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Ganondagan logoReduced capacity and additional adjustments made to ensure health and safety

Victor, NY— Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager Peter Jemison (Seneca) today announced the re-opening of the Seneca Art & Culture Center and the Seneca Bark Longhouse this Thursday, July 2, as per guidelines by Governor Cuomo and New York State. Going forward, open hours will be Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm. Both buildings will be closed for the July 4th holiday. …

Genesee Country Village Museum GCVMMumford, N.Y. – Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M) is happy to announce that the Museum will be opening to the public on Friday, July 3, and will be open for the July 4th holiday weekend with family-friendly programming to celebrate the occasion. After opening to members only, Genesee Country Village & Museum is looking forward to welcoming everyone onsite to enjoy the Historic Village and Museum safely. In accordance with state and local guidelines, mask-wearing and distancing protocols will be observed. …

Schweinfurth Art CenterAuburn, NY (June 26, 2020) - While Central New York entered Phase 4 of the state's reopening plan today, the Schweinfurth Art Center will be reopening in early August. The art center is currently finishing installation of a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

The art center originally shut down in mid January for the construction, with plans to re-open in April. But the state-mandated shutdown due to COVID-19 placed the work on pause for two months until it restarted in May. Work is nearly complete and, once it is, the art center staff will begin cleaning and setting up the gallery and offices, preparing the facility to meet state guidelines, and installing our next exhibition, "Made in NY."…

MOST logoSyracuse, NY (June 26, 2020) - The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) is gradually reopening to the public as part of NYS Phase 4.

The MOST will be open every weekday for summer day-camps beginning Monday, June 29, and running until Friday, August 21 with pre-registration. More information here: https://www.most.org/learn/camps/.

Our projected reopen date is August 1, 2020, for weekends only but is subject to change with the start of NYS Phase 4 reopen. The MOST will continue to evaluate and consult our reopening with city and county officials to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff and relay this information via email, website, and social media.

Eastman Museum LogoRegistration is now open; See the city in a new way on the monthly George Eastman Bike Tour beginning on July 18

Rochester, N.Y., June 24, 2020—The George Eastman Museum has announced that it will begin its series of George Eastman Bike Tours on Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m. The two-hour tour is led by Jesse Peers, archivist in the George Eastman Legacy Collection and certified bike educator. Peers will guide participants on the relaxed pace, 6.5-mile tour that begins and ends at the Eastman Museum. A nod to George Eastman’s own love of cycling, the bike tour will take riders to ten different locations related to the life and work of this pioneer of popular photography and famous Rochesterian. Each tour is $25 per person, and advance registration is required at eastman.org/biketours, as space is limited.

Genesee Country Village - Museum Opens to Visitors and Summer CampersMumford, N.Y. (June 22) – Genesee Country Village & Museum will open to the general public beginning Friday, July 3, in time for the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4. This family-friendly event will feature music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a black powder shoot, with a focus on outdoor activities to allow for physical distancing and free movement of guests. In addition, many of the Museum’s historic buildings will be open for the first time this season. Food will also be available at the Museum’s Depot restaurant, and the newly-renovated Flint Hill Store will be open for business.

Heron Hill Winery logoAlso: free direct to consumer shipping as a permanent policy with re-opening

Hammondsport, N.Y. – “Heron Hill is very excited to announce the addition of Jordan Harris as Winemaker to our team. This appointment will continue our ongoing goal in increasing quality, ensuring our success and Heron Hill's legacy,” states Eric D. Frarey, Managing Partner of Heron Hill Winery.

Jordan has received many accolades in the wine industry beginning as a student at Niagara College in Ontario, Canada. He went on to be recognized as one of Canada's top up and coming winemakers and more recently as a passionate leader in Virginia. He was named Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers with Wine Enthusiast and he was awarded Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the USA through Intowine.com.

Corning - Southern Finger Lakes logoCorning, NY — As New York State continues its gradual reopening, more and more local businesses and municipalities are coming up with new ways to navigate the current restrictions in order to provide guests a wonderful, safe experience (for example, Corning and Hammondsport are temporarily closing some downtown streets to offer increased outdoor dining). This is important for locals, but it’s also important for potential visitors as the country works its way back to summer travel. People have been mostly staying at home the past few months and Steuben County’s tourism partners are ready to celebrate the increasing opportunities to be safely together again (as the state moves into Phase III of reopening). As a result, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is launching a new campaign and video called  #TogetherAgain.

Mud Creek Bison RanchSavona, NY – Chances are, while you may have seen them in movies or on television shows, you have probably never seen a live bison in person unless you have visited one of the National Parks out west. It is difficult to believe something could get so massive eating grass. Bet you didn’t know there are bison in the Finger Lakes? Not roaming in the wild, mind you. But on a ranch in a small town not far from Corning. If you’re getting a little stir crazy these days and are looking to get the family out of the house for a bit while still maintaining safe social distancing, you might want to head out to Savona for a tour of Mud Creek Bison Ranch.

George Eastman readingYelp events, new webinars, and streaming movie recommendations available this month from the museum 

Rochester, N.Y., June 16, 2020—The George Eastman Museum is continuing to expand its online offerings through Eastman Museum at Home. The museum is working with Yelp Rochester to offer new virtual programs from baking to crafting, the events will be held on June 18 and June 30 through Yelp Rochester online. The museum has also rescheduled its Portrait of Jennie: The Rarest Cinematic Experience of All Time webinar to June 25, and the Curator’s Gallery Talk with Bea Nettles to June 26. All virtual events and webinars are free but registration is required.