5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays at the George Eastman Museum

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The Holidays are once again upon us and we all know there are many ways to enjoy the season here in our city. We’ll go out on a limb and say that most won't offer the ultimate combination of glitz, glamour, and ROC history that our treasured George Eastman House will.

Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this incredible gem in our community and to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. Take in a Holiday Movie

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Dryden Theatre is a great place to get to during the holidays. Find classics like White Christmas and more contemporary favorites like Love Actually. There is sure to be something to fit everyone most people’s tastes.

Speaking of, don’t miss celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ultimate Christmas classic, Die Hard , on December 15th. “Yippee ki yay, mutha…” - ah, the true Holiday spirit.

Find the full list of Holiday films here: Dryden Holiday List

2. Drool Over Some Gingerbread Houses

Miss the good ol' days of being a kid and building gingerbread houses? Why not relive these memories. This annual tradition brings in dozens of Gingerbread house creations from professional bakers, families, and community groups. See something you like? These are also available to purchase through a silent auction.

Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display: 11/2-12/12

3. Tabletop Trees - Get Inspired

Looking for some Christmas Tree decoration inspiration or maybe a smaller size tree for your home? Displayed throughout the historic George Eastman Museum you'll find tabletop Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. These trees are available for purchase through a silent auction and all proceeds go toward providing fresh flowers in the house year-round. What's not to love?

Tabletop Tree Display & Auction: 11/13-12/16

4. Holiday Homecoming

The Holiday Homecoming party is also an annual tradition. Meet Santa and enjoy kid friendly activities, festive displays, live music, refreshments and more.

Annual Holiday Homecoming Party: 12/6, 5-8pm

5. Shop for the Holidays

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Not everyone thinks of shopping at museums for Christmas. But you should! There are tons of great options from the museum store, to Dryden Theatre tickets, to museum memberships. Looking to give a unique gift this year to that die-hard Rochesterian? Head to the Eastman Museum and don’t miss “An Eastman Christmas”, a 24 track CD of holiday classics played on the Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ.

Eastman Museum Store | Membership

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Holiday Activities


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5 Things to do this Summer at the George Eastman Museum

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If you haven't been to the George Eastman Museum yet, what are you waiting for? If you've never been... or haven't been in a while, here are 5 things to do at the George Eastman Museum this Summer:

1. Explore the House

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George Eastman called this Colonial Revival mansion home from 1905 to until his death in 1932. "The historic mansion and gardens at the George Eastman Museum provide a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest American innovators and entertainers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Original furnishings and artifacts, careful reproductions, and beautifully restored landscape transport visitors to George Eastman’s time" (via website).

2. Enjoy the Gardens & Grounds

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Exploring the grounds is one of our favorite things to do, whether it's in Spring when the flowers are blooming or Fall while the leaves are changing. Daily tours of the gardens are offered May through September so we recommend you take full advantage of that, or to learn more about each space, check out the information online.

3. Tour the Exhibits

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The latest exhibit to open is Photography and America's National Parks. It's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Park Service, and will be up until October 2nd. Check out the other current exhibits and what's coming up.

4. Listen to some Garden Vibes

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This year will be the 23rd season of Garden Vibes summer concerts at the Eastman Museum. This year's dates are June 15th, July 13th, and August 17th and as the name states, they're held in the Gardens!

Details: Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, or purchase concessions from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Abbott’s, or the Eastman Museum Café. BYOB. Non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on site. Gates open at 5 p.m.

5. Catch a Flick

Dryden Theatre |  Facebook

Dryden Theatre | Facebook

Cool nights and rainy days happen in the summer, why not catch a flick at the Dryden Theatre? "Presenting film screenings every day of the week, the Dryden is devoted to showing all films in their original formats, thus honoring and reproducing their historical—and aesthetically supreme—modes of exhibition. It is one of the very few theaters in the world equipped for the projection of original nitrate film that also makes nitrate film screenings part of its regular program" (about Dryden).

See what's showing!

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She LOVES museums and galleries and all things art and historical in our city. What a rich history we have here. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Amore's Italian Street Fest - Round 2


the Rochesteriat Rochester festivals are one of the many things we love about life here in the ROC, so we're quite excited to see that Amore's Italian Street Fest is back for year two.

Here's a quick peek inside last year's Fest to get you excited for this Saturday, June 6th:

Amore Italian Street Fest

Held in the parking lot in front of the restaurant (at the East Ave Wegmans), Amore transformed the area last year and filled a tent with delicious food and live music.

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There was a live demonstration on how to properly crack a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano...

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...with plenty of samples to go around at the end.

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There was a lot of cheese, but there was more than just cheese.

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There was also charcuterie, pasta, pizza, sausage, shrimp, veggies and more, but apparently we were too busy enjoying the food to actually take a picture of it!

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This year's menu and details can be found on their website. Looks like it will be another great year.

Italian Street Fest: Website Saturday, June 6th: 4-9pm

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Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is not Italian, but could eat pasta, pizza, and Italian goodies any day of the week! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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Dine On The Rooftop Of The Strathallan


the Rochesteriat Do you remember the old Changing Scene restaurant, the very first ever revolving restaurant in New York State, on top of the First Federal Building? Well, neither do we. For many of us, that was well before our time, at least our adult lifetime. Now the space holds the offices of the special few that work for CloudSmartz, an IT services firm here in our city, and we, the greater public, can consider ourselves lucky enough to see the space if we go during a TedX event or a guided downtown tour. How fair can that be to a new generation of urban enthusiasts!?

Hanlon Archictects

Not to worry - the owners of the Strathallan, Dave Christa and Robert Morgan, have recognized the need and call for such a space in our city. The rooftop of the Strathallan is getting a facelift - and with the help of Hanlon Architects - it's promising to bring back that "striking 360-degree view" of our city skyline from days past. Not in any way connected to the old Changing Scene, and this of course is not directly downtown nor will it revolve - but it is slated to be no less spectacular.

Strathallan Rooftop Renovations

Construction is well underway and is expected to be completed for a June 2015 Opening Date.

Strathallan Rooftop

The previous rooftop space held up to 40 guests, and now, after all the modifications, will accommodate events with over 200 people (with receptions of over 400!). Management tells us that brides and corporate clients are already putting in their dates for their own unique, special events.

View from the Strathallan

We can picture it now, dinner and drinks on the 9th floor over looking the city. The beautiful skyline in every direction - Downtown, East & Park Avenue Neighborhoods, University & NOTA - and get all the action happening in the East End and down Alexander Street.

Rooftop Rendering

Hattie's will be the name of the watering hole atop the Strathallan...

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...honoring the days of old from the original establishment bearing the same name.

Rooftop Firepit

And will there be a fire pit on this rooftop for all to enjoy? The developers have deemed it to be true. And with our "changing scene" of a weather report here in Rochester, heat is always something that is most welcome - pretty much anytime of the year. Stay tuned for more as we'll keep you updated on the progress - or more importantly, on the Opening of this incredible space.

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Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves taking pictures, drinking vanilla lattes, and living downtown with her husband, Jason. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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#1 - A Luthier On East

We make judgements about everything, every day - about every person we meet and see - whether we know them or not. It's just human nature. This can be said for our city, where suburbanites have err'd in telling us that there's nothing worthwhile in it anymore, and certainly nobody lives there or does life in that place.

We beg to differ. 

You know the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, we figure that's a thousand less words that we have to write to get our point across that ours is a city full of amazing talent, vibrancy, and diversity - from all walks of life. So here we have a new installment on the Rochesteriat called Conversation With A Stranger. Produced by local photographer Stephen S. Reardon, this quick post captures a local mug with just a tiny bit of background - but not much else. We'll let the photo speak for itself - and you to make your own judgements.

Conversation With A Stranger #1

Pictured: John Delmonico
Job: Luthier (a maker of stringed instruments such as violins)
Location: Sullivan Violins - 120 East Ave. Rochester

Notice the city around you: 
"I spotted John walking up
(a set of) stairs on East Ave. on a Saturday afternoon. It's not like he was wearing some strange outfit or had some crazy hair that made him stand out of the crowd. It was because he was walking with purpose and all the other hundreds of people were wearing green waiting for the St. Patrick's Day Parade to start. John was going to work." - S. Reardon

See more Strangers: here

Stephen Reardon, a photographer for over twenty years, has gained much of his professional experience living in Denver & NYC, but these days can be found in Rochester happily creating iconic portraits for the commercial & editorial industry. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.