Calendar of Events in Cortland NY

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Cortland Walking Routes

CPR and First Aid Classes

Computer Classes at Cortland Free Library

Farmers Market Downtown:
June to October, 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesdays & Saturdays, Downtown Main St. between Orchard St & Court St.

AARP Smart Driver Classes:
Preregistration required. A six-hour driver refresher course geared for drivers aged 50 and older, but open to drivers of any age. This course is approved by the N.Y.S. Department of Motor Vehicles for points & insurance reduction. For more information call the Cortland County Health Dept. at (607) 758-5509 or email rsvp@cortland-co.org.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
This free 8-week class is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change environment to reduce the risk of falls, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Preregistration is required. For more information call the Cortland County Health Dept. at (607) 758-5509 or email rsvp@cortland-co.org.

 

AUGUST 2016

August 17 – 27, The Kitchen Witches (CRT)

Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Regional premiere of the piping-hot comedy by Caroline Smith. Imagine Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray in a knockdown, drag-out Battle of the Cooking Stars! Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two low-budget cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches”, the insults are flung harder than the food. Dolly's son, who is also the TV show’s producer, tries to keep them on track, but it's a losing battle – especially when the show becomes a ratings smash! For more information call (607) 756-2627, email cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

August 26, Spaceship Days

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Featuring Cortland Native and America's Got Talent finalist and Top 40 finisher on American Idol, Adam Decker! Spaceship Days blends digital guitar effects, full orchestration, timeless piano, acoustic solos, rich vocal harmonies, vivid mental images, and intricate mixing techniques to create songs that have mass appeal. General Admission $23.00, Senior (60+) $20.00, Student $18. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

August 27, Cortland Comeback

11 am to 10 pm, Courthouse Park. We the Cortland and Homer Class of 1989 with all of the tragedy that has happened lately are inviting everyone to come to our FREE FUN FAMILY event. This year we will be focusing on heroin and other drug related deaths. In lieu of an admission fee we are asking each family to please donate a non perishable food item for the local food pantries. Be sure to like and join our Facebook page Cortland Comeback. Don't forget to bring your own lawn chair. For more information call (607) 662-4101, email cortlandcomeback@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

August 28, PorchFest Cortland

12 noon - 5 pm, Van Hoesen Street (closed to traffic). 20+ musical acts and performers have 40 minute sets on various porches throughout the Van Hoesen Street neighborhood! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic to sit and enjoy. Free crafts and games for kids of all ages. This event is free! There will be opportunities to make donations to the Cortland Youth Bureau to support their music program and play ground equipment initiatives. Open container laws still apply even though there's a street closure. For more information visit PorchFest Cortland on Facebook.

August 31 – September 10, The Marvelous Wonderettes (CRT)

Pavilion at Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Written and created by Roger Bean and featuring the greatest hits of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid, and Lipstick on Your Collar. Then in Act Two, jump forward in time as the girls reunite to perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade as they sing “current” hits Leader of the Pack, Son of a Preacher Man, Rescue Me and I Only Want To Be With You! Featuring over 30 hits, this show is a funny musical trip down memory lane! For more information call (607) 756-2627, email cortlandrep@hotmail.com, or visit cortlandrep.org.

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

September 2, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. Cortland First Fridays joins an informal nationwide movement to celebrate the arts in local communities on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information and a list of participating venues, call (607) 753-1188 or visit culturalcouncilofcortlandcounty.org/first-fridays.

September 9, Healthy Living Expo

4 - 8 pm, JM McDonald Sports Complex, Fairgrounds Dr. Join health conscious organizations in our area to promote healthy living. The goal of this exhibition is to present healthy resources available in our community. This event is FREE and open to the public! If interested in being a vendor, please email Kelsey at events@jmmcomplex.com. For more information call (607) 753-8100, email events@jmmcomplex.com or visit JM McDonald web site.

September 10, Superhero 5k

Registration: 8 am, 5k: 9 am, Kids 1 Mile Fun Run: 10 am, JM McDonald Sports Complex, Fairgrounds Dr. Costume contest with prizes, and a book drive for the Family Reading Partnership. $25 - Adults (5k), $15 - Kids 12 & Under (1 Mile Fun Run). For more information call (607) 753-8100, email events@jmmcomplex.com or visit www.jmmcomplex.com.

September 10, Thank God 4 Paws Pet Festival

1-4 pm, Faith Baptist Church, 1731 Rt. 13. Are you looking for an event you can bring your dog to? Have you thought about adopting a dog but don't have time to stop at a shelter? This is a fun free event for the whole family. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, bring a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon of music, face-painting, making paw prints with your dog and meeting other dog lovers in our community. For more information e-mail tinabrandel@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

September 15, Edwin McCain

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. General admission $35, Senior $32, Student $30, military or veteran with ID free, children under 18 free. For more information call (607) 749-4900 or visit center4art.org.

September 17, Nature Hike

10 am, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Take a stroll with a Lime Hollow Naturalist. Monthly hikes include a fun topic or theme. Hikes typically last an hour and a half. Don't forget binoculars, field guides, small snack and a water bottle. There are some binoculars available to borrow. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

September 22, Vaud and the Villains

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. 18 piece orchestra and cabaret show. It is loosely themed as a traveling medicine show... 50% church, 50% get down and 5% circus. It's Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge with the presentation of a modern day, over the top, rock and roll spectacle. General Admission $25, Seniors $23, Student $20. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

September 23, Cortland Memorial Foundation's Annual Harvest of Gold

6 - 9 pm, The Lynne Parks '68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House, 29 Tompkins St. This year we are honoring the Cortland Community Foundation for their support of the Cortland Regional Medical Center over the years and other organizations in the community. We will also recognize CRMC's 125 years of providing continuous healthcare to Cortland and the surrounding area. Tickets are $55 each and include an evening of live music, hearty hors d'oeuvres and fabulous desserts. To order tickets: call (607) 756-3757 or online. Please contact us if you would like to receive an invitation by US mail. For more information call (607) 756-3757, email foundation@cortlandreginal.org or visit www.cortlandregional.org.

September 24, Borg Warner YMCA Race Series

9 am start. 5K race series around the Cortland area. Registration available on-line at www.cortlandymca.org.

September 25, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

September 26, YMCA Fall Classic

Choose which race you want to participate in. Leaf Peeper Half Marathon starts at 8:30 am at Yaman Park, with the traditional route down Rt 13, over Lorings Crossing, and up East River Rd. and back. Registration starts at 7:30 am. $40 in advance, $50 race day. Cortland Chiro 10k starts at 9am sharp. Registration fee is $25, Youth 13 and under $20, and $35 on Race Day. The Pumpkin 5K starts at 9:15 at Yaman Park, heading out Rt. 13 and turning back to the start at Lorings Crossing. Registration fee $25, $35 Race Day, Youth 13 and Under $20. Sign up in person at 22 Tompkins St. or online. Volunteers for the event are also welcome, as there are needs for flaggers, rest/snack station attendants, registration and medal finishers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Y directly at 756-2893 or email ymca@cortlandymca.org.

September 30, Slaid Cleaves

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. General $25, Seniors $23, Students $20. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

 

OCTOBER 2016

October 1-2, Great Cortland Pumpkinfest

Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm, Courthouse Park. Crafters, Children's Games, Entertainment, Food, Antique Tractors, Hay Rides, Tons of Pumpkins, Exhibits and Displays. For more information please call (607) 753-8463 or toll-free 1-800-859-2227 or visit cortlandpumpkinfest.org.

October 7, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. Cortland First Fridays joins an informal nationwide movement to celebrate the arts in local communities on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information and a list of participating venues, call (607) 753-1188 or visit culturalcouncilofcortlandcounty.org/first-fridays.

October 8, Shotgun Wedding

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Shotgun Wedding draws from a wellspring of country, Americana, alt-country, rock n’ roll, and the boogie-and-stride piano tradition. With reverent intentions and restless creativity, the five-piece band has boldly settled its own authentic homestead. The group boasts four very individual and accomplished songwriters and lead vocalists, and sumptuous four-voice harmony passages. The quintet has the rare distinction of being fulltime acclaimed musicians with impressive resumes pursuing a passion project out of sheer love of the music, their chemistry as a creative unit, and the deep bond of friendship they share. General admission $23, Seniors $21, Students $20, military and children under 18, free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

October 14, Daniel Bachman

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Daniel Bachman is a six-string and lap steel guitar player from Virginia, currently living in North Carolina. Solo guitarists come and go and it takes Daniel Bachman, like John Fahey or Jack Rose before him to completely show you the power in one man and his instrument. Adult/General: $15, Seniors $12, Students $10. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

October 15, Nature Hike

10 am, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Take a stroll with a Lime Hollow Naturalist. Monthly hikes include a fun topic or theme. Hikes typically last an hour and a half. Don't forget binoculars, field guides, small snack and a water bottle. There are some binoculars available to borrow. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

October 15, AppleJazz Concert

6 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Dinner buffet begins at 4 pm. Tickets may be purchased for dinner and concert, or just concert. For more information visit center4art.org/tickets.

October 23, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

October 28, Creatures of the Night

5-8 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Look out for our new creatures and locations this year! Take a guided hike on trails illuminated by jack-o-lanterns and meet some nocturnal creatures along the way! “Dan the Snake Man” will be on hand with some of his scaly friends. Also, listen to Paul Speight as he tells stories by the campfire and plays the didgeridoo. Fun for all ages! $3 for members, $5 for non-members, children 3 and under are free. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

October 30, Solo Handbell Concert

4 pm, United Presbyterian Church, Church St. Diane Dick, "handbell ringer extraordinaire" plays an entire set of handbells in a free concert for the whole family. For more information call (607) 756-5689, email pifry1685@gmail.com or visit www.unitedpresbyterian.net.

 

NOVEMBER 2016

November 1, Community Arts Challenge Deadline

A celebration of the creative talent and spirit of Cortland County. Calling all local artists, choreographers, composers, photographers, and writers to participate. Submissions due November 1. For more information call (607) 749-4900 or visit www.cortlandartschallenge.org.

November 4, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. Cortland First Fridays joins an informal nationwide movement to celebrate the arts in local communities on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information and a list of participating venues, call (607) 753-1188 or visit culturalcouncilofcortlandcounty.org/first-fridays.

November 4, Ben Sollee

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than songs. Like his contemporaries Chris Thile and Abigail Washburn, Sollee’s music is difficult to pin down, but also uniquely beautiful. As seen on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert and Rolling Stone Magazine. Adult/General $22, Seniors $19, Students $16. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

November 17-18-19, Lucky Stiff

7:30 pm, Cortland High School Auditorium. Fall musical presented by Cortland High School Theatre. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else his uncle's gun-toting ex! Featuring a tuneful Flaherty and Ahrens score, an ensemble cast of zany characters, and small rock combo orchestra, Lucky Stiff is an audience charmer. Tickets $8 at the door. For more information call (607) 745-1502 or email sucarr02@hotmail.com.

November 17, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band

Trucks helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals and organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

November 19, Nature Hike

10 am, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Take a stroll with a Lime Hollow Naturalist. Monthly hikes include a fun topic or theme. Hikes typically last an hour and a half. Don't forget binoculars, field guides, small snack and a water bottle. There are some binoculars available to borrow. Free admission, donations appreciated. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

November 20, Trail Work Day

1-4 pm, Lime Hollow Visitor Center, 338 McLean Rd. Join your friends at Lime Hollow and help us maintain our beautiful trails. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all ages. Bring your helping hands and we’ll bring the refreshments! Don’t forget work gloves, appropriate clothing, and a water bottle! Let us know if you plan on participating. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

November 24, Borg Warner YMCA Race Series

9 am start. 5K race series around the Cortland area. Registration available on-line at www.cortlandymca.org.

November 26, Lime Hollow Tree Sale Begins

Lime Hollow Visitors Center, 338 McLean Rd.

 

DECEMBER 2016

December 2, First Friday Art Event

5-8 pm. Cortland First Fridays joins an informal nationwide movement to celebrate the arts in local communities on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information and a list of participating venues, call (607) 753-1188 or visit culturalcouncilofcortlandcounty.org/first-fridays.

December 3, Wreath Making Class

3-5 pm, Lime Hollow Education Center, 3277 McLean Road. Embrace the holiday spirit as you make your own traditional holiday wreath. Use fresh evergreen boughs and other natural materials to create a one-of-a-kind wreath to complement your holiday decor. Please bring pruning shears, work gloves, wire-cutters and ornamental additions. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Admission fee includes boughs, wire, ribbon and instruction. Limited seating. Please call and reserve your spot. For more information call (607) 662-4632, email info@limehollow.org, or visit limehollow.org.

 

JANUARY 2017

January 20, Colin Hay

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Colin Hay is familiar to millions as the frontman, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”). Hay is justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 11 critically-acclaimed solo albums, including the highly successful Man at Work, and has recently announced the release of his new album Next Year People on Compass Records. The frequent use of Hay’s music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances), Army Wives, and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs. General admission $40, Senior $38, Students $35, military and children under 18 free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.

FEBRUARY 2017

 

MARCH 2017

March 24, Francesca Blanchard

8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Francesca Blanchard is a French-American singer-songwriter whose lyrics and melodies reflect her bilingual and multicultural upbringing. A graduate from Boston U., she has been gaining musical experience over the last few years, opening for Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, The Parkington Sisters and others. Adult/General $15, Seniors $12, Students $10. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.