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Summertime cruises return to the Erie Canal

Jul 1, 2020

A sure sign of summer is the return of the Colonial Belle in Fairport.

The largest tour boat operating on the Erie Canal returned to the village this week. Village Mayor Julie Domaratz said the Colonial Belle is scheduled to have its first public cruise of the season on July 4.

“Historically, both residents and visitors alike are used to seeing the Colonial Belle along the canal in the village of Fairport,” Domaratz said. “And it's become a part of the scenery and what you get used to having every day in the canal during the summertime."

River advocates continue their work during COVID-19

Jul 1, 2020

An organization dedicated to achieving a healthy and sustainable Genesee River ecosystem is outlining its 2019 accomplishments.

And the group’s work moves forward, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

George Thomas is executive Director for the Genesee Riverwatch, a largely volunteer organization that works to protect and celebrate the river.

``Trying to improve water, that's the protecting part, and celebrating is trying to get people on the river and near the river to enjoy the resource," he said. 

Christina Korp/Look Up to Her / Projection mapping partner: Quince Imaging

While President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Mount Rushmore as part of an Independence Day celebration later this week, plans are underway for another type of commemoration, marking the contributions made during the women’s suffrage movement.

Christina Korp is the producer of a project called Look Up to Her, and it is one of the ways the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission is helping celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was written to guarantee and protect a woman’s constitutional right to vote.

HomeStage: Hanna PK

Jun 30, 2020

The fact that Hanna PK is in Rochester shows the breadth of musical talent here. While known for blues, she's a singer-songwriter in a variety of genres. With a lot of us yearning for a return to a new 'normal', Hanna PK performs “Soyo Arirang," inspired by the old Korean folk tradition called Arirang.

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A virtual performance and interview with Rochester jazz musician Judah Sealy was derailed this week after internet trolls hijacked the event with a barrage of racist slurs and imagery.

Sealy, who is Black, was about an hour into his appearance on DJ Sapphire’s Smooth Jazz Lounge, a Zoom series hosted by London-based radio personality Melanie Whittaker, on Wednesday when the so-called “Zoombombers” struck.  

Casey Springstead and Kirsta Rodean teach music, are involved with Solo Fest, perform, and they have two kids! They took time to perform two pieces for you on this edition of HomeStage.

Three of Rochester’s largest cultural attractions: the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and The Strong National Museum of Play, will open Saturday, June 27, as part of New York Forward’s Phase 4 for reopening. Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week the Finger Lakes and four other regions are on track to begin Phase 4 on Friday.

The George Eastman Museum will remain closed until mid-July due to construction on the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center. The Strong and MAG will be open to members only to start, and RMSC will be open to the general public.


WXXI News is the recipient of two awards from PMJA, the Public Media Journalists Association.

The awards were announced Thursday night, as part of a ‘Virtual Awards Gala,’ since the annual conference had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The awards were for work done in 2019. They recognize the best work in public media journalism from across the country.  Stations compete against others with similar sized newsrooms.  Overall, judges reviewed nearly 1300 entries.

HomeStage: Connie Deming

Jun 19, 2020

Connie Deming is sitting at her mom's old piano for this edition of HomeStage. She thinks about all we've gone through and dedicates a tune, "Water," to all of us.

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“Celebrate freedom.” That’s not just a signal to party; it’s a call to action.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of freedom. It's Black Independence Day, marking the day Texas was irrevocably notified that the people still enslaved in that state were, in fact, free. That was June 19, 1865 -- nearly 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation. That delay from emancipation to its full realization foreshadowed the 155 years of freedom both gained and denied, which is still playing out in our current moment.