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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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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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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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

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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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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

More Fire Glass Studio |  Facebook

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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