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Literary Cake-off brings culinary talent to Manlius Library

The second annual Literary Cake-off event brought great creativity and baking skills to the Manlius Library on Nov. 16.

‘Holiday Lights, Camera, Trees’ fundraising event will bring holiday fun to Manlius

Looking for a fun way to enjoy the holidays with your family while helping out local organizations and charities? The town of Manlius is providing an opportunity for this by bringing residents and local organizations together in their first Holiday Lights, Camera, Trees event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at Four Season Golf and Ski.

Holiday concert with the CNY Flute Choir coming Dec. 7

A holiday concert featuring the CNY Flute Choir will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Manlius United Methodist Church. The program will include selected music from Handel's “Messiah,” familiar Christmas music including “Carol of the Bells” and “Silver Bells,” Ricky Lombardo's jazzy “Christmas Fantasy,” and more.

United Church of Fayetteville hires new director of music ministries

Jared Shepard to begin his duties Nov. 24

After an extensive search process, The United Church of Fayetteville has hired Jared Shepard to play the organ and be the director of music ministries.

Christmas at Lorenzo bedecked in holiday plumage

The spicy aroma of wassail, the shimmer of handbells — it’s “Christmas at Lorenzo,” and the magic of the holiday season takes flight this year in each room of the mansion. From peacocks in the formal dining room, to cardinals in the gentlemen’s library, the artistry of volunteer decorators will bring the theme “Birds of a Feather” to life in every room.

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Ghosts in the Machine – A look at some local haunted attractions

They’re heeee-ere! Yep, it’s October and that means the ghosts, ghouls and goblins are waiting in the shadows for you to walk or ride by so they can lightly brush past you and make you jump 18 feet in the air. Hundreds of monsters await in dozens of local haunted attractions. If you’re stout of heart, here are just a few of the best of the best:

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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Trader Joe’s opens on Erie Boulevard to a large crowd

Looking to take your taste buds on a food adventure? Look no further — Trader Joe’s has opened a new location at 3440 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

Get scared for a good cause

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior builds 6,300-square-foot haunted attraction to benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York

Beginning Friday, Oct. 3, Central New York will get to check out the area’s latest haunted attraction — “The Forbidden Realm,” a 6,300-square-foot scare-fest to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York. “The Forbidden Realm” is the brainchild of Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Kevin Blanchfield, who designed and constructed the attraction with some help from family and friends. The 17-year-old dedicated his summer and, once school resumed, his evenings and weekends to making the attraction a reality.

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Who was Rosamond Gifford?

Her eponymous foundation celebrates 60 years

The Gifford name is familiar to most residents of Onondaga County — the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Gifford Lecture Series and many buildings, meeting rooms and classrooms owe their existence to the Rosamond Gifford Foundation. This November, the Gifford Foundation will be celebrating its 60th year, marking more than a half century of charitable support of the wider Syracuse area community. The name lives on, but the person of Rosamond Gifford is less widely known.

Personal ‘Project’ — Director dedicates ‘Laramie Project’ to his late brother

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In early-July, as Justin Polly prepared to direct “The Laramie Project” for CNY Playhouse, he learned that his troubled 26-year-old brother, Christian, had gone missing outside of the city where he lived and worked, Jackson Hole, Wyo. On Sept. 4 — a week before the play opened at Shoppingtown Mall — Christian’s decomposing body was found by construction workers at the base of Snow King Mountain. In his director’s note, Justin Polly likened his brother’s untimely death to that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old murder victim who is the subject of the play.

Sept. 11 turned a journalism professor into a playwright; ‘The Guys’ opens Aug. 29 at ShoppingTown

Anne Nelson, the director of International Programs for the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, had never written a play.

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Jazzing it up

Roger DeVore broadcasts ‘real, old-time jazz’ every week out of East Syracuse

Roger DeVore can remember hearing live jazz bands at his uncles' houses as well as many jazz records at his family’s home when he was just 5 years old, growing up in Ridgewood, New Jersey in the 1940s. His interest in the genre grew stronger as he got older, and he began visiting New York City nightclubs when he was as young as 16 to listen to the different jazz musicians who performed there.

Folk Strings back on the hill

Acoustic quartet stretches the definition of “folk” music

When they first got together in 1992, the founding members of Folk Strings realized that they had a lot in common.

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