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Since 2014, Geneva has officially celebrated the life and legacy of jazz bassist Scott LaFaro around his birthday in April. The group behind Geneva Night Out successfully lobbied to have a stretch of downtown street named in his honor. Another committee organizes an annual concert at The Smith Opera House. Tonight, at City Council the Public Art Committee will present a plan to erect a statue honoring LaFaro. It’s an idea that’s starting to gain traction, but it’s actually been on the mind of Kevin Dunn, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than a decade.

Area Records & Music

Area Records & Music has been a beloved part of Geneva's downtown since 1977. Last week, owner Mikel George announced the business would be closing its doors. A liquidation sale begins on September 15 and will continue until the inventory is gone.

Last year, George talked to the Geneva Historical Society for their Music in the Key of Geneva podcast.

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The Finger Lakes is experiencing a great deal of growth as a dining destination. A lot of the recent attention has been focused on Geneva, but there are restaurants of all kinds opening everywhere including just down the road in Waterloo. West Main Kitchen has become a popular destination, especially for breakfast. Now, the team behind that restaurant has opened their new concept, Stan’s Waterloo. Brendan Spiro describes it as modern tavern cuisine that takes advantage of the abundant agricultural resources in the region.

The Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates hosts their annual Behind the Wines fundraiser Wednesday night, August 30 to support the services they provide.

“LVOY is trying to get the point where everybody is reading better. They serve immigrant populations. They have a strong ESL program, but they also serve people who grew up here and never learned to read.”

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum


People are flocking to the band that stretches across the United States where Monday’s total solar eclipse will be visible. The Finger Lakes are well outside of the part of the country that will achieve the total solar eclipse. That doesn’t mean we’re not in for a show. Leslie Hebb is an assistant professor of physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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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


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.

Gabriella D'Angelo


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.

 

Governor Cuomo was in Geneva Friday afternoon to announce the winning projects in the city’s $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

 

“Twelve projects that are innovative, that are feasible, and are going to transform Geneva.”

 

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