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A Guide to 4th of July Weekend 2021 in Tompkins County and The Finger Lakes Region

ven though the City of Ithaca will not be putting on a fireworks display this year, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Check out a list of other events and special activities in the area to enjoy over the holiday weekend.

Fourth of July BBQ feat. Tru Bleu Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd, King Ferry, NY 13081 Sunday, July 4, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Join Treleaven Wines for Sunday BBQ and acoustic tunes from Tru Bleu. Relax under The Hangtime and enjoy some wine, beer, food, and good company. Music begins at 1 p.m.

Stewart Park Birthday Bash Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 Sunday, July 4, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Stewart Park opened to the public on July 4, 1921. The Friends of Stewart Park are cel-

ebrating the park’s centennial and are planning free carousel rides, remarks from Honorary Centennial Chairperson Mayor Svante Myrick and Friends of Stewart Park Executive Director Rick Manning, music from small ensembles of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and London McDaniel, a memory sharing booth with Story House Ithaca, and of course, birthday cupcakes.

Club Cayuga Sunset Cruise Cruises depart from Allan H. Treman Marine State Park July 4, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises

feature lively music on board with local favorite DJs. Special two hour cruises for the holiday. $30 per person, $50/two people

Music at the Market Ithaca Farmers Market, Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA July 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cortland County Independence Day Spectacular Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd, Preble, NY 13141 July 3, Music starts at 2 p.m.

T a k e ▶  Green Street Garage Demolition- On Friday, July 16th the Western portion of the Green Street Garage will undergo demolition with a planned reopening in Fall 2021. Starting on Wednesday, June 30, ground level parking will be closed. The

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Celebrate America’s Independence in Cortland County on July 3 with the return of fireworks at Dwyer Memorial Park in the Town of Preble. There will be live music, food and family fun. Area food vendors will be on-site and the Homer Center of Arts is hosting a beer and wine garden alongside a full line-up of local bands, including Steve Daniels, the Roof Top Revelers, John Rogalia and the Swamp Boys, Tribal Revival and Doug and Eamonn Hubert of Hotdogs and Gin. Live Music Schedule: 2-3 p.m.: Steve Daniels

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renovated garage will tout an increase of 95 parking spaces and seven levels of parking. The renovation of the garage coincides with the Asteri and the Ithacan development projects. Together, these developments will add two 11-story buildings to the area with 200 market-rate

apartments and 181 permanently affordable living units. The free transportation benefits program from The City of Ithaca and Downtown Ithaca Alliance — GO ITHACA—will be providing city residents and workers transportation alternatives during the construction period.

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PHOTOGRAPHER 401 E. State St. project moves toward vote, 510 W. State Street hits a roadblock By C a se y Mar tin


“Heat Wave! We’d rather be warm…. and we love the beach!” -Don & Lisa S.

510 W State Street

“Heat Wave. I spent too many winters in Syracuse…” -Joy R.

“Depends on the duration of each… but probably arctic blast! Layer UP!” -Annika R.

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“Arctic Blast. Why would anyone be in Ithaca if they didn’t enjoy the cold?” -Ben S. h e

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The board met the 401 E State St. project, proposed by the McKinley Development Company, with a warm reception. Fulfilling the request of the board at the last meeting, the developers presented their updated landscape plan to highlight the modifications. Such changes included adding more vegetation and green space to the end of the building and making sure that there are more native species of trees around the exterior, all of which sat well with the board.


IURA approves Inlet Island development of affordable housing, ‘hometel’

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he Planning and Development Board convened June 22 to discuss a slew of proposed construction projects in Ithaca, focusing mainly on the proposed projects at 401 E State St. and 510 W State St. While the 347-unit apartment building project at 401 E State St. remains on schedule for a vote next month, concerns about construction externalities from 510 W. State St. delayed a vote to determine the fate of the mixed use apartment building.



he full Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) agreed with the Economic Development Committee and decided to move forward with the Finger Lakes Development proposal for Inlet Island at the June 24 meeting. The Finger Lakes Development project includes two separate buildings, one with 50-56 affordable housing units serving a range of 30-120% of area median income, and one with 78-90 units for extended stays, called a “hometel.” There were some concerns about density from IURA board member Tracy Farrell, a point that has been brought


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up by different people at each stage of the process so far. “There have been several comments that this seems too crammed,” Farrell said. “It’s just so much in not really that large of a space.” IURA Director Nels Bohn said that when that point was brought up previously at the Economic Development Committee meeting, the developers said they’d be open to downscaling a bit, with the understanding that a smaller project would mean fewer financial resources to put toward public benefits. While the developers did not present, in past meetings

With the approval process of the building approaching its later stages, the board also broached the topic of labor sourcing. Developer Jeff Githens said that his goal is to have 35% of the construction labor derive from local labor, but that he expects it will be much higher, a statistic the board appreciated. The developers also introduced the changes they are making to the bricks they will use to construct the building. Based on a cost analysis they conducted, the McKinley developers proposed to use a utility size brick in order to save some labor costs while maintaining the same aesthetic appearance. The board welcomed this change. Some board members took issue with the changes made to the balconies on the building. The developers reduced the number of balconies on the project and replaced larger balconies with Juliet balconies over the east wing. “The elevations were so much better with those larger balconies and with more balconies, and I would love to see that back,” Lisa Nicholas, Deputy Director to Planning, said. “I think it really added a lot to the building, and I think it’s a shame that they’ve been reduced so much.” According to Githens, external market and budgetary factors have impacted many of

the modification decisions to the proposed building. “We’re just trying to get the budgets to work,” he said. “We are facing material price increases. We’re trying to be smart with choices. Some of it is programmatic, some of it is budget driven...we’re trying to weather an armageddon of material shortages and price increases that are continuing to rise.” Board member Mitch Glass wanted more details about how the complex will integrate itself on the public site facing Six Mile Creek, specifically with respect to the passthrough from State Street to the creek walk. “I’m worried that it’s just going to be a couple benches in there, and I think that needs to be kind of a signature public space,” he said. We’ve spent a lot of time on the passthrough spaces because these are really important.” Member Rob Lewis concluded the discussion with next steps, which included addressing lingering issues regarding the balcony, maintenance and public use concerns. Overall, the feedback was positive. “I’m starting to see a little bit more life in the building,” board member McKenzie Jones said. “...I’m feeling warmer about it” Glass echoed the general

all three expressed that the cost of remediating the contaminated soil in the area would add a significant cost to the project, so the proposals were bigger to offset that cost. Bohn added that the site was about two-and-a-quarter acres, and that the poor soil in the area required either low and lightweight structures or taller, sturdier structures. “It’s consistent with waterfront zoning in the West End, and the rest of the island is lower density as far as height,” he said. Board member Karl Graham echoed the concerns though, and said that the scale seems out of place for that spot. “It seems that the city, with zoning, set the expectations for the developers,” he said. “I guess my question is what is the process if we decided to go back and start over? What are

we looking at? Is it feasible to say five stories is too much for that small parcel?” With her concerns about scale, Farrell said she wouldn’t be opposed to that. “It’s trying to be so many things in such a small space, and five stories is just one of them,” she said. “Once it’s done, it’s done. I would not be adverse to waiting and looking again.” However, Mayor Svante Myrick said he wouldn’t be in support of starting over. “Not just because of the economics, but I think we have an opportunity to put people on the island,” he said. “It doesn’t strike me as an overwhelming amount of people or an overwhelming amount of density.” He added that the size is essentially what would be con-

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City Admin. Committee continues working on government restructuring


he draft legislation for reorganizing the City of Ithaca’s government from mayor-council to council-manager was presented to the City Administration Committee at its June 23 meeting. While the public referendum won’t take place until November 2022, the committee is working on getting the plan approved by Council by the end of the year. City Attorney Ari Lavine said he wanted to make sure he was headed in the right direction as they worked on the language of the legislation. Alderperson George McGonigal asked if the council-manager format was the only one the committee had explored, or if they had looked at changing the role of the mayor or increasing his/her salary. Alderperson Donna Fleming, who sat on the subcommittee that worked on this, said they had looked at other options but thought councilmanager had fewer weaknesses. “The alternative would have been to have a fully

defined full-time mayor with a full-time salary who is the chief administrative officer and chief political head,” she said. “The weakness with that form is still you’re most likely to have someone who doesn’t have experience running a large organization with a large budget and many departments and facilities. That person is only accountable when there’s an election.” She said hiring a city manager would enable Council members to ensure they hired someone with the education and experience to administer a large organization. The city manager would also be accountable to Common Council every single day. “That was the big reason we decided to advocate for this structure rather than enhancing the mayoral role,” Fleming said. Committee Chair Deb Mohlenhoff added that doing so wouldn’t have solved the issue at hand anyway. “This job is too much for one single person to manage,” she said. “It wouldn’t assist

Health Dept., DMV give reopening updates


a look at the appointment process to ensure proper vetting and diversity. Alderperson Ducson Nguyen brought up a concern of some constituents, one he said he didn’t agree with. “We got complaints that by diluting the power of the mayor we’re enacting a power grab and taking away the accountability of the mayor to the voters,” he said. “The counterargument is we can fire the city manager at any time.” Mohlenhoff said she understands that it might feel like the public is becoming more separated from the chief officer of the city, but said the Common Council provides the power balance. “We still have representative government,” she said, her point being that if residents felt the city manager wasn’t doing a good job but that Council wasn’t removing them, they could still vote those Council members out of office. As the process continues, Mohlenhoff said they will also be coming up with a removal process and criteria for hiring and firing for the manager position. There are expected to be public hearings on the topic this summer. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

Ups Stewart Park is celebrating its 100th birthday this Sunday, July 4. The park opened to the public in 1921, and the day will feature free carousel rides, music, a memory sharing booth, birthday cupcakes and more. The event will be held from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Downs Rising temperatures have again brought a rise in violence. The weekend saw three incidents that are actively being investigated by police and other city officials. Heard CFCU Summer Concerts Series will be returning to Bernie Milton in Downtown Ithaca for live performances. The shows will be held at 6 p.m. each Thursday from July 8 through September 9, and they will feature local and regional acts. Seen On Saturday, more than 100 attendees gathered in Dewitt Park to celebrate pride. Local groups organized the event, which featured music from the Ithaca Gay Men’s Choir and drag preformances. Participants capped off the night with a dance party in the park.


What are your vacation plans? 6.5% Camping in the woods 3.2% Visiting family


he Health Department is now open to the public, effective June 28 at 8:30 a.m. The Department is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MondayFriday. All visitors and contractors will be required to wear a mask while in the facility, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at the front desk if a visitor does not have one upon entry. Appointments are encouraged for many Health Department programs and services. Call the Health Department, (607) 274-6600. For specific programs and services:

with the overwhelming workload we’re putting on this one person.” In the proposed new system, the mayor would run Council meetings, appoint committees and oversee them, do ribbon cuttings and serve as the communication bridge between city staff and Common Council. Mohlenhoff said a simple way to think about it is that the mayor is the external facing leader of the city, and the city manager is the internal leader. “Both have executive leadership roles with the city,” she said. One significant change would be that the mayor becomes a voting member of council. Currently, the mayor only votes to break a tie. Another change would be that the city manager would work with the city controller to prepare the budget, as opposed to the mayor, who does it now. McGonigal said if they were changing things up, he’d like to see Council getting more involved in the selection process of committee members for things like the Planning and Development Board. “It would give the possibility of a more varied membership,” he said. Mohlenhoff said that the possible changes were on the radar, and that they would take

Children with Special Care Needs: call 607-274-6644 Community Health Services and Maternal Child Health Programs: call 607-274-6604 Environmental Health: call 607-274-6688 Healthy Neighborhoods Program: call 607-274-6702 WIC: Based on federal and NYS guidance, the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) will remain fully remote at this time. All appointments are by phone. Call 607-2746630, or text 607-882-6286 Vital Records: Call 607-2746642 “Fully opening our doors to the public after 15 months

is a significant milestone for the Department,” said Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director. “We look forward to seeing people in the building and offering more services inperson.” Due to low staffing levels, the Tompkins County Department of Motor Vehicles is continuing with the appointment system initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic for at least the next 30 days while new employees are trained and onboarded. There are some services available for walk-ins, which do not require an appointment. Walk-ins are available until 3:00 p.m. Appointments will be given priority. DMV staff is available to answer questions daily until 4:30pm. There is also a drop box available outside the DMV office at 301 Third Street, Ithaca. Customers can drop their

transaction in the box and staff will proceed to call customers. Customers can either have the transaction mailed back, or they can pick it up once it is processed. Processing is usually happens on the same day or the next day. The DMV will be closed daily from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. Appointments are mandatory for: • All permit testing due to limited availability of test stations • Reciprocity (moving to New York from another state) • Enhanced license • Real-ID license Book appointments at https://tompkinscountydmv. setmore.com/ or ca;; (2737187) from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more info visit www. tompkinscountyny.cov. -Staff R eport Ju ne

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16.1% City lights, museums and shops 74.2% None of the above

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Chantelle Farmer: Optimizing

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hantelle Farmer moved to Ithaca in tion to the valuable elective courses I took 1980 for her parents’ work at Cor- outside of engineering at Cornell.” nell, and has lived in the Ithaca area After sampling various engineering ever since. During high school, Chantelle programs, Chantelle graduated from was hired by the local start-up Ironics, then Operations Research and Industrial Engilocated on the inlet, where one of her par- neering. “This is sort of the ‘business of ents worked. “I was like an administrative engineering.’ I found I was drawn to optiassistant. I was a do-whatmization in particular: ever-was-needed person. I ‘What’s the best way to continued at Ironics while I arrange airline schedules, later attended college. I anto redesign an intersection swered phones, did copying, with many feeder streets… but I also started to learn What is the most efficient programming from some of way to do things?’” my co-workers.” Utilizing her ability to Both of Chantelle’s create optimal solutions parents are engineers. Her to engineering challenges, brother works in genomChantelle began her ics. The pull of nature and post-collegiate career as a nurture toward a technical project manager. For sevfield was strong. eral years after college, she Chantelle Farmer After graduating from helped her employer’s team Lansing High School in to manufacture computer 1987, Chantelle moved components. Over time, across town to Cornell’s College of Engihowever, she realized she was a “software neering. “I enjoyed the flexibility of the person” at heart. She moved on to a role program: No engineering student had managing computer systems at Ithaca to declare a major their first two years of College, serving as their webmaster on the study. This gave me time to explore many continued on page 7 different aspects of engineering, in addi-

enry Thoreau was a Harvard guy, not Cornell, and famously of Walden Pond, not Cayuga’s waters, but has facets of an honorary Ithacan. He was a prominent naturalist and conservationist: an ecologist before the word existed. Simplicity was a byword. His famous quote says “beware of all enterprises which require new clothes,” which certainly resonates in Ithaca (where we might also add “nice clothes”: I personally have a closet full of jackets, creased pants and dress shirts I haven’t worn since relocating here from a more metropolitan life many years ago). In another famous quote he notes “I have traveled much in Concord,” his birthplace, which was a small place even then. It is reminiscent of Ithaca’s wellknown status as “centrally isolated,” yet full of depth and diversion. Nature has been a solace to many in the time of pandemic, and Ithaca is part of a blessed natural region, with its lake, waterfalls, gorges, parks and hiking trails. But now society, widely vaccinated, is opening up again, and people are increasingly congregating for business and pleasure. Observation shows that currently Ithacans are getting together avidly. On a recent weeknight two friends and I decided to go out to dinner, a rare enough treat in the past many months. We figured a Thursday night wouldn’t present problems of full houses. We were wrong. “Restaurant Row” on Aurora Street was packed with a crowd of ready grazers. The place we approached had a wait of fifteen minutes for outdoor tables on the fine, temperate night. Tables inside were available, however, so it wasn’t a real problem, and of course in any case was a good one to have, borne happily. “Traveling much” in Ithaca is thus possible again, quite simply because there are destinations. Theaters and museums are reopening, gradually but surely. Smallish concerts are being held, and larger ones planned. There are destinations outside Ithaca too. With travel restrictions between states largely lifted, it’s a new era of road trips. On asphalt roads, that is, not airways. Air travel is still dogged by particular safety requirements and staffing issues. One weekend this month hundreds of flights in the U.S. were cancelled for crew shortages. But it’s freewheeling on the highways. It’s a joyful time for those of us with families within driving distance whom we


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haven’t seen in a year or more. Generally there is plenty to do and see without going very far or planning very much. (Still, planning should include a car check. Last year was not a big one for oil changes; maybe yours is due. An inspection of all fluids is a good idea. Of the brakes and tires, too. On a lesser level, you might want to test the air conditioning: when’s the last time you used that for any duration?) Like Thoreau seeing much in Concord, recently I have been engrossed by novel notions gained by some travel to fairly proximate places. As a starting point: Ithaca has always seemed to me a place of rather impatient drivers for such a small town. Drivers on Route 13 in the city, for instance, give the impression that their main reason for going anywhere is to prevent anyone from changing lanes or getting in front of them. On a trip to Pennsylvania, conversely, in its second largest city, I discovered the phenomenon of “the Pittsburgh left,” where vehicles waiting at a red light routinely allow an oncoming car making a left to go first when the light turns green. Some things in Pennsylvania puzzled me. At a rest stop I saw a printed sign saying that attendants are not responsible for refunding losses in vending machines. That seemed to me to go without saying, but I guess people ask. A hand-made sign in the men’s room above the sinks asked people not to fill bottles from the faucets, but to use the hose outside, which seemed disobliging, plus completely mysterious in reason. Another sign, on a trash can outside, said “Trash Only,” which made me wonder what else people would put in there that could ruin trash. In tri-state travels, I also visited New Jersey. The Garden State, which also has many gas refineries, holds firm to its rule of making it illegal to pump your own gas. I have a sister who lives in New York but works in New Jersey and says she’s never done it in her life. The state also held the line for many years on gas taxes in the interests of its industry. That has changed and now that taxes there are about as high as anywhere else there is no particular reason to fill up in New Jersey. Except in bad weather, I guess. Traveling mercies to you, in upcoming days, amidst the mysteries, marvels and fun.


newly created world wide web. From Ithaca College, Chantelle moved to Cyrus, a local web development company, where she helped to create websites for all kinds of clients — large and small — such as a local real estate company, an online bookstore, and a dating website. “Cyrus was a really fun job. I learned a lot about business, creating so many different kinds of sites to meet the expectations of such different clients.” Chantelle then joined a San Franciscobased start-up, but after a few years, the company was sold, and she returned to Cornell to complete a master’s program in information science in professional studies. “The MPS program at Cornell gave me the flexibility to take courses in related areas. I was able to take classes in the Business School, which was a huge opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship.” After graduating in 2013, Chantelle joined Stayful, another San Franciscobased internet start-up focused on boutique hotel booking. But by 2016, Chantelle was thinking about creating her own start-up in her own hometown. “I had become hooked on teaching group fitness classes. Indoor cycling was my first love, so first I envisioned a cycling studio in Collegetown. Over the years I had trained in and taught

some of the Les Mills exercise classes — BODYPUMP, RPM and BODYFLOW, so over time, the vision evolved into something bigger.” Chantelle and business partner Sue Manning (also a programmer) spent time mulling over various components of an optimized business plan with a mentor from the Small Business Development Council, a program from the Small Business Administration. In 2017, Chantelle and Sue opened the doors to FLX Fitclub, in temporary digs in the Clinton West Plaza. Almost as soon as their door was opened, old and new fans rushed in, and the business grew quickly. Now Chantelle celebrates group fitness in FLX Fitclub’s current home of two years. Almost 30 classes are taught each week, from early morning into the evenings, and on weekends. Ironically, this ideal location — adjacent to GreenStar, with plenty of parking, located beside the inlet — is in the same building where Chantelle worked so many years earlier when she was employed by Ironics. Only now has she optimized the use of that old familiar space into an optimal area for group fitness andinto a business that is good for their participants, good for conscious waterside development, and good for Chantelle and Sue. As Chantelle figured out, when we optimize, all stakeholders can prosper.

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3-4 p.m.: Roof Top Revelers 4-6 p.m.: John Rogalia and the Swamp Boys 6-8 p.m.: Tribal Revival 8-10 p.m.: Hotdogs and Gin (Doug and Eamonn Hubert)

Branchport/Keuka Lake Independence Day Celebration

The annual Independence Day celebration attracts hundreds of families to the park on Hooper Road to enjoy the holiday with some family fun. Every year the event features a 5K run and walk, vendors, live entertainment, and children’s games, and every year it is capped off by the biggest fireworks display in the Binghamton area. The public pool and carousel are also popular attractions on the Fourth of July.

Where: Branchport Firehouse 3686 NY54A, Branchport, NY 14418 (barbecue and parade); Finger Lakes Museum 369 Guyanoga Rd, Branchport, NY 14418 (firework show) July 4, noon - 10 p.m.

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All-American Old Fashioned Small Town Independence Day Celebration. Noon: Chicken Barbecue at the Branchport Firehouse (Drive through only) 2 p.m.: Parade 10 p.m.: Fireworks, behind the Finger Lakes Museum Discovery Campus

After taking a year off for the pandemic, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the traditional July 4 fireworks show with media partner Seven Mountains Radio. The display is expected to begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 4.. Prime viewing locations will be at Clute Park and locations on or around the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The pyrotechnics display will be presented by Young Explosives.

Town of Union Fourth of July Spectacular 2021 Highland Park,801 Hooper Road Endicott, NY 13760 July 4, noon - 9:30 p.m.

Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, 214 N. Franklin St. Watkins Glen, NY 14891 July 4, 9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


YOUR LETTERS Re: Climate Czar


enjoyed reading your cover story today on Ithaca’s new climate czar, Luis Aguirre-Torres, but I was surprised to read this quote by him in the interview: “it’s mostly white people who have the luxury of being environmentalists.” Being an environmentalist is something we all do wherever we’re at – it means being a good steward wherever we are. So, to make that statement is to miss the point entirely and it’s dangerously misguided. It discounts, for example, the work that Black and brown communities are engaged in in so many of our large cities nationwide to plant community vegetable gardens so they have locally sourced produce and it discounts the work internationally of black and brown people around the globe in underprivileged nations like Pakistan, for example, which has set out to plant 10 billion trees (Reuters.com). Beyond that, it denigrates white people, particularly non-wealthy white people and rural white people who are often taught an inadvertent piece of environmentalism: “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” This is resource conservation out of frugality or lack of income and is not uncommon though not as glaring a headline in today’s media coverage of race in America. In any case, if someone wants to bring race into a conversation about environmentalism, it should be done without divisive rhetoric.” David Galvis McDermitt, Danby, NY

Celebrating the most American of freedoms


he 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew what they were getting into. As we celebrate the 4th of July 245 years later with flags and fireworks, it’s easy to forget that these patriots risked death to give a new nation life. If you’ve never read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety, this is a good time to do that. More than two centuries later, it’s still a good read. These rebels, who would be accused of treason by Great Britain, wrote the document in a reasoned manner, attempting to convey to the world that their cause was a just one. At its most basic, it’s a demand for a divorce, with one party explaining why this marriage can’t be saved. What’s fascinating, though, is how the list of complaints about the king of England not only cited justification for the break-up, but also telegraphed the principles the new nation would insist upon in establishing its own governance. The entire document was a bold stateJu ne

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ment, speaking truth to power. As it established its own future, this new nation would have to find a way to guarantee free speech, particularly in regard to criticizing government. The Declaration of Independence lists more than two dozen examples of why the king “was unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” The new United States of America would need to create a check on those who abused their power. That would come from a free press. Much of the Declaration is devoted to examples of the king ignoring the colonies’ needs and maintaining a stranglehold on new legislation to address those needs. Clearly, the United States would have to guarantee petition and assembly. Memorably, the Declaration states that all men are endowed by their “Creator” with certain “unalienable rights.” This was an acknowledgement of a Higher Power without a specific reference to any religion. This new nation would go on to guarantee freedom of faith. Freedom of speech, press, and religion. The rights of petition and assembly. Today, we see all five nestled together in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took a war for independence and 17 years, but those aspirations became the cornerstone for a young and vibrant country. Fast forward to the 21st century. A new survey of citizens around the globe by legal public-policy center Justitia has assessed how citizens in 33 countries feel about freedom of speech. It found that most citizens in most countries feel free speech is important and positive, but they waver when presented with scenarios in which free speech offends others or hampers society. In order, Norway, Denmark, the U.S., and Sweden top the list: Citizens of these nations say they are steadfast in their support of free speech. At the bottom of the list: Tunisia, Kenya, Egypt, and Pakistan. In a telling passage, Justitia quotes free-speech expert and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger as saying the U.S. is “the most speech-protective of any nation on earth, now or throughout history.” The report also notes that a 2015 Pew research study determined that no nation in the world was more supportive of free speech and a free press than the U.S. At our best – and not without lapses – we walk that talk. In 1776, our founders published a Declaration of Independence, but also a declaration of intent. Those early Americans sought “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” by creating a nation founded on freedom. But those freedoms must never be taken for granted, and our collective vigilance is essential. On the most American of holidays, let’s be sure to celebrate the most American of freedoms. -Ken Paulson, NYPA

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MARKET VISION Planning Begins for the next 33 years of the Ithaca Farmers Market By Ta n n e r H a r di ng


nyone who’s visited the Ithaca Farmers Market has likely noticed two things — the dusty, winding parking lot, and the charming, open-air pavilion. “This looks like it belongs in Disney World,” one visitor to the market said on a bustling Saturday afternoon. But the market has remained in its spot at Steamboat Landing, largely unchanged, since 1988, and according to Executive Director Anton Burkett its had infrastructure issues from day one. “The parking lot is pretty bad,” he said. “It’s dirty and dusty and expensive to maintain. It has potholes all the time. It’s not the safest for pedestrians, you have to cross traffic to get to the market. It’s not the most clear where to park. That’s been a concern for 30 years probably.” He said they’re constantly grading the lot and filling in potholes, which costs thousands of dollars every year. In 2015, Burkett and his staff started working on a strategic plan. They got opinions from stakeholders, community members and vendors to see what people wanted from the market. One of the standout needs was for a weatherized facility that could host the winter market and provide a bit more shelter during the market’s cooler months. “The market at the pavilion now runs from April to December, so it’s quite cold there in April, November and December. Even October,” Burkett said. “So for customers and vendors both it can be problematic.” Then in 2017, there was a feasibility study done that investigated issues around traffic and pedestrian flow. The results of that led Burkett and his team to seek out architects to look at redesigning the parking lot and pavilion together. 8  T

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They found the current structural design of the pavilion, built in 1988, doesn’t allow it to be weatherized. “It’s not engineered for that,” Burkett said. “To be able to achieve that there’d have to be some new weatherization project where we re-envision the whole pavilion.” Two years later in 2019, the market received just shy of $400,000 from the state

“Ithaca’s such a widely diverse community, as well as the visitors to the site,” she said. “And we’re looking at ways the location can best respond to the water’s edge and developing neighbors. We’re working with [Ithaca Farmer’s Market] on how to move the market into its future without losing the beloved and really important charm of its present.”

under a waterfront revitalization program. Using those funds, they completed the design engineering phase of the new design. From there, they formed a project advisory committee with vendors and stakeholders, and in 2020 put out a request for proposals. The project was awarded to Whitham Planning & Design, a local firm that will head the engineering and regulatory facets to get the site to a build-ready state, according to Burkett. “Our role is primarily that of being landscape architects and planners, and helping the market think through physical ways to they can reach their programmatic goals,” Kate Chesebrough, an associate at Whitham Planning & Design, said. Chesebrough outlined the goals as continuing the vibrancy of market weekends, providing accessibility for various ways for people to get to the site whether it be walking, using a stroller, biking, or with a wheelchair.

The actual pavilion plans will come from nARCHITECTS, a Brooklyn-based architecture firm who will do the majority of the design work. Burkett said he began working with nARCHITECTS earlier this summer. Mimi Hoang, a co-founder of nARCHITECTS, said her firm is currently working on a renovation with Cornell and have a vested interest in Ithaca. The Farmers Market project appealed to them because civic buildings and buildings within parks comprise much of the firm’s portfolio already. “Two years ago we completed the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn, and that was for New York State Parks and the City of Auburn,” Hoang said. “It was a really important civic building — the town’s living room is how they described it. We love doing these types of projects […] We’re interested in building in the public realm.”


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Burkett said he’s going to pursue the next round of funding from the same waterfront revitalization program through the state, which will be awarded in December. Once they have the funds, work will begin on the parking lot first. “So in 2022-23 we’ll be building a parking lot, and then the next year we’ll apply again for funds and then start on the building itself,” Burkett said. He said he envisions a five- or six-year plan that will include fixing the parking lot, building a new pavilion and making other site improvements. “The public access to the waterfront is kind of limited, and we want to make sure our waterfront is as accessible as possible,” he said. “We’re early in the process of envisioning this, but we want to have things like play areas for children, seating areas, access for paddlecraft and non-motorized watercrafts, more boat parking for market hours, a picnic area. Some of that kind of stuff.” As they start exploring the redesign process, Burkett said one of their main goals is to be mindful of the natural environment, as he acknowledges it’s one of the more appealing things about the site the market sits on. “We’re looking at grass pavers and probably some pavement for sure,” Burkett said about the new parking lot. “We’re incorporating as much natural environment as possible and making sure it’s safe for pedestrians.” Aside from the fact the gravel lot is dusty and bumpy, it’s also not particularly conducive for multimodal transportation. “It’s impossible to get a bus in there because of the turning radius,” Burkett said. He added that the waterfront trail did provide access to bikes, but that a nicer lot could make a biking experience better too.

“Parking lots don’t always sound exciting, but this particular project is exciting. At least for me,” Burkett laughed. “We need to get innovative with it as a few different levels. We’re figuring out how to mitigate the limitations of the site.” One of those limitations is the amount of space. There’s only so much room available and getting cars in and out has proven to be difficult at times. Burkett estimates about 5,000 people visit the market each weekend, with as many as 500-600 people on site at once. Plus, there are boat tours that leave from Steamboat Landing, which adds to the crowds. Another current issue is mobilit­y. The parking lot is almost impossible for anyone with mobility issues to navigate. “Our [American Disability Act] compliance is terrible, really,” Burkett said. “Trying to get someone in a walker or wheelchair or with any type of physical mobility issue across the gravel parking lot is really difficult. Even within the pavilion, it could be better in there.” In addition to making the pavilion friendlier for folks with mobility issues, Burkett added the pavilion’s bathrooms aren’t good enough, the electric needs to be updated, and the internet service is “close to non-existent.” “The service companies haven’t run the cables down there,” he explained. And while he describes the current fire suppression system as “fine,” Burkett said it would be even safer if they had a new building built to current codes. There’s also a hope that improvements to the site will make it more of a destination for the public even during non-market hours. The Farmers Market is a cooperative, meaning they don’t have a tax deductible status. Burkett said that makes it difficult to host the charitable or educational components that they’d like to do because they require a fiscal sponsor. To remedy that, the market is forming Friends of the Ithaca Farmers Market, which will be a 501(c)(3), a nonprofit. “The Friends of the Ithaca Farmers Market hopes to hold educational activities during the week, and do some business incubation work and address food securitytype issues,” Burkett said. “So having the pavilion be usable by the non-profit is im-

portant. We’re hoping to expand the use of that site to be more year-round and everyday for the public.” He mentioned that the waterfront in Ithaca is currently seeing a lot of development in the area, including the City Harbor and Carpenter Park projects, as well as the future Inlet Island project. “There’s just a lot of new stuff going on and it could mean close to 1,000 people in the general vicinity of the market that weren’t there before,” he said. “We want to give them access to the site.” However, despite all the changes Burkett envisions for the site, he doesn’t want the Farmers Market to feel unfamiliar. “There are some things we really want to

en feel of the structure, a look that Burkett plans to maintain. “We’re going to incorporate some of the same aesthetics we already have,” he said. “I think people hear weatherized and they’re envisioning metal around the outside and insulation, but I don’t think that’s what we’re thinking. I think we need to be more sophisticated than that. And the architects are aware of that.” Hoang said their team has heard from locals that they love the vibe of the market and the natural materials, as well as the connection to nature and the waterfront. “We will keep and improve those, but we need to solve the rain and wind problem,” she said. “We want to connect to na-

A n t o n B u r k e t t E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r o f t h e It h ac a Fa r m e r s M a r k e t. ( P h o t o : C a s e y M a r t i n) keep,” he said. “We need to keep this openair feel. All the feedback we’re getting is that is really important to everybody. Whatever we design needs to be a pretty iconic structure. There’s no reason to design something less than what we have.” The new pavilion will likely have a second floor for office space for the Farmers Market staff and the Friends of the Farmers Market, meeting space and storage. “All those things are things we need, beyond what we have now,” Burkett said. Currently the staff works remotely, as they don’t have a designated office space. In addition to the open-air feel, people have also relayed that they like the wood-

ture, but not to inclement weather.” Hoang added that the winterization structure will be permanent, but they’re studying ways to open it up as much as possible. “There’s a fine line,” she said. “It’s a portion of the building that will be permanently enclosed with many doors. We don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, but it won’t feel closed off.” The goal is that during the winter, the market will be able to be closed up and kept more temperate so they have a place for selling and for events. “A piece of our revenue stream is that we rent out for weddings and events,” Burkett Ju ne

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said. “The way the pavilion is designed now if it rains hard sideways, the wedding gets wet. So I think that’s something we’d like to upgrade. And it’s the same if the Farmers Market is happening, so it’s a little bit of a flaw.” The team from nARCHITECTS has visited the Farmers Market and are working through various schematic layouts to find the best way to layout the stalls and provide flexible space for events and gathering. “The layouts we’re studying are incorporating different flex spaces, but that’s in parallel with accommodating the right number of stalls and dimensions of stalls,” Hoang said. “But the main thing is studying a design that is not just a covered outdoor pavilion, but something that has a winterized portion that will help vendors during the winter and help the viability of the market year-round.” Burkett added that the entire thing won’t be weatherized, he’s thinking about a third at this point, and then the rest will be open-air. “We might be able to do wind blocks,” he said. “We have interesting ideas. Even in September it can get cold, so to have sort of temporary solutions, maybe it’ll be a little less susceptible to rain.” Hoang said the footprint of the pavilion will be larger than what’s currently there to give more room for hosting events. “The proportions will be different,” she said. She couldn’t give too much away, but said the designs are very much in progress. “The end of the schematic design is around September, and the end of design development is around December,” Hoang said. “We have not been released to do construction documents, so it’s too soon to say when construction will start. We’re definitely focused on testing feasibility.” The Ithaca Farmers Market is still seeking public input on the project via a survey that is open until Sunday, July 11. The public is encouraged to share their thoughts, which will inform the design process. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ithacafarmersmarketpublicsurvey

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city staff to assist with technical support, and the Center for Policing Equity as ongoing collaborators. We’re focused on continuing to center the voices of constituents of color and city residents from a diversity of lived experiences.” This working group will deliver to the Common Council by Sept. 1 a set of preliminary recommendations, including naming conventions, job descriptions, and the title of the department. The work done by the group will pertain to the cityonly recommendations, not the 17 shared recommendations between the county and city. Those will be the responsibility of the Community Justice Center. Additional recommendations regarding delineated call type responsibility, training, and operating budget will be created Sept.Nov. of this year. “The work to design and implement the new department will likely take years. And we should not expect that all questions will be answered by Sept. 1,” Myrick said. “The time investment that we’re putting toward this work will help Georgia@ithacatimes.com 607-277-7000 x220ensure we have the most equitable and thoughtfully develNewspaper: oped outcomes for residents.” Former City Alderperson Eric Rosario will serve as project lead. Eric Rosario (Photo via: linkedin) “I am thrilled that Eric Rosario has agreed to serve as the Project Lead,” Myrick said. “His long history in our city, To establish the working group, Myrick his leadership in CLOC (Community worked closely with City of Ithaca DirecLeaders of Color), co-founding of the Latitor of Human Resources Schelley Michell- no Civic Association of Tompkins County, Nunn, and said they have “... identified a his past experience on Common Council, strong core of working group members, and current service on the Ithaca Urban

Myrick announces Reimagining Public Safety task force, names former alderperson as project lead


ity of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced on June 24 the formation of a working group that will serve to facilitate the replacement of the City of Ithaca Police Department with a Department of Public Safety. This working group is charged with designing a new agency custom-tailored to providing solutions to the community’s distinct safety and health needs following the passage of the Reimagining Public Safety plan on March 31. The announcement comes just a few days after the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association (PBA) announced its “Ithaca 4 For Safety” campaign to “bring community leaders and stakeholders together to demand real action with real world solutions to address the dangerous rise in shootings, assaults, and armed, weaponized crime in our City.” The plan specifically mentioned that it had been 82 days (as of publishing on June 21) since the Reimagining Public Safety plan had passed and lamented the lack of forward movement in implementing it. However, the city has been working with the county during that time to approve funds to create positions to staff the joint Community Justice Center.

Renewal Agency, along with his deliberative and collaborative approach to problem solving made him the ideal candidate. We don’t take this work lightly, and we know there will need to be strong support within the working group, we look forward to appointing someone from within the group to act as Eric’s co-lead soon.” Rosario stated: “I am deeply honored by the trust the mayor and City have placed in me. I feel privileged to work alongside the members of this working group and our advisors. The community’s charge to us as expressed through the Common Council’s unanimous vote to reimagine public safety is clear. The outline and parameters for the new department have been defined. Our job is to recommend how to operationalize these guidelines in the real-world while taking a diverse set of constituent needs, centering those most vulnerable in our community, into consideration.” Next steps for the Collaborative will be the hiring of the Project Director and Data Analyst to staff the Community Justice Center. Client: Onboarding for the group begins on July 15 with regular meetings to be held weekly thereafter. Opportunities for community engagement will be announced as they become available. Working group members include three sergeants from Ithaca Police Department, three Council members and a wide range of community activists. For the full list of names, visit Ithaca.com. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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tained within one city block. Board member Eric Rosario agreed with Myrick, and said he didn’t find the size to be concerning enough to go back and start over or to change the zoning in the area. “I was excited by all the proposals,” he said. “They were very well put together on all fronts, and I’m supportive of this one.” He did mention that his one concern was that the public space could end up feeling private because of the private residences proposed for the parcel. Board member Chris Proulx said his main worry was access, as there’s

essentially only one way in and out of the island. “My concern about density is not so much about height of the building, it’s about can we get people in and out of there?” Proulx asked. “It’s a mix of people, hometel visitors, residents, short-term visitors to BoatYard Grill.” Ultimately, board members all agreed that they trusted the process the projects had gone through, and they felt confident in entrusting the design to the Planning Board. The Common Council can approve the project at its next meeting. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


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While discussing the project at 510 W State St., board members expressed concern about the foundation of the building, as well as the potential construction externalities. Visum Development presented its most recent changes on the proposed building— a 58 unit apartment building affordable to households making 50% to 80% of the area median income—to the board. The main modification was the potential use for CMC piles, a substitute to traditional deep foundations for buildings. In consideration of extreme budget concerns over material pricing and availability, developer Brandon Ebel shared that the company was not yet ready to commit to using the CMC foundation. Glass surfaced a discussion about the “barrage of feedback” they have received from individuals on the neighboring properties who are concerned about the construction impacts. The developers said that they have received critical comments from two neighbors in particular — one being the only homeowner on the street — but generally positive responses from others. “I think we were doing a lot to accommodate or cater to the comments from one neighbor specifically,” Ebel said.Certainly with any construction project, there’s going to be noise, there’s going to be impacts,

there’s going to be debris, but I think, to date, we have now provided a majority of that… and certainly if additional things are needed, we’re on it.” Despite this reassurance, board member Garrick Blalock said that because the construction is right on the neighbor’s property line, the unique position of the site may create an “unacceptable environmental externality.” Board member Elisabete Godden pointed out that the only considerations State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) — the state’s environmental impact assessment — requires has to do with the overall magnitude of the impact and how many people are affected. Complaints from a few neighbors alone would not fall under SEQR’s purview. However, she too recognized the unique position of the building on the block. Many of the board members agreed the building has merit, but wanted more information from the developers about how to resolve some of the potential impact issues. The board asked for specific information about whether or not the impacts of construction have been mitigated to the maximum extent practicable, and whether or not more information is needed to ascertain this. Lacking this information, the board omitted a vote on the multiuse apartment building during the meeting.

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Members of the Syracuse Cyclones: (front, from left) Mike Richmond, Ithaca; Manager Jack Haggerty, Cicero; Bill Welker, Endicott; Bob Wood, Hopewell Junction; Ken Moses, Johnson City; Len Becchetti, Apalachin; Ron Vandenberg, Albany. (back, from left) Gene Signor, Cortland; Jack Tracey, Syracuse; Harold White, Marathon; Bob Fox, Syracuse; Rocky Labosette, Clay; Sal Scrano, Cazenovia; Gary Contri, Cortland; Jerry Stratton, Fulton; Fred Light, Honesdale, PA.

Richmond doesn’t have to worry about covering too much ground (he pitched all six games in Akron, leading the Cyclones to a 5-1 record and runner-up finish), but he faces a different set of challenges. He said, “You still need your reflexes.” He laughed and added, “They call it a ‘softball,’ but I know that’s not true. These guys can still hit, they have really live bats (new composite bats cost hundreds of dollars and the ball comes off them with great velocity) and in our last tournament there were nine or 10 balls hit over the 250-foot fence. We hit four or five and gave up about the same number.” A mere 46 feet from the batters, Richmond wears a mask, shin guards (under his uniform pants, a cup and padding on the tops of his feet. “My manager wants me to get one of those combination mask/ helmets and a chest protector,” he offered. “Those bats have a lot of drive power, and I have seen some pitchers get hit hard.” Richmond said, “I still have pretty good reflexes” (which he

attributes to his many hours at the ping-pong tables as a youth), but he admits that he is among the players whose legs are not what they once were. “My doctor said my knee is bone-on-bone, so I got a shot to get me through and I’ll decide after the season whether to have surgery,” he stated. “If this is my last year, I’ll go to watch my grandson play, or I’ll go back to fishing.” I played with Richmond on those Slotteo’s Shoe Repair teams, and I will tell you that the Cyclones are fortunate to have such a great teammate. His wife, Bonnie, is as kind and classy a woman as I have ever known, and she still attends the tournaments when possible. I know that when his bride is in the stands, Richmond ups his game noticeably, and I’d love to get to a game to see these guys defy Mother Nature. Richmond gets grumpy if I write about him in glowing terms, but he indulges me. He grinned and said, “I don’t know how long it will last, but right now, it’s still fun.”

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ew York State may be lifting pandemic restrictions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the return of mass gatherings in Ithaca. City Clerk Julie Holcomb told the City Administration Committee on June 23 that the city didn’t have the resources to accommodate events. She said in talks with organizers of events like Apple Harvest Fest, Ithaca Festival and PorchFest, she realized the city isn’t able to support safe events. “Smaller events we can handle, but when you get to the 5,000 people mark it needs a mass gathering permit.” She said that the permit has strict requirements, such as a command post set up and a certain level of fire, police and EMS personnel on scene for the duration of the event. “Frankly I’m concerned about that,” she said. “As it stands now, we’re telling event organizers not to count on law enforcement resources […] IPD will do everything they can to put resources to these events, but the reality is their patrols are running short.” She said the Department of Public Works has also said they don’t have the resources to deliver barricades or to post no parking signs. They’re able to make the materials available, but cannot set them up. “We’re severely understaffed right now,” she said. “My office is understaffed in terms of trying to facilitate these permits in a timely manner. I’m concerned about the future of multi-day events, such as Apple Harvest Festival and Ithaca Festival. I don’t know if we have the resources to support multi-day events anymore, and I don’t know how to deliver that news.” Emotional, Holcomb said the city staff has done everything they can with every resource they have. Alderperson George McGonigal expressed his appreciation for Holcomb and city staff ’s hard work, and asked what she thought the solution could be. “If you want events to continue as they have, we need more staff resources in multiple departments,” she said. “But what we’re experi-

encing is even though we’re trying to hire people, we don’t have the applications coming in. We can’t find bodies to do that. […] It took time to get to where we are now, and it will take time to dig out of it. We need to scale events down to make it more manageable for the foreseeable future.” Alderperson Ducson Nguyen requested Holcomb provide them with a rough list of how many people they need and in which departments, so they can start considering those needs as they head into budget season. “These issues are important to us,” he said. “We need to give City Hall the support they need […] And I hear you on hiring, that’s across the board in every profession for a variety of reasons. It’s reasonable to say ‘hey, we’re still in recovery mode and things can’t be as big as they used to be.’” With people eager to return to a sense of normalcy as restrictions are lifted, Alderperson Graham Kerslick said it’s likely a problem that will increase with frequency, and that’s it’s important event organizers realize the problems the city is facing so they can adjust their expectations. “We have to get the message across to event organizers that the city can’t provide what it has in the past,” he said. “We’re still in recovery mode, and expecting IPD to provide full coverage is inappropriate. We have highly trained, armed officers and that’s not what’s needed at these events. […] We don’t want to be denying people, but scaling back is probably a good idea so we can have successful events, but perhaps shorter than they have been in the past.” Holcomb said she anticipated some event organizers would say they need the longer festivals to raise money to put them on. She did add, however, that Acting Chief John Joly suggested hiring retired police officers to be the security force, so that active-duty officers weren’t burdened by the demand. “It doesn’t have to be active, armed police officers, but someone continued on page 17

The Gallery at South Hill features Michael Sampson’s oils on paper exhibit through July 31. By A rt h u r Wh itm a n


f the various artistic activities interrupted by the recent pandemic, figure drawing is lesser known. Although painters and other visual artists commonly create alone in their studios, working from the live model is often a group activity. Beyond the well-funded professionalism of degree-granting art programs and professional portraiture, drawing and other work from the figure is often a doit-yourself affair. Negotiating models, poses,

fees, and locations founds a culture unto itself. Rather than a means of completing finished work, experimentation is often – if not always – the focus. Although known locally as an abstract expressionist painter, Michael Sampson’s work of the past half-decade has been haunted by memories of the figure. An active part of the local figure drawing community, Sampson generates the “imagery” for his richly multihued, dynamic oils out of direct observation. continued on page 17

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alking into Edgar Wright’s first documentary “The Sparks Brothers” (Focus FeaturesMRC-Complete Fiction Pictures, 2021, 140 min.), I confess I thought that Sparks was a one-hit wonder ‘80s new wave band, having only heard “Cool Places,” their 1983 collaboration with Jane Wiedlin. Little did I know that Sparks — Ron and Russell Mael — have been around since the late ‘60s in conjunction with other players. If you show me a documentary about the Beatles or Monty Python, you’re preaching to the choir, as I feel I know a lot about them. But I love learning about stuff I knew nothing about, and “The Sparks Brothers” is a great crash course. And now I have decades of records to appreciate, thanks to the movie; I was talking to one of my co-workers after the fact, and he told me that he thinks “Kimono My House” (1974) is one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Edgar Wright brings the same energy, humor and visual wit to his first doc that he brought to previous films like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” and “The World’s End.” There’s plenty of archival footage from rock TV shows like “American Bandstand” and “Top of the Pops” but Wright uses lots of film clips and different styles of animation to tell the history of Sparks. The Maels have plenty to say in addition to early producer Todd Rundgren, many Sparks side musicians from over the years, and celebrity fans like Beck, Patton Oswalt, Flea, Jason Schwartzman, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Mike Myers, Fred Armisen and Neil Gaiman. ● ● ●

Having suffered through “Tom and Jerry” this year, I know just how poorly a beloved fictional character that everyone loves can devolve into corporate intellectual property that no one really cares about: “Eh, just put the cat and mouse into a dumb Chloe Grace Moretz hotel farce.” Believe me, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Sony Pictures Animation, 2021, 93 min.) and its predecessor “Peter Rabbit” (2018) could have been so much worse. Beatrix Potter fans should be happy that director Will Gluck and cast and crew have managed to preserve so much of Potter’s 1901 watercolor English country whimsy, melded with a Pythonesque sense of comedy that doesn’t feel sweaty or forced.

The movie opens with the wedding of Bea (Rose Byrne) and Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), with Peter Rabbit (James Corden) and many other animals in attendance. Bea and Thomas now run a maternity shop, and she has self-published the very first Peter Rabbit book, which attracts the interest of a massive publishing house run by Nigel Basil-Jones (David Oyelowo). Peter gets fed up with Thomas blaming him for things he didn’t do, and takes off on larcenous adventures with an “Oliver Twist”-styled street gang. Movies, especially sequels like “Peter Rabbit 2” never get extra credit for being clever, but Peter’s runaway storyline is nicely balanced by Bea’s dilemma in selling her book to corporate interests. The movie manages to have its carrots and eat them too—Bea frets about the dumb, actionoriented story that Oyelowo wants, and then does exactly that in the film’s frenetic third act. It does so without losing the characters and the comedy. Over the course of two movies, I’ve really come to appreciate the wacky comedic chemistry between Byrne and Gleeson. When they’re doing their heightened daft Johnand-Martha routines, you’re never tempted to run to the concession stand for a head of cabbage and some French beans.

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Working from — or indeed, with — dancers and other performers as well as traditional nude models, Sampson creates quick drawings meant to capture something of a direct presence. From these he edits and selects carefully, resulting in paintings that are clearly abstract but tied to their origins. Sampson is also in charge at The Gallery at South Hill, located in Artist Alley in the South Hill Business Campus. Their early summer exhibition features a selection of his oils on paper and canvas. Up through July 31, this is their second since resuming new shows this spring. His style is consistent, perhaps to a fault. Recalling stained glass, mosaics, or jigsaw puzzles, the “skeleton” of his paintings is an irregular net of thick black lines that divides his surfaces. Carefully shaped — almost sculpted — these borders have a stiffened, deliberate quality that appears at a remove from their origins in “gesture” drawing. In-between, he fills in areas of painterly but solidified, flattened color: Mondrian-esque primaries plus white; saturated greens, purples, pinks, and oranges; subdued evocations of flesh. It’s a lot to handle and one senses a struggle in even the best of these pieces. Lines in drawing and painting — particularly of a generally expressionistic or “painterly” sort — can have a double purpose. On one hand, lines can serve as contours, individuating separate forms— whether familiar objects and figures or, as prominently in Sampson’s work, abstract shapes. On the other hand, lines can take on a life of their own, pulling the gaze in knots and capturing movement and dynamism. Sampson’s black lines here have a static, contour quality. In an apparent effort to introduce — or reintroduce — a greater sense of fluidity, he goes over some of them in white or pale colored oil stick,

lending his borders a chalky, drawn over quality. As the artist writes in his statement, “I want the viewer to engage in the search for the figure.” In many pieces here, the figure is easy to spot — or at least it seems so. “Jana, Everson March, Seated,” an upright oil on paper piece mounted to hardboard, is typical of these less apparently abstract works. Limned in steady black lines — sometimes snaking, sometimes more angular — a distinctly feminine, perhaps maternal figure occupies what reads clearly as a background space. She leans down, leftward, embracing what one imagines to be an infant. Like Picasso or the more abstract works of Matisse (though distinct in style), Sampson teases a familiar iconography while engaging in a freeplay of lines and colors. “Gretchen,” a squarish canvas from Sampson’s “Handbalancer” series, pushes the overdrawing to an extreme. It’s a particularly vibrant piece. The black bones become conduits, rivers of oil stick white and intense, brushy saturated red. The whole thing has a scumbled, worked-over quality: writhing leaf-like facets of deep blue, chalky white, beige, cyan, pale pink, and yellow. I was hard pressed to find the intended figurative reference. But the whole piece twists and shouts. Regardless of the difficulties here, this is ambitious painting. It is good to see a local gallery with a strong commitment to exhibiting what serious local artists can do with the medium. Sampson’s show comes on the heels of an even more striking exhibition by Andrew Paine, a textural, visceral abstractionist. Upcoming features later this year include Sidney Piburn, rooted in mid-century formalism, and Jessica Warner, who has been performing a daring re-invention of still life.

The Gallery at South Hill Located in Artist’s Alley at 950 Danby Rd. in the South Hill Business Center. Gallery hours are Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, 3-7 p.m.

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who’s trained in crowd control of traffic management,” she said. Alderperson Donna Fleming said the costs of set-up and security should not be the burden of the city, but of the organizers. “We need to tell event organizers that they must be scaled back or not at all,” she said. “I’m not in favor of the city subsidizing these events by hiring security or the Department of Public Works to clean up. Event organizers have to build the expense into their plan.” Holcomb said event organizers often justify the cost to the city by the amount of money brought in by the festivals. “And I don’t want to ignore that,” she said. “They do stay in our hotels and frequent our restaurants and shop in our stores. In the long run the city sees that,

in the short-term the individual departmental budgets don’t benefit. So there’s a difficult disconnect.” Alderperson Rob Gearhart said he believes it hasn’t always been clear about what it takes to put on an event. “We could have common ground that just needs fixed costs,” he said. “Security is probably one of those things.” Holcomb said she needed to get this off her chest, and wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. “It’s hard for staff when we’re trying to hold the line and others aren’t,” she said. “I’m happy to stand arm-in-arm with you and agree these are the rules and we’ll all abide by them, so when the difficult decisions need to be made we’re all on the same side.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g



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he COVID-19 vaccine rollout is paying off in Tompkins County’s arts and entertainment industry. With 65% of the county’s population having received at least one dose of the vaccine, theaters and music venues in Ithaca are adjusting their summer events accordingly. On May 19, New York state’s mask mandate, which previously required fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors and outdoors, was dropped, allowing those who are fully vaccinated to go maskless in most places. At places like The Dock, this means that fully vaccinated patrons may leave their masks at the table while walking around the venue and listening to live music. Terry Bailey, president of The Dock, said that musicians have been playing live since late March 2021. The venue’s first inperson performance since the start of the pandemic was part of The Dock’s “Tuesday Bluesday,” an ongoing, biweekly performance by a band. Inside, The Dock has a stage for shows, but with consistent warm weather, Bailey said the venue may offer stripped-back outdoor performances by solo performers. “I love making everybody happy and loved hearing compliments on how excited [audiences] are to have live music back,” Bailey said. 30–Ju ly

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Eshaan Jain, a recent graduate of Cornell University, said that after attending a live performance at The Dock in March, he and four other friends created a band to perform at “Tuesday Bluesday.” A running joke with the band is its mercurial name, usually selected by the lead singer as the band members take the stage, he said. Rocking out under titles like “Hot Fudge Saturdays” and “Funky Hooligans,” the band initially performed straight blues tunes before experimenting with songs like “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. Jain said this experimentation was possible because the more they rehearsed — and the more musicians skilled in different instruments joined — the more freedom the members had in choosing different songs. The band has played at nearly every “Tuesday Bluesday” since its first performance in late March, Jain said. “It’s exhilarating and so fun, but at the same time it also feels good to be able to share that with so many other people,” he said. “Being able to support other live musicians and being there for them, being able to watch them, … I haven’t really found something that’s paralleled that yet this year.” The State Theatre of Ithaca, on the other hand, is closed for indoor performances. Doug Levine, executive director of the State Theatre, said the theater will open as normal in early September. This sum-

The Hangar Theatre’s outdoor stage before a performanc of “The Realness” this season (Photo: Casey Martin)

mer, Levine said that the theater just has livestreams planned, though if regulations around mask-wearing and distancing are relaxed beyond the current ones, concerts could happen at the Bernie Milton Pavillion on The Commons. He said this possibility was unlikely, however, due to limited space. “I have a feeling we’ll have outdoor shows to get on the Commons,” he said. “When they announced the masks change, … no one really saw it coming. It was out of nowhere, and that could certainly happen again.” To match the still-existing demand for live music, the theater hosted a number of virtual shows during the pandemic. Levine said that on May 8, the theater hosted a virtual benefit concert with Pink Talking Fish, a Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute band. The event celebrated the 44-year anniversary of an historic Grateful Dead show in Ithaca in conjunction with the theater’s annual “Benefit My State” fundraiser. “Pink Talking Fish Play DEAD” attracted over 97,000 viewers. Levine said that because of the virtual shows’ successes, the theater may continue live streaming if the in-person show is sold out. “In an ideal world, once the show is completely sold out, it might be really cool to continue to sell tickets for a livestream aspect of it,” Levine said. “I think that would be really cool.” Some theaters in Ithaca such as the Kitchen Theater Company are moving forward with face-to-face programming. Marissa Accordino, connectivity associate and house manager at the Kitchen, said that “Shape,” last season’s closing show,

was performed in person at Washington Park. The theater moved this closing show about one’s relationship with their body a year ahead. “It almost feels like a breath of fresh air,” she said. “Our mission at the Kitchen is to spark important conversations by putting on bold, intimate and engaging theater, and to be able to come back to a physical space and really experience that with other people, … I’m really really looking forward to sharing that with other people again. It’s been a long time com-

Artspace, another local theater in Ithaca, on “An Odyssey,” a take on the classic epic poem. The show will run Aug. 26–Sept. 4. Samuel Buggeln, artistic director of the Cherry Arts, will direct the adaptation. Buggeln said that the story will be a fuse of theater professionals’ and community members’ stories of the pandemic. “We’re doing all these workshops all summer with all these different sorts of community organizations and communities who are interested in getting involved and really drawing the story out of our

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ing.” While the Kitchen will perform “Shape” in Washington Park, theater staff at the Hangar Theatre is constructing a new outdoor performance space on the Hangar’s grounds, said managing director RJ Lavine. The space will be able to seat 358 audience members — one fewer than its indoor theater. While the audience will sit in the open air, the20- by 30-feet stage will be covered with a canopy and feature rock-and-roll style tresswork to secure lighting and speakers. There will also be 6-feet of distance between rows and pod-style, umbrella-covered seating in the back row. “The Realness” is the Hangar’s first outdoor show, a regional premiere and ran June 17–26. The play follows T.O., played by Damon J. Gillespie of “Rise” and “Tiny Pretty Things,” as he navigates graduation from high school and the world of hip-hop. Lavine said that because actors have not been able to work for most of the pandemic, smaller-scale and outdoor venues may attract more seasoned actors like Gillespie. “Theater people are just, like, dying to get back to work, and because of that, because we’re in a really unique position to be able to have an outdoor space where we can do all of this very safely, we’re able to attract a caliber of performer unlike any other season before,” Lavine said. “We’re going to be able to bring a level of theater performance to the Ithaca community, which means they don’t have to travel to New York. This is coming to us. It’s going to be right in our backyard.” In its final show of the summer, the Hanger will collaborate with the Cherry

own experiences of the pandemic,” he said. “To my knowledge, this is the first time that two professional Ithaca theater companies have co-produced a full, major production, and it’s been a long time coming.” But virtual shows are not disappearing entirely. Civic Ensemble’s first show of its 2021 season, “Delia Divided” by Judy K. Tate, will be performed live on Zoom. The staged reading of the play, which delves into topics like mental health and racism, ran June 12 and 13. “Delia Divided” is part of Civic Engagement’s ReEntry Theatre Program, a creative group led by nine formerly incarcerated people who aim to shift discussions around the criminal justice system. Julia Taylor, executive director of Civic Engagement, said that this is the first show the theater has performed since March 2020. After “Delia Divided,” the ReEntry Theatre Program will present “Radio Play” — oral histories of other previously incarcerated people that will play live on WRFI Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Taylor said that by this point, an in-person reception for “Radio Play” could be possible. “I think it’s exciting to think about the ways that … we’re producing these two plays in particular because it’s not like we’re just returning to how things were in theater,” she said. “How do we draw on everything that we’ve learned this year, … and think about theater in a way that’s not just about four walls and people sitting in seats and people performing on stage, but allows them different kinds of opportunities for stories to be told. And that’s the creative work that we’re excited about.”


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7/2 Friday Pub Night: Evan Dillon | 5 p.m. | Wagner Vineyards, 9322 State Route 414 Live Music at The Oasis at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards | 5:30 p.m. | Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 5712 NY Rte 414 Mr. Monkey | 5:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 | Free Garden Concert: The Ampersand Project | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $5.00 Friday Night Music - Local Farmer’s Union | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd Friday Night Farm Jams: Madd Daddy | 6:30 p.m. | Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Road

7/3 Saturday Jerry Martin | 12:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 Papa Muse “Re-Emerge to Independence” with Uncle Uku & Strange Heavy | 8 p.m. | The Dock, 415 Old Taughannock Blvd.

7/4 Sunday Sunday Brunch: Tru Bleu | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | Free Bob Keefe & Hannah Martin | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road Concerts/Recitals

7/3 Saturday Cortland County Independence Day Spectacular | 2 p.m. | Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd Cortland County Independence Day Fireworks | | Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd | Free

7/5 Monday PRIMUS - A Tribute To Kings at Beak & Skiff (may have changed) | 6:30 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road | $20.00 - $249.00

Stage Once | 7:30 p.m., 7/1 Thursday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock

Blvd. | July 1-17. Travel to the streets of Dublin for one fateful week in the life of a young busker who has all but given up on music.

Art Emergence | 12 p.m., 7/1 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street | Exhibition of Paintings by Ethel Vrana The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of Michael Sampson paintings | 5 p.m., 7/2 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. Opening reception Saturday June 26 from 5-7 pm at The Gallery at South Hill located at 950 Danby Road, back entrance to South Hill Business Center. | Free Gallery Night Ithaca - Every First Friday of the month | 7/2 Friday | Virtual | First Friday Gallery Night is a monthly community celebration of the latest art showings taking place in and around Downtown Ithaca. Cayuga Arts Collective Annual Spring Show “Pop!” | 12 p.m., 7/4 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St | Announcing the fifth annual Cayuga Arts Collective Spring Show celebrating Pop Art and its enduring influence. Show runs Fridays & Sundays through 8/7/21. Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 7/5 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Junior Illustration Club, for ages 11 and under, on Mondays this summer!

Illustration Club | 1:30 p.m., 7/5 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer! The Joy of Color: Introduction to Acrylic Painting | 5 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | This 1 1/2 hour class meets on 4 consecutive weeks. Each weekly lesson will build on the skills learned from the previous week. All students will receive a set of .75 oz Liquitex acrylic paints, a pallette knife, and a set of paint brushes. Paper will be provided for all in-class activities.

Film All Light, Everywhere | 7/2 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing, and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens. Summer of Soul | 7/2 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. Dream Horse | 7/3 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Intheater! Check website for showtimes. The true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town bartender (Toni Collette). With little money and no experience, Jan con-





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The Truffle Hunters | 7/3 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Intheater! Check website for showtimes. Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. Werewolves Within | 7/3 Saturday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Intheater! Check website for showtimes. After a snowstorm traps residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.




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Service Stability Strength IMSA WeatherTech 240 | 7/1 Thursday | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16 | The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship makes it back-to-back weekends at The Glen. Joining the premier Prototype and GT manufacturers will be the Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. Summer Learning Ice Cream and Registration Party | 3 p.m., 7/2 Friday | Montour Falls Library, 406 W Main St | Summer Learning In-Person Program Dates

Friday, July 2 at 3-5pm Our friends from The Great Escape will be here to offer a free ice cream to youth under 18 who register for our 2021 Cortland Crush vs. Sherrill Silversmiths | 6 p.m., 7/2 Friday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Sherill Silversmiths at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9:30 p.m., 7/2 Friday | The late evening is a beautiful time to be on the lake. On a clear night, the

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stars and moon shine brightly above and are reflected in the lake’s surface. Pay-What-You-Wish Weekend at Museum of the Earth at Museum of the Earth | 10 a.m., 7/3 Saturday | Virtual | Museum of the Earth is excited to announce a new community initiative, Pay-What-You-Wish weekends. Cortland Crush vs. Syracuse Salt Cats | 3 p.m., 7/3 Saturday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Salt Cats at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Sunset Saturday | 6:30 p.m., 7/3 Saturday | Boundary Breaks Vineyard, 1568 Porter Covert Road | Boundary Breaks is hosting our famous Sunset Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month starting from June 5th until October 2nd! | $10.00 - $20.00 Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board | 11 a.m., 7/4 Sunday | Boundary Breaks Vineyard, 1568 Porter Covert Road | Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board at Boundary Breaks Vineyard available every Sunday from now until Columbus Day Weekend! | $28.00 Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises at Allen Treman State Park | 6 p.m., 7/4 Sunday | Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises feature mellow music on board with some of our favorite local DJs! Sunday evenings at sunset, June - September

$30/adults, $50/two adults. Click here to get tickets. Cortland County Junior Fair | 7/6 Tuesday | Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Drive | The Cortland County Junior Fair returns to the Cortland County Fairgrounds on July 6-10.

Books Museum Book Club: Edward Dolnick’s “The Forger’s Spell” | 4 p.m., 6/30 Wednesday | Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Avenue | Need a new summer read? Join Nancy Green and Maryterese Pasquale-Bowen once again on a great art-based reading adventure together. 26th Annual Public Reading of the United States Declaration of Independence | 2 p.m., 7/4 Sunday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | Everyone is invited to gather at the Center for the Arts of Homer at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, to commemorate this document that is one essential part of our Charters of Liberty. Charles W.

some love.  Our fabulous instructor Dawn Kucerak teaches classes The Joy of Color: Introduction to Acrylic Painting | 5 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | This 1 1/2 hour class meets on 4 consecutive weeks. Each weekly lesson will build on the skills learned from the previous week. All students will receive a set of .75 oz Liquitex acrylic paints, a pallette knife, and a set of paint brushes. Paper will be provided for all in-class activities. The Restless Pen Series | 6:30 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The Tioughnioga River Writers are joining together to discuss the craft of writing and share their own writing. Join us for a six-week discussion of Stephen King’s On Writing.


Science Together: Baking soda and vinegar | 10:30 a.m., 6/30 Wednesday | Sciencecenter, 601 1st Street | Wednesday, June 30, 10:30-11 am What happens when we mix baking soda and vinegar? Admission is required to take part in this activity. Tuesday Yoga in the Shire With Dawn | 6 p.m., 7/6 Tuesday | 6:00-7:00   All guests ages 2+ are required to wear masks. Power Flow Every Tuesday meet likeminded, health-conscious neighbors, Eco-Explorers: Magnificent Mammals | 6 p.m., 6/30 Wedneswho aren’t afraid to give their bodies

Friday, July 2 at 3-5pm Our friends from The Great Escape will be here to offer a free ice cream to youth under 18 who register for our 2021 Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 7/2 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Free Community Science | 10 a.m., 7/3 Saturday | Conley Park, 601 1st St | Join Sciencenter educators and local experts every Saturday at 10am in Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter), for hands-on science exploration and fun! | Free Cortland Crush vs. Syracuse Salt Cats | 3 p.m., 7/3 Saturday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Salt Cats at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Eco-Explorers: Popular Plants | 6 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Pop on over to take a tour of some of CNC’s useful, beautiful, and weird plants! We’ll be taking a hike along the property, so make sure to bring your boots! | Free

Notices Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 6/30 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 6/30 - Small Kings; 7/7- Delta Mike Shaw | Free

Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 7/1 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 7/3 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Historic Southworth Homestead Tours | 10 a.m., 7/3 Saturday | Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street | | $10.00 Dewitt Park Ithaca Farmers Market at Dewitt Park | 9 a.m., 7/6 Tuesday | This market is perfect for grabbing prepared food or groceries. Vendors set up around the perimeter of the park (across from Greenstar Oasis) with tents and tables. Grow Along Support Classes @ the Ithaca Community Gardens & on ZOOM | 6 p.m., 7/6 Tuesday | Ithaca Community Gardens | Do you want to garden but wish you had someone to give you personal guidance? | Free Planning Board | 7 p.m., 7/6 Tuesday | Eco-Explorers: Popular Plants | 6 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Pop on over to take a tour of some of CNC’s useful, beautiful, and weird plants! We’ll be taking a hike along the property, so make sure to bring your boots! | Free

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Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca || Each production will start with a pre-show jam session of traditional Irish music and more contemporary songs, featuring the actors on their respective instruments! (photo: provided)

Dwyer Memorial Park, Preble | You will have to travel a little ways this year, but there are still fireworks to see, along with live music, food and family fun. A full lineup of local bands will perform, among them Tribal Revival and Doug and Eamonn Hubert of Hotdogs and Gin. (photo: provided)

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