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HIMROD -- The new tavern at the Plum Point Lodge on Seneca is a relatively small space, but it has high ambitions.
Sit at the six seat wooden bar and, at first blush, it can seem to be a typical drinking spot. Take a closer look at the array of bottles behind the bar and the difference starts to emerge.
The usual suspects are missing.
No “Captain Morgan.’’ No “Malibu.’’ No array of Russian vodkas or foreign exotics. None of the collection of the big name brands that rule the national and3277718967?profile=RESIZE_710x international booze markets prominently displayed.
The Plum Point Lodge has moved the farm-to-table “locavore” movement into its bar.
“Our whole idea here has been to feature the best of the Finger Lakes,’’ said Brud Holland, chef of the lodge’s SAPALTA restaurant. “Why shouldn’t that apply to our wines and drinks as well.’’
It turns out, the boom in local wines, spirits and beers has opened a door.
Plum Point may feature the only bar and restaurant serving exclusively New York wines. No big California reds here. No Australian or French. Not even Champagne.
All of its wines and virtually all of its spirits and beers --like much of its foods -- are being produced within a few miles of this quaint hotel.
The staff here is quick to redirect a classic spirits order.
“I’ll take a Glenfiddich on the rocks,’’ the customer might order.
“How about a ‘Collaboration,’’’ Bartender Julie Adams will respond. “An Irish whiskey-style drink produced together by two local distillers?’’
Adams, who managed Geneva’s Halsey’s restaurant for many years, says the bar has two local vodkas, four local gins, six local beers in cans and four on tap. It also has local rye, whiskey and bourbon on its shelf.
Tucked away in the back of the coolers are a few Bud Lites, Stella Artois and Michelob Ultras for customers who won’t try the locals, but they aren’t promoted.
“Our customers are intrigued by the local choices and haven’t rejected one yet,’’ Adams said. “Local wines and spirits compete nicely.’’
Holland has also collaborated with Adams to produce a variety of signature cocktails, also built with all local ingredients. No stodgy Old Fashions here.
Typical is the Plum Point Martini, a concoction that features a lavender gin from Myer’s Distillery in Ovid, plum jam made by Holland, and a local wine-based liquor that replaces the traditional vermouth.
“Our wine shop features most of the best the Finger Lakes has to offer,’’ Holland says. “We want that same standard through our cuisine and into our bar as well. What is produced in this region today is fantastic and can compete with the best in the world. Come see.’’

Plum Point Lodge on Seneca is located 19 miles south of Geneva on Seneca Lake’s western shore. It is open daily for breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Drinks are available from the bar throughout the day and served on a deck and lawn patio.


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 Summer University Meeting Its Enrollment Goal

GENEVA -- Deadlines for signing up for Summer University at the Boys & Girls Club are approaching and the club has exceeded its goal for enrollment already.
But this broadcast from WEOS radio today explains that we will find a way to fund all the kids who need us.
CLICK HERE to hear the short broadcast.



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GENEVA -- Theatre444 is proud to bring you the Regional Premiere of a new, Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary rock musical Next to Normal.  Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

 Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression and bi polar disorder for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

 With a talented cast hailing from multiple cities, audiences can expect to see pieces of themselves in these characters.  Laura D. Feligno(Geneva) and Nick Bessette(Auburn), play married couple Diana and Dan Goodman. Joe Gonzalez(Geneva) plays their son and Hannah Fox (Victor) plays their daughter Natalie.  Damon Fletcher(Seneca Falls) plays Natalie’s boyfriend Henry and Jarrod Jones(Phelps) plays the Doctor. This talented and experienced group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza and Vocal Director Meredith Beckley assisted by Pianist Annie Bachman and Conductor Hilary Chaya.  Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager and Properties are put together by Jane Stobie and Theresa Hashem-Gage. Lighting Designers RJ Rapoza and Garrett Coons, Costume Designer Kasi Krenzer-Marshall, Media Designer Cole Ruffalo, Master Carpenter Bill Stobie and Technical Director Craig Deisering round out the crew.  

 Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2cnd, 3rd and 4th at 8pm. Sunday May 5th at 2 pm.  A Talk Back Panel will discuss the production themes of mental health, wellness, and pharmaceuticals after the Friday and Saturday evening performance.  Join us for a hearty discussion. All performances are at the Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road Geneva, NY 14456. Visit  to purchase tickets. For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page!  

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Geneva School News

Five New Ideas From Geneva Students

GENEVA – Five entrepreneurial ideas have made it through to the finals of the Annual Panther Pitch competition which will take place Wednesday evening at the Geneva Community Center.
A new wave coffee shop, an ethnic understanding center and a local bike sharing service are among the ideas hatched by young Genevans for this competition.
Each of the five final groups will present their ideas before a panel of local business people starting with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center’s Pat Collins Black Box Theater at 160 Carter Road. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Entry is free. The event is being sponsored by Red Jacket Orchards and Community Proud Apparel.
This year’s pitches include:
 Coffee Stain Café: A collaborative work space, small library and coffee shop conceived of by Alejandra Agosto-Perez and Georgedalize Lopez-Guevara.
 Danceability: An integrated dance studio specializing in helping kids with special needs to be created by Ellie Aliperti and Ryann Shultz.
 FLX Multicultural Center: A space committed to bridging the disconnect between various ethnic groups through the teacher of their respective cultures in order to unite the community presented by Fadly Kafrawi.
 FLX Ride: A bike-sharing company whose goal is to provide transportation for the people of Geneva to be created by Natalie Berg-Pappert and Darby Bleakley
 Market on the Move: A mobile farmers market that travels around providing direct access to fresh produce for Geneva neighborhoods as conceived by Kate Equinozzi and Lauren Schmit.

These finalists were judged to be among the best of ideas produced by students studying business and economics at Geneva High School. The students work with participants of Hobart and William Smith Colleges “Pitch Contest” in honing their presentations. Finalists receive commemorative T-shirts from Community Proud Apparel and cash prizes. Red Jacket Orchards provides thank you gifts for the evening’s judges.

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Geneva Arts News

Princeton Prof Will Give Dove Lecture

GENEVA -- The First Annual Arthur Dove Memorial Lecture will be presented on Saturday Ajpril 27th at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

The lecture -- "Arthur Dove's Music Pictures or How To Make A Painting of Sound" -- will be delivered by Rachael DeLue of Princeton University. DeLue is a member of the board of the group working to create a living memorial to Arthur Dove, a now-famed American painter who did much of his groundbreaking work in the Dove Block building at the corner of Castle and Exchange streets in Geneva.

The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. on the 27th in the First Screening Rjoom of the Gearan Center, which is located just south of the corner of Pulteney and Hamilton streets. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

The Dove Group intends to hold an annual lecture examinging Dove's work. The group hopes to open a Community Gallery in Dove's honor on the first floor of the Dove building, which is currently undergoing renovations.

More information on the lecture is available from Kathryn Vaughn of the Dove Group at CLICK HERE for the group's website.






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