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I am not sure why they put two antique stores right on top of one another but it makes it easy for the shopper.... not far to walk.
Cindy's Secrets at 3319 Lake Avenue and Americana Hour Glass at 3313 Lake Avenue provide enough shopping pleasure for any shop-aholic.
There are rooms full of "stuff" (to me it is junk, to my wife it is treasures). Most of it looks like someone cleared out an old basement or attic and put the items here on consignment. Silver ware, colored glass sets, old magazines and school books, posters, pins, knickknacks,etc.etc.etc.
After about an hour, I got my wife away from the area and went down the road for an Abbott's ice cream.
Written Jul 10, 2007
The annual Harbor Fest is held at Ontario Beach Park in late June. (see website below for schedules). It is a 3-day event that has tours of sailing vessels ("tall ships"); arts and crafts vendors along the road and in the park. There are plenty of food vendors so you won't go hungry or be thristy; and souvenier hawkers range the area trying to get you to buy their wares. Wegmans Food Market sets up a children's zone where fun activities for the kids abound (finger painting, face-painting, painting with sand, etc.)
Carnival rides are set up in the port parking lot along the Genesee River and their will be a parade of lights on small boats in the harbor at night.
Live entertainment is seen at specific times throughout the days. A fireworks display is the Saturday night highlight.
Fun is had by all (adults and kids) and you only need to pay for what you buy.
Parking is off-site and a $1 shuttle pass per day lets you ride to and from your car.
to get there:
take Lake Avenue all the way to its north end.... that is Lake Ontario and the Harbor Fest area
Updated Apr 4, 2011
All of the crime statistics for Charlotte indicate it is in a "low risk" category.
All of my dealings in Charlotte have never ended in any type of problem, day or night.
Just do the things you do at home to be safe and you will be safe here.
Written Apr 21, 2007
This is also on the Rochester page where more people are likely to see it.
Tucked away behind the grammar school which my wife attended on the north end of Lake Avenue in Rochester you will find (maybe!) the Charlotte Lighthouse.
It is one of the registered buildings on the list of lighthouses that dot the banks of Lake Ontario.
There are regular tours on the weekends and group tours can be scheduled. You used to be able to rent a room for the night but I am not sure that is still available (check the website). There is also reported to be a resident ghost and that folklore is part of the tour spiel.
Originally the distance from the lighthouse to the lake was five hundred yards closer than it is today. In the 1820's a pier and sandbar were built north of the lighthouse and that land eventually filled in to make what is today the Ontario Beach Park area.
The lighthouse is completely inactive today and its lights works were removed to be used on the Genesee River pier. But you can climb the stairs to the top of the structure for a nice view and be sure to stop in the volunteer-operated gift shop (donations are appreciated).
Updated Feb 16, 2007
Favorite thing: here is a link to the weather cam that is on the lighthouse in Charlotte.
camera is usually pointing northeast across the Genesee River so that it is not looking into the sun
Updated Nov 21, 2007