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Upside-down flag at American Diner signals distress

— By the way, the American Diner is located kitty-corner to Heid’s where the U.S. flag flies right-side up.

Syracuse Nationals origin

The Syracuse Nationals, which started as an idea in summer 1999, has grown each year since its record-setting debut in July 2000 when more than 4,300 vehicles rolled through CNY. We locals are annually awed by the sight of brightly colored hot rods and the sound of roaring engines.

The Nationals is now one of the largest automobile shows in the country featuring street rods, custom, classic, muscle and antique cars. All of its cars were manufactured before 1980.

The auto extravaganza kicks off at the New York State Fairgrounds, Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20. Admission at the gate costs $17 for adults or $8 for kids.

“We’re honored to have been a part of the Upstate New York and car community for the past 15 years,” said Bob O’Connor, Syracuse Nationals founder and director. “Our goal has always been to show everyone a good time, give back to the community with our various charitable events and continue to broaden the love of vintage vehicles.”

For a schedule of events, including performances by 15 area bands, or to register a vehicle, call (800) 753-3978 or visit syracusenationals.com.

Merry marimbas

A couple of unusual musical performances are coming to the Liverpool is The Place Summer Concert series in Johnson Park at 7 p.m. July 21 and 23.

On Monday, July 21, the folk duo Merry Mischief will play tunes from its newest disc, “Kids at Heart,” which includes songs such as “Polly Wolly Doodle,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and Five Little Monkeys.” Of course Merry Mischief also makes music for adults. One of their earlier CDs is titled “Lusty Ditties.” Another, “Evenin’ on the Erie,” presents songs popular on the Erie Canal.

Merry Mischeif showcases the dual guitar work and harmony vocals of husband-and-wife team Harry and Merlyn Fuller, who live in nearby Jordan.

On Wednesday, July 23, the Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble will perform two sets of happy, percussive music that is rhythmic and driving. I guarantee that you’ve never heard a concert quite like this one. The African-inspired septet is both percussive and passionate. Bring the kids; they’ll definitely dig this!

The free concerts run every Monday and Wednesday through Aug. 20; liverpoolistheplace.com.

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lerxst62 3 months, 2 weeks ago

This clown is an absolute moron. The one (and only ) time I was in there, he was showing a picture of the President's (supposed) Columbia University student ID that said he was a foreign student. I pointed out to him that Columbia didn't have computerized ID's in the early 80's and that their ID's never have said foreign student on them. He didn't want to hear that. Nothing but your typical "Obama's black and a Kenyan communist, so everything he does is anti American". His Gadsden flag should read "Don't Reason With Me".

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