Say it isn’t so, but let’s send-off summer with a celebration! The nights are getting cooler; the days are getting shorter; it’s time for the annual Ring of Fire. Labor Day weekend is upon us.

To a visitor, you may think we are crazy or had a little too much fun this summer. Seeing that every store for the last month has road flares up and down the aisles. One must wonder what’s up with all these flares. But these Ring of Fire flares are used for an ode to the past, a Seneca tradition of thanksgiving.

Action begins at Dusk on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

Flares are lit around Canandaigua, Honeoye and Keuka Lake in celebration of Labor Day, marking the unofficial end of summer. A ceremonial bonfire is ignited at the top of Bare Hill, on the east side of Canandaigua Lake, in a celebration of peace and a bountiful autumn harvest.

During the holiday weekend, be sure to post up your awesome photos on Instagram using the hashtag #FLXperience! We’d love to see how you are celebrating Finger Lakes style!

I am sure you all have your favorite places to celebrate and watch the Ring of Fire.  So please do share! One of my personal favorites is an Adirondack chair at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua - front row seats to the action!

Have a fun, safe and healthy Labor Day weekend!

P.S If you are looking to embrace the outdoors this weekend, Finger Lakes Health wants to capture that feeling of fitness in a photo, and show people just how easy it is to be healthy in the Finger Lakes! Post your best color photo that depicts how you stay fit in the Finger Lakes by using the hashtags ‪#‎FLXperience and ‪#‎fingerlakesfit on Instagram.

Your photo could be selected for the fall edition of Thrive, a bi-annual wellness magazine.