Personalized Pet Portraits

Pet Portraits PersonalizedJackie Powley creates one-of-a-kind portraits of any loved animal. She uses mixed media to draw each portrait, combining marker, charcoal, color pencils, pen and ink. Personalized Pet Portraits are close-up head shots of animals. Jackie believes “eyes are the windows to our soul” and one can tell a lot about an animal’s personality by their eyes.

Jackie Powley explained how Personalized Pet Portraits began,

“I haven’t drawn in 17 years, but wanted to see If I still could. My husband’s birthday is December 25th, I decided to draw him a portrait of our Pug “Bandit” who had passed. I own a Salon so I hid the portrait there. Personalized Pet Portraits 1My clients asked who drew it and wanted their animals’ portraits done and so I started Personalized Pet Portraits.”

If you are interested in a personalized portrait of your pet, you may email with a picture, past or present, and she will take care of the rest.


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, eldest son of Dr. Billy Graham.

Every day, boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Since 1993, more than 135 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoebox gift from Operation Christmas Child. Individuals, families, and children pack these boxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and it is a wonderful way for kids to help other kids. While these shoeboxes bring joy to children who have nothing, and may never have received a gift in their lives, they also open doors for presenting the love of Jesus Christ.

In 2015, the Finger Lakes West Area Team supporting churches and organizations in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, and Ontario counties, contributed 18,418 gift shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Last year they hosted a person who had received a shoebox years ago and has now come “full circle,” by now working for Operation Christmas Child and sharing his inspiring story.

Festivalgoers have three ways to get involved with Operation Christmas Child:

Operation Christmas Child will be at our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their booth for some family-fun activities and more information about the organization.

Lazy Acre Alpacas

Lazy Acre AlpacasLazy Acre Alpacas, located in Bloomfield, New York is a family run farm that started in 2000. With a herd of more than 60 huacaya alpacas, Lazy Acres is the largest alpaca farm in the Finger Lakes region. As part of our family fun and kids’ activities, Lazy Acre Alpacas will be joining our festival! Stop by their booth to meet Carhartt, their famous male alpaca, and to browse some of their summer products including running and hiking socks.


Alpacas are camelids, cousins to camels, llamas, guanacos, and vicunas. Alpacas are about one third the size of llamas and have proportionally smaller ears and snouts than their llama cousins. There are two different kinds of alpacas. The suri alpaca is the very rare alpaca and has very long, fine, dreadlock-type fiber. The huacaya alpaca is the second type of alpaca and is the more common of the two. The huacaya alpaca has thick, dense, crimpy fiber and resembles a teddy bear when in full coat.


Lazy Acre AlpacaThe huacaya alpaca is characterized by a fiber that is dense, crimped, and woolly. This abundant coverage gives the huacaya a soft and huggable look and explains the overwhelming popularity the huacaya enjoys worldwide. The huacaya is a hardy and healthy animal that produces a fine and highly-prized fiber. The new and burgeoning alpaca fiber movement will be literally built on the backs of these plush and puffy little “teddy bears.” Alpacas are native to South America, in the high Andes Mountain countries of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. They were introduced into the U.S. in 1984.

Lazy Acre Alpaca and Carhartt will be around all weekend long. To see all of the kids’ activities at the festival, click here.

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!