Wednesday, May 14, 2014

10 Fitch Newsletter Giveaways - Are You Missing Out?

10 Fitch Newsletter Giveaways

You May Be Missing Out!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is that if you have not signed up for the 10 Fitch monthly newsletter you are missing out big time!  Seriously, last month we sent out our official first... ok, so technically it wasn't our first EVER newsletter, we've sent them out from time to time, on average no more than 3 a year in the 7 years we've been here and quite frankly, they have been pretty lack-luster and BORING!

Recipe Coconut Caramel Pie
Recipe for Coconut Caramel Pie in the May NL
But that is changing, I promise! What's different about the newsletter now?  Well, now I'm writing it for you and not for 10 Fitch! I'm trying to fill it with stuff that will not only interest you but will be of value to you and may help you plan your trip to Auburn or the surrounding Finger Lakes area. I'm letting you know about time sensitive news, including contests and sweepstakes we are having and special promotions, I'm answering your questions, things our guests and potential guests have asked us, I'm sharing news about new packages, and I'm giving you a FREE 10 Fitch recipe every month and at least one iNNsider secret - useful products, techniques and tips that we use here every day at the inn and you can use at home. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

"What's different about the newsletter now?  Well, now I'm writing it for you and not for 10 Fitch!"

Escape to romanceNot convinced?

Well, last Month we held our first ever sweepstakes on our facebook page and gave away a FREE romantic stay complete with in-room dinner & breakfast and a fun little board game to play. Our May newsletter just went out this afternoon and in it were the details for our current giveaway. This time it's a set of our luxurious, amazing sheets, which we sell tons of here at the inn to our guests because they are that wonderful!  Once again, it's through our facebook page that we are having the giveaway.  If you have not liked us on our facebook then you wouldn't know about EITHER of these great giveaways unless you were a 10 Fitch newsletter subscriber.

That's right, in the newsletter I inform you about what giveaways we are having and how to get in on them! And how will you know about any specials we are having? For the month of April & May we are running a newsletter subsciber only special.  We aren't advertising it anywhere else and there's a promo-code and instructions that are only found in the newsletter.

So, maybe you have missed out on some great stuff.

That's a bummer.  But the good news is you never have to miss out again!  Just fill out the "subscribe to newsletter" right over there on the right hand side of the blog and get in on the next one which will go out in Mid-June! And don't forget to "like" us on facebook and share with your friends so they can get in on this too!

Hope to see you soon at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn!  Auburn, NY, in the heart of the spectacular Finger Lakes area.

Monday, May 5, 2014

David's Refuge at 10 Fitch - Caring For The Caregiver

David's Refuge at 10 Fitch

Caring For The Caregiver 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. ~ Hebrews 13:2

David's Refuge Caring For The Caregiver

David Pfohl
David Pfohl - Senior Portrait
The man stood in front of the congregation that Sunday morning and shared with us the story of his son David, who after battling a rare, progressive and incurable disease for 13 years, passed away in the fall of 2009.  I listened intently as Warren Pfohl talked about the no-profit respite for caregivers of special needs children that he and his wife Brenda started in their home in honor of their son.   They received so much encouragement and support during the time that they had cared for David that they knew they wanted to reach out to other couples with kids who have special needs or life threatening medical conditions. They decided to create a bed & breakfast in the wing of their home, that had originally been built for David, and offer stays of up to two nights to these caregivers at no cost to the couples.

Warren shared how wonderful it was to come alongside these weary, dedicated couples, to hear their stories, and to offer them a place to relax and rejuvenate as they encouraged them and let them know that they are loved and are not alone. The problem was that demand was greater than their supply! There were so many couples that their bed and breakfast with one guest room just couldn't accommodate them all.

And that was why he was at Grace Chapel that morning telling us about David's Refuge.  They were looking for others who might want to partner with them in various ways. As Warren talked I could feel myself getting more and more excited until it was nearly impossible for me to stay in my seat and not jump up and down, waving my hands in the air shouting, "We have a bed & breakfast!  We could offer our rooms!"

Brenda Warren Pfohl David's Refuge
Brenda & Warren Pfohl
At the end of the service I made my way to the foyer and walked to the table where Warren & Brenda stood sharing pamphlets and other information about David's Refuge. I was so overcome by emotion that I could barely speak and honestly I do not remember exactly the conversation that we had but I do remember telling them how touched I was by their story and what they were doing and that we had a bed & breakfast in Auburn and that I would love to know more about how we might be involved.

As I left church that morning I was still having trouble keeping it together!  I was excited and so moved by what the Pfohl's were doing and I believed God wanted us to be a part of it.

later that week I spoke with Warren on the phone and we set up a meeting.  My husband Rodney and I invited the Pfohl's to come to 10 Fitch and spend the night in one of our suites.  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner together at Oak & Vine restaurant and talked while we ate and then talked some more when we returned to the inn.  It did take a few months to get everything in order but finally in November 2013 we hosted our first David's Refuge at 10 Fitch.  We have hosted five more since and have two more on the books for later this year. All three of our suites are occupied by David's Refuge couples at one time making the atmosphere ideal for them to share their experiences, joys and the challenges of raising a special needs child because they have exclusive use of the inn and complete privacy while they are here.

David's Refuge couples enjoying a 10 Fitch breakfast together
As part of their stay at 10 Fitch, David's Refuge couples receive a $50 dinner voucher provided by Oak & Vine restaurant where they can enjoy a delicious, quiet dinner together in beautiful surroundings.  They may also enjoy a massage right here at 10 Fitch or a mani or pedicure offsite during their stay. We also offer them our candlelight, rose petal turn-down service and a romantic board game to enjoy here and take home, compliments of 10 Fitch.

4.27.14 "This has been the best weekend ever for us - better than our honeymoon! Thank you so much for your hospitality, delicious food, exquisite room, and impeccable home.  Thank you 10 Fitch & David's Refuge!" Rob & Dana Bisnett

We have been incredibly blessed to be a part of what David's Refuge is doing.  The couples who have shared their stories and pictures of their children with us have touched our hearts forever.  These are amazing parents and caregivers! We have been so happy to serve them and love on them during their brief stays.

Do you know a couple with a special needs child who could be blessed by David's Refuge?  Would you like to find out more information about how you might become involved and be a blessing to these worthy couples?  Please visit the David's Refuge website.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Auburn NY, May 2nd - May 13th, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

May is here and the daffodils are finally in bloom!  Woo Hoo!  The trees are starting to bud, the grass is getting green and I am getting excited thinking about how beautiful the gardens will soon be here at 10 Fitch.  If you have not seen the gardens at MacKenzie Childs in nearby Aurora this time of year after the tulips come up, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  They have the most beautiful gardens bursting with color, pattern and texture.  Every fall they dig up all their bulbs, give those away to their employees and plant new bulbs.  They order between 50-70 varieties each year  and the gardens never look the same!  This weekend they are having their Garden Days event.  Details on that below.

So, here is a look at what is happening in and around Auburn, NY from May 2nd-13th.  

May 2nd – 4thAnnual Wine & Herb Festival - Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, participating wineries.  Build your garden this spring by attending our Wine & Herb Festival and fill your garden with fragrant herbs and veggies. You'll receive a souvenir wineglass, potted herb or veggie plants at each winery, a plant carrier, plus recipe cards.  As you savor herb prepared cuisine, sip our fine wines so make sure to take home the recipes so that you can experience the event all over again.  Participants are eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes by handing in your ticket at your last winery stop.  FRIDAY 1 - 5 PM, the following wineries will be participating:   King Ferry
Long Point
 Six Mile Creek  SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 10 - 6 PM, all 16 wineries are participating.    Make sure to buy your tickets early for we have a limited amount per weekend.  Tickets available by calling 800-684-5217 or at any area Wegmans six weeks prior to the event.  As of 4/20/14, tickets WILL NOT be mailed. A receipt will be emailed to the email address supplied by PayPal. Please print this receipt and bring it to your starting winery as proof of purchase. Your name will be on a list at the door. If you have any questions please call 1-800-684-5217.  800-684-5217

May 2nd – First Friday EventsParticipating sites and businesses near Downtown Auburn.  Seward House Musuem, 33 South St. Join us for a First Friday reception featuring a photography exhibit by artist, Caleb Filer, and live music by Tim Herron. Complimentary refreshments & tours.
Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - View the Made in NY 2014 exhibit featuring 65 NY artists working in various media. Refreshments served.
Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 205 Genesee St. - Learn about Auburn's storied historic theaters and their lasting impact on our present-day city. Light refreshments served.
Finger Lakes ARTIST CO-OP features ART & MUSIC, 101 Genesee St. - We are celebrating our First Birthday! We are celebrating with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce along with a Birthday Cake, Artist Meet & Greet, and Refreshments. There may even be a few balloons! Our guest musician is Merry Mischief. Seymour Library, 176 Genesee St. - Performance by Mama Pajama's Playhouse, 6 p.m. Library open until 8 p.m. with all services available.

May 2nd & 3rd - "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Winner Best Documentary Film
~ Iowa Independent Film Festival 2010 
Official Selection ~ Sonoma International Film Festival 2010
Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Clocking in at 310 pounds and pumped full of steroids to battle a debilitating autoimmune disorder, Cross realized that he would soon be dead if he didn't make some major lifestyle changes. But pharmaceuticals were only treating his symptoms, and no doctor seemed capable of providing the long-term care and support it would take to turn his life around. Desperate, Cross loads up his car with a juicer and a generator, and pledges to survive on nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.   Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/2, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/3, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

May 2nd & 3rd - Michele Lee: Lights, Broadway, Action!Irene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  Auburn Public Theater in association with Barbara Walsh and Cayuga Community College present a benefit in honor of the late 2-time Tony winner Thommie Walsh and the Thommie Walsh Scholarship.  She is known worldwide for her Emmy-nominated role as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie in the landmark CBS series Knots Landing. (Knots is now the third-longest running prime time dramatic series in history). Michele appeared in all 344 episodes setting the American record for the greatest number of consecutive appearances by a leading actress in an hour-long prime-time dramatic series.  Ms. Lee starred on Broadway in "Seesaw"& "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying". She also was featured in the prime-time soap opera "Knots Landing". Michele has recorded and performed with many legends of the entertainment industry.  Ms. Lee opened her rave reviewed musical act at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City and continues her concerts in performing arts venues across the country. Steven Holden of the New York Times declared, "Her show belongs to the old school of knock-'em-dead entertainment embodied by Liza Minnelli, Sam Harris and Patti LaBelle. Once you're on the stage, it isn't enough to seduce or enlighten; the only goal worth pursuing is total conquest."  $50/admission, $45/APT members, 8pm. 315-253-6669

May 2nd – 4th - Garden DaysMacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Enter to win a  315-364-6118
floral arrangement by Mariann Fessenden, garden designer and estate manager. Join her for garden tours beginning at 2pm & 4pm. (weather permitting).
 Daily prize drawing for MacKenzie-Childs products.
Savor champagne and dessert! Our friends from Heart & Hands Wine Company will serve their 2012 Brut Rose Friday and Saturday from 1-4pm.
Farmhouse tours 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm.  www

May 4th - A Closer Look - Photo SafariSterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Join Naturalist Jim D'Angelo for a closer look and possible photographic opportunities of the great horned owl nest, great blue heron rookery and other wetland wildlife of the Beaver Wetland at the Sterling Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by May 2nd. Space is limited for the Safari.  Cost is $5/person, 10:00 am & 3:00 pm.  315-947-6143

May 4th - Historic Church Tour and Organ CrawlThe Community Preservation Committee once again is sponsoring its tour spotlighting local historic churches. This year's participants are Bradley Chapel at Fort Hill Cemetery, First Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's United Church of Christ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Willard Memorial Chapel.  This year, an "organ crawl" will complement the tour! Participants will have the opportunity to hear local organists perform selected pieces on various instruments at some of the sites. Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale at the Willard Chapel Office during regular hours, Tues-Fri 10-4. They also may be purchased at the individual churches during the tour. Watch for more information about tour maps, suggested routes and more!  315-252-0339

May 6th - Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at WorkTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Cayuga Museum is hosting a discussion of the book, Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at Work with the author, Dr. Lucien X. Lombardo. Dr. Lombardo, an Auburn native, worked at the Osborn School in Auburn Prison from 1969 through 1977. The first edition of Guards Imprisoned, published in 1981, is based on more than 300 hours of interviews with over 70 correctional officers who were employed at Auburn Correctional Facility in 1976. For the second edition in 1986, to update the original study and to examine how things changed, another 100 hours of interviews were conducted with 17 of the original officers, along with another 15 officers hired after 1976.. So from today's perspective the book provides a historical look at the day-to-day working lives of correctional officers. Dr. Lombardo will discuss both editions of the book and a question and answer period will follow.  Free, 7pm.  315-253-8051

May 6th & 13th  -  Open Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm. 315-253-6669

May 7th - Live MusicSpringside Inn, 6141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Performing this evening is Diana Jacobs & Joel Kane.  Free, 8-11pm.  315-252-8463

May 8th - John Gorka with Mustard’s Retreat - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John's talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill's Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label's imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack's Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.   Tickets $20, APT Members, $18, 7pm. 315-253-6669

May 9th - Beneath the Hoop: A Multi-Layered Exploration of Womens’ Fashion in the 19th Century Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join re-enactors Karen Fittry and Mary Mahiques for an engrossing look into how women dressed during the antebellum and Civil War Eras. Fittry and Mahiques will take the audience, layer by layer, through a woman's dressing routine, allowing audience members to try on reproduction clothing to get the true feel of the period. Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to view items of clothing belonging to the Seward women. Reservations required.  $15/Admission, $12/Seward House Members, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

May 9thSwing into Spring Jazz BenefitTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Pete Levin, a mainstay of NYC's jazz, pop and electronic music scene, will be performing in a benefit show for the Cayuga Museum on Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack. Celebrated jazz drummer Harv Sorgen and Peter Mack on bass will accompany Levin. Sorgen has played with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, and Levon Helm among many others. The intimate venue of Theater Mack is the ideal place to Swing into Spring with these three masters.
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a live performance by one of the most innovative musicians working today. Only 100 seats are available, so don't wait. This performance is sponsored by Auburn's own Mack Studios.  Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door, 8pm.  315-253-8051

May 9thAATOSIrene Bisgrove Theater at Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  F.A.M.E. Center for Creative Expression proudly presents the theatrical performance of Aatos, written and directed by Rachael Tissot.  Tickets $5 at the Door, 6:30 pm.  315-253-7331
May 9th & 10th - New 2 U Rummage Sale – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  Westminster Presbyterian Church and Westminster Nursery School, 17 William Street, Downtown Auburn invited the community to the annual New 2 U Rummage Sale on Friday, May 9 from 12 - 6 pm and Saturday, May 10 from 8 - 10 am with the BAG SALE from 10 am - 12 noon. Guests are certain to find good deals on clothing for men, women and children; home décor; books; furniture; pots & pans and dishes; seasonal decorations; children's toys; jewelry and much more.  5/9, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 5/10, 8-10 am, big bag sale 10-12:00 pm.  315-253-3331

May 9th & 10th“Gloria” - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  A vibrant Chilean divorcée falls for a handsome ex-naval officer, but finds any chance for lasting happiness hinging on her willingness to confront a painful chapter from her past. In the wake of her divorce, 58-year-old Gloria (Paulina García) is determined to live her life to the fullest. Her children have all grown up and moved out, so rather than sit home alone, Gloria spends much of her time at local nightclubs and singles parties. Later, just when Gloria has started to realize that her active new lifestyle offers precious little emotional sustenance, she's swept off her feet by a dashing former naval officer in his sixties. Before long she's dreaming of a bright future with him. But true love never comes easy, and before Gloria can enjoy her twilight years with the man who makes her feel truly fulfilled, she must make peace with a harsh truth that could drive him away forever.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 5/9, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 5/10, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

May 10th - Workshop: Harmony with the Mind with Alexis PierceEka, 100 Genesee St., Suite 101, Auburn.  Stress, anxiety, depression or just the blahs - we all experience ups and downs. Yoga offers a way to find balance and harmony in body and mind. In this workshop, you'll learn how to address your specific emotional needs through a mix of postures and breathing practices designed to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. Using the principles and practices you learn, you'll feel calmer, happier, and more easily weather the storms of daily life. No experience with yoga is necessary; this is a gentle practice. Open to all. Pre-registration highly recommended to ensure your spot.  $30/person, 10:30am-12:30pm.  315-730-6355

May 10thWildflower WalkSterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Don't miss
your chance to see the many early spring wildflowers of the Sterling Nature Center. Many flowers like colt's foot fade away quickly while, others like white trillium bloom longer. Join us for a Naturalist guided walk along the trails of the nature center. Pioneer and Native American uses, natural history, and identification of our spring woodland wildflowers will be the topic of discussion. The program is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.  Free, 1pm. 315-947-6143

May 10th - 15th Anniversary Celebration at Long Point WineryLong Point Winery, 1485 Lake Rd., Aurora.  Take a beautiful ride along Cayuga Lake and come join the fun!  $1 wine tastings, commemorative glass, wine by the glass, special discounts and food available from Smoke Incorporated BBQ.  Noon-4pm.  315-364-6990

May 10th & 11th   – Riesling Weekend CelebrationCJS Vineyard & Aurelius Winery, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy our estate Riesling, the signature white wine of the Finger Lakes. Taste and compare dry and medium dry vintages from the last several years.  Free, noon-5pm.  315-730-4619

May 11thPlant Exchange - Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Have April showers turned your garden in to a jungle? Need to thin out those perennial but hate to just toss them away? We have the perfect solution, come trade your perennials or garden thinnings at our annual Plant Exchange. You can do a free exchange or give a donation for the plants you would like to take home.  11am-1pm.  315-947-6143

May 13thSeward Family in PhotosSeward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Join Seward House Museum Facilities Manager and historian, Andrew Roblee, for a look at the Seward family through archival photographs from the museum's collection. Rarely seen on display, these photos present the family in various settings that capture their day to day lives in nuanced biographical detail.  Free, 7-8pm.  315-252-1283

If you are planning a visit to the Finger Lakes area during this time we would love to have you stay with us at our luxurious, romantic, bed and breakfast inn.