The Rochester Ukrainian Festival is held annually for four days in mid-August. Each evening there is live entertainment (mostly of ethnic origin) and folk dancing. Face painting and egg decorations are for the kids. For the adults, arts and crafts by local artisans are on display and for sale. Ukrainian/East-European foods are there for sampling and purchase. A limited set of midway rides are in the parking lot.
A five dollar ticket gets you entry on all nights. Kids are free.
to get there:
Saint Josephats Ukrainian Church
940 East Ridge Road
take route 104 (Seaway Trail) to Irondequoit and get off at the Gooman Street Exit. go north a block or two to East Ridge Road and look for the church address.
For decades the Soap Box Derby was held in Durand Eastman Park on the main road (Lakshore Boulevard). They would block off the street and paint the racing lanes and set up the judges booths and the starting gates. The kids would roll up their "cars" to the gate when their number was called and down the hill they would race. The race was down in elimination heats and against the clock. Prizes were awarded for best made cars, fastest car and heat winners. The overall champion would be awarded a spot on the Akron, OH race schedule and a college scholarship fund.
The races normally took place the first weekend in June. I have not seen them on the Durand hill for the last couple of years so I checked it out on-line. I found an article that the soap box cars now compete indoors in mid-February in the Rochester Armory on Main Street but no other new information.
I will try to find out where the outdoor venue is now being held and update this page.
Irondequoit has a long history of population shifts within its boundaries. Today there are many sub-populations with economic and social affinity within their neighborhood boundaries.
Some of these areas within the governance of Irondequoit are:
Bayview... on the west side of Irondequoit bay
Culver Meadows... near Route 104 and Route 590 interection
German Village... the northeast part of the town
Glen Haven... just south of Bayview
Newport... south of route 104 near Irondequoit Bay
Parkside... along the Genesee river on the western side
Rock Beach... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/cda2f/
Seabreeze... northern end of Culver Road
Summerville... by the Lake Ontario lakefront
White City... southeast of Summerville
Windsor Beach... near Summerville
The Rochester Irish Festival is held annually at Camp Eastman, the second week of September.
There are three huge tents of arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, souveniers, story telling.
The entrance fee is $8 per day or $20 for all three days.
The live entertainment is local bands and national groups playing (what else) Irish Music.
There will be dancers doing the jig and Irish rounds and the audience is invited to join in.
Shriner clowns, local politicians and sports heroes will be in attendance.
to get there:
take Culver Road or St. Paul Street north to Lake Shore Blvd. take Lake Shore Blvd to the Camp Eastman park (just west of Durand Eastman Park)
How local government can take a good idea and turn it into an annoying application.
The problem: Irondequoit Bay boaters need good access for motor and sail boats into Lake Ontario. However Lake Road spans the outlet to the lake and only very small boats can pass under it.
Solution: Build a better bridge so that more boats can pass into the lake. (good for Irondequoit economy)
Government Solution: make the bridge a swing bridge that is useable by cars only during the winter months when the boats do not need access to the lake.
The New Problem: in the summer, cars can no longer get from the west side of the bay to the east except by traveling miles south (thru traffic) and crossing the route 104 bridge then driving miles north again to travel 100 yards from west to east.
(The picture shows the bridge on the left in its summer position. In winter the bridge swings to span the whole picture from left to right.)
Thank you Irondequoit Town Board and all others involved.