Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga

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.  July & August – Open on Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

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.  www.cayuganet.org/cayugamuseum  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.  www.schweinfurthartcenter.org  315-255-1553

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.  www.auburndoubledays.com  315-255-2489

July 25th – August 15th – My Fair Lady – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  A musical theatre masterpiece, this sweeping musical adaptation tells the story of an unforgettable cockney girl, Eliza Doolittle, and her transformation from poor flower girl to elegant lady, overseen by the cantankerous Professor Henry Higgins. This score features some of the most beloved songs of all time including, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?’, ‘Get Me to the Church on Time’, and ‘I Could Have Danced All Night.’   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897 

Aug. 1st – Aug. 18th – Fingers & Toes – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Tap dancer Dustin “Toes” MacGrath, and pianist Tristan “Fingers” St. Claire have managed to talk a major Broadway producer into coming to see their show in two weeks: a boy meets girl tap dance spectacular on the theme of love. But there’s a problem: first, they haven’t written it yet, secondly they don’t have a girl, and sadly, they have no idea whatsoever about love. As the deadline approaches, everything becomes swept up in a series of dazzling numbers and comical scenes as their theme “Love” begins to derail the show. A deliriously delightful and genuinely funny love-letter to the old-fashioned “let’s put on a show”.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket price and show times.   www.fingerlakesmtf.com       800-457-8897

Aug. 7th – 9th – Empire Farm Days – Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 Route 414, Seneca Falls.  From wind energy to equine chiropractic, the 79th Empire Farm Days’ promises exciting new products and activities along with returning favorites. The annual event attracts 600-plus exhibitors and more than 70,000 visitors and is the largest show of its kind in the Northeast.  8/7 & 8/8, 9-5pm, 8/9, 9-4pm.  Free admission, $10/parking.  877-697-7837.

August 8th – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 – Market Street Park, Market Street, Auburn.  All concerts held rain or shine in Market Street Park, Downtown Auburn. Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Auburn Civic Band.  6pm, free.   www.auburndowntown.org/      315-252-7874

Aug. 8th – Complimentary Wine Tasting – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  The Aurora Inn Dining Room is scheduled to host a complimentary wine tasting on its lakeside veranda. The tasting will feature wines from the Damiani Wine Cellars, continuing the Inns’ focus on the splendors of our local harvest. Run by long-time locals Phil Davis and Lou Damiani, the Damiani Wine Cellars features a homegrown range of red, white, and sparkling wines.  Free, 4:30-6:30pm.   www.innsofaurora.com   315-364-8888

Aug. 8th st & Aug. 15th  – 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. Every Wednesday, 4-7pm.  www.localharvest.org/pbmrc-farmers-market-M16939                  315-776-9543

Aug. 9th     – 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, every Tues., Thurs., & Sat.   www.localharvest.org/farmers-co-op-market-of-cayuga-county-M2760  315-678-1622


Aug. 9th – Showtime  – F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come to an evening of song & dance at the Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians, and Entertainers at the Center for Creative Expression. There will be music and refreshments every second Thursday of the month. Please join us for a fun evening.  315.252-7016

Aug. 9th – Band: Diana Jacobs Band – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  Diana Jacobs Band will perform at Market Street Park at 6:30 p.m., Free.  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

Aug. 9thd & 16th   – 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.  www.localharvest.org  315-497-8375

Aug. 10th  – Garden Series Concert – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Local Lansing fav Dr.K is playing tonight from 5 to 7, and food will be avaialble onsite from The Wheelhouse Restaurant.  Join us for a fun, relaxing evening.  5-7pm., free.  www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

Aug. 10th & 11th – Craigslist Joe – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  In a time when America’s economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind – to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century’s new town square: Craigslist. As of recent, the United States found itself in one of the most precarious financial meltdowns in modern history. News programs spoke of the worst economy since the great depression and demise of the American Dream.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 8/10, 1:00 pm & 8:00 pm, 8/11, 8:00 pm.    www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Aug. 10th  & 17th   – 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  www.strawberryfieldsupick.com  315-751-5657.

Aug. 11th   – Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora.  David Moreland is a born comic showman. He has appeared in films and television shows. His “Dream Big – READ!” show promises some new magic routines and plenty of wildly entertaining fun! Bring a picnic lunch and your favorite bear at noon. All bears in attendance will receive a prize. Show begins at 12:30. Co-sponsored by the Aurora Free Library.  Free, Picnic @ noon, 12:30 pm show.  www.morganoperahouse.org, 315-364-5437

Aug. 11th – “The Emperor’s New Clothes” – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  The Emperor’s New Clothes will be performed by the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre at Market Street Park.  A fashion-obsessed Emperor, who is blinded by his search for the perfect wardrobe, hires two swindlers to sew his royal vestments. Hardly up to the task of creating these extravagant garments, the trickster “tailors” manage to convince the Emperor that their clothing can only be seen by the wisest people in the kingdom. Can one man’s honesty help the Emperor to see the error of his vanity before he strolls through Pantaloon wearing nothing at all?  Free, 2pm.  http://merry-go-round.com/youth-theatre/summer-tour/  315-255-1305

Aug. 11th Let’s Move at the Seward House Museum:  Push-ups in the Garden – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to encourage healthy exercise and eating habits in children and teens. This program is a city-wide push-up competition for young adults.  Free, 1-3pm.  www.sewardhouse.org  315-252-1283

Aug. 11th –  Founders Day – Downtown Auburn.  Community outdoor street festival featuring an antique car show & competition, artist & food vendors, family fun tent, live music by Last Train Out and Infrared Radiation Orchestra. The 2012 theme is baseball.  Free, 11am – 4pm.           315-252-7874

Aug. 11th – Following the Flow; A Tale of Two Erie Canals – Erie Canal, Cayuga County.  We will start the day at 9am, park at the Montezuma Fire House, for a two hour walking tour that will cover many of the great sites in and around the Hamlet of Montezuma and in the new Heritage Park. As we walk along, you will learn about the first Erie, known as Clinton’s Ditch, the Enlarged Canal, the Cayuga Seneca Canal and the current Barge Canal. We will work our way back up hill to Lock 51, stopping at canal sites along the way.  Free, 9am.

Aug. 11th – Attracting Butterflies and Other Pollinators – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  How can you attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard? This program will give an over view of the native pollinators in our area as well as how to attract these beneficial insects to your yard. After the indoor session, we will go on a search for butterflies and other pollinators exploring the fields, flowers and gardens for these beautiful creatures. Identification tips and a discussion of pollinator behavior will take place along the walk.  Free, 1pm.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark/center  315-947-6143

Aug. 11th & 12th  – Sterling Renaissance Festival – Fantasy Weekend – Sterling Renaissance Festival, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.     The town of Warwick pays tribute to the myths and legends of Old England. Sprites, Fairies, witches, and Robin Goodfellow himself will be seen in a masquerade of folkloric characters, join our Favorite Fantasy Costume Contest and more!   10am-7pm, visit web site or call for ticket prices.   www.sterlingfestival.com  800-879-4446

August 11th & 18th   – Niles Farmers Market – Niles Town Hall, 5923 New Hope Rd,, Moravia.  Fresh produce & home baked goods. Every Saturday through October.  10am – 3pm.  315-730-6278

Aug. 12th – The Great Race XXXV – Emerson Park Area/Owasco Lake, Auburn.  Team triathlon for participants of all ages and abilities.  The annual post race celebration is a much anticipated area summer event.  All racers and volunteers are treated to a complimentary lunch, wholesome refreshments and an entertaining live band all within the setting of beautiful Emerson Park. Along with the racers, many area spectators and ‘summer fun enthusiasts’ are always on hand to join in the fun.

Aug. 9th – 11th  – “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.                                                                                                                           Blindsided by a Diaper – Book by: William Squier and Dana Hilmer – Music by: Jeffrey Lodin, Lyrics by: William Squier  This musical comedy follows first-time parents, Jeff and Lisa, as they go from being a couple to a family. Join them on a rollercoaster ride through 9 months of pregnancy and the first 3 challenging months of caring for their new baby. Along the way the couple contends with a barrage of well-intentioned, unsolicited advice from other parents eager to share their experiences, especially the horror stories!                                                            Benny the Baboon – Book by: Molly Reynolds, Music by: Natalie White Additional Lyrics by: Stephen Reynolds and David St. Louis  Benny is the sentinel of a diminishing troupe of baboons that invades the surrounding homes of Cape Town searching for food and leaving a path of destruction. Benny desires to leave their ancestral home in an effort to evade the humans, but the troupe, led by the powerful Bongo, opts for the ‘easy life’ of clowning for tourists and stealing from them. With the future of the troupe at stake, Benny must fight for its survival.   Admission $20, 8/9, 7:30pm, 8/10, 8pm, 8/11, 5 & 8pm.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

Aug. 13th & 20th  – Open Mic Night – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Admission $2, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Aug. 14th – We Shall Overcome! – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St.. Auburn.  Part of the Skaneateles Festival Concert – Wind quintet Imani Winds presentsTake a break from your afternoon and join the world-renowned Imani Winds for a casual mini-concert featuring a selection of powerful and communicative music. The name Imani means “faith” in Swahili, and subtly mirrors the African-American and Latin American backgrounds of the group’s five players: flutist Valerie Coleman, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz, clarinetist Mariam Adam, hornist Jeff Scott, and bassoonist Monica Ellis. They’ll perform and discuss musical expressions of faith, heritage, and social injustice, from Negro spirituals to a piece written by their own Valerie Coleman. It will be a deeply thoughtful experience that you won’t want to miss!  Free,  noon.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553

Aug. 14th   – Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, 100 S. Herman Ave., Auburn.  A Cast of Thousands will perform at Hoopes Park at 6:30 p.m. Movie: The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they’re forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.,   8:30pm.  Free.  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

Aug. 15th  – Downtown Auburn BID Summer Concert Series 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  Bring your family and chairs to enjoy the FREE shows, held each Wednesday night at 6PM July – August. Performing tonight – Tom Hourican & Friends & Trio Los Claveles.  Rain location for this performace is the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.   6pm, free.   www.auburndowntown.org/      315-252-7874


Aug. 15th – Lincoln’s Funeral: From Death Springs Life in Cayuga County – Frontenac Historical Society & Museum, 178 Cayuga St., Union Springs.  This program, presented by John Lamphere, professor of Criminal Justice/History will be given as part of our annual dinner and election of officers. What could possibly go wrong when a nation turns out to say farewell to a fallen president? The answers will amaze you! Attendance is open to everyone. The cost is $15 per person with reservations required. Call 889-5165 or 889-7273 by August 7 to reserve your spot.  Free, 6pm.  http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~frontenac/  315-889-7273

Aug. 16th – Band: Prison City Rockers – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  Prison City Rockers will play at Market Street Park at 6:30 pm, free.  .  www.auburnny.gov  315-255-4737

August 16th  – 18th   – “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., AuburnJoni Loves Mitchell – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Logan Medland – Joni is an amateur songwriter with a divine gift, and Mitch is a rock veteran and local legend on the verge of making it big in this fun, sexy, singer/songwriter musical. Creativity and romance intertwine as Joni and Mitch fall in love to a soundtrack of their own songs, until fame comes calling for one of them. Will true love turn out to be more than just a good song? Motherhood Defined – Book and Lyrics by: Stacie Morgain Lewis Music by: Ben Cohn – In this comedic and heartfelt look at motherhood, one woman recounts personal stories through word and song, and examines the role of being a mother from an artist’s perspective.  8/16  7:30pm, 8/17  8pm, 8/18  5 & 8pm, tickets $20.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

August 17th  – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Join us for FREE live music in the garden with our friends, Joe and Karen Lonsky. Joe and Karen are the founders of “Destination” – a soul/funk/R&B band that has developed a huge following in CNY. Tonight, Joe and Karen perform for you as a duo – different songs, different sound, same great musicianship! Food avaialable onsite by The Wheelhouse Restaurant.   5-7pm, free.   www.treleavenwines.com/Events  800-439-5271

August 17th & 18th – Sterling Renaissance Festival – Highland Fling Weekend  – Sterling Renaissance Festival, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.     The last chance for a whole year to enjoy a repast of many unique and varied Festival foods, gather fine, hand-crafted wares from many skilled Artisans and share a toast of your favorite ale to yet another glorious season at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. The Grande Finale…the one you must not miss!  10am-7pm, visit web site or call for ticket prices.   www.sterlingfestival.com  800-879-4446

Aug. 17th & 18th – Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles” – the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Live Intro and Q&A with Producer/Director Sandra Schulberg follows the evening screenings.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door .  8/17, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 8/18, 8:00 pm.   www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669


Aug. 18th – Local Author BOOKSIGNING – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Stop in and meet Aaron Paul Lazar, a Finger Lakes author. Get a signed copy of his book, “Essentially Yours,” and learn more about Young Living essential oils with rep. Kim Guzalak.  Free, 1-3pm.  www.downtownbooksandcoffee.com  315-515-3411

Aug. 18th – Aurora Children’s Theater – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St.., Aurora.  Come have “Fun with Vaudeville!”, a performing arts workshop for aspiring artists weekdays August 6 to August 17 from 9-11:30 am for children who have completed 3rd grade and older. Singing, dancing, acting, stage craft, and more will be explored. Directed by Susan May with dance assistance from Kathy Zamniak-Flanigan. Tuition is just $60 per child. The resulting performance on Saturday, August 18, at 7:30 pm will be a collaboration with Susan May and the Stars of Tomorrow.  www.morganoperahouse.org  315-364-7141

Aug. 18th – Chernesky Fest 2012 – Market Street Park, Market St., Auburn.  The mission of CherneskyFest is to provide the residents of Auburn with free entertainment while showcasing talent from throughout Central NY.  Though CherneskyFest primarily features musical acts, all types of performers are welcome and often skits and competitions are interspersed. To the right are videos of just a few of the highlights of last year’s CherneskyFest.  Free, noon-10pm.  www.chernesky.org/fest/about.html

August 18th     – 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

Aug. 19th – “Essentially Yours” Book Signing – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Stop in and meet Aaron Paul Lazar, a Finger Lakes author. Get a signed copy of his book, “Essentially Yours,” and learn more about Young Living essential oils with rep. Kim Guzalak.  1-3pm, free.  www.downtownbooksandcoffee.com  315-515-3411

Aug. 19th – The Extraordinary Marriage of Elizabeth Cady-Stanton & the Development of Political Reform – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  This talk offers the first examination of the contributions of Henry B. Stanton to the women’s rights movement generally and to his wife’s work in particular. It also demonstrates the centrality of politics and reform within the couple’s 47-year marriage. Presenter Linda Frank is a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester and Cayuga County Historian.  Free – donations accepted, 1-3pm.

Aug. 19th – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Bob Piorun and the Swing Kats will be jamming out in the White Barn on August 19th. Enjoy fine wine and great music from 2pm till 5pm, free.  http://www.izzoswhitebarnwinery.com/events/  315-283-8095

Aug. 19th – Annual Pig Roast – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  Bring your appetite for our annual summer fundraiser!!!  Noon- 4pm.  www.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark  315-947-6143

August 21st  – Music & A Movie – Hoopes Park, E. Genesee St., Auburn Stone Soul Foundation will perform at Hoopes Park at 6:30 p.m. Movie: Dolphin Tale – Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun.  Music 6:30 pm, Movie 8:30 pm   www.auburnny.gov  315-255-473



Elderberry Pond Restaurant – lunch & dinner Wed-Sun.

Tom Thumb Restaurant

Reese’s Dairy Bar

Pumpkin Hill Bistro – lunch & dinner – Mon-Sat, closed Sundays

The Cascade Grill on Owasco Lake opening 5/25

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