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River Romance 2013

City of Rochester, NY
City Hall 30 Church St. Rm. 202A
Rochester, NY, 14614
United States
Phone: (585) 428-6755
Fax: 585-428-7069
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Season and/or holiday: 
Fall
The event has already taken a place at this date: 
Sun, 10/06/2013
Time: 
Various times - see schedule
Ages: 
All Ages
Family
Price: 
Mostly free; some activities and events charge fees or admission.
River Romance is an annual series of events and activities that celebrate and educate about the Genesee River, the lifeline of our community.

River Romance is an annual series of events and activities that celebrate and educate about the Genesee River, the lifeline of our community. A full schedule of River Romance activities and events for the whole family can be found at www.cityofrochester.gov/riverromance. Offerings include guided walks, bike rides, talks, canoe/kayak paddles, boat rides,regattas, musical events, family Autumn at the Lake event, Civil War camp reenactment, and much much much more!


 

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River Romance 2013 Schedule 

Friday, October 4 

12 Noon and 6 p.m.: Walking Tour of the proposed Garden Aerial and Rochester Eco-District in High Falls.
Meet at the west end of the Pont des Rennes Bridge. Tour High Falls with Friends of the Garde- nAerial, the new project to transform the area into a model of sustainable and sen- sitive development. Learn how organizers are showcasing the area with their annual Greentopia Festival and about their plan to revitalize the High Falls district.

12 Noon and 5 p.m.: Walking Tours of the Heritage Trail
Meet on the north side of the Rundel Building at the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue for a one-hour walking tour of this new urban trail that tells the story of Rochester through its buildings and landmarks.

2 to 3:30 p.m.: River to Roof Tours.
Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. Lead by The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Li- brary. Tours will start in the Lower Stacks, where a trap door to an old millrace will be opened for viewing and participants can learn how the river is a natural air conditioner for the building. The tours will then go to the Upper Stacks, where participants may hear about various ghostly experiences staff have had in the building. A stop in the Local History division will show some of Rochester’s historic treasures and a demonstration of rare book scanning and digitizing. A stop on the roof will reveal a spectacular view of the Genesee River and the city. Tours are free. Preregistration is requested. For more information or to preregister, contact Rebecca Fuss, Director of Pro- gramming & Outreach, at 585.428.8350 or Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org.

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.
 
1 to 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Light- house Tours.
Visit the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes (1822), including the Tower and Keeper’s House. The gift shop is also open. $3 admission. For further information call 585-621- 6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org. Volunteers will interpret the recently opened War of 1812 International Peace Garden, which celebrates 200 years of peace between the United States, Canada and the British.
 
5:30-7p.m.: Buskers on the Bridge.
Corner of Platt Street and Brown’s Race. See and hear local talent at the scenic High Falls.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Inside Downtown Tour.
Explore a number of Downtown’s oldest landmarks and learn how they are being converted to accommodate Rochester’s transformation. Advance tickets at The Landmark Society, www.landmarksociety.org or 585-546-7029 ext. 11 at Parkleigh. During tour hours, tickets available at Nothnagle, Inc. 217 W. Main St. Advance Tickets are $22; tickets on the days of the tour are $25 while available.

7 to 7:30 p.m.: Renew Your Vows on the Banks of the Genesee.
Join your spouse on the Pont de Rennes Bridge for a romantic ceremony in the 19th century setting set against the dramatic High Falls as a picture-perfect backdrop. Couples, please arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. Enjoy a free reception in honor of those renewing their vows. No registration or fee required.
 

Saturday, October 5

Events at Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake Ave. & Driving Park

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Non-motorized Boat Launch.
Turning Point Park boat launch. Canoe/Kayak rentals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $15 rental fee.

10 to 11 a.m.: Rose Workshop in Maplewood Rose Garden.
Learn from local rose experts as they teaching the secrets of successful winter preparation. No registration is required.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Maplewood Rose Garden vendors
Enjoy food and refreshments, rest and replenish for the day’s hikes and biking expeditions.

11 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. This year’s focus will include the area’s significance to the Underground Railroad with costumed actors bringing history alive. Tour takers will also 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 with the last tour starting about 3 p.m. Tours are free.

1 to 3 p.m.: Geneseo String Band and the Flint Hill Folk
Sit around the park’s gazebo and hear music of the Civil War period.

7 to 9:30 p.m.: Haunted Gorge Tours, 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. Fees: $5 for those 12 and over; $2 for children under 12. Tickets are available at City Recreation Administration Office, 400 Dewey Ave. or at the Maplewood YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave. Park in Maplewood YMCA lot, Driving Park Ave. Sponsored by the Maplewood Neighborhood Association; Maplewood YMCA and the Edgerton Community Center.

Other events along the Genesee River

9 a.m. 4 p.m. 25th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta Day #1.
The 2013 Head of the Genesee Regatta will take place at the Genesee Waterways Center,149 Elmwood Ave. (behind the Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex).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.

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Mary Jemison River Shuttles
Enjoy 30-minute cruises between Brooks Landing and Corn Hill Landing on Saturday and Sunday October 5 and 6, 2013. The shuttles will begin at 9:30 am Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday and leave from Brooks Landing, 1000 Genesee Street, every hour until 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with free parking at 960 Genesee Street. Returns from Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd. will be at one hour intervals, starting at 10 am continuing until 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $3 per person round trip.

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Early Days Walking Tour
Meet in front of the Rundel Memorial Library Building on South Avenue for a guided of early Rochester including the site of Indian Allen’s 1789 mills, the 100-acre plot purchased by Nathaniel Rochester and the historically significant Main Street Bridge. Walk ends at the Canal Society’s first aqueduct presentation.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: One-hour Walking Tours
Tours go from Corn Hill Landing to the Broad Street Aqueduct and back to Corn Hill. Tours will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday and leave from the Mary Jemison dock at Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd., every hour until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The walking tours are free.

11 a.m. Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour
Meet at the South Cemetery entrance, 1133 Mount Hope Ave., opposite The Distillery restaurant. Tour is $5, free for children under 16 and for members of the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery. For more information: 585-461-3494.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inside Downtown Tour
Explore a number of Downtown’s oldest landmarks and learn how they are being converted to accommodate Rochester’s transformation. Advance tickets at The Landmark Society, www.landmarksociety.org or 585-546-7029 ext. 11 at Parkleigh. During tour hours, tickets available at Nothnagle, Inc. 217 W. Main St. Advance Tickets are $22; tickets on the days of the tour are $25 while available.

1p.m.: Tours of the Highland Park Arboretum: Lessons in Natural History
Join Highland Park Neighborhood resident and expert on Forestry and Horticulture, Amy Priestley, for a tour of Highland Park's Arboretum. Celebrating it's 125th anniversary, this living museum houses one of the oldest and most diverse collections of trees and shrubs in the country. We will be exploring the Pinetum, or conifer collection, learning about plant diversity, forestry, and ecosystem function and management, and of course, just enjoying the natural beauty and grandeur of Rochester's first park."

1 to 3 p.m. Guided Bike Ride from the High Falls District and Beyond
Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge, behind the Centers at High Falls. Travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road into the surrounding neighborhoods. Ride through Downtown Rochester, Genesee Valley Park, Corn Hill and Susan B. Anthony Neighborhoods (home of the Frederick Douglass Museum). This is a 10 mile ride on flat terrain, city roads and paved trail. Free.

12 Noon to 1 and 2 p.m. Historic Aqueduct Guided Tours
Get a rare glimpse inside the original crossing of the Erie Canal over the Genesee River, giving birth to Rochester’s claim as America’s first boom town. Short presentation and tours will be provided by members of the Canal Society of New York State. Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. 12 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Aqueduct enterance off from South Ave, Behind the Dinosaur Barbeque. Get a glimpse of Rochester’s historic underbelly. Volunteers from the Canal Society of New York State will be strategically placed in the Aque- duct to provide history and insights about this unique downtown aqueduct. Also hear about proposals for future redevelopment. www.newyorkcanals.org

2:30 to 3 p.m.: The Plymouth Brass Quintet Plays the Aqueduct
Faculty members of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance will celebrate the weekend by presenting traditional works for brass quintet pre- sented in the Erie Canal Aqueduct (Broad Street Bridge Downtown). Their selections will enliven the event with a spirited performance to honor the Aqueduct and its traditions.

12:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.: River to Roof Tours
Meet in the lobby of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Rochester Public Library, 115 South Ave. Lead by The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Tours are free. Preregistration is requested. For more information or to preregister, contact Rebecca Fuss, Director of Programming & Outreach, at 585.428.8350 or Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org.

12 Noon and 6 p.m.: Harbor Town Belle River Cruises
Daily cruises by reservation until November. Call 585-342-1810 or visit www.harbortownbelle.com.

3 to 4 p.m.: Walking Tour of the Heritage Trail
Meet in the Susan B. Anthony Square Park (between King and Madison Streets) by the statue of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, for a one hour walking tour of this new urban trail.

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.: Twilight River Romance Dinner Cruise
Depart on board the historic 1931 Mary Jemison from Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd., for an elegant dinner and romantic views of the Rochester skyline and historical sites along the Genesee River and Erie Canal. Seat- ing is limited. Advance ticket purchases before Noon, Sat. Oct. 5 – is required. Tickets are $55 per person (cruise, dinner, one complimentary champagne cocktail.) Call 585-662-5748 or email info@samandmary.org

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Commemoration of Underground Railroad and Civil War Local History
The Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood Association (PLEX) continues its sesquicentennial commemoration of the events leading up to and during the Civil War. Costumed re-enactors will bring to life the Underground Railroad and Civil War training camp history of this area. Vocal and instrumental music from the period will accompany the family-friendly dramatization of events. The role of Harriet Tubman as an Underground Railroad guide and her subsequent services as an armed scout and nurse for the Union cause will be portrayed. The pivotal role played in 1863 at Gettysburg by soldiers who trained at Rochester’s Camp Fitz-John Porter in the PLEX neighborhood will be explained and followed by a cannon-firing drill. Parking available. Free.

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 $2.50 with ID. Skate rental $3. Call 585-428-7888.
 

Sunday, October 6

Events in Charlotte, Ontario Beach Park and Turning Point Park

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Non-motorized Boat Launch
Turning Point Park boat launch. Canoe/Kayak rentals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $15 rental fee.

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Guided Walk in Turning Point Park
Meet in the Turning Point parking lot at the end of Boxart St. off Lake Avenue. Tour the Red Falls, Bullock’s Woods and the spectacular boardwalk over Turning Basin. Some hills; not recommended for children under 10.

1 to 3 p.m.: Guided Bike Ride of Seneca Park and Turning Point Parks
Meet at Seneca Park Zoo parking lot. Ride on the Genesee Riverway Trail north to the Port of Rochester. See spectacular views of the river gorge, ride on the 4,000 foot boardwalk in Turning Point basin, and under the O’Rorke Bridge. This is a 12 mile ride on a paved trail with a few moderate hills.

12 Noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m.: Charlotte Cemetery Tour
Meet on Lake Avenue at River Street. Tour the historic pioneer cemetery of the Village of Charlotte. This is the final resting place of the first customs collector of the port, early lighthouse keepers and daredevil Sam Patch. Established before the city of Rochester, this cemetery is home to many early pioneers and veterans from the Revo- lutionary war, War of 1812 and the Civil War. Sponsored by the Charlotte Community Association and the Charlotte Village and Transportation Museum. Parking also available at the Ira Jacobson Post Home.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Autumn at the Lake.
Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue at Beach Avenue. Free family fun featuring hayrides, pumpkin decorating, children’s activities, Rec’ on the Move mobile recreation vehicles, free historic Dentzel Carousel rides and the Grease Paint Alley Clowns doing face painting and balloon animals. Refreshments are available. Sponsored by the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee of the Charlotte Neighborhood Association.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Charlotte Community Association 50th Anniversary Celebration
Meet at the Sandpiper pavilion in Ontario Beach Park. See Greece Histori- cal Society and the Charlotte Village and Transportation Museum exhibits on Col. Patrick O’Rorke and soldiers from Charlotte/Greece who served in the Civil war. Buy exclusive Charlotte history books and merchandise, postcards, hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs. Charlotte High School murals and carousel posters will also be available along with books and shirts.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25th Annual Head of the Genesee Regatta Day #2
Local High School programs from Brighton, Cross- Currents, Fairport, McQuaid, Mercy, and Pittsford will compete against many other high school programs. Local racing clubs for masters from the Genesee Rowing Club, The Genesee Waterways and Naiades Rowing clubs will match up against clubs from several states and Canada.

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mary Jemison River Shuttles
Departs every hour on the half hour from Brooks Landing to Corn Hill Landing. Return trip from Corn Hill Landing every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 round trip.

11 a.m.to 3 p.m.: One Hour Walking Tours
Tours run from Corn Hill Landing to the Broad Street Aqueduct and back to Corn Hill. Departs every hour. Presented by Corn Hill Navigation. Free.

12 Noon to 3 p.m. Walking tour of Rock Park.
Visit one of the nation’s only urban kayak facilities. Park at the Seth Green fishing access lot, near the
corner of Norton Street and Saint Paul Boulevard and walk down Seth Green Drive to the Kayak Adventures tent. Join Kayak Adventure’s Director and Olympic Coach Art Miller on a walking tour of this urban treasure. View the river’s rapids and the Lower Falls up close. Learn how city kids are learning to whitewater kayak in the middle of their neighbor- hood while gaining an appreciation for nature and the environment. Tour will include kayak demonstrations by program participants.

2 to 2:30 p.m.: Charlotte High School Tour
Visit the recently remodeled Charlotte High School auditorium for a talk by Robert Paradise on the eight restored WPA murals by Carl Peters. Sponsored by the Charlotte Community Association.
2 to 3:30 p.m.: Free Guided Walk in Turning Point Park. Meet in the Turning Point parking lot at the end of Boxart St. off Lake Avenue. Tour the Red Falls, Bull- ock’s Woods and the spectacular board- walk over Turning Basin. Some hills; not recommended for children under 10.

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, the 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.

2 to 3:45 p.m. Family Skate at Genesee Valley Ice Rink.
131 Elmwood Ave. Fees: 17 and under $2; 18 and over $5, college students $2.50 with ID. Skate rental, $3. For more information, call 585-428-7888.

3 to 4 p.m. Walking Tour of the Heritage Trail
Meet in the Susan B. An- thony Square Park (between King and Madison Streets) by the statue of Fred- erick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, for a one hour walking tour of this new urban trail. Extend your tour by joining the Early Days tour which begins at 4 p.m. from the Downtown end of the Heritage Trail.

4 to 5:30 p.m. The Early Days Walking Tour - Before Rochester was Rochester
Meet in front of the original Rochester Public Library Building on South Avenue and join local historian Hal Schuler for a guided walk through Downtown.

Walking Tours on the Corn Hill Historic Wellness Trail

Starting at the Genesee River, take a self-guided walking or biking tour of the Corn Hill Neighborhood, home to some of Rochester’s earliest citizens. The Corn Hill Historic Wellness Trail takes participants to landmarks that trace the neighborhood from the early 1800s to its current renaissance. Weg- mans has sponsored the publication of a Passport, which maps and describes the sites on the trail. Free Passports can be picked up free at the Mary Jemison dock in Corn Hill Landing. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association and Wegmans Food Markets Eat Well, Live Well Community Initiatives created and sponsored the trail, which will be completed in September 2013.

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