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Top 10 Best, Not to be Missed Things to Do in Syracuse (Week of June 11-17, 2011)

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Top Ten Things to Do in Syracuse: June 11 to June 17, 2011

Live music, risqué theatre, art, baseball (yes, the Chiefs are in action), basketball and a stroll through a cemetery are just some of the things going on in Syracuse this week. So let’s dig in…

1. Irish Street at Coleman’s Irish Pub

Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub will host a block party throughout the month of June. On Thursday, June 16th catch live performances by local bands Mere Mortals, at 6:30pm and Tiger at 10pm. For details on this and upcoming shows, visit

2. Sixty Artists in Sixty Minutes at The Everson

The Everson Museum of Art hosts “Sixty Artists in Sixty Minutes” an interactive art event on Friday June 17th at 5:30pm. Visitors can watch as 60 local artists create and finish pieces in just one hour with live music by John Spillett’s Jazzy Duo. There will also be a benefit drawing to win one of the completed artworks. Appetizers and an open bar will also available. Admission to the event is $30 per person, $45 per patron, and advance tickets are recommended. For details, visit

3. Walk Along the Stones in Oakwood Cemetery

Oakwood CemeteryOn Friday, June 17th, the Onondaga Historical Association hosts “Icons of Oakwood Ghost Walk” at the Oakwood Cemetery along Comstock Avenue. The first tour of Syracuse’s deceased elite, and all their tales, begins at 6pm next to the chapel. Other tours will depart at different intervals through the night. Come hear all the secrets of those who helped build Syracuse. For tour details and other local history contact the Association at 315-428-1864 extension 312, or

4. Salvation through Hoops

The Salvation Army presents the second annual three-on-three basketball tournament, Turn Around Jumpers, this Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th. The Athletic Complex of LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, will host men, women, and youth teams of three playing a series of exciting games. This year’s honorary chair is, once again, Syracuse University Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins. For more details about the fun, visit

5. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball

From Saturday to Tuesday, the Syracuse Chiefs will challenge the Wilkes-Barre Yankees in a series of baseball games. The fun begins at 7pm each night, except Sunday when the gates are open at 2pm. Come cheer our local boys. For more on this and other Chiefs games call 315-477-7873 or visit

6. Sex, Lies and Politicks at Studio 24

Local actors will perform various snippets on the seamier side of life in Sex, Lies and Politicks: Scenes, Songs and Monologues. A theatrical melody, the show will be performed at Studio 24 at 4:30pm on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th.. Tickets are $10. For more ticket information, visit

7. Galleries of Syracuse

Central New York Art supporters can still see the Galleries of Syracuse. An exhibit of local talent by the Central New York Art Guild is at the Onondaga County Central Library. Hosting art in many different media, the show began in early May and continues through June 30th. Time is almost up to enjoy beautiful work from neighbors. For more information on this, or other library events, visit

8. Rose Day in Thornden Park

Rose Day in Thornden ParkThe Syracuse Rose Society and the Syracuse Departments of Parks and Recreations have joined up to present a day celebrating the ever popular rose, between 12pm and 3pm on Wednesday June 15th. Taking place at the E.M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park on Ostrom Avenue, the day will be fun and rosy. A hat contest begins at 12:30pm and Dixie Land Update entertains throughout the day. For more details on the event, visit

9. Peace Poetry in Thornden Park

At 7pm  in the Thornden Park Amphitheatre, “Poetry/Spoken Word for Peace,” an interactive event, offers poets of all sorts the chance to speak on the idea of peace. The event on Wednesday, June 15th will occur mostly as an open mic. Two popular poets, Georgia Popoff and Jackie Warren-Moore, will speak as well. Come share a peaceful vision with others one spring evening. Visit for more info.

10. Positive Discipline at the Children’s Consortium

The Children’s Consortium offers a one night class called Positive Discipline on Thursday, June 14th for parents who need help understanding discipline. Between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, parents can begin to understand what leads to improper behavior in children and how to encourage responsible behavior in a positive and gentle fashion. The class takes place at 2122 Erie Boulevard East. Tickets are $15. Participants can call 315-471-8331 or visit for more information.

UpComing: Fresh Food

Summer is fresh fruit and vegetable time, so let’s get the freshest. Beginning on June 14th, Clinton Square hosts the Downtown Farmer’s Market every Wednesday between 7pm and 4pm. Fifty farmers and producers will present their wares all summer, thanks to organization by the Downtown Commission of Syracuse. Details for the market and other efforts to showcase the city visit

–Renee McDonald is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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