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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This Sharp Lookin' Loft Is Not Where You'd Expect


the Rochesteriat A couple of weeks ago, our good friend and realtor Rich Tyson took us to an unexpected yet delightful part of the city. This is a part of the city that may surprise you when I say it, but also one that you may know well - or at least your parents may know it well. This is the High Falls area, specifically under the shadows of the Kodak State Street tower, around Jay Street to the west of the Genesee River. This is a neighborhood that offers incredible views from both up high -

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- and at street level, providing us with a rich sense of tradition and Rochester pride in every way. But more on this neighborhood in a future post. For the time being, what immediately stuck out to us in this seemingly run down part of town with old warehouses (remember the former Smokestack Cowork?) and long-standing businesses like Di Paolo Baking Company, was this gorgeous loft in an inconspicuous pink building that we were taken through.

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This is 19 Jay Street. It's is a 2,300 sq. ft. gem that most people have no clue exists in a section of the city that has all been all but forgotten since Kodak shed tens of thousands of jobs since the 90's. With all the latest in furnishings and appliances, this apartment is only for those who want to live the life of luxury in Rochester, and can afford the $3,000/month price tag that comes along with it. Now to many of you this may seem outrageous, but for those of us who have spent similar rents in larger metro cities for half of the space, our perspective allows us to spot a good deal instantly.

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This two bedroom -

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two - full bathroom complex -

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- comes fully furnished with leather seating, flat-screen TV, stainless-steel gas-insert fireplace -

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- beautiful kitchen with only...

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...the latest stainless steel appliances.

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And don't forget about the laundry. Because with that kind of rent, you're certainly not going to the laundromat to do your wash.

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And two of our favorites about this place? The suspension steps leading up to the private balcony with views of the Kodak Tower as well as local artwork from artists such as Cordell Cordaro all throughout the suite. And that's not all about this place. Rent includes off-street parking, a full security system, a sound system that is fully automated and internet controlled, all utilities (yes, that means internet and A/C as well!), and a whole range of others.

More Information:

Myles Webster Webster Properties 585-465-5000 RentRochester


Jason2If I didn't own a place already, I'd definitely live here. It's one-of-a-kind, comes furnished, and all utilities are paid for...heck, 19 Jay Street even carries my name...sounds like home to me! Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.


RAPA brings it back Old School with Kodak


Kodak Center for the Performing Arts Recently, RAPA (Rochester Association of Performing Arts) invited us into their new home at the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, previously named Kodak's Theatre on the Ridge. Not only did it give us a chance to learn about our city's past and the history of Kodak and George Eastman, but to see this building's future again here in Rochester.

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We all know that Kodak was a major company here, as many of us have heard it from relatives and family friends who've worked there. And they were right. When the doors opened to us at Building 28 we couldn't believe what we found...we initially felt like we stepped back through time.

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The colors, the wood paneling, the wallpaper, the carpets, it was like a time capsule of Kodak's heyday.


Retro bathrooms.

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Escalators and elevators to every floor.

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A gymnasium and employee fitness center.

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And a huge cafeteria with Kodak's history still on the walls.

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We even learned that when George Eastman developed this land he built his own power plant on the site to support his growing endeavors. See that building far in the back there? That is where his office still stands, untouched and off limits since the day he died.

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We saw original signs to labs, offices, and darkrooms.

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And many conference rooms throughout the building that are now rent-able spaces.

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But, as much as we love Rochester history, this post is not about the past, it's about RAPA and the future of this building. RAPA is giving this building a new life. What we saw before as empty conference rooms and a gymnasium are now rehearsal space and acting classrooms.

Kodak Center for the Performing Arts

This theatre seats 1,964 people and to fill those seats, the parking lot directly across the street from the building fits 1,400 vehicles.

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Kodak Theatre boasts the largest stage in Rochester...

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...10 dressing rooms...

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...and a green room with direct access to the stage, with George always watching of course.

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There's even space for an orchestra!

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Here's another building hidden gem - a second, and quite smaller theatre, that seats 180. Imagine the possibilities.

We would love to continue showing you photos of how awesome this building is, but it comes down to this: RAPA has taken on a building that's had very few occupants for quite some time. Now it's being revived and put to good use.

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Imagine the productions, the movies, maybe even the concerts. The Kodak Center for Performing Arts is a great asset to Rochester, thank you RAPA, for continuing to invest in the city.

Now go see a show!

Kodak Center for the Performing Arts | RAPA: Website

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She has a heart for Kodak, as her dad worked there for 23 years (and even in this building!) and she can't wait to go see Mary Poppins! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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George Eastman House: preserving an incredible history


If you haven't been to the George Eastman House, we're guessing you've at least heard of it. For many of you, Kodak was a household name. We had Kodak cameras, used Kodak film, and maybe even had a parent or relative (or three!) who worked for Kodak.

But what we might not know is that the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, which opened to the public in 1949, is the world's oldest photography museum and has one of the world's oldest film archives! According to their website they "strive to inspire widespread recognition of how the media we collect, preserve, and understand broaden and enrich life."

George Eastman called this Colonial Revival mansion home from 1905 to 1932.

When it was built there were greenhouses, 10.5 acres of workable farmland, stables, barns, pastures, and gardens.

And it doesn't matter what season you go, the museum and gardens are open year round! If you get a chance, go over the holidays and you'll enjoy it beautifully decorated.

Our city was a hub of innovation, and entrepreneur, George Eastman, was a huge contributor. Though he wasn't the inventor of photography, he did invent flexible film, the film roll and holder, and many other things. 32 patents total! And, his cameras brought photography to the masses in 1888 with the Kodak camera and in 1900 with the $1 Brownie camera.

And what we have shared already does not even begin to tell of the history of this man, his home, and the impact that he and Kodak had on the city of Rochester and the world. Here is a quote from their website:

George Eastman can be called the "Father of Rochester." He believed Rochester should be the best city in which to work and raise a family, and as a result he heavily funded healthcare, education, and the arts. Rochester donations include support for Hillside Children's Center, Rochester Friendly Home, University of Rochester and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, American Red Cross, and the chamber of commerce, and donated land for several city and county parks. In Rochester Mr. Eastman founded Kodak, the Center for Governmental Research, the United Way, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theatre, Strong Hospital, and a dental dispensary. His far-reaching philanthropies include dental dispensaries in several countries, plus funding for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tuskegee Institute, and Hampton Institute -- with most of the donations made anonymously.”

And we have yet to even touch on Dryden Theatre, the theatre inside of the Eastman House used to showcase the incredible films which are held in the museum... but that my friends, is a story for another day!

Whether you take a guided tour, or set out on your own, you're sure to learn and enjoy every minute here.

Website: http://www.eastmanhouse.org

Tue - Sat : 10am - 5pm
Sun : 11am - 5pm