I feel like people could not wait for fall to start this year. Before I even flipped my calendar to September 1 the pumpkin lattes had appeared in coffee-shop chains and the spice-scented harvest decorations had popped up in the vestibules at Wegmans.
I can't blame America's marketers for getting a jump on autumn. It's my favorite season, too, in part because of all of the fantastic events heralded by the cooling temperatures and the changing of the leaves.
That's especially true of our arts community. In our annual fall arts preview, City's cultural critics sound off on their picks for the most exciting art exhibits, theater shows, dance performances, music concerts, and films coming in the 2013-14 season. These are by no means comprehensive lists of what's coming — for that make sure you check out the calendar section of each week's City Newspaper, or visit the events section of our website at rochestercitynewspaper.com. It's just our experts giving their opinions on what you absolutely cannot miss while digging in to the cultural smorgasbord about to be served.
Fall is also arguably the best time to get outdoors in Rochester. This year, take in the stunning foliage transformations and explore the area's waterways with an autumn boat tour. We've got a whole feature on some of the local options available to you (there's more than you might think). And it's not really fall without at least one gulp of delicious apple cider. While nobody's going to judge you for drinking cider straight from the jug, this Fall Guide includes a few recipes using that sweet concoction that will brighten up any autumn evening. -- Eric Rezsnyak