Past Events

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Healthy Neighborhoods/Homes Program
Presentation by the Tompkins County Health Department

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 7pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

To attend the event, tune in to Zoom: click here after 6:55pm.

Or run Zoom manually and tell it, MeetingID: 812 3379 9158 and PassCode: 14850

If you missed the event, here's a YouTube link.

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides free home safety visits to promote healthy homes. HNP is part of the Health Promotion Program at the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD), and is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

The program promotes healthy homes by pursuing the following goals:

  • Prevent Indoor Air Pollution

  • Prevent Asthma Hospitalizations

  • Prevent Residential Fire Deaths

  • Prevent Lead Poisoning

  • Pest control

Homes are identified based on referrals from other agencies, community outreach, or interaction with TCHD staff. TCHD then visits (using a mixture of phone calls, Zoom, and in-person) to introduce ideas to promote a healthy home and to offer educational materials to help the resident determine what is best for their home. Staff may identify safety hazards or areas of concern, and follow-up with information and recommendations for improvement.

The program will also provide products (subject to available supply) to help the resident meet the goals. Products may include:

  • Smoke detectors

  • Carbon monoxide detectors

  • Replacement batteries

  • Radon test kits

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Asthma management tools

  • Green cleaning items

  • Child safety products

  • Injury Prevention products

For more information contact Diana Crouch at the Healthy Neighborhoods Program, 607.274.6702 or [dcrouch@tompkins-co.org]. Check out the TCHD web site, too!

Music Jam in the Park—Come Share A Tune
All musical styles, all welcome

Sunday, August 7, 2022, 2pm, live in Dotson Park

Let's make music together on a summer afternoon, Sunday, August 7, 2-5pm in Dotson Park. Bring your instruments, bring your voice, bring your listening ears. Nothing fancy. No fee. BYO drinks and snacks. All styles of music are welcome. In case of rain, we'll shift the event one week later.

The Danby hills are alive with music, but most of us never get to hear it or share our music with each other. Some of the musicians in Danby are well known (in their genres) and perform their music in concert halls, at outdoor festivals, or in the many wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Finger Lakes. Many more make music for their families and friends in small gatherings in back yards, living rooms, or side decks.

This may be a crazy idea, but wouldn't it be fun to gather all together for an afternoon of sharing the music we love? Whether it's old time fiddle tunes, folk songs (with or without guitar), jazz improvisations, or short classical pieces. Whether we consider ourselves accomplished performers or happy amatures, the common denominator is that we are neighbors and it could be fun to get to know each other through music.

On Sunday afternoon, August 7, we can give it a try in the pavilion/picnic area of Dotson Park. We'll be outdoors and can spread out around the new picnic tables. Have questions? Contact music host/facilitator Pamela Goddard, 607.342.4110.

Concert: Uncle Joe Chicone and Reneé Baum
Fiddle, Banjo, and more

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

To attend the event, tune in to Zoom: click here after 2:55pm.

Or run Zoom manually and tell it, MeetingID: 812 3379 9158 and PassCode: 14850

If you missed the event, or prefer to watch a livestream, here's a YouTube link.

This musical duo have played their instruments for literally 100 years. Banjo, fiddle, guitar, and voice will bring a smile to your face and get your toes a-tapping.

Reneé specializes in fiddle tunes from northern America and Canada. while Joe is a walking jukebox of banjo songs from America’s pre-Civil War past. These are family oriented, traditional folk songs that have stood the test of time. Be ready to sing along with old familiar songs.

Joe and Renee have been making music together for a long time. Their four piece band, Rosebud Ramblers, has played for dances across Central NY. Don’t feel like dancing yourself? Their dancing limber-jack puppet will happily dance for you.

See Joe and Renee's music on Facebook.
See Joe's Saddlery and Forge on
Facebook.

The Search For Life In Space
w/ Zoe Learner Ponterio
Where's the Aliens?

Sunday, January 09, 2022, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube.

Inquiring minds want to know: Where are the aliens?

Danby's Community Council is itching to know the answer, and we've invited Cornell's Zoe Learner Ponterio, Manager of the Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility, to talk to us about...aliens and more.

You can Zoom to the presentation from the comfort of your favorite couch on Sunday, January 09, 3pm. If you can't make it, a link to the YouTube recording will be available.

Spoiler alert: Zoe tells us that, while it seems a safe assumption that Earth is not the only place in the whole cosmos with life, questions like how common or rare it is, or how often it evolves into beings such as ourselves are impossible to answer...for now.

But that doesn't mean we can't talk about the questions and take a few guesses. Zoe will talk about about current and future spacecraft missions searching for signs of life on nearby worlds, and will explore the Fermi Paradox and Drake Equation. She'll help us ponder the possibility of life throughout the galaxy.

The entire family is invited to join us for another of Zoe's fun talks. But, please, if you have aliens in your attic, or your backyard, or on page 8 of the December Danby News...ask E.T. to phone home.


Christmas Bird Count
The 122nd Annual Audubon Bird Count Comes To Danby

Saturday, January 1, 2021, ALL DAY

The 122nd Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is scheduled for the Ithaca area on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Locally, the Cayuga Bird Club sponsors the CBC and this year will be the 60th annual count by the Bird Club. For more information about the Cayuga Bird Club visit [cayugabirdclub.org].

Last year about a dozen Danby residents participated in the CBC. This included surveys at numerous birding hotspots in the Town, backyard feeder counts and incidental observations. Forty two species were identified in Danby, highlighted by Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Winter Wren, several Hermit Thrushes and wintering finches.

Wes Blauvelt, a Danby resident, will be coordinating the Danby section of the Ithaca count this year. For more information about participating in the Danby CBC on January 1, 2022, including how to submit your feeder sightings, contact Wes at [ravenbarnconsulting@gmail.com].

In previous years, an informational meeting has been hosted by the Danby Community Council in Danby's Town Hall prior to the count. Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, we will not be able to meet this year. Arrangements are being made to conduct a Zoom session to replace the informational meeting. Please contact Bill Evans, [wevans@danbycc.org] for more information about the Zoom event.



The Art Of Dying Well w/ Angela Mennitto

Sunday June 6, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

Sorry, the presenter asked us not to record this event.

The Danby Community Council is pleased to present a short program entitled, Growth and Transformation at the End of Life on Sunday, June 6, 3pm, via Zoom.

Angela Mennitto, speaker, has given us several informative and interesting programs in the recent past. She is a death midwife who also organizes community events to promote death literacy and to normalize conversations about death and dying.

She will invite us to consider what a good death might look like for each of us and share a few stories from her experiences with others at the end of their lives and how they inspired her.

Death is inevitable. We can’t change that fact. We can change our relationship to it. We can bring death out of the closet. Contemplate it. Talk about it. Plan for it. Allow it to inform the way we live—the choices we make.

Danby Candidate Forum

Saturday, June 5, 2021, 3:30pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube.

Danby voters will be making some important choices during the Democratic primary for local offices in June. Unless some last-minute independent or write-in candidates appear, the contested races will only be between Democrats. They’ll be decided by voting during a Primary Election: early voting (June 12-20 in the Board of Elections, 128 East Buffalo Street), absentee voting, and in-person voting on June 22, 6am-9pm, in the Danby and West Danby Fire Stations.

Democratic voters in Danby will choose from among five candidates—running for three contested “seats” in two offices—on the Primary ballot. An additional two offices are uncontested and those candidates will go directly to the November election ballot. How to sort out who is best for each position? One good way is to have them assemble in one venue and hear their statements and answers to questions submitted by voters. !e candidates for the Town’s contested positions (Town Councilperson and Town Highway Superintendent) have been invited to participate in a moderated Virtual Candidate Forum. All voters, regardless of political affiliation, are welcome to join the audience.

The Danby Community Council is pleased to be able to facilitate this informative Forum. The Virtual Forum will be moderated and run by the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County (LWVTC) via Zoom on Saturday, June 5, 3:30-5pm. It’ll be divided into two periods, first for the Councilpersons, and the second for the Highway Superintendent.

A link to the Zoom event (when available) will appear above. It'll also be on the LWVTC web site, [lwvtompkins.org], which we encourage you to visit. A recording of the Forum will be posted online by the LWVTC following the event.

All participants have agreed to guidelines established by the LWVTC. The event format will include a 1-minute opening statement by each candidate, a question and answer period, and 2-minute closing statements. Questions may be submitted ahead of time by Email to [pres.lwvtc@gmail.com] or via Zoom chat during the event. Questions will be reviewed by the LWVTC and selected based on relevancy to the office and topic.

We hope a good many Danby residents will take advantage of these two opportunities. It is truly the nitty gritty of the democratic process.

Wildflowers For Mother's Day w/ Robert Wesley

Sunday May 9, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

Watch a recording on YouTube.

Robert Wesley, a long-time Danby-ite is a staff biologist at Cornell University's Botanical Gardens. He looks after and monitors the quality of vegetation in our natural areas, especially where there are rare and scarce species occurrences and damage from excessive deer and beaver populations.

He also does conservation seed banking and population viability research on a number of local rare plant species. He does field photography of plants and natural areas, leads field trips and tours, and writes copy for web and print.

With this background, Robert's presentation for Danby's Community Council—a virtual wildflower walk thru Spring and Summer—will feature photos from his extensive wanderings through woods, fields, and swamps. Expect colorful, detailed images and specific, informative descriptions.

Searching For Life . . . On Mars!

Sunday, March 7, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

Watch a recording of the presentation on YouTube.

Imagine yourself as an astronaut, your home as a space station or a habitat on the Moon or Mars, and your family as your crew.

Join Zoe Learner Ponterio from Cornell's Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility for an afternoon of fun facts, pictures, and videos of Mars.

NASA's latest Mars rover, Perseverance, and first-of-its-kind extraterrestrial aircraft, the helicopter Ingenuity, have both landed safely on Mars! These robotic explorers are just beginning their traverse across an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, which was once a vast lake.

With previous rovers having firmly established that Mars was once a warmer, wetter, more habitable world, "Percy" will hunt for signs of ancient life in the ground, while "Genny" will scout the area from the air.


During the program, Zoe offered us the following links for more information:

Mars Pathfinder - First Mars Rover Movies

Perseverance Rover's Descent and Touchdown Video

Perseverance Mastcam-Z First HiRes Panorama

Jez Like Mars

and, for those who were interested, code word "svaha".

Valentine's Day Concert:
Virtual Love Songs w/ Dennis Winge

Sunday, February 14, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

Watch the concert recording on YouTube.

What’s more appropriate for today's distant socialization—the virtual meetings brought to us by Zoom—than a remote broadcast of romantic music on Valentine's Day?


Curl up on the couch with the whole family for a performance by guitarist Dennis Winge on Sunday, February 14, 3pm.


While your ears are tickled, you can feast your eyes on the roses and all your favorite snacks…that you'd care to provide.


A guitarist since his wee years, Dennis studied with some of the finest jazz and rock musicians around. He played his first bar gig at the barely-legal age of 16 and began leading bands soon after.


Dennis sings love songs you can feel good about…without being cheesy. Don't miss this special performance.

Meet The Raptors (part 2)

a.k.a. "Raptor Wrap-Up"

a.k.a. "Doin' The Raptor Rap"

Sunday February 7, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

A recording of this presentation is available on request (see Email address, below).

Imagine standing this close to a descendant of the dinosaurs.

Imagine visiting a raptor at home. In the raptor's home, not yours.

Once upon a time, you'd have to climb a tall tree or even a vertiginous cliff to find a raptor nest. In January and February, though, thanks to the technology brought to us by COVID-19 (an unanticipated silver lining), we're going to join Danby's Community Council for a Zoom visit to Cornell's Raptor program!

We're going to visit the private quarters of our avian stars (quietly and politely, of course)...many more raptors than you could ever get this close to in person. We'll see the birds you can't take out to the public, and we're going to see what it is like to feed and care for them. We might even see some birds who were injured or lost and are being rehabilitated.

We'll meet a Broad-Tailed Hawk, a Merlin, a Screech Owl, and a Barred Owl, and then tour the Raptor facility.

Photo Credit: Stefhan Ohlstrom
Photo Credit: Stefhan Ohlstrom

Meet The Raptors (part 1)

Sunday January 10, 2021, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

A recording of this presentation is available on request (see Email address, below).

Imagine standing this close to a descendant of the dinosaurs.

Imagine visiting a raptor at home. In the raptor's home, not yours.

Once upon a time, you'd have to climb a tall tree or even a vertiginous cliff to find a raptor nest. In January and February, though, thanks to the technology brought to us by COVID-19 (an unanticipated silver lining), we're going to join Danby's Community Council for a Zoom visit to Cornell's Raptor program!

We're going to visit the private quarters of our avian stars (quietly and politely, of course)...many more raptors than you could ever get this close to in person. We'll see the birds you can't take out to the public, and we're going to see what it is like to feed and care for them. We might even see some birds who were injured or lost and are being rehabilitated.

Photo Credit: Stefhan Ohlstrom
Photo Credit: Stefhan Ohlstrom

Holiday Celebration Roast
w/ Amie Hamlin

Sunday November 8, 2020, 3pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

Watch the recording on YouTube.

In this virtual-class-by-Zoom, we'll be preparing a Thanksgiving Celebration Roast.

Whether used for a holiday or not, this roast is just plain delicious. And, it's healthy and planet-friendly, too. For the sake of time, in the class we'll be preparing a miniature version of the roast.

The recipe and instructions can be found at ClubVeg, but this printable version is what will be used during the program. If you want to follow along and cook while Amie cooks you will need to do quite a bit of pre-preparation:

  • Bake winter squash.

  • Make cornbread recipe (see printable instructions).

  • Prepare home made seasoning. (it can take some time to prep the fresh spices.)

  • Take tofu out of the containers, place in a bowl, and mash. It's easiest to use your hands but they will get cold! (We'll drain the tofu, then hollow it out and stuff it on the class.)

  • Cut all the vegetables for the stuffing. (We'll make the stuffing during the class.)

  • Cut the onions and mushrooms for the gravy, measure out flour. (We'll make the gravy during the class.)

Along with the Holiday Celebration Roast directions, Amie has provided two accompanying recipes, Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberry Sauce.

Amie Hamlin, a Danby resident, is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF), a non-profit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices.

Amie has a half acre fenced in and is teaching herself how to be a Veganic Farmer at Growing Peace Farm. Veganic farming is organic without the use of animal inputs such as manure or slaughterhouse by-products. She welcomes volunteers who want to get their hands in the soil (in the spring and summer), and anyone interested in building a toolshed!

8th Annual Harvest Festival 2020

October 11, 2020, 1-5pm, in Dotson Park, 1825 Danby Road

Unfortunately, this event did not happen in 2020.

A successful event would almost certainly have exceeded the recommended attendance limits suggested by NYS and the TC Health Department.

Virtual Wildflower Walk'n'Talk

Sunday July 19, 2020, 7:30pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

To attend the event, tune in to Zoom: click here after 7:25pm.
If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube.

Robert Wesley, a long-time Danby-ite is a staff biologist at Cornell University's Botanical Gardens. He looks after and monitors the quality of vegetation in our natural areas, especially where there are rare and scarce species occurrences and damage from excessive deer and beaver populations.

He also does conservation seed banking and population viability research on a number of local rare plant species. He does field photography of plants and natural areas, leads field trips and tours, and writes copy for web and print.

With this background, Robert's presentation for Danby's Community Council—a virtual wildflower walk thru Spring and Summer—will feature photos from his extensive wanderings through woods, fields, and swamps. Expect colorful, detailed images and specific, informative descriptions.

Solstice Concert: Harp and Song
w/ Pamela Goddard

June 21, 2020, 7:30pm, via the electronic magic of Zoom

To attend the concert, tune in to Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/
If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube.

Pamela Goddard, affectionately known by many Danbites from her decade as Town Clerk, retired to begin another career as a Therapeutic Harpist.

Pamela entered her new vocation with an enormous background built around her lifelong avocation as a singer of Traditional Songs. Her repertoire includes songs of New England and the British Isles, hymns, Americana, and more.

Pamela has been visiting hospitals and elder communities of various kinds for several years. Recently, she's been doing her visiting via Zoom!


Concert: David Streater

February 22, 2020, 2pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road


Concert: Bird-in-Hand String Band

January 12, 2020, 3pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

David Deacon and Deb Justice

Concert: Lily Mell and IC Performers

December 14, 2019, 3pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road


Concert: Party of Four

November 15, 2019, 3pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road


Community Health: Flu Season

November 6, 2019, 7pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Community Health: Tick Talk

October 23, 2019, 7pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Concert: 3-D Trio

October 6, 2019, 3pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Michele Gordon (flute), Wendy Griffin (oboe), Gwen Beckman (piano)

7th Annual Harvest Festival 2019

October 13, 2019, 1-5pm, in Dotson Park, 1825 Danby Road


Concert: Winge & Gordon

July 21, 2019, 3pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Dennis Winge (guitar) and Michele Gordon (flute)

Community Health: Rabies

June 12, 2019, 7pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road

Organic Gardening: Seed to Supper

May 22 & 29, 2019, 6:30pm, Danby's Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road