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Dear (585) friends,

Today, we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks accounted for at least 10,000 injuries and made for the deadliest incident ever for US firefighters and law enforcement officers.

Our thoughts are with the tens of thousands of families personally affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

Hold your loved ones tight, call up those who have been on your mind, and check out some of the community events below with them.

  • The Brockport Fire District will hold its 19th Annual Vigil in remembrance of the lives lost on 9/11 on Friday, September 11 onsite at the Firefighter’s Memorial Monument. There will be a short closing ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Bottled water and restroom facilities will be available, and residents are encouraged to visit and “stand honor guard” throughout the day (flags were raised earlier this morning), says Alan C. Way, Association Secretary.


  • Since the M&T Bank Clothesline Online Festival can’t be in-person this year, a series of free virtual events will take place over the course of one full week instead, from September 12–18. Visitors can browse art online, with each day focusing on a different medium. The virtual event will also feature live music and live artist workshops, demonstrations, and discussions. This event is the Memorial Art Gallery’s biggest fundraising event of the year, so M&T Bank will match any donation dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 during the event, and folks can save $15 on museum memberships.


  • For a family-friendly community festival at Spencerport’s Fireman’s Field, visit the Rochester Rec Fest 2020, presented by United Healthcare, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. The Activity Zone at the festival will feature yard sports, a scavenger hunt, and other activities. The Ideas Zone will feature organizations like the Ogden Historical Society and Spencerport Junior Rangers Football and Cheer. Barton’s Parkside Hots will be cooking up the grub, and popcorn will be for sale from the Kiwanis Club of Spencerport. The stage area will feature a live Tae Kwon Do presentation and live music throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit Rochester-based recreation programs and projects.


  • Also this Saturday, September 12, the Hemlock Fairgrounds will host the Begin Again Horse Rescue Charity Challenge to benefit the Lima-based nonprofit. The Charity Challenge is an obstacle course for horses and their riders, and the event is open to the public with no admission fee. Animal and animal rescue vendors will be onsite, as well as food from Twisters of Livonia (think nachos, pretzels, and mozz sticks, as well as custard and homemade ice cream). There will also be door prizes and a basket raffle.


  • In celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House will be hosting a virtual Suffragist City Parade. Participants have already submitted videos to celebrate the important anniversaries, and the Museum will be editing the videos together for a final product to be broadcast at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12. Tune in to watch the virtual “parade” and make a donation to the Museum or repost the video/link to your social media. The broadcast link will be found here on Saturday.


  • The Levine Center for Hate will be hosting an important event, Brave Spaces: Rochester’s Summit to End Hate on Sunday, September 13. The Summit will feature online presentations and workshops by national experts and local leaders, “examining issues of racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate.” The keynote address will be given by nationally renowned civil rights expert Eric Ward, and closing remarks will be presented by Roland Williams, Super Bowl champion and Rochester native. Admission is free.


  • Shaken or stirred? Robert Simonson, noted cocktail historian and author of The Martini Cocktail will be hosting a live seminar at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at Restaurant Good Luck. Bewildering Depths: The Many Lives of the Martini will touch upon the history of the drink, and then four versions of the martini will be prepared. A $25 ticket covers the seminar and a martini of your very own; Simonson’s book will also be for sale.


  • For a chance to whip up a decadent meal and benefit a good cause, sign up for Fine Tastings for Al Sigl Community by Wednesday, September 16. Participants will pick up an event package on September 22, to include all the ingredients to make a meal of salad, Caribbean Jerk Chicken Alfredo, and chocolate bark. On September 23, the virtual event will feature Locust Hill Country Club’s Chef guiding the at-home cooks. Interested parties can also sign up to join the chef live at the Country Club that evening—and that live experience is capped at forty attendees.

Don’t forget to grab your September/October edition of (585) Magazine ASAP!

And let us know what you’d like to see in upcoming newsletters and issues of our publication.

Stay well,

– Jinelle Vaiana, contributing writer

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