TOP TEN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK

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Ithaca Ice Festival @ Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 8th - 11th, 2016
Ice Fest is an annual tradition in Downtown Ithaca! What holiday season would be complete without a celebration of cold weather and cold weather sports...like Ice Carving! Witness the nation’s finest ice carvers as they compete for $9,000 in prizes during 3 rounds of breathtaking competition in Downtown Ithaca. The festival features impressive display sculptures, fire demonstrations, the ever-popular Ice Bar: an outdoor bar made entirely of ice, serving beer, wine, and hot cocoa, and a tasty Chowder Cook-off. Ithaca Ice Festival ice carving competition is a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event.
Ithaca Ice Festival @ Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 8th - 11th, 2016
Location: Downtown Ithaca

Day One (Thursday, Dec. 8):

Ice Bar Opens for the weekend! Visit the opening day of the outdoor Ice Bar. Bring the whole family and enjoy the winter weather with a glass of beer, wine or cocoa while watching fire-fueled entertainment at this frosty extravaganza from 5-9pm.

Evening Entertainment Schedule: Coming soon!

Day Two (Friday, Dec. 9):

Speed Carving Competition: The opening competition of Ice Festival! Watch carvers test their speed and skill in this
one-block, speed-carve, single elimination competition. Each participant will have approximately 20 minutes to create
a complete sculpture.

Ice Bar: will be open and serving delicious hot and cold beverages from 5-9pm!

Evening Entertainment Schedule: Coming soon!

Day Three (Saturday, Dec. 10): A full day of excitement for everyone!
Carve and Deliver Competition: 9am-12pm - Competing carvers must carve and deliver an ice sculpture to a downtown location in just three hours!

Ice Bar: Will be open 12-6pm forwarm or frosty beverages all day!

Two-Block Showpiece Challenge: 2-6pm. This final round is the ultimate test of these carver's abilities! Competitors will have just 4 hours to produce a dramatic and impressive sculpture using 2 large blocks of ice. Carvers will not only compete with each other for points, but also with the elements, rain, extreme cold, or unseasonal heat. In early December, one never knows what the weather will be, making the competition that much more exciting.

7th Annual Chowder Cook-Off: Happening on the Commons and surrouding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall from 12-5pm, Ice Festival goers can stay warm by sample over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champion! Sampling tickets are for sale in advance and on the day-of downtown.  

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7th Annual Chowder Cook-Off in Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 10th, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Downtown Ithaca is excited to host the 7th Annual Chowder Cook-Off during this year's Ithaca Ice Festival. Over twenty restaurants will compete for the coveted Chowder Cup. Restaurants will create a variety of chowders and guests will have the opportunity to taste their favorites in each category.
7th Annual Chowder Cook-Off in Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 10th, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Ithaca Commons

Downtown Ithaca is excited to host the 7th Annual Chowder Cook-Off during this year's Ithaca Ice Festival. Over twenty restaurants will compete for the coveted Chowder Cup. Chowder Cook-Off will take place on December 10, 2016 from Noon - 5 PM.

Going on concurrently with Chowder Cook-Off is the Ithaca Ice Festival, a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event. Master ice carvers create statues Friday night and all day Saturday; sample a variety of tasty chowders while you enjoy the artistry of ice carving.

Restaurants will create a variety of chowders and guests will have the opportunity to taste their favorites in each category. Along your chowder tasting journey take note of your favorite chowders and vote for the following chowder categories: Best Meat Chowder, Best Vegetarian Chowder, Best Seafood Chowder, and Best Traditional Chowder. Popular past chowders have included: Smoked Haddock & Bacon Chowder, Vegan Lentil Black Bean Chowder, Meaty Butternet Squash Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, Under the Sea Lobster Chowder, and more! We can't wait to see what's in the pot this year!

The Ice Bar will be open from 12-5pm!

Tickets
Advance Sale Tickets will be available December 5 at Noon the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center (CASH ONLY).

If you are purchasing for a large group please call the DIA office in advance 607-277-8679.

Tickets will also be available the day of Chowder Cook-Off at the Ticket Booth on the Commons.

For day-to-day updates, please visit the Downtown Ithaca Facebook Page. 

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Ithaca Ballet presents The Nutcracker @ The State Theatre
When: Dec 9th - 11th, 2016
The Nutcracker -Featuring The Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra) Choreographed by Lavinia Reid, music by Tchaikovsky
Ithaca Ballet presents The Nutcracker @ The State Theatre
When: Dec 9th - 11th, 2016
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

The Nutcracker -Featuring The Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra)

Choreographed by Lavinia Reid, music by Tchaikovsky  

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For the Kids! The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge! @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 10th, 2016 2:00 pm
A live, interactive holiday performance presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company! The classic holiday story is re-imagined with just two actors, and participation by the kids in the audience! Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer who cares only for his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. A fun and funny retelling of the classic tale, just for kids!
For the Kids! The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge! @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 10th, 2016 2:00 pm
Location: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson St

A live, interactive holiday performance presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company! The classic holiday story is re-imagined with just two actors, and participation by the kids in the audience! Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer who cares only for his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. A fun and funny retelling of the classic tale, just for kids! 

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Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant- Traditional Family Style Wine Dinner from Around the World
When: Dec 10th, 2016 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Roast chicken, heavy pasta dishes, soups, make your own ramen dish are possible family style experiences you once or still enjoy. Chef McNabb has chosen to choose from an array of ethnic dishes and twist them just so you have a typical Knapp style wine dinner.
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant- Traditional Family Style Wine Dinner from Around the World
When: Dec 10th, 2016 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Knapp Winery, 2770 County Rd 128, Romulus, NY

Roast chicken, heavy pasta dishes, soups, make your own ramen dish are possible family style experiences you once or still enjoy. Chef McNabb has chosen to choose from an array of ethnic dishes and twist them just so you have a typical Knapp style wine dinner. Mixed with fun and flavor this experience might want to be taken home. The excitement of this five course meal will be accented with premium wines from Knapp Winery, Chateau LaFayetter Reneau Wine Cellars, Zugibe Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please purchase your tickets online to reserve your spot. $74.90pp, includes tax and gratuity. 6:30pm-10:00pm  

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Tim Reynolds - Solo Accoustic @ Center for the Arts in Homer
When: Dec 10th, 2016
With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches.
Tim Reynolds - Solo Accoustic @ Center for the Arts in Homer
When: Dec 10th, 2016
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer

With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.

It was in the mid 1980s that Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. He toured with TR3 during the 1980s and 1990s, using a rotating cast of musicians. It was at this time he met and befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. He eventually relocated to Santa Fe, NM, to pursue a solo acoustic career. He spent the 1990s and 2000s on the road as a solo guitar wizard playing for packed houses and to crowds who quickly determined that he is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. Tim continues to surprise and delight his fans with rare solo acoustic performances throughout the country.  

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Treleaven's Wine & Movie Nights
When: Fridays or Saturdays 7:00pm
Spend chilly winter evenings in a cozy barrel room turned movie theatre at Treleaven’s Wine & Movie Nights. Round up your friends and family, bring a blanket and sip on delicious wine or beer while enjoying the evening’s feature film - the Treleaven staff promises you no previews and all the wine you can drink!
Treleaven's Wine & Movie Nights
When: Fridays or Saturdays 7:00pm
Location: King Ferry Winery, King Ferry NY

Spend chilly winter evenings in a cozy barrel room turned movie theatre at Treleaven’s Wine & Movie Nights. Round up your friends and family, bring a blanket and sip on delicious wine or beer while enjoying the evening’s feature film - the Treleaven staff promises you no previews and all the wine you can drink! 

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Treleaven's Sunday Funday @ King Ferry Winery
When: Sundays 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Looking for a fun, unique venue to watch football in the Finger Lakes? Look no further than Treleaven, where you can cheer on your favorite team at the winery’s barrel room turned sports bar!
Treleaven's Sunday Funday @ King Ferry Winery
When: Sundays 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: King Ferry Winery, King Ferry NY

Looking for a fun, unique venue to watch football in the Finger Lakes? Look no further than Treleaven, where you can cheer on your favorite team at the winery’s barrel room turned sports bar! 

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"Die Hard" @ State Theatre of Ithaca
When: Dec 16th, 2016 7:30pm
A holiday classic! It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber, who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe.
"Die Hard" @ State Theatre of Ithaca
When: Dec 16th, 2016 7:30pm
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber, who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. 

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St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church Christmas Bake Sale!
When: Dec 16th, 2016 7:00am - noon
St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church invites you to their Christmas Bake Sale on Friday December 16, 2016 from 7:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, or until SOLD OUT, at the Church, 201 N. Geneva Street, Ithaca. For advance orders call 607-280-6675or e-mail ithacabaklava@gmail.com
St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church Christmas Bake Sale!
When: Dec 16th, 2016 7:00am - noon
Location: 201 N. Geneva Street, Ithaca

St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church invites you to their Christmas Bake Sale on Friday December 16, 2016 from 7:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, or until SOLD OUT, at the Church, 201 N. Geneva Street, Ithaca. For advance orders call 607-280-6675or e-mail ithacabaklava@gmail.com 



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