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May 13th, 2022




May 12, 2022



Private & Personal:

Meet Farm Sanctuary Residents



There will be no counting sheep at Compassionate Connections, a partnership between the Chamber and Farm Sanctuary, with all proceeds benefitting Farm Sanctuary.


May 18 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

3100 Aikens Rd. | Watkins Glen


During Compassionate Connections, participants will enjoy a special hour-long guided tour, meeting rescued animal residents along the way. Guests can meet the team at Farm Sanctuary and mingle with fellow Chamber members, community leaders, and the public. After making new human and non-human friends, guests can browse the Sanctuary Shop. Refreshments will be provided by Chamber member Grandma’s Kitchen, and wine and beer will be provided by Chamber members Atwater Vineyards and Grist Iron Brewing Company. Photo provided by Farm Sanctuary.




Register for Compassionate Connections



Gorge Trail to Open

Memorial Day Weekend



The gorge trail will open by Memorial Day weekend, but visitors may need to use other points of entry until a temporary bridge is installed. A recently completed inspection of the pedestrian bridge near the Franklin Street entrance found that significant erosion of the native stone has compromised the integrity of bridge abutments at both ends of the 1930s era bridge, known as the Sentry Bridge. New York State Parks is proceeding with engineering and design to repair or replace the bridge. The timeline of the bridge renovation has not been determined, but again, the gorge trail will open as usual.


To accommodate access to the gorge, New York State Parks will install a temporary 56-foot-wide aluminum truss bridge that will lay over the existing stone arch bridge. The temporary bridge will rest on new abutments. It is expected to be in place by early summer. Until then, visitors will need to use the Upper Entrance or the North or South Rim Trails to access lower portions of the Gorge Trail. Signage will be in place at the park to direct visitors.


Currently, the North and South Rim Trails are open. As mentioned, the gorge trail is expected to open Memorial Day Weekend. A shuttle will run on weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through July 1. After that, the shuttle will run daily. Rides on the shuttle cost $6 per person.





Bottom's Up & Brochure "Trunk or Treat" @ June's Power Hour



Mark your calendar for the June Schuyler Power Hour, featuring Lucky Hare Brewing. We will meet at the Schuyler Business Park, Lucky Hare's production facility on June 1. Join us at 4pm for a brochure exchange and stay for the Schuyler Power Hour that starts at 5:00pm. Registration and additional details for both events are online. We invite you to come for one or both!




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FAM Goodie Bag Request



A representative from the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council's public relations firm will be visiting Schuyler County the afternoon of May 18 to familiarize herself with our community. She has a busy afternoon, with activities scheduled until 9:00pm! We would like to present her with a welcome basket filled with items that represent our member businesses. The representative has connections with many top-tier and niche media outlets. The basket will include the Travel Guide. If you have a product you would like to share, please bring it to the Downtown Visitor Center by May 16, 2022. We will make sure to include it in the basket on your behalf!





Flip Flops & Fireworks



Celebrate Independence Day in your fanciest flip flops (prizes will be awarded!) and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display, live music, and mouth-watering treats. Presented in partnership with the Seneca Lake Event Center.


July 3

6:00pm to 10:00pm

Seneca Lake Event Center

Early Bird Pricing: $50/ticket (through 6/15)


Your VIP ticket will get you the best seats in Clute Park to view the fireworks display, presented by Chamber member Young Explosives. In addition, guests will enjoy grazing stations with heavy hors d'oeuvres, two cash bars, and live music from Rukus. More details and a link to register with early bird pricing will be available soon!



Yes! I want an Early Bird Ticket to Flip Flops & Fireworks



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