Lifestyle & Entertainment


Album review: Twenty One Pilots – A change in sound, but for the better

Just in time for summer, Twenty One Pilots released “Blurryface,” a fun, upbeat and easy listening album comprised of 14 songs with relatable and comical lyrics that are accompanied by mainly percussion and guitar instrumentals.

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Conover, O’Donovan wed in Ireland

Cassandra Thompson Conover and Conor Finbarr O’Donovan were joined in matrimony at the Holy Trinity Church, Ballinspittle, Ireland, the groom’s family’s church, in a formal ceremony attended by their parents, sisters and brothers, and many members of the congregation.

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Art Park, Republican announce spring photo contest

The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and the Cazenovia Republican have partnered together to offer a springtime photo contest. The contest, "Casting Shadows: Sculptures And Spring," seeks original photographs taken inside the art park that capture the sculptures, their shadows and the essence of spring.

Industrial hemp documentary to be shown at the Cazenovia Public Library

To celebrate National Hemp History Week, all are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library community room at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, for a screening of “Bringing It Home,” an industrial hemp documentary that has sparked action on farming legalization and policy reform.

The architectural design of Lorenzo and the Sacred Sites Program to be sponsored by the Friends of Lorenzo in support of Preservation Month in Cazenovia

Each year since 2003, in celebration of “Preservation Month,” The Friends of Lorenzo sponsor a variety of programs and presentations that focus on noteworthy historic preservation topics in and around Cazenovia. These activities have included various walking tours throughout the village, site visits to exemplary restored buildings and presentations by experts on an array of subjects — from preservation policy, to significant restoration projects, to sources of funding for historic preservation.

Madison County Fair set for July 9 through 12

The176th annual edition of the Madison County Fair will run July 9 through 12, and the 2015 theme is “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Plans are underway for some new exciting shows, contest, and surprises, along with the return of some old favorites.

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Middle school orchestra, band placed first and second at Darien Lake competition

The Cazenovia Middle School orchestra and band traveled to Darien Lake amusement park last Saturday, May 16, to compete in the annual Darien Lake Music Festival, where they placed first and second, respectively, in their competition groups.

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More than just baby blues

As many as 20 percent of pregnant women women are affected by perinatal depression

In an attempt to raise awareness about PPD, Crouse’s Spirit of Women program, which is led by Kowaleski, is hosting the Climb with Crouse from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 24, on the 2K Serengeti Trail at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.

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New wine and liquor store opens on Albany Street

Oenophiles in Cazenovia now have a second option in the village on where they can purchase their wine, as well as liquor, with last week’s official opening of J.S. Hight and Sons wine store at 58 Albany St.

What is the value of an art park?


This question of value is at the forefront of our thoughts as we gear up for an exciting season of events at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. For many non-profits and arts and cultural organizations, value is intangible and unique. Perhaps you value the outdoors and enjoy having a place to hike. Perhaps you value coming to the gallery, enjoying the sculptures or challenging your imagination. In order to be of value to a wide range of people, the Art Park must offer a variety of experiences and opportunities. This year, we’re doing just that.

Cazenovia Forum examines Ukraine crisis

Ukraine analyst Adrian Karatnycky placed the ongoing crisis in that country squarely at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the latest Cazenovia Forum lecture. Karatnycky, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and one of America’s leading experts on Ukraine, spoke on Friday, May 1, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College.

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation to host annual awards program and meeting

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF) will hold its annual meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the St. Peter’s Church Parish Hall at 10 Mill St., Cazenovia. The public is invited.

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Youth baseball and softball leagues begin their seasons

The Cazenovia Youth Baseball/Softball Association officially kicked off its summer season last Saturday, May 9, as its more than 100 players, along with coaches and parents, held a parade from Burton Street Elementary School to the Burton Street fields and Cazenovia American Legion Commander Richard Benner threw out the first pitch.

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Shovels in the dirt

Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road

The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.

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Grand opening for Yellow Brick Road Casino will be June 2

The Oneida Indian Nation has announced that it will host a Grand Opening Event for its new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango on Tuesday, June 2. Doors will open after a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.