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Visit Binghamton Wins Tourism Excellence Award

Press Release

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) – Visit Binghamton’s “Be Part of Our Story” marketing campaign has won a Tourism Excellence Award at the New York State Tourism Industry Association’s Annual Meeting and Tourism Excellence Awards at the Great Escape Lodge in Lake George earlier today.

“Visit Binghamton is so honored to have won this award and to have our marketing efforts recognized on a state level,” said Judi Hess, director of Visit Binghamton.

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) is proud to recognize leaders in New York State’s tourism industry in announcing the recipients of the 5th Annual NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Awards. The winning individuals or organizations were selected based on demonstrated commitment, leadership, and accomplishment in travel and tourism.

“The NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Awards celebrate and reward private and public-sector people and organizations that go above and beyond with their marketing campaigns and strategies, producing outstanding results that deserve to be recognized in a state-wide forum. This year’s Awards Committee did a stellar job of selecting the best of the best among so many commendable nominations,” said Meg Vanek, Chair NYSTIA Tourism Awards Committee and executive director, Cayuga County Office of Tourism.

“The tourism marketing of NYSTIA’s members drives economic growth and employment in communities across New York, from Montauk to Niagara, Staten Island to the St. Lawrence Seaway. It is critically important that we take the time review their work and celebrate the creativity, innovation and success of New York State’s best tourism marketers. Their passion for all things New York inspires and challenges us all and we are privileged to recognize our 2018 Honorees,” said Bob Provost, President and CEO of NYSTIA.

SportsEvents Announces Greater Binghamton CVB as a 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

SportsEvents Media Group, the leading industry publication focused exclusively on helping sports event planners produce excellent competitions in the United States, has announced Greater Binghamton CVB as one of its 2016 Readers’ Choice Award winners.
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Broome Country has something for everyone

by Sandra Scott

Make Binghamton you base for exploring Broome County, New York. There is plenty to see and to do. Something for everyone.
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Fun things to do in Binghamton, NY

by Sandra Scott

Binghamton is in Broome County, New York named in honor of John Broome the lieutenant governor in 1806 when the county was established, is located on the Chenago River. At one time the Chenango River was connected to the Erie Canal by the 97-mile long Chenango Canal. It spurred growth in population and industry. The area was known as the “Valley of Opportunity” and was home to IBM and other major corporations. Today the county is a destination for those interested in art, museums, and outdoor fun.The county is part of New York State’s Susquehanna Heritage Area.
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Sandra Scott Travels: Binghamton Great Gardens and The Sweetest Place on Earth

by Sandra Scott

Last week I asked: Where is Cutler Botanic Garden? In Binghamton. For years, John and I have been driving Route 81 and finally stopped in Binghamton and visited the Cutler Botanic Garden.
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Sandra Scott Travels: Binghamton is the Carousel Capital of the World – and Much More

by Sandra Scott

Last week I asked: Where is the Carousel Capital of the World? It’s in Binghamton. There is something magical about a carousel or a merry-go-round that appeals to all age groups.
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26 Awesome Ways to Spend Fall in Upstate New York

by Kelsey B.

Pumpkin patches, haunted houses and fall foliage tours you need to experience.  Upstate New York is packed with autumn activities and events that you and your family won’t want to miss. Hunting down the good ones can be time consuming, so we’ve compiled an all-encompassing list of fun things to do that are great for any group, family or couple.
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Binghamton: A City of Two Tales

by ariandavidphotography

My name is Arian Horbovetz, I’m a photographer from Rochester New York ( and this is my third “blog stop” featuring small New York cities. If you have followed my blog over the last 5 months, you have read stories of urban revival in our small New York cities. While the story of Binghamton highlights some of the great things happening in that city, the conversations (which are also more lengthy than in previous entries) I had with residents told two very different stories about the present and future of Binghamton. Some spoke of the horrors of poverty in their community, while others told me all about the phenomenal progress being made. As a result, this blog entry differs from my visits to Utica and Schenectady because it begs for greater introspection, both for residents of Binghamton and beyond.

My hope is that this blog will start a dialogue between two groups, while highlighting the truly wonderful things that are happening in this small New York city. So let’s take a day trip together in Binghamton New York.
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Stumped on what to get all the foodies on your Christmas list?? Look no further than the Binghamton Winter Passport! To start, it’s super-stylish and looks remarkably like an actual passport. But even better, passport holders will have access to exclusive offers (valued at $134) from some of Binghamton’s best, locally-owned eateries in one handy booklet!

At any time between January 2 and February 8, hit any of your favorite restaurants (or try some place new!), present your passport and receive the offer listed for that venue. Examples of offers (Buy One Entree, Get a Second Entree of Equal or Lesser Value Free; Buy One Dinner and Get a Beer Free; 15% Off All Regularly Priced Menu Items, etc).
Purchase on line for $20 at or in person at Little Venice, Lost Dog Café, Water Street Brewing Co. or Whole in the Wall. Your foodie friends will thank you!!

For more information or to purchase a Winter Passport,


Take an “Historic Journey” with the Binghamton Philharmonic

Press Release

The Binghamton Philharmonic will take you on an “Historic Journey” by presenting Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Peter Boyer’s epic Ellis Island: The Dream of America at the Anderson Center on the campus of Binghamton University, November 9th at 3:00pm.

“This concert is one to not miss. A multi-media event where not only are we honored to host Markus Placci but we are also celebrating history, traditions and heritage with those that came to America through Ellis Island,” stated Heidi Kelley, executive director.

The concert features guest artist Markus Placci who will perform Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. “Placci showed extreme accuracy, not only in the technical aspects, but also in the way he structured the movement, in the dynamic shades, and, above all, in his fabulous, singing-like, romantic tone,” as quoted in the Badische Neuste Nachrichten.

In addition to Mr. Placci’s performance, the Binghamton Philharmonic presents a heartwarming salute to those that left their native country to pursue a better life in the United States with Peter Boyer’s piece “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” The work combines first-person narrations of seven immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between 1910 and 1940. Professional actors along with projected photos and videos add to the depth of these remarkable stories of perseverance and determination.

Prior to the concert, all ticket holders are invited to join Dr. Barbara Renton and the guest artist for an engaging talk about the music selections. “Concert Conversations” is an informal discussion about the program starting at 2 p.m. in the auditorium and is free to the audience. Program notes are sponsored by Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation.

Celebrating 59 years of high quality professional music, the Binghamton Philharmonic continues to promote talented guest artists and emotionally moving pieces. We are here to enrich the lives of the community by demonstrating orchestral talent unseen anywhere else.

Season tickets are on sale now starting as low as $36. Single tickets begin as low as $15. Student tickets are available for $10. FREE tickets to all music students. Discounts for military and groups of 10 or more. All tickets for the Binghamton Philharmonic 2014-2015 season can be purchased by calling (607) 723-3931 or visit the Philharmonic office located at 168 Water Street; Fourth Floor. Purchase tickets online at

Generous thanks to the 2014-15 Season Sponsor Visions Federal Credit Union. Classical Season sponsor is M & T Bank. Media sponsors are TownSquare Media, Clear Channel and the Press & Sun Bulletin.

In its 59th year, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Binghamton’s oldest performing arts organization. Led by Music Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo, the Binghamton Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Binghamton and draws audiences from more than 50 cities in the Southern Tier. The Binghamton Philharmonic provides opportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance by offering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order to enrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the Binghamton Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season and donor opportunities may be found by visiting

Upstate Adventure with Kids: A road trip from NYC to Upstate with small children

By Judy Koutsky

My three-year-old was on Spring Break (from nursery school), so I decided to pack up the car, load up the kids (we also have a one-year-old) and hit the road for a good, old-fashioned road trip. Our destination? Upstate New York.

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Greater Binghamton Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives 2012 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents

Press Release

Greater Binghamton CVB recently was recognized by SportsEvents Media Group, as one of its 2012 Readers’ Choice Award recipients. A leading industry publication devoted to connecting sport event organizers with sports commissions, CVBs, hotels, insurance companies and other sports events industry suppliers, SportsEvents registered more than 3,000 votes for the prestigious award.

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The Twilight Zone: A Celebration of Rod Serling

By Lawrence Kassan

Known primarily for his role as the host of television’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Binghamton’s very own Rod Serling had one of the most exceptional and varied careers in television. As a writer, a producer, and for many years a teacher, Serling challenged the medium of television to reach for loftier artistic goals. He was writing for television during a time the medium was referred to as The Golden Age; sometimeafter his death, it began being referred to as America’s Vast Waste Land!

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Area courses a hotbed for Canadian golfers

By Kevin Stevens

March 24, 2009

From Greater Brockville, Ontario, Sonny Clark and fellow golf enthusiasts make their annual pilgrimage to Broome and eastern Tioga County.

“Spring Fling” is what they call their three-day stay that includes two rounds at Conklin Players Club and another at The Links at Hiawatha Landing, Last year, the group numbered 64. This year, 72 have committed, the majority members of Brockville Country Club.


Unique Facts and Famous People in Greater Binghamton

  • Greater Binghamton is the Carousel Capital of the world, boasting 6 antique carousels. It’s also the Pierogie Capital (2008 and 2009 – Mrs. T’s) and the original Home of the Spiedie!
  • Celebrities such as Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, and Johnny Hart, known for his B.C. Comic Strip, grew up in Greater Binghamton.
  • The Triplets, the farm team to the Yankees, called Binghamton home. (Thurman Munson, Whitey Ford, and others played here.)
  • The Exterminator, a Kentucky Derby winner, was buried in Binghamton.
  • Basketball star, King Rice, went to Binghamton High School and is currently coaching.
  • Coach of Seton Hall Bobby Gonzalez is from Binghamton.
  • Hockey player Mike Dunham is from Binghamton.
  • US Olympic bobsled team member Chris Coleman is from Binghamton.
  • James Matthews, who brought the Broome Dusters (AHL) to Binghamton, is from Binghamton.
  • Baseball pitcher for the Yankees Steve Kraley is from Binghamton.
  • Hockey player for the Dusters Frankie Hamel is from Binghamton.
  • Danny Nagel, who pitched the last World Series at Abbots Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, is from Binghamton.
  • Bill Harrison, who scored the most touchdowns for Binghamton Central in 1957, is from Binghamton.
  • Becka Wiggins, who pitched a no hitter for SV baseball, is from Binghamton?
  • Cornell Basketball player Chuck Rolles, who had 55 pts in one game, is from Binghamton.