Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House

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

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. 10th – DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series – Rolling Wheels Raceway, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Elbridge.  World of Outlaws Late Model Series.  Visit web site or call for ticket prices, 7:30pm.  315-834-6606

Oct. 10th – Showtime – F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come to an evening of song & dance at the Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians, and Entertainers at the Center for Creative Expression. There will be music and refreshments every second Thursday of the month. Please join us for a fun evening.  Free, 6:30-7-30pm.  315-252-7016

Oct. 11th – 9th Annual Fall Poetry Reading – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Contact Jim Delaney at 315-252-5934 to participate. Co-sponsored by the YMCA-WEIU’s Writer’s Voice Program.  Free, doors open at 6:30 pm, Reading from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  315-255-1553

Oct. 11th – 13th – Taming of the Shrew – Irene Bisgrove Theater, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  The Taming of the Shrew is the story of how Petruchio, the money-grubbing wife hunter, transforms the aggressive and bad-tempered Katherine Minola into an obedient, honey-tongued trophy wife. Written by William Shakespeare between 1590 and 1594, it’s one of Shakespeare’s earliest Comedies – it’s also one of his most controversial works.  10/11 & 10/12, 8:00 pm, 10/13, 2:00 pm.  315-702-7832

Oct. 11th – 14th – MacKenzie-Childs Fall Festival – MacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora                                                                                                                                       10/11 – Ceramic Studio Open – Artisans at Work, 10am-2pm Farmhouse Open House 10am-12pm & 1-5pm                                                                                                                                             10/12 – Meet our Creative Director, wine tasting, live music, pumpkin decorating all 12:30-3pm
Artisans at Work, 10am-2pm Farmhouse Open House 10am-12pm & 1-5pm                          10/13 – Tethered Horseback Rides – 1-3pm,  Music for the Kids 1 & 2:30pm
Artisans at Work, 10am-2pm Farmhouse Open House 10am-12pm & 1-5pm                          10/14 – Ceramic Studio Open – Artisans at Work, 10am-2pm Farmhouse Open House 10am-12pm & 1-5pm.  Free –   315-364-7123

Oct 11th – 26th – HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Seward House Museum presents the Haunted History walking tour! Take a walk up and down the historic South St, and learn the grisly supernatural tales permeating local history and legend. Reservations required, please call 315-252-1283 for more information.  Fridays and Saturdays – tours start at 6:00 or 7:00 pm.  315-252-1283

Oct. 12th – Montezuma Aqueduct Run/Walk – Montezuma Heritage Park, Montezuma.  Mark your calendar for the First Annual Montezuma Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk in nature’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Trails meander through wooded areas, and along historic Erie Canal sites and the scenic Seneca River. Details will be available soon. The VFW will hold a chicken BBQ.

Oct. 12th – World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars – Rolling Wheels Raceway, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Elbridge.  World of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus “Win and You’re In” for Big-Block Modifieds at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (Mod Winner earns 45th starting spot in VP 200).  Visit web site or call for ticket prices.  7:30pm.   315-834-6606

Oct. 12th – St. Mary’s Parish GREGORIAN CHANT Gathering – St. Mary’s Church, 17 Clark St., Auburn.   Come share in this unique social, educational & liturgical offering. Take workshops & learn about additional resources from experts in the field and participate in a solemn mass with two historic pipe organs (5:30PM). RSVP by 10/5/13 to, or call 315.252-9545.   2-6:30pm.

Oct. 12th & 13th – A.T. WALLEY’S FALL FEST Block Party – A.T. Walley’s, 119 Genesee St. & State St., Auburn.  Enjoy live music under the tent with Fabulous Ripcords Saturday (6 – 10PM), Honky Tonk Hindooz Sunday (2 – 4PM) and Joe Whiting Band (4 – 6PM) plus grilled food, Octoberfest beer on tap, Santiago Cigar demos, and a 3-person team eating contest.  10/12, 6-10 pm, 10/13, 1-8 pm.  315-282-7314


Oct. 12th & 13th – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, participating farms.  It’s our two-day fall leaf peeping Open House, and we invite to spend some time with us at our farms. There will be tastings, lots of fun family activities, farm tours and great artisan cheeses for sale!  The best way to go around the trail is group the farms and enjoy the drive through the beautiful countryside during the peak of the fall foliage. See our map to plan the route on our website.  Don’t forget to throw a cooler in the car to store your cheese! And bring a camera!    10am – 5pm.

Oct. 13th – Adams Foundation Piano Series – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  Featuring an encore preformance by Soyeon Kate Lee.
International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has already been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style,” while The Washington Post has lauded her for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”  $20/ticket, or $35/series ticket, $10/student, 3pm.  315-253-3331

Oct. 13th – “Sally’s Story” – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  A play about life in the town of Montezuma with a mysterious story from the early-1900s canal era. “Sally’s Story: A Readers’ Theatre Presentation”
From a Full-Length Play written by Mary McCall Riley                                                                   Mr. Mitchell: an elderly man, eccentric and wealthy. Christine McGregor: a local nurse who was hired to care for him. A death, and an unexpected will. Complications ensue, leading to a sensational year-long trial for murder. Life in the small town of 1900s canal-era Montezuma, New York, was anything but dull.                                                                                            Based on true events gleaned from newspaper articles and other sources, local playwright Mary McCall Riley structures this historical tale within a modern-day framework. If you enjoy a good mystery, be sure to join us!  Admission $5, 2pm.  315-252-0339

Oct. 13th – Sunday Music Series: Dan Vitale – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Upon graduating from Le Moyne College, Auburn native Dan Vitale, has spent his mid-twenties drifting, skiing, and making music. Both waiting tables and working construction have paid the bills while Dan has focused on playing guitar and writing songs. Now, at 27 years old, and back in his hometown, he is beginning his career as a performing musician. After living in Colorado for two-years he has completed the music and lyrics for an album he plans to call “On the Border.” The album is currently in progress.  $10/ticket, $9/APT member, 4pm.        315-253-6669

Oct. 15th & 22nd    – 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. 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th – Captain Jack’s Haunted Ship – 148 Perrine St., Auburn.  Stop by and have some spooky fun at Captain Jack’s haunted ship. Canned goods donated to benefit the Calvary food pantry.

Oct. 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th – Nightmare on Anna St. – 3 Anna St., Auburn.  All proceeds donated to Chapel House, S.P.C.A. and St. Alphonsus food pantry. Any donations accepted, sponsored by Auburn Party Rental.

Oct. 18th & 19th – “The Big Year” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Cayuga County Office of Tourism launches their new ‘For the Birds’ guide to bird watching in Cayuga County with showings of “The Big Year,” the story of three fanatical bird-watchers (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black) and how they spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the U.S. The first twenty-five attendees each night will receive FREE “For the Birds” hats compliments of the Tourism Office and coupons from Cedar Craft Wildbird Center.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 8pm.        315-253-6669

Oct. 19th – Fall Celebration and Pig Roast – Fargo Bar and Grill, 381 Main St., Aurora.  The afternoon will feature house-roasted pork, along with craft beer provided by Butternuts Beer & Ale of Garratsville, New York. Beer choices will include favorites such as Moo Thunder Stout and Porkslap Pale Ale. Activities such as apple bobbing and pumpkin carving will be hosted throughout the day. Families of all ages are invited; the event is $20 per person, and $10 for children 12 years old and younger. Plates will include pork, as well as two sides, one beer or soda, and access to all games and activities.  $20/person, $10/children 12 & under, 1-6pm.  315-364-8006

Oct. 19th – Fall Fun for Kids at Dickman Farms – Dickman Farms, 13 Archie St., Auburn.  11:00am – Wicked Witches Hat Decorating Workshop – Ribbons, glitz and more… will have the wickedest good time conjuring your own
spellbinding witch’s hat to wear on Halloween, or anytime! Create a witch’s hat topper that can also be used to dress up pumpkins, centerpieces and more! All supplies included. Cost: $35 Pre-registration required.
Visit the Garden Center or call us 315-253-3030 Ext. 1.  Payment due at registration. Cash, Checks, MC, Visa, & Discover accepted. Registrations must be received at least 5 days prior to workshop date. Workshop registration is based on first come, first serve basis, non-transferable, and non-refundable.                                                                                                                   1:00pm – Kids’ Pumpkin Painting Party – Join us for the perfect pumpkin painting party! Get in on the action as kids design and paint their own pumpkin masterpiece. Pumpkin & paint provided. Ages 5 & up Cost: $8.00 Pre-registration required.
Visit the Garden Center or call us 315-253-3030 Ext. 1.  Payment due at registration. Cash, Checks, MC, Visa, & Discover accepted. Registrations must be received at least 5 days prior to workshop date. Workshop registration is based on first come, first serve basis, non-transferable, and non-refundable.                                                                                                                3:00pm – Kids Club: Catching Fall color with leaves! – Create fun fall patterns with big colorful leaves. Turn your awesome design into a placemat and take it home. Just give us a call and let us know you’ll meet us in the garden. 315-253-3030 Ext. 1. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 5-11. Free.




Oct. 19th – Comedian: Jeff Dye – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Jeff is an extremely talented comedian/actor/host who has hosted 2 series for MTV – “Numbnuts” and their newest series, “Money from Strangers”. Jeff did so well at the TBS COMEDY FESTIVAL in Chicagoand COMEDY CENTRAL’S “Live at Gotham” that he got his very own half-hour comedy special titled “Comedy Central Presents Jeff Dye” that aired last year. Jeff gained national attention when he was a finalist on NBC’s Emmy nominated series ‘Last Comic Standing” and then performed in a 50 city tour with the other top vote getters. He previously won the Giggles 10th Annual Laff-Off in his native Seattle, and was selected to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.  Tickets $15, APT Members $13.50, 8pm.        315-253-6669

Oct. 19th – “What Would Harriet Do?” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Program with Hospice and Absolute Dance Company recognizing Tubman’s humanitarian work with the sick and aged. Special Harriet Tubman “Ribbons of Hope” performance by ADC. Afternoon and Evening performance times 2 & 7pm.

Oct. 19th & 20th – Community Halloween Costume Sale at Willard Memorial Chapel – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  The Community Preservation Committee is hosting its annual Halloween costume sale! Young families have the chance to purchase quality, gently used Halloween costumes at a deeply discounted price. Costs vary depending on the type of costume, but none will be over $10.  To make this a success for the families and for the Willard Chapel’s fund-raising goals, we need your help! Please bring your retired, gently used, clean costumes to one of four locations – Willard Chapel, Sacred Heart Church, Cayuga Community College, and the YMCA – and ask for our donation box.  Please spread the word; and thank you for your help!  Cost $10 and below, 10/19, 10 am-2 pm, 10/20, 1 pm-4 pm.  315-252-0339

Oct. 21st & 22nd – Annual Fall Aurora Inn Fashion Show and Luncheon – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Auburn.  Reservations may be made starting September 1, 2013
Please call 315-364-8027.  315-364-8027










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

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