Big, Bright Ball Returns Sunday, August 3

Big Bright Ball Returns Sunday August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester

Looking Forward to Winter? Probably not, since summer took a while to get here. However, everyone knows winter will come eventually, and with it, the holidays, the parade, and the Big, Bright Light Show that illuminates 1.5 million lights. The lights drape the buildings along Main Street and have become a huge attraction for the city. If summertime seems to be slipping by, Rochester Media suggests you attend the Big, Bright Ball on August 3 at the Royal Park Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents Awards and Improves Board Structure

Margaret Bartos receives the Gail Kemler Award for Outstanding First-Year Member from Brian Dunphy during the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s annual Board of Directors awards ceremony on June 11. Photo: Leslie Mack

On June 11 the Rochester-Avon Historical Society held its annual Board of Directors awards ceremony at the Rochester Community House. Certificates were presented to members who have made important contributions to the society during its 2013-14 fiscal year and who have demonstrated the society’s mission to help preserve, collect and interpret the history of the greater Rochester area for present and future generations. Debbie Larsen was presented with the Mary Eberline Outstanding … [Read more...]

Spend your summer in Downtown Rochester with Sidewalk Sales and Movies in the Moonlight


Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales and the kick‐off for Downtown Rochester’s Movies in the Moonlight series. Back for its 59th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick‐off on Thursday, July 10 and the 13th season of Movies in the Moonlight kicks off on Saturday, July 12. “I can’t think of a better way for families to spend their summer weekends”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Both Sidewalk … [Read more...]

Sinkhole on Main Street in Downtown Rochester

Sinkhole MainSt Rochester

As people have been noticing the "LiquiForce" trucks all over Rochester with their large pumps on trailers and hoses the size of trees in and out of sewer lines around the city, we witnessed a large sinkhole on Main Street yesterday afternoon.  The break in the road happened near the Dairy Queen and the Hollywood Market Mini Mart on Parkdale and Main Street. As you can see by the pictures and the video, courtesy of local resident Brandon Wilson, it held up traffic for quite a while.  No one … [Read more...]

James Young drafted by Boston Celtics


It was reported by WXYZ Detroit that "James Young, who grew up in Rochester Hills, Mich., is getting ready for life in the NBA after being selected by the Boston Celtics at No. 17 on Thursday. Young shined for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he put on a show with dunks and clutch three-pointers during his time in The Bluegrass State. Many basketball experts say that Young increased his NBA value during the NCAA tournament after shooting over 40 percent from three-point range to go along with 18.5 … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Jaycees General Membership Meeting


The Rochester Area Jaycees monthly General Membership Meeting is being held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. This meeting is open to anybody who is interested in learning more about the Rochester Area Jaycees and what the organization does within the community. The monthly General Membership Meetings typically run for an hour and include guest speakers, professional development training, trivia, and food and refreshments. Please join us for an … [Read more...]

The Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival gets colorful

Drawing done by former GM graphic artist and local artist Dave Koss.

During The Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival, 13 Rochester “Legacy” Coloring Book artists will be in a special booth selling these historical treasures. All artists volunteered their time and talent to make up this wonderful memento of historical and favorite Rochester spots. Each coloring book sells for $10.00 and are also available at Lytles’ Pharmacy, The Rochester Museum, Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), and at The Community House. Other artists featured are: Byron … [Read more...]

Get your day off to a great start with ‘Breakfast In The Park’

During the Greater Rochester Heritage Days, join the Rochester Community House chefs for their famous pancakes at the all you can eat ‘Breakfast In The Park!’ Starting at 8 a.m. and running until 11 a.m., the pancake breakfasts will be held on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, and served up with sausages from the famous Ram’s Horn Restaurant on South Rochester and Hamlin Roads, along with juice and coffee. On Saturday your hosts and cooks will be the Boy Scouts of Troop 125 and … [Read more...]

Patricia Kane named recipient of the Rochester “Good Neighbor Award”

Pat Kane

The City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently announced the winner of the 2nd Quarter Good Neighbor Award is Rochester resident Patricia Kane. The Good Neighbor Award program was created by the CBC to allow residents of Rochester to nominate an adult or youth for their good neighbor work. The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of Rochester residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The program is designed to honor those who make … [Read more...]

National Main Streets Conference comes to Detroit… and Downtown Rochester is there!

Great American Main Street Award logo

According to the Rochester DDA, this year, Detroit is home to the National Main Streets Conference, Sunday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 20. Held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, the National Main Streets Conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation.  The conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas and information with downtowns across the … [Read more...]