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Canandaigua Chamber Announces Centennial Annual Dinner

Celebrating 100th Annual Dinner and Membership Meeting in Canandaigua.
Date Released: 01/12/2010
Press Release Image The Canandaigua Area Chamber of Commerce invites is pleased to announce their 100th Annual Dinner & Membership Meeting at Bristol Harbour Resort on January 29, 2010 presented by Canandaigua National Bank & Trust. Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres start at 6:00pm, and dinner & program begin at 7:00pm.

The night promises to be non-stop entertainment with Annual Business Award presentations, cash raffle drawing, large silent auction, the prestigious Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua award presentation and much more. Guests are invited to stay for a DJ following the dinner.

Dinner is $50 per person and reservations are being taken by Elisha Snow at the Canandaigua Chamber at 585-394-4400, ext. 203. Sponsorship opportunities that include a table of 8 and advertising are available. Make your reservation by January 20th and be a part of this exciting centennial evening!

The Chamber is a regional leader in developing a thriving community.

Contact: Elisha Snow 585-394-4400 ext 203 esnow(at)


Bristol Valley Theater Presents Paulsen Baker and Garvey

NAPLES, NY- (SEPTEMBER 2008) As part of its Fall for the Arts Series, Bristol Valley Theater will present Paulsen, Baker and Garvey on October 3rd at 7:00 PM.  The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.


Paulsen Baker & Garvey” are back at BVT by overwhelming popular demand,” says Bristol Valley Theater Artistic Director Karin Bowersock. “Their concert at Bristol Valley Theater sold out again last fall!”


The band, performing together professionally since 1974, is comprised of John Paulsen, Keith Baker and John Garvey.  Together they feature tight folk harmonies, a wide range of instruments and diverse musical influences:  The Kingston Trio, James Taylor, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, The Eagles and The Beatles, to name just a few.


“Come join us for an evening of upbeat music, great humor and good clean fun!” says Bowersock.


Adult tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $12, and children’s tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 585-374-9032, or online at  Tickets are also available at the door, however reservations are recommended.


Bristol Valley Theater’s Fall for the Arts Series will continue with “Bristol Mountain Bluegrass” on October 17th at 7pm, “A Midnight Dreary: The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe” on October 23rd at 7pm, “Ghost Stories from Around the World” October 24th at 3pm, “The Haunted Theater” October 24th and 31st from 4pm to 8pm and “Mystery Radio Theater” on October 30th at 7pm. 


Contact Karin Bowersock

Bristol Valley Theater

(585) 374-9032



Lean Six Sigma Consulting Firm Offers Business Process Improvement Free Course

Consulting With Impact offers a new free course with team problem solving techniques for businesses to stay one step ahead of competition.


Recognizing an opportunity maybe difficult for some companies, especially if they are busy training, and implementing tools and systems, such as Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO-9001.  Consulting with Impact, Ltd. specializes in simplifying these tried and true methods to use for any business.  With simple approaches, problem solving techniques in combination with business process improvement concepts can be utilized to a solution to long term survivability and profit.


“We take great pride in approaching each client as a unique opportunity,” Edward Biernat, president says.  “The cornerstones of our success- speed of implementation, tailoring product offerings to specific client, and unique pairings of current technologies and change management philosophies- generates a custom and valued solution for every client.” 


Edward Biernat started Consulting With Impact in 1998 after seeing a need to help businesses stream line their production.  His credits include being a successful quality manager at Bausch & Lomb, and having a certified black belt with Lean Six Sigma.


In the free course “Keys to a Kickin’ Kaizen Blitz” Consulting With Impact covers a five part web training series including:

  • Chartering keys that prevent issues during the event
  • Project Scope: The Three Bears Syndrome
  • Team Members: Who to attract and who to avoid
  • Preparation Do’s and Don’ts
  • How to make training effective
  • How to get more done than you initially thought possible
  • Making change STICK!
  • And much, much more!


To lean more about Consulting with Impact, and to sign up for their free newsletter at



Consulting With Impact
Edward Biernat
68 Gorham Street
Canandaigua, NY


Life Coaching Helps Women with Personal Goal Setting

Light-R-U life coach Jacqui Biernat offers professional power of positive thinking techniques and personal experience for her clients.


Light-R-U empowers women to discover the benefits of life coaching in the Finger Lakes region and beyond.  A life coach helps deal with any challenges that often face women every day, for personal and professional empowerment.  Some of the reasons why people turn to life coaching are to find balance between the demands of work, family, and personal self.  Weight loss, loneliness, and creativity are popular catalysts that can be overcome by personal goal setting.


“Coaching is an amazing process!” Jacqui Biernat, owner says.  “There are many steps involved in making a permanent change work for you.”  She has a life coaching model to get a better picture, and starts with the “heart to do it”.  Making personal change happen and helping people become a better person are the life coach’s duties.  Bringing integrity, trust, and honesty helps keep it successful.  There is also determination.


Jacqui is known for determination.  Having dropped from a size 14 to a size 6, she knows how difficult personal goal setting can be.  Helping herself was such a life changing moment that helping others became obvious.  After receiving training and certification from the International Coach Academy Jacqui began Light-R-U in 2007.  From weight loss training to regaining control in a person’s life, life coaching can dramatically increase anyone’s chances for success.  Although her services are for everyone, most of her clients are women.  She understands what today’s woman endures, and helps women face any problem that can often jeopardize their life coaching goals.  Being a wife and mother herself, she appreciates the joy and can empathize with the challenges that can come with having a family.


Light-R-U has clients nationwide, and also offers an e-mail coaching Jump-Start Series.  Visitors can sign up to receive a free series of emails that will guide them step by step in a process that will enable them to achieve any goal.  For more information on the Jump-Start Series, and to see videos and testimonies, visit






68 Gorham Street
Canandaigua, NY



Girls Night Out in Canandaigua by Wick-edly Sent

Girls Night Out to Benefit Women in Need

Save the date: Thursday, May 30th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wick-edly Sent Soap & Candle Company will host its 4th Annual Girls Night Out. This event was started by Wick-edly Sent Owners Don Stevens and Scott Mackey in 2006 as a way to celebrate women, bring them together for an evening of fun, and to support the work of non-profit charitable organizations that serve women and children.

This year, Girls Night Out will benefit Sojourner House in Rochester, NY., an organization that provides outreach services, as well as transitional and permanent housing to women and children in need.

“We really thank Wick-edly Sent and all of the people who will be attending and helping to promote Girls Night Out, because events like this warm our hearts and really add to the Sojourner experience. It shows that the Rochester Community really does care about other Rochesterians,” shared Angelia Smith-Wilson, Director of Client Services & Quality at Sojourner House.

The Annual Girls Night Out typically draws between 250 and 300 women who enjoy the lively, fun atmosphere, the networking opportunities and the pampering provided throughout the evening. This year, Impressions Hair Design and Spa will offer complimentary manicures and massages.

Wickedly Sent will serve a selection of appetizers and beverages and will give out an array of door prizes. Local Canandaigua Merchants are generously donating items for a raffle, the proceeds of which will go to support the work of Sojourner House. Attendees will also be welcome to make contributions directly to Sojourner House.

There is no admission charged for Girls Night Out, and attendees and are invited to bring guests.

Wickedly Sent is located at 94 South Main Street in Downtown Canandaigua, NY.

For more information on Girls Night Out or Wick-edly Sent, visit

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Wickedly Sent Soap & Candle Company, located at 94 South Main Street in Canandaigua, NY, produces high quality, all-natural bath and body products and scented soy candles available for sale at retail or wholesale. All products are handmade on property and no products are tested on animals. Owners Don Stevens and Scott Mackey started Wick-edly Sent in Baltimore, MD in 2003 and moved their store and operations to Canandaigua, NY in 2005.

Sojourner House, located at 30 Millbank Street in Rochester, NY is a not-for-profit organization that provides transitional housing for women and children in need as well as life skills, outreach services and 40 units of affordable housing facilities for women and children. Sojourner House was named after Sojourner Truth, a former slave who became an abolitionist and passionate advocate for the dispossessed in society. For more on Sojourner House, visit:


Extreme Chili Cook off Takes the Chill Off of Downtown Canandaigua Merchants

February in Canandaigua can be a chiller, despite the heat of snuggling with your partner for Valentine’s Day. Downtown Canandaigua is offering a different way of heating up, with an Extreme Chili Cook off, a competition that has local merchants serving up spicy warmth. The event takes place Thursday February 12th from 4 to 7 pm. The event is called Extreme recognizing the Artic Cat Eastern National Snocross Competition, which takes place at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack Friday February 13th-Sunday February 15th. The Extreme snowmobile racing event is expected to bring thousands each day.

A live broadcast with 98.9 the Buzz will take place in Downtown Canandaigua at Finger Lakes Gallery Frame (36 S. Main Street) during the Extreme Chili Cook off. Members of the racing teams are scheduled to appear during the live broadcast, where free tickets will be given away for the Snocross event.

“The Extreme Chili Cook off is perfect timing,” says Don Stevens, president of the Canandaigua Merchant’s Association. “Free tickets will be given away during the broadcast, while people try some chili, and meet the racers.”

The public is welcome to vote for their favorite chili, with 18 participating merchants, the decision may be a tough one. Participating merchants will be identified with red balloons and include: Lumberyard Grille, Chase Bank, Finger Lakes Gallery & Frame, Wickedly Sent, Sweet Expressions, Mobile Music, Simply Crepes, RV&E Bike & Skate, Lynch Furniture, Pulp Nouveau Comix, Mac’s Philly Steaks, The Pickering Pub, Teschner’s Decorating Center, Artiques Heirlooms, Wildflowers, Ontario County Historical Society & Museum, All Things Art, and Unique Toy Shop.

Extreme Chili Cook Off is sponsored by the Canandaigua Merchants Association and the Canandaigua BID. For more information visit or call 585-396-0300.


10th Annual Antique Show To Benefit Canandaigua’s Granger Homestead Carriage Museum

On Sunday, February 8, 2009 the 10th annual Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale will be held at Steamboat Landing Banquet Center at 205 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Plenty of free parking is available. Admission is $5.00.

There will be 35 quality antique dealers displaying and selling antiques in the spacious modern building. This year’s show is being held for the first time at the scenic lakeside location. Wares typically include country and period furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting fixtures, jewelry, postcards, paintings and books, linens, and all kinds of antique accessories. Returning this year are many dealers who have made the show a popular mid-winter event. Show organizers include Cheryl and Pete Van Denburg, Marianne Gallagher, Tricia Carey, Carla DeMeco and Laurel Wemett.

To learn more about the antique show and to download a coupon for a $1.00 off admission, go to Or .

Appraisal Opportunities: In the afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. anyone can bring in a favorite antique or collectible to consult local antiques expert H. Price Prazar who will provide a verbal appraisal at a cost of $5.00 per item. Bloomfield bookseller Sean Fagan ( will again appraise books at a cost of two books for $5.00.

Granger Homestead Carriage Museum: Proceeds from this year’s antique show will go toward the cost of installing a new wooden floor in one of the three carriage barns at the Granger Homestead’s Carriage Museum at 295 North Main Street in Canandaigua. The horse drawn vehicle collection which includes over 100 carriages, sporting vehicles, sleighs, coaches, commercial wagons, and three hearses, is displayed and interpreted to the public from June through October. The availability of carriage and sleigh rides extends into the fall and winter months. Go to for more details.

Drawing: With the $5.00 admission attendees can complete a show card for a chance to win either carriage or sleigh ride. The drawing will be at 3:30 p.m.; the winner does not need to be present to win.

Refreshments: Lunch and beverage will be available throughout the day in the Steamboat Landing’s lakeside restaurant.

Become a History Sleuth: Also at the 2009 show attendees can prove their antique meddle by identifying an unusual object from the Carriage Museum’s collection. Members of the Granger Homestead Carriage Committee will be on hand to challenge show attendees to identify a curious artifact made of wood and metal which was found in one of the carriage barns.

The mystery item can be viewed at the antique show. There is no cost to enter the contest, apart from paying admission to the antique show, of course. One entry per person is allowed. The winner doesn’t have to be present to win and will be selected randomly from the correct entries. He or she receives the choice of a free horse-drawn sleigh (or carriage) ride for two people.

Here’s more information about the new floor

“The vapor barrier and wood floor is needed in the pole barn to get the carriages off the concrete,” explains Denett Pimkowski, longtime chair of the volunteer carriage committee that oversees the Granger collection. About 10 years ago Pimkowski explains an historical study done on the barns included information about how vehicles should be kept off the concrete, since moisture was bad for the vehicle’s wood, paint, metal parts and upholstery. Similar advice came from other experts on vehicle conservation including one at the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages at Stony Brook, NY.

“At a minimum, we need a means to get the carriages separated from ground moisture and changes in humidity. We have put in roof vents into the pole barn, gutters to take away the rain water, but still have moisture in the concrete. We want a floor that will look like a barn floor (and be a nice appearance to visitors) and also serve the moisture barrier to better preserve the carriages. This is part of our responsibility as stewards of this collection to keep them from deteriorating and preserve them for future generations.

Just saving the carriages from the burn pile is not enough to keep them for future generations, as they may still deteriorate in poor storage. Since these are large pieces, with different materials, what is good for the paint is not always the best for the upholstery or metal parts. Yet we have to consider the entire vehicle and draw upon the advice of experts in the field, which we have done,” says Pimkowski.

For more information contact: Laurel Wemett (585) 394-3994 or Sherrill Parsons at the Granger Homestead (585) 394-1472


Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce Announces 99th Annual Dinner

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – The Canandaigua Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 99th Annual Dinner & Membership meeting has been sold out for one of its biggest crowd ever of nearly 340 attendees! The event will be on Friday, January 30, 2009 at Bristol Harbour’s brand new banquet and conference facility. 

Attendees will get to see business awards in service, industry, tourism and retail, outgoing board members recognized, the thrill of the naming of the 2009 Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua and much more. With a large silent auction of approximately 50 items, raffle prizes, and great networking with key business men and women in the Canandaigua area, the event certainly draws the crowd!

For 99 years, the Chamber proves to be growing stronger than ever supporting local commerce in the greater Canandaigua area who is there to back such an important organization in our community. The Master of Ceremonies this year is Gail O’Brien, the first female MC at the Annual Dinner. O’Brien was a former president of the Chamber from 1987-1999 and the 1999 ATHENA recipient and is welcomed behind the podium. The Chamber will also announce what was accomplished in 2008 and some of the goals that will be set for 2009.

The Chamber would like to thank all the sponsors and attendees for making this an exciting part of its history allowing the Chamber to thrive and help businesses. A special thank you goes out to the exclusive event sponsor, Doc’s Lakeside & Seafood Restaurant; to the Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua Award sponsor, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, Reception Sponsor, Constellation Wines, and to the Business Award Sponsor, Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare, PC.

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Contact: Elisha Snow, Communications & Events Coord.
585-394-4400 ext 203 –



Students Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day In a Special Way


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is set for Monday, January 19th, Noon – 1pm at the First Congregational Church in historic Canandaigua, New York.


The theme is “New Faces for the Future”. Under the direction of Connie Fredericks-Malone, member of the MLK Committee and Scott Schauman, English Faculty and Drama Director at Canandaigua Academy, drama students from Canandaigua Academy will present a selection of quotations from Dr. King’s speeches, highlighting Dr. King’s humanity and his passion for peace and harmony.


“MLK Committee is committed to include young people in the annual celebration,” Connie Fredericks-Malone says. “We feel strongly that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.” The MLK Celebration Planning committee will present a number of prizes to students who’ve created posters and essays depicting a message from Dr. King’s life and legacy.


This year as an added highlight, CA music students will interweave an original composition by Tom Davis, Chair of the Music Department at Canandaigua Academy. A choir of community singers will sing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” under the direction of Edith Rice.


Canandaigua has become a leading community that embraces the positive messages of Dr. King and this year’s celebration is the biggest yet, with more students stepping forward to become the “New Faces for the Future”.


Following the celebration light refreshments will be served. There is no charge and all are welcome.


First Congregational Church
58 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424


Contact: Rev. Tom Herbek