CHOICE EVENTS: 8/8-8/15

Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” will be staged at Bristol Valley Theater through Sunday, August 19. PHOTO COURTESY RICH MILLER

THEATER: Bristol Valley Theater

This week take a road trip to the Finger Lakes for an evening of comedy or an afternoon of fantasy at Bristol Valley Theater. One of Neil Simon’s best-loved romantic comedies, “Barefoot in the Park,” starts its run Thursday, August 9. The story begins with newlyweds moving into their first New York City apartment. The play explores the ups and downs of those first few days of marriage, like peculiar neighbors, a meddling mother-in-law, and a faulty radiator in February. The show runs at BVT through Sunday, August 19; performance times this week are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12-$33.

For the kids — or adults who love “The Wizard of Oz” series — Bristol Valley will continue its performances of “Ozma of Oz,” an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s classic written by playwright Dominic Orlando. The theater’s apprentice company of 11- to 17-year-old performers will present this show, which features another adventure with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Performances run Tuesday, August 14, through Friday, August 17, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages.

Bristol Valley Theater is located at 151 S. Main St. in Naples. For more information on both performances, visit bvtnaples.org or call 374-6318. — BY ANNE RITZ

RECREATION: Perseid Meteor Shower

This weekend Mother Nature will put on her annual late-night light show in the summer sky. On Saturday, August 11, the Perseid meteor shower will cast shooting stars through the dark sky. Every year, the earth passes through a cloud of debris left by the comet Swift-Tuttle. This creates the plethora of “falling stars” known as the Perseid meteor shower.

On Saturday at 8 p.m. the Nature Conservancy will host a gathering in the Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary, located at 1581 Jackson Road in Penfield, to view the shower. Dress for cool evenings and consider bringing a flashlight and lawn chair. For more information on the swamp visit nature.org, and for information on the Perseids event call Marie Heerkens at 773-8911. For other views of the meteor shower, try to escape city lights and well-lit areas. — BY ANNE RITZ

SPORTS: Rochester Rhinos

As summer winds down, be sure to make room for those favorite warm-weather activities while you can. This Saturday, August 11, get out for some live sports action with one of the Flower City’s favorite home teams: the Rochester Rhinos. The soccer greats will be playing at home in Sahlen’s Stadium, located at 460 Oak St., against the Charleston Battery. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and tickets range from $13 to $25. For more information, visit rhinossoccer.com/stadium/eventschedule. — BY ANNE RITZ

FESTIVALS: Festival Round-Up

If you have yet to have your fill of festivals or are just an avid festival seeker, this weekend will leave you with no shortage of options.

For German food, music, and activities head to the Spencerport Fireman’s Field (off Route 259 in Spencerport) for Rochester German Fest. Enjoy authentic German foods like sauerkraut, sausages, and Kartoffelsalat (potato salad), and pair it throughout the day with live German folk music and dancing. The festival will run Friday, August 10, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 3-11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 12, noon- 5 p.m. Admission for the festival costs $3-$6 (kids under 12 and active military personnel are free). For more information visit rochestergerman.com.

The 18th Annual Brockport Summer Arts Festival will return this weekend with more than 100 exhibitors, as well as live entertainment, a wine garden, a vintage car cruise-in, and tons of great food. Also look for the annual Duck Derby, with thousands of plastic ducks floating through the canal, racing toward the finish line, and the Morgan Manning house lawn will feature family fun and entertainment. The festival will run Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Not that Main Street in Brockport will be closed off throughout the festival. For a full list of festival events and more information, visit brockportartsfestival.com.

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at the annual Carifest, hosted by the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization. The festival well be held at the Riverside Festival Site (located at the intersection of Court and Exchange) on Saturday, August 11. It will begin with a parade at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Liberty Pole Way and festivities at the site will be held 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with Caribbean food and music. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children 6-12 years old. For more information, visit rwifo.com or call 234-0909.

Calling all mischievous lovers of the sea — or at least the Erie Canal. The Pirates of the Erie Canal will bring back Palmyra Pirate Weekend this weekend. Activities include bed races, a screening of “The Goonies” under the stars, kayak racing, boat tours, food, music, and other pirate-themed good times. The festival will also feature tours of Historic Palmyra, fully equipped with pirate tales, as well as a Jolly Jogger 5k run. Activities run Friday, August 10, and Saturday, August 11. For a full list of events, directions, and parking, visit, eriecanalpirates.com. — BY ANNE RITZ

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