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Things to see and do this May in Livingston County

Though the summer festival season has yet to kick off, there’s still plenty to do in Livingston County this month.

On May 17-19, Civil War buffs can head to Letchworth State Park’s Highbanks Recreation Area for the 14th “Fire on the Genesee” event. Fire on the Genesee features battle reenactments each day, all-day living history, and plenty of "civilian" activities, including a bonnet-making workshop, and a dance Saturday night from 7-11.

Friday is also an education day for local schools. According to the Fire on the Genesee website, 360 kids participated in last year's education day. Learn more at http://www.fireonthegenesee.com.

May is a busy time for Dansville. This year, the famous Dogwood Festival runs from May 13-19. The festival includes sporting events, a carnival, a used book sale, a 5K walk/run, a chicken BBQ, an arts and crafts sale, and the much-anticipated Dogwood Parade. A full list of festival events can be found at http://www.dansvillechamber.com/index.php/dogwood-festival.

Dansville’s Dogwood International Film Festival is also happening in Dansville this month. The film festival strives to promote multicultural knowledge, tolerance, and appreciation through film in the community. Each film is shown on Sundays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Star Theatre. Tonight’s film is “The Middle of the World”—a Brazilian film (in Portuguese with English subtitles) about illiterate and unemployed Romão, who feels destiny drawing him on an odyssey to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of a job and a decent life. His family of seven travels 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles. This film is not rated by the MPAA, but is appropriate for PG-13 audiences with a running time of 90 minutes. For a full list of upcoming films, visit http://www.dansvillechamber.com/index.php/film.

May is also time for Linwood Gardens’ Tree Peony Festival in Pavilion. The festival runs May 11 and 12, 18 and 19, and 25 and 26, and features live music and guided tours of the garden for $12, with proceeds going toward the garden’s preservation. More information on this unique festival can be found at http://www.linwoodgardens.org/Festival_of_Flowers.html.

For more things to see and do in Livingston County, visit our calendar of events at http://fingerlakeswest.com/component/content/article/9-uncategorised/89-calendar-of-events.