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Glimmerglass Festival 2013: To include new production of The Flying Dutchman - Francesca Zambello, Jay Hunter Morris - The Wagnerian

Glimmerglass Festival 2013: To include new production of The Flying Dutchman - Francesca Zambello, Jay Hunter Morris - The Wagnerian | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2013 season.

Among productions of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot; Verdi’s King for a Day (Un giorno di regno); and Passions, a double bill of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. is a new production of The Flying Dutchman following their 2008 production of Das Liebesverbot.

 

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Why Heirloom? Why Not?

Why Heirloom? Why Not? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
I love the rare breeds. I love the colors, the personalities, the functional characteristics that make them special. I love something different, without having an exotic animal and the legal hassles that involves. I have no problem with someone keeping those if they can do so properly, but my “habitat” isn’t conducive to many animals, but is a habitat for rare breeds.
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Back in business: Buffalo & Rochester

Back in business: Buffalo & Rochester | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Hope grows in two cities more accustomed to disappointment

 

There is an eerie beauty to Buffalo’s waterfront. Long-abandoned buildings and unused grain elevators stand along Lake Erie’s shore.

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77th National Exhibit Preview Party at the CAA Friday, July 13th

77th National Exhibit Preview Party at the CAA Friday, July 13th | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 77th Annual National is a juried art exhibition organized by the Cooperstown Art Association, which is open to all fine artists.

 

The show encompasses a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

 

With entries from across the United States representing 21 states, the show is always both eclectic and stimulating. 

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Working Oxen on the Farm Today | Cornell Small Farms Program

Working Oxen on the Farm Today | Cornell Small Farms Program | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I never thought I would be learning to farm with oxen. I grew up in Chicago and I did not get to see the country all that often.

 

The only “Bulls” I knew of were a professional basketball team. After high school, I chose to go to college out in Iowa. It is interesting how a new place can influence your ideas. Well that summer, I decided to work on a farm.

 

I was curious, excited, and I felt free to explore my interests. But I had not gone so far as to think that I would want to become a farmer. That only came after I had worked on a few more farms. I make these statements today. But not too long ago, most people lived in the country, farmed the land, and had draft animals. If they heard me say this, they would probably look at me funny.

 

 

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A Triumphal March

A Triumphal March | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

There won’t be any live animals on stage this summer, but artist Elizabeth Schoonmaker has installed a pair of Aida­-inspired elephants on the south lawn of the Festival.

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As we turn to July, baseball readies for Hall of Fame Weekend

As we turn to July, baseball readies for Hall of Fame Weekend | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
New York State in the middle of summer has to be one of most gorgeous places on earth. Especially if you are a baseball fan.
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Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic Foods

Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic Foods | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

While I typically try to eat local, seasonal food, every once in a while I will crave something that isn’t in season here in Chicago.

 

So last week I stopped into Whole Foods to pick up a cucumber and grapes, and since those are two items on the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticides, I opted for organic.

 

Not really paying attention to the price, I was met with a bit of sticker shock when the cashier told me the damage: $9.29! For a bag of grapes and a cucumber!

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Study: Spinach makes you stronger

Study: Spinach makes you stronger | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Famous cartoon character Popeye is right to down a can of spinach when he wants his biceps to bulge, according to a Swedish study presented Monday showing why the leafy vegetable makes us stronger.

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Some of My Favorite Places in Upstate New York

Some of My Favorite Places in Upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

In an attempt to lighten-up around here, I'm posting a pictorial of some of my favorite places in upstate New York.

 

A few of these places are hidden and require a hardy hiker to get to them.

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Summer Squash and Zucchini Recipes

Summer Squash and Zucchini Recipes | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Yellow Squash with Hazelnuts and Pecorino

Saute hazelnuts (or almonds) with yellow squash to add richness and crunch. Season the cooked dish with lemon juice, fresh marjoram, and shaved Pecorino Romano cheese.

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Deborah Voigt returns to Glimmerglass

Deborah Voigt returns to Glimmerglass | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Widely acknowledged as the preeminent dramatic soprano today, Deborah Voigt has made her mark on both the operatic and concert stages in a remarkably varied repertoire.

 

Critics have lauded Ms. Voigt for her “lyricism, beauty of tone and dramatic acuity” as well as her “impressive aura and voice.”

 

Voigt has garnered enthusiastic acclaim from critics and the world’s opera audiences as one of today’s leading exponents of operas by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi and others.

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Cooking Away My CSA

Cooking Away My CSA | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When most people hear the term 'CSA' their thoughts turn to fruits and (more likely) vegetables. That's certainly how we began our love affair with CSA's.

 

But CSA's aren't confined to produce. Some farms include the option for shareholders to purchase shares of eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers or other farm products along with their veggies. Sometimes several farmers will offer their products together, to offer the widest variety to their members. For example, a produce farmer might create a partnership with a neighbor to deliver cheese to the CSA drop off point, so that the CSA members can purchase farm-fresh cheese when they come to get their CSA share. Or a farm may create a standalone CSA for meat, flowers, eggs, or cheese, etc.

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Nick & Jenna's Adventures: Cooperstown, NY

Nick & Jenna's Adventures: Cooperstown, NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Cooperstown, NY is nestled in the hills of upstate New York. It is absolutely gorgeous. I can't tell you how nice it was to be out of the city. Unless you have lived somewhere to similar to NYC you forget the absolute peace you feel from green trees, open spaces, and just the quiet.

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Musings of a “Hollywood” mom

Musings of a “Hollywood” mom | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Last week, I had the opportunity to jet set across the country and hit L.A. representing Ohio Farm Bureau and the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Sounds glamorous, but I was out there talking about all things agriculture.

 

Who is not to say farming is glamorous, right?  

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Cooperstown Antique Show

Cooperstown Antique Show | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 50th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Antique Show


…on Sunday July 1st 2012!

 

The show opens at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. Food will be available, provided by Andres Blue Ribbon BBQ from Cooperstown Junction. There will be approximately 75 dealers on the field with a interesting variety of merchandise. And the weather is going to be fabulous, so don’t miss it!

 

 

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Munson-Williams Arts Festival to begin Friday

Munson-Williams Arts Festival to begin Friday | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
One might not expect to see an old pair of sneakers featured at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival.
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Seasonal Chef: Rainbow Chard | Small Bites

Seasonal Chef: Rainbow Chard | Small Bites | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Well, it's happened .. the markets are officially overflowing with all things green - and I love it!

 

There seems to be a moment in June where this magic takes place. Every farm table has huge piles leafy greens. Multitudes of lettuce leaves, scallions, onions, spinach, kale, and bright beautiful chard. In particular: rainbow chard and the colors are just stunning.

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A Trip to Cooperstown Without the Baseball Hall of Fame

A Trip to Cooperstown Without the Baseball Hall of Fame | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

A lot of what you hear in this area is about baseball, specifically the Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

But what else is there to do around here?

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Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com

Fairs urged to spotlight local ag | capitalpress.com | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Small farm experts want fairs to get back to their roots as the center of their region's agriculture.

 

Penny Leff, who leads the University of California's Small Farm Program, and Diana Poluszak, of the state Department of Food and Agriculture, told a gathering here that fairs were mostly centered around agriculture for more than 100 years, before entertainment became more of the focus in the last 30 years or so.

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A Rosy Outlook: Brewery Tour

A Rosy Outlook: Brewery Tour | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"It's a lovely craft beer place. I'm not a huge beer fan but thought it was delightful.

 

"And I fell in love with their Witte beer. Yep, I could see myself drinking that a bit!!"

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10 great places for antiques shopping

10 great places for antiques shopping | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Shopping may be a favorite vacation pastime, but there's no reason to limit it to outlet malls and souvenir shops.
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It's the Little Things: Upstate NY

It's the Little Things: Upstate NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"This past weekend we took the train about an hour upstate to Sleepy Hollow to tour the Rockefeller estate. The house is called Kykuit which means something like "lookout" in Dutch. Its perched way up above the town and has amazing views!"

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Wet greens and purple basil?

Wet greens and purple basil? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

One of the best benefits of being a member of a CSA is the opportunity you have to develop a connection with your food, farmer, and community.

 

Being a CSA member means you will develop a heightened awareness of how dramatic changes in weather or new crop diseases affect what we put on our plate each week.

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All Hail Kale

All Hail Kale | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When it comes to leafy greens, there are some big players that tend to dominate our salads, soups, and suppers: romaine, baby spinach, and perhaps even a few “exotic” varieties like arugula.

 

With CSA deliveries and farmers markets well underway, we get to meet some new possibilities that can enhance (and dare I say, replace?) the regulars we so often lean toward. Nothing against romaine and spinach; they have many redeeming qualities, and are favorites for good reasons. Yet there are other leafy greens just as delicious, and with the bonus of adding significantly more vitamins and nutrients to your dishes.

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