As I write this I am staring out at a winter wonderland in Rochester wondering what happened to Spring. This is my springtime version of “I should have had a V-8.” It happens every year – snow in March…or April… and each year I’m surprised. I spent most of the winter flying all over the country so I suppose I was due for a winter….even if it was going to come in Spring. These past two weeks I have been home and loving it. There’s nothing like business travel to make you actually appreciate carpools and grocery shopping. But being home has also meant I can participate more fully in all our community has to offer.
Tonight on this snowy evening you could be down at the Memorial Art Gallery, witnessing a new classic opera, “Lily” written by the women who brought us “Pride & Prejudice” a few years ago, Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker and performed by the Empire State Lyric Theater and the gorgeous Sue Cotroneo. Next week she will host their annual Art & Whimsy fundraiser. Information is on the website. www.empirestatelyrictheatre.org
Tomorrow evening I’ll be MCing and auctioning off purses for the Women’s Foundation of Genessee Valley’s Purse for Change Auction. www.womensfoundation.org And to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we attended the annual Friendly Son’s and Daughter’s of Ireland Dinner which in 12 years has raised over $400,000 for local charities serving the needs of children.
Our community is the gift that keeps on giving.
But the best part of my last few weeks at home came when I greeted some visitors from another city and saw our city through their eyes. On a grey and rainy day in Rochester, I hosted two visitors from MIlford, CT. They flew all the way from there to meet Louis Perticone of Artisanworks (www.artisanworks.net) and learn how he created a non-profit that serves the community in a myriad of ways. They are interested in creating a multi-use space in their community and Artisanworks model is unique. Louis gave us an amazing tour and along with his partner, Kimberley Trenholm intrigued our visitors with the Artisanworks vision and mission.
In addition to Artisanworks, I was so proud to show off all that Rochester had to offer. I was able to traverse from one location to another with ease (they marveled at our traffic). Lunch at Two Vine. Showing off the George Eastman House and the Strong Museum. Even the Erie Canal. Then they introduced me to Historic Houseparts on South Avenue (www.historichouseparts.com). Apparently it is famous around the country for hard-to-find hardware, lighting, and plumbing. Who knew? They did and they don’t live here. (I’m sure you do it was just my first time there…but definitely not my last).
As I drove them to the airport I couldn’t help but smile, as it only took me 15 minutes to get there from my house. Of course, their flight was cancelled and they had to fly to DC to go home to CT and, I guess that’s Rochester too – you can’t get there from here. Still all in all, our home gave them the goods and for that I’m very proud.
Try this wherever you live – be a tour guide in your home town. It will open your eyes to all that’s good at home. I’m sure your home has the goods too.