Canandaigua Poetry Festival Brings Prose Back to Finger Lakes

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Canandaigua Poetry Festival is celebrating their second year this fall at the Commons in Downtown Canandaigua. The date is set for Saturday, September 8th, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Commons stage on the corner of Coach and Main Streets.

Canandaigua Poetry Festival is celebrating their second year this fall at the Commons in Downtown Canandaigua. The date is set for Saturday, September 8th, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Commons stage on the corner of Coach and Main Streets.

Many remember last year when the city of Canandaigua, New York opened its hearts to poets in the Finger Lakes area. This year promises to bring prose of love, despair, change of seasons, and emotions will flow, as well as songs with lyrics from famous and not so famous artists in the Finger Lakes area are to perform.

"The Canandaigua Poetry Festival is a marathon poetry festival," Marie Starr says. She is running the event, and she is the MC, arranging the line up of entertainers that literally have fifteen minutes of fame. Don Stevens and Scott Mackey from Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company are helping to put things in perspective, and more importantly, making sure the festival still goes on.

After the closing of the Blue Dahlia, a coffee shop where the poets originally performed weekly, the poets are now looking forward to coming back to Canandaigua, even if it's only for the poetry festival. The Business Improvement District is happy to provide the stage at the newly renovated Commons on Coach and Main Streets, and hopes the festival will continue to become a yearly event. Mobile Music providing the sound, and other local merchants are sponsoring the festival.

Here is an updated schedule of who is performing, there is poetry first then music to follow:

12:00 - 12:30 Nick Hogan & Brendan Giusti
12:30 - 12:45 David White
12:45 - 1:00 John Roche
1:00 - 1:15     Vincent F. A. Golphin
1:15 - 1:30     Patricia Roth Schwartz
1:30 - 2:00 Rain Dance Program (for Kids)
2:00 - 2:15 Arianna Barry
2:15 - 2:30    Merle Heath
2:30 - 2:45 Dwain Wilder
2:45 - 3:00 Frank Judge
3:00 - 3:30 Ethic & Critical Theory
3:30 - 3:45 MJ Iuppa
3:45 - 4:00 Maureen Owens
4:00 - 4:15 Sherry Gendreau
4:15 - 4:30 T.F. Rice
4:30 - 5:00 Urknee & Bjurton
5:00 - 5:15 Anita Augesen
5:15 - 5:30 Claudia Stanek
5:30 - 5:45 Colleen Powderly
5:45 - 6:00 Norm Davis
6:00 - 6:30 BADEA (Bill & Djed)
6:30 - 6:45 Matt Shackelford
6:45 - 7:00 Justice Peace
7:00 - 7:15 Rick Petrie
7:15 - 7:30 Bob Carroll
7:30 - 8:00 Ed Downey
8:00 - 9:00 Open Mic

Poets and musicians come from Rochester and the Finger Lakes Area. The event is free and family friendly so bring the kids and enjoy a day full of exciting prose, live music, and serendipitous wonder on Saturday, September 8th, at the Commons stage in Canandaigua starting at noon.

For more information visit (http://www.poetryfestival.downtowncanandaigua.com).

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