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

Dec 13, 2018

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