Community celebration schedule solidified

Piper Mason (left) and Marissa Nolan (right) enjoy a ride from 2017’s Lansing Community Celebration. 2019 will be its third year of bringing families together.
Piper Mason (left) and Marissa Nolan (right) enjoy a ride from 2017’s Lansing Community Celebration. 2019 will be its third year of bringing families together.
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The schedule for the third annual Lansing Community Celebration is set, according to Lansing Events Committee member Barb Gregg. The carnival is planned for Sept. 6 and 7 at the Lansing Central Fire Station.
Gregg highlighted some events not included on the group’s flyer.

“On Friday night, the Irish Crane Dancers will do a short performance at 7 p.m.,” she wrote. “On Saturday, the Next Jennaration will perform at 1:15 p.m. and the cheerleaders will perform at 1:45 p.m.”

Additionally, folk duo Nate and Kate plan a 30-minute performance for children at 2:15 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., according to Gregg. Finally, Cayuga Lake Seido Karate will have a short presentation at 3 p.m.

Friday hours will be 6 to 10 p.m.; events include fireworks after dark, a Li’l Miss and Mister Contest and the band Raised on Radio.

Saturday’s hours are 1 to 10 p.m.; events include D.J. Dawg from 1 to 10 p.m., dance and cheer exhibitions, a dunking booth, wrist band specials and a parade at 6 p.m.

The Li’l Miss and Mister Contest is open to children residing in the Lansing School District from 4 to 9 years old. Participants will be interviewed by the contest’s emcee and be asked a short question. Contestants should dress in an outfit that represents Lansing, preferably home-made. A three-judge panel will select one girl and one boy who will ride in the Saturday parade.

Throughout the event, there will be rides and games, fried dough, popcorn, a dunking booth, vendor booths, food provided by the Lansing Fire Department and a 50/50 raffle.

The Lansing Events Committee was formed from the group gathered to organize the town’s bicentennial in 2017. Now organized as an independent not-for-profit, the committee works to bring family-friendly events to foster community involvement and spirit, according to its website.

Committee officers include: Valerie McMillen, president; Norfe Pirro, vice president; Scott McMillen, secretary; and Barbara Reynolds, treasurer.
Committee members include: Darrell Rhoads, Lansing fire commissioner; Dennis Griffin, Lansing Fire Department; Mesa Mayton, community member; Angy Golden and Barbara Gregg, Lansing Ladies Auxiliary; and Ed Lavigne, Lansing town supervisor (honorary).

Sponsors of the event include Cargill, Moore’s Tree Farm and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

Additional information and forms for contest and parade entries can be found at

In Brief:

Outstanding Community Beautification Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for outstanding examples of local beautification by businesses, civic associations and residents throughout Tompkins County. Award-winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to a locally owned nursery, and everyone who sends in a nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate as well. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 1, and award recipients will be recognized at a reception in early November.

To nominate your favorite examples of beautification send an email to Martha Gioumousis at with your nominations in the business, civic association, residence and place-making categories.

Please include the address of the location and attach digital photos if possible. For more information, go to

Lisa’s Run

The eighth annual Lisa’s Run will be held Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. in Myers Park in Lansing.

The 5K run/walk, in honor of Lisa Ann Sweazey Topoleski, will take place at 9 a.m.; registration and check-in will take place from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at Pavilion B. The race covers a flat course on paved and dirt roads around Myers Park and Salt Point, starting and finishing at Myers Park.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The LAST Foundation, a non-profit organization created in the memory of Lansing teacher Lisa Ann Sweazey Topoleski, which provides financial assistance to local families battling cancer and scholarships to graduating Lansing High School students.

For more information, contact or call Jenn Suwara at 592-6705 or Melinda Sweazey at 592-7822.

Shadow Puppet Party

The Lansing Community Library will present a Shadow Puppet Party with Lily Silly Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.

Attendees will hear the tale of the Cabbage Girl, see the Dancing Robot’s Ballet and more in this dynamic collection of short shadow puppet shows and vote for their favorite dancing shadow in the interactive Shadow Dance Party.

The library will also present Medicare Basics with Trish Coogan, a volunteer counselor with Lifelong’s Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program on Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

This presentation is an introduction to the federally administered health insurance program that provides coverage to persons 65 years and older and those under 65 years who are disabled. It will cover the different ways to receive Medicare benefits, how Medicare works with other health insurance and available financial assistance options.

Reservations are recommended for the Medicare event.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to or call 533-4939.


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