SUMMER GUIDE 2012: Calendar – August

One of the rarely seen archival advertising photos showing at the George Eastman House this summer as part of “See: Untold Stories.” PHOTO PROVIDED

One of the highlights of every Rochester summer is the Park Avenue Summer Art Fest, taking place August 4-5. FILE PHOTO

BY PALOMA CAPANNA, WILLIE CLARK, KATHY LALUK, REBECCA RAFFERTY, ERIC REZSNYAK, TODD REZSNYAK, ANNE RITZ, AND ALEX STEINGRABER

There’s so much to do in Rochester in the summer. So much, in fact, that just looking at pages and pages of endless listings can leave you, dear reader, nearly paralyzed by the sheer number of events that fill nearly every day of the next three months. So let us do the work for you.

Wednesday, August 1

MUSIC: Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington has a free summer concert series, and on August 1 80’s heartthrob Rick Springfield takes the stage. Other shows include Eddie Money (June 27) and Little River Band (July 18). All three acts have found significant mainstream success with several songs (chief among them: “Jessie’s Girl” by Springfield and “Take Me Home Tonight” by Money) which still receive regular airplay. Concerts start at 7 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the shows are free, and the shows are held outside in the covered grandstand. While waiting for the show to begin (or looking to unwind after the show ends), try your luck at one of the 1200 slot machines and other touch-screen games spread out over the casino’s air-conditioned gaming area. Finger Lakes Casino is open daily 9 a.m.-4 a.m. For more information check out fingerlakesracetrack.com or call 924-3232. (TR)

Thursday, August 2

MUSIC: Hopefully, this concert series catches your eye long before the August 2 date. The Hochstein at High Falls Concert Series kicks off full-tilt on June 7 with Thunder Body, and continues on Thursdays at the noon hour through August 16. On August 2, the featured musician will be Gabe Condon on the jazz guitar, a Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Performance Award winner who has been performing in shows since he was 10. The final concert on August 16 features Rochester’s favorite Po’ Boys Brass Band, which delights with horns a blarin’. These free concerts take place at 12:10 p.m. at Granite Mills Park, 104 Platt St. in High Falls (rain location: Center at High Falls ballroom). The instructions are to BYOC (bring your own chair), but with this much up-tempo, how will anyone stay in their seat? For more information call 454-4596 or visit Hochstein.org. (PC)

Friday, August 3

MUSIC: How should one properly measure Wilco’s influence? The countless Gammy nominations, and winnings? The scores of alternative-rock bands it has inspired? Regardless of how you want to slice it, legendary alternative rockers Wilco make its way to Rochester on August 3 for one of the most talked-about concerts of the season. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Highland Bowl (off South Avenue). Tickets cost $44.50-$49.50 — that is, if you’re lucky, and some still exist (as of press time the show had yet to sell out). Plan accordingly: no on-street parking provided for the event, so make sure to get there early and be ready for the rock. Lee Ranalda Band (of Sonic Youth) opens. For more information on the show visit rochesterevents.com. (WC)

Saturday, August 4

CLASSICAL: Every-other year since 1997, talented young pianists arrive in Rochester from points around the globe to compete in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. This year the competition takes place July 28-August 4, and participants hail from the United States, China, Italy, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Russia. Two years ago, the finals were a high-energy affair, more engaging than any of those mega-hyped TV music and dance competitions. The 24 participants compete in two preliminary rounds, a performance master class, and the final round on August 4. The top three prizes are significant: a medal, a cash award, and a full-tuition scholarship to attend the Eastman School of Music. Various additional prizes are awarded, ranging from “Best Performance of a Work from the Romantic Period” to “Best Performance of a French or Russian Work.” The final concert takes place at XX p.m. at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance (50 N. Plymouth Ave.); admission is free. You might think the event is a good excuse to catch some air-conditioning, but you’ll be fanning yourself with your program as the temperature rises during this riveting event. For more information 473-2234 or visit ESM.Rochester.edu/pianocomp. (PC)

 

Sunday, August 5

FESTIVAL: It’s the final day for the 2012 Park Avenue Summer Art Fest. One of those defining events of summer in Rochester, the Park Ave Fest brings out thousands of people to stroll up and down the Park Avenue business corridor from Alexander Street to Culver Road. The neighborhood merchants get a chance to show off their wares. Live performances dot the festival route. Vendors line the streets with all manner of arts and crafts and food and drink. And you certainly can’t beat the people watching on a sunny afternoon – I always run into people I haven’t seen for months, every single year. The Park Ave Fest takes place August 4 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and August 5 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Note that on-street parking rules in the neighborhood are altered during the event, and a shuttle service is provided for $1. Check park-avenue.org or call 244-0951 for more details. (ER)

Monday, August 6

ART: This August, art lovers can view the works of art supporters at the “Members Showcase 2012,” held at the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.). Members of the Council were invited to submit artwork in all manner of media for the show, and selected artwork will be exhibited and juried by regional distinguished panelists, including Louis Grachos, Director of Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; Steven Kern, Executive Director of Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse; and Stephan Stoyanov, Founder of Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York City. The exhibition will run August 3-30, with a reception and awards ceremony on August 3, 5-9 p.m. The Arts & Cultural Council’s gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 473-4000 or visit artsrochester.org. (RR)

Tuesday, August 7

LIT: Take your reading list out for a drink as The Little plays host to “Authors Aloud” in the café on August 7. This series is in conjunction with “Writers & Books,” Rochester’s community literacy center, and features two to three local authors reading their works aloud and discussing their current projects. The event is free (although you’ll have to pay for those drinks for you and your book…), and will take place 8-9 p.m. in the Little Café. Come back to the Little throughout the summer for other special events, such as screenings of documentaries “The Heist” (June 11-12) and “One Take: Stories Through the Lens” (June 13), plus the New York Filmmakers Quarterly — showcasing of the best short films made in New York — on July 25 and July 28. Of course, there’s always something going on at Rochester’s independent and foreign film house, so make sure to check thelittle.org or call 258-0444 for film and event schedules. The Little is located at 240 East Ave. (AR)

Wednesday, August 8

CLASSICAL: It’s opening night for the 2012 Skaneateles Festival, this year running August 8-September 1. The key to understanding the wealth of concert offerings during this festival is that each one of the four weeks of the festival has a theme. For 2012, Week 1 is “Bach and Beyond,” with an emphasis on the Baroque. Week 2 is “We Shall Overcome,” with programming as diverse as spirituals arranged for wind quartet and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” Week 3 is “Tickling the Ivories” for those with a love affair with the keyboard, from piano to organ to harpsichord to accordion. And Week 4 is “Just Stringing You Along,” with performances including the East Coast Chamber Orchestra in Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings.” The Co-Artistic Directors of the Skaneateles Festival are David Ying (of the Ying Quartet) and Elinor Freer, whose own musical careers are assets to attracting renowned talent to an idyllic setting. Concerts take place at various venues throughout Skaneateles, just west of Syracuse. For a schedule of concerts, ticket information, and more, call 315-685-7418 or visit skanfest.org. (PC)

 

Thursday, August 9

MUSIC: If you have TV- or music-loving tweens, August 9 is your chance to be their hero by taking them to see Big Time Rush and Cody Simpson perform at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Big Time Rush is essentially a 21st century answer to The Monkees. It’s a boy band that was created for the Nickelodeon show of the same name. It’s harmless fun, the group’s tunes are catchy, and my 6-year-old niece just loves it. Cody Simpson is a teenaged Aussie pop singer who was born after you probably graduated high school, so choke that one down for a minute. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $20-$79.50. Also performing at Darien Lakes PAC this summer are Drake (June 8), The Beach Boys (June 29), Dave Matthews Band (July 3), Iron Maiden (July 16), Brad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery (August 11), and Def Leppard (August 17), among many others. Darien Lake is located about an hour west of Rochester in Darien Center. For more information and a full schedule of acts visit livenation.com. (ER)

Friday, August 10

FESTIVAL: Head out for the final East End Festival of the year. One Friday per month in the summer — this year it will be June 1, July 13, and August 10 — the East Avenue business corridor comes alive with tons of live music, vendors, and more. And, there’s a VIP experience package, giving you access to the necessities: food, drink, parking, and perhaps the most important of all during a busy music festival: separate bathroom access. Acts for the July and August dates had not been released by press time, but keep an eye on City for the full lineup once it becomes available. For more information visit eastendmusicfestival.com. (WC)

 

Saturday, August 11

SPORTS: I don’t care what most American sports fans say: soccer is a sport, and if you have ever watched or played a game, you know that it can get pretty competitive. The Rochester Rhinos are three-time division and U.S. Open champs. The team continues its 2012 season August 11 with a 7 p.m. showdown with the Charleston Battery. All Rhinos home games take place Sahlen’s Stadium (460 Oak St.). Tickets range from $17 to $30. For more information and tickets visit rhinossoccer.com. (AS)

 

Sunday, August 12

RECREATION: Take a walk through history with one of the weekly guided tours of Mt. Hope Cemetery. During this leisurely two-hour walk you’ll learn about famous Rochesterians buried on the sprawling, stunning property, such as Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. The tour will also discuss horticulture, geology, physical geography, architecture, and symbolism found in the cemetery, and other topics. Regular tours take place every Sunday at 2 p.m. at 791 Mount Hope Ave., at the North Cemetery entrance, opposite Robinson Drive. The tour is free and open to the public. Friends of Mt. Hope will put on several tours throughout the summer, including specialty tours. These include “Jewish Roots” (June 24), “Mischief, Murder and Mayhem” (August 10), and “Ice Cream Tour” (August 18). Though regular tours are free, the specialty tours cost $5. To learn more, visit fomh.org or call 461-3494. (AR)

Monday, August 13

RECREATION: Get on the water with an afternoon boat ride. If you spend your summer staring out your office window, wishing you were out on the water, you’re in luck. Corn Hill Navigation offers short cruises throughout the day, so even an afternoon away from the office can be spent relaxing on a boat. Corn Hill Navigation operates the Sam Patch packet boat (it launches from Schoen Place in Pittsford) and the Mary Jemison (cruising the Genesee from Corn Hill Landing). The company offers a variety of specialty cruises, plus daily 75-minute cruises starting at noon (take a long lunch break!), or 90-minute cruises throughout the afternoon. Each cruise offers food and beverage on-board (including a bar), so you can enjoy a cocktail while getting some sun and fresh air. For more information, including boat-specific schedules, check out samandmary.org or call 662-5748. (TR)

Tuesday, August 14

RECREATION: Take a tour of the historic gardens at the George Eastman House. Every Tuesday-Sunday from May through September you can get a docent-led tour of the beautiful gardens surrounding the property owned by Mr. Eastman himself from 1905 to 1932. In June, July, and August the tours will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The tours are included in museum admission, so you should really make a day of it and check out the exhibits running this summer at the photography museum. Through September 16 you can find “See: Untold Stories,” images taken from the Eastman House collections ranging from early advertising photos to intimate shots of Marilyn Monroe to Ansel Adams’ nature imagery; as well as “Ballyhoo: The Art of Selling the Movies.” Running June 29-October 26 is “Ideas in Things,” a show of images that serve as cultural artifacts, featuring the work of Julia Margaret Cameron, Chuck Close, and others. The museum is located at 900 East Ave. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission costs $5-$12. For more information call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org. (ER)

 

Wednesday, August 15

MUSIC: See your favorites from the recently wrapped eleventh season with the American Idol Live Tour tonight at Blue Cross Arena. I’m writing this just after watching the first night of the finale, with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez both doing themselves proud in a night of terrific singing. No matter which one of them wins, I think we can all agree that Season 11 was absolutely packed with talent, with one of the strongest Top 6 line-ups in the show’s history. The Idols Live Tour includes the entire Top 10. So if you’re still pissed that emo-rocker Colton Dixon got sent home relatively early, or are still flummoxed that gospel/r’n’b powerhouse Joshua Ledet didn’t make the Final 2, now’s your chance to put your money where your angry Facebook comments were. Personally I’m excited to see Sanchez, bluesy rockers Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone, and country darling Skylar Laine. It really was a strong line-up of women this season. The show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $29.50-$65. For more information visit bluecrossarena.com. Note that the Blue Cross’s other major summer show, Van Halen on July 17, has been cancelled. (ER)

 

Thursday, August 16

FESTIVAL: Every August, the St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church opens its doors for the Rochester Ukrainian Festival. The festival is filled with Ukrainian arts and crafts, food, music, and dance. Vendors display traditional arts and crafts like ceramics, embroidery, and colorful Easter eggs. Why not try a “varenyk” (potato and cheese dumpling), “holubtsi” (stuffed cabbage rolls), or a “kovbasa” (Ukrainian sausage)? On Saturday and Sunday, there are performances at 3 and 6 p.m., and every evening there will be music for dancing. The 2012 Rochester Ukrainian Festival takes place August 16-19 at 940 E. Ridge Road. Admission is free; for more information call 266-2255 or visit RochesterUkranianFestival.com. But this is only one of the many cultural festivals that go on during the summer in Rochester. Among the plethora of other ethnic celebrations are the Puerto Rican Festival (July 20-22), Macedonian Ethnic Festival (July 20-22), Polish Arts Festival (August 3-4), African/African American Festival (August 4), German Fest (August 10-12), and Carifest (August 11). (PC)

 

Friday, August 17

MUSIC: Every Rochesterian loves the Public Market, but not everybody can get up early on Thursdays, Saturdays, and the occasional Sundays to take advantage of it. The Public Market’s Night Market and Bands on the Bricks series combine the unique experience of shopping at the Public Market (except now at night, for you night owls and lazy risers) and musical concerts. This year’s lineup includes Latin Night on July 13, Changes in Latitudes on July 27, and Donna the Buffalo on August 3. As of press time the full line-up had yet to be announced; keep an eye on City’s website for the full performance schedule as soon as it becomes available. The Public Market is located at 280 N. Union St. Bands on Bricks/Night Markets run 5-10 p.m. on Fridays July 6-August 24. Admission is free. For more information visit cityofrochester.gov/nightmarkets. (WC)

Saturday, August 18

FESTIVAL: Wedgestock, the annual celebration of the South Wedge neighborhood, takes place on SAugust 18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and features neighborhood arts, music, food, and of course the beloved pet parade. Head down to South Avenue, where between Gregory Street and Averill Avenue, the neighborhood and residents from greater Rochester alike will turn out to hear bands and DJs, set the kids loose in an activity zone, enjoy arts & crafts vendors, street performers, and indulge in food and drink from local shops. Attendance to the festival is free of charge, but if you want to participate as a vendor or in the pet parade, registration is required. For more information, call 503-4848, or visit wedgestock.org. (RR)

Sunday, August 19

ART: Head out to Arts at the Gardens, the two-day juried fine arts & craft festival held at beautiful Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua), taking place August 18-19. The show will feature paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass, woodwork, photography, and more by 100 talented artists, chosen from a national pool of applicants. Don’t forget to visit the budding artists’ tent, to check out emerging talents. In addition to viewing and purchasing art, visitors can purchase beverages from the wine center/beer garden, procure food, and enjoy music by That There Dirt, Abe’s Lily, Brian Burley and Harvey Possemato, and Hayley Miller. A kids’ tent will offer creative activities. Admission to the show is $6 and includes access to the mansion and gardens. For more information, visit artsatthegardens.org. (RR)

 

Sunday, August 19

RECREATION: Do you have a bike that’s just taking up space in the garage? It’s time to dust it off and go for a bike ride. If you’re not sure where to take your wheels, look into the Rochester Bicycling Club. This is an organization that’s dedicated to promoting cycling as both a healthy activity and a way to meet new people. Membership includes a ride schedule, ride calendar, and bimonthly newsletters, among other perks. There are group rides every Saturday and Sunday from mid-March through mid-November, with more than 350 different mapped routes in all. The group is a “touring” group, meaning that any skill level is welcome, with different rides designed to allow for people of similar ability to meet and ride together. Time trials are offered during the summer, if you’re inclined to try and improve your speed throughout the year, while Slow and Easy rides cap out at around 20 miles, a good distance for a recreational bicyclist or even a newcomer. Membership is only $20 a year. For more information, check out rochesterbicyclingclub.org. (TR)

 

Tuesday, August 21

RECREATION: You may not be able to go out and practice your best “Happy Gilmore” impression, and the oft-mowed courses of the country clubs can be a little pricey — and who wants to wear polos, anyway? But that’s not to say that you can’t have a blast on the greens. Tonight is a perfect opportunity to round up some friends and play a couple rounds of miniature golf. Rochester is home to several mini-golf courses. Consider Whispering Pines (4083 Culver Road), a nationally recognized historic location and the oldest operating, unaltered miniature-golf course in the country. Other options include Adventure Landing (3340 West Ridge Road) or Clubhouse Fun Center (70 Jay Scutti Blvd.). No matter where you putt, just remember to yell “Fore!” — BY WILLIE CLARK

Wednesday, August 22

CLASSICAL: Tonight, drive down to Canandaigua, have dinner at the Bristol Harbour Resort, and stay for a “Classical Blue Jeans” concert with Juliana Athayde, concertmaster for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mike Block, cello. It’s just one offering of the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, this year running August 15-26. The festival offers a smorgasbord of musicians, venues, and productions to satisfy your summer taste for classical music. Co-artistic directors Ed Klorman and Amy Sue Barston are part of the fresh energy pulsing through classical, and they bring the best of the modern classical musicians to our scenic region. Other concerts include “L’Invitation au Voyage” (August 19) with works like Ravel’s “Chansons madécasses” and the prose poems of Évariste Parney and Joseph Marx’s “Durch Einsamkeiten” (“Through lonely places”). Another notable concert is titled “Dvorak’s Fire” (August 26) with works including Romanian Folk Dances of Béla Bartók. For more information on the festival, including schedule and ticket info, call 454-4596 or visit LakeMusicFestival.org. (PC)

Thursday, August 23

RECREATION: Pick up some fresh, local produce and other homegrown products at the South Wedge Farmers Market. The Market – which runs 4-7 p.m. every Thursday, June 7 to October 18 – is home to some interesting items you might not be able to find elsewhere, with a focus on local and sustainable farming (all of the vendors are within 100 miles of Rochester). New vendors this year include maple syrup and other maple products by Wohlschlegel’s Naples Maple Farm, and mushrooms, cage-free eggs, and unusual fruits like goji berries and currants from Flowed Land Permaculture in Hilton. The South Wedge Farmers Market is located behind Boulder Coffee at 100 Alexander St.; for more information visit swfarmersmarket.org. Bear in mind it’s only one of many area farmers markets. Irondequoit and Brighton have their own, as do city neighborhoods like Monroe Village and the 19th Ward. Take the opportunity to check them all out this summer. (ER)

 

Friday, August 24

RECREATION: Looking for a truly adult way to spend Friday night? The National Museum of Play at the Strong is open late on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing even the oldest of adults to rediscover their inner child. Throw rolls of tokens into arcade cabinets trying to beat the original “Gauntlet,” or reminisce about the totems from your misspent youth now ensconced in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The “American Comic Book Heroes” exhibit allows you to test your super-hero mettle, and for the outdoorsy nature types, the Dancing Wing Butterfly Garden is the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in Upstate New York. And the museum’s food court is loaded with playtime-friendly options like Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and an ice-cream shop. Who said growing old means having to give up fun anyway? The museum is located at 1 Manhattan Square. Operating hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission costs $11-$13 (additional charge for the butterfly garden). For more information call 263-2700 or visit museumofplay.org. (WC)

Saturday, August 25

SPORTS: You don’t have to spend big bucks on big-league games to see great football. Spend August 25 at East High cheering on the Monroe County Sting as they tackle the Montreal Voyageurs. This semi-professional football team has been around since 1996, and has won three national championships. The non-profit team is made up entirely of local players. The team’s season starts in July, so get out and feel the sting early. For game results and the team’s complete schedule, visit monroecountysting.com. (KL)

 

Sunday, August 26

FILM: Spend a late-summer Sunday afternoon exploring deep space or the Earth’s terrain. Throughout the summer the Strasenburgh Planetarium will be showing its first animated, giant-screen film, “Fly Me to the Moon.” The film combines an Apollo 11-like mission with three teenage animated flies that go on an adventure in outer space. That’s just one of the offerings of the planetarium, an arm of the Rochester Museum & Science Center. You can also take a look into the depths of volcanoes in the film “Ring of Fire,” or head out on Saturday nights for the regular laser-light shows in which pop/rock songs are paired with choreographed lasers on the inner surface of the planetariums dome. The Planetarium is located next door to the RMSC, 657 East Ave. For a full schedule and ticket information visit rmsc.com/strasenburghplanetarium or call 271-4320. (AR)

Monday, August 27

THEME PARK: The end of August means chronic, sticky late-summer heat from sun up to sundown. Why not plan a day trip to Roseland Waterpark in Canandaigua and beat the high temps? Roseland is conveniently located for those looking to escape the suffocating city, but not spend all day in the car, and its compact size makes the park easy to navigate while offering plenty of cool and wet ways to have fun. Aside from a wave pool and water slides, Roseland also offers attractions that won’t require the use of a swimsuit, like Pepsi tastings and magic shows. But by late August, who wouldn’t want to get in the water? If you can’t make it on Monday, no worries; throughout the summer Roseland offers all kinds of alternative activities, like chair massages (alternate Mondays), a free Zumba class on Fridays, as well as a variety of theme days. Roseland Waterpark is located at 250 Eastern Boulevard in Canandaigua. Tickets range from $7.95 to $24.95, depending on height and age. Check out roselandwaterpark.com or call396-2000 for more information on the various activities planned and hours of operation. (TR)

 

Tuesday, August 28

THEATER: Tonight is one of your last chances to check out a show in one of the most ambitious summer theater programs, as “Cabaret” plays as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. This is the first year for the Auburn-based festival. Regional theater fans have been aware of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for years. Leaders from that organization and other civic and business groups came up with the idea to expand the MGR musical-theater offerings into three other venues, the Auburn Public Theater, Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, and the Schwartz Family Performing Arts Center. The focus is squarely on musicals, with the theme “On, Off, and Beyond Broadway.” Other shows this season include “My Fair Lady” (July 25-August 15), “Altar Boyz” (June 6-30), “9 to 5: The Musical” (June 27-July 18), and the wonderful “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding” (July 5-28), which played at the JCC a few years back. For more information on the Musical Theatre Festival visit fingerlakesmtf.com. (ERIC)

Wednesday, August 29

MUSIC: Just because it’s still summer doesn’t mean it’s too early to celebrate Oktoberfest. Rochester’s own Krazy Firemen have been performing for three decades, bringing the oom-pah-pah and brass-band sounds of Germany right to your own backyard. Part marching band, part rock and roll group, and even a little bit country, the Krazy Firemen do it all. And the group has a tuba, so you know it’s all business. Wear some lederhosen, practice your best German, and most of all, expect it to get krazy when the Firemen play the Concerts by the Shore series at Ontario Beach Park (Lake Avenue in Charlotte). The series runs Wednesday throughout the summer, June 6-August 29, with free concerts at 7 p.m., plus all of the other amenities of Ontario Beach Park at your disposal. Other Concerts by the Shore season highlights include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (June 27), Ruby Shooz (August 29), and Brass Taxi (July 11). For more information on the series and the park visit monroecounty.gov/parks-ontariobeach.php. (WC)

Thursday, August 30

RECREATION: Break out the sunscreen and go for a swim. The weather will soon grow cold, so this may be your last chance. Rochester has a few community pools. Among them are Adams Street Community Center & Pool (85 Adams St.) and the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex (131 Elmwood Ave.). Fees and swimming schedules vary, so get the details at cityofrochester.gov. Or grab your flip-flops, beach towel, and feel the sand beneath your feet by heading to Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte or Durand Eastman Beach on Lakeshore Boulevard. Once the beaches open for the summer, operating hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Note that the beaches are sometimes closed due to environmental issues; be sure to check the water conditions by calling 753-5887. (AR)

 

Friday, August 31

NIGHTLIFE: It’s the last weekend of the summer. Grab your friends and go dancing at one of Rochester’s nightclubs. It’s impossible to mention all of the local clubs in such a small space, but among the big ones are Tilt Nightclub and Ultralounge (444 Central Ave.), where you’ll find a large space with an outdoor courtyard, lounge, and dance floor. The party is 18 and over, and you’ll find local drag entertainers Thursday and Friday nights, and other special events fairly regularly. In the East End you’ll find both Heat Nightclub (336 East Ave., 899-0620) and One (1 Ryan Alley, oneryan.com). Both of these establishments have large dance floors, DJs, and some swanky outdoor patios. If you’re looking for dancing with a different flare, try Tapas 177 (177 St. Paul St., 262-2090, tapas177.com). This bar and restaurant transforms every Thursday into a salsa dancing class 9:30-11 p.m., and on Saturday nights you can find live Latin bands. Remember, those are only a few local dance-club opportunities. If we missed your favorite post it in the comments section of this article at rochestercitynewspaper.com. (AR)

 

Saturday, September 1

FESTIVAL: I grew up outside of Syracuse, so going to the New York State Fair was part of our annual “vacation package.” If you’ve never been, take today as an opportunity to head to the State Fairgrounds just west of Syracuse for the 2012 fair, running August 23-September 3. The State Fair is like your town festival or street fair on crystal meth. The fairgrounds are enormous. The food booths are actual booths, and include some pretty out-there offerings (wine slushies were popular a few years ago, and there’s always some new fried offering to both tempt your taste buds and wreak havoc on your cholesterol). There are multiple sprawling midways. Huge buildings filled with legitimately cool exhibits and displays. And the entertainment line-up is impressive. The bulk of the Grandstand shows have yet to be announced, but the free Chevy Court stage has gotten a major upgrade, with shows by Neon Trees (August 23), Victoria Justice (August 29), Mike Posner (August 30), and other relevant acts joining some older cats. Admission to the fair is $10 per day. For more information visit nysfair.org. (ER)

 

Sunday, September 2

FESTIVAL: You might be familiar with the “giant breakfast sandwich” sign outside of Juan & Maria’s Empanada Stop at the Public Market. But this establishment cooks much more than breakfast foods, specializing in a variety of Spanish delicacies. The Empanda Stop will be sponsoring the Spanish International Festival on September 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., where you can get a taste of international cuisine. All 20 Spanish-speaking countries, plus Brazil, will be represented. Juan & Maria’s is located at the Public Market, 280 N. Union St. For more information visit juanandmarias.com or call 325-6650. (AR)

 

Monday, September 3

RECREATION: It’s Labor Day, which means it’s time to put away the shorts and flip-flops, and start thinking about pulling out the sweaters and coats — but not before throwing one last hurrah. Summer is about the simple joys of life, and the best way to say farewell to the season is to throw a breezy backyard cookout. Spice up the usual hots and hamburgers with some killer starters, side dishes and desserts. Try hollowing out some jalapenos and stuffing them with pepper jack cheese. Fold up in an aluminum-foil packet with some olive oil and toss on the grill for a few minutes for a quick and spicy snack. Add some excitement to corn on the cobb by brushing with melted butter, sprinkling with your favorite cheese, and grilling them in foil. For dessert, try a banana boat. Slice a banana down the center and fill with chocolate chips, peanut butter, or even marshmallows. Wrap in tin foil and warm on hot coals for 10 to 15 minutes. The result is warm, gooey, and delicious. Or grab your favorite summer fruit and warm it up on the grill. It’s a pretty sweet way to end any summer. (KL)

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