Vendors wanted for Celebrate-Commemorate Juried Arts & Craft Show

Calling all artisans!! We are eager to invite you to our Arts & Crafts Show during our nationally recognized Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Festival in the birthplace of Memorial Day, Waterloo, NY. We always have a huge crowd estimated in the 10 thousands. If you or anyone you know is interested, please don’t hesitate to join us! Applications can be downloaded... more

‘A total social experience:’ Partiers hit Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 16th Annual Mardi Gras

The smiles were wide and the wine flowed freely at the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail’s 16th Annual Mardi Gras event Saturday. Establishments scattered along the trail participated in the weekend-long event, in which people — sometimes clad in feathers, beads or masks that wouldn’t seem out of place on New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street — drink, eat and play games.... more

No snow, no problem for Ganondagan Winter Games

For some, a lack of snow could call a halt to winter fun. That wasn’t the case for crowds attending Ganondagan State Historic Site’s 15th annual Native American Winter Games. The day-long celebration Saturday included Iroquois social dancing, storytelling by Perry Ground, traditional open-fire cooking, wampum bracelet-weaving, snow snake skills and dogsled demonstrations. A steady stream of multi-generational visitors made... more

‘Fire and Ice’ and good times in Canandaigua

Fire and ice paired well on Saturday for the annual Fire and Ice Festival in downtown Canandaigua. Chilly, but not too chilly, weather and no rain proved a fine fit with the several hundred people who came out for the event. Seeing large crowds of people enjoy the various events — including a fire-building competition put on by the Finger... more

Tasty winter Ithaca Chili Cook-Off tradition continues in its 20th year

Walking through Ithaca Commons on Saturday would have been enough to make anyone hungry drool a river. The 20th annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off took place between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at locations on and around Ithaca Commons, where the smells of the combinations of tomatoes, seasonings, peppers, onions, meats and other ingredients filled the air. The cook-off... more

A touch of winter in Canandaigua, just in time

Finally, the weather appears to be cooperating for the Fire and Ice Winter Festival. As snow fell throughout the morning and afternoon hours Wednesday, organizers of the event began “capturing” snow for the “Ice” portions of the event Saturday, according to Denise Chaapel, manager of the downtown BID (Business Improvement District). The city granted permission to close down a small... more

Planning for July Convention Days begins Feb. 12

Planning for the annual Convention Days celebration is getting started five months in advance. A community meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. The annual celebration, which is set for July 20-22, commemorates the first women’s rights convention, which was held July 19-20, 1848, at the old Wesleyan Chapel.... more

Canandaigua’s MLK celebration set for Monday

The City of Canandaigua will present the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration at noon Monday, Jan. 15,at the First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St. in Canandaigua. Mayor Ellen Polimeni will preside as Mistress of Ceremonies. “The City of Canandaigua is proud to honor the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by continuing... more

Hope Walk offers aid grants in Yates

Hope Walk of Yates County, the local fundraising organization dedicated to helping cancer patients receive treatment, is now offering annual grants for residents of Yates County who are undergoing treatment. The HWYC Board, Dawn & Marty Shipman, Pat Moravec, and Ron Miller, say that 23 grants have been given out on a case-by-case, trial basis over the past few months,... more

Wickham ends tenure as manager of Empire Farm Days

Melanie Wickham’s name is nearly synonymous with Empire Farm Days. After 32 years as organizer and manager of the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeast, Wickham is leaving. A town of Seneca resident in Ontario County, Wickham has served as executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers Inc., which sponsors Empire Farm Days every August. Since 1988,... more

‘Another wonderful Yates Christmas Program distribution!’

The Yates Christmas Program had another successful year, continuing a more than three-decade-long effort to serve the at-need families of Yates County. This year, YCP at the Penn Yan Armory served 719 children and 299 families, while the Penn Yan First Presbyterian Church site served 529 children, 233 families, and 473 adults. YCP Director Donna Johnston says to all their... more

IT’S A WONDERFUL RUN: Watch the official race video as over 5,000 enter 5K in Seneca Falls on Saturday (video)

Over 5,000 runners & walkers entered this year’s It’s A Wonderful Run 5K and crossed the George Bailey Bridge on Saturday in Seneca Falls as part of the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival. The below video shows activities in downtown Seneca Falls in the afternoon and the popular 5K run/walk which begins at dusk when the actress who played Zu-Zu,... more

Batty brothers win George Bailey Award

Twins Reginald and Andy Batty have been selected to receive the 14th annual George Bailey Award at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street. Reg Batty will accept the award on behalf of himself and his brother, who died Aug. 2. The Batty twins were born in 1925 and moved to Seneca Falls in 1938. The nomination... more

It’s a Wonderful Life Festival underway in Seneca Falls

The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival is underway in Seneca Falls. Thousands made their way into the sleepy town as it was revived as the venue set in the classic Film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “We come up every year for this event,” Allen Picshaw, a Pennsylvania resident said as he grabbed a cup of hot chocolate for his daughter.... more

IT’S A WONDERFUL SCHEDULE: Events crowd festival schedule in Seneca Falls

Beginning Thursday Seneca Falls transforms into Bedford Falls for the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. It’s a holiday tradition for the small town of little more than 9,000 residents. It serves as a boon for businesses in the community, and provides residents with a break from the holiday norms. This year’s festival features the typical events and promotions put... more

FLX WEEKLY: It’s a wonderful weekend ahead in Seneca Falls (podcast)

With just three weekends left until Christmas the holiday events are picking up across the region. There is no bigger event this December than the annual It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls set for Friday-Sunday with the It’s A Wonderful Run 5K on Saturday. Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi and Josh Durso have all the details including your weekend... more
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