Community activities for Extended stay travelers in Skaneateles

CAYUGA COUNTY OFFICE OF TOURISM    131 GENESEE STREET      AUBURN, NY 13021         315-255-1658


The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. 

January 29th – March 18th – Both Ends of the Rainbow – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  This annual exhibition will feature over 1,000 works of art by local students and senior citizens from Cayuga County.                 315-255-1553 

February 8th – May 5th – “Stepping Out:  Dancing in Cayuga County”.  Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The exhibit explores social, folk and the fine art of dance as well as showcases our local dance schools and studios.  315-253-8051

February 18th – “The Last Good Story!” BOOKSIGNING! – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come meet the Matthew Kelley, local author of the novel The Last Good Story!  1pm.  315-515-3411

February 17th & 18th – “180 Degrees South” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  ’Conquerors of the Useless’ follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.  2/10, 1 & 8pm, 2/11 8pm.  Tickets $5.  315-253-6669

February 18th – Winter Fun Day – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  Enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, or winter birding at Sterling Nature Center.  After having some winter fun, go inside to get warm, view the exhibits, and enjoy a cup of hot cider, a bowl of chili or a sweet treat.  11am-2pm.     315-947-6143 


February 18th & 19th – 10th Annual Mardi Gras – Cayuga Lake Wine Trail – Celebrate with us by attending our 10th Anniversary Mardi Gras event along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail by receiving a specialty anniversary set of beads.  Experience the frivolity as you go from winery to winery receiving other Mardi Gras Beads, a chance to pick the lucky coin for instant prizes plus participate in a scavenger hunt for a sampler case of fine wines from the trail.  10am-5pm.  Start at King Ferry Winery, Long Point Winery, and visit others on the Cayuga Wine Trail. Purchase tickets online, at Wegmans, or by calling.  800-684-5217

February 18th – 25th – “February Break” Escape Cabin Feaver – Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dress warm – museum tours, kids puzzle table, kids grain bin.  Open 11am-4pm.             315-252-7644

February 20th – 23rd – Winter Break Camp – Creation Station, 10 Seminary Ave., Auburn.   Morning craft camp.  Call to register.  315-406-3270.

February 20th – 24th – Fabulous February Fun Winter Break – Reva Rollardrome, 359 W. Genesee St., Auburn.  2/20 – Presidents Day Party 1-3:30pm, $4.50.  2/21 – Mardi Gras Pigout 1-3:30pm, $6.50.  2/22 – Justin Bieber Day 1-3:30pm, $4.50.  2/23 – Doubledays Two for One Day 1-:3:30pm, $4.50.  2/24 – Decades Day 1-3:30pm, $4.50              315-252-8225

February 19th – ”Say Cheese” Cayuga County – Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Museum open from 11-4pm.  Keeley McGarr of McGarr Farms in King Ferry will host an informal gathering and will be offering samples of the McGarr Irish Style Semi Soft Cheese from 2-4pm.  Gift shop open.  315-252-7644

February 20th – 24th – Winter Art Camp – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Ages 6-12 9:30-11:30am.  A creative fiber arts project each day.  Fee.  Call to register.  Art camps incorporate high quality art making instruction with art history, gallery visits, class dicsussion, and other unique art-based experiences.  315-255-1553 

February 22nd – Where Have All the Insects Gone? – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jensvold Road, off Route 104A, Sterling.  School Break Program.  Have you ever wondered what happens to all the insects in winter?  Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for this unique program on wintering insects.  There will be an inside presentation on the strategies insects use to survive the long, cold central NY winters, followed by a walk to seek out some of the wintering insects. Free and open to the public.  1pm.    315-947-6143 

February 24th & 25th – “Happy Happy” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  The tangy Norwegian comedy “’Happy, Happy” is a romantic lark about optimism and infidelity that begins each of its many-chaptered stories with four Norwegian guys outfitted in what look like a series of bad wedding suits and singing gospel tunes.  The gospel singers’ performances are so zesty and the lyrics do sort of set the stage for what will happen next, that you’re kind of happy, happy every time they show up.  2/24, 1 & 8pm, 2/25 8pm.  Tickets $5 online, $6 at the door.  315-253-6669

February 25th – Lucy Kaplansky – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  New York songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is becoming the troubadour laureate of modern city folk.’ —The Boston Globe.  <br>   Lucy harmonized on Colvin’s Grammy-winning Steady On, Nanci Griffith’s Lone Star State of Mind and Little Love Affairs, and four of John Gorka’s albums. She also landed soundtrack credits, singing with Vega on Pretty in Pink and with Griffith on The Firm, and several commercial credits, including ’The Heartbeat of America’ for Chevrolet.  Tickets $20, 6pm.  315-253-6669

February 25th – Hermann J. Wiemer Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  6:30 reception, 7:00pm dinner, 5 paired courses. $60/person.  Call for reservations.  315-364-8888 

February 25th – “So Long, and Thanks for all the Brains” BOOKSIGNING! – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come meet the editor of Strange Tales of Horror, signing the latest zombie anthology. 1pm.              315-515-3411

















Man in the Moon Classic Cheesecake & Dessert Bake Shoppe, King Ferry

Bayview Wellness Center & Spa, Fair Haven

Hanart Studios and Gallery, Fair Haven

Oak & Vine Restaurant at the Springside Inn, Auburn

Anchor Laundromat, 719 Main St., Fair Haven – Large capacity, sparkling clean, WiFi, TV

The Apple Station, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, 181 Grant Ave. Auburn

The Auburn Ale House, 288 Genesee St., Auburn