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• Local Calendar: March & April • SPCA Summer Camp by Jim Bouderau • Withholding Enough Taxes? by Peter VanderWoude

• The 49th Annual CNY Maple Festival • Conformis: Custom-Fit Knee Replacements • Oak Barrels and Wine by Dennis DeRado • Musician Tom Chapin Returns to SUNY Cortland



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Spring is coming!

Please enjoy our March issue of What’s HOT What’s HOT highlights the best of dining, arts, entertainment, and so much more in the Ithaca and Cortland areas and beyond. Designed with exceptional photographs, articles of interest, community connections, and an enthusiasm for our beautiful region, What’s HOT will inspire you to seek out all life has to offer in Central New York. Lifestyle. Leisure. Shopping. Cooking. Business. Real Estate. Health and wellness. Recreation. Theatre. Travel. Tourism. Treasures. Education. Exploration. Enrichment. Motivation. Inspiration. A little bit of anything that’s up, and nothing that’s down. If it’s hot, we’ve got it covered. What’s HOT magazine is published monthly in print and online, with a free distribution of 10,000 copies to 600+ local sites throughout Central New York. Find your copy each month at your favorite supermarket, professional office, restaurant, gas station, library, hotel, tourism center, coffee shop, and many other locations. Read past issues of What’s HOT online at whatshotmagazine.com



The 49th Annual CNY Maple Festival The

49th Annual CNY Maple Festival will take place this year on April 6 and 7 in Marathon, NY. The little Village of Marathon has rolled out the welcome mat to visitors of the annual Maple Festival every spring for the past 49 years. If you love maple, come to Marathon! “We are calling ourselves the 49ers,” laughs Connie White, Chairman of the continuous entertainment that is free in the High School Auditorium. “Next year we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary.”


Everything maple is celebrated on Maple Festival Weekend in Marathon, one of America’s best small towns. Local folks will teach the process of turning sap into syrup, as well as turning syrup into maple sugar, maple candy, maple cream, maple bacon, maple popcorn, maple muffins, and maple elephant ears. Come and celebrate the coming of spring! Enjoy the smell of maple steam rolling from the evaporator. Watch the pancake eating contest or join in and eat a stack of steaming pancakes drenched in fresh maple syrup made right in the heart of the Marathon Community. “We have a reputation of making folks feel right at home,” says Chairwoman Paige Parker. “Our volunteers will be welcoming visitors all weekend. We want everyone to enjoy themselves as they learn the story of

maple syrup and taste the results of the process which has been handed down through the generations, from our early settlers.” The CNY Maple Festival is the place to be on April 6 and 7, where they’ll be “making maple” just for you!


Touch the Lives of Those Around Us It’s

March and spring is just around the corner! I would like to thank you, our community, for doing so much to support our restaurant and event space, and most importantly our students! I’d also like to thank my leadership team for all that they do: Tim Gammons, General Manager; Lauren Lowman, Catering and Events Manager; Patrick Blackman, Sous Chef; John Corbin, Sous Chef; Amanda Bisson, Culinary Professor; Laura Falk, Wine Marketing Professor; Anne Marie Morse, Wine Marketing Professor, and last but certainly not least, award winning Sue Stafford, Hotel and Restaurant professor and chair of our hospitality programs. All of these leaders work very hard for our team and our students. If you see them around town, please thank them for all that they do for our community. Well into our fourth year of existence, we continue to constantly improve, and we have a lot going on! Our current menu features a variety of tasty locally grown ingredients

available in delicious dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our event space can accommodate groups, meetings, and weddings for up to 250 people. If you have an event coming up, please reach out to Lauren Lowman and she will work with you to develop an amazing experience. If you love cooking, visit our website at Coltivareithaca.com to sign up for one of Chef Patrick Blackman’s cooking classes, including Big Easy Bites, Knife Skills, Soups & Stews and the Difference, CSA Mixer, Baking Made Easy, and Campfire Cooking Continued. We have developed an amazing St. Patrick’s Day beer pairing dinner with Liquid State Brewing and Salt Point Brewing. Tickets are available at our website. We will be hosting pairing dinners with other breweries and wineries throughout the rest of this year, so please check our website and social media pages regularly. We will also be doing our Easter and Mother’s Day Grand Buffet again this year, look for our menu for those dates very soon. One of our more difficult challenges is reinforcing the fact that we are a part of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), and that everything we do ultimately benefits education. While TC3 and its students get most of the


benefits from your patronage, we also work with local school districts in food training, and have helped multiple organizations with fundraisers, events, and activities. The best part of my job is knowing that profits are re-invested back into the college and community to help local students—a practice unique to Coltivare. Whether you come in for our “Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar” at brunch, New York craft beers, Finger Lakes wines and spirits, dinner in our award-winning Wine Cellar venue, or for a catered event, you are literally supporting education. Coltivare’s motto is, “Touch the lives of those around us.” You too can touch the lives of the multitude of students that walk through the doors at TC3 by simply stopping into Coltivare and enjoying a meal or a drink with us. Thank you and I hope to see you soon at Coltivare! Jason Sidle Director of Operations Coltivare – TC3 Culinary Center (607) 882-2334 www.coltivareithaca.com


Uncool: Baby Boomers Have Hearing Loss, Too! In our ever-chang-

ing world, baby boomers are unique. They are a generation that grew up healthier and wealthier than their parents. In general, baby boomers are among the first generation with a strong belief in an improving world.

one in three has gotten his/her hearing tested. The majority of boomers with hearing loss fail to seek medical attention despite the fact that half of them admitted that their hearing problems interfered with their family lives. In addition, about one-third of boomers reported problems hearing and understanding a telephone conversation. Why are boomers so timid about getting their hearing fixed when improved hearing means better relationships, more income, and has been shown to relieve depression and feelings of isolation? Quite simply, it’s a matter of old stereotypes. Boomers don’t mind doing what they can to stay young and active, but they don’t like the idea of facing a condition that indicates they are aging.

As baby boomers have grown older, they have faced changes in their health and bodies with an open and optimistic attitude. The rock and roll generation’s fun-loving and ac- Past stereotypes of people with hearing loss/ tive lifestyles are setting the tone for those that hearing aids indicated they were old and out follow…except when it comes to hearing loss. of touch. That means hip baby boomers shy According to a Clarity® study, 38 million away from dealing with their hearing loss. baby boomers in the U.S. experience vari- The irony is that the stereotypes are not true. ous degrees of hearing difficulties, but only


People who deal with their hearing loss are shown to feel and act younger and are seen as more in touch. They have fewer problems understanding conversations and are more relaxed in social settings. Because today’s hearing aids are so small, they are rarely even spotted. In fact, it is more obvious to people when someone with hearing loss is trying to cover it up. Pretending to understand someone by politely nodding or smiling doesn’t often fool anyone (except the hearing-impaired). Baby boomers, stop fooling yourselves! You’ve led the way before — you’ve championed change and have shown your kids how to live more active and adventurous lifestyles! It’s time to step up and see your audiologist. Get back into the hearing world – call the experts at Cortland Hearing Aids today, 1-888-720-8410! Suzette Pace, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology/Owner Cortland Hearing Aids www.cortlandhearingaids.com


Oak Barrels and Wine It’s difficult to imag-

there benefits?

ine a winery without envisioning the rows and rows of beautiful oak barrels stacked on top of each other housing precious vintages of wine, but what purpose do they serve? Is it just tradition, or are

After fermentation, young wines are known to be astringent, tannic, raw, and “green.” They go through a period of “racking off” to remove the majority of solids, and then need time to age and mellow. Aging can be done in vessels that are non-reactive like stainless steel, glass, cement, etc., or in oak barrels that will react with the wine.


Aging wine in oak barrels has two distinct effects on the wine. First, it allows for the extremely slow introduction of oxygen. This gradual, controlled contact with oxygen reduces astringency, softens tannins, concentrates flavor, and increases color. Many gallons of wine are evaporated during this process and a typical 59-gallon barrel can lose as much as 5-6 gallons per year! The winemaker will “top off” the barrels with wine to keep the oxidation rate steady. Barrel aging also affects a wine by adding flavor compounds. Tastes associated with barrel-aged wines include vanilla, tobacco, smoke, clove, and even toasted coconut. Winemakers that desire stronger oak flavors can use newer or smaller barrels or increase the length of time the wine spends in contact with the oak. Barrels that have been heavily “toasted” on the inside will also impart stronger flavors. Every time a

barrel is used, it imparts less and less flavor on the wine. Barrels are generally used for 5-7 years before they are “retired.” Barrelaged and fermented wines tend to be pricier than wines produced in non-reactive containers due to the high cost of oak and the limited life span of barrels. Using oak barrels for storage originated in the iron age. Even though there are several easier options for fermenting and holding wine, the richer, more complex flavor and structure that comes from barrel-aged wine makes it the continued choice for winemakers. Dennis DeRado Long Point Winery www.longpointwinery.com

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CBD Store is the first retail storefront in Tompkins County dedicated to carrying an array of high quality, organic CBD products. Owner Dominique Pastorello studied Plant Science at Cornell University and has always recognized the medicinal value in plants. She believes CBD oil has prevailing therapeutic qualities. With recent changes in legality, she took an interest in offering not only product, but a space to learn about the health benefits and proper use of the products.

and provide general homeostasis, which is why it has such a wide array of health benefits. CBD also has been proven to have neuroprotective qualities as well as cancer fighting agents. It has been known to provide relief from conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, skin disorders, sleep problems, arthritis, nerve pain, migraines, Lyme Disease, and much more. New studies have linked ailments such as migraines and fibromyalgia directly to CBD deficiency.

CBD, known as Cannabidiol, is one of the main chemical components of the cannabis plant that offers medicinal value without the psychotropic (high) effects. We produce CBD naturally in our bodies, but most of us do not produce enough. CBD acts on receptors in our endocannabinoid system in order to find imbalances in our body, pull inflammation out,

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Dominique elected to carry the Sunmed line of CBD products as it is one of the highest quality oils on the market today. Sunmed oils are derived from a phytocannabinoidrich hemp strain grown on a USDA-certiďŹ ed organic hemp farm in Colorado. The oil is third-party lab tested twice for potency, clarity, and consistency—once in oil form and again in manufactured product form—in order to assure consumers are receiving a top-of-the-line product with every purchase. One of the biggest issues in the newly emerging CBD industry is that many companies are looking to make a quick dollar and are not interested in the quality of their product. It is very

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Withholding Enough Taxes? Did

your tax return results match your expectations? If you have read or watched news articles on what some people have experienced on the front end of this tax season, you may feel uneasy about your own tax return results as you file by April 15th. Clearly, there is a disconnect between expectations of tax reform that was billed as lowering federal income tax for most people in 2018 and the reality of seeing a smaller tax refund or a larger tax due. What is happening? Given the same income as the year before, tax liabilities are generally lower in 2018. However, the federal government was giving that back to you in lower income tax withholdings from your wages since February. You probably noticed more in your take home pay back then and it may have felt like a raise in


your wages. It is no surprise that Congress and the White House wanted to reap the goodwill of lowering taxes before the mid-term elections. When you file your annual tax return, you are reconciling your calculated tax liability with the tax withheld from your wages or retirement distributions and any quarterly estimated tax payments you sent to the IRS. Estimating how much to withhold with the massive changes in the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, after it was passed in December 2017, was a difficult undertaking for the Treasury Department to accomplish in a short timeframe. Tax refunds are a matter of great expectation for many people. Having too much tax withheld from your pay can be a forced way to save money during the year and use the refunded tax for big purchases. With interest rates on savings so low, you are not forgoing much interest income by having the government keep your money until tax filing season. Given that current tax refunds are lower than last year, the new federal income tax withholding tables probably decreased tax withholdings too much to have tax refunds match expectations.

Will the federal tax withholding tables be readjusted to increase income tax withheld from paychecks? Imagine the furor if that was done! If you did not receive the refund you expected and want to have a higher refund next year, you need to adjust your tax withholdings by filling out and signing a new Form W-4 soon with your employer. Reducing the number of exemptions you are claiming will increase your tax withheld from your paycheck. What if you are already at zero exemptions and claiming Single filing status, the highest withholding rate? To withhold more, you can add an additional dollar amount of federal income tax to be withheld from your pay on line 6 of the Form W-4. As with most things in life, one’s reaction to an event is based on one’s expectation of it. If your expected federal tax refund did not match reality, ask your tax professional for advice. We like it when clients are happy with the result! Peter VanderWoude, MS, CPA, CGMA Equus Advisors Accounting and Tax Professionals www.EquusCPA.com

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Business: BRU 64 Location: 64 Main Street Cortland, NY Phone: (607) 753-1482 Facebook: @BRU64coffee Twitter: bru_64 Instagram: @bru64cortland Hours: Monday-Saturday 7am - 10pm Sunday 8am -3pm



Find your brew at BRU 64

BRU 64 is a downtown destination located in

the Marketplace Mall on historic Main Street in Cortland. BRU 64 offers some of the best brewed coffee, craft beers, wines, foods, and baked goods in town in a comfortable, relaxing environment where you can study, work, or just unwind.

poured concrete, creating a more sophisticated look. There is also a private conference room that can be reserved by request.

Put the coffee on “When we decided to do the coffee thing, we wanted to offer the best coffee possible,” Judd says. BRU 64’s coffee beans are roasted locally by Craig and Michelle Brooks of Coffee Mania An idea was brewing… Owners and creators Judd Seales and Kelly /CNY Coffee. Working with Judd and Kelly, Gregory wanted to create a space that would fit Craig and Michelle developed a blend of three into downtown Cortland and also work cohesively different coffee beans from around the world to with other businesses in the Marketplace Mall. create BRU’s signature house blend. The proRealizing that every downtown needs a social cess of tasting and sampling took months and lasted right up to just a few days before BRU 64 gathering place, the idea for BRU 64 was born. opened to the public. Additionally, BRU’s coffee Judd was inspired by the industrial, hip aesthetic is organic. Organic coffee bean suppliers are and interior design trends he observed at coffee limited since most beans are grown in micro-lots, shops in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere on the and bean yields vary from year to year. west coast. He decided to bring those elements to downtown Cortland, where he created the unique and welcoming atmosphere that is BRU 64. All of the tables, benches, and high counters for seating at BRU 64 are made of reclaimed wood. The serving counter and bar top is made of


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Great coffee beans only contribute so much to the final flavor. After all, coffee is 98% water. “We have a huge reverse osmosis water system in the building that makes all the water for our coffee,” Judd says. “Most customers don’t know that what they’re drinking is probably to the highest of science standards.” According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America, there are brewing standards for water that measure odor, color, chlorine, calcium hardness, alkalinity, PH, and sodium levels. BRU 64’s reverse osmosis water hits every single acceptable range or higher. “We just kind of went overboard on trying to make the absolute perfect coffee,” says Judd.

What’s in a name? BRU 64 is a coffee lounge by day and a pour house by night! Not only is BRU 64 located at 64 Main Street, it also offers a total of 64 different beers—hence the name BRU 64! You’ll find BRU’s wide variety of unique beers available after 5:00 p.m. BRU 64 has become the go-to place for beer connoisseurs. Beer enthusiasts can even participate in the BRU 64 Beer Tour—sample 64 different beers in one year and get a free beer tour t-shirt! Some specialty beers are not easy to acquire, but thanks to some old college friends, Judd was able to come up with an outstanding assortment. It’s about who you know in the beer world!

To top off your tasting experience, BRU offers a digital beer menu powered by Untappd, a free app that lets you to check in and socially share the brew you’re drinking. Rate and keep track of beers you’ve tried, find where certain beers are located, and get alerts when new beers are added to the menu. Just download the app, create a profile, and BRU’s digital menu will pop up when you walk in. Since its opening, BRU 64 has become a social gathering space for downtown Cortland. With comfortable furniture and free Wi-Fi, it’s a warm and welcoming remote workspace, study space, or place to grab a coffee or drink and a bite to eat with friends.


Cortland Chamber On The Move And the work continues…

As I sat in BRU 64

yesterday morning before an appointment, I watched a truck lift dozens of sheets of drywall to a second floor window of 73 Main Street, almost across the street from me. The sight made me smile. It’s a building owned by McNeil Development and obviously undergoing renovations to continue the rehabilitation of our downtown.

I thought back to our Chamber visiting the newly renovated Crescent Commons on South Main Street, where the commercial work was completed by David Yaman, and at the ribbon cutting for Bailey Place on the north end of Main Street. Just a year ago


we were at the grand opening of 53-55 Main Street to view the eight new apartments on the second and third stories in a building that had been empty for a decade. While waiting for my appointment, I thought of the work being done in Homer, McGraw, Marathon, Groton, Dryden, and Cortlandville. I’m looking forward to seeing the expansion of Rex’s Hot Pasta soon. It’s also pleasing to see our local contractors, plumbers, electricians, window experts, etc. involved in these projects. We’re lucky to live in a community that has home-grown developers taking on these seemingly endless tasks. There’s a ton of work in rehabbing our old historic buildings and it takes someone committed to our community to put in the effort and make it work. Much dust will be evident in the next couple of years, but it should be making all of us smile. This is the dust of progress and forward thinking as we move toward the next phase of our communities. Main Street will be quite a project when the work begins

in 2020, but it’s our project—not the city’s or the state’s or the DRI—it’s our project as a community. Let’s embrace the work and soon we won’t have to dream about what a new downtown will look like. With our public and private dollars hard at work, our reality will be here shortly! The Cortland Chamber will continue to keep you updated in What’s HOT, but as always, feel free to call our office with questions about any of our programs or about businesses in our area (756-2814). The Cortland Area Chamber of Commerce…. our vision is to be the premier business resource for Cortland County and beyond. Bob Haight President/CEO, Cortland Area Chamber Vision: To be the premiere business resource in Cortland County and beyond. www.cortlandareachamber.com


Tompkins County SPCA Summer Camp Ready for an awe-

some, animal filled week? The SPCA of Tompkins County’s Summer Camp has gotten four paws up every year! Join us as we set sail on our 13th year of fun and learning at Camp SPCA. The SPCA of Tompkins County is excited and proud to be able to offer a summer camp where kids get to spend a week learning about the wonderful world of animals, with a focus on humane education. This year we are offering eight, one-week long sessions. SPCA Summer Camp Details Each session is limited to 20 campers. Camp SPCA is held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The exception is the first week of July when we will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The rate

for that week is $240 and will be offered to 7 and 8-year-olds only. All other weeks cost $300 per child. Children must be 9-12 years old for all other sessions. Healthy drinks and snacks are provided daily. Campers will discover the world of our animal friends through exciting field trips, engaging speakers, demonstrations, and hands-on activities right here in our shelter. You’ll get to meet cats and dogs, horses and goats, reptiles and wildlife, and much more! The schedule is currently being finalized, but you can expect 4-5 field trips per week. The Ithaca School District provides busses and drivers for transportation. Past destinations have included Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, Lively Run Dairy Goat Farm in Interlaken, Reverence Dog Training Center, and Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. A wealth of awesome visiting speakers and animal professionals lead presentations and workshops that are interactive and exciting, allowing your child to learn all about animal welfare and jobs in the animal world, and get plenty of hands-on experience. Your kiddo will


have so much fun, chances are you’ll wish you could be a part of Camp SPCA as well! SPCA Summer Camp Sessions: 6/24-6/28 7/1-7/5 (7 and 8-year-olds only) 7/8-7/12 7/15-7/19 7/22-7/26 7/29-8/2 8/5-8/9 8/12-8/16 Interested in Camp SPCA 2019? Contact our Camp Director, Sonia Gonzalez and Camp Lead, Katherine Dubsky. Send us an email or give us a call! Registration opens March 1, 2019. campspca@gmail.com (607) 257-1822 ext. 245 Jim Bouderau Executive Director SPCA of Tompkins County (607) 257-1822 x227 www.spcaonline.com

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Artist: Ed Foley, Foley Guitars Location: Moravia, NY Phone: (973) -903-4884 Email: edfoley@foleyguitars.com



Ed Foley, Foley Guitars

Ed Foley of E.A. Foley Guitars is one of the greatest guitar makers on the planet, according to some of Nashville’s music legends—and he lives right here in Central New York!


Based in Moravia, Ed follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Frank Cocheo. Frank and his three brothers arrived in America at the turn of the 20th century from Polermo, Sicily and started Cocheo Brothers Furniture in New York. Cocheo Brothers Furniture became world famous for their custom made creations. They made furniture for clients ranging from the Hollywood elite to heads of state around the world. When asked by the Smithsonian to recreate an exact duplicate of George Washington’s ornate table and chairs to be on permanent display, the answer was yes!

Nazareth, Pennsylvania. At the end of the tour, Ed bought the wood he needed from what was then called Woodworkers’ Connection to build his first guitar. It sold immediately. Ed went back and bought enough wood to make three more guitars, which also quickly sold. In 1991, Ed met guitar string maker John Pearse at a Philadelphia guitar show. John bought one of Ed’s guitars on the spot and ordered two more. John told Ed, “Take these guitars to Nashville!” Ed did, and it turned out to be a wonderful experience and has made lifelong friends over the years.

Ed is stringed instrument builder, or luthier. He began making banjos in 1972 in his house in Rockaway, New Jersey. In 1988, Ed took a tour through the C.F. Martin guitar factory in


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In 1992, James Bussell, a Nashville promoter, purchased one of Ed’s guitars and was impressed by the tone and playability. In early October 1994, James called Ed to say he was with Benny Garcia and David Anthony, who was George Strait’s lead acoustic guitar player in the band Ace in the Hole. Benny and David both wanted Foley guitars—and so did George Strait! James told Ed if he could get his guitars to Nashville by October 4, David and George would use them on the Country Music Awards show that night. Needless to say, Ed got the guitars got there on time. This marked the beginning of a 10-year run of George Strait using a Foley guitar. That night, George Strait played his Foley guitar and went on to win Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Male Vocalist of

the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. George can be seen on YouTube playing his Foley in his “Check Yes or No” video. “I love making guitars and seeing the faces of pickers who strum my guitars for the first time,” says Ed. “They get such a big smile.” Ed is still custom building guitars in Moravia NY. Ed also does expert repairs and restorations on other brand guitars. You can check out Ed’s website at www. foleyguitars.com to see his famous client list, which includes George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Bill Monroe, John Pearse, Stefan Grossman, Aspen Pittman, Billy Joe Walker, Jr., and many more top call session players.


Saved From the Trash Recently, a woman

visit CCHS who donated several photographs from the 1940s and 1950s. About half of the photos were of diners in Homer or Cortland with people posing out front, and the other half were of a fire at the Cortland Corset building complex. The photos had some identification on the backs, though not all of the people are identified. Some might think, “Why save these photos at all?” Let me tell you why: they represent a moment in time that might seem inconsequential in the scheme of things, but that contributes to our overall understanding of life in Cortland County during that time period and is something special for those who come after us.


I decided to share the photos on Facebook, not expecting much response. Surprisingly, the photos were wildly popular and we were able to identify the nameless women in them. That might not seem exciting but to some, it was only the second photo they had ever seen of their grandmother. Imagine the unexpected thrill of discovery and the warm memories that engulfed these grandchildren! Similarly, I had the experience of finding Civil War photos of one researcher’s fourth great-grandfather and he was overwhelmed. He had never seen his ancestor’s face! I helped another researcher who had spent years documenting her family tree, and discovered that we had a lock of her ancestor’s hair in an album from 1850. She was astonished and said that it made all of her research change from simply names and dates, to real people with real lives. These occurrences are truly exciting! It is our mission to provide that kind of experience

for everyone who comes to us for assistance. However, without donations of mementos such as photographs, letters, diaries, dance tickets, wedding cards, clothing, and all the things from the past that some might consider “junk” or “stuff” or “garbage,” we would not be able to provide people with links to their family history or to our collective history. Do your part to preserve history—when in doubt, do NOT throw it out! Instead, give us a call (607-756-6071) and we can help you decide if it is worth saving. Help us to keep history alive for the next generation. Tabitha Scoville Assistant Director Cortland County Historical Society


Local Calendar: March & April

March 8

March 16

John Scofield’s “Combo 66” 8:00 pm, Bailey Hall, Ithaca NY. Iconic Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. Scofield has been a major influence on jazz since the 1970s, continuously finding new and exciting avenues to reinvent himself as an artist. Scofield won consecutive Best Jazz Album Grammy Awards for Past Present (2016) and Country For Old Men (2017)– for which he also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental solo. Now, joined by three formidable artists in their own rights, Scofield’s Combo 66 showcases an intricate interpretation of jazz’s limitless direction. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact (607) 255-5144 as soon as possible.

Partners in Time 7:30 pm, Ford Hall, Ithaca College. Benefit Auction begins 6:00 pm. Partnerships between individual musicians and arts organizations are a key ingredient for making the cultural scene in Ithaca so rich. In that spirit, we proudly introduce a work by NY composer Karen LeFrak. Original choreography will be provided by Jeanne Goddard. And we can’t wait to have the incredible Steven Mauk as our featured soloist. Celebrating yet more local talent, we have our Youth Orchestra joining us on stage for one Side-by-Side piece. Be sure to arrive early for a revamped version of our always popular Benefit Auction! For more information visit www.ccoithaca.org/events/ partners-in-time/.

Ithaca, NY

March 14

Cortland, NY

Open Mic Night at the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room 7:00 pm -9:00 pm, Finger Lakes Tasting and Tap Room, 31 Main Street, Cortland. It’s your TIME to SHINE Cortland. Open MIC night is designed to let your creative juices flow. Test out your comedy act, act out your spoken word poetry, original musical pieces…. anything goes as long as the clothes stay on! Don’t be a mic hog and keep your time to 5min blocks. For more information call (607) 344-3084.

Ithaca, NY

March 22

Homer, NY

Pat Metheny 8:00 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY. Pat Metheny is launching a new playing environment called “Side Eye” for this upcoming season. Pat explains, “I wanted to create an ongoing setting to feature a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way.” The first edition of Side Eye will feature James Francies (keyboard, piano) and drummer Nate Smith. For more information visit www.center4art.org.

March 23

Homer, NY

Samantha Fish 8:00 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY. The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power”


and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.” For more information visit www.center4art.org.

March 23

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse StadiumCross 9:00 am - 11:00 pm, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY. The intense, adrenaline pumping, high flying action of indoor motocross racing comes to Syracuse for the third consecutive year! Watch hundreds of the fastest local riders push it to the limit around a dirt track filled with whoops, berms, and huge jumps inside the Coliseum! Adults: 1-day general admission pass $15, weekend general admission pass $25 - Children (6-12): 1-day general admission pass $5, weekend general admission pass $7 - Children 5 and under free For more information visit www.syracusestadiumcross.com.

April 5

Ithaca, NY

DSP Shows Presents: Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin Doors: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm, State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St., Ithaca, NY. Whether it’s the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event! For more information visit. www.stateofithaca.org.

April 8 - 13 Ithaca, NY

2019 Ithaca Fashion Week

Presented by Tompkins Trust Company

Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St., Ithaca. Now in its 2nd year, Ithaca Fashion Week presented by Tompkins Trust Company is weeklong set of activities celebrating the diversity of style and fashion in Ithaca. Pop-up shops, fashion shows, receptions and evening events will happen throughout the week and feature a variety of niche styles from ready-to-wear, handmade, vintage, or sustainable to youth and adult, men’s and women’s styles, too. This year, we are especially excited to partner with local makers and designers to highlight the fashion creators in our local scene. For more information visit www.downtownithaca.com/events.

April 13

Ithaca, NY

State Theatre Presents: An Evening with The Golden Dragon Acrobats Doors: 6:00 pm, Show: 7:00 pm, State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 West State St., Ithaca, NY. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a timehonored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. For more information visit. www.stateofithaca.org.

April 13

Cortland, NY

Nature Hike 10:00 am, Lime Hollow Nature Center, Visitor Center, 338 McLean Road, Cortland NY. Small Admission Fee For more information visit www.limehollow.org.


Musician Tom Chapin Returns to SUNY Cortland G rammy-winning

singer-songwriter Tom Chapin played more concerts at SUNY Cortland during the ’70s and ’80s — both solo and with his legendary brother, the late pop star Harry Chapin — than nearly any other artist. On Tuesday, March 12, nearly four decades after his last SUNY Cortland show, Chapin will return to campus to share ballads, family music, folk song and some of the musical stories that made Harry Chapin one of the most popular musicians of his time. Chapin accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and autoharp. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium, and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online through the Campus Store at www2.cortland.edu/ chapin/. They are also available at the Homer Center for the Arts box office, 72 S. Main St., Homer, N.Y. 13077, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Tuesdays through Fridays, and in the Campus Activities Office, Corey Union, Room 406, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; by calling 607-753-5574; or at the door the evening of the performance. The cost is $10 general admission, $8 for seniors 60 and older and $3 for students. Children under 10 are free. The multifaceted musician — Chapin hosted the Peabody-Award-winning children’s television show, “Make a Wish,” and has also been a Broadway performer, a children’s music pioneer, an activist, an educational advocate and a college basketball star — was invited back to Cortland as part of the College’s yearlong 150-year anniversary. Chapin is a director of Why Hunger?, an international non-profit organization co-founded by Harry Chapin that is dedicated to eliminating food insecurity through grassroots initiatives. A new generation of anti-hunger activists will be sharing information at the concert and collecting cash donations to support the Cortland Cupboard, a campus pantry for food and other necessities for financially struggling students. The concert is a part of the 2018-2019 Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS),

Tom Chapin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin serves up a tasty mix of family music, ballads, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. A gifted singer who charms audiences of all ages, Chapin accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and autoharp.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m. Old Main, Brown Auditorium * This performance is open to the public Special thanks to the Center for Arts of Homer CALS is funded by ASC and Cortland College Foundation endowment TICKETS: $10 General Admission, $8 Senior Citizens (60+), $3 All Students. Children 10 and Under are FREE* (* Ticket still required for free admission) Purchase tickets at the door or call 607 753-5574.

which is funded by SUNY Cortland’s Auxiliary Services Corporation and the Cortland College Foundation. Additional support is being provided by the Homer Center for the Arts. It is co-sponsored by the Musical Legacy Commemorative Project: 1960-1990. The committee of SUNY Cortland alumni is committed to raising awareness of the legendary artists who have performed on campus. Learn more and participate by visiting the Musical Legacy website. Members of the committee are available to talk about the project, which will culminate in a new campus sculpture commemorating the era. During that time, student organizers brought some of the day’s biggest acts to Cortland, including the Grateful Dead, Beach Boys, Billy Joel, The Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond and many more. Chapin performed on campus four times in the 1970s and early 1980s, including a 1974 concert with Harry Chapin. The only artist to play more frequently on campus during this era was Todd Hobin, a Central New York singer-songwriter and leader of a popular regional band. Hobin joined other musicians, managers and student concert organizers in one of several panel discussions held last fall about the college concert era.

















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