Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted across New York State, and the long days of July and August mean summer entertainment can flourish as usual in Central New York. Organizations will maintain a variety of safety protocols that might include limited seating, masking for unvaccinated patrons and online ticket purchases. Check the website of each event for details.


July brings a full schedule of music, poetry and visual art to the village of Cazenovia. The annual festival begins with the exhibit of a month-long curated show of the work of 24 Central New York artists and concludes with a performance of new music from Young Composers Corner participants at Lakeland Park.
Components of the annual celebration of the arts are woven into village activities, such as the weekly Cazenovia Farmers Market (new music from 10 to noon), the Fourth of July Parade, and local businesses. Patrick Lawler, along with Eric Evans and David Hitchcock of the YMCA Downtown Writers Center, will coordinate a poetry/writers event July 13 and.
Ticketed events include “Libba Cotton,” a new opera that will be performed July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catherine Cummings Theater, and “New Music Strikes Gold,” July 25 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Brochures with schedules will be available throughout the village.


Tribute concerts, shows for children, musical plays and Shakespeare fill a six-program season at Cortland Repertory Theatre’s Pavilion Theater at Little York Lake. Actors will perform on an outdoor stage 12 feet from the first row of the audience so the actors do not need to be masked. No tickets will be sold at the door; no single tickets will be sold. Purchases must be made in advance in lots of two, three or four. Program information and bios will be online, and the refreshment tent will be open only before curtain time.

What: Nine outdoor performances in repertory
“Pirate Schmirate!” July 8 – 11 at noon
“Close To You” July 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m. and July 10 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
“The Honky Tonk Angles” July 15 – 23 (July 18 and 21 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)
“The Wizard of Oz” July 16 and 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 pm. (drive through event)
The Adam Lee Decker Trio July 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
“The Complete Works of July 28 – 31 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show July 30
William Shakespeare”
“Goin’ to the chapel” Aug. 5 – 13 (Aug. 6 and 8 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)
“How Sweet it Is” Aug. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Aug. 19 – 21 at 7:30p.m. with a 2 p.m. show Aug.20
Tickets: Prices vary according to show, seating, and special discounts. Call 607-756-2627 or check the CRT website for details.
Where: Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd., Prebble.


In a nod to the pandemic season, “Glimmerglass on the Grass” has a new outdoor stage and offers audience seating in “Festival Squares.” Each socially distanced space accommodates four people. Purchaser must pay for the entire square and provide low-back chair or blanket for lawn seating. Masks are required except when in that designated space, where patrons can also eat food from home or local takeout. No food will be sold on site; bathrooms will be open.

What: Six 90-minute opera and musical productions in repertoire

When: “The Magic Flute” July 15 – Aug. 17
“To The world” July 16 – Aug. 8
“Songbird” July 30 – Aug. 13
“Il Trovatore” Aug. 1 – 14
“Gods and Mortals” Aug. 13 – 16
“The Passion of Mary Aug. 5 – 13
Cardwell Dawson”
Where: 7300 St. Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York
Tickets: Website or Box Office, 607-547-2255
Price: Festival Squares accommodate up to four people and sell for $80 to $350 each performance depending on which zone is chosen; must buy entire square.