Over 50 Oasis participants attended the event on Thursday, April 7, welcoming the Oasis instructor with open arms. Deemed “too small” to be written up by Fodor’s, Frommer, The Lonely Planet, and other big-name travel publishers, Syracuse finally has its 160 pages of fame. Linda focused her talk on how she researched and wrote the book in just 100 days and how she was able to condense the unique qualities of metro Syracuse into one-hundred 130-word entries.
Some of the obstacles Linda faced included geographic limitations–she was only allowed to include places as far north as Brewerton, as far east as Chittenango, as far south as Nedrow, and as far west as Elbridge. And even while a part of Onondaga County, Skaneateles could not be included in case it should one day be included in a Finger Lakes travel book.
Even with these limitations, Linda was able to come up with 100 “places, faces, and spaces that can only be found in or near Syracuse.” Broken down into five categories: Food and Drink, Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History and Shopping and Fashion, there’s something for everyone. Some entries of interest include dining at the Salt City Market, taking in a show at the Landmark Theatre, chasing local waterfalls, visiting the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and supporting local artist by shopping at Wildflowers Armory.
Our many thanks to Linda for sharing your book and your time with Oasis participants. Now let’s get out and explore!