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Celebrate Commemorate cancelled in Waterloo this spring

Celebrate Commemorate cancelled in Waterloo this spring
Celebrate Commemorate has been cancelled. The annual events in the village of Waterloo celebrate the beginnings of Memorial Day. The move to cancel was made out of an abundance of caution, organizers said, in coordination with the village  of Waterloo, as well as Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Here’s a full-statement released by Celebrate Commemorate: “Upon recommendation by the Village... more

Community lured out into the cold for 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival (photos & more)

Community lured out into the cold for 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival
Hundreds of visitors to Downtown Canandaigua enjoyed the 5th Annual Fire & Ice Festival sponsored by the Canandaigua Business Improvement District (BID). BID Director Denise Chaapel said that the festival was originally developed as a way to get the community to come out and frequent local businesses during the winter months when business traditionally slowed. Chaapel also said that the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Finger Lakes Birding Festival comes to Cayuga County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Finger Lakes Birding Festival comes to Cayuga County (podcast)
There’s an exciting event taking shape in Cayuga County. It’s a first for the region, but organizers hope that the Finger Lakes Birding Festival will become a staple in a region ripe with festivals from spring to winter. This week on Inside the FLX we dive into the details of the inaugural event, which is slated for March 26th –... more

Vendors thrilled about prospect of five more days at New York State Fair

Vendors thrilled about prospect of five more days at New York State Fair
The New York State Fair could be getting a little longer thanks to added funding in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget. He made the announcement while outlining his budget proposal for Fiscal 2021 on Tuesday. That budget year begins in April. In that address he said that the fair would be extended to 18 days if approved. Central New Yorkers... more

Dundee Scottish Festival cancelled due to lack of funding, new blood

Dundee Scottish Festival cancelled due to lack of funding, new blood
At this point it looks like the Scottish Festival, which has been held in Dundee each summer for the last decade, is not happening in 2020. “It’s been a wonderful 10 years,” said Fran Willis, the festival’s longtime chairperson said to the Finger Lakes Times. “I think we did meet some goals, but the financial backing has evaporated.” The event... more

Why did the Potato Growers sell Empire Farm Days?

Why did the Potato Growers sell Empire Farm Days?
The Empire State Potato Growers made headlines a couple weeks ago when they announced a sale. That sale was of the Empire Farm Days show, which is held annually at Lott Farms in Seneca Falls. Lee Newspapers Inc., publishers of Country Folks weekly farm newspaper and several other publications purchased the festival. Jamie Meyer, the executive director of the organization... more

Winter Festival of Lights in Macedon a big hit

Winter Festival of Lights in Macedon a big hit
A festival that runs every weekend on Walworth Road is receiving positive reviews from residents in Wayne County. The Winter Festival of Lights was launched at the end of November, and runs through January 12th at the Log Cabin Restaurant every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. “It’s really great for us to go and put something together that people can really... more

WATCH: 11th Annual It’s A Wonderful Run (Official Race Video)

11th Annual It’s A Wonderful Run (Official Race Video)
For the first time ever, heavy rain fell on the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls but did it dampen the Christmas Spirit? Check out the activities in Seneca Falls and watch thousands of runners pass over the bridge to start the 5K and watch them finish under heavy snow fall. Merry Christmas!  . more

IT’S A WONDERFUL WEEKEND: Despite wild weather, a successful day in Bedford Falls

IT’S A WONDERFUL WEEKEND: Despite wild weather, a successful day in Bedford Falls
Bedford Falls, the fictional setting of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” resembles the small town of Seneca Falls; and the cheerful Christmas spirit shown from visitors traveling both near and far jumped-off the silver screen once more during this whimsical holiday weekend. more

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls (photo gallery)

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls (photos)
Gallery from a rainy, snowy day in Seneca Falls Despite the rain turnout was strong for the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls. As the rain fell, festival goers of all ages crowded the streets, and provided bustling traffic for local shops and vendors.  To have the latest delivered to your smartphone or tablet – download the... more

Main Street Market offers locally grown foods in Trumansburg

Main Street Market offers locally grown foods in Trumansburg
At a “soft” opening last Wednesday, Kevin and Lauren McKinzey introduced their new enterprise, Main Street Market, focused on locally grown and prepared foods, on Trumansburg’s thriving main drag. T’burgers took a break from their Thanksgiving preparations to celebrate, and the reception was enthusiastic. Locally grown herself, Lauren (née Paskin-Flerlage) was raised on a rural property, daughter of biology teacher Daniel... more

StarShine in Penn Yan is Saturday

StarShine in Penn Yan is Saturday
The Village of Penn Yan will bustle with activity on Saturday, Dec. 7 as the community gathers to celebrate “StarShine, Christmas in the Village.” This popular event, started over 30 years ago, has grown to become a favorite community Christmas celebration in the Finger Lakes. This year the event will occur on the first Saturday in December rather than the... more

New name, focus for Geneva’s holiday celebration

New name, focus for Geneva’s holiday celebration
Hundreds of people come downtown in early December each year to ring in the holiday season, with the arrival of Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, and the mayor’s tree-lighting ceremony among the highlights. The event returns Friday, but with new offerings and a new name: Jingle In Geneva, formerly Geneva Night Out Holiday Edition. The goal is to get more... more

FLAC Holiday Festival coming back to Auburn for second annual installment

FLAC Holiday Festival coming back to Auburn for second annual installment
While shopping, warm up at the gourmet hot chocolate bar, plus sample food vending by Jerome Richardson of Rich’s Backyard BBQ. Then, don’t forget to top it off with dessert made by Theresa Mendez of Moonflower Macarons. The Art Council will have themed gift basket raffles (need not be present to win) including a kid’s craft basket, a barista basket,... more

Transformation coming soon, Seneca Falls to Bedford Falls

Transformation coming soon, Seneca Falls to Bedford Falls
Zuzu will be back. So will young Violet Bick and Tommy Bailey. It’s the time of the year when Seneca Falls transforms into Bedford Falls from the classic Frank Capra holiday movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The annual Wonderful Life Festival will be Dec. 13-15 in the place many people here are convinced was the setting for Capra’s 1946 movie.... more

Hundreds turn out for Illuminate Canandaigua festivities

Hundreds turn out for Illuminate Canandaigua festivities
Fire trucks that seemed to be more decorated with lights than a Christmas tree slowly rolled along Main Street. So did plow trucks and ambulance cars and floats. Musicians with a Canandaigua marching band, with lights illuminating drums and trombones, never skipped a beat. Why, even some guy with multi-colored lights in his beard marched downtown in the holiday parade. And Santa... more
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