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ArtsWeek in Downtown Syracuse

More than twenty arts and cultural organizations will collaborate to present ArtsWeek, a week-long program of visual and performing arts events linked through a pedestrian corridor from Columbus Circle to Hanover Square to Clinton Square. Events take place from July 19 to July 27, 2014.

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44th Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

A spectacular 3-day showcase of the country’s most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse. Represented in the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival will be artists and crafters from 25 U.S. states and Canada. The event presents contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. 

Where: Columbus Circle                          

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: www.syracuseartsandcraftsfestival.com

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Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Jazz and wine are the perfect combination! The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival returns with two days of free jazz, smooth jazz, and RnB programming on three stages.  That’s two days of diverse, world-class acts, quality wines and wine-tasting events, and mouth-watering food, guaranteed to make Downtown Syracuse the cool place to be this summer! Late night jam sessions will be held at the Jazz Central (441 E. Washington St.) both nights.

Where: Clinton Square

When: July 25-26, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm

For more info: www.nejazzwinefest.org


Syracuse New Times 24th Annual Street Painting Festival 

A chalk art contest for artists ranging from young kids to seasoned professionals.  The Masters Competition is the highest level of chalk art competition, in which the artist will recreate a renowned masters painting in chalk on the sidewalk.  Cash and prizes will be awarded.  The art will be photographed and showcased in the Syracuse New Times newspaper and web site.  Pre-registration is recommended – call  422-7011.

Where: 200 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 26, Saturday 8 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest

The annual celebration will feature eco-friendly vendors and educational opportunities complimented with Native American crafts, food, demonstrations, live music and dance.  Entertainment from the Haudensaunee Singers & Dancers, Hoop Dancers, Los Blancos, Morris and the Hepcats, and Sammy Award winners The Fabulous Ripcords.  Celebrate the day inspired by history and lore, and learn ways to keep the land green! 

Where: Hanover Square, 100 E. Water St.

When: July 25-26, Friday 5-9:45 pm, Saturday noon-9:45 pm

For more info: www.bluerainecofest.org


5:00 - 5:15 Tadadaho Sid Hill
5:30 - 6:30 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
6:45 - 7:30 Hoop Dancers/Fancy Dance Exhibition
7:45 - 9:45 Los Blancos


12:00 Stage of Nation opens
12:30 - 1:30 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
2:00 - 3:30 Morris and the Hepcats
3:45 - 4:30 Hoop Dancers/Fancy Dance exhibition
5:00 - 5:15 *Miles/Lyle Thompson Award Ceremony
5:15 - 5:30 Presentation of Woodman 2014 Environmental Award to the Center of Excellence
5:30 - 6:30 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
6:45 - 7:45 Smoke Dance Competition & Hoop Dancers/Fancy Dance exhibition
8:00 - 9:45 The Fabulous Ripcords

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Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair

The Syracuse University Bookstore will host a Book Fair as an exciting portion of the Annual Syracuse Arts and Craft Festival.  The centerpiece of the Book Fair is local fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books whose authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss, read and personally autograph their books.  The literature and creative talents of local and regional authors and illustrators will be showcased, including the following:

Friday, July 25:
11:00 am: Marianne Angelillo (Biography), Michael Borkowski (Children's), Marvin Druger (Children's)
12:00 pm: Norm Keim (Local interest)
3:00 pm: Karyn Burns (Illustrator), Matt Glavin/Michael Dolan (Children's Mystery), William Smullen (Business), Aken Wariebi (Poetry)

Saturday, July 26:
11:00 am: Mike Borkowski (Children's), Marvin Druger (Children's), Ed Galvin (Local Interest), Mary O'Brien (Local Interest), Margaret Mason (Local Interest), Melanie Zimmer (Local Interest)
12:00 pm: Norm Keim (Local Interest)
2:00 pm: Don Cazentre (Local Interest), London Ladd (Illustrator), Karen Winters Schwartz (Fiction)

Sunday, July 27:
11:00 am: Mike Borkowski (Children's), Marvin Druger (Children's), Karen Winters Schwartz (Fiction)
12:00 pm: William Smullen (Business)
2:00 pm: Bud Poliquin (Local Interest)

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 25-27, Friday 11 am-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm

For more info: http://bookweb.syr.edu

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Storytelling and Crafts for Young People by Anna Dobkowski & Dennis Heaphy

Children of all ages will be delighted by storytelling by Miss Anna, then have the opportunity to play games and create their own original artwork related to the stories they have heard. Throughout the day, the Kid's Tent will be visited by strolling minstrels, musicians, and craftspeople who will take part in the storytelling. 

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 25-27, Friday-Sunday, 1-5 pm

Erie Canal Museum Mural

Mural Artist Kelly Curry will paint a new mural on the Museum’s Water Street façade.  The Museum has worked with the muralist to design a mural that depicts an imaginary scene along the Erie Canal from the late 1800's showing a team of mules and their driver pulling a canal boat out of a lock. The background is a landscape featuring buildings and flora typical of those found along the banks of the canal. The mural will be painted throughout the month of July and completed during ArtsWeek as an interactive exhibit. While painting, the muralist and a docent will converse with passersby and provide information about the project. We encourage people to visit and watch the progress..

Where: 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 25-27, Friday-Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

Fantastical Potato Creatures 

Join the Everson Museum of Art as we explore the Sarah McCoubrey: Works on Paper exhibition currently on view until August 24th. In her mixed media work, McCoubrey places a potato into mystical contraptions built to coast above the earth or journey about desolate landscapes. Use your imagination to create your very own fantastical “potato creature” using potatoes, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, and other unusual materials provided for you. Get inspiration from this great exhibit by visiting the museum! 

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm

For more info: www.everson.org


M Street Cooperative 

This event brings 65 local crafters downtown with booths offering stained glass and handmade wooden toys to wrought iron sculpture and handmade children’s and adult clothing.  Culinary delights are supplied by the Onondaga Historical Association's booth with members of the Onondaga Nation cooking.  Media Unit street performers provide original choreography with the dancers roving back to Oz Nation and staging a tribute to Michael Jackson. A portion of the profits will support local arts programs.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Media Unit Monster Book Sale 

The region’s largest annual used book and vinyl MONSTER SALE. Browse used books at bargain prices--you make an offer, everything must go! Media Unit dancers will perform tributes to the Oz characters and Michael Jackson throughout the weekend.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Candlelight Series 

The Armory Square Association is pleased to present the 30th Annual Candlelight Series, Armory Square’s signature summertime event that stages major concerts.  On Saturday, July 19th, Tony Trischka will play at 8 pm, with an opening act from the Canvas Moon Band at 7 pm.  Trischka is considered to be the ‘consummate banjo artist with expansive instrumental talents, far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills.’ As a special tribute to his hometown fans, Trischka is bringing popular Instrumentalists -  fiddler Bruce Molsky and guitarist Michael Daves to perform with him in Candlelight’s main concert.  On Saturday, July 26th, the international guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb will play at 8 pm, with a varied repertoire of original and arranged music of stunning guitar duets and beautiful vocal harmonies.  Larry Hoyt & the Good Accoustics will open at 7 pm.  The Candlelight Series is free to the public and remains a vital downtown event that promotes the character of one of Central New York’s ever-evolving historic areas.  (Rain venue is Benjamin’s on Franklin – 314 Franklin St).

Where: corner of W. Jefferson St. and Franklin St.

When: July 19 & 26, Saturday, 7 pm

For more info:  www.armorysq.org

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Jazz Up Your Lunch Series

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs presents free lunchtime concerts. 

When & Where:

July 21: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Clinton Square, 12:15 pm

July 22: SyraDRUM, Hanover Square, 12:15 pm

July 23: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Hanover Square, 12:15 pm

July 24: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Pebble Park (across from the Civic Center), 12:15 pm

July 24: SyraDRUM, Armory Square, 12:15 pm

July 25: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Armory Square, 12:15 pm

July 25: SyraDRUM, Pebble Park, 12:15 pm

For more info:  www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/calendarOfEvents2.html

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Downtown Writer’s Center 

Now in its 14th year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center offers classes in creative writing for all levels of writers, from beginning to publishing, and features literary readings by noted authors throughout the year that are free and open to the public, many Friday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m.  In addition, the DWC now offers the Young Authors Academy for talented writers between 6th and 12th grade, with instruction in fiction and poetry. During the festival, meet faculty, students, and friends of the DWC, participate in our annual "Six-Word Memoir" contest, and find books for your bookshelf, many by the very writers who teach our courses.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: http://www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html


Science Social at the MOST 

Learning doesn’t have to end just because it’s summer, and the MOST can make learning fun with an array of water play, bubbles and science demonstrations outside in the sunshine.  Then come inside the MOST to see a bird-eating tarantula, black widow spiders and other creepy crawlies that are part of Dr. Entomo’s Amazing Arthropods.  Science social is free and is located to the east of the Armory building.  Exhibit admission is free for members, $10 per adult, and $8 per child ages 2-11 and senior 65 and older. 

Where: 500 S. Franklin St.

When: July 19, Friday, 11 am-3 pm

For more info: http://most.org/2_ee_summerofsci.cfm

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Flicks on the Crick: Lone Survivor 

The Sound Garden presents Flicks on the Crick, a weekly film series shown on a massive outdoor screen with professional sound.  Bring some chairs, grab some friends, and enjoy this free film series, Wednesdays, July 2 – August 20.

Where: Sound Garden, 310 W. Jefferson St.

When: July 23, Wednesday, dusk

For more info: www.cdjoint.com

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Onondaga Historical Association’s Performance of "Jerry's Story" 

Travel with escaped slave, William “Jerry” Henry of Syracuse’s famous 1851 “Jerry Rescue” on his journey to freedom in this moving two-person drama.  The show will take place in the Museum Auditorium.  Seating is limited; reservations are strongly advised.  Prices: $12/general public, $10/OHA members and students.  The OHA gift gallery will be open, offering a variety of gifts connected to CNY and its history. 

Where: 321 Montgomery St.

When: July 20, Sunday, 2 pm

For more info: www.cnyhistory.org


Urban Film Under the Stars: Tarantula

Bring your lounge chairs, blankets, and snacks and settle in on the Everson Community Plaza to enjoy a free film projected onto the side of the Everson building!  In this 1955 movie, biochemist Professor Gerald Deemer develops a nutrient that will increase animal growth in an attempt to solve the world's food problems. An experimental spider injected with this nutrient grows to the size of a city block and ravages the countryside until destroyed in a fiery climax.  Don’t miss a special pre-film performance by Symphoria at 7:30 pm.  Presented in partnership with the Urban Video Project and the Everson Museum of Art.  

Where: Everson Community Plaza

When: July 25, Friday, 7:30 pm

For more info:  www.everson.org


Symphoria in Summer!

Join us on the Everson Plaza for a free orchestra concert.  Conducted by Symphoria’s charming Pops Conductor, Sean O’Loughlin (a Syracuse native!) and featuring some of our region’s finest professional musicians, the one hour program will include both classical and popular music.   Bring your own snacks, or enjoy the offerings of local food trucks including Shattuck’s, Gannons, and PB&J.  Come for the music, and stay for the movie – the classic 1955 sci-fi thriller, Tarantula.   Presented in partnership with The Everson Museum of Art.

Where:  Everson Community Plaza

When: July 25, Friday, 7:30 pm

For more info:  www.ExperienceSymphoria.org


Plymouth Congregational Church Art and Bake Sale

Plymouth Church is open and welcoming to all!  Come inside and visit over 20 local artisans, listen to music in the sanctuary and grab a delicious bite from local restaurant, SPARKY TOWN, who will be in residence in our lower kitchen all weekend.  Cold beverages, coffee and church baked goods will be on sale outside the doors.   All proceeds will support the community ministries of the church.  On Sunday, there will be an outdoor worship service at 10 am with music by the Willie Sordillo Trio.

Where: 232 E. Onondaga St.

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm

For more info: http://plymouthuccsyracuse.org

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Garage Sale

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will be open throughout the Americu Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring a Rummage Sale, Open Cathedral and Family Activities. The Rummage Sale will include clothes, household items, linens, small appliances, books, furniture, toys, jewelry, decorative items and collectables at bargain prices.  The Open Cathedral will feature Family Activities centered around the beautiful stained glass windows and architecture of this historic building, including a stained glass window scavenger hunt and a self-guided tour. Bottled water will be available for sale and bathrooms are open to the public.  On Sunday morning there will be a Service of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am to which all are welcome. 

Where: 310 Montgomery St.

When: July 25-27, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

For more info:  www.saintpaulscathedral.org

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Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society

Stop by the Guardian Angel Society's booth at 264 East Onondaga Street across from the Cathedral, to learn more about their mission to support the education of local children in need.  Father Joseph Champlin's book Take Five will be available for purchase as well as Guardian Angel Society merchandise and beautifully handmade remembrance beads featuring stunning Austrian crystals. 

Where: 264 E. Onondaga St., Columbus Circle

When: July 25-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info:  www.guardianangelsoc.org

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