Calendar of Events in Cortland NY
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- November 16-17, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Preble Fire Station, 1911 Preble Rd., Preble
- December 6-7, 1:30-4:30 pm, McGraw Senior Center, McGraw Community Hall, Clinton St., McGraw
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 email@example.com.
- 1-3 pm, Cortland Senior Center, Co. Office Bldg., Room B-40
November 21 - December 9, Registration for 2016 City of Cortland Holiday Lighting Contest
The Cortland Community Center's's annual holiday lighting contest will be held from December 12-16. Sign-ups are accepted November 21 to December 9. All are welcome to join who live in one of the 8 wards of the city. There are 4 ways to enter: message us on our Facebook page, email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text entry to 607-727-1945 (Arlene), or stop by the center Monday - Friday at 90 Central Ave Cortland (the Community Center at the old rail station) on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 and 4.
November 29, Science and Suds
November 29, College and Community Orchestra Concert
8 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater, 49 Graham Ave. (corner of Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace). The College and Community Orchestra perform works by Dvorak, Cimarosa, Sibelius and Copland. Free Admission. Limited parking is available behind the Dowd Fine Arts Center and on the street. For more information call (607) 753-2831.
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, Book Reading and Signing with author Sally Kamerling
11 am, Cortland County Historical Society, 25 Homer Ave. Author Sally Kamerling will be reading from her new children’s book, “The Golden Cap.” The story is a family tale which tells how Etje, a young girl living in the Netherlands, must decide if she should go to America with her family or stay behind with her grandmother. The story is appropriate for ages 6-10 years. There is no charge for this event. For more information call (607) 756-6071, email
email@example.com or visit our Facebook Event page.
December 3, Wreath Making Class
3-5 pm, Lime Hollow Education Center, 3277 Gracie 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit limehollow.org.
December 3, Children’s Holiday Tea
3-5 pm, The 1890 House, 37 Tompkins St. Celebrate the holiday spirit and magic. Warm up with tea, coffee, and hot cocoa from our teacups. Fill up on finger sandwiches and tasty homemade treats. Tickets are $8 for children and $15 for adults. For more information call (607) 756-7551, email email@example.com, or visit the1890house.org.
December 3-4, Santa's Winter Wonderland!
Saturday, 10 - 12 and 2-4, Sunday 1-3, Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. Santa is visiting Cortland for two days in our "new" North Pole setting! Plan your holiday photos - kids, families, singles, couples, even pets! Photos will be snapped and emailed for your holiday greeting cards. New this year, activities for kids! Visit "Mrs. Claus's Coloring Casa", "Rudolph's Face Painting Barn" and "Frosty's Hot Chocolate Villa"! $10.00 per photo set-up. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit cortlandrep.org.
December 3, Holiday Pops Concert with Syracuse University Brass Ensemble and The Syracuse Chorale
7:30 pm at the Cortland High School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available at NBT Bank - Main St., Port, Kashdin & McSherry – West Rd., First National Bank of Dryden, Bailey Place Insurance-Main St., and Tompkins Trust Company – Main Street. The concert is a preview performance of the famous Holiday at Hendricks Concert (broadcast on PBS) and will feature special works that have been arranged for brass and the chorale by Maestros James Spenser and Peppie Calvar. The concert will also include a sing along section of seasonal favorites. The concert is presented by the Cortland Rotary Club, and proceeds will benefit Rotary Scholarships for students in Cortland County.
December 4, A Celtic Christmas with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
3 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Presented by the Arts at Grace. For the holidays the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble will perform A Celtic Christmas, featuring familiar music like Deck the Hall and I Saw Three Ships as well as other Christmas works from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. No admission charge. A reception with audience and members of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble will follow the concert. For more information call (607) 756-5438.
December 6, Choral Union Concert
8 pm, Dowd Fine Arts Center Theater, 49 Graham Ave. (corner of Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace). The Choral Union performs a retrospective of musical highlights previously performed by the ensemble in the past three decades. Free Admission. Limited parking is available behind the Dowd Fine Arts Center and on the street. For more information call (607) 753-2831.
December 10, The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge
2 pm, Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. A live, interactive holiday performance presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company! The classic holiday story is re-imagined with just two actors and participation by the kids in the audience! A fun and funny retelling of this wonderful tale, just for kids - of all ages! General Admission $7 per person. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit cortlandrep.org.
December 10, A Christmas Carol
7 pm, Bonne Auditorium, Homer Intermediate School. The many lives of World War I New York City residents intersect in a reimagined, family friendly version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Borrowing from a variety of Broadway shows, a cast of 50 dancers and guest actors deliver the joy of the Christmas Season. $5 at the door. For more information call (607) 844-3557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 10 - Tim Reynolds (Solo Acoustic)
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic. Tickets $38 general admission, $35 seniors, $32 students. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
December 16-18, The Santaland Diaries (NOT for KIDS)
Friday & Saturday, 7:30; Sunday, 2 pm, Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. For those who like a little jeer with their cheer! This hysterical one-man show is based on playwright Sedaris's real-life experiences as a 33-year-old starving actor turned Macy's elf. It may be the holidays, but you'd never know it when "Crumpet" meets not-so-jolly Santas, grumpy elves, crying kids and annoying parents who test his last gift-wrapped nerve! With brilliant sardonic wit, we get a look at those people who dive into the holidays while totally mi$$ing the point! A co-production with Open Stage of Harrisburg. Contains mild adult language. Beer/wine cash bar. Adults $32.00; Seniors & Students $30.00. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit cortlandrep.org.
December 17, Santacon Skate
7-9 pm, JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Dr. Dress up like Santa and skate to some holiday cheer! $6 admission, $2 skate rental. $3 admission with Santa costume! For more information call (607) 753-8100 or visit www.jmmcomplex.com.
December 17, Miracle on 34th St Radio Play
7:30 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. In 2006, Scarlett Rat Entertainment began producing The Center of the Arts in Homer’s annual Christmas Radio Play. Adapting and directing classic Christmas tales from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Jean Sheppard’s A Christmas Story, Greene utilizes all the techniques from the heyday of live radio including the Foley sound effects table, a live brass quartet, old-timey commercials, and applause signs. This is a delightful night for the entire family and has become a Holiday tradition at the Center for the Arts. Miracle on 34th Street is about a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus who is institutionalized as insane, but a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Tickets $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
December 18, "Here Comes Santa," A Home Visit from Santa and the Fire Department
9 am - 4:30 pm. Schedule a home visit from Santa and the Cortland Fire Department. Registration opens on November 28 at cortlandyb.recdesk.com. For more information call (607) 756-5612.
December 18, Delaney Brothers Bluegrass Christmas
2 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. With dedication to their beloved bluegrass music, Delaney Brothers Bluegrass truly has yesterday's traditional sound; but they also have the sound of today! They put their own indelible stamp upon everything they perform. For they know what only true artists ever grasp - that music is not merely an exercise of the mind and fingers, but ultimately it is an expression of the heart. Join the Delaney Brothers for a special matinee performance of holiday classics performed in the Bluegrass style! Tickets $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. Military or veterans with ID and children under 18 are free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
December 19, Cancer Care
5:30 pm, Cortland Community Center, 90 Central Ave. (rail station). Dr. Michael Fallon is speaking on different types of cancer and its symptoms, helping you be pro-active in your health care. Refreshments will be served.
December 31, New Year's Eve Community Dance
Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. Ring in the New Year at the best party in the area while dancing the night away to the greatest pop hits of all time! Plus, you can stay warm inside on a chilly New Year's Eve and then have a front row seat to the Midnight Main Street ball drop and fireworks. Each hour brings a new decade of hit dance tunes: 8-9, 1960's; 9-10, 1970's; 10-11, 1980's; 11-12:30 Best Dance Hits of All Time Mega-Mix! $10.00 in advance, $20 at the door. Beer/wine cash bar. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit cortlandrep.org.
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 10-11, Walkin' The Line: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
7:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. The Man in Black is BACK! Take a trip back in time with Scott Moreau (Johnny Cash) and his Died Drunk Boys as they journey through the music that made Johnny Cash the Man In Black. With stories and anecdotes told in Johnny's own words, this amazing show features the songs The Ring Of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Walk The Line, Man In Black, 10 Feet High and many more! Close your eyes...you'll swear you're with man himself! Scott Moreau appeared at CRT in 2008 as the title role in "Johnny Guitar". Since then, he has toured the United States and Canada with the 1st National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet as Johnny Cash, and also appeared in productions in Tokyo and a lengthy run at Harrah's Casino on the Las Vegas strip. In between, he has performed this Cash tribute show across the country! Beer/Wine Cash Bar. $35.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
February 18, Paul Draper in Mysteries of the Mind
7:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. Direct from Las Vegas! Interactive, family friendly and educational, this fascinating evening of entertainment weaves mind reading, mystery and storytelling into a theatrical journey where YOU are the star of the show! Paul Draper is an anthropologist, magician and mentalist who has traveled the world in search of magic and mysteries. He reaches into minds, tells what people are thinking and predicts a person's actions before they make them. From his research as an anthropologist, he relates entertaining stories about ancient men and women of mystery who created stunning feats of the mind that are then recreated before your eyes. Audience members are baffled and amazed! Beer/Wine Cash Bar. $25.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
March 4-10-11, CRT Guild's Annual Mystery Dinner Theatre
Doors open 6:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. "Death Joins the Club" starring the Acme Mystery Company! Buffet style dinner by Linani's Catering with beer/wine cash bar. Noses up, everyone! You and the other members of the posh Pfieffer Hills Country Club are gathering to consider applications for membership and you want to look your snobby best. Members of the wealthy elite are dying to get in, or rather, are waiting for you to die so they can get in. A word to the wise, dear member: some applicants are less patient than others. Tickets $50 if purchased by Jan 31; then $55. Online sales are not available for this event. Tickets available by calling 800-427-6160 or in person at CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street.
March 4, Scythian
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. If you like the Glengarry Bhoys you'll love Scythian! Celebrating 10 years of getting people dancing all night, Ed Helms's The Bluegrass Situation has chimed in with praise, calling Scythian (si-thee-en) a 'shine-fueled, fiddle-flying hoedown' and a 'blue-collar ballad we can all get behind.' Nashville's Music City Roots says Scythian is 'what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
March 18, Comedian Keith Barany
7:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. Who doesn't need a laugh in an upstate New York winter?! This former NYC native, now living in Utah has a "fresh, original, comic voice" and has been called "the wittiest comic working today"! A clean (PG-rated) comedian, he's worked as a TV writer for Seinfeld, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and the Emmys, and has been the comedy headliner on nine overseas US military tours. A steady performer in Vegas, Keith has appeared at the Stardust, Excalibur and Caesar's to name a few, and appeared with Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano and Jon Stewart! Beer/Wine Cash Bar. $20.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
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.
March 25, Jeri Sager "This Broad's Way"
7:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. A Broadway singer, actress and recording artist, Ms. Sager makes her CNY cabaret debut with a songbook of some of the best loved Broadway songs! A veteran of numerous touring productions, she has delighted international audiences of all ages with her portrayals of Grizabella in Cats, Fantine in Les Miserables and Eva Peron in Evita! She performs all over the US, England, the Caribbean, Japan, Mexico and Canada, and has had the honor of singing for Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, Pope John Paul II and while with the USO, for both American and British troops. It's a classy musical night on the town, done New York City style... but right at home in Cortland! Don't miss this amazing talent! Beer/Wine Cash Bar. $25.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
March 29-April 9, The Queen of Bingo (CRT Downtown production)
7:30 pm (Sundays at 2 pm), CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. A comedy by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy. Where can two sisters on the other side of fifty, who want to add a little zest to their lives, find it? BINGO! On any bingo night at St. Joseph's, you can find Father Mac, Cindy Conklin, Marge Meranski, and the many colorful regulars we meet through the eyes of Sis and Babe. They dish the dirt, giggle like school girls and LOVE Bingo! Sis is a good loser who just loves to play. Babe is a player who has GOT to win. They compliment (and drive each other crazy) as only sisters can. Each performance includes a live Bingo game with the audience! Adults $32.00, Seniors/Students $30.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
April 9, David Sedaris
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
April 28-29, Todd Meredith and the Rave-Ons
7:30 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson St. AN ALL REQUEST CONCERT! You've heard them tell the story of Buddy Holly and The Crickets, and recreate Buddy's last concert. Now, hear them tell YOUR story! Audience members will have the opportunity to fill out request cards when purchasing tickets, naming their favorite song and explaining why it is special to them, their spouse or anyone! Todd and the guys will share some of these stories and perform the songs that night! The result is a completely unique concert, chosen by YOU! Choose from a vast list of Buddy Holly favorites, classic 50's hits by other great artists, and some of The Rave-Ons' favorite pop songs by Buddy's successors. Beer/Wine Cash Bar. $35.00. To order tickets, call 800-427-6160, visit our Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street, or order online.
June 7-17, The 39 Steps (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of brilliant physical comedy and you have this award winning, fast-paced comedy! This theatrical treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, a train chase, missing fingers, numerous hats and some good old-fashioned romance!
The Plot: A man with a boring life meets a woman who says she's a spy. When she is murdered, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt. This leads to an unforgettable evening of laughs and theatrical magic! To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
June 21 - July 8, La Cage Aux Folles (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. This multiple Tony-Award winning musical is one of Broadway's all time greatest hits! After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a closed-minded politician. Further complicating the situation is the "family business": Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer "Zaza"! When the families get together for a "normal" dinner, the results are anything but! It's a family show...for EVERY kind of family! To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
July 12 - 29, Footloose (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. This explosive rock and roll musical based on the 1980s hit film sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance! City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, a rural backwater town. But things are worse than he could have imagined, because the town bans dancing of any kind! It isn't long before Ren can't resist breaking the rules...and he's not alone! With high-energy choreography and classic pop hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy, and of course the unforgettable title tune, this is a sensational musical the whole family can enjoy! To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
July 15 & 21, The Velveteen Rabbit (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. In the imaginative world of toys, life begins when humans leave the room! When one group of toys discovers a velveteen rabbit, they learn what it means to be truly loved by their owner. Adapted from the classic children's story, this unique "toy story" tells the "tail" of the unconditional love between a child and his toy bunny. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the show. They both will love it! $7.00 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
August 2-12, Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. While touring Jerusalem, an international group of travelers, including a young English doctor, her French colleague, a debonair American, and the belligerent Lady Westholme are joined by the domineering American Mrs. Boynton and her four stepchildren who are kept firmly under her thumb. On a sightseeing tour to the desert, one of the travelers is murdered...and one is a murderer! All are suspects, but in this unique Christie mystery, even the best amateur sleuth will never foresee the surprise twist ending! Adapted by Dame Agatha herself from her novel! To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
August 16-26, Nana's Naughty Knickers (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York City for the summer quickly turns into an experience she'll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested - or worse! - evicted? To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.
August 30-September 9, Life Could Be a Dream (CRT)
Little York Pavilion, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York. Take another trip to Springfield (the home town of the Marvelous Wonderettes!) and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning. The '60s hits say it all: Fools Fall in Love, Tears on My Pillow, Runaround Sue, Earth Angel, Unchained Melody, and many more!This charmer will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering! Let's hear it for the boys! To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-427-6160, stop in at the Box Office at 24 Port Watson St., or visit cortlandrep.org.