Winter art, entertainment events in T-burg


In addition to all the open mic, karaoke, live music, game and trivia nights and more that are always going on in Trumansburg, there are a number of art and entertainment events in Trumansburg this winter that will help you get out of the house and beat the winter blues.

Encore Players “Dark Hearts”

Encore Players is mounting an original musical cabaret to benefit the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA). Profits will be donated to assist TCFA with interior improvements to the building and the promotion of arts programs within the community.

The cabaret features local actors and singers portraying famous Broadway villains, who take the stage to share their deepest desires, told to us in their original story lines, and sing the songs they have always wanted to sing. The result is a comedic romp into the minds and hearts of each villain, with hysterical twists and turns! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on their website, The ticket price includes a variety of decadent desserts and fruit, with complimentary local wines and cheese.

This is the first cooperative production between Encore Players and TCFA, and both companies are excited to bring the event to life.

“Working with TCFA Director Mark Costa has been a pleasure and a complete success,” said Encore Players’ Daniel Trippett.

He and Katie Davis have spent four months developing the show, and the pair co-direct. Partnering with TCFA seemed to them a natural and productive solution to their quest for a venue for “Dark Hearts” and a chance to support TCFA’s mission.

“Our two companies have always worked toward the same goal to bring the arts, in this case theatre, to our thriving community, and we both have resources to make that partnership beneficial,” Trippett said.

Performances are the evenings of Feb. 14 and 15 at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show has an approximate one-hour-and-20-minute running time, which begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

TCFA events

Prior to “Dark Hearts,” TCFA will host several events in January. This Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., it will hold an art event titled Kids Arts @ TCFA. This event features interactive arts and crafts workshops, still lifes, a self-portrait station and an art library.

An educational exhibit showcasing the work of 20 Trumansburg kids who participated in the TCFA Saturday

Morning Art Club in the summer and fall of 2019, as well as instructors Noelle Dembrosky and Christine Finnigan, will be on display through Feb 1. Refreshments will be served.

This free and family-friendly event is made possible in part by a grant from the Trumansburg Education Foundation. Come celebrate the work of our young artists, and join in the fun!

Every fourth Thursday throughout the winter, TCFA hosts Open Mic Night with Louiston, 7 to 9 p.m., which kicks off Jan. 23. Hosted by Lou DiPietro (Louiston), this monthly, acoustic-based open mic welcomes songwriters, musicians, poets and storytellers of all skill levels who are looking for a stage, a community and a support group of fellow artists.

Bring your original songs, poems, stories, to share in front of an audience, and hang out with some of your fellow rowdy artists. Each performer is allowed two pieces or 10 minutes max of material. Order of performance is determined by lottery, which begins at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Performers who are arriving later are welcome and will still likely have an opportunity to play, depending on the night’s slate of performers. Entry for the public is donation-based and helps to further TCFA’s programs. Questions can be directed to Lou at

Hiroya Tsukamoto

TCAF will once again welcome guitarist Hiroya Tsukamotoon on Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. Hiroya will take audiences on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. He will also be running a guitar workshop earlier in the day from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets available at for $30.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Ulysses Philomathic Library is celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day on Sat, Feb. 1. There will be books to give away, and those who do not already have a library card can sign up to start experiencing the magic of checking out library materials.

There will also be a free family magic show with Moreland the Magician at 10:30 a.m. Come back in the evening for game night in the Melvin meeting room from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. To learn more about library events, visit

Trumansburg Community Chorus

The Trumansburg Community Chorus begins its spring session on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Weekly rehearsals will be held at the Jacksonville Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd. in Jacksonville from 7-9 p.m. All individuals who are interested in singing are encouraged to join. See



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