GENESEO – Hundreds of people gathered along Main Street to take part in the annual May Day Sip & Stroll.
The Sip & Stroll takes cider houses, breweries, wineries and other local spirits in the area and matches them with businesses along Main Street. Vendors from Deer Run Winery in Geneseo, Ellicottville Brewing Company and OSB Ciderworks in Lakeville, among others, were present.
There was live music and laughter and camaraderie echoed across Geneseo on Friday, May 6.
SUNY Geneseo student Clara Monney met her aunt, Francine Miller, from Livonia, to participate in the Sip & Stroll.
Money and Miller not only spent their evening enjoying the varieties of drinks available, but reconnected after not seeing each other. The event gave them the opportunity to spend time together while Money was still close and before he graduated from college.
They were fans of Brindle Haus Brewing Company in Spencerport.
Money is a member of a service fellowship at SUNY Geneseo and has enjoyed seeing the school and local communities come together.
“Both parties, the students and the community, want to connect more, but it’s tough and I think this event is huge and great for that. It’s fun and successful in that sense,” Money said.
Charles Flynn, the former director of real estate services Howard Hanna at Geneseo, felt that events like Sip & Stroll were not just great for sellers, but Main Street businesses as well.
“It’s really important for the Main Street business community to reboot and get people back to Main Street and supporting local businesses, that’s what this is about,” Flynn said.
Heather Grant, owner of Dublin Corners Tap Room on Main Street, said the journey from a vendor attending this event to a participating business has been interesting.
Dublin Corners opened its tap room just before the pandemic and was able to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. Grant said she looks forward to participating in “Sip & Stroll” events in the years to come.
“We can see people wanting to go out and do things again,” Grant said. “We’re all really ready to get back to it.”