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DAYCATIONS Our region rocks! The Getaway Guy reveals fave out-of-the-way places Calming stress over starting daycare, camp, and college


Guide to library summer activities

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Growing up in the

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I grew up on a dairy farm in the heart of the Finger Lakes, just 15 minutes from the north shores of Keuka, Canandaigua, and Seneca lakes. Occasionally on summer Sunday afternoons we’d head to the public access areas. Grandpa helped bait our hooks to catch sunfish off the dock. Dad taught us the perfect flick of the wrist to skip flat rocks — up to eight hops before sinking. Mom gave private swim lessons. Even so, trips to the lake were limited to holidays, family picnics, and graduation parties. They were fond memories to be sure, but like many young people I was eager to grow up and move away. It started with attending college more than 6 hours away. Then on my first summer home it hit. The realization that the Finger Lakes is a resort area. An annual destination for many. I lived in a vacation spot! People came here for everything from a weekend respite to a summer-long retreat. But Salley Thornton I could enjoy the bucolic view daily. I began to appreciate more the fields of Publisher strawberries, rolling hills of grapevine vistas, rocky staircases to the head of natural waterfalls plunging into icy pools, tucked away historic sites, and modern-day glimpses into yesteryear with the growing Amish and Mennonite communities. My final summer before launching into my professional career as a college graduate, I even worked as a tour guide at a Keuka Lake winery — working outdoors admiring the beautiful views, meeting friendly people on vacation and sampling wine — it doesn’t get any better than that and to date is still my favorite job. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that I don’t take summer vacations. At least not the kind that take me out of New York. Staycations may have became popular when times were tough. Dresden Engle But for me it’s a choice. There’s plenty here to Managing Editor enjoy and in this issue we share some of our perennial favorites. There’s plenty to do, see, and experience in your own backyard. And just maybe, I’ll meet you out there.

Dresden Engle Managing Editor Sara Hickman-Himes Art Director/Designer Renee Veniskey Photographer Lindsay Warren Baker Production Manager Jann Nyffeler Copy Editor Rachel Cucchiara Social Media Coordinator Shawn Gray Lead Videographer/Editor Paul Olcott Photographer/ Distribution Manager Lindsey Frederick Summer Intern/Designer

COLUMNISTS Dr. Meami Craig, Elizabeth Crony, Dr. Amy Jerum, Deanna King, Dante Worth

FEATURED WRITERS Breanna Banford, Debbie Coffey, Dresden Engle, Mary Finucane, Sue Henninger, Dawn Kellogg, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Linda Quinlan, Rachel Turlington, Deena Viviani

ADVERTISING Alexis Ganter Senior Account Executive/ Digital Manager Stephen Dodd Account Executive


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AMY JERUM, DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, is a pediatric primary care provider and mother of three boys (ages 11,11, and 13 — wow, right?). She gets asked a lot of questions about healthcare and parenting and now she’s sharing her answers with Roc Parent readers. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric mental health specialist with Panorama Pediatric Group; part of the team at the Complex Care Center; and assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester, School of Nursing

DEANNA KING is the mother of three pleasant surprises ages seven, 10, and 17. Clearly, she isn’t good at family planning, but has mastered the art of writing — especially the honest truth about parenting. She created the blog CynicalMother. com several years ago. Deanna also worked for more than a decade in Rochester in TV news as a reporter and producer. Nowadays, Deanna’s sarcastic wit can be heard every morning on The Brother Wease Show on Radio 95.1. ELIZABETH MURRAY, D.O, MBA, is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and with the University of Rochester Medical Center. She also holds an MBA form UR’s Simon School of Business Administration. Dr. Murray is Associate EMS Medical Director for Monroe County and named a spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014. She can be seen regularly on television on Fox Rochester’s “Good Day Rochester.”

RACHEL TURLINGTON holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from SUNY Brockport. She assists the team at Foodlink with special events while also working as a daycare provider. Rachel has also been a competivie dancer for many years. A video of Rachel’s marriage proposal went viral and landed on TV news in May, as her fiancé organized a flash-mob, featuring her dancer friends, to dramatically pop the question. (She said, “Yes.”) DEENA VIVIANI works by day as a young adult services librarian at Brighton Memorial Library and by night she writes for children. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Communications from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. Deena is a fan of traveling, Muppets, Project Runway, and baking gluten-free recipes. She lives in Rochester with her young daughter, musician husband, and a large number of guitars, computers and, of course, books.


FEATURES Daycare Tips Don’t worry, parents — your kids are happy! Cover Story Out-of-the-way getaways from the Getaway Guy

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Staycations & Daycations Rockin’ our region this summer Pomp & Circumstance Senior year means saying good-bye

ALSO INSIDE 6 The Cynical Mom Confessions of a (sort of) dance mom 18 Book Nook Sink your teeth into some new reads about Sharks! 20 Ask Dr. Amy Reluctant campers, excited campers and separation anxiety 21 Launch Party Pix Celebrating Roc Parent/ She Rocs

No need to travel for summer fun. Learn about staycations and daycations on pages 8 to 14. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT


22 Roc Parent Pick Corbett’s Glen 31 Library Summer Fun In this insert, see all the Monroe County Library System has planned for July and August 47 Community Spotlight Genesee Land Trust 49 Calendar Our curated calendar (full calendar at



DAYCATIONS Our region rocks! The Getaway Guy reveals fave out-of-the-way places Calming stress over starting daycare, camp, and college

Enjoying a staycation — our area is so beautiful in the summertime, who needs to leave town? Lindsey Coffey, 16, of Spencerport and Spencer Tantillo, 18, of Penfield hang out among the waterfalls and beauty of Corbett’s Glen in Brighton. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT

Guide to library summer activities


DEBBIE COFFEY is the owner of Sway Marketing, where she spends most of her days designing business and marketing strategies for a variety of client companies. She spent many years in local advertising agencies after earning degrees in journalism and mass communications. She and her husband stay very busy pursuing the interests of two teenage daughters and she enjoys traveling and volunteering in her spare time.



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The a King By Deann

Confessions of a kinda dance mom There are five words that cause me extreme anxiety: I am a dance mom. When I was pregnant with my daughter, visions of hair bows and tutus danced in my head. I signed her up for her first dance class at four years old. The class was only 30 minutes long. I spent more time gathering supplies, driving to the class and putting on her shoes than she did rehearsing. I signed her up for two classes the next year. What I am supposed to say is, “This gave my daughter more exposure to the arts.” The truth is it gave me an entire hour to myself. My daughter showed up for the first class wearing the outfit she wore to pre-school. I was lucky she had on matching socks. The other little girls looked like Jon Benet Ramsey. They had leotards with matching leg warmers, skirts, and headbands. One girl even had her name embroidered on a dance bag. My daughter’s shoes were in a crumpled Wal-Mart shopping bag. It felt like an “Afterschool Special.” We didn’t fit in. The rehearsal for the recital was at the high school. I must have looked like a tourist in Times Square when we walked in. I didn’t know where to go or what time my daughter would go on stage. The other moms were either psychic

or read the detailed fliers sent home. They knew their group number and the performance schedule. Several moms brought blankets, toys, picnic baskets full of healthy snacks, and clothing racks on wheels. A few of these women slept outside the dance studio for two days to get front row seats to the recital. My daughter is not Danny, Donnie,

Joey, Jordan, or Jonathan and I am not in ninth grade. So, I am not camping out for tickets. My daughter’s costume was wrinkled. Her hair was supposed to be in a French braid. I am not French. There was a collective gasp when she walked through the door sporting a ponytail. I had to pay a hairdresser to fix my mistake. When my daughter was hungry, I bought her a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips from the vending machine. I won’t be cast on a Lifetime reality show anytime soon. Nor will I end up in prison. I got a little teary eyed when the curtain finally opened. It wasn’t because my daughter was the only one not wearing the white gloves that came with the costume. It was because it seemed like just yesterday I was screaming in agony while being wheeled down the hall of a hospital to deliver her via emergency C-section. Now, she looked so grown up and beautiful in her overpriced costume. The dance routine was adorable. Afterward, she was smiling ear to ear. Her brothers, who complained about having to attend the recital, hugged and congratulated her. They were as proud as I was. It turns out they actually love each other. I may be the worst dance mom ever, but I am doing something right.

One girl even had her name embroidered on a dance bag. My daughter’s dance shoes were in a crumpled Wal-Mart shopping bag. 6

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The inside scoop from a daycare provider

Hey, your child is doing great!


Two of the hardest decisions you will have to make as a parent are 1) putting your child in daycare and 2) finding the right daycare for your family. Some negative reports in the media have helped form opinions that daycares may be unsafe for your children. Because I work in daycare, I have firsthand knowledge of its many positive aspects. For one, many people who work in daycare are there for the right reasons — for the love of children. We understand that it is tough to leave your child in daycare, especially for the first time or after spending a lot time together as a family during the summer. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable, and we do that by making daycare feel like a second home for your child. We care for your child as if he or she were our own.

Writer Rachel Turlington with children at Hilton Community Daycare. PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY

“Your child is running around, playing, laughing, and smiling and we are happy to share those moments with you and ease your mind.” Fostering fun and friendship

We create weekly plans that provide your children with activities that are fun and educational, based on their age group. We not only want to be their daycare provider, we want to be their friend. We want your child to like us and trust us.

Building trust with parents

We ease parents’ minds and build trust via good communication. We share our personal phone numbers so the parents have that connection with us. If a child has a rough drop off, or if the parent is just missing the child, we will send pictures of their child playing or give them updates. Your child, at some point, will have a rough drop off. I promise, though, that after you leave, he or she will accept the separation and soon will be fine. Your child is running around, playing, laughing, and smiling, and we are happy to share those moments with you and ease your mind.

Involving the families

At the daycare where I am employed, we organize events and activities that involve the families. These include Muffins with Mom, Donuts with Dad, Night with Santa, and a family carnival. “It is important for the parents and daycare providers to work together to give the children the best experiences possible,” said Kim Turlington, director of Hilton Community Childcare. “When we work together, the children feel safe and loved, and the foundation for a successful future is put in place.” The best advice I can give parents is … trust your instincts. You will know which daycare is the best fit for you and your child as soon as you walk through the door. For information on local daycares, visit the website of the Office of Children and Family Services at Roc Parent

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Getaway Guy highlights summer getaways


We know him and we love him as the Getaway Guy on TV, Spectrum News’ Mike O’Brian. We’re often jealous of where he’s been or is going, because we all crave a little vacation in our daily lives. Beyond the screen, O’Brian has written two The Getaway Guy books to help guide those of us who want to take staycations or daycations, highlighting the towns and attractions he has featured on TV. The first book, subtitled “Road Trip Getaways with Mike O’Brian,” has the following dedication: “To my Mom and Dad who instilled in me as a kid the thrill of travel and road-trip vacations.” And in our beautiful Rochester and Finger Lakes region, it doesn’t have to be a long road trip to take a fabulous vacation. “I always get asked by parents of little ones, is there anything we can do?,” said O’Brian, who is enjoying ‘getting away’ with his two-year-old grandson, Mason. “What families with small children are lacking is time and money.” With this in mind, O’Brian has curated for us a list of 10 upstate places to enjoy with kids … many of which are off the beaten path.


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“We are surrounded by so many great waterfalls, which are such wonderful family adventures and usually just a park fee to explore,” O’Brian said.

Taughannock Park

1740 Taughannock Blvd. (Route 89), Trumansburg While you can stand at the base of these falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls, to enjoy their splendor, O’Brian recommended stopping en route for a different view. Turn off Route 89 for the Falls View rest stop, where you might see artists painting the postcard-perfect scene. “Ramble along the shady trail until you find the payoff — a spectacular approach to the falls that rise up to meet you,” he said.

Watkins Glen Start Park 1009 N Franklin St., Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is the most famous of the Finger Lakes state parks, located at the south end of Seneca Lake.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” O’Brian said. “The walk along 800 stone steps includes views of 17 waterfalls, plus caves, tunnels, and whirlpools. Take this walk during fall foliage and you get a double bonus on the views.” Tip: Park at the bottom and take the shuttle to the top. You definitely want to walk down the gorge vs. up. And warning, it can be slippery in spots.

Letchworth State Park 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile

The Grand Canyon of the East is home to three waterfalls and breathtaking views of gorges, some standing 600-feet high. It was voted Best Park in the Nation in 2015 by a USA Today readers’ poll. “It’s crazy beautiful,” O’Brian said. “We are so lucky to have a park of this magnitude in our backyard.” Travel tips: Enter at the Portageville entrance. You can park and walk to the Upper, Lower, and Middle Falls. Bring a picnic and enjoy the old picnic tables made of stone, and the old barbeque grills, for the feeling of an old-time getaway. Admission is state park fee ($6 per car).




Spectrum News’ Getaway Guy Mike O’Brian. PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY

Olcott Beach Amusement Park

5979 E Main St., Olcott This vintage amusement park includes a 1928 carousel and five vintage kiddie rides. With free admission and a cost of only 25 cents per ride, Olcott Beach Amusement Park is a fun, affordable, clean, and safe place to bring your family this summer. “You go to a ticket book and there’s a person in the booth who sells you a 25-cent ticket for a refurbished vintage kiddie ride, including an old Herschel Carousel,” O’Brian said. “It’s magical.” On your ride to Olcott Beach from Rochester, O’Brian recommends stopping at the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse, located in Golden Hill Start Park. Admission the park is $6 per car and lighthouse admission is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. “You can make a day of it,” he said. “The drive by itself is a getaway.” Speaking of kiddie rides, O’Brian also gave a shout-out to Seabreeze: “My dad used to take me to Seabreeze when I was young. Thank you, Seabreeze, for the memories, and also for keeping your beautiful character.”

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Goat Island

You can beat the summer heat with a high-speed thrill ride that guarantees a wet and and wild experience. The jet boats, operated by professionals, venture as close as humanly possible to the Niagara Whirlpool. And along the Niagara River the boats swirl and swoosh on the Class 5 rapids until you’re crying “Uncle!” “This one is a thrill a minute and most people don’t even know it’s there,” O’Brian said. “It’s such a refreshing, exhilarating summer adventure.” Travel tip: Kids ages six and over can take the boat ride with their accompanying adults. Bring a change of dry clothes and enjoy a relaxing lunch in quaint Lewiston after the boat ride.

The oldest state park in the country is literally surrounded by the Bridal Veil falls on the American side and the Horseshoe on the Canadian side – resulting in mist in your face and spectacular views. “This may be the best place to see Niagara Falls,” O’Brian said. “You can get so close to the falls it’s unnerving.” Travel tips: Although fabulous to go in the summer, if you want to avoid the crowds, wait until after Labor Day. “It’s not so much fun when you can’t see anything.” Also, for a few bucks take the Niagara Scenic Trolley, which also brings you to Three Sister Rapids just above the falls.

115 South Water St., Lewiston

Corning Museum of Glass 1 Museum Way, Corning

“Explore 3,500 years of glassmaking in the endless maze of galleries,” O’Brian said. This summer Corning Museum of Glass offers a new contemporary wing of glass art, which he recommended checking out. Travel tips: Reserve three to four hours for this museum, including the extensive shopping on site. A walk across a pedestrian bridge will bring you to Corning’s Market Street for restaurants and more shopping.

Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls

Herkimer Diamond Mines 4601 State Route 28, Herkimer

Be a prospector for the day during this family getaway. “You grab goggles and a crack hammer and away you go,” O’Brian said. “You’re looking for quartz crystals and you take home with you what you mine.” Travel tips: Wear a hat and sunscreen. You are out in the open and the sun can get intense. While it’s a little more than a two-hour drive from Rochester, you can still do this trip in a day … or, there’s a KOA campground across the street. See GETAWAYS on page 11 Roc Parent

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STAYCATIONS and DAYCATIONS Enjoy and embrace Rochester and the Finger Lakes this summer BY DRESDEN ENGLE

We’re pretty lucky to live where we live. We do realize this, but, alas, we have to juggle a bunch of snow and gray that makes us forget sometimes. We have natural wonders and attractions that people travel the world over to experience. That’s right — WE live in a tourist destination. I’ve traveled to Loch Ness in Scotland and quickly realized that famed lake isn’t as pretty as Canandaigua Lake or Seneca Lake. My mother insists Genesee Country Village & Museum is more fascinating than Colonial Williamsburg. And during my many years working in tourism, I had a front-row seat to international travel writers declaring their fascination with what we have, from George Eastman Museum and Strong National Museum of Play to the Erie Canal and Letchworth State Park. A USA Today travel review said of Rochester: “Hard to imagine a more serendipitous and surprising getaway.” Yep, we’re pretty lucky. With our families we can easily take staycations (staying put and enjoying all our region has to offer) and daycations (a fun-filled trip we can do in one day) all summer long and experience and appreciate the magic that is Rochester and Finger Lakes region.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living-history museum in New York state and one of the largest in the country. Here my children have churned butter, ridden in a stagecoach, walked on stilts, made rope, played tug-of-war with an ox and met the cast of Little House on the Prairie. The village was opened 41 years ago by Genesee Brewery owner John L. Wehle, whose dream was to help preserve the vanishing rural architecture of the Genesee Country. Today, this living history museum includes a 19th-century village of 68 structures, galleries of sporting art and 19th-century clothing, a nature center, and 600 acres of gardens and wildlife. And Wehle’s legacy remains strong — granddaughter Becky Wehle serves as the museum’s president and CEO. The buildings — from barns and residences to a blacksmith shop and an opera house — provide insight into the origins of customs, traditions, and social values of their time. There are trade, craft, cooking, and agricultural demonstrations with knowledgeable interpreters in period dress. Families gain a deeper appreciation of America’s past by walking around the village and through the structures and taking part in hands-on activities. 10

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At Genesee Country Village & Museum, kids — and adults — get a chance to experience history — hands on. PROVIDED PHOTO

Themed weekends at the village While the village is open daily for the season (every day but Mondays) themed weekends offer additional activities and fanfare, such as:

War of 1812 & Jane Austen Weekend June 24-25 Reenactors portray shopkeepers, housewives, merchants, and soldiers amid the sounds of fifes and drums. Civil War Reenactment July 15-16 Experience the shots, the cannons and the horses as reenactors bring the Civil War to life. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days August 5-6 Experience 19th-century frontier life and learn more about Laura’s ties to upstate New York.

National Silver Ball  Tournament August 11-13 Three days of vintage baseball teams competing round-robin style. Old-Time Fiddlers’ Fair August 19-20 A melodious weekend featuring hundreds of musicians on four stages. Hop Harvest Festival & German Heritage Day August 26 Celebrate our German ancestors through food, music, dancing, and a traditional harvest of  hops.

If you go Location: 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford How far from Rochester: Half-hour drive Admission: $18 adults, $15 seniors (62+) and college students, $10 children (ages 4-18). Ages 3 and under and active military are free and veterans are $14. Please note: Special-event admission is $14-$22. Accessibility: The museum’s modern facilities are universally accessible as are many of the historic structures. However, some historic structures are not wheelchair accessible and weather may hinder mobility. Tractor-pulled wagons can bring visitors from the entrance to the village. Discounts for those with disabilities. Restaurants on site: Two, with both counter and waiter service. Learn more: or 585-538-6822




Rock City Park 505 NY-16, Olean

Bristol Aerial Adventures

You could spend a whole weekend climbing and zipping among the mountains and treetops of Bristol. Bristol Aerial Adventures makes the resort traditionally known for its winter sports a year-round attraction. You can zip through the trees on the Zipline Canopy Tour. Each tour is limited to 10 guests and is led by two guides, presenting a personal experience across several zip lines with a total distance of more than 5,000 feet. Climb aboard the trees and obstacle courses of the Aerial Adventure Park, which offer more than 125 elements, including bridges, hikes, off-road rides, and a final “Leap of Faith” — which drops you 40 feet. Younger kids can participate in the climbing at the Kids Adventure Park, which features two courses specifically designed for ages four to seven, located closer to the ground with a special harness system. Watch your kid gain confidence as they navigate, balance, and zip their way through the trees. If your child has any difficulties, staff members are on the course at all times to help them to work through the elements.

If You Go

Location: 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua How far from Rochester: One-hour drive Admission: Aerial Adventure Park: $52 over age 7; $25 ages 4 and under; $39 group rate and eve admission; Zip line Canopy Tour: $109 Accessibility: Participants must weigh between 80 and 250 pounds. Learn more: bristol mountainadventures. com or 585-374-1180

Dad, mom, and the kids all can enjoy climbing and zipping among the mountains and treetops of Bristol. PHOTOS BY RENEE VENISKEY

Open to visitors since 1890, Rock City Park is, according to O’Brian, “a fascinating natural wonder that will take you back in time millions of years.” In his book he wrote, “You won’t believe what I found in the Enchanted Woods of Cattaraugus County! Rocks! Big rocks!” He told Roc Parent magazine that the Rock City Park is “so old and wonderful” with “amazing rock formations of giant boulders.” “You walk down the stairs and it unfolds in front of you.” Travel tips: This trip is kind of like a hiking adventure but doable. Bring good walking shoes and a bottle of water. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

2887 Royce Road, Varysburg “How about spending the day in an animal kingdom?” O’Brian asked, noting you do not have to travel to Florida for this getaway. Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is 63 acres of farmland that is home to more than 300 animals and 30 species, which you can see and feed via a guided wagon ride. “These animals aren’t what you’d expect to find roaming around Western York,” he said. “Zebra camel, elk, ostrich, and more. That’s what makes this getaway so unique.” Roc Parent

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Seabreeze Amusement Park

It’s big-time fun with a small-park feel — and ginormous memories in the making — at Seabreeze Amusement Park, just minutes from the city of Rochester on the shore of Lake Ontario. Family-owned and operated by the Norris family for 138 years, Seabreeze was once known as the “Coney Island of the West.” Fifth and sixth generations of the family run the park now. Seabreeze is recognized as the 12th oldest amusement park in America. Its 1920s-era rollercoaster, The Jack Rabbit, is the world’s oldest continuously operating wooden coaster. With rides suited for the tiniest of tots to the biggest thrill seekers, it’s fun for the whole family, With more than 25 rides and a full onsite water park, family favorites include the historic carousel, bumper cars, and kiddie-coaster Bear Trax and recently redesigned Kiddie City, with water boats, mini swings, and cars. Entertainment includes a high-flying acrobatic show, offered throughout the day, and an old-time arcade and the original midway of games. Water rides include a Lazy River, a wave pool, giant tub slides, giant Soak Zone with mini slides and water canons. All lifeguards are certified. Seabreeze caters to group events and parties with covered shelters overlooking over the lake.

If You Go Location: 4600 Culver Road, Rochester How far from Rochester: 15 minutes Admission: (gate prices): $33.99 (those over 48 inches); $26.99 (ages three and up, under 48 inches); $23.99 night pass; $13.99 spectator pass. Accessibility: Wheelchairs are not available for rent. Guests in a wheelchair and or with assisting aides may enter most attractions through the exit gate. Service animals with leashes are permitted in the park but are not allowed to go on rides. Free parking onsite. Restaurants on site: Seabreeze Grill, California Grill, waffles and fried dough, tacos and subs, chicken and fries, pizza, ice cream, and Dippin’ Dots. Learn more: or 585-323-1900 12

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Games, rides, and a waterpark make Seabreeze the ultimate daycation. PHOTOS BY PAUL OLCOTT

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Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park

In a matter of minutes, my kids fed a zebra, petted a camel, watched buffalo grazing in a field, and felt the giant horns of a Texas longhorn. And they were asking when were we coming back even before the safari ride ended. Joy and wonder were high as we traveled on a wagon across 63 acres of farmland, which for eight years has been the setting for Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park. This family-fun attraction is about an hour’s drive from Rochester, due south of Batavia in the small town of Varysburg. Other exotic animals along the ride are llamas, elk, bison, water buffalo, and ostriches. Admission includes a cup of grain to feed to the animals and admission into the Small Animal Adventure, where you can feed friendly animals like donkeys, goats, and kangaroo. Nestled in a rolling valley, Hidden Valley is a special place to escape from the ordinary for a little while. Tours run through October, and in winter the guided wagons are replaced by sleigh rides. The main lodge of the park features a restaurant that resembles an Adirondack Great Camp, complete with antler chandeliers and cozy fireplaces.

Get up close and personal with animals of all sorts — like this friendly fellow — at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park. PHOTOS BY PAUL OLCOTT.

If You Go Location: 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg How far from Rochester: One-hour drive Admission: $18.75 adults; $17.25 seniors (65+); $14.75 children ages 3-10; free children two and under. Includes safari and trolley ride and Small Animal Village. Accessibility: Safari tours are wheelchair accessible and one restaurant is accessible. Restaurants on site: Two with waiter service Learn more: animal-park/ or 585-535-4100

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The Pomp & Circumstance of senior year Reminding myself ‘commencement’ means ‘a new beginning’ By DEBBIE COFFEY

Emotional turbulence comes with the territory of teenagers and high school. Things can shift without warning from anticipation, optimism, joy, serenity, acceptance, and pride to rejection, melancholy, fear and grief. If you have personally felt all these emotions in the last five minutes, there’s a good chance you are the parent of recent high-school graduate. In our house, I know the end of my daughter’s high school career came way too fast. While we were visiting colleges — as well as watching the last sporting event and away on the last band trip or soaking up every other “last” — it seemed someone hit fast forward and forgot to push stop. Something feels different on the last first day of school. Then suddenly, around college decision day in May, reality slaps you in the face like a cold, February wind: This is the year my baby moves away. Navigating through dozens of clichés and even through all the necessary planning and preparations, nothing could get me ready for the void that is looming. I will surely miss the friends who occupy my daughter’s days and a big part of her heart, for they have secured a place in mine as well. My house will be uncomfortably quieter without their regular visits. I will miss her daily presence more than imaginable, along with frequent hugs, our honest conversations, and her smiling eyes and laugh that I look forward to each morning and afternoon. While some families become a lot quieter as they send twins and triplets off all at once, we are blessed to have another amazing daughter still under our roof. What I think I will miss the most is

Things to do before D-Day (Drop-off Day)

• Take too many photos • Stock up on tissues • Host a bonfire (or several; that huge pile of college marketing materials should keep it burning for days!) • Write a letter or journal for your child • Share your own college experiences (well, maybe not all of them) • Learn Snapchat • Let them have as much time as they need with friends • Take a family getaway if you can Debbie Coffey of Spencerport, right, is enjoying every moment she can with daughter Jenna before she heads to college. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT

seeing my two girls together every day. They share a closeness adored and envied by many and something I treasure more than words can express. While reminiscing runs high, we need to celebrate the members of the class of 2017 with the pomp and circumstance they deserve. Congratulations to all the moms, dads, and teachers, too. The year was filled with a long list of decisions and accomplishments made possible with your support. Whether your child is going off to college, joining the workforce, traveling, or serving our country, this is an ending for us. I’m reminded, though, the end of high school is called commencement because it signifies a new beginning. As we start this summer and party like it’s 1999 (coincidentally, the year

most of these graduates were born), we recognize the beginning of independence and adulthood and celebrate who our children are becoming. As parents, we can’t help but wonder if we prepared them well for whatever comes next and we worry, just a little, if they will be OK. So, as I sit down to write this, a group of 13 spectacular seniors including my daughter, Jenna, are over at the school carrying out a plan. They each chipped in to buy a ticket to Senior Ball and created a “ballposal” they are now delivering to a classmate whose needs are sometimes classified as different than their own. Their surprise assures him that Ball will be incomplete without him. After all, their needs are really all the same — kindness and acceptance. He said “yes”! These are the young adults we are sending out into the world. Something tells me they are going to be better than OK.

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Prevention tips for beating the heat By ELIZABETH MURRAY, D.O. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital

High temperatures can lead to heat-related health concerns — this should come as a surprise to no one. But in the Northeast, we also have to be wary of high humidity. When we sweat, the moisture on our skin evaporates and cools us. But if it’s humid, the air is moist, our sweat doesn’t evaporate and our bodies are deprived of this natural cooling mechanism. As with many things, prevention, when possible, is the best way to tackle the heat. Make sure to sip — but not guzzle — your water.


• Work with local schools and summer sports teams to schedule practices in the early morning or early evening. It is better to ease into practice in warm or humid weather, as heat exhaustion can happen even to the most highly trained athletes. • Take drink breaks every 15 to 20 minutes. • Set the expectation that you should listen to your body and not try to play through exhaustion. Staying cool and drinking fluids is not a sign of a bad athlete. Start teaching children at a young age what to look out for as a clue that they may be overheating.


• Heat injury is a spectrum ranging from minor (heat cramps) to severe (heat stroke). Early symptoms can be subtle, such as a leg cramp. If this develops, it’s time to stop and replace your fluids. This is a time when choosing a sports drink (or rehydration drink) is best. • Drink often but don’t guzzle. Sip and sit in a cool, shady spot. • One of the most dangerous signs is if an overheated person stops sweating. A person in this condition may become confused, combative, or even pass out. This is a life-threatening emergency: Call 911 immediately. Bystanders should begin cooling measures (get the overheated person in the shade or air conditioning and apply icepacks or a cold cloth to neck and armpits), but do not try to give anything by mouth, as the person will likely be on the verge of losing consciousness. • A person with heat exhaustion will have nausea, dizziness, and an elevated body temperature. At this point, it’s important to stop, cool, hydrate, and monitor. If symptoms do not improve quickly, the person needs evaluation in the Emergency Department. Roc Parent

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Shark Attack! Chomp on some reading this summer By DEENA VIVIANI

When Shark Week is not enough, take a bite out of these books featuring the sometimes fearsome, sometimes fearless, and sometimes friendly fish. AGES 5-8

AGES 8-12

Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks Written by Skila Brown Illustrated by Bob Kolar

The Great White Shark Scientists Written by Sy Montgomery Photographed by Keith Ellenbogen

Get ready for some shark snark! Poems in different forms educate and entertain readers about 14 species of sharks, from the infamous great white shark to the lesser-known cookiecutter shark. Each page spread is designed with under-the-sea color schemes that will make you want to dive right into the water — shark-infested or not. The placement of each poem around the sleek shark illustrations adds even more visual interest to this fin-tastic picture book. Quick facts are provided about each ocean predator for budding marine biologists. This is one book you will want to read out loud over and over again for the rhythm, the rhymes, and the reality of who lives beneath the ocean’s surface. (Candlewick, 2016, hardcover, $16.99) 18

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Hop aboard the Aleutian Dream and cruise off the coast of Massachusetts with Dr. Greg Skomal, a biologist interested in learning more about why numbers of great white sharks are declining. He is the featured scientist in this Scientists in the Field series title. Dr. Skomal also wants to educate the world about the fact that the great whites are misunderstood, and are generally calm, despite their ferocious portrayal in pop culture. The author and photographer join the mission to share information about the equipment and science used to track the animals before they head off to Guadalupe, Mexico, to photograph sharks underwater. Not only is the writing engaging in this non-fiction volume, but the high-quality photographs are the quality of those found in National Geographic publications. With diagrams, maps, a bibliography, and more, this book can be used for research papers as well as at-home leisure reading for those who want to feel like they are part of a scientific expedition. Additional shark facts are provided, such as the number of shark species in the world (around 500) and the number of shark teeth produced in a lifetime (around 30,000). Now that’s a lot to chew on! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, hardcover, $18.99)

AGES 12-18 Adrift Written by Paul Griffin When Matt hops into a small boat with three other teens to save a fourth who went surfboarding in an Atlantic storm, he doesn’t expect to run out of gas. Or food. Or water. It doesn’t help that no one may know they are missing … or that sharks are circling, waiting for the right chance to strike. This survival-at-sea story is addicting, between the characters turning on each other, the elements turning on them all, and the countdown to find out if anyone on land will realize the teens need to be saved. The interspersed short chapters from rescue searchers, police, and family members in email, letter, and transmission formats make this a great choice for reluctant readers who desire constant action with great storytelling and writing — and can handle a little sharky gore. (Scholastic, 2017, paperback, $9.99)




AGES 3-6 Alfie’s Lost Sharkie By Anna Walker (Clarion, 2014, hardcover, $14.99)

AGES 6-10 Smart About Sharks Written by Owen Davey (Flying Eye Books, 2016, hardcover, $19.95)

AGES 10-15 Surrounded by Sharks Written by Michael Northrop (Scholastic, 2016, paperback, $7.99)

AGES 4-8 Clark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark Written by Bruce Hale Illustrated by Guy Francis (Harper, 2015, hardcover, $17.99)

AGES 7-10 Diving with Sharks Written by Margaret Gurevich (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2016, paperback, $5.99)

AGES 4-8 Sharks Have Six Senses Written by John F. Waters Illustrated by Bob Barner (HarperCollins, 2015, hardcover, $17.99)

AGES 7-10 The Magic Tree House: Shadow of the Shark Written by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House BFYR, 2015, hardcover, $12.99)

AGES 5-8 Land Shark Written by Beth Ferry Illustrated by Ben Mantle (Chronicle, 2015, hardcover, $16.99)

AGES 9-12 How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel Written by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks, 2015, paperback, $7.99)

AGES 12-18 Before We Go Extinct Written by Karen Rivers (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2016, hardcover, $17.99) AGES 12-18 Formerly Shark Girl Written by Kelly Bingham (Candlewick, 2015, paperback, $8.99) AGES 12-18 The Raft Written by S.A. Bodeen (Square Fish, 2013, paperback, $9.99)

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Hello, Muddah … Hello, Faddah … here I am at — nope, not going Dear Dr. Amy: My darling daughter just informed me that she is not going to sleep-away camp although it’s all set up. What do I do?!? — Mean Mommy? Dear Mommy Dearest: I’ve been getting this question a lot lately … Remember back in January when you had to decide and (gulp) pay for summer camp? The brochures for summer camps always show kids with big toothy grins, splashing in water. I love the picture of the young girl who has just met her two new besties and they are all holding hands as they joyfully walk away from their parents and toward their slightly damp summer living quarters. Who we never see on a glossy brochure is the kid clinging to his guiltridden mom while a wellmeaning (and downright peppy) counselor pries his little fingers from her shoulders. Don’t get me wrong — I am a firm believer in the camp experience. Summer camps can help kids hone many life skills, such as social adaptability, resilience, and independence. My own kids have been going to day camp since the summer before kindergarten and have now ventured into two-week stays at overnight camps. My three boys fill the spectrum from “Happy Camper” to “Somewhat Reluctant Participant.” So how do we prepare kids who are reluctant about or new to the camp experience? The key is to acknowledge your child’s feelings and help her learn coping skills 20

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she can use to deal with these feelings. Most importantly, try not to trivialize your child’s feelings by saying, “There is nothing to worry about!” or “You’ll have fun!” without showing some empathy and understanding. These statements may leave a child feeling like you don’t care or understand and can discourage her from talking to you about her concerns. If you know that your child is on the anxious or shy side, you can even discuss strategies in advance for dealing with concerns. For some kids, this can give them tools that make them feel more prepared. In any case, let her know that you are confident

she can handle this new adventure, and that the camp counselors and other staff are there to help her along the way. Dr. Jim Wallace, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, says don’t focus too much on how it feels to be away from home. Instead, it can help to imagine and talk about physical details like decorating her bunk, meal choices, or daily activity offerings. He also suggests not lingering at the bus stop or drop off because long goodbyes are painful for everyone.

For some added insight, I spoke with Anthony “Ace” Ventura, who is the teen programing and arts enrichment coordinator at the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA, as well as a firm believer in all things camp. He suggests preparing kids for what might be different about camp, but doing so in a way that makes it fun. Getting sand in your swimsuit or mud in your toes can be a new sensation for some kids. “As a parent or counselor, you have to be truly enthusiastic about the idea that sometimes the most exciting things in life happen when you have a little dirt under your nails,” he said. He also suggests talking to your child’s counselors to let them know if your child has concerns so they can support him, too. So, when should you worry that a child’s anxiety is something problematic? You might be concerned if he shows physical symptoms of fear, excessive tearfulness, or hiding. Some children have nightmares about separation, or ask questions like, “What if something happens to me or you when I’m away?” It is best to be calm and firm, but if a child’s reaction is so severe that it interferes with normal functioning, it might be time to talk to your pediatric provider about a consultation with a mental health professional. However, we don’t want to underestimate a child’s ability to cope. For most kids, you can send them off with a few words of encouragement and a brief hug. And for Pete’s sake, don’t let ’em see you sweat. Go home, have a cup of tea, and a good cry on your own time.

MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY With gorgeous views of Rochester at dusk surrounding us on the roof of the Strathallan, we celebrated the launch of Roc Parent/She Rocs magazine on May 8. Thanks to our writers, advertisers, and friends! Photos by Renee Veniskey and John Schlia Publisher Salley Thornton, left, and Managing Editor Dresden Engle cut the cake with Roc Parent cover model Matt Kilmer.

Sisters Andrea Holland, left, and Norma Holland.

Columnist “Organized Clutterbug” Elizabeth Crony.

Guests toast the new issue. From left are Dresden Engle, Chris Fanning, Allison Roberts, John Schlia, Shawn Gray, and Freyda Schneider.

Owners of Roc Parent/She Rocs magazine Salley Thornton, left, and Dresden Engle thank those who attended the event.

Ann Mattle of the Child Care Council Columnist Dante Worth snaps a and Tim Cook of Cook Tom Kohn of Bop Shop Records Alexis Ganter, left, and Sara Hickmanand copy editor Jann Nyffeler. Himes of the Roc Parent/She Rocs team. selfie with Salley Thornton. Communications.

RAPA’s Eric Vaughn Johnson, left, and Hunter Ekberg.

Hannah Barry, left, and Amanda Bayer of RMSC.

Mary Therese Friel and Kent Friel.

Jeff and Elaine Lennox of Archer Communications #rocgrandparents.

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Jessica Ripple, left, and Correna Keatley of Rochester Broadway Theatre League. July/August 2017


Corbett’s Glen Nature Park Roc Parent Yelena Keeney of Ontario shares her pick for family fun — Corbett’s Glen Nature Park in Brighton.


• A 52-acre park that offers breathtaking scenery, including waterfalls and a historic tunnel • A variety of habitats, including Allen’s Creek, a marsh, open fields, and mature woodlands on the surrounding hills forming the valley. • Home to salmon, trout, turtles, and a variety of birds and mammals; a migratory stopover for birds in the spring and fall, and a haven for wildlife, including great blue herons, wild turkeys, deer, and beaver. • More than two miles of 8-foot-wide trails are found in the park, with a level loop at the southern end along Allen’s Creek, with the Postcard Falls and historic tunnel under the railroad embankment. Connected by a steep, hilly walk, the trails travel through wooded areas in the northern section. Most trails are wood chip, with a boardwalk over a particularly wet area and a 0.35-mile stone-dust loop from the Penfield Road parking area. • Includes a deck viewing area and a seating area that overlooks Postcard Falls. • Corbett’s Glen is surrounded on three sides by sandy ridges, deposited as the glaciers once covering the area melted and receded. • Upon entering the glen, one is struck by the feeling of being nestled in a special place, far from the hectic pace of modern life. Remnants of its previously forested state are located on the higher elevations of the glen, where some oaks are estimated to be more than 150 years old. • NOTE: There are no restrooms or garbage receptacles in this park.


• A fun place for a picnic and an afternoon in nature • Easy walking trails for young kids. • Creek walking: Bring water shoes and a swimsuit to hike in the creek and swim under small waterfalls. • Interesting history that includes the aqueduct. • Beautiful landscape photography opportunities. • A hidden gem with waterfalls and a rope swing.


• Corbett’s Glen was once an important Native American trading ground. From an area near East Avenue through the glen, the Seneca Indian trail followed Allen’s Creek and led to Irondequoit Creek. In 1999, the Town of Brighton and Genesee Land Trust agreed to a partnership to save the glen, and Corbett’s Glen Nature Park was formed on June 24, 1999. • For more about the history of the park, visit Description and history of the park taken from and 22

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Lindsey Coffey, 16, of Spencerport enjoys nature at Corbett’s Glen. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT


Where: The park has two different access areas. North Park: 165 Park Lane, Penfield: An eight-car parking lot is off Penfield Road, just east of North Landing Road across from Forest Hill Road. South Park: Off Glen Road, near Route 441 and I-490. Brighton. Park visitors must park at the top of Glen Road and walk through the tunnel to access the park. Cost: Free Hours: Open daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Contact: Town of Brighton Recreation Office, 585-784-5260 Learn more: at or Park rules and regulations are at

Still looking for exciting activities and educational programs for your children this summer? No matter the age, in Rochester there’s plenty to choose from, whether you want the great outdoors, a performing stage, a chilly ice rink, or a hands-on museum. The following pages can help you get started!

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Free programs for children and teens at libraries in the Monroe County Library System

Sign up for Summer Reading at your local library, and enjoy the many FREE programs available for children and families! Teen programs start on page 12.

When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer programs at your public library will help your child to keep reading and have fun all summer long.

For more information on how you can help your children find books they will love, ask a children’s or young adult librarian! And sign up for our new library card for Young ExplorerS today!

Come join Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and “Build a Better World” this summer! Register for Summer Reading at any participating Monroe County Library. When you complete a reading log, your name will be entered into a drawing to win 4 FREE passes to the Seneca Park Zoo. 2

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Arnett Branch Library

Brighton Memorial Library

115 South Avenue, Rochester 428-8150

310 Arnett Boulevard 428-8214

2300 Elmwood Avenue


Exploration Stations: Mixing STEAM and Folk Tales Thursdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3 Drop in between 11:00am-4:00pm All ages In Jest: The Greatest Show in Mirth Monday, July 10 7:00-8:00pm All ages Omnipresent Puppet Theater Presents: “The Three Little Pigs” Monday, July 17 10:30-11:30am All ages Rap, Rock, and Read with Miss Nina Wednesday, July 26 7:00-8:00pm All ages If You Give a Mouse a Toolbelt Monday, August 7 10:30am-12:00pm All ages

Scrap Art with Mary Jane Wenner Wednesday, July 5 3:00pm Ages 12 and under Seneca Park ZooMobile Wednesday, July 12 3:00pm Ages 12 and under 19th-Century Games with the Genesee Country Village & Museum Wednesday, July 26 3:00pm Ages 12 and under Live Bird of Prey Demonstration by Wild Wings Wednesday, August 2 3:00pm Ages 8-12 African Drums: Storytelling, Dance, Singing Wednesday, August 9 3:00pm Ages 8-12


Summer Reading Kickoff Friday, June 23 10:00-11:30am Infant – age 12 KidFit with Victory Fitness Monday, July 10 11:30am-12:30pm Ages 4 and up How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work with Airigami Monday, July 17 10:30-11:15am Ages 5 and up A Night of Family Magic with Steve Ingraham Thursday, July 20 7:00-8:00pm All ages Miss Nina’s “Sha Doo Be Doop” Sing Along Thursday, July 27 10:30-11:30am Ages 2–6

All programs are free. No registration required, except where noted.

Go to for a complete listing of all programs.


BrockportSeymour Library

Charlotte Branch Library

Chili Public Library

161 East Avenue, Brockport

3557 Lake Avenue

3333 Chili Avenue



Summer Reading Kickoff Saturday, June 17 11:00am-1:00pm All ages

Stories and Swords Monday, July 24 1:30-2:30pm Ages 4-12 Registration required

Wizarding World: OWLs Tuesday, June 6 4:00-5:00pm For ages 7-11 Registration required

Balloon Crazy with Just Clowning Around Monday, July 10 10:30-11:15am All ages Registration required

If You Give a Mouse a Toolbox Monday, August 7 3:00-4:00pm All ages

Truck Show Extravaganza Monday, July 10 10:00am-12:00pm For all ages and families

Family Read-a-Thon Friday, July 14 2:00-4:00pm All ages Registration required

Learn to Build Domino Chain Reactions with StickTrickDominoDude Monday, August 14 1:00-2:30pm Ages 7-12 Registration required

Science Fair Fridays Friday, July 14 11:00am-12:30pm For all ages and families

Stories and Swords Monday, July 24 10:30-11:30am Grades K-5 Registration required

Solar Eclipse Party Monday, August 21 1:30-2:30pm All ages Story Time at the Charlotte Beach Flagpole Tuesdays: July 11-August 22 11:00-11:45am Ages 3-10 In case of rain, meet at the Charlotte Library.



Begin with a Bang Mondays Monday, July 17 10:00-11:00am For all ages and families Solar Eclipse Party Day Monday, August 21 2:00-5:00pm For all ages and families


East Rochester Public Library

Fairport Public Library

Frederick Douglass Community Library

317 Main Street East Rochester

1 Fairport Village Landing Fairport

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971 South Avenue 428-8206

Summer Reading Kickoff: with Wegmans ZooMobile Friday, June 30 3:00pm All ages

Amazing Magic Joe Tuesday, June 27 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required

Music and Movement with Missy Reed Thursday, July 6 10:30-11:30am All ages

Music with Missy Reed Saturday, July 15 10:30am For families

History Houses Presents‌ Samantha & the Suffragettes! Wednesday, July 5 10:30-11:30am Ages 5 and up Registration required

Healthy Snacks with Miss Liz Wednesday, July 19 3:00-4:00pm All ages

Rochester Yoga Preschool with Lauren Seaver Friday, July 21 11:30am Ages 2-5 with a caregiver American Girl History Houses with Teresa Wood Monday, July 31 3:30pm Ages 5 and up Traveling Campfire with Rick Merritt Monday, August 7 3:30pm Ages 5 and up

The Checkers Show Tuesday, July 11 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required Captive Lifeforms Tuesday, July 18 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required

Yoga in the Park Thursday, July 20 10:30-11:30am All ages Hula Hoop Wednesday, July 26 3:00-4:00pm All ages

Scrap Art with Mary Jane Wenner Tuesday, July 25 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required

All programs are free. No registration required, except where noted.

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Gates Public Library

Greece Public Library

Hamlin Public Library

902 Elmgrove Road

2 Vince Tofany Blvd.

1680 Lake Road, Hamlin


Summer Reading Kickoff with Mr. Loops Thursday, June 29 6:30-8:00pm All ages Registration required Buffalo & Brandy (with a banana piano!) Thursday, July 6 6:30-7:15pm All ages Registration required “Building & Construction Magic Show” with Cris Johnson Thursday, July 13 6:30-7:15pm All ages Registration required The Wondermakers—Build a Better World Thursday, July 27 6:30-7:15pm All ages Registration required If You Give a Mouse a Toolbox— Special Appearance by Mouse Thursday, August 10 6:30-8:00pm All ages Registration required



Tie Dye Thursday, July 20 1:30-3:00pm All ages Saturday Stories Saturdays: June, July and August 10:30-11:00am All ages Shark Week Programs Week of August 14th All ages Check for registration


“Building & Construction Magic Show” with Cris Johnson Tuesday, June 27 1:00-2:00pm Hamlin Town Hall Gym All ages Tie Dye Thursday, July 6 1:00-2:00pm All ages Big Machine Day Wednesday, July 19 Hamlin Town Hall Parking Lot 1:00-2:30pm All ages If You Give a Mouse a Toolbelt Friday, August 4 11:00am-1:00pm All ages Summer Reading Finale: “Going, Going, Saved” ZooMobile Wednesday, August 16 Hamlin Town Hall Gym 1:00-2:00pm All ages


Henrietta Public Library

Irondequoit Public Library

Lincoln Branch Library

455 Calkins Road

1290 Titus Avenue

851 Joseph Avenue


Summer Kickoff Party at Henrietta Public Library Saturday, June 24 10:00am-12:00pm All ages Meet Pete the Cat! Tuesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 13 10:15-10:45am Ages 2 and up


Baby Signing Time with Linda Schmackpfeffer Fridays: June 23, July 21, and August 25 10:30-11:15am Ages 0–23 months with caregiver Domino Demo & Workshop with StickTrickDominoDude Wednesday, June 26 10:30-11:30am Ages 6–12 Registration required Family Concert with Miss Nina Stone Wednesday, July 26 10:30-11:30am Families with children ages 2 to 5 Lift Bridge Presents: If You Give a Mouse a Toolbox Character Program Friday, August 11 10:30am–12:30pm Families with children ages 2 and up Registration required So You Want to Be a Writer? with Local Author Andrew Perry Wednesday, August 16 10:30-11:30am Ages 8–12


Victory Fitness with Rosalind Walker Wednesday, July 5 10:30-11:15am Registration required Explore the U of R SMILEmobile Monday, July 10 10:00-11:00am Ages 3-12 “Building & Construction Magic Show” with Cris Johnson Wednesday, July 12 10:15-11:00am All ages Mini Ark “Petting School” Wednesday, July 19 10:30-11:30am All ages Registration required “Oh the Places You’ll Go” – Exploring Careers Guest story teller and a visit from the “Cat in the Hat” (Barnes & Noble @ Greece partnership) Friday, July 21 10:30-11:15am For ages 3-7 Registration required

All programs are free. No registration required, except where noted.

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Lyell Branch Library

Maplewood Community Library

Mendon Public Library

956 Lyell Avenue

1111 Dewey Avenue

22 North Main Street Honeoye Falls


Fun with YOUR Environment with Tina Stevens, Monroe County Environmental Education Tuesdays: July 11, 18, and 25 2:00-3:00pm Ages 6-12 “Building & Construction Magic Show” with Cris Johnson Wednesday, July 12 2:00-3:00pm All ages Chain Reaction Workshop with the StickTrickDominoDude Monday, July 17 2:00-3:00pm Ages 6-12 Registration required Storybook Cooks Thursday, July 27 2:00-3:00pm Ages 6-12 Registration required Rochester Fencing Club Presents: Stories and Swords Thursday, August 3 2:00-3:00pm Ages 4-12 Registration required Mini Ark Petting Zoo Thursday, August 10 2:00-3:00pm All ages


Airplay Juggling Tuesday, June 27 1:00pm Ages 3-12 Reptile Guys Wednesday, July 12 1:00pm Ages 3-12 David Moreland the Magician Monday, August 7 4:00pm Ages 3-12 Topher Holt Wednesday, August 16 1:30pm Ages 3-12 Bob Wagner Soccer Clinic Tuesday, August 22 1:00pm Ages 8-12 Registration required


Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration with Just Clowning Around Thursday, June 22 6:30-7:30pm All ages Stories Galorious: Story Telling Event Tuesday, June 27 11:00am-12:00pm School-aged children and adults Registration requested Sing, Sign, & Play! Thursday, July 6 10:00-10:30am Babies and preschool-aged children with adults Registration requested Intro to the Environment Tuesday, August 1 11:00am-12:00pm School-aged children and adults Registration requested Game Changer Program with Musician/Storyteller Topher Holt Thursday, August 17 6:30-7:30pm All ages

All programs are free.



Monroe Branch Library

Newman Riga Library

Parma Public Library

809 Monroe Avenue

1 Village Park, Churchville

7 West Avenue, Hilton


Summer Reading Kickoff and Author Birthday Party Thursday, July 6 4:00-6:00pm All ages Cupcake Wars Monday, July 17 2:00-3:00pm Ages 10 and up Registration required Sid the Science Kid’s Texture Hunt Wednesday, July 26 5:00-7:00pm All ages Henna Rising Wednesday, August 9 1:00-3:00pm All ages Pajama Story Time Wednesday, August 16 6:30-7:30pm All ages

Mumford Branch Library 883 George Street, Mumford 538-6124

It’s Magic of Course Wednesday, July 12 4:00-4:45pm All ages


Balloon Crazy Thursday, June 29 3:00-4:00pm, All ages Defiant Monkey Improv Tuesday, July 11 3:00pm, All ages 13WHAM Weather Van Tuesday, June 18 10:00am, All ages

Ogden Farmers’ Library 269 Ogden Center Rd, Spencerport 617-6181

The Amazing Magic Joe Monday, June 26 2:00-2:45pm All ages, Registration required American Girl: Samantha & the Suffragettes Monday, July 10 11:00am-12:00pm Ages 6 and up Registration required


Defiant Monkey Improv Monday, June 26 11:00am-12:00pm All ages The Checkers Show Tuesday, July 11 1:30-2:30pm All ages Wegmans ZooMobile Tuesday, July 18 1:00-2:00pm All ages Music with Missy Reed Wednesday, July 26 10:30-11:30am All ages Moreland the Magician Monday, August 7 11:00am-12:00pm All ages

Wild Wings Revealing Raptors Monday, July 17 11:00am-12:00pm All ages, Registration required Family Game Night Friday, August 4 6:30-8:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required

No registration required, except where noted.

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Penfield Public Library

Phillis Wheatley Community Library

Pittsford Community Library

1985 Baird Road, Penfield

33 Dr. Samuels McCree Way

24 State Street, Pittsford


Charlie and Checkers: The Checkers Magic, Juggling Show Thursday, June 29 3:30-4:15pm For children ages 3 and up, accompanied by a parent Registration required Wild Wings: Live Birds of Prey Thursday, July 6 3:30-4:30pm For children entering grades K-5 Registration required Omnipresent Puppet Theater Presents: “The Three Little Pigs” Thursday, July 20 3:30-4:15pm For children ages 3 and up, accompanied by a parent Registration required Drawing with Scott Gilbala Broxholm Friday, July 21 3:30-4:30pm For children entering grades 2-5 Registration required



Traveling Farm Monday, July 17 4:00-5:00pm All ages

Children’s Book Swap Monday, June 26 10:00-11:00am All ages

Scrap Art Wednesday, July 26 4:30-5:30pm All ages

Tales for Tails: Read to a Real Dog Friday, July 7 10:00-11:30am All ages

Learn to Hula Hoop Tuesday, August 8 4:30-5:30pm All ages Cupcake Wars Wednesday, August 9 5:00-6:00pm Ages 6 to 12 Registration required Victory Fitness with Rosalind Walker Tuesday, August 15 4:30-5:30pm All ages

Stories and Songs with Jay Stetzer Wednesday, July 12 2:00-2:45pm All ages Family Fun with Defiant Monkey Improv Wednesday, July 26 2:00-2:45pm All ages How to Catch a Mouse: Simple Machines at Work with Airigami Balloon Artist Larry Moss Tuesday, August 1 7:00-8:00pm All ages

Build a Better World Through Music with Miss Nina Stone Thursday, July 27 3:00-4:00pm For children of all ages and their families Registration required No registration required, except where noted.



Rush Public Library

Sully Branch Library

5977 E. Henrietta Road Rush

530 Webster Avenue


StickTrickDominoDude Friday, June 30 7:00pm All ages Registration required

Scottsville Free Library 28 Main Street, Scottsville 889-2023

It’s Magic of Course Wednesday, July 12 6:00-6:45pm All ages Aesop Abounding Puppet Show Saturday, July 22 11:30am-12:30pm All ages Cupcake Wars Wednesday, August 2 6:00-7:00pm All ages Registration required


Winton Branch Library 611 Winton Road North 428-8204

Trucks: Building Safe Communities Thursday, June 29 11:00am-12:30pm All ages

Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration Wednesday, June 28 11:00am-4:45pm Ages birth-12 years

Free Child ID Cards Tuesday, July 18 1:00-4:00pm All ages

Magic of Building a Better World with Magic Marlin Wednesday, June 28 3:00pm All ages

Mini Ark Farm Petting Zoo Wednesday, July 12 11:00am-12:00pm All ages Scrap Art Tuesday, August 1 2:00-3:00pm All ages Zumba Tuesday, August 8 2:00-3:00pm All ages

Caring for Our Wild Friends with National Wildlife Educators Monday, July 10 1:00pm All ages The Three Little Pigs with Omnipresent Puppet Theatre Thursday, July 20 11:30am Ages 3-12 Miss Nina’s Entertainment for Young Children Wednesday, July 26 3:00pm Ages 1-5

All programs are free.

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FOR TEENS 2017 Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County 428-8451

B-Green! Build a Greener Community Tuesday, July 18, 3:00-4:30pm All ages/teen RE-Build a Better Neighborhood: A Cure for Zombie Properties Special Guest: Theo Finn from GRHP Wednesday, July 19, 3:00-4:30pm All ages/teen B – YOU – tiful! Skincare and Healthy Hair with ShaMiiah Beauty basics for everyone Monday, July 24, 3:00-4:30pm All ages/teen B – Mindful! Build a better YOU! Meditation and PiYo with Victory Fitness Monday, July 31, 3:00-4:30pm All ages/teen Celebrate Summer Reading! Party for teens registered in Summer Reading @ Teen Central Friday, August 4, 3:00-5:00pm Teens

Brighton Memorial Library 784-5300

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party Friday, June 23 10:00-11:00am Grades 6-12 Teen Summer Reading Friday, June 23–August 10 Grades 6-12 Registration required Teen Games and Movie Afternoon Friday, July 14 3:30-5:30pm Grades 6-12

Henna Tattoos with Henna Rising Wednesday, August 16 2:00-3:00pm Ages 14-21 Registration required

Build a Better Taco with the Storybook Cook Friday, July 21 12:00-1:00pm Grades 4-8 Registration required

Jr DaVinci’s Arts & Crafts Club Thursdays: July 6-August 10 3:00-4:30pm Ages 10-16 Registration required

Teen End of Summer Reading Party Thursday, August 17 6:30-8:30pm Grades 6-12 Registration required

Charlotte Branch Library

Arnett Branch Library



Fencing for Teens with Rochester Fencing Club Thursday, June 29 3:00pm Ages 13-18 Space is limited. Registration is encouraged to secure your spot.

Creature Teacher Monday, June 26 1:00-2:00pm All ages Salsa Wars with The Storybook Cook Wednesday, July 12 2:00-3:30pm Ages 10-18 Registration required

Chili Public Library 889-2200

Wizarding World: NEWTs Tuesday, June 6 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 12-18 Teens Together Tuesday, June 27 7:30-8:30pm, Ages 12-18 Teen Pizza Fridays Friday, July 14 5:00-7:00pm, Ages 12-18 Registration required Teen Trivia Nights Tuesday, July 18 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 12-18 Potatoes and Chips Friday, July 21 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 12-18 Registration required

No registration required for teen programs, except where noted.



East Rochester Public Library

Frederick Douglass Community Library



Butterfly Container Gardens Friday, July 7, 3:00pm For ages 9 and up

Hula Hoop Thursday, August 9 3:00-4:00pm, Ages 9-16

STEAM Tech Challenge Friday, July 14, 3:00pm For ages 9 and up

Gates Public Library

Candy Sushi Friday, July 21, 2:00pm For ages 9 and up Tie Dye T-Shirts Friday, August 11, 3:00pm For ages 9 and up

Fairport Public Library 223-9091

Chess with Rochester Chess Center Thursdays: July 6-August 24 6:30-7:30pm, All ages Registration required Teen Chefs – Dessert Wars Monday, July 10 2:00-3:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required Teens & Money Tuesday, July 11 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 14+ Registration required Movie Mondays – Titles TBA Mondays: July 17, 24, and 31 2:00-4:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required Teen Chefs – Build a Better Crepe Tuesday, July 18 2:00-3:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required

Hamlin Public Library 964-2320

DIY Vision Board Thursday, June 29 1:00-2:00pm Tweens and Teens Registration required


Greyhound Meet and Greet Saturday, June 17 1:30-2:30pm, All ages Registration required T-Shirt Painting Wednesday, June 28 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 9-18 Registration required Red, White and Blue Bangles Tuesday, July 11 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 9-18 Registration required Tween Craft Series Tuesdays: July 18, 25, August 1, 15, 22, 29 6:30-7:30pm, Ages 8-13 Registration required

T-Shirt Tote Tuesday, July 11, 6:30-7:30pm Tweens and Teens Registration required Creative Journaling Thursday, July 20, 1:00-2:00pm Tweens and Teens Registration required Ductigami Tuesday, July 25 6:30-7:30pm, Tweens and Teens Registration required Upcycled Bookends Thursday, August 3, 1:00-2:00pm Tweens and Teens Registration required

Henrietta Public Library

Practice ACT Test Wednesday, August 23 1:00-5:00pm Students in grades 9 and up Registration required

Greece Public Library 225-8951

Teen Tuesday Tuesdays: July 11 - August 15 3:00-4:00pm Ages 10-18 Registration required


Celebrate Summer @ HPL July 10 – August 19 Weekly Themes: Play, Chow Down, Make It, Travel and Adventure, Totally Tech, Fantasy Fun. All ages Teen Writing Group 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month 6:30-8:00pm, Grades 6-12 Teen Impact Last Tuesday of each month 6:30-8:00pm, Grades 6-12

No registration required for teen programs, except where noted.

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TEEN PROGRAMS 2017 Irondequoit Public Library 336-6060

Maker Camp Wednesdays: July 5 through August 23 3:00-4:00pm OR 4:00-5:00pm For students entering grades 5-12 Registration required Teen & Parent Book Club Monday, July 10 and Monday, August 14 7:00-8:00pm Ages 13-18 and parents Registration required Practice ACT Test Thursday, July 20 10:00am-2:00pm For students entering grades 9-12 Registration required Practice SAT Test Thursday, August 10 10:00am-2:00pm For students entering grades 9-12 Registration required The Great Library Escape Thursday, July 27 OR Thursday August 17 7:00-8:00pm For students entering grades 6-12 Registration required

Lincoln Branch Library 428-8210

Lincoln Library Tallest Structure Contest! Monday, June 26, 3:30-5:30pm Ages 12-17 Registration is encouraged.


Owl Pellet Program Presented by Wild Wings Tuesday, July 11, 12:00-1:00pm Ages 12-17 Registration is encouraged. Live Birds of Prey Tuesday, July 18, 12:00-1:00pm All ages Introduction to Fencing for Teens Presented by Rochester Fencing Club Tuesday, July 25, 2:00-3:15pm Ages 13-17 Registration required Post-Apocalyptic Movie Marathon! Thursdays in July at 3:00pm Ages 13 and older only

Mendon Public Library

Monroe Branch Library 428-8202

Cupcake Wars Monday, July 17 2:00-3:00pm Ages 13 and up Registration required Henna Rising Wednesday, August 9 1:00-3:00pm Ages 13 and up


Yoga Class #1: Yoga Basics Wednesday, July 12 1:00-2:00pm, Teens and adults Registration requested Getting Creative: Kids, Teens and Adults Design Nature Dwellings Tuesday, July 18 11:00am-12:00pm Kids, teens and adults Registration required Yoga Class #2: Meditation and Mindfulness Intro Wednesday, July 19 1:00-2:00pm, Teens and adults Registration requested Photonics: Rochester’s Opportunities and Yours, Too! Tuesday, August 8 7:00-8:00pm, Teens and adults Registration requested Nutrition on a Daily Basis: Thursday, August 10 7:00-8:00pm, Teens and adults Registration requested

Ogden Farmers’ Library


Minute to Win It Thursday, June 29 2:00-3:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required Cupcake Wars Tuesday, July 18 1:00-2:00pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required Terrariums with Prismatic Gardens Wednesday, July 12 2:00-3:30pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required Tie-Dye Monday, July 24 1:00-3:30pm, All ages Registration required After-Hours Escape Room Friday, July 28 7:00-8:30pm, Grades 6-12 Registration required


Parma Public Library 392-8350

Duct Tape Creations Friday, June 30 1:00-2:00pm Grades 7-12 Registration required Make Your Own Pet Rock Monday, July 10 1:00-2:00pm Grades 7-12 Registration required Painted Ceramic Boxes Monday, July 17 1:00-2:00pm Grades 7-12 Registration required Scratch Art Sun Catcher Tuesday, July 25 1:00-2:00pm Grades 7-12 Registration required Teen SRP Pizza Party Tuesday, August 8 1:00-2:00pm Grades 7-12 Registration required

Just Games ~ World Building Wednesday, July 12 7:00-8:30 pm Grades 6-12 Registration required Cupcake Wars Wednesday, August 2 7:00-8:00pm Grades 6-12 Registration required Practice SAT Tuesday, August 8 10:00am-2:00pm Grades 10-12 Registration required

Sully Branch Library 428-8208

Manga Club Wednesdays: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 and 9 3:30-4:30pm Ages 12-17 Teen Movie Afternoon Fridays: June 23 and 30 2:00-4:00pm Ages 12-17 Manga Night After Hours Wednesday, June 21, 6:00-8:00pm Ages 12-17

Penfield Public Library 340-8720

Knit a Better World Mondays: June 26, July31, August 28 2:00-3:00pm Grades 6-12 Registration required Upcycled Build Challenge Monday, June 28 7:00-8:30 pm Grades 6-12 Registration required

“It’s Magic of Course” with Magician Ted Burzynski Friday, July 21, 3:30-4:30pm Ages 12-17 Taekwondo Basics with James Mitchell Friday, July 14, 3:00-4:00pm Ages 12-17 “Tales From Beyond” with Cris Johnson Friday, August 18, 3:30-4:30pm Ages 12-17

Pittsford Community Library 248-6275

Build a Better Slime Monday, July 10 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 10-14 Registration required Invent with LittleBits Monday, July 17 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 10-14 Registration required Practice SAT Tuesday, July 18 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 14-18 Registration required Cupcake Wars Tuesday, August 1 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 12-18 Registration required Total Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21 1:00-3:00pm, All ages

Winton Branch Library 428-8204

Teen Summer Reading Program Registration Monday, June 26 11:00am-5:30pm Ages 12-17 Fencing Workshop with Rochester Fencing Club Friday, July14 4:00-5:30pm Ages 13-16 Registration Required Juggling Workshop Tuesday, August 1, 2:00-3:00pm Ages 11-16

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Monroe County Library System CENTRAL LIBRARY OF ROCHESTER AND MONROE COUNTY 115 South Avenue, Rochester Children’s Center........... 428-8150 Teen Central................ 428-8451 General Info................ 428-7300

GREECE PUBLIC LIBRARY.....225-8951 2 Vince Tofany Boulevard

PARMA PUBLIC LIBRARY......392-8350 7 West Avenue, Hilton

BARNARD CROSSING BRANCH......................663-3357 2808 Dewey Avenue

PENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY...340-8720 1985 Baird Road, Penfield

ARNETT BRANCH .............428-8214 310 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester

HAMLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY......964-2320 1680 Lake Road, Hamlin

PHILLIS WHEATLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY.........428-8212 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way, Rochester

BRIGHTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY. .......................784-5300 2300 Elmwood Avenue

HENRIETTA PUBLIC LIBRARY..........................359-7092 455 Calkins Road

PITTSFORD COMMUNITY LIBRARY..........................248-6275 24 State Street, Pittsford

BROCKPORT—SEYMOUR LIBRARY ........................637-1050 161 East Avenue, Brockport

IRONDEQUOIT PUBLIC LIBRARY..........................336-6060 1290 Titus Avenue

RUSH PUBLIC LIBRARY........533-1370 (Rush Town Hall) 5977 E. Henrietta Road, Rush

CHARLOTTE BRANCH ........428-8216 3557 Lake Avenue, Rochester

LINCOLN BRANCH..............428-8210 851 Joseph Avenue, Rochester

CHILI PUBLIC LIBRARY........889-2200 3333 Chili Avenue

LYELL BRANCH..................428-8218 956 Lyell Avenue, Rochester

SCOTTSVILLE FREE LIBRARY..........................889-2023 28 Main Street, Scottsville

EAST ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY.........................586-8302 317 Main Street, East Rochester

MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY LIBRARY..........................428-8220 1111 Dewey Avenue, Rochester

FAIRPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY...223-9091 1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport

MENDON PUBLIC LIBRARY.....624-6067 22 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls

FREDERICK DOUGLASS COMMUNITY LIBRARY......................428-8206 (formerly Highland Branch) 971 South Avenue, Rochester

MONROE BRANCH ..............428-8202 809 Monroe Avenue, Rochester

GATES PUBLIC LIBRARY......247-6446 902 Elmgrove Road

NEWMAN RIGA LIBRARY.......293-2009 1 Village Park, Churchville OGDEN FARMERS’ LIBRARY....617-6181 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport

The Monroe County Library System would like to thank the sponsors of our summer reading programs. Go to to see all of our generous supporters. Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

MUMFORD BRANCH.........538-6124 883 George Street, Mumford SULLY BRANCH.................428-8208 530 Webster Avenue, Rochester WEBSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY..........................872-7075 Webster Plaza, 980 Ridge Road, Webster WINTON BRANCH .............428-8204 611 Winton Road North, Rochester


What is the mission of the Genesee Land Trust?

Our mission is to conserve natural land and water for the benefit of the greater Rochester region — providing wildlife habitat, supporting local farms and food, and creating connections to nature.

How and when did the Genesee Land Trust get started? Genesee Land Trust was started in 1989 by a group of individuals concerned about the loss of natural lands in their communities across the Rochester region. We work to protect native plant and wildlife habitat, wetlands, farmland, and waterways, as well as scenic and recreational areas. We understand that land protection, like clean water, is important to our quality of life. We all need nature!

What kinds of programming and services does the Genesee Land Trust offer to local families?

Genesee Land Trust has protected more than 5,000 acres of land in Monroe and Wayne counties. We have created 14 nature preserves open to the public, partnered with towns to develop three nature parks, and act as the friends of the 2.2-mile El Camino Trail in Rochester.

Backyard habitat tours are one of many programs offered this summer. PHOTO BY CONNIE EHINDERO

We also host many nature walks, events, and family-friendly activities primarily on protected lands. Carol and David Southby of the Rochester Butterfly Club will lead a “Butterflies and Summer Flowers” nature walk through the Ganargua Creek Meadow

Preserve at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29. Families can also join a two-mile “Summer Habitat Walk” through a 115-acre preserve in Rush to discover butterflies, birds, flowers, and learn a

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Carol and David Southby of the Rochester Butterfly Club lead a “Butterflies and Summer Flowers” nature walk through the Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve. The next one is July 29. PROVIDED PHOTO

SPOTLIGHT, from page 47 little geology at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. Families can also volunteer for the Genesee Land Trust, helping out with trail work, invasive plant control and trash pickup.

Tell us about Genesee Land Trust’s community partnerships.

We partnered with the city of Rochester to create the Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino and Conkey Corner Park. We work with the Ibero-American Development Corp. and Project HOPE and Conkey Cruisers to host events and programs in the El Camino neighborhood. We also work with local townships. We partnered with the town of Brighton to save Corbett’s Glen, the town of Parma to conserve Martin Farm, and the town of Webster to preserve Gosnell Big Woods Preserve. Genesee Land Trust also preserves lands in partnership with non-profit organizations, including Cracker Box Palace, a farm-animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Sodus; Peacework Farm, an organic CSA in Arcadia; and Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a bird-banding research station in Greece. We also participate in the Wegmans “Passport to Family Wellness” program. Eleven of our trails are found in the pocket-sized trail “passport” book, which offers easy-to-read maps, fitness tips, and motivation in the form of prizes for trails hiked and recorded in the booklets. 48

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Share Genesee Land Trust’s vision for the future.

Genesee Land Trust continues to conserve land and create new trails across the region. We are currently working to conserve four family farms around the region totaling more than 1,000 acres. From apples to butternut squash, local farmers grow a variety of foods. In the Rochester area, we have some of the best soils in the world for farming and plenty of water. We are also working to fill in the gap on the Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino in the city, transforming an old railroad trestle into a walking and biking path across the Genesee River, with stunning views of the river and city skyline.

Where can parents learn more and get involved?

We would love your input about how to encourage young families to explore our preserves and special places. If you are interested in getting involved to develop activities and brainstorm ideas, please let me know. You can reach me, Gay Mills, at gmills@geneseelandtrust. org. To learn more about local lands, events, work parties, and other programming, visit us online at We thank Executive Director Gay Mills for sharing these answers to our questions about Genesee Land Trust so we could shine this much-deserved spotlight on its work and programs.

Let’s go! These 18 preserves and parks are free and open to the public. Visit the interactive Map of Protected Places at for directions and more information about each of these sites. • Brookdale Preserve (275 acres, Chili) • Christine Sevilla Wetlands Preserve (23 acres, Caledonia) • Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve (56 acres, Macedon) • Hipp Brook Preserve (94 acres, Penfield) • Island Cottage Woods Preserve (61 acres, Greece) • Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station (10 acres, Greece) • Kraai Preserve (30 acres, Arcadia) • Manitou Beach Preserve (5 acres, Greece) • Reed Road Bird Refuge (131 acres, Chili) • Gosnell Big Woods (163 acres, Webster) • Conkey Corner Park (Rochester) • Corbett’s Glen Nature Park (52 acres, Brighton) • El Camino (2.25 acres, Rochester) • Lehigh Crossing Park (57 acres, Victor) • Eva and Harlan Braman Preserve (71 acres, Webster) • Alasa Farms (627 acres, Sodus) • Salmon Creek Preserve (58 acres, Greece) • Castle Road Wildlife Sanctuary (51 acres, Henrietta)


CALENDAR A selection of things to see and do in July and August

You and the Zoo Seneca Park Zoo Conservation Days and Special Events Visit the zoo on special days this summer for featured animals and events including:

• Madagascar Adventure (July 8)

• Invasive Species Week (July 9-15)

• National Zoo Keeper Week (July 16-22)

• World Tiger Day (July 29) • Penguin Day (Aug. 5) • A Step Into Africa (Aug. 12) • Art at the Zoo (Aug. 20). Admission: $12; $11 seniors 63 and older; $9 youth 3-11. Where: 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester More info: senecapark Hang out with lemurs during Madagascar Adventure at Seneca Park Zoo on July 8. PROVIDED PHOTO

Let’s go to the museum The Strong National Museum of Play The Raceway Arcade Through Sept. 4 Play your way through the history of electronic driving games and learn about America’s long fascination with the need for speed at the original Raceway Arcade. Start your engine and zip through the evolution of driving games in this highly interactive and artifact-rich exhibit designed for racing enthusiasts of all ages.

Admission: $14.50, ages 2 to adult Where: One Manhattan Square, Rochester More info: Strasenburgh Planetarium at RMSC Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia Through July 29 Thundering beasts darken the sky as they tower over you in the Star Theater dome. This documentarystyle film transports you to the dinosaurs’ world with computer graphics a generation beyond Jurassic Park in accuracy and

realism. In present-day scenes, paleontologist Rodolfo Coria drives us around Argentina by jeep to discover the remains of the largest animals ever to have walked the earth. Narrated by Donald Sutherland. Admission: $3-$7 Where: 663 East Ave, Rochester More info: strasenburghplanetarium

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Fairs and Festivals The Corn Hill Arts Festival July 8 and 9 The 49th annual Corn Hill Arts Festival features 375 juried artists, four stages of live music, food and beverages, and activities for children of all ages, including spin art, bounce houses, and the 5th annual Fairy Houses Tour. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday. Admission: Free Where: Corn Hill Neighborhood, Rochester More info: cornhillarts Explore Native American culture at the Native American Dance & Music Festival. PROVIDED PHOTO


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Native American Dance & Music Festival at Ganondagan July 22 and 23 The 26th annual Native Ameri-

CURATED CALENDAR can Dance & Music Festival invites you to experience Native American culture, featuring native singers and dancers, the Native American Arts Market, native foods, Iroquois storytelling, and “hands-on” fun in the Wegmans Family Discovery Zone. Free admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center, guided trail walks, bark longhouse tours, and much more.

performing artists plus arts and crafts and fireworks.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission: Members and children under 2, free; adult, $12, seniors, $10; students 18 and older, $7; children 3-17, $5 Where: 1488 NY 444, Victor More info:

The Monroe County Agricultural Fair showcases the community, agriculture, technology, and youth of Monroe County, featuring shows, animals, crafts, and food.

Harborfest, Oswego July 27-30 Since its founding in 1988, Harborfest has provided free concerts featuring more than 600 national, regional, and local

Hours: Check website for times of specific events Admission: Free Where: Five different venues within the City of Oswego More info: Monroe County Fair Aug. 4-6

Hours: Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6p.m.; Admission: $5 for adults, 12 and under are free Where: 105 Hubbell Road, Spencerport More info: Park Avenue Summer Art Fest Aug. 5 and 6

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Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Demos

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: Free Where: Along Park Avenue, Rochester More info: Brockport Arts Festival Aug. 12 and 13 More than 100 artisans selling their cations, with live entertainment, vintage cars, farmer’s market, and food. Family entertainment on the lawn of the historic Morgan Manning house plus face painting and street dancers. Hours: Check website for times of specific events Admission: Free Where: Along Main Street, Brockport More info:

Check out the RPO Around Town concerts, July 4-August 1. PROVIDED PHOTO

Hot Glass Demos are live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, offered all day, every day. You’ll see master glassmakers shape glowing gobs of molten glass on the end of a pipe and skillfully shape them into vases, bowls, or sculptures. Cameras inside the 2300°F furnace ensure you don’t miss a single step as you witness the skill and artistry behind the glass objects in the museum’s galleries. Admission: Free for children ages 17 and under; adults and seniors $16.60 to $19.50. Where: 1 Museum Way, Corning More info:

One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 41st annual festival of arts, crafts, and music with 300 artists.

Summer Music RPO Around the Town Concerts July 4-Aug. 1 The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents free concerts at the Main Street Bridge (July 4), Ontario Beach (July 5), Frontier Field (July 21), and four Around the Town Concerts in local parks. Bring your lawn chairs, family, and friends! Admission: Free More info: Glass blowing demos take place daily.

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CURATED CALENDAR Spencerport Canal Days is a free, familyfriendly festival along the canal — there’s a diverse selection of events, so there’s something for everyone.

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Hochstein at High Falls Through Aug. 17 This free noontime summer concert series runs throughout July and August at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge at Platt Street. The featured musical talent will vary each week. Bring your own seating and lunch, or pick up a lunch at a food truck or nearby restaurant. Admission: Free Where: 74 Browns Race, Rochester, 14614 More info: The Pop Ups in Concert


barge journey on the Erie Canal, performing free concerts in canal communities along the way. Admission: Free More info:

Friday, July 21


A family-friendly, all-ages concert with Grammy-nominated The Pop Ups at The Strong National Museum of Play at 7 p.m., for the duo’s only upstate New York stop. They blend high-energy puppetry and rock ’n’ roll.

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Tickets: $15 Where: One Manhattan Square, Rochester More info: Wegman’s Concerts by the Shore June 7-Aug. 30 Ontario Beach Park offers free Concerts by the Shore Series with evening concerts on the park grounds along the beach and boardwalk. Bring a blanket or chair or walk the grounds while listening to live music. Bring a picnic or buy concessions on site. Admission: Free Where: 50 Beach Ave., Rochester More info: ontariobeachentertainment. org/concert-schedule/

Erie Canal Bicentennial This summer, our region celebrates the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Erie Canal. There are several ways for your family to enjoy the canal this summer: Water Music New York July 2-8 A unique musical experience 200 years in the making … the Albany Symphony will embark on a week-long 52

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The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage with a week-long navigational celebration along the Erie Canal, as canal boats travel from Seneca Falls to Rochester, with re-enactors telling the story of women’s suffrage. Throughout the week, VoteTilla boats will dock at towns and villages along the route: Monday, July 17 10 a.m. Depart Seneca Falls 3:45 p.m. Arrive Clyde Tuesday, July 18 9 a.m. Depart Clyde 11:05 a.m. Arrive Lyons 1:45 p.m. Depart Lyons 4:35 p.m. Arrive Newark Wednesday, July 19 9 a.m. Depart Newark 10:45 a.m. Arrive Palmyra 4:30 p.m. Arrive Fairport Thursday, July 20 10 a.m. Depart Fairport 11:35 a.m. Arrive Pittsford Friday, July 21 10 a.m. Depart Pittsford 1:30 p.m. Arrive Corn Hill 8 p.m. Concert in the Park 10 p.m. Fireworks Saturday, July 22 10: 30 a.m. Suffragist City Parade, Rochester Admission: Free More info: VoteTilla

Lois McClure Legacy Tour July 26-Sept. 10 This summer’s Lois McClure Legacy Tour marks the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal with a celebration of waterways and trees. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal sailing boat will visit ports along the Erie Canal, where you can board the boat and discover how the “boatwood” trees have been essential for centuries in boat-building. The boat will be in the Rochester area on the following days: Weedsport (July 26), Lyons (July 29), Fairport (July 31), Rochester (Aug. 4-5), Spencerport (Aug. 7), Holley (Aug. 8), Medina (Aug. 10), Brockport (Aug. 2627), Pittsford (Aug. 29), Palmyra (Aug. 31), Newark (Sept. 2-3), Clyde (Sept. 7), and Seneca Falls (Sept. 9-10). Admission: Free More info: Spencerport Canal Days July 29-30 A free, family-oriented festival in the canal village of Spencerport, featuring arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, and farm market stands. Plus carriage rides, car show, amusement rides, historic games, and rag-doll making. Free parking with shuttles. Admission: Free Where: Village of Spencerport More info: Lockapalooza 2017 Aug. 19 One of the largest whitewater kayaking competitions will be at Lock 32 Whitewater Park in Pittsford. Admission: Free Where: 2797 Clover St. Pittsford More info:

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