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36th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Over 20 hot air balloons took to the sky this weekend at the annual Balloonfest in Jamesville. Now in its 36th year, Balloonfest attracts thousands to Jamesville beach to gaze at these balloons, eat delicious fair style foods, play games, bop along to live entertainment, and if you’re willing, take a trip in one of the massive balloons. They begin their ascent just feet away from attendees on the lawn of the park.

Same-sex marriage on TV: a long history of acceptance

After the legalization of same-sex marriage, Sarah Hope takes a look back at the history of gay weddings on television.

With Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, a line was drawn in the sand.

Civil Servants Pass the Test

Civil Servants will be at Rosie’s Corner for the Brewerton Fireworks on July 3 at 6 p.m.

Rock and roll has always been associated with youth. It is a symbol of righteous rebellion, each generation coming to the fold of the music’s power of self-expression, passion and vitality. So, it is only fitting that one of the risings acts in the CNY music scene is a collective of young guys who call themselves Civil Servants. There is an interesting twist that makes this band stand out from many others, the average age of the band members is 16 years old. Rock may be associated with the young, but seeing this band play brings to mind the phrase, “out of the mouths of babies."

UFO 2010: The Deansboro White Orbs

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of summer evening, grilling and three White Orbs

A sunny summer’s day, meat sizzling on the grill and above... three white orb UFOs.

Fresh Music Friday: Wolf Alice

Listen to Wolf Alice

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

The Wolf at the Door

The story of Tom, an African-American fiddler, and a history of African American’s and slavery during the formation of Syracuse.

Tom began to head home from the party after 2 a.m. that morning. A farmer, who did odd jobs for neighbors and who loved to play the fiddle, he lived in the Hollow with his wife, Sadie and their four young boys. Earlier in the evening, he had entertained women as they quilted and men who worked on finishing a favorite alcoholic drink of the time called applejack. Tom’s path down the hill must have been as familiar to him as his set list, which, according to sources, consisted of just two tunes, the English/American “Heye Betty Martin" and the well-known anti-Irish satire, “Brian O’Linn.”

Weird and Wacky Games

A rundown of some of the the most bizarre video and arcade games available

In the 40 some-odd years that video games have been around, some have been good, some have been bad and some have been just downright strange. Here’s a brief look at a few strange games that are worth checking out, despite their weirdness (or because of it!):

15 Events for Your CNY Weekend

Events Editor Chris Malone gets you ready for the weekend with his events roundup.

Here is an upcoming forecast of 15 events to do in Syracuse and Central New York this weekend. There is a plethora of music, historical reenactments and lectures, along with a briefest, a roller derby doubleheader, a couple of races to benefit local nonprofits and a halfway-to-Christmas celebration, among several other outings.

Dish to Pass

by SBDC

Follow these steps to become your own small-scale food processor

By: Karen Livingston, SBDC Business Advisor

Lifeguard Training Photo Gallery

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis visited Onondaga Pool, where lifeguard training kicked off in preparation for those hot summer days.

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis made a stop at Onondaga Pool where lifeguard training was in full swing in preparation for the first swim of the summer when local pools open their gates to the public. Burnet, Onondaga, Schiller and Thorndon Park Pools opened Monday. Kirk, Lincoln, McKinley and Wilson Park Pools will open on June 29.

Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

“Is your college or university ready for the transgender wave of students?” I asked this question to a group of about 40 college employees, support persons and students at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, held June 4 to 6. The answer I received was a resounding “No!”

Teens in Transition

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance

The transgender community is having a pop culture moment. When former Olympic star Bruce Jenner shared his story of transitioning to female to 20.7 million TV viewers, barely anyone blinked. Perhaps that’s because of months of breathless media speculation about his gender identity. Or maybe it’s thanks to groundbreaking, award-winning TV shows like the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, starring Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who plays a transgender inmate in a women’s prison. Amazon’s streaming series Transparent also set the stage with its touching comedy about a divorced father of three who transitions from Mort to Maura.

Begging the Questions

What is the “correct” response to have when a homeless person comes begging?

We’ve all been there. Sitting at the red light that won’t change, watching the guy with the sign, trying to figure out what to do about the homeless man begging for a few coins. He’s a veteran, says the sign. He hasn’t eaten in days, says the sign. He’s out of work, out of luck, out of options.

Meet the New Sauce Boss

Tom’s Bootleg BBQ sauce has been making mouths water in Upstate New York since 1995.

You might have tasted Tom's Bootleg BBQ sauce at the Buy Local Bash, the Regional Market or the New York State Fair. You might have tasted it at a cookout, cookoff, concert, gift shop or hardware store.

Ann Wilson: Wild at Heart

Music writer Jessica Novak goes one-on-one with Ann Wilson of Heart prior to their June 30 performance at the Mulroy Civic Center

In the 1970s, a female-led band that sang, wrote and played their own songs was anything but common. But it didn’t stop the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, from pursuing their dreams with their band Heart.

Inside Track on Outside Exercise

Syracuse New Times intern Vanessa Langdon covers affordable and entertaining ways to stay in shape in Central New York.

As the summer heats up, there are lots of opportunities to work up a sweat outdoors that won’t break the bank.

History Comes Alive in Cortland Rep’s ’1776′

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776″

The musical blockbuster Les Misérables and the venerable Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone patriotic musical 1776 are not often spoken of the same voice. The current Cortland Repertory Theatre production of 1776 invites us to do just that.

Remembering Rod Serling

Syracuse New Times intern Colin VanCourt recalls the life of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling, who died 40 years ago on June 28.

Although his family moved to Binghamton when he was just 2 years old, Syracuse still proudly proclaims itself to be the birthplace of Rod Serling.

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) During my regular hikes along my favorite trails, I've gotten to know the local boulders quite intimately. It might sound daft, but I've come to love them. I've even given some of them names. They symbolize stability and constancy to me. When I gaze at them or sit on them, I feel my own resolve grow stronger. They teach me about how to be steadfast and unflappable in all kinds of weather. I draw inspiration from the way they are so purely themselves, forever true to their own nature. Now would be an excellent time for you to hang out with your own stony allies, Aries. You could use a boost in your ability to express the qualities they embody.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Three Strikes, You’re… Art

Society Gurl’s Father’s Day weekend festivities

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker, The SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens) visits the Euro Car Show in Cazenovia, Art on the Porches in Strathmore and NBT Stadium for a Syracuse Chiefs baseball game.

What to Expect in Windows 10

Ben Ingber discusses Microsoft’s newest innovations in Windows 10.

On July 29, 2015, Microsoft will release Windows 10. For free. Well, there is a catch. You must currently be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have to upgrade within the next year. However, this alone is a huge change of course for Microsoft, who typically charges around $120 for their latest operating system. Announced in January, Windows 10 will bring the features everyone loved in Windows 7 with the power and performance of Windows 8.1.

The Season is Ripe for Good Times at 1911’s Summer Music Series.

Second annual Summer Music Series for 1911 at Beak and Skiff’s Apple Hill Campus

June 27 kicks off the second Summer Music Series for 1911 at Beak and Skiff’s Apple Hill Campus. 1911 has become a champion of the regions "buy local" movement. This year they are sharing the love of all things local by featuring all locally-based and/or born artists as the performers for the season. It feels fitting for this multi-generational family-run farm, which has been gaining international success with its artisanal craft spirits, to actively support the artistic talents of others. It also gives a gorgeous back drop for them to share their music with the CNY community.

“Catastrophe,” not your typical pregnancy comedy

Amazon Prime’s newest addition “Catastrophe” strays from the typical pregnancy comedies of the past.

What happens when a businessman from the U.S. travels to London, hooks up with a plucky Irish lass and gets her pregnant? In the British comedy series Catastrophe, the answer is not at all what you might expect.

LGBT Community Personified at CNY Pride Festival and Parade

Thousands from the LGBT community and their supporters filled the Inner Harbor in Syracuse to celebrate CNY’s Pride Parade and Festival

Beautiful weather and the celebration of the LGBT community brought over 5,000 people to Syracuse’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, June 20. The annual CNY Pride Festival and Parade, with the theme “Celebrating the colors of our past, creating the pride of our future,” was recognized by vendors, performers and guests alike.

Italian Lovers Whipped Cream

“Cooking Italian with Joe”

Join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, in his kitchen as he shares a recipe for one of his favorite treats, Italian lovers whipped cream. This is a simple and fun recipe, offering the flavor and scent of Italy. It is a must with a variety of desserts and treats.

Fresh Music Friday: Mountain Range

Listen to Mountain Range

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

Thornden Park Rose Garden Photo Gallery

Syracuse New times photographer Michael Davis photo gallery of Thorden Park rose garden

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis took a recent trip to Thornden Park in Syracuse to capture the beauty that is the Thornden Park rose garden.

E3: Highlights from the Big Three

New game releases and new features were discussed at this year’s E3 gaming conference

Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, is the annual video game industry trade show where companies make announcements about upcoming products and games. Here’s a look at the best of what Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo had to offer.

UFO 2003: The Chenango Bridge Hovering Lights

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of a family’s encounter with hovering lights near Chenango Bridge.

Who would have guessed a family outing would yield a hovering lights event?

Arts

Music writer Jessica Novak goes one-on-one with Ann Wilson of Heart prior to their June 30 performance at the Mulroy Civic Center

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776″

Syracuse New Times intern Colin VanCourt recalls the life of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling, who died 40 years ago on June 28.

Society Gurl’s Father’s Day weekend festivities

Second annual Summer Music Series for 1911 at Beak and Skiff’s Apple Hill Campus


 

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance


Lifestyle

Syracuse New Times intern Vanessa Langdon covers affordable and entertaining ways to stay in shape in Central New York.

Ben Ingber discusses Microsoft’s newest innovations in Windows 10.

Amazon Prime’s newest addition “Catastrophe” strays from the typical pregnancy comedies of the past.

Thousands from the LGBT community and their supporters filled the Inner Harbor in Syracuse to celebrate CNY’s Pride Parade and Festival

“Cooking Italian with Joe”


News & Opinion

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance

What is the “correct” response to have when a homeless person comes begging?

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

New game releases and new features were discussed at this year’s E3 gaming conference