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The Cayuga Museum: Capturing Auburn’s Legacy

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Front of the Greek Revival Style museum

I bet you did not know that 20th Century Fox and IBM had their beginnings in Auburn New York. Neither did I until I took a trip to the Cayuga Museum.

The Cayuga Museum of history and art, is housed in a classic Greek Revival Mansion built in the mid 1800s, by Dr. Sylvester Willard, who made his fortune in corn starch. Willard Case inherited the mansion in 1916. He donated the property so that it could be preserved as a museum in 1930. It appears to have been relatively untouched for the last 85+ years.

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Lion on the front door and on the gates

Outside a beautiful wrought iron gate still remains, and the original massive wood front doors still perform as entrance to the museum.

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Ouch. I'll take my ergonomic saddle any day.

There is a suggested admission of $3 — perhaps this is their admission that this museum a work in progress, a bit of a hodge-podge, but completely charming. This is not a heavily curated museum, rather it is a genuine piece of local history that has been lovingly and gently preserved.

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Tiffany window, east entrance

The front entrance way is lavish with marble floors, beautiful wood trim and a curved stairway winds up with a thick bannister and stained glass window at the top of the stairs.

There is also a business entrance on the east side which later had a Tiffany window added.

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Children's room, sweet and creepy

Upstairs, one room has beautiful “crazy quilts” hanging on the walls, while next to that is the children’s bedroom, with samples of their clothing, a cradle and doll, plus a display of their toys in a glass case,

The adjacent room, in stark contrast, is a collection of items from the original Auburn prison, including artifacts from the electric chair and a carved stick from the executioner with the names of everyone he had executed.

Auburn was the first prison to contain individual cells, the first to institute the widely imitated “Auburn System,” the first to execute a prison by the electric chair. There was also an asylum in Auburn.

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Close-up of the 3,000+piece clock. Impressive hobbies before the age of TV.

Nearby, in a tiny alcove there is an incredible 3,100-piece thousand-year clock built by Willard LeGrand Bundy, a local jeweler, in his spare time. He and his brother formed a manufacturing company in Binghamton in 1989, inventing the first employee time clock. This firm changed its name to International Business machines in 1924, now known today as IBM.

Wilard and his son Ted Case were the inventors of talking films. Their back yard laboratory still remains, in the same condition as when they with darkroom, and recording studio. This studio is the birthplace of Fox Films (now 20th Century Fox).

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Restored Carriage House with awesome weathervane

Today the carriage house is being restored to house  a restored lab. The carriage house is beautifully painted and sports a ram weathervane that came from one of the woolen mills originally located along the Owasco Inlet.

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Be inspired wimpy Ginkgos!

Most impressive in the grounds behind the museum is the largest Ginkgo Tree in New York State. we have a very tall and spindly Ginkgo in our front yard. I wanted to show it a picture of this massive specimen for inspiration.

The Cayuga Museum is located right next door to the Schweinfurth Gallery on Genesee St in Auburn. Hours are Tues-Sun, noon to 5.

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East entrance used to be used for Doctor Willard to see patients

August 4, 2011 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Antiques: Amazing Treasures to be Found

My Finger Lakes Treasure from the Teller House: a painting of their summer home.

The Finger Lakes area is loaded with antique stores and antiquing events. Should you vacation here, you may find yourself sucked in to a nearby town to hunt for a military trunk that can double as a coffee table, as I was recently, with my niece from Brooklyn. She said the prices were much lower than anything she had seen in the New York City area. We did not find a winner, but I think I might have about 6 different options for her in my attic.

I have six different military trunks in my attic

All were purchased by my Dad after WW2, and sent us all off to camp and college

I confess, I am NOT an “Antiquer.” I grew up in a house and cottage FILLED with antiques that I assumed were hand-me-downs from our many Finger Lakes relations. It did not occur to me that these were valuable or collectable.

My Grandpa had inherited the contents of 2 large estates in Auburn, New York in the early 1950s and most of us grand kids have furnished our homes with the furniture that came out of the summer and winter homes of Judge Teller and his spinster sister.

My oldest brother is the only one who can remember the process of having to empty the contents of the two homes. There was a horse drawn sleigh in the barn, civil war uniforms in trunks, and fruit preserves, in the basement, over 50 years old! Much of the furniture from these homes has made its way into the homes of my 4 siblings and me.

I remember the antiques in my Grandma’s house on East Lake Road in Skaneateles. Her house was where I spent my youthful Sundays with my big brother, both of us bored to death while the grown-ups were visiting, so we would explore, discovering the 50-year old Life Magazines in her attic, or climbing the long-since productive fruit trees in the orchard leading from her house to the lake.

This was one of the trucks we played with

My brother and I found metal toy trucks big enough for us to ride down her pitched driveway. He remembered this coca-cola truck.

Sunday afternoons at Grandmas House included these tiny classics

We also found “Big Little Books”upstairs in her guest bedroom that we devoured.

Here is a partial listing of some of the Finger Lakes antique stores:

Bloomfield Antique Mile — You’ll find plenty of antique shops representing more than 175 dealers! Beautiful Bloomfield, NY, is flourishing as an antique mecca: we’re home to a generous country mile of quality shops dotting the old Seneca Trail (now known as Routes 5 & 20)

The Carriage Factory Antiques contains 3 floors of old “stuff”  Located o between Canandaigua and Geneva, on 2348 State Route 5 and 20 in Stanley, NY 14561-9540, (585) 526-6076, Open Daily 10am-5pm

Country Reflections Antiques and Gifts — Located on 83 Cayuga St. in Seneca Falls at the Northern end of Cayuga Lake.

FOUND in Ithaca is a multi-dealer antique and vintage marketplace.  Located in the Cherry Street Industrial park just two blocks from Wegmans. FOUND’s 7000 square foot space has room for over 40 dealers. The website shows images of many items. 227 Cherry St, Ithaca, NY 14850, Open 10-6 every day, EXCEPT TUESDAY, Phone: 607.319.5078.

The Ithaca Antique Center – This “mall” is a lot more than a shop, but it has a more than 75 dealers  under one roof. Located at 1607 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca NY 14850. Hours Mon-Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5. P:  607-272-3611.

Ontario Mall Antiques — Largest antique mall in upstate New York. Located on Rt 332 in Farmington (North of Canandaigua).

The Paris Flea — Located in downtown Skaneateles, on 23 Jordan St.

The Skaneateles Antique Center — 2 East Genesee Street, In the Village of Skaneateles, NY 13152, 315-685-0752. Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 to 5:00, Sundays 11 to 5:00

Some good links:

Finger Lakes Antiques

I Love the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Marketplace

Also a listing of antique shows

If you like antique wooden boats, there is an Antique and Classic Boat Show every July in Clift Park, downtown Skaneateles. This year’s show is July 29, 30,  & 31, 2011.

July 18, 2011 at 2:47 am 2 comments

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

Enjoy a Finger Lakes Harvest at Elderberry Pond

The menu at Elderberry Pond uses many of the fresh seasonal ingredients from the farm. Many of the meat dishes are prepared from local organic and/or grass fed livestock including their own pork and beef from farms in upstate New York that raise free range livestock, hormone and antibiotic–free, with healthy diets.

We ordered Potato Leek Soup (using their own potatoes and leeks), Turkey Chili and their signature crab cakes. Everything was delicious, especially when paired with some delicious wines, a chardonnay and a gewürztraminer. Service was attentive and helpful especially with our questions regarding gluten in the recipes.

Continue Reading October 24, 2010 at 11:45 am 4 comments

Finger Lakes Summer visits Moro’s Table

Exterior view, Moro's Table

Street view of Moro's Table

Moro’s Table in Auburn New York is a fabulous new restaurant. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was very attentive.

The menu specializes in seafood, including a selection of sushi, seared rare sushi grade tuna, east and west coast oysters, house smoked salmon and tuna tartar. I enjoyed  the Absolut Peppar Oyster Shooters, which came in shot glasses.  I also enjoyed the Butter Fish & Avocado Roll, and Mussels with Parsley and White Wine.

View from the bar area of Moro's Table

View from the inside of Moro's Table

Other items we enjoyed were a Spicy Tombo Tuna Roll, the Lobster and Seafood Bouillabaisse, and the Beef Brisket Bordelais. There are lots of other great menu items available in small and large servings.

The dessert course included the Pear Tart, a Creme Brulee, and a Nutty Angel Rail, while I enjoyed a delicious port.

I was impressed by the knowledge our waitress had of the menu items. We received complimentary Limoncello between courses because she felt like we were waiting too long.

While we were enjoying our meal, Edward Moro came out to meet us and told us about his previous position as head chef at Mirbeau. He was hoping to open his first restaurant in Skaneateles, and there is an awning with the restaurant’s name on it along the main street, but lease issues forced him to look elsewhere. I expect with the popularity of the 1 East Genesee Street location in Auburn, and the stunning interior, that Moro’s Table will stay in Auburn.

Beautiful colors and paint in the entrance-way

Entrance to Moro's Table

Ed Moro says on his website:  “I always loved to cook.  As soon as I could, I started a 5 year apprenticeship with a Sous Chef, Heintz Huttle, at the Hotel Hershey.  The work was challenging and I had to put in very long hours.  To pass the time, I would imagine someday owning my own restaurant.  I envisioned a small and intimate space that would enable me to cook with local products, come out of the kitchen and get to know my guests.

I worked my way through some of the most beautiful places in the country, including California’s Napa Valley and the Oregon wine country.  Over 10 years ago, I felt ready to take on the role as Executive Chef at a new spa and resort nearby.  I was immediately drawn to the spectacular scenery of the Finger Lakes region.  I remember sitting by the lake sipping coffee when my thoughts of opening my own restaurant were rekindled.  I knew I found the perfect location to put down roots.”

That tells all. Welcome to Auburn. Moro’s Table.

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August 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

Connie’s Restaurant, Waterloo, NY

Outside of Connie's Diner

Connie's Diner

If you wake up one morning and all you can think about is a slice of pie, then I have the restaurant for you! Many of the patrons of Connie’s Diner on 205 East Main St in Waterloo, NY, wake up thinking about pie regularly, and Connie’s takes care of their cravings. After a slice of the 3-Berry a la mode, we agreed!

Connie’s Diner is a tasty stop along route 20, on the eastern side of Waterloo. This ‘50s-style original Manno Diner is decorated in teal and orange, from the vertical sign outside, to the bench cushions for each booth.

Waitress at Connies

Betty Ann is our friendly waitress

Connie's Diner, Waterloo

Looking down the counter at Connies

Our waitress Betty Ann was generous with coffee. She let us take her picture with our breakfast plates. Our breakfast was great — potatoes served scallop-style, farm fresh eggs and meaty bacon.

Breakfast at Connie's Diner in Waterloo, NY

Paul Caratozzolo, co-owner of Connie's gives us a little history

We met the owner Paul Caratozzolo who generously and proudly told us about Connie’s history. Paul’s Mom, the diner’s namesake, bought the diner 21 years ago after cooking for many years at Hobart College. Connie and Paul’s brother, Carmen built the business with signature dishes like their homemade Lasagna, and FAMOUS selection of pies.

Try the pie for breakfast

3-berry pie for breakfast

Paul shared that most of his clientele are locals — some who stop by 3 times a day! His employees are long-timers who know who they are serving. It’s a very friendly place — especially to newcomers!

In case you are wondering what Waterloo is famous for, it is the birthplace of Memorial Day. On May 5, 1866, Waterloo conducted the nation’s first formal, continuing remembrance of veterans who had died in war. You’ll have to plan a visit to the Memorial Day History Museum to get the full story. After you finish I imagine you will have worked up an appetite for pie, and I know just the place to go!


May 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm 3 comments

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