Fort Edward, N.Y. - Visitors considering a vacation or a weekend away can enjoy Washington County, New York’s outdoor recreational activities and events during its summer season. Information about these activities and many others are listed online at http://www.washingtonnycounty.com/.
The 13th annual Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival, held June 7th-9th, features four launches of 10 hot air balloons, fireworks, the Taste of Cambridge with local producers and restaurants showcased, and Moon Glow, a nighttime display of cold burner illuminated tethered balloons synchronized to music. The weekend event includes rides, games and entertainment for the whole family. Visitors can learn more at http://www.cambridgenychamber.com/balloonpage.html. Read more »
Destiny USA is thrilled to offer a comfortable place for tour bus drivers to take a break after a long drive.
Syracuse, N.Y. -Destiny USA has announced the debut of a new bus drivers’ lounge that opened on the facility’s first level to accommodate and attract the drivers of the motor coaches carrying increasing numbers of group tours visiting the destination.
Destiny USA hosted more than 140 registered bus tours last year and registered tour bus visitation has grown by 77% from January to April 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Representatives of Destiny USA have already attended more than 14 travel trade shows in 2013 and will continue traveling the world to promote Syracuse as a destination for group tours. The creation of a great, new environment for bus drivers to relax in while bringing guests to the area will only enhance these efforts. Read more »
Rochester, N.Y. -Arcade video games often sport stunning graphics and wildly different playing elements-like shifters, pedals, joysticks, buttons, and steering wheels-to heighten a gamer’s playing pleasure. See the creative thinking behind the finished designs of some of the most popular video arcade games at Atari by Design: From Concept to Creation, an original new display opening at the National Museum of Play at The Strong Saturday, June 22.
The display offers game enthusiasts a rare opportunity to delve into the development of Gauntlet, Street Fighter, Gran Trak 10, Red Baron, and Gotcha. Game cabinets are paired with displays of preliminary designs, drawings, and sketches that went into their creation as well as some of the fliers and advertising materials used to promote their sale. Several of the machines, including Street Fighter and Gauntlet, are available for play. Read more »
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Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary season with a diverse offering of musical experiences. From rebellious Baroque innovators to a critically-acclaimed jazz songstress, this year’s Festival promises to excite and inspire. The Festival presents five classical concerts, an evening of jazz with Hilary Kole, and four free community concerts that pair accomplished amateur musicians with professional artists.
The Festival opens July 7 with the concert Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano. In addition to works by Debussy, Mozart, and Poulenc, the evening features a new multi-media work that pairs a live performance of Robert Sirota’s 2008 composition Birds of Paradise with videos and bird calls from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project. Read more »
Clayton, N.Y. - The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today the details of its new exhibit opening and reception.
Join the Antique Boat Museum on Friday, May 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Haxall Building, located at 750 Mary Street in Clayton, for a reception to celebrate the opening of the new exhibitions on display in the Homer Dodge Gallery and the Passageways Gallery. All are welcome to attend.
“Long Journeys in Small Boats” can be found inside the Homer Dodge Gallery on the first floor of the Haxall Building. This exhibition features ten journeys totaling more than 30,000 miles traveled in small boats, many of which are on display. Read more »
Cayuga Tourism to hold Workshop in Recognition of Importance of LGBT Visitors
Cayuga County, N.Y. - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States and in many cities across the nation events are help throughout the month of June to commemorate this turning point in the history of gay rights. Celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had locally, nationally, and internationally.
In recognition of Pride Month, the Cayuga County Office of Tourism will host an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Outreach Service Training on June 5th from 9-11 a.m. at the Stardust Foundation, 2 State Street, downtown Auburn. Read more »
New FLX magazine highlights Summer Events in Rochester and the Finger Lakes
Rochester, N.Y. - There’s something extra tagging along with the summer issue of Wegmans Menu magazine. No, not more sumptuous recipes-rather, a delicious guide to summer events in our Finger Lakes region. The guide is a magazine named FLX, and it highlights the region’s golf, music, wine, beer, and food. There’s also a sweepstakes offer that includes weeklong tickets to the PGA Championship and other great prizes.
One of the 14 workgroups of the Governor’s Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) is devoted to Tourism and the Arts. The work group is made up of key stakeholders from around the Finger Lakes region who are engaged in tourism and arts programs and promotions. Already a champion of the region, Wegmans and the group recognized an opportunity to help drive tourism in the Finger Lakes for the summer of 2013. Read more »