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June Events

Welcome the summer in the Finger Lakes

The Sun is Shining on these June Events in the Finger Lakes

It’s the official start of summer and the Finger Lakes region is busy this time of year! Make your plans well in advance for what is bound to be a fun-filled and exciting season.  We’ve got so many June events happening for the start of summer - check them out below!

Check back often as more events are added throughout the year!

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Events for June 1, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Stefania Neonato
An Evening With Stefania Neonato

We are pleased to announce the return of the charming and talented Stefania Neonato, an Italian piano virtuoso of early music with a doctorate in Musical Arts in Historical Performances from Cornell University. Ms. Neonato will be stopping at the Granger Homestead on Thursday, June 1st at 7pm.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Time for Three
Time for Three

Thursday, June 1 - 7:30PM
Time for Three

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/time-for-three/

Smith Opera House

82 Seneca St, Geneva, NY 14456

315-781-5483

 

Nicolas Kendall, violin

Charles Yang, violin

Ranaan Meyer, bass

 

Bonded by an uncommon blend of instruments and vocals, this two-time GRAMMY-winning ensemble stands at the busy intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. To experience Time For Three (TF3) live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew.


 

www.tf3.com

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com. 


Wheelchair Accessible.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 1 – MO-GEE

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

spools of thread and darning socks
Mending Circle

Bring your worn items and your creativity to delve into visible mending techniques and revive your wardrobe.

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 PM

spools of thread and darning socks
Mending Circle

Bring your worn items and your creativity to delve into visible mending techniques and revive your wardrobe.

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 PM

Events for June 2, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

History on Tap
History On Tap

Join us on Friday, June 2, for a happy hour like no other, set in our 19th-century Historic Village!

Sample local craft beers, wines, and ciders – including GCV&M’s own historical brews! Live music, food, and after-hours access to the Museum all make for a fun and unique night out with friends. Tickets for this event must be purchased online in advance, as space is limited. This event is for adults ages 21+ (no infants/small children allowed). Please bring a valid form of ID, as it will be checked at the door.

Visit with representatives from breweries, wineries, and cideries on-site and sample away!

CRAFT BEVERAGE VENDORS

 

FOR THE FOODIES

 

Check back soon as our list of participating vendors continues to grow! 

Learn more: https://www.gcv.org/event/history-on-tap-2/

Pop-surrealist image of zombie tentacle man playing guitar in field with 3-eyed cow, rooster caught in a tentacle and tall sunflowers. Rainbow sky.
June Gallery Night @ Grayhaven Motel!

Join us for June 2023’s First Friday Gallery Night in our guest gallery lounge from 4-7pm on Friday, June 2nd! We are thrilled to host the opening reception for local oil painting master, Alan Pollack. He has been a professional artist for 30+ years and this exhibition will primarily showcase his pop-surrealist pieces. Most of his recent work can be seen within the Magic the Gathering and Sorcery collectible card games, as well as the WOWXWOW online gallery and select sci-fi book covers. An art celebrity in our midst!

Events for June 3, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Synesthesia show
Synesthesia: The Color of Sound
TCFA Annual Spring Show - Cayuga Arts Collective
Synesthesia: The Color of Sound
Opening, Saturday June 3, 7-9pm


Announcing the seventh annual Cayuga Arts Collective (CayAC) member show. Curated by founding members Domenica Brockman and Marina Delaney, this exhibit will feature both established and emerging artists who this year explore the relationship between art and music. Opening celebration will feature music by DJ Obvious Objects and an interactive audio and visual installation by Mark Oros. Wine and light refreshments served.

Show runs through July 28, with open gallery hours Fridays and Sundays from 1-5pm.
 
Songs of the Spirit
Songs of the Spirit

Saturday, June 3 - 7:30PM
Songs of the Spirit

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/songs-of-the-spirit/

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

299 Pulteney St, Geneva, NY 14456


 

Jinjoo Cho, violin

Geoffrey Herd, violin

Eric Wong, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

Max Geissler, cello

Henry Kramer, piano

 

Enjoy musical evocations of religious traditions from around the world, where we encounter music’s remarkable ability to calm the mind and uplift the soul, eliciting both serenity and joy. A raucous evocation of the festival atmosphere in Temples in Taiwan by Lu Yun contrasts with Maurice Ravel’s “Kaddisch,” a melismatic, soaring prayer. The Bloch Piano Quintet is an epic study of such juxtapositions, seamlessly moving from agitation to meditation to rapture. 

 

Golijov: Tenaebrae

Lu Yun: Temples in Taiwan 

Maurice Ravel: "Kaddisch" from Deux mélodies hébraïques

Bloch Piano Quintet No. 1, B. 43

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com.


Wheelchair Accessible.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 3 – Pat Comstock

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Events for June 4, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Events for June 5, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Events for June 6, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

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Hospitality Management Training Day

New York Kitchen is thrilled to once again join forces with Paradigm Twist, LLC to provide a one-day training and networking opportunity, facilitated by Kate McCaffrey, PhD - Executive Coach & Organizational Consultant with a wealth of experience working with teams and individuals within the craft beverage and hospitality industries. Our first Hospitality Management Training Day sold out and was a great event for everyone in attendance, so we're hosting again before the busyness of summer is officially underway. 

In this training you will learn about your own approach to leadership and management, gain valuable insights into managing and leading others, managing up in your company, as well as have the chance to network with others in similar positions in the hospitality industry in the region. How we show up for ourselves, our employees, and our owners/CEOs matters and translates to our guest experience, retention of staff and the churn of the season.

Come spend the day with us! We promise you will walk away with tangible action steps that can help you lead and manage better and help your teams create better experiences for your customers and guests. Have more than one team member interested in participating? We're excited to offer a 10% discount on the total cost for teams of 2+. Please call the New York Kitchen front desk to register your team when ready and they'll apply the discount in real time. Lunch will be provided. The tasting room will be open at the end of the day where we can celebrate the experience, hear from the team at New York Kitchen about new and exciting happenings, and enjoy social time together.

Menu: Lunch will be provided, we will be reaching out to participants for menu choices.

Events for June 7, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

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FREE Live Music Wednesday Nights at Ventosa 6-9pm, BOGO happy hour 5-6pm

Live Music Series every Wednesday Music from 6-9 pm. BOGO Happy Hour from 5 to 6 pm. Cafe Toscana open until 8 pm.

No table reservations taken. See our website for full artist line-up: https://ventosavineyards.com/events/

sunset with text
FREE Live Music Wednesday Nights at Ventosa 6-9pm, BOGO happy hour 5-6pm

Live Music Series every Wednesday Music from 6-9 pm. BOGO Happy Hour from 5 to 6 pm. Cafe Toscana open until 8 pm.

No table reservations taken. See our website for full artist line-up: https://ventosavineyards.com/events/

Events for June 8, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

spools of thread and darning socks
Mending Circle

Bring your worn items and your creativity to delve into visible mending techniques and revive your wardrobe.

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 PM

The Jason Clayborn Band: A Night of Soul 
The Jason Clayborn Band: A Night of Soul 

Thursday, June 8 - 7:30PM
The Jason Clayborn Band: A Night of Soul 

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/the-jason-clayborn-band-a-night-of-soul/

The Cracker Factory

35 Lehigh St, Geneva, NY 14456

315-789-1226


 

Band:

Main Keyboard/Musical Director - Gabriel Hatcher II

Bass- Willie Robinson

Drums- Lacy Comer 

 

Singers:

Lead Vocalist/Tenor - Jason Clayborn 

Soprano - Kimberly Salter 

Alto - Tiera Dunn

Tenor - Walter Malone III

 

Join us for the GMF debut of acclaimed Soul and R&B Singer Jason Clayborn and his band of instrumentalists and singers. Audience members will be dazzled by the GRAMMY-nominated singer’s performance, and even have the opportunity to sing along.

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com. 


Wheelchair Accessible.

 


 

Events for June 9, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

In Concordia
In Concordia (June 9)

*Friday, June 9 - 7:30PM
*Saturday, June 10 - 7:30PM
In Concordia

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/230609-in-concordia/

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/230610-in-concordia/ 

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

299 Pulteney St, Geneva, NY 14456


 

Clara Lyon, violin

Geoffrey Herd, violin

Tanner Menees, viola

Hannah Collins, cello

Clive Greensmith, cello

Anna Petrova, piano

 

In Concordia celebrates harmony, both musical and spiritual. In their original vocal form, hymns join a congregation together in song; here, composers transcribe and expand these beloved melodies. GMF resident artists traverse Christian musical practices from Latin plainsong to Lutheran chorales in works by Bach, Haydn, Elgar and Kodaly.

 

Haydn - String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76/1

Bach - Ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Kodaly - Three Choral Preludes for Cello and Piano

Elgar - Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com.


Wheelchair Accessible.

picture of seneca lake from the view of a deck with lots of chairs and tables, it's sunset with the words Sunset Service Open until 8pm
Sunset Service at Glenora Wine Cellars

Our hours are extended to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for taking in that stunning Seneca Lake golden hour! Grab a glass or bottle, unwind, and kick back on our lovely Above The Vines deck.

Events for June 10, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Fair Haven Beach State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Cayuga County NY
Fair Haven Beach

The collision of Lake Ontario with Ice Age hills under the sky is one of the most dramatic and dynamic landscapes in central New York State. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (from 2018), we explore this active and changing badlands-like boundary at Fair Haven Beach State Park in northern Cayuga County, west of Oswego.
Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner.

See more episodes at walkinthepark.tv.

 

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Sunset Service at Glenora Wine Cellars

Our hours are extended to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays for taking in that stunning Seneca Lake golden hour! Grab a glass or bottle, unwind, and kick back on our lovely Above The Vines deck.

Native of Central Wisconsin, soulful singer-songwriter, Evan Meulemans blends indie, reggae, Americana, and blues into his own unique style of music.
Live Music at Hunt Country Vineyards by Evan Meulemans

When weather permits, performances will take place on our covered porch where music can be enjoyed from our tasting room, porch seating, and lawn seating.  Or, feel free to bring a picnic blanket or folding chairs for set up on the lawn.  In inclement weather, the show will go on in our Tasting Room.  

Reservations for tastings are highly recommended, but not required.  Make your reservations at https://www.huntwines.com/Visit-Us-At-Hunt-Country.

Wines can also be purchased in our tasting room by the glass or by the bottle as well.

Picnic items include local cheeses, breads by Blue Heron Bakery, salamis, ferments, olives, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chips, crackers, pesto, specialty mustards, Hedonist chocolates, grape candy, etc...  We also offer local canned beer, kombucha, bottled soda, iced teas, and sparkling water.

In Concordia
In Concordia (June 10)

*Friday, June 9 - 7:30PM
*Saturday, June 10 - 7:30PM
In Concordia

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/230609-in-concordia/

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/230610-in-concordia/ 

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

299 Pulteney St, Geneva, NY 14456


 

Clara Lyon, violin

Geoffrey Herd, violin

Tanner Menees, viola

Hannah Collins, cello

Clive Greensmith, cello

Anna Petrova, piano

 

In Concordia celebrates harmony, both musical and spiritual. In their original vocal form, hymns join a congregation together in song; here, composers transcribe and expand these beloved melodies. GMF resident artists traverse Christian musical practices from Latin plainsong to Lutheran chorales in works by Bach, Haydn, Elgar and Kodaly.

 

Haydn - String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76/1

Bach - Ich Ruf' Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Kodaly - Three Choral Preludes for Cello and Piano

Elgar - Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com.


Wheelchair Accessible.

In Time: An Interactive Theater Event

Historic Geneva welcomes Live History to Rose Hill Mansion for an interactive theatrical experience In Time. Due to a mysterious nexus in time, four members of the Swan household have been ripped from the late 1800s to the present day. Each with their own goal, yet all share a common problem. They only have an hour to return to their own time otherwise they risk being erased from history. To get back to their time they need the help of Rose Hill visitors. The question remains will they be, In Time?

In Time will be held on Saturday, June 10. Groups will leave every 30 minutes beginning at 11:00 am. The last group will leave at 5:00 p.m. This program has escape room, quest, and theater elements. Visitors will work with their group and actors to explore Rose Hill while trying to solve clues and complete their tasks. The experience takes about an hour.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students under 18. Tickets can be purchased in advance at historicgeneva.org or at the door the day of the event. To purchase online tickets, click here.

Live History, nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award, is an international touring company that produces site-specific customizable mysteries around the world. Live History has toured international venues in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, England, Wales, and Ireland. For more information about Live history visit www.livehistoryshows.com.

Free Cider Tasting
Blue Bard Cidery @ FLWC Tasting Bar

Join the Blue Barn Cidery, located in Hilton NY, at our Tasting Bar on Saturday June 10, 2023 10am to 1pm for a complimentary cider tasting.

They will have a few different ciders available for purchase along with some Blue Barn merchandise!

Smokin' Summer Kickoff
Smokin Summer Kickoff

Smokin’ Summer Kickoff
June 10-11, 2023
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Come kickoff the summer with us for two days of local wine and foods associated with this beautiful time of year.  Enjoy a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake while exploring the unique, delicious pairings of local wines the fantastic grilled and summertime foods at any of the 10 participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries! Each attendee will enjoy a sample of food with a wine intended to complement that dish best, then an additional 3 modest samples of wine. Tickets are $45 per person/$15 non-taster.

Person at a booth
Highland Games, Traditional Foods, Music, Dance, and more at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Annual Celtic Faire

The sounds of fiddles, bagpipes, and bodhrans will fill the 19th-centrury village and Great Meadow at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s annual Celtic Faire, coming up Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will find a pan-Celtic celebration of heritage music, dance, and authentic food and drink, with an artisan fair, clan booths, Highland Games, historic weaponry workshops, Irish dancing, a talk about tartan in the John L. Wehle Gallery, and more. Tickets for the Celtic Faire are on sale now at https://www.gcv.org/event/celtic-faire-2/ - purchasing tickets online in advance is recommended to get an early-bird discount (there is a small additional fee for tickets purchased day-of online and at the door). The Celtic Faire is sponsored by Sage Rutty.

Music and Dance

Visitors will enjoy the sounds of A Bit of Irish Street Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann of Rochester while exploring the Museum grounds. Listen as the campus echoes with the thrum of traditional pipe and drum melodies as played by Celtic Spirit Pipe BandFeadán ÒrGates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, and Buffalo Niagara Scotia Society Pipes & Drums. Watch lively demonstrations by  ROCelticRochester Academy of Irish Dance, and Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Buffalo. Plus, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Welsh folklore, dance, music, and culture with guest Ruthanne Ankney.

Exploring Pan-Celtic Traditions

From the Scottish Highlands, Emerald Isles, and rugged Welsh coastline to the Genesee Valley, Celtic traditions and roots run deep. Visit the booths of a number of Scottish clans represented in the Greater Rochester area to learn more about family history and lineage. Clans present will include: Clan Baird, Clan Blair, Family of Bruce International, Clan Cumming Society of the United States of America, Daughters of Scotia, Lady Douglas #126, Clan Ferguson (Sunday only), House of Gordon, Clan Hall Society, Clan Keith, Clan MacNachtan Association Worldwide, Clan Menzies, Clan O’Keefe, Scottish Heritage Society of the Rochester NY Area, Clan Sinclair, and Clan Stuart. After learning about family history at the clan booths, visit the John L. Wehle Gallery to explore samples of tartan and historic garments from the Susan Greene Costume Collection on display.

Highland Games and Feats of Strength

Circle around the Great Meadow to experience the fierce competition that is traditional Highland Games. Cheer on the Buffalo Heavies as they compete in historical Scottish demonstrations of strength, agility, and skill. Don't miss the Adult Sheaf Toss (Sunday at 3 p.m.. $5 fee applies), and youth Irish football and hurling clinics with Roc City Gaelic and Buffalo Fenians GAA at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Food and Drink

Enjoy a scotch egg or a turkey leg and a historical craft beer (brewed by Rohrbach Brewing Co. referencing 19th-century beer recipes) from the Freight House Pub, or venture out into the festival to try specialty food vendors, including Dottie’s Lemonade, The Haggis Hut, and Infamous Welsh Cookie Co. The Historic Confectionery’s Bread Cart will be out in the Village with a variety of warm, freshly baked breads, and the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery will be open, featuring a number of 19th-century baked goods. Plus, explore cooking demonstrations in historic homes and enjoy a tastings of Galician-style filloas and shortbread, or stop by Hosmer’s Inn to enjoy a tea house!

Historical Weaponry Classes

On Sunday, June 11, visitors to the Celtic Faire will have the opportunity to join Neutral Chaos founders Jason Paul Tate and Robert Aronowitz for a historical weapons workshop series. These HEMA and SAFD-certified instructors will present a blend of intensive combat training, martial arts, and stage craft, paired with an exploration of Celtic mythology. Classes available will highlight sword, shield, and broadsword. Please note: participants in Historical Weaponry Classes must be at least 16 years of age, and tickets for these classes must be purchased online in advance as an add-on to Celtic Faire admissions tickets.

Around the Historic Village

A ticket to the Celtic Faire also includes admission to the Historic Village at GCV&M.  Explore buildings throughout the Historic Village to find a number of trades, demonstrations, and activities related to Celtic heritage in the Genesee Valley region. Learn about skirting fleeces and sheep shearing on the Pioneer Farm, see Irish flax processing, spinning linen, and dyeing at Keiffer House, smell Irish soda bread baking in the Livingston Backus Kitchen, explore Irish crochet and Celtic lace demonstrations in the Town Hall, and more.

“Tartan and Plaid Mania” in the John L. Wehle Gallery

On Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to attend a curator-hosted talk in the John L. Wehle Gallery: “Tartan and Plaid Mania.” This talk traces the history and tradition that is plaid and tartan, exploring this fabric taken the world by storm, and how has it changed over the ages. The program is paired with plaid and tartan items from 19th-century America, and will be hosted by Brandon Brooks, curator of the John L. Wehle Gallery. Admission to the John L. Wehle Gallery, and Saturday’s Gallery Talk, is included in general Museum admission.

Shop Specialty Vendors and Artisans

Shop our artisan market to find everything from kilts, to traditional Welsh cookies, to jewelry and knits. Featured artisans and vendors include:  

Purchase tickets online in advance and save

Tickets for Celtic Faire are currently available online at https://www.gcv.org/event/celtic-faire-2/. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended to get the early bird discount – there will be a small additional fee for tickets purchased day-of at the door and online. Celtic Faire tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (62+), $20 for students (13 – 18), $17 for youth (12 and under), and children under 2 are free when purchased online before midnight on Friday, June 9. Museum Members can attend Celtic Faire for FREE and are guaranteed admission. Click here to learn more about becoming a GCV&M Member.

Tickets and more information about upcoming events can be found online at https://www.gcv.org/events/.
 

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An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Smokin' Summer Kickoff
Smokin Summer Kickoff

Smokin’ Summer Kickoff
June 10-11, 2023
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Come kickoff the summer with us for two days of local wine and foods associated with this beautiful time of year.  Enjoy a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake while exploring the unique, delicious pairings of local wines the fantastic grilled and summertime foods at any of the 10 participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries! Each attendee will enjoy a sample of food with a wine intended to complement that dish best, then an additional 3 modest samples of wine. Tickets are $45 per person/$15 non-taster.

Person at a booth
Highland Games, Traditional Foods, Music, Dance, and more at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Annual Celtic Faire

The sounds of fiddles, bagpipes, and bodhrans will fill the 19th-centrury village and Great Meadow at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s annual Celtic Faire, coming up Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will find a pan-Celtic celebration of heritage music, dance, and authentic food and drink, with an artisan fair, clan booths, Highland Games, historic weaponry workshops, Irish dancing, a talk about tartan in the John L. Wehle Gallery, and more. Tickets for the Celtic Faire are on sale now at https://www.gcv.org/event/celtic-faire-2/ - purchasing tickets online in advance is recommended to get an early-bird discount (there is a small additional fee for tickets purchased day-of online and at the door). The Celtic Faire is sponsored by Sage Rutty.

Music and Dance

Visitors will enjoy the sounds of A Bit of Irish Street Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann of Rochester while exploring the Museum grounds. Listen as the campus echoes with the thrum of traditional pipe and drum melodies as played by Celtic Spirit Pipe BandFeadán ÒrGates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, and Buffalo Niagara Scotia Society Pipes & Drums. Watch lively demonstrations by  ROCelticRochester Academy of Irish Dance, and Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Buffalo. Plus, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Welsh folklore, dance, music, and culture with guest Ruthanne Ankney.

Exploring Pan-Celtic Traditions

From the Scottish Highlands, Emerald Isles, and rugged Welsh coastline to the Genesee Valley, Celtic traditions and roots run deep. Visit the booths of a number of Scottish clans represented in the Greater Rochester area to learn more about family history and lineage. Clans present will include: Clan Baird, Clan Blair, Family of Bruce International, Clan Cumming Society of the United States of America, Daughters of Scotia, Lady Douglas #126, Clan Ferguson (Sunday only), House of Gordon, Clan Hall Society, Clan Keith, Clan MacNachtan Association Worldwide, Clan Menzies, Clan O’Keefe, Scottish Heritage Society of the Rochester NY Area, Clan Sinclair, and Clan Stuart. After learning about family history at the clan booths, visit the John L. Wehle Gallery to explore samples of tartan and historic garments from the Susan Greene Costume Collection on display.

Highland Games and Feats of Strength

Circle around the Great Meadow to experience the fierce competition that is traditional Highland Games. Cheer on the Buffalo Heavies as they compete in historical Scottish demonstrations of strength, agility, and skill. Don't miss the Adult Sheaf Toss (Sunday at 3 p.m.. $5 fee applies), and youth Irish football and hurling clinics with Roc City Gaelic and Buffalo Fenians GAA at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

Food and Drink

Enjoy a scotch egg or a turkey leg and a historical craft beer (brewed by Rohrbach Brewing Co. referencing 19th-century beer recipes) from the Freight House Pub, or venture out into the festival to try specialty food vendors, including Dottie’s Lemonade, The Haggis Hut, and Infamous Welsh Cookie Co. The Historic Confectionery’s Bread Cart will be out in the Village with a variety of warm, freshly baked breads, and the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery will be open, featuring a number of 19th-century baked goods. Plus, explore cooking demonstrations in historic homes and enjoy a tastings of Galician-style filloas and shortbread, or stop by Hosmer’s Inn to enjoy a tea house!

Historical Weaponry Classes

On Sunday, June 11, visitors to the Celtic Faire will have the opportunity to join Neutral Chaos founders Jason Paul Tate and Robert Aronowitz for a historical weapons workshop series. These HEMA and SAFD-certified instructors will present a blend of intensive combat training, martial arts, and stage craft, paired with an exploration of Celtic mythology. Classes available will highlight sword, shield, and broadsword. Please note: participants in Historical Weaponry Classes must be at least 16 years of age, and tickets for these classes must be purchased online in advance as an add-on to Celtic Faire admissions tickets.

Around the Historic Village

A ticket to the Celtic Faire also includes admission to the Historic Village at GCV&M.  Explore buildings throughout the Historic Village to find a number of trades, demonstrations, and activities related to Celtic heritage in the Genesee Valley region. Learn about skirting fleeces and sheep shearing on the Pioneer Farm, see Irish flax processing, spinning linen, and dyeing at Keiffer House, smell Irish soda bread baking in the Livingston Backus Kitchen, explore Irish crochet and Celtic lace demonstrations in the Town Hall, and more.

“Tartan and Plaid Mania” in the John L. Wehle Gallery

On Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to attend a curator-hosted talk in the John L. Wehle Gallery: “Tartan and Plaid Mania.” This talk traces the history and tradition that is plaid and tartan, exploring this fabric taken the world by storm, and how has it changed over the ages. The program is paired with plaid and tartan items from 19th-century America, and will be hosted by Brandon Brooks, curator of the John L. Wehle Gallery. Admission to the John L. Wehle Gallery, and Saturday’s Gallery Talk, is included in general Museum admission.

Shop Specialty Vendors and Artisans

Shop our artisan market to find everything from kilts, to traditional Welsh cookies, to jewelry and knits. Featured artisans and vendors include:  

Purchase tickets online in advance and save

Tickets for Celtic Faire are currently available online at https://www.gcv.org/event/celtic-faire-2/. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended to get the early bird discount – there will be a small additional fee for tickets purchased day-of at the door and online. Celtic Faire tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (62+), $20 for students (13 – 18), $17 for youth (12 and under), and children under 2 are free when purchased online before midnight on Friday, June 9. Museum Members can attend Celtic Faire for FREE and are guaranteed admission. Click here to learn more about becoming a GCV&M Member.

Tickets and more information about upcoming events can be found online at https://www.gcv.org/events/.
 

The Brothers Blue
The Brothers Blue

Sunday, June 11 - 2PM
The Brothers Blue 

https://genevamusicfestival.com/products/the-brothers-blue/

Geneva On The Lake

1001 Lochland Rd, Geneva, NY 14456

315-789-7190

 

Matthew Sperber, guitar, bass

Benny Haravitch, banjo, bass, guitar

Charlie Coughlin, fiddle, mandolin

 

Rooted in the fertile tradition of old-time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue grow a sound all their own – offering a hybrid that unites fresh, original songwriting with elements from country, bluegrass, Cajun, and Irish music.  They weave three-part harmonies through a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, and guitar.   Whether around a campfire or in a concert hall, the band is excited for any opportunity to share honest, heartfelt musical experiences with their ever-growing family of friends: The Brethren Blue.

 

 

All programs subject to change.

$35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger

Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult

More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com. 


Wheelchair Accessible.

Miniatures yard sale
MINIATURES YARD SALE AT THE NATIONAL SOARING MUSEUM

The first annual Miniatures Vendors Yard Sale will be held at the National Soaring Museum on Sunday, June 11 from 10-4.  This is a great opportunity for miniaturists and dollhouse enthusiasts to pick up some great bargains to begin a new project or enhance one already in progress.  Our 25 sales tables will represent vendors from all over New York State and north central Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this special event!

Admission to the Miniatures Yard Sale is included in a special one-day reduced museum admission of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 7-18.  Children ages 6 and under are admitted free. The museum, which is located at 51 Soaring Hill Dr., Harris Hill, Elmira, NY, is open every day of the week from 10-5.

Located atop Harris Hill in Elmira, NY, the soaring museum is open year ‘round. Here you can explore the history of soaring where soaring in America began, with one of the largest collections of historical and vintage gliders and sailplanes in the world.

In addition to the museum, there is a large playground, amusement park, swimming pool and picnic area on the Harris Hill campus, including the Harris Hill Soaring Corporation Flight Center, where visitors can purchase a 20-minute sailplane flight over the Chemung Valley.  Flights are available during the spring, summer and fall, weather permitting.  Watching the flights take off and land is free.

The museum itself houses not only a significant collection of sailplanes, but also presents a vast array of soaring trophies, memorabilia, photography and special exhibits. A trip through the National Soaring Museum tells the entire history of early soaring in America.

For more information, visit the museum website at www.soaringmuseum.org.

Events for June 12, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Events for June 13, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Events for June 14, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

sunset with text
FREE Live Music Wednesday Nights at Ventosa 6-9pm, BOGO happy hour 5-6pm

Live Music Series every Wednesday Music from 6-9 pm. BOGO Happy Hour from 5 to 6 pm. Cafe Toscana open until 8 pm.

No table reservations taken. See our website for full artist line-up: https://ventosavineyards.com/events/

Events for June 15, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

spools of thread and darning socks
Mending Circle

Bring your worn items and your creativity to delve into visible mending techniques and revive your wardrobe.

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 PM

Events for June 16, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Events for June 17, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Carnival tent filled with bottles of Bagg Dare wine
Three Brothers Wineries Carnival

Our Bagg Dare tasting room burned down in December 2021. We've worked hard to rebuild it and now it's time to celebrate because Bagg Dare is back!

$25 ticket includes one glass of wine or pint
$40 ticket includes full tasting pass (4 flights)

All tickets include live music, access to carnival games, walkabout circus performances, CirqOvation show (Saturday 12pm, 2pm, 4pm) live painting and axe throwing.

For additional purchase: carnival themed food, tarot card readings

Live Music Schedule

Saturday
11am-2pm Ende Brothers
3-6pm The Conklin Brothers

Sunday
11am-12:30pm Nate Michaels
1-4pm Sim Redmond Band

Food Trucks

Saturday: 546 Chicken, FLX BBQ
Sunday: Big D's, FLX BBQ, Kenna's Empanadas

A Finger Lakes based musician Ryan Consiglio, solo acoustic artist featuring stylings from a variety of genres including classic rock, blues, folk, funk and more.
Live Music at Hunt Country Vineyards by Ryan Consiglio

When weather permits, performances will take place on our covered porch where music can be enjoyed from our tasting room, porch seating, and lawn seating.  Or, feel free to bring a picnic blanket or folding chairs for set up on the lawn.  In inclement weather, the show will go on in our Tasting Room.  

Reservations for tastings are highly recommended, but not required.  Make your reservations . 
Wines can also be purchased in our tasting room by the glass or by the bottle as well.  

Picnic items include local cheeses, breads by Blue Heron Bakery, salamis, ferments, olives, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chips, crackers, pesto, specialty mustards, Hedonist chocolates, grape candy, etc...  We also offer local canned beer, kombucha, bottled soda, iced teas, and sparkling water. 

Ryan Sutherland is a singer songwriter and one-man-band hailing from the Rochester area
Live Music at Hunt Country Vineyards by Ryan Sutherland

When weather permits, performances will take place on our covered porch where music can be enjoyed from our tasting room, porch seating, and lawn seating.  Or, feel free to bring a picnic blanket or folding chairs for set up on the lawn.  In inclement weather, the show will go on in our Tasting Room.  

Reservations for tastings are highly recommended, but not required.  Make your reservations at https://www.huntwines.com/Visit-Us-At-Hunt-Country.

Wines can also be purchased in our tasting room by the glass or by the bottle as well. 

Picnic items include local cheeses, breads by Blue Heron Bakery, salamis, ferments, olives, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chips, crackers, pesto, specialty mustards, Hedonist chocolates, grape candy, etc...  We also offer local canned beer, kombucha, bottled soda, iced teas, and sparkling water. 

Piedmont Bluz
Piedmont Bluz

The Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo, comprised of Valerie and Benedict Turner, are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Their mission is to help bring awareness to this unique aspect of African-American culture, and to the contributions of early blues artists, through performing and teaching.

They have been entertaining audiences both domestically and abroad and are much loved wherever they go. As 2018 inductees into the New York Blues Hall of Fame, this husband-and-wife duo feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said"; so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

A Piedmont Blūz concert isn’t just music – it’s an experience as they transport you back to the 1920s and 1930s, the hey-day of acoustic Country Blues music. In addition to performing songs from that time-frame, they introduce each piece with an interesting anecdote about either the composer, the time period, or the song itself.

Wine Tasting
Hazlitt Vineyards @ FLWC Tasting Bar

Join Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, located in Hector NY, at our Tasting Bar on Saturday June 17, 2023 10:30am to 1:30pm for a complimentary wine / cider tasting.

cheers in the vineyard
Summer Solstice Celebration at Hosmer Winery

One of our favorite things to celebrate – Finger Lakes Summer! Join us Saturday, June 17th from 1-5pm to kick-off summer the FLX way. We’ll have live music and food from Blowin' Smoke BBQ. 

Swap Meet -June 17, 2023. Finger Lakes Boating Museum Logo with two cutout photos of boat engines.
Swap Meet

Location: Parking Lot @ FLBM

Come join our Swap Meet. Bring a boat engine or parts to swap with other participants.

$10 for a 10x10 space.

 

Spirit Tasting
Krooked Tusker Distillery @ FLWC Tasting Bar

Join Krooked Tusker Distillery, located in Hammondsport NY, at our Tasting Bar on Saturday June 17, 2023 8:30am to 1:30pm for a complimentary spirit tasting.

Events for June 18, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Carnival tent filled with bottles of Bagg Dare wine
Three Brothers Wineries Carnival

Our Bagg Dare tasting room burned down in December 2021. We've worked hard to rebuild it and now it's time to celebrate because Bagg Dare is back!

$25 ticket includes one glass of wine or pint
$40 ticket includes full tasting pass (4 flights)

All tickets include live music, access to carnival games, walkabout circus performances, CirqOvation show (Saturday 12pm, 2pm, 4pm) live painting and axe throwing.

For additional purchase: carnival themed food, tarot card readings

Live Music Schedule

Saturday
11am-2pm Ende Brothers
3-6pm The Conklin Brothers

Sunday
11am-12:30pm Nate Michaels
1-4pm Sim Redmond Band

Food Trucks

Saturday: 546 Chicken, FLX BBQ
Sunday: Big D's, FLX BBQ, Kenna's Empanadas

Piano Brunch Sundays
Piano Brunch

– Radisson Corning’s new Food & Beverage Director, Will Bradley, is making his presence known by elevating the guest experience as the hotel prepares to transition and upscale to a Hilton-branded property later this year.  Supported by a dedicated culinary team led by new Executive Chef Bill Winnie, Radisson Corning is now featuring weekend grill outs, Sunday piano brunches, new farm-to-table menu options, and more at the its signature restaurants, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social. 

Piano Brunch: Every Sunday
Every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, Radisson’s modern American restaurant, Grill 1-2-5, now features a piano brunch where patrons can enjoy live music and Chef Bill’s farm-driven menu.  Guests are invited to sit back with family and friends while the pianist tickles the keys and choose from an assortment of delectable brunch items, such as giant homemade cinnamon buns, brunch style bruschetta, Eggs Mornay, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and more.  In addition, an extensive hand-crafted cocktail and bloody mary menu will help win over even the most discerning palate.   Reservations are encouraged by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Father’s Day Piano Brunch: June 18
On Sunday, June 18th from 11 am to 2 pm, all fathers will be honored with a feast fit for a king at Grill 1-2-5.  While the pianist sets the jazzy tone, dads will be feted with a Father’s Day brunch that includes chef-crafted ala carte dishes like Prime Rib for only $36, signature chicken and waffles for $24, and customized omelets for $17.   Radisson’s in-house mixologist will be on-hand creating opulent craft cocktails tailored to dad’s liking. Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Weekend Cookouts and Live Music at Market Street Social
Located between the Radisson’s north and south buildings directly on the Market Street ped walk, the Radisson’s outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, offers alfresco dining and craft cocktails in downtown Corning Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (and Sundays until 9 pm).  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chef Bill fires up the outdoor grill for an All-American Cookout, where he grills up fresh cheeseburgers, Italian sausages, and chicken skewers from 4 pm to 9 pm in addition to offering his full dinner menu (except on Sundays, which only features the Cookout menu).   Guests of Market Street Social can also catch a no-cover concert under the stars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The upcoming Market Street Social LIVE schedule includes: Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell, July 6 – Virgil Cane, July 8 – Brian Moore, July 13 – John Bolger, July 14 – Friend Zoned, July 15 – Blue Eyed Soul, July 20 – Brian Hughes, July 21 – Doc Possum, July 22 – Simon & Longwell, July 27 – Sam Swanson, July 28 – Can’t Count Trio, July 29 – Nick Leduc.  More dates to be announced soon.  

New Farm-to-Table Menu Offerings
Radisson Corning is continuing to elevate its food and beverage program behind the leadership of Will and Chef Bill.  By incorporating more local, farm-driven products, a new kitchen persona is beginning to take shape.  Recipes are being revised to feature the best local farms and purveyors.  In addition to some of the Finger Lakes most notable wines, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social are now offering farm-to-table menu items, as for example the First New York State Cheese Board which launched on National Cheese Day (June 4).  The board includes Lively Run Blue Yonder – a bleu cheese from Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, Muranda Cheese Company's Dilly Girl – a dill infused cheddar from a Waterloo, NY creamery, Old Chatham Creamery's Camembert – a slightly less fatty Brie style cheese from the Southern Finger Lakes area East of Ithaca, and East Hill Creamery's Silver Lake – an alpine style cheese from a creamery near Letchworth State Park – in addition to an assortment of accoutrements either house-made or from the surrounding area.  
 

Events for June 19, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Piano Brunch Sundays
Piano Brunch

– Radisson Corning’s new Food & Beverage Director, Will Bradley, is making his presence known by elevating the guest experience as the hotel prepares to transition and upscale to a Hilton-branded property later this year.  Supported by a dedicated culinary team led by new Executive Chef Bill Winnie, Radisson Corning is now featuring weekend grill outs, Sunday piano brunches, new farm-to-table menu options, and more at the its signature restaurants, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social. 

Piano Brunch: Every Sunday
Every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, Radisson’s modern American restaurant, Grill 1-2-5, now features a piano brunch where patrons can enjoy live music and Chef Bill’s farm-driven menu.  Guests are invited to sit back with family and friends while the pianist tickles the keys and choose from an assortment of delectable brunch items, such as giant homemade cinnamon buns, brunch style bruschetta, Eggs Mornay, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and more.  In addition, an extensive hand-crafted cocktail and bloody mary menu will help win over even the most discerning palate.   Reservations are encouraged by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Father’s Day Piano Brunch: June 18
On Sunday, June 18th from 11 am to 2 pm, all fathers will be honored with a feast fit for a king at Grill 1-2-5.  While the pianist sets the jazzy tone, dads will be feted with a Father’s Day brunch that includes chef-crafted ala carte dishes like Prime Rib for only $36, signature chicken and waffles for $24, and customized omelets for $17.   Radisson’s in-house mixologist will be on-hand creating opulent craft cocktails tailored to dad’s liking. Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Weekend Cookouts and Live Music at Market Street Social
Located between the Radisson’s north and south buildings directly on the Market Street ped walk, the Radisson’s outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, offers alfresco dining and craft cocktails in downtown Corning Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (and Sundays until 9 pm).  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chef Bill fires up the outdoor grill for an All-American Cookout, where he grills up fresh cheeseburgers, Italian sausages, and chicken skewers from 4 pm to 9 pm in addition to offering his full dinner menu (except on Sundays, which only features the Cookout menu).   Guests of Market Street Social can also catch a no-cover concert under the stars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The upcoming Market Street Social LIVE schedule includes: Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell, July 6 – Virgil Cane, July 8 – Brian Moore, July 13 – John Bolger, July 14 – Friend Zoned, July 15 – Blue Eyed Soul, July 20 – Brian Hughes, July 21 – Doc Possum, July 22 – Simon & Longwell, July 27 – Sam Swanson, July 28 – Can’t Count Trio, July 29 – Nick Leduc.  More dates to be announced soon.  

New Farm-to-Table Menu Offerings
Radisson Corning is continuing to elevate its food and beverage program behind the leadership of Will and Chef Bill.  By incorporating more local, farm-driven products, a new kitchen persona is beginning to take shape.  Recipes are being revised to feature the best local farms and purveyors.  In addition to some of the Finger Lakes most notable wines, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social are now offering farm-to-table menu items, as for example the First New York State Cheese Board which launched on National Cheese Day (June 4).  The board includes Lively Run Blue Yonder – a bleu cheese from Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, Muranda Cheese Company's Dilly Girl – a dill infused cheddar from a Waterloo, NY creamery, Old Chatham Creamery's Camembert – a slightly less fatty Brie style cheese from the Southern Finger Lakes area East of Ithaca, and East Hill Creamery's Silver Lake – an alpine style cheese from a creamery near Letchworth State Park – in addition to an assortment of accoutrements either house-made or from the surrounding area.  
 

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An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Piano Brunch Sundays
Piano Brunch

– Radisson Corning’s new Food & Beverage Director, Will Bradley, is making his presence known by elevating the guest experience as the hotel prepares to transition and upscale to a Hilton-branded property later this year.  Supported by a dedicated culinary team led by new Executive Chef Bill Winnie, Radisson Corning is now featuring weekend grill outs, Sunday piano brunches, new farm-to-table menu options, and more at the its signature restaurants, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social. 

Piano Brunch: Every Sunday
Every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, Radisson’s modern American restaurant, Grill 1-2-5, now features a piano brunch where patrons can enjoy live music and Chef Bill’s farm-driven menu.  Guests are invited to sit back with family and friends while the pianist tickles the keys and choose from an assortment of delectable brunch items, such as giant homemade cinnamon buns, brunch style bruschetta, Eggs Mornay, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and more.  In addition, an extensive hand-crafted cocktail and bloody mary menu will help win over even the most discerning palate.   Reservations are encouraged by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Father’s Day Piano Brunch: June 18
On Sunday, June 18th from 11 am to 2 pm, all fathers will be honored with a feast fit for a king at Grill 1-2-5.  While the pianist sets the jazzy tone, dads will be feted with a Father’s Day brunch that includes chef-crafted ala carte dishes like Prime Rib for only $36, signature chicken and waffles for $24, and customized omelets for $17.   Radisson’s in-house mixologist will be on-hand creating opulent craft cocktails tailored to dad’s liking. Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Weekend Cookouts and Live Music at Market Street Social
Located between the Radisson’s north and south buildings directly on the Market Street ped walk, the Radisson’s outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, offers alfresco dining and craft cocktails in downtown Corning Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (and Sundays until 9 pm).  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chef Bill fires up the outdoor grill for an All-American Cookout, where he grills up fresh cheeseburgers, Italian sausages, and chicken skewers from 4 pm to 9 pm in addition to offering his full dinner menu (except on Sundays, which only features the Cookout menu).   Guests of Market Street Social can also catch a no-cover concert under the stars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The upcoming Market Street Social LIVE schedule includes: Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell, July 6 – Virgil Cane, July 8 – Brian Moore, July 13 – John Bolger, July 14 – Friend Zoned, July 15 – Blue Eyed Soul, July 20 – Brian Hughes, July 21 – Doc Possum, July 22 – Simon & Longwell, July 27 – Sam Swanson, July 28 – Can’t Count Trio, July 29 – Nick Leduc.  More dates to be announced soon.  

New Farm-to-Table Menu Offerings
Radisson Corning is continuing to elevate its food and beverage program behind the leadership of Will and Chef Bill.  By incorporating more local, farm-driven products, a new kitchen persona is beginning to take shape.  Recipes are being revised to feature the best local farms and purveyors.  In addition to some of the Finger Lakes most notable wines, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social are now offering farm-to-table menu items, as for example the First New York State Cheese Board which launched on National Cheese Day (June 4).  The board includes Lively Run Blue Yonder – a bleu cheese from Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, Muranda Cheese Company's Dilly Girl – a dill infused cheddar from a Waterloo, NY creamery, Old Chatham Creamery's Camembert – a slightly less fatty Brie style cheese from the Southern Finger Lakes area East of Ithaca, and East Hill Creamery's Silver Lake – an alpine style cheese from a creamery near Letchworth State Park – in addition to an assortment of accoutrements either house-made or from the surrounding area.  
 

Events for June 21, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Piano Brunch Sundays
Piano Brunch

– Radisson Corning’s new Food & Beverage Director, Will Bradley, is making his presence known by elevating the guest experience as the hotel prepares to transition and upscale to a Hilton-branded property later this year.  Supported by a dedicated culinary team led by new Executive Chef Bill Winnie, Radisson Corning is now featuring weekend grill outs, Sunday piano brunches, new farm-to-table menu options, and more at the its signature restaurants, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social. 

Piano Brunch: Every Sunday
Every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, Radisson’s modern American restaurant, Grill 1-2-5, now features a piano brunch where patrons can enjoy live music and Chef Bill’s farm-driven menu.  Guests are invited to sit back with family and friends while the pianist tickles the keys and choose from an assortment of delectable brunch items, such as giant homemade cinnamon buns, brunch style bruschetta, Eggs Mornay, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and more.  In addition, an extensive hand-crafted cocktail and bloody mary menu will help win over even the most discerning palate.   Reservations are encouraged by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Father’s Day Piano Brunch: June 18
On Sunday, June 18th from 11 am to 2 pm, all fathers will be honored with a feast fit for a king at Grill 1-2-5.  While the pianist sets the jazzy tone, dads will be feted with a Father’s Day brunch that includes chef-crafted ala carte dishes like Prime Rib for only $36, signature chicken and waffles for $24, and customized omelets for $17.   Radisson’s in-house mixologist will be on-hand creating opulent craft cocktails tailored to dad’s liking. Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Weekend Cookouts and Live Music at Market Street Social
Located between the Radisson’s north and south buildings directly on the Market Street ped walk, the Radisson’s outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, offers alfresco dining and craft cocktails in downtown Corning Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (and Sundays until 9 pm).  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chef Bill fires up the outdoor grill for an All-American Cookout, where he grills up fresh cheeseburgers, Italian sausages, and chicken skewers from 4 pm to 9 pm in addition to offering his full dinner menu (except on Sundays, which only features the Cookout menu).   Guests of Market Street Social can also catch a no-cover concert under the stars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The upcoming Market Street Social LIVE schedule includes: Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell, July 6 – Virgil Cane, July 8 – Brian Moore, July 13 – John Bolger, July 14 – Friend Zoned, July 15 – Blue Eyed Soul, July 20 – Brian Hughes, July 21 – Doc Possum, July 22 – Simon & Longwell, July 27 – Sam Swanson, July 28 – Can’t Count Trio, July 29 – Nick Leduc.  More dates to be announced soon.  

New Farm-to-Table Menu Offerings
Radisson Corning is continuing to elevate its food and beverage program behind the leadership of Will and Chef Bill.  By incorporating more local, farm-driven products, a new kitchen persona is beginning to take shape.  Recipes are being revised to feature the best local farms and purveyors.  In addition to some of the Finger Lakes most notable wines, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social are now offering farm-to-table menu items, as for example the First New York State Cheese Board which launched on National Cheese Day (June 4).  The board includes Lively Run Blue Yonder – a bleu cheese from Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, Muranda Cheese Company's Dilly Girl – a dill infused cheddar from a Waterloo, NY creamery, Old Chatham Creamery's Camembert – a slightly less fatty Brie style cheese from the Southern Finger Lakes area East of Ithaca, and East Hill Creamery's Silver Lake – an alpine style cheese from a creamery near Letchworth State Park – in addition to an assortment of accoutrements either house-made or from the surrounding area.  
 

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FREE Live Music Wednesday Nights at Ventosa 6-9pm, BOGO happy hour 5-6pm

Live Music Series every Wednesday Music from 6-9 pm. BOGO Happy Hour from 5 to 6 pm. Cafe Toscana open until 8 pm.

No table reservations taken. See our website for full artist line-up: https://ventosavineyards.com/events/

Events for June 22, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

REGISTER


PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

Are you spring cleaning or have items you’re ready to give away? We’d love to have them for the Fantastic Findings Sale.

RMSC Council will be accepting: Antiques, Collectibles, Decorative Accessories, Furniture (no couches, china cabinets), Housewares, Working Appliances, Hardware, Sporting Goods and Gardening Tools

We cannot accept: Books, Clothing, Cribs or Infant Seats, Mattress, Box Springs and Medical Supplies

Drop-off location: 

Eisenhart Auditorium

657 East Avenue

Rochester, NY 14607

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
    • 10:00AM–1:00PM

DONATIONS

If you or someone you know is getting ready to move or just trying to declutter their lives, let us know! We will take your items at any time during the year and provide you with a form so that you can claim the donation on your tax return.

Please call Deb Gulla at 516-993-8686 or reach out at deborah.gulla@gmail.com to make arrangements.


ABOUT THE RMSC COUNCIL

RMSC Council was initiated in 1941 when several Rochester women decided to form a Women’s Council for social interaction and fundraising support for the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). These women volunteered their time and energy by creating special activities and annual fundraising events.

In 2018, the RMSC Women’s Council opened its membership to men and women, changed its name to the more inclusive RMSC Council, and expanded its mission to provide educational programming to the Rochester community. Since its inception 80 years ago, RMSC Council has proudly donated close to $2.8 million to RMSC through creative and invaluable fundraising efforts.

 

For more RMSC Council events or information about joining, visit the RMSC Council Page.

Brenna O'Toole's Evening Light
Art Installation: Brenna O'Toole

On display in the Tasting Room for all of May and June!

Don’t miss Brenna’s reception on May 5th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Brenna O’Toole is a pastel painter and calligrapher who lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She is inspired by the natural world, and she seeks to capture ephemeral moments of beauty in her paintings.

Brenna’s primary focus is landscapes; she loves to explore the world around her through art. Reflections on water, the interplay between light and shadow, the ever-changing sky — all of these are deep wells of inspiration, and she never tires of them. Brenna has a strong affinity for soft pastels. Expressing the shapes created by light feels natural with the medium, and it is always a joy to discover the right colors for each piece.

Brenna lives with her husband, Al, and they enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. Almost all of her reference material comes from hikes or walks they’ve taken together. She grew up in Webster, New York, received a BA in Studio Art, and lived in Ithaca for a short time before moving downstate. Her paintings have been shown in several galleries and venues across the state, from the Adirondacks to the Hudson Valley, where she lived until 2020 upended the world. She is amazed and grateful to be back in the Finger Lakes.

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Market Street Social LIVE: May 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, June  1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
Market Street Social LIVE kicks off this May with up to three nights of live music each week (Thursdays through Saturdays) under the stars at Market Street Social (or inside in lobby alcove if inclement weather) until fall.  Guests can see a no-cover show inside from 6 pm to 9 pm while enjoying local wines, beers, and craft cocktails as well as a chef-crafted menu with several sharable plates.  The upcoming schedule for May and June is as follows: May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum, May 11 – Mike Lucey, May 13 – Can’t Count Trio, May 18 – Sam Swanson, May 19 – Blue Eyed Soul, May 20 – Brian Huges, May 25 – Virgil Cain, May 26 – Brian Moore, May 27 – Mike Giannone, June 1 – MO-GEE, June 3 – Pat Comstock, June 8 – Major Big Time, June 9 – Doc Possum, June 10 – Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell.  More dates to be announced soon.  
 

NY Fiber Trail - 2023 Passport

Follow the Trail to Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery

Experience the Vibrant NY Fiber Community

Follow this self-guided summer-long tour centered around yarn and fiber. Explore new shops, visit working fiber farms and find your new favorite fibery spaces across New York State!

Visit Shops, Farms & Studios

From May 15 to October 31, 2023 visit as many participating shops, fiber farms and studios along the trail as you can. 

Pick up a passport at your first stop and have it stamped at every member shop you visit! At the end of the season, send a photo of your stamped passport in for a chance to win a $300, $150 or $75 gift card to the participating shop of your choice!

Explore Communities

NY has more that just amazing yarn. Join us along the trail to explore and celebrate our amazing fiber-centric businesses and their surrounding communities! Peruse member shop listings for recommendations for local restaurants, businesses & attractions.

Piano Brunch Sundays
Piano Brunch

– Radisson Corning’s new Food & Beverage Director, Will Bradley, is making his presence known by elevating the guest experience as the hotel prepares to transition and upscale to a Hilton-branded property later this year.  Supported by a dedicated culinary team led by new Executive Chef Bill Winnie, Radisson Corning is now featuring weekend grill outs, Sunday piano brunches, new farm-to-table menu options, and more at the its signature restaurants, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social. 

Piano Brunch: Every Sunday
Every Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, Radisson’s modern American restaurant, Grill 1-2-5, now features a piano brunch where patrons can enjoy live music and Chef Bill’s farm-driven menu.  Guests are invited to sit back with family and friends while the pianist tickles the keys and choose from an assortment of delectable brunch items, such as giant homemade cinnamon buns, brunch style bruschetta, Eggs Mornay, chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, and more.  In addition, an extensive hand-crafted cocktail and bloody mary menu will help win over even the most discerning palate.   Reservations are encouraged by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Father’s Day Piano Brunch: June 18
On Sunday, June 18th from 11 am to 2 pm, all fathers will be honored with a feast fit for a king at Grill 1-2-5.  While the pianist sets the jazzy tone, dads will be feted with a Father’s Day brunch that includes chef-crafted ala carte dishes like Prime Rib for only $36, signature chicken and waffles for $24, and customized omelets for $17.   Radisson’s in-house mixologist will be on-hand creating opulent craft cocktails tailored to dad’s liking. Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

Weekend Cookouts and Live Music at Market Street Social
Located between the Radisson’s north and south buildings directly on the Market Street ped walk, the Radisson’s outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, offers alfresco dining and craft cocktails in downtown Corning Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm (and Sundays until 9 pm).  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Chef Bill fires up the outdoor grill for an All-American Cookout, where he grills up fresh cheeseburgers, Italian sausages, and chicken skewers from 4 pm to 9 pm in addition to offering his full dinner menu (except on Sundays, which only features the Cookout menu).   Guests of Market Street Social can also catch a no-cover concert under the stars every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The upcoming Market Street Social LIVE schedule includes: Wendy and James, June 15 – Mike Lucey, June 16 – Can’t Count Trio, June 17 – Mike Giannone, June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle, June 29 – Brian Hughes, June 30 – Simon & Longwell, July 6 – Virgil Cane, July 8 – Brian Moore, July 13 – John Bolger, July 14 – Friend Zoned, July 15 – Blue Eyed Soul, July 20 – Brian Hughes, July 21 – Doc Possum, July 22 – Simon & Longwell, July 27 – Sam Swanson, July 28 – Can’t Count Trio, July 29 – Nick Leduc.  More dates to be announced soon.  

New Farm-to-Table Menu Offerings
Radisson Corning is continuing to elevate its food and beverage program behind the leadership of Will and Chef Bill.  By incorporating more local, farm-driven products, a new kitchen persona is beginning to take shape.  Recipes are being revised to feature the best local farms and purveyors.  In addition to some of the Finger Lakes most notable wines, Grill 1-2-5 and Market Street Social are now offering farm-to-table menu items, as for example the First New York State Cheese Board which launched on National Cheese Day (June 4).  The board includes Lively Run Blue Yonder – a bleu cheese from Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes, Muranda Cheese Company's Dilly Girl – a dill infused cheddar from a Waterloo, NY creamery, Old Chatham Creamery's Camembert – a slightly less fatty Brie style cheese from the Southern Finger Lakes area East of Ithaca, and East Hill Creamery's Silver Lake – an alpine style cheese from a creamery near Letchworth State Park – in addition to an assortment of accoutrements either house-made or from the surrounding area.  
 

Live music weekly at Market Street Social
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

June 22 – Sam Swanson, June 23 – Dianna & The Crew, June 24 – Leah Brown and The Side Hustle

Market Street Social outside Radisson will ring in the alfresco dining and entertainment season in downtown Corning when it officially opens for the season on May 9th and remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to 10 pm until the fall.  Located between the hotel’s north and south buildings on Market Street just steps away from the Gaffer District’s many shops, Market Street Social offers seasonal dining, hand-crafted drinks, live music, and a stylish atmosphere.  On Thursdays through Saturdays starting at 6 pm, the scene transforms into Market Street Social LIVE – a one-of-a-kind music night featuring the area’s hottest musicians.  As with the rest of Radisson Hotel Corning’s culinary program, Market Street Social utilizes locally-sourced products with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding Finger Lakes area to give guests an authentic experience.  The venue offers flexible seating for up to 55 people, an outdoor bar, and a dedicated wait staff prepared to make memorable moments.  Daily happy hours, rotating specials, weekend brunch, and other ongoing promotions paired with live tunes make Market Street Social one of Corning’s most unique and popular outdoor spots.  Reservations are not necessary for events but are accepted by contacting 607.962.5000 ext 127.  

spools of thread and darning socks
Mending Circle

Bring your worn items and your creativity to delve into visible mending techniques and revive your wardrobe.

Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 PM

 115-feet-high Lucifer Falls is the star of the show!
The Treman Show

This episode of Walk in the Park is a guide to the natural and cultural features of this extraordinarily beautiful park near Ithaca, exploring its history, revealing its striking geology, and explaining its trails, mill museum, swimming area, and other amenities. 

This episode (44) was originally produced in 2007 with the collaboration of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park and the Finger Lakes State Parks. I updated it in 2020 with a few minutes at the end about the centennial of this first state park in the Ithaca, NY area, a segment borrowed from a recent episode (233) of Walk in the Park.


Walk in the Park is a non-commercial, public access TV series produced as a public service in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner. See more episodes!

 

Events for June 23, 2023 x
An open hardcover book that's leaning on a log and laying on woodchips.
RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Eco-Book Club

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and book lover, this reading and hiking combo is for you!

During each session, a book about an aspect of the natural world will be discussed followed by a BYO brown bag lunch. Participants can then head out into the woods for a group hike tailored to the theme of the book. Book discussions start at 11am and the hike generally leaves at 12:30pm.

Our book club is a collaborative program with the Naples Library, and book copies are available at their location, and through O.W.W.L., STLS, and Monroe County Libraries.

This program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.


UPCOMING SESSIONS

MARCH BOOK CLUB

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, by Caren Cooper
Wednesday, March 1

All around the world, in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, millions of everyday people are choosing to participate in the scientific process. Working in cooperation with scientists in pursuit of information, innovation, and discovery, these volunteers are following protocols, collecting and reviewing data, and sharing their observations. Their story, along with the story of the social good that can result from citizen science, has largely been untold, until now. 

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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APRIL BOOK CLUB

Still Waters: The Secret Life of Lakes, by Curt Stager
Wednesday, April 5

In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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MAY BOOK CLUB

Finding the Mother TreeDiscovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard
Wednesday, May 3

In her first book, Simard brings us into the intimate world of the trees. Weaving together personal narrative and scientific insights, the author brilliantly illuminates fascinating and vital truths: that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are social, cooperative creatures with communal lives not that different from our own.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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JUNE BOOK CLUB

Our Native BeesNorth America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them, by Paige Embry
Wednesday, June 7

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Our Native Bees explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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AUGUST BOOK CLUB

Monarchs and MilkweedA Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, by Anurag Agrawal
Wednesday, August 2

In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed―a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged―and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of One of Our Most Essential Trees, by Doug Tallamy
Wednesday, September 6

The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards. He also shares practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with information about the best oak species for your area.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration, by Giles Whittell
Wednesday, October 4

Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more.

The discussion will begin at 11:00am. We may be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Bring a bagged lunch to eat after the discussion before joining the group for a hike through the trails of the Nature Center.

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PREVIOUS BOOKS

Past books include Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, The Bees by Laline Paull, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and more.

For more information, contact Sarah Jacoby Murphy, CNC Events and Communications Manager, at sjacobymurphy@rmsc.org or 585.374.6160

ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • 11:00am-1:30pm
RMSC Museum & Science Center: Fantastic Findings Donation Drop Off Days

FANTASTIC FINDINGS DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

ABOUT

Fantastic Findings is an annual upscale, “next-to-new” sale organized by the RMSC Council to support the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Discover beautiful furniture and art, as well as china, elegant glass, silver, lamps, jewelry, linens, toys and other fantastic treasures and collectibles. Searching for antiques? We’ve got them as well.  

If you are starting a new home, you can find everything you need right here.  All items will be displayed during the sale at the RMSC campus. We can’t wait to show you what we have.

Join us to browse and buy treasures of all kinds while supporting our mission to spark curiosity in STEM!


DONATION DROP OFF DAYS

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