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Keuka Lake Events This Weekend June 9th & 10th

The Keuka Lake Arts Festival

Sat and Sun June 9th and 10th – located along the Keuka Outlet Trail – just watch for signs and tents. 

 Expect to see around 110 vendors of fine art and crafts this year.  There will also be vendors with fresh produce, food and drink with picnic tables scattered around the area.  There will be parking at the site and additional parking within walking distance.  Come enjoy this 5th annual event of art on Keuka Lake!

 

 

Barbecue At The Wineries I

Sat Jun 9th from 10-5 PM  Sun Jun 10th from 11-5 PM – For more information you can click on the link above

or call 1-800-440-4898.  You can also pick up Tickets at any Wegmans.  Weekend tickets are $25.00 and Sunday only tickets are $19.00.  This popular event is celebrating  11 years. Each winery will have its own selection of barbecue and grilling foods as well as a great selection of their own wines. 

If you miss this barbecue event, part II will be June 23rd and June 24th. Bring your appetite !

 

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The Bridge Is Open ! The Bridge Is Open ! The Bridge Over Keuka Outlet…

 It has been well over a week and how wonderful and easy it now is to get to the other side of Keuka Lake.  The long-awaited bridge opening actually occurred on schedule.  And how rare is that for a road program ?

Strangely, I still find myself following the detour rate occasionally such as getting in the lane that goes straight across Rt 14 A instead of making the left turn to cross over the bridge.  It is funny how we can really develop new habits in a short period of time.

The timing could not have been any better.  Yates County is now seeing its normal surge in traffic with thenow open and the various lakefront owners coming into town to open up their lake homes. The Windmill brings in between 8- 10 thousand additional people into Yates County every weekend.

The Wine Trails are also now busier than ever with the wonderful Spring weather the Finger Lakes has been experiencing.

So if you are driving through Penn Yan this summer and the traffic seems a little slow, just be happy the bridge has been replaced.  It could be a lot worse…just ask the locals.

Enjoy this great area and if you decide to stay, give me a call.  I will help you find a great property in Yates County or on Keuka Lake.

 

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For Sale The Top Properties On Keuka Lake The #1 Lake

 

These top 10 properties are in my opinion the best properties currently available for sale on Keuka Lake.   For more information about purchasing any of these lakefront properties, just email me or call me and I will work for you to acquire one of these  unbelievable Keuka Lake properties. There are currently 102 properties available on for sale.  Find out why Keuka Lake is considered the favorite lake to purchase and enjoy, in the Finger Lakes. Do you see your vacation home listed above ?

 

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The Newest Trend In Fishing Boats For The Finger Lakes

 

You have seen paddle boats in ponds and lakes.  They  usually consist of 2 seats, you get in and with leg power pedal around in circles enjoying the view and obtaining a little exercise at the same time.  Well the newest trend in fishing boats uses pedal power, looks like a kayak and the best part – it uses no gas !

I have thought about learning to kayak for a long time.  I have so many friends that paddle around the lake and it is a great relaxing form of exercise.  With Keuka Lake just outside my back door, I really should make this a priority.  Now with this pedal drive system, it makes owning a kayak a little more enticing. I could use it for a form of relaxation and exercise and Kirk can use it for fishing.

You would be limited to the amount of equipment to take with you, but you would never have to worry about the gas can.  I really like that part of the equation, especially with the price of gas.  This would be easily transported from one lake to another, or to take with you to another state when going on vacation, it can be used for more than just fishing, it takes no gasoline, you can quietly sneak up on the fish and it adds a healthy element to your lifestyle.

 

I have attached a neat video from Native Watercraft that makes this new trend in fishing boats –

This would be a great addition to your Lakefront Home .  For owners that have their homes in vacation rental programs, what a great asset this would be for potential renters.

 

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Gardening On Keuka Lake – The Natural Way

Living and working around the Finger Lakes, I am very aware of the importance of good watershed practices.  I try to minimize any chemicals in my yard, knowing that it all filters into the ground and eventually makes its way to the lake – not good. 

Here around Keuka Lake, we had quite the mild Winter and one of the first things I realized early on in the Spring, was the amount of ant mounds that were developing.  The ants apparently liked and fared quite well during the mild winter. 

Last Fall, I had dug up some perennials, put them in large buckets and put the buckets into the ground to be replanted this Spring.  Ouch, those buckets were filled with ants besides the once wonderful perennials. I received bites as well as Kirk. 

My initial solution was to get the hose out and wash out the root from any of the plants that still had a chance of survival and then replant.  This flooded most of the ants away.  I now see that I am finding new colonies.  Thanks to Facebook and my friend Colette, I came across the following information at Double Danger.  Here are some of the natural tips they suggest.

 

10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically

1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, sprinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.

2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.

3. You can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.

4. Grits, instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the grain expands and kills the ant. :)

5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kill ants.

6. Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll eat it and die!

7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on the paper – problem solved.

8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.

9. Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax kills the ants.

10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the pests to die from dehydration.

Read our update to this post – where we tried some of the methods: Organic Ant Control Update

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you solve your ant problems organically. Helping to keep our waters safe and clean !

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