Looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend? Why not treat your loved one to a weekend getaway in Finger Lakes Wine Country? There are plenty of things to do in the region to honor the important women in our lives. Whether they prefer wine tasting, touring local museums, hiking among waterfalls, shopping, or dining; you can find it all in Finger Lakes Wine Country.
May is an ideal time to visit the region. With the
celebration in full swing, there are many special month-long promotions at wineries, accommodations, and tourism businesses throughout the region. On May 11, 2013, Finger Lakes Wine Country celebrates National Wine Tourism Day. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses are offering special events to celebrate the importance and fun of wine tourism. Many of the wineries are offering wine and food pairings as well as educational experiences throughout the day. Many are also donating their tasting fees or a portion of wine sales to the local food bank in their respective county that day. In addition, some of the businesses participating, such as accommodations, have special Mother’s Day Weekend packages. For the mothers who love wine, this weekend could not be more perfect. For specific Wine Tourism Day details,
If you are looking to treat your mother to a cultural experience, Corning is a great place to do so. With two world-class museums and a lovely downtown, there is plenty to see and do. Visit the
where you can see a collection of glass spanning thirty-five centuries from ancient to contemporary. If your mother likes hands-on experiences, make a pit stop in The Studio where she can choose from a variety of glass-making classes and create her very own memento.
to see the “finest American Western and Native American art collection this side of the Mississippi.” Currently on view is the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West; an incredibly, thought-provoking collection of powerful images encompassing 125 years of the American West.
If shopping is a must, the opportunities are endless and unique to boot. The region is home to the charming villages of Corning, Elmira, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, and Penn Yan that offer nice selections of shops and local vendors. For more shopping information,
has many interesting shops; you can find anything from antiques and local pottery to jewelry and clothing. The GlassMarket at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Trading Post at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art are two gift shops you must not miss for specialty items at every price point. A one-of-a-kind shopping experience is a visit to Windmill Farm & Craft Market between Dundee and Penn Yan.
hosts nearly 200 local producers, craftsmen, and food vendors.
For the outdoor adventure-seeker moms,
is a must-stop destination. Now open for the season, the gorge trail winds over and under nineteen waterfalls. As you traverse the path, the view is ever-changing, especially in Spring as the landscape comes to life. Overlooking the gorge on either side are two rim trails offering different perspectives of the land and the gorge below.
As a tribute to all loving mothers and for a nice way to cap off your weekend, why not share in the joy and delight in a delicious brunch with your dear ones?
Here is a list of restaurants offering Mother’s Day Brunch, follow the links for details:
at Americana Vineyards
at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars
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
In honor of Leap Day, just for fun, a list of 29 interesting factoids about the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is below that describes did-you-know trivia about the artwork and building. All are true but some are just unbelievable! Use them tonight as dinner conversation with your family and friends. Recite a fact at your next visit to the Museum and receive free admission! Promotion terms limit one fact per customer and the offer expires on Monday, February 29, 2016. Visitors have 1,461 days to redeem a fact for free admission!
The building in which the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is housed was built in 1893; the same year that Frederick Jackson Turner declared the West as closed'.
The Museum collection was founded with an acquisition that turned out to be a fake. Bob Rockwell purchased a "Remington" oil painting in Elmira and proudly displayed it. On a trip west, Bob showed a photograph of it to Dr. Harold McCracken, then Director of The Buffalo Bill Historical Society and an expert in western art. McCracken gave him the bad news.
On the Trail in Winter, a painting in the Rockwell Museum collection by Henry Farney, was used as cinematography inspiration for the film, Dances with Wolves. This painting is currently on view as the Curators Pick: Featured Painting of the Season on the second floor of the Museum.
The Rockwell Museum originally opened in November 1976 on the second floor of the Baron Steuben Hotel Building and was named the Rockwell-Corning Museum.
Old City Hall was built by Thomas Bradley and Company for the low bid of $28,579.50 and opened in 1893. Before becoming the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, the building housed hook-and-ladder trucks, horse stalls, firemens quarters, jail cells, tax collectors office, a dentist and public health office, council chambers and the mayors office.
A Mix Up by Charles M. Russell was on view in the State Department in Washington DC until it was returned to Corning for the Rockwell Museum opening in 1976.
The Museum apparently is home to a ghost named Jake. His presence has been noticed by Museum staff and volunteers and he seems to be friendly.
The Museum collection comprises almost 4,000 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, prints, and Native American ethnographic material.
The oldest object in the Museum collection dates to c. 900-1200 (10th-12th centuries) and is a prehistoric polychrome ceramic vessel from the American Southwest (Anasazi culture).
Biggest misconception? The Rockwell Museum of Western Art is commonly confused to be the Norman Rockwell museum. While this is clearly untrue, the Rockwell collection does include one Norman Rockwell painting! Entitled The Buffalo Hunt, this black and white oil painting is on view in the Buffalo Gallery.
The collection contains masterworks by nineteenth and early twentieth century painters and sculptors like Remington, Russell, Bierstadt, Sharp, Dallin, Moran as well as recent works by Native American and emerging western artists like Butterfield, Quick-to-See Smith, Warhol, WalkingStick, and McHorse.
Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) bought the building from the City of Corning for $1.00.
The staff and volunteers of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art served over 5,000 students in 2011 at no charge to school and other student groups.
Museum visitors are greeted by an 800-pound Indian head that was cast in 1929 using Pyrex® brand glass by Frederick Carder. It was originally ordered for a centennial celebration in the Midwest. When the centennial planners came to preview the sculpture, the mold was removed too soon and the still hot sculpture cracked through its center. This piece eventually was purchased by Bob Rockwell (the Museums founding collector) for his Corning department store. Later it was moved to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and now greets our visitors.
The Bronco Buster, by Frederic Remington, is the one of the most recognized bronze statues in the world. An original casting is on display in the Oval Office at the Whitehouse and the Remington and Russell Lodge of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.
The Corning community is fortunate that Montana Winter Scene survived long enough to become part of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art collection. The painting was discovered during the demolition of a house in Elmira, New York, minutes before being plowed under by a bulldozer. Museum staff quickly discovered that the painting was done by a leading western illustrator, Harvey Dunn.
The value of volunteer hours to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in 2011 was an astonishing $19,500.
Edward Grandt, a longtime physician working in Elmira, New York, donated his fine collection of Indian art and Indian-themed art to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in 2011.
Displayed at the Paris Salon of 1880 and hailed in 1883 by a critic as one of the truly great landscapes of our country, Mount Whitney is an oil painting that measures nearly 6 feet high by 10 feet wide. This monumental canvas is on prominent display in the Visions of the West gallery.
Appeal to the Great Spirit, 1909, a sculpture by Cyrus Dallin, was used as the logo for the Beach Boys vanity record label Brother Records.
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art collection of art includes a suite of ten original silk-screens by Andy Warhol a renowned leading figure of the visual art movement known as pop-art. The suite entitled, Andy Warhol: Cowboys & Indians, was donated to the Rockwell Museum by the Houghton family.
The third floor gallery features the extraordinarily large painting, The Buffalo Hunt, by William Robinson Leigh. Measuring at nearly 7 feet tall and 10 feet wide, the painting is so large that it was brought into the Museum by crane over the Museums outdoor Terrace because it wouldnt fit up the staircase.
The iron door to the women's jail was retained in all of the buildings renovation projects and is now on view near the first floor exhibition gallery.
The Museum collection of works by Charles Russell and Frederic Remington is extensive, and includes some of the best-known world famous works by each of these artists.
One of the most famous paintings in the Museum collection is A Mix Up by Charles Russell. This painting is scheduled to travel to Calgary, Alberta Canada for the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Over a million attendees are expected to attend the Stampede event in July 2012.
In the painting, Clouds in the Canyon by Thomas Moran, includes the artists thumb print as part of his signature. Many artists did this to ensure its authenticity.
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art was the host to an Appraisal Day in 2011 where a painting titled Winter, an oil painting by Walter Launt Palmer (American: 1854-1932) was discovered. To the owners surprise, Heritage Auctions® declared its auction worth of between $150,000 - $200,000.
Over 800 community service hours were completed by local Corning high school students to complete the two murals as a part of the Alley Art Mural Project. That is over 33 days of work.
In 2011, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art hosted more people than 3-times the population of Corning, NY.
Tomorrow, lend your eyes, ears and wine palate to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes will present The Brass Menagerie, a hand-picked quintet of the regions finest brass players. Performing in the Visions of the West gallery, this concert perfectly blends visual and performing arts. A wine tasting session will feature Hector Wine Company. Seating is limited, so reserve yours today!
Musicians' Choice Chamber Music featuring, The Brass Menagerie
Friday, January 27, 2012
7:00 p.m. - Wine Tasting Featuring Hector Wine Company
7:30 p.m. - Concert in the Visions of the West Gallery
$25 Adults, $5 Students
For tickets, please call 607-936-2873 or visit www.osfl.org.
Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with Yvette Sterbenk, Communications Manager at The Corning Museum of Glass
. Last year the Museum, located in Corning, NY, celebrated its 60th anniversary and this year, the Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. Yvette explains why this is so important to the museum, as well as some exciting Make Your Own Glass experiences available right now. Take a few minutes to watch the video below to learn more. For more information about planning your trip to Finger Lakes Wine Country, visit www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com
1. How would you sum up the experience at The Corning Museum of Glass to someone who hasnt had the chance to visit?
The Museum is unique, in that it explores glass from all angles. For art lovers, we present incredible works of art in glass, from miniature portraits made in the ancient world, to contemporary sculpture made by living artists. If history is your passion, we showcase glass made in every civilization and time period throughout its 35-century existence. An exploration of glass would not be complete without looking at the science and technology of the material. In our Innovations Center, we offer live glass demos and hands-on displays that shed light on the amazing properties of glass. Live, narrated Hot Glass Shows give even greater depth to the experience by allowing visitors to experience the art of glassblowing first-hand. Then, they can go across the parking lot to our state-of-the-art glassmaking school to try it themselves with our 40-minute Make Your Own Glass experiences, available for all ages!
2. What exciting events and exhibitions do you have on display in 2012?
The American Studio Glass movement began in 1962, bringing glassmaking out of the factory and into the artist studio. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the workshops that started the movement, and the Museum is celebrating with a variety of exhibitions focused on contemporary glass:
· Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch
March 15, 2012 February 3, 2013
· Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab
May 19, 2012 January 6, 2013
3. What kind of hands-on activities are available at the museum?
In addition to 3,500 years of glass art and history on display, the Museum also features the science and technology of glass in the Innovations Center. Here, guests can enjoy live glass demos and an array of interactive displays. Make Your Own Glass sessions offer all ages the opportunity to have the ultimate hands-on glass experience. The Museums trained artists work closely with guests, helping them each step of the way to create a personalized glass project. Options range from sandblasting drinking glasses and fusing colorful designs, to blowing glass ornaments and shaping glass flowers.
4. How much is admission? What about a Make Your Own Glass session?
The Museum is committed to offering guests an affordable and fun destination. Admission for kids and teens, 19 and under, is always free. Adults in the 148, 149, and 169 ZIP codes pay only $6 with valid ID. Adults from outside the area pay $15. Make Your Own Glass experiences start at just $9. Reservations are recommended (visit www.cmog.org/myog
5. Whats one of your favorite pieces of glass on display in the museum?
Choosing a favorite object in the Museums collection of almost 50,000 pieces is close to impossible. I have many favorites but one that particularly sticks out to me, and to many visitors, is Karen LaMontes Evening Dress with Shawl. A life-sized, cast-glass dress, draped to the floor and complete with a free-standing shawl, this piece is incredible, not only for its immense beauty and technical excellence, but also for the individual images it can evoke for the viewer. For instance, I can easily imagine the woman for whom that dress was made, standing elegantly on the stair and taking a deep breath before gliding effortlessly down the mahogany staircase to join her guests below.
6. What do you love about living and working in Finger Lakes Wine County?
By making a life in the Finger Lakes Wine Country, I have the best of all worlds. The area is full of cultural institutions and activities, without the traffic and smog of a big city. We get to enjoy world-class museums and events, as well as the incredible array of outdoor activities the region has to offer. In the warmer months, we can swim in any number of natural lakes, hike through beautiful hillsides, and explore the many waterfalls. My family and I especially love taking advantage of the culinary bounty of the region. We spend all summer visiting farms and picking fruit at local orchards. In the cooler months, we can ski, snowshoe, and enjoy the many regional festivities. As the halfway point between New York City and Niagara Falls in Corning, NY, we also have the opportunity to experience all the major hubs have to offer without driving too far.
Do you wonder what your family heirloom is worth? Or do you long to know the story behind it? Youre chance to get some answers is tomorrow. On Saturday, November 5, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art will host What's it Worth? Appraisal Day with Heritage Auctions. Bring items from your personal collections to the Museum, for Heritage Auctions appraisers to determine their worth and insurance value. Anything that cant be carried should be photographed, emphasizing details dont forget to also measure the object and record the dimensions. Heritage Auctions is the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world. Ten appraisers will be on hand to examine American & Western Art, Decorative Arts & Memorabilia, American Coinage & Currency, Sports Memorabilia, Fine Art, Comics, Americana, Photography, Decorative Arts, Native American Art & Artifacts, and Jewelry & Silver. Meet the appraisers >If youre a fan of the PBS show Antiques Roadshow, at Saturdays event, you will recognize expert appraiser, Kathleen Guzman. She has 25 years of experience in the art and antiques industry. Kathleen has personally auctioned over 1,500 sales with over 500,000 objects valued at over a half billion US dollars. She brings 15 years experience from the world-renowned international auction house Christie's, selling such items as a Monet watercolor for $4.3 million and the Ruby Slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" for $660,000.Watch Kathleen in action! On an Antiques Roadshow episode, a guest brings in an unusual napkin for appraisal. The napkin turns out to be a $20,000-30,000 payday!
In another episode, Kathleen examines a Dr. Seuss "Cat in the Hat" Lunch Box Art (ca. 1970). You wont believe how much this art is worth definitely enough to buy you lunch, for life!
What's it Worth? Appraisal Day with Heritage Auctions, will take place at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art on Saturday, November 5, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 for up to two items for Museum Members and $30 for Not-Yet-Members. Additional items cost $10 maximum of three additional items per person. Get directions to the Museum >
The Rockwell Museum of Western Art
offers the best of American West and Native American art and culture east of the Mississippi. Located in downtown Corning, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art is the perfect escape from the summer heat and a great escape into the best of Southwestern art. Listen to the 15-minute podcast
all about this treasure of a museum in Finger Lakes Wine Country
This weekend in Finger Lakes Wine Country
is filled with Wine Trail events, BBQs and even a big 30th Birthday Party! There is no better way to enjoy the summer than to enjoy a delightful day with friends, family and a glass of Finger Lakes wine. Here are the highlights for this weekend including a preview of some upcoming summer events:
1. Barbecue at the Wineries, on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
. (Also note that this event weekend repeats June 25-26.) For this weekend event, each of the eight Keuka Lake Wine Trail member wineries offer a different barbecued dish made with a New York State rub, marinade, or sauce. Who said northerners don't know how to barbecue? We're talking some lip-smacking, sweet and tangy goodness here! And wait until you pair that barbecued treat with a glass of delicious Finger Lakes wine. You're going to love it! There are some tickets still available for this weekend for $30 per person. Visit KeukaWineTrail.com
for more information.
2. Smokin' Summer Kickoff on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
- Speaking of slow and savory, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is also offering their spin on your favorite summer grillin' foods with the new event, Smokin' Summer Kickoff. The perfect way to jump start the summer! The event is co-sponsored by Java-Gourmet, a local company offering coffee-based sauces and rubs. Each winery on the trail will offer a grilled-favorite using a Java-Gourmet product and pair it with their award winning wine. Check out the 15-minute podcast
about this exciting event.
3. Tug Boat Wines 30th Birthday Party
- Lucas Vineyards on Cayuga Lake is celebrating the big birthday of their famous Tug Boat wines. Join them in a celebration next Sunday for live music, barbecue and clams (yum) and of course your favorite Lucas wines. Listen to the 15-minute podcast
with Jeff from Lucas Vineyards now to learn more about this birthday bash.
4. Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians Exhibit at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
- In the 1980s, Warhol made several series of thematically related images featuring historys victims including Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century (1980) and Endangered Species (1983). Cowboys and Indians (1986) was his last series on the theme. Taking his images from photographs, Warhol portrayed aggressive cowboy types: General Custer, who became famous posthumously after the battle of the Little Big Horn; Teddy Roosevelt, shown in uniform as an Indian fighter; John Wayne, the quintessential Hollywood cowboy; and even Annie Oakley, the popular Buffalo Bill Wild West sharpshooter. In poignant contrast, he represented Indians mostly through Native American art objects (which he had photographed at the Museum of the American Indian in New York City) a Northwest Coast Indian mask, Hopi Kachina dolls, and a Plains Indian shield. His Native portraits are the vulnerable figures of a mother and child, and Apache Chief Geronimo after his capture and exile in Florida. Come see the exhibit this weekend or now through January 16, 2012.Go. Explore. More
. >>> Over 500 unique events happening throughout the summer in Finger Lakes Wine Country.
The second annual GlassFest
will take place Memorial Day weekend in Corning. Celebrate glass and the fire arts throughout Corning's Gaffer District
beginning Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. Listen to the 15-minute podcast to learn more and see the details below.
The festival has expanded in many ways. One of the most exciting events that took place last year was the Light Up The Night
neon display. This will be taking place in Riverfront Park both Friday and Saturday night. There will be a wine and beer tasting
on Friday night and live music
both Friday and Saturday too.
The Corning Museum of Glass will kick it off with a special 2300 Degrees
on Thursday night and they will also set up their Hot Glass Show stage in Centerway Square
with live demos every day! Something that I'm really looking forward to is the FlameOff
. This is an industry term for an expressive glassmaking challenge that gives artists an opportunity to showcase talents using a torch and compete simultaneously for prizes and artistic recognition. How cool is that?
Of course Saturday and Sunday Market Street will be closed to traffic and the streets will be filled with artists, vendors, and cafe seating from local restaurants. Don't forget the Smokin' Hot Barbeque
at the Radisson Hotel and the Fire Arts Show
on Market Street.
Best part? It's all free to attend!