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Saturday, October 1, 2016

How Many Varieties of Apples Are There?

Wayne County, NY 19th Annual Apple Tasting Tour - October 1 - 31, 2016
apple on covered cake plate
Little do most people know that Wayne County, NY is the second largest apple producing region in the United States next to Washington State.  Let me repeat myself. Wayne County, NY is the second largest apple producing region in the United States next to Washington State.  And we're pretty proud of that little tidbit.

For nearly 20 years the apple farmers in Wayne County, NY have hosted an Apple Tasting Tour featuring a plethora of varieties of apples. You name them, we've got them. This is a self guided tour. Start where you want and end your day at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast where you can enjoy a baked apple dessert in the evening and a savory apple omelet for breakfast in the morning when you stay.

Apple Dessert cup with raisins and walnuts
Travel the scenic country roads through orchard upon orchard from farm market to farm market. Sample the uniqueness of each apple offered.  Learn what apples are best for cooking and what ones are best for just eating.  U-Pick and other fresh produce, baked goods, and cider will be available for purchase. Each stop is unique unto itself. Be sure to Enter To Win A Door Prize.
Apple Omelet with homemade honey oat bread, apples and berries
For more Information and to download your Apple Tasting Passport go to:   Make it a Weekend Get-Away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast all through October. Call for your reservations.

Long Acre Farms Corn Maze

Fun for the whole family starts at 
Long Acre Farms  Eddy Rd, Macedon, NY
Experience a Moonlight Maze starting at 6 P.M.
The cost is $11/person.
Long Acre Farms Moonlight Maze
Dates for the Moonlight Maze is September 30th, and October 1, 7, 14, & 15, 21,22, 28 & 29.  For more information call (315) 986-4202

Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester
DeFisher Farm - 3329 Eddy Rd. Williamson, NY
Opening Weekend: September 30 - October 1 & 2
Hayrides start at 7:30 P.M. and go until 10:30 P.M. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 30.
Be prepared to be spooked!

October 14 & 15
Moonlight Cemetery Tour - Lakeview Cemetery, Pultneyville, NY.  - Two Tours  each night - 7 P.M.  & 8 P.M.  
Actors in period clothes portray citizens from the past.
Cider and refreshments in Gates Hall (Corner of Lake Rd & Lake Ave) after the tour.

October 15
Historic Palmyra's Famous Cemetery Walk - 3 Shows-One night only  (315)597-6981
An amazing journey into the land of the dead.
Admission: Adults - $15  Children (ages 6 - 17) $8/ person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Get one 1/2 priced ticket when you buy one full priced ticket.

October 28 & 29 - A Scary Halloween Attraction
Haunted Jail & Cellblock Terror at the
Wayne County Museum / Jail: 21 Butternut St., Lyons, NY
Admission: $5/person  For tickets and information: (315) 946-4943;

We hope you have a SPOOKTACULAR October!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9th Annual Harvest Festival - Sodus, NY

It's Harvest Time Again!

Come on out to the 9th Annual Harvest Festival on September 24, 2016, downtown Sodus, NY. This festival is short of nothing and is jammed packed with something to do for the whole family.

Over 75 arts and crafts vendors, the Great Pumpkin drop, dancing the the street, music and food.  The festival starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A great way to get your Christmas shopping started.

New this Year: "Show and Shine Car Show". If you are interested in showing off your special vintage or muscle car, truck or motorcycle; come on down. Registration to show your vehicle starts at 7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. Vehicles will be displayed on Maple Ave., downtown Sodus. Festival begins at 10 a.m.   No rules, no prizes - just satisfaction of showing off your great looking vehicle.
Pumpkin Growing Contest:  Can you beat 400 pounds? Drop off your BIG pumpkins for the pumpkin growing contest on Friday night 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. They will be taken to a secured spot overnight. Official weighting will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday September 24th. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners receive trophies and gift certificates from Paton's Marketplace, Wegmen's and Top's Market. 
GIANT pumpking growing contest
 Kid Stuff: Pumpkin Bowling
                   Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe
                   Harvest Tattoos
                   The Great Pumpkin Drop
Apples to Zucchini Carving Contest: 
Bring your carved fruits or vegetable entry to
the Chamber tent by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday September 24th to be displayed and judged by 1:00 p.m.  Age Groups:  K-4, Grade 5 - 8, Grades 9 - 12, and Adult entries. 1st and 2nd place ribbons and prizes. 
carving contest
FREE raffles of items donated by local merchants. Get your tickets at the Chamber table.
Great food ranging from chili and waffles to pulled pork, kettle corn and more.
See you at the Harvest Festival!
More FUN things to do with friends and family:

October 1, 2016
  • Sunset Tasting & Starry Starry Night at Thorpe Vineyard.   Start your evening wine tasting while watching the sunset and learn about about the astronomical facts and mythological stories of the constellations. October 1st Starts at 6 p.m.  8150 Chimney Heights Blvd., Wolcott, NY.  (minutes from Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast) For more info: (315) 594-2502.
  • Moonlight Maze Walk at Long Acre Farms. September 24 and October 1, 2, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29.  6 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more info: (315) 986-4202
  • Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester at DeFisher Fruit Farm, Eddy Road, Williamson, NY.  Opening weekend: September 30 and October 1st. 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. For event schedule : 
  • Wayne County, NY Apple Tasting Tour and Challenge -Starts October 1st. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast "Sunset Cruise Package" - Every Saturday through October 15 (weather permitting) Call for details.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Check Out This Nearby Wine & Music Festival July 31st

Sit back and relax and enjoy an afternoon of music, sipping local wines, tasting local spirits and hard cider at the:

3rd Annual Summer Sips & Sounds

Wine and Music Festival

July 31:  This summer tasting event features locally made wines, hand crafted spirits, ciders, local farm fresh foods and music from the high energy band "Big Mike and the Motivators". 
Where: Long Acre Farms & JD Wine Cellars, 1342 Eddy Rd, Macedon, NY
When: Noon til 5 P.M.  Bringyour lawn chair.
Cost: Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online for $15 per person.  Tickets at the door are $20 per person.
Summer Sips & Sounds poster
July 28 - 31:  Brantlng Bluegrass Festival  Three jammed packed days of bluegrass music with some of the top national, regional and local bands.
Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Little Roy and Lizzy, Higher Mountain to name just a few performers. 
Cost: Day tickets or whole event tickets are available.
Where: Brantling Ski Slope 4015 Fish Farm Rd., Sodus, NY
bluegrass poster
ALL MONTH LONG you can visit the Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven
Free and open to the public. Horses, pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens, alpacas, donkeys, cows, peacocks, and more, Bring a picnic and make it a family day trip. Visit the gift shop. All proceeds go to caring for the animals.

The animal haven is situated on a historic Shaker Farm dating back to the 1860's with apple and peach orchards, and 100 year old barns.

Where:  Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven is located at 6430 Shaker Rd., Alton, NY
Gift shop poster

Make it a weekend Get Away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast. Book your room now!