Finger Lakes Museum Roadshow in Skaneateles & Mt. Morris

The Finger Lakes Museum’s Fall Program Series

To be Presented in Skaneateles and Mt. Morris

Vine to Wine: Savor our Finger Lakes


Vine to Wine: Savor our Finger Lakes, the first of a two-part program series, will be presented by The Finger Lakes Museum at The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles on Thursday, October 4th and at the Mt. Morris Dam Visitors Center on Friday, October 12th.  A 45-minute documentary film will tell the stories of the hardships faced by early settlers in their unsuccessful attempts to tame wild New World grapes to make European-style wines.  Their eventual success gave birth to a fledgling wine industry, which was later crippled by the Temperance Movement.


Vine to Wine will combine the film with period wine and juice tastings led by Finger Lakes wine expert and author, Richard Figiel, in Skaneateles and by Finger Lakes wine enthusiast and historian, Gary Cox, in Mt. Morris.  Figiel published Culture in a Glass: Reflections on the Rich Heritage of Finger Lakes Wine, which is considered a classic among books on wine and local history.  Figiel also practiced sustainable farming techniques when he owned and operated his own winery for 25 years.  Cox is a retired SUNY Geneseo professor and successful winegrower in York.  He also uncovered the history on what was very probably New York State’s first successful commercial winegrower, Samuel Warren. 


The film, Collision Course: Wine and Temperance in New York’s Finger Lakes, was professionally produced by a group of Finger Lakes historians and wine experts.  A number of regional wineries, organizations, and individuals provided the resources and expertise needed to create the film. 


The public is invited to attend the program on Thursday, October 4th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, 4355 State Street Road in Skaneateles or on Friday, October 12th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Mt. Morris Dam Visitors Center, 6103 Visitor Center Road in Mt. Morris. Pre-registration is available online at  A donation of $10 per person is requested and can be made online, or by sending a check to The Finger Lakes Museum | PO Box 96 | Keuka Park, NY  14478. 


Must be 21 or older to attend. 


Vine to Wine will also be presented at the following venues:


November 1 – Watkins Glen Elks Lodge

November 15 – New York Wine & Culinary Center


The Finger Lakes Museum will be the premier natural and cultural resource dedicated to the enjoyment, education and stewardship of the Finger Lakes Region – and to fresh water conservation. 


The Finger Lakes Museum is chartered by the NYS Education Department and incorporated as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. 

For more information about The Finger Lakes Museum or to make contact, visit

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