Step into local tradition with our annual Ring of Fire! The event starts with the tradition of lighting a fire at dusk on Bare Hill by the Seneca. Residents then light flares around the lake celebrating the harvest season. Sept. 1, 9pm. Canandaigua, Honeoye Lakes, Contact the Visitors Connection for more info. 585-394-3915.
Don’t miss these Geneva wineries along Route 14 S! Belhurst Winery, Billsboro Winery, White Springs Winery and Lacey Magruder Vineyard and Winery – enjoy tastings, shop for unique gifts and the spec- tacular views overlooking Seneca Lake. Billsboro Winery 315-789-9538, White Springs 315-781-9463. Belhurst 315-781-0201. Lacey Macgruder 585-260-1850. Also visit our friendly neighbors at Fox Run Vineyards and Anthony Road Wine Company. Fox Run 315-536-4616. Anthony Road 315-536-2182.
Bring the whole family for a fun day in downtown Victor at Hang Around Victor Day on Sept. 8, 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy live music and plenty of food and craft vendors. There will be a bounce house, clowns and games for kids and a dunking booth. www.victorchamber.com, Route 96, Village of Victor. 585-742-1476.
Join the fun for the Beer, Brats and Winetizers tour from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sept. 8. You’ll start at Mill Creek Café and head to Naples to tour and taste at Hazlitt, Inspire Moore, Roots Café, Brown Hound Bistro and Arbor Hill. Call 585-721-5169 for reservations and more details. Mill Creek Café, 8705 Main Street, Honeoye.
Get on your bicycle for two great cycling events this September. The Highlander Cycle Tour (Sept. 7 and 8) and the women’s-only Wine Country Ramble (Sept. 15 and 16) will take you through some of the best cycling terrain in the Finger Lakes. For more information, go to www.highlandercycletour.com and www.winecountryramble.com.
Celebrate the harvest season at the Purple Foot Festival on Sept. 16 from 11 am to 6 pm with grape stomping, vineyard hayrides, wine tasting, seminars, Italian dance classes, food,live entertainment and more. Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. (585) 223-4210.
Enjoy an evening of history as you are guided from house to house on Gibson Street and encounter six personalities from pre-Civil War Canandaigua. Tours are Sept. 21 and 22 start at 7 pm at the Ontario County Historical Museum. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Call the Historical Society or visit www.ochs.org for more information, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4975. 25 Gorham Street Canandaigua, NY. 585-394-3915
Check out the Finger Lakes’ newest wine bar, Microclimate in Geneva. Microclimate takes Finger Lakes wines and puts them in flights with similar wines from around the world. 38 Linden Street, Geneva. 315-787-0077
Highlighted on the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”, the Naples Grape Festival features a grape pie contest, grape products, wine tasting, arts & crafts, live music and local foods. September 29-30, 10am-5pm. Naples Memorial Town Park, Route 21S, Naples. 585-374-2240.
CANANDAIGUA – This September, Dr. Allan Armitage, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, will visit Canandaigua to present gardening seminars at Sonnenberg Gardens and Finger Lakes Community College. Dr. Allan Armitage is the author of thirteen gardening books, including Armitage’s Garden Perennials – 2nd Edition (2011) and the classic Herbaceous Perennial Plants, considered the “bible” of perennials. Dr. Armitage has given lectures around the world and appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Numerous awards have been presented to Dr. Armitage throughout his career, including the Golden Trowel Award for his book Allan Armitage on Perennials from the Garden Writers of America; the Distinguished National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society, the highest award for teaching in the country; the Medal of Honor, the highest award possible from the Garden Club of America, and many others.
Dr. Armitage will present an all-day gardening seminar in Sonnenberg’s Carriage House on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Topics for discussion will include “Tales from the Garden,” perennials, annuals, and “Crazy Plants for Crazy Gardeners.” Preregistration is required for this seminar which costs just $60 per person or $50 per Sonnenberg member. His trip will conclude with a presentation and book signing at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus. The FLCC event is free and open to the public. Details about these events are available at www.sonnenberg.org or 585-394-4922.
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Allan Armitage, visit his website, www.allanarmitage.net, where you can also find more information about his fascinating work in the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia. Discover the research gardens where new plant material from most of the flower breeders in the world is evaluated.
Dr. Armitage’s visit has been made possible in part by support from Tesselaar, Inc., Finger Lakes Community College’s Horticulture and Conservation Clubs, BioWorks, Renaissance Goodie II Shoppe, Wegmans, Sonnenberg Garden Club, Miller’s Nursery and Canandaigua Surgical Care-Paul Whitehead.
Don’t miss this memorable weekend with the engaging Dr. Armitage.
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of America’s longest surviving estates from the Victorian Era. The elegant Queen Anne-style mansion was built in 1887 in Canandaigua by New York City financier Frederick Ferris Thompson, and his wife, Mary Clark Thompson, as a summer home. Between 1901 and 1920, the widowed Mrs. Thompson and her staff created the nine formal gardens seen today. The grounds are open to the public from May 1 through October 31 each year. Sonnenberg is a non-profit organization dependent upon the support of members and sponsors and its dedicated corps of volunteers. For more information on the revival of the grand estate on the “sunny hill,” contact Development & Marketing Manager Lisa Scott or Executive Director David Hutchings at 585-394-4922.
A couple of weeks ago I had a little bit of a scare during breakfast. I was fixing a South of the Border quiche and was nervous that the center wasn’t setting. As I let it cook, it began to set and I was feeling quite relieved. Well, that feeling of relief quickly turned into panic when I realized after letting it cool, that it hadn’t set. So, I went to Plan B. The Guests, all of them, were quite understanding and loved the scrambled eggs. I felt a little bit better but quite frankly I was just a tad frightened of making another quiche. Seems silly as I have been making quiches for years.
So, this past weekend, it was time to overcome that fear and conquer quiche again. I got new quiche pans. Got a thermometer for the oven (I have long suspected that the 25 year old Viking is not heating to the correct temperature… and I was right). I adjusted for temperature and made my Mediterranean quiche… feta, spinach, onion, seasoning. Served all 10 guests with two pieces left over for Juli and me. I wish I could say it was a complete success. The quiche set, looked beautiful and was delicious, but the crust wasn’t as cooked in the center as I would have liked it (even with mozzarella spread across the bottom). I think I figured out what happened though and will try, try again.
For years I’ve been looking for new chairs for the Angell Room. Not too big. Just the right color. Comfy. Matching. And the list goes on… But, I’ve never been able to find the ones I want. I have two chairs and beautiful, expensive fabric that I purchased a while back sitting in my office. The plan has always been to have new slip covers made. But, I can’t find anyone to sew them. So, I thought I would take on the task myself. How hard could it be, right? I plow the driveway in the winter, clean out the gutters, re-screen windows, do minor repairs, sew curtains and draperies for the canopy beds… I can surely sew slipcovers. Then, just when I’m not looking, I find the perfect chairs. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before.
A HUGE thanks to Amanda for helping me paint the outside of the Inn by the Hotchkiss Room! When the house was painted last fall there was a climbing hydrangea on a trellis that covered the wall. This spring my landscaper took the trellis down and removed the plant. Painting that last bit of the Inn has been on my list of things to do for what seems like forever. Today, I get to check it off.
I feel so very fortunate to have the staff working with me that I do. I couldn’t do this without them… Amanda, Kristen, Juli, Judy, Donna and Carson. And even though technically she doesn’t work with us anymore… Audrey. Thanks Ladies!
Eight years ago today I took over this quaint little B & B in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. I was proud to own it then and I’m even more proud to own it now. A constant work-in-progress, the Inn continues to evolve, just like me. I’ve poured my heart and soul into this old house and in turn, she constantly gives back. Forever bringing me new friends and providing for me.
Thank you to all my guests, friends and family for your visits and your support. It’s been and continues to be an amazing ride… full of growth, challenge and great reward. Cheers!