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Fairport Canal Days
As the warmth of June comes around once again, Fairport Canal Days returns for another weekend packed with local food, music and art.

Big show, small artworks
More than 6,700 anonymous pieces of 6-by-6-inch art are on display at Rochester Contemporary Art Center during the seventh annual International Small Art Exhibition.

Rochester's Stories
Rochester is a curious blend. It's a sophisticated city with world-class music, galleries and restaurants. But it's also an unpretentious small town.

Around Town
Urban, suburban or rural, Rochesterians are proud of their enclaves.

Idea Power
Since its earliest days as the flour-milling center of the nation, Rochester has built a reputation for turning innovative ideas into reality.

Innovation Icons
Invention runs deep in Rochester. Here are some entrepreneurs and business leaders who have demonstrated the power of breakthrough ideas.

From the Top
In the competitive world of collegiate music schools, the top-ranked Eastman School of Music isn't content to sit still.

Good Food
In Rochester you'll find lots of ways to feed your passion.

Local Drinks
This region is best known for wine. But craft beer has a footing too.

Grain to Glass
Black Button Distilling has arrived, bringing another dimension to the local drinks scene.

Your Style
Afraid of blending in? Rochester's independent boutiques cater to shoppers like you.

Art Night
The visibility of regional artists and galleries has blossomed since 2007, when First Friday began.

Culture Cruise
Have a couple of days to explore Rochester's museums? Here are our picks.

Science Century
It opened in 1912 as the city's municipal museum. Today Rochester Museum & Science Center is much more.

City Oases
The Flower City is one of only five for which famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed a whole system of parks.

Great Outdoors
From pounding the pavement in a 5K to schussing the slopes or hitting the links, getting outdoors is a way of life for many in Rochester.

Alt Fests
New singular events are appealing to a different crowd.

Inside the New Eastman Theatre
Renovations to improve acoustics and create a better experience for patrons put the home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on par with the nation's top performance halls.

Home(town) Cooking
Rochester's top chefs bring a lifelong passion for cooking to the table.

Stressed Out?
SPA. An echo of “ahh,” the word oozes bliss. For the more than 32 million Americans who are active visitors, spas are refuges from the demands of daily life.

Our History
After the famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass moved to Washington from Rochester, his home of 25 years, he wrote to a friend: “I shall always feel more at home there than anywhere else in the country.”

A Rochester Tradition
English toffee, sugar plums and Italian ice. What sounds like a luscious dessert buffet actually describes some of the sweet treats in Rochester City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m., Nov. 27-29, 2009, at the Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall.

A History Maker's House
In a red brick house in Rochester’s middle-class Madison-King neighborhood, everyday furnishings and Montgomery Ward wallpaper in a no-nonsense pattern set the scene for some remarkable history.




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