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Summer's the thing 

Looking for a bandwagon? Summer's very hot right now. Everyone's loving the whole less-clothes, more-fun thing. Not sure you can pull it off? We've put together a guide to all a Rochester summer has to offer: from movies to music, festivals to swimming, garage sales to bouldering. Read about the area amusement parks, wines, accidental camping, summer schools of your own making, free stuff to do, and stuff to do in Toronto. Soon, you'll be summering with the best of them. No one will even remember your winter phase.

Now --- once you start summering it may be hard to quit. We'll get one rainy day and you'll be jonesing for a pair of sandals, a fruity beverage, and a kiddie pool. But, just to nip those bad-weather pouts in the bud, remember this: The sun may come and go, but summer is a state of mind.

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In This Guide...

    School's out? Guess again

    Afraid your kid's brain will turn to mush over the summer but don't have the bucks to pay for tutoring? Fear not.

    California is right around the corner

    It's one case where wine and lawmaking do mix: A recent Supreme Court ruling may change how New York State wine lovers get their wine and how local wineries sell it. In May the Supreme Court decided that in New York and Michigan --- two states being sued for unfair trade practices --- both interstate and instate wine shipping should follow the same rules.

    Find the nooks and crannies

    In the Jazz Fest afterglow, it might be easy to view the rest of the summer concert season as a letdown. Don't be fooled --- you'll really miss out if you don't dig in the nooks and crannies.

    You don't have to go inside

    Hardcore fans of live music don't ever let the local inclemency keep them housebound. Slogging through the mush and over mountains of snow is a small price to pay for good live music in clubs throughout Rochester.

    Everything's going swimmingly

    You don't need to wait for an invitation to dip into your neighbor's pool when there are at least 15 pools around the city that are open to the public. Many community and recreation centers around Rochester use their indoor or outdoor pools to offer free-swim times and lessons to the community.

    There's no need to follow the beaten path

    Okay, so Western New York may not be Bend or Boulder, or even Lake Placid. But for the precious few months that summer visits these parts, the discerning outdoor enthusiast can find plenty of challenges.

    The accidental camper primer

    Camping can happen to anyone. It's nothing to be ashamed of.

    Learn how to sell it

    There's really only one valid reason to get out of bed early on summer weekends, and that's to hit the garage sale circuit. In the past I've been rather diligent about it (as long as the preceding evening didn't involve too much in the way of booze or boys, or that tricky combination of both), and as Summer 2005 looms I'm slowly getting back in the swing of things.

    You don't have to be stupid to like summer movies

    Hi, boys and girls! Do you know what time it is? That's right --- it's Summer Movie Preview time!

    Tourism Toronto

    Sure, it's been a comedy of errors. (Maybe we'll all be laughing about it later.)

    Your money's no good here

    Like fun? Low on cash, or just hate to part with it?

    What's so amusing?

    Seabreeze Park 4600 Culver Road

    City's Summer choices

    City's choice: Bills Training Camp There are only 32 teams in the National Football League, and every summer Rochester plays host to one of them.


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