North Winton Village Festival of the Arts

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North Winton Village Festival of the Arts
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Linear Garden, East Main St.

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The 8th Annual North Winton Festival of the Arts is close to the bustling restaurant area of East Main & North Winton, between Mayfield Street and Main Street behind the Winfield Grill on Winton Road. There will be music, food and vendors!

This Year’s Lineup

Allen Hopkins

Living in the Browncroft area for nearly 40 years, Allen has established himself as one of the city’s busiest folk musicians. Co-founder of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, member of bands such as the Flint Hill Folk, Love & Knishes, and Innisfree, Allen plays a dozen instruments and presents a variety of music all over the area –– at schools, libraries, coffeehouses, historical societies, museums, seniors’ residences, festivals and other events.  For more than three decades he’s coordinated folk music at Genesee Country Village in Mumford, and co-produces their annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Fair. This is Allen’s third year coordinating our entertainment, but he’s performed at the North Winton Village Festival for nearly a decade.

11 a.m. Rochester Chorus of Sweet Adelines

The Rochester Chorus brings the beauty of “barbershop” harmony to an all-women ensemble –– “beautyshop” harmony?  Meeting Thursdays, 7 p.m. at the Brighton Reformed Church lodge on Blossom Road, and affiliated with the national Sweet Adeline organization, they perform  at private and public events, featuring skilled a cappella harmony, popular music, movement and energy.  Singers age 13 and up are welcome to visit and audition; check out the Rochester Show Chorus on Facebook.

12 p.m. Allen Hopkins & Friends

Allen takes off his MC hat to perform a set of traditional and contemporary acoustic folk, on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica etc. He’s invited some of his long-time musical friends to join him, and we’ll see who shows up…

1 p.m.  Young School of Irish Dance

The family-owned Young School of Irish Dance has been teaching traditional Celtic dance for more than 15 years, at McGinnity’s on Ridge Road, and at the Brighton Sports Zone. Affiliated with the Irish Dancing Commission of Dublin, Ireland, the Young School provides classes, demonstrations and public performances in costume; Young School dancers compete regionally and nationally, and have performed for audiences large and small.

2 p.m.  Jimmie Highsmith Jr.

Jazz saxophonist, and son of musical great Jimmie Highsmith, “Jimmie Jr.” tours nationally and regionally as a solo and in a variety of combos.  Graduate of Rochester’s Hochstein School, he combines jazz and funk into a smooth, sweet sound.  Jimmie’s lived in Rochester for nearly 20 years, has been featured at the Rochester Jazz Festival, has recorded four solo CD’s, and has shared the stage with Winton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Wes Anderson and other jazz greats. Note: Jimmie Highsmith Jr.’s performance is partially underwritten by a grant from The Summit Credit Union.

3:00 p.m. Group Therapy Country-Grass Band

Bob Olyslager of Mayfield Street is mandolinist for this progressive bluegrass quartet, which also includes Jim & Lynne Allis on guitar and bass, and “Tex” Ehmann on five-string banjo. Group Therapy has performed for over 30 years, at local clubs, concerts and private parties, playing “straight” bluegrass as well as folk, rock and country material.  They’re featured regularly at the Towpath Cafe in Fairport; check out their page on Facebook.

4 p.m.  Carlton Wilcox

Singer, guitarist, and bandleader Carlton Wilcox combines soul, funk and jazz into one package.  As a solo, or with his CWL (Carlton Wilcox Live) group, called “Rochester’s latest music group for the grown and sexy,” he plays a variety of clubs and concerts in our area, in themed programs such as “A Tribute to Motown,” or just for good listening and dancing.

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Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 7th Annual North Winton Village Festival of the Arts in 2013. See you again this year!

2013 North Winton Village Festival of the Arts Sponsors


Captain Jim’s Fish Market







Councilmember Elaine Spaull


ESL Federal Credit Union


Liberty Family Restaurant


McDonald’s of Culver Rd.


Salvatore’s Pizza







Summit Federal Credit Union


Tops Friendly Markets












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