Gifford Zoo celebrates ‘Summer of Siri’

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, is celebrating Siri the Elephant’s 50th birthday this summer along with its usual offerings of family-friendly fare. Siri is an Asian elephant that has played a role in the renovation and continuing developments to the zoo and also its ongoing involvement in Asian elephant conservation. Zoo staff is encouraging visits... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Madison County Fair offers family fun, entertainment

BROOKFIELD — The Madison County Fair open its gates for the178th time next week. With a theme of “Red, White and Blue— This Fair is For You!”, the expo runs July 6 to 9. The four-day fair will offer 4-H demonstrations and exhibits, midway rides and amusements by Wheelock Rides, a Eudora Farms petting zoo, Buffalo Barfield’s Unheard of Entertainment, delicious food, and a beer... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Vernon Downs in full swing in 64th season

VERNON — Despite a two-week delay due to concerns about a loss of money because of expanding casinos in the area, there’s plenty of live racing still to be had at Vernon Downs this summer in its 64th season. Located at 4229 Stuhlman Road in Vernon, the Miracle Mile will host live racing three nights a week, Thursday through Saturday, until Nov. 4. All post times are slated for... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Visit these Central New York breweries this summertime

Central New York has become a hot bed for the thriving craft beer industries and local craft breweries make enjoying brews half the experience. Whether you want to frequent something close or trek on a journey to make a day of it, CNY has plenty of options for the beer newbie or the most profound hophead. There are plenty of beverage trails to check out along the way. In 2016,... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Herkimer County Fair kicks off Aug. 15

FRANKFORT — Patrons can expect good family fun at this summer’s Herkimer County Fair. “Discover Agriculture” is the theme of the Aug. 15 to 20 show. The fair features livestock displays and shows, midway rides and games, daily shows, including touring acts, and entertainment nightly on the main stage. During the six days there will be two demolition derbies, and garden... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Tee off at area golf courses

Whether you need to strike a business deal or if you’re just looking for an entertaining way of spending a summer afternoon, playing nine or 18 holes of golf is the way to go. Here’s a list of some local and out-of-town golf courses for players of all skill levels to check out this season: Now in its 41st season, the Rome Country Club is locally owned and operated by the Cupp... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Great Swamp Conservancy hosts tours, classes

CANASTOTA — Beavers, frogs and turtles may be viewed by the curious at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota, which is inviting anyone interested to explore the wildlife contained in the Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario watersheds. The GSC is celebrating its 20th year of existence by offering programs for children and adults. GSC staff offer several wildlife... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Wild times for visitors to Chittenango park

CHITTENANGO — The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango is offering a variety of wild and domestic animals this summer in a trip guaranteed to educate and thrill visitors young and old. The park, set in the birthplace of “The Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, features lions, tigers and bears. It also has camels, giraffes and crocodiles. Vistors are welcome to feed carrots to the... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard: A tasteful trip

COOPERSTOWN — It may be home to America’s favorite past time, but besides baseball, there’s plenty to explore in nearby Otsego County. The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is a historic, water-powered mill on the banks of Fly Creek, which is just minutes from Cooperstown. For 161 years visitors have witnessed the pressing of fresh, sweet cider, creating an experience that has... 1:00pm 06/30/17

40th annual Boilermaker slated for July 9

UTICA — Thousands of people will flood the streets of downtown Utica as they encourage runners or lace up their own sneakers for the the 40th annual Boilermaker road race, slated for Sunday, July 9. The Boilermaker offers three races; the 5-kilometer race, the 15K road race, the 3-mile walk and the wheelchair races for the 15K. Registration for the 5K and 15K were already... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Howe Caverns offers great times both above and below ground

COBLESKILL — Howe Caverns, the sprawling underground complex of tunnels, has opened its doors for the season and offers locals a chance at adventure above ground and below. One hundred seventy-five years after its discovery, Howe Caverns remains a fixture of New York tourism and a summer hotspot for vacationers across the Northeast. Open to the public since 1929, the caverns... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Boxing HOF offers unique day trip in CNY

CANASTOTA — The International Boxing Hall of Fame, located in Canastota, is one of the many unique day trips that Central New York has to offer. The Hall of Fame is open seven days a week with hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Prices of admission are $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for seniors (guests 65 and older), $8.50 for... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Variety of Central New York baseball leagues

Central New York is home to a variety of different types of baseball leagues for fans of every level. The highest level of baseball that is in CNY is Triple-A baseball out in Syracuse with the Syracuse Chiefs. The Chiefs are the minor league affiliate of the Washington Nationals and has played home to future stars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. The Chiefs host a... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Exhibits and classes add color at Kirkland Art Center

CLINTON — The third annual Just Add Water collaborative art exhibition will go on display at the Kirkland Art Center in mid-July, and it’s not too late to enter your own work. Everyone who wants to participate is given the same water color painting kit and small canvas for free. Whatever they decide to paint and color will then be on display at the Kirkland Art Center on East... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Comprehensive plan unveiled for The U District

This spring, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. unveiled a comprehensive plan for The U District near the Utica Memorial Auditorium.  The plan is a vision that both expands The Aud and develops new land in the area for the Nexus Center for Sports and Recreation, American Craft Beer Museum and Innovation Center, Utica Commons Casino, and more. The spark for The U... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Charlie Daniels to perform at Lewis County Fair

LOWVILLE — The Charlie Daniels Band will be fiddling around on the grandstand stage when the 197th Lewis County Fair takes place next month. Scheduled for July 18 to 22, there will be free daily shows, including Gizmo the Robot (a walking and talking entertainer) and Rosaire’s Royal Racers (welcome to Pork Chop Downs), a parade, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby,... 1:00pm 06/30/17

Summertime events abound

Whether it’s watching a band perform live on an outdoor stage or taking a seat in some of the area’s historic theaters for some music, dancing and laughs, the Mohawk Valley is offering a variety of concerts, shows and festivals this summer. Summerstage will present “Beauty and the Beast” July 13, 14 and 15, and “Catch Me If You Can” Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the historic Rome Capitol... 1:00pm 06/30/17