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Sera Bullis The New Kid in Town Makes Quite an Entrance Ok, so maybe Sera Bullis isn’t exactly new to Syracuse itself, but, she is fairly new to the Syracuse music scene. At a mere 15 years old, this bright young lady is wowing audiences with jaw-dropping first-impressions all around the Central NY area. Sera has written over thirty songs and she’s been singing and writing songs since a very young age. She plays piano, cello, ukulele and dabbles a bit on electric guitar. She’s also just released her first EP, The Road to Marcellus, this past December which recently snagged a SAMMY for Best Pop. Sera was also honored with winning the Brian Bourke “Best New Artist” award. Sera was recently informed that one of the songs from her album, Way With Words, is a finalist in the teen category for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Ah, so it is no coincidence that I first met this young lady while I was one of the judges in a songwriting contest here in Syracuse a few months back. I remember being impressed with her knack and skill at writing. I also remember thinking “how is it that a 15-year old thinks of stuff like this when she hasn’t reached an age that would qualify her experience on the subject matter? I went with deep soul as my justification for this and

At just 15 years old, Sera Bullis is taking the CNY music scene by storm! didn’t bother to worry about it. We just let her play. I caught up with Sera at a recent open jam where she once again made quite an impression. CS: Hello Sera. Thank you for talking with us, here, at Table Hopping Sounds of Syracuse. Looks like things are going well for you. You’ve had a busy year. What do you think of all this music biz stuff? Sera Bullis: Well, I am very excited for the many gigs that I have coming up since winning at the SAMMYs. Music biz is very fun and entertaining for both the viewer and the performer, and I’ve always loved making people happy through music. continued on pg 4

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Sera Bullis continued from pg 2 CS: How did you get started in music? SB: Music has always been a big part of my life, so I never really had to “start.” It was always there. It just simply grew over time. When I was very young, my parents said I was always singing around the house. I started piano lessons at age 7, then started writing songs around age 10. CS: What do you like to listen to? SB: I like to listen to most genres of music. From classical to rock, pop, country, and even oldies. Some of the artists I like are Curtis Lee, 21 Pilots, Bon Jovi, and Beethoven. CS: When did you know that you liked to write songs? SB: I don’t recall exactly when I knew I liked writing songs, but, I do remember one of the very first songs I wrote. It was right after my first cat, Roo, died. After we buried him, I went straight inside and wrote a short song to remember him, it was called “I Miss You Roo.“ CS: How do you decide what you’re going to write about? Where do your ideas come from? SB: I don’t usually sit down and think about what I am specifically going to write about. It is never a planned project. Usually, something happens, or, I will be thinking about something that affects me Sera is influenced by artists such as Curtis Lee, emotionally, and the lyrics will pour right out. My ideas 21 Pilots, Bon Jovi and Beethoven. She sings, can come from myself, my friends, or even from a situation writes and has performed in Musical theatre on TV or in movies. Whatever I click with is what I will write productions as well. about. CS: Do you collaborate with others? SB: I haven’t yet, but it would be an amazing experience in the future. CS: Do you take music classes or training? Please tell us about it. SB: Yes I do. I am currently taking private voice and guitar lessons, and in school I take group cello and chorus lessons. CS: What’s your best advice about music? SB: My best advice about music is, when you’re writing songs, make sure it is about something that you love or means a lot to you –not just a random subject you chose. I’ve learned that if you are singing a song you love, you will sing it better and with more emotion. CS: What do you think of all this music business –and the Syracuse music? Pub & Restaurant SB: I think the Syracuse music scene is fabulous. I’ve met so many talented musicians, who have inspired me and given me great advice about furthering my career. CS: What is it you hope to do with your music? SB: I hope to share it with the world, and that people will relate to it and enjoy listening as much as they can. CS: What have been your best experiences with music? SB: Well, before I started recording my album, I was performing in many musical theater productions. I loved that I got to meet so many amazing people and create great memories that I will never forget. Another great experience was participating in the Redhouse Arts Center Rock Camp. I got to learn more about my craft, while making friends and music along the way. CS: Any funny stories from your music experiences? SB: Well, when I was 10 years old, I sang 101 West Main St., Elbridge, NY 13060 America The Beautiful at the US Tennis Open. I 315.689.0040 • www.facebook.com/cocairerestaurant

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remember my parents were so nervous for me to sing in front of thousands of people. But when I was finished, I walked off and the only thing I wanted to do was get ice cream. My parents thought this was very amusing considering what I had just accomplished. CS: When you’re not doing music, what else do you like to do? SB: I like to walk in the woods and enjoy nature, because other than music, I love animals a lot. I also love spending time with my family, who love and support me very much. CS: Tell us about your new CD: SB: My new CD, called The Road To Marcellus, contains 5 of my original songs. Check out Seras new CD, the Road to Marcellus, a recent SAMMY winner for Best Pop Album It recently won a SAMMY award for Best Pop Album, which I am very proud of. CS: What’s in your music future – future in general? SB: I will keep performing out as much as I can, writing more songs, and just keep up with my music. My plan is to get back in the studio to record another album next winter. CS: Where can we keep track of you and your music? SB: You can find information about me and my upcoming events on my website, which is: www.serabullismusic.com.

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Muddy Waters Fantastic food, spectacular live music, and dining with a view- these are just some of the ways you can describe Muddy Waters! They are located along the banks of the Seneca River at 2 Oswego Street in Baldwinsville. You won’t want to miss a trip to Muddy Waters this summer where you can sit on the River Deck watching the water while enjoying one of their signature cocktails, huge selection of craft beers on tap, one of their Famous Hurricanes, or even a glass of Bourbon! Right now the kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3 pm to 9 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Beginning in May Thursdays be sure to get your fill of all you can eat barbeque- buffet style they will be extending their hours and adding extra time by opening for “Fat Tuesdays” from sides (such as mashed potatoes, salt potatoes, cornbread, mac n cheese, 3 pm to 9 pm and hosting “Sunday Funday” after brunch from 4 pm to 9 pm! salads, coleslaw, rice and baked beans), ribs, pulled pork and chicken- at At Muddy Waters you are certain to get an experience unlike any other in Central New York. the unbeatable price of $22.99! They have successfully created a menu and atmosphere that almost makes you think you are on vacation! Between the divine smell of great food being prepared and the New Orleans décor you can’t help but feel like you have been transported somewhere south of the MasonDixon Line! They specialize in homemade southern comfort food, traditional barbeque and they even sprinkle in some Bourbon Street. They pride themselves on serving customers dishes that are equal parts scrumptious and visibly appealing. These recipes have been created just for Muddy Waters by using recipes that have been gathered over six generations and across three families with strong southern influences. There is always something cool happening at Muddy Waters. They have live music on the weekends (moving outside on May 20 through Labor Day, on Tuesdays and Sundays, so you can enjoy the River Deck). There are great bands booked all summer long! Here is the April line up: Friday April 6 -Pop Rox, Saturday April 7- The Barndogs, Friday April 13 - Brass, Inc., Saturday April 14 - Shining Star (Grateful Dead Tribute), Friday April 20 - Sharp Dressed Penguins, Saturday April 21 - Joey Belladonna’s Chief Big Way, Friday April 27 - Dangerous Type, Saturday April 28- Bad Mama’s Blues Band. All shows start at 8:30 pm so be there a bit early to grab a good seat and an awesome meal! 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Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich by Eric Kurlander I’m struggling as I write this to figure out how to begin: - A quiz on your definition of “Right” vs. “Left” vis a vis “empiricism” versus “intuition.” - You’ve heard of “Godwin’s Law,” right? - A brief history of the cycling of interest in matters occult. - I’m really, in spite of last month’s review of Death Cult Leaders, not really theme reading. - Radon, anybody? Oh, and one more: I checked out Mr. Kurlander’s Twitter feed, and though he’s not much for the platform (2 since signing up in 2012), his second Tweet in October, 2016: “Early Voting in Florida and the first candidate listed in every box was the REPUBLICAN candidate #riggedforTrump.” I’ll explain that last one as we move through this odd, interesting, and extraordinarily deep material. Let me start with Godwin’s Law. If you’re not familiar with it, it was author and attorney Mike Godwin’s speculation that asserts that ‘As an online discussion grows longer, the

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Now, to the cycling of social interests —specifically, the Occult— in history. I recall as a High School student reading some Romantic poetry and, learning more about Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Balzac – realizing that they were the “hippies” of their age. The drug-taking, freelove advocating, emotionally-driven artists who “placed great emphasis on the workings of the unconscious mind, on dreams and reveries, on the supernatural, and on the childlike or primitive view of the world, this last being regarded as valuable because its clarity and intensity had not been overlaid by the restrictions of civilized ‘reason.’” (https://www. britannica.com/art/ English-literature/ The-Romantic-period) The period encompassed roughly 1780 - 1840. George Byron

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Deadpool 2 (May 18)

One of the most surprising films of 2016, and perhaps even the decade, was the original DEADPOOL. What was expected to be yet another chapter in the overstuffed superhero genre ended up being far more than anyone had bargained for. The R-rated, ultra-bloody, consistently hilarious action centered around the fast-talking, profanity spewing Wade Wilson, played to perfection by the incredible Ryan Reynolds. For the first time, audiences saw what would happen on the highway if there were actual car chases with dozens of causalities, and what it would look like if the bloodless comic-book violence we were accustomed to was shown in all of its messy, pulpy horror. Reportedly, test screenings for the DEADPOOL sequel, which features Josh Brolin as Cable, did not go spectacularly well. After a number of reshoots, however, it tested much more positively. It can be difficult to gauge a film based on early buzz and knee-jerk reactions, but I certainly do have a number of questions going in. The most pressing of which, is how to craft a successful follow-up to such a ground-breaking film. The plot has been kept largely under wraps, but one has to believe the content this time around will be even more delightfully offensive than it was two years ago. Reynolds and company already made our collective jaws drop open once, and audiences around the country will likely come out in droves to see if they can do it again. continued on pg 14

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The Incredibles 2 (June 15)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

Before the release of JURASSIC WORLD in 2015, it appeared that the JURASSIC cinematic universe was officially extinct. JURASSIC PARK 3 had been released 14 years prior, and was a complete disaster. Limp, lifeless, and borderline unwatchable, it was unmitigated failure on virtually every level. Despite the multitude of reservations I had heading into WORLD, I couldn’t have been more impressed with the end result. Thanks to performances by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, in addition to a slew of new, dangerous dinosaurs and the action that surrounded them, the film was a popcorn delight. Thrilling and massively entertaining, it was everything that any JURASSIC fan could possibly hope for. Admittedly, the plot of FALLEN KINGDOM seems more outlandish than all four of the other films combined. When a volcano on Isla Nubar threatens to destroy the island and all of its inhabitants, Claire (Howard) and Grady (Pratt) head back to Costa Rica in attempt to save the dinosaurs from extinction. The sheer logistics of attempting to save dinosaurs and transporting them to safety is pretty unfathomable, even by blockbuster standards. That’s without even taking a moment to ponder why anyone would ever want to tackle a mission such as this. At the same time, the trailers boast some spectacular sequences, and the fact that Jeff Goldblum is reprising his role as the eccentric Dr. Ian Malcolm, allows this film to be far more intriguing that it might otherwise be. A special thanks goes to Regal Cinemas at Destiny USA for allowing me to attend this summer’s blockbusters.

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often suggesting things to my staff that don’t jibe with the current national guidelines and that makes them nervous. I have asked them to by DR. BARRY rethink their use of statin drugs. … Cholesterol high? … “Take a statin” is just too simplistic. Heart blockage? … “Lets put a stent in” just doesn’t change outcomes. Is your doctor or health care provider still recommending calcium supplements to Flu shot prevent osteoporosis? If so let me offer you a different perspective. Calcium is recommended so just give the important but calcium supplements are not. Doctors have long recommended calcium shot. -Not if you look at the real supplements to prevent available data about its safety and and treat osteoporosis but efficacy. So it’s only natural that the evidence is lacking. I would look at calcium suppleMy Nurse Practitioners still ments to see what the real data recommend calcium shows. supplements including dairy Death By Calcium is a book to our patients but someday written by Dr. Thomas Levy in the science must win out. 2013 and in it he lays out all the I have moved away from science behind calcium metabojust prescribing meds for lism and each problem and moved calcium supplementation. He towards looking at the root starts out with a study in the cause of the problem which British Medical journal followed 60,000 women over 19 years and the is usually your diet and your conclusion was striking –“high intakes of calcium in women are associated with higher Calcium is vital in your body but it needs to be lifestyle and this change of death rates from all causes and cardiovascular disease but not from stroke.” in the right amount in the right locations. perspective means that I am Calcium is vital in your body but it needs to be in the right amount in the right locations. Calcium is limited in the cells … the gradient is 10,000 to one … so lots of calcium outside the cells … much less inside. If you look at cancer cells they have increased calcium channels allowing more calcium in causing progressively more damage to the cells. Increased intracellular levels increased likelihood of malignant transformation. Decreased intracellular calcium has been shown to decrease the likelihood of that cell creating metastasis. Furthermore the way many toxins work is by flooding the cells with calcium. It has been shown that multiple chronic illnesses are associated with increased calcium in the cells … including but not limited to ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Further evidence of the dangers of calcium is the fact that we use calcium channel blockers every single day in medicine to treat WE DELIVER IN PHOENIX! hypertension, prevent stroke and heart attack and renal failure. These drugs with names like norvasc, diltiazem, verapamil etc. have been shown Kentucky Derby May 6

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to decrease all cause mortality. Multiple studies have demonstrated an inverse relationship between calcium channel blocker use and development of prostate cancer. Look no further than the lining of your arteries for the dangers of calcium in the wrong place. One of many tests used to evaluate the heart for blocked arteries is a CT scan that gives you a calcium score … a measure of the calcium lining your heart arteries. The more calcium the more blockage. When you have a mammogram they look for microcalcifications to alert them to possible cancer. An Australian researcher looking at calcium supplementation found an increased risk of heart disease among women that supplemented. How about a report from Scientific American New York: “calcium supplementation of more than 800 mg/day is associated with an increased prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (amd), especially in older individuals, according to a cross-sectional study of national health and nutrition examination survey (nhanes) data.” Furthermore, “our group had previously found an association between high levels of calcium supplementation and selfreported glaucoma, so it was interesting to also find an association between high levels of calcium supplementation and macular degeneration.” Caitlin l. m. Kakigi from University of California, San Francisco, told reuters health by email: “we believe this is a novel finding, which, in combination with future longitudinal studies, could significantly impact the care of patients with, or at high risk for macular degeneration.” Enough with the articles … let’s get to the expert panel … the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of combined vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent bone fractures in premenopausal women or in men.” So calcium is vital to your health but calcium supplements are not vital and there are several natural antagonists to calcium including magnesium, Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D3. There is abundant evidence to support the finding that magnesium is good for bones. According to Dr. Tom Levy all three of these supplements have independently been shown to decrease mortality all on their own. Of course, Vitamin D3 has many effects beyond bone health. -Every cell in your body has Vitamin D receptors and Vitamin D also regulates the expres-

sion of over 200 genes. This summer I will write an article with all my supplement recommendations. I have gone from recommending nothing to understanding that most of us just don’t get enough of the micronutrients from our limited diet. I am not alone in this conversion. But at least you know one supplement I won’t be recommending is calcium. Until next month … get well … stay well.

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Why School Shootings Continue This explains why it is so hard to save even our kids. Systemic failure is the most difficult of all failures. It simply does not end until recognized. Until we redesign our system and return power from the Koch Brothers, the Rothchild’s, the Murdoch’s, Disney, GE, the NRA and so on, to the people, nothing will happen that impedes their interests. America is on a declining fast track with much decline behind us and Americans still refuse to face the single bottom line root cause. Your government has been reduced to a subservient obsequious openly bribed disgrace. They lie to you and do the bidding of those I refer to. The truth is a bitter, bitter pill in light of dead kids. Until this systemic cancer is addressed there is little anyone can do that defies the interests of the NRA. Do not be fooled. Learn about this outfit and their heartless pursuits and agenda. They are not protectors of the 2nd amendment. They have grave un-American agenda I will address in a full article soon. For now, because of them, Parkland too, will die on the vine, again, with only off target appeasement left in this horrific wake. We have severe systemic problems that preclude meaningful change occurring. On December 14, 2012 a 20-year-old maniac, Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and with cold blooded heartless intent slaughtered 20 little kids between six and seven years old. One of numerous incidents. What makes anyone think the outrage and heartbreak at Parkland is any more

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capable of causing sensible legislation than this? One of the most disturbing moments of my life was realizing that imbedded campaign finance law was so powerful that even our babies did not inspire us to intelligent, well thought organized process to make things happen. Our government became a pathetic, obsequious, mess decades ago. We are living the fruit. Does anyone even know that the NRA forced the 535 to stop the CDC from collecting data regarding gun violence? Passed in 1997, forced by NRA self -proclaimed point man Ark. Republican Rep, Jay Dickey, the so-called “Dickey Amendment” effectively bars the national Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying firearm violence – an epidemic the American Medical Association has since dubbed “a public health crisis.” A similar provision was passed in 2012. My disgust is beyond description. What makes anyone think that kids can diminish the power of

an organization whose spokeswoman Dana Loesch is closer to Eva Braun than to them? Watch her on NRATV. Google her. You will be stunned. This is what is going on. Everything emanates from a systemically failed federal government. They have lost our respect. They have sold our well-being. An entire land victimized by their selfish infighting and uselessness. Soul buyers such as the NRA and wealth are in control. The fact that Trump won is a very scary, very real call for America to wake up. Trump is not our problem, the system is. Trump is Parkland Shooting Vigil the result. Regarding the NRA. If Obama who was on the side of good sense could not affect the NRA, what makes anyone think that a dispassionate, gun loving, self-exalting narcissist like Trump, with an NRA suck up Republican majority with him, could be swayed to do anything against those soul purchasers that show him favor Item 1: The people that are responsible for these deaths are the same ones that sold their souls years ago. The House and the Senate. They do not lead or set example. They do not set course for Government appointees and agencies to act with competence. They do not do meaningful things that benefit the people unless their masters are appeased. The NRA is a formidable master. They control self-defense instincts, revolutionary spirit, government decisions, and make it easy for all of our evils to access killing machines. They even fight against basic simple background checks. The people


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we hoped would lead are slaves to systemic corruptions they refuse to face. Item 2: The reasons outlined in Item 1 gave birth to two kinds of Trumpers. One is the disenfranchised that realize they have been sold out. They want nothing to do with the obsequious status quo. These are real patriotic Americans that see clearly the 10’s of millions of jobs that went elsewhere and live the consequence as even the term “American Dream” itself was reduced to the ashbin of rhetoric. The other is made up of the worst of us. The heartless, the cruel, the racist, the ignorant, and the brutally dispassionate. They number in the 10’s of millions. Along with the displaced there exists a seething force that we fear to even discuss. There was enough of these two groups to swing an election, albeit with a complacent over confident non-voting opposition. But there is enough of them to present a great danger to the status quo. Just try to impeach or remove Trump without a reason they will accept. They have the spirit of revolutionaries and will never give up their weapons. Between them and the sold souls the NRA is an untold powerhouse. Fear of losing NRA voters and money is why those in office do not lead. The NRA is even against checks for mental illness. This results in

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The people that are responsible for these deaths are the same ones that sold their souls years ago. The House and the Senate. selfish blind protection of school shooters. Even the virtual slaughter of babies did not move them to overcome their systemic cancer. The moneyed world has proven that the human weakness of greed prevails. They have proven with unmitigated certainty that this weakness permeates the 535 in the House and Senate. They are so greedy they designed a system to force newcomers to comply or be replaced thus the never-ending cycle of American decline and a place for cowards. The single most important reason why I write this column is to show that unless we design a system of public campaign financing the great intent of America, with justice and equality by and for the people may well perish from the earth. Until a system is designed that addresses the ability of wealth to buy our power, the wellness of Americans will never be paramount. It was not just the maniacs that killed these kids, it is the money that buys common sense and justice that killed them. The money that killed them prevents the legislation and expertise and courage to find the deranged before such human beauty is wiped out. The money that killed them is the money that Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ Dinner Friday - Saturday 6am - 9pm Sunday - Thurs 6am - 8pm prevents a system to identify a nut that had 39 police visits to his home and bragged repeatedly about becoming a school shooter. -Even to the FBI. There is something incredibly wrong in Reservations Required Washington. They have no credible 2935 Lamson Road • Phoenix, NY Starting April 3rd pathways to achieve. Yes, most importantly than everything else, yes everything else The First Tuesday of Every Month Henderson Dairy is the absolute absence of efficient pathKids Pay What You Weigh (off of the kids menu) ways that will design and maintain remedy 2¢ per lb with purchase of Adult Entree in a timely fashion. Those little babies in Newtown did not matter enough to even Mon-Friday create or cause an efficient system of data integration. Anywhere. Let alone among the 2 Eggs, Homefries, Toast and Coffee $3.99 alleged elite of our land. The FBI. If they are told of a school shooter as they were, twice, $299,900 and fail so miserably, as they did, how do * Ice Cream & Pizza Restaurant you expect ample expertise in every local * Turn Key police agency. No one is on this except kids. * Well Established And it will fade. The NRA will see to that. * Includes All Equipment Our leaders don’t matter. No one will follow * Over 1 Acre For Bikers or Classic Cars through and insure things are done. There Cyrus Grant is no responsible agency. Under Trump no Licensed Real Estate Salesperson agency has responsible leadership. Our best cell: 315-491-9451 avoids this administration led by a poor cyrus.grant@huntrealestate.com www.cyrusgranthomes.com 10% thinking autocratic bully bent on destroy7650 Highbridge Rd., Suite 210 Senior ing careers. He draws, and is drawn to, and (315) 277-5719 Manlius, NY 13104 Discount 1115 Old Rt 31 Mempis N.Y. 13112 HUNTREALESTATE.COM continued on pg 24

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Tales from the Vine

by KATHERINE CASSANDRACHASE HARRINGTON

There’s More to Wine Than Grapes It’s common knowledge that wine is made from grapes. The wineries on Cayuga Lake that distill products even use grapes in their liquors. But, there’s other fruit wines – are those also made from grapes? I decided to dive into the ‘non grape-wine’ world and see what kind of facts I could dig up. After asking around for information on the process to make a ‘fruit wine’, such as Raspberry, Strawberry, etc., I’ve come up with 2 verdicts: 1) The base is a white wine, but often mixed with either fresh berry juice or a fruit flavoring. After sampling what seems Making fruit wines is actually more challenging than making grape wines, like a million wines, I don’t think I could tell which was made which way- both is equally at times because each fruit is different delicious! The other method: 2) Making wine from actual fruit, rather than the juices being added to grape wine. I chatted with Bill Martin, owner of Montezuma Winery, who enjoys experimenting with wine flavors and tends to nerd-out when asked wine-related questions, which is completely okay in my book! I asked him how the ‘making’ process differed from grape wine to other wines. Turns out, the answer is not as black and white as you’d think. He says his facility has specialized equipment that is different from grape handling equipment, so it requires different work, but not necessarily more work than making grape wine. But to add to the grey area of this question, “Making fruit wines is actually more challenging than making grape wines, at times. Each fruit is different. For example, we handle cranberries different than we handle pears. On top of that, each fruit has its own varieties. Think about apples and all of the varieties that there are. All of the varieties make different wines. A fruit wine typically has different chemistry than a grape wine too, which causes for a plethora of stability issues.” Not to mention that it isn’t a common practice to make ‘non fruit-wines’. So all of the suppliers that they buy from are typically focused on wine, meaning there isn’t much that is specific to making fruit wine. They just have to do trials to see what will work best, but oftentimes, trial and error results in an incredibly delicious wine! Montezuma is also the only winery on Cayuga Lake that produces Mead, or honey wine, which is how the Martin Family originally got started. Fun fact: Mead is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man! The first archaeological evidence of honey mead was in Asia between 6500 and 7000 B.C. Mead is made with three simple ingredients; honey, water, and yeast. The more honey you use, the sweeter it’ll be. So this is NOT a grape based wine, either. The number of different types of wine that we can make seems endless; from different types of grape wines, to different types of fruit wine, add in honey and the list truly does seem endless. This doesn’t even touch on making any of these sparkling. I think the whole wine making process is fascinating, whether its grape, fruit, or honey, and always gives me a bigger appreciation for what’s in my glass.


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Business of Interest by NANCY ROBERTS

Gerharz Equipment - Central Restaurant Supply Real People. Real Experts. Real Customer Service. How many times can you agree that a business’s tag line is absolutely true? When he was asked for a comment on his relationship with Gerharz Equipment, customer Joe Crabbe, owner of OIP (Original Italian Pizza) stated: “Say whatever you want. It’s all true – you guys are the best.” Now that’s trust, and an endorsement without reservation. With the one-year-old merger of Gerharz Equipment and Central Restaurant Supply, the company has become a true “soup to nuts” provider of everything restaurant, from CAD-generated interior design and kitchen layout, to parts and equipment, to table settings – and everything in between. So, go ahead and think of one or two or your favorite local or regional restaurants. Chances are, Gerharz Equipment was part of that restaurant’s beginning, and is continuing to supply it with parts, equipment, updates and on-going advice, whether the restaurant is 50 years old or two. Sitting down with President Scott Gerharz and his father, and the business’s founder, Dick Gerharz, we played a quick game of “name that restaurant,” in which names of landmark pubs, restaurants, and even popular franchises were dropped —from Ichiban to Dinosaur, Tully’s Good Times to R.J. O’Toole’s— and yes, Gerharz had a hand in it. Their philosophy, they explained, it was what you know, who you know, and most importantly, sincerely wanting your clients and customers to succeed that makes all the difference. To understand, we begin at the beginning – with Dick Gerharz, and his somewhat unusual entry into the restaurant consulting and supply business. He began as just a high school student, working part time for a dealer in restaurant

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The Gerharz Equipment/Central Restaurant Supply Team equipment. Finishing school, he worked full time for a while, but then went off to seek his fortune in the steel industry. Quickly, he realized a factory job wasn’t for him and he opened his own pub. Building off an old schoolhouse, he hit the right idea at the right time: a “theme” pub, complete with chalk boards and a school bell. Because he had made friends (who you know) among many of the other restaurant and bar owners in the area, they continued to come to him for advice and ideas (what you know). So when he was approached to help set up the very popular What’s Your Beef, the rest was history. “The owner left an envelope on my desk,” Dick said. “Inside was a signed blank check. On the envelop it just says, ‘Call me.’” continued on pg 27


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Brew Time by KRISTIN MERRITT

Faceoff: Stouts vs. Porters Stouts and Porters. They look the same, have many similar characteristics, including aromas, flavors, and notes. In many circles, the two are used interchangeably. So what’s the difference? Or is there any at all? The Egerton Manuscript, written in 1677 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater, was the first written account using the word “stout” as more of an adjective and a synonym to describe “strong” beer. The word “porter,” on the other hand, wasn’t found in written word until 1721, around the same time that the porter style of beer —the color being dark brown and made with roasted malts and/or roasted barley— originated in England. Porters became popular to produce because they lasted longer, had a higher alcohol content the longer the brew fermented, cheaper, and the brews were more flavorful – all in addition to the general populace clamoring for more. By 1776, porters were being exported out of England to neighboring nations, including Ireland, and upon being introduced to this style of brew, Arthur Guinness began his own (and now world-renowned) brewery producing the ever popular Guinness Irish Dry Stout, using black patent malt. Around this time is where one can see the terminology becoming almost interchangeable. Porters began to be called “Stout Porters” based on the word “stout” meaning “strong” as outlined previously, and also began to take on the meaning of “dark” as well. Today, in 2018, it’s generally agreed that stouts are brewed with unmalted roasted barley, while porters are brewed with roasted malted barley; but with all the experimental and booming craft beer businesses these days, who’s to say that even the brewers themselves don’t completely follow the “rules,” allowing stouts and porters to become even more intertwined. Truly, even the most judicial of palates may not be able to discern a stout from a porter. Individual varieties of each category include milk stout, dry or Irish stout, oatmeal stout, coffee stout, chocolate stout, oyster stout, Imperial stout, bourbon-barrel stout, London porter and the Baltic porter. Milk Stouts contain lactose, a sugar found in milk, that add a sweetness to the brew and is not fermented or broken down during the brewing process. Because of this milk derivative, during the late 1910s into the 1920s, after World War I, it was touted to be “nutritious,” “healthy,” and was even given to new mothers after they gave birth to increase their breast milk production. Even Guinness was on board using the marketing slogan, “Guinness is good for you,” and promoted the use amongst nursing mothers, postoperative hospital

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tion. Today, oatmeal stouts are quite popular to produce amongst brewers and to drink amongst the dark brew-loving consumers. My pick: Founders Brewing Company’s (Grand Rapids, MI) Breakfast Stout. This silky brew, (that personally, I could literally drink at breakfast), comes in at 8.3% ABV with predominant notes of coffee and chocolate. Lucky for it’s fans, and those enticed to try it, this is another readily available brew found all over the CNY area. Bonus pick: Willow Rock Brewing Company’s (Syracuse, NY) Brunch. At 6.5% ABV, it’s a lovely collaborative brew made with Recess coffee and Cedarvale maple syrup. Both entities shine sublimely throughout with the maple syrup keeping the bitterness of the coffee in check. … And, dare I say it, I’d consider sleeping right through Breakfast and head straight to Brunch! Coffee Stouts and Chocolate Stouts are brewed with roasted barley and chocolate malt, respectively; although these, again, can be intertwined depending on how experimental each brewer decides to be. Each agent produces flavors and notes of coffee and chocolate on varying levels in the brewing process. However, many brewers also decide to add in additional ingredients including roasted coffee beans, cold-brew coffee, caramel malt, cacao, and actual chocolate. My coffee pick: In addition to the aforementioned Willow Rock collaboration brew, Middle Ages Brewing (Syracuse, NY) has also teamed up with Recess Coffee to produce Summer Recess/Recess Stout, a cold-brew inspired coffee stout served both traditionally and on nitro. At 6% ABV, it’s a smooth, solid, no-frills coffee stout. My chocolate pick: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery’s (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) The Chocolate Manifesto. While this is both a milk stout (which you’ve already read about) and an imperial stout (which you will read about shortly), it also fits the bill of being a chocolate stout; and in a perfectly fitting fashion, you will frequently find that all the different stouts are intertwined as well! At 10% ABV, this chocolaty amazeballs beer is made with three strata of raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, and chocolate malt in addition to Dark Crystal malt, roasted barley, pale malt, flaked oats and Millennium hops. If you haven’t already sampled this, it should definitely be on your beer bucket list. Oyster Stout … Yes, you read that correctly. There really are stouts brewed with oysters! The history behind this type of stout is murky at best, but it appears to have started back in the late 1800s, in England, but also as far away as New Zealand, and was quite popular through the 1930s, both brewing with the shells and/or meat of the oysters and also marketing oyster stouts as a perfect accompaniment to your fish or shellfish dinner, (TRY OUR AWARD WINNING MEATBALLS!) despite there being no mollusc in the actual beer. Today, you also have both types, and Voted Best Take-Out Restaurant 11 years in a row! while I have not tried either, I’m ultimately intrigued! Popular pick: Flying Dog Brewery’s (Frederick, MD) Pearl Necklace Chesapeake Stout. At 5.5% ABV, this stout is actually TAKEOUT OR DELIVERY 622-5100 brewed with oysters straight from the Rappahannock River in Maryland. According to Call & Make Your Reservation Today • 622-9690 Untappd, the brew is dark, roasted, dry, and slightly bitter. Flying Dog’s brews can be found all over the east coast so I’ll be sure to keep a lookout for this particular one. Imperial Stouts are also known as Russian Imperial Stouts. This particular MAKE YOUR MOTHER'S DAY RESERVATIONS! stout was brewed in England by Thrale’s brewery in Check out our new website! the 18th century and was brewed for, and shipped directly to, Russia’s EmFollow us on Facebook for our Specials! press, Catherine II, AKA GIFT CER TIFICATES AVAILABLE ONLINE! Catherine the Great, and

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School Shootings continued from pg 19 is, the worst of us. A strong Federal agency (which we do not have) would see to it that social media does not harm our land and our kids. They would regulate in keeping with freedom preventing wealth from destroying freedoms. Social media would not be advised, they would be ordered. Facebook stopped child porn, not just because it was the right thing to do, but because they knew they damned well better. Does murder of children not measure up to abusing them? There are less school shooters than pedophiles. Social media can easily take a massive lead in identification and prevention. They can do this. They must be directed. There is no, I repeat no leadership. You must have good people in charge of our land. We do not. The bravery of those on a shooting scene of our babies is not even insured. After every shooting the NRA and the 535 behave in such a way to insure the next round of dead kids. It is the NRA that provides the money A strong Federal agency (which we do not have) would see to it that social media and induces the fear from our bottom feeder greedy does not harm our land and our kids. politicians that would not know the meaning of a white cross if it bled. Local Politicians most importantly should be held accountable. We don’t do that. Shumer, Gillibrand, and Katko are not exceptions any more than any other member of the 535 from any State. Just like all of them, they know their souls are sold. Campaign Finance laws, the root of all evil is off limits less the rich be upset. They sublimate this thought as they kowtow to wealth and grovel and beg for their money. And once in power it is not you they serve. This is a system repulsive to great leaders and with rare exception is avoided by our best. Just like all the rest, all local representatives fear to champion the heart of our downfall, as they are not our best, and most do not understand this side of being an American. Prestige and success drives them even if success is being part of this horrible defrauding of American power that buys their souls for the few. We also need to learn that feel good law does little good. Even if you could ban certain weapons such as AR15’s it would be at least a decade before it mattered. And that would be negligible. The guns are out there. Many others are also automatics or can be easily converted. These killers will do this or simply

Social media can easily take a massive lead in identification and prevention. They can do this. They must be directed. carry three or four automatic pistols. A law will not disarm or sway them. You must focus on the potential shooter first for results that will save kids now. This is where inter-agency information sharing and integration and rules regarding acting on information come into play. The FBI needs to overhaul their entire sense for efficiency. That you don’t have a system to stop a school shooter you are told about long before, more than once, and after Newtown, is your greatest disgrace. Re the kids efforts. Slow down. Think. Be highly inspired. But we must not cause an environment among kids where every shy kid is feared as a potential shooter. Prolonged intense youth involvement can easily create an unbearable environment of inexperienced and irresponsible suspicion. Also, focus now on massive Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat and so on) reform re IDing potential shooters. Along with insuring elite brave responder’s among those on or near location that will be called upon to bravely save children. Police training in every department in the land to end on location weaknesses, and delays. But first you need leaders. How is it that the 20 dead kids in Newtown were not “Enough” to inspire us? In conjunction I am in favor of creating SWAT like responders located within 5 minutes of every school in the country. Men and women that live armed and on alert. When alarmed one or two or more will be near a school. They stop what they are doing and head directly toward the shooter with all thought done in advanced training. Not one second wasted. Within 5 seconds of arrival they are searching school halls. Every thought currently done on the scene, done in advance. Not one second wasted on words or fear. No permissions from scene commanders, no thoughts of dying. Just go and find and stop the shooter and be what an American hero is. -One very willing to risk their life to save kids and one very willing to serve this land and risk their careers before selling their soul.


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Facebooked Well, of COURSE the topic du jour is Facebook.

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There is a very funny video running around the Internet about a young girl being interviewed by an older man for a job. As she busily ignores him and interacts with her phone, he says that her resume indicates technical skills. He mentions a few office applications, and she laughs. He wants to know what technology she IS qualified with. “Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram,” she replies. “You know, all the big ones.” He chuckles and says, “I’m surprised you didn’t say Facebook.” She laughs mockingly, adding

that Facebook is for OLD people, “you know, like my parents.” Facebook did, indeed, jump a certain app of the day shark when it began to be popular among the “elder” population. But let’s embark on a short history of the phenomenon as we lead up to why Facebook has captured the attention and ire of so many so fast. Facebook has had an interesting and somewhat wild ride to the point of its latest debacle. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg, was sued by twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss for stealing the idea for Facebook. Back in “the day,” many colleges (particularly the Ivies and sub-Ivies) offered incoming students’ profiles in a booklet known colloquially as a “facebook.” A photo, hometown, and perhaps major, as well as the student’s on-campus address were usually included. Students would thumb through them, often circling the “cute” ones, and fraternities and sororities used them as a way to keep track of potential rushes. Legend has it that somewhere along the way to a platform allowing Harvard, and later

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Gerhartz Equipment-Central Restaurant Supply continued from pg 21 Over time, Gerharz was instrumental in setting up the legendary Poor House restaurants, and has customers like Borios and The Varsity that are 3rd generation friends and fans. I wanted to know if my estimate was right – yes, Gerharz figures that the business has been involved in about 50% of the independent restaurants and bars opened in the wider CNY area. Joining forces with Central Restaurant Supply that number increases even more! Gerharz Equipment acts as a partner, friend, and champion to its many customers. If a design is needed, they’ll spec it to the last detail – from power consumption, to which way cabinets open, to how far a cook will need to walk to get a dish prepared and out the kitchen door. “It may not seem like it,” Scott said, “but every detail becomes important in a busy kitchen. The chef knows what dishes he or she wants to prepare, and we design to make it as easy as possible to get that done. But we also have to be flexible, and think ahead – menus do change. And a chef may know they need a particular piece of equipment, but may not know about a new item that can help them be even more efficient.” John Grainger, Corporate Executive Chef for Woodbine Hospitality Group, and Melissa Parsons, Sales Associate for the Group, sat with Michael Shirk, Sales Associate, in the Central Restaurant Supply locaRich Bidlake (Equipment Sales Consultant) & Andrea Northrup (Food Service Interior tion. The sense of camaraderie was obvious as the three discussed Designer) of Gerharz Equipment working on the latest Tully’s Good Times Restaurant their business relationship. location with Owner/Operators David & John Paul Giamartino in the Design “There’s nothing they can’t get for you,” said Grainger. “The service Department at Gerharz Equipment. is really personal – they go above and beyond. They jump through hoops. I might talk to Mike 4, 5, 6 times a day. I’m picky, I know what I dream restaurant come to life. “The floorplan is a start,” says Scott. “But we like to give want. He’ll find it.” them a real sense of how it will feel to be in the kitchen.” And as I watched the huge Parsons agreed, adding, “It’s always quick response. And they look ahead – there are lots of new products coming on the market all the time, new ideas, new trends. Working screen, a kitchen literally grew before my eyes, and I was able to virtually enter it, see at many different properties, each one with a different style, I need a unique aesthetic for which way and how far a door would swing, or where a stove top would be relative to a sink. each one. Gerharz and Central gives me that. They’re always sending me ideas.” The showroom is complete with everything from sinks to racks to mixers and storage. Walking through the Molloy Road building, a visitor will be stopped immediately by And at the back is another area that sets Gerharz apart: the Parts and Service departthe old Vulcan stove in the front hall – a piece of kitchen legend, and a clue to the depth ment. Approaching it felt a bit like going to the parts department at an auto dealer or and breadth of knowledge and history that are woven into Gerharz Equipment. Along repair shop. Contractors sat at a counter, consulting with Gerharz’s experts – who could the walls are old mirrors decorated with soda ads – a bit of Scott’s legacy, he says, having draw from a massive inventory of parts and equipment the company stocks so the started in the family business as a youngster hauling soda syrup around town. contractors and repair people can get what they need, and get back to the job. Gerharz In the back of the building is a design suite, where clients can see elevations of their takes great pride in stocking parts and supplies for both equipment they carry, as well continued on pg 28

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Gerhartz Equipment-Central Restaurant Supply continued from pg 27 as the odd and unusual item a service person might need. “They make their money getting the job done,” says Scott. “We’re here to help them do that. And we learn from them. They’ll tell us what equipment holds up and what doesn’t – so we learn how to make the best recommendations to our other customers.” Added customer Joe Crabbe, “I trust Gerharz to get the part I need fast so I can get my equipment operating with minimal downtime.” On our way to the main building, we stopped at a job site where the Gerharz team, led by David DiPaola, Director of Installation, was busy setting up a convenience store and food mart. A part of the business for decades, DiPaola explained that Gerharz could do what was needed, completing your entire installation from the bare walls, or just those elements of the job you needed them for. As I gazed around at all the equipment, I wondered about the electric load. “We take all that into account, so when the electricians arrive they know just where everything is going to be, and how much demand will be on every circuit,” David told me. They install refrigeration units, cooktops, warming ovens, gondolas, coffee and soda machines— whatever you want, and the things you didn’t know you needed until the Gerharz team explained how a particular item would save money, add service, reduce downtime— and ultimately, help make your business more successful. Scott Gerharz proudly ran down his employees’ Joe Crabbe, OIP, gets expert advice at the Parts Counter with Kevin Longley, Parts Manager experience in the restaurant and food service industry. Most were veterans of the kitchen side – so they knew first hand the challenges of the hectic, fast-paced, continually evolving world of professional food service. The ultimate test, of course, is a smoothly functioning, profitable enterprise. The Gerharz team takes their client’s and customer’s business success personally. “We’ll consult or we’ll jump on a request,” said Mike Shirk, “it’s your choice. We respond to the customer. Our aim is to provide the best service possible so you can make your restaurant succeed.” The sheer scope and multitude of choices was more than ample demonstration of the value of Gerharz as a partner to the restaurant and food service operation. “We understand the convenience of online selection,” added Scott Gerharz. “And it’s our business to make sure you get the very best choice for your business, right from the start, and all along the way. So we’re taking advantage of Internet technology, as well. We’ve created secure areas on our website tailored to each customer, so they have the convenience of the Internet, and the personalized service we take pride in. We’ll help you select it so it’s right for your space, we’ll bring it in, set it up, remove the packaging, fix it if it breaks down, make it help you make money.” “We believe in the local philosophy – restaurants buy and serve local food products, we’re your local partner for restaurant equipment, supply and service, and we choose from local and US vendors. It’s a good thing for our whole community.”

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both casual and formal events. Be sure to get a high-quality leather pair, in a heel height you can manage. If the heels are too high and uncomfortable, you will be less likely to wear them.

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black dress has always been a wardrobe staple: it can flatter every figure and can be worn to almost any event. Choose a dress in a flattering fit that you like, but avoid anything too trendy style-wise. The best thing about the little black dress is that it can be accessorized in a way to make it work for almost any evening occasion. You can dress it up with jewelry and exquisite heels for a black tie event or dress it down with ballet flats and casual accessories.

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The right pair of black trousers can be your hardest working piece of clothing. Invest in a good pair in a fit that fits well, and you will have a piece of clothing you can wear with just about anything else. Black is a neutral color, so it goes well with many colors, as far as tops, blazers, and shoes go. This closet staple is also versatile, as it can go from the office to a night on the town with a simple change of top and accessories. Gown from Zulus.com continued on pg 36

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takes a much greater toll on athletic ability than biological aging. Myth 4: I’m too old. Fact: You’re never too old to start an exercise program! In fact, adults who become by JENNIFER NASTASI GUZELAK active later in life often show greater physical and mental improvements than their younger counterparts. Myth 5: I can’t exercise because I’m disabled. Did you know that just one out of four people between the ages of sixty-five and Fact: Chair-bound people seventy-four exercises regularly? Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can face special challenges, but be a challenge at any age, but as you get older you may have additional concerns. Are can lift light weights, stretch, you afraid of falling? Getting injured while working out? Maybe you don’t know where to and do chair aerobics, chair begin or worry that you won’t be the athlete you once were. yoga, and chair Tai Chi to Exercise is good for people of any age. It can help boost your energy, make you increase range of motion, stronger, prevent bone loss, improve balance and coordination, build confidence, improve muscle tone and protect your heart, help maintain your independence and ease the symptoms of many flexibility, and promote chronic conditions. Regular exercise is also good for your mind, mood, and memory. cardiovascular health. Many Below are six myths about activity and aging. swimming pools offer access Myth 1: There’s no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway. to individuals in a wheelchair Fact: Regular physical activity helps you look and feel younger and stay independent and there are adaptive longer. It also lowers your risk of a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and exercise programs for wheeldementia, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and obesity. chair sports such as Myth 2: Exercise puts me at risk of falling. basketball. Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass Myth 6: I’m too weak and and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling. have too many aches and Myth 3: It’s too frustrating. I’ll never be the athlete I once was. pains. Fact: Changes in hormones, metabolism, bone density, and muscle mass mean that Fact: Staying active can strength and performance levels inevitably decline with age, but that doesn’t mean help manage pain and you can no longer derive a sense of achievement from physical activity or improve your improve your strength. Many health. The key is to set fitness goals that are sensible for your age. A sedentary lifestyle older people find that regular activity not only helps slow the decline in strength and vitality that comes with age, but actually improves it.

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• Helps you maintain or lose weight. As your metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercise helps increase your metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories. • Reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease. People who exercise tend to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better blood pressure and bone density, and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. • Enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercise improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falling. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Mental health benefits

• Improves sleep. Quality sleep is vital for your overall health. Regular activity can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply, and wake feeling more energetic and refreshed. • Boosts mood and self-confidence. Exercise is a huge stress reliever and the endorphins produced can actually help reduce feelings of sadness, depression, and anxiety. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident. • Does amazing things for the brain. Exercise can help brain functions as diverse as multitasking and creativity and can help prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. Getting and staying active may even help slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.


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Building a balanced exercise plan

Staying active is not a science. Just remember that mixing different types of physical activity helps both to keep your workouts interesting and improve your overall health. The key is to find activities that you enjoy based on the four building blocks of fitness. These are:

Balance

What it is: Maintains standing and stability, whether you’re stationary or moving around. Try yoga, Tai Chi, and stability exercises using a Bous ball or resistance ball. Why it’s good for you: Improves balance, posture, and the quality of your walking. It also reduces the risk of falling and the fear of falling.

Cardio

75 year old Joanne Moffatt enjoys taking Kickboxing classes at Champions and is on a bowling league called “Young at Heart.”

What it is: Uses large muscle groups in rhythmic motions over a period of time. Cardio workouts get your heart pumping and you may even feel a little short of breath. Includes walking, stair climbing, swimming, hiking, cycling, rowing, tennis, and dancing. Why it’s good for you: Helps reduce fatigue and shortness of breath. Promotes independence by improving endurance for daily activities such as walking, house cleaning, grocery shopping and running errands.

Strength training

What it is: Builds up muscle with repetitive motion using weight or external resistance from body weight, machines, free weights, or resistance bands. Why it’s good for you: Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass, builds muscle, and improves balance - both important in staying active and reducing the risk of falling. Building strength will help you stay independent and make day-to-day activities such as opening a jar, getting in and out of a car, and lifting objects easier.

Flexibility

What it is: Challenges the ability of your body’s joints to move freely through a full range of motion. This can be done through stationary stretches and stretches that involve movement to keep your muscles and joints supple and less prone to injury. Yoga is an excellent means of improving flexibility. Why it’s good for you: Helps your body stay limber and increases your range of movement for ordinary physical activities such as looking behind you while driving, tying your shoes, shampooing your hair, and playing with your grandchildren.

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No matter your age or physical condition, it’s never too late to get started! Becoming more active can improve your health, boost your energy, relieve stress, improve your overall sense of well-being, and help you manage symptoms of illness and pain. Exercise is the ticket to living well into your golden years! Physical activity is the number one contributor to longevity. Remember, getting and staying active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years. Good luck to you! I have been a personal trainer for over seventeen years and I absolutely love what I do. I honestly feel that I have one of the best jobs out there! The most rewarding part of my profession is helping one of my clients succeed at reaching their personal fitness goals. Making a difference in someone’s life makes it all worthwhile. I am currently certified by the National Sports Conditioning Association, Apex Fitness Group, and the International Sports Science Association.

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in both mental illness and traditional organized religions. Irrational people often attack the evil they think they see in others. I recently visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan. While the exhibits don’t specifically mention this, some of those who attacked NYC on 9/11 did so believing the United States was “The Great Satan.” Throughout history, those with the freedom and means have sought to track

What’s the Story Here? Staunch gun control advocates say guns cause mass shootings. Gun rights advocates say mental illness causes mass shootings. Recently I’ve heard in some lively discussions that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle, but a Colt brand. One internet site says the AR-15 is a now expired Colt design patent and that the AR-15 is and is not an assault rifle depending on which options the gun purchaser chooses. The history of modern psychiatric diagnoses suggests that official labels for mental conditions change like trade names. Prior to the 1960’s, paranoia and schizophrenia were characterized as paranoid or schizophrenic reactions. Reactions point toward something. Any person seeking counseling is likely to receive some mental health diagnosis. The March 18 Post-Standard reported the story of a father declared mentally ill when, because of what the father said he’d learned about the devil, the father drowned his son in the shower trying to extinguish the fire of Satan that he thought he saw in his son’s eyes. Primitive imaginings and teachings about God, angels and devils show up

Through much of his career, Stephen Hawking sought what he called a “unified theory” of the universe, a theory Hawking believed could bring humankind closer to knowing the “mind of God.”

planetary movement and understand the human condition, including human thought. It seems easier to map the sky than to see into ourselves. References to “god” often filled in for answers we couldn’t find. Through much of his career, Stephen Hawking sought what he called a “unified theory” of the universe, a theory Hawking believed could bring humankind closer to knowing the “mind of God.” Hawking used the term god as a metaphor, and later in his life, after much thinking and searching, Hawking came to believe that perhaps no unified theory existed. He concluded the universe may operate in 11 dimensions and probably doesn’t reward good. He was surprised when he found that some light particles could escape black holes; he’d not been looking for that. When he was wrong, he admitted it. And as Hawking’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis steadily robbed him of movement and breath, mechanical technology kept him alive. He spoke about self-euthanasia. “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” While scientists like Stephen Hawking


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Tuesday, April 3 Lisa Lee Trio

Dinosaur Barbeque, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 4

Brit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show Civic Center, Syracuse

Brook Pridemore w/ Stonelord Brothers & Baby Teeth Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Buckethead

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

The Fast Lane: (Eagles tribute) The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Just Joe

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Thursday, April 5

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Turning Stone Steakhouse, Vernon

Lotus

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Bluegrass Jam w/ Brendan Gosson & Friends Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Roadhouse 48, Fulton Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland

Joey 4teno

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Lisa Lee Trio

Bistro 197, Oswego

Lauren Patti

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Skunk City Presents: Desmond Jones

The Mallet Brothers Band with Jon Fishman w/ People’s Blues of Richmond & Waydown Wailers

Old City Hall, Oswego

Monday, April 9

McArdell & Westers

Lisa Lee Duo Lotus

McArdell & Westers

Midnight Mike Blues Band

Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland

Outta the Red

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Sharkey’s, Liverpool

Bistro Elephant, Syracuse

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

The Cadleys

Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Lakeview Lanes, Fulton

Letizia & the Z Band

Murmur (R.E.M. tribute)

Monday, April 2

Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Jazz Jam (every Sunday 3-5)

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Skunk City Presents: Baked Potatoes

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Kosta’s, Auburn

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

The Guise

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The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

Gathering Lounge, Liverpool

Saturday, April 28

Palace Theatre, Syracuse

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Dirtroad Ruckus Trio

13th Annual Salt City Horror Fest 2018

Lakehouse Pub, Skaneateles

Bury Your Dead w/ Since The Flood, Purgatory, Absolute Suffering, Boundaries, Concrete & Eternal War

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Syracuse Gun Show

NY State Fair/Expo Center, Syracuse

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Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

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The Cadleys

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Wednesday, April 11

Bistro Elephant, Syracuse

Killrush

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Sammy Malone’s, Baldwinsville

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

del Lago Centrifico, Waterloo

Midlife Crisis

Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland

Anderson East w/ Devon Giliffilian

Petty Fest VI: with Hard Promises & Runnin’ With The Pack

Just Joe

PG Unplugged

Steele Brothers

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Patsy Cline Tribute: featuring Amberley Beatty

Fireside Inn, Baldwinsville

Plain White T’s

del Lago Centrifico, Waterloo

Roots of a Rebellion w/ Late Earth & Akuma Roots

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool

Pop Rox

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Rachel Beverly w/ Ben Cunningham The Ripcords Tim Herron

Warrant with Jack Russell’s Great White The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

We Came As Romans w/ The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempting Fate, Between Hope And Fear Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Saturday, April 7

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Landmark Theatre, Syracuse

Saturday, April 14

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Thursday, April 12

Apathy w/ Celph Titled

The Blind Spots w/ Kurt Riley

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Chris Chiesa

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

DJ Halz

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

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The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Gina Rose & The Thorns

Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Infected Mushroom w/ Space Carnival

Mark Douglas & Friends

Poor Tim

Driftwood w/ Slow Train & Shallow Alcove

Through the Roots w/ Clam The Great

Freekbass w/ Haewa

Boots ‘n Shorts

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Fireside Inn, Baldwinsville

Crazy Neighbors, Flat Face & The Shemp-Dells, Billy Maxx & Kickin Up Dust

Derek Phillips

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Stone’s Steakhouse, Syracuse

Stroke

Open Mic w/ Dennis Fernando

Tanner Valley Golf Course, Syracuse

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

The Barndogs

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

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Lisa Lee Band

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Brett Falso

Syracuse Irish Sessions

Mike Houston

McArdell & Westers

Dirtroad Ruckus

Tiger & Mike

Mike Powell & The Black River

Rob Earle

Emerald City

Sunday, April 22

The Platters w/ Drifters Revue

Shining Star (Grateful Dead tribute)

Gov’t Mule

Bluegrass Jam w/ Brendan Gosson & Friends

Redline

Sinners Ink

Heyday

Jazz Jam (every Sunday 3-5)

Rob Earle

The Sugar Daddys

John McConnell

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Time Herron’s Thinkquisition

Tuff Luck

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

Lisa Lee Trio

TJ Sacco Band w/ Brianna

Sunday, April 15

Letizia & the Z Band

Bluegrass Jam w/ Brendan Gosson & Friends

Red Molly

Lisa Lee Trio

Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

Turnover w/ Mannequin Pussy & Summer Salt

Skunk City Presents: Count Blastula

Dirtroad Ruckus

Margo Price

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Saturday, April 28

Monday, April 23

Dominick’s Sports Tavern, Oswego

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

The Brasserie, Camillus

Whiskey Boots, Auburn

Owera Winery, Cazenovia 916 Riverside, Brewerton

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Tanner Valley Golf Course, Syracuse Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown American Legion Post 418, Phoenix

Jazz Jam (every Sunday 3-5)

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Sharkey’s, Liverpool Landmark Theatre, Syracuse Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland del Lago Centrifico, Waterloo Bistro Elephant, Syracuse

Fireside Inn, Baldwinsville Kitty Hoynes, Syracuse The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Max Creek

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo

McArdell & Westers

Skunk City Presents: The Rise

Miss E

Monday, April 16

Ronnie Lee

Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

The Cadleys

Wednesday, April 18

Fleetwood Mac Mania (tribute) The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Just Joe

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Perpetual Groove

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Suzy Bogguss

Auburn Public Theater, Auburn

The Weepies w/ Mark Geary Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Thursday, April 19

36th Songwriters Live: featuring Irv Lyons, Mark Wahl, Dan Cleveland & Mark Zane

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles Lakehouse Pub, Skaneateles

The Cadleys

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Wednesday, April 25

Average Joe’s Beernasium, Baldwinsville

Brad & Shelley

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Just Joe

Stone’s Steakhouse, Syracuse

The Slackers

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Thursday, April 26

Sharp Dressed Penguins

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool

Skunk City w Vanishing Sun

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Steev Richter

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Saturday, April 21 The Barndogs

Kosta’s, Auburn Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Flipside

The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo Sharkey’s, Liverpool Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool Lost Horizon, Syracuse

Anna p.s.

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Bad Mama’s Blues Band

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Badfish (Sublime tribute) w/ Bumpin Uglies Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Beale Street Rockers

Tanner Valley Golf Course, Syracuse

Bell and Company

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

Dirtroad Ruckus

Roadhouse 48, Fulton

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Flipside

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Grit N Grace

The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Just After Dark

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Lisa Lee Duo

Monirae’s, Pennellville

McArdell & Westers

Kitchen Dwellers w/ Dirty Blanket Mark Douglas & Friends

Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton

Open Mic w/ Dennis Fernando

Westcott Theater, Syracuse

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Faded Vinyl

Night Ranger

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad w/ Kat Wright & Barroom Philosophers

del Lago Centrifico, Waterloo

Kosta’s, Auburn

Palace Theatre, Syracuse

Dirtroad Ruckus Duo

Shifty’s, Syracuse

Open Mic w/ Eric Scott

Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool 916 Riverside, Brewerton Turning Stone Tin Rooster, Verona Jake’s Grub & Grog, Brewerton Anyela’s, Skaneateles

Gretchen & The Pickpockets w/ JJ Murphy Trio

Friday, April 27 Chief Bigway

Sinners Ink

The ROAD Church, Syracuse

Joey Belladonna’s Chief Bigway

Country Rock Coalition

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Lisa Lee Duo

Dangerous Type

Mahogany Ridge, Camden

Spring Street Family w/ Wagner 3000 & Bess Greenberg

The Party Sharks

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Dirtroad Ruckus

Thunderchild

Rob Earle

Fireside Inn, Baldwinsville

The Guise

Sunday, April 29

Rocks and Water

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Dirtroad Ruckus Duo

Muddy Waters, Baldwinsville

Pizza Man Pub, Baldwinsville

Ferris Wheel, Oswego

Mark Douglas & Friends

Dinosaur Barbeque, Syracuse

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Open Mic w/ Dennis Fernando

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Tempest

916 Riverside, Brewerton Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

Sharkey’s, Liverpool

Friday, April 20 3 Inch Fury

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Blue Spruce Lounge, Liverpool

Pasta’s on the Green, Baldwinsville

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Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland

Bluegrass Jam w/ Brendan Gosson & Friends

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

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Rollover Fest: The Barndogs (Doors tribute), Jerry Cali Stone’s Steakhouse, Syracuse Dark Hollow (Grateful Dead tribute) & John Spillett Jazz/Pop Duo Radio Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute) Palace Theatre, Syracuse

Kitty Hoynes, Syracuse

Bistro Elephant, Syracuse

Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown Funk n Waffles, Syracuse Downtown

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Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles

Skunk City Presents: The Rise

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Landmark Theatre, Syracuse

The Cadleys

Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia

Karaoke Sunday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Karaoke w/ Jukebox Joel Singers, Syracuse

Monday, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Karaoke w/ DJ Smegie Singers, Syracuse

Tuesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24 Karaoke w/ DJ Streets Singers, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 Karaoke w/ DJ Sammy J Singers, Syracuse

Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Karaoke w/ Scott The Truck Driver Singers, Syracuse

Friday, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Karaoke w/ DJ Voltage & DJ Skoob Singers, Syracuse

Saturday, April 7, 14, 28 Karaoke w/ DJ Corey

Western Ranch Motor Inn, Lakeland

Saturday, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Karaoke w/ DJ Denny & DJ Logic Singers, Syracuse

Laughing Vine Comedy Night w/ Tom Anzalone & Kate Brindle The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding: Immersive Comedy Show The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Monday, April 16 Steve Hofstetter

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Tuesday, April 17 Jess Hilarious

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Thurs., Apr. 19 - Sat., Apr. 21 Guy Torry

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Friday, April 20 Nick Di Paolo

Sunday, April 8

Vision of Sound: Live New Music & Dance by 6 Upstate New York Composers & Choreographers Civic Center, Syracuse

Tuesday, April 10

Music Performance Awards Concert OCC Recital Hall, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 11

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Monday, April 23

Ray William Johnson

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 25

Steve Hayes: Raised by Warner Brothers, Born in Syracuse Red House at City Center, Syracuse

Civic Center, Syracuse

Syracuse Opera presents: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly Civic Center, Syracuse

Friday, Apr. 13 - Saturday, Apr. 28 Chess

CNY Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall

Shark Tank Comedy Club: A Night of Comedy

Saturday, April 14

Thurs., Apr. 26 & Fri., Apr. 27

Tuesday, April 17

Sharkey’s, Liverpool

Shibori Scarf Making

Everson Museum, Syracuse

Comedy

Tom Dustin

Stomp

Thursday, April 5

Fri., April 27 - Sun., April 29

Wednesday, April 18

Billy Gardell

Ari Shaffir

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Fri., April 6 & Sat., April 7 Jay Chandrasekhar

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Sunday, April 8 Jeremy Essig

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Thursday, April 12 David Sedaris

Landmark Theatre, Syracuse

Thurs., April 12 & Sun., April 15 Rocky Dale Davis

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Fri., April 13 & Sat., April 14 Robert Kelly

Funny Bone, Syracuse

Saturday, April 14

Bruno Presents: The Original Wise Guys Jim Dailakis, Joey Kola & Bruno Schirripa Palace Theatre, Syracuse

Funny Bone, Syracuse Funny Bone, Syracuse

Saturday, April 28

Laughing Vine Comedy Night w/ Ward Anderson & Liz Russo The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Arts/Theater Sunday, April 1

Open Figure Drawing

Wescott Community Center, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 4

Norma Tippett, soprano & Jerry Exline, piano perform Standards and Jazz from the 1920’s to 1950’s Grace Episcopal Church, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 Open Figure Drawing

Wescott Community Center, Syracuse

Friday, Apr. 6 - Sunday, Apr. 15 The Snow Queen

Red House at City Center, Syracuse

Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Tribute to Grease & the Music of the 50s and 60s The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 22 Kenny Garcia

Robbie Padilla, piano: performs works of Bach, Beethoven, Granados & Giusto

Friday, Apr. 13 & Saturday, Apr. 14

Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Friday, Apr. 13 & Sunday, Apr. 15

The Vine at Del Lago, Waterloo

Everson Museum, Syracuse

Wednesday, April 25

Wed., Apr. 25 - Sun., May. 13

Laughing Vine Comedy Night w/ Kevin McCaffery & Tommy McNamara

Saturday, April 21

Spring Break Youth Art Classes (Ages 5-12)

The Onyx Clarinet Quartet: performs works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Debussy, Haydn & Chopin

The Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company “In Concert 2018” - original works in Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Pointe, Hip Hop & Scottish Dance

Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland

Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27

Landmark Theatre, Syracuse

Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, mezzosoprano & Lynn Vartan, percussion: perform the works of local composer George N. Gianopoulos Grace Episcopal Church, Syracuse

Friday, April 20

The Kleine Kammermusik Ensemble performs the works of Couperin, Marais, Lully, Dornel, Zelenka, and more First Unitarian Universalist, Syracuse

Symphoria - Film & Music: Silent film meets live symphonic masterpieces! Palace Theatre, Syracuse

Saturday, April 21

Classical Guitarist Matthew Gillen

The Magic Play

Syracuse Stage, Syracuse

Symphoria with the Syracuse University Oratorio Society: Performing Verdi’s Requiem & Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending Civic Center, Syracuse

Sports Sunday, April 1 - Sunday July 8

USBC - United States Bowling Congress: 115th Open Championships Civic Center, Syracuse

Tuesday, April 3

SU Men’s Lacrosse vs Hobart Carrier Dome, Syracuse

Saturday, April 7

Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets War Memorial, Syracuse

Sunday, April 8

Syracuse Crunch vs. Binghamton Devils War Memorial, Syracuse

Thurs., Apr. 12 - Sun., Apr. 15

Syracuse Chiefs vs. Norfolk Tides NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse

Saturday, April 14

Syracuse Crunch vs. Rochester Americans War Memorial, Syracuse

SU Men’s Lacrosse vs North Carolina Carrier Dome, Syracuse

SU Women’s Lacrosse vs North Carolina Carrier Dome, Syracuse

Mon., Apr. 16 - Wed., Apr. 18

Syracuse Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Indians NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse

Saturday, April 21

Skaneateles Library

SU Men’s Lacrosse vs Navy

Everson Museum, Syracuse

Sunday, April 22

Watercolor Painting on Yupo

Sunday, April 22

Voices of the Shoah: music of Oliver Messiaen, Victoria Ullman, Leon Laitman & Jake Heggie Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse

Carrier Dome, Syracuse

SU Women’s Lacrosse vs North Carolina Carrier Dome, Syracuse

Fri., Apr. 27 - Sun., Apr. 29

Syracuse Chiefs vs. Rochester Red Wings NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse

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Faceoff: Stouts vs. Porters continued from pg 23 her court. (Who was also the longest reigning female leader of Russia from 1762 to 1796. Thanks Wikipedia!) In our current 21st century, Imperial Stouts (or sometimes referred to as American Double or American Imperial Stouts because, well, ‘Merica) refer mainly to stouts with high alcohol content —over 9% — rich and with character complexity; Some refer to these as dessert beers. In the brewing process, hops and malts are added in larger quantities, giving the brew both added flavor and upping the ABV ante. In addition, you’ll normally find Imperials to be a bit more expensive, and that’s because of the increased quantities of materials used to make them. My pick: SingleCut Beersmiths’ (Astoria, NY) Heavy Boots of Lead. This Imperial stout comes in at 11.2% ABV with complexity throughout. It starts being heavy with coffee flavors and then fades to delightful dark chocolate, all the while being on the slightly more bitter end of the spectrum. Bourbon-Barrel Stouts are a sub-category of all of the above. Any of the aforementioned stouts can be brewed and then once past the fermentation process, they’re aged in barrels that once held bourbon, infusing these stouts with boozy, sweet, rich flavorings of the bourbon itself. Length of the aging is variable and at the discretion of the brewers themselves. Also to note, the alcohol content of these brews also increase further. My pick: Goose Island Beer Co.’s (Chicago, IL) Bourbon County Brand Stout. At a whopping 15% ABV this is one of the best bourbon-barreled stouts I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. (And I LOVE my bourbon-barreled stouts!) Along with the strong, prevalent sweetness of the bourbon, there’s also an earthiness to the brew, along with notes of coffee, and surprisingly, a hint of raspberries. If you’re able to hunt down 2017’s batch, either bottled or on draft, you will not be disappointed. The London (English) Porter is modeled after the traditional beer originating in England that we discussed at the beginning of this article. This is brewed with brown malt, usually mild, with a balanced middle ground between dry and sweet, with roasted malt flavors and earthy characteristics. My pick: Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Company’s (Cazenovia, NY) Pig City Porter. At 5.5% ABV, this is a fairly traditional London porter, that has all the elements of the roasted malted barley, with caramel notes and a little bit of a smokey complexity. Very smooth to boot. Baltic Porters are the Imperial Stouts of the porter world, meaning, they are more robust, complex, and pack a larger punch in alcohol content than your normal porter. They originated in the 1800s in the Baltic countries of the world, examples being Latvia, Estonia, & Lithuania, hence the name of the style. They’re also brewed with lager yeast and cold-fermented unlike porters with ale yeast. Baltic Porters tend to be more popularly produced in Europe than in the United States, however, you may just recognize a couple: Smuttynose Brewing

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This Month’s Recipe Strawberry and Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe from BLONDELISH.com Author: Blondelish @THEBLONDELISH

Company’s (Hampton, NH) Baltic Porter – 9%ABV, and Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers’ (Framingham, MA) Framinghammer – 10% ABV are two Baltic porters worth checking out. Porters, too, can be aged in bourbon barrels or have chocolate and coffee added during the brewing process. In addition, both Porters and Stouts can have fruit (and veggies, like hot peppers!) added to the process as well, making for some pretty exciting concoctions! My picks: Ballast Point Brewing Company’s (San Diego, CA) Red Velvet, a 5.5%ABV Oatmeal Stout, is brewed with beets, which give it an earthy character and a gorgeous pink-red color, instead of the traditional brown to black coloring of stouts. Southern Tier Brewing Company’s (Lakewood, NY) Choklat Oranj, a 10%ABV Imperial Stout, is brewed with bittersweet Belgian chocolate and orange peels, and in truth, tastes exactly like a chocolate orange – a great dessert beer. Funky Buddha Brewery’s (Oakland Park, FL) Last Snow, a 6.4% ABV Porter, is pretty much one of my favorite brews in the entire world; brewed with coffee and coconut, it’s in a whole different dimension of deliciousness. And before Birdland Brewing Company in Horseheads, NY closed at the end of 2017, I tasted the Blue Bird Chocolate Blueberry Porter, which was very lovely with both entities meshing well together. (And now someone else out there needs to create a new version of this!) So is there a real difference between stouts and porters? The technical answer is yes, but in reality when you’re tasting the brews, it’s pretty difficult to tell. Don’t believe me? Set up a blind tasting party with friends! I just recently did this at Middle Ages Brewing Company with my lady friends and fellow members of our Syracuse Women of Craft Beer group. There was a lot of mass chaos along the synapses between taste buds and brain cells! But it was interesting to see what you labeled right and wrong while being both fun and educational! Cheers!

Ingredients

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

2 boneless chicken breasts skin on

3 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin

8 cups baby spinach

3 Tbsp honey

1 cup strawberries hulled and quartered

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 avocado sliced

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 red onion sliced

1 tsp smoked paprika

¼ cup feta cheese crumbled

1 tsp fennel seeds

1/4 cup hazelnuts raw or toasted

Prep 15 m

Cook 15m

Servings 2 Portions

Directions  In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar with olive oil, honey, smoked paprika, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper, until blended. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow bowl and pour half of the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes to 2 hours.

 Spray a grill pan or non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high.

 Place the chicken breasts on the hot pan. Cook for 3 minutes then flip them. Cook for another 3 minutes, and turn.

 Reduce the cooking temperature to medium low and cook the chicken for 15 minutes more, turning every 5 minutes or so.

 Cooking time depends on the chicken’s thickness, but it will be fully cooked when it hits 75C/165F degrees internal temperature. Let it rest for 5 minutes then slice it.

 Place the spinach, strawberries and red onion in a bowl. Add the avocado, sliced chicken, and top with feta and hazelnuts.

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 Pour the remaining dressing, mix and serve immediately.


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