Life in the Finger Lakes November/December 2023

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Life in the Finger Lakes Volume 23, Number 6 • November/December 2023



Winners of the 22nd Annual Photo Contest


Holiday Gift Guide A wonderful shopping experience from local businesses.


Paint the Town Small family-owned business in Elmira makes huge strides in the home decorating arena. by Cindy Ruggieri


Sunshine in Your Own Backyard Finding outdoor recreational opportunities during the winter can be close to home. by Kit Fruscione

Front Cover: Check out five simmer pot recipes that blogger and phtotographer Jennifer Morrisey has created on page 16.

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86 advertisers 88 finger lakes map Editorial & Production


Editor..................................................................... Mark Stash Graphic Artists........................................Maia VanOrman ............................................................................Tammy Spear



Five Simmer Pot Recipes

Inside Glimpse at Skaneateles’ Dickens Christmas

Do It Yourself


Tourism Total Solar Eclipse


Product Picks


History Excerpts from Steps West



Nooks & Crannies


Associate Editor.......................................... Victoria Ritter Assistant Editors...........................................J. Kevin Fahy

Contributors................................................ Dee Calvasina

Musical Notes Public Water Supply


..............................................................................Kit Fruscione ..................................................................... James P. Hughes ........................................................................Natalia Kivimaki

Outdoors Beyond the Fence at the Former Seneca Army Depot


.................................................................Nancy E. McCarthy .................................................................... Jennifer Morrisey ................................................................. John M. Robortella

Book Look Reading for the Holiday Season

..........................................................................Cindy Ruggieri .....................................................................Laurel C. Wemett


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he November/December issue is always special and extra fun to put together. For starters, this issue has been the premier showcase for Finger Lakes photo buffs for 22 years. It gives everyone a chance to get their favorite photo published in the annual photo contest for all Finger Lakes enthusiasts to see (page 44). Curating all of the entries certainly takes a lot of extra time because of the vast number of extraordinary photos. And every year it’s so difficult to judge what the best photographs are. Inevitably, there are always some that don’t make it to the winners’ circle that are very deserving nonetheless. It’s also at this time of year that we’re thinking ahead to the holiday season and all the excitement and warm feelings that it brings. We love putting together the holiday showcase (page 8), highlighting wonderful unique products sold in the Finger Lakes Region. Readers have told us that they love our articles and photographs, and along with that, they love looking at all of the colorful advertisements within this issue. It makes for a well-rounded reading gem. And many readers buy products from advertisers because they see their ad in the magazine. I also look forward to this time of year because the cold weather doesn’t stop me from enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Taking long walks and even hiking during the late fall and early winter can be invigorating. Kit Fruscione writes about her hiking and biking adventures in her own backyard, or at least, in the area in which she lives. Mendon Ponds Park and the Erie Canal Trail both serve as her outdoor playground (page 54). She witnesses beautiful snowy landscapes and the wildlife within that call these places home. I haven’t even touched upon all the fun indoor activities as well, such as viewing beautiful quilts at an art center in Auburn (page 62), tasting wine at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery (page 58), and getting cozy and reading a good book (page 76). Enjoy the change in the seaons, and happy holidays to all of you!

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aurel Wemett’s well-written piece in the September/ October ‘23 edition – Skenoh-Island for the Ages – was of considerable interest to me, because I used to play on and around that little island as a boy in the 40s and 50s, and knew its fabled history as a place of refuge for the Native American women who hid there in an attempt to avoid capture or worse by the forces of the Sullivan Expedition back in 1779. In fact, the story was often brought up in the history lessons taught in both the elementary school and at Canandaigua Academy. Now I see that its name has been changed from Squaw Island to Skenoh, which has been translated to mean “peace” in the Seneca dialect. The stated reason: back in 2021, thenSecretary of the Interior Deb Haaland had determined that the word “squaw” was not only a derogatory term, but “harmful,” she declared. This bit of revisionist history bothers me, because it not only flies in the face of what I was taught years ago in Canandaigua’s school system, but it strikes me as an attempt to change the history of the place to something much more benign than what it actually was, which was a regional state of war. — Respectfully, John Winthrop, Cayucos, California We turned to a local authority, Dr. Preston Pierce, the author of Small wonder: Squaw Island, Canandaigua Lake for his input.


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here has been a growing national concern with words and symbols commonly used in connection with Native Americans for many years that are considered disrespectful or inappropriate. One of them is “squaw.” While I am not completely certain when protests began, I do know that published protests began appearing in the 1990s. I don’t think the renaming of Squaw Island is “revisionist” history. We revise our history all the time as more information is found, some information is found faulty, or new interpretations of events are formed. There never is, and never was, one absolute historical truth, enduring the ages and agreed upon by all. Revered teachers, for generations, told the story of the island as they understood it, in the light of the information they had, and sometimes they were off the mark. It does them no dishonor to do our own research and practice due diligence. As educators of their time, and the intellectual base of the community, that’s what they would want. — Preston E. Pierce, MLS, EdD,Finger Lakes Community College Ontario County Historian

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Holiday Gift Guide Dear Readers,


nce again, we are happy to present our annual Holiday Gift Guide, where some of our favorite local businesses gather together in one place to give you a great shopping experience. It’s these singular establishments that make this magazine possible and we are grateful for that unique partnership. In these pages, you’re sure to find gifts to please everyone on your list, whether it’s a handmade craft, a day at the spa, a piece of fine art, or a bottle of wine. Don’t forget to treat yourself, too! Our team at Life in the Finger Lakes wishes you all a joyful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2024.

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Eastview Sparkles On You

Rick Caldicott (RFC Design) creates keepsake gift boxes from hardwoods complete with wooden bows. This one is maple and black walnut. Use them to present a memorable gift or make them the star attraction.

Featuring the works of over 200 Finger Lakes artists Pottery, Jewelry, Glass, Photography, Paintings, Wood, Metal, Fiber, Sculpture, Stone, Soaps, Culinary Delights, and more.

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Enjoy the extraordinary while you experience dozens of new stores and restaurants. Shop the best brands and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! With the ambiance of holiday décor and music, friendly in-person customer service, and zero shipping stress – the holiday season means every reason to choose Eastview!

Give the Gift of Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake Make the holidays easy with a gift card, takeout or catering from Nolan’s.

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P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery Original artwork makes a unique and memorable gift! Or decorate your home for the season with artwork! Come to see the “Small Works Invitational” at the P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, 32 South Main Street, Canandaigua. Open 10-5 Tues.-Sat.

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Pantry to see our famous Beanie Baby tree! Shop your Visit Milly’s Kids get to choose a FREE Beanie Baby toy. holiday where Holiday cookie decorating kits available. Browse through our Finger Lakes made artisan gifts and foods. it counts!

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Jewelry, knits, ornaments, candles, Birkett Mills products, syrups, hot sauces, pasta and more! Gift certificates available. 19 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527

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Gift giving made easy at Reed Homestead Shop Finger Lakes décor, ornaments, jewelry, clothing, candles, gift cards and more. 8728 Main St., Honeoye, NY 14471

Boundary Breaks Join Us for Our Weekend Holiday Wine- and Cookie- Pairing Five Wines Paired with Five Different Home-made Cookies Friday-Sunday: Dec. 8-10; 15-17; 22-24; and 29-31. Open daily 11 AM-5 PM. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Boundary Breaks 1568 Porter Covert Rd. Lodi, NY 14860 607-474-5030 • •

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Glass Artist Celebrates Anniversary


ancy Gong is excited about approaching her 45th year of designing commissioned and independent pieces. Her artwork, which resides in homes and public places in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas, is recognizable with recurring themes of water, nature and abstraction. Her designs are filled with life and are never the same. The feeling of peace and exuberance is omnipresent in her art, just like being in the Finger Lakes. “The energy and spirit of living things has always been at the core of my work,” stated Gong. To see more of her work, visit

happenings EVENTS Contact event for details NOVEMBER November 2...Fall Wheel Throwing with John Smolenski In this eight-week series, students will learn foundational skills for throwing pots on the wheel, including centering, basic throwing techniques, trimming, glazing and more. While this class is geared toward beginners, students who have some introductory skills that they wish to expand on are welcome. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Schweinfurth Art Center 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY November 11-12...Holiday Market at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery The winery will be highlighting the eclectic talents of local artisans in the community. Lake Life Catering will be onsite to provide holiday inspired dishes to warm the heart and belly, an

A destination for unique, handmade gifts from local and regional artists!

epicurean cheese station will be set up for your grazing leisure, and of course, Dr. Frank wines will be poured a plenty. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery 9749 Middle Road, Hammondsport, NY 607-868-7160 November 19 - January 31... 11th Annual Festival Of Trees This museum is decorated and there are over 145 Christmas trees of all sizes and shapes. It features miniature circus display, model train exhibit, doll houses, miniature buildings and kids play area with farm toys/puzzles/wooden trains. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. Ward W.O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum 6880 East Lake Road Rt 38A, Auburn, NY 315-252-7644

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The Furniture Doctor is a Hidden Gem in the Finger Lakes Region


November 10-12...Christkindl Market Granger Homestead has held the market on their beautiful, historic grounds for 15 years. Their volunteer-run, juried, holiday craft show has been successful, drawing vendors and shoppers from miles around. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY christkindl-market-2023 November 3-5...Holiday Sale at the Weavers Guild of Rochester The beautiful Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave, Rochester is again the location for this show of overwhelming color, textures and fibers. It is all for sale, benefiting both the fiber artists and the guild. Demonstrations of weaving, spinning and more. 7 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m on Saturday.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. holiday-sale

DECEMBER December 12...Manheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis The ultimate holiday tradition – America’s favorite holiday for over 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics in the distinctive sound. The program includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. 7:30 p.m. Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY 607-734-8191

he golden years have arrived at The Furniture Doctor, Inc. but that doesn’t mean the doctor has retired. Quite the contrary, Tom Baker, the furniture doctor, will be celebrating 50 years of expert furniture restoration service in February 2024. Baker feels “there’s no better reward in the business world than building a career out of a passion. My passion is furniture conservation. We are the original recyclers!” Together with his daughter Martha Baker, president of the corporation, they’ve built a business that specializes in all facets of furniture restoration as well as offering new lodge, rustic, Adirondack and western-style furniture, lighting and accessories. The Furniture Doctor is located at 7007 State Routes 5&20, Bloomfield, NY. Visit to learn more.

Another World Bed and Breakfast Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle to a place that is truly Another World. Your Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast – surrounded by nature, yet close to everything.

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Five Simmer Pot Recipes

To Make Your House Smell Amazing This Winter story and photos by Jennifer Morrisey

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absolutely love celebrating this cozier season in every way possible and want to bring all of winter’s simple pleasures into my home. One of my favorite ways to embrace holiday vibes is by infusing the spicy aromas of the season in my house. Homey scents instantly get me in the mindset of all things winter. I like to use a simple simmer pot to make my home smell deliciously like winter. It’s cheap, simple and a good way to use kitchen scraps and last year’s spices. What is a simmer pot? Simmer pots are an easy and natural way to make your house smell amazing with the cozy scents of baking, and humidify dry air in your home. Think of it as a liquid potpourri pot, bubbling away on your stove all day. If you have a wood stove, you can simply place your simmer pot on top and let the warmth from the fire release the aroma. While any pot can be used as a simmer pot, I picked up a vintage red and white enamelware saucepan at my local


thrift shop to use as my simmer pot. I like the clean vintage look. Also, I occasionally simmer pine needles and twigs, and didn’t want to have to deal with any pine sap residue in my cooking pans. How to simmer spices on the stove top Putting together a simmer pot is seriously so easy! In fact, you don’t even really need a recipe. Mix and match simmer pot ingredients based on your preferences or what you have in your pantry. It’s ok to leave ingredients out or go heavy-handed with the scents you love. To scent your house with a simmer pot, simply combine the ingredients, along with four cups of water, in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and allow to simmer. Your kitchen (and the rest of your home) will start to smell warm and inviting. Really, the only thing you are going to want to pay close attention to is the water level in the pot. Don’t let the water run dry – add additional water as needed. (Continued on page 20)

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Five Simmer Pot Recipes Rosemary Lemon Simmer Pot

Pumpkin Spice Simmer Pot

Simmer some rosemary, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla on a snowy day and curl up with a good book for a relaxing self-care day.

Everyone’s favorite spice blend of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon is sure to have people asking “What are you baking?”

4 rosemary leaves Lemon peels 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 1 tbsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon 1/2 of a nutmeg, finely ground 1 tsp whole cloves

Apple Pie Spice Simmer Pot Nothing says cozy more than the sweet scent of a warm apple pie. 1 small apple, thinly sliced 1 tbsp. whole cloves 3-4 cinnamon sticks 1 tbsp. nutmeg

Pine and Bay Leaf Simmer Pot Fill your house with the clean fresh fragrance of pine, bay leaves and lemon! 3 small pine twigs 5 bay leaves Lemon peel

Cozy Kitchen Spices You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen baking to give your home the warm inviting scent of baked goods. Simmer cinnamon, anise and cloves for a country farmhouse kitchen scent that is sure to be a favorite. 4 cinnamon sticks 5 anise stars 1 tbsp cloves Apple peel or apple slices (optional)

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Total Eclipse April 8, 2024

A Non-Scientist’s Guide to the 2024 Eclipse: Here’s what you need to know By Natalia Kivimaki, Saunders Finger Lakes Museum


he concept of an eclipse is not new to me, but if I had to answer questions about it in a local trivia night, I would probably very quickly hang my head in shame at my complete lack of knowledge regarding this amazing phenomenon. My only childhood recollection of an eclipse was when we had to pull down the shades in class one afternoon in elementary school, with everyone trying to sneak a peek but told to not look directly at it for fear of being blinded forever. To be fair, the concern of being blinded resonated quite a lot in my 8-year-old brain, so all other information was inconsequential in comparison. In August 2017, my neighbor and I crossed paths during our afternoon dog walk and he was incredibly excited about the upcoming eclipse a few days away. As a retired physicist and umbraphile (an eclipse chaser and enthusiast) his excitement was palpable as he shared scientific details that were way beyond my understanding. I made a mental note to experience the upcoming eclipse with my two small children. The big day came and it looked like any other day. News reports shared information about not looking directly at the sun (isn’t that always a recommendation?) and that you would need special eclipse glasses (sold out everywhere!) to be able to experience the magic. Out we went at the right time, standing on our porch. Ok … now what? I remember hearing there would be

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Solar Eclipse

Diagram showing the positioning that makes up a solar eclipse (royalty free image from Pixabay)

many parts of the country that would be in totality, meaning they would have complete darkness for several minutes as the moon covered the sun. Not being in the path of totality, it looked like a regular sunny day to me. Hmm … maybe I would have to put on my calendar the next eclipse he talked about as we would be in the path of totality. Here we are six years later, with the path of totality eclipse on our calendars for April 8, 2024. I’m understanding this to be a really big deal in the science world (and in our nation as a whole) but I must admit that the details of this are over my head. So, I write this as a guide for the rest of us: those who don’t have a degree in science and remember only a brief (excuse the pun) blip in the matrix as the moon passed the sun. Let’s start with the basics and you’ll be yelling out those trivia night questions with confidence before you know it! What is an eclipse? An eclipse occurs when one celestial body (earth, moon and sun) passes through the shadow of another, resulting in a temporary reduction of light. The most common types of eclipses are solar and lunar. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the earth’s surface. There are two main types of solar eclipses: total and partial. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun and creates a temporary darkening of the sky during the

Debbie Lyon, Saunders Finger Lakes Museum eclipse ambassador, poses with larger-than-life eclipse glasses. (SFLM staff photo)

As part of the outreach for this path of totality, which won’t happen again in the Rochester region until 2144, the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) has designated eclipse ambassadors to share the news and excitement, with events to celebrate. The Saunders Finger Lakes Museum is in good company with the Yates County Chamber of Commerce as eclipse partner along with 50+ other organizations in the area. Details are forthcoming for these events as the date approaches!

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daytime. Our 2024 event is a perfect line-up where the moon and sun will appear the same size and a total cover will take place. These are rarer than their partial eclipse counterparts, occurring roughly every 18 months somewhere on earth and only once every 385 years in any single location. This is what we will experience on April 8, 2024. A partial solar eclipse happens when only a portion of the sun is covered by the moon, which leaves a smaller crescentshaped sun. The last partial eclipse was on October 14, 2023. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes between the sun and the moon, causing the earth’s shadow to fall on the moon. There are two main types of lunar eclipses: total and partial. During a total lunar eclipse, the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, giving it a reddish hue due to the scattering of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere. This is often called a “blood moon.” Partial lunar eclipses happen when only a part of the moon enters the earth’s shadow, causing a portion of the lunar surface to darken. Isn’t a new moon and a lunar eclipse the same thing? The short answer is no. New moons occur because of our changing viewpoint of the moon; lunar eclipses occur when the earth gets in the way of the light from the sun and stops it hitting the moon. New moons occur when the moon is between the sun and the earth; lunar eclipses occur when the earth is between the sun and the moon. What can we expect during a total solar eclipse? • Darkening of the sky • Visibility of stars and planets normally unseen • A pearly-white halo that surrounds the blocked sun called the corona appearance • Points of sunlight that peek through the rugged lunar landscape along the edge of the moon, creating a string of shimmering beads called Baily’s Beads

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Northeastern United States path of totality map (obtained from

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A bright spot of sunlight called the “diamond ring” effect (visible near totality’s end) Temperatures drop up to 10 degrees 300,000 to 500,000 extra visitors in our Finger Lakes Region chasing the eclipse

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Steps West The Field Notes of Col. Hugh Maxwell (1733–1799) Pre-emption Line and Land Surveys in the Phelps and Gorham Purchase in New York State

by John M. Robortella


or centuries, questions have lingered about the survey of the Preemption Line, which was the eastern boundary of the Phelps and Gorham land purchase in western New York State. The line was to have run due north from the 82nd milestone on the Pennsylvania border along a geographic meridian to Lake Ontario. Oliver Phelps planned to make his land office headquarters at Kanadesaga, a Seneca settlement near present-day Geneva, NY. According to reckoning by eye even on the most rudimentary maps of the day, a line drawn north from the 82nd milestone on the Pennsylvania line would pass through Seneca Lake. The Indian settlement would be just west of the line and on the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. “Pre-emption” is a real estate term meaning the right to acquire land where its ownership is unknown. Mr. Phelps hired an experienced surveyor of impeccable credentials – Col. Hugh Maxwell (1733–1799), a Revolutionary War veteran – to make the survey. But in Col. Maxwell’s trial survey of June 1788 and his formal survey in July and August of that year, the Preemption Line veered to the west. He realized from the trial survey that the course was not following a meridian. He reached the vicinity of present-day State Routes 5 & 20 about four miles west of Kanadesaga and the north end of Seneca Lake, and writes that “ … the general course for fifteen or sixteen miles is bearing west of north.” He did not realize that the general course was bearing west of north from the very start of the survey at the Pennsylvania line. He was closer to a meridian when he ran the formal survey, coming out about a mile west of the settlement and the lake, but the line was still bearing west. From the results of the trial survey, Mr. Phelps became aware that the line was not where he thought it would be. Without hesitation, he instructed William Walker, his land agent, to move headquarters to Canandaigua, about 15 miles west and a settlement that was certain to be on the Purchase. Why was Col. Maxwell’s important survey line skewed to the west? Early historians could only speculate on the answer. Some say it was the surveyor’s error, that he did not compensate for the variance between due north on a meridian and the magnetic north

The original Pre-emption Line (in red) and the “new” line (in green)

pole to which his compass pointed. Others suggested it was fraud – that members of a competing land company infiltrated the survey team and deliberately ran the line to the west to keep the settlement of Kanadesaga outside of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. Still others wrote that the colonel went to Geneva for supplies, or became ill and went home to Massachusetts, and that his assistants made the error in his absence. Col. Maxwell kept a notebook of his surveys. When he completed his work in 1789, he took it with him to his home in Heath, MA. It remained in his possession until his death, when it was passed down to his children and grandchildren. Historians writing during the period from 1788 to 1882 perhaps never knew that the notebook existed. It is not cited in any of the published literature until 1882 when Charles F. Milliken, editor of the Ontario County Times, a Canandaigua, NY weekly newspaper, met two of Col. Maxwell’s granddaughters, Abby and Thyrza Maxwell. (Continued on page 34)

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They made available to him the survey field notes and the letters that Col. Maxwell had written to his wife from western New York. Mr. Milliken transcribed portions of these documents for publication. Another grandchild, William Monroe Maxwell, sent the original notebook to Mr. Milliken in Canandaigua where he and George S. Conover studied it and published excerpts and reports in the Times in 1883 and 1884. Into the Phelps and Gorham Purchase Western New York State is the ancestral home of the Seneca, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. European interest and influence were felt here as early as the 1600s and sovereignty over the region was in immediate conflict. Because of “off-hand grants by two English kings,” as author Arch Merrill described, New York State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts both claimed the Genesee Country – the land between Seneca Lake And Lake Erie. Mr. Merrill wrote, “Massachusetts based her claim on a grant by Charles I in 1629 to the Massachusetts Bay Colony of a strip of land extending to the Pacific Ocean. New York claimed the territory by reason of a grant made by Charles II to his brother the Duke of York in 1664.” The conflicting grants were not an immediate problem. The king and duke had never been here. There were no roads, towns or improvements, and the Seneca remained in possession of the land. There were few visitors. But the situation changed during Revolutionary times. George Washington sent General Sullivan and his army into western New York to forcibly remove the Native Americans. Villages, cropland and orchards were destroyed. The Seneca fled to the west. This land was now the frontier of the new nation, and its settlement became a priority for the government. (Continued on page 36)

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Massachusetts petitioned the Continental Congress in 1784 under Article IX of the Articles of Confederation to resolve the ownership dispute, but before the Federal court could act, the legislatures of New York and Massachusetts appointed representative commissioners with full authority to settle the land claim issue themselves. Their meeting, known as the Hartford Convention, opened on November 30, 1786, in Hartford, CT. In a remarkably short period of time, on December 16 of that year, they reached an agreement – Massachusetts would receive the preemption right of the soil, that is, the right to offer the land for sale after the Indian title had been cleared. After the land was sold, New York State would receive sovereignty. News of the agreement was first published in The Massachusetts Gazette on Tuesday, March 13, 1787, and Friday, March 16, 1787. The commissioners established the eastern boundary of the settled land claim as a meridian line extending north from the 82nd milestone on the Pennsylvania – New York state line to Lake Ontario. It became known as the Pre-emption Line. Two New England investors and their respective associates – Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham – both wanted to buy the land from Massachusetts. They knew that whoever made the first purchase would buy at its lowest price. The property could then be surveyed into towns and lots, improved with roads, and sold in smaller parcels at a profit.

Col. Hugh Maxwell: The Christian patriot Col. Hugh Maxwell, the surveyor hired by Oliver Phelps to establish the Pre-emption Line and the boundaries of the towns in the Phelps and Gorham land purchase in western New York State, was a deeply religious man and a Revolutionary War veteran who was wounded in action at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was known as the “Christian patriot” even before his granddaughter wrote a memoir of his life of that title. No doubt his high standing and reputation, along with his surveying education (limited though it was) and experience in New England, led Mr. Phelps to offer him the chief surveyor’s position. Apparently always in need of money, Col. Maxwell readily accepted. Col. Maxwell was an educated man, at least more educated than many of his neighbors and the only one among his siblings with any formal schooling. He was interested in politics, followed British and American governmental affairs, and ignited the spark of liberty among his family and fellow citizens. Generous to a fault, he was

The opening pages of Col. Maxwell’s field notes of the formal survey of the first mile of the Pre-emption Line on July 25,1788, beginning at the 82nd milestone on the New York State-Pennsylvania border. Historic Geneva

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always spending what little money he had and could never seem to get ahead financially. During the post-Revolutionary War years, he built a well-to-do home for his family, bought more farmland, borrowed money for his youngest son’s education, loaned money (that was never repaid) to friends, and was unsuccessful in his application for a lifetime government pension – to which he felt entitled – because of his war injuries. He was born on April 23, 1733, in Minterburn, County Tyrone, Ireland, the third of seven children born to Hugh Maxwell (1699 or April 8, 1700–March 19, 1759) and Sarah Corbett Maxwell (1693?–1769). His descendants have traced the Maxwell family lineage to Robert Maxwell of Selkirk, Ireland, 1355. The colonel’s father was a Scotch Protestant – a Calvinist – and was opposed to the established church of Ireland. Just six weeks after Hugh was

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born, Hugh Sr., along with his two brothers and two sisters, left Ireland and brought his family to America. A great-greatgranddaughter, Mary Eunice Maxwell, described the voyage as tedious. Upon their arrival in New England, Hugh Sr.’s two brothers headed south and his two sisters went to New Hampshire. Hugh Sr., his wife and three children settled in Bedford, MA. In the years after their arrival, four more children were born. Hugh Sr. died in 1759, “by a fall from a horse,” according to a family history. He is buried in Bedford: Hugh Maxwell March 19 1759 Aged 59 Years My body turned

into dust My dust it shall arise In resurrection of the just To sound Jehovah’s praise Of the seven Maxwell children, only Hugh “went to school for a short time to learn surveying, which he later practiced with success,” Mary Eunice Maxwell wrote. He took his family’s teachings to heart and wrote in a journal, “My parents early taught me the principles of liberty and religion which have supported me through many difficulties and hardships.” (In all of the letters he wrote to his wife from western New York during his surveying days, Col. Maxwell always restated his deep religious convictions.) N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 2 3 ~ ­­­­­­­­­­­­41­

Paint the Town story and photos by Cindy Ruggieri

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Left to right: Owners Liz, Charlie and Meredith


aving grown up with an entrepreneurial father, it is no surprise the three Fennel siblings – Charlie, Liz and Meredith – are following in his footsteps. As the owners of Paint the Town in Elmira, these young entrepreneurs have put their own stamp on a business that continues to expand its reach to multiple regions across the country. Paint the Town is a personalized décor and souvenirs company, originally started in Massachusetts with clients based predominately in the beachside towns and mountain areas in New England. “We all grew up working in the family business, and were interested in taking advantage of that knowledge and owning our own business,” Charlie explained. “When Paint the Town came up for sale, it seemed to be the perfect fit for us.” Charlie was able to take advantage of his own background in sales and the wood industry. Liz had been looking to move back to the Finger Lakes Region after a stint in New York City as a sales rep in the gifting business. Liz was graduating from college and (Continued on page 42)

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ready to move back home to Elmira to start her own career in business. They became the new owners in February 2020. The excitement of a new business lasted just a month until things came to a screeching halt due to COVID. For a new business venture that had a big market in tourism, it was difficult. It also had a silver lining. “The response from a lot of the stores that sell our products was very innovative, offering curbside pickup and online sales,” Charlie said. “It was awesome to see how these small businesses would push through at a time of adversity. In turn, it also kept us going.” The Fennels used this slower time to complete their relocation from Massachusetts to Elmira, which included



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With the move to Elmira, Paint the Town also made a push to source locally as much as it could. moving their room-size printers into their new location and organizing their woodworking shop. They also used the time to create new designs and come up with plans to diversify into new markets. “We wanted to bring our own fresh new designs into our region here in the Finger Lakes and grow the business beyond just the New England area,” Liz said. “We also wanted to come up with clients that were still able to operate in outdoor spaces due to COVID,” Meredith added. The siblings designed new catalogs of products for wineries and breweries, golf courses and custom brand

Liz works on a new design.

products for small businesses. There was a huge marketing push to offer these new product lines, which also helped to sustain the business. Their products include wooden signs, coasters, mugs, ornaments, magnets, towels – items that can be customized with a business name, location, graphics and text – anything that can be used as home décor, or as a warm memory of a place visited. “We do mostly wholesale to businesses, but we also sell online to individual clients who want personalized products for the home,” said Meredith. “That’s what sets us apart,” Liz stated. “We can customize in small quantities when a business wants to test a new product offering, and can fulfill large quantities for repeat business.” With the move to Elmira, Paint the Town also made a push to source locally as much as it could. The white pine wood blanks for its signs are provided by Sunshine Woodcraft in Himrod. The Fennels get the magnet supplies from Rochester, and all their packaging material is from Syracuse. Each sibling has their own area of responsibility. Charlie manages the sales and marketing end while Liz manages the floor and production line, and Meredith is responsible for the back-end office such as billing and customer service. But as in any small business, they pitch in wherever they are needed. The day I visited they gave me a tour of their production facility, including a demonstration of their huge printer. The demo was for a few dozen coasters, but the printing surface allows for hundreds at a time. “Coasters are a popular product,” said Charlie. “They can be easily personalized to a business or family name, and are a cost-effective souvenir for folks to bring home from their travels.” Paint the Town offers hundreds of coaster designs which include the triedand-true coastal graphics along with plenty of fresh and fun colorful options, all with a personalization choice. Paint the Town’s reach now extends across the country from the New England coast to as far as California, Colorado and Wyoming and continues to expand to new markets.

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WINNERS The 22nd Annual Life in the Finger Lakes


ith numerous photos entered this year, the annual photo contest is still a resounding success and testament to the readers of this magazine. What are the benefits of entering a photo contest? According to, there are myriad of reasons for doing so. For starters, a photo contest can give you direction in your craft. Having a contest with a theme, such as this one where the theme is taking photos within the 14 counties of the Finger Lakes Region, can help you focus your subject matter. “Contests provide the perfect opportunity to hone your skill in another area of photography. Contests also allow you to adapt the way you take photos to fit the theme,” states the website, where it describes pushing you out of your comfort zone. A photographer can also gain exposure through entering a contest. There may be a chance that the magazine will start using a winning photgrapher’s work on a regular basis. Or the winner can add to their portfolio and thereby attain more professional work and commissions. Inspiration can also be acquired by seeing what other photos have entered and won. I have noticed over the years that a winning photo one year that may, for example, be a photo of a whitetail deer fawn which will spawn other entries the following year. And this can also lead some photographers to seek related, yet slightly different subjects. Variety is the spice of life. No matter your reason for entering, I’m so happy that you did! I hope your inspiration will continue into the next year and compel you to enter the contest yet again. Hey, you never know. You might win! – Mark Stash, editor

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THIRD PLACE “Balloons Over Middle Falls – Letchworth” Larry Tetamore • Avon

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FIRST PLACE “Sunset at High Falls” Christiana Mehmel • Fairport

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FIRST PLACE “Wintry Day at Letchworth” Terry Cervi • Kenmore

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SECOND PLACE “The Little Prince” LeeAnn Hughes-Mastin Nunda

THIRD PLACE “Almost Show Time - Cayuga County Youth 4H” Linda Dugan Aurora

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SECOND PLACE “Descending Dove” Marie Costanza Webster

THIRD PLACE “View of the Past” N. Keith Kappel • Canandaigua

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FIRST PLACE “Chasing Rainbows as the Season Sets – Keuka Lake” Jessie Gorcica • Naples

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HONORABLE MENTION “Taking Doll Baby for a Walk” Black and White Joann K. Long Bloomfield

“Nature’s Chaos” Black and White Craig Ingerick • Geneva

“Here Comes the Sun” Digitally Altered Uma Tina Hubbard Stanley

“Morning Beauty” Color Stephanie Blair Rush

“Case’s Point Sunset, Canandaigua Lake” Color Shayne Cook Canandaigua

“A Keuka Winter” Digitally Altered Sean King • Painted Post

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JOHN ADAMSKI AWARD “Brotherly Love” Taken at Brick Pond in Owego Bill Baburchak • Apalachin

John Adamski is best known as the founder of the Finger Lakes Museum, along with being a contributor to many publications such as Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. Adamski’s authentic passion for nature was captured through his award-winning wildlife photography and writings. This award is given to a photographer who has captured a spectacular photo of wildlife in its natural, outdoor setting here in the Finger Lakes. In order to continue Adamski’s legacy for showcasing and celebrating the region, support in the form of your time, talent, and treasure is always welcome at the Finger Lakes Museum –

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in Your Own Backyard by Kit Fruscione illustrations by Mark Stash

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he crunching sounds of the fresh snow beneath my hiking boots, paired with the exhaling of my cold breath, was soothing as I hiked through the trails of Mendon Ponds Park. The further I get down the trail, I close my eyes, blocking out my other senses, hearing the sharp chirps of the winter birds, their feathers puffed in excitement, from last night’s snow fall. A total of 10 inches of powdery fluff fell throughout the night. It resembled confectioner’s sugar sprinkled across the landscape by Mother Nature’s hand. It is March in Upstate NY and the winter has been disappointing. Not much snow, just a lot of gray days and rain begging the question, “Why do we live here?” The winter is long in Rochester. We usually see the first snowflakes fly starting around late November. Winter usually ends here in April, so we possibly experience nearly six months of gray and cold weather. But last night it snowed and I’m grateful for the white powder blanketing the brown grass, perched delicately upon barren tree branches. The pond is to my right as I decide to hike the perimeter of it. Geese slowly coast through the still, cold water. Hearing

Many birds spend their winter in your backyard, such as the brilliant red-colored cardinal. Left: The trails at Mendon Ponds Park accommodate both crosscountry skiers and hikers. This illustration was inspired by a photo taken by Derek Doeffinger.

my footsteps approaching, they dart behind the cattails standing straight and tall along the water’s edge. I’m wearing my crampons over my boots and think my snowshoes would have probably been a better choice. Still, I’m reveling in this hike. A year ago, I was recovering from a full knee replacement. Thankfully now I’m hiking as I always did, strong and determined. There are other people out here today. It’s a big park, full of wooded hiking trails and a big hill for sledding. I can hear the echoes of kids in the distance, yelling and laughing as they slide down the slope. Carefully, trying not to walk in the cross-country ski tracks and not messing up the skiers’ parallel lines, I break N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 2 3 ~ ­­­­­­­­­­­­57­

Rays of sunshine can brighten any winter day when hiking in your neighborhood’s sanctuary.

trail alongside them. After an hour of hiking, with three miles complete, I’m back at the parking lot, sweaty and hungry. I drive to the nearby village of Pittsford, and go into the small bakery, Village Bakery & Cafe and buy a blueberry muffin. It’s so yummy, and I make short work of it. Driving back home, I think about how to enjoy the snow tomorrow and end up deciding on cycling along the Erie Canal on my fat tire bike. Sunday morning arrives quickly and I’m stoked to start the day. After a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, an orange and a latte, I’m fueled up for my ride along the Erie Canal. I pick the path up in Brighton where I live. It’s so convenient, just a 15 minute ride from my house. The path is covered in snow with some icy patches; I’m glad my tires are thick, with a good tread, similar to a motorcycle tire. The icy patches on the path crush under the fat tires as if a thin pane of glass, shattering into tiny pieces – like diamonds – and jump through the air. The water in the canal is low. In just a couple of months it will be high again with kayakers and boats. The path is quiet, unlike the summer when it’s crowded with walkers, rollerbladers, skateboarders, runners, and of course, cyclists. The canal has been around since the 182’s and is 351 miles long, beginning in Albany and finishing in Buffalo. While biking I decide I want to ride the distance of it this summer. Future tripping is comforting though, even if summer feels ions away on this cold, blustery, day. It feels satisfying being on my bike, moving along at a fast clip, feeling the freezing wind on my face. I cycle for an hour. My legs are getting tired from pushing the heavy tires in the snow, so I start the ride back home. Once there I take my helmet off, and reach for the teapot to make a cup of hot cocoa. While sipping the hot drink, I reach three conclusions from the weekend:


1. It’s not always necessary to travel a far distance for an adventure – it can be found in your own backyard!


2. Those Oreo cookies on the counter will go mighty fine along with my cocoa! And, 800 SOUTH MAIN STREET CANANDAIGUA, NY 14424


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3. It’s not so bad here in the winter after all, living in gray, cold Upstate NY, as long as you get outside and create your own sunshine.

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Meaghan Frank Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Hammondsport


r. Konstantin Frank Winery in Hammondsport produces more than 40 different wines and helped put the Finger Lakes Region on the map as a wine-making region. Vice President Meaghan Frank shares her story and what makes the winery stand apart. Being the great-granddaughter of Dr. Konstantin Frank, you are part of the Frank family wine-making dynasty. What does it mean to you to be carrying on that legacy? It means a great deal to be a part of something bigger than myself. I take it very seriously and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to my family’s business. One of my favorite lines from Hamilton the musical” is “‘Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” The most special part of this work is knowing that you are honoring the past and laying the groundwork for the next generation to take the baton and run with it. What kind of education and experience prepared you for the wine business? I became interested in the wine industry when I was a student at Cornell University. I was in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and therefore was able to take a variety of viticulture, enology and wine appreciation classes. After I decided that the wine industry was my calling, my dad suggested that I get a graduate degree and move away for a bit to decide if this was really for me. I attended the University of Adelaide in Australia for a master’s degree in wine business. After two years, I moved back and returned to Cornell for a graduate degree in enology (winemaking). I also began taking classes with the Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) through the NY Kitchen and eventually earned the diploma level in 2015. I became a certified WSET educator and now teach classes at Cultivate FLX. One of the most fun things about this industry is that your learning is never finished! I am always signing up for new courses and classes.

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What kinds of wines is the winery known for? We are known for a variety of styles! We are 100 percent vinifera (European) in terms of varieties. We produce more than 40 different wines and work with 17 different cultivars. We are especially known for our traditional method sparkling wines, Rieslings, aromatic whites and red wines. Some special wines include ancient Georgian varieties: Rkatsiteli and Saperavi. These varieties have more than 5,000 years of history in the Republic of Georgia. Since Konstantin was Ukrainian and these varieties were widely planted throughout the Soviet Union, he was familiar with them and pioneered them to the United States more than 50 years ago. Dr. Konstantin Frank was a part of the “Vinifera Revolution” movement. Could you describe what this means? Konstantin was enthusiastic about vinifera varieties, particularly Riesling. His first plantings in the Finger Lakes were in 1954 starting with Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. When he started his own winery in 1958, he grew to plant 66 different vinifera varieties. The key to his success was utilizing a grafting technique to avoid the pest phylloxera. Not only was Konstantin experimenting with lots of varieties, but he was also investigating different clones and rootstocks. This really laid the groundwork for the quality revolution in Finger Lakes winemaking. Konstantin was very giving with his knowledge and invited area winemakers and viticulturalists from all over America to come and learn the grafting technique that he was using to plant the European varieties. He also had a nursery on-site and sold vines and rootstocks.

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How does Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery stand out from other wineries in the Finger Lakes Region? I hope we stand out in our quality of wines and service. We are also one of the oldest family-owned wineries and the pioneering winery for vinifera varieties in the eastern United States. What is your favorite part of your job? I love the people that I work with and the people that I get to meet in the industry. The wine industry attracts many colorful characters and there is never a boring day! My other favorite thing is getting to see the whole cycle of a harvest and then sell that bottle of wine. To feel so proud of something you are sharing with another person is a joy. What do you enjoy most about the Finger Lakes Region? I love our food and wine culture here. There is a strong farm-to-table food movement utilizing all local ingredients; it really highlights our sense of place here in the region. Do you have any favorite local activities you enjoy? I absolutely love to be in the water when I can! Nothing beats swimming or boating on Keuka Lake. N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 2 3 ~ ­­­­­­­­­­­­61­

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An Inside


at Skaneateles’

Dickens Christmas by James P. Hughes photos by Jim Greene, Alaina Davis Photography, and Sandi Mulconry

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” - Charles Dickens


harles Dickens penned these enduring words while creating his classic 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol,” a narrative long embodied in the Christmas spirit of so many. In Skaneateles, this seasonal tale has a certain significance. It forms the foundational pillar of Dickens Christmas, a village celebration and annual tip of the hat to the author, his colorful characters and the joy of the Christmas season. A yearly trip to picturesque Skaneateles and its engaging production have become indispensable parts of the Yuletide

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tradition for folks, families and performing participants. Christmas spirit abounds from music to street theater, from horse-drawn carriage rides to roasted chestnuts. Along with time-honored events, each new year offers fresh surprises. Amid the lively presentation, unique shops and restaurants welcome visitors. Behind the scenes Colorful theatrics of the era form the heart and soul of Dickens Christmas. Characters from Dickens himself to an array of those highlighted in his famous tale roam about, all in costume, all in character, all open to whimsical conversation. This yearly production does not happen by accident. The cast of dozens, young and old, faithfully comes from far and near. They must rehearse, be costumed and master the subtleties of each character. They must be available on weekends from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. A recent visit with Jim and Tracey Greene opened the door to the ins and outs that bring the show alive. Jim is the producing director of Dickens Christmas. Tracey is the costumer. The Florida natives were introduced to Upstate New York long ago while acting in the annual Sterling Renaissance Festival. Tiring of life in Florida, in 1999 they were drawn to the region and moved to the Dryden countryside. With their theatrical passions, the Greenes’

involvement in Dickens Christmas was a natural choice. Jim’s acting background includes traveling the country for renaissance performances and a stint at Disney’s Epcot Center, but he jokes that as a first role at Dickens Christmas he portrayed a “rat catcher.” Once established, Jim was encouraged by sponsors to take over leadership responsibilities, and with able assistance from Tracey and many others has done so ever since. The premise of the event is engaging and witty. The year is 1842 and Dickens is visiting the community with Queen Victoria. The author and the queen wander about, studying local folks, along with their habits, customs and quirks, to gather material for his upcoming tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens, portrayed by Jim, opens the festivities with the following statement: “Dearest friends, I am overjoyed that this festive time of year has returned, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria and I will soon be basking in the warmth of a Skaneateles Christmas!” From that point on, lively street theater takes over. Visitors can mingle with Dickens-era folks roaming about, all in character, emoting with period patter and wishing all a “Happy Christmas.” In addition to Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria, you may cross paths with other fascinating characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, the Christmas ghosts, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Father Christmas, undertaker Barry M. Deep … even a gaggle of street urchins and ne’er-do-wells. “The goal of the cast is to have fun and bring the era alive, mixing the hysterical with the historical.” Tracey Greene said. “For visitors, the aim is simple: become absorbed in the Christmas spirit.” The 2023 version of Dickens Christmas celebrates a notable landmark, the event’s 30th anniversary. It will kick off the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues each succeeding weekend through Christmas Eve. Visit for more information.

“The premise of the event is engaging and witty. The year is 1842 and Dickens is visiting the community with Queen Victoria. The author and the queen wander about, studying local folks, along with their habits, customs and quirks, to gather material for his upcoming tale, ‘A Christmas Carol.’”

off the easel

The Fine Art of

Quilting by Nancy E. McCarthy

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“Oregon Rain” by Pat Pauly was awarded Best in Show in the 2023 Form, Not Function exhibition at Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, IN. It was subsequently purchased by a collector in California.

“Player Piano” was titled by a musician friend of Pat Pauly’s who saw a player piano in the abstraction. This quilt made its debut at Pauly’s 2023 University Gallery solo exhibition at RIT.


he word “quilt” comes from the Latin “culcita,” meaning a stuffed sack or mattress. A bed quilt is essentially a cloth sandwich with a decorated top, a back and filler in the middle. Early American quilts were strictly functional articles to provide warm covers for beds. The Art Quilt Movement began in the 1970s and elevated quilts to fine art status, displayed on museum walls rather than on beds. This movement experienced a watershed moment in 1971 when a collection of mainly Amish quilts opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC titled Abstract Design in American Quilts. At its core, the Art Quilt Movement has always been about recognizing quilt design as an art form rather than casting delineations between traditional, modern, functional or craft definitions. Since 1982, when the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition began at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, the display has been a showcase of the most cutting-edge quilt artworks of the day. “The exhibition has evolved as the movement has evolved: at

times testing the boundaries of quilt making and at other times nodding to the past with a reverence for the traditional,” said Davana Robedee, an artist and Schweinfurth’s program director. Here is the work and the back stories of four regional art quilters whose contemporary quilts have been exhibited numerous times at the Schweinfurth. These artists continue to elevate the fine art of quilting.

Pat Pauly, of Rochester Pauly, of Williamsville, moved to Rochester in 1981. She is a full-time artist who previously worked as a museum exhibition designer at Rochester and other Northeast museums until 2007. Pauly garnered extensive knowledge of various media from her SUNY College at Buffalo art education degree and additional graduate level work at SUNY Geneseo, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Cazenovia College. “In 1980 I saw art quilts and was smitten,” said Pauly.

Ellen M. Blalock constructs and sews one of her art quilts in her Schweinfurth Art Center studio. Photo by Maria Welych

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Pauly’s work was the subject “Though I had constructed textiles, of “Sew Me a Color,” a recent this medium caught my attention solo exhibit of her newest pieces for its versatility and power.” She at the RIT University Gallery. has taught contemporary quilting A previous highlight of her art and surface design since 2003, career included designing and starting locally and eventually curating Quilts 20/20: Traditional worldwide (as far away as Works/Contemporary Art at the Australia!). Susquehanna Art Museum in Pauley has a distinctive and Harrisburg, PA in 2015. That exhibit, recognizable style in part because which included one of her quilts, she designs and prints her own fabrics. She starts with a white “The River of Knowledge and Death #2” This quilt remembers featured 20 traditional historic natural fabric base such as cotton, and honors Ellen M. Blalock’s ancestors who traveled from the quilts from museum collections South to get away from slavery and Jim Crow laws. and 20 works from contemporary linen or silk. Using thickened art quilt masters. More recently, fabric-reactive dyes, she prints one of her quilts was accepted with silkscreens or uses rubbings into the prestigious 2023 biennial Quilt National exhibition at and stencils or directly scrapes or draws dye onto the fabric. the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, OH. The exhibit ended in “I love that part. Printing is my zen place!” Pauly cuts and September and the show is traveling to various museums and combines her fabrics to create an abstract composition galleries around the country for two years. similar to a painting. The Quilts=Art=Quilts (Q=A=Q) show has accepted Pauly’s Shop One on the RIT campus is a contemporary fine work over a dozen times including in this year’s 2023 exhibit art, craft and design shop showcasing work by RIT-affiliated [see sidebar]. While she has garnered other Q=A=Q awards, artists including Pauly. “Pat’s ability to eviscerate the traditional last year’s 2022 Surface Design Award for her “Unfolding concept of a quilt and elevate it to an art form is heroic and Year” quilt is a particular treasure. ever inspiring. Her energetic and improvisational compositions “Working in fiber art allows me the latitude of painting, are masterful,” said Wendy Marks, Shop One’s director. “Pat with the joy of construction,” said Pauly. is also creatively fearless in that once a quilt is finished (fully Visit for more information. Follow Pauly’s top quilted and hemmed), she’ll block print or screen print blogs at additional elements.”

Above: “Don’t Cross Me” by Julie Graziano was part of the 2022 Q=A=Q exhibition at Schweinfurth Art Center. Right: Julie Graziano, stands by “Perplexed,” which was awarded First Place in the Made In NY 2023 exhibit at Schweinfurth Art Center. Read about Graziano’s work on page 66.

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Ellen M. Blalock, of Syracuse Blalock grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Syracuse in 1981. A former journalist, she now creates art full-time. She has a BFA from Temple University and an MFA from Syracuse University but has been sewing since elementary school. Quilting piqued Blalock’s interest after finding out from an aunt that she had ancestors who quilted. Sadly, these heirlooms were stolen. “This was the beginning of my quilting journey,” said Blalock. “Every stitch and quilt I make now is to honor my ancestors and those women quilters in my family.” You won’t find Blalock’s quilts on a bed. Her art quilts are displayed on museum and gallery walls. Sometimes her two-sided quilts are suspended from ceilings. Quilting is just one of Blalock’s mediums. She is a narrative artist who also works in photography, video, drawing and art installation. Her art tells stories about her own family and gives voices to marginalized people and communities that need to be heard and represented such as African American

teen fathers, LGBTQ families, the deaf community, trauma and mental health in Black communities and refugees from Muslim countries. Blalock’s quilts have been in museums from coast to coast: from The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and locations in between such as the Iowa Quilt Museum. Locally, she has exhibited four times at the Schweinfurth Art Center: a solo exhibit of her narrative quilts in 2019 and in the group Q=A=Q exhibition, receiving first place awards in 2020 for “Middle Passage – America’s Legacy” and in 2022 for “Grandmom’s Hopes and Dreams.” Blalock is also the Schweinfurth Art Center’s first artist-in-residence thanks to a Creatives Rebuild New York grant. The grant provides income for Blalock and financial support for the Schweinfurth to collaborate on a project for two years. “She is an amazing storyteller and artist, and we eagerly look forward to working with Ellen and the community on this exciting and important project,” said the Schweinfurth’s Executive Director Donna Lamb when her

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Quilts=Art=Quilts 2023


he Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn provides creative opportunities and transformational experiences through the arts for all people. The Schweinfurth is a longstanding proponent of quilts as a visual arts medium. One of its longest running exhibits, Quilt=Art=Quilts – first held in 1982 – is an annual juried art quilt show that attracts entries from around the world. Jurors select quilts based on overall quality of design, visual impact and originality. Over the years, the Schweinfurth has become internationally known for its fiber arts programs. In 2003, the art center took over running “Quilting by the Lake,” an annual art quilt conference that launched in 1981. That, coupled with the growing reputation of the Quilt=Art=Quilts exhibit and workshops with acclaimed artists, has brought national and international attention to the Schweinfurth. This year’s Quilt=Art=Quilts exhibit runs from October 28, 2023 to January 7, 2024 and features 72 art quilts from 69 artists – including Pat Pauly.

Over 18,000 Sq. Ft of Exhibits Museum Heated • Free Admission and Parking General Store • Creamery • Blacksmith and Woodworking Shop • Miniature Circus and Train Displays • Country Kitchen • Parlor • Bedroom

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For more information, visit

6880 East Lake Road Rt. 38 A Auburn, New York 13021 315-252-7644 • tquill@cayuga

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the Muskegon Museum of Art residency was announced in 2022. in Michigan; and having a quilt Blalock has been inspiring accepted into the esteemed 2019 people in the African American biennial “Quilt National” exhibition community to tell their family at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in stories using photography, video Athens, OH. and quilting which will culminate Her work has been in a public exhibit sometime in exhibited numerous times at 2024. Her working title is “Auburn’s the Schweinfurth winning some Black Family Album.” “For several awards along the way such as months, I am photographing “Lost Habitat” made its debut at the SAC Member Q=A=Q Juror’s Choice Award in families and events in Auburn for Show this fall. “I find the destruction of forest fires very 2017 for “Frameworks IV” and first a book to be given to the Seymour distressing,” said Carol Boyer. “Lost Habitat” is one of a place in the Made In NY 2023 Library in Auburn,” said Blalock. series of quilts that explore fires and the aftermath. exhibit for “Perplexed.” “I will have many photos printed Graziano regularly attends on fabric and families can come intensive workshops at the Crow to the Schweinfurth Art Center to Timber Frame Barn in Baltimore, OH. The Barn is owned make photo quilts.” by Nancy Crow, a leader in the field of contemporary quilt To learn more about the artist, visit ellen-blalock. making. Crow and other esteemed artists provide instruction in quilting, sewing techniques, fabric dyeing, color, composition and much more. Graziano has extensively studied sewing design with Crow, surface design with UK Julia Graziano, of Manlius artist Claire Benn and abstract painting and collage with Graziano, a former oncology nurse practitioner, grew up painter/collagist David Hornung at the Barn. in Hudson and moved in 1983 to finish her nursing degree Hornung is a big fan of her work. “Julia’s quilts radiate at Syracuse University. Graziano got married in 1987 and she both warmth and energy,” said Hornung. “She composes and her physician husband moved to Manlius in 1993 after them of many small fragments of color somewhat they started their family. Graziano’s first foray into quilting was learning how to sew bed quilts. At the urging of a friend, she took a quilting workshop shortly after she attained her master degree in 1994 and was working as a nurse practitioner. She continued taking classes at local quilt shops and through the Towpath Quilt Guild in Fayetteville. “I developed a wonderful set of quilting friends whom my husband calls the ‘quilt people,’” Graziano said. After constructing numerous quilts following traditional patterns, Graziano became interested in contemporary art quilts. Now all the quilts she makes are of her own abstract designs for wall display. In 2000, Graziano purchased a hand-guided longarm quilting (sewing) machine. This provided an enormous amount of throat space (the open window of space to the right of the sewing machine needle) to apply the top stitching that sews the quilt layers together. “I like to handdraw the stitching lines I make, much like a painter makes a line with the brush or a sketch artist would make with their pencil,” she explained. The materials she uses are commercial or hand-dyed cotton fabrics, cotton thread and cotton and wool batting. Graziano retired from nursing in 2008 and began quilting full-time. Career highlights include a commission from an interior designer in 2015 to quilt fabrics for a lobby banquette in The Marmara Carol Boyer, stands next to Park Avenue hotel in Manhattan; having a quilt in “Ice,” one of the quilts in her 2023 solo exhibit at the Manlius the 2016 “Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts” Library. “Ice” is based on several touring international exhibition which opened at photos taken of a frozen brook in Maine.

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systematically, but always with unexpected turns and surprising variations. Paradoxically, they evoke both order and the erosion of order with thoughtful color sequencing always a central consideration.” Graziano’s quilt “Step Up” is one of 42 contemporary art quilts in the March 2024 Color Improvisations 3 exhibition. The international exhibit, at the Museum Tuch + Technik in Neumünster, Germany, was curated by Nancy Crow. Follow Graziano on Instagram @ graziano.julia.

Carol Boyer, of Syracuse Fiber collage artist Boyer moved from Muncie, IN to Syracuse in 1976 for her husband to pursue a Syracuse University scholarship. Boyer, with a bachelor and master degree in art education from Ball State University, took a middle school art teacher position. Boyer was already a self-taught quilter by then. One of her earliest efforts was a bed quilt made by following a pattern from a magazine. She was a fast learner and progressed to art quilts of her own design. “I do mostly wall work now,” Boyer said. Over the years she dived into other textile art such as fabric doll construction, designing and sewing school play costumes, hand embroidery and painting and dyeing fabrics. Her quilt “Generations” was featured in Quilters Newsletter magazine in 1988 and also appeared in a book: Family Keepsake Quilts: Capturing Treasured Memories in Cloth by Vivian Howell Ritter. Boyer’s quilts have been widely exhibited across the United States. She is especially proud that one of her works was accepted into Houston’s prestigious International Quilt Festival in 1991. Boyer has entered the Q=A=Q show many times and in 2022 received the Juror’s Choice Award for her quilt “Action.” Boyer also regularly attends Schweinfurth Art Center’s “Quilting by the Lake”: an annual quilting conference attracting participants from across the country and abroad for hands-on workshops led by distinguished fiber artists. “Carol’s success is her interest in learning. She’s never afraid to try new techniques,” said Barbara Vural, a retired art teacher and friend who owns and treasures several of Boyer’s quilts. Boyer’s process begins with a theme and a cursory sketch. She will often create a series of quilts to thoroughly explore an idea – sometimes several works over several years. “I am greatly influenced by nature and the seasons,” she said. “I have ongoing series with the subjects of fish, insects, people, trees, water and rock formations, to mention a few.” After her retirement in 2001, Boyer could quilt full-time and now mainly participates in regional shows. One recent career achievement was winning Best of Show for her quilt “Athletes” in the 2022 Associated Artists of Central NY fall show. Her prize was a solo show of 22 of her pieces hung for six weeks in winter of 2023 at the Manlius Library. Follow Carol Boyer’s weekly blog at N o v e m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 2 3 ~ ­­­­­­­­­­­­69­

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Public Water Supply: Rising to the Surface by Nancy E. McCarthy


ublic Water Supply (PWS) is an original band in Rochester featuring six university-trained musicians: Iggy Marino, lead singer and rhythm guitarist; Adrianna Noone, lead singer; Karis Gregory Jr., lead guitar and vocalist; Alex Brophy, bass; Spencer Kornrich, drums, and Tanner Kartes, harmonica and vocals. “We describe our sound as alt-country because labels determine what box to put PWS in for booking inquiries,” explained Marino, who is front man on stage and band manager off stage. Alt-country, or alternative country, is a subgenre of country music – initially emerging as a blend of the nonconformist sounds of outlaw country and punk rock. PWS, not a fan of labels, developed their own version of altcountry. “Yes, they’re alt-country, but with an often joyous, rambunctious, full sound. They are at times psychedelic, at

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times artsy and always, always fun,” said Danny Deutsch, owner of Abilene Bar & Lounge. Abilene is an iconic American roots music venue in Rochester and one of the band’s favorite clubs to play. (PWS performs there again on January 27.) Marino, Noone and Gregory write the songs individually and bring them to the band to flesh out. Their diverse musical influences – Americana, R&B, pop, hip hop, reggae, classical, jazz and folk, to name a few – all contribute to their unique sound. A tight rhythm section is another important factor in their tune structure. Because drummer Kornrich and bassist Brophy expertly hold down or change up the rhythms, these two driving forces are affectionately dubbed “the bus driver” and “team captain” respectively. Friends playing together “I’ve been active in the Rochester music community

Right: Public Water Supply’s self-titled debut album. Photo by Matt Allchin Left: Public Water Supply live at Iron Smoke Distillery in Fairport. Photo by Aaron Winters

since 2015 but I have never been in a band that has been reacted to like Public Water Supply,” Marino said in a 2023 interview with CITY magazine. He attributes this to the special relationships they have with one another. “It’s almost like an esoteric connection – we’re also on the same page sonically, personally. We’re all like the best of friends.” With the exception of Noone, the band members met in 2015 while attending the Nazareth University School of Music in Rochester. The new friends shared some commonalities. Most are from the Greater Rochester Area (except Gregory, who hails from Atlanta). Most were music business majors (only Kartes minored in music). All are versatile multi-instrumentalists who selected primary instruments to study at Nazareth but play a different instrument in PWS (although Kornrich stuck with the drums). PWS wasn’t initially conceived as an original band. In the winter of 2021, Marino and Brophy were playing country tunes together and decided to form an outlaw country cover band. They asked Kornrich, Kartes and Gregory to join them. “Iggy invited us to jam some country one night and said we had a gig,” Gregory explained. One gig turned into many, performing songs by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and other music icons. The band didn’t even have a name. They played for fun and to pick up extra cash. Then Marino and Gregory began songwriting. “The progression seemed natural,” said Marino. “We were writing songs that shared the stylings of the music we were playing every night.” When they started playing original music Kartes suggested the band name Public Water Supply from signs they saw at the Highland Park reservoir. In February 2022, PWS and Adrianna Noone were playing on the same Water Street Music Hall bill when they all first met. “We fell in love with her voice,” said Marino. Noone’s vocals are sweet-toned but deeply expressive with a nuanced twang. They invited her to join PWS and Noone, drawn to the band’s energy, accepted. She stepped in as Kartes took a position as a brewer at a local brewery and took a temporary hiatus from performing. “Adrianna added her spice to the group and is a big part of the band,” said Gregory. “She’s a good songwriter and helped us define our sound.” Noone, a Pittsford native, studied

voice performance at Belmont University in Nashville for a year before transferring to SUNY Purchase. When she graduated in 2019, she was a journalism major with a minor in music. Noone plays keyboards, guitar, a “mean tambourine” and also took voice lessons before college. The singer auditioned for “American Idol” and “The Voice” television shows as a teenager. She didn’t make the finals but the experiences boosted her confidence. This past May, Noone won a “Brandi-oke” Instagram contest to sing a duet on stage with music super star Brandi Carlile during the Mothership Weekend music festival in Miramar Beach, FL. “That was the greatest day of my life,” Noone said. She nailed Carlile’s song “The Mother” alongside her idol. Noone makes a lot of time for her music. Typically, weekends are reserved for gigs, weeknights for band practice or teaching voice and piano at ROC Star Academy. RSA is a performance-based and artist development music academy founded by Elvio Fernandes, also a member of the Grammy award-winning rock band Daughtry. A big year Even before the January 13, 2023 release of their selftitled debut album, these young rising stars were attracting fans and filling clubs. When promoting upcoming shows, Marino began to affectionately refer to PWS followers as their

Adrianna Noone and Alex Brophy, Cleveland, Ohio, August 2023 Photo by Tom Turner

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Public Water Supply live at the JCC Canalside Stage concert in Rochester, July 2023 Photo by Tatiana Riola

“babies” in a series of close-up videos of his mouth (see the band’s Instagram highlight reel: “Iggy’s Lips”). Imaginative social media engagement is part of their appeal and all orchestrated by Marino’s sister Natalie (who also directed PWS videos, is involved with photo shoots plus album cover and

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website design). Marino manages other band details: bookkeeping, tour planning, recording sessions, music streaming and more. Iron Smoke Distillery co-founder Tommy Brunett was impressed when PWS packed the house there in October 2022. He didn’t hesitate to

offer his venue for the band’s record release party in January 2023. “I love giving musicians a place to showcase their talents,” said Brunett, also a wellknown professional musician. PWS embraces opportunities to inject more fun into their appearances. The mayhem to warm up the crowd included a drag queen, a contortionist and a hula hoop performer before the band took the stage to play their album tracks to a sold-out audience. Since then, PWS has played NY music festivals such as the Lilac Festival in Rochester, the Estival Festival in Caneadea and Borderland Music Festival in East Aurora. Summer gigs included shows across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New England plus Finger Lakes Region shows and local media appearances and interviews. The band’s 2024 goal is to record and tour their second full-length album at more large festivals and clubs in

major cities. Gregory’s new song “Leila,” an energetic tune about two young lovers on the lam during a Bonnie and Clydestyle car chase, is slated as the first single from their upcoming album. Dreaming bigger, they would love to score an opening slot for a national touring act. Marino and Noone got a little taste of that experience this past July. The duo was tapped to play an acoustic set of PWS songs as an opener for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band concert at Point of the Bluff Vineyards. “Bands like Public Water Supply come along rarely. Their shows are super fun, they treat their audience with respect and appreciation and I do think the future is hugely bright for them,” said Deutsch. “Man, oh man, they obviously love what they are doing and it translates so well.” For more information visit Follow on the band on Instagram, Facebook and Patreon.

Frontman Iggy Marino, Rochester’s Lilac Festival, May 2023. Photo by Aaron Winters

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Beyond the Fence The Amazing World of Deer Haven Park

An igloo in the former Seneca Army Depot. Photo by Gary Hunt

by Dee Calvasina Published by Idea Press, Excerpt of Chapter “Sharing History”


t’s always exhilarating to share the military history of the former Seneca Army Depot, as well as to converse about the unique wildlife that find home within its barrier fencing. Perhaps even more fascinating, however, are the revealing tidbits that emanate from the touring guests themselves. The day was perfect for a private tour at Deer Haven Park. A glistening sun produced the first warmth of spring. Dale, Brenda, and Dolly Swarts had planned this special date in advance. Dale, a Marine Corps veteran, arrived equipped with zoom lens camera; and Brenda, a lifelong Finger Lakes resident, was anticipant to see white deer. Dolly was all paws in – a Great Dane from Service Dog Project who assists Brenda to overcome daily challenges and who displayed, at the very least, intrigue. All three were excited for the tour. The depleting snow along the park’s border displayed a fascinating array of wildlife footprints. We approached the abandoned detonation field where, during WWII, questionable bombs were safely disabled. In later years, the National Guard used this area for target practice and grenade throwing. Dale quietly noted, “When I was in the Guard, we practiced throwing here, in this same field.” The comment was matter of fact, but the realization brought a sense of transparent realism to the now overgrown area and the purpose it once served. Sharing snippets of history as it is known in the present stands second to actually living the history itself. The center of the park rose from the morning fog to (Continued on page 72)

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display rows of ammunition storage igloos, silent and dominating. Brenda mentioned how many family members had worked at the Depot throughout the years when suddenly numerous brown and white deer appeared. Camera lenses raised carefully, windows lowered, and likenesses were captured as the wildlife seemed to revel in the moment. The highly protected and still mysterious “Q area” loomed ahead. As we paused outside the triple barbed wire reinforced fencing and spoke of the history instilled in this antiquated area, yet more tales unfolded from our visitors. It was a bit north of this area where the women’s encampment had once presided on a small farmstead. “My stepsister and I visited there in the summer of 1983,” Brenda shared. “The peace protests were going on, and we’d heard about the farm and wanted to see for ourselves. We were warmly welcomed. There were so many people doing all different activities.” Brenda did not join in on any protests, but to be on the farm at such an historic time in Depot history is an amazing happenstance. Remembrances hovered like a cloud as we ventured onward. The male eagle was spotted posing

proudly on a nearby tree while the female perched in the nest. Regal red tail hawks swooped, hunting for breakfast, as wild turkeys exhibited their strut. Innumerable deer prominently enjoyed the sun. Dolly hung her head out the vehicle’s window and gazed, whispering not a peep, as both deer and dog stared curiously at one another. Toward the end of the tour, all were sharing their appreciation of the day when Dale suddenly remarked, “There’s a cardinal.” Brenda, reflective and comforted, shared that the cardinal represented for her a spiritual sign from her mother, who had served many years at the Depot. She had recently passed away. Today was her birthday. Her spirit was most assuredly with us, sending a peace that was almost tangible. What a beautiful gift. An adventure in past and present events highlighted by an abundance of nature and wildlife and capped off by a blessing from the beyond. What adventures await you beyond the fence?

Dee Calvasina is a Finger Lakes native, professional writer and freelance author whose work has been published in numerous regional, national and international publications.

The “Q” area of the former Seneca Army Depot. Photo by Gary Hunt

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he gift of a book is a perfect choice for any occasion, especially this time of year. Books are generally affordable and can have a long-lasting impact. Here are some with local connections which may be of interest – including a children’s book about a dog’s life on the lake.

Steps West: The Field Notes of Col. Hugh Maxwell (1733-1799) John M. Robortella Finger Lakes Historical Press 2023


hy did the 1788 surveys of the eastern boundary of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase, known as the Pre-emption Line, veer to the west? The long-posed question prompted John Robortella to transcribe primary sources, looking for answers. Was there a surveyor error? Did fraud by a competing land company play a part? Or, as some accounts have suggested, did the well-regarded Col. Hugh Maxwell, hired by Phelps to carry out the survey, become ill and leave others to complete the survey? The book includes the first published transcription of Col. Maxwell’s field notes of the Pre-emption Line survey taken from a notebook likely unknown until long after his death. Together with Maxwell’s letters to his wife, they offer insight into the puzzling and consequential issue. Detailed notations and supporting illustrations provide a valuable resource. Robortella, a former newspaper reporter/editor and retiree from the University of Rochester, is a respected writer on local history. Enjoy excerpts on page 32.

History and Mystery: The Folklore and Legends of the Bristol Hills John Holtz, general editor; Anna Overmoyer, illustrator BookIOne 2023


his attractive book published by the Bristol Hills Historical Society features tales of local history and folklore. Thirty narratives, both fact and fiction, illuminate the Ontario County towns of Bristol and South Bristol. Well-written prose is illustrated with imaginative watercolor paintings by Anna Overmoyer. The artist’s whimsical artworks feature spirits, fairies and magic – setting

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The New York State Canal System: A History Beyond the Erie Susan P. Gateley History Press 2023


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age are included. Some historic vessels are featured like the tug, Urger, which became a floating classroom in the canal system later in its life. While the need for extensive repairs threatens Urger’s future, its long service and design features teach about the past. The value of canal-themed museums is also underscored with specific examples. Illustrations and diagrams enhance this topic. Gateley has a master’s degree in fisheries science and experience sailing in Lake Ontario, the coastal waters and the NY Canal System. These experiences fueled her numerous articles and books including a new historical novel, “Shifting Winds: A Maritime Tale of the Great Lakes.”

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Solid. Life and Death of a Jazz Genius Scott LaFaro Vincenzo Staiano Lulu, English edition 2022 Solid. Quel diavolo di Scott LaFaro Arcana Editore, Italian edition 2021


he loss of a gifted musician in the prime of life naturally leads to speculation of what more that individual might have contributed. In 1961, Scott LaFaro, a respected jazz bassist, died tragically in a car crash at the age of 25 en route to Geneva, just three days after playing at the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The book, in essay format, reveals the musical influences on LaFaro, “one of the most innovative bassists in the history of jazz.” According to the author, LaFaro was the first one to give a relevant role to the double bass in a combo. Like his father, Rocco, LaFaro became a musician and the pair collaborated at Belhurst where Rocco long performed. After leaving musical studies at Ithaca College, LaFaro met and played at West and East Coast venues. With (Continued on page 80)

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musicians like Chet Baker, bandleader Stan Kenton, Paul Motian, Bill Evans and Ornette Coleman, among others. The bassist’s life, with details of the LaFaro family’s Italian background plus references to his recordings and performances, offer context to his musical journey, Staiano, of Italy, is a former professor of English literature. He has participated in numerous music, film and theatre productions, including serving as artistic director of the annual Roccella Jazz Festival.

Voices of Wayne County: A Bicentennial Commemorative Book Designed and compiled by Amber Linson Wayne County Historical Society 2022


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wo hundred years is a noteworthy milestone. Wayne County, formed in 1823, celebrated its bicentennial in 2023 with numerous activities organized by co-chairs Gene Bavis and Rosa Fox. This commemorative book of memories is destined to become a “time capsule of life in Wayne County.” It includes an impressive collection of 140 short submissions and 120 images received from 110 contributors. These stories are organized by the county’s 15 towns: Sodus, Palmyra, Williamson, Ontario, Wolcott, Lyons, Galen, Macedon, Savannah, Arcadia, Butler, Huron, Marion, Rose and Walworth. Contributors share personal tales of farm and small-town life, reminiscences of lost businesses and buildings, along with friendships and recreational activities. A few accounts from published sources and some poems are included. A valuable section, “Author Bios,” features a happy mix of amateur and professional writers along with some historians. This book is bound to be particularly helpful for researchers. For casual readers it will provide a journey into Wayne County’s past. Organizing the wealth of submissions was creative editor, Linson, a Walworth Town Board member and president of the Walworth Historical Society. She was assisted by a small group that reviewed submissions as well as an editing committee. The publication was achieved thanks to a grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

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Looking Ahead Future reviews include:

Remarkable Women of the Finger Lakes

Julie Cummins Arcadia Publishing Coming November 2023


rom women medical pioneers like Clara Barton and Elizabeth Blackwell to aviator Blanche Stuart Scott and writer Sarah Hopkins Bradford, the iconic women of New York’s most beautiful region are revealed.

Beryl Ann’s Hair Salon Canandaigua (next to Walmart) 4387 Recreation Drive

A great team of professional experienced hair stylists Walkins


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The P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery 32 South Main Street Canandaigua, NY Open 10-5 Tues-Sat

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Tourists and Trade: Roadside Craftsmen and the Highway Transforming Craft Bruce Austin SUNY Press Hardcover published in June 2023 Paperback coming December 2023


his analysis of regional crafts in Western New York focuses on two craft businesses located along US Route 20 that began during the Great Depression. Related themes of leisure travel and automobile tourism are explored.


Hejamada Campground & RV Park

Family Camping at its best! Located in the Finger Lakes Region

Come see why we’re the ideal campground for caravans, jamborees, group functions, families and individual campers.

(315)776-5887 • 877-678-0647

315-748-3977 2215 Lord’s Hill Rd. Tully, NY 13159

From Tenting to Large RVs Located near Lake Ontario. Family oriented park with seasonal and overnight accommodations. Cabins - Groups • 30/50 Full Hook-up Pull-through sites

12669 Ridge Road, Wolcott, NY 14590


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Areas of Interest in the November/December 2023 issue 1 Auburn (p.62) 2 Branchport (p.22) 3 Elmira (p.40)

4 Geneva (p.32) 5 Hammondsport (p.58) 6 Manlius (p.66)

7 Mendon (p.54) 8 Ovid (p.72) 9 Pittsford (p.56)

10 Rochester (p.63, 68) 11 Skaneateles (p.60) 12 Syracuse (pp.65, 67)

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The gentle, comforting ripple of warm saltwater has an invigorating effect — especially during aqua-aerobics class. And, for Kendal residents Sara, Carol and Joann, the exercise is a fun, refreshing way to get fit — and get together. Living on the 105-acre campus at Kendal not only keeps them involved in the lifestyle they love, but connected to any future care they may need. And, from here, the story just keeps getting better. Come for a visit and tell us your story. Call 1-800-253-6325 or go to to learn more.

2230 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

A not-for-profit continuing care retirement community serving older adults in the Quaker tradition. ©2014 KENDAL



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