Area events offer many choices
FINGER LAKES--In addition to Memorial Day services and parades, the area will also host a variety of different events throughout the Finger Lakes region Memorial Day weekend.
The Re-Dun Field Airport will once again be the site of their annual Fly-In Breakfast this Memorial Day. The Monday event begins at 7 a.m. and will run until 11 a.m. The airfield is located at 2441 Chase Road in Rock Stream.
The 51st annual National Lake Trout Derby will run for three days throughout Seneca Lake, beginning Saturday, May 23 and run through Memorial Day Monday, May 25. The tournament will be offering $21,225 in cash prizes with a $5,000 grand prize to the contestant who catches the largest rainbow trout, brown trout or landlocked salmon. The awards ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Lakeside Park in Geneva. Walk-in applications will be accepted at the Showboat Motel and restaurant at 3434 Plum Point Road in Himrod and Watkins Glen Promotions at 211 North Franklin St., in Watkins Glen. For more, visit www.laketroutderby.org.
Waterloo, the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1865, has a weekend of events planned to celebrate the holiday. Running from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25, the weekend includes attractions like character portrayals of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, a parade, a Civil War living history camp, a live cannon firing demonstration, a veterans bike rally and a pizza eating contest. The weekend also includes a variety of arts and crafts along with live entertainers. The National Memorial Day Museum at 35 East Main St. in Waterloo will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for their summer hours Friday. For more, visit www.waterloony.com/Mday2015.html.
Waterloo will also recognize the "Official Memorial Day," Saturday, May 30. Veterans organizations will gather at 10:30 a.m. to march from the VFW to Maple Grove Cemetery for services at 11 a.m. In the afternoon, the traditional Memorial Day parade will march down Main Street at 6 p.m., for ceremonies in Lafayette Park.
Corning will also be the site of the sixth annual GlassFest during the holiday weekend. The four day festival will begin Thursday, May 21, and run through Sunday, May 24. The events begin with a glass ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Thursday evening and will go on to include attractions like outdoor hot glass shows, live music, kids activities, fireworks and a Memorial Day salute. For more, visit www.glassfest.org.