Sadly, there will be no “Happy Ending” in Highland Park this time


• July 24, 2015

A few weeks ago, I wrote on vandals who ruined the stage set of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. And how — as the set was rebuilt in less than five hours — the entire Rochester theater going community came together as on . A happy ending. As Shakespeare would say, All’s Well That Ends Well.

See Quickly overcoming adversity at the Highland Bowl

For those of us who daily walk and bicycle in that part of Highland Park, there are three landmarks – the Frederick Douglass Monument, the bronze bust of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, and the Spanish-American War Trophy Cannon down the road next to the Conservatory – that are in a way landmarks of our lives. In Fall they are touched by fallen leaves; in Winter strewn with snow; in Spring pelted by rain; and in summer, as today, bathed in sunlight.

Yesterday we learned that thieves had stolen the irreplaceable Goethe statue, by now or very shortly to be melted down or sold as scrap. A more permanent dagger than a stage set has been struck in our hearts. Goethe’s last words were “Mehr Licht,” in English, more light. Today some light is gone in that part of Highland Park.

see democratandchronicle.2015/07/23/goethe-highland-park/ and
democratandchronicle. goethe-theft-highland-burglaries/

UPDATE: There was some more light in Highland Park later in the summer:


The Father’s Heart shines in Highland Park and elsewhere

Engaging families in the Highland Bowl