4 Events to get to in Downtown on Saturday

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This weekend is PACKED with events! The Rochester Lilac Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival begin, Black Button Distilling releases their Lilac Gin, TEDx Rochester 2019 at the RMSC, Sunday is Mother’s Day…and, of course, so much more.

But as always, we wanted to highlight 4 big things happening in downtown: Clean Sweep 2019, the Dachshund Parade, Play the Riverway and the Twilight Criterium. Here’s what they are all about:

Clean Sweep: 8am-12pm

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Join the City of Rochester and hundreds of other volunteers on Saturday cleaning up the city. Sign-ups begin at 8am at Frontier Field where they’ll have free Clean Sweep tees, muffins, danishes and coffee. Join a project in a specific neighborhood or get assigned to a group that could use more help.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon which starts at 1:05pm. You’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Note: while there are many Clean Sweep groups that clean around downtown, this event is city-wide!

More Details: Clean Sweep
Kick-off Location: Frontier Field

Dachshund Parade: 10am-12pm

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Whether you have a dachshund or not, you’re not gonna want to miss the Dachshund Parade in Washington Square. Back for it’s 18th year, the event draws dachshunds (and their human owners) from across our New York state and beyond. There will be music, pet related vendors, food for purchase from Dave’s Sidewalk Cart, a fashion show, the official dachshund song sing-a-long, and of course the parade which concludes the event.

And as always, please don’t bring dogs that aren’t dachshunds - it’s to celebrate DACHSHUNDS!

More Details: Dachshund Parade
Location: Washington Square Park

Play the Riverway: 2-5pm

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On Saturday, during the kick-off of the Twilight Criterium, Court Street will be turned into a play street from the Central Library at South Ave running down to the corner of Court and St. Mary’s Place. Put on by healthi Kids and the Play Walk, there will be an inflatable rock wall, Roc City Skatepark, games, music, accessible activities, demos, mascots, and more.

Looking for more kids activities? Head to the Broad Street Bridge for Little Kids & Big Rigs!

More Details: Play the Riverway
Location: Court, from South to St. Mary’s

Twilight Criterium: 2-10pm

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The MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. This high speed bicycle race is set on a 1-mile loop in downtown and draws racers from all over the world. The race starts and ends on the Broad Street Bridge but can be viewed from anywhere along the course. See our latest post for more information on what to find at the Criterium: Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

More Details: Twilight Criterium
Location: Downtown

Looking for more events in the city? Check out our Events Page!


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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
Saturday: 9am-3pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Ugly Duck Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-3pm
Also open during Events & Shows

Website: Kodak Center
Location:
200 West Ridge Road
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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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Holiday Activities

 

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