Is Your Lake Home Feeling the Effects of the Sun?

Everyone who has owned a lakefront home here in western New York knows that a beautiful sunny day makes you remember why you love being there. But it’s that lovely lakeside sunshine that can seriously damage the personal treasures inside your home.   The powerful UV rays are just as harmful to your furnishings and antiques as they are to your skin, and traditional window glass doesn’t do much to stop it.

We have found in our work on waterfront homes that they often provide shining examples of the potential for sun damage to flooring, walls and furniture.   An area of concern unique to waterfront window and door areas is sun damage to the ceilings, even in homes that have sun protection from overhead awnings.  The reflected sunlight from the glimmering water in the summer and the expanse of snow and ice in the winter can cause discoloration of paint or, over time, destruction of the ceiling materials. Continue reading

See You at The Finger Lakes Riesling Festival!

Ray Sands Glass is getting excited about this year’s Riesling Festival, which will take place this weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 10a-5p) at the Lakeshore Drive and Pier in Canandaigua.   And this, the third annual event promises to be the best ever!  Despite the name, the Finger Lakes Riesling Festival is not just for adults.  There will be fun for the whole family – with a bounce house for the little ones, a 5K for the more athletic, Sunday’s car show (a personal favorite) and of course, an abundance of wonderful local wines and beers for your sampling pleasure!

Not only does the event have great drinks and tasty treats, but they are raising money for a great cause!  Last year the festival was able to raise over $31,000 to benefit the Canandaigua Family YMCA, which uses the funds to help sponsor those who might otherwise be unable to take advantage of their services. Continue reading

Ray Sands Glass Works With Genesee Country Village Museum

As many Western New Yorkers know, the Genesee Country Village and Museum is one of our much beloved local treasures – our very own bit of history.  GCV&M  is a full living history of a 19th century village, complete with over 50 authentically restored buildings, and live interactive programs that educate children and adults alike with a hands on approach to history.

We recently had an opportunity to work with GCV&M, which was really an honor for us, because Ray Sands Glass has a special appreciation for this live museum, not just for the dynamic live history lesson, but for a bit of personal history located amongst it artifacts!  The father of owners Dave and Frank Burns was born in one of the buildings currently used for live demonstrations, even had his tonsils removed by the local doctor at the table  inside! Continue reading