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Ithaca — Come Visit in the Winter

Finger Lakes Summer

Taughannock Falls, higher than Niagara Falls, just outside of Ithaca

Great article in the Albany Times Union about winter fun in the Ithaca area

Ithaca may be best known as the home of both Cornell  University and Ithaca  College, but the city offers a cornucopia of attractions for  outdoors enthusiasts.

Situated in a valley on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, about a three-hour  drive from Albany, the city’s streets slope steeply toward the water. There are  more than 100 waterfalls and gorges within 10 miles of Ithaca, leading to the  local slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/A-gorges-place-for-winter-visit-2751638.php#ixzz1kxDK56Jv

Besides great food, beer and gorges sites, Ithaca has a great music scene.

January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm 2 comments

Finger Lakes Summer Says Don’t Miss Greentopia Festival

The Greentopia Festival is a two-day “World’s Fair” of environmental education, arts, music, activism and inspiration taking place in Rochester New York, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.

Join us at Rochester’s sustainability celebration to explore green living, Rochester style. It’s a two-day “World’s Fair” of inspiration through art, music, ideas and activism.

Speakers like Author and Activist Ed Begley Jr and Author, Educator, Environmentalist Bill McKibben. There will be workshops, how tos and films  Learn how you can think greens and how to apply it creatively in everyday life. There will be unusual family activities, community recycled art installations, mouthwatering organic and local food and beverages, and all kinds of live music.

There will even be an opportunity to “Bike the Bridges.” This ride allows Rochesterians and their families a highly accessible way to view and experience the bridges and falls of Rochester up close with other cyclists in a fun and celebratory way.

Some Local Environmental Groups appearing at Greentopia that I am exceptionally fond of: Will be showcased Saturday, 12:30 – 1:20 pm @ The Atrium in Max at High Falls

Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy
Protecting Hemlock & Canadice Lakes – Rochester’s Drinking Water

Gay Mills, Genesee Land Trust
Connecting to Nature in the City and other Projects of Genesee Land Trust

June Summers, Genesee Valley Audobon Society
Native and Invasive Plants

You can help keep Lake Ontario beautiful

Paul Sawyko, Water Education Collaborative & H2O Hero
Lake Ontario Needs Heros

ALSO:  Sunday, 11:00 – 11:30 @ Seneca Room in Max at High Falls. Sarah Meyer, Finger Lakes Institute & Paul Sawyko are doing a demonstration on Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens.

The Driftwood Sailors

Sunday at 12:30 there will be music by The Driftwood Sailors, who I just heard on the Sunday night Shakedown with Frank DeBlaise. Lead singer Amanda Lee Peers haas a lovely voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse.

Greentopia will provide incentives for participants using greener modes of transportation. Everything that can be recycled at the festival will be recycled. Every plate, fork, spoon, knife, cup, bowl, napkin, coffee stirrer and sample cup will be 100% compostable. And all food scraps will be collected and composted. All Greentopia collateral will be made with recycled and/or earth-friendly materials. Every event sign will be designed with reuse in mind. Each piece will be made from environmentally friendly materials.

Greentopia is being produced by the The GardenAerial.

The GardenAerial is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization advocating for the conversion of pre-existing structures and trails along the Genesee Gorge at High Falls into a multi-use, extraordinary public green space.

It is their vision to transform the perimeter of the Genesee Gorge,  including the Ponte de Rennes bridge, into a magical hanging outdoor arboretum – becoming a real and lasting symbol of the “Flower City”.

September 14, 2011 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

G-Love and Special Sauce Concert shares what he likes at the East and Alexander Stage. An incredible closer for the Jazz Festival.

June 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Day 9: Xerox International Jazz Festival

Some amazing music was taking place during the Jazz Festival at parties in the city — in preparation for the evening’s events. Here are some images from a street party in the city with a local band, led by Mikaela Davis on harp and vocals, backed up by Alex Patrick on keyboards, vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Alex Coté on percussion and vocals.

June 18, 2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Day 1: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

"How I drove from Vermont to Rochester, via Shortsville, Poland and Rome!"

Best Show of the evening: Matt Wilson, Arts and Crafts, at the Montage Grill, 6 and 10pm.

From City Newspaper Blog: By Paloma Capanna

“Wilson is a drummer, composer, bandleader, and more. For five consecutive years in a row, Wilson has been voted the No. 1 Rising Star Drummer in the DownBeat Critics Poll. From his downbeats to his change-ups, Wilson played the drums as an instrument not to be thought of as background. During “The Bat,” Wilson tapped the edge, ran sticks around, shook the wire brushes in the air. Wilson made slow, jazz love upon the drums.

Not to be outdone, Eastman graduate Gary Versace made his way around the electric organ, dancing his fingers around the keyboard in sequences and combinations of notes that can’t be learned in a classroom. This ain’t your auntie’s church organ. Versace is jazz organ.

And on the bass was Martin Wind, eyes closed, left hand up and down the neck, right hand plucking a low note range.

There were moments that Arts & Crafts resembled a revival, so intent were they within the music they were making. Arts & Crafts has an uncanny ability to feel the jazz rhythms, modulations, and entrances and exits of each individual instrument.”

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Terrell Stafford on trumpet

Matt Wilson on drums

For more of this see The Gary Versace Trio tonight at 6 and 10 in the Rochester Club.

June 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Crowd at the stage on East Ave.

My favorite time of the year is the second week in June during the Rochester International Jazz Festival. For 9 days Rochester is the coolest, and swingin’est place earth. Gibbs Street changes to Jazz Street, (location of the Eastman Theater) and is closed off, with a stage at one end, and the Xerox hospitality tent  at other end. John Nugent, an internationally renown sax player, who who cut his festival teeth at the Stockholm Jazz Festival, is the Rochester Festival’s founder and producer.

Rochester International Jazz Festivla

Map of all venues

The magic of this festival is that at any given moment there are several performances taking place, held at multiple venues throughout downtown Rochester’s East End cultural district:

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Fun on Jazz Street

There are more than 70 free concerts at outdoor stages, rain or shine.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Booker T

Rochester International Jazz festival

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

The best deal is to buy a Club Pass, which allows you unlimited access to 185 concerts at 14+ venues (purchase in advance).

Last year 162,000 people attended the Festival’s 250 concerts.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

10:30-2:30 every night: free Open Jam at Crown Plaza

For those wishing for an opportunity to play, there are nightly jam sessions, 10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at the State St. Bar & Grill in the Rochester Crown Plaza Hotel. Festival performers will stop by and jam with Bob Schneider’s combo.

June 10, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Finger Lakes Music Festivals 2012

Spring is making short appearances with rainy days, in between the regular menu of blinding snowstorms. Its time to dream about summer — and buy your tickets for all the awesome music festivals in the Finger Lakes area — before they sell out.

Continue Reading March 6, 2011 at 6:35 am Leave a comment


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