Party for the Park -4th Annual
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Party for the Park -4th Annual

Save the Date for Friends of Stewart Park and Wharton Studio Museum's 4th annual Party for the Park to celebrate exciting ongoing revitalization of Stewart Park in anticipation of the park's centennial in 2021! The evening in the Picnic Pavilion in Stewart Park features delicious food, cocktails, and live music.

Get your tickets today! http://partyforthepark2019.bpt.me

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Paddle Pedal and Play Festival
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Paddle Pedal and Play Festival

Saturday, September 14, Friends of Stewart Park invites you to the inaugural Paddle, Pedal and Play Festival, from 9:00am-3:00pm at Stewart Park. Free activities will be happening all day throughout the park.

SCHEDULE:

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
These FREE activities run from 10-3
*1hr kayak rentals from Paddle-N-More
*Scooter safety course & free helmets with Lime
*30 minute bike rental from Ithaca Bike Rental
*Tree Climbing with Cornell Outdoor Education
*Disc Golf (Frisbee) with Disc Ithaca
*Lawn games including: Bocce, Frisbee, Basketball Volleyball

SCHEDULED FREE ACTIVITIES
All activity sessions run 40-60 mins unless otherwise indicated
9:00 Bird Walk with Cayuga Bird Club
9:00 SUP Yoga (BYO Board) from Paddle-N-More
10:00 Watch Pickleball
11:00 Learn Pickleball
11:00 Nate the Great Juggling Show
11:00 Guided bike ride along the CWT with FLCC
11:00 Play Basketball with Cornell Big Red!
12:00 Learn to Juggle with Nate the Great
12:30 - 2:00 Soccer skills for kids with Soccer Shots
1:00 Watch Roller Quidditch with FIRE Collective
2:00 Nate and Kate Live Music Performance
All activities can be found in and around the Pavilion, tennis courts or at Paddle-N-More near the Cascadilla Boathouse

Recreation Expo: Learn about our all Ithaca has to offer from our area’s premiere outdoor recreation organizations and businesses! Pavilion: 11:00am-2:00pm
LUNCH AND TREATS FOR SALE: Chicken BBQ by Urban Blendz. Ice Cream from Cayuga Lake Creamery

Most activities at the Paddle, Pedal and Play Festival are FREE! But be sure to bring money for food or if you'd like to rent equipment longer than the free trial period!


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Sep
5
2:00 PM14:00

Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Inclusive Playground

Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) invites the public to a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase II of the new Inclusive Playground at Stewart Park, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:00pm. The Ceremony includes sod-cutting and remarks by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Mayor Svante Myrick, and Rick Manning, FSP Executive Director.


Conceptualized in 2016, the Inclusive Playground incorporates landscape and structural components designed by local design firms Parkitects, Play by Design and EarthPlay with input from accessibility professionals and advocates like Racker to ensure that landscape elements and play structures would create an inclusive and engaging playscape for all children. Phase I of the playground, including a preschool structure, sand play area, swings and boulder-climbing net, was completed fall of 2018, with most of the construction done by volunteers in a 900 person community build.  


This second phase of the playground construction realizes many of the accessibility goals FSP has adopted for the playground, and will include a large, school-age structure with engaging play features and highly accessible, rubber safety surfacing; a curved and gently-sloped berm connecting the play structure at different elevations, culminating at the Cayuga Lake Overlook; and parking and pathway improvements to enhance access to the playground and adjacent park facilities. In addition, Phase II includes a protective cover for the Carousel to better preserve this charming 1950 structure which was restored in 2015 by FSP and the City with tremendous community support.  

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Movies in the Park: Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse
Aug
30
8:30 PM20:30

Movies in the Park: Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse

Bring a blanket or chair to the park and sit back to enjoy the Movies in the Park summer series! Food trucks and activities will be available, so mark your calendars for one of the highlights of the Ithaca Summer.  Brought to you by Tompkins Chamber and Sponsor, Chemung Canal Trust Company.


7-9 p.m. picnic, games, vendors
9-11:30 p.m. movie (begins at dusk)
(times are approximate)


Rain location is State Theatre of Ithaca

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 Wharton Studio Museum's 9th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars at Taughannock
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Wharton Studio Museum's 9th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars at Taughannock

You won't want to miss Wharton Studio Museum's 9th annual Silent Movie Under the Stars on Saturday, August 24th, 2019
at sundown at Taughannock Falls State Park.

This year features the inimitable Buster Keaton in THE GENERAL (1926), considered by many to be the greatest silent film of all time! It's a fantastic and fun movie for all ages. Live music by Cloud Chamber Orchestra! A short Wharton Studio-produced episode of The New Adventures of J. Rufus Wallingford will also be shown.

Bring a picnic, chair, and blanket, and come early to enjoy the lovely setting by the lake. The event is FREE and open to the public. There is a $5. per vehicle parking fee in the park that supports the screening. Hope Details at whartonstudiomuseum.org or on Facebook.

Presenting Sponsor is M&T Bank. Thank you to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for being WSM's partner on this event since 2011. And WSM thanks its Media Sponsor -- Cinemapolis.

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Movies in the Park - The Mighty Ducks
Aug
23
8:30 PM20:30

Movies in the Park - The Mighty Ducks

Bring a blanket or chair to the park and sit back to enjoy the Movies in the Park summer series! Food trucks and activities will be available, so mark your calendars for one of the highlights of the Ithaca Summer.  Brought to you by Tompkins Chamber and Sponsor, Chemung Canal Trust Company.


7-9 p.m. picnic, games, vendors
9-11:30 p.m. movie (begins at dusk)
(times are approximate)


Rain location is State Theatre of Ithaca

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Movies in the Park -Captain Marvel
Aug
16
9:00 PM21:00

Movies in the Park -Captain Marvel

Bring a blanket or chair to the park and sit back to enjoy the Movies in the Park summer series! Food trucks and activities will be available, so mark your calendars for one of the highlights of the Ithaca Summer.  Brought to you by Tompkins Chamber and Sponsor, Chemung Canal Trust Company.


7-9 p.m. picnic, games, vendors
9-11:30 p.m. movie (begins at dusk)
(times are approximate)


Rain location is State Theatre of Ithaca

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Movies in the Park - Mary Poppins (original)
Aug
9
9:00 PM21:00

Movies in the Park - Mary Poppins (original)

Bring a blanket or chair to the park and sit back to enjoy the Movies in the Park summer series! Food trucks and activities will be available, so mark your calendars for one of the highlights of the Ithaca Summer.  Brought to you by Tompkins Chamber and Sponsor, Chemung Canal Trust Company.


7-9 p.m. picnic, games, vendors
9-11:30 p.m. movie (begins at dusk)
(times are approximate)


Rain location is State Theatre of Ithaca

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Movies in the Park - Incredibles 2
Aug
3
9:00 PM21:00

Movies in the Park - Incredibles 2

Bring a blanket or chair to the park and sit back to enjoy the Movies in the Park summer series! Food trucks and activities will be available, so mark your calendars for one of the highlights of the Ithaca Summer.  Brought to you by Tompkins Chamber and Sponsor, Chemung Canal Trust Company.


7-9 p.m. picnic, games, vendors
9-11:30 p.m. movie (begins at dusk)
(times are approximate)


Rain location is State Theatre of Ithaca

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Watermusic & Dancing on the Trail
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Watermusic & Dancing on the Trail

Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail

Free and open to the public

This summer Triphammer Arts, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative and the Friends of Stewart Park will once again host Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail at the Stewart Park section of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. On Friday, July 12, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:30PM, the park will come alive with a spontaneous festival of music and dance, featuring new bands, new songs, and new choreography along with long-time favorite Finger Lakes performers. The dances can be seen, and the music can be heard, from the trail or from the water - so bring your kayak, paddleboard, bicycle, or walking shoes and come on down! This year’s event is sponsored by Ithaca Flair Strategic Communications and by Tompkins Trust Company.

Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail celebrates the natural beauty of Tompkins County’s outdoor spaces as well as the wealth and diversity of artistic talent in the Finger Lakes region. Musicians will perform along the Waterfront Trail and the borders of Cayuga Lake and Fall Creek from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with a Grand Finale performance at the Picnic (Large) Pavilion from 7:30 – 8:30PM. Our successful move to the Stewart Park setting has brought the bands closer together for ease of walking and the enjoyment of multiple performances. It’s accessible for the whole family, with perfect locations for an informal picnic…and it’s free!

For our fourth annual collaboration, we have lined up a great group of musicians, including The Catscratchers (Susan Waterbury and Dave Whiting), NEO Project, Grassanova, Ithaca Ukes, Jonathan and Jai Meyerhoff, Fall Crikkers, Alison Wahl, Mike Ludgate with The Canaan Jazz Trio, classical guitarist David Coester, Rick Manning, Doug Robinson, Harry Aceto, and Steve Stull with the Opera Cowpokes cast and western swing band

Meanwhile, dancers from across central New York will once join the popular Watermusic event. Dancing on the Trail, conceived and directed by Jeanne Goddard and Steve Stull of Triphammer Arts Inc., will reveal dancers in grassy groves near the Picnic (Large) Pavilion and in other locations throughout the park, performing choreographed and improvised movement happenings that celebrate the environment, the season, and the architecture and history of Stewart Park. Performers include Deanna Myskiw and Zane Seubert dance/percussion collaboration, as well as dancer/choreographers Lauren Cranidiotis, Jeanne Goddard, Shayna Grajo, Liz Herman, Janice Kovar, Karen Koyanagi, Risa Lieberwitz, Lesley Tillotson, and others.

The original Watermusic event was initiated by Rick Manning as a festival of music performance on and near the water at the Cayuga Lake inlet. His goal was to give boaters, bicyclists, runners, and walkers, a chance to enjoy dance and music from the water and from the trail, celebrating the wealth of musical talent in the area as well as the accessible natural beauty we enjoy. With support from two Community Celebration grants and other generous sponsorships, Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail has grown to include over forty performers.   

The Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail project is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership, with a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program, and by generous individual donors. 

For a schedule and a map of locations and performers, please visit Triphammer.org closer to the performance date.

 

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Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks Celebration with Fireworks at Dusk
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks Celebration with Fireworks at Dusk

The Friends of Stewart Park is once again a partner in the Ithaca Rotary Community Fireworks Celebration to be held on the evening of July 3, 2019 at Stewart Park and Cass Park (rain date July 5). The Fireworks will launch off the Newman Municipal Golf Course. There will be musical entertainment, food vendors, and activities at both Stewart and Cass Parks. Check out musical acts, get your faces painted, and joke around with Crossroads the Clown while nibbling on some of your favorite local food truck fare. More information will be coming soon!

Consider supporting the celebration and keeping it accessible to all with a gift!

You can see the Facebook event page here.

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Ithaca Reggae Fest
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Ithaca Reggae Fest

The 3rd annual Ithaca Reggae Fest June 28-29, 2019!

Ithaca Reggae Fest is dedicated to the protection of Cayuga Lake through a conscious celebration of Ithaca’s legendary reggae community and its history. 2019 marks the festivals third year and will take place on Saturday June 29th from 11 AM to 10 PM in Stewart Park with an Official Pre-Party Friday June 28th at 7 PM and Official After-Party Saturday June 29th at 10 PM at The Haunt.

Tickets are on sale now at IthacaReggaeFest.com

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Ribbon Cutting on the Restored Picnic Pavilion
Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

Ribbon Cutting on the Restored Picnic Pavilion

Friends of Stewart Park will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at noon to celebrate the completed restoration of the Picnic Pavilion in Stewart Park. The event marks the grand re-opening of the newly-restored pavilion to the public, and will include acknowledgements, park revitalization updates, and light refreshments. Friends of Stewart Park welcomes members of the public to the event.  

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Stargazing at Stewart Park
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Stewart Park

Join Ithaca Astronomy for All for family friendly, hands-on stargazing at Stewart Park on Saturday nights by the tennis courts.

No experience necessary, they're there to teach! They’ll show you how to use the telescopes so you can explore on your own! Ithaca Astronomy for All says “our telescopes are very easy to use and very hard to break!”

For more information and cancellations, see their Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2106317219415984/

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Strings for Stewart Park
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Strings for Stewart Park

Strings for Stewart Park: Ithaca College, Cornell and Ithaca musicians
collaborating in a benefit concert for Stewart Park revitalization

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm
La Tourelle

Tickets at: https://stringsforstewartpark.brownpapertickets.com/
Early Bird Tickets (til March 31st)-$25
April Advance Tickets: $30
Door: $35
Park Supporter: $50

Strings for Stewart Park features an eclectic blend of fiddle and violin music with guitar, mandolin and bass accompaniment. Performers include Cornell's Ariana Kim, Ithaca College's Susan Waterbury, and Ithaca musicians Judy Hyman, Tim Ball, Dave Davies, and Rick Manning.

Will Russell will be doing the sound engineering and La Tourelle will host this special event.

The concert supports Friends of Stewart Park's plans to recreate the historic performance venue in Stewart Park between the Picnic 'Large' Pavilion and the Wharton Studio/Park Maintenance Building. In the early days of Renwick Park and Stewart Park there was a beautiful bandshell between the Pavilions that hosted well-attended nightly summer concerts, often featuring the renowned Paddy Conway Orchestra. FSP would like to create the Renwick Performance Plaza with a Cayuga Lake Overlook on the lake edge, between the Pavilions, an area that is currently a parking lot.

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