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Congratulations to the 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival Artist Winners

Corn Hill Arts FestivalCongratulations to the following artists who were awarded prizes at the 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival:

Mixed Media/Other
★ #1-Richard Birkett ★
#2-Joseph Carr
#3-David Leady

★ #1-John Baun ★
#2-Philip Rose
#3-Randolph Hughes

★ #1-Michael Natale ★
#2-Julianna Drumheller
#3-Kimberlyn Bloise

★ #1-Vasil Ivanov ★
#2-Irene Singer
#3-Mary Catherman

★ #1-Nancy Hesketh ★
#2-Niko Culevski
#3-Cesar Clavijo

★ #1-James Neiss ★
#2-Ted Tatarzyn
#3-Philip Pantano

★ #1-Elizabeth Andrews ★
#2-Laura Wilder
#3-Micah Mullen

★ #1-Victor Silva ★
#2-Douglas Brandow
#3-Marisa Krol

Emerging Artists
★ #1-Maria Victoria Savka ★
#2-Amanda Kessler
#3-Sierra Jane Trost

Click HERE To see this list as well as all the artists that participated in the 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival.

CHNA Historic Wellness Passport Drawing

Wegmans passport to family wellnessCongratulations to Phyllis Feeney of Rochester, whose Wellness Passport was chosen on Sunday, July 10 in a random drawing on the Main Stage at the Corn Hill Arts Festival. Ms. Feeney has received a $100 Wegmans Gift Card.

Phyillis, her husband Bill and their daughter were part of CHNA Historian Jim DeVinney’s guided tours of our ten historic trail sites, and states that she and Bill met here in the Third Ward years ago when they were both RIT students—she a Freshman and he in his second year. Their tour helped relive old memories.

She wrote to say,

“Thanks to all your members for doing such a great job on restoring an area that is very close to our hearts. Also thanks to Jim DeVinney for his tours. We hope to take more of them.”

Every year, several hundred people visit the ten sites on our Corn Hill Historic Wellness Trail, either on their own or during one of Historian DeVinney’s guided tours. Newly completed, rubbed Wegmans passports may be dropped off or mailed to our Corn Hill Neighbors Association office at 133 S. Fitzhugh Street and will be eligible for next year’s arts festival drawing.

Corn Hill Gazette | July 2016

The July 2016 Corn Hill Gazette is now available for Download.

July 2016 Corn Hill Gazette


Corn Hill Gazette | June 2016

The June 2016 Corn Hill Gazette is now available for Download.

Corn Hill Gazette - June 2016


CHNA 2016 August Gazebo Concerts

Corn Hill Summer ConcertsOn Sunday evenings during the month of August, the CHNA Social Committee will present four outstanding concerts at the gazebo in Lunsford Circle Park from 4-7 p.m. Neighbors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, snacks or a picnic supper and enjoy the music and the camaraderie of neighbors. For three decades, this has been a favorite Corn Hill tradition, so invite your friends to visit and join you for these festive evenings.

This year’s concert line-up is as follows:

August 7—Orange Sky

Orange Sky is an eclectic rock band with an intriguing foundation. As the staple music offering for Saturday afternoon services at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, we get a kick out of defying people’s expectations. Our material is almost entirely secular, mostly covers, and spans many genres: rock (classic, alternative, punk, etc.), blues, pop, folk, jazz, and more. We will get inside your core and make something move – through the unstoppable urge to dance, deep inspiration, or both. Featuring: Melissa Boyack, Mike Boyack, Lauren Faggiano, Justin Passamonte, Ali Putney and Erika Vázquez.

August 14—Big Mike and the Circuit Breakers with special guest McKinley James

The Circuit Breakers (Mike D’Aurizio, Aleks Disljenkovic, Billy B., Jason Smay) are a four-piece band and have been playing their swing-style blues for dancers at PI’s Lounge and the Rochester Swing Dance Network on a regular basis. Our special guest for this performance is McKinley James, a young man who is an up-and-coming guitarist and vocalist with a bright future.

August 21—Meghan Koch and The Gentleman Callers (Popular music of the last 9 decades)

It’s not so much that the band is fickle. More like omnivorous. It all starts with the remarkable Meghan Koch, voice and general music teacher at Rochester’s School of the Arts. As a pianist, she can play concertos, swing like Monk, or give you the pop styles of Elton John and Sara Bareilles. But it’s the voice that moves you: smooth, pure, supple, and taking you to the heart of every lyric. It’s Koch’s talent that attracted the Gentlemen. Jeff Love provides a timeless mood with his blues/folk/classical nylon string guitar. Trombonist Pete Hasler is the secret weapon, dropping the horn to play every instrument known to mankind: flute, sax, trumpet, penny whistle, guitar, bass, triangle, you name it. Add four-part harmonies and a recovering rock rhythm section (Marty York and Adam Wilcox of The Dan Eaton Band), and you get something totally unique: swinging, lilting, tilting, fun, and moving. From Tin Pan Alley to Nashville by way of psychedelic San Fran, that’s Meghan Koch and the Gentleman Callers.

August 28—Fatima

Fatima is a European soul singer who blends her Bosnian roots with contemporary pop and creates an expressive delivery infused with charged emotions and connectedness with her audience. Her delivery permeates through the crowd with a moving power that gives you chills. She finds a way to express her troubled youth through songwriting and uses it as a therapeutic outlet that both heals and hurts. Her songs embody pain and love at the same time.

CHNA Pre-Fest Picnic—Friday, June 24th

Corn Hill Arts Festival PicnicOn Friday the 24th of June, the Corn Hill Neighbors Association will present a complimentary picnic for all residents of Corn Hill from 6-8 p.m. at Lunsford Circle Park.

Music will be provided by Corn Hill neighbor Steve Copland and festival parking passes will be available for neighbors who need to find alternate parking during the Saturday and Sunday of the festival.

This is the CHNA’s way of saying “Thank-You” to the neighborhood for any inconveniences caused by closed streets and parking changes during the festival weekend.

Historic Corn Hill Tours Being Offered This Summer

Corn Hill Summer History Walking ToursThis summer, CHNA Historian James DeVinney will be guiding the following tours thorough our Corn Hill neighborhood:

Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Wegman’s Wellness Walk Through Corn Hill’s Past

Colorful stories about sisters who talked to the dead, the man who put Mercury into our skyline and Jazz at the Python Club! Begins at the Water Spirit sculpture where South Plymouth Avenue joins Exchange Street. Bring water and wear good shoes.

Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.

The Arts Festival That Saved a Neighborhood

This tour tells a dramatic story of how the Corn Hill Arts Festival joined a vigorous Landmark Society to save a historic neighborhood. Go inside a house that narrowly escaped the wrecking crew. Tour begins at Ralph Avery Mall where Frederick Douglas and Adams Streets meet.

Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Wegman’s Wellness Walk Through Corn Hill’s Past

Colorful stories about sisters who talked to the dead, the man who put Mercury into our skyline and Jazz at the Python Club! Begins at the Water Spirit sculpture where South Plymouth Avenue joins Exchange Street. Bring water and wear good shoes.

Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m.

The “Round Square” That Became Lunsford Park

Scottish settlers, an Irish Church, a gazebo from a German-American churchyard, and African-American landmarks surround one of Rochester’s oldest parks in this panoramic tour highlighting 150 years of history without ever stepping off a curb. Begins at the gazebo opposite Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Sunday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Wegman’s Wellness Walk Through Corn Hill’s Past

Colorful stories about sisters who talked to the dead, the man who put Mercury into our skyline and Jazz at the Python Club! Begins at the Water Spirit sculpture where South Plymouth Avenue joins Exchange Street. Bring water and wear good shoes.

Citizen Police Academy Application

Rochester Police DepartmentCorn Hill neighbors are urged to consider applying to the Rochester Citizen’s Police Academy for training sessions that will enhance their understanding of police duties and citizen opportunities for public safety.

Please note that the police expect applicants to commit to attending all sessions.

Click here to view and download the application.

2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Unveiling

Rachel Cordaro - 2016 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster ArtistThe 2016 Arts Festival Poster will be unveiled at ESL Headquarters, 225 Chestnut Street on Wednesday the 8th of June at 2:20 p.m.

Rachel Cordaro, a long time arts festival artist vendor, has been chosen as this year’s poster artist. The unveiling of this poster is a much-anticipated event by all in our Corn Hill community and everyone is encouraged to be present to witness this year’s outstanding poster revealed.

Candidates Sought for CHNA September Election

Corn Hill Neighbors AssociationAt its April meeting, the Corn Hill Neighbors Association Board of Directors appointed Janet Irwin to chair the Ad-Hoc Nominating Committee that will be seeking candidates for September’s election of board members.

Elected directors serve two-year terms and play an extremely important role in the welfare of our community.

This year, six board positions are available. We would like to give a rousing thank you to current board members whose terms are concluding –

  • Melissa Barrett
  • Ginny Browne
  • Rob Goodling
  • Paula Kuempel
  • Irv Rosenstein
  • Ira Stole

Thank you for your innovation, expertise, and devotion to our Corn Hill community.

The committee will soon be contacting many Corn Hill neighbors, asking them to consider becoming candidates. ALL Corn Hill neighbors including anyone who lives in or owns property in Corn Hill, are encouraged to become more involved in our association and to consider serving a term on our board.

For more information, questions, etc., feel free to contact Janet Irwin at or call 585-319-8920.