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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The Official Unofficial Insider's Guide to the 2017 Clothesline Festival

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The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival being held on September 9th & 10th at the Memorial Art Gallery is the last outdoor big-art-bash of the season here in the city.

Without further ado, here is your Official Unofficial (or is it Unofficial Official?) Insider's Guide to the Festival:

Admission is $5

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Ok so, it's not free, it's $5 to get in ($4 if you're a museum member or free for kids 10 and under with an adult). BUT... did you know that five bucks also gives you full access to not only the festival, but also the museum itself? Yes that's right and for the paying adult it's $15 on a normal day to enjoy the MAG - so we call that a festival BONUS.

And don't forget - the festival is a huge fundraiser for the Gallery helping it to keep all of its incredible programs and exhibitions going year after year.

Painters, Sculptures & all sorts of Makers

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The grounds of the MAG will be be overtaken by over 375 artists following their dream and pursuing their craft. The festival is open to ceramics, jewelry, metal, drawing, painting, photography, glass, digital art and more. It's time to decorate your house, shop for Christmas, and stock up for birthdays.

Did you know that there is a residency requirement to be in the festival and all exhibitors are New York State residents? It's all LOCAL.

A Library Sale, Music, Dancing, & More

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Inside the Pavilion, the Library will have stacks upon stacks of books for sale. If you're looking for something full of art to add to your collection check it out. Or pop into the Gallery Store to see what's on sale (the Store also has a large sidewalk sale outside behind the building).

In the Ballroom you'll find local dance groups performing and down in Creative Workshop free hands-on activities and demos for families.

Outside in the Centennial Sculpture Park will be a lineup of bands. Keep an eye on the festival site or snag a festival brochure when you arrive to find out who will be performing.

There will be Food & Stuff

Food trucks, kettle corn, ice cream, beer, wine, coffee and more. We hear a few of the many in attendance will be Macarollin, Cheesed & Confused, The Meatball Truck, Rohrbach's, Pittsford Dairy Ice Cream and Glen Edith Coffee... you'll just have to find out who else will be there by GOING. And don't forget about Brown Hound Downtown located inside the building.

So let's RECAP:

Outside you'll find: lots and lots of art, food, beverages, bands, the Gallery store sidewalk sale and (hopefully) beautiful weather.

Inside you'll find: the museum (don't forget: free admission), the gallery store, library book sale, dance performances, Brown Hound and maybe even a performance on the Italian Baroque Organ on Sunday if you time it right.

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So, rain or shine, you won't be the only ones in line waiting for the gates to open to get shopping.

Clothesline Fest:
Clothesline Website
Memorial Art Gallery Website
Admission: $5 (includes the Gallery)

Festival Hours:
Saturday: 10am-5pm (special member opening 9:30am)
Sunday: 10am-5pm (special member opening 9:30am)

Take a free shuttle from Gleason Works on University Ave (there is accessible parking here) or the East End Garage (East Main & Scio), the parking garage does charge a fee. Find street parking (keep an eye on all signage) or bike! Just inside the festival entrance on Prince Street you'll find bike racks.


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The Library on the 3rd Floor

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There are a lot of "little knowns" in Rochester. Even life-long Rochester residents like ourselves are still wandering, exploring, and discovering the new, the forgotten, and the hidden gems.

Speaking of hidden gems - did you know that there is a library on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Art Gallery dedicated to art, art history, artists and more? Located on the Cutler Union side of MAG (the east side of the building), it is named the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library and Teacher Resource Center.

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The First Step.

To begin enjoying something - you must first find it. The first step is to make your way up to the 3rd floor, either by taking the stairs (all the way up... you know... until you get to the 3rd floor), or to take the elevator (to the right of the staircase).

Step Two.

Once you've reached the 3rd floor (which is the top floor, you can't go any higher) go through the glass door that say "Charlotte Whitney Allen Library" and there you have it - you're in the library.

Step Three.

Stay a while, explore and enjoy.

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Whether you explore like we do - wandering row by row, eyes perusing titles - or search for something specific like an artist, art technique or period of history, this library is full, and larger than it looks.

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Not only is it a great resource for the public-at-large, but more specifically, teachers.

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Other Details.

It's important to know that the library is only open Wednesdays thru Fridays from 1-5pm, although it is also accessible by appointment outside of that timeframe. According to the website, "the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library is open to the public for browsing and research, and to MAG members, UR students, faculty & staff, and K-12 & home-school teachers for borrowing."

Well there you have it - the library at the MAG. #nowgo

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5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day Besides Brunch

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This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother's Day! And while everyone is making brunch, lunch, or dinner reservations to take their Mom out, we thought we'd offer some other suggestions for things to do and places to shop for your Momma this year. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Mom this weekend (and every other day too):

1. A Day of Art & Culture

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Going out for coffee or food is great, but why not also go somewhere to enjoy a cultural experience together? Our city is full of amazing museums and galleries that should be taken advantage of. We have Artisan Works, the George Eastman Museum (who also has special Mother's Day events), Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Makers Gallery and Studio, Susan B. Anthony House and many many more.

2. Learn Something New Together

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Rochester Brainery | Facebook

The gift of time together is exactly what Mom is looking for, so why not learn something new while you're at it?

Rochester Brainery's classes range from painting, to crochet, cooking, gardening, and even fencing. Check out their current classes and find something fun that you can do together over the next week or two.

You'll also find classes at Little Button Craft & Press ranging from faux calligraphy and screen printing to paper quilling.

3. Immerse Yourself in Flowers

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What's better than the scents and sights of the Lilac Fest? Kicking off this Friday, May 6th and going through Sunday, May 15th, there are plenty of days to enjoy the buds and blooms, food, music and all of the festival fun. Check out Art in the Park both weekends, all of the concerts, events and of course - the blooms (festival map).

Sunday also happens to be first of the Flower City Days at the Market. The Rochester Public Market will be overtaken by over 250 local nurseries and growers selling flowers, plants and all things greenery.

4. That Perfect Gift

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More Fire Glass Studio | Facebook

Forget department stores, shop local this year and always. Flowers? Head to Stacy K Floral or Arena's. Something sweet? Go to Hedonist Artisan Chocolates or Stever's Candies. Accessories, Scarves or Purses? Shop at Fahsye or Peppermint. Something else unique? The city is full of unique places to shop like Abode, Little Button Craft & Press, More Fire Glass Studio, Parkleigh and Louelle Design Studio.

5. Catch a Show

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Looking for a laid back day? Catch a flick at The Little Theatre or Dryden Theatre. Looking to take in a theatrical production? Take Mom out to one of Rochester's incredible theaters like Geva Theatre or Blackfriars Theatre.

Whether you celebrate over the weekend or on another day, we hope you get to enjoy the city with the ones you love.

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Best Things to Do that May or May Not have to do with Valentine's Day

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Christmas is long gone, winter seems to be gone too. Lately, red hearts and roses have taken over and a lot of people are looking for great gifts and date night ideas. Whether you celebrate it or not, here are some great things to do during the Valentine's season:

Short Month Market

Whether you're shopping for your Valentine, someone's birthday, planning way ahead for Mother's Day or for just no reason at all, you can't deny that gathering over 30 amazing artists and vendors from all over Rochester won't be awesome. This first annual Festival from Short Month Market boasts:

"If you come, you'll find artisan food, photography, coffee, bike builders, jewelry, textiles and more!" (via the website).

To see a list of the vendors who've signed up, head to the Facebook page. You'll find this market on Saturday, February 6th from 10am-5pm @ 44 Elton Street in NOTA.

Valentine's Day Weekend at College Town:

Make no mistake - College Town has become a growing part of the community holding fun events throughout the year. This one will be no different. With an array of events, sales, and deals happening from February 11th through the 14th, the most notable event will be Fire & Ice on Saturday, February 13th from 3-5pm. According to College Town:

"Check out the ice sculptures and a live demo, take your photo in the ice chair for two, and guess the number of hearts frozen inside for a chance to win a $100 College Town gift card... Sculptures will be in various locations. Warm up by the fire pits in the commons."

Check out the full list of events on Facebook or their Website.

South Wedge in Love

The South Wedge will be celebrating the LOVE on Thursday, February 11th from 5-9pm. A few businesses are joining together for a fun night to be with the one you love or a group of friends (Galentine's Day anyone?). Enjoy Little Button Craft & Press, Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream, Harry G's New York Deli, Abode, and Zak's Ave. See what each place is offering on Facebook.

Valentine Schmalentine

"Relationships are complicated. Enjoying ART doesn’t have to be."

After MAG Museum of the Dead turned out to be a smashing success, the Memorial Art Gallery has once again pulled together a 21 + over event sure to be a hit. "Spend your night on a scavenger hunt of over 5,000 years of MAG’s World Art, tell your sob stories and seek advice from our personalized listeners*, participate in the Brainery’s First Person Singular storytelling with Woody Battaglia and Sarah Reedy, and more!" Find all the details online for Friday, February 12th.

Dutch Connection

If you're aching for Spring you won't have to head far starting Friday, February 12th. The George Eastman Museum is about to be overtaken by some beautiful blooms.

"Beat the winter doldrums with the museum’s annual display of flowers, including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, amaryllis, clivias, begonias, primroses, and azaleas. Hundreds of blooms fill areas of the historic mansion with the scent and color of spring."

Dutch Connection runs through February 28th!

February Brainery Bazaar

Every month, Rochester Brainery holds a Brainery Bazaar, showcasing local artists and their goods. February will not disappoint with over 30 artists setting up shop - the perfect place to do some last minute shopping. The Bazaar runs 11am-5pm on Saturday, February 13th. Find out which artists will be there on the Facebook page.

Diptych: A Valentine's Day Group Show

As a husband-wife team, we love seeing other talented couples throughout the city working together to follow their dreams. Makers Gallery and Studio is bringing together artists who also happen to be couples during this show starting on Valentine's Day:

"From February 14th - March 13th we are celebrating two artists working together, through life and art. Each of the six couples has created a diptych (a work made up of two matching parts) for this month long show."

Check out the Facebook page for a list of collaborate artists/couples.

This month is full of events and things to do. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying the city - get out and enjoy! See more of what the Rochesteriat is up to on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.