(left to right) Skip Newell, Josh Blumkin, Darrell Scott, Paul Sponagle, Tanya Beiswenger, Joel Shore — Cobb’s Hill, 4/3/16
Walking, biking and driving up and down Culver Road, on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons we see an often large group of spirited Frisbee players. Who are they? An early spring snowfall or not, for you readers, today I joined the fun to learn more.
Pleading for the disc, open and orange! [Photo: Tanya Beiswenger] 4/3/16
There I met Tanya Beiswengerand the other players. Tanya explained what I was seeing — and doing:
The defense circles [Photo: Tanya]
Wind is not the friend of a frisbee in flight, but it’s still good fun. Ultimate frisbee is great exercise and the hilarity of playing in all weather makes it well worth it. That’s why a pickup game of ultimate is played faithfully every week at Cobb’s Hill. Joel Shorehas been organizing Cobb’s Hill pick up on behalf of the Greater Rochester Area Disc Association (GRADA) for years.
Numbers vary, but the play is always on. While last weeks balmy temps brought out 40 souls, this weeks snow and 20 mph gusts brought out six undeterred diehards. So regardless of weather, play will continue on 11am Sundays at until late April, when it switches to Friday evenings.
You can keep up on the local ultimate action, including pickup at RocUltimate. All are welcome, including those interested in learning. Feel free to jump into a game – you might even score a point on your first time out, just like Disc Dave!
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. 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, and the CITY. 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.”
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