Thirteen Rochester area independent bookstores - including Brockport's Lift Bridge Bookshop - have come together to create a unique shopping experience called Fall Into Books – A Bookshop Tour Trail.
During the month of October, bookshop “tourists” can pick up a passport at the first participating bookstore they visit and collect stamps at each stop they make. For every store they visit they are eligible for an entry to win one of two gift baskets.
The passport also gives customers 10% off their entire purchase at all 13 stores.
Participating Stores are:
Books, Etc : Macedon
The Book Centre : Spencerport
Explore! The Bookstore : Clifton Springs
The Books Landing: Penn Yan
Greenwood Books : Rochester
The Dog Eared Book : Palmyra
Lift Bridge Bookshop : Brockport
The Paperback Place : Canandaigua
Mood Makers Books : Rochester
Village Bookmarket : Palmyra
Small World Books : Rochester
Yesterdays’ Muse Books : Webster
Stomping Grounds : Geneva
For more information visit www.fallintobookstour.com
In celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial, the Brockport Symphony Orchestra will kick-off their eighth season with a special Empire State concert tour.
This tour will feature gala performances on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue in Rocheste and Saturday, October 7, at 3 p.m. in the Clark Auditorium at the New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue in Albany.
Admission and parking are free, and donations to the orchestra will be gratefully accepted at the door.
The Rochester performance, held in conjunction with the World Canals Conference, will celebrate the grand opening of the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s “Rochester in 1838” exhibit, sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The Albany performance, held in conjunction with I Love NY’s “Path through History” Weekend, will celebrate the grand opening of the New York State Museum’s “Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal” exhibit, sponsored by New York State's Office of Cultural Education.
Under the baton of music director Jonathan Allentoff, the two concerts will showcase the talents of narrator Bill Andrews, Deputy Mayor of Brockport, nationally-acclaimed vocalist Mary Wojciechowski, and the Smithsonian Gold Medal Artists of the Golden Eagle String Band.
The program features the 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.”
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.
For additional information, visit www.brockportsymphony.org.
The Foodlink Mobile Pantry will return to Brockport on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Food will be set up in the Brockport High School cafeteria from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Families should bring boxes or bags to transport the food.
The Foodlink Mobile Pantry provides food at no charge to people 18 and older, with no income
or residency requirements.
Foodlink staff and district volunteers unload, set-up and distribute food directly to families in attendance. Members of the Brockport JV girls soccer team, National Honor Society and other student groups will also assist.
Come take a seat - literally - at the Seymour Library's creative fundraiser "Sit Right Down and Read" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.
Local artists have created a wide range of beautiful and fun chairs, benches and stools based upon books to auction to benefit the library.
These one of a kind works of art are now on display in the Duryea Room of the Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., Brockport.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/seymourlibrarybrockport or call 637-1050.
Five new names will soon be added to Brockport Central School District’s Athletic Wall of Honor.
The 2017 inductees are:
Mike Kemp, athlete/coach, Class of 1970
Mel Lorback (posthumously), athlete/coach, Class of 1945
Ralph Matsko, athlete, Class of 1980
Andy Parrino, athlete, Class of 2004
Arlene Suda, athlete, Class of 1988
Community members are invited to attend the induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 13 in the A.D. Oliver Middle School cafeteria, 40 Allen Street.
The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The inductees will also be honored during halftime of the varsity football game, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Dahn Walrath Memorial Stadium.
The Athletic Wall of Honor recognizes those who have made an impact on the district’s interscholastic athletic program. Each inductee is honored with a plaque containing his/her name and biography, which is placed on the Athletic Wall of Honor.
For nomination details, visit www.bcs1.org/athletics.
On Monday, September 11 the Brockport Volunteer Firefighter’s Association will hold their 16th Annual 9/11 Vigil at the F. F. Capen Hose Fire Station #4, 237 South Main St., Brockport.
This is a beautiful and important event to remember the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001.
The vigil begins at 8:30 a.m. with a short opening ceremony. Flags will be lowered to half staff
and the tolling of the bell will take place at 8:47 a.m. (the time the first plane hit the Twin Towers).
All day long uniformed honor guard’s will be posted at the monument. Uniformed fire, police, EMS and military members are invited to please come at any time to stand vigil.
At 6:30 p.m. the closing ceremonies begin with the Ring of Gold, circling the monument (all current and past chief officers from fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies to participate) and flags returned to full staff.
Get your blue and white ready! Community members are invited to join Brockport Central School District for its annual homecoming celebration on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
The community event begins at 5 p.m.with the third annual homecoming festival. Food trucks, face painting, carnival games and a local DJ will return this year, along with the festival’s newest addition: pony rides. The festival will run through 7 p.m. in front of Brockport High School.
The homecoming parade begins at 5:30 p.m., where it will make its way from A.D. Oliver
Middle School to Dahn Walrath Stadium.
Each high school class will decorate a float according to this year’s theme: Disney/Pixar. Freshman will represent Finding Dory, sophomores will depict Monsters Inc., juniors will portray Toy Story and seniors will illustrate Up.
A multitude of bands, clubs, sports teams, alumni and other community groups will also march in the parade.
If you would like to enter a float or become a parade sponsor, please fill out a form posted on the high school webpage at www.bcs1.org/homecoming.
The homecoming festivities will conclude with the varsity football game against Greece Athena,
which kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Dahn Walrath Stadium.
Parking for the homecoming events will be available throughout the village and on the district
If you have any questions, please call Assistant Principal Mike Bourne or class advisors Marcia Bartalo and Shannon Sevor at 585-637-1870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each school will participate in a variety of events leading up to homecoming, including pep rallies and themed days throughout homecoming week.
Brockport is one of the ports of call of the Heartland Passage Tour - a unique, free performance event that will travel the Erie Canal from September 2 to 23 to celebrate its bicentennial.
The stop at Brockport is one of ten statewide and includes music and storytelling by Dave Ruch and George Ward and a screening of Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal, a short documentary by Academy Award winning independent filmmaker Paul Wagner.
Brockport's stop will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at the Brockport Welcome Center, 11 Water Street on the canal. The rain location is St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 14 State Street.
Other places the tour is stopping include: Brooklyn, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.
The tour is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and a Regional Economic Development Grant through the New York State Council on the Arts.
It is sponsored by City Lore, the Erie Canal Museum and Livingston Arts.
Today I took a ride to the place where Megan Duncanson Dix was murdered on August 25, 2017.
I unfortunately didn't know Megan, but I know so many women like her here in our small community: a beloved wife, mom, sister, daughter and friend; a hardworking employee and kind person doing her part to make the world a better place.
I also know that Megan could have been any of us that horrific Friday afternoon.
Any one of us could have pulled into that quiet, little parking lot to eat our lunch, answer a phone call, walk our dog or leave our car there while we went for a run on the canal...
It wasn't us, though, it was Megan.
And, for as much as her murder has shaken all of us, it's her husband, her little boy, her family, her friends and her co-workers who have lost a piece of themselves. Forever.
A few nights ago I got sucked into a dark hole watching all of the videos made and posted online by the individual charged with killing Megan. It was hard to stop, but at a certain point I had to. I felt sick. I felt my focus turning closer to the accused, than to the victim...victims of this horrid crime.
That's why I took a ride today.
A week later on a Friday afternoon, the sun was shining through the trees right onto the spot where Megan's life was so senselessly taken. There were squirrels playing, the hum of a tractor in the distance, a couple walking their dog. I didn't see any deer. I read Megan liked sitting in this place and watching the deer.
There was a memorial of flowers and candles and handwritten notes lovingly arranged in the spot. I placed a big, bright pink flower among them. From what I've learned of Megan, the color seemed to be her personality - vibrant and remarkable. I attached a note to the stem that said: "Brockport loves you Megan," said a prayer and promised to come again.