Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The Rochester Twilight Criterium is back for 2019! For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, May 11th:

1. It's Downtown

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Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy the streets and buildings of DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Blue Cross Arena, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds pushing 40 mph. The race begins and ends on the Broad Street Bridge.

3. Admission is FREE

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! Teams from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong will compete this year. And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. Don’t Miss the Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details). This section opens at 2pm for all pre-race activities too.

5. Running Racers

Back again this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. Four separate 1-mile races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

What else did we miss? Loads of people, events for kids and a night full of fun!

Rochester Twilight Criterium:
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Twilight Criterium FB Event Page

 

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Don’t Miss: Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

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On April 6th and 7th, head downtown to Sibley Square for the first Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show. Featuring refurbished, renewed and refreshed urban lifestyle designs from classic to mid-century to contemporary style room settings and vignettes. The special weekend sale showcases multiple, eco-aware retailers echoing the reinvention of the venerable Sibley’s Department Store.

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

Sibley Square recently has been reclaimed by WINN Development as 1 million square feet of multi-use residential and commercial space. WINN Development and ABODES Property Services will host the show which is sponsored by Rochester’s (585) magazine.

The event will feature furniture and accessories from Rochester’s leading resale stores, including upstate New York’s largest consignment shop, Sequels Home Furnishings of Victor, along with the area’s top Mid-Century experts from South Avenue Treasures and Abode of Rochester’s southeast neighborhoods. “This is a show highlighting stylish yet sustainable ideas for designing and decorating your home,” said Lewis Stess, founder of ABODES Property Services and show organizer.

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Downtown Rochester is an exciting and growing urban residential experience. Nearly 7,000 residents currently live within walking distance of Sibley Square in renovated and repurposed residential spaces. In keeping with the mission of Sibley Square to revitalize and reuse some of the best of our past, the Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show brings hundreds of brand name, quality furnishings and accessories that are very gently used, at very attractive prices.

The event is 2 days only: Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Entry is free.

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

The weekend show is both furniture gallery and pop-up retail shop. People can browse and buy authentic, high quality decor that maintains the best characteristics of past designs, updating it for today’s lifestyles. Living, dining, and bedroom settings will be adorned with art, photography, accessories and rugs. The show supports resource-saving, green choices in today’s home interior design.

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Event Details:

Saturday, April 6th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 7th: 12-5pm
Facebook Event Page

Sibley Square:
250 East Main Street

 

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Center City: the Best Places to Check Out Around the Liberty Pole

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Landmark Society | Website

Rochester's Downtown scene is in a period of rebirth. With new developments (Tower280), renovations (Legacy Tower, The Metropolitan, & The Sibley Building), and existing residential areas (The Temple Building Lofts), you can't deny it's changing - and growing - for the better.

With the Liberty Pole being an iconic landmark of our city, and at what some would argue to be our city's true center, we want you to know what is available. Whether you are a visitor at one of our city's best hotels (Radisson, the Hyatt, and the Hilton Garden Inn), you are a long-time church goer at Grace Road Church located in the Temple Building, a student at the Eastman School of Music, or if you are a newly minted resident in one of the cool lofts, here are the best places to check out when you are around the Pole.

Abilene Bar & Lounge

Reconnect Rochester |  Website

Reconnect Rochester | Website

Map It: 153 Liberty Pole Way

A quaint little neighborhood bar/live music venue serving up great drinks from a friendly staff. On warmer days enjoy the patio and definitely check it out during Jazz Fest!

Connect with Abilene: website, facebook, twitter

Bar Bantam

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Map It: 1 South Clinton Ave

Located on the first floor of The Metropolitan, Bar Bantam is open for Breakfast and Lunch (Monday-Friday) as well as Dinner and Drinks (Wednesday-Saturday). Menus change seasonally and you’ll find plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

Connect with Bar Bantam: website, facebook, instagram

Branca Midtown

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Map It: 280 E. Broad Street

This new restaurant located at Tower280 not only offers authentic Italian Cuisine, but a full Italian Coffee Bar. Pop in for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or even just an espresso.

Connect with Branca: website, facebook, instagram

Center City Terrace + Lounge

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Map It: 125 E. Main Street

If you're looking for your new favorite summer night spot, check out the Center City Terrace + Lounge on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Grab a drink, order off their Pub Plates menu and enjoy a beautiful and unique space in downtown Rochester.

Connect with CCT+L: website, facebook, instagram

Drifters L.B.

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Map It: 155 E. Main Street

Steps inside the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown you'll find Drifters Lounge & Bar. Yes, it might be a restaurant in a hotel, but that doesn't matter. For a peek inside check out our post from September, Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen.

Connect with Drifters: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Java's Cafe

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Map It: 16 Gibbs St.

A long time Rochester favorite, this cafe serves up your favorite lattes and drinks but also great sandwiches, baked goods, granola and more. It's always busy, it's always good.

And while you're at it, check out the calendar for the Eastman School of Music - you never know what free concert might be happening just next door. Or in the warmer weather pop over to Yogen Fruz just across the street.

Connect with Java's: website, facebook, instagram

RIT City Art Space

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Map It: 280 E. Main Street

New to the City Center neighborhood is the RIT City Art Space that opened on the ground floor of Sibley Square. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 1-5pm and will feature new exhibitions monthly!

Connect with RIT City Art Space: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Stromboli's Restaurant

Stromboli's |  Facebook

Stromboli's | Facebook

Map It: 130 East Ave

From their Breakfast Stromboli, to pizza, salad, pasta and more, Stromboli's on East Ave has so many options you won't be able to decide, they even have vegan options.

Connect with Stromboli's: website, facebook

Unter Biergarten

Map It: 120 East Ave

In the former home of Victoire, you'll now find Unter Biergarten. Having just opened in February and serving up their Bavarican Cuisine (that is Bavarian/New American), Unter Biergarten has already become a Rochester favorite. Check them out for lunch or dinner and don't miss their selection of Wurst from Swan Market, the Loaded Bavarian Tots, and well, everything else on the menu.

Connect with Unter Biergarten: website, facebook, instagram


Other Areas to Explore

Rochester Parks |  Website

Rochester Parks | Website

St. Joseph's Park

Just North West of the Pole you'll stumble upon some Rochester History at St. Joseph's Park. This former Catholic Church almost burnt down entirely in 1974 and thankfully the Landmark Society along with the City of Rochester and some other groups and organizations worked hard to restore and preserve what remains. This is perfect for a picnic or an afternoon of exploring.

Map It: Pleasant St & N. Clinton

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Grove Place Neighborhood

Tucked behind the YMCA on E. Main and Press Coffee you'll find Grove Place. If you're looking to "step out" of the city and wander, this is the perfect place. This neighborhood is said to be "the oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in Downtown Rochester" and we think you'll love it's charm, art, and architecture.

P.S. all of the places listed are around a quarter mile or less from the Liberty Pole - that is definitely walking distance!

Post was originally written in 2017 and has been updated since!


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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!

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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 Exhibitions

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The very first temporary exhibit featured at the Visitor Center was 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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While The Lost Coloramas has ended, check out what’s opening next: The Kodak Park Works by Justin Scalera.

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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