Events for Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wine Tour and Tastings - 3pm-6pm, $20

With dozens of wineries and vineyards, the Finger Lakes Region has developed into a wine lover's paradise! For this event, you'll join other conference attendees to visit 4 local wineries for tastings of their delicious wines. The cost covers transportation, and you can pay for the tastings directly at the wineries. Tastings range from $5-$10.

Vineyard Tour (no tastings) - 3pm-6pm, $15

For this event, you'll join other conference attendees to visit a local winery and vineyard to learn more about the wine-making process. We aren't planning on time for wine tastings (unless you decide to sneak one in yourself!), and so this is perfect for those who choose not to indulge. The cost covers transportation and the tour. 

Event for Thursday, June 16, 2022

Brewery Tour and Tastings - 4pm-7pm, $20

The Finger Lakes aren't just known for wine - in recent years, a strong brewery scene has developed as well. On this tour, you'll visit 3-4 local breweries, accompanied by a local scholar who has written about this developing economy in the area. The cost covers transportation and tour guide, and you can pay for any beer and/or cider tastings directly at the breweries. Tastings range from $5-$10.

Events for Friday, June 17, 2022

Watkins Glen Gorge Hike - 2pm-6pm, $30

The Finger Lakes is famous for its gorges, and perhaps none is better known than Watkins Glen.  With 19 waterfalls, steep cliffs, and 832 stone steps, it's no wonder more than 1 million people visit the park each year. Watkins Glen is about an hour from the conference venue, leaving you two hours to hike and explore the park once you arrive. The cost includes transportation and entrance fee. You can pay for a shuttle ($5) to bring you from the top of the gorge back down to the bottom after your hike if you'd like. Don't forget good shoes (that you won't mind getting wet) and water!

Walking Tour of Historic Geneva - 4pm-5:30pm, Free

Members of the Seneca Nation established a village here in 1687, which was fortified by the British against the French during the French and Indian War and then again against the American revolutionaries. The Indigenous community was forced from the land in the 1790s, when European settlers arrived in greater numbers. Enjoy a walking tour (approximately 2 miles total) of historic and modern downtown Geneva, guided by local Geneva historians. You'll have a chance to learn, shop, and figure out where to enjoy your Friday night cap. Don't forget your comfortable walking shoes!

Events for Saturday, June 18, 2022

Niagara Falls - 8:30am-4pm, $60

The world famous Niagara Falls is approximately a two hour drive from the conference venue. On this excursion, you'll be able to explore the park via hikes of varying length and difficulty and, if you choose, The Maid of the Mist boat tour (at your own cost of approximately $25).  With 3.5 hours at the Falls, you might also have time to explore some of the local shops, restaurants, casino, etc. The cost covers transportation, and you can pay for additional tours directly at the visitor center. 

Corning Museum of Glass - 9am-4pm, $60

You didn't know glass was this cool until going to the Corning Museum! About an hour from the conference venue, you'll learn about the role of glass throughout history in art, industry, medicine, and more. You can also make your own glass creations (at your own cost, ranging from $15-$33). The cost covers transportation and general adult admission to the museum. If you want to make your own glass, make sure you go to this link and make a reservation for Saturday, June 18, 2022 between 10:30am and 2pm (the shuttle will leave to return to the conference venue at 3pm).

Wine Tour and Tastings - 10:30am-2:30pm, $20

If you weren't able to do the wine tour on Wednesday, do it on Saturday! With dozens of wineries and vineyards, the Finger Lakes Region has developed into a wine lover's paradise! For this event, you'll join other conference attendees to visit 4 local wineries for tastings of their delicious wines. The cost covers transportation, and you can pay for the tastings directly at the wineries. Tastings range from $5-$10.

Watkins Glen Gorge Hike - 10:30am-2:30pm, $30

If you couldn't explore Watkins Glen on Friday, do it on Saturday! The Finger Lakes is famous for its gorges, and perhaps none is better known than Watkins Glen.  With 19 waterfalls, steep cliffs, and 832 stone steps, it's no wonder more than 1 million people visit the park each year. Watkins Glen is about an hour from the conference venue, leaving you two hours to hike and explore the park once you arrive. The cost includes transportation and entrance fee. You can pay for a shuttle ($5) to bring you from the top of the gorge back down to the bottom after your hike if you'd like. Don't forget good shoes (that you don't mind getting wet) and water!