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Victor, NY— Multi-award winning Native folk and blues rock guitarist Keith Secola (Anishinabe) headlines The Friends of Ganondagan’s 21st annual signature event—the Native American Dance & Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 from 10 am to 6 pm. Secola’s famous song, NDN Kars, is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the U.S. and Canada. 


WHAT:  This first-ever Finger Lakes TRYathlon encourages people to get out and TRY a variety of activities to get involved in healthy living. Throughout the day, TRYathletes will experience and learn about healthy outdoor activity from local, seasoned professionals. For the first leg of the event, the athletes will put on their hiking shoes and venture out on a guided hike at Dryer Park in Victor with Brian Emelson of Victor Parks and Recreation. The second leg takes advantage of the water and involves kayaking or standup paddleboarding with Steve Howie of Canandaigua Sailboarding. The final event in the TRYathlon is a bicycling expedition with USA Cycling Coach and Tune Yoga for Sports owner Leslee Trzcinski. The TRYathletes will also be treated to a healthy lunch at the Canandaigua Wegmans – a leader in promoting healthy living in the Finger Lakes. 

On July 7, at 1:30 p.m., at the Farmington Friends Meetinghouse (187 County Road 8, Farmington), David Anderson, Community Scholar in Residence, Nazareth College, will present a reenactment and discussion of Frederick Douglass's famous speech, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"  This will be co-sponsored by the Rochester and Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission. 

Victor, NY—On Saturday, June 30 at 9:00 am, the trails at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor offer cross country runners a highly challenging race all for a good cause. “Charlie’s Old Goat Run”—a demanding seven-mile trail race—is organized by 79-year old Victor resident, former marathoner, and “old goat” Charles Sabatine, with proceeds going to the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan.