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!”

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.

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.