History Center Exhibit Tells How Tompkins County Women Changed the World

Zoe Van Nostrand, the Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator at the History Center in Tompkins County, talks about the new exhibit on display at the museum, “Breaking Barriers:  Women’s Lives and Livelihoods”.  Listeners will also hear from Claire Deng, a Cornell undergraduate and student intern working on the exhibit. Breaking Barriers is on display until…

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The Friends of Stewart Park Celebrate The Park’s Centennial Bash

The Friends of Stewart Park gathered on Sunday, July 11 to celebrate the park’s centennial with cupcakes and music. The Centennial Birthday Bash took place one week after the initial planned date, due to trees in the park being heavily damaged in severe thunderstorms. Rick Manning, the Executive Director of the Friends of Stewart Park,…

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A New Stage is Set at the Hangar Theatre

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hangar Theatre’s outdoor stage (Michael Memis/WRFI) The Hangar Theatre is finally re-opening to in-person performances after a year and a half without them. The Hangar celebrated it’s new outdoor theater with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.  There to celebrate were city officials, members of Tompkins Trust Company, and…

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The Cherry Arts Presents the Headphone Walking Play, “Trap Door”

WRFI Community Radio News contributor Esther Racoosin speaks with Cynthia Henderson and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. They are the director and lead writer, respectively, of the Cherry Arts new headphone walking play, “Trap Door”. Participants will be able to contemplate and meditate on the experiences of local African American freedom fighters as they listen to the…

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2021 Virtual Spring Writes Literary Festival Presents Variety of Panels and Workshops

The 2021 Spring Writes Literary Festival, organized by the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of Tompkins County, begins Wednesday, May 5th and continues to Sunday, May 16.  Thirteen different writing workshops will be offered to the public starting in late May, continuing into September. Artistic Director Jen Tennant and CAP Program and Grant Director Robin Schwartz…

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Rev. Robert Jones Sr., Raconteur and Musician

A storyteller, a musician, a font of American roots: Rev. Robert Jones Sr. is coming to the Trumansburg Conservatory’s virtual stage this weekend.  Here we have a conversation with Rev. Jones where he talks about how music entered his life; how he addressed the tension between his work as a Pastor and his passion for country,…

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2020 Edition of “Spring Writes” Literary Festival is Virtual

Jennifer Tennant, Artistic Director of Spring Writes literary festival and Robin Schwartz, program manager of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, talk about this year’s festival.  Events begin on Wednesday, November 18th, and continue until Sunday, November 29th.  Attendees can watch presentations via Zoom; some of the talks and panel discussions will allow for…

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