Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The 5th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival Was A Success!

I've been under a lavender cloud since last week’s Finger Lakes Lavender Festival and I'm just starting to come down.  A year in planning and this being the fifth year it still brings me joy to see everyone enjoying the farm we love so much.  

Despite the heat on Saturday and the rain on Sunday morning nothing stopped our visitors from picking lavender and enjoying the day.  We estimated that over 2500 guests enjoyed picking lavender, culinary delights, outstanding art and presentations from our wonderful speakers. 

"Cooking with Lavender" from Chef, Don Agate.  Don appeared on WSYR9 Bridge Street the day before the festival and cooked a oh so tasty Honey and Lavender infused Duck.  You can find the recipe here.

Richard Linck, our dear friend and mentor beekeeper brought his observation hive and discussed basic beekeeping to a standing room only crowd.

Photographers, Ben Peterson discussed time lapse photography.  Showing some time lapse photos and video of our lavender in bloom.

 and Chris Murray made a presentation on using camera equipment.  I should use my tripod more often. Have you seen his work?

Did you know that terrariums were back in style.  I remember having one in the 70's.  Carol Watson from Watson Greenhouse demonstrates the varies containers and plants you can use in a terrarium.

And of course Gary always draws a crowd for his sheep shearing demonstration with Marilee Williams spinning the wool after Gary has sheared this relieved ewe.

 Showing the crimp of the wool and the feel of lanolin.

Spin Marilee, spin!

This little cutie helped her grandma make her lavender wand from the class I taught.  And a number of visitors were interested in "How to Grow Lavender". 

Honey and Bee sported new looks from our guests.

 Early in the morning before the crowds we were still making finishing touches.  

We want to thank everyone who came to this years event.

 Visitors from Rochester, NY

Our volunteers giving instructions on "how to pick lavender". 

Real men pick lavender!

It goes without saying we can not have a festival without our wonderful, giving, caring volunteers and talented artists.  A number of them are missing from this picture.

A special thank you to Plank Road Magazine for again sponsoring this years event. They have also contributed to the CNY SPCA for the sale of this years festival poster.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lavender Blue



Monday, July 9, 2012

Become a member of the Lavender Hill Mob!

Join us and Grace, our dog for the 5th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival this weekend, Saturday, July 14th & Sunday, July 15th from 9 -5.  Become a member of our Lavender Hill Mob and have your picture taken by Professional Photographer, Amy Porter for $4. or bring your own camera to take pictures of you and your loved ones as one of our beloved bees.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sheep Shearing and Wool Spinning

Sheep shearing demonstration by Gary Lockwood, owner of Lockwood Lavender Farm followed by a wool spinning demonstration by Marilee Williams will take place on Saturday, July 14th and 15th at 2:00 during Finger Lakes Lavender Festival.

Spinner, Marilee Williams

Meet Beekeeper, Richard Linck

·10:00 Saturday and Sunday

Visit with Marcellus Beekeeper, Richard Linck and learn the basics of beekeeping
 and see his observation hive and beekeeping equipment.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Meet Photographers, Benjamin Peterson and Chris Murray

Saturday, 11:00: New York Photographer, Benjamin Peterson will discuss time lapse photography to document your garden and flowers as they grow.

For the past 10 years has been working in New York City in the photography industry. After learning the basics at Rochester Institute of Technology he honed his skills under
the experts at Magnum Photos Inc. He then developed his own style and skills in post production
working for Scott Frances LLC. At Getty Images I learned how the stock photography market
worked and how to make the vision of art directors and photographers come to reality. In 2010 he
earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and used that
knowledge to improve his own retouching and photography business. At the same time he
immersed myself in the creation of Time Lapse footage after seeing the huge new market
opportunities for this medium. He has produced time lapses for Mercedes Benz Fashion week in
Lincoln Center, Jaguar / Land Rover, Central Park, and many more.

Benjamin will be talking about using Time Lapse photography to document your garden and flowers asth ey grow. Time lapse is a beautiful way to see your flowers grow over time and can also be a great tool for seeing how your garden is effected by the sunlight through the growing season. He will also go over the basics of taking a good picture of a flower with any type of camera from an iPhone to a high end DSLR.

·Sunday, 11:00 Join local photographer, Chris Murray and learn how to take better nature and landscape photographs. 
mmensely as an artist.
Chris has been practicing landscape photography for over fifteen years. During that time he has also worked as a geologist, earning my B.S. in geology from SUNY Plattsburgh and my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He continue to work part time as a geological consultant, devoting the rest of my time to his photography.

His interest in photographing landscapes is derived mainly from his love of the natural world, the same love that led him to choose geology as a profession. For him, the appeal of photography lies in the blending of the technical and the artistic. As a scientist, he is naturally drawn to the technical aspects of photography: decisions regarding filters, shutter speed, aperture, and so on. The skills he has learned as a scientist, the attention to detail and careful observation, have also helped him immensely as an artist. 
Publications and Awards
Photo for Table of contents page, Explore the Finger Magazine, 2011
-"Morning Light", First Place, Celebrate Central New York Photo Contest, 
The Good Life, Central New York Magazine, Jan/Feb. 2010
-Image in Showcase of Images, 
Nature Photographer Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009-2010
-"Morning Light," Colour Finalist, The Best of Photography Annual 2009, Serbin Communications, December 2009
-"Latourell Falls," Colour Finalist, The Best of Photography Annual 2008, Serbin Communications, December 2008
-Image in Showcase of Images, 
Nature Photographer Magazine, Fall 2008
-"Rediscovering Central New York", Photo Essay, 
New York State Conservationist Magazine, August 2008
-"Shoot Stunning Waterfalls", 
Photo Techniques Magazine, May/June 2006
-"Guadalupe Mountains", 
Nature Photographer Magazine, Fall 2005
-"From Shore to Coast to Coast", 
Nature Photographer Magazine, Spring 2004

Carol Watson from Carol Watson Greenhouse Appearing on Sunday, July 15th

 Terrariums Have Made A Come Back!

Carol Watson from Carol Watson Greenhouse will appear on Sunday, July 15th at 3:00 during the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival.  Carol will demonstrate the four steps to building a terrarium and how to maintain success. 
Part of the appeal of building a basic terrarium is that it does not require a great deal of gardening know-how. While regular house plants can demand considerable attention, terrariums offer a bit of nature — and the sense of calm it can confer — in a contained, easy-to-care-for way.  Join Carol and see how easy it is!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Welcome Chef, Don Agate to the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival

Please help us welcome the new Chef at Kreb's Resturant, Don Agate to the community. Don will demonstrate "Cooking with Herbs" on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th at 1:00.

"Don Agate is a magna cum laude graduate of the Johnson & Wales University culinary school in Charlotte, N.C. He acquired expertise and impeccable taste at restaurants like Blue Point Grill in North Carolina's Outer Banks, Hotel Jerome and Kenichi in Aspen, CafĂ© des Artistes and Landmarc in Manhattan, the Mirbeau Spa and Sherwood Inn in the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, and Club Med in San Salvador, Bahamas and with a Parisian chef at a Montreal bistro. Most recently he was the star chef at Eddie V's Prime Seafood in Fort Worth, Texas.   

His love for food and all things related was fostered at a young age by his mother who participated in French foreign exchange programs yearly, which exposed him to the French culinary scene.

Chef Agate enjoys donating his time for the surrounding communities and fund raisers. “Giving back to the people, businesses and charities that support us all year long is the least I can do.”

Most recently Chef Agate was the recipient of the Fort Worth Magazines Top Chef award to add to his already impressive list of awards and accolades.
Agate joined Eddie V's Restaurants in 2010.
—  Top Chef Winner (2011)*
—  Top Chef Contestant (2010)*
—  Best Presentation- Taste of Fort Worth (2010)
—  Best Service (2011)*
—  Best Seafood (2010, 2011)*
—  Best Appetizer (2010, 2011)*
—  Best Bread (2011)*
—  Best Dessert (2010)*
                  Freshest Catch (2011

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Finger Lakes Lavender Festival Schedule!

Saturday, July 14th & Sunday, July 15th
9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Free Admission and Parking

·9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. Cut-your-own lavender ($5/ bunch)

·9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.  Artists will be offering unique products from handcrafted jewelry,
 handmade wooden bowl, pottery, artistic landscapes, baskets and so much more.  Shop
 Lockwood Farm Lavender Market offering all-natural lavender and honey products.

·9:30a.m. Learn how to grow, care and harvest lavender from Karen Wheeler-Lockwood, Lockwood Lavender Farm.

·10:00 Visit with Marcellus Beekeeper, Richard Linck and learn the basics of beekeeping
 and see his observation hive and beekeeping equipment.

·Saturday, 11:00: New York Photographer, Benjamin Peterson will discuss time lapse photography to document your garden and flowers as they grow.

·Sunday, 11:00 Join local photographer, Chris Murray and learn how to take better nature
and landscape photographs.

·12:00 Learn from Master Gardeners from Onondaga County Cornell Cooperative Extension “How to Grow Herbs”.

·12:30p.m. "Make Your Own Lavender Wand" (on-site reservation only, material included; $5.00/person).

·1:00p.m. “Cooking with Herbs” demonstration by Don Agate, chef from the Kreb’s Resturant, Skaneateles.

·2:00p.m. Sheep shearing demonstration by Gary Lockwood, owner of Lockwood Lavender Farm followed by a wool spinning demonstration by Marilee Williams.

·Sunday, 3:00 Carol Watson from Carol Watson Greenhouse in La Fayette will demonstrate the four steps to building a terrarium and how to maintain success. 

This years Artists:
Kathy Barry - Babouska
William Bullard - B Bowls
Barbara Conte-Gaugel - Barbara Bags
Barbara Delmonico - Barbara Delmonico, Artist
Jan Fairhurst - Jan Fairhurst Pottery
Amy Fancher - Viva Sweet Love
Jim Horth & Kathleen Horth - Winona Creek
Lavender Blue
Christy Lemp - Christy Lemp Watercolor Designs
Adriana Meiss - Adrinart
Lavender Blue
Liz and Rich Micho - Lakeside Stained Glass Studio
Elizabeth Moldenhauer - Fibre Artist
Christopher Murray - Chris Murray Photography
David LoParco - Lo Parco Studio
Marie LoParco - Hand 2 Heart Studio
Kathleen Schneider
Betsy Sio - East Street Tins
Bonnie J Slocum - Ballina Baskets

Cody's Dog Kitchen
Skaneateles Massage Therapy
Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Culinary Specialists
Artic Island Ice Cream
Carly Bakes
Creekside Coffehouse
Joelle's French Bistro
On The Street

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The winner of the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival 2012 Poster Art Contest...

Christy Lemp

The Finger Lakes Lavender Festival committee is honored to announce a beautiful watercolor painting by local artist, Christy Lemp as the official 2012 Finger Lakes Lavender Festival artwork. The festival will showcase the art on this years' poster, t-shirts and other promotional materials.  Christy will be one of the many festival artists appearing this year and will be signing the poster during the July 14th and 15th event. The proceeds from the sale of the poster during the festival will be donated to the SPCA.
The watercolor painting will appear in the summer issue of Plank Road Magazine.

We want to thank everyone who participated in this years contest.  The talented artists have made it difficult  for the festival committee to pick one winner year after year.

A Interview with Christy...

Christy is thrilled to have her painting selected for this year's Lavender Festival poster.
I love everything about Karen and Gary's lavender farm, and the Festival is such a great
way to share its special beauty and atmosphere. I've been painting scenes of the farm for
a couple years now, and have been driven to try and capture what they have created: a
picturesque farm full of wonderfully scented lavender, framed by the background of our
beautiful lake and their adorable sheep and lambs. It fills all of the senses, and I can
never get enough of it.  Also, knowing the proceeds were going to benefit the SPCA was a big motivator to create a really nice poster that everyone would enjoy.”

Christy loves to paint watercolor landscapes, flowers, and moments in time that are
intimately rendered, focusing on Central New York, and other travels. Many are painted
on site, and portray everyday scenes that make you stop and smile; a neighbor’s tulips,
pumpkins on the porch, birds in the backyard or a misty morning on the lake. She feels
there is an energy in these moments, especially in the early morning or late afternoon
light that the transparency and luminosity of watercolors really convey.
She loves meeting people who appreciate art and the beautiful scenery our world offers.
The artist lives in Skaneateles NY with her family where she especially enjoys exploring
the lakeside and country roads for images and ideas to paint. When the snow finally
melts, she does local art shows and fairs and donates paintings and prints for fundraising
Christy Lemp can be contacted at Occasional musings, paintings,
and sketches can be viewed at, and on her Facebook
page Christy Lemp Watercolor Designs.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Save the Dates!

Preparations are under way for the 5th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival held on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th.  New artists, speakers, food and a few surprises are in place.

Watch for more information about the upcoming Lavender Festival Art Poster Contest.
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