Fly Guy and Other Stories

December 1st, 2015

A Clemens Center Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series production performed by Theatreworks/USA Tickets: $5. For group and/or single tickets, call our School-Time Coordinator at 607-733-5639 ext. 248.

Join us for a bright and bouncy musical revue based on some of your students’ favorite books including FLY GUY MEETS FLY GIRL, DIARY OF A WORM, FLUFFY THE CLASSROOM GUINEA PIG, HORACE & MORRIS BUT MOSTLY DOLORES, KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON, LILLY’S BIG DAY and PAPER BAG PRINCESS. (stories subject to change) Recommended for grades Pre K – 3 (60 minutes) Curriculum Connections: Literature, Communication/Language Arts, Music

P.L.A.C.E. A Local History Lunch Series with Rod Howe Second Session: Land

December 1st, 2015

ITHACA -- Stop by The History Center in Tompkins County at noon on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 for the lunchtime series "P.L.A.C.E.". This series is held the first Tuesday of each month at noon (beginning in November and ending in March), and is held at The History Center. Created and led by The History Center's Executive Director, Rod Howe, the format will build off from P.L.A.C.E. as an acronym: People, Land, Architecture, Culture and Enterprise.

Each session will focus on one of these themes and how they have contributed to instilling a strong commitment to this place. The sessions will be interactive as participants share their perspectives on these themes and place. Select local historical information will be shared to seed discussion. This session will be focused on "land". The guest presenter will be David Kay, Senior Extension Associate, with Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute.

David provides leadership for programming in the areas of energy, land use and community development. His work on land use involves research, outreach, and training efforts that attempt to build community-based decision making capacity and to help weave local policy into a regionally coherent fabric.

"An Evening To Remember" Alzheimer's Benefit Gala

December 1st, 2015

Triphammer Wines & Spirits will host the 9th annual “An Evening to Remember” event to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York on Tuesday, December 1st , 2015 from 5:30-9:00pm. The gala will be held at the Statler Hotel on Cornell campus, located at 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca NY. 100% of ticket and auction proceeds from this event will go directly to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY.

The event will once again offer guests extensive food and wine tastings from local restaurants and wineries, as well as a beer garden with a variety of craft beers. There will also be both a live silent auction, and live music by local talent. In addition, the Statler Hotel will offer discounted room rates for gala attendees starting at $150/room/night.

For more information including partners, sponsors, auction items, ticket purchases, and opportunities to get involved, please visit the event website at . Please like and share the event Facebook page as well to help spread the word,

Fall Exhibition: “Pattern Wizardry”

December 1st, 2015

Master the power of patterns at our featured fall exhibition, “Pattern Wizardry.” Embark on a magical hands-on adventure to discover how patterns are the building blocks of our world. Travel through four interactive spaces such as the Tessellation Station, Spiral Spells, the Linear Lab and more, while encountering natural science and cultural objects that reveal the variety and prevalence of patterns. Sciencenter, 601 1st St., Ithaca, NY 14850. or 607-272-0600.

22nd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree (Dec 2-4)

December 2nd, 2015

December 2-4, 10am-5pm Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at our Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. You will receive a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and an ornament from each winery. You will also take home a Shopper's Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines. Packages that include event tickets, transportation and accommodations will be available. Make sure to hand in your ticket to be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes: 2016 Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Season Pass Corning Museum of Glass (shown below) Geneva on the Lake Holiday Inn-Finger Lakes Latourelle S&S Limousine Friday 1-5pm, the following wineries are participating: King Ferry Long Point Montezuma Six Mile Creek Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm, ALL 17 wineries are participating. On Saturday, you can start early at 9am at King Ferry and Long Point wineries only. Be sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount available per weekend. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 800-684-5217 We recommend that if you are a part of BUS GROUP that you purchase all tickets on the same order to ensure that you all receive the same starting point. If you purchased your ticket separately, please notify the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail office at 800-684-5217 so we can make sure that you have the same starting point. It is recommended that all bus groups contact the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to plan an itinerary to ensure that we continue to have a smooth flow of visitors throughout the day. We reserve the right to limit the number of large groups purchasing tickets to our events. If you are interested in booking a large group, please contact us at 800-684-5217 or

Inns of Aurora - Cooking Class - Christmas Cookies

December 3rd, 2015

Each class includes overnight accommodations at the Inns of Aurora, Rowland House, cooking instruction, dinner, take home recipes and a special gift.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

December 3rd, 2015

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls!

The Nutcracker

December 4th, 2015

Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: Adult -$25; Student & Senior – $18; 5 and Under – Free; Groups of 10 paying people get 10% discount; Boy/Girl Scout – $12, Adult Scout – $18. Processing and facility maintenance fees apply.

Celebrating the season with a timeless holiday classic, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre presents “The Nutcracker”. Enter a dream land of holiday festivity as young Masha discovers the wonders of her Christmas gift, The Nutcracker. Featuring spectacular costumes and scintillating choreography by internationally-recognized dancer and choreographer Rafael Grigorian. The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and warm your heart.

First Friday Gallery Night

December 4th, 2015

First Friday Gallery Night is a monthly community celebration taking place in and around Downtown Ithaca. Local galleries and art houses host special receptions, performances, screenings, and other events showcasing the work of local, national, and international artists. Gallery Night is free and open to the public. Gallery Night takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Gallery guides with maps of participating locations and show descriptions are available at all participating venues. Discover what makes Ithaca such a marvelous place to live, work, dream, and play!

Winter Wine-Land II

December 4th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

Friday December 4th Noon-10 pm Stop in During Geneva Night Out for $pecial Deals or visit us at Finger Lakes Prime Realty on Exchange Street in downtown Geneva 5-8 PM FREE Ornaments with Each Wine Tasting for Wreaths All Lake Street Wine BOGO ½ Off Fun Seasonal Drink Specials at our Full Service Bar. $5/tasting Choice of 8 samples BONUS Holiday Specials

December Deck the Halls 12/4-12/6

December 4th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

TWO separate weekends, November 20-22 or December 4-6, 2015 - Go to your assigned starting winery and begin a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings. The wineries are decorated for the holiday season. Over the 2-1/2 day weekend event, visit the participating wineries, receive a recipe book and collect ornaments to decorate your handmade grapevine wreath. These events are both co-sponsored by The Christmas House, located in nearby Elmira, NY. Cost $53 per person or $75 for a couple.

BOGO Happy Hour & FREE Live Music at Ventosa Vineyards

December 4th, 2015

BOGO Happy Hour & FREE Live Music every Friday at Ventosa Vineyards. Buy one, get one glass of wine, beer & mixers from 5-6pm. Free live music from 6-9pm. Fish fry special & Cafe Toscana serving until 9pm. Please visit for weekly music artists & special events.

Wassail Bowl

December 5th, 2015

The Wassail Bowl Committee of the Geneva Historical Society will present the 47th annual Wassail Bowl Sale on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place in Geneva. This is a great opportunity to get fresh wreaths and greens for the holiday, including kissing balls, table decorations and tree ornaments. Handcrafted items, baked goods, attic treasures, and gently used Christmas decorations will also be sold. Samples of wassail, a traditional spiced cider, will be given out at the event.

Prohibition Era Cocktail Party - Inns of Aurora

December 5th, 2015

Join us for our annual Prohibition Era Cocktail party featuring prohibition-era inspired cocktails, all made with locally crafted spirits from Finger Lakes Distillery. Rowland House will be transformed into an action-filled speakeasy with a live jazz band (beginning at 8pm), poker, cocktails and hors d'oeurvres. Guests are encouraged to dress for the occasion and party like it's 1933! $75 per person including tax & gratuity. For an additional $250 stay overnight in any of the Inns of Aurora guest rooms. Contact 315-364-8888 for reservations.

Build, Drive, Go Exhibit Opening

December 5th, 2015 - December 6th, 2015

Explore vehicles of all sorts, from trucks and trains to cranes and boats. Design a race track, build skyscrapers with LEGO bricks, play I-Spy with dollhouses, use computer programs to design a town, work at a construction site using Tonka trucks, and more. View vehicle- and building-related artifacts from the museum collections, including a 1865 tinplate train from George Brown; a 1869 tinplate clockwork boat from Ives, Blakeslee, & Co.; and an Ellis, Britton & Eaton log cabin play house from 1870 (a precursor to Lincoln Logs). An original exhibit produced by The Strong. An original exhibit produced by The Strong. Included with general museum admission fees.

Christmas in Aurora

December 5th, 2015

Join the charming Village of Aurora as it comes to life with caroling, trimmed trees, hot cocoa and more. Take advantage of shopping specials throughout the village as well. Sponsored by the Aurora Arts and Merchants Association.

41st Annual Sparkle

December 5th, 2015

Join us for the 41st annual culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season. Featuring horse and carriage rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, and photos with Santa in his Crystal House. A favorite for generations that’s not to be missed! This year's event includes the Selfless Elf 5K and ends with fireworks!


December 6th, 2015

Invent contraptions that can move. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Materials provided by Cornell Xraise.

BOGO Happy Hour & FREE Live Music at Ventosa Vineyards

December 11th, 2015

BOGO Happy Hour & FREE Live Music every Friday at Ventosa Vineyards. Buy one, get one glass of wine, beer & mixers from 5-6pm. Free live music from 6-9pm. Fish fry special & Cafe Toscana serving until 9pm. Please visit for weekly music artists & special events.

Holiday Happiness at Varick Winery

December 12th, 2015

Stock up on all of your favorite Varick Winery products (with holiday savings!) while the kids meet Santa! 9:30am-6:00pm. Free admission; $4.00 to sample six wines, fair is complimentary.

Holidays with the Animals

December 12th, 2015

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free for members and with paid admission In celebration of the holiday season, the animals at the zoo will be given "presents" as a way to enhance their well-being. Zoo-goers can watch the animals play with their new toys and demonstrate natural behaviors.

Home For Christmas Concert With Phil Vassar

December 13th, 2015

The Holiday Concert with Phil Vassar is an evening that you don't want to miss! Country Music Star and Nashville Recording Artist Phil Vassar heads to America's Crystal City for a special performance, featuring country hits and a string of holiday favorites.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical

December 15th, 2015 - December 20th, 2015

December 15-20, 2015 Stop dreaming, Rochester is guaranteed a White Christmas! IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS, the stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming to Rochester this holiday season. Bring your loved ones for a heart-warming celebration of Americana. IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! The New York Times exclaims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

Reindeer Run 5K

December 19th, 2015

Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the fourth annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes kids’ race series. To register, please visit Fees apply.

New Year's Eve Dinner - Inns of Aurora

December 31st, 2015

Join us in the Aurora Inn Dining Room for a dazzling tasting dinner designed to help ring in the new year! Stay tuned for the menu. $100 plus tax and gratuity per person, optional $40 wine pairing plus tax and gratuity per person. For reservations contact 315-364-8888.

New Year's Eve Bash at Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview

December 31st, 2015

Help us ring in the New Year by joining us on December 31, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview. It is certainly going to be the biggest New Year's Eve Bash around! Buffet Dinner, Overnight Accommodations, Open bar from 9pm-1am, Champagne Toast at Midnight, The Sam Pallet Band all for $225/couple (gratuities not included). Looking for something a little different? Join local band Devon Franks at Anthony's Lounge inside the Holiday Inn Elmira for "Kickin’ It and Country Rockin’ the New Year!" $15/person or $25/couple. Live Music, Party Favors, Drink Special and more! Please note: Must be 21 & over For more information on either of the above options or to make reservations, call 607-734-0402

Noon Year's Eve

December 31st, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free for members and with paid admission Ring in the "noon" year at the zoo with entertainment, games, crafts, a dance party and more. It's an authentic New Year's Eve celebration that keeps bed time in mind, complete with ball drop and sparkling juice toast at noon.