Trumansburg Connection: Mark your calendars for village events in 2019

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It’s time to grab a new calendar and pens and start marking the days you must make it to Trumansburg. For such a small town, there sure is a lot happening throughout all seasons, from large events to daily happenings.


First up is the fourth annual Trumansburg Eats! Restaurant Week from Feb. 28 through March 3. Come on out to Trumansburg and experience something new. Eat, drink, play! Coordinated by the Trumansburg Chamber, they are happy to welcome friends and neighbors near and far to enjoy the extensive food and beverage options this part of the Finger Lakes region has to offer. Past participants have included Atlas Bowl, Falls Restaurant & Tavern, Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery, Finger Lakes Cider House, Good to Go! Trumansburg Market, Little Venice, and the Silver Line Tap Room. Find more information at trumansburgeats.com.


The Empty Bowls fundraiser to support the Trumansburg Food Pantry also occurs in March the at the Atlas Bowl. This annual event, held on March 17, is organized by area businesses Good to Go! Trumansburg Market, Salmon Pottery, and Atlas Bowl in coordination with the food pantry. The cost is a simple $20 donation. The donation includes a handmade bowl, thrown and glazed at Salmon Pottery by Mary Ellen Salmon and her students, which is filled with yummy soups from Good to Go! and other local businesses. Guests are encouraged to bring their bowls home, “as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.” There will also be raffle items donated by the local community, half priced bowling, and a cash bar. More than 200 Trumansburg area households benefit from this wonderful event. Look for more information on Facebook soon.


June 15 brings Porchfest. The event “brings the community together through music….featuring free shows on porches all over the [Trumansburg community].” The event, run cooperatively with area businesses and the Trumansburg Chamber carries on rain or shine and brings hundreds of people out of their homes and into the streets to enjoy our robust local music scene. Make a day of it and stop by local businesses for shopping, drinks, meals, and merriment. Find more information at tburgporchfest.com.


The GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance makes its return for the 27th time July 18 through 21. This “music lovers’ paradise” seeks to lead positive change, and supports music, art, and education. Tickets are on sale now, and camping tickets go on sale in February. Find more information at grassrootsfest.org.
The inaugural T-burg Crit bike race this past August was a huge success, and it will be back again on Aug. 10. Cheer on racers as they fly around the streets of Trumansburg, and stay for a beer and food at Atlas Bowl or another local establishment. Those who are athletically inclined or who like to take in the excitement of live sports will also enjoy the Cayuga Lake Triathlon which takes place at Taughannock Falls State Park on Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration is currently open at cayugalaketriathlon.org. In addition to hosting the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, the park also plays host to a summer concert series and the Finger Lakes Dragon Festival.


We have come full circle to the Trumansburg WinterFest, which takes place a little later in 2019, on Saturday, Dec. 7. As usual, the whole Trumansburg area will be abuzz for the day with open houses, craft fairs, and more. During the festival, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m., meander through downtown and wander into our local businesses. Enjoy food and beverages, handmade goods, live entertainment, and a general groovy community feel! Afterword, get cozy by the fire at the library and enjoy a story and seasonal treats.


In addition to larger community celebrations, many of the area restaurants hold daily and weekly events and specials such as quiz bowl and trivia nights, karaoke, weekend brunches, beer and cupcake pairings, tastings (we are in beverage country, after all!), and much more. Don’t forget, if you are coming to Trumansburg in the coming few weeks, New York Pizza is closed until Jan. 16, and Felicia’s Atomic Brewhouse and Bakery will be closed through Jan. 24.
You never know, some new events can always pop up as the year progresses. Stay tuned for news on the Trumansburg Chamber’s celebration of 100 years of serving the community. If you have ideas of events and celebrations that would be a good fit for the Trumansburg community, please feel free to reach out, elainespringboardcreative@gmail.com. Also, please check the calendars at the Town of Ulysses and Trumansburg Community and Recreation websites, ulysses.ny.us, and tburgcr.org for more up to the minute event information.

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