Today’s adventures began with a stroll through the vineyard right next to the KOA. Campground owner, Dennis, invited us to visit and pick some of his Concord grapes. Oh, that delicious grapey grape smell and taste! Quintessential grape!

Then we headed to downtown Westfield, New York and the statues of a bearded President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell, the young lady from Westfield NY who had written advising Candidate Lincoln to grow a beard. We parked next to the National Grape Co-operative which bears the logo of Welch’s.

After a stop at Johnson Estate Winery, a place we’ve visited before in 2013 and in 2015, we checked out The Grape Discovery Center.

The museum area did a great job of telling the story of the development of the Concord grape, the history of Welch’s Grape Juice, and the development of grape cultivation and wine making on NY’s Erie Shore as well as triggering memories of childhood and grape jam!




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

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Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

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