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Automotive n AUTO DEALERS Burritt Motors......................................42 Fuccillo Auto Malls................................2 Longley Dodge...................................57 Par-K Chrysler / Jeep.........................15 n AUTO RACE Oswego Speedway.............................31

n AUTO REPAIR Ken’s Body Shop................................38 Port City Collision...............................37 Vashaw’s Collision..............................38 n RV SALES Wratten’s RV......................................54

Boating, Sales & Marinas Brewerton Boatyard............................60 Burt Goodnoughs Marina East...........55 Greater Lakes EZ-Dock......................29 Greene Point Marina..........................53

Reiters Marina....................................53 Skaneateles Marina............................70 South Shore Nautical..........................61

Home & Garden Beck’s Sealcoating, Inc......................25 Bobcat of CNY....................................25 Builders First Choice..........................63 Burke’s Home Center.........................57 Deaton’s Ace Home Improvement......49 Deaton’s Agway .................................49 Don’s Sales & Service........................57 Hencle’s Berry Patch..........................78

Jerry Dell Farm Store.........................19 Lakeshore Hardwoods .......................52 Mabie Brothers...................................29 O.D. Greene Lumber Co., Inc.............53 Ontario Orchards................................15 Trust Nursery......................................44 White’s Lumber...................................52

Where to Eat & Drink Burger King.........................................42 Chelle’s Bake Shop............................38 Dailey’s Pour House...........................61 DG’s / Shilo’s Family Restaurant........61 Doug’s Fish Fry..................................72 Elderberry Pond Restaurant & Organic Farm.................................35 Good Golly’s Family Restaurant.........60 Grist Mill Restaurant...........................60 Laura Lee’s Eats and Sweets.............48 Little Sodus Inn on the Bay.................64 Malone’s Irish Hideaway.....................41 Mimi’s Drive-In....................................56 Monica’s Pies.....................................72 Mr. Sub...............................................48

Oak Hill Bulk Foods............................71 Pastabilities........................................23 Press Box, The...................................38 Rainbow Shores / Mill House Market..........................49 Red Baron Pizza.................................57 River House Restaurant.....................50 Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In....................15 Sand Bar Grill.....................................60 State Street Café................................59 Sticks Bar Grill Motel..........................63 Tailwater Lodge..................................13 The Eis House....................................62 Two Brother’s Pizza............................54 Wag In On The River..........................56

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n ATTRACTIONS Camillus Erie Canal Museum.............79 Camp Talooli Camp Fire.....................58 Colonial Belle Boat Tours...................69 Enchanted Forest Water Safari..........74 Friends Of Mexico Point Park, Inc......63 Mountain Ash Elk Ranch....................51 NYS Canals........................................33 NYS Parks..........................................92 NYS Woodsmen Field Days...............22 Oswego Speedway.............................31 Phoenix Rising....................................58 Rice Creek..........................................40 Riverside Artisan................................37 Salt Sanctuary....................................27 Sonnenberg Gardens.........................73 Syracuse Nationals Car Show .............9 Tri R Karts / R&R Fish Fry & Ice Cream.....................50 VacationUpstate NY.com.....................5 Visit Rochester...................................11 n CASINO Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel.............9 n CHARTERS & TOURS Codfather Fishing Charters................31 D & A Charter & Tours........................23 n FAIRS & FESTIVALS Central Square Apple Fest.................61 Harborfest...........................................38 Herkimer County Fair.........................23 Madison County Fair..........................23 Ol’ Factory Soaps & Scents & Lavender Festival.......29 Oswego County Fair.............................9

n FARMERS’ MARKETS Engelbert Farms.................................72 Oswego Farmer’s Market...................42 Pulaski Farmer’s Market.....................51 n GOLFING Evergreen Hills Golf Course...............85 Seneca Golf Club...............................85 n MUSEUMS Children’s Museum of Oswego...........38 Geneva History Museum....................69 Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum.......................70 Jell-o Museum, The............................32 Lucy Desi Museum.............................23 National Women’s Hall of Fame.........23 Oswego History Collaborative............43 Seward House Museum.....................69 Skaneateles Historical Society...........72 Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.........67 Stickley Museum................................79 Suggett House Museum.....................81 USS Slater..........................................85 Ward O’Hara Museum........................72 n WATER RECREATION Adventure Calls Outfitters...................50 Bristol Mountain..................................91 Old Forge Lake Tours.........................75 Thunder Island & The Oasis.................4 n WINERIES Heavily Brewing Co............................73 Lock 1 Distilling Company..................59 Starkey’s Lookout...............................71 Yellow Barn Winery............................76

Real Estate 1st Carriage House Realty.................49 Century 21 Galloway .........................41

Simeon Dewitt / Towpath Towers.......42

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n ANTIQUES Antique World.....................................16 Attic Interiors.......................................72 Geneva Antique Co-op.......................16 Hillside Antique Flea Markets.............16 Madison Bouckville Antique Show.....16 Old Homer House...............................81 Traveling Antique Man, The...............16 n CHEESE STORES Colosse Cheese / Ice Cream Shop....50 Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative Inc.............................21

Sticks Bar Grill Motel..........................63 n MALLS / DEPARTMENT STORE Eastview Mall........................................4 TJ Maxx................................................3 n LIQUOR & WINE C’s Farm Market.................................37 Pulaski Wine & Spirits........................48 Salmon River Wine & Spirits..............51 n POTTERY Reakes Country Goods......................81

n COMICS Comic Shop, The................................39

n SINGS Sign Language Quality Signs.............71

n EMBROIDORY A&D Embroidery.................................58

n SPECIALTY SHOPS Friendship Thrift Shop........................55 Harbor Towne Gifts & Souvenirs........39 Lukacs Pottery Studio.........................64 Monica’s Pies.....................................72 Michelle’s Baskets and Bows.............58 Pawn Boss..........................................56 Performance Uniforms & Formalwear................................62 Real Deals..........................................45 Vintage Garden, The..........................45 Woody’s Tackle & Gifts......................45

n FOOD Jerry Dell Farm Store.........................19 Hencle’s Berry Patch..........................78 Hoss’s Country Corner.......................74 L W Emporium....................................71 Ontario Orchards................................15 Mapleview Market...............................63 Sharp’s Bulk Food .............................55 Stewarts Shops..................................39

Where to Stay n BED & BREAKFASTS Apple Country Retreat........................73 Maple Grove Resort...........................48 Maplegrove Bed & Breakfast..............67

Salmon Country Marina & Campground Inc............................63 Stoney’s Pineville Campground..........50 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park................91

n CABINS / COTTAGES Butter Nut Cove Cottages...................77 Stiefvater’s Lakeside Cottages...........75

n HOTELS, MOTELS, INNS All Seasons Inn / Beacon Inn.............43 Brewerton Motel.................................61 Christy’s Motel....................................74 Evergreen Motel, The.........................41 Hillside Inn..........................................70 Wolf Oak Acres...................................33

n CAMPGROUNDS Bear’s Sleepy Hollow..........................48 Cheerful Valley Campground.............81 Cherry Grove Campground................67 Colonial Court Campgrond.................53 Country Roads Campground..............25 Hejamada Campground.....................73 J & J Campground..............................62 Junius Ponds Cabins & Campgrounds................73 Little Lake Campground.....................25 North Bay Campground......................57

n RESORTS & RETREATS Apple Country Retreat........................73 Belhurst Castle...................................27 Tailwater Lodge..................................13 n RV PARKS Brennan Beach ..................................45 Holiday Harbor RV Park, Campground, Marina ....................64 Sunset RV Park & Cabins..................40

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Associated Dental Arts.......................40 Brookfield Renewable Energy............15 Canale Insurance & Accounting.........41 Canal Edge Hair Salon.......................59 Canalview Travel................................57 Chase Enterprises..............................22 Colonial Laundromat..........................17 Compass Federal Credit Union..........43 Done Right Cleaning..........................25 Eastern Shore Associates Insurance.........................................8 Ehrlich Pest Control............................35 Exelon.................................................90 Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce....65 Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce......................42 I Wood Care.......................................21

Johnston’s Gas...................................56 Mrs. Walkers Spiritual Psychic...........27 National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS)..........................................79 NYS Canals........................................33 NYS Parks..........................................92 Oswego County Federal Credit Union........................................41 Oswego County Promotion & Tourism....................13 Oswego County Stop DWI..................32 Oswego Health...................................35 Oswego Printing.................................19 Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber........51 Simeon Dewitt / Towpath Towers.......42 Watertown International Airport..........77

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these markets also offer a huge variety of handmade local foods and goods. Whether you are into large markets or small roadside stands, put visiting these Upstate New York treasures on your to-do list.

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There’s nothing like a walk in the woods to refresh your mind and body. There are many public hiking trails in the region. You can search the web for ideas or buy a local guidebook to find the best places. When you are visiting places, you can also ask locals for recommendations on the best places to hike and refresh. Or you can visit parks.ny.gov/recreation/trails/

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here are so many wonderful things to do in Upstate New York, especially during the warm-weather months. It’s the sort of place where you can line up an exciting day trip almost every weekend and just jump in your car and make them happen. Here are 12 ideas for capitalizing on what Upstate New York has to offer.

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Cheese Trail Unless you are vegan, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like cheese? Apparently, New York has more than just wine trails, it also has a cheese trail. Visit www.flcheesetrail. com for some delicious details.

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Visit a New York State Park Most of us have our favorites, but this year, visit one you’ve never been to before. It will give you a chance to discover something new to

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love about New York state. At parks. ny.gov/parks/, you can filter parks by location, park name, amenities, and available activities.

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State Historic Site New York is home to a multitude of historic events; you could dedicate every weekend this summer and fall to visiting a historic site. From women’s rights, to the Civil and Revolutionary wars, to amazing craftsmanship and architecture, there is a facet of a New York’s history to satiate everyone’s curiosities. Visit parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/ for more information.

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Regional or Farmers Markets In the warmer months, you can’t drive far without coming across a farmers market or roadside farm market. Although these places often abound with fresh produce,

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Taste Your State If you drive a lot, chances are you have noticed a big push from New York to Taste NY. Listen to these signs! There are so many restaurants and products that are locally made and hand-crafted right here in New York. From well-known restaurants to small-batch honey dealers, the dietary options are plentiful if you let your pallet enjoy its state. Visit taste. ny.gov/ for a wealth of ideas.

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Farm-to-table A farm-to-table restaurant is an eatery that sources a lot or most of its ingredients from local suppliers. Their menus are often seasonal and quickly changing. Visiting one of these eateries is a great way to appreciate local fare and specialties and break out of a basic-burger routine.

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Brewery or Distillery The popularity of craft beer and craft spirits is exploding — and the business community in New York is answering the call. There are breweries and distilleries popping up all over our region. A lot of these venues also offer tours or viewings of creation of their products. They offer an experience as well as a drink. Many of these places also feature food and live music, making them a great destination for weekend travel warriors.


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Discover Local Music Concerts from national acts are fun, but they are also crowded and expensive. Local music happens at smaller venues all over our state. Shows are usually relatively inexpensive or free, and you won’t have to pay $11 for a beer. Follow venues that welcome local musicians using your favorite social media sites or follow the musicians themselves. Dedicate a weekend (or two) to supporting local music. If you get a chance to catch a show outside, that’s even better.

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Civic or Community Band Concert Don’t let events like these become a thing of the past. Spend a summer evening catching a concert in a park or watching a community band. These events are usually early in the evening and family-friendly. They also often feature food carts or snack stands. They are a great way for families to break out of the weekly doldrums.

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Pick Your Own Fruit A day in a berry patch or an orchard is a day well spent. There are so many options for picking your own fruit. There are the popular ones like apples, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, but don’t stop there. There are places to pick grapes, currents, cherries, gooseberries, elderberries, pears, blackberries, black raspberries and more. Check out www.pickyourown. org/nycentral.htm for just some of the places you can fill a basket with summer goodness.

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f you want to hear a well-known musician live this summer, you won’t have to go far. Central New York welcomes several big acts in the coming months. • Carrier Dome in Syracuse (www. carrierdome.com) will host Paul McCartney this fall. He will perform at the Carrier Dome, Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets went on sale for the public May 1 and were nearly sold out on the same day. Websites that may still have tickets are StubHub, Vivid Seats and Ticket Liquidator but expect to pay a higher price. • The Great New York State Fair (www.nysfair.ny.gov) welcomes several top performers for concerts at Chevy Court, including Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Taylor Dayne, 3 Doors Down, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. These concerts are free with fair admission. • Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls (http:// senecaniagaracasino.com) hosts United We Rock Tour 2017, which will feature REO Speedwagon and Styx. • del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo (https://dellagoresort.com)

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welcomes Three Dog Night, Wayne Newton and other acts this summer. Tickets are available on the resort’s website. • Turning Stone Resort & Casino Showroom in Verona (www. turningstone.com) will feature Bret Michaels, Clint Black, among other high profile artists. • Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center (www.darienlake. com/concerts) will host several big acts this year, including Third Eye Blind, Nickelback, Chicago & The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner & Cheap Trick, Lady Antebellum, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, and Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows. Ticket price includes free, same-day admission to the theme park. • Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Event Center in Salamanca (http://senecaalleganycasino.com/ entertainment) plans to present The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour with George Benson & Kenny G, Hank Williams, Jr., Donnie & Marie Osmond, and Loretta Lynn, among other acts this summer and fall. • Blue Cross Arena in Roches-

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offer Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour and Journey, among other concerts this season. • The Oncenter in Syracuse (www.oncenter.org) will host numerous top acts this summer at their locations. Their Lakeview Amphitheater (http://lakeviewamphitheatre.com/events) features Zac Brown Band, Bob Dylan, Third Eye Blind, Foreigner, Korn, Goo Goo Dolls and Joan Jett. At Mulroy Civic Center Theaters (www.oncenter.org), experience Celtic Woman. • KeyBank Center in Buffalo (www.keybankcenter.com) will feature this summer New Kids On The Block with special guests Paula Abdul & Boyz II Men; Ed Sheeran with James Blunt; Earth, Wind & Fire and Bruno Mars. • Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) in Canandaigua, (https:// www.cmacevents.com) has lined up Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, John Mellencamp Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour, Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Santana, The Who with the London Souls and more. • Times Union Center in Albany (www.timesunioncenter-albany.com) has slated for this summer New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul among its concerts. • Tioga Downs in Nichols (www. tiogadowns.com/events) has lined up LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt, Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell, and 38 Special.


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Jan Hrdlicka (front center) holds a Chinook salmon on the Oswego River. ofDavis, Upstate York Looking on are Olaf Jochmann, back left and The Capt.Best Kevin right.New Photos courtesy of Catch the Drift and Chasin' Tail Adventures guide services.

Skaneateles

Skaneateles Lake’s reputation as trout waters has been growing. It’s also a hotspot for Atlantic salmon, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, rock bass, black crappie, white sucker, and brown bullhead. The DEC recommends the south end for bullhead, panfish and pickerel. The lake also offers plenty of lake trout, though the fish tend to be smaller than elsewhere in New York.

Lebanon Reservoir

Lebanon Reservoir in Hamilton supplies water for the Erie Canal and is home to many largemouth bass and rainbow trout, along with walleye, black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, golden shiner, white sucker, and brown bullhead. The DEC annually stocks the reservoir with approximately 2,000 mature rainbow trout.

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Salmon River & Oswego River

There’s a reason it’s called the Salmon River; is the place to be in fall for salmon as they make their way down the river from Lake Ontario. From these waters, anglers have caught the Great Lakes record Chinook salmon (47 lbs. 13 oz.) and the world record Coho salmon (33 lbs. 4 oz.). Also in the fall, don’t miss fishing

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in the Oswego River for Chinook, and Coho, as well as steelhead. Though it may be crowded along the shore because of the river’s increasing popularity, the fishing is brisk

Oneida Lake

Oneida Lake offers good fishing for numerous fish from its northern and southern fishing spots. The species include walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, northern pike, tiger muskie bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, black crappie, yellow perch, freshwater drum, common carp, bowfin, burbot, longnose gar, lake sturgeon, gizzard shad, and round goby.

Owasco Inlet

Owasco Inlet, flowing through Peruville, Groton, Locke and Moravia, offers 13.3 miles of public fishing rights, along with rainbow trout, walleyes, brown bullheads, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, and white sucker. Thanks to the waterway’s variety of fish, the DEC considers the inlet as a multi-season fishing location.

Fishing Etiquette • “Elbow room to fish is a common courtesy. • “The stationary or slow moving angler should be given room by overtaking them noiselessly out of the water and re-entering as far away as practical. • “Wading right up to another angler could disturb a pod of feeding fish, and no one appreciates this type of conduct. • “Pleasant conversations are OK, so long as you don’t disturb other anglers.” Source: DEC


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Time to Go Glamping It provides a way to get away from the distractions of modern life without giving up the small pleasures it offers By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant You’ve been camping but have you tried glamping? A portmanteau of “glamor” and “camping,” glamping makes camping luxurious without separating campers too much from nature. So what’s the difference? Campers haul all their gear to a bare site. Glampers usually arrive with just their clothing and personal items — the rest is provided. The glamper slumbers between high thread count sheets on a real bed on a raised wooden platform in their upscale tents, not in a sleeping bag on the ground. Glampgrounds usually provide heated restrooms and showers. Traditionally, campers provide or catch their dinners. Glampers may nosh on the featured delicacies of the glampgrounds. Glamping takes the work and sacrifice out of camping. Some may revel in the whole “man vs. wilderness” adventure. For those who don’t,

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NY) is close to La Tourelle, so guests can use the resort’s sauna, steam room, and other amenities. Glampers at Firelight can also enjoy communal campfire, bocce ball, and access to hiking at Buttermilk Falls. The “lobby” of Firelight is also in a tent. • Camp Orenda (https://camporenda.com, 518251-5001, Johnsburg, NY) provides tents that are really more like cabins with canvas sides. Wood burning stoves in each tent are stocked daily with split wood for cool evenings. Indoor restrooms and an outdoor shower keep the camping experience real without making it too arduous. Activities offered include yoga, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, archery, swimming and fishing. Nearby, glampers can try whitewater rafting, rock climbing, aerial zip lining and caving.

• Blue Hills Farm (http://bluehillsfarm.com, 845252-3864 Narrowsburg) also offers upholstered seating, oversized shower with spa jets, tree house breakfast cabin and other touches make Blue Hills stand out. Nearby activities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking trails. Blue Hills neighbors Narrowsburg, which has a small shopping district and the Tusten Theater, a vintage art deco theater, or Bethel Woods, a performing arts center. • The glamping sites at Darien Lake (http://www. darienlake.com/lodging-glamping, 585-599-2211, Darien Center, NY) can help families find a compromise between an action-packed vacation at a theme park (a five-minute walk from the glampsites) and a peaceful camping getaway. Neither party has to rough it. The glampsites include fire rings, picnic tables and close proximity to public restrooms, laundry facilities and showers. • Harmony Hill Retreat (http://harmonyhillretreat. com, 877-278-6609, East Meredith, NY) serves glampers who want a retreat experience without roughing it. Their tree house yurts offer a king sized bed, bathroom with shower, outfitted kitchen, sky light, ceiling fan, and French doors with a balcony. Charcoal grills and picnic tables are also available. Activities on the property include walking the 11-circuit labyrinth and two-acre gardens Before booking, make sure you understand the facility’s policies and what’s included and what’s not permitted. For example, some allow dogs and others don’t. Check out any nearby activities you may want to pursue.

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et a bang out of your season with some of Upstate New York’s biggest, brightest fireworks shows. The skies over Niagara Falls are lit up many nights throughout the summer, starting at 10 p.m. Regardless of which side of the border you’re on, you can see the brilliant lights. www.niagarafallstourism. com/fireworks. In Rochester, a traditional Independence Day show lights up the night each July. Prime viewing spots include Main Street Bridge, Broad Street Bridge, and Chestnut Street near the Washington Square Garage. Check www.cityofrochester.gov/ july4 to verify date and time. Lake Placid’s celebration at 9:30 p.m. offers a mirrored view

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of the fireworks on--what else?-Mirror Lake. Radio station 93.3 FM WSLP provides music that’s choreographed to the lights. www. lakeplacid.com/events/4th-july-celebration. Poughkeepsie also offers a waterfront display over the Hudson, beginning at 9 p.m. https://walkway.org/4th-of-july-fireworks-spectacular. Lyons’ display bursts over the Erie Canal. “Thunder Over the Erie” is impressively large for a largely rural county. The event is in mid-July and is part of Peppermint Days, so check www.lyonsny.com/peppermintdays.html as details emerge. The show at Darien Lake (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center, darienlake.com/special-events) is

one of the region’s largest fireworks shows. Since the price of the show is equivalent to the theme park’s admission, visitors might as well enjoy rides, too. Albany’s Independence Day fireworks in Empire State Plaza provide a bright, booming show starting at dusk. Check www.albany.com/ event/fireworks-festival-35517. Oswego’s Harborfest provides the Saturday Night Fireworks Spectacular on July 29. This will be the 30-year celebration of the festival and a large fireworks show is expected. The Harborfest website recommends the best view areas span from Fort Ontario on the east side of Oswego to the inner harbor and Breitbeck Park on the west side. www.oswegoharborfest.com. 


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ccording to History.com, “On July 3, 1776, the day before the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife in which he presaged the role of fireworks in Fourth of July celebrations. ‘The day will be most memorable in the history of America,’ he predicted. ‘I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations [a term for fireworks]…from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.’” His prediction came true the following year, and have continued ever since to mark Independence Day. Though many local municipali-

ties set off fireworks displays at various times all summer, some northern venues cannot host fireworks displays at any point in the summer because it doesn’t get dark enough. Point Barrow, Alaska, for example, waits until New Year’s Day to brighten a time of year when sunlight is scarce. Before the U.S, the Chinese had used fireworks as early as 200 B.C., according to www.history.com. Bamboo provides a kind of ground-level firework because it burst with a loud sound when roasted over a fire. Its hollow channels cause the explosion. “At some point between 600 and 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists—perhaps hoping to discover an elixir for immortality—mixed together saltpeter (potassium nitrate, then a common kitchen seasoning), charcoal, sulfur and other ingredients, unwittingly yielding an early form of gunpowder,” the History Channel website

states. “The Chinese began stuffing the volatile substance into bamboo shoots that were then thrown into the fire to produce a loud blast. The first fireworks were born.” The Chinese used early fireworks to keep evil spirits away and for special celebrations. They discovered that lobbing fiery sticks at enemy forces helped them win battles. In the 1830s, the Italians added small amounts of metal to fireworks so that they lit up the sky with many colors instead of the orange and yellow colors previously achievable. Shooting off fireworks seems a natural way for many countries celebrate and commemorate military victories since fireworks are so similar to the devices used in warfare.

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Parasailing: Local Businesses Help You Get Started By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ow about an adventure with a view? Parasailing combines parachuting and sailing into a high-flying water sport, thrilling for anyone seeking an adventure. Unlike parachuting, participants don’t face jumping a long distance. A motorboat tows participants by a safety harness attached to a parasailing canopy that works somewhat like a parachute. Their ascent and descent is gentle and doesn’t necessitate going in the water. Most tours allow a child to ride who is accompanied by an adult. After going over the safety rules, tour operators and crew typically take a group of 10 to 12 participants out in

the motorboat. One, two or three may parasail at a time. A few venues in New York offer parasailing. • Parasailing Adventures (Shoreline Cruises, 2 Kurosaka Lane, Lake George, 607-272-7245, www.lakegeorgerecreation.com) offers views of Lake George at over 300 feet in the air. Participants launch off the boat and land on it, too, so they need not get in the water unless desired. Both reservations and walk-ins are welcome. $75 per person for the 8 to 10-minunte flight and hour-long boat ride. • Parasail Joe’s (7 Christie Lane, Lake George, 518-668-4013, www.

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parasailjoes.com) boasts the “longest tow lines on the lake.” The equipment can accommodate three fliers and they need not get wet. Rides last about 8 to 10 minutes, and the boat ride varies from 30 to 60 minutes. $75 per person; pre-sale tickets are $10 off. • Montauk Parasail (Star Island Yacht Club, Star Island Road, Montauk, 631-377-1831, https://montaukparasail.com) provides views of Lake Montauk, The Long Island Sound and Atlantic. The 90-minute adventure (including boat ride) is $99.00 to $149.99.


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Zip Lining, Anyone? The sport allows people get a bird’s-eye view of some of the most scenic places in the state By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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ored with hiking? Get a bird’seye view of some of the most scenic places in the state by zip lining. Several venues statewide offer the adventure of zooming over the landscape suspended by a safety harness on a wire. They include: Thunder Island (www.thunder-island.com, 315-598-8016, Fulton). It offers the Soaring Eagle zip line-based ride. Unlike other zip lines, visitors can ride side-by-side on a seat with a friend and ride in reverse as well. The 22-mph-speed in its first 100 feet slows in portions of the trip so riders can take in the view. While at Thunder Island, visitors can enjoy theme park attractions. A zip line ride costs $5; check the website for packages that include taking advantage of various parts of the park. Zipline New York Tours (www. ziplinenewyork.com, 518-263-4388, Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl, Hunter).

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It touts its rides as “mild” to “wild” to suit the taste of visitors. The facility offers both high tower obstacles and zip lines. Reservations required. Call for pricing. Adirondack Extreme Adventure (www.adirondackextreme.com, 518494-7200, Bolton Landing). It lays claim to being the largest aerial treetop adventure park in the nation. It takes about three to four and a half hours to complete all six adult courses, which includes zip lining at the end. The Kids Course is designed for children ages seven and older. The Kids Course is $25. The adult courses start at $45. The children’s playground is free. Howe Caverns (howecaverns.com, 518-296-8900, Howes Cave). It offers more than caving; above-ground adventures include a four-tower zip line course that’s 900 feet long and 40 feet in the air. The

zip line is $17.

Engelke Farm (www.engelkefarm. com, 518-478-4939, Troy). It provides numerous family-oriented activities for all ages at its farm market, along with the second-longest zip line in the state. Zip lining starts at $15. Bristol Mountain’s Arial Adventures (bristolmountainadventures. com, 585-374-1180, Canandaigua). It makes great use of the ski resort’s natural beauty. The Zipline Canopy Tour offers seven zip lines that total more than 5,000 feet. Two guides lead each of the three-hour zip line tours. Bristol also offers The Aerial Adventure Park’s seven obstacle courses that take about three hours to complete. Plus, there are two additional courses for children aged 4 through 7. Admission to the zip line is $109. Admission to the children’s courses is $25. Greek Peak Adventure Center at Greek Peak Mountain Resort

(theoutdooradventurecenter.com, 866-376-3907, Cortland). It offers views from 60 feet above the ground along 1,300 feet of zip lines. Also while at the Adventure Center, check out the Nor ’Easter Mountain Coaster, Aerial Challenge Course, and, for the little ones 3 to 6, the bounce house, kids’ climbing wall and slide. The zip line tours take about two hours and can accommodate 12. The cost for zip lining is $42. See the website for other attractions. Eagle Flyer Zip Line (adkeagleflyer.com, 518-668-9453, Lake George). It provides seated riders with side-by-side zip lines that begin at 125 feet off the ground and include a nearly 1,000-foot vertical drop at 50 mph. The entire ride lasts three-quarters of a mile and includes views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. Cost is $45. Some zip line venues refund tickets for rainy days. Carefully review the website for dress and size guidelines and call ahead to make reservations.


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Great NYS Fair

fter many long, gray months, the warm months offer a welcome break. Try these outings to enjoy uniquely New York venues and events.

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The Great New York State Fair (https://nysfair.ny.gov, Aug. 23-Sept. 4). The NYS Fair is considered one of the nation’s largest, best state fairs for its size (375 acres) with free entertainment and a wide variety of entertainment. It’s also pretty affordable, with adult tickets for $10 and children 12 and younger free. The fair’s many discounted and free days such as for military personnel and seniors, make it easy for everyone to enjoy. Shuttles from other towns have also increased access. The fair’s recent facelift and improvements, including a new entrance façade and upgraded midway, augment the fairgoer’s experience. This year, the fair will last an extra day, too. County Fairs Wherever you live, your county fair offers a slice of nostalgia in your own backyard. Chances are, you’ll bump into a friend or neighbor. Watch 4-H animal exhibitors, try the Tilt-o-Whirl, and patronize your local organization’s food stand. Little has changed at the county fair since you were a kid — and that’s a good thing. Search online at https://nysfair.ny.gov/about/ny-county-fairs. Empire Farm Days (http://empirefarmdays. com, Aug. 8-10, $10/vehicle).

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Oswego County Fair This event showcases all the best in agriculture. But more than an agricultural trade show, anyone interested in rural life would enjoy strolling the show grounds at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls. Presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York Grange and the Department of Environmental Conservation can help land owners better care for their property. Youngsters and adults enjoy live equipment and animal demos and can check out the displays and free samples at the numerous information tents and buildings. Oswego Harborfest (http://www. oswegoharborfest.com/, July 27-30, free) This festival, which is celebrating its 30th year, brings together all things good about summer: weather, live music, festivals and local food.

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About 100,000 people think so every year. Harborfest has become the big event of the summer for locals and visitors, too. New York State Parks New York State Parks provide a means to nearly any outside activity you want to enjoy this summer. Water sports, wildlife watching, hunting, angling, hiking and more await you. The easiest way to gain access is through the Empire Pass (https://parks.ny.gov/admission/ empire-passport), which allows holders unlimited access to state parks all year instead of paying for parking and access each time you visit a state park. The annual pass is $80 and any member of the household may use it. The $65 vehicle pass decal isn’t transferrable. Multi-year passes and lifetime passes are also available.

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new temporary exhibit for science fiction movie fans is taking place at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, in the Keuka Lake region. Titled "Boldly Exploring the Universe: Futuristic Movie Adventures in Space," the exhibit features props, costumes and artifacts from such sci-fi films as “Star Trek,” “Lost in Space,” “Space: 1999,” “Andromeda,” “Galaxy Quest,” and many others. “Sci-fi fans of all ages will want to ‘beam themselves up’ to the Glenn Curtiss Museum this spring to see items from some of their favorite movies,” said museum curator Rick Leisenring. “We display props and artifacts that everyone, from Trekkies to classic science fiction movie buffs, will enjoy.” The exhibit will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30. The museum is open Monday through Sunday, It’s home to a priceless collection of items related to early aviation, motorcycles and local history. It also celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation and a pioneer in motorcycle manufacturing. For more information, visit the museum’s website at curtissmuseum.org or call 607-569-2160.

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Some farms in the region open their barn doors to the public for touring their operations By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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hether you’ve never seen a cow in person or you grew up doing daily chores, working farm tours can provide a fun outing for you and your family. While New York abounds with farming exhibits, farm stands, farmers’ markets, fairs, farm festivals and agritourism farms, working farms typically are not open to the public. These are a few examples of farms in the region that open their barn doors to the public for touring the farm’s operation and enjoying some fun for just a day or two a year.

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operate a small gift shop year-round, it primarily functions as a working farm. During the festival, numerous vendors, performers and exhibitors come to the farm. Visitors can also go on hay rides, make crafts, join the 5k run/walk and pick their own fresh lavender.

Ontario Orchard’s Fall Jamboree is Sept. 23 and 24 (15273

Sterling Center Road, Sterling, 315343-6328, https://ontarioorchards. com). The annual free event includes games, hay rides, magic shows, crafts to make, face painting, corn maze “u-pick” apples and pumpkins and wine and hard cider tasting.

Farm Fest at DiNitto Farms (6585 Benton Road, Marcy, 315-7363394. Free). This farm welcomes vis-

itors June 2 for a day of agricultural education and fun. Against a backdrop of a working farm, guests can enjoy hay rides, hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, games, music and food.

Ontario County’s Fun on the Farm (Lightland Farms, 3090 Depew Road, Stanley,) takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Organized by Ontario County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, the event occurs biennially on odd-numbered years at a different farm in Ontario County. The free event includes many educational demonstrations, hay rides, games, crafts, and farm tours on a farm that usually never hosts an event. Call 585-394-3977 ext. 427 for further information.


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Re-enactment at Fort Ontario, Oswego

Reliving History Re-enactment programs show rich history of the region By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

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hile we can’t go back in time, historic programs and exhibits can help us feel more connected with the past. Several historic sites in New York offer history events. Historic interpreters usually dress in period costuming and may engage with visitors from a 21st-century perspective to help educate them about life in the past. Historic re-enactors, however, stay “in character” of either a specific or a general historic person from their era while visitors are present. They tend to be more meticulous about

details of their costuming, behavior and conversation. Here are some of the re-enactment programs in the region:

Fort Ontario (1 E. 4th St., Oswego, 315-343-4711, www.fortontario. com) hosts a French & Indian War— 18th Century Living History Event (June 17), among others this summer and fall. Check the website for details. Fort Niagara (Youngstown, 716-745-7611, www.oldfortniagara. org) offers a few events this season,

including Rebels and Redcoats, an American Revolution event (Jun. 3-4, free with paid admission), French and Indian War Encampment (Jul. 1-3, $13), Soldiers of the Revolution (Aug. 5-6, free with paid admission), which depicts life on the New York frontier during the American Revolution, and War of 1812 Encampment (Sept. 2-3, free with paid admission. Admission is $12 adults; $8 children 6-12; Free 5 and under.

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Before You Go Make your visit to a historic event more enjoyable. • Review the site’s website and call in advance to confirm ticket prices and times the site is open. Most don’t stay open late, so plan to arrive early in the day.

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• The website usually can answer questions about what’s permitted, such as if you may bring in food to the facility. • Plan to do a lot of walking. Most sites are quite large and may have varied terrain. Baby backpacks may be easier to manage than strollers. Ask about wheel-

chair accessibility for historic buildings. • Before your visit, read up on the era with your children so they know what to expect and can plan to ask some questions. • Consider dressing in period costume.


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Fort Ticonderoga (100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, 518-585-2821, www.fortticonderoga.org). It hosts several history events all summer, including the 1777 Brown’s Raid Battle against the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Montcalm’s Cross: The 1758 Battle of Carillon. The fort’s numerous exhibits and displays allow visitors to make a day of it as they explore the history interpreters going about daily life as if in the 18th century. Tickets start at $9 for children. Special weekends all summer long include Scots Day (June 17), Fife and Drum Corps Muster (July 29), and Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival (Sept. 30). Cape Vincent’s 4th Annual Historical Weekend (www.cape-

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Road, Angelica, 585-466-3050, www. grcpaintball.com, contact for pricing). It doesn’t let rain wash out your plans for paintball fun. The facility includes nine different playing areas inside and outside. They include woods, a village, and obstacles. Hilltop Paintball Sports Complex (565 Rover Road, Fort Plain, 518-993-4200, http://hilltoppaintball. com, $15-20). It provides four playing fields: speedball, wooded/farm field, big game, tepees, and a war zone. The fields vary from beginners to advanced levels, so Hilltop is ideal if your group includes a mix of skills. Kittatinny Paintball (3854 Route 97, Barryville and 2389 state Route 97, Pond Eddy, 845-557-8611, http://kittatinny.com/paintball, $35.95). It lends the feel of a military operation, right from the transport truck ride to the playing field. Bunkers scattered throughout the forest continue the theme, along with optional camouflage suit rental. Players are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase food onsite. Unlike some sites, Kittatinny permits outside weapons, as long as they’re calibrated within the facility’s limits.

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minimums. • Wear the safety equipment issued, especially face shields. • Plan water breaks to stay hydrated. Bring along snacks. • Use only equipment accepted by the facility. Some do not permit high-powered paintball guns. • Do not modify equipment. • Find out what else is available at the facility or nearby.


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June Ongoing Beginning June. 7 through 28, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Presents: Guys and Dolls. Set in the 1950s, this musical includes old standards “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.” Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Road www. FingerLakesMTF.com. 800-457-8897.

Daily Except Mondays Through June 25 Syracuse. New York State Chinese Lantern Festival. Chinese art, crafts, culture and entertainment. Thousands of brightly lit lanterns will be on display along a walkway. $15 adults; $12 ages 5-16. Free children under 5. 5 to 10 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds Empire Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd. https://nysfair. ny.gov. 315-430-6287.

Third Sundays Ithaca. Found Flea 2017. Includes forty nine antique dealers under one roof, plus 67 more outside. Food vendors available. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. 227 Cherry St. www. foundinithaca.com. 607-319-5078.

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June 1 Fulton. Pratt House Season Opening Porch Party. To celebrate the end of winter and the opening of the John Wells Pratt House for 2017, the Friends of History in Fulton, NY, Inc. invite members and friends to the house for music, food and friendship. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. John Wells Pratt House Museum, 177 S. 1st St. 315-598-4616. friendsofhistoryinfulton@gmail.com. Lake George. Elvis Festival. Tribute performers Bill Cherry, Brandon Bennett, Cody Ray Slaughter and Jay Dupuis. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Lake George Forum, 2200 State Rte. 9.

June 2 Phoenix. Canal Days. Education on the Oswego Canal along with games and activities for children of all ages. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canal Island. Syracuse. Taste of Syracuse 2017. Samples of food from numerous restaurants in Syracuse. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Clinton Square at West Genesee and South Clinton Street. www. tasteofsyracuse.com. 800-234-4797. Buffalo. 41st Annual Buffalo Greek Fest. Greek culture, music, dance and food. $2. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 West Utica Street. Latham. 15th Annual PolishFest. Polish heritage, food, music, art, language, customs and the culture. Children’s activities, entertainment

and crafts. $5. 4 to 6 p.m. Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Church, 250 Old Maxwell Road. Phoenix. Phoenix Canal Day. The celebration provides a glimpse into the past and the history of the Phoenix area. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Canal Island, State St., Phoenix. 315-695-1308. www. bridgehousebrats.com. LeRoy. American Warrior Concert. Patriotic concert includes three stages, VIP tent, music lesson tent, open jam tent, camping, craft beer, barbecue, vendor booths and more than 60 bands performing. This event will benefit Warrior House of WNY Inc. Doors open at 12 p.m. Ridge Campground, 8101 Conlon Road. 714-742-0204. www.strengthinnumbersent. com/1st-annual-american-warrior-concert-june2nd-and-3rd-2017. Plattsburgh. 31st Annual Rotary Fishing Classic. Several species categories, including steelhead, brown trout, salmon, walleye and lake trout. Prizes for each of the three divisions has been increased this year to $2,500. Big Fish Specials include a $25,000 payout for the first fish weighed in that ultimately breaks the record for lake trout, walleye or Atlantic landlocked salmon (or brown trout). Team and individual registrations must be submitted before 6 p.m. on June 1. Plattsburgh City Marina, Dock Street. 877-519-7942. Cleveland. 32nd Annual Spring Fun(d) Day. Rummage sale, food tent, chicken barbeque,


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auction on Sat. snow cones, bounce house, bake sale. Fri. 3 to 8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cleveland United Methodist Church, 73 Bridge St. 315-675-8824.

June 3 Cleveland. 32nd Annual Spring Fun(d) Day. See June 2. Syracuse. Taste of Syracuse 2017. See June 2. Plattsburgh. 31st Annual Rotary Fishing Classic. See June 2. Latham. 15th Annual PolishFest. See June 2. Buffalo. 41st Annual Buffalo Greek Fest. See June 2. LeRoy. American Warrior Concert. See June 2. Altmar. Altmar Fire Dept. 11th Annual ATV Ride. Food, drinks and chicken barbecue at noon. Registration at 9 a.m. Winners announced at 3 p.m. Altmar Fire Dept., 15 Bridge St. 315-2985555, www.facebook.com/AltmarVFD. Oswego. ARISE & Ride for Ramps benefit. 5K run, motorcycle ride, BBQ, music, raffles, and more. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lighthouse Lanes, 295 E. Albany St., Oswego. 315-342-4088 x206. jkarasek@ ariseinc.org. www.rideforramps.org. Fulton. Fulton East Side Garage Sales. Residents on the East side of the river hold garage sales

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The Best of Upstate New York all day. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 315-592-7330. www. cityoffulton.com. Youngstown. Rebels and Redcoats. Event highlights the American Revolution. British and American “troops” from all of the Northeast, Midwest and Canada converge on Old Fort Niagara to animate Old Fort Niagara as it was during the American Revolution. The event features living history camps, musket and artillery demonstrations and large scale battle reenactments. Free with paid facility admission. $12 adults; $8 children 6-12; Free 5 and under. Free for Old Fort Niagara Association members. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.oldfortniagara.org. 716-745-7611.

June 4 Youngstown. Rebels and Redcoats. See June 4. Plattsburgh. 31st Annual Rotary Fishing Classic. See June 2. Amherst. German Sommerfest. German food, drinks, and authentic live German entertainment and activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase, catered by Schnitzel & Company. Museum & Historic Village open with family-friendly programs, free parking is available. No outside food or beverages, or pets are

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permitted. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. $6 to $8. 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road. Scriba. Post Card Show & Sale. Post card dealers will sell post cards and paper ephemera and collectibles. Sponsored by the Post Card Club of Oswego County. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scriba VFD, 5618 NYS Rte. 104, Scriba. 315-695-5089 or 315-247-1730.

June 7 Auburn. The Calamari Sisters’ Sausagefest. Musical show continues the story of Delphine and Carmela Calamari, two cooking and singing sister. $35. 2 p.m. each show date through Friday, plus an additional 8 p.m. showing Friday. Sat. 8 p.m. only. Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. www.fingerlakesmtf.com. 315-253-6669.

June 8 Auburn. The Calamari Sisters’ Sausagefest. See June 7. Syracuse. St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival 2017. Greek food, music, dancing and more. St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. 325 Waring Road Free. www.syracusegreekfest.com. 315446-5222. Syracuse. 35th Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest. Live music at one of the largest free jazz festivals in the Northeast. Performers include

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2017. See June 8. Mexico. Art in the Park: Fri. Meet the artist William Davies; wine and cheese reception. $10. 7 p.m. Mexico Point Park, Mexico. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-3891, sanscott@gmail.com, www. mexicopointpark.com. Hunter. Taste of Country Music Festival. Live country music acts, including Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, Jackson Michelson, Miranda Lambert, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Cody Johnson, Courtney Cole, Smithfield, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Steve Moakler, and Brooke Eden. $99 daily; $185 three-day pass; $529 VIP pass. Hunter Mountain, 64 Klein Ave. www.tasteofcountryfestival.com.

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3-ounce samples of the various beers present at the event. This is a 21+ event. Valid photo ID required at the door. All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21 or over to attend this event. $30; $15 for designated drivers. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 830 Varick Street. newyorkcraftbeer.com/2015/11/3rd-annual-craft-new-yorkbrewers-roots-festival. Mexico. Art in the Park. Art of William Davies and Audrey Munson illustrations. Free. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. See June 9. Fulton. Fulton West Side Garage Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See June 3. Fulton. A Day in the Park. Music, games, food venders, activities, and special guests. Free. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 32 Foster St., Fulton. 315-5598750. friendsoffultonparks@gmail.com. Wayne County Youth Derby. For ages 4-16

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June 11 Syracuse. Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk. Raise money to help raise awareness and funds to research for a cure for this autoimmune disease. 9 a.m. registration. $25 adults; $10 ages 5-15; free under age 5. 10 a.m. walk begins. Onondaga Lake Park, 3813 Long Branch Road www.scleroderma.org/site/TR?fr_id=3481&pg=entry#.WO6cAkXys3A. 800-867-0885. Syracuse. CNYSPCA “This Is How We Roll” Motorcycle Run. Live entertainment and food. Ride starts at CNYSPCA, and ends at Roadhouse 48 268 Route 48, Fulton. Registration 9 a.m. Kickstands up 11 a.m. $20/Driver. $10/Rider. Cars $10 per person. 5878 East Molloy Road. 315-454-4479. www.cnyspca.org. Syracuse. St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival 2017. See June 8. Hunter. Taste of Country Music Festival. See June 9.

Lake Placid. 2017 Lake Placid Marathon™ & Lake Placid Half Marathon™. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full race is age 18 and older; half race is any age. Half $102; Full $112. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. www. lakeplacidmarathon.com. Oswego. 6th Annual Oswego Lions Club River’s Edge Craft Show: More than 75 vendors of handmade crafts, plus entertainment, wine tasting, karate demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breitbeck Park, Lake St.. Oswego. 315-343-1394. cpelton714@gmail.com. Mexico. VFW Post 369 Auxiliary Car Show. Time TBA. Judging at 4 p.m. VFW Post 369, 5930 Scenic Ave. 315-963-8304. vfwpost369.com. Mexico. Art in the Park for Children: Make and take art, plus at 2 pm build a fairy house and story time. Donations appreciated. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mexico Point Park, Mexico. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-3891. sanscott@gmail.com. www. mexicopointpark.com.

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Clayton. Seaway Splash Ultimate Air Dogs Event. Come watch dogs leap great distances into a pool stationed at the downtown waterfront park pavilion. From the smallest jumper to the biggest ultimate high flyer, all breeds are encouraged to participate as long as they can swim! Your dog doesn’t have to jump 20 feet to get a ribbon. Ultimate Air Dogs created the Divisional Finals, where the top five dogs from each division are invited to compete in a Grand Finale. Free. Frink Park, Riverside Drive. 315-686-3771. 1000islands-clayton.com. Pulaski. Kallet Theater presents Mike Powell: A blend of folk with soul and country. $15. 6 p.m. Kallet Theater, 4842 N. Jefferson St. 315-2980007. kallettheater.com. Penn Yan. Cruisin’ Night. Street Closes at 3:30 p.m. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m. near the Post Office. 800-868-9283. www.cruisinnight.com. Newark. 5th Annual Wine and Artisan Festival. Wineries, distilleries, cheese, chocolate, food, artisan vendors. Live music. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. T. Spencer Knight Canal Park, 199 VanBuren Street. www.newarknychamber.org. Old Forge. 20th Annual Father’s Day Weekend Car

Cup Regatta. Fundraiser to support Oswego County Hospice patients and families. Events include sailing races on Lake Ontario at 10 Show. Judged competition. Parade Fri. at 7 p.m.; a.m. followed by an on-shore reception at 4 Judging Sat. at 9 a.m. Prizes awarded at 3 p.m. p.m. featuring food, beverages, entertainment, Hiltebrant Recreation Center, 225 North Street. drawings and an auction. $15/person. 10 a.m. “SOME REALLY THRILLING ARTWORK THATYacht ESTABLISHES to 7 p.m. Oswego Club, Lake St. 315June 17 INCREDIBLE SCOPE AND DANGER.” 343-5223. oswegohospice@verizon.net. www. –IGN friendsofhospice.org. Palermo. Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park “A BIG SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER FILM IN A COMIC BOOK FORMAT.” –Comic Book Resources Presents Summer Scream: A Lights Out Event. Oswego. Tri-Oswego Sports Events: USAT $14. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 4816 NYS 49. www. Sanctioned Triathlon (Swim, Bike, Run) event. frightmarefarms.net. 844-374-4481. Sprint relay for teams of 2 or 3. Post-event BBQ, vendors, and entertainment. Wright’s Landing, Syracuse. Chicago by the Central New York PlayLake St. www.tri-oswego.com. house. Musical set in the 1920s in Chicago about a murder, cover-up and subsequent conviction. Mexico. Viet Nam Veterans’ Get-Together. Join $25 to $28. Thurs. through Sat. 8 p.m.; Sunday fellow veterans for an afternoon of comraderie. 2 p.m. 3649 Erie Blvd. E. www.cnyplayhouse. 12 p.m. VFW Post 369, 5930 Scenic Ave. 315com. 315-885-8960. 963-8304. vfwpost369.com. Wolcott. Wolcott Strawberry JUSTICE Festival.LEAGUE Games, VOL. 1: Oswego. French & Indian War—18th Century THE EXTINCTION food, crafts, entertainment, children’s activities, MACHINE Living History Event: Battles are Saturday and The First Graphic antique tractors, strawberry shortcake and Novel sunSunday. Times TBA. Fort Ontario State Historic Collection of the daes. Parade at noon. 9 a.m. to 4Best-Selling p.m. Series Site, 1 E. 4th St.. 315-343-4711. www.fortonby tario.com. Clayton. Seaway Splash Ultimate Air DogsWritten Event. BRYAN HITCH See June 16. Art by Long Lake. Bass and Pike Fishing Derby. $25. TONY S. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Long Lake Town Beach. 518Sandy Creek. Arts & Crafts Fair. Local artists, DANIEL 624-2145. vendors, and raffles. Free. 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St. Ticonderoga. Scots Day. Scottish heritage, 315-387-3732. scrlib@ncls.org. ainsworthmeculture, border collie demonstration and music. moriallibrary.org. Admission charged. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga, 100 Fort Ti Road. Oswego. 18th Annual Oswego County Hospice

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Schenectady. Upper Union Street BID 12th Annual Strawberry Fest & Art Show. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upper Union Street. 518-727-6689. Glens Falls. 46th Annual LARAC June Arts Festival. Features about 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products such as jewelry, home items, food items, fine art, textiles, garden decorations, and more. Rain or shine. The festival also includes non-profit booths, arts demonstrations, children’s activities, food concessions, and live entertainment by local musicians. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 518-798-1144. Glens Falls. 57th Annual Zonta Country Faire. Non-juried arts and crafts fair. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 333 Glen St. Parking Lot. 518-793-0047. Schenectady. Riverdance at Proctor’s Theatre. The international Irish dance and music show’s 20th Anniversary World Tour. Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. $20-75. 2 p.m. 432 State St.

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June 20 Oswego. Word Refugee Day: Outdoor interpretive panel dedication and walking tour of the 19441946 Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter. Admission is free. 7 p.m. Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. 4th St. 315-343-4711, www. fortontario.com.

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Fair Haven. Fourth of July Celebration. See June 30. Raquette Lake. Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival. Strawberry shortcake for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Raquette Lake Fire Department. 11 a.m. Raquette Lake Fire Hall. 518-624-3077. Sterling. Sterling Renaissance Festival. Elizabethan festival with live theater, music, dancing, hand-crafted wares and games. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission charged. Farden Road. www. sterlingfestival.com. 800-879-4446. Ticonderoga. Independence Day Weekend. Re-enactments, artillery and cannon demonstrations, Fife and Drum Corps and patriotic music all weekend. Included with admission price. 100 Fort Ti Road. Youngstown. French and Indian War Encampment. Old Fort Niagara’s largest event of the year recreates the historic siege of 1759 when British forces and their Native allies besieged Fort Niagara’s French garrison. This event features hundreds of re-enactors, large scale battle reenactments, siege demonstrations, military music, large living history camps, period merchants and artisans, Native councils and more. Admission to the event is $13 per person. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.oldfortniagara.org. 716-745-7611.

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nylavenderfestival.com. Arkport. Arkport SummerFest. See July 7. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. Learn about the history of the Mormon Church at the outdoor pageant. Bring your own seating. Free. 9:15 p.m. 653 State Rt. 21. www.hillcumorah.org. 315-597-5851. Skaneateles. Finger Lakes Lavender Festival 2017. Harvest your own lavender from among 18 different varieties from a 120-acre family farm. Food, arts & crafts vendors, lavender market and more. Rain or shine. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1682 West Lake Road. www.lockwoodfarm.blogspot. com. 315-685-5369. Rochester. Corn Hill Arts Festival 2017. See July 8. The works of more than 375 juried artists, four stages of live music, the 8th Annual Emerging Artists Expo, two beer & wine gardens, food & beverages and activities for children of all ages, including the 5th Annual Fairy Houses Tour. Free. Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. 5o 5 p.m. 133 S. Fitzhugh St. www.cornhillartsfestival. com. 585-461-1570.

July 9 Skaneateles. Finger Lakes Lavender Festival 2017. See July 8.

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Rochester. Corn Hill Arts Festival 2017. See July 8. Red Creek. 10th Annual NY Lavender Festival. See July 8. Lake George. European Import Car Show. See July 8. Lake Placid. I Love BBQ & Music Festival. See July 7. Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Grease”. 2 p.m. See July 8. Arkport. Arkport SummerFest. See July 7. Mexico. Mexico Point Park’s Annual Concert & Fireworks. Annual band concert with Soda Ash 6, Mexico Brass and more, plus food and craft vendors and fireworks display by Young Explosives. 6 p.m. Mexico Point Park, Mexico. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-3891. sanscott@gmail.com. www. mexicopointpark.com. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8.

July 12 Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8.

July 13 Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. A weekend full of family-friendly street performances.

Acrobats, musicians and high-fliers perform for voluntary donations. Afternoons. 315-482-9531. alexbay.org. Mexico. Mexico VDF Firemen’s Field Days. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from noon-midnight (closed 5-6 p.m.) Saturday. Parade July 13 at 7 p.m. Mexico VFD, 3284 Main St. 315-963-7494. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8. Lyons. Lyons Peppermint Days. Family fun, food and craft vendors. Parade on Saturday and fireworks Saturday night. William Street. www. lyonsny.com/peppermintdays.html.

July 14 Syracuse. Syracuse Nationals. Touted as the largest car show in the Northeast with more than 8,000 cars and 400 vendors. NYS Fairgrounds. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Advanced sale through Jul 12: $15 adults, $6 children 6-12. At the gate: $20 adults, $8 children. Children 5 and younger free. www. SyracuseNationals.com. 800-753-3978. Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. See July 13. Lyons. Lyons Peppermint Days. See July 13. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8. Mexico. Mexico VDF Firemen’s Field Days. See


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July 13. Oswego. St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. Food, activities and games for the entire family. Live entertainment nightly; kiddieland games and activities; nightly 50/50 drawings and a chance to win $5,000. St. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mary of the Assumption, 103 W. 7th St.. 315-343-3953.

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hills, fire and many other types of things for participants to climb over, under and through. Spectators welcome. $45 to $65. 8:45 a.m. 2725 Mariaville Road. www.runtheridge.net. Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Warrior Run. Participants will start at Raquette River Brewing in downtown Tupper Lake and then head into the many acres of the Bencze family property. Spectators will be able to watch along the trail and when finished enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, and craft beer. Individual perticipants $70; Team (per individual) $65. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raquette River Brewing, 11 Balsam St #2. 518-359-3328. Long Lake. 6th annual US Water Ski Show Team Exhibition. Performance by the 2011 Eastern Regional Water Ski Champions, including pyramids, jumps, stunts and barefoot waterskiing. Demonstrations start at 10 a.m., show at 3 p.m. No boat traffic from 3 to 4 p.m. Little Bus will be running from 1 to 5 p.m. to alleviate downtown congestion and parking. Parking will be available at the Mt. Sabattis Parking Area and Long Lake Central School. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Long Lake Town Beach, 1130 Deerland Road. 518-624-3077. Long Lake. Long Lake Cardboard Box Boat FaceOff. Kids of all ages get creative and build a boat using only cardboard and duct tape. Free. Box building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Float-Off beginning at 1 p.m. Last Boat Floating at 2 p.m. wins the title. Prizes will be awarded and lifeguards will be on duty. Long Lake Town Beach, 518-624-3077. Syracuse. Syracuse Nationals. See July 14. Lake George. King George Fishing Derby. See July 14. Auburn. Rotary Ribs Rhythm and Blues Festival. Live R&B music and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. Deauville Island at Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Road. www. auburnrotaryny.org/rotary-ribs-rhythm--blues. html. 315-246-8117. Alexandria Bay. Buskers in the Bay. See July 13. Sodus Pro-Am. Fish Wayne County waters for cash and prizes. 800-527-6510. www.sodus-

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Don’t Miss It 160th Annual Oswego County Fair • Aug. 9 – 13 • Sandy Creek Oswego

County Fair Celebrates local agriculture. Food, games, displays, entertainment and amusement rides. Free. Charge for some activities. Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St. proam.com. Pultneyville. Pultneyville Homecoming. Antiques, exhibits, re-enactment, vintage cars, parade, games, 5K, Gilbert & Sullivan production, Star Spangled Concert and much more. Venues throughout Pultneyville. 315-589-9892. www.w-phs.org.

July 16 Syracuse. Syracuse Nationals. See July 14. Lake George. King George Fishing Derby. See July 14. Auburn. Rotary Ribs Rhythm and Blues Festival. See July 15. Sodus Pro-Am. See July 15. Pultneyville. Pultneyville Homecoming. See July 15. Lyons. Lyons Peppermint Days. See July 13. Watkins Glen. Finger Lakes Wine Festival. See July 15. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8. Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Grease”. 2 p.m. See July 8.

July 20 Volney. Homemade Ice Cream Social. Picnic style meal or ice cream sundae only. Eat in or take out. $6 per person. 4:30 to 6 p.m. North Volney Methodist Church, Corner of Co. Rtes 4 & 6. 315-593-6825.

Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Grease”. 2 p.m. See July 8.

Skaneateles. Skaneateles Curbstone Festival & Sidewalk Sales. Festival and sidewalk sale includes entertainment, magician, balloon art, specials from merchants and plenty of sale merchandise. Free. Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. www. Skaneateles.com. 315-685-0552.

Mexico. Mexico VDF Firemen’s Field Days. See July 13.

July 21

Watkins Glen. Finger Lakes Wine Festival. The largest showcase of wines produced in New York State with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations. $25-55. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2790 County Rt. 16. www.flwinefest.com. 607-5352486, 866-461-RACE.

Skaneateles. Skaneateles Curbstone Festival & Sidewalk Sales. See July 20.

Lyons. Lyons Peppermint Days. See July 13. Palmyra. Hill Cumorah Pageant. See July 8. Oswego. St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. See July 14.

Lake Placid. IRONKIDS Lake Placid Fun Run. Half mile or one-mile course open to ages 3 to 13. Parents, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the racers. Each athlete receives a race bib, finisher shirt, medal, and goodie bag. $20. 2 p.m. Mirror Lake Dr., info@ironkids.com.


Blue Mountain Lake. Made in the Adirondacks Fair. Artisans’ wares that were made in the Adirondacks for sale, food, performances, demonstrations, workshops and more. Free with Adirondack Experience admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9097 state Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812. Phoenix. Children’s Fishing Derby. Fishing competition and prizes held and provided by the Bridge House Brats for children of all ages. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lock Island.

July 22 Skaneateles. Skaneateles Curbstone Festival & Sidewalk Sales. See July 20. Sandy Creek. 2017 Breast Cancer Busting Craft and Vendor Fair. Support cancer research in finding a cure. Many activities planned. Special pricing for overnight campers. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St. jodi@fernwoodcrafter.com. www.facebook.com/ events/1882693538641774. Odessa. Finger Lakes Cheese Festival. Farmstead foods, baked goods, wine, beer, cider, live music farm tours, hay rides, and children’s activities. $5. Children under 12 free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunset View Creamery, 4970 County Rd 14. www. flxcheese.com.

July 23 Sandy Creek. 2017 Breast Cancer Busting Craft and Vendor Fair. See July 22. Lake Placid. Ironman Lake Placid. A three-part challenge which includes a transition and finish line on the Olympic Speed skating Oval, a 2.4 mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through the Adirondacks, and a 26.2-mile run. For the bike course, Colden Avenue (Main Street side), Main Street (near the Post Office), and River Street (near Route 73 and Lake Placid Club Drive). For the running course, Main Street, Lake Placid Club Drive, and Cascade Road (Route 73). The finish line is in the Olympic Oval. 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. 303-444-4316.

July 24 Rexford. The 14th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic. More than 100 golfers from area businesses. Features lunch, contests, prizes complimentary beverages, 18 holes of golf, a Saratoga Bridges gift, 19th Hole Awards Ceremony and buffet dinner. A portion of the proceeds benefits the J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund. $175. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Edison Club, 891 Riverview Road 518-587-0723.

July 27 Oswego. 30th Annual Oswego Harborfest. Vendors, food, music and more in venues located throughout the City of Oswego. Free. Various times. 315-343-6858. director@oswegoharbor-

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Area fest.com. www.oswegoharborfest.com. Sodus. 9th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival. Live bluegrass music, fireworks, kids’ events, vendors and more. Camping available. Brantling Ski Center, 4015 Fish Farm Road. www.brantlingbluegrass.com.

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Auburn. Remember the Big 6 Picnic – A Cayuga County Youth Fair. An exposition of youth agricultural interests in Cayuga County. 4-H dog, cattle, rabbit, and poultry shows. Live entertainment. Crafts and projects on display. Open shows, farm equipment displays, animals on display, horse drawn wagon rides and more. Food available. Parking at Emerson Park $3. Free admission. Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Education Center at the Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Road www.rememberthebig6.com. 315-252-7644.

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Skaneateles. 39th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. Ninety antique and classic boats and motors on display in the water and on land, plus several concerts, a boat parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, photo shoot at 10 a.m. Sunday aboard

Syracuse. 47th Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival 2017. Showcases more than 160 artisans and craftspeople representing 25 states

Sodus. 9th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival. See July 27. Oswego. 30th Annual Oswego Harborfest. See July 27. Marion. 53rd Annual Pioneer Gas Engine Show. Displays and demonstrations of antique gas engines, tractors, steam engines, farm equipment and more. Live music and food vendors. Marion Town Park, 4072 Park Dr.

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July 30 Syracuse. 47th Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival 2017. See July 28. Skaneateles. 39th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. See July 28. Route 90. Fifty-Mile Long Garage Sale. See July 29. Sodus. 9th Annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival. See July 27. Oswego. 30th Annual Oswego Harborfest. See July 27.

Sodus Point. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Sunday Summer Concert Series. Live music ranging from big band to blues. Check website for complete schedule. Refreshments. Bring your own seating. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. except for Aug. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. with an ice cream social. 7606 North Ontario Street. www.sodusbaylighthouse.org.

Mondays and Fridays All Month Phoenix. Music in the Park (starting July 7). Music performed by local bands and artists. 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursdays All Month Lake George. Fireworks. Free. 9:30 p.m. Shepards Park, Canada St.

Third Sundays Ithaca. Found Flea 2017. Includes 49 antique dealers under one roof, plus 67 more outside. Food vendors available. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Don’t Miss It 34th Annual Apple Festival • Sept. 22 – 24 • Central Square 300 crafters, vendors, nonprofit displays and demonstrations, amusement rides, pony rides, live entertainment, special events/ contests. Admission $5/carload. Brewerton Speedway. at CNY Raceway Park, 154 US Rte. 11

Rain or shine. 227 Cherry St. www.foundinithaca. com. 607-319-5078.

Ongoing Auburn. Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Presents “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Set in the 1970s, the musical has appeared on Broadway. Adult themes. Show runs Aug. 2 through Aug. 23. Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Road 800-457-8897 www.FingerLakesMTF.com. Lake Ontario Counties’ Fall Fishing Derby. Adult & youth derby categories include salmon, brown, lake, rainbow or steelhead trout and walleye, prizes. Aug 18 through Sept. 4. www. loc.org. 888-733-5246.

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Aug. 2 Glens Falls. Take A Bite. See June 28.

Aug. 3 Mexico. Theatre du Jour presents “Steel Magnolias.” Six women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. 6 p.m. cocktail hour; 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. show. $55 per person. The Eis House, 144 Academy St. 518-253-6930. dujourcny@gmail.com. dujourcny.org.

Aug. 4 Lake George Village. Annual Festival for the Lake. Arts & crafts show, live music, street

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(315) 699-8849 • (315) 657-5345 entertainers, parasail rides, boat rides, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and more. Pulaski. Old Home Days. Celebration with special displays of past festivities in stories, photos and advertisements. Free. Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave., Pulaski. 315-2984650, phspulaski@aol.com, www.pulaskihistoricalsociety.org.

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Clayton. 53rd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction. Hundreds of boats on display in water and on land. Flea market and activities for the whole family. Regular museum admission applies. $14 adults, $8 children, children 6 and under free. 750 Mary St., Antique Boat Museum. www.abm. org. 315-686-4104.

Aug. 5 Youngstown. Soldiers of the Revolution. This event depicts life on the New York frontier during the American Revolution. Activities include battle reenactments, period camps, musket and artillery demonstrations, Native councils and period games. Free with paid facility admission. $12 adults; $8 children 6-12; Free 5 and under. Free for Old Fort Niagara Association members. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.oldfortniagara.org. 716-745-7611. Geddes. Oktoberfest Syracuse 2017. Event celebrates German culture, music, beer, food, dance and costume. Beer and wine bar, live entertainment and dance floor. Kids’ tent with face painting, games and more free events. Vendors,

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stein hoisting contest for adults, and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road. www.germanamericanscny.com. 315-730-7498.

Sackets Harbor. Sackets Harbor Battlefield Annual War of 1812 Living History Weekend. Living history activities related to the War of 1812, live music and more. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sackets Harbor Battlefield, Main Street. sacketsharborbattlefield.org. 315-646-3634.

Lake George Village. Annual Festival for the Lake. See Aug. 4.

Clayton. 53rd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction. See Aug. 4.

Hammondsport. Glenn H. Curtiss Museum’s annual “Classic Motorcycle Weekend”. Displays of rare, vintage motorcycles, including the 1907 Curtiss-built motorcycle that exceeded 136 mph, a world speed record. Vintage aircraft, automobiles and boats also on display, along with displays on the history of the Keuka Lake region. 8419 State Route 54. www.curtissmuseum.org. 607-569-2160.

Wolcott. Central New York Wine & Jazz Fest. Wine tasting on Main Street in the Village of Wolcott and music by well-known jazz artists at the band stand in Northrup Park. Vendors in the park. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.wolcottny.org.

Sterling. Sterling Renaissance Festival. Elizabethan festival with live theater, music, dancing, hand-crafted wares and games. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission charged. Farden Road. www.

Pulaski. Old Home Days. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Aug. 4.

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Don’t Miss It 27th Annual 5K Cider Run/Walk • Sept. 16 Mexico Follow a scenic route through the village of Mexico. Benefits the Mexico Public Library. Awards and refreshments. Admission is charged. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 315-963-3012.


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Phoenix. 2nd Annual Onion Festival. Celebrating one of Oswego County’s signature crops. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lock Island. 315-727-4969. phoenixnylions@gmail.com. Sandy Creek. Animals at the Library. Featuring live animal demonstrations by the Thompson Park Zoo. Visit with pets in need of loving homes from local rescues. Free. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ainsworth Memorial Library, 6064 S. Main St. 315-387-3732. ainsworthmemoriallibrary.org. Penn Yan. 25th Annual Garlic Festival. Regional vendors, 15 varieties of garlic, cooking demonstrations, and live music. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fox Run Vineyards, 670 State Route 14. 800-636-9786.

Geddes. Oktoberfest Syracuse 2017. See Aug. 5. Lake George Village. Annual Festival for the Lake. See Aug. 4. Hammondsport. Glenn H. Curtiss Museum’s annual “Classic Motorcycle Weekend”. See Aug. 5. Sterling. Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 5. Sackets Harbor. Sackets Harbor Battlefield Annual War of 1812 Living History Weekend.

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Aug. 6 Youngstown. Soldiers of the Revolution. See Aug. 5.

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See Aug. 5. Clayton. 53rd Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction. See Aug. 4. Penn Yan. Garlic Festival. See Aug. 5.

Aug. 9 Sandy Creek. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair. Oswego County Fair Celebrates local agriculture. Food, games, displays, entertainment and amusement rides. Free. Charge for some activities. Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St. 315-808-3938. www.oswegocountyfair.com.

Aug. 10 Sandy Creek. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 9. Williamstown. Williamstown VFD Field Days. Food, entertainment, amusements, fireworks. Parade Sat., Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. 575 Main St. 315-964-7789. Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. Rides, parade, car show and fireworks on Aug. 15. Firemen’s Field, 15 Ford Street.

Aug. 11 Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. See Aug. 10. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. Annual celebration commemorates some of the exploits of Bill Johnston. Re-enactments, staged pirate “invasions” Aug. 12 and 19, live music, children’s activities, parade and more. Free. 315-482-9531, alexbay.org. Palmyra. Palmyra Pirate Weekend. A free Movie in the park on Friday night. On Saturday, a Pirate Regatta Bed Race, Pirate & Kazoo Band Parade, Climbing Wall, Chicken BBQ, Canal Boat Rides, Dunking booth, old time photos, Jolly Roger 5k race and much more. Dress like a pirate to join the parade. Complete schedule on website. www. eriecanalpirates.com.

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Sandy Creek. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 9. Williamstown VFD Field Days. See Aug. 10. Theatre du Jour presents “Steel Magnolias.” 6 p.m. See Aug. 3. Mexico. Haunted House at Casey’s Cottage. Bonfire and refreshments are free. Haunted house tour is $5; children under 10 free. 7 p.m. Mexico Point Park. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-3891. sanscott@gmail.com, www.mexicopointpark. com.

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Aug. 12 Sterling. Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 5. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11.

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Mexico. Mexico Point Park Dinner Theater: Mexico Point Players presentation of The “UN”trustee.” See Aug. 11. Fulton. Fulton Jazz Festival. See Aug. 11. Oswego. 2nd Annual Run for Your Health 5K. 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run & 5K Run/Walk. Sponsored by Oswego Health Foundation, Inc., this event is intended to be competitive as well as promote health and fitness for the local community. $25. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Seneca Hill Complex, 20 Manor Dr.. 315-326-3791. www.oswegohealth.org/ foundation/run-for-your-health-5k.

Mexico. Mexico Point Park Dinner Theater: Mexico Point Players presentation of “The UNtrustee.” Dinner, dessert and adult beverages. $25 via prepaid reservations only. Seating is limited. 7 p.m. Mexico Point Park, Mexico. 315-963-8216 or 315-963-3891, sanscott@gmail.com, www. mexicopointpark.com.

Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. See Aug. 10.

Williamstown VFD Field Days. See Aug. 10.

Auburn. The Great Race XXXIX. Team triathlon for adults and youth, followed by post-race celebration. www.great-race.com. 315-252-7139. Emerson Park.

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Mexico. Haunted House at Casey’s Cottage. See Aug. 11.

Sterling. Sterling Renaissance Festival. See Aug. 5.

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Palmyra. Palmyra Pirate Weekend. See Aug. 11. Sandy Creek. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 9.

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Sitts Bluff on the shores of Lake Ontario in Fair Haven is accessible to hikers. Here on a good clear day you can pick out landmarks 25 miles distant.

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Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11. Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. See Aug. 10. Sandy Creek. 160th Annual Oswego County Fair. See Aug. 9.

Aug. 14 Hamburg. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. These superstar comedians have united to create an unforgettable night of comedy at the Erie County Fair. During this momentous event, both comedians will deliver a laughter-packed evening of all new material before they come together on stage for an uproarious encore you won’t want to miss. $55 to $65. 7:30 p.m. Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11. Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. See Aug. 10. Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. Midway, animal exhibits, 4-H exhibits, contests, demolition derby and vendors. Free. 300 W. Jackson St. www. waynecountyfair.org. 315-597-5372.


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Aug. 15 Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11. Clyde. Clyde Annual Firemen’s Festival. See Aug. 10. Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. See Aug. 14. Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. Live entertainment, demolition derbies, truck and tractor pulls, fireworks, talent show senior bingo, agricultural exhibits and children’s events. Advance sale until 8/14 $5 (non-refundable); adults (13 & older) $10; children 5-12 $3. 135 Cemetery St. www. HerkimerCountyFair.org. 315-895-7464.

Aug. 16 Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 15. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days.

See Aug. 11. Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. See Aug. 14. Glens Falls. Take A Bite. See June 28. Bath. Steuben County Fair. Carnival, harness racing, horseshoe pitching tournament, EXSTREAM Free Style Motocross, truck pull, talent contest, pie eating contest, turkey calling contest 4-H Shows, flower shows, and live music. $6.00 (12 and under free). Parking Free. 15 E. Washington St. www.steubencountyfair.org. 607-776-4801.

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Aug. 18 Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 15. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11. Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. See Aug. 14. Hannibal. Hannibal VFD Field Days. See Aug. 17.

Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 15. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11.

Fulton. 7th Annual Hunter Arms LC Smith Homecoming Weekend. LC Smith Collectors Association and the Friends of History combine their efforts to bring LC Smith shotguns, made exclusively in Fulton, back to their place of

Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. See Aug. 14.

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Best Lake Access to Lake Ontario: Cayuga County By Susan Peterson Gateley

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or more than 150 years water has been drawing vacationers to the village of Fair Haven, Lake Ontario and Little Sodus Bay. The Fair Haven Beach State Park has one of the few sandy swim areas along this stretch of coastline and also includes a spectacular lakeshore bluff accessible to hikers. Here on a good clear day you can pick out landmarks 25 miles distant. No other portion of Lake Ontario shoreline has more public access to the water than Cayuga County’s. Little Sodus Bay, also called Fair Haven Bay, is one of just two large sheltered embayments on the lake’s New York shore with a deep-water channel. The bay has four shoreline parks for the

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land bound, while each summer the village welcomes pleasure boats and yachts from 8 to 80 feet. Offshore vessels from Germany and South Africa have dropped anchor here. Two years ago a 100-plus footer stopped in for the night and a crew aboard a big schooner once owned by General George Patton tied up at a waterfront restaurant for dinner. Fair Haven is known around the lake as being a boater-friendly community with a public dock, three free launching ramps for paddle craft and car toppers and a good all season ramp at the Fair Haven Beach State Park suitable for launching larger boats. If you don’t have a boat to get afloat, the bay also has excellent ac-

cess to the water for fishing, wading or bird watching.  Not surprisingly given the ease of reaching the water here, several businesses cater to getting you out on it. If you don’t have a boat Anchor Resort & Marina at the bay’s south end rents kayaks, canoes, runabouts and pontoon boats. If you want to set sail, you can do so with Silver Waters Sailing School located at the Pleasant Beach Hotel and Restaurant. Instructor Susan Gateley holds a Coast Guard license to carry passengers for hire and teaches aboard a 22-foot keel sloop providing individualized instruction for couples and single would-be sailors “We’re celebrating 20 years of helping women take the helm this season” says Gateley. She invites all genders to set sail this summer with a special introductory two-hour lesson on Little Sodus Bay. A few years ago the village took over stewardship of the West Barrier Bar Park, a lightly developed gravel and sand spit at the north end of the bay. It’s a great spot for beach combing, sun bathing, picnics or seasonal bird watching. The barrier bar includes a drivable right of way to the west jetty where people can take a stroll on a summer day and watch the ever changing weekend parade of boats moving in and out the channel. Here, too, you can scan the lake’s bold shoreline and clay cliffs to the east for a passing eagle. There are many miles of hiking trails in the area in the state park, Sterling Nature Center and along the old LeHigh Valley rail bed that runs 14 miles south to Cato. It’s an easy bike ride over level terrain on a gravel-and-dirt surface that isn’t ideal for skinny tires. The village of Fair Haven has seen several new businesses open over the last few years, including a cidery and a winery and is becoming a bit of an art destination with three galleries and a nonprofit art center that offers a variety of classes.


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Rochester. Flour City Brewers Fest. Wine, cider and craft beer tasting, and food trucks. $10 to $40. Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street. www.flourcitybrewfest.com. 585-5468020. Bath. Steuben County Fair. See Aug. 16.

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Bouckville. Madison-Bouckville Big Field Antiques Show 2017. Over a 1,000 vendors rain or shine. Eight big-top tents showing hundreds of exhibitors, plus many individual tents throughout the field. Festival foods, free parking, ATM available. $25 early admission; $7 general admission. Sat. 8 a.m. to noon for early buyers; 12 to 5 p.m. general admission. Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6840 Route 20. www.allmanpromotions. com/Madison-Bouckville.php. 310-234-4797.

Aug. 19 Bouckville. Madison-Bouckville Big Field Antiques Show 2017. See Aug. 18.

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Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 15. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11. Alton. Music Fest 2017 Jammin’ with the Animals. Up to 10 bands of all genres play throughout the day with games available for the kids and dancing, raffles, food and door prizes available for adults throughout the day. Noon “until the cows come home.” Cracker Box Palace, 6450 Shaker Road. www.crackerboxpalace.org. Palmyra. Wayne County Fair. See Aug. 14. Hannibal. Hannibal VFD Field Days. See Aug. 17. Volney. Anything with a Motor Show. A show for all things mechanical with a running motor. Food, music, door prizes available. No sales or swaps. Vendor fee $5. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. North Volney Methodist Church, corner of Co. Routes 4 & 6. 315-593-6825. Fulton. 7th Annual Hunter Arms LC Smith Homecoming Weekend. See Aug. 18.

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Aug. 20 Bouckville. Madison-Bouckville Big Field Antiques Show 2017. See Aug. 18. Frankfort. Herkimer County Fair. See Aug. 15. Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days. See Aug. 11.

the fair. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pre-sale $6; $10 at the door. Children 12 and younger free. Check websites for discounts on special fair days. 581 State Fair Blvd. www.nysfair.org. 800-234-4797.

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Bath. Steuben County Fair. See Aug. 16. Marion. 40th Annual Wayne Drumlins Antique Auto Show & Flea Market. Competition for 24 classes of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles that are more than 25 years old. Food and drinks available and flea market. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marion Town Park, North Main Street. www. waynedrumlinsauto.com

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Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

Aug. 25 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. The oldest state fair in the United States and one of the largest state fairs as well, the Great New York State Fair offers carnival rides on the midway, annual butter sculpture, a variety of carnival and ethnic foods, vendors, informational displays and demonstrations, agricultural and home shows and exhibits and more on its 375 acres. Chevy Stage features free performances, as well as other stages and street performers throughout

Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23. Auburn. Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Presents: “Ghost the Musical”. See Aug. 30.

September Daily Through Sept. 16 Auburn. Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Presents: Ghost the Musical. See Aug. 30.

Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

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Bath. Steuben County Fair. See Aug. 16.

tation of the motion picture starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Road, www.FingerLakesMTF.com. 800-457-8897.

Aug. 28 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

Aug. 29 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

Aug. 30 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23.

Ithaca. Found Flea 2017. Includes forty nine antique dealers under one roof, plus 67 more outside. Food vendors available. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. 227 Cherry St. www. foundinithaca.com. 607-319-5078.

Sept. 1 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23. Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. Blues music festival. Free. Upper James Street. alexbay.org. 315-482-9531.

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Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23. Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 1. Redfield. Redfield Old Home Days. Games for kids of all ages and chicken BBQ, other refreshments & entertainment. Parade 6 p.m. Sat. Redfield Volunteer Fire Co., 4879 Co. Rte. 17. 315-599-7750. Youngstown. War of 1812 Encampment. Night battle recreates the British assault of 1813. Experience the surprise British attack on Fort Niagara that took place on Dec. 19, 1813. The attack is recreated in real time on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Daytime activities include tactical demonstrations, clothing programs, recruiting demonstrations and hands-on activities

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Sept. 3 Youngstown. War of 1812 Encampment. See Sept. 2. Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23. Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 1. Redfield. Redfield Old Home Days. See Sept. 2.

Sept. 4 Syracuse. Great New York State Fair. See Aug. 23. Alexandria Bay. Blues in the Bay. See Sept. 1.

Sept. 8 Auburn. 32nd Annual TomatoFest. Live entertainment, food, crafts and amusement rides to benefit the Cayuga County Food Pantry. Suggested donation $3. Friday 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Downtown Auburn. www. cnytomatofest.org. Alexander. WNY Gas and Steam Engine 50th Annual Rally. Featuring over 1000 pieces of equipment, including gas and steam engines, gas

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Sept. 9 Auburn. 32nd Annual TomatoFest. See Sept. 8. Alexander. WNY Gas and Steam Engine 50th Annual Rally. See Sept. 8. Fulton. City-wide Garage Sale Day. Residents of the City of Fulton hold garage sales all day throughout the city. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 315-5927330. www.cityoffulton.com. Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Sunshine Boys.” Neil Simon’s play chronicles a once successful vaudevillian comedy duo known as the Sunshine Boys reuniting years after an acrimonious split. Admission is charged. 8 p.m. Frances Marion Brown Theater at Fort Ontario, E. 4th St. 315-343-5138. www.oswegoplayers.com. Little Falls. 16th Annual Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival. Food- and family-oriented event with activities, samples, and more. https:// mvghf.com.

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Alexander. WNY Gas and Steam Engine 50th Annual Rally. See Sept. 8.

Palmyra. 50th Annual Palmyra Canaltown Days. Food, live music, crafts, market square, 5k run/ walk, canal walks, car show, museum tours, wagon rides, pony rides, antiques and more. Main St. www.palmyracanaltowndays.org

Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Sunshine Boys”. 2 p.m. See Sept. 9. OCHS 5K Dog Walk/Run. A family and furry-friendly event with both walk and run participation options. Vendors, activities and lunch included. 10 a.m. Sponsored by Oswego County Humane Society. Fallbrook, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego. oswegohumane.org/events West Monroe. One-Room School Reunion. Anyone who attended a one-room school anywhere is welcome. Bring a dish to pass, photos or memories. Raffles and door prizes available. Noon to 3 p.m. West Monroe Historical Society, 2355 NYS Rte. 49. 315-676-7414.

Sept. 15 Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Sunshine Boys”. 8 p.m. See Sept. 9. Bernhards Bay. 15th Annual Oneida Lake Ole Tymers Antique Engine Tractor Show. Featuring old-time exhibits, tractors, engines, flea market and craft show, sawmill, antique cars, and semi trucks. Free parking and admission. Food available for purchase. Chicken BBQ Saturday and Sunday. Time TBA. Dave C. Webb Memorial Park, NYS Rte. 49. 315-708-2214.

Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Sunshine Boys”. 8 p.m. See Sept. 9. Mexico. 27th Annual 5K Cider Run/Walk. Follow a scenic route through the village of Mexico. Benefits the Mexico Public Library. Awards and refreshments. Admission is charged. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 315-963-3012. Bernhards Bay. 15th Annual Oneida Lake Ole Tymers Antique Engine Tractor Show. See Sept. 15. Sandy Creek. 12th Annual Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Vintage farm machinery, antique tractor pulls, Circle C chuck wagon, crafts, music and traditional agricultural activities from the rural North Country. Donation for parking and admission. 8 a.m. Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St. 315-387-5365. www.crankituptractorshow.com. Hemlock. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Vendors, demonstrations and classes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7. Children 12 & under, free. Hemlock Fairgrounds, Rte 15A, Hemlock www.gvhg.org/ fiber-fest.

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Sept. 17 Syracuse. 26th Annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and with activities geared to all ages. The fair features six performing arts stages, including three music, two dance and a kids’ stage. Westcott Street and surrounding streets are lined with booths for over 120 artists, crafters and non-profit organizations. Westcott Street Neighborhood restaurants provide fair goers with a variety of cuisines. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Free. 826 Euclid Ave. www.westcottstreetfair.org. 315-313-5447. Palmyra. 50th Annual Palmyra Canaltown Days. See Sept. 16. Hemlock. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Sept. 16. Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Sunshine Boys”. 2 p.m. See Sept. 9. Bernhards Bay. 15th Annual Oneida Lake Ole Tymers Antique Engine Tractor Show. See Sept. 15. Sandy Creek. 12th Annual Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show. See Sept. 16.

Sept. 21 Glens Falls. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2017. Hundreds of hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes participate. Live music. Family activities. Complete schedule online. Free. 4:30 to 5 p.m. Crandall Park. www.adirondackballoonfest.org. 518-222-4593.

Sept. 22 Glens Falls. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2017. See Sept. 21. September 22-24: Savannah. 2017 Savannah Art Festival. Art and photo contests for kids and adults. Live music. Art demonstrations, food and a collection of great artists and photographers selling their art. 4 to 9 p.m.; 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 24th from noon to 4 Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. 585-424-0256. Central Square. Lioness Club of Central Square’s 34th Annual Apple Festival. Approximately 300 crafters, vendors, nonprofit displays and demonstrations, amusement rides, pony rides, live entertainment, special events/contests. Admission $5/carload. Fri. 5 to 9 p.m. rides & food only; Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Brewerton Speedway. Enter at CNY Raceway Park, 154 US Rte. 11. 315-675-8232. www.centralsquareapplefestival.com.

Sept. 23 Glens Falls. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2017. See Sept. 21. Savannah. 2017 Savannah Art Festival. See Sept. 22. Palmyra. The Purple Painted Lady’s 7th Annual

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Barn Sale. More than 150 artists and vendors showcasing antique and vintage curiosities, hand-painted shabby-chic furniture, vintage feed and flour sacks, architectural salvage, up-cycled treasures, handmade jewelry, local art, children’s clothing and accessories and Farmer’s Market. Free painting demos on the hour demonstrating the usage of Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 845 Yellow Mills Road, Palmyra. www. thepurplepaintedlady.com. Central Square. Lioness Club of Central Square’s 34th Annual Apple Festival. See Sept. 22. Altmar. NYS DEC Salmon Fiver Fish Hatchery Annual Open House. Highlighting fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Salmon River greenway. Environmental education programs and displays, hatchery tours, fly-fishing demonstrations, fish petting zoo, fishing instruction and related vendors. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2133 Co. Rte. 22. 315-298-7605. www. dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21663.htm.

Sept. 24 Glens Falls. Adirondack Balloon Festival 2017. See Sept. 21. Savannah. 2017 Savannah Art Festival. See Sept. 22.

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Central Square. Lioness Club of Central Square’s 34th Annual Apple Festival. See Sept. 22. Oswego. 3rd Annual Oswego Porchfest. Performers appear on several neighborhood porches or in yards of various homes in the historic Franklin Square and Montcalm districts of Oswego. Free. 1 to 5 p.m. 315-529-3926. www.oswegoporchfest.com.

Sept. 30 Oswego. CNY Great American Pumpkin Festival. Features kids’ activities, amusement rides, vendors, crafters, fresh produce, food, pony rides and the giant pumpkin weigh-in. Free. Washington Square (East) Park, E. Bridge St. Auburn. The Finger Lakes Mud Run. A challenging, military style trail run that’s intended to pit participants against one of two extreme courses including natural and manmade obstacles. Everest Park, 5343 County Route 72B, Auburn. www. fingerlakesmudrun.com. 315-252-9305. Syracuse. Syracuse Fall Home Show 2017. Numerous vendors and displays serving homeowners’ interests. $8. Sat. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Empire Expo Center, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. www.nysfair.org. 315-794-1418.

October Third Sundays Ithaca. Found Flea 2017. Includes 49 antique dealers under one roof, plus 67 more outside. Food vendors available. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. 227 Cherry St. www.foundinithaca. com. 607-319-5078.

Every Weekend Romulus. Pumpkin Chuckin’ & Wine Tasting. Hurl pumpkins, wine tasting and shopping for wine. $4 for six wine tastings. By appointment for large groups. Varick Winery & Vineyard, 5102 State Route 89. www.varickwinery.com. 315-549-8797.

Every Friday Youngstown. Fridays on the Frontier. An interactive program for 4th and 7th graders that immerses students in the events of the American Revolution on the New York frontier. Students experience British, American and Native American perspectives on the war. Pre-visit materials available on the website. Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. To register, contact Gen Montante, 716-745-7611 ext. 221 or gmontante@oldfortniagara.org 9:30 a.m. to

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Oct. 1 Oswego. CNY Great American Pumpkin Festival. See Oct. 30.

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Syracuse. Syracuse Fall Home Show 2017. See Sept. 30.

Oct. 4 Oswego. Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI: “Racing’s Biggest Party.” Admission is charged. Times Vary. 300 E. Albany St. www.superdirtweekonline.com.

Oct. 5 Oswego. Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI: “Racing’s Biggest Party.” See Oct. 4.

Oct. 6 Oswego. Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI: “Racing’s Biggest Party.” See Oct. 4. Theatre du Jour presents “The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre:” A wild and fun loving clan from deep in the hills of Tennessee is having a family reunion. 6 p.m. cocktail hour; 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. show. $60 per person. GS Steamers, 70 E. 1st St. 518-253-6930, dujourcny@gmail.com, dujourcny.org.

Oct. 7 Oswego. Napa Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVI: “Racing’s Biggest Party.” See Oct. 4. Pulaski. Salmon River Festival Open House: Museum open house with free tours and refreshments. Special fishing-themed and Salmon River exhibits will be on display in the Carriage House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pulaski Historical Society, 3428 Maple Ave. 315-298-4650, phspulaski@aol.com, www.pulaskihistoricalsociety.org. Pulaski. Salmon River Festival. Family fun, fly-tying and casting demonstrations, fair, food and music. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Park, Jefferson St. 315-532-5919. spdinpul@


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The Best of Upstate New York hotmail.com. Phoenix. 2nd Annual Locktoberfest. Music, games, crafts, food and contests. Free. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lock Island and downtown in the village. 315-695-4084. www.phoenixrising13135.com.

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Mexico. Theatre du Jour presents “The Hilarious Hillbilly Massacre.” See Oct. 6.

Oct. 13 Oswego. Fort Ontario Ghost Reveal & Hunt. Paranormal presentations showing results from several years of investigations, including electronic voice phenomena (EVP), images, and stories, as well as interactive ghost hunting, and guided ghost tours. $15. Pre-sale only. Reservations are required. Tickets on sale 8/1/17. 7 to 10 p.m. 1 E. Fourth St. 315-3434711. www.fortontario.com.

Oct. 14 Oswego. Fort Ontario Ghost Reveal & Hunt. See Oct. 13. Pulaski. Selkirk Shores State Park 2nd Annual Fall Festival & 5K. Craft show, children’s activities and 5K Walk/Run. Time TBA. Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 NYS Rte. 3. 315-298-5737. Oswego. Oswego Players presents “Cards on the Table.” Agatha Christie’s detective novel comes to life during dinner theater. Admission charged. 6:30 p.m. Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. 5th St. 315-343-5138. www. oswegoplayers.com. Syracuse. Salt City Antique Show 2017. More than 225 exhibitors booths featuring fine antiques at the State Fairgrounds Center of Progress Building. $7. Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 581 State Fair Blvd. www.allmanpromotions.com. 800-234-4797.

Oct. 15 Syracuse. Salt City Antique Show 2017. See Oct. 14.

Oct. 21 Wolcott. A One Day Sojourn On The Coast for Writers. Walk through the fall forest to the beach seek insight and inspiration with guide/ author Susan P. Gateley. After lunch back at the cabin, writing time will be followed by sharing, discussion and suggestions for further writing and or publication of same. Fee includes snacks, lunch and Lake Ontario guide book. Reservations required. $120. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.susanpgateley.com. 315-594-1906. Palmyra. East Palmyra Christian School Annual Harvest Festival and Auction. Silent auction with hundreds of local gift certificates, Farmers’ market, tea room, kids games and bouncers, food tent and rummage sale. 11:30 a.m. Chicken BBQ serves at 3:30 p.m. Live auction at 6 p.m. 2023 Port Gibson Road. www.eastpalmyrachristianschool.com. Clayton. Punkin Chunkin. Local teams catapult pumpkins into the St. Lawrence River. Other family activities, including vendors and craft market, bouncy house, outdoor barbecue competitions and more. Riverside Drive.

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A new venue for shows and entertainment is the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse on the shores of Onondaga Lake, which opened last summer. Photo courtesy of Chuck Wainwright.

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Oct. 27 Syracuse. Disney’s “The Lion King”. See Oct. 27. Having played over 100 cities in 19 countries

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on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history. The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design

(Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical. Check website for tickets and times. Plays through Nov. 12. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. www.nacentertainment.com/ cities/syracuse. 315-424-8210.

Oct. 28 Syracuse. Disney’s “The Lion King”. See Oct. 27.


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Key facts Tourism is growing in every corner of the state as businesses draw visitors to unique attractions and breathtaking destinations from Upstate New York to the Hamptons. Here’s how New York helps the industry feel right at home: • One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related, making it one the state’s top sources of employment. • In 2015, tourist spending on lodging rose 2.1 percent to $16.7 billion, followed by food service, which jumped 5.8 percent to $15.7 billion, and transportation, which increased 3 percent to $14.5 billion. • 70 percent of New York state’s traveler spending base came from domestic markets in 2015. New York State offers the perfect environment for growing tourism. Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s

support of tourism in New York state, the industry has seen increases in spending, state and local tax revenue, visitors, and employment since 2011, and a record-breaking economic impact of $102 billion in 2015. The state’s support is showcased by a $55-million commitment announced in 2016 to support the growth of New York’s tourism industry. The state has also embarked on major renovations of key tourism hubs, including expanding access and creating new amenities at LaGuardia Airport and constructing a new stateof-the-art hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport. With visitor spending up 26 percent in just six years, tourism continues to generate billions and positively impact the vibrant economy of New York state. Source: Empire State Deelopment


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Don’t Miss It Cortland Arts and Wine Festival

What better way to enjoy art than with good food and wine and what better way to enjoy wine and cheese than with great art and good food. The Cortland Arts and Wine Festival hosts 16 wineries representing the finest that New York state has to offer. Also, more than 40 artists will display some of the nicest artwork in the area . The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, at Courthouse Park, downtown Cortland. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wine tent will be from noon to 5 p.m.

50-Mile Route 90 Garage Sale

The annual 50 Mile Route 90 Garage Sale takes on a festival atmosphere each year as friends, family members and the occasional family dog go searching for surprises. Stretching along the roadside of Route 90 — a Scenic New York State Byway — the sale runs from Montezuma in Cayuga County and end the Cortland County village of Homer. Along the way you will find everything imaginable from antique andirons to zebra prints and loads of other unexpected delights. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 29-30. Looking for the Route 90 brochure?  Call 800-499-9615 to request a copy to be mailed out to you or visit www.tourcayuga.com.

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How to Make Every Stomach on Your Guest List Happy By Melissa Stefanec

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ave you ever been excited to host a gathering only to have your excitement extinguished by the prospect of meeting everyone’s dietary restrictions? You’re not alone. Gone are the days where everyone on the list is happy with hotdogs, macaroni salad and potato chips and soda. These days, a lot of people are more conscious of what they are putting in their bodies. Most times, that’s a good thing, but it can leave the entertainer frazzled. So, here is a four-course meal that will have just about every guest on your list happily coming back for seconds.

Appetizer — Hummus Layer Dip

Highlights: Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free (contains sesame seeds), very low sugar Prepare: Take about 14 ounces of plain, garlic, or Mediterranean hummus, and spread it into a wide, flat dish. In a blender or small chopper, puree 4 ounces of roasted red peppers, ½ tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt to taste. Set aside. In the same container, puree 10 pitted Kalamata olives, ½ tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt to taste. Set aside and rinse the container. Then, take a few of your favorite hot peppers and puree with ½ tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt to taste. Put each mixture over the hummus, using each mixture to cover one third of the top. Sprinkle with finely diced fresh parsley. Serve with fresh pepper strips, cucumbers and baby carrots. You can also include

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pita chips, for those guests who can eat gluten.

Salad – Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Highlights: Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free Prepare: Peel and cube four medium-sized sweet potatoes. In a zip-top bag, mix 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp salt, ½ tbsp black pepper, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp garlic powder, and 3/4 tbsp chipotle powder. Add one small diced red onion and ¼ cup dried cranberries. Put the potatoes in the bag and shake until all items are evenly coated. Spread mixture on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 375F for 20 minutes. Turn the oven up higher at the end if you want the potatoes to lightly blacken. Remove from the oven and let the potatoes cool. In the same bag you mixed the potatoes in, mix one seeded and diced poblano pepper with ½ cup honey and the juice of one lemon. Mixed cooled potatoes in the mixture. Place in a bowl and mix with a bag of fresh arugula and whole, pitted olives (optional).

Main Course — Grilled Romaine Salads

Highlights: Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, very low sugar Prepare: Take heads of romaine lettuce and slice lengthwise. Brush lightly with avocado or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lettuce on the grill, cut-side down. Grill until the bottoms begin to

Hummus layer dip brown. Remove from grill and add toppings. Prepare toppings ahead of time and keep them in separate dishes so cross-contamination does not occur. Toppings suggestions: crumbled, crispy bacon; roasted, slice peppers; diced red onion; halved cherry or grape tomatoes; crumbled bleu cheese; shredded parmesan cheese; sliced olives; sliced hot peppers; artichoke hearts; and hard-boiled eggs.

Dessert — No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Highlights – Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free Preparation: Line a square baking pan with parchment paper. Melt ½ cup coconut oil in the microwave. In a chopper or blender, chop enough gluten-free and dairy-free animal cookies or graham crackers to make 1 cup of crumbs. In a bowl, mix crumbs, coconut oil, 1 cup of powdered sugar and ¾ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky). Press the mixture into prepared pan. In a small bowl, microwave 1 cup of vegan chocolate chips (some dark chocolate chips and naturally dairy-free) with about 2 tbsp of peanut butter. Stir until combined and spread mixture evenly over crumb mixture. Top with chopped peanuts or chopped peanut butter cups (optional and note that peanut butter cups will add dairy). Refrigerate for about three hours or until bars are set.


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The Best of Upstate New York

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Salmon River Falls in northern Oswego County. Photo courtesy Oswego County Tourism

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hey may not be Niagara Falls, but Central New York’s waterfalls offer pretty scenery closer to home. In Cazenovia, Chittenango Falls State Park (315-637-6111) offers 194 acres of hiking (among five trails), fishing, picnicking space (including grills), and a 167-ft. waterfall. Since the falls are right off the highway, you won’t have to hike a distance to see them. But as long as you’re going, why not bring a picnic basket and watch birds, look for unusual plant life, and hike around for a while? The park also includes a playground for the children. Canastota’s Oxbow Falls County Park (315-366-2376) boasts 125 acres of woods, streams and three waterfalls, including a 100-foot waterfall. Bring along the wide angle lens to capture panoramic shots, as the view ranges from Oneida Lake to Lake Ontario.

Don’t forget your flying disc to play the park’s 18-hold disc golf course. The park also features a softball field. Most people flock to Howes Cave to explore Howe’s Caverns; however, just down the road, the Secret Caverns (518-296-8558) features a more rustic spelunking adventure and a surprise at the end: a 100-foot, underground waterfall. The caves’ temperatures stay stable and cool on the hottest summer days, so take a break from the heat in Howes Cave. Like Chittenango Falls State Park, Wolcott Falls Park in Wolcott (315-5949501), features a waterfall close to the road (in fact, you may drive over the 50-foot waterfall without knowing it). The upper portion of the park includes an observation deck overlooking the falls, grills and picnic pavilion, and a small playground. Don’t miss the trailhead on the opposite side of the park. The short hiking path that

winds through the woods to the base of the waterfall. There’s not much else to do in Wolcott Falls Park, but the village shopping district, a block from the park, includes dining and a few mom-and-pop shops to explore. The Salmon River Falls in northern Oswego County is another option to view waterfalls. Salmon River Falls encompasse 112 acres of land. The 110-foot Salmon River Falls and the scenic gorge are the popular attractions. Plan ahead for exploring area waterfalls. Since some parks book private events, call before you go to ensure access and hours. Most parks allow dogs if they’re on leashes less than six feet long, but ask first. Bring along your own trash bags in case you cannot find a trash receptacle so you can keep CNY parks clean. For more waterfalls statewide, visit www.nyfalls.com.

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Jan Hrdlicka (left) and Olaf Jochmann, from “Am Haken” German tour operator Andreas Quenstedt (left) and Markmagazine admire a salmon Hrdlicka caught on the Oswego ly Wilson, director of international marketing for I Love River. NY, experience Oswego River fishing firsthand.

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everal local businesses recently partnered with the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning and I Love New York to host a team of German businesses who are interested in bringing visitors to Oswego County. The fishing familiarization tour was organized by the New York State Division of Tourism to attract Germans who would like to fish while on vacation in the U.S. The guests included Olaf Jochmann, publisher and owner of “Am Haken” magazine, Jan Hrdlicka of the magazine’s editorial staff, and Andreas Quenstaedt of Deutscher Reisring, a group tour operator that specializes in outdoor recreation trips. They were accompanied by Markly Wilson, director of international marketing for I Love NY, Wolfgang Wekwert, representing the I Love NY international staff in Germany, and Lori Solomon of Van Tourism Specialists. While in Oswego Oct. 29, the group enjoyed Oswego’s unique “urban” fishing experience on the Oswego River with Captains Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift guide service and Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail

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Adventures. The following day they experienced the more traditional fishing environment of the Salmon River with guide Mike DeRosa of Zero Limits Guide Service, and toured the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar with NYS DEC Special Projects Coordinator Fran Verdoliva. Meals were hosted by Steamer’s Bar and Grill in Oswego and the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, and accommodations were provided by the Tailwater Lodge. “The experience in Oswego County was compelling, and will be re-lived by others from Germany in the future,” said Wilson. Dave Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, tourism and Planning, and Janet Clerkin, tourism and public information coordinator, accompanied the group during their visit. “ The goal of this trip was to familiarize key tourism partners in Germany with the variety of fishing opportunities available in New York State so they can share this information with their customers firsthand. People come from all over the U.S. and Canada, and all around the world, to experience Oswego County’s superior fishery,” said Turner. “In

fact, visitors spent more than $135 million in Oswego County in 2014.” The international team also fished on Long Island Sound, the Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River while in New York State. Turner said that Oswego County far surpasses other areas of the state in the number of visitors who come to New York State to fish. More than 34,000 people from outside of New York State purchased non-resident fishing licenses in Oswego County last year. “The DEC estimates that the fishery generated nearly $43 million in Oswego County in 2007,” said Turner. “We expect the economic impact has increased since then, as the steelhead fishery has become another well-established element that follows the salmon season.” The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning oversees a comprehensive year-round marketing program to promote Oswego County’s outdoor recreation, historic sites, events and businesses, and to increase visitors to Oswego County. For information visit www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 315-3498322.


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his year marks the 20th year USS Slater has served as a National Historic Landmark in Albany. Many consider the vessel as one of the most historically accurate World War II ships. It is the only remaining World War II destroyer escort afloat in America. Initially, destroyer escorts were conceived to battle Nazi U-Boats while escorting convoys across the Atlantic. The vessels proved helpful in defending Pacific forces from Kamikaze attacks. Many destroyer escorts continued to serve during the conflicts in Korean and Viet Nam. The small ships led to the current US Navy Fleet’s frigates. Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, a private, non-profit organization, owns and operates USS SLATER. It is located on the Hudson River in Downtown Albany just south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge. The ship is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children. 518-431-1943. www. ussslater.org.

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hy not let you dog do a little networking at an area dog park? The region offers several places for pooches to play and socialize. Here are some nearby places: • Wegmans Good Dog Park (2500 Cold Springs Road, Liverpool). It boasts two fenced areas designated for large and small dogs. They enclose what amounts to a doggy playground with ramps, tunnels, bridges and other obstacles to explore. The park provides a water fountain and plenty of benches. Dogged walkers can also take their pooches onleash along the five miles of walking paths along Onondaga Lake. • Jamesville Beach Off-leash Dog Park (4110 Westshore Manor Road,

To make your outing at the dog park fun and safe, keep in mind the following tips: • Make sure you bring your dog on a leash with a collar or harness. Although dog parks feature off-leash play areas, you’ll still need to walk your excited dog from the car to the fenced-in area. • Do not open both gates at the same time. • Only bring registered, well-behaved, well-socialized dogs that are up-to-date on their vaccination and flea and tick prevention.

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Syracuse). It isn’t fenced, so bring only animals that obey on command. Labrador retrievers and other water-loving dogs will enjoy the chance to swim. It doesn’t provide any obstacles or equipment, so bring along a flying disc or other favorite toy. • Lakeside Dog Park at Emerson Park (6914 E. Lake Road, Auburn). It provides an acre of fenced-in play for pups for off-leash time. The park divides the area into two zones, one for large dogs and one for small pooches. • The Dog Park at Happy Tails Daycare and Pet Resort (11929 E. Corning Road, E. Corning). It gives dogs the VIP treatment as a members-only park. While it lacks

If You Go

• Make sure your dog wears his registration and vaccination tags on his collar. • Keep your dog in the areas designated for its size if the dog park has “large dog” and “small dog” areas for the animals’ safety. • Don’t offer food or treats to your dog in the presence of other dogs. • Leave dog toys at home, since they can cause conflict with other dogs. • Bring along a water bowl, especially on hot days.

the doggy playground equipment of Wegmans Good Dog Park, Happy Tails provides an acre and a half of fenced open space. Access for a day is $5; monthly is $14.99 and annually is $150. Membership includes three dogs of the same household. Animals must be screened for membership, including vaccination and an assessment of socialization. • Greece Canal Dog Park (241 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, 585-7537275). It requires registration before using the park. Unlimited access to this park, as well as Ellison Park (395 Rich’s Dugway, Rochester), is $24 annually, so it’s not a great deal if you’re just passing through and want your dog to stretch his legs.

• Supervise your dog. • Do not forget to bring bags to pick up your dog’s waste and do so promptly (which is part of supervising your dog). • Watch for dog aggression signs, such as raised hackles, closed-mouth biting (as opposed to open mouthed “play biting”), deep growling and walking with stiff legs and raised tails. Happy, relaxed dogs wag, sniff each other and bark with a higher pitch. • Intact males are more likely to cause fights, so watch out for them.

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Road Trip on a Budget Means More Fun By Mellissa Stefanec

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his time of the year is the best for road trips. The nice weather makes many of us want to get out the house and visit places and people we missed during the cold winter months. When we meet our destinations, we can refresh and recharge by spending time with people and places we love. However, the costs of a road trip can add up as quickly as miles on your odometer. Odds and ends at gas stations and fast-food joints can limit your vacation plans by wrecking your budget before you even have a chance to cut loose. However, roadtrip peripherals don’t have to add up. A little bit of prior planning can go a very long way. It could mean the difference between enjoying a nice bottle of wine and seafood dinner or remorsefully eating the same. Plan well and vacation well. Here are some money-saving strategies to employ when you hit the road.

Do a little research

Check out the points of interest and restaurants at your destination and along your way. That way, you won’t get stuck paying money for something you didn’t really want in the first place and have insight to the sorts of places that fit your taste and budget.

Shop when you get there

If you are going someplace where there won’t be hosts to feed you, visit a grocery store when you arrive. Having a few snacks and staples on hand can keep you from making

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impulse food purchases. If you are being received by a gracious host, buy a reasonable gift in advance of your trip so you don’t get stuck buying a pricey last-minute item.

Pack a travel kit

If you already have a first-aid kit, make sure it is stocked and bring it along. If you don’t, make your own using some sandwich-sized zip-top bags placed in a gallon-sized bag. Bring things like a pain reliever, allergy medication, antibiotic cream, an instant ice pack, aloe vera, insect bite relief and tweezers. Buying this sort of stuff at quick-stop stores can add up very quickly.

Pack a cooler and fill it with ice

Make sure the cooler is clean, and fill the cooler with full-size jugs or bottles of your family’s favorite beverages. Bring reusable beverage containers and refill your bottles with ice and drinks as you go. You can save even more money by making your first round of ice ahead of time. If you didn’t have time to thoroughly disinfect your cooler, transport ice in doubled-up gallon-size zip-top bags.

Bring some things to make a fast meal

You never know where your journey will take you, so pack some meal-worthy food. Bring peanut butter, jam and bread. Bring slices of cheese or lunchmeat. Pack a few bags of trail mix. You won’t regret it when you can say no to a slice of three-hourold gas station pizza.

Pack your medicine and toiletries

Forgetting your medicine can mean paying a premium for it along the way. Make a list of your medications ahead of time and check it before you pull out of your driveway. Do the same for your toiletries.

Pack a travel charger

Who wants to pay 15 bucks for a flimsy phone charger at a convenience store? No traveler ever. Make sure you bring charging cords that are vehicle compatible and capable of charging all your traveler’s devices.

Always travel with the indispensables

Always have these in your car, no matter what the age of your travelers: sunscreen; insect spray; baby wipes; sunglasses; a roll of paper towels, a couple of plastic shopping bags and umbrellas. So many travel mini-crises can be a verted with these simple items.

Think about gas

If you are going on a lengthy trip, it might pay to research gas prices along the way. There can be big differences in prices per gallon depending on where you are.

Keep the cash

Make sure you start your trip with cash. There are still places that don’t take debit or credit cards, especially mom-and-pop places that are quintessential for travelers. Get cash out before you leave so you don’t have to pay exorbitant ATM fees along the way.


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ThanksThe to Sponsors Best of Our Upstate New York The following advertisers have made this booklet possible 1st Carriage House Realty.................49 A&D Embroidery.................................58 Adventure Calls Outfitters...................50 All Seasons Inn / Beacon Inn.............43 Antique World.....................................16 Apple Country Retreat........................73 Associated Dental Arts.......................40 Attic Interiors.......................................72 Bear’s Sleepy Hollow..........................48 Beck’s Sealcoating, Inc......................25 Belhurst Castle...................................27 Bobcat of CNY....................................25 Brennan Beach ..................................45 Brewerton Boatyard............................60 Brewerton Motel.................................61 Bristol Mountain..................................91 Brookfield Renewable Energy............15 Builders First Choice..........................63 Burger King.........................................42 Burke’s Home Center.........................57 Burritt Motors......................................42 Burt Goodnoughs Marina East...........55 Butter Nut Cove Cottages...................77 C’s Farm Market.................................37 Camillus Erie Canal Museum.............79 Camp Talooli Camp Fire.....................58 Canal Edge Hair Salon.......................59 Canale Insurance & Accounting.........41 Canalview Travel................................57 Central Square Apple Fest.................61 Century 21 Galloway .........................41 Chase Enterprises..............................22 Cheerful Valley Campground.............81 Chelle’s Bake Shop............................38 Cherry Grove Campground................67 Children’s Museum of Oswego...........38 Christy’s Motel....................................74 Codfather Fishing Charters................31 Colonial Belle Boat Tours...................69 Colonial Court Campgrond.................53 Colonial Laundromat..........................17 Colosse Cheese / Ice Cream Shop....50 Comic Shop, The................................39 Compass Federal Credit Union..........43 Country Roads Campground..............25 D & A Charter & Tours........................23 Dailey’s Pour House...........................61 Deaton’s Ace Home Improvement......49 Deaton’s Agway .................................49 DG’s / Shilo’s Family Restaurant........61 Don’s Sales & Service........................57 Done Right Cleaning..........................25 Doug’s Fish Fry..................................72 Eastern Shore Associates Insurance........................................8

Eastview Mall.......................................4 Ehrlich Pest Control............................35 Elderberry Pond Restaurant & Organic Farm...........35 Enchanted Forest Water Safari..........74 Engelbert Farms.................................72 Evergreen Hills Golf Course...............85 Evergreen Motel, The.........................41 Exelon.................................................90 Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce....65 First United Methodist Church of Fulton...........................36 Friends Of Mexico Point Park, Inc......63 Friendship Thrift Shop........................55 Fuccillo Auto Malls...............................2 Geneva Antique Co-op.......................16 Geneva History Museum....................69 Good Golly’s Family Restaurant.........60 Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum.......................70 Greater Lakes EZ-Dock......................29 Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce......................42 Greene Point Marina..........................53 Grist Mill Restaurant...........................60 Harbor Towne Gifts & Souvenirs........39 Harborfest...........................................38 Heavily Brewing Co............................73 Hejamada Campground.....................73 Hencle’s Berry Patch..........................78 Herkimer County Fair.........................23 Hillside Antique Flea Markets.............16 Hillside Inn..........................................70 Holiday Harbor RV Park, Campground, Marina ...................64 Hoss’s Country Corner.......................74 I Wood Care.......................................21 J & J Campground..............................62 Jell-o Museum, The............................32 Jerry Dell Farm Store.........................19 Johnston’s Gas...................................56 Junius Ponds Cabins & Campgrounds.............................73 Ken’s Body Shop................................38 L W Emporium....................................71 Lakeshore Hardwoods .......................52 Laura Lee’s Eats and Sweets.............48 Little Lake Campground.....................25 Little Sodus Inn on the Bay.................64 Lock 1 Distilling Company..................59 Longley Dodge...................................57 Lowville Producers Dairy Cooperative Inc....................21 Lucy Desi Museum.............................23 Lukacs Pottery Studio.........................64

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Mabie Brothers...................................29 Madison Bouckville Antique Show......16 Madison County Fair..........................23 Malone’s Irish Hideaway.....................41 Maple Grove Resort...........................48 Maplegrove Bed & Breakfast..............67 Mapleview Market...............................63 Michelle’s Baskets and Bows.............58 Mimi’s Drive-In....................................56 Monica’s Pies.....................................72 Mountain Ash Elk Ranch....................51 Mr. Sub...............................................48 Mrs. Walkers Spiritual Psychic...........27 National Tractor Trailer School (NTTS)...........................................79 National Women’s Hall of Fame.........23 North Bay Campground......................57 NYS Canals........................................33 NYS Parks..........................................92 NYS Woodsmen Field Days...............22 O.D. Greene Lumber Co., Inc.............53 Oak Hill Bulk Foods............................71 Ol’ Factory Soaps & Scents & Lavender Festival.......29 Old Forge Lake Tours.........................75 Old Homer House...............................81 Ontario Orchards................................15 Oswego Alliance Church....................36 Oswego County Fair............................9 Oswego County Federal Credit Union.....................41 Oswego County Promotion & Tourism.....................13 Oswego County Stop DWI..................32 Oswego Health...................................35 Oswego History Collaborative............43 Oswego Printing.................................19 Oswego Speedway.............................31 Par-K Chrysler / Jeep.........................15 Pastabilities........................................23 Pawn Boss..........................................56 Penn Yan Bible Church......................36 Performance Uniforms & Formalwear................................62 Phoenix Rising....................................58 Port City Collision...............................37 Press Box...........................................38 Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber........51 Pulaski Farmer’s Market.....................51 Pulaski Wine & Spirits........................48 Rainbow Shores / Mill House Market..........................49 Reakes Country Goods......................81 Real Deals..........................................45 Red Baron Pizza.................................57

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