farewell 3_edited.jpg

weekly update

new second sunday with picture_edited_edited.jpg

SAGE Upstate News

Oswego Group: Fourth Sunday, 2 pm

Join other SAGErs in Oswego for discussion and socializing. 


Oswego Group: Time: 4th Sunday, 02:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82132065529

Meeting ID: 821 3206 5529
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969

Third Thursday With Trish: March 17, 6:00 pm

PhotoRoom_20210929_070931.jpg (1).png

Join Neighborhood Advisor Trish Johnson for conversation, sharing, and information on resources that might be of interest to you. Join us on Zoom -- you can log in or call in. 

Log in: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85176563817?pwd=Q3lGZUNuQUxJMGVPR2pqR0tpTjFWdz09

Or, call in at: 1 929 205 6099     Meeting ID: 447 042 8170        Passcode:1969

Sage Weekly Email - Vera House WRC.jpg
cnycf ad 2019.jpg

 For Your Health:                        

 CDC says there is a potential for   airborne spread of COVID-19    

This is interesting:

LGBT Icon Quiz

3 O'Clock Pie

3 O'Clock Pie meets once a month, on the first Friday, at 3 pm in the center. Join SAGERS for games, coffee, and of course, pie.

60+ Circle of Friends 

A social group for participants who are sixty or older. The group meets once a month, on the third Wednesday, in the afternoon at 12:30pm. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Alzheimer's Assn Caregiver Support Group

Support group for caregivers of people with dementia, facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association. First Tuesday, 3 pm. 

Art Classes

Watercolor and other arts classes are held at various times throughout the year, call us for more info. 

Breakfast Club

The group meets once a month, on the first Wednesday at 9:30 am. The meeting takes place at a local restaurant each month. Call for details.

Crafting in the Center

Craft with others on the 2nd Tuesday, SAGE Upstate Center, 4:30 pm. New projects each session.

Fitness Classes

Sillycize is our summer exercise class on Mondays and Fridays at 11:15 am. In Fall, Falls Prevention classes will resume to help participants improve balance and build strength to help avoid falls. Open to people of all fitness levels. 

Knitting, & Fabric Arts

Sage Upstate member Deborah Hardy leads a knitting, needlecraft circle at the Sage Upstate Center on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. The group is open to knitters and other fabric artists with all levels of experience and is a place where participants can come to learn to knit or to join other experienced knitters in a welcoming environment.

Men's Night Out 

Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 pm. This social event includes games, movies, conversation and opportunities for gay, bisexual and transgender men to come together to build social support

Monday Night Men's Group

Full support group for men; it meets every Monday at 6 pm. The group takes new members twice yearly. Call for info.


Oswego Potluck

Monthly potluck for SAGERs in Oswego County. Meets on the fourth Sunday, 2 pm, atTrinity Methodist Church, 45 E. Utica St. in Oswego. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Syracuse 2nd Sunday Potlucks

Social time at 4 pm, program at 5 pm, potluck supper at 6 pm. Past potluck programs have included local authors, films,  legal issues, local history, an intergenerational panel, cooking classes, and travel stories. Bring a dish to pass if you are able. 

Trans Social

Safe space for aging trans folks -- bring a snack and a game to share if you are able. Now on summer schedule -- third Saturday at 7 pm. 

Utica Potluck

Monthly meeting for SAGERs in Oneida County. Meets second Saturday each month at Utica Unitarian Church, 10 Higby Rd. in Utica. Bring a dish to pass if you are able.


Social group for LGBT people of color meets monthly. The group offers an opportunity for aging LGBT people of color to meet new friends, socialize and find connections in a friendly and supportive environment.

Writing Group

Ongoing group open to writers of all levels, all forms of writing. Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. 


Happy New Year

We thank everyone who helped SAGE stay strong in 2020. 


Donors: You helped us to meet and EXCEED our goals. This allowed us to continue programs that reduce isolation and improve health for older LGBT people. Leslie: We were sad to Leslie Lamb  go this summer, but before she did she connected us with sponsor and grant opportunities, led the 5k effort, and did so much more. Group Leaders: You led virtual programs so people could excersize, be entertained, hear health info, and gather to socialize and support each other. Volunteers: We thank everyone who managed to help out even though we were social distancing in the middle of a pandemic! Participants: We were were all learning the new normal together, and you stuck with us. Your participation, kindness and enthusiasm made our programs a welcoming place for all who joined. Event Supporters: We thank Carrier and the record number of people who came out for the CNY Gay 5k. See the full list of sponsors here. Thanks also go to the sponsors and donors to the 8th Annual Community Celebration. Support our sponsors -- find them in the program hereAdvertisers and sponsors: Hansen's Advisory Services supported SAGE with a Community Building Sponsorship. Find advertisers on the calendar page here.  Fundraising Committee: Bob Bezy, Chair, Ron Baldwin, Vivian Derrickson, Will Doswell, Gary Fitzgerald, Barb Genton led giving campaigns, solicited grant support, developed fundraising events, and found business sponsorships. Granting Agencies: CNY Community Foundation, Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network, Small Business Administration.  SAGE Upstate Board: Your leadership ensured that SAGE will be still be here when we can once again meet in person. 

For dates and other info, please click on the calendar tab above. 

cnycf ad 2019.jpg
plymouth ad.jpg
madison county.jpg
ny connects logo.jpg
ny connects madison county-1.png

Free, easy, local access to information and assistance about available options for long term care services and supports ... regardless of age, income, or payor source.

  • Personal care services

  • Education & counseling

  • Health and Wellness

  • Behavioral Health supports and services

  • Developmental/ intellectual disability supports and services

  • Social supports

ny connects madison county-1.png
ny connects madison county-1.png

Community long term care services and support designed to help people remain healthy and independent.

Get help with long term care services/supports for 

  • Older adults

  • Adults with disabilities

  • Children with disabilities

  • Families

  • Caregivers

  • Professionals

For answers to all your questions 800-342-9871

or call one of the NY Connects partnering agencies

315-697-5700 (Madison County Office for the Aging)

315-427-3122 (ARISE)

online at www.nyconnects.ny.gov

Madison County




ARISE: 315-427-3122



Home for the Holidays? It will be ok.

So we're looking at the start of the holiday season for many, and it looks like traveling and gathering with people are the worst things we could do. It's easy to be down about that, but you can do it. Here are some tips from the experts ... and don't forget, SAGE will be there for you at our Thanksgiving Open House on Zoom (see above).

Second Sunday at SAGE

Second Sundays are back, with music, art, and social connection. 

2nd sunday.jpg

2nd Sunday of every month, 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89319506041

Meeting ID: 893 1950 6041
Join by phone: 929 205 6099          Passcode: 1969

window swap.jpg

Open a new window

I think we are all probably tired of looking out our windows. The best remedy will be getting out of the house more when it's safer. Until then, you can "Open a New Window" right here. Just x out of pop up ads and click on "open a new window somewhere in the world." And it's not just a static picture -- you'll see people walking, cars driving, waves crashing and branches in the breeze. You might look out on Thailand; maybe Spain -- want to look out another window? just click on "open a new window somewhere in the world" again. Enjoy!

group ed.jpg


Gay 5K:

June 4

Second Sunday with SAGE

ny connects madison county-1.png
ny connects madison county-1.png

Let's Stay Safe

The Center is open to fully vaccinated visitors. Masks and social distancing are recommended but not required. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk where participants sign in and out. 


2nd sunday.jpg

Meeting in the Center AND on Zoom:

Falls Prevention Fitness, Knitting and Fiber Arts, Men's Night Out, SAGEVets, Trans Social, and the Writers group.

Meeting in the Center Only: First Friday Social

Meeting in the community (not on Zoom): 60+ Luncheon, First Thursday Dine Out, Breakfast Club, Utica Social, Walking Group


Second Sunday won't be back to the building until September. We are planning to hold our annual picnic in person on the Second Sunday in August. 

Oswego:  Will move to new meeting place, and as soon as we do, the group will meet in person.


Also: We are also working on bringing a few other groups back, such as health crafting and bingo. Stay tuned!




February 1: Seimone Augustus

"It's incredible to think that there are children right now, at this very moment, that will grow up only knowing 'marriage' and not 'gay marriage.' Love is love, and there's not any one face you can assign to it."


Simeone has played for the WNBA since 2006. She was born in Baton Rouge to Seymore and Kim Augustus, both of whom were influential in Seimone’s young basketball career. Her mom is one of two people to have ever beaten her at HORSE. She married LaTaya Varner on May 9, 2015.  The Seimone Augustus Foundation works to provide opportunity and raise awareness around health and wellness, with a special focus on issues surrounding hunger and heart health.

Watch her play here

Read more here