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Seneca Lake Academy hosts free history classes

Montour Falls, NYSaturday, February 28Free classes 9 am-5 pmFollowed by 6 pm community dinner with live music (Schuyler 4-H fundraiser) and free open-mic eveningSponsored by Finger Lakes Institute, Finger Lakes Land Trust, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, The Wetland Trust and WRFI Community Radio.Parallel programming for younger children by Earth Arts Ithaca is currently full but you can still register through the website to get on the waiting list.Come join us as we explore the natural and cultural history of Seneca Lake with all of our senses. This is a unique opportunity that is a must for anyone who cares about Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes region. Register through the event website by Saturday, February 21.There will be other surprises the day of the event. The Seneca Lake Academy is a celebration of our local region, its people, and the wild things that inspire us.SCHEDULE FOR THE DAYWelcome/Introduction/Surprise Guest?9:00 – 9:45 amTraces of Seneca, Cayuga and Earlier Cultures in the Finger LakesJack Rossen – Ithaca College Archaeologist9:45 -10:30 am Stream Entomology 101: Bugs that Live in Seneca Streams and what they can tell us about Water QualityAdrianna Hirtler – Bio-monitoring Coordinator for the Community Science InstituteJim Murphy – Science Teacher, Watkins Glen Central School District10:30 – 11:00 amDiverse Temperate Forests of the Finger LakesAkiva Silver – nursery owner and local tree extraordinaire11:00 – 11:45 am Finger Lakes Geology 101 (***Note that this class will be held at a different location, 1/5 of a mile down the street – plan to walk there or drive if you need to. If you’re a solid walker, it should take 5-10 minutes. Limited parking at the site.)Don Duggan-Haas – Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, NYCraig Carlson – Earth Science Teacher, Dundee High School12:00-12:45 pm Lunch followed by Opportunity to spend a Few Minutes on Seneca Lake12:45 – 2:15 pmA lunch buffet (salad and pasta) will be prepared especially for Seneca Lake Academy participants by MuraBella’s for anyone who would like to partake of it (($10/person plus tip – children under 13 half price). This will immediately follow the Geology talk at the same location.After lunch (between 1:15 and 2:15) anyone choosing to do so has the opportunity to spend some time in the heated cabin of the Seneca Legacy at its dock, courtesy of Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises. A great opportunity to possibly see some winter water fowl, feel the movement of the lake and experience its mood of the day. We will have paper and pencils there for anyone wanting to jot down some thoughts or sketch a picture.Seneca Lake: Gateway to the Erie Canal Gary Emerson – Author of A Link in the Great Chain, a 2005 book about the Chemung Canal2:30 – 3:15 pmPoetry of Seneca LakePeter Motzenbecker – Schuyler County Poet3:15 – 3:30 pmSeneca Lake Dynamics and Water QualityJohn Halfman – Finger Lakes Institute and Hobart and William Smith Colleges3:30 – 4:15 pmGrapes and Wine on Seneca Lake: A History and FutureJim Hazlitt – Former owner, operator of Sawmill Creek VineyardsPhil Davis – Grape grower and co-owner of Damiani Wine Cellars4:15 – 5:00 pmCommunity Dinner (St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish House, 108 S. Genesee St.)6:00 – 7:30 pmTickets $10 ($5 for kids)Fundraiser for Schuyler 4-H programming – Chili and Cornbread made with locally sourced ingredients. A great opportunity to get to know other Finger Lakes Academy students and teachers while enjoying a nice, warm meal and live music.Open Mic Cabaret Evening (St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish House, 108 S. Genesee St.)Hosted by Andy Doyle7:30 – 9:00 pmFree and open to the publicBring a story, song, poem, skit, dance, show-and-tell object, …etc. related to your love of Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes Region to share. Or just come to watch. Children’s Programming is currently full but you can visit our website for the schedule of children’s sessions and register through the website to get on the waiting list.

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