The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is encouraging artists to pop the cork on their creativity and submit branding designs for next year’s event, which will be the 25th presented by Watkins Glen International.
“This is a great way to get everyone involved in helping us reflect on the rich history and celebrate 25 amazing years of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and Finger Lakes Region,” WGI President Michael Printup said in a news release. “We know Watkins Glen International has some talented fans out there and cannot wait for the entries to start coming in.”
The festival will be July 9-11, 2021. More than 90 wineries are expected to participate, along with regional artisans, musicians and expert speakers.
Design contest entries will be accepted through Jan. 31. The artwork should reflect wine and the Finger Lakes Region with a “throwback style” to represent the festival’s silver anniversary.
One winning design will be selected by WGI staff to be featured on the official event poster and in other promotional areas.
The contest is open to anyone. A hand-drawn or painted design must be submitted online at www.FLWineFest.com by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31. Entries are limited to one per person and will be accepted online only.
The winning artist will receive a pair of Two-Day Taster’s Passes to the festival and be given booth space during the event to showcase their art, greet fans and sign posters.
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival was founded by Susie and Doug Knapp in 1993. It was held at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. WGI took over the festival in 1995 and hosted the first of its annual events at the world-renowned race track in 1996. It is considered the East Coast’s largest event focusing on New York State wines, crafts and cuisine.
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is a five-time honoree in the American Bus Association’s Top 100 events list and has been voted Best Wine Festival by readers of USA TODAY.
Watkins Glen Blood Drive
An American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 26, at St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish Center in Watkins Glen will honor the memory of Liz Amisano of Watkins Glen.
After a nearly two-year battle against ovarian cancer, Amisano died at the age of 20 in 2005.
The blood drive will be in the church’s gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors should use the Tenth Street door and must wear a mask.
Anyone 17 years or older in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Sixteen-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed parental consent form.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Identification is required. For an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or register online at www.redcrossblood.org.
Seventeen families or businesses in Schuyler County are making spirits bright with their entries in “Holiday Lights – Schuyler Style!”
Organized by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen Promotions and sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union, Holiday Lights is both a tour of decorated structures across the county and a contest for registered participants.
Under contest rules, the light displays will be in place through Jan. 17.
An online map showing the registered displays can be viewed at the Chamber website www.ExploreWatkinsGlen.com.
The website also is the place to go to get a copy of the ballot to vote for displays.
Carole Pierce is retiring as director of events at Watkins Glen Promotions after 17 years.
Pierce, who has worked on Watkins Glen Promotions’ four annual festivals since joining the company in 2004, decided recently that “it’s time to step back and spend more quality time with my family,” according to a news release.
She won’t be leaving the Promotions activities completely, however. Pierce plans to volunteer for the events she has organized over the years.
“Carole Pierce has been our steady and energetic go-to person for all of our events and our relationships with our vendors, participants and fans,” Marianne Marts, Watkins Glen Promotions president, said. “I’m thrilled that she will be able to take some time with her children and grandchildren, but even happier that she will continue to help us as we provide the quality festivals that our area has loved for years.”
Michaela Christensen will take over as events director. Formerly vice president of operations at Three Brothers Winery in Geneva, Christensen has been a Promotions board member since 2016, most recently serving as secretary.
Pierce also has been manager of Promotions’ Village Memorabilia store at 211 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen.
Cindee Crosby of Watkins Glen, who has worked at Village Memorabilia in recent years, has been named store manager and will take charge of sales and merchandise. The store offers locally branded clothing and souvenirs and Grand Prix Festival merchandise.
Watkins Glen Promotions produces the Seneca Lake Waterfront Festival and Cardboard Boat Race in June, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival in September, the Falls Harvest Festival in Montour Falls in October and the Watkins Glen Village Christmas in December.
Brenda Warren-Fitch recently was re-elected chairperson of the Schuyler Health Foundation Board of Directors for 2020-21.
Jerry Mickelson was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Erin Thaete was elected vice-chairperson.
Newly elected directors are Philly DeSarno, Tom Phillips and Chris Stamp. Re-elected directors are Marsha McElligott, Ken Wilson, Nanette Hanley, Jeff Dill, Josh Navone and Linda Confer.
“We are grateful to our two transitioning directors: Marian Saks for eight years of service and Kathy Fragola for 16 years of service,” Warren-Fitch said in a news release.
Snowmobile trails open
Snowmobile use is now permitted on designated trails in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Access ends March 15.
National Forest officials caution snowmobilers to stay on marked trails and to adhere to COVID-19 precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state health and safety guidelines.
The Twin Lakes Snowmobile Association works with the National Forest to maintain more than 12 miles of trails, which are part of the larger statewide snowmobile network. TLSA is one of several snowmobile associations in the United States that has a cooperative partnership agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.
“All of these trails allow mixed uses, so people are snowshoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing as well as using snowmobiles. Snowmobilers should travel responsibly and yield to other users,” Jodie Vanselow, district ranger for the National Forest, said in a news release.
She noted that all snowmobiles must be legally registered and have liability insurance. No trail pass is required, but all New York residents and non-residents must register their sleds in New York to ride in New York. Helmet use is also required.
Glenda Gephart covers Schuyler County in her Seneca South column. Contact her at P.O. Box 65, Reading Center, NY 14876 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.