Proof Positive: Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes

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. 

May 19th  – September 2ndProof Positive:  Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  There is a unique relationship between alcoholic beverages and the Finger Lakes. Social, geographical and even political factors have created an environment where wine, beer and spirits have become an important part of our communities, and we have embraced these industries as an important part of life in the Finger Lakes. Proof Positive is a celebration of the history, culture and economics of the wine industry, microbrew movement and distilleries in our region. We welcome you to explore various viewpoints of history, agriculture, politics and economics as you learn more about how wine, beer and spirits have impacted the Finger Lakes Region.Also on exhibit, the Ted Case Research Lab, inventor of sound on film, and Both Sides of the Wall:  Auburn and its Prison.  Open Tues-Sun Noon-5pm.  Suggested donation $3.  315-253-8051

June 1st – August 19thSummer Exhibitions – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Sponsored by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation. Super Saturated: Pigment & Pattern is an exhibition of 29 works by 10 contemporary artists that use paint, collage, and mixed media to create vibrant works that emphasize color and pattern. Fold & Unfold: The Cloth and Quilts of Elin Noble will include approximately 20 works by Massachusetts-based fiber artist Elin Noble. Author of the book, Dyes and Paints, Noble is known for her quilts that incorporate hand-dyed cloth. Recent work by Skaneateles artist Thérèse Verley Strodel will be on view in Gallery Julius. Strodel creates paintings that emphasize color, pattern, and texture.  Admission: $6, members, 12 & under:  Free.  315-255-1553

May 30th – June 20th – Kiss Me Kate – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Kiss Me, Kate, the first ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. An enduring love story with a raucous twist on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew featuring the songs ‘Wunderbar’, ‘So In Love’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, and ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare.’ Fans of Anything Goes won’t want to miss this Cole Porter classic.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show dates.  800-457-8897


June 16th – July 29thLake Ontario Counties’ Summer Fishing Derby – Lake OntarioGet in on the action and your share of $106,850 in CASH Prizes in the 2012 LOC Events!  Divisions – Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead, Brown Trout.  Register now!              888-733-5246

June 18th – Sept. 5th – Auburn Doubledays Baseball – Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn.  Class A professional baseball, farm team for Washington Nationals.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and game times.  315-255-2489

May 31st – July 11th – Auburn Photography Club Exhibit – Cayuga Community College – Library, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn.  Opening reception is on Thursday, May 31st from 5-7PM.  Artist talk, food and refreshments will be served for the reception.  Photography exhibit in the college library will run until July 11th.  Exhibit will be on view during library hours. FREE.

June 6th – Port Bryon MRC Farmers Market – Schasel Park, Route 31, Port Byron.  Local farmers, chicken BBQ every week! Special childrens events! Featured fruit and veggie nights! Entertainment, antique tractors & vintage cars! Playground and covered pavilion for dining.          4-7pm.  315-776-9543

June 6th – 30th – Altar Boyz – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Produced by upstate NY’s most popular professional theater – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.  Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences. An extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original musical is pure delight. Suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897

June 7th – Moravia Farmers Market – Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St., Moravia.  A medium sized farmers market with organic and non organic vendors that sell produce, meats, wine and baked goods. Flowers available from the local school kids and lots of fun and community involvement. Always a good place to buy the freshest foods available and visit with old neighbors and meet new ones.  Thursdays, 10-5pm.  315-497-8375

June 8th – Release Party – Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market, 381 Main St., Aurora, NY.  Bet the Farm will host a release party to celebrate the return of Traminette and Pinot Gris to their shelves. While there check out the selection of artisanal cheeses and gourmet foods produced in the Finger Lakes and New York State.  4-7pm.   315-294-5643

June 8th – Farmers Market – Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Route 20, Skaneateles.  Every Friday until October, Farmers Market at Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Rt 20 just west of County Line Rd. every Friday until October! Many local farmers!  Fresh chicken, eggs, black angus, perennials, lavender, honey and much more.  3:30 – 6:00pm  315-751-5657.



June 8th – 9th – “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  We Need to Talk About Kevin is about a nightmare on your street, not Elm Street. It’s a domestic horror story that literally gets to us where we live, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill by filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/8, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/9, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

June 9th2nd Annual Marksmanship Contest – Cayuga County Sportsman’s Association, 4680 Rockefellar Rd., Auburn. The Community Preservation Committee will hold its 2nd Annual Marksmanship Contest at the Cayuga County Sportsmen’s Association on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Competition for shotgun, handgun and rifle will be held and participants may participate in one, two or all three competitions. Individual prizes awarded for “top gun” in each division. Suggested donation $25/person, 9am-1pm.  315-252-0339

June 10th – “The Woman Question: How Women’s Rights Emerged from the Anti-Slavery Movement” – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  Did you know that many of the women involved in the Women’s Rights Movement got their start in the Anti-Slavery Movement? Learn about the women who began their careers of reform as abolitionists, speaking to “promiscuous” audiences, and who eventually became leading suffragists in the struggle for women’s rights. Presenter Meghan Barbay is a Park Guide, Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.  Free – donations accepted, 7pm.  315-364-5587 

June 10th – Centennial Celebration and Dedication – Emerson Park Pavilion, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dedication ceremony at 2:30 pm, community open house from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Family friendly tours and refreshments. Sponsored by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation and the Cayuga County Legislature.

June 10th – Music & Musket – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora.  Bandleader, noted musical instrument collector and professional musician Jeff Stockham recreates the sights and sounds of the Civil War, emphasizing the importance of music to the soldiers during the conflict. History comes to life through the use of rare original instruments and artifacts from the 1861-1865 period. Experience the drama and power of music to inspire when performed on period brass instruments, side drum and fife. This special tribute to Charlie Snyder reflects his deep appreciation for history and his joy in sharing his knowledge with others.  Donations welcome, 2pm.  315-364-5437

June 10th – Victorian Garden Party – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Join us to view the gardens and the Historic Willard Memorial Chapel. Music by Organist Donna Riester (at 1:30 and 2:30) played on the Chapel’s historic Steere and Turner organ; an informative history and question-answer session (2 pm) on the Chapel and its gardens by local historian Laurel Auchampaugh; silent auction; raffle and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you in your prettiest garden hats and bonnets. Nostalgic attire is encouraged, but not required. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. Donations appreciated and will be used towards the maintenance of the gardens at Willard Chapel.  Free, 1-3pm.  315-252-0339



June 12th  – Farmers Co-op Market – Municipal Parking Lot, South St. & Lincoln St., Auburn.  Located in the parking lot across from Auburn City hall, on South St. and Lincoln St. We accept SNAP EBT and some of our farmers accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons.  7:30am – 2pm.  315-678-1622

June 13th – Senior Mystery Movie – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  $3.00 admission includes popcorn!! 315-253-6669

June 14th – 16th – “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  “Flambé Dreams” – Book and Lyrics by: Matthew Hardy, Music by: Randy Klein.  Joseph Christiansen wants to be a great Maitre d’ like his father who was killed in a freak flaming Bananas Foster accident. Against the wishes and warnings of his pill-pushing psychiatrist mother, young Joe leaves the safety of his small hometown and journeys to New York City to make it big in the glamorous world of food and beverage service.  “Eulogy” – Book by: Rachel Carrozziere, Music and Lyrics by: Annie Lash.  In this story of life, love, and faith, follow Sarah and Jason as they attempt to immortalize Sarah’s grandfather through stories of Sarah’s childhood, her grandfather’s death, and the years that follow. Be with us for this heartwarming story that reminds us that often death’s greatest gift is life.  Admission $20, 6/14, 7:30pm, 6/15, 8pm, 6/16, 5 & 8pm.  800-457-8897

June 15th – Walls of Sound: A Look Inside The House of Records – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   The filmmaker, Dave Gracon will be here to introduce the film and for post Q&A.  Dave Gracon is a professor of film at Eastern Illinois University.  This documentary video (approximately 60 minutes) is a case study of the House of Records, a brick and mortar independent record store based in Eugene, Oregon. The store has been in operation since 1972 and it currently struggles to exist in the midst of digital downloading (both legal and illegal) and the corporate consolidation of culture (in terms of corporate chain, big-box stores and online music stores). 315-253-6669

June 15th – A Sweet Summer Night’s Dream – Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market, 381 Main St., Aurora, NY.  Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market and Bee Attitudes Honey present “A Sweet Summer Night’s Dream”. Enjoy fine wines, lavender cookies, and honey sweet ice cream. All local, fresh and natural. Portion of proceeds goes to the Morgan Opera House.  Free,  4-7pm.   315-294-5643

June 15th & 16th – “The Vow” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Married five years, a young couple’s relationship is put to the challenge when the wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams), is seriously injured in a car crash that leaves her in a coma. When she wakes up, not only does she not recognize her husband, Leo (Channing Tatum), but her last memory is of being engaged to her ex-fiancé, Jeremy (Scott Speedman).  When, despite all his efforts to make his wife fall in love with him again, Paige doesn’t recover her feelings for him, Leo has to decide whether he should move on with his life.  Tickets $5 online, $6 at the door, 6/15, 1 & 8pm 6/16, 8pm. 315-253-6669


June 16th  – King Ferry Farmers Market – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Farmstead Cheese, Organic Flour, Organic Vegetables, Plants and Flowers, Fiber Art, Pottery & Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories, Baked Goods & Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Wool and Spinning Demonstrations, Seasonal Apple Cider Pressing, Pizza by the Slice, Hot Coffee, Dinosaur Dry Goods Pop Up Store. This year, the Market will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from June through October, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the King Ferry Winery.  315-364-5100

June 16th – Freeman Trial Lecture – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  An opportunity for the public to learn about a captivating moment in local Auburn history, the trial of William Freeman.  Freeman was an African American who murdered four members of the local Van Nest family.  The incident sparked feelings of animosity and reprisal, and took on a more controversial note when William Seward offered to defend Freeman despite the public outcry.  Come learn about this often unheard of moment in Seward’s fascinating career.  Free,   1-2pm.  315- 252-1283

June 16th & 17th  – Barrel Tasting Weekend – CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn.  Stop in the winery and taste several of our new red wines right out of the oak barrels!  Noon-5pm.  315-730-4619

June 16th & 17th – South Shore Marina Fishing Tournament – Southern shore of Owasco Lake.  Adult and child catagories.  Prizes.  Registration deadline 6/15 at 6pm.  See web site for entry fee and catagories.  315-497-3006

June 17th – Prison City Rambler’s Father’s Day Car Show – Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn.   In 2012 the Prison City Ramblers will host the 20th annual Father’s Day Car Show, to be held at beautiful Emerson Park in Auburn, NY. Last year we had perfect weather, and had over 350 cars enter in the show. We awarded over 50 trophies. The 2012 show will feature a car corral, vendor’s area / flea market, plenty of food, music and good times!  To register a vehicle, $8/advance $10/day of show.  8am-4pm.     315-253-2306 

June 17th – Father’s Day Barbecue – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Our spectacular annual Father’s Day event returns. Enjoy this cookout on the beautiful lawns of the Aurora Inn.  $24 adults, $12 kids (inclusive), noon-4pm.  315-364-8888



Elderberry Pond Restaurant – lunch & dinner Wed-Sun.

Tom Thumb Restaurant

Reese’s Dairy Bar

Pumpkin Hill Bistro – lunch – Tues-Sat, dinner Fri-Sat

The Cascade Grill on Owasco Lake opening 5/25

Dorie’s, 238 Main St., Aurora – open Wed-Sun 11am-8pm