Seven things to do in the Rome region this week


1. View Arts Center in Old Forge hosts Mellow Mondays: free coffee and admissions from 6-8 p.m. June 10- July 1. Events will include acoustic music sets, open storytelling, and country line dancing. Galleries also free to enter 4-8 p.m. each Monday. Visit, call 315-369-6411 ext. 210.

2. “Non-Fiction” screens Wednesday and Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art Auditorium. Admission $8, $6 members, $4 students. “Non-Fiction” traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs—including a passionate fling with an actress (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Guillaume Canet)—as fodder for his explosive new novel. Subtitled, rated R. Visit

3. Utica Summer Fest, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 with Rare Earth performing Friday evening.Event features a variety of beers and ciders at the “Ultra” Beer & Cider Garden, all food “Utica” and beyond, and live music.

4. Master Gardener Volunteers present the 23rd Annual Herb & Flower Festival, Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, Oriskany. Cost $4. Includes classes, demonstrations and vendors selling plants, garden wares, food, herbal bake sale, ice cream sandwiches. 

5. Alliance Classical Players presents “Beer Music” Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. Free. The program includes “Souvenir de Porto Rico,” a Latin-inspired piece by L.M. Gottschalk, followed by Beer Music by Brian DuFord. Event includes free tastings of craft beers that correspond to each movement of the piece, as well as complimentary refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks. RACC will provide additional beer and wine for purchase.

6. The Allman Betts Band performs Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley, Utica. Tickets start at $28. After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band. Call 315-724-4000.

7. Soda Fountain Train leaves Union Station, Utica, at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 16. Cost is $40, $35 children, $38 seniors/military. Round trip: 3.5 hours. Ride the train north to Remsen Station to eat at The Soda Fountain, Remsen’s ‘50s-themed restaurant. Dinner is included in ticket price. Call (800) 819-2291, visit


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