Grab your friends, your kayaks and canoes, and get ready to paddle through a wonderland in the Finger Lakes. Cayuga County offers some great kayaking along the Owasco Inlet on the Owasco Flats. The Owasco Flats Nature Reserve is holding a free event on Saturday, June 8th, 2013 at 10 a.m. If you don’t have your own canoe or kayak, arrive early and you can rent a boat at the South Shore Marina. Looking for a fun place to kayak? Here's a wonderful slice of Owasco Lake...
The breeze, the sounds, the gardens, and the park are glorious. With plenty of parking, being handicapped accessible, this theater will charm you with its sophistication. Here in the Finger Lakes we are blessed with theater at its best. Many of the actors are professionals and many of the musicals are written by Shakespearean rivals.
Memorial Day in Cayuga County is celebrated with many wonderful events: a parade downtown, a Duck Derby managed by Kiwanis where you can name a little yellow rubber ducky, and if their duck leads the pack to the finish line, wonderful prizes await you--the lucky duck.
We enjoyed the ride to the Montezuma Audubon Center. We joined 8 others who were also going on the nature hike. Our guide, Chris Lajewski was so friendly and welcoming. He offered loaner binoculars to anyone who needed a pair. We all used the rest room and looked around in the gift shop and in the glass terrariums at the turtles. There were two telescoping lens pointing to a Horned Owl nest in the forest off in the distance. It was fun trying to find it.There's a lot of fun activities for nature lovers at Howland Island Wildlife Management
Roses are Red
Shamrocks are Green
The Schweinfurth Art Center
Best poems you’ve ever seen
Did I just say poems to see? Yes. Glenn Miley from Sherrill, NY is one of the best visual poets in the world.
Looking for a fun free evening. Come to the Schweinfurth Art Center for some wine, guacamole dip, and wonderful poetry from a gaggle of earnest poets~
Break out of your winter hibernation right here in the Finger Lakes. It may still be a bit cold and wet, but it does feel like Spring is on the way. What a great time to get out and experience history, nature and fun in Cayuga County. Witness the changes of the season outside and in! Hike to see a waterfall at Fillmore Glen in Moravia, go bird watching and see some of our eagles in Owasco, or stay inside and take a tour of the Seward House Museum. There are so many ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Check out my blog for some fun ideas for Earth Day.
There’s a whole lot going on in Cayuga County this Spring. You just have to decide which event you want to attend. If you are a history buff then you’ll want to check out the exhibit about General John S. Clark. He was a Civil War veteran, cartographer, ethnographer, and Auburn City Planner and you can learn all about him at the Cayuga Museum through April 19th, 2013. Which event do you want to attend? Check out my blog for fun things to do~
It’s easy to see green in the Finger Lakes with it's fields of winter wheat, winter rye, and with eleven Golf courses in Cayuga County, greens will be lush as spring settles in. Check out my blog to find all of the 11 golf courses very nearby. Things are greening up around here~
With President’s Day coming up and so much attention being given to the leaders of this great country, this is a fine time to crow about Millard Fillmore. He was born right here in the Finger Lakes, in Moravia, NY. And we are proud of that fact. Read my blog to hear about our local farm boy who led this country.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for Sweets for your Sweetheart? You’re in luck. From north to south in Cayuga County it seems like all roads lead to yummy goodness. With the new Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail we’re surrounded by a rich assortment of wonderful, locally-made sweets, wines, jams, jellies, deserts, honey, and don’t forget Maple Syrup.Check out all of the cool places in the Finger Lakes for just the right gift.
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is a bird watching paradise. Situated in the Finger Lakes its wet lands where birds, especially geese (Canadian and Snow) and ducks galore stop by for respite. Eagles were recently reintegrated and Osprey nests can be seen on high wire towers along Routes 5 and 20.
We are so fortunate to have the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge nearby. Great place to hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and to see and hear many species of migrating birds. Read more here.
The Reva Rollerdrome is family fun in the Finger Lakes. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your hair is, what language you speak—put on some roller skates and you are cool.
I went there this weekend and I was pulled back into the past. Years ago my children went there frequently. Now I can’t wait to bring my grandchildren. Guess what? You know those colorful passes from years ago that might be in your catch-all kitchen drawer? They don’t expire!
Looking to make some serious headway on your Christmas shopping list? Then don't miss the Annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Cayuga Community College! It's a great opportunity to buy those special handmade gifts that are mostly made locally, here in the Finger Lakes Region. I try to go each year and I can quickly name some of the cool things we’ve gotten over the years.
CCC annual Christmas craft show
The Morgan Opera House holds voices from long ago—built in 1899 by Louise Morgan Zabriskie, this theater is on the top floor of the Aurora Free Library. The Tudor style building sits on a hill, across from Cayuga Lake. It’s on the sweet, small strip of downtown Aurora.
When you walk up the wooden stairs leading to the Opera House you can feel the presence of history. The space is delightful. So much of this theater is authentic. The seats are original. The room is small enough that there isn’t a bad view.
Here's my blog about the Opera House and Dorothy Wickenden, the author of Nothing Daunted. Wickenden was there in November 2012...
Check out The Morgan Opera House for more events...
This Thanksgiving we have so much to be grateful for. Here in the Finger Lakes we are surrounded by rich, beautiful farmland, long rows of vineyards thick with vines, and the steel blue waters of numerous lakes.
Read my blog: About giving thanks~
What a fun place to be on a beautiful autumn day~
They sell many products all made in New York: bags of their own hand-picked apples, cheese from Pulaski, handmade jewelry, jams, jellies, honey from Moravia, maple syrup from Horseheads, and potatoes from Locke. They also sell t-shirts and popping corn.
In the fall, they sell sweet cider, squash, pumpkins, and Indian corn. And all year long, they sell their homemade apple and grape wines.
Emerson Park, one of the most beautiful places in Cayuga County. Located at the foot of Owasco Lake. The Pavilion was recently renovated. It still has the initial shape and charm of the old establishment but it has been renovated on the inside. It’s an ideal place for wedding receptions, class reunions, and retirement parties. I’ve been to several wedding receptions there including a winter wedding where white lights reflected off the snowy land and the lake provided a wonderful backdrop.
Fortunately for the residents of Cayuga County and tourists looking for a “Broadway Show in the Finger Lakes”, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse is a true gem. My husband and I have had season tickets for the past ten years and we’ve enjoyed every performance. Replacing the painted horses are colorful musicals.
Tall, majestic, Romanesque, grey and red stone bursting with history and color...
If you are looking for an historic and strikingly, beautiful chapel go to 17 Nelson Street in Auburn, New York, and you will find a wonderful building of gray limestone and red sandstone that looks as though it was plucked from Rome.
A place of beauty and peace...
The sound beneath my feet is crushed gravel and the occasional crackle of dried leaves. Cicada’s sizzle fills the air in the heat of summer and birds call to each other as they flit from tree to tree.
A lone rabbit sits beside the path. He’s facing the woods and his big brown eye’s watching me. Quickly he scampers into the woods.
Pssst! You want to hear one of Auburn’s best kept secrets? At the Schweinfurth Art Center there’s a gift shop that’s a little gem on West Genesee Street in Auburn.
If I could change the name of the shop and of course I can’t, but IF I could, I’d name it “Artsy-Fartsy Shop.” The stuff there is so artsy and clever and useful!