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Son House Blues Monument Dedication

Sonhouse3On Friday, August 28, a Mississippi Blues Trail monument to Corn Hill’s Blues legend Eddie “Son” House will be installed and dedicated at a 5 p.m. ceremony on the corner of Greig and Clarissa Streets.

Presenters will include Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, nationally known bluesman John Mooney, CHNA Historian James DeVinney and Corn Hill author Richard Shade Gardner.

Once installed, this marker will be one of thirteen trail markers outside the state of Mississippi which pay homage to the great legends of the Delta Blues.

Corn Hill neighbors will want to be present for this important, national event.

“East versus West” Tour During Rochester’s River Romance on Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4

Rochester River RomanceOur city is named for Nathaniel Rochester who, along with his friends Willam Fitzhugh and Charles Carroll, purchased a One Hundred Acre Tract of land on the west side of the Genesee River.

There he laid out a village. But there was competition from another village on the east side of the river. Two engineering feats, one that failed and one that succeeded, determined the outcome.

This dramatic 11 a.m. tour with CHNA Historian James DeVinney begins at the Water Spirits Sculpture on the Corn Hill Landing where Plymouth Avenue joins Exchange Boulevard.

Corn Hill Evening at Rochester’s Lyric Theatre

Rochester Lyric Opera - photo courtesy of Mark Druziak)

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2015 in Lyric Theatre,  photo courtesy of Mark Druziak

Rochester Lyric Opera has extended a gracious invitation for Corn Hill neighbors to attend a preview event especially arranged for them on Saturday, September 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. in their new performance hall, Rochester Lyric Theatre at 440 East Avenue. Development Consultant Lauri Van Hise states, “Having had the opportunity to admire Corn Hill’s architectural heritage during its Holiday House Tours, I felt that the residents of Corn Hill would especially appreciate this architectural gem that is becoming Rochester’s newest concert venue.”

This “well-kept secret” to many of us did not escape the notice of George Eastman when it was built in 1915. It was obvious that this building, with its gilded Palladium ceiling, had been the inspiration for his Eastman Theatre when it opened in 1922. The Lyric Theatre’s $6.5 million renovation, slated to begin in January of 2016, will provide a main hall with an approximate seating of 900 as well as a Cabaret Theater area that will accommodate 150 patrons at tables. Already the venue has been the scene of performances for the 2015 Rochester Jazz Festival and will again be utilized during the upcoming Rochester Fringe Festival.

Members of the company will treat Corn Hill residents to a complete tour of the facility as well as to a sample of its amazing acoustics by offering a short performance. It is essential that those wishing to participate in this opportunity RSVP to CHNA President Rob Goodling by E-mailing: no later than Wednesday, September 16.


The Corn Hill Gazette – August 2015

The August 2015 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to Download.


CHNA Sunday Gazebo Concerts, August 2015

Corn Hill GazeboDuring the month of August, the CHNA Social Committee will present four exciting concerts at the Lunsford Park Gazebo.

Concerts begin at 4 p.m. and conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Bring your lawn chair, blanket, picnic supper, etc. and invite your neighbors and friends.

August 2nd: Amanda Ashley

Singer-songwriter Amanda Ashley is a national touring/recording artist from Long Island, NY.  Amanda began playing live as a teenager and decided to make it her life; she completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 2007 from Fredonia State University and is currently based in Rochester. Amanda can be found frequenting the Western NY music scene as a soloist and in a duo and TRIO. Her Trio’s 2014 Album release “Metamorphosis,” the most recent, is one of three independently released albums from this artist.

In her quest to find balance between art, music, and a passion for community, Amanda has founded Local Visionaries, an organization that strives to acknowledge and create innovative opportunities for young, emerging talent within the Western NY region.

August 9th: Dan Lopata with the Genesee Johnny Trio

The Genesee Johnny Trio is currently made up of Aleks D. on Guitar, Dan Lopata on bass and John Sacheli on vocals. The band has branched off from its strict revival of Mississippi Delta Blues and now incorporates blues, folk, early country and rock and roll. They are comfortable performing at places like The Beale and Sticky Lips BBQ.

August 16th: Marty Roberts with Donny C.

Marty is a local singer/songwriter, born in Rochester. He is a regular on the local music circuit and can be caught laying down summer vibes at places like Schooners, Marge’s Bar and Hedges with his friend Donny C. on congas. Marty has made three CDs to date: “First Time, at Last,” released in 2002; “Second Chances,” released in 2004; and “3rd Times a Charm,” released in 2012.

August 23rd: Fatima’s Mosaic Journey

Fatima was born in Mostar, Bosnia and currently lives in Corn Hill and has a BS and MS from RIT in Information Technology. Fatima has a lifelong passion for music and dance and was recently heard performing at Rochester’s 4th of July Main Street Fireworks Jam! An accomplished piano player, as well as being a singer/songwriter, she has assembled a band that includes Jimmy Highsmith and is recording her first album, due out in 2016.

2015 Artist Award Winners – 2015 Corn Hill Arts Festival

Corn Hill Arts FestivalCongratulations to our 2015 Award Winners!!

Featured Poster Artist – Jim Mott

★ 1st Place: Victor Silva ★
2nd Place: Dana Stenson
3rd Place: Oscar Rivero
★ 1st Place: Laura Wilder ★
2nd Place: James & Amy Greenwald
3rd Place: Sherry Davis
★ 1st Place: John T. Baun ★
2nd Place: Joshua Dukeman
3rd Place: Robert Garrett
Pottery & Ceramics
★ 1st Place: Christopher Parris ★
2nd Place: Julianna Drumheller
3rd Place: Moi Dugan
★ 1st Place: Richard G. Nolan ★
2nd Place: Cheryl Cenzi
3rd Place: Mary Catherman
Weaving, Leather & Textile Design
★ 1st Place: Gail Tower ★
2nd Place: Lucinda Snyder
★ 1st Place: Chris Goodenbury ★
2nd Place: Philip Pantano
3rd Place: James Neiss
Mixed Media/Other
★ 1st Place: Chuck Adams ★
2nd Place: Jennifer Born
3rd Place: Kevin Serwacki

Landmark Society Wins Arts & Cultural Award

landmark-society-logoCongratulations to the Landmark Society of Western New York on being named the 2015 Arts and Cultural Outstanding Organization by Rochester’s Arts & Cultural Center.

Over the past four decades the Landmark Society has been instrumental in supporting the Corn Hill Neighbors Association, its annual Arts Festival, our House Tours and so many renovation aspects of our historic neighborhood.

The CHNA rejoices with the Landmark Society, its staff and board of directors on this well-deserved honor.

$100 Wegmans Gift Card Drawing at 2015 Arts Festival

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 on the Cadillac Main Stage at the Food Court in the Adams Street athletic field, CHNA Wellness Committee Chairperson Walter Getz will draw the winning Corn Hill Wellness Trail Passport from all completed passports that have been received at the CHNA office by noon on Friday, July 10. The winner will receive a $100 Wegmans Gift Card and will be notified if not in attendance to receive their prize. If you have completed your visits to all 10 Corn Hill historic sites, made the rubbings on your passport, and have filled in all contact information on the back, please make sure your passport is dropped into the CHNA office door slot by noon on the 10th of July.

The Corn Hill Gazette – July 2015

The July 2015 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to Download.

The Corn Hill Gazette July 2015

A Thank-You to Adams Street Recreation Center Director Joe DiLiberto

Joe-DiLibertoThe Corn Hill neighborhood is saying good-bye to Adams Street Recreation Director Joe Diliberto. In a note to the CHNA, Joe offered these remarks: “I would like to thank the Corn Hill Neighborhood for 16 years of friendship and making me part of this wonderful community. I have made many friends and enjoyed working with youth, teens and adults over the years. Working here has been a blessing. I will be moving to the South Avenue Recreation Center starting July 1st and look forward to working with a new community, staff, and participants. Again, thank you for letting me be part of this wonderful and 1st class neighborhood!”

Corn Hill neighbors will remember the many improvements Joe has brought to our Rec. Center. During his tenure we have appreciated his willingness to listen to our concerns and to follow through with changes and programs that have made our center a positive gathering place for youth as well as for adults. We wish him well and will look forward to meeting and working with our new director, Sheila Keterly. Thank you Joe for 16 years of dedicated service to our Corn Hill neighborhood!