Nov. - Dec. 2014


Special events programmed in Armory Square weekends leading up to the big December holiday are filled with welcoming entertainment, including street caroling, themed brunches/lunches, High Teas and cocktail hours. Following is the run down on this year's 'Holiday Happenings.' Note that all events are presided over by 'Abe Walton,' the district's first visionary, and Santa Claus, the season's most visually favorite personality.

Friday night, November 28, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Teenage and young adult students of the Signature Music Program perform live in Musical Windows on the Square at the Mr. Shop. Across the way, in the Residence Inn Lobby Bar, this year's newest venue, the Five to Life a cappella Quintet entertains from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The group's emotionally harmonic and rich tones, though rooted in gospel, are equally compelling in all its vocals. Both venues are located on the corners of West Fayette and Franklin Sts.

Saturday, November 29

Outdoors, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Harmony Katz Barbershop Chorus, featuring some 25 members from its local chapter, will raise voices caroling throughout Armory Square streets. Under the direction of Pete Carentz, the group performs a variety of four-part music.


Blue Tusk, 12 to 2:00pm - Keyboardist Dick Ford, Director of Signature Music, keeps thing lively for the lunch crowd.

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00pm - Golden Novak Band, named after Brian Golden and Jess Novak, performs original Blues/Americana/Rock music along with covers from B.B. King to Bruce Springsteen.

Jefferson Clinton Hotel High Tea (free), 1:00 to 3:00pm - Dolce Flutes Quartet, hailed as "Four virtuosos with one incredible sound," performs a wide array of musical styles, from baroque to contemporary and includes all four flutes of the flute family. Kelly Covert, Dana DiGennaro, Martha Grener and Jeanne Pizzuto-Sauve

Kitty Hoynes Christmas in Killarney Brunch - Music from 1:00 to 4:00pm

Residence Inn Lobby Bar, 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Harpist Jennifer Byrne, a passionate devotee of this instrument, plays a wide range of harp music from many eras, sharing her talent in concerts throughout Upstate NY for over 15 years.

Saturday, December 6

Outdoors, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Chittenango HS Select Choir, under the direction of Matthew Stearns, returns to Armory Square to sing many hits from its seasonal repertoire. The group has performed with such talents as Kenny Rogers and the iconic rock band Foreigner.


Blue Tusk, 12 to 2:00 pm - Keyboardist Dick Ford

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00 pm - Kirsten Tegtmeyer & E.S.P. Vocalist Tegtmeyer is accompanied by a jazz quartet with a modern twist.

Jefferson Clinton Hotel High Tea (free), 1:00 to 3:00 pm - Harpist Amy Hueber, is a member of the Gail Lyons Harp Ensemble and current president of the CNY Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Kitty Hoynes Christmas in Killarney Brunch, music from 1:00 to 4:00 pm - Burns & Davoli
Tim Burns, frontman for the popular root-rock band, Two Hour Delay, teams with Joe Davoli, award winning instrumentalist to play a mix of originals and covers including Irish fiddle and holiday music.

Residence Inn Lobby Bar, 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Great Lakes Guitar Quartet offers a unique approach to their program featuring individual performance as well as performance as a Quartet. Benjamin Ellis, Christopher Polak, James Horan and John Ferrara

Saturday, December 13

Outdoors, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Tom Dooley Choraliers, and The Cathedral Church Choir, taken individually, provide a host of voices to swell holiday music throughout the Square, with the choraliers' men's strong a cappella choir and the Cathedral's choir of some 26 men and women.


Blue Tusk, 12:00 to 2:00pm - Keyboardist Dick Ford

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Brunch, 12 to 2:00pm - Easy Ramblers, a local acoustic Bluegrass/ Americana/Country act that won a Syracuse Area Music Award in the "Best Country" category.

Jefferson Clinton Hotel High Tea (free), 1:00 to 3:00 pm - Pianist Jody Grenier says that since starting at an early age, he has continued a life-long passion for 'tickling the keys,' much to the delight of listeners.

Kitty Hoynes Christmas in Killarney Brunch, music from 1:00 to 4:00 pm - Kitty's Musical Irish Session, is a regularly rotating event involving different performers and instrumentation.

Residence Inn Lobby Bar, 5:00 to 7:00 pm - Todd Hobin, leader of the Todd Hobin Band and gifted songwriter and composer, performs solo on piano/guitar.

Saturday, December 20

Outdoors, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Oneida H.S. Chamber Choir is a 20-voice choral ensemble initiated under the direction of Heather O'Connell at students' request to having a group that sings strictly an a cappella
repertoire. The choir is made up of top selected 10-12 graders from the school's large choral program.


Blue Tusk, 12 to 2:00 pm - Keyboaardist Dick ford

Empire Brewing Co., Jingle Bell Bruch, 12 to 2:00 pm - Pidgeon Post String Band is a backwoods band composed of a wide array of string instruments mixing bluegrass, folk and country.

Jefferson Clinton Hotel High Tea (free), 1:00 to 3:00 pm - John Spillet Jazz/Pop Duo - Tenor saxophonist John Spillett teams with pianist Dino Losito to provide favorite jazz standards encompassing a wide spectrum of styles including swing, Latin, ballad, bebop and contemporary.

Kitty Hoynes Christmas in Killarney Brunch, music from 1:00 to 4:00 pm - Tom Dooley Choraliers

Residence Inn Lobby Bar, 5:00 to 7:00 pm - John Spillet Jazz/Pop Duo

"Holiday Happenings" is sponsored and produced by the Armory Square Association with additional support from other entities. The Association is pleased to name this year's donors: City of Syracuse, Downtown Committee, Eric Mower & Associates, Jefferson Clinton Hotel, Residence Inn Marriott, Etcetera, Frankie & Faye, Blue Tusk, Mullys, Benjamins on Franklin, Kitty Hoynes, Sugarman Law Firm, Pastabilities, Industry, Small Plates, Designer Warehouse, Mr. Shop, Freedom of Espresso, AmeriCU, and Sweet on Chocolate.

Armory Square Book
June 22, 2009
On June 22nd, the much-anticipated book, "Armory Square: Then and Now," will be released by Arcadia Publishing. Arcadia, a leading publisher of historical books, has previously published similar books of historical photographs from the greater Syracuse area authored by Dennis Connors of the Onondaga Historical Association.

The Armory Square book, however, will be the first book to offer a "then and now" look at downtown Syracuse, featuring historic photos from the early 20th century along side photos from today. There will also be a number of photos from the period just prior to the beginning of the numerous renovations that have made Armory Square the hip, urban hot-spot it is today. In this way the book will serve to tell the story of a historic neighborhood that was at one time a thriving manufacturing district before suffering a decline, but later to be reborn as an urban neighborhood now known for fine dining, unique retail, entertainment and a lively nightlife scene.

The book was authored by Robert Podfigurny of the Armory Square Association and George Curry, a key-developer in the rebirth of Armory Square. The Onondaga Historical Association assisted a great deal in the project by providing many historical photographs and a wealth of information. A special thanks also to those individuals and businesses that provided additional support: the Downtown Committee of Syracuse; Joe Rainone of Mulrooney's Pub; Rich Sykes and RHS Holdings, LLC; Rick Tait and Pioneer Cos.; and the Armory Square Association.

The book will sell for $21.99 and will be available at Eureka Crafts in Armory Square, Barnes and Noble, Borders Books, Powell Books,, and many independent retailers in Syracuse. A discount is available to retailers interested in purchasing the book for resale. Armory Square area businesses interested in purchasing multiple copies, please contact Robert Podfigurny by e-mailing Volume discounts may be available.

Visit the publisher's website to read more about the book!

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