Excerpt from Persons, Places and Things IN the Finger Lakes Region
by Emerson Klees
The name “Skaneateles” is derived from the Indian word “Skan-e-a-dice,” which means “long lake”. At 350-feet deep, it is the third deepest Finger Lake and serves a watershed of seventy-three square miles. (more…)
Emerson Klees has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.B.A. degree from New York University, and a M.A. degree in English Literature (Creative Writing Track) from the State University of New York — College at Brockport. He is a member of the New Society of the Genesee Historical Association and a past member of the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission and the New York Historical Association. Buy books here (more…)
The Phelps Sauerkraut Festival began in 1967 with a one-day program (The Home of Silver Floss Sauerkraut) with many activities including:
Little League Baseball Game
Queen & Court
Arts & Crafts Show (added in the second year)
http://www.sauerkrautnews.com The Phelps Chamber of Commerce started this festival because Phelps was one of the largest producers of sauerkraut in the world. Eventually, a committee made up of members from the community and community organizations took over the various aspects of this festival with the support of the Silver Floss Sauerkraut Company, now the Great Lakes Kraut Company
Sauerkraut factories within the Village of Phelps:
The Seneca Sauerkraut Factory located at the West end of Main Street was sold to Seneca Foods, Waterloo, NY and the building was demolished December of 1994. The Silver Floss/Empire State Pickling Company located on Eagle Street, Phelps, NY was sold to Curtis-Burns Inc of Rochester September 1, 1965, then sold to Comstock Foods. Canning ended in 1985, but cutting continued in Phelps and eventually went to Shortsville and Gorham.
Even though Phelps no longer has any sauerkraut factories working, we continue to have this festival in conjunction with the American Legion (Auxiliary Unit 457) and Phelps Fire Department and it is now a four-day event, the first full weekend in August.
Finger Lakes Hill Comorah Pagent
Come feel the Savior’s love. Experience one of the world’s great outdoor theatrical productions. Each July, seven evening performances are presented on the beautiful Cumorah hillside next to the Visitors’ Center. A beautiful story on an enormous 10 level stage, twelve-tower lighting, state-of-the-art sound system, Hollywood special effects, and a costumed cast of over 650 provide a truly spectacular show.
Parking and admission are free. No tickets needed.
Performance dates for 2008 are: July 11,12,15 thru 19, 2008 Starts at 9:15pm.
The Hill Cumorah is located on Highway 21 between the villages of Palmyra and Manchester, NY, two miles north of Interstate 90, Exit 43. Seating for 9,000. Spanish translation and ASL interpretation provided. (more…)
Renaissance Festival in Sterling, NY
JULY 5 – AUGUST 17, 2008
10:00a – 7:00p
Saturday & Sunday Only · Rain or Shine
Located 1 hour north of Syracuse in Sterling, NY
Sterling Renaissance Festival
15385 Farden Road
Sterling, NY 13156
Sorry, no pets allowed.
Thrill to the excitement of over 80 stage and street performances. Meet more than 200
professional actors and stagehands who recreate an authentic English Renaissance
Village for you to experience. You will revel in the raucous doings at every corner you
turn. Join the merriment at the pub sing, wench auction, and trial & dunke. (more…)