Events in New York State’s Finger Lakes Wine Country in the fall season of 2010 also include:
● Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, September 10 to September 12: The Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix celebrates the history of motor-car racing at the largest vintage-racing event in the U.S., featuring historic cars from as far back as the 1930s. The Vintage Grand Prix is held in conjunction with the Grand Prix Festival in the Village of Watkins Glen. Weekend tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Children 15 and under are free. See www.theglen.com for more details;
● German Festival at Lucas Vineyards, September 12: Festivities at the event will include Live Music by The Enzian Bavarian band and dancers, grape stomping, alphorn and polka contests, balloon art, face painting and costumes. The event will feature Lucas Vineyards’ medal-winning Dry & Semi Dry Rieslings and Gewürztraminer. Local vendors will be on site selling German food, grape pies, gourmet chocolate, wine ice cream and jewelry. Entry is $3 per person, with children 12 and under allowed to enter for free. More information is available at www.lucasvineyards.com;
● Harvest Tapas at Fox Run Vineyards: September 16 and October 7: Executive Chef Heather Tompkins will present a platter with four portions, each paired carefully with Fox Run Vineyards wines. Winemakers Peter Bell & Tricia Renshaw will present the wine and be there to talk about the pairings. Tickets are $20. Find out more at www.foxrunvineyards.com;
● Harvest Tour of Food & Wine on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, September 18 and September 19: Taste the wines of Keuka Lake and sample fine dishes prepared from the freshest locally produced foods. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door and $19 per person Sunday Special in advance. The website www.keukawinetrail.com has more details;
● Leaves & Lobsters at Glenora Wine Cellars, September 18 and September 19: A combination of live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake and a ‘Down East Lobster Feast’. A lobster-dinner ticket is $50 per person and a general-admission ticket is $15 per person. Go to www.glenora.com for information;
● First Friday at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, October 1 and November 5: On Friday evenings, enjoy free admission to the museum along with Finger Lakes wines and cheeses. Details are available at www.rockwellmuseum.com;
● A Taste of the Finger Lakes at the Watkins Glen Community Center, October 7: A Taste of the Finger Lakes will offer culinary creations and farm-fresh produce during the “heart of the harvest”, while displaying numerous local restaurants, farm markets, wineries, breweries and other food vendors in the area. Under one roof, attendees will have the opportunity to see, sample and socialize while enjoying varied Finger Lakes fare. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door. See www.watkinsglenchamber.com for more information; and
● Monster Ball at the Holiday Inn Elmira, October 29: A Halloween-themed costume party at the Holiday Inn Elmira. Visit www.fingerlakeshotels.com to find out more.
At the Glass Harvest at The Corning Museum of Glass, from September 7 to November 30, events include:
● See the World’s Largest Glass Pumpkin: Last year, glassmakers at the Museum made the world’s largest blown glass pumpkin—a giant shiny orange globe measuring more than 32 inches in diameter and weighing in at about 70 pounds. The pumpkin-making process took a team of eight glassblowers, more than 50 hours of work, 17 attempts, a lot of shattered glass, and a number of lopsided prototypes. The pumpkin will be on display through October 31;
● Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin: Visitors of all ages can make a (hand-held) glass pumpkin in daily 40-minute glassblowing sessions. Open to all ages (as young as preschool), the pumpkin-making experience is offered through November 30 and costs $25 per person;
● Harvest Hunt through the World’s Largest Glass Collection: Children can use a harvest-themed activity sheet to explore more than 45,000 objects and 3,500 years of glassmaking history. The museum’s collection ranges from a tiny portrait of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh to fanciful modern-day sculptures – and nearly everything in between; and
● Shop a Unique Glass Farmer’s Market: On Columbus Day weekend, from October 8 to October 11, the museum’s international GlassMarket will feature a Glass Farmer’s Market, with more than 7,000 glass pumpkins, apples, gourds and glass harvest-themed objects for sale.