Adding Audrey to the Cobb’s Hill Series

Adding Audrey to the Cobb’s Hill Series
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On the shores of Lake Riley, Cobb’s Hill 7/25/16. From Once more into the breech on the banks of Lake Riley

For so many Cobb’s Hill is an oasis. The humming of the drums on the Reservoir steps at sunset. Cityscape views where on a clear night you can see Lake Ontario. Lovers holding hands on the slope on blankets under the shade of trees. The walkers rhythmic circling. The bicyclists looping. The pulse of the basketball games. The electricity of urban softball under the lights. Players recreating medieval battles next to Lake Riley.

Flower beds. RCSD city baseball at its best. Washington Grove. The graffiti towersThe genteel and not so genteel crocquetters.

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August 2008, [Photo: Martha Roberts] From 172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill

We’ve played ultimate Frisbee in an April snowfall, football with the Yeshiva students on a frigid late December afternoon, and watched people place well used sleds in the BROKEN SLEDS ONLY barrel during last year’s March blizzard. Joined the November tennis diehards.

Three times we’ve remembered the Millerites:  on October 22nd, trudging down the hill, and wondering if the world would end.

My niece Audrey lives in northern California. Sadly for them, Silicon Valleyers live without daily snow. So when Audrey visits she thrills to our winter wonder land. Today we revisted Cobb’s Hill and added Audrey to the Cobb’s Hill Series.

Will the world end already?

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Cobb’s Hill Reservoir. [Photo: Matt, RIT student. If today is his last, Matt says he wants to get into as much trouble as possible, October 20th, 2018]

 

Audrey Boyce, Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

 Adding the very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts, 9:07 a.m., to the Cobb’s Hill series

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9:07 am, 6/2/18. The very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts. [Photo: Mike of Jay Wolfe Productions]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photos: David Kramer]

Adding a snow day to the Cobb’s Hill series

They geared up for the day as soon as the announcement was official.

They geared up for the day as soon as the announcement was official.

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Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Adding Yeshiva football to the Cobb’s Hill series

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David “Sid Luckman” Kramer about to launch a long bomb touchdown pass. [Photo: TIUNY student]

 Audrey Boyce, Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

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

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Hooligan attempting to disrupt my winning shot [Photo: Kevin] 8/22/16

(left) Audrey Boyce at Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]; (right) an earlier version of Audrey, @2008 [Photo: Carol Kramer]

(left) Audrey Boyce at Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]; (right) David Kramer and an earlier version of Audrey, @2012 [Photo: Carol Kramer]

SOTA’s Kenny Cruz awaits call from the big leagues. Bill Pucko “borrows” Talker’s nickname: Cruz Control

Me pitching to Kenny [Photo: SOTA coach Jason Cronberger] 4.30.16

Me pitching to Kenny [Photo: SOTA coach Jason Cronberger] 4.30.16

David Kramer; (batting) Audrey Boyce (fielding), Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: Leslie Kramer]

(pitching) David Kramer; (batting) Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photos: Leslie Kramer]

Ultimate spring fever at Cobb’s Hill

The defense circles [Photo: Tanya]

The defense circles [Photo: Tanya]

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Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: Leslie Kramer]

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

The ascent [Photo: d.t.]

The ascent [Photo: d.t.]

 

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(left) Audrey Boyce; (right) Leslie Kramer, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

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

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With Kate Brett at left, Talker of the Town’s CyclingChallenged team member donning hard won (and borrowed) solid gold first place medal from the Women’s Category 4 competition.

Blue Moon Vista barriers used at the Cyclocross. (left) Audrey Boyce; (right) Leslie Kramer, Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Blue Moon Vista barriers used at the Cyclocross. (left) Leslie Kramer; (right) Audrey Boyce. Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts

Scott (left) and myself [Photo by Nhan Luong]

Scott (left) and myself [Photo by Nhan Luong]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb's Hill, 11/24/18 [Photo: David Kramer]

Audrey Boyce, Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photos: David Kramer]

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

Sports history captured by Dave Divose

Sports history captured by Dave Divose

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David Kramer; (batting) Audrey Boyce (fielding), Cobb’s Hill, 11/24/18 [Photos: Leslie Kramer]

SEE ALSO

Visiting a Talker haunt: the Brickyard Trail with Leslie Frances and Audrey

Audrey’s excellent adventure in Rochester

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

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 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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