Friday, February 14 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
ITHACA HOSTS CITY-WIDE WINTER RECESS EVENT TO THANK NYS TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS
-- Winter Recess, February 14-23, 2014 provides pre-k through 12 classroom teachers and school district employees with free or special discount offers at retail outlets, dining establishments, museums, and recreational spaces across Tompkins County
-- Special highlighted events held during the week include a free welcome party, free spa happy hour party, the 3rd annual Fiber Arts Festival, guided frozen waterfall tours, and several restaurants offering 2-4-1 deals, drink specials, or free appetizers and desserts
-- Now in its 8th year, the Winter Recess “Teachers Week” event is expected to draw an estimated 5,000 attendees to the weeks activities
ITHACA, NY - - January 23, 2014 - - The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, announced today the details for the 8th annual Winter Recess “Teachers Week,” a festival that will take place from February 14-23, 2014 at various locations across Ithaca and Tompkins County. The festival, anticipated to draw over 5,000 attendees, includes several free or deeply discounted offers for participants, plus social events, contests, family fun, and county-wide recognition for teachers and school district employees. Highlights include guided frozen waterfall tours, the 3rd annual Fiber Arts Festival, comedy shows, dining discounts, and more.
To kick off the event, local businesses have opened their doors to teachers with free events including an opening party on Friday, February 14th at Corks & More Wine Bar featuring a complimentary wine tasting for teachers and their guests, plus mini-massages provided by Rasa Spa. Event participants can follow this up with a Saturday full of fun food events, including the annual Chili Cook-Off in the Ithaca Commons, hosted by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Additional events including an Ithaca Teachers Association and NYS United Teachers welcome party at the Homewood Suites on Sunday, February 16th, and a spa happy hour party at Satori Spa on Monday, February 17th are just the beginning of this event-filled week.
“In a city built on education, Ithaca community members truly understand and value the devoted teachers in NYS and beyond, and have worked very hard individually to offer them a sincere thank-you during the annual Winter Recess event,” said Bruce Stoff, Director, Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “From incredible discounts and offers to free special events for teachers and their families, local business owners have once again rolled out the red carpet for educators to take a break and have a relaxing and fun week full of great food, music, wine, family and fun.”
Teachers and school distinct employees are also invited to join the city for the 3rd annual Fiber Arts Festival at La Tourelle Resort for an opportunity is meet local artists with unique fibers, hand spun yarns, pottery and more. For the aspiring outdoor enthusiast, choose to embark on a frozen waterfall tour guided by a certified NYS park ranger, or even a chauffeured luxury van. For the music and theatre lover, there are acts across town to enjoy, ranging from local artists like Vitamin L, to national acts like Galumpha, performing at the historic State Theatre.
To participate, teachers from pre-k to 12 and school district employees must simply show proof of employment at check in, starting February 14th at 10am and continuing daily throughout the week at the main Visitors Center on 904 East Shore Ave. or at the Downtown Visitors Center located in the Ithaca Commons. To pre-register for the event or learn more, simply log on to www.IthacaLovesTeachers.com.