Skaneateles New York and Auburn New York

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


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 

Mar. 1st – May 31st – “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.  Thurs. 1:00 pm, Sat. 1:00 & 3:00 pm, admission $5.  315-252-1283

Mar. 1st – May 31st  – Auburn Photography Club at APT – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Auburn Photography Club at Auburn Public Theater. Opening Reception is March 1st from 5-9:30PM with live music by Nightlite Mary, Rue, Wooden Chalk and the Soup, and Hysterical Fits.  Exhibit will be open throughout the month of March during regular theater hours.  Featuring the work of several area photographers: Dean Aversa, Rhonda Miller Aversa, Annette Chamberlain, Joe Librandi-Cowan, Erica Hasenjager, Michael LaMontagne, Sherene LaMontagne, Maureen McEvers, Donald R. Miller, John Miller, Christopher Molloy, Drew Mosley, Chris Peters, and Ian Sherlock.  Free.     315-253-6669

Mar. 30th – May 12th – Made in NY 2013 – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Made in NY is an annual juried exhibition featuring works by artists residing in New York State. This eclectic exhibition showcases photography, painting, sculpture, book arts and much more. Applicants may submit up to 2 works completed within the last three years.  Admission $6, free for members and children.  Tues.-Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 1-5pm.  315-255-1553

Mar. 20th – Apr. 26th – “Out of Rubble” – Art Exhibition at Wells College – The String Room Gallery at Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora.  The Wells College Visual Arts Department welcomes the exhibition, “Out of Rubble,” curated by Susanne Slavick. Photographs, paintings and video and digital works will be displayed in the String Room Gallery of Main Building.  Out Of Rubble reacts to the wake of war – its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow – physically, psychologically, spiritually and culturally. Out Of Rubble presents international artists who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery.  Free, Mon – Fri, Noon – 5:00 pm, Sat & Sun, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  315-364-3465

Mar. 23rd – 31st  Free Easter Photos and Activities at Bass Pro Shops – Bass Pro Shops, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  Bring the kids to see the Easter Bunny, receive a complimentary Free 4 x 6 photo, make a bunny magnet, 3/23 & 3/24 1-4pm, create a bunny frame or scratch art egg craft, 3/29 6-8pm, 3/30 & 3/31 1-4pm. Easter Egg Hunt, Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm.  315-258-2700

Mar. 27th – Susan Keeter Illustrator, An Apple for Harriet – Harriet Tubman Home, 180 South St., Auburn.   Evening presentation from Susan Keeter, Illustrator, “An Apple for Harriet”.   vening presentation from Susan Keeter, Illustrator, “An Apple for Harriet”. family workshop from 6:30-8:00pm.

Mar. 28th – “Manufactured Landscapes” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams-Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. In the spirit of such environmentally enlightening hits as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and RIVERS AND TIDES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 7:30pm.  .                 315-253-6669

Mar. 28th – BeauVine Beer Pairing Dinner – BeauVine Chop House at the Hilton Garden Inn, 75 State St., Auburn.  Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6pm. Dinner menu: “Scallops and Bacon” House Cured Pork Belly and Seared Scallops With Celery Root Salad, Celery Root Puree, and Pomegranate Reduction Paired with Ommegang Hennepin                                                                                      $45/person ++, Reception starts at 6:00 pm.    315-515-3162



Mar. 28th & 29th – “Hysteria” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.     Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, that tells an untold tale of discovery – the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 3/29, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 3/30, 8:00 pm.                 315-253-6669

Mar. 29th – Easter Celebration – Reva Rollerdrome – 359 W. Genesee St., Auburn.  Find the golden egg, win the easter basket, and skate with the Easter Bunny. Coloring contest, spin art, jelly bean counting contest and face painting.  Admission $5, Easter Egg Hunt 12:30 pm sharp, Skating 1:00 -3:30 pm.  315-252-8225

Mar. 29th – Final Friday Featuring Sho-Nuff and Joe Sweet – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Enjoy the musical performance of Sho-Nuff and Joe Sweet in a cozy setting. Cash bar.  Admission $5, 6-10pm.  315-253-8051

Mar. 29th – Tamiz- Sorgen Jazz Quartet – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Jazz International Performance With Special Guest Omar Tamez.  Central New York music fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists, making a stop on their U.S. tour. 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 at Auburn Public Theater.  Admission $15/person, $13.50/APT members, 8pm.                 315-253-6669

Mar. 30th  – 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

Mar. 30th – “More Than Java with the Gents” – Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. To benefit S.A.V.A.R, (Sexual Assult Victims’ Advocate Resource)of Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc.  Keynote Speaker Dan Cummings Channel 9 News Anchor. $30/person, $55/couple, $220/table of 8, Social Hour 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm.                315-253-9795

Mar. 30th – Visit the Vintner – Off the Beaten Path wineries on the east side of Cayuga Lake.  Learn a little about winemaking at this fun, unticketed event. Pick up a map at your first stop, then travel to the other “Off the Beaten Path” wineries, located along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, and meet the winemakers at each stop. They will have a specially prepared talk on the winemaking subject of their choice, and will answer your questions about vinification. Oh, did we mention there will be wine tasting, too?  At CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery, taste their Estate wines and new release Odyssey Red 2010.



Mar. 30th – Owasco-Fleming Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt – Hoopes Park, 100 S. Hoopes Ave., Auburn.  Please bring a bag or an Easter basket. Over 9000 oval eggs will be hidden. Two age groups, toddlers to 5 yrs. old, and 6 to 9 years old. Starts exactly at 10:00am. Prizes.   Free, 10am.  

Mar. 30th – Ithaca Beer Co. Lunch – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  During this fun and festive annual luncheon, Chef Patrick and the Aurora Inn Dining Room culinary team shed light on the mysteries of beer and food pairing. The selection of brews has been carefully chosen to highlight the craft of the local Ithaca Beer Company. Featuring upscale bar food-style entrees, the lunch offers a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family-outside of the kitchen. The lunch will include six paired courses, and a reception beer. Please call for reservations.  $45++/person, Reception 12:00 pm, Lunch  12:30 pm.  315-364-8888

Mar. 30th – Board Game Extravaganza – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  In honor of International Tabletop Day ( the Sterling Nature Center is hosting its first Board Game Extravaganza. This program is open to the public and board games will be provided or you can bring your own. This is a great opportunity to have fun with your friends and to try a game you haven’t played before all while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sterling Nature Center.  Free, 1-4pm.  315-947-6143

Mar. 31st – Easter Brunch in The Vineyard Ballroom – Vineyard Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.  Spring greens, asparagus & goat cheese tart, potato & mushroom gratin, brussel sprouts, cooked to order farm fresh eggs & omelets, bourbon glazed ham, carved roast beef, basil crusted salmon, vanilla scented french toast, hot cross buns, easter breads, pasteries and beverages. Call 315-515-3162 for reservations.  $24++/adults, $12++/children. 

Apr. 2nd – Pizza!  Pizza! – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  In this hands-on class, you will learn how to make quality, from-scratch pizza dough, learn the advantages of cooking your pizza in an oven versus a grill. Delve into the world of sauces, stretching techniques, and learn to impress your guests with your knowledge of how to properly balance, order, and proportion toppings, all the while garnering inspiration for interesting and creative combinations for non-traditional pizzas. Please call for reservations.  $105/person, 16 person maximum, 6:00 – 8:30pm.  315-364-8888

Apr.2nd  & 9th – 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

Apr. 3rd – 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. This months topic: Model Flushing Toilet, water conservation. Come join us!  $5/participant, $25/family limit, 6-8pm.     



Apr. 3rd – Kid’s View of Vernal Pools – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling. Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo and his daughter for a Child’s View of the vernal pools at Sterling Nature Center. Vernal pools are small wetlands that temporarily fill with water providing essential habitat for frogs, salamanders, turtles and even a few snakes! We will do some hands on exploring of these unique wetlands looking for spotted salamanders, fairy shrimp, frogs, insects and other wildlife that utilize them. A short slideshow presentation will be conducted before the outdoor nature study of the vernal pools. Please dress for the weather and wear boots if you want to wade into this wetland.  Free, 1pm.  315-947-6143

Apr. 5th & 6th – “Anna Karenina” –  Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 4/5, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 4/6, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Apr. 5th – First Friday Events:                                                                                                  Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Featuring Partnership For Results’ Sewards Follies – our awesome kids take you through a musical romp of the history of Auburn! Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Music by Lindsay Tidd.

Apr. 6th – Vernal Pool – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Vernal pools are small wetlands that temporarily fill with water providing essential habitat for frogs, salamanders, turtles and even a few snakes!!! We will do some hands on exploring of these unique wetlands looking for salamanders, frogs, insects and other wildlife that contribute to this ecosystem in a puddle. An indoor presentation on the natural history and vulnerability of vernal pools will be conducted before the outdoor nature study. Please dress for the weather and wear boots if you want to wade into this wetland.  Free, 1pm.  315-947-6143

Apr. 6th – Jason Emerson – Historian and Author of Giant in the Shawdows:  The Life of Robert T. Lincoln – Aurora Free Library, 370 Main St., Aurora.  Aurora Free Library presents an evening with Jason Emerson. Emerson’s book, which details Robert’s life, “draws on previously unavailable materials to offer the first truly definitive biography of the famous lawyer, businessman, and statesman who…made his own indelible mark on one of the most progressive and dynamic eras in United States history.” The free program begins at 7 p.m., with a reception prior to the event beginning at 6 p.m. The reception will feature wine, refreshments, and conversation with Jason Emerson. Tickets to the reception are $10.00 per person. Books will be available to purchase, and the author will sign books after the program.  Donations appreciated, VIP reception 6:00 pm, Public program begins at 7:00 pm.  315-364-5178



Apr. 6th – Civil War Program Series – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Seward House Museum is pleased to launch our Civil War Program Series honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with Photography and Conflict. Professor of Visual Studies at Cornell University, Shirley Samuels, and photographic process historian, Mark Osterman from the Eastman House Museum and will give presentations on the social history of photography during the Civil War Era and the photographic processes that created some of that period’s most enduring images. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own photographs from that period for discussion, and stay for a reception following the lecture with light hors d’oeuvres.  Admission: $15, Members: $10, 6-8pm.  315-252-1283

Apr. 9th – Sushi & Sake – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St. Aurora.  Our culinary team will demystify the world of crafting sushi as they teach you how to select the right type and grade of fish, along with sharing insider information on where to buy the freshest fish available. You will be guided through using the proper rolling techniques, and learn the difference between the likes of Maki and Nori.  Please call for reservations.  $115/person, 8 person maximum, 6-8:30pm.  315-364-8888