The new Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva is set to open soon. It has a working waterfall, a giant I Love New York sign, electric car charging stations, and children’s playground. It also “The Finger Lakes Walk of Fame.” Famous names are featured in bronze along the sidewalk in front of the welcome center.
Fourteen of the bronze plaques honor people with connections to Rochester or Monroe County. Five of the plaques have a real Finger Lakes connection.
Newsflash-Rochester is not in the Finger Lakes! Rochester and Monroe County sits next to a bigger lake.
While three of the Finger Lakes plaques honor people with a local connection, others should be honored first. After all when you first think of the Finger Lakes do you think of Caroline Severance, Fredrick S. Armitage, and Kristin Wiig? How about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Glenn Curtis, Rod Serling, Lauren Holley, Scott LaFaro, Tavie McCoy, Wilmer Alexander Jr., and Henry Wells to name a few.
Don’t blame local tourism officials. This $5-million dollar makeover was a state project rolled out during a visit by
Governor Andrew Cuomo. It’s one of 10 welcome centers around the state including the Central New York Visitors Center which is being built in downtown Auburn, a city once known as part of the Finger Lakes Region.
Here is the list of names on the Finger Lakes Walk of Fame:
Mary Jane Holmes
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Susan B. Anthony
(Finger Lakes names)
Fredrick S. Armitage