Town of Canandaigua Day!


Schedule for Town of Canandaigua Day – June 3, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM

Ontario County Historical Museum

Meet the Friends of “Our Environment”

Saturday June 3, from 10 am until 1 pm, will be a great day to visit the Ontario County Historical Society located at 55 North Main Street in Canandaigua. The theme of the day will be “Our Environment.” Admission will be free.

Several organizations will be on hand to share their environmental message. They are:

  • Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association
  • Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council
  • Town of Canandaigua Parks and Trails
  • Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board
  • Finger Lakes PRISM – Invasive Species
  • Canandaigua Outdoor Club
  • The Historical Society’s very own Mr. Technology, will show some vintage home movies of Canandaigua Lake from the museum’s collection.

As a way of showing its appreciation for the town’s support, each year the Historical Society teams up with the Town of Canandaigua at the Historical Museum to highlight matters of interest to town and community residents. The “Environment” was chosen as this year’s theme bringing to light and reinforcing the many environmental initiatives that the town and other local groups are doing to protect and enhance our environment and Canandaigua Lake. 

“This is the perfect opportunity for residents to learn about local environmental concerns and to meet the groups that are active in managing them,” said Historical Society Executive Director, Ed Varno. Visitors will also have the chance to see our latest exhibit, Votes For Women, that celebrates the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in New York.

Details about the participating organizations:

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association is a thousand member, non-profit organization whose purpose is to protect the water quality and overall environment of the Canandaigua Lake watershed for future generations by applying scientific research, advocating sound public policy, and offering educational programs to the community. Learn about past and current CLWA projects, CLWA's upcoming guest speaker event about the Canandaigua Lake fisheries with the NYSDEC, ways homeowners can protect the Canandaigua Lake watershed, and our many citizen science volunteer opportunities!

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council consists of the 14 watershed and water purveying municipalities, including the Town of Canandaigua. The Watershed Council seeks to protect water quality on Canandaigua Lake through an integrated watershed management approach, focusing on research, restoration, education, protection and when necessary, regulation. The Watershed Council will present on the ongoing effort to create a Natural Capital Model for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed. The model uses multiple parameters to rank areas throughout the Town and the Watershed for the benefits and services provided by the environment to the community. Participants will be able to see the Natural Capital value of their area and learn ways to help protect water quality in Canandaigua Lake.

Canandaigua Parks and Trails

Information about the Town's parks as well as a history of some of them will be presented. This will include a collection of old post cards, photos of the development of Richard P. Outhouse Park, building of King Hall at Onanda Park, dedication of Holden Pavilion and the Peanut Line. There will also be information about trails in the Town.

The Environmental Conservation Board of the Town of Canandaigua

The Environmental Conservation Board of the Town of Canandaigua is presenting a unique program on Rain Garden Planting and Pollinator Protection. The workshop, given at Outhouse Park, Saturday, June 10, at 1:00 pm, will provide our residents with the fundamental principles of selecting native plants and their proper planting to provide a natural reservoir for water retention after heavy rain falls. The purpose of a rain garden is to slowly absorb runoff from roofs, driveways, patios and other impervious surfaces, thereby diverting this runoff from nearby storm drains that empty into Canandaigua Lake. Planting a Rain Garden is one way that we can help protect the water quality of our lake.

Finger Lakes PRISM

Invasive species significantly impact the economy, the environment, and often impact human health. Participants of this program will get a first-hand look at the high priority invasive species are of concern for the region. Informational materials will be available to inform, empower, and engage community members about the harm and impact of invasive species in our area.

Outdoor Club

The Canandaigua Outdoor Club has had a long-standing tradition of teaching students wilderness skills. Throughout each year, students explore, enjoy, and celebrate our local landscape by means of hiking, canoeing, biking, kayaking, backpacking, XC skiing, and snowshoeing. Through these trips, we educate young adults about “Leave No Trace” and preparedness in the Outdoors.

Ontario County Historical Society

Mr. Technology will have on display several sound and visual projection pieces from the Historical Society’s collection. The development of sound technology and visual recording technology will be on display. Antiquated 16mm movies of recreation on Canandaigua Lake will be shown. Mr. Technology will be available to ask questions and to operate the historic equipment.

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