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July 26, 2013

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HCS Honored by U.S. News & World Report

April 26, 2013


Hammondsport Junior-Senior High School has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report Magazine as one of New York State and the country’s top schools. This award marks Hammondsport’s third consecutive appearance in the annual list, with the last two years granting them the bronze medal prior to this year’s announcement.  The school was awarded a Silver Medal based upon data collected that includes standardized test scores, fluency in mathematics and English, and college readiness.  The 2013 rankings placed the local school at 114th out of all schools in NYS, and 1,133rd in the nation.  Considered a ‘rural fringe’ district, Hammondsport can proudly boast 100% district average of student proficiency in English, including 62% at a rate of proficiency with distinction; likewise there was a 95% district average of student proficiency in mathematics that includes a 26% rate of proficiency with distinction.  The district also has 45% participation in AP (Advanced Placement) courses offered with a 57% pass rate on the AP exams for college credit.  The research that is compiled for rankings was applied to 21,035 schools nationwide of which 283 schools from New York State made the official list. More information and the complete list of 2013 rankings can be obtained at:

Wine Tourism Day

April 16, 2013

Wine DAy

The first-ever Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place May 11th, 2013. Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism.

Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings.
For more info:

2nd Annual Bed and Breakfast Tour

April 16, 2013

Explore the art of hospitality this spring at some of our area’s finest bed & breakfasts.  On Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m the Arts Center of Yates County will host its 2nd Annual Bed and Breakfast Tour fundraiser.  Tour participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of these houses and appreciate the work that goes into making a comfortable, welcoming home for visitors to the area.

This year’s tour features five bed and breakfasts in Penn Yan and on the western side of Keuka Lake.  Each B&B will host one of five regional artists whose work is exhibited at the Arts Center. The featured artists will be on-site giving demonstrations and answering questions about their work.

Tour participants will have the opportunity to visit:

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to view regional art and meet the artists. Each of the B&Bs will feature works of art by one of our Arts Center’s member artists who will be on site-some will even be painting.

Tickets to this event will be available at the Arts Center or by mail, beginning April 1. Tour tickets are $28 per person if purchased in advance, $32 on the day of the event, and $25 group rate for three or more. To purchase tickets please call the Arts Center 315-536-8226 or email .

Once Upon a Lake Storytelling Festival 2012

August 16, 2012











The 2nd Annual Hammondsport Storytelling festival will be held Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 2012.  Storytellers will entertain audiences in various locations around the village. This years storytellers include Joseph & Jesse Bruchac, Jay Stetzer, Cris Reidel, Regina Carpenter, Vicie Rolling, Rafe Martin, Nancy Brumante Brown, Chris & Becky Holder, Richard Lundt, Pauline Emery, Sue McConnell, Tamar Samuel-Siegel, Howard Edmund, Kirk House, Rick Merrit, and Mary Lu Walker.

For additional details: The event is free and open to the public

2012 Hammondsport Festival of Crafts

August 16, 2012






For 32 years people have flocked to the Southern end of  Keuka Lake on the third weekend of August to relax and enjoy the Hammondsport  Festival of Crafts. A festival which has over 125 crafters for a weekend of  demonstrations and sales.
On August 18th &  19th, from 10am to 5pm, this select group of quality crafters and  artisans will assemble on the Village Square in Hammondsport, NY and will offer  a wide variety of arts and crafts. Some of the vendors include:
jewelry  artisans, potters, photographers, quilters, leatherworkers, floral designers,  woodworkers, candle makers, gourmet food items, artists and many other unique  crafts available for sale.

Come spend the weekend in The Finger Lakes  Wine Country enjoying the Hammondsport Festival of Crafts, along with a variety  of store specials and specialty food items provided by our local  merchants. Enjoy all we have to offer along with hassle free parking and  continuous shuttle bus service from the Curtis Museum and Pleasant Valley Wine  Company. For additional information, contact Sam  or Carol at 607-569-2242.

Coolest Small Town Celebration Schedule

June 27, 2012