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Connections: Rochester's "Holiday Village," and recapturing Rochester's small town vibe

Rochester has a Holiday Village, complete with an outdoor skating rink. Last weekend saw thousands of people come out to shop for local goods, eat, and skate. And there was a common refrain: This is what towns used to feel like. But is that true? Do we become overly nostalgic, constructing narratives of the past that are overly positive?

We talk about that, and we explore how the winter village could become a permanent December fixture. In studio:

  • Jenna Knauf, owner of Bella Events Group and co-founder of the Roc Holiday Village
  • Kelli Marsh, professional photographer and co-founder of the Roc Holiday Village
  • Sean McCarthy, owner of McCarthy Tents & Events and co-founder of the Roc Holiday Village
  • Fred Amato, president of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.