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SILVER LAKE EXPERIENCE 2019 PRESENTERS’ BIOGRAPHIES


THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019


Katie Andres
Katie Andres is an educator, an Emmy-Award winning television producer with a passion for local projects, and a School Library Media Specialist.  She fell in love with her first Wells barn while working weekend weddings at the Avon Century Barn.  The awe inspired by the barn’s design, construction, and adaptive reuse served as the catalyst that led her to research the story of its builder, J.T. Wells.  Her quest for information led her to historian Barbara Chapman and prompted her to reach out to photographer Dick Thomas for the purpose of documenting the remaining Wells barns in New York State. 

April & Bayram Arman
Bayram and April Arman have been residents of Buffalo for the past 23 years. While April is a NY native and convert to Islam, her husband is from Bolu, Turkey. Bayram is a PhD. Chemical Engineer that run his own business, Universal Fine Chemicals and his wife is a licensed social worker who works in the area of domestic violence. April is one of the founders and is the current board president of RAHAMA – Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse, a non-profit organization that provides services to Muslims, immigrant and refugee women and children that are victims of domestic violence. April also runs a domestic violence women’s group for Catholic Charities. Bayram is currently the Board President of MPAC- Muslim Public Affairs Council as well as a board member of the MPAC National Committee. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Religious Communities.

Doug Bassett
Douglas Bassett, Letchworth State Park Naturalist, has a degree in Outdoor Education from Cornell University and has served the public in Letchworth State Park for more than 45 years. He co-authored the book, A Waterfall Guide to Letchworth State Park, with waterfalls enthusiast, Scott Ensminger. Doug is a favorite speaker for those interested in all aspects of nature.

Frank V. Bright, PhD
Frank Bright is Co-Chair, Silver Lake Association Water Quality Committee, President, Citizen Led Environmental Action Network at Silver Lake (CLEAN@Silver Lake), and Henry M. Woodburn Chair and SUNY-Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Rev Myra Brown
Rev. Myra Brown is the lead Pastor at Spiritus Christi Church of Rochester, NY in ministry for 25 years. She holds a B.A. in Religion and social justice and is the third African American Roman Catholic Woman Priest in the U.S. Rev. Brown is an anti-racism educator and activist, working nationally and locally in Rochester. She is founder and organizer of a coalition of partners in Rochester called SPARC (Spiritus Christi Anti- Racism Coalition). Myra leads SPARC, the local anti-racism group, and is often very involved in local issues regarding structural racism.
 At the end of the day, Rev. Brown is a woman who simply loves God and desires to follow God's leading in her life for the building up of the Body of Christ and service to humanity by her work in an inclusive and mission-driven church. Myra says" There is nothing too hard for God if we just believe, trust and relinquish control to God".

Gary Burley
Gary Burley began his career as a dairy farmer in 1981 when he and his wife, Betty, started  with just 100 acres and 18 cows. Now, with the help of 4 of their 5 children, the farm milks 700 cows on about 1000 acres. Gary and Betty have both done a fair amount of traveling and have revolutionized their farming practices as a result. The high quality grass fed milk they produce is the main ingredient in the  East HIll Creamery cheeses.

Barbara Chapman
Barbara Chapman is an educator whose interest in preservation began when New York State made local history the focus of the fourth grade Social Studies curriculum. She wrote a local history program for the Churchville-Chili schools and served as Town of Chili Historian during the 1980s. Barbara and her husband, Clifford, moved to Wheatland in 1988, where she has written and presented programs and exhibits and conducted school classes and architectural tours for the Wheatland Historical Association. Since 2007, she has served as Deputy Historian and then Historian in the town that was the birthplace of John Talcott Wells and the patented Wells barn truss. 
 
Thomas S. Cook
Thomas S. Cook, a lifelong resident of the Genesee Valley, has spent much of his life exploring and teaching the valley's history. As a retired social studies teacher from Nunda, he continues to share local history through talks and writing. He is the coauthor of Letchworth State Park and the author of Nunda,Portage, and Genesee Falls and The Civilian Conservation Corps in Letchworth State Park (Images of America)

Glenn Iris Inn Chefs
This will be the third Silver Lake Experience that the Glen Iris Inn, nestled in the heart of Letchworth State Park, will share their recipes of some of their best desserts.
Jackie has been the recipient of several awards including the:
L. Marion Moshier /Asa Wynkoo Award, for Distinguished Librarianship, New York Library Association.
Outstanding Adult Career Service to Youth, Wyoming County Youth Board.
First recipient of the Pioneer Award, for dedicated service to the Cordelia A. Greene Library and the Pioneer Library System.
Jackie has conducted several panel discussions, and served as a grants panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts.

Jackie Hoyt
Jacqueline Hoyt(Jackie) is the Executive Director and gallery curator of the Arts Council for Wyoming County(ACWC) located in Perry, New York. She has served in this capacity since 2008 and for almost 20 years prior, was the director of the Cordelia A. Greene Library located in Castile, New York. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she was trained as an art and social studies high school teacher.  During her time at the Westwood all girls high school, she formed the first folk music group that won several competitions at the regional and national level in the Island.
Jackie now administers the only art services organization in Wyoming county, which includes two professional art galleries, and 12 satellite galleries around the county. She also coordinates the music and dance programs presented by the ACWC, and administers the youth scholarship programs.
In her role as an art administrator, Jackie believes it is critical to foster, and help create opportunities that promote cultural diversity. She has been supporting that work in rural Western New York since she moved to the area in 1988, and has participated in or presented art exhibitions, classical concert, and multicultural concerts for all ages. She has also conducted drum circles and workshops for multi aged groups, and introduced liturgical dance and drumming in a few traditional church settings. She views her contributions as essential to fostering the understanding of Ethnic and Cultural diversity.

Keith Kristich
Keith has practiced meditation since 2010 and has lead contemplative meditation groups since 2014. A graduate of Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and trained with Contemplative Outreach.Keith leads contemplative prayer and meditation groups/retreats in and around the Buffalo, NY area. He is in the process of founding a contemplative retreat center in the City of Buffalo.

Leonora Brown Letchworth
Leonora Letchworth earned her degree in Art History from Nazareth College in Rochester, NH and has worked in museums since 1987. Her first position was assistant to the Dorector of Museums at the Landmark Society of Western New York for seven years interpreting both the Campbell Whittlesey House and the Stone Tolan House. From 1995 to 1997 she was Curator and Director of the Tinker Homestead Museum in Henrietta, NY and her volunteer work included special projects with the Susan B. Anthony House and the LeRoy Historical Society. In 2000 she spent a year in the Hudson Valley at General Knox’s headquarters, one of three sites interpreting events of the American Revolution. In 2001 Mrs. Letchworth became curator of the William Pryor Letchworth Museum at Letchworth State Park, retiring in 2011.

Bob Murphy
Bob is the unofficial historian for the Silver Lake Institute. He has lived in the institute his whole life and dedicates hours to preserving the black and white historical photograph collection in Hoag Memorial Art Gallery. Bob has a memory like no other-filled with stories of life in SLI and the Walker Road area.

Alan Nowicki
Mr. Nowicki came to the Roycroft Campus in April of 2010 by way of PBS. He is responsible for all classes and programming on the Campus, including tours, instructors and workshops, the Roycroft Campus art shows, the Roycroft Film Society and Book Club, and special events throughout the year. He also maintains the Campus website and online store, as well as the training and handling of volunteers and docents. He has 15 years of experience working in educational programming, professional development and community outreach. Mr. Nowicki has also been a teacher for more than 25 years, having taught in every grade level from Pre-K through college, specializing in art and history.

Jessica Pacciotti
Jessica Pacciotti grew up in Buffalo, NY. She attended Arcadia University and received a Bachelor's Degree in English in 2010. Later she attended Syracuse University and graduated with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science in 2014. After graduating she worked as the librarian at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo before getting the job as the Library Director at the Perry Public Library in April 2015. As the Perry Library Director she has worked on preserving and maintaining Perry's historical records and documents as well as handling the daily administration of the library.

Perry Garden Club

The Perry Garden Club was founded in 1950. The objectives of the club are to stimulate the love of gardening, encourage home and community beautification, promote better horticultural practices, and to encourage all forms of conservation. Their club flower is the Field Daisy (Chrysanthemum Leucantheum). They currently have 43 active members and are always accepting new members. They are members of the National Garden Clubs Inc., The Federated Garden Clubs of NYS, Inc, and the Seventh District Federated Garden Clubs of NYS -Section I. A very active club, they participate in several spring plantings around the community and contribute a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior going into an environmental or agricultural field.

Sharon Pratt
Sharon,  who grew up in Perry, NY, has been a member of the Silver Lake Institute for over 20 years serving in various capacities to help the preservation of the institute’s historical buildings. She has been a long time member of the Western New York Landmark Society and has used her expertise to assist in getting the Epworth Hall on the National Register of Historic Buildings. She is currently the chairperson of the Epworth Committee and is on the Silve Lake Institute Board of Trustees.


RPO Wind Quintet
The RPO WIND QUINTET has performed many concerts and demonstrations in Rochester area primary school and community centers, at RPO Galas, and on the RPO Summer Serenade Series.  Specializing in programs that engage and inspire, the group’s varied and diverse repertoire ranges from the classical Western European tradition to works inspired by the traditional music of China, Cuba, Africa and the US.   Composers who have written specifically for the wind quintet are Jacques Ibert, Paul Hindemith, Carl Nielsen, Fancis Poulenc, and Samuel Barber.  The vast catalog of arrangements for quintet include repertoire of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Scott Joplin.  The RPO Wind Quintet features Rebecca Gilbert,  Principal Flute; Anna Steltenpohl, Oboe/English Horn; Andrew Brown, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet; Matthew MacDonald, Principal Bassoon; and Stephen Laiffer, French Horn.

Mara Rooney
Mara has been painting in various mediums all her life and especially enjoys watercolors which she has begun to focus on more professionally in the last four years. Along with watercolor painting she also enjoys fiber arts, particularly, knit and crochet. She enjoyed fiber art so much she opened Dancing Goat Yarn Shop in Warsaw in 2010 and closed after 5 years of operation so she could once again pursue a career in painting for the theatre and entertainment industry. She currently works for Atomic Design located in Lititz, Pennsylvania. She has painted scenery for The Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, Wrestlemania, and more including various rock and roll tours.


Josh Rice
JOSH RICE is a multidisciplinary theatre artist specializing in puppetry.  Credits: Dan Hurlin's Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Bard SummerScape, Holland Festival); Shank's Mare (La MaMa, Japan tour, Hawaii tour, U.S. tour); Petrushka with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (The Barbican) and the Portland Symphony Orchestra (OR); The Scarlet Ibis (HERE); and his own work, The Marooned at Dixon Place and NYSPF 2018; The VaudeVillains and Composite Portrait at La MaMa; The Tempest, directed at Shake on the Lake and Sarah Lawrence College.  He also adapted, designed and directed Shake on the Lake’s puppet-infused A Christmas Carol.  In 2017, Josh was awarded a Wyoming Country Rural Arts Initiative Grant to start a theatre in an abandoned main street storefront in Perry, NY—Theatre@37—where he also founded and produces the New York State Puppet Festival, returning June 11-21, 2020.  He is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Shake on the Lake, a not-for-profit, summer, touring theatre festival in Silver Lake, NY, that specializes in fast, physical, and accessible adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, incorporating simple performer-driven spectacle, puppetry, live music, improvisation, and audience interaction.  He also founded and directs The Mnemonic Theatre Project, a puppetry program for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which has been featured on the PBS documentary series, Visionaries.  

Gretchen Sepik
Ms. Sepik majored in dance at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she also studied acting. She has performed with the Paddy Toon Modern Ensemble in Pittsburgh, with the Rochester Philharmonic's "Phil Revue" and the mime troupe, Flash in the Pan. Gretchen studied with the Bottom of the Bucket, but, currently Garth Fagan Dance, and worked with the company as a rookie. Her dance career ended with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in the early eighties. "My storytelling started when a teacher's aide asked me to come into her school and do storytelling. I was too shy to tell stories as myself so I developed Naomi Brown from the Blue Ridge Mountains to tell the stories of Brer Rabbit for me. Storytelling helped me overcome my shyness.”
Gretchen does her form of storytelling across New York State and into Pennsylvania and was the co-founder of the Flight of Fancy Experimental Theatre (F.O.F.) and worked with Young Audiences Rochester, Inc. for twenty-four years and is presently a teaching artist with Young Audiences of Western New York, located in Buffalo. In 2004 she was honored by Young Audiences of Western New York for her work with young people and commitment to learning through the arts.
She lives in Albion, New York with her husband, Walter, golden retriever/husky, Bud, Labradoodle, Rigley and cats, Tig, Willy, and Jinn Chin Lee, in an old 1830's cobblestone house full of antiques and curbside finds, surrounded by flower, herb and organic vegetable gardens. " I have a great love and respect for nature and I hope that through some of my storytelling I might be able to awaken that love in others."
Along with Naomi Brown and Mary Jemison, Gretchen also portrays much loved children's author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter and narrates "The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse"; Sal McMurray, an Irish cook working on a packet boat on the Erie Canal in the year 1840. Sal weaves Irish Folk Tales from the canal through her life's story based on facts about the canal. The audience learns as it laughs. The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council awarded Gretchen a grant in 2009 to adapt her script of, “Erie Canal Sal”, into a children’s book, which she also illustrated. Also on her list of programs is temperance leader, abolitionist and women's rights activist , Susan B. Anthony.
"I think storytelling is one of the most wonderful creative art forms because it allows each person to be who they are and use what talents they have to tell a story." Gretchen believes that if too many restrictions are put upon a child or adult when doing storytelling then the spirit of creativity is destroyed. " If a person can sing, let them sing, if a person can dance, let them dance, if a person can juggle, let them juggle; as each storyteller weaves a story, their own unique individuality adds to the tapestry of the tale each person tells.”

Dick Thomas    

Dick Thomas is a professional photographer specializing in both natural and rural heritage landscapes.  He lives with his wife Mary on an old farmstead in Caledonia, New York that they have been lovingly resurrecting.  Dick has been photographing barns for years, with the intention of using his images for the preservation of those remaining monuments from the past. His artwork is available at dickthomasphotography.com, or on Facebook at Dick Thomas Photography. He is currently working with Katie Andres and Barbara Chapman to bring about a greater awareness of the remaining Wells Barns and the Legacy of J. T. Wells and Sons.
  
Tina Turner
Tina has been knitting since 1978 as well as designing and altering patterns since 1980. But she really increased her skill once she joined the Rochester Knitting Guild in 1998. (She served as president of that guild for three years and as hospitality person for five years). She started teaching in 2001 when she became a Certified Knitting Instructor from the Knitting Guild of America.
Tina learned to spin yarn in 2000 and was president of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild between 2005-2009 as well as treasurer for eight years. She is still a member.
She’s taught and lectured in many places including the Rochester Public Library, Rochester YMCA, Silver Lake Institute, private parties, Lodge at Woodcliff, Yarn Boutique from 2008-2013 and, of course, today she owns and operates the Knitting Circle. And she was a Garment Judge for Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in 2015.She graduated from RIT 1988 with a degree in Hotel Management and brings those skills to her Knitting Circle.

Sandra Tyler
Sandra has had many years painting experience in both watercolor and oils, loving them both. She has taught watercolor classes at the Art Store in Rochester, the Village Hall and BF Bungalow in Wyoming N. Y. and her art studio in Perry N. Y.   She is a member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and has participated in many of their shows and attended numerous workshops featuring nationally known artists . Sandra has also shown her work at the Corn Hill and Clothesline Art Festivals in Rochester. She loves everything about painting and finds great satisfaction in introducing or reintroducing it to others!

Ron Stitler

Ken Wallace


Michele Widdel


FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019


Barb Aker

Barbara Bruce
Barbara is a nationally known author and speaker. She teaches at the district, conference, and national level on many aspects of aging well and living well. Barbara co-teaches “Celebrating Aging” at the Colgate Rochester  Crozier Divinity School and has served two quadrenium as the North East Jurisdictional Representative to the Discipleship Ministry on the Committee of Aging and Older Adult Ministry. Barbara has a BS in Education, an MS in Creative Studies, and a Certificate in Gerontology.

Mike Buda
Mike was born in Rochester N.Y.  He served in the Navy for 4 years and was employed by the Postal Service for 32 years (8 in Rochester and 24 in Florida).  He returned to his roots in Upstate N.Y. upon retiring and is a homeowner in Perry.  He became interested in local history while living in a Historic District in Florida and has continued his interest since moving to Perry.

Chet Fery
Chet Fery is the founder of Bread Time Stories and More. Often called “The Bread Man,” he began his hobby of baking and giving away bread over 15 years ago. He promotes doing random acts of kindness.  He believes the world can be changed one loaf of bread at a time; one act of kindness at a time.  Chet estimates he has given away over 80,000 loaves of bread, created over 50 recipes and generated over 100 inspirational “Bread Time Stories” which he shares with audiences across the region.  A former teacher, counselor and school administrator, Chet now devotes most of his time to this effort

Ellen Folts
Amanda's Garden is owned and operated by Ellen Folts. Ellen has a degree in agricultural and natural resources from SUNY Cobleskill and has worked in the horticultural field for 31+ years. She is a Senior New York State Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional. Ellen believes that it is important to sell only in-house nursery produced plants. Educating the public about native plants through the website, talks to garden clubs and during sales are important values to Amanda's Garden.

Linda Franke
Linda Franke is an educator and quality improvement specialist, but her passion is preserving the stories and crafts of our families for future generations. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelors degree in Education, a teaching major in Psychology and a minor in Religion and Philosophy. She has taught early childhood students on up to high school, worked summers teaching prisoners basic reading and math skills, spent some time working as a teacher of the deaf, wrote curriculum for public schools and for Letchworth State Park education programs, and then fell into practice facilitation and medical qualitative research.  She currently works as an adjunct professor at Millard Fillmore College at University at Buffalo and as a practice facilitator through Accountable Health Partners. She also feeds her passion as an instructor through the Arts Council for Wyoming County and around Western New York, speaking and teaching classes in different fiber arts including shuttle tatting, needle tatting, hairpin lace, Irish crocheted lace, and more. Linda lives with her family in Wyoming County.

Kenneth Hennig, PhD
Dr. Hennig is a former professor of English at Niagara County Community College where he taught for over 30 years. He taught the courses  Language and Writing, Introduction to Linguistics, English Composition, and various literature courses. He has worked with disabled students and developed techniques for teaching writing to disabled students.

Cynthia Howk
A native of Rochester NY, Cynthia Howk has worked for over 30 years in the field of   preservation planning as a staff member of the Landmark Society of Western NY, one of America’s oldest historic preservation organizations. Her projects with  local residents, neighborhood associations, and area governments in a 9-county area have included Historic Resources Surveys, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, and advocacy for the re-use and rehabilitation of historic buildings.  A graduate of Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia,  she has lectured widely on regional architecture, local history, and the benefits of historic preservation planning.

Rev Jackie Ann Rose Kraft

Hans & Leslie Kunze
Hans is a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell where he majored in banking and enjoyed courses in agriculture and horticulture.  He has been a farm and commercial loan officer for the last 35 years and has been with Steuben Trust Company in Warsaw over the last 12 years.  His lifelong hobbies include farming, birding, and gardening among several other things.  He and his wife, Leslie, have 3 children all in college who also thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.  Hans and Leslie operate a bird feeding shop and retail greenhouse at their home and enjoy doing plenty of their own birding and gardening.  They are active in the Wyoming County master gardener program and do some landscaping on the side.  They enjoy sharing their love of nature and gardening with numerous other groups.  Hans has been a nature columnist for several local newspapers over the last 25+ years and enjoys leading bird, nature, and garden walks.

Dr. Patrick McGrady
Patrick J. McGrady is the Charles V. Hallman Senior Curator at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art. He is responsible for the museum’s European paintings and ceramics collections, and specializes in works on paper with a particular concentration on Old Master through early twentieth-century American prints. He has organized more than eighty exhibitions, ranging in content from fifteenth-century German woodcuts to twenty first-century American paintings, and including monographic presentations of artists such as Edouard Manet, Honoré Daumier, Lyonel Feininger, George Gershwin, Will Barnet, and Betye Saar. He is currently planning exhibitions on the intaglios of neneteenth-century French printmaker Félix Buhot and on the role the printer George Miller played in the proliferation of American lithography during the early years of the twentieth century. McGrady oversees the Palmer Museum’s print study room and directs its Print and Drawing Study Club. Among the courses he teaches for Penn State’s department of art history are “Connoisseurship,” “The History of Prints and Printmaking,” and “Wassily Kandinsky and Der Blaue Reiter.”

Jim Montanus
 Jim Montanus was born in Rochester New York in 1961 and grew up in northwest Greece, New York and attended the Hilton School District, graduating in 1979.
  As the son of legendary Kodak photographer Neil Montanus, he has been around photography his entire life. But it wasn't until his college years that he became intensely interested in photography. Jim’s first job out of college was the University of Rochester Staff Photographer which he held for 8 years.
   At the U of R, Jim created images for the University's finest publications including The Rochester Review (alumni magazine), Currents, Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins, and the University's Prospectus. Many of his assignments were at the Strong Hospital, Simon School of Business administration, College of Arts and Sciences, Warner Graduate School of Education and his favorite, the Eastman School of Music where he had taken both piano and trombone lessens as a youth. 
   He also supplied photographs of U of R various media, including New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Science Magazine, Discover, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Sports Illustrated and more.
   Jim took a 17 year diversion into the corporate world and had many other interests that he also pursued vigorously, including writing, graphic design, and the then new discipline of desktop publishing on Macintosh Computers. This ultimately led Jim to leave the U of  R for a career in marketing and communication at Rochester General Hospital, Frontier Corporation, Global Crossing and Unity Health System.
   After this 17 year diversion from his true passion, a layoff created a renaissance. It was literally the day after his layoff when Jim began shooting almost nonstop every day - for up to eight hours each day between shooting and post processing his images. During the brutally cold winter of 2014, he consistently braved up to -35 degree wind chills and traversed dangerous ice mountains on Lake Ontario and elsewhere to capture some of the hidden beauty in what was otherwise an ugly and freezing cold winter. 
Living on Lake Ontario, he had direct and easy access to the amazing ice world that was transforming before his eyes every day. Jim’s imagery of the brutal cold winter began to capture the imagination of tens of thousands of people across Western New York and across the country. 
   It was this period which helped to catapult his career into overdrive. He was interviewed on national television regarding his winter photography (The Weather Channel) and was featured on local media numerous times, including a feature story on Time Warner Cable News and the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. And his social media presence began to flourish.   Due to the explosive growth of his new business, Jim opened his own gallery in Rochester in the Anderson Arts Building in the neighborhood of the arts. His grand opening was on May 1, 2015 and was attended by hundreds of fans and well-wishers. Although it initially opened as a gallery, it also became his photo studio and photography classroom. This fulfilled a 35-year dream that Jim had to open his own gallery.
   Today, Jim is still vigorously pursuing his dream. He is passionate about teaching photography classes in his gallery, doing professional photography - including commercial photography, editorial, portraiture and architectural photography - and he sells his fine art photography out of his gallery in Rochester. 
   Jim was recently voted 'Rochester's Best Photographer' in City Newspaper's annual reader's poll for the second year in a row.

Jeannine Morlacci
Why did I open a restaurant? Because I love creating and cooking food. I love serving food. I love food, food, food! Morluski's is a relaxed, comfy-cozy family place. We serve yummy, fresh, authentic, hand-made Polish and Italian food. We use recipes passed down for generations in our families (mine, the Polish Nowickis and my in-laws, the Italian Morlaccis) or I'm inspired by whatever meat, poultry, dairy, veggies and fruits are available fresh from local farmers. Morluski's is the first authentic Polish/Italian restaurant in the country (that we know of!), and in our hearts and minds, it's the best of both worlds.

Tom Pedlow
Woodworking is a hobby Tom has enjoyed most of his life. He belonged to the rochester Woodworkers’ Society for several years gaining helpful information. He has also attended workshops taught by nationally recognized woodworkers. Tables, dressers, beds, and clocks are a few of the large projects Tom has completed that are enjoyed by his children and grandchildren. Small items such as boxes, bowls and replicas of Shaker boxes also adorn their homes. 

Ruby Shooz
Ruby Shooz, a group of maniac musicians has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years! With the energy of teenagers, they bring back the great sounds from the 50s and 60s and even some newer classics. Come enjoy a blast from the past! Wear your 50s 60s clothing! There will be a dance floor area for those who can’t sit still and plenty of seating for those who want to sit back and reminisce!! Enjoy your Friday night like the good ole days!!!

Lisa Seewaldt

Nancy Sellar
Nancy has been a lifelong visitor/summer resident of Silver Lake Institute. Her family history with the institute goes back several generations. She continues to this day to take an active role in the history and preservation of the institute.

Pat Standish
Pat founded Community Action Angels (Angel Action), a volunteer, resource development program, in 1996.  This program serves the working poor and fills the gaps where programs do not exist to help the underprivileged. The program places a special focus on children and their physical, social, emotional and academic needs.
 Pat gifted the program to Wyoming County Community Action for use by any Community Action agency.  In 2002 New York State, Department of State, hired Pat to promote Community Action Angels and provide training focused on all aspects of volunteer management and resource/program development to 49 Community Action agencies across the state. In 2011, she received a sole source contract with New York State Department of State, Office for New Americans, to provide training to 27 newly established Opportunity Centers designed to serve new immigrants and refugees.
 Through the Community Action Angels network, 135 new programs, including 8 statewide initiatives to assist children designed by Pat, were created.   In-kind donations exceed 20 million dollars and over 180 thousand people have been served.
 In recent years, Pat and her friend and colleague, Vincentina Taylor, have collaborated on the creation of a series of learning materials for children ages pre-k through 4th grade.  These storybooks focus on Preparation for Kindergarten, Empathy Development, Early Service Learning, Cultural Diversity and Dignity.
Pat is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton and received certification from Cornell University as a teacher and facilitator of Family Development Certification and Family Development for Leaders Certification. She is also a certified Poverty Coach. Pat has served on the board of the New York State Community Action Association, New York State Family Development Association, New York Connects and United Way.
Among her awards are New York State Senate Woman of Distinction, Pi State, New York, Delta Kappa Gamma Friends of Education Award, New York State Community Action Association Leadership Award, Leadership Wyoming Alumnae Leader Award, National CAP Jayne Thomas Award and Buffalo/Western New York Business First, Woman of Influence Award.

Kate Stanford
Kate Stanford LMHC, NCC, CCTP – is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She works with individuals who are struggling with mental health issues by helping them take a holistic view of their journey to wellness. She has a special focus on working with people recovering from trauma either recent or in childhood so that they can live happy fulfilling lives.  Kate uses a variety of techniques when working with people, focusing on meeting people where they are at and helping them to grow into who they wish to be. In addition she is a Reiki master and focuses on alternative healing options to help people on their path.  Kate lives and works in Rochester and has had the privilege to have spent many happy summers at her family’s cottage on Silver Lake.

Steve Tarbell
Born in Rochester, New York, Stephen relocated to Perry, New York in 1970. After earning a Criminal Justice degree from Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY in 1978, he went to work for the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department. Over a twenty-three-year career, he served as a deputy sheriff, scientific evidence technician, technical sergeant, and an investigator specializing in crime scene and fire investigations. He also was a private fire investigator working for many years after retirement.
While working for the sheriff’s department, Steve went on to earn a BS in Criminal Justice/Public Administration/ Accounting from Empire State SUNY College and a Master’s degree from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany, NY. He is also a graduate of the Dennis A. Pelletier Institute of County Government, Cornell University.
Steve has worn many hats in public service, including: a member on the Warsaw Central School Board of Education, Wyoming County Youth Court Coordinator, Deputy Mayor of the Village of Silver Springs, Town Councilman and Supervisor for the Town of Castile, and board member for the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Wyoming County Community Hospital Board of Managers.
He has received numerous awards, including Wyoming County Deputy of the Year and the department’s Commendation award, the Eastman Kodak Law Enforcement Photography award, and the Leadership Wyoming Alumni Award. He was inducted in 2014 to the Genesee Community College Hall of Fame. He received a U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation Commendation for the Samantha Zaldivar investigation.
He and his wife Pam have a son and daughter, who are both graduates of Letchworth Central School, where Pam was an elementary teacher at Letchworth Central for many years. Steve and Pam enjoy spending time with their grandchildren now that they are both retired. Steve is a member of the St. Regis Indian Reservation, Mohawk Tribe, Akwesasne, New York and is proud of his heritage.

Laurinda Wallace
Born in Castile, New York, Laurinda was a lifelong resident of Wyoming County until 2003 when she and her husband David moved to the high desert of Arizona. She earned a paralegal certificate from Southern Career Institute in 1991 and is a 2001 graduate of Houghton College, NY with a BS in Management.
Much of her career was spent as a paralegal at a Warsaw, NY law firm and in administration at Houghton College. Laurinda served the community as a trustee for the C.A. Greene Library in Castile for over a decade. Most of her tenure was spent as the Secretary/Treasurer. She was active in the Project Read program and fundraising activities for the library.
Since moving to Arizona, Laurinda has worked in criminal law at the Cochise County Legal Defender’s Office and retired in 2015 from the Palominas School District. She now writes full-time and loves spending time with her grandsons as often as possible.
She has been published in several print magazines, including Guideposts and has been a contributor to a number of online publications since 2005. She is the author of the Gracie Andersen mystery series which is set in Wyoming County, and two other inspirational titles. Laurinda is the recipient of multiple Poets and Writers grants and Washed Up, the fourth Gracie Andersen mystery, was a semifinalist in the 2016 Kindle Book awards in the mystery category.
Laurinda is a member of Sisters in Crime, a national organization for women mystery writers, and the Tucson, Arizona chapter of Sisters in Crime. She writes two popular blogs, SimplyLife and The Business of Writing. For more information, visit: http://laurindawallace.com.

Barbara Weaver
From1980 to present Barbara has been a consultant and workshop leader for Christian Education in Western New York Conference/Upper New York State Conference. Additionally since 1984 she has been a workshop facilitator (trainer) for Children's Disaster Service (also site manager and team leader) under the umbrella of CDS. She is a member of the National Critical Response Team (AIR) and National Critical Response Team of American Red Cross
   In 1988, Barbara  co-wrote the curriculum "Spiritual and Emotional Care with Children Who Have Experienced Disaster Situations - which is used with both adults and children in times of disaster.
   From 1996- to present she has designed and teaches a one day workshop program, "Putting Back The Pieces”, which is used with state and local agencies for helping children and families after times of traumatic events in their lives.
   Barbara is a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she loves being a part of the Silver Lake family for over 30 years

Rev Dr Don Weaver

Rev. Weaver is an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church and has served Churches small and large, rural, small town and large suburban throughout Western New York.  Don also served as Associate Executive Secretary and District Superintendent in WNY Conference of the United Methodist Church, and most recently pastorate Senior Pastor of Kenmore United Methodist Church, Kenmore, NY. Don retired from active pastoral ministry in 1997. He served as Interim Pastor at Fredonia,
East Aurora, Trinity United Methodist Church, Amherst, Kenmore, Niagara Fall between 2001 -2016.
Don served as Disaster Response Consultant for Church World Service, UMCOR,  “Actions by Churches Together” and Church of the Brethren, Children’s Disaster Services beginning in 1980. He responded to the 9/11/2001 New York City World Trade Center Attack as Project Manager for Children’s Disaster Services in New York City and in Long Island in response to Hurricane Sandy in November, 2012.  Don has taught workshops on Disaster Response both Nationally and Internationally. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts Education, Masters of Divinity from Alfred University School of Theology and Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Care from Drew University.

Deb Welsh
After working in the Agriculture and real estate industry for many years, Debra joined the Agriculture Department at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County in 2010.  A graduate of Alfred Ag and Tech, Debra and her husband Kyle own and operate a farm in Wyoming County and raised their two children there.   The farm operation consists of growing hay, corn, and buckwheat.  Their farm also produces grass-fed beef cattle, pastured laying hens, pastured broilers, and includes a sugarbush for maple production, a large vegetable garden, fruit trees, and a bee-yard.   At Extension, Debra facilitates the Maple program which helps promote and educate folks for the maple industry through workshops and the annual WNY Maple School and served as interim editor for the ‘Maple Pipeline’.     Other programs include CDL Training for Farms and Employees, the Poultry Discussion Group, Pasture Walks for Beef Producers,  contributor to the Eat Fresh Buy Local publication, and also the Beekeepers Discussion Group, a dedicated core group of seasoned beekeepers, and a larger group of newcomers and those who would like to learn more about the fascinating honeybee.    Debra’s lifelong hobbies include horseback riding, gardening, and raising farm animals.  The study, husbandry, and establishment of the beeyard was a natural fit. 

Rev. Doug Wilson
Rev. Dr. Wilson has led retreats and workshops on Christian spirituality.  He has a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and has served congregations for over forty years.

Nancy Wilson

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019

Molly Anthony

Travis Barlow

Mike Bellamy
Originally from Perry, Mike spent 20 years living in Asia where he served as an advisor
to both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He has been interviewed by the
Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Financial Times & Bloomberg on the topic of China
business. Mike retired in 2016 and moved to Silver Lake where he dabbles in property
development, including Silverlaken (the areas first “glampground”).  Hobbies include
sailing and collecting antique Asian furniture

Jacquie Billings

Buffalo Zoo

Full Swing Big Band

Giuseppe Gentile

Rev Greg Franklin

Mark Harris
Mark is a native of Rochester NY and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Jennifer and their children (Tabatha and Dylan). He is retiring this year from the Navy after 19 years as a Corpsman. He holds a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, Masters of Arts in Human Service Counseling (Crisis and Trauma Response) and a Masters of Divinity.  In his military position, he has been a sexual assault victim advocate, suicide prevention coordinator, health promotions coordinator, and equal opportunity advisor. Mark is currently working as a Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor at Homeland Hospice.  Mark is passionate about trauma response, crisis counseling and resiliency building.”

Julie Hoffner

Carol Horowitz

John Kucko

Ernie Lawrence

Maggie Moore-Holley
Magelene Moore-Holley is a native of Kingstree, South Carolina.  She is the 13th of 15 children born to Emma and Amos Moore. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Empire State College in 2004 and a Master of Divinity from Northeastern Seminary in 2008.  She is a member of AKOMA, the African-American Women’s Gospel Choir and AKWAABA, the Heritage Associates, whose members attempt to bring to life the accomplishments and struggles of the women and men on whose shoulders we now stand.
Magelene recently completed a one-year contract with AmeriCorps of Rochester where she worked within the City school system with the expectation of discovering ways in which she could contribute to the growth and strength of our youth.  She also has a passion for the liberation of girls and women from systemic global discrimination both in the community at large and in the church.
She is a wife and mother of two adult children.  She enjoys reading, teaching, acting, and singing.  Magelene is a member of Memorial AME Zion Church in the city of Rochester.

Rachel Richter
Rachel Richter is the graphic designer and small printshop owner of Olive & Ink, LLC; which was established in 2015 downtown Perry.  Originally from Wisconsin and educated in Kentucky, she moved here with her Western New York husband in 2007.  With 10 years experience as a graphic designer & printer in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, Perry felt like a natural fit for her printshop.  Since 2015 she has worked to produce three hard cover books with local authors - “Henry Loves Hills”, “Santa’s Reindeer Story” and “Attica - Then and Now”.  In addition, she has worked with several organization to produce perfect and spiral bound books.  Book binding is just one of the many printed products she creates - posters, tickets, brochures, business cards, order forms and party invitations are some of the more popular items.  

Thomas Saunders
Thomas Saunders is a summer resident of the Institute and recently retired from a 40 year career as a criminal defense attorney in the Washington DC/Baltimore area

Fred Schuknecht

Glynne Schultz

 A 3-year resident of SLI, Glynne and her family are thrilled to be part of the SLI community. Our entire extended family enjoys everything about the area; the SLI events, fishing and water sports, the Charcoal Corral and drive-in theater, and Letchworth State Park. We only wish the summer season was a little longer here in western NY state!

Dr. Thomas Sellar

Silver Lake Artisans

The Old Hippies

Rev Doug Wilson
​Rev. Dr. Wilson has led retreats and workshops on Christian spirituality.  He has a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and has served congregations for over forty years.