Samara Hannah, currently the executive director of the Redhouse Arts Center, has been in leadership positions at the Redhouse since 2014. She is also board member of CazArts. Hannah has been happily married for 23 years to her best friend and husband, Curt. She is a proud mom to two amazing college-aged children, Emily and Jack, and their furry little sister, Dixie. Hannah also has two adult stepchildren, who have made her a proud (step) grandmother of three. She now resides in Cazenovia after moving there from Manlius last year.
Were you born and raised in CNY?
No, I was born and raised in the Adirondacks. My childhood hometown is Tupper Lake, NY. I have lived in Upstate NY my entire life. My husband’s job brought us from the Capital District to Central New York in 2004.
Why do you choose to stay and make your home here?
Central New York is rich in art and culture, sports and the great outdoors. It is one of the most beautiful parts of our state and is located proximate to other major markets.
What does your “good life” look like and how does CNY play a role?
My “good life” is all about the people in my life and making memories. There is always something to do in CNY! Whether it’s attending live theater, enjoying an SU game with my family or dining at one of our favorite CNY restaurants (local only!), we are making memories. I am an active nature walker with my “mom friends” and we are often found enjoying a walk on the Erie Canal, Clark Reservation, Green Lakes State Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Chittenango Falls or through the Village of Cazenovia.
What do you like most about living here?
It’s got a small town feel with access to so much more!
What makes CNY different from other places you’ve lived?
The people. CNY feels like family. We have made so many friends and created a new CNY family who have been with us through the good times and bad.
How would you spend a day off in the area?
Go for a long nature walk, followed by dinner with friends.
Go-to place to eat?
Meier’s Creek in Cazenovia. And not dinner but donuts, Glazed and Confused.
First place you take out-of-town friends or family?
Green Lakes State Park or Chittenango Falls. If they have young children, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo!
Favorite way to take advantage of our beautiful outdoors?
Hiking and nature walks.
A place or business you think is underrated or under-discovered?
Redhouse Arts Center
Favorite memory related to living in CNY?
Raising my family here – we are blessed to be part of this great community.
How would you describe CNY in a few words?
Safe, home, family
What do you think we take for granted here?
One of my greatest pet peeves is hearing “there’s nothing to do.” CNY has so much to offer: beautiful parks and trails, shopping, dining, arts & culture, downtown summer festivals and sports. There is always something to do!
Best way to get to know the area better?
Go for a drive and try stopping somewhere new.
Myth about CNY or Upstate you’d like to dispel?
Well, I wish I could say the winters, but those stories are all true. I don’t mind snow and cold when the sun is shining. Some people complain there is nothing to do, when in reality there are so many options. We have a thriving arts community, plenty of sports, tons of outdoor activities, and our central location means you can really travel anywhere is the state if you are looking for something different.
What do you think people outside of Central New York should know about living here?
It’s an amazing place to raise a family or find a family.
You can live your best life in Central New York too!
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