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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Are you coming to Sodus, NY? Check out this weekend's events.

The Lake Ontario Wine Trail 2nd  Annual Summer Sips and Sounds Wine & Food Festival   
July 26th from Noon til 5 p.m. 
This family friendly event at Long Acre Farms in Macedon, NY, offers food, music, family activities,and wine tastings from 7 wineries and 1 distillery all at one place. 

For tickets and additional information:

Pirate Invasion - This weekend at the Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival July 25 & 26.

The Renaissance Festival only runs on Saturday and Sundays July 4 through August 16th. Each weekend show is themed. This weekend's (July 25 & 26) themed show is Pirate Invasion. This is a great family day eating the festival's famous barbecued turkey legs, enjoying the Mud Wrestling Show; but don't sit too close, pool dunking, rides and games, jousting and more. Actors are dressed and act in character. The Marketplace offers awesome  Festival Artisans wares with one of a kind unique items. My favorite artisans are the glass blowers. I never leave without a signed item.

The FUN begins at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 7:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday.
Sterling is just 35 minutes from Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Book Now to make it a weekend getaway.   For details on tickets, times and shows :

Free Concert at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum - Sunday July 26th  2 P.M.
This Sunday the Sodus Bay lighthouse will feature the Nik Entertainment show band. You'll be singing along to all your favorites for the 1970's. Be sue to wear your bellbottoms and platform shoes.

Sunset Cruise for 2 $335 (tax included)
Don't forget - Maxwell Creek Inn is offering a Sunset Cruise Package for 2. Stay 2 nights and get 10% off your room rate.  Full gourmet breakfast made with farm fresh ingredients, goody bag to take on the cruise, and a Lake Ontario Wine Trail Passport. Check out our package here for more details and Contact Us Today to Book your Sunset Cruise Package.

Friday, July 10, 2015

FREE Things To Do While You Are in the Sodus NY Area

July and August are always busy months jammed packed with things to do in or near Sodus Bay.

July 10-11 & 14- 18, 2015: The Hill Cumorah Pageant
Each year thousands come out to see and hear the story of how the Mormon Religion was formed. The Pageant takes place just south of Palmyra, NY on the very hill that Joseph Smith was presented with the Golden Tablets by the Angel Morona. This performance is free to the public each night it is presented and starts at dusk rain or shine. The program is well organized with traffic and parking. A great family play to attend. For more information go
Hill Cumorah Pageant
Concerts in the Park at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Every Sunday from the Fourth of July to Labor Day Weekend the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum host FREE concerts in the park. Young and old enjoy listening to Big Band music, Barbershop Quartets, to Calypso Steel Drums. The concert starts at 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. A concession stand is available and guest can enter the museum for free during concert hours.

Also FREE at the lighthouse museum are History Alive presentations that tell about interesting history in general. The lighthouse is full of history from the early settlers, the War od 1812, the Underground Railroad, to present day.  It rest on a bluff overlooking Lake Onatrio and Great Sodus Bay.
For concert schedule and History Alive schedule go to: 

Wayne County Walking Trails: If you enjoy birding; Beechwood State Park has over 30 species of Warblers. I never knew there were so many. I happened to be out on a birding walk  in Beechwood State Park with a group of well versed birders a few years ago. I am just an amature, but this group could identify the birds by their song. AMAZING!  Beechwood State Park is located on Lake Road in Sodus, NY  next door to Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. It's an old girl scout camp New York State purchased about 16 years ago to preserve waterfront property. The paths are groomed and easy to walk all the way to the lake.  For more information on Beechwood State Park and things to do while you are here go to:
Photo by Cathy Contant

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Legends and Lore of Underground Railroad in Sodus NY

If you have stayed with us over the years you'll recall me telling you stories that our home is rumored to have been on the Underground Railroad. That the previous ancestors to our home have shared their childhood tales of their mother tying a rope around their waist and allowing them to venture into a tunnel that ran from the creek bed to the back of the fireplace in our dinning room. And, that they stood behind the fireplace; a small closet like compartment while a fire was burning just so that they could experience what fugitive slaves had to endure back in the day. During the early 1800's, small schooners sailed into to Maxwell Bay at the bottom of the property to trade Canadian wheat for the flour that was made at Preston's Mill; now just our barn full of stuff. This allowed fugitive slaves to take a ship to Canada from the small embayment; Maxwell Bay at the bottom of the property.

Over the years, several writers have stayed at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast to write specifically about the activities of the Underground Railroad  here and nearby Sodus and Sodus Point, NY. I've shared the plethora of clues I've collected over the years that give some pretty strong evidence that our home was actually a safe harbor for fugitive slaves and  that the ancestors were abolitionists.

With that said I have always been interested in learning more about how quilts were used as signals for safe passage from one safe house to the next. On June 4th the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point is hosting an "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD QUILT PRESENTATION" at Captain Jack's in Sodus Point from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Refreshments and cash bar.  Hope to see you there!

Legends and Lore of the Underground Railroad

I'm also excited to learn that the Village of Sodus Point Historian has recently applied for a Legends and Lore of the Underground Railroad marker for our property. Bruce Farrington, Village Historian of Sodus Point is heading the effort in helping us get the Preston - Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse, a.k.a Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast, recognized as being a safe house for fugitive slaves in the 1800's.

Historic Trolley Rides

June 14, 2015 - Hear local history while riding "Molly the Trolley" around historic Sodus Point, NY from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Two different rides: one on the history of the trolley and one on the local history of Sodus Point. Adults ride for $10 and Children are $5.   You must call ahead to reserve a seat : (585) 750-0688.  From 1900 to 1929 the Rochester-Sodus Bay Railroad took passengers to Sodus Bay for $1.32 to picnic, fish, sail and conduct commerce. This event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point.

History Alive at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum: 

May 20, 2015 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.- Sodus Point Village  Hall, 8356 Bay St., Sodus Point, NY. Rosie the Riveter to Harriet the Happy Homemaker; Womens's roles in the 40's and 50's presented by Rob Edelman. For more information go to