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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mondays and Thursdays Jan 23 - Feb 16, 9-11 am, Walden Place, 839 Bennie Rd.
January 18, Cortland Counts Community Forum
104 pm, Ramada Inn, 2 River St. The forum is one part of an on-going, multi-pronged community assessment process implemented by the Community Assessment Team (CAT), which includes representatives from: Seven Valleys Health Coalition, Cortland County Health Department, SUNY Cortland Institute for Civic Engagement, Cortland Regional Medical Center and United Way for Cortland County. The process also includes the annual Cortland Counts Report Card, which provides statistics for the health and well-being of Cortland County.
In addition to the annual report card, a comprehensive Cortland Counts Report is published every 3-5 years, with detailed information on health and safety status, economic statistics, social cohesion, housing, and environment. The information is collected using local, national, and state data bases, and assessments include input from local focus groups, including senior citizens, health and human service agency leaders, local recipients of human services, and students. Data from current and previous report cards including the latest comprehensive report (2013) can be found online at www.sevenvalleyshealth.org/cortland-counts
This year's forum will feature keynote speakers, Cortland County Sheriff, Mark Helms, and Cortland County Mental Health Director, Mark Thayer, who will speak on the “Face of the Drug Epidemic in Our Community”.
In addition, there will be presentations for each of five "track areas" that affect the community: health, youth, sustainability, housing, and economic. Topics and speakers include the following:
• HEALTH TRACK: Healthy Cortland Innovation Readiness Training Survey: What We Learned From Our Community, with Jackie Leaf, Seven Valleys Health Coalition
• YOUTH TRACK: T21 and What We Know About Our Kids, with Jennifer Hamilton, Cortland County Health Depart, and Matt Whitman, Cortland Area Communities That Care
• SUSTAINABILITY TRACK: Farm to Table in Cortland –What’s New?, with Beth Klein, SUNY Cortland; Sustainable Cortland
• HOUSING TRACK: Meeting Cortland’s Housing Needs, Shari Weiss, Catholic Charities of Cortland County
• ECONOMIC TRACK : The Economic Impact of Tourism on Cortland County, Jim Dempsey, Cortland County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
Light refreshments will be available during the program. All community members interested in the well-being of Cortland County are invited to attend the forum, but an RSVP is needed by January 13. For more information, contact Seven Valleys Health Coalition at 607-756-4198.
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.
January 27-28, Homer Winterfest
Chili Cook-off, Snow Sculpture Contest, Parade, Antiques and Crafts, Flea Market, Human Dogsled Races, and much more! Village of Homer. Community Cabaret Sat 7:30 at Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St. For complete information and schedule, visit www.homerwinterfest.org.
January 27-28-29, Auditions for Cortland Repertory Theatre
10 am - 4 pm, CRT Downtown, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland. Dance callbacks will be held each day, starting at 4 pm. To submit for an audition time, please visit CRT website and click on the Audition Information tab.
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 17, 18, 24, 25, George Orwell's Animal Farm
Center for the Arts, 72 South Main St., Homer. Presented by the Center Players. Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. In the staged adaptation of this timely allegory you will meet beasts whose prototypes have dominated news headlines for many fearful years, and may dominate them for years to come. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
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.
February 22, LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention
12-3 pm, Career Works, 99 Main Street. Cortland LGBTQ Center and Cortland County Mental Health invite you to a three hour workshop on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. This presentation was created by The Trevor Project, the largest LGBTQ suicide prevention service in the United States. The workshop will cover an introduction to LGBTQ identities, the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, risk factors for LGBTQ youth suicide, and suicide prevention methods. All are welcome! For more information or to RSVP email Ethan Lewis at email@example.com or call him at (607) 756-8970. OASAS credits will be available! Email for more information. Light refreshments will be provided. No admission fee.
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. General admission $28, Seniors $25, Students $23, Military/ Vets/ Children under 18, free. 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 25, Women of Folk - The New Revival
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. What happens when you combine the vocals prowess of the Wainwright family with stunning harmonies of an all female international harmony group? You get the ultimate Folk Revival package not to be missed! General admission $25, Seniors $23, Students $20, Military/ Vets/ Children under 18, free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
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 7-8, Broadway on Church Street IV
7 pm, United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St. Musicians and friends of UPC present their 4th incarnation of the intersection of Broadway, Hollywood, and Cortland's Church Street. Free program. For more information call (607) 756-5689, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitedpresbyterian.net.
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. General admission $45, Seniors $43, Students $41, Military/Vet $23. 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.
May 6, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansy
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. In a unique double bill featuring two of Folk music's most talented musicians, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky take the stage for a very special evening! General admission $30, Seniors $28, Students $25, Military/ Vets/ Children under 18, free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
May 13, Melanie
8 pm, Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer. Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock, has been putting the pieces in order. See her for a special "Mother's Day" performance at the Center for the Arts! General admission $32, Seniors $30, Students $28, Military/ Vets/ Children under 18, free. For more information call (607) 749-4900, or visit center4art.org.
May 21, "Who We Are"
3 pm, United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St. A tribute to the various nationalities and ethnic groups who came to the Cortland area and made it home. Stories, music, pictures, food, and history describe "who we are." Free program. For more information call (607) 756-5689, email email@example.com or visit www.unitedpresbyterian.net.
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.