MWADV 2019: Another Year Done

As quickly as it came this year, we’re done with our 6th year of Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties! We want to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and the whole community for all of your support.

Each year we have just as much fun as our 1st year in 2014 and still get excited when the first attendees start to show up (often before the event even “officially starts”).

These movie nights are not possible without all our sponsors, Buckingham Properties, who has been our title sponsor all 6 years, as well as the City of Rochester, ESL Federal Credit Union, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Blue Apple Productions and Jetblue Airways.

The Wrap-Up:

Friday, July 12th: Napoleon Dynamite in Parcel 5

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On July 12th, we teamed up with Midtown EATS for a great dual event in Parcel 5. With Midtown EATS’ 11 food vendors and bar, we also had Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, free popcorn from Doc Popcorn, Rochester Parkour and Buckingham Properties with us. It was a great night in center city! Thank you to everyone who joined us.

Friday, August 16th: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in MLK Jr. Memorial Park

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Each year we pick our movie dates months in advance and set off to plan these events the best we can, hoping and praying when the day arrives the weather will be PERFECT. We have been quite lucky in our previous 5 years and 14 movie nights to only have to cancel two!

On the 16th the weather seemed perfect when… mid-afternoon radar checks showed storms creeping in. We held our breath, talked to our AV crew (Blue Apple Productions), continued through setup and then stood in the rain as it came down from 6-7pm. After debating cancelling multiple times we stuck it out and sure enough, the rain let up and turned into a beautiful night with a few hundred people coming out to join us. Thank you to everyone who came out despite the rain and made it another WONDERFUL evening in downtown!


Thank you, again, to all of our sponsors, volunteers, movie attendees, food vendors and local establishments who added giveaways to our FREE raffles. And CONGRATS to all of our raffle winners! We cannot wait to be back in 2020 for our 7th year!

Want to be involved or have an idea of an awesome movie we should show? Email us at mwadv@rocwashingtonsquare.org. For more information on Movies With a Downtown View visit the Official site: MWADV.


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The Last 2019 Movies With a Downtown View

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The time comes every summer, when we’re facing our last Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties of the year. Join us, this Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park for this year’s finale - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

Friday, August 16th, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial

At 7pm, this FREE event kicks off with music, food vendors and FREE raffles from the Washington Square Park Community Association (just look for the tent & table to sign up).

Come hungry and purchase food and drinks from Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, and Eat Me Ice Cream! Or bring your own picnic. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and be ready for a fun night in downtown. Buckingham Properties will be with us with free water bottles and some awesome ROC and E.T. pins, so don’t miss their table either.

Check out some photos from last month’s Napoleon Dynamite movie night in Parcel 5 (all photos are from Tomas Flint Photography).

As with all of our events, we will have an ASL Interpreter for all announcements and the movie will be captioned. Street parking is free after 6pm and we’ll have bike racks available. See you Friday!

MWADV Official Site
Facebook Event Page

Location: 353 Court Street

 

Movies With a Downtown View 2019!

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The time has come for our annual announcement: Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties is back for 2019! We are in the final planning stages for another great year.

Last year we celebrated our 5th year by branching out to more locations which included Washington Square Park, Parcel 5, and the Hyatt’s rooftop Center City Terrace + Lounge.

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We have great things planned for our two movie events this year and hope you’ll join us. Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th in Parcel 5: Napoleon Dynamite

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Last year was our first time holding a movie in Parcel 5 and it was our biggest event yet! We had so much fun, we’re doing it again.To make it even better this year we’ll be sharing the space with Midtown EATS!

Midtown EATS announced changes for this year with lunch on Thursdays and then lunch & dinner on Fridays. Midtown EATS will run from 4:30-9:30pm on the 12th (with a happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm) and we’ll be kicking off MWADV at 7pm with music, free raffles, more vendors and of course a great movie.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:45pm
Facebook Event Page


Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Our 2nd movie night in August will be in MLK Jr. Memorial Park, our “MWADV Home”. We’ll have vendors, music, free raffle giveaways and more. And Neno’s will be joining us! Of course we have more planned, but that is all we will announce for now.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:15pm

As always, these movies are FREE to attend, we’ll have FREE raffles, there will be an ASL interpreter each night and the movies will be captioned - see you this summer!

These events are put on by the Washington Square Park Community Association and wouldn’t be possible without our many sponsors, to find out more visit the official MWADV Website.


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4 Events to get to in Downtown on Saturday

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This weekend is PACKED with events! The Rochester Lilac Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival begin, Black Button Distilling releases their Lilac Gin, TEDx Rochester 2019 at the RMSC, Sunday is Mother’s Day…and, of course, so much more.

But as always, we wanted to highlight 4 big things happening in downtown: Clean Sweep 2019, the Dachshund Parade, Play the Riverway and the Twilight Criterium. Here’s what they are all about:

Clean Sweep: 8am-12pm

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The Rochesteriat

Join the City of Rochester and hundreds of other volunteers on Saturday cleaning up the city. Sign-ups begin at 8am at Frontier Field where they’ll have free Clean Sweep tees, muffins, danishes and coffee. Join a project in a specific neighborhood or get assigned to a group that could use more help.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon which starts at 1:05pm. You’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Note: while there are many Clean Sweep groups that clean around downtown, this event is city-wide!

More Details: Clean Sweep
Kick-off Location: Frontier Field

Dachshund Parade: 10am-12pm

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Whether you have a dachshund or not, you’re not gonna want to miss the Dachshund Parade in Washington Square. Back for it’s 18th year, the event draws dachshunds (and their human owners) from across our New York state and beyond. There will be music, pet related vendors, food for purchase from Dave’s Sidewalk Cart, a fashion show, the official dachshund song sing-a-long, and of course the parade which concludes the event.

And as always, please don’t bring dogs that aren’t dachshunds - it’s to celebrate DACHSHUNDS!

More Details: Dachshund Parade
Location: Washington Square Park

Play the Riverway: 2-5pm

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On Saturday, during the kick-off of the Twilight Criterium, Court Street will be turned into a play street from the Central Library at South Ave running down to the corner of Court and St. Mary’s Place. Put on by healthi Kids and the Play Walk, there will be an inflatable rock wall, Roc City Skatepark, games, music, accessible activities, demos, mascots, and more.

Looking for more kids activities? Head to the Broad Street Bridge for Little Kids & Big Rigs!

More Details: Play the Riverway
Location: Court, from South to St. Mary’s

Twilight Criterium: 2-10pm

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The MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. This high speed bicycle race is set on a 1-mile loop in downtown and draws racers from all over the world. The race starts and ends on the Broad Street Bridge but can be viewed from anywhere along the course. See our latest post for more information on what to find at the Criterium: Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

More Details: Twilight Criterium
Location: Downtown

Looking for more events in the city? Check out our Events Page!


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Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The Rochester Twilight Criterium is back for 2019! For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, May 11th:

1. It's Downtown

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Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy the streets and buildings of DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Blue Cross Arena, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds pushing 40 mph. The race begins and ends on the Broad Street Bridge.

3. Admission is FREE

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! Teams from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong will compete this year. And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. Don’t Miss the Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details). This section opens at 2pm for all pre-race activities too.

5. Running Racers

Back again this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. Four separate 1-mile races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

What else did we miss? Loads of people, events for kids and a night full of fun!

Rochester Twilight Criterium:
Website
Twilight Criterium FB Event Page

 

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