These photos tell a love story. They capture the essence of John and I; goofy adventure lovers. When I met John, I knew on our first date that he was to be my life long partner in travel and love. That same first date I asked him what he thought about packing up on a whim and traveling to wherever our hearts desired; no destination required just a life-long of adventure. His response was to tell me about his plan to sail around the world after 2 more years in Rochester. I was immediately willing and eager to climb aboard the ship!
We have yet to sail around the world; however John has taught me how to sail and I have fallen in love with his first true love- sailing. We spend our summers sailing on Keuka Lake and teaching our daughter how to gain her sea legs. I feel the most peace in my life on the boat. My time on the boat with John has helped me to really connect with the element of air and harness the power of the wind. The element of water, earth, and fire had always naturally been a huge part of my life, but it wasn’t until I started sailing that I developed true appreciation and love for the wind.
Although we have not embarked on the worldwide sailing adventure we talked about on our first date, I feel we are truly living the best adventure life can offer- being a family and raising children (our “crew”) together in love.
Join us on a sailing adventure this upcoming weekend (6/5-6/7) and harness the power of the wind during the Women’s Creative Embodiment Retreat I am hosting with my best friend, Laura Vanzetta. Message me for more info about the retreat and how you can climb aboard the ship for your next great adventure!
On this day in 1910, Glenn Curtiss flew along the Hudson River from Albany New York to New York City. In late 1909, the New York World offered a $10,000 prize to the first person who could make the flight, with the only conditions being that the starting point must be within the city limits of Albany or New York and must end within the city limits of the other, the entire trip must be completed in a 24-hour period with only two stops allowed for gas and oil. Publicly announcing his intentions in November of 1909, Curtiss chose to fly from Albany to New York, reasoning that he could take advantage of prevailing winds and making preparations in Albany would be easier. Always cautious, Curtiss used the winter to thoroughly plan this flight. He took multiple steamboat trips down the Hudson River and scouted out the lay of the land, possible landing areas, obstacles such as bridges, and wind currents. He began building a new aircraft, the Albany Flyer, which was powered an 8 cylinder, 50 horse power engine. With information gathered on his scouting trips, it was decided that flotation devices were needed should he have to make an emergency landing in the water.
On May 29, 1910, at 7:30am, Curtiss took off. Followed by a special train chartered for the event, Curtiss headed down river, only stopping at Camelot near Poughkeepsie for fuel and again at 214 th Street and Broadway in NYC for oil. His final stop was on Governors Island, where he touched down at 12:00. The flight had covered a distance of 150 miles in 2 hours and 46 minutes flying time at an average speed of 54 miles per hour. This feat not only won Glenn H. Curtiss the New York World prize of $10,000 but the Scientific American Trophy for the third time, allowing him to be the permanent holder of the trophy.
The images shown here are of the Albany Flyer in the factory in Hammondsport, a New York Times bulletin board advertising updates on the flight, and a side profile of the Albany Flyer. A replica of the Albany Flyer is on display in our early aircraft exhibit.
Samuel Langley was the Smithsonian’s third Secretary (1887 to 1906) and astronomer, physicist, inventor, and an aviation pioneer of the late 19th century. Langley first began developing a heavier-than-air flying machine in 1887 when he began experimenting with rubber-band powered models and gliders. In November of 1896, he received a War Department grant of $50,000 and $20,000 from the Smithsonian to develop a piloted airplane, which he called an "Aerodrome". By October of 1903, he had developed a 54-foot-long aircraft with two 48-foot wings- one in the front and one in the back. In attempts to make the aircraft lighter, it had no landing gear and was launched from a catapult on the Potomac River. He made two attempts with this aircraft, on October 7th and on December 8th, but both were unsuccessful. Newspapers made great sport of the failures, and some members of Congress strongly criticized the project. Just nine days later on December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers would make their successful flight.
Langley died in 1906, and that same year, Charles Walcott, a long-time friend of Langley's who'd been influential in funding his work, was made the director of the Smithsonian. In 1914, the Smithsonian contracted Glenn Curtiss to rebuild Langley's unsuccessful aircraft to prove it really could fly and save Langley’s reputation in the field of aviation. Curtiss, who had been involved in a bitter patent dispute with the Wrights, went to work modifying the machine, hoping to use his success in his attempt to prove the Wrights didn’t have a corner on flyable aircraft in 1903 to fight the Wright Brother's patent. On May 28, 1914, Curtiss flew his recreation of the Langley Aerodrome over Keuka Lake, which is shown in the image with this post. The Smithsonian then displayed the Aerodrome in its museum as "the first man-carrying aeroplane in the history of the world capable of sustained free flight," which caused a decades-long feud between the Smithsonian and Orville Wright, the surviving brother.
What better way to celebrate both of our countries emancipations, France and USA, than by indulging in a spectular view of Keuka Lake, a Cheese & Charcuterie board and two cutting-edge Riesling libations that have just been released! Our Terroir d'Excellence Riesling & Vendanges Tardives Riesling are coming from 1971 plantings from our American growers that we’ve worked with since 2012. A perfect collaboration with our French winemaking! Please join us in celebration of these two once-in-lifetime wines this weekend 10am to 6pm!
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A little Red, White and Blue in honor of the ones we lost 18 years ago today. May we never forget those who died, served and carried on 🇺🇸 #NeverForget
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Friends! Join us tonight at 5:30 pm on Facebook live! We will celebrating #openlocalwine night, organized by The Cork Report, by sampling both our new 2019 Dry Rosé and 2019 Zweigelt Rosé with you! There is only ONE RULE to participate: Grab a bottle of local wine, pop it open and enjoy with us! See you soon! 🍇🥳
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