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More wine walks, please

4 Aug
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Enjoying our wine on the newly updated patio space at Ploty’s, one of the stops on the Wine Walk.

I had a blast last night, wandering the village with a gaggle of girlfriends during the Webster Wine Walk. Perhaps a dozen businesses participated, offering up not just wine, but snacks, BBQ samples (at Good Smoke), even entire cold cut trays to make sandwiches (Furnari Jewelers). All the food was very much appreciated, by the way, ’cause we were drinking quite a bit of wine.

The only downer about last night was that the event didn’t appear to be as well attended as previous wine walks. And I don’t think that was because people were doing other things or just didn’t want to come. I say that based on the two times we were stopped by people driving by, asking us what we all were doing. One dad even said, “I would have done it, but I didn’t know about it!” So clearly the BID has to get the word out a lot better about this great event so more people can have as much fun as we did.

One of the extra benefits (for me, at least) to these regular wine walks is that I get to touch base with business owners old and new, and get an update on village happenings. Here are a newsy tidbits I came away with last night:

  • There’s a new realtor in town, Cornerstone Realty, which as moved into the old Papa Reggio’s trophy shop at 17 W. Main Street. (Papa Reggio has moved to a much bigger location at the back of that building off the parking lot near the gazebo.) The location is so new that the business card that agent Tim Tobin gave me still has a Williamson address. Pop in sometime and welcome them to the village.
  • ROC & Soul Fitness has expanded, and now has a dedicated cycling room. ROC & Soul was kind enough to host last night’s wine walk, and offered up some very nice snacks along with their wins (including Girl Scout cookies, thank you very much).
  • JoJo Bistro and Wine Bar finally erected a sign on the back of their building, which indicates they’re still making progress on moving into the old Prime. I’ve learned from another source that they’re projected open date is now sometime in September, so stay tuned.
  • Eric at Ploty’s Hometown Tavern is working on improving his front patio space, adding some extra seating with building some padded benches. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s to come.
  • You may have noticed the sign in the window at 21 E. Main Street (the former Mac 5 Bikes) announcing the impending arrival of The Village Quilt Shoppe. We noticed some folks working in there when we walked by last night, so I invited myself in and met the new owner, Monique. She told me that they hope to open this coming Friday. I’ll be talking with her again shortly and will post more information later this week!

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More from Webster Girls Softball!

3 Aug
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BACK ROW: Coaches Tony Condello, Paul Hicks and Paul Ferruzza. MIDDLE ROW: Maddie Hicks, Rylei Altmire, Maddie Throumoulos, Meredith Holland and Lauren Currey. FRONT ROW: Laney Flynn, Maya Podzorof, Eliya Hagan and Ava West. LYING DOWN: Bizzie Baglieri and Sarah Ferruzza.

As promised, here’s some more details on the amazing season just completed by Webster Girls Softball WAA Xtrene Fastpitch Travel Team, which ended its season with its 5th championship win.

Thank you to coach Tony Condello for this write-up:

The 2006 Birth Year WAA Xtreme Fastpitch Travel Team finished its season on a very high note. It captured the 12U CAN-AM Softball tournament title late in the evening Sunday July 28th at Watertown, NY. The ’06 Xtreme went undefeated for the tournament while facing some of the best competition in Upstate NY.

This victory capped a very successful season for the Xtreme girls who finished with an overall record of 64-6-1. The team also won the Perry, Webster and Victor 12U Tournaments as well as the Webster Travel League championships earlier in the season.

Condello added, “These young ladies never give up no matter who the opponent or what the score. They fight to the end, each finding a way to contribute to the win.”

Congratulations, ladies! You make Webster proud.

Here’s a slide show with some more photos, courtesy Maureen Throumoulos:

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Huge yard sale today in Webster

2 Aug

Just a quick note to tell you about a huge “yard sale” happening today in Webster just around the corner from me.

It’s hosted by the Webster Baptist Church, 59 South Ave. in the village. I happened to have some stuff left over from my recent move which I took over as donations for the sale, and was amazed by the incredible variety of items they have. (Check out some of my photos below from when they were setting up.)

The sale runs today (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Word is that tomorrow is half-price day, so make sure go over today for the best selection, then again tomorrow for some more great deals!

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Photos from the 2019 Jazz Fest

21 Jul

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The village was looking beautiful last night, strung with twinkly lights from one side of West Main St. to the other. It was steamy and humid, but that didn’t keep thousands from coming downtown to enjoy some sweet, cool jazz.

I didn’t get photos of all the action, but you can click here to see a small gallery of the crowds and a few of the bands.

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It was a steamy Christmas in July

20 Jul

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I cannot remember a hotter Christmas in July party at the Joe Obbie Farmer’s Market.  Regardless, when I stopped by for a short time this afternoon, I found lots of shoppers, lots of food, craft and product booths, and of course, Santa.

I always have to pay my respects to Santa at this annual event. He’s always there, dressed in his summer Santa best, welcoming children who are more than happy to get their Christmas wishes in before the rush.

Several Town of Webster officials were there as well, doing a meet-and-greet. Supervisor Nesbitt confirmed that he heard a LOT of comments about the current 104/590 construction/detour mess.

Here are several shots from the day:

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Celebrating 50 years of parade watching

12 Jul
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An undated photo of 183 E. Main St. from the Webster Museum website

If you ask 100 long-time Webster residents about their memories of the Firemen’s Carnival, you’d get 100 different stories. People talk about spending hours at the carnival as a teenager, or being there as a young child, then returning years later with their own children.

I’ve heard a lot of stories this week. I’d like to pass along one of them today.

It’s about Jeannette Chambers, who currently lives with her daughter Paige at 183 East Main Street in the Village of Webster, at the corner of Curtis Park. You probably know the house; it’s one of the most stately and beautiful homes on East Main, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places It was built in the mid-1900’s by William C. Jayne, a prominent banker at the time. Inside it features five bedrooms, a maid’s quarters, stained glass windows, a huge living room, sitting room, library, attic, and seven porches.  (Click here to read more about the home’s history on the Webster Museum website.)

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Jeannette Chambers (right) and her sister Joyce on the porch of their childhood home.

Jeannette has been living in the house since 1969, the year her parents Granville and Silvia Chambers purchased the property. Its location right on Main Street made it the perfect viewing spot for the annual Carnival parade.

 

Each year for the last 50 years, she and her siblings did just that. The house has a spacious porch, but that was too far away from the action — even though, Jeannette said, “every year my mom would have me sweep and mop the porch, but we always sat out there.”  They would perch in the grassy area in front of their childhood home, watching the fire trucks, Scout troops, clowns and wagons stream by.

Thursday was the last time she’ll be able to do that.

Jeannette has had to sell the grand old house, where she grew up and raised her children. But that didn’t stop her from having one more parade-side celebration on Thursday. She invited several friends to mark the 50th-and-last viewing year with snacks, drinks, fresh-grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and socializing.

As an adult, Jeannette clearly loves the event as much as she did as a child.

“I love that the town still gets so excited about it,” she said. “They’re out there two days ahead putting out chairs.”

She also clearly enjoyed hosting friends old and new for her small party. It was not something she’d ever done before, but explained, “after 50 years of watching the parade we had to celebrate it differently.”

When the parade comes back to town next year, chances are — for the first time in 50 years — Jeannette Chambers won’t be watching it from the lawn of her stately old home. But keep an eye out for her, because she’ll definitely be sitting somewhere.

Old habits die hard.

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Jeannette and Joyce with friends and family who came to celebrate 50 years of parade-watching on Thursday night

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The Carnival is back!

8 Jul
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This awesome aerial photo of the Firemen’s Carnival is courtesy the Webster Volunteer FD Facebook page.

This coming week is one of my favorites of the entire Webster year, because this it’s CARNIVAL WEEK!

The 2019 Webster Firemen’s Carnival will open up shop this coming Wednesday night at 6 p.m., then run Thursday and Friday night from 6 to “close” (not sure when this is, but I know the entertainment ends at 11), and then all day Saturday from noon to midnight.

For details about every day’s activities, visit the Carnival’s Facebook page or web page. But here are some highlights:

  • Wednesday July 10 is Craft Beer night featuring wine and lots of local breweries. Entertainment by Claudia Hoyser from 7 to 10 p.m., rides, games, food and drink all night.
  • Thursday July 11, the HUGE Firemen’s Parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. from Phillips and Main, and travels west down Main through the village to Firemen’s Field. This is a don’t-miss event, especially for kids. Lots of fire trucks, candy and clowns.
  • Friday July 12, entertainment in the beer tent is provided by Stateline from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday July 13, the Kiddie Parade starts at Spry Middle School at noon. kiddieRegistration begins at 11 a.m. Even if your family is not participating, this is a great parade to watch, and there’s lots of candy thrown (sometimes at high velocity. You might want to consider a helmet). At the festival proper, there are bike and grill raffles at 4:30 p.m. for kids 16 and under, and live entertainment is provided by Knight Patrol. The festival concludes with a huge fireworks display at midnight.

Pre-sale ride tickets for every night are available for a discounted price, so check out one of the websites for more information about that.

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So I WAS going to be productive today…

5 Jul

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Construction update

5 Jul

new infoThe original start date of July 8 for the 104-to-590 flyover ramp construction has been pushed back, per information received from the Laurelton Fire Department. Work will now not begin until July 11.

Bad news is… it might last longer than expected.

 

Parts of Lake Rd., Rt. 104 will be closed for construction soon

3 Jul

CaptureIt’s not really summer until road construction begins.

July 8 is going to throw us a real doozy. The east-bound access ramp from Rt. 104 in Irondequoit to Webster will be closed beginning July 8 for about a month.

As it stands, the flyover ramp leading eastbound motorists from Route 104 in Irondequoit to the Irondequoit Bay Bridge will be closed for about a month so that workers can complete deck repairs and joint replacement.

The Bay Bridge itself will not be closed, and westbound traffic won’t be affected. Drivers will be detoured south on 590 to Empire Blvd., then back north. You can read more about that headache, and see a map in this D&C article.

That same day, a portion of Lake Rd. will be closed between Pellett Rd. and Whiting Rd. for culvert replacement. Detours will be posted directing drivers to Whiting Rd., Klem Rd. and Bay Rd. Read more about that on the Town of Webster website. That one, at least, will only be for a few weeks.

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