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Feeling the fire, seeing regrowth at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor

Back in the 1600s, a French settler, perhaps someone actively involved in the lively fur trade of the era, described the vast grasslands, surrounded by large oak trees, that served as a vibrant center for the Seneca people. This native grass — not the green, manicured sod of a suburban yard — grew as tall as a man, according to... more

Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice... more

Arts Center of Yates County Winter Exhibit – ‘Close to Home’

February won’t last forever, that’s a promise. But if you need a break from the cold and gloom, stop by the Arts Center and check out the talents and vision of four regional artists. The Winter Interlude Exhibit continues through Feb. 26, and creativity takes center stage, spotlighting various styles and mediums including oils, watercolors, collage and pottery. Fran Bliek’s... more

Yates Arts Center winter exhibit celebrates diverse talents

Trade the gray skies and biting frost of January for the warmth and sparkle of the Winter Interlude Art Exhibit at the Yates County Arts Center. Beginning Jan. 2, 2018, the Center ushers in the new year by spotlighting the distinctive talents of four featured regional artists whose vision and style showcase the best in painting, jewelry making, photography, and... more

Smith Center for the Arts looks to upgrade in 2018

It’s going to be a busy year at the venerable Smith Center for the Arts — and not all for the music, theatre and dance performances for which the opera house is known. 2018 will bring in what new Executive Director Susie Monagan and its board leader call a host of much-needed renovations. Armed with $719,500 in state grants, the... more

Environmental tests, concept designs unveiled for 1-7 State St. lot

Preliminary soil and ground water tests for the future community park space at 1-7 State St. — the site of the former Kalet building — came back “non-detect” for contamination, Ted Liddell, a landscape architect with Bergmann Associates, said during a public meeting Monday night at the Hilton Garden Inn. Given the site’s history of lawsuits based the environmental testing,... more

Ithaca College student and production partner win prestigious award

Kyle Arnold, a senior in the Journalism Department at Ithaca College, developed, along with Ismael Byers from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a short film called, “Solitude: A Companion Abroad,” documenting the four months the two men spent studying in Chile at the renowned Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago. Although the weather was always hot while there from February... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Fire giveth and fire taketh away

In perhaps the most ironic tragedy in recent local history, an artist couple whose works depend on fire, lost their studios, the tools of their craft, much of their work and many other possessions to the very same volatile element. Recently retired art educators for Keuka College and Penn Yan Central Schools, Dexter and Faith Benedict were awakened at 5... more

Sculptor’s studio is ‘total loss’ after Milo fire

Fire destroyed the studio of a well-known sculptor Wednesday morning. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike deemed the Baker Road workspace of Dexter Benedict a total loss. Deputies said Benedict’s wife, Faith, woke up around 5 a.m. when she heard their dog barking. She looked outside and saw Fireworks Foundry, as the barn/studio is called, engulfed in flames. Firefighters were unable... more

SCP offers free monthly theatrical series

If you missed Seneca Community Players’ performance of Little Shop of Horrors in 1996, you have another chance to see it soon! Over the last 46 years Seneca Community Players has performed and produced over 200 shows. Generally, each show involves a cast and crew of 15 to 40 people and is in production rehearsing for 6-8 weeks. After all... more

Directors sought for Seneca Community Players 46th season

Seneca Community Players is seeking theatre directors from throughout the region to participate in their 46th season of providing live theatre in the Finger Lakes. Individuals of all experience levels, from first time directors to seasoned veterans, are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals for dramatic, comedic and musical productions of any length are welcome. Opportunities for a... more

Arts Center exhibit celebrates diversity in Yates

Continuing a year-long theme of exploring the impact of art on Earth, the Arts Center of Yates County’s next exhibit, entitled “Big Blue Marble,” will explore the idea of “the family of man.” The exhibit, which opens Friday, Oct. 13 with a free reception, features the work of a quartet of Rochester-area painters and a sculptor from Ithaca. Each of... more

STARSTRUCK IN LYONS: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner film scenes at local store

Sean Dobbins found out that it’s not easy to run a pharmacy while John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are in your store. However, the award-winning actor and actress were not there to pick up prescriptions from Dobbins Drugs. Rather, they were there for some filming of a yet-to-be-named movie that is being described by producers as a love story. The... more

Wanted: A few budding artist-historians in West Bloomfield

Discover history in your hometown. That is the idea behind the West Bloomfield Historical Society’s first-time contest for young people. Kids are invited to look around West Bloomfield to find really old things, create an image of what they find, and learn the story behind it. Entrants do not have to actually live in the town but the artwork must... more
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