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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

Jan. 30th  – Mar. 6th – Annual Exhibition of Student Work – Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora.  Wells College’s String Room Gallery presents the Annual Exhibition of Student Work, featuring a variety of pieces from the College’s Visual Arts program.  Stop by to see the talent and imagination of students expressed through watercolor, ceramic, ink, photography, and a surprising variety of other media. The String Room Gallery is open weekdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information visit

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. 20th – Wonders of Winter – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo explore the wonders of winter. How does the chickadee survive the cold windy winter? There will be an indoor presentation followed by a winter hike to see the beauty and wonders of the winter woods. The program is free and open to the public. School break program.  Free, 1pm.  315-947-6143

Feb. 20th – Games, Puzzles and Cup-Stacking – Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St., Auburn.  Children’s Room. Drop in any time during regular hours for school vacation week fun and games. Free; no registration needed.  Free, 10am-9pm.  315-252-2571

Feb. 22ndVisiting Writers Series welcomes poet Juliana Gray – Wells College, 170 Main St.. Aurora.  Wells’ Visiting Writers Series welcomes poet Juliana Gray for a reading of her work on Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. This reading, which is made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, is free and open to the public. While on campus, Gray will also participate in classes and conduct a poetry writing workshop.  Gray, an Alabama native, is currently associate professor of English at Alfred University. She is author of two collections of poetry, “The Man Under My Skin” (2005) and “Roleplay” (2012), which won the 2010 Orphic Prize and was published by Dream Horse Press. Recent poems of hers have appeared in or are forthcoming from “Barrow Street,” “Measure,” “32 Poems,” “River Styx” and elsewhere. 

Feb. 22nd – Final Friday at Theater Mack – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Los Blancos spans style and time. A mongrel mix of American Roots music born from decades of dues in the hands of a band that plays it from the heart. Blues, Memphis Soul, rockin’ Zydeco, Latin, Outlaw Country, Funk, and Folk,Los Blancos doesn’t just cross the line between styles… They soak it in tequila and TORCH IT!!!  Tickets $5 at the door, cash bar,       6-10pm.  315-253-8051

Feb. 22 & 23rd – “Searching For Sugarman” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door  2/22, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 2/23, 8:00 pm.                 315-253-6669

Feb. 23rd – Spanish Tapas Wine Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. The dinner will feature wine-paired courses, each consisting of multiple small plates hearkening to the customary Spanish tapas. Each of the evening’s wines come from six different regions of Spain and will accompany a dish of the same region. Served family style, dishes range from pork and seafood to Spanish cheeses. A veritable tour of Spain, the Spanish Tapas dinner will be served family style and will include five paired courses as well as a reception wine and intermezzo. Please call for reservations.  $75++/person, Reception 6:30 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm.  315-364-8888

Feb. 22nd -24th  – “The Women” – Irene Bisgrove Theatre, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  This brilliant play has assumed the status of a modern classic. Aside from the novelty of its involving a large cast of women, it is an im-mensely entertaining panorama of our modern metropolitan world from the feminine view-point. The plot involves the efforts of a group of women to play their respective roles in an arti-ficial society that consists of vain show, com-edy, tragedy, hope and disappointment.  8pm 2/22 & 2/23, 2pm 2/24.  315-702-7832


Feb. 24th – Bruce Cockburn – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Hear the legendary Folk icon in our intimate 200-seat Main Stage venue.  The best live albums create the illusion of being there, witnessing an artist in a memorable performance. Bruce Cockburn has recorded three previous live recordings: Circles in the Stream (1977), Live (1990) and You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance (1997), each critically acclaimed and featuring Cockburn in concert with a backing band. Now, the celebrated musician-activist delivers something new: his first-ever live solo album. Recorded last spring over a series of dates in the northeastern United States and one in Quebec, Slice O Life is a double CD that showcases a cross-section of Cockburn’s finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work. The album, produced by longtime associate Colin Linden, also includes one new song, “City is Hungry,” three tracks recorded at sound checks on the tour and some between-song banter that shows Cockburn to be both a quick wit and an engaging storyteller.  Tickets $35; $31.50 APT Members, 7:30pm.  .                 315-253-6669

Feb. 25th – Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Sir Peter Crane to Speak at Wells – Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora.  Wells College welcomes Sir Peter Crane, the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, for a campus residency and public lecture titled “The Future of Plants.” The talk will take place at 4:45 p.m. Monday, February 25 in the E. Margie Matthew Filter Hostetter ’62 Lecture Room, 209 Stratton Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.                                                                                                       Peter Crane has been Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale since 2009. His work focuses on the diversity of plant life, its origin and fossil history, its current status and its conservation and use. He is the coauthor of the book “The Origin and Diversification of Land Plants” as well as “Early Flowers and Angiosperm Evolution,” published in 2011. His latest book, “A Biography of Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot,” will be published in March 2013.  Free, 4:45. 

Feb. 26th – The Makers – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS brings this story to life with priceless archival treasures and poignant, often funny interviews with those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those first generations to benefit from its success. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. Makers captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.  Suggested donation $5, 8pm.                 315-253-6669

Feb. 26th  & Mar. 5th – 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

Mar. 1st – A Musical Tribute to Harriet Tubman – Auburn Alliance Church, 630 N. Seward Ave., Auburn.  Performances by the Auburn Chamber Orchestra with special guest – People’s AME Zion choir of Syracuse. Conducted by Steven Frackenpohl .  315-252-7874                                                   Wood Notes by William Grant Still An American Civil War Fantasy by Jerry Bilik Excerpts from Dvorak’s New World Symphony Sophisticated Ladies by Duke Ellington Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar

Mar. 1st – Auburn Public Theater brings you the Cat Carnival! – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Hey all you cool cats, walk your paws on over to downtown for a weekend full of fun and games- all for a good cause! The Cat Carnival will be complete with face painting, trivia and games with kitty-friendly prizes fit for the whole family. The Finger Lakes SPCA and the CNY Cat Coalition will have tables set up with important information on the feline community both days.  Friday ONLY the Finalists in Cat Photo Contest will be announced.  Saturday ONLY there will be a special talk by Scott Stulen from The Walker Art Center, one of the organizing members of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival and cats and kittens will be available for adoption! The Winners of the Cat Photo Contest will be announced.  Your ticket gets you a goodie bag, entry to the carnival, and one ticket to a screening of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival From the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis which will play Friday at 1:00pm and 8:00pm and Saturday at 8:00pm.  Admission is $10/adults and $5/children 12 & under 3/1, 12:00 & 7:00 pm, 3/2, 6:00 pm.     315-253-6669

Mar. 1st – First Friday Events:                                                                                               Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – Alaskan Huskies Dog Sled team will be in the garden. As March is Women’s History Month, the gift shop gallery will feature paintings of women from the museum’s permanent collection. Free tours and refreshments will be provided.               Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Family SCAVANGER HUNT & Art Making.  Bring the whole family to the Art Center to enjoy some creative activities. Refreshments will be served.                                                                                                                                       Beautiful Things, 6 Seminary Ave. – Tour this antique & collectibles shop.                           Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. – Auburn Photography Club photo exhibition – plus live music by Hysterical Fits, Wooden Chalk & the Soup, Nightlite Mary & Rue.  FAMILY FUN Activities – Reptile Rescue – Downtown Books & Coffee – Creation Station – Operation Safe Child – Rhys Photo Booth – Shogun Martial Arts.                                                                  Auburn Alliance Church, 630 Seward Ave. – Concert features a narrative of Harriet Tubman’s life by Rev. Paul Cater with a musical tribute by the People’s AME Zion Church Choir of Syracuse. Suggested donation is $5.                                                                                        Auburn YMCA, 27 William St. – Come enjoy the YMCA’s facility and services for no charge during business hours, 5AM – 9:30PM, including fitness/aquatic classes, weight and cardio equipment or play racquetball or basketball. Group tours at 5:30PM and 6:30PM. Just sign-in at the front desk & receive a goody bag!                                                                                     Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Come tour a new exhibit focusing on General John S. Clark, Civil War general and map-maker, Auburn City Engineer who designed our water system, and scholar of Iroquois culture.                                                            Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St. – Come enjoy musical entertainment by Folk Singers Jim Clare & Perry Cleaveland.


Mar. 1st – IGNITE the WINTER! – Exchange St. Mall, Downtown Auburn.  Come join IGNITE & BID’s second annual chili, & chowder cook-off with live music, libations, exhibits and family fun activities. Tasting are $1, wine & beer for purchase with proper ID.   Music by Silver Queen Casket Co., and Nightlite Mary. Ice sculptor and builder demonstrations. Free wagon rides, and much more.     5-9:30pm, 315-252-7874  

Mar. 2nd – Where Have All the Insects Gone? – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Have you ever wondered what happens to all the insects in winter? Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for this unique program on wintering insects. There will be an inside presentation on the strategies insects use to survive the long, cold central New York winters, followed by a walk to seek out some of the wintering insects. The program is free and open to the public.  Free, 1pm.   315-947-6143 

Mar. 2nd – Seed to Table: Grow Your Own – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Free family gardening event. Workshops from 1-4pm.   Growing food year-round.                                                                                                           Seed starting, garden planning. 4pm: Movie: A Community of Gardeners  Brought to you by Cayuga Grows!                  Sponsored by the Cayuga County Health Department.                 315-253-6669

Mar. 2nd  – The Women’s Tour of the Seward House Museum – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  To showcase and honor the contributions of the Seward women to the Women’s Rights Movement, the Seward House Museum is pleased to announce the return of our Women’s Tour. The narrative focuses on the tenacious spirits and civic involvement of the Seward Women during this critical time.  $8/adults, $7/Seniors, AAA members, $5/students w/college ID, 11:00 am.  315-252-1283