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Livingston County News Thursday, September 14, 2017 A7

Rocco Laurienzo/The Daily News

Milestone. The Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park celebrated a year in operation during the summer. The Nature Center offers year-round programming at the state park.

Nature Center thrives in rst year

Letchworth State Park venue has become starting point for visitors

PARK It was years in the
making, and now just more
than one year later, the Hum-
phrey Nature Center is blos-
soming as hoped.
In June 2016, the Hum-
phrey Nature Center opened
its doors after years of fun-
draising, designing, buildup
and anticipation.
The opening was full of Rocco Laurienzo/The Daily News
pomp and circumstance. Guide to the park. Naturalist Intern Laura Black and vol-
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unteer Annie OReilly assist visitor Diane Rennie in the Humphrey
spoke, New York State Parks Nature Center at Letchworth State Park.
Commissioner Rose Harvey
spoke, as well as many other ter, which is a unique time to thats a key feature of the
state and local officials. visit the park, Kruger said. park. But another parks
The building was touted This home base here nature center might highlight
for its sustainability 127 really gives us a lot of oppor- another characteristic.
solar panels on the roof, a tunity to build programming Another key factor to the
cistern and efficient light- Rocco Laurienzo/The Daily News especially, he said. Center is its partnership with
ing and the role it serves This focus on environ- SUNY Geneseo, which Kru-
in the park being open year Inside look. Visitors explore exhibits inside the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State
Park. The Nature Center sees nearly 200 visitors daily and has become a starting point for visits. mental education is part of ger said has gone well so far
round and offering educa- the reason the center has in the first year. This aspect
tional opportunities. Aside from being a place been raising monarch butter- way, Kruger said, referenc- been touted at the state level. is something that hopes to be
And one year later, its one that visitors can check out 12 flies and conducting releases ing the route the migrating Nature centers at other state recreated across the state as
of the most popular build- months of the year, the Cen- each weekend. Through early butterflies will take south to parks are now in the works to more of these nature centers
ings in the park for multiple ter serves a specific role that September there had been 40 Mexico. introduce locals about what pop up.
reasons. releases with 231 butterflies The releases are expected environmentally goes on at All in all, the first year of
wasnt really found in the
The Nature Center sees set free. to continue through Sept. 20. each specific state park. the Nature Center has gone
nearly 200 visitors daily and park prior to last June.
Kruger said the centers We just put them on a Additionally, the park For instance, Kruger said as expected, officials said
has become a starting point finger for launch and the next offers numerous classes and the Center in Letchworth fea- which is to say its going
for people in the park. role is to serve as an environ-
mental educator for Letch- stop is the butterfly high- opportunities during the win- tures a lot of stone because well.
(The Nature Center) acts
as a real sort of base camp, worth State Park; a place

Grizzlys Trail
said Elijah Kruger, an envi- where people can learn about
ronmental educator in the different wildlife living in the
park. This is our hub now. park and other systems of the

of TeRrORs
People can come in and ecosystem.
peruse the material on the Kruger said they have
walls or just admire the offered classes on pulling sap
building itself. From there, for maple syrup, tagged mon- Sept. 30th, Oct. 7th,
they can be directed toward a arch butterflies to see how
class or, in some cases, even they interact with the park 14th, 21st & 28th
private tours, depending on and have added beehives to 7:30 - 11:30pm $15/Person
the content a group may be show how pollinators work. Please be advised you may be
looking for. The parks naturalists have touched or tormented during your visit.

Little Monsters Day

October 28th Noon - 4:00pm $10/Child
Bring your kids to the first ever, kids
day. You will ride our haunted bus and
be dropped off at out trail, where you
will trick or treat your way through and
receive candy from our friendly
monsters. Kids receive a loot bag of
goodies and small pumpkin. Kids
wearing a costume will be entered into
a free drawing to win a prize.
Rocco Laurienzo/The Daily News
Applying pressure. Dennise Khou and Alexander Hodoan,
visiting Letchworth State Park from Philadelphia, try an interactive Food and Refreshments Available For Purchase
displays inside the Humphrey Nature Center that allows visitors to
simulate pressure on rock.
10042 South River Road, Hunt 585-476-2249
A8 Thursday, September 14, 2017 Livingston County News

Fall festivals offer a nal fun ing

Summer may have been wet, but autumn brings more splendor
BY BEN BEAGLE com,) or $15 (day of event). All proceeds fund the APOG
Save the Wall Project. The
Astronomical autumn does
Best Wing in the Valley
not begin until Sept. 22.
winner will be announced at
But meteorological autumn
3 p.m.
began Sept. 1, marking a sea-
A wing-eating contest will
son change from the years
take place at 2 p.m. with a
warmest months to a season
Champion Chicken Chom-
where the temperatures will
per being crowned. There
rapidly decline.
will be Wings to Go for
And while, at times, it
sale and a beer tent for guests
didnt seem like we had
21 and older.
much of a summer with all
Live music will be pro-
of the rain, autumn is off to a
vided by Groveland Station
great start with comfortable
from noon to 3 p.m. and
weather for last weekends
by SUNY Geneseo student
Farm Fest and Autumn in the
From noon to 4 p.m. there
Fall is one of Western New
will be several fall-themed
Yorks most beautiful sea-
activities on Main and Bank
sons. Temperatures are still
streets, including a booth
pleasant, and the landscapes
for pumpkin decorating and
take on a patina of brilliant
face painting. At 3:30 p.m.
reds and vibrant yellows as
the annual Great Pumpkin
the leaves begin to change.
Race down Bank Street will
Looking ahead theres
begin, open to all with prizes
still a slew of festivals and
for winners for each heat and
special events planned dur-
a grand prize for the overall
ing the next two months in
Livingston and neighboring
A Pumpkin Hunt begins
Sept. 21 when individuals
For the nature lovers, Nick Serrata/For The Livingston County News, File Photo can judge decorated pump-
there are fall foliage excur-
sions. For artists, there is the Digging in. Jake Okun, right, a SUNY Geneseo student from Fayetteville, works on the wings during the 2016 Geneseo Autumn kins displayed in various
Wingfest. Okun placed first and ate 10.3 ounces out of the 23.4-ounce dish. businesses and runs through
annual Letchworth Arts and
3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Pass-
Crafts Show and Sale. And include information about the in the Village Park will ben- every hour. Coins, stamps at noon. On Center Street, port cards will be provided
for those who like the dark life and times of Rochesters efit The Arc of Livingston- and supplies with free park- restaurants from all around and as individuals judge
side of Halloween, there are own suffragette. Wyoming County and the ing and free admission. Food Livingston County will set the pumpkins, they collect
plenty of haunted houses and In addition to exploring the Business Education Council and drink available. up to compete for the title of stamps. After collecting the
ghost walks. maze, there are more than of Wyoming County. The The 4th annual Geneseo Best Wing in the Valley. To correct number of stamps,
Whatever you enjoy, you 35 other activities, including event is a fun time to taste Autumn-Wingfest presented sample the wings from each passports can be entered into
should be able to find it. And hayrides, bounce pillows, and experience food from by the Association for the restaurant, tickets must be a raffle for prizes valued over
you wont have to travel far farm animals, pedal karts, a local restaurants. Tickets are Preservation of Geneseo will purchased: $10 (in advance
to get there. straw fort, a barnyard barrel $10 (free for those younger take place Sept. 23, beginning from apog.brownpapertickets. See FESTIVALS A9
Heres a look at the sea- train, a spiderweb, the new than 10 years old); available
sons festivals and special Stokoe Farms express train online or at ARC of Livings-

events: and much more. ton-Wyoming County. Info:
For the weekend of Sept. Tina Sick at 658-2828, ext.
Sept. 16 16-17, in honor of 100 years 133 or
Native American and of womens suffrage in New
Pioneer Heritage Day takes
place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Trailside Lodge in
York, Stokoe Farms is offer-
ing $2 off the regular $14
ticket prices. The farm is at
Sept. 23
The Geneseo Valley Hunt Kitchen & Bath Design Center
Parade signals the start of
Letchworth State Park. 656 South Rd. in Scottsville.
Native Americans perform For more information: info@
the hunt season. Hounds and
riders parade down Gen-
Fall is Here! Time to Think About
traditional dances along
with pioneer athletic and eseos Main Street at 7:30
a.m. The parade begins at the
Fireplaces or Stoves for Heat
craft demonstrations. Native Sept. 20 Wadsworth Homestead, 4
American and pioneer food, Harvest Fest: A Culi- South St.
goods and fun will be avail- nary Experience is sched- The Bath Coin Show
able. uled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. opens at 10 a.m. at Bath Fire
Sept. 20. The event at the Station, 50 East Morris St.,
Sept. 16 and 17 Warsaw American Legion Bath. Door prizes are drawn
Finger Lakes Fiber Fes-
tival at the Hemlock Fair-
grounds (Route 15A) show-
cases local fiber vendors
and will include classes, free We have a wide variety of stoves & fireplaces on the showroom floor
lectures and demonstrations. 3225 Genesee St., (Rt. 63), Piffard, NY
The cost is $7 per person,
free for ages 12 and younger. 585-243-4260 585-243-4263 Fax
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sept. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Sept. 17.

Sept. 16 to Oct. 29
Stokoe Farms Pumpkin
Patch and Harvest Fest is
scheduled weekends from
Sept. 16 to Oct. 29. Hours
are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Nick Serrata/For The Livingston County News, File Photo
year, the annual maze will Race ready. Tobey Yarowsky, front, from Geneseo paints his
honor Susan B. Anthony. pumpkin as his mother, Tera, watches during Great Pumpkin Race
The 3-acre maze will also at the 2016 Geneseo Autumn Wingfest.

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Native festival. Native Meditate Workshop - September 16
Americans will perform tra- Proceeds for Hurricane Harvey victims from
ditional dances along with Tee shirt sales & Friday Donation Yoga classes.
pioneer athletic and craft Location: 2 School Street, Geneseo
demonstrations during Native
American and Pioneer Heritage
Day on Sept. 16 at Letchworth
State Park.
Livingston County News Thursday, September 14, 2017 A9

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

is more than just a party
SPECIAL TO THE LCN too, including knitting, weav- weaving, knitting, lace mak-
The acronym for the Finger ing, felting and crochet. ing, rug hooking, other spin-
Lakes Fiber Festival, FLFF, Recognizing that not all ning guilds, master gardeners
could just as easily stand for festival attendees want to as many dyers grow their
Friendly Learning Fiber Fes- devote a block of time to a own plant materials, sock
tival. class, the FLFF also boasts knitting machine users and
The Festival, sponsored by a large roster of free dem- rug hookers.
the Genesee Valley Hand- onstrations which suit the The competitions the
spinners Guild, features the watch and learn student. Skein and Garment Show
same attractions as really These may include such dem- and the Fleece Show are
big festivals: classes, ven- onstrations as how to handle designed to give entrants and
dors, competitions, exhibits, specific fibers, how to use onlookers pertinent infor-
demonstrations, designated particular tools, multiple felt- mation, not just score card
areas to informally hobnob ing methods, weaving on dif- numbers and ribbons. These
with other spinners and such ferent types of looms, charka competitions are not limited
folk. But these parts are all spinning, how to skirt a fleece to guild members; entries are
designed to function togeth- or basics of spindle spinning. encouraged from near and far
Nick Serrata/For The Daily News, File Photo er as a two-day educational Vendors with a variety and provisions can be made
High stepping. Wyoming Country 4-Hers Stampinem Katie Pearl, left, leads the group during excursion into spinning, knit- of wares are desired so that for mailing items.
the Apple-Umpkin Festival in Wyoming. ting, weaving and all the other people new to any craft can
fiber arts that encourages all Items are judged in cat-
find the basics while the more
attendees to learn something egories such as Best Novice
experienced have a chance
Festivals highlight the harvest season.
Events include a 19th century
magic show, a Punch and
artists, artisans and crafts
people are showcased at this
event. In addition, there are
The FLFF takes place Sept.
to locate the hard-to-find
items they need. Raw and
Spindle Spun Skein, Excel-
lence in Knitting, Best Felt-
From A8 Judy show, fortune readings, 16 and 17 at Hemlock Fair- processed fiber of all types, ed Wearable Article, Best
plenty of food choices to
base ball games and tours of satisfy even the most picky grounds, 7370 Water St., brand name and indie-maker Handwoven Article includ-
the functioning 19th century eater. All the action takes Hemlock. yarn and tools, books and ing Handspun Yarn and the
$250. Pumpkin Hunt win- Vernabelle Freund Memorial
ners will be drawn at 4 p.m. brewery. place at the Highbanks Rec- Now in its 23rd year, the DVDs, synthetic and natural
There will also be youth reation Area and the cost festivals steering committee dyestuffs, patterns and kits, Award for Best Lace Article
Sept. 23 and 24 competitions in 60 different is free with the $10 admis- works to craft an event that buttons, every kind of yarn Made With Handspun. More
age categories, from penman- sion into the park. Proceeds makes beginners feel wel- imaginable, beads and fin- than $1,000 in cash and prizes
The AppleUmpkin Fes- have been donated for 2017.
ship and pottery to photogra- benefit the Arts Council for comed and experienced craft- ished goods may be found at
tival in the Village of Wyo- phy and pumpkin pie. Prize- ers feel appreciated.
Wyominig County. For infor- the festival.
ming will return Sept. 23 and winning animals will be on Classes are a cornerstone of FOR MORE INFORMATION
mation, go to www.artswyco. The FLFF also hosts guilds
24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. display with a goat show and the festival. While a definite and clubs of other disciplines regarding the festivals
org, or call (585) 237-3517 hours, classes, vendors,
both days. Highlights of this competition on Saturday. focus is given to beginner and so that guests may network
or (585) 493-6000. submission of competition
free, family-friendly event Shopping will be available advanced techniques in hand with people who focus on
include an arts and crafts entries, schedule of activities
at the Market Tent offering Oct. 14 spinning, a cross section of different but related crafts. and local accommodations,
show and sale and a food speciality items, all grown or other disciplines is selected These include guilds for visit
court in the Village Park; Horses, Hounds and
made in Western New York. Hoopla otherwise known
clog dancing on Main Street. Admission applies. For
bluegrass festival on the Vil- officially as the Genesee
information call (585) 538- Valley Hunt Races will
lage Hall lawn; and more 6822 or
music in the Village Park return to Nations Road in
Music Tent from 11 a.m. to Geneseo on Oct. 14. Hours
Oct. 1 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5 p.m.; an antique show and A Harvest Festival will be
sale in the Village Hall from Highlights of this family-
hosted by Deer Run Winery, friendly event include horse
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The App- 3772 West Lake Rd., Gen-
leUmpkin Baking Contest is races, dog events, boutique
eseo, from noon to 4 p.m. shopping, a New York Food
in the Village Park on Sat- Oct. 1. Kids are welcome and Wine Farmers Market,
urday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a day of fun on the grape wagon rides, pony rides and
with entries auctioned off farm. Activities include stick horse races.
at 2:30 p.m. A community hayrides, face-painting, There will also be an
service at First Presbyterian grape-stomping, lawn games, Agri-Discovery Center and a
Church at 9:15 a.m. on Sun- trick-or-treat stations and free Tailgate Picnic competition
day. The Middlebury Histori- food sampling provided by (register at
cal Academy will be open Wegmans of Geneseo. Tickets are $12 in advance
with special exhibits. at and Weg-
Oct. 7 to 9 mans or $15 at the gate; 12
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 The Letchworth Arts & and younger are free, as is
A Fall Festival featur- Crafts Show & Sale returns parking. Proceeds from this
ing the Agricultural Fair is Columbus Day weekend, day long event benefit Goli-
scheduled from 10 a.m. to Oct. 7 to 9. Hours are 10 sano Childrens Hospital at
4 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Strong and the Rotary Club
at Genesee Country Village More than 300 crafters are of Geneseo. More detailed
and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill expected. The countrys fin- information can be found at
Rd., Mumford. Programs will est visual and performing

Comfort Care
Walk Sept. 16th

All Proceeds Go To
Teresa House
Registration 9am Walk 10am
Highland Park, Geneseo
Livingston County News File Photo Call 585-243-1978 for more information
Close race. Three horses and riders bear down as they approach a jump near the end of the Sponsorship forms available online at
course in the Genesee Valley Hunt Races in October 2016.




September 23



A10 Thursday, September 14, 2017 Livingston County News

Halloween events range from
benefit terrifying to trick-or-treating
The Halloween spirit is,

groups well, alive and well, in the

Genesee Valley.
Halloween-themed events
range from the terrifying to
SPECIAL TO THE LCN the theatrical and even the
This weekend a 5K will aid the whimsical with trick-or-
needs of St. Agnes School, Avon, treating through the historic
and its students. village at Genesee Country
In Geneseo, hundreds are expect- Village and Museum in
ed for the 13th annual Comfort Care Mumford.
Walk, a major fundraiser for Teresa Read on if you dare for
Heres a look at upcomings runs/ a look at upcoming events
walks scheduled in Livingston sure to deliver a chill down
County this fall: your spine or a shriek from
St. Agnes School 5K Run and your mouth.
1 Mile Fun Walk/Run begins at 9
a.m. Sept. 16, 60 Park Place, Avon, Sept. 30
and benefits the school while teach- Barn Festival is scheduled
ing kids about health and wellness. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Register at
Sept. 30 at the Jack Evans
racetoeducate; $20 for adults ($25
day of race); $15 for youth (12 and Community Center (Old
younger) and $10 ($40 family) for 1 Hemlock School), 4705
mile fun walk/run. South Main St. (Route 15A),
 13th annual Comfort Care Hemlock.
Walk takes place at Highland Park Hosted by the Little Lakes
in Geneseo and benefits Teresa Community Association, the
House, a comfort care ministry. event includes arts and crafts
Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the vendors, food, music and
walk starts at 10 a.m. To receive childrens events. A square
a t-shirt, participants must submit Genesee Country Village & Museum Photograph
dance is planned from 7 to
at least $10. For information, call 10 p.m. Spirits of the past. Actors throughout Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint HIll Rd., Mumford, will give insight into
243-1978 or 19th Century American life during the after-hours, candlelit Spirits of the Past theatrical tours, Oct. 13 to 21.
 Snoopy and The Red Bar-
ron Dog Walk benefits the Nation-
October Oct. 13 to 21 for non-members/$19 for scary monsters will be on and 29. More than a dozen of
al Warplane Museum and will take Grizzlys Trail of Terror Spirits of the Past theat- members. the trail for children to get the villages buildings will be
place on the Museums grounds, is a thrilling and terrifying rical after-hours tours through treats from. Once the trail of open.
3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo on one-of-a-kind Trail of Ter- the spooky and candlelit Oct. 27 treats has been completed, Other activities will include
Sept. 16. The walks are scheduled ror bus ride as well as a walk Halloween Arts and the Spooky Bus will take a bounce house, face paint-
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your streets of the Genesee County
along a trail filled with grue- Village and Museum, 1410 Crafts is scheduled from 7 to every one back down the ing, roasting of marshmal-
dog, walk the grounds and enjoy some and horrifying mon- trail where kids will be given lows, listening to spooky
food, vendors and demonstrations. Flint Hill Rd., Mumford, This 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Chip Holt
sters. years theme is witches so Nature Center, Vitale Park, a bag of loot and a small tales around the fireside;
 Friday Knight 5K Run/
Walk is scheduled Sept. 22 on the This event is not recom- be prepared for witch hunts, Lakeville. This is fun for pumpkin. Cost is $10 for farm animals, mini-golf and
campus of SUNY Geneseo, begin- mended for children younger fortune-telling, bewitchments the whole family with door trick-or-treaters. Kids wear- meeting Beauty from the
ning at Letchworth Drive. Hours than 13 years old, pregnant as well as the telling of many prizes for the kids. $5 supply ing a costume will be entered fairy tale, Beauty and the
are 4 to 7 p.m. The run/walk is women and those with medi- tales of folk-lore. fee/family. into a drawing to win a prize. Beast. Admission is $7 for
sponsored by SUNY Geneseo cal conditions. Reservations are required trick-or-treaters; accompany-
Track & Field and Cross-Country Admission is $15 at the for the 75 to 90 minute tours Oct. 28 Oct. 28 and 29 ing adults are free; for adults
with proceeds benefiting the pro- door and it is recommended which are not recommended Little Monsters Day is Trick-or-treating hosted by not accompanying a trick-or-
grams. Registration form can be that children younger than 16 for children younger than 12 planned at Grizzlys Trail of Genesee Country Village treater, admission is $5. For
found on years old be accompanied by years old or those with walk- Terror, 10042 South River and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill more information, call (585)
Registration fees (before Sept. 19): adults. ing difficulties. Rd., Hunt, from noon to 4 Rd., Mumford, is scheduled 538-6822 or go to www.gcv.
$20 for public; $15 faculty/staff/ Grizzlys Trail of Terror Dates of the tours are Fri- p.m. Oct. 28. Friendly, non- from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 org.
alumni; $10 student.
can be found at 10042 South days Oct. 13 and 20, Satur-
 Livingston County, spon-
sored by CASA and Trinity will River Rd. in Hunt. The event days Oct. 14 and 21 from 6 to
present a 5K Run: Run 4 Recovery, takes place every Saturday in 9:30 p.m. and Thursday Oct.
on Sept. 23, starting at 9 a.m. at October from 7:30 to 11:30 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Herr parking lot, 43 Maple p.m. Food and beverages will Non-refundable tickets
St., Dansville. A recovery celebra- be available. For more infor- may be purchased by calling
tion is scheduled after the run at the mation, call (585) 476-2249. (585) 294-8218 and are $23
Dansville Community Center, 43
West Ave., at 11 a.m.
 Ramon Rocha 5K Run/
Walk will take place on Oct. 14
with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
at St. Marys Church, 4 Avon Rd. in
Geneseo. The race starts at 10 a.m.
and will feature a Halloween cos-
tume contest, food and beverages,
medals for the fastest runners by
age group, music and chip timing.
Registration can be done at:; $20
by Oct. 11 and $25 on race day for
individuals; teams of four or more
cost $17/person. The registration
fee is waived if total sponsor pledg-
es are $100 or more. All proceeds
from the run/walk go to the The
ARC of Livingston-Wyoming.
For more information, contact
Jeff Thomas at (585) 658-2828, ext.
128 or
 The Avon Central School
PTA will host its second annual
Braves Color Run on Oct. 28 at
the schools sports complex. The
Braves Color Run features a 5K
untimed race. Runners will get
doused in environmentally safe,
colored water at checkpoints along
the route.
 Livonia Turkey Trot will
offer either a 3.4 mile run which
begins at 8 a.m. or a Kids 1 mile
Fun Run which begins at 9 a.m.
at Livonia High School, 2 Bulldog
Blvd., Livonia on Nov. 23. The run
is hosted by The Friends of Livo-
nia Education Foundation, Livonia
Central School and the Village of
Livonia with proceeds benefiting
the Livonia Food Pantry. For low-
est registration fees and an official
race t-shirt, register by Nov. 1 at
com. For more informations, con-
tact Cassie or Wendi at livonia.