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Finger Lakes Fun In April

April 1, 2016 by Innkeeper

Come Plant Yourself in the Finger Lakes! Spend an afternoon enjoying wine and food pairings at each of the Canandaigua Wine Trails six member wineries. You’ll also receive a wine charm and collect seed packets at each winery to take home, plus the wine trail will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Arbor Day Foundation to help plant new trees. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and can be bought online at www.canandaiguawinetrail.com or at any member winery. Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information call (877) 386-4669 or visit www.canandaiguawinetrail.com.

No two people see things the exact same way. This is the theme of an exhibit of 50 landscapes by 16 artists at Main Street Arts. See landscapes portrayed in a range of mediums and diverse styles. Opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and on display until May 13. Main Street Arts. 20 West Main St., Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit www.mainstreetartsgallery.com.

There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend Finger Lakes style than pairing a local beverage with live music at Roots Café in Naples. Kinloch Nelson kicks things off with a solo guitar performance Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Catch The Lonely Ones on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. or Mulberry Soul Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Out of The Blue Trio performs Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. and Steve Grills & The Roadmasters wrap things up Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. $5 cover for Mulberry Soul and Steve Grills, all others free. Roots Café, 197 N Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information call (585) 374-9800 or visit Roots Café on Facebook.

Spring is finally here! Need proof? Check out the flowers on display at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Attend the Spring Wildflower & Orchid Show and stroll through the greenhouses and mansion. Raffle baskets with a variety of items from some of the area’s favorite shops, restaurants, and more will be on sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22-24.Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 4-16 and free for children three and under. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-4922 or visit www.sonnenberg.org.

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and breathe the fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-3915 or visit www.visitfingerlakes.com.

Two centuries of art will be on display at Hobart and William Smith Colleges until April 22. The exhibit, titled, “Audubon to Warhol: Two Centuries of American Art on Paper” features American works on paper created from 1820 to the present. It explores technical differences and progressions as well as the various art “movements” of the period, such as social realism and modernism. The exhibit is open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Davis Gallery at Houghton House, 1 Kings Ln., Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 781-3483 or visit www.hws.edu.

Thing To Do In the Finger Lakes In March

March 2, 2016 by Innkeeper

Why not help with a good cause and learn a thing or two as well? The Iroquois White Corn Project needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 for a Shucking Bee! Volunteers will shuck Iroquois white corn, a dietary staple of the Iroquois people dating back over 1,400 years. Help shuck the corn harvest and learn the many uses of this unique agricultural product. Iroquois White Corn Project, 7191 County Road 41 Victor 14564. For more information contact the project manager at (585) 742-1361 or visit online.

Sip and stroll at the Canandaigua Wine Walk, Saturday, March 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. Start at 143 South Main Street and purchase your glass for $8, from there visit various stores for tastings and samples from local wineries and restaurants. This month features the wineries of the Canandaigua Wine Trail! Find something truly enjoyable and perhaps bring some home with you. 143 South Main Street, Canandaigua 14424.

Catch a free film screening at the Main Street Arts Gallery. Thursday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Main Street Arts will be showing the Oscar-nominated film; Finding Vivian Maier. Learn about this mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photos and kept them hidden. Discovered decades later, she is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs 14432. For more information call (315) 462-0210 or visit online.

GAËL Brewing, the only Irish-American microbrewery in upstate New York, invites you to stop in to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. Open from 11 a.m. until the last person leaves, drop by for a pint or two of their Templederry Irish Stout or Liam’s Irish Red. They’ll also be introducing the Crafty GAËL, a collaboration beer produced with Crafty Ales and Lagers in nearby Phelps. GAËL Brewing , 4180 State Route 14, Geneva, 14456. For more information call (315) 220-0190 or visit online.

Gear up for Maple Weekend in New York State. This state-wide event celebrates the production of all things maple. Visit Cumming Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12, 13, 19, and 20 to learn about maple syrup production and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Stop by the Wohlschlegel’s Maple Farm from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 19 & 20 and April 2 & 3 for a pancake breakfast, walk through the woods to see the sap gathering process, or to take a tour of the sugarhouse! The New York Wine and Culinary Center invites you to take a tour of Kettle Ridge Farm on Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m., after stop by the center for one of their many maple themed cooking classes!

December Touring Tips

December 3, 2015 by Innkeeper

Ho. Ho. Ho. We have two rooms left for New Year’s Eve. Come join us.

Come meet the man behind the magic at the Wizard of Clay in Honeoye. Watch the talented Jamie Kozlowski make the unique and beautiful trademarked Bristoleaf Pottery. You won’t want to miss this Finger Lakes specialty! Wizard of Clay Pottery, 7851 Route 20A, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 229-2980.

See Clifton Springs all lit up for the holidays at the Festival of Lights! Experience the Dickens carolers, hot drinks & food, music, free horse-drawn wagon rides, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa. December 4, 5 – 8 p.m. Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce, 2 E Main St, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-7111.

Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! Find the perfect gift at one of our quaint boutiques or specialty shops or Eastview Mall, home of five major department stores including the first Von Maur in the Northeast. Shop till you drop and then check out Eastview Mall’s impressive restaurant selection. Eastview Mall, 7979 Pittsford Victor Rd, Victor, 14564. For more information call (585) 223-4420 or visit www.eastviewmall.com.

Spend a day at the romantic Belhurst Castle overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake in Geneva. Start with a couples massage at Isabella Spa, then enjoy a wine tasting at Belhurst Estate Winery. End your day with dinner in the century-old castle at Edgar’s Restaurant. Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14S, Geneva, 14456. (315) 781-0201.

Warm up by the fire at Brew and Brats! Open weekends in December. Check out the full lineup of live music on Saturdays. Pull up a chair, grab a glass of your favorite cold one and maybe a tasty brat or two! 6461 NY-64, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2870.

Ice skate with your children at the Geneva Recreation Center or the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. For open skate times call or visit online www.visitgenevany.com (315) 789-2277 (Geneva) or www.gccc.org (585) 396-7230 (Canandaigua). Geneva Recreation Center, 666 S. Exchange St, Geneva, 14456. Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, 250 N. Bloomfield Rd. Canandaigua, 14424.

Turn back time at the Antique Wireless Museum. Featuring a 1925 radio store, first cellular telephone and more in this one of a kind, world-class collection. Stop in for a tour and bring the whole family. Tuesdays,10 – 3 p.m. and Saturdays,1 – 5 p.m. 6925 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield, 14469. (585) 257-5119.

Did you know 98% of the trails at Bristol Mountain are illuminated at night during the season? Check it out during the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Bristol Mountain with music, activities for kids and a torchlight parade. December 31, 4 – 10 p.m. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000. For packages, tickets and more www.bristolmountain.com.

November Touring Tips

November 5, 2015 by Innkeeper

It certainly doesn’t feel like winter is around the corner. 70’s and sunny is the perfect weather for picking up those never-ending fall leaves. We spent several hours today cleaning up the gardens. This will the the fifth or sixth time this fall already and several trees have yet to lose their leaves. Is it ever going to end? Eventually I guess. Until then we will just continue to rake and sweep and enjoy this gorgeous weather.



Who says bigger is better? Visit Main Street Arts and view the Small Works 2015 exhibition which features 260 works of art that are 12 inches or less in size from over 100 artists. The opening reception is Saturday, November 7 from 4 – 7 p.m. and the exhibit runs through December 29. 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-0210.

Get your holiday shopping done in the Finger Lakes! Visit Eastview Mall, home to stores such as Lego, Apple and the first Von Maur in the northeast! Satisfy all your holiday shopping needs. 7979 Route 96, Victor, 14564. (585) 223-4420.

It’s almost winter, but there is still time to get in a few more hikes or bike rides. Check out the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection Hike & Bike page at www.visitfingerlakes.com/hikebike for a list of hiking and biking trails for a variety of skill levels or stop by our office for your own hiking and biking trail kit. 25 Gorham Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-3915.

Commemorate the treaty between the Iroquois Confederacy & the U.S. Government during Canandaigua Treaty Day, November 11, 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Canandaigua Treaty was signed in 1794 betweenthe Six Nations Confederacy and the United States government. Activities and events will include
Native American art and craft sale at the Canandaigua Primary School (96 West Gibson Street), and a commemoration ceremony to take place on the front lawn of the county courthouse (27 North Main Street). For more information call (585) 924-5848 or visit www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Canandaigua- Treaty-Event.

Celebrate the holidays at the Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum! Enjoy a traditional Christkindl Market with crafts, holiday décor, visits with Santa, treats and music, November 12 –15. Also, don’t miss this year’s Festival of Trees with themed decorations, November 12 – December 13. 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua. (585) 394-1472. An Innkeeper favorite.

Brush up on your cooking skills before the holidays at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. Choose from a full line-up of cooking classes this month including sessions on pie baking, pizza making, and more. 800 S. Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7070.

Bring the kids to visit with Santa Claus at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society holiday open house on Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Balloon artists and carolers will provide additional entertainment. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. (585) 289-9149.

Check out a show at The Smith Opera House. Perhaps a true David vs. Goliath story, on November 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Smith presents You’ve Been Trumped. Follow a group of Scottish homeowners as they take on Donald Trump to stop him from turning Scotland’s last wildland area into a golf resort. 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, 14456. (315) 781-5483. For more information or a complete list of shows and events visit www.thesmith.org/event-calendar.

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

Happy October 1st!

October 1, 2015 by Innkeeper

The weather has turned a bit chilly this week, making it feel like fall. Hard to believe last weekend it was in the 70’s; today 50’s. I just switched on the heat in the Inn and the fireplaces have been operational now for about a week or two. The leaves will be turning quickly now as it seems every day I’m out and about I see more vibrant color.

If you’re seeking out a great place for fall family fun, look no further than the Pick’n Patch! This is your “one stop shop” with pumpkins, an 8-acre corn maze, mums, fall decorations, farm animals, kiddie train rides, and more! Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Halloween. 2205 Routes 5&20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.

One of my favorite things to do weekends in October, enjoy the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Ride the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain at a leisurely pace on this tranquil 15 to 20 minute ride featuring great views of the hills and valleys around the Bristol area. Sky Rides are $11 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12, and $8 for Seniors (65+). On Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bristol Mountain will host its annual Fall Festival with live music, kids activities, food, beverage, and craft vendors. Admission to the festival is free. 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Discover beauty and history as you cruise the Ontario County Historical Society Fall Foliage Trail. Running through the month of October, with a Community Day on October 17, the Fall Foliage Trail is a self-guided tour of the most scenic fall views around. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you four passes to the community day event locations and a map of the trail. The packet includes tips on great photo locations, places to stop for a treat, and facts about historical locations along the route. (585) 394-4975.

Drive through the Naples area and visit local artisans specializing in everything from wood and glass working to painting, sculpting, and jewelry making. During the Naples Open Studio Trail watch demonstrations and ask questions to learn more about their craft or pick up some of their wares. October 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit each of the 24 artists or pick and choose your favorites. For information on participating artists and their locations visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com. The 1795 Acorn Inn B & B is conveniently located on the trail.

What’s more in the spirit of the season than a “whodunit” style mystery at a mansion? The Fall Mansion Mysteries at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park invite you to be a guest at the mansion for light refreshments and a cash wine bar. Participate in this live-theater event by uncovering clues that will help solve the mystery! October 16 to18 and 23, 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Further participate in the fun by attending in period costume, if you so desire. Prepaid reservations are required. General admission tickets are $24 or $20 for youths 12-18 and Sonnenberg Garden members. 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua 14424. (585) 394-4922.

Limited time event! – The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, October 18. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was once a major economic driving force in Ontario County, and a collection of artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad will be on display at the museum. Come see a slice of history that helped shape the region. Admission is free; donations are welcome. 8 East High Street, Shortsville, 14548. For more information call 585-289-9149 or visit the website.

Touring tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

September Touring Tips, Part II

September 18, 2015 by Innkeeper

Come meet a Finger Lakes watercolor artist at an art reception at the Wood Library in Canandaigua. Artist Howard VanBuren will be hosting a reception to kick off his art show on September 24th, 6 to 8 PM at the Wood Library. Come see more than 30 paintings of farm settings, scenes of Canandaigua, and house portraits. Original paintings and prints will be available for purchase. There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages available to snack on at the reception. The exhibit will run through October 24th.

Don’t forget, Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain. Take a ride to the top of Bristol Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. On a clear day, you may even be able to see Canandaigua Lake! Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. The Fall Sky Rides run until October 25th from noon to 4 PM at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

While summer shows at Bristol Valley Theater have all had their curtain call, the events scheduled for fall promise to be just as exciting with the 2015 Fall for the Arts Series begins in early October. The series features bands, a musical performance, and a fabulous food tasting. Prices and dates vary, please call (585) 374-9032 for more information.

You could fall for the arts, or you could fall for a whole city! Get ready to Fall 4 Geneva, September 27th through October 3rd. All week long there will be events and special deals at venues throughout the city of Geneva. The festival celebrates Geneva’s accomplishments this past year, being named an All-American City by the National Civic League. More information on events and festival specifics can be found by calling (315) 789-0102.

Haven’t had enough of that fall foliage just yet? The Ontario County Historical Society is hosting a Fall Foliage Trail, running all of October. This is a self-guided trail with stops at historic locations, photo op- portunities, restaurants, and more. There will be a special Community Day on October 17th. A $20 donation to the Historical Society will get you information and a copy of the trail map, as well as tickets for four to
the Community Day events which include behind-the-scenes tours of historic places such as Bristol Valley Theater, the Burning Springs in Bristol, and the C.E.K Mees Observatory, and more! There also will be a fall foliage photo contest! For more information or to order a map, call (585) 394-4975 or visit Fall Foliage Trail.

Of course, the best part of fall is all the fresh, “Pick Your Own” fruits available. Have you ever picked your own grapes? If not, it might be time! Jerome’s U-Pick at 8936 Route 53, Naples, NY offers different fruits and a variety of grapes. Operating since 1958, Jerome’s U-Pick is part of an eighth generation, “Century Farm”. Picking season runs from now until late October or until the harvest is complete, from 9 am to 6 pm daily. For general information or to check what’s in season call 1-800-UPICKIT (1-800-874-2548).

Thank you Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

Naples Open Studio Trail

September 17, 2015 by Innkeeper

October 3-4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 1795 Acorn Inn B&B is conveniently located on the Naples Open Studio Trail. Follow the autumn-filled byways around Honeoye and Canandaigua Lakes and visit 17 studios with the work of 24 artists. We use oils, glass, ceramics, metal, wood, textiles, and leather to create paintings, sculpture, wearables, furniture, jewelry, housewares and much more. Many of our artists conduct demos too, and during the Trail, purchases and commissions can be made directly with us.

Visit our website to learn more and see our amazing artwork: www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

During the Trail you’ll find clearly-marked signs; you can follow the map on your smartphone or click here Naples Open Studio Trail Map for a printable map.

If you would like a brochure mailed to you, simply click here Naples Open Studio Trail Brochure and fill out the form.

And you can follow us on Facebook: Naples Open Studio Trail Facebook Page

Our exciting fund-raising raffle includes wine, gift certificates, dinner coupons, and a $200 Wegmans gift card.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

September Touring Tips

September 1, 2015 by Innkeeper

Fall foliage is upon us. As you drive through this gorgeous countryside, leaves are turning. The mornings are cooler and crisper. You can just feel it in the air. We just planted mums at our front door. Soon pumpkins will be everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.

Looking for a great way to get out and experience what Downtown Geneva has to offer? Geneva Night Out is a free, monthly arts and cultural event. Friday, September 4 is this month’s Grape Harvest edition! More information, maps, and a complete list of participating businesses are all available at www.genevanightout.wordpress.com.

There’s no way to observe Labor Day weekend quite like the Finger Lakes Ring of Fire Celebration! This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, September 5 at dusk on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake. Gather on the lakeshore when the sun sets and watch as business owners and residents light red flares around the lake’s edge and bathe the lake in an entrancing red glow in honor of an old Native American tradition.

Having purple feet might be cause for some alarm, but not at the Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival! One of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S, the festival celebrates the grape harvest season through the old world tradition of stomping grapes. There will be live music, vendors of all kinds, kids crafts and games, wine tastings and seminars, and, of course, grape stomping! September 13, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $18 at the door; those under 21 get in free. Casa Larga Vineyard, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. (585) 223-4210.

Autumn means the return of the famous fall foliage colors of upstate New York, and the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain offer an excellent way to leisurely take in the view. Take a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. Fall Sky Rides available September 12 through October 25 from noon to 4pm at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.

Fall is just around the corner! If you are looking for pumpkins and corn mazes, a great place to find both is the Pick’n Patch! Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and then stop to pick out your pumpkins and fall decorating items. Fall fun for the whole family! Open September 17 to Halloween, 10am to 6pm at 2205 Route 5 & 20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.

September is grape harvest season which means it’s time for the annual Naples Grape Festival! Since 1961 the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, and area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and original music are just a few highlights! The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 10am to 5pm at Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School Grounds, Route 21 South, Naples, 14512.

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

Biking the Erie Canal

August 3, 2015 by Innkeeper

As an innkeeper, I don’t often get the chance to venture too far away from the Inn during the peak season, but… yesterday evening I got the chance to ride along the Erie Canal from Schoen Place in Pittsford to Fairport and back. Each year I try to have new experiences so that I can assist guests with things to do in this stunningly beautiful part of the country. I don’t think I will ever run out of things to do in the Finger Lakes. Much of the time though I am hindered by guests checking in and perhaps arriving after our check in hours, so it’s hard to plan. But, yesterday worked out just right. I often get nervous about going more than 10 minutes away from the 1795 Acorn Inn Bed and Breakfast with a house full of guests. If a guest needs me, say they lock themselves out of their room, it could take me a while to get back. But it seemed like everyone was well settled yesterday afternoon so off I went.

We rode about 15 miles, which could be taxing for some including myself, but with plenty to see and do along the way, there’s opportunity to rest. And, of course, you don’t have to ride that far. My friends, who work out often and ride more frequently than me, led the way. We rode most of the way in the cool shade, though the outside temperature gauge read 85 when I parked the car. We chatted as we peddled and enjoyed each others’ company. The canal wasn’t crowded at all, though it can be at times, but we timed it perfectly. Occasionally a boat would go by, sailboat, motor boat, kayak, and there was the solo paddle boarder, but it was peaceful place to be. We even saw two fawns on the way back.

Pittsford is about a 30 minute drive through the country from the B & B. If you don’t have your own bikes, Towpath Bikes rents them at Schoen Place. The nice thing about bringing your own bikes is that you can go in the late afternoon/early evening like we did and beat the crowds and the heat. After an energetic ride, Alladin’s Natural Eatery in the Plaza is the perfect place to grab a bite. Greek and Italian fare. And, you can sit outside, upstairs or down, along the canal and watch the procession of boats, bikers, walkers, fisherman and ducks.

Some other areas I have ridden this year are the LeHigh Valley Trail, Ontario County Pathways, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. All thoroughly enjoyable. My favorite rides though have been Canadice Lake and the Erie Canal.

I am looking forward to riding in the fall as I am sure the trees will be gorgeous and their reflection in the tranquil waters of the canal breathtaking. The ride along Canadice and Hemlock lakes will be memorable as well as these lakes are watershed for the city of Rochester. The trees hug the shoreline and their reflection is pristine as homes are not allowed along the lake. No swimming or dogs either. Pure Peace.









July Touring Tips Part II

July 20, 2015 by Innkeeper

And so July is flying by.  While most of our weekends are full for the rest of the month, we do have the Hotchkiss Room available on Saturday and Sunday, 7/25 & 26.  And, the Angell Room is available Thursday and Friday, July 30 & 31.  Hopefully you’ll find something in this blog that might encourage a visit.

Looking to get out on the water and escape the heat? Head over to Canandaigua Sailboarding and rent your personal watercraft of choice! If you are the adventurous type, be sure to try stand-up paddleboarding and take the waves head on! 11 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-8150

Lights and music on a midsummer’s eve make for a glorious garden experience at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. On Friday nights in July, between 8 and 10 PM, the grounds come alive as musical artists perform a two-hour concert in the gardens. While watching the show, enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine from the Finger Lakes Wine Center,151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, 585-394-4922

Shakespeare in the Park: EJ Cantu and Katelyn Machnica will take you through some of Shakespeare’s most well-loved works including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more, along with music and stage combat! Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket, there is no cost to attend. July 18th, 2-3 PM, Rotary Park, East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432, 315-462-8200 www.cliftonspringschamber.com.

The Native American Dance & Music Festival is Ganondagan’s annual summer event, running July 25th and 26th. The Festival features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. This event also features children and adult workshops, such as cornhusk doll making, cooking native foods such as fry-bread, interpreted programs in the Visitor’s Center and the Bark Longhouse, guided trail walks, and the family drum jam. Ganondagan State Historical Site,1488 State Rt. 444, Victor, 14564, 585-742-1690

A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? Sure enough, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend will begin on Friday, July 31st and end Sunday, August 2nd. Highlights include the Sauerkraut Festival Parade, Cabbage Bowling, and Famous Sauerkraut Cake! Located on Route 96 between Thruway exits 43 & 42, Phelps, 14532, 315-548-8900

Interested in a casual, comedic experience? Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Black Comedy, July 23rd through 26th and July 30th thru August 2nd. In a hilarious situation in which everything that could go wrong does, watch as the protagonist, Brindsley, struggles to make it through a disasterous dinner date with his new fiance and her no-nonsense father.151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512.

With food, games, rides, and shows of all varieties, the Ontario County Fair is sure to have something for everyone! Be sure to check out the 4-H animal shows as well as antique and car exhibits. The Fair runs from July 21st to July 25th, with events changing daily. Located at 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua, 14424. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.ontariocountyfair.org.