The Finger Lakes Mud Run at Everest Park

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. 

May 3rd – Oct. 27th – They Stood Up, Civil and Human Rights in the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Examines various civil and human rights movements in the region, ranging from abolition to bullying in today’s society.  Closed major holidays.  Suggested donation $3, Tues. – Sun. Noon – 5:00 pm.  315-253-8051

Aug. 24th – Oct. 13th – Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture is a curated exhibition that features 84 works of art by 28 artists, focusing on the impact of regional agriculture through visual expression. The exhibition highlights artwork inspired by our region’s agriculture, including themes of farming, agri-business, land, environment, community and more. Individual works of art examine agricultural material culture and objects, issues, landscape, architecture, science, products, practices, and traditions.  Closed Mondays and major holidays.  $6/adults, members and children 12 & under are free, Tues.-Sat., 10:00 am 5:00 pm, Sun., Noon – 5:00 pm.  315-255-1553

Sept. 12th – Oct. 3rd  (Thursdays)  – Fall Poetry Series – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Includes 4 readings by published poets and writers groups. Curated by Georgia Popoff, poet and published author.  Free, 7pm.   315-255-1553

Sept. 18th – Oct 5th  – Hank Williams “Lost Highway” – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  What’s cookin’, good lookin’? This musical biography tells the story of the famous singer-songwriter himself. Overflowing with the music you know and love, Lost Highway paints a vivid picture of the legend’s life that will leave you “hank”ering for more. We promise that “son of a gun, you’ll have big fun on the bayou.”  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897




Sept. 25th – Inns of Aurora Taste of Summer Series – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the Inns of Aurora will host a different local winery on its lakeside veranda for a tasting of their favorite varietals. Complimentary and open to the public. “The series is a great way for the Inns to play their part in introducing some of our favorite wineries to our neighbors and guests,” remarks Alex Schloop, organizer of the series. “I love when people stop by on their way home from work, or use it as a reason to get out of the house and join us for dinner afterwards.”  Tonight: Long Point Winery.  Free, 3:30-5:30pm.  315-364-8888

Sept. 26 – Oct. 6th – Bun In The Oven: Contractions with The Calamari Sisters – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Move over Dr. Spock, here come the Calamari Sisters! Join the sisters, once again, as they prepare to celebrate the newest addition to the Calamari family. Delphine and Carmela are in rare form, catering the biggest bouncing baby shower Brooklyn has ever seen. There’s no stopping this duo of singing, dancing, and cooking Italian Mamas from belting out tunes such as “Baby Face,” “I Got You Babe,” “Me and My Baby,” and “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby.” Lamaze will never be quite the same once the Calamari Sisters get done with it!  It’s laugh out loud time for this new workshop production!  $35; $31.50 APT Members; $32 Groups of 10 or more, 9/26 & 10/3 7pm, 9/27 & 10/4 8:00 pm, 9/28 & 10/5 2 & 8 pm, 9/29 & 10/6 2 pm.        315-253-6669

Sept. 27th – The Purple Tie Event – Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Fundraiser to benefit the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s Domestic Violence Services Department. Music by Diana Jacobs & Midnite Mood. Food, cash bar, signature cocktails, live auction, raffles. Casual attire, purple encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 315-255-1703.  Tickets $20, 5:30-9:00pm.  315-255-1703

Sept. 27th & 28th – “Blackfish” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry.  This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 9/27, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 9/28, 8:00 pm.        315-253-6669

Sept. 28th – Music on the Deck – The Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.  Enjoy the performance of Medicine Wheel, playing on the deck. Admission is free, wine and food will be available for purchase.  Free, 7pm.  315-889-5184

Sept. 28th – The Finger Lakes Mud Run at Everest Park – Everest Park, 5343 North Rd., Owasco.  he Everest Mud Run is a challenging military style trail run that’s intended to pit participants against one of two extreme courses. Each wave of participants joins a stampede of literally hundreds of people who’ll trudge through thick field grasses, over wooded underbrush, down and out of deep gullies, and ultimately face 16 jawdropping obstacles- each designed to encourage team work and comradely to overcome.  Oh… the MUD! As the name suggests, the Everest Mud Run will feature plenty of mud! The Everest Mud Run takes a note from other popular nationally-known military-style obstacle course events. However, we’ve extended the age limit to 13 and older and we offer two courses instead of just one. Both of our courses showcase the unique rural terrain of Everest Park by exploring rarely-seen sections that are far removed from the common sight of campgrounds, golf courses, and paved roads.  315-252-9305

Sept. 28th – Historical Music Salon:  Parlor Music of the Civil War – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Students from the Eastman School of Music: Alexandra Cade (viola and fiddle), Katherine Webber (mezzo-soprano vocalist), John Leighton (tenor vocalist), Matthew Moisey ( piano and tenor vocalist) will present a crossection of music from the Civil War Era, including camp songs, love ballads, patriotic hymns and spirituals. The selected pieces evoke the emotional timbre of conflict, patriotism, love and freedom. The hallmarks of a nation at war.  Reservations required.  $15/Seward House Members, $20/non-members, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

Sept. 28th -Mini-Retreat:  Breathe in Wellness – EKA, 100 Genesee St., Suite 101, Auburn.  Participants will learn breathing techniques and asana practices to boost their well being and assist them in managing stress. The experience will be enhanced with Young Living essential oils and each participant will leave with a Lavender scented eye pillow and oil sample to enable continuation of the healing practices they learn at home. This special offering is open to anyone and is suitable for all levels and abilities including beginners and those with unique physical considerations. $35 registration fee/$25 for enrolled students. To register call Laura at (315) 730-6355 or register on-line at  315-730-6355

Sept. 29th – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Auburn.  Recently formed in 2012, Sliver Queen Casket Co. performs music from the Blues, Classic Country, Rock N’ Roll, and Folk genres, both covers and originals. Come welcome this emerging local favorite to IWBW on September 29th. Beer, wine, and food will be available during the performance, 3-6 PM.  Free.  315-283-8095

Sept. 29th – The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora.  The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble is thrilled to be returning to the Morgan Opera House for an afternoon of chamber music classics on Sunday September 29 at 4:00 pm. Ensemble members Shannon Nance, violin, Roberta Crawford, viola and Stefan Reuss, cello, will be joined by guest artists Richard MacDowell, clarinet and Lara Sipols, violin.  A free wine tasting with food pairings will follow the performance at Bet the Farm, 381 Main Street.  Adults $15, Students and Children free, 4pm.  315-364-5437



Sept. 29th – Sunday Music Series: Featuring Artists from Indigo Productions – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Charley Orlando has toured coast to coast, been on 14 albums, done over 3,000 shows, written 200 original songs, and spent 23 years in the music industry… thus far. Mike Vincitore is currently the anchor of local Grateful Dead cover band Dark Hollow. Dark Hollow is THE preeminent Dead cover band in the CNY area! Together this powerhouse duo makes up MW2.  The members of the band have a wide array of influences that always make their way onto the stage. You can expect to hear a variety of music represented, from the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones to Pearl Jam to Tom Petty and a sprinkling of jambands like Phish. The duo plays a variety of originals, as well. Americana, bluegrass, Motown, and rock and roll are proudly on display whenever the Wheel is in motion!  Each member is constantly pushing himself to improve the sound and direction of the music. For that reason, each night is new adventure. You might expect to see a stripped down set with acoustic guitars and upright bass one night and everything on full electric the next. Admission $10, APT Members $9, 4-6pm.        315-253-6669

Oct. 1st & Oct. 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

Oct. 2nd – Life of Pvt. John Dunham of Co. H, 3rd NY Cavalry – Port Byron Library,              12 Sponable Dr., Port Byron.  Come learn about John’s remarkable surgical case, civil war medical triage and ballistics as well as his life after the war.  Free, 7-8pm.  315-776-5694

Oct. 2nd – Science Alive 101 – 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.  Our topic for October – Water Rockets.  $5/participant, $25/family limit, 6-8pm.  315-784-5479

Oct. 3rd – Movies at the Mack – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  A new monthly series, “Movies at the Mack”.  The series will kick off with Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of avain horror, “The Birds.”  The film will be shown twice, at 1PM and 7PM.  Discussion after the 7PM screening.  Admission is $3.00.               315-253-8051

Oct. 4th – Oct. 27th  – Screamer’s Hollow – Halloween Entertainment – Sterling Renaissance Festival Site, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.  Experience a nerve shattering mix of live actors, state of the art animation, evil characters and dazzling special effects.  Every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm – Midnight.  800-879-4446

Oct. 4th & 5th – ” The Missing Piece” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In 1976, filmmaker Joe Medeiros learned about the theft of the Mona Lisa and so began a 35-year-long obsession with the Peruggia and his motive for stealing the painting. Was it patriotism or something else? In 2008, Medeiros met Peruggia’s 84-year-old daughter Celestina, but her father died when she was a baby so she knew less about him than Medeiros did. But she wanted the truth, too. So Medeiros and his team traveled to the places Vincenzo Peruggia lived and worked, poured over thousands of original Louvre documents, police reports, court files and newspaper clippings — then found in the Florence archives Peruggia’s letters to his parents – and these held the missing piece of his story.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 10/4, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 10/5, 8:00 pm.        315-253-6669

Oct. 4th – First Friday Events – Participating Historical & Cultural Sites & Participating Businesses in and around downtown Auburn.                                                             Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Meet exhibiting artist in Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture and have the opportunity to talk with them about their work.                      Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St. – Annual and amazing New 2 U Sale on Friday, October 4 from 12 – 7pm and Saturday, October 5 from 9 am – 12 noon.                      Prices are not to be missed on clothing, hoe goods, books, children toys and more. Saturday is Fill-A-Bag Day for all clothing and goods in the Great Hall while the remaining bits and pieces in White Elephant Room will be 50 % off.

Oct. 5th – Apple Pressing – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Join us in creating apple cider the old fashion way with a people powered fruit press. Help, wash, grind, press, pasteurize and best of all, taste the fresh apple cider. While going through the process we will discuss the history of apples, apple products, the apple-growing industry and the many different varieties of apples. Back by popular demand – take a taste test of over a dozen different varieties of apples grown by local orchards and place your vote for your favorite. A special THANK YOU to Ontario Orchards for supplying the apples for pressing and tasting.  Free, 1pm.  315-947-6143

Oct. 5th – Mr. Seward for the Defense – The William Freeman Trial – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  The Seward House Museum, Friends of Seymour Library and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Cayuga County are sponsoring a free presentation, Mr. Seward for the Defense – The William Freeman Trial, on October 5th at 1:00 PM at Seymour Library. Using the historical context of the case, the event will promote mental illness awareness and local history on William Seward, a lifelong advocate for human rights. In 1846, William H. Seward in Cayuga County Court House defended William Freeman accused of murder and based his plea on the unprecedented grounds of insanity. The presentation will be given by Allison Hinman, former Seward House staff member, who researched this topic for her senior thesis from Westminster College in 2011.  Free, 1pm.  315-252-1283

Oct. 5th – Art in the Park 2013 – Hoopes Park, 100 S. Herman Ave., Auburn.  Finger Lakes Art Cooperative is hosting Art in the Park 2013. Acoustic musicians, theater, dance and other forms of art will be on hand for your enjoyment. There will be a fall farm stand with apples, pumpkins, cider and donuts, pumpkin painting and sidewalk chalk art for the ‘kids’.  Free, 10am-5pm.


Oct. 5th –  Tiffany Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Ajeet Kaur is a rising presence in the world of sacred chant and devotional music. Her first album of meditation music “SACRED WATERS” released with Spirit Voyage Music, summer of 2013. She was recently featured on Gurunam Singh’s album “Touch Every Heart” and is beginning to travel the world to offer music and yoga. Inspired by beloved chant artists like Snatam Kaur and the musical and spiritual atmosphere of her upbringing, Ajeet began singing at an early age. Her love of music has led her around the world to study traditional Indian and Irish music, along with other folk traditions and western musical styles. Along with music, the love of Ajeet’s life has been her study of healing with her teacher Guru Dev Singh. Now, just out of college, Ajeet blends the healing power of ancient mantras with a fresh and unique contemporary style. All are invited to join Ajeet Kaur and her band of talented musicians for a heart-opening evening of healing and community.  Sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee.  Admission $15/person, children 15 & under free, 7:30pm.

Oct. 5th Boots Book Signing and Talk with Anthony Gero – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join Downtown Books & Coffee and Anthony F. Gero, author of Boots: A Novella of the Civil War, for a book signing and Civil War history talk. In this work of historical fiction, the first of a proposed Civil War novella trilogy, the author uses an actual incident during Pickett’s Charge on 3 July 1863 to construct a compelling story about a dog’s loyalty to the soldiers of that day and its impact on them for years to come. In Boots, a son’s soul is transformed as he learns of his dying father’s combat experiences at Gettysburg in the 111th New York Volunteers and of the legacy of a dog called Boots.  Free, 1pm.  315-515-3411

Oct. 6th – Walking Tour of Historic Fort Hill Cemetery – Fort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort St., Auburn.  The Community Preservation Committee will sponsor a walking tour of historic Fort Hill Cemetery. Join tour guide, Laurel Auchampaugh, for an informative tour of Auburn’s historical Fort Hill Cemetery.  Those wishing to participate should meet at Bradley Chapel, Fort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort Street, Auburn, NY. A donation of $10 per person is requested and tickets can be purchased at the cemetery on the day of the tour.  In case of rain, a history of the Cemetery will be presented inside the historic Bradley Chapel in lieu of the walking tour.  $10 donation per person, 1pm.  315-252-0339

Oct. 5th & 6th – Harvest Festival – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Two days of fun…come experience the excitement of the crush and the beauty of an autumn day in the country!  On Saturday, we will have a live radio broadcast from 11 to 1, local farmers’ market vendors, and local favorites The Bottomfeeders providing an eclectic mix of tunes from 1 to 4.  On Sunday, the music will be provided by Under Construction – classic rock in a classy style – from 1 to 4.  Our vendors for the weekend include: Kevin Schoonover – photography.  Free, 10am-5pm.  800-439-5271

Oct. 5th & 6th – The Spiritual Phenomenon – Sainte Therese of Lisieux – St. Mary’s Church,   15 Clark St., Auburn.  A new play by Micael PASCAL, with Della Saba. Presented by Benoit Saint-Hilaire and Saint Mary’s Church. Over 500 performances with 100,000 spectors – a world success. Music composed by George Acogny.  Free, 10/5, 8:00 pm, 10/6, 7:00 pm.  315-252-9545



Farmers’ Markets

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays – June  thru Oct. – Auburn Farmers’ Co-op Market Inc. – Parking Lot Across From Curleys Restaurant, 96 State St., Auburn.  Offering a wide selection of fresh veggies, fruits, baked goods, eggs, honey, herbs, spices, hanging flower baskets, bedding plants, herb plants and more. We accept SNAP EBT and some of our farmers accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons. We have select vendors accepting visa/mc/discover credit/debit cards.  7am-2pm.  315-396-8871

Wednesdays  –  July thru September – Conquest Farmers’ Market – 1289 Fuller Rd., Conquest.  Shop for flowering, vegetable and herb plants, soaps, lotions, honey, Watkins products and baked goods. As the spring and summer progress, fruits and vegetables, crafts and more. Please stop by at the municipal building parking lot on Fuller Road!  Wednesdays 3pm-6pm.  315-776-8828

Wednesdays – June thru September – Port Bryon MRC Farmers’ Market, Schasel Park, Route 31, Port Byron.  Local farmers, chicken BBQ every week! Special childrens events! Featured fruit and veggie nights! Entertainment, antique tractors & vintage cars! Playground and covered pavilion for dining.  3pm-6pm. 315-776-4321

Thursdays – June thru October – Moravia Farmers’ Market – Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St., Moravia.  A medium sized farmers market with organic and non organic vendors that sell produce, meats, wine and baked goods. Flowers available from the local school kids and lots of fun and community involvement. Always a good place to buy the freshest foods available and visit with old neighbors and meet new ones.  10am-5pm.  315-497-8375.

Fridays – June thru October – Strawberry Fields Farmers’ Market – Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm, Route 20, Skaneateles.    Farmers Market at Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Rt 20 just west of County Line Rd. every Friday until October! Many local farmers!  Fresh chicken, eggs, black angus, perennials, lavender, honey and much more. 3pm-6pm.   315-751-5657

Fridays – May thru October – Community Farm and Crafter’s Market – DIRT Motorsport Hall of Fame & Classic Car Museum, 1 Speedway Dr., Weedsport.  Farm produce, local crafters, wine tasting, food, and much more.  3-8pm.  315-209-7880

Saturdays – May thru October – Niles Farmers’ Market – Municipal Town Hall Parking Lot, 5923 New Hope Rd., Moravia.  Fresh produce & home baked goods. Every Saturday through October.  10am-3pm.  315-730-6278

Saturdays  – June to October – Union Springs Farmers’ Market – Route 90, Astoria Park, Union Springs. Produce, herbs, flowers, meat, and baked goods.  8:30am – 12:30pm.  315-730-2711 

Saturdays – Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month May thru September – King Ferry Farmers’ Market – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry, NY.  Farmstead Cheese, Organic Flour, Organic Vegetables, Plants and Flowers, Fiber Art, Pottery & Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories, Baked Goods & Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Wool and Spinning Demonstrations, Seasonal Apple Cider Pressing, Pizza by the Slice, Hot Coffee, Dinosaur Dry Goods Pop Up Store. This year, the Market will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from June through October, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the King Ferry Winery.  10am-1pm.  315-364-5100.