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•	Reese's Dairy BarRegion releases list of top ice cream stops, producers, and sweet spots for July

Pittsford, N.Y. - In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of July as "National Ice Cream Month," with the third Sunday as the country's official "National Ice Cream Day." In honor of the holiday and the start of summer, the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council, the official 14-county tourism promotion agency as designated by I Love NY, is supporting the recognition by releasing a list of its top ice cream stops, producers, and sweet spots across the region - as well as the region's own contribution to the world of ice cream over the years.

I LOVE NY Logo - stacked$9.7 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Projects Announced; $6.5 Million Watkins Glen State Park Gateway Complete

Announcement Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

New York, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an unprecedented $16.2 million investment to further enhance Watkins Glen's transformation into a world-class destination and cultural center - all part of his ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create opportunities for the Southern Tier. The projects announced today include $9.7 million for 14 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects throughout the village and the new $6.5 million main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park as part of Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 program. The improvements are a component of Southern Tier Soaring, the region's blueprint for economic growth.

Damn Yankees at Woodstock PlayhouseJune 22nd thru July 1

7:30 Friday/Saturday; 2:00 Sunday Matinee

Woodstock, N.Y. – From the stage that looks like a baseball stadium complete with the diamond painted on the stage floor, the anthem ‘You Gotta Have Heart’ rings out in a chorus of male voices announcing that the homerun hit of the season, DAMN YANKEES, opens the Summer Season of rising professional theatre at the Woodstock Playhouse.

A Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park for you this season under the stage direction of Randy Conti and music direction of Bobby Tomasulo. The winning music & lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot make this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.

Haunted History Trail logoStatewide paranormal trail receives recognition at 

Rochester-based PRSA award ceremony

Batavia, N.Y. - The Haunted History Trail of New York was recognized at the 2018 Rochester PRism Awards on Thursday, Jun. 14. The statewide tourism trail earned two recognitions for excellence in marketing and public relations - one first-place PRism Award and one Award of Excellence.

Columbia County Historical SocietyLaunch of 2018 visitor season

CCHS is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families this summer

Celebrate Father's Day Weekend by Picnicking at a Historic Site

Columbia County, N.Y. – Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Dutchess County Tourism logoPoughkeepsie, N.Y. – The Special Olympics New York Summer Games will be hosted in Dutchess County from June 14-16, 2019 and on June 19-21, 2020.  More than 1,700 athletes and coaches will travel from around New York State to Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as other locations throughout the county, to compete in a variety of sports.

Walkway Over the Hudson logoRegistrations now open for Walkway members and general public for July, 4th 2018 event  

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – The Walkway organization will once again offer the public an opportunity to view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s annual fireworks display from Walkway Over the Hudson State Park on the Fourth of July. 

“Watching fireworks from the Walkway is a unique patriotic experience!” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “This event has become an annual tradition for many Hudson Valley residents—a way to celebrate Independence Day, joining with family, friends and the community.” 

Tupper Lake Tinman TriathlonTupper Lake, N.Y. -  On Saturday, June 23, the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon will commence for the 36th time. 

The most noticeable change since the first race is the number of competitors, people who are looking for a hardcore race with a small town feel in a beautiful setting. To date, 501 people have registered for this year's race, with plenty of time to sign up. The 2017 race drew 633 competitors, and the 2016 iteration saw 538, compared with 390 entrants in 2015, and 375 in 2014.

2018 Skaneateles Boat ShowSkaneateles, N.Y. – The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show—an event 40 years in the making—returns July 27-29, featuring mesmerizing boats from the early 1900s to the present, along with family entertainment. Hours are 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Clift Park. Admission is free.

gem miningEllicottville, N.Y. – Holiday Valley is adding a new attraction to Sky High Adventure Park, the Mister Happy Gem Mining Company.  Targeted to children as young as 2, the experience mimics old fashioned panning for gold. Each miner purchases a bag of sand that contains either gems or fossils.  The contents of the bag are dumped into a mining pan.  The “miners” wash the sand away with water that flows through a 65 foot long sluice and the treasures are left in the pan.  An identification card is included for children to learn more about their gems or fossils.

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