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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10 Nearby Things to See and Do in May

You know it's spring when the museums and gifts shops open up and you can see the peach and cherry blossoms on the trees. Along about May 20, the apple blossoms are in full bloom too and a what a beautiful sight to see. The month of May is jam packed with things to see and do in the nearby area just minutes from Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.

In addition, just a couple miles from the Inn two new restaurants have come to Sodus Point, NY. My husband and I recently checked out Marlin's the other night and we were delighted with not only our wonderful meal of scallops, but also with the service.  The menu is a bit more up scale - not bar food like the other restaurants, and a bit more expensive. They offer handcrafted food and drinks concentrating on seafood. We felt the food and service was worth the price. And the dining room has a great view of Sodus Bay.

Also, Six50 will open at the end of the month. Their expertise is in preparing meals in a wood-fired oven featuring local farm fresh ingredients. I'll keep you posted when we check them out.

May 2, 2017 - The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Opens for the Season at 10:00 A.M. til 5:00 P.M. Tuesday - Sunday.

This treasure is definitely worth a visit when you come to town. Featuring the War of 1812, industry, and the life people lived on Great Sodus Bay. The historic lighthouse is located at 7606 N. Ontario St., Sodus Point, NY overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.  Just 2 & 1/2 miles from the Inn. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ Students K-12.  Free summer concerts start on the 4th of July and each Sunday through Labor Day weekend.
https://www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

May 5 - 14  LOC Spring Fishing Derby - Fish Lake Ontario for a chance to win some valuable prizes. For more information: www.loc.org

May 12, 13 & 14 Wayne County Spring Shopping Fling 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. A FUN Girlfriend Weekend Get-Away!  Browse through a variety of gift shops from antiques, pottery, homemade fudge, alpaca fiber products, farm markets, wineries and more.  Each shopper receives a special gift just for visiting. Each shop will serve refreshments.  Visitors can enter a drawing to win one of four gift baskets.  Start your day where you want and end it relaxing at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast and start shopping again after a full gourmet breakfast. Download your map and list of shops participating here: www.waynecountyshoppingfling.com

log cabin at Heritage Square Museum

May 18, 19 & 20 Heritage Square Museum Spring Barn Sale. The annual barn sale will be open from 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. on May 18 & 19, and 9:00 A.M. - Noon on May 20.

Starting on June 3, 2017 enjoy this unique re-constructed vintage village of years gone by. Experience a nineteenth century settlement filled with household items used during that time. This nine building museum opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays only June 3 - October 1, 1:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.  Watch for other events in June and July.
Admission is $6 adults, $5 juniors and seniors, $20 families. www.heritagesquaremuseum.org



apple blossom
May 18 Williamson 58th Annual Apple Blossom Festival begins. This year's theme is "Feeling Groovy" - Celebrating the 60's and 70's. The festival is the longest continuous festival in NY. There will be endless floats, tie dye to Woodstock, food, live music, crafts and more.
 http://www.williamsonappleblossom.com

May 20  Apple Blossom Parade starts at 2:00 P.M. on Main Street, Williamson, NY.

May 21 Car and Bike Show 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.  East Main Street, Williamson, NY.
Want to show off your fancy vehicle? $10 registration fee to show. For Registration form Go To:  goo.gl/hqOErF




May 21 Fly In Pancake Breakfast at the Williamson/Sodus
Airport. The All You Can Eat Breakfast starts at 7:00 A.M. to
1:00 P.M.  Adults $7, Kids $4.   Helicopter and Airplane rides available.  The airport is located at 5502 NY-104, Williamson, NY.





Do you believe in Ghost?
May 20, 26 or 27 Book a Ghost Hunt  Experience the thrill and chill of a sudden whisper, a touch or hear footsteps and strange noises; only for no one to be there............ Those unspoken and unseen but always apparent in every room.



Call to book this Hunting experience.

  • A One night stay at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • 4 or 6 hour guided hunt at the William Phelps General Store and home in historic Palmyra. 
  • Bonus tour of 23 rooms of the Palmyra Historic Museum. 
  • The Hunt Starts at 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. for a 6 hour tour.
  • Bottled water and snacks.
  • Full gourmet breakfast in the morning.  
  • Complimentary Lake Ontario Wine Trail Passport.
  • Waterloo Premium Outlet VIP Voucher for discount coupons.    
  • $240 / 2 adults (tax included).
  • Wm. Phelps General Store-Ghost Hunt
  • Minimum groups of 4 for the hunt.
What to bring to the Ghost Hunt:
  • Flash lights
  • Some hunting gear
  • Camera
  • Tape recorder
Get ready for a GREAT time and LOTS of Fun!
Other dates available June - October.

May 24 History Alive!  FREE Presentation by the Sodus Bay Historical Society - Topic to be announced. 6:30 P.M. at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay Street, Sodus Point. www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

Do You Believe in Ghost?

Ghost Hunt Package

Strange noises, phantom footsteps, the feeling of being touched or hearing sudden whispers. Experience the energy of the paranormal; breezes out of nowhere - the thrill and chill of the unspoken and unseen but always apparent in every room. Step back in time into this Civil War era general store and family home that has been left untouched since 1940.  The William Phelps General Store once sold wares delivered by boat on the Erie Canal. Call to Book this Hunting Experience.  Minimum groups of 4 for the hunt.
Your Ghost Hunt package for 2 includes:
  • A One night stay at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
    William Phelps General Store in historic Palmyra
  • A 4 or 6 hour guided hunt at the William Phelps General Store in historic Palmyra.
  • BONUS Tour of the 23 room Palmyra Historic Museum.
  • Bottled water and snacks for the hunt.
  • Full gourmet breakfast in the morning.
  • Complimentary Lake Ontario Wine Trail Passport.
  • Waterloo Premium Outlets VIP Voucher for discount coupons to participating stores.
  • $240 / 2 adults (tax included)
  • Minimum groups of 4 for the hunt.
The Hunt starts at 7:00 P.M. til 1:00 A.M.

What to bring to the hunt:
  • Flash lights.
  • Some hunting gear.
  • Camera.
  • Tape recorder.
Get Ready for a GREAT Time and LOTS of FUN!  Book NOW for the Best Availability.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Preston

Elizabeth Swales-Preston 

April 18, 1902 - 

A 90th Birthday Celebration for Elizabeth Preston

Among the many items I received from Peter Gaylord were a number of newspaper clippings dating back to 1902 and 1905. This particular one reports Elizabeth Preston's 90th Birthday party hosted by her grandson's wife Mrs. Willis T. Gaylord on April 18th, 1902.  All of Elizabeth's children were present except the youngest, John Preston, who at the time was employed by the government in Olcott, N.Y. 

Among the children were Mrs, Willis T. Gaylord ( Mary Preston), of Sodus; Mrs. W.B. Morley (Elizabeth- “Lizzie” Preston , of Sodus Center, George Preston and wife (Anna W. Cleveland)of Canastota, N.Y.; Mrs. E.H. Sentell, (Fanny Preston), of Sodus Point; Mrs. Hattie Lee, (Hattie Preston) of Newark, and Mrs. E.B. Mather,(Anna “Annie” Preston), of Sodus Center.  Several grandchildren and three great grand children - Miss Castelle, and Master Preston Gaylord, of Sodus; and Master Roger Ewing, of Holley, N.Y.

The article goes on to tell of how Mother Preston held the place of honor at the dining table with about 25 guests seated. After dinner other guest came to wish her well as she reminisced about her childhood years telling the story of coming to America in a sailing vessel down the St. Lawrence River, landing at Sodus Point at the age of six. Her family originally settled in Geneva, N.Y. Before her father purchased nearly 1,000 acres along the shores of Lake Ontario in Sodus, N.Y.  At 90 years young, Mrs. Preston retained all of her faculties except her eye sight. She recognized her family and friends by their voices.  She was remarkable for her age. 

At this time, Mrs. Preston was the last of the old people, of a once large and flourishing neighborhood composed mostly of large families and known generally as the Sentell District. 

Below is a copy of the original newspaper clipping of Elizabeth Preston's 90th Birthday Party. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Preston (sitting) Mrs. Mather (standing)

1902 newspaper clip of Elizabeth Preston's 90th Birthday