Looking for a fun family-friendly activity this weekend? Look no further than the North Syracuse Family Festival, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. May 25, in Lonergan Park. The eighth annual festival is a North Syracuse mainstay, offering a variety of activities for all ages. The event also features a variety of free events, including demonstrations from the police and fire departments, live music, caricature drawings, a kids’ playland, face painting, balloon animals, child ID program, children’s art corner, a Civil War demonstration, small horse rides (new this year) and the ever-popular Teddy Bear Parade for kids ages 2 through 6. “We are a big family party with a so much going on that you need the whole time to take it all in,” said Family Festival Committee member Pat Fergerson. “It is a place to have family-friendly fun.”
Annual motorcycle tour to benefit sight, hearing projects
The Cazenovia Lions Club is calling all motorcycle riders to take the afternoon off and join other bikers on Saturday, June 8, for the 8th Annual “Ride for Sight.”
L.L. Bean, one of the largest outdoor apparel and equipment companies in the world, is currently looking at three potential locations in Central New York to host one of its Outdoor Discovery Schools — and Cazenovia Lake is on the list. The potential school is coming to CNY as part of L.L. Bean's Fayetteville store conversation from outlet to retail.
The Patriot Guard Riders of New York have been requested, by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, to perform an Honor Escort of The Wall That Heals on Thursday, May 23. They will arrive at the Cazenovia American Legion at 12:30 p.m.
After two years of planning and development, Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road, will open to the public and present Taste of Cazenovia on Wednesday, June 12. Owera will offer a VIP tasting hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which will include an exclusive tour of the winery, tastes of select Owera wines such as new release Frontenac Gris, hors d’oeurves, delicious foods direct from local farmers and a commemorative Taste of Cazenovia wine glass.
Performance to benefit Kyle Schneider Memorial Scholarship
Sean Honsinger honored Cpl. Kyle Schneider with a musical rendition of “God Bless America” during the May 13 dedication ceremony for the Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building.
One week of artistic exploration and one of scientific exploration being offered
Lorenzo’s annual Rippleton Schoolhouse summer camp, where boys and girls ages eight through 12 experience a week of 19th century school days, is expanding to two weeks this year with one week focused on artistic creations and one week on scientific exploration. The camp will run two non-consecutive weeks, one at the beginning and one at the end of July.
Pete and George have been best friends forever.
On four Mondays beginning May 20, OASIS will conduct a class, “The Civil War: War is Hell – the Destructive Road to Reunion” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cazenovia Library. Tom Henry, retired social studies teacher and adjunct professor of history at SUNY Cortland, will present the class.
Cazenovia Artisans celebrating horse power through horse-made art
Cazenovia Artisans last week began its first-ever fundraising endeavor with a three-week celebration of horses in fine art and craft. While all members of the cooperative gallery and shop have some sort of horse-related art for sale during May, the centerpiece of the “HorsePower” event is a special “Moneigh” exhibit of paintings created by champion race horses, with all funds raised through their sales to go to ReRun race horse rescue organization.
On Saturday, May 18, Linda and Brian Osborne will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation at the beautiful Jephson “Hillcrest” Estate. A Champagne Preview for patrons starts at 5 p.m., with the main event including hors d'oeuvres, wine and Empire Brewing Co. beer beginning at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the historic main house.
May is in full flower here at the library. Things are a bit quieter than usual with storytime on hiatus and many of our regulars busy getting their homes and gardens ready for the summer season, but we’re still here. Stop in soon to enjoy the unusual quiet (for the moment at least) and this month’s photo exhibition by Baldwinsville teens.
For the third year in a row, Skaneateles hosted the New York State School Music Association Major Ensembles Festival. Groups ranged in size from 12 to 108; districts small (Southern Cayuga) and large (Liverpool) attended. In total, 30 different music groups performed.
Artistic works from the portfolios of Cazenovia High School art students are now on display at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The exhibition, “Celebrating Creative Achievements of Cazenovia High School II,” will run from Thursday, May 2, through Sunday, May 26, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is open from 12 to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday or by appointment.
More than most civic groups, the Masons really respect and honor history. This weekend, the local lodge will celebrate some annals of its own. And as usual, the Masons will do it in style. The Liverpool-Syracuse Lodge No. 501 of Free & Accepted Masons will mark its 150th anniversary at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, by erecting a four-foot-tall obelisk monument in front of its building at 608 Oswego St., across from Johnson Park in the village. New York State Grand Master James Sullivan is expected to attend.