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Travel the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to birding, music, history, fishing, art, food, sailing & LPGA events – and that’s just in JuneLooking for June travel ideas? Driving the Great Lakes Seaway Trail will take you to everything from birding programs with Roger Tory Peterson’s son and “The Private Lives of Birds” author Bridget Stutchbury and The Great New York State Food and Wine Festival to fishing derbies, music and art festivals, the Juneteenth African-American heritage celebration, an LPGA major golf event and tall ships visits. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is the 518-mile-long America’s Byway that parallels the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes of New York and Pennsylvania. Drive the easy-to-follow byway to its eastern end this coming weekend (June 4-6) to a soap box derby and Heritage Festival benefit for Relay for Life in Massena. Birders will flock to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY, in mid-June to hear Lee Peterson talk about his famous father and the developer of birding field guides. Take along your copy of the new Birding the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Other speakers include Bridget Stutchbury presenting “The Private Lives of Birds,” Dr. Ted Floyd of Birding magazine, and experts on bluebirds, purple martins, woodpeckers, and cerulean warblers. Nature sounds recordist Lang Elliott is on the slate and a program asking are there green Jays in Buffalo will talk about how climate shift is pushing subtropical species north. For music lovers, It’s Bach & Beyond at The 1891 Fredonia Opera House and the Xerox International Jazz Festival in Rochester. The Chautauqua Institution season of arts, education, religion and recreation programs gets underway with a June 26 presentation of “The Boys in Concert” with Broadway’s original “Jersey Boys” cast. All the waters of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail are fish full. Anglers will try their skills on Lake Ontario June 19 through July 18. The Lake Ontario Summer Fishing Derby will award more than $18,000 in cash prizes to those with the best catch. History and art are both popular travel themes on this America’s byway and they come together is a beautiful way in East Aurora, 30 miles southeast of Buffalo. In 1897 Elbert Hubbard, whom PBS has dubbed “An American Original,” founded an American Arts & Crafts Movement community here that thrives today. The June slate of arts programs along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail includes the Roycroft Summer Festival with juried artisans, antiques and 14 National Historic Landmark buildings, the early June 100 American Craftsmen Festival in Lockport, the Allentown Art Festival in a Buffalo Historic Preservation District, and the Erie Area Summer Festival of the Arts in Erie, PA’s Liberty Park.The Great Lakes Seaway Trail’s heritage is based in scenic touring by automobile and classic antique cars are part of the fun at the Heritage Square Museum Village Fair that also includes demonstrations at the 19th-century National Historic Register site in Ontario, NY. Original American foods created in the 86 communities of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail include Buffalo wings, 1812 Ale and “River Rat” cheese, and it the foods “made in NY” that are to be enjoyed at the Great New York State Food & Wine Festival in Clayton later in June. After championing the cause of human freedom as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn, NY; travelers go south from the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Cayuga County to reach her historic home now an education center). The third largest Juneteenth Festival celebrating African American heritage takes place in Buffalo June 19-20. The Wegman’s Rochester LPGA event brings the world’s best women golfers to Locust Hill Country Club for a week-long competition June 21-27. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is all about water and waterfront destinations. Drive the byway to Oswego June 24-26 to board and explore three tall ships during the Festival of Sail. The Pride of Baltimore II, privateer Lynx, and Rosewood will also offer tours & sail-aways in the city’s Historic Maritime District. A calendar of 110 events is found in the 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Travel Guide available at sites throughout the byway region and online at www.seawaytrail.com.

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