Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top 10 Romantic Winter Things To Do In The Finger Lakes

Top 10 Romantic Winter Things To Do Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

Warm weather months are not the only time things are smokin' hot here in the Finger Lakes!

Yeah, the kind of heat I'm talking about doesn't come from sun drenched skies or balmy breezes.  It's what happens when couples spend time together doing fun things and enjoying each others company regardless of the weather. You can definitely rekindle the romance in your relationship during the winter here in the Finger Lakes. There is so much to see and do during every season in the stunningly beautiful Finger lakes so don't think that spring through fall are the only times to plan a visit, if you do then you may miss out on some wonderful, unique opportunities to enjoy the area at it's best and warm things up in your relationship.  So here are my top 10 picks.

"There is so much to see and do during every season here in the stunningly beautiful Finger lakes so don't think that summer or fall are the only times to plan a visit"

    10.    Visit the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail - Most people know about the Finger Lakes Wine Trail but do you know about our Cheese Trail? Even during the winter months you can enjoy delectable bites from the cheese trail alongside fantastic Finger Lakes regional wines during the Annual Preferred Pairings Wine & cheese event. 8 of the 15 cheese trail farms are open during the winter and most offer free visits and tastings but I recommend calling ahead to confirm hours.
    9.    Outdoor Ice Skating - Grab your ice skates and camera, don’t forget a thermos of hot cocoa, and head on over to Taughannock Falls State Park to enjoy an afternoon together gliding across the ice on a designated skating area right in the middle of winter’s quiet, pristine, beauty.
    8.    Go On A Treasure Hunt - Spend the day driving around the region taking in the beautiful Finger Lakes scenery as you go and stopping along the way to explore the areas unique shops, boutiques and art galleries.  There’s no telling what special treasure you may find!
    7.    Explore Charming Skaneateles Village - This picturesque, historic, little village sits right at
the top of pristine Skaneateles lake, just minutes from Auburn.  Take a stroll out onto the pier or enjoy the stunning view of the lake from the Clift Park Gazebo then pop into one of the local restaurants, taverns or a bakery to relax or grab a for a bite to eat before exploring the unique shops and galleries, all occupying space in buildings dating back to 1796.
    6.    Visit Waterfalls - Don’t let winter stop you! The beauty of nature in the Finger Lakes region can be enjoyed year round! Although the warmer months are certainly prime times to take in the many stunning waterfalls and gorges many of them are accessible during the winter season and provide a unique opportunity to view some spectacular icy waterfalls while you snuggle close to each other.
    5.    Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski at a State Park - Hot cocoa and snow! You can even go on a moonlight snowshoe hike at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savanna, just 24 minutes from Auburn, and snowshoe rental is available - if you have your own equipment you can cross country ski or go ice skating at Taughannock Falls State Park or hike and cross country ski at Fillmore Glen.
    4.    Visit The Wine Trail - The wine trail in winter?  You bet!  On the Cayuga Wine Trail there are 17 wineries, a cider, a meadery and four distilleries to visit where you can taste award winning wines plus take in breathtaking views of the lake, waterfalls and snow-covered landscape. Winter events on the wine trail include the annual Mardi Gras celebration as well as “Bacon On The Lakein.” My recommendation is to hire a car and driver so you can both enjoy the scenery and the wine without worry.
    3.    Take a class or attend an event at the NY Wine & Culinary Center - Experiences available range from simply hanging out and enjoying a locally sourced meal and drinks in the upstairs bistro to from a pizza making workshop to wine and cheese pairing, to hands on kitchen classes, chef instructed, where you prepare a meal and then enjoy it with the other participants.  So much fun!
    2.    Romantic Candlelight Dinner for Two - There are so many wonderful places to experience culinary excellence here in the Finger Lakes.  Check out restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor and plan a romantic evening with your sweetheart.  Here my recommended picks for those staying at or near us.

And finally, my number one winter pick for the most romantic thing to do here in the Finger Lakes is....

    10.    Snuggle Up And Stay Warm at a Finger Lakes Bed & Breakfast- The best way to heat things up after spending the day exploring the plethora of things to do in the area of course, is to snuggle up with your honey near a blazing fireplace while sipping regional wine or hot cocoa and nibbling homemade cookies during a stay at a charming area bed & breakfast.  romance packages that hotels just can’t hold a candle to and with over 330 B&B's in the Finger Lakes to choose from you are sure to find the one that perfect to make your romantic memories in.
A romantic winter escape breaks up the long, cold, dark days of the season and can help you reconnect with one another in a special way,  putting the spark back into your relationship. Bed & breakfasts offer warmth, intimacy and personal attention as well as some really unique and value packed amenities and romance packages that hotels just can’t hold a candle to.
I hope that I've convinced you that you don't have to wait until the snow melts and the flowers start blooming before you plan your trip to the the beautiful Finger Lakes and more importantly, your romantic escape with the one you love.  If you would like ore information just send me an email with your questions.  I'm happy to help! I hope to see you soon here at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn, your romantic escape in the Finger Lakes.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Auburn, NY - January 23-31 Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

Jan. 23rd - “A Taste of Cuba Dinner” at Joelle’s French Bistro, 4423 State Street Road, Skaneateles NY. 3 Courses, 3 Drinks. $68.75/person. Call for reservations, (315) 685-3063.

Jan. 23rd & 24th - "The Trip to Italy" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. 
Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip to Italy,  took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Tickets $6, 1/23, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/24, 8:00pm 315-253-6669

Jan. 24th - Comedy Hypnotist Joe DeVito - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Joe DeVito, professional stage hypnotist, has been performing his stage hypnosis show for more than 20 years. His comedy hypnosis show has been seen nationwide and internationally. Joe DeVito's stage hypnotist show has been successfully performed in clubs, at fundraisers, in high schools, colleges, after proms, as well as many special events. Tickets $25, 2:00 & 8:00 PM. 315-253-6669

Jan. 24th - Men Behaving Badly will host the Open Mic Night at Brew & Brats, Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery, 6461 Ny 64, Naples NY 6-9pm. Bring your voice and/or your musical instrument and join the fun. Brew & Brats Hours: 12-9 Sat. & 12-7 Sundays. Arbor Hill Winery Hours: 10-5 Sat. & 11-5 Sundays or when the flag is flying.

Jan. 24th - Travis Rocco Duo  Lake House Pub, 6 W. Genesee St., Skaneatles NY 9:30 PM – 1 AM  (315)554-8194. &

Jan. 24th - Whiskey Education - Mirbeau Inn, Skaneateles, NY Join us for Whiskey Education with our bartender Ed, to taste these fine New York whiskeys. Featuring McKenzie Whiskey from Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, NY, as well as Hudson Whiskey from Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY. No tickets or reservations required. Taste at your own pace with .4-.5oz pours & complementary small bites for $20. 2:00pm - 5:00pm. (315) 685-5006

Jan. 25th - Tiffany Sunday Concert SeriesWillard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Dreading those post holiday blues? How about some swing to help you hold onto that happy New Year feeling? Join us at the Willard Chapel on Sunday, January 25 for a fun afternoon concert with Bob Piorun & the Swing Kats!  The SWING KATS - Ingrid Houghton, Bernie McNabb, Marty Losito, and Cookie Coogan - are a swinging, danceable vocal quartet, with Bob Piorun providing instrumental backing. They do retro music of the Big Band era of the 1930s and on through the 1960s, all in 4-part harmony. Check out their website at for more detailed information about them. To hear their harmonies and style of music, go to Youtube and type "Swing Kats Demo" or "Swing Kats Holiday Card 2013" in the Youtube page search box.. Admission $10, 2pm.  315-252-0339.
Jan. 25th - Sunday Music Series: Early Girl and Some Lost Boys - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. Donna Dennihy (guitar, lead and harmony vocals). Donna is a local singer-songwriter who has been performing with the band Edgy Folk for many years. She released her first solo album, Early Girl, in December 2013. Donna's songs have been described as sweet and poignant with understated beauty. Her recent project with friends Paul Wakker and Ted Williams features original songs from Early Girl, as well as traditional and cover songs with an emphasis on beautiful harmonies.... and having fun! Paul Wakker (bass, lead and harmony vocals)
Paul is a two-time SAMMY award winner and a founding member of The Lost Boys.  A voice like no other, Paul has been highly regarded for his lead and harmony capabilities. Ted Williams (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
,Ted is a member of the bluegrass groups The Mark Allnatt Band and John Cadley and the Lost Boys. $10 Admission, 4-6pm. 315-253-6669

Jan. 25th – March 15thBoth Ends of the Rainbow Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. This annual exhibition will feature over 1,000 works of art by local students and senior citizens from Cayuga County. Both Ends of the Rainbow is an annual exhibit featuring artwork by local students grades K-12 and seniors. The Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, January 25, from 12-5pm. Suggested admission is $3/adults, students & seniors free, Tues.-Sat. 10am - 5pm, Sun. 1 - 5pm. Closed major holidays. 315-255-1553

Jan. 25th - 7th Annual Bridal Show The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars  Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14 Dundee, NY  
12:00 to 3:00pm Free Admission to the Public Complimentary Champagne & Hors D’oeuvres Tour of our Luxury Inn and Cottage Strolling Bridal Fashion Show Cake Vendors, DJs, Florists, Photographers, Hair Stylists & Much More! Come visit our Tuscan Style Venue with spectacular views of Seneca Lake and our Vineyards 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY. 8.5 miles north of Watkins Glen. 1-800-243-5513 ext. 307 To register, visit :

Jan. 27th & Feb. 3rd - 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 café.

Jan. 28thLive Music - Oak and Vine at the Springside Inn, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn. Enjoy live music with Edgy Folk at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets! 315-252-7247

Jan. 30th, - Feb.1st - Moonlight Trail Ride  Painted Bar Stables, 4093 Lake Street Burdett NY a once in a lifetime experience: Moonlight Trail Rides. Explore the winter wonderland by the light of the full moon. This memory making romantic adventure only gets more beautiful as the moonbeams reflect off of the snow as your horse walks through the crisp night. Dates for upcoming moonlight rides are: January 30 - February 1 @ 5:30pm February 27 - March 1 @ 6:00pm April 3 - April 5 @ 8:00pm May 1 - May 3 @ 8:30pm. Request your Moonlight Trail Ride at

Jan. 30th & 31st - "My Old Lady" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. The movie features an all-star cast with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas. My Old Lady is the directorial debut of renowned playwright/screenwriter Israel Horovitz, father of producer Rachael Horovitz. Tickets $6, 1/30, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/31, 8:00 pm. 315- 253-6669

Jan. 31st - The Justice League performs Rush - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn. The Justice League is a group of Oneonta musicians who perform classic albums in their entirety. With a revolving team of musicians The Justice League has reproduced albums by the Who (Tommy), the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper, White Album, Abbey Road and more), Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks and more) and Genesis (Seconds Out). For "Rush: Exit... Stage Left" the Justice League is comprised of Darcy Gibson, Emmett Rozelle, MW Degan and Matt Gibson. Tickets $15, 8pm. 315-253-6669

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to Pocket Wrap & Create a Gift Wrap Clasp

Innsider Secret: Fun And Easy Gift Wrapping Techniques!

Make a built in pocket for your cards, silk flowers, photo, embellishments, additional gift, whatever!  Get creative! 

I've got two 10 Fitch Innsider Secrets to share with you today and they both focus on gift wrap.  One secret is a sweet way to wrap your packages neatly hiding any seams while at the same time creating a cool little pocket to hold whatever you like!  You can tuck in a greeting card and write the recipients name on the envelope so it also serves as a gift tag.  But you are not limited to cards. You could add all kinds of things to the pocket, personalizing it for the person you are giving it to or to fit the occasion as I did in the Valentines example here. 
Gift Wrap Pockets Are Fun to Fill!

torn, crumpled, sad gift wrap rolls!
The second Secret is a recycling hack I use to create clasps for my gift wrap rolls.  Until I found out about this super cool idea my gift wrap was looking pretty haggard.  I store my gift wrap rolls in tall boxes and plastic gift wrap bins and it was a real challenge keeping the wrap on the rolls once opened because the paper wanted to tear, crumple and unravel from the roll when removing or replacing the rolls back into the bins.  But this solution is simple, quick and ingenious and my many rolls of gift wrap have never looked neater or been easier to manage.

Watch this 6 minute video to learn both of this months 10 Fitch Innsider Secrets.

Hope to see you soon at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn, your romantic escape in the Finger lakes!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Resolved to Live Healthier - The Incredible Shrinking 10 Fitch Innkeeper

Ok, I confess that I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life.  I have dieted, I have exercised, I have tried the gimmicks, the fads, the programs and over the span of 3 decades my hubby and I have purchased a LOT of exercise equipment, paid for gym memberships and I have made so many New Years resolutions to lose weight that it would make your head spin.  I was somewhat successful in dropping a few pounds and toning up a bit but I never reached my ultimate goal and eventually my good intentions were all that I really had to show for my pitiful efforts.

But this year something happened shortly after New Years.  I had not made a New Years resolution to lose weight in years, I'd really just given up trying but on January 6th 2015 I celebrated my 51st birthday and something just clicked.  It hit me that it wasn't about losing weight, it was about living healthier.  I needed more than a weight loss program.... I needed to be re-programmed to live lighter!  It's difficult for me to put this into words but it's like a light finally went on and for the first time that I can remember I believe that my life is dramatically changing.... for the better.
"It felt good to actually feel my muscles..."
On January 7th, the day after my birthday, my journey began. I've set some goals, there are going to be a lot of changes, not just in the area of physical fitness, and not just for me but for my hubs too because he is coming along on this ride with me and we are both going to be happier, healthier and lighter because of it!

So, the first thing I'm doing is learning to eat healthier and getting into an exercise routine.  I know that I need a more active lifestyle but with my schedule it's tough! But I have to start somewhere.

Last February, after seeing I don't know how many commercials of smiling, toned, fit, perfectly groomed people losing weight in all the Tread-Climber commercials, we bought one.  Yes, another device to add to our collection.  It arrived and they came and assembled it and it sat on it's mat in the basement. Until January 7th I had only been on the thing 3 times!  Pathetic!

"... but I KNOW I can do this!  I am excited!"

I am happy to report that as of today, January 12th, I have worked out on the Tread-Climber every day except yesterday.  Today I also started doing some other muscle building exercises.  It felt good to actually feel my muscles, I think I heard them too because they were definitely screaming at me, but at least I know that they are still there! 

The healthier eating has been surprisingly easier since a friend turned me onto and a veggie spiralizer. The spiralizer is fun to use and every single recipe that I have made this last week has been delicious, satisfying and easy to make.  I am making enough of each recipe so that we can enjoy at least two meals, one on the day I prepare it and one for the freezer for later because frankly, I do not have 1 or 2 hours every afternoon to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner for hubs and me! It's going to take some getting used to, planning menus for the week and shopping for all my ingredients at once and then spending some time to cook things up ahead but I KNOW I can do this!  I am excited!  This innkeeper is going to get fitter, lighter and healthier and I am inviting you to watch as the transformation happens! 
"I've made a promise to myself to do this..."
Why? Well, two reasons - I find it quite humbling knowing that you are there and because it will be a lot harder to not follow through with you watching.... kinda holding me accountable just because I know I've made a promise to myself to do this and I told you about it. So, thanks for reading this and please feel free to ask me how I'm doing or anything else that you might want to know about my journey.

Let the shrinking begin!

What Works - Interviews David's Refuge at 10 Fitch

Post Standard Interviews David's Refuge and Finds Out What Works

During a recent David's Refuge Weekend here at 10 Fitch the Post Standard sent a reporter to interview David's Refuge founders Warren & Brenda Pfohl

Warren & Brenda Pfohl

November 2014 marked the one year anniversary of our partnership with David's Refuge, a not for profit that provides cost free stays to parents of seriously ill children. To date 10 Fitch has hosted 14 David's Refuge exclusive two night stays at the inn, filling all three of our suites with a host couple and two couples with special needs children, who come to be refreshed and loved on. Some couples have shared a bit of their stories, and photos of their families with us and it truly a blessing to us to be a small part of what God is doing through the Pfohls and their ministry.

Recently, during a David's Refuge weekend at 10 Fitch, the Post Standard interviewed the Pfohls, taking photos and video of them them and the couples who were staying here. I am sharing the video below which gives a quick peek into David's Refuge. The article goes more in-depth about this amazing organization, how it started, what they do and what their plans are to expand. You will find the full article here.


If you know any parents of seriously ill children who could use a little getaway to reconnect with one another, or if you would like additional information about David's Refuge you can visit their website

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Auburn, NY - January 10-17 Events In The Finger Lakes Near 10 Fitch

Jan. 9th & 10th - "We Are The Best!" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  We Are the Best! is a story of three young misfit girls growing up in the early ‘80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedwig as a third wheel. With tender affection for its young characters, We Are the Best! paints a joyous and sharply observant portrait of the rebellious spirit of youth and growing up different.  Tickets $6, 1/9, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/10, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

Jan. 10th - "All About Elvis" with Rex March Fowler - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  "All About Elvis" celebrates the legacy of Elvis Presley. It includes a screening of Rex's critically acclaimed film, 200 Cadillacs, and a live concert featuring early Elvis classics.  Tickets $20, 8pm. 315-253-6669

January 10th, 2015 - January 11th, 2015 -  "Sprice: An Explosively Good Time!" One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607  Get ready for some explosive fun with Sprice, a Rube Goldberg machine builder from Michigan and quarter finalist from season eight of America’s Got Talent. Be amazed as he creates an enormous chain-reaction structure featuring a variety of materials and detonates them at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Then construct your own chain-reaction creation using everyday objects. Included with general museum admission fees. Website:

January 13th, 2015 - January 18th, 2015 - “Pippin” at Rochester Broadway Theatre Pippin Starring Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Lucie Arnaz as Berthe, John Rubinstein (the original PIPPIN) & Sasha Allen from TV's "The Voice" – Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes PIPPIN is Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Join us… for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN. - See more at:  January 13-18, 2015 Price: $32.50 - $72.50 Show Schedule: Tuesday - 7:30pm Wednesday - 7:30pm Thursday - 7:30pm Friday - 8:00pm Saturday - 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday - 1:00pm & 6:30pm.

Jan 13th & 20th - 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 café. 315-253-6669

Jan. 14thLive Music - Oak and Vine at the Springside Inn, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy live music with Bert Scholl & Friends at 8pm. No cover charge, $10 beer buckets!  315-252-7247

Jan. 14th - "So What Are The Guys Doing?"- Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  So What Are The Guys Doing? Book Celebration Event with Panel on The Importance of Friends.  The evening will include dessert, light refreshments, and discussion and readings by several community figures. There will be a cash bar, as well as a book sale and signing after the readings. The topic of discussion will be The Importance of Friends.  So What are the Guys Doing? by David Figura is a thought-provoking read and the type of book that will spark conversation as readers reflect on a wide range of subjects from marriage and career, to sex and religion. Figura offers us the male perspective on some of life's toughest questions.  Like many, David Figura reflected and took stock of his life when he felt at an existential impasse. His experience, and the truths he uncovered during his search, prompted him to write this book confident it would reach readers who could relate.  $8 donation to the Calvary Food Pantry, 7pm. 315-253-6669

Jan. 16thBurgers, Beers & Chief Big Way – Oak & Vine at the Springside, 7141 W. Lake Rd., Auburn.  No cover charge.  7pm.  315-252-8463

Jan. 16th & 17th - "The Babadook" - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.  Tickets $6, 1/16, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 1/17, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

Helen Hong
Jan. 17thComedian Helen Hong - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  With Opener: Anna Phillips. Helen Hong is a comedian, TV personality, actor and dating expert. Helen's adorable stage presence and mischievous point of view have landed her on The Huffington Post's Favorite Female Comedians list and a profile in The New York Times. She's a favorite pop-culture funny gal on TV Guide Network's "Count It Down" series and Fuse Network's "Video on Trial" series, and stars as a professional wing-woman on Logo Channel's reality dating series "Setup Squad." She's been seen on E!, TLC, PBS and in national commercials for Fedex, Walgreens and Honda.  Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Anna Phillips began doing stand up comedy a few years ago at local open mics in Syracuse, NY. Unlike prisons and snowstorms, stage time in upstate NY is very limited, so she hit the road on a quest for the next available mic. She has travelled from Toronto to Boston, NYC to Philadelphia, Chicago and beyond.  Tickets $15, 8pm. 315-253-6669

Jan. 17thWine & Movie Night King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  On Saturday nights Treleaven will transform The Barrel Room into a movie theatre where you can sip on your favorite vino & munch on freshly popped popcorn with friends while watching a film! Tasting room open at 6pm for tastings and wine purchases.  Admission $5, 7pm.  315-364-5100

Jan. 17thOwl Prowl Sterling Nature Center, 15730 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Nesting season has begun for the great horned owls. Join Naturalist Jim D'Angelo for an indoor introduction to the great-horned owl and other New York State owls. Then venture out on an owl prowl looking and listening for the nocturnal kings of the sky. The program is free and open to the public; please remember to dress for the weather.  Snowshoes will be available if needed.  Free, 7pm.    315-947-6143

Jan. 17th - Presentation by Professor Daniel F. Schultz - Ward O'Hara Ag. Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Jr. Education Center, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Recently retired from Cayuga Community College, Dr. Daniel Schultz has been sharing his passion for sociology, anthropology, and history with students for 48 years. He has been a featured presenter at conferences, guest lectures, and speaker series throughout the United States. In keeping with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the recognition of The Harriet Tubman Homestead as a National Park.  This presentation will be most informative, entertaining, and will hold high appeal for all ages, from current students to those who are continuing their life long pursuit of local American History. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Admission and parking is free. Refreshments will be served. For More information call Martha Shaw at 315-252-1446 or contact the museum.  Free, 2pm.  315-252-1446

Jan. 17th Ravines Wine Cellars DinnerAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Join this renowed winery for a five paired course dinner.  $60++/person, 6:30pm.  315-364-8888