Off the Beaten Path wineries on the east side of Cayuga Lake

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

Jan. 27th – Mar. 17th – Both Ends of the Rainbow – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  This annual exhibition will feature over 1,000 works of art by local students and senior citizens from Cayuga County. On view in Gallery Julius will be the Three Lakes Sampler, a collaborative project organized by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES that includes artwork and poetry by local students.  Join us on Sunday, January 27th from 1 – 5pm for the opening reception and a special one-day only raffle. Don’t miss your chance to win! Purchase a chance to win family gift packages and gift cards from area businesses. All proceeds support the Schweinfurth Art Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.   Suggested admission is $3/adults, students & seniors free, Tues.-Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 1 – 5pm.  315-255-1553

Feb. 1st – Apr. 19th –  General John S. Clark – Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Biographical exhibit on General John S. Clark, a man of his era. Civil War veteran, cartographer, ethnographer, and Auburn City Planner.  Closed major holidays.  Suggested donation $3, Tues. – Sun. Noon – 5:00 pm.  315-253-8051

Feb. 12th & 19th  – 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

Feb. 6th – Hands-On Science & Art Experience – D & W Diesel, 1503 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  An evening of hands-on science and art activities for families with participants of all ages.  Parents must accompany children.  $5/participant, $25/family limit, 6-8pm. 

Feb. 7th – 15th Annual Amateur Chef’s Night Dinner – Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Our local amateur chefs will once again be preparing and serving hors d’oeuvres, soups and desserts with Springside Chefs preparing the entrees. Our volunteer waitresses will be serving all courses at the table – no more lines! Wine tasting will be courtesy of Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars and Bob Wojnar, with music by Lou Nocilly & Warren Robinson. Raffles and Auctions will round out the evening.  Tickets are available at Willard Memorial Chapel office, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY. This event is a fundraiser for the Community Preservation Committee/Willard Memorial Chapel.  $40/person.  315-252-0339

Feb. 7th – MAKE SHIFT with Betsy Menson Sio  Informal Art Making for Adults – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Bottle Cap Bonanza -Use bottle caps as a starting place for two kinds of eco-friendly jewelry. Fill them with tiny found items and encase with resin, and form bottle caps into earrings. Participants are encouraged to bring bottle caps and tiny items such as words, pictures, and items to be captured in the resin.  $20 Members / $25 Non-members, 315-255-1553 

Feb. 8th – Friday Night at the Movies – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Free movies for pre-teens & teens. (TBA)  .                              315-253-6669

Feb. 8th – Yoga Retreat:  Winter Wellness with Simple Remedies – Tuxill House, 5 Tuxill Sq., Auburn.  A workshop for the beginner or new explorer of Yoga and its health benefits hosted by Tuxill House and Laura Coburn, a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and Ayurveda enthusiast.  Spend a restorative and nourishing weekend exploring gentle yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic nutrition all designed to help you get the most out of Winter and set you up for a healthy transition into Spring. Enjoy nourishing foods and learn about the healing properties of spices and herbs all in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Most activities will be at Tuxill House, a new European-style guest house in Auburn, while group Yoga class will be at Down to Earth Yoga located on East Hill in Downtown Auburn and a short walk from Tuxill House.  The Day Participant/2-Day Retreat option includes all Saturday and Sunday Classes and five delicious meals while the Overnight Guest/3-day Retreat option includes a 2 night stay at Tuxill House; all Saturday and Sunday classes; semi-private yoga classes with Laura Coburn; and five meals. Guests may also select single or double accommodations.  315-252-0055

Feb. 8th – 9th – “Farewell My Queen” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 2/8, 1:00 & 8:00 pm. 2/9, 8:00 pm.          315-253-6669

Feb. 9th – Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Carnival – Fair Haven Beach State Park, 14985 State Park Rd., Fair Haven                                                                                Breakfast at Fire Hall – 7am-11am Beach Volleyball Tourney – 10am-? Winter Photo Contest Displayed – all day Scavenger Hunt – 10am-4pm Snow Sculpture Winners Announced – Noon Carnival Games, Crafts for Kids – 11am-1pm Family Bingo – 1pm Snowman Building Judging Contest – 2pm Human Sled Dog Race – 2:30pm Food and Raffles all day long Evening Dance 6-10pm at Sabin Hall  315-947-6037

Feb. 9th – Chili Festival – Downtown Union Springs.  Hay rides, 50/50 raffle, wine tasting, live music, baked goods, face painting, farmers market, and coloring contest. $5 wrist band to be a chili taster, children under 12 free if they bring a canned good for the food pantry.  11am-3pm. 

Feb. 9th – Comedian Erin Jackson – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Armed with a megawatt smile, an engaging presence, and a very unique perspective, Erin Jackson is poised to take the world of comedy by storm since making a name for herself in the comedy clubs of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, Erin has garnered national attention with appearances on The Bob and Tom Radio Show and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. She was a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing 6 and recently appeared as a guest on the Emmy Award-winning Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she got the opportunity to meet with and perform for one of her all-time favorite comedians – truly a dream come true. Erin is currently peddling her comedic wares at venues all around the country, and while she’s in no rush to achieve celebrity status, she is looking forward to the day when she becomes famous enough to move to Hollywood, buy a mansion and marry a White woman – the ultimate symbol of success for Black celebrities.  Tickets $12, $10.80/APT members, $8/students, 8pm.          315-253-6669

Feb. 9th – 1st Annual Mardi Gras – Emerson Park Pavilion, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Music will be performed by Loren Barrigar, Jim VanArsdale and Bob Nodzo, Julie Howard and Elvis Impersonator, Tom Gilbo. There will be a silent auction and raffles going on. Tickets will be $10.00 per-person and can be purchased at Speno’s Music, 3 E. Genesee Street, Auburn, Hunter’s Dinerant, 18 Genesee Street, Auburn, The Aurora Market, Route 90, Aurora and Aurora Art and Design, Route 90, Aurora. This event is a fundraiser to for the Central New York TomatoFest. In keeping with our theme “Helping food pantries feed people” please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or a can opener to help fill our local food pantries.  Tickets $10/person, 6pm-10pm. 

Feb. 9th – 2013 Walk a Mile in My Shoes – St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn.  Four cities, one walk, one mission. Walk a Mile in My Shoes is a winter walk to help the Rescue Mission serve hurting and homeless people every day of the year. Registration opens at 9:15am, 3-mile walk starts at 9:45am, 1-mile walk starts at 10am.  888-808-6770

Feb. 9th & 10th – 11th Annual Mardi Gras – Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.  Chase away the winter blues by joining us at our Mardi Gras event along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Experience the frivolity as you go from winery to winery receiving specialty Mardi Gras Beads, a chance to pick the lucky coin for instant prizes plus participate in a scavenger hunt for a sampler case of fine wines from the trail.  At your starting point winery you’ll receive a wine glass, wine and food pairings and recipe cards at each winery plus those incredible beads.  Make sure to hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes from the Cobtree Vacation Rental Resort, Discovery Trail, Holiday Inn in Auburn, Schaefer Yarn and Water to Wine Tours. $25/advance ticket. $30/at the door, $20/designated driver, 10am – 5pm.          800-684-5217

Feb. 10th – Tiffany Sunday Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Dr. Joan Hillsman, Music Educator and Director of SGMWA, will present a concert with the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (SGMWA) at 3 pm.  The concert will feature all genres of gospel music, from spiritual (forerunner of gospel), traditional and contemporary gospel selections. Dr. Hillsman, who will give an overview of the history of gospel music’s heritage, is a renowned music educator, gospel music historian, author, lecturer, and president of Joan Hillsman’s Music Network, Inc. (JHMN).  Tickets $10.  315-252-0339

Feb. 12th – “Lincoln: The Movie and the Man,” – Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St., Auburn.  A talk by Lincoln scholar Jason Emerson. Emerson, the author of books on Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert Todd Lincoln, will talk about the recent movie “Lincoln” and his research. Free; no registration needed.  Free, 7pm.  315-252-2571

Feb. 12th & 19th  – 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

Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wine Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Our Sparkling Wine Dinner presents a fun, romantic, and unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Featuring a limited menu, the dinner offers four paired courses, including a red, white, rose, and champagne, from a variety of locations both domestic and international. Musical accompaniment provides the perfect background to cozy conversation. Please call for reservations.  $85++/person, 5-9pm.  315-364-8888

Feb. 14th – SHOWTIME – F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come for an evening of song & dance with Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians & Entertainers. Music & refreshments scheduled every 2nd Thursday of the month. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Raffling a Peter Mack acrylic painting for $5/chance.  Free, 6:30-7:30pm.  315-252-7016

Feb. 15th & 16th – “Lead Us on the Path” – Wells College – Barler Music Hall, 170 Main St., Aurora.  Wells College invites choirs and local singers to the 12th Annual Gospel Weekend and Concert, “Lead Us on the Path”.  Students, faculty, staff and community members can join in the free weekend workshop to learn about and engage in gospel music and worship. The weekend will culminate in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.  To register, visit  315-364-3426

Feb. 15th & 16th – “Perks Of Being A Wallflower” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope-and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 2/15, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 2/16, 8:00 pm.                                       315-253-6669



Feb 15th  – 17th  – Three Sweet Days at Mackenzie-Childs – MacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we are pleased to unveil our NEW Spring 2013 enamelware pattern, AURORA. Meet our Creative Director, Rebecca Proctor, from 2-5pm on Friday. Enjoy refreshments, chocolates, and daily door prizes. Heart & Hands Wine Company will serve their 2011 Brut Rose from 1-4pm each day. Visit the Farmhouse with tours at 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. Pottery painting by one of our talented artisans 12pm-4pm.  315-364-6118

Feb. 16th – Winter Fun Day – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Come and join us for some winter fun at the Sterling Nature Center Cross-country skiing – We have a lot of skis but a limited number of ski boots and sizes available so please bring your own if you have them.  Sledding – For the young and young at heart there will be a sledding hill by the pavilion. If you do not have your own sled we will have a few to share. Snowshoeing – We have a few pairs available for your use or you can bring your own for a winter hike along the trails or Lake Ontario shoreline. Winter Birding – Do you want to learn how to ID the birds at your feeder or those you see flitting through the winter landscape? Winter is a wonderful time of the year to discover and observe our feathered friends. We will explore the winter birds and help you identify them with an indoor presentation followed by an outdoor hike time 1pm. Warm-up – After having some Winter Fun go inside to get warm, view the exhibits, and enjoy a cup of hot cider, a bowl of chili or a sweet treat.  Free, 11am-2pm.  315-947-6143

Feb. 16th & 17th — A Romantic Adventure – Off the Beaten Path wineries on the east side of Cayuga Lake.  FREE EVENT! Grab that special someone, and have a Romantic Adventure on an “off-the-beaten path” tour of the east side of Cayuga Lake. Participating businesses include wineries, breweries, and specialty food shops. Enjoy special tastings at each stop, and receive a small gift – our “token of love” for our customers!. Participating businesses include: Six Mile Creek Vineyards, Long Point Winery, King Ferry Winery, Bet the Farm Winery, Dill’s Run Winery, CJS Vineyards, The Apple Station Winery, Ports of New York, Izzo’s White Barn, and Rogue’s Harbor Brewing.  10am – 5pm.  800-439-5271

Feb. 17th– What The Frack? – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A free concert and screening of the film DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO, whose goal is to educate us on the issues about hydrofracking and the dangers it poses to our enviornment. It is a FREE event and will featmusical performances from some of CNY’s most respected artists, including: Dusty Pas’cal, Joe Henson, Joe Driscoll, Paul Fey, Larry Laursen, Technicolor Trailer Park, Mike Shaw, Blues Band, Bill Ring, Colleen Kattau & Some Guys, Time Served featuring Robert Perry & Terry Mulhauser and Fab Five Paul. Master of Ceremonies – Skip Murphy. Sponsored by FINGER LAKES CLEANWATERS INITIATIVE and GEORGE’S PRO SOUND COMPANY.  Free, 2pm.