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What to do every day of the summer

SUMMER GUIDE '10: Events 

What to do every day of the summer

 [ CALENDAR ] BY JACOB BLISS, DALE EVANS, EMILY FAITH, JESSE HANUS, REBECCA RAFFERTY, ERIC REZSNYAK, AND NICK STATT

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.

City has played social planner, picking one activity for you to indulge in every single day of the summer, from the Summer Guide publication date (June 16) to Labor Day (September 6). Given those limitations it isn't a comprehensive listing of everything that's going on -- for that you should pick up City Newspaper every Wednesday for that week's events, or visit our online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com -- but it's a good mixture of festivals, special events, concerts, art exhibits, stage shows, and more that will practically guarantee that you make the most of the summer.

Wednesday, June 16

RECREATION: There's no better way to officially start your summer than a trip to Rochester's own amusement park, Seabreeze. Take your local thrill seeking five stories higher this summer on the new Revolution 360 ride. A large, 360-degree rotating disk that sweeps across a half-pipe track, the park's latest attraction is sure to take your breath away. Once you get it back, cool off by taking a dip in the Raging Rivers water park. And before you head home make sure to ride the legendary Jack Rabbit rollercoaster, celebrating its 90th year in operation. Whether reliving childhood memories or your own, or creating new ones with your kids, the park's 70-plus rides and attractions are not to be missed this summer. Seabreeze is located at 4600 Culver Road. For more information call 323-1900 or visit seabreeze.com. -- EF

Thursday, June 17

SPECIAL EVENT: Spend an evening getting artsy in the South Wedge with the unveiling of the "urban folk art" traffic control paintings. This is the latest attempt to beautify what is emerging to be one of the hippest areas of the city. It also supports local artists, and shows off the vibrant beauty of graffiti-style art. Not only will you get a first look at the new functional artworks, but if you show up to the artist reception at 7 p.m. you can speak with the artists and eat free food. Stay around until 8 p.m. to hear live acoustic blues from Cashback, a Johnny Cash tribute band. All of it goes down at StarAlleyPark, next to Lux Lounge on South Avenue, and is part of the neighborhood's summer-long Third Thursdays art and music program. Visit Savorourflavor.com for more details. - JH

Friday, June 18

THEATER: Get all hot and bothered with the confronting drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" tonight at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave). The 1962 play by Edward Albee seems simple on paper: two couples chat it up after a late-night party and end up unearthing dark secrets about each other's marriages. But Albee made sure to layer the plot with enough complexity to make the two-hour play a tour de force of intense and uncomfortable confrontations; you probably remember the iconic film version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Michael Arve directs the show for the Greater Rochester Repertory Companies; the production runs June 17-27, tickets cost $12-$20. For more information, a full schedule, and tickets, visit muccc.org. - NS

Saturday, June 19

MUSIC: Get help scrubbing that awful last season of "American Idol" out of your memory by checking out one of the show's most legitimate successes. Daughtry, the band formed by "AI" Season 5 favorite Chris Daughtry, plays the Blue Cross Arena tonight for a 7:30 p.m. show. Daughtry dominated modern-rock radio for more than a year after the 2006 release of the group's self-titled debut disc, which featured monster hits like "It's Not Over," "Home," and "Over You." While the follow-up album, "Leave This Town," hasn't made quite the impact, Chris is still doing a hell of a lot better than most of the "Idol" also-rans (and many of the winners). Lifehouse and Cavo share the bill, and tickets cost $26.50-$36.50. For more information visit bluecrossarena.com.- ER

Sunday, June 20

FESTIVAL: What does an entire festival of fiddlers sound like? My guess is epic beauty, but you can find out for yourself at the 21st Annual Old Time Fiddlers' Gathering at WatkinsGlenState Park (433 South Franklin St., Watkins Glen) on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20. The fest is included with regular park admission of $8 per vehicle, which includes swimming; the park also features camping and dining for additional fees. Headlining fiddlers include Pat Kane of Finger Lakes Folk, The BossTones, and LuxBridge. Free workshops will be available in the jammin' tent. Music and dancing begin at 1 p.m. each afternoon and continue until evening. Visit earts.org for updated artist information. - RR

Monday, June 21

SPORTS: Even if you're not a golf buff, there's something calming and meditative about attending the annual Wegmans LPGA Championship as a spectator. The greens at Locust Hill Country Club are gorgeous, the sun is shining (hopefully), and talented golfers will be demonstrating their skills with true class. The event runs June 21-27 this year, but if you show up today you can take in the Wegmans pro-am event, in which professional golfers pair up with amateurs to take the course. Tee times are at 7:30 and 9:20 a.m., and noon and 1:20 p.m. Daily spectator tickets cost $35, while passes to the week-long event cost $95-$135. For more information, go to wegmanslpga.org. - JB

Tuesday, June 22

SPORTS: It's just not a summer in Rochester unless you head out to at least once to see the Rochester Red Wings play a game of minor-league baseball Frontier Field. The Red Wings experience is worthwhile no matter how our boys are doing on the field. The stadium is great, the food is better than your typical ball-park fare, and it's hard not to get swept up when the crowd starts cheering. Round up the family, or get together a couple buddies, and head to HighFalls today to see the Red Wings face off against the Columbus Clippers. The game starts at 7:05 p.m., and tickets cost $6.50-$10.50. For more information, and for a full schedule of the entire 2010 Red Wings season, go to redwingsbaseball.com. - JB

Wednesday, June 23

MUSIC: The state at Boulder Coffee on Alexander Street is for the casual listener, the spontaneous performer, and seasoned veterans. It's the openness, respect, and overall fun atmosphere of that mixture that makes the chill South Wedge coffeehouse's weekly Open Mic Jam event a great time. The event takes place every Wednesday at 8 p.m., is completely free, and anyone can come down and perform, or just grab a drink and enjoy the show. For more information and a complete list of Boulder's summer concerts and events, visit bouldercoffeeco.com. - NS

Thursday, June 24

MUSIC: The HochsteinSchool of Music & Dance puts on a variety of cool shows all year round, but its Hochstein at High Falls summer series is especially worth checking out. The outdoor shows take place every Thursday in June and July at GraniteMillsPark near the Pont de Renns Bridge in HighFalls and feature a number of talented local musicians performing in a wide variety of musical styles. The June 24 show will feature Fem Vindar, a woodwind quintet made up of Hochstein faculty members. The concerts start at 12:15 p.m., and are completely free (Hochstein suggests bringing blankets or other seating). For more information or for a full schedule visit Hochstein.org. - JB

Friday, June 25

FESTIVAL: Head up to Charlotte today for the annual Harbor & Carousel Festival, which runs through the weekend at OntarioBeachPark (off Lake Avenue). While you should certainly pay your respects to our lovely lakefront, make sure to take a ride on the 105-year-old carousel that also gives the festival its name. Some fun facts about "the Duchess": it is one of only 14 operating antique "menagerie" carousels in the country, the menagerie term coming from the fact that it features animals other than horses. Specifically it includes 33 horses, three rabbits, three cats, three ostriches, three pigs, two mules, and one each of a lion, tiger, goat, giraffe, and deer. I call dibs on one of the pigs. The festival runs June 24-27, and features live music, family carnival rides, tall ships, fireworks, a boat parade of lights, and more. Admission is free. For hours and a full schedule of events check cityofrochester.gov. - ER

Saturday, June 26

MUSIC: Hosted by Rochester's own Genesee Brewery, the "Rock the Cans" concert taking place tonight is a chance for people to come out, enjoy live music, and support the local food bank Foodlink with donations of canned goods. Performing at the show will be two of alt-rock giants from the 1990's, The Gin Blossoms and Soul Asylum, both of whom came out with their first albums in more than seven years back in 2006. Local band Uncle Plum opens the show. Genesee Brewery is located at 445 St. Paul St. Tickets cost $12 and are on sale at all Wegmans stores. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 4 p.m. Donations to Foodlink are not mandatory, but encouraged. For more information visit foodlinkny.org.- NS

Sunday, June 27

RECREATION: Want to throw a couple in, but don't have a license? HamlinBeachState Park is holding a Free Fishing Day today starting at noon. Amateur anglers can fish free of charge and without a license. The Town of Hamlin will be making this a festive occasion, with fishing-related exhibits, games, and prizes. Hamlin Beach is one of the better beaches in the Rochester area, and Free Fishing Day should be a great time to check it out, as well as a good introduction to fishing for those who are less-than-familiar with the sport. HamlinBeachState Park is located just to the west of Rochester. For more information on the park, and for a full list of its many summer events, visit nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/20. - JB

Monday, June 28

MUSIC: The Eastman School of Music is one of the arts institutions that makesRochester such a unique and vibrant city. While school may be out, ESM's summer schedule is jam-packed with concerts and events, including tonight's concert by the Dave Rivello Jazz Ensemble, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. Rivello is a well-regarded jazz composer and conductor, and he'll his 12-pice ensemble through some of his original compositions. Admission to the show costs $5-$10. For a full schedule of ESM summer concerts check esm.rochester.edu. -JH

Tuesday, June 29

RECREATION: I'm always torn, during those unbearably humid days, whether I should escape the heat indoors or buck up and make the most of the summer heat while we've got it. You can do both at Lamberton Conservatory at Highland Park (171 Reservoir Ave.): bring a book or friends to the sprawling greenhouse, enjoy the exotic plants, the sun, and the waterfalls. Benches provide resting spots, and if you get peckish, picnic among the trees and rolling hills of Highland Park. Lamberton is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, including holidays, and admission is $2-$3. For more info, call 753-7270. - RR

Wednesday, June 30

MUSIC: Blue Oyster Cult truly exemplifies rock 'n' roll. The band's albums are like artifacts from an exciting fantasy world, where heroes and villains duke it out amidst blazing guitar solos and brilliantly clichéd protagonists find their way through the stylized vignettes that B.O.C. specialize in. Girls, girls, girls was rock's standard subject matter when B.O.C. rose to prominence. The band precipitated both the punk and heavy metal musical movements by forgoing songs about love and sex, and opting instead for tunes about UFOs, Godzilla, and Joan Crawford. There's a Blue Oyster Cult gig at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in Farmington tonight at 6:30 p.m., and like all of casino's summer concert series, it's free. Sounds like a plan to me, and the price is right. For more information on the show or the Finger Lakes summer concert series visit fingerlakesracetrack.com. - JB

Thursday, July 1

MUSIC: Are you one of Rochester's edgy young tastemakers? I know I am, and that's why I'm so often found at the Bug Jar's Thursday Night Shakedown. There's a lot of bars on hallowed Monroe Avenue, and they tend to blur together easily. However, the Bug Jar's Thursday-night shindig stands as a genuinely hip institution. Rochester's most urbane girls and boys congregate, drink, and bask in each other's glowing presences while DJs spin danceable indie jams. I'm totally over the whole dancing thing, but you can feel free to get down. The Shakedown takes place every Thursday at 11 p.m., and it's free for those over 21. If you're underage (but still 18+), $8 is the modest entry fee. The Bug Jar is located at 219 Monroe Ave. For more information, and for a schedule of all the venue's many upcoming concerts, visit bugjar.com. - JB

Friday, July 2

RECREATION: Start making a list of the Top 10 people you love to hate and invite them to a different sort of party -- the kind where you suit up with goggles and armor and paint-splat all of your pent-up aggression out on each other. At N'Vasion Paintball on University Avenue there will be plenty of spills and thrills as you divide into teams and face off in the 14,000-square-foot padded playing field. The venue is open for play Fridays-Sundays, but you can make a reservation anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All the equipment you need is available for rental. Open play for individuals is also available. For more information call 473-7529 or visit nvp-proshop.com. -- EF

Saturday, July 3

THEATER: Get in the patriotic spirit by taking in "Red, White, and Tuna" at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples. The third installment of the so-called "Tuna trilogy" once again turns its gaze on the small, bizarre town of Tuna, Texas, which is stocked with zany characters and even nuttier situations, like beauty-queen rivalries, UFO sightings, and road-kill sculptures. The show runs June 24-July 4 (today's showing is at 8 p.m.), and tickets run $10-$30. It's just one of BVT's summer shows. The rest of the season includes Cole Porter's "Let's Misbehave," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Boeing Boeing," Murderers," and "Treasure Island." For more information and a full schedule visit bvtnaples.org. --ER

Sunday, July 4

SPECIAL EVENT: Celebrate July 4 a little differently this year by taking a step back in time and attending Independence Day: A Celebration Across Time at the GeneseeCountryVillage and Museum in Mumford. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. you can partake in some rowdy, really old-fashioned fun by competing in pie-eating contests, tugs of war, watermelon seed-spitting, sack races, and egg tosses. Meanwhile you'll also learn how Americans celebrated July 4 over the years, specifically in 1826, 1876, and 1926. Admission to the event costs $12-$15, children under 3 attend free. For more details on this and GCVM's other summer special events visit gcv.org. -JH

Monday, July 5

RECREATION: In addition to all of the elephants, tigers, penguins, and more that routinely call it home, two gorgeous snow leopards have taken up residence in the SenecaPark Zoo. They are part of the zoo's Species Survival Plan, as a mere 7000 of their kind are estimated to exist in the wild worldwide. Red-Eye the alligator returns this summer, along with two more reptilian friends from St. AugustineAlligatorFarmZoologicalPark in Florida. There's lots to see and do this summer at the zoo, which is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2222 St. Paul St. Admission costs $6-$9. For more information on the zoo and its many programs call 336-7200 or visit senecaparkzoo.org. -EF

Tuesday, July 6

THEATER: If you like karaoke, if you like "Sex and the City," if you like grabbing your girlfriends and going out for a drunken night on the town to bitch about the horrible men in your lives, then Geva Theatre has the summer show for you. "Girls Night: The Musical" is pretty much exactly what it is: five friends have a night of debauchery and let out their pent-up frustration over their past, present, and future to the tune of female-empowering radio staples like "I Will Survive," "It's Raining Men," and more. Audience participation is highly encouraged. "Girls Night" runs on the Geva main stage July 6-August 1. Tickets cost $XX. For more information or for a full schedule of performances call 232-GEVA or visit gevatheatre.org. -ER

Wednesday, July 7

THEATER: "Much AdoAbout Nothing" is a quintessential Shakespearean comedy. The action is fueled mostly by mistaken identities and misunderstandings, and some plot twists that make almost no sense to modern audiences. But it's all charming, and as always, the language is brilliant. The Shakespeare Players of Rochester (a wing of the Rochester Community Players) bring the classic tale of love and hate to the Highland Bowl (off South Avenue) July 2-17 for the annual Shakespeare in the Park performance. We recommend bringing lawn chairs, plenty of bug spray, and a sumptuous feast fit for Don Pedro himself and kicking back for a night of outdoor entertainment. Best of all: it's totally free. For a full schedule of performances and more information on RCP or the Shakespeare Players visit rochestercommunityplayers.org. -ER

Thursday, July 8

MUSIC: "Young@Heart" is an endearing, entertaining 2008 documentary about New England's Young@Heart Chorus, a group of senior citizens who have found a second life performing pop songs by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Youth, The Ramones, and other out-of-left-field choices. If you liked the movie, here's your chance to see the real thing. The chorus is coming to Rochester for a concert titled "Alive & Well," full of the talent, daring song choices, and self-effacing humor featured in the film. Catch Y@H kicking out the jams at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E Main St) tonight at 7:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for Geva Theatre. Ticket prices for the show run $33-$53. For more information call 232-4382 or visit gevatheatre.org. -JB

Friday, July 9

DANCE: Don't know how to dance? It's OK. Watch the experts strut their stuff and learn for yourself at Groove Juice Swing's Dance and Movie Night. The event begins at 7 p.m. with an introductory swing-dance lesson and practice session. Once you're done trying to teach your two left feet how to swing, be ready to see some even fancier footwork during a presentation of vintage dance clips once shown on the silver screen. The clips showcase the talents of legendary swing dancers doing the Lindy Hop at a time when dance halls could span upwards of two city blocks. Afterward, you'll be inspired -- and ready -- to dance to the sweet and hot rhythms of bands like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. It may not be live, but the DJ spinning them will keep you dancing all night long. The event runs until 11 p.m. and costs $5. Groove Juice Swing holds monthly dances at Tango Café Dance Studio on Gregory Street. For more information visit groovejuiceswing.com. -JH

Saturday, July 10

RECREATION: Spend an afternoon exploring the great outdoors with your family by checking out "Tales & Trails" at Ganondagan, starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is part of the "Savor the Summer" outdoor recreation series that combines healthy, outdoor activities with Native-American lore. Children and parents alike will enjoy this adventure, which includes walking Ganondagan's easiest trail and hearing tales of our four-legged and winged friends from interpreter and storyteller Ronnie Reitter. All of the "Savor the Summer" programming will take place at Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor. Costs for non-members are $5 for individuals or $15 for families. For full program descriptions and to guarantee your spot by pre-registering, visit ganondagan.org. -JH

Sunday, July 11

FESTIVAL: Small artist movements are springing up all over the area lately. Arts & crafts trade parties are hosted in people's homes. Non-traditional galleries are now new music venues. There's even a local noodle shop where you can sample local bands while you eat. Back in 1968, a group of resident artists hoped to save the historic Corn Hill neighborhood then threatened by the Urban Renewal Program. These days the Corn Hill Arts Festival has grown into a massive summertime staple, featuring countless quality artisans showcasing their work, and even an emerging artists expo. As you stroll up and down the streets of historic Corn Hill, snacking on your sack of kettle corn, be sure to marvel in the power of a precious few, and reflect on how art has made a positive change in the neighborhood. The Corn Hill festival runs July 10-11, and admission is free. For more information visit cornhillartsfestival.com.-EF

Monday, July 12

DANCE: A thrilling new weeklong festival will take place at NazarethCollege July 10-17. The inaugural Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival will feature main stage performances in Callahan Theater from various internationally renowned companies, including STREB Extreme Action Company and Inlet Dance Theatre. Also included are free performances from local dance groups on an outdoor stage at Naz's beautiful campus, busking (street musician) performance parades throughout Rochester and MonroeCounty, and dance films and exhibitions. On Monday, July 11, featured events include performances by the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble, Park Avenue Dance Company, Bharata Classical Indian Dance, and Borinquen Dance Theatre. Show times and ticket prices vary. For more info, call 389-2525 or visit naz.edu/artscenter. -RR

Tuesday, July 13

SPECIAL EVENT: Last summer, my man-friend informed me that OntarioBeachPark holds free weekly screenings of various films during July and August. I giggled at the genius of showing "Jaws" as part of its Movies on the Beach series, but while watching, I found myself stealing (foolishly) nervous glances at the dark waters beyond the screen. At least they didn't position us watching with the lake behind us! This year, "Jaws" will be shown July 13 at dusk. "Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women!" For the full listing of films screened on the beach and at the Highland Bowl throughout the summer, visit monroecounty.gov. -- RR

Wednesday, July 14

MUSIC: The Invictas were arguably Rochester's premier garage rock goons back in the 60's, and they're still playing rock 'n' roll for adoring fans. The band no longer travels around in a black Cadillac hearse like it used to, but its members still crank out tunes like their hit dance song "The Hump." Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "The Hump." It's as great as it sounds. The Invictas will be performing as part of the Wegmans Concerts by the Shore series at OntarioBeachPark in Charlotte, an upbeat musical series with cheap food and a celebratory atmosphere every Wednesdays through August 25. The concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. For more information or for a complete schedule of this year's bands, call 256-4951 or visit charlottecca.org. -JB

Thursday, July 15

FESTIVAL: From Wednesday, July 14, to Sunday, July 18, the Monroe Country Fair will fill the fairgrounds in Henrietta with so many events, unique foods, shows, and rides that no attendee could possibly run out of things to do. Just to highlight the variety, consider that there will be pie-baking and poster-making competitions, school bus battle derbies, carnival rides, and enough arts and crafts vendors to fulfill the flea-market shopper in all of us. For a full list of all the events, contest eligibilities, directions, and ticket pricing, visit mcfair.com. -NS

Friday, July 16

MUSIC: Watkins and the Rapiers, a local bland that plays Americana and folk music, will be the stars of this week's installment of the 14 Fridays series at the Village Gate, hosted by the Bop Shop. On every Friday this summer get up and bust a move on the dance floor, or sit back and enjoy the tunes while eating at one of the Village Gate's many restaurants with outdoor seating. Be sure to come early and check out some of the specialty retail shops inside, which include jewelry stores, antiques, vintage clothing, collectibles, and art galleries. The concerts run 6-8 p.m. at 274 N. Goodman St. and are always free. For a full line-up or for more information check bopshop.com. -JH

Saturday, July 17

The air will be thick with glitter and the muscle shirts will abound as Rochester Pride 2010 brings the local gay community out in full force. At press time details about the annual celebration of all things LGBT were scant, but the Gay Alliance is reporting that events will run July 10-18, with major events taking place July 16-18, like the always-fabulous parade, which brings out every facet of the gay community, from drag queens to leather daddies to go-go boys to church and youth groups to politicians, community leaders, and business owners. European dance-hall diva Amber will be the headliner of this year's festival. For more information on Pride check gayalliance.org or pick up a copy of The Empty Closet. -ER

Sunday, July 18

MUSIC: BoulderFestis an annual summer music festival sponsored by and held at South Wedge coffee shop Boulder Coffee. Boulder is an earthy, welcoming establishment, and BoulderFest extends that atmosphere to a weekend-long concert setting. This year Ithaca reggae favorites John Brown's Body will be performing alongside other upstate musicians like songwriter Josh Netsky, jam band perennials The Buddhahood, and eclectic world music group One World Tribe. Those are just a few of the acts that will be appearing, with a variety of different genres dotting the schedule. The festival runs Friday, July 16-Sunday, July 18 at Boulder's Alexander Street location. A complete schedule and other details can be found at festival.bouldercoffeeco.com. -JB

Monday, July 19

SPECIAL EVENT: You probably think you're pretty smart, don't you? Why don't you put your knowledge of useless facts to good use at trivia night at one of the local bars. There are several well known games about town, including The Old Toad (Mondays at 9:30 p.m. at 277 Alexander St, theoldtoad.com). But I can often be found at the more low-key affair at 140 Alex Bar & Grill (Mondays at 9 p.m. at 140 Alexander St, 140alex.com), a primarily, but not exclusively, gay hangout. The trivia games are largely informal - you can play in teams of one to eight people - and the subjects range from obscure pop-culture trivia to animal facts to British tourism spots. It's free to play, and the winning team gets drink chips or cheap swag from booze companies, and the most important thing: bragging rights. For more information call 256-1000. --ER

Tuesday, July 20

RANDOM: Summertime is the best time of year to support your local farms. Many are only a short drive away, and you can pick your own fruits and veggies. With two locations in both Greece and Hilton, Green Acre Farms offers a wide variety to choose from. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, prunes, and 22 varieties of apples are available at various points throughout the summer and into the fall. When the consumer becomes a part of the harvesting process everyone benefits from a sweet deal. For more information on Green Acres call 234-0252 or visit greenacreupick.com. --EF

Wednesday, July 21

MUSIC: Plan to be in downtown Rochester July 17-24 to experience MusicFest's new five-night, multi-venue format, where you can hear live gospel, Motown, and this Wednesday's "Sax in the City" smooth jazz show at the Riverside Festival Site located at Court Street and Exchange Boulevard. Show time is at 7 p.m., and admission is $25-$35. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and a limited number are available at Mad Flavors Clothing, 185 Lyell Ave. There are lots of changes to the MusicFest set-up this year, so for a full schedule and details head to cityofrochester.gov. -JH

Thursday, July 22

ART: Perhaps you attend the major exhibitions at the Memorial Art Gallery, but are unfamiliar with the nearly 11,000 works of art in the permanent collection. This summer, travel through the museum and back in time with three newly renovated galleries that opened to the public late last year. On the first floor you'll encounter the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Journey upstairs to the Helen H. Berkeley Gallery of Ancient Art, filled with art objects and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. "At the Crossroads" showcases works from the ancient Middle East and the Islamic world, and includes pieces never before on view. And don't overlook the loads of Asian, European, and contemporary art, too. The MAG is located at 500 University Ave. Gallery admission costs $5-$10. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays until 9 p.m. For more info, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu. -- RR

Friday, July 23

MUSIC: In the second half of 2009, The Flaming Lips released their double album "Embryonic" and remade Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." For a group that will be celebrating its 27th birthday this year, that's quite the feat. To further prove that the band is not slowing down anytime soon, these Oklahoma experimental rockers are hitting seemingly every spot up and down the United States this summer, which includes the CMAC in Canandaigua for a show on July 23, with blues-rock duo the Black Keys as special guest. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show run $37. This is just one of the huge concerts taking place at CMAC this summer; others include Phish (June 29), Weezer (July 11), Willie Nelson (July 29), and Maroon 5 (August 7). For more information and tickers, visit cmacevents.com. -- NS

Saturday, July 24

FESTIVAL: What do 10 ugly men do when they get together? Throw a festival, apparently. The 10 Ugly Men Festival turns 21 this year and is celebrating, as usual, with huge party and donating all proceeds to Rochester charities. A general admission ticket costs $30 in advance and includes an "ugly mug," unlimited soda, water, and food, and five tickets for beer and wine. Or, go VIP for $125 and get access to the VIP tent, unlimited drinks, and a specialty drink, lunch and dinner menu. While you're there, prove your manliness by participating in the kickball, bocce, dodgeball, KanJam, and volleyball tournaments, or the 5K race. Ages 13-20 can attend for $10, and kids 12 and under are free. The festival takes place at GeneseeValleyPark. For more information go to tenuglymen.com. -JH

Sunday, July 25

FESTIVAL: Canandaigua Lake is one of the most beautiful sights in upstate New York, especially in the summer, with cool breezes and beautiful sunshine to be had. The Waterfront Art Festival is a perfect opportunity to spend some time on its shores, and to check out some local arts & crafts by approximately 180 exhibitors. The event runs July 24-25 at KershawPark on LakeShore drive, in Canandaigua. For more information, visit waterfrontartfestival.com. --JB

Monday, July 26

KIDS: Blow off work today and take the family to the Strong National Museum of Play, a consistent hit with both young and old Rochester residents. In between letting the kids run while in the "Sesame Street" exhibit, the simulated Wegmans experience, and the butterfly conservatory, have some fun for yourself by touring through the massive number of display cases housing antique toys, or get into a fierce "Dance Dance Revolution" battle in the "Fields of Play" room. There's honestly almost too much to do in a day, including this summer's special exhibit, the puzzling "MindbenderMansion." The National Museum of Play is open daily, and admission costs $9-$11. For more information visit museumofplay.org. --ER

Tuesday, July 27

MUSIC: If you missed the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival earlier this summer, or just want to keep your love of the genre alive well into the year, the Penfield Amphitheater hosts its Cool Jazz Tuesday Series for four weeks straight starting July 13. Rochester native Gap Mangione, just one of four artists in the series, will hit the stage on July 27 to perform with his New Blues Band quartet. Like all of the Penfield Amphitheater events, this one is free and open to the public. For more information on Cool Jazz Tuesdays and a complete list of events at the Penfield Amphitheater this summer, visit penfield.org. --NS

Wednesday, July 28

MUSIC: Steve Earle is considered one of the best roots rock musicians in America, and Hot Tuna has been playing blues and rock and roll since the 60's. The two acts converge tonight for a concert at WaterStreetMusic Hall. This summer the music hall offers some of the best local, national, and international acts in an eclectic space. Other acts include Minus the Bear (July 5), Steve Hackett (July 2), Project Pitchfork (June 22), and Interpol (June 21). The Earle/Hot Tuna show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $30-$35. For more information visit waterstreetmusic.com. -JH

Thursday, July 29

MUSIC: If you only see one show in the 2010 Party in the Park series, make it this one. Court Yard Hounds - the new band featuring Emily Robison and Martie Maguire from the Dixie Chicks - is something of a coup for the local concert series. The band may be new, but this side project features the gorgeous harmonies and serious musical chops the sisters perfected in years as members of the Chicks. It should be a fantastic show. Other notable PitP dates this year include Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (July 1), Galactic w/Cyril Neville (August 5), and Dark Star Orchestra (August 12), although the series puts on a show every Thursday 5-10 p.m. at the Riverside Festival Site, corner of Exchange Boulevard and Court Street. All shows free. For more information check cityofrochester.gov. --ER

Friday, July 30

MUSIC: Following their Grammy-nominated 2008 release "Only by the Night," the Kings of Leonare undoubtedly one of the biggest names in modern rock right now. If you're a die-hard fan, you don't need me to tell you they're coming to DarienLake on July 30. But if you've ever given them a listen and like their unique mix of Southern rock and pop, admission is relatively low ($36.50 for general) and they put on a phenomenal live performance. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the opening acts are Built to Spill and The Still. It's just one of the big shows coming to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in DarienCenter this summer. Other big acts include Tim McGraw w/Lady Antebellum (August 6), KISS (August 13), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (August 28), and  John Mayer (August 10). Visit livenation.com for more details. --NS

Saturday, July 31

SPECIAL EVENT: Is your knowledge of Rochester's history and lore lacking? We know all about George Eastman, but who was Rattlesnake Pete? Bring the family down to the river for the free High Falls Laser Show. It's especially important to show your love for this event, since funding is flagging. The show can be viewed from the Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge (off State Street) in HighFalls10-10:30 p.m., rain or shine, every Saturday through the summer. Enjoy spectacular laser animation projected on the gorge wall, fireworks, and music (including a song by local ukulele star Julia Nunes). For more info, call 428-5990 or visit cityofrochester.gov. --RR

Sunday, August 1

FESTIVAL: This year marks the Puerto Rican Festival's 41st anniversary, making it the longest-running ethnic festival in MonroeCounty. The event begins Friday, July 30, and features three days full of live salsa music, amazing food, and cultural events. Be sure to check out the dance groups, domino tournament, and the introduction of Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester 2010. The festival is held at the Frontier Field VIP parking lot and begins at noon each day. General Admission costs $5-$9, kids aged 5 and under free. More information at prfestival.com. -JH

Monday, August 2

RECREATION: If sitting still in a kayak is too confining, rowing a boat too active, and keeping a canoe upright tests your sense of balance too rigorously, there is another option. Pedal boats are easy to maneuver and they're not really meant to go anywhere but there and back - "there" being relative. Actually, I feel they have been named inaccurately. I call them "paddle floats" as they have paddles underneath that propel them through the water like a paddle boat, and mostly I just let them float unless I want to change location, like from sun to shade and visa versa. Some places to check out are Erie Canal Boat Company in Fairport, Mid Lakes Erie Macedon Landing in Macedon, or Liberty Boat Tours in Seneca Falls. Rentals run $15 to $65, depending on the location, day, and length of time. Bring a picnic and head out against the current. It makes the return trip much easier. --DE

Tuesday, August 3

RECREATION: Photography, writing, drawing, and painting are highly encouraged during a visit to the historic LinwoodGardens. Creative workshops, retreats, and garden tours are also given during the summer months. These beautiful private gardens are known for their Japanese and American varieties of peony trees dating back to the early 1900's. Located 35 miles south of Rochester in Pavilion, Linwood is only open to the public on select dates. For 2010 those are Sunday, June 20; Wednesday, June 30; Thursday, July 8; Sunday, July 18; Saturday, July 24; Sunday, July 25; and Tuesday, August 3, all 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Reservations are required five days in advance of your visit, along with a $20 preservation fee. For more information call 584-3919 or visit linwoodgardens.org. --EF

Wednesday, August 4

MUSIC: As summer winds down and lingering thoughts of responsibility loom on the horizon, it might do a little good to sit back, relax, and let Mozart do the talking. Tonight nationally renowned conductor Jahja Ling will be at Hochstein Performance Hall with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to guide you through the Mozart's overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" and Piano Concerto No. 17 before ending the night with Dvořák's Symphony No. 8. Accompanying Ling and the RPO on piano will be Ling's wife, Jessie Chang. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, and for a full schedule of the RPO's many summer shows, go to rpo.org. --NS

Thursday, August 5

THEATER: Things are going to get a little steamier inside Blackfriars Theatre this summer. For its first summer season in its new East Main Street digs Blackfriars is staging Hot Summer Nights, a series of five adult-oriented shows that will play in repertory throughout the season. Look for local ladies' improv act EstroFest, a look back at the Changing Scene Cabaret with Phyl Contestable and Alan Jones, the two-man baseball comedy "Rounding Third," and two bawdy shows, "Things You Shouldn't Say in Bed" (which closes on August 5), and "Debbie Does Dallas." I  seriously can't wait for that last one. Blackfriars is located at 795 E Main St. Tickets to all Hot Summer Nights shows cost $20. For more information or a full schedule call 454-1260 or visit blackfriars.org. -ER

Friday, August 6

SPECIAL EVENT: The Rochester Public Market is one of our fair city's more beloved institutions, and for several years has offered up the Bands on Bricks concert series every summer. This year that's been expanded into something even more exciting. Starting on July 9, the Market will host a Night Market every Friday 5-9 p.m. A wide variety of vendors will be in attendance, including some new to the Market. Prepared food, wine, and beer will all be for sale. On top of that, the Market will be hosting live music each week. There's several exciting names lined up, including tonight's performance by Upstate favorites Donna The Buffalo, with openers The Lawnmowers and Ry Cummings. Between that and the weekly beer garden, the Public Market should be home to a Friday evening scene that will complement its typical early-morning bustle. More information can be found at cityofrochester.gov. -JB

Saturday, August 7

FESTIVAL: It's a well-known fact that Park Avenue is one of Rochester's prime neighborhoods for art, dining, and entertainment. So when the annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest kicks off on August 7 this year, more than 10 blocks will be shut down to allow the thousands of attendees a chance to shop for independent arts and crafts, pick up food from local dining favorites like Jines and Chester Cab Pizza, and enjoy live music and contests up and down the neighborhood. The festival runs August 7-8 and is a staple of the end-of-summer festivities offered in Rochester. For a complete guide to this year's Park Ave Fest, visit park-avenue.org. --NS

Sunday, August 8

FESTIVAL: If you're the type to combine summer fun with charity, then the Golden Benefit Charity Hot Air Balloon Festival, taking place August 6-8, is for you. The event includes an arts and crafts sale, car show, live bands, food, and - of course - hot-air balloons on the Onondaga Fields at SUNYCollege at Geneseo on Route 20A. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Families of Muscular Disorders Foundation and The Neuromuscular Disease Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For more info, call 519-1917 or visit goldenbenefit.org. -- RR

Monday, August 9

SPORTS: After years of growing in popularity, Rochester's Saturn Twilight Criterium bike race has evolved into the Tour de New York, a five-day professional cycling stage race that will cover the Greater Rochester area and sections of the Finger Lakes August 7-11. Beginning in 2004 with the Criterium, Rochester cycling has seen exponential turnout and attention, even being placed on the prestigious International UCI Americas Tour in 2007. After the Criterium was expanded into the three-day Omnium race in 2008, the Tour de New York was set for 2009, but did not materialize due to sponsorship issues. Now with its financial backing squared away, the very first Tour de New York will be held this year. Head out to today to watch the road-race action. Visit tourdenewyork.com for a schedule and more information. --NS

Tuesday, August 10

RANDOM: Didn't get the timeshare in Aruba this year? Not to worry, just blow off work today and host an impromptu pool party on a shoestring budget. You'd be surprised at how much pool you can get for less than $50. Be sure to check the clearance sections of your local superstore for kiddie or more high-end inflatable pools. Visit dollar stores for any and all water toys and contraptions. Be sure you've got at least one level spot in the yard and then inflate and throw in the hose. Then lure all your sweaty friends to come cool off in your watery oasis. And remember, who needs a swim-up bar when ice cold cans of beer float on top of the water? --EF

Wednesday, August 11

SPECIAL EVENT: Maybe you haven't worn a toga since your crazy college days, so here is another, more sophisticated, opportunity to break out the bedsheets in public. Corn Hill Navigation, Pittsford Wines, and Via Girasole are hosting their 2010 Wine Tasting Cruise series all summer, and tonight's theme is "Toga! Toga! Toga!" Hop aboard the Sam Patch, donning an approximation of the Grecian fashion if you feel so inclined, and sample some Italian wines. Each cruise in the series features a different international theme in celebration of the World Canals Conference, coming to Rochester later this year. Cruises occur on select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Visit samandmary.org for reservations. -JH

Thursday, August 12

EXHIBIT: Food for thought: did you know that a wiggly bowl of lime Jell-O hooked up to an EEG machine mimics the brainwaves of adult men and women? Proving yet again you are both literally and figuratively what you eat. Learn interesting facts like this and more by taking a trip to the Jell-O Museum and Gallery in LeRoy. Be sure to check out the gift shop, where you can pick up a brain-shaped Jell-O mold. Don't forget the collector Jell-O shot glasses. You'll be a sure hit at any summer cocktail party. The museum is open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (opens at 1 p.m. Sundays), and admission is $1.50-$4. For more information on the Jell-OMuseum call 768-7433 or visit jellogallery.org. -EF

Friday, August 13

FILM: Who doesn't love the nostalgic feel of watching a double-feature at the drive-in on a hot summer night? Cuddle up with a popcorn and your sweetheart under starlit skies at Vintage Drive-In in East Avon. See two first-run films for the price of one, on one of three large outdoor screens, rain or shine. Now open weekdays, Vintage has all the charm you remember complete with an arcade, mini golf course, and expansive snack bar. For more information and showtimes call 226-9290 or visit vintagedrivein.com. -- EF

Saturday, August 14

KIDS: This weekend (August 14-15) Rochester Children's Theatre will present a musical version of Judith Viorst's"Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." "Alexander" was one of my favorite books as a kid, probably speaking to my latent pessimism. Nonetheless, it's a great children's book, and the musical was written by Viorst herself. In addition to the RCT production there will be a family carnival accompanying the performance. There will be three shows over the course of the weekend at NazarethCollegeArtsCenter (4245 East Ave). Tickets cost $10 ($8 for grandparents). For more information visit rochesterchildrenstheate.org. --NS

Sunday, August 15

SPECIAL EVENT: Founded in 2000, Bread & Water Theatre's self-described mission is to speak to the dramatically changing world by providing unique contemporary drama and innovative community outreach programs. One way B&W achieves this is with its Music and Art Fair held exclusively to support local up-and-coming artists and musicians. The Music and Art Fair, this year running August 14-15 2-8 p.m., will provide a venue for local musicians to perform, as well as for local artists to display and sell their work. The event will be held at New Life Presbyterian Church, 243 Rosedale St. For more information, volunteer opportunities, or to sign up as an artist or musician, or for info on BWT's summer stage shows, including a reprise of this spring's "Nijinsky's Last Dance" in July, visit breadandwatertheatre.org. --NS

Monday, August 16

ART: The impressively multi-tasking GeneseeCenter for the Arts & Education offers a lot: community outreach, darkrooms, pottery and print studios, classes and workshops, as well as photo, ceramics, and printmaking exhibitions. The recently renovated, handicapped-accessible building also houses a yoga studio and artists in residence who teach at the center. The current artists in residence, Ezra Stage and Samantha Stumpf, will exhibit the results of a year of work at the "Artists in Residence Exhibit" in the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery (713 Monroe Ave.) August 6-17, with a reception on August 6, 6-9 p.m. For more info, call 244-1730 or visit geneseearts.org. --RR

Tuesday, August 17

RECREATION: Biking in Rochester can be trying - and tiring - navigating the traffic, pedestrians, and potholes. And although downtown is relatively flat, getting there and back usually involves coasting down a hill that later becomes an upward climb. Taking a bike ride on the canal path leaves all those concerns behind so you can easily let your mind drift to enjoying the picturesque path. If you do come across another soul it's polite to stay to the right, and a "Behind you!" will avoid sneaking up and startling someone. Taking the path from Clover Street to Schoen Place for lunch is especially nice. If you don't have a bike, fortify yourself first and then rent one at Towpath. For a bike map of Rochester visit gtcmpo.org. --DE

Wednesday, August 18

LIT: If you've got a story to tell, whether quirky, profound, funny, or whatever comes to mind when you get on stage, Writers & Books (740 University Ave) has an event for you. The Monthly Story Slam is meant to bring out the Jack Kerouac in all of us...well, at least for the five minutes you can get up in front of the crowd. Emphasizing authentic storytelling and the sharing of life experiences, this event is free and open to the public. It runs7-9 p.m. and signup starts at 6:30 p.m. You can also signup by sending host Carol Roberts an email at crobert8@rochester.rr.com with "Monthly Sign Up" in the subject line. --NS

Thursday, August 19

MUSIC: Steel drums just sound like the summer. Their bright pinging and rolling notes recall the tropics, and make everything seem a little more laid-back. That makes the selection of the Alfred St. John's Trinidad Tobago Steelband a no-brainer for tonight's concert in the annual Garden Vibes series at the George Eastman House. Hang out in the Eastman House's remarkable gardens and take in some great music from artists in a variety of genres, and engage in some excellent people watching. Concerts take place 6-8 p.m. every-other Thursday throughout July and August and cost $5-$10; check eastmanhouse.org for a full schedule. While you're there make sure to check out the museum's summer show, the very seasonally appropriate "Colorama." -- ER

Friday, August 20

KIDS: The human brain is a fascinating thing: an "organic computer" that controls every motion, emotion, and thought in the body. At the RochesterMuseum and ScienceCenter, "BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head" is a full-scale interactive exhibit designed to help kids fully understand that notion. With spectacularly immersive displays, from replicating Phantom Limb Syndrome to simulating the excising of a tumor, "BRAIN" should be able to teach even grown-ups something new. The exhibit continues through September 6. The RMSC is located at 657 East Ave, and is open Mondays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Admission costs $10-$12. For more information, including a list of special events for the summer, visit rmsc.org. -- NS

Saturday, August 21

SPORTS: Even if you're not a soccer fan, chances are you're aware of the 2010 World Cup being held in South Africa this summer. Chances are also good that you, like many of us in the States, don't have the time or resources to fly to Johannesburg and catch one of the big matches live. So between watching the clash of the titans go down on your television, you can enjoy a live game of professional soccer right here in town. The Rochester Rhinos, whose home field on Oak Street is now called Marina Dodge Stadium, are still heavy contenders in minor-league soccer and have a summer packed with match-ups, including tonight's game against Miami FC. Tickets cost $20 or less. For more information, a full schedule, and directions visit rhinossoccer.com. --NS

Sunday, August 22

RECREATION: Feeling the need for speed this summer? Cruise the gang down to CountryLine Raceway on Route 31 in Macedon and go go-karting. It's worth the trip to WayneCounty for $5 rides. Feel the wind in your hair as you speed around the oval slick track. Double-seater go-karts are available for parents to take little tykes around either of the two tracks. You can also find skee ball, arcade games, snacks, and ice cream inside. For more information call 315-986-5876 or visit countylinegokarts.com. --EF

Monday, August 23

RANDOM: Rochester is a long time in coming in catching up to the gelato trend. But our town is beginning to keep pace and now there is a smattering of places to get the creamy Italian dessert, including Roman Holiday on Park Avenue, Gusto on Alexander, the George Eastman House Café, and Royal Gelato Café in Fairport. What's the difference between gelato and ice cream, you ask? Gelato has a lower content of sugar, butterfat, and air, which makes it more condensed and creamy. Plus it's made in way more flavors. Another important difference is the way it is served. Instead of the measly practice of one scoop/one flavor, with gelato you are invited to "marry" your scoops. Even a "small" serving can have a variety of flavors. Ask your server for suggestions about complementary flavors. -- DE

Tuesday, August 24

ART: Glass is one of the most important and fascinating scientific productions in history, and is used to do everything from keep us safe while driving to illuminating the screens of our cell phones. But glass is hardly ever thought of in such grand terms, which is why the Corning Museum of Glass is dedicated to exploring the substance's unique history. This summer the museum hosts the rotating exhibit "Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants" (through January 2011) in addition to its regular show pieces and hands-on glass making/designing activities. It's a good place to take kids too, with the weekly Little Gather series, which uses storytelling and magic shows to present the museum to children 3 and up, and children 19 and under get in free. The museum is open daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m. For a full list of events, admission prices, and hours, visit cmog.org. -- NS

Wednesday, August 25

MUSIC: Following a string of classical music concerts in more expected settings, the Canandaigua LakeMusic Fest offers a chance for younger and more casual listeners to enjoy the genre in a relaxed environment, and even sit down to a barbecue dinner with the musicians. The second of the two so-called "Blue Jeans" events of this year's festival takes place August 25 and features the family of RPO violinist Juliana Athayde. With her parents and three siblings, all accomplished jazz and classical musicians, Athayde will perform at Steamboat Landing in Canandaigua at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for students, and include a barbecue dinner. The festival as a whole runs August 18-29. For more information, tickets, and a full list of LakeMusic Fest events, visit lakemusicfestival.org. -- NS

Thursday, August 26

MUSIC: The Big Pay Back Series from ACT: LIVE, a local voice primarily for hip-hop artists, goes down at the Dub Land Underground every last Thursday of the month from June until October. The series brings up-and-coming hip-hop artists to Rochester and gives them a chance to promote themselves by opening for nationally recognized artists. Bronx artist InfinitEvol is just one of the acts involved in this summer series, and you can check him out at 9 p.m. tonight at DubLand on Alexander Street in the East End. For more information on InfinitEvol and details on the Big Pay Back Series, visit actlivemusic.com. -- NS

Friday, August 27

ART: Artistic expression collides with historical perspective inside the 60,000-square-feet of ARTISANworks. Pack a lunch and expect to spend the entire day if you want to see it all, as there is plenty to experience. Ideal to visit during the summer months are the rooftop sculpture garden and the courtyard. Working artists themselves are sometimes nestled within the halls, ready to chat you up on their favorite pieces. The venue has countless little nooks and crannies, with each room devoted to a different artistic theme or movement. Great place for a date, too. ARTISANworks is located at 565 Blossom Road. For more information call 288-7170 or visit artisanworks.net. -EF

Saturday, August 28

FESTIVAL: It's a bit of a haul, but you'd be remiss to not head to Syracuse for a day at the Great New York State Fair. Nothing compares to the magnitude of the State Fair. Massive exhibit buildings, huge midways, hundreds of food vendors, all manner of agriculture shows, and entertainment by A-list music acts are only some of the draws. This year's edition runs August 26-September 6. If you head over today, expect big lines. It's a weekend, and R&B mega-star Rihanna will take the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $45-$55; other acts performing throughout this year's fair include Aerosmith on August 26, Tim McGraw on September 3, and Justin Bieber on August 29). The fairgrounds are located off Route 690 outside of Syracuse. For more information visit nysfair.org. -- ER

Sunday, August 29

SPECIAL EVENT: Grab your Epi-Pen and head out to the CummingNatureCenterHoney Harvest, where attendees can learn about the wonders of honeybees and the art of beekeeping. The event runs 1-4 p.m., and at 2 p.m. you can witness the process of extracting honey from the hives, which sounds both fascinating and terrifying. While you're there, explore Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre preserve run by the Rochester Museum & Science Center located off Gulick Road in Naples. The center features groomed trails for hiking through woods and wetlands year-round, and many special events throughout the summer months. Admission to Honey Harvest is free for RMSC members and $3 for non-members. For more information visit rmsc.org. -JH

Monday, August 30

RECREATION: Since the state budget crisis closed the gates of several New York State parks this summer, make it a point to visit summer of our county-run wilderness areas this year, especially the largest in the county, MendonPondsPark. You can experience the wonders of the SensoryGarden, hike trails formed by glaciers of the past, hold out your seed-filled hands for a tiny chickadee to hop into for a little snack along the swamplands of Bird Song Trail, or just settle on the banks of the many ponds and lookout points. Experience this peaceful place and its inhabitants, which are indeed a local treasure. MendonPondsPark is located on Douglas Road in HoneoyeFalls. For more information on the park call 753-PARK or visit monroecounty.gov/parks-mendonponds.php. - EF

Tuesday, August 31

RECREATION: We don't live close enough to the ocean to spend our summer days seaside, but you can experience the next the best thing near BristolMountain in Canandaigua. Roseland Water Park features a 27,000-sq.-ft. ocean simulator. Six different wave patterns crash five feet high. If waves aren't your thing you can cool down in the Splash Factory, race down the Speed Slides, or float down the AdventureRiver. Beachside volleyball is also available at the marina free of charge. To celebrate its 10th season the park is hosting 80 free special events this summer, including a Young and Fit Forever demonstration, WOWEE Animal exhibit, and a family-friendly Renaissance Day. For more information on Roseland, including hours, admission, and directions, call 396-2000 or visit roselandwaterpark.com. -- ER

Wednesday, September 1

ART: RochesterContemporaryArtCenter's annual "State of the City" exhibit returns this year, running August 6-September 9. This edition will feature innovative drawings by Trevor Flynn, teetering urban paintings of Amy Casey, and sculpture and documentation of recent work by the Spectres of Liberty project. Parking Day, the global transformation of metered parking spots to mini-parks, will be held on September 17, making a good complement to this show, which raises questions about the reality of urban life. During the exhibit, British artist and educator Flynn will lead several public workshops; check rochestercontemporary.org for a full schedule or more details. Rochester Contemporary is located at 137 East Ave., and has open gallery hours Wednesdays-Sundays 1-5 p.m. -- RR

Thursday, September 2

SPECIAL EVENT: Summer is winding down, so now's a good time to get a last taste of some of the season's natural bounty at the South Wedge Farmers Market, which runs every Thursday 4-8 p.m. June through October in the parking lot behind Boulder Coffee o Alexander Street. It's a great resource for locally grown, healthy, organic food, perfect for making a dinner to impress that certain someone or giving your family a nutritious meal. Swfarmersmarket.org has a complete listing of vendors and entertainment. - JN

Friday, September 3

SPECIAL EVENT: The Drum Corps Associates will be holding the 2010 DCA World Championships right here in the FlowerCity, running all weekend September 3-5. Rochester is a drum-corps hotspot, and this event will no doubt highlight that fact in spectacular fashion. A number of visiting drum and bugle corps will descend on downtown, with Friday-night performances held at the RochesterRiversideConvention Center and the nearby Radisson Hotel, not to mention a drum-corps block party outside, which sounds like a very loud, rather ridiculous good time. Later in the weekend the field performances take place at Rochester Rhinos Stadium. Ticket prices vary; all information can be found at dcacorps.org. -JB

Saturday, September 4

SPECIAL EVENT: Spend the night star-gazing in style by going to the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door to the RochesterMuseum and ScienceCenter (657 East Ave) for the free weekly Saturday-night telescope viewing. With a telescope lens that's 12.5" in diameter you're bound to find the Rochester skies to be beautiful. You do have to work for it a little by climbing 60 steps up to the top of the tower, but you're sure to get a better view than you would stretched out on your front lawn. The telescope is operated by volunteers from the astronomy section of the Rochester Academy of Science. Viewing starts when the sun goes down and runs until about 10 p.m.Call the planetarium box office after 7:30 p.m. at 697-1945 to confirm that the telescope is open (it's weater dependent). -JH

Sunday, September 5

DANCE: Summer's just about over; time for one last hurrah. The night before Labor Day is generally celebrated in the club world with The Black Party, signifying the end of the season where it's appropriate to wear white, and basically just another reason to shake your ass in the club before the frost starts to hit. Tilt Nightclub (444 Central Ave) throws a hell of a Black Party bash every year, typically with popular local DJ Jon Herbert at the board and a drag queen or two handling emcee duties. Head out and bid the summer a farewell by being just a little more debauched than usual. Wear black, of course, and don't bother showing up before 11 p.m. For more information on Tilt and its various special events call 232-8440. -- ER

Monday, September 6

RANDOM: Brace yourself: it's all over. Labor Day signifies the end of summer as we know it, and the cold weather is just around the corner. But if you've taken even half the suggestions on this list to heart you should have had a hell of a season. After you've slept in and gotten over your hangover from the Black Party, take the holiday to plan out your fall. There's so much that goes on in this town from September through December that you won't have a chance to miss the sun and the heat. From a few major festivals - notably the Memorial Art Gallery's Clothesline Festival and the Mendon Station Festival (both September 11-12) and the City of Rochester's River Romance Weekend (October 8-10) - to dozens of arts and cultural organizations launching their new seasons, Rochester's just as busy when the mercury drops. -- ER

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