Canandaigua Off The Beaten Path

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    South Bristol Cultural Center

    by davecallahan Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    The cultural center is an art gallery in a barn.
    From the ads, the goal of the center is:
    "to provide creative, quality and educational offerings that respond to diverse audiences to enrich their lives in an affordable and accessible manner, while providing a public forum to the unique concentration of highly skilled artists and artisans."
    What they have created is a place where local artists can exhibit their wares and we can then purchase these unique originals at reasonable prices.

    Paintings, sculptures, glass work, blankets, ceramics, jewelry, original poems and prose books, wood workings and much more are always available at the barn. Classes are sometimes given by the artists (see website below for details) and ad hoc discussion groups sometimes gather on the lawn during the summer.

    To enhance the experience, live entertainment is often provided in the afternoon and early evening (and of course the bands have their own CDs to sell). Also, sometimes, special food dishes are on sale in the gourmet section of the barn. During the warm summer months, arts and crafts are often placed in tents on the lawns adjacent to the barn.

    To see more details on all the art that is for sale and the event dates (classes, entertainment, group discussions about the arts by the artisans), look at the website below.

    to get there:
    5323 Seneca Point Road
    take route 5/20 to Bristol Road (route 21/32), go southwest one block and route 21 heads straight south, continue south on route 21 and intersect with route 16 (West Lake Road). take route 16 east a short distance and then south on Seneca Point Road until you see the signs.

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    Onanda Park

    by davecallahan Updated Jun 17, 2007

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    Every year we go to Onanda Park for our family picnics.
    There are enclosed pavilions, charcoal stands, basketball courts, room for bocceball and badminton, a dock for launching canoes and small boats, and a small private beach for swimming.

    If you want to stay overnite, over the weekend or for the week, they have cute cabins that can accomodate 2 (for the smaller units) or sleep 6 easily (in the larger units). Each cabin has unadorned beds (you provide linens or sleeping bags); unsupplied kitchen (you supply utensils for cooking and eating) with running water and a refrigerator; private cooking grill (you supply the charcoal and matches) and table outside the front door. sounds great!

    There are a few catches: no alchohol, no pets, no bikes/skateboards riding within the park (there are plenty of places outside the park to do that), no weapons and you need a permit to launch the boat.

    Prices range from $50 per night to $250 per week. Rate reductions for local residents.

    to get there: take US-5/20 to connect to West Lake Road, go south and keep going 2miles until you see this tiny little sign for the park entrance. you will probably miss it the first time and have to backtrack to find it.

    interesting facts:
    the name for the park is a misuse of an Indian word for "pine tree".
    the land once was a camp for young women and the original name of the area was "Shale Glen".

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    Kershaw Park

    by davecallahan Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    The northern end of Canadaigua Lake (Lake Shore Drive) has a hotel, marina, and Kershaw Park.

    The park has sitting benches and jetties from which to view the lake. There are kids playground equipment and some beautiful floral arrangements. There is a walking path that goes the whole length of the northern shore.

    There are picnic tables and a gazebo (for some shade) and a small snack bar near the center of the park. On the west end of the park is a small boat launch but most boaters use the marina docks farther west. Often there are many skidoos and canoes and small sail boats just off the shoreline.

    One small section of the lakefront is beach with sand and supervision. If you are a local resident (or at least say that you are when asked) then the beach is free, otherwise it costs $3 to use the beach.

    Across the street from the park are some restaurants in case you get hungry.
    Parking on the street is catch-as-catch-can; parking lot spaces have a fee.

    to get there:
    NYS Thruway to Exit 44. Follow exit road South through the town of Canandaigua and to the lake. Bear right and follow the road along the north shore. Take the second entrance into Kershaw Park.

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    Sleeping Boats

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 23, 2005

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    Just to the left of the Canandaigua Inn was a winter "boat park" -- a necessity in a nothern climate! The boats looked very snug and safe in their land moorings-- waiting for spring!

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