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Festivals 

Agricultural Society Fair, Genesee Country Nature Center, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford (538-6822, www.geneseecountryvillage.org): A country fair, 19th-century style, with food, livestock and crafts. Oct. 5-6.

Apple Umpkin Festival, Gaslight Village, Rte, 19 LeRoy (493-3320): Sept 28-29.

AutumnFest: "A Celebration of the Earth": Genesee Country Nature Center, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford (538-6822, www.geneseecountryvillage.org): nature discovery, Native American performers and craftspeople, live animals, music, storytelling and hands-on activities. Sept 22. $5; $4 seniors; $3 children 4-16.

Clothesline Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue (473-7720): 600 artists, live dance performances, supervised art center for children, food vendors. Park for free and use the free shuttlebus at Atlantic & Anderson Avenue Gleason Works, or at the East End Garage, Main & Scio. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14-15. $5' 12 and under free. Admission benefits the Gallery.

Harvest Days, RMSC Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Rd, Naples. With family and educational activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 28-29. Mushroom Festival, 12-4 p.m. Sept. 29. Info: 374-6160, www.rmsc.org.

Letchworth Arts and Crafts Festival, Letchworth State Park, Highbanks Recreation area near north entrance. 330 artists and vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-14. Info: Arts Council for Wyoming County, 237-3517.

Naples Grape and Wine Festival, Naples, NY, Arts and crafts, entertainment, grape pie contest. Sept. 28-29. Info: 374-2240.

Oktoberfest in Irondequoit 2001, Camp Eastman, Lakeshore Dr, Irondequoit (336-6070 or www.irondequoit.org/oktober.htm): Food, entertainment, music, dancing, with the Stratton Mountain Boys, the Sauerkrauts, and more. Sept. 13-15, 20-22. $5.

Penfield Fall Fest, Penfield's four corners, Five Mile Line Rd and Route 441 (340-8600): Arts and crafts, live music, children's activities. Sept. 24-25.

Purple Foot Festival, Casa Larga Vineyards (223-4210): Grape stomping, Italian music and food, tours, tastings, children's activities. Sept 14-15.

Six Flags Darien Lake (599-4641, sixflags.com/darienlake): "Oktoberfest," with entertainment, keg tapping ceremonies, grape stomping, glass blowing, food, Sept. 21-22, 28-29. "Fright Fest," with costume contests, zombie zones, haunted attractions, Oct 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. Call for prices.

In This Guide...

    Homecoming season for a Bills fan

    The last four falls, I've been a Bills fan in exile on the peninsula of Portland, Maine. That's deep in Patriots country, enemy territory.

    Music, theater, and art: a season of celebration

    It seems entirely appropriate that the publication date of City's Fall Guide this year is September 11. In this annual issue, our writers preview the season in music, theater, art, performances, exhibitions, and literature.

    An upstate autumn: eating what you kill

    Credit: Kurt Brownell Text: At a recent lunch, the subject of venison came up, with one friend saying how awful he always finds it.

    Television: Reality is dead; cops, docs, and lawyers live on

    With 32 new shows set to kick off in the next couple of months, City thought you might require some sort of guide to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.             Otherwise, how would you be able to tell the difference between Do Over (WB, 8:30 p.m.

    Headline: Movies: Great expectations, after summer's best

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    Movies: A harvest of remakes, sequels, and series

    As all students of the contemporary cinema know, and most reviewers tediously reiterate, the change of seasons from summer to fall should also signal a transformation in the variety of entertainment flickering in the multiple tense darknesses of the megaplexes.             Accepted wisdom preaches that with the kids back in school and the weather turning cooler, and perhaps freed somewhat from the desperate need to release some new spectacular every week, Hollywood will serve up heartier fare than the usual kiddie cartoons, raunchy comedies, exploding blockbusters, horror films, science fiction, cop thrillers and of course, assorted teenpix.

    Art

    Local 1570 Gallery, Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue (442-8470): "Art for the Soul," with work by Eve Bothelho, Coral Dalton, M. Wendy Gwirtzman, Raphaella McCormack; opening reception, 6-8 p.m.

    Literature and lectures

    30th Annual Rochester Book Fair, benefits the University of Rochester Libraries: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21, the Student Life Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue.

    Theater

    Blackfriars Theatre, 28 Lawn St (454-1260; www.blackfriars.org): Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Oct. 5-26. Dirty Blonde, Dec. 7-29, with performances Dec. 31.

    Classical music

    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Text: Philharmonic Series(454-2100): All concerts at 8 p.m. in Eastman Theatre; pre-concert chats at 7 p.m.

    Families and museums

    Text: Center at High Falls, 60 Browns Race (325-2030): Historic district, touring and learning center with orientation to Rochester for groups. Attractions: Original Mill Raceway, Archaeology Site & Giant Waterwheel,"Laser, Light & Fireworks Spectacular!" offered weekends through mid-October, holidays.

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