The summer season proves to be a busy one

As summer winds down, I think the long-held belief that the season is a quiet time for rest and relaxation has been lost on most of us. We all find our weekends' book up quickly and the good weather has us out doing more things than we ever anticipated! It’s the very same here at WXXI – in fact, many of you may have seen us in your travels.

If you dropped by the Park Avenue festival, it was impossible not to notice the 1,500 “WXXI Fans” that people were waving to help beat the heat. We enjoyed having members drop by our booth with questions and comments about the station, and then walk away with a WXXI thank you gift. We’ll be at the Clothesline Arts Festival on September 11-12, so be sure to stop by, pick up a WXXI memento, and let us know what your favorite programs are! We’ll also be broadcasting live from the festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on WRUR-FM 88.5 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

Throughout the summer, WXXI co-hosted Hochstein at High Falls – a free lunchtime music concert series held at Granite Mills Park in High Falls. Every Thursday, WXXI-FM’s Chris Van Hof introduced the bands that performed, which included the Mambo Kings, Po’ Boys Brass Band, and the Dady Brothers.  Speaking of Hochstein, WXXI recently brought Red Green to the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Fans enjoyed an evening with the show's creator and star, Steve Smith, as he imparted some “manly advice,” recounted his adventures with the clan at Possum Lodge, and offered tips for the latest and greatest uses for the handyman's secret weapon – duct tape!

If your preference runs more toward programming like the Civil War, Baseball or National Parks, then you may have attended the event that WXXI helped the George Eastman House present on August 13th.  Our favorite producer, Ken Burns, and his longtime writing partner, Geoffrey Ward, were at the sold-out Dryden Theater to offer an insider's look at their artistic approaches and processes, as they talked about advancing an idea into an award-winning film. WXXI’s cameras were on hand to capture the conversation, so stay tuned for a special broadcast presentation of the event on WXXI-TV.

August 11th also brought WXXI Night at Frontier Field as many of our members came out with their families to meet Big Bird – and then watched the Rochester Red Wings fight their way back for a victory!  WXXI will be airing a marathon of the locally-produced reality series Minor League – which follows a year behind-the-scenes with the Red Wings – on September 4th from 11am-5pm on WXXI-World. For more information on the series and the marathon, click here.

Our summer events are not over yet.  WXXI is proud to host four documentary screenings for young people that explore self-esteem, cultural identity, crime, and life choices. Each screening will be followed by a group discussion, where audience members can share their thoughts. The screenings are free and open to the public and will be held at WXXI’s studios Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through August 26th. You can find the complete schedule by clicking here.

Finally, you may see our videographers around the city shooting footage of Rochester’s Benches on Parade. WXXI is producing a program about this summer-long community arts project that showcases local creativity and civic pride while helping raise funds for local not-for-profits. If you’ve missed any of the benches that are being displayed around the City, don’t worry – we’ve captured them all, so when WXXI’s Benches on Parade production airs September 8 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, you’ll be able to get your very own copy of the program.