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Shake on the Lake in St. Joseph's Park - This Thursday

Shake on the Lake is returning to St. Joseph’s Park!  On Thursday, August 3rd, the touring theater company will bring “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” an irreverant, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays.

Our Associate Director Larry Francer recently appeared on WXXI’s “Connections with Evan Dawson” to take part in a conversation about how outdoor arts programming can help make neighborhoods more inclusive. He discussed how offering free concerts and theatre to the public at St. Joseph’s Park makes the neighborhood safer and more inviting, and how the Alta Vista project will make an impact on the neighborhood.  You can read more and listen to the discussion here.

Image credit: Kat Kuo

Shake on the Lake info and tickets

Preserve NY Grantees in our Region

The Preservation League of NYS and their program partners at the New York State Council on the Arts have announced the recipients of the 2023 Preserve New York grant, including two in our nine-county region.

In Livingston County, the Village of Nunda will receive $12,980 for a National Register of Historic Places historic district nomination. A 2020 Preserve NY grant funded a Cultural Resource Survey for the Town and Village of Nunda, which was conducted by The Landmark Society and identified a potential historic district boundary for the Village. The next step in this project will be for Landmark to work with the Village to develop a National Register nomination for that identified district.

In Monroe County, Connected Communities (the fiduciary for the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition) will receive $20,000 for a National Register of Historic Places historic district nomination.  The Landmark Society will work with the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition, to develop the nomination. The Beechwood neighborhood, in the City’s northeast quadrant, was developed during a period when Rochester was experiencing economic success, a growing population, and outward physical expansion in all directions from about the 1880s to the 1930s.

Learn more about all of the Preserve NY grants in 2023

Preserving Black Churches Grant Deadline - August 23rd

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

Preserving Black Churches is a project of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Annual grants from Preserving Black Churches are intended to preserve historic Black houses of worship—either with active congregations and non-active congregations—and advance ongoing preservation activities while strengthening capacity for historic congregations, and preservation and community organizations to steward, manage, and better utilize their historic structures.

Grants from Preserving Black Churches will range from $50,000 to $200,000. Applicants may apply for one of five categories: Capital Project, Endowment and Financial Sustainability, Organizational Capacity and Operations, Programming and Interpretation, or Project Planning. Eligible applicants include Historic Black Churches, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

The deadline to apply for this grant is Wednesday, August 23rd.

Learn more and apply

Landmark Travels - Arte Cuba in 2024 and Brandywine Valley in 2023

The Landmark Society is excited that we are finally going back to the beautiful island of Cuba for an 11 day Landmark Travels tour. We have a wonderful trip planned that highlights the arts and coincides with the Havana International Art Biennial. We will be staying in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Varadero, with visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Architecture, music, art, and great food in the company of Landmark friends (old or new). Dates are April 22nd to May 2nd, 2024, with pricing starting at $5,615 per person (member, double occupancy).

Registration has also opened for our Brandywine Valley and Longwood Christmas trip this December. We’ll enjoy 4 days of special holiday exhibits, expansive historic homes, and art museums in the historic Brandywine Valley, which traverses southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The highlight, of course, is Longwood Gardens, with its massive greenhouses and over 500,000 incredible holiday lights. Dates are December 5th to December 8th, 2023, with pricing starting at $2,060 per person (member, double occupancy).

Don’t forget, there are still spots available on our Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube in October. Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention. Rates for the Gems of Eastern Europe tour start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected.

And stay tuned – we have additional trips in the planning stages, including a return to the ever-popular Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California in February 2024.

More information

Cocktails & Carburetors

The Cocktails & Carburetors Committee is returning to FLX Auto Storage for the Cocktails & Carburetors Opening Night Party on Friday, September 22nd from 5pm to 8pm. FLX Auto Storage, located at 384 East Ave in Macedon, is a high-end storage facility for vehicles including a social lounge. Founded in 2018 by Jim Swetman as a place that would combine his interest in racing with vehicles storage, there will be a number of vintage vehicles at the facility for the party. The party will have catering by Betty Klein, music by Mystic Stew, a silent auction, and plenty of cocktails and great conversation. Guests are encouraged to drive their collector cars so all attendees can enjoy them in the parking area.

Included in your ticket price will be a tour of private garages on Saturday. Take a self-guided tour of several private garages and car collections from 10am to 4pm (a map will be provided to ticketholders at the Friday night party). Tickets are $95 and are available on our website.

Learn more and purchase tickets

Summer Architecture in the Wild Classes

August Architecture in the Wild classes with the YUPs and Rochester Brainery are officially sold out! We’ve really enjoyed the classes that have been held so far this year, from Corn Hill to Downtown and Maplewood. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in Architecture in the Wild yet, we have several more classes in September and October – keep an eye on the Brainery’s website to snag a spot before they sell out (they always do!)

Our September 24th class, “Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood,” is open for registration now. Participants will walk Main Street and the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and learn the names of important architectural styles, basic architectural terminology, and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day.

Register for summer classes

Upcoming Events

August 10th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Upper Monroe” (SOLD OUT)

August 23rd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring The Inner Loop Leftovers” (SOLD OUT)

September 8th & 9th: SAVE THE DATE: 2023 Inside Downtown Tour (stay tuned for more info in the next e-blast)

September 22nd: 2023 Cocktails & Carburetors

September 24th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood

Full Events Calendar

Thank you to our past event sponsors!

The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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