Now through – May 31st – “Lincoln Tour”Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Tour showcases the working relationship and personal friendship between the President and his Secretary of State.  The Seward House Museum is offering the “Lincoln Tour.” The tour will show museum visitors the actual artifacts of these two mens world-changing professional relationship, but also of their genuine friendship. Visitors will get to see Seward’s appointment document where Lincoln names him Secretary of State, hear letters about the President and his relationship with not only Seward but his family, Lincoln’s presence throughout the Seward Home and more.  The story of the this great partnership is told through stories in the following rooms of the house: Parlor, Library, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Upstairs Hall,Victorian Room, Civil War Room, and Seward’s Office.  Thurs. 1:00 pm, Sat. 1:00 & 3:00 pm, admission $5.  315-252-1283

Now through – Sept. 20th – They Stood Up, Civil and Human Rights in the Finger LakesCayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Examines various civil and human rights movements in the region, ranging from abolition to bullying in today’s society.  Closed major holidays.  Suggested donation $3, Tues. – Sun. Noon – 5:00 pm.  315-253-8051

Now – Aug. 11th – Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber, a traveling exhibition of artwork by multiple generations of top-tier, internationally celebrated fiber artists. Innovators and Legends explores the explosion of fiber as a fine arts movement during the latter half of the 20th century with over 75 works by 50 artists.  The exhibition tells the story of the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from the functional and decorative to the innovative and experimental, and the creative potential of the wide array of diverse materials and techniques being used today. Contemporary themes such as narrative, identity, ecology, recycling, and political thought are explored, while continuing to draw upon the beauty and visual richness achieved through color, pattern, texture, and form. Tues.-Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 1-5pm.  315-255-1553

May 29th – June 19th – Singin’ In The RainMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  When Hollywood makes the leap into “talkies”, silent film star Don Lockwood and his best friend Cosmo, with the help of an aspiring actress, must salvage their careers by turning their latest picture into a musical spectacular. Faithfully adapted from the MGM classic, this musical extravaganza includes tap-dance favorites like “Good Mornin’,” “Broadway Melody,” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Don’t forget your umbrella!  Call the box office or visit web site for ticket prices & show times.  800-457-8897

May 30th – Military Exhibit and ReceptionRural Life Museum, 920 State Route 34B, King Ferry.  This program is in anticipation of the school/community June visit of Marion Blumenthal Lazan, Holocaust survivor. We will be showing her documentary, Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare upon request. We will also have copies of her award winning memoir available for purchase (Four Perfect Pebbles).  Free, 10:30am – Noon.  315-364-8202

May 31st & June 1st – “56 Up”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  “Brilliant! The ‘Up’ series is on my list of the 10 greatest films of all time.” – Roger Ebert  –  Life rushes by so fast, it flickers today and is gone tomorrow. In “56 Up,” – the latest installment in Michael Apted’s remarkable documentary project that has followed a group of Britons since 1964, starting when they were 7 – entire lifetimes race by with a few edits. One minute, a boy is merrily bobbing along. The next, he is 56 years old, with a wife or an ex, a few children or none, a career, a job or just dim prospects. Rolls of fat girdle his middle and thicken his jowls. He has regrets, but their sting has usually softened, along with everything else.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/31, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/1, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

May 31st – Final Friday at Theater Mack – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Live music featuring Burt Sholl and Friends and Swing This! Enjoy the cozy setting.  Admission $5, 6-10pm.  315-253-8051

June 1st – Old Ways DaysWard O’Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Jr. Education Center, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  All are invited to the celebration of the past at Old Ways Day at the Museum/Ed Center. The museum has planned a day of fun, excitement, learning, and family activities. Horse drawn wagon rides, and Model “T” rides will be given on the museum grounds. Tour the country store, country kitchen, blacksmith shop, one room school house, or the many other exhibits that the museum has to offer. The Herb Garden will be open and there will be many other exhibits and demonstrations of the years gone by throughout the day. The blacksmith will be at the Forge, the potter at his wheel, there will be alpaca shearing, butter making, rug braiding and hooking, spinning, weaving, quilting and basket making. Live music all day and the Cayuga County Dairy Princess Ceremony will be at 3 P.M. Admission and parking is free. Lunch will be available at a modest price and the gift shop will be open.  Free, 11am-4pm.  315-252-7644

June 1st – Music on the DeckThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga Enjoy the performance of The Fabulous Ripcords, playing on the deck. Admission is free, wine and food will be available for purchase.  7-11pm.  315-889-5184.

June 1st – Women’s Tour – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  To showcase and honor the contributions the progressive political and social actions of the Seward women, the Seward House Museum is pleased to announce the return of Speaking for Ourselves: The Women’s Tour of the Seward House Museum. The narrative focuses on the tenacious spirits and civic involvement of the Seward Women during this critical time.  $8/adults, $7/Seniors/AAA members, $5/students w/ college I.D., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  315-252-1283

June 2nd – Festival of Nature and the Arts Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Sterling Nature Center’s Inspiration: a Festival of Arts and Nature is, Sunday June 2nd from 11am to 4:30pm.  Sunday features our usual afternoon of joyful noise, this year starring The Breakdown Brothers from 12-2pm followed by Larry Hoyt and the Good Acoustics 2:30-4:30pm. All day events features include: a display of art in several media, booths of handcrafted wares for sale, children’s activities tent, BBQ-beef and other refreshments, and new this year a read as you hike trial!!!  For more information contact the Sterling Nature Center at 315-947-6143 or  315-947-6143

June 4th & 11th –   – Open Mic NightAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.   315-253-6669

June 6th – Wine Dinner – BeauVine Chop House at the Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.  Featuring wines from Red Tail Ridge Winery.

  • 1st Course, Dry Riesling paired with Seared Wild Strip Bass, With Spring Vegetables, Local Ramps, and Roasted Lobster Vinaigrette.
  • 2nd Course, Blaufrankisch paired with Veal Two Ways – Roasted Loin and Braised Veal Cheek with Morel Mushrooms & “Farro Rissotto”
  • 3rd Course, Pinot Noir paired with Smoked Blue Cheese Fritter with Pickled Watermelon Rind, Grilled Belgium Endive, and Pinot Reduction
  • 4th Course, Pinot Rose paired with Rhubarb and Strawberry Tart, Sour Cream Soret and Pistachio Streusel.

$65/person ++, 6pm.  Reservations required.  315-515-3162

June 6th – The Great American Trailer Park MusicalAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres-and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the “exotic” dancer on the lamb, comes between the agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband-the storms begin to brew. As delightfully trashy as the title suggests, this double-wide comedy will leave you doubled over with laughter.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897

June 7th – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DOIrene Bisgrove Theatre, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  Featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka, the book by ERIK JACKSON and BEN H. WINTERS, the music by NEIL SEDAKA and lyrics by NEIL SEDAKA, HOWARD GREENFIELD, and PHILIP CODY. Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements by Tom Kitt, conceived by Marsh Hanson and Gordon Greenberg, Creative Consultation by Neil Sedaka and directed by Lorraine Fraher.  The comic story set in the 1960’s of Lois and Marge, two friends who are searching for romance and fun, showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where The Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, and the chart topping “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” and is sure to have the audience singing along to the hits. Guests will be in for laughs as they follow the twosome on their adventures to create a memorable weekend.  Proudly presented by the Auburn Players. Tickets are $14/general admission, $12/seniors & seniors, 6/7 & 6/8, 8:00 pm, 6/9, 2:00 pm.  315-702-7832

June 7th – Flavor of the Finger LakesExchange St. Mall & Downtown Venues, Auburn.  Sample local foods & beverages, with live entertainment, sponsored by the Cayuga County Chamber & Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival.  4-8pm.  315-252-7291

June 7th – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A six-year-old girl from the southern Delta searches for her long-lost mother after her father falls ill and her world spins out of balance in the film from director Benh Zeitlin that took home the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A harsh but loving father, Wink swore that his beloved daughter Hushpuppy would be prepared for the day he was no longer able to look after her. Little did Wink realize that day would come sooner than anyone suspected, and when illness strikes him down, nature runs amuck. As the soaring temperatures melt ice caps and the sea levels swell, a race of prehistoric beasts named the aurochs emerge to reclaim the planet. Meanwhile, as the apocalypse unfolds, determined Hushpuppy bravely sets out on a mission to locate the mother she’s never known.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/7, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/8, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

June 7th – First Friday EventsDowntown Auburn Area.

  • Fingerlakes Art Cooperative, 101 Genesee St. – “Meet & Greet” with the artists, music, wine tasting, and demonstrations.
  • The Center, 1 Hoffman St. – Free Samplings of Reiki, Chair Massage & Belly Dancing sampler.
  • Representative Dan Maffei’s Office, 30 Dill St. – Hands In for Head Start Art Exhibition. 5-7pm, light refreshments provided.
  • Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Come tour the new exhibit, “They Stood Up: Civil and Human Right in the Finger Lakes,” honoring regional figures that played a key role in American history.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Visitors can decorate the entrance with caulk art and make knitted tree bands. Exhibiting artist Angela Maroun will give a gallery talk at 6PM. Visitors can view the current exhibitions Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles & Fiber and Hawaiian Petroglyphs in Felt and Stitch. Refreshments served.
  • Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – Enjoy live music presented by Michael Fedorchuk while browsing the art & jewelry of Susan Silverman, who works with paint, garden sculpture, fiber arts & jewelry. Refreshments & tours.
  • Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St. – “It’s Jammie Time,” 6PM performance by Mama Pajama’s Playhouse in the Children’s Room. Children can wear pjs & slippers, bring a blanket & teddy bear, and sing and dance to bedtime classics. All library services available until 8PM.

June 8th – Civil War TourSeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join local historian, columnist and Seward House staff member, Andrew Roblee, for a tour of the Seward House focusing on the family’s experiences during the Civil War.  $8/adults, $7/Seniors/AAA members, $5/students w/ college I.D., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  Please call for reservations.  315-252-1283

June 8th – Murder Mystery, Murder in the OrchardThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.  Music of “Dang”.  Dinner 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Music 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.  315-889-5184

June 8th – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Spring Open House.  It’s our first Open House of the season, and we invite you to spend some time on the farms, sampling our cheeses, meeting our animals, and learning our process. Family friendly. No admission fee. Please use our map and plan your route in advance and bring a cooler to store your cheese in!  Participating Farms:
Engelbert Farms, Nichols
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
Hillcrest Dairy, Moravia
Jerry Dell Farm & Store, Freeville
Keeley’s Cheese Company, King Ferry
Kenton’s Cheese Company, Trumansburg
Lively Run Goat Dairy, Interlaken
Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream
Side Hill Acre Goat Dairy, Candor

June 9th – Tiffany Sunday Concert SeriesWillard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Duo L’Adour Classical Flute/Voice/Harp Duo.  Tickets $10, 2pm.  315-252-0339

June 10th,  17th & 24th – “Race: The Power of an Illusion”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  “RACE: The Power of an Illusion”, a three-part film and facilitated discussion series, sponsored by Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism of Auburn & Cayuga County.  This series has been offered in many communities nationwide, including very recently by our neighbors to the south in Ithaca and Tompkins County. RACE: The Power of an Illusion – the division of the world’s peoples into distinct groups – “red,” “black,” “white” or “yellow” peoples – has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that’s exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race – The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. Yet race still matters. Just because race doesn’t exist in biology doesn’t mean it isn’t very real, helping shape life chances and opportunities.  Free and open to the public, 6:30-8:30pm.     315-253-6669

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