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Rochester Newsletter
September 10, 2020


Save the Date

Mon, Sep 14-19: Red Panda Week at the Zoo at Seneca Park Zoo
Tue, Sep 15: Intro to digital photography at Flower City Arts Center
Tue, Sep 15: Tuesdays with BOA Editions: Caw by Michael Waters,
Thu, Sep 17: Art of Activism: Can Art Help Save the Planet? at Mural Arts Philadelphia
Fri, Sep 18: Friday Drive-In Series: Movies and Concerts in the Park at Parma Town Park
Sat, Sep 19: Flower City Comic Con at Total Sports Experience
Sat, Sep 19: App Guided Driving Tours at Deer Haven Park at Deer Haven Park
Sat, Sep 19: Famous Cornell Chicken BBQ at Cornell Cooperative Extension
Sat, Sep 19: Zoo Meals at Home at Seneca Park Zoo
Sun, Sep 20: Yoga in the Pines at RMSC Cumming Nature Center
Sun, Sep 20: Horsin' Around at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester
Sun, Sep 20: Cruise-In to Stokoe Farms at Stokoe Farms
Tue, Sep 22: Exhibit Tours for Adults at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
Wed, Sep 23: Reducing Wasted Food at Home at Online Science & History Division - Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
Fri, Sep 25: $5 Friday at MAG at Memorial Art Gallery
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,ONLINE ONLY
Sun, Sep 27: 20th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest at Stokoe Farms
Sun, Sep 27: Fall Fun at the Farm! at Long Acre Farms

Red Text = Live Events
Of Cooties, Confessionals and Igloos - Note from the Editor
 
I have been thinking about practical solutions for dealing with the Coronavirus, especially as we begin battening down the hatches against Jack Frost.

The first idea comes from my religious upbringing. You see, I grew up Catholic*, and there is one tradition I believe would be quite useful right about now: The confessional.

I’m talking about that little black box that has two human-sized, darkened compartments on either side of a wall that houses a screen through which to communicate. Traditionally used by parishioners to have contrite and penitent tête-a-têtes with their priests, the Coronavirus version would allow two friends or family members to have jovial heart-to-hearts without fear of exchanging “cooties.” Of course, the pandemic versions will have to be retrofitted with a drain in the bottom and plastic kneelers and seats. After use, you just hose them down and spray the screen with Lysol. Voilá! I can just see it now. If my idea gains traction, Instead of bake sales and craft fairs, churches can make money using a branded rent-a-confessional app! And imagine the bonuses! In one short visit, you could get a 3-C triple-header: Confession, Communion and Conversation, all in one visit!

While that may help with our social interactions, we also need to come up with a solution to save restaurants, because dining en plein air quickly loses its allure when you have to chip icicles from your nose to get the fork to your mouth.

Well I’ve come up with a solution to that too! Restaurants that will be deprived of their outdoor seating options in winter can simply invest in some of those clear little plastic igloos like you see at the holiday bazaars and festivals. Up to eight could enjoy each other’s company, cozied up together in an igloo, warmed by candlelight, hot food and frenzied shivering!  Once the group is done, hose down the inside, put it back outside to freeze again, and any leftover cooties are trapped in pandemic permafrost.

You see…all we really need to deal with the Coronavirus is a little ingenuity! And humor. Lots of humor.
P.S. I am an "equal opportunity" humorist, so any religious irreverence is meant only to amuse, and not to offend.

Top Photo by Kevin Kramer.

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."  Show runs through October 4.

Click here for more information.

Murder Mystery Tour aboard the Colonial Belle - September 10

A Riotous Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise on the Erie Canal... Murder! Mayhem! Merriment! Mischief!

Package Includes:
• 2,5 hour cruise
• chicken dinner
• entertainment
• cash bar

Boarding 6:15pm: Boat sails at 6:30pm - returns to Fairport at 9:00pm
.
Click for details.

Medieval Mysteries and Mayhem DeTOUR℠  - Sept.10

Why do people in medieval art look so miserable/creepy/weird? Why are there so many images of people dying in gruesome and gory ways? What’s with the freaky creatures and cats? On this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ we are teaming up with Anna Siebach-Larsen, Ph.D., aka Doctor of all things Medieval. She’ll be able to answer all of our burning questions about people being on fire, skeletons dancing their limbs off, spooky snakes, out of place organs, swords (there are sooo many swords), and more. Join us as we explore Judith Schaechter’s stained glass exhibition, The Path to Paradise, and wander around the museum, learning and laughing together. 

Click here for more information
.

Suffragist City Parade - September 12

A Social Justice March Celebrating Hope, Courage, & 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! The march will take place virtually or in person. Registration is now open! 

Click here for more information.
 

Fall Concert & Food Truck - Sept. 13

We will have a drive-in concert featuring "The American Songbook" playing Patriotic and American music. We will also have a food truck (TBD) here to purchase dinner. Remember to bring your mask and practice social distancing! 

Click here for more information.

Brave Spaces: Rochester's Summit to End Hate - Sept. 13

 
In continuing our mission to bring our community together through transformative experiences, the Levine Center to End Hate is thrilled to host the first summit of its kind examining issues of racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate. BRAVE SPACES features keynote remarks from nationally-renowned civil rights expert Eric Ward and includes a day of interactive workshops led by local thought leaders and community members from every sector of Greater Rochester. Presented by the Levine Center to End Hate. 

Click here for more information.

Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival - Sept. 15 - 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, the largest multi-genre arts festival in New York State, and one of the region’s most anticipated festivals each year. Due to the realities of COVID-19 and the fact that the performing arts sector is part of New York State’s Phase 4 that has not reopened, 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 to get the daily performance lineup!

The Art of Dying Yarn at Genesee Country Village & Museum - Sept. 15

Curious about how to dye yarn but don't know how to get started? GCV&M interpreter and spinner-dyer Dawn Hastings will walk you through the entire process. Learn about gathering plant materials, imported dyestuff, extracting dyes, methods of proper mordanting, extracting dyes and dyeing yarn to achieve a wide range of color.

Click here for details.

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group, Second Saturday of the month at 1pm Eastern with Lollypop Farm
 
Because we at Lollypop Farm understand the feelings of grief that the loss of a pet can bring, we provide free pet loss support groups in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment. 

Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14

Click here for more information.

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.
Flower City Comic Con - Rescheduled to Sept 19 - 20!

Moved from May until September 19-20! Come check out Rochester's Pop Culture convention featuring everything from Artists and Vendors, to Cosplay and all kinds of video and board games! Special guests include Mick Foley from the WWE, Jason Faunt from the Power Rangers, and Mike McFarland from Dragon Ball Z! 

Click here for more information.

Yoga in the Pines - Sept. 20 

Take your yoga practice into the great outdoors - in the majestic red pines of the Cumming Nature Center. In this unique and powerful experience, you will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation in a sacred and serene setting. During this 90-minute session, Lynne Boucher of Yoga Revolution will guide you through a gentle, open-level vinyasa flow, as well as seated and walking meditation. Tree pose among the trees. Shavasana in the shade of the forest.

Click here for more information.
Get (Safely!) Out and About In and Around Rochester this Fall!

You could really use a fun outing, but you're committed to social distancing. Many popular nature trails and lake beaches seem like a good idea until you realize that many others had the same idea, making some of these destinations too crowded for comfort.

Luckily, there are lots of interesting places to explore while staying a safe distance from others. We have compiled some great suggestions for getting safely out and about as we launch into the fall season, all of them in the Rochester area! We have nature centers, corn mazes, gardens, hikes, farms, and pick-your-own options as well as drive-in movie theaters and some other special places.

Click here for our new article!

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.
 

What's Re-Opening?

While we've been doing all we can to come up with ways to have fun from home, we know everyone's curious about what places around here are opening now or soon. So we've got a list of opening events and organizations that are either opening already or planning to open soon. Check out our list and be sure to click through to their sites for details about social distancing guidelines.

Here's the list.


Featured Events

Thu, Sep 10-12: VIRTUAL EVENT: Timpanogos Storytelling Virtual Festival 2020 at ONLINE ONLY The world-premiere of the 31st annual event is Sept 10 -12, 2020 as a once-in-a-lifetime “Stories from Home” experience to enjoy safely without travel. Storytellers, puppeteers, and special guests are waiting to create #UnityThroughStory with you. This year, join us for our first virtual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival! Premiering September 10-12, 2020, this unique opportunity will bring some of the most renowned storytellers right into your home.

Thu, Sep 10: Virtual Pet First Aid & CPR at 11am Eastern with Lollypop Farm at ONLINE ONLY Learn lifesaving skills to help protect your furry family member. The Pet First Aid and CPR class for adults (now virtual!) is designed to help pet owners provide temporary, urgent care to pets until they can reach a veterinary or emergency clinic.

Thu, Sep 10: Medieval Mysteries and Mayhem DeTOUR℠ at Memorial Art Gallery Why do people in medieval art look so miserable/creepy/weird? Why are there so many images of people dying in gruesome and gory ways? What’s with the freaky creatures and cats? On this MAGsocial DeTOUR℠ we are teaming up with Anna Siebach-Larsen, Ph.D., aka Doctor of all things Medieval. Join us as we explore Judith Schaechter’s stained glass exhibition, The Path to Paradise, and wander around the museum, learning and laughing together.

Thu, Sep 10: Murder Mystery Tour aboard the Colonial Belle at Colonial Belle A Riotous Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise on the Erie Canal... Murder! Mayhem! Merriment! Mischief!

Thu, Sep 10-30: Rec Fest Challenge 2020 at Multiple locations throughout Rochester, NY Jump in a car with your favorite people during the month of September and join the fun at all of Rochester's best locations and experiences. Participants will travel alone or with their team to explore as many of the 30 official locations around Rochester as they can. When you get there, take a selfie and post it to our Facebook or Instagram pages with the hashtag #RecFestChallenge to gain points. 

Thu, Sep 10: 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."

Fri, Sep 11: 911 Virtual Tower Challenge - September 11 from 911 Tower Challenge Foundation at ONLINE ONLY The climb honors first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and recognizes those who continue to protect us from foreign and domestic threats. There were 110 floors and 2,071 steps in each of the Twin Towers when the buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001. Kicking off the event, opening ceremonies will stream at 6:00am MST. Virtual attendees can participate in the challenge by finding a convenient time and location (gym stair-stepper, running/walking, high school stadium steps, etc.) to complete 2,071 steps. 

Fri, Sep 11: September 11 Let Freedom Ring ~ Remembering the Victims of 9/11/2001 at White Memorial Conservation Center This very special tribute features the music of popular singer / songwriter Ian Campbell and the unfettered beauty of falconry with Master Falconer, Brian Bradley at the top of Apple Hill.

Sat, Sep 12: Guided Nature Walks at Tinker Nature Park / Hansen Nature Center Get to know the plants and animals of Tinker Nature Park with a guided walk from one of the Naturalists here at the Park! We will go on an easy 1 hour walk, with frequent stops. We will look for deer, birds, insects, and various plants of interest to give you a greater appreciation of this "hidden gem" here in the middle of Henrietta! Please leave time at the end to stop in the Nature Center!

Sat, Sep 12: Potbellied Pig Belly Rubs at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Have you always wanted to spend some quality time with a potbellied pig at Lollypop Farm? Now’s your chance! Register today to meet some fun potbellied pigs! Not only will you get up close and personal with rescued pigs, but we’ll debunk some myths about “micro” and “teacup” pigs and share how we can work together to save these adorable farmyard friends. It’s kind of a pig deal! 

Sat, Sep 12: Ukulele 101 Group Class - Saturdays 11am at Bach to Rock Penfield Ukulele 101 is an exciting group class offering at Bach to Rock. Classes are designed for 2nd grade - Adult, grouped by elementary, middle school, teens & adults. Students will learn the basics of ukulele in an interactive group setting. Starting with the fundamentals of ukulele and music theory, students will learn everything they need to start playing songs quickly.

Sat, Sep 12: Watching Monarchs at Genesee County Parks, Recreation & Forestry Come to Genesee County Park and Forest to visit a butterfly meadow and learn about Monarch Butterflies.

Sat, Sep 12: Virtual Pet Loss Support Group at 1pm Eastern with Lollypop Farm at ONLINE ONLY Because we at Lollypop Farm understand the feelings of grief that the loss of a pet can bring, we provide free pet loss support groups in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment.

Sat, Sep 12: Suffragist City Parade,ONLINE ONLY A Social Justice March Celebrating Hope, Courage, & 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! The march will take place virtually. Registration is now open!

Sat, Sep 12: Hubble’s Immersive Universe at the Strasenburgh Planetarium at RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Hubble’s Immersive Universe fills the dome with brilliant color from stars, nebulas, and galaxies photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sat, Sep 12: 18th Annual Music is Art FestivaONLINE ONLY The 18th annual Music is Art Festival is ON...online, that is! On September 12th, we'll be bringing the usual explosion of music, art, and creativity right to your very own screen! There will be multiple channels streaming live from 6pm-midnight all viewed from your own device. Start planning your viewing party and stay tuned for the full lineup!

Sat, Sep 12: Virtual Event: Bard Music Festival- 2020-Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music,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 12: Empathy and Authenticity, ONLINE ONLY In this workshop, we’ll learn how to both write characters of other backgrounds in a respectful, empathetic way and write about themselves with real authenticity.

Sun, Sep 13: Fall Concert & Food Truck at Gates Recreation & Parks Department We will have a drive-in concert featuring "The American Songbook" playing Patriotic and American music. We will also have a food truck (TBD) here to purchase dinner. Remember to bring your mask and practice social distancing!

Sun, Sep 13: VIRTUAL EVENT: 3rd Annual Mask Alive! Festival of Masks September 13th at 2pm Pacific with the Cultural Coalition, ONLINE ONLY Cultural Coalition, Inc. invites lovers of art, culture, and storytelling to participate in the 3rd Annual Mask Alive! Festival of Masks on Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. streamed on Facebook and YouTube Live. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy an entertaining collection of intricate and colorful masks, made by local artists, used to tell stories through dance, music, theater, and more!

Sun, Sep 13: Brave Spaces: Rochester's Summit to End Hate,ONLINE ONLY In continuing our mission to bring our community together through transformative experiences, the Levine Center to End Hate is thrilled to host the first summit of its kind examining issues of racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate. BRAVE SPACES features keynote remarks from nationally-renowned civil rights expert Eric Ward and includes a day of interactive workshops led by local thought leaders and community members from every sector of Greater Rochester. Presented by the Levine Center to End Hate.

Sun, Sep 13: Guided Hike: Lollypop Nature Trail at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Main Shelter Please join us for our monthly guided hike as we explore Lollypop Nature Trail! It'll be a fun children's hike to explore the nature trails, visit the animals and spot the fairy houses along the way. Since our monthly hikes do often attract a mix of ages and fitness levels, we ask that you please wear a mask (not required for children under 3), practice 6ft social distancing whenever possible on the trails, and if you feel ill in any way, please stay home as a measure of precaution for your peers. Lollypop does have some hand sanitizer stations along the way as well.

 

Wishing you and those you love health and wellness

Carol White Llewellyn
Editor, BeyondtheNest.com

Debra Ross
Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com


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