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Fall fun for families We rate the “scary” on Halloween haunts Which farm market has the best donut? Apples are the core of Wayne County tourism Get off screens and get moving Scenic wonders: The Bluffs & Letchworth
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It’s back-to-school time … and for many of us moms and dads, it’s not “just another September,” but rather the start of a transition school year. It’s my third school transition in eight years — my daughters, who are in the same grade, started pre-school in 2009, kindergarten/elementary school in 2012, and now middle school in September 2017. Yes, admittedly, I was that mom who followed the bus on the first day of kindergarten and took photos as they entered the school. With the fears that all school transitions bring, I realize this is the biggest transition yet — a much larger school with hundreds of new faces, as several elementary schools are blended. And here’s the part where my fears were confirmed: While at a neighborhood nail salon this summer I chatted with a woman Dresden Engle whose son is a student at the middle school Managing Editor where my daughters soon will be sixthgraders. I asked her what the middle school is like. Her answer: “Have you ever seen a prison movie?” My heart stopped and I audibly gasped. She went on to tell me stories of bullying and bad language … and more. “It’s not like it was in elementary school, that’s for sure,” she said. Oh boy. I’ve already been mourning their quaint, nurturing one-floor elementary school every time I’ve driven past it this summer. Can middle school be that bad? I’m banking on “no” (especially since I’m really scared of prison films). I remind myself that growth is good and that my daughters and their Salley Thornton friends are ready for this next step in life. Publisher As a family we’re getting on the rollercoaster and s,trapping on the seatbelts as we prepare to chug up the hill (click, click, click, click, click). And we’re hoping the big fall after the first ascent isn’t too scary. Here’s to all the parents experiencing a transition school year — whether it’s pre-school, kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college. We’ve got this ... .
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WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE LINDSAY WARREN BAKER is a stage director, writer, teaching artist, acting coach, and yoga instructor. She’s an adjunct instructor of opera and also a dramatic coach at the Eastman School of Music. She also worked in various capacities with Geva Theatre Center, Eastman Opera Theatre, and the Ohio Light Opera, and is a member of the creative team at Roc Parent/She Rocs magazines. AMANDA CUCCHIARA, sister of Roc Parent Social Media Manager Rachel Cucchiara, is a Webster native. After four years of working at a nonprofit in Manhattan, she is heading back to school this fall to pursue her master’s degree in Industrial Relations from Cornell University. In this issue, she shares her secrets for fall family fun in Rochester. CHRISTINA GRAY is an aspiring PR professional and a dancer focused on African and modern dance. She has performed with FuturPointe and Borinquen Dance Theatre. This December she completes a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from SUNY Brockport. SUE HENNINGER is a freelance writer, a regular contributor to family magazines, and the coauthor of The Ultimate Guide to College Transfer: From Surviving to Thriving. Contact or connect with her at SueHenninger.com. AMY JERUM, DNP, CPNP-PC, PMHS, is a doctorally prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and board-certified pediatric mental health specialist. She is also the director of Workforce Development at URMC Complex Care Center, a faculty member of CAP-PC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care), and assistant professor of Clinical Nursing at 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. Nowadays, Deanna’s sarcastic wit can be heard every morning on The Brother Wease Show on Radio 95.1. Check out her blog at blog CynicalMother.com. MARY KOKINDA earned her master’s degree in inclusive childhood education. She’s also certified in literacy education and holds a bachelor’s degree in English, however she loves teaching math, too! Mary has worked locally as a classroom teacher for more than 12 years. She is looking forward to getting to know her new class soon! KATIE RIZZONE, M.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor of Orthopedics at UR Medicine and specializes in non-operative sports medicine. Her special interests include musculoskeletal ailments including strains, sprains, tendonitis, fractures, sports concussions, and arthritis, as well as medical problems unique to the female athlete and runners. JANET SCHWAN is a freelance writer for senior, parent, and children’s magazines, and a retired elementary school teacher. She and her husband, John, are the former owners of Children’s Corner Nursery School and Family Daycare in Greece, NY. They now enjoy helping care for their three granddaughters, Maya, Aubrey, and Macie. 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 lives in Rochester with her young daughter and musician husband.
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FEATURES Cover Story DIY costumes armed with Google and a glue gun The new school year Mom and dad have homework, too The great donut tasting Who has the best fried cakes in town? Apple Tour in Wayne County 20 years of deliciousness Too scary for my kid? Roc Parent ranks the scare factor for you Curated calendar Our picks for fall fun
COLUMNS 8 The Cynical Mother Snacks, snacks, snacks! Stop asking for snacks!
Abby enjoys the hay maze at Lagoner Farms during the Wayne County Apple Tour. PHOTO COURTESY OF WAYNE COUNTY TOURISM.
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Ghost deer? Tours start this fall to see Seneca white deer At grandma’s house Kids need to play by the rules Roc Parent Pick The scenic wonders of Chimney Bluffs and Letchworth Get kids moving Get ‘em off screens and outdoors
10 Ask Dr. Amy It’s OK for your kids to experience failure 34 Book Nook Experience the comic craze
ON THE COVER
Micah Nelson of Lima plays knight vs. dragon with his son Max in the Sunken Garden at Highland Park. Roc Parent shows you on pages 6 and 7 how this dragon costume was made.
PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY.
BY LINDSAY WARREN BAKER
Fall settles in and we’re all well aware Halloween is approaching. But, alas, it’s now one week before the big night and your trick-or-treater finally decides what he wants to be — a fire dragon from Dragon Mania Legends. What? A character from a tablet game? OK, challenge accepted! Armed with Google and a glue gun, I was able to craft a fun and easy costume.
Lindsay Warren Baker works the glue gun. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT
Start with the image of the desired character or person or creature. In my case, which version of the fire dragon does he want to be? We searched the images together so we could talk about what the important elements of the costume needed to be. Never made a dragon before? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Search keywords like “dragon,” “dragon wings,” “dragon tail,” etc. to find images and even instructions from people who already did the work and are willing to share their process. You can then adapt for your particular project. I find Pinterest and Etsy to be particularly helpful sites. After you’re done searching and have your game plan it’s time to start crafting!
The glue gun is my primary tool for costume assembly. If you don’t already own a glue gun, you can find them at craft stores and even dollar stores on occasion. I use a mini-glue gun, as it’s easy to manage and you can buy the glue sticks in bulk. They can get leaky, so I use a paper plate to rest the hot gun on so that glue puddles don’t end up on my table, floor, or wherever I’m working.
Lindsay Warren Baker works with her trick-or-treater to choose and plan Halloween costumes … and then she works both Google and a glue gun make the magic happen.
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Other materials Sweatsuit: I remember that as a child I would get frustrated when I had to cover up my costume with a coat, in order to stay warm if it was cold or dry if it was rainy. The solution? A sweatsuit. Using sweats as a foundation means you can layer up your child as much as necessary underneath the costume, and your little creature can still spook the neighbors freely (as well as show off your handiwork)! Cardboard: Leftover boxes in your garage or attic, and toilet paper rolls are surprisingly malleable and can be sculpted and shaped before being covered by … Felt: You can buy a variety of colors of craft felt off the bolt. That way you can get as much or as little as you need. It’s easy to cut out, easy to glue or sew, and durable, plus it doesn’t require hemming, Tip: Don’t forget your Joann’s coupon! They are available via mailing list, website, or text message. Hats and gloves: For this particular project, I also used a baseball cap for the foundation for the “dragon head,” red gloves for the “claws,” fiberfill to stuff the “tail,” gold tulle for the “fire,” and white fabric and black construction paper for the eyes (that I already had at the house). So … this Halloween, I encourage you to embrace your inner crafter and get gluing!
Max loves his dragon costume so much he plans to wear it again this Halloween! PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY
Baker uses existing accessories as the base for her costume creations. To create the dragon’s head, she covered a baseball hat with felt. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT
The a King n n a e D y B
Snack attack: My kids ask for snacks ... while still chewing other snacks I have a friend whose daughter went to several camps this summer. At one camp she learned fencing … as one never knows when one will need to defend herself in the suburbs with an epée, foil, or saber. She performed a Broadway play at another camp. Her final and favorite is a survival camp, where she spent a week deep in the Adirondack Mountains. Campers bond as they learn to live off the land. Clearly, they didn’t watch Kevin Bacon’s movie White Water Summer. As for my children, what did they do this summer? They attended a couple of day camps — playing basketball and painting, but for the most part they just had snacks. I am convinced my children have tapeworms. There is no other explanation for their incessant need for food. They want a snack before breakfast. They will actually ask for a snack while I am cleaning up after lunch. My son has asked for a snack with a fork in his hand. My daughter has asked for a snack while chewing a snack. They want snacks minutes before dinner and moments after. They want a snack before bed. There is a good chance they dream of snacks. Children survive an entire school year
without snacking all day, but are famished in the summer. “There is no way you are hungry again,” I insist time and time again. My daughter has given some Academy Award-winning performances. She will grab her stomach, nearly collapsing to the floor in agony while pleading, “But I am starving.” Meryl Streep doesn’t have anything on this girl. The grocery store clerk must think I have an unhealthy obsession with Goldfish crackers. Don’t judge me. I also feed my children fruit, yogurt, cashews, etc. But I am not Queen Bey. I don’t have millions in the bank (or take photographs
with my newborn children in a garden while wearing a blanket and a veil, but I digress). Crackers are on the menu every now and then. My children happen to enjoy Autolyzed Yeast and Thiamine Mononitrate. Also, according to the box, these crackers are “made with smiles.” Broccoli can’t say that. The issue really isn’t what they are eating, but the frequency. Someone once suggested they serve themselves. Yes, they are capable of opening a refrigerator or cabinet and putting food on a plate. Unfortunately, children don’t quite grasp the importance of portion control. I don’t want them starring in a reality show on TLC. I would have to clean up the mess anyway. My son “helped” clear the table after lunch this week and somehow managed to make the kitchen dirtier. My children could have clean hands and yet still leave a thin film on the refrigerator handle. Maybe they dip their hands in maple syrup when I’m not looking? A child’s definition of clean isn’t the same as mine. I prefer not to live in filth. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. One day my children will, hopefully, take care of me … and I will have just one request: snacks.
Unfortunately, children don’t quite grasp the importance of portion control. I don’t want them starring in a reality show on TLC. 8
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Mozart Requiem & Marriage of Figaro Presented by the New York State Ballet with the Lyric Voices and Dr. Jared Chase Orchestra
Presented by the New York State Ballet with the Rochester Lyric Opera and Dr. Jared Chase Orchestra
BALLET Presented by the New York State Ballet with the Rochester Lyric Opera and Dr. Jared Chase Orchestra
Learning to fail — it’s OK Dear Dr. Amy: My son didn’t make the football team! He is devastated. We have hired a specialty defense instructor. The poor kid has my husband’s weak knees. What else should we do? I have heard of football players taking ballet. Do you know anything about this? Signed, I already bought the jersey … Dear Sidelined Mom: Parents tend to think their most important role is helping their kids succeed. But what about the importance of teaching kids to fail? There is a compelling body of evidence that kids need help learning how to fail. How do we help a kid cope when he or she doesn’t get picked for the team or the lead in the school play … but rather is cast as “the rock”? What about when Harvard passes on their application? Not learning to tolerate the disappointment of failure leaves kids with an inability to cope when the inevitable failure does occur. And perhaps even more important, it can make kids give up trying. The greatest success stories most often start as stories of failure. We tend to remember the success, but the true legends failed epically and repeatedly long before they hit the mark. It is through failure that we learn, grow, and ultimately succeed. Famous basketball star Michael Jordan has spoken a lot about
turning failure into success. He said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” In fact, he wasn’t chosen for the varsity team as a sophomore in high school. The coaches recognized that if Jordan made the team, he would almost never play. Instead, they put him on the JV team where he could better hone his skills. Jordan was devastated. He has told the story of crying in his room, ready to abandon his dreams of playing ball. It was his mother who spoke to him about picking himself up and doing what champions do — try, learn, try again. So he played JV and worked himself to the limit. Being able to cope with frustration and disappointment is an important life skill to master. It will help a kid become more independent and ultimately succeed in future endeavors — whether the goals are athletic, personal, or academic. Unfortunately, as the world puts increasing pressure on kids to win, we are seeing more and more kids who become panic-stricken over the smallest misstep. So how do we help kids to learn to fail and get back on the horse? My advice to parents in many situations starts with acknowledgment and empathy. Please don’t say, “Don’t worry, it’s no big
deal.” Rather, offer validation of their feelings: “I know you really wanted to get on the team. I can see that you’re really bummed out about this.” Let the child talk if he wants to, but it’s also OK to give him some space to process his feelings. These are teachable moments and an opportunity to help your children develop problem-solving skills. Ask them what they might do differently next time. For example, teach your teenager to come up with a study plan (not writing it yourself!) or suggesting they talk to the teacher when they start to struggle. It is also important for parents to serve as role models for disappointment. Don’t just tell kids about the promotion you got. Tell them about the college you didn’t get into or the internship you missed out on. Kids are rarely exposed to the reality of the time we took the wrong path and had to figure out how to get back on track. And if fear of failure impairs daily functioning, it may be time to talk to your pediatric provider, who may refer you to a therapist. Amy Lyons, a local therapist with URMC, said treatment may involve “exposure therapy,” a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. “The idea is to get them used to the notion that things don’t have to be perfect and it’s not the end of the world,” she said. “A kid can learn to acknowledge the discomfort and, with practice, learn to cope with it.” It’s hard to watch your child fail. Think back to when she was learning to walk — if you had never let go of her hands, she would have never experienced the pride of succeeding on her own.
It is also important for parents to serve as role models for disappointment. Don’t just tell kids about the promotion you got. Tell them about the college you didn’t get into or the internship you missed out on. 10
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Navigating the school year Mom and dad have homework, too By MARY KOKINDA
You might be surprised to know that teachers often feel just like kids about the first day of school. As a teacher for 12 years, that mix of nervous energy and genuine excitement is still familiar to me. As a parent, you can start the school year feeling these things, too. However, you might find it easier to advocate for your child and feel more comfortable in general by engaging in positive communication
with your child’s new teacher early on.
Workin’ the website and email
There are a number of ways to find out what your child is going to learn during the year. First, look at the school’s website to find curriculum information. Be sure to look ahead at dates for school events, vacation
days, and testing and mark your calendar now. Also, plan to attend the events specially planned to help you as a parent. Email is a great way to ask for clarification on topics you have concerns about long before problems arise or worries bubble up. If you make an effort to understand the teacher’s expectations as well as the school’s policies, you will start off on the right foot. Many schools and teachers put great
These Webster middle schoolers are ready for the new school year. From left are siblings Lily, Aiden, and Sydney Lagoe and schoolmate Aria Olcott. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT 12
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effort into keeping their websites updated. Use these as a resource; don’t just go by what you see or hear from other parents.
How much homework help?
Homework is that time of day when schoolwork and home life become blurred. Try to find answers to these questions as soon as possible: How much assistance should I provide when my child is struggling with homework? May I send in incomplete work when my child does not understand what to do? If my child loses or forgets homework, shall we contact a classmate and have her parent send us a photo of the homework? Remember, it is OK to tell teachers that you have a hard time helping your child with homework or that you really aren’t sure about the teacher’s grading system. It’s also OK to let us know that your child is having a meltdown that you have to deal with before you can spend quality time reading together at night.
Checking the backpacks
On the other hand, you’ll want to become familiar with certain academic requirements for your child’s grade level and find out how much time is expected to be spent on schoolwork at home. There are usually a certain number of reading minutes per day, and math-fact practice is often reinforced after school hours. Teachers may have great resources and routines set up for their students, so just ask if you haven’t been informed. But first, you might want to check your child’s folders and backpack for materials that were intended for you. And if your child resides at more than one home during the school year, please ask the teacher to provide more than one copy of all handouts going home in the backpack (so both Mom and Dad, or Grandma or another guardian, all have the same information at each household on any given day).
Policies and Volunteering
Not everything you’ll want to know is about academics though. It’s good to know food policies for your child’s classroom, and how birthdays or holidays are acknowledged. These days, healthy options are encouraged for many celebrations so be prepared to offer pretzels, fruit, or even fun erasers for the kids instead of candy or cookies. At times parents are needed to supervise or volunteer during events or field trips,
Brighton teacher Paula Tantillo, left, talks with a parent before the school-year starts, to answer questions and learn more about one of her new students. PHOTO BY PAUL OLCOTT
but as your child gets older, less of that support may be needed. Let the teacher know if you are interested in helping or becoming more involved. The school’s PTA also usually has a website that can assist with answers and advice.
Lastly, remember that your job as a parent is definitely to advocate for your child. So speak up and share your observations with teachers. Sometimes hearing about how a student acts at home is extremely helpful. After all, we all want the best for the child you send to us every day.
Remember, it is OK to tell us that you have a hard time helping your child with homework or that you really aren’t sure about the teacher’s grading system.
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d nuts In search of the best
Witness this Webster woman’s serious, yet delicious, 10-year journey
BY AMANDA CUCCHIARA
From the orange and red leaves to cozy sweaters and Halloween, there’s nothing I dislike about fall! For the past 10 years, my friends and family have indulged me as I lead them on tours of area farm markets to find the best fried cake (aka donut) and evaluate the competition. So when Roc Parent asked me to share my research with you readers, I jumped right in. While my search is broad — from Stokoe Farms in Scottsville and Green Acre Farm in Greece to Gro-Moore in Henrietta and Powers Farm Market in Pittsford — in this article I will introduce you to three local haunts in the Webster/Penfield area. I opted to focus on my hometown as this is the 10th anniversary of Amanda’s Fall Donut Tasting Weekend! We traveled to Schutt’s Apple Mill on Plank Road, Bauman’s Farm Market and Greenhouses, and Herman’s Farm Market & Cider Mill on Five Mile Line Road.
I have chosen to sample each location’s plain fried cake, and have rated it, based on my preferences, on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). The cake is evaluated on density, texture, appearance, and overall fall experience. While I’ll do my official 2017 judging in October, for this article I did a sneak-peek sampling. Amanda Cucchiara visits Schutt’s Apple Mill as she preps for the 10th annual Fall Donut Tasting Weekend. PHOTO BY RACHEL CUCCHIARA
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TOUR STOPS Schutt’s Apple Mill
I started with a visit to Schutt’s Apple Mill, a legend since 1918 — not only for its extensive selection of apples and quaint general store, but also for the controversy surrounding the pronunciation of the family name (is it “Shoot-z” or “Shut-z”?). Flavors: Plain, glazed, and cinnamon Pricing: Single 85 cents, half-dozen $5.10; dozen $8.50; online Dozen $22.99 (includes free shipping) EVALUATION — 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) Density: 3 — Very dense and doughy Texture: 4 — Crispy, flaky edges Appearance: 4 — Medium-sized, fit perfectly in your palm Overall Fall Experience: 5 — Schutt’s is a top-notch visit. In addition to the fry cakes, they offer everything apple (apple cider, apple frost, and 20+ varieties of both U-Pick and prepared apples), ample outdoor seating, and tours.
Bauman’s Farm Market and Greenhouses
Next up was Bauman’s Farm Market and Greenhouses, which has grown fresh produce and flowers since 1908. Flavors: Plain, glazed, powdered sugar, and cinnamon Pricing: Single 85 cents, Half-Dozen $4.99, Dozen $8.99
What a hard decision to make! Ultimately, you can’t go wrong — Bauman’s is our family favorite and certainly holds a special place in my heart, but Herman’s is a strong competitor, and Schutt’s is the whole package with something for everyone. So start planning your trips. I hope to meet you, Roc Parent families, on the road.
VISITOR INFO SCHUTT’S APPLE MILL Where: 1063 Plank Road, Webster Hours: Open year-round; 9 a.m-6 p.m. MondayWednesday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday. More info: (585) 872-2924, schuttsapplemill.com BAUMAN’S FARM MARKET AND GREENHOUSES Where: 1340 Five Mile Line Road, Webster Hours: Open May-December; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday More info: (585) 671-2820, baumansfarmmarket.com HERMAN’S FARM MARKET & CIDER MILL Where: 741 Five Mile Line Road, Webster Hours: Open Spring, Summer, and Fall; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m-6 p.m Saturday and Sunday More info: (585) 671-1246, hermanfarms.com
EVALUATION — 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) Density: 4 — Not as dense, but soft and syrupy Texture: 4 — Very moist, and keep well for breakfast the next day Appearance: 4 — Large and a dark golden brown color. Overall Fall Experience: 5 — Bauman’s giant teepee, Scary Pumpkin Room, and extensive JellyBelly collection make this another must-see market for the family.
Herman’s Farm Market & Cider Mill
Continuing on Five Mile Line Road, the last stop on my tour was Herman’s Farm Market & Cider Mill. Flavors: Plain, glazed, cinnamon, pumpkin, and glazed pumpkin Pricing: Single 80 cents, Half-Dozen $4.74, Dozen $7.99 EVALUATION — 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) Density: 4 — A perfect balance between airy and doughy Texture: 4 — Very fluffy Appearance: 5 — The smallest (and cutest!) of the cakes Overall Fall Experience: 3 — Herman’s is a much quieter, simpler experience than the others, with limited activities for children, but offers many colorful gourds, mums, and pumpkins.
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF If you want to sink your teeth in, Cucchiara’s 2017 spreadsheet is available for download at rocparent.com.
Cucchiara takes her judging seriously ... rating local fried cakes on their density and appearance. Hmmmm (and “Mmmmm”), what farm market will be the 2017 winner?
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Crunch on this: the annual Wayne County Apple Tour celebrates its 20th year this fall, running the month of October and crunching it up a bit with a Tasting Weekend on Columbus Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, Oct. 6-9. Apple lovers throughout western and central New York have long explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. The tour was formalized in 1997 in this picturesque region that stretches to the shores of Lake Ontario just east of Rochester (with the county line being about a half-hour drive from the city of Rochester). So, why all the hoopla? Well, our very own Wayne County happens to be the largest apple-producing county in New York state — and the second largest in the entire country (surpassed only by Washington). October is the busiest month for Wayne County, as tourists flock to orchards and farm markets and attractions to pick, eat, play, and have fun, amidst the fall foliage. “The businesses team up to showcase all we have to offer,” said Christine Worth, Wayne County’s director of tourism, noting that the adventures are family friendly as well as ideal for a date or girls’ weekend. “And who doesn’t like an apple?”
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Families can pick their own apples at several farms in Wayne County. PHOTO COURTESY WAYNE COUNTY TOURISM.
local businesses to host the tour, including farms, farm markets, wineries, and a distillery. Visitors can download a tour map at appletastingtour.com, or pick up a copy at any tour stop. The lucky 13 stops on the tour offer harvest activities throughout October, with special activities planned for Tasting Weekend. “Disconnect yourself from your devices, experience the nature and beauty we have around us, and make your memories in Wayne County,” Worth said.
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Wager’s Country Apple in Red Creek,
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boasts four decades in business and a 100-acre farm full of apples, strawberries, peaches, and sweet cherries. They also have an in-store bakery and barn sale.
Three attractions have been part of the tour for all of its two decades: Burnap’s Farm Market, which is fun for the whole family, with chickens, goats, and a large farm market; Long Acre Farms, known for the Amazing Maize Maze and Back 40 Adventure, as well as homemade ice cream and JD Wine Cellars; and The Apple Shed, with a cider mill, a country café, and a corn slide for kids.
Tour must-do list Pick your own apples at one of the many farms and apple orchards on the tour. Stop for lunch at the café at Lagoner Farms. Experience and escape Amazing Maize Maze at Long Acre Farms. Play at many stops with hayrides, tractor rides, pumpkins patches, corn canons and more. Find your new favorite apple by tasting all the varieties at seven farm markets. Stock up on fall goodies like fresh pies, apple salsa, and homemade preserves. Pick out colorful mums and bright orange pumpkins. Enjoy wine tasting at Thorpe Vineyards, Young Sommer Winery, and JD Wine Cellars. Try a glass of hard cider at Apple Country Spirits or Embark Craft Ciderworks at Lagoner Farm.
Apples at the core of tourism New York State has 51,097 acres of apple trees and 20,862 of them are in Wayne County — making it the top appleproducing county in the state. McIntosh is the top production apple in Wayne County. Imported from Ontario, Canada shortly after its discovery in 1811, this apple thrived here because of its hardy constitution and love of cool nights. Other varieties grown in the county include Empire, Red Delicious, Cortland, Rome, Idared, and Crispin, plus dozens more less popular (but equally delicious) varieties. Apple farming has been a way of life in Wayne County for centuries, and is home to several multi-generational farms. Two recognized Century Farms (100 years) — Lagoner Farms and Orbaker’s Fruit Farm — are on the Tour and were established in 1909 and 1889, respectively. For more information on Wayne County, the Apple Tasting Tour, or the apple industry, contact Wayne County Tourism at 800-527-6510 or visit waynecounty tourism.com.
The 13 Apple Tasting Tour stops: Apple Country Spirits 3274 Eddy Road, Williamson Apple Town Farm Market 4734 Route 104, Williamson Brownell’s Farm Market 5247 East Lake Road, Williamson Burnaps Farm Market & Garden Café 7277 Maple Avenue, Sodus Jensen’s Farm Market 1040 Canandaigua Road, Macedon Lagoner Farm Market & Embark Craft Ciderworks 6895 Lake Avenue, Williamson Long Acre Farms & JD Wine Cellars 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon Morgan’s Farm Market 3821 Cory Corners Road, Marion Mackquinle Farm 5630 Norris Rd, North Rose Orbaker’s Fruit Farm 3451 Lake Road, Williamson The Apple Shed 3391 Fairville-Maple Ridge Road, Newark Thorpe Vineyard 8150 Chimney Heights Blvd, Wolcott Wagers Country Apple 7047 Main Street, Red Creek, Young Sommer Winery 4287 Jersey Road, Williamson For information and directions to each site, visit appletasting tour.com for a mobile locator or call Wayne County Tourism at 800-527-6510.
Apples travel worldwide from the orchards of Wayne County. Visitors to the county’s Apple Tour in October can experience the deliciousness and freshness firsthand, right off the tree. PHOTOS COURTESY WAYNE COUNTY TOURISM.
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Roc Parent ranks the scare factor of local Halloween attractions BY CHRISTINA GRAY and DRESDEN ENGLE
Fall fun fills family calendars every October. And as parents pick and choose from a long list of Halloween activities, they may pause to decide if an event may be too scary for their kids. So as you ponder the tricks and treats of Spooktober, remember that many of today’s Halloween happenings have turned from the original focus on warding off evil spirits to days and nights of adventure, laughter, and extreme fun. The Rochester area boasts a variety of Halloween adventures, but still beware of the fear and scare. To help gauge the ghouls, we have rated attractions via our Scare-O-Meter — determined by polling past patrons and tallying the recommendations of the attraction’s staff. Each rating ranges from zero to one scarecrow (family friendly) to the max of five scarecrows (inappropriate for young children … and perhaps even too scary for some big kids and parents).
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Verhulst Haunted Hayrides 5161 W. Ridge Road, Spencerport (585) 352-8284 | verhulsthalloweenhayride.com Verhulst Haunted Hayrides brings you deep into the woods, where you meet haunting witches, bloody Wizard of Oz characters, and zombie-like wizards. At the end of the ride you have the option of walking through a Haunted Corn Maze (where you most likely will be chased by a chainsaw-revving actor). AGE: Not recommended for children 8 and under ADMISSION: $20 (military and veterans $12) SCARE-O-METER SCARE-O-METER (for Haunted Hayride): (for Haunted Corn Maze):
Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester 3329 Eddy Road, Williamson (585) 423-2991 hauntedhayridesrochester.com Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester opens Sept. 29 to spine-chilling screams on the haunted DeFisher Fruit Farm. On-site acitivites include The Screamatorium, Spinnng Tunnel, 3D Maze, and the indoor Mummy Theatre. AGE: Not recommended for children ages 8 and under. The website said, “It’s scary. ... It is not for the faint of heart” (or those with health issues). ADMISSION: $17-$26 SCARE-O-METER:
Zoo Boo Hayrides at Powers Farm Market 161 Marsh Road, Pittsford (585) 586-4631 powersfarmmarket.com Powers Farm Market is ideal for a family outing, with animals to feed and the world’s largest teepes to explore, plus pumpkins and a farm-market store. The hayride takes families along rolling hills into a dramatically decorated woods. AGE: All ages ADMISSION: $6-$9 SCARE-O-METER (daytime hay rides):
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Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St. Paul St. Rochester (585) 336-7200 SenecaParkZoo.org
For three consecutive weekends, the Seneca Park Zoo hosts Zoo Boo (Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30). Little ones are invited to wear costumes and enjoy and adventure with the orangutans, while getting treats at stations throughout the zoo. SCARE-O-METER: AGE: All ages, especially those who enjoy trick-ortreating and animals ADMISSION: $9-$12
Dark Matter Scream Works The Mall at Greece Ridge 271 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Rochester (585) 451-9952 | darkmatterscreamworks.com Dark Matter Scream Works is moving to a new location this Halloween season — The Mall at Greece Ridge Center — allowing for more space and four new attractions that will boost up the level of madness. AGE: Not recommended under 12. The website says, “At Dark Matter Scream Works we do our best to make sure every customer is extremely frightened.” However, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, there will be an event for kids that is touted as non-gory and child appropriate. ADMISSION: $18-$24 (military and veterans: $2 discount) SCARE-O-METER:
Holiday Hollow Halloween & Pirate Festival 1410 Main Road, Corfu (716) 474-4300 Holiday Hollow’s Halloween & Pirate Festival runs every weekend in October and on Columbus Day and offers fun, non-scary Halloween family entertainment with seven live stage shows, and hours of fun. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. AGE: All ages ADMISSION: $12-$13 (ages 2 and under free) SCARE-O-METER:
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Fall fun ... a short drive for out-of-the-ordinary experiences Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides Weekends from noon-4 p.m., Sept. 9 to Oct. 29, and Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9. Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Scaerial Adventures Haunted Headlamp Tours Enjoy fun and frights in the dark Friday and Saturday nights in October on the haunted zip-lines and eerie bridges of the Aerial Adventures courses at Bristol Mountain. There are three spooky (not scary) aerial adventure courses and two “SC-AERIAL” adventure fright courses (which are not for the faint of heart!). Where: Scaerial Adventures 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua Sky Rides and Fall Festival 5662 Route 64, Canandaigua Learn more: bristolmountain adventures.com
Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain run weekends Sept. 9 to Oct. 29, offering a view of the fall foliage Finger Lakes style. PHOTO COURTESY ONTARIO COUNTY
Fall foliage train rides Fall Foliage by Trolley Sundays, Sept. 17-Oct. 29 Enjoy the beauty of autumn from the window of an authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car. Trolleys depart every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m.
Special-event days: Halloween Trolley Express Saturday, Oct. 21 Featuring indoor trick-or-treating in Halloween-decorated trolley cars. Toddler Trick-or-Treat Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: 6393 East River Road, Rush Learn more: nymtmuseum.org/events Train rides along the canal Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21; Wednesday, Oct. 18; Sunday, Oct. 22 Two-hour train rides through the wooded scenery and along The Erie Canal, which is even more stunning as the trees are ablaze with fall foliage. Special event: Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Medina Railroad presents this activity-filled event. Where: 530 West Ave., Medina Learn more: medinarailroad.com
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Sunflower Spectacular at Wickham Farms Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 2-3 Experience the beauty and colors of tens of thousands of sunflowers. Wickham Farms planted in the spring more than 85,000 sunflower seeds in 15 different varieties to cover a fiveacre field (which is four football fields of sunflowers!). You can pick your own sunflowers plus enjoy the other farm activities, including a five-acre corn maze and hayride through the vegetable fields. Where: Wickham, 1303 Sweets Corners Road, Penfield (across Route 250 from the main Wickham Farms barn) Learn more: wickhamfarms.com
Eastview Mall Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Take part in a spooktacular Super Saturday Halloween Party! Little ghosts and goblins will enjoy donuts, cider, dancing to a live band, and trick-or-treating around the mall (at participating stores). Where: Main Court at Eastview, 7979
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Planning for up-close encounters with Seneca white deer this fall
BY SUE HENNINGER Children squeal with excitement as one trots out of the woods. Adults beam when they spot a small group grazing peacefully by Route 96A a few miles south of Geneva. Whenever a “ghost deer” materializes, it’s a thrilling sight for anyone who appreciates nature’s wonders.
Family-friendly theater productions this fall
“In the Heights” Sept. 5-Oct. 8 This landmark musical by the creator of “Hamilton” was the winner of four Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) and a Pulitzer Prize-nominee. In ‘the Heights’ life is always colorful and the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R&B. Where: Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester Recommended Age: Ages 10 and up Learn more: gevatheatre.org “School of Rock” Sept. 30-Oct. 7 Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitarshredding, bass-slapping, mindblowing rock band. This high-octane production features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Where: Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street, Rochester Recommended Age: Ages 8 and up Learn more: rbtl.org
“A Year with Frog and Toad: The Musical” Sept. 30-Oct. 15 “A Year with Frog and Toad: The Musical” presented by RAPA Family Theatre, tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm. Where: Kodak Center Studio Theatre, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester Tickets: $10 children 12 and under, $18 seniors and students, $20 adults Recommended Age: All ages Learn more: rapatheatre.org
TYKES Academy: From your living room to the stage TYKEs (Theater Young Kids Enjoy) at the JCC will kick off its 2017-2018 theater season in November. But TYKES Academy begins the week of Sept. 25, for ages 4 to 7 (classes are 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays) and ages 8 and up (classes are 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays). To learn more about this on-stage acting program, connect with TYKES at tykestheatre.org or (585) 461-2000.
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“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Oct. 24-Oct. 29 Broadway’s under-the-sea spectacular! In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, the musical features songs “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl, “Part of Your World” and more. Where: Auditorium Theatre, 85 East Main Street, Rochester Recommended Age: Ages 5 and up Learn more: rbtl.org
White deer are a natural variation of their brown relatives. The difference lies in the lack of pigmentation in their fur. Not to be confused with albino deer (who have pink eyes), white deer have the brown eyes and body structure of the darker white-tailed deer with which they have peacefully co-existed for decades on Seneca Army Depot land. Here, the deer have been protected by fencing, a lack of predators, and controlled hunting policies. In 1999 a group of local conservationists formed Seneca White Deer (SWD), a notfor-profit organization whose mission is to protect these unique animals while encouraging the public to learn more about them.
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SWD president Dennis Money says the group is planning to launch an exciting new eco-tourism venture this fall. He is hopeful that, by the end of October, visitors of all ages will be able to tour the depot habitat by bus, with a knowledgeable tour guide describing the rich natural and military history of the region. A newly constructed Welcome Center will be the starting and ending point for the tours and will have exhibits, photos, and merchandise. Depending on the season, deer won’t be the only wildlife eagle-eyed parents and kids might spot on the tours. Rabbits, skunks, bank beavers, and other woodland friends make their homes there. Larger birds — pheasants, turkeys, and hawks — may be visible from the bus as well. However, Money reminds visitors that wildlife sightings can’t be guaranteed. It’s not an animal theme park, he said, noting, “They’re free-range critters!” For further information on the Welcome Center, tour availability, or the white deer, visit SenecaWhiteDeer.org.
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Fall fun, food & frights CURATED CALENDAR Family fun at the Fringe Festival A glorious 10 days of arts and fun erupt in downtown Rochester each September as the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival takes to the streets, the tents, and the theaters. And this year there are even more kid-friendly shows and activities! Here are some of the family-friendly shows and events, with a full schedule and tickets at rochesterfringe.com: Children’s Storytime with Mrs. Kasha Davis Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join drag superstar Mrs. Kasha Davis for stories and a craft project focused on celebrating gender individuality and expression. This program is geared toward pre-school-age children and their families. Where: Central Library, 115 South Ave., Rochester Tickets: Free/No tickets or registration required (seating and craft supplies available on a first-come basis) Amazing Animal Allstars Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. and noon Wildlife Educators Coalition presents education, ecology, and entertainment, featuring animals from all around the world — bugs, reptiles, primates, and parrots. Where: MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave., Rochester Tickets: $12 all ages The Sky Sands Silly Kids Show! Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. Award-winning entertainer Sky Sands combines magic with comedy and audience participation. “Sky was able to strike a balance between keeping the younger kids engaged and the older kids interested, while at the same time making the parents laugh,” said Kathy Wolf, Children’s Librarian, Central Library. That’s why people say “This Sky’s Funny!” Where: School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester Tickets: $12 all ages
Jimmy C’s Kids Magic Show Saturday, Sept. 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. Sunday Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. Magician Jimmy C presents a show full of exciting magic, the silliest of comedy, and lots of song and dance. Where: School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester Tickets: $10 ages five and over “The Seal Maiden” Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 17, 1 p.m. The Seal Maiden tells the enchanting story of a young seal, who – finding herself stranded on the beach after the tide has turned – is transformed into a young woman. She adapts to her new life and flourishes, yet is torn by a longing to return to the sea. This Celtic tale of beauty and sorrow is told through dance and the music of Karan Casey and Niall Vallely. Where: School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester Tickets: $12 all ages “Really Rosie” Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. With music by Carole King, and book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak (the title character based on a girl he knew from his youth), this musical tells the story of the sassiest girl on Avenue P, who entertains by directing and starring in a dramatic and (slightly) exaggerated story of her life from her unique point of view. Directed by local theater professionals and starring local youth actors, Last Fool Productions’ debut show will charm and transport your whole family. Where: Blackfriars Theatre, 795 East
Main St., Rochester Tickets: $15 adults/$10 kids 12 and under Disco Kids Saturday Sept. 23, at 11 a.m.-Noon Big party for pint-size partiers takes over Club Spiegeltent. The next generation of club kids is here. Disco Kids is a fun-filled dance extravaganza that is the talk of kid town. Lights, music, and glow sticks … Where: Spiegeltent, 100 N. Chestnut St., Rochester Tickets: $6 Street Chalk Art Saturday, Sept. 23, Noon-2 p.m. The fun continues after the Kids Disco boogie with Chalk Art, transforming Gibbs Street (closed to traffic) into one giant, colorful canvas with help from art mentors from the Carlson MetroCenter YMCA. We bring the chalk, you bring the creativity! Where: Gibbs Street (between Main and East), Rochester Tickets: Free “Coyote Challenges the World” Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m. Open Road Theatre focuses on the issue of bullying using the Native American Medicine Wheel. We all need to be accepted and appreciated, but how do we achieve this? Coyote declares he is the smartest, best-looking animal, so he should be the Ruler of the World. Eagle, Bear, Snowy Owl, and Mouse challenge Coyote to four leadership tests. Will Coyote achieve acceptance as their leader? Is he a bully or a leader? For all ages. Where: School of the Arts, 45 Prince St., Rochester Tickets: $14 all ages
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National Comic Book Day is September 25. Join the celebration and the current comic craze by reading a graphic novel this fall, which may feature animals, kids, teens, or superheroes. AGES 6 TO 9 This Little Piggy: An Owner’s Manual By Cyndi Marko
What happens when you want a pet really badly, but you have trouble convincing your mom that a pig is the perfect addition to your family? Especially if your mom loves her garden more than any animal in the world? Why, you make lists of things to do that may convince her, of course, and then try them all! After dealing with baths, meals, tricks, and treats, the brother/sister/pig team in this book may find just the perfect way to impress their mom after all. Good job, Snowflake! Aladdin PIX is a new line of books that combine the best part of a picture book (the illustrations tell half the story), an early-reader chapter book (the short chapters and fast-moving story appeal to reluctant and first readers), and a comic book (the speech bubbles, frames, and silly pictures add humor). The instructional, second-person style of writing lets readers put themselves into the story, imagining that they have a pig of their own, with comedic results. The ending comes full circle when this sow saves what mom has sowed. (Aladdin PIX, 2017, hardcover, $14.99) 34
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AGES 9 TO 13 Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers Written by M.K. Reed Illustrated by Joe Flood
The Industrial Revolution transformed the world not only through great advances in manufacturing and power sources, but also through the act of uncovering the first Mesozoic fossils while roads, factories, and more were built. This spawned a great race between British scientists to identify and explain dinosaurs. Spanning from the early 1800s to the present day, this graphic nonfiction volume in the “Science Comics” series combines a fascinating spread of facts (who named the dinosaurs?) with blips of humor (the illustrations of skeletons sometimes talk to the reader). The early paleontologists are discussed as much as the fossils are, serving as the “characters” in this story. Dinosaur fans will appreciate the new angle this book offers. Other volumes in this series include the topics of volcanoes, bats, and plagues, with robots and drones soon to follow. (First Second, 2016, paperback, $9.99)
AGES 15 TO 18 Spill Zone Written by Scott Westerfeld Illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Three years ago, an unexplained event occurred, contaminating Addison’s hometown of Poughkeepsie. It mutated animals, changed the physics of the landscape, and rendered her little sister mute. Another problem? Addie’s parents have not been seen since. In order to make money to care for her family, she sneaks into the deadly Spill Zone and photographs the bizarre sights and then sells them through a dealer. When she is offered a million-dollar deal to steal something from the Spill Zone hospital, she agrees despite the danger, vowing to make this her last trip into the forbidden territory. Except, of course, something hitches a ride out with her. While some Spill Zone details seem purposefully vague in order to keep up the suspense and get readers to clamor for book two (it works), this does not detract from the dark, atmospheric story, which is enhanced by the cinematic artwork. Fans of I Am Legend, The Walking Dead, creepy dolls, and abandoned hospitals will enjoy this book. Parents, please note: The text is peppered with swear words, which are totally appropriate for a character being chased by mutant rats, but may be too much for some families. (First Second, 2017, hardcover, $22.99)
PICTURE BOOK AGES 4 TO 8 Mr. Particular: The World’s Choosiest Champion!
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Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word Written by Marcus Emerson (Roaring Brook Press, 2017, paperback, $12.99)
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Playing (by the rules) with Grandma Parents and grandparents team up to teach best behaviors By JANET SCHWAN
Oh, the joy of going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house — all the love and attention and fun … but also rules. Probably the most powerful aid to a grandparent is the child’s wish to cooperate. If being with Grandma and Grandpa is a secure, loving, enjoyable experience he or she will be eager to please them. Only then will “consequence training” work. But that appreciation must be built gradually and not entirely on gifts or bribery, although a little of each is welcome. Here’s a scenario that played out with my granddaughter, where a lesson was learned. I joined her for a toddler class at the library. While sitting together at the PlayDoh table, I watched her collect all the colored balls of squishy synthetic clay, busily pushing them together. A little boy was sitting next to us, watching, so I suggested, “Let’s give him some of your Play-Doh. You’ve got a lot.” “No,” she answered and pulled the large lumpy ball closer. I asked the little boy his name and chatted
briefly with his mom. “Can you give Toby a little now? ” I asked my granddaughter again. “No!” she answered sternly. “If you can’t share, we will have to leave,” I told her. “No!” she said one more time. “OK,” I said, handing the Play-Doh to Toby and picking her up. As I carried her to the hall and put her feet on the floor, she looked at me with startled disbelief. “Let’s go see Grandpa,” I said, and we walked to the table in the lobby where he was reading. “Lori didn’t want to share the Play-Doh,” I told him, “so we had to leave.” “That’s right,” grandpa said. “You can sit here, Lori,” I said, pulling out a chair for her. As she climbed up, I explained to her, “You have two choices: We can go home or we can go back to class if you will share the Play-Doh. Think about it.” Grandpa and I sat there quietly, sharing his magazine. After a few long minutes, I asked her, “Would you like to go home now or
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would you like to go back to class?” “I go back to class,” she said. “Will you share the Play-Doh?” I asked. “I share,” she answered meekly. I smiled and we walked back, hand in hand. Sure, she’ll still need guidance in sharing but I don’t believe she will refuse again. When spending time with grandparents, we must remember that the child is adjusting to two different households, each with its own set of rules. This special person needs time to practice the behaviors expected in different environments. It helps to confide in the parents and enlist their support, so we are all on the same page in regard to discipline. In Wonderful Ways To Love A Grandchild, well-known family therapist Judy Ford wrote: “You are a teacher, a mentor, a model for living. Your grandchildren may not do exactly what you say, but never doubt for a moment that they are listening to you, imitating you, emulating what you do and what you say. “Even from a distance, they are observing you. What do you want them to know?”
Two scenic wonders:
The Bluffs & Letchworth Our editor selected our fall “Roc Parent Pick” — Chimney Bluffs State Park and Letchworth State Park. As two of nature’s masterpieces the parks are being promoted together as the Finger Lakes Scenic Wonders (fingerlakesscenicwonders.com). And, oh so lucky for us, they are only about an hour drive from Rochester, although in opposite directions The Bluffs and Letchworth are an inspiration for outdoor activity and family fun and creating memories that last for a lifetime (plus, of course, photography). And to enhance the splendor — visiting these stellar spectacles during fall foliage! The Chimney Bluffs, towering 150 feet above Lake Ontario, are large clay formations dating back more than 5,000 years — created by a glacier and continually remolded via waves and weather. Visitors have compared The Bluffs, via reviews on Tripadvisor.com and Yelp.com, with Monument Valley in Utah and have described it as “other-wordly, like Mars” and being “moon-like in its appearance.” One reviewer noted, “From the base of the bluffs looking up, it feels like you are somewhere really far away or on another planet.” Letchworth State Park, also known as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” hosts some of the most fascinating waterfall and gorge scenery in the United States. In fact, Letchworth won the USA Today
Readers’ Choice Award for Best State Park in the United States two years back. Letchworth was chosen from more than 6,000 parks across the nation. Three major waterfalls can be experienced, as the Genesee River roars through the gorge between cliffs — as high as 600 feet in some places — surrounded by lush forests. Visitors have described Letchworth as “stunning,” “spectacular,” “breathtaking views at every turn,” and “photos don’t do the park justice.”
A trip to The Bluffs is a fun family outing. PHOTOS COURTESY WAYNE COUNTY TOURISM
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the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The park also has a conference center, a museum, gift shop, views of Mt. Morris Dam, the Mary Jemison statue and cabin, and a campground with 270 campsites and 82 cabins. Letchworth is open year-round and each season has its charm and highlights: rainbows over waterfalls in spring and summer, frozen falls in the winter, and foliage in fall. One popular event in fall is the arts and crafts festival over Columbus Day weekend.
TIPS FOR VISITING THE CHIMNEY BLUFFS
Land and water clash at Chimney Bluffs, sculpting the most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore. You can experience massive earthen spires from above or along the lakeshore on nature trails. Day-use services include picnic areas, nature trails, and restrooms. From the park’s hiking trails, visitors can view the large clay formations at the water’s edge for which the park is named. The Bluffs formed from eroded drumlins, teardrop-shaped hills of glacial till that were deposited and shaped by glaciers during the most recent ice age-Drumlins are piles of ground up mud and stones pushed along by the glacier as it scoured the land. The erosive power of wind, rain, snow, and waves has formed the dramatic landscape into sharp pinnacles. The 597-acre state park is situated on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, east of Rochester and Sodus Bay. The land was acquired by the state of New York in 1963 after having previously been operated informally as a privately owned recreation area. Visitor amenities, including a parking lot, restrooms, and picnic areas, were installed in 1999. It is considered a year-round park for hiking and picnicking in the summer. Swimming is prohibited. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, a trailhead for snowmobiling is also located within the park.
TIPS FOR VISITING
• The hike is described as a moderately challenging but very steep. Most families with children can handle the trails (when it’s dry vs. muddy), but beware of the erosion. The bluffs are eroding one to five feet each year. • Wear sneakers and bring water. Hike time estimated at 45 minutes to one hour. • Trails are pedestrian only (not suitable for bikes, strollers, or wheelchairs). • Trails run along the shoreline and offer panoramic views and photo opportunities, stretching just over 1.2 miles. • The bluff trail is not for those who fear heights. At times there is very little between you and the edge — and some old offshoots of the trail lead right off a cliff. • If you want a less challenging hike, you can park at the western end of the park and take a blacktop trail right to the shore of Lake Ontario
and see the bluffs to your east. • Household pets are allowed but must be caged or on leash six-feet or less in length (must have proof of rabies inoculation). However, hikers have advised that it is best to not bring your dog on the Bluff trails, for safety’s sake. • Plenty of picnic tables plus grills are on site, plus a public restroom.
DETAILS FOR VISITING:
Address: 7700 Garner Road, Wolcott, NY Phone: (315) 947-5205 Seasons/Hours: Open year-round, dawn-dusk. Admission: Free (but vehicle entrance fee is $5 per car, which includes a visitor pamphlet, collected April 1 to Oct. 31) Best time to visit: Summer and fall Timing: Plan for half a day to enjoy the park. A walk along the Bluff Trail and then back through the woods takes about an hour and a half.
LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres with spectacular vistas and more than 30 waterfalls. The magnificent park offers nature, history, and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming, and hot-air ballooning. There are 66 miles of hiking trails as well as trails for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The historic and restored Glen Iris Inn, located in the park (the original home of Mr. Letchworth), offers overnight accommodations and is open to
• The best address to enter on your GPS: 6625 Denton Corners Rd., Castile, NY 14427 • While hiking in the park is rewarded by spectacular vistas, there are many features available by car. Multi-generation families, from young children to Grandma, can view several sites with minimal walking. • There is little or no cell phone reception in the park (so best to take care of GPS and Google planning in advance). • Currently in 2017 (till 2018) the trail to Upper Falls is closed due to a new railroad bridge being installed, but some visitors have found watching that activity interesting. This construction has also closed the south entrance to the park at Portageville. • Deer and other wildlife run throughout the park. • Dogs are allowed on a leash (must have proof of rabies inoculation). But prohibited from buildings and trails. • Plenty of picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and playgrounds.
DETAILS FOR VISITING
Address: 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY Phone: (585) 493-3600 Seasons/Hours: Open year-round, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission to park: $10 vehicle entrance fee (per car, collected late May to end of October) Admission to museum: $1 adult; 50 cents child; $3 family Best time to visit: All seasons, but peak time is during fall foliage Timing: You can drive the park in 30 minutes but most people spend several hours, as they stop to see views, have a picnic, walk or hike.
Mother Nature’s paintbrush creates dramatic colors along the Letchworth gorge each fall. PHOTO BY JOHN KUCKO
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Getting our kids off screens and outside to play By DR. KATIE RIZZONE, M.D., M.P.H., Sports Medicine Physician at UR Medicine
Many children aren’t getting the exercise they need, and the lures of electronic devices and 24/7 TV is part of the problem. It’s too easy for kids to fill their free hours with video games, texting, and binge-watching.
How much exercise should children get?
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Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
How much exercise are kids actually getting? Many kids are falling short of the recommendations. According to a survey of ninth- to 12th-grade students by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, only 11 percent of girls and 24 percent of boys said they were physically active at least 60 minutes per day.
Why is this important? Partially related to this lack of recommended activity, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the prevalence of overweight or obesity in children and youth in the United States is more than 15 percent, a value that has tripled since the 1960s.
Some 80 percent of children carry childhood weight problems into adulthood and put themselves at greater risk of related problems such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular issues.
Does activity fall during the school year? It depends on the child. Kids who are in school-based or community sports programs may stay active all year, playing their sport during the season and training during the off-season. I’m especially concerned about the kids who aren’t in structured programs — which is actually the majority of children. They need ways to enjoy exercise for their health, for socialization, and for building confidence. Exercise and active play can and should be enjoyed by kids of all skill levels. The activity doesn’t have to be sports-related; it can be non-competitive activities such as biking, walking, or hiking; even old-school pastimes like tag are fun and beneficial for health.
How do I get my kids to be active? Shift their free time from “screen” time to “active play” time. Be aware of how many hours you and your children spend watching TV or at the computer, smart phone, or tablet. Then set reasonable limits to leave more time for physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children two years old or older spend no more than two hours a day watching TV, playing video games, and using the computer. When you do watch TV with your kids, use the time during the commercials for some quick activity — crunches, jumping jacks, pushups, or running in place. Model healthy behavior by being more active yourself and encouraging your kids to join in. You can incorporate physical activity in your family’s daily routine by taking walks together after dinner and on weekends, playing backyard games, and including kids in housework or yard work (you can offer non-food rewards for completing these chores). It’s a great way to get some quality family time. Take advantage of warm weather and encourage kids to be outside. Make use of public parks and playgrounds for family activities. Give children toys that encourage active play — balls, kites, jump ropes. 44
Shift their free time from “screen” time to “active play” time. Be aware of how many hours you and your children spend watching TV or at the computer, smart phone, or tablet. Then set reasonable limits to leave more time for physical activity. Have safety concerns affected activity levels, as kids seem to have less freedom outdoors?
In generations past, kids did seem to have more freedom to travel their neighborhoods, making it easier to engage in spontaneous play such as pick-up basketball and sandlot baseball games. Parents have become more cautious. But while we focus on safeguarding our children from harm, it’s also important to recognize the long-term health risks that inactivity can have on them. Your child’s age, maturity level, and degree of self-confidence will help you determine the amount of independent play they can do. And you can build in some precautions to help keep them safe. Kids venturing out to play should keep
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parents and babysitters up to date on their destination, time for return, etc. You can purchase a wearable GPS locator for them or install a GPS tracker app on their phone, if they carry one, to give you some added peace of mind. Kids can pair up for activities that take them outdoors and away from their backyards, like riding a bike, walking, or hiking. Kids who walk or hike should stick to well-traveled trails, traveling in pairs or more, and follow pedestrian and traffic safety rules. Safety gear is essential — make sure they wear a well-fitting helmet for biking and rollerblading, eye protection for ball sports, and wear sun block when they’ll be outdoors. As parents, we can help our children by making sure they have the time, resources, and encouragement they need to keep their minds and bodies healthy.
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WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE BREANNA BANFORD is the Yelp Rochester community director. She brings the online community offline, connecting people to great local businesses through collaborative events and marketing partnerships. As a Rochester native, Breanna lives, breathes, and eats for this city. When she’s not hosting events for the Yelp community, you’ll almost always find her with rosé in one hand and french fries in the other. ELIZABETH CRONY is a woman of action, whether executing a marketing plan or mastering the de-cluttering and cleaning of a house. With a degree and background in fashion and merchandising, she is a founding member of Femfessionals Rochester and COO of Big Thinkers LLC, as well as the former president of Blacktie Colorado. She is a happily married mom of two young girls. ROBIN FLANIGAN pounded beats as a newspaper reporter for 11 years before starting a freelance business, where she produces copy for magazines, newspapers, and websites. Her essays have been published in various anthologies. She is currently working on a mindfulness-themed alphabet book for children and a manuscript about a woman she met on the way to the Mount Kilimanjaro summit.
DAWN KELLOGG is the communications manager for Geva Theatre Center. She has been in the arts for most of her life and considers herself very lucky to work in an industry that she loves.
After a more than 30-year career in community journalism, LINDA QUINLAN likes to say she is “semi”-retired. She is now a freelance writer, serves more than one cause as a volunteer, is a caregiver for her mother, and a proud grandmother. She is married, has three grown children, a granddaughter, a cat, and a dog. When not writing, she likes to read and garden. DANTE WORTH is a success mentor and author based in Rochester who released his book Free to Be Me in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in PR and communications from SUNY Brockport. In the community he has organized and hosted motivational seminars, the Black Authors Expo, and three installments of ROC Mastery Writing Seminars. Each spring he hosts the Audacious Believer’s Ultimate Women’s Conference, where he brings together women and men to enable, empower, and inspire them to live life with a victorious freedom.
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The ladies of EstroFest dressed as some of their audience-fave characters. From top right, clockwise, is Dresden Engle, Allison Roberts, Andrea Holland, Freyda Schneider, and Norma Holland. PHOTO BY BRIAN STEBLEN
‘The show is the star’
The members of EstroFest are close friends. From left is Norma Holland, Andrea Holland, Allison Roberts, Dresden Engle, and Freyda Schneider. PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY
Comedy is the creative outlet for these five busy women, sharing humor that’s funny as well as smart
By LINDA QUINLAN
It’s no wonder these ladies are such a success. Recent research, reported in Psychology Today, finds that people in a lighter mood experience more “eureka!” moments and greater inspiration. In other words, humor is important when it comes to encouraging creativity and problem solving. Spend even a couple of hours with the five women of Rochester’s sketch comedy troupe EstroFest and you’ll understand what the research means — if you can stop laughing long enough. The five women — Allison Roberts, Freyda Schneider, Dresden Engle, Norma Holland, and Andrea Holland — not only perform in EstroFest, but also write, direct, and produce their own shows. They certainly live full and busy lives. Some might be bowled over by all they do. Four of the five women are married with children, and four of them operate their own businesses.
“But this (EstroFest) is my release from reality,” Norma said. “It’s what I do for fun ... our creative outlet,” echoed her sister, Andrea. See for yourself during the Rochester Fringe Festival in September, as EstroFest returns to the Geva Theatre stage. They will be doing five one-hour shows they’ve titled “EstroFest Comedy: Cinderella, Sci-Fi & Drones.” You might say EstroFest is their hobby, though all of the troupe members have multiple interests and talents. Doing comedy creates a lens for each of them in living their lives, Freyda said. Allison recalled when she went to school to study visual arts and writing — before also taking up acting at 30 — a professor finally told her she had to choose from among the disciplines. She asked him, “Why?” “Some people think they have to focus on just one thing,” Allison said. “My career and life have been proof that you can do many things that make you happy.”
BALANCING FAMILY AND FUNNY
And a shared goal of the EstroFest ladies is simple: To make people laugh. But that isn’t always easy. See ESTROFEST, Page 6
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“We’re judged all the time,” Dresden said. “People say you shouldn’t be doing this or that when you have kids.” “But we’re teaching our kids to embrace things they love and care about,” Allison said. Allison is an actress, writer, visual artist, and trainer. She is cofounder of Impact Interactive, a theater-based training company. She has a daughter, Story, age 23, and is married to Eric Cady. Freyda is the artistic director and co-founder of TYKEs (Theater Young Kids Enjoy), now in its 14th season and based at the Jewish Community Center. She and husband, Chuck Schneider, have two children: Macey, 14, and Hayden, 12. Dresden — who apparently doesn’t sleep — not only is founder and director of Dresden Public Relations Inc. but also is managing editor (a relatively new role) of Roc Parent/She Rocs magazine, and also teaches public relations at area colleges. She continues to work on extending her original play The Cougar and the Cabana Boy into a full-length musical, which she created with composer J. Daniel Lauritzson. She and husband, Paul Olcott, have two daughters: Aria, 11, and Aurora, 10. Norma is perhaps best known as an earlymorning TV news anchor and reporter on 13WHAM and Fox Rochester. She and her husband, Matthew, have one daughter. Andrea is the youngest in the troupe, which ranges in age from their late 30s to early 50s. She is owner of Holland Communications, where she serves as a public speaking and media coach to executives and entrepreneurs. When she’s not coaching, she brings her creative vibe to local radio commercials as a voiceover artist.
TWENTY YEARS OF LAUGHS
The Holland sisters are the newest members of the EstroFest troupe, which will
mark its 20th hilarious year in March 2018. EstroFest was Allison’s brainchild – and you can thank a traffic jam in Fairport for being the inspiration. “I was stuck in traffic and I looked over and saw these women walking along the street just losing it (laughing) over something,” she said. At the time she was in a co-ed improv comedy troupe called Sketchy Details, and she recalled thinking, “There is no all-female comedy troupe around.” She got home and called Schneider and Adele Fico, with whom she had appeared in “Joey and Maria’s Comedy Wedding,” and they started brainstorming and thinking about casting. By coincidence of timing, Dresden attended a birthday party Freyda was hosting and Allison was attending. “And Dresden was wicked funny,” Freyda recalled, so they invited her to join them in the new venture. Fico remained with the troupe for a few years, departing to create and perform her own one-woman show. Kate McLean performed with the troupe for more than a decade, and when she moved to the Southern Tier, the Holland sisters were invited to audition seven years ago. “We’re living room performers … we always have done shows and skits for our family,” Andrea said. Now they have a much bigger “family.” The troupe performed in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2002 — where they were listed among the top 10 shows “not to miss” by The Toronto Sun — and made their Off-Broadway debut the following year at the 55 Bleecker Street Theatre. But their home base is Rochester, where they play to full houses. “But it’s not just hometown people – or just women – who support us,” Andrea said. They all have stories of people, from every walk of life, coming up to them in restaurants, on airplanes — wherever — and laughing about a sketch they remember.
The EstroFest gals laugh together on and off stage. PHOTO BY RENEE VENISKEY 6
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EstroFest hit the beach, dressed as some of their stage characters. SELFIE BY ESTROFEST.
THE ROOT OF ALL HUMOR
All the members write sketches, either solo or in teams. One collaborator is Brian Steblen of Fairport, who has written several sketches and has shot and edited many of their videos. Another collaborator is longtime stage manager Kate Sweeney, who they call MacGyver. But where do these sketches originate? “Our sick minds … and also all the people we know,” Freyda quipped. “So if you see a character on stage who seems familiar, it just may be you.” Their brains do become attuned to finding humor in everything. They’ll each hear something and think, “That’s a sketch; I’ve got to write that down,” Andrea said. Letting their onstage silliness bleed into their lives is “healthy and necessary,” Norma added. By way of example, Dresden recalls that when her daughters were younger and she was reading them the Mother Goose tales, she was struck by the brutality of some of the rhymes (such as “beat them all soundly and put them to bed” and “grind your bones to make my bread”). That sparked the question: What can we do to show the insanity of these original fairy tales? The characters Mother Moose and her sidekick, Johnny Hoecake, were born, and the troupe was off and running, taking the characters and the sketch to lofty levels for laughs. The troupe’s shows are composed of a cleverly woven mix of live skits and projected videos. The upcoming Fringe shows, which are one-hour shows by nature, will include six live sketches and eight videos.
“Usually what we can’t put on a stage becomes a video,” Dresden explained, noting that a number of local actors join them in their videos. Using their own houses for many of the video shoots, they do wonder what their neighbors think. Take, for instance, the video that required a whole SWAT team to move in on Dresden’s neighborhood, to stop a woman from forcing her neighbors to sing Christmas carols. One can only imagine the over-the-fence gossip that incident stirred up. Yes, of course they have more material than makes it to the stage or screen. They vote democratically for the sketches and videos that are the funniest, what the audience ultimately will find the funniest. “It’s the show that’s the star,” Dresden said. “We always choose what is best for the show, egos aside,” Norma agreed. They each bring their own life experience and knowledge. “We work together on multiple levels, including the performance level and incorporating each person’s business expertise,” Freyda explained. It’s not only the running of the troupe that has sorted itself out; it’s also the casting in various sketches. “We usually instantly know who will do a particular role,” Andrea said, with Allison noting that they work to ensure all have a range of roles per show. Asked about their comedic inspiration, Allison and Freyda both mention Lily Tomlin, and the time they got to meet her after having front-row seats to her show in New York. Dresden said she honed her comedic skills doing Gilda Radner impersonations on the cheerleading bus in high school.
Design & Marketing Coordinator at Foodlink I’m really lucky that I get to be creative every day in my job. But there are times when, between the 9-to-5, the sidebusiness greeting card company, and growing freelance work, I just can’t look at a screen anymore. When I get burnt out, I power off the tech and make something with my hands. That’s when I turn to more classic pursuits — handlettering and book binding. It’s almost meditative.
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“I think my comedy comes from watching cartoons as a kid,” Andrea said. “I guess I’m a big fan of inanimate objects coming to life.” Norma said her sense of humor is more dry, rather than slapstick. She remembers being mesmerized by seeing a live show f eaturing Bill Cosby, but she also liked seeing Elaine Stritch on Broadway and thinking she was “wickedly funny and bawdy.” “I love insightful, accurate humor,” Freyda said. Truthfully, they feel honored to watch each other perform. And they agree that sticking with “smart” humor is the only way they’ll go. “There’s no way we’d jeopardize who we are professionally,” Dresden said. “We try to be more clever and intelligent,”
with their humor, Freyda added. “It doesn’t take a lot of brain power to be crass,” Norma pointed out. Perhaps because each one of the troupe members is equally accomplished, “that depth of experience makes the comedy that much sweeter,” Andrea said. They trust each other, their friendship and their professionalism. “I’ve never found a group of women I feel so at home with,” Norma reflected. “There’s no competition or jealousy. It’s just about making people laugh – and that’s awesome.” Freyda sums it up in a few words: “I think this works because we all genuinely like each other.” You likely will, too. Be sure to put EstroFest on your “to do” list in September!
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JENNIFER HINTON Assistant Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) and MAGIC Spell Studios I enjoy teaching and inspiring others by tapping into who they are as leaders. I teach courses and design (create!) curriculum and facilitate workshops for leaders on topics including teamwork and group dynamics, communication skills, and emotional intelligence.
The members of EstroFest can be offthe-cuff funny, not to mention insightful, too. We asked a few “silly” questions, just to see what they’d say:
hear something moving in the box and didn’t know what to do with it, so we took it upstairs and put it in the bathtub. Allison: My husband is very good at sound effects and we do weird dances to them.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? Freyda: Pizza. Often I’m really hungry and just thinking about what to put on my pizza. Dresden: Two things, actually. First, all the freaking phone calls I need to make … so I just tuck my phone in my bra and start calling. Second, I’m deciding whether to play the ‘80s or Broadway channel on Sirius radio. Allison: How angry Rochester drivers are! Andrea: Oh, I ponder the depth of life … when I’m not one of those angry drivers. Norma: How sleepy I am … but then I remember, “I chose this.” (She has to report for work by 4 a.m.)
If you could be any animal, what would you be? Allison: A cat. They’re great — and they just do what they want. Andrea: My dog, because I take such good care of her. Freyda: I was going to say my dog, too. We feed her this fancy food. On any given day, I think she may eat better than we do! Norma: A bird — because I could soar above all the mess. Dresden: A unicorn (The others all agree: “You win.” She does have a fullsize painted [by Allison], carousel-style horse-turned-unicorn in her office.)
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? Andrea: I was opening a water bottle on an airplane, and apparently because of the change in pressure, I sprayed someone behind me in the face. Norma: Life has been sort of serious lately, but when I do laugh, it’s often at my daughter and her burgeoning sense of humor; the fact that she does things to make us laugh. Hopefully, she’ll end up just as zany as me! Dresden: I recently got together with some high school friends at my mom’s cottage and for three days we laughed ‘til we cried! Freyda: This was some years back, but as a present, I was sent this enormous — live — lobster. It was shocking. We could
If you had a superpower, what would it be? Andrea: I want the ability to “edit undo” – an infinite number of times. Flying would be cool, too … but then people would want rides. Freyda: I’d desperately like the ability to know what my dog is thinking. Allison: I’d like to move into one of these mansions (on Rochester’s East Avenue) and not be questioned. Norma: I actually have a super power: It’s putting on all my makeup in record time — say, less than 10 minutes. And this is TV makeup, I’m talkin’. Don’t ask (how) … I’m just that good! Dresden: Compartmentalizing. It’s the only way to stay focused on the good things.
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Love the wine Reviews of 8 favorite spots you’re with Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Whether you’re on the hunt for a romantic getaway or a leisurely day excursion, there are a number of nearby wineries that offer a fabulous sipping experience. Here are eight Yelp-recommended wineries, pressed together by Breanna Banford, Yelp’s Rochester community manager. Come for the wine, stay for the view at these wineries within an hour’s drive of Rochester.
3962 State Route 14, Dundee, Seneca Lake (607) 243-7971 | wiemer.com
“These wines are consistently award-winning, with selections of mostly dry whites and reds. They have a few tasting rooms available, and the atmosphere is more upscale than most. My personal favorite wine is their Gewurztraminer.” — Natalie S
JD Wine Cellars 1339 Eddy Road, Macedon (315) 986-4202 | jdwinecellars.com
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“They offer a variety of reasonably Wine Cellars. PROVIDED PHOTO priced red and white wines along with blends and 100% fruit wines ... Their Spring Lake Winery ‘Case Club’ includes bulk discounts 7373 Rochester Road, Lockport and perks such as free bottles and (716) 439-5253 invitations to special events.” springlakewinery.com — Peter G “I loved this winery! It’s on the Niagara Wine Trail and is a Barnstormer Winery must-stop. You are able to try 4184 State Route 14, Rock Stream, four wines for $5. The best thing Seneca Lake | (607) 243-4008 is they have wine ice cream! barnstormerwinery.com They use their wine and an ice cream from Syracuse and make “This is a newer vineyard, they do their own blend.” not sell their wines in any liquor stores and they have a small — Andrea production. Their winery was in a cool barn with rustic furnishings.” Billsboro Winery — Samantha S 4760 West Lake Road (State
Inspire Moore Winery 197 Main St., Naples | (585) 374-5970 inspiremoorewinery.com
“Great people pouring and fun trivia about the place that they share with you in a little booklet at the tasting bar, locals popping in, fun gift shop, and gorgeous views on the deck.” — Pamela W
Route 14), Geneva, Seneca Lake (315) 789-9538 billsborowinery.com
“Solid wine list with a range of options (though tending towards the dry end of the spectrum) ... In addition to the regular tasting, they have a number of special and regular events.” — Kate M
Hector Wine Company 5610 State Route 414, Hector, Seneca Lake (607) 387-1045 hectorwinecompany.com
“When you’ve been to a bunch of wineries in this area they can all start to blend together, but Hector sticks out in my mind because the whites here are particularly flavorful and well crafted.” — Cody Y
Serenity Vineyards 930 Davy Road, Penn Yan, Keuka Lake | (315) 536-6701 serenityvineyards1977.com
“The staff was incredibly courteous and knowledgeable — it was so nice to get some background and pairing suggestions on each wine.” —Nicole T
Wine, Women, and cheers Meet three fabulous female vintners from wine trails along Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, and (coming soon) Rochester By DRESDEN ENGLE
With fall foliage and the fall grape harvest on the horizon, the popularity grows for wine tours in and around Rochester and the Finger Lakes. To prep our palates for all the swirling and sipping, She Rocs ventured out into the field of winemaking. We pressed the sweet-smelling story down to focus on three outstanding winemakers who shared info about their careers and thoughts on our impressive Finger Lakes/ Lake Ontario grape-growing and winemaking region. Tia DeMartino is associate winemaker with the new Living Roots Wine & Co., an urban winery and tasting room opening in October in Rochester on University Avenue. Paige Vinson — who studied viticulture and wine technology at Finger Lakes Community College with Vinson — is winemaker with Rooster Hill Vineyard in Penn Yan on Keuka Lake. Fumie Thorpe is owner/operator and winemaker of Thorpe Vineyards, located near The Bluffs on the shores of Lake Ontario. These vintners share three
themes in their own personal vintage: Winemaking is their second career. The science and math behind winemaking is among their fortes. They are seeing a crack in the grape ceiling as more women take leadership roles in this male-dominated field. The Wall Street Journal recently estimated that women account for only 10 percent of the vintners in the Napa Valley. We have estimated the Finger Lakes region percentage is about the same. Vinson told She Rocs that many of the hardest-working colleagues (both physically and mentally) she has worked alongside have been women. She noted her pride in being part of a winemaking and grape-growing region that boasts so many standout women. “As with many other maledominated industries, winemaking is largely made up of strenuous, physical labor and quite a bit of math and science,” Vinson said. “And while trends like that take a long time to reverse and even-out, we can see it happening in leaps and bounds. “Women working in winemaking and viticulture is quickly becoming more common, and I think the reasons for that are far more compelling,” she noted, citing greater attention to detail, and along with
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more acutely developed sensory abilities. With her original studies being in meteorology, she noted she is used to being the lone woman surrounded by male professionals. “Wine has a rosy and sexy image so a lot of people, women especially, think there is some magic to wine,” Thorpe said. “But I tell them the basis is farming, and then chemistry and physics, and then retail. There are a lot of layers to winemaking.” DeMartino said the issue of why the field is still male-dominated is “a tricky question to answer.” “Winemaking is often viewed as hard, physical labor, and some days, it really is!” she said, noting that many hiring managers still believe only a man can perform the manual tasks to a high enough standard. “I also believe this is part of the larger trend where math and scienceheavy industries simply do not attract a large female contingent” she added, “luckily, I have never encountered any resistance to my aptitude and my ability to get the job done, and at a high level, simply because I am a woman.” Let’s now look past the male vs. female vintner conversations, and take a closer look at these three fabulous vintners.
Living Roots Wine & Co. 1225 University Ave. Rochester, NY livingrootswine.com WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WINEMAKING? This is actually my second career. After working as an electronics assembly technician for years, I decided to try to make a new career out of something about which I was excited and passionate. I theorized that winemaking was something that could involve my love for technical pursuits while providing me with something more intertwined with my daily life and my love of wine. TELL US ABOUT ROCHESTER’S NEW URBAN WINERY. Living Roots Wine & Co. will be opening in the fall of this year. We are sourcing all of our grapes from vineyards in the Finger Lakes, but we will be making wine IN the city of Rochester right on University Avenue! The urban setting is very intriguing. It offers different challenges for the technology side of my personality to enjoy while still offering traditional winemaking tasks and processes that I really enjoy. FAVORITE PART OF THE WINEMAKING PROCESS? The hard, physical labor on long days. Yet you’ll never see a bigger smile on my face than during harvest in the fall! This is true even when it’s the 28th straight day of long 12-16 hour workdays (if you’re lucky!). But, make no mistake, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun! HOW DO FINGER LAKES WINES STACK UP AGAINST NAPA VALLEY AND THE REST OF THE WORLD? We have some world-class wines that can easily hang with West Coast or international heavyweights. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR WORK? One of the first tasks that I have taken on at Living Roots is learning to integrate a winemaking tracking software into our processes. I will be able to perform tasks remotely, such as monitoring a fermentation tank from anywhere in the world. Software like this enables us to be better and more efficient winemakers. It also helps to ensure that the entire winery staff is always on the same page. PROVIDED PHOTO
Thorpe Vineyard 8150 Chimney Bluffs Blvd. Wolcott — Lake Ontario Thorpevineyard.com
Owner/Operator and Winemaker
Her website asks this question: How does a star-gazing native of Tokyo end up growing grapes and making wine in a remote corner of rural Wayne County? OK, well, I’m intrigued. Thorpe Vineyard — touted as “The Little Winery on the Great Lake” — is the oldest winery in Wayne County, operating for 29 years on the shores of Lake Ontario. Her father purchased the land while visiting Thorpe at SUNY Oswego, where she studied meteorology. This took her career in a new direction, but one that has brought her much success. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WINEMAKING? My introduction to winemaking was one of family obligation, but I encourage people to try it and see what they can do. If you work hard you can accomplish a lot, especially here in America, where you have a lot of freedom to choose the career you want. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT ROSÉ CRAZE? Over the years, trends happen and trends come and go … like the white zinfandel craze a few years back, riesling before that. I myself would like to see if the dry rosé craze will continue or fizzle out. Social media drive many of these trends today. I have people come in and say,” Hey, I hear dry rosé is trending.”
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HOW DO FINGER LAKES WINES STACK UP AGAINST NAPA VALLEY AND THE REST OF THE WORLD? We have a unique climate — cool with more rain than Southern California and parts of Europe. White wine, for one, is better from a cooler climate, as the coolness retains the fruitiness. The Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario wine trails do a superb job.
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SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE WINERY? Visit Thorpe Vineyard in late summer and early fall to watch the sunset, the stars, and to sip wine … as Thorpe blends her two passions of star-gazing and winemaking with Sunset Tasting and Starry Night events, offered for their fifth season. Sunset Tasting begins at 6 p.m., immediately followed by Starry Nights (complete with a talk and star charts). There is no extra charge. The dates are Aug. 26, Sept. 9, and Sept. 23.
Rooster Hill Winery 489 Route 54 South Penn Yan — Keuka Lake roosterhill.com
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO WINEMAKING? My original educational background is in fine art, sculpture specifically, and I’ve always had a fascination with the process by which something is created. Winemaking affords one of the few opportunities available to work with a very raw ingredient and follow the process through in its entirety. FAVORITE PART OF THE WINEMAKING PROCESS? I love the long hours and the array of tasks that come with harvest. One of the best parts is experimenting with different yeast strains and fermentation techniques and then tracking those trends when assembling final blends later in the year. PLEASE DESCRIBE AN AVERAGE DAY AS A VINTNER DURING HARVEST. During harvest, my days are balancing acts between vineyard visits, chemistry and lab work, fermentation management, and physical crush pad and cleaning work. Samples are collected and we run lab analysis to see how the chemistries are progressing. The day finishes with a great deal of cleaning to make sure all fruit, juice, and wine are processed properly. HOW DO FINGER LAKES WINES STACK UP AGAINST NAPA VALLEY AND THE REST OF THE WORLD? Many of the wines from the Finger Lakes hold their own on a world scale; we as a region are absolutely competing in that arena. We’re establishing ourselves well as a cool-climate, aromatic white and medium-bodied red wine-producing region and we’re making compelling wines that hold their own against wines from many areas.
HOW DOES OUR CLIMATE HELP OR DETRACT FROM THE GRAPES AND WINE? Our climate is what makes the Finger Lakes such an interesting wine region in the first place. Our generally cool growing seasons with warm days and cool nights are the reason that acid-forward varieties like riesling and cabernet franc thrive. The lakes help to moderate temperature extremes allowing grape vines to grow successfully — a geographical “trend” that is found in most of the great wine regions in the world.
A daily whirlwind can clear the clutter Can you relate to any of these scenarios? The beautiful antique dining room table covered with papers … Legos underfoot on the living room rug (ouch!) … the hard-to-close overflowing junk drawer … and my favorite, the evergrowing pile of trinkets atop the dresser. Clutter sneaks up on us, like fog. And it takes over, weighing us down mentally. It can also rob you of time and energy, as you spend time moving things that need to be cleaned and vacuumed around. And, oh, the wasted time you’ve spent looking for things (where’s my gym pass?). For me, I feel better and more focused on the task at hand after I have done one of my “mini-whirlwinds.” I know I’m not the only one who dreams of magazine-worthy clean countertops and tidy rooms. Here are some organizing tips:
15 to 20 minutes of each day to concentrate on clearing clutter. Focus and work with a purpose, clearing up the chaos (coffee helps me with this task!). My “whirlwinds” are simply putting things back in their places. Dishes in the dishwasher, coats hung up, sorting mail to recycle/file it. If you have the luxury of half an hour, sort through a closet or the junk drawer.
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Whether you garden, sew, run, cook, golf, or have pets, your hobbies require you to actually own stuff. And this stuff can end up being more clutter. Be proactive to identify or create a place to house all the accessories that accompany your leisurely pursuit and you will be able to enjoy them even more (perhaps with the extra time this decluttering will bring you).
You know these spots all too well — kitchen counters clogged with bills, the weekend paper as a permanent fixture next to the couch, the kids’ rooms “decorated” with their treasures. Yes, you can pull these papers and treasures together and house them in attractive baskets/containers. However, remember these catch-all containers can contain the chaos but, in reality, we need to acknowledge most items need to be purged.
Remember, this chaos is a family event. Kids come with a lot of accessories, so be vigilant to stay on top of it. Sit down with your kids once a month to sort through what they have. Decide together to keep or donate what is no longer being played with, but also keep in mind the sentimental value or usefulness of the toy or trinket. Make sure the storage unites you choose for the kids’ items are at their height and are safe and easy to access. Even a toddler can put away soft toys into a bin if it’s at the right height.
This may be the hardest tip to follow, but it’s by far the most important. Take
Dedicate a specific place for giveaways. When you come across something you
Identify clutter hotspots
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Let it go
no longer need or want, put it in a box immediately, rather than setting it back down and forgetting about it. Plan a monthly trip to your favorite charity donation location. Someone else will treasure it. As the fog lifts, smile and enjoy your magazine-worthy clean house! Even if it’s just until the next day’s whirlwind …
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Reignite your dreams Three simple ways to reclaim your power through vision What I know for sure is that every success story started with a dream. Most of us think that if we do more, we’ll have more so we can do more. The problem is, you can’t hit a moving target, so as you’re doing more, it’s important to know where you’re going in life and business. You must have a vision and a plan so that every step moves you in the direction of your vision. The road to success is always under construction because life has its share of challenges. However, how one responds to those challenges determines if life is lived in a defeated manner or with victorious freedom. As children, our dreams are big and limitless as we allow our imagination to run wild with possibility. As we grow older, our dreams, goals, and aspirations lose priority as we began to conform to who our families, friends, and society say we should be. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from my middle school teacher was to “never allow others to should on you.” Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? You’re more powerful, talented, creative, and have more potential than you give yourself credit for. It’s time to stop being a people pleaser, get your dreams off the back burner, and start making them happen. Here are three simple ways to reclaim your power through visualization: AFFIRMATIONS Creating affirmations is as easy as it is powerful. If you haven’t been using 16
have, and moments you are grateful for. Billionaire media-mogul Oprah Winfrey has been journaling since the age of 15 and continues to record moments of gratitude daily and encourages everyone to do the same. Whenever I feel uninspired, I grab my journal and reread my own moments of gratitude, which causes me to bounce back and produce results in my life and business.
Dante Worth in Hollywood in spring 2017 … living the dream. PROVIDED PHOTO
words intentionally to make your life better, you’re probably using them to make it worse without even knowing it. The good news is that you can stop now. Write down three affirmations starting with “I AM” and recite them every day. Here are a few affirmations you can start saying today: 1) I am free to love and be loved; 2) I am bringing value to my family and business; and 3) I am worthy of living the life of my dreams. JOURNALING If it’s not written, it’s not real. Journaling is an incredible tool that you can use to get your vision out of your head. Grab a notebook and start recording quotes that inspire you, ideas that you
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VISION BOARDS Most business owners create a mission statement or vision statement, which details the direction they expect the company to move in. It’s full of details like customer service experience, ideal client profile, 5- and 10-year goals, etc. Once it is written, this document is usually filed away and never looked at again. I challenge you to get clarity about what you want in life/business and create a vision board based on what you want to accomplish. By creating a vision board and placing your vision in front of you, you create a trigger for small meditative moments throughout your day. This will enable, empower, and encourage you to chase and follow your dreams. Creating a vision board isn’t simply pasting pictures on a board. There is a formula to help you make your vision on your board a reality. Looking for a fun project for you, your family, or team? Grab your step-by-step instructions for creating the perfect vision board, for your life or business, for free at DanteWorth.com/visionboard.
Bringing to Rochester one play at a time … By DAWN KELLOGG
From as far back as she can remember, Karen Tuccio has loved movies. She remembers watching film and TV as a child, being particularly impressed by the physical comedy of Lucille Ball. She would create and perform skits for the neighbors in her family’s garage. Although she went on to earn a degree in business management from St. John Fisher College and had a successful business career for many years, she followed her passion in 2013, going back to school to earn her master’s degree in theater management from the University of Buffalo.
Bringing Hollywood to her hometown A trip to the 2011 TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles planted a seed for an idea of a new type of theater company, one that would marry film and theater. The following year, her trip to the 2012 TCM Film Festival resulted in the chance to meet and interview TCM host Robert Osborne. She told him of her plan to form a theater company that would bring some of the most-beloved classic movies to life on stage. In fact, many of the classic films began as stage plays. Osborne was very encouraging. Tuccio first tested the Rochester waters five years ago with The Desk Set in 2012. Originally a play by William Marchant, The Desk Set was adapted into a film in 1957 starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. “Rochester has a love affair and a long history with movies,” she said. “It was amazing to see how quickly audiences took to this marriage of film and theater.” Blending her business acumen with her creative passion, she founded Screen Plays – Hollywood’s Golden Age on Stage. She also saw an opportunity to raise the bar of Rochester’s community theater scene. “I wanted to improve the production
values of each show by compensating every actor, designer, stage manager, and technical artist who work on my shows,” Tuccio said. “Let’s face it, there are many starving artists who are extremely talented in their trade and should be both recognized and appreciated for their expertise.” Authenticity is also important to Tuccio. “I stage authentic set pieces, props, and costumes, to totally immerse the audience in the setting of the show.”
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With Screen Plays rooted firmly in classic films of the past, she has staged productions locally of Parfumerie, The 39 Steps, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Holiday, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Cat’s Meow, as well as a one-woman play about the legendary Vivien Leigh, starring local actress Marcy J. Savastano. Screen Plays productions have been presented at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, Geva Theatre Center, Lyric Theatre, and MuCCC. Screen Plays is a member of TheatreROCs, a consortium of Rochester professional and community theatre groups. Tuccio has won awards for her direction from TANYS (Theatre Association of New York State) and also has worked with Penfield Players and Black Sheep Theatre Coalition. Her plans include forming a Rochesterbased group centering on women in theater with the goal of raising awareness for and collaboration among Rochester women business owners, producers, artists, and designers. She also envisions a museum dedicated to Rochester’s contribution to the film industry, which would contain a performance space. Finding her niche here in our culturally rich city, Tuccio has found a way to celebrate Rochester and its role in the history of the silver screen — from the talent that once lived here to being the city that made the film on which these classic films were created.
Karen Tuccio on the set of The Desk Set. PROVIDED PHOTO
Screen Plays 2017-2018 Season screenplaysonstage.org Lady Philosophy on Trial: A Live Radio Play Lyric Theatre Sept. 15, 17 & 21, 2017 (Rochester Fringe Festival) Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Musical Radio Play Lyric Theatre Dec. 1-17, 2017 Titus Andronicus In collaboration with DVC @ MuCCC Dec. 8-17, 2017 The Royal Family Lyric Theatre Feb. 2-17, 2018 Hamlet Lyric Theatre May 11-27, 2018
My tween is growing up — too quickly By ROBIN L. FLANIGAN
My 10-year-old daughter wanted to make the angel food cake for Easter. She doesn’t care for recipes, but to appease me on a holiday, when my mother will be visiting from Maryland, she has consented to use one. I want her to be interested in what the Betty Crocker cookbook says about angel food cake — it is thought to have originated in St. Louis in the mid-19th century … and that some people believe the recipe was brought there by slaves from the South, slowly, up the Mississippi River. But she is not. She is busy mixing the flour and powdered sugar. So much powdered sugar. She doesn’t like to measure either. When she starts to separate the egg whites, I stare into the mixing bowl and can’t keep my mouth shut. “You put this in too fast,” I say, pointing to the sugar. “We need to take some of it out.” Annalie says it doesn’t matter, I say it does, and we volley opinions until she runs into the living room. I’ve lost my appetite. The egg whites look like mucus. My daughter’s pants skim her ankles and she has a sudden need for camisoles. She fashions off-the-shoulder shirts with scissors before we run errands; we get tangled in arguments that make me feel hungover, head aching and mouth parched from trying to get her to understand — but she doesn’t think I understand.
Pretty soon we’ll be clashing over curfews and touring colleges, and then she’ll leave, and where does that leave me? Saudade is a Portuguese word that honors the profound emptiness and melancholic longing for someone or something now absent — and unlikely to return. It makes me think about ancient times, when people mourned the dead by capturing their tears of sorrow in small bottles, sometimes worn around the neck. It makes me think I could use a bottle to hold some of this mourning, these tears that rupture my afternoons when I’m writing or pumping gas. I would wear it strung on a thin leather cord, glass against bone. And when people asked what was inside, I would tell them it’s just the past, melted. In my memory, she is skipping in the blueand-white calico dress my mother made her for Laura Ingalls Wilder Day at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. She was in third grade then and still woke up singing. On the sidewalk, up the street from our house, the white apron
The swings she used to ride are still moving, but she’s long gone, and I realize it’s only the wind.
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and bonnet strings bounce as she gallops beside a friend from school. They are singing a verse they learned in music class. “Ostinato! Ostinato! A pattern that repeats itself!” I follow with the dog, jealous that time stands still for them as they leap through the air. I don’t think it’s too late, but sometimes I wonder if it is. On her way to the bathroom, Annalie spots me at my desk. Without a word she walks to my chair and I swivel to face her. She turns around, sits on my lap, grabs my wrists and wraps herself in my arms. The quick gesture lands my palms on her chest, but this child, the one who shouts, “Don’t come in!
I’m getting dressed!” when she hears my footsteps near her door, doesn’t notice my hands are against a part of her body she tries so hard to keep private. I nuzzle the top of her head and give my little girl a squeeze. I wish I could remember what it was like to be a tween. (When I was growing up, that word didn’t even exist.) If I did, I could better relate to the mood swings. Back — she slams her door. And forth — she blows me a kiss. Instead, it can seem as if I’m lost on an empty playground. The swings she used to ride are still moving, but she’s long gone, and I realize it’s only the wind. We feed the ducks on the Erie Canal while nibbling
on chocolate biscotti and remembering the time the pigeons ate out of her hand. I shiver in my cardigan; Annalie moves comfortably in a sleeveless dress. I no longer need to remind her to stand back from the water’s edge. When we have run out of corn kernels, still hungry ourselves, we stop at Trader Joe’s. Annalie dashes to the back of the store for free samples of coleslaw and tea while I replenish our favorites: bananas, goat cheese, frozen chana masala. We meet up by the register, where she talks me into buying a tin of green tea mints, then sleepily leans her head against my shoulder.
“I wish I could stay here forever,” she says. The cashier scans a box of butternut squash soup. I pull my daughter tight, wishing I had more items in my cart. I whisper into her hair: “You can stay here as long as you want.” This personal essay by Rochester-based writer Robin Flanigan was first published in Motherwell digital magazine on March 20, 2017.
She Rocs magazine is collaborating with Writers & Books to share a short story or essay in every issue, written by students or instructors. Writers & Books is a nonprofit literary center based in Rochester that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. The programs are numerous and varied, reaching more than 25,000 people per year. Learn more at wab.org.
of Greater Rochester “Each year Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes and goes with little fanfare. There’s virtually no purple merchandizing, no purple cleats on the NFL gridiron, no public outcry demanding solutions, and no celebration of domestic violence survivors. Why? Because domestic violence is ugly; it makes people uncomfortable.” — ALLI O’MALLEY, RESOLVE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
women by men. Out of our discussions, we realized that working together we could have a greater impact and indeed, open eyes and change lives.
What is RESOLVE?
RESOLVE of Greater Rochester Inc. develops and delivers innovative solutions to bringing an end to domestic and sexual violence, with a focus on the suburbs of Greater Rochester. At RESOLVE we are dedicated to preventing domestic and sexual violence. Most organizations working in this field focus on the crisis. RESOLVE instead focuses on breaking the cycle by helping survivors to heal and rebuild. We do this by engaging with a diverse cross-section of organizations — schools, colleges, healthcare, and the faith community — to deliver adaptable prevention programming that challenges the paradigm that allows this devastating violence to persist at such alarming rates. As RESOLVE works to support survivors, it is also working to change cultural norms that condone domestic violence. While some think of domestic abuse as a “city” problem, the reality is it is happening every day in the suburbs as much as in the city. In Monroe County, intimate partner violence was reported slightly higher in suburban neighborhoods (51 percent) than urban (49 percent).
Why and when did RESOLVE get started?
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What kinds of programming and services does RESOLVE offer to local families?
Alli O’Malley, executive director of RESOLVE, with a student — and an eye-catching purple outhouse — at SUNY Brockport reminding people that “Domestic Violence Stinks.” PROVIDED PHOTO
began as two separate organizations, Safe Journey, and Stand Up Guys. Both organizations were searching for ways to make a greater difference in the fight to end violence against women. Safe Journey was focused on intervention with female survivors, and prevention education with youth and the general community, while Stand Up Guys focused on prevention by engaging men in conversations about the violence done to
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Our services help people move from surviving to thriving. Healing and rebuilding after an abusive or violent relationship is one of the hardest things a person will ever do. Our services empower people to heal and move forward with their lives. We believe you can move on and create a life for yourself and your children that is stable, joyful, and peaceful. We serve people in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Livingston counties from our secure location in southeastern Monroe County. RESOLVE services are provided at low or no cost. All clients are invited to “pay as you can” but nobody will be turned away for non-payment. Services are confidential and provided by NYS licensed practitioners with expertise in trauma. Services include individual counseling, support groups, empowerment workshops, and financial and career counseling. At RESOLVE we believe that everyone deserves to and can live safely, free from
physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, financial, or any other type of abuse. RESOLVE can help whether you have concerns about your relationship or feel stuck and alone, or even if you are presently out of the abusive relationship.
What are the statistics regarding domestic abuse?
They are pretty startling: One in three women will experience intimate partner violence. One in four men will experience intimate partner violence. One of two of LGBTQ will experience intimate partner violence. However, American women and girls continue to be victimized at higher rates than men. One in five women will be raped. One in four women on a college campus will be raped. Three women die each day at the hands of their partner. Countless women are harassed or threatened at work, on the street, in school, or in their homes every day. Children are the silent victims. Being exposed to intimate partner violence — as witness or victim — creates numerous developmental challenges for kids. Children who live with intimate partner violence are at the greatest risk for transmitting violence to the next generation. Working together as women and men we can eradicate intimate partner violence.
Tell us about your eye-catching, awareness campaign featuring purple outhouses that say “Domestic Violence Stinks.” For our third year RESOLVE is raising awareness in the community and on college campuses throughout the month of October by declaring “Domestic Violence Stinks” across the front of six-foot, purple-painted wooden outhouses. Bottom line is, domestic violence does stink. It happens behind closed doors and is seldom talked about openly. So we are putting this uncomfortable
SUNY Brockport students help promote RESOLVE’s “Domestic Violence Stinks” campaign on their campus. PROVIDED PHOTO
topic in your face, on front lawns and at businesses and on campuses. This campaign forces us to talk about domestic violence, as we learn more about what to look for when one is in trouble. In our first two years, we’ve heard stories of survival, as well as fear, from friends and family of victims. Many men responded with compassion and some with anger. One visibly agitated father said, “Yeah, it stinks! It happened to my daughter. A man that hurts a woman is a coward.” Another man comforted his partner as she made a donation; then lovingly took her hand as they walked away. While another reflected on his violent father and how helpless he felt when he couldn’t protect his mom. One of the most poignant responses came from a woman working a drive-thru window, who saw the outhouse in the back of a volunteer’s truck. When she handed the driver his order, she couldn’t stop the angry tears when she said, “What you are doing is so important! It happened to me and I felt so alone.” If you want to became involved with the “Domestic Violence Stinks”
campaign, as a volunteer or donor, please contact us at RESOLVE.
If someone is in need of help, or has a friend in need, how should they contact RESOLVE? Those in need should call (585) 425-1580, and speak with a counselor who will help you decide if our short term, counseling program is right for you. Since we do not provide emergency or crisis response, we may not be the right provider for everyone; but we strive to respond to every call with compassion and to support you in finding solutions.
Does RESOLVE need volunteers?
Yes! RESOLVE is an ideal volunteer opportunity for those looking to help women and girls. With a small staff and budget, volunteers are the heart of our organization. Volunteer projects include help with fundraising, offering prevention and awareness education, staffing a booth at community events, mentoring a client, babysitting during client events, or working in the office. Contact us at (585) 425-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She Rocs magazine thanks Alli O’Malley for her help with this Community Spotlight. She is executive director of RESOLVE of Greater Rochester and a domestic violence survivor.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter pledges to help RESOLVE domestic violence. PROVIDED PHOTO RocParent.com