Calendar of Events in Cortland NY

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APRIL 2014

April 22, Climate Action Plan Workshop

6 pm, City Hall, Court St. The Central Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) and the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) will conduct a workshop on the City’s Climate Action Plan. See details.

April 22, Cortland College Community Orchestra

8 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, SUNY Cortland. Highlighting the work of Viennese composers. Free concert. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

April 23, Recital

4 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Rm 110, SUNY Cortland. Free concert. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

April 24, Glow Ride

8 pm. Come join the SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project for a night bike ride when we light up the streets! There will be raffles, food, a fun 5-mile bike ride, and information about riding bicycles safely at night. So light up your bike and let's ride safe! To register, for free, please email communitybikeproject@cortland.edu and request a registration form. We are also offering the option to order a neon color Community Bike Project GLOW RIDE T-Shirt if you register before Friday April 7. For more information visit us on Facebook.

April 25-26, Senior Recitals

Friday 7 pm, Saturday 1-3-5 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Rm 110, SUNY Cortland. Free concerts. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

April 26, Cemetery Sweep-out Day

8 am to 12 noon, Cortland Rural Cemetery, 110 Tompkins Street. Readying the Cortland Rural Cemetery for Memorial Day (May 26) and the 2014 growing season is a monumental task! All able-bodied volunteers and organizations are needed to help remove branches and other debris from the cemetery. No heavy lifting or contact with headstones allowed! Other outdoor and indoor tasks may be assigned. Refreshments will be on hand. Groups welcome: Just reach out by phone, FB messaging, or email to let us know your group plans to attend! For more information call 607-756-6022, e-mail contact@cortland-rural-cemetery.com, or visit www.cortland-rural-cemetery.com/WEBPROTECT-cemeterysweepoutday.htm.

April 27, Cortland Blooms

11 am - 3 pm, Cortland County Office Bldg Gymnasium amd Cortland Corset Bldg. Home grown community festival and green fair. Exhibits from local businesses, groups and organizations. Farmer's Market, music, art, crafts, children's activities, and more. For more information visit facebook.com/cortlandblooms.

April 27, SUNY Cortland College Singers

3 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, SUNY Cortland. Concert version of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeny Todd.” Free concert. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

April 27, SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir Spring Concert

4 pm, Corey Union Function Room. Farewell concert for Director Robert Brown. Event features traditional and contemporary African American gospel music and spirituals. $5 General Admission, $3 students. Purchase tickets at the door or from Gospel Choir members. Reserve tickets at sam.kelley@cortland.edu. For more information call (607) 753-4104 or e-mail sam.kelley@cortland.edu.

April 28, New to Medicare

5:30 to 7:30 pm, County Office Building 60 Central Ave Cortland Room B1. Free seminar where you can learn the basics of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D as well as Medicare Preventive Services, and other health plans. Seminar designed for those whoe just turn 65 or are within 6 to 9 months of turning 65. Call 753-5060 to reserve your seat. For more information call 607-753-5060 or e-mail dhay@cortland-co.org.

April 28, The History of Quilt Making

7 pm, Cortland County Historical Society, 25 Homer Ave. Toni Warner is the owner of Past Peddler Antiques and Crafts in Willet and she has been an avid quilter for many years. She will be discussing the history of quilt making. Many of her own quilts will be on display as well as a few borrowed quilts from her fellow quilters. No charge for this program. For more information call 607-756-6071, e-mail info@cortlandhistory.com or visit www.cortlandhistory.com.

April 30, Vocal Recital

4 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Rm 110, SUNY Cortland. Free concert. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

 

MAY 2014

May 1, Gamba Obscura: A Concert of Early Music

7:30 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, SUNY Cortland. The Early Music group Gamba Obscura will present music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Performers include Kate Cushing - bass viola da gamba, Alex Rakov - bass viola da gamba, Tom Klenck - bass viola da gamba, Stephen B. Wilson - harpsichord. Admission is free. For more information call (607) 745-6707, e-mail mail@cortlandmusic.org or visit classical.cortlandmusic.org.

May 2, First Friday Art Event

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

May 2, Classical Guitarists

7-9 pm, United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church Street. Music will be performed by students of the Guitar Studio at Ithaca College, headed by Professor Pablo Cohen. If you love the guitar, don’t miss this chance to experience some of the greatest music written for the guitar and the wonderful variety and magic of this instrument. Free admission (donations accepted). For more information call (607) 745-6707, e-mail mail@cortlandmusic.org or visit http://guitar.cortlandmusic.org.

May 2-3, Buddy Holly Tribute Band

7:30, 19 Church St. Starring Todd Meredith, CRT's Buddy Holly from last summer's hit "Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story." Re-live the electric magic of CRT's musical with a unique concert of smash hits by Buddy Holly. $30 per person, tickets available at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. The Rave-On's CDs will be on sale with a portion donated to CRT.

May 3, Performing Arts Dept. Dance Demo

7 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, SUNY Cortland. Free event. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

May 3, Syracuse Schola Cantorum

7:30 pm, Grace and Holy Spirit Church, 13 Court St. Central New York's premier early music vocal ensemble Schola Cantorum of Syracuse will present a program that features Renaissance choral settings of the popular Medieval Marian antiphon Ave Regina Caelorum (Hail Queen of Heaven) by Power, Gombert, Guerrero and di Lasso. The concert will culminate in Guillaume Dufay’s great last motet and mass of the same title. Following the concert, audience members and the artists will converse at an informal reception. There is no charge for admission. For more information call (607) 753-3073.

May 3, Tom Paxton

8 pm, Center for the Arts, Homer. Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 60s Greenwich Village scene, and continues to be a primary influence on today's "New Folk" performers. Tickets can be purchased online at www.center4art.org by calling toll free (877) 749-ARTS (2787), or at the door. For more information call 607-749-4900, email arts@center4art.org, or visit www.center4art.org.

May 5 & 6, AARP Smart Driver

5:30 - 8:30 pm, Cortland Regional Medical Center Auditorium, lower level, 134 Homer Ave. This 6 hour refresher course is geared for drivers 50 years of age or older but anyone can attend. Graduates under age 50 may also qualify for the discount, call your insurance agent to verify. AARP members $20, non members $25. Bring bag lunch. Sponsored by RSVP, Cortland Co. Health Ed. Dept., Area Agency on Aging, & AARP. For more information call (607) 758-5509, e-mail rsvp@cortland-co.org or visit www.aarp.org.

May 6, Climate Action Plan Public Hearing

6:30 pm, City Hall, Court St. The Central Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) and the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) will conduct a public hearing on the City’s Climate Action Plan. See details.

May 6, Choral Union Concert

8 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre, SUNY Cortland. Free concert. For more information call SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department at (607) 753-2811, or visit www2.cortland.edu/departments/performing-arts/.

May 7 & 8, AARP Smart Driver

9 am - 12 noon, Virgil Town Hall, 1176 Church St., Virgil. This 6 hour refresher course is geared for drivers 50 years of age or older but anyone can attend. Graduates under age 50 may also qualify for the discount, call your insurance agent to verify. AARP members $20, non members $25. Bring bag lunch. Sponsored by RSVP, Cortland Co. Health Ed. Dept., Area Agency on Aging, & AARP. For more information call (607) 758-5509, e-mail rsvp@cortland-co.org or visit www.aarp.org.

May 17-18, Quilts Across Cortland

Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon - 4 pm, YWCA of Cortland, 14 Clayton Avenue. Attention Quilters! Come see the beautiful quilts on display along with our newly added fiber and wearable art corner. Demonstrations to learn about the various quilting techniques. Get your raffle ticket today for the beautiful handmade quilt we will be raffling off. Many local vendors and passionate quilters. $5 admission, free parking. Tickets will be on sale at the door. For more information call 607-753-9651, e-mail funddevelopment@cortlandywca.org or visit www.cortlandywca.org.

May 18, Presbybop

4 pm, United Presbyterian Church of Cortland. Concert by Presbybop, sacred jazz quartet led by Bill Carter, who has been called the Dave Brubeck of church music. Reception following this free concert. Fully accessible facility. For more information call 607-756-5689, e-mail pifry48@frontier.com or visit www.unitedpresbyterian.net.

 

JUNE 2014

June 4 - 14, Boeing Boeing (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

A high-flying, Tony Award winning farce! Swinging American bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: he has a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him...without knowing about each other! But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert from Wisconsin comes to visit and a new, faster Boeing jet throws off his careful scheduling! Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously and befuddled Robert can't keep his airlines straight! For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

June 6, First Friday Art Event

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

June 7, Fishing Derby

8:30-11 am, Casterline Pond on Route 11 in Homer next to the Morton Building Company. Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day outdoors and get hooked on fishing! Youngsters 15 years and younger are invited to test their fishing skills and win valuable prizes at the annual fishing derby sponsored by the Cortland Youth Bureau, the Izaak Walton League, and the Cortland County Federation of Sportsman. Participants can register throughout the derby. There will be three divisions (8 & under, 11 & under, and 15 & under) and prizes will be awarded for the longest fish.

June 17, Supervising and Leading during Change, Transition and Uncertainty/ Dealing with Difficult People

Morning session 9 am-noon; afternoon session 1:30-4:30 pm, Cortland Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson Street. Supervising and Leading during Change, Transition and Stress Workshop will explore the challenges of supervising and motivating others, communicating/listening and being resilient as a leader. Dealing with Difficult People Workshop explores human behavior, conflict and skills to deal with difficult people at work. Presenter is Karen Fritz, experienced Employee Assistance professional and trainer from Family & Children's Service of Ithaca. Registration Required. Price per session: $60 (Early bird by May 13: $55.00). Discount Price for both: $110 (Early bird by May 13: only $100). To purchase tickets, call Karen Fritz at 607-273-7494, email kfritz@fcsith.org or visit www.wheretoturnithaca.org.

June 18 - July 5, All Shook Up! (Cortland Repertory Theatre)

Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Audiences "Can't Help Falling in Love" with this high energy rockin' musical, with a plot inspired by Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"! It's 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state comes a jean-wearing, motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing roustabout who sets the townspeople on their collective ear! Love is the answer to all problems in this musical fantasy, and you'll jump out of your blue suede shoes with the hits Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and many more! Great fun for all ages! For more information call (607) 756-2627, e-mail cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

 

JULY 2014

July 1, Moreland the Magician

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 4, Nineteenth Annual Public Reading of the United States Declaration of Independence

10 am, Homer Congregational Church, Homer Green. Charles W. Jermy, Jr. and Charles W. Jermy III will present the historical background of the events that led up to its adoption in 1776. Those who desire to do so will be invited to read a short portion of the Declaration itself. Following the reading, the bells in the churches and other buildings surrounding the Green will be rung 50 times. All are welcome, families in particular, and there is no charge. For more information, please call Bud or Chip at 607/749-4365 or send an e-mail message to cwj1@cornell.edu.

July 8-12, Cortland County Junior Fair

More than 25,000 people each year visit the fair to enjoy 4-H youth building exhibits such as crafts, sewing, photography, drawings and foods on display by our own Cortland County youth. Walk through the barns to see rabbits, goats, horses, cows, and pigs and see how our youth prepare them for their show times. Youth activities and programs happen all week and don’t forget the Midway, you will be able to play games and enjoy the rides. Why not join in on all the excitement and join us at the fair. For more information, please contact the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Cortland County, (607) 753-5077.

July 8, WOWEE Animal Encounters

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 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 10, Muddy Dove (Summer Concert Series)

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

July 12, Taste of Downtown

12-4 pm, downtown Cortland. Historic Downtown Cortland's restaurants show off their culinary creativity with a walking sample tour that includes a collectible glass and tasting tickets for just $10. Taste of Downtown is the final day of the annual Sidewalk Sales, so there's a host of bargains to find between tasting stops. Live, family friendly entertainment is provided throughout downtown. Tickets with glasses will be available for sale Monday, June 30. Stay tuned for more details as the day approaches! For more information call 607-753-4928, e-mail jane@cortlanddowntown.com or visit us on Facebook.

July 15, Professor Womboggle

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 17, JD & Rollin South Band (Summer Concert Series)

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

July 22, Nate & Kate

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 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 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 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, First Friday Art Event

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

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 7, Unreal City (Summer Concert Series)

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

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 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 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/.

 

OCTOBER 2014

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.