Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Breast Cancer CoalitionThe Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. They are a standalone, grassroots not-for-profit serving the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. The four arms of their organization are: Support, Advocacy, Research, and Education. Their mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is a serious health problem in New York. Each year over 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 2,600 women die from the disease. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, although they make up less than 1% of those diagnosed. In New York State, about 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The Breast Cancer Coalition is inspired to serve as a resource for survivors so that they can navigate their breast cancer journey with the tools and support they need.

The Coalition welcomes survivors from those who are newly diagnosed, to those who count many years as a survivor. If you have heard the words “you have breast cancer,” you are not alone. Contact us at 585-473-8177 or email to find the support you need. All programs and services are free.

Their offices are located in Rochester, where they offer supportive networking groups, a Healing Arts program, educational seminars, as well as Breast Cancer 101 and peer mentorship. Since launching their regional outreach project in fall of 2015, they have held six regional breast cancer survivor round tables to learn more about the needs of survivors outside of Monroe County, offered free evening educational seminars on topics ranging from nutrition after breast cancer, to chemotherapy treatment protocols, and launched two Gentle Yoga pilot programs in Western NY, with a third launch planned for fall 2016. They continue to attract regional breast cancer survivors to their mentorship program and training: Peer Advocates Lending Support, or PALS.

BCCR 2The Coalition also funds research within the region. This past spring we awarded two $50,000 grants for research – one went to Roswell Park and the other went to researchers at Cornell University.

Want to get more involved? The Coalition needs and values their volunteers! Volunteers are survivors, family members, friends, organization supporters, colleagues, students of all ages – and passionate advocates!

Interested in staffing a booth at a health fair or festival? How about greeting attendees at an evening educational seminar? Would you like to help us deliver our newsletters? Contact us to request a volunteer application and to learn more. For those interested in volunteering in Monroe County, contact Lori Meath at For those interested in volunteering in counties outside of Monroe, please contact Tracy Brown at Have more questions? We have answers! Please call us at 585-473-8177

Visit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester at our Community Cause-Way to learn more information about the organization and how you can get involved.


Noble Vibes

Noble_Vibes_01Noble Vibes is coming back to the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival for another great performance!

We recently spoke to guitarist Steve Galbraith about how the band got started and what it’s all about. He explained that Noble Vibes came together when he answered a Craigslist ad posted by their keyboardist, Jason Muskopf. Together they assembled the band.

“It took a while but we finally found the perfect combination. Our name “Noble Vibes” expresses our respect and commitment to reggae music,” explained Steve.

Noble VibesTheir music is inspired by reggae greats such as Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Steel Pulse. Steve added, “Our lead singer Deannah McKenzie and I are also inspired by our fans, who we call the ‘Vibe Tribe.’ They motivate us to write songs that are positive and uplifting. We love getting the ‘Vibe Tribe’ moving.”

Noble Vibes is hard at work on a new album so they’ll be bringing some new original tunes to the Mobile Music Stage. But don’t worry, they’ll probably play Reggae Highway – they’re most requested song from their first CD. It was also their first music video which was a Lego film of the band.

See the Noble Vibes on the Mobile Music Stage Saturday, July 16th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Join the Vibe Tribe and be ready to dance!

Wallflowers And Cards

Wallflowers And Cards 2Artist Lisa Davis is an avid gardener and nature lover. After many years of gardening, she developed her own art form as a way to preserve flowers in a unique fashion – and Wallflowers And Cards was born.

At first glance, Wallflowers And Cards’ artwork may appear to be dried/pressed flowers or paintings. In actuality, they are digital images of fresh flowers arranged at the height of their freshness. But these images aren’t taken with a camera – they are taken with a flatbed computer scanner in what is called scanography or scanner photography.

The flowers themselves are placed directly on the glass of a flatbed scanner and scanned. Since the lid of the scanner can’t be closed without squashing the flowers, a background is colored in a graphic arts program. This black background seems to make the flowers really pop out of the picture.

Wallflowers And Cards 1Naturally, flowers and nature are inspiration for Lisa’s work. Several years into Wallflowers And Cards, she started visualizing fairy clothing in her flowers, so she used flower and plant parts to give form to fairies. Once an image is complete, Lisa can do different things with it. As with any photograph, there are many options. One of her favorite things to do with an image is to make a grouping of fairies or flowers.

Through Wallflowers And Cards, Lisa has learned to take time to really see things. This requires slowing down – which can be a difficult thing to do for her Type A personality! Even the simplest designs require several hours, with the more intricate pieces taking over 40 hours to complete. But the extensive time doesn’t bother Lisa. She has discovered that when you do something you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all. Instead, it feels like playing and oftentimes, Lisa finds it difficult to return to the “real” world.

When Lisa began working with this technique, she was computer illiterate. It took several years before the floral images she captured could be considered “artistic.” Now, Wallflower And Cards’ stunning designs are available on her website and at art shows. She has also written three books and is working on a fourth. Her books contain her art – both fairies and flowers – with little rhyming poems to accompany them.Wallflowers And Cards

Visit for Lisa’s show schedule and more information about her innovative technique. And visit the Wallflowers And Cards booth at the festival for unique, wood-framed pieces that are not available online.

WayWard Wynd

WayWard Wynd 2Stop by our Mobile Music Stage on Sunday, July 17th from 1:45-3 p.m. to dance along to music by WayWard Wynd.

Fifteen years ago Bandleader John M. Krizan decided to come out of retirement and rejoin music. He needed some fun in his life and wanted to entertain audiences again. That’s when the rockin’ country band, WayWard Wynd, came together.

“All of the names I chose for bands included the “wind” as I felt we were always in the wind, flying smoothly and enjoying what we do best.” – John M. Krizan

Inspired by many, from Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and The Byrds, to Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and even Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet, WayWard Wynd plays popular songs and music they like. Their show is made up of classic style country, modern Top 40 County – and anything in between. Recently, British classic rock was added to the set list.WayWard Wynd

WayWard Wynd’s performance is more than just music – it’s full of group participation. The band will take song suggestions, playing the frequently requested tunes “Move It” sung by Cliff Richard and played by The Shadows (Britian’s answer to The Ventures) and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. They love to get to know their audience by talking to them, telling jokes and involving them in every way they can.

“Get ready for country music Canandaigua, ‘cause we want you to have fun, dance and enjoy life!”

Food Truck Rodeo and Wine & Beer Garden

Join us Friday, July 15th from noon to 9 p.m. as we kick off the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival with our second annual Food Truck Rodeo, featuring:

Empire Express


Meat the Press


Neno’s Gourmet Mexican Street Food Neno's
Rob’s Kabobs


The Original Mac & Cheez original mac and cheez

Rochester’s deliciously famous food trucks will be serving up everything from deli-style sandwiches and melts, sloppy joes and gourmet kabobs, to fried mozzarella, mac ‘n cheese and burritos.Simply Crepes

Grab your food and head next door to the Wine and Beer Garden at Simply Crepes Cafe from 5-9 p.m. for drinks and live music by The Dads.