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Activities, culture abound in downtown Auburn for Founder’s Day

Liam Cole’s eyes ballooned when he was asked if he wanted to get behind the wheel of a 1947 Dodge pickup truck at the Founder’s Day celebration in Auburn Saturday. The moment the car’s owner, Bill Leonard, made the offer, Liam, 4, rushed to the car and promptly climbed into the front seat during the car show held during the... more

Preserve Seneca Falls, Inc. announces Aug. 22 educational meeting

Preservation and reuse of historic structres in Seneca Falls has been a top priority for Federal, State and Local Officals for decades. Join old friends, community members, representatives of the Landmark Society, Preservation League, Western Erie Canal Alliance, local, state and other officials at the Rec Center to learn about Preserve Seneca Falls, reuse of historic buildings as economic development,... more

Steam Fest gears up in Hopewell

Twenty-three years ago Michael McCauley and his wife Shirley got married atop an antique tractor at the 1995 Pageant of Steam — fitting for a pair whose roots run deep with the annual pageant now underway on Gehan Road in Hopewell. Like his father before him, Michael is all about the antique steam-powered equipment. Head engineer for pageant sponsor New... more

‘It’s an addiction’: Skaneateles hosts 40th Antique and Classic Boat Show

While some people seemingly fall into the art of restoring boats, for others it appears antique and classic boat restoration is in their blood. “I’ve been coming here since I was a baby,” said Katelyn Marsden, who was showing her own first-ever restored boat — which she affectionately called her “baby” — at the Finger Lakes Chapter Antique and Classic... more

Lake to Lake Women’s 55th Community-Birthday Calendar coming soon

When Nancy Taylor motors around the city, it’s not always to run errands. “I am always driving around town and getting ideas for our calendar picture,” said the chairperson of the Lake to Lake Women’s Community-Birthday Calendar. This year’s 55th annual calendar — it’s Lake to Lake Women’s biggest annual fundraiser — will feature the remade entrance to the Finger... more

The Goal: Honoring those who served in Canandaigua

Could 24 hours of nonstop lacrosse be too much of a good thing? Not this weekend. It’s exactly right, as evidenced by 48 area lacrosse-playing teams who came together on Braves Field at Canandaigua Academy to show their support for veterans. Canandaigua’s second annual Shootout for Soldiers, one of 12 similar volunteer-led 24-hour lacrosse events nationwide, started at 6 p.m.... more

MacAlpine to present ‘Stories from Yates Past’ July 31

Rich MacAlpine, a member of the Dundee Area Historical Society, will present a program for the Society titled, “Stories From Yates Past.” The program highlights many of the topics included in his two books — Yates County Chronicles and Stories from Yates Past. The program will be held on July 31 at the Dundee American Legion, 10 Spring St. Dundee.... more

Oliver House celebrates 70th with ceremony, ice cream

Saturday, July 21, the Yates County History Center will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the opening of the Oliver House Museum. The public is invited to attend a ceremony and ice cream social at 11 a.m. at the museum at 200 Main St.in Penn Yan. The first museum curator, Arnold Potter, a descendant of followers of the Jemima Wilkinson, the... more

New home for historic boxcars in Manchester

It took a train, a crane, and an army of skilled volunteers to lift, tow and coax two historic boxcars into Caboose Park Saturday morning. But it will all be worth it when local residents, railroad enthusiasts and history lovers are able to revisit their railway roots at the 103 S. Main St. park in the village of Manchester. The... more

‘Finale of horror’: Remembering the 1968 circus tent collapse at Cayuga County’s Emerson Park

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of an infamous circus tent collapse in Cayuga County that left more than 100 injured but miraculously killed no one. On July 9, 1968, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus was finishing its second performance of the day as a rainstorm raged outside the canvas tent set up at Emerson Park. As workers prepared for the... more

Community in unity for Canandaigua’s July 4th parade

Blistering heat was no match for hometown patriots Wednesday as thousands lined South Main Street to cheer on the city of Canandaigua’s longest Independence Day parade in recent history. Under pristine skies and blazing sun, 54 individual parade units powered by more than 1,000 men, women, children and four-legged volunteers made their way down the parade route toward Lakeshore Drive.... more

‘We make sure they live on’: Cayuga County Marines in the first World War

Nearly 100 Marines from Cayuga County who enlisted during the first World War were remembered Sunday through a presentation at the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater. The presentation, “Cayuga County Devil Dogs of the First World War,” was delivered by Moravia native Annette Amerman who is now the head of the historical reference branch at the Marine Corps history division... more

Back when the circus came to town in Yates Co.

After years of planning and weeks of work, Penn Yan’s beloved art teacher Robert Gillespie is completing his mural, “Main Street Circus Parade” this week on the front of Water Street Wines and Spirits. Depicting a parade of elephants photographed on Main Street Penn Yan in 1897, Bob believes this is his 10th mural in the Finger Lakes region, and... more

Geneva’s Dove holds pivotal place in art history

America’s first modernist artist, Arthur Dove (1880-1946), was born, not in a large metropolitan area, but in the city of Canandaigua. At the time, his father, William G. Dove, was the Ontario County clerk. About two years later, the Dove family returned to Geneva where they owned property and businesses. Arthur Dove grew up in homes on North and South... more

“The Diary of Theodosia Ford” exhibit at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Ask the average person to name an important woman of the American Revolution and they might think of Betsy Ross, believed to have made the first American flag for George Washington. A fine art photographic exhibit opening on July 1st at Women’s Rights National Historical Park seeks to introduce a new name into the public consciousness: Theodosia Ford. The park... more

Blues set for Yates Concert series

The Yates Concert Series presents Hanna and the Blue Hearts Wednesday, June 27 on the Courthouse lawn at 6:30 p.m. The co-sponsors of this concert are the Water Street Wine Bar and FLE Event Group. Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to 50s and 60s Chicago blues, to boogie woogie. As... more

Traveling 9/11 exhibit brings firefighters’ stories to life, and Tyre

The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is in the Rochester region for the first time. It is part of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller, a NYFD firefighter, died on September 11, 2001 after running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center towers. The exhibit features artifacts from Ground Zero and lets you hear first-hand... more

Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers meet with Town of Macedon

After 6 ½ years, one of the Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers is no longer able to mow the beautiful Butterfly Nature trail located in the Canal Park-Lock 30 area. We would like to thank our volunteer, who would like to remain anonymous, for his years in volunteering his services. He helped to develop and create such a beautiful trail and... more
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