Oct 17, 2013 Russ Tarby Uncategorized
Ever wonder what the rest of Central New York thinks of Liverpool?
The Syracuse New Times’ “Best of Syracuse” edition gives us a pretty good idea. Published on Oct. 2, the list of favorite places and performers includes a baker’s dozen “best” with roots in Liverpool.
Our neighbors’ most-admired local spots include Liverpool Public Library, The Retreat patio, Ichiban, Flamingo Bowl, Wegmans Good Dog Park, Original Italian Pizza, Fantasy Fashions and Onondaga Lake Park in three different categories, including Best Outdoor Make-Out Spot!
Under Arts & Entertainment, the Best Bluegrass Band is Diamond Someday featuring Liverpool songwriter Shirley Stevens and Dobro master Dick DeNeve. Best Jazz Band honors went to The Central New York Jazz Orchestra, whose drummer, Larry Luttinger, lives in Liverpool and doubles as executive director of CNY Jazz Central.
Ever since I was a kid a half-century ago, I’ve heard local folks insist that a black panther inhabits Northern Onondaga County.
Then one evening at dusk I saw the thing. If it wasn’t a panther, it was an unusually large black cat, roaming around just south of Hinerwadel’s. I’d been attending one of former Assemblyman Mike Bragman’s clambakes there that day when I and my fellow journalist, Walt Shepperd, wandered away from the crowd to enjoy a few sips of whiskey from a bottle I’d bought.
I know what you’re thinking, but believe me, we had yet to fully feel the effect of those spirits. Our black panther was no pink elephant.
Walt and I sat at a picnic table gaping at the ferocious feline a hundred yards out into the field, and we were relieved when it ran in the opposite direction. We didn’t want to see its claws and teeth close-up.
Anyhow, I wonder if author and folklorist Melanie Zimmer has studied the reports of panther-sightings in the Cicero area. Her book, “Forgotten Tales of New York” recalls an incident in 1800 near Marathon when Abram Brink found himself being stalked through the woods by a panther. He scared it off by clanging a recently repaired plowshare he was carrying home from Lisle.
A 1908 book named “Past and Present of Syracuse and Onondaga County” by the Rev. William Beauchamp chronicles accounts of panthers hunted in the 19th century by farmers and Indians in the Cicero-Brewerton area near Oneida Lake.
Anyhow, Zimmer will speak about legends and lore from New York state’s oral traditions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.17, at Liverpool Public Library. She’ll discuss fairies, monsters, witchcraft and Iroquois mysticism. Zimmer is a professional storyteller and a member of the New York Folklore Society.
That same night, Thursday, Oct. 17, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame vocalist Nancy Kelly sings and swings at Carnegie Café, at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., near the corner of Buckley Road. Admission is free; 451-1511.
Reggie’s Diner, presently located inside Lakeview Lanes, at 715 Old Liverpool Road, will be leaving that location at the end of the month. Owner Reggie West said he wasn’t told why he was asked to move. He’s now seeking a suitable spot to set up shop; 413-0323
Carol Files Sinesi’s signs popped up a week after Judy Tassone’s.
Sinesi, a social worker, is challenging Tassone’s hold on the Fourth District County Legislature seat. Sinesi’s lawn signs are green and blue with her surname in bright white block letters.
Sinesi is a Democrat, and Tassone is a Republican.