The Finger Lakes Museum will hold an open house

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The Finger Lakes Museum will hold an open house

BRANCHPORT – The Finger Lakes Museum (3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport) is hosting its annual open house Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public with free entry.
During the event, the museum will introduce attendees to the 11 Lakes Traveling Exhibit, created in honor of museum founder John Adamski.
This 1,200 square foot exhibit features information about the culture, history and stories of the 11 Finger Lakes. It was created by local artisans who worked in collaboration with students from Keuka College. The exhibit includes facts about each lake, as well as historic and current photos of events and people that make these lakes special.
“The Finger Lakes region is such a beautiful gem, with its glacial origin, the 11 lakes resulting from those glaciers, the rich agricultural history, cultural significance and booming wine/tourism market,” said Natalia Kivimaki, director of operations of the museum. “It’s important that we inspire people to appreciate what we have here so they can continue to preserve the area in the future for a continued legacy and sense of place.”
As museum officials plan for this future, helping children appreciate the area is an important part of their job.
“We understand that children are our best stewards for generations to come,” Kivimaki said. “If we can engage them in understanding the importance of protecting our freshwaters, loving where they live, and sharing that excitement with others, we can bring about meaningful change for the region in the future.”
To put this philosophy into practice, the museum ensures that guided paddle tours are open to families. They offer Scout Merit Badge paddles, youth group kayaking trips, and have worked with the local school district for after-school and summer programs.
“Nature is such a big and important part of the Finger Lakes, and we look forward to sharing that with kids of all ages in ways they can touch, experience and enjoy,” Kivimaki said.
After enjoying the traveling exhibit, guests are invited to take a free self-guided mini paddle, listen to live High Country music as part of the Yates Concert Series, purchase a lunch prepared by Crooked Lake Mercantile and to speak with representatives of various local organizations who will be on hand to share information. These special activities are in addition to the museum’s usual options, including the newly installed StoryWalk, which showcases Native American history Turtle’s Race with Beaver, and the Natural Playscape, which was recently completed with the help of donors through FLXGives. and ROC the Daytime Fundraising Programs, as well as with county support.
This year’s open house is held in conjunction with a second event, hosted by museum trustee Laurie Broccolo at the Broccolo Garden Center (2755 Penfield Rd, Fairport), with some of the proceeds from that day also going to the museum. Garden Center attendees can enjoy a book signing by author Jenny Collins, wine and cocktail tastings, and live music.
The museum also covers the winter season with programs like ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Throughout the summer, you can enjoy birding walks, yoga classes, kayaking lessons and workshops. The season wraps up with fall paddles that showcase the colorful fall foliage of the Finger Lakes.
Additional information is available at https://www.fingerlakesmuseum.org/.

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