First Things

This spring, Life in the Finger Lakes magazine is involved in a series of exciting “firsts.”

As you may have read in previous issues, we’re sponsoring the first ever Finger Lakes Show, being held May 2 through 4 at the Fair and Expo Center in Henrietta. It will feature over 150 exhibits, thousands of products and services, and interactive displays for consumers who love the outdoors and our lakes. We think that this show will be an extension of the quality advertisements and articles that we bring you in each issue of our magazine.

We are very excited to be the first to announce a proposed museum for the Finger Lakes, The Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum. John Adamski, a passionate outdoorsman who writes regularly for our magazine, first approached me with this idea last fall. He recognized that our publication and the proposed museum have the same goal – to represent the integrity and richness of this area. Like The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, John’s proposal will focus on natural history and culture. For details, please read “Showered With Ideas” on page 36.

We’re happy to offer you, a travel-planning website that lets you design your own custom Finger Lakes vacation or day trip for free. Just visit and plug in some simple information to design a trip that combines area destinations with your interests. The itinerary that you create, complete with a map to each destination, can be saved for future reference and accessed using your e-mail address and a password known only to you. can be used as a supplement of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine and its website. We’re sure it will become an essential tool for anyone who wants to experience this region.

Many of our readers have told us that they wish we could publish more than four issues a year. Until we are able to do so in the future, please sign up for our new free monthly e-newsletter. This brief and fun publication will showcase upcoming events and news items, and feature articles not included in our printed publication. Check out our January newsletter online (, which included a video about the unique Jailhouse Restaurant in Owego.

Our spring issue also marks the beginning of two new series of articles. Please make sure to check out the first installment of “In the Kitchen,” (page 12) featuring recipes by Eric K. Smith, chef at the Finger Lakes Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, and Part I of “Farmland to Forest” an historical look at the land, wildlife and people of the Finger Lakes.

Happy reading!

by Mark Stash

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