Birding at the Sterling Nature Center

@courtesy of the Sterling Nature Center

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Happy Father's Day

My dad and husband always say that they don’t want anything special for Father's Day, but we all know we cannot let this day pass without honoring dad. Finding a great gift for dad is not easy, especially if you want to give him something unique. I always try to remember that not all gifts come gift wrapped in a pretty box, sometimes the best gift is the gift of an experience. Take Dad out to…

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Harriet Tubman invites you to celebrate Juneteenth in her chosen hometown!

by Colleen Onuffer Juneteenth is the oldest celebrated recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States. The first Juneteenth celebrations began in 1866 in Galveston, Texas. However, it wasn’t until 2021 that Juneteenth became a nationally recognized holiday. Today, the observance of June 19 th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. For…

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Memorial Day 2022

Many of us look forward to Memorial Day weekend for its parades and barbecues and in Cayuga County there is no shortage of activities to attend. But let's not forget what the holiday is about: honoring the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Did you know that in 1966 Waterloo, NY was recognized by Congress and President Johnson as the birthplace of Memorial Day? On…

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Brave Women FLX 100K

The winter weather makes it tempting to stay bundled up at home, and it can be easy to write off exercising or going for that daily walk. But staying active year-round can help keep you sharp, healthy and on track to achieving your fitness goals. And when you need some extra motivation, think of the brave women of the Finger Lakes – trailblazers like Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth…

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Valentine's Day Inspiration

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to shop, dine and travel because you are ‘required’ to pamper yourself and your valentine in recognition of this holiday devoted to lovers. Cayuga County is arguably one of the most romantic places in the world to celebrate this holiday. Beautiful lakes, quaint villages and peaceful roads winding through rolling farmlands provide a romantic setting that is…

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Summer Celebrations

During this time, it’s important to count the small wins, the little moments and celebrate! Whether it is graduation, a birthday, an anniversary, or a (socially distanced) get together with family or friends you haven’t seen in months, take the time to recognize these occasions and have a little fun. We’ve collected a few of our favorite ideas to help you do just that! Small wins and little…

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The Inaugural Finger Lakes Birding Festival

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THE FINGER LAKES BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELED. Being an optimist at heart, I feel Spring in the air. The sun feels stronger, and my need to spend more time outdoors is stronger too. This past weekend I found myself drawn to cleaning up my yard and marveled at the number of birds I heard chirping all around. Have they been here all winter or are they making their…

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Finger Lakes Birding Festival

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THE FINGER LAKES BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED. There is so much to love about the Finger Lakes region and in particular, Cayuga County. We have such an abundance of historical/cultural product as well as natural beauties to visit and interact with. What about birding? Have you considered focusing your vacation on birding? More people are watching birds today as…

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Smokey Hollow Maple Syrup

Producing pure New York Maple Syrup, Smokey Hollow offers live demonstrations and tours, free samples and of course, Maple Syrup. Just follow the sweet smell to the sugar shack. The family has been making maple syrup as a hobby since 1975, starting with a wash tub and an open pit campfire. Today, we have a state of the art 2020 Lapierre Volcano 2000 Evaporator and a brand new, Leader NVP 1200…

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Six Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month

It’s that time of year we get to stop and think about the women who have done amazing things and maybe do a few rather amazing things ourselves. So, grab one of your fabulous female friends and make some of your own history and fun in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the birthplace of Women’s Rights! Women Made History Commemorate Women’s History Month with an intimate look into the lives of the…

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