Sonnenberg’s Annual Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Cruise

Automobile enthusiasts of all ages will marvel at the classic, vintage and antique show vehicles that will be on display on Sunday, June 15 at Sonnenberg Gardens 8th Annual Sonnenberg Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Cruise. Cars, music, food, and access to the gardens and mansion provide families a perfect way to celebrate that special man in their life on Father’s Day. Event goers will be able to see a wide-range of vintage vehicles, mint-condition classics, and modern marvels on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Past participants in the show include the Horseless Carriage Club of Rochester, Mercedes-Benz Club of America – Finger Lakes section, Genesee Valley Auto Club, Rochester Corvette Club, the MG Car Club of Western New York and the Buick Club of America – Finger Lakes Chapter. This year the Finger Lakes division of the Porshe Club is also expected to be in attendance. All visitors attending the show that day will be invited to vote for their favorites, with the “People’s Choice Awards” to be announced prior to the close of the show at 4 p.m. Trophies will also be awarded to the “best of show” in ten different categories. Individual drivers/owners, car clubs, and others new to the show are welcome and encouraged to register in advance by Thursday, June 12th for $6 per vehicle at www.sonnenberg.org or by calling 585-394-4922. Vehicle registration will rise to $12 at the door on the day of the show. Admission of all occupants in the show vehicle are covered under the registration fee. Show cars may begin arriving at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, with the public display to begin at noon, running through 4 p.m. Registration fees are a non-refundable donation to support non-profit Sonnenberg. Show cars should enter at the north entrance of the park on Fort Hill Avenue. During the show, hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, pretzels, and other food items will be available for purchase from The Friends of Sonnenberg, the estate’s volunteer council and Gale-Wyn Catering will be selling a chicken barbecue meal. Wine tastings will be offered inside Sonnenberg’s Finger Lakes Wine Center. Musical entertainment will set the mood for a fun-filled afternoon. It’s a day the whole family will love! Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact MarketingCoordinator Kimberly Burkard or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.

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