Monday, July 6, 2015

Auburn, NY - July 15th - July 31st, Events in the Fingerlakes Near 10 Fitch

The last few weeks of July are a busy time of year in The Finger Lakes! Check out some of the fun things we found that are going on near 10 Fitch!


Every Sunday in July & August - Polo Games, Andrews Road, Skaneateles, NY. 3pm. Small parking fee.

Every Friday, beginning July 3rd - Skaneateles Community Band Concerts Lakeside. Clift Park, Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY. 7pm. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain place, Austin Park Pavilion, Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY. 315-685-0552

July 15th - Summer Garden Mixer: Picnic Wine & Beer, New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
From 6:00 t0 8:00pm. Join us in our Garden Tent and discover wines and beers from across New York State that are perfect for your next summer picnic! Whether it's a refreshing IPA, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or a smoky Cabernet Franc to pair with your barbecue, you'll be sure to find a new beverage to enjoy all summer long. Wineries and Breweries will bring their favorite wine or beer to kick back with on a summer day, as well as other samples for you to try. You'll be able to purchase bottles and growlers, so be sure to stock up for your picnics and gatherings to come. The NYWCC Culinary Team will prepare picnic friendly light hors d'oeuvres for you to savor while you mingle with friends. (Insider Tip: Wednesday is Bring Your Own Bottle Night at Upstairs Bistro... purchase one on this evening and enjoy no corkage fee if you choose to dine afterwards!)
Location: Garden Tent. Price: $10.00. Event: Registration Open
Participating Wineries & Breweries (as of 6/12/15):

July 16th-18th - Curbstone Festival & Sidewalk Sales, Downtown Skaneateles, NY.
Sponsored by the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce. Thursday and Friday 9am-8pm. Saturday 9am-5pm. 315-685-0552

July 16th - July 18th - Auburn Downtown Dollar Days, Downtown Auburn Businesses, Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021. Special sales and deals in Downtown Auburn. Telephone: 315-406-0097. Email: flac@roadrunner.com


July 16th - July 19th - Mackenzie-Childs Annual Barn Sale, 3260 New York Route 90, Aurora, NY. 8am-6pm.  Most anticipated sale of the Year! Come one! Come all! But, especially come early! Rain or shine, it’s all covered! Up to 80% off. Ceramics, enamelware, glassware, furniture, lighting, rugs, holiday, and more. Limited quantities available. Food selection by Jeremiah’s Tavern starting on Wednesday at 6pm. Music provided by DJ DFR during sale hours. All Barn Sale purchases are final, limited stock on hand. To find out more, visit www.mackenzie-childs.com/BarnSale.

July 17th & 18th - 33rd Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY. The largest free jazz fest in the Northeast United States! Internationally acclaimed artist Wynton Maralis will headline Friday night’s event. Headlining Saturday night’s show will be the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Free admission with paid parking. Starts at 5pm. 1-800-234-4797. wwwsyracusejazzfest.com

July 17th - July 19th - The Last Five Years, Irene Bisgrove Community Theater, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn, NY 13021
Performed by the Auburn Players Community Theatre.
www.auburnplayers.org/the-last-five-years/ Telephone: 315-702-7832

July 17th - 19th - Syracuse Nationals Classic Car Show, Empire Expo Center, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse NY. The largest car show in the Northeast. Over 8,000 hot rods from all over the U.S. and Canada converge for a 3 day celebration of America’s love affair with classic cars. Tickets. 1-800-753-3978. www.rightcoastcars.com/syracuse-nationals.php

July 18th - Culinary Expeditions, Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn, NY 13021
The Seward House Museum, in partnership with Skillet & Embers Catering Company, is pleased to announce its summer fundraising event, Culinary Expeditions, an international food tasting event based on the travels of William Henry Seward. Culinary Expeditions will take place in the Seward House garden on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
During the event, guests are invited to explore the international journeys of William Henry Seward with samplings of cuisine from around the world, prepared from scratch by the award-winning Skillet & Embers Catering Company, the catering division of the Inns of Aurora. The event will also include sampling of craft beers and fine wines produced both locally and internationally, a silent auction, and live music by a Symphoria trio from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Root SHOCK, central New York's finest roots soul reggae party, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Tickets for Culinary Expeditions will go on sale on June 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Event tickets will be $35 per person or $100 at the Contributor level, which includes recognition in the event program and the fall issue of the Seward House Museum newsletter. A limited number of hotel packages-including two tickets to Culinary Expeditions, two Seward House Museum guest passes, a one-night stay, and breakfast-are available at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn for $410. Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Cost: $35/person. Telephone: 315-252-1283. Email: info@sewardhouse.org
Website : www.sewardhouse.org

July 18th - Chocoholics Celebration at Varick Winery, 5102 State Route 89, Romulus, NY 14541
Celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day and indulge your sweet tooth with complimentary milk chocolate treats. 9:30am-6:00pm. $4.00 to sample six wines, fare is complimentary. Website: http://www.varickwinery.com

July 19th - 6th Annual Paella on the Bay, Colloca Estate, 14678 West Bay Rd., Fair Haven, NY 13064. Come by Land or by Sea and celebrate summer with us at our 6th Annual Spanish themed party, Paella on the Bay at Colloca Estate in Fair Haven, NY. Enjoy traditional meat and seafood paellas cooked over open flames in 3-foot monster pans overlooking the magnificent panoramic views of our Little Sodus Bay on the Great Lake Ontario. You'll enjoy sangria, our estate wines and cold craft beers with along the rockin' sounds of live music all afternoon and evening.


  • 1:00 - Paella Pans lit- Let's get this party started!
  • 2:00 - Tiger Acoustic Rock                                      
  • 4:30 - The Tom Barnes Band
  • 4-5:00 - Paella is served
Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Paella tickets will be sold on site for $10.
*This is a licensed event with the NYS Liquor Authority. No alcoholic beverages or coolers may be brought on premises by land or by sea. We will have beverage tents serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Telephone: 315-947-2069. Website:www.facebook.com/events/243747702462827/

July 22nd - August 12th - Saturday Night Fever, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn, NY 13021.  1970s. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Based on Nik Cohn's 1975 New York Magazine article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" and Norman Wexler's 1977 screenplay it inspired, this cultural phenomenon centers around Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local dance hangout. There he escapes into the admiration of the crowd, a growing relationship and the pulse of the beat that enables him to forget the realities of his life, his dead-end job and his gang of deadbeat friends. This mega-musical takes you back to the bell bottoms, loose hips and the irresistible groove of disco! Awards: Nominated for 5 Academy Awards and 2 Tony Awards. Audience: Anyone who like disco. Or disco balls. Rated PG-13. Cost: Visit web site or call box office for show times and prices. Telephone: 800-457-8897

July 23rd-26th - 27th Annual Oswego HarborFest, Breitbeck Park, 1-31 Bronson Street, Oswego, NY. Featuring live music & entertainment; the HarborFest Family Park featuring the children’s musical, programming & activities for families; juried arts & crafts venue & amazing food! Free Admission. www.oswegoharborfest.com

July 24th - Tiffany Sunday Concert Series, Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn, NY. Broadway Night, 7:30pm. 315-252-0339. www.willard-chapel.org

July 24th - July 26th - 37th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY 13152. Ninety antique and classic boats and motors on display in the water and on land, plus several concerts, a boat parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, photo-shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, children's activities, demos, shopping, raffles and more. Awards presented in 35 categories, including the highly coveted People's Choice Award. 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. www.skaneateles.com

July 25th - 2015 Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, Sunset View Creamery, 4970 County Rd 14, Odessa, NY. Celebrate and sample the region’s artisanal cheese scene and learn about the cheese-making process at the annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival! Admission is $5.00 per adult, kids 12 and under are free! The first 500 paid attendees will receive a complimentary shopping bag! Gates open at 10am and the festival ends at 5pm. Check out the times for all the fun at this festival on their website, www.flcheesetrail.com/cheese-festival.html.

July 25th & 26th - 10th Annual Wine & Cigar Weekend, CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn, NY 13021. Pair our handcrafted Estate wines with fine hand-made cigars.  Complimentary cigars with wine purchase. Time: Noon – 5:00 pm. Cost: Free. Telephone: 315-730-4619. Email:wine@cjsvineyards.com. Website: www.cjsvineyards.com

July 25th & 26th - Fifty-Mile Long Garage Sale, Route 90 from Montezuma to Homer, NY.
Hundreds of vendors selling antiques, collectibles and much more.  Food vendors on the way as well.  Rain or shine.  Shop in any direction. Time:9:00 am – dusk. Telephone: 800-499-9615. Email: barb@tourcayuga.com

July 26th - Summer Sips and Sounds: Wine and Music Fest, Lake Ontario Wine Trail, Fair Haven, NY 13064.  The Trail's wineries and distillery, as well as associate members, will all gather in one location to sample your favorite local wines and products. Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Email: contactus@lakeontariowinetrail.com. Website: www.lakeontariowinetrail.com/events/65/summer-sips-sounds-wine-and-music-fest

July 31st - Moonlight Cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, Skaneateles, NY 13152.  8:30pm. $15 Adults/$10 Child. Gratuity included. No reservations. Tickets available at 11 Jordan St., Skaneateles beginning at 9am day of cruise. 315- 685-8500. www.midlakesnav.com

July 31st & August 1st - Wheat Harvest Festival & ParadeRural Life Museum, 920 State Route 34B, King Ferry, NY 13081. Celebrate this tradition at the Rural Life Museum! Festival runs Friday and Saturday.*Friday Night from 6:30PM-10:00PM - food, music & dancing. *Saturday from 11AM-3:00PM. kick the day off with a parade at 11am. Then stay for the festivities. Mouthwatering firehouse chicken, pulled pork, talented crafters, vendors, demonstrations, music, child-centered events, beautiful horses and much more. Time: Varies on Date – Varies on Date. Cost: Free
Telephone: 315-364-8202. Email: genoahistorical@gmail.com. Website:www.genoahistorical.org/events

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

10 Fitch InnSider Secret - Stuff Your Duvet Cover Without Breaking A Sweat!

With this simple little trick you can easily put your duvet cover back on even if there is no one around to help you.


 First things first.  You might be wondering what the heck is a duvet?

 

That's what they call a comforter, or soft quilt filled with synthetic fiber, down or feathers, in France. In Australia it's known as a doona. in Europe it's used instead of an upper sheet and blankets on your bed.  Here at 10 Fitch we actually use them along with the sheet and a lightweight blanket in the winter. 

The duvet is stuffed into a washable, removable cover. Picture a very large pillow case with the 2 long sides and one short side sewn closed.  The open end of the duvet is folded over to create a flap and usually closes with buttons or tabs that are tied. They can purchased  in a variety of colors and patterns allowing you to quickly and inexpensively change the look of your bed just by replacing the cover.  There's just one tiny little blemish on this otherwise perfect duvet picture- it can be a pain in the butt to get the darn cover onto the duvet!

Until recently it took two of us to stuff the duvet cover with the duvet, each of us holding a corner of the duvet and the cover and wiggling, tugging and shaking everything into it's proper place.  Phew!

Then I saw this video and was tickled to have discovered a way to make this task so much easier than I ever dreamed it could be and it's really kind of cool how it works.  Take a look and tell me what you think.