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September 17, 2020


Save the Date

Mon, Sep 21: Free Online Yoga Classes at ONLINE ONLY
Mon, Sep 21-27: Elephant Week at the Zoo at Seneca Park Zoo
Wed, Sep 23: Basics of Organic Composting with Cornell Cooperative Extension at ONLINE ONLY
Wed, Sep 23: Fine Tastings for Al Sigl Community at Al Sigl Community of Agencies (40 in-person or curbside pick-up)
Thu, Sep 24: Online Lunchtime Meditation Class, pre-registration required at ONLINE ONLY
Thu, Sep 24: Virtual Bird Walk at Sweetwater Preserve - Bird Week at ONLINE ONLY
Fri, Sep 25: $5 Friday at MAG at Memorial Art Gallery
Fri, Sep 25: VIRTUAL EVENT: 2020 National Book Festival - Library of Congress at ONLINE ONLY
Fri, Sep 25 & 27: VIRTUAL EVENT: Dowland's Grand Tour: Paul O'Dette, lute  at ONLINE ONLY
Sat, Sep 26: Fall Fun at the Farm! at Long Acre Farms
Sat, Sep 26: 20th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest @ Stokoe Farms at Stokoe Farms
Sat, Sep 26: Guided Nature Walks at Tinker at Tinker Nature Park / Hansen Nature Center
Sat, Sep 26: VIRTUAL EVENT: St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at ONLINE ONLY
Sat, Sep 26: Barktoberfest Walk For Dogs at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester
Sat, Sep 26: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks! at National Park Service
Sat, Sep 26: NYS Virtual Craft Beer Tasting Experience at ONLINE ONLY
Sat, Sep 26: 2020 Portland Weird Homes Tour - Virtual Tour! at ONLINE ONLY
Sun, Sep 27: Horsin' Around at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester
Sun, Sep 27: Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas at City of Rochester Public Market
Sun, Sep 27: Virtual Japanese Moon Viewing at ONLINE ONLY
Shaking the Coronavirus Blues - Note from the Editor
 
Are you as sick of 2020 as I am? I try to stay upbeat, but this year is a bit wearing.

To counteract it, I’ve been brainstorming some  ideas of different things to do before the weather turns. I was inspired by an outing this past weekend to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, where friends and I had a socially distanced picnic by the koi pond, went through the mansion* (with masks on) and wandered the gorgeous gardens, as if they were our own.

In a normal year, this wouldn't seem so unusual. But, since March, the four of us have been "lunching together" á la Zoom, rather than in person. This departure from pandemic fare made our face-to-face (or rather, mask-to-mask) gathering all that much more special.

So, if you're looking for a safe change from pandemic mode, here are a few ideas to shake off those Coronavirus blues.
  • Have a car wash party, outdoors, set to 70’s or 80’s dance music and just wash those blues away.
  • Gather literary-minded friends and have a poetry or one act play reading party on Zoom or facetime.
  • Have an apple or pumpkin picking party at your nearest orchard or farm.
  • Hang lights outdoors and have an early Halloween Mask-arade Party before it gets too chilly
  • Gather a group of wine or beer enthusiasts, choose a few selections and have an online wine/beer tasting party. Bonus: No need for designated drivers!
  • Host a Zoom music "salon," where friends sing or perform music.
  • Participate as a distanced team on a virtual 5K fundraiser.
  • Start a Zoom craft club with crafty friends. Great for holiday gifting!
  • Start an online photo club. Post a photo challenge every week and make the world a more creative place.
 For more ideas, check out our article, 200+ Things to Do While You’re Socially Distancing.

*Note that the downstairs of the mansion is currently open, through the end of October, due to COVID-19.

M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival - Through September 18

For more than 60 years, Clothesline Festival has been MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest celebration of artists. This year, the Festival has expanded to a full week of free events to celebrate art, artists, and community. In addition to daily online class demos, be sure to go online daily to see the works of featured artists and visit their online storefronts. 

Click here for more information.

Zoo Meals at Home - Sept 19

Choose your own Zoo Dinner to enjoy at home! Introducing Zoo Meals at Home! Take a break from cooking while supporting your Zoo! Enjoy a delicious, hot and fun meal from the catering team at Seneca Park Zoo. Our first Zoo Meal at home is Saturday, September 19!  Order ahead and dinners will be ready for touchless pick up in the Zoo parking lot from 5-6 p.m. Dinners are for 4 or 6 people, and you can choose one of two dinners with an optional dessert! 

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Famous Cornell Chicken BBQ - Sept. 19 

It's the annual Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County's CHICKEN BBQ!
This annual fundraiser helps support programs at CCE-Monroe like Agriculture, 4-H, Horticulture, Nutrition, and more! DRIVE-THRU ONLY THIS YEAR! ORDER EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILTY! WILL SELL OUT! 

Click here for more information.

Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival - NOW Through September 26!

Since its debut in 2012, the Fringe has drawn more than a half million visitors from all over the world to over 3,600 diverse performances and events. In fact, Rochester’s not-for-profit Fringe has become one of the largest and most successful fringe festivals in the nation. Due to the realities of COVID-19, we are forging ahead—online! This year’s Virtual Fringe will feature over 170 productions from the Rochester area, the region, and around the world! Like an in-person festival, shows will be ticketed or free. Also, new this year, approximately half of the shows will be available on-demand 24/7 (like Netflix) and half will be live streamed at certain dates/times (like an in-person experience) .

Click here for more information.

Salute to Veterans Train Rides - Sept 19 and 20

We salute the sacrifice put forth by our military veterans with this special event, in cooperation with the Black Lions 2-28 Vietnam Living History Group. Visit exhibits and encampments at both ends of the ride as you tour our museum exhibits. Visitors will enjoy historic weapons firing demonstrations and other living history representations during their visit. Discount admission for Veterans and Active Military. Due to reduced capacity, reservations are required. Tickets on Sale Now! 

Click here for more information.

VIRTUAL Podcasting Bootcamp with RCTV, Rochester's Community Media Center - Sept. 19

Get your podcast up and running with this one-day intensive workshop! Discover how to do recording and editing, plus learn about equipment, best practices, and how to connect with the local podcasting community going forward! This will be given over zoom, so be sure to reserve by Friday to receive the invitation!

Click here for more information.

Stokoe Farms Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest opens for the fall season on Saturday!

For 20 years, has been creating family fall traditions. Head on out to the area’s largest Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest.  With over 35 family friendly activities, there is so much FUN to be had.  Guests can fly down the Bee Zip Lines, touch the sky on the Bounce Pillows and conquer the newly expanded Low Ropes Course.  Be sure to take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkins.  Don’t forget all their animals!  The farms has the coolest animals, you just don’t see every day.  From Essa and Dune the camels, to wallabies, baby goats, emu’s, piglets and birds, did you know they even have two baby kangaroos?  The farm has been hard at work getting the farm ready and their safety plan in place to make sure you still have an AH-Mazing time.  So take the whole family to the place where for 20 years, “The Best Traditions Begin at Stokoe Farms.”

Fall Fun at the Farm! Sept. 19 - Oct. 31

Spend the afternoon at Long Acre Farms enjoying all things fall! Corn maze, jumping pillow, pumpkins, apples, cider slushies and more! The farm is open daily. Fall Fun activities every weekend beginning Sep 19 thru Oct 31st. 

Click here for more information.

Shop Antiques Surrounded by the Beauty of Autumn at GCV&M Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26!

Browse antiques from 30 dealers from throughout New York State on Saturday, September 26, from 10 am - 4 pm. These vendors have it all: furniture, books, paintings, jewelry, textiles, and more! Enjoy full access to the Historic Village and the John L. Wehle Art Gallery, including the Gallery talk "Short of Breath: Breaking Ribs & Breaking Myths of Corsetry". Can’t wait for the Show on Saturday? Get your exclusive ticket to the Antique Show Preview Party on Friday, September 25, from 5 - 7:30 pm. Enjoy a private shopping experience, then take a break from antiquing with hors d'oeuvres, local wine, and the Museum's historic ales on the serene Great Meadow. Come to the Preview Party on Friday, return on Saturday for FREE!

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Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain - Weekends through October 25

Enjoy the day outdoors and experience the beautiful views of the Bristol Hills from the chairlift! Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the Finger Lakes from the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain.
This tranquil 15-20 minute ride is for people of all ages to experience the Bristol Hills and the valley below in all its splendor. On a clear day, a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake is visible from the summit. There have been some changes to the fall Sky Ride operating procedure this year. Advance ticket purchase is required for Fall Sky Ride Admission. Admission to Sky Rides will be divided into 30-minute windows with a limited number of admissions per time period. Visit our website for more information and our complete COVID-19 policies. 

Click here for more information.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Broadway Buskers Concert Series- Every Tuesday at 7 pm Eastern 

Times Square’s annual concert series celebrating the talented singer-songwriters of the theater community returns this summer.
Moving to a virtual format this year, Broadway Buskers will be livestreamed every Tuesday night at 7pm ET. Since 2018, Broadway Buskers has brought Broadway actors and composers to the Times Square pedestrian plazas to perform their own original music among the lights and energy of Times Square. While in-person events are on pause and Broadway remains closed for the remainder of 2020, theater fans can still watch and support the multi-talented Broadway community with these weekly virtual concerts. 

Click here for more information.

VIRTUAL EVENT: 2020 National Book Festival - Library of Congress - Sept. 25-27
 
We're getting ready -- are you? Join us Sept. 25-27 for our 20th Library of Congress National Book Festival -- our first virtual -- with dozens of authors & special presentations in a celebration of American ingenuity. Schedule now available! 

Click here for more information.

NYS Virtual Craft Beer Tasting Experience - Sept. 26

Beer from NYS is as diverse as the state itself. Visiting and touring the 450+ unique breweries is an exciting aspect of the craft beer culture....meeting the people behind the beer we love and hearing the stories gives us a greater appreciation for the craft. On Saturday, Sept 26th, the New York State Brewers Association is bringing the experience of visiting NYS breweries right to your living room, beer included! 

Click here for more information.

2020 Portland Weird Homes Tour - Virtual Tour! September 26

Strange. Kooky. Magical. Peculiar. Funky. Eccentric. Weird. Whatever you call it, we are proud of it. September 26th - 10am -6pm PDT - See the weirdest homes in PORTLAND, the weirdest city in America!' 

Click here for more information.

Resources for the Age of Coronavirus

Check out our resources below, designed to help you get through these unprecedented times of isolation and social distancing.

Featured Events

Thu, Sep 17: Art of Activism: Can Art Help Save the Planet? at Mural Arts Philadelphia Join us to learn how art can help us bridge knowledge and activism when it comes to environmental justice.

Thu, Sep 17: Beginning Embroidery: at ONLINE ONLY Let's learn basic stitches, to create beautiful art! These stitches combine together to create thousands of variations and can be used to create, decorate or repair! This is a hand sewing class and may have suggested homework!

Thu, Sep 17: “History has a Human Heart:” Using Historical Documents to Write Epistolary Poems at ONLINE ONLY Using an excerpt from Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, this workshop will look at how a historical document can employ poetic devices.

Thu, Sep 17-26: Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival at ONLINE ONLY Since its debut in 2012, the Fringe has drawn more than a half million visitors from all over the world to over 3,600 diverse performances and events. In fact, Rochester’s not-for-profit Fringe has become one of the largest and most successful fringe festivals in the nation, This year’s Virtual Fringe will feature over 170 productions from the Rochester area, the region, and around the world! Like an in-person festival, shows will be ticketed or free. Also, new this year, approximately half of the shows will be available on-demand 24/7 (like Netflix) and half will be live streamed at certain dates/times.

Thu, Sep 17: VIRTUAL EVENT: Streaming | Cosmic Coffee, Cup No. 24 | Spaceships in Film - Sept 17 at 9am Pacific from Lowell Observatory at ONLINE ONLY Cosmic Coffee explores a different topic in astronomy or planetary science each week. Space adventures have been a popular topic throughout the history of cinema, with special attention to the vehicles that carry these flights of fancy. Lowell astronomers Dr. Jeff Hall and Dr. Gerard van Belle will have a wide-ranging discussion of how spaceships have shown up on the silver screen over the last 125 years.

Thu, Sep 17-18: M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival at ONLINE ONLY For more than 60 years, Clothesline Festival has been MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest celebration of artists. This year, the Festival has expanded to a full week of free events to celebrate art, artists, and community. In addition to daily online class demos, be sure to go online daily to see the works of featured artists and visit their online storefronts.

Fri, Sep 18: Friday Drive-In Series: Movies and Concerts in the Park at Parma Town Park We are inviting you all to enjoy a big screen movie and/or rock out to a local band in the park. Experience these fun and FREE drive-in style events that will be enhanced with a food truck or community snack vendors. This will be a 2020 summer favorite for sure! Space is limited so please pre-register one member of your family which will represent your car space. (Aladdin)

Fri, Sep 18-Oct. 4: Photo Challenge 2020 at Image City Photography Gallery Image City Photography Gallery conducted an online 13 weekly photo challenges from March through May 2020. Partners selected 3 or 4 Challenge Winners each week. We decided to invite the winners to show their images in the Gallery for "Photo Challenge 2020."

Sat, Sep 19 & 20: Salute to Veterans Train Rides at Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum We salute the sacrifice put forth by our military veterans with this special event, in cooperation with the Black Lions 2-28 Vietnam Living History Group. Visit exhibits and encampments at both ends of the ride as you tour our museum exhibits. Visitors will enjoy historic weapons firing demonstrations and other living history representations during their visit. Discount admission for Veterans and Active Military. Due to reduced capacity, reservations are required. Tickets on Sale Now!

Sat, Sep 19: App Guided Driving Tours at Deer Haven Park at Deer Haven Park In light of all the changes that have come about in 2020 involving safety and social distancing, we have decided to offer a another way for our guests to Discover Deer Haven Park and all of its magnificent wildlife and rich military history. Beginning June 27, 2020, Deer Haven Park will be offering App Guided Auto Tours through the Park!

Sat. Sep. 19 VIRTUAL Podcasting Bootcamp, ONLINE ONLY Get your podcast up and running with this one-day intensive workshop! Discover how to do recording and editing, plus learn about equipment, best practices, and how to connect with the local podcasting community going forward!

Sat, Sep 19: Virtual Event: King Lear: Free Shakespeare at Home - 4pm Pacific at ONLINE ONLY The latest in virtual theater, live and in your home. What happens when the leader of a nation divides the country and then renounces political responsibility, but not personal power?

Sat, Sep 19: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Presents : Explore The Acoustic Guitar: Mother Maybelle Carter Style at ONLINE ONLY Join Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum educators virtually for family fun with art, music, storytelling and history programs at 10:30 a.m. Central on Saturday mornings. Free with registration required by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the program. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Sat, Sep 19 & 20: Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain at Bristol Mountain Enjoy the day outdoors & experience the beautiful views of the Bristol Hills from the chairlift with your family & friends! Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the Finger Lakes from the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain.

Sat, Sep 19: Famous Cornell Chicken BBQ at Cornell Cooperative Extension It's the annual Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County's CHICKEN BBQ! This annual fundraiser helps support programs at CCE-Monroe like Agriculture, 4-H, Horticulture, Nutrition, and more! DRIVE-THRU ONLY THIS YEAR! ORDER EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILTY! WILL SELL OUT!

Sat, Sep 19: Virtual Event: Bard Music Festival- 2020-Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music at ONLINE ONLY A series of concerts celebrating the joy of music-making and Bard’s commitment to presenting unjustly neglected works. Programs will feature works by prominent Black composers alongside a selection of pieces from the Bard Music Festival archives, together tracing the history of classical music from the late 18th century to the present and affirming the centrality of music to life and our public culture.

Sat, Sep 19: Zoo Meals at Home at Seneca Park Zoo Choose your own Zoo Dinner to enjoy at home!

Sat, Sep 19: The Colors & Light of Autumn at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery Join us for the “The Colors & Light of Autumn.” The exhibit will feature our gallery artists and their original works as well as hand crafted jewelry and ceramics. Come in and see what has inspired these artists! Original art which celebrates the vibrant autumn mood, spirit and colors found the spectacular scenery and lifestyle of the region, iconic travels or inspired abstractions.

Sun, Sep 20: History of Photography at George Eastman Museum “This selection of photographs commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granted American women the right to vote (though many women continued to be prevented from exercising that right). This installation examines how photography has portrayed, and fundamentally shaped, perceptions of women and feminist movements since the mid-1800s.

Sun, Sep 20: Yoga in the Pines at RMSC Cumming Nature Center Take your yoga practice into the great outdoors - in the majestic red pines of the Cumming Nature Center.

Sun, Sep 20: Cruise-In to  Stokoe Farms Head out to Stokoe Farms to see true pieces of Americana Art! The Annual Tommy Miller Memorial Cruise-In is great FUN for the whole family. Dads will especially love the display of Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Old Farm Trucks!

Sun, Sep 20: Suffragist City Virtual Parade at National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Please join us and view the many groups from around the country who will march virtually, with their messages of Hope, Courage, and Change! 2020 is the 19th Amendment Centennial, Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday, the Anthony Museum’s 75th anniversary, and a big election year. Celebrate the progress we’ve made for gender equity and human rights and get energized to continue the work! (Rescheduled from last weekend!)
 

Wishing you and those you love health and wellness

Carol White Llewellyn
Editor, BeyondtheNest.com

Debra Ross
Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com


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