Friends of the Outlet will be sharing a hearty, all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge on Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 10:00AM. Over pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and juices friends and members of the Keuka Outlet Trail will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Yates County while renewing a commitment to the legendary trail and its adjacent waterway that flows through the heart of Yates County and connects two of the larger Finger Lakes.
Old, new, and/or renewed members of the KOT are being asked to bring a friend or relative along and help get them signed up for an annual membership that is critical to the upkeep of the trail. Attendees can meet the new and old members of the Board of Directors, who along with the Maintenance Team will be serving up a breakfast of champions while goodies and supplies last.
The cost of the KOT breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and free for children under 5. The Moose Lodge of Penn Yan located at 301 E. Elm Street is donating all proceeds from the event to the Friends of the Outlet. You do not need to be a member to attend, but every opportunity to join will be readily available.
Attendees will learn about the new free Audio Tour which tells the dynamic history of the trail through 18 specific sites numbered along the entire seven mile trail from west to east-–the direction the Keuka Outlet flows. Whether an ‘audio tourist’ is on foot or a bike, solo or with family and friends, they will soon find special “QR” codes to easily scan on a smartphone for easy access to the tour. Trail visitors are encouraged to bring their own headphones or earbuds, and share the encounter with family and friends after breakfast. The following link opens the Keuka Outlet Trail Audio Tour in Spotify.
The breakfast will provide plenty of other information about the Keuka Outlet Trail such as the new Hopeton Campground, the collaborative Riparin Runoff Reduction Project, and the third annual Celebrate Cascade scheduled on September 17, 2023.
“Our members and volunteers play an essential role to the continued success and developments along the Keuka Outlet Trail,” Keith Prather, FOTO President said, “We hope to make this membership breakfast at the Moose Lodge an annual celebration that kicks off the next season of great opportunities on the KOT.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Membership Breakfast should email Deborah Clancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the Annual Spring Friends of the Outlet meeting on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 7:00pm at the 18th Amendment Kitchen and Cocktail Bar, 7 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
The Keuka Outlet Trail follows the Minnesetah River and is open year-round, dusk to dawn. Depending on the time of year and weather, this glacially formed waterway can be a raging river or a babbling brook as it flows eastward approximately eight miles from Keuka Lake into Seneca Lake. A 270 foot drop in altitude from Penn Yan in the west end to Dresden, New York on the east provides ample white water including two waterfalls, notably Seneca and Cascade Falls. In 1984, a group of local citizens formed Friends of the Outlet, Inc. as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserve, protect and develop properties along Keuka Outlet creek as an area for outdoor recreation and education, and to serve as responsible stewards for the region’s natural resources.
For further information go to www.keukaoutlettrail.org.