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Rochester Recreation fabric by wren_leyland on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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By C. Wren Leyland

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Highland Park with lilacs and pavilion, and Sea Breeze Park with its hotels and amusement rides were popular recreating spots in Rochester, NY.

Highland Park with lilacs and pavilion, and Sea Breeze Park with its hotels and amusement rides were popular recreating spots in Rochester, NY.

Hand-drawn lilacs and photographed copper beech leaves adorn the design, and an historic photo of the aqueduct forms the narrow stripe. Designs based on images from Highland Park Conservatory and Monroe County Library System.

The lakefront in Rochester was a strong draw for recreation, and one lakeside village had thirty-five saloons in 1900. Ironically, the first city playground wasn't built until 1904.

The pavilion shown topped the hill at Highland Park, founded by George Eastman of Kodak fame. While the pavilion is long gone, the park still hosts an annual lilac festival that brings visitors from around the world. Many varieties of lilacs have been collected and bred by park specialists.

The aqueduct was built near the downtown area after years of putting up with flooding from the river.

Copper beech had a special place in many hearts -- Kodak park maintained a large tree along its Lake Avenue buildings. Even when the buildings disappear, the copper beech remains.

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wren_le...

wren_leyland says: Thanks, Isabella! Your idea for the color swatch fabric has served many people well...you are a legend.

Posted almost 5 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: Very prettily done!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

wren_le...

wren_leyland says: Thanks, Rhonda! Your Christmas bells will always be one of my favorites.

Posted almost 5 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Your lovely design has a sweet vintage appearance! The lilac images, which are so much a part of the history of your town, are beautifully entwined into the pattern of the toile!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

wren_le...

wren_leyland says: Thanks, Chickoteria. Your Chattanooga toile shows care in drawing and research, with a great write-up!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

chickot...

chickoteria says: Hey Wren, such a delicate design, love the colors!!

Posted almost 5 years ago.