Hill Cumorah was where Joseph Smith dug up the Golden Plates which - with the help of an angel named Moroni - were translated into the Book of Mormon. This event and the events described inside that book are celebrated in big time Disneyesque fashion every summer for seven performances featuring a cast of hundreds of Latter Day Saint performers. The shows are very popular and you need to get there hours before the sunset opening if you want a decent view. You can bring along your own picnic dinner or buy something from the local service club tents. I have not been to the performances but non-Mormon friends from the area have and they say the show is memorable. A ‘must see’ if you are in western New York during early July.
The current New York slogan is "I LUV NY" or "I Love New York" or "I [red heart] NY".
state nickname: "Empire State"
The state motto is "Excelsior" which is latin for "ever higher".
The NY state bird is the bluebird.
The state animal is the beaver.
The state flower is the rose.
the state seal: figures of Liberty with cap on pole and Justice blinded with balance beam symbolizing freedom and justice; bald eagle is shown (the national animal); picture of hudson river with ships for commerce; ribbon with state motto; globe with western hemisphere
the state flag is the state seal on a blue field
When someone in New York says "southern tier", what do they mean?
Normally that refers to the southwestern part of the state, south of Interstate 90 and west of Interstate 390, but also includes the area along route 17 (Corning, Elmira, Binghamton). Much of former area is farm lands and hills and skiing in winter while the latter has major industries along with the farmlands. There are several Indian reservations in the area also.
When someone in New York says "upstate", what does it mean?
Normally it means anything north of the New York City area. But you'll find there are gradations to "upstate". The three basic upstate regions are: Adirondaks, Catskills and Finger Lakes (sometimes there is a fourth region added: The Interstate, which means the area around I-90 between Syracuse and Albany.)
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