Welcome to the Swillburg Neighborhood! We are a small, vibrant, close-knit community of city neighbors who enjoy all that Rochester, NY has to offer.
Swillburg residents take pride in our historic homes, community gardens, and neighborhood events. We love our local businesses and take advantage of our proximity to Rochester’s numerous cultural and natural resources.
Let’s hear it for our University of Rochester student volunteers! 12 great incoming freshman participated in Wilson Day 2014, a day of service 26 years strong throughout the greater Rochester area. Our volunteers got a great history lesson about the founding and subsequent preservation of our neighborhood from our resident historian before heading up to South Clinton Avenue to beautify the Charette Garden and our main commercial thoroughfare.
Here’s a picture of a few of our volunteers, taking a break and catching some shade in a Swillburg garden. Thanks again – we had so much fun getting to know you and wish you the best of luck on this exciting new chapter of your lives!
Happy Summer, Swillburgers!
We have updated the membership form for 2014 (download the Swillburg membership form 2014 right here) and you can donate to the neighborhood’s coffers with as little as $5.
All funds go to making Swillburg a better, more beautiful place to live and work. Your dues go directly back into our awesome neighborhood.
If you would like to organize a membership drive or volunteer in another way, please step forward. Many hands makes light work, as the phrase goes…
We’ve just updated our main site with pictures and detailed information about our many community green spaces here in Swillburg. Hold your mouse cursor over “Gardens/Parks” in the menu screen at the top of this page to find out more.
Hope you have fun exploring the site, and hope to see you at one of our gardens!
Community Vegetable Garden
We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather and a better group of volunteers.
Employees of Kodak and Kodak Alaris helped stain the palisade fence in Otto Henderberg Park…
…beautify our Bloom Garden…
…and beautify our neighborhood. Thanks to the United Way, JoAnn for coordinating, our great volunteers, and our generous donations from Home Depot and our neighborhood Salvatore’s. The park looks beautiful with the tulips in bloom, don’t you think?
This Thursday at 9:30am in Otto Henderberg Park (off Field St. between Avon and Sycamore), Swillburg neighbors and employees from Kodak Alaris will team up to beautify our park: we’ll be staining, painting, repairing, and raking.
Won’t you join us? We can always use a few extra hands (and rollers, and trays).
RSVP and get more details at swillburg.nextdoor.com.
Through thick and thin, our beloved Cinema Theater on the corner of Clinton and Goodman has kept its lights on.
More than a place to catch a film, it’s been a place to gather, to reconnect, to laugh. More than a few engagement rings have been hidden in the bottoms of popcorn bags. More than a few tears were shed when Princess the Cat passed away.
We couldn’t imagine a Swillburg without a Cinema. Even if we could, we wouldn’t want to.
Here’s JoAnn Morreale, hamming it up on her way to change titles back in 1985. JoAnn, a public school teacher, rescued the Cinema from disrepair and lovingly nurtured it for three decades. John Trickey, the Cinema’s new owner, continues that tradition.
Happy 100 years, Cinema Theater!
Help the Cinema: Donate to it’s campaign to raise funds for the mandatory upgrade to digital at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-cinema-theater-goes-digital–4
For more great Cinema Theater history, check out: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2014/03/14/dispatch-from-another-35mm-outpost-with-cats/