Friday, March 8, 2019

Building Community Through Quilting, II

BCQ needs to move from its current location by the middle of April 2019. We are looking for a site that has approximately 1500-2000 square feet, is located in downtown Rochester, is on a bus line and has handicap accessibility.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

BCQ - Building Community Through Quilting

For more than ten years, participants at BCQ have been learning quilting techniques. No prior experience in sewing is necessary. Volunteer "teachers" work one-on-one with new students teaching them basic sewing machine skills and helping them make a sample quilt with nine to twelve basic quilt blocks like "nine patch," "flying geese" and "card trick." After students have finished their first quilt, their imaginations and interests determine what they next  make - for example table runner, baby quilt, queen-size bed quilt, place mats or even potholders!

On June 2, 2019 at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club Show, this quilt will be raffled off. Made by BCQ volunteer Mike Gold.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Protest against Border Emergency Declaration

Blowing snow and temperatures below freezing did not deter marchers, from age three to eighty, from protesting the latest edict from the Oval Office.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Suffragist City Parade, Rochester, September 15, 2018

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass lived in Rochester, New York. Both are buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery here in Rochester. Suffragist City Parade, held in Rochester on Saturday, September 15, was in their honor for their work on securing voting rights for women.

From a 90-year old to a baby in a stroller, hundreds marched and carried banners promoting VOTE! and the parade's themes of Organize! Agitate! Educate! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, many of us concerned with issues like global warming, alternate energy sources, pollution cleanup, rising seas, energy efficiency, climate refugees,and food supply gathered to listen to local speakers sharing their concerns.

Hridesh Singh, a Brighton High student,  gave a youth's perspective and Eric Koski, an engineer, spoke about science and policy matters. Ruth Ferguson shared about her struggle with Lyme disease and Nannett Cepero talked about how agriculture is affected by climate change. Both Brady Fergusson and Isabella Padron spoke on the effects of rising seas and climate refugees. Marjorie Cleophat focused on home energy efficiency upgrades and Ericka Jones talked about the needs for emergency preparedness for the disability community. Dorian Hall talked about pollution cleanup and affordable housing while Susan Campbell spoke about wind energy in her community.

Thanks to Rochester People's Climate Coalition and Sierra Club who organized the event.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Summer's End

We know summer's over when the Finger Lakes BMW Motorcycle Club holds its annual rally at at Watkins Glen State Park outside of Watkins Glen, New York.

Motorcyclists from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Canada, and some from as far away as Florida and Texas come to celebrate the end of riding season in this area of the country. The rally's success depends upon the thousands of hours volunteers donate in planning and then working at the rally. Many thanks to all of them.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Rochester Public Market - 2019

For many years I've made a calendar from photos I've taken at the Rochester Public Market. The focus has been on vendors and farmers who sell a wide variety of produce and retail products at the market.

This year the calendar focuses on flowers, vegetables, fruits - even baked goods and cheeses

Regardless of the weather, the Rochester Public Market is open year round. It is the crossroads of our community where shoppers of all ages and ethnicities mingle and shop - meeting friends, visiting with vendors, enjoying a cup of coffee, eating freshly baked goods or hoping for a bargain, something for everyone.