Happy Together Tour 2022

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The Turtles continue as the signature headliners, but with the voice of the Archies, Ron Dante , again joining Turtles founding member and singer Mark Volman. (Fellow Turtles founder, Howard Kaylan, hasn’t participated for several years.)

The rest of the 2023 lineup: Gary Puckett , Little Anthony, the Vogues, the Classics IV and  The Cowsills . Together, they represent dozens of Top 10 radio hits. Watch them all perform in the opening night’s finale below.

The Turtles have sold over 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include: “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe” and “You Showed Me.”

Watch  Volman and Dante perform “Happy Together” during the 2019 tour

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap enjoyed five Top 10 singles including their 1967 debut, “Woman Woman,” as well as “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower.”

Little Anthony led the vocal group the Imperials to their first hit, “Tears On My Pillow,” in 1958, and followed it with such singles as “Goin’ Out of My Head” and “Hurt So Bad.”

Watch him perform “Tears On My Pillow” in 2022

The Vogues scored such Top 10 singles as “Turn Around, Look at Me,” “You’re the One” and “Five O’Clock World.”

The Classics IV scored three top 5 singles within two years, “Spooky,” “Stormy” and “Traces.” Their frontman, Dennis Yost, died in 2018.

Related: Our feature story on the Classics IV

The Cowsills have been part of the last several years of the tour. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for television’s  The Partridge Family  and are best known for the songs “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake” and “Love American Style.” They released a well-received studio album, Rhythm of the World , in 2022.

Related: Our feature story on “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”

Watch the 2023 opening night medley finale on May 31 in Clearwater, Fla.

Happy Together 2022 Tour  (Tickets for most of the dates are available  here  and  here )

Jun 05 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre Jun 07 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC Jun 09 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC Jun 10 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Jun 11 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Jun 13 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent Jun 14 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus Jun 15 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak Jun 16 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre Jun 17 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre Jun 18 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium Jun 20 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Jun 21 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre Jun 22 – Union Hall, VA – The Coves Amphitheater at Smith Mountain Lake Jul 08 – Coachella, CA – Spotlight 29 Casino Jul 09 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre Jul 11 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay Jul 12 – Prescott Valley, AZ – Findlay Toyota Center Jul 13 – Ojai, CA – Libbey Bowl Jul 14 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Jul 15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Smith Center Jul 16 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheater Jul 27 – Red Bank, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center For the Arts Jul 28 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall Jul 29 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre Jul 30 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Auditorium Aug 01 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre Aug 02 – Utica, NY – Stanley Theatre Aug 03 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Aug 04 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre (with Badinger’s Joey Molland instead of the Vogues) Aug 05 – Owensboro, KY – RiverPark Center Aug 06 – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park Aug 08 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center Aug 09 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium Aug 10 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion Aug 11 – New Buffalo, MI – Silver Creek Event Center (without the Cowsills) Aug 12 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino Resort and Hotel Aug 13 – Aurora, IL – Paramount Theatre Aug 15 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities PAC Aug 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater Aug 18 – Waukegan, IL – Genesee Theatre Aug 19 – Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena Aug 20 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Aug 22 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair Aug 23 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Perf. Center Aug 24 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate PAC Aug 25 – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Music Theatre Aug 27 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Aug 28 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fairegrounds Aug 29 – Fish Creek, WI – Door Community Auditorium Aug 30 – Wausau, WI – Grand Theater Aug 31 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place Sep 01 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre

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By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Live Review: Happy Together Tour – The Cowsills, The Vogues, The Buckinghams, The Association, Gary Puckett, Ron Dante, The Turtles – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida – June 1, 2022

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The Happy Togethe r tour, which was created by David Fishof in the mid-eighties, has become a tradition for many baby boomers who crave the music of the sixties. Every year the tour, which consists of The Turtles (Flo & Eddie) and numerous other 60s pop bands, rolls into cities across the U.S.  Patrons often show up in tie-dye attire and hair-challenged men wear hippie wigs.  Adding to the atmosphere, vendors sell vintage records, cassettes, scented candles, clothing, and pop art memorabilia.

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The tour has become a Rock At Night tradition in the last decade. Thanks to COVID, the world hasn’t experienced the tour since 2019 (our last show experience was 2017).  So the kick-off of the tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, had a special significance as baby boomers again met to break bread with their favorite sixties artists.

As I arrived to the theater on June 1 st , the lobby was buzzing with boomers. Having spent a lot of the last two years masked and indoors, it was nice seeing this many seniors out and about—smiling and full of life. A few crochet vests, boots, and of course, tie-dyed shirts were observed, but this year, people seemed to be wearing mostly street attire. Only a few wore face masks since the requirement has been lifted in our state.

The first band that appeared promptly at 7 p.m. was The Cowsills, which consisted of Bob, Paul, and Susan Cowsill.  During the evening The Cowsills sang hits like “The Rain, the Park, And Other Things,” “Indian Lake,” “We Can Fly”, and “Hair/Let the Sunshine In” (from “Aquarius”).  During the “Hair” song the videos on the screen behind the band included ads for Dippity Do, Glemby Girl Salons, and hair styles of the day.

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Between songs the band quipped and said, “We changed it up. We’re telling jokes.” Susan Cowsill asked, “Why did the alligator wear a vest?” As the audience shook their heads, she responded, “Because he was an investigator.” After hearing a roar of “ah’s’ and laughter, I knew it would be a nostalgic evening of music and “Dixie Riddle Cup” jokes.

After a short 20-minute set, The Vogues performed crowd favorites like “Special Angel”, “You’re the One”, and “Five O’Clock World”, which was the theme song of the The Drew Carey Show . For the tour, The Vogues consist of Troy Elich, Royce Taylor, and Shawn Stevens. Elich conversed with crowd, saying “As we passed The Cowsills they said, ‘young crowd’.” The last song was a 1968 mega hit for the band, “Turn Around, Look At Me”, which was featured in a Volkswagen commercial in 2019.

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The Buckinghams came out looking extremely youthful singing “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song)”, which had everyone dancing in their seats. Original members Nick Fortuna on bass and Carl Giammarese on vocals noted they have performed together for 55 years “because of you allowed us to make our music.” They told stories about performing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour , the Ed Sullivan Show , and backing The Monkees.  They performed “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and a personal favorite was 1967 hit “Kind of a Drag.”

There was an approximately 20 minute intermission before The Association entered the stage.  The harmonies were beautiful and sounded just like the records I remembered, with hits like “Cherish”, “Windy”, and “Never My Love”.  The Association noted there was controversy when they released their song “And Then Along Comes Mary, which by today’s standards would be a non-issue.  There were plenty of jokes about being “old” during the evening as the band thanked the crowd for “staying up late.”

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Gary Puckett came on stage looking extremely fit as he belted out hits like “Lady Willpower, “Over You”, and “This Girl is a Woman Now”.  He noted, “I can’t hit the high notes now” but his voice was actually powerful and spot on.  Before introducing “Young Girl”, he thanked the crowd for “making it a humongous hit by putting out your 49 cents” and added “I am a neighbor and live here in Clearwater.” He said his personal favorite song is “Woman, Woman”—and one cannot argue with that.

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Last up, The Turtles came on stage, with Flo (Mark Volman) wearing a vest comprised of Snoopy and Peanuts characters and saying, “We missed you. My paycheck went out the window and I haven’t seen it since you left.” Flo was hysterically funny as he played the old, absent-minded curmudgeon most of the evening.  Unfortunately, Eddie (Howard Kaylan) was not present but Ron Dante, a master in his own right, filled his formidable shoes. The crowd was even treated to “Sugar, Sugar”.

Flo explained, “We had our first hit song when I was 17 years old and in a surf band called the Crossfires. We did a Bob Dylan song. We didn’t understand the lyrics at the time—and either did Bob. It’s a really confusing song and we were too young to appreciate it.” He noted, “We were younger then but older than that now.” He asked the audience to participate by singing “No, no” and jumped into “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”

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Flo introduced the phenomenal band which backed every artist during the evening: Godfrey Townsend (guitar), Manny Faocarazzo (keys), Greg Smith (bass), and Chris Camilleri (drums). Finally, The Turtles broke into crowd favorites “Eleanor” and “Happy Together”, which brought the audience to their feet dancing. The finale included all the featured bands together on stage.

I really enjoyed the show—and so did the audience which gave many standing ovations during the evening.  The performances were truly amazing and I was blown away by the voices–real, pure, and without Auto-Tune, people.  It truly is WORTH going to see the Happy Together tour so I urge people to catch it this summer.  Go alone or bring your parents for an evening of sing-along songs and AM radio nostalgia–I did!

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HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2023

Featuring the turtles, little anthony, gary puckett and the union gap, the vogues, the classic iv and the cowsills.

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Another outrageous concert experience.

The Happy Together Tour is back in 2023! The touring sensation that has criss-crossed the nation delighting audiences for over a decade returns this summer with a show full of chart-topping hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s – an undeniable 61 Billboard Top 40 smashes.

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The Tour is once again joined by The Turtles, who also act as musical hosts for the evening. Along with The Turtles will be Little Anthony, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Vogues, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills. The Turtles are best known for their harmony-heavy California pop sound. With such hits as “Elenore,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “You Showed Me” and the title of the tour, “Happy Together,” the band ruled the airwaves in the late ‘60s. Ron Dante joins the line-up to delight with his own mega-hits, “Sugar Sugar” and “Tracy.”Little Anthony has over 60 years in show business and has sold over 50 Million records worldwide. Little Anthony’s voice has not changed a bit and is considered one of the greatest voices of all time! Little Anthony was inducted into the 2009 class of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Some of the most iconic songs ever written and Little Anthony performs include: “Goin’ Out of My Head”, “Hurts So Bad”, “Tears on My Pillow”, “I’m On The Outside (Looking In)” and “Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop”. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap are back on The “Happy Together” Tour. Gary’s trademark voice will be belting out his hits one more time. Fans will affectionately remember “Young Girl,” “Over You,” “Woman, Woman,” “This Girl Is A Woman Now,” “Lady Willpower” and Don’t Give In To Him” and more.

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The 13th edition lineup of the popular tour of ’60s pop music acts, known as the Happy Together tour, has announced its 2023 dates and lineup. The tour is named, of course, for  the Turtles’  big hit that reached #1 on March 25, 1967.

The Turtles continue as the signature headliners, but with the voice of the Archies,  Ron Dante , again joining Turtles founding member and singer Mark Volman. (Fellow Turtles founder, Howard Kaylan, hasn’t participated  for several years.)

The rest of the 2023 lineup: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Little Anthony, the Vogues, the Classics IV and The Cowsills. Together, they represent dozens of Top 10 radio hits.

Happy Together 2023 Tour Dates:

May 31 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall Jun 03 – Hiawassee, GA – Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Jun 04 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Opry Theatre Jun 05 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre Jun 07 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC Jun 09 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC Jun 10 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Jun 11 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Jun 13 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent Jun 14 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus Jun 15 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak Jun 16 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre Jun 17 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre Jun 18 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium Jun 20 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Jun 21 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre Jul 09 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre Jul 13 – Ojai, CA – Libbey Bowl Jul 16 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheater Jul 28 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall Jul 30 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Auditorium Aug 04 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre Aug 08 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center Aug 11 – New Buffalo, MI – Silver Creek Event Center Aug 19 – Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena Aug 23 – Effingham, IL – Effingham Perf. Center Aug 25 – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Music Theatre Sep 01 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre

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Cloudy celestial drama: How Rochester experienced a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024

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When darkness retreated in Rochester for the first time on April 8, the grass felt alive and dewy under the feet and robins made pronouncements in the shining treetops.

It was the start of what promised to be a magical day. 

People zipped by in their cars with purpose or rose from their slumber in search of coffee and shared greetings: “Happy Eclipse Day!” 

This is also how the sun graced us at 6:24 a.m. Monday in western New York — strong and warm and cheerful. Big news, it said. The show is today. Be safe and watchful in the coming hours under my light. 

The upper troposphere over Rochester had other ideas, though. Cloud cover vied for the stage and won. Anticipated throngs of people never quite materialized. And the celestial dance was hidden from us.

Still, people in every square mile of Monroe County and adjacent counties came together, pausing their lives, and mingling with friends and strangers. It was monumental, and the Democrat and Chronicle recorded much of it. Here’s what we saw. 

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By mid-morning, the South Wedge was finally waking up. The skateboarders had passed through, the delivery trucks had left and the line started to snake around for coffee inside LGBTQ+ hangout coffeeshop Equal Grounds.

Nearby, Gregory Alan Rogers, 71, walked off a tidy street and past a statue of the city's namesake, Nathaniel Rochester, who had purchased land here after the Revolutionary War and laid out the orderly grid of early avenues.

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He had ridden Amtrak 550 miles from Indiana to visit a friend in town and see the eclipse. And he was ready.

Tourists packed in our favorite haunts and most scenic open areas in the parks and by Lake Ontario. No single wave of looky-loos flooded into town during the day Monday. It was steady and progressive.

The energy at Ontario Beach Park was strong. Footballs were flying, children were laughing and longtime Rochester friends Salvadora Guzman and Arinda Molina-Collins were cranking out late-1970s tunes while sipping red wine. 

The two arrived by 10:30 a.m. “We wanted to get a nice spot to experience this,” said Arinda Molina-Collins, 57. 

“And it’s great people watching,” added Guzman, 59, as Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” played. “It’s gonna clear up.” 

The optimism dissipated with every passing hour — with every new layer of clouds.

Lunch was an event, if you were out and about. The line at Dogtown, "where the best hot dogs live," stretched more than 37 people before noon on Monday.

Logistics and, well, weiners were on their minds. Eclipse-goers in cars jammed the area. Parking was a mess — "I forgot my f---ing wallet" — lamented one man stepping out of a minivan. On the patio, a group of college-age men and women piled into garbage plates, a Hawaiian dog, a Golden Retriever.

Of course, the hots got the best reviews. "The bread is so good," exulted a student wearing pink anime ears. "This is what my parents worked so hard for," she said, with a giggle.

A Shih Tzu — a visitor not a lunch order — waited patiently for its bun. Every seat and open space inside was filled with people. The Dogtown cashier sent back order after order. Saturday night had set records for the business.

To Ramon Rayford, though, the day was just another Monday. He has owned Mass Appeal barber shop on East Main Street for about a decade. April 8 was made special only by his father’s 81st birthday. “I think it’s overhyped,” he said of the eclipse. “I don’t think it’s going to change much of anything going on. I think people are making a big deal out of nothing.”

PREPARED FOR THE ECLIPSE 

Savannah Cook of Rochester has been here 10 years, from Corning originally. Ryan Der from Baltimore was with her at midday Monday and later at Highland Park stretched out on a blanket.

“She’s my tour guide,” he said as they smiled and tightly held hands. “The best tour guide. The prettiest.”

More smiles.

Eighty Monroe County residents gathered at the Henrietta Senior Center. They were at the center for the lunch it offers regularly, but everyone was talking about the day's unusual happenings. Florence Brown and Julie Adams sat together at a table, where they examined eclipse-themed artwork from students.

In downtown Rochester, Maze Pelham of Baltimore arrived with his family. When he was a fifth-grader, he watched news of the 2017 solar eclipse and vowed he would be present in person for the next solar eclipse of note. That eclipse, and that day, had come. And this is why he and his parents, Janice and Sonney Pelham, left Maryland around 1 a.m. Monday to make the long drive.

Why did the Pelhams choose Rochester as their viewing spot? The 17-year-old Maze did his research and found the city’s Parcel 5 eclipse-watching plans. “It’s got all the amenities,” he said, referring to temporary bathrooms and food trucks. And the view of Monday afternoon’s eclipse looking to the south would be ideal, he said, speaking at a time when the sun was still shining.

In the hour leading up to the eclipse, a teen strummed folksy tunes on his guitar at the Tinker Nature Center. Adults chatted around telescopes, hoping to catch a view of the eclipse in the coming minutes.

Laura Olivares, a high school Spanish teacher from New York City, traveled more than five hours to make the event at the Henrietta center. Olivares said she woke up in the middle of the night last week, did a deep YouTube dive on eclipses and became determined to see the total eclipse.

For Tony Kemmer, the outing marked the first time he has been in public since the pandemic.  

“To me, it’s special because it’s my first time out after COVID," Kemmer said. “It’s very exciting to be a part of this." 

People planned where they would be on this day, either making a special gathering or at least stepping out of work, the grocery store or the barbershop to stand in communion under the sky, surrounded by the Rochesterness of it all. 

YOU ARE THE SUN. I AM THE MOON. 

Many people on University of Rochester's Eastman Quadrangle actually did see the sun and the moon Monday afternoon. The moon’s name is Rianna Ehrenreich and the sun goes by Alexana Dubois. The pair each wore costumes and spent much of the afternoon “eclipsing” each other. 

Ehrenreich, an astrophysics and history double major and senior from Silver Springs, Maryland, realized when she toured UR four years ago that the eclipse would occur during her senior year.

“I kind of forgot about the day for a while, but then I remembered,” said the president of the campus Astronomy Club. 

Like many others, the clouds didn’t hinder her enthusiasm amid all the posing for photos she did with Dubois, a senior and English major from California.

“It’s going to be an eerie experience,” she said about 20 minutes before totality, referring to the cooling of the air, the picking up of a breeze and, in nature, the stirring of nocturnal animals. 

A few miles away, Jack Ryan and Rebecca Lassey were getting married at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in downtown Rochester during the eclipse window. 

They said vows and then all 85 people came out to watch the day darken. The couple has been dating for two years since they met in a musical at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where they were students. The wedding reception was at the modern, glass-roofed The Wintergarden, so they could see the sky on the day of their nuptials.

At the Plush Wig Room a neighborhood away, Asia Fadlelmula worked on her 17-year-old sister, London Jones, as her mother looked on. It will be prom soon.

Fadlelmula, who runs her own three-chair salon, works hard to keep a small business going.

"Rochester has a lot of great talent and great potential for success," said her mother, Chavon Manor, a real estate agent and a nurse. "As long as you are searching, there is always an opportunity to grow, to evolve, to be educated, to find success for yourself."

Fadlelmula was done with the teasing and oiling — her sister is getting ready for extensions now that she is grown.

"If you go down the side streets and the back alleyways, Rochester has a lot of beauty and depth you don't see on the surface," she said. They hoped visitors would keep an open mind and embrace the city.

IT'S HAPPENING

When the eclipse began, excitement heightened. Yes, this is happening. 

Bob Bogwicz is a freelance engineer who lives for super-modified racing and the car he has poured tens of thousand of dollars into. He was sitting alone in an empty lot on the rough part of Monroe Avenue by the boarded-up Monroe Theater. His lawn chair was facing the sky where the eclipse would be happening behind the clouds. 

As he sat, more people arrived — just a few.

A guy named Laser and his sister and his niece pulled up in cars on the lawn and brought out the bottles and music. An RIT professor set up next to Bob and graded papers while they waited. 

A neighbor named Samantha, with a nervous rescue/support dog named Baxter wandered over, talking with jittery energy. Baxter shivered and got held in a warm embrace during the rest of the eclipse event. 

Down the street, two men had been sitting outside the coin laundry while a third man dozed upright with his eyes mostly closed. 

Mark Sanders, who has lived here since 1978, and Fred Daniel, who has lived here a decade, shared eclipse information and talked about craters and meteors and dinosaurs. Sanders was eager for the eclipse. He spoke, also, of the street drug scene on Monroe Avenue: Powdered coke, crack, heroin, fentanyl, ice.

“You name it, they got it,” drawled Daniel. “Or they can find it.” 

Sanders saw the partial eclipse — three-quarters — in 2017. "Outside of the sun, you could see fireburst and you could see just like layers, pulses of sun coming around the moon. That was cool."

Lydia Ramos stood outside her Higher Level Smoke Shop with a friend.

For Ramos, it was a mystical day. Somewhere, this has been written, she said in a hushed tone. 

DARKNESS DROPS IN

As 3:20 p.m. approached, the sky looked as if it would burst open with rain. It darkened through the clouds. When the light vanished, gasps and cheers went up around town. People yelled at the heavens and encouraged the moon’s solo performance.

When totality came, of course, cloud cover meant all those eclipse glasses we all bought were of no use. If other parts of the country could look up and see the round moon blocking the sun, Rochesterians and our visitors could not.

Pets quivered and a baby cried in the distance. Any crowd that was lighting up or drinking began to holler.

At UR, it was more about quiet and a shared moment of awe and solemnity. Some gasps could be heard as everyone experienced nighttime in daytime. In a generation where life is documented on Instagram and TikTok, phones were raised to record what was occurring. 

The breeze picked up a bit. A chill floated through the air. Lights went on along the exterior of Rush Rhees Library. 

In Henrietta, frogs croaked and birds sang. People clamored to take photos of a sky as dark as midnight. 

There was time to draw a breath and listen and look around. Other people pulled at our eyes as much as any manmade lighting in the frame.

We were together.

END OF THE PLAY 

Darkness drained away in Rochester for the second time on April 8, grass felt cool and still under our feet and seagulls cawed their amazement overhead.

Aiden Abruzzino of the goth clothing and accessories store called Eclipse on Monroe Avenue in Rochester stepped out to watch the sky. 

Abruzzino later said seeing the community come together was fantastic. “People of all types hanging out and bonding over one thing,” he said.

He was still outside for the post-total eclipse, ultra-rapid, unreal second dawn on one of the most memorable days of our lifetimes.

Time started again. People looked around and shared reactions. 

Kelly Douglass, a UR professor of physics and astronomy, reflected. “I was deeply moved. I didn’t expect it to be so powerful.” 

At Lake Ontario, Arinda Molina-Collins raised her arms in triumph. 

“It’s one of those things you can’t imagine,” she said. “You can’t fully capture it on camera. It was amazing. We obviously didn’t get the full experience, but we actually did. The whole darkness and how everyone was feeling, the vibe, it was incredible.”

This is how the sun surprised us at 3:24 p.m. Monday in western New York, hiding behind its dancing partner. Although it was secreted behind the clouds, we saw its presence through the incredibly rare chiaroscuro. 

And if we listened closely, we might have heard it laughing. 

— Sarah Taddeo, Mike Kilian, Alex Gladden, David Osborn and David Robinson contributed to this article.  

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