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February 15, 2019

On one of the coldest days of the year, I decided it might be prudent to do some indoor exploring near Seneca Lake, our focus lake for February.  I took along my intrepid mother for a museum adventure.  First stop:  Geneva History Museum, run by the Geneva Historical Society.  Located on Main Street in Geneva, the museum “tells the stories of the city’s people and places, ordinary and extraordinary.” [Photo courtesy of Geneva History Museum: https://genevahistoricalsociety.com/visit/geneva-history-museum/]

Along with the library and research room, they had several different exhibits.  Our stand-out favorite was the Discovery Room.  Although we are well outside the target age of 6-12, our inner children made an appearance while exploring the hands-on activities.  An extensive mural covering two walls showed a timeline highlighting events happening in the country and specifically in Geneva.  A trunk full of period clothes and drawings of what children wore in centuries past...

November 20, 2018

November was approaching, and I was contemplating the Lake of the Month.  I thought to myself, what could possibly be going on at Hemlock Lake in November?!?  Well, imagine my surprise and delight when I stumbled across the Little Lakes Community Association (LLCA) in Hemlock!  Operating in the recently acquired Old Hemlock School, they happened to be hosting a swing dance in the gymnasium of their building.  Great dance music was provided by Hanna and the Blue Hearts, who are well renowned in the Rochester music community.

The Little Lakes include the western-most of the Finger Lakes and the communities surrounding Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, and Honeoye Lakes.  The LLCA is in the process of rehabilitating the 16,000 square foot school located on Main Street in the Town of Hemlock.  The school was originally built in 1929, and served the community in that capacity for 30 years.  From 1958 until 1975 it was annexed to the Livonia School District, and then was rented by th...

August 8, 2018

One of the things I love about summer is the ability to do almost everything outside. Enjoying an outdoor concert is a beautiful thing, and in Canandaigua, we are fortunate to have the CMAC venue at the Finger Lakes Community College. This large and popular locale draws some pretty big names from all kinds of musical genre. The
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) comes to perform each summer, and I had a front row seat for their early July “Red, White, and Boom!” concert.

If you enjoy the sound of a full orchestra, the RPO is not to be missed. Their concert series typically covers classical, pop, movie soundtracks (live music while you watch the movie – very cool!), show tunes and more. RPO Music Director Ward Stare, who

conducted this concert, is energetic, engaging, and quite entertaining. This highly polished group of musicians is also committed to giving back to the community. In 2017-18, more than 40% performances were educational or free community concerts.


The concert started...

July 6, 2018

I am one of those fortunate people who, after residing in many different locales in this country, and some others, is now able to call the Finger Lakes region “home.”  With our “Focus on the Finger Lakes” theme this year at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium (FLM&A), it has been my duty (okay, and my privilege!) to explore more of the region than just what is in my back yard.  With my FLM&A Adventure Team buddies, I have cross country skied in the hills above Honeoye Lake, plied the waters of Keuka Lake in a kayak, participated in an Earth Day clean-up at Otisco Lake, and attended a symposium on blue-green algae at Owasco Lake.  This month I get to stay home and appreciate my “chosen spot;” Canandaigua at the north end of Canandaigua Lake.

For someone who enjoys spending as much time as possible in, on, and near the water, July is a wonderful month in this part of the world.  Every day I will take the opportunity to swim, kayak, canoe, or just sit and watch a spec...

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