Tour journal for August 1, 2013 — Canandaigua, NY

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Notes from the Road

Lakes Shaped Like Fingers

PHC staffer Ella Schovanec is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.

On Thursday, we did the show from Canandaigua, New York. I found out that there are these Burning Springs outside of town — a pocket of escaping natural gas that can be lit to create flames on the water. In 1669, the explorer Robert LaSalle found the Burning Springs and a priest traveling with him wrote, "I applied a torch and the water immediately took fire and burned like brandy, and was not extinguished until it rained." Flames five feet tall. But, the spring is now on private property, so, sadly, we didn't get to see it.

We did get to see the beautiful blue waters of Lake Canandaigua, which is part of the Finger Lakes, a chain carved by glaciers that resemble splayed fingers on a map.

It was a beautiful show, near the lake, surrounded by the woods in Canandaigua. There's a chill in the air, now. Autumn is closing in on us. Garrison sang "One Night With You." That's what we hope for on this tour, to sing with the people of this great country and hold onto summer for one more night. Thank you, Canandaigua. Next stop, Chautauqua. Westward.

Photos from the Show

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