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A time capsule recovered before the demolition of the former Tompkins County Public Library was unsealed last weekend, only five decades ahead of schedule. (Photo by Casey Martin)

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thaca couldn’t wait another 50 years “I was astonished,” said Lisa Bagnardi Farr. As county legislators gingerly removed items preserved from the 1968 time capsule on Saturday, one read aloud from a document describing the technical aspects of the building. The letterhead on that message belonged to J. Victor Bagnardi, the architect of the

building. Upon hearing her father’s name, Lisa Bagnardi Farr— who was only six years old at the time of the original dedication ceremony—teared up, and was immediately comforted by the people around her, many of whom were also involved in the dedication of the time capsule. The presentation at the Tompkins County Center

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▶▶ Mud Day at Ithaca Children’s Garden - will be this weekend, held Saturday, June 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Ithaca Fire Department will flood the Anarchy Zone, and then it’s off to the races for a day of virtually all imaginable mud play. The event comes with a suggested $5-15 donation, although all are welcome

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for History and Culture was packed Saturday morning with people curious to see what had managed to be preserved for over 50 years. On April 22, 1968, the cornerstone of the Old Library was set with a time capsule inside, enclosing the traditional items that tend to be put in time capsules: letters, the newspaper of the day,

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“I can’t remember what year, but we were in Virginia for the 4th and the fireworks were incredible!” -Casey Morgan

“We spent the summer in Japan – they call fireworks “Hanabi” – unbelievable firework shows every night in August.” -Chiara & Bruce

“Wintertime party at Killington Mountain in Vermont…we also have some family fireworks stories that I’d rather not talk about…” -Devin Connolly

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Amy Fuhr and Chris Anderson have purchased the William Henry Miller Inn, with Fuhr handling in-house duties along with staffers for now, and Anderson using his expertise in hotel administration. (Photo by Casey Martin)


he William Henry Miller Inn in downtown Ithaca has officially been sold to its new owners, Amy Fuhr and Chris Anderson of Ithaca. The property sold for $1.147 million, passing from Lynnette Scofield to Fuhr and her business partner Anderson. Fuhr used to work for the

Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and Anderson is a faculty member at the Hotel Administration and Hospitality Management school at Cornell University. Fuhr said the sale had been agreed upon late last year but could just recently become official because of various small delays.

Although the gut reaction from Ithacans might be nervousness at the famous old inn changing hands, rest easy. Fuhr and Anderson have no plans to make any sweeping changes to the inn’s operations. Anderson said they would likely take the first several months to smooth out any kinks in the business, then look to make some minor changes to improve the building—things like capital improvements, interior tweaks like new wallpaper, etc. The building has been historically designated, so exterior changes are difficult to accomplish and would have to be approved by the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. Fuhr said she’s lived down the street for years, walking by and admiring the building on a regular basis. Then, after moving on from her old job, she was inspired to jump into the hotel business when she saw the inn, located at 303 N. Aurora St., was up for sale. Scofield sold to Fuhr and Anderson despite interest from far and wide, including from overseas in owning the property. “I’d been thinking about a career change because I’ve been doing things where you just sit all day,” Fuhr said. “And I wanted to work for myself, totally, again. Then I saw the article that it was for sale, and I joked with [Scofield] that I

wanted to buy it. But then I started really thinking about it, and I decided that’s what I really wanted to do.” Fuhr said she’s never owned an inn before, but that she does have experience with hospitality and food service, having run a pizza shop and German-style deli years back. She and Anderson met through a mutual friend before deciding to go into business together. “It’s a natural fit with Amy,” Anderson said. “She can do all the parts after the people get here, and I can do all the parts before they get here. We’re really excited. Lynnette has obviously built a great business and we just want to do a few tweaks here and there.” Fuhr agreed, emphasizing that Scofield’s business, and her help and patience during the sale process, had also helped to ease the transition until Fuhr finally was able to take over last week. “We knew Lynnette was running a successful business, and it’s basically a turn-key operation,” Fuhr said. “If we just came in and did what she was doing, with Chris’ expertise and doing a little bit more marketing and increasing our occupancy, everything was going to be fine.”• -M att Butler

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Local First Ithaca creating its inaugural “Independents Week”


ireworks, flags, and financial responsibility: Patriotism and Ithaca-pride can adopt a new tradition with this July’s “Independents Week,” a designated period by Local First Ithaca and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) to promote buying local products. Businesses around Ithaca have opted into the week, which will run from July 1 to 7, looking to bring awareness to the impact of buying products and services locally. The idea for “Independents Week”— pun intended—was first coined by AMIBA, but will debut for its first time in Ithaca this year. 26–Ju ly

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“After all, what’s more American than supporting local businesses?” asked Jan Norman, co-founder of Local First Ithaca. Different businesses will participate in the week in their own, independent ways, as LimeBike will do a presentation of their new e-scooters and Bikewalk Tompkins will have a Wheel of Fortune activity with small prizes. “The flavor of each community comes through,” Norman said. Over 20 businesses were recruited to participate by Local First Ithaca, a network of locally-owned businesses, services, and nonprofits that

Jan Norman, shown here in her Ithaca Made store, is the cofounder of Local First Ithaca. (Photo by Casey Martin)

has been an advocate for local businesses for the last 11 years. The organization first emerged in response to the economic pressure caused by chain stores, and now continues

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ast week, the Tompkins County Legislature unanimously confirmed J.R. Clairborne as director of the new Office of Veterans Services, a staterequired office that will connect local military veterans with state and federal services. He will report to County Administrator Jason Molino, who appointed him from a pool of 37 applicants. Clairborne is the first person to serve in the role for the newly-created agency in Tompkins County. It was approved in February of this year, and the department will have an office in the Office for the Aging on West State Street. Since 2012, Clairborne has been the advocacy coordinator for Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County, and is currently affiliated with the United Way of Tompkins County, the Tompkins County Public Information Advisory Board, and the Community Housing Development Fund (of which he is a founding member). From 2006 to 2015, he represented Ithaca’s Second Ward on the Common Council and served on the Tompkins County Council of Governments. Clairborne has also worked in communications and marketing for Cornell University and Ithaca College, as a reporter and assistant editor for The Ithaca Journal for six years, and served eight years in the United States Navy and U.S. Naval Air Reserve, where he reached the rank of Petty Officer Third Class; Aviation Boatswain’s Mate – Handler. In a Q&A with The Ithaca Times, Clairborne detailed his expectations for his new position, which he will begin in late July. Responses have been edited for clarity. Why did you apply for this position? I put my name in the hat for this role after being approached by people who thought I’d be a good candidate. After looking deeper into the position, I saw it as an opportunity to serve my fellow veterans in a greater way. During my time at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County, I’ve worked with our staff and others to make our dining hall a welcoming place for veterans, as well as anyone who joins us as a guest. Becoming director of veterans services puts me in a position to use my knowledge of local resources available to connect veterans when they need those services.

A vast wealth of experiences gained from my professional and civic roles coupled with a solid base of knowledge of our local resources. I also think I know a few people around town, at least, I can call on when I need more information to help meet a need for a veteran and his or her family. What local entities do you expect to work closely with? Any of the local social, medical, mental health, housing, veterans, and any other service agencies that will work with me in service of local veterans. In addition, I plan to look toward our financial and business communities, as well as any other willing entities, for potential partnerships or assistance. You served in the military. How will that guide your work? Being a veteran gives me a place for connection with other veterans. Chances are good that we have some shared or related experiences in common, be it during our times of service or since then. I also believe I share a sensitivity to the concerns many of our families encounter or have overcome. What do you hope to accomplish as director? Regardless of the reasons we answered the call to serve our nation, the distinction of “veteran” means we served. Today, many of our veterans just want to reclaim their place at home or in the community, without fanfare but with simplicity, dignity, and respect. I want to help as many of our 4,100 veterans across Tompkins County who need it make those connections. Lastly, to say I am thankful for this opportunity is an understatement. My selection by Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino and members of the search committee, coupled with the show of confidence by the unanimous vote of the county legislature, excites me to no end. I’ve said thank you to God many times daily since the county tapped me. I plan to use this excitement as added motivation in service to our community of veterans across Tompkins County.•


▶▶ Thumbs Up - News broke last week that not only had the Ithaca Teachers Association and the Ithaca City School District come to an agreement on a record-breaking six year contract, but also that the teacher’s union membership had voted to ratify it. Hopefully, this will serve as a beneficial step considering some of the news that has come out of ICSD recently regarding student behavior and teacher complain about staffing.

▶▶ Thumbs Down - While it hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity, Mayor Svante Myrick tweeted last week that he had received a few phone calls regarding the possible sighting of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van in the area. There’s no good advice to offer here, as even the “know your rights” stuff seems to ring hollow when there’s no evidence those rights are actually being respected. Just stay safe. ▶▶ Seen - As noted online at this week, TCAT has decided that as part of its efforts to expand rural access to transportation, they are going to eliminate the additional fares in Zone 2, meaning the further reaches of Tompkins County will be able to ride TCAT buses without incurring extra expenses. Considering how often this is mentioned as a complaint, this seems like a low-risk, high-reward move. ▶▶ The most popular stories this week on are... 1. Two Trumansburg Teachers Retire 2. A challenger for Myrick emerges 3. William Henry Miller Inn sold to new owners 4. Tompkins County retailers in compliance with age limitations 5. Commons Playground stays shuttered for now


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ers Big Sisters Program. He remembers native Ithacan, Ahmed Telfair’s summers at GIAC Camp fondly. parents, Jacquelyn Bailor and AnBut with a large extended family thony Telfair, grew up in Tompkins nearby, Ahmed also sought time alone County. Ahmed’s ancestors, Peter and where his imagination could expand. For Phyllis Webb, were selected by the History fun, and with no special purpose in mind, Center for their bicentennial exhibition he wandered upon lots of subjects that “The Webbs: A Tompkins drew him in. County Family.” The Center Language: “I picked up highlighted the Webbs, “a Spanish in school,” he says. long-established family from “Japanese I learned since I Caroline, the Webbs and watched a lot of Japanese their descendants, who exemmedia.” On his own, Ahmed plify the strength, character, also picked up a smatterand dedication to family and ing of Swedish, German community that highlight the and Swahili, plus a little bit best of Tompkins County.” of Mandarin, Korean and Growing up with two Ukrainian. “I started using older sisters, a younger language apps like Duolingo sister, and a brother, Ahmed and Memrise daily, and attended Beverly J. Martin then searching YouTube for Elementary School, then Ahmed Telfair additional information,” he DeWitt Middle School, and says. “I can almost say I’m graduated from Ithaca High fluent in Japanese and SpanSchool in 2013. Ahmed ish, but for most of the other languages, especially loved being outdoors amongst I just know their alphabets and common the greenery, and spent time swimming phrases.” in Brooktondale Creek and in Treman Drawing: Ahmed spent a lot of time Park. He hiked with friends in the Youth Bureau’s Outing Club and hung out with continued on page 7 Dan, from the Youth Bureau’s Big Broth-

By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r 2019 Revisions to the International Directory of Intellectual Observation Testing Systems (IDIOTS) Guidelines


ntelligence Quotient (IQ) is a number meant to measure people’s cognitive abilities in relation to their age group. An IQ between 90 and 110 is considered average. What follows is the revised list of indicators with which, in the absence of other evidence, the presumed IQ of a subject may be reliably adjusted, from a starting point of 100 (average intellectual capabilities). These tools, while generally empirically valid, have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 IQ points. British Accent (All kinds, even Cockney) +12 points. This metric has been revised downward from last year’s guideline (+15) because of Brexit. Southern Accent -16 points. This is an upward revision from last year’s guideline (-12) due to the continued support in Kentucky for Mitch McConnell. Handlebar Moustache +9 points. Numerous studies have established a link between intelligence and looking like a walrus. Eyeglasses +10 points. Does not apply to eyeglasses with transition lenses. Over-Pampering Small Dog -7 points. Qualifying activities: transporting a dog in a stroller or baby carrier, the purchase of Neuticles or any similar testicular prosthetic product, throwing a birthday party for a dog, spending more than $55 on a dog bed. Loud Muffler -8 points. While it’s obvious that whoever has the louder muffler is the manliest, merely entering that contest is a sign of constricted mental agility. Ability to Name Two or More Kardashians -15 points. That’s pure science. Dry Martini Gin, +12 points. Vodka, +10 points. This does not apply to dirty martinis, appletinis, chocolate martinis, or anything else that includes ingredients other than gin, vodka or vermouth. In fact, subtract 4 points just for suggesting it.

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Mouthbreather -13 points. Last year’s class action by the slack-jawed notwithstanding, mouthbreathing is hardly the sign of a nimble mind. Backwards Baseball Hat -5 points. The five minutes during which a backwards baseball hat denoted a rebel spirit and a bold willingness to flaunt convection occurred during Ronald Reagan’s first term. Now it’s just a uniform and it makes no sense as far as taking advantage of the protection provided by the baseball hat design. Lipsmacker -6 points. Also, it’s really irritating. Having An Actual, Physical Book +10 points. Sightings are increasingly rare, but just in case. Can’t Read A Map -9 points. Thank you, GPS for making us dumber. Waited in Orlando, Florida to Hear a President Launch a Reelection Bid -21 points. That’s right, it starts you out at a presumed IQ of 79. Speaks More Than One Language +13 points. Being able to do a credible accent is by itself also plus 5 points. Suspenders and a Belt +5 points. Wearing suspenders and a belt simultaneously indicates a healthy respect for safety, gravity and well-secured pants, all of which is smart. Face Tattoo -9 points. Bespeaks an inability to conceive of a world years from now, in which one might regret a highlyvisible hasty decision. Musical Instrument +18 points. Except kazoos, which require only the ability to hum annoyingly. Baseball Knowledge +13 points. 75 years ago, knowing Whitey Kurowski’s batting average (it was .270) was common enough knowledge to clear you of suspicions of espionage in the hedgerows of Normandy. Now, baseball stats have acquired enough cachet to raise a presumption of braininess. Confederate Flag -17 points. No argument you can make will change this.

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playing video games growing up, saying that Parappa the Rapper, Rhythm Heaven and Super Smash Bros. were his favorites. He created an avatar to represent himself with 3D modeling and animations he picked up on YouTube. Over the years, Ahmed has linked up with people from all over the world. When playing games like VRChat, he enjoys conversing with all types of users. Ahmed explained that some unpopular users are “blocked” (muted), but he continues the conversations with those folks as well. Ahmed early on perceived that people are continually developing, and he models his mother’s generous attitude— ”It’s good to have at least one person around when you feel like everyone else has given up on you,” he says. “Art and music: I liked to draw, usually just comics, and had friends who drew a lot as well,” he says. “I did like music, probably because of the Parappa the Rapper game. I played viola in elementary school with NYSSMA and sang in Vitamin L from 2005 to about 2015. After high school, Ahmed spent a year away studying theater and art in college. But the pull to return to Ithaca was strong. Finding that he could pursue his interests on his own, Ahmed completed his associate’s degree in psychology at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). After TC3, Ahmed did a short stint working at Papa John’s Pizza, cashiering and manning the oven, alongside his

sister Ja-Toni. Both tall and engaging, between them they knew lots of the customers and the work shifts passed quickly. From there, Ahmed moved to Jo-Ann Fabrics, and for the next two years he learned lots more about commerce. Nowadays, friends and fans of Ahmed chat briefly as he runs the register at Aldi’s, while sister Ja-Toni manages Papa John’s across Route 13. After sampling some of the popular local retail franchises, Ahmed has some hilarious anecdotes which he relates in his understated style. None of the humor is at anyone’s expense. Underlying all that Ahmed shares in his interview, is a sympathetic, non-judgmental attitude to others. Wherever he has studied or worked, he has learned new skills, sharpened his observations of the world, and made new friends. As a keen observer of the world around him, Ahmed describes many strong points of growing into adulthood in his home community. With praise for his family, his employers and co-workers, he appreciates this diverse community he comes in contact with, including people from so many countries he has learned about, maybe even studied their language. Ahmed is hard-pressed to identify anything missing in Ithaca, but he does come up with one idea: “For young adults who are not in college, not coffee drinkers, not nighttime club goers, it would be nice to have more social places to hang out,” he says. “When friends want to get together, we may sit and talk and draw together at Center Ithaca or at the Library, but we are still looking for the ideal place.”•

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back to the community. The group also issues “The Guide to Being Local,” a coupon book that features testimonies and stories of Ithaca area businesses, and has put on other campaigns to promote community businesses. In addition to the playful festivities, the organizers also commissioned a study by Civic Economics, an economic analysis firm, to look into the “recirculation of revenue,” or the amount of revenue that goes back into the surrounding community.. Each business that opted in completed a survey about its business practices and their revenue distribution. The study found a difference of more than 30% between the revenue circulation of local and national businesses. While national chain eateries recirculated 30.4% of revenue, independently-owned businesses recirculated around 65%. The same analysis was done with retailers, which estimated that 13.6% of national retailers’ revenue recirculates, in comparison to 46.7% of local retailers. Civic Economics looked at local eateries like Purity Ice Cream, Cafe Dewitt and Red Feet Wine Market & Spirit Provisions, and compared their revenues to national chain eateries Red Lobster, Olive Garden, McDonald’s and P.F. Chang’s; the same model was used

for retailers. The Civic Economics study demonstrates the importance of shopping local for community wellbeing, according to Norman, a longtime local business owner. Norman has run Ithacamade, a gift shop nestled in Dewitt Mall, for 11 years, and started a clothing line, Silk Oak, 42 years ago with her friend. Norman highlighted the histories of other local hotspots, pointing to GreenStar’s and Ithaca Bakery’s longevity, noting that part of the importance of these businesses is the development of a “local business ecosystem.” The bookkeeper at a local retail store may contract art from a local graphic artist, Norman said as a hypothetical example of the interconnectedness of independent businesses. Aside from a social media campaign, buttons and other activities, one part of the week’s festivities will be an “Indie Challenge” where participants try to see if they can meet their needs by only purchasing products from locally-owned and locallyoperated business. Celebrating locally-owned businesses alongside Independence Day is fitting, Norman said, because “it is patriotic, the fact that anybody could start their own business.”•

tures where we could jump six feet down onto hard concrete, and we *liked* it! (Huh, I wonder if that’s why my knees are going bad...) Jim Laux, via Facebook


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Dear Editor,


he hypocrisy of the anti-vaccination mind set is blatantly revealed by the fact that all antivaccers undoubtedly “vaccinate” and protect their computers against electronic viruses, but refuse to protect their children. Let the children crash, but protect the precious, dead machines at all cost. I can only shake my head and wonder where their priorities truly lie, knowing their arguments have not one defensible leg to stand on. Is it not our collective policy to eliminate the conscious efforts of those who threaten our personal, public, and national security? With any luck, Darwinian evolution will come through and do the eliminating for us. Nicholas Hyduke Ithaca

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o happy to hear this. Considering mass shooters often have a history of domestic violence, I think that reason alone could be used in this case. While a course may not solve every problem and stop toxic relationships, it will no doubt have a positive impact on many. Melissa Grey, via Facebook

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ongratulations Karen and Larry! Job well done! Enjoy every second of your retirement! Sally McDonnell Taylor, via Facebook

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By M att Bu tler thaca’s skies will illuminate on July 3 as they have for years, celebrating America’s Independence Day with a nighttime fireworks display hosted at Stewart Park by the Rotary Club of Ithaca, the City of Ithaca, and the Friends of Stewart Park, who have banded together to reinvigorate the event over the last few years. The event will run from 6 to 9:45 p.m., when the fireworks will be launched. The Smoking Loons will perform starting at around 8 p.m., and donations can be made during the event or online at the event’s GiveGab. A rain date of July 5 has been scheduled if necessary. Rotary Club spokesperson Dale Johnson said this is the third year of working with the city, as the event continues to grow since its migration back to downtown Ithaca, pulling in more agencies as it strengthens. The growth is even obvious in the amount of services Johnson must pro8  T

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tainment earlier in the day, more variety in terms of food, just make it more attractive.” Johnson said the Rotary Club became involved in the event after several other hosts felt unable to host it anymore. That includes Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and an effort made by Downtown

Ithaca Alliance to keep the event going as well. That was in 2017, but the event has steadily expanded since then, regaining the foothold that years spent outside of downtown Ithaca had helped deteriorate. Johnson has visions of growing the event even more, hopefully revitalizing it to the point that it recaptures the excitement of yesteryear, a goal he has held onto since the rotary club first took over the event. “There was a real interest, I think just generally, to make this more than just shooting off the fireworks,” Johnson said. “And I think there’s a real interest in showing off what’s possible in Stewart Park and Cass Park, and showcasing what a wonderful place somewhere like Stewart Park can be for that.” The fireworks show has been a mainstay for midsummer in the city since 1947, when it was originally organized by Sam Woodside, who was the sports director at radio station WHCU at the time. And it has had its fair share of quirky ups and downs, including in 1979, when there was

and you were more up close rain so heavy that the event and personal than you were the was canceled, resulting in a big ones that shot off in the air. substantial loss of expected The shows were amazing, the money for the event’s organizstadium was packed, it was a ers. That led longtime firereal community event.” works leader Fran Benedict to “Back then, I guess we declare in a Cornell Chronicle weren’t quite as safety-conarticle that, from the next year scious of distance between forward, he would resist all where they would launch firefuture attempts to cancel the works and where crowds were,” event, regardless of weather Ithaca Fire Chief Tom Parsons conditions (this was a comsaid, a hint of humor in his ment made, perhaps, tonguevoice. “We worked in tighter in-cheek). quarters, so the degree of safety Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick was a lot less at that time.” and Johnson met before the In retrospect, the event’s event in 2017, with Myrick exprevious form seems like a depressing enthusiasm that the bacle waiting to happen, but it Rotary Club would shoulder is remembered warmly. Holthe load of the event. Myrick comb is a lifelong Ithacan and is a long-time supporter of recalled heading up the hill the fireworks display, fondly to Schoellkopf Field with her remembering it from his childdad (former Ithaca Mayor Ed hood as one of his favorite anConley) and siblings every year nual holidays. to see the show. Times have “As a kid, we didn’t have changed now, obviously; there much, but on Independence are no more rogue water fights, Day we all looked up at the and ground displays have been same night sky,” Myrick wrote. done away with, both for safety “I love that it’s a celebration of reasons. America, our freedom, and our But as she sees the fireworks city. I especially love that it’s show gaining momentum the same for every family, rich again, Holcomb embraces difor poor.” ferent aspects of the event, like The Ithaca fireworks show the simple fact of it becoming stands prominently in the an integral community hapmemories of local residents, pening again. Holcomb’s favorparticularly those who can reite spot to watch the show is member decades ago when the from Cass Park, where she can displays were held at Cornell avoid the crowds for the most University’s Schoellkopf Field. part while still having a good Although it’s simply an annual vantage point (even though, fireworks display, surely held she admits, avoiding the traffic in thousands of other locations on the roads is impossible). throughout America that week, “Being able to bring them the pyrotechnics do seem to back home to Ithaca and the hold a significant place in the Th e a n n ua l e v e n t i s b ac k t o at t r ac t i n g t h o u s a n d s d ow n t ow n f o r Stewart Park venue is actuhearts of Ithacans who grew n e a r - I n d e p e n d e n c e Day f e s t i v i t i e s . ( P h o t o b y D e w e y N e i l d) ally really, really amazing [...] I up with it, and they were sad two groups and turn the hoses on each nicely. ” hope everybody appreciates all when different external facother. What happened then was a test of The recollections of those years hold that it takes to keep this running,” Holtors caused the show to move to differwills, as more and more firefighters were similarly: while waiting for the sky to comb said. “The Rotary Club has really ent venues: first over to Ithaca College on blown away by the power of the hoses unstepped up and they’ve done an amazSouth Hill, but then out of the city entirely darken enough to see the full spectacle of til just one was left standing on one of the the fireworks, crowds would gather in and ing job of getting contributions and putto TC3. teams, signaling the other as the winner. around Schoellkopf Field, where Cornell’s ting together all of the volunteers that it “A lot of people have had very fond “I think a couple of times the Big Red football games were held. In order to avoid takes [...] We might not have hose fights memories of that, going back to the days marching band would come out and play, lighting the field’s playing surface aflame, anymore, or ground displays, for safety when it was at Schoellkopf, and really anything to kill time until it got dark Ithaca Fire Department firefighters would reasons, but to have music playing and didn’t want to see that tradition end for enough to shoot them off,” City Clerk Julie food vendors and to make it a big commuspray down the field with fire hoses. At lack of an organizing agency,” Johnson Holcomb said, especially emphasizing the some point during this process, either out nity picnic where everybody’s on an equal said. “I think it was a very good match ground displays that were popular at the of boredom, orneriness, or a desire to enplaying field [...] I think every year it gets a for us and the city to combine forces and time. “They were fun and kind of squirrely tertain, the firefighters would split off into little more special.”• put it on, and so far it’s worked out very Ju ne

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Ithaca High School rowers savoring time as a duo By Ste ve L aw re nc e


t is no secret that teenagers like to “sleep in” during the summer, and Isabelle Zanen and Deborah Hoffstaetter, both rising seniors at Ithaca High School, are no exception. If one, however, were to ask most high school students if they would like to try Isabelle and Deborah’s “sleeping in” schedule, they would likely decline. On a typical morning, Isabelle gets up, takes in a significant number of calories, and hops on her bicycle to ride six miles to her morning rowing practice. That session starts at 8 a.m., and she and Deborah (her doubles partner) row for two hours, then climb back on their bikes and ride home. Isabelle said, “Last summer, we did double sessions, but this year we’re doing one per day and training on our own.” Both rowers started rowing for the Cascadilla Boat Club (CBC) as middle-

schoolers, and Isabelle offered, “I started when I was 12, in seventh grade, and I recruited Deborah.” She added, “My dad rowed at a university in the Netherlands, and Deborah has several family members who are rowers.”

just returned from the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals (held in Sarasota, Florida), where they finished first in the B Division (equivalent to seventh in the nation). According the U.S. Rowing website, “The championships serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, with approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country—all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.” The trip to Florida is a story on its own, as the pair woke up at 3 a.m. and were driven to Syracuse by Teresa Allessio, their coach. They chose an early flight so they could get on the water and practice, but when they took their boat (which had been driven down from Newark) off its trailer, they were amazed to observe that it bent in the middle in the 90-degree heat. The athletes had trained in coats and hats to prepare for the heat, but the boat was

Deborah Hoffstaetter and Isabelle Zanen do not have your typical teenage summer. (Photo provided)

As for the 8 a.m. practice time, it does feel like sleeping in to the pair, who are on the water at 6 a.m. during the spring and fall rowing seasons. The hard work is paying off, as evidenced by the fact that they

apparently unprepared. This unexpected twist necessitated that they rent a different boat (fortunately, a team had brought two and thus had an extra one), and they set about the task of

changing the settings and trying to adjust to the unfamiliar vessel. The boat was also constructed from a different material, and all the extra adjusting and practicing resulted in a 13th-place finish in their first race. That dismal result landed them in the last (and most undesirable) lane for the semi-final heat, which was disappointing given their knowledge that a boat had never won from that lane. Isabelle and Deborah were determined to reverse that trend, given all they had been through to get into the semis, and they did so, winning both the semi-final and the final. That impressive showing on the big stage is a point of pride for the CBC, as the pair was the first from the club ever to go to Nationals. It also gives Isabelle and Deborah extra motivation as they train for another upcoming big event. “We are currently working toward competing in the Canadian Henley,” Isabelle said. “We hope to finish in the top three, but it’s a big international race, so we know what a challenge it will be.” Isabelle said the pair would like to continue in college, if presented the opportunity. When asked if she and Deborah would like to attend the same school, Isabelle said they would, but she added “In college rowing, the boats have either eight rowers, or four. There are no doubles in collegiate rowing, so we would not be able to row as a pair. That will have to wait until after college, maybe at the masters’ level.” •

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original dedication ceremony; the pledge of allegiance was led by the family of James Graves, the former town supervisor who led the pledge five decades ago. The program also featured speeches from invested community members, including Howe, Tompkins County Public Library director Annette Birdsall, and Ithaca City School District superintendent Luvelle Brown. They highlighted the importance of shared history, the values of reading and writing, and the unifying space that is a public library. “The day is significant because this library has been founded [...] and funded through community support since the beginning, and they thought of the library for the future when the Old Library was being built,” Birdsall said ahead of the ceremony. Birdsall invited those who had been students and written notes over 50 years ago to come forward and read them aloud. A handful of attendees walked forward and shared the short messages written by students. After the box was emptied, the items were laid out on the table and people unwrapped the tiny gelatin capsules for themselves to read. Eventually, all of the items of the capsule will be archived and displayed for public viewing at the History Center. “People need to know history,” Bagnardi Farr said, “because that’s part of who we are.”•

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currency, and other documents, county historian Carol Kammen explained on Saturday. Last December, the Old Library was demolished after a plan for a senior living provider to take the building’s space was approved. Amid concerns about asbestos, the cornerstone was pried from the building and the time capsule was seen for the first time in years. The box was scheduled to be opened 100 years after its initial burial, in 2068, but after the demolition it was decided it would be opened this year. The copper box was sealed shut and required a team to carefully remove the lid prior to the ceremony, said Rod Howe, director of the Tompkins County Center for History and Culture. Finally, the box was opened, and county legislators were invited to assist in the unveiling process as audience members leaned forward and stood in anticipation. The contents were removed as sighs, laughter and gasps punctuated their presentation to the viewers. Inside, tucked next to a hefty copy of The Ithaca Journal and other piles of papers from the time, a shoe-box-sized box was heavily wrapped in paper and string. The box was filled to the brim with tiny notes that were tightly rolled into gelatin capsules, where students had scrawled quick quips about reading or libraries. Saturday’s presentation mirrored the

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represented by Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents professional athContin u ed From Page 3 letes such as LeBron James, Ben Simmons, John Wall, Draymond Green and Anthony NBA Summer League. Davis. “It’s really just a relief, but you’re also Morgan is the all-time leading scorer excited and ready for the opportunity,” for the Big Red with 2,333 points, a total Morgan said. that is the second-most in Ivy In a prior interLeague history as well. This view, Morgan said was the third time Morgan he received interest declared for the draft, but the from teams such as first time he did not withdraw the Cleveland Cavfrom it. He declared for the aliers, Milwaukee draft after his sophomore and “I think it’s going to Bucks, New York years at Cornell, but did come down to effort junior Knicks, Minnenot sign with an agency. sota Timberwolves, [...] They just want The NBA Summer League and the Charlotte will take place on July 5-15. to see how hard Hornets, but not Morgan said he is ready to you play, how you from the Rapprove himself worthy of a spot communicate, how tors. Despite this, on the team’s roster. Morgan said he you interact with “I think it’s going to come was not surprised the coaches, with down to effort, playing both that he received an sides of the ball and being as offer from the Rap- the players.” consistent as possible,” he said. -Matt Morgan tors since he had “They just want to see how worked out with hard you play, how you comthe team prior to municate, how you interact the draft. with the coaches, with the “To be able to go players.” back and prove that “I’m really just going to I’ve gotten better go down there and be myself, which has with time, to be able to go out in the Sum- gotten me to this point,” he said. “But on mer League and actually play for a team the court, just being able to lock in and that just came off of an NBA championdo what’s asked of me offensively and ship, is surreal,” he said. defensively.”• Morgan announced back in April that - A n d r e w S u l l i va n he will be declaring for the draft and MATT MORGAN


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New York State authorizes third Tompkins County Judge


uring the end of the legislative session, both houses of the New York State Legislature passed legislation authorizing a third Tompkins County Judge. Presently, the bill awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature. The law will come into effect as soon as it’s signed, with the election for the judgeship taking place with the general election in November. According to a press release from Tomp-

kins County, the judge would be seated in January. A third Tompkins County judgeship was first recommended in 2016 by the Tompkins County Municipal Courts Task Force with county legislators urging the bill to continue since then. The bill to create a third Tompkins County justice, along with three additional Supreme Court judges in New York City, were all sponsored in

the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who was pleased with this bill’s passage, according to the release. “I’m very pleased to have championed the passage of this bill by the legislature, which will create a third county court judge for Tompkins County,” Lifton said. “The number of judges has not kept pace with the growth of the county’s population over the years, producing an overly heavy caseload for our judges and longer waits in jail. Increasing the number of Tompkins County court judges from two to three will result in more balanced caseloads and a more efficient court system. This legislation only allows four new judges across the entire state, and I’m extremely pleased that Tompkins County will get one of them.” Tompkins County Court judges preside over the County, Surrogate and Family Courts, in addition to five specialized courts: Family Treatment Court, Sexual Offender Supervision Court, Felony Drug Treatment Court, Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and the new Wellness and Recovery Court, established this spring. Tompkins County Judges also have the acting capacity in assisting the Supreme Court caseload in the county. While drafting a memo to state leaders, the county identified the specialized courts as critical to the bevy of Alternatives to Incarceration programs that are active in Tompkins County. The lack of a third judge to efficiently process cases has been noted as a major barrier in moving people through the county court system and out of jail.

Martha Robertson, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, mentioned how the county’s population has grown and should be matched in the number of judges. “Tompkins County’s population has grown 60% in the 50 years since we last had an increase in the number of judges, and we have needed this new court to make our local criminal justice system function more fairly and efficiently,” Robertson said. “We are deeply grateful for Assemblywoman Lifton’s advocacy in making the case to Legislative leadership, together with a broad coalition including Senators Tom O’Mara and Pam Helming, Presiding Justice Elizabeth Garry and Administrative Judge Molly Fitzgerald, and many strong local advocates as well.” Robertson said it’s early to tell what new opportunities will be presented with an additional judge, but did mention that there have been ongoing discussions regarding the establishment of a veterans court or a DWI court, in the same vein as the newly-established mental health court. But those talks have been only preliminary. Ultimately, the state’s decision just further shows Tompkins County that its plans to add property and expand its office space were necessary, seen recently with the purchase of properties on Sears Street. “It’s better to know now than a year from now,” Robertson said. “It certainly reinforces that we need to get out of the main courthouse. It just really emphasizes that we need more space.”•

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IT: There’s a lot about class in your novel: Schiap had privilege; Chanel was self-made. JM: Which is one reason I couldn’t hate Chanel even if I wanted to: She was born with nothing, pulled herself up by her bootstraps, By Barbara Adams and became one of the richest women in the world. thaca writer Jeanne Mackin returns IT: As in your previous novels, we access to France in her seventh historithese historical figures through the progress cal novel, “The Last Collection: A of a female protagonist: here, the young Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco American widow, Lily, a fledgling artist who Chanel.” She’ll be reading from joins her charming brother in Paris and ends it on Wednesday, June 26, at 5:30 up connected to both designers. Without p.m. at Buffalo Street Books. Mackin spoke giving too much away, how did you decide to with Ithaca Times journalist Barbara Adams have Lily fall for a German soldier? recently about her interest in these JM: My editor suggested it. I resisted influential, competitive fashion designat first, then researching German ers and their era. Responses have been POWs, I realized it worked as a storyedited for clarity. line. German boys and men didn’t have Ithaca Times: When did you first a choice of whether to join the army; become aware of Coco Chanel? it was required; a lot (like Otto) didn’t Jeanne Mackin: Probably in high support Hitler and didn’t want to be school, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, with those there. little tweed jackets and Chanel N°5. I IT: Lily eventually comes into her read teen and fashion magazines she own as an artist. You’ve featured artwas featured in. But I didn’t catch onto ists in some of your earlier novels ... Elsa Schiaparelli until about 10 years JM: I like to work with characters ago, when I became interested in the that are visual. This is a book about Parisian surrealists like Dali and Man color, and yet for me, color is a personal Ray. Schiaparelli was part of that crowd; challenge. I’m not a visual person: I she thought of herself as an artist, think in words and dream in dialogue, bringing clothing and art together. I not images. So in Lily I had to create a was so fascinated by the bitterly intense life much more attuned with the visual rivalry between these two women that I world and color than I am. It’s my wanted to explore that situation: where weakness and I’m trying to make it my it came from, what it meant on a larger strength. scale for a country, a world, heading IT: Interesting, as you’re married into World War II. Politics and fashion to Stephen Poleskie, an artist who’s really ran together for a few years there. worked in many mediums. IT: You include both Schiaparelli’s JM: I’ve learned so much from Steve: communist leanings and Chanel’s Before we met, I took sight for granted, German ties, and how the women without knowing there were skills assoresponded and survived in occupied ciated with it. He taught me that visual France. art has to be more than imitation; it’s JM: In the four years I was researchtranslating something into new image ing the book, I read many biographies Jeanne Mackin’s seventh novel, “The Last Collection: A Novel and metaphor. of Chanel. One author insists she was of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel” revisits France, a IT: This is your second novel about a spy for the Germans, but I don’t favorite of Mackin’s previous works. (Photo provided) World War II. What is the particular think that can be safely asserted. She pull of that time? was a good friend of Churchill; maybe JM: Mostly that there were moments she passed information to both sides. when history could have been changed, Documents that might have clarified when leaders could have realized earlier that her role were destroyed by the French govern- In her fashions she epitomized the healthy, appeasement and isolationism weren’t going to athletic, liberated woman, with simple lines, ment after the war. I decided not to villainize work—these two things allowed World War II, practicality, the lack of froufrou. Schiaparelli, her: villains don’t make interesting books; and, to a large extent, indifference. I think a lot in contrast, epitomized daring, individuality, characters have to be more complicated. and the art of clothing, almost to a fault. Some of people thought if you ignore Hitler, he’ll go I see Chanel as an extremely difficult away. A lot of this novel is about other people’s of her clothes were so impractical they disinperson—vindictive, completely dedicated to indifference to pain. tegrated—but they were art. And she worked her work and her career, and ultimately a very IT: You’ve set several novels now in in collaboration with artists, with Dali on the lonely, solitary woman—whereas Schiaparelli France.What’s the fascination? famous lobster dress; the Duchess of Windsor was whimsical, hard-working, very self-abJM: Some of my ancestors were from wore it and didn’t even realize it was a phallic sorbed, highly creative, in some ways quite France; I love the language, the food, the joke. generous and a true patriot. scenery, the history. My home feels like a small A hat shaped like shoe? A joke, but also an IT: What’s been your personal interest in stone village with very narrow cobbled streets. identifiable brand. Schiap had an intellectual, fashion? Whenever I’m there I feel like this is where creative family background and could afford JM: Very minimal to begin with: I was a I’m supposed to be. France has such a huge, tomboy as a kid, a hippie as a young adult, and to take risks with irony and puns—unlike beautiful cultural history to it—and a good when working I was too minimum-wage poor Coco, who’d been abandoned by her father, taught by nuns in an orphanage, and was terri- part has been women’s history. As the French to afford couture. When I was revising this saying goes, What women will, God wills. book, right then women were out marching in fied of risks.

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their pink pussy hats, and I realized that fashion isn’t just about buying expensive designer clothes. I remembered as a hippie what our style of clothing said about our political ideology, and how when women wanted to look powerful in the workplace they padded their shoulders like men. So my interest in fashion isn’t necessarily what clothes look like but what they say. IT: So what did the work of these two designers mean? JM: Coco Chanel is deservedly famous for liberating the female body—from corsets, picture hats, skirts you couldn’t move in.

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Legally Blonde

Slew of stellar performances carry CRT show By Br yan VanC ampe n


can’t begin to remember how many hundreds of movies I saw just once, only to see them attain their own loyal fans over the years. Once these things get out there, they wind up on cable and peoples’ DVD libraries. People watch them

all the time. Take the 2001 rom-com called “Legally Blonde.” I saw it once, and now it’s been adapted for the musical stage. I remember liking Reese Witherspoon and the flick, but it never occurred to me that this was any kind of dry run for a song and

dance show, which was first produced in January 2007. For those who haven’t seen the film, the story concerns Elle Woods (Lara Hayhurst), a California sorority girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend Warner (Jeffrey Keller) when he gets accepted to Harvard Law School. With her dog Bruiser (played by the adorable and well-trained Ricky) on her arm, Elle decides to go to Harvard and win Warner back. Against the odds, Elle finds her inner lawyer and lands an intern spot working for hard-nosed Professor Callahan (Greg Bostwick) on a murder case involving a celebrity fitness guru (Caitlin Lester-Sams). And there’s another guy in the mix, good guy student Emmett (Woody Minshaw).

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Lara Hayhurst stars as Elle Woods in the CRT production of “Legally Blonde,” which plays through July 6. (Photo provided)

Once you’ve seen the show, it all works like a charm. The opening number, “Omigod You Guys,” sets the fun, bubblegum millennial vibe right away, with Elle and her sorority sisters freaking out, gossiping about Elle’s relationship, and, of course, texting and taking selfies at every opportunity. The fitness celebrity gets a nice number, “Whipped Into Shape” and Bostwick’s droll take on “Blood in the Water” makes legal intrigue hummable and fun. Space prohibits the listing of every performer in this sprightly show, but they all work as a seamless ensemble, playing multiple roles and changing scenery. As usual, Kennedy Salters, so great in “Newsies” and “Saturday Night Fever” last year, steals every moment she’s in as Paulette, owner of the local hair salon. And Steven Martella brought the house down on Saturday night playing a randy UPS man. The orchestra is fine, though the vocal mix is muddy here and there during large ensemble scenes. Shelley Barish’s set design is worth mentioning. Going in, I wondered how Cortland Repertory Theatre would recreate everything from a California frat house to Harvard Yard and more. Barish has eschewed any “realism” and instead has concocted a set that looks like something you would have seen on a ‘60s variety show: backing panels that fly in and out, boxes onstage and stacks of more boxes with lights inside. The result is a much more imaginative and impressionistic notion, allowing the audience to fill in the ambiance on their own.

Cortland Repertory Theatre Legally Blonde, book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Neil Benjamin. Directed by Trey Compton, choreography by Matt Couvillon, music direction by Jacob Carll, scenic design by Shelley Barish, costume design by Jennifer Dasher. At CRT through July 6.


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that allows them atchto share their love ing of play and make the more of an impact Cirque Us performon the audience. In ers leap onto each Ithaca, that place other’s shoulders, is Circus Culture, toss juggling balls which this year is in perfect sync and not only hosting mamba to the beat the performances during a rehearsal, and workshops it’s hard to believe the company will their new sumoffer but also giving mer production is Cirque Us a place being created from to create their new scratch in a mere show from scratch. 11 days. Stewart founded Such speed is the company in only possible be2016 while still in cause the company college (studying directors let the business). Dryden performers’ skills calls him “an overset the show, rather Some of the Cirque US performers achiever” because than looking for show off their moves during a recent despite founding artists who can fill practice session. (Photo provided) the company, perpre-set roles. forming and setting “We write the up bookings from show from the enhis dorm room, Stewart still managed to semble backward,” says company founder graduate in three years. Doug Stewart. “We cast the people first “The idea came to me in 2014 when I and then build the show.” was in Circus Smirkus as one of Jesse’s stuThe result? A dynamic production and happy artists. Rena Dimes, who specializes dents,” explains Stewart. “It was the most fun I’d ever had and I wondered, how can I in aerials and contortion, spent the last year performing across Europe in what she keep doing this?” The company spends long hours called a “plug-and-play” company. “I love Cirque Us because I have full say together, so getting along is as important to their success as their circus skills. The in what we do,” she says. “We can make ensemble serves as its own road crew and what we want to see on stage.” must do everything: sound, lights, set-up. This summer’s show, “RagTag: a Circus “Sometimes we even sell the tickets,” in Stitches,” invites the audience, as the says Stewart. “Everyone is wearing 17 difwebsite says, to be “entwined with our ferent hats. There’s such a passion among group of mismatched artists as they stitch the performers, such a go-get-‘em attitude. together a tapestry of talents: from highThey’re getting up at 6 a.m., driving for flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialfour hours, setting up the show, perists, to loopy jugglers, to musicians that forming 21-hour days and loving every pull your heart strings, and comedy that minute.” leaves you in stitches.” On top of everything else they do for Most circuses today focus on the solo the show, many of the artists also provide act, celebrating individual achievement. live music. But not Cirque Us, a uniquely ensembleWith Cirque Us, the fourth wall is centric company—their goal is to create a new genre of circus. They’re not interested completely permeable. The performers play with the audience, who are invited in simply creating spectacle; they want to to participate from their seats. Each show show technique and the human element. includes a meet-and-greet afterward and Show director Jesse Dryden explains that circus performers’ incredible feats can interactions with the performers before the make them seem superhuman to the audi- show. As Stewart puts it, “We invite the audience into our world so everyone can feel ence. At the same time, the audience is that they’ve been seen and been a part of it.” aware that they’re watching someone risk The workshops offered in Ithaca on failure (though in a safe environment), and when a performer falters, it communi- Friday, June 28 span the gamut, from tight wire to club passing, trapeze to diablo, cates what it means to be human. “When beginning to advanced. They’re priced for we see such extreme skill it’s a balance beaccessibility, at $20 per session. tween humanizing and deifying,” he says. Tickets for the June 29 and 30 perforAdds Stewart: “Our artists are drawn to mances and workshop registration are showing audiences anything is possible.” online at Cirque Us performs in intimate venues

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Reggae Fest Returns By Mat t Butl e r


s Ithaca’s festival season continues, one of the area’s newest annual events returns to celebrate the strong local reggae tradition.. This year’s Reggae Festival, being held this weekend, will feature a full day of reggae music on Saturday, bookended by pre- and post-parties held at the Haunt. Tickets are still available for $40 and $30 for a weekend pass or Saturday-only ticket, respectively, though prices rise slightly for day-of purchases. The event is familyfriendly and kids under the age of 16 can enter for free. The festival is organized by Michael Mazza, Russ Friedell and a team of others, and held to benefit Cayuga Lake protection efforts; over its first two years, over $10,000 has been raised for the cause, according to organizers. In addition to music, the festival will again feature educational and environmental aspects, including the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom and other ways to provide hands-on learning experiences that shed light on the importance of future care of the Finger Lakes.

Of course, the most important element of any music festival is the lineup, and the organizers’ excitement over this year’s roster of performers is palpable. The main event will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Ithaca’s historic Stewart Park, featuring performances from legendary Grammy Award-winning Jamaican recording artists Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie (although Robbie dropped out with health issues), alongside Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, Double Tiger, Cha Cha & The Medicinals, Dub Apocalypse, E.N. Young, and The Analogue Sons. “They’re pretty iconic, they’re pretty well-known,” Friedell said of several of the performing acts, in particular Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie. “So for us to get them is a pretty big deal.” Friedell said they strive to make the festival a full community event, and to that end they have. The official pre-party on Friday, June 28 will feature a DJ sound clash, and the after-party on Saturday, June 29 will be hosted by The Crucials. Both parties will be held at The Haunt. There

traditional Caribbean strongholds. The city’s relationship with reggae is something people would know had they attended last year’s festival, when organizers and the History Center teamed up to create a timeline of reggae culture in Ithaca as well as make a booth where people could share their reggae experiences from the area. Friedell said the idea for the festival was originally born out of an affinity for the traditional final day of the Ithaca Festival, which was held on Sunday at Stewart Park. The final day became a favorite of Mazza’s and others who enjoy reggae and liked the outside park setting, and in 2017 they decided to build a separate event to celebrate the genre. He said he Sights from last year’s Reggae Festival, including thinks the festival has given a Yao Foli Augustine, also known as Cha Cha, who larger platform to the still-burwill be performing with Cha Cha and the Medicinals geoning reggae scene in Ithaca this year. (Photo by Allison Usavage) during its first two years, and with increasingly prominent will also be a wallride and street jam in the names gracing the marquee, that could Art and Skateboard Village. That feature continue. will be in Stewart Park, sponsored and “Our goal is to really give back, and produced by the Greater Ithaca Activities have this be an educational, fun thing Center in partnership with the festival. where people can come with their family Ithaca’s reggae bloodlines run fairly and have a really fun day relaxing,” Friedell deep, Friedell said, especially considersaid. “It’s about a community, it’s not about ing how far removed it is from the genre’s us trying to make a buck, which a lot of

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Strewn Forgotten Gathered ReImagined Rethinking Garbage at the CSMA By Ambe r D onof r io

useful, a new piece of trash. Caroline Byrne’s “Trash Pictures Behind TOPS and Stewart Park” elevate trash to a new level of poise. Framed beautifully with nature, the pieces of refuse blend with the landscape. In one, a mannequin head lays in the lake, parallel to fallen branches, the water a deep blue around it. In another, a puzzle piece sticks out from underbrush and the roots of a tree. The white and rigid structure of the puzzle piece is juxtaposed against the more organic edges of the earth, yet somehow still seems in place. Environmentalism has become a pressing issue over the past many years and “Strewn Forgotten Gathered ReImagined” does a strong job of reasserting the

importance of awareness and does so via a very local and accessible lens. Along with that, it’s nice to see a fully-curated show with a purpose, something that, despite Ithaca’s art-focused community, can at times be far and few between. The show could have benefited from a prominentlydisplayed show statement to press the points further, and admittedly some of the artworks appeared a touch out of place— Robin Tropper-Herbel’s found objects, for example, were intriguing enough for a standalone show, but here carried an air of nostalgic mystique in conflict with the more environmental-lens of the rest of the show. Overall, however, “Strewn Forgotten Gathered ReImagined” was certainly a success.

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zine hangs within the gallery, its insides marked with pages of blue marker script calling for action. “While plastic can be a hero to modern society,” an excerpt reads, “we must remember that the production of this artificial, almost-too-resilient material is in our hands. And we have been greatly abusing our power.” The piece, Alyssa Anderson’s “Every Piece of Plastic Ever Made Will Outlive You” zine, is joined in the gallery by another work of the same name, in which the artist showcases plastic collected from around the Cayuga Lake area. Displayed against the wall, as if presenting a case study, there’s anything from caution tape, a tampon applicator, and an NSYNC CD to cigarette butts, ear buds, and much more. These benign everyday objects add up. “Strewn Forgotten Gathered ReImagined” is a show displayed at the Community School of Music and Art (CSMA) through July, and was created in collaboration with Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Glorious Trash Birds (a local Facebook group), both of whom regularly work together to pick up trash along the inlet and watershed areas. Artists within the group take claim to some of the findings and repurpose the objects into works of art, intended both to create artworks and to promote a larger message of awareness toward the amount of trash we produce regularly and the need for more environmental and sustainable thinking. Within the show, Nancy Corwin Ma-

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lina repurposed plastic straws into a dense forest. They populate a shadow box with crusted dark bark and a shredded mess of foliage, dipped thickly in acrylic paint colored with coffee grounds. One wouldn’t have guessed that the work was created from literal garbage, including Styrofoam and headphone wire, along with the actual straws. Magdalena Zink’s “Cups” works, of which there are five in the show in total, take disposable cups from Gimmie Coffee and deconstructs them to their core materials. Separating the plastic and paper of each cup, Zink flattens the materials and lays them out against the wall, creating a surface that is unrecognizable and appears similar to handmade paper. In my mind, the works are beautiful in aesthetic: crinkled and uneven, rough at the edges. But, again, they also carry a message, highlighting the push and pull between resources we use, in this case the plastic and paper of our coffee cups that most often can’t be recycled. Interestingly, trash has proven to be a fruitful subject matter for photographers as well, whose works in the show appear thoughtful and emotive. Marsha Taichman’s “#underwearincollegetown” series documents a slew of colorful underthings happened upon outside, from a neglected nude-colored bra strung over a curb to black Calvin Klein briefs deserted on some grass. Devoid of their owners, the underwear becomes displaced—a glimpse of an untold story and also, proven no longer

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Blue Skies | 2:00 PM, | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca

6/26 Wednesday Newfield Music Series at Mill Park | 6:00 PM, | Billy Cote & Mary Lorson | Mill Park, Newfield The Dennis Winge Trio | 6:00 PM, | Monks on the Commons, Ithaca

After Market | 7:00 PM, | The Westy, Ithaca Janet Batch | 7:00 PM, | Two Goats Brewing, Burdett

Group Therapy | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector

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Sabouyouma | 9:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca

2019 CFCU Summer Concert Series | 6:00 PM, | August First | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca

Frank Raponi | 10:00 PM, | Ithaca Ale House Grill & Taproom, Ithaca

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Professor Tuesdays Jazz Quartet | 6:30 PM, | ZaZa’s Cucina, Ithaca

7/3 Wednesday Andrw Alling | 7:00 PM, | Stonecat Cafe, Hector Folk ‘n’ Kava | 7:30 PM, | Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, Ithaca Concerts/Recitals NYS Blues Festival | Clinton Square, Syracuse | Music begins Thurs at 5PM, Fri at 3PM, and Sat at noon.

“Moonstock” ft: The Teenmates, In Red or Frachestra, The Inside Radiation Job, Primager | 5:00 PM, | Moondog’s Lounge, Auburn

Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime | 8:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer | Geoff and his electric band will perform the album in its entirety. | $40

Baker Street | 5:00 PM, | Boathouse Beer Garden, Romulus Gutterpunk: Angry Mom turns 10! | 6:00 PM, | Bowl-O-Drome, Ithaca Darkwine | 6:00 PM, | Americana Vineyards, Interlaken

Durham County Poets | 8:00 PM, | The Range, Ithaca Ithaca Reggae Fest After-Party ft. The Crucials w/ DJ Jesse Hill | 9:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca

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Rob Ervin | 7:00 PM, | The Station, Geneva Smokin’ Crows | 7:00 PM, | Boathouse Beer Garden, Romulus

Rob Ervin | 6:00 PM, | Tiki Bar North, Waterloo

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Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam | 4:00 PM, | Mix Kitchen and Bar, Ithaca

Ithaca Reggae Fest Pre-Party | 7:00 PM, | The Haunt, Ithaca

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Good Aine play Irish Tunes | 6:00 PM, | Franco’s Pizzeria, Ithaca

Rockabilly Rays | 2:00 PM, | Cortland

Bound for Glory - Nate Marshall & friends | 8:00 PM, | Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca

SAHLEN’S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN Thursday June 27 through Sunday June 30 | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Rte 16, Watkins Glen | Dating all the way back to 1948, this sports-car endurance race is held annually at WGI. See sleek sports cars piloted by many of the world’s best race car drivers during this action-packed weekend featuring over 24 hours of on-track activity. The action all leads up to Saturday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge series and Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, one of the timeless endurance races on the IMSA calendar. (photo: provided)

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Paa Kow | 7:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Cornell University Arts Quad , Ithaca | Blends rhythm and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots creating his own Afro-Fusion sound. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers | 8:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | $40-65 Happy Together Tour 2019 | 8:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Landmark

Theatre, 362 S Salina St, Syracuse | Featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills, all in one show. | $35 - $65 Molly Ruggles & Will McMillan - “Some Enchanted Evening” | 8:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora | Singer songwriters from the Boston area will perform old favorites from Oscar Hammerstein, as well as a few original songs chosen with a Finger Lakes audience in mind. | Suggested Donation $10 Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles | 8:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), 3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua | Toad the Wet Sprocket | 8:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Center For the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St, Homer | Celebrating 30 years as a band. | $45+ GA The Grateful Piano | 4:00 PM, 6/30 Sunday | First Baptist Church, 309 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Free public piano performances to celebrate FBC’s Baldwin Grand Piano. Russell Posegate Concerts in the Park | 7:00 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Hickories Park, 359 Hickories Park Rd., Owego | The Kirby Band Peter Frampton FINALE - The Farewell Tour | 7:30 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Lakeview Amphitheater, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse | Cortland Main Street Music Series | 5:30 PM, 7/5 Friday | Cortland Main Street Music Series, 64 Main St., Cortland | Each week features a local opener, regional opener and a headliner. Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots | 7:00 PM, 7/5 Friday | Cornell University Arts Quad , Ithaca | Rain location: Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall. Summer Gods Tour 2019 | 7:00 PM, 7/5 Friday | ft. Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, and RaRa Riot


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Shinedown | 6:30 PM, 7/6 Saturday | Lakeview Amphitheater, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse | Little Big Town | 7:00 PM, 7/6 Saturday | Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), 3355 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua | Taughannock Falls State Park Summer Concert Series | 7:00 PM, 7/6 Saturday | Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughannock Park Rd, Trumansburg | Purple Valley - Blues, swing and rock ‘n roll

Stage Legally Blonde | 7:30 PM, 6/26 Wednesday | Little York Lake Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble | Thru 7/6. Contact theater for additional showtimes. Dixie’s Never Wear A Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull

and 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday | 8:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E Lake Rd, Auburn | Thru July 3. For ages 16+. Contains adult content. Dixie Longate, America’s Favorite Tupperware lady, is at it again with a brand new show. Contact theater for additional showtimes.

Showboat | 1:30 PM, 7/6 Saturday | The Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 State Highway 80, Cooperstown | Thru 8/24. Revolutionary for its exploration of serious themes, Show Boat blends humanity and humor with hit tunes as we follow Cap’n Andy Hawks and his extended family on a journey of love and heartbreak.

Into The Woods | 8:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca | Thru 7/13. A modern twist on classic fairy tales with characters you know and love, like Cinderella and her wicked step-sisters, Rapunzel and The Witch, Jack and his beleaguered mom, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and other favorites. Contact theater for additional showtimes.


The Return of the Calamari Sisters | 2:00 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Auburn | Delphine and Carmela Calamari return with their unique brand of hilarity, failed dishes, and food fights as the larger-than-life sisters perform their live ìbroadcastî of a public access cable cooking show Cooking with the Calamari Sisters.

Week of Friday, June 28 through Thursday, July 4. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first*.

Child’s Play | A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. |90 mins R

Echo In the Canyon* | A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. | 82 mins PG-13

Men in Black: International | In this new adventure, the MIB tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. |115 mins PG-13

Pavarotti*| A look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. | 114 mins PG-13 03/19

Swamp College Brass Quintet | 4:00 PM, 7/6 Saturday | Lodi Historical Society Building, Main Street, Lodi |


The Last Black Man in San Francisco* | A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind. | 121 mins R

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Vince Neil w/ Skid Row & Lita Ford | 7:00 PM, 7/5 Friday | Tag’s, 3037 State Route 352, Big Flats | | $30

Toy Story 4 | When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. |100 mins G

State of the Art Gallery, “Offerings: feasts for the eye” | Ongoing| State of the Art Gallery, 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street , Ithaca | A three-person show during June. Margy Nelson, prints and photographs; Stephan Phillips, still life paintings and Margaret Reed, pastel drawings. World Picture: Travel Imagery Before and After Photography | Ongoing | Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Kroch Library, 161 Ho Plaza, Cornell University, Ithaca | Hunter Buck | New Petrographics: 2018-2019 Kahn Family Fellow show | Ongoing | Ink Shop Studio Gallery, 2nd floor CSMA building and

CSMA corridor, 330 E.State / MLK Street, Ithaca | Artworks Gallery June Artist of the Month | 10:00 AM, 6/28 Friday | Seneca County Arts Council Gallery, 109 Fall Street, Seneca Falls | Sally Stormon focuses on watercolor. Urban Arts Crawl | 5:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Downtown Corning, Corning | Alcohol Ink Painting Workshop | 10:00 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Seneca Falls Community Center, 35 Water St., Seneca Falls | Registration is required. You can register online at with paypal, sign-up at the gallery or by emailing the instructor at | $40+ supplies fee DIY Faux Flower Crown | 11:30 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road, King Ferry | An educated and witty instructor will walk you through the creative process step by step. | $35 All Access Art Club | 1:30 PM, 7/2 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Art Club Series for People of All Abilities. Teen and adult artists are invited to this weekly inclusive art experience led by Laura Rowley.

Booksmart | On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. |102 mins R The Dead Don’t Die | The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. | 105 mins R Regal Ithaca Wednesday 6/26 through Tuesday, 7/2. Contact Regal Ithaca for showtimes. New films listed first. * Yesterday* | A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. |116 mins PG-13

Shaft | John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death. | R Late Night | A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show. |102 mins R The Secret Life of Pets 2 | 86 mins PG Dark Phoenix | 113 mins PG-13 Godzilla: King of Monsters|131 mins PG-13 Rocketman | 121 mins R Aladdin |128 mins PG John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum |130 mins R

Special Events Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen | 6/27 Thursday thru 6/30 Sunday | Watkins Glen International , 2790 Cty Rte 16 , Watkins Glen | Dates back to 1948 and the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, a sportscar race contested on the road course around Watkins Glen village.

Annabelle Comes Home* | While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll. |106 mins R

Jamesville Balloonfest | 1:00 PM, 6/28 Friday thru 6/30 Sunday| Jamesville Beach, 3992 Apulia Rd, Jamesville | Syracuse’s kick off to summer event features balloons, non-stop musical entertainment, arts, crafts, food, beverages and more! Admission is FREE all three days!

Anna* | Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. |119 mins R

Ithaca Reggae Fest | All Day 6/29 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr., Ithaca | Featuring Mykal Rose w/ Sly & Robbie, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, double Tiger and many more.




Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | The Hangar Theatre Company continues its 45th summer season with this beloved musical, which has an illustrious history, including several Tony Awards, countless regional productions, two Broadway revivals and a film adaptation. The Hangar’s production reimagines the setting as a post-apocalyptic world. (photo: Rachel Philipson)

Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons | August First is a Massachusetts-based band that celebrates the many musical incarnations of Jerry Garcia and more. An acoustic arrangement, layered with sweet harmonies, they are not your typical tribute band, playing traditionals, originals, bluegrass, classic rock, and blues. Welcome them to Ithaca as you welcome another summer weekend. (photo: Facebook) J u ne

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he Hangar Theatre Company’s The Wedge series features FREE cutting edge performances at The Cherry ArtSpace, 102 Cherry Street in Ithaca. The Wedge performances run ThursdaysFridays at 6 & 8 p.m., and are free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. The season begins with Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (June 20 & 21) by Alice Birch, directed by Sophia Watt. A rowdy, funny, and terrifying play about the coming revolution to dismantle the patriarchy and the women preparing to lead it. This fierce new play examines language, behavior, and the forces that shape women in the 21st century. Originally developed as part of the Making Mischief festival

Preschool Storytime at Southworth Library | 10:00 AM, 6/28 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | A different theme every week! Baby Storytime | 10:30 AM, 6/28 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Caregivers and babies up to 24 months embrace early literacy through books, music, movement and rhyming. This storytime is followed by an hour-long Baby & Toddler Playtime at 11:00 am.

the game “The War Boys”. But on this night things turn from fun to violent when the lines between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred. The War Boys are forced to decide what it means to be an American and who has the right to belong. The season wraps up with The Thing I Hold (July 25 & 26) by Harrison David Rivers, directed by Ismael Lara, Jr. A modern re-telling of Euripides’ Greek

classic, Alcestis, the story of a woman who chooses to sacrifice herself to death in place of her ill-fated husband. In the process, she both frees herself and becomes love personified, inviting us all to be love. Regional Premiere. For more information please call 607.273.ARTS(2787), or visit www.

The Hangar Drama League Directors, who will be directing all The Wedge performances. L to R: Sophia Watt, Ismael Lara, Jr., Amanda McRaven, Sharifa Elkady. (Photo Credit: Rachel Philipson)

15th Annual Cherry Festival | 9:30 AM, 6/29 Saturday & 6/30 Sunday | Varick Winery, 5102 Varick Road, Romulus | Two full days of fun and entertainment. Live music, fun for the whole family. Pick sweet and sour cherries. Try your hand at Apple Chuckin’ with a GIANT slingshot and bushels of apples. Many artisan vendors. Paradise Party & Sven Day | 12:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Swedish Hill Winery, 4565 State Rte 414, Romulus | A tropical Paradise Party to benefit the Beverly Animal Shelter. Enjoy live music by Under Construction, lawn games, and games with prizes throughout the afternoon.!

Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks | 6:00 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr., Ithaca | The celebration will also be held at Cass Park. Rain date July 5. Stewart Park is where the entertainment (including music by the Smoking Loons), family fun and food vendors unfold. Check out musical acts, get your faces painted, and joke around with Crossroads the Clown while nibbling on some of your favorite local food truck fare! 28th annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival | All Day 7/5 Friday thru 7/7 Sunday| The Heron Farm and Event Center, 2361 Wait Corners Rd, Sherman | Featuring performances by The Wailers, 10,000 Maniacs, Donna


We Are A Family Fundraiser | 4:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Lehman Alternative Community School, | Hosted by Civic Ensemble’s ReEntry Theatre Program. An afternoon of food, music,

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Books Book Reading - Jeanne Mackin | 5:30 PM, 6/26 Wednesday | Buffalo

Street Books, DeWitt Building on Buffalo Street, Ithaca | From her latest novel, The Last Collection, ‘A wonderful story of two intensely creative women, their vibrant joie de vivre, and backbiting competition played out against the increasingly ominous threat of the Nazi invasion of Paris. Sci-Fi Book Club | 6:30 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | New! ‘After Atlas’ by Emma Newman Drag Queen Story Hour | 12:00 PM, 6/30 Sunday | Buffalo Street Books, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca | Join Miss Coraline, Miss Tilia, and friends once a month for Drag Story Hour. Join our colorful and fun group for an hour of story time full of glimmer and more glamour than you have ever seen in the daylight!



Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Dr., Ithaca | Reggae Fest return for its third year featuring Mykal Rose (pictured) with Sly & Robbie, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, and many more. Celebrate Ithaca’s well-established reggae community and help protect Cayuga Lake while you dance all day. (photo: Facebook)

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Kids Pajama Storytime w/ Miss Angie | 6:00 PM, 6/26 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Music, dancing and a good time! Lego Club | 5:30 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | All ages welcome. Weekly challenges provided. Summer Reading Program KickOff Event with Dan the Snake Man! | 6:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Mill Park, 222 Main St., Newfield | Dan the Snake Man will be kicking off the first even of our epic Summer Reading Program 2019! Learn about reptiles and experience them up close, while getting a jump start into the summer. Toddler Free Play | 9:30 AM, 6/28 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial

Story Time | 10:30 AM, 6/28 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 N Main St, Ovid | All ages songs, games, & crafts, too. Summer Children’s Art Fun | 2:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | w/ Stiller Zusman. Children aged 3 to 6, along with their caregivers, are invited to celebrate summer and create masterpieces at this drop-in program. Dungeons & Dragons Guild | 3:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Join Dungeon Masters from the Cortland Area Gamer’s Guild to begin your adventure. Family Fit Yoga & Fantastic Food | 10:30 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Free yoga mats, books, and food samples for participating families. For families and children 5+, please register. Family Storytime | 11:00 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early-literacy skills. Meet each Saturday for stories, songs and family fun. Summer Adventure Kickoff with Moreland the Magician | 2:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St., Ithaca | Commander Dave will lead the countdown and blast off into a fun voyage through outer space in this high-energy, 45-minute-long show packed with magic, comedy,


Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut Street, Ithaca | An event to raise funds to continue providing opportunities to people who have been incarcerated to have their voices heard, share their experiences and raise public awareness through theatre. (photo: Facebook)

puppetry, and audience participation. After the show, participants will be treated to balloon creations from Cayuga Twister.

6/26 Wednesday | Lehman Alternative Community School, 111 Chestnut St, Ithaca | Check out the league’s website for more information.

LEGO Building Program | 3:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | The Library provides building bricks, and all creations are displayed at the Library for one week.

Tips for Job Hunters Over 50 | 10:00 AM, 6/27 Thursday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, |

Tuesday Morning Story Hour | 10:15 AM, 7/2 Tuesday | Candor Free Library, 2 Bank St, Candor | Family Story Time | 10:30 AM, 7/2 Tuesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield | Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and fun. There is a different theme each week. Stories in the Park | 11:30 AM, 7/2 Tuesday | DeWitt Park, Cayuga St., | Children and families meet at Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime | 6:00 PM, 7/2 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Children and their caregivers are invited to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to this special storytime. Cuddle-up Infant & Toddler Library Time | 10:00 AM, 7/3 Wednesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | “Maker Kids” at TCPL | 3:45 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Each session will provide a range of activities for varying ages and ability levels; the program is most well suited to children ages 5 to 12. No registration required.

Notices Smith Opera House Tours | 10:00 AM, Wednesdays | Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St, Geneva | The public is invited to experience a bit of Smith lore and enjoy its unique architecture and decor via a tour of the theater. Ithaca Sociable Singles | 6:00 PM, 6/26 Wednesday | 6/26, 6:00 PM Dinner: Kelly’s Dockside, Ithaca. Host: Nadine L., RSVP: nlem1155@gmail. com Wednesday Night Ithaca Women’s Basketball Association | 7:00 PM,

Candor Senior’s Club Monthly Meeting | 12:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | McKendree Church, 224 Owego St, Candor | Dish to pass, all are welcomed to join! Candor Farmers Market : Free Milk and Cookie Day | 3:30 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Cookies provided by Denice Peckins (Cakes, Cookies, and Creations) and milk donated by Candor Central School!! 18 Vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, jams, maple syrup, honey, tea, herbs, plants, soaps, hand crafts, tool sharpening and so much more!

Best Way to Find a Job in 2019 | 1:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | Top 5 strategies for getting a new job in 2019 using various methods available. Downtown Ithaca Architectural Walking Tour | 4:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N Tioga St., Ithaca | Highlights the significant historic gems that illustrate chapters in the history of the city. See how preservationists and developers have worked together

Sunday morning, starting at 8:30 a.m., sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. Targeted toward beginners, but appropriate for all. Binoculars available for loan. International Mud Day | 1:00 PM, 6/29 Saturday | Ithaca’s Children’s Garden, Ithaca | Welcomes summer with a mud-riffic day of play in the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone. Mud slides, mud pools, mud pies, mud art = MUD FUN! | Suggested donation of $5-15 per family, but ALL are welcome. Free Adult Tutoring Services |

Civil Service Workshop | 10:00 AM, 7/3 Wednesday | Tompkins County Workforce Center, Center Ithaca, Suite 241, | Learn how to look up exam and vacancy information for various forms of government jobs. Also look at the application process and provide an understanding of navigating the process

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Open Hearts Dinner | 5:00 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor | Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. Contact: Denice Peckins

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that they can move and stretch in. Don’t Get Ticked! How to Protect Nature | 10:00 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Slaterville Fire Station, 2681 Slaterville Rd, Ithaca | Short talks from experts in the field with ample time allotted for question/answer and interactive discussions. Yoga Farm | 9:00 AM, 6/30 Sunday | Yoga Farm, 404 Conlon Rd, Lansing | Open Meditation | 10:30 AM, 6/30 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Dance Church Ithaca | 11:30 AM, 6/30 Sunday | Fine Spirit Studio, 201

Ask a Professional at TCPL: Medicare Basics | 4:30 PM, 6/26 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Will provide Medicare recipients a better understanding of how it works.

Chasing the Moon: Celebrating 50 years since the Lunar landing. | 7:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main Street, Dryden | Dr. Mason Peck, Dr. Luke Keller and Zoe Ponterio will be on hand for a Q&A session as part of a special preview of the PBS-American Experience series.

MUMC Check-It-Out Thrift Shoppe | 9:00 AM, 6/28 Friday | Check It Out Thrift Shop, 6609 Turnpike Road, Mecklenburg | High quality used items at reasonable prices.†Each Friday and Saturday this summer.

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Juneberry Festival | 5:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Juneberry Farm, 6960 1st Street, Ovid | Visitors can discover recipes and information about Juneberries, sample the fruit, tour the farm, pick their own, and try Juneberry pie. Food truck and bake sale on site.† Live music will also be provided as part of the Church’s Lake Country Hometown Music Series.

Summer Jewish Film Festival | 7:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Temple Beth El, Social Hall, 402 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca | The line up includes: Walk on Water, Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, and The Last Suit Doors open at 6:30 PM for free refreshments and socializing. All films are appropriate for children ages 10+. Teens are encouraged to attend. | $8 check or cash only

grounds parkway, Ithaca | Domestic, import, old, new, cars, trucks, r.v.s, & more. CAR PRIDE is an open club that is free to join.

CHERRY FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29 from 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM | Varick Winery, 5102 Varick Road, Romulus | Enjoy sweet and sour cherry picking, food by Limp Lizard and Potatoes & Molasses, wine, spud chuckin’, sweet treats, music by Just Joe on Saturday and Chapter Eleven on Sunday. Arts and crafts vendors, offering such treasures as jewelry, bags, candles, clothing, soap and cutting boards! (photo: Facebook)

to save these key components of Ithacaís past. Beginner Bird Walks | 8:30 AM, 6/29 Saturday | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca | Guided bird walks every Saturday and

10:00 AM, 7/2 Tuesday | Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | Car Pride of Ithaca Open Club Meet | 5:00 PM, 7/2 Tuesday | Ithaca Wal-Mart parking lot, Memorial fair-

Dey Street, 2nd Floor, Ithaca | $5 suggested donation De-Stress & Relax with Self Care - Complimentary Reiki Session |

Exercise Class for Seniors | 8:30 AM, Tues & Thurs | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St. , Newfield |

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Tai Chi | 2:30 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn Rd, Lansing | Classes held at Lansing Library, Titus Towers, Brooktondale Community Center, and Lifelong. Contact Lifelong for specific days and times.

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Take off Pounds Sensibly | 6:00 PM, 6/27 Thursday | Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Road, Candor | Contact Jean Dewey 659-9969 or jmdewey@

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Men’s Adventure Day: Boating on Cayuga Lake | 9:30 AM, 6/28 Friday | A modified Floating Classroom Adventure. Open to men who have or have had cancer.

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Vinyasa Yoga at TCPL | 12:00 PM, 6/28 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green St, Ithaca | Adaptable for different levels of fitness and will involve sitting on a mat and standing up from the floor. Participants should bring a yoga mat or a

Creek Apartments II Community Room, 200 Cypress Court, Ithaca | complementary seated Reiki sessions, 15 - 20 minutes each. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous | 4:00 PM, 6/30 Sunday Seneca St, Ithaca | FA is a free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, org Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting | 7:00 PM, 7/1 Monday | Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca | Alzheimer’s Association Support Meeting | 5:30 PM, 7/3 Wednesday | Lifelong, 119 W Court St, Ithaca |



Cornell University Arts Quad, Central Campus | Ghana-born drummer and composer, Paa Kow, blends rhythm and artistry from his home with jazz and African roots creating his own Afro-Fusion sound. Touring internationally with his custom Ghanaian drum set and his Afro-Fusion Orchestra, Paa Kow brings concert goers an extraordinary musical experience filled with deep grooves and incredible beats. (photo: provided)

Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva | The abundantly talented pianist and singer-songwriter has influenced and collaborated with musicians of myriad genres over his three decade-plus career. Did you know he has scored six Spike Lee films since 2008? You can experience why he is so beloved when he performs in Geneva this weekend. (photo: Facebook)

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