Event Schedule - Watkins Glen


Local Groups Will Host Film and Q&A About Industrial Siting on Tuesday, August 7th at 7PM at Glen Theater in Watkins Glen
Finger Lakes Bioneers, Gas Free Seneca and  The Finger Lakes Sierra Club Group are co-sponsoring an event to foster learning and communication within the region regarding the challenges of development that has an industrial focus. The 90-minute film entitled "My Name is Allegany County" will be screened followed by a discussion afterwards with one of the principal figures involved with the recorded events. Admission is $5.00. Some refreshments will be available. This film explores democratic decision-making, environ-mental policy, legal rights, corporate responsibility, and the challenges of using highly industrial technology in rural locations. The Glen Theater is located at 112 North Franklin Street right in downtown Watkins Glen  http://www.theglentheater.com/directions.asp. 

The independently produced film is a documentary narrative illustrating the early 1990's struggles and strategies of a wide array of citizens of western NY's Allegany County who achieved success at the state level and at the US Supreme Court to prevent nuclear waste from being sited in their communities. 
Grandparents, merchants, teachers, homemakers, professionals, farmers, and blue collar workers connected over their caring for their rural places and succeeded against significant odds. Richard "Spike" Jones, longtime Allegany County resident and a key member of the 1989-1993 opposition to the State of New York's ambitions, will be at the screening to discuss the events. He has travelled extensively in the US over the last twenty years to discuss his views and activism.

Residents, community leaders and decision-makers throughout the region are invited to attend.
“Our region faces economic and environmental challenges. The area is being considered for hydrofracking, gas storage and transport, and frack-related industry.   We need to be informed, to learn together, and to work together to formulate a vision for the future of the region,” said Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca.   “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a respectful, open dialogue about the various ways in which citizens can work together to protect their community, their health and their future.”









Local Groups Will Host Film and Discussion on Responsible Planning at Glen Theater on Tuesday, May 1st at 7PM


Community leaders and residents are invited to a special event screening and Watkins Glen premiere of Living Downstream, a documentary film based on the acclaimed book by Trumansburg author, ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.  She has taught biology at Columbia College in Chicago, held visiting fellowships at the University of Illinois, Radcliffe/Harvard, and Northeastern University, and served on President Clinton’s National Action Plan on Breast Cancer. Dr. Steingraber is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca. At the May 1st event she will be giving a talk and be available for book signing. 

With Schuyler County and surrounding towns reviewing their comprehensive plans, many local citizen groups are asking community decision-makers and citizens to be mindful of the impact heavy industry will have on the Finger Lakes region.  The Finger Lakes Sierra Club Group and Gas Free Seneca are co-sponsoring an event with Finger Lakes Bioneers to foster learning and communication within the region regarding heavy industry and what it means to be "Living Downstream."

The film is being shown as part of a regional film series organized by Finger Lakes Bioneers, a program of Sustainable Tompkins.  "We've been partnering with local groups since last fall," said Nick Vaczek, the series coordinator, "and we've found that people really enjoy watching films on challenging issues and innovative solutions, especially when that's followed by a chance to discuss how that connects to hometown endeavors."  More details about the film series are at www.wemakeourfuture.org

Dr. Steingraber has a strong bond with Watkins Glen. Her son, Elijah, was born in Seneca Lake water.  Steingraber will attend the screening and make a short presentation, answer questions, and do a book signing.  Community leaders and decision-makers throughout the region have been personally invited to attend.

“Our region faces economic and environmental challenges. The area is being considered for hydrofracking, gas storage and transport, and frack-related industry.   We need to be informed, to learn together, and to work together to formulate a vision for the future of the region,” said Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca.   “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a respectful, open dialogue about the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.”

For more information about Dr. Steingraber go to: http://steingraber.com/bio
For more information contact Nick@SustainableTompkins.org or visit www.wemakeourfuture.org.





Tuesday, Dec. 6th - The Greenhorns  -- Documentary film's local premiere at the Glen Theater, Watkins Glen.

60-min. documentary film takes an inspiring journey across the US to explore new food and farming enterprises, rural and urban possibilities and diverse producer and consumer initiatives. A panel discussion and community conversation is part of the evening event: How can Schuyler County and the Seneca Lake area continue to nurture and support the current and emerging potential for on-farm and food related businesses? The public is heartily invited. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7PM screening. Refreshments will be available. Presented by Finger Lakes Bioneers with Cornell Small Farms Program and the Glen Theater. http://www.thegreenhorns.net/ Contact: Nick Vaczek, film series coordinator, at 607-793-7566 or http://www.wemakeourfuture.org/

Thanks to Mann Library for loaning their copy of the film for this public screening.


This is the list of panelists (two additional to be confirmed)-

Brett J. Chedzoy, Moderator  --- Senior Resource Educator, Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension Land Use Team AND www.angusglenfarm.com

Violet Stone: Program Coordinator, Cornell Small Farms Program    http://www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/  AND http://nebeginningfarmers.org/

Jacob Eisman: Six Circles Farm  http://sixcirclesfarm.com/

Liz Martin: Muddy Fingers Farm  http://nebeginningfarmers.org/video/view-videos-by-farm/muddy-fingers-farm/

Kathryn Engel: RK Farms http://www.puregrassbeef.com/

Lou Johns: Blue Heron Farm  http://blueheronorganic.com/


Watkins Glen: Tuesday, December 6th at the Glen Theater ///  Local Film Premiere and Community Conversation on Food and Farming  /// Refreshments at 6:30, film at 7PM.

Finger Lakes Bioneers will host a screening of The Greenhorns- a new documentary film that seeks to "embolden, entice and recruit" people into provisioning the nation. The film is about an hour in length so there will be plenty of time for discussion. There will be a panel with audience dialogue and brainstorming on ways to support local farmers, farming and food processing and a vibrant and resilient local economy.

Local Strategies and Possibilities Explored:

The Seneca Lake landscape increasingly hosts a bounty of produce, products and agritourism visitors. The local agricultural economy is strong and getting stronger thanks to the grit, creativity, and boot-strapping everyday research and determination of a wide spectrum of the community. Our farmers and other food support system entrepreneurs of the Finger Lakes have a long history of finding innovative solutions to the problems they have faced. The current economic climate is indeed challenging and may be somewhat unique compared to the recent past, but new trends, new types of markets and new types of marketing methods are offering opportunities to those with the initiative to embark upon innovative rural renewal. It will be demanding and it will mean learning a wide spectrum of skills. Yet that has always been true of resourceful folks who make their living from the land. And it is still true that the generations can engage with and learn from one another. The dilemmas rural residents face about making vocational choices impacts directly on the viability of their communities. The potentials of an emerging and re-strengthened food economy can confer benefits and stability in the Watkins Glen area's immediate, near and distant future.

Information exchange is key to the emergence of markets and marketing as we can see in the  region's inspiring and flavorful 'trail mix' options that help both visitors and producers alike explore  wine, cheese, ale, art, fiber, green energy and more through the seasons. The goal of this community conversation is to hear some reflections from a few of the local heroes and to share thoughts about ways to incubate further success stories close at hand- for young entrants into the scene especially. We hope to have a free-ranging forum that includes farming fans, food processors, culinary celebrants, wise sages and novices, lovers of a good diner and a good donut.

As the director of the film notes:
"We want to update the general public's view of farmers into that of being heroes of our time, so that communities may become invested in rooting for their success- and even of helping to facilitate that success."

This is a video (recorded using a simple handheld FLIP camera) of the panel after the film's showing at Mann Agricultural Library on Cornell campus last Thursday.