Winter Guide

Winter Guide

Winter, with its bitter-cold bite, is an inevitable reality in Rochester. But that doesn't mean you have to retreat into hibernation. Our 2019 Winter Guide is a curated compilation of cold-weather ideas and activities to warm the soul and coax you out of the winter blues.

Signs of life

Encounters with winter wildlife

19 for '19

Events to turn winter blahs into winter Ra-cha-chas
Perhaps you've heard that voice before, the one that says there's nothing to do in Rochester. The one that says it's too cold.

Ice school

You, too, can play hockey
Ice hockey is the quintessential winter sport. The game requires a rare combination of strength and finesse, but the goal is simple: get the puck in the back of the other team's net.

Beyond the toddy

Winter drinks used to be big. This winter in Rochester, they still are.
The 1971 edition of Playboy's Bar Guide devotes an entire chapter to cold-weather tipples. "Nowadays any cool evening in the fall or winter is reason enough for filling the cups to the brim with grogs and nogs," it says.

Gently down the stream

Binge your way through this winter
Between network and cable television, and streaming services incessantly launching their own original programming, there's such a constant deluge of visual media competing for our attention. It would be a challenge finding time for even a fraction of all that content.

Archives


Feast for the Soul: Morning Meditation & Closing Ceremony @ Dharma Refuge

Feast for the Soul: Morning Meditation & Closing Ceremony @ Dharma Refuge

Two periods of meditation will be followed by reflections on our 40-day...
Iron Challenge Fat Tire Bike Race @ Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

Iron Challenge Fat Tire Bike Race @ Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

The Iron Challenge is a Flat Tire Bike Race, 4k Trail Run...
6th Annual Cabin Fever Party & Animal Rescue Fundraiser @ The Artful Gardener

6th Annual Cabin Fever Party & Animal Rescue Fundraiser @ The Artful Gardener

Volunteers from Joyful will be here along with 7 local artists whose...

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Popular Events

  • Winterfest @ Hampton Inn

    • Sat., Feb. 23, 12-10 p.m. $12-$35
  • Feast for the Soul: Morning Meditation & Closing Ceremony @ Dharma Refuge

    • Sat., Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m. No charge (donations welcome)
  • "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) @ Dryden Theatre

    • Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10
  • Iron Challenge Fat Tire Bike Race @ Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

    • Sat., Feb. 23, 9:45 a.m. $15-$35
  • Rochester Winter Parafest @ Valley Oak Event Center

    • Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-$65

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This Week's Issue

Cover Story:
Yarms: a profile in musical curiosity
If you’ve frequented the folk and singer-songwriter circuits in Rochester in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard Ryan Yarmel play. Every Wednesday this month at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Yarmel is hosting a stylistically diverse concert series called the “Yarms February Frolic.” read more ...

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