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Teaching kids about spending, saving and more

By Charles McChesney

To discover the value of a dollar—or several—young people need opportunities to learn about saving, spending, borrowing, and how to balance their needs and wants.

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Enchanted Beaver Lake

Credit: Michael Davis Photo (2007)

Enchanted Beaver Lake features more than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria that light the way along two magical trails at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. There’s also face painting, fortune telling and treats. The annual event runs from Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Advance reservations, including parking, are required. Admission is $3 per person; it’s free for kids under 3. Parking costs $5. Call (315) 638-2519 for reservations and information.

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Summer Events Calendar 2015


July

JULY 1, 25 & 29

Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5 per person. Register at 638-2519.

JULY 4-AUG. 16

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays visit the recreated Elizabethan village and enjoy the minstrels, jousts, japes and other entertainment provided by actors in costume, on stage and strolling about the 35-acre site. Forty miles north of Syracuse, 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. Tickets cost $25.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages 5-11, free for age 4 and under. For more information, call (800) 879-4446. www.sterlingfestival.com.

JULY 4

Fireworks and Baseball. Catch the Syracuse Chiefs in action against the Pawtucket Red Sox, then see a dazzling fireworks display. NBT Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Admission to the game and fireworks is free, but a voucher is required. Parking is $5. For more information on obtaining a voucher, call 473-4330 or visit www.syracuse.ny.us/parks.

JULY 7, 14, 21 & 28

Pops in the Park. The series takes place on Tuesdays in July and offers samples of music in a variety of styles. Onondaga Park (not to be confused with Onondaga Lake Park) gazebo, next to Hiawatha Lake, Upper Onondaga Park, Roberts Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

JULY 9, 10, 11, 19, 23, 24, 25

Symphoria Summer Concerts. Free outdoor concerts by Symphoria and its ensembles throughout upstate New York: Village Green, Hamilton (July 9); Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia (July 10); Beard Park, Fayetteville (July 11); Thornden Park, Syracuse (July 19); Austin Park Arena, Skaneateles (July 23); Wells College, Aurora (July 24); Fort Stanwix, Rome (July 25). For times, schedule changes and other information, call 299-5598 or visit www.ExperienceSymphoria.org. Concerts subject to change based on weather.

JULY 10

Basic Bike Repair. Kids age 8 and up can discuss chain and tire maintenance, brake tuning and basic bike fitting. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727. www.oflibrary.org.

JULY 10-12

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Enjoy aspects of Arabic culture such as traditional dances, a souk full of crafts, pastries and other food. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.

JULY 11-12

Gemworld. The annual show features hands-on education exhibits and demonstrations plus gems, fossils, minerals and more for sale. This year’s event features a new Metaphysical Center. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $7, adults; free, children under 12 with adult. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.

JULY 17, AUG. 21

Summer Games on the Lawn. Kids from prekindergartners to grade 6 can take part in super-sized Scrabble, hula hooping, juggling, bubble activities and life-size Angry Birds. And there’ll be ice cream! Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310.

JULY 17-19

Syracuse Nationals. See thousands of hot rods, (pre-1980) classic and custom cars and trucks. Celebrities are always a feature of the event. (Buy tickets in advance and pay $13 for adults, $6 for kids.) State Fairgrounds. $18, adults; $8, children. (800) 753-3978. www.rightcoastcars.com.

JULY 18

Family Canoe Outing. A naturalist leads a canoeing tour of the lake for kids in grades 1 through 5 and accompanying adults (maximum of four people per canoe). Get a chance to see painted turtles, great blue herons and a beaver lodge. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20 per family. Registration is required; call 638-2519.

Woofstock. Fundraising concert and festival benefit the Humane Association of Central New York. Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville. $5 suggested donation. 453-5252.

JULY 19

Anything That Rolls. Kids and adults can roll with bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and inline skates—or just walk—during an event that raises money and awareness for children and adults with disabilities, brain injuries and mental health needs. Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10 registration for adults, free for age 10 and under. 410-3384.

JULY 22

The MOST Traveling Science Program. Learn about superheroes’ powers and how they work, from invisibility to electricity, in this 45-minute program presented by the Museum of Science and Technology at area libraries. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse (435-3395). Also available at other area libraries on different days; call your local library to find out if the MOST will visit. Free.

JULY 23-26

Oswego Harborfest. Crafters, rides and music in the parks are featured attractions along the shores of Lake Ontario. Three days of children’s entertainment at the Novelis Family Park. Fireworks are launched over the harbor on July 25. Free admission. 343-3733. www.oswegoharborfest.com.

JULY 24-26

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Jazz, blues and wine. As part of the Scholastic Festival segment, students perform with national guest artists on July 25. Stage of Nations, a series of performances by Native American artists, takes place on July 24 and 25 (in Hanover Square, downtown Syracuse). Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 479-5299.

Arts and Crafts Festival. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. Free admission. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

JULY 25

Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. Artists, young and old, decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse. Rain date is July 26. Free for spectators. Participants: $10 for age 17 and younger; $20 for adults; $25 for masters. Add $5 for registering after July 10. 422-7011. www.syracusenewtimes.com.

JULY 31-AUG. 2

Gravityfest. At one of North America’s largest gatherings of thrill seekers, competitive skateboarders, street lugers and drift trikers use precision equipment to reach speeds of up to 60 mph down East Hill Road, Munnsville. Free parking, shuttle service and admission for spectators. 374-1029. www.munnsvillegravityfest.com.

August

AUG. 2

Bavarian Fest. An event filled with German food and drink, folk dancing and music. Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, Longbranch Road,
Liverpool. Free. 451-7275. www.bavarianclub
almenrausch.org.

AUG. 8

CNY Scottish Games. Enjoy Scottish and American food and immerse yourself in the culture of clans, pipes, drums, dancers and athletic competitions. Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Admission is $10 for adults; $7, seniors; $4, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. 463-8876.

AUG. 12

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and watch for meteors. Through a telescope, see the Milky Way galaxy and views of Mars and Saturn. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9 per person. 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

AUG. 12-SEPT. 5

Skaneateles Festival. Chamber concerts are performed at various venues by the lake. Free Family Fest interactive concerts take place on Aug. 12 and 28 at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. 685-7418. www.skanfest.org.

AUG. 14-23

Shakespeare in the Park. A performance of William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. Food available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and a picnic, if you wish. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. 476-1835. www.syrsf.org.

AUG. 15-16

Oktoberfest. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free admission. 675-8321.
www.germanamericanscny.com.

AUG. 22

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. Learn all about the zoo’s resident pachyderms while playing games, seeing cultural demonstrations and visiting activity stations. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Free with zoo admission: $8, adult; $5, senior; $4, ages 3-18; free, age 2 and under. 435-8511.

AUG. 27-SEPT. 7

New York State Fair. The fair features thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of rides and countless ways to eat something deep fried. It’s also a super place to see the works of New York artists and crafters, and the performances of young dancers. New York State Fairgrounds. $10, general; free, age 12 and younger. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR. www.nysfair.org.

AUG. 30

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. Ethnic music, a community hora, children’s activities, and an abundance of kosher foods featuring Middle Eastern and Eastern European favorites. Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free admission. www.syracusejewishfestival.com.

September

SEPT. 11-12

Irish Festival. This taste of Ireland features music, dance, culture and children’s actvities. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330. www.syracuseirishfestival.com.

SEPT. 12-13

Golden Harvest Festival. Arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, puppet and magic shows, and seasonal foods. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5, adult; $1, ages 6-17; free, age 5 and under. 638-2519.

Central New York Tomatofest. Join the celebration of tomato season’s end—with crafts for sale, activities for kids, terrific food, and fresh produce. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. Emerson Park Pavilion on Owasco Lake, Auburn. $3 admission; children admitted free with a donation of a canned good. 252-2225. www.cnytomatofest.org.

SEPT. 18-20

La Festa Italiana. Celebrate Italian culture, including food and music, and watch some really good bocce players in the tournament. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.

SEPT. 20

Westcott Street Cultural Fair. The neighborhood also known as Westcott Nation puts on its annual festival, with live music, dancing, crafts for sale, and a chance to learn about local nonprofit organizations. Children’s performances and activities take place at the Petit Branch library on Victoria Place. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side streets, Syracuse. Free. 313-5447. www.westcottstreetfair.org.

Ongoing Events

Junior Fishing Program. Saturdays (kids), Sundays (adults), through Sept. 26. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. Season pass: $15, adults; $10, ages 7 to 15. 727-2922.

Drive-In Movies. Family-friendly flicks at Auburn’s Finger Lakes Drive-In (1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius; 252-3969; www.fingerlakesdrivein.com) and the Midway Drive-In, (2475 Route 48, Minetto; 343-0211 or 593-0699;
www.midwaydrivein.com).

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. NBT Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. 474-7833.

Auburn Doubledays Baseball. Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. Home opener is June 25. 255-2489.

Ryder Park Butterfly House. Learn about the life stages of these flying flowers. 5400 Butternut St., DeWitt. Free admission. Call ahead weekdays: 446-9250, Ext. 9.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Rides and attractions. Opens for the season June 17; last day is Sept. 7. Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145. www.watersafari.com.

Seabreeze Amusement Park. Water park and amusement park overlooks Lake Ontario. End of 590 N., Rochester. All attractions dependent on weather. (585) 323-1900. seabreeze.com.

Thunder Island. Water park with many slides, including two kiddie slides, plus miniature golf, go-karts and more. 21 Wilcox Road, Fulton. June 26-Sept. 7. 598-8016. www.thunder-island.com.

Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Open daily, through Sept. 7; weekends only in September and October. Water play area, petting zoo, pony rides. Route 49, 3 miles west of Rome. 336-1930. www.fortrickey.com.