Tuesday, May 19, 2015


SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015 1:00 PM

Paul Brock toured 40 people through the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center which opened in January 2015. The Viticulture and Wine Center features a teaching winery, enology laboratory, aging rooms, wine storage, a crush pad, a classroom, a kitchen area, and office space.  In addition, a rotating vineyard is featured next to the winery.
Directions:  A carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse at 12:20 PM.   Head south on Sly Street and take a left onto Ontario Street.  Continue east on County Road 4 towards Geneva.  Turn right onto Pre Emption Road and drive about one half mile.  Take a left onto Empire Drive.  The FLCC  Viticulture and Wine Center is at 100 Empire Drive, Geneva, NY 14456.

Looking north from Pre-Emption Road
Arriving at our destination
The reception area for wine tasting and hospitality
Paul tells us about the Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program https://www.flcc.edu/viticulture/
Rotating vineyard started with 12 vines - 2 vines to be rotated each year
Discussion continues in the classroom

Paul's kids share illustrations
Label designs are created by FLCC students enrolled in various programs
Thanks to Leona for this photo!
Paul invites us to the wine making lab room

Then onto the pressing and fermenting area
Proper ventilation is key to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning (the number one cause of death in the wine making business)

Fermenting tanks
The building was designed to make use of natural lighting
Three storage areas: room temperature, refrigerated, and freezer
Paul explains "root stock" and grafting

Outdoor receiving area for crushing and pressing:

We want to thank Paul Brock for the phenomenal amount of information he shared with us during our tour including the history, science, and philosophy about the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center and wine making in general.  
Paul is the owner-winemaker of Silver Thread Vineyard

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ontario Pathways Hiking Series

The Ontario Pathways has two hiking series planned for 2015.  One happens on Saturdays (one per month April through October) from Canandaigua to Phelps and the other occurring on Tuesday mornings in May and June from Phelps to Canandaigua.

Here's a link to information about the PATHWAYS for PEOPLE Saturday hikes: http://visitfingerlakes.com/events/1655/pathways-for-people-hiking-series/

The seven hikes Tuesdays in May and June Hiking Series from Phelps to Stanley and then from Stanley to Canandaigua are as follows meeting at the designated locations by 10:00 am.

May 12:  Meet at the Gifford Road Trail Head.  This is a hike from the trailhead to the county line and back out.  3.6 miles round trip hike.  (Take Rt. 88 north of Phelps.  Turn onto Rockefeller Road, then left on Wilber Road, then right on Gifford Road.  Trail is 1000 feet ahead on the left.)

May 19:  Meet at the Rt. 96 Trailhead/parking lot (a quarter mile east of State Route 488 on State Route 96).  4 mile hike.
Meet at Gifford Road. Hike into the Ontario and Wayne county line and back. Hiking distance 3.6 miles - See more at: http://visitfingerlakes.com/events/1655/pathways-for-people-hiking-series/#sthash.HJrUIUdU.dpuf
Meet at Gifford Road. Hike into the Ontario and Wayne county line and back. Hiking distance 3.6 miles - See more at: http://visitfingerlakes.com/events/1655/pathways-for-people-hiking-series/#sthash.HJrUIUdU.dpuf

May 26:  Meet at teh Orleans water tower (take route 488 to Orleans.  Turn onto Waddell Road and you will see the water tower).  5 mile hike.

June 2:  Meet at teh BOCES parking lot (off of State Route 5&20 on County Road 20 less than a block from the intersection). 3.5 mile hike.

June 9: Meet at Depot Road. 3.8 mile hike.  Drive to the end of Depot Road, parking on the loop turn around.  We will carpool to Stanley Junction and hike back to our cars at Depot Road.

June 16: Meet at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot off County Road 46.  5 mile hike.  We will carpool to Depot Road.

June 23:  Meet at the Ontario Street Parking lot. 3 mile hike.  We will carpool to Co Rd 46 at the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot.

Running Late?  Missed the carpool?  Then go directly to the starting point or first available road crossing that allows parking.  They will get you back to your car at the end of the hike. Go to the Ontario Pathways website www.ontariopathways.org click on CONTACT and let them know you are coming.  They will also send a reminder each week.

Wegmans now offers a  
Passport to Family Wellness 
for the Ontario Pathways Rail Trails. 
 Stop by the Canandaigua Wegmans to pick up your Ontario Pathways Rail Trails passport booklet then enjoy walks, runs, bike rides, or cross country skiing to the passport rubbing posts.  More information about the Wegmans' Passport to Family Wellness can be found here.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015  10 AM - Flint, NY

We have been invited to enjoy a photo walk along the Ontario Pathways in Flint, NY in preparation for the Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibit.

Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs will be hosting an Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibition in July.  They have an open call for work until May 25th.  Photos need to be taken of or from the Ontario Pathways Trail and can be submitted using this link: http://mainstreetartsgallery.com/submissions.html#submissions2

Please meet on Saturday, May 16th at the BOCES parking lot in Flint (5&20 / 20 ).  We start at 10:00 AM rain or shine.  The walk will last from 10 to 12:00.  It is free, no prior sign up required.  Laura will be there with our wildflower guides for those who prefer not to worry about cameras.

Posted 5/16/15:  Although the forecast was for rain, nine people gathered for a pleasant (rain free) walk along the Ontario Pathways trail just south of the new foot bridge across State Routes 5 & 20.  We saw plenty of Jack-in-the-Pulpits and May Apples in bloom and photos were taken in preparation for the Ontario Pathways Photo Exhibit at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs.
tree lined trail from new OP parking area to OP trail
Poison ivy on tree near entry gate to OP trail
Lots of Virginia Creeper (5 leaves) as well
False Solomon's Seal (flower on tip)
Blue Cohosh
nice group of May Apples in bloom
first foot bridge before the new 5&20 bridge
view to the east
view to the west
signage on new bridge over 5&20
looking north over new bridge
very large bloodroot!
Janet getting a photo of a Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Plenty of garlic mustard
Ribes  (gooseberry)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit close up
Yellow Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Meadow Rue (similar leaf to Blue Cohosh - but smaller)
Prenanthes altissima (thanks for the id Kim!)
Thomas and Tim at original mile marker
with a spike found along the trail
more May Apples
unknown - ready to bloom - buttercup?

forget-me-nots near the bridge gates

White Baneberry
 I guessed that this last bloom of white flowers was in the aster family but have correctly identified it as white baneberry (to turn into berries that will look like dolls' eyes)