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March Events

Celebrate the end of winter in the Finger Lakes

What's Going on in the Finger Lakes in March?

In like a lion and out like a lamb, they say. Don’t let the chilly weather stop you from checking out all the fun March events in the Finger Lakes region. They are sure to keep you warm and cozy!

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

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Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
The Pout-Pout Fish image
The Pout-Pout Fish

A Clemens Center Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series production presented by TheaterworksUSA
THE POUT-POUT FISH


Monday, May 1, 2023
10:00am and 12:30pm

Tickets: $6

For group and/or single tickets, contact our School-Time Coordinator at 607-735-2777 or janices@clemenscenter.org.


When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.  Whimsical puppets and live performers combine to turn the poutiest frowns upside down in this colorful musical, based on the popular book by Deborah Diesen.

Curriculum Ties: Communication/Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Runtime: 50 minutes
Age Recommendation: Pre K - 3

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.

Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

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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 May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Girls Night Out
Girls Night Out the Show at Colloca Estate Winery (Sterling ,NY)

Girls Night Out, the #1 Ladies Night Event Is Coming to Sterling on Thursday May 4th! Limited Tickets On Sale NOW! Open to Ages 21+ Doors open at 7pm. Purchase tickets here: https://www.collocawines.com/wine.../girls-night-out-show
GIRLS NIGHT OUT THE SHOW is an intensely exciting. These guys bring down the house with a Man-tastic Night of Fun & Excitement. Get ready for the BEST GIRLS NIGHT EVER! Whether you're celebrating a Birthday, Bachelorette Party, Divorce, Dirty Thirty or your Sheer Awesome Self; You will meet your party match with "GIRLS NIGHT OUT THE SHOW"!
Purchase your tickets today!

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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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 May 5, 2023 x
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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Multi-color abstract of a woman
May '23 Gallery Night @ Grayhaven Motel!

Join us for May 2023’s First Friday Gallery Night in our guest gallery lounge! From 4-7pm on Friday, May 5th we will be showcasing new works from painter Frank Shifreen.

Find more details HERE.

Questions? Call our office at 607-272-6434

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Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum

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.  

First Friday - FREE Live Music

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly event happening on, you guessed it - the first Friday of every month!

Kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy live music by The Other Side of Normal and bites by La Monarka. 

No need to make a reservation or worry about a cover charge - this event is free and open to all. So gather your friends or come solo to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

⭐️ No cover charge
⭐️ Reservations not required

Legally Blonde - The Musical logo
Legally Blonde – The Musical

The M&T Bank 2022-23 Broadway Season presents
LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL

Friday – Saturday, May 5 – 6, 2023 at 7:30pm


Tickets: $73/$65/$55/$40. Processing and facility maintenance fees apply.
Group Rates available for 10 or more - please inquire.

Visit ClemensCenter.org for more information.


“A high-energy… hymn to the glories of girlishness.” – The New York Times

OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde – The Musical is coming to the Clemens Center!

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde – The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde – The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too. School begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential, and her true assets, as she sets out to prove herself to the world and make everyone a believer.

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde – The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine and, of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser.


Dates/times/programs/protocols subject to change.

Murder Mystery Wedding Dinner

Join us for a

Special Event

Hosted by

Seneca Falls Historical Society

A Murder Mystery Wedding Dinner to Die For

The Murder Mystery Manhattan Cast

will perform a Wedding for

Vesuvio

&

Filemena

May 5 th   from     6 pm- 9pm

At Club 86, 86 Avenue E. Geneva New York

Tickets are $75.00 per person

Tickets are sold at Seneca Falls Historical Society

 

Please call 315-568-8412 to reserve your seat at the Wedding

Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, DJ, Dinner, and a MURDER

Dinner Choices are Baked Chicken or Eggplant Parm

 


 

Brenna O'Toole's Moody Sunset
Damiani - Art Opening: Brenna O'Toole

Join us in welcoming Brenna O’Toole and her beautiful artwork hanging at Damiani Tasting Room through June 30th.

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.

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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

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JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Woman at a microphone
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

May 5 (inside lobby): Night Train, May 6 (inside lobby) – Doc Pussum

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.  

Legally Blonde - The Musical logo
Legally Blonde – The Musical

The M&T Bank 2022-23 Broadway Season presents
LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL

Friday – Saturday, May 5 – 6, 2023 at 7:30pm


Tickets: $73/$65/$55/$40. Processing and facility maintenance fees apply.
Group Rates available for 10 or more - please inquire.

Visit ClemensCenter.org for more information.


“A high-energy… hymn to the glories of girlishness.” – The New York Times

OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde – The Musical is coming to the Clemens Center!

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde – The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde – The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her ingenuity and charm to get into Harvard too. School begins with endless struggles, but with the help of her new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential, and her true assets, as she sets out to prove herself to the world and make everyone a believer.

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde – The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine and, of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser.


Dates/times/programs/protocols subject to change.

RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Heritage Maker Workshops- Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

BLACKSMITHING

Our ever-popular blacksmithing Heritage Maker workshops are back! Join instructor Jonathan Bernard to learn the art of blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on training sessions at Cumming Nature Center.

Classes for all skill levels will be offered in April & May, ranging from the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing to Advanced Knife-Making courses. Each participant will go home with an object they created during the class.

See the schedule below!

FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACKSMITHING | $60

Saturday, April 15 | 8:30am, 10:30am
Sunday, April 30 | 8:30am, 10:30am
Saturday, May 6 | 8:30am

Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in our small-group, hands-on training session. Topics will include learning how to heat with a coal-fired forge and techniques for safe hammer usage. The student will have the choice of creating either a wall hook or bottle opener. This is a 2-hour class. All tools and materials are included with registration.

Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection. Other safety gear will be available if needed.

REGISTER FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF BLACKSMITHING

Saturday, April 15

8:30AM

10:30AM

Sunday, April 30

8:30AM

10:30AM

Saturday, May 6

8:30AM

Chocolate Tasting
Divanna Chocolates @ FLWC Tasting Bar

Join Divanna Chocolates, located in Rochester NY, at our Tasting Bar on Saturday May 6, 2023 11am to 3pm for a complimentary chocolate tasting.

They will have beautiful Belgian chocolates available for purchase!

wine and herb event
2023 Wine & Herb Event- May Weekend

Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat. Get a head start on your herb garden. Collect the potted herbs and veggies featured in all the food samples along with the matching recipe collection.

As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, you’ll be offered a wine that compliments that dish and be able to take home the recipes, so that you can be the highlight at your next get-together. You’ll also be offered up to 3 additional wine tastings.

  • April 29/30 and May 6/7 from 10am to 5pm, both days
  • 10 participating wineries
  • This event is structured like our pre-2020 events:
    • Select a specific starting winery for you and your friends to start at. (This is where you’ll receive your souvenir wine glass and first potted herb or vegetable plant!)
    • Travel the trail as you please after your first stop, collecting potted herbs or vegetable plants as you go.
    • The ticket is good for BOTH days, so feel free to spread the wineries out over both days or come on just Saturday or just Sunday. (Pro-tip: Sunday tends to be a lighter day, so the wineries won’t be as crowded, which makes for an excellent time to visit and get more one-on-one attention with less waiting.)
  • Groups are limited to 12.
  • Expect diversity. Some wineries will be offering the standard bar tasting while others will be offering a sit-down experience that may take longer. Take your time during the day and enjoy both!

Herbs this year are hot pepper, cilantro, dill, oregano, tomato, parsley, cauliflower, sweet pepper, basil, and Cabbage.

Tickets:

Each ticket is good for the whole weekend to visit each winery once. Single tickets are $95 and couples tickets are $140 (plus tax and service fee) and include:

  • 1 wine and food pairing at each winery, per person
  • 3 additional wine tastings per winery, per person
  • 1 potted herb or vegetable plant per ticket (1 for a single ticket, 1 for a single DD ticket, and 1 for a couples ticket)
  • 1 recipe collection per ticket
  • 1 souvenir wine glass per person

Discounted designated driver tickets are also available. The DD gets all the same perks as a regular ticket, minus the wine. They also get a DD travel mug, rather than a wine glass. $45 for a single (plus tax and service fee).

Coffee provided by Cobblestone Coffee Roasters

Opening Day at Genesee Country Village & Museum
Opening Day Of The 2023 Season

Mark your calendars for the very first day of our 2023 season!

We can’t wait to welcome you back in 2023! Plan ahead to visit us next season and explore our 19th-century Historic Village, learn about sporting art, fashion, and culture in the John L. Wehle Gallery, enjoy a historic craft beer in the Freight House Pub, hike our nature trails, attend exciting special events, and so much more.

When you visit us on Opening Day, you’ll be able to chat with our knowledgeable costumed interpreters who keep the hearth fires burning, the heirloom gardens flourishing, and the livestock tended. You’ll hear the clanging of the blacksmith’s hammer, smell the aroma of fresh-baked treats, and truly experience life in the 19th century. Interpreters — including cooks and craftspeople — will be demonstrating their talents all day! Wander down to the farm to meet the animals, see what’s cooking at the Pioneer Farmstead, and so much more.

Make sure to visit the John L. Wehle Gallery when you visit on this special weekend to explore “Becoming Gendered: Garment as Gender Artifact,” our brand new exhibition for 2023! And don’t forget, “Duck, Duck, Shoot! The Story of American Waterbirds,” is still on view throughout the 2023 season. 

Enjoy a premier shopping experience when you visit Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Flint Hill Store, located adjacent to the admissions tunnel. From handcrafted goods made right here in the Historic Village, to treats and sweets, Museum apparel, local art, decor, and more, there’s something for everyone in the Flint Hill Store! 
 

Learn more and plan your visit: https://www.gcv.org/event/opening-day-of-the-2023-season/

RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Heritage Maker Workshops- Advanced Blacksmithing

BLACKSMITHING

Our ever-popular blacksmithing Heritage Maker workshops are back! Join instructor Jonathan Bernard to learn the art of blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on training sessions at Cumming Nature Center.

Classes for all skill levels will be offered in April & May, ranging from the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing to Advanced Knife-Making courses. Each participant will go home with an object they created during the class.

ADVANCED BLACKSMITHING | $80

Sunday, April 30 | 3:00pm
Saturday, May 6 | 3:00pm

Advanced blacksmithing introduces the student to the art of knife making using a railroad spike to create the wider form of a skinning blade.  Topics will include the use of the cross peen fuller to draw out the width of the blade as well as quench or case hardening to form a simple working edge.  This 2.5 hour class will test the endurance of a student who has either taken the intermediate class or has prior experience in bladesmithing. All tools and materials are included with registration.

Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection. Other safety gear will be available if needed.

REGISTER FOR ADVANCED BLACKSMITHING

Sunday, April 30

3:00PM

Saturday, May 6

3:00PM

RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Heritage Maker Workshops- Intermediate Blacksmithing

BLACKSMITHING

Our ever-popular blacksmithing Heritage Maker workshops are back! Join instructor Jonathan Bernard to learn the art of blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on training sessions at Cumming Nature Center.

Classes for all skill levels will be offered in April & May, ranging from the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing to Advanced Knife-Making courses. Each participant will go home with an object they created during the class.

INTERMEDIATE BLACKSMITHING | $70

Saturday, April 15 | 3pm
Saturday, May 6 | 1pm

Intermediate blacksmithing is a 2-hour class that explores the use of chisels and punches, introduces working with dissimilar thicknesses of metal, and gives students the opportunity to impart their own artistic flare through decorative hammering. Students create a plant hanger with decorative leaf work or a hay penny scroll for ends. Students are required to have either taken the introduction or basic class or have prior experience blacksmithing. All tools and materials are included with registration.

Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection. Other safety gear will be available if needed.

REGISTER FOR INTERMEDIATE BLACKSMITHING

Saturday, April 15

3:00PM

Saturday, May 6

1:00PM

RMSC Cumming Nature Center: Heritage Maker Workshops- Beginner Blacksmithing: Fire Poker

BLACKSMITHING

Our ever-popular blacksmithing Heritage Maker workshops are back! Join instructor Jonathan Bernard to learn the art of blacksmithing in small-group, hands-on training sessions at Cumming Nature Center.

Classes for all skill levels will be offered in April & May, ranging from the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing to Advanced Knife-Making courses. Each participant will go home with an object they created during the class.

BEGINNER BLACKSMITHING: FIRE POKER | $70

Saturday, April 15 | 1:00pm
Saturday, May 6 | 10:30am

Beginner blacksmithing is a 2-hour class that builds on the fundamentals course, and introduces students to the challenge of working with thicker metals. Students create a fireplace poker with decorative twists and tapered handle. Students are required to have either taken the introduction class or have prior experience blacksmithing. All tools and materials are included with registration.

Students are recommended to bring their own safety glasses and wear a long sleeve shirt and jeans for protection. Other safety gear will be available if needed.

REGISTER FOR BEGINNER BLACKSMITHING: FIRE POKER

Saturday, April 15

1:00PM

Saturday, May 6

10:30AM

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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

Daffodil Daze
Daffodil Daze

DAFFODIL DAZE in Candor, NY is a private property open on limited dates for the public to view tens of thousands of daffodils in bloom and/or volunteer for Operation Extend the Joy – the effort that distributes the flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, elderly housing, and others. The 2023 dates are Friday, April 28th – Sunday, May 7th, at 292 Candor Hill Road. Depending on bloom time and the number of volunteers, Share the Joy might extend into the following days.

Please note that although it was inspired by our event, the Candor Chamber of Commerce DAFFODIL FESTIVAL – featuring vendors, food, and more – is a completely separate, one-day event, held downtown at the Spencer Avenue ball field on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. We send down thousands of daffodils to the Festival so you can get a peek of the more than 250 varieties up at 292 Candor Hill Road.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on this year’s viewing and volunteering, and visit our website for more extensive background information at https://www.facebook.com/DaffodilDazeCandorNY

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

wine and herb event
2023 Wine & Herb Event- May Weekend

Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat. Get a head start on your herb garden. Collect the potted herbs and veggies featured in all the food samples along with the matching recipe collection.

As you savor herb-prepared cuisine, you’ll be offered a wine that compliments that dish and be able to take home the recipes, so that you can be the highlight at your next get-together. You’ll also be offered up to 3 additional wine tastings.

  • April 29/30 and May 6/7 from 10am to 5pm, both days
  • 10 participating wineries
  • This event is structured like our pre-2020 events:
    • Select a specific starting winery for you and your friends to start at. (This is where you’ll receive your souvenir wine glass and first potted herb or vegetable plant!)
    • Travel the trail as you please after your first stop, collecting potted herbs or vegetable plants as you go.
    • The ticket is good for BOTH days, so feel free to spread the wineries out over both days or come on just Saturday or just Sunday. (Pro-tip: Sunday tends to be a lighter day, so the wineries won’t be as crowded, which makes for an excellent time to visit and get more one-on-one attention with less waiting.)
  • Groups are limited to 12.
  • Expect diversity. Some wineries will be offering the standard bar tasting while others will be offering a sit-down experience that may take longer. Take your time during the day and enjoy both!

Herbs this year are hot pepper, cilantro, dill, oregano, tomato, parsley, cauliflower, sweet pepper, basil, and Cabbage.

Tickets:

Each ticket is good for the whole weekend to visit each winery once. Single tickets are $95 and couples tickets are $140 (plus tax and service fee) and include:

  • 1 wine and food pairing at each winery, per person
  • 3 additional wine tastings per winery, per person
  • 1 potted herb or vegetable plant per ticket (1 for a single ticket, 1 for a single DD ticket, and 1 for a couples ticket)
  • 1 recipe collection per ticket
  • 1 souvenir wine glass per person

Discounted designated driver tickets are also available. The DD gets all the same perks as a regular ticket, minus the wine. They also get a DD travel mug, rather than a wine glass. $45 for a single (plus tax and service fee).

Coffee provided by Cobblestone Coffee Roasters

Hunt Country's Grape Arbor in Spring.  And, the race starting line!
Hunt Country Vineyards Uncharted Terroir Trail Experience

Trail run with distance options to include your choice of 4-mile, 8-mile, and 12-mile course
Fee: $75, includes run with timing by Robinhood Racing

Enjoy a daytime trail run through the vineyards, farmland and wooded areas at Hunt Country Vineyards on Keuka Lake. 

Post-race celebration is open to race participants, their family & friends, as well as Hunt Country customers:
- Hunt Country Self Guided Wine Tasting (Complimentary for registered runners)
- Food: A catered taco feast by Around the Corner Catering (Complimentary for registered runners)
- Live Music (TBD) (Complimentary to all guests) 
- Ax throwing with DJ Kitzel
- Trolley Tours through the Vineyards, guided by Art Hunt

AND MORE!!!   Plan to stay awhile as we enjoy the beautiful spring weather in the Finger Lakes region!

knitting fabric with #StitchCorning Sundays 1-4 pm
#StitchCorning

Bring your portable stitching projects every Sunday and join fellow local makers. All skill levels welcome. Get there early to grab the best rocking chair! 

Every Sunday 1-4 PM

Anna Oxygen, Multifungi, Vaux Flores play electronic music.
Experimental Sight + Sound @ Grayhaven Motel

Grayhaven Motel proudly presents an evening of experimental sight and sound featuring the work of three Ithaca-based artists using art, technology, sound, science and interactivity to guide and propel their work.

Click the link to find out more or call Grayhaven Motel at (607) 272-6434

Friends of the Keuka Outlet Trail Membership Breakfast at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge

 

Friends of the Outlet will be sharing a hearty, all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge on Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 10:00AM. Over pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and juices friends and members of the Keuka Outlet Trail will be celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Yates County while renewing a commitment to the legendary trail and its adjacent waterway that flows through the heart of Yates County and connects two of the larger Finger Lakes. 

 

Old, new, and/or renewed members of the KOT are being asked to bring a friend or relative along and help get them signed up for an annual membership that is critical to the upkeep of the trail. Attendees can meet the new and old members of the Board of Directors, who along with the Maintenance Team will be serving up a breakfast of champions while goodies and supplies last. 

 

The cost of the KOT breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and free for children under 5. The Moose Lodge of Penn Yan located at 301 E. Elm Street is donating all proceeds from the event to the Friends of the Outlet. You do not need to be a member to attend, but every opportunity to join will be readily available. 

 

Attendees will learn about the new free Audio Tour which tells the dynamic history of the trail through 18 specific sites numbered along the entire seven mile trail from west to east-–the direction the Keuka Outlet flows. Whether an ‘audio tourist’ is on foot or a bike, solo or with family and friends, they will soon find special “QR” codes to easily scan on a smartphone for easy access to the tour. Trail visitors are encouraged to bring their own headphones or earbuds, and share the encounter with family and friends after breakfast. The following link opens the Keuka Outlet Trail Audio Tour in Spotify.

 

The breakfast will provide plenty of other information about the Keuka Outlet Trail such as the new Hopeton Campground, the collaborative Riparin Runoff Reduction Project, and the third annual Celebrate Cascade scheduled on September 17, 2023. 

 

“Our members and volunteers play an essential role to the continued success and developments along the Keuka Outlet Trail,” Keith Prather, FOTO President said, “We hope to make this membership breakfast at the Moose Lodge an annual celebration that kicks off the next season of great opportunities on the KOT.”  

 

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Membership Breakfast should email Deborah Clancy at dclancy1233@gmail.com or attend the Annual Spring Friends of the Outlet meeting on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 7:00pm at the 18th Amendment Kitchen and Cocktail Bar, 7 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.  

 

The Keuka Outlet Trail follows the Minnesetah River and is open year-round, dusk to dawn. Depending on the time of year and weather, this glacially formed waterway can be a raging river or a babbling brook as it flows eastward approximately eight miles from Keuka Lake into Seneca Lake. A 270 foot drop in altitude from Penn Yan in the west end to Dresden, New York on the east provides ample white water including two waterfalls, notably Seneca and Cascade Falls. In 1984, a group of local citizens formed Friends of the Outlet, Inc. as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserve, protect and develop properties along Keuka Outlet creek as an area for outdoor recreation and education, and to serve as responsible stewards for the region’s natural resources. 

 

For further information go to www.keukaoutlettrail.org

 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day at MAG

Sunday, May 7, from 12 to 5 pm, all ages are invited to the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester’s celebration of Asian Pacific American Month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day will celebrate cultural heritage through community and cultural displays, live performances, a grand finale, and more. Plus, enjoy free museum admission! This year’s theme for Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day is “Together, we are stronger.”

EVENT DETAILS

What: Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day

When: Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 12 to 5 pm

Where: 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Registration for this event is required. Ticket registration is free with a suggested donation of $5 per group. Please visit mag.rochester.edu/events/celebration-series for the most up-to-date information on the day’s event and how to register for tickets.

Celebration Series is sponsored by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery.

About the Memorial Art Gallery

The Memorial Art Gallery showcases visual art from antiquity to the present day, including the outdoor public Centennial Sculpture Park. In addition to its permanent collection, MAG offers a year-round schedule of special exhibitions, lectures, concerts, tours, after-hours social events, and family activities.

Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, and until 9 pm on Thursdays and select Fridays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission: $20; senior citizens, $18; college students with ID and children 6–18, $9. Always free to members, University of Rochester faculty, staff, students, and children five and under. Half-price general admission Thursdays from 5–9 pm are made possible by Monroe County.

Discounted admission tickets are available when purchasing online. For more information, call 585.276.8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.

Press contact: Melanie Fazio, Director of Marketing and Engagement: (585) 276-8937 / mfazio@mag.rochester.edu
Community Guest Programmer contact: Rujuta Dholakia: trujuta@gmail.com

Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Dragon Boat 101 at the Dragons Den.
Dragon Boat 101

HAMMONDSPORT--The Keuka Dragon Boat Club, located at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, announces its upcoming “Dragon Boat 101” workshops for the public, free of charge.

 

The workshops will be an hour long and will teach the “101” basics of boating, paddling techniques, and Dragon Boat operation.

 

There will be three workshop dates: May 9 at 6pm, May 20 at 3pm, and May 23 at 6pm.

 

The workshop will be held in the “Dragons Den” at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum.

 

For more information call Cathy Anderjack at 607-794-5665 or email info@flbm.org.

 

Events for May 10, 2023 x
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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

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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 May 11, 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Woman at a microphone
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

May 11 – Mike Lucey

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.  

INN AT TAUGHANNOCK FALLS RELEASES NEW CHEF'S CLUB TASTING SERIES The Vegan Menu

INN AT TAUGHANNOCK FALLS RELEASES NEW CHEF'S CLUB TASTING SERIES 
The new program debuts this spring and is the first phase of the Chef's Club project 

The Inn at Taughannock Falls is pleased to announce their new Chef's Club Tasting Series at Taughannock Project. The first phase of this project will involve three foodie focused gourmet experiences where guests will be able indulge in multi-course tasting menus dedicated to decadent cuisine themes. The Inn will host "Aux Chocolat" on April 13th, "Di Pasta" on April 27th, and "The Vegan Menu" on May 11th. Each of these nights will focus on the themes of Chocolate, Pasta, and Veganism respectively, utilizing a 6-7 course prix-fixe menu and an optional local wines pairing package. 

 

The Inn at Taughannock Falls is expanding its restaurant profile, and introducing a revitalization of its dining program and offerings. Executive Chef Clem Coleman joined the restaurant in 2022, helping to spearhead the post-COVID initiative to open the restaurant's doors to bigger, more vibrant experiences. Combining this with the utilization of the new one-acre Enchantment Garden the restaurant hopes to give guests an unrivaled experience. Restaurant and Hotel guests are welcome to make a memory out of their time at the Inn, sitting at one of the many fire pits or the outdoor two-story wood burning fireplace, enjoying the Sonos-sound system which connects each corner of the restaurant and garden, and marveling at the cutting edge LED light system that assists in setting custom moods and tones for each event or occasion.

 

Of the tasting series, Chef Clem said  "It's such an excellent opportunity to not only showcase the diverse culinary backgrounds of our kitchen staff but also to incorporate elements and themes from the surrounding communities, and especially local farms, into these really immersive menus. We're so excited to highlight these dishes."  The Inn at Taughannock Falls re-opens for the season on March 31st and will be offering regular dinner service Fridays-Sundays from 5-9PM. Easter and Mother's Day brunches will be available 11AM-4PM as well. The restaurant will open for its full Thursday-Monday schedule in June. Direct customer reviews have earned the restaurant the OpenTable Diner's Choice Award for 2023 in the following categories: Foodies, Ambiance, Romance, Notable Wine List, and Special Occasions. The Inn at Taughannock Falls also extends special thanks to local winery operators that are assisting them with expanding their local wine portfolio for the second season in a row.

 

About the Inn at Taughannock Falls: The Inn at Taughannock Falls is a luxury boutique hotel, casual fine dining restaurant with panoramic window views of Cayuga Lake, and event center that operates 9 miles from Ithaca, NY on Route 89 in Trumansburg, next door to the Taughannock Falls State Park. The property has undergone extension renovation and restoration over the last seven years and offers a number of programs and events each year, such as their community fireworks show on July 4th, aimed at inviting locals and visitors alike to experience the property and form memories there. The one-acre Enchantment Garden opened in 2021 and has helped earn the Inn the Best of Weddings rating on The Knot annually since opening. 

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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 May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Brian S Keeler July Evening Landscape with 5 bales over Seneca
Free community art event. New exhibit and live music!

WHO:

Brian S. Keeler of Wyalusing, PA and Ithaca, NY

Treacy Ziegler of Ithaca, NY

 

WHAT:

Opening Reception “A Collection of New Artwork by Brian S. Keeler and Treacy Ziegler.”  Keeler has a collection of new oil paintings and Ziegler has new work in a variety of mediums, including oil, bronze, and paper cast sculptures.

 

WHEN:

Friday, May 12 from 5:00-7:00pm (Opening Reception) Music will be performed in the Upstairs Gallery by Harpist, Meredith Kohn Bocek.

 

Exhibit on display: May 12 – June 8


WHERE: (In person and online)
Enjoy in person:

West End Gallery

12 West Market Street

Corning, NY 14830


Enjoy online:

www.WestEndGallery.net

Exhibit will debut online by 11am on Opening Day


West End Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its latest exhibit, “A Collection of New Artwork by Brian S. Keeler and Treacy Ziegler.”  The exhibit features new work by two regional artists working in a variety of mediums.  Keeler has done a series of paintings of the Finger Lakes region, featuring Keuka and Seneca Lakes.  Ziegler will be exhibiting landscapes and interiors in oil as well as sculpture work done in bronze, concrete, and paper castings of animals and birds. 

 

Brian Keeler lives in Ithaca, NY and has a studio in Wyalusing, PA.  Keeler has established himself as one of the preeminent realist painters working in the Northeast today.  His distinctive use of color, fine draftsmanship, attention to proportional harmony and compositional relationships have made his work easily recognizable.  His love of painting landscapes on location in the direct manner of the impressionists and others provides a certain immediacy and authenticity to his paintings.  He then combines the plein air work with more ambitious studio paintings.  The paintings of Brian Keeler have received a host of awards and acclaim during a career that spans over 30 years.  His subjects and sources of inspiration are of the landscapes of Pennsylvania and the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, portraiture, the figure, still life and works from Italy where he teaches painting workshops in Umbria and Tuscany.  His paintings have been collected by many individuals, corporations, and museums and feature articles have appeared in American Artist Magazine and in Pastelogram, a journal for pastel artists.  Two books have been illustrated by Keeler in collaboration with their authors, one a children’s book and the other a treatise on a mystical theme.
 
In his artist’s statement, Keeler says, “The portrayal of light as seen directly on the topography of the Finger Lakes area is the unifying theme of this group of paintings.  Many of them are plein air works, which means that they were composed and painted on location with completions made in the studio.  The paintings of Corot, or more precisely his approach rather than style have often served as an inspiration, as he was the ‘proto impressionist,’ meaning that he was one of the first to take an easel outside to paint.  As I often do the out-of-doors painting late in the day because of my attraction to the heightened drama of raking light, a number of these works show the sun glinting on the lakes or glowing through trees etc.  Others in the show are entirely painted in the studio but certainly based on impressions and studies from the motif.  The play of light as it describes the form and character of the land or figure and brings out various qualities has long been of interest to me, and this show continues with that exploration.”
 
Brian Keeler has released a new book on figure painting titled "Light on the Figure - Aspects of Painting People."  This 172-page hardcover is a beautiful compilation of over four decades of painting people.  It includes chapters on street scenes, genre subjects, allegory, portraits, Italy, and the Nude.  This is not just another beautiful coffee table book as it is content-rich with plenty of explanatory text.  There is a unique feature to the book that may very well be the first of its kind in publishing.  There are links to dozens of the paintings and demos to YouTube tutorials where the artist demonstrates the process.  Nothing quite like it ever.  In short, the book is a unique functionality between text, image, and video!  There are plans to have a digital version available, too.  The book sells for $54.50 and will be available for sale at West End Gallery in a few weeks.
 
In advance praise for the book, John O'Hern, former director of the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY and current Santa Fe Editor of International Artist Publishing, states “Brian Keeler is a man literally of many hats, equally at home and accomplished in painting landscapes, portraits, and the figure as well as in writing and teaching.  I have admired his work for over 30 years.  It’s a pleasure to see so many paintings and to read his thoughts on painting the figure in this enlightening book.”  Keeler was recently featured in the April 2022 issue of American Art Collector Magazine in an article written by John O’Hern.
 
Treacy Ziegler of Newfield, NY

In her artist’s statement, Ziegler says “My intention in creating art is irrelevant.  I like to believe that art exists in a state of ‘without why’ and ‘just because.’  Not in the sense that the art speaks for itself as this suggests that the art has to fit into the conceptual space of language.  And not in the sense of art for art’s sake as this alternatively suggests that art exists outside the unity of living experience.  Art needs no language; it is tacit.  Call it unvoiced; or better, pre-voice.  However, having said that, in developing art, I must begin at some reference point of experience.  I begin with specific space, form, light and shadow in which these elements are evocative and, again, without voice, without a why.  I follow this initial reference point, a place, a room, in a certain mood following an aesthetic path rather than a thinking one.  My guides along the way are color harmony, composition and light and shadow.  The residual narrative is a trace of the original reference point.”


Treacy’s work was featured recently in the April 2023 American Art Collector Magazine in an article which was also written by John O’Hern


Upstairs Gallery: In addition to the new exhibition at West End Gallery, there will be artwork by more than 30 exceptional artists on display in the Upstairs Gallery on the second floor.
 

Exhibit on view: Friday, May 12th – Thursday, June 8th
 

Enjoy In person and Online: In person at West End Gallery - 12 West Market St. in Corning, NY and online at www.WestEndGallery.net. Exhibit will debut online by 11am on Opening Day.


Pre-sales: Pre-sales are permitted.


Special Previews: Please call to inquire about exclusive in-person and online previews.  Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook facebook.com/WestEndGalleryCorning to get a sneak peek!
 

Admission: The event is FREE and open to the public.  Families are encouraged to visit.

Accessibility: Main exhibits are wheelchair accessible, and our website has AudioEye Accessibility Certification.


NEW!  Extended Gallery Hours: The Gallery is open Tues-Sat from 10:30am-5:30pm. Private appointments are available additional days/hours.  Please call in advance to schedule a private appointment: 607.936.2011

 

Images: Images attached may be used for PR purposes.  Please give Artist credit when possible.

 

Wine Tasting
Miles Wine Cellars @ FLWC Tasting Bar

Join Miles Wine Cellars, located in Himrod NY, at our Tasting Bar on Friday May 12, 2023 3pm to 5pm for a complimentary wine tasting.

They will have a few different wine available for purchase!

Support Local Vendors
Middle Finger 5K Indoor Market w/ Craft Beverage Tastings

Come join us for a little Friday night shopping support some wonderful local vendors!  Stop down for a free tasting, to learn about Reinvention Brewing Co., Three Brothers Estates, Anthony Road Wine Co., and Fox Run Vineyards, and purchase product to take home!

We can't wait to see you!

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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

RMSC Council Beautiful Blooms Plant Sale

ABOUT

When you purchase beautiful blooms from the RMSC Council, you directly support the educational programs and exhibits at the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Choose from:

  • Geraniums
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Sunpatiens
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Wave Petunias
  • Million Bells Petunias
  • Sweet Potato Vines
  • Lantanas
  • Coleus
  • And The RMSC Council Cookbook!

ORDER DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023


PICKUP INFORMATION

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023

We’re offering contactless, curbside pickup for your flowers on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10:00am–12:00pm at the RMSC Eisenhart Building (Located at 657 East Avenue).

ORDER TODAY!


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.


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium
  • May 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Pickup information: Saturday, May 13, 2023

PRICING

  • Pricing Information: 
  • Individual Plants: $4.50
  • Hanging Plants: $25.00
  • Order Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023
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.

Ludlowville Falls on Salmon Creek in Lansing
One Rock, Five Waterfalls

One layer of sedimentary rock that slices through the eastern Finger Lakes forms the top of many waterfalls where Ice Age glaciers dug troughs that now hold the lakes. We’ll look at five of these falls in five different parks, in episode 215 of Walk in the Park, produced in 2019.
Walk in the Park is a public access cable TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Owl Gorge Productions, a partner in the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance.

See more episodes of Walk in the Park.

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.  
 

Cooking with the Calamari Sisters
Cooking with the Calamari Sisters

Mangia Italiano! The Calamari Sisters return to Auburn Public Theater.

Woman at a microphone
Market Street Social LIVE at Radisson

May 13 – Can’t Count Trio

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.  

Antique Show
Antiques & Artisans Show

Only at GCV&M can you tour historic homes to find decor inspiration, then shop for antiques and collectibles to create your own vintage aesthetic at home! At our Antiques & Artisans Show on Saturday, May 13, you can browse dealers from around the region, explore a wide variety of 19th- and 20th-century wares, and all the while, immerse yourself in the history of the Genesee Valley Region.

Plus, NEW for 2023 – peruse handcrafted wares by local artisans and make connections from the 19th century to the modern day. Shop pottery, ironworks, fiber art, and more! 

Exclusive Preview Party: FRIDAY, MAY 12 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an exclusive first look – and a chance to secure that perfect find – among the treasures available for sale. Plus, guests who attend the Preview Party on Friday can return to enjoy the Antique Show and everything else the Museum has to offer on Saturday, May 13, – for FREE!

Don’t miss the talk “An Empire State of Mind – Origins of US Shotguns and the Waterfowl Conservation Movement” with Dr. Keith G. Tidball in the Gallery lobby at 7 p.m., plus, explore all current exhibits in the John L. Wehle Gallery! 

Peruse vintage wares from these dealers of fine antique goods: 

  • Jays Way (Ontario, NY)
  • Christina’s Antiques (Red Creek, NY)
  • Bob + Cheri Charboneau (Honeoye Falls, NY)
  • Vintage Smalls Antiques
  • Stepping Stones Antiques
  • Millcreek Antiques (Geneseo, NY)
  • Reflections Antiques (Williamson, NY)
  • Neumann Antiques 
  • Holly Cobbles Antiques (Fairport, NY)
  • Bonnie’s Antiques
  • Aurora Antiques & Collectibles
  • Shirl’s Girls Vintage (Greece, NY)
  • American Antiques (Hammondsport, NY)

Check back as our list of vendors continues to grow!

Learn more: https://www.gcv.org/event/antique-show/

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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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.  
 

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at the Clarion Inn Elmira

Mother's Day Dinner at the Clarion Inn Elmira
May 14, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Let’s enjoy another Annual Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Buffet! We can help you treat the special women in your life! Everything is
provided; just sit back and enjoy time with family and friends.

What’s on the Menu

• Made to Order Omelets and Waffles
• Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links and Country Style Potatoes
• Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
• Hand Carved Roast Beef with Au Jus
• Pineapple & Cherry Glazed Ham
• Seafood Thermidor with Puff Pastry Shell
• Marinated Chicken Breast topped with Fire Roasted Peppers & Onions
• Penne with Marinara Sauce
• Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
• Green Beans
• Wild Rice
• Fresh Fruit
• Assorted Salads
• Assorted Pastries, Desserts and more

 

Cost

Adults: $31.95
Children 5-10: $15.95
Children 2-4: $4.95
Under 2: Complimentary

Reservations are highly recommended. To go orders are available.

Call 607.734.0402 for reservations or information

 

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium: Mother’s Day Brunch

ABOUT

Begin the morning dining in the Star Theater with a catered, buffet-style brunch with foods ranging from hot quiche to a yogurt bar. Don’t forget to make your way over to the mimosa and bloody Mary Stations to make your brunch experience complete!

After brunch in the Planetarium Star Theater, you’ll enjoy a unique showing of our classic Star Show, The Sky Tonight. The show will present a tour of stars and constellations, featuring this spring’s “evening star,” the planet Venus. Did you know that Venus, named after the goddess of love and beauty, is our solar system’s hottest planet?

Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your table today!

YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

🥐 A buffet style brunch

☕ Coffee and Tea bar

🍸 Mimosa and Bloody Mary stations

🪐 Exclusive viewing of The Sky Tonight Planetarium show


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • May 14, 2023
  • 11:00am-1:00pm
  • All ages

PRICING

  • Individual: $75 per person – Brunch & Show

TICKETS

TICKET SALES CLOSE ON MAY 5 AT 11:59PM


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Registration deadline: May 5, 2023.
  • Cancellations made prior to May 5 will receive a full refund.
  • Tickets will be non-refundable on or after May 5 due to catering needs.
  • Third-party tickets will not be honored.
  • Ticket price does not include children.
Billsboro Winery Vertical Tasting Event
Billsboro Winery - May Vertical Tasting

Join us as we dig through the stacks in our wine library and sample some older vintages. Vertical tastings enlighten one’s understanding as to the role vintage conditions, winemaking practices, vineyard sites, and plain fate have in creating each wine’s personality.

This event will be held in our Tasting Room (at Billsboro Winery) on Sunday, May 14th, from 5-7 pm and will focus on Sauvignon Blanc vintages 2012, 2015, 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah vintages 2008, 2011, 2014. As always, we will compare with the current vintage.  Bottles will be available to purchase, with a one bottle limit.

Winemaker/Owner Vinny Aliperti will guide you through each vintage. These are interactive events, and we encourage you to ask questions!

Although light food pairings will be provided to complement the wines, our focus will be these vintage wines and a full meal should not be expected.

Seating is limited and on a first come first serve basis. You may be seated at a table with other guests. Please contact us if that will be an issue for you, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Tickets are $50.  Fienile Wine Club members will receive their associated discount. 

*Must log into our webstore using your Wine Club account for discount to be applied

Radisson Corning
MOMosa Day Brunch

On Sunday, May 14th from 11 am to 2 pm, all mothers will be given carnations while honored at a jubilant Mother’s Day brunch inside Radisson Corning.   The occasion aims to be an opulent homage to the Lady of the Day, with chef-crafted ala carte dishes including a Prime Rib special for $38, specialty mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, and dazzling displays of beauty setting the scene.  The MOMosa Day Brunch experience is a showcase of decadence sure to make all moms smile this Mother’s Day.  Reservations are required by contacting the restaurant directly at 607.962.5000 ext 127.  
 

knitting fabric with #StitchCorning Sundays 1-4 pm
#StitchCorning

Bring your portable stitching projects every Sunday and join fellow local makers. All skill levels welcome. Get there early to grab the best rocking chair! 

Every Sunday 1-4 PM

Mother's Day
Mother’s Day At GCV&M

Bring Mom to GCV&M for FREE on Mother's Day!

On Mother’s Day interpreters in the Historic Village will showcase a number of tasks and activities reflective of what life was like for 19th-century mothers. Explore historic homes, kitchens, and heirloom gardens, and don’t forget to treat mom to a traditional 19th-century pastry from the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery!

Looking for a special gift for mom? Don’t forget to stop by the Flint Hill Store to peruse handcrafted goods made right here in the Historic Village, work by local artisans, treats, sweets, and more.

And most importantly – don’t forget that all Moms receive free on admission Mother’s Day!

Learn more: https://www.gcv.org/event/mothers-day-at-gcvm/

Mother's Day Buffet at Veraisons Restaurant

Spoil your mom this Mother's Day! Join us for a celebratory Mother's Day buffet at Veraisons Restaurant, featuring seasonal cuisine, holiday favorites, and house-made baked goods! Seatings at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, & 5:00PM

 

View the Full Menu Here: Glenora Wine Cellars - Restaurant - Mother's Day

Events for May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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 May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Jim-Kennard

JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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 May 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: Science on the Edge Lectures Spring 2023

ABOUT THE SERIES

The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.

Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund. 


FRIDAY, APRIL 28

NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION

THOUGHTS ON GREENER DAYS AHEAD

Join Tonya Noel Stevens in a conversation focused on deepening our connection with the land, mammals, and each other. Our speaker will use an intersectional environmentalist lens to teach attendees how to become more aligned with what connects us all.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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TONYA NOEL is a Rochester native, mother, shaper, and lover of change. As Co-founder of Flower City Noire Collective and Director of their Black urban growers’ program they work to center collective healing and understanding. “Radical simply means grasping things by the root “ -Angela Y. Davis is the best way to describe their work which has earned city paper wavemaker, RMSC change maker feature, and a host of other awards.

TICKETS

APRIL 28


WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

SHIPWRECKS OF LAKE ONTARIO

A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Join the most successful shipwreck hunter in Lake Ontario on a personal and historic exploration of some of the most important shipwrecks discovered in Lake Ontario by his team and shipwreck peers. Jim Kennard will take the audience on a nearly 50 year journey of Lake Ontario shipwreck discovery from the pages of his new book. Several of these significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario, the sloop Washington lost in 1803, and more.

His groundbreaking book Lake Ontario Shipwrecks: A Journey of Discovery published by the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be available for sale at the presentation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

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JIM KENNARD has been diving and exploring the lakes of the northeast since 1970. He’s found more than 200 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, New York Finger Lakes and in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Utilizing his background as an electrical engineer, he built a side scan sonar system that located many of these shipwrecks. Significant discoveries include the two oldest shipwrecks discovered in the Great Lakes: the 1780 British warship HMS Ontario and the sloop Washington

lost in 1803. Discoveries made by Jim and his shipwreck teams have appeared in a number of publications including National GeographicSea TechnologyInland SeasWreck DivingSkin Diver, and several Rochester, NY publications. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel, CBC, BBC, FOX News, and recently in the National Geographic Drain the Oceans series on the American Revolution.

In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow member of The Explorers Club. Jim received the Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History in 2015 for documenting the stories of Great Lakes shipwreck discoveries on his website www.shipwreckworld.com.

TICKETS

MAY 17

 


ABOUT THE EVENT

  • Museum & Science Center | Bausch Auditorium
  • Seasonal Dates
  • 7:00pm–8:00pm

PRICING

  • Adults: $18.00
  • RMSC Member Adults: $13.00
  • Students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID: $13.00
  • RMSC Employees, Docents/Volunteers, Rochester Engineering Society: $3.00*

Ticket includes admission to the RMSC.

*Employees/docents/volunteers/The Rochester Engineering Society can register in person on the day-of OR in advance by calling 585.417.5911 to receive their discount.

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.

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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/

Student Art Show
53nd Annual Student Art Show

Discover the extraordinarily creative talents of more than 2,000 local students on display at this year's Annual Student Art Show at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Student Art Show includes the works of students from elementary, middle and high schools in the Corning area. The artwork in the high school and middle school level is judged in 14 different media categories.

Entry to the Art Show is free. Museum admission is not required to attend.

Open to the public: May 17–21, 9 am–5 pm

Opening reception: May 18, 6 pm–8 pm

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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.