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GENESEE RIVER ROMANCE

Organization:

City of Rochester, NY

Location:

City Hall 30 Church St. Rm. 202A
Rochester, NY, 14614
United States

Phone:

585-428-6030
Dates: 
10/06/2016
10/07/2016
10/08/2016
Time: 
Various times - see schedule
Price: 
Mostly free; some activities and events charge fees or admission.

Ages

All Ages Family
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River Romance weekend celebrates the beauty and majesty of the Genesee River and its surrounding trail and gorge system. Come out and be a part of the myriad of activities taking place along the River – prepare to be informed, inspired and humbled by the Genesee!There would be no Rochester if there was no Genesee River. It is as much an integral part of our past as it is in the success of our future.

 

 

 

 

 



River Romance 2016 Schedule
 
 Thursday, October 6
 
 
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. : Genesee River Bash
The Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) and Genesee River Watch kick-off River Romance weekend with a celebration of the Genesee River Valley. Enjoy interactive exhibits, networking BBQ and bluegrass music in the Port of Rochester Terminal Building. Event details and tickets: www.geneseeriverwatch.org 
 
6 to 7  p.m. : Compost Workshop
Learn the joy and discover the benefits of composting with household food scraps and yard debris in this interactive and hands-on composting workshop. Master Gardens from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County (CCE-Monroe) will demonstrate various composting systems and will discuss how to construct, manage and harvest from a compost pile. Alternative methods for compost - including worm composting- will also be discussed/ demonstrated. Dress appropriately for the weather and for composting! Meet in the parking lot of the new CCE-Monroe offices at 2449 St. Paul Blvd.
 
 
Friday, October 7
 
6 a.m. to 7 p.m. : Fall Salmon Run
Daily until November for avid anglers and spectators. Seth Green Drive and Norton Street off St. Paul Boulevard. This section of the Genesee River offers some of the most exciting fishing in New York State- right in the city.
 
10 to 11:30 pm: Walking Tour of the Seneca Park
Join naturalists from the Seneca Park Zoo and the City of Rochester for a history and nature walk in Seneca Park. Learn about the history of the park and explore the flora and fauna that currently inhabit the park.  
 
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. : Rundel River to Roof Tour
Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. Led by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Tours leave at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm each day. Free tickets are required and will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis starting when the library opens at 10 am and until spaces are filled. No advance registration. Space is very limited. Tours will visit the Lower Stacks, where a trap door to the old millrace will be opened for viewing and participants to learn how the river is a natural air conditioner for the building. The tours will also visit the Upper Stacks, where participants may hear about various ghostly experiences staff have had in the building. Tours will stop in the Local History & Genealogy Division and learn about some special items in the library’s collection. A stop on the roof will reveal a spectacular view of the Genesee River and the city. For more information, contact Rebecca Fuss, Director of Programming & Outreach, at 585-428-8350 or Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org. Free.
 
1 to 5 p.m. : Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours
Visit the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822). Tour includes climbing the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, viewing the Keeper's house and exploring the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. $3 admission. For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.  
 
2 p.m. : Ribbon Cutting for Lighthouse Trail 
Join us as we cut the ribbon on the newest section of the Genesee Riverway trail, the connection from Lake Avenue to the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, and officially kick off the 2016 River Romance Weekend. Experience the unique river views from this newest scenic asset and learn about all the weekend's exiting and educational events. Enjoy a special VIP tour of the lighthouse. 
 
 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.: Walking Tour of the Garden Aerial and Rochester Eco-District in High Falls
Garden Ariel is part of a plan to sustainably redevelop the High Falls area into a world-class public green space while preserving its natural and historic character. Learn all about plans to create New York State's first Eco-District on this tour led by the staff of Greentopia, the organization overseeing the project. Meet at the Greentopia offices at 81 Brown Race.
 
 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Buskers on the Bridge
Corner of Platt Street and Brown’s Race. A scenic spot to check out amazing local musicians and performers. Donations accepted. Free.
 
6 to 7 p.m.: Arshay Cooper Lecture at Genesee Waterways Center
Arshay is the author of "Suga Water", a motivational memoir about his experience as a member of the first all-black High School rowing team in the US. This lecture will be held at the Genesee Waterways Center, located at 149 Elmwood Avenue.
 
7 to 7:30 p.m.: Renew Your Vows on the Banks of the Genesee
Rekindle the romance on the Pont de Rennes Bridge with the High Falls as a dramatic backdrop. Couples, please arrive at Platt Street entrance to the bridge no later than 7:20 p.m. Free to attend, no registration required. Enjoy a free reception following the event. Also consider heading over to the Genesee Brew House for a tour and/or $2.00 beer tasting.
 
 
 
Saturday, October 8
 
 Events at Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake Ave. & Driving Park
 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Guided Tours of RG&E Hydroelectric Facility
Learn how renewable electric energy is produced along the Genesee River. Tour the RG&E Hydroelectric facility located along Middle Falls - including the dam and spill gates operation, river intake/rackhouse and upper level of gate control house. Please note that these are guided tours conducted by RG&E staff and are subject to cancellation. Tours will start at the Middle Falls dam located at the south east end of Lower Falls Park. Free.  
 
10 a.m .to 3 p.m.: Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge
Docents from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association will treat visitors to the beauty and history of the Lower Falls of the Genesee. Learn about the five bridges over the gorge, the rivalry between Carthage and Rochester and the river’s transformation from a place of industry to recreation. Tours are about 45 minutes long, the last tour starting around 3 p.m. 
 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Refreshments at Maplewood Rose Garden
Enjoy food and refreshments for sale as a fundraiser for the Northwest Rotary, rest and replenish for the day’s hikes and biking expeditions. 
 
9 a.m. to Noon : Guided Hike on Genesee Riverway Trail
The Lower Falls Foundation will lead participants on a hike from Maplewood Park to Ontario Beach Park via the Genesee Riverway Trail (GRT). This tour will include educational stops along the trail highlighting the history and ecology of the GRT. Participants will also enjoy beautiful views of the Genesee River and Lower Falls Gorge. Meet at Maplewood Rose Garden parking lot. There is a fee for this tour: $25/ participant. Lower Falls Foundation members are free. Registration: www.lowerfallsfnd.com  
 
Other events along the Genesee River
 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 28th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta
Join Head of the Genesee Honorary Chair and special guest, Arshay Cooper at The Head of Genesee Regatta. Arshay was a member of the first all-African American high school rowing team and has gone on to become a coach and mentor for hundreds of inner-city youth. he will be signing copies of his book, "Suga Water" which is a motivational memoir of his experiences. The  Regatta will take place at the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Avenue (near the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex). This two-day event is one of New York State’s premier rowing regattas and is expected to draw more than 350 racing entries. Viewing on the foot bridge over the Genesee River and along the east river bank is ideal for spectators. 
 
 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Guided Paddle Along the Genesee from Seth Green to Ontario Beach Park
Join naturalists from the Seneca Park Zoo Society and the City of Rochester for an enjoyable and educational row along the Genesee River. Paddle trip is $20 per person. Canoe or kayaks available for rent through the Genesee Riverways Center. Maximum two adults per canoe. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Meet in the Harbor Hots parking lot off of Corrigan Street. 
 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum
High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum is located in a refurbished 19th-century Waterworks Building overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic High Falls, the museum has an interesting selection of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, as well as interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. Learn something new about your city! The museum and visitors center is located at 74 Browns Race. 
 
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Rundel River to Roof Tour
Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. Led by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Tours begin at 11:30 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m. each day. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to stand and/ or walk for 90 minutes. Free tickets are available at www.R2RTours.ffrpl.org and at the door. Learn how the river is a natural air conditioner for the building and visit the Lower Stacks, where a trap door to the old  millrace will be opened for viewing. The tours will also visit the Upper Stacks, where participants may hear about various ghostly experiences staff have had in the building. Tours will stop in the Local History & Genealogy Division where patrons will  learn about some special items in the library’s collection. A stop on the roof will reveal a spectacular view of the Genesee River and the city. For more information, contact Rebecca Fuss, Director of Programming & Outreach, at 585-428-8350 or Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org.  
 
10 -11 a.m.: Tour of Corn Hill Neighborhood and History
Tour Rochester's oldest neighborhood and find out why Rochester might have been called Carthage had it not been for the intervention of two engineering marvels. This free tour starts at 10 a.m. from Waterspirit sculpture where Plymouth Ave. meets Exchange Blvd.  
 
Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Guided Walk in Turning Point Park 
Meet tour guide Mike Parker in the parking lot at the end of Boxart Street. Enjoy a guided walk that will highlight the wooded oak forest called Bullock's Woods, the award- winning boardwalk along the cattail-lined shores of the Genesee, and the industrial history and footprints still present in Turning Point Park. This hike will feature some hills and moderate grade changes not recommended for young children. This walking tour is free. 
 
1 to 3 p.m.: Guided Bike Ride from the High Falls District and Beyond
Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge (at Platt Street) and travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road into surrounding neighborhoods. Ride through Downtown Rochester, Genesee Valley Park, Corn Hill and Susan B. Anthony Neighborhoods. This is a 10-mile ride on flat terrain, city roads and paved trail. Helmets required. Free.
 
1 to 5 p.m. : Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours
Visit the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822). Tour includes climbing the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, viewing the Keeper's house and exploring the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. $3 admission. For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.
 
5 to 7 p.m.: Family Skate at Genesee Valley Ice Rink
131 Elmwood Ave. Open skate fees: 17 and under, $2; 18 and over $5. College students $3 with ID. Skate rental $3. 
Call 585-428-7888.
 
7 to 9 p.m. Haunted Gorge Tours in Lower Falls Park
This family-friendly descent into the Lower Gorge features creatures and spirits sure to scare aboard a tractor-drawn wagon. Pre-registration required. Tickets: $5 for those 12 and over; $2 for children under 12. Tickets are available the City of Rochester Recreation Administration Office, 400 Dewey Ave. Park in Maplewood YMCA lot, on Driving Park Avenue. Sponsored by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association, Maplewood YMCA and the Edgerton R-Center.   
 
Sunday, October 9
 
Events at Ontario Beach Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Charlotte and more.
 
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rediscover the Port.
Ontario Beach Park and The Port of Rochester, located at Lake Avenue. at Beach Avenue. Brig the whole family to a day of fun featuring hayrides, pumpkin decorating, Rec on the Move mobile recreation vehicles, historical exhibits, and other children activities. New this year: Tours of the new marina, entertainment and craft brew tasting in the Terminal Building. Charlotte history books and merchandise, postcards, hats, and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Stay for lunch and check out the Port's numerous eateries. Sponsored by the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and the Charlotte Community Association.    
 
1 to 2 p.m.: Charlotte Cemetery Tour
Explore Charlotte Cemetery, burial place for many early settlers of the city’s northwest side, including famed daredevil Sam Patch. View the restoration work done by the Navy Seabee Veterans. Sponsored by the Charlotte Community Association. Meet on Lake Avenue at River Street. Additional parking is available at the Ira Jacobson Post Home on St. John’s Park. Free event.
 
1 to 3 p.m.: Guided Bike Ride from Seneca Park to the Port of Rochester
This scenic tour with spectacular views of the river gorge, will take riders along the Genesee Riverway Trail, through Turning Point Park on a 4,000 foot boardwalk, and under the O’Rorke Bridge. This is a 12-mile ride on a paved trail with a few moderate hills. Meet at Seneca Park Zoo parking lot. Helmet required. 
 
1 to 5 p.m. : Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours
Visit the oldest active surviving lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822). Tour includes climbing the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th Order Fresnel Lens, viewing the Keeper's house and exploring the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. The gift shop will also be open. $3 admission. For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org.
 
2 to 3 p.m.: Guided Tour of Leadership Academy for Young Men (formally Charlotte High School) Building 
Meet at the front door of 4115 Lake Ave. to take a look at the remodeled building that is hoe to the RCSD's Leadership Academy for Young Men. Tour will be held by former graduates of Charlotte High who will take visitors from the new basement cafeteria to the old 5th floor music room with its stunning ceiling artwork. Tour may also include a look at the WPA murals of Carl Peters. Charlotte was one of the twelve schools remodeled in the first round of the School Modernization Program and received recognition from the Rochester chapter of the AIA in the Interior Design category. Park in front of the school. Sponsored by the Charlotte High School Archives and the Class of 1945. Free. 
 
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Tour of Charlotte High School Archives
Visit the Charlotte High archives in the 5th floor rotunda with Charlotte High School archivist Marie Poinan. Charlotte's first graduating class was in 1895 and its last was in 2016 and many graduates have contributed objects that have been preserved. A wonderful archive of memorabilia and past yearbooks will greet former students and other visitors. Commemorative books on the school's history, mural posters and note cards will be available. Not recommended for children under 10. Sponsored by the Charlotte High School Archives and the Class of 1945. Free.
 
Other events along the Genesee River
 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 28th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta
Sunday features high school and masters rowers as well as a rowing clinic in Genesee Valley Park near the roundhouse pavilion on Moore Road. Coaches from the Genesee Waterways Center will have staff available to introduce folks to rowing. Enjoy the activities on the river and learn how you can participate in this sport. The two-day event is one of New York State’s premier rowing regattas and is expected to draw more than 350 racing entries. Viewing on the foot bridge over the Genesee River and along the east river bank is ideal for spectators. 
 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum
High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum is located in a refurbished 19th-century Waterworks Building overlooking the Genesee River’s majestic High Falls, the museum has an interesting selection of hands-on, multi-media exhibits to engage children, as well as interpretive displays, artwork, photographs, and artifacts for adult audiences. Learn something new about your city! The museum and visitors center is located at 74 Browns Race. 
 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Guided Paddle Along the Genesee from Seth Green to Ontario Beach Park
Join naturalists from the Seneca Park Zoo Society and the City of Rochester for an enjoyable and educational row along the Genesee River. Paddle trip is $20 per person. Canoe or kayaks available for rent through the Genesee Riverways Center. Maximum two adults per canoe. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Meet in the Harbor Hots parking lot off of Corrigan Street.
11 am: Tour of Corn Hill Neighborhood
Our city is named for Nathaniel Rochester who, along with his friends William Fitzhugh and Charles Carroll, purchased a One Hundred Acre Tract of land on the west side of the Genesee River. There he laid out a village. But there was competition from another village on the east side of the river. Two engineering feats determined which one would succeed. Come hear how this dramatic story unfolded. Tour leaves from the Waterspirit sculpture at the south end of Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd. The walking tour is free. 
 
1 to 7 p.m.: Family Skate at Genesee Valley Ice Rink
131 Elmwood Ave. Fees: 17 and under $2; 18 and over $5, College students $3 with ID. Skate rental, $3. For more information, call 585-428-7888.
 
Noon to 4 p.m.: Sam Patch Cruises along the Genesee
Cruises leave from Corn Hill Landing every hour, on the hour with the last tour leaving at 3 pm. Tickets are $5 
per person (under 3-years old free). Food and drink are available for purchase. All purchases are cash only.
For details and reservations please visit www.sampatch.org. 
 
2 to 4 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour
Meet at the North Cemetery Entrance, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive. Tour includes both paved roads and uneven terrain. Learn about local history and famous Rochesterians, including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Be immersed in the local history, horticulture, geology, physical geography, architecture, symbolism and more of this historic gem. Free. For more information: 
585-461-3494 or go to www.fomh.org.
 
   
 
  
 
2015 Community Partners
 
Community Partners:
 
Kayak Adventures 
Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society   
Canal Society of New York 
Charlotte Community Association 
Charlotte Community Development Corp. 
CITY Newspaper 
Corn Hill Navigation  
Corn Hill Neighborhood Association  
Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery 
Genesee Land Trust 
Genesee Waterways Center 
Genesee Brewery 
Genesee Corridor Business Association
Grace Urban Ministries  
Greater Rochester Rose Society 
Group 14621 Community Association 
Harbor Merchants Association
High Falls Business Association 
Maplewood Neighborhood Association 
Maplewood YMCA 
Monroe County 
Ontario Beach Park Program Committee 
Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood Association
Rochester Community Rowing

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