November 5: Fall Back Dance Party Fundraiser with TOiVO

Fall Back Dance Party Fundraiser with TOiVO

Toivo pic TCFA

Date: Sunday, November 5
Time: 4:00-6:30pm (The end of Daylight Savings Time)
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation (larger donations are always welcome)

This fun event will take place in the TCFA auditorium on Sunday, November 5 – Daylight Savings Time Ends. Biggest, best wooden dance floor in the Finger Lakes. All ages are welcome to enjoy music that is good for dancing and good for listening! Refreshments will be available. Bring a partner or come alone! Wallflowers are welcome, too!

TOiVO will play an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky-tonk, European, South American and many original dance tunes. You’ll enjoy waltzes, tangos, two-steps, polkas, schottisches, foxtrots, cheek-to-cheek, hambos, and huapangos.

The players are Richard Koski, button accordion; Jason Koski, mandolin; Stefan Senders, banjo and triangle; Jim Reidy, guitar; Paul Martin, guitar; Harley Campbell, upright bass; and Annie Campbell, snare drum. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the conservatory.

Find out more about TOiVO at their web site:


October 31: Halloween Open House

TCFA is pleased to host a Halloween Open House on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Families can take a break from trick-or-treating, and catch up on dinner with free soup, chili and mac & cheese (While supplies last!). There will also be coffee available.

Admission is free and all are welcome, but PLEASE, no drop-offs! Donations to TCFA are appreciated.


Beginning October 28: Saturday Morning Kidz Art Club

Saturday Morning Kidz Art Club
Begins October 28th!

Saturday Morning Kidz Art Club for ages 7-11

Noelle Dembrosky
Ages: 7-11
Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2 & 9
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $60

By popular demand, Art Club is back! Come enjoy your creative side as we explore the many faces of art. Using a variety of materials, we’ll learn about cartooning, portraits, mixed-media collage and more. Let’s have fun!

To register, contact, or mail in registration Art Class Registration Form

October 28: Cascadilla Creek Waltz Band

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Cascadilla Creek Waltz Band
Saturday, October 28, 7pm

Come dance to waltz music by the Cascadilla Creek ensemble.  Pamela Goddard assisted by Ted Crane will provide dance instruction. Or just listen to the eleven women of the Cascadilla Creek ensemble as they perform music from Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, and New England. Tickets at the door. Your donation of $10 will help the Conservatory to flourish.

Beginning October 26: Art in Translation: Painting & Mono-Printing

Art in Translation: Painting & Mono-Printing
Beings October 26th

Art in Translation: Painting & Mono-Printing

Instructors: Domenica Brockman & Marina Delaney
Dates & Times: Instruction will be Thursdays, 6-8:30pm,
with open studio on Sundays, 1-3:30pm
Thursdays – Oct. 26Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30;
Sundays – Oct. 29Nov. 5, 12, & 19
Cost (materials included*): $120
(CayAC members receive 10% discount)
Descriptive: Join us for an in-depth painting and printing intensive. In the first half of the course, we will focus on painting from life using acrylic on canvas. Topics such as rendering, tonal value, and glazing will be covered.  In the second half, participants will translate their still life composition to abstract monoprints. The course will culminate with an exhibit at TCFA. All levels of experience are welcome – space is limited.
*Made possible by a Delavan Foundation Grant
To register contact  or mail in registration form Art Class Registration Form.

October 21: DRAW-A-THON Fundraiser

DRAW-A-THON Fundraiser
Date: October 21
Time: Noon-Midnight

Announcing the first annual Draw-a-thon in support of arts education at TCFA! Rotating still lifes, community draw, costumed models, workshops & more. ALL LEVELS OF DRAWING EXPERIENCE ARE WELCOME! This event is registered with The Big Draw, an international festival that takes place in October all over the world to celebrate the art of drawing. For more information visit

Cost: Suggested donation $10; Students $5; Kids under 12 free

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Beginning October 9: Intro to Bookbinding

bookbindingIntro to Bookbinding
Dates: October 9, 16, & 23
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Rowley
Cost (w/ materials): Suggested $45/session

Learn the art and craft of hand binding your own books and journals! Participants will learn how to use tools, papers, and adhesives while exploring creative methods of design. Throughout the sessions we will make single and double pamphlet, accordion, link stitch, and more! Sign up for one, two or all three classes.

To register: contact, or mail in registration form Art Class Registration Form.pdf

Beginning 9/16: Blues Guitar Workshop

Bill Gregg, a member of the TCFA faculty, will be offering two 4-week grant-funded workshops (at no cost to students) in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  The first workshop will begin on September 16th and run until October 7th.

Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7
Time: 2:00-3:30p

Basics of Blues Guitar

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of acoustic blues guitar. Topics include: how to accompany blues vocals with basic chords, play boogie & shuffle patterns, simple licks and improvising a solo using easy blues scales. This is an introductory course for people with basic guitar skills who want to start playing acoustic blues.

Bill also teaches private lessons (Guitar, Autoharp, 5 string Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Country Fiddle, Dulcimer, and Ukulele) at his studio, Harmonic Resources, in Trumansburg, NY. 

For more information about the workshops, or to contact Bill, email TCFA at