The Finger Lakes Opera is the featured group for Brockport's Summer Serenades on Thursday, July 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., canal side, at the Brockport Welcome Center (11 Water Street).
The evening will feature 2019 young artist Anders Namestnik, 2020 Tomita Young Artist Victoria Thomasch and 2021 Tomita Young Artists Danielle Beckvermit, Veena Akama-Makia, and Edward Forstman.
Forstman will serve as the collaborative pianist while soprano Beckvermit, tenor Namestnik and mezzos Akama-Makia and Thomasch will sing a variety of popular arias from operas including Carmen, La bohème, and Don Giovanni, as well as songs from hit shows like My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, The Most Happy Fella, and more.
The performance is free and sponsored by the Village of Brockport. ~Caurie
A great time showing at and photographing the Spencerport American Legion Car Show today (July 24, 2021) at the Ferris Goodridge Post #330 on Trimmer Road. There were 292 gorgeous cars, trucks and bikes entered is this very well-run show. If you missed it, here are some upcoming car shows in the Brockport area:
1. Sunday, July 25 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Memorial Car Show for Kim Root at Ledgedale Airpark, 21 Eisenhauer Drive in Sweden.
2. Friday, August 27 6 p.m. to dusk - Brockport Lions Club Classic Car Cruisin' at Clarkson Good Neighbor Day. Hafner Park, 3645 Lake Road N. in Clarkson. More info: contact Toby Unger at 585-738-7006
By Caurie Putnam
Today was a beautiful afternoon for the Sweden Community Foundation's dedication of the Willie Sweeting Gazebo at Sweden Town Park on Redman Road.
Mr. Sweeting died in 2018 and was a giant in sports and recreation advocacy and action, especially baseball and softball, in the Brockport area. It was a testament to his legacy how well-attended today's event was by local leaders, community members and family members, including his widow Ann, who now lives in Georgia.
In fitting form, there were several youth baseball games going on at the fields around the gazebo during the dedication. The gazebo was funded by the Sweden Community Foundation and private donations.
The program from today's dedication had these lovely words to say about Mr. Sweeting:
"This gazebo is dedicated in memory of Willie Sweeting, lifelong resident and recreation advocate in the Town of Sweden. An outstanding high school athlete at Brockport High School, Willie owned and operated Earl 'n Bill's Fas Station with Earl Siegfreid for twenty years before starting a career at Brockport Central School District where he supervised the transportation mechanics, security staff and grounds and athletic fields. He created and maintained the baseball and softball fields at the school district and was instrumental in the refurbishing of the baseball filed at The College at Brockport. When Nietopski Field was built at the Sweden Town Park, Willie spent much time advising those who were building it. Sweden Community Foundation members believe there was no better friend to the Sweden community than Willie Sweeting."
Foundation members are Wayne Zyra, Jack Milner, Charlie Militello, Kelly Lewis, Chet Fery, Dan Hogan, Buddy Lester, Michelle Stevens and Michael Myers (who did a wonderful job planning today's event).
So excited to share with you all the opening of our community's newest playground - the Alpine Adventure Zone at Monroe County's Northampton Park. This is an AMAZING place. The whole time I was there last night I kept saying, "This is the coolest playground ever."
It is all natural and has an American Ninja Warrior + Disney Frontierland vibe to it. It's also great for our older kiddos! (as you can see in the photos, my 14 year old loved it) There are baby swings as well.
You can find it on Hubble Road next to the ski lodge. Plenty of parking and picnic tables w grills. I didn't see playground hours posted, but I assume they are regular park hours, which are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
by Caurie Putnam
The paintings of Hilton artist Ellie Houghtaling will make their gallery debut at the Hart Gallery 27 in Brockport from July 10 to 31, 2021.
Titled "Through Momma's Eyes," the exhibit features realistic, acrylic paintings inspired by snapshots on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"During the pandemic, like a lot of people, I spent a great deal of time on Facebook," Houghtaling said. "My children are teenagers now and I was inspired by the cute photos of friends' children and asked to paint them."
The result is a beautiful collection of large paintings mostly showing the emotions of young children doing simple things, like blowing bubbles and playing in the snow. The show also marks a bucket-list-check item for Houghtaling to have her own art exhibition.
"I spent the last fifteen years deep in motherhood," said Houghtaling, who is originally from Shortsville. "I've always known I'm an artist, but I didn't always get a lot of time to paint. My goal for 2020 was to have my first gallery show and while it got pushed back a year because of the pandemic, it still feels really good."
The opening reception for "Through Momma's Eyes" is 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 at the gallery, located at 27 Market Street in Brockport. For gallery hours visit Hart Gallery 27