Chemung County, N.Y. - From leaf peepers to thrill seekers, Mark Twain Country has seen an influx of fall travelers in recent years, and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is positioning itself to take advantage of this trend.
Chemung County has become home to several legendary Halloween and fall-themed events including the Chemung Valley History Museum’s Ghost Walks, Holiday Inn’s Monster Bash and a variety of haunted houses and corn mazes, and the CVB has been working with area businesses and attractions to increase the array of fall happenings. Read more »
Historic Neighborhood Oldest Settled Area in States 9th Largest City
Schenectady, N.Y. - The house at 205 Union St., where the English Garden Bed & Breakfast is located, was the home of Alexander Ellice, a noted fur trader in 18th century Schenectady.
During the American Revolution, Ellice, loyal to the crown, fled to England.
It was a time of divided loyalties among residents of Schenectady’s earliest settlement, the Stockade. Some sympathized with the rebel Colonists in their goal of independence while others remained loyal to Britain.
The Union Street B&B is the source of one of many tales available on a new cellphone audio tour of the Stockade Historic District. Read more »
2012 Inductees to be revealed November 15
Rochester, N.Y. - Which toys will make it into the hallowed halls of the National Toy Hall of Fame this November? Is the Force with Star Wars action figures? Does the Magic 8 Ball say it will be so? Will the pogo stick bounce in?
The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong® in Rochester, New York, today announced the 12 final nominees for 2012 induction: Clue, Dominoes, Fisher-Price Corn Popper push toy, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, tea set, and Twister. Only two of these 12 finalists will make it into the prestigious hall, joining such toy luminaries as Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, and Monopoly. Read more »
Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm, The Mainstage at Proctors
Featuring Afro Cuban All Stars’ former celebrated pianist Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera
First U.S. Tour!
Schenectady, N.Y. - For those looking for an evening of music that leaves their feet tapping and fans the desire to hop a plane headed due south, the National Symphony of Cuba will arrive at Proctors on Friday, October 26th at 8:00 PM, with the Afro Cuban All Stars’ former celebrated pianist, Ignacio ‘Nachito’ Herrera, leading the charge!
Herrera, a classical pianist who has deeply felt his roots as musical director of the renowned ‘Tropicana’ in Cuba, entered the international spotlight at the age of twelve with his mesmerizing performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. Read more »
Albany, N.Y. - Dragons and Nannies oh my! The Broadway National Tour of Mary Poppins and the Arena World Tour of How to Train Your Dragon will swoop into the Albany area. The Disney classic Mary Poppins will play the Proctors Main stage in Schenectady Tuesday, October 2 through Sunday, October 7. While How to Train Your Dragon will play the Times Union Center Thursday, October 4 through Sunday October 7. Read more »
Local paddler joins leg of 1,000 mile Canadian and American canoe expedition advocating for the importance of clean, healthy rivers
Yonkers, N.Y. — RiverTalks presents an evening with the Capital to Capital Canoe Expedition on Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 PM, $10 / $5 for teachers, students, and seniors. River Talks are “Smart Conversations about the Hudson” hosted by Beczak Environmental Education Center, and supported by the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club and the Hudson River Watertrail Association. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 377-1900 x 13. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY 10701; http://www.beczak.org/. Read more »
Prominent local residents create custom itineraries to invite people to “Meet Me in Westchester”
Pocantico Hills, N.Y. - In an ongoing effort to showcase tourism in Westchester, County Executive Robert P. Astorino has unveiled a series of “Falltastic Favorite Escapes” as part of the county’s Meet Me in Westchester campaign. Featuring exclusive itineraries created by some of Westchester’s most notable residents - ranging from The Headless Horseman to star of new ABC show “666 Park Avenue” Vanessa Williams - these “Favorite Escapes” highlight both the popular destinations and secret getaways throughout Westchester. The announcement was made at a press briefing at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. Read more »