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(Et;r(micU-1Ex]]rpaa »^th Year - No. 34 Wednesday. August 22,1990 Penn Van, N.Y. S econc I S ection ‘The Fiddler’ set for fest ‘■ •t- the Columbia F e d e r a l B a n k ing C ircus Galaxy w ill ap ­ pear throughout th e w e e k e n d on Sept. 21, 22 an d 23 a t [be fifth an n u a l B u c k w h e a t H a rvest F e s tival in Penn ____________________________________________________ New festival contest noted PENN YAN — A little Prince Princess Contest will be ad- to the activities of the fifth unual Buckwheat Harvest Fes- tni. The contest, which is open »children 6 years of age and winger, will run throughout the ke-day event. Kie contest will have two olegories: newborns to age 3 and ^years-old to age 6. A prince and (incess will be selected in each I I I I I i I I I I I Parade entries taken PENN YAN — The National Buckwheat Institute is now ac­ cepting entries for the float competition in the fifth annual Buckwheat Harvest Festival Parade, Sept. 22. Glenora Wine Cellars spon- $ors the float competition, and offers awards of $200 for first phie, $150 for second prize, and $100 for third prize in three classifications: C^ganiza- t»D, Business and College. Each float will be judged for creativity and workmanship. Any interested persons or pai^ should contact Louise Bacher, 315-536-7434 or write the National Buckwheat In­ stitute, P.O. Box 364, Penn Yan,NY, 14527. category by persons attending the annual Buckwheat Harvest Fes­ tival. Parents and guardians who wish to enter children in the con­ test must submit a completed ap­ plication, accompanied by a 5 X 7 photo of the entrant, prior to Sept. 7. Photos of the entrants will be displayed a t the festival. Festival- g ^ r s can vote by placing a dona­ tion in the receptacle that con­ tains an entrant’s photo. The prince and princess candidates who receive the largest amount of donations in each category will be declared winners on Sunday af­ ternoon, Sept. 23. Each prince and princess will receive a $100 savings bond, a gift from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and passes to the 1991 Buckwheat Harvest Fes­ tival. Each runner-up will receive a $50 savings bond, and an addi­ tional $50 savings bond will be awarded to one non-winning entrant by a random drawing. Proceeds from the contest will be donated to “The Campaign for Soldiers and Shilors”, a capital campaign currently underway to support construction and renova­ tion at the Penn Yan hospital. Entry forms and copies of con­ test rules are available Monday through Friday at The Birkett Mills main office, located at 163 Main St., Penn Yan, NY, 14527. For any further information, those interested should contact Robin Johnson at The National Buck­ wheat Institute, telephone 315- 536-7434. PENN YAN — Standing ovations are the rule when Dick Solberg, The Sun Mountain Fid­ dler, takes the stage each year during the annual Buckwheat Harvest Festival, opening this fall on Sept. 21 in Penn Yan. A favorite of visitors to the three-day celebration, “The Fid­ dler” has appeared in all four previous festivals and is scheduled to perform three shows in the Norstar Ifent this year on Saturday, Sept. 22. “It’s one of the best concerts 1 do all year,” said Solberg recently about his appearances at the an­ nual affair. That’s quite a compli­ ment considering “The Fiddler” appears in more than 250 concerts each year. “A good audience brings out the best in a performer,” said Solbeig, “and the festival audiences are among the best I see anywhere in the country,” added the talented entertainer. “The Fiddler”, who is sponsored by Penn Yan attorney, Wes Pal­ mer, Esq., sings, plays guitar, and bass and is comfortable with country, bluegrass, rock, blues and new wave music. “The Fiddler’ is a favorite at­ traction each year because his music is fun and his performances are electrifying,\ said Jeff Gifford, a director of the festival. “He glows with ener^,” Gifford added. In, a recent interview, Solberg suggested that the band he brings to Penn Yan on Sept. 22 will be “very special”. It will include his younger brother, Andy who plays electric guitar, and a surprise guest whom he would not identify. In addition to Solberg and the other stars scheduled to per­ form in the Norstar Festival Tfent, a continuous array of world-class acts will also entertain visitors throughout the weekend. For example Bounce and 0 0 0 La La’s Vaudeville Theater, featuring high velocity comedy and juggling routines, is just one of many continuous attractions which will delight audiences during the festival. A spokesman for the University of Rochester, where these stun­ ning performers recently enter­ tained, called Bounce and 0 0 0 La La “the best vaudeville street theater act on college campuses today.” Their amazing feats as jugglers and their expertise at comedy will amaze, delight, and captivate children and parents as well. The creative antics of Bounce and OOO La La are sponsored by Yates Blodgett, a division of The Birkett Mills. The entire family will also be entertained throughout the fes­ tival by the top quabty acts of Circus Galaxy sponsored by Columbia Bank. This one-ring European style circus features animal acts, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, and Sir Harry James’ incredible one finger stand. Circus Galaxy and Bounce OOO La La are just two of the out­ standing attractions which will ‘entertain visitors continuously throughout the festival weekend. The fifth annual Buckwheat Harvest Festival opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 and runs through Sunday evening. Sept. 23. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children which includes all entertainment and attractions, midway rides, and a shuttle bus service from downtown Penn Yan. Advance weekend discount tick­ ets, as well as, reserve festival seating are also available on a limited basis. For further information, those interested should call the Na­ tional Buckwheat Institute Mon­ day through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 315-536-7434. T h e b e s t in vaudeville street theater, B o u n ce a n d OOO La l.a, will e n tertain children and p a r e n ts alike a t this y e a r ’s B u c k w h e a t H a rvest Festival, Sept. 21, 22 and 23 in' P e n n Yan. F e s tival o f L igh ts scheduled CANANDAIGUA — The annual observance of a tradition started by the Seneca Indians, lakeshore -Residents and homeowners throughout the hills will bum the red signal flares on Sept. 1, in commemoration of the ancient custom of lighting ceremonial fire in thankfulness for peace and of harvest yield. The Festival of Lights came into being in 1953. Dr. Arthur Parker urged an annual celebration, with a signal fire on Bare Hill, Tbwn of Middlesex, a spot sacred to the Seneca Indians. The significance of the festival fire, explained Dr. Parker, rests upon the fact that the Tbwn of Middlesex area is a choice region with a forest bordered lake in which there is always a reflection of two sacred hills — the north hill called Genundawa (Bare Hill) and Nundawao (South Hill). Dr. Parker stated that “we should capitalize on the early his­ tory of the Seneca Indians,” espe­ cially the tradition and ceremonies that were characteris­ tic of this area before the white man came. Each year the Seneca Keepers of the Faith built a signal light on the top of Bare Hill as a symbol of their gratitude for the years of peace when all could cul­ tivate the flelds. At the first festival in 1953, a story was told by a Seneca storyteller of the emergence oi' a nation of Senecas from a great cleft in Nundawao (South Hill) four miles south of Middlesex. Some time in their early history, the following myth came into being, one of many of the same event. Tall Chief, an ambitious aide of the tribe war chieftain, and Hadeeus, who wanted to enhance his power, are the main charac­ ters. Hadeeus believed that power came from'conquering others in battle and so he constructed a fort on Bare Hill ((Jenundowa). The Mother of the Nations was against this idea. She believed the tribes should be peaceful and wanted the Senecas to raise crops and live peacefully. A long house was built to symbolize peace, hospitality and order. Enter Osaista, a tribesman of the Great Snakes, an enemy spy. He won the favor of Hadeeus and Tall Chief by deceit. Hadeeus had completed his fort on Bare Hill and was going on the warpath to neighboring tribes, including the Snake TVibe. The Snake 'Tribe gathered together and surrounded the ibrt in protest. Many Senecas fled, among them Jisbogo, a youth who had learned wisdom. He and his sister, Yiska, were loyal to the Mother of the Nations. Because of Jisbogo’s loyalty, he was made Sachem. The village was once again at peace and cultivation of the fields began. In celebration, the Master of Rites declared that the tribe would ring the lake with fire on a certain day in the fall and offer thanksgiving for the peace. Last year, the Middlesex Heritage Group reinstated the fire on Bare Hill and will have a fire again this year on Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. The State of New York, owner of Bare Hill, has issued a permit for this affair. The public is invited, but it is quite a hike (about one mile) to the bonfire site from the road. For Yates Concert Series Memberships on sale B&B Tour planned PENN YAN — The 1990 Yates Coun^ Historic Bed & Breakfast Ibur, jointly sponsored by the IWs County Historical Society (YCHS) and the American As- swuion of University Women ^AAUW), Yates County Chapter, ■ill take place on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-cluurs Sharon Pinckney and Deborah Fox White began tour planning late last fall, with a committee made up of represen­ tatives from the two sponsoring organizations, including: Sherry Lawn, Anne Schwarting, Rosalie Rose, Gail Eyer, Bonnie Barney and Ticia Robak. Bed and breakfast proprietors from throughout the local area were invited to the initial meeting in November 1989 for their input into this first-time Yates County event. YC Bake-Off Contest slated PENN YAN — The Penn Yan Business Committee has plan­ ned a Yates County Area Bake- Off Contest for Saturday, Oct. 13 at The Windmill farm and traft market. Entry categories include: ®kes (from scratch only), nwkies, breads, pastries, pies, nnd anything made from rapes. If there are enough entries from bakers under age 16, a Separate youth catego y will be •‘l^lished, so any age baker is eligible, contest oreanizers note, 'There is a limit of two Entries per category, and the P®>^cipation fee is $2.50 per entry. Entries must be at The Jandmill^ located on Route midway between Penn Yan and Dundee, by 9 a.m. on Oct. 13. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. Local celebrities are being lined up to do the judging, so everyone is urged to come join the fun, Entry forms are available at Spring Wheat, Elm Street, Penn Yan; Surplus Outlet, Main Street, Penn Yan; a t Giles Shurfine in Dundee; a t various booths a t 'The Windmill; and at other locations in the county. They also may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-ad­ dressed envelope to the Bake Off, %Penn Yan Business Committee, P.O. Box 752, Penn Yan, NY, 14527. Organizers note that if par­ ticipation is wide enough this year, the Bake Off could be­ come an annual event. This year’s tour bears a strong similarity to the traditional Yates County Historic Homes Tours of years’ past. The self-guided tour will showcase six 19th Century dwellings which have been , con­ verted into bed and breakfast es­ tablishments full of character, charm and history. In the Village of Penn Yan, The Fox Inn, 158 Main St., and The Wagener Estate, 351 Elm St., will be featured. Continuing southeast into the Tbwn of Jerusalem, the tour will include The Heirlooms, 2756 Coates Road, and Botsford Farmhouse, 3830 County House Road. South of Branchport, the tour continues on to 10,000 Delights, 1170 West Lake Road, and Four Seasons, 470 West Lake Road. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $7, with family tick­ ets a t $15 and tickets for children under 12 accompanied by an adult at $3. On Tbur Day, tickets will be available at the first B & B visited, with individual tickets at $8 each on the day of the tour. A descriptive tour brochure will also be available at the first B & B visited. Tickets are available, in ad­ vance, at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main St., Penn Yan; Longs’ Cards and Books, 101 Main St., Penn Yan; Pinckney Hardware a t The Windmill, Route 14A; the Outlet Barn, Route 54A, Browsers on the Village Square in Hammondsport; and at the Dun­ dee, Geneva, Ontario County (Canandaigua), Waterloo and Seneca Falls historical societies. PENN YAN — Yates Concert Series officials say series member­ ships now on sale for the 1^0-‘91 season are “the best buy in town.” Adult memberships are $30 for the entire series of six concerts. Senior citizen memberships are $25, student memberships are $10 and family memberships (two adults and children) are $70. “When you consider purchase at the door just to the Tamburitzans opening season performance is $15 and the same for the Mr. Jack Daniels’ Silver Cornet Band con­ cert, then you can easily see the value of series membership,” said Series President Robert B. Pinckney. Advance sale tickets of $12 to each of those performances and $8 to each of the other four in­ dividual concerts would total $56, so there is a definite financial ad­ vantage to buying series member­ ships, he said. The 40-member Tamburitzans folk ensemble from Duquesne University will appear Saturday, Oct. 13. Subsequent performances during the season are the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra Nov. 14, American TVoubador Bill Schustik (a 2 p.m. matinee) Dec. 9, Mr. Jack Daniels’ Original Sil­ ver Cornet Band March 9, the Malinova Sisters piano duo April 11, and the New York Sextet, featuring bass-baritone Edmund Karlsrud, May 4. All concerts are at the Penn Yan Academy auditorium and except for the &hustik matinee, all start at 8 p.m. Tickets may be ordered by send­ ing a check or money order pay­ able to Yates Concert Series, Inc., and a self-addressed, stamped en­ velope to Box 503, Penn Yan, NY, 14527. Film series finale slated PENN YAN — Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Yates County Arts Council Film Series will feature Odd Man Out at 7:30 p.m. in the County Building Auditorium, 110 Court St., Penn Yan. Wounded and left to die by his friends while escaping from British police after a daring rob­ bery, an Irish rebel leader (James Mason) reels through alleys and grimy Belfast streets seeking help. Everyone who befriends him reveals a selfish motive; no one can be trusted. This is a real thriller, the ultimate chase, so get ready for white knuckles and sweaty palms. As Leonard Maltin says, “An in­ credibly suspenseful tale...Watch this one!\ Tickets may be purchased a t the door for $1 and popcorn is free. Odd Man Out is the final film of the 1990 Film Series and the Arts Council wishes to thank all of the people supporting this endeavor. Special thanks is extended to YCAC Board Member Ray Mc- Craw and the Film Committee for their dedication and hard work r with this series. McCraw, once again, donated countless of hours to insure that Yates County Arts Council has one of the best Film Series in the state. “We appreciate the efforts of our volunteers,” Cyndy Lehner, execu­ tive director of the YCAC said. The Summer Film Series is funded through a grant from the Film Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Naples slates Grape Festival NAPLES The Naples Grape Festival will be held on Sept. 29 and 30 in the Memorial Tbwn Hall Park on Main Street, Naples. Highlights of the festival in­ clude more than 200 artists and craftspeople from as far away as West Virginia, as well as an excel­ lent variety of music and foods. The annual Grape Pie contest also will be held. Under the festival tent, for the listening pleasure of festival goers, will be international record­ ing blues artist John Mooney, the Henrie Brothers, Paulsen, Baker and Garvey, and many other local musicians. The Naples Rotary Club and Naples Historical Society, in con­ junction with Widmer’s Wine Cel­ lars, will be sponsoring this year’s festival. Proceeds of the event will be used evenly by the Rotary and Historical Society for their many community projects. Ample parking surrounding Widmer’s Wine Cellars will be provided, while plans are being arranged for a school bus shuttle service to and from the festival. Interested artists and craftspeople should contact Mona Sage. P.O. Box 489, Naples. NY, 14512. for information relative to securing booth space. , ^ t /,• >-

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