At the Hector Fairgrounds, Big Splash sustainability fair doubles as a GrassRoots musical reunion

At the Hector Fairgrounds, Big Splash sustainability fair doubles as a GrassRoots musical reunion

Coming up this Labor Day weekend, the Seneca Lake Big Splash sustainability fair has a little bit of everything, from renewable energy and local farms to two days of music and even a Whiskey Tango Sideshow preview show. The fourth annual fair is at the Hector Fairgrounds on Route 414.

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Bob Weir and RatDog cancel remainder of summer tour, including CMAC show this Saturday

Bob Weir and RatDog cancel remainder of summer tour, including CMAC show this Saturday

This Saturday night's show at CMAC in Canandaigua, featuring Bob Weir and RatDog, is one of several shows on their summer tour that have been canceled. The band says "circumstances have necessitated" the cancellations. 

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Two benefit events this week at Lot 10 for those affected by Simeon's crash

Two benefit events this week at Lot 10 for those affected by Simeon's crash

Just over a month after a truck accident at Simeon's on the Commons took the life of a young mother and damaged the building, the community is still showing its unparalleled support. A benefit concert was held at Stewart Park earlier in July, and two benefits are scheduled in Lot 10, another downtown Ithaca venue, this week, to help those affected by the tragedy and its aftermath.

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Size isn't Everything: A GrassRoots newbie's reflections on a large-scale small-town festival

Size isn't Everything: A GrassRoots newbie's reflections on a large-scale small-town festival

Ariel Arbisser, an Ithaca-based vocalist who performs with The Jeff Love Band, experiences her first GrassRoots.Ariel Arbisser, an Ithaca-based vocalist who performs with The Jeff Love Band, experiences her first GrassRoots.“It’s smaller than I expected.” 

No, I’m not making a “that’s what she said” joke. Those were some of the first words out of my mouth as I walked into the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance for the very first time. “It’s very Ithaca,” I said to my friend Julia as we took our first lap around the grounds. 

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Author returns to Ithaca for Buffalo Street Books signing this weekend

Author returns to Ithaca for Buffalo Street Books signing this weekend

Kari Aguila, a longtime Ithaca resident who moved to the Pacific Northwest several years ago, is returning to town this weekend for a book signing of her new novel, "Women's Work." The signing will be at Buffalo Street Books in Downtown Ithaca on Saturday.

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Ithaca musical marvel Bernie Upson has died of cancer

Ithaca musical marvel Bernie Upson has died of cancer

We are sorry to report that Bernie Upson, a jazz veteran who spent five decades in the music business, has passed away. His family shared the news early this morning.

Bernie was diagnosed not long ago with agressive liver cancer, which metasticized to his bones and spread through his abdomen. The longtime performer was moved to Hospicare just two weeks ago, and a fundraising concert was held at Oasis Dance Club to help with the family's mounting medical expenses.

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Downtown movie shop celebrates Flash Gordon's 80th anniversary with comedic commentary for 1980 movie screening

Downtown movie shop celebrates Flash Gordon's 80th anniversary with comedic commentary for 1980 movie screening

Science fiction hero Flash Gordon celebrates what you could call his 80th birthday this year, and Downtown Ithaca's Movie Poster Store is celebrating on Friday night with another of their comedic-roast movie screenings. Ithaca movie reviewer and comedian Bryan VanCampen will host a screening of the 1980 "Flash Gordon" movie with comedic commentary.

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Musical community benefit at Stewart Park for those affected by downtown crash

Musical community benefit at Stewart Park for those affected by downtown crash

The Ithaca community is coming together on Tuesday evening for a benefit event at Stewart Park to help those affected by the tragic crash at Simeon's on June 20th. The July 15th event will feature music from Tru Bleu, Dave Hawthorn, and the Jeff Love Band. Originally scheduled for July 8th, this event was postponed to July 15th due to last week's stormy forecast. The 6pm benefit has also been moved to Stewart Park's large pavilion, which means it can take place rain or shine.

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrating centennial with $1 admission this Monday

Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrating centennial with $1 admission this Monday

Are you on summer vacation with the kids next week, and find that there is almost nothing to do on a Monday? Why not take a short drive to Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse?

Amur tigers resting on a hot day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. 14850 Photo.Amur tigers resting on a hot day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. 14850 Photo.On Monday, July 14th, 2014, the zoo will be celebrating their 100th anniversary! That’s a centennial of raising awareness and conservation of animal species and their habitats.

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Familiar and New combine to make magic at the 2014 GrassRoots Festival

Familiar and New combine to make magic at the 2014 GrassRoots Festival

In just a week the tents and trailers will fill up the Trumansburg Fairground again as the 24th Annual GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance kicks off. The annual tradition runs from Thursday July 17th through Sunday July 20th, 2014, and it comes full of the familiar and the new. For the third year in a row, I’ll break down what’s happening for 14850 Magazine so you can be sure not to miss any of the hidden gems. Before delving into the musical cornucopia that is GrassRoots, though, I should mention a couple of the biggest changes.

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