All the talk about Christmas in July is a reminder that it isn’t too early to start planning for the upcoming ski season. August is a big month for ski shops to kick off their retail season with promotional sales and ski centers offer their best discounts in the summer.
Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation will be sponsoring neighborhood ski outings to Bristol Mountain and Holiday Valley during the 2014-2015 ski season. We need a minimum of 15 people to qualify for discounted lift tickets and a minimum of 35 people to make bus transportation affordable. Don’t downhill? Bristol and Holiday Valley have cross country trails for you to enjoy.
Lift ticket prices are $52 for weekend and $40 for weekday. Bristol Nordic passes are $12. Holiday Valley trails are free but there is a $14 lift fee to get to the trails. Prices are subject to change. Bus transportation will be $20 or less depending on the number of participants.
For more information including dates, sign up and deadlines visit the Corn Hill Neighborhood Recreation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/cornhillrec/ or email Marty Petrella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Night Out in Corn Hill will take place on August 5th from 5 p.m. until dark.
The official National Night Out parade will come down Clarissa Street from Troup to Dr. Samuel McCree Way sometime between 5-5″30 p.m. Corn Hill neighbors are urged to line the street for the parade and are then invited to attend the 6 p.m. Southwest Quadrant Picnic at the Canalside Shelter in Genesee Vally Park or they may gather to in their own yards to show solidarity for this “Night Out Against Crime.”
All Corn Hill neighbors are invited to meet at the Lunsford Circle Park gazebo for a free, old fashioned Ice Cream Social at 7:30 p.m.
On the first four Sundays of August, CHNA Historian Bonny Mayer will lead guided tours of our Historic Trail.
These tours begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Avery Mall trail marker and will conclude at the Lunsford Circle trail marker just in time to enjoy our 4 p.m. Gazebo Concert Series.
Historian Mayer has researched additional information about these sites and about our neighborhood that she will share along the way.
Bring your Wellness Passport to make rubbings on the markers or a Passport will be provided for you at the start of the tour. This is an opportunity to get some exercise, learn about our neighborhood and enjoy a wonderful concert.
A Plymouth Avenue Trail connection will be created to establish both off-road and on-road trail connections between the Genesee Riverway Trail and Plymouth Avenue by utilizing sidewalks and roadways of Troup Street, S. Fitzhugh Street and Exchange Boulevard. The other 4 connectors that are part of this project (see drawing by clicking here) are currently being built and the Corn Hill connection is scheduled to begin shortly after the Corn Hill Arts Festival wraps up. Unfortunately this will disrupt traffic for a short time in order to make roadway improvements, but this is a very exciting way to increase participation on our Corn Hill Historic Wellness Trail.
A large and enthusiastic crowd of Corn Hill neighbors, local dignitaries, festival sponsors and supporters gathered at Tony D’s Banquet Room along the Genesee River for the annual Corn Hill Arts Festival poster unveiling. The June 24th event included speeches from Corn Hill Neighbors Association President Rob Goodling, Arts Festival Chairs Jeff Holdsworth and Joanie Fraver, Rochester Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon, and David Fiedler, CEO of the ESL Credit Union.
Deputy Mayor Redon and CEO Fiedler joined this year’s poster artist Kat Patterson in unveiling the 2014 festival poster. Many will remember Kat as last year’s first prize winner at the Emerging Artists venue. Her poster promises to be very popular with visitors and neighborhood collectors alike.
Scott Osborn, owner of Fox Run Vineyards, official wine sponsor of this year’s festival, also presented a bottle featuring a label of the 2014 Corn Hill Poster for Kat’s signature. Fox Run’s Cabernet Franc-Lemberger and Riesling wine samplings were then made available for all in attendance, as well as Pizza, Arancini, Chicken Wings and other beverages from Tony D’s.
Mark your calendars and be sure to come out for the following August Sunday Concert Series, sponsored by our CHNA Social Committee at Lunsford Circle Park:
August 3rd kicks off the series with Blues band, “Lu Lu’s Back in Town,” featuring Billy Joe. You may have caught this lively band during one of their regular gigs at The Beale.
August 10th presents “Jenna and Two Hops,” who’ll bring a little boogie to your life by honoring divas and characters from our musical past. Their danceable blend of soul, blues and vintage R&B music has rocked Upstate New York and features vocalist Jenna Weintraub (The Alpine Black, Krypton 88), Aleks Disljenkovic on guitar (Son House, Joe Beard, The White Hots), and Dan Lopata on string bass and vocals (Mysterious Blues Band, The Chris Beard Blues Band)
On August 17th we are proud to host “Mr. Mustard,” the best Beatles tribute band this side of the pond.
Finally, on August 24th we’ll all grove to “Watkins and the Rapiers” with their funky Americana music, or folk music with a beat—instruments include guitar, mandolin, accordion, drums, bass, keyboard and trombone.
These three-hour concerts begin at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Bring your picnic basket, invite some friends, and enjoy an afternoon with your neighbors.
In case of rain, concerts will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Center located at 285 Clarissa Street. Notification will be posted at the gazebo no later than 3:30 p.m.
On Friday, June 27, the Corn Hill Neighbors Association and its Festival Management Team will present a Pre-Fest Picnic from 6-8 p.m. at Lunsford Circle Park.
This annual event is free to all Corn Hill residents who, upon signing in, will be given a ticket to get their dinner and another ticket for dessert. This is our way of thanking neighbors in advance for any inadvertent inconvenience they might incur during our July 12 & 13 arts festival weekend.
The menu will feature traditional picnic fare such as hot dogs & hamburgers grilled on site, multiple salads, baked beans, watermelon, ice creams for dessert and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. George Conte and his band, “Winelight” will be featured entertainers.
Neighbors with proof of residency will also have the opportunity to sign up as CHNA voting members, since this event is considered to be a CHNA General Meeting. Mark your calendar and encourage all your neighbors to join you for a free dinner and a fun evening of camaraderie and music.
This year, the CHNA Philanthropy Committee established the Tysean Williams Memorial Scholarship as a way to provide financial assistance to a graduating high school senior who lives within the City of Rochester. Designed to honor the memory of Tysean, our own promising young scholar who lived and was tragically slain here in Corn Hill, applicants were required to submit a 250-500 word essay titled, “What I can do personally and what a neighborhood association could do to help stop violence within the City of Rochester.” Eight essays were submitted by graduating seniors from various high schools.
At the Urban League’s “35th Annual Salute to Black Scholars” recognition dinner, CHNA Philanthropy Committee member Ann Lewis presented $500 scholarships to two outstanding applicants selected by our committee. This year’s recipients are: Andrew Hylton, the graduating Valedictorian from Rochester’s STEM High School who will be attending Bryant and Stratton College, and Lyric A. Calvin, who is graduating from Fairport High School and will be attending Siena College. Congratulations to these two deserving scholars.