Flashback: Summer Jam brings 600,000 music fans to Watkins Glen in 1973

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, N.Y., on July 28, 1973 was once hailed as having the largest audience ever for a pop music festival according to the Guinness Book of World Records. An estimated 600,000 people traveled by car, van or hitchhiked to what was then called Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway to see The Band, Allman Brothers Band... more

Ontario County Fair continues

If you haven’t been to the Ontario County Fair this week, you’ve still got time: Thursday is only day three of the five-day exhibition at the fairgrounds on County Road 10. Thursday’s special events include “Tuff Truck Tug-O-Warz” at 7 p.m., presented by Kirby’s Kompound; and “Chris Fletcher’s Extreme Heli-Freaks” — a show involving drones, remote-controlled helicopters and more —... more

Saturday at Grassroots Fest 2017 (photos & video)

It was an exciting weekend in Trumansburg as festival-goers made their way out for the 27th annual Grassroots Fest, which featured an impressive lineup of music over the four day weekend. The weather cooperated as thousands turned out for the live music, vendors and art displays. . The photos and video were captured by FingerLakes1.com’s Shea Oleksa on Saturday. more

Ganondagan festival showcases Native culture as living traditions

This time of year is busy for the Friends of Ganondagan at Ganondagan State Historic Site. After presenting at Convention Days last week, the Native community is ready to host its own event once again. Ganondagan will hold its annual Native American Dance & Music Festival, a well-known celebration of Native culture, this weekend from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday,... more

Taste of Wayne County, VoteTilla draws over 800 to Newark

Organizers are still counting, but it’s anticipated that over 800 people attended the first ever Taste of Wayne County event as Newark welcomed the VoteTilla to the village yesterday afternoon, July 18th. “It was successful beyond our imagination,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said, adding, “Absolutely!” when asked if they will hold the event again next year. The event brought vendors from... more

GrassRoots Fest kicks off Thursday in Trumansburg

The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has grown to become one of the most anticipated local events of the summer since the inaugural event at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in 1991. Once called one of the top 10 outdoor music festivals in the country by USA Today, one of the reasons GrassRoots Festival sticks out is because of... more

Ice cream flavor created to capture region’s flair

Anyone wanting to celebrate National Ice Cream Month will surely want to pay a visit to Cheshire Farms Creamery at 10 Parrish St. in Canandaigua. More than an ordinary ice cream parlor, the large, spacious area with comfy chairs, hardwood floors, fireplace and plenty of tables offers an inviting atmosphere that encourages relaxation and fellowship, as well as the enjoyment... more

Auburn honors Harriet Tubman with second annual Strawberry Stroll

Over the span of 11 years, Harriet Tubman rescued over 70 slaves, traveling on the Underground Railroad under the cover of night, with only the North Star to guide her. "If you're really adventurous, you may want to leave later, close your eyes and try to walk back to grave site," Mayor Michael Quill joked Sunday... more

JUST SAYING: Erie Canal celebrating milestone with many others

First, in May 2017 many people enjoy watching the Genesee Beer Tanks arrive through many communities on the Erie Canal from the Hudson to Rochester, NY. What an experience that will be talked about for many years. It brought community people together to enjoy not only the experience, but enjoying a fun day with friends and new friends. June, July... more

REFLECTING ON SUCCESS: Organizers excited for Canal Fest 2018

Seneca Falls Canal Fest is here to stay. Despite the deluge of rain on Friday night, the Canal Fest surpassed last year’s total visitation. It doubled the number of boats with more than 40 boats docking and mooring in the Seneca Falls Harbor and its focal event, the Aquacade Watercraft Parade, increased in participation as well as in its entertainment.... more

Lyons Peppermint Days draws huge crowds

Ask just about anyone wandering through the maze of vendors and games at this year’s Peppermint Days in Lyons what their favorite part of the whole weekend and they will tell you it’s the fireworks. For years the festival has honored its history with peppermint with the biggest fireworks show lighting up the sky over the Erie Canal – a... more

Keuka College concert to feature Gap Mangione

Rochester native Gap Mangione and his New Blues Band will perform at Keuka College’s “Concert in the Park” on July 22. Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 7 p.m. on the Norton Chapel lawn. In the event of inclement weather, it will be held in the chapel. Guests are encouraged to take their own chairs and... more

Hill Cumorah 2017 (photo)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is once again sponsoring the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra New York. Nearly 50 thousand spectators are expected to see the largest Pageant in North America. There are 740 cast members on hand. This year the pageant is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The show begins on July 15th and will... more

Demolition derby, rodeo and more set for Seneca County Fair

If you’re looking to catch some pig races this summer, the 174th annual Seneca County Fair might be just for you. The fair — which will run next week, July 19-22 at the fairgrounds at the corner of Swift Street and North Road — will feature the racing porkers every day. Other features of this annual tribute to agriculture and... more
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