History will come alive at lakeside Krull Park, inside the charming village of Olcott Beach. Guests of this yearly festival, less than an hour drive from both Buffalo and Rochester, will find themselves immersed in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
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Elected to the PGA as an instructor in 1977, Gary Tatar has spent more than three decades helping students find the middle of the fairway and the bottom of the cup. Gary draws his greenside manner from World Golf Hall of Fame coach Harvey Penick, who taught him the importance of simple and direct communication and practical training devices rather than imparting swing advice via sand-trap hieroglyphs.
During private lessons, Gary often enlists the help of 3-D video analysis so players can view their own swing and better understand his feedback. Gary also imparts his pin-hunting panache in playing lessons at Deerfield Country Club, where he gives advice in real time and fields course management questions, such as what club to hit off of the tee and how to overcome a fear of being abandoned by one's golf ball.
The DeMaison family brags that wine flows in their blood, and given the three generations who work side by side at Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, it would be hard to disprove them. Donald “Grandpa” DeMaison, the mastermind behind Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery, traces his roots back to his great-great-grandfather who worked as a farmer in the Alsace region of France. Don he has spent four decades mastering the art of growing, juggling, and transforming grapes, and has collaborated with his family to produce a venerable list of wines. Their offerings include white and red varietals and range from sweet to dry, such as a sweet Pinot Gris and a dry, mellow Lemberger in French oak.
Smithwick?s and Guinness pour freely from taps inside O'Brien's Tavern. If the love of Ireland isn?t evident enough, then just look around the room: Vintage beer signs clutter the walls and Ireland?s flag proudly hangs next to a flat-screen TV, which plays sporting events with Irish subtitles. Beer, wine, and cocktails complement a selection of sandwiches such as patty melts, Reubens, and turkey BLTs, as well as the grilled cheese and soup of the day. And when the sun sets, a nook in the tavern becomes a stage, where bands play original songs and a DJ spins tunes as guests sway across the floor.
Enveloped in cool lake winds and showers of sunlight, Bait Master Charters' boats have sailed the waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario since 1992. Each of the company's two fishing boats boasts cabins, private bathrooms, and decks, along with professional downriggers, outriggers, planer boards, and dipsy divers. Onboard, experienced fishermen guide customers on private fishing charters, scouring Lake Erie for walleye, bass, and perch or combing Lake Ontario for salmon, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, and gold coins. Upon the trip's closure, the staff cleans and packages all catches so that customers can bring them home to cook.
You could sit in a library and research the historical buildings that line Buffalo's waterfront, or you could hop on a bike and see them all firsthand. If the latter option sounds more appealing?and it probably does?head to WNY Tours and get ready to start pedaling. Three days a week for a total of five tours, the company's bike tours weave through downtown and along the water, passing such landmarks as City Hall and Delaware Park. Each tour covers about 12 miles of ground, but participants stop frequently to snap pictures and learn interesting facts about the local architecture.