Wednesday, May 25 – Sunday, May 29 – Made in NY – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Annual juried exhibit of NYS artists. Exhibited works typically include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture created within the last three years. Suggested adult admission $3. Members/Children under 12 Free. (315) 255-1553
Wednesday, May 25 – September 4 – The Cost of Freedom: Cayuga County in the Civil War – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. The Cayuga Museum honors the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with an original exhibit focusing on the experiences of local people during the conflict. The Museum’s own important collection of Civil War artifacts will be enhanced with treasured heirlooms loaned by local families: photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons and much more. A series of public programs all summer will expand the Civil War theme, watch for dates and times. (315) 253-8051
Wednesday, May 25 – Last Wednesday Poetry Read – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Relax in a comfortable atmosphere, share your work with other poetry lovers and enjoy creative discussion and feedback. Wine/beer cash bar for those with proper I.D. $2 suggested donation at the door. 7:30 PM. (315) 253-6669
Thursday, May 26 – Country Music at Dill’s Run – Dill’s Run Winery, 3862 State Route 90, Union Springs “Country Music” Thursday evenings from 5 – 8pm. Singing a mix of classic country, romantic duets along with some contemporary country favorites, this musical act is sure to please. Advance tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. Entertainment & party platter included. Season tickets also available. – (315) 889-5007
Thursday, May 26 – Make Shift – Informal Art Making for Adults & Teens – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Cans and Bottles. Informal, drop-in art making activities that use recycled materials. Learn a new technique, start a project, and discover new artistic ideas for unused materials. Instruction and materials provided. Bring a friend, family, or colleague. Bring your own snacks. $10 member/$15 non-member. 6PM – 8PM. (315) 255-1553
Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29 – Sterling Stage Folkfest – Sterling Stage Kampitheater, 274 Kent Rd., Sterling. 7th annual event kicks off the season with over 30 of the Northeast’s best live acts. Folk, roots, & jambands…artist village, vendors, light show, and more. (818) 212-9489
Thursday, May 26 – Cascade Grill Opening Event – Cascade Grill, 2846 State Rt. 38, Owasco Lake Fire Lane #1, Moravia. Join us Friday May 27th to Kick of our 8th Summer Season on beautiful Owasco Lake! Music Friday 8-11pm – Buddy Barrett Band. Cans & Clams Specials All Weekend. (315) 497-1900
Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28 – SENTENCED: A Period Piece – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Auburn’s own improv and sketch comedy troupe returns to Auburn Public Theater with a new show! Baby Seal Club is doomed. The world is coming to an end outside and all they want is to get through this final show before the Zombie Crisis gets through the door and eats their brains. During the show, the ’Mortally Challenged’ Zombie population decide they want their rights and stage a protest, holding punchlines hostage until they get their ’Collective dismembering rights’. Jane Austen’s bundle of work has never tasted so bloody good. Show at 8pm, tickets $8. (315) 253-6669
Saturday, May 28 – Memorial Day Skate – Reva Rollerdrome, 359 W. Genesee St., Auburn. 1-3:30pm, admission $6 – includes skating & inflatables. New inflatable rides, games & outdoor activities. Water balloon battle. (315) 252-8225
Saturday, May 28 – Harriet Tubman Celebration – Harriet Tubman Home, 180 South St., Auburn. Fort Hill Cemetery grave site ceremony followed by activities and Underground Railroad exhibit at the Home. – (315) 252-2081
Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29 – Welcome in the Summer Party – Emerson Park, Route 38A, Auburn. Fundraising event for Owasco Fire Department. Bands, dancing, food, and refreshments, Custom Taylor Band playing! 6PM – 1AM. Fee. (315) 252-7644
Saturday, May 28 – Soap Box Derby – Hoopes Park, Genesee St., Auburn. Sponsored by Auburn YMCA-WEIU. Youth races, food and entertainment, FREE. Opening ceremony 8am. Races through noon. (315) 253-6153
Saturday, May 28 – Finger Lakes Cheese Open House – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail NY. Visit anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples… all at no cost. Enjoy a day touring in the Finger Lakes. Bon appetite! Farms on the cheese trail include: Keeley’s Cheese Co., Finger Lakes Dexter Cheese Creamery, Shtayburne Farm, Hillcrest Dairy, Engelbert Farms, Lively Run Goat Dairy, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, Cowlick Farm, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Sunset View Creamery, and Muranda Cheese. (800) 813-2958
Sunday, May 29 – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga. Free entertainment, featuring Dick Eldredge, in their renovated 100 year old barn. Dick’s broad range of tunes cover classic rock (Bob Seger), blues (Delbert McClinton) and country (Tobey Keith). Dance, listen in, or sit out on the deck & enjoy the countryside, pond & route 20 hustle. Bring a picnic lunch and relax for an afternoon on the farm. 3-6pm. (315) 252-2535 or (315) 283-8095
Sunday, May 29 – DIRT Car 3rd Annual All-Star Weekend – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Auburn. The season kicks off May 29 with a combination of two premier events. The annual All-Star 100 and Hall of Fame Classic are being combined for an unforgettable Memorial Day Weekend experience. 60-laps of racing action will complimented by a 20-lap double-down feature for the DIRTcar Modifieds making this a can’t miss event. Purchase your reserved tickets by May 7 and receive a FREE Pit Pass! Kids 9 & under are FREE! Get your tickets NOW! 7pm. (315) 834-6605
Sunday, May 29 – Majorpalooza 2011 5K Race – Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Majorpalooza provides fun affordable family events all while raising a modest donation for local causes. 5K race cost $20. (315) 730-0603
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Parade & Kiwanis Duck Derby– Downtown Auburn, Genesee St., Auburn. 11AM parade followed by musical entertainment and the Kiwanis Duck Derby. (315) 255-4104
Wednesday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 22 – Anything Goes – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Emerson Park, Rt. 38A, Auburn. Broadway Musical. A delightful trip across the Atlantic with a cast of crazy characters, five love stories and, oh yes, lots and lots of tap dancing! Featuring songs by Cole Porter including, ’Blow, Gabriel, Blow,’ ’I Get a Kick Out of You,’ ’Anything Goes,’ and ’You’re the Top’ don’t miss this show running through June 22nd. (315) 255-1785
Thursday, June 2 – Country Music at Dill’s Run – Dill’s Run Winery, 3862 State Route 90, Union Springs. ’Country Music’ Thursday evenings from 5 – 8pm. Singing a mix of classic country, romantic duets along with some contemporary country favorites, this musical act is sure to please. Advance tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. Entertainment & party platter included. Season tickets also available. (315) 889-5007
Saturday, June 4 – Flavor of the Finger Lakes – Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn. 1st Annual Flavor of the Finger Lakes event runs from Noon-4:30pm. Anything Goes, Merry-Go-Rounds first show of the season, will be highlighted. Featured will be 10 food vendors, 8 wineries and 5 local creameries. Entry fee $10 – receive a souvenir wine glass, and 5 tickets to be used at vendor booths. (315) 252-7291
Saturday, June 4 – Speaking for Themselves: Women of Seward House – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn. See the Seward House through the eyes of the Seward women. Using original family correspondence and journals, the tour enables visitors to hear the words and feelings of the nineteenth-century women of the Seward family and reveals the significant contributions they made during their lives. 1PM. Reservations required. Fee. (315) 252-1283
Saturday, June 4 – Old Ways Days – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Road, Rt. 38A, Auburn. 11AM-4PM, FREE. Revisit the past at Old Ways Days. A day of fun, excitement, learning & family activities. Take a ride on their ’Model T’ touring car, truck, or horse drawn wagon. See tractors on display, take home some herb cuttings, view other exhibits or demonstrations. (315) 252-6466
Sunday, June 5 – Motorcycle Ride Around Owasco Lake – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. The Community Preservation Committee will host a benefit motorcycle ride around Owasco Lake on Sunday, June 5. Participants should meet at Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, at 9:00 AM. The ride will start at 9:30 AM. Lunch will be provided at Willard Chapel at 11:30 AM. The cost is $25 per person. Tickets and further information can be obtained at the Willard Chapel Office, or by calling 252-0339. Rain date is June 12. All proceeds benefit Willard Memorial Chapel. (315) 252-0339
Sunday, June 5 – Art Inspiration 2011 – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd., Sterling. Festival of Nature and Arts. View nature inspired art and artists demonstrating their crafts. Noon – 4:30pm. Free and open to the public. (315) 947-6143
Tuesday, June 7 – Tuesday Night MUSIC JAM – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Weekly evening of original regional music, poetry & comedy in open mic cafe setting. Door prizes, snack menu & wine/beer with I.D., $2 at the door. 7:30pm till 11pm. (315) 253-6669
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Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum
Whispering Winds Motel
Dorie’s Bakery & Café, Aurora
Man in the Moon Classic Cheesecake & Dessert Bake Shoppe, King Ferry
Bayview Wellness Center & Spa, Fair Haven
Hanart Studios and Gallery, Fair Haven