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Six Flags Donates PonchosPonchos Provide a Protective Barrier for Health Care Workers and Patients

Darien Center, N.Y. (April 8, 2020) — Six Flags Darien Lake announced today that it donated 500 rain ponchos to NY State Veterans’ Home in Batavia. The facility’s skilled nursing staff will use the ponchos to protect themselves and patients as they continue to provide care to local veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

George Eastman Museum logoThe film festival will be held on June 3–6, 2021

Rochester, N.Y., April 8, 2020—The George Eastman Museum is postponing the 6th Nitrate Picture Show, originally scheduled for June 4–7, 2020, until June 3–6, 2021. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has decided not to present the film festival in this calendar year. More than 80 percent of current festival passholders would need to travel to Rochester from across the country or overseas, making their attendance inadvisable and nearly impossible in the current environment.

Orange County TourismResidents can still enjoy their favorite meals through to-go menu options and services.

Orange County, N.Y. (April 7, 2020) – Across the globe, citizens are grappling with a new normal as individuals and businesses exercise precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19. Orange County, N.Y. is no exception. Many small businesses, including restaurants, are suffering as they close temporarily to help protect their employees’, their families, and their communities. However, many remain open to prepare delivery and takeout meals for local residents who may be looking for a familiar meal or convenient option when grocery stores remain sparse. Orange County has nearly 200 restaurants offering carry-out and delivery services.

oneida-county-tourismUtica, NY (April 7, 2020) – Oneida County Tourism (OCT) is excited to share an uplifting video they created showcasing local tourism partners. Last week, OCT asked local attractions and hotels to submit pictures for a video project. They requested images that showed them working from home, their kids and pets, or just doing a hobby they love. The final product was a video released yesterday in hopes of shining a positive light on what’s happening in local communities. The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/GK1dMPIO0Zw.

Chautauqua County Virtual ExperiencesChautauqua County, N.Y. – In light of social distancing mandates, some of Chautauqua County's attractions are offering ways for you to engage with them online. The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau will continue to update this list as developments occur. If you enjoy the information found in this blog post, please help support the local tourism economy by sharing it with your friends and family via Facebook or email. 

Genesee Country Village Museum GCVMMumford, N.Y. – Genesee Country Village & Museum will be offering its maple products as well as a take-out fish fry on April 9-10. The Maple Sugar Festival may have been cancelled, but you can still get all of your maple favorites during Maple To-Go days. Brighten up your socially-distancing household, host your own Maple Festival from your kitchen, or use for Easter treats. Items available to order include Museum-made maple syrup, maple cotton candy, and maple cream, plus growlers of maple porter from Flying Bison Brewery and hard cider from OSB, pancake mix from New Hope Mills, Maple Festival t-shirts, Oliver’s candy, and more. All proceeds will support the staff and programs of GCV&M.

CGI Rochester International Jazz FestivalProducers Working to Reschedule the Festival to Fall 2020

Rochester, NY (April 2, 2020) — CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced today that the festival's 19th edition, originally scheduled for June 19-27, will be canceled on those dates due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but that they are working hard to reschedule the festival to fall of 2020.

Iacona and Nugent said, "In the past two weeks since we announced our 2020 festival lineup, our world has been turned upside down. The health crisis we are experiencing has resulted in significant loss of life and illness, growing fear, and unprecedented disruption in all aspects of our lives.

Hudson River MuseumExplore the HRM with New Videos, Art & Science Activities, Online Resources, and Live-Streamed Programs

Yonkers, NY, April 2—The Hudson River Museum has launched an exciting new digital initiative, Museum From Home, for its audiences to virtually experience all the HRM has to offer. Joining other museums across the United States and abroad, the Museum will be featuring new content including engaging videos, hands-on art and science activities, lesson plans for parents and teachers, and new ways to participate and explore our exhibitions and collection. These virtual experiences will be available on the Museum’s website and shared through its social media channels using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome. …

Holdfast Long IslandLong Island, NY (March 31, 2020) – Amid the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Discover Long Island shares a positive message for the region with new “Hold Fast” campaign and Community Partner Program designed to support and inspire residents, the business community, and the Nation that this storm too will pass.

“Right now, there’s nothing more important than taking care of each other and coming together as an industry and a community,” said Kristen Jarnagin, President & CEO of Discover Long Island, the region’s Destination Marketing & Management Organization. “Following a year of record-breaking highs for the tourism industry on Long Island it is imperative that we now weather these unchartered waters together. Our team is striving to serve as an information portal, a resource for our struggling businesses and tourism industry employees and a beacon of light for our residents and business community.”…