This whimsical sculpture entitled "Mouse Paint," can be seen at Kennelley Park, in front of the Public Library, at Fairport. It is based on the characters in the classical children's book, "Mouse Paint," which was written and illustrated by Fairport author Ellen Stoll Walsh. The sculpture was commissioned by the Fairport Public Library in 2002. Dexter Benedict was the Sculptor.
This is the central park of the village. Picnic areas and ball field; a rentable pavilion and a teen center with activities and video equipment; trails for hiking and birding (better for hiking than they are for birding); playground for the younger kids. There are full-facility restrooms and parking near the park facilities.
Grab a blanket and throw it on the grass or put on your comfortable shoes and take a walk on the trails. Take a break from the vacation schedule and relax.
This attractive small park, dedicated in 1978, is in the center of Fairport Village and is home of a Thursday Night Gazebo Concert Series in summer. It's a neat place to relax or hang out any time of year. The Park is named after Vincent G. Kennelley, a former long-time Fairport mayor.
The Colonial Belle is a 149 passenger vessel which offers cruises in season on the Erie Canal. The season begins mid-May and continues through October, weather permitting.
Daily cruises last about 2 to 3 hours. Meals are prepared to order by popular area restaurants, including the Harbor House Cafe, and are served during the cruise. Speciality tours are also offered from time to time, and charters are available. Click on the website below for details.
Due to time constraints, Karen and will have to wait and take the cruise on a future visit. It looks fun.
The picturesque Fairport Village Hall, located in the heart of the downtown business district, is not a tourist attraction, but is still worth seeing simply because of it's architectural beauty. This working Village Hall is the home of Fairport's municipal offices. These include: Village Clerk, Fairport Electric, Urban Renewal/Industrial Development Agency, Fairport Area Television (FACT 12 TV, and the Mayor's Office.
Perhaps the most unusual thing you will see in Fairport Village is the liftbridge which carries Main Street over the Erie Canal. It is said to be the only bridge in the world built on a bias. The south end is higher than the north end. Also, it is an irregular decagon, meaning no two angles in the bridge are the same. No corners on the bridge floor are square. Because of this oddity, the Fairport Liftbridge has been featured 16 times in "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
The bridge lifts every half hour to allow boat traffic to pass under it on the Erie Canal.
Wine Tasting in The Finger Lakes
Spend a day visiting wineries in the FingerLakes Region. There are many to choose from in the area. Casa Larga is not more than 2 miles from Woodcliff. It's a great start or finish. My favorites are dotted around the southwest side of Keuka Lake.
Use the website that I have included to view the map of the wineries of the Finger Lakes.
One of my favorite wineries is:
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
9749 Middle Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840
Open year ‘round: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm