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Oh, Canada

You may be planning more summer trips to Niagara.

According to today’s Toronto Star, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plan to establish a major new summer music festival. Presently, they’re calling it Project Niagara. The Shaw Festival folk are thrilled.

The performances would be held on a covered stage area with lots of seating on the lawn.

From May to September, this “Tanglewood North” would be a place to hear the NAC Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and the TSO, led by Peter Oundjian.

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And the winners are . . .

Pac ManPac Man

. . . the kite, Raggedy Andy, and the Atari 2600 game system.

The Atari system beat out Hot Wheels, Yahtzee, and the Game of Life for recognition by the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.

Sincerely,
Mr. Potato Head

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Kaboom!

This morning I’m off to cover the induction ceremony of 2 new toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

This year's nominees are:

Atari Game System, Baby Doll, Big Wheel, Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Kite, My Little Pony, Pogo Stick, Raggedy Andy, Skateboard, Spirograph, and Yahtzee.

Only 2 of the 12 nominees will get to take their honored places in the hall.

Personally, I’m rooting for Yahtzee and Atari. I was the reigning family champ of the 1980’s classic Kaboom!

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First Snowflake

Today I saw my first snowflake of the season, and suddenly, almost spontaneously, this little original poem popped into my mind.

I saw a snowflake in the air...
Where it came down? I know not where.
Not on my nose. Not on my tongue.
The Joy of Winter has begun.

Ok...so I love winter. Ask me again in mid January when we're up to our kneecaps with the fluffy white stuff. Thank goodness for Classical 91.5 to keep me warm with great music all year round.

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From the Top tickets going fast!

From the Top tickets are going fast!

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Met at the Movies Returns to Rochester!

The Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera HD Theater presentations are Back!

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culture clash

Imagine you’ve shelled out $31 for a ticket to hear the RPO. The players are warming up. The lights dim. A lanky young man walks out on stage. He’s wearing jeans and a T-shirt. He flips back his bangs and makes a short speech about the importance of the orchestra, asking the crowd to support it as much as possible.

Ohmygosh! It's Rochester teen pop idol Teddy Geiger! Talking about the RPO!

He finishes his speech and saunters offstage. A few audience members are whistling and clapping. Others are scratching their heads.

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new NPR music site

Yesterday, NPR fired up a free, multi-genre Web site devoted to music.

http://www.npr.org/nprmusic/index.html

The site is organized by genre and by type of music including live concerts, studio sessions, artist interviews, profiles, reviews, blogs and podcasts.

NPR Music is a creative collaboration with KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; Folk Alley.com (WKSU) Kent, Ohio; WXPN Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Maybe WXXI will be part of this partnership in the future.

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Knee Deep in Notoriously Busy November

Now that November is in full swing, I'm sure that you are starting to feel that all-too familiar whirlwind of school + holiday + family activities that seems to kick into warp speed during this time of year. My mind is already awash with holiday plans (what to buy? what to cook? where to go? who to see? what to do?), so it is easy to get carried away with the hustle and bustle of things to come and sometimes miss the many teachable moments that present themselves to us every day.

November 8 is Parents as Teachers Day! You (YOU!) are your child's first and foremost teacher. Who else knows your children as well as you?

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Making Your Mark in Life

Heroes come in the form of everyday people we look up to; they have an idea of changing the world or the community they live in and commit themselves to accomplishing something noble. These everyday people are merely citizens that set out on a journey to solve a societal, political or economic problem or need.

We can leave a lasting mark in life by serving as model citizens.

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