October 3-4, 2015


Schedule of Events at Pumpkinfest 2014

The full schedule of events and contests will be posted here as it becomes available:

Zachary Birdsall, Photo by Bethann BirdsallFriday

4:30 - 7 pm, Pumpkinfest Pancake Supper

United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St (next to Courthouse Park). All you can eat pumpkin or regular pancakes with sausage, homemade applesauce, oj, coffee or tea. $5 per person (Limit $20 per family)





7-11 am, Pumpinkfest Pancake Breakfast

Grace and Holy Spirit Church, Cortland. "All you can eat" Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds to benefit Cortland Loaves and Fishes. $5.00 per person or $15.00 for the family. All Pumpkin Run participants receive $1.00 off. For more information call Kim Hill at 756-6195, e-mail cortlandloavesandfishes@yahoo.com or visit www.gracechurchcortland.com/loaves_fishes.html.


9 am, Pumpkin 5k Run, 5k Walk, 1 mile Fun Run

Cortland YMCAThe Fidelis 6 pack race series seeks to encourage healthier life styles and greater family wellness, and to promote recreational running as a healthy choice. Your participation enables the Cortland YMCA, and its collaborators, the means to support many services and programs that deliver healthier lifestyles to the greater Cortland Community! You can win 100s of dollars of prizes such as running gear! For more information call the Cortland YMCA at (607) 756-2893 or e-mail ymca@cortlandymca.org. Stay after to enjoy crafts, sights and fine foods at the Pumpkinfest. Port-a-johns located in the park at the Pumpkinfest, showers available at the YMCA after the race.


10 am - 3 pm, Cortland Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

Cortland Fire Department HQ, 21 Court Street. Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October. Our firefighters provide educational opportunities, demonstrations and fun events like the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge. Activities change each year but the Auxiliary is always there with popcorn and cider for this family-oriented event! FREE family event! For more information call (607) 756-5612, e-mail david.jensen@cortlandfire.org or visit cortlandfire.org.


11 am - 12 noon, Ageless Jazz Band

The Ageless Jazz Band is a popular dance band featuring music ranging from classic swing to Latin jazz in a sophisticated, lively style. The band includes a full compliment of saxophones, trumpets, and trombones, a swinging rhythm section and sizzling vocals. Performing the legendary tunes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and other giants of Big Band Jazz, their music is timeless and loved by dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Ageless Jazz Band


11 am, Pumpkin Decorating Contest

First Niagara BankDecorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, movies, TV or one of this year's pop music categories. Decorate your pumpkin with your class at school, with your club, with your family, with a friend or on your own.

Enter the contest as a Kindergarten-2nd grader, 3rd/4th grader, 5th/6th grader, or as a group

Win a Prize: First Place - $30, Second Place - $20, Third Place - $10

Judging at 11 am, winners announced at 1 pm. Pick up your pumpkin and t-shirt at 5 pm on Sunday.

Pumpkin Decorating Registration Form


12:30 - 2 pm, Jeff Love Band

Jeff Love BandThe Jeff Love Band pays homage to the classic funk, soul and jazz of yesterday while imparting its contemporary vision on each mesmerizing offering. This eclectic brand of music brings music lovers of all ages together each time the JLB takes the stage. As a result, each Jeff Love Band event is not only a musical performance, but a social movement; A celebration of rhythmic collaboration. It’s your chance to dance, so get ready for the high energy experience of a lifetime. From the first high hat to the last rim shot, the JLB is guaranteed to have you movin’ and groovin’ all night long.


Catskill Puppet Theatre2 - 3 pm, The Catskill Puppet Theatre

"The Lion's Whiskers"

Their full sets, colorful scenery and large, beautiful puppets transform even the simplest environment into a fantasy world rich with wonder and excitement!

For more information visit the Catskill Puppet Theatre web site.


3 - 4:30 pm, Tribal Revival

Tribal RevivalTribal Revival performs the music from The Grateful Dead, The Allman Bros. Band, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and a host of other artists. Tribal Revival prides itself on performing works of music that possess a strong character of improvisation. Tunes that the average listener has either Not heard in a while, or ever heard a group perform. The band, while respectively paying homage to the original artists, tend to place their own spin on the choice of music for the evening. And in doing so, creates a vibe of its very own for anyone attending the show...




1 - 2:30 pm, Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys

Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass BoysHailing from Cortland, Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys are a high-energy, traditional bluegrass band with a modern flavor consisting of quality harmonies and solos. The band’s sound resembles its influences, including the Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, Della Mae, and Flatt & Scruggs, with a hint of Bill Monroe. The band is currently recording their debut album and
looking forward to playing Bluegrass at many venues this summer.


3 - 4:30 pm, The Old Timers Band

Old Timers BandThe Cortland Old Timers Band is in its 47th year of concert performances in Central New York. Organized in 1967 by John Discenza and Phil Natoli, the band continues to attract both young and seasoned musicians from the Cortland area, an area that abounds with musical talent and generations of community-band heritage.

The Old Timers Band traces its heritage back over 150 years, when military and industrial bands were popular in the Cortland area, with its predecessor taking shape in 1911 as the Mascagni Italian Band, organized by Frank Crisara. Then, performing for several years at the St Anthony’s Band (1925-34) and the Cortland Civic Band (1936-54), the musicians found a special appeal in the Italian community and its La Festa celebrations.

Today, the band boasts over 60 volunteer members, ranging in age from 16 to 87, who strive to enrich the Cortland community, and future generations, with their passion for big-band performances. Their concert selections include traditional marches, overtures, patriotic songs, popular Broadway hits and folk music.