Silver Lake

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
September 1, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Silver Lake Institute is holding an end of season fundraising concert the raise money for the Epworth Hall roof fund.

The Old Hippies will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Hall on the corner of Chapman and Perry avenues.

Donations will be taken at the door.

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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Press release, photo submitted:

Shake on the Lake, Wyoming County’s Professional Shakespeare Festival celebrates its sixth season by producing its first tragedy, "Romeo & Juliet." This year’s tour is the largest to date and takes the company to eight counties – Wyoming, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans, Erie, Niagara, Monroe and Cattaraugus.

Josh Rice, co-founder and producing artistic director of Shake on the Lake, organized the company in 2012 to fulfill a life’s dream to bring professional theater to his hometown of Silver Lake. Since then, this rural-based company has grown from three professional theater artists to nearly a dozen and from four live shows to 16 during this year’s "Romeo & Juliet: tour.

“After producing comedies for the first five seasons, this year we are doing our first tragedy,” Rice said. “ 'Romeo & Juliet' is Shakespeare’s best-known play and is actually quite funny for the first three acts. Then, things get really interesting. We are excited to show people how we can put a mirror up to these 400-year-old plays and reflect back to audiences things that are still as relevant now, in 2017.”

Chad Bradford, associate artistic director, and founding company member is directing this year’s performance. He has helped shape the creative and collaborative process that Shake on the Lake is known for in their fast, physical, and fun style of adapting Shakespeare.

“When wrestling with a play as beautiful, iconic and famous as 'Romeo & Juliet,' one is tempted to take the bits and pieces of their favorite productions and cram them into a single performance,” Bradford said. “However, with the collaborative, ensemble-based working model that we have established here at Shake on the Lake, I’m learning things about the play that I never knew before.”

Both men are both alumni of the National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship program, which specializes in creative placemaking through the arts.

Rice’s program, the Mnemonic Theatre Project (MTP), develops theater programs for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After four years of successful programs in Westchester County, he is launching the inaugural MTP workshops in Wyoming County in conjunction with the Office of the Aging, and Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership of WNY.

Bradford’s project, Voices UnCaged, brings theater to inmates in New York and Arkansas. For the second year, he will bring this program to Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston County. The one-week theater outreach program, with teaching artists from Shake on the Lake, will culminate in an original performance by the students for an audience of their fellow inmates and prison administrators.

The company returned for its residency in Silver Lake in mid-July. In addition to performing, the company has a full schedule of K-12 educational programming (Perry, Lyndonville, Belmont and Niagara Falls), community outreach, and performances throughout Western New York.

“We’re thrilled that Shake on the Lake is welcomed in so many communities throughout Western New York,” said Managing Director Pilar McKay. “This year we also joined the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo to strengthen our ties to the regional theater community and to represent professional theatre in rural areas.”

Performances in Wyoming County are scheduled as follows:

    • Attica: July 31 at the Attica Historical Society, Main Street. Performance is free;

    • Arcade: Aug. 1 at the Village of Arcade Park (sledding hill), Main Street, rain location at the Hope Lutheran Church, Main Street. Performance is free; and

    • Silver Lake: Aug. 3, 4 and 5 at the Public Beach, with a rain location at Epworth Hall, Silver Lake. Cost is $10 per person or $35 for five people.

All performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

Shake on the Lake partners with organizations in many of the tour venues including Lyndonville Area Foundation, Lyndonville; Niagara Falls Air Force Base, Niagara Falls; Springville Center for the Arts, Springville; Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Ellicottville; Western Monroe Historical Society, Brockport; GO ART!, Batavia; Orleans County Tourism, Point Breeze; Arts Council for Wyoming County (Wyoming County shows), Perry; Wyoming County Tourism (Wyoming County shows), Warsaw; and Dansville Rotary, Dansville.

Shake on the Lake is a live theater festival and is the first live outdoor theater festival in Wyoming County. The mission of the festival is to entertain, engage and enrich those in the community by creating professional theater productions in a natural, outdoor setting.

This program is supported by the NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (a statewide Theatre Regrant Program), the Lyndonville Area Foundation, the Conable Family Foundation, and the Austin Community Foundation.

For more information on Shake on the Lake, including updates on events and fundraising, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities visit www.shakeonthelake.org or email shakeonthelake@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:11 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Silver Lake, Perry, announcements.

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Press release, file photo.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following boating advisory:

Effective July 14 at 9 a.m. a boating advisory and No Wake Zone for all of Silver Lake, Perry. No unnecessary boating is advised.

Silver Lake is not closed, however, a No Wake Zone for the entire lake is in effect.

Thursday’s rains and flooding has caused the lake to rise several inches, dangerously covering docks, damaging moored boats and placing large pieces of debris on the lake.

The Sheriff’s Office and New York State Park Police marine units have increased patrols monitoring the lake.

It is anticipated this advisory and No Wake Zone will be in effect for approximately three days.

UPDATE July 17, 11:10 a.m.: Effective this morning, Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph has lifted the boating advisory on Silver Lake.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Silver Lake, Perry.
Event Date and Time: 
July 3, 2017 - 9:30pm

July 3 at 9:30 p.m. Silver Lake Ring of Fire and fireworks display along the shores of Silver Lake. For more information, call (585) 237-6310.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, arts, Perry, Warsaw, Arcade, Silver Lake.

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Hailed by those in the arts community as an international phenomenon, Make Music Day made its rounds throughout Wyoming County yesterday with a stop at Yummies in Warsaw. Customers or passersby were free to stop by and learn a few hand-drumming techniques in a drum circle led by the Arts Council of Wyoming County (ACWC) Executive Director Jackie Hoyt. 

Celebrating music on the longest day of the year – June 21 – the event paired volunteer venues and musicians of all levels to play and make music. 

Events were not only held around the county – Perry, Warsaw, Arcade and Silver Lake –  but in Buffalo, Washington, D.C., Vermont, Chicago, and the United Kingdom as well.

Wyoming County's event was hosted by the ACWC.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 10, 2017 - 9:00am

After a highly successful inaugural event during the summer of 2015, the Silver Lake Experience returns Aug. 10 through 13.

In a collaborative effort between Asbury Retreat Center and the Silver Lake Institute, Perry, more than 80 workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and activities are brought together for this three-day event.

Registration is $45 per person/per day. Registrants may register for just one or all of the days. Overnight accommodations and full breakfast/dinner packages are available through Asbury Retreat Center. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Silver Lake, Perry.

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Press release, file photo.

After a highly successful inaugural event during the summer of 2015, the Silver Lake Experience returns Aug. 10 through 13.

In a collaborative effort between Asbury Retreat Center and the Silver Lake Institute, Perry, more than 80 workshops, presentations, demonstrations and activities are brought together for this three-day event.

New features for 2017 include a continental breakfast and full lunch each day, a Chaplain of the Day and Daily Devotion, and a social justice theme throughout the Experience. As an added bonus, on Sunday, food and fellowship and a concert with The Full Swing Band follow a nondenominational worship service — all at no additional cost.

Silver Lake’s repertory company Shake on the Lake will present songs from a new musical play, “A Tinker’s Tale” Aug. 10 (Thursday). The play is written by Jeanne and Jim Morey, produced by Josh Rice, and directed by Chad Bradford. The music is by Earle Terwilliger, and directed by Eric Kelly, with lyrics written by Morey. 

While lunch is provided for all registrants, Thursday’s musical theater luncheon is limited to the first 110 people.

While the tours are a perennial favorite, other workshops delve into the culinary arts. Chefs from the Glen Iris Inn will host dessert demonstrations, staff from East Hill Creamery and The Hole in the Wall Restaurant will host Creative Cottage Cooking; and Chet Fery, The Breadman, will teach Mindful Bread Making.

Even with the variety of activities offered, Silver Lake Experience officials say the evening concerts are the most highly anticipated events.

Performing Thursday evening, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet. Friday evening features The Jen Chapin Trio, and on Saturday night, enjoy the musical musings of local musicians with “A Perry Revival: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.”

The Silver Lake Experience is made possible through the generous sponsorship of many area businesses, organizations and individuals, especially this year’s Gold Sponsors, which include: Artisan Villa, Arts Council for Wyoming County, Asbury Retreat Center, Bob Blauers/Remax, Charcoal Corral/Silver Lake Twin Drive-In Theater, Conolly Printing, Glen Iris Inn, Ed Hulme General Contracting, Perry Market Place, Schultz Associates Engineers and Land Surveyors, Silver Lake Institute, Silver Lake Marine, Sinclair Pharmacy, and Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Registration is $45 per person/per day. Registrants may register for just one or all of the days. Overnight accommodations and full breakfast/dinner packages are available through Asbury Retreat Center. 

For more information visit www.silverlakeexperience.org or call (585) 237-5262.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
April 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Silver Lake Trail feasibility study information session will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short presentaion at 7 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, 21 N. Main St., Perry.​

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
December 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Chad Bradford, Jordy Neill and Josh Rice usually spend the summer together performing Shakespeare. This winter, they are working together to bring the comedic one-man holiday show “The Santaland Diaries” to the stage. 

Neill plays David Sedaris as he tells stories of the lighter and weirder side of working as a Macy’s Department Stores elf in New York City during the Christmas season. 

Tour schedule:

    • Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Homestead, 4 South St., Geneseo;

    • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Dansville ArtWorks, 178 Main St., Dansville;

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
December 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

Chad Bradford, Jordy Neill and Josh Rice usually spend the summer together performing Shakespeare. This winter, they are working together to bring the comedic one-man holiday show “The Santaland Diaries” to the stage. 

Neill plays David Sedaris as he tells stories of the lighter and weirder side of working as a Macy’s Department Stores elf in New York City during the Christmas season. 

Tour schedule:

    • Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Homestead, 4 South St., Geneseo;

    • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Dansville ArtWorks, 178 Main St., Dansville;

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Perry, Silver Lake.

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Photo provided by Shake on the Lake.

Chad Bradford, Jordy Neill and Josh Rice usually spend the summer together performing Shakespeare. This winter, they are working together to bring the comedic one-man holiday show “The Santaland Diaries” to the stage. 

Neill, a longtime Shake on the Lake (SOTL) company member, plays David Sedaris as he tells stories of the lighter and weirder side of working as a Macy’s Department Store elf in New York City during the Christmas season. 

Sedaris is best known as a humor writer and a contributor to NPR’s “This American Life.” “The Santaland Diaries” is based on a true story and essay in Sedaris’ holiday essay compilation “Holidays on Ice.”

“We are thrilled to bring Chad and Jordy back to Western New York to perform something other than Shakespeare,” said Shake on the Lake Producing Artistic Director Josh Rice. “This is the first time we are producing a winter tour, and can’t wait to get started.”

Bradford is returning to direct his second show of the year for SOTL. This summer, he directed Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 

“Both Chad and Jordy approached us to return this winter to present The Santaland Diaries,” Rice said. “They have worked together on several productions, including this one. The potential to bring a little humor and comedy to this holiday season felt like the right way to celebrate the end of our fifth season.”

Bradford and Neill met Rice in Little Rock, Ark., where they acted and collaborated together. Bradford has been part of the SOTL company since 2012 and Neill since 2013.

SOTL is nonprofit professional theatre company located in Silver Lake Founded in 2012 as the first outdoor theater festival in Wyoming County, the mission of SOTL is to entertain, engage, and enrich those in the community by creating professional theater productions in a natural outdoor setting.

Tour schedule:

    • Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Homestead, 4 South St., Geneseo;

    • Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Dansville ArtWorks, 178 Main St., Dansville;

    Dec. 17 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Genesee Dance Theatre School, 33 S. Main St., Perry; and 

    • Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester.

This show is meant for audiences 13 and up. Tickets are $20 per person and are available online at Eventbrite.com, at the door, or by emailing shakeonthelake@gmail.com.

For more information on Shake on the Lake, including updates on events and fundraising, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities visit their Facebook page, www.shakeonthelake.org or email shakeonthelake@gmail.com.

Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Covington, Perry, Silver Lake, Warsaw.

Aaron W. Gillard, 28, of Bergen, was charged Aug. 7 with felony driving wile intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, operating without an ignition interlock device, violating conditional license, moving from lane unsafely, speed not reasonable and prudent, and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Gillard was arrested after he crashed his car into a house on Wyoming Road, Covington, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office reports. He is accused of failing field sobriety tests following the accident and having more than an ounce of marijuana in the vehicle that he was driving. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office, where he allegedly refused a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content. Additionally, he is accused of driving in violation of his conditional license and without a required an ignition interlock device in his vehicle. Gillard has a previous DWI conviction within the last five years. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in court at a later date. Gillard’s license was also suspended pending prosecution. 

Kolton Cotter, 21, of Albion, was charged Aug. 6, with petit larceny, and unlawfully dealing with a child. Cotter was arrested after he and an unknown male allegedly stole three 30-packs of beer from Tops Market in Warsaw and fleeing from the scene “as a clerk was yelling for them to stop.” Cotter was apprehended at an alleged underage drinking party in Perry. Additionally, he is accused of providing the stolen alcohol to minors. He was jailed on $5,000 cash bail and due in court at a later date. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to identify the second suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 786-2255.

Amanda R. Smart, 32, of Silver Lake, was cited Aug. 5 for unlawful possession of marijuana by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. She was released on an appearance ticket and is due in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Arthur P. Smart, 38, of Perry, was charged Aug. 5 by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department with unlawful possession of marijuana. He is due in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Silver Lake, Perry, fishing, water, boating.

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On a warm summer evening, as the sun’s last light played tag with the water, we made our way slowly passed Gilligan’s Island.

Wait a minute! 

This reporter distinctly remembers watching the reruns of the popular TV series, which ran from 1964 to 1967, to the point of humming the theme song: "Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...So, join us here each week my friends, you’ll sure to get a smile; From seven stranded castaways, here on Gilligan’s Isle!"

While the sitcom was set in the Pacific Ocean, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, our Gilligan’s Island is located in the northwest portion of Silver Lake.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputy David Richardson has been a part of the department’s Marine Division for 23 years, making him an excellent guide on our water adventure. Although Silver Lake falls under the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department, the Marine Division augments the state’s Park Police in patrolling the drink.

Silver Lake is approximately 3 miles long and one-half mile wide. With more than 800 cottages and houses on the lake, it plays host to approximately 600 boats, not including jet skis. 

“Many of the properties around the lake have been handed down through generations,” Richardson said. “A public boat launch was put in about 10 years ago (at Silver Lake State Park); that has to be the number one asset to the lake. And in recent years, there has been a boom in party and pontoon boats out here. Even with the large number of boats, it is extremely rare that there are issues on the water.”

The biggest weekend of the year on the lake is during the July 4 Ring of Fire, not only are deputies out on the water all weekend, they are the lead boat in the annual boat parade.

In his more than two decades on the lake, Richardson says there hasn’t been anyone stranded on the water “in forever,” nor have there been any deaths, drownings or serious injuries. And with more than 50 to 60 boats on water on any given Saturday or Sunday, the record bodes well for seafarers. 

While all waterways are subject to New York State boating laws, towns and villages may have their own variances.

“Boaters under 18 years old have to take a boaters' safety course; the alcohol laws are the same as they are on the road, and all those who jet ski have to have taken the (safety) course as well.”

Additionally, the lake has a 5-mph speed limit when traversing less than 100 feet from shore, or a docked or moored boat; and those who jet ski are only able to do so from sunup to sundown.

The Marine Division operates a 2004 2000 Hydra Sports Bay with a center console, and an Evinrude 150-horsepower outboard engine. Think “Jaws” -- it’s basically a converted fishing boat with all the bells and whistles of a standard patrol car, which can sometimes play havoc when responding to a call on the lake at night.

“When we first put the lights on in the front (of the boat) we were blinded when we turned them on, so we put duct tape on the back of them.”

Although the boat patrol is only active only during the summer, Silver Lake is popular during the winter months, too. It’s a haven for ice fishermen. Formed by glaciers and rimmed by glacial drumlins, and with a maximum depth of 37 feet, it’s the first lake in the state to freeze over during the winter.

Known for its panfish (fish suitable for frying whole in a pan), the lake hosts several contests year-round, with the North American Ice Fishing Championship Tournament series being the largest. Participants can find walleyes, northern pike, yellow perch, bluegills and pumpkinseeds. Contestants placing in the top 15 spots are eligible to earn points toward the national championship title.

There is one last notable tidbit about the lake: the Silver Lake Sea Serpent. This legend, and “beloved mascot” of the lake, has lured many an onlooker since it was first “seen” in 1855.

For more information on boating regulations in New York visit http://nysparks.com/recreation/boating/

See our Facebook page for more photos.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:58 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Attica, Arcade, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Silver Lake public beach, Perry.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:56 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Attica, Castile, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 6, 2016 - 6:30pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Silver Lake public beach, Perry.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Attica, Castile, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Silver Lake public beach, Perry.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:53 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Attica, Castile, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 4, 2016 - 6:30pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Silver Lake public beach, Perry.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:51 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Arcade, Attica, Castile, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
August 3, 2016 - 6:30pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Attica Historical Society, Attica.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10:49 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Castile, Arcade, Attica, Silver Lake.
Event Date and Time: 
July 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Shake on the Lake presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at noon Saturday at Letchworth State Park, Castile.

For more information visit http://www.shakeonthelake.org/

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