|The Genesee River High Falls|
The Genesee River High Falls in downtown Rochester served as the site of our first Fringe experience. After donning ear phones, we walked to the center of the bridge directly opposite the Falls. The "performance" was a ten minute podcast about Sam Patch aka "The Yankee Leaper."
Patch's biggest claim to fame was living to tell the tale after he jumped off a raised platform adjacent to Niagara Falls. But he also jumped twice off a platform erected next to Rochester's own High Falls. To give you a sense of scale, the teeny tiny white dots to the left of the Falls are people. His first leap took place on a cold November day. It was a success, but Patch found the profits from his plunge less than impressive. And so he decided to do an encore performance on Friday, November 13, 1829. Patch stood on the platform in his signature white suit and stepped over the edge. When he failed to emerge from the icy water, the 8000+ spectators thought it was just a show business prank. That speculation was put to rest when his frozen body emerged down river the following spring.
|Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre|
|Maggie and I with Susan B.|
While we didn't visit the Susan B. Anthony House this year, it's a tour worth taking if you're in the Rochester area. With the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment nearly upon us, it's more timely than ever to remember how hard suffragists worked to obtain the right of women to vote. For more info about the Susan B. Anthony House, click here.
The energy at the Kodak Center was high from the moment we walked into the venue. Photo opps abounded with what were effectively "get out the vote" vintage posters. They set the mood for an evening of political satire that made me think of the expression "if you don't laugh, you'll cry."
The evening was more or less Randy singing some of his greatest hits with videos playing in the background. He kicked off with a rousing version of "You've Got Trouble Right Here in America" that had the crowd in peals of gleeful laughter.
|Maggie and me with Randy Rainbow|
The evening was a blast. But there was a definite post-concert letdown. The cumulative effect of being smacked in the face over and over with the craziness of our current Administration was depressing. And this was before Trump took it upon himself to trade U.S. assistance for political dirt on the Bidens. How has our country come to this place?
Thanks once again to Maggie for putting together an action-packed itinerary for my visit to Rochester. The pressure is on to design an equally fun schedule for her trip to Sarasota in February. I'm confident my culture-rich city is up to the challenge.