Solar eclipse plans ready for April 8

Apr 04, 2024 at 02:11 pm by Observer-Review

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FINGER LAKES--After months of planning and preparations for increased travel, visitors and traffic, the total solar eclipse will be here on Monday afternoon, April 8. Most of the Finger Lakes region provides nearly total or total eclipse sightings. Penn Yan is just on the line of totality and areas to the north provide a longer time to view the phenomenon where the moon passes between the sun and Earth, briefly causing darkness.
Educational gatherings and viewing parties are planned throughout the region, providing residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to experience this rare celestial event.
“We are thrilled to invite our community to witness the awe-inspiring upcoming total solar eclipse,” said Jessica Bacher, president & CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce. “A variety of businesses have created exciting events for our residents and visitors to enjoy. We encourage everyone to take the time out of their busy lives and embrace this extraordinary moment.”  
April 4
• Penn Yan Public Library - DIY pinhole projector workshop. Bring an empty cereal box to the library between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.
April 5
• Hunt Country Wines - Hunt Country Wines kicks off the eclipse festivities on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.
April 6
• Farm Sanctuary - Escape to nature’s tranquility during the solar eclipse weekend at Farm Sanctuary from Saturday, April 6 through Monday, April 8.
• Red Tail Ridge Winery - Live music all weekend ahead of the Eclipse, and on April 8, wine and La Monarka Taco Truck will be available.
April 8
• Keuka Trail Farm Market - Viewing party painting event with drinks and snacks available.
• Atwater Vineyards - Viewing party with wine and live music from CC-13.
• Finger Lakes Distilling - Viewing party with special guest, Professor Douglas Martin (renowned Earth Science educator), music by Pandora’s Box Band, themed cocktails, and “Out of this World Hot Dogs” by Murder Mike.
• Dundee Library - Indoor screen viewing, DIY pinhole viewing craft, and snacks.
• Three Brothers Wineries and Estates - Viewing party with live music, crystal giveaways, tarot card readings, and a specialty menu.
• Finger Lakes Boating Museum - Members and guests of Finger Lakes Boating Museum can reserve their spot for a view of the eclipse.
• Glenn H. Curtiss Museum - Family viewing party with programs for that day that include: storytime, planetarium, craft stations, trivia, food & more!
• Lucky Hare Brewing Co. - Viewing Party with beer specials, themed cocktails, and Babes Burger.
• Sweet Farm - Viewing party where attendees can snuggle goats and sheep and visit 110+ rescued farm animals.
Keuka Park
• Vineyard View Winery - Viewing party.
• Antler Run Distilling - Viewing party with a themed drink.
Penn Yan
• Fox Run Vineyards - Viewing Party with wine and themed food. Reservation is not required.
• Anthony Road Winery - Viewing party.
• Regional Airport - Family-friendly viewing party with wine tastings, food, and tours.
• Laurentide Beer Company - Psychedelic rock-themed watch party with DJ Boolanger.
• Abandon Brewing Company - Viewing party with live music and food specials.
• Union Block Italian Bistro / Water St. Wine & Spirits - Viewing party with live music from Clare Maloney & the Great Adventure. Union Block Bar will be open and light fare will be available.
• Relative Risk Brewing Company - Family-friendly viewing party with refreshments available. Bring a picnic lunch, blankets, lawn chairs, your kiddos, and doggies and camp out.
• Once Finger Lakes - Viewing party with live jazz music, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
• Scout Vineyards - Viewing party with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music by Kevin Ludwig.
• Deer Haven Park - Viewing party for the community. Seats are limited.
Watkins Glen
• Clute Park - 1920s-themed viewing party to include mystery and fun.
• Captain Bills Seneca Lake Cruises - Viewing party cruise with drinks and charcuterie.
More information on many of the events can be seen at, or
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