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                                                   medium the imagination can muster. So buy            product and service vendors exhibiting and
                                                   your special someone a gift or find something        dispersing information vital to families con-
                                                   unique to set your house or yard apart from          cerned with eco-friendly issues of all kinds, as

                                                   the Big Box shoppers and support the inde-           well as food, music, dance and drink.
                                                   pendents. There will also be plenty of food              Another summer fling showcasing Syra-
                                                   from some of the area’s tastiest vendors and         cuse’s diversity—on wheels—is the expansive

                                                   many other instances of performance art.             classic and muscle car culture that can be
                                                       Of course, the highlight of the festival, and    seen in gear and in park. There are so many
                                                   maybe the whole summer, will be the 20th             of these old lead sleds and hot rods driving
                                                   annual Syracuse New Times Street                     around that it probably gives the old-timers
                                                   Painting Contest taking place Saturday,              flashbacks to the days when American-made
                                                   July 31. Registration starts at 8 a.m., the          steel machines dominated the roads. Whether
           By Tom Kahley                           drawing gets going at 9, with judging com-           you own one of these moving timepieces or

                                                   mencing at 3 p.m. Approximately 125 artists          just want to check out the scene, there are
                                                   will be turning the sidewalks into a stepping        plenty of places to hit the road to do so.
         yracuse in the summertime can get
                                                   stone gallery of chalk dust beauty on the 200            The Cruise-In at the Regional Market,
         quite hot, humid and sticky—but
                                                   block of Montgomery Street, with the chance          2100 Park St., moves back to Thursday nights
         tough it out and get outside! There’s
                                                   to win cash prizes. To see if there is still space   from 5 to 8:30 p.m., after having spent the last
an array of good times to be had at the
                                                   to participate in the Street Painting contest,       two years on Tuesdays. Hundreds of customs
many festivals and outdoor happenings
                                                   call The New Times at 422-7011. For more             and classics will be cruising there week in and
within the city and its surrounding param-
                                                   information about the Arts and Crafts Festival,      week out through October (weather permit-
eters. So avoid a bigger electric bill and
                                                   call its organizers, the Downtown Committee          ting) to chat it up with fellow car owners and
turn off your air conditioner, and get in your
                                                   of Syracuse, at 422-8284, or visit www.              unwind after a long day on the job. This is
car and roll down the window to catch the
                                                            not the only event happening on Thursdays
wind of the many good times and good vibes
in your own neck of the woods.
                                                       Also tied into ArtsWeek is the second            at the Market, as the 2010 Market Block                   Rosamond Gifford Zoo
                                                   annual Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest,                 Party concert series will also take place from
   One of the more all-encompassing and col-       taking place Thursday, July 29, through Sat-         6 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 19. If these two             every Friday at Bella Domani, 5988 E. Taft
orful places to be during the summer season is     urday, July 31, in Clinton Square. What was          contingents can coexist without stepping on            Road, North Syracuse, also from 5 p.m. to
Syracuse ArtsWeek, a harmonizing event             once called “Jazz in the Square” has turned          each other’s toes or tires, there’s bound to be        dusk, and will also feature a heaping helping
that ties three separate fests into four days of   into an event that’s the first of its kind east      some pretty wild times there on Thursdays              of food to be had, as well as a deejay spinning
cultural bliss. The longest running of those       of the Rockies that pairs eclectic food and          this summer.                                           tunes.
fests is the Syracuse Arts and Crafts              fine wine with the sweet sounds of jazz.                 There are also two new weeknight cruising             The biggest car event—as well as one of
Festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary         Although the concert schedule has yet to be          spots this year. One takes place every Monday          the biggest events to hit the city annually—is
this year and taking place Friday, July 30, 10     released, the free, international fest will fea-     from 5 p.m. to dusk at Bob Barker’s Hot                the Syracuse Street Rod Nationals,
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 31, and Sun-     ture multiple stages with bands bopping and          Dogs, 3712 New Court Ave., and the danc-               which takes place Friday, July 16, through
day, Aug 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the blocks       riffing throughout each day. Also part of the        ing man himself will be serving up some tasty          Sunday, July 18, at the New York State Fair-
around City Hall Commons on Washington             festivities is the Blue Rain ECOfest, tak-           dogs and coneys you can munch on while                 grounds. More than 75,000 people will pass
Street. More than 160 artists from Syracuse        ing place Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July        walking around checking out the glimmering             through the gates to check out more than
and across the United States and Canada will       31, in Hanover Square. The event features            enamel. The other new cruise-in revs and rolls         7,000 cars. It’s not implausible that you will
display their best rendered in just about every

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Description: Diversity will be aplenty on the same weekend as the other end of the cultural rainbow will be found at the Pride Parade and Festival, also on Saturday, June 19. The free, dawn-to-dusk celebration of Syracuse's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will commence with a flag-raising ceremony and parade at 11 a.m. starting in front of Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., before wending through the streets of downtown and finishing at the festival site: Everson Plaza, directly behind the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been named parade grand marshal. Aside from being a forum for the community to interact and educate with the local LGBT community, the festival also plays host to live entertainment from a number of local bands, as well as food, dancing and more. And you don't have to play for your own team to attend the event, so if you were a little hesitant about attending, put a little extra sugar in your coffee that morning and go have a good time-not that there's anything wrong with that! The following day, Sunday, July 20, CNY Pride hosts a picnic at Pratt's Falls Park, 7671 Pratt's Falls Road, Pompey. Admission is $20, which includes the food, and tickets can be purchased at Lavender Inkwell, 304 N. McBride St. Call 378-8744 or visit for more information.Judging by the amount of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart shirts seen hanging off the bellies of a number of local yokels around town, you just know that Central New York has its fair share of country "culture" kickin' around. And with bowhunting and snowmobiling not permitted in the summer, these folks are limited in their summer fun-when of course NASCAR isn't on. That's because the second annual Redneck Games, will take place Saturday, July 24, at noon at Quaker Steak & Lube, 3535 Walters Road. Local "hillbillies" will be proving their talents in 11 different events: hub cap hurl, bobbing for pigs feet, seed spitting, toilet
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