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Webster’s windy Winter Wonderland in photos

4 Dec

Maybe — just maybe — one year soon, it will actually be snowing during the Village of Webster’s winter celebration.

Now, I’m not wishing for a blizzard, but a gentle flurry and a light dusting of snow on the sidewalks would certainly add to the festive holiday atmosphere that the Business Improvement District (BID) works so hard to present during this annual event. But no, this year we got high winds, strong enough to drive most of the planned activities indoors, and managed to cancel a few of them. (I guess we should be happy it wasn’t pouring rain.)

Still, this year the BID, partnering with the Webster Central PTSA, did their level best to create a fun and family-friendly holiday celebration, even introducing a new name — Webster’s Winter Wonderland — and ’round-the-world theme. There was great participation from village business owners, many of whom enthusiastically participated in creating front window displays or even setting up a table inside their shops to highlight different countries and their winter holidays.

I was like a kid myself, spinning a dreidel at one table, listening to a young lady play a Japanese koto and another man playing a djembe at the Kwanzaa display. I had a delicious slice of kielbasa at Brimont Bistro, and I learned some really neat stuff, like how in Japan, Santa delivers pizza. I was serenaded by the Chorus of the Genesee and Rochester Rhapsody. I also heard some beautiful live music at the Webster Museum and checked out all of the decorated mini-Christmas trees at their Festival of Trees.

I sense that a few things went wrong yesterday, mostly due to the weather, but it was a great first effort. I hope the BID keeps this theme for next year and even more businesses participate.

Maybe we’ll even get a little snow.

Click here to check out my gallery of photos from the day, including from the Parade of Lights. (Thanks to Facebook they’re not in perfect order, but enjoyable to look at anyway.)


One quick addition.

I’d like to share this email I got this morning from my friend Kathy Taddeo at the Webster Museum. It says a lot about the community here in the Village of Webster.

THE MUSEUM’S TERRIFIC NEIGHBORS

Many thanks to the Lapham residents and the Main Street retail and other business folks who generally park in the museum’s lot during the day. 

I had put out a sign asking that our lot be cleared from 1-5 on Saturday, and when I arrived shortly after 1, the lot was completely empty. Their kindness and courtesy allowed two shifts of volunteers and two groups of musicians to park in the lot.  The museum had a great turnout and that is at least partly due to the courtesy of our village neighbors.

Also, kudos to whoever decided to make this annual celebration a multicultural one, and to change the name of the event to Webster’s Winter Wonderland to reflect that change. 

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(posted 12/4/2022)

Happy Thanksgiving!

24 Nov

To my loyal readers, Happy Thanksgiving. I am so very thankful for all of you. I hope you are spending this day with friends and family.

Bonus Halloween houses

1 Nov

I’m not normally in the habit of posting more than one blog a day, but I wanted to share with you two additional submissions I got recently for my “bootiful” Halloween houses series.

The first is from one of my faithfull-est readers, Linda. She passed by this fog-enshrouded graveyard on Buttermilk Circle this morning.

This next video is of a display created by a ham radio enthusiast. He writes, “Skelly is working the ‘DX’ beyond the grave.”

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(posted 11/1/2022)

More “boo”tiful Halloween houses

28 Oct

Today I post the third and final installment of my Halloween Houses series. Enjoy these decorative bits and pieces from around the town!

I can’t remember where most of these photos came from, except for these first three, which Alicia S. sent to me. Her beautifully decorated home is at the corner of Wood Meadow and Deer Haven Drive. She wrote that her neighbors know it as the “Halloween House,” and every year they dress up, add fog and music, and try to debut new items every year.

They call their creation “Witches Hollow.”  



This one, the skeleton pole dancer, made me laugh.

These two are from the village:

Happy Halloween everyone. Let’s hope for good weather.

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(posted 10/27/2022)

My Roomates Closet grand opening is this weekend

19 Oct

The ceiling tiles are up, the floor tiles are down, there’s fresh paint on the walls and the changing rooms will be installed Friday. Everything’s just about ready for Nicole Iorio to introduce her new shop, My Roommates Closet, to the Village of Webster.

My Roommates Closet is the village’s newest clothing store, located at 19 East Main St., in the former Village HandWorks location. Owner Nicole Iorio says she opened the shop to share her love of clothing and fashion with women of all ages, help them discover new and different styles to add to their closets and to find that “missing piece” they’ve been looking for.

She and her able assistants (Mom, Dad and her brothers) have been putting the finishing touches on the shop these last several weeks, and this week Nicole has started to move in her product line. Customers will find a mix of styles, from street wear to lounging-around clothes to going-out clothes.

She’ll officially welcome the community this Sunday Oct. 23, with a grand opening celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. There’ll be snacks, drinks and music, and a chance to get an advance look at the fashions. But mostly Nicole hopes people will stop by, come on in and “just hang around.”

You can find more about My Roommates Closet here on the website, on FacebookInstagramTwitter, TikTok and Pinterest. You can also check out the blog I wrote last month.

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(posted 10/20/2022)

The Ukraine still needs our help

8 Sep

As always, the town’s Webster This Week newsletter, published online every week, was a wealth of information. I’m often grabbing mailbag notices from there or finding out about something important that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. (Kudos to Karen Buck for doing an outstanding job with the newsletter every week!)

This week’s newsletter was no different. It featured, across three pages, a reminder that the crisis in the Ukraine continues, and the people there still need our help desperately.

Specifically, RocMaidan, who has taken the lead in collecting and shipping supplies to the war-torn country, is looking for medical supplies, clothing, sleeping bags, diapers and wipes, small toys, water bottles, and more.

Rather than just regurgitate everything that was in those pages, I’ve posted them below. Please take a moment to click through to each of them and see where you might be able to help out.

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(posted 9/7/2022)

Beautiful night, beautiful music for Webster Jazz Fest

21 Aug

What a terrific few days we just had in the Village of Webster.

The 2022 Webster Jazz Festival is in the books, and it will certainly go down as one of the best ever. Six different bands kicked off the festivities Friday night with Jazz in the Pubs, this year made even better by the mini street fair, complete with vendors, a professional sidewalk chalk artist, a photo booth and more.

But that was just a teaser for the main event, Jazz in the Streets on Saturday. The music began at 4 p.m. on the big West Main Street stage and continued well into the evening.

In the many years I’ve attended the Jazz Fest, I can’t recall ever seeing so many people. When I got into town at about 6:45, the street, sidewalks, even alleyways and driveways were already packed with tables and chairs and coolers. I didn’t think it could get any busier. But as the evening went on, people kept coming, and by the time Prime Time Funk hit their first downbeat at 9 p.m., people had filled in pretty much every nook and cranny along West Main.

The Village of Webster always looks its most charming for the Jazz Fest, too. Twinkly lights stretching back and forth across West Main made the entire scene look like a musical fairyland. Food and drink vendors set up along the street, combined with spectacular weather, made the whole evening a great chance to reconnect with friends and neighbors, or just enjoy an inexpensive evening out with the whole family.

Kudos to the Webster Business Improvement District for another wildly successful Jazz Fest. You make the Village of Webster proud.

Here are just a few photos from Saturday night. Click here to see a gallery with many more.

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(posted 8/21/2022)

Museum news: new ceiling being installed, new writers wanted

16 Aug

The Webster Museum is getting a new ceiling, which means it’s been having to close for a few days to get the work completed. This week, the museum will be closed on Thursday, but will reopen on Saturday for its regular hours of 2 to 4:30 p.m.

In other news, a call has been put out for writers who would be interested in helping complete updates to Esther Dunn’s Webster Though the Years book.

For the last several years, a small band of writers has been working to update the volume, which was originally pubilshed in 1970. Much of the work has been completed, but a few chapters remain and the group would love to have a few more hands to help get it across the finish line.

The volunteer position offers:

  • a personable, friendly and supportive group of researchers and writers and other volunteers
  • access to the museum’s written and electronic resources
  • assistance with computer issues and research as needed
  • colleagues proofread each other’s work
  • (best of all) no deadlines

There’s a link on the museum website to some of the work, so you can get a taste of what’s been completed. It will eventually also include extensive biographies of Webster personages and early history studies.

If you’re interested in helping out and sharing your love for Webster history, write to Kathy at ktaddeo5@icloud.com and she’ll get back in touch.

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(posted 8/16/2022)

A heartwarming story about a kickball and kindness

14 Jun

Several days ago I shared with you all a letter to the editor I had seen in the Webster Herald which illustrated what a wonderfully kind community we have here in Webster. Recently one of my friends shared with me another inspirational story about kindness which I want to pass along today.

The story began at the Summer Celebration held at the Webster Recreation Center last Saturday. JoAnne Ford was attending the event with her grandson and his family. The little boy had brought his brand new kickball to play with, and was sharing it with some other children, who were still using it when his family packed up to leave the festivities. Rather than interrupt their fun, he kindly let them keep playing with it, with his grandmother JoAnne’s promise that she would bring it home.

But when she was ready to leave, the kickball was nowhere in sight.

She felt awful about “losing” the ball, even more so after seeing her grandson’s face when she had to tell him the bad news. Then she had a great idea. She posted a message to the Webster Neighbors Facebook page, hoping that perhaps someone had seen the ball and would contact her.

She never expected the reaction she got.

This was the original post:

I have a very sad 8-yr. old who brought his new kickball to the Webster Summer Celebration last night. He shared it with many children and when we left we couldn’t find it. You see, it’s not just any kickball we bought at a store, it’s orange and has an animated monster on it. … He worked hard to raise enough donations for the Heart Association for a school event to win this ball. So unfortunately we can’t find another like it to replace it. If anyone has seen it, please reach out to us.

The responses were immediate and heartwarming. The post was shared at least 70 times, as people all across the town tried to help a disappointed little boy find his special kickball.

JoAnne’s follow-up post tells the rest of the story:

I turned to this page to say “hey… if you see this ball, please reach out.” What I got in return was some pretty amazing responses! Other children offering up their ball, people reaching out to teachers and school staff to see if there were extra balls, which in turn led to multiple phone calls and coordinating…. ALL THIS FOR A KICKBALL.

My heart is full. I didn’t receive one negative comment. I had a WHOLE community trying to replace a kickball for some kid that lost theirs. (Well actually I lost it). I received a message from Bill Mitchell (the educational director for the American Heart Association). I met with him today and I can’t say enough about how amazing, kind, and generous this man is. He not only had a replacement ball… he had several replacements. Extras to continue to share with friends and make another kids day when they don’t have a ball… we are happy to give them one. PLUS tons of other goodies!

We have a VERY HAPPY boy now! Thank you so much Bill! He’s now “keeping an EYE on the ball.”

Thank you to all others who worked hard at reaching out to teachers and staff to help make this happen. A very special thank you to all the kids willing to give up their ball. Kudos to you parents! Webster is truly where life is worth living!

I don’t think the original kickball was every recovered. But I also don’t think that matters too much to this — now VERY happy — 8-year old.

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(posted 6/14/2022)

Webster Community Chest is re-imagining their food pantry. And they need your help.

6 Jun

Remember the Webster Community Chest’s (WCC) food pantry? For years, the pantry provided meal assistance to individuals and families in our community until the WCC lost their former space in what is now the Van Ingen Court Building behind Town Hall. Recently they’ve been distributing food through several “little free food pantries” in town, but you know they’d like to do a lot more than that.

Well, I got some good news recently: the WCC is working on a very innovative plan to re-open the food pantry. Their idea is very clever. They’re going to be distributing meal bags.

As a recent press release explained,

The pantry will … operate more like an “Instacart model” for meal preparation support. Residents will be able to place orders for specific meal types, as offered on the WCC website order form, and ingredients to create the meals will be bagged up for their pick-up. Delivery may also become an option, as volunteers are available.

The bags will include all the items for a complete meal, plus a recipe card. For example, the spaghetti dinner bag would include pasta, sauce, parmesian cheese, green beans and more. People can request one of each choice or multiples. Once they receive the orders, WCC volunteers will pack the orders on-site, then take them to another location for pick-up.

It’s a great idea, right? Only problem is, the WCC doesn’t have any storage space. Before they can launch their plan, they need a small place to store and pack non-perishable foods. It only needs to be about 200 to 300 sq. ft., and there won’t be much foot traffic at all. The space needs to be secure, protected from the elements and able to be accessed a few times per week. Extra parking or amenities won’t even be required. It could even be a very temporary location if need be.

If you can help, please call committee chair Joanne Nania at 585-503-2450.

Can you help? Do you or someone you know have some un-utilized space within your business or facility that could be used for this purpose? If so, please contact Joanne Nania at joanne.nania@gmail.com or webcommchest@gmail.com

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(posted 6/6/2022)