Nationwide rallies in support of Charlottesville included a gathering Sunday in the City of Geneva. Community members largely filled the seating in Bicentennial Park and listened to speakers condemn the violent gathering of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in Virginia. City Council Member at Large Mark Gramling cautioned against complacency on a local level.
The Smith Center for the Arts in downtown Geneva has named a new executive director. Susie Monagan will join The Smith beginning in September. For twelve years, she’s been with the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College. Monagan is an active member of the Ithaca arts community as well including the Board of the State Theatre. She says that live performance is important in a time when there are a lot of divisions in society and people are feeling isolated from one another.
The Geneva Theatre Guild presents their summer musical at The Smith Opera House August 3rd through 6th. It’s a stage adaptation of a much loved film. Mel Brooks adapted his 1974 comedy Young Frankenstein in 2007 and Steve DuPrey has wanted to direct it ever since.
Bicentennial Park on the north side of Geneva’s downtown is often the site for large, organized events. But, some city residents say that it could be better used on a day to day basis. Joe Marone is a founder of the Finger Lakes Skate Club. He would like to see skateboarding move from the small park on Lyceum Street into downtown and he’s worked with Gabriella D’Angelo from Hobart and William Smith Colleges to develop a plan to bring action sports to Bicentennial Park.