Celebrate the rich heritage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Weekend activities include: live musical acts, including the Flint Creek Band, games for the kids, food, wine, beer, a duck derby, and more! The festival is free and takes place in Downtown Clifton Springs, 14432. For more information, including a schedule of events call the Clifton Springs Chamber of commerce at (315) 462-8200, or visit www.SulphurSpringsFestival.com.
The Western NY Bike Fest is a gathering of biking enthusiasts including off-road, road, recumbent, trike, tri, adaptive, experienced or new-to-biking enthusiast all in one place! The fest will take place June 4 and 5 at Dryer Road Park in Victor. Registration is $8 per individual and $14 at the gate. 7405 Dryer Road, Victor, 14564. (585) 314-6745. For more information visit www.WNYBikeFest.com.
If you’re a fan of strawberries this is the festival for you! The Honeoye Strawberry Blues and Cruise will take place Sunday June 5, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. along Main Street in Honeoye. The event features craft and artisan vendors, blues musicians, a car show, chicken barbeque, and strawberry products. Main Street, Honeoye, 14471. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.honeoyelakechamber.weebly.com.
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés wine and food pairing event on Monday, June 13, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., showcases dozens of wineries and restaurants in the Finger Lakes Region, during peak bloom period of the rose garden’s more than 2,500 roses. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 394-4922. For more information or tickets, visit www.sonnenberg.org.
Stroll around Geneva during Musical Porches on Saturday, June 18 and enjoy diverse music being performed from resident’s porches. Start at 210 Washington Street to grab a map and meander from porch to porch. 210 Washington Street, Geneva, 14456. For more information call the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center at (315) 828-6588. How fun does this sound?
Come and enjoy professional theater in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2016 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. The lively summer program kicks off with Avenue Q which opens June 16 at 8 p.m. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples, 14512. (585) 374-6318. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org.
Roseland Wake Park is open! 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. 250 Eastern Boulevard Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 393-9253. For more information and pricing visit www.roselandwakepark.com.
Courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Just wanted to say… Go California Chrome! I hope this horse wins the Triple Crown. I love the fact that this horse came from a humble background. The horse and those associated with him have such an interesting story. Though I don’t much care for horse racing, being the animal lover that I am, I am excited to see the Belmont Stakes. Guess we will all know in a few minutes. Good luck California!
The Canandaigua Plein Air Festival starts on June 4th and is back in its third year! Artists will work in various painting media on location in and around Canandaigua throughout the weekend. Be a part of the action on June 7th with the Community Paint Out – all local and regional artists welcome! For more details on event times and registration visit www.fingerlakespleinair.com. 585-394-0030.
Come celeberate the rich hertiage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on June 6-7th. Featuring a parade, live musical acts on Fri – Sat, games for the kids, food and much more! Experience Shakespeare by the Brook on June 14th at 2pm. Enjoy this 60 minute outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic “As You Like It!”. Located on the West Lawn Spa Apartments, 11 East Main St. Rain Location: Chapel in Spa Apts, Clifton Springs. For more information visit www.cliftonspringschamber.com.
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on June 9th showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg June 8-14. For more information or tickets to the event, visit www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2014 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Oh, Coward” playing from June 12 to 22nd and “Next Fall” which opens on June 26th. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.
Connect with nature and hike the more than 50 miles of foot trails in the town of Victor. You’ll see a variety of terrain including open fields, wooded wetlands, hills and valleys with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the diverse wildlife of the Finger Lakes. www.victorhikingtrails.org.
During Rochester’s Real Beer Week, stop by The VB Brewery on June 15th from 1-5pm for live music and fun! Featuring beer tastings from The VB Brewery and Lost Borough Brewing Company. Live music will be provided by “In The Loop”. 6606 State Route 96, Victor. 585-902-8166
Celebrate summer at the Finger Lakes Brew Festival on June 21st.The festival will feature local music, breweries, tastings and vendors. The festival will take place at the new Geneva Lakefront Events Center along the northern shore of Seneca Lake. Geneva Lakefront Events Center, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. 315-789-1616
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures features seven courses 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 required. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000
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.
Expecting a foot a snow in the Bristol Hills on Monday night. Where was it this past winter? I wonder what will happen to the gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn? The poor tulips and bleeding hearts. I wish I could save them but I fear not. Of course, the weather forecasters always exaggerate. Hey, maybe I can go cross country skiing this year…
Debating whether to put the plow on. Still closed Monday through Wednesday for two more weeks so… no guests. I think not then.
When I left Canandaigua a week ago today it was 39 degrees. When I arrived in West Palm Beach it was in the high 80’s. I was looking forward to being warm… but I was hot. Needless to say, I was looking forward to being cool again when I returned mid-week. It did feel good to be back in cooler weather. But, it felt even better to wander the gardens at the 1795 Acorn Inn and see my crocus’ were already out.
Spring is a fabulous time to visit upstate New York’s Finger Lakes. In my opinion, it’s one of the best times. Check out our Packages page for great values through the end of June. It’s the best time to see our perennial gardens. I can’t wait to see what pops up next.