Author Archives: "Big Chuck"

About "Big Chuck"

Hi folks, this is "Big Chuck" here. I love Upstate New York! I have written several books about the region, do a lot of public speaking around the state, am an award-winning radio broadcaster (since 1989), write a bi-monthly newspaper column and give walking tours of Cooperstown, N.Y. Yes, I do keep busy! I hope we can share some Upstate stories on this blog! If you would like to take a look at my series of Upstate New York books visit


When we started this website my partner, Dan Cassavaugh, and I had a great time traveling the state researching and enjoying New York Festivals.  More than 150,000 people have viewed our website since the beginning.  Now, we are “temporarily” shutting … Continue reading

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Inlet, N.Y. Brings You Frozen Fire and Ice Festival!

Inlet has it all with this festival…author readings, food, cardboard sled races, live music plus fireworks at night over the frozen lake.  The festival is Saturday, February 28.  All activities are at Fern Park and Arrowhead Park.  Inlet is in … Continue reading

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Here It Comes….Saratoga Chowderfest This Weekend (1/31)

Don’t miss it.  This is fun, I go every year and it is one of the biggest food festivals you will find in the Capital District/Adirondack area! Details here

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Even Long Island Celebrates Winter with a Great Festival!

From the end of February all through March they celebrate Old Man Winter on Long Island’s East End with a big festival throughout the area.  More than 20 different venues participate in this great festival which highlights food, wines and … Continue reading

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Hanford Mills Invites You to Help in the Ice Harvest!

  The Ice Harvest Festival is held the first Saturday of February. Save the Date: 2/7/15. Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and … Continue reading

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“Warm Up Oswego Festival” is a Fun, Family Affair!

Warm Up Oswego for 2015, the 10th anniversary of the event, is a fun winter event for the whole family.  Check out the great treasure hunt in the snow, a costume sled race, music and outdoor performances, scavenger hunt, board … Continue reading

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“WingBowl” to Decide the Hudson Valley’s Best Wings!

Saturday January 24th at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill…get ready to get your wings on!  Lets see who has the best chicken wings in the Hudson Valley.  This is a fun event and a “must see” for lovers of hot … Continue reading

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Winter Festivals All Month Long in Lake George Village (February)

Lake George Village offers a month long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly event at Shepard Park! The Winter Carnival takes place each weekend throughout February, so mark your calendar and take part in the fun! Relish the warmth … Continue reading

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Syracuse Winterfest to Attract 100,000 +

Syracuse Winterfest attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.  This is a family event with lots to enjoy including a great lineup of food and live entertainment.  Events take place at a variety of locations in Syracuse.  CLICK HERE FOR A … Continue reading

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Saratoga’s “First Night Festival” is Upstate’s Largest!

First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, the event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting … Continue reading

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