News from Cayuga County for Corporate Apartments

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. 

Oct. 9th – Dec. 31st – You Are Here!  Putting Auburn on the Map – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The answer to “Where are we?” can usually be found on a map. Maps provide us with information about what’s around us and who we are. You Are Here! is an exhibit of maps from the Museum’s collection which chronicle the development of New York, Cayuga County and the City of Auburn. These maps show how our understanding of the world around us has changed over the past 400 years.  Admission free, suggested donation $3, Tue-Sun, Noon – 5:00 pm .  315-253-8051

Oct. 28th – Jan. 6th – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s 32nd annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.  General admission $6, Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  315-255-1553

Nov. 20th – Dec. 24th  – Santa’s Wonderland – Bass Pro Shop, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  The magic returns. Free photo with Santa. Free games and activities. Lasar arcade, soft gun arcade, remote control trucks, moving trains, slot car racing, activity tables, the Strike and Hunt game and Wildlife Carousel.  Open during regular store hours.  315-258-2700

Nov. 21st – Pas’cal / Barrigar & Mazengarb: The Thanksgiving Concert –  Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join APT for our 4th annual Thanksgiving concert. It’s a great family show featuring 3 of the best regional talents in the area.  $12 Regular; $10.80 Member, 7:30pm.  315-253-6669

Nov. 23rd & 24th – In The Family – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 11/23, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 11/24, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Nov. 23rd – Bittersweet Cottage “Black Friday” Sales – Bittlersweet Cottage, 2348 Brick Church Rd., Cato.  Studio of Boulder Cove Orignials. Resident Artisan Kathleen Spingler. Clay designs for the Home & Garden. Unique jewelry, antiques & guest Artisans. An off the beaten path shopping experience.  315-834-6110

Nov. 24th – Open House – Strawberry Fields Hy6droponic Farm, corner of Route 20 & County Line Rd., Skaneateles.  Fresh cut Christmas Trees & Wreaths, farm store open, live music, and hot chocolate & cookies.  11am-7pm.  315-751-5657

Nov. 24th – FAMILY FUN & HOLIDAY PARADE – Downtown Auburn.  Enjoy an afternoon full of FREE family activities. These include horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting and other kids’ activities, music, the Child Photo ID Program by the County Sheriff’s Department and more. The parade will begin at 6PM. After the parade there’s the tree lighting ceremony, music by the Auburn Civic Band, and visits with Santa Clause.  2:30-8pm.  315-252-7874

Nov. 24th – Bet the Farm Wine Lunch – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Our neighbors at Bet the Farm Winery pair with the Aurora Inn Dining Room culinary team to present a 12:00 p.m. reception followed by a 12:30 p.m. lunch. Featuring three courses, the menu is sure to bring a welcome respite from Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Including three paired courses and a reception wine, this epicurean event promises hearty and warming seasonal faire, and relaxed atmosphere perfect for a post-holiday family get-together. Please call for reservations.  $45++/person, noon.  315-364-8888

Nov. 24th – Holiday Lights – Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy the beautiful lighting display at Emerson Park.  Free, 5-9pm.           315-252-7644

Nov. 25th – Sunday Series:  Tess Eller – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Tess Eller is a born and raised New Yorker in her roaring twenties. Singing since she was a young lass, she boasts the sultry smokey vocals of a modern day jazz singer. Once a student of the notorious Nancy Kelly, Ms. Eller has begun to come into her own under the spotlight.  As a frequenter of the stage at Auburn Public Theater’s Open Mic night, she was performing an a cappella version of Misty, when her luxurious notes crept into the ears of Mr. Carey Eidel.  Upon hearing her vocal talent, he took her under his wing. After multiple performances at APT’s open mic night, offered her the opportunity to hit the stage for her debut.  Her soulful vocals and undeniable razzle and dazzle will launch you back to the golden era of Jazz.  $10 Door / Advance, 4pm.  315-253-6669

Nov. 25th – Quilts=Art+Quilts – Trunk Show – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Trunk Show with the Fiber Peeps.  $6 general admission, free for Art Center members and exhibiting quilters, 2pm.  315-255-1553

Nov. 25th  – Syracuse University Brass Ensemble – Church of SS Peter and John, 169 Genesee St., Auburn.  Including music of Christmas as well as a varied selection of classical and contemporary pieces.  Free and open to the public, 7pm.    315-443-3436


Nov. 25th – Tamez-Sorgen Jazz Quartet – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Music fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists, making a stop on their U.S. tour to play Auburn’s newest music venue, Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Omar Tamez, Mexico’s most respected jazz and new music guitarist, and Harvey Sorgen, a celebrated drummer who has played and recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and many more, will be giving a one-night-only performance to benefit the Cayuga Museum. Tamez, founder and director of Mexico’s leading new music festival “ENCEUENTRO INTERNATIONAL,” now in its 13th year, is a leading proponent of increasing cultural understanding through musical collaboration. He and Sorgen will be playing in Auburn with Peter Mack, jazz bassist who has recorded several big band albums with the leading lights of modern jazz. David CasT, a multi-talented jazz musician and master of the saxophone, who has recorded with Levon Helm, the Dave Matthews Band, and a host of others, will anchor the band.  Tickets $15, 7pm.  315-253-8051

Nov. 27th – Open Table/Open Mic Community Dinner – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join APT and its community partners* and share FOOD, FUN and FELLOWSHIP!  Open Table/Open Mic is a FREE community dinner open to the public. Following the dinner, all participants are invited to attend our Tuesday open mic for a night of music, spoken word, comedy and more. Anyone can get on stage and perform.  Dinner from 5:30 – 7:00pm, Open Mic starts at 7:30pm.  Free.  .  315-253-6669

Nov. 27h  & Dec. 4th  – 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.  Every Tuesday.  Admission $2, 7:30-10:30pm.  315-253-6669

Nov. 30th – SAMSARA – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 11/30, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/1, 8:00 pm.  .  315-253-6669

Nov. 30th – The Andrew and Noah Band – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Edgy Folk transformed the former songwriting duo Peterson and Dennihy into a band with creative edge and energy, sought after by music fans of ages. They capture a unique sound from their original music based on polished songwriting to the creative cover songs they perform with heart and groove. They tap into their ability to collaborate with other accomplished musicians with ease, making fabulous and fun music whenever they perform. Loyal fans know the words to their clever original songs penned by Peterson and Dennihy. And they dance to their eclectic cover songs such as Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer and Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun. Their alternative folk sound and songwriting calls to mind Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Bright Eyes. Band members include Jon Peterson on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals; Donna Dennihy on guitar and vocals; GD Bower on percussion; and Heather Lee on bass. “An acoustic based sound with inspiring harmonies, intricate percussion, and polished songwriting.” Oasis Productions, 2008.  $12 Regular; $10.80 Member, 8pm.  315-253-6669

Dec. 1st – “Riding The Lehigh Valley Railroad” – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  A historical account of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Auburn Division, from the book THE GANGLY COUNTRY COUSIN Bruce Tracy will present it’s history and the book’s author Herbert Trice will be available to answer questions. Guests are invited to bring mementos they have of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and its presence in Auburn and Cayuga County.  Herbert Trice is the author of THE GANGLY COUSIN a book on the Lehigh Valley Rail Road in this area. He is 95 years old. His mentor Bruce Tracy will take you back on the railroad and give you a ride of your life. Witness the historical tale of the Lehigh Valley Railroad with a photographic collections and recollections of the men, the land, and the train trails that carved this part of the country.  They will engage and enlighten you with railroad history which eventually led to New York as it is today and it’s influence on our everyday life.  Admission and parking is free but donations are acceptable. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited arrive early.  Free, 2pm.                315-252-7644

Dec. 1st & 2nd – Annual Christmas Craft Fair – Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  More than 170 vendors from throughout the Northeast will display and sell a wide range of handcrafted items. Nearby, a “multicultural food court” in the college cafeteria will offer tastes of American, Italian, Filipino, Native American, African American, and Ukrainian foods. Live music, entertainment for children, and much more.  12/1, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 12/2, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  315-255-1743

Dec. 2nd – Drop-In FAMILY ART Making – Informal Art Making for Families – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Children and their accompanying adults are invited to drop-in art making experiences at the Schweinfurth. Projects are inspired by basic art principles, materials, or techniques and will encourage participants of all ages to make art collectively. Stop in between 1- 4:30pm to complete a project. HOLIDAY POP-UPS – Make an exciting holiday card with a message that pops up when you open it. All materials are provided.  Cost is $5 per project, 1-4:30pm.  315-255-1553

Dec. 2nd – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Trunk Show – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Trunk Shows are “show and tell” opportunities for artists/quilters to discuss their work.  Meet regional quilters and see examples of their work. Trunk Show with Paula Schultz of Cottons, Etc.  $6 general admission, free for Art Center members and exhibiting quilters, 2pm.   .  315-255-1553

Dec. 4th – Walter Stahr Book Signing for Seward – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  If you missed your chance to meet Walter Stahr, author of the new Seward bio, mark your calendar for December 4th because Downtown Books & Coffee are having him at the store for a signing! From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincoln’s “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republicannomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.  Free, 6:30pm.  315-515-3411

Dec. 4th – Holiday Open House – Rural Life Museum, 920 State Route 34B, King Ferry.  Dave Bacon, local singer/story teller will perform tradition holiday music along with accepting requests from guests.  To take part in our cookie exchange participants are invited to bring a couple of dozen cookies along with your recipe to share.  Everyone is encouraged to bring an old ornament to add to our GHA Holiday Tree, we will identify the ornament with your family name.  Free, 10am – Noon.  315-364-8202

Dec. 4th – Hors D’Oeuvres & Cocktails – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Welcome to our second season of cooking classes! Come for the epicurean experience, then stay over at one of our Inns for equal parts leisure, luxury, and learning. Cooking class participants receive $50 off room reservations at the Aurora Inn or E.B. Morgan House on the night of class (based on availability). Classes are small to allow for hands-on experience, so reserve your spot early.  $75/person, 16 person maximum, 7-9:30pm.  315-364-8888