Our Maiden Voyage

Greetings. Thanks for your interest in our premier issue of Life in the Finger Lakes. This is the culmination of many months of planning, preparation, perspiration and of course, challenges met.

Back in January, my partner Tim Braden had this idea about starting a magazine that showcases the Finger Lakes region. It is our goal to illustrate through words and pictures the great life that exists in our area. We are focusing on the scenic natural beauty, the interesting wildlife, the rich history and current events that abound in the Finger Lakes.

As an artist, I see a scenic view around almost every curve in the road. Our barn pictorial shows you how interesting and picturesque everyday sights can be. My passions involve the outdoors – hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, bicycling and canoeing. I also enjoy the historic architecture and the unique entertainment offered in the Finger Lakes. I believe this issue helps to show you those passions – the wonderful birding experience at Sapsucker Woods, the history of Ganondagan, behind the scenes at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, sailing on Seneca Lake. Our area also contains a great variety of artisans and creative individuals, who perform an important service for us – they show us what we as humans are capable of creating when inspired by beautiful surroundings.

Speaking of inspiration, this first issue would not have been possible without the support of our families and friends. They have been encouraging and helpful, patient and forthcoming. We would like to thank them for their help. We would also like to thank the talented individuals who have contributed to this magazine. As I have heard motivational speakers say in the past, a goal is a dream with a deadline. Our pool of writers, editors and photographers have helped us to meet our goal of a summer 2001 issue.

If you are already a subscriber, thank you for believing in Life in the Finger Lakes and supporting us on our maiden voyage. If you enjoy this magazine and would like to become part of the Finger Lakes experience, please return a subscription card to continue receiving it. And since we want to bring you both the unique stories and the everyday occurrences, let us hear from you, our readers. Visit our website to access any late-breaking information. We want you to read our magazine cover-to-cover, to keep it on your coffee table for easy access to material about the Finger Lakes and upcoming events. I’ll see you next issue.