May is here and the daffodils are finally in bloom!  Woo Hoo!  The trees are starting to bud, the grass is getting green and I am getting excited thinking about how beautiful the gardens will soon be here at 10 Fitch.  If you have not seen the gardens at MacKenzie Childs in nearby Aurora this time of year after the tulips come up, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  They have the most beautiful gardens bursting with color, pattern and texture.  Every fall they dig up all their bulbs, give those away to their employees and plant new bulbs.  They order between 50-70 varieties each year  and the gardens never look the same!  This weekend they are having their Garden Days event.  Details on that below.

So, here is a look at what is happening in and around Auburn, NY from May 2nd-13th.

May 2nd – 4th –  Annual Wine & Herb FestivalCayuga Lake Wine Trail, participating wineries.  Build your garden this spring by attending our Wine & Herb Festival and fill your garden with fragrant herbs and veggies. You’ll receive a souvenir wineglass, potted herb or veggie plants at each winery, a plant carrier, plus recipe cards.  As you savor herb prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines so make sure to take home the recipes so that you can experience the event all over again.  Participants are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes by handing in your ticket at your last winery stop.  FRIDAY 1 – 5 PM, the following wineries will be participating:   King Ferry
Long Point
 Six Mile Creek  SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 10 – 6 PM, all 16 wineries are participating.    Make sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend.  Tickets available by calling 800-684-5217 or at any area Wegmans six weeks prior to the event.  As of 4/20/14, tickets WILL NOT be mailed. A receipt will be emailed to the email address supplied by PayPal. Please print this receipt and bring it to your starting winery as proof of purchase. Your name will be on a list at the door. If you have any questions please call 1-800-684-5217.  800-684-5217

May 2nd – First Friday EventsParticipating sites and businesses near Downtown Auburn.  Seward House Musuem, 33 South St. Join us for a First Friday reception featuring a photography exhibit by artist, Caleb Filer, and live music by Tim Herron. Complimentary refreshments & tours.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – View the Made in NY 2014 exhibit featuring 65 NY artists working in various media. Refreshments served.
Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 205 Genesee St. – Learn about Auburn’s storied historic theaters and their lasting impact on our present-day city. Light refreshments served.
Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP features ART & MUSIC, 101 Genesee St. – We are celebrating our First Birthday! We are celebrating with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce along with a Birthday Cake, Artist Meet & Greet, and Refreshments. There may even be a few balloons! Our guest musician is Merry Mischief. Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St. – Performance by Mama Pajama’s Playhouse, 6 p.m. Library open until 8 p.m. with all services available.

May 2nd & 3rd“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Winner Best Documentary Film
~ Iowa Independent Film Festival 2010 
Official Selection ~ Sonoma International Film Festival 2010
Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn’t make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would take to turn his life around. Desperate, Cross loads up his car with a juicer and a generator, and pledges to survive on nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.   Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/2, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/3, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

May 2nd & 3rdMichele Lee: Lights, Broadway, Action!Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  Auburn Public Theater in association with Barbara Walsh and Cayuga Community College present a benefit in honor of the late 2-time Tony winner Thommie Walsh and the Thommie Walsh Scholarship.  She is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie in the landmark CBS series Knots Landing. (Knots is now the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in history). Michele appeared in all 344 episodes setting the American record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actress in an hour-long prime-time dramatic series.  Ms. Lee starred on Broadway in “Seesaw”& “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”. She also was featured in the prime-time soap opera “Knots Landing”. Michele has recorded and performed with many legends of the entertainment industry.  Ms. Lee opened her rave reviewed musical act at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City and continues her concerts in performing arts venues across the country. Steven Holden of the New York Times declared, “Her show belongs to the old school of knock-’em-dead entertainment embodied by Liza Minnelli, Sam Harris and Patti LaBelle. Once you’re on the stage, it isn’t enough to seduce or enlighten; the only goal worth pursuing is total conquest.”  $50/admission, $45/APT members, 8pm. 315-253-6669

May 2nd – 4th Garden DaysMacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Enter to win a  315-364-6118
floral arrangement by Mariann Fessenden, garden designer and estate manager. Join her for garden tours beginning at 2pm & 4pm. (weather permitting).
 Daily prize drawing for MacKenzie-Childs products.
Savor champagne and dessert! Our friends from Heart & Hands Wine Company will serve their 2012 Brut Rose Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm.
Farmhouse tours 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm.  www

May 4thA Closer Look – Photo SafariSterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Join Naturalist Jim D’Angelo for a closer look and possible photographic opportunities of the great horned owl nest, great blue heron rookery and other wetland wildlife of the Beaver Wetland at the Sterling Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by May 2nd. Space is limited for the Safari.  Cost is $5/person, 10:00 am & 3:00 pm.  315-947-6143

May 4thHistoric Church Tour and Organ CrawlThe Community Preservation Committee once again is sponsoring its tour spotlighting local historic churches. This year’s participants are Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Willard Memorial Chapel.  This year, an “organ crawl” will complement the tour! Participants will have the opportunity to hear local organists perform selected pieces on various instruments at some of the sites. Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale at the Willard Chapel Office during regular hours, Tues-Fri 10-4. They also may be purchased at the individual churches during the tour. Watch for more information about tour maps, suggested routes and more!  315-252-0339

May 6thGuards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at WorkTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Cayuga Museum is hosting a discussion of the book, Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at Work with the author, Dr. Lucien X. Lombardo. Dr. Lombardo, an Auburn native, worked at the Osborn School in Auburn Prison from 1969 through 1977. The first edition of Guards Imprisoned, published in 1981, is based on more than 300 hours of interviews with over 70 correctional officers who were employed at Auburn Correctional Facility in 1976. For the second edition in 1986, to update the original study and to examine how things changed, another 100 hours of interviews were conducted with 17 of the original officers, along with another 15 officers hired after 1976.. So from today’s perspective the book provides a historical look at the day-to-day working lives of correctional officers. Dr. Lombardo will discuss both editions of the book and a question and answer period will follow.  Free, 7pm.  315-253-8051

May 6th & 13th  –  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

May 7th – Live MusicSpringside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Performing this evening is Diana Jacobs & Joel Kane.  Free, 8-11pm.  315-252-8463

May 8th John Gorka with Mustard’s RetreatAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.   Tickets $20, APT Members, $18, 7pm. 315-253-6669

May 9thBeneath the Hoop: A Multi-Layered Exploration of Womens’ Fashion in the 19th Century Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join re-enactors Karen Fittry and Mary Mahiques for an engrossing look into how women dressed during the antebellum and Civil War Eras. Fittry and Mahiques will take the audience, layer by layer, through a woman’s dressing routine, allowing audience members to try on reproduction clothing to get the true feel of the period. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to view items of clothing belonging to the Seward women. Reservations required.  $15/Admission, $12/Seward House Members, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

May 9thSwing into Spring Jazz BenefitTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Pete Levin, a mainstay of NYC’s jazz, pop and electronic music scene, will be performing in a benefit show for the Cayuga Museum on Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack. Celebrated jazz drummer Harv Sorgen and Peter Mack on bass will accompany Levin. Sorgen has played with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, and Levon Helm among many others. The intimate venue of Theater Mack is the ideal place to Swing into Spring with these three masters.
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a live performance by one of the most innovative musicians working today. Only 100 seats are available, so don’t wait. This performance is sponsored by Auburn’s own Mack Studios.  Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, 8pm.  315-253-8051

May 9thAATOSIrene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression proudly presents the theatrical performance of Aatos, written and directed by Rachael Tissot.  Tickets $5 at the Door, 6:30 pm.  315-253-7331
May 9th & 10th – New 2 U Rummage Sale – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  Westminster Presbyterian Church and Westminster Nursery School, 17 William Street, Downtown Auburn invited the community to the annual New 2 U Rummage Sale on Friday, May 9 from 12 – 6 pm and Saturday, May 10 from 8 – 10 am with the BAG SALE from 10 am – 12 noon. Guests are certain to find good deals on clothing for men, women and children; home décor; books; furniture; pots & pans and dishes; seasonal decorations; children’s toys; jewelry and much more.  5/9, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 5/10, 8-10 am, big bag sale 10-12:00 pm.  315-253-3331

May 9th & 10th“Gloria”Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A vibrant Chilean divorcée falls for a handsome ex-naval officer, but finds any chance for lasting happiness hinging on her willingness to confront a painful chapter from her past. In the wake of her divorce, 58-year-old Gloria (Paulina García) is determined to live her life to the fullest. Her children have all grown up and moved out, so rather than sit home alone, Gloria spends much of her time at local nightclubs and singles parties. Later, just when Gloria has started to realize that her active new lifestyle offers precious little emotional sustenance, she’s swept off her feet by a dashing former naval officer in his sixties. Before long she’s dreaming of a bright future with him. But true love never comes easy, and before Gloria can enjoy her twilight years with the man who makes her feel truly fulfilled, she must make peace with a harsh truth that could drive him away forever.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/9, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/10, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

May 10thWorkshop: Harmony with the Mind with Alexis PierceEka, 100 Genesee St., Suite 101, Auburn.  Stress, anxiety, depression or just the blahs – we all experience ups and downs. Yoga offers a way to find balance and harmony in body and mind. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to address your specific emotional needs through a mix of postures and breathing practices designed to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. Using the principles and practices you learn, you’ll feel calmer, happier, and more easily weather the storms of daily life. No experience with yoga is necessary; this is a gentle practice. Open to all. Pre-registration highly recommended to ensure your spot.  $30/person, 10:30am-12:30pm.  315-730-6355

May 10thWildflower WalkSterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Don’t miss
your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center. Many flowers like colt’s foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center. Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  Free, 1pm. 315-947-6143

May 10th15th Anniversary Celebration at Long Point WineryLong Point Winery, 1485 Lake Rd., Aurora.  Take a beautiful ride along Cayuga Lake and come join the fun!  $1 wine tastings, commemorative glass, wine by the glass, special discounts and food available from Smoke Incorporated BBQ.  Noon-4pm.  315-364-6990

May 10th & 11th   – Riesling Weekend CelebrationCJS Vineyard & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy our estate Riesling, the signature white wine of the Finger Lakes. Taste and compare dry and medium dry vintages from the last several years.  Free, noon-5pm.  315-730-4619

May 11thPlant ExchangeSterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle? Need to thin out those perennial but hate to just toss them away? We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinnings at our annual Plant Exchange. You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home.  11am-1pm.  315-947-6143

May 13thSeward Family in PhotosSeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join Seward House Museum Facilities Manager and historian, Andrew Roblee, for a look at the Seward family through archival photographs from the museum’s collection. Rarely seen on display, these photos present the family in various settings that capture their day to day lives in nuanced biographical detail.  Free, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

If you are planning a visit to the Finger Lakes area during this time we would love to have you stay with us at our luxurious, romantic, bed and breakfast inn.

10 Fitch, your romantic escape in NY states beautiful Finger Lakes region.

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