Visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country in March? With any trip, there’s a lot to consider, especially around how to spend your time. Here’s a quick snap shot of March happenings to help you narrow down the list of possibilities – or perhaps add a few new ones.
March 8 | Cabin Fever (Wine & Beer Tasting) in Corning's Gaffer District
March 9 | 3rd Annual War Horse Brew Fest at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
March 9,10,20,22,23,24,29 | Elmira Jackals Hockey at the First Arena
March 9-10 | Say Cheese! along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
March 12-13 | The Addams Family at the Clemens Center
March 13 | Winemaker Wednesdays along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 16-17 | Cabin Fever Days at Swedish Hill
March 17 | FREE FunDay Sunday at Rockwell Museum of Western Art
March 21 | 2300° at The Corning Museum of Glass
March 22-24 | Cruisin’ The Tropics Weekend along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 25 | Comedy Club 5 at the Clemens Center
March 30 | Preferred Pairings along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 30 | “Spice it UP!” Wine Pairing Dinner at Glenora Wine Cellars
As tributary of the Susquehanna River, the Chemung River has long been an important manufacturing center in the region up until the late 20thcentury. At approximately 46.4 miles long, the river forms near Painted Post and flows southeast through Corning, Big Flats, Elmira and Waverly.
The name Chemung comes from the Iroquois language meaning big horn or horn in the water due to the discovery of a mammoth tusk found in the river bed in 1779. In its glory days, it was a major trade route throughout western NY. First used by the Iroquois and Native Americans, and then by the later European settlers, the direct route from Pennsylvania allowed for the transport of coal and lumber, which in turn, lead to the growth of Elmira as a regional center of manufacturing. Then, by the late 1840s and 1850s, the river was surpassed by the coming of railroads and soon became more of a popular recreational destination rather than a shipping route.
As the home to a wide variety of fish including bass, trout, catfish and the occasional carp, the Chemung River is a popular sporting and fishing destination. Whether you prefer to enjoy a relaxing day kayaking and canoeing, a lazy day fly fishing or a thrill seeking adventure tubing down the waters, the Chemung River is one of the most versatile natural wonders of the Finger Lakes.