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365. First Night CNY

This is a bitter sweet moment for me. As this is my last post for 2013 and for 365 Things Syracuse, I want to thank all of the supporters and friends I have had throughout this process, It’s been quite the ride.

I’m not going to lie, this blog has become a mixed bag of emotions for me. Some days, it felt as if this year would never end, there were moments of weakness when I wanted to throw in the towel. But, then I’d received a thank you email or a new like on Facebook and I’d remember why I even started this blog.

I had so much fun participating in events that I otherwise would have never gotten the chance to be a part of. It’s been a rewarding experience, and I will look back on 2013 as a very pivotal year. So, thank you for that!

Now…moving on.

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I don’t know any better way to kick off the new year than to spend it listening to HANSON.

YES, you heard me right!! Girls in your mid to late 20s, stop screaming..it’s true!!! The first boy band of our time, the Mmmmbops of mmmmbops are coming to Syracuse and they’re performing for us ON NEW YEARS EVE!!!

Now I know you’re probably thinking, “WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME THIS SOONER?!” Well, it’s probably because a) there was SO much to do in December and b) I quite literally saved the best for last!

HOW FREAKING EXCITING IS THIS!!!!

This event is for people of all ages, there will be laser tag, crafts, a dance party and the evening will end with Hanson performing their classic hits. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

Okay, but seriously…this event is probably one of the best ones put on all year. The parking is in the village of Liverpool…you just have to show up between 7pm-Midnight & if you stop into Dunkin Donuts…YOU GET A FREE DRINK!

I hope you find this in time, cancel all your plans and head to the Parkway this evening…because that is where I will be.

Tip: IT’S FREE!!

Location: Onondaga Lake Parkway

363. 40 Below-out NYE Party

When I went to the Landmark to watch White Christmas I was in awe of it’s grandiose interior. It’s like a time machine. It’s one of my favorite places in Syracuse.

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When I heard about this party I thought to myself, what better way to spend NYE with friends than in the most remarkable building in town!

40 Below is pretty sweet, it’s a group of passionate and dedicated locals interested in revitalizing and highlighting Syracuse as a great place.

This party has a lot to offer too!

Tickets range from $160 to $110 dollars (which, I know might seem like a lot…but there’s a good chance you’d spend that while bar hopping…) for 5 hours of open bar, live music, prizes, and more! You can purchase them here.

If you’re not feeling celebrating the end of a wonderful year, reconsider. This is going to be one fun party!

Tip: Don’t drink and drive people! If you buy a ticket to the 40 below party, you can get $100 off select rooms at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel.

 

361. King David’s

I’m frequently around Marshall Street…being a grad student at SU has me near and on the campus basically every day of the week, which means that I’ve had Chiptole and Pita Pit and Jimmy Johns more times than I can count…

However, now I have added King David’s into the rotation and I’ve never been happier.

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King David’s is as authentic as it can get…with specializing in middle eastern food, they’ve got a menu full of falafel and gyros and dinner plates that make your head spin.

Literally everything I’ve had from there is delicious! If you’re ever on Marshall Street, or Fayetteville (they’ve got a 2nd restaurant in the Fayetteville Town Square) stop in…forgo the loaded burrito at Chipotle or the lightening fast speed at Jimmy Johns.

Tip: The humous is the best in Syracuse…in my opinion

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355. Ugly Sweater Party

It’s the first official day of Winter. Ahh, happy winter, all!

Wait…can you believe that in Syracuse, NY it snows…heavily….in the fall? Weird.

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Whoever said Fall was their favorite season, they should rethink their decision!

It’s the weekend before Christmas, so I must ask…have you finished your shopping yet? If you have, congrats…you’re one of the lucky few who will not be at the mall scrambling to get those last minute stocking stuffers…that fake sand stuff at Brookstone is mesmerizing, fyi.

However, if you want to take a break from the mall and shopping, pull out Grandma’s old christmas sweater and make your way down to the Spark contemporary art space and have a good time!

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I really feel like there’s nothing more amusing than a group of 20-30-somethings standing around in ugly christmas sweaters like it’s no big deal!

Tip: $5 at the door

328. Picasso’s Pastries

It’s sunday morning…and all you want is something sweet. Something from a cute little bakery…something…..pastry. Picasso’s Pastries

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They’ve got breads, muffins, cookies, cream puffs, cheese rolls, cinnamon buns, donuts and more! Oh my!!!

With it being right before the holidays, this is your 1 stop shop for something to bring over to your relatives house for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Check out their facebook page for daily specials, hours, and more!

Tip: Try their lemon basil cookies…they’re delicious!

location: 466 Westcott Street, Syracuse NY

317. East v. West Coast IPA Challenge

As a person who turned 21 in Colorado, I have a strong love for a great IPA from New Belgium. It’s an acquired taste, but it’s a great taste!

Syracuse Beer WeekThis week is beer week, as you may already know. And tonight they’ve got some fun beer activities going on.

Something that I’m definitely making a point to check out will be the East vs. West Coast IPA Challenge.

It takes place at one of my favorite spots in all of Syracuse, Kitty Hoynes.

They’ll have 18 beers on tap ranging from from Colorado to New York to California.

Tip: Tastings last all day

location: Kitty Hoynes

275. Syracuse Film Festival

From October 2-6th there is a really exciting festival going on in Syracuse.

The Syracuse International Film Festival. Remember that Super 8 One Take festival a few months ago? Oh how the time flies.

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This festival is unique in that it is a few days long, it has a variety of different genres and they’ll be previewing some really incredible films.  They’ll also have some seminars, one that I am very interested in checking out will be Pixar and the making of Wall-E. Here’s a schedule of events.

Tickets range from $5-20, free for students or a full festival pass for $100.

Tip: Remember when John Cusack was spotted around town filming the movie Adultworld? It’ll be premiering at the Landmark Theater on October 6th. Tickets are $20 each.

Location: Palace Theater, Lemoyne College

180. Film Under the Stars

Alongside Flicks on the Crick, there’s also a series presented by the Everson Museum throughout the months of July & August.

Film Under the Stars is an event held outside at the Everson Museum of Art.  A movie is projected onto the side of the building. Pretty spectacular.

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First of all, this is awesome.

Second of all, you can never have enough outdoor activities.

Once the snow is gone and the rain has subsided, Syracuse comes alive. We do everything we can to do as much as we can outdoors before we get stuck back inside.

The first screening was Wednesday –so we’ve missed it…but for the rest of July, and through August the movies are outside on Friday evenings. How awesome is this? How great to be able to enjoy a movie outdoors before headed to dinner in Armory Square, or even before! Dinner & a movie. This is a great great event!

The movie line-up is fantastic. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all-time favorite flicks, and you can absolutely guarantee I will be there. Who wants to come with me?! Did I mention this is free?!

Friday July 12: Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Friday July 26: Toy Story
Friday August 15: The Blob

Like the Everson Museum on facebook, in case of rain they will update from there!

Tip: Bring lawn chairs and blankets and food with you to enjoy during the movies!

179. Oakwood Ghostwalk

ghost walkI’ve got a confession to make…and don’t judge me. I totally believe in ghosts.

When I learned about the Oakwood Cemetery Ghostwalk I felt a chill…but not the scared chill, the intense excitement chill…one of those chills you get when your favorite team wins the Superbowl, or your favorite song comes on the radio.

Oakwood itself is creepy. It’s old. Built in 1859, it is home to some of the most famous Syracusians.

So, imagine the excitement when the Onondaga Historical Association announced they’d be offering ghost tours in June of this historic plot.

You get a chance to walk through the cemetery, learn about the lives of some of the most infamous people buried there and spend the evening connecting with Syracuse, past and present.

Tours are this Friday (June 28th) and Saturday (June 29th) starting at 6pm and going every 15 minutes, they leave from the Oakwood chapel off of East Colvin St. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members

Tip: For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428 1864 x 312.   RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED.

location: Oakwood Cemetary Chapel

157. Greek Cultural Festival

Remember that one time I told you about the best gyro’s in town? That was a while ago…

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Starting today and continuing through the weekend is the Greek Culture Festival at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church. This is the best chance you’ve got to taste authentic Greek food, listen to Greek music (perhaps dance too!) and learn more about Greek culture.

Which…has always fascinated me…

Here you will have the chance to partake in authentic greek cultural activities…I’m most excited about the food though. So when you’re finished up with The Taste of Syracuse, hop on over to St. Sophia’s and grab a taste of Greece right here in Syracuse!

This is why I love this city, right in our own backyard there are tons of different cultures, and everyone is always willing to check them out…they’re always celebrating…and everyone loves a celebration!

Tip: There will be free parking at CBA, Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School and Tecumseh Elementary School and shuttles will transport you to and from the festival.

location: St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
325 Waring Road Syracuse, New York 13224