Beer-tasting fundraiser Sunday as Ithaca Community Fireworks approaches its goal

June 27, 2015 by Rachel Cera

With just a few days left before the Ithaca Community Fireworks, organizers say they're within $3,000 of a $20,000 fundraising goal to cover the cost of the annual show.

For the first time this year, fundraising efforts will include a beer tasting at Agava Restaurant on East Hill. The tasting is from 3-6pm on Sunday, June 28th, and $10 tickets include tastings from Southern Tier Brewing, Three Heads Brewing, Goose Island Beer, and Shock Top.

The fundraising effort helps to cover the cost of the fireworks show, which isn't paid for with tax dollars. Donors can get a variety of perks, such as a hot dog from the concession stand with a donation of $20 or more, and a pair of parking passes and a pop-up tent with a prime view of the fireworks show.

"I've always loved the fireworks," says City of Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick, who pushed hard to bring the annual show back to Ithaca in 2012, after it had taken place in Dryden on the campus of Tompkins Cortland Community College for a couple of years. 

"Particularly as a kid," the mayor added, "the fact that the show was free meant my family could go along with the wealthiest family in town and we'd all have the same view. We'd all look up at the same sky together."

Parking at Stewart Park itself is available to donors, sponsors, event volunteers, and attendees requiring handicap accessible parking. Event organizers suggest parking at Boynton Middle School or Ithaca High School and walking over to the park, or taking a free bus from downtown. Parking downtown is free at metered spaces after 6pm and in City-owned garages after 8pm.

TCAT says they will have buses with "Fireworks" on the destination sign picking up passengers starting at 6pm, at the Albany Street and State Street stop and at the Seneca Street and Green Street bus stations. The free fireworks buses will also stop at intersections along North Cayuga Street, but "only as far as Lincoln Street," according to TCAT. "There will be no pick up/drop off service from Lincoln Street to Stewart Park."

TCAT says the bus service to Stewart Park will end at 9:30pm, just before the fireworks are scheduled to begin, and ask that passengers immediately head to the pick-up area at the entryway circle as soon as the fireworks show is over for a ride back.

The waterfront pedestrian trail from Newman Municipal Golf Course to Stewart Park will close at 9pm and reopen after the fireworks show. The fireworks will be launched from the golf course again this year.

Another local fireworks show will be held in Lansing next week, with the Lansing Community Council hosting fireworks at Myers Park on July 3rd. Music with Steve Southworth will begin at 6pm on Friday, and free shuttles will be available from the Lansing school parking lots.

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