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4931603258?profile=RESIZE_584xSt. Peter's Arts Continue Online

By Phil Beckly

GENEVA – The show must go on, and so must the arts instruction … even in a pandemic.

The faculty at the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy has been able to continue teaching students by creative approaches. Arts for All continues, but many of the academy’s 300 students are learning online and at home, as shown by photos of students on the academy’s Facebook page.

In a recent letter to families and friends of the Community Arts Academy, the Rev. James Adams, Head of School, noted that following the governor’s orders on March 15, the academy shifted to on-line learning during the middle of the third academic quarter.
“It was heartbreaking for us to close our physical doors understanding how important the personal connection is when learning a dance technique, practicing notes and chords on an instrument or rehearsing a new song,” said Father Adams. “It is with gratitude that we recognize the extraordinary efforts of the faculty who rose to the challenge and began delivering their lessons remotely and creatively. With a show of continued commitment by the faculty, staff, parents and students, the on-line learning has continued into the fourth quarter.”
The Community Arts Academy offers lessons and performances in choirs, piano, violin, cello, organ, voice, dance and guitar for all ages. Until March 15 the lessons took place on the campus at 149 Genesee St., Geneva.

The experience of cello instructor Glenna Curren is a textbook example of making the best of a difficult situation.

“My students have been doing wonderfully,” Curren said. “We are all so grateful to be able to keep going. I have been able to continue my adult group classes, which honestly feels like a real treat to all of us. I think it is the highlight of everyone’s week! It’s difficult to play ensemble music over video, so we brainstormed other ideas, and the class has become a technique 'support group' where the students play their scales, etudes and ‘double stops’ for each other. I guess it’s more fun to work on the challenging parts of cello playing if you know you are all suffering through it together!"

"For private lessons I’ve been using mostly FaceTime and Google Duo, which both seem to have better sound than Zoom. While it took some time to get in a groove with my less-experienced students, we are figuring it out and it has been productive. I think everyone (especially adults) has been surprised by how effective video lessons can be. If anything, I think it has encouraged us all to be more engaged and to communicate more effectively — because we feel so far away from each other.”

Curren also has noticed another development. “I think the social interaction feels like a lifeline to all of us, as does having a meaningful hobby for the students. I am grateful that so many of my students have been awarded scholarships - I think it helps especially right now.”

Ben Ellis, guitar instructor, also noticed people finding “some peace and calm” in their music. “Remote teaching is going well. Actually, I’ve seen a lot of progress with the majority of my students. They must be getting some extra practice time in. Things are finally settling into a routine.”

Ballet School Instructor Alaina Olivieri said she is “teaching my regular schedule of dance classes over Zoom and supplementing with pre-recorded videos. My students have been wonderful about the transition. We all miss being in the studio together, but are happy to be able to continue dancing. Seeing each other at our regular time, wearing our class uniform and learning and rehearsing our recital dances has provided all of us with a sense of normalcy during this very abnormal situation. I am humbled by the dedication of all of my students and feel very fortunate to have them in my life.”

Wendra Trowbridge has dual responsibilities at the Academy. She is a voice instructor and the Director of three Community Arts Academy children’s choirs. She has continued teaching most of her voice students and says, “It’s been quite a learning experience doing lesson remotely by FaceTime and Zoom. I have made audio recordings for each of my student’s vocal exercises and accompaniments so that they can play them and sing along with them from home. This solved the “delay” issue with doing it live.”

Trowbridge has not been able to hold choir rehearsals because of the challenge of rehearsing large groups virtually. Trowbridge notes, “Noble attempts have been made to record ensembles in a virtual setting, including a small ensemble from one of the SPCAA choirs, but the result was inferior to live music making. Nothing will ever replace the synergy felt within a performing group. The rehearsals and performances of an ensemble are organic experiences that are ever changing and growing as you rehearse, build relationships and perform together. To say that this can be replaced by a virtual experience is just plain untrue and I am looking forward to the day when I can see everyone face-to-face again!”

Violin instructor Ellen Sonnenberg noted that “Online lessons have been going very well, and the students are enjoying them. I am really thankful for the technology we have during this time. One family informed me that they would not be able to continue lessons at this time, but would restart lessons once things return to normal. I am donating teaching hours to this family so they are able to continue with lessons. The priority is what is best for the students.”

“All the students in my studio have been continuing with their lessons and lessons are going well,” said Suzuki violin instructor Julianna Gray. “For many of the students, it seems the extra time at home has provided more practice time as they are sounding great. It’s been enjoyable for me to get this glimpse into their homes and many lessons include pets and pajamas. We’ve also shared many laughter-filled group classes as everyone seems to enjoy seeing one another. I look forward to the time I can see them in person, but they’re all continuing to play and improve despite the distance.”

Troy Slocum, piano instructor, found that group piano lessons presented challenges, but he has persevered and now has five half-hour Zoom group classes on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:30. “Classes are focused on music theory instruction at various levels, he explained. Students will get an opportunity to play their pieces from their own home in a mini-performance for each other. Classes currently have three to eight students attending the Zoom sessions and for some students, this has provided an opportunity to be a part of the group class without the limitation of in-person class. I am grateful for their parents’ support and I am feeling good that we can still have a way to connect and learn music.”

Slocum has even been able to connect with a true “remote” piano student from Georgia.

Because some family incomes have been affected by the pandemic, the Arts Academy has arranged for interested people not affected to make a confidential donation toward providing a student the ability to take part in lessons through the rest of the season. Contact the Arts Academy at 315-789-0106 or send donations to St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, P. O. Box 266, Geneva, NY 14456.

Besides causing adjustments in the Academy’s instruction, the pandemic caused the postponement of the Academy’s main fundraiser, the Dinner with the Arts, from March 29 to Sept. 20.

The St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy offers lessons and performances in choirs, piano, violin, cello, organ, voice, dance and guitar for all ages and now serves more than 300 students from 16 area schools in a five-county area in large part due to the dedicated core of instructors and staff, all of whom are professionals in their field. Embracing its theme of “Arts for All,” the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy is open to students of all ages and levels of skill regardless of financial means or religious affiliation. Offerings will be expanded and enhanced in renovated space with a $4-million Capital Campaign currently under way. For donations or more information, check or

The accompanying photos of St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy students doing online learning at home appeared on the arts academy’s Facebook page.

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Geneva Community News

4586398289?profile=RESIZE_400xMary Gearan Honored By Harvard

BOSTON -- News from Boston will surprise virtually no one in Geneva today.
Anyone who was acquainted with Mary Herlihy-Gearan, wife of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Emeritus Mark Gearan, has known how extensively she worked with undergraduate students making their way through the passage to adulthood.
It took Harvard University only two years to realize what that institution got when Mary Gearan returned to Boston.
Harvard recently awarded Mary Gearan with the John R. Marquand Award for Excellence in Advising and Support. In part, the award announcement said: "The nominations we received in your name indicated that you have demonstrated compassion and a strong desire to assist undergraduate students in many ways both within and outside of your roles as a Harvard affiliate. Furthermore, it is evident that you have inspired and advised many undergraduate students in ways that have positively shaped their experiences on many levels, and they, along with many others, have appreciated your efforts.''

Since moving from HWS, Mary and Mark, who heads the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, have continued the kind of work Genevans came to know over their 18 years at the colleges. In addition to the public roles, the Gearans assumed the role of interim faculty Deans of Winthrop House, one of the university's residential houses, that had experienced leadership issues. Mary Gearan was, evidently, the answer to those challenges.

While moving to Boston, the Gearans have remained in close touch with Geneva. Their daughter, Kathleen, is a student at William Smith Colleges. Mary Gearan also has kept in touch with the Geneva Rotary Club, having graced the recent "zoom" club meetings that have replaced the regular weekly gatherings at the Geneva Country Club.



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Club Delivers 10,000th Meal

GENEVA -- This week the Boys & Girls Club team is passing a milestone -- 10,000 meals delivered since the virus crisis closed the local schools.
Breakfast and lunches Monday through Friday and dinners Mondays through Saturdays have added up as what some thought would be a short sprint has turned into a bit of a marathon.
"We've had support from throughout the community,'' said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club's executive director. "And it's not over!''
The club regularly served about 110 dinners nightly as part of its after-school program. When schools closed and many parents were thrown out of jobs, the demand for food quickly grew.
Today our staff is serving and delivering 400 dinners per night and 200 breakfasts and lunches, Lavin said.
"We've had some key partners teaching us the ropes,'' Lavin said. "Sodexo, Wegmans, and some key local restaurants -- including Cams, Bella's, B & D Market -- have been there with us day in an day out.''
Lavin said donors from throughout the region -- including the United Way, the Wyckoff Family Foundation and many individuals -- have helped defray the approximately $7,000 per week cost of this operation.
For the last four weeks, St. Peter's Episcopal Church has sponsored the Saturday night dinners.
Lavin said the organization will endeavor to keep the service going through the end of June, the traditional end of the school year. Preliminary plans for summer food needs are being considered as well, Lavin said.
Many Genevans work at hourly jobs that are currently shut down and, without pay checks, keeping food in the house is a challenge.
The Boys & Girls Club has worked in partnership with the Geneva City School District, which supplies breakfast and lunches to hundreds of school age children each day.

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4439157547?profile=RESIZE_584xWarmth From Within

GENEVA -- What a gorgeous morning greeted Genevans today. Spring sun on the last dusting of snow. It is really just time-delayed rain. It will melt away through the day. I know some tire of winter a bit, but as someone who lived in the sunbelt for 35 years, there is such rejuvenation in a few months of snow and cold. Mild cleansing, insect elimination, moisture and life everywhere. In the land of endlessly whirring air-conditioners, dust and dirt, lightning and tornadoes, hurricanes and firestorms that move across hillsides like a blowtorch, are a constant threat. Something like 16 Floridians a year are killed by bolts from the afternoon blue. Compare that to some healthy snow shoveling, some days in front of a warm fire with a glass of Billsboro red or Johannas' SanSan riesling. Not so bad.
And these days, I am honored daily by witnessing life in a city with deep roots and strong connections. A farmer called yesterday offering fresh eggs for our grocery deliveries with the Boys & Girls Club. Another offered garlic ramps. B & D Market brought family pans of lasagna. And our friends at Bella's Restaurant are hunting down Skittles, Starbursts and Flaming Hot Cheetos for several hundred kids restricted to tight quarters.
I'll take the snow -- even this late dusting after a mellow winter.

-- Chris Lavin, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Geneva



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Geneva Community News

Donations Sought To Support Club Food Effort

GENEVA -- To limit potential of spreading of the coronavirus, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva was forced to suspend normal programming while its members stayed home.
Rather than close, however, the club decided it could use its food and academic support services to support club and community members.
The club formed a call center and began arranging for food deliveries. Academic support will begin when schools have delivered work packages to the students this week. (Call center 315-759-6060)
"A lot of Geneva kids count on the schools and our club to meet their nutrition needs,'' said Allauna Overstreet Gibson, Assistant Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. "We wanted to make sure this health crisis didn't lead to hunger among our members.''
Monday's deliveries and pick ups totaled 120 and include spaghetti, meatballs, vegetables, fresh fruit and cookies. Food is being supplied by NY Kitchen in Canandaigua and Sodexo at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is funded in part by grants and local donations. Click on the video above to see scenes from Monday's deliveries.
The club hopes to keep this service going throughout the school closure and, if possible, make it available to other community members in need.
"A lot of people have called and asked to volunteer in this effort,'' said Chris Lavin, the club's executive director. "We have the staff and food handling rules make volunteers more challenging, but we could use donations to cover added food costs. With job losses, we expect the need to rise well above our normal levels. We are also helping families with hygiene and cleaning supplies.''
Donations can be made directly for this purpose by CLICKING HERE.

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3828380335?profile=RESIZE_710xA Challenging Life, Well Lived

GENEVA -- Sarah Jane Gilmour passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020, in her own home, with her animals by her side, fullling her dream of living independently until the end of her life.

She leaves behind many friends and family, some who called her Sarah and some who called her Sally, but all of whom had richer lives because they knew her. Sally was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her early 20’s. Despite the many obstacles this presented, Sarah responded with a tenacity for her work and an irrepressible sense of humor. It is often said of people with a disability that they are “not defined by their disability” but in a sense Sally WAS inspired  by her disability—it drove her activism and her career working for disability rights.

Sarah was born in Mount Vernon, New York on January 29, 1948, but grew up in Geneva, New York. She graduated from Geneva High School and William Smith College. After working as a paralegal for the Legal Aid Project in Geneva, she went to law school in her 40’s because she knew she was as smart as the attorneys in her office. She graduated from Albany Law School in 1992. After law school , she went to work for the Empire Justice Center in Rochester, where she was a powerhouse, administering a Health Law Collaborative Project for people with HIV/AIDS, and providing legal services for those clients in housing, public benefits, employment discrimination and a variety of civil legal matters. She also worked on disability access and civil rights issues.

Sally received numerous awards during her career, including the Adele Friedman Women in Disability Award, for working in the field of disability, advocating for the equality of all persons.

Sally was predeceased by her parents Judd and Myra Gilmour, and her brother, John. She is survived by her brother Arnold, sister-in-law Rene, niece and nephew Lucas and Chrissy. She is also survived by many close and lifelong friends, whom she considered family. She was grateful for the team of aides who cared for her and allowed her to remain in her home. She also leaves her animal family, Dixie, Hunter, Fred and Ethel. All will miss her friendship, strength, humor and passion.

Sally will be remembered with love as an activist, knitter extraordinaire, crafter, animal lover, bird watcher, excellent baker, and voracious reader.

Donations may be made in Sally's name to Lollypop Farm, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or disability rights organizations. A celebration of Sally’s life is being planned for the spring. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva, New York.


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Geneva Community News

To Phelps And Back With Santa

GENEVA -- Saturday evoked images of earlier Geneva as Finger Lakes Railway passenger cars once again hit the rails between Geneva and Phelps. See video above.
It was the Annual Geneva Rotary Club Santa Train Saturday and the train cars sold out again as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with families from throughout the Geneva area as the snow-covered countryside glided past the train windows.
Riders were also serenaded by the Geneva Interact Club, a junior Rotary Club based in the Geneva schools.
All proceeds from this annual tradition support the Geneva Rotary Club's philanthropic causes.

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Seeking To Support Record Growth

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva kicked off its Annual Campaign Friday with a special video and mailing amid a time of unprecedented growth for the organization.
"We've grown by almost 40 percent, year-over-year,'' said Chris Lavin, the Club's executive director. "That's great news, but it also means more staff, more food and more supplies. We're hoping the community responds.''

The club offers after-school services to more than 500 families across the school year with an average daily attendance of more than 200 students at the club's two locations. The program offers homework help, athletics, computer courses and culinary training in addition to arts, music and dance experiences.The club also operates a seven-week Summer University program for its members in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva City School District.
"A typical Geneva kid is away from home about 12 hours each day,'' Lavin said. "The school day is six and a half hours. We step in to make the best of these other important hours.''
As is its tradition, the club produced and has mailed to past donors a self-report card on the organization's year, chronicling more than 40,000 meals served and thousands of hours of academic support from its Hobart and William Smith Tutor Corps.
The private, not-for-profit organization runs on an annual budget of $1-million raised each year from donations, grants, and modest membership payments. Club membership is $24 per year for all members.
The club works in close partnership with HWS, the City School District, and St. Peter's Arts Academy.

Online donations can be made by CLICKING HERE. Checks payable to Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Inc. can be mailed to 160 Carter Road, Geneva NY 14456. Phone donations can be made by calling Susan Tolleson at 315-759-6060 during regular business hours.




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3696788412?profile=RESIZE_710xFood Bounty To The Rescue

GENEVA -- The Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty leadership visited the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva recently and made a $500 donation to support the club's nutrition program.
The Culinary Bounty is a consortium of local farmers, chefs and other food-producers who are working to support local nutrition efforts and education in the Finger Lakes.
A recent surge in membership at the Boys & Girls Club has strained the club's budget for supplying healthy fruits and vegetables as part of its daily nutrition efforts.
Chris Lavin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said these dollars will help get us to the end of the year and will supply apples, oranges, bananas and other vegetables to our daily efforts.
"If kids don't eat well, they don't learn well,'' Lavin said. "Our army marches on its stomachs!"
Year over year attendance and membership has grown by more than 30 percent at the club's two locations and the club has struggled to eliminate waiting lists.
Lavin said the club serves more than 100 full dinners each night at its Carter Road location and supplies its 70 first through third graders at its Goodman Street location with an after-school lunch, fresh fruit and weekend "take home'' food snacks and fruits.
The club is also working with the Geneva Center of Concern, Food Justice and local farmers to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to supplement food supplies to club families when possible.

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3689344921?profile=RESIZE_710xA New Play Place For Geneva’s Youngest

GENEVA – The Geneva Community Center will be working to give Geneva’s youngest children a new, safe play place all week long.

Starting Nov. 4, the center, located at 160 Carter Road, will be open for free to children and parents, age 0 to 4, each weekday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The center, in partnership with its owner, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, will be offering children and parents and guardians breakfast, books, gym games and music. Transportation to and from the program can be arranged through the club.
This Toddler Time! Program is intended to give parents a place to gather, find support, inspiration and camaraderie while allowing children to enjoy a safe place to explore and enjoy away from the winter’s cold.
“There are a lot of programs for kids approaching school age,’’ said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club’s executive director. “But the earliest years of life can be pretty isolating for both kids and parents. We want to help with that. ’’
Toddler Time! is being sponsored this year by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, which hopes to improve opportunities for unstructured play and exercise among the region’s children. The Boys & Girls Club was awarded the grant through the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

The Geneva Community Center is a 24,000 square foot facility that includes a range of play places. There is a full gym, a black-box theater, games rooms and a full, certified kitchen for producing healthy meals. Infant areas with rugs and mats will also be available as well as reading and games spaces. All children must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.

The program is being managed by Allauna Overstreet-Gibson, assistant executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, and staffers La Sha’ Sullivan and Alexandria Piagentini.
“We will be approaching local day care operators to make them aware of the opportunity to use these facilities to increase exercise and other activities that can become very limited in the winter,’’ Overstreet Gibson said.

There is no charge for the program but participants will be asked to fill out a free membership form.
The club owns two 14-passenger vans that will be used to help families and day cares without transportation to access the Carter Road facility.
The program is open to anyone, regardless of residence, but transportation assistance will be limited to the greater Geneva area. For more information, call 315-759-6060.

“We are hoping Toddler Time! can be a gathering place for all of Geneva’s youngest,’’ Overstreet Gibson said. “Play groups, Mom groups, day cares. All will be welcome. The coffee is always on!’’


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GENEVA -- Still time to get one of the few remaining chances for a week in Carpe Beachum, a luxury ocean-side home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Dr. Dan and Gail Alexander make a week at their house available in a home that can easily handle a family reunion.

Call 315-759-6060 and purchase one of the only 100 tickets sold for this raffle. Tickets are $100. Or email The winner will be chose at the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Annual Dinner Oct. 17th.

CLICK HERE to tour the home.

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Finger Lakes News

A Ride On The Wild Side

PHELPS -- A new traffic circle has replaced a four-way stop sign along two rural roads outside Geneva, New York. Because everything new confuses someone, as a public service, took a ride through to give local motorists a feel for this new driving challenge.
It can't be too hard. The British have done it for generations!

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3638494649?profile=RESIZE_710xCelebrate Boys & Girls Club Oct. 17

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva will host its 23rd Annual Dinner Oct. 17 at Club 86 and will honor Katie Flowers, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' director of Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Flowers has partnered with the club in creating its growing Summer University program and has helped create a robust Tutor Corps that delivers literally thousands of hours of mentoring and homework help to Geneva kids each year.

LISTEN HERE for a quick discussion of this annual celebration and how you can get involved.

CLICK HERE to buy your dinner tickets.

Email to purchase one of the 100 raffle tickets for your chance to live in a beachside mansion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week! CLICK HERE to tour Carpe Beachum in photo below!


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Buy A Shirt, Help The Bahamas


GENEVA -- The members of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva wanted to help one of the club's staffers, whose family was devastated by the recent hurricane in the Bahamas. They designed a great shirt and hoodie as part of the effort. Click here or on the image above to place your order today.



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Finger Lakes Food and Wine

Vegetables Gone Wild from Geneva Community Center on Vimeo.

Chef And Farmer Bring New Veggies To Table

HIMROD -- Several months back Chef Brud Holland met with a Penn Yan area farmer and proposed a partnership:
The chef would supply unique seeds for vegetables developed specifically for Finger Lakes soils.
The Hoovers, a Mennonite Family west of Penn Yan would grow the vegetables.
And Holland would purchase them for his new restaurant on Seneca Lake in Himrod.
Fast forward a few months and the bounty is coming in -- for both the Hoovers and diners at Sapalta, Holland's new restaurant at the new Plum Point Lodge on Seneca.
The veggies are noticeably different. Tiny butternut squash, bed to intensify the sweet flavor. Habanero peppers, usually among the hottest of the hot peppers, bred for taste but without any heat at all. They are called habanadas. Fire red beets and a squash with a long neck to give chefs more veggie and less seed join a new potato variety that produces a Finger Lakes spud so smooth it doesn't need butter.
The seeds were developed by Row 7 Seeds, an innovative seed company with Upstate and Cornell connections, and are more expensive than the regular seeds the Hoovers usually use. But the price these exotic ingredients bring are also higher. Holland has been buying up all the Hoovers can produce.
Holland is already working these unique ingredients into his menu at Sapalta, located at the Plum Point Lodge 19 miles south of Geneva on Seneca Lake's western shore.
Both Holland and the Hoovers expect this collaboration to expand and continue through the next growing season.

Plum Point Lodge on Seneca was originally known as the Rainbow Cove Resort. Geneva developer Dave Bunnell and his partners purchased the hotel, renovated it and renamed it this year. They also hired Holland to build a new farm-to-table restaurant. Sapalta was named after a specific plum variety recommended by Cornell scientists.


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Learning By Doing -- And Eating

GENEVA -- Two years ago the Sands Family Foundation and Lowe's helped the Geneva Boys & Girls Club redesign and improve its kitchen's teaching capacity. Since then, club members have been taking regular cooking classes and helping serve dinner each night to more than 90 members.
So when a group of 12 club members turned up at New York Kitchen in Canandaigua in August for a Culinary Camp, the resident chefs were a bit surprised.
"These kids are so advanced,'' Teaching Chef Mary Beth Brinkerhoff said on the camp's first day. "We'll have to revamp the menus.''
For the next four days, the 12 Boys & Girls Club members got the gift -- sponsored by Dr. Dan and Gail Alexander -- of learning side by side with master chefs in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchens that are at the heart of the New York Kitchen facility.
The first day, between 10 a.m. at 1:00 p.m., the kids produced gourmet macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, pan fried fish, jambalaya, corn bread, hush puppies and a puff pastry dessert. Enough to feed them all and left-overs to haul back to their families.
And so the week went, more challenging menus each day, culminating with learning to create and cook delicate fresh pasta and chocolate mousse on the final day.
But lessons went beyond the kitchen. Chefs Brinkerhoff and Geneva' own Matt Wooster discussed menu planning, food cost calculation and, in a highlight for the week, toured several local farms where high quality herbs and animals are being raised to supply local restaurants with the best "farm-to-table" ingredients the new restaurant trends demand.
"It was an amazing week,'' said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club executive director. "New York Kitchen is an incredible asset to this region. The best, focused learn-by-doing experience we've ever had for our kids. And they even liked doing the math with the recipes!''

The Boys & Girls Club's partnership with New York Kitchen will continue, Lavin said.

"We share the goal with New York Kitchen of giving this region not only great wines, but also great cuisine to go with it,'' Lavin said. "Our kids have a passion for this and we believe can be part of the tourism tide that is raising all boats these days.''

The Culinary Camp was part of Summer University, a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club, the City School District and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. More than 200 club members are experiencing six weeks of creative clubs, exercise and weekly field trips to the region's attractions. 


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3401111957?profile=RESIZE_710xNew HWS President On The Air



GENEVA -- The new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is sharing her experiences while getting to know her new job. Joyce Jacobsen is recording many of her first encounters with college and community leaders and publishing these via podcast. CLICK HERE or on the image above to listen to her discussion with Chris Lavin, a 1981 Hobart graduate and a former newspaper editor who is now working with the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.



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Finger Lakes Arts


SENECA FALLS -- Theatre444 partners with Mynderse Academy Drama Club to present summer performances of the critically-acclaimed musical Pippin with start-times slated for 8 p.m. Thursday, August 1; Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 as well as an afternoon showtime at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at the Mynderse Academy Auditorium, 105 Troy St. in Seneca Falls.

From the creative mind of Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is a four-time Tony Award winning musical in 2013, even earning the title of Best Musical Revival.

With a 25-person cast encompassing the entire region of the Finger Lakes, the dynamic group is set to dazzle audiences with their compelling portrayal of the iconic film and novel.

Joseph Gonzalez of Geneva portrays Pippin, a young prince and heir to the Frankish throne, who yearns for sparking passion and adventure in his life. Genevan Allauna Overstreet-Gibson, assistant executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, also plays a starring role.


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