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The heat is on, but that's hardly an excuse to stay inside. Because even as those temps become more and more oppressive, Rochester becomes more and more alive.

Summer Guide 2006 

Riding the heat wave

The heat is on, but that's hardly an excuse to stay inside. Because even as those temps become more and more oppressive, Rochester becomes more and more alive. Practically every weekend (heck, even weekday) from Memorial Day to Labor Day is jam-packed with music, festivals, cultural events and more. How to navigate it all? That's where we come in.

In these pages you'll find our take on summer's staples, from how to keep the kids busy to where to find that perfect ice cream cone. You'll also find out about some things you might not have thought of, like strolling through the cemetery or hitting the road for an antiques binge.

If you still need more summer fun ideas as the weeks go by, be sure to check out City Newspaper, new every Wednesday, or head to our website at www.rochester-citynews.com. And whatever you do, don't forget the sunscreen.

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In This Guide...

    The old and the beautiful

    How and where to find the best antique and garage sale deals this summer
    Judy Adnepos leaned over one of the vendor tables at the Rochester Public Market's Garage Sale looking through jewelry, dishes, old blankets, and cut glass. "I'm not looking for anything in particular, but I was hoping to find one of those old children's rocking horses," she says.

    Summer Guide choices

    City's choice: Ithaca theater Need more drama in your life? Upstate summers are always chock full of theatrical opportunities for the cultural explorer, especially along LakeCayuga, where Ithaca's several theaters are staging diverse seasons.

    Summer Festivals

    Festival: Spencerport Fireman's Carnival Date: June 12-18

    What's in the water?

    Gas prices are sky high, global warming is only making things hotter, and your pesky doctor wants you to exercise. Welcome to summer in the modern world.

    School of rock

    You never know what you'll learn at Mt.Hope Cemetery
    Need an antidote to the hustle and bustle of Rochester's summer festivals? A serene place where your chances of running into a guy with an iguana perched on his shoulder are practically nil?

    Sun screens

    From brain-bending puzzles to plane-boarding pythons, 15 can't-miss summer movies
    This summer, stop feeling guilty about forgoing lovely weather in favor of an inky movie theater. Should your conscience continue to nag you to go outside and play, consider the following pro-movie rationalizations:

    The licked and the fed

    Two critics' tasty tour of Rochester's stand-out ice cream parlors
    I judge a city by its ice cream.

    Hot tunes for hot temps

    Music for every one of the 83 days of summer
    Air conditioning? Re-runs?

    Fixing the break

    Keep the kids off the couch this summer
    They're coming. Those two terrible words that will destroy a summer vacation faster than Chevy Chase.

    Roughing it, not-so-roughly

    Camping is one of summer's sweetest indulgences. Finally you can flee your hectic daily life and escape to the great outdoors, into Mother Nature's welcoming bosom.

    Dog days (and nights)

    What to do this summer
    Fairs and celebrations Adventures at Treasure Island Fri, July 14.

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