One hundred fourth grade students at Brockport’s Fred W. Hill School entered the annual Erie Canal Poster Contest this year.
The winning posters for 2017 are:
The contest is run by the Walk/Bike Brockport Action Group in conjunction with the annual Low Bridge High Water Festival (to be held May 11-13).
Fourth graders participate in the contest because they study New York state history including the Erie Canal. The posters depict scenes along the canal.
Local artists Alicia Fin, Lori Skoog, and Helen Smagorinsky served as judges for the poster contest.
You can see all of the posters at the following locations in the village:
A Different Path Gallery (winning posters)
Adore Hair Studio
Lift Bridge Book Shop
Red Bird Café and Gift Shop
The Stewart Insurance Agency
Brockport Village Hall
First, second and third place winners will get gift certificates to the Lift Bridge Book Shop. All six winners will receive posters signed by Helen Smagorinsky and donated by Trustee/Deputy Mayor Bill Andrews. Prizes will be awarded by Mayor Margay Blackman on May 13 at the Welcome Center between 11 a.m.-noon.
UPDATE: The benefit for Stacey planned for 5/6 at the Vets Club has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new date is June 10.
Two upcoming benefits are planned to support Stacey Roberts - a long time Hamlin resident who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer) on February 27, 2017.
Stacey and her husband Mike have three children who attend Brockport High School. An active community and scouting volunteer, Stacey works at
USA apparel in Brockport.
All money raised at the benefits will be used to offset the mounting expenses associated with Stacey's condition.
April 29, 5 p.m.
Begin at Brockport's C&S Saloon, 34 Main Street, where you will receive a tee-shirt, punch card and lei. There will be food and drink specials at the participating pubs. The cost is $15.
Standing With Stacey
May 6, 12 to 6 p.m.
Benefit will be held at the Brockport Area Veterans Club, 222 West Ave. There will be entertainment, raffles, vendors, food trucks, kids events and more.
Velocity Xtreme Cheer, a Spencerport cheerleading training facility with many Brockport athletes and coaches, has been selected to compete at the upcoming D2 Summit, produced by Varsity All Star.
Two Velocity Xtreme Cheer teams (Youth Rebels and Senior Inspire) will compete at Walt Disney World® Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports May 13-14.
The D2 Summit is the season-capping goal for many competitive all star teams. All star cheerleading is a discipline of cheerleading that is open to all ages and skill levels.
“We like to think of All Star cheerleading as the most inclusive sport available to young athletes," said Tres LeTard, Co-General Manager and Vice President of Operations for Varsity All Star. "The D2 Summit provides a place for all of them to shine."
Gyms that compete in Division 2 are modeled after Division II university programs and only train 125 athletes or so annually.
The Velocity Xtreme Cheer all stars will be competing May 13-14. Fans at home can watch a livestream of the event on Varsity TV on Varsity.com.
For more information on The D2 Summit please visit VarsityAllstar.com.
If your child is interested in becoming an all star cheerleader, please visit www.velocityxtremecheer.com.
The 2017 Barge Charge - a beautiful 5K race sponsored by the Stetson Club of the Brockport Police Department and Oak Orchard Health - will be held at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 7 in Brockport.
This scenic race begins and ends at Corbett Park (Smith and Clark Streets) in the village and is run on the canal path.
The entry fee is $25 and benefits the Brockport Food Shelf. Runners 14 and under are free. There are discounts for veterans and law enforcement.
You can register on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. or online here
The Barge Charge is part of the O.M.G. Race Series:
Three Running Events | Three Counties | One Price! ($65 for all three races)
Sunday, May 7 The Barge Charge 5k in Brockport.
Sunday, May 21 TVFCU 2nd Annual Jr. Banking Scholarship 5k/10k race in Batavia.
Saturday, August 19 Metro 10 Buffalo vs, Rochester 5 and 10 mile run in Albion.
The Foodlink Mobile Pantry will return to Brockport High School on Friday, May 5 to provide food (at no charge) to people 18 and older, with no income or residency requirements.
Food will be set up in the Brockport High School cafeteria from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on May 5 and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Families should bring boxes or bags to transport the food.
Foodlink’s Mobile Pantry program is a traveling pantry that delivers nutritious food, including fresh produce and refrigerated items, directly to communities in need.
Foodlink staff and district volunteers unload, set-up and distribute food directly to families in attendance.
The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble will present its annual series of concerts under the auspices of the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport on Thursday – Saturday, April 27 – 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.
All performances, under the artistic direction of Sarah Zehnder and the musical direction of Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem, take place in Hartwell Dance Theater, Kenyon Street, Brockport.
Tickets are $17/General, $12/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students. They are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.
The Sankofa concerts often sell out prior to the first performance taking place. If that is not the case, any unsold tickets will be available for purchase at the Hartwell Box Office one hour prior to each performance.
Saleem and Zehnder have planned a dynamic and powerful program, taking a deeper look at tradition and its global influence in current trends. Saleem, along with Sankofa musicians, will perform live music arranged by guest artist M’Bemba Bangoura, featuring traditional Guinean rhythms, “Makru,” “Sofa,” and “Sinte.”
The musicians will also accompany a premiere by Zehnder, whose works represent her desire to educate audiences about what Sankofa really means as we “look to the past with the hope of building a better future. How can we respect and maintain traditions, but ignore how they have influenced our present and continue to influence our future?” Her works include “Kpanlogo,” a traditional Ghanaian dance that is currently in danger of being lost among its youth, and “Where You From,” a Hip-hop work showcasing movement and cultural influences that have molded this genre, set to the DJ stylings of New York City artist Charlie Stelton.
An additional highlight of the concerts will be a premiere from guest artist Bangoura, who began drumming at a very young age in his native Guinea, West Africa, and is one of the foremost ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance. By the age of 21, Bangoura was an acclaimed and accomplished drummer playing for Ballet Djoliba, the national ensemble of Guinea. Since moving to the United States in 1992, he has choreographed and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies in New York City and abroad. His new work, “Being One with the Drum,” takes the audience on a journey in tradition, music, culture and community.
Melinda Blythe Phillips and Niema Neteri Atkins, both Rochester-based artists and alumnae of The College at Brockport, founded their own company, Ba Bes Dance, following graduation. Both young mothers at the time, they embraced the artistic freedom as a chance to empower and educate. They are both actively involved in teaching, advocating for, and cultivating the dance community.
Phillips has taught workshops locally and abroad to children, adults and colleagues at various colleges and more than 20 local schools. Atkins has written and implemented curricula for the Rochester City School District’s Department of Arts, performed as artist-in-residence in numerous schools and universities, and has worked with Young Audiences of Rochester and Kuumba Consultants to implement quality arts programs to K-12 audiences in upstate New York. Both Atkins and Phillips are excited to present the premiere of their collaboration, “rEvolution,” using dance as activism, incorporating various styles and influences including house and reggae.
This year’s student choreographers include Isaiah Harris, Tatiana Amaye-Obu, Grace Lopata-Linn, Will Dillard-Jackson, Brianna Smith and Carissa Bishop. Sankofa will exhibit beautiful and colorful costumes designed by Emma Scholl and elaborate lighting design from Benoit Beauchamp.
The Brockport Symphony Orchestra will present their “Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert” on Sunday, April 30 at 4 p.m. in the historic sanctuary at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State St., Brockport.
Admission and parking are free, and donations to the orchestra with a portion for St. Luke’s and canned items for the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf will be gratefully accepted at the door.
Under the baton of music director Jonathan Allentoff, this concert will showcase the talents of narrator Bill Andrews, Vice-Mayor of Brockport, nationally-acclaimed vocalist Mary Wojciechowski, and the Smithsonian Gold Medal Artists of the Golden Eagle String Band.
The program features the world premiere of Allentoff’s “Erie Canal Portrait” for Narrator & Orchestra composed in honor of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, and a new setting of “Songs of the Erie Canal” for Narrator, String Band & Orchestra by Allentoff and William Hullfish. Hullfish has also restored and arranged three works that were performed at the opening ceremonies of the Erie Canal, including “Dewitt Clinton’s Grand Canal March”, “The Grand Canal Waltz”, and “Meeting of the Waters.”
Highlighting the canal’s influence on Hollywood and Broadway, Wojciechowski will perform three concert selections from the 1953 Erie Canal themed movie musical entitled, “The Farmer Takes a Wife” by Harold Arlen and Dorothy Fields, as well as George M. Cohan’s “Down by the Erie Canal.”
Following the performance, there will be a complimentary dessert reception in Parish Hall celebrating the Erie Canal Bicentennial.
This performance will also kick-off the orchestra’s Fall 2017 Erie Canal Bicentennial Concert Tour with special appearances at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, in conjunction with the World Canals Conference, and the Empire State Plaza in Albany, where it has been invited to present a command performance at the New York State Museum.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.
The 6th annual Raise a Glass for Reading Wine Tasting and Farmers' Market Gala will take place on Friday, April 28th 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Community Free Library, 86 Public Square, Holley.
Tickets are $15 pre-sale (available at the library) or $20 at the door (if available) for this lovely event that benefits the library's summer reading programs for children.
Music will be provided by Sound Foundations Voice Studio.
Participating wineries, farms and vendors are as follow:
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Black Willow Winery and Valhalla Meadery
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
Schwenk Wine Cellars
Stoney Meadows Alpacas
Sue The Sew It All
For more information call (585) 638-6987.
One Brockport Central School District Board of Education trustee position is open for election on May 16, 2017.
The elected trustee will serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017.
District residents interested in running for the open seat may pick up an information packet containing a required petition and questionnaire from the deputy district clerk in the Business Office (40 Allen Street, Building 100).
All required materials must be filed with the deputy district clerk no later than April 17, 2017.
Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election.
The vote will be held on May 16 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m in the Technology and Training Center.
In addition to the board seat, also on the ballot will be the proposed 2017-18 budget, bus purchase and 2017 capital improvement project.
Thanks to Genna Smith, Vice president of the Brockport Volunteer Firefighter Association Inc. Auxiliary, for writing with details about the organization's upcoming Easter Egg hunt.
The group's community Easter Egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 15 at the Brockport Exempts Club, 248 West Ave., Brockport.
This event is free and open to children ages ten and under. It is made possible by donations from Wegmans, Walmart, the Brockport Volunteer Fire Department and Brockport Exempts.
Bring your camera. I hear the Easter Bunny has a new outfit this year!