Thursday, November 19, 2015

Finger Lakes Camerata holiday concert program

The Finger Lakes Camerata, a choral group based at Finger Lakes Community College, will give two community holiday concerts.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Salvation Army, 110 Saltonstall St., Canandaigua. It will help the organization’s annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign.

The second concert will be held the following day, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the First Congregational Church, 58 N. Main St., Canandaigua.

Both concerts are called “Words of Good Cheer,” and will feature secular and sacred music of the holidays. Selected works include “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” and “Susa Ninna,” among others. Both concerts will end with a holiday carols sing-a-long.

Anthony D’Agostino, music director in the Dansville Central School District, will serve as accompanist to Dennis Maxfield, director of the Camerata and adjunct music faculty member at FLCC.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the Red Kettle campaign at the Nov. 28 concert, and for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students at the Nov. 29 concert.

For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027 or

Nov 28/29, 2015


Once In Royal David’s City   arr. David Willocks/Emily Phillips, soprano

Prepare The Royal Highway arr. Bradley Ellingboe

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear arr. Andrew Hawryluk

Susa Nina  Peter Louis Van Dijk

Nativity Carol  John Rutter

I Saw Three Ships arr. John Rutter

Sir Christemas    William Mathias

What Child Is This?  arr. Donald McCullough


Bidi Bom David Eddleman

Chanukkah, Festival of Lights Dennis Maxfield

Away In A Manger   arr. Bob Chilcott                                    

Rocking arr. David HillEmily Phillips, soprano

We Three Kings   arr. Ralph Allwood/Kirby Weimer, tenor

Silent Night arr. Matthew Culloton/Tricia Brennan, cornet

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas  arr. Harry Simeone/ Stuart Gillim, Peter Houghton, baritones; Carrie Ieda, alto; Kirby Weimer, tenor

Carol Sing Along -  O come, all ye faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World


Eileen Alven
Cindy Bridgeford
Anne Gulledge
Jennifer Maxfield
Amy Ogden
Emily Phillips

Bethyn Boni
Linda Egburtson
Carrie Ieda
Sharyn Powell
Joyce Quartaro
Janet Tenreiro

Justin Colburn
John Doody
Daniel Frye
Kirby Weimer                                                                                                                                                
Alan Braun
Nels Carr
Stuart Gillim
Peter Houghton

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#FLCC theatre students present ‘The Game’s Afoot’

Front, right, Sierra Alger of Canandaigua holds court as Madge Geisel, one of several characters in the upcoming FLCC production of “The Game’s Afoot.” Also shown are, from left to right, Mikaela Correia of Sodus, Dakota Earl of Inlet, Niahjel Hunley of Buffalo, McKenzie Henry of Shortsville, Rob Donovan of Fairport, and Alexa Bushart of Newark.
The Finger Lakes Community College Visual and Performing Arts Department will give three performances of the comedic whodunit “The Game’s Afoot” on Nov. 20 and 21.
Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The performances will be held in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Tickets will be available at the FLCC box office just before each show. Admission is $5 for 10 and under, $8 for students and seniors, $10 for general admission, or free with a current FLCC ID.

The Mystery Writers of America gave “The Game’s Afoot” its Edgar Allen Poe Award for best mystery play of 2012.

Also called “Holmes for the Holidays,” the play was written by Ken Ludwig and is based on the early 20th century actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of the character Sherlock Holmes. Off-stage, Gillette entertained the casts of his theatrical productions in his home – a castle that he built on the Connecticut River.

“The Game’s Afoot” is set at the Gillette Castle on Christmas Eve in 1936. It follows the cast of “Sherlock Holmes” as they try to solve a real-life murder mystery. Broadway star William Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Sherlock character to track down a killer who has disrupted a weekend of revelry.
McKenzie Henry of Shortsville rehearses a
 scene from “The Game’s Afoot,” a comical
whodunit.  To see more photos, click here.

Student Rob Donovan of Fairport plays Gillette, with Henry Liebentritt of South Bristol serving as the role’s understudy.

In addition to Donovan, the cast includes FLCC students Alexa Bushart of Newark in the role of Martha Gillette; Niahjel Hunley of Buffalo as Felix Geisel; Sierra Alger of Canandaigua as Madge Geisel; Dakota Earl of Inlet as Simon Bright (Franck Dorcely of Rochester is the understudy); Mikaela Correia of Sodus as Aggie Wheeler; Sydney Stell of Macedon as Inspector Goring (Jacob Daniels of Canandaigua is the understudy); and McKenzie Henry of Shortsville as Daria Chase.

The character Daria Chase is “a very tough, mean theatre critic,” said Henry, a 2014 Red Jacket graduate majoring in communications at FLCC. “She loves to point out other people’s flaws and make them uncomfortable.”

“I am the complete opposite – that’s why I find her so fun to play,” added Henry, who decided to try out for a role in this year’s theatre production after attending FLCC’s fall 2014 production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

“The Game’s Afoot” is directed by Beth Johnson, professor of theatre, with set design by Jim Perri, technical specialist and auditorium manager. 

For more information, contact Johnson at (585) 785-1242.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Children’s book illustrations featured in #FLCC gallery exhibit

Elaine Verstraete of Middlesex created illustrations for the award-winning children's book, "The Star of Christmas." The image above is its cover.
A collection of works by illustrator Elaine Verstraete will be featured in an exhibit that opens Thursday, Nov. 19 at Finger Lakes Community College.

The exhibit, titled, “Every Picture Tells a Story: Children’s Book Illustrations by Elaine Verstraete” opens with an artist’s talk at 2 p.m., followed by an hors-d'oeuvres reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The free, public events take place in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Verstraete, of Middlesex, teaches illustration as an adjunct faculty member at FLCC and Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 1987, she has worked as a freelance illustrator, creating images for national campaigns including the American Lung Association. Closer to home her works have been used for Wegmans product labels as well as popular events like the Rochester Lilac Festival.

Children’s book illustrations are the focus of the FLCC exhibit. Verstraete has provided art for more than a dozen, including books about historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, and said she has “loved delving into each diverse topic.”

“Every story has a main character, whether it is a little girl talking to tree ornaments, a small boy who saves the town or a sunken ship waiting to be raised,” she said. “Each needs to be visually defined and taken through the life of the book with emotion and dimension.”

Among the works to be displayed at FLCC are pieces from “The Star of Christmas” written by Maria DiVencenzo and published by Winterlake Press in 2009. It earned three top honors: the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal, the 2010 Ben Franklin Award Silver Medal, and it earned a gold medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

“The process of illustrating each book is the same, but ‘The Star of Christmas’ was an exceptional example of collaboration,” said Verstraete. “Working with Winterlake Press was unique in that I was able to intimately interact with the author, editor and designer. Like the relationship between words and pictures, a creative bond was fused among this team.”

While Verstraete said she found the manuscript playful and meaningful, the author connected to the “light and sparkle” in her watercolor style.

“Illustrating a book is a long process, evolving into a full storyboard, photo shoots, refined sketches and, ultimately, the finished watercolors,” she said. “The art of combining words and pictures to spark a reader’s imagination is the ultimate reward.”

Verstraete earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. Her studies took her to London, and, for a time, she split her time between the Finger Lakes and New York City. She found inspiration from painters Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 22. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

For information, contact gallery director Barron Naegel at or (585) 785-1369.

Friday, November 6, 2015

#FLCC culinary program offers first ‘Single Malt Dinner’

Jamie Rotter, instructor of culinary arts, oversees the kitchen during the Dinner at Julia events at Finger Lakes Community College.
Whisky will share the spotlight with a five-course gourmet meal in a special restaurant night on Friday, Nov. 13 at Finger Lakes Community College.

Called Dinner at Julia – in honor of Julia Child – the restaurant night gives FLCC’s culinary students hands-on experience under the supervision of their instructors on certain Friday nights in the fall semester.

The Nov. 13 Julia has been dubbed The First Annual Single Malt Dinner. Unlike most Julia nights, the malt dinner has one seating time, 7 p.m., and a single menu that pairs courses with a whisky selected to complement the flavors. Taking center stage is the entrée: gorgonzola and shallot crusted steak with a potato croquette and root vegetable medley finished with red wine demi glaze. Its whisky pairing: Oban 14-year-old Northern Highlands.

“Whisky and other spirits are increasingly paired with food courses in much the same way as wine and beer,” said Jamie Rotter, FLCC instructor of culinary arts. “There is more variance in flavor profiles with whisky makers in Scotland than in any other country or style of whisky, allowing novice consumers the ability to explore and find something they enjoy without spending a lot.”
A whisky seminar will be presented during the meal by FLCC faculty member Ed Fitzpatrick, professor of business administration and single malt enthusiast.

Students prepare and serve the meals under supervisors of FLCC faculty. While Rotter and Chef Patrick Rae supervise cooking in FLCC’s cafeteria kitchen, Paula Knight, adjunct instructor, oversees the dining room.

The cost of $60 per person includes tax and tip, and covers food and supplies for the program.

The event will be held in Stage 14 on the second floor of the Student Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Seating is limited, and guests must be 21 and up. Reservations are required at (585) 785-1476.

Seventeen #FLCC students inducted into business honor society

Anoop Bhargava, assistant professor of business, speaks at the recent induction ceremony for Alpha Beta Gamma, the international business honor society for two-year college students.
Seventeen Finger Lakes Community College students were inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma, the international business honor society for two-year college students, on Oct. 16 at the main campus.

College President Barbara Risser was the keynote speaker for the event, held in the Student Center auditorium. 

Kelly Wright of Webster shows off her
certificate.  Check out more photos here.
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a business or computer science curriculum in a two-year accredited program, have completed at least 30 credit hours toward a degree and have at least a 3.5 grade point average.

Established in 1970, Alpha Beta Gamma recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business programs. It also provides leadership opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas.

FLCC’s new members of Alpha Beta Gamma, by county and town, are as follows:

Fairport: Tracy Beckenbach
Webster: Kelly Wright

Canandaigua: Lisa Brown-Fry, Jaimie L. Klink, Vanessa J. Lonneville, Jackson Negley
Geneva: Patrick Thomas Climie
Manchester: Morgan VanderMallie
Phelps: Mariah Spacher

Seneca Falls: William F. Chasteen III, Kassandra Gibbons

Marion: Jamie J. Corteville
Newark: Lindsey A. Greene

Scotia: Matthew L. Thompson

Penn Yan: Victor Gurba, Garrett Lampson, Rachel E. Maslyn

Monday, November 2, 2015

Nov. 12 at #FLCC: ‘Tang, Cheez Whiz and Ever-Changing Food Industry’

Finger Lakes Community College assistant professor Eileen “Izy” Grooms takes a look at what we are eating and its effects on our health in a talk Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at the college’s main campus.

Izy Grooms
“Tang, Cheez Whiz and the Ever-Changing Food Industry” focuses on processed food and its potential connection to the obesity epidemic and disease rate in the U.S. The talk is free and open to the public in Stage 14 on the second floor of the FLCC main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.

Grooms, a Victor resident, teaches courses in nutrition and anatomy and physiology. She will review changes in the food industry, particularly the effect of processed food. While it has contributed to an expanded workforce, made cooking easier and saved time, it has downsides as well.

The discussion on food is part of the 50th anniversary lecture series, “50 Minutes for 50 Years,” a reference to the typical 50-minute classes more than 25,000 alumni have attended since credit classes began in early 1968. The college is beginning its celebrations this fall because first milestone in FLCC’s founding was the historic Ontario County Board of Supervisors’ vote in September 1965 to create the college.

The “50 Minutes for 50 Years” explores how the world has changed since FLCC was founded. The remaining talks in the series are as follows.
  • “How Biotechnology Changed the World: The 1980s Biotech Boom,” Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12:45 p.m.
  • “Not Just Stories: Why We Identify with Hobbits and Harry Potter,” Tuesday, Feb. 9, 12:45 p.m.
  • “Brain Science, Artificial Intelligence and Eugenics: Redefining What it Means to be Human,” Friday, April 1, 7 p.m.
    Parking and Stage 14 are handicap accessible. Call (585) 785-1623 or email for more information.

Scientists discuss invasive species, latest local research at #FLCC

Current and aspiring local scientists will share their research with one another and the general public at the Rochester Academy of Science’s 42nd annual Scientific Paper Session on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Finger Lakes Community College.

Topics include invasive species in Lagoon Park in Canandaigua and Canandaigua Lake, determining the age of black bear cubs, and mapping the floor of Honeoye Lake.

The Rochester Academy of Science is a 134-year-old organization that promotes interest in the natural sciences. The session is free and open to the public, starting with oral presentations at 9:30 a.m., a poster session at 11:30 a.m. and a keynote speaker at 1:15 p.m.

Hilary Moser
The keynote speaker is Hilary Mosher, the coordinator for the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. She will discuss the biology of invaders that give them a competitive edge over their native counterparts. Mosher will also discuss how her organization works with governments, schools, businesses and citizens to control invasive species in the region.

The FLCC Department of Environmental Conservation and Horticulture is hosting the event for the sixth time under the leadership of faculty members John Foust, Bruce Gilman, Maura Sullivan, Patricia Thompson and John Van Niel.

FLCC’s presentations this year include
  • "Honeoye Lake: State of the Art Mapping" by Terry Gronwall, chairman of the Honeoye Lake Watershed Task Force
  • "Behavioral Signaling and Social Alliances Among Young Adult Bottlenose Dolphins at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Roatan, Honduras" by FLCC student Nate Perez and Elizabeth Balko, an instructor at SUNY Oswego
  • "Preliminary Assessment of Invasive Species Management Efforts at Lagoon Park, Canandaigua, N.Y." by student Lauren Miller and Maura Sullivan, instructor of environmental conservation
  • "Bears, Beeps and Birthday Cards: Calculating Cub Ages in Western New York" by John Van Niel, professor of environmental conservation and horticulture, and Sasha Mackenzie, conservation technician
  • "Starry Stonewort Invades Canandaigua Lake" by Emily Staychock of Canandaigua and Bruce Gilman, professor of environmental conservation and horticulture
  • "Denning Activity of Black Bears in the Finger Lakes Region" by current students and alumni Abbey Holsopple, Emily Jackson, Josh Vandervoort and Nicholas Anderson

For more on the Rochester Academy of Science, which has sections for those interested in anthropology, astronomy, life sciences, minerals, ornithology and fossils, visit

For more on FLCC, which grants the second-largest number of natural conservation degrees in the nation, visit