Rochester Local Customs

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    Park Avenue Festival

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Artisans from the Rochester/Monroe-County area will be showing their arts and crafts again this year. The first weekend in August celebrates Rochester's contribution to the world of art with a festival that goes from Alexander Street and Park Avenue all the way down to Culver Road and Park Avenue. There are more than 300 craftsmen lining the road with tables and tents to exhibit and sell their wares. Food tents and stages with live entertainment will be placed at strategic spots along the route.

    See the website below for details on times, dates and events. There is also a section on where to park.

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    Party in the Park

    by davecallahan Updated Jun 22, 2009

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    The annual "Party in the Park" festival returns to Rochester for the city's 175th anniversary. The venue has been moved to a larger, more accessible location at Exchange and Court, right across from the BCBS Arena. It is tauted as "the most exciting summer festival in Rochester" and hosts generally between 30000 and 40000 people.
    For eight consecutive Thursday in June, July and August, professional musicians will entertain the crowds for 5 hours (starts about 5pm). The bands are national (Average White Band) and local (Buddhahood) favorites and each nite has two bands performing.

    Besides the bands, there are food tents (local favorite is Zweigles) and street vendors hawking their wares. Local TV stations regularly send in camera crews to get highlights of the musicians and the crowd reactions.

    See the website below for information on which bands play on which evenings and also to find a contact telephone number for information on parking.
    And best of all it is free.

    festival logo large crowds on city streets the venue (normally used as a parking lot)
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    Maplewood Rose Celebrations

    by davecallahan Written Jun 19, 2009

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    The two-day, annual Rose Celebration in Maplewood area begins June 20th this year (2009).
    The main venue is Maplewood Park at Driving Park and Lake Avenue. Besides the tents holding commercial garden vendors and local experts, there will be gardening demonstrations given during the event that are appropriate for green-thumbs of all ages and expertise. Special tours will be conducted through home-gardens in the nearby neighborhood; Genesee River gorge tours are also available. There will be a plant swap on each day where you can trade one of your favorite plants for one of theirs if you donate one to the gardens.
    During the day, there will be entertainment and activities for the children

    A special kick-off party is scheduled for 7-10pm at the bridge entrance of the park on June 19th. There will be entertainment, food and fireworks.

    The only costs are $12 for the tours and the cost of the donated plant if you decide to enter the swap.

    Get there early to find a good parking spot near the park or be prepared to drive around a little while searching for an available opening.

    to get there:
    Take Lake Avenue or Driving Park Blvd to their intersection at the park along the Genesee River.

    entrance at Lake and Driving Park overview of the south end of the park
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    city symbols

    by davecallahan Updated Nov 2, 2007

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    the current slogan for Rochester is "Made For Living".

    Rochesterians refer to a carbonated non-alcoholic beverage as a "POP"; a beef filled hotdog is a "RED HOT" (red color) and a pork filled hotdog is a "WHITE HOT" (white color). A "PARTY HOUSE" is where you have a wedding reception or holiday banquet.

    CHILI is pronounced "Chye Lye" (to rhyme with why lye) with accent on first syllable.
    CHARLOTTE is pronounced "Shar Lot" with accent on second syllable.
    RIGA is pronounced "Rye Gah", accent on first syllable.
    BERGEN is pronounced "Burr Jen", accent on first syllable.

    Both the Rochester Police Department and the Monroe County Sherriffs service the Rochester area. Motto of the Police Department is: "serving with pride"

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    Savor Rochester

    by davecallahan Written Sep 22, 2007

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    This event (Savor Rochester) is a fund raiser that is held annually to raise money for the FoodLink (local hunger relief organization).

    The venue is the Public Market where over 100 of Rochester's food providers (restaurants, food markets, wineries, specialty food stores, health-food producers, and local farmers bring samples of the products for you to taste.
    It is held on a weekend in mid-Septmeber each year (call the number below of this years times and dates). Tickets cost $45 per person and are available at Wegman's Food Stores or by calling the number below.

    Food is served buffet style and you can pick and choose whatever hits your fancy. There is live music to fill in the quiet between streams of conversation.

    The event takes place from 2pm to 9pm in the pavilion at thePublic Market and goes on regardless of weather conditions.

    to get there:
    Public Market
    take I-490 to the inner loop on the east side of the city (heading north) and get off the inner loop at the North Union Street exit. take North Union several blocks north to Trinidad Street and jog east on Trinidad to Public Market entrance road.

    farmers fare winery contributions live music
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    Clarissa Street reunion

    by davecallahan Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Clarissa Street is part of the Corn Hill area in the Third Ward of Rochester; it is named after the daughter of an early area investor John Greig.

    The 3rd Saturday in August is an area celebration from dusk to dawn. Former residents, current residents and visitors are all welcome to participate in the free event. (Cash and food-stuff donations are greatly accepted to help support the Food Link charity).
    The theme is African American with several bands playing simultaneously on stages along the side streets. Arts and craft tents are set up and food/drink vendors have stands or portable carts to sell their wares. There is a parade from Glascow Street to Troup Street and anyone is welcome to come in ethnic costume and join in.
    Kids can do sidewalk chalking or have their face painted with temporary tatoos or join in the childrens' play that is setup in one of the store fronts.

    Come and join the festivities. Listen to the jazz and blues and drum beats while you chew on some ribs

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    Rochester Music Fest

    by davecallahan Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    This is the premiere musical event of the area. Every year, around the 3rd weekend in July, Rochester hosts some of the big names in entertainment for two days of continuous music.
    Live entertainment begins at 2pm (gates open at noon) and lasts until 10pm.

    The stages are setup in Frontier Field Stadium. If you get there very very early and bring your own seat, you can get a stage-side view, otherwise you will be in the stadium seats. You can bring umbrellas for shade against the summer heat but food and water can not be brought in. Food and beverages can be purchased from vendors inside the stadium.

    Tickets are available at www.tickets.com and they cost $40 per day or $75 for two-day pass.

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    Corn Hill Festival

    by davecallahan Written Aug 1, 2007

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    This is probably the largest single event that happens in Rochester every year (compares to the Lilac Festival and the LPGA Tournament).

    Annually, the weekend following the 4th of July weekend is the Corn Hill Fest (named after the locale where it is held). Five hundred artisans from around the country will exhibit their crafts and sell their wares to over 250,000 people who flock to this event. From pottery to paintings, woodworking to sculptures, textiles to jewelry; food vendors and musical entertainment as well; this festival has it all. Mimes along the street and clowns amongst the tents, street musicians and bands on stage with huge speakers; it is a great time for all.

    Parking near the Corn Hill neighborhood is almost impossible so the sponsors have set up a free shuttle bus service to the event from parking areas quite far from the venue.
    The shuttle service will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday July 14th and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday July 15th. The final shuttle bus run each day will depart from the Corn Hill Art Festival shuttle stop at S. Plymouth Ave. and Troup St.
    The shuttle stops near parking areas are at the following locations:
    1. Bausch and Lomb Place Circle (East side of Court Street Garage.) Use elevators on East side of building to 1st level. Stop will be adjacent to exit Please use this shuttle stop if wheelchair access or special assistance boarding the bus is needed.
    2. South Clinton Avenue and Woodbury Blvd
    3. Broad Street and South Avenue
    4. Broad Street and Fitzhugh Street
    5. South Plymouth Avenue and Main Street

    Browsing and walking and listening are all free. You only pay for whatever artwork you buy or food stuff you consume.

    crowds at the festival street musicians at the fest some of the fine old homes in Corn Hill area
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    Art Walk Live

    by davecallahan Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    The third weekend in July or September in Rochester marks the date for the Art Walk. University Avenue from the Memorial Art Gallery to the Eastman House is cordoned off for a street-of-art.

    From noon to 4pm, this area is swinging with live entertainment, tents of artwork, raffles (tickets at the Art Gallery), food/beverage vendors, balloons for the kids and lots of people milling around. A short parade starts off the event and there are fire trucks to inspect. There are art works to buy from $25 to hundreds of dollars. The kids can have fun adding their own images to the collage. Artists take every day items and decorate them as art work on the streets for the event.

    Parking for the event is in the Art Gallery and along the side streets, so get there early or be prepared to park away from the event.
    Profits go to the Granger Homestead.

    kids collage (from the ads) street decorations (from the ads) fire trucks (from the ads)
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    Turkish Festival

    by davecallahan Written Jun 14, 2007

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    In mid-June annually, a two- day festival celebrating Turkish arts and culture is held in Rochester. This colorful festival allows area Turks to put their culture “on display” for all Rochesterians. The Womens’ Committee puts together a yearly "Foklor" a traditional Turkish dance. For the male members of the society, there are usually nightly gatherings for prayer, discussions or just fun.

    Live music and dancing (mostly ethnic in origin and presentation) are provided for your entertainment. Artisans in arts and crafts tents will be selling their wares and food vendors will entice your taste buds with regional foods.
    Entrance is free and you pay-as-you-go for any of the events that require money.

    to get there:
    677 Beahan Rd
    the old Party House property
    I-390 to the chili avenue exit, go west on route 33A to Howard-Beahan Road intersection then go south on Beahan to just before the railroad tracks

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    Greek Festival

    by davecallahan Updated May 26, 2007

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    The first weekend in June is the Rochester Greek Festival.
    Greek people, Greek food, Greek music, Greek dancing, Greek clothing and games.

    There are several stages setup for live entertainment, both ethnic and traditional. There are midway rides and a "kids village" with games for the kids.

    It runs for four days (usually Thursday to Sunday) and is kept on schedule regardless of the weather.
    Parking can be a problem, so see the suggestions at the website listed below

    To get there:
    the parking area and open lot at 962 East Avenue.

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    Suburbs

    by davecallahan Updated May 25, 2007

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    Besides the 10 sectors of the heart of Rochester, there are many suburbs that extend from the center of the city out towards the outlying rural areas. Each of the suburbs has something interesting to offer to tourists and you may want to investigate some of the possibilities.

    Some of these suburbs of interest are:
    Brighton: just south of Sector 7; bounded by I-490, I-390, I-590 and Mt. Hope Avenue
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    Chili: southwest of Rochester just beyond the county airport
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    East Rochester: east of Rochester with I-490 as west boundary
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    Fairport: southeast of Rochester, centered on route 250
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    Gates: due west of Rochester
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    Greece: northwest of Rochester
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    Henrietta: south of Rochester with along I-390
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    Irondequoit: north of Rochester
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    Ogden: west of Rochester, near route 531
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    Penfield: southeast of Rochester
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    Perinton... south of Fairport and southeast of East Rochester

    Pittsford: southeast of Rochester, bounded by I-590 and I-490
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    Webster: far northeast area of Rochester
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    some of the many Rochester communities
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    Harvest Jamboree

    by davecallahan Written May 20, 2007

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    The Public Market on North Union Street hosts a free Harvest Jamboree on the last weekend in September to celebrate the harvest season. They setup a petting zoo with farm animals and rabbits and kittens for the kids. There are also pony rides and face painting. The adults can join in some line dancing demonstrations and watch live musical entertainment. Pumpkins can be bought and decorated with help from the experts. Cooks will give demonstrations on how to best prepare some of the fresh fruits and vegetables you can get at the market.
    The full market will also be open with its line of produce and flowers and arts-crafts.

    see http://wwwcityofrochester.gov in the fall to see what the calendar of events gives for details

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    High Falls Film Fest

    by davecallahan Updated May 18, 2007

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    Annually, in the first week of November, Rochester honors new film (cinema or digital) directors, producers and special effects artists. The venue is either the Dryden Theatre, The George Eastman House or the Little Theatre.

    Recent awards recipients have been the claymation artists for Chicken Run, artwork director for Boy in the Bubble, 3D animation and lighting technicians for The Matrix. There is an awards ceremony with honors conferred. There also are several short films to be viewed by the artists and/or their companies as well as new works of artists for the next year.

    All of the people being honored are women.

    to get there:
    Dryden Theatre... 900 East Avenue
    Little Thetre... 240 East Avenue
    George Eastmen House... East Avenue

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    greatest show on earth

    by davecallahan Updated May 10, 2007

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    Every mid-May, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum/Bailey Circus pulls in to town for 4 days of fun and excitement for the kids.

    When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to go to the Masonic Temple or the Armory to see the three-ringed circus with the elephants and tigers and parade of clowns.

    Much of that glamor is gone (one large ring instead of three small ones; no tigers at all).
    But the new era of circus still has the kids lined up to see the trapeze artists and clowns and jugglers and the elephant parade, all portrayed now in a little play-like performance. And they still have all the candy and goodies that you need while you watch the show.

    The venue is the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial building on Exchange Blvd and Broad Street.
    see http://www.ticketmaster.com for ticket prices and seats and dates/times.

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