Trumansburg Connection: August events: bike race, swimmin’, BBQ


The mid-point of the summer has come and gone, but August in the Trumansburg area is action packed, which will leave us wanting for more once schools and schedules commence in September.

T-burg Crit

The T-burg Crit bike race returns on Aug. 10 for the second year, and this year, Trumansburg will host the state championships!

The fun-filled day is not just about racing. There will be both kids and adult fun rides, which are free, but reservations are encouraged. Ron Don’s Village Pub will be sponsoring outdoor seating on the corner of Washington and Old Main streets.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside to take outside, including beer from Garrett’s Brewing. Garrett’s will also be hosting an after party with live music.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Trumansburg Farmer’s Market on the corner of Routes 96 and 227. You can see the full schedule on their Facebook page:

Women Swimmin’

Also on Aug. 10 is the annual Women Swimmin’ fundraiser. Women Swimmin’ is a community swim (not a race) that gives women in the community the opportunity to swim across Cayuga Lake while raising money for Hospicare & Palliative Care Services.

More than 300 women take to the lake each year, and the fundraising efforts have a big impact on the resources available to Hospicare to provide compassionate end-of-life care.

Funds raised help Hospicare to provide vital medications to ease pain and manage symptoms; provide specialized medical equipment so patients can stay in their own homes; train more volunteers to deliver complementary therapies to enhance comfort and peace; offer additional grief counseling sessions; and continue to provide intensive round-the-clock care at the Hospicare residence for patients who need more care than they can receive in their own homes.

You can show your support by volunteering, donating or cheering on the swimmers on the day of the event. Learn more at


Once called Big Mean BBQ, BBQ V is back for, you guessed it, the fifth year on Aug. 23 and 24.

Featuring a diverse lineup full of some of New York’s best music, art and cuisine situated on a GrassRoots Festival property on Agard Road, the barbeque seeks to bring the community together in order to ignite the body and mind through music and dance! Headliners include Rubblebucket, Ryan Montbleau Band and, of course, Driftwood.

Tickets are on sale now, and there are many volunteer opportunities available. Sign up to volunteer, see the complete lineup and more at

Library Events

Trumansburg’s Ulysses Library will host three events in the remainder of the month. Grant Writing Basics will be held Aug. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Robin Schwartz will provide participants with a clear idea of what is expected in grant requests and how grant panels make decisions.

Any grant process is extremely competitive, so writing a clear and effective proposal is critical. Robin is the Program and grant director at the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and has been administering grant programs (and writing grants!) for over 25 years. No registration is required.

Finding Anna: The Life of Anna Botsford Comstock

Anna Botsford Comstock was a pioneer in the Nature Study Movement of the early 20th century and notable pillar in the Cornell University community. She encouraged children to take ownership and responsibility for not only their immediate bit of nature within their own circumference but to realize that they were also part of the larger ebb and flow of the natural world.

Karen Penders St. Clair, Ph.D., spent five years researching the archival papers of Comstock, including the original manuscript of Comstocks to Cornell (1953), for her dissertation. St. Clair will present a discussion of her archival findings about Comstock and reintroduce to us this notable Ithacan.

As editor, Dr. St. Clair’s book, The Comstocks of Cornell: The Definitive Biography, is set for release April 2020.
The August Book Club Bar Crawl (BCBC) will be held Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Falls Restaurant. The August BCBC book is “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly, the book that inspired the movie.

Taughannock Park Summer Concerts

Taughannock Park rounds out its summer concert series this month, with Maddy Walsh and the Blindspots on the Aug. 10 and Lil’ Anne and Hot Cayenne on the Aug. 17. The 9th Annual Movie Under the Stars is on Aug. 24. All begin at 7 p.m., and parking is $5.00 per vehicle.


Howlfest 2019 will now be held on Labor Day weekend on Saturday Aug. 31 and will feature 10-plus musical acts on two stages, Thousands of One, Papa Muse, EVO Evolution, The Sunny Weather, Angela Marion, The Ilium Works, The Darts, Bob Roberts Calamity, Acoustic late night jams, Youth Showcase featuring SAINT KID and many others.

In addition, there will be food vendors, Fine Art Gallery, a bonfire and drumming, Eco-Education and a FREE Potluck and BBQ lunch from 2 to 5 p.m.

They do not use single-use plastic there but will supply reusable silverware and other sustainable items. Please bring your own reusable water bottle and/or cup. No glass bottles, weapons or illegal substances allowed. Food provided by The Piggery and libations by Copper Horse Coffee. The fee is $10.00 - $20.00 sliding scale at the door.


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