Stroll

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Lights on the Lake Dog Walk

5–9 p.m., Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool; lightsonthelake.com. Dogs (and their parents) are welcome to enjoy this special walking preview of Lights on the Lake before it opens to vehicles only. Park at either the Wegmans Landing, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. Shuttle service is not provided. Holiday charac-

ters will be on the trail and refreshments for humans and dogs will be available for sale. Admission: $2 adult suggested donation to benefit the Humane Association.

Wednesday– Sunday, Nov. 15-Jan. 7 Lights on the Lake

5-10 p.m. nightly, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool; lightsonthelake.com. Now in its 28th year, Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-through show featuring: towering holiday displays, larger-than-life Land of Oz, twinkling fantasy forest, colorful section arches, delightful Victorian village, fairytale magic grand finale and memorable animated scenes. As usual, there will be new and updated displays and scenes throughout the length of the show. Admission: $6 tickets from Oct. 24-Nov. 15 at Wegmans; $10 car Monday-Thursday; $15 car FridaySunday; $6 on Monday and Tuesday with Wegmans Shoppers Card.

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Symphoria Spark Series: Harvest Festival

7:30 p.m., Cross Creek Nursery, 8390 Cazenovia Road, Manlius; experiencesymphoria.org. Music director Lawrence Loh leads Symphoria in music from Part’s “Our Garden,” and Respighi’s “The Birds,” and Symphoria musicians offer chamber music interludes at beautiful Cross Creek Nursery in Manlius. Ticket prices vary.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18

SU Men’s Basketball vs. Texas Southern University

Times TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse; cuse.com.

Monday, Nov. 20

SU Men’s Basketball vs. Oakland

Times TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse; cuse.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

SU Men’s Basketball vs. Toledo

Times TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse; cuse.com.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Syracuse University Football vs Boston College

Time TBA, Carrier Dome, Syracuse; cuse. com.

Saturday-Sun day, Nov. 25-26 Syracuse Thanksgiving Antiques Show 2017

promotions.com. More than 200 exhibitors in the huge Center of Progress Building selling fine antiques. Admission is $7.

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3 Syracuse City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse; syracusecityballet.com. A performance for the entire family filled with fun surprises, dazzling sets, colorful costumes, and imaginative choreography. Ticket prices vary.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-23 “The 1940s Radio Hour”

Central New York Playhouse, ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt; cnyplayhouse.com. A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show, a live broadcast of “The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on Dec. 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. Ticket prices and showtimes vary.

Saturday, Dec. 9

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse; allman-

“Dasher’s Magical Gift”

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has many well-heeled admirers, she has never truly found love. All of that changes when she meets the young and impetuous Alfredo, who convinces the skeptical Violetta that his love for her is pure and true. When Violetta allows herself to follow her heart, the strict but hypocritical rules of 19th century society force them apart. A short-lived final reunion between the two lovers showcases Verdi’s immense skill as a composer and dramatist. The season will conclude April 13 and15 with ‘Madama Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini. Set in turn-of-the-century Japan, 15 year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San renounces her occupation and religion so that she may marry the American naval

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ing a three course Spanish dinner, flamenco dancers, performances by guitarist and Setnor School of Music professor Dr. Ken Meyer and “Carmen” principal singers Cariddi and Stewart, this kick-off event promises a flavorful evening of unforgettable experiences. Tickets are available to the public by visiting SyracuseOpera.org.

Future performances

Verdi’s touching opera “La Traviata” will be produced Feb. 2 and 4. The highpriced courtesan Violetta Valery has made Paris her playground and although she

11 a.m., The Oncenter Civic Center

Theaters, 421 Montgomery St, Syracuse; cnyarts.org. It’s a few days before the big day. Everyone in Santa’s workshop is buzzing with excitement about the biggest Christmas ever! Presents are being made, Santa is checking his list, and the reindeer are getting ready for the big flight. Unfortunately, Dasher has lost his ability to fly! It looks like Christmas may be cancelled, but with the help of Pepper and a couple of very lost penguins, Dasher will remember what the holiday season is all about and the Spirit of Christmas will prevail. Ticket prices vary.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16 Symphoria Pops Series: Holiday Wonder

7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse; experiencesymphoria.org.This holiday spectacle is sure to thrill every member of the family! Dancers, chorus members and special guest vocalist Julia Goodwin all get into the holiday spirit with Symphoria. Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

The Oncenter Convention Center, 800 South State St., Syracuse; nutcracker.com. Marking the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Ticket prices vary.

officer B. F. Pinkerton. Following their wedding night, Pinkerton must leave but promises to return ‘when the robins build their nests.’ Three long years pass and Pinkerton does indeed return, but not to re-unite with the ever-faithful Butterfly. Instead, he wishes to take from her the last bit of happiness she possesses. All three operas will be produced in the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Tickets start at $26 with student tickets available at $10. Ticket holders are encouraged to attend a pre-show talk one hour before curtain. Season subscriptions and single tickets are currently on sale by calling 315-4767372 or visiting SyracuseOpera.org.


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Inaugural Festival of the Swans to be held in Manlius By Hayleigh Gowans

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he inaugural Festival of the Swans , set for Sept. 23, will be a day filled with familyfriendly activities to celebrate the community and culture of the village of Manlius. “We have so many unique and fun establishments and events in the town and our function is to help promote them and encourage people to shop local and small,” said Patty Oot, a co-chair of the event. “Our intent was to take some of the already-planned events and incorporate

them into one bigger event with something for everyone. The Festival of the Swans was a natural fit since we all love our beautiful swans!” There are many events scheduled so far, including a business scavenger hunt where the prize will be gift cards to businesses in the village, a hike at Mill Run Park sponsored by Anytime Fitness and Kinney Drugs and the annual youth fishing derby at the pond near the village amphitheater. For those who like to shop and eat there will be a tag sale at the senior center, a rummage sale and chicken BBQ at the

United Methodist Church, food trucks at Lune Chocolat and an antique auction at the Manlius Historical Society. Also featured will be a dog beauty pageant sponsored by Compassionate Care Veterinary and Doggy Doody Duty, modified soccer games between Wellwood and Eagle Hill middle schools, a pub crawl in the evening and various discounts and promotions at village businesses. For more information visit manliuschamber.com, call 315-637-4760 or email greatermanlius@ windstream.net.


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EXPLORE Oswego County Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17 Neil Simons’ “The Sunshine Boys”

8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Frances Marion Brown Theater, Fort Ontario, Oswego; 315-343-5138. Oswego Players presents this story of a vaudeville duo that agrees to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can’t stand each other. Admission $12 adults/$8 students/seniors.

15th Annual Oneida Lake Ole Tymers Antique Engine Tractor Show TBD; Dave C. Webb Memorial Park, NYS

Rte. 49, Bernhards Bay. 315-708-2214. Featuring old-time exhibits, tractors, engines, flea market and craft show, sawmill, antique cars, and semi-trucks. Free parking and admission.

Saturday, Sept. 16

27th Annual 5K Cider Run/Walk

9-11 a.m.; 315-963-3012. Follow a scenic route through the village of Mexico. Benefitting the Mexico Public Library. Awards and refreshments at apple time in Mexico. Admission is charged.

Oswego Pride Parade & Festival

11 a.m.; 315-532-8349, oswegopride. com. Parade starts at Breitbeck Park in

Oswego and finishes at West 1st Street. The festival will follow in West Linear Park. Food vendors, crafts, community agencies. Admission is free.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17 12th Annual Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show

8 a.m., Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St., Sandy Creek; 315-387-5365, crankituptractorshow.com. Vintage farm machinery, antique tractor pulls, Circle C chuck wagon, crafts, music and traditional agricultural activities from the rural north country.

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NYS DEC Salmon Fiver Fish Hatchery will host its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24 Lioness Club of Central Square’s 34th Annual Apple Festival

5-9 p.m. rides & food only Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday , 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Brewerton Speedway. Enter at CNY Raceway Park, 154 US Rouste 11, Central Square; 315675-8232, centralsquareapplefestival.com. Approximately 300 crafters and vendors, amusement rides, pony rides, live entertainment. Admission $5/car load.

Saturday, Sept. 23

NYS DEC Salmon Fiver Fish Hatchery Annual Open House 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2133 County Route

22, Altmar; 315-298-7605, dec.ny.gov/ outdoor/21663.htm. Environmental education programs and displays; hatchery tours; fly-fishing demonstrations; fish petting zoo; fishing instruction and related vendors. Admission is free.

Public Paranormal Investigation: Casey’s Cottage/Spy Island/Mexico Point

7 p.m.-2 am. With PIT Cru NY, assist in a professional paranormal investigation. Hands-on instruction in use of equipment and discussion. Bring your own equipment or borrow theirs. Snack provided. Cost: $30 per person. To reserve your spot call Sheila at 315-378-7994 or email her at contact@ pitcruny.org.

Sunday, Sept. 24

Third Annual Oswego PorchFest

1-5 p.m. in the historic neighborhoods on Oswego’s west side; oswegoporchfest. com. Residents of the Franklin Square area of Oswego open their porches for over two dozen local musicians and groups to perform. Bring your own seating.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Haunted Tours of Casey’s Cottage

7 p.m.Mexico Point State Park, Mexico. Tour the cottage in search of spirits or enjoy the storytelling around the campfire. Admission: $5 adults; 10 and younger free with an adult.


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The CNY Great Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, in Washington Square (East) Park.

Saturday-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14

Washington Square (East) Park, East Bridge Street, Oswego. Features kids’ activities, amusement rides, vendors, crafters, food, pony rides and the giant pumpkin weigh-in. Admission is free.

7-10 p.m., E. Fourth St., Oswego; 315343-4711, fortontario.com. Paranormal presentations showing results from several years of investigations, including electronic voice phenomena (EVP), images, and stories, as well as interactive ghost hunting, and guided ghost tours. Admission $15. Presale only. Reservations are required. Tickets are now on sale.

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Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 4-8 Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI

Times vary, 300 E. Albany St., Oswego; superdirtweekonline.com. “Racing’s Biggest Party” returns to the Oswego Speedway. Admission is charged.

Saturday, Oct. 7

Phoenix Locktoberfest

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Lock Island Park, Phoenix. This community-oriented free festival will feature all-day music, crafters and food vendors, street performers, local artisans, children’s activities, guided tours of the lock and drawbridge and a Beer Garden featuring locally brewed craft beers, wines slushies, wine tastings, ciders and more.

Fort Ontario Ghost Reveal & Hunt

Saturday, Oct. 14

Selkirk Shores Second Annual Fall Fest

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Selkirk Shores State Park, Pulaski; 315-298-5737. Celebrate the season with crafters and local vendors, food and games, costume contest, basket raffles and Pulaski’s Schoolhouse to Whitehouse 5K and Children’s Fun Run. Admission is free.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Oswego Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

1 p.m., American Foundry, Oswego;

info@ oswegomusichalloffame.com, 315480-3327. Come celebrate local community musicians and their talent! Take part in the exciting Oswego Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert offered again this year. 2017 Headlining Inductee: Frosbit Blue.

Friday, Oct. 27

Zonta Club of Oswego Inaugural Witches Ball

7-10 p.m., American Foundry, Oswego. Proceeds to benefit OCO SAF. $10 witches, warlocks in costume. Sunday, Nov. 5

Oswego County SPCA – OCAWL Howliday Fundraiser

noon-5 p.m., American Foundry, Oswego. Many silent auctions, a bake sale and a delicious chicken BBQ. There will be a pre-sale for BBQ tickets. Chicken dinners will be $10 and include - a half chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw and a roll. Oswego County calendar

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Visit the Oswego Music Hall for concerts, open mic The following events will be held at the Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Bldg. 41 Lake St., Oswego. Visit oswegomusichall.org for more information.

Open Mic Fridays

Held Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3 and 17. For youth: 6 p.m., all ages 7-10 p.m. - by donation.

David Roth & Reggie Harris

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offbeat observations, moving stories and powerful singing . Reggie shares his passion for musical interplay and improvisation with occasional partners.

advance.) Featuring Cameron Hood’s rich lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs and their airtight vocal harmonies.

Two performances: Friday, Sept. 29 - Andy Ruddy and Monique Ritter, Derek and Dustin Garafolo, Pepper and Sassafras.; Oct. 27 - Savannah Harmon, Tim Herron and Larry Kyle. Tickets $12 at the door

Oct. 21 - Tickets $18 ($16 advance.) One of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist.

The Hook

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Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 10- 12 and 17- 19. J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit”

Showtimes vary, CNY Arts Center, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton; 315-598-2787, CNYArtsCenter.com. Filled with marvels and a

Patrick Ball

Nate & Kate Family Band

Nov. 4 - Tickets $15 ($13 advance.) A vaudeville-inspired variety folk duo show featuring

dragon! Admission is charged.

Saturday, Nov. 11

USOswego Dinner & Show

6 p.m., American Foundry, Oswego; usoswego.com. USO-Style variety show with comedy, dancing, commercials and songs you’ll remember from four great eras. Dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Free for all

cello, guitar, banjo, harmonica and piano. Their performance of original songs, sing-along favorites, and hilariously impressive musical juggling routines brilliantly balances entertainment value and artistry.

Evie Laden Band

Nov. 18 - Tickets $18 ($16 advance.) A mingling of claw hammer banjo, guitar, bass, percussive dance and contemporary storytelling.

Eric Schwartz

Dec. 2-John McConnell opens.

veterans, active duty, retired or disabled. Charge for all non-veterans.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Fall Vendor & Craft Show

11 am-3 p.m., American Foundry, Oswego. Celebrate Small Business Saturday and shop for friends and family by supporting home businesses in the community.




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