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Fly Above the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes SummerThe best way to see the Finger Lakes is to get a view from 3,000 feet. Finger Lakes Flight School provided me a great view of the stunning landscape while simultaneously allowing me to cross an item off my bucket list — riding in a plane with my 17-year old son flying. I should have read the warning. “Before taking off remove stomach.”

Finger Lakes SummerOur pilot, Mike, has been flying for almost 60 years. He was Nick’s teacher and told us that he had learned to fly as a teenager in Honeoye Falls. Apparently he did not get along with his bus driver, so he would fly to high school.

Finger Lakes SummerOur plane carried the 4 of us packed into a space so small we had to be instructed, one at a time, on how to get in. If you never have flown in a single engine Cessna, picture fashioning a your private plane out of tin foil, sliding into it like a foot using a shoe horn to get in a shoe. The propeller spins like a propeller on a wind-up balsa-wood plane. You look out the window and you are 3,000 feet above the earth. Remind yourself to breathe, and tell yourself over and over that you are PERFECTLY SAFE.

Finger Lakes SummerMike was gracious and generous as a flight instructor. We took off and headed north to Lake Ontario. Once we hit the coast we headed towards downtown Rochester, flying over Irondequoit Bay, downtown Rochester and back over Canandaigua Lake. The view along the shoreline of the lake is spectacular. It was a beautifully clear day. The sun came out and I could see the shadows of the trees projected over the lake edge. OK, maybe this is not too scary.

Finger Lakes SummerWhat I noticed most about the Finger Lakes landscape is an abundance of fresh water. Lakes, ponds, rivers and winding creeks between a checkerboard of farmland.

Now that I am on the ground again, and still breathing, I highly recommend you take a flight over the Finger Lakes.

For more information on flying.

March 16, 2012 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

The Constellation Performing Arts Center has music for everyone

A beautiful HOT summer Saturday evening and we are sitting comfortably on the lawn behind the amphitheater of CMAC listening to an incredible performance by Steely Dan.

Continue Reading August 28, 2011 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

Conklin Gully: Full of Falls

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A heavy rain the night before left pools full and surfaces glistening

I love gully hiking. Gully hiking with waterfalls and frogs are a plus, and Conklin Gully has lots of both. This gully is a spectacular treasure that has views on par with Watkins Glen, but is much less travelled and beautifully preserved.  The day I chose to hike was a perfect 70 degrees. There had been a heavy rain the night before so the creek was flowing nicely, and the rocks were glistening with color.

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One frog that was not afraid of me

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Here is the spot where you can park, right next to Parrish Hill Rd.

Conklin Gully is located in the High Tor Wildlife management Area at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, just north of the town of Naples. The easiest way to access the Gully is via a parking lot on RT 245 (Rushville Rd), just before Parish Hill Rd.

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Circular rock walls rise up from the creek bed

This is a hike that requires you to wear good shoes and to be able to hike in the stream. It can be very slippery in parts and if you continue up past several of the smaller waterfalls you are faced with much steeper climbs, requiring the use of ropes, tree roots and reckless confidence.

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Every turn brings a beautiful new set of waterfalls

Each bend in the stream presents a new breath-taking view of cascading water over angular planes of stone. Many of the waterfalls are 10’high or less. Sometimes the walls are mossy and lined with ferns, and sometimes you look up 100 feet, at sheer cliff walls.

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I'm still seeing this image when I close my eyes.

Several falls up I encountered a really bizarre sight. I pulled myself gingerly up over the top of a broad rock ledge only to face a solid carpet of dead millipedes. I must have discovered the sacred burial grounds!

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At this point there were no more ropes, trails or easy ways up. My kinda fun.

I followed the creek up for about 90 minutes and never ran out of creek bed. I finally came to a waterfall too high, slippery and steep to scale. Looking for the path where others had gone, I scrambled up several hundred feet of a very steep hillside, using stone ledges, tree roots and tree trunks. Warning:  Don’t look down until you get to the top.

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This is why you have to climb up to the top — so you can look back down

At the top I found a well-marked trail with red blazes. I followed that for another 15 minutes until I saw a wooden box mounted on a tree marked FLT.

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View from the red ridge trail.

At this point I heard the first rumblings of thunder. I turned around and started trotting back down hill. The red rail led to a blue trail. The blue trail led to the parking lot. I climbed into my car just as it started to pour.

This was the perfect hike. If you wanted to take younger children on this gully hike, the first half mile is pretty safe and full of frogs and waterfalls.

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Gully Map showing ridge trail (approximate) on south side.

August 21, 2011 at 7:00 am 1 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

Mountain Biking is Tops at Ontario County Park

There’s no better place bring your mountain bike than the highest point in Ontario County, Gannett Hill Park, in the scenic Bristol Hills.

Continue Reading July 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

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

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

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