Weekly Happenings

Oct. 14th, 2020 – Weekly Happenings


OCTOBER 20th & 21st

Presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.


The theme of the inaugural 2020 Virtual INTERRUPT RACISM Summit is “Unmasking and Dismantling Racism.” The Summit is an online immersive learning experience for youth and adults, uniquely designed for attendees to participate and come together to

  1. Develop a deep understanding of what work needs to be done to dismantle racism.
  2. Develop a common language for understanding and unmasking systemic racism.
  3. Discuss actionable solutions for dismantling racism.
  4. Understand the concept of accountability for racist practices.
  5. Understand race-related health disparities stemming from the double pandemic of systemic racism and COVID-19.
  6. Develop a pathway for learning and healing from racism-related matters.


ASL interpreters provided upon request and subject to availability.
(Registrations requesting services must be received 10 business days prior to the event.)





8 am to 2 pm

Discover endless treasures and bargains at the City of Rochester’s Public Market Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas! Browse interesting and eclectic finds from dozens of vendors in one location from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sundays throughout the summer and fall.

Note: face masks are required for shoppers and vendors. To facilitate social distancing, vendor stalls will be spaced out under sheds.




9:30 AM Thursdays October 15 to 29

Join us on Thursday mornings for Yoga on the Bricks!

Josh Zimmerman, Registered Yoga Teacher and Vendor at the Rochester Public Market will host an energizing and relaxing hour-long Vinyasa (flow) yoga class under the outdoor D shed– the vendor shed located closest to the Union Street entrance of the Market. This event is free and open to the public. If you can, we suggest making a donation to our instructor for his time and dedication!

Some things to note:
• Designated spaces will be marked off with tape to ensure everyone is safely distanced.
• Please wear a mask or covering until you are seated in your designated, socially-distanced area on your mat.
• Bring your own mat! We will have a limited number available if you do not have one, but they will be first come, first serve.
• Yoga Instructor, Josh is a beloved vendor here at our Market. He sells Chaga Mushroom tea and other natural products.
• Don’t forget to shop after yoga! We have dozens of amazing local vendors who are right here at the market. Like every Thursday, we’re open 6 AM-1 PM.
• This event is RAIN OR SHINE, since we’ll be under the roofed vendor sheds.


The South End Saunter: A Potluck Menu of Stories of Mount Hope Cemetery’s South End Residents

October 17 10 am to 2 pm at Mount Hope Cemetery

Our historians will “pop-up” in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, to present THE SOUTH END SAUNTER: A POTLUCK MENU OF STORIES OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY’S SOUTH END RESIDENTS, on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Enjoy a self-guided walk through the “flat” end of the cemetery and learn from our historians about some of the interesting residents of the “south end” of Mount Hope Cemetery. The flat terrain, with wider paved roads, makes for a low-impact walking/biking experience.

Visit the information table located near the 1912 chapel, just inside the Mt. Hope entrance, opposite The Distillery restaurant, for the location and times of Pop-Up Historians in the south end of the cemetery.

We are happy to announce that this event will be interpreted by the practicum student interpreters from the NTID/RIT BS in Interpreting Program. Inquire at the information table.

Please be respectful of others:
Maintain six feet social/physical distancing and wear facial coverings when engaging with historians and information table staff.

Please note: Mount Hope Cemetery, especially in the south end, is an operational cemetery. In the event of an interment/funeral or graveside memorial service, please avoid the area in order to give the mourners the space they require.

This program is free and open to the public.

Historian locations are subject to change.
No restroom facilities available.

Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook!

Our festival schedule is out! And it’s all virtual and free!
Stay updated by visiting deafrocfilmfest.com
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

For a printable graphic of the schedule: https://www.facebook.com/DeafRocFilmFest/photos/a.1067456666639238/3643588642359348/?type=3&theater

Rochester’s Rich History: Playing Politics With Natural Disaster

Presented via Zoom Saturday October 17th 1 to 2:30 pm

Coordinated by Central Library’s

Department of Local History and Genealogy

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (Registrants will receive the Zoom link in an email one hour before the talk begins).

Hurricane Agnes struck the United States in June of 1972, just months before a pivotal election and at the dawn of the deindustrialization period across the Northeast. The response by local, state, and national officials had long-term consequences for all Americans. President Richard Nixon used the tragedy for political gain by delivering a generous relief package to the key states of New York and Pennsylvania in a bid to win over voters. After his landslide reelection in 1972, Nixon cut benefits for disaster victims and then passed legislation to push responsibility for disaster preparation and mitigation on to states and localities. The impact led to the rise of emergency management and inspired the development of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this talk, Dr. Timothy Kneeland will discuss the interplay between the natural disaster and the 1972 election, especially how Democrats and Republicans at all levels tried to use the disaster to their own electoral advantage.

Timothy W. Kneeland is a Professor of History and Political Science and Interim Director of Research, Scholarship, and Innovation at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He is the author of Playing Politics with Natural Disaster: Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 Election, and the Origins of FEMA (2020), Democrats and Republicans on Social Issues (2017), The Buffalo Blizzard of 1977 (2017), Pushbutton Psychiatry: A Cultural History of Electroshock in America (2008) and the forthcoming Declaring Disaster Buffalo’s Blizzard of ’77 and the Creation of FEMA. He has authored numerous chapter length studies and encyclopedia articles on American history, politics, and natural disasters. In addition to teaching and writing, Kneeland provides political analysis for local, state, national and international media.

Full Fall: Rochester Brainery’s Harvest of Classes, Plus

Pumpkin Carving Contest (with prizes!!!) and Free Pattern Book

Fall is Rochester Brainery’s favorite season and they are offering a cornucopia of classes, plus their annual pumpkin carving contest is going virtual this year, including a free pattern book. Enter by October 23.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

For the past four years we’ve teamed up with Lento for an evening of pumpkin carving followed by a pumpkin-themed dinner. While we can’t do those things in-person this year, we still wanted to have a little fun. The dinner is happening to-go style on October 28th and 29th — and we’re introducing a pumpkin carving contest into the mix!

The categories (+ prizes) are:

 Family Friendly: Pumpkin carving is fun for all ages, so get the kids involved and enter as a family. Christy Roushey of The House Roushey will be selecting the winner from this category with the help of her own kids.

The winning family will receive a $50 gift card to Rochester Brainery, two passes to the Memorial Art Gallery, a set of cards from The House Roushey, and two pumpkin pins from Laura Makes Things.

 Scare Us: Pumpkins that fright in the night! Show us your scary pumpkins. This category will be judged by Maya Rook who is no stranger to the strange with her History Happy Hour classes.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Rochester Brainery, a Halloween mug from The Secondhand Librarian, and a pumpkin tea towel + two pumpkin pins from Laura Makes Things.

Fun & Quirky: Get creative, colorful, and perhaps even a comical. Enter your fun and quirky pumpkins to this category that will be judged by someone who knows a little (a lot) about fun design, Jenny Rae Siplo, owner of Flowerwell.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Rochester Brainery, a dried flower bouquet from Flowerwell, and a pumpkin tea towel + two pumpkin pins from Laura Makes Things.
How it works*:

Carve a pumpkin!

Take a photo and submit it via email to info@rochesterbrainery.com between October 2nd, 2020-October 23rd, 2020. Be sure to let us know which category you’re entering.

Our judges will deliberate, choosing one winner from each category. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020.

Danielle Raymo and Julia Merrill’s Brainery Blog

Free Pattern Book