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Top 12 New York Wine Lists

Top 12 New York Wine Lists | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Here are the 12 best wine lists in New York, according to Times wine writer Eric Asimov, who makes the case that this city is home to "the greatest selection of wine lists in the world."

 

His picks range from the "geeky French" at Reynard to the "new and deep" at Pearl & Ash, but all, Asimov writes, are "products of imagination, dedication, energy, resources and a clear point of view." The full list, with classifications, is below. And for Asimov's choices on what to drink at each, from the best deals to the weird finds, do take the time to read the article.

 

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Goat farming boom with small farmers

Goat farming boom with small farmers | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Santa Rosa Press Gazette Goat farming is booming with local small farmers Santa Rosa Press Gazette A few years earlier, in a report put out by FAMU, researchers Fidelis Okepholo and Tyrell Kahan, noted the demand for meat goats was more than double...
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Still amazed, Glavine tours baseball Hall of Fame

Still amazed, Glavine tours baseball Hall of Fame | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tom Glavine got an up-close look at the Hall of Fame on Monday during a tour ahead of his induction this summer.
The retired left-hander first visited the Hall last summer, when son Mason was playing in an area baseball tournament.


"When I came here last year, obviously, it was more to see the museum, so to speak, and kind of hoping I would be here some day," Glavine said as he stood in the plaque gallery, only feet from where his bronze plaque will be placed on a wall in four months. "Now, I'm here with the objective of becoming more familiar with this place, and where my place will be in terms of my plaque, so it's a little bit different in that regard."

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Think Winter has been a roller coaster so far? Hang on!

Think Winter has been a roller coaster so far? Hang on! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Winter is less than a month old, and it's already been a wild ride. Hang to your hats. Literally. You'll be taking them off and putting them back on for a while.

 

"It seems this winter has been known more for the wild swings in temperature than anything else thanks to a volatile jet stream," WSYR.com meteorologist Jim Teske wrote on his blog today.

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What a Piece of Wonder a River Is | Thoreau Farm

What a Piece of Wonder a River Is | Thoreau Farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”

 

~ “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For,” Walden

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The 1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York

The 1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 1920s were a heyday for rocketeers, who were attaching rockets to just about anything. Austrian space travel promoter Max Valier was pretty much the champ at this, creating everything from rocket-powered sleds and boats to rocket-propelled railroad cars and the first rocket airplane.


Work like Valier's led to real advancement in rocketry and public appreciation and support of space flight.

Then there were inventors like Daniel D. Hungerford and his brother Floyd S., of Elmira, NY. In 1929, they built their Solar & Interstellar Rocket Car, dubbed the "Shirley Lois Moon Girl" after Daniel's daughter.

 

Made largely of cardboard and linoleum, a 1921 Chevy chassis, and powered by a set of gasoline-burning rocket motors, the thing must have been a fearsome sight on the back roads of rural New York. The lightweight building materials were a safety consideration. "In case of trouble," Daniel said, "I wanted to be able to kick my way out." Amazingly enough, they got the thing registered and licensed in the State of New York.

 

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Another Drive to Cooperstown...

Another Drive to Cooperstown... | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

On sol 439, Curiosity had completed about a third of her long drive toward Mount Sharp. Cooperstown is the second outcrop of rock that Curiosity paused at on the way (the first being Darwin). While at Cooperstown, Curiosity performed a software upgrade and suffered a problem that put her into safe mode for a few days, but she recovered by sol 449.

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America’s First Book

America’s First Book | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Today, Sotheby’s will auction a copy of the first English-language book printed in America.

 

Sotheby’s has displayed the book with its pages opened to the Twenty-third Psalm. Look to those familiar verses and you can see just how strange the translation is, even relative to the King James Version, which had been completed just thirty years earlier, in 1611:

 

The Lord to mee a shepheard is,
want therefore shall not I,
Hee in the folds of tender-grasse,
doth cause mee downe to lie:
To waters calme me gently leads

 

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Weekend Trip Idea: Cooperstown NY

Weekend Trip Idea: Cooperstown NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I'm going to be upfront and tell you that I would take a trip to Cooperstown NY and not go to the Baseball Hall of Fame. So there's that. But if you are into baseball, that's an option. I get my trip inspirations from the weirdest places. Sometimes all I need to see is one bar website, or restaurant review or article and I start planning a trip in my  head.  Two years ago I read an article in a doctor’s office or waiting room of some sort about the natural beauty of Iceland and I immediately went home and started wikitraveling an itinerary.

 

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Otsego County's Hopping! - WKTV

Otsego County's Hopping! - WKTV | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Otsego County 'hopping' along to a familiar distinction WKTV (WKTV) - (WKTV) - In the 1800's, Otsego County had the distinction of being the largest hops producing region in the then relatively young United States, and now the county is quickly gaining another  related distinction, microbrewery capitol of New York State.

Today, if you didn't know it, there is something called the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, a trail where you can travel throughout Otsego County and come across wineries, an historic cider mill and a number of breweries.

The Trail, as it's known was founded back in 2004 by four of the establishments now along the trail, and is billed as New York State's first official cuisine trail.

Those four original establishments are Bear Pond Winery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang and the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

 

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Tough Realities Facing Smaller Post-Industrial Cities

Tough Realities Facing Smaller Post-Industrial Cities | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

“For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”

 

I think there’s a lot of evidence that for bigger cities a lot of activity is exhibiting a convergent or flattening effect. That’s why so many places today have decent startup scenes, quality food, agglomerations of talent, etc. But for smaller cities my observation is that it’s still a divergent world.

 

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8 Great New York Beers You Should Be Drinking Now

8 Great New York Beers You Should Be Drinking Now | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Empire State has long been known for apples and Jay-Z, and New York's wine production is getting quite a bit of buzz. But the beer industry is looking better and better; New York is home to a few great craft breweries, both well-established and brand new. Want to get into that Empire state of mind? Here are 8 great beers you should definitely seek out.

 

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Small Farms In America To Be The Next Big Thing | TLB

Small Farms In America To Be The Next Big Thing | TLB | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Small farms have increasingly opened up. Plenty of them are still making a living from straight agricultural production, though it would seem to be fewer and fewer each year. And an increasing number make it quite well as agritourism centers, whole foods outlets and party and convention centers.

 

As suburban America just gets abandoned, and big cities demand more from all those the small towns that act as hubs for all those small farms you see from the interstate, well, rural America is getting smarter.

So many models of small farms have grown up that it’s not easy to keep track of them. Savvier and more appealing is an absolute necessity.

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Fall Beauty in Central New York 2013 - Syracuse.com

Fall Beauty in Central New York 2013 - Syracuse.com | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Fall Beauty in Central New York 2013, Syracuse.com

 

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Road Trip! Destination: Cooperstown, NY!

Road Trip! Destination: Cooperstown, NY! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Nowhere near an interstate highway, a visit to Cooperstown requires winding through farm-lined roads of New York state. It is not difficult, but the trip can feel longer than it is.

 

Besides being the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the village of about 2,000 is a charming town sitting alongside Otsego Lake, which offers a resort-like atmosphere.

 
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Easter Bunny Express Trains

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Easter Bunny Express Trains WKTV The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society (LRHS) and the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will be offering fun filled train rides with the Easter Bunny and friends on Saturdays and Sundays, April 12, 13,...
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Lace Wedding Cake

Lace Wedding Cake | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I was happy to be able to make this cake for today’s beautiful wedding, and I was honored to be able to stay and take photos throughout the day! The setting was amazing-a luxury ranch just a few minutes from my home that I never even knew existed! The sun was shining and it was balmy (okay, maybe not balmy, but compared to the double-digit negative temps we have had lately, today felt like a heat wave!).

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Our very best goes out to Aileen and Crystal...

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Every December 13 is National Day of the Horse!

Every December 13 is National Day of the Horse! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
The first official Day of the Horse was recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2004.

 

According to the American Horse Council:*

There are 9.2 million horses in the United States.4.6 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers.2 million people own horses.The horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S.of $39 billion annually.The industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S.economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account.The industry directly provides 460,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2009/12/12/national-day-of-the-horse.aspx

 

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Distillery "Hits" A Home Run In Cooperstown, NY

Distillery "Hits" A Home Run In Cooperstown, NY | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The opening of the Cooperstown Distillery is among a growing trend of local New York State distilleries, large and small, now toasting a huge revival since the end of Prohibition, 80 years in the making. The distillery is also extremely proud to be listed as a Farm Distillery sourcing and utilizing over 51% of New York State based agricultural products.

 

The distillery worked with the prolific, Carl Stahl GmbH, based in Stuttgart, Germany to create the custom still. CARL GmbH is celebrating over 140 years of still making tradition in the fine art of distillery technology as Germany’s oldest distillery fabricator since 1869. Cooperstown Distillery is honored to welcome this meticulously custom-crafted pot and column still to its new home on 11 Railroad Avenue.

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The Ultimate Local & Seasonal Cheese Board

The Ultimate Local & Seasonal Cheese Board | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

When folks think of autumn foods it’s usually pumpkins, apples, and warm spices. Of course all of these things are true to the season, but there’s far more to be explored. Historically, autumn and winter are prime time for preserved foods that will keep well for the coming months and provide food when the growing season is over. Cheese, dry cured meats, tree nuts, and honey all represent the bounty that presents itself after the cold has set in and the days have begun to grow short.


Last weekend I decided to go on a mission to create a spread that consisted of these traditional Autumn foods with a focus on fantastic locally produced items. Chester County has a rich agricultural community, and top-notch artisan producers to boot.

 

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Innovation Conversation: Refugee resettlement in upstate New York - Innovation Trail

Innovation Conversation: Refugee resettlement in upstate New York - Innovation Trail | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

As refugees become more established they transform neglected neighborhoods, open new businesses and establish services to provide support for the next wave of arrivals. They also face several unique challenges.


While studies put an overall positive spin on the economic impact of refugee arrivals, that doesn’t tell the complete story.


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The Glimmerglass Festival Announces Events for 2014

The Glimmerglass Festival Announces Events for 2014 | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Since the appointment of Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello in 2010, The Glimmerglass Festival has grown the number of events presented during its summer season, with concerts, lectures, question-and-answer sessions and more supplementing its core calendar of four mainstage productions.

In 2014, the Central New York opera and musical theater festival will focus on the last 100 years of music, with new mainstage productions of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Strauss' Ariadne in Naxos and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy. The productions will run in repertory July 11 through August 24, and many of the Festival's complementary events will explore the music of the last century, including two new public master classes.


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Ten Tips for Your Cooperstown Office Holiday Party!

Ten Tips for Your Cooperstown Office Holiday Party! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Office Holiday Parties are always fun - unless you have to host one! What makes them even more fun is a little bit of planning and a proper choice of venue.

 

Here's ten easy pointers so that this year's holiday party is more fun for everyone - including you!

 

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Glimmerglass Film Days Outdoors

Glimmerglass Film Days Outdoors | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
In between films, take advantage of the crisp fall weather to experience Cooperstown and the Otsego Lake Region outdoors!  Join us for the following

 

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Labrador Hollow | Andy Arthur.org

Labrador Hollow | Andy Arthur.org | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Andy Arthur's adventures in maps, photos, and stories.

 

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Truly breathtaking series of photos from the Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

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Rediscovered Bridges - Kingston Daily Freeman

Rediscovered Bridges - Kingston Daily Freeman | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

On a brisk, mid-autumn day, Gayle Churchill walked slowly through the tunnel-like structure that crosses the Wallkill River.

She studied each crisscrossing post and beam forming the interior framework of Perrine’s covered bridge, often pausing in moments of reflection as if it were a sort of rustic cathedral.

 

Traffic, meanwhile, rushed by on the nearby New York State Thruway.

While Churchill soaked in the details, her husband had descended the riverbank to get a better view of the 138-foot-long span and snap photos of it arising from the water and surrounding golden foliage.

 

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