Grass Roots Festival
The Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival has been held at several different towns over the years and is back in Trumansburg in 2006.
For four days, the Trumansburg Fairgrounds will be the venue for three stages and over 60 groups to play and sing blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, zydecko, hill-folk and more. The bands and singers include local favorites, New York State regulars, and a few national stars. (See the web site below for this year's set of preformers.)
Tickets vary from $25 for one afternoon to $120 for all-day, 4-day pass. The fairgrounds open from 10am to 10pm.
There will be food and beverage vendors and lots of souvenier hawkers.
The fairgrounds is right on route 96 and there will be special designated areas for parking so that minimum traffic problems occur (but the lines of cars is always long going in and coming out).
If you want some cheap lodging and don't mind roughing it, there are campgrounds two miles down the road (on Agard Road) and a shuttle bus will transport people from the campgrounds to the fairgrounds and back again. (see website below for campground nightly rates and reservations).
Acts go on stage, rain or shine, so be prepared for all kinds of conditions.
Port-a-potties and water-sprinklers are available for your convenience.
We went there twice. The first time was a romantic weekend during one of the driest springtimes in decades. The falls and the little stream at the foot of the falls had no water (so technically it wasn't a falls but just a rock cliff). The second time was years later and the fall time and the trees were in great color and the falls was falling as it should.
There are two short rock paths that go down to platforms across from the falls where you can take some great pictures, especially in the fall of the year.
From the ads:
"The falls is part of Taughannock State Park located between the Village of Trumansburg (part of the Ulysses Township), and the city of Ithaca. The falls cataract has an incredible drop of 215 feet (66 meters), and is one of the highest east of the Rocky Mountains. "
The falls aren't anything as dramatic as Niagara Falls but they are a "pretty" little falls.
to get there:
from Trumansburg, go south on route 96 to Jacksonville Road (across from the Exxon Gas Station). On Jacksonville Road, head South about 3 miles and take a right onto Park Road just after Gorge Road.
Cross Country Skiing
If you are in the Trumansburg area in the winter, one of the newer activities you can try is Nordic skiing (more commonly called trail-skiing or cross-country-skiing). The skis are thinner and lighter than conventional skis and the heel does not attach but allows you to "walk" the ski across the snow.
At Podunk Ski area you can rent equipment and get lessons so that for less than $25 and less than a half-hour of instructions, you can be trying this new exercise.
The Podunk area has groomed trails totaling about 12 miles in somewhat hilly country. There are beginner trails to get you used to the technique and more advanced trails if you are used to something more speedy. There are rest and warming areas along the marked trails that traverse fields and wind in the trees.
It is great exercise in the winter and a nice change of pace for the vacationer. Fresh air and great scenery on a bright winter day.
Caution that the area has winter temperatures well below zero and that you will need to dress appropriately.
Call the number below for details on present costs and availability. The facilities is normally open daily but weather advisories can cause closures.
to get there:
6383 Podunk Road
from Trumansburg take route 96 (East Main Street) south to route 146 (South Street) and go south to Podunk Road (where route 146 changes to route 136) and continue south to the ski area.
~Trumansburg ~ on Cornells doorstep~
Trumansburg is a gem. Part of the movie LOVE STORY was filmed down the road. Its a town where all the nieghbors know each other and there are rolling farms and hills galore. Yet it has alot of culture, even its own conservatory....being near a world class Ivy League University like Cornell doesnt hurt at all. As an alum I am 10mi from lectures given by people like Nelson Mandela, huge libraries of note, botannical gardens, gorges, waterfalls, restaraunts, lakes, athletic facilities par excellance and some of the best rural cycling in the United States.Pinch me.
If you look closely, you can see the town of Truamansburg in the upper right corner of this picture of Willard Straight Hall Cornell Universities' student union.
Abner Treman founded in 1796. 70 years before Cornell was founded.
The Rongovian Embassey was a restaraunt way back when i was a grad student at Cornell. Its still there!
`The Rongo`, is the Rongovian Embassy to the U.S.A. in Trumansburg, New York. The Rongo is a fine nightclub and restaurant, serving meals and beverages every day and evening except Mondays. Mexican food is the house specialty.
"Waterfalls and gorges"
Taughannock Falls State Park - RD 3 Route 89, Trumansburg, NY 14886. (607)3387-6739, for reservations call (800)456-CAMP. Handicap accessible. Open early April through mid-October. Sites: 76 (16 with electricity). Showers. Swimming and fishing available. Boat launch. Recreation building, ice.