Fringe Festival


Gathering the Good:
Stories & Songs to Lift the Heart
Thurs, September 24th at 7:00pm 

Local personalities read, sing and tell stories to help you through the pandemic and the difficult economy as we work toward racial justice.

Tickets are now on sale for $10.00 at, where more information is also available. 

Join a gathering of some favorite Rochester performers and talents from all walks of life as they come together with stories and songs of hope to remind us that all shall be well. Renditions of favorite songs will be accompanied with stories that bring us new truths and remind us of old ones. Performers include a television producer, a television news anchor, actresses, vocalists, authors, a chef, ministers, former religious sisters, a singing nurse and a retired Naval Lieutenant Commander. Each one brings a perspective on hope with a heartfelt performance and sometimes a bit of hilarity mixed in.  

"Collectively, these performers have been entertaining audiences for several decades. Now, in the midst of the Pandemic, they are at it again. Their proceeds will benefit the creation of a Civil Rights Heritage Site in Baden Park," says producer Elizabeth Osta  

More about Fringe:
Since its debut in 2012, the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., as well as the largest multi-arts festival in New York State. The 2019 Fringe attracted more than 100,000 attendees to over 665 performances and events – of which 219 were free of charge – in 25+ downtown venues. Due to COVID-19-related health and safety regulations, 2020's 12-day festival will be a virtual, online one. It will feature an open-access portion submitted by artists, as well as some safely-enjoyed headline shows curated by the Fringe. The non-profit organization's overarching mission is to provide a platform for artists to share their ideas and develop their skills, as well as to make arts readily accessible to audiences, while stimulating downtown Rochester both culturally and economically.

Links to Performers

  1. Ann Rhody
  2. Kitty Forbush –
  3. Phyl Contestable-
  4. Ed Deller -
  5. John Akers -
  6. Elizabeth Osta-
  7. Heather Mensies Jones -
  8. Evelyn Brady -
  9. Reverend Peggy Meeker -
  10. Melissa Parrish -
  11. Vanessa Cheeks - vanessa J. Cheeks - Television News Producer - WROC-TV ...
  12. Maureen McGuire -
  13. Rosita Caridi Miller -
  14. Dave Van Arsdale –
  15. Verdis Robinson-

Be prepared to laugh and be inspired.

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