Camp Good Days – Doing Great Things!

Camp Good Days is an organization designed to create opportunities and inspire people hurt by cancer or sickle cell anemia and to guide them through their tough times. They have offices all throughout Western NY and help over a thousand children in the area every year.

Message: Many people think that Camp Good Days programs only apply to children that have cancer/sickle cell anemia, but there are also programs for children in the same family as someone effected. Camp Good Days also have programs for siblings of a child living with these diseases, as well as for children with a parent still living camp11with or a parent that has passed from these diseases. They also have an Adult Oncology Program, which is 3-4 retreat weekends in the summer. There is also a Brain Tumor Family Retreat, wherein one member of a family has a brain tumor, and the whole family can attend the program. All of these programs are free of charge to the participants. They said they “never wanted a parent that had a child with cancer to have to choose between making a mortgage or car payment, rather than sending a loved one to camp.”

Inspirations: Courage is found in many different shapes and sizes and is exemplified by all the campers at Camp Good Days. “Whether it’s a camper that has conquered the deep end in the swimming pool, a child that has climbed the rock wall, or children being there for each other as a support system,” there is always extraordinary courage demonstrated at the camping trips.

Projects in WNY: Each week in the summer, about 70 children pack their bags and head down to Camp Good Days with camps in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. Each year, approximately 1,500 campers are served.

How to get involved: Camp Good Days has only been possible through the years because of the tremendous support from the community in volunteering and holding special events to raise the necessary funds to hold our programs. Festival-goers can sign up to volunteer at any of our programs online at, or hold a special event of their own.

What kids can expect: Children will be able to play corn-hole and have the opportunity to win Camp Good Days prizes.


InSpiraled – Amazing Art You Can Wear!

8532576Among the awesome art booths coming to the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this year, you will find InSpiraled by Becky Blair. Becky makes leather jewelry by hand and adds sterling silver, semi-precious stones and found objects (like vintage hardware) to create her pieces. They are riveted together and the results are wearable artwork.

Ideas For Studio & Works: Becky has a studio in Corning, NY, as well as Charlotte, NC. Both of the studios have personal belongings that mean a lot to her. As for her artwork, she describes herself as someone who has always been passionate about recycling, upcycling and refurbishing, LONG before it was “popular,” and her interest in her artwork shows.

9576586Mediums: Becky uses all sorts of mediums to make all sorts of artwork: paintings, art dolls, clothing, jewelry and sculpture. She has shelves, cabinets, drawers, and tackle boxes full of beads, fabrics, leather, metals, shells, buttons, and antique finds – nothing is off limits!

Inspirations: The color of the sky at a particular moment, finds from antique stores, beach walks, conversations with friends, obscure quotations, and various stumbled-upon color palettes are just some of the many inspirations Becky recalls.

640340What to Expect at the Festival: She is never not working on something, so be prepared for anything!

Where to Find Her Creations: You can find InSpiraled artwork at or on Becky’s Etsy site (inSpiraled). You can also make an appointment to visit either of her studios.

What Her Art Taught her: Becky’s art is always changing, but always staying the same because it is from her heart.


The Music of CAMF 2015 – Noble Vibes!

If a high-energy performance is what you’re looking for, you can’t miss Noble Vibes at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this summer! We caught up with the Denise, the band’s booking and P.R. manager, to figure out what their band is all about.

Noble Vibes was looking for a band name that would represent their respect for reggae, as well as the members multicultural background, so the name “Noble” was chosen. “Our coat of arms heraldry represents nobility,” Denise exclaimed. Hence, the name Noble Vibes was chosen! That being said, Noble Vibes plays reggae music with lot’s of energy and excitement!Noble Vibes Coat of Arms

This band has many inspirations, combining to create many unique and original tunes. These inspirations include all the classic pioneers and some contemporary artists, such as Bob Marley, Gregory Issacs, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Steel Pulse, Sanchez, Phyllis Dillion, Jimmy Cliff and Sugar Minot, just to name a few.

When you see them on stage, ask them to play Reggae Highway and Welcome to My Heart, their most requested favorites! We’ve also been told the crowd should be ready for a high energy performance from beginning to end that will leave you wanting more.

Stop by for some Noble Vibes at the Boylan Code Stage on Saturday July 18, 3:30-5:00 PM.

Iroquois White Corn – Happy and Healthy

470-3Iroquois White Corn produces three kinds of GMO-free products made with “Good Minds” at Ganondagan, and they’re DELICIOUS! Because they rely on traditional methods to hand-grow, hand-pick and hand-process their corn, it is good for all of us and for Mother Earth. We can’t wait to see them at the festival this year, so we decided to learn a little more about them before the festival starts.

Message: Iroquois White Corn products are good for the world and for you. The corn is high in fiber, high in protein, gluten free and low in sugar! The only thing Iroquois White Corn adds is love.

Inspiration: The Iroquois White Corn goal is to restore the farming, consumption and distribution of the traditional Iroquois White Corn to Native communities and the community-at-large.


Projects in WNY: Iroquois White Corn honors and promotes the Haudenosaunee history and culture and strengthens traditions through inspirational and transformational programming and activities such as workshops, camps, the annual Native American Dance and Music Festival (July 25 & 26, 2015) and Canandaigua Treaty Day (November 11).

How to Get Involved: Contact Iroquois White Corn via phone at (585) 742-1690, by email at, or visit online at for lots of volunteer opportunities!

What Kids Can Expect: Kids can sample some of the Iroquois White Corn products and participate in a toss-across corn game while learning about the legend of The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash)!

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2 Crocked Pots – Double the Art, Double the Fun

Double Trouble when it comes to one of our festival artists – 2 Crocked Pots! Roland (often referred to as Cub) and Pam are visiting the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival to show off their collection of beautiful pottery and jewelry lines. We wanted to know a little more about their designs, so we caught up with them.

Artwork: Cub has always loved painting, and flourished when he discovered his passion for creating art on clay canvas. Cub allows the natural beauty of the clay to serve as a backdrop for his lovely floral, art nouveau, and whimsical patterns. While Pam contributes to creating the pottery, she has also created her own jewelry line. Pam starts with stoneware and porcelain focal points she had glazed and adds glass and metal components that move her. Her different styles of wearable art are described as whimsical, earthy, simple and classic designs to please every shopper!

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Inspirations: Cub’s inspiration for the pottery stems from his childhood memories growing up in the Finger Lakes region. One of his most intricate creations is his “sailing” design.

Time Commitment: These pots are wheel thrown, air dried, fired to a bisque, painted and glazed, and then fired one final time to bring out the color. Most of the pieces are hand painted, which usually takes 3-4 hours.

Where to Find Their Work: You can find 2 Crocked Pots at many art shows throughout the Finger Lakes region and at! The studio is open at their patron’s convenience.

What Art Taught Them: Art is constantly evolving. Cub and Pam love to experiment with new ideas. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t – but every piece is an experience!

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