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500 Bicyclists Complete 400-Mile Journey along Erie Canal

500 Bicyclists Complete 400-Mile Journey along Erie Canal | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Celebrating upstate New York’s unique history and scenic beauty, 500 bicycle riders from 36 states joined with state and local officials at Quackenbush Square in Albany to mark the completion of Parks & Trails New York’s annual week-long bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany.

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Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm

Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.

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The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill

The World's Most Amazing Country Store - The Fly Creek Cider Mill | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Once we arrived at the Mill, I realized I was in store for something much more than I bargained for. First of all, it’s over 100 years old which I always love. Coming from Florida, where nothing is really older than 1960, anything built at the turn of the century immediately is my favorite place ever. But more than that, they make all their own products. AND THERE ARE FREE SAMPLES EVERYWHERE.

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GLIMMERGLASS ANNOUNCES 2013 SEASON

GLIMMERGLASS ANNOUNCES 2013 SEASON | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival, the Central New York summer opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2013 season and its partnership in The Festival of American Romantics in Cooperstown, New York.

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Just an Ordinary Day

Just an Ordinary Day | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Do you know the song Ordinary Miracle that Sara McLachlan sings in the movie “Charlotte’s Web”?  It felt like that kind of day.

 

We had a fairly dramatic lightning storm last night – all the more exciting because we can go a couple of years here without getting any lightning at all. When I got up this morning, the difference was so dramatically different – the air felt light, and everything sparkled from the rain in the night, yet the sky was clear and the sun was set to shine all day.

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More Layer Pullets

More Layer Pullets | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Early in the Spring (or late in the Winter) I ordered 250 layer pullets.  

 

Then I got cold feet and sold 175 of them at 8 weeks.  That worked out well in some ways.  It covered my expenses so the 75 or so I kept were basically free but in other ways it didn’t work out so well.

 

I still don’t have enough birds to meet the demand for my eggs.

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Welcome to the Community Arts Network of Oneonta

Welcome to the Community Arts Network of Oneonta | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The New Website of the Community Arts Network of Oneonta is off and rolling...

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Espalier Apple Tree Fence

Espalier Apple Tree Fence | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Espalier is the art of training trees, very often fruit trees, to grow on a flat plane. This technique not only creates an interesting plant structure – a ‘living sculpture’, but also is useful as a space saver for small space gardens. Trees trained in the espalier technique are trained against a flat wall, building, or against a free-standing structure.

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In New York for the music - Summer 2012 concerts | The Wander Life

In New York for the music - Summer 2012 concerts | The Wander Life | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
This Summer, New York´s awesome venues welcome some of the hottest live acts on the planet. RETRO, JAZZ, EVEN MORE RETRO, ALTERNATIVE and beyond. A feast for music lovers, happening right now.
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The Ridiculous Food of Upstate New York: Another Indigenous Upstate NY Cookbook: "Applehood & Motherpie"

The Ridiculous Food of Upstate New York: Another Indigenous Upstate NY Cookbook: "Applehood & Motherpie" | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I have a thing for Upstate NY-centric cookbooks. So far I have two. If you will remember I posted about "The Albany Collection" some time ago (it was fairly strange and wonderful). Now I have obtained a copy of "Applehood & Motherpie" which is a collection of "handpicked recipes from Upstate New York" and was published by the Junior League of Rochester in 1981.

 

I immediately began to inspect every aspect of this tome with great interest. First of all I find the title extremely upsetting. "Motherpie?" Really?... I am not going to explore my feelings and suppositions concerning this term but needless to say, it makes me feel creepy.

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Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You!

Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
With time off so scarce, why is fully enjoying it so hard? Eight rules for getting the most out of your next break.
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Shopping in the Catskills/Woodstock/Ulster Areas

Shopping in the Catskills/Woodstock/Ulster Areas | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I’m avoiding the big box stores and going for the independents as they tend to have more unique gifts rather than the usual suspects...

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My Central New York: My CNY Bike Racks

My Central New York: My CNY Bike Racks | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I ride my bike a lot - I ride to work and ride downtown and I ride to explore different neighborhoods. I learned urban riding when I was kid in Center City Philadelphia, then in my high school years in Rome, Italy, and later biking for sixteen years in Manhattan. Except for some of the hills, I've always thought biking in Syracuse is a breeze.

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On the Edge of Everywhere: Cooperstown

On the Edge of Everywhere: Cooperstown | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The view was breathtaking!

 

Lush green lawn and trees giving way to beautiful Lake Otsego. Sparkling clean water surrounded by the rolling hills of the northern part of the Adirondack Mountains. We were sitting in regal, white rocking chairs on the back porch of the spectacular Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. We had already toured the Baseball Hall of Fame and walked the streets of the tiny, quaint village. We'd also been to the small waterfront park just a few blocks east of the hotel.

 

I was fascinated to learn that Lake Otsego is the head water of the Susquehanna River, that same body of water that flows through Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, Pennsylvania where I have close relatives, and through Sunbury, Pennsylvania where I lived for three years. Coincidences of this nature give me goose bumps!

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Horse Country, Just Like We'd Do It! | B&B Ranch

Horse Country, Just Like We'd Do It! | B&B Ranch | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

340 acres means we get to enjoy open pasture, forest trails and private land that just stretches out in this magnificent valley perfectly situated between the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. It’s like Central New York, but maybe even a little bit better!

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Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm

Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven Farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Who Grows Our Food: Margie Pikarsky, Bee Heaven FarmHuffington Post (blog)Pikarsky wanted to get her produce directly to locals, but with a small farm and small yield, couldn't offer enough quantity each week to make it worthwhile.
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Mudgee Field Days' cutest little Australian exhibits

Mudgee Field Days' cutest little Australian exhibits | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
It's a one-stop shop for the latest agriculture information, techniques and technology - but one of the most popular stalls is the animal nursery.
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Agriculture Goes Local

Agriculture Goes Local | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

“The future is local,” said Narendra Varma, 43, a former manager at Microsoft who invested $2 million of his own money last year in a 58-acre project of small plots and new-farmer training near Portland, Ore. The first four farmers arrived this spring alongside Mr. Varma and his family, aiming to create an economy of scale — tiny players banded in collective organic clout. He had to interrupt a telephone interview to move some goats.

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Farmers' Museum: A Window To The Future

Farmers' Museum: A Window To The Future | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I had a magical time visiting The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, a few weekends ago – thanks to the kind invite from my mother and her fiber art friends. Observing first-hand how rural craft traditions and slow methodologies in American history still have such resonance in contemporary making and slow fashion production.

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There's no place like home

There's no place like home | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

"What Cooperstown and my hometown of Danbury, N.C. have in common is picturesque old homes, mountain scenery, streets right out of the late 1800s, acres of farmland, a Civil War monument and quaintness out the wazoo."

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Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York

Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Situated about half-way between New York City and Montreal is the small, picturesque city of Glens Falls, otherwise known as ‘Hometown U.S.A.’ In it’s downtown section of the city, a former textile mill called ‘The Shirt Factory’ is now home to Glens Falls’ thriving art community.

 

Amongst the 50 working artists studios and galleries, including printmakers, potters, textile artists, photographers, woodworkers, and even a violin maker, is Galleria Transylvania, a shop and studio run by Transylvanian born Adela Tavares.

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King Derby's Plenty

King Derby's Plenty | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

On a recent visit to Salem I happened upon a stunning sculpture by an 18th-century carver, Simeon Skillen, Jr., who is also represented in the Fenimore Art Museum collection.

 

He has always fascinated me because of the sheer sophistication of his work, most of which was done in the 1790s. There would have been no opportunities for formal training then, so Skillen must have learned his trade in his family's carving shop, which was widely known at the time. I think his sculptures of the human form are as good as anything being done in America. 

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Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Sustainability Challenge | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Smith’s growing operation is a good example of what is happening across the Monadnock region. Situated away from any busy interstates, this rural corner of southwestern New Hampshire is relatively isolated. That’s created a strong sense of localism among residents.

 

The area is well known for its strong Buy Local movement, and its growing demand for locally sourced food. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, between 2002 and 2007, the number of farms in Cheshire and Hillsborough counties grew by about 30 percent. Most of those are small farms, and many of them are CSAs, like Smith’s.

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Glimmerglass State Park | Life With Luggage

Glimmerglass State Park | Life With Luggage | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

We stumbled across Glimmerglass State Park during a particularly hot day in Otsego County. We have Seamus to thank for the discovery, actually.

 

He got impatient after spending too much time on the road, so we asked around to find a place where he could run and swim.

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