Join me at Twilight

Join me at Twilight


[David Kramer passing the finish line]

• August 15, 2015

Be downtown no later than eight tonight. The Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. Amateur women’s races begin at 2:25 pm; professional ladies at 6:24 pm; pro men at 8:05 pm. For details Downtown roads to close for Twilight Criterium/

This afternoon on the Broad Street Bridge I had a head start on the evening. The highlight was kindly being invited as a passenger in the Ide Family of Dealerships Pace Car. Pace Car passenger is my new calling. The hours short; duties light; the views spectacular and the VIP perks like the free shirt to die for.

David Kramer in the Dick Ide Pace car

Breaking news! I am “officially” the first to cross the Twilight Criterium finish line as Keuka College’s representative cycling enthusiast. At 11:19 am, my time is sure to eclipse Second Place by roughly 10 hours and 45 minutes. A new world’s record!

Come see Hilton Clarke – from Australia and now an American citizen – go for his third Criterium victory, having won in ’06 and ’07. Hilton told me the short course crossing two river bridges (Court and Broad) makes the event truly distinctive on the cycling circuit. Hilton also specifically invited all to join him at the pub after the race. Whether for a Fosters or a Genny we will see.

Hilton Clarke interviewed

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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