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E. E. Cummings's Disenchantment with Mussolini-Era Italy

E. E. Cummings's Disenchantment with Mussolini-Era Italy | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

[...] Mussolini was acclaimed as “Caesar”. But Mussolini was no ordinary man. He could not possibly be satisfied with being merely Caesar.

 

He also wanted to be Napoleon.

 

This was easily arranged. A photographer “shot” him in Napoleonic costume, the photograph was printed on thousands of post-cards and the post-cards were circulated all over Italia.

 

Taking the bull by the horns, Mussolini now rushed into international politics and mixed them up “something awful”, as we say back home.

 

But while the world at large recoiled from his exploits, Italia applauded with both hands and both feet—and exactly what the Hon. Caesar Napoleon Mussolini will attempt next, nobody knows. The French people guess that it will be the annexation of France, since he says quite frankly that Italia is overpopulated and must have a lot of brand-new territory—in a hurry. So much for the shepherd. And now a few words concerning his flock.

 

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Seamus Heaney’s Beauty

Seamus Heaney’s Beauty | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Photograph by Mariana Cook, 2001.


The person who did everything con brio, “with vigor.” This was, after all, the Seamus Heaney who repurposed Yeats’s description of a bronze chariot in his poem “Who Goes With Fergus?” and referred to his B.M.W. as a “brazen car.” However the Seamus Heaney we’re here to celebrate today might be described, “brazen” is hardly a word that comes to mind. Anything that smacks of ostentation would be quite inappropriate. As would anything that smacks of meanness of spirit. A word that might come to mind is “bounteous.” And, while I’m in the realm of the “B”s, maybe even “bouncy.”

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'Competing' for a Love of the Outdoors in New York

'Competing' for a Love of the Outdoors in New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 2013 Leatherstocking Envirothon took place at the Gilbert Lake State Park in Lauren, NY. Oneonta High School won the local competition for the fifth year in a row. While only one team sports the title of “champion,” all participants are winners because everyone came away with a better appreciation of the world around them and how they can make a difference for its future.

 

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Vernon Downs Horsemen Join Race Against Hunger

Vernon Downs Horsemen Join Race Against Hunger | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
VERNON —

Vernon Downs and local horsemen are joining together in the race against hunger.

 

During live harness races Saturday, which start at 6:45 p.m., at least 10 horsemen will donate portions of their driving fees to the Food Bank of Central New York with a goal to raise $1,000, a news release stated.

 

The event follows a June Gretchen Wilson fundraiser concert at Vernon Downs that raised more than $65,000 for the Food Bank.

 

The Food Bank will also have a table set up at the racetrack to collect additional donations from guests.

 

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Central New York Legal Moonshine

Central New York Legal Moonshine | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Corn whiskey, as its name suggests, is made primarily from corn. So is bourbon. But unlike bourbon or other brown whiskies, like Jack Daniels, or rye or Scotch, it spends no time aging in wood barrels. It's the wood-aging that adds color to distilled spirits. And, with no aging needed, it can be produced relatively quickly - it can be produced and bottled in a few weeks. Brown spirits typically spend years in barrels before bottling.

 

Today, clear and unaged corn whiskies are among the hottest trends in the spirits industry today. National brands include Shine On Georgia Moon and Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon.

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David Lang's "Little Match Girl Passion" at Glimmerglass Opera

David Lang's "Little Match Girl Passion" at Glimmerglass Opera | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

COOPERSTOWN, NY — I've seen David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion on at least three separate occasions now, and while the music has never ceased to haunt me, I've always thought the heartbreaking Hans Christian Andersen tale about a girl who freezes while trying to sell matches on the street would be well served by staging.

 

Enter Glimmerglass Opera,

 

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Upstate Monet: Plein Air Painter Carlton Manzano

Upstate Monet: Plein Air Painter Carlton Manzano | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Carlton Manzano is my favorite artist working here in upstate New York. I think he is in a league with Gauguin or Monet or van Gogh. I do. Manzano is also a humble guy.

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An Ambitious Spread - at Glimmerglass

An Ambitious Spread - at Glimmerglass | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Ambition has never been in short supply at the Alice Busch Opera Theater, the cozy 900-seat auditorium that long housed the Glimmerglass Opera, and now is the principal setting for its successor, the Glimmerglass Festival. But even measured by the high standard this annual affair has sustained, this year’s festival — which runs through Aug. 24 here — rises to new levels of innovation, curiosity and, yes, chutzpah.

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49 Things People From Upstate New York Love

49 Things People From Upstate New York Love | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Shout-out to all my fellow Upstate New York BuzzFeeders! This is for you. (49 things people from upstate New York love http://t.co/fOFBPAbFL8)
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June 15 – Battle of Cobleskill History Clinic

June 15 – Battle of Cobleskill History Clinic | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Old Stone Fort Museum will commemorate the 235th anniversary of the 1778 Battle of Cobleskill by hosting a day of history clinics on the battle and other destructive events of 1778 on Saturday, June 15 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

 

Two formal clinic presentations beginning at 11:00am and 2:00pm on the fort lawn, will encourage audience participation to provide more in-depth examinations of the tactics, weapons and skills employed at the Battle of Cobleskill and other 1778 engagements and raids. Throughout the day, historian Jeff O’Connor will be on site to inform museum visitors about the raids and battles on the New York frontier and their impact.


Part of New York State Museums Week, these history clinics are included with regular museum admission.


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Five summer beers to try this season - Washington Times

Five summer beers to try this season - Washington Times | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Washington Times Five summer beers to try this season Washington Times The masters of Belgian-inspired ales out of Cooperstown, NY have a new summer offering released this May called Fleur de Houblon, or “Hop Flowers.” This Belgian pale ale uses...

 

 

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Quick Q&A: Glimmerglass's Andrew Wilkowske

Quick Q&A: Glimmerglass's Andrew Wilkowske | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Are there any artists you feel particularly inspired by? 


There is a rock singer from Minneapolis named Craig Finn, who is so full of joy he makes every phrase he sings a celebration.  Even though the genre is different, I find him to be tremendously inspiring.

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Low-cost pet spay and neuter services

Low-cost pet spay and neuter services | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Animal shelters nationwide are overfull, and a Canastota shelter is doing an outreach aimed at cutting down on unwanted pets.

 

Wanderer's Rest Humane Association has won a grant from the ASPCA to fund a low-cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.  New York residents need to prove their income eligibility to get vouchers, which cover about half the cost.  The service is for both dogs and cats.

 

When shelter Executive Director Mark Christensen visited Weekend Today in Central NY on Sunday morning to talk about the service, he also brought along Mr. McPhee, a very friendly pit bull mix, an example of why spaying and neutering is so important.  The dog was an unwanted stray.  He's now been neutered, and is ready for his 'forever' home.

 

Christensen also reminded us to save the date for 'Bone Appetit.' a Wanderer's Rest fundraiser coming up on April 26th at Cazenovia's Lincklaen House.  The Wine, Beer, Cider, Cheese and Chocolate tastings benefit shelter operations, as will a silent auction.

 

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Welcome to September

Welcome to September | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Yet the month, to use a word from our times, is underrated. Despite its glories, September seems doomed to be the 30 days in which Central New York, like the rest of a distracted America, stumbles away from summer vacation to step back into real life.

 

All too often, that means ignoring what might be the most alluring and beautiful month in the Upstate calendar. September, for instance, is the favorite month of David Sage, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Buffalo, who justified that affection by providing some annual statistics for September from the Syracuse area:

 

“For the first half of the month, the normal (highs) are in the 70s, starting from 76 at the beginning and getting down to 66 at (September’s) end, “ Sage said. “The average low starts at 56 and gets down to about 46. That’s a pretty nice month.”

 

In other words, we get warm days that lead into nights just right for campfires. That weather goes hand-in-hand with low-key September glories: Watching a night-time high school football game, when the turf still carries a rich and earthy smell. Running distance on some country road. Picking an apple on a sunny day along Route 20. Walking the dog on a trail in the woods, while that rich September light makes shadow patterns in the leaves.

 

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Allegiant flights from Syracuse to Clearwater, Fla.

Allegiant flights from Syracuse to Clearwater, Fla. | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Allegiant Airline will offer a single flight from Syracuse Hancock International Airport to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Thursdays and Sundays year-round for round-trip fares that will average about $250, said Syracuse Director of Aviation Christina Callahan.

 

The flights will leave Hancock at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Clearwater at 10:55 a.m. Return flights will leave Clearwater at 11:40 a.m. and arrive in Syracuse at 2:35 p.m. 

 

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Epitaphs Worth Reading

Epitaphs Worth Reading | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When I was young, this cemetery became one of my favorite places to walk through.  I’ve taken many friends up to “Cemetery Hill” and have spent many hours sitting and admiring the view of my little hometown below me.  I could almost see my house, but the Susquehanna River slowly flowed past the buildings from its origin at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown to its final destination merging with the saltwater of the Chesapeake Bay.


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Between Buffalo & Cleveland - 20 Somethings!

Between Buffalo & Cleveland - 20 Somethings! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

“The key to Cleveland’s micro-rebound is a spike in the number of people between 22 and 34 who are choosing to live there. Downtown Cleveland leads the inner core’s ‘brain gain’ movement – even though that age group is declining in metro Cleveland, just as it’s declining in metro Buffalo. But that’s not the story in downtown, which is a net importer of young adults.”

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Two New Books About Jorge Luis Borges

Two New Books About Jorge Luis Borges | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Few artists have built grand structures on such uncertain foundations as Jorge Luis Borges. Doubt was the sacred principle of his work, its animating force and, frequently, its message. To read his stories is to experience the dissolution of...

 

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"For someone who hated being interviewed, Borges was a prolific and garrulous interviewee (although it was perhaps “Borges” who handled that side of things). And yet, to point this out is to risk missing the substance of what he is saying here, which is not simply that he feels himself at odds with his own public persona but that he feels himself profoundly at odds with how little he is at odds with it. (Such paradoxes are an occupational hazard in any encounter with Borges.)"

 

 

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Cooperstown, New York - Best of the Road

Cooperstown, New York - Best of the Road | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Rand McNally, Good Sam and Geocaching want to put you on the map! Our search for the Best Small Towns in America in 2013 has begun.
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In Search of a Watery Eden - NY Times

In Search of a Watery Eden - NY Times | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Swimming holes have always held a sort of mythical quality. Everyone seems to have heard of that one sweet secret location through a friend of a friend: the still pool of crystal water hidden at the end of a winding path, untainted by tourists, inviting a skinny dip. But in the Hudson River Valley, isolated places to shed one’s clothes on hot days are becoming tougher to find as a more urban, unencumbered crowd heads upstate, colonizing this part of rural New York as a kind of Williamsburg North.

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17 Nominations for State, National Registers | New York History

17 Nominations for State, National Registers | New York History | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

At the end of June, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 17 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

 

Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

 

The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.

 

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

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The two cultures of intellectuals and farmers

The two cultures of intellectuals and farmers | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Jennifer and her husband Melvin work Polymeadows Farm, a small goat dairy farm and dairy plant in Vermont. They are currently milking about 120 goats. During kidding season, twice a year, the newborns spend their first night in a barrel of hay in the kitchen. This is important during Vermont winters, but also in summer, so that Jennifer knows the kids are healthy before they go out and join the rest.

 

My sister and I live very different lives. She’s a dairy goat farmer and I do genetics research at Penn State University in the middle of Pennsylvania. I spend much of my day at a computer in my small office, or sometimes in the genetics lab that I manage, and she spends her days outdoors, haying, watering and graining her goats, bottle-feeding the babies, milking the dams, or in the dairy plant making cheese or yogurt and bottling milk."

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Some towns still resist setting up websites - Oneonta Daily Star

Some towns still resist setting up websites - Oneonta Daily Star | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"...The town of Exeter, with about 900 residents... has no website, although the town of Otsego, east of Exeter, does have one."

 

Some towns still resist setting up websites. The town is part of a consortium known as Digital Towpath, based in Barnevald, which provides websites and email systems to nearly 200 local governments in New York.

 

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Spring is BACK in CNY

Spring is BACK in CNY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

 

Time to get out there and experience the best Central New York has to offer. Tee up at some of the country’s finest golf courses, get ready for windows-down weather at the Northeastern Classic Car Museum, take a historic trip to Fort Klock or hit the always-popular Cooperstown Beverage Trail. It’s all out there waiting for you in Central New York, so just go!

 

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American Romantics at Hyde Hall and Fenimore!

American Romantics at Hyde Hall and Fenimore! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The landscape of Central New York has inspired artists for centuries, from Hudson River School painters to performers who take up residence at Glimmerglass each summer. In our 2013 we explore the ideals of the Romantic movement, including operas by two of the most important 19th-century composers, Verdi and Wagner.

 

The Glimmerglass Festival, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall join forces for The Festival of American Romantics, inspired by Romantic composers, painters and writers.

 

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