Calendar of Events in Cortland NY

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JULY 2014

July 9 - 26, Les Misérables (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

The international smash-hit musical! At once an adventure tale, a love story and a powerful affirmation of the human spirit, this multiple-award winning musical tells the story of Jean Valjean in his life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Rich in soaring melodies that have become popular standards, the score includes the modern classics I Dreamed a Dream, Master of the House, and On My Own. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Miserables packs an emotional wallop that continues to thrill audiences everywhere! For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

July 24-August 13, NY JETS Training Camp

Jets training camp features practices open to the public and free of charge (tickets required - order now). Watch the NY Jets get ready for the season, explore Generation Jets Fest, and pick up your new Jets gear at the Jets Shop Tent. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844 or visit newyorkjets.com/camp for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. See Jets FAQ. Updates are also available on Twitter (@nyjets) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Jets).

July 24, Ageless Jazz Band (Summer Concert Series)

7 pm, Court House Park. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music!

July 25, Main St. Music Series: The Unknown Woodsmen and New York Rock

Downtown Cortland. Free concert. For more information visit The Unknown Woodsmen and Mike Brindisi and the New York Rock. Also visit Main St. Music Series on Facebook.

July 26-27, 50 Mile Rt 90 Garage Sale

9 am - 5 pm both days. Stretching along the roadside of Route 90 - a Scenic New York State Byway - the sale runs from Montezuma in the north to the Village of Homer at the southern end. Along the way you will find everything imaginable from antique andirons to zebra prints and loads of other unexpected delights.

July 26, National Cowboy Day Celebration

10 am - 4 pm, Homeville Museum, Central NY Living History Center, 4386 Rt. 11, N. Homer Ave. Chuck wagon reenactment, pony rides, petting zoo, cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn, games and more. While here, stop in the museums and see all the new exhibits. For more information call (607) 299-4185 or visit www.cnylivinghistory.org/.

July 26, Settlers of the West Carnival

1 pm, Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, Fairview Drive. Wild West themed carnival with games, competitions, activities, and lots of information on how to make it, mend it, and do it yourself. A fun, free day for the whole family! For more information e-mail carrtb05@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/groups/cortlandlds/.

July 26, Cortland Summer Stage

3-10 pm, Main Street, Cortland. 11 bands on 3 stages. Free admission for all ages. Food and drink available to purchase. For more information visit Facebook.

July 29, Merry-Go-Round Theatre

10:30 am, Court House Park. Free family friendly performance. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show! Sponsored by the Youth Bureau and the Cortland Free Library.

July 29,The Children's Home Connection

2 - 4 pm, Cortland Free Library, 32 Church Street. Helen De Haan, a resident of the Children’s Home in Cortland for five years, will present a program on the Memory Notebook she compiled for the second reunion of former residents in July 2013. Closed in 1958, The Children's Home was operated by the King's Daughters on Port Watson Street in Cortland, NY. De Haan will explain the "hows and whys" she came to compile the notebook, which includes Clarence and Hazel Banner as Superintendents, memories of former residents, obituaries, and the Home’s 52-year history. Personal experiences prior to living at the Home and life following the Home will conclude the program. Q & A to follow. Free admission. For more information call 607-753-1042, e-mail cortlandlib-ref@twcny.rr.com or visit http://cortlandfreelibrary.org/adults/srp2014/.

July 30 - August 9, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

Regional Premiere. A new case for the wit and wisdom of Sherlock Holmes! Fiction and fantasy blend when Oscar Wilde brings his dear friend, Lillie Langtry (otherwise known as "The Jersey Lily") to Baker Street for Sherlock's help. Highly intimate letters that Lillie exchanged with the Prince of Wales have been stolen and now she is being blackmailed. Intrigued, Holmes is on the case! Meanwhile Watson falls head-over-heels for the striking young lady while wicked Professor Moriarty attempts to bring the Crown to its knees! Great fun for mystery lovers and adventure seekers! For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

July 31, Steve Daniels Swingtet (Summer Concert Series)

7 pm, Court House Park. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music!


AUGUST 2014

August 1-2, Summer Library Book Sale

Friday 2-5:30, Saturday 10 to 1:30, Phillips Free Library, 37 S. Main St., Homer. Hundreds of books, hard covers and paperbacks. For more information call (607) 749-4616 or visit www.phillipsfreelibrary.org/phillips.

August 1, Main St. Music Series: Chris Merkley and Lil Ed and The Imperials

Downtown Cortland. Free concert. For more information visit Chris Merkley and Lil Ed and The Imperials. Also visit Main St. Music Series on Facebook.

August 1, First Friday Art Event

5 - 8 pm. For details visiit cortlandfirstfridays.org.

August 1, CPEF Golf Tourney

11:45 am - 4 pm (12 noon shotgun start), Walden Oaks Country Club. A fun Friday afternoon outing of 18 holes of golf with lunch and prizes to help a great cause. CPEF is a not-for-profit organization, donations are tax deductible. W-9 forms provided upon request. $60/person, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, prizes. To purchase tickets, contact Thomas Avery at TAvery@TompkinsTrust.com or Andrew Polley at sapolley4@yahoo.com or any CPEF board member OR register online. For more information call Anne Sabach at (607) 842-6843, e-mail asabach@frontiernet.net or visit www.cpef.shutterfly.com.

August 2, Arts and Wine Festival

10 am - 5 pm, Courthouse Park. Sponsored by the Cultural Council of Cortland County. Artist application is now online.

August 3, Bluegrass Ramble Picnic

10 am - 6 pm, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Bill Knowlton, affectionately known as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York,” emcees the event annually. This year’s program features host band The Delaney Brothers, Atkinson Family, Diamond Someday, Gospel Way, Joe LaMay & Sherry Reese, Lake Effect, Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics, Northwater, Off The Wall, Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, Salmon River Boys, Sean Martin Band, Spare Parts , The Cadleys, and The Easy Ramblers, among others. The Picnic is free and open to the public. For more information call 315-453-2424. To learn more about Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio show on WCNY-FM, visit www.wcny.org/ramble. To learn more about the history of Bluegrass music, visit www.ibma.org.

August 6, Outdoor Movie Night "The Croods"

Movie begins at twilight, Courthouse Park. Concession available by Drew's Dogs. Bring blanket or chairs. No charge for movie. For more information call (607) 753-4928 or visit Facebook.

August 7-10, Brockway Truck Show

THURSDAY: Wine Tasting; FRIDAY: "Husky Drive," Slow Race, Dinner, Auction, Fireworks; SATURDAY: 8:30 am Parade, Trucks parked on Main St., awards, Chicken BBQ; SUNDAY: Pancake Breakfast. Reservations required for meals. For more information visit brockwaytrucks.org. Also, see flyer.

August 7, Unreal City (Summer Concert Series)

7 pm, Court House Park. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music!

August 9, Retirement Needs a Plan

9-11 am, Room B1, Cortland Cortland Office Building, 60 Central Ave. Seminar to learn how Social Security, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicare and other Health Insurance options all fit into the Retirement Puzzle. FREE, but please call 753-5060 to reserve your seat. For more information call 607-753-5060 or e-mail dhay@cortland-co.org.

August 12, New to Medicare

5:30 to 7:30 pm, County Office Building, Room B1, 60 Central Ave. If you are about to turn 65 or have been collecting Social Security Disability for 24 months then it's time to think about Medicare. Mr. Eric Hausman, a consultant specializing in Medicare education and training will be our guest presenter. Free, but reservations requested by calling 607-753-5060. For more information call 607-753-5060 or email dhay@cortland-co.org.

August 13, Outdoor Movie Night "Epic"

Movie begins at twilight, Courthouse Park. Concession available by Drew's Dogs. Bring blanket or chairs. No charge for movie. For more information call (607) 753-4928 or visit Facebook.

August 13 - 13, Making God Laugh (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

Regional Premiere. Family holiday celebrations have never been this funny - or this true to life! Join Ruthie and Bill, a couple of "empty nest" parents, as they host their three adult children - a former football star, an aspiring actress and a devout priest - over the course of 30 years of family holiday celebrations. As they gather for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's and Easter, their lives experience unexpected twists and turns and their plans careen more off-center. (Don't be surprised if you see your own family!) This clever play is a heartwarming spin on Woody Allen's joke,"If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans!" For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

August 14, Old Timers Band (Summer Concert Series)

7 pm, Court House Park. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music!

August 20, Outdoor Movie Night "Planes"

Movie begins at twilight, Courthouse Park. Concession available by Drew's Dogs. Bring blanket or chairs. No charge for movie. For more information call (607) 753-4928 or visit Facebook.

August 23-24, Cortland Celtic Festival

Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 3 pm, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. 55 acres of beautiful park setting - a great family friendly fun and educational event. Irish Dancers from across NYS, Celtic food & gift vendors, Celtic Musicians, Pub Tent, Medieval SCA Re-enactors, Pipe & Drum Bands, and Kids Games. Famous muscles and brawn in our Class A Championship Heavy Athletics of the Scottish Highland Games on BOTH DAYS, including a women's division of heavy athletics. Admission. Wheelchair accessible. For more information or to be a vendor, clan or performer, e-mail info@cortlandcelticfestival.com, visit www.cortlandcelticfestival.com or like us on Facebook.

August 27, Outdoor Movie Night "Muppets Most Wanted"

Movie begins at twilight, Courthouse Park. Concession available by Drew's Dogs. Bring blanket or chairs. No charge for movie. For more information call (607) 753-4928 or visit Facebook.

August 27 - September 13, Ring of Fire - the Music of Johnny Cash (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

The iconic songbook of The Man in Black! Pull on your black jeans and boots and enjoy this unique musical filled with songs about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family as only Johnny Cash could sing them. More than two dozen classic hits are here, including I Walk The Line, A Boy Named Sue, Daddy Sang Bass, I've Been Everywhere, and Folsom Prison Blues, all performed by a multi-talented cast of five. This wonderful end to our season paints a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin', crowd-pleasin' salute to this uniquely American legend! For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

September 6, Outdoor and Sportsman Show

10 am - 4 pm, JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Dr. See businesses available in our region that cater to outdoor activities and sports in preparation for the fall and winter outdoor seasons. Featuring camping, fishing, hunting, boating, archery, forestry, hobbies and more. Dan the Snakeman will also be in attendance! Admission $5 at the door, children under 16 free with adult. For more information visit http://jmmcomplex.com/special-events-2/outdoor-sportsman-exhibition/.

September 13, JM McDonald Sports Complex 10th Anniversary Celebration 5k Run

Registration begins 7:30 am, race starts at 9 am, JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Drive. Inside activities will begin at 10 am. Race pre-registration: $20 adults, $15 children under 12, includes t-shirt if registered online before September 1. Race day registration $25 adults, $20 children under 12, t-shirts available first come first serve.
Inside activities will be pay as you play! Register online now. For more information call (607) 753-8100 or visit http://jmmcomplex.com/special-events-2/10th-anniversary-fun-run/.

September 14, Tuff eNuff Challenge

Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Tuff eNuff 5K or 10K race is a creative collaboration between Greek Peak Mountain Resort, the Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc. and Cortland Prevention Resources. The race is designed to foster community through teamwork and adventure. Proceeds will benefit these non-profit organizations, which generate support and nurture hope for members of our community during their recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

The intense “challenge by choice” course utilizes the rugged terrain of Greek Peak and the ruthless craftsmanship of extreme challenge elements to push participants to a heightened level of physical and mental endurance. You get to choose whether you are “Tuff eNuff” (5k) or even “Tuffer” (10k)! After the race, receive free Mountain Coaster rides at the Adventure Center and group pricing for all other attractions. There will also be a post-race BBQ and a bonfire from 1-7 pm! For more information visit http://tuffenuff.greekpeak.net/.

September 20-21, Cat Show

10 am - 4 pm, JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds . Over 30 different breeds of cats and kittens being judged by 12 different judges from across the US. You can even enter your own household pet (see website for details). Admission at door $4, Children under 5 are free. Get $1 off admission coupon on website. For more information call 315-846-5730, e-mail nypersians@gmail.com or visit saltcitycatclub.org/.

September 20, Asleep at the Wheel

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Now in their 41st year, the band Asleep at the Wheel continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation on tour and takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime with their play, “A Ride with Bob.” Western swing has a unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also demanding musical chops. Tickets can be purchased online at www.center4art.org or by calling the box office at (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 pm, offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

September 26, Harvest of Gold

6 - 9 pm, SUNY Cortland Alumni House, Tompkins St. Join us this year as we honor the Ames family for their leadership and service to CRMC and the Cortland Community. $50/person, limited to 250 tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 607-756-3757 or email foundation@cortlandregional.org.

 

OCTOBER 2014

October 4, Tri-Cities Opera Children's Show: Pinocchio

2 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. For more information visit www.tricitiesopera.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling the box office at (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 pm, offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

October 11, McGraw Pumpkin Launch and Kids Pumpkin Decorating Contest

10 am, Decorating contest. 12 noon, Pumpkin Launch, Clinton St. Park, McGraw. Kids can get a free pumpkin (while supply last) to decorate and then they can enter their pumpkin in the decorating contest. Build and enter a pumpkin launcher for the contest to see how far you can throw a pumpkin. Free park entry. To enter a launcher and get the contest rules, call (607) 836-6034.

October 18, Janis Ian

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Music and lyrics are about life experiences and, as Janis’ life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple awards, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and commendations. Her songs have been recorded by singers as diverse as Cher, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Hugh Masakela, Nana Mouskouri, Charlie Daniels and Roberta Flack. Adults - $33; Seniors $28; Students $15; under 18 free. For more information visit www.janisian.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling the box office at (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 pm, offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

October 19, String Fling

2:15 pm, United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church Street. Clinton String Quartet will perform a program of “dramatic” works for stringed instruments in a program especially designed for families, preceded by activities for children and followed by an "Instrument Petting Zoo" — a chance to take a violin for a test drive! Freewill offering with refreshments afterward. Fully accessible facility. No charge. For more information call (607) 849-4680, email officeadmin@unitedpresbyterian.net or visit unitedpresbyterian.net.

 

NOVEMBER 2014

November 1, Community Arts Challenge Deadline

A celebration fo the creative talent and spirit of Cortland County. Calling all local artists, choreographers, composers, photographers, and writers. Theme this year is "Joy." For information about entry requirements and prizes, call (607) 749-4900 or visit www.cortlandartschallenge.org. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts of Homer and the Cultural Council of Cortland County.

November 15, Crystal Bowersox

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King. Adults - $33; Seniors $28; Students $15; under 18 free. For more information visit www.crystalbowersox.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling the box office at (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 pm, offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

 

DECEMBER 2014

December 13, Jingle Babes

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Join the Four Bitchin' Babes as they deck the concert hall with songs and folly. Sharing musical traditions, shtick and stories of friends and family, malls and mayhem, and ultimately the joy that lies within it all. These four accomplished and seasoned musician-actress comediennes come together taking turns in the spotlight and filling it with whimsical songs and shtick, presenting the hippest and most luxurious girl group harmonies "evah!" Playing their own guitars, bass, piano, Irish Bodhran, and mandolin, this hilarious renegade sorority of gal pals use their elegant wit, sophisticated (never blue) stand-up humor, to create an amazing evening of Cabaret/Broadway 'esque original songs. Adults - $33; Seniors $28; Students $15; under 18 free. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling the box office at (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 pm, offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

December 20, A Christmas Carol Radio Play

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 South Main St., Homer. Adults - $25; Seniors $20; Students $15; under 18 free. For more information visit www.scarlettrat.com. Tickets available online at www.center4art.org or call (607) 749-4900.