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FALL GUIDE '11: Special events


While the new fall arts and cultural seasons are exciting, you shouldn't spend all your time inside. Fall in Rochester is incredibly beautiful and the days and nights are filled with a variety of special events, festivals, and other activities. The list below includes many of the biggest events happening in the next few months, although it would be impossible to include them all. Make sure to check the Events section of rochestercitynewspaper.com for a searchable calendar or pick up the print edition of City Newspaper every Wednesday for that week's event listings. If we missed your event and you'd like to include it on the online versin of this article e-mail eric@rochester-citynews.com.

Appleumpkin Festival Sat-Sun Sep 24-25. Harvest celebration with crafts, entertainment, and fall-flavored treats. Gaslight village of Wyoming, NY.10 a.m.-5 p.m. 495-9940, appleumpkin.com.

ARTrageous Affair Sat Oct 1. Annual gala to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.Dinner, silent art auction.Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St.6 p.m. $125.bccr.org.

Autumn Festival of Ales Sat Oct 8. Craft beer tasting, live blues music, chili cook-off, food vendors, hand-rolled cigars. Fireman's Field, HoneoyeFalls. 1-5 p.m. $25-$30 ($7 non-drinkers). 624-4386, custombrewcrafters.com.

Beer and Beast Pairing Wed Sep 21. Specialty dinner featuring cured, smoked, and cooked meats. Old Toad, 277 Alexander St.7 p.m. $35. 232-2626, theoldtoad.com.

Billy Collins Wed Oct 12. Reading and Q&A with poet-in-residence.MCC Theatre, Building 4.7-8:15 p.m. monroecc.edu.

BOA Editions Sat Sep 17: "Writing Exercises" at Midtown Athletic Club, a poetry workshop with BOA author Michael Waters | Sun Sep 18: BOA's 35th Anniversary Dine & Rhyme Event with reading at MemorialArtGallery and dinner reception at Good Luck Restaurant. boaeditions.org.

Bop Shop Fall CD and Record Show Sun Nov 6. More than 40 vendors with 60-plus tables of music and music-related merch. Village Gate, 247 N Goodman St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. bopshop.com.

Camp Good Days' Courage Bowl VII Thu Sep 15. Annual football game between St. John Fisher College Cardinals and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets.Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St.7 p.m. $7.campgooddays.org.

Care Net Chocolate Gala Fundraiser Fri Sep 16. Presented by CareNetPregnancyCenter of Canandaigua.Steamboat Landing, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua. 393-0437.

Caroline Werner Gannett Project: Visionaries in Motion Thu Sep 15: Esther M. Conwell, "Conductive Properties of DNA" | Mon Oct 10: Ryan Knighton, "It's Like, For Real: A Life in Autopathogrophy?" | Thu Nov 3: Fred Ritchin, "After Photography" | Thu Dec 8: Drew Berry, "Science and Aesthetics of Biology Through a Microscope" | Series continues in 2012 with Sebastian Seung, Charles, Burns, David Bornstein, and Elizabeth Turk. Various locations on the RIT campus.8 p.m.Free, open to the public. cwgp.org

Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Sat Oct 8: "Mariners, Mansions & Memories Guided Tour" (paid event) | Sat-Sun Oct 8-9: "Rochester Romances the River" | Sat-Sun Dec 3-4: Holiday Shopping at the Lighthouse. 70 Lighthouse St. geneseelighthouse.org.

City of Rochester Wednesdays, Sep-Oct: Big Band Dances (Roger Robach Community Center) | Sep 15- Oct 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (City recreation centers and City Hall) | Sun Sep 18: MVP Rochester Marathon (Frontier Field) | Sat, Oct 8: Rochester Blossoms, Columbus Day Parade | Sat Oct 29: Pumpkins in the Park 5K Race (Cobbs Hill Lake Riley Lodge) | Sun-Mon Dec 4-5: 29th Annual Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament (Edgerton Community Center). For more information and other events check cityofrochester.gov.

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival Thu-Sun Oct 6-9. Food, entertainment, kids activities, race, fireworks, contests. Town of Cohocton.fallfoliagefestival.com.

CrackerBoxPalace Sat Sep 18: Animal Faire and U-Pick Apple Kickoff (apple picking continues daily through October) | Sat Oct 1: Farm Frenzy Walk-a-Thon | Sun Nov 6: Family Pet Portraits with Santa. CrackerBoxPalace, 6450 Shaker Road, Alton.crackerboxpalace.org.

Cultural Diversity Conference Thu Sep 22. "Building Community Through Diversity." Keynote Speaker Marla Runyan (U.S. Olympian). SUNY Brockport.Free-$50.brockport.edu.

CummingsNatureCenterSundays Sep 18, Oct 9: Wildlife Defenders presentations | Wednesdays Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9: Senior Sojourns | Saturdays Sep 24, Oct 22, Nov 12: Serendipity Walks | Sun Oct 2: Timber Sports Competition | Sundays Oct 16 & 23: Make-a-Scarecrow. 6472 Gulick Road, Naples. rmsc.org.

DarienLake Family FrightFest Saturdays and Sundays Sep 17-Oct 9. Halloween activities for little kids and haunted houses for teens and adults.DarienLakeTheme Park Resort, 9993 Allegheny Road.Noon-10 p.m. godarienlake.com.

David Sedaris Wed Oct 12. Noted author and humorist comes to town for reading and book signing. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.8 p.m. $38.50.wab.org.

ESLT Performing Arts Colloquium WedNov 2. Performance, party, panel discussion on the future of opera, by Empire State Lyric Theatre.Empirestatelyrictheatre.org.

The Fair and Expo Center Fri Sep 16: Night Craze Teen Dance, Minett Hall | Fri-Sun Sep 16-18: WeePeats Children's Consignment Event, Dome Arena | Wed Sep 22: Lakeland Equipment, Minett Hall | Sat-Sun Sep 24-25: Gun Show, Dome Arena | Fri-Sun Sep 30-Oct 2: Ski Sale | Thu Oct 6: Health Fair | Fri-Sat Oct 15-16: Junior League of Rochester Holiday Craft Sale | Sat-Sun Oct 22-23: Gem Show | Sat Oct 29: World's Greatest Garage Sale. 2695 E. Henrietta Road, Henrietta. fairandexpocenter.org.

Fall Festival at the Funny Farm Sat-Sun Sep 17-18. Food tastings, glass demos, crafts, and more presented by Studio 34 Creative Arts Center and Gallery. Gentle's Farm Market, 1080 Penfield Road. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. studio34beads.com. 

Fashion Week of Rochester Thu-Sun Oct 13-16. Boutique bus tour, runway shows, art and music performances, more. Various locations, including participating boutiques around Rochester.fashionweekofrochester.org.

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open Houses Sat-Sun Oct 8-9, Sat Nov 19. Tours and cheese samples.Various regional farms and creameries.thefingerlakescheesetrail.com.

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival Sat-Sun Sep 17-18.Fiber-art vendors, awards, demonstrations, equipment and book sales.Hemlock Fairgrounds in Hemlock, NY. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. gvhg.org.

Finger LakesCork and Fork Fri-Sat Sep 16-17.Showcases 60 local farms, food producers, wineries and restaurants. Rodman Lott & Sons Farms, Route 414, Seneca Falls. Fri 6:30-9:30 p.m. ($20-$50), Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ($20-$25).fingerlakescorkandfork.com. 

Finger LakesCommunity College Fri Sep 30: Adam Gussow: Blues Harmonica Player, Teacher and Writer. FLCC, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.flccconnects.com.

Finger Lakes Live Steamers Sat-Sun Sep 24-25: Fall Meet and Open House. 302 Clyde-Merengo Rd, Clyde.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org.

Finger Lakes Scenic Railways Sat Sep 17: Fall Festival Wine and Dine, 3 p.m., Geneva Yard | Sat Oct 8: Fall Foliage Train Rides, Shortsville | Sat Oct 29: Halloween Pumpkin Express, Village of Victor | Sun Oct 30: Halloween Pumpkin Express, Waterloo | Sat Nov 26: Shortsville Santa Express, Shortsville | Sun Nov 27: Victor Santa Trains, Victor | Sat Dec 3: Geneva Santa Express, Geneva. fingerlakesscenicrailway.com.

FlourCity Brewer's Festival Fri Sep 23. Beer samples, food, live music presented by Rohrbach's Brewing Co. Frontier Field. 6 p.m. $35-$40. fcbrewfest.com.

Ganondagan State Historic Site Sat Sep 24: Living History Event: "A Seneca Encounter with LaSalle" | Fri Nov 11: Canandaigua Treaty Day | Native American Lecture Series: Wed Sep 28 "Words That Come Before All Else" by Tom Porter; Wed Oct 19 "The Natural World: Our Responsibility as Human Beings" by Chief Oren Lyons Jr.; Thu Nov 3: "Healing & Balance in the Haudenosaunee Cultures" by Dr. Theresa Maresca; all lectures at Shults Center, Nazareth College, $20-$30 per lecture. 1488 Route 444, Victor.ganondagan.org.

Granger Homestead and CarriageMuseumFri Sep 30-Sat Oct 1: Civil War Encampment | Fri-Sun Nov 11-13: Christkindl Market. 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua.grangerhomestead.org.

GreentopiaFestival Sat-Sun Sep 17-18. New festival celebrates the Green movement with speakers, booths, music, film festival, culinary series, and education. HighFalls.10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.greentopiafest.com.

GeneseeCommunity CollegeSat Sep 17: Fall Field Day. LimaCampusCenter, 7285 Gale Road on Route 15A.genesee.edu/lima.

Genesee Country Village and Museum Sat Sep 17: Lobsterfest | Sat-Sun Sep 24-25, Oct 1-2: Vintage Baseball Mayor's Cup Tournament | Sat-Sun Oct 1-2: Agricultural Society Fair and Exposition | Fri-Sat Oct 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: Spirits of the Past Halloween Tours | Sat-Sun Oct 29-30: Trick or Treating in the Village | Sun Nov 6: Bridal Fair | Sat Nov 26: Preparing for the Holidays the 19th Century Way. 1410 Flint Road, Mumford.gcv.org.

GeneseeValley Conservancy Sat Oct 8: Autumn Colors walk, approx. 3 miles along Wheeler Gully. 1 Main St., Geneseo.geneseevalleyconservancy.org.

GeneseeWaterwaysCenter Sat Sep 17: AnnualRochesterRiver Challenge | Sat-Sun Oct 8-9, Sat Oct 15: Head of the Genesee Regatta. 149 Elmwood Ave. geneseewaterways.org.

Geneva Historical SocietyMuseum Sat Sep 24: Rose Hill Wine and Food Celebration | Wed Nov 2: Annual Dinner and Silent Auction. 543 S. Main St.Geneva. genevahistoricalsociety.com.

George Eastman House- Special Events: Sat Sep 17: Prohibition Party | Sat-Sun Sep 24-25: "Hollywood2Go: Learn How the Studio System Really Works" | Sat Oct 1: Photo Finish 5K | Mon Oct 3: 2011 Benefit Auction | Nov 9-Dec 14: "Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display." 900 East Ave. eastmanhouse.org.

Gilda's Club Rochester Hero's Ball 2011 Sat Sep 24. Hyatt Regency, 125 E. Main St. gildasclubrochester.org.

HarborTown Belle Thursdays through October: Mark Twain Cruise ($28-$29.50, includes dinner) | Early October: Fall Foliage Cruise ($6-$12). Departs from Port of Rochester in Charlotte.harbortownbelle.com.

Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester Oct 1-31. Hayride through the woods as costumed actors try to spook you. Check website for special family-friendly nights. 3329 Eddy Road, Williamson. $15-$20. hauntedhayridesrochester.com.

Hilton Apple Fest Sat-Sun Oct 1-2.Crafts, food, entertainment, car show.Town of Hilton.hiltonapplefest.org.

Historic Maplewood Home Tour Sat Sept 17. TourKodakPark and take in architectural drawings and photo displays. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$12. 458-3460.

Hunt Country Vineyards Sat-Sun Sep 17-18: Harvest Tour of Food and Wine | Sat-Sun Oct 1-2: 22nd Annual Hunt Country Harvest Festival | Sat-Sun Nov 12-13 & Nov 19-20: Keuka Holidays. 4021 County Road, Branchport.huntwines.com.

ImageOut Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Fri-Sun Oct 7-16. Film screenings, art exhibit, parties, more. Various venues including Dryden Theater and Cinema Theater.imageout.org.

Irish Film Feis Films of Irish interest. Second Sunday of each month Oct-Mar, 4-7 p.m. McGraw's Irish Pub, 146 W. Commercial St., EastRochester. $17-$20 showing (includes dinner). 288-0636, mcgrawsirishpub.com.

Irondequoit Oktoberfest 2011 Fri-Sun Sep 16-18 & 23-24. Celebration of German culture, music, beer, food.CampEastman, Irondequoit. $4-$8. irondequoit.org/oktoberfest2011.

ItalianAmericanCommunity Center Thu Sep 15: Movie Night- Italian Style | Thu Sep 22: Men of the Year Awards | 150 Frank DeMino Way. iaccrochester.org.

Jewish Book Festival Sun-Sun Oct 30-Nov 6.Readings, signings, and discussions of Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish interest. Jewish Community Center, Edgewood Ave. rjbf.org

Joint Jam Walk and Celebration Sat Sep 24. Unity at Ridgeway walkabout loop, 2655 Ridgeway Ave. unityhipsandknees.org.

Keeping Pace with AIDS Fundraiser Sun Sep 18. Includes 5k walk, 5k or 10k run, bike rides, and Paws for a Cause. The Roundhouse in GeneseeValleyPark.acrochester.org.

Keuka Wine Trail Sat-Sun Sep 17-18: Harvest Tour of Food and Wine | Nov 12-13: Keuka Holidays I | Nov 19-20: Keuka Holidays II. 2375 Route 14A, Penn Yan. keukawinetrail.com.

Landmark Society of Western New York Fri-Sat Sep 23-24: Inside Downtown Tour | Thu Nov 8 & 15: Marketing Historic Houses Successfully | Sun Nov 20: Historic Preservation Awards & Annual Meeting | Sun Dec 4: Corn Hill Holiday Tour. 133 S Fitzhugh St. landmarksociety.org.

LetchworthState Park Sat Sep 17: Native American Heritage Days | Sat-Mon Oct 8-10: Arts & Crafts Show and Sale. 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile. nysparks.state.ny.us.

The Little Theatre Sat Sep 17: Latino Film Festival | Mon Oct 3: A Celebration of the Little | Tue Oct 4, Tue Nov 1: Authors Aloud in the Café. The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. thelittle.org.

LiftBridge Book Shop Sun Sep 18: D&D Old School Basic Gamers Group | Sat Sep 24: Saturday Author Salon: "Motherly Musings: Thirty Women & Men Reflect on the Roller Coaster Ride that is Motherhood" | Mon Oct 24: 2nd Annual Book Club Bash | Sat Nov 5: Rochester Children's Book Festival. LiftBridge Book Shop, 45 Main St. Brockport. liftbridgebooks.com.

Localvore Month Events Mon Sep 19: Festival of Food, Public Market, 6-9 p.m. | Sun Sep 25: Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY statewide locavore potluck | Mon Sep 26: Taste of Localvore, 249 Highland Ave., 5-8 p.m. NYlocavorechallenge.com.

Lollypop Farm Sat Sep 24: Barktober Fest. 5-mile race and 1.5-mile walk for animals.99 Victor Road, Fairport.lollypop.org.

Lori's Natural Food Sun Oct 2: Taste of Lori's 30th Anniversary with the Sim Redmond Band & The White Hots. Lori's Natural Food Center, 900 Jefferson Rd. lorisnatural.com.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Sat Oct 1. Global short-film festival.Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. manhattanshort.com.

MCC Alumni Week and Homecoming 2011 Wed Sep 21-Sat Oct 1. 1000 E. Henrietta Rd. monroecc.edu

MedinaRailroadMuseum Oct 8-9, 12, 15-16, 19, 22: Fall Foliage Train Rides | Nov 26-27, Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18: The Polar Express. 530 West Ave, Medina. railroadmuseum.net.

MemorialArtGallerySun Oct 2: Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day | Thu Oct 13: ArtAbility Rochester | Thu Oct 27: Rochester Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Expo | Sat Oct 29: RochesterCity Ballet Masquerade Ball | Sun Nov 20: Extreme Family Day | Tue Dec 27: Kwanzaa Family Day. 500 University Ave. mag.rochester.edu.

MountHopeCemeteryGeneral Tours Saturdays and Sundays through October. Sat Sep 17: Theme Tour: Geology at MountHopeCemetery | Sat Oct 22: Theme Tour: Fall Foliage Tour | Sat Oct 22 & Tue Oct 25: Theme Tour: Grand Torch Light Tour. 1133 Mount Hope Ave. fomh.org.

MVA Hope Foundation Golf Tournament Sun Sep 18. Benefits Rochester area pets, pet owners, and veterinarians.VictorHills Golf Club, 1450 Brace Rd., Victor.mvahopefoundation.org.

MVP Health Care RochesterMarathonSun Sep 18. Marathon, half-marathon, and relay to benefit Arthritis Foundation. Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave.7:30 p.m. $65-$180. rochestermarathon.com.

Naples Grape Festival Sat-Sun Sep 24-25.Wine, food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, grape pie contest.NaplesHigh School and MemorialTown Hall, Naples.10 a.m.-5 p.m. naplesgrapefest.org.

Nightmare Manor Sep 30-Oct 31. Quarter-mile indoor haunted attraction.SouthtownPlaza, 3333 W Henrietta Road. Open Thu-Sun. $12-$30. nightmaremanor.com.

New YorkMuseum of Transportation/Rochester & GeneseeValleyRailroadMuseum Sundays Sep 18-Oct 30: Fall Foliage by Trolley and Train | Saturdays and Sundays Nov 26-27, Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18: Holly Trolley Rides. 6393 East River Road. nymtmuseum.org.

New York Wine and Culinary Center Sat Sep 17: New YorkState of Mind | Fri Sep 30: NY on Tap | Sun Oct 16: Chefs, Wine & Art. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua.nywcc.com.

NOTA Fest 2011 Fri-Sun Sep 23-25. Local businesses including Writers & Books, Village Idiots Comedy Improv, Studio 34, Bop Shop, Agape Martial Arts, and more will offer deals, free events, live music. Neighborhood of the Arts. 732-5884, notaba.org.

Ontario Pathways Sat Sep 17: Wildflower Walk | Sat Oct 15: The Great Pumpkin Walk (Ontario Fairgrounds). ontariopathways.org.

PalmyraCanaltown Days Sat-Sun Sep 17-18. 140 craft booths, food vendors. parade, 5k race, flea market, carriage rides. Palmyra, NY. palmyracanaltowndays.org.

Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon Tue Nov 15. Guest speaker: Gloria Steinem. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 E. Main St.Noon. $50.pprsr.org.

Power of Inclusion: Diversity Conference 2011 Sun-Mon Oct 2-3. RiversideConvention Center, 123 E. Main St. workforcediversitynetwork.com.

Public Relations Society of America Northeast District Annual Conference "Communicating Without Walls" Wed Sep 28. RIT Inn and ConferenceCenter, 5257 W. Henrietta Rd. prsarochester.org.

Puerto Rican Festival Fri Oct 21: Night of Comedy with Bill Santiago and Mike Robles, German House, 315 Gregory St. | Sat Nov 19: Vino con Sabor: Wine Tasting, Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave. prfestival.com.

Purple Foot Festival Sun Sep 18. Grape-stomping festival.Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.casalarga.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum 200 Wed Oct 26-Sun Oct 30. The circus comes to town for a new anniversary show. Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square. $12-$75. Ticketmaster.com.

RIT's BrickCity Homecoming Fri-Sat Oct 14-16: Kevin Hart (guest comedian, Gordon Field House), Men's Hockey vs. St. Lawrence (Blue Cross Arena), distinguished speaker Michael J. Fox. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive. www2.rit.edu/brickcity.

RobertsWesleyanCollegeMcCown Symposium Mon Sep 26. "Conversion as a Way of Life: Lukan Perspectives, Cognitive Insights" featuring Dr. Joel B. Green. Northeastern Seminary.2301 Westside Drive. roberts.edu.

RocCity Roller Derby Sat Oct 8: Roc Stars vs. River City Rollergirls' Poes Punishers | Sat Nov 19: B-Sides vs. Assault City Roller Derby, Roc Stars vs. HARD's Nuclear Knockouts. Dome Arena, Henrietta. Rocderby.com.

Rochester Annual Heritage Events Sat Oct 22: 15th Annual "Pass it On" Intergenerational Storytelling Fest (blackstorytelling.org) | Sat Nov 19: Annual Kwanza Holiday Shopping Bazaar, Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman St | Mon-Sun Dec 26-Jan 1: Annual Kwanza Celebration (234-KWAN).

Rochester Area Vegetarian Society Sun Sep 18: "The Impact of Diet on Climate Change and the Environment" Speaker: George Eisman, R.D. Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd. rochesterveg.org.

Rochester Art Supply Trade Show Fri-Sat Nov 11-12.HighFallsArtGallery, 60 Browns Race.fineartstore.com/TradeShow2011.

Rochester Arts and Lectures Thu Oct 13: DinawMengestu | Thu Nov 10: Roz Chast | Thu Dec 8: Alexandra Fuller. Continues in 2012 with Abraham Verghese, Wallace Shawn, and Jennifer Haigh. Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. artsandlectures.org.

RochesterCity Ballet Masquerade Ball Sat Oct 29. Dancing, music, and mystery, hosted by the Good Pointe Society.MemorialArtGallery, 500 University Ave. rochestercityballet.org.

Rochester Deaf Rotary Club Sun Sep 18: Wine and Culture Fundraiser. HolidayInnAirport, 911 Brooks Ave. deafrotary.net.

Rochester Main Street Armory Sat Sep 24: Roc-Con! Rochester Sci-Fi Anime Con | Sat-Sun Oct 1-2: Psychic World Expo 2011 | Sat Nov 5: Mayday Underground Indie Crafts and Art Show | Sat-Sun Nov 12-13: Art at the Armory. 900 E Main St. rochestermainstreetarmory.com.

RochesterMuseum and ScienceCenterTraveling exhibit through Nov 27: "September 11, 2001: A Global Moment" | Sat-Sun Sep 24-25: "The Great Outdoors" | Sun Oct 1: "Sunday Stroll with Georgiana Farr Sibley" | Sat-Mon Oct 8-10: "Sporting Science" | Special Events: Sat Sep 24: Business Education Seminar (Eisenhart Auditorium) | Fri-Sun Nov 18-20: Holiday Bazaar Arts and Crafts Sale. 657 East Ave. rmsc.org.

Rochester Public Market Sun Sep 18: Artists' Row | Mon Sep 19: Savor Rochester Festival of Food | Sun Sep 11, 25, Oct 2, 9: Greatest Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas | Fri Sep 23-Tue Oct 4: New York Harvest For New York Kids Week | Saturdays through Oct 15: Chef's Day at the Market | Dec 4, 11, 18: Holidays at the Market. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. cityofrochester.gov.

Rochester's Rich History Lecture Series Sun Oct 16: Treasures of the Central Library Collection | Sun Nov 20: The History of Rochester | Sun Dec 18: Third Annual Victorian Tea. Rochester Public Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. 116 South Ave. rochesterpubliclibrary.org.

RochesterRiver Romance Fri-Sun Oct 7-9.Variety of events celebrating Rochester's waterways, including the Head of the Genesee Regatta.GeneseeRiver Corridor.cityofrochester.gov. 

Sam Patch & Mary Jemison Cruises Wine-tasting cruises through October. Sat Oct 8: TwilightRiver Romance Dinner Cruise. 270 Exchange Blvd. samandmary.org.

SenecaPark Zoo Sat Sep 24: Brew at the Zoo & Wine, Too | Sun Sep 25 and Sun Nov 6: Go Green! Recycle Rally | Sat Oct 8: Genesee Trail Day | Sat-Sun Oct 15-16, 22-23: ZooBoo | Sun Nov 13: Winter Bird Feeding Worksho | Saturdays and Sundays through Dec: Breakfast with Santa. 2222 St. Paul St. senecaparkzoo.org.

SonnenbergGardens & MansionState Historic Site Sun Sep 18: Harvest Progressive Dinner | Sat Oct 15: Fall Sonnenberg History Conference | Sat-Sun Oct 21-22 & 28-29: Mansion Mysteries | Sat Dec 3: Holiday Tour of Homes. 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua.Sonnenberg.org.

Springwater Fiddlers Fair and American Crafts Show Sat Sep 17. Sugarbush Hollow Farm, 8447 Pardee Hollow Road, Springwater.springwaterfiddlersfair.net.

SterlingNatureCenter Sat-Sun Sep 17-18: Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree | Sat Sep 24: Fall Flowers with Don Cox | Sat Oct 1: Journaling into Nature | Sat Oct 15: Apple Pressing | Sat Nov 5: Wetland Wildlife | Sat Dec 3: Natural Holiday Ornaments. SterlingNatureCenter, Jensvold Road, Sterling.cayuganet.org/sterlingpark.

Strasenburgh Planetarium Now Showing: "My Planets", "Alien Worlds" (ends Oct 1), "Dolphins." 657 East Ave.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium.

Strong National Museum of Play Sat-Sun Sep 17-18: Trains Weekend | Fri Sep 23: The Play Ball | Sat-Sun Sep 24-25: Football: The Exhibit Opening Weekend | Sat-Sun Oct 1-2: Literature Live: Clifford | Sat-Sun Oct 8-9: Literature Live: Olivia | Mon Oct 10: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clowns | Sat-Sun Oct 15-16: American Comic Book Heroes Weekend | Sat-Sun Oct 22-23: Literature Live: Corduroy | Sat-Sun Oct 29-30: Family Halloween Party | Mon Oct 31: Toddler Halloween Party | Sat-Sun Nov 5-6: Video Game Mania. 1 Manhattan Square Drive. museumofplay.org.

Town of CanandaiguaSat Oct 15: Fall into Canandaigua Festival | Thu Nov 17: Canandaigua ATHENA Award (The Inn on the Lake). Holiday open house TBD.downtowncanandaigua.com.

Town of Fairport Sat Oct 8: Fairport Scarecrow Festival | Sat Oct 15: Fall Holiday Arts and Crafts Show (Perinton Square Mall). fairportmerchants.com.

Town of Pittsford Sun Oct 23: Family Halloween Fest | Tue Dec 6: Candlelight Night. townofpittsford.org.

University of RochesterMeliora Weekend Thu Oct 20-Sun Oct 23. Homecoming weekend for UR with reunions, lectures, performances, sports, outdoor activities, art exhibitions, movies, etc. Keynote Speaker: President Bill Clinton. For a full schedule and more information visit Rochester.edu/melioraweekend.

Upstate New York Magic Fest Annual Spectacular Sat Sep 24: A Spectacular Evening of Professional Magic. The German House, 315 Gregory St. sam47.com.

Victor Wine & Food Fest Fri Nov 11. Ravenwood Golf Club, Victor.victorny.org.

Warren Miller's "Like There's No Tomorrow" Tue Nov 22. Extreme skiing and snowboarding film.Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St.7:30 p.m. $17.50.rbtl.org.

Wayne County Sat-Sun Sep 17-18: Fall Harvest Festival (6355 Knickerbocker Rd.) | Fri-Mon Oct 7-10: Apple Tasting Tour. waynecountytourism.com.

WeinfestSat Oct 8. Traditional German food, beverage and entertainment.CampLima, 2375 Pond Road, Lima. 223-0861.

Wine and Jazz Fundraiser Thu Sep 15. Benefits Jazz 90.1.Presented by Greece Community Broadcasting Inc. Pier 45 at the Port, 1000 North River St. jazz901.org.

Wood Wine and Song Fri Sep 16. Annual gala fundraiser for Wood Library.SonnenbergGardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua.woodlibrary.org.

Writers & Books Sat Sep 24: Writers Block Party (noon-5 p.m.) | Wed Oct 12: David Sedaris (at Hochstein) | Sat Oct 29: Third Annual Literary Masquerade Party | Sat Dec 3: Big Pencil Awards and 30th Anniversary Book Release Party. All events unless otherwise noted at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave. wab.org.

YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon Wed Oct 5. Keynote speaker: actress and author Victoria Rowell. RiversideConvention Center, 123 E. Main St.Noon. ywcarochester.org.

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  • FALL GUIDE '11: Art Preview

    Falling for art: Interesting exhibits come to schools, the city, and beyond this season
    I crush on autumn so hard. You must understand, my fellow art enthusiasts, that besides being the moody, cozy-layering, tea-drinking time that it is, fall is also when my desk fills up with previews for exhibits taking place now through the springtime.

  • FALL GUIDE '11: Classical music preview

    Break out the GPS: The sprawling new classical-music season will have you visiting all corners of the Greater Rochester area
    If the 2010-2011 season was the best classical programming Rochester has seen in 20 years -- anchored by the grand finale season of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Christopher Seaman -- the 2011-2012 season will be the year of the GPS. Classical music fans: start your engines, because we are going to be going out and about downtown and beyond to get to all of the wonderful offerings large and small, professional, student, and community.

  • FALL GUIDE '11: Introduction

    We’re going to need a bigger calendar
    When will smart people finally perfect cloning? This is what I wonder while scanning the upcoming arts and cultural events listed in this year's Fall Guide.

  • FALL GUIDE '11: Movie preview

    One week at a time: A reason to visit the cinema every weekend this fall
    By now you know how Hollywood works, saving its finest films for year's end, with a couple of non-prestige (read: fun) offerings counterprogrammed against all that Oscar bait. You've probably also noticed that the studios tend to cluster their most promising submissions around a holiday.

  • FALL GUIDE '11: Theater preview

    Curtains rising :Rochester’s 2011-2012 theater season will take audiences to Urinetown, Vichy, the South Pacific, and beyond
    By Michael Lasser Anybody who can't find something to see in the five pages of single-spaced listings I perused for the 2011-2012 theater season must be bloody hard to please.

  • FALL GUIDE '11: Nature

    Roots in the community: Get out and take in the diverse and majestic trees of Rochester
    BY KATHERINE STATHIS There's something about the strong, silent type.