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America’s love affair with cheese is a hallmark of its culture. With so many different varieties available, there’s likely a cheese for everybody out there, barring a medical barrier.

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The American huckster has a long pedigree, and we’re a people with an appetite for curiosities. On occasion, those two things have merged in our own backyard. A hare-brained scheme, hatched by some enterprising citizens of Trumansburg, is one such example and a favorite bit of Tompkins Count…

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Homer Hops Brewing has been slowly developing for about four years, about as long as it takes for hops, the plants that give beer much of its flavor, to mature fully. And much like the rows of hops in their fields, Homer Hops is just on the cusp of coming to fruition.

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The former sauerkraut capital of the world makes its annual homage to its history with the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend during the first full weekend in August. The 53rd annual festival, held in Phelps, New York, will take place this year from Aug. 1-4, with a patriotic “Red, White and Kraut” t…

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There you are, traveling up a winding hill in the midst of a perfectly green countryside. The wind is light, but real. The scene is tranquil and you continue up towards an architecturally resonant little building at the top, sitting there like an ark in the middle of a fairy tale. You feel s…

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The Cornell Botanic Gardens step into summer with a new name. Formerly the Cornell Plantations, the gardens will kick off seasonal events with a title that embraces diversity in both the cultural and biological senses.

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The Erie Canal is well past its prime, but its profound importance is permanently etched in the early economic foundations upon which domestically importing and exporting led to unprecedented avenues of commerce throughout the nation and New York. 

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The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of an aviation pioneer and one of the Finger Lakes’ most popular heroes, is located just south of the village of Hammondsport, about 45 miles west of Ithaca. The ride over takes you through some of the most scenic terrain in our region, and it’s …

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The Finger Lakes are deep and they do not warm up very rapidly in the spring. Consequently many visitors might not feel comfortable in the lakes until July and August. The top foot of the water column is generally quite comfortable, but there is a sharp thermocline below that to bracing temp…

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Just about 50 minutes from Ithaca is a 7-mile long hiking trail that is equal parts history museum and nature exhibit. Plus, if you believe in these things, it’s probably haunted. The Keuka Outlet Trail, which connects the villages of Penn Yan on Keuka Lake and Dresden on Seneca Lake, follow…

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Later this year Randolph O’Neill Vineyard will release its first Cabernet Franc under its own label. A semi-dry and dry Riesling are already available, along with a dry rosé. Owner Kelley O’Neill is a one-man operation: he is both the vineyard manager and winemaker and also manages the sale …

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Merry Go Round’s (MGR) artistic director Brett Smock isn’t a new a hire; this will mark his second full season since taking over from Ed Sayles after Mary Poppins closed in 2014. Smock first came to MGR as another auditioning actor; his first shows as an actor and dancer were Mame, Cabaret, …

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“When I started milking sheep in 1998 there were very, very few sheep dairies in the U.S., maybe 50, max,” said Bee Tolman, farm manager for Meadowood Farms in Cazenovia. She and another local sheep farmer, Maryrose Livingston of Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon, now join the growing ranks …

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On Saturday and Sunday mornings year round, the Cornell laboratory of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods offers guided walks for beginning birdwatchers. Between April and November the walks begin at 7:30 a.m. and during the colder (darker) months they begin at 9 a.m. Walks are on level ground on…

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Several of my fondest personal memories of summer involve camping and being in the outdoors, taking in the fresh, authentic, and astoundingly beautiful audacity that is our natural world. Perhaps it’s not for everyone, but many (and in particular many of you nature-loving Ithacans) might agr…

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I recently spent a lovely afternoon at Rue Claire Lavender Farm and Artisan Chocolate on Route 414 in Lodi. Located in the middle of wine country on the east side of Seneca Lake, it is this little shop with a view of the lake. It is tastefully arranged with a lovely mixture of old and new. D…

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Cider, it turns out, comes in many forms. Between sweet cider, the kind that comes in a plastic jug, and the heady, clear stuff that tastes like apple moonshine and comes in a sealed bottle, the options are growing. Standing in the tasting room at Finger Lakes Cider House, overlooking Cayuga…