Monday, February 3, 2014

What's there to do in February around Sodus Bay?

Oh Baby it's been cold out there up here on Lake Ontario! Wind chill factors in the double digits below zero. Finally the winds have calm down and we are getting a heat wave into the 30's. For me, that's more tolerable weather to get out and about.

Even though it's winter there are many things to do both outdoors and in.  Here are some of my favorites:

A Snowshoe / Hike is always a fun activity to do with the whole family. Not just great exercise, but educational as well. While on this snowshoe / hike you will learn how to read the stories that animals leave in the snow, identify winter birds and enjoy hot cocoa after your hike. Don't worry if you don't have a pair of snowshoes. You can rent them there.

Hiking in Beechwood State Park

February 8, 2014  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge - 2289 Route 89, Savannah, NY
Cost: $6 / adult , $4 / child   Snowshoe rental: $2. extra.
Register: (315) 365-3588

February 8, 2014  3:00 PM - 5:00 Pm
Moon Light Curling on the Erie Canal - This is BIG competitive sport not only in Palmyra, NY, but it's an Olympic sport that takes lots of skill. Curling is an ancient Scot's winter game that takes place on a frozen pond. In this case, the Erie Canal. Opposing teams take turns delivering "rocks" (42 pound polished granite stones) down a 144 foot sheet of ice by brushing a special broom just in front of the rock. The closest rock to the center of the target wins.  It's a lot like bocce ball.

Activities include: Ice Instruction, demonstrations, music, food and more.
Where: Port of Palmyra in Macedon, NY
Call: (315) 579-0011 for more information

February 15, 2014  11:00 AM – 6:00PM
6th Annual NY Ice Wine and Culinary Festival
Where: Casa Larga Vineyards –
 2287 Turk Hill Rd., Fairport, NY
Ticket Cost: $55 pp pre-sale / $65 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at Wegmans or visit Festival.

What to expect: Ice Wine samples from some of the best Finger Lakes wineries, local food tastings, ice carving demonstration, barrel tasting demonstrations, Black Jack table, music, marshmallow roasting pit are just some of many activities going on all day. 

February 15, 2014   5:00 PM - till Midnight.
Madi Gras Chili Contest - If you think you make GREAT Chili get your entry in now! Only15 Entries of homemade chili are accepted. First come - First serve.  This is a blind tasting contest where no one knows who made what because ALL of the crock pots are the same. Some are better than others and it's hard to keep track. The BEST chili wins!  Good food! Good time!

ALSO: ALL you can eat buffet, beer tasting, raffles, $50/$50, music by Mitty & the Followers.
Where: Cap't Jack's Goodtime Tavern - 8505 Greig Street, Sodus Point, NY  - (315) 483-9570
Cost:  watch for updates on this event.

February 17, 2014
A Winter Wonderland Walk in Beechwood State Park
Walk through the woods, along the shore of Lake Ontario and Maxwell Creek.  Learn how to identify trees, birds, and animal tracks.  Snowshoes available for use.
Cap off your day with hot cocoa, snacks, giveaways and drawings. 
Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars!  
Register by February 12, 2014 - Email or call Margaret Boone at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County  or (315) 331-8415
A fun day for the Whole family!

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