Can you believe the summer is almost over?? Here are a few things we found that would be fun to do around the Finger Lakes at the end of August…

Every Sunday in August : Polo GamesAndrews Road, Skaneateles, NY. Starts at 3pm, small parking fee. pages/Skaneateles-Polo-Club/107709246037766. 

Every Friday in August : Skaneateles Community Band Concerts LakesideClift Park, Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY. Starts at 7pm. Bring a chair or blanket. In case of rain, Austin Park Pavilion, Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY. (315) 685-0552 for info.

August 15th Guided Shorebird-Viewing Walk. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, New York 13148. As summer flies by, so do the shorebirds that use the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge as a stopping point during their migration.  Throughout the months of August and September, certain species of those little birds you’re used to seeing along the coast will stop to rest and feed in the prime habitats created at Montezuma.  Thanks to local birding experts, you are able to get a close view of these birds through the refuge’s annual Guided Shorebird Walk series.  All tours will start at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148) and guests will carpool/caravan to the viewing sites.  Some moderately-difficult walking and significant time out in the sun will occur, so please come prepared with water and sunscreen. Guided by Steve and Linda Benedict of the Eaton Birding Society. 8:00 am. 315-568-5987, ext. 228

August 16thThe Friends of Sterling Nature Center’s Annual Pork Roast Fundraiser. Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvold Rd, Sterling, NY 13156. Pork Roast Menu: Roast Pork, salt potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, applesauce, beverage and dessert!!! Take-out and pre-sale tickets are available. Noon – 4:00 pm. 315-947-6143

August 16th – August 17thSummer On Ice: Craft Beverage Festival, 9934 Route 414, Hector, NY 14841. Standing Stone Vineyards and Wagner Vineyards are co-hosting the first ever Summer On Ice: Craft Beverage Festival on the beautiful Standing Stone grounds overlooking Seneca Lake, showcasing their ice-style wines along with other craft beverages of the region including the craft spirits of Finger Lakes Distilling — along with the best artisan foods of the Finger Lakes Region.

There will be 6 walk-around Tasting & Pairing Stations running all afternoon, 2 Craft Beverages Cooking & Mixology Seminars led by Chef Brud Holland & Mixologist Jason Scarbrough (1:00pm) and Chef Brittany Loughlin & Mixologist Matthew William (3pm). Live Jazz will be provided by Maplewood Jazz Team from 2-5. Tickets $35 at the door, or $30 in advance at, and include admission to all Festival activities along with a commemorative Festival glass.

August 16thJazz Greats at Glenora Wine Cellars 5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837. Spend the day listening to great jazz musicians, overlooking the vineyards and Seneca Lake.

Featuring: Gerald Albright!  Sunday, August 16th, 2015- 2pm $28.00 per person GROUNDS OPEN AT 12:00 PM.  NO CAMERAS OR RECORDINGS, LAWN SEATING ONLY!

RAIN OR SHINE-NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES, NO PETS. Food and Beverage will be available for purchase all day.  Tickets go on sale May 4th at, or by calling 1.800.243.5513, or at Wegmans.

August 19th – September 5th Sweeney Todd Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn, NY. An infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber, Sweeney Todd returns seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him. 1-800 457-8897.

August 21st & 22nd  –  Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, Geneva, NY 

2015 WINE SYMPOSIUM OF THE FINGER LAKES An event celebrating the excellence of Finger Lakes wines and wineries New York was selected this year by Wine Enthusiast magazine as the world’s top wine region and its wines are increasingly being recognized for their excellence.

The third annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which is scheduled for August 21-22 in Geneva, New York, is intended to celebrate the growth and success of the Finger Lakes’ wine industry, and help build on that energy to keep the local industry moving forward.

The event lineup includes a Grand Tasting on August 21 at Geneva’s lakefront Visitors Center during which the winners of the 2015 Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge will be announced. The Riesling Challenge is a signature event of the Symposium, when some of the area’s top winemakers judge the Rieslings in six classes. The Rieslings also will be available for attendees to sample at the Grand Tasting.

This year, tickets will be sold on an a-la-carte basis, instead of a one-price full package basis, allowing attendees to pick the seminars and events that interest them most. Symposium events on August 22 will include an opening session with a panel of wine experts followed by seminars aimed at giving wine enthusiasts a better understanding of the offerings of the Finger Lakes Wine region.

The event continues on Saturday with Winemakers Lunches hosted at downtown Geneva restaurant venues, and a “Red, White and Blues” street tasting on Linden Street where wineries are invited to pour a vinifera red and a vinifera white wine or sparkling wine at 6pm.

The goal is to let people know that the Finger Lakes wine industry is not only thriving but has really attained a magnificent stature among world wine regions. The Wine Symposium spotlights that stature, and invites more people to be a part of the celebration. Admission: For more information or to buy tickets, visit

August 22ndFair Haven’s Pirate Fest. Village of Fair Haven, Main Street, Fair Haven, NY. Noon till Midnight. Come party like a pirate or walk the plank! Free. Website :

August 22ndDr. Frank Winemaker Dinner, 800 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Join us in the Sands Gallery for a Winemaker Dinner unlike any other! The New York Wine & Culinary Center’s Chefs will be pairing Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars’ delicious portfolio of wine with entrées made with fresh, local ingredients. Discover the incredible pairings of the five course meal while Meaghan Frank, great granddaughter of Konstantin Frank, will discuss the line-up of unique, award-winning wines. Located on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars has long been associated with the New York wine revolution. Its founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, helped pioneer the introduction of the European vitis vinifera grapevines in the eastern United States. Now in its third generation, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars continues to be New York’s most award-winning winery since 1962. 6-9:00pm in the Garden Tent. Website:

August 22nd Food Truck Rodeo to benefit the Cayuga Museum!, 203 Genesee St, Auburn, NY

2pm – 6pm. Organized by : Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Case Research Lab Museum.

The Cayuga Museum of History and Art brings local history and culture to theforefront of community consciousness to foster active public stewardship of the past. Featuring trucks from the Syracuse Food Truck Association- The Chicken Bandit and Toss N’ Fire Mobile Wood Fired Pizza- as well as beer, wine, and music in Theater Mack! The event will take place on the Cayuga Museum grounds and a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the Museum. Come hungry and support these great local businesses and local history in your community! Don’t miss the chance to try some of the best food around, right here in Auburn– Chicken Bandit and Toss N’ Fire are selected to be 2 of 20 food trucks across NY state to be in the first ever food truck competition at the NYS Fair on September 6, 2015!

August 26th Rose Hill After Hours, 3372 Rte 96A , 1 mile south of rts 5 & 20, Geneva, NY. 5:30-7:30pm, $15 per person includes 2 glasses of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and a snack. Adults 21 and over only. 315-789-3848. Website : www.genevahistoricalsociety.comvisit/rose-hill-manison/hours-and-admission

August 26th – September 5thSuds, The  Rockin 1960 Musical. Cortland Repertory Theatre, Dwyer Park, 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble, NY. For more information call (607) 756-2627 or visit

August 27th-September 7 The Great New York State Fair,  581 State Fair Blvd Syracuse, NY

13209.  Experience one of the largest & oldest state fairs in the United States! Delight in traditional fair favorites such as agriculture displays, livestock demonstrations, and Ferris wheels. Want something served on a stick? Eat up delicious fried fare and wash it down with a New York State brew or the world renowned “wine-slushie”. The Great New York State Fair offers a variety of family fun activities along with cultural presentations and world famous entertainment acts! Enjoy a great line up of free performances in Chevy Court featuring Meghan Trainor, Melissa Etheridge, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg and Nick Jonas.
•    Gates open at 8:00 am daily. Exhibit buildings are open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, with the exception of Labor Day when they close at 9:00pm. The Midway is open until midnight every night of the Fair
•    Admission: See website for event admission for 2015 or 1-800-475-FAIR

August 28 & 29 Moonlight Cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles Skaneateles NY.  8:30pm. $15 adults.  Gratuity included.  No reservations. Tickets available at 11 Jordan St.  Skaneateles beginning 9AM day of cruise.  315 685-8500.

August 29th – October 18th –  Water Effect Art Gallery Event, Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn, NY 13021. The Schweinfurth Art Center fall exhibit will feature artwork inspired by water. The exhibit will include 78 pieces by 57 different artists, and will include a range of mediums, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles and video. The Artist Reception will be held on Friday, September 4, from 5-8pm. Entry to the Artist Reception is free, and the event is open to the public.

10 Fitch, your romantic escape in NY states beautiful Finger Lakes region.

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