Experience Haunted Excursions on the Adirondack Scenic Railway

Adirondack Scenic Railway

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While it isn’t exclusively a Halloween attraction, once a month the Adirondack Scenic Railway invites passengers to come for a ride in the evening, when it takes passengers on a two-hour round trip from Thendara Station to tell ghostly stories of crime, murder, and tragedy. Referred to as the Haunted History Evening Excursion, the next of these events falls on October 22nd. So if you’re looking to get in the Halloween spirit, this is a great, unique experience.

The stories told by attendants on the scenic passenger train are derived from the book Haunted Old Forge, which details the spirits lingering on the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains. Beware, however; you’ll be lead out into the heart of the action. Passengers will be required to disembark the train and follow the guide through the wilderness on the mountains, supposedly surrounded by the spirits of legend discussed by the guide. The story will be told by authors Dennis Webster and Bernadette Peck, as well as acting troupe the Players of Utica.

In the fall, the Adirondack Scenic Railway departs for this haunted adventure at 7:00pm, so make sure to arrive before then and dress appropriately for the weather. Coach ticket rates are $25 per person. The railway also recommends proper footwear for walking, bug spray, and perhaps even a flashlight—and don’t forget some extra cash for the gift shop so you can bring home a souvenir.

Mazda Donates Vehicles to American Red Cross

This September, Mazda continued its support of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced that the company would be donating 16 vehicles to the Red Cross, up from 15 vehicles last year. Mazda North American Operations has shown its commitment and support as part of a long-standing partnership between the Red Cross and MNAO.

Mazda Donates Vehicles to American Red CrossRobert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. operations at MNAO, said “Through the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda has the ability to work with strong non-profit partners throughout the United States –and the American Red Cross continues to provide an incredible partnership sharing similar values as ours. Partnerships such as these are important to the very being of who Mazda is as an organization.”

Mazda was the first U.S. automaker to join the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Mazda recently became a $1-million ADGP member from increasing its donations from last year.

Steet Ponte Mazda is proud to be part of the Mazda organization. For more information on the Mazda Drive for Good program, click here. Stop by and see us anytime or give us a call. We’re happy to help you with all your Mazda needs.

Tech Night Set at Steet-Ponte Mazda

Steet-Ponte Mazda has started doing monthly tech nights at the dealership. Once a month, the third Friday of every month, all Mazda owners are invited to attend Tech Night right in the Yorkville, NY showroom. Not a Mazda owner? No problem! All prospective Mazda Owners are also invited to attend these events.

Steet Ponte Mazda - Tech NightJoin the staff at Steet-Ponte Mazda during Tech Night for an hour of information! Our Master Certified Mazda Consultants, Ryan Ford and Trevor Morehouse, will take you through a journey with Mazda technology. You’ll become an expert with your own vehicle in no time! You can learn lots of new tricks during our meetings!

Each month there will be door prizes and light refreshments available. This is also a chance to meet our Mazda experts and socialize with fellow Mazda owners in the area! All past, present and future Mazda owners are welcome!

September’s Tech Night will take place on September 16. The complete list of dates for the remainder of 2016 is below. Tech Night begins at 6:15 PM.

  • October 21st
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

We look forward to seeing you!

Learn about 2016 Mazda CX-9 Features

The all-new Mazda CX-9 is one of the most advanced SUVs on the road, with features inside and out making every drive more convenient, fun, and comfortable.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Features2016 Mazda CX-9 features include tons of standard and available exterior and interior features such as its available heated front seat and heated door mirrors, the convenient Mazda Mobile Start, and an Auto-Dimming Mirror with Homelink. The CX-9’s three rows of seating have 60/40 split seating in the second row and 50/50 in the third, allowing for tons of extra cargo space and plenty of seating options.

When it comes to convenience, you’ll love how much the CX-9 has to offer. A rearview camera makes backing out easier, and steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control let you use these features without taking your eyes off the road. The CX-9 comes standard with three-zone climate control and turn signal lights in the side mirrors, among other helpful and comfort-focused features.

The CX-9 boasts a customized sound developed with the available Bose 12-Speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound System, giving you unbeatable sound quality. Then there’s MazdaConnect, Mazda’s infotainment system, which gives you access to entertainment apps and make phone calls.

The CX-9 is designed for people who love to drive, bringing together all kinds of features in one stylish and comfortable SUV. For more info on the new CX-9 visit us at Steet Ponte Mazda!

Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

Sharing the road with motorcycles can be a little scary—motorcycles are a lot smaller than cars, tend to weave around more, and easily hide in blind spots. Just follow these tips to keep yourself and the motorcyclists around you safe.

Sharing the road with MotorcyclesAgain: remember your blind spots. A lot more motorcycles are on the road during the summer, so checking your blind spots extra carefully before switching lanes is a must. You should also be extra cautious when switching lanes, especially on the highway, as you’ll create a gust of wind that can knock a motorcycle over if you do it too close. Put plenty of space between you and a motorcycle before you pass it.

If you’re driving behind a motorcycle, put more space than you usually would between yourself and the bike. If you have to stop suddenly, you don’t want to be anywhere near close enough to hit it—whereas tapping the rear of a car in front of you can cause a little damage, running into a motorcycle can be fatal to the rider.

Be careful at intersections, since it can be difficult to tell where and when motorcycles are turning. Any time you make a left turn, keep an eye out for approaching bikes—this is a major cause of accidents for motorcycles.

Never forget that we all have to share the road safely!


Mazda SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYANMICSEarlier this month Mazda announced SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS which is a serious of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies. G-Vectoring Control is the first in the series and will be introduced across the entire Mazda lineup. The first Mazda model to receive this for the North American market will be the 2017 Mazda6 and it will be released later this year.

SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS will be part of the SKYACTIV Technology suite and provide integrated control of the transmission, engine, chassis and body. This will enhance the car’s Jinba Ittai which is a sense of connectedness between car and driver that distinguishes Mazda vehicles.

Mazda is looking to enhance their customer’s driving experience while increasing their satisfaction and the “bond” people have with their Mazda vehicles. Mazda aims to have customers enjoy driving their vehicles.

All of us at Steet Ponte Mazda anxiously await the arrival of a 2017 Mazda6 later this year. For more information on SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS or the G-Vectoring control, visit the Mazda Newsroom by clicking here.

2016 Mazda Models Take Home Best-in-Class Awards

One look at the 2016 Mazda lineup, and odds are you can find a stylish car that’s perfect for you. The New England Motor Press Association certainly thought so, handing down two best-in-class awards to 2016 Mazda models. When all was said and done, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mazda CX-3 crossover drove home winners.

2016 Mazda Models - 2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataThe 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a roadster that just doesn’t quit. This hot ride took home the “Best Affordable Convertible” award in the Ragtop Awards category and was recognized as a lifetime achievement award. That only adds to the Miata’s already heavy awards shelf. Winner of the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, the Miata was a shoo-in for the New England Motor Press Association’s award.

2016 Mazda Models - 2016 Mazda CX-3The Mazda CX-3 crossover won the “Best-in-Class Sub-Compact SUV/Crossover” in the Winter Vehicles Award category. Citing its versatility on- and off-road, the CX-3 is perfect for New England drivers that was excellent efficiency and a value-oriented ride for driving in winter. In total, 2016 Mazda models have earned over 100 awards.

For a full list of the New England Motor Press Association awards, click here.

We have both the MX-5 Miata and CX-3 crossover available here at Steet-Ponte Mazda!

Reasons to Choose Steet Ponte Mazda

Why Choose Steet Ponte MazdaYorkville, New York is home to several automobile dealerships. However, we can guarantee that you will not find a dealership that cares more about their customers than our very own Steet Ponte Mazda! We go the extra mile to make sure that our customers are satisfied. The following are just a few reasons why you should choose Steet Ponte Mazda:

  1. A Family Tradition

Since 1945, the Steet Automotive Group has been providing quality vehicles to customers. Today, the Steet family has teamed up with members of the Ponte family to provide that same great service to current Yorkville drivers.

  1. A Desire to Answer Your Questions

Steet Ponte Mazda doesn’t just stop at providing drivers with great vehicles. We also offer answers to some of our customers’ most-asked questions! We’ve developed a series of videos to instruct drivers on how to properly address any problems they may run into on the road.

  1. An Enjoyable Service Experience

If you need to have your vehicle serviced, then the best place to do so is here at Steet Ponte Mazda. We provide shuttles to get around while we service your vehicle, as well as a comfortable waiting area in our dealership.

For all of your automotive needs, be sure to make the trip down to Steet Ponte Mazda—a dealership for the people!

Road Trip Games for the Entire Family

Road Trip GamesArriving at a summer vacation destination is always an enjoyable activity for the entire family. However, getting there can often be less enjoyable. With many road trips taking quite a while to complete, it can be easy for passengers to become bored or restless. In order to make the trip more fun and interesting, consider playing one of these road trip games for the entire family:

  1. I Spy

During your summer road trip, you are certain to pass by some interesting sights. That’s why I Spy is the perfect game to play on your trip. Your passengers will have a great time keeping their eyes peeled for unique sights on the road.

  1. 20 Questions

During this game, participants have 20 questions to figure out what object one of them has come up with. With 20 questions per round, this game is a great way to pass the time.

  1. Name that Song

If your vehicle has a pretty good sound system and you have a pretty diverse collection of music, then you can play Name that Song. Participants listen to the first part of a song or musical tune and try to guess what it is.

By playing these games, you are sure to have a more enjoyable experience reaching your destination!

Travel Tips for Your Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer which means traveling, barbecue’s, swimming and spending time with family and friends. The most traditional way to travel is by car which means that this weekend you can expect some traffic. Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we know you’re ready to kick off summer and are eager to get to your final destination, but here are some tips to keep safe while you travel this Memorial Day weekend.

Travel tips - road tripTiming is Key – If you’re able to set your schedule, take an extra day off of work to travel to avoid high traffic times. Also try driving at night since it will be cooler outside, the kids will sleep and you will probably burn less fuel. Semi’s usually take breaks at night so there will be less cars and trucks driving.

Switch Drivers – No matter how far or close your final destination is, switching drivers is always a smart idea. This allows everyone to stretch their legs, get anything they need out of the back, refuel the car and yourself and it will help reduce driver stress. If you are driving a longer distance, try swapping out drivers every two or three hours.

Pack Smart – Usually when you are getting ready for your trip and packing everything up, you pack twice as many clothes as you really need and not enough snacks. Snacks keep adults and children happy in the car and it will reduce stress, and even possibly tantrums. No matter where you are traveling to, you can always find a laundry center or shopping center in every town. If you run out of clothes you can always go wash them at the Laundromat or get some new threads at a store in town.

Stop Along the Way – If you switch drivers then stopping will come naturally. With some planning you can find some interesting places you can pull over and explore. Take some time to map out your route and see if there is any fun or unique places to stop along the way. This will break up the monotony of the road and gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs, a snack and drink before hitting the road again.

Remember to always get your car checked out before you head out for a long weekend road trip! Stop by our service department and let them look over your vehicle before you set out!