The Rochester-based African American Women’s Gospel Choir embraces a musical ministry that reflects the members’ diverse faith traditions and love for gospel music. They will present a range of songs including selections from the 1800s and the time of slavery and struggle for freedom as well as more contemporary times.
Akoma, a West African Akan word, means patience, endurance, consistency and faithfulness. The concert will last about 45 minutes, followed by refreshments and informal talk. The concert is free with paid admission. A half-price gate fee of $7.50 begins at 2 pm. Co-Sponsored with 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House.July 14, 2:30 pm, Frederick Douglass' Chosen Spot Speeches
David Shakes, an actor with Northstar Players in Rochester, will perform as Frederick Douglass. In this event, co-sponsored by Sonnenberg Gardens and the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, Shakes will deliver excerpts of speeches that Douglass originally gave in Canandaigua. This performance will highlight Douglass and the abolitionist movement, highlighting how Douglass often came to Canandaigua to practice speeches before delivering them to larger audiences.
The event is free with paid admission. A half-price gate fee of $7.50 begins at 2 pm.September 15, 2:30 pm, UnderWhere? Women's Clothing in 1905
Kjirsten Gustavason, Interpretive Programs Coordinator at Peebles Island Resource Center, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, will present a lecture that will cover women's undergarments and clothing in 1905 and how they reflected and effected everyday life for women of the time.
The event is free with paid admission. A half-price gate fee of $7.50 begins at 2 pm.September 29, 2:30 pm, Climate Change: The Changing Landscape
Ram Shrivastava and Bruce Gilman will give a talk about Climate Change and Landscape, followed by a community conversation on the same topic. This program will engage the community, inviting participants to consider and discuss the effects of climate change on the local landscape, including changes over the past 100 years and the expected changes to local landscape going forward. This special program, while different from our others, brings important and significant content to the community. The community conversation will give the audience a chance to participate, ask questions, learn, and find ways to effect change within their own community.
The event is free with paid admission. A half-price gate fee of $7.50 begins at 2 pm.October 6, 2:30 pm, Sojourner Truth Tells it Like it Is
Eunice White will reenact speeches by abolitionist, suffragist, and civil-rights activist, Sojourner Truth, including her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech. The event is free with paid admission. A half-price gate fee of $7.50 begins at 2 pm. Co-Sponsored with 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House.
No pre-paid tickets are available for these events. Please buy park admission at the Sonnenberg Admissions booth.Sponsors: We would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors who have helped to make this event possible!