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August Touring Tips

August 5, 2015 by Innkeeper

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures has opened a new kid’s course, in addition to its regular courses. An adventure available for those of all skill levels. The Aerial Adventure park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. For more information on pricing and reservations call 585-374-1180.

August welcomes Clifton Springs Community Concert Series! All concerts run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Rotary Park on East Main Street. Dates and bands are as follows: August 6th, 78 RPM (Big Band); August 13th, Music Makers (Big Band); August 20th, Don Newcomb Band (Country, Classic Rock); August 27th, Tim O’Horn (Acoustic Adult). Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy these free concerts on the park lawn. East Main Street, Clifton Springs, 14432.

The 55th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 5th through the 8th. The pageant features steam-powered demonstrations and tractor pulls of all kinds plus food and events for the kids! Fairgrounds are located at 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424 and are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is $6 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free. 315-677-3876.

Come see Bristol Valley Theater’s performance of Becky’s New Car at the Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. This humorous, car-themed comedy will run August 6th through the 16th. General admission is $33, $31 for seniors, $17 for college students, and $12 for children 18 and younger. Visit their web site or call the box office at 585-374-6318 for show times and further information or to purchase tickets.

The Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival will take place August 8th and 9th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with events at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. Celebrating the agricultural richness of the Finger Lakes, the festival will include a wine garden featuring Riesling tastings, and craft beer tastings as educational wine seminars and other, family friendly events. Cost is $25 to enter the wine garden and $10 for entrance to educational seminars. 585-899-3226.

Have a craving to get in touch with your more artistic side? Then visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, located at 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424, for Arts at the Gardens August 15th and 16th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This rain-or-shine celebration of artistic accomplishment will feature local artists who specialize in all kinds of arts and crafts. There will be free art lectures, a wine/beer garden featuring microbrews, a food court, raffles, and more. Special reduced admission is $6 for this event and includes access to the mansion and gardens. Call 585-394-4922 for more information. This is your Innkeeper’s favorite Festival. Can’t wait to go.

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

July Touring Tips

June 26, 2015 by Innkeeper

I can’t believe it’s almost July. The busiest part of the busy season is upon us. Weekends are filling up fast but weekdays are still available and a little quieter in general. With our multiple weeknight discounts, a little more of a value as well.

What better place to celebrate the 4th of July than the Finger Lakes? Join us as we celebrate our country’s independence with food, fun, and fireworks! Fireworks will be on display throughout the region. For more information on dates, times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/july-4-fireworks.

Looking for farm fresh, local juice? Swing by Red Jacket Orchards’ farm store providing a unique culinary experience! Located in Geneva, come see what 50 years of mastering the art and science of growing quality fresh fruit and juice production tastes like! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva. 315-781-2749.

Be sure to check out the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Watch this beautiful religious story on an outdoor 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects and cast of over 650. July 10-11 and 14-18, 9:15 pm. Parking and admission are free! Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, 603 State Route 21, Palmyra. 315- 597-5851.

Don’t miss the 26th Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, an Olympic-style equine event featuring dressage, natural obstacle course and show jumping. July 10-12. Stuart Horse Trials, Murray Road, off County Rd. 41, Victor. 585-657-4523. For a complete schedule, visit www.stuarthorsetrials.org.

New Roseland Wake Park opens July 4th weekend! The only cable wake park in the Northeast, it features a five tower cable system allowing guests to wake board, knee board, wake skate and water ski without a boat. Learn to wake board and knee board at the Lil Bro Learning Center, or try Aquaglide, an inflated, floating obstacle course which will be fun for the entire family. For more information and pricing call 585-393-9253 or visit www.roselandwakepark.com

Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air by journeying to any (or all!) of Ontario County’s seven farmers markets. Stock up on the highest quality ingredients for your next meal or picnic or grab a delicious snack. Take the time to stop and enjoy, nothing is better than ‘farm to table’ freshness. For more information on times, and locations call Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915, or go to www.visitfingerlakes.com/farmers-markets.

Nedloh Brewing Co. is proud to host the second annual Hopsfest, July 18-19, featuring educational seminars with tips on crafting great beers, growing hops, home brewing and pairing beer with foods. Sample craft brews from Nedloh Brewing Co. and a number of other breweries from Upstate New York. 6621 State Route 5 & 20,
East Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.

You’re invited to the 172nd Ontario County Fair! Featuring a diverse line-up of events and agriculture fun! The Fair is great for the whole family and offers a variety of exciting activities for all ages. July 21-25. Tickets are sold on-site for events. 2820 County Road 10, Canandaigua.

Come experience Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival on July 25-26 from 10am to 6pm. The two-day event features a wide range of Native American traditional dancers, musicians, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, crafts and arts with festival goers. 1488 New York 444, Victor. For more information call 585-742-1690 or visit www.ganondagan.org.

Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

May Touring Tips

May 21, 2015 by Innkeeper

And they’re off to the races! The 2015 racing season has begun! Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington, 14425.  (585) 924-3232.

It’s National Bike Month! Time to hop on a bike and ride around the lakes! Bike rentals are available at RV&E Bike and Skate and Geneva Bicycle Center. RV&E Bike and Skate 168 S. Main St., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393- 5680.  Geneva Bicycle Center, 489 Exchange St., Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-5922. For biking trail information, visit us online at Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

In the era before electric light, what did people do after dark? The Geneva Historical Society will be offering a special evening tour of Rose Hill Mansion’s first floor focused on how the rooms were used, especially in the evening. Find out more about the Swan family’s night life during the late 1800s and view the rooms yourself during an (electric) candlelight tour Friday, May 15. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets $10 pp. 3373 Route 96A near Geneva, 14456. (315) 789-3848. genevahistoricalsociety.com/visit/rose-hill-mansion/

Head to the northern shores of Canandaigua Lake and kick-off summer at The Inn on the Lake – Sand Bar! Featuring live music weekly and great food specials! If you have a boat in the water, feel free to dock along the waterfront at the hotel to take in the sound waves! 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-7800.

The Ganondagan State Historic Site is now open! Learn about local Native American history at the site of a 17th century Seneca Village. Make sure to visit the self-guided hiking trails, the 1670 bark long-house replica and Visi- tors Center. 1488 New York 444, Victor, 14564. (585) 742-1690.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park is now open on weekends! Soar through the air on one of the seven courses Aerial Adventures features with 100 elements featuring ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some of the elements reach almost 60 ft. high into the canopies of the trees. Reservations are highly recommended. 5589 South Hill Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-1180.

Weekend Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on beautiful Canandaigua Lake starts Saturday, May 23. L.L. Bean’s skilled instructors will lead you on an adventure! Starting at only $25. (888) 552-5583. Make your reservation at llbean.com/adventure

Grape pies are a “must taste” in the Finger Lakes Region. Take a scenic drive on Route. 21 to Naples and stop at a roadside stand or go right to Monica’s Pies. Monica’s Pies, Route. 21 South, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-2139.

Enjoy local talent with Tunes by the Tracks. Starting May 20, this is a regular event that features local musical groups but also gives you a chance to be a part of the fun, too because a jam session follows each performance. Stop by and be a part of the show! Clifton Springs Library meeting room Railroad Avenue, Clifton Springs, 14432. (315) 462-6189. cliftonspringschamber.com

Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection.

April Touring Tips

April 23, 2015 by Innkeeper

Learn and play exciting traditional rhythms and songs from countries all over the world! Beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided at the World Drumming Workshop with Jim Donovan. Use rhythm to relax and relieve stress. Create connection through music. $35 + fees. 7pm, Friday, April 10. Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Dr, Geneva. (315) 789-0400. genevaramada.com.

It’s officially spring and warmer weather means more hiking! Throw on those hiking boots, get on the trails, and enjoy some fresh air. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

With so many craft brew beers to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones to try. At the Finger Lakes Brew Fest come enjoy sampling beer from 20 breweries. Entry fee includes 15 sampling tickets, a $5 beverage coupon, and $5 in Free Play. Brew Fest tasting from 5pm – 7pm, live music starting at 8pm – midnight. Saturday, April 18. For tickets visit getmyperks.com. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. (585) 924-3232.

Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to dust off the clubs and head to one of the 10 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf.

Red Jacket Orchards is a “must stop” in the Finger Lakes Region. Located just 5 minutes from Seneca Lake, Red Jacket offers up some of the best fresh fruits and juices in the country. Enjoy a free tasting of juice and apples at the farm store. After a tasting, you will never look at apple juice the same again. Be sure to stock up on your favorites! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva. 315-781-2749.

For art lovers, head to The Assembled Image Reception now through April 30 4pm –7pm for an exhibition of collage and collage-inspired artworks by Denton Crawford, Lynne Feldman, Gerald Mead, Andrea Pawarski and St. Monci. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main St. Clifton Springs. (315) 462-0210. mainstreetartsgallery.com.

Antique hunters, listen up! With over 40 Antique Shops you can start an immediate search for your next treasured heirloom. Pick up an area map and follow the antique trail to merge your passion into action. Ontario County, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

April Touring Tips Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

February 1, 2015 by Innkeeper

On Sat., Feb. 7, experience “Vintage Vines & Valentines”, a celebration of love and friendship in the historic Finger Lakes valley of Naples, NY. The event features several local businesses that are offering everything from free tastings to meal discounts! For more details visit facebook.com/VintageVinesValentines.

Stop by Nedloh Brewing Company, where they are committed to restoring the tradition of hops growing and small breweries in the Finger Lakes. The brewery features a tasting room, retail shop, plus a hops and beer museum. Nedloh, 6621 State Rte. 5&20, East Bloomfield.  585-360-7272. Cheers!

Shop for one-of-a-kind items at the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale where more than 40 quality antique dealers will be showing their wares. Sun., Feb. 8 from 9am-4pm. Admission is $6. Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track, 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-394-1472.

Head down to the beautiful and historic Naples. Artizanns showcases work done by more than 200 artisans. Stop by and pick out a special and unique gift so you’ll always remember your visit to the Finger Lakes. Artizanns, 118 North Main St., Naples. 585-374-6740.

Experience Finger Lakes wine in a unique venue at The Barrel Room. This winery tasting room showcases the barrel’s important role in the art of winemaking. Enjoy full wine tastings and flights at the oak stave- themed tasting bar while admiring works made by local artists. The Barrel Room, 72 West Main St.,
Victor. 585-289-5028.

Embrace the cold winter season with the first ever Finger Lakes Frost Festival on Sat., Feb. 21! The festival includes eight outdoor ice sculptures as well as an ice bar, throne, picture frame and ice logo wall. The drinks will be served up using a massive ice luge. The Frost Fest will take place at Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5&20, Geneva. 315-789-1616.

Calling all art aficionados! Main Street Arts is featuring a solid gold exhibit now until Sat., Feb. 28. This ex-hibition showcases works in a variety of media by invited artists who use gold leaf, gold luster or gold paint to create their works of art. Main Street Arts, 20 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. 315-462-0210.

Enjoy a local craft brew with locally made specialty sausages in the historic carriage barn of Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill. Choose from their 21 different wines and 47 gourmet food products. Open mic nightevery Sat., 6pm-9pm. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870

Bring the family together at Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center. Strike up a few games of bowling. Afterwards head over to the fun zone which features laser tag, bumper cars and over 30 brand new arcade games. Roseland Bowl Family Fun Center, 4357 Recreation Drive, Canandaiuga. 585-394-5050

October Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

October 2, 2014 by Innkeeper

During the Naples Open Studio Trail, 20 talented and innovative local artists open their studios to visitors for an inside look at Finger Lakes artistic community. This year’s Open Studio Trail event will be Oct. 4 and 5, from 10am to 5pm. For a complete list of participating artists and locations, visit www.naplesopenstudiotrail.com.

Enjoy fresh apples and cider! You can even take a wagon ride through the orchard at The Apple Farm in Victor. Or, head to Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva for orchard fresh fruits and unique fruit juices.
The Apple Farm – 1640 Route 444, Victor, 585-924-3420. Red Jacket Orchards – 957 Routes 5 and 20, Geneva, 315-781-2749.

The brewery business is continuing to expand in the Finger Lakes. Nedloh Brewing Co. in East Bloomfield will officially open for business Oct. 4 and will have six beers on tap. Stop by and try them all! Nedloh Brewing Co., 6621 Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield. 585-360-7272.

Take a Fall Sky Ride at Bristol Mountain with a 15-20 minute ride up the mountain. Once at the top, you can return to the bottom via chair or hike! Weekends and Columbus Day through Oct. 26, Noon – 4pm. And don’t miss the Fall Festival and Scottish Highlander Games featuring sky rides, music, family activities and food. October 12, 10am – 5pm. Bristol Mountain, 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000.

Looking for that “Leaf Changing Experience” this Fall? The Visitors Connection has put together a Top 10 list of “Leaf Changing Experiences!” Call the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection at 585-394-3915 or visit
us online at www.visitfingerlakes.com/top10 for your next Leaf Changing Experience! We are located at 25 Gorham St. in Canandaigua. 585-394-3915.

Pick your own pumpkins at The Pick’N Patch! Corn, straw & pumpkin mazes, kiddie train rides, fun house, farm animals & more. Open daily, 10am – 6pm. The Pick‘N Patch, 2205 Routes 5 and 20, Stanley. 585-526-6518.

Experience hundreds of carved jack-o-lanterns twinkling in the dark along the trail. You won’t want to miss this year’s Great Pumpkin Walk! Oct. 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Road 10, Canandaigua. 585-234-7722.

Fall for the arts this October with music and more at Bristol Valley Theater. The theater is hosting a variety of music events, as well as A Taste of the Finger Lakes event and a haunted Movie Madness day. For more information on dates, tickets and times, visit www.bvtnaples.org or call 585-374-9032. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples. 585-374-9032.

Featured Tip: Hang with the alpacas!

Alpacas are having an open house! Join them at Lazy Acre Alpacas for a tour of the farm. 50+ Alpacas,spinning and weaving demos, antique tractors on display, vintage barns, pumpkin sale and a special sale on clothes made from Alpaca wool. New this year is pony and horse rides for the kids! Oct. 11 and 12. 8830 Baker Rd., Bloomfield. 585-455-1203.

October is certainly a busy month… and a beautiful one!

July Touring Tips Courtesy Of The Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

August 1, 2014 by Innkeeper

Don’t miss the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. A festival dedicated to all things sauerkraut! Who would have thought? This annual event features several family activities, as well as food products that revolve around sauerkraut! Jul. 31 – Aug. 3. Fireman’s Field, Ontario St., Phelps. 315- 548-5702.

Are you looking for a great #FLXperience? Craft Beer Week in the Finger Lakes is upon us. Visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/flxperience-beer. Celebrate Craft Beer at the Hopsfest August 9th and 10th at Nedloh, Ontario County’s newest craft brewery! For more information, visit nedlohbrewing.com 6621 State Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield.

Area wineries, breweries, restaurants, artists and musicians join together for a weekend long celebration of everything that makes this region amazing at the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Aug. 9 and 10,
10 am – 5 pm. Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 585-383-0380.

Looking to blow off some steam? The 53rd annual Pageant of Steam is a massive display of antique farm equipment dating back to the early 1900’s. Enjoy parades, tractor pulls, craft vendors and food. August 7-10, 9am-9pm. pageantofsteam.org Admission required. Pageant of Steam, Gehan Road off Rts. 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 315-331-4022.

The Seneca Lakefront comes alive after 5pm each Friday throughout August. Enjoy a full line-up of music in the “Live After 5” series from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront hotel. Be sure to checkout the full schedule at ramadagenevalakefront.com 41 Lake Front Dr., Geneva 315-789-0400.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures provides family fun for all ages and sizes. An aerial park is a series of challenge courses interwoven within the forest canopy, the Aerial Park provides you with 7 different courses with varying levels of difficulty; including zip-lining! Up for a new great outdoor experience? To make a reservation visit bristolmountainadventures.com 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua 585-374-1180.

Get set to get wet! Roseland Waterpark offers fun for the whole family. Check out the giant wave pool, Splash Factory, extreme tube slides, dunk tank or hit the beach for volleyball. Stay cool and have fun. 250 Eastern Blvd Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua. 585-396-2000.

You can just bet you’ll enjoy an afternoon of live thoroughbred racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington. Excitement galore, great food and fun. Also enjoy over 1,500 video lottery terminals, open daily from 8am-4am. 5857 Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.

It’s Golf month in the Finger Lakes! Ontario County boasts over nine golf courses, each unique and challenging! For more golf in Ontario County visit us online at visitfingerlakes.com/golf or call us at 585-394-3915.

That certainly is only the tip of the iceberg concerning things to do in the Finger Lakes this month. You can most like look forward to another Touring Tips mid-month.

The Top 10 All Time Most Fun Things To Do In Naples, NY

July 29, 2014 by Innkeeper

Naples is a quaint town on the South end of Canandaigua Lake, just a 15 minute drive from the 1795 Acorn Inn and a town one would pass through to get to the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  Though small, there’s plenty to do in Naples…

1.  Tour the Wineries… one of my favorites, Inspire Moore.  The wines are great and I love their concept.  The wines are called Love, Joy, Peace, Serendipity…  Who wouldn’t want Moore?  And don’t forget to try their Framboise, if they have it.  It’s a dessert wine made from raspberries.  To die for with chocolate.  They have life music outside.  Check out their event schedule.  And a great restaurant, Roots Cafe, is located right in front of the winery.

2.  Grab your camera.  The photo opportunities are plentiful and free.

3.  Sample grape pie.

4. Enjoy an evening of live theater at the Bristol Valley Theater.

5.  Explore nature and relax (after a strenuous hike) to the soothing sound of waterfalls at Conklin Gulley or Grimes Glen.  We have great resources at the Inn on Hiking, Biking, Waterfalls, Kayaking and Snow Trails.

6.  Fish streams or the lake; even ice fishing in the winter.  Brrr.

7.  Taste Naples-made dippers, mustard, granola and sauces at Arbor Hill Grapery or Joseph’s Wayside market.

8.  Escape for a romantic sunset.

9. Bring you bike or walking shoes and experience the natural beauty of the countryside.

10.  Marvel at the talent and creativity of the area’s art community.  One of my favorite art galleries is Artizanns.  There’s something for everyone and you don’t want to miss it.

There you have it.  Enjoy.

Availability July 18 and 19 @ the 1795 Acorn Inn

July 16, 2014 by Innkeeper

We have only one room available for this weekend’s upcoming Music & Art Festival in Canandaigua, New York.  Our newly renovated Bristol Suite has a king-size bed, window seat overlooking the gardens, full length sofa, chair and ottoman and a private bath with separate tub and shower.  The trim in this Suite has been freshly painted white with new wool carpeting throughout and decorated in soft blues and browns.  Bright and spacious, yet romantic, the Bristol Suite won’t be available for long so book now.  The rate is $245 per night with a two-night minimum.  Price includes your full, gourmet breakfast served at 9:00 am.  See you soon.

Finger Lakes Beer Trail

July 7, 2014 by Innkeeper

The Finger Lakes Region may be touted as “wine country,” but it’s quickly becoming a craft-brewing mecca worthy of international recognition. As the local tourism season kicks into high gear, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has recently released its 2014-2015 trail map, featuring a record 69 breweries and brew pubs.

With a visually stunning design and detailed listing of each destination, the map serves as the premier source for craft beer lovers and tourists looking to enjoy an abundance of locally brewed beers. According to Theresa Hollister, Chief Marketing Officer and Founding Partner of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, “the print map has become such a popular item among tourists and local residents that we had to increase production five-fold over last year.” With a print run of 100,000 copies, up from an initial run of 20,000 last year, this year marks the expansion of distribution to more than 200 AAA travel offices located throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and West Virginia markets.

In addition to expanded production and distribution, the 2014-2015 beer trail map features a new larger size which was necessary to accommodate the addition of 22 new craft brewing locations. In less than a year, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail has grown from 47 locations to nearly 70, today. In 2011, there were 24 locations. Such growth is evidence that craft brewing is serious business in the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. In fact, over one-third of New York’s total breweries are located along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail, contributing to an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion and support for approximately 9,400 jobs in the region.

The 2014-2015 Finger Lakes Beer Trail map can be found at breweries, tourism centers, hotels/motels, and other businesses throughout the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions. A black-and-white copy is also available online at fingerlakesbeertrail.com (click on the icon that says “trail map”). Upcoming events and suggested day-trip itineraries are also available on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s website.

The next time you’re looking for a road trip idea, why not pick up a copy of the Finger Lakes Beer Trail’s 2014-2015 print map and discover the variety of tasty suds the region’s craft brewers have to offer.

For more information visit fingerlakesbeertrail.com.

This article courtesy of “Life in the Finger Lakes” magazine.


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