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February 3, 2016 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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April 30, 2016 - 3:00pm

Community members of all ages should save the date for Genesee Community College’s 35th Annual Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, April 30.
This year’s show is entitled “Fashion Is…” and will represent an edgy, reinvented program that features the work, energy and creative endeavors of students in both the Fashion Merchandising Management and the Fashion Design programs at GCC.
The theme, “Fashion Is…” gives students the opportunity to not only express their creativity and own personal styles, but touches on how fashion influences every aspect of our culture.

January 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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January 30, 2016 -
10:00am to 6:00pm

The Corfu-Pembroke Community Winterfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Pembroke Community Center. It’s located at 116 E. Main St. in Corfu.

January 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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January 21, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Billy Martin’s Cole All-Star Circus — “The Original and Best!” — will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, in the gymnasium at Le Roy High School to benefit the Class of 2016.
Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, or $15 at the door. Kids 12 and younger attend free with paid adult. Tickets available at the school office.

December 21, 2015 - 1:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, Christmas, arts, entertainment, batavia.

December 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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December 4, 2015 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) would like to invite the community to take part and enjoy the downtown’s annual Christmas in the City celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.
Activities include:

November 24, 2015 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee Chorale, batavia, music, arts, entertainment.

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The Genesee Chorale held a rehearsal Monday night in preparation for its show at 7 p.m., Dec. 4, at St. James Episcopal Church.

Directed by Ric Jones, the show is Christmas-themed and the performance is titled "Our Hope is a Child." Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door, and can be purchased online at geneseechorale.com.

The show will include what is billed as an "energetic" version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" with four-handed piano accompaniment, with Doug Hansen and guest pianist Henry Emmans. The Genesee Children's Chorus will also be featured on a number of pieces. Fran Thomas also performs a solo.

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November 18, 2015 - 9:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, arts, entertainment, Talent Show, batavia.

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Cameron Bontrager performs "Sweet Child of Mine" during the 2015 Batavia HS talent show Tuesday night in the school's auditorium.

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Tzyonah Scheffield-Reese performs "Photograph."

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Madison Hoerbelt and Eryn Dunn perform "For Good."

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Ross Chua and Chelsea Jensen perform "I'm Yours."

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Hannah Bluhm performs "Dear Future Husband."

November 17, 2015 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, Talent Show, arts, entertainment, batavia.

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Batavia High School hosts its annual faculty and student talent show tonight in the auditorium starting at 7 o'clock.

Pictured during yesterday's rehearsal are Tzyonah Sheffield-Reese (top) and Kesa Janes.

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November 6, 2015 - 5:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee valley wind ensemble, music, entertainment, elba.

The Genesee Valley Wind Ensemble kicks off its third season with a 4 p.m show Nov. 15 at Elba Central School with pieces by John Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Mark Camphouse, among other composers.

Yvonne Freeman, a member of the ensemble and a board member sat down with Lucine Kauffman for her WBTA show called "Genesee Life" and discussed the ensemble and upcoming show.

Freeman said the program is intended to be challenging and provide a wide variety of classic and modern sounds for the whole family.

Chap's Elba Diner, normally closed on Sunday evenings, will open after the concert and provide discounted dinners to ticket holders.

There are two major differences between a wind ensemble and a typical orchestra, Freeman said. First, there are no strings, and second, there is typically one musician per part.

"Each person has to be really good at their part," Freeman said. "There's nobody else that is going to cover those measures that are tough."

To listen to the entire interview, visit the Genesee Life page on WBTA's Web site.

November 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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November 14, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm

The sounds of “The Fab Four” will be invading Pavilion High School on Saturday Nov. 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium! Please come hear The Pavilion Junior and Senior High Bands and Choruses perform music by The Beatles — voted the No. 1 artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

October 31, 2015 - 8:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, entertainment, arts, Halloween.

October 21, 2015 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 25, 2015 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

Join 90.7FM (WGCC) on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Genesee Community College for Batavia’s best family Halloween event, the fourth annual Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat! The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. in the GCC Forum.

October 21, 2015 - 1:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron-bergen, music, arts, entertainment.

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Classic rock fans might recognize the smiling guy with the gray hair. It's Peter Frampton. Next to him is somebody a few people in Genesee County will know, Ben Sheridan, a 2008 graduate of Byron-Bergen High School. 

Sheridan, who plays keyboards, is on tour with Frampton and when the band stopped in Albany last night, a group of family members and friends traveled there to see him play.

He hooked up with Frampton after meeting Peter's son, Julian, while working at a Starbucks in Los Angeles. Julian is the man with the acoustic guitar in the photo.

Info and photos submitted by Anne Sapienza.

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October 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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November 3, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

The Peanuts gang is back! Celebrate their upcoming movie with a party. Puppy Chow and Puppy Slobber will be provided. Enjoy a game of bingo & feel free to dress as your favorite character. All ages welcome.

October 12, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
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October 24, 2015 -
9:00am to 2:00pm

Join us for a Skid Steer Rodeo in the parking lot of Batavia’s Empire Tractor store on East Main Street Saturday, Oct. 24. Lunch will be served.
Prove you’re the best! Win prizes! Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.
We offer a three-year/3,000-hour warranty on Skid Steers and CTLs. Serving you since 1891: Reliable equipment, quick parts, smart service.

October 12, 2015 - 3:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2015 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for a Skid Steer Rodeo in the parking lot of Batavia’s Empire Tractor store on East Main Street Friday, Oct. 23, and/or Saturday, Oct. 24 (Saturday’s rodeo hours are 9 to 2). Lunch will be served both days.
Prove you’re the best! Win prizes! Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.
We offer a three-year/3,000-hour warranty on Skid Steers and CTLs. Serving you since 1891: Reliable equipment, quick parts, smart service.

October 6, 2015 - 5:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in square dancing, Silver Stars, batavia, entertainment.

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Dean Rich, a resident of Pratt Road, started square dancing in Batavia 60 years ago. He's danced in California, Arizona and Florida and remembers the time he danced to a caller from Alaska.

"I enjoy it because you meet so many interesting people," Rich said.

As if to prove it, he told an engaging story about himself. Now age 88, he's retired from MY-T Acres farm where he spent most of his farming career, invested his money wisely and was able to quit 28 years ago.

"I was working for my uncle for $50 a week and Bob hired me for $55 a week," Rich said. "Plus, I didn't have to come in until seven and I got a pig. Bob's dad said, 'You're paying him too much,' because the guy I replaced was making only $35 a week."

Rich and his wife had been married four years when a neighbor invited them to their first square dance, and soon they were regulars and including square dancing in all their travels. They were together 64 years. Rich took some time off while she was ill, but after she passed, he couldn't stay away from square dancing. He just enjoys it too much.

"There are so many interesting people and you never meet anybody who's rowdy," Rich said. "You cannot drink and do this, when you really get to square dancing."

Rich is one of 24 members of the Silver Stars, who gather every Monday at the VA Center in Batavia.

It's one of at least 15 clubs in Western New York, said caller and Buffalo resident Bill Ryan, who started calling 52 years ago at age 14.

"It's just a whole lot of fun," he said.

It's also good exercise, Ryan said, and, he agreed, you meet some great people.

Jean McCoy (top photo) said she would go stir crazy if she had to stay home, so she square dances to keep herself active. 

"Truthfully, I like the outfits," she whispered when asked what she likes about square dancing, but then added, "I like the camaraderie. You have to be out and be around people when you live alone, otherwise you'll wind up in the psych ward."

The age range of the club runs the spectrum and the youngest dancer at Monday night's club gathering was 7-year-old Caylin Perry, of Batavia. Caylin was too shy to tell us why she likes square dancing. She just said she does. She looked like she was having fun.

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September 29, 2015 - 4:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Reel Discussions
Come view the movie and join us for a group discussion afterward. This month’s movie is “Maleficent.” A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubles land.
For more information, call the library at 343-9550 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.
** This month’s movie is scheduled 1 week later in the month.

September 27, 2015 - 12:00am
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
September 26, 2015 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Batavia Silver Stars along with the Chili-based Cloverleaf Squares are Western square dance clubs and they will be performing at Darien Lake Theme Park twice this month.
They will have a demo dance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. For more information about WNY square dance clubs visit squaredancingrochester.org

September 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in entertainment.
Event Date and Time: 
September 19, 2015 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

The Batavia Silver Stars along with the Chili-based Cloverleaf Squares are Western square dance clubs and they will be performing at Darien Lake Theme Park twice this month.
They will have a demo dance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. For more information about WNY square dance clubs visit squaredancingrochester.org

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