Staying in Touch

The first annual Finger Lakes Show, held in Henrietta at the beginning of May, was another sign that the popularity of our region is growing. Jeff and Tracey Fraser, owners of Great White Productions, created a consumer show that showcased Finger Lakes’ art, goods and services. I anticipate the show will grow in the future, providing more opportunities for area businesses that display there.

As a show sponsor, Life in the Finger Lakes occupied a booth right near the main entrance. I was happy to meet so many people who read and enjoy our publication. They gave me many suggestions and good ideas, along with a list of subjects about which they would like to read.

I was surprised to hear that some readers were unaware of our website. In fact, we have two. Both are great resources for information about our region. LifeintheFingerLakes.com offers material that we would be challenged to present in printed form. We don’t have room in the magazine to list every upcoming event in the area, but our website extensively covers many calendar items. The same holds true for area news.

I don’t have to tell you that there are a lot of things to see and do here for everyone; so many, in fact, that picking and choosing from all that’s available can be overwhelming. At ExploretheFingerLakes.com, our travel-planning website, just plug in the area you want to visit, along with a list of activities that interests you. The website will help you create a custom itinerary complete with maps and other helpful information.

Speaking of traveling, people will go on vacation this summer whether the price of gas is $4 a gallon or not, but the trend will be toward shorter distances with longer stays. I expect that lakeside cottages, campgrounds, B&Bs, hotels and other lodgings in the Finger Lakes will be busy.

I spoke with homeowners who live right on a Finger Lake, and what they have to pay in property taxes is a sobering statistic. I hope that New York state will make sure future generations of lake residents can keep their land, rather than be forced to sell because they can no longer afford the property taxes. Lake property is among the highest taxed in the state.

In spite of some fiscal problems, New Yorkers still love it here. They may go away for a while and live somewhere else, but I hear from many people that when they return to visit, they just want to stay. The regions here are so diverse: we have two great lakes, an ocean, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and so many others that have incredible natural beauty in their own right. I know I sound like a travel brochure, but when I think about all this state has to offer I get a little carried away.

Thanks for staying in touch. We want to hear about what’s important to you. At the same time, we’ll stay in touch with you between issues with our monthly e-newsletter (if you’re not receiving it, you can sign up at LifeintheFingerLakes.com). Our newsletters present unique videos and slide shows that showcase the Finger Lakes, along with news and a list of upcoming events. I think the unique package that Life in the Finger Lakes offers – magazine, websites and e-newsletters – gives you, the reader, a more enriching experience.


by Mark Stash