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The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail began as a way to connect locals and visitors with the farmers whose passionate love of what they do leads to the creation of small-batch artisanal cheeses. Once the province of farm wives with a milk surplus, fine cheese has become as much a way of tasting the …

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The Kitchen Theatre (417 W. State / W. MLK, Jr. Street, tickets at 273-4497)presents Slashes of Light by Judy Tate (June 11 - June 29). In an all-black parochial middle school on Chicago’s South Side in 1966, precocious young Sunny befriends the new white history teacher. Her best friend, a …

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Considering how many linear miles of shoreline they constitute, there are not many lakeside restaurants along the Finger Lakes. The peculiar history of the lakes means that they are mostly lined with private residences with state parks and boat launches here and there and, very rarely, a vil…

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Beer lovers living in or visiting Ithaca have no shortage of options when it comes to looking for a cold craft beer that’s ripe for the summer. The Fingers Lakes is world-renowned for its wineries, but it’s also become a hot bed for microbreweries—several of which offer their own take of wha…

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A few years ago, during the reign of Dubb’yuh the Younger we traversed his home state several times—a long, dull, and arduous journey across desert and dry barbed-wire grazing land. To preserve our sanity during this dull transit, we drove from ‘cue joint to ‘cue joint. In nearly every littl…

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Many people think of Ithaca as a very literary town, but it’s certainly not the only town in the area with a literary history. In fact, nearby Elmira has at least one very deep and important connection to literary history—it was the part-time home of Mark Twain.

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Finding great ice cream in and around Ithaca doesn’t take much. There are at least a dozen ice cream shops throughout Tompkins, Seneca and Tioga counties. But for the lactose intolerant or vegan (or both), the search isn’t always paved with cookies and cream. In a place as food-conscious as …

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The Village of Aurora, the sort of fairy-tale town that might have been dreamed up by the Disney factory, has in the last decade or so been upgraded to uber-fairy-tale status thanks to the decorative and restorative ministrations (and a sizable cash infusion) of American Girl doll doyenne Pl…

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"I am relatively new to organized hiking,” said Roger Hopkins, the president of the Cayuga Trails Club, which maintains the Finger Lakes Trail in a three-county region around Ithaca. “I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, but I became a member [of the trails club] when I moved to Ithaca in 2002.”

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The annual Skaneateles’ Curbstone Festival and Sidewalk Sales will return from July 17 to July 19 along Genesee, Jordan, and Fennell streets. The long-running festival will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 40 me…

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The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) in Watkins Glen is a research library, an archive, but not really a museum. “We have collections,” said Glenda Gephart, Director of Administration and Communications, “and that includes memorabilia, fine art, trophies—both active and ina…

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According to their dossier, Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Collective is an informal Ithaca-based meeting spot for theatre enthusiasts to gather, listen to readings of new plays and then produce them. They congregate and compare notes every second and fourth Monday of the month at Buffalo Street Books…

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Inspiring awe and wonder. Giving people an appreciation for how much space is in space. And doing so, at a cost anyone could afford: free. This was the vision the Sciencenter staff and executive director Charles Trautmann had when they first put the project of the Sagan Planet Walk in motion…

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A wild dinosaur rears its head next to a volcano spewing lava on Aurora and Buffalo. A strange new tree is growing on the corner of Court and Cayuga, like a telephone pole, but with a strange bulge like a wooden telephone box. A block of cheese sits across from Greenstar, like a delivery to …