Cayuga Tourism for leisure travelers in Central New York

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. 

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

March 31st – May 20th – Made in NY 2012 – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Made in NY 2012, is an annual juried exhibition featuring New York State artists. The exhibition features 75 works of art by 73 artists from throughout New York State. Made in NY 2012 features paintings, photographs, sculpture, drawings, and more.  Members free, non-   members $6.  315-255-1553 

      April 18th– Book Signing – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Author Brad Parks.  3pm, free.  315-364-5100

      April 18th– “Rogue Elephant on a Rampage”?  A Reflection on the History of the CIA – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Friends of Seymour Library proudly presents Dr. David S. McCarthy, Ph.D. The College of William and Mary. Reception to follow.  7pm, $10/person  315-253-6669     

      April 19th Creative Lighting Creations – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Using a basic lighting kit, participants will design creative lighting fixtures using found objects like glass bottles, straws, or silverware. Artist and teacher Robert Loring often creates art using repurposed objects. Create unique lamps, sconces, and other lighting creations will add a unique recycled artistic touch to any home. Lighting kits will be sold separately.  6pm. $15/members, $20/non-members  315-255-1553

      April 20th 7th Annual Spring Poetry Reading – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Co-sponsored by the YMCA-WEIU’s Writer’s Voice Program.   Free, doors open at 6:30, readings from 7-9 pm.  315-253-6669


      April 20th Spring Wine Dinner:  “Here Comes the Sun” – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Our barrel room transforms to a dining room to welcome spring…join us for special pairings of our wines and seasonal dishes. Food by the amazing folks at Serendipity Catering of Ithaca, NY. The winemaker will be on hand to share the inside story on the wines. Call for reservations by April 10.  $50/person, includes tax & tip, 5:30pm.  800-439-5271 

     April 20th ZOOdiac – Southern Cayuga Planetarium, 2384 Route 34B, Aurora.  Travel the path of 12 constellations taken by the sun, moon and planets and explore the astronomy and mythology of the celestial creatures.  7:30pm, free.  315-364-7461

      April 20th – 22nd – ”The Fantasticks” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  “The Fantasticks,” is hosted by Carnytown Productions and Produced by Tom Hoey, with Simon Moody, Jack Sherman and Joel Weirick as co-producers. The Auburn production of “The Fantasticks” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt is now celebrating its 51st year. This “longest-running musical in the world” features direction by James Cantu, musical direction by Barbara Mushock, choreography by Yvonne Villano-Hassett and set design by Navroz Dabu.  Wine and Beer will be available with proper I.D., and snacks may be purchased during intermission.  Daily shows:  2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, tickets $25  315-253-6669

      April 20th & 21st – “A Better Life” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A Better Life is a poignant story about the struggle of an honest, profoundly decent man to survive as an illegal alien in LA. Utterly devoid of political posturing and moralizing, the film deals instead with the universal human yearning for security, stability, and at least some degree of happiness in one’s life.  4/20, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 4/21, 8:00 pm, tickets $5/online, $6/at the door.  315-253-6669

      April 21st– Heart & Hands Wine Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  5 paired courses with a wine reception.  Call for reservations.  6:30pm reception, 7:00pm dinner.  $60++/person.  315-364-8888

      April 21st– Through the Eyes of Fanny Seward:  A Family Friendly Tour of the Seward House Museum – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Families will have the opportunity to experience the Seward House through the eyes of William Seward’s daughter, Fanny.  Drawing heavily from Fanny’s extensive diaries, a guide playing Fanny will give a first-person account of her life, touching on the topics of abolition, women’s rights, her family’s experience during the Civil War, and what it was like to be a child during the 19th century.  Appropriate for Grades 4-12.  10:00 am – 11:30 am or 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, $10/adults, $8/children 12 & under.   315-252-1283    





      April 22nd – Pizza & Petals – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Homemade Pizza (noon) & Wildflower Walk (1pm).  On Earth Day treat yourself to some of Nature’s spring beauties, trillium, hepatica and other woodland wildflowers. At 1pm naturalist and Sterling Nature Center Director Jim D’Angelo will led a walk along the trails of the nature center for a look at some of nature’s beautiful woodland wildflowers. Identification, natural history and interesting facts about the spring woodland wildflowers will be discussed on this walk. As a special treat before the walk homemade pizza and Ontario Orchards’ apple cider will be available from noon to 1pm. If you would like to join us for pizza please let us know so we can provide enough for everyone.  Noon, free.  315-947-6143

     April 22nd– Drop-In Family Art Making: Duct Tape Flower Pens – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Children and their accompanying adults are invited to visit the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center on Sunday, April 22 to create duct tape flower pens and other creations from fun colored duct tape. No registration required.  1-4:30pm, $5/project.  315-255-1553

     April 23rd 25th  – Spring Fashion Show & Luncheon – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Fashions from Jane Morgan’s Little House.  Please call for reservations.  315-364-8027

      April 23rd Author James Howard Kunstler Lecture & Book Signing – Wells College – Macmillan Hall, 170 Main St., Aurora.  The free talk, “Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinging, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation,” titled after his new book, will be followed by a booksigning. The book features comparing perceptions and realities of the problems facing our society.  4:30pm, free.  315-364-3266

     April 25th “An Evening with Maya Angelou” – Auburn High School Auditorium, 250 Lake Ave., Auburn.  2012 Inspiring Speaker Series, proudly presented by the Auburn Education Foundation.  Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature.  As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Lecture 7:00 pm, tickets $50.  315-255-8827

     April 25th Spring 2012 Fashion Show – Holiday Inn, 75 North St., Auburn.  Presented by Elements Salon & Day Spa.  A night of fashion, food, & fun with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, & cash bar.  Featuring Aveda’s Spring Hair & Makeup collection.  Fashions by Jones of NY, Banana Republic, The Loft Outlet, Lane Bryant, Van Heusen, and Ann Taylor.  All proceeds donated to Environmental Advocates of NY.  All clothing donations to Seneca/Cayuga Community Action Program.  Tickets $15 or $12 with a donation of “recycled” career clothing, 6:00 pm.  315-253-0501

      April 27th – 28th “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.  4/27, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 4/28, 8:00 pm, tickets $5/online, $6/at the door.       315-253-6669

     April 27th Broadway Melodies – Auburn Church of the Nazarene, 3360 E. Genesee St., Auburn.  Auburn Chamber Orchestra presents Broadway Melodies. Steven Frackenpohl, Conductor. Special guest host Ed Sayles, Producing Director Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Melodies from “My Fair Lady”, “Oklahoma”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Evita”, “The Music Man”, and “Oliver”.  7:30 pm, free.      

      April 27th – 29th  20th Annual Wine & Herb Festival – Cayuga Wine Trail, Cayuga Lake.  Build your garden this spring by attending our Wine & Herb Festival and planting herbs and edible flowers to your hearts content. This year join us as we celebrate 20 years of our most popular event. Here you’ll receive a commemorative token gift, a souvenir wineglass plus a potted herb plant from Dickman Farms at each winery, a plant carrier, plus recipe cards.  Start at King Ferry Winery, stop by Long Point Winery, and check the web site for other participating wineries and their hours.  Advance Tickets – $35/single $50/couple, Designated driver – $30/single $45/couple, At the door, $40/single $55/couple.          800-684-5217

     April 28th “How to Find Your Civil War and War of 1812 Ancestors” – Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn.  Port Byron Historian Dawn Roe will illustrate how to search for Civil War and War of 1812 ancestors using public databases, historical documents and military records. No registration necessary.  11:00 am, free.             315-252-2571

     April 28th Comedian Andy Pitz – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Andy’s unique brand of comedy has landed him appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Andy is a regular performer at all of New York City’s top comedy clubs including Comic Strip Live and Gotham Comedy Club.   8:00 pm, tickets $12.  315-253-6669

      April 29th Poetry Extravaganza – Sterling Nature Center, 15780 Jenzvold Rd. Sterling.  In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, the Sterling Nature Center is presenting a Poetry Extravaganza on Sunday, April 26th from 3 -5 p. m. at its Jensvold Road center. The program is part of the center’s on-going Sunday Poetry Coffeehouse series.  3:00 pm, free.  315-947-6143




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