Adding a March blizzard to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding a March blizzard to the Cobb’s Hill series

This Rochester man called himself an anonymous snow lover 3/15/17

Today, in search of another installment of The Cobb’s Hill Series, Talker braved this March blizzard to join scores of other hardy and foolhardy souls sledding down Cobb’s Hill.  As everyone said, this is Rochester. First, the record February warmth with temps even in the 70s. Then suddenly 26 inches of heaven sent primo sledding snow.

Over the last two years, we’ve chronicled the richness of Cobb’s Hill. There was the 100 inning softball game and a 42 year croquet league and a thirty year old basketball league. And a chilly November tennis match and a chilly April Frisbee game. A cyclocross , a leaf mound , a remembrance of a tragedy and when the Millerites trudged up and down the hill.


Photographer Avri looking for the right shot


I didn’t see any BROKEN SLEDS in the BROKEN SLEDS ONLY bin.

Alli Talmudic

Alli on Monroe Avenue approaching the hill. Alli studies at the nearby Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York and is from Cincinnati

Alli getting reaDY

Alli preparing for the descent

Alex and brighton fireneds

Alex (left) with classmates from Brighton High School on Monroe Ave approaching the hill.


Alex descending


Alli (center) with friends from the Talmudical Institute

long trudge

The last leg of the long trudge back.


172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill

42 years and counting for the Kick Ass Kro-Kay Club of Cobb’s Hill

Once more into the breech on the banks of Lake Riley

Flowering Upper Monroe

Ultimate spring fever at Cobb’s Hill

On a mound at Cobb’s Hill! And how the City of Rochester handles its loose leaves.

Cobb’s Hill welcomes the Ninth Cobb’s Hill Cyclocross

Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts

Back to normalcy at Cobb’s Hill basketball

Rochester’s own street ball Rucker League

The 8th Annual Festival of Softball: After 800 Innings the “Tribute to Noah” nears $100,000

That Championship Season thirty five years later

The Cobb’s Hill tragedy of an “invisible man” ten years later

On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill

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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