Last Days: Dutch Connection

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In 1895 George Eastman traveled the Netherlands on a bicycle trip and was amazed by “blaze of color” he saw as be biked past the vast fields of flowers. This trip later inspired him to order tens of thousands of bulbs from Holland, wanting this same effect in his gardens and home. This tradition continued every year from 1905 and 1932 (except 1918).

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“A hundred years after Eastman’s bicycling trip, the Eastman Museum started the annual floral show Dutch Connection to pay homage to Eastman’s practice of buying and planting thousands of bulbs“ (read the full history here). This year, the museum is celebrating the 25th year of Dutch Connection.

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Stepping into the Eastman Museum during Dutch Connection instantly transports you out of Rochester. The sights and the smells are enough to make you forget it’s winter. Each room is filled with tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, amaryllis, azaleas, daffodils, and more. There are also many different orchid varieties courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. View the Flower Guide.

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Dutch Connection ends Sunday, February 24th. If you have the chance to go you won’t want to miss it. If you couldn’t make it this year, enjoy these few photos and make sure you go next year!

George Eastman Museum:

Museum Website
Dutch Connection

 

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3 Reasons You Need to Go to the Kodak Visitor Center

Whether you’re new to Rochester or a long time Rochesterian, get the Kodak Center on you MUST-DO list, now. Formerly known as the Kodak Theater on the Ridge and then Kodak Center for Performing Arts, the Kodak Center features touring productions, musicians, comedy, kids shows and more.

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While you should definitely check out their list of shows, we want to make sure the Kodak Visitor Center, which opened in December and is FREE, is on your radar. Here are 3 things you don’t want to miss:

1. Over 130 Years of Kodak History

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Kodak has a very deep and rich history here that extends beyond Rochester and now there’s a place to learn about it in person.

Learn about the start of Kodak, the way it impacted the world we live in, the Kodak cameras that went to the moon with Apollo 11, see the first digital camera, learn why film has perforations on the outside and so much more.

Check out this quick intro video on the Visitor Center:

2. The Lost Coloramas

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The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center is The Lost Coloramas, highlighting the work of photographer Neil Montanus. Neil traveled the world with his photography, he’s known for taking “the best portrait ever” of Walt Disney as well as shooting 55 of the 565 Kodak Coloramas that hung in Grand Central Station from 1950-1990.

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See a number of the “Lost Coloramas” that were never featured in Grand Central and haven’t been viewed in more than 4 0 years.

3. Ugly Duck & The Retail Shop

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The best way to start your tour of the Visitor Center may be first to grab a coffee at Ugly Duck Coffee and then peruse the exhibitions….

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Well, whether you do before or after your tour, you won’t want to miss this space housing Ugly Duck Coffee (grab coffee, a latte, tea, chai or maybe some pastries from Scratch Bakeshop) and the Kodak Retail Shop featuring mugs, bags, shirts, and more.

Not only will you have a great beverage from Ugly Duck, but the shop is also full of great gift ideas for someone who once worked at Kodak, someone who moved away from Rochester, a Rochester history buff (or fanatic), or maybe even a little something for yourself!

Kodak Visitor Center Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Ugly Duck Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
Location:
200 West Ridge Road
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15 Places You Should Be Thinking of for Brunch

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Rochester's brunch game is strong.

There are a lot of the great diners and restaurants for breakfast, like neighbors, Jine's and The Frog Pond, but do you know about these 15 great places? If not, you should be thinking about them for brunch (p.s. we revised our post from 10 to 15, because ROC is so great).


1. Blu Wolf Bistro

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While you may think of stopping here for a burger and drink after work, don't miss out on Blu Wolf's brunch offerings like their Hangover Bowls and Chicken n'Waffles.

Find it: Website, Map


2. Brown Hound Downtown

Brown Hound has been located in the Memorial Art Gallery for a year now. With the bakery and the restaurant you'll find many offerings including lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

Find it: Website, Map


3. ButaPub

This Asian-inspired pub may serve some roc'in ramen and Banh mi, but don't forget to check it out on the weekend for their ButaPub Benedict and Chicken & Donuts.

Find it: Website, Map


4. Cure

Cure, located at the Public Market, focuses on seasonal menus from locally sourced products. And in case you didn't know it, Sunday is brunch day. Check it out.

Find it: Website, Map


5. The Frog Pond

Another longtime breakfast staple in the city is The Frog Pond. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, they offer a menu full of omelets, eggs benedict and more.

Find it: Website, Map


6. Glen Edith Coffee

Glen Edith Coffee on Somerton St. off Park Ave. has been serving up waffles, breakfast sandwiches and more since the beginning. Who doesn't love breakfast all day, everyday?

Find it: Website, Map


7. Lento

Lento does not offer brunch every week, so you have to keep your eyes on their social media accounts. Future brunch dates that have been announced are March 26th, April 16th and May 14th.

Find it: Website, Map


8. Marty's on Park

From food truck, to brick and mortor, to brunch! Marty's is a new addition to our list, just launching brunch on February 18th.

Find it: Website, Map


9. McCann's Local Meats

Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and so much goodness from one of our favorite local meat establishments. And now, thanks to their new espresso machine, you can get a latte, cappuccino, cortado and more.

Find it: Website, Map


10. Nosh

The newest of all of these restaurants, Nosh, has recently announced on Instagram that brunch is finally here. Need we say more?

Find it: Website, Map


11. The Owl House

The Owl House has great options for not only the meat-eaters, but also vegans, vegetarians and people who are dining gluten free. Enjoy the Chicken N Waffles or even the Tofu N Waffles (and don't miss the brunch cocktails).

Find it: Website, Map


12. Radio Social

With their Middle Eastern cuisine, Radio Social’s brunch runs from 11am-3pm on Sundays. Their menu changes seasonally so follow along on social media or check out their website for the latest menu.

Find it: Website, Map


13. The Revelry

While The Revelry is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, they also feature a great Sunday brunch. Check out specialties like The Sangwich or the Short Rib Pastrami Hash.

Find it: Website, Map


14. ROUX

The kitchen at Roux is putting out classic French cuisine and the brunch is top-notch from the Waffle Sammy and Smoked Salmon to the simpler Brûléed Grapefruit.

Find it: Website, Map


15. TRATA

In case you didn't know, not only does TRATA have great lunch and dinner options (plus all the cocktails, beer & wine), but brunch ALL DAY on Sundays.

Find it: Website, Map

This post was originally written January 2017 and was updated on 1/25/19!


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She is a big fan of all breakfast foods from the sweet to the savory and can't pass up a great brunch. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?


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Take a Look Inside Metro CoWork

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If you travel down East Ave often, you’ve probably watched this space (350 East Ave) transform and been curious about what it is. Well, Metro CoWork has recently opened and we wanted to give you a look inside.

The property is a project that was acquired in 2017 and is now under the direction of Craig Webster and Webster Properties, with collaborated interior design work by Nicole Gerstner. You’ll want to know that the space is being managed under the expertise of Cat Hood, Head Community Manager, who is a UK implant who has prior award winning experience on the "Ugli” Project.

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CoWork spaces are designed to help reduce costs for startups and small businesses, as well as provide flexible working conditions. Metro CoWork was built to offer more than just a desk to work at: it’s a place where mere functionality, affordability, and beautiful design converge.

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This beautiful and inspirational space offers multiple membership options, depending on your choice of a “hot desk” or a more permanent one, as well as many amenities and opportunities to promote collaboration among its membership community.

Supporting the immediate neighborhood is always a key goal, with plans to collaborate with local businesses such as POP ROC and the like in the near future.

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Do you have conference calls or need to invite clients in? There are different places to gather, hold conferences, and even make private phone calls in one of the phone booths.

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The open concept kitchen was strategically placed in the back of the cowork space to encourage the collision of the minds when you’re grabbing lunch or coffee. It’s a way of getting to know your fellow co-worker, thereby increasing the chance that more collaboration and/or success will happen in our city.

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Metro CoWork is continuing to grow and build out their space to offer even more opportunities for office and collaborative space.

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While these pictures only highlight the East Ave space, Metro CoWork also has locations in High Falls and Brighton and will be opening in the future in Webster and Irondequoit.

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There’s a lot more in store for this space, including this open outdoor space in the back of the building that has already been painted by local artists, so stay tuned or check it out.

COMING UP:
Want to see the space in-person? Get your (FREE!) tickets for the 2018 Holiday Party and Ribbon Cutting that is being held on Friday, December 21st. More information and tickets on their Facebook Event page.

Metro CoWork:
Website
Contact:
Cat Hood, Head Community Manager
eastave@metrocowork.com


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