Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July 4th Celebrations

Next to Thanksgiving and Christmas, July 4th must be one of the most celebrated holidays in the Sodus Bay area. There will be no shortage of activities this holiday and throughout the extended weekend. For as long as I can remember the celebrations have begun on July 3rd with the Kiddie Parade and fireworks on the bay.  This year it will be no different. However, this patriotic holiday tends to have a deeper and more meaningful connotation to me as both of our sons are Marines and have fought for our freedoms both in Iraq and Afghanistan. So now, when I think about Independance Day, July 4th, not just because it's my youngest son's 31st birthday this year, I think about the sacrifices both he and his brother have made and continue to make to maintain our freedoms.

Please check-out the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum July 4th Extravaganza of events and share them with
1870  Sodus Bay Lighthouse
your circles and friends.

July 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Red, White and Blue Kiddie Parade starts at the Sodus Point Fire Hall on Bay St. and ends at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on North Ontario St.

July 3, 2013 at sunset the annual extravaganza of Fire Works on Sodus Bay.

Original site of the lighthouse tower 1824

July 4, 2013 at 7:00 am the popular Breakfast on the Bluff at the Lighthouse Museum. Visitors enjoy eggs, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, coffee. juice  while overlooking Lake Ontario.
July 4, 2013 at 9:00 am the annual Lighthouse 5-K Run begins. 
July 4, 2013 at 8:00 am visitors can browse the annual Artisan Show on the Lighthouse grounds. One of a kind original handcrafted
Overlooking Lake Ontario-Sodus Bay channel pier light

pottery, jewelry, photographs, paintings and more.

Celebrations continue at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  FREE Outdoor Concert in the park at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum with Gap Mangione Big Band.  Audience should bring lawn chairs.

There will be FREE admission into the museum all day on Thursday July 4th.  Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower and imagine what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper. The latest exhibition at the museum is the "War of 1812: Battle of Sodus Point".

July 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm Sunset Tastings at Thorpe Vineyard.

SEE MAP for directions.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Sunset Tasting

All summer long beginning on June 22, 2013, Thorpe Vineyard will begin their "Sunset Tastings"  at 6 PM every Saturday through August 31st.  (weather permitting)


Starry - Starry Nights at Thorpe Vineyard  on July 6 and 27th. Tastings and star gazing until 11 PM. (weather permitting)

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Be sure to check out Chimney Bluffs State Park on your way to Thorpe Vineyard.

GREAT wines and GREAT views!  Both are worth the visit!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Civil War Re-enactment

On June 22, 2013 at Heritage Square Museum Crushing' Battery will re-enact the Civil War.  Visitors will experience an authentic encampment from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Heritage Square Museum features an authentic 1895 jailhouse, one room pioneer log cabin, baptist meeting house, ore miner's home, 1800 schoolhouse, apple drying house, train station, and more.
One room log cabin dating back to the Civil War.

Visitors go back in time to a 19th Century Crossroads Community. Each building is an authentic structure that was moved from one community to the Heritage Square Museum grounds in Ontario, NY.

Heritage Square Museum is located at 7147 Ontario Center Rd., Ontario, NY

Open Saturday and Sunday 1:30 - 4:00 PM  For more
information go to

The one room log cabin is furnished
with a trundle bed, wood stove, rocking
chair and period kitchen utensils.
Inside an Ore Miner's Home.

Walk through a salt-box style ore miner's
home that illustrates the simple life in the
mid 1800's

Hope to see you at the Square!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sunset on Lake Ontario

June 17, 2013 Sodus Point, NY

Thursday, June 6, 2013

War of 1812 Bicentennial - The Battle at Sodus Point

Battle at Troupville (Sodus Point)
Referred to as "America's Second War of Independence" by some historians; this war firmly established the United States as an independent nation.  The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812 and lasted more than two years as the fighting continued until February 1815.  The French and British were at war with each other and did not want the United States trading with the other.  As a result, both Britain and France established naval blockades of American ships. (O'Toole, J. 2013)

After the French navy's defeat at Trafalgar, the British began to board U.S. merchant ships and demanded American sailor's allegiance to the British crown.  At this time, the U.S. had only recently gained independence from Britain, and this of course did not set well with the United States. Meanwhile, in the Niagara region, the British were coaxing the Native Americans to attack American settlers.  The declaration of the War of 1812 was brought on by a list a grievances sent to Britain by President James Madison.
Lake Ontario and the Battle at Sodus Point by Doris M. Sims

The Great Lakes marked the United State northern frontier and provided the most efficient east-west means
of transportation. To ensure a successful campaign, it was especially crucial to maintain control over Lake Ontario's waterways. The U.S. government kept supplies for the military at various ports along the south shore of Lake Ontario, including Troupville (Sodus Point).  Hearing of the attack at Charlotte on June 15, 1813 a battalion was ordered to Sodus Point. This advance warning gave townspeople enough time to bury their valuables so not to be confiscated by the British.
Sodus Point 1813 - by Doris M. Sims

On June 19, 1813, a small group of poorly trained militia and farmers lined up along the woods edge to engage the enemy. It was so dark that neither side were aware of each other's numbers.  Shots were fired and both sides retreated. The british fled to their ships and the Americans into the woods. Two British soldiers were killed and two Americans were mortally wounded and three were captured by the British.

On June 20, 1813 the British opened fire upon the village, raided the remaining warehouses , seized valuables, and burned any buildings still standing except for the tavern.

For more information on the War of 1812; the Battle at Sodus Point check out theses publications: Sims, Doris M., (1985) The Battle of Sodus Point; War of 1812, Lyons, NY.
O'Toole, Joe, (June 2013), Sodus Bay Historical Society Newsletter,

Visit the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail along Lake Ontario. For trip planning aids that include suggested intneraries, special events, nearby attractions, accommodations, driving directions and more  goto:

Bicentennial Events :

  • June 9, 2013  1PM - 2 PM at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, 7606 N. Ontario St. Sodus Point: A presentation by Joe O'Toole on the Battle of Sodus Point.
  • June 19, 2013 6PM  at the Sodus Point Fire Hall: Dedication of the Historic Mural of
    Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
    the Battle of Sodus Point.
    • 7 PM - 8 PM  at the lighthouse pavilion: War of 1812 music.
    • 8 PM - 9 PM Peace Garden on Bay Street: A commemoration.
  • June 22, 2013  1:30 PM  at the Oscar Fuerst Ball Field on Greig Street: an Old Fashioned Ball Game with the Sodus Point Fire Department taking on the Mumford All-Stars.
  • July 13, 2013 9 Am - 4 PM at the Oscar Fuerst Ball Field on Greig St.: War of 1812 Reenactors camp and demonstrations.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Todays Nearby Events

Annual Sale Around the Point today and
 tomorrow - June 2 & 3 in Sodus Point. 
Homeowners and businesses display their
 treasures for sales. Just look for the
 balloons outside each venue. 

Also, Heritage Square Museum located on Ontario Center Road in Ontario, NY is holding the Annual Village Faire and Opening Weekend. Today Only - June 1st : 1 PM - 4 PM

Pony rides for the kids, Pie baking contest, Car Show, Bake Sale, Antique & Classic Cars, Museum tours, Kids Games and food.