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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.

George Eastman Museum logoThe virtual experiences allow visitors to discover photography, film, and the legacy of George Eastman from home 

Rochester, N.Y., April 1, 2020—The George Eastman Museum may be temporarily closed, but the museum is still offering its audiences around the world an opportunity to explore collections and educational offerings. The museum officially launched Eastman Museum at Home, a repository for activities, online resources, tutorials, and tours to keep people engaged in learning about photography, film, and the legacy of George Eastman.

Finger Lakes Wine AllianceFinger Lakes Region, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes region of New York is not alone in suffering the economic effects of the Coronavirus. We sympathize with what is going on in our state and around the globe. 

“The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has postponed events we were excited to launch” states Carmela Barbagallo, Executive Director. Our annual Riesling Camp would have kicked off on April 5th and we had been expecting 20 wine professionals from around the United States, including sommeliers, chefs, restaurant managers, influencers, and journalists.

Swedish HillRomulus, N.Y. – Swedish Hill Winery has teamed up with O’Begley Distillery in Pittsford, New York, to produce hand sanitizer that will be donated to hospitals.  The winery, located in Romulus New York, shipped 330 gallons of wine to O’Begleys, who will in turn distill it to produce higher alcohol and then subsequently produce a hand sanitizer that will be donated to hospitals in the area.

Rootstock Cider & SpiritsTo Support Public Health Officials and Other Frontline Professionals

Wayne County, N.Y. - Rootstock Cider and Spirits has deep roots in Wayne County, and wants to support the community that has been so great to us over the last eight years. We have switched our distillery operations to the creation of hand sanitizer in order to support our community and all essential employees that are most at risk from COVID-19. We are going to be releasing our initial batch of hand sanitizer in the next couple of days to those most in need in Wayne County and will expand distribution as we are able to attain supplies from our vendors.

The Arts Council of the Southern Finger LakesThe ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes is pleased to announce the 2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant Program.

Emergency Arts Relief Grants provide financial support to creative individuals and community groups who have experienced lost income from the postponement and/or cancellation of specific, scheduled opportunities or programs due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

This grant program is generously funded and supported by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

Destiny USA Press ReleaseEmbassy Suites by Hilton at Destiny USA donates excess food during Pandemic


Syracuse, NY (March 23, 2020) – The Embassy Suites by Hilton at Destiny USA is taking the initiative to help the community in the time of crisis by working with Onondaga County to donate food.

"We understand that we are all in this together, as a community," said Embassy Suites General Manager Justin Chapman. "We’re open and have extra food, so instead of discarding it, why not give it to those who could use it?"

Chapman and his team have been working with the Onondaga County Executives office to identify organizations that would benefit from the donation. Starting today, Chapman said his hotel will begin giving away 100 roast beef, ham and turkey sandwiches to the Samaritan Center.

Genesee Country Village Museum GCVMMumford, N.Y. – Genesee Country Village & Museum is cancelling both weekends of our Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast (March 21-22 and March 28-29) and the Maple Soiree (April 4) in response to the ever-changing impact of COVID-19.

The Museum is continuing to closely monitor evolving guidance and conditions. Other programs beyond these two have not been cancelled at this time, although we continue to assess that daily since the safety of our visitors, staff, and vendors is paramount.

Auburn, NY (March 17, 2020) - The Schweinfurth Art Center is canceling all classes and events through the end of April in compliance with public health recommendations and mandates in the wake of the spread of covid-19. In addition, staff members are working from home, but are available via email.

Among the events canceled is the Schweinfurth's annual Both Ends of the Rainbow exhibition, the art center's annual exhibit featuring artwork by youth and senior citizens that was supposed to open in mid-April.

Rochester, NY (March 18, 2020) – CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced this update today:

"With the continued heightened concern over the coronavirus pandemic and the rapidly evolving decisions being announced by government and health officials, we are all experiencing significant disruption in all aspects of our lives.

With concern for everyone’s financial situation, we feel it best at this time to temporarily suspend ticket sales for headliner concerts and Club Passes until May 10.