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Rochester EventsROC‘n RUN Virtual Race to Benefit Out of Work Musicians

Rochester, N.Y. – June 4, 2020 – In the absence of the popular annual Rochester Lilac 5K/10K runs this year, festival producers have come up with a unique, musically-themed idea to stay in shape, get some exercise, have fun and raise money for musicians and members of the entertainment industry who are out of work due to the Covid-19 shutdown.

Oneida County History CenterScheduled for Wednesday, June 17 At 12:30 Pm

Utica, N.Y. – Dive into Oneida Lake and Sylvan Beach history with author and local expert, Jack Henke.  Henke will talk about "The Beach" during its heyday, ~1900, sharing fun facts and photos from the past.  Henke is the author of four books about Oneida Lake history including From “The Beach” to Brewerton: Stories of Oneida Lake, and Oneida Lake: “The Only Happiness” Place Names and History.

This free online presentation takes place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:30- 1:30 pm. To view the stream or for more information, please visit the event Facebook Page The Coney Island of Central NY or visit the Oneida County History Center website.

Fort TiconderogaOffering a unique virtual experience with programming, lecture series, social media events, and other activities

Ticonderoga, N.Y. – Fort Ticonderoga continues its 2020 Digital Campaign - an exciting virtual campus opening. This Digital Campaign features interactive programming, engaging lectures series, and a preview of the many experiences which will be featured on-site once Fort Ticonderoga’s gates open in 2020. The museum and cultural destination’s 2020 opening has been postponed due to COVID-19, anticipating the gates will once again open to visitors when the North Country enters Phase 4 of the "NY Forward" plan in early July.

National Comedy CenterJamestown, N.Y. – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the National Comedy Center has announced that it will be rescheduling the 30th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, NY, originally scheduled for August 5-9, 2020, to the same weekend in 2021: August 4-8, 2021, in order to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers. This precautionary measure was taken in consideration of CDC, federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.

Ontario County FairCanandaigua, NY – The 177th annual Ontario County Fair scheduled for July 21-25, 2020 is now canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  

After much research and discussion, the Ontario County Agricultural Society Board of Directors met and concluded that “having the Ontario County Fair in 2020 is not in the best interest for our participants, volunteers and patrons,” said Fair Board President Casey Kunes.

Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change EducationHosted by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The Wild Center's Youth Climate Program

Tupper Lake, N.Y. - Registration is now open for the Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education, a virtual conference for educators across the country, hosted in partnership with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Climate Program Office, and The Wild Center's Youth Climate Program. From July 22-24, 2020, the three-day training will provide educators with skills, tools and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas.

Freddy McConnell in SeahorseAnchored by ‘Virtual Cinema’ Release Of ‘Seahorse’
People Everyday: The Films of Jeanie Finlay is the first American retrospective devoted to the U.K. documentary filmmaker—all films presented online
Seahorse available exclusively via MoMI from June 5–15, with Live Q&A with Jeanie Finlay on Sunday, June 7, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Retrospective runs throughout June 2020.

Astoria, New York, May 26, 2020 — Museum of the Moving Image will present a ten-film retrospective of British documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay, who is best known for capturing intimate stories of people passionately pursuing idiosyncratic lives. The films range from a portrait of her town’s last-standing record shop in SOUND IT OUT, the stranger-than-fiction tale of the man that many people believed was Elvis back from the grave in Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, to her latest work, Seahorse, which follows a trans man’s journey to fatherhood, by giving birth to his own child. The monthlong series People Everyday: The Films of Jeanie Finlay opens June 5, 2020, and includes the exclusive “virtual cinema” release of Seahorse, which premiered in competition at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

New Exhibit on Jane Deyo WynkoopNew Paltz, NY (May 27, 2020) – On June 2, 2020, Historic Huguenot Street presents a new online exhibit, Jane Deyo Wynkoop. Jane Deyo Wynkoop is believed to be the first African American—man or woman—to buy land in New Paltz, New York. Born to an enslaved woman in this rural Ulster County community, Jane’s story is a remarkable one.

Gardeners at GCV&MMumford, N.Y. (May 22, 2020) – Based on direction for reopening from New York State, Genesee Country Village & Museum continues to be closed to visitors, and will not be open for interpretation, tours, or programs until the Finger Lakes region reaches “Phase 4,” which at the earliest will begin at the end of June. As a result, GCV&M is cancelling Celtic Faire and 1812 Weekend (scheduled for June 13 & 14 and June 20 & 21 respectively) and postponing Kids Free Days (June 27 – July 3). It's also expected that going forward, the Museum will be restricted to holding events that do not concentrate large groups of participants and audience members, and with that in mind, GCV&M has also decided to cancel the annual Civil War Reenactment and Encampment (scheduled for July 18 & 19). …

National Museum of Racing and Hall of FameSaratoga Springs, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced today it will cancel the 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Museum Ball as a result of the ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly disappointed we won’t be able to have these time-honored special events this summer, but the health concerns we are facing right now take precedence,” said John Hendrickson, president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame ceremony is an experience we want to be able to share with the fans. With racing at Saratoga this summer likely to take place without spectators, we believe it is in the best interests of everyone involved and for the integrity of the event to postpone the ceremony for a year.”…