Author: Sue Schmidt
Sue Schmidt grew up in the Finger Lakes, left for a few years but then realized what a crazy idea that was! She quickly came back and has lived here ever since. She is an avid motorcyclist and hunter. Her favorite thing to do in the Finger Lakes is ride her motorcycle through the hills of Naples smelling the fresh grapes just before harvest. Sue loves to find new, unique experiences that are all about the culture of the Finger Lakes. Her favorite thing about the area? Well, it’s “everything!”

A Finger Lakes Labor Day Weekend on a Harley!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 2:42 PM by Sue Schmidt

I am a creature of habit doing things that I enjoy and this year isn’t going to be any different. Scott and I are counting down until Sunday, September 6th to ride in Marty’s 30th annual Labor Day Poker Run for motorcycles (the majority are Harleys but all are welcome to join in).  

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.

In May of this year, our tourism office had the opportunity to host the Midwest Travel Writers Association’s (MTWA) annual spring conference. they stayed at The Inn on the Lake  in Canandaigua.  We hosted 61 travel writers, photojournalists and industry suppliers for a four-night/five-day itinerary.  MTWA active members are writers, editors or contributors actively engaged in producing travel-related content for newspapers, magazines, web or specialty publications.  MTWA associate members are public relations professionals working in the field of travel and tourism.  We have hosted many travel writers in the past but this was our first time with an organized group of this size. What an adventure it was sharing the Finger Lakes with them!

My boyfriend Scott and I have saved the date (June 27) for a very special event. But we are not wearing anything special and we really don’t care if it rains or shines that day.

In fact, the more rain before Kirby’s Kompound Mud Bog, the better.  

What’s a mud bog, you ask? It pretty much boils down to grown men playing in the mud with their trucks. And a grown woman like me says it’s a hoot to watch.

On January 23rd we celebrate National Handwriting Day in the Finger Lakes! It’s an important day, considering even with the changes of technology, we are still constantly communicating with handwriting. Growing up, I remember learning that penmanship was very important and that I wanted mine to be perfect and have a style. I remember in second grade that I couldn’t wait until it was my turn to be in charge of the chalk board for the week.