Author: Laurie Gifford Adams
Laurie Gifford Adams is a native to the Finger Lakes who returned to the area after teaching for 26 years in Glastonbury, CT. She is loving being back in the Finger Lakes where she's rediscovering all of the exciting things to see, do and taste here. Laurie is the author of the novels, FINDING ATTICUS and OVER THE EDGE, both set in the Finger Lakes, and co-author of www.RUinDanger.net, an Internet safety guide. She is also multi-published in magazines. She is also the assistant director of alumni and family relations at beautiful Keuka College, another Finger Lakes gem.

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.

A day at the Ontario County Fair

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM by Laurie Gifford Adams

Insider's note: In honor of this year's Ontario County Fair, we're bringing back a blog about 2011's fair by Insider Laurie Adams. For more information about this year's fair which runs July 22 - 26, make sure to visit www.ontariocountyfair.org.

 

 

Where can you take your family for a few hours of fun and entertainment and only have to spend $5?

One place in the Finger Lakes is The Ontario County Fair in Canandaigua. For a $5 parking fee per vehicle, you enter the fairgrounds and never have to spend another cent unless you choose to. While the fair offers exhibits and many programs that are free to the public, very few of us can walk away from a country fair without spending a little more money to enjoy the other amenities the fair has to offer. But, I lured you with the tease that you don't have to spend more than $5, so first I'll explain how you can have a good time on so little money.  What can you do for free?