Through Oct. 13th – Fertile Imagination: Art & AgricultureSchweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Fertile Imagination: Art & Agriculture is a curated exhibition that features 84 works of art by 28 artists, focusing on the impact of regional agriculture through visual expression. The exhibition highlights artwork inspired by our region’s agriculture, including themes of farming, agri-business, land, environment, community and more. Individual works of art examine agricultural material culture and objects, issues, landscape, architecture, science, products, practices, and traditions.  Closed Mondays and major holidays.  $6/adults, members and children 12 & under are free, Tues.-Sat., 10:00 am 5:00 pm, Sun., Noon – 5:00 pm.  315-255-1553

Through Oct. 3rd  (Thursdays)  – Fall Poetry SeriesSchweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Includes 4 readings by published poets and writers groups. Curated by Georgia Popoff, poet and published author.  Free, 7pm.   315-255-1553

Sept. 17th & 24th – 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

Through Oct 5th  – Hank Williams “Lost Highway”Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  What’s cookin’, good lookin’? This musical biography tells the story of the famous singer-songwriter himself. Overflowing with the music you know and love, Lost Highway paints a vivid picture of the legend’s life that will leave you “hank”ering for more. We promise that “son of a gun, you’ll have big fun on the bayou.”  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897

Sept. 25th – Inns of Aurora Taste of Summer SeriesAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the Inns of Aurora will host a different local winery on its lakeside veranda for a tasting of their favorite varietals. Complimentary and open to the public. “The series is a great way for the Inns to play their part in introducing some of our favorite wineries to our neighbors and guests,” remarks Alex Schloop, organizer of the series. “I love when people stop by on their way home from work, or use it as a reason to get out of the house and join us for dinner afterwards.”  Tonight: Long Point Winery.  Free, 3:30-5:30pm.  315-364-8888

Sept. 26 – Oct. 6th – Bun In The Oven: Contractions with The Calamari SistersAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Move over Dr. Spock, here come the Calamari Sisters! Join the sisters, once again, as they prepare to celebrate the newest addition to the Calamari family. Delphine and Carmela are in rare form, catering the biggest bouncing baby shower Brooklyn has ever seen. There’s no stopping this duo of singing, dancing, and cooking Italian Mamas from belting out tunes such as “Baby Face,” “I Got You Babe,” “Me and My Baby,” and “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby.” Lamaze will never be quite the same once the Calamari Sisters get done with it!  It’s laugh out loud time for this new workshop production!  $35; $31.50 APT Members; $32 Groups of 10 or more, 9/26 & 10/3 7pm, 9/27 & 10/4 8:00 pm, 9/28 & 10/5 2 & 8 pm, 9/29 & 10/6 2 pm.  315-253-6669

Sept. 27th – The Purple Tie Event Springside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Fundraiser to benefit the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s Domestic Violence Services Department. Music by Diana Jacobs & Midnite Mood. Food, cash bar, signature cocktails, live auction, raffles. Casual attire, purple encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 315-255-1703.  Tickets $20, 5:30-9:00pm.  315-255-1703

Sept. 27th & 28th – “Blackfish”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry.  This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 9/27, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 9/28, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Sept. 28th – Music on the DeckThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.  Enjoy the performance of Medicine Wheel, playing on the deck. Admission is free, wine and food will be available for purchase.  Free, 7pm.  315-889-5184

Sept. 28th – The Finger Lakes Mud Run at Everest ParkEverest Park, 5343 North Rd., Owasco.  he Everest Mud Run is a challenging military style trail run that’s intended to pit participants against one of two extreme courses. Each wave of participants joins a stampede of literally hundreds of people who’ll trudge through thick field grasses, over wooded underbrush, down and out of deep gullies, and ultimately face 16 jawdropping obstacles- each designed to encourage team work and comradely to overcome.  Oh… the MUD! As the name suggests, the Everest Mud Run will feature plenty of mud! The Everest Mud Run takes a note from other popular nationally-known military-style obstacle course events. However, we’ve extended the age limit to 13 and older and we offer two courses instead of just one. Both of our courses showcase the unique rural terrain of Everest Park by exploring rarely-seen sections that are far removed from the common sight of campgrounds, golf courses, and paved roads.  315-252-9305

Sept. 28th – Historical Music Salon:  Parlor Music of the Civil WarSeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Students from the Eastman School of Music: Alexandra Cade (viola and fiddle), Katherine Webber (mezzo-soprano vocalist), John Leighton (tenor vocalist), Matthew Moisey (piano and tenor vocalist) will present a crossection of music from the Civil War Era, including camp songs, love ballads, patriotic hymns and spirituals. The selected pieces evoke the emotional timbre of conflict, patriotism, love and freedom. The hallmarks of a nation at war.  Reservations required.  $15/Seward House Members, $20/non-members, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

Sept. 29th – Music in the BarnIzzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Auburn.  Recently formed in 2012, Sliver Queen Casket Co. performs music from the Blues, Classic Country, Rock N’ Roll, and Folk genres, both covers and originals. Come welcome this emerging local favorite to IWBW on September 29th. Beer, wine, and food will be available during the performance, 3-6 PM.  Free.  315-283-8095

Sept. 29th – Sunday Music Series: Featuring Artists from Indigo ProductionsAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Charley Orlando has toured coast to coast, been on 14 albums, done over 3,000 shows, written 200 original songs, and spent 23 years in the music industry… thus far. Mike Vincitore is currently the anchor of local Grateful Dead cover band Dark Hollow. Dark Hollow is THE preeminent Dead cover band in the CNY area! Together this powerhouse duo makes up MW2.  The members of the band have a wide array of influences that always make their way onto the stage. You can expect to hear a variety of music represented, from the Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones to Pearl Jam to Tom Petty and a sprinkling of jambands like Phish. The duo plays a variety of originals, as well. Americana, bluegrass, Motown, and rock and roll are proudly on display whenever the Wheel is in motion!  Each member is constantly pushing himself to improve the sound and direction of the music. For that reason, each night is new adventure. You might expect to see a stripped down set with acoustic guitars and upright bass one night and everything on full electric the next. Admission $10, APT Members $9, 4-6pm.   315-253-6669

Friday, October 4th-6th, 2013  – Skaneateles Fall FestivalSkaneateles NY – Fall in love with the beautiful scenery that surrounds Skaneateles Lake during the fall & the festively decorated Village.  Enjoy a horse and carriage or hayride around the Village of Skaneateles (rides begin from the Sherwood Inn). Make a Scarecrow in Clift Park (register by calling or visiting the Skaneateles Y,  97 State St. (315) 685-2266 or Skaneateles Chamber, 22 Jordan St. (315) 685-0552). Shop at a specialty shop, stroll through an antique store or art gallery, or visit a local restaurant for a dining experience to satisfy every palate. Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce 22 Jordan Street Skaneateles, NY 13152 (315) 685-0552

September 28th, 2013 – Farm-to-Table Wine & Cooking Class Tour, 222 South Cayuga St, Ithaca NY, 14850 Our wine and cooking class series is offered once each month throughout the year. This event includes an intimate wine tasting at a notable Finger Lakes winery, a local farm experience, and an intimate cooking class with regional chef Samantha Buyskes. Immerse yourself in the bounty of the Finger Lakes. On this one-of-a-kind culinary wine tour, you will create your own Finger Lakes meal from the ground up. We start our morning with a visit to a Finger Lakes working farm, such as one of the dairy With the goats at Lively Run Dairyfarms featured on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, or an organic produce farm. Here, you will tour and taste the bounty right from the source, and then enjoy it again later as an ingredient in your cooking class meal. You might even make some new animal friends along the way. Next, we make our way to Silver Thread Vineyards, you Enjoying Tank Samples at Sheldrake Point Vineyardswill enjoy a vineyard tour or winery experience with the owner that corresponds with the harvest. followed by their wine tasting paired with local cheese. – The group’s favorite will be featured as part of your cooking class experience later in the afternoon. The tour culminates with a cooking class and meal experience with regional celebrity chef Samantha Buyskes. Alongside Chef Samantha, you will learn and discover the beauty of ingredients grown and locally Cooking with Chef Samantha Buyskessourced right here in the heart of the Finger Lakes. During the 3-hour class, you join Chef Samantha as she prepares and demonstrates the creation of a three-course meal featuring the local farm ingredients and wines experienced earlier in the tour. Enjoy the flavors of the Finger Lakes as you learn about preparation and cooking methods, shopping tips, and the magic behind the wonderful regional food of our area. The theme and menu of the class changes each month. Join us for this very special tour series, expand your mind, palate and skills as you indulge in the wonders of the Finger Lakes. With only 12 seats available for each date, this tour sells out each month, so make sure to book early to ensure your place at the table! 2013 Event Dates: March 30 August 10 April 20 September 28 May 4 October 19 June 29 November 16 July 20 Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tours depart from Ithaca Tour Price: $135 per person (includes all tasting and cooking class fees). Gratuity not included.

September 28th, 2013 9 am- 4:30 pm – Pumkin Festival, Ransom Park, Route 17C, Tioga Center Pumpkin decoration, carving, and baking contests, big pumpkin contest, Silent auction, raffles, band entertainment all day, exhibits, crafts, food booths, children’s games, mountain men, chain saw carving, free parking, free admission. 607-658-3033 or 607-972-9577

October 4th, 2013 – Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival – The festival is a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun. The delicacies of the region are at every turn with over 100 vendors including unique apple varietals, hot apple cider donuts, kettle corn, fry bread, local farm fresh baked goods and a multitude of around the world specialties. Local farmers are on site selling everything from tasty apple beverages to fall time produce such as local pumpkins and of course, apples, apples and more apples. Wineries and cideries have regional beverages available for tasting and purchase. Kids can visit with the goats and learn how fiber is made with Laughing Goat Fiber Farm. Over 50 different handmade artists display their arts and crafts in the Craft Show. It is a showcase where you can begin to stock up on handmade items including jewelry, ceramics, home decor, body care, specialty gifts, clothing and so much more. As street fairs go, this one is outstanding, full of family entertainment, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages.

October 5th-6th – Annual Apple Festival, Bement Billings Farmstead, 9241 Route 38, Newark Valley Apple desserts, costumed demonstrators, traditional crafts, apple cider making, live bands, a gift shop, black powder shooting, kids’ activities, great food, free house tours, apples, and fun in the country for the entire family! For a complete schedule visit: The Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6 from 10 to 5 in Newark Valley, NY. $6 adults; $4 students/seniors; $18 family rate. Free parking.

October 11th, 2013 – Harvest Party 391 Main Street Aurora, New York, 13026 –  A new and exciting event for the Inns of Aurora, this cocktail party is sure to be a delight. With live music, locally crafted cocktails by Beak & Skiff Distillery, and house-made hors d’oeuvres, join us as we revel in all the beauty that is autumn and harvest season. Friday, October 11, 2013 • Details TBA, please contact Alex Schloop at 315.364.8866 with inquires.

October 26th, 2013 – Downtown Ithaca OktoberfestIthaca Commons – A new event to the Central Commons of Downtown Ithaca with beer, wine and food tastings. Come and sample Finger Lakes wines and beers, and tasty morsels from your favorite local restaurants and food vendors. Enjoy live music and farmer’s market fare. $30 For a full ticket and $17 for a Half ticket To purchase call (607) 277-8679.

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