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The Hot Flash of Summer Theater in Auburn

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Auburn is a quiet town, but it’s full of delightful surprises. One of them is the Finger Lakes  Musical Theater Festival that runs every summer. It’s a true slice of Broadway in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

We were able to enjoy Menopause the Musical, which follows four women at Bloomingdale’s who meet while shopping for lingerie. It is a 90-minute romp — no pauses and no men — covering 25 classic tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, revised with lyrics to thoroughly cover every phase of “The Change,” — starting with a predictable favorite:

 

“Chain chain Change, Change of life.
For five long years,
I thought I am loosing my mind;
but I found out no….
It’s just a part of the change.
My body tried to warn me,
the signs weren’t too cool;
it treated mean,
it’s treated me cruel.”
The songs cover memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, husbands who don’t understand, and my favorite “Good Vibrations, takes on a whole new meaning, using a clever prop.

The set remains the same throughout with quick changes to represent the lingerie department, the ladies room, a dressing room, etc. The story is represented from the view of four different women:  an Iowa housewife, a lost in the 60’s Hippie, a Power Executive and an aging Soap Star.

Great ending with all the women on stage.

The show is a great night out for the girls. My husband was initially underwhelmed, but even he was smiling and laughing when the femme fatale came into the audience and sang a very provocative number.

There are multiple venues, many choices with quality theater right in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Visit www.FingerLakesMTF.com/ticketsor call 1-800-457-8897 for more information.  2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Schedule   Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, New York. 13021

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)
  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18)

The Box Office is located at MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater 8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 1302

July 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival

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Merry-go-round Theater by the lake

The musicals are coming! Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival launches another highly anticipated season of “Broadway in the Finger Lakes,” with a variety of regional premieres, Broadway classics, off-the-wall comedies, and the next generation of musical theater at three different theaters.

If you are plan to spend time in the Skaneateles, Auburn, Geneva area this summer, be sure to catch one of these high-caliber productions.

The season opened on May 29 with “Menopause The Musical” at MGR Downtown at the Auburn Public Theater in Auburn, New York. This hilarious musical is great for a ladies’ night out and has kept millions of women laughing and celebrating the change. “Menopause The Musical” is the first of a seven-show, 200-plus performance season and one of many productions opening in rapid succession for an exciting start to the season. It is presented by special agreement with GFour Productions, by special license from owner Jeanie Linders’ Company, with book and lyrics by Jeanie Linders. The season continues as Mary Poppins – the stage adaptation of the Disney classic – flies into town June 4 and departs July 2 at the Festival’s flagship location, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park. “Mary Poppins” will feature a host of MGR alums, including Elizabeth Earley as Mary, Patrick Oliver Jones as Mr. Banks and Lucy Horton as Mrs. Banks, as well as a stellar cast and artistic team with members from the original Broadway cast. The fun continues with the athletic comedy “Damn Yankees” (July 9-30),the zany antics of three sailors let loose in New York City in “On the Town” (Aug. 6-27), the heart and wit of one of America’s legends in the spectacular “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3-24) and the regional premiere of those wild and wacky Minnesotans in “The Church Basement Ladies in the Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1-18). June also marks the opening of “The PiTCH,” the Festival’s new works series that showcases 10 new musicals in their earliest stages of development, now in its third season. This series invites the audience to participate in the creative process, welcoming audience feedback during and after performance.  Kicking off the season is “Sunset City,” a hilarious musical comedy about the feisty seniors of the Sunset City retirement community who must fight to save their home from foreclosure. The PiTCH will run for 10 weeks, featuring a new musical in development each week at the Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum.

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The Auburn Public Theater is conveniently located in downtown Auburn

Visit FingerLakesMTF.comfor details.   Tickets are now available including: single-show tickets; Merry-Go-Round Playhouse subscriptions, which include one ticket to the first four shows at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; and Flex Passes, which allow for flexibility in selecting up to seven musicals at any of the three theaters. Group rates and an “early bird/night owl special” are also available. Visit www.FingerLakesMTF.com/ticketsor call 1-800-457-8897 for more information.   2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Schedule   Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, New York. 13021

  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18)

  MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater 8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 13021

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)

Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum 203 Genesee St., Auburn, New York 13021

  • “THE PiTCH” (June 19 to Aug. 30)

  About Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival: Four hours from New York City and situated between Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is the largest producing musical theatre organization in New York state — outside of New York City. The Festival is headquartered in the town of Auburn, New York – set in the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region of Central New York. The Festival provides top-notch entertainment to more than 60,000 patrons each summer and is routinely recognized by industry press and maintains a high regard in the professional theatre community for its artistry and execution. For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, please visit FingerLakesMTF.com. Find Finger Lakes Music Theatre on Facebook or follow FingerLakesMTF on Twitter. Reprinted from the official 2014 press release

July 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Bike Around Owasco Lake

Owasco Lake as viewed from Emerson Park

Owasco Lake as viewed from Emerson Park

If you can ride 30 miles on a bike you will love the ride around Owasco Lake. Riding around the Finger Lakes is always a visual feast, but the hills can be grueling. The trip around Owasco is the easiest of all the lakes.

The view from the end of the pier at Emerson Park

The view from the end of the pier at Emerson Park

Emerson Park, at the north end of the lake is a great place to park as it has nice bathrooms and access to water. There is a $2.00 fee to park. Emerson is a lovely large park with swimming beach, room many picnic spots, a walking pier and it is home to the Merry-go-Round Theater.

The entire ride is a little over 30 miles.

The entire ride is a little over 30 miles.

The main routes surrounding the lake are 55mph roads, but they usually have good shoulders. I recommend that if you are going to ride around a Finger Lake that you start at sunrise and you avoid peak summer months. Another benefit to an early start and a clock-wise circuit is that you will get nice shade on the west side as you journey uphill from Moravia. I saw a generous array of wildlife, often crossing or eating in the middle of the road: fox, hawk, vultures, goldfinch, deer, and several woodpeckers

Tom Thumb Drive-In East side

Tom Thumb Drive-In East side

To start my route I headed south on the east side of the lake on Route 38, passing the Tom Thumb Drive-in, to Rockefeller Rd. Rockefeller has no shoulder, but it is nicely paved and much quieter. The land quickly turns from residential to large farm fields which provide an unobstructed view to the lake. Stay on Rockefeller all the way to Moravia, where you’ll turn right onto N. Main Street to head back north on Rt 38.

Roosevelt Roads rolling hills are mostly farmed

Rockefeller Road’s rolling hills include some vintage tractor barns

If you have time stop in Moravia. Fillmore Glen is just outside the downtown area. This lesser-known CCC treasure is on the level of Buttermilk Falls and Watkins Glenn. Pick up picnic supplies at the grocery in town or the farm market across the street from the park entrance and take a hike to see the falls, or a swim in the pond at the bottom.

Beautiful architecture in downtown Moravia

Beautiful architecture in downtown Moravia

Moravia is the birthplace of President Millard Fillmore. It has beautiful homes, some of them in need of some extra love. The streets are quiet and shady. I was hoping to find a breakfast spot and there was nothing available.

A fun ice cream stand at the southwest end of the lake

Dee-Dees:  A fun ice cream stand at the southwest end of the lake

As you leave town and head across the inlet before turning north you will pass The Betty Blue, a local watering hole that might be worth checking out another time. Soon after you pass Dee-Dees Ice Cream which looks like it would be a fun stop.

Inlet to the lake serves as a filtration system

Inlet to the lake serves as a filtration system

I took a quick break at the Owasco Flats, This is a nature preserve with floodplains, forest and wetlands. Over half of the water flowing into the lake comes through this inlet. This lowland is home to many animals and is accessible by footpath.

Owasco outlet through Emerson Park

Owasco outlet through Emerson Park

Now you continue a long slow climb north. Compared to the climb north on Canandaigua Lake, this is easy. You are rewarded with a great view at the top and then 38 begins to hug the lake side so closely you ride between the lake homes and the water.

The road narrows, as you wind along the lake edge, making this the least safe section, but it is such a lovely ride. Owasco appears to be a big fisherman’s lake. I watched many bass fisherman trolling along the water’s edge.

Pass by the historic Springside Inn, also home to Oak & Vine Restaurant. Before you know it you are going through the rotary and back in Emerson Park. A 30-mile ride is a great warm up. This ride has so many visual treats, no wonder riders make this a regular loop.

 

 

June 7, 2014 at 12:07 am 1 comment

Oak and Vine — Fine Dining near Owasco Lake

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The Oak and Vine is a gastropub inside the Springside Inn

Many Finger Lakes lovers have heard of The Springside Inn, but how many know the gastropub tucked into the bar side of this historic landmark?

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The Oak and Vine is a cozy bar inside the Inn.

Prior to some summer theater in Auburn, we stopped at the Oak and Vine for dinner. There is ample seating inside and out. We chose outside so we could watch a wedding in progress, while chatting with our friendly and helpful waitress.

The Oak & Vine offers an array of American cuisine featuring organic pasta from Flour City Pasta and locally sourced organic produce from Happy Bee Farms. Seasonal-menu offerings range from creative pizzas, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Off-menu they emphasize fresh fish and regionally sourced beef.

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everything that makes my mouth water

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Lobster beautiful to look at — a bit chewy

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Main course, beautiful to look at — even better to eat.

The food was beautifully prepared. We enjoyed appetizers ranging from Carpaccio — with Moroccan spiced shallots, capers, chives, and fresh lemon to Lobster salad, one of the specials.

A bottle of Cava made the summer night sparkle.

Our entrees were slow roasted salmon, served with truffled Brussels Sprouts & mushroom ragout, roasted buttered & herbed potatoes, and a beautiful standing rib, with smashed potatoes and asparagus.

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The Springside Inn of old is now used for weddings and banquets

There is ample parking, and it is only a minutes drive from the lake edge, not too far from town. The Pub provides private dining, casual pub-seating, and outdoor tables overlooking The Springside’s beautiful gardens.

They are especially popular for their affordable Pub Plates:  Cuban Sandwich, Sweet Thai Chili Glazed calamari and Focaccia Muffaletta.

Reviews on Yelp.

July 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Finger Lakes Summer Musical Theater, in Auburn, Opens with Altar Boyz

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A single stage set for the musical Altar Boyz

If you are looking for an evening of inexpensive fun this summer, you should head over to Auburn and catch a performance of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (running all summer long, three different venues).

The first show of the summer at the Auburn Public Theater is a light-hearted one-act musical called Altar Boyz. The fast-paced show is a hilarious — but tastefully rendered — parody of a christian boy band that has been sponsored and commercialized into a traveling musical road show.

I was amazed how they danced, sang and joked through out, poking gentle fun at serious moral issues like religion, addiction, premarital sex, and homosexuality, in a light-hearted manner that kept everyone in the audience laughing and smiling.

My husband, who grew up in the Catholic Church, had a continuous grin and lots of belly laughs for the entire show.

The Altar Boyz are appropriately named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Juan), The fifth and my favorite, is a Jew who just wants to try on a choir robe — Abraham. Each actor is a fabulous solo singer and their voices work beautifully together, as does their comedic timing.

One of the funniest running gags in the show is carried on by Luke, the muscled and mindless teen member, who confesses that he too has struggles. The Boyz hem and haw to name his burden, eventually referring to it as “severe exhaustion,”

The nice thing about this show is that the music and lyrics remain central and the story is kept to a “show-bizzy” minimum. There is one set for the entire 90-minute show and the five-person cast rarely stop singing except to grab the next set of props.

Auburn Theater is small, COOL, comfortable and every seat in the house is great.

“Altar Boyz,” presented by the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

Finger Lakes Summer Musical Theater

Auburn Theater right in the heart of downtown Auburn with free parking

Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.

90 minutes without intermission.

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival has planned to add a fourth venue since its 2012 opening. In 2014, it will — just not in Cayuga County.

As soon as each of the six shows in next year’s festival finishes its local run, it’ll ship up to Rochester for a one-week engagement at the 1,964-seat Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

June 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

2012 Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival — a season filled with happy beginnings

WIN 2 FREE TICKETS TO SEE ALTAR BOYS, COMPLIMENTS OF THE FINGER LAKES MUSIC FESTIVAL: (Total value: $84).

RULES: Just share this blog to Facebook and “like” my Finger Lakes Summer Page. Then send me an email letting me know you want a chance to win tickets.

I’ll announce the winner on this blog and on my Finger Lakes Summer Page.

Continue Reading May 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Connie’s Tex-Mex, Auburn, New York: great mexican food and some Finger Lakes flair

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Connie's Tex Mex, next to the prison in Auburn

Long-time fixture in Auburn, Connie’s Tex Mex offers super-size tacos, with fresh ingredients and generous portions. It took me 2 days to eat my order of Tostadas and salsa. Two chicken tacos were more than I could finish at one sitting and a taco is only $3.25.

Connie’s serves all types of authentic mexican fare as well as barbecue, salads, burgers and subs. The only thing they are missing is beer. I figure that a restaurant located next door to a prison might attract some interesting characters, but at 7pm on a Friday night it was full of couples and families enjoying great mexican food at very reasonable prices.

Note several five-star reviews on Yelp.

Located at 141 State Street, right next to the Auburn Prison. Parking right across the street.

Open 1-9 M-Sat.

April 23, 2012 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

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