Iauctionf you’ve been hearing the buzz about the Earlville Opera House’s Auction for the Arts on September 23, you’ll know that there are five different categories of amazing items available for bid. Auction item categories include: {EDIBLES} – {EXPERIENCES} – {ENTERTAINMENT} – {ESSENTIALS} – {EMBELLISHMENTS} – so read on for some of our great offerings, and remember, this is only a partial list, there will be more great items at the auction!



  • Family Day at Rosamond Gifford Zoo – Take your crew to the zoo with a one-day pass for four. Ranked by TripAdvisor as Syracuse’s 2nd most popular attraction. Lions and tigers and monkeys, oh my! Be sure to count heads before you leave so you don’t bring any extra monkeys home!
  • Lake Moraine Boat Excursion – Cruise our very own Lake Moraine on a pontoon party boat with seven of your best friends. You can choose from a lazy afternoon float or a daybreak fishing trip. The ship’s captain Dave Folta might even be talked into bringing his mandolin for a serenade!
  • Seven Oaks Golf – Treat yourself and three buddies to a round of golf at the gorgeous Robert Trent Jones-designed course right here in our backyard. Remember: the best golf partner is one who is always a little bit worse than you are! Seven Oaks Golf Course – one of the best public courses in NYS according to GOLF Magazine and Golfweek!
  • Colgate Athletics Basket – Root for the Raiders at one of their home hockey games with this basket worth $150 – 4 tickets, a hockey jersey, and a hat included for a great game day with our hometown team. Go Raiders!
  • Recording Studio Time – Spend a couple hours recording your own original tune with Jim McDowell at his Bradley Brook Recording Studio. Your Big Break is waiting for you! Recording time is valued at $50. Big Break not included.



  • Private Theater Showing at the Hamilton Theater – Bring 62 of your besties to a private screening of your favorite flick. Whether it’s Star Wars or Psycho, you can experience every thrilling detail on the silver screen. Insider tip: Ask for layered butter on your popcorn!
  • Blue Parsley Boys Concert – Imagine the glorious voices of the Blue Parsley Boys at your next house party or fundraiser. These a capella songsters will hit all the right notes to make any occasion festive. Valued at $200, even a penny less would be a bargain!
  • A Private Concert with Rabbit in the Rye –SAMMY Award Winners and local favorites Rabbit in the Rye will give a 1-hour performance for you and your friends, sharing their beloved brand of progressive folk rock.
  • A Private Viewing at the Ho Tung Visualization Lab at Colgate University – Bring up to 50 for this private viewing at the Visualization Lab, a state-of-the-art digital theater displaying the sky’s planets, constellations, and much more, all in a full-dome experience like no other!


And speaking of ENTERTAINMENT… the incomparable DIANE ADAMS McDOWELL, fresh from her work on the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will be performing at the event. That alone is worth the price of admission!


Here more exciting selections from the Earlville Opera House’s Auction for the Arts event to take place this Friday. These {ESSENTIALS} may be just what you’ve been needing, and provide some solutions to life’s complications. Read, buy tickets, mark calendar. Go!



  • Legal Beagle – Hire Attorney Chris Kendall to help with your legal concerns. Want to set up a trust for your pet parakeet? OK, maybe not that one. What about completing an iron clad last will, power of attorney, or health care proxy? You name it, Chris will wrangle all the legal details. Valued at $500, but taking away the worry, you will sleep like a baby.
  • Picture This – Enjoy your very own photo session with Vantine Imaging, and make memories that are priceless!
  • Steph – Make a fashion statement with carefully selected designs for every occasion at Steph. Shop for that perfect outfit using a gift certificate at the quintessentially glamorous boutique that has what it takes to make you look mah-velous!
  • DIY with Curtis! – Get your DIY project started with a toolbox and tools from Curtis Lumber!
  • Bookstore Bonanza – Enjoy a shopping spree at the Colgate Bookstore with this gift certificate, and share the joy of reading!
  • House Beautiful – Take your home remodeling project to the next level with professional architectural consulting by Bruce Ward, AIA. With a design to fit your exclusive needs, enjoy a 4-hour consultation and concept drawings. Valued at $300 and sure to make your design dreams come true.
  • Get Fit, Be Fabulous – Check out the newest and most exciting fitness sensation to hit Hamilton at the FITT Stop. Employing the principles of Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type, shake your groove thang with a personal training program that zeroes in on your goals. This package entitles you to two 60-minute personal training sessions plus 10 group fitness classes.



  • Common Thread CSA – What better investment in your future than a mini-share in community supported agriculture? Enjoy a summer allotment of organically-raised produce valued at $180 and choose from a seasonal assortment of farm-fresh delights. Dividends paid in health and well-being!
  • La Iguana – Savor the flavor South of the Border and all your Mexican flavor enticements with generous gift certificates valued at $45. More than just a dining place, La Iguana is known for its icy margaritas and warm welcomes.
  • Maple Avenue Farms – Beef, it’s what’s for dinner. Look no further than this three-generation farm if you are looking for locally raised, high-quality, grain finished beef, with a gift certificate valued at $50. Our mouths are watering already!
  • Good Nature Brewing – Enjoy a scintillating growler of any one of GNB’s “Farm to Glass” beers – offering handcrafted, all-natural ales brewed right here in Hamilton with local ingredients. Sure to please any beer connoisseur!
  • Ingallside Meadows – A generous assortment of red meat, white meat, and the “other” white meat, this hearty selection offers salad bar beef, free-range chicken and fresh air pork, valued at $60. You’ll know exactly where your food is coming from.
  • Jakes Cheese – You’ve tasted these goodies at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, now treat yourself to an assortment of cheese, jellies, jams and cookies made with a passion for well-crafted food by the Soltzfus Family. You know it’s gonna be Gouda!



  • Antique Oak Library Table – Add some antique flair to your home with this beautiful oak library table from Black Cat Antiques, valued at $185.
  • Ede Walker Bowls – Well known in the region for stunning timeless ceramics, these 3 Ede Walker pottery bowls will bring a touch of earthy elegance to any table. Rich in colors and kiln-baked textures, and a must-have for any serious host or hostess.
  • Caricature Portraits – Have a personality that feels hemmed in by mere photographs? Try a custom caricature portrait by artist Jonathan Vaughn! You and a fellow “character” can enjoy a rare pleasure reserved for royalty and heads of state. Go ahead, you deserve it!
  • It’s a pile of projects! Get crafty with three separate bundles of crafting projects! One has kits to make 66 cards, a desk top calendar frame, a perpetual birthday calendar kit, a stamp carving kit & tools, a fun display board kit & 2 different style banner kits – any occasion and counting your blessings. Another basket contains a beautiful palette of 100 sheets assorted colors of 8 ½” x 11” acid free cardstock, 11 stamp sets, 4 exclusive paper punches, 4 exclusive color inkpads, set of markers, embellishments & more! If your muse does not heed the call, there are 5 idea books for inspiration as well!


auctionYou are invited to join your friends and neighbors and fellow patrons of the arts September 23 at the Colgate Inn for an auction to benefit the Opera House. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the Colgate Inn, listen to live music, and bid on and amazing array of items and services donated by friends of the Earlville Opera House Arts Center.

For more than 40 years, Earlville Opera House has been a mecca for arts and entertainment in rural central New York. Housed in a restored, historic, late-19th-century structure on Main Street in the Village of Earlville, the Opera House offers classes for children and adults; exhibits the work of local, regional and national artists; and stages performances ranging from community theater to nationally renowned musicians. Idle and abandoned for more than two decades before it was purchased in 1971, the Opera House has been rehabilitated and sustained through volunteer effort and the generosity of members and friends, and it has become a beacon for the arts in our community.

So mark your calendar for Friday, September 23, 5:00-7:30 pm. Admission is only $25, and you’ll be fostering the arts in your hometown.

Tickets available at: Evergreen Gallery and Gifts (located at 11 Lebanon St., Hamilton), the Earlville Opera House (located at 18 E Main St., Earlville), or by seeing one of our friendly board members: Jeff Bary, Roger Bauman, Beverly Cappeto, Diane Fenton, RuthAnn Speer Loveless, Brendan O’Connor, Jonathan Vaughn, Merle VonWettberg, Bruce Ward, or Shirley Sherburne Zimmer.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

sonny-landrethThe Earlville Opera House is pleased to host an evening with blues legends Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar, Saturday September 24 at 8 PM.

Both sporting illustrious solo careers, the combination of southwest Louisiana-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Sonny Landreth and dobro and steel guitar player Cindy Cashdollar creates an electric duo of blazing guitars and classic roots vocals. Having played with the likes of Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Merle Haggard, among others, Landreth and Cashdollar are often described as “musician’s musicians,” both at the top of their game.

Sonny Landreth’s unorthodox guitar style comes from the manner in which he simultaneously plays slide and makes fingering movements on the fretboard. Landreth, who has an easygoing personality, can play it all, like any good session musician. His distinctive guitar playing can be heard on recordings by John Hiatt, Leslie West and Mountain, and other rock & rollers. Landreth began playing guitar after a long tenure with the trumpet. His earliest inspiration came from Scotty Moore, the guitarist from Elvis Presley’s band, but as time went on, he learned from the recordings of musicians and groups like Chet Atkins and the Ventures.

Cindy Cashdollar’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians in the American roots music scene. She has worked with numerous artists ranging from Dave Alvin and BeauSoleil to Marcia Ball and Peter Rowan. Cindy first heard the unique sliding sound of the Dobro in her hometown of Woodstock, New York where she honed her skills playing with bluegrass legend John Herald, blues great Paul Butterfield, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko of The Band.

Sonny and Cindy perform Saturday September 24. Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $30 general admission, $28 members, and $15 for students and children (under 18), with premiums applying in the first 4 rows of seating. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Nate Hodge ~ On view in the West Gallery 9/10 – 10/29

The Earlville Galleries at the Earlville Opera House are proud to host artist Nate Hodge Saturday September 17 at 1 PM for a free artist’s talk in conjunction with his exhibition Adaptations.

Over the last decade graffiti/street art has gained wide-spread popularity and institutional legitimacy on an international scale. Hodge’s lecture will focus on this contemporary muralist movement, and its impact on high art institutions as well as communities and residents, who may have little to no artistic background.

Hodge’s exhibition Adaptations features abstracted paintings reflecting upon a lack of equilibrium in our universe, on view September 10 through October 29, 2016 alongside Gregory T. Davis and Ed Smith.

With Impermanence of Knowledge, Gregory T. Davis’ fine art photography examines issues of information and knowledge, exploring the decay of access that comes from the inherently temporary nature of the message’s medium. Rounding out the trio is the Arts Café exhibition by Ed Smith, Sculptures and Drawings, a meditation on society’s “outsiders.” Together, the three individual artists present a complex view of contemporary society. Additionally, Hodge will give a lecture Saturday September 17 at 1 PM, contextualizing his work within the new Muralist movement, free and open to the public.

Hodge’s lecture is entirely free and open to the public, and will start at 1 PM on Saturday September 17. The exhibitions run September 10 through October 29, Tuesday through Friday from 10-5 PM and Saturdays from 12-3 PM. Admission to the Earlville Galleries is free, though donations are appreciated, and the Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.

Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

RBQ Eat Out for the Arts - Instagram.jpgOn Friday September 16th Ray Brothers Barbeque is generously sponsoring Eat Out for the Arts, a fundraiser for the Earlville Opera House. Brothers Tucker and Colin Ray have generously promised to donate a portion of the evening’s profits to support arts programming at the EOH, allowing patrons to enjoy a delicious dinner while supporting the arts in their community. In addition to the meal, patrons will be treated to the music of The Ramblin’ Brooks, performing live from 8 PM.

Ray Brothers Barbeque opened in 2014 and is located on Route 20 in Bouckville, just a few miles north of Hamilton. Brothers Tucker and Colin opened the restaurant after many years of experience working in the food industry. They have found a new flame for their passion in the form of slow-cooked meats. “We are an authentic, slow-cooked barbeque style restaurant. Everything on the menu is smoked over local woods for periods of 5 to 14 hours.”

Formed less than a year ago, The Ramblin’ Brooks are already drawing crowds and conjuring comparisons to classic groups like The Band, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and The Byrds while on stage. Led by Adam Brooks Dudding (a performing songwriter with 5 independent albums and two decades of shows and national tours to his credit), Brooks Dudding is joined by band members from seasoned regional sweethearts Rabbit In The Rye (Brendan O’Connor, Alex Lavon) and Son Bully (Colin Nevison, Zach Collins).

Community events like this one allow the Earlville Opera House to continue bringing world-quality live musical performances and art installations to central New York, and facilitates the art education workshops and classes hosted for adults and children of all ages.

For more information, call (315) 691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. Ray Brothers Barbeque 6474 Route 20, in Bouckville, NY, and may be reached by calling (315) 893-7200.

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