Arts Alive

Elmira is fortunate to be home to a liberal arts college, and one of the most exciting things I’ve witnessed since transitioning from being an Elmira College student to a city community member… Continue reading

Our Yuletide Claim to Fame

Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a connoisseur of roadside attractions. (I know such hardcore devotees exist out there in the world, and my hat is off… Continue reading

Power of the Paddle

The Chemung River has been in my backyard since I moved to Elmira more than three years ago. I can walk to a boat launch in less time than it takes me to blow… Continue reading

Good Eats: Turtle Leaf Café

So a few weeks ago, I took up residence in the Land of Dietary Restrictions. Specifically: I feel much better since making the change, and on the whole it has not been overly difficult, particularly when it comes… Continue reading

Tales from the Valley

If you haven’t stopped by the Chemung Valley History Museum lately, the next couple of weeks would be an excellent time to do so. The museum is currently featuring Stitched Across the Valley, an exhibit… Continue reading

Let It Snow

This is the first time that titling a blog has ever made me feel like I might start getting chased by a mob wielding snow shovels and ice scrapers. Hear a Rookie out, readers. Believe it or… Continue reading

O’ Christmas Tree

If Frances Hodgson Burnett was alive today, I’d love to get her impression of what’s known locally as Elmira’s own “secret garden.” Over on Southside at 824 Broadway, nestled up behind a Victorian… Continue reading

Wineing and Designing

Meet Kitty, the family cat. Kitty lives with my parents and enjoys hiding foil balls, sunshine on the kitchen floor, and sleeping on the top shelf of my parents’ closet. She does not… Continue reading

Best Seat in the House

Here in Elmira, one of our biggest claims to fame is that we’re the “Soaring Capital of America.” Or, if you run across a particularly enthusiastic Elmiran, “Soaring Capital of the World” or… Continue reading

Walk this Way: Near Westside

In trying to stay physically active, I sometimes find myself getting bored doing the same-old, same-old routine at the gym, which has prompted me, when the weather’s good for it, to walk sometimes instead. In doing… Continue reading