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Museum of the Earth: Fossilized Finger Lakes

Located between Trumansburg and Ithaca

The museum is located between Trumansburg and Ithaca

Museum of the Earth, fossil wall

If you grew up in the Finger Lakes area, you have probably seen fossils  in cliff walls or on the bottom of a lake. The Finger Lakes area was once part of a much larger warm shallow sea. Visiting this area for the first time? Get your hands on some wonderful fossils at the Museum of the Earth, just outside of Ithaca, NY.

The museum has over 3 million fossils, making it one of the largest collections in the U.S.

There is a long mural (544 separate paintings), that stretches along a walkway between the main floor and the displays below. Each painting equals one million years with life-size fossils, displayed in order, representing 550 million years. The reign of man does not even make a single panel. ULP!

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 8.22.07 PMI discovered something new on my visit:  We have lovely round rocks on Skaneatleles Lake that can be found in cliff walls with sedimentary layers. Some of them have geodes inside, if split open.

Growing up, we thought they must be fossilized dinosaur eggs. Turns out they are more like pearls – concretions formed around pieces of crystalized calcite (sand). (See photo above)

The Paleontological Research Institution & Museum of the Earth

1259 Trumansburg Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ph: (607) 273-6623

Summer (Memorial Day – Labor Day):
Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 11am – 5pm
Winter (Labor Day – Memorial Day):
Same as Summer, EXCEPT closed Tues & Wed

June 5, 2015 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

Fargo Bar and Grill, Aurora NY

FargoBar&GrillMost people drive through the little town of Aurora while heading south to Watkin’s Glen or north to the Thruway. If you have a little time, and especially if you are hungry, stop at the Fargo Bar & Grill.

FargoBar&Grill2They make a great burger and some mean sweet potato fries. They are also famous for their daily soup specials: Creamy Tomato and Bacon, Chipolte Black Bean and Pork, just to name a few.

Fargo_Grill2Take a turn playing pool or throwing horseshoes in the backyard pit.

FargoBar&Grill3Open 7 days/week, year-round, with the exceptions of Christmas and Thanksgiving Days. On Christmas Eve, we close at 4 p.m. Wi-Fi available. Check out the daily specials on Facebook.

384 Main Street, Aurora

January 5, 2014 at 6:55 am Leave a comment

Experience MacKenzie-Childs

The familiar multi-colored checkerboard of MacKenzie-Childs

The familiar multi-colored checkerboard of MacKenzie-Childs

The world headquarters of MacKenzie-Childs is located on a 65-acre former dairy farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in quiet Aurora New York. The property is open to the public, and contains a production studio, a beautifully decorated farmhouse, and a retail shop filled with everything MacKenzie-Childs.

What is MacKenzie-Childs?

“… Colorful, hand-made ceramics, enamel ware, glassware, furniture, and home accessories…”

These words understate the vibrant colors and generous attention to detail in every piece.

The store decorated for the holidays.

The store decorated for the holidays.

The on-site production studio is where handmade, hand-decorated majolica pottery, tile, furniture, and home furnishings are crafted over 100 artisans.

MacKenzie-Childs has only been in operation since 1983, but the style seems reminiscent of the Victorian age, with a giant dollop of the crazy spirit of “Alice in Wonderland” mixed in.

“Each piece created by our artisans holds the surprise and joy of the unexpected. Turn over a ceramic mug or platter or chair and you will see the stamps or marks of the artisans who contributed to its creation, to each step in the process.”

Rebecca Proctor, the Creative Director, is the mastermind behind much of the current MacKenzie-Childs style. A glimpse into her creative mind can be found on her Pinterest pages or in her blog, “Chartreuse.”

Preposterous Bench

Preposterous Bench

If you want to see how to “apply” the style you must tour the Farmhouse, which is set on a bluff overlooking Cayuga Lake. This beautiful 15-room home has been completely restored and serves as a showcase of how to decorate. Whether you might be looking for a  “Preposterous Bench,” unique drawer knobs for your bathroom wall, beautiful hand painted shower tiles, a one-of-a-kind lamp finial or a four-poster bed with roosters, it is all on display with a wonderful sense of fun.

The Dining Room of the Farmhouse has a glass-topped table with  Cayuga Lake sculpted in relief.

The Dining Room of the Farmhouse has a glass-topped table with Cayuga Lake sculpted in relief.

Free tours of the MacKenzie-Childs farmhouse are given seven days a week. Tours, which are about 40 minutes long, begin in the Shop. Individual reservations are recommended but not required. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more. Call 315-364-7123, ext. 1282.


The address for the “farm” is 3260 State Route 90, Aurora, NY 13026. For more information, please call 1-888-665-1999.

Fineal Lamp in the Farmhouse

Fineal Lamp in the Farmhouse

Besides the store in Aurora New York there are also stores in New York City and Palm Beach.

For an even more impressive display of decorating, you can virtually tour the Estate of Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, in King Ferry, NY, currently on the market for under a million!

November 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

Ithaca’s Fabulous Gorges — a photo gallery

Check out these photos of The waterfalls and gorges around Ithaca, by the Huffington Post. “150 waterfalls with in 10 miles of Ithaca!

October 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

The Piggery: Ithaca’s (and the world’s) Best Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ithaca strikes me as the LAST place on earth to have a restaurant that specializes in pork. If it was “The Sproutery” or “Veggies and Stuff,” I’d believe it. But when a friend told us not to miss the Piggery, I was incredulous.

So my friend and decided to go whole hog. We walked in at noon on a Sunday and asked if we could order some bacon. Classic comedic response: “We ran out of bacon yesterday.”

Continue Reading October 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Combine the great tastes of the Finger Lakes at the Farm and Fork

It’s a hot Saturday summer night. We enjoy a long drive rolling through the heart of the Finger lakes, headed for Trumansburg. As the sun grows low in the sky, we park the car, looking at a normal-looking farm and barn. Can this be it?

Silver Queen Farm plays host to a monthly gourmet, farm-driven meal, known as the The Farm & Fork. The Farm & Fork is a collaboration between a caterer and local farms. The third Saturday evening of each month they welcome guests for a gourmet meal prepared with just-picked vegetables and fruits from the Finger Lakes Region.

Continue Reading August 6, 2012 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

Forever Wild: Finger Lakes National Forest

At the highest spot between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes is a patchwork of 16,212 acres, known as the Finger Lakes National Forest. This area was all farm land 100 years ago and was then bought back by the government early in the 20th century, who returned it into forests and pasture land.

Continue Reading May 5, 2012 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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