10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

10 Fitch Avenue, Auburn, New York 13021
Innkeeper(s): Cheryl Barber
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10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn Charity Fundraiser Successful - September 2014 23 Sep 2014, 1:09 pm

Giving Back To The Community

Three Worthy Not-For Profits Receive Benefits

Years before my life began as an innkeeper, I was a busy wife and mom who had a garage sale every year to clean out old toys, clothes and household items that we were no longer using.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun to get ready for and have this sale every year.  As best as I can pinpoint it, the last one I had was probably in 2002 since we moved to Arizona in 2003 and I never had one after that.  Eleven years have passed and in that time we added to our memories as well as to our growing collection of "stuff". We spent three years in Arizona and then moved to Kentucky and finally in 2007 we moved back home to New York state and bought 10 Fitch.

"We decided to donate all proceeds to charity and I was very excited to see what God would do as giving back became our focus for having the sale."

Our basement at the inn was filled with box after box after box of items that the movers had packed up in Kentucky and the garage had a huge pile of boxes that I had marked for a garage sale but there was the issue of where and when to have it.  You certainly can't have a garage sale taking place when you have guests coming to stay at your quiet, romantic inn!  So the boxes stayed piled up and more were added to the piles over the years.

A lot of furniture and things came with the inn when we bought it so many of our own possessions, including a lot of furniture, were in storage for a few years and then that stuff was moved here and some of it used to furnish my moms apartment and the second apartment in a duplex that we bought a few years later. Both of our sons have lived in the duplex and used some of the furnishings that we had stored away. Our eldest son began at University of Rochester this semester so he and our daughter in law moved out of the duplex and moved to Rochester in mid-August.  At that point we began making plans for Susan, our new assistant, to move into the apartment as part of her compensation. It was then that the thought to have a tag sale hit me!  Why not?  Susan wouldn't be moving in until October 1st and the place would be vacant for more than a month.  We could have the sale indoors right next door so we wouldn't have to worry about weather and we could take our time setting everything up.  We decided to donate all proceeds to charity and I was very excited to see what God would do as giving back became our focus for having the sale.  We chose the Pregnancy Care Center of Cayuga County, David's Refuge & Grace Chapel Skaneateles because we have been involved with each organization personally and we believe in their missions and what they are doing to positively impact the lives of others in the surrounding communities.

And so the first week in September we began hauling stuff over to the duplex.  Up from the basement it came.  Down from the 3rd floor of the inn, where Rodney & I have our quarters, it traveled, and from out of the garage it arrived at the duplex where mom spent an entire week unpacking, sorting and cleaning everything!  Here is a picture I took early in the week, this is a TINY bit of what we had in the sale.

I spent the last two nights before the sale marking everything and making and posting signs. In the midst of it all we took care of our guests and ran things at 10 Fitch as usual. Items for the sale filled each room of the duplex including 3 bedrooms and a bath upstairs as well as living room, dining room, kitchen and porch downstairs! We advertised in the local paper and on Craig's List.

Our sale was held on Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20th from 8AM-4PM.  Our goal was to raise at least $1000 since we were dividing the proceeds between 3 charities. We had signs up that said, "All Proceeds from this sale are going to charity - Pregnancy Care Center of Cayuga County, David's Refuge & Grace Chapel Skaneateles.  Thank you for your support!" We had information about David's Refuge posted next to the signs.  Many people commented on what we were doing and we had opportunity to share with them some additional information.

Of course it was a tag sale and people came looking for bargains and we did a lot of dickering.  For the most part, I think we gave them what they wanted.  We had a lot of great stuff and we really tried to price everything reasonably.  The best part of the whole experience for me, besides the money that we raised for the charities, was how many people gave a little more than what was marked on the items they were buying because they understood what we were doing, that it wasn't just a tag sale, it was so much more than that, and they could be a part of it, giving back to the community to and having a positive effect on peoples lives.  By the end of the day on Saturday we had reached our goal and raised $1000!

If you are interested in finding out more about the charities that we had our tag sale for just click on the links above to go to their website.

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Auburn, NY - September Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch 30 Aug 2014, 12:12 pm

There is just so much to see & do around here!

September 1st - 30th, 2014

Sept. 2nd & 9thOpen Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

Sept. 3rd – 24th - The Will Rogers Follies - Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Starring Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat! Celebrate the life of famed humorist, performer and Oklahoma-native Will Rogers in this song and dance spectacular. Set within the famous Ziegfeld Follies, every scene and song in this musical comedy is a lavish production number as we reminisce with one of American's beloved folk heroes. Stunning showgirls, tapping wranglers, stellar rope tricks and one of Cy Coleman's best scores, this winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a feel-good hit!   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897

Sept. 5th - All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party - Life So Sweet 116 West Green Street, Ithaca NY 14850  Our All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Party is one event you don't want to miss. See all the details on our website here -  http://www.lifessosweet.com

Sept. 5thFirst Friday EventsDowntown Auburn  and nearby participating sites.         
Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Enjoy a relaxing evening in the beautiful gardens featuring live music by Cristofe Chabot performing renditions of traditional, folk & classic rock. Our featured gallery artist is photographer Dan Marquart exhibiting a new series of works titled Light & Shade: Photographic Conversations. As always, docents will be on hand to answer questions in the Dining Room & Drawing Room and complimentary refreshments will be served.
  • Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. - September First Friday will be hosted in the Case Research Lab instead of the Museum. Watch Case's test films and learn the history of the birth of talking movies. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Fall exhibit reception,.
  • Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP, 101 Genesee St. - Finger Lakes Art Cooperative will be celebrating the September First Friday with guest musicians John Wilmot & Jacqui McCarthy who play hammer dulcimer & fiddle – Join us for music, refreshments and ART!  
  • Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. - EXHIBIT Opening for SARA DAVENPORT - Sara Davenport primarily paints in realism using oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and pen & ink to achieve results. Originals & prints of her work will be available to purchase. The event will include a cash bar & complimentary snacks.
  • F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression, 39 Genesee St. - Making a Mark is about enabling gifted people to celebrate self-expression and empowerment through creativity. Reception with light refreshments. Free to enter, art is for sale & proceeds go to the artist who created the piece.
Sept. 6th - Venice Biennale Art Event - Venice Center Pavilion, 2532 Route 34, Venice Center.  The Venice Biennale: Venice, New York is a free art show for both exhibitors and the public intended to reveal the rich arts life of Seneca, Cayuga and Tompkins Counties. Reservations are required for display tables. Please contact: johnwborek@yahoo.com

Sept. 6th - Dark Hollow's First Annual Backwood's BashThe Apple Station Winery, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga.   Join us and our friends for a full day of music and fun. There will be 7 bands, food, drinks, camping, and loads of fun.   The Bands Dark Hollow The Blind Spots Two Hour Delay The Shining Star Band Solar Garlic Medicine Wheel Steep Saturday September 6, 2014 Pre-sale tickets will be $25 dollars until August 15th at which point the price will go up to $35. Camping Camping will be available for $10 a car on the day of the event. Campfires will not be allowed, however, host is planning a bonfire for the evening. Camping is carry in, carry out! Be respectful of the host. Alcohol This is critical, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL INTO THE EVENT. Our host, The Apple Station, has a liquor license that could be affected. BRING A COOLER! The Apple Station will have a commissary where you will be able to buy beer, wine, soda and water. Additionally, The Apple Station will have draft beer for sale. Food Don’t worry about food, we will have plenty of vendors to provide nutrients for your groove party.  $35/ticket.  www.theapplestation.com  315-889-5184

Sept. 6th & 7thTomatoFestEmerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  The event will feature craft and commercial vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, rides, nonprofit booths, a farmers market, a pasta dinner and more. Free Centro shuttle bus from the Auburn High School parking lot to the main gate.  $3/adults, $1/children, child under 12 free with canned good, 11am-6pm.  www.cnytomatofest.org

Sept. 7th - If This Quilt Could Talk Series - Post Civil War Memories Stitched in Time - Historic Mentz Church, Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Speaker, Cheryl Longyear, Montezuma Town Historian. History of antique crazy quilt being donated to Frontenac Museum.  Suggested donation $5, 2pm.  315-776-4656

Sept. 7thHistoric Fort Hill Cemetery TourFort Hill Cemetery, 19 Fort St., Auburn.  Please join historian and guide Laurel Auchampaugh for a fascinating tour of the beautiful wooded Fort Hill Cemetery overlooking downtown Auburn. Its hilltop location, fortified many centuries ago by the mysterious mound building peoples of North America, later was reputed to be the site of an important Cayuga council seat and village.  In 1852 the hilltop was dedicated for its current function; it remains an active cemetery today. On the tour you will learn about the lives of several eminent citizens who are buried there, including the man first buried here, Judge Elijah Miller, his famous son-in-law William H. Seward, his daughter and granddaughter. Elsewhere in the cemetery, pay your respects to abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, to members of the Osborne, Willard, and Case families, and to many others who contributed to America's story. Take a tour of the gothic stone Bradley Chapel, and learn the story of a 50 foot tall obelisk inscribed, "Who Mourns for Logan?" In the event of rain, the talk will take place inside the Bradley Chapel.  Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults, $5 for students. These may be purchased at the time of the tour, or in advance at the Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street in Auburn during office business hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-4pm. Call 315-252-0339 for more information. This tour is sponsored by the Community Preservation Committee. Proceeds benefit the Fort Hill Cemetery and the Willard Chapel.
Sept. 7th – Sunday Music Series:  Alison and Zoe - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Our Sunday Music Series features local and regional upcoming artists. Alison and Zoë are two Irish-born sisters. They are singer-songwriters who create enchanting harmonies and weave stories with their poetic original songs. They share songs in living rooms, on trains and buses, around fires, on stages, and mostly anywhere else that you might meet them. They are currently working on their first all original album entitled "Emerge." They hope to one day travel the world sharing their music and learning songs from different cultures.  Admission $10, APT Members $9, 4pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

Sept. 13th & 14 - 12:00PM – 4:00PM Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn 2014 Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837
Choose between the Lobster Dinner or the Ala Carte Menu! Lobster Dinner $52.00 plus tax or General Admission $15.00 (tickets are available online or over the phone) Join us for a lobster bake! Lobster Dinner Ticket holders receive admission to the event, a whole Lobster, ½ doz steamed clams, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, corn bread, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission Ticket holders receive admission to the event and live entertainment. -Ala carte menu available (items priced individually). Wine is available by the glass and bottle. Saturday’s Band is Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. Sunday’s Band is Bob’s Brother’s Band will play from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage. 800-243-5513 info@glenora.com www.glenora.com

Sept. 14 - 19th Annual Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards

Casa Larga's annual harvest celebration will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., rain or shine at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport, NY. It began, and continues to be, a way to celebrate and kick off harvest time at the winery and highlight the Colaruotolo family's Italian heritage. The Festival is best known for the authentic old world grape stomping that earned it the name of "Purple Foot."

But the Purple Foot Festival offers much more than foot-staining grape stomping. Guests can take their purple feet around the vineyard on hayrides, a vineyard tour or to the family-friendly activities. Activities for those under 21 include a children's area, a kid's maze, face painting, crafts, and a wide array of vendors with family-friendly wares.  For the adults, there will be live music performed by the band Loose Change, a Sangria Tasting Bar, a Harvest Tasting Bar, spirit and beer tastings, and tours of the winery.

Tickets are available at the Casa Larga Vineyards Wine Shop, Wegmans and online at www.casalarga.com

Advanced Tickets: $15
At the Door: $17
Wine Lover Club Members:  $13
Under 21: Free 

Sept. 19 - 20 - Antique & Classic Boat Show International in Skaneateles

The international show is double the size of the FLC show. Expect to see 150 of “the nicest vintage boats from across North America,” says event co-chair Janice Miller.

“It was a great coup for Skaneateles to get this show,” she notes. All classes of antique and classic boats will be represented. 

Craft and other vendors will be set up on the grounds. Rides into the village will be offered aboard the Judge Ben Wiles.

Want to buy your own antique boat? You can do that, too, at the Field of Dreams.

The show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and is handicap accessible. Free parking will be available on the country club grounds off Route 41A, with a shuttle to the show. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.

For more information, go to http://www.acbs.org

Until Oct 5th - daily cruises on Skaneateles Lake, Mid-Lakes offers cruises each day from May 9 to October 5 on beautiful Skaneateles Lake located just 12 minutes from 10 Fitch. From a 50-minute sightseeing cruise to the US Mailboat to the romantic Dinner cruise there's something for everyone! See the many stately homes built along the shoreline of the pristine blue lake and relax as you ride oblong on the Judge Ben Wiles or Barbara S. Wiles boats. Pirate Day • Wednesday, August 13 Keep in touch with us on our Facebook page and Website as we plan a day of mayhem on the high seas! Kid's events, costumes, trinkets and fun await the adventurous on Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal! http://www.midlakesnav.com/dailycruises/schedule.html (315) 685-8500 

September Events Cayuga Wine Trail - Harvest Hoopla
1-30: Americana Vineyards - "Patriot's Club Month"  www.americanavineyards.com
6: Hosmer Winery - Some Like it Hot  www.hosmerwinery.com
6: Varick Winery - Glorious Grape Day  www.varickwinery.com
6 & 7: Swedish Hill Vineyard - Fall Fever Days  www.swedishhill.com
6 & 7: Goose Watch Winery - Fall Fever Days www.goosewatch.com
7: Goose Watch Winery - Jazz Festival  www.goosewatch.com
13: Montezuma Winery - Harvest Hoedown  www.montezumawinery.com
13: Six Mile Creek Vineyard - Harvest Festival  www.sixmilecreek.com
13: Knapp Winery - Beef, Barrel and Blues Event  www.knappwine.com
13 & 14: Thirsty Owl Wine Co. - 12th Anniversary Bash  www.thirstyowl.com
14: Lucas Vineyards - German Festival  www.lucasvineyards.com
20: Buttonwood Grove Winery - Early Fall Foliage Festival  www.buttonwoodgrove.com
20: Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant - Farm to Table Part 1 Wine Dinner  www.knappwine.com
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Don't Be Fooled By Hotel's Offering "Bed and Breakfast Packages" 13 Aug 2014, 2:27 pm

Have you noticed the increasing number of hotels now offering some type of "Bed & Breakfast" package? 

Don't be fooled into thinking that these packages compare to what a real bed & breakfast offers! 

This video about what it might be like if a bed & breakfast offered a "Hotel Package," had me laughing out loud!  I think you'll see the humor, as well as truth in it too.

But really, my husband has a saying he's fond of when describing something that is fancied up to look more attractive on the outside but is essentially the same on the inside, "You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still going to be a pig."  It is what it is, a pig, and no amount of lipstick is going to change that fact. What you have is a prettied up pig and that is all.  No one would mistake a sow wearing lipstick for a beauty queen right?

Then why would anyone think that a hotel "Bed & Breakfast Package" is anything other than a fancied up version of what a hotel would normally offer and not anything comparable to the kind of bed & breakfast package that small inns and B&B's offer to their guests every single day? 

Offering a bed to sleep in and some kind of breakfast in a bundled form does not a genuine, authentic, "Bed & Breakfast Package" make!

I can kind of understand why hotels are trying to attract guests and entice them with the suggestion that they will have a bed & breakfast experience at their establishments since more and more people are discovering that bed & breakfasts are a better way to stay. But no matter what you call it, a true bed & breakfast package is only found at a genuine, authentic, one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast, not at a hotel.  Why?  For sure innkeepers know how to put together some of the most wonderfully romantic and uniquely original and fun packages, with everything from picnic lunches to in-room massages to hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, dinner cruises, golfing, and so much more. But I think the biggest reason many people are becoming B&B converts has less to do with what is offered in a package and more to do with the kind of experience they know they will have when they are there.

It's the genuine care given to the guests during their stay, the love with which hot, delicious, breakfasts are cheerfully prepared and served each morning, it's the warmth, enthusiasm and knowledge of the innkeepers for the area, it's  attractions and history, it's the uniqueness of the home, the authenticity, attention to detail and interaction guests will encounter. These are the intangible,  non-duplicateable things that a hotel could never offer in a "Bed & Breakfast package".

Hotel "Bed & Breakfast Packages" can offer a bed and they can offer breakfast and throw in a few niceties but make no mistake, it's world's apart from the value and experience that bed & breakfast guests enjoy when they stay at an authentic Bed & Breakfast.  Like the pig sporting candy-apple-red lipstick, it is was it is no matter what you call it.

I make you a promise, if you come to the Finger Lakes and stay at our luxurious, romantic bed & breakfast inn, you will encounter no prettied-up piggies here.

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10 Fitch Guest Suites Layout 12 Aug 2014, 8:52 pm

Even though we have great photos of all our guest suites published online, because each suite is composed of three rooms it is nearly impossible to tell how each suite is laid out just by looking at the photos so I have just added what I hope is going to be a very handy visual to the Guest Rooms page on the 10 Fitch website.  I will be placing links to it from each one of the individual suites pages as well so that anyone thinking about booking a stay at our luxurious romantic Finger Lakes bed & breakfast will have an easier time deciding which suite they might like to choose.  Thank you to Pat Shea for her questions concerning English Suites layout - it was that email that prompted me to finally get the visual up onto the website.  I started working on it over a year ago when another guest mentioned it would be nice to have.

August 12, 2014 - updated and added placement of bathroom fixtures and fireplaces.  Also enabled a PDF download.  Just click on the image below.

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Doug's Fish Fry Skaneateles - An Innkeepers Critique 30 Jul 2014, 8:58 am

Doug’s Fish Fry

8 Jordon Street, Skaneateles
open daily 11AM-9PM

So, FINALLY I made it to Doug's to try one of the newest items on the menu, the lobster roll. Mom & I headed over to Doug's for lunch a couple of weeks ago and I could hardly wait for our order to come up.  After taking a few photos of our lunch I devoured my lobster roll!  More on the lobster roll later.

If you are coming to the Auburn, Finger Lakes area and you are looking for a great casual place to have lunch or dinner, we highly recommend you check out Doug’s Fish Fry. You won’t go away hungry for sure but you must save room for ice cream! Mom and I manage to do this by ordering just a fish sandwich without a bun (that's moms there in the photo).  No fries, no onion rings or coleslaw or anything else except a drink. Doug’s custard is the absolute best around and their Seasonal Sundaes are a real treat!  On this particular day we were just too full and skipped the sundae.

Tucked away on Jordon St., in the charming, nearby, lakeside village of Skaneateles, Doug’s has been serving up fresh seafood since 1982.  Five days a week their seafood is delivered over crushed ice, by truck, from the Boston Fish Pier.  No wonder it tastes so good!

The atmosphere at Doug’s is family friendly, causal and fun.  A huge fish tank with colorful fish swimming happily separates the dining area from where you place your order and then pick it up when your name is called. It’s laid back cafeteria style dining. At the far back of the dining section a hand painted mural of the nearby waterfront area at Clift Park graces the entire length of the wall and an electric train chugs along on tracks suspended overhead along the wall near the ceiling.  There is ample seating but because of it’s popularity in the summer time the line to order can be long and is often seen going down the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant. But the line does move pretty quickly. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable.

Doug’s menu of course, features the freshest seafood but for those who aren’t fans other choices available are chicken, hot dogs, mac & cheese, & grilled Kielbasa. There are several homemade dipping sauces available to enjoy with your food including a really great tarter sauce.

The fish is a beautiful, mild, flaky, white, cod covered in a light batter and then deep-fried until crisp on the outside.  It is the best fried fish I have ever had.  Shrimp, scallops, salmon & little steamers are also available. On certain days of the week oysters & clams are also available.  Their onion rings are excellent but don’t order the fries if you prefer them crispy. Doug’s are not. Other items on the menu include seafood chowder, coleslaw and the new addition, Doug’s lobster role.
Are you drooling yet? I am!

Now, as promised, here are the details of my love afai.... er.. um... experience with the aforementioned lobster roll. I had never had a lobster roll before so I’m not quite sure how Doug's compares to others but this one was awesome and I would gladly eat it again and again and again, well, anytime!  When I looked at it I wasn't all that impressed.  I thought, "Ok, so it's lobster meat on a roll, whoopty doo." Then, completely skeptical, I took a great big bite and let me tell you, it put the whoopty back in my doo!  The roll was nice and soft and there was a lovely, buttery, crust on the inside where they had slathered lightly herbed butter on the bread and then grilled it. Nestled inside was just the right size pile of tender, sweet, freshly cooked lobster meat!  That’s it! There was no need for any other ingredients. The lobster roll is $15 so it is pricey for a sandwich but hey, it's LOBSTER right?

For drinks Doug’s offers Pepsi products, milkshakes, and a selection of beer and wine.

We love Doug's and hope that if you come stay with us at 10 Fitch here in Auburn, NY you will drive 10 minutes into Skaneateles village and check out Doug's for yourself.  Do me a favor, have a lobster roll for me will ya? :)

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Auburn NY, June 1 - August 31st, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn 2 Jun 2014, 1:52 pm

What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn, June 1 - August 31st, 2014

Now – Aug. 31st Auburn at Normandy: The 299th Combat Engineers and Local Stories of WWII – Cayuga Museum of History & Art & Case Research Lab, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Discover the stories of men from Auburn's West End who served together throughout World War II and were among the first to hit the beach on D-Day; through tales of first-hand experiences, photographs, flags, and much more. We are planning programming and events to complement the exhibit and coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Closed major Holidays.  Opening reception 5/23 from 5-8pm.  Suggested donation $3, Open Tues. - Sun. Noon - 5:00 pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

Now – Aug 9th – Menopause The MusicalMGR Downtown, Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Menopause follows four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! By Special Agreement with GFour Productions. By Special License from The Owner Jeanie Linders' Company. Book and Lyrics by Jeanie Linders.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  800-457-8897 

June 2nd & 9thOpen Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

June 4thInns of Aurora Taste of Summer SeriesAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the Inns of Aurora will host a different local winery on its lakeside veranda for a tasting of their favorite varietals. Complimentary and open to the public. "The series is a great way for the Inns to play their part in introducing some of our favorite wineries to our neighbors and guests," remarks Alex Schloop, organizer of the series. "I love when people stop by on their way home from work, or use it as a reason to get out of the house and join us for dinner afterwards."  Today: Heart and Hands Wine Company.  Free, 4-6pm www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888

June 4th – July 2nd - Mary PoppinsMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  When the perfect nanny arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane to care for the Banks children, not only does their behavior improve - but their eyes are opened to a series of magical adventures and lessons. Based on the classic Disney movie and with the famous songs "Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and the infectious and rousing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," this song and dance megahit is toe-tapping entertainment for the young - and the young at heart!  Call box office or visit web site for ticket prices & show times.  www.fingerlakesmtf.com  315-255-1785

June 6th – Aug. 17th - Cartography & Art Quilt MapsSchweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Schweinfurth Art Center will be featuring maps this summer, but not your traditional maps of roads, countries or regions. The exhibits will showcase different artists' representations of maps, and include everything from quilts to digital imagery to sculpture. The main gallery will feature Art Quilt Maps by Valerie Goodwin and Cartography: Artists as Map Makers. The exhibit in Gallery Julius will be cuba: son los niños, a series of photographs taken in Cuba by Julieve Jubin, an Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Oswego.  Art Quilt Maps includes eighteen quilts by Valerie Goodwin. Goodwin is an artist and architect who creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps. "My work is noted for its use of color, emphasis on line and density. I try to convey ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation," says Goodwin.  Cartography: Artists as Map Makers is a complementary exhibit which explores geopolitical themes, environmental issues, and historic and cultural themes. The exhibit includes artwork by twenty-eight artists from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The show features a range of mediums: paintings, fiber arts, collage, sculpture, and more.  Tues. - Thurs. & Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Fri. 10:00 am - 8pm, Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  Art Center members and children under 12 are always free.  Closed major holidays.  www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553

June 6th - "The Longest Day"Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, we are showing the 1962 blockbuster The Longest Day. There will be two showings, at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.  Free.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 6th - First Friday Events - Participating attractions & around and at downtown Auburn.      
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Opening reception for Art Quilt Maps & Cartography Exhibition. 
  • Finger Lakes Art Cooperative, 101 Genesee St. - will celebrate First Friday with the music of Perform for Purpose featuring Khai French. As always, we will serve refreshments and of course, ART! 
  • Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Join us for our first summer First Friday reception! The Honky Tonk Hindooz will be playing live in the beautiful Seward House Museum gardens and we will be featuring the eclectic and vibrant artwork of Sue Silverman in our gift shop gallery space. 
  • Representative Dan Maffei, 30 Dill St. - First Friday Photography featuring local photographers: Jason Countryman, Michael Bruton, Christopher Molloy and Marissa Smithler.

June 6th & 7th“Her” - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze's soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system. Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) has built his career on expressing the emotions that others cannot. His job is to pen heartfelt, deeply personal letters to complete strangers based on details provided by the clients of the company he works for, and he has a knack for finding just the right words for every occasion. Meanwhile, reluctant to sign the papers that will finalize his divorce to his childhood sweetheart, depressed Theodore has slowly withdrawn from his supportive social circle, which includes his longtime friend Amy (Amy Adams), herself floundering in a failed marriage. When Theodore purchases a new state-of-the-art computer operating system with the ability to learn and grow with the user, he sits down at his desk and prepares to get his life in order. Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating again, and joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/6, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/7, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

June 7thTraveling Militaria ExhibitCayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Command Master Sergeant Robert H. Good will present his traveling exhibit of militaria on the lawn behind the museum. The collection includes objects from the Civil War through Iraq, with a heavy emphasis on WWII. If rain, exhibit will be displayed in Theater Mack.  Free, 12-5pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 7th - Party on the IslandEmerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dallas Smith performing live. Opening band - Stereo Suft. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Support the Owasco Fire Department. 21 and over.  Tickets $15/Presale, $20/at the door, 8pm-12am.  315-253-5611

June 7th - Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House -  Finger Lakes cheesemakers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more. Visit them anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples... all at no cost. Bon appetite!  New to the Open Houses this year is Cheese Trail Bingo. Visitors during the Spring Open House and the Fall Open House (October 11, 2014) can pick up a bingo card at any of the participating farms. They then present the card at each farm they visit and get the card stamped. Once they form a bingo, they mail in their completed card to the Trail to get entered for a cheese board and select cheeses from the Trail. The winner will be selected November 1, just in time for the holiday season.

The 9 Creameries that will be hosting the Open Houses on their farms are: 
  1. Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks
  2. Engelbert Farms, Nichols 
  3. Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
  4. Jerry Dell Farm & Store, Freeville
  5. Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
  6. Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream
  7. Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy, Candor
  8. Sunset View Creamery, Odessa
  9. Vanillen Dairy, Ovid. 
 The two creameries that are participating at off-site locations are:
  1. Heaven Scent Cheese, Corning (will be sampling & selling at Lakewood Vineyards) 
  2. Kenton's Cheese Company, Trumansburg (will be at the Ithaca Farmers Market)  
June 7th - Old Ways DaysWard O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  All are invited to the celebration of the past at Old Ways Day at the Museum/Ed Center. The museum has planned a day of fun, excitement, learning, and family activities. Horse drawn wagon rides, and Model "T" rides will be given on the museum grounds. Tour the country store, country kitchen, blacksmith shop, one room school house, or the many other exhibits that the museum/Ed Center has to offer. The Herb Garden will be open and there will be many other exhibits and demonstrations of the years gone by throughout the day.  Lunch will be available for purchase and the gift shop will be open.  Come spend a day in the 1800's.  11am-4pm, free.  315-252-7644

June 7th - Jazz Benefit for Cayuga Museum with Omar TamezTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Jazz fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists on Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Omar Tamez, Mexico's most respected jazz and new music guitarist, and Harv Sorgen, a celebrated drummer who has played and recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and many more, will be playing with Auburn's own Peter Mack, jazz bassist who has recorded several big band albums with the leading lights of modern jazz. Tamez, founder and director of Mexico's leading new music festival "ENCEUENTRO INTERNATIONAL," is a leading proponent of increasing cultural understanding through musical collaboration.  This performance is a benefit for the Cayuga Museum and is sponsored by Mack Studios. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Cayuga Museum, or at the door on Saturday night. Cash bar is available.  8pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

June 8th - Of Many Voices: Antislavery Reform in Upstate New York, 1835-1860Historic Mentz Church, Corner of McDonald & Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Guest Speaker, Linda Frank, Cayuga County Historian will offer discussion on how often when we think of the antislavery movement, we imagine a united front of reformers all working together to end slavery in the United States. However, the reality was very different as conflicting perspectives on how to go about achieving that end often brought reformers to loggerheads. The talk will discuss the many avenues that antislavery reform took from the founding of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835 through the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. From religious reformers to abolition politics and from the Underground Railroad to the "Wide Awakes" this talk will highlight the conflicts within the antislavery movement and the many voices working toward a common goal.  Free, 2-4pm.  www.montezumahistoricalsociety.org  315-776-4656

June 8th - Classic Car Show - Northbrook Heights, 170 Murray St., Auburn.  Chicken BBQ, bake sale, DJ Bill Crolick 50th & 60's, Prison City Ramblers.  Free, 10am-4pm.

For The Season, Auburn Farmers’ Co-op MarketParking lot across from Curley’s Restaurant, 96 State St.. Auburn.  Fresh produce, flowers, honey, syrup, fruit, jam/jelly, and plenty of delicious baked goods. Bread, cookies, pies and pastries await your sweet tooth.  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30am to 2:00pm.

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3 Surprising Dark and Dirty Coffee Maker Secrets 2 Jun 2014, 10:35 am

Three Surprising Dark and Dirty Coffee Maker Secrets

What you Don't Know Could Hurt You!


Or at least keep you from enjoying a really great cup of coffee. Your coffee maker, it's been hiding some secrets from you and I'm here to blow the lid off that puppy and reveal to you the dark and dirty truth once and for all!  Brace yourself because this is not gonna be pretty but it is necessary to face the truth so that you can do something about it! Don't worry; I'll help you with that too.

  1. Secret: If you have a drip coffee maker and have been regularly brewing coffee in it for a while I guarantee you that it's dirty even if it looks clean on the outside.  Dirty equipment will definitely affect the taste of your Joe, but did you know that it can also impair your brewers operation and can even affect your health?!
  2. Secret: According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the National Coffee Association, the optimal temperature for brewing a great cup of coffee is 197.6 – 204.8F and most popular coffee makers brew within this range. Unfortunately, that may not be hot enough to kill any bacteria.  Mold & bacteria love moist, warm environments to grow in which makes your coffee maker an ideal spot to set up shop.
  3. Secret: If you leave paper filters full of used, wet coffee grounds in the basket until making the next pot of coffee you are inviting bacteria to the party. 

Clean The Crud!

  1. First of all we are going to stop leaving used filters and grounds in the basket until we brew another pot... right?  As soon after brewing as possible we are going to remove the used filter and grounds and throw them in the trash.  Then we are going to rinse the basket and sit out to thoroughly dry before putting back in the brewer.  Once a week you should run the basket through your dishwasher or thoroughly clean it in hot soapy water and again, let dry thoroughly before putting back in the coffee maker.
  2. You should thoroughly clean your coffee maker a minimum of every 3 months to keep it running properly by removing mineral deposit build-up, and ensure fantastic tasting coffee and avoid illness by cleaning out coffee residue and killing any bacteria.

Here's How - Get Your Brewer In Tip-Top Shape!

  1. Remove any filter that is in your coffee makers basket.
  2. Fill the water reservoir in your machine with equal parts regular white vinegar and water solution.
  3. Run a drip cycle and when the cycle is finished, turn off your coffeemaker but let the hot solution sit in the carafe for 15-30 minutes to remove and scale deposits from the carafe, then discard the solution.
  4. Finally, run at least three cycles of just clear water through your coffee maker to remove any lingering vinegar residue..
  5. Lastly, wipe down the exterior of your coffee maker and clean the removable filter basket, permanent filter if you have one and the carafe with hot soapy water and allow all parts to dry thoroughly before putting everything back together.
I showed you in the May 2014 newsletter how to quickly clean your coffee carafes, even of burnt on coffee crud, with dishwasher tabs and boiling water.  If you are not subscribed to the newsletter just fill out the form to the right to start getting it once a month.
Now that your coffee maker is all spiffy, inside and out, you should be able to actually taste the difference so go ahead and enjoy some java!

And rest assured that if you come to enjoy a little romantic escape with us at our Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast we follow this process on our well used and loved Bunn coffee maker so you are sure to enjoy delicious fresh brewed Colombian each morning at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn.
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10 Fitch Newsletter Giveaways - Are You Missing Out? 14 May 2014, 11:24 am

10 Fitch Newsletter Giveaways

You May Be Missing Out!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is that if you have not signed up for the 10 Fitch monthly newsletter you are missing out big time!  Seriously, last month we sent out our official first... ok, so technically it wasn't our first EVER newsletter, we've sent them out from time to time, on average no more than 3 a year in the 7 years we've been here and quite frankly, they have been pretty lack-luster and BORING!

Recipe for Coconut Caramel Pie in the May NL
But that is changing, I promise! What's different about the newsletter now?  Well, now I'm writing it for you and not for 10 Fitch! I'm trying to fill it with stuff that will not only interest you but will be of value to you and may help you plan your trip to Auburn or the surrounding Finger Lakes area. I'm letting you know about time sensitive news, including contests and sweepstakes we are having and special promotions, I'm answering your questions, things our guests and potential guests have asked us, I'm sharing news about new packages, and I'm giving you a FREE 10 Fitch recipe every month and at least one iNNsider secret - useful products, techniques and tips that we use here every day at the inn and you can use at home. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

"What's different about the newsletter now?  Well, now I'm writing it for you and not for 10 Fitch!"

Not convinced?

Well, last Month we held our first ever sweepstakes on our facebook page and gave away a FREE romantic stay complete with in-room dinner & breakfast and a fun little board game to play. Our May newsletter just went out this afternoon and in it were the details for our current giveaway. This time it's a set of our luxurious, amazing sheets, which we sell tons of here at the inn to our guests because they are that wonderful!  Once again, it's through our facebook page that we are having the giveaway.  If you have not liked us on our facebook then you wouldn't know about EITHER of these great giveaways unless you were a 10 Fitch newsletter subscriber.

That's right, in the newsletter I inform you about what giveaways we are having and how to get in on them! And how will you know about any specials we are having? For the month of April & May we are running a newsletter subsciber only special.  We aren't advertising it anywhere else and there's a promo-code and instructions that are only found in the newsletter.

So, maybe you have missed out on some great stuff.

That's a bummer.  But the good news is you never have to miss out again!  Just fill out the "subscribe to newsletter" right over there on the right hand side of the blog and get in on the next one which will go out in Mid-June! And don't forget to "like" us on facebook and share with your friends so they can get in on this too!

Hope to see you soon at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn!  Auburn, NY, in the heart of the spectacular Finger Lakes area.
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David's Refuge at 10 Fitch - Caring For The Caregiver 5 May 2014, 9:57 am

David's Refuge at 10 Fitch

Caring For The Caregiver 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2

David Pfohl - Senior Portrait
The man stood in front of the congregation that Sunday morning and shared with us the story of his son David, who after battling a rare, progressive and incurable disease for 13 years, passed away in the fall of 2009.  I listened intently as Warren Pfohl talked about the no-profit respite for caregivers of special needs children that he and his wife Brenda started in their home in honor of their son.   They received so much encouragement and support during the time that they had cared for David that they knew they wanted to reach out to other couples with kids who have special needs or life threatening medical conditions. They decided to create a bed & breakfast in the wing of their home, that had originally been built for David, and offer stays of up to two nights to these caregivers at no cost to the couples.

Warren shared how wonderful it was to come alongside these weary, dedicated couples, to hear their stories, and to offer them a place to relax and rejuvenate as they encouraged them and let them know that they are loved and are not alone. The problem was that demand was greater than their supply! There were so many couples that their bed and breakfast with one guest room just couldn't accommodate them all.

And that was why he was at Grace Chapel that morning telling us about David's Refuge.  They were looking for others who might want to partner with them in various ways. As Warren talked I could feel myself getting more and more excited until it was nearly impossible for me to stay in my seat and not jump up and down, waving my hands in the air shouting, "We have a bed & breakfast!  We could offer our rooms!"

Brenda & Warren Pfohl
At the end of the service I made my way to the foyer and walked to the table where Warren & Brenda stood sharing pamphlets and other information about David's Refuge. I was so overcome by emotion that I could barely speak and honestly I do not remember exactly the conversation that we had but I do remember telling them how touched I was by their story and what they were doing and that we had a bed & breakfast in Auburn and that I would love to know more about how we might be involved.

As I left church that morning I was still having trouble keeping it together!  I was excited and so moved by what the Pfohl's were doing and I believed God wanted us to be a part of it.

later that week I spoke with Warren on the phone and we set up a meeting.  My husband Rodney and I invited the Pfohl's to come to 10 Fitch and spend the night in one of our suites.  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner together at Oak & Vine restaurant and talked while we ate and then talked some more when we returned to the inn.  It did take a few months to get everything in order but finally in November 2013 we hosted our first David's Refuge at 10 Fitch.  We have hosted five more since and have two more on the books for later this year. All three of our suites are occupied by David's Refuge couples at one time making the atmosphere ideal for them to share their experiences, joys and the challenges of raising a special needs child because they have exclusive use of the inn and complete privacy while they are here.

David's Refuge couples enjoying a 10 Fitch breakfast together
As part of their stay at 10 Fitch, David's Refuge couples receive a $50 dinner voucher provided by Oak & Vine restaurant where they can enjoy a delicious, quiet dinner together in beautiful surroundings.  They may also enjoy a massage right here at 10 Fitch or a mani or pedicure offsite during their stay. We also offer them our candlelight, rose petal turn-down service and a romantic board game to enjoy here and take home, compliments of 10 Fitch.

4.27.14 "This has been the best weekend ever for us - better than our honeymoon! Thank you so much for your hospitality, delicious food, exquisite room, and impeccable home.  Thank you 10 Fitch & David's Refuge!" Rob & Dana Bisnett

We have been incredibly blessed to be a part of what David's Refuge is doing.  The couples who have shared their stories and pictures of their children with us have touched our hearts forever.  These are amazing parents and caregivers! We have been so happy to serve them and love on them during their brief stays.

Do you know a couple with a special needs child who could be blessed by David's Refuge?  Would you like to find out more information about how you might become involved and be a blessing to these worthy couples?  Please visit the David's Refuge website.


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Auburn NY, May 2nd - May 13th, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn 2 May 2014, 6:30 pm

May is here and the daffodils are finally in bloom!  Woo Hoo!  The trees are starting to bud, the grass is getting green and I am getting excited thinking about how beautiful the gardens will soon be here at 10 Fitch.  If you have not seen the gardens at MacKenzie Childs in nearby Aurora this time of year after the tulips come up, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  They have the most beautiful gardens bursting with color, pattern and texture.  Every fall they dig up all their bulbs, give those away to their employees and plant new bulbs.  They order between 50-70 varieties each year  and the gardens never look the same!  This weekend they are having their Garden Days event.  Details on that below.

So, here is a look at what is happening in and around Auburn, NY from May 2nd-13th.  

May 2nd – 4thAnnual Wine & Herb Festival - Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, participating wineries.  Build your garden this spring by attending our Wine & Herb Festival and fill your garden with fragrant herbs and veggies. You'll receive a souvenir wineglass, potted herb or veggie plants at each winery, a plant carrier, plus recipe cards.  As you savor herb prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines so make sure to take home the recipes so that you can experience the event all over again.  Participants are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes by handing in your ticket at your last winery stop.  FRIDAY 1 - 5 PM, the following wineries will be participating:   King Ferry
Long Point
 Six Mile Creek  SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 10 - 6 PM, all 16 wineries are participating.    Make sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend.  Tickets available by calling 800-684-5217 or at any area Wegmans six weeks prior to the event.  As of 4/20/14, tickets WILL NOT be mailed. A receipt will be emailed to the email address supplied by PayPal. Please print this receipt and bring it to your starting winery as proof of purchase. Your name will be on a list at the door. If you have any questions please call 1-800-684-5217.  www.cayugawinetrail.com  800-684-5217

May 2nd – First Friday EventsParticipating sites and businesses near Downtown Auburn.  Seward House Musuem, 33 South St. Join us for a First Friday reception featuring a photography exhibit by artist, Caleb Filer, and live music by Tim Herron. Complimentary refreshments & tours.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - View the Made in NY 2014 exhibit featuring 65 NY artists working in various media. Refreshments served.
Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 205 Genesee St. - Learn about Auburn's storied historic theaters and their lasting impact on our present-day city. Light refreshments served.
Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP features ART & MUSIC, 101 Genesee St. - We are celebrating our First Birthday! We are celebrating with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce along with a Birthday Cake, Artist Meet & Greet, and Refreshments. There may even be a few balloons! Our guest musician is Merry Mischief. Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St. - Performance by Mama Pajama's Playhouse, 6 p.m. Library open until 8 p.m. with all services available.

May 2nd & 3rd - "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Winner Best Documentary Film
~ Iowa Independent Film Festival 2010 
Official Selection ~ Sonoma International Film Festival 2010
Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn't make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would take to turn his life around. Desperate, Cross loads up his car with a juicer and a generator, and pledges to survive on nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.   Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/2, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/3, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

May 2nd & 3rd - Michele Lee: Lights, Broadway, Action!Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  Auburn Public Theater in association with Barbara Walsh and Cayuga Community College present a benefit in honor of the late 2-time Tony winner Thommie Walsh and the Thommie Walsh Scholarship.  She is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie in the landmark CBS series Knots Landing. (Knots is now the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in history). Michele appeared in all 344 episodes setting the American record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actress in an hour-long prime-time dramatic series.  Ms. Lee starred on Broadway in "Seesaw"& "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying". She also was featured in the prime-time soap opera "Knots Landing". Michele has recorded and performed with many legends of the entertainment industry.  Ms. Lee opened her rave reviewed musical act at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City and continues her concerts in performing arts venues across the country. Steven Holden of the New York Times declared, "Her show belongs to the old school of knock-'em-dead entertainment embodied by Liza Minnelli, Sam Harris and Patti LaBelle. Once you're on the stage, it isn't enough to seduce or enlighten; the only goal worth pursuing is total conquest."  $50/admission, $45/APT members, 8pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

May 2nd – 4th - Garden DaysMacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Enter to win a .mackenzie-childs.com  315-364-6118
floral arrangement by Mariann Fessenden, garden designer and estate manager. Join her for garden tours beginning at 2pm & 4pm. (weather permitting).
 Daily prize drawing for MacKenzie-Childs products.
Savor champagne and dessert! Our friends from Heart & Hands Wine Company will serve their 2012 Brut Rose Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm.
Farmhouse tours 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm.  www

May 4th - A Closer Look - Photo SafariSterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Join Naturalist Jim D'Angelo for a closer look and possible photographic opportunities of the great horned owl nest, great blue heron rookery and other wetland wildlife of the Beaver Wetland at the Sterling Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by May 2nd. Space is limited for the Safari.  Cost is $5/person, 10:00 am & 3:00 pm.  315-947-6143

May 4th - Historic Church Tour and Organ CrawlThe Community Preservation Committee once again is sponsoring its tour spotlighting local historic churches. This year's participants are Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's United Church of Christ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Willard Memorial Chapel.  This year, an "organ crawl" will complement the tour! Participants will have the opportunity to hear local organists perform selected pieces on various instruments at some of the sites. Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale at the Willard Chapel Office during regular hours, Tues-Fri 10-4. They also may be purchased at the individual churches during the tour. Watch for more information about tour maps, suggested routes and more!  www.willardchapel.org  315-252-0339

May 6th - Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at WorkTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Cayuga Museum is hosting a discussion of the book, Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at Work with the author, Dr. Lucien X. Lombardo. Dr. Lombardo, an Auburn native, worked at the Osborn School in Auburn Prison from 1969 through 1977. The first edition of Guards Imprisoned, published in 1981, is based on more than 300 hours of interviews with over 70 correctional officers who were employed at Auburn Correctional Facility in 1976. For the second edition in 1986, to update the original study and to examine how things changed, another 100 hours of interviews were conducted with 17 of the original officers, along with another 15 officers hired after 1976.. So from today's perspective the book provides a historical look at the day-to-day working lives of correctional officers. Dr. Lombardo will discuss both editions of the book and a question and answer period will follow.  Free, 7pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

May 6th & 13th  -  Open Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

May 7th - Live MusicSpringside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Performing this evening is Diana Jacobs & Joel Kane.  Free, 8-11pm.  www.oakandvine.com  315-252-8463

May 8th - John Gorka with Mustard’s Retreat - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John's talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill's Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label's imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack's Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.   Tickets $20, APT Members, $18, 7pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

May 9th - Beneath the Hoop: A Multi-Layered Exploration of Womens’ Fashion in the 19th CenturySeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join re-enactors Karen Fittry and Mary Mahiques for an engrossing look into how women dressed during the antebellum and Civil War Eras. Fittry and Mahiques will take the audience, layer by layer, through a woman's dressing routine, allowing audience members to try on reproduction clothing to get the true feel of the period. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to view items of clothing belonging to the Seward women. Reservations required.  $15/Admission, $12/Seward House Members, 7-8pm.  www.sewardhousemuseum.com  315-252-1283

May 9thSwing into Spring Jazz BenefitTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Pete Levin, a mainstay of NYC's jazz, pop and electronic music scene, will be performing in a benefit show for the Cayuga Museum on Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack. Celebrated jazz drummer Harv Sorgen and Peter Mack on bass will accompany Levin. Sorgen has played with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, and Levon Helm among many others. The intimate venue of Theater Mack is the ideal place to Swing into Spring with these three masters.
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a live performance by one of the most innovative musicians working today. Only 100 seats are available, so don't wait. This performance is sponsored by Auburn's own Mack Studios.  Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, 8pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

May 9thAATOSIrene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression proudly presents the theatrical performance of Aatos, written and directed by Rachael Tissot.  Tickets $5 at the Door, 6:30 pm.  315-253-7331
May 9th & 10th - New 2 U Rummage Sale – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  Westminster Presbyterian Church and Westminster Nursery School, 17 William Street, Downtown Auburn invited the community to the annual New 2 U Rummage Sale on Friday, May 9 from 12 - 6 pm and Saturday, May 10 from 8 - 10 am with the BAG SALE from 10 am - 12 noon. Guests are certain to find good deals on clothing for men, women and children; home décor; books; furniture; pots & pans and dishes; seasonal decorations; children's toys; jewelry and much more.  5/9, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 5/10, 8-10 am, big bag sale 10-12:00 pm.  315-253-3331

May 9th & 10th“Gloria” - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A vibrant Chilean divorcée falls for a handsome ex-naval officer, but finds any chance for lasting happiness hinging on her willingness to confront a painful chapter from her past. In the wake of her divorce, 58-year-old Gloria (Paulina García) is determined to live her life to the fullest. Her children have all grown up and moved out, so rather than sit home alone, Gloria spends much of her time at local nightclubs and singles parties. Later, just when Gloria has started to realize that her active new lifestyle offers precious little emotional sustenance, she's swept off her feet by a dashing former naval officer in his sixties. Before long she's dreaming of a bright future with him. But true love never comes easy, and before Gloria can enjoy her twilight years with the man who makes her feel truly fulfilled, she must make peace with a harsh truth that could drive him away forever.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/9, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/10, 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org 315-253-6669

May 10th - Workshop: Harmony with the Mind with Alexis PierceEka, 100 Genesee St., Suite 101, Auburn.  Stress, anxiety, depression or just the blahs - we all experience ups and downs. Yoga offers a way to find balance and harmony in body and mind. In this workshop, you'll learn how to address your specific emotional needs through a mix of postures and breathing practices designed to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. Using the principles and practices you learn, you'll feel calmer, happier, and more easily weather the storms of daily life. No experience with yoga is necessary; this is a gentle practice. Open to all. Pre-registration highly recommended to ensure your spot.  $30/person, 10:30am-12:30pm.  www.ekacenter.com  315-730-6355

May 10thWildflower WalkSterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Don't miss
your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center. Many flowers like colt's foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center. Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  Free, 1pm. 315-947-6143

May 10th - 15th Anniversary Celebration at Long Point WineryLong Point Winery, 1485 Lake Rd., Aurora.  Take a beautiful ride along Cayuga Lake and come join the fun!  $1 wine tastings, commemorative glass, wine by the glass, special discounts and food available from Smoke Incorporated BBQ.  Noon-4pm.  www.longpointwinery.com  315-364-6990

May 10th & 11th   – Riesling Weekend CelebrationCJS Vineyard & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy our estate Riesling, the signature white wine of the Finger Lakes. Taste and compare dry and medium dry vintages from the last several years.  Free, noon-5pm.  www.cjsvineyards.com  315-730-4619

May 11thPlant Exchange - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle? Need to thin out those perennial but hate to just toss them away? We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinnings at our annual Plant Exchange. You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home.  11am-1pm.  315-947-6143

May 13thSeward Family in PhotosSeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join Seward House Museum Facilities Manager and historian, Andrew Roblee, for a look at the Seward family through archival photographs from the museum's collection. Rarely seen on display, these photos present the family in various settings that capture their day to day lives in nuanced biographical detail.  Free, 7-8pm.  www.sewardhouse.org  315-252-1283

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