Archive for March, 2011

Finger Lakes Summer Art Festivals

Live Music at Corn Hill

Corn Hill Festival has art, food and great live music

The Finger Lakes region has a wonderful variety of artists and craftsman.

Here is a partial listing of some of the fun art festivals in the Finger Lakes Region coming up for 2011.

43rd Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 9 and 10, 2011

Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

133 South Fitzhugh Street, Rochester

Rochester, NY 14608

(585) 262-3142

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is a juried show of premier fine arts and crafts. Consistently ranked as one of the top art shows in the United States, this two-day event offers a unique selection of handcrafted artwork of over 400 artists from around the country and Canada.


Penn Yan

Keuka Arts Festival in Boat Launch Park

Keuka Arts Festival

Jun 11 and 12, 2011

10 am to 5 pm

Boat Launch Park, Keuka Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527

(315) 308-7523

A juried, high-end arts festival featuring mediums of every sort. We also feature Finger Lakes Wineries, Micro Brews, local restaurant cuisine and a farmers market for local creations. We bring entertainment for the children and adults with face painting, drawing, balloon crafting, the magic man and many styles of music throughout the days. The venue is on the Keuka Outlet Trail and is accessible by boat, car, bike or on foot. Historic downtown Penn Yan is only a 1 block walk away.

A Holiday in Homer

Jul 16 2011

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Homer Green

Homer, NY 13077

(607) 749-2604

30th annual Holiday In Homer, sponsored by the Homer Congregational Church. Over 100+ crafters on the green in beautiful downtown Homer, NY. Entertainment all day – fun for the entire family. Visit our website at for more details.

41st Annual Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival

Jul 29-31, 2011

Fri 10am-6pm;

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Columbus Circle, downtown Syracuse

(315) 422-8284

This spectacular 3-day showcase by 165 of the country’s most talented artists, crafts people, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse. More than 60,000 visitors will shop and browse among the art and craft exhibits and enjoy a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. The festival presents an exceptionally wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative. Both 2- and 3-dimensional works will be featured including ceramics, fabric and fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, painting, graphics, drawing, sculpture, and photography. Exhibitors participate from over 30 states and Canada.


Canandaigua New York

Perfect time of year to have an art festival right along the lake

38th Annual Waterfront Art Festival

July 30 and 31, 2011

Canandaigua, NY

The Waterfront Art Festival is a juried fine art & crafts festival. It’s held in Kershaw Park on Lake Shore Drive in Canandaigua New York. This puts the festival right on the north shore of beautiful Canandaigua Lake.  Come join us for a beautiful day in the park with your friends and family.



The Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival
September 17 and 18, 2011

Sat 10am-5pm

Sun 10-4pm

17th year


Fall is perfect for the Grape Festival, Art, food, music and lots of color

Naples Grape Festival

September 24th and 25th, 2011

The Naples Grape Festival will be held at the Naples High School Grounds and across the street at Memorial Town Hall from 10am til 5pm, rain or shine.

Enjoy wine, food, arts, crafts and local/regional music.  Bake a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample every thing “grape” that our valley has to offer.

CNY Fine Arts Show

Oct 17 and 17, 2011

Art Exhibit and Sale

Aspen House, Radisson

Baldwinsville, NY 13027

(315) 672-3769

Artist of the CNY Art Guild presents their works for viewing and for sale. The public may also vote for their favorite art piece.

Finger Lakes Artists and Crafters Network

March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Ganondagan: Bridge Between Today and Yesterday


Tour a real Longhouse right on the grounds

Southeast of Rochester, just south of the town of Victor, lies Ganondagan (ga·NON·da·gan) which means “Town of White.”

Ganondagan, called  “Gannagaro,” was once a thriving Seneca village, the largest of its kind west of Syracuse. The hill was covered with as many as 150 longhouses, each housing 8 to 12 families. Four towers were used to store corn, and the entire village was surrounded by a ten-foot palisade that provided protection against warring neighbors. Today it is a place to celebrate Seneca history and culture.

The Seneca people; were one of the six nations comprising the Iroquois Confederacy: Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas and Tuscaroras.

Now we know where so many of our Finger Lakes names come from — the Iroquois.


Longhouses housed 8-12 families

Iroquois communities are matriarchal. Women own and tend the fields. When a man marries, he lives with his wife’s family and takes her name. Seneca farmers were primarily women and they were dependent upon 3 major crops: corn, beans and squash. The Senecas believed these 3 crops (The 3 sisters) sustained life (my kids would have starved).

hike a ganondagan

Charlie's view along the woods trail

On a cold spring day we visited Ganondagan and hiked ALL of their trails. The trails led across fields, marsh, through woods, alongside a winding stream, up and down, through dense thickets and without a map we were thoroughly lost.

The trails are well-marked, but circuitous and we looped around several times before finding our way back to the the trail we started out on.

Ganondagan trail

Sweetgrass Fork Trail

Ganondagan Trails

This would have been helpful. Geting lost was fun.

The trails are perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

One of their most famous yearly events is the Native American Dance and Music Festival. This year it is on July 23 and 24, from 10am-6pm.

The Native American Dance & Music Festival features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers.

Hours of Operation:

May 1 through September 30

Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

During October

Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Trails are open year round


These are NOT long houses. maybe they're man shacks

Some other great sites with information on Ganondagan.

Ganondagan Blog

New York State Parks

March 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm 1 comment

Fingerlakes Fish Story

I am not a fisherman. But I know that a lot of people come to the Finger Lakes to fish, so I asked my Uncle Harold if he would write about his experiences. He has lived on Skaneateles Lake for his entire 80 years and knows the best fishing spots on the lake (which I am SURE he will never reveal).

“My best memory has to be The ” Monster” Trout that didn’t get away.

Continue Reading March 11, 2011 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Music Festivals 2012

Spring is making short appearances with rainy days, in between the regular menu of blinding snowstorms. Its time to dream about summer — and buy your tickets for all the awesome music festivals in the Finger Lakes area — before they sell out.

Continue Reading March 6, 2011 at 6:35 am Leave a comment

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