CNY Weekend Events to Look Forward To

There’s still plenty to do during these cold winter months in Central New York.

It’s the weekend, everyone! We have a lot to look forward to this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But first…

Thank you for your continued patience as we tweak and perfect our calendar. Something technologically beyond our control happened earlier this week; despite our quick reaction time, we couldn’t catch the antique vase before it hit the ground, shattering.

For everyone else: Here is a list of things events going on in and around town. Now that CNY has snow, it’s our duty to bite our tongues, embrace it and drive carefully. We have another icy dip and fundraiser to benefit families with life-threatening illnesses, scientific talks, a tea party for the wee ones, live music, film, sports and more!


Weather Forecast

Snowmiser74shawn(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature: 27 degrees / 24 degrees
Conditions: Brrrrrrr.


Temperature: 40 degrees / 32 degrees
Conditions: Aaaaahhhhhhh.


Temperature: 39 degrees / 28 degrees
Conditions: Hmmmmm


Temperature: 30 degrees / 18 degrees
Conditions: Ehhhhhh.


Central New York Polar Dip

The nationwide nonprofit sends families with children with life-threatening illnesses to a retreat in Casco, ME, and this year 10411993_10152628797571807_4471852012110129754_nthe goal is to raise $10,000 to send four families to the unique retreat. Not looking to go all in? Anyone can participate in the “Chicken Dip” (just dunk your toes).

Where: Verona Beach State Park, 6541 Lakeshore Road S., Verona Beach
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 1 p.m. (Registration at noon.)
Cost: Donations are welcomed and appreciated


Cross-Country and Snowshoeing

Baltimore Woods

Snowshoeing only. Bring your own snowshoes, but rentals are available.

Snowshoes: $5

Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Open daily
Cost: Free admission | 673-1350

Beaver Lake

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe rentals available.

Snowshoes: $5/hour

Weekend guided snowshoeing (Saturday and Sunday): 2 p.m.

Where: 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Open daily | Weekend Guided Tours (preregistration required)
Cost: $4/admission | 683-2519

Highland Forest

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe and ski rentals available.

Snowshoes: $10/adults, $5/children (15 and under)
Ski Day Pass: $10/adults. $5/children (15 and under) | Individual items (poles, skis, boots): $7
Ski Season Pass: $25/adults. $15/children (15 and under)

Where: 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius
Cost: $3/day, $20/annual vehicle admission | 683-5550

Oneida Shores

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton
Cost: Free admission | 676-7366

Onondaga Lake Park

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing: Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool
Cost: Free admission | 453-6712


JCC Battle of the Bands

JCClogoJewish Community Center is holding its 14th Annual Battle of the Bands this Saturday evening. Bands are still able to to sign up online. The winning band will receive a $200 cash prize; eight hours of recording studio time at More Sound Studio, which is located in the Halwey-Green neighborhood; and the opportunity to play in the JCC 2016 Spring Showcase concert.

Where: Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $9/general admission | 445-2360

Junior Cafe Scientifique: Electronics

The monthly TACNY Junior Café Scientifique features a discussion with Skaneateles High School junior Alexander Wulff, who was one of the two grand prize winners at the 2015 CNY Science and Engineering Fair. His presentation: “Exploring the World of Electronics: How to Design, Code, Create and Program Computers and Microcontrollers.”

Where: Museum of Science & Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 9:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Little Lady, Little Gentleman Tea Party

Head over to the mansion on James St. for a classic afternoon tea party. Children are encouraged to bring one toy along. Enjoy tea, cookies, hot cocoa and more with no extra charge. The cost of admission includes admission for one adult and a child. Reservations required.

Where: Barnes Hiscock Mansion, 930 James St., Syracuse
When: Sunday , Jan. 17 | Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Cost:   $10/members, $2/additional person; $15/non-members, $4/additional | Buy Online | 422-2445

Lorren Barrigar & Austin Gravelding

Austin-and-LorenSongwriting and guitar magic – what this concert comes down to. Two big names, locally and nationally recognized, are performing on one stage for an intimate evening of music and storytelling.

Where: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $12/advance, $15/door | Buy Online | 253-6669


“Move Over Mrs. Markham”

Dustin Czarny brings and directs another Ray Cooney and John Chapman farce to the CNY Playhouse stage. The English comedy is nothing short of

Thursday, Jan. 14 | 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 15 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 17 | 8 p.m.

Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 14 – Saturday, 23
Cost: $17/Thursdays, Sundays; $20/Fridays, Saturdays | Buy Online | 885-8960

“Salt of the Earth”

‘Salt of the Earth’ (1954) is a pro-labor film, attacking racial and gender inequality. The film focuses on the 1951 union of zinc miners’ strike against Empire Zinc Company.

Eastern Farm Workers Association (EFWA) will lead a discussion before and after the showing, talking about the American labor movement and how EFWA is actively involved in CNY.

Where: ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Syracuse Crunch

The Crunch host two nights this weekend, starting on Friday with the Utica Comets…

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 15 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $16, $18, $20 | Buy Online | 473-4444

…and then Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $16, $18, $20 | Buy Online | 473-4444

Syracuse Women’s Basketball

The Orange host the Pittsburgh Panthers

Where: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Jan. 14 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $20/courtside; $10/general admission; $5/seniors, 12 and younger | Buy Online | 888-DOME-TIX

Winter Photography Workshop

Local photographer Tom Dwyer is holding a workshop for photographers of all skill levels. Participants will wander through the woods, learn Into the Woods at Beaver Lake and Baltimore Woodstechniques and the day will end with uploading the pictures for critique and comment.

Where: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $125 | Register Online | 420-3513

YMCA Acoustic Music Jam

Steve Pfanenstiel is hosting this series of gatherings for people and music enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Where: Northwest Family YMCA, 8040 River Rd., Baldwinsville.
When: Sunday, Jan. 17 | 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission for members and non-members

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