Naples: Purple Passion of the Finger Lakes

October 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Grape FestivalTake a drive on a fall day, looking for some extra color, and you may find yourself heading towards Naples, NY. Located beyond the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake, Naples captures the small town charm of the Finger Lakes region, and adds a sweet little twist of it’s own.

Purple Passion

Naples Fire Hydrant

Everything is purple! The fire hydrants, the doors of the community theater, cars, the flags on the main street of town, and several charming Victorians have some purple in them as well.

There is a purple pride in Naples, which claims the grape as it’s raison d’etre. The last weekend of September each year is the Grape Festival, when the town square fills up with displays of artwork, food vendors, live music, and LOTS (they say 20,000) of grape pies., which are tasted and judged. “How do you make a grape pie?” you ask. Since it involves removing the seeds and the skins, I’ll leave it to the pros.

Food Tenst

Heading towards the food tents with a hillside view

We enjoyed sampling the corn on the cob, cheesecake on a stick, N’awlins style barbecue, and there was a wine tasting tent. I met the alpaca and enjoyed listening to live music available in several locations around town.

Naples Grape Festival

Pet the Alpaca

Aside from the Grape Festival, the town has a great farm market and several nice galleries featuring the work of local artists. This weekend is the Naples Open Studio Trail, (10/2-3) Saturday and Sunday 10-5. You can visit the studios of 20 regional artists.

Very Brief History of Naples:

Naples was founded in 1789, named after Italy’s third largest city. Grapes were first planted in the 1760s.  One hundred years later the original sawmills and flour mills were thriving joined by a basket factory, a knife factory and several distilleries.  In 1892 the Middlesex Valley Railroad was completed, which joining Naples to Geneva by rail.

Cool Fact:

In 1882, Dana Luther, a Naples biologist, discovered the fossil of one of the oldest trees in the world at Grimes Glen. The tree, which had a trunk eighteen feet in diameter, is believed to be over 350 million years ago.



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