Ghost Ships - Life in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region boasts a good many American firsts. The engaging list is long and impressive.
• celebration of the nation’s first recognized Memorial Day (1866), in Waterloo
• the first medical degree received by a woman in the U.S. (Elizabeth Blackwell at Geneva College in 1849),
• the first light bulbs in the country; hand-blown in Corning for Thomas Edison (1890s) and
• a number of national firsts credited to aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss of Hammondsport.
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre – Broadway in the Finger Lakes
That wide appeal is one of Finger Lakes Opera's goals, according to founder and artistic director Gerard Floriano, who also chairs SUNY Geneseo's music department. "Opera fans travel a lot. They'll go to summer festivals. ... We'd like to be one of those stops, but also we want to build our base here in western New York, the Finger Lakes and Rochester. It's really important that we are owned by this region."
And in the small Finger Lakescommunity of Hammondsport, Glenn Curtiss became one of pioneersof air transportation, setting many speed records, and designing planesthat would be used in both World Wars.