Trumansburg Connection: Community events in T-Burg


Spring is just around the corner and Trumansburg is celebrating milestones and community with several family-friendly events in March including the Empty Bowls gathering at Atlas Bowl, and Youth Art Month for Trumansburg Central School District students, with a community auction at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art.

Youth Art Month, art shows, and community auction
Youth Art Month (YAM) engages all district students in hands-on workshops and kicked off on March 2 with a mural painting at the high school. Fourth and fifth-grade students contributed sketches for the project, which were themed Your Art Your Story, and the ideas were developed into a 5 by 10 foot mural of color. The mural will be on display at the March 28 art show, which will also include work from district students from both workshops and regular classes.
Workshops this year include Oshibana in the elementary school, which is a Japanese flower painting technique. Sara Apker, the elementary school art teacher, modified the technique to work for the students, by using clay, rope, dried flowers, and clear gel medium. When completed, the students are left with a dried flower rope ornament that can be placed in a window.

The middle school workshop continued with the theme Your Art Your Story, but instead of sketches, teacher Rachel Kloppel had the students use photo transfers, which were then collaged. Students were able to use a variety of established techniques, as well as their own techniques, to tell their individual stories.

In the high school, teacher Ellen Pennock is helping students create books. She notes, “The papers the students are using are really beautiful and from all over the world. These are beautiful creations!”

YAM has been funded by the Trumansburg Education Foundation (formerly the TCSD Foundation) since 2012, and concludes with two events; the art show on March 28 at the high school cafeteria from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Community Art Auction on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Art. The art show will include student work created in classes and workshops. There will also be a second show presented by the 11th-grade students, named “The Human Condition,” which is a combination of both written and artistic portrait of the human struggle.

The auction is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser that raises funds through the sale of student and community member art to support programs and other projects that are not able to be funded through the school. For just $10 at the door includes raffle entries, dessert, and live music of TOiVO. There will be wine by the glass from Forge Cellars for $5, a silent auction from 7 to 8:30 p.m., which is followed by a live auction until 9 p.m.

Empty Bowls community gathering
The Empty Bowls community gathering will take place March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Atlas Bowl. Empty Bowls benefits the Trumansburg Food Pantry and is back for the fourth year. Come out and enjoy delicious soup from Americana, Little Venice, Falls Tavern, Good to Go! Trumansburg Market, Ron Don’s, Word of Mouth Catering, and Garrett’s Brewing Company. Bread from Wide Awake Bakery and homemade cookies baked by members of area churches will also be available.

Tickets are $25 a piece which includes the food in addition to a handmade bowl to take home, which have been thrown and glazed by students at the school and at Salmon Pottery. Children under 15 years of age eat for free but that does not include a bowl. Tickets are available for early purchase at Good to Go! or at the door. Early ticket buyers receive two free raffle tickets.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction. Raffle items are numerous and include gift certificates from Trumansburg Wine and Spirits, Black Diamond Cider, Homespun Boutique, Short’s Barber Shop, and Encore Players, plus many handmade items. Silent auction items include a GrassRoots ticket, May birding and breakfast with Scott Suttcliff, a painting by Anne Bialke, a piece by Durand Van Doren, and an Alice Gant wall hanging.

New this year, there will be free bowling sponsored by the Trumansburg Chamber, the Tompkins Chamber, Lindsay Hart, REALTOR, the GrassRoots Festival, the Trumansburg Rotary, and Servpro. Main sponsors of the event include Good to Go! Trumansburg Market, Atlas Bowl, and Salmon Gallery.
Empty Bowls kicks off the food pantry fundraising months, which take place in April and May. Letters go out to church communities and local business for soliciting monetary donations, and donations can be made year-round. Anne Haus, the food pantry coordinator says this fundraising, “Provides us with a lot of excellent funds. This community supports at least half the amount we raise each year. Between Empty Bowls and individual and business donations, we are just one heck of a lucky community. We are able to provide good food for people that come [to the pantry]. The rest of our money comes from government agencies. We also have a donation box at the ShurSave for donating food, which is ongoing.” Anyone interested in donating can send donations to P.O. Box 162, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

In Brief:

Nate & Kate Kids Show at Ulysses Philomathic Library
March 23, 10:30 a.m. FREE! The Nate & Kate Kids Show is a mix of original and favorite children’s songs and juggling routines choreographed to cello music! The show is best suited for children ages 0-8 (and their parents) and is loads of fun! This free event is generously co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Roots in the Schools program.

Pancake breakfast at the Trumansburg fire hall
March 24, 8 to 11 a.m. Adult plates costs $7, children 5 through 12 cost $5, children under 5 free. All your breakfast favorites, and all you can eat! Pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, juices, and coffee to benefit the fire hall, and their Kahn scholarship.

Trumansburg After School Program (TASP)
March 31, 3 to 6 p.m. $25 per family or $10 per person. Trumansburg After School Program’s Family Bowling Party at Atlas Bowl. All are welcome for 50/50 raffle and bowling fun. Proceeds go directly to TASP in order to replace rugs with class one fire compliant rugs that are safe to use in the school.

American Legion 100th anniversary open house
The American Legion Post 770 in Trumansburg will be celebrating the American Legion’s 100 year anniversary on March 16, at 2 p.m., at their post at 4331 Seneca Rd. Locally, Post 770 is 98 years old. Refreshments and cake will be provided for those attending the program. There will also be a chicken and rib barbeque beginning at 1 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Post or on the day of the event for $12. The barbeque meal includes a chicken quarter, a third rack of ribs, macaroni salad, beans, and a dinner roll. Live music from Silverado begins at 3 p.m.


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