Jazz Festival, Sebastian Maniscalco and Pond Hockey: 10 Things to Do in CNY This Weekend

This weekend is full of great things to do, so lay down and get out there! There’s the return of the Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic on Lake Hiawatha, the Sportsman’s Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds (plus a Dockdog competition and an indoor trout pond), and a Plants Workshop. indoors at the Baltimore Woods Nature Center to ward off the winter blues.

Speaking of blues, the Seneca Savings January JazzFest will be in full swing on Sunday, with a lineup of musicians performing many different flavors of jazz. Looking for laughs? Grab one of the few remaining tickets to Sebastian Maniscalco’s stand-up show at the Landmark Theater or head to the Stanley Theater in Utica for “Spamilton.” (If you’re planning on making it a night out, try dining at Hops Spot.) There’s more, too, like a print shop, electronic music concert, and queer book club.

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Marianne Solivan is a Brooklyn-based jazz singer and professor of vocal jazz at Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Larry Luttinger

January Jazz Festival

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Seneca Savings January JazzFest, taking place Sunday from 1-9 p.m. at Mohegan Manor in Syracuse. Brooklyn-based jazz singer Marianne Solivan will headline the group along with regional musicians Rick Montalbano, Tom Brigandi, Jimmy Johns and Joe Carello. Artists will present music ranging from bebop to traditional acoustic swing to Latin in the festival’s most cross-generational show to date. The festival runs for eight consecutive hours throughout the day, and ticket holders will receive wristbands so they can exit and re-enter the venue. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cnyjazz.org. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test is required to enter, and masks are required during the festival.

Or: 58 Oswego Street; Baldwinville

When: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

How much: $25 to $30

Pond Hockey Classic

The first-ever Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Lake Hiawatha. The event, hosted by Tim O’Donnell, consisted of a 4-on-4, 12-team round robin as well as winter spectator activities. Aiden McGuire | Aiden MediaAiden McGuire | Aiden Media

Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic

The Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic will return on Saturday after a hiatus in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will take place on Lake Hiawatha in Onondaga Park and will feature 16 teams across six rinks competing for the championship winner. Round robin play begins at 10 a.m.; with the championship round scheduled to begin around 3:30 p.m. There will be music, food and drink at this event, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the St. Baldrick Foundation/Luke’s Army Pediatric Cancer Research Fund . Participation is free. For more information, visit syracusepondhockeyclassic.com or email [email protected]

Or: Lake Hiawatha, Syracuse

When: Saturday at 10 a.m.

How much: To free

Syracuse Queer Book Club

Wunderbar will host “Queer Book Club” this week at the bar. The book of the month is “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong, but don’t worry if you haven’t read it. The book club is open to everyone and participants will discuss how the themes of the book relate to their personal lives. The book club is monthly and meets on the last Friday of the month. This week’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. Visit wunderbarsyr.com for more information or call (315) 671-0648. Participation is free.

Or: 201 S. West Street; Syracuse

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

How much: To free

Sports Expo

A dog named Ziva owned by Union Springs’ Charlie Bochenek jumps into a pool after a favorite toy in the Dockdogs Big Air competition at the 2016 Sportsman’s Expo. David Lasman | [email protected]

Athlete Exhibition at NYS Fairgrounds

The annual Sportsman’s Expo will take place at NYS Fairgrounds this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show floor will showcase the latest products, travel and entertainment for hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, and the weekend will be filled with events and competitions. Get your dollars scored at the New York Big Buck Club booth, try virtual trap shooting, pre-register by calling (315) 834-6904 to join the Kids or Adult Archery Battle, cast a line at the indoor trout pond and watch the dockdogs soar through the air as they compete for the farthest jump. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65 and over, children 6 to 12, military and police; and free for children under 6 years old. Discounted tickets must be purchased at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets without a discount, visit newyorksportsmanexpo.com. Visit the New York Sportsman’s Expo Facebook page for updates.

Or: 601 State Fair Blvd; Syracuse

When: Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: $10 to $12

New York Central Wing Wars

This Saturday, the Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation will host a chicken wing contest to raise money for cancer patients in need. “Wing Wars” will feature wings from Hot Off the Brick, Pizza Boys, Killabrew Saloon, Piggy Pat’s BBQ, Cavallo’s Restaurant, Tony’s Pizza & Deli, Ray Brothers BBQ, Bone Yard BBQ, Big Jay’s Pizzeria, Enzo’s Pizzeria and Fratello’s Pizzeria. Grab a ticket to the event to help decide which Whitesboro-area wings reign supreme (then compare them to the best six in Syracuse). Entrants and judges will vote separately on the best and most unique Wings of War. Tickets are $25 each and will net you a beer or water, a slice of pizza and a dozen wings – one from each of the contest vendors. Go to thejmcf.org or call (315) 339-5993 to register.

Or: 135 Clinton Street; Whitesboro

When: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

How much: $25

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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will approach the island for four performances in December. (Getty Pictures)

Actor Sebastian Maniscalco

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will perform at the Landmark Theater this weekend Friday and Saturday as part of his “Nobody Does this Tour.” Maniscalco is a wildly popular comedian who has performed at Madison Square Garden and Boston’s TD Garden, has four Netflix specials under his belt, and starred alongside Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in Martin’s “The Irishman.” Scorsese. Tickets for Maniscalco shows in Syracuse start at $50 and go up to $300 and more for front row seats. For more information about the comic and to purchase tickets, visit landmarktheatre.org. Masks and proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test required.

Or: 362 S. Salina Street; Syracuse

When: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

How much: $50 and up

Dabin at the Westcott Theater

Electronic music producer and instrumentalist Dabin will perform at the Westcott Theater on Sunday at 8 p.m. The musician has collaborated with Seven Lions, Slander, Said The Sky, Illenium and Gramatix, and was nominated for the 2018 Canadian JUNO Awards for Electronic Album of the Year. . He released his second album “Wild Youth” in March 2019 under MrSuicideSheep’s label, Seeking Blue, and has over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Tickets are $20 or $30 for lounge access. Visit thewestcotttheater.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Or: 524 Westcott Street; Syracuse

When: Sunday at 8 p.m.

How much: $20 to $30

Everson Acid Etching Workshop

The Everson Museum of Art will host an acid etching workshop Saturday night at the Danial Family Education Center. Participants will design a design to be chemically etched into a piece of metal provided by the museum, under the guidance of Claire Hughto, an arts student at the local studio at Syracuse University who runs the jewelry and metalworking club there. The workshop costs $40 and is open to adults of all experience levels. Come to the event with a small, keychain-sized sketch idea and avoid loose clothing or heavy jewelry. To pre-register for this event, visit everson.org.

Or: 401 Harrison Street; Syracuse

When: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $30 for members, $40 for non-members


From left to right: Jared Alexander, Brandon Kinley, TJ Newton. Photos by Ron Elkman


“Spamilton,” the musical parody of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” will perform Thursday at the Stanley Theater in Utica after parting ways in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. The show was created by Gerard Alessandrini and is performed by a cast of eight. The musical parody weaves together celebrity satires, pop culture zings, and piano hip-hop to poke fun at “Hamilton,” though you don’t need to have seen the original to appreciate the parody. Tickets cost between $50 and $65 and can be purchased at broadwayutica.org.

Or: 259 Genesee Street; Utica

When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $50 to $65

Beat the winter blues with houseplants

Who doesn’t love indoor plants? Head to the Baltimore Woods Nature Center on Saturday to learn more about the different types of houseplants and how to care for them during the gray New York winters. You will also learn about propagation and can take home your own little leaf cutting using recycled materials from the nature center. The event is adults only and costs $9 for the general public or $6 for members. Pre-registration is required and walk-ins cannot be accepted. To register, go to baltimorewoods.org. Wearing a mask will be compulsory throughout the event.

Or: 4007 Bishop Hill Road; Marcellus

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

How much: $6 to $9

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