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COZY | Maker of the Month: Trim Candles

COZY | Maker of the Month: Trim Candles

What could be more cozy than a business founded over wine and candles? Meet Tricia and Micah from Trim Candles, a couple who lovingly craft deliciously scented candles poured into holders made of recycled wine bottles.

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Cider Week FLX: So 'Hard' It's Good

Today marks the beginning of Cider Week FLX, a celebration of the reemergence of craft cider production in the Finger Lakes, through Oct. 12. “People have always made hard cider here [in the Finger Lakes],” said Eric Shatt, who, along with his wife, Deva Maas, owns Redbyrd Orchard Cider in Trumansburg. “Before Prohibition, cider was the main drink.” The resurgence of the flavorful beverage has been slow but steady. Just up the road from Redbyrd, on Route 89, sits Bellwether Hard Cider

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Tapping Potential in New York's Maple Industry

For many, the thought of maple syrup conjures sweet images of pancakes on a Saturday morning. But for thousands in New York, maple is not just a childhood breakfast treat but a growing industry and way of life. Michael Farrell, director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Center, an outdoor laboratory station in Lake Placid, said records show around 1,500 maple producers in New York, but there are likely somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000. Most maple products

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Ganondagan: Preserving a Past, Providing a Future

About 20 miles southeast of Rochester, nestled deep in the hills of Victor, N.Y., is Ganondagan (pronounced “Gah-non-dah-GAN”). The 4,500 inhabitants of this vibrant Seneca Nation farmed and hunted this land long before the Dutch, English and French traders arrived in the 1600s. Following the invasion of foreigners, Ganondagan experienced years of violence. According to Meg Joseph, executive director of the nonprofit organization Friends of Ganondagan, French settlers confronted the Seneca people

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The (Native) Book of Mormon in NY: The Hill Cumorah Pageant

When hearing the words Mormon and theater, for many, the first thought is likely the Broadway smash hit “The Book of Mormon.”  But every summer, more than 35,000 people journey to the Finger Lakes region, to the historical base of the Mormon faith for a very different theatrical experience — the Hill Cumorah Pageant. A search to better understand the New York roots of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) took New York States of Mind to Palmyra, a small New York town along

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Taking the Cello in New Directions

Looking at his cello, Chris White doesn’t just see an instrument but a world of possibilities.  Mr. White, founder and director of New Directions Cello Association & Festival (NDCA&F), began cello lessons when he was eight-years-old, and eventually received his Masters degree in music performance from Ithaca College.  Non-classical rhythms and non-traditional styles interested him from the beginning. In 1993, Mr. White was inspired to bring together the renegade cellists he met over

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