Past Events

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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