Cayuga County furnished guest house activities

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 .  Closed major holidays.  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. Closed major holidays.  315-255-1553

Dec. 27th – Carl Anderson – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   The Virginia folk/country/bluegrass singer songwriter returns to APT after opening for Lukas Nelson in August. With opener Dusty Pas’cal. In August of 2011, 23-year-old Carl Anderson set out to fund his debut album through a campaign. He met his fundraising goal and then some. Into the studio he went with acclaimed producer Chris Keup and the album Wolftown was born. His CD release party at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in downtown Charlottesville was his first show as a headliner and it was a sellout with over three-hundred people in attendance. Wolftown was met with immediate critical success. It was selected as CD of the Month for January, 2012 by Virginia’s WNRN FM and one of the tracks was featured on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Indie Spotlight January 2012.  $8 Regular; $7.20 member, 7:30pm.  315-253-6669





Dec. 27th & 29th – Lincoln Tour – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Tour showcases the working relationship and personal friendship between the President and his Secretary of State.  The Seward House Museum is offering the “Lincoln Tour.” The tour will show museum visitors the actual artifacts of these two men’s world-changing professional relationship, but also of their genuine friendship. Visitors will get to see Seward’s appointment document where Lincoln names him Secretary of State, hear letters about the President and his relationship with not only Seward but his family, Lincoln’s presence throughout the Seward Home and more.  The story of the this great partnership is told through stories in the following rooms of the house: Parlor, Library, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Upstairs Hall,Victorian Room, Civil War Room, and Seward’s Office.  Thursdays 1pm, and Saturdays at 1pm & 3pm. Tours cost only five dollars, the bill that has Lincoln’s portrait on it. For more information and to make a reservation for the Lincoln Tour call 315-252-1283. 

Dec. 28th – Sheila Applegate Book Signing Celebration – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   ENCHANTED ONE, The Portal To Love – Book signing and meet-and-greet with author and renowned spiritual seer, SHEILA APPLEGATE.  Free. 6:00pm Doors Open 6:30pm Guided meditation with Sheila 7:00pm Sheila talks about the book, followed by a cocktail reception and book signing with cash/cc wine/beer bar.  315-253-6669

Dec. 28th & 29th – “I AM” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 12/28, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/29, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Dec. 29th – Winter Birds and Bird Feeding – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  One of the most popular winter wildlife activities in the US is watching and feeding birds at a feeding station. This program will help you identify the birds at your feeder and show you ways to create simple feeders. Participants will create a peanut butter and seed feeder to take home. A short winter bird walk will follow the indoor program.  Free, 1pm.  315-947-6143

Dec. 29thAHS Drama Club CABARET – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   The Auburn High School Musical Club presents a CABARET fundraiser to support their production of Beauty and the Beast.  The Cabaret is generously sponsored by the Sunset Restaurant, Maggie’s Pies & Pasta, Wegmans and Daut’s.  Seating is limited.  Tickets $10, 7:00 pm appetizers & drinks, 8:00 pm performance.  315-253-6669



Dec. 30th – Sunday Music Series: Sarah Scutt, Chris Blessing and Mitch Mahaney – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Discovered on our Tuesday Open Mic Nights, these three talented local performers play a mix of originals and covers in acoustic folk, pop, rock genres.  Sarah Scutt is a transplant from Seattle. She’s played music her whole life and has convinced us she’s never played professionally. We don’t believe her.  Chris Blessing lives and works in Skaneateles. He’s been performing around the area ever since he was 6’3″  Mitch Mahaney is a singer/songwriter out to prove himself to the upstate New York area. As a student from Binghamton University taking his junior year off to pursue music, he hopes to spend more of his time in front of his guitar and a microphone. His influences range from the lyrical Mayer and Mraz to the smooth voices of Krauss and Sinatra. $10 Advance or Door, 4pm.  315-253-6669

Dec. 31st  – Quentin Tarantino Themed New Year’s Eve Bash – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Come dressed as any character from one of Quentin Tarantino’s films. Be prepared to dance the night away!  – Dance Off, – Mug Shot Photo Station, – Costume Contest, – Food & Drink.  Tickets $20/person, Doors open 8:30, 9:00 pm – 1:00 am.  315-253-6669

Dec. 31st – Garden Gala in the Vineyards Ballroom – Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.  Dinner, drinks, music and memories. Bountiful buffet featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine including a 5-hour open bar. Live dance-rock and roll music by “Prison City Rockers”. Package also includes late night snacks and a hot breakfast buffet.  $329/couple, 3:00 pm check-in.  315-252-5511 

Dec. 31st – NEW YEAR’S EVE Party – Auburn Holiday Inn, 75 North St., Auburn.  Offerings include top-shelf open bar 6:30PM – 12:30AM; hors d’oeuvres 6:30 – 7:30PM; dinner stations with prime rib, turkey & pork loin, salads, sides & desserts 7:30 – 9:30PM & champagne toast at midnight. Overnight couples packages start at $329 also include accommodations and New Year’s Day buffet breakfast. Music by UNCALLED FOUR. Please call for reservations.  $329/couple, :6:30pm-1am.  315-253-4531

Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve Celebration – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Auburn.  Celebrate the New Year in Aurora Inn Dining Room fashion with this four-course limited menu, with open seating from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Our New Year’s dinner features live musical accompaniment, and offers something for everyone, including a vegetarian option on every course. Wine pairings, which come from top regions around the world as well as from New York State, may be added for an additional $25 per person. Please call for reservations.  $85++/person  $25/wine pairing, 5-10pm.   315-364-8888

Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve Party – Skate and Dance – Reva Rollerdrome, 359 W. Genesee St., Auburn.  Balloon drop at midnight with prizes. Free hats and noisemakers, Christmas balloon battle, snow shovel shuffle, bubble wrap roll, name that tune, countdown to New Years!  Admission $10, 8pm – 1am.  315-252-8225




Jan. 4th & 5th – How To Survive A Plague – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions-ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)-whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 1/4. 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/5, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Jan. 5th – Owl Prowl – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvold Rd., Sterling.  Nesting season has begun for the great horned owls. Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for an indoor introduction to the great-horned owl and other New York State owls. Then we will venture out on an owl prowl looking and listening for the nocturnal kings of the sky. Last year a pair of great-horned owls nested an old great blue heron nest within the rookery, so we know that they can be in the area. The program is free and open to the public; please remember to dress for the weather.  Free, 7pm.  315-947-6143

Jan. 8th – 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.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  315-253-6669