Best of Ithaca

You have seen them along the road and in hedgerows near old orchards. A lot of them look like abandoned, misused straw brooms pointed at the sky. The crowns are thick and their branches head i…

After 88 seasons of pressing apples and dishing out piping-hot donuts, Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill, in Virgil, New York, thought they had seen it all; then the pandemic hit. For the first time in …

It was inspiring to see when any musical group had recorded individual parts of a performance via Zoom or home recording and then synced the clips together in a video for the viewing pleasure of a waiting audience. At the start of the pandemic, it really said something about the persistence …

While remaining under-covered, the Ithaca hip hop environment has produced a vibrant set of artists over the last 20 years or so. Highlighting that has been the evolution of Smacked Records, which is celebrating its 10th year of operation in 2020, even as the ongoing pandemic puts a stop to …

Since it reopened in June, Tompkins County Public Library and its librarians have been busy meeting the needs of their patrons. Although new health regulations have limited the library’s indoor operation to in-lobby pickups and 30-minute computer sessions, there is no shortage of activities,…

Fall Guide

Over the last 20 years, Finger Lakes wineries have been moving away from being “not France” and toward developing a distinct persona…

Quirky classes are one of the hallmarks of college, usually inserted late as a student is building their schedule, sometimes out of legitimate interest and sometimes out of a desire to fill out a credit load.?

When Cornell University closed its campus in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, like many students, junior Jeremy Scheck left Ithaca to live at home in Washington, DC. But what might have been a tedious few months in quarantine blossomed into a thriving TikTok account — now sitting comfo…

As the school year approaches, dorm rooms and living rooms will turn into lecture halls and classrooms. So how can you make the most of your online classes??

In a letter to students on Aug. 18, Ithaca College President Shirley Collado announced a fully-online fall semester for students at the college due to the coronavirus. While some lamented the lost in-person semester and braced for another at home, others quickly sought housing in Ithaca with…

Newcomers Guide

August 1st is a date known around town for the shifting tectonic plates of renters vacating apartments and claiming new spaces, perhaps leaving spaces in the market for the area’s newcomers. July’s lead up to the August move-out is almost more recognizable for the free piles littering curbs …

Ever since it was founded on April 17, 1817, Tompkins County has developed a innovative reputation for itself that far exceeds its relatively small size. Institutions such as Cornell University and Ithaca College, and a destination in the Finger Lakes, attract creative minds from around the …

Moving begins the process of making a house, or living space, a home. Home can be more than feeling at ease within a set of rooms though, and the feeling of home can come with a sense of belonging within a community. For Kerry Barnes, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation assistant direc…

When the Warbirds begin to take to the skies over Cortland once again, all will know that it is time for the Cortland Airfest once more, the 10th anniversary of the annual festival that celebrates flight in a variety of ways.

America’s love affair with cheese is a hallmark of its culture. With so many different varieties available, there’s likely a cheese for everybody out there, barring a medical barrier.

The American huckster has a long pedigree, and we’re a people with an appetite for curiosities. On occasion, those two things have merged in our own backyard. A hare-brained scheme, hatched by some enterprising citizens of Trumansburg, is one such example and a favorite bit of Tompkins Count…

Looking for more interesting wedding gifts or ideas can always be a challenge, but one local business is making it a literal puzzle. Havoly, owned and operated by Casey Griswold of Ithaca and viewable at havoly.com, is a small company that designs puzzles, which have coincidentally started t…

Planning a wedding (or know someone who is)? Join the Sweet Bough Wedding Collective for the 3rd annual Winter Wedding Showcase. The showcase will be held on Sunday, March 1 from 1-4PM, featuring over 40 vendors. Vendors will be spread out throughout the Argos Inn, Foundry, and Argos Warehou…

When it comes to weddings, everyone has their own preference and style. However, a growing trend among betrothed couples is to worry about the environment in addition to what shade of chiffon the bridesmaid’s dresses should be. Rachel Conroy, one of the co-owners of the Sweet Bough Wedding C…

During Ithaca’s overcast winter months described perfectly in the Horseflies’ tune, “I Live Where It’s Grey,” it’s easy to become isolated, lonely, depressed. Ugh! Meanwhile, the warm cheer of the casual dinner party seems to be gasping its last breaths. What a waste of potential good conver…

It’s early morning deep into December in the Finger Lakes. You are driving along one of the deserted wine routes in the region. The temperature is in the lower teens. The vineyards along the road look barren and desolate in the snowy landscape. Yet in the distance, you spy a few workers movi…

In common with many arts communities, Ithaca’s runs a monthly gallery open house on a set date each month. Run by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance with sponsorship from the Tompkins Trust Company and the Community Arts Partnership, Gallery Night Ithaca hosts exhibit receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. o…

If effects of Global Warming reach the most obvious extremes later this century, and cause the complete extinction of all humans, it will be self-extinction. It will be the result of the ongoing buildup of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere to the point where heat will be lethal for all hum…

ITHACA, NY -- As the holiday season grows ever more near, we picked out some items from a handful of our favorite shops in Ithaca. Scroll through for some gift ideas for your loved ones, and support your local businesses this winter.