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Welcome to Lights on the Lake Dear Friends: We are pleased to present Onondaga County’s 28th annual Lights on the Lake holiday show. Each year it has grown and we are always working to offer something new. New displays added to this year’s show include a penguin scene, a star arch, a rocking horse and a massive candle poinsettia display. Once again, all of our displays are powered by energy efficient LED lighting.

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or nearly three decades, Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Lake Park has created special memories for literally millions of visitors, memories they can now relive each time they return.

Gass admitted that fateful proposal trip was their first through Lights on the Lake. They returned again last year, and now plan on making it an annual outing — one that will always have special meaning for both of them.

Back in 2015, Corey Gass of Bernhard’s Bay was contemplating just the right way to propose to his fiancée, Jessica Benton. He saw on the Lights on the Lake website that they offered banners with custom-inscribed messages that could be placed beside the road.

“It’s a tradition we want to keep and go every year. We brought our 1-year-old son last year. We plan on having a date night ritual every year when we visit,” he promised.

That sparked the idea to ask Benton to be his wife in a fabulously festive way — through a special message of love strategically placed right there amid the festivities. As the couple toured the displays that December evening, Gass waited hopefully, and maybe a bit nervously, for Benton’s reaction. “I wasn’t sure where the banner was going to be located so the whole time we were driving in the car I was looking for it,” he recalled. “Near the end we came around a corner and I see it. She was looking at it trying to read it and once she saw ‘Jessica Lee will you marry me?’ she was confused. She figured it must have been for someone else. She then turned to me and I had the ring out and asked her to marry me. She said ‘Yes!’” The couple haven’t tied the knot yet but expect maybe next year to celebrate their nuptials.

Manlius native J.J. Pelligra recalled he has been coming to Lights on the Lake with his family every year since he was a youngster, some 20 years now. It was always his sister Stephanie Pelligra who enjoyed their trips the most, and always insisted that they return for their yearly visit. Pelligra had noticed all of the banners there during their tours, and knew he had a great idea for a memorable gift for his sister in 2015: a banner specifically for her with a holiday message on it. Pelligra said arranging the logistics of their visit together while the banner was up, while still keeping it a surprise, was a challenge, but well worth it. “She absolutely freaked out,” Pelligra said. “She was in shock and speechless. Afterward, she said it was the best gift she’s ever got. We pulled over — against the rules, I know — to let her take a continued on page 11

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continued from page 8 quick picture by it. I captured the moment she saw it from the car with my camera as well. Lots of laughter followed.” Pelligra now lives in New York City, and Stephanie is in Chicago. But that won’t stop them from visiting Lights on the Lake again this season, he said. The event blossomed from the first-ever Holiday in Lights celebration in 1990-1991, featuring a humble, half-mile display set up by private promoter Glen Donnelly and DIRT Enterprises. Entering from the Salt Museum, guests viewed solely white lights, in non-moving displays that were only a little larger than what might be seen at homes around the neighborhood. Admission to that inaugural event was $5 per car. The following season saw the first official Lights on the Lake, as local businessmen John and Pat Brandano took the Holiday in Lights concept and improved on it in cooperation with Onondaga County Parks. A partnership of Parks, the Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake, and Brandano Displays expanded the concept to feature multicolored and much larger attractions throughout the length of a now two-mile trail. The electricity was provided by existing sources coupled with generators. The entrance was moved to Willow Bay to alleviate any possible traffic problems in the village of Liverpool, and a temporary AM radio station was installed, although that didn’t work as well as hoped at the time.

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plays, seeing more than 300 of them adorned with some 600,000 lights. Following the Stroll and Dog Walk, Lights on the Lake opened up in 2016 with a salute to veterans, with all vets and active duty military personnel admitted free. Lights on the Lake spokesperson and Galaxy Events general manager Carrie Wojtaszek said her group joined a partnership with Onondaga County back in 2010, working closely with the county to bring the event to even bigger and better heights. There are many wonderful opportunities for local businesses to be involved, she said, as well as individuals who might also want to have a part in the festivities. She especially enjoys working on the personalized banners, offering the chance to create a memorable message for an unsuspecting loved one. “It is fun for us to be sneaky and plan those out,” Wojtaszek admitted. She recalled Lights on the Lake as a family tradition of her own. Back when she was younger, Wojtaszek went to tour the scene with her own parents; now she takes her own young children.

“People move away, but make sure to come back to Lights on the Lake when they come home.”

Now in its 28th year, Lights on the Lake has welcomed 4,161,000 guests since the beginning, including 95,000 who have come out for the walking events. Founding sponsor Wegmans has been supporting the event since 1991. The one-night Lights on the Lake Stroll for walkers to get an up-close look at the decorations began in 2005, followed by the annual Dog Walk in 2009. Both are fundraisers for local organizations: The Stroll this year on Nov. 13 benefits Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, and the Dog Walk on Nov. 14 is for the Humane Association of CNY. The 2011-2012 Lights season saw a record 41,587 vehicles drive through, although the most vehicles on a single night was when 1,880 visited on Dec. 22, 2001. The most motorcycles at one time was on Nov. 25, 2006, when 19 wheeled through together. The most people seen in a single vehicle was in the 2000-2001 season, as 19 packed into a pickup truck. Last year, 40,576 vehicles toured their brightly decorated dis-

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Even better, once the leaves have fallen from the trees, Wojtaszek can actually see the Lights on the Lake location from her Liverpool home and watch the traffic of jolly visitors driving in.

It’s not all laughs for her own children, she intimated. “They cry when it’s done,” Wojtaszek said. But she is sure to reassure them that there will always be a next year for the longtime Central New York holiday happening. Lights on the Lake has become one of those true local holiday destinations for area residents, out-of-town visitors, and returning former neighbors alike, as those old friends make sure to include a trip to the park during their seasonal visits with Central New York family. “It’s one of those stops you have to do when you come back for a visit around the holidays,” Wojtaszek said. “People move away, but make sure to come back to Lights on the Lake when they come home.” “Lights on the Lake is a Syracuse staple, right up there with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Syracuse University basketball and football, Wegmans, and Heid’s and Hofmann hotdogs,” agreed Pelligra. “It is a must-see at Christmas time.” For full details, visit lightsonthelake.com. LIGHTS ON THE LAKE 2017 | SYRACUSE NEW TIMES

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Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection executive director Wayne O’Connor stands in front of a mural of graduates at their Syracuse facility. Mike Jaquays Photo

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Lights on the Lake Stroll joins forces with Hillside Connection to help students with external risks | BY MIKE JAQUAYS

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tudents with Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection want Lights on the Lake visitors to help them graduate.

When the annual Lights on the Lake Stroll event returns Nov. 13 to kick off the season at the bright holiday tradition at Onondaga Lake Park, walkers will have the chance to see those colorfully lighted decorations up close. They will also be helping some students in Central New York to graduate high school, and build better lives for themselves. Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsor Wegmans, the stroll through the park is a fundraiser for Syracuse-based not-forprofit Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. Executive director Wayne O’Connor said there are more than 1,300 students from five high schools and eight middle schools in the Syracuse school system enrolled in the Hillside programs. Every one of them is experiencing some external risk factor in his or her life that puts graduation in jeopardy. Around 90 percent of the students come from some level of poverty, and there are broken homes and unplanned pregnancies also putting pressure on the students to distract them from their goal of completing school.

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That’s where Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection comes in. “We pick them up in seventh and eighth grade and stay right with them until they graduate,” O’Connor said. “These are wonderful kids, young people who often times without some extra support can become a statistic. They want the same thing that every child wants: to be able to graduate from high school and have a future. It‘s hard enough being 14, 15, and 16 in the best of conditions.” Students arrive after school, with transportation provided by Hillside to and from their location to make sure it is accessible for all. There, the young people meet with tutors, including instructors from Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and retired teachers. There is a gymnasium in the building, but O’Connor said the students always make sure their work is complete before visiting that part of the facility. O’Connor himself greets every single student as they arrive. But help in their studies isn’t all that Hillside offers the young people. They also assist them with college visits and Regents preparations when that time comes, O’Connor said. Hillside also helps with finding and keeping a job, with Wegmans — its major corporate sponsor, who secured Hillside the


“We celebrate our differences because we know that’s our strength.” Lights on the Lake fundraiser — employing more than 100 of its students in part-time positions. Rides to and from work are also provided where there is no public transportation available. Hillside recently acquired the church buildings across the street, and has made that into a more informal, college-like atmosphere. O’Connor said it could be the stained-glass windows that remain, or simply the knowledge that the building used to be the home of a church congregation, but whenever students are in there they speak with a hush. O’Connor said 93 percent of Hillside’s students come from families of color. There are 72 percent African-American, 13 percent Latino, and 7 percent Caucasian. And their cultural differences are saluted at Hillside, including events such as the recent Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that ran from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. There is a world map at the entrance with pins locating the origin countries of every student, as well as a colorful collection of flags from around the world also boldly boasting each student’s own roots. One student even got rather emotional when she saw the flag from her family’s homeland. She commented to O’Connor that seeing that flag proved to her that someone truly cared about her. “We celebrate our differences,” he said, “because we know that’s our strength.” O’Connor said Hillside has students coming in from all areas of Syracuse, but they never have any turf problems. There has been only one fight in seven years. The students work well together, because they are all motivated by a similar goal: doing their best to improve their lives and make a positive future for themselves. That is likely a dream they might not have otherwise. Discipline is often simply a case of reminding a student of his or her own goal in being a part of the program, O’Connor said. Sometimes one of the students might become unfocused — as all young people can do — and perform in ways that get away from his or her own life’s plan. O’Connor said he can walk up to that student and simply ask if his or her actions are now moving them toward their goal of a better life for themselves. And when he or she thinks about it, the student will realize the error and move back to the original goal.

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“That’s the end of the lecture,” O’Connor said. SU students recently visited to work in the kitchen, making apple dishes with their Hillside counterparts. O’Connor said not only did those younger students learn valuable cooking and nutrition tips, but they also had the chance to chat with the older students about what college is like and how they should prepare for it. Last year, Hillside saw 99 percent of its senior students graduate, and O’Connor stressed that he and his staff are still working with the those who haven’t yet. In the last five years they have always seen a solid 98 percent graduation rate, he added. Other statistics are more somber, however. O’Connor said every single participant knows of someone who has been shot. Six of them have been shot themselves. They even lost one student to gun violence last year. Hillside has a program for senior students who have become totally disconnected with school for one reason or another, so much that the only way to keep them from failing is to have all continued on page 15

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“They have already dropped out,” he explained. Of course, the students involved with the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection also get to enjoy Lights on the Lake, and can sometimes be seen there promoting the program. For some of those young people, this could be the only chance they have to see the light show. “We take our students almost every year,” said Hillside’s specialist Renita Adams, who is the liaison between Hillside and Onondaga Community College. “It’s nice to be able to bring students who might not be able to get that experience themselves.”

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“Last year our kids made up a song, and they sang it while out there collecting donations,” O’Connor said, noting such lyrics as “Please do not hesitate/ We need help to graduate” performed for the Lights on the Lake visitors. “I think it’s really terrific that they do this for us. It has really become a tradition here in Syracuse for all kids and kids at heart, and I am an unbelievable fan of Wegmans for making this happen for us.” O’Connor said for him there is no better place to be than Hillside as the students start arriving in the afternoon. “We will have 140 to 150 kids pouring out of those vans,” he said. “I’m pretty sure there is nowhere else in the city where you will find teens so dedicated to doing their schoolwork. It is definitely heartwarming.” For more information on Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, visit hillside.com.

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Galaxy Communications’ yuletide playlist music enhances the Lights on the Lake drive BY BILL DELAPP

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hen WZUN-FM 102.1 (Sunny 102)’s morning-drive guru Big Mike Fiss is asked how many Christmas songs are on the annual yuletide playlist, first he delivers a pregnant pause worthy of Jack Benny. Then he deadpans, “I think we have six now,” before bursting into laughter. Actually, it’s more like 300 tracks, according to Sunny program director Gary Dunes, who also shares dawn-patrol microphone duties with Fiss and Cindy Humble. And those songs come in mighty handy when the popular Galaxy station begins its nightly broadcasts of Christmas melodies as the perfect sonic complement to the Lights on the Lake experience. The Sunny morning gang recently convened to chat about Lights on the Lake, Christmas music and even happy-hour chicken wings. Big Mike: About 10 years ago we were the first radio station in the country to start Christmas music, the day after Halloween, and we got more publicity about it, and we had fun. But as time went on, we realized that most of our listeners were more comfortable with hearing Christmas music starting around Thanksgiving. However, we do start Christmas music when Lights on the Lake begins on Nov. 13, because we are the soundtrack for the evening, between 5 and 10 p.m., with limited commercials. Gary Dunes: (The former) WSEN-FM 92.1 actually had (the Lights music) the first couple years, but then Galaxy came over (during a March 2016 merger with the station) and made everything better. It’s a bigger company and everything they do is 10 times better. For the Lights on the Lake evenings we broaden the playlist and try to get as much variety of Christmas music as we can. Big Mike: The variety is amazing. Barenaked Ladies has a great Christmas CD, for example, and we play songs like “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses to mix it up. There are songs by Hall and Oates, Mariah Carey, the Carpenters. And we also play songs from people you don’t hear anymore: Perry Como, Ray Conniff, Gene Autry, Andy Williams, Percy Faith, Johnny Mathis.

Gary Dunes: Regarding the rest of the day’s music, we listened to social media, Facebook, Twitter, where people said that they liked the regular Sunny classic format, so we took all of that into consideration. So starting at Thanksgiving we play a couple of Christmas songs every hour, the standard biggest-hits songs, the stuff you can’t get away from. Everyone wants to hear Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” all the traditional songs. Then on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we play all the Christmas songs. Big Mike: We also play classic music by local musicians including Todd Hobin, Joe Whiting, the Dean Brothers and Maria DeSantis. Gary Dunes: And for years you used to do the annual Christmas shows and the Big Mike’s Christmastime in Syracuse CDs with local musicians. 18

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Gary Dunes with his Del-Tunes offer a rockin’ rendition of “Run, Rudolph, Run.” Bill DeLapp Photo Big Mike: The holiday music becomes a format that is so unique and so short-lived. It may be on about six weeks, and it comes and goes, so embrace it. I personally love this music. I could listen to it year-round. For the Christmastime in Syracuse CDs, we would constantly be in the studio to record tracks. The Dean Brothers recorded one Christmas song on Memorial Day weekend when it was sunny outside and 75 degrees. This year will also mark my 36th annual Christmas radio special. We used to do live full broadcasts with local musicians. For continued on page 20


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continued from page 18 the last two years we’ve been doing the “Big Mike and Cindy’s 12 Days of Christmas,” which features live musicians coming in to the show every day. We’ve had Just Joe, Joe Whiting, Todd Hobin and Jessica Novak in the past coming in to perform, and they are so accommodating. Gary Dunes: We also have the luxury because of our classic-hits format, so we can actually play Christmas music. You can’t play it on a heavy metal station. Big Mike: One of the songs we added to the Sunny playlist was by Gary Dunes and the Del-Tunes. They do a great live version of “Run, Rudolph, Run.” Gary Dunes: We recorded it live at the Marriott Hotel’s Flirtations Lounge in 1993. Big Mike: Back then it was packed, it was the happening place to be. I was actually working there on Friday nights (during happy hours as an emcee, when small plates of chicken wings were available for $1). I got the wings for free. I saved a buck. They never paid me; they said you could eat as many wings as you want. Gary Dunes: Then after a while, they said, “You know what? We’d rather pay you. No more free wings.” (Laughs)

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ONONDAGA COUNTY PARKS

WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE “Winter is a great season in Onondaga County and the Parks Winter Guide provides plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Hike, ski, take a sleigh ride and more! Start planning your winter fun and for more information visit onondagacountyparks.com.” — Onondaga County Executive, Joanie Mahoney

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Highland Forest

30+ MILES OF TRAILS Skiers of all abilities will now find over 15 miles of groomed, woodland trails. Folks who prefer to blaze their own trail will enjoy over 10 miles of ungroomed snow that makes for the perfect backcountry run. The Northview and Pines Junction Trails are all accessible to novice users, while the other trails range from “more difficult” to “most difficult” on terrain with elevations up to 400 feet. Trail Use: Daily $10; $5 (15 & under) Season Pass: $30 adult; $20 (15 & under) Cross-Country Ski Rentals: $15 adult, $10 child (15 & under): Individual Item Rental (boots, poles or skis) $7 per item

Beaver Lake

7.5 MILES OF TRAILS Skiers of all levels will enjoy the nature center’s wooded trails. All are rated easy, except the moderate Three Meadows Trail. Ski under the full moon; see calendar for moonlight skiing dates. Trail Use: $5 per vehicle SKI 100 MILES AT BEAVER LAKE Here’s an incentive to get out and enjoy Beaver Lake’s trails this winter! Each time you go cross-country skiing, record

your mileage in your log book and stamp the date at the front desk to verify your progress. When you have skied 100 miles, present your log book and be rewarded with a long-sleeve T-shirt proclaiming, “I Skied 100 miles at Beaver Lake Nature Center.” The registration fee is $10 and there is no time limit in reaching the 100 mile goal.

Oneida Shores

McKinley Ridge Trail or Lake Access Free admission

Onondaga Lake Park

Shoreline Trails, Long Branch Loop and the West Shore Trail • Free admission

SNOWSHOEING

Highland Forest & Beaver Lake

Highland Forest offers all levels of snowshoers a chance to enjoy the forest on 6 trails of varying lengths: .5 miles to 8.7 miles. At Beaver Lake enjoy 2 separate trails, the Northern Exposure (1.4 miles) & the Southern Exposure (2.2 miles.) While the Southern has more hilly spots, the Northern offers a flatter trail and both go through open fields and wooded areas. Highland Forest Rentals: Daily $10; $5 (15 & under) Beaver Lake Rentals: $5 per hour

SLEDDING

Long Branch Park Sledding Hill

100 feet. Easy hill, perfect for young families. Daily, 10am-5pm (315) 453-6712 - call for conditions

Highland Forest Skyline Hill

650 ft. Fast fun going down but be ready for a big climb back up. Daily, 8:30am4:30pm (315) 683-5550 - call for conditions Please note: Sledding hills are not supervised.

SNOWMOBILING

Onondaga County Parks, in cooperation with the New York State Snowmobile Association and Onondaga County Snowmobile Association, administer the local NYS Snowmobile Grant-in-Aid Program. The following opportunities for riding and gaining access to the rural trails of America’s Snowiest City are available:

Oneida Shores Park

Beach Section Only Great access to 25 mile Oneida Lake, famous for ice fishing for perch, panfish and walleye pike. Open daily. Ample parking in boat launch area. Free.

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Jordan Level

The five miles of Erie Canal towpath from Jordan to Memphis are maintained by local clubs. Parking is available at highway intersections. Please respect the cross-country skiers, hikers and other visitors who share access to these areas.

HIKING, WALKING & RUNNING

Highland Forest & Beaver Lake

Natural trails are not plowed, however, if the snow gets too deep, why not try out a pair of snowshoes on designated snowshoe trails.

Onondaga Lake Park

The 2 mile long East Shore Trail is plowed throughout the winter.

Once the snow flies, visit OnondagaCountyParks.com for ski & snowshoe condition updates!


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Welcome to the “ADIRONDACKS OF CENTRAL NEW YORK”… Highland Forest! Highland Forest’s Skyline Lodge is the perfect spot to hang out and warm up in front of the fireplace after a day on the trails. The lodge is perched 1700 feet above Fabius and showcases the sweeping views of southern Onondaga County. The walls inside the Adirondack/Mission style lodge feature local history, while artwork and antiques add ambiance. Cross country skis and snowshoes are available at the rental shop and popular public programs include sleigh rides, prime rib dinners and Valentine’s in the Forest. Starting mid-December, Orchard Vali, Skyline’s exclusive caterer, will offer a hearty menu including breakfast, soups, stews and desserts from 9am-4pm on weekends, holidays and school breaks through February.

When the Temperatures Drop, MAKE THE ZOO YOUR STOP! Winter is the perfect time to have the best day ever at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! Many of the zoo’s outdoor residents are perfectly suited for the cold Central New York winter. Wander the Wildlife Trails and see snow leopards, Amur tigers, red pandas and gray wolves playing in the snow for an incredible experience. Prefer to stay indoors? The tropical warmth of Diversity of Birds, a free-flight aviary featuring dozens of colorful birds, offers respite from the cold. U.S.S. Antiquities offers views of a variety of fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The 1,600 gallon giant Pacific octopus exhibit is also home to several species of fish, sea stars and anemones. A variety of indoor habitats offer nose-to-nose encounters with playful primates, African lions, sloths and more. The entire zoo is open year-round and with 60% of exhibits indoors, the zoo is the perfect wintertime getaway for families and children, even in the coldest weather.

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With indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Curious Cub Gift Shop, tasty meals from the Jungle Café and special events, you’re sure to have an entertaining, educational and memorable visit at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo–the best day ever! For details on special winter prices, visit www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Located Located in Baldwinsville, in Baldwinsville, Beaver Beaver Lake Lake is home is home to atonatural a natural winter winter wonderland wonderland featuring featuring 10 miles 10 miles of cross of cross country country andand snowshoe snowshoe trails trails with with a multi-use a multi-use trailtrail offering offering seasonal seasonal leisure leisure andand workout workout opportunities opportunities for for all. all. Dozens Dozens of programs of programs including including weekend weekend guided guided walks, walks, skiing/snowshoeing skiing/snowshoeing under under thethe fullfull moon moon andand school school break break activities activities for for thethe little little ones ones areare offered offered throughout throughout thethe season. season. Winter Winter is also is also a great a great time time to get to get started started with with thethe 100100 Bird Bird Challenge. Challenge. Look Look for for those those rarerare visitors visitors likelike thethe long-eared long-eared owlowl andand pine pine siskin. siskin. ThisThis program program encourages encourages both both beginner beginner andand veteran veteran birders birders to come to come andand watch watch for for birds birds at at Beaver Beaver Lake. Lake. First First register register at the at the front front desk desk andand purchase purchase a Birds a Birds of Beaver of Beaver Lake Lake checklist. checklist. Every Every time time youyou seesee (or (or identify identify by by song) song) a new a new species, species, write write down down thethe date date youyou observed observed in the in the booklet. booklet. When When youyou have have reached reached 100100 birdbird species, species, youyou willwill be be rewarded rewarded with with a T-shirt: a T-shirt: “I Saw-whet “I Saw-whet at at Beaver Beaver Lake, Lake, 100100 birds.” birds.” TheThe registration registration feefee is $10, is $10, which which includes includes thethe Birds Birds of of Beaver Beaver Lake Lake checklist checklist booklet. booklet.

Experience the CHARM OF YESTERYEAR An old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snow-filled forest has family fun written all over it. Available weekends December 16 - February, twenty-minute rides at Highland Forest are from 11 am to 3:30 pm. In addition, rides will be offered during select school break dates. See calendar for details. Weather & conditions permitting. The price is $6, $3 (5 & under). Group packages, which include a horse drawn ride and use of Skyline Lodge, are available for groups of up to 160 people.

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WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE

WINTER Calendar of Activities November 8, 2017 - March 2018

NOVEMBER 8-17 Art Gone Wild! Exhibition • 10am-4:30pm Free with zoo admission Enjoy extraordinary artwork created by our animals as part of their enrichment activities. Pieces produced by elephant trunks, panda paws, penguin feet and octopus arms will be on display leading up to the reception and art auction on Friday, November 17. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 NOVEMBER WEEKENDS Weekend Guided Walks • 2pm Free with nature center admission November 11 & 12 - Wildlife Preparing for Winter November 18 & 19 - Turkey Tales November 25 & 26 - Life in the Leaf Litter BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 NOVEMBER 10, 17 Sharing Nature with your Child • 1pm $7 per session, pre-registration required Preschoolers will enjoy weekly explorations of Beaver Lake. Each week brings a new opportunity for discovery through nature walks, games, and crafts. Children should be accompanied by an adult. November 10 - Squirrel Fun November 17 - Autumn Birds BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 NOVEMBER 10 & 17 • 6pm NOVEMBER 15 & 21 • 10am or 6pm NOVEMBER 18 • 1pm or 6pm Wreath Making Workshops $17 per person, pre-registration required Invite holiday guests and Christmas cheer through your front door with your handmade evergreen wreath. Just smelling the fresh boughs will put you in the proper spirit! The price includes boughs, wire and a bow. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 NOVEMBER 13 Lights on the Lake Stroll • 5-9pm $2 adult suggested donation Enjoy this special walking preview of Lights on the Lake before it opens to vehicles only. Visitors can choose to park at either the Wegmans Landing (Griffin Visitor Center), Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. Walkers can cover as much of the two mile stretch as they desire and should dress for the weather. Holiday characters will be on the trail and refreshments will be available for sale. ONONDAGA LAKE PARK (315) 453-6712 NOVEMBER 14 Lights on the Lake Dog Walk • 5-9pm $2 adult suggested donation Dogs (and their parents) are welcome to enjoy this special walking preview of Lights on the Lake before it opens to vehicles only. Visitors can choose to park at either the Wegmans Landing (Griffin Visitor Center), Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. Walkers can cover as much of the two mile stretch as they desire and should dress for the weather. Holiday characters will be on the trail and refreshments for humans and dogs will be available for sale. ONONDAGA LAKE PARK (315) 453-6712

NOVEMBER 15 – JAN. 7, 2018 Wegmans Lights on the Lake • 5-10pm $10 per car Monday-Thursday; $15 per car Friday-Sunday ($6 on Monday & Tuesday with a Wegmans Shoppers Club Card) This 28th annual event is a two-mile long drive-through light extravaganza featuring life-size displays, themed sections, traditional favorites, new surprises and a memorable grand finale. Opening Night, November 15: Salute to Troops - Free admission for all Veterans, active & retired military, show military ID at ticket booth. Onondaga Lake Park (315) 453-6712 NOVEMBER 16, 30 Trail Tales • 1pm Free with Nature Center Admission Perfect for pre-school aged children (3-5 years old), accompanied by an adult. A naturalist will first read two stories to the children and then lead the group out on a hike themed to match the stories. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 NOVEMBER 17 Art Gone Wild! Reception, Art Sale & Auction • 6-8pm $8 per person in advance, $10 per person at the door, children 12 & under free Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a piece of animal art! Dozens of pieces created by our zoo animals will be auctioned off to support of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Light refreshments and cash bar available. Rosamond Gifford Zoo (315) 435-8511 NOVEMBER 22 & 24 Thanksgiving Break Zoo Camp • 9am-4pm $65 per child per day, pre-registration required Parents, do you need some extra time for holiday preparations the day before or day after Thanksgiving? Register your kids for an awesome one-day zoo camp! Campers, ages 6-11,will tour the zoo, see animals up close, play games, make crafts and enjoy a pizza party lunch. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 X357 NOVEMBER 23 Turkey Trot 5K • 9am $25 ONONDAGA LAKE PARK (315) 373-1282 NOVEMBER 25 Holiday Crafts for Kids • 10am $6 per child, pre-registration required Children will learn how to create their own holiday crafts and ornaments using materials found in nature. This program is designed for children of all ages, but space is limited. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 NOVEMBER 25 Ugly Sweater Run • 12pm $40 ONONDAGA LAKE PARK willowhwc@gmail.com

NOVEMBER 28 OR 29 Create a Kissing Ball • 6pm $20 per person, pre-registration required Spend an evening creating a beautiful balsam fir kissing ball, accented with red ribbon and bow. It is sure to be a wonderful addition to your holiday decorating. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 DECEMBER 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 Breakfast with Santa • 9am OR 11am $18; 2 & under free, reservations required Celebrate the season at this popular holiday event! Our elves will serve breakfast while our young guests meet Santa. Bring a camera for a photo opp with Saint Nick! Children can make a holiday craft and write a letter to Santa. Ticket includes post-breakfast zoo-admission. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 x113 DECEMBER WEEKENDS Weekend Afternoon Walks • 2 pm Free with nature center admission December 2 & 3 - Winter Birds December 9 & 10 - Winter Birds December 16 & 17 - “Night Tree” (special story read and hike) December 23 & 24 - Meet the Pines Beaver Lake Nature Center (315) 638-2519 DECEMBER 3 “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge 10am-12:30pm Party & Registration; 1pm Plunge Teams and individuals welcome to register. Sponsored by Special Olympics ONEIDA SHORES PARK www.PolarPlungeNY.org/CNY DECEMBER 7 Prime Rib Buffet • 6-8pm $17.95; $8.95 ages 5-11; Under 5 free Enjoy a delicious Prime Rib Buffet, live music and a spectacular view from Skyline Lodge. Menu includes: Soup, salad bar, oven roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, pasta, meatballs and sausage and slow-roasted prime rib. Reservations recommended. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 DECEMBER 9 Holidays with the Animals • 10am-3pm Free with zoo admission Help us celebrate the season with the animals as they receive enrichment “gifts” to engage them and enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals open their presents and play with their toys as they demonstrate natural behaviors. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 DECEMBER 9 Breakfast with Santa • 9am-12noon $3-$5 depending on appetite Kick off the holiday season by joining the Friends of Beaver Lake for breakfast. Enjoy a tasty meal of pancakes, sausage and a beverage. There will also be a holiday bake sale. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519

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DECEMBER 14 & 28 Trail Tales: Stories and walk with a Naturalist • 1pm Free with Nature Center admission Listening to stories and exploring nature are two activities that most children enjoy. A naturalist will read stories to children ages three to five, and lead them on a walk to experience what the season has to offer. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 DECEMBER 16 Last Chance Trail Run & Pancake Breakfast • 8:30-11am $10; $5 ages 6-11yrs; $20 family maximum 8 mile trail walk or run and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 449-9615 DECEMBER 16 – FEBRUARY 25 (WEEKENDS) DECEMBER 26 – JANUARY 1, 15 & FEBRUARY 19 Horsedrawn Sleigh (or Hay) Rides • 11am-3:30pm $6; $3 5 & under 20 minute ride into the woods at Highland Forest. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 683-5550 DECEMBER 27-29 Holiday Zoo Camp • 9am-4pm $65 per child per day, pre-registration required Parents, do you need some extra time for yourself during the holiday break? Register your kids, ages 6-11, for an awesome one-day zoo camp! Campers will tour the zoo, see animals up close, play games, make crafts and enjoy a pizza party lunch. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 x357 DECEMBER 31 Noon Year’s Eve • 10:30am-12:30pm Free with zoo admission Ring in the “noon” year at the zoo with entertainment, games, crafts and more. It’s an authentic New Year’s Eve celebration that keeps bed time in mind, complete with ball drop and sparkling grape juice toast at noon. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Buffet Dinner • 6-8:30pm $35.95 per person, reservations required Enjoy a delicious dinner and live music at the picturesque Skyline Lodge then head out for horsedrawn sleigh ride through the winter woods. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 JANUARY WEEKENDS Weekend Guided Walks • 2pm Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes Registration is required beginning at 8am on the day of the hike and space is limited. This program will be offered on snowshoes only when snow conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519


ONONDAGA COUNTY PARKS JANUARY 2 - 31 Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest • 10am-4:30pm Complimentary zoo admission offered to contest participants who show their camera (cell phones are not acceptable); limit one entrant per household. Welcome the arrival of the New Year by entering the zoo’s annual photo contest. Photographers of all abilities are invited to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 JANUARY 2 – FEBRUARY 28 Snow Leopard Days – Discount Admission 10am-4:30pm Youth (3-17) $2; Adult (18-61) $5; Senior (62+) $2.50 Bundle up this winter and visit the zoo! Wander the Wildlife Trails and see animals playing in the snow, keep warm in indoor exhibits like the tropical Diversity of Birds, explore The Curious Cub Gift Shop and swing by the Jungle Café for a tasty treat or hot cocoa. The zoo is the perfect wintertime getaway for families and children, even in the coldest weather. You’ll be sure to have an entertaining, educational and memorable visit—the best day ever! ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 JANUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 14 (WEDNESDAYS) Weekday Snowshoe Jaunt • 1:30pm Free with Nature Center admission. Snowshoe rental $5. Enjoy an hour-long outing through Beaver Lake’s winter woods. Benefit from a naturalist’s insights, along with the light aerobic exercise. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 JANUARY 4 Prime Rib Buffet • 6-8pm $17.95; $8.95 ages 5-11; Under 5 free Enjoy a delicious Prime Rib Buffet, live music and a spectacular view from Skyline Lodge. Menu includes: Soup, salad bar, oven roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, pasta, meatballs and sausage and slow-roasted prime rib. Reservations recommended. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 JANUARY 6 – FEBRUARY 25 (WEEKENDS) Try Snowshoeing • 12:30pm Free with Nature Center admission This snowshoe clinic will include instructions and a short snowshoe hike. Visitors with little or no snowshoe experience will especially enjoy this one-hour introduction. Registration is required beginning at 8am the day of the hike and space is limited. Call on that day to register and check conditions. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, the nature center will hold an indoor program on identifying winter, wildlife tracks at 1pm. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 JANUARY 11 & 25 Trail Tales: Stories and walk with a Naturalist • 1pm Free with Nature Center admission During this popular program a naturalist reads two stories to the children and the leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Perfect for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 JANUARY 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Camp • 9am-4pm $65 per child, pre-registration required Kids, ages 6 to 11, can spend the MLK holiday at the zoo! Activities include zoo tours, games, animal demonstra-

tions, crafts, snacks and a pizza party lunch. A minimum number of participants is required to hold this camp. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 x357 JANUARY 25-28 Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing • Until 9pm Free with Nature Center admission The trails will remain open until 9pm on these evenings as long as there is adequate snow cover. This is the opportunity for skiers and snowshoers to take advantage of the natural moonlight along Beaver Lake’s ten miles of trails. Hot chocolate and other refreshments will available at the Visitor Center. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 JANUARY 26 Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike • 7pm Free with Nature Center admission. Rent snowshoes for $5. A winter moon lights the way as your group explores the Nature Center’s woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes. Registration is required beginning at 8 am the day of the hike, and space is limited. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 JANUARY 27 Snowshoe Hike and Bonfire • 6pm $5 per person, reservations required Snowshoe through the snowy forest and field. Watch for deer and rabbits. Listen for the hoot of a distant Barred owl. Join a guide for a snowshoe trek along the Southern Exposure trail. Upon returning sit by a warm bonfire and sip hot chocolate! A great event for the whole family! BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 FEBRUARY 1 Prime Rib Buffet • 6-8pm $17.95; $8.95 ages 5-11; Under 5 free Enjoy a delicious Prime Rib Buffet, and a spectacular view from Skyline Lodge. Menu includes: Soup, salad bar, oven roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, pasta, meatballs and sausage and slow-roasted prime rib. Reservations recommended. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 FEBRUARY WEEKENDS Weekend Guided Walks • 2pm Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes Registration is required beginning at 8am on the day of the hike and space is limited. This program will be offered on snowshoes only when snow conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 FEBRUARY 4 Super Couch Potato 5K • 11am ONONDAGA LAKE PARK www.syracusetrackclub.org FEBRUARY 8 Trail Tales: Stories and walk with a Naturalist • 1pm Free with Nature Center admission During this popular program a naturalist reads two stories to the children and the leads the group on a hike themed to match the stories. Perfect for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519

WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE FEBRUARY 9 Snow Leopard Soiree • 6:30-11pm $220 per person or $1,750 per table of eight, reservations required This year’s Friends of the Zoo annual winter fundraiser and gala features gourmet dining, live music, live and silent auctions, and animal greeters. Cocktail attire and animal prints are encouraged; black tie optional. Proceeds help benefit the zoo’s education programs, which connect more than 150,000 children and adults to the natural world. ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 x132 FEBRUARY 9, 10, 11 & 14 Valentine’s in the Forest • 6pm $90 per couple, reservations required Enjoy a nostalgic, romantic evening in the forest with your sweetheart. Program includes Prime Rib buffet dinner, horse drawn sleigh ride, live entertainment, and flowers. Proceeds benefit the all volunteer Highland Forest Nordic Ski Patrol. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 FEBRUARY 10 Cupid’s Chase 5K Run & 3K Walk Registration 8am; Run 10am $20-$40 All proceeds will go towards supporting people with disabilities. Community Options, Inc. invites walkers, runners, joggers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to come out and participate. ONONDAGA LAKE PARK (315) 431-9859 FEBRUARY 11 Sweet Treats • 10am-3pm Free with zoo admission (discount admission in effect for this event) Watch the animals receive special Valentine treats and heart-shaped items throughout the day as part of the zoo’s enrichment program! ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 453-8511 FEBRUARY 18-25 Winter Break Activities • 10am-3pm Free with zoo admission (half-price admission in effect for this event) Beat the winter blues with a visit to the zoo! Enjoy animal demonstrations and meet the keeper sessions for a chance to learn what happens “behind the scenes.” ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO (315) 435-8511 FEBRUARY 19-23 Winter Wonders Week Free with nature center admission During School vacation there will be guided walks and critter talks daily for families and individuals. Walk down one of the nature center’s trails tracking winter wildlife. Learn about beaver, turtles, owls or other wildlife in the Visitor Center. 10am – Try Snowshoeing – Monday & Wednesday 10am – Snow Sculptures – Tuesday & Thursday 10am – Build a Snow Cave – Friday 1:30pm – Creature Feature – Monday-Friday 2pm – Guided Snowshoeing – Monday-Friday BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519

the whole week or individual days. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 FEBRUARY 22-25 Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing • Until 9pm Free with Nature Center admission The trails will remain open until 9pm on these evenings as long as there is adequate snow cover. This is the opportunity for skiers and snowshoers to take advantage of the natural moonlight along Beaver Lake’s ten miles of trails. Hot chocolate and other refreshments will available at the Visitor Center. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 FEBRUARY 23 Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike • 7pm Free with Nature Center admission. A winter moon lights the way as your group explores the Nature Center’s woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes. Registration is required beginning at 8 am the day of the hike, and space is limited. This program will be offered only when conditions are acceptable. Rent snowshoes for $3. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 MARCH 1 Prime Rib Buffet • 6-8pm $17.95; $8.95 ages 5-11; Under 5 free Enjoy a delicious Prime Rib Buffet, live music and a spectacular view from Skyline Lodge. Menu includes: Soup, salad bar, oven roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, pasta, meatballs and sausage and slow-roasted prime rib. Reservations recommended. HIGHLAND FOREST (315) 677-3303 MARCH WEEKENDS It’s Maple Syrup Time 10am-2pm, Saturdays; 1-4pm, Sundays Free with Nature Center admission This celebration of the maple syrup season marks the coming of spring. A visit to the demonstration sugarbush will introduce you to the heritage of sugaring and the production of maple syrup. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Pancake Breakfast • 9am-12noon $3-$5 depending on appetite Enjoy pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice and a visit to the sugarbush. BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER (315) 638-2519 MARCH 18 Irish Road Bowling • 10:30am $100 per four person team Teams compete by rolling a small cannonball along a 2-mile Shoreline Walking Trail course. Food, fun and prizes. Registration opens February 1. ONONDAGA LAKE PARK (315) 453-6712

FEBRUARY 19-23 Winter Camp • 9am-3pm $30 per day, pre-registration required Learn how to Snowshoe! Build a survival Snow Cave! Create incredible Snow Sculptures! Play fun Nature Games and make Nature Crafts. This Winter Camp is designed for 1st-4th graders and is led by two staff naturalists. This is great way to spend the winter break! Sign up for

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THE PARTY (OR CORPORATE OUTING) STARTS HERE! Park party facilities are now accepting reservations for dates through 2019 for all types of family and business gatherings. Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores BREWERTON

A wall-length stone fireplace with a surrounding view of tall pines and large upscale patio. Just 15 minutes from Syracuse, Arrowhead offers the ideal winter wonderland, or year-round setting, for your holiday party, wedding, retirement, graduation party or meeting. More info: www.OnondagaCountyParks.com or call (315) 676-7366.

Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest FABIUS

Perfect for holiday parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, banquets, proms, fund raising events, corporate retreats, birthday and retirement parties. The picturesque lodge features an expansive deck, stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings and an Adirondack/Mission design with wall-towall windows and a spectacular view. More info: www.OnondagaCountyParks.com or call (315) 677-3303.

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Central New York's top family attraction is home to one of the area's most distinct banquet facilities. Outdoor courtyard area and animal demos available.

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PLAN NOW FOR NEXT SUMMER! Reserve Now for 2018 Camping Trips

Summer comes but once a year‌

Now is the time to reserve your favorite Oneida Shores camping spot. Basic and electrical campsites for 2018 are available weekends beginning Friday, April 27 and daily beginning Friday, May 25 – Sunday, October 7 and include hot shower facilities and free boat launch access. Online reservations at www.OnondagaCountyParks. com/camping or call (315) 676-7366.

2018 Season Boat Launch passes for use at Oneida Shores and Onondaga Lake Park can now be ordered. The cost is $100 per trailer for the season. Season Beach passes can also be ordered now. For $50, county residents ($100 non-residents) get a full summer of fun in the sun at both Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores.

Group Picnics are more fun at an Onondaga County Park

More info: www.cateringatthezoo.org or call (315) 726-2707.

Camp Brockway at Pratt's Falls POMPEY

Deep woods, rustic lodge offers full kitchen, fireplace, areas for volleyball and horseshoes nearby. Open mid May - mid October. More info: www.OnondagaCountyParks.com or call (315) 451-6249.

Twenty picturesque locations that include shelters and tents located throughout Onondaga County are available to reserve for your next outdoor function. Most areas can be reserved up to 11 months in advance except the Onondaga Lake Park and Long Branch Park shelters, which are available to reserve beginning January 1. Get details or reserve a site today at www. OnondagaCountyParks.com or call the Reservation Office at (315) 451-6249.

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BEAVER LAKE NATURE CENTER

(315) 638-2519 7:30am-5:00pm November-January 7:30am-6:00pm February (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) $5 per vehicle 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, off Rte. 370W, 4 miles west of Baldwinsville CB

CARPENTER’S BROOK FISH HATCHERY

(315) 689-9367 9:00am-3:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) Free 1672 Rte. 321, Elbridge HF

HIGHLAND FOREST

(315) 683-5550 8:30am-4:30pm (Closed Christmas Day) $3 per person; 21 & under free Rte. 80, 4 miles east of the Town of Fabius

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ONONDAGA LAKE PARK

(315) 453-6712 6am-sunset, November-March Griffin Visitor Center: November-March: 8:30am-4:30pm, weekdays; 12-4pm, weekends (weather permitting) 6790 Onondaga Lake Park Trail, Liverpool Long Branch Reserved Area (315) 453-6712 The Sledding Hill at Long Branch Park is open daily, 10am-5pm. Conditions vary daily. Free 371 Long Branch Road, Liverpool OT

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JORDAN LEVEL TRAIL

(part of the Erie Canalway Trail) (315) 689-9367 Laird and McDonald Road, Jordan or 5750 Devoe Road, Camillus

(315) 435-8511 10:00am-4:30pm daily (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) Mar-Dec: $9 adults; $5 seniors (62+) & youth (3-17); under 3 free Snow Leopard Days: Jan & Feb $5 adults; $2.50 seniors (62+); $2 youth (3-17); under 3 free 1 Conservation Place off Wilbur Ave., Syracuse

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(315) 474-7833 Tex Simone Dr., Syracuse OS

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THE REGION’S FIRST DEDICATED PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE PHYSICIAN ON SITE AT ALL TIMES

Upstate Golisano After Hours Care is a walk-in urgent care for patients from birth through age 21. Pediatric and emergency medicine specialists care for patients who do not require a trip to the ER. We treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses in a setting that reflects the Upstate Golisano standard for excellence. Services include care for simple fractures, minor lacerations, IV rehydration, lab and x-ray.

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