12 Live! Folklife Concerts at Crandall Public Library

Live! Folklife Concerts are back this Spring with a Thursday evening series of 12 concerts during MarchApril-May, 7 to 9 pm (doors open at 6:30). The free series is produced and hosted by The Folklife...
3 girls dressed for prom smiling at camera

2018 Prom Season: Organizations That Donate FREE Prom Dresses to High School Students in...

Sky-high costs put Prom out of reach some families, but these Upstate New York groups and organizations want to help make prom dreams come true.

71st Anniversary Celebration of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Seneca Falls

  Mark your calendars, It's a Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls this December 8th, 9th and 10th!  You know I love the movie It’s a Wonderful Life , in fact, it is a holiday tradition in our house...

Visiting Ameele’s Farm in Marion, NY

 Huge thanks to Moyer Beef for sponsoring this post and providing me the opportunity to learn all about New York Beef! The post, opinions, and photos are all my own, but you probably knew...

2017 Locktoberfest Coming to Seneca Falls!

The New York State Canal Corporation has chosen Seneca Falls as one of the five locations throughout New York State to hold Locktoberfest which is a festival celebrating Autumn on the Canalways system. The event...
Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Upstate New York Scenic Fall Foliage Train Rides

From the Mountains to the Finger Lakes region there is no better way to take in all the colors and sites than on a train tour.

Squaw Island | Canandaigua Lake

Squaw Island is an 11,000-year-old island located at the north end of Canandaigua Lake. It is known to be New York State's smallest Fish and Wildlife Management Area and one of the two known islands in the eleven Finger Lakes.  Seneca woman and children sought refuge on the Island during the 1779 Sullivan Expeditions, and it is one of the few places on earth where 'water biscuits' form.

Free Fishing Weekend in New York State

June 24-25, 2017 you can get out and experience the great fishing on the lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams of New York, no fishing license required!

Mac’s Drive-In Waterloo, NY

This nostalgic restaurant offers carhop and in-house service. The menu is all-American, old style short-order food cooked on a flat top right in front of you.

2017 Annual Seneca Falls Canal Festival

The 2017 Seneca Falls Canal Festival information and history of the Aquacade of the 60's and 70's and the creation of Van Cleef Lake.

10 Upstate New York Festivals to add to your Calendar

10 Upstate New York Festivals to Add to your Calendar that celebrate everything Upstate New York has to offer.

Finger Lakes Farmers Markets 2017

It is almost Farmers Market Season here in the Finger Lakes! Not only can you get the freshest produce around at your local farmers market, these markets make it easy to talk with and get...

Easter Brunch Around the Finger Lakes

  Easter is one of those hectic holidays, the egg hunts, the baskets, church service, keeping the kids clean and photo ready in their Easter outfits, if  the thought of hosting your family’s Easter meal...

Organizations That Donate FREE Prom Dresses to High School Students in Upstate New York

Upstate New York organizations that support students and make prom dreams come true to those who may not be able to afford a dress for prom.

Women March in Seneca Falls 2017

A note from Jen: I typically avoid sharing politically related topics here.  However, I have written many times about Seneca Falls and its rich history. This is a nonpartisan march and organizers are expecting...

It’s A Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls NY

It's a Wonderful Life In Seneca Falls For our family, watching It’s a Wonderful Life every holiday season is a cherished Christmas tradition. The timeless tale of a discouraged George Bailey who, with the help...

Upstate New York Gift Ideas

  A few years ago a friend asked me "What would you put into an Upstate New York State themed gift basket". They were visiting from out of town and wanted to send a sample...

20 Fun Things to do in the Finger Lakes this Fall

The  Finger Lakes are exceptional year around, But I think the region really shines in the autumn. The fall foliage is some of the most beautiful in the country, and it is hard to resist all...

The Perfect Sunday in Sodus Point

Last week we decided to pack up the boat and kids and hit Lake Ontario for the day. It ended up being a perfect day at “The Point”. Have you ever been to Sodus Point?...

5 Things You Should Do In The Finger Lakes in June

5 Things You Should Do In The Finger Lakes in June Don't let spring slips by without enjoying these fun springtime activities in the Finger Lakes. Try A New Ice-Cream Flavor June is the perfect time to...
Hi! I’m Jennifer – a work at home, farmer's wife, mom to 3, living life in Upstate New York! I love sharing tasty recipes, easy do it yourself projects, and little stories of life on a farm in the Finger Lakes.

Upcoming Public Tour of Willard Asylum for the Insane

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updated 4/22/2016  Willard Asylum for the Insane In a nutshell Willard officially opened in 1869. By 1877  Willard, at 475 acres (1500 patients) was the largest asylum...

Amish and Mennonite Food Stores in New York

  Upstate New York is home to a growing community of Amish and Mennonite families. Drawn to the area's fertile soil and available farmland, they...

Organizations That Donate FREE Prom Dresses to High School Students in...

Upstate New York organizations that support students and make prom dreams come true to those who may not be able to afford a dress for prom.

New York Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded Women, at Newark, N.Y.

After my visit to Willard I started thinking the old Newark State School grounds and buildings are very similar, in style and layout.  I...

Seneca Falls: George Bailey’s (It’s a Wonderful Life) Bridge

The Bridge Street Bridge in Seneca Falls, NY is a steel truss bridge that is a close match to the Bedford Falls Bridge that George Bailey jumped from to save Clarence, the angel.
I wrote this article in the summer of 2013, but because watching It's a Wonderful Life is part of our Christmas tradition and with the...