CHOICE EVENTS: 6/13-6/20

FESTIVAL: Maplewood Rose Festival

“In the center of the city of Rochester, above the bank of the river which has shaped the region’s history, lies a jewel of a garden.” So goes Duane Reid’s history of the Maplewood Rose Garden. Celebrate horticulture and heritage this weekend with the Maplewood Rose Festival, which takes place Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, at the garden (at Lake and Driving Park avenues).

The celebration is held at the peak blooming cycles of more than 300 rose varieties, with more than 5,000 flowers perfuming the air. The weekend includes horticultural workshops and demonstrations by Rochester’s top gardeners and landscape professionals, hands-on gardening and landscaping activities for adults and kids, an arts & crafts fair, tours, storytelling, a perennial swap meet, wine tastings, and specific daily features.

On Friday, 7-10 p.m., join other Rochesterians for a Party on the Bridge on Driving Park Bridge, which will include children’s activities, music, and fireworks. Events take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, including a Father’s Day picnic taking place 1-5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 428-6866, or email — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

KIDS: Buggy Bonanza

One of the only things I adore about the deep winter is the lack of insects. But when I find myself being bugged by the creatures during the warmer months, I remind myself that the strange-to-us insects each play an important role in the world’s ecosystems. Besides their usefulness, insects are truly fascinating to learn about, and that helps minimize fear and annoyance. Teach the kids how to cohabitate with insects this weekend at Buggy Bonanza, held at The Strong National Museum of Play (One Manhattan Square) on Saturday, June 16.

Get up close and personal with live creepy crawlers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A museum expert will teach facts about tarantulas (which can grow to the size of dinner plates), hissing cockroaches, scorpions, and more. If that’s a little too intense for you, make a butterfly craft and meet Marti the Monarch, the museum’s butterfly mascot, before visiting the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, where you can walk among a thousand butterflies in a tropical rainforest environment along with birds, turtles, and more.

Buggy Bonanza is included in general admission to the museum, which is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children ages 2-15, and free to members and kids under 2. Admission to the butterfly garden requires purchase of an individual, timed ticket at $4 or $2 for members. For more information, call 263-2700 or visit —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY


Longing to feel the wind running through your proud, glorious whiskers? Or maybe you’d just love to run a 5K surrounded by some fine mustachioed fellows. In any case, join the 2nd Annual Stache Dash 5k Race on Sunday, June 17, starting at the Elk’s Club (19 Niagara St., Canandaigua).

The race begins at 9 a.m. (registration at 8:15 a.m.), the cost is $20 to register, and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Prizes will be awarded to Top Female, Top Male, Top Stache, and Stache of the Day. Grow out your stache or make a fake and preregister at For more information, call Suzanne at 737-4028, or email —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY

 SPORTS: Base Ball then & Baseball now

Celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17, with a favorite father/child tradition — take Dad out to a ballgame. Can you imagine catching a fastball with your bare hands? That’s how they played the game of base ball in the 1800’s (they also spelled it differently). On Sunday, go back in time to watch Genesee Country Village & Museum’s vintage base ball game. A doubleheader game begins at noon with Victory v. Rochester and another game at 2 p.m. with Live Oak v. Flower City at the Silver Base Ball Park at GCVM (1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford). Note that this is just one chance to experience the 19th century game this season. Games are played with period costumes, rules, and etiquette. There’s no protective gear, the balls are brown, the snacks are throwbacks, and boys man the scoreboard. Unattended ladies are even asked to sit in special seating to avoid scandal. Admission to the museum costs $9.50-$15.50 (free for children under 3); for more information visit or call 538-6822.

If Dad still can’t get enough baseball, head back into modern times and go to Frontier Field (1 Morrie Silver Way) this weekend for one of the Rochester Red Wings’ home games. Monday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 20, the Wings will be playing the Durham Bulls starting at 7:05 p.m. For ticket pricing or more information visit or call 423-9464. — BY ANNE RITZ

SPECIAL EVENT: Rochester Real Beer Week

Nothing says summer like sipping on a cold, crisp beer on a hot sunny day. Combine that same satisfaction with a festival atmosphere, stretch it over eight days, and you’ve got Rochester Real Beer Week, running Friday, June 15-Saturday, June 23. Through Real Beer Week you can partake in events at venues across the Rochester area, including bars, restaurants, breweries, and retail stores. But it’s not just about drinking your favorite brews. Look for food and beer pairings, dinners, socials, concerts, and even a running race.

At the heart of the event is the Rochester Real Beer Expo Saturday, June 16, 6-10 p.m. in the South Wedge (VIP hour beings at 5 p.m.). This street fair put on by the Business Association of the South Wedge Area will feature samples of more than 80 craft beers served up on Gregory Street between Whalin and Bond streets, plus live music. Tickets cost $40 ($10 for a designated-driver ticket, $60 for VIP).

That’s just one of the many, many Real Beer Week activities, with multiple events going on in various venues every day. For a full list of activities and more information, visit — BY ANNE RITZ

COMEDY: Polite Company

Nothing brings out tears, laughter, and the crazy quite like a wedding. Join local sketch/improv-comedy group Polite Company on Saturday, June 16, for its show “A Wedding to Regret” at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave.) Polite Company is the creation of local actor/comedians Karen Craft and Abby DeVuyst, who have been involved in theater for more than 10 years. They teamed up with Greg Owens, Dan Hart, Kevin Stevenson, Joe Pisanzio, and Scott Hildreth to form Polite Comedy, a troupe that promises on its flyers, “You will laugh.” The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $10-$12. For more information or to purchase advance tickets visit or — BY ANNE RITZ


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