Thursday, March 4, 2010
Winter Recess Attracts 3,400 Educators
Despite difficult economic conditions, Tompkins County’s annual Winter Recess teachers fest attracted 3,400 teachers and family members, the second-largest attendance in the event’s four-year history.
A record 163 local business participated, offering special events, deals and activities for educators and their families at more than 168 locations around the county. This year’s calendar listed more than 90 events including arts, entertainment, dining, education and outdoor recreation.
“Our attendance declined 15% from 2009, but considering the economy and all the school budget troubles, we’re pleased,” said Bruce Stoff, communications manager for the Ithaca/Tompkins CVB, the event coordinator. “Obviously we would like to see growth, but we’re still thrilled we got 3,400 visitors here in February and showed them what a wonderful community this is.”
Highlights for visiting teachers included spa parties at Satori and Crystal’s, happy hours at Corks & More and Moosewood and dining deals at Maxie’s Supper Club and the Boatyard Grill. The Cayuga Wine Trail Mardi Gras, Downtown Chili Cookoff, Sciencenter and Museum of the Earth were the most popular events and attractions.
Held Feb. 12-21, Winter Recess is the nation’s first citywide festival celebrating state educators. The event has attracted 11,000 visitors since its inception in 2007. Dates for Winter Recess 2011 are Feb. 18-27.