Escape the holiday shopping for generic gifts and come check out some unique gift ideas at Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night, a showcase of the latest art and multimedia works created by multiple regional artists that is taking place on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 20 downtown locations.
Work from nearly 50 artists from the Finger Lakes and as far as New York City will be on display at State of the Art Gallery, 120 W. State St., as part of the “December Juried Show.” This showcase will feature oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, watercolor, mixed media and interactive sculptures, stone and glass tiles, and more. This site will also be the scene where Arnot Art Museum Executive Director Rick Pirozzolo will award up to $600 in prizes during an opening reception for the exhibit.
Another 50 artists will be showcased during painter Joyce Stillman-Myers’ show at the Community School of Music and Art. Representing traditional to contemporary styles, this much-anticipated show celebrates the vibrant and diverse visual arts interests of the community.
Photography buffs who enjoy natural beauty will appreciate Carl Schofield’s exhibit at Sunny Days of Ithaca, 123 S. Cayuga St. Schofield, a retired research scientist, is primarily interested in conducting nature, landscape and travel photography, particularly infrared landscape photography.
For those looking for a bit of wintery fun, visit CAP ArtSpace, 171 The Commons in Center Ithaca, where abstract artist Barbara Mink has her “Winter Journey” on display. Her exhibit explores the beauty of Ithaca with works that range from 4×5 foot canvases to smaller framed creations on paper, all in ink or acrylic.
If you attended last month’s Gallery Night and witnessed Alice Muhlback’s show Once Upon an Eye at Eye, you’ll want to come back to the gallery to view the second installment. This magical show features new paintings, interactive objects, and never-before-seen clips from Muhlback’s animated show of the same name. Eye is located at 126 The Commons.
Gallery Night guests are encouraged to try their hand at making their own poinsettia gift tag. Artist Caroline Spellman will assist guests with making these nifty tags at Handwork, 120 E. State St. Visitors to Handwork will also receive an introduction to paper quilling and will have the opportunity try this historic art form.
To view the listing of additional Gallery Night artists and their display sites, please visit www.gallerynight.com.
Green Street & Seneca Street garages now offer designated parking for patrons
Locating customer parking in downtown garages has now become a little easier for folks who want to spend a couple of hours shopping or dining downtown, thanks to a new parking feature introduced by the city earlier this month.
The City of Ithaca recently introduced the Shopper Zone, short-term parking spaces designated just for consumers, They are now available in the Green Street and Seneca Street parking garages. Consumers will be able to use a spot in these garage’s Shopper Zone for a maximum of three (3) hours per day.
Green Street Garage, located at 120-126 E. Green St., is a prime location for shoppers who want to visit The Ithaca Commons, downtown’s four-block pedestrian mall of unique shops and boutiques, and the Dewitt Mall, a series of unique specialty shops, cafes and galleries, located at 215 N. Cayuga St.
Seneca Street Garage, 215 N. Tioga St., is also participating in the Shopper Zone program and will have the zone available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, parking is exclusive to hotel guests.
The Cayuga Street Garage, 235 S. Cayuga St., already reserves its entire second floor for short duration shoppers and diners.
“We asked the City to be certain there could always be spaces available for consumers – the very important people who come downtown for shopping, dining, services, and entertainment,” said Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson. “The Shopper Zones is an effort to do just that – reserve spaces in all downtown garages for short-duration parking. Our thanks goes out to Frank Nagy and the City for making this happen.”
Metered on-street parking is also available throughout the downtown area.
The DIA also reminds shoppers and diners that on-street parking downtown is free after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and free all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Parking in the garages is free on Saturdays and Sundays except when special event parking rates apply. Parking is also free during the week from 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.
For additional downtown parking information, visit the new parking web site at https://parkithaca.com, or call the City of Ithaca Parking Division at (607) 274-6532.
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance reminds residents and visitors that downtown Ithaca is home to more than 100 independent locally owned stores and businesses that offer many special gift-worthy items. The organization also encourages shoppers to participate in upcoming special holiday shopping events that are aimed to recognize the local retailers.
Small Business Saturday is Saturday, Nov. 26. This special day for locally owned and operated retail shops, provides an opportunity for patrons to demonstrate their support for local businesses and the community. On Small Business Saturday, many shops may offer special deals and some stores will be distributing “Shop Small” canvas bags to their customers. Founded by American Express six years ago, Small Business Saturday has grown into a powerful movement with more people taking part every year.
To further encourage consumers to shop local on Small Business Saturday, Downtown Ithaca is conducting a #shopsmall selfie contest online. When you shop on Small Business Saturday, snap a selfie and use the hashtags #shopsmall and #downtownithaca on Facebook or Instagram. A prize will be awarded to one winner, and their selfie reposted on Downtown Ithaca’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Look for additional contest details and rules on Downtown Ithaca’s Facebook Events Page.
In downtown Ithaca’s stores throughout the holiday shopping season, consumers will find a variety of gift options including handcrafted items made by skilled artisans along with quality products from U.S. companies.
The Ithaca Commons, a two-block pedestrian shopping mall, boasts nearly two dozen specialty shops. Many additional stores that each sell unique and thoughtful gifts are located within walking distance of the Commons. Make sure to check out the retailers at the Dewitt Mall, Pressbay Alley, and on East and West State streets.
Downtown Ithaca also offers more than 50 dining choices where visitors may stop for a delicious meal anytime during their holiday shopping excursion.
“When money is spent at independent locally owned businesses, the money stays here and strengthens the economic base of where we live. Plus, patrons should support these one-of-a-kind businesses because they contribute to the character of our community with exclusive shopping and dining options,” said DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson.
Last year, more consumers reported visiting their local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday than ever before, according to results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express. More than 95 million consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking an eight percent increase from 2014.
For more information, visit shopsmall.com, or call the DIA at (607) 277-8679 or email email@example.com.
To continue the holiday shopping spirit past the traditionally busy shopping weekend, Downtown Ithaca will host “Cider” Monday. This tongue in cheek, brick and mortar alternative to Cyber Monday will provide downtown consumers with an opportunity to sample ciders while they shop. Downtown businesses will be welcoming in shoppers with complimentary cups of cider, and some great Finger Lakes ciders will be hosting tastings downtown, too.
Additional details, including cider tasting locations, are available at the Downtown Ithaca Facebook Events Page.
Inaugural event features specialty foods & beverages, a Bloody Mary mix off, music, and more
Special event sponsored by Wagner Valley Brewing Co. and Vineyards & Gimme Coffee
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is pleased to announce its newly-created event for the mid-Fall season: Ithaca Brunch Fest.
This food lovers festivity sponsored by Wagner Valley Brewing Co. and Vineyards and Gimme Coffee is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a combination of breakfast and lunch food and beverage favorites.
The festival is free to attend. Attendees can expect to pay $2 and $5 for sample sized items. Fuller portioned meals will also be available for purchase.
Simeon’s will be serving a tasty sampling of soft dough biscuits covered with creamy gravy while Waffle Frolic will offer its signature dish: Waffles with a selection of toppings. OmNomNomelletes will have a variety of freshly prepared omelettes, french toast, and hot breakfast sandwiches and Kilpatrick’s Publick House is putting an Irish spin on its brunch offerings. Bandwagon Pub, Farm and Brewery will be putting a modern take on brunch and Gateway Kitchen will be serving barbecue food items.
The fun doesn’t end with sampling the multiple food choices. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste and vote in our first ever Bloody Mary Mix-Off! By purchasing non-alcoholic Bloody Mary samples prepared by Coltivare, Gateway Kitchen, Sunset Grill and more, folks will discover who has the best Bloody Mary in town. These establishments will be going head-to-head, vying for your votes for Best Presentation and People’s Choice.
Additional beverage options will be available at the Brunch Bar. Sponsored by Wagner Valley Brewing Co. and Vineyards, the Brunch Bar will feature some of the company’s finest brews.
Among these beverage offerings will be a fruity Hop Tropic IPA accompanied by a logo that features stunning artwork from Ithaca street artist, Jay Stooks; a Drenched Double IPA, which is Wagner’s representation of the area’s local hop bounty; and a new Coffee Porter made with freshly brewed espresso and served with whipped cream topping.
A special edition Mangose, a mango infused beer which can be served on its own but pairs nicely with orange sherbet to create a fun beer float, will be available along with a selection of wine, including a sparkling riesling for mimosas and a red hot mulled wine. There will be non-alcoholic options, too.
For the coffee lovers, Brunch Fest will feature Gimme Coffee’s limited edition “Downtown Ithaca” Blend. This special blend, a chocolate and cherry combination with a browned butter finish, will be for sale for $10 per bag during the event.
Entertainment seekers will have fun dancing the day away to 50’s and early 60’s tunes from Steve Southworth and The Rockabilly Rays. Additional performers include Town Squares featuring Luke G, Tenor Caso, & Joe Hayward doing doo-wop & oldies with a punk twist; the Fall Creek Brass Band with their funky beats and groovy bass lines; and two of Ithaca College’s premier A cappella groups, IC Voicestream and Premium Blend.
Looking for an event keepsake? Muckle’s Ink will be creating and selling screen printing t-shirts. Event guests will be able to choose from one of Muckle’s Ink designs or purchase a Ithaca Brunch Fest shirt.For more Ithaca Brunch Fest information, visit http://www.downtownithaca.com, or call the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at (607) 277-8679.
Thank you again to our sponsors: Wagner Valley Brewing Co. & Gimme Coffee
Afternoon event features a parade, trick-or-treating, face painting and more
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is teaming up once again with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to proudly present it annual Halloween in Downtown Ithaca activities to be held next weekend at various sites in downtown Ithaca.
This family-friendly Halloween festivity, which will include the community’s beloved costume parade and store-to-store Trick-or-Treating, will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
The parade will start from the GIAC, 301 W. Court St., Ithaca, at 3:30 p.m and will then march its way onto The Commons, E. State Street, Ithaca. As parade goers make their way to The Commons pedestrian mall they will find dozens of stores participating in the all sorts of spooktacular activities (look for a “Trick-or-Treat Here” sign prominently displayed in their storefront window indicating that treats are available). Participating stores are located on the Commons, Aurora Street, East State Street off the Commons, Gateway Commons, Cayuga Street, Green St. and inside the Dewitt Mall.
This afternoon of innocent and fun frolic will also feature FREE face painting by Festive Face Painting, music, mini carnival-style games, warm apple cider and snacks from 4 to 6 p.m. inside Center Ithaca, 171 E. State St., Ithaca.
A complete schedule of activities is available online at www.downtownithaca.com.
Also, on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., Greenstar Natural Foods Market, 701 W. Buffalo St., is hosting a special Halloween-themed activity. The health food store will be hosting its annual youth Trick-or-Treat where healthy snacks and treats will be served. The West End store will feature a continual showing of “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” For more information, call the store at (607) 273-9392.
From October 27 through October 31, downtown Ithaca’s streets will be filled magic and whimsy as visitors, residents, and students partake in the second annual Wizarding Weekend.
As a nonprofit event, Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend is inspired by the Harry Potter series created by J.K. Rowling and provides a magical look into the Ithaca community while simultaneously allowing fans to celebrate.
Wizarding Weekend is being organized by Life’s So Sweet Chocolates and Press Bay Alley. More information can be found at wizardingweekend.com.
All of these festivities are free admittance for community members of all ages. For more information, visit www.downtownithaca.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 607-277-8679.
|This Friday’s event features architecture and artwork|
Seven Architectural Firms To Be Showcased Along
with Walkable Art Tour Set For 5 to 8 p.m. October 7
|Gallery Night, Downtown Ithaca’s monthly first Friday walking tour of art openings at galleries and other locations downtown promises an added burst of artistic talent on display on Friday, October 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In conjunction with Gallery Night and with support from the American Institute of Architects, seven Ithaca-based architecture, engineering and design firms will for the first time host an open house during Gallery Night — dubbed First Friday Studio Night designFIRM Crawl — where they will showcase their employees, projects, processes, and work environment and focus on building, planning, and design.
Like Gallery Night, the designFIRM Crawl is also free and open to the public.
During the designFIRM Crawl, attendees will be able to view each office’s latest work in sketches, 3-D visualization, and models; gain a better understanding of each firms’ efforts, leadership, and contributions to the community; ask professionals questions about working in the field or inquire about design; network with other professionals and explore different parts of the city in Ithaca’s beautiful fall weather. Participating locations can be found online at the Gallery Night website: http://gallerynightithaca.com.
At this month’s Gallery Night, attendees can delight in new art from Rob MacKenzie, former president and chief executive officer at Cayuga Medical Center, who will present his latest oil paintings inside Decorum Too in The Dewitt Mall, which features beautifully crafted home furnishings, and oriental rugs. While award-winning photographer Dewey Neild, known for the stunning images he captures of Ithaca’s waterfalls, gorges, parks and other attractions, will unveil his first set of waterfall puzzles at Sunny Days, 123 S. Cayuga St.
Community School of Arts and Music, 330 E. State St., will display some of the visual arts created by its faculty and students, John Lyon Paul will display his radiant paintings on glass that appear in his “The Light Fantastic” exhibit at Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace, 171 The Commons, and Gia Marmora, a third generation leather worker, will be demonstrating her leather working techniques at Handwork, 102 W. State St.
Looking for trendiest fall and winter fashions? Thrive Ethnic Fashion, 215 N Cayuga St., will showcase Katia Anible’s latest clothing collection. Created locally from salvaged and recycled fabric, Anible’s collection is inspired by natural color, endless comfort and the needs of the modern, eco conscious woman.
A complete list of participating locations, available displays and exhibits, and more can be found at www.downtownithaca.com.