Lake Ontario Writer’s Works Part Of Native Circle Touch The Earth Festival

MEXICO, NY – Award-winning author, free lance writer and photographer Susan Peterson Gateley, will share her work for the fourth Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival on May 28 at Mexico Point Park.

Gateley is the author of eight books about Lake Ontario history and ecology.

She has also sold articles and photos to numerous regional and national magazines and newspapers including The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, and Life in the Finger Lakes.

She donated copies of two of her books that contain Indian legends and tales to the silent auction.

Susan Peterson Gateley is part owner and co-captain of the storied schooner "Sara B" docked at Pleasant Beach in Fair Haven.
Susan Peterson Gateley is part owner and co-captain of the storied schooner "Sara B" docked at Pleasant Beach in Fair Haven.

She said, “I have been preserving stories about our Great Lake since 1980 or there about. You can find some of them at at my blog. Regarding fossils and Indian myths, I find the story about the giant ‘elk’ with an arm like a man told by the St Lawrence Indians to Charlevoix quite intriguing – it sure sounds like a paleo Indian era description of a mammoth to me!”

Passages On Inland Waters includes descriptions of several Jesuit journeys to central New York Oneida and Mohawk villages, and an account of a brave and resourceful Algonkin widow’s wilderness flight after she was taken by Oneidas.

The other donation, Mirages Monsters Myths and Mysteries of Lake Ontario is now out of print, but includes Indian and colonial era tales of monsters, 50-pound salmon, ghost stories and mystery and tragedy.

Gateley operates a seasonal sailing charter business on Lake Ontario and is also associated with the restoration of a historic small schooner, the Sara B that regularly docks at the Pleasant Beach Hotel.

She has organized a storytelling festival at that location for several years each October and recently launched a new endeavor to get children outside what she calls “Beach College.”

The silent auction will held at the Native Circle’s Inaugural Kickoff Gala, May 27 at 6 p.m. at Mexico Point State Park.

Tickets have been lowered to $20 per person until May 20, $25 after.

Historic Mexico Point State Park will once again host the Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival on May 28 and 29 from noon – 5 p.m. daily, featuring award-winning music, entertainment, storytelling, educational presentations, food, arts and crafts vendors, and more.

The festival is sponsored by Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Town of Mexico, Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, Dynegy Inc. Indpendence Station, Staples Inc., Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Wegman’s, Stewarts Shops, Oswego Valley Insurance Agency, Oswego County Mutual Insurance Co., Burritt Motors, Port Lodge Motel, KeyBank, Oswego Arts Collaborative, PathFinder Bank, Daddy Ed’s Restaurant, and Mexicali Rose.

For more information about festival events and to purchase tickets for the Inaugural Kickoff Gala visit or call 315-963-3820.