For the citizens of Minoa, the annual Fire Department Field Days are as familiar in the month of May as the smell of a barbeque or the crack of a baseball bat hitting a ball- they’ve always associated the event with the kickoff of the summer season.
Lakeland Park chosen for company's newest Outdoor Discovery School
Less than two weeks after discussions began, it’s official: L.L. Bean has chosen Cazenovia Lake as the location of its latest “Outdoor Discovery School.” “The eagle has landed,” Trustee Jim Joseph, who coordinated the deal for the village, said into his cell phone Saturday afternoon, June 1, as he and other village board members watched the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks back into place near the public swimming area in Lakeland Park.
After two years of planning and development, Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road, will open to the public and present Taste of Cazenovia on Wednesday, June 12. Owera will offer a VIP tasting hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which will include an exclusive tour of the winery, tastes of select Owera wines such as new release Frontenac Gris, hors d’oeurves, delicious foods direct from local farmers and a commemorative Taste of Cazenovia wine glass.
One week of artistic exploration and one of scientific exploration being offered
Lorenzo’s annual Rippleton Schoolhouse summer camp, where boys and girls ages eight through 12 experience a week of 19th century school days, is expanding to two weeks this year with one week focused on artistic creations and one week on scientific exploration. The camp will run two non-consecutive weeks, one at the beginning and one at the end of July.
Twenty six years ago, Joe Crookston took a weekend off from his collegiate studies to attend the Kent State Folk Festival, and after he heard fingerpicker Harvey Reid and the furious fiddling of The Horse Flies, he sold his electric guitar and acquired a steel-stringed acoustic flat top. The Ohio native never looked back.
A record 34 players turned out on Saturday, April 20 for Syracuse’s sixth annual Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School. Eight dan-level players participated in the tournament’s first-ever open division, with Phil Waldron (6d) of Ottawa, Xinde Ji (5d) of Syracuse and Changtian Wang (5d) of Ithaca all finishing with identical 3-1 records and receiving a total of $310 in cash prizes.
Silverwood Clarinet Choir will stir imaginations Sunday at FFL
The Silverwood Clarinet Choir (SCC) will extend a warm hand of welcome to its audience on Sunday afternoon when its opens its concert with a charming new composition showcasing seven families of clarinets.
Construction for phase two could begin as early as late summer
When driving into the village of Manlius via Route 92, it’s impossible not to notice the wasteland at the intersection of Highbridge and F-M roads which greets visitors to the village with dirt, rubble and weeds. As most residents know, the site is planned to be the future home of Madison Row, a $5 million retail, office and residential project which was first proposed in 2009. Many have given up hope that anything will come of the development after three years of passing by the site and seeing no progress made. But Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall said he’s been making moves to assure the project will get off the ground this summer.
Steinway Piano Gallery offers prestigious pianos for Central New Yorkers
A Steinway piano is a bit different from the piano you may come across at a typical music store. For one thing, it takes one year to assemble one from start to finish. Many artisans who put these pianos together have been perfecting their trade for 30 to 40 years. It’s the combination of a dedication to craftsmanship and the use of the finest materials that makes the Steinway brand the best in the business.
Business is hosting a “Fun, facts and fitness” senior activities expo in May
As of 2013, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. As that number climbs higher every year, not many people have the time or are educated on how to take care of family members living with Alzheimer’s. And that’s where Senior Home Care Solutions steps in – for the last three years, they’ve been providing personalized care to seniors all across the Syracuse area to help ensure that their clients can live in their own homes for as long as possible.
Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time. Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.
Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 is establishing a local “Plant A Row For The Hungry” (PAR) project to benefit FM Community Outreach Food Pantry. PAR is a national people-helping-people program, started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), which encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to food relief organizations serving the homeless and hungry in their communities.
CNY Playhouse stages a memorable ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’
Two aspiring actresses from Fayetteville-Manlius High School exude chutzpah galore as dissimilar sisters in “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the Neil Simon comedy-drama now on stage at CNY Playhouse at DeWitt’s Shoppingtown Mall.
Kellish Hill music barn: a music venue with family values
Kathy Kellish is a ball of energy. Whether she’s getting up at 4 a.m. to make breakfast on two hours of sleep or rocking out onstage with her autoharp, you can bet she’s doing it with all the enthusiasm and vigor she has inside of her. It’s this unfading drive she has that’s helped her to turn her old family farm into one of Syracuse’s best new music venues- called the Kellish Hill music barn.
Amy Benevento is working on a screenplay for Jackel Island
Amy Benevento has been writing ever since she was a little girl growing up in the village of Fayetteville. She recalls how she used to write stories and plays for the neighborhood kids to act out in elementary school. When she entered Wellwood Middle School, she had her own column in the newspaper called “Dear Amy.” And at F-M High School, she remembers rewriting the lyrics to ‘Windmills in my Mind’ and singing it at Showboat, the school’s annual talent show. And now, as an adult, Benevento has published her first novel, titled Jackel Island.