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Caz Ski Club readies for annual ‘Ski Caz Jam’

— Bright red maple leaves, 40-degree temperatures and crock-pot sightings on kitchen counters are sure signs that autumn has arrived in Central New York.

Along with the natural beauty and rib-sticking cuisine comes another increasingly popular fall tradition — The Cazenovia Ski Club’s annual Ski Caz Jam.

The Sixth Annual Ski Caz Jam will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Cazenovia Ski Club, located at 5251 Rathbun Road in Cazenovia This is a family-friendly event with all ages admitted. Proof of legal age will be required to access the areas where alcohol will be served.

The annual event has steadily grown in recent years and the 2012 Caz Ski Jam promises to be one of the best concerts to date. The Felice Brothers will headline, with special guests Dark Hollow, Project Weather Machine and Andrew Greacen, among others.

Culinary offerings will be provided by Cazenovia’s Circa restaurant. In keeping with the local theme, Empire Brewery, Owera Vineyards and Critz Farms will offer beverage choices.

Empire Brewing Company sponsors this year’s event. Partial proceeds will benefit the Two Smiles One Hope Foundation. More information on the organization can be found at twosmilesonehope.com.

Advance general admission music-only tickets are $20. Special VIP tickets, which include free access to food and drink, are available for $50.

Tickets are on sale now at upstateshows.com, The Sound Garden in Armory Square, Critz Farms, and Circa restaurant in Cazenovia.

Music-only tickets will also be available at the gate for $30.

There are mulitple reasons why this event continues to gain popularity. The gentle terrain of the Cazenovia Ski Club’s main trail naturally slopes into a comfortable amphitheatre with crisp acoustic qualities, and all around the rustic ski lodge are grassy common-areas filled with food and beverage options as well as other festive vendors.

In the midst of the carnival-like atmosphere, talented local performers occupy the stage to fill the air with song. All are encouraged to become a part of the rapidly-growing CNY tradition.

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