Canandaigua’s waterfront development was showcased at the annual chambers’ dinner.
A microphone and the originally scheduled keynote speaker were the only things missing from the annual joint chambers-of-commerce dinner Monday night.
It was the first time the Shortsville-Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was held in the parish hall of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.
“This is kind of a new event we’re growing into,” Matt Schaertl told the audience of about 100. “This is our shot, and I’m sure we’ll have some hiccups.”
He handles special events for the Shortsville-Manchester chamber, along with Martha Doody.
Everyone introduced themselves — and, along with CFOs and CEOs, there were those who humorously identified themselves as a driver and a professional hunter.
People laughed and applauded when Farmington’s Robert Kleman gave his humble introduction: “I own my own home.”
A presentation about the Canandaigua Lake Waterfront Project was supposed to be given by developer David Genecco, who is sometimes called a “mystery man” because he keeps such a low profile in public. Some from the half dozen or more chambers represented at the soiree, along with public officials and civic leaders, said they wanted to see and hear the elusive man (along with Richard Crossed) behind the $140 million project.
Instead, the audience got to hear Steve Martin give an overview of the retail and townhouse complex planned on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua. Martin, who handles public relations for Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co., said he stepped in for Genecco, who was indisposed.
It was sometimes difficult for people to hear him, but it was even harder to hear the introductory remarks by Schaertl — who said when he learned the church didn’t have a mike, he tried to borrow one from Red Jacket High School. RJ’s works only when plugged into the school’s sound system, so the effort was for naught.
But everyone seemed to have a good time, and they liked the food. Sue Stehling of Victor said grace, and the queue began.
There was stuffed pork loin with a raisin sauce, ziti pasta with marinara, stuffed fish filets, chicken French, salad and vegetables. Depot 25 Restaurant in Shortsville catered the event, and Starbucks provided coffee. There was plenty of beer and wine, too.
“It’s quite a spread,” said Nancy Patz.
And the Red Jacket Jazz Band played ably under the direction of Andrew Wright.
It was a white tablecloth affair with white milk-glass vases filled with red carnations and sprigs of baby’s breath. Attendees wore everything from a faux-fur-trimmed parka to jeans and flannel shirts to a burnt-velvet dress with handkerchief hem.
Todd Jennings was in all black.
“When I first saw him, I thought he was a priest — having gone through parochial school, I shook in my boots,” said insurance broker Ray Weidman.
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