The second week of May is usually when the lilacs come to bloom in the "Flower City", Rochester, NY. Highland Park will be overflowing with blossoms and people for the annual Lilac Festival.
Arts and Craft tents; live entertainment on four different stages; tours of the park and local home gardens; clowns, balloons and face painting for the kids; food vendors galore.
Three days of things to do from 10am to 9pm.
see the website below for times and directions.
come on down for at least one day and you won't regret it.
PARKING NOTIFICATION from the website...
IMPORTANT! We urge you NOT to park on the side streets surrounding the festival. Vehicles parked illegally WILL be ticketed and/or towed.
- Park free at Monroe Community College (3 miles south of the festival at 100 East Henrietta Rd, Brighton) and ride the shuttle busses (small fee) from 10:30am to 8:30pm. The busses are equipped with lifts for handicapped. (Shuttles available at 8:30AM on Parade Day, 5/13)
A limited amout of paid parking and handicapped parking will be available in the two on-site parking lots listsed below:
Monday - Friday
Limited parking is available at two locations: (a $5 fee will apply after 5:00PM)
Off Goodman St., just south of Highland Avenue and off Elmwood Ave. east of South Avenue. Handicapped visitors can park in those lots anytime, but they are encouraged to use the shuttles on weekends.
Parking on side streets surrounding the Festival is highly discouraged. Your car may be ticketed and/or towed.
Motorcoaches and other group tour vehicles must stop at the motorcoach check-in booth at the corner of Highland and South Avenues before discharging their passengers: vehicles will be directed to free parking.
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Annual Rochester River Challenge
Non-professional oarsmen and teams come to Rochester every year to challenge each other and the river. August is the usual time of year for the event and it lasts one day officially, although you will certainly see teams on the water practicing for several days before start time.
Canoes, outriggers, kayaks, and any other human powered boat that passes safety inspections can be entered in the races. The events are for the benefit of disabled Americans and the event handlers provide means for those disabled persons to participate to the best of their abilities.
There will be bands along the river bank (South Wedge Landing) to pay honor to Iraq veterans at this years regatta. Local politicians and event sponsors will be in the Mt. Hope bandstand area for presentations and speeches. Entertainment (singers and dancers) will keep the crowds spirits high. Loud cheering is encouraged for all events.
Come on down and lend a couple of lungs to the shouts of the crowds.
See the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper about the last week in July to get the dates and times for this years agenda.
- Water Sports
- Road Trip
Some Rochesterians know that....
These things were "firsts" in Rochester....
the style of shoes we think of as baby shoes (white, ankle high, laced) were first made by Jesse Hatch.....
bloomers (ladies undergarment) were first worn by Amelia Bloomer.....
Seth Green invented the fishing reel.....
James Sargent invented the first bank time lock (Sargent Lock).....
George Eastman patented first color movie film and George French began his famous line of mustards.....
George Pease invented an automatic apple parer while Pearl Wait was inventing Jello in nearby LeRoy (pronounced Rochesterian style as leeroy).....
Jacob Meyers developed the first voting machines for U.S. public elections in 1892.....
The first U.S. patent for automobiles was given to George Selden in 1879
- Historical Travel
Rochesterians are proud that.....
Their city was the home for some famous people:
Amelia Bloomer (1840's) for whom the garment of that name is named
Buffalo Bill Cody (Wild Bill) called Rochester home in the 1870's
George Eastman, the father of Kodak film and cameras
Clara Barton, founder of Red Cross Nursing
Theda Bara, famous actress of the early 20th century lived in Rochester at the time of her death
Mitch Miller, band leader of the 50's and 60's
Cab Calloway, world famous jazz singer
Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello) was a theater manager in Rochester in the 1920's and he was friends with Mickey Rooney of film fame who lived in Rochester at the time
Kirk Douglas worked in a 1930's Rochester steel mill
Jay Silverheels (the Lone Ranger's Tonto) went to school in Rochester
Ingrid Bergman, beautiful film actress lived in Rochester in the 30's
Wendy Williams, wild singer is a Rochester native
Cal Ripken Jr. played for the Rochester Red Wings
Robert Forster and Phil Hoffman, Emmy winners, are Rochester area natives.
- Historical Travel
Get a "Garbage Plate"
One of the biggest parts of going out in Rochester is ending a night of drinking with a Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou's. Nick is the only TRUE Garbage Plate but lots of places have their own plates.
The typical plates are 2 Hots or Hamburgers over Mac salad and Home fries, you can subitute beans or French fries. An they are topped with onions, mustard and a meat hot sauce.
Garth Fagan Dancers
Rochester is the home of the Garth Fagan Dancers. He no longer dances himself but he has a wonderful modern dance troupe. Garth Fagan was also the choregrapher for The Lion King and won a Tony in 1998.
- Arts and Culture
- Business Travel
White Hots And A pop!
OK, If you coming to Rochester make sure to get a white hot(Porker) and a pop(or soda as some may call it).
A white hot is close to a bratwurst.
Go to the lake and have one!
Some places I can tell you to check out are:
Vic And Irvs
Marks (on Monroe Ave)
ps the red hots are also called Texas
- Food and Dining
This is a live webcam capture...
This is a live webcam capture of my old nieghborhood barely a block away from where I grew up. Monroe Avenue at Oxford St.Thats Blessed Sacrement Church on the left. The old Fireside Lounge would be just down the street.....as would the Co-op and The Village Green Bookstore.....ALL defunct now;-(
I don't know where else you...
I don't know where else you can get white hot dogs (porkers). Red hot dogs are known as 'Texas hots.' (I have absolutely no idea why.) Also, many of the surrounding town names are pronounced differently than they would be anywhere else in the US. (Chili is pronounced with two long i's, Charlotte is pronounced 'Sha-lotte' with the accent on the second syllable. These are only two of many...)
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