Nov/Dec
2017

The Jive Mill: Connecting Audience with Musician

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Written by Written and Photos By Joy Blewett

THE JIVE MILL IS A NEW MUSIC VENUE ON NORTH BROADWAY IN ROCHESTER WHERE I WITNESSED AN INVITE MIc—A PLANNED EVENT WHERE MUSICIANS OR SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS ARE GIVEN A THEME OR TOPIC TO WRITE AND PERFORM ON. The JIVE MILL HOSTS invite mic events ALONG WITH A VARIETY OF MUSICAL GROUPS. 

THE JOURNEY

The Jive Mill, which opened its doors in June, began in 2012 as a house concert at the home of Noelle Tripolino Roberts, owner, and her husband, Christopher Roberts, manager. With the help of Joshua Poencet managing the physical space of the building and Carsten Earl creating ambience with lighting and sound, this team has created an experience between musician and audience that must not be missed. 

 

Not all businesses succeed, and for those that do, there are lessons to be learned from their legacies. For Rochester-based insurance agency, North Risk Partners – C.O. Brown, this legacy of success is one spanning 100 years. The firm celebrated a century in business in September.  

The agency was founded by Clarence O. Brown in 1917. While the C.O. Brown story started with a male founder, the future is bright for women in leadership at the company and throughout the insurance industry as a whole.

WOMEN IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY

The insurance industry has been historically male dominated. Acknowledging this, it remains an industry-wide priority to create more opportunities for women in management, sales and beyond. According to one study, only 15 percent of insurance companies are led by female executives.

 

As an elementary art teacher, I love that I can teach such a wide variety of art practices. From drawing to origami to collage, I love and enjoy creating using all art mediums. The five female artists I interviewed have dabbled in different crafts and art mediums throughout their lives, until finding one that really spoke to them. Each one of these artists is building up the hidden art community here in Rochester. 

STAINED GLASS

As the art community is rising up here in Rochester, no one is more excited than Cecilia Boggio. Showcasing her work for the second year at Pridefest, she was more than willing to share her inspiration and love for making art.

 

Sep/Oct
2017

Ladies' Night Out: Rochester Trolley Tours

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Written by Kim Zabel

WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN FILLED WITH CHARMING RETAIL SHOPS, GREAT FOOD, COCKTAILS, DESSERT AND WORRY-FREE TRANSPORTATION? ACCORDING TO THE WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT LADIES’ NIGHT OUT HOSTED BY ROCHESTER TROLLEY & TOUR COMPANY, NOT MUCH CAN BEAT A RELAXING EVENING LIKE THIS ONE.

TAKE THE TOUR

Rochester Trolley & Tour Company hosts Ladies’ Night Out (LNO) tours that offer a variety of ways to celebrate an evening with friends. Participants arrive early at 5 p.m. for a get-together at Five West Kitchen & Bar, and then the three and a half-hour tour begins, allowing for 50 minutes at each destination shopping district. Each shop provides beverages and appetizers for its guests throughout the tour, and Five West offers dessert to top off the night. 

 

Jul/Aug
2017

We Are Happy, Grateful and Celebrating

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

This issue of Rochester Women magazine is our 100th issue. To celebrate, I am sharing some comments from contributors and friends of Rochester Women magazine. Please join our celebration by posting your happy thoughts on the Rochester Women magazine Facebook page this summer. Thank you! 

HAPPY

As a Master Gardener, Gayle Kall was featured on the cover of the second issue of Rochester Women magazine in 2000. Last summer, she posted a question on Facebook asking what good things happened in people’s lives that day. The posts flooded in. I recently asked her to post the question again. She asked, “What are you feeling grateful for, and/or what makes you happy?” Her friend Lori Mickelson responded, “Family and my faith.” Rochester Women magazine’s first editor, Kimberly Keebler Dresner, who now lives and teaches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, responded, “Old friends. Love you!” Many other friends responded with positive thoughts. Then Gayle posted all of the things she is happy about as follows: 

 

Jul/Aug
2017

Women Veterans: Community Events Honor and Support

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Written by Brittney Marschall

Women are an essential part of our armed forces and our community of veterans. Throughout history, women have served in various capacities in the military. The first American female soldier, Deborah Sampson from Massachusetts, cross-dressed as a man, disguising herself in order to fight alongside men.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE 

Women have served in America’s conflicts and wars throughout history, including America’s War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution. Wives, mothers and daughters followed their male loved ones into battle serving as cooks, seamstresses, launderers and nurses. 

 

May/Jun
2017

Zoey Jantsan: The Dreamer Who Got Her Tiara

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Written by Renee Berg Portrait by Erin Young Portrait Design

When Zoey Jantsan strolls into Dunn Brothers Coffee, she’s wearing a plaid shirt from South Korea, a black pencil skirt and boots. She wraps her hands around her cup of tea and says she’s nervous because she hasn’t done many press interviews yet.

It isn’t long before Jantsan is talking about her dogs, her boyfriend and her decision to act on some lifelong dreams during recent years. At age 25, Jantsan realizes she’s carried out some passions from childhood these last few years, including her goal to secure a crown.

GETTING HER CROWN

Yes, a crown. Jantsan officially became Miss Minnesota U.S. International in October in Big Lake, Minnesota. As a child, Jantsan would wrap her mother’s mint green blanket around her waist and add a belt to keep it in place as her “poofy dress,” and adorn her head with a plastic tiara to complete her pretend pageant winner look. This last fall, her childhood dream came true.

Good thing, too, as she only has two years left before reaching the age limit of 27 to compete in Miss Minnesota U.S. International. “So I had to do it now, or I wasn’t going to do it at all,” she says.

 

May/Jun
2017

RNeighbors: Reaching Out to Bring Neighbors Together

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Written by Alison Rentschler Photos Provided by Rene Lafflam, RNeighbors

RNeighbors, a Rochester nonprofit created in 2001, has impacted many neighborhoods in Rochester in the past 16 years. Rene Lafflam, executive director of RNeighbors since 2006, says, “We’re about engagement and getting neighbors to interact with neighbors and with the city departments.” 

Lafflam continues, “My end goal is to bring neighbors together.” In many neighborhoods throughout Rochester, RNeighbors has accomplished that.

PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

RNeighbors has been involved in several programs throughout the city, including tree planting (RNeighborWoods) and creative crosswalks. You might have stepped across painted crosswalks or seen the trees planted in town. 

 

Mar/Apr
2017

Céilí: Celebrating Old Country Style

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Written by Alison Rentschler Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

A "céilí” or “céilidh” is an Irish or Scottish social dance. Avin Honecker Sherman, fitness and dance instructor, explains, “It tends to refer to a dance like we refer to a square dance, with formations. Some dances tend to be in long lines. Many dances are influenced by Irish dancing. It’s like a barn dance.” 

In Rochester, céilí dances are held twice a year, around St. Patrick’s Day and during Irish Fest on Labor Day weekend. Put on your dancing shoes because there will be a pre-St. Patrick’s Day céilí hosted by Irish Fest on Friday, March 10 at the Bleu Duck Kitchen in downtown Rochester.

LOCAL CÉILÍ DANCERS AND CALLERS

In céilí dances, a group of people dances together, and each dance is led by a caller. Sherman, who is often a caller for céilí dances in the area, says, “A caller teaches you and tells you what to do. With céilí dancing, you can walk this dance or do an Irish step. You can count 1-2-3, and you hop. It’s similar in different dance styles.”

 

Mar/Apr
2017

Gaining Ground: Women in Politics

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Written by Sarah Oslund

Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, the desire for a more balanced representation of women in public policy-making positions is shared by many (men and women). From Minnesota to the Middle East, women are taking action like we haven’t seen in decades, if ever, to be heard and fight for justice. 

BALANCING ACT

Even though women make up more than half of the U.S. population, they remain underrepresented in Congress, holding only 20 percent of the seats. At the beginning of 2017, sources at Emerging America state that women comprise less than 25 percent of seats in state legislatures, 10 percent of all governors and 18 percent of mayors in cities with more than 30,000 residents. 

Research indicates that while women in political races are elected to office at the same rate as men, the recruitment rate for women is drastically lower. They often don’t even reach the proverbial pipeline. Since the election in November 2016, EMILY’s List, She Should Run and other groups that encourage women to seek public office have seen an unprecedented rise in interest.

 

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