Several weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Voice of America made its debut on radios beyond our borders, broadcasting in German as a new strategy to counter Nazi propaganda and promote American democracy and other values to Americans in occupied territory as well as to overseas allies.

The original VOA relied on shortwave radio, a technology, which previously had only been used in private enterprise.

The Antique Wireless Museum, a mind-boggling collection of historic communications equipment and hardware, now brings a sizable piece of VOA history to Bloomfield.

The bucks stopped here. And here. And here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:01 PM by Jake Banas

The first time I noticed it I had to stop and stare to figure out what I was really seeing and why on Earth it was there. Sure enough, as I paused on my way to a meeting at the Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, a large deer adorned with clouds, vines, and the rolling hills of the Canandaigua area stood off to the left of the main entrance, seemingly greeting me as I walked in. It stood, lurking behind a few trees, gazing ominously back at me. No, it was not a real animal, and no, this wasn’t something out of a Hunter S. Thompson story; but why a hotel would have such a large deer painted like a scenic landscape eerily hiding behind the front door landscaping was completely beyond me. I stared at it in disbelief, like (okay, you saw this coming) a deer stuck in the headlights.

In just a few days the town of Hopewell near Canandaigua will welcome more than 40,000 people to the 55thannual Pageant of Steam. This event will bring visitors of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.  I really admire the mission statement from the N.Y. Steam Engine Association, which promotes this unique event. ”Demonstrating the past to educate the future.” 

It truly is a pageant dedicated to steam. In fact, I think of it as four days of tractor performance art.

When you open up a craft brewery in the sauerkraut capital of the world, at some point, the local sauerkraut cheerleading squad will come knocking at your door.

That is exactly what happened to Mike Darling last year, just two weeks before the annual Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend. This year's festival of fermented cabbage runs Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 in various locations in downtown Phelps.

Mike is the head brewmaster, keg washer and CMO (Chief Mop Operator) of Crafty Ales & Lagers, a nano-brewery that opened in 2013.

The Finger Lakes were made for bicycles!

Saturday, July 25, 2015 1:11 PM by Karen Miltner

This spring when I found out I would be working for Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, the official tourism promotion agency for Ontario County, I wanted to be able to see my county in a new way, a way that visitors see it, with fresh eyes, curiosity, and admiration.

So I created a challenge for myself. To explore all of Ontario County by bicycle. And by that, I mean riding every single street, alley, road and avenue on my bike. I started the project in late April and will probably take two or three years to complete.

Gardens are a special treat around the Finger Lakes in the summer (and fall and spring). 

The neat thing about gardens is that the experience can change based on the company you keep. There’s a different mood and mission when you stroll a garden solo or as a hand-in-hand walk under the moonlight, or as a family on a nature adventure. 

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua has gardens for all these walks of life.

“Preserving a past. Providing a future.”

That is the slogan of the Ganondagan State Historic Site. More than 300 years ago, Ganondagan was the site of a flourishing, vibrant Seneca community. Though the original community was destroyed by the French in 1687, today there are countless numbers of people working hard to preserve the culture and history of a nation that played a vital role in the region’s history.

There is nothing that captures the spirit of a place quite the way a county fair can do. A warm and sunny summer day, the smell of fried dough and fair foods lingering in the air while kids dart excitedly from ride to ride, all playing out to the symphony of sounds from people conversing over classic cars and prized animals. It’s easy to blissfully lose oneself just taking in all there is to experience.

Annual county fairs are among one of the oldest New York State traditions. Originally a place where people would gather to exhibit their livestock and show off their agricultural achievements, county fairs have since expanded to include not only these events but also everything from games and rides to food and shows.

How to stay cool in the Finger Lakes

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:44 AM by Laurie Gifford Adams

While there are activities galore to keep everyone entertained on a Finger Lakes vacation, sometimes when it’s hot out I just want to find a way to beat the heat and relax. Here’s a quick guide to some of my family’s go-to places to do just that. All of them are family-friendly, so pick one or two from the list, or if you’re in the area for several days, try to fit them all into your itinerary. It’s fun to be one of the “cool” ones in the summer.

Of course, since we’re right here in lake country, boating, water skiing, knee boarding and swimming are the standard ways to experience the water. But I also like to explore opportunities that are a little less traditional when we think of going to the lake, so here are my top choices for fun ways to get wet and cool down.