Finger Lakes Riesling and Craft Beer Festival in Canandaigua

Riesling and Craft Beer Festival 2015The Finger Lakes Riesling and Craft Beer Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Canandaigua City Pier and the New York State Wine and Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. Top wineries in the Finger Lakes will be featuring their award-winning Rieslings and great up and coming craft breweries will be serving up samples of the beers they produce.  Nearly 20 wineries, 12 breweries, and 16 food vendors will be featured, along with 50 other vendors with a variety of goods.

Admission is $25 for entrance to the wine garden, which includes Riesling tasting, craft beer tasting, grape stomping and seminars.  A $10 education pass includes access to all areas of the festival except for wine and beer sampling.

The seminar schedule on both Saturday and Sunday will be:

Noon: Organic Farm and Farm to Table, presented by Chef Michael Flint of Wegmans.

1 p.m.: Bay Scallop Scampi, presented by Adam Scheele, culinary instructor at The New York Wine & Culinary Center.

2 p.m.: From Seed to Sauce, presented by Paul Guglielmo of Guglielmo Sauce.

3 p.m.: The Making of an Award-Winning Olive Oil, presented by Penelope Pankow of F. Oliver’s.

4 p.m. (Sunday only): Uncorked with sommelier and wine writer Holly Howell.

Find more information online at

Live Theater in the Finger Lakes

Bristol Valley TheaterFrom June through August Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, NY in the heart of the Finger Lakes presents a repertoire that is sure to delight audiences. Performances of the plays and musicals are Wednesday through Sunday. The theatrical line up for the remainder of the summer season is:

July 23 – August 2 Black Comedy
The most important night of Brindsley’s life and the power goes out! The audience will be able to see what this zany cast of characters can’t – what really goes on in the dark.

August 6 -16 Becky’s New Car
Fasten your seatbelts for a devious comic road trip as an average woman gets the chance for a spin down the road not taken.
From “Teach Your Children” to “If Mama were Married” – a musical family album that celebrates the fun, frustrations and foibles of family.

Tickets $33 for adults, $31 for seniors

If you are planning to stay at Another World Bed and Breakfast in the Naples / Canandaigua area
and want to attend a performance at the theater, let the box office know you are staying at our B&B and you will be able to purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $26 each. To order tickets by phone call the box office between 12 pm to 5 pm or one hour before show time (8 pm). Box office phone number (June-August) is 585-374-6318.

Evening performances are at 8 pm / matinees at 2 pm

For more information about the Bristol Valley Theater visit their website at

Canandaigua Lady Cruises in the Finger Lakes

Canandaigua LadyCanandaigua Lady 1Take a cruise on the Canandaigua Lady in the Finger Lakes.  The Canandaigua Lady is a replica of one of the 19th century double-decker steamboats that operated on the Finger Lakes between 1820 and 1930.  At one time 19 of these steamboats operated on Canandaigua Lake.  They were the primary form of transportation since no roads at that time ran along the lake.

Enjoy a narrated excursion cruise on Canandaigua Lake and learn about the Steamboat Era, the lake and its scenic shores, as well as the Seneca Indian nation.Canandaigua Lady 2

The Canandaigua Lady also offers lunch and dinner cruises.

Call 585-396-7350 to purchase tickets or visit the Canandaigua Lady’s website at for additional information or to book a cruise online.

Fun in the Finger Lakes at Heron Hill Wine Tasting Room at Bristol in Canandaigua, NY

Heron Hill Tasting Room at Bristol located at 5323 Seneca Point Road in Canandaigua, NY in the Finger Lakes presents Summer Saturdays featuring wine, wood fired pizza and live music.  Pizza starting at 4:30 pm and live music from 5 to 8 pm.

Schedule of Performers
July 25  Tommy Gravino
Aug. 1    Meyer and McGuire
Aug. 8    Brian Ayers
Aug. 15  Wally Musial & friends
Aug. 22  Charlie Ellis
Aug. 29  Tim O’Hora

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival in the Finger Lakes

Canandaigua Arts and Music FestivalNow in its 27th year, the Canandaigua Art Festival, takes place July 17-19 on the wide sidewalks of historic downtown Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes.  Over the years as the festival grew music, children’s activities and food trucks have been added.  More than 100 artists, crafters and exhibitors will be displaying their wares including ceramics, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, leather, fiber, glass, photography and gourmet foods.  The Common Park stage features the musical acts all three days of the event.  And a wide variety of food vendors will be serving up all your festival favorites.

Moonlight Stroll at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion in Canandaigua

Sonnenberg Moonlight Stroll


Tomorrow night, July 10, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion Historic State Park in Canandaigua hosts their most popular Moonlight Stroll concert of the  year – their Celtic Stroll. They will have the Tullamore Celtic Band & The Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance. 8-10 pm. Gates open at 7:30 pm. More details at:


Chateau Frank 30th Anniversary





On July 5 my husband and I attended the 30th Anniversary Sparkling Soirée hosted on the grounds of the beautiful Chateau Frank in the Finger Lakes. The picture perfect summer afternoon started with an elegant reception high above Keuka Lake at its most beautiful point, the vista overlooking the bluff and Y in the lake. We enjoyed string music while sipping a selection of Chateau Frank sparkling wines. A wonderful gourmet luncheon followed. After lunch we toured the sparkling wine cellar and enjoyed a library vertical tasting of Chateau Frank Brut and a 30th Anniversary video. And, we got a signed copy of the new Dr. Konstantin Frank biography from author Tom Russ which we can’t wait to read.

History of Chateau Frank

Chateau Frank was started by Willy Frank, son Dr. Konstantin Frank in 1985. Like Konstantin Frank, Willy was a Finger Lakes wine pioneer. Willy’s dream was to make methode champenoise sparkling wine from vinifera grapes in the Finger Lakes. At the time (early 1980’s), the Finger Lakes was not making methode champenoise from vinifera. In 1982, Willy purchased a beautiful stone home complete with a cellar ideal for sparkling wine production and set out to make methode champenoise sparkling wine using the three traditional champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. In 1985, Willy released his first vintage and since then the Chateau Frank has become one of the most prestigious sparkling wine brands in New York State.

Chateau Frank was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places this year, and the timing could not be better. The Chateau Frank property was built in 1866 by Philip Argus, a German immigrant and was at the time the Western New York Wine Company until prohibition. The property has a long history of winemaking in the Finger Lakes and signage commemorating its historical status will be placed on the road in front of Chateau Frank at the July 5 anniversary event.

Lavender in the Finger Lakes

Lavender at lavender crest farm

Lavender Crest Farm is located in the Finger Lakes just outside Pen Yan on 15 acres overlooking Keuka Lake. The Finger Lakes have the ideal microclimate for growing lavender. The farm raises several varieties of lavender and lavandins. More than 1000 plants currently bloom in the farm’s field. The organic and natural products that the farm produces include soaps, lotions, sachets, gift baskets, and more. You can tour the farm from 9 am to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in July when the lavender is in full bloom. From the farm cart at the entrance to the farm you can purchase fresh cut or dried lavender, lavender soap, lavender plants and many other products from the gardens. The cart is open 9 am to dusk Monday through Thursday from July and through the summer while supplies are available. The farm is located at 3068 Bath Road (corner of Bath Road and Second Milo) in Penn Yan.

26th Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Gathering in the Finger Lakes

Fiddlers Gatherings

The Old Time Fiddlers’ Gathering will be held at Lakewood Vineyards just outside Watkins Glen, NY in the Finger Lakes on June 20th and 21st, 2015.  The event celebrates fiddling traditions and features performers from New York State.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy this great family event.  For additional information and directions visit or

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer in the Finger Lakes

Brew and BratsIt’s hard to believe that Labor Day and the start of the new school year are just a little over two weeks away.  So, why not come out and catch some of the best summer sounds in the Finger Lakes at Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill in Naples, NY.  Meyer and McGuire, local eclectic acoustic musicians, whose music reflects such greats as Jimmy Buffet, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Jim Croce, will be performing on Saturday, July 17, from 6-9pm at Brew and Brats.  Also, taste the excellent selection of locally brewed beers, have a glass of Arbor Hill wine and enjoy the Hartmann Brats made right here in the Canandaigua area while listening to some great music on a beautiful summer night.