Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Gordon Lightfoot – 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. This event is sure to be a great thrill for audiences to seeing a living legend in person.

Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

Date: 11/14/2015

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Dan Viola Comedy Show

As a husband and father of 7 kids, Dan connects with any audience, especially those willing to think “outside of the gutter.” Drawing on his background as a game show host, parent, teacher, coach and salesman, he will entertain without insulting.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 11/14/2015

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LilySilly Puppet Show

LilySilly Puppet Theater presents a series of short puppet acts. Jazzy songs are sung by handmade creatures, witches do spells and everything is absurd and silly. Great for younger children and puppet-lovers.

Location: Sage Chapel, Cornell University

Date: 11/14/2015

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Before the Village: Hanshaw’s Corners and the Foundations of Cayuga Heights

As part of the village centennial celebration, this talk will look through the history of Cayuga Heights from early farm settlements in the nineteenth century to its development in the twentieth century as the quintessential university suburb we enjoy today.

Location: Marcham Hall, 836 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca

Date: 11/15/2015

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I and You (by Lauren Gunderson)

Chronically ill Caroline hasn’t been to school in months when Anthony turns up at her door with waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an English project deadline. As these two let down their guard and share secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks the much deeper mystery that has brought them together.

Location: Kitchen Theatre

Date: 11/8/2015-11/22/2015

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Rethinking Thanksgiving

This lively, engaging presentation gives an overview of this very misunderstood holiday. Storyteller Perry Ground recounts the actual events of 1621, the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag, and how this story became the holiday we know today!

Location: Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Date: 11/19/2015

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Studio Thursday at the Johnson Museum

Get creative and learn how to make linoleum prints at this special workshop. Everyone is welcome. The Museum will be open late until 8:00pm.

Location: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

Date: 11/19/2015

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Rocky Dawuni

Ghanaian international music star Rocky Dawuni’s popularity brings his unique Afro Roots sound to global audiences and champion of social causes. Over the course of his career his infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans. His passion and humanitarian action have also made him a spokesperson for various global causes

Location: The Haunt

Date: 11/19/2015

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Sound of Music Sing-A-Long

Pull out your Lederhosen, polish up the glockenspiel and brush up your yodeling. Subtitles have been added to the film so that audience members can sing their hearts out to all the wonderful songs from this classic musical, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A costume contest, prizes, a fun-pack of props and more!

Location: Cornell Cinemas

Date: 11/14/2015

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21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree

Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at the 21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. You will receive a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and an ornament from each winery. You will also take home a Shopper’s Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines.
Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Date: 11/20/2015-12/4/2015
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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Fuertes Observatory

The Fuertes Observatory was completed in 1917 and honors Estevan Fuertes (1838-1903), a professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Engineering School. While it was once used for research, Fuertes now inspires future astronomers with introductory lab classes and public viewing nights. The Cornell Astronomical Society hosts public open house nights every Friday. Everyone is welcome to come take a look at the Moon, planets, galaxies and more through the 98 year old historical telescope.

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