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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


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. 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. 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

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.  Visitors are also invited to view the current exhibitions Made in New York 2013 and Vintage Impressions: Cyanotypes by Victoria Miller. Refreshments will be served.                                                                   Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – features ARTWORK volunteer showcase. View paintings in watercolor & acrylic, plus pottery and knitting pieces. Room tours offered and light refreshments served. Seymour Library, 176-178 Genesee St. – features winter storytime and crafts. Join us for Poetry Month children’s activities & crafts with handprint poems, collages & acrostics. For adults: gardening get-together, make paper pots for seed starting, brose seed catalogs and chat about gardening. Adult craft group meets at 6:30PM, all library services available until 8PM.   And participating local businesses.



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

Apr. 9th – Blended Wines from Around the World – BeauVine Chop House at the Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.  Enjoy a 2 oz. sampling from around the globe. Hors d’oeuvres included.  Tasting: Colores Del Sol Red Blend (Argentina) S. Pilastri Falerio (Italy) Peter Lehman Shiraz Cabernet (Australia) Hermann J. Weimer Frost Cuvee White Blend (Finger Lakes)     315-515-3162


Apr. 9th & 16th – 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. 11th – MAKE SHIFT with Betsy Menson Sio – Informal Art Making for Adults – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.   Zipper Pins – Turn a zipper into pins to wear on jean jackets, hat bands, and on your lapel. Start looking for metal zippers! Simple hand sewing skills are required.  $20 Members / $25 Non-members, 6-8pm.  315-255-1553

Apr. 11th – Making Movies – Contemporary Film & Video Visiting Artist Series – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  BRANDONWOOD – Directed by John Fink. All screenings will conclude with a discussion guided by Michael Reiff and the presenting artist. John J. Fink is a Buffalo, NY and Pompton Lakes, NJ based film and video artist. An MFA candidate and Adjunct Professor of Film History at SUNY University at Buffalo – Department of Media Study, Fink’s work (including narrative and experimental film, video, instillation and scholarship) explores the connection between biography and geography. His work has been presented at festivals, galleries, conferences and events throughout the United States and Canada. “Brandonwoood” is a romantic thriller following four years in the life of a young couple – from the highs of new, young love to the lows of circumstances they cannot change on the periphery.   Admission $5, 7:30pm.  315-255-1553

Apr. 12th – Extra Credit: A Musical Theater Cabaret – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Extra Credit: A musical theater cabaret of songs, sketches and standup comedy to benefit Cavalry Food Pantry.                                                                                                         The media called us The Millennials. We were the first kids to surf the Internet, the last to buy cassette tapes, and the only ones whose regularly scheduled cartoon programming was hijacked by the OJ Simpson trial–and we’re all grown up and we’ve landed in Auburn. Come see how 15 professional actors, singers and comedians turned out after grunge music, political correctness, and advances in anti-psych meds warped us forever.  Tickets $10, 8pm.  .                 315-253-6669

Apr. 12th – JAVA with the Gents – Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Annual fundraiser for SAVAR, the rape crisis response program. This year we will feature Gwen Weber McLeod as the Keynote speaker. The events includes a silent auction, recognition of an individual who has been outstanding in this field, and a home style dinner at the Springside Inn. All proceeds support free service offerings to victims of sexual violence. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Cayuga Counseling Services.  Tickets $35, 5:30pm-9:30pm.  315-253-9795




Apr. 12th & 13th – “Argo” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 4/12, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 4/13, 8:00 pm.                 315-253-6669

Apr. 13th – Va Va Bloom Garden Show – Dickman Farms Greenhouses & Garden Center,    13 Archie St., Auburn.  Whether you are just beginning to garden or an experienced gardener….Dickman Farms has a weekend geared to turning your thumb green! Dickman Farms Va Va Bloom Garden Show will be bigger and better than ever! The weekend is filled with fun for the entire family including free seminars with captivating guest speakers, workshops, tours, and fun gardening activities for all ages.  4/13, 9am – 5pm, 4/14, 10am – 5pm, free. 

Kids’ Storytelling & Discovery Walk – Spark their imaginations as they listen to wonderful stories about magical fairies that can live in their own backyards. Storytelling provided by Seymour Library. Kids then take a guided journey through the garden center and look for fanciful fairy trails and pot a plant for a Fairy. It’s Free! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 4-8. Give us a call and let us know you’ll meet us in the garden!  3pm, free.  315-253-3030

Apr. 13th – Create Your Own Butterfly Habitat – Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.   Learn how and get started building your own butterfly habitat with a PowerPoint presentation followed by the planting of flower seeds to take home with you. Supplies for the program will cost $5 per participant and includes a 10 peat pellet greenhouse which you will plant two sets of five different butterfly attracting plants. We will be planting two annuals: cosmos and zinnia and three perennials: butterfly flower, purple coneflower and tricolor violets. This mix will give you some easy to grow plants, some that will bloom this year and others that will bloom year after year. Please pre-register for this program by April 10th.  1pm.  315-947-6143

Apr. 13th – Stand Up Comedian: Mrs. Hughes – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Carol Hughes began her comedy career when she was forty. “Years ago I heard Merv Griffin interview Phyllis Diller, and she said she started doing comedy when she was thirty-nine. I remember saying to myself, ‘I could do that.’ Mrs. Hughes now has fans all over the world, some of whom show up at performances with tissues up their noses! Her act is punctuated with pithy observations on parenting, hot flashes, and husbands, “They’re like brassieres. Sometimes you just want to be rid of them and go free. But you can’t ‘cause you need the support.” About Mrs. Hughes, Merv Griffin said, “She’s my new favorite funny star.” Since then she has appeared in several casino production shows and has opened for Crystal Gayle, Lou Rawls, Brenda Lee and others.  Tickets $18.00, APT members $17.20, 8pm.                 315-253-6669

Apr. 13th – Spring Open House – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Spring is in the air, and so will be the delectable smells of Dave Hatfield’s pulled pork – available here today. Stop by for lunch and a glass of wine, enjoy free live jazz by the Lou Nocilly Trio, and stock up on wine – we’ll be having crazy wine sales all day long!  10-5pm.  800-439-5271

Apr. 14th – Hold 60 Doves – Then Send Them Flying…. – Montessori School of the Finger Lakes, 6734 Pine Ridge Rd., Auburn.  Bouncy house, animals, activities.  It is possible to dissect an owl’s droppings to identify its food. In the droppings you will find the bones of mice and other animals that owls like to eat! At the Montessori School’s Early Earth Day and Open House, visitors can see tiny life swimming in water under a microscope, plant seeds, create a nature collage, identify male and female pine cones, pet turtles and feed butterflies, identify fossils, and learn how to recycle, dip candles, and incubate eggs. Music and a bouncy house will add to the fun, and refreshments can be purchased.  60 Doves will be released at 2pm. Imagine holding a dove and lifting it up to fly home! Find out how to respect and care for all life, PLANT AND ANIMAL, on our wonderful planet EARTH! Bring the whole family. This is an event for all ages!  Free, noon-4pm.  315-252-2225

Apr. 14th – Weather-Proof YARD SALE at Holiday Inn – Auburn Holiday Inn, 75 North St., Auburn.  11am-2pm. 

Apr. 14th – Tiffany Sunday Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  A recital of classical music performed on pipe organ, piano, and electronic keyboard will be presented by Dr Thomas Donahue.  Tickets $10, 2pm.    315-252-0339