There is Always Something Interesting

by Mark Stash

One would think that after publishing a regional magazine for 20 years with probably close to 100 issues, good ideas and subject matter for articles would be difficult to come by. Yes, we have covered just about every popular and well-known story in the Finger Lakes. And yet, there are always different ways to write a story, to cover something of interest. Coupled with that is the fact that our readership is continuously evolving and always looking for something different and unique.

We love to cover people who have interesting stories to tell. Mark Gilbride and his wife Sharon run Lazy Acres Alpacas in Bloomfield (page 40). I was out there the other day and I have to say – their location is an idyllic setting for a farm. The rolling hills and fields, along with the barns, presents a welcoming setting for their alpaca herd. I was never up close to an alpaca before, and they strike me as the most gentle and beautiful of beasts. Mark mentioned that he’s been doing this for close to 17 years, and he never had any farming experience before that. That just goes to show you it’s never too late to follow a dream.

Morten and Lisa Hallgren of Ravines Wine Cellars are celebrating being in business for 20 years (page 9). Their winery, although small on an international scale, has grown significantly. They operate two tasting rooms and own 130 acres of prime estate vineyards. Their story continues to grow and evolve.

Nancy McCarthy, one of our esteemed freelance writers, is focusing on a new department this year called “Musical Notes.” She’ll be covering the Finger Lakes music scene in all its aspects. Live music has become a huge draw for many local businesses, and the talent that’s emerging from the area is phenomenal.

There’s always something interesting going on in the Finger Lakes. And here’s to another 20 years of Life in the Finger Lakes bringing the good story to you!

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