Video: Come to Rochester

Video Screenshot

Video Screenshot

Sometimes in our Rochester travels, whether around the actual city or exploring for history on the internet, we find a gem worth sharing. Now, we have pretty much no idea why a French designer put it together, but we wanted to share!

Without further ado: Come to Rochester

VIMEO Details:
Court-métrage réalisé par Constant Revest / Knst
Sélection officielle Audi Talents Awards 2010.
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If anyone out there knows its background story or knows about the original video, please share it in the comments. Also, what are your favorite parts? How enjoyable it is driving here? The traffic safety or maybe the convenient parking?

Anyway - Come to Rochester!


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A Vacation Much Needed...

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the Rochesteriat

Every October, Stefanie and I get to the point of needing a vacation. It also happens to be our anniversary month, so it all works out and we LOVE traveling in the fall. A chance to get away, to see outside of Rochester, to renew our sense of place, pride, and passion for our city, especially by seeing how the rest of the world lives. 

This October, Stefanie and I went on a trip across the country - our country. We wanted to drive because we wanted to experience the vastness of the United States in a car and see it firsthand instead of via plane, on TV, or in pictures. 

 So without further adieu, here's the A Vacation Much Needed in picture form. 

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the Rochesteriat

Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

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Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD

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Crazy Horse Memorial, in Crazy Horse, SD

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WeeCasa Tiny Homes, Lyons, Colorado  

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You cannot miss the Grand Canyon...

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...or hiking in Sedona, AZ!

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Our trip took us from New York to California.

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After all of our driving explorations and 3867 miles later, we were able to fly home (on JetBlue, of course!) in style - JetBlue's Mint Experience

A view from 36,000ft flying back over what we just drove through. Renting a car and traveling one-way was perfect! We took our time getting to the West Coast and didn't have to drive ALL THE WAY HOME. We definitely recommend it.

Here's to traveling, enjoying our country and then coming back to the place we love and call home - Rochester!


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The Triangle of North Winton Village

The Triangle of North Winton Village  is the North Winton Village neighborhood within Culver, Merchants and East Main.

This growing neighborhood is making a name for itself within the city with its residences, walkability, and businesses. Check out their video to see more:

The next event happening in The Triangle is this weekend. Local artist Shawn Dunwoody is gathering together the neighborhood for another community painting event.

On Saturday and Sunday (11/25-11/26), Dunwoody will be leading the charge on a mural that will be painted on panels to be installed behind Johnny's Pub & Grill.

The Triangle | Facebook

The Triangle | Facebook

For those looking at the weather, the panels will actually be painted INSIDE and then installed outside once completed. The community is encouraged to come out and join in, no artistic talent is required and the event is kid friendly. Check out the Facebook Event Page for updates.

The Triangle: Website, Facebook, Instagram


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2017 Holiday Guide: Shop LOCAL!

the Rochesteriat (pictured L>r: Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs)

the Rochesteriat (pictured L>r: Cat Clay, More Fire Glass, Tom Pollard Designs)

We're last minute shoppers, it's terrible, we know. There's just something about that deadline creeping up that really puts us into action. So this year we're getting ahead and starting our shopping in November (super early, we know)!

We're all about shopping local as much as possible and our city businesses have a lot to offer. So here's a quick guide to do more LOCAL gift giving this year:

Art Gallery/Museum Gifts or Memberships:

Give the gift of Art! For those art lovers in your life peruse the gift shops of local galleries or museums like the George Eastman Museum or the Memorial Art Gallery. They are full of unique treasures you often won't find anywhere else.

Know someone who will want to adore the art itself over and over? Buy a membership so they can keep going back throughout the year. Giving gifts to younger ones? Head to the Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strong Museum of Play or the Seneca Park Zoo.

And don't forget those theater lovers! Consider subscriptions to one of our many theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

For the Home:

The Rochesteriat | Peppermint

The Rochesteriat | Peppermint

Skip the big box stores and head to the small mom n'pop shops. Look for gifts at places like Abode Rochester, Stacy K Floral, AXOM Objects, More Fire Glass Studio and the Hub by Archimage. Even Peppermint and Fahsye have a great selections of local Rochester goodies!

The Gift of Learning:

We're life-long learners, we love to read, take classes and attend events where we'll walk away having learned something and been inspired. Give the gift of knowledge through gift cards and classes from Rochester Brainery, the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery, Little Button Craft, or the Flower City Arts Center.

Clothing & Things:

Before you head to the mall or Target, stop at Archimage, Peppermint, Fahsye, or the new Statement Boutique on Park Ave. Shopping for an active friend? Try Fleet Feet, Rochester Running Co. or Rochester Parkour. And don't forget about stores like Little Button Craft, Zak's Avenue and Parkleigh, you never know what great (and random!) gifts you'll find.

Gift Cards!

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the Rochesteriat

Lastly, as much as we love that super thought-out perfect gift, we're also fans of gift cards! Do you have a favorite place you think your friend or family member needs to try, what better way to get them to go than with a giftcard? The list could be endless: McCann's, TRATA, Rocco, The Owl House, The Red Fern, Bitter Honey, Fiorella, all the Coffee Shops, The Little Theatre, all the theaters, and actually any of the places we've already listed in this post!

Whatever you may be shopping for, give city businesses a chance and shop local.


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The Austrian Cannon Has Returned

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the Rochesteriat

Congratulations to the City of Rochester, the Italian Community of Rochester, the Washington Square Park Community Association,  the Military History Society of Rochester, and all the citizens of our City that made this project a reality.

The Rochesteriat

The Rochesteriat

Up until a year ago, the Austrian Cannon was laying in a City warehouse in a state of decay...and back in August of 2015 the Cannon returned to its post for a brief minute, long enough to capture this picture above. 

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the Rochesteriat

On November 9th, the refurbished Cannon was restored to its original home in the Park just in time to celebrate and honor Veteran's Day, dedicated especially for those that fought and served in World War I. 

The Cannon now has been given new life by the joint efforts of (pictured above from L-R): Chuck Baylis, Mitch Rowe, Carolee Conklin, Elaine Spaull, Christine Ridarsky, Norman Jones, Mario Danielle, and other leaders throughout the community.

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the Rochesteriat

Pictured above is the Cannon as it was tarped early on in the day before the 2pm unveiling and re-dedication ceremony. Turned out to be a beautiful, fall day in the Washington Square Park....

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the Rochesteriat

...leaders pulled back the tarp to unveil the beautifully restored piece...

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the Rochesteriat

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the Rochesteriat

The wheels are exact replicas of the original Cannon had (seen above), and in much better condition to honor our Veterans that have fought and served to keep our great Nation free. 


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