BATAVIA, NY — So what, I asked, is there to do in Batavia? This was in a cellphone conversation with one of my offspring who owns and operates a horse boarding farm as well as a racehorse transportation service. He was killing time until the evening’s race card at Batavia Downs ended and he could bring the competitors back to their home stables.
“Well, besides the track I think there’s a McDonald’s and a Target,” he said, obviously not making a bid to be the marketing agent for this little western New York city that serves as the county seat for Genesee County.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more in the city of 16,000 than one might expect. Next up: The Taste of Fall Wine Walk. It’s a 5 to 9 p.m. event scheduled for Saturday, October 2, an undertaking of the Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
The self-guided tour will begin at the chamber office at 210 East Main Street, where each participant will be given an etched wine glass and a program to guide them from location to location. Along the way, 15 different New York State wine samples will be offered, hors d’oeuvres will be available for sampling, and the walk with end with a raffle for prizes. Participating businesses are promising a full-blown effort for autumnal decorations. Tickets for the walk are $15 each.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the BID at (585) 344-0900 or the Chamber at (585) 343-7440.
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