Native Made

Angelina Hilton has been traveling back to the reservation in Kansas every year since she was a little girl. She recently made the decision to bring her Native traditions and culture home to the people of Rochester. 

Native Made, Hilton’s small business, provides marketing services for Native American–owned businesses. She has made it her mission to increase Indigenous visibility and reduce barriers for Native people to enter the marketplace. Last November, she saw an opportunity to share her heritage with her Rochester neighborhood. Hilton hosted Indigenous vendors and presenters at the first Native Made Market at POP ROC, the pop-culture cafe she cofounded with her husband, Jason.

Hilton is listed on the roll of the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri and is the sixth-generation granddaughter of Rantchewaime (Flying Pigeon) and Iowa Chief Mahaska (White Cloud). Her family moved to the Rochester area when she was a child, where she learned her new home was rich in Native culture and history, being the land of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Hilton cherished the […] [Nov/Dec 2023 issue]

Rediscover the Beauty Around You

When Joseph Nardone bought his current home in 1999, the simple backyard consisted of a pool, a white fence, and a lonesome walnut tree. After knocking down the fence, he discovered he had been given a blank canvas to decorate. That’s when he started planting. 

“I learned as I went,” Nardone says. “I just kept adding.” […] [Sept/Oct 2023 Issue]

A Fairy Tale Cafe:

Coffee and Smoothies and Cheesecake, Oh My!

Just as Dorothy was transported to the land of Oz, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world when you walk through the doors of the Old Farm Cafe. Stepping inside out of the bitter Rochester winter, I am instantly transported to a sunny summer day on the farm. “That’s the idea,” says owner Eric Vaughn Johnson. […] [March/April 2023 Issue]

High Flying Fun:

Thrills for All Ages at the Rochester Airshow

Do you hear it? The whir of the wings. The roar of the engines. After a four-year hiatus, the Rochester Airshow returns! Get ready to welcome back the Thunderbirds, the official air demonstration team of the United States Air Force. Mark your calendars for August 12 and 13. The show will be hosted at the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.   […] [Summer 2023 Issue]

Hitting All the Right Notes:

The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Before you send your child back to school this fall, consider encouraging them to choose an instrument and join the school band or orchestra. Find out what is offered at each grade level. In our district, children start learning bowed stringed instruments in second grade and band instruments in fourth grade. Later, they can join the fiddle club, marching band, and indoor percussion ensemble. […] [Summer 2023 Issue]

Here’s The Scoop:

The Best Handcrafted Ice Cream around Rochester

Nothing says summer like a refreshing ice cream cone after a long bike ride. In no particular order, here’s the scoop on some of the best ice cream near you and a few places that are worth a drive. […] [Spring 2023 Issue]

Kindness Rocks

A Rock-Solid Hobby for Christina Smith

On his way to school one morning, an eight-year-old boy spies a brightly colored object peeking out from under a leaf. He bends down to check it out and finds . . . a rock. Painted to resemble a puppy, this is no ordinary rock. He tucks it into his pocket as he smiles. Across town, an orthodontist is unlocking the office door when she catches something out of the corner of her eye. She picks up a rock painted like a tooth with the words “Follow Your Dreams” written in bold lettering. She holds it in her hand and chuckles. Locals are finding painted rocks everywhere in Victor: at the library, on hiking trails, even at the foot of their own mailboxes and porches. Someone here has started a movement, and her kindness has become contagious. […] [Winter 2023 Issue]

Beat the Winter Blahs!

Rochester winters can be dreary, dark, and colder than cold. There comes a point every winter where I start browsing real estate in warmer parts of the country. We find ourselves daydreaming about tropical vacations and long summer days. When the monotony of the cold months starts to affect your mood and patience, try changing things up with one of these boredom busters: […] [Winter 2023 Issue]

The Spot

When you enter The Spot, you’ll find a row of winter coats and backpacks along with shelves of brandnew sneakers, snow boots, and water bottles. You’ll find food, personal hygiene products, and clothing items at any of The Spot’s locations. A team of volunteers fills requests and keeps the spaces stocked, serving more than 2,500 local students year-round. Executive director Sarah Chilson says, “Everybody can do something. The Spot gives people a quick and easy way to do something.” […] [Winter 2023 Issue]

Vivian Vande Velde and her Festival To Go

Vivian Vande Velde has lived in Rochester for most of her life and has penned forty books for children including Frogged and Squirrel in the Museum. She became a writer because she loves stories and was raised to believe she could do anything she set her mind to. Vande Velde became a founding member of the Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators group, which hosts the Rochester Children’s Book Festival every November.  […] [Fall 2022 Issue]

About Me

Sarah grew up surrounded by books and loved her notebooks and pens. She loved writing plays and performing them with her siblings. Her long stories won her the future author award in elementary school. As a fourth grade teacher, Sarah earned a Masters degree in writing curriculum, but decided that writing children’s books was much more fun! When she isn’t writing or reading, you can find her dancing to old records, playing board games or watching movies with her husband and three kids. She has a mini-goldendoodle named Oliver who likes to sleep on her feet while she writes. Sarah lives with her family in Victor, NY.