Geneseo provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of activities that appeal to all ages and interests. Please browse through our many events, which we attempt to keep as current as possible. Our sister website,, contains schedules of governmental organizations and meetings.

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All College Speaker Series Presents: Heather Lester @ MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Jan 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

All-College Hour is 2:30 -3:45 PM on Wednesdays.

1/24/2018 – Heather Lester

Topic: Crossing the Ironman Finish Line

Heather Lester is a personal trainer and life coach who will share her story of crossing the Ironman finish line. Her journey started in 2008 when she weighed over 200 pounds and was struggling with depression. With two young children to care for, she knew it was time to come back to life and set a goal to complete a 5k race. The thought of running the 3.1 miles seemed daunting, especially to a self proclaimed ‘gym class dropout’, but half way through her 5k training, she watched the Ironman Kona Championships on TV and knew it was time to set an even bigger goal- to complete the Ironman herself. This is the story of crossing the first 5k finish line and running all the way to 140.6 miles in Lake Placid. It is also the story of personal struggle, motivation, and reaching your goals no matter how big.

Opening Reception: Coded Messages @ Lockhart Gallery in SUNY Geneseo McClellan House
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Lockhart Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibit of 2018 – Coded Messages by Washington, D.C. artist Joyce Wellman. Coded Messages opens Wednesday January 24 at 5 PM, and the artist will discuss her work at 5:30 in the gallery.

This exhibition is exuberant and color laden. Wellman, an abstract artist uses various material and mediums to create paintings and prints. This exhibit hosts two bodies of work Hidden Hands and Number Works. Adrian Childs writes “these paintings map the world through codes, symbols, signs, and abstract forms informed by the memory of [Joyce’s] mother’s passion for numbers and her philosophical views of humanity.” What is important to Wellman is ‘creating a poetic and meaningful art practice’ that is accessible to a variety of audiences. In these paintings and drawings there is the implication of narrative and storytelling that engages the viewer suggesting the natural and supernatural that is available through Joyce Wellman’s visual art practice.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery. For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

Exhibition dates: January 24 – March 8, 2018
Opening Reception: January 24, 5 – 7 PM with Artist Talk at 5:30 PM

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Opening Reception – Victor Davson: Luminaria @ Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: January 31 through March 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 31, 5-7 PM / Artist talk at 5:30 PM

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo is pleased to present to the college and western NY community the exhibition Victor Davson: Luminaria—both earlier and more recent work. Davson emigrated from Georgetown, Guyana to the United States in 1973; he studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and is the founding director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art (1983–2016) in Newark, New Jersey. Included in this solo exhibit are works from several ongoing series which began in 2007 and are a response to strong memories of a Guyana folk performance in which masqueraders went from house to house on Christmas Day. These carnivalesque characters are metaphors for the resilient people of the African diaspora. Works in the exhibition include paintings on canvas, paper and also on long playing record album covers.

His new work however, is situated apart from much of the figure-based work of past years. In Luminaria the marks in paintings from the Bad Cow Comin’ series have evolved to take a leading role in surface treatment in works from his Dub Factor: Heroes series. And in Luminaria’s most recent mixed media works, glitter materials take precedent, leaving the figure aside—changing the location of the work from the earth bound and grounded, to ‘out there’ or perhaps to a deeper, ‘in there’ space. The materials used in this soup of mixed media, now reside on the surface of the paintings and appear to illuminate the picture plane.

Luminaria in its entirety is more than light, more than an allusion to galactic space. For Davson this is an evocation of loss, desire and of personal and collective history. It too is a path of evolving consciousness and renewed spirit.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public. We look forward to your visit to the gallery.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

For more information contact Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 or Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813.

What is a Watershed and OUR Impact on the Lake @ Chip Holt Nature Center in Vitale Park
Jan 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Watershed Education Center Open House is 5:30-6:30PM*
*Check out the new Education Center! It is located in Vitale Park – next door to the Chip Holt Nature Center.

Program is 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Chip Holt Nature Center
Limited seating. Pre-registration recommended. Call the Livingston County Dept. of Health, Center for Environmental Health at 585-243-7280 to reserve a spot!

• Dr. Willard Harman, CLM, Professor of Biology, SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Service Professor & Director of Biological Field Station. Dr. Harman will define a watershed and discuss how land use and cover impact lakes like ours and how nutrient flows lead to excessive and unwanted plant growth. He will also share numerous best management practices that all of us can put into practice.
• Heather Ferrero, Deputy Director, Livingston County Planning Department Conesus Lake Watershed Management
• Emily Staychock, Watershed Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Yates Cty. The Impact & Mitigation of Non-point Source Pollution in a Watershed. Emily will also use a watershed model to demonstrate how human impact causes runoff pollution and erosion.

Sponsored by the Conesus Lake Watershed Council, Conesus Lake Association, Livingston County Environmental Management Council & Dept. of Health, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County.

Ecumenical Book Review @ Wadsworth Library
Feb 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

ebrFebruary 1 Book Review – Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass will be reviewed by Rev. Michelle Sumption.

Reviews are scheduled on the first Thursday of each month and are presented in the Community Room of Wadsworth Library (lower level).

• The program begins at Noon preceded by a brown bag lunch at 11:30.
• Host church provides cookies and coffee.

Storytelling for Adults @ Wadsworth Library
Feb 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Kelley Kucaba will be back in town to entertain us with more stories and music. It’s a storytime for grownups!

Kelley will entertain her audience with an interactive mix of stories and tin flute music in the downstairs meeting room.

Kelley was inspired to become a storyteller by the power of story to enchant and entertain, to impart wisdom and even to heal—regardless of age or walk of life. She lives with her husband in Germany and tells stories in both English and German.

The Gardening Series: Talks with Master Gardener Julie Brocklehurst-Woods @ Wadsworth Library
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Gardening Series is offered on select second Mondays February through May.
2/12 – Starting Plants from Seeds
4/9 – Vegetable and Herb Gardening
5/14 – Focusing on Your Questions and Planting Basics

All College Speaker Series Presents: Kate J. Fowler @ MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Feb 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

All-College Hour is 2:30 -3:45 PM on Wednesdays.

2/14/2018 – Kate J. Fowler

Executive Director, It Happened to Alexa Foundation

Dr. Fowler studied at the University at Buffalo, where she directed the UB Kids Voting WNY program, a K-12 democracy based program that allowed students to participate in their own mock elections that mirrored actual ballots. Additionally, she built and expanded university and community partnerships to engage students throughout the educational spectrum in areas of community service, academic excellence, and international development. As co-founder of the Buffalo-Tanzania Education Project, Kate oversaw fundraising initiatives to construct classroom buildings, outfit a medical clinic, build a playground, and purchase sewing machines for a women’s vocational training program. Dr. Fowler’s responsibilities will include conducting community outreach, providing direct assistance to victims, increasing donor engagement and planning and coordinating events. In addition, she will also be seeking opportunities for organizational growth through the creation of a new strategic plan, developing expanded educational outreach programs that target college age students, and increasing victim assistance initiatives. More here.

Ecumenical Book Review @ Wadsworth Library
Mar 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

ebrMarch 1 Book Review – No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan will be reviewed by Megan Brankley Abbas & students of SUNY Geneseo.

Reviews are scheduled on the first Thursday of each month and are presented in the Community Room of Wadsworth Library (lower level).

• The program begins at Noon preceded by a brown bag lunch at 11:30.
• Host church provides cookies and coffee.

LCHS Program: History of Firefighting @ Livingston County Historical Society and Museum
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm

How does an old fashion glass fire grenade work?  What did firefighting look like in the 19th vs. 20th centuries?  Learn about the history of firefighting in Geneseo from 1832-1980’s Andrew Chanler, Geneseo Fire Chief, will present on the History of Firefighting in Geneseo from 1832 – 1980’s.
• Additional parking available in church lot next door.
• Free and open to the public.

2018 Program of the Livingston County Historical Society and Museum