Symphoria Changes Name

A local non-profit organization has a new name. Symphoria, which was founded in 2012, is now The Syracuse Orchestra.

“Since our inception, our goal has been to serve the Central New York area through the gift of orchestral music,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page. “As a result, we have received tremendous support from the Syracuse community in ways we couldn’t have imagined…Our vision with this rebrand is to reflect the community that has pillared our organization for so long.”

To learn more about The Syracuse Orchestra, visit

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Syracuse Mets Add New Food Option for 2024 Season

When the Syracuse Mets return to NBT Bank Stadium this month, there will be another food option for fans to choose from. The team recently announced the addition of the Wildcat Concession Stand.

Operated by the Camillus-based restaurant, it will offer chicken wings, tater tots, and freeze-dried candy.

“The Syracuse Mets are thrilled to partner with the Wildcat for the 2024 season,” said General Manager Jason Smorol in a press release. “The Wildcat is a fantastic local restaurant that serves their community great food with great service. They will offer fans at NBT Bank Stadium the same delicious food with terrific customer service all season long.”

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Dates Announced for 2024 Taste of Syracuse

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A local favorite is returning for its 26th year. Taste of Syracuse is scheduled for June 7 and 8.

The event will once again feature $2 samples from local food vendors, plus performances by more than 130 bands and area musicians (Hanson, known for its 90s hit MMMBop, is the headliner). There is no admission fee.

“We’re excited to kick off the summer festival season once again in Downtown Syracuse,” said Carrie Wojtaszek, Galaxy Media chief operating officer, in a press release. “We stand by our message that no matter what you’re looking for, musically or food-wise, we truly can say we’ve got it at the Taste of Syracuse! We’re also thrilled to be raising awareness and funds for both Griffin’s Guardians and Paige’s Butterfly Run.”

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Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour to Visit New York State Fair

Parents, mark your calendars! Blippi: The Wonderful World is coming to Chevy Court on Sept 1.

“We’re so excited to be bringing Blippi to the Great New York State Fair and deliver on our promise to bring more entertainment that our young fairgoers and their families can enjoy,” said Julie LaFave, interim fair director, in a press release. “Blippi is fun, and his energy is contagious. He’ll have audiences singing and dancing at Chevy Court; what an awesome addition to our entertainment lineup for the 2024 Fair, which truly has something for everyone.”

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