Category - Arts & Cultural Activities

The Summer Season at Bristol Valley Theater—or BVT, as us locals like to call it—kicks off in a few weeks! I’m all about local theater, and BVT has that cool community theater vibe, yet the actors come from all across the US. They attract some of the very best talent in the biz! Tucked away in Naples, New York, you'll find an intimate theater, top-notch wardrobe and props, and some of the very best talent around. Make plans now to check out a show this season!

It’s November! Believe it or not, that means Christmas is rapidly approaching, and so is the shopping season! And with Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities – right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite local gifts you can buy, right here in Ontario County. Most are available all year long, but if you want to take advantage of Small Business Saturday, head out on Saturday, November 25, for this year’s national day of small-town celebration!

Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration

Monday, November 6, 2017 8:00 AM by Peter Jemison

The United States and the Haudenosaunee entered into a treaty of peace and friendship on November 11, 1794.

For the Haudenosaunee, this brought an end to the Revolutionary War and the hostilities that existed between them and American settlers. The Treaty demarcated the lands reserved to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) by the terms of the treaty.

The treaty also spells out how disagreements that may arise are to be addressed by the executive branch of the American Government. The treaty tests the words of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies treaties as the supreme law of the United States. The Canandaigua Treaty bears George Washington’s signature and was ratified by the U.S. Senate in January 1795.

Any resident of Geneva will tell you that arts and the performing arts play a big part in making Geneva “Uniquely Urban.” The past is presented in the story and architecture of the Dove Block, on the Seneca Lake Mural, and the Musselman Wall; but here are ways you can discover Geneva’s next big hit.

March means maple here in the Finger Lakes and boy do we have some greats ways to experience all that syrup! New York State Maple weekends are a great way to get into the action and get those taste buds stimulated!


Fun Fact: Did you know that New York State is the second largest maple syrup producer in the United States?

4 famous women who made Ontario County history

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:00 AM by Karen Miltner

Women make history every day, but we Americans tend to save the celebration for March, thanks to proclamations signed by President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1987, respectively. Carter created a National Women’s History Week from March 2-8, and Reagan extended it to the entire month.

Living in Ontario County, I am reminded about some of our lady history makers every day with the architecture I see, the artwork I admire and the stories I hear on a regular basis.